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Super Saturday!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Well, this morning I said it was going to be a productive day, and so far, it has been! We took up a load of stuff to Goodwill, and took some paper and cardboard up to be recycled. We didn't get it all, but we got some.

Which is kind of like this weight-loss/fitness thing. A little bit is better than nothing. You may not clean out your body all at once, but a small little bit here and there is working toward the goal and making progress.

This afternoon after I took a little nap (it was heavenly!), we bundled up and walked around the loop of our development. Despite it being FREEZING, it really was a nice walk. And it felt good to be moving and to get some fresh air.

Tonight is smoked salmon on whole wheat bread, and a little salad. It's a good day for eating. I snacked on a grapefruit (I am really digging grapefruit lately!) and drank some hot tea. Piano is tuned, house is warm, it's a good day!

Time to catch up on some more reading... football later!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/14/2012 11:15PM

    This blog was just 'dreamy'....perfect Saturday in my opinion and I LOVE the easy winter bundle up walks...

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COOPSM 1/14/2012 8:19PM

    Carrie--sounds like a perfect day!!!! Glad you are enjoying!!!

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PELESJEWEL 1/14/2012 7:04PM

    Thanks for sharing! I love how you link the weight loss thing to de-cluttering,"Alittle bit is better than nothing". Well said!

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KATIEEMMA5 1/14/2012 4:55PM

    Have a lovely weekend!!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 1/14/2012 4:20PM

    That's true--doing a little is better than doing nothing at all! Glad it's been a good day for you! Me too :) I just got back from Whole Paycheck so I have ACTUAL food. My one indulgence was strawberries :)

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GIANTPANDA 1/14/2012 4:19PM

    Congratulations! My husband and I are spending the long weekend doing much the same thing when it comes to decluttering and Goodwill. Congratulations on all your progress!

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The triceps are burning!

Friday, January 13, 2012

I really didn't want to get up early this morning. But I did. And I truly learned what it means to work your muscles to fatigue. I was doing incline chest presses, and I use the heavier weight until I couldn't press any more. And then I went down a little bit in weight and did some more.

I was the lone female on the "man side" of the gym. I love love love hauling around the heavy weights. OOOOH and this is exciting! The other day when I was doing deadlifts, I used the yellow weights! The black weights are five and ten kilos, and the yellow is 15 kilos. So I put those yellow weights right on. I felt pretty awesome. I love using the yellow weights!

It flurried a little bit this morning and I am thrilled. I just needed to see a little snow to make my day! And I'm happy. Friday the 13th - ooooooooh. At least it's Friday!

Off to school... I have to stop and get some gas and some breakfast. I'm almost on E (oops). I MUST get better at filling my tank at the halfway mark.

Happy Friday!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/13/2012 9:57PM

    emoticon pumping iron!

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CFMOSS 1/13/2012 1:10PM

    Good job my friend - guys side of the gym does bring a sense of accomplishment and woohoo on the increased weight!

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    SWEET!!! guy side of gym...I don't go to the gym but have an inkling of what you're talking weights,not the machines. GO YOU!!! and don't you LOVE the burning muscles(esp. the bingo wing area) which you'll really feel tomorrow!!
Have a great weekend,Carrie-hope you got filled up with gasoline in time. I'm terrible about not putting gas in,too..I hate spending the $ so I put if off til it's near fumes.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/13/2012 8:13AM

    I still don't make it over to the guy side yet but you go girl!!!

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JESSYVIRGINY 1/13/2012 7:53AM

    Happy Friday emoticon

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I'm tired.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Really? My whole blog just disappeared. In a nutshell:

I am tired.

I wish we would have had a two-hour delay this morning.

I need to track all my food today.

My esthetician (sp?) likes my eyebrows.

Yesterday's facial was amazing!!!

I'm loving my camera.

Today I must make a JASR list of things to do. Lots to get ready!

Have a super day!

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MIMMICA 1/12/2012 12:04PM

    Have a fantastic day!

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BILLALEX70 1/12/2012 10:50AM

    Hope to see you at JASR!

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    perk up and look! tomorrow is Friday!!!

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CFMOSS 1/12/2012 7:11AM

    you make me smile - i hope your day has a super component to it in the midst of being tired.

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CAT609 1/12/2012 7:00AM

    Sounds like you had a great day yesterday! I wouldn't mind a facial. Good luck today! emoticon

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FLYSHOPGIRL 1/12/2012 6:53AM

    Ok...what's JASR?

Have a great day! (and sorry about the lack of two hour delay..I hate that--we never get them either!)

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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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