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It's that time again...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Slowly (VERY SLOWLY) but surely, the scale went down in November. I've been moving at a snail's pace of .2 pounds a week. But I'll take it.

Good things in November!
- Gym time has been much more consistent.
- Nutrition has been spot-on!
- Water drinking has improved
- Self-esteem has been more up than down
- Our siding and deck got finished!
- I still have a job!

December is always a crazy month that flies by like nobody's business. The key for me to successfully continue to drop my .2 pounds a week will be preparedness. So I think in December I'm going to make like a Boy Scout and Always Be Prepared. How can I be prepared for whatever December is going to throw at me?

- Have granola bars/snacks in my glove compartment for impromptu shopping trips
- PLAN workouts and stick to them. Keep the morning workout thing going.
- Plan meals

Being accountable:
- I have a lot of trouble tracking food right after I eat it. I think I'll try writing everything in a little notebook/calendar and entering it at the end of the week. Then I can see what I need to improve for the following week.
- Get back to a sticker chart. Just for workouts.
- Mark my water somewhere - I drink much more water when I can see exactly how much I need to drink.

Off to get ready for school! Have a super day!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GONE2014 11/30/2011 3:10PM

    To remember that down (any amount of down) is still down shows what an awesome attitude you have ... thanks for the wonderful reminder today!

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CFMOSS 11/30/2011 2:53PM

    You are an encouragement - thanks.

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MUFFIY831 11/30/2011 8:55AM

    Agree - any loss is a good loss. Good job!

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REDHEADMOM2U 11/30/2011 7:20AM

    Sounds like you are my new hero! congrats and keep up the good work!

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BILLALEX70 11/30/2011 6:39AM

    Congrats on any loss right now. Keep up the great work!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Well, our trip into the city was kind of a bust. I'm not going to get into it too much, but suffice it to say that we walked SOOOOO much and didn't actually *do* much of anything. Sigh... I am upset with myself that I wasn't more assertive when it came to planning the trip. At least the weather was beautiful.

I'm kind of in a funk this week. I think it's the holiday season. Makes me wish I was closer to my family (physically and otherwise). I hear about everybody's WONDERFUL Thanksgivings and their grand plans for Christmas, and I don't have any of that. I used to love getting ready for the holidays with my mom, but since we're not as close anymore, it makes me kind of bummed. I think I need to go into therapy for my mother issues.

I have also been considering a vacation over Christmas break. Packing up and leaving the day after Christmas and getting away for a few days. I'm SERIOUSLY thinking about this possibility.

Sigh... I need to get my workout sweat going this morning. That will most certainly make me feel better.

Time to finish my coffee...

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/28/2011 8:10PM

    I totally get how you are feeling - not close physically or otherwise to my parents and/or siblings. My kids have their own lives. Holidays are leaving me feeling a bit down.

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NPA4LOSS 11/28/2011 12:07PM

    Hope that you are feeling your own Christmas Spirit soon. emoticon

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MUFFIY831 11/28/2011 11:17AM

    @CHELLES_BELLS is onto something!!! I definitely understand how you feel, but you're right - get out there and sweat it out. It's impossible to think about bad stuff when you're huffing and puffing at the gym and all you can concentrate on is your breathing and form.

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RUNNINGWILD 11/28/2011 10:45AM

    I'm fighting a funk of a different sort today. I think we need to take Chelle's advice & dance.

Comment edited on: 11/28/2011 10:47:10 AM

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JOPAPGH 11/28/2011 9:53AM

    I have done the Christmas week getaway and give it a big thumbs up!

Hope ypu find youe spark again soon.

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CHELLES_BELLS 11/28/2011 9:19AM

    In the words of the immortal James Brown (King of Funk, you know)... "Get up off that thang. And dance till you feel better..." emoticon

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The world is my oyster

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I just love that saying. It has nothing to do with my blog, I just love saying it.

Did you ever get that feeling that you just want to spend some time alone? I mean, I love love love my husband and I love spending time with him. I love my family and I love spending time with them, but sometimes it's overwhelming.

I have been spending lots of time with Brad and I love it, but you know, sometimes I just want to sit on the couch zoning out to Iron Man. Sometimes I just want to sit and mindlessly play Angry Birds.

Thanksgiving was a little weird this year. We decided to go out to eat (mistake!) just to make everything easier. This is the first big holiday that both our families have been together since we got married, and it just was weird. I feel like my mom is still bitter about the way we got married, and we're just not as close as we used to be. And it makes me sad. It made me especially sad on Thursday - she and my brother drove up, and after lunch drove right home. I don't know how to explain the feeling... it just makes me a little sad. I wish things could go back to the way they used to be... I know you can't go back, but still. I guess it's just going to take time...? I hope.


Today Brad and I are going into Manhattan. yay! I am super excited to go- I love the city! I feel bad - yesterday I was kind of a brat just because I was feeling funny from Thanksgiving. I was whiny about something dumb, and it just made the evening uncomfortable. I think Brad is a little nervous about going today - but I'm over my brattiness today. I just needed to sleep it off.

- drink all my water, even if that means I have to buy bottled water throughout the day
- make healthy food choices - I don't need to act like this is the last time I'll ever be in NYC.
- take it easy on the credit card... I get tempted very easily in the city!
- Look for new glasses frames
- Be nice!

Have a great day! It's going to be beautiful!

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BOBBYD31 11/27/2011 6:26PM

    sorry it was a great holiday especially with your mom and we all understand the alone time. LOL
have a great NYC trip!

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DREBENEZER 11/26/2011 10:31AM

    Enjoy Manhattan!!

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    Thanks for writing some interesting stuff and supporting me on my journey. Have a great weekend and keep focused and using the time wisely. All the best - Mark

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/26/2011 7:21AM

    Enjoy your trip into Manhattan - I am a bit jealous! Are you going to see Macy's while you are there?

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CASSIOEPIA 11/26/2011 7:19AM

    Have a fun day. Perhaps the battiness was hormone related!

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 11/26/2011 7:04AM


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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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