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ooooooooh doo doo doo

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I am so pumped I could burst. My neighbor called me today for a couple reasons - they are all good.

1) I can schedule the siding guy to come and repair our siding. FINALLY. As un-excited as I am to be shelling out over 10K to have it fixed, I am SUPER excited to have it fixed up and looking great.

2) There is new information about the break-in that happened in June! I'm not getting into details, but I have a feeling that some good things are going to happen soon. Keep your fingers crossed!

Other goodness

- I did my run this morning. I did 3 minutes run, 2 minutes walk. It felt good. I mean, good in a "my legs are like lead from yesterday's strength training but I'm still running" good.

- It's sunny and not humid!!!

- I am going to meet my brother for dinner tonight, after I exchange some pants and a shirt and look for some new khakis. It takes me forever to find a good pair of khakis! I like to find them with a straight pocket in the front - the side pockets often stick out. Ugh.

- My hair is getting longer and I am not sick of it! I am experimenting with some new products and I found one I really like (Paul Mitchell The Cream Styling Conditioner, BTW).

- I went to my dermatologist on Tuesday, and in their skin center, I got a makeup consultation. I found some makeup I absolutely LOVE so I'll be ordering it before school starts (Jane Iredale Dream Tint, BTW). I have a facial scheduled for next Wednesday. I can't wait!!!

- Got some new sheets yesterday. Our cousins (well, my in-law (!) cousins, Brad's *real* cousins) sent us a very nice check for our marriage. I can't wait to wash them and put them on... 630 thread count, woot woot!

Time to get ready... I want to get my shopping done *before* dinner. Nothing is worse (well, there are worse things) than trying on khakis after you eat.

Have a super sparky day!

  
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KALIGIRL 8/12/2011 8:56AM

    emoticon Good news all round!

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GIANTPANDA 8/11/2011 7:11PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day!

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TORTUETOO 8/11/2011 5:32PM

    I hope the news about the break-in shakes out in your favor! It's so nice when they catch the guy and you get to see they get punished!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/11/2011 3:57PM

    So much positivity! I love it!!! Glad you're having an awesome day!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 8/11/2011 1:29PM

    You're so super positive today! I love that! You have lots of good things to be happy about! My hair is SOOO long...I'm donating it and I couldn't be more ready to chop it all off!! Enjoy your dinner with your brother and good luck with the shopping!

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Hooray for today!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Today was a wonderful, lazy day. Well, not *all* lazy... I went to the gym this morning and got some strength training in - it felt really good. Did a little interval cardio after that. Phew! Came home to spend a little time with honey before he had to go into work, and then I went out to run some errands. Fun fun.

But this afternoon? I got home and plopped on the couch with the book Room. (Which I highly recommend. I read the entire book this afternoon.) Had some chips and salsa for dinner (homemade salsa is SOOOO good) with a little cantaloupe as a sweet. I'm finishing up my water for the day, and I'll have three stars AGAIN! Yahoo!

Today was the first lazy day in a long time where I haven't felt sorry for myself for sitting around all day. For a while I was feeling really down this summer because of many reasons... but I've been journaling through my feelings and I've been feeling much better. So I actually got to really enjoy today.

I think I'd like to start working on a loose school-year schedule for my days and weeks... I just realized that today, there are two weeks before I go back to school. Which means I need to start getting back into a good sleeping routing and a school-like eating routine. I told Brad that I couldn't stay up until all hours of the night anymore... and I need to start eating at more regular intervals...

Good things!

I got in a super workout today!
I drank all my water today!
I scheduled a facial for next week... I am SOOOO excited. It's sure cheaper than going to a day spa, and it's at my dermatologist's office so I'm not worried about weird stuff being done to my skin.
It's Pay Day!

  
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KALIGIRL 8/11/2011 12:41PM

    emoticonon all counts!

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MARIA_VIGS 8/11/2011 10:30AM

    Hooray for lazy days! Sounds fabulous. Thanks for the book recommendation - I've added it to my Amazon wish list :) Enjoy your facial and your last 2 weeks of summer vacay!

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COOPSM 8/11/2011 7:23AM

    Congrats on the 3 stars.....going to repeat today???

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PATTIE441 8/10/2011 8:59PM

    Woo Hoo! I agree, it was a productive day with relaxing involved. I think you did awesome!! Way to go!!! emoticon emoticon

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MIAMIA7 8/10/2011 8:00PM

    Carrie-good for you for enjoying a guilt free day. I need to do this more also. I do love my Sunday mornings before everyone else gets up. That is "me" time. I love that you enjoyed a "lazy" day but still managed a workout, good eating, and water. On top of that you thought things through about organizing upcoming changes. I would say not a lazy day but a productive day with relaxing involved!

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MMMMMMMMonday

Monday, August 08, 2011

I guess there's a reason that "getting back to basics" is such a popular idea. I did just that by charting my water, my workouts and my sleep, and it's only been a week but I feel so much better already. My sleeping has been sound and deep, my mood has improved, and my self esteem has gone up. I even decided to take the Spark Approach to tracking my food just to notice patterns and to be aware; not really to track calories, but just to reacquaint myself with the calories in what I eat. And a funny thing happened after I did this for a couple of days... I started caring again about what I was putting into my body.

I've gone back to reading blogs, to commenting on blogs, to posting on message boards, to sending lots of goodies, to clicking on articles and actually *reading* them and using the ideas!


I started reading the book Women Food and God and it's very interesting. The summer is the perfect time for me to be reading self-improvement books because I have lots of time to reflect and act on what I read. In reading the book I've discovered that I need to pay more attention to my body and if it's really hungry. I know I've been getting lazy with the eating. And even though I've been eating lots of fruits and veggies, I still am eating them when I'm not hungry. It's still food, and it's still being eaten when I'm not actually hungry. So this is something I'm working on.

I also started writing in a journal (again). One of the points in the book is that some people eat to mask feelings. And it's been a stressful month - my mom hasn't talked to me because of the wedding thing (*side note - she actually *did* talk to me through my brother and wants to do dinner sometime soon. This is a good thing.) and it's been eating me up inside. I didn't realize how much I was hurting because of it until I started writing it down. I was being all strong (well, trying to be, anyway) and I kept telling myself that I wasn't really that bothered by her not talking to me. But it turns out that I am. But the point is that journaling has really helped me with this issue. And I think I'm almost ready to talk to her about it.

emoticon Today's Good Stuff!

I drank all my water and more!
I went to the gym this morning and got in a run! Hooray for running and getting sweaty!
My dinner was super delish - salmon with farm potatoes and carrots and onions.
I had lots of fruit!
I'm feeling less lumpy-dumpy!
I *finally* cleaned the downstairs tub! (We don't use it as a shower - it's more of the cleaning area, and it was filled with painting stuff from when I did my closet room !)
I have enough calories left today so that I can have a mug of hot milk!

  
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KALIGIRL 8/9/2011 12:32PM

    WAY GOOD STUFF!!!!
So glad you are journaling!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 8/9/2011 9:59AM

    I'm glad you were able to start seeing some positive changes by getting back to the basics. It seems like common sense but it's amazing how we just forget about the simple stuff that makes the most difference. I've been doing that too, this week (as you know!) and yesterday was the first day in AGES that I drank all of my water...it's amazing what a difference that alone could make in my day!

I'm glad we're both getting back on track and feeling great again!

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ROGUE_1 8/8/2011 9:56PM

    Getting back to basics is awesome - I'm proud of you ! I've been doing it too, and what a difference it makes...

I love that you write in a journal! I have written in one since I was 10 and recently these last few years fell out of that practice, but I really believe it's so healing and important for me. Sometimes I just write a few words - for instance: "Things that made me happy today", while other times I write page after page after page... it's so cathartic...

I'm sorry I'm not up to date with what's been going on, but I will keep you in my thoughts and hope that whatever heartaches or struggles you're going through work out.

Today's good stuff was definitely GOOD STUFF! BRAVO!!!

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REDHEADMOM2U 8/8/2011 9:42PM

    Focus is great! Great job!

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MOMTO2TOO 8/8/2011 9:20PM

    Good for you! Congratulations on finding your true feelings and working your plan again. It does feel good, doesn't it?

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SKINNY_MINNIE 8/8/2011 8:54PM

    Wow, sounds like you're really focused! Keep it up!

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Swim-a-dim

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I'm excited about how my new-old habits are forming. This morning I woke up and my muscles were pretty sore, so I thought I'd take today as a rest day. But after I washed my face, I decided to take an easy swim day. After all, I *did* plan today as a cardio day on my calendar. And I'm so glad I went! This afternoon I went to a local festival with a friend and her husband, and of course they have wonderful fair food. For lunch I had cheese fries (MMM) and before we left I had a funnel cake. It had been SOOOO long since I'd had a funnel cake. And it was totally worth it.

On my drive home, I thought of how great it was that I was already at the gym this morning. Not that my swim worked off even CLOSE to the number of calories in my funnel cake and fries, but it was better than not doing anything.

So I'm feeling pretty good. I still had dinner tonight - I was hungry! - but it wasn't anything crazy. I had some pizza and for a sweet I had a Julie's Organic Chocolate Bar. They only have 100 calories per bar, and they are super delicious. Very creamy and yum. A little expensive, but a bar is better for me because I won't eat the whole stinkin' tub of ice cream!

I definitely need a hot bath tonight. I am sore and feeling gross from today's festival. It was SO hot and humid. Bleh.

Off to run a bath! Hope your weekend was stupendous!

  
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BARBIETEC 8/8/2011 5:58PM

    well done!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 8/8/2011 11:44AM

    I know we talk about this all the time...you were always one of my early morning buddies...but it's SO hard to get back into that routine after you've let it slip for so long. I'm trying to work back up to that again, too. If you can do it I TOTALLY can! Good for you for getting that swimming in!

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KALIGIRL 8/8/2011 11:20AM

    What a wonderful day!
emoticon for sharing.

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GONE2014 8/7/2011 11:25PM

    It's okay to enjoy but it feels so much better when we've done some work first : )

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BILLALEX70 8/7/2011 10:04PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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GOEGIRL 8/7/2011 9:56PM

    Good for you, Carrie! It's such a great feeling to get it done early in the day doesn't it? Just sets the tone for the whole day. I'm going to try to take a page from your book and get back in the morning habit. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Swooning and sighing

Saturday, August 06, 2011

My husband is a chef. A very good chef. He's so good, in fact, that he has to work all the time. He just opened up a new restaurant (he doesn't own it, he's the Executive Chef) so he's there ALL THE TIME doing stuff. Ordering, prepping, setting up, reviewing stuff... like today? He left a little after 9:00am and he probably won't be home until after 11:00. While I'm very proud of him and I'm happy that he is doing what he loves, I'm feeling a little insecure lately. This happens when Brad works a lot... I start feeling insecure about myself. Especially because I'm not at work - I don't feel like I'm a productive member of society. I actually don't like summer for this reason.

When Brad is at work all the time, I don't have anyone to tell me that my muscles are feeling better. I don't have anyone grabbing my arse and telling me that it feels really good. (I suppose I could grab my own arse, but it's just not the same.)
AAAAHHHHHHH

So I suppose I have a few choices. I could:

a) wallow in self-pity and eat eat eat because hey, who's noticing if I pack on a couple pounds?
b) be sad all day, sit on the couch, not move, not even get up to eat.
c) be a gym warrior, working out like nobody's business, and then taking time to prepare good meals.

I think I'll choose c. With a little b in there for good measure. Because let's face it, when your hubby works all the time, it kind of sucks. But I can't get too mad at him - he really loves what he's doing. And I know that this job is a HUGE step up for him - he wrote the menu, he rolled it out, and he is doing lots of other Head Chef things that he didn't get to do at his last restaurant. Sigh.

Good things for today!

emoticon I earned all my stars today! Yahoo!

emoticon emoticon emoticon Henry, the Juice Guy At the Gym Who Is Incredibly Sexy, struck up a little convo with me today on the way in. He noticed that I was swimming a lot (I have been!) and he said "you look great." Swoon! I could have melted. If that comment doesn't get me off my rump and working hard, I don't know what will!

emoticon I took the time to do my hair today (I had to go into Brad's restaurant to get a check and then go pick up some ground buffalo) and get a little dressed up, and it did wonders for my self-esteem. My hair did what it needed to do and I even put on a little eyeliner from my new eye shadow. Yay! Maybe a goal for the rest of the summer is that I need to at the very least do my hair every day and not throw it back.

I'm going to find a little snacky before I go take a hot bath. Maybe just a glass of hot milk and a square of dark chocolate. I have to be extra food-careful. Henry's watching!

  
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REDHEADMOM2U 8/7/2011 4:04AM

    Sounds like a good choice! LOL about Henry...we all need a Henry!

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THE_JENCH 8/6/2011 10:24PM

    Oh Henry! His compliment and attention is wonderful for validating what you have done and motivating you to keep going! And you know you'll have more time with Brad all the time, maybe not so regularly, so option C is always a good option because... because of DREBENEZER's comment!
So keep getting out of the house, dressing beautifully (you said you've been shopping so you have the clothes!), and exude happy and hot self confidence!

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DREBENEZER 8/6/2011 9:30PM

    A good husband will still be grabbing your arse 20 years from now!!

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