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It's an exclamation point kind of day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

This sudden change in weather is wreaking havoc on my skin! I have sensitive skin to begin with, and this cold is making my chin look like Rudolph's nose. Yeesh.

Yesterday was a great day for my plan! I got in a monster weight training session at the gym, then came home and had a great day of eating. Drank tons of water and ate lots of clementines. Wrote out my Christmas cards and started my cookie list. I even wrapped a present!

So I am really really excited about something! I am very good at my job and I love it, but I always felt like there was something missing. Like a hobby. I mean, I like to do lots of stuff, but I could never find anything that I REALLY liked to do, and often. So I started thinking, which I do sometimes, and I figured out what it is that I love. It's food photography. I started reading up on some stuff over the weekend, and I'm really psyched about learning more about food photography and how to become good at it. I am going to ask Santa for a new camera. I told this to Brad, and almost on cue, my old camera stopped connecting to the computer. I can't figure it out, but the USB is not working. huh. I think it's a sign.

It's just about time for me to head off to the gym. I ordered a new pair of running shoes (Zappos had them on sale!) and I'm going to break them in. It's amazing how wonderful a new pair of shoes can make your feel feel! And you know, it's also kind of amazing how different kinds of shoes can really make a difference in how you perform. I ordered a pair of shoes for lifting weights, and hoo-ee what a difference! They have SO much more support than my running shoes, and I feel so much sturdier when I'm doing my squats. Which is important when you have 100 pounds on your shoulders that you don't want to come crashing down.

Something I learned about myself - my upper body strength is seriously lacking. My killer chest workout almost *did* kill me yesterday. I could barely lift my arms to wash my hair yesterday after the gym! But that tells me that I am going to get some awesome arms as my workouts progress. Look out!

- drink all my water/tea (I LOVE LOVE LOVE drinking hot tea!!!)
- regulate the sweets (i.e. count the almonds)
- Be positive!
- write something about food (I am reading a book about food writing, and it gives some really good writing prompts. I am to write about food every day.)

Have a super day!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/12/2011 6:32PM

    I'm crossing my fingers for Santa to get you a new camera!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/12/2011 2:21PM

    HAHA!!! I laughed at your sore arms only b/c mine were sore last week,too after my awesome upper body w/o!! And DD told me today that her armpits were killing this morning(she did some fab workout this weekend). I LOVE that my kids(well, the older ones) love to workout!
Great job on good eating and drinking of water/tea. that reminds me-need my water jug here while i spark.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Every day I am feeling better and better about my eating habits! It took a while to get back to eating "normally," but I think I'm almost there!

This weekend was verrrrrrrry slow. Friday I took a half day - I came home at noon and slept for HOURS on the couch. It was wonderful. We dined on chicken noodle soup and mango sorbet. It was the perfect dinner for my cold!
Yesterday I went shopping with my mom. Got a little (very little) Christmas shopping done and saw the movie Hugo. It was AMAZING. Although the book is written for older children, I think the movie was definitely for young adults and adults. It was beautifully shot, and the music and the direction was just... wow. Gorgeous. Read the book before you go - The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It won the Caldecott Award!
My eating yesterday was pretty darn good!
Breakfast - small bowl of cereal (about 1/2 serving)
Snack - about 3/4 of a small popcorn (no butter) at the movie
Lunch (late lunch) - three small Spring Rolls and Tom Yum soup (holy moly it was spicy!) at the Thai restaurant where my mom and I ate
Dessert - warm, delicious Toll House chocolate chip cookie
Dinner - whole-wheat pizza made by my honey (it even had swiss chard on it!)
Sweet - mango sorbet

So it really was a pretty good eating day. I even managed to not even TOUCH the sweets that were out at one of the stores! Yahoo!

- drink tons of water and tea. I am still feeling this darn cold (last night I woke myself up with my coughing - ugh) and I'd like it to just go away!
- work really hard at strength training this morning. It's a chest/triceps day. My pants will be fitting perfectly in no time!
- Continue the good eating pattern. Keep myself busy today so I don't get bored - when I get bored, I eat.

Have a super day!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/11/2011 4:05PM

    Great day! Hope your cold goes away completely!

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CAMROLA 12/11/2011 2:40PM

    You know you've got your handle on things when you keep making good decisions even when you're sick! Feel better soon...

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DIANITAH 12/11/2011 9:31AM

    Sounds like you are making good choices despite not feeling well. Get better!

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MARLIMOO 12/11/2011 9:15AM

    Sorry you are not well. Hope you are feeling better

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The Giving Tree

Thursday, December 08, 2011

I can't say that today was the best eating day. It was kind of a rough day all around. There was no 2-hour delay, and I was really really sad about that. My car's defroster seems to have lost some of its oomph, and it took a very long time for my windows to clear. I stepped on the gas and prayed when it was time to merge onto the highway. Oops.
My driver's side window decided to stop working, and it wouldn't close all the way when I got to Starbucks. I had to pull it up by hand. All this BEFORE 7:15. So I got into Starbucks and all sanity went out the window. A peppermint mocha latte and pumpkin scone later (eeek) and I had over half my day's calories. Sigh.
So then I got to school and was feeling pretty miserable. I was up all night last night with a cough, and it wasn't getting any better. A bit into my last class of the morning, the secretary came into my room with a small piece of paper (which is NEVER good) and told me I had to cover lunch duty for first grade. Lunch duty is AWFUL. The smell of spilled milk and school lunch makes me GAG. But I did it. And it was not the most horrible thing in the world, although seeing what the kids ate made me sick. The pizza looked like wax, the Uncrustable is just, well, unacceptable for a lunch. Such garbage. It astounds me that what I saw is what kids are getting to eat for lunch. Sigh.
So then in the afternoon I had three kindergartens, and my voice was about gone. My patience had flown out the window way before the end of the day, so I had some chocolate-covered almonds on the way up to bus duty. the good thing (I guess) is that I actually measured out the almonds and put them into a mug, rather than just eating them straight out of the container.

So now I am enjoying some peppermint tea and waiting for hubs to make a delicious dinner.

But a good thing about today - I went to Target with a Christmas wish from the tree at the gym. They get a list of names from our local Children and Youth - names of kids who have a rough life but still make a Christmas list. I pick a name every year - I feel very fortunate that I am able to buy just about whatever I need or want, and I love thinking about how this little boy is going to feel when he sees his new bike. I found an awesome Cars 2 bike with a matching helmet, so that's what this little 4-year old boy is getting. I have to assemble the bike tonight and take it tomorrow morning. I love giving!

ANOTHER good thing is that I put on a pair of pants today that were none-too comfortable (and used to be loose - boo-hoo!!!) and today they FIT! They are not as loose as they used to be, but I felt super comfortable in them. Yahooooooo! And despite the Starbucks craziness this morning, I will be right back on track tomorrow; I made it through today and tomorrow is Friday. And nothing makes me happier than a Friday after a long week with the kids.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/11/2011 4:43AM

    Wow - a bike is just awesome!

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RUNNINGWILD 12/9/2011 3:31PM

    The bike is going to make his day for sure. emoticon
You rock!

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JODROX 12/9/2011 12:54PM

    Such an inspiring story -- good for you helping out the less fortunate! Overall a mixed good/bad day, and I'd put the pumpkin scone in the good category. It's a rare treat, so enjoy!

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    WOO!!! I've got tears reading about the little boys' bike-that is so sweet of you! and we should be doing that,too.
Getting back on track...that's what this journey is about. Like Little Red Riding Hood who wasn't supposed to get off the trail to Grandmother's house~but, it happens and as long as we find our way back quickly ,we'll be fine.
I hope you enjoy the heck outta this weekend!(pssstt...what'd did hubby make you for dinner???)

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BILLALEX70 12/9/2011 5:06AM

    Yay for pants fitting looser!

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MAYGIRL14 12/8/2011 8:38PM

    Overall a good day! None of us can be perfect 100% of the time. Sounds to me like you have it in check. I hope tomorrow's morning treats you much better! Having your pants be comfortable is progress, you are doing great!!!

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MOJOSRUTHIE 12/8/2011 6:44PM

    Hi Carilouie,
Sounds like you had a rough day. We just have to take the good with the bad. and as I read your blog I can see you had some good also.Tomorrow will be better emoticon

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

This is Blog Two for the day, but I like the idea of recapping what I did today. In my first blog I wrote that I wasn't going to have any almonds today. That didn't work. I did have a serving of almonds today. The good part is that I counted out a serving, put it in a fun mug, put the almonds away, and didn't touch them for the rest of the day. Yahoo! Thankful for small victories. The difference between today's almond-eating and yesterday's craziness was that today was measured out; I didn't just eat from the container and lose count of how many almonds I ate. I felt much better today. And I even managed to stay within my calorie range! Yippeeeee!

So I need some advice from all you bloggers out there - I am thinking about starting up my own food blog; not recipes, but writing about food... describing the way it looks, tastes, feels... kind of like food porn. Is that weird? I just love food so much and I think it's beautiful. How did you get started? Do you have a favorite site to use to get started? Thank you in advance!

Today's good things:
- I was a water-drinking fool!
- I thoroughly enjoyed all my food today.
- I did my hair this morning and got really nice compliments - I think I have reconsidered chopping it off. I think I just needed a little style change. And besides, hubby brushed my hair tonight and it was AMAZING
- Anticipation of a snow day! I love this time of year. I love thinking about having a delay, about sitting around in my jammies watching Maury and eating a giant waffle!

So it's off to have some water and check the radar... delay...???

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    YAY!!great job on the almond control!!!
and brushing of the hair: I melt when I just THINK of it. I LOVE having someone play with my hair. HA! I wonder if that's where Daniel gets it stick a bottle in his hand and the other hand automatically goes to his head. :)
another WOOHOO on getting the water in yesterday. did you drink 'in front of' the kids??? there are lots worse things you can do in front of them. ;)
Have an awesome Thursday-are ya'll getting snow?

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/7/2011 10:09PM

    Almonds are goood! I find I'm less likely to pig out on them if they aren't the roasted salted kind. We are blessed with "The Nifty Nut House" (and I think they do internet orders now) in town - and they always have a wonderful assortment of fresh raw nuts.

Oooh wish my hubby would brush my hair! what kind of hair brush do you have (hopefully one that doesn't snag or generate static electricity, like I'm prone to do!).
It's soooo lovely having someone brush my hair snagging or yanking and creating new rats' nest inside... ahhhh (hmmm could lead to more fun, eh??).



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Oh, almonds, you beat me.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Well yesterday's eating didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. One of the second grade girls delivered her Girl Scout chocolate-covered almonds, and while I was initially really good, only having six almonds, it turned into at least twice that. Sigh. I think I may have to get rid of them. I do so much better when my trigger foods are not around AT ALL. Can't eat it if it's not there.

But on a good note, today is the 3rd day in a row that I've gotten up for an early morning gym session! Today is lower body and shoulders day. This new workout I got from my trainer is KILLER! In a good way. I can definitely feel my muscles working - even today my upper body is still sore from Monday's workout.

I think today I'm going to be chewing lots of gum. That seems to work the best for curbing my poor eating at school.

- no almonds. It is just darn near impossible for me to limit myself to one or two, so I'll just say none at all.
- drink all my water. I may have to drink water in front of the kids, which I normally don't like to do, but *I'm* the one talking and singing all day, not them! And I *am* the adult. Ha!
- Kick my own butt during my workout. I have lots to prepare for, and I'm ready to start fitting into my pants again and ready to go clothes shopping again! (Which I told myself I'm not going to do until I fit into what I have.)
- Be positive!

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CFMOSS 12/7/2011 12:45PM

    How disgruntling when those triggers happen and they weren't expected - grumble especially something really tasty like chocolate covered almonds -- ymmmm ugh. Here's to a day with less trigger.

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TORTUETOO 12/7/2011 9:48AM

    I'm totally the same way about trigger foods - it's better to just not have any at all. emoticon Good luck with that butt kicking! :)

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JODROX 12/7/2011 9:02AM

    You're doing GREAT! As for the almonds :) I count out 12 -- exactly 12 -- and put the rest away. They are good for you! :)

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BILLALEX70 12/7/2011 8:23AM

    I agree. Portion control is great...if you can do it. If it's not in the house I can't eat it.

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    Darned almonds...they're very healthy for you...til somebody coats them in chocolate.
Great job on getting to the gym!!! WOOHOO!!!! You and I will be fitting into our clothes in no time!!!(yeah,Istarting day 3 of exercise and good eating and I can SEE a difference already).
Have a wonderfully fabulous WEdnesday!!!
and heck yes,Carrie-drink water in front of the kids.

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WALIDGAZALA 12/7/2011 5:49AM

    for almonds I have the same feeling
so once a fortnight they will be my supper

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