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Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Yes I am, Yes I am...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I've been having a little trouble sleeping lately... the worst part was getting up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back asleep. That's the worst!

So somewhere I read about how "white noise" helps you sleep. I think it was in a health magazine at the gym... at any rate, I decided to get the White Noise app for my phone. It plays all kinds of sounds - rain, crickets, storms... and you can set it to play all night.

Well holy moly, it works. This week I have been sleeping GREAT. I've been able to get back to sleep if I wake up in the middle of the night, and I've been awake two days (out of four) before my alarm went off. Hooray!

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Today:
- Drink lots of water. Again, slacking on the water. Ugh.
- Go to stretch and Body Pump after school
- Be positive. Yesterday was a rough day - someone in my building did something that wasn't very smart, and it ruined my whole day. I don't want that to happen today.
- Update my gym play list. It's getting a little stale.

Have a super day!

  
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TAMARAC2 2/17/2011 10:32PM

    I have that sleeping problem, and I have that app, but I keep forgetting to use it. I have been trying just about every other trick I know to fall back asleep, but I'll have to try that one again!

Glad to hear someone is enjoying sleeping again!!!

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CASSIOEPIA 2/17/2011 9:46PM

    We leave our furnace fan running all the time for white noise, but I do believe I want to check out your app!

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COOPSM 2/17/2011 9:37PM

    Great idea Carrie---may have to try the white noise..
Hope you had a better day today at work....

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ONECOOKIETWO 2/17/2011 2:47PM

    White noise is working for you!!!
What, did you have black noise before? (I'm defining black noise as too much self talk when trying to drift off to sleep).
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TORTUETOO 2/17/2011 2:17PM

    That was my biggest problem when we moved - after living on a busy street for so many years, I couldn't handle how QUIET it was at night! Lots of times I sleep with a fan on, just for the noise. I'll have to check out that app - thanks for the tip!

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PINKCOCONUT 2/17/2011 10:58AM

    I'm a huge fan of white noise as I'm a light sleeper, I actually keep the humidifier going at night and I sleep like a baby!

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GSDMIKE 2/17/2011 9:05AM

    My brother-in-law can't sleep without a fan running. It's not for cooling, it's for the white noise. I tend to sleep better in the summer with the ceiling fan on too, and would probably run it year round if I got to make the climate decisions around our house.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 2/17/2011 7:58AM

    I need to update my play list too. Thanks for reminding me. I am so checking out that app!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/17/2011 7:30AM

    glad you're sleeping better,Carrie!! I run a humidifier in my room for Daniel and it's great for sleeping,too.

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SCEELLA 2/17/2011 7:15AM

    Haha, I love the post name :D Good luck with your goals! And have a nice long uninterrupted sleep during nighttime!

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Easy-peasy!

Monday, February 14, 2011

I love my honey for many reasons... one of those reasons is that he is a great cook, and he taught me how to cook for myself. I mean, I could always cook, but it was usually just heating up some mac and cheese or Shake n' Bake. Tonight I threw together a shrimp soup... I used to be so scared of making soup, but Brad taught me a practically fool-proof way to make soup. And I'm going to share it with you.
*Note - I don't really measure my ingredients when I make soup, so don't get hung up on exact amounts.

Step One: Saute some onions/shallots/scallions and carrots (or no carrots, whatever), add a little garlic when the onion is cooked a bit. I use just enough oil to have a very thin coating on the bottom of the pan - probably not even half a tablespoon. And if you want to use bacon, you can start by cooking the bacon in the pan and using the bacon fat to saute the veggies. Add a little salt and pepper and any other dry spices/herbs.
Step Two: Add shrimp/chicken/tofu, salt and pepper as needed. If you need to add a little broth or water to keep the food from sticking, now is the time. Just a little bit right now, enough to get up the delicious brown bits.
Step Three: Add broth. Broth is so much tastier than water.
Step Four (totally optional - usually I am done by this point): Add leafy greens (kale, spinach, etc) and/or pasta (I like little orzo or vermicelli). Simmer until pasta is done. Season to taste.

Voila! A really simple simple simple soup. And it really doesn't take long at all. I think the most time consuming part is cutting up the veggies and thawing the shrimp. But you can cut up the veggies and thaw the night before. Tonight I had piping hot soup not half an hour after I got home from the gym. And so ridiculously healthy. Shrimp - about 100 calories. Vermicelli - about 100 calories. Oil - *maybe* 60 calories. Everything else - negligible.

That soup was so light that I treated myself to some chocolate ricotta "mousse" for dessert, which was also ridiculously easy.
1) Melt 1/2 oz. bittersweet chocolate
2) Add a serving of ricotta
3) Mix in vanilla and sugar/honey/maple syrup/stevia/whatever
4) Enjoy your ridiculously easy and AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS dessert.

I got a giant tub of ricotta at the store on Sunday and am planning on having this dessert ALL WEEK.

I have to confess - today at school I had two chocolate cupcakes and two chocolate-covered strawberries. There is a mom who is an amazing baker and these cupcakes were just AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH SOOOOOOO good. It was actually a small miracle that I stuck to two. But you know what's funny, since I started watching my refined sugar and white flour intake, I have been really good at not going carb-crazy. Even after eating the first cupcake, it's not like I wanted to devour another one instantly, which is what was happening in January. So there is a bit of progress! And then I did 15 minutes on the bike and a 60 minute Body Pump class, so take that, cupcakes.

*General Tso update - it's funny how giving into a craving just kills it. There is absolutely NO PART of me that has any desire to eat Chinese food. Maybe in a couple months...

Off to bed.

  
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BSTAKINGACTION 2/15/2011 10:30AM

    Thanks, Carrie....love the dessert idea. And I, too, was amazed at how easy a simple soup can be. Always thought it had to be an entire day of simmering to be like "mom's". I appreciate your sharing this! And, everything in moderation right? I'm all about enjoying the edible works of art that some people can create. Life's too short.

You're doing great!

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COOPSM 2/15/2011 8:32AM

    Carrie----loved this......I am going to make both of these!!!! Thanks for sharing.....when is the next cooking lesson???

Have my CSA app. all filled out, just need to amil that and the money.....lookign forward to it....may be hitting you up for ideas.....LOL

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LAGREBE 2/15/2011 7:30AM

    Soups are so easy to make and wonderful food to eat! (especially with chocolate covered strawberries for dessert!)

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GONE2014 2/14/2011 11:21PM

    Your recipe sounds so good ... and easy enough that maybe I could even make it!!! Thanks so much for sharing and Happy Valentines Day to you!!!!

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GSDMIKE 2/14/2011 11:01PM

    I owe my cooking skills to Alton Brown and Giada Delaurentis. And I guess to a willingness to risk cutting my fingertips off. Getting past the knife fear was really the biggest step for me.

My mom gives me the knife work now when I'm in her kitchen. Which is totally cool.

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Hm.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I had a paragraph written but I just couldn't think of a cohesive blog. So here are my thoughts in a list.

- I want to try some new nutrition stuff - lower carbs, upping the protein, and even adding in a protein shake a few times a week.
- i REALLY want to get my body fat % lower, which is why I want to do this. I picked up Muscle and Fitness Hers and I LOVE it. I look at the strong women in the magazine, and that's what I want to be. So along with the Spark diet, I want to start loosely following some of the eating plans in there (lots of protein, not so many carbs).
- I made some awesome veggie chili tonight. SOOOO good. And home made corn bread. YUM
- I seriously feel a difference in my thighs since I started doing Body Pump. I suppose that two entire songs of squats and lunges will do that do a person.
- I did NOT eat out of boredom AT ALL today. This is a big step - lately I've been struggling with this. I *knew* that I was eating out of boredom, but I did it anyway. Sigh.

That's all for now... I think I'd like to relax tonight. I did a lot of running around today and got lots done around the house. Time for the couch and a glass of wine.

  
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MARLIMOO 2/14/2011 3:40PM

    I bought some protein powder for the same reason- From GNC. I have used it= sprinkled in my oatmeal, added to shakes- not regularly though. I plan to kick it up in that regard- AFTER the marathon. So for now- ST and all of that is secondary. I am mainly doing my running thang- which is effecting my weight loss. Staying same size, but up - about 5 total to my lowest. Not the greatest, but not horrific. YOU GO. You can do it. Wine rocks.

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THE_JENCH 2/13/2011 11:45PM

    In the locker room of my gym on Saturday I saw a woman take a big bin out of her locker, scoop some powder into a cup and pour in some juice. Although I assumed it was protein powder I had to ask what she was doing. She told me, yes, it was protein powder and she was trying to increase her muscle mass so was drinking one or two shakes a day, always one after a workout. I'm not sure of the specifics but it could be something to look into?

Mmmm... wine! I had some with dinner tonight... and then chocolate cake with ganache and (half fat) ice cream... so good and worth it sometimes!

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LALAFLOWERS 2/13/2011 9:09PM

    Had my wine with supper... now, back to lots of water.. with all my running around, I didn't drink as much as usual...

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He got me last night, but not this morning.

Friday, February 11, 2011

General Tso, that is. Yesterday after school I had this overwhelming feeling of "I must have Chinese food." Really, I did. So I stopped for some General Tso (and an eggroll), stuffed my face, and crashed on the couch for THREE HOURS. Yes, from 6:00-9:00 last night I slept on the couch. Ugh.

Went upstairs, got back to sleep around 10:30ish.

The message on my alarm for this morning read "Burn off the General." Right before my alarm went off, I was thinking that I'd just take one more day off (you know those famous last words - one more day...) but when the alarm rang and I read my message, I got myself out of bed and ready to go.

I'm not going to spin this morning, but I *am* going to get in another workout. It's FINALLY Friday and I'm uber-excited. The even better news is that since I got take out last night, I definitely won't want it today. In fact, I was salivating over the apple that I'm going to have for lunch. Ha!

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So today I'm kicking that General to the curb!

  
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SEPPIESUSAN 2/13/2011 5:04PM

    Your alarm does messages? That's a great idea. I find that my attitude in the morning usually dictates my attitude the whole day, so if you wake up feeling like kicking the General, you're gonna have a good day!

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COOPSM 2/12/2011 6:35PM

    Carrie----loved that you put that message on your phone and kicked him to the curb....bet that apple was delish!!!

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 2/11/2011 1:32PM

    *ugh* I crashed last night after having pecan pie yesterday. I won't lie & say it wasn't delish - but the after effects SUCKED!!!!

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XIMERAGREY 2/11/2011 1:01PM

    Love the idea of leaving messages. Way to go!!

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CHEF4RENT 2/11/2011 12:52PM

    WooHoo You CAN do it!!

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GONE2014 2/11/2011 11:42AM

    Leaving messages really help! Good for you!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/11/2011 10:46AM

    Good for you!!!

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PINKCOCONUT 2/11/2011 9:27AM

    The general has nothing on you woman!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!!

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BSTAKINGACTION 2/11/2011 9:02AM

    And she's off...! Excellent self motivation, woman!

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BSTAKINGACTION 2/11/2011 9:02AM

    And she's off...! Excellent self motivation, woman!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 2/11/2011 7:52AM

    Good for you for burning off the General. Luckily for me that is not one of my favs but all asian food is a love of mine. Uggh SODIUM.

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MRSSIBRAT 2/11/2011 7:29AM

    I know what you mean girlie...hibachi has been my downfall as of late.....

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MRE1956 2/11/2011 7:10AM

    You GO - tell that General off!

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CFMOSS 2/11/2011 6:43AM

    Way to keep on going!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 2/11/2011 6:36AM

    Yeah I know how you feel! I had pizza last night, but I can not get to the gym today
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SUZIEQS65 2/11/2011 6:29AM

    Oh the cravings, I so get it!

Good luck kicking some butt today!

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BILL60 2/11/2011 5:53AM

    And so it goes. Hang tough and watch out for the General.

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EAP1115 2/11/2011 5:51AM

  GOOD LUCK I KNOW WHAT CHINESE CAN DO

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Over the hump (barely)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I do my darnedest to not complain about the weather - it's going to happen if I like it or not - but man, I'm tired of this! I'm ready to see a tulip or something.

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Today:
- water water water!!!
- stop for some flowers for one of the girls at school... she's having a rough go at it lately
- write out Valentine's cards to send tomorrow
- stick to the eating plan

This summer I'd like to get certified to be a personal trainer. I'm really looking forward to it! This is a good long-term goal for me... every time I want to eat something, I think of an ad I saw - "Personal trainer wanted. Must be certified and in fantastic shape." I love that - "must be in fantastic shape." I would love it if someone I didn't know looked at me and went "wow, she's in fantastic shape." Those few words helped me avoid a second cookie yesterday afternoon.

Have a Spark-tacular day!

  
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PILLOWFOOL 2/11/2011 4:04AM

    I repeat. I would hire you TODAY. cookie, or no cookie ;) you are FANTASTIC girl!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 2/10/2011 9:32AM

    wooohooo thats awesome! you can so totally do it!:)

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/10/2011 8:41AM

    You are a good mom.

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LALAFLOWERS 2/10/2011 8:22AM

    Good goals. It makes you so very much easier to stick to the plan if you know why you're doing it.

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MUFFIY831 2/10/2011 8:19AM

    Great goal! You can do it!

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