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Monday, January 09, 2012

Today was, overall, a pretty darn good day. I did my morning writing, and I tracked all my food. Brad took me to school - it was nice to have some time with him before work! We just had a delicious salad, and he's making lemon chicken for our dinner. Yay!

The calmness is still upon me. I love it.

Tonight I am going to make some lentil soup for the freezer. We haven't had soup in the freezer for a while, and I kind of miss it. There's nothing better than homemade soup on a cold night (although it hasn't really been that cold yet).

Good things for today:
I drank all my water
I tracked all my food
I had a great workout this morning!
I was positive all day
My teaching day was fun!

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ALYSSA40 1/10/2012 8:49PM

    Good for yu! I also love your background scene!

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GIANTPANDA 1/10/2012 7:38PM

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FLYSHOPGIRL 1/9/2012 7:55PM


Amazing how things work out well after you have a good workout! Everything just falls into place!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/9/2012 7:47PM

    emoticon on everything today!

emoticon on getting so much done and love your positive attitude! Keep it up!

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2012 - Year of the Calm

Sunday, January 08, 2012

It's a perfect time to blog. Brad is out skiing, bread doesn't have to go in for another hour or so, and the house is in decent shape.

In this first week of 2012, I have found a calm in myself that I haven't felt for a while. I am enjoying the simple things more - sitting and reading, journal-writing, setting up food photography (which takes longer than I imagined it would), and drinking tea.

I am more focused on my goals than I ever have been. While fitness and eating well are still major parts of my life, I've added reading and photography as two hobbies/interests that are SOOO good for me. I've taken to writing in a journal - this practice has calmed me down and perhaps diffused situations before they even had a chance to surface.

I've been better about reading everyone's Spark blogs, and I've definitely been more consistent with Spark time. For the past week I've logged all my food - it really is eye-opening. It's kind of like the first month I joined Spark, when I learned all kinds of stuff about my food. Last night, I even entered the one and a half cookies I ate *before* I went back for more - in 1.5 ounces of sugar cookies, there are over 200 calories. Holy moly! And an ounce of cookie is NOT a lot. I don't even want to think about how many ounces of cookie I ate over the holiday.

It's time to do some reading and tea-drinking...

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PILLOWFOOL 1/12/2012 1:21AM

    I am trying to do more sparking this year also! and more reading. what're you reading? we should start a spark bookclub! your posts always make me feel so motivated!!! hope you're having an awesome day.

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ROGUE_1 1/10/2012 7:19PM

    It sounds like you're in a great place.

What are you reading right now...any good books? I'm always on the hunt, I am a book nerd :)

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COOPSM 1/10/2012 6:41PM

    Love reading your blogs Carrie!!! The calories do all add up don't they....

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FLYSHOPGIRL 1/8/2012 8:11PM

    YAY you!

Being calmer is an amazing feeling isn't it? I'm not letting other people's demands get the best of me anymore and I feel much more at ease both with myself and with everyone else.

Keep it up :)

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KATIEEMMA5 1/8/2012 5:54PM

    Well done setting up your goals I hope you have a continued relaxing calm year!!

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CFMOSS 1/8/2012 5:14PM

    It's calm here too. Husband's out watching the Steeler's game. Kids are back at college. A good quiet for the moment. As for the calories. I've logged my food this week for the first time in eons and I agree about it being like right back at the beginning. How in the world can something so small....have so many calories. Oh's to logging and a little bit of peace too.

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Me me me me me!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

We had such a great time horseback riding today! The weather was perfect.

Tonight Brad is making chicken tostadas for dinner - yum! I have been a water-drinking fool today, and I've been super-good on the eating front. And I didn't even get a Chinese-Takeout-Hangover this morning! I made it to the gym for some super chest/triceps work. Tomorrow is a rest day. I am SOOOO looking forward to it.

Brad is skiing so I'm taking some ME TIME and catching up with some reading. I love me time!

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CAMROLA 1/8/2012 4:45PM

    Sounds like a GREAT weekend--good for you!


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DEEJ4FITNESS 1/8/2012 9:46AM

    Wonderful Carrie :) good for YOU!

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BOBBYD31 1/7/2012 10:34PM

    all about you, good for you!

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MIAMIA7 1/7/2012 8:23PM

    Ooooo...Me time! I love me time! Glad you enjoyed today!

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    Sounds like a great day! Have fun

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It's a great day!

Friday, January 06, 2012

Seriously, am I dreaming? I came home to find out that my honey made us reservations for tomorrow to go horseback riding! I have been talking about going for SOOO long. Hooray! AND, he read my mind about dinner. I came home and did not feel like cooking ANYthing. Before I even opened my mouth, he said "what do you think about Chinese tonight?" And I just talked about Chinese food right before I came home. Hooray!

AND! Our new speakers came! We got a gift card to the Apple store for X-mas, and we ordered some Harman Kardon Soundsticks. They are so beautiful and they sound great. I'm so excited! I'm listening to some East Coast Hip Hop on Pandora, and it's so amazing. Foul language has never sounded so good in our house!

So because we're going horseback riding tomorrow afternoon, I'm considering saving my strength training for Sunday. I used to ride a lot, and I know how crazy it is on your muscles. I'm going to think about it.

Tonight is all about enjoying my laziness. I'm having a glass of chardonnay and I'm not planning on tracking anything else tonight. I'm putting my careful eating on hold for the rest of the evening. Sometimes I have to do just that so I don't go crazy and eat the whole universe.

I drank tons of water today and got myself a whole bunch of workout stickers on my calendar, so it's guilt-free sweet and sour chicken.

Off to enjoy some vino!

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CFMOSS 1/7/2012 7:23AM

    Ooooo....big smiles. It is so wonderful to have a few moments like these where your needs are fulfilled unexpectedly and beyond your expectations. Have a delightful horseback outing with appropriately sore muscles after.

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ROGUE_1 1/7/2012 12:14AM

    I can't wait to hear how horseback riding went! I haven't gone since i was a kid and have been wanting to lately... hmmmm what a great idea :)

What kind of east coast hip hop are you listening to?
Have you ever heard of Atmosphere?
Also amazing is my absolute favorite, The Grouch ...he's from CA and is fabbbulous!

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LYNNANN43 1/6/2012 8:21PM

    You ENJOY that sweet & sour chicken and chardonnay!

So glad you had a great day! emoticon

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FLYSHOPGIRL 1/6/2012 8:12PM

    I have a feeling that today was just a darn fine day for almost everyone! I had a fabulous day too!

Enjoy the vino! You've earned it!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/6/2012 7:30PM

    Guilt free is always THE best kind of Chinese food. Enjoy!

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Hooray, hooray!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I love Friday Eve almost as much as I love Fridays. I celebrated with a glass of wine, and I'm about to get my head rubbed by my honey. Life is good.

Ate two yummy salads today... I love having a salad with a little "real food" on the side. Lunch was a little homemade pasta, and dinner was one chicken tostada. I am in food heaven lately!

This week has been awesome on the workout front - I've been to the gym very regularly, and I feel great! This morning I even had the Hallelujah Chorus going through my head for about an hour because I put on a pair of pants that hadn't really been fitting, and today they buttoned up with hardly a roll! Hooray! Nothing like pants to show success!

It's funny how my food tracking is working again, too. It's almost like I needed all of 2011 (ha!) to NOT track, and I am really motivated to track again. Weird... But I've been tracking it all, and I'm figuring out that I need more protein and less fat. But my carbs have been better, which is no small thing.

It's couch time! Happy Friday Eve!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/5/2012 11:11PM

    Happy Friday Eve! Sounds like you're happy and optimistic! Good to hear!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/5/2012 10:06PM

    Maybe off topic but I'm loving your food blogs. Except that they make me hungry.

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TORTUETOO 1/5/2012 10:01PM

    Tracking is really an amazing tool, isn't it? For me, sometimes the simple reality of having to put something in my tracker makes me think twice about eating it! I hope I'm doing the pants dance again soon - mine have been awfully snug after the holidays.

Keep up the good work - and keep those really good food pictures going! I think the measuring cups were your best yet!

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    YAY!!!!! pants that fit! that is my goal...sadly, even the ones that were too big are tight...ugh!!! and this weekend is away,eating out,living in a hotel...not good for pants.
What a sweetie of a man you've got-I'm SO glad for you!!
Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 1/5/2012 9:00PM

    I'm so glad for you!!

I'm also glad I'm not the only one with a shortage of protein and overage of fat in her diet :P That's hard!! I don't eat a lot of meat so it's difficult to get it in there when you don't cook with beans and such all the time!

Keep it up! emoticon

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GONE2014 1/5/2012 8:42PM

    Yeah for you!!! Sounds like you are right back on track!!

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