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Monday, November 07, 2011

This past weekend I went to a wedding with a friend. We stayed at a hotel (the wedding was about an hour and a half away) - it was like a mini-vacation for us.

So anyway, hotel-staying means going out to eat. And so we did. Friday night we had a delicious dinner (I tried my darndest not to eat too much, but that didn't work out so well). We are both morning people, so we woke up early on Saturday and went to Cracker Barrel. If you have never been to a CB for breakfast, hooo-eee you are missing some tasty breakfast. So breakfast was HUGE.

Had a little snack before the wedding, and then off we were.

I don't like to complain about weddings, but this next part is in context of my Sparking. So it's all good. The wedding buffet was a Thanksgiving dinner theme. Cute, right? Well, the food was AWFUL. The roll was stale, the veggies were canned, and the meat tasted/felt like thick lunch meat. Ugh. I had a big mound of mashed potatoes and corn for my dinner. But the good part about this whole thing is that I listened to my body. Typically I would have just eaten what was there because "we;;, it was there." But this time I really paid attention to my body and decided not to eat what wasn't delicious.

So while I was a little hungry, it wasn't horrible because of the gigantic Cracker Barrel breakfast.

Here we are, another week. I am going to continue getting up early and hitting the gym first thing. I love it!
I am going to continue tracking my food, and working on more consistent dinner tracking.
I am going to continue drinking lots and lots of water.

And just this morning, I thought of something that might be fun. Since we didn't have a wedding and we didn't have a party, I was thinking that we might have a big celebration for our one-year anniversary. It's not until July, but I think it would be fun to plan a big summer party for that. I'll bring it up to Brad tonight and see what he thinks about it.

Off to swim! Have a great day!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/8/2011 6:00PM

    We should always listen to our body, it can guide us through our daily life in a healthy way. It is when we ignore signals or numb them with foreign substances that we stray! Way to go on your choices. Cracker Barrel is super yummy!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/7/2011 11:35PM

    The anniversary party is a great idea!

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PSHANKEY 11/7/2011 10:06AM

    Good on you! And great idea for the July party!

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    great job on not eating just b/c!! awesome idea on the prty idea!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/7/2011 7:57AM

    I think having a one-year anniversary party is a great idea!! And you can use your experience this past weekend as a learning experience in what NOT to do. :)

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RUNNER4LYFE 11/7/2011 7:55AM

    First of all - good job on listening to ur body and tuning out old, bad habits!!! Ive found myself doing that alot lately too. If it doesnt look good or taste good, why eat it? If we keep doing what we have always done, we will keep getting what we always got. emoticon

Second - I love the idea of a celebration for ur first anniversary! My hubby and I went to the JP to get married bc 1 - we didnt have the money for a big to-do or a planner to do all the stressful work and 2 - didnt want all the stress and drama that came along with wedding planning. Ive often thought of a vow renewal to be able to do the wedding thing all over again, including family and friends this time. But that idea comes and goes.

Keep us posted! Sounds like a fun idea!

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Oh what a beautiful morning...

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Earlier this morning I wrote a blog about how darn early 5am is! Phew!

But I couldn't post it.

I'm back from my swim - I did 30 minutes. I had been doing 20 minute swims for a while, but I decided to up the time. Ten minutes more is a lot more calorie burn! And really, ten minutes is really no time at all.

I feel good. I've been cutting down on my breakfast eating... well, all at once, anyway. A typical morning:

Wake up, have coffee and either a small piece of fruit or a bagel/toast
Swim/gym. (teehee, a fun rhyme!)
Come home and have either fruit or toast (whatever I didn't eat before the gym), second cup of coffee.
Go to school.
Have a small yogurt in the morning before I see my kiddos.

This seems to be working out great! I'm not nearly as ravenous when lunch rolls around, and I'm actually eating less at lunch. Wahoo!

I have GOT to get a manicure. My nails look awful.

Tonight I have stretch class - I can get to the gym in the evening much more easily if I go in the morning as well. Weird. So it's either twice or nothing. Ha!

I need to print out my November calendar... have a great day!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/4/2011 5:44AM

    Sounds like a good plan!

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BLACK-SWAN 11/3/2011 11:01AM


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    Good morning,Sunshine! You sure wake me up in the a.m with your bright blogs!
Glad that things are coming around for you-I"m trying to get a handle on what goes in my's much easier when I'm not in the house so close to the candy. I was walking yesterday and felt so STRONG and IN CONTROL...then later in the day...BOO!
Great job on early morning gym!that's early. You're drying off while I'm hitting snooze~~

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COOPSM 11/3/2011 8:01AM

    Carrie---you are on a roll...its only trial and error to see what works for you...sounds like youhave it figured out...enjoy stretch tonight...

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REDHEADMOM2U 11/3/2011 7:48AM

    sounds like a winning plan! I always hate to eat more in the am because I like volume at night, but maybe I wouldn't "need" so much if I was full in hte am?

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JOPAPGH 11/3/2011 7:43AM

    Two-fers are good. I think more small meals in the a.m. sounds like a good strategy. You coming to JASR this year?

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NO-excuses NO-vember

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

My biggest excuse (hahah - *biggest*, and I am busting out of my pants) as of late was that Brad was working all the time and it didn't matter if all I ate was Popeye's and Chinese take-out. Well, that excuse doesn't hold water in November. Brad is home so he would smell the fried chicken on my breath.

No more!

I got back on track in October, came to terms with how fat I felt, and I'm ready to take November by storm. November is going to be my friend this month. It will challenge me to not drink too much at an early month wedding (I have a wedding coming up this weekend, and a friend and I decided to get a hotel room for the weekend to have a girls' weekend along with the wedding). November will challenge me to get those grey corduroys looking great again. It will challenge me to lose some chub before Thanksgiving. I will be challenged to drink all my water every day so I don't have the leg cramps that I had last night (HOLY MOLY).

It's already starting out great! My coffee is extra delicious this morning, my bagel toasted without burning, my alarm went off, and I am going to have an AWESOME morning workout. It's a good day.

- drink all my water
- have the strength to say NO to the Halloween candy that will inevitably be on the faculty room table today
- Get a November goal sticker calendar ready!

Have a super day!

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HONBAD 11/2/2011 9:08PM

    Ooh I love the name of this blog!! You can do it! Make this month count towards your health!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/2/2011 3:04PM

    Great! Sounds like you're on track!


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PSHANKEY 11/1/2011 11:44PM

    You can do it!

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CAMROLA 11/1/2011 12:31PM

    Know your nemesis! You can keep the candy at arm's distance and conquer your goals. LOVE the calendar idea!


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RADIANTSTARR1 11/1/2011 11:27AM

    LOVE THIS!! Great idea and good luck!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Great blog title!
The candy will be my nemesis this can only IMAGINE how much is in the house! Pounds and pounds!!!!
So right now breakfast is quinoa with Stevia,berries,ground flax,cinnamon and a splash of milk. My difficult time is midmorning and late afternoon...once I cave in to's all downhill.
So-I hope I can be as strong as you!!! Goals? Yes, I should make some of those. Okay , here's one: DO NOT EAT ALL THE LITTLE ONES' CANDY.(notice the clause word 'ALL').
Wish me luck! emoticon

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MUFFIY831 11/1/2011 8:28AM

    Love it. YOU CAN DO IT!! :)

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WE_PA_FIT 11/1/2011 8:20AM

    Oh I love this!! hope u don't mind i'm stealing the No-Excuses No-vember theme, cause I NEED it!!

I too need to STAY AWAT from hallooeen candy.. I had one treat too many in October.

u r off to a great start, hope ur week stays on track!!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/1/2011 5:54AM

    Step away from the candy and have an awesome day!


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Monday, October 31, 2011

So it's the end of the month. In October I acknowledged that I gained some weight and stopped blaming it on my clothes shrinking. I also got my honey back - he's not working right now, and it's wonderful. He's taking care of me, taking care of himself, and I feel like I'm getting back on track with my working out and nutrition.

Today I went for a great swim, and tomorrow morning I'm looking to spend some more quality time at the gym.

Not much else for now... Brad is waiting to use the computer. I'm going to think about some November goals while I take a hot bath.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/1/2011 5:41AM

    Here's to a great November!

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CASSIOEPIA 10/31/2011 11:57PM

    Spooky will be left in your dust. Bring on November!

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CAMROLA 10/31/2011 11:41PM

    Sounds like its going to be a great month--you're focused and ready!


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LYNNANN43 10/31/2011 11:38PM

    Sounds like you are ready to ROCK November!

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PILLOWFOOL 10/31/2011 11:22PM

    sounds like an awesome way to get started!

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Square One

Sunday, October 30, 2011

This week I will:

Drink all my water every day.
Go to the gym before school, even if it means I have to go again after school to make it to yoga or stretch.
Track/write down all my food. Those treats at school add up!
Treat myself kindly.
Read motivating books and articles to keep me on track.
Remember to enjoy all good things in moderation. I will savor my wine instead of gulping it down. I will only eat treats that are REALLY delicious.


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SOUTHGOINGZAX 10/31/2011 6:46PM

    Hi Carrie

This is a tough time of year for me, too - I just....get lazy, I guess. Anyway, I was feeling kind of down, so I stopped by your page because you have such a great attitude, you always cheer me up. Thanks for being so awesome!

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RUNNINGWILD 10/30/2011 7:29PM

    On November 1, I'm putting my spark back to stage 1. Want to join me?

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/30/2011 6:16PM

    Impressive that you might go to the gym twice in one day! Your goals are great. I need to do some motivational reading - it really helps me get myself back on track.

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