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Sunday, January 22, 2012

The more I read, the more motivated I become. Amazing.

The trick, though, is to take action based on the motivation. I can't just snap my fingers and lose 20 pounds. I need to act on what I read. Like that someone is running three miles a day? Lace up those shoes and get out there! Think it's great that a friend is making smoothies for breakfast and getting lots of good nutrients? Get out the blender and start using it!

The best way to get something done is to do it.

I used to really talk up this idea - I think it helped me with my initial weight loss. But with time, I got lazy. No more.

I am motivated and ready to go.

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/23/2012 8:13PM

    Awesome! That's right! Speaking of which, I'm headed out for a run now ;)

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    WOOHOO!!!! Get to it!!! :)

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JOPAPGH 1/22/2012 6:49PM

    I'm right there with you. I stayed on top of the exercise but let the nutrition go and gained back the bulk of what I lost.

Taking things slow and steady. Tracked more days than not, plus have done at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Nice to start seeing some results again.

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    Woohoo you can do it! I challenged myself this year to run in the winter and I finally did it.Now I can train all year round. Think of some challenges for you and work towards that goal. emoticon

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MIAMIA7 1/22/2012 6:37PM

    Go Carrie! I'm with you!

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The Chocolate-est Cake!

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!

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BILLALEX70 1/22/2012 8:49PM

    Looks like a perfect treat to bring to JASR!

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GONE2014 1/21/2012 11:17PM

    Sounds yummy! Enjoy.

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MAYGIRL14 1/21/2012 9:36PM

    Sounds wonderful! I hope your evening was wonderful! Never heard of the chocolate, but I will have to investigate. I have friends in New Hampshire...

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MUFFIY831 1/21/2012 6:22PM

    Yummo! And yeah, Sharfen Berger is the best!!

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CFMOSS 1/21/2012 3:47PM

    outrageously good sounding....maybe not every day though, huh? enjoy enjoy enjoy and the ribs and pulled pork...what a meal.

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Cold = CARRRRRRRRRBS, please!

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...

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CFMOSS 1/19/2012 9:01PM

    I know it's not funny - it's serious; but you are funny...hmmm....girl scout cookies....cold outside - i don't have the girl scout cookies but i do have this really tasty apricot raisin pie...... hang in there.

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MARLIMOO 1/19/2012 7:42PM

    Hell to the yeah. I was for November and December. Avoided here like the plague- no tracking, etc. That equalled me getting up to 164 from as low as 151! Damn it. So I am back- still battling, hired a trainer again, and really focused and tracking my face off. I hope this works. I am feeling good so that is a sign. Carbs are kicking me too. I was WAY up the last 2 days. Tried to protein it up today.

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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.

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    Hope you're feeling better today-if not,keep resting...or get outside for a slow easy walk. Sometimes the fresh air helps the body fight the cold(that's Dr.Anne's experience) .

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CAMROLA 1/18/2012 9:40PM

    Rest up & take care!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/18/2012 6:32PM

    Rest and fluids - tea is a great idea!

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DEERLADY45 1/18/2012 6:18PM

    Sounds like a Great Idea! Drink some HOT tea or a HOT toddy,( better) cover up and hopefully youll feel better soon! No sense in wearing your self out when your so-o tired! Enjoy your salad and toddy if ya have the ingredients Maybe your man will make ya one!! emoticon emoticon WHIskey, honey and lemon juice! emoticonBONNIE

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A gift

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!

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COOPSM 1/18/2012 5:24PM

    Carrie--love how you are exploring yourself and goals all the time....go for it girl!!!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/18/2012 5:44AM

    What is your 'dream' job?

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CFMOSS 1/17/2012 3:44PM

    sounds really good:)

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CUTENHEALTHY 1/17/2012 11:37AM

    I'm a teacher and I have several friends that have went on to get there masters and administrative degrees! I know what you are talking about! This is a great next step, good for you! We have a lot in common as art is my hobby along with fitness. Photography is so fun. I love the Julia Cameron books...she has one for artists too. Your book sounds really good. I'm going to have to check it out! Thanks!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/17/2012 10:08AM

    great that you are using these morning pages to focus and explore your creativity! And so good to hear that you are taking the next step in your education/certification and furthering your career. emoticon

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    Carrie! I am so proud of you in taking these next big steps! Seems to be that marrying that man of yours has really made a positive impact in all areas of your life. Happily married people live longer-and you're rediscovering so much about yourself.
Have a great day

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