Saturday, January 21, 2012
Today I baked a cake. It's not a healthy Spark cake, it's a 4-stick of butter, cup of cocoa powder, 12 ounces of bittersweet chocolate Devils Food with Dark Chocolate Icing cake.
I can't even wait to eat it. Brad and I are going to visit some friends tonight; they are making ribs and pulled pork (YUM) so I volunteered to bring the dessert. Chocolate is always perfect. After my doctor's appointment yesterday, I stopped at Wegman's on the way home. If you are from the Northeast, you know about Wegman's. They have such wonderful food there; lots of specialty food that isn't easily found in other stores. I picked up a box of bittersweet chocolate that was recommended by a few cookbooks.
At almost a dollar an ounce, it isn't cheap, but it's well worth it. It is very smooth - smoother than any other chocolate I've ever had. It doesn't have that aftertaste that chocolate sometimes has. If you need a special chocolate for baking, I suggest you go out and get some of the good stuff!
We finally have snow and it is beautiful. I might go out in a little bit to check it out, maybe take some pictures. I sat around this morning with my coffee totally loving the peacefulness. Sigh.
Lots to do today... drink all my water, do some laundry, clean up the house a bit... have a super day!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
It's funny how SparkPeople works. For the last few days I've been in a slight workout/nutrition funk. I haven't wanted to go to the gym, and I haven't been into tracking my food. Not that I'm in a personal funk - I feel good and I'm happy, I just didn't feel like being my Sparky self. Tonight I read a blog that was recommended to me, and it totally perked me up. Sometimes all it takes for me is reading a motivational blog to get totally inspired.
Have any of you ever been in a Spark funk? Sometimes I just don't feel like being careful with my nutrition and my fitness. I still think about my pants fitting and all that fun stuff, but it just doesn't matter. No gym for me. Extra bowl of cereal? Why yes, thank you.
Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment - I love having sick day on Friday. It's so refreshing to have a long weekend (I know we just had MLK Day, but I was at a waste-of-time in-service). I think I might get some fun new pampering stuff after my appointment... perhaps some new pants.
I have to talk to my doctor about changing my pill prescription. I've gained about ten pounds in the last year, and I don't know if it's because I've gotten lax about Sparking or if it has to do with my prescription. I need to talk to her about it.
Brad is out skiing right now, so I was left alone for dinner. As much as I like having Brad around, sometimes it's nice to have dinner alone on the couch. Silence and alone time can be nice.
It's about time to snuggle under the blanket. It's very cold - which could be part of the reason I haven't felt like doing much of anything and why I want to eat an entire box of Girl Scout cookies...
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I think my body may be succumbing to a cold. It's been a while since I've had one. But I am SOOOO tired today. I didn't go to the gym yesterday or today, and I honestly don't know if I'm going tomorrow. But one day at a time here.
Funny thing - a Facebook friend wrote that she felt lazy because she had a cold and didn't make it to the gym, and I could totally relate. It was kind of funny because I read it on a site somewhere other than Spark. Huh.
Brad is making a salad... not much else to report. I think I'll be spending some quality time on the couch tonight. Super lazy evening and early bedtime tonight.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I recently got a WONDERFUL book recommendation - The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron. I started the Morning Pages exercise right away. The idea is to write three pages of *whatever* first thing in the morning. The pages aren't meant to be amazing prose. Rather, they are meant to just be free writing about whatever pops into your mind. Well, I didn't think they'd have such a profound impact on me! But since I've been writing in the morning, I have a bit more clarity and I feel like I'm on the right track to furthering my professional life and my creative life.
Today I sent away for information about Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor Certificates. In Pennsylvania, you have to be certified to be an administrator in that area. I already have the masters degree, so the logical next step (and no small thing is the money I spent on the degree!) is to get this certification so I can move on. I've been doing a lot of thinking about my career, and I think I might be ready to move on to the next step. I've been scared to take on more student loans, but honestly, that's really the only way I'm going to get any further in my schooling. I *have* to get this certification to be able to get into a job I want, so why not just dive in and take the next step?!?
This camera I got from Brad for Christmas has really opened up new worlds for me, too. I LOVE my food photography, and along with discovering my love for food photography, I've re-discovered my love for art. When I was younger, I was really into art. I painted, I took drawing classes, and I was a pretty darn good artist. I don't know what ever made me stop. But I'm back into it, and I'm considering some more art classes. I feel much more complete, and I feel like it's helping me in all aspects of my life. I can't believe I'm still learning so much about myself! And all because of a book and a camera.
Our drywall is getting replaced today. We had water damage, and we're finally getting it done today. The house is on its way to getting put on the market. We've been talking about it for so long, and I finally feel like we're ready to do it. I'm not as scared as I was before. I had lots of doubts. I mean, I have a good job, benefits... but Brad is not happy and honestly, there aren't many opportunities for growth around here. Unless we want to drive far, and neither of us do. Part of why we want to move is so that we can get by with less driving and more walking/biking. Greening our lives is no small thing to us! Not to mention getting closer to good food.
I'm thankful for the two-hour delay today. I can get lots of stuff done and it's nice to be at home for some extra time. I feel productive and wonderful!
It's a great day!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I had to scrape off all the snow
that fell upon my car.
If I chose not to do that,
I wouldn't make it far.
So bundled up I got and went
out in the freezing cold.
It made me want to go back to bed,
if the truth be told.
But I won't fit into my jeans
if I choose to skip a run.
All I'll be in are sweatpants
and that isn't very fun.
Got to the gym, put on TV,
and there I watched The Soup!
Oh cable, you are wonderful,
You really are the poop.
I sweated and I sweated
and home again I came.
My shower felt so very nice,
and hey, a football game!
Healthy food is in the fridge
and freezer, food inside.
I made some bread and pasta sauce,
the onions made me cry!
And now I'm in my sweatpants,
but *now* it feels right.
Sweatpants should be saved
for home and for the night.
I had a fun and busy day
and my reward's a glass of wine.
And your reward, my friend,
is to read my blog in rhyme.
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