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What a day...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Closet room is DONE!!! I am SOOOO excited. I will post some pics probably tomorrow. I still have 2 or 3 little things to do. But it looks great! I feel like it's MY room now, not just some room I moved into. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do.

Phew! It's time to crash on the couch.

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BOBBYD31 7/16/2011 6:31PM

    you can come here and paint

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    YAY!!! you're right-a fresh coat of paint does WONDERS for walls/rooms!!!and boy, you gotta believe me when I say that right now...after painting 6 of the 7 past days...

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AARONSGIRL420 7/16/2011 10:47AM

    A whole room for clothes...oh how I wish :)

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PINKCOCONUT 7/16/2011 8:35AM

    Great job! Can't wait to see it!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 7/15/2011 10:43PM

    YAY! come do mine!

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CASSIOEPIA 7/15/2011 10:29PM

    Sounds great!

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SWEETMOMMY41 7/15/2011 10:25PM

  glad to hear that the closet room is done. have a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

It's been a nuts-o couple of days. Yesterday was the soft opening of Brad's new restaurant - I think it went well, it was just SO busy. It was so busy, in fact, that I had to work as a prep cook! It's a good thing I knew how to do stuff from home - I prepped trout, cut steak garnishes, got cheese ready, and tons of other stuff. So much for the cute hair I had when I left my house! But Brad was SO happy I was there. He thanked me a million times for my help. And he told me that the owner's brother told him "you would have been screwed if she wasn't here."

Today I went out to buy some paint - my closet isn't going to paint itself! It's all primed and ready to be painted. And I'm really looking forward to getting organized and KEEPING my closet that way.

Bread is in the oven - Brad has a meeting tonight, and I have no idea when he's going to be home. Late, I assume. Bleh. Looks like I'll be eating cheddar-broccoli bread by myself. Oh well, he's very happy at this new job, so I'll take it!

Off to get some water...

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GIANTPANDA 7/15/2011 2:43PM

    It sounds like such an exciting time for your husband and you. I admire anyone who can cook like that, and being able to properly chop veggies is a highly under rated skill.

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KALIGIRL 7/15/2011 12:40PM

    Very crazy - but super productive!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 7/15/2011 11:04AM

    Sounds like you have a summer job lined up. It was really nice that you were able to help out.

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PINKCOCONUT 7/15/2011 10:31AM

    Way to pitch in! Feels good to help, eh?

Man, too bad you weren't closer! I have the evening to myself as well, Alan's working late!!! I'll try at least to get a move going in Words With Friends (it's been loading super slow over the last month hence the lack of plays)!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/15/2011 7:46AM

    Wow!! I'm just now checking in after some busy times myself (summer school starting) and wow, look at you, big major life events happening here. Congratulations on getting married!!!! I've been with my husband almost 7 years myself and we got married after we'd been together for 5 years, so I can relate to marrying my best friend and it is the most amazing feeling in the world. Enjoy these happy times!!! Congrats again!

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LYNNANN43 7/14/2011 11:13PM

    The pic of your closet made me drool with envy! emoticon

Best of luck to Brad on his new restaurant!

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BOBBYD31 7/14/2011 10:23PM

    awesome! what about canada?

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/14/2011 8:44PM

    That is so exciting. Glad he is happy in the job, that helps so much.

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FLYSHOPGIRL 7/14/2011 8:36PM

    I envy your knife abilities! I tend to take off appendages when I use my big chef's knife. (literally hacked my thumb in half last Memorial Day making cucumber and onion salad!) I bet it was fun to be part of your husband's kitchen though!!

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It's our one-week anniversary!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I can't believe how much I love being married. It's funny - it's like everything changed, but nothing changed. We still love each other, we still have our house together, but it just *feels* different. Swoon...

Yesterday I picked out some paint chips to paint a few walls in my closet. It is SO boring and I couldn't stand it anymore, so I headed out yesterday to pick up some new curtains and some accessories. I bought some beautiful stuff at Pier 1 - some sumptuous teal silk curtains with peacock feathers (you can see them on the website - GORGEOUS!), a blue and teal vase, and an antique-gold wire body figure (like a dress-maker has, but not life-size. Still fun.).

I am really looking forward to getting my closet room in shape! I can't wait to have a really special place that I created for myself.

Did my morning weights. I feel good. Pizza is baking (sauce-less pizza, we don't have any sauce! argh!) and I'm finishing off my coffee from this morning. I may look for a new desk today...

Have a super day!

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    there is 'something' about being married that is just how you described it. I ,personally, think it 's the commitment factor. the fact that you have vowed to be together forever and are willing to work on that.
and YAY to getting back to the gym and back to sparking...

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GONE2014 7/13/2011 4:02PM

    Wow, I go on vacation and come back and find you married! Many congratulations and best wishes to you both.

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KALIGIRL 7/13/2011 12:11PM

    Sounds like the honeymoon is going emoticon
Here's to a lifetime of happiness!

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    oh my goodness Congrats! I really need to find more time to read blogs, see what I missed.

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PINKCOCONUT 7/12/2011 1:38PM

    You're so cute! I love hearing you swoon! :)

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MUFFIY831 7/12/2011 12:57PM

    You're adorable. I love how happy you are!!! :)

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CAMROLA 7/12/2011 12:24PM

    So happy for you!

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RENLA6991 7/12/2011 12:21PM

    You are so cute! I hope to feel that same marital bliss someday too. I feel your pain about looking at paint chips - I just picked out paint for my ENTIRE house. Talk about torture! Enjoy your sauceless pizza & shopping!

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 7/12/2011 11:56AM

    Sounds like you are truly happy! Enjoy your shopping and creating your own space. Have a great weekend! Happy one week anniversary!! emoticon

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Re-uncovering patterns

Monday, July 11, 2011

Going back to the beginning of Spark is interesting... I have had to make a conscious effort to drink all my water, and I have gotten back into taking little walks around the little loop in our neighborhood. I had forgotten how much I enjoy those little 10-minute walks after a meal.

Today I ate half a homemade pizza - it was small, but the point is that I put half on my plate and said to myself "well, I can eat the rest if I'm still hungry." And I sat down AT THE TABLE with my half a pizza, concentrated on my food, and realized that I *wasn't* hungry after the pizza. Hm. My routine as of late was to eat in front of the TV or computer, and I think that was a serious problem for me. One of my new Spark challenges is to eat at the table for every meal. It's already made a difference.

I woke up late this morning - I slept really horribly last night - and didn't go to the gym. I said "oh, I'll go later" but I didn't. If I don't go in the morning, I just don't go. Simple as that. Bleh. And here's my excuse for the day - my hamstrings are SO sore from my weightlifting session on Saturday. Like hurts-to-walk sore. This tends to happen when I start a new workout... tomorrow morning I WILL GET TO THE GYM first thing after I wake up. I have to.

But I suppose the whole point of going back to Stage 1 is to figure out what I need to do to be successful at this weight-loss thing.

Off to drink some more water!

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    I have been in the habit of eating in front of the computer or tv myself, I should challenge myself to stop that as well

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NCREMEENS 7/12/2011 9:33AM

    I procrastinate horribly about exercise. I wait too late and then it is too hot to run outside and I don't feel like sweating so much, so I go back to sleep and don't exercise at all. Then I feel awful about it the next day. I think that is something most all of us sparkers have to work on. Good luck getting into the gym!

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AARONSGIRL420 7/11/2011 11:08PM

    I procrastinate too, it is horrible. Then I feel so bad the next day :(. I wish I had more resolve.

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FLYSHOPGIRL 7/11/2011 7:05PM

    I am the SAME way about the gym. If it doesn't happen first thing in the morning, it doesn't happen at all. I have to tell myself EVERY DAY that if I go now (meaning when I wake up) I won't have to think about it the rest of the day, and I can check it off the to do list. With school starting again, getting the gym out of the way first thing is the ONLY way it's gonna get done!

Good job sitting down at the table to eat :) And you got to have leftovers!!


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LAMARY9 7/11/2011 6:49PM

    All of us have those times when we just don't feel like it but we pay the price be doing it anyway because we are doing it for ourselves. I don't want to let myself down or be a quitter, besides I fell so much better after my exercise. You can do it tomorrow is another day to succeed.

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Spark Stage One

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Yesterday I went back to Stage 1 in the Spark thing. I didn't re-set everything, I just went back to the beginning.

I think it all came from some recent pictures... I mean, compared to 30 pounds ago, I look great. But when I look at some pictures, I get a bit of the same feeling I did 30 pounds ago. "Those arms could be smaller," "Ooooh I could use more of a waist..."

It's not in the same pathetic, sad tone I used over two years ago, but it is in a tone that makes me want to get back on the ball. I am off for the summer. There is no reason why I can't spend more time at the gym and more time on my wellness! I have the time to spend on Spark, reading articles, interacting more with my Spark friends... I should be using the time to do just that!

The big difference is that this time I am "starting" Spark, I'm doing it already loving my body. I know what it can do. I like the way it looks. It has muscles. So this time will be different.

Let's gooooooooo!

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COOPSM 7/11/2011 5:56PM

    Go Carrie Go...glad you got that spark back!!!

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MIAMIA7 7/9/2011 8:37PM

    Yay Carrie! Way to start anew on a positive note!

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LYNNANN43 7/9/2011 8:20PM


emoticon back to SP Stage emoticon, Carrie!


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CAMROLA 7/9/2011 7:36PM

    Love this, and something I think I need to do myself.... I lost a lot of weight a few years back, and while I'm actually fitter--that its, more athletic--now than I was when I lost, the pounds have crept back on. Revisiting the process from the beginning might be just the trick.

You continue to inspire me!

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REDHEADMOM2U 7/9/2011 7:23PM

    So great to read this!

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    Perfect! I, too, revisit the Spark stages often. It never hurts to go through the steps over and over again. I find a learn a little more about myself each time. You're in such a good place...I'm sure this time will take you even further. Have fun with it!

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