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Thankful for...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

- my health
- my health insurance
- my job
- loving my job
- my hubby. My wonderful loving caring amazing hubby.
- my family
- my friends
- my appreciation for good wine
- being a decent cook and a pretty darn good baker
- my hubby being an amazing chef
- a warm blanket on a cold night
- ice cream
- chocolate
- my gym membership
- hugs from my kiddos at school

Happy Thanksgiving!

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COOPSM 11/24/2011 8:41AM

    Happy Thanksgiving Carrie!!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/24/2011 4:13AM

    Happy Thanksgiving!
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/23/2011 9:40PM

    I like your list,

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CAMROLA 11/23/2011 9:24PM

    Wonderful list--gratitude is such a beautiful thing. I'm thankful for so much, and also for Spark for the inspiration I find in so many like you!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours--enjoy a happy and healthy holiday weekend!

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REDHEADMOM2U 11/23/2011 9:15PM

    I'm thankful for you and all my sp friends!

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Time flies when you're gaining weight...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Time has a funny way of working... the months just fly by when I'm engaging in unhealthy habits, and the days slog by when I'm working on healthy ones!

What I mean is that I recently got back into eating healthy, since Brad is not working right now. It's only been a month and a half, but it feels much longer than that. So naturally I want the pounds to drop off, even though I *know* that it hasn't been long enough for that. Then I think about how long it took me to pack on the 10 pounds I did, and it happened gradually - so gradually, in fact, that I didn't notice it over the summer when I was wearing shorts that were too big for me and stretchy running gear. But come school, when I had to put on my adult pants... hoo-eeee did I notice it! Sigh.

But things are good. This is how good:

- Tonight for an after-dinner sweet, I opted for an apple with cinnamon instead of banana bread. WHAT?!?!?!?!?

I was invited to join a team for a Tough Mudder. I am going to sign up tonight and start training. I am super excited - what a great challenge to train for! And I love their motto - it's a challenge, not a race. About challenging yourself to do what you think you can't. Hooray!

Hm... tonight might call for a hot bath and some tea.

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RUNNINGWILD 11/22/2011 12:24PM

    If anyone can rock the Tough Mudder, it's you. Have fun training and let me know how it's done. I have my eye on a race like that next year.

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MUFFIY831 11/22/2011 5:39AM

    Wow, I hear those Tough Mudders are NO JOKE! Training for that will certainly help the weight melt off quickly. Good luck!

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CASSIOEPIA 11/22/2011 2:06AM

    Congrats on the tough muddier team! We can't relax too much or that weight just creeps back up on us. Know it - done it.

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EATNBOOGERS 11/21/2011 10:29PM

    Glad to see you're keeping at it!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 11/21/2011 9:15PM

    Which mudder? I just signed up for another one.....the hardest thing I have ever physically done. But you'll love it!

And you know how it works.....the weight will come off in time.

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BOBBYD31 11/21/2011 9:05PM

    good for you! it can creep up pretty easy if we relax too much. have fun at the tough mudder when and where

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Quick one at school

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lots of good stuff!

- Eating has been really really good. Fewer carbs, more paying attention to what I'm eating, and I feel much better.
- Water drinking has been improving steadily. While I'm still not quite up to my four Siggs a day, I'm making progress in this area. I had lots of water yesterday and feel great today.
- I've been going to the gym much more regularly. I even scheduled a session with a trainer to get a program set up to make me mighty and muscle-y. I would LOVE to be able to do a pull-up. I have five sessions, so I figured I might as well not let them go to waste!

Today is conference day at school. I don't really have any parents, so I am getting a lot done. I have almost all my plans done up until winter break, and I'm getting copying finished well before I need it.

I'm confident that I'll be back in my size 6 pants in no time. I'd love to be comfortably in them again by the end of December.

Off to get some work done!

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RUNNINGWILD 11/15/2011 3:40PM

    I tried on my size 6's yesterday. They wouldn't pull up over my thighs. I canNOT *wait* until December 7th. Can I borrow your hubby to help with my meal plan? My family's been less than helpful - too much dang candy in this house.

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It's a great day!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

So the bad news is that I really haven't been that active on Spark lately. I miss catching up with everybody and I feel like I'm out of the loop on here!

The good news is that my honey is taking care of me - we are eating really well, limiting sugar and processed foods, and I've lost half a pound since last week. And that's weighing in this morning *after* Game Night, at which I had too much wine, too many hors d'oeuvres, but tons of fun.

Brad and I have been spending so much awesome time together. Yesterday we went for a nature walk at a local conservatory - we're thinking about booking it for an Anniversary Party - since we didn't have a reception.

I've been really good about going to the gym - morning gym before school has been the norm, and I feel great. Swimming is back into my routine, and I started going to yoga class and stretch class again. Running is still in there (not nearly as much), but it's enough to keep me in it.

Today I'm thinking about going to get some new gym gear - since I'm not focusing on running as much right now, I'd like to get some good stuff for weight training (i.e. not as tight/compressing as running gear), some pants for over my swimsuit, and some new tanks.

Our siding and deck is totally finished! We paid the contractor the last of it on Saturday. We couldn't be happier with the way it all turned out. Our deck looks gigantic, and the siding is gorgeous. It's cedar - most of it got replaced, but some of it was just power washed and stained. We're finally getting the house in order!

I am so so so happy! This time with my honey is SOOOOO good for me. I feel calm, in control, and positive.

Off to do some work and drink some water!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 11/14/2011 10:28AM

    YAY!!! what a happy person you are!!! I"m thrilled for you~and envious(I'd LOVE to have so much time with hubby). Good for you on all the healthy food and exercise!!!!

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COOPSM 11/14/2011 4:57AM

    Carrie---you seem to have found your happy place!!! Love that you and Brad are able to spend so much time together...

Have a great week!!!

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MIAMIA7 11/13/2011 7:07PM sound very happy which makes me happy! I am glad you are getting to spend lots of time together. I too have been missing from spark. Life sometimes just gets crazy. We will get back but as long as we are doing what we are supposed to on the healthy living front it is all good! Keep up the good work and enjoy those new workout clothes!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/13/2011 12:35PM

    You sound very content.

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Vote or die!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Do you remember that t-shirt that Puffy wore one year?

I am beat! I just got home from Power Yoga. The instructor was not the usual one, so the class was much different this week! There were SO MANY challenging parts to this class. This instructor does much more balance and core work than the other one, so I was totally challenged tonight. I am glad the class ended when it did, though, because I was honestly getting a little frustrated. I tried not to, but it just happened. So I was perfectly pleased to go into corpse pose.

Brad and I made vegetarian chili this afternoon. I had an in-service, so it was a short day at work. Corn bread is in the oven, and we're getting ready for a delicious dinner. MMM. (It's a really good recipe - it uses bulgur in it as the "meat." It comes from The New Moosewood Cookbook.) Today I ate a few cookies and another sweet (oops) at our in-service. It was so hard for me *not* to eat them. Sigh... I guess I still need to work on some eating habits.

This week should be a great rest of the week for working out... I'll get some more swimming in, some good strength training, and a little run or two.

- early morning workout (I'm thinking strength training and some interval sprints)
- lots and lots of water
- stay positive!

I voted today! Did you?

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BARBIETEC 11/13/2011 6:10AM

    Good job finishing the class :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/9/2011 6:27PM

    Nope, didn't vote - I didn't know anything about any of the candidates... I promise I do vote when I have a real opinion, though!!

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CAMROLA 11/8/2011 10:44PM

    Exercise... your right!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/8/2011 7:41PM

    I voted at 7:20 AM. Always do it on my way to work!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/8/2011 6:47PM

    I sure did vote, very small community here we all need to get out there and get it done! Veggie Chili sounds delicious, enjoy!

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