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One Spark Year Later...

Friday, January 01, 2010

Holy Moly! A whole year on Spark! To celebrate, I went out and bought the book The Spark today. It's the least I could do to support this great, free, website!
Did I meet my goals for today? (Didn't post them yesterday, but I did some great stuff today.)

Water - YES. I drank a TON of water today!
Calories in check? YES. Miraculously enough! Pork, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes couldn't even make me go over my calories. I thought ahead - because lunch was so calorie-filled, I had breakfast for dinner; my low-calorie typical breakfast. Wahoo!

I humored my mom today and tried out the Wii Fit. Didn't do a whole lot of it, just a little balance and yoga. Personally, I'd still rather feel the physical yoga mat, hear the soft music, and be in the dark with my calming instructor. Just me. I suppose it's good for people that don't do *any*thing - give me the gym and it's sweaty, grunting clients any day.

Didn't get to do lunch with my friend the other day - it was snowing and the roads were pretty nasty. So we are going tomorrow, instead. I must keep my eating in check - not always easy to do when going out, but the holidays are over. No excuses. Tonight I'm going to check out the nutrition facts for the place where we usually go - I'm always unpleasantly surprised when I come home and check it *after* I've already eaten.

My goal for this weekend is to come up with some fitness goals. I have lost track of my fitness goals, which I think has set me back in my weight-loss goals. I would just *love* to be a size 4/6 by the summer - another 15-20 pounds gone to meet that goal, I think. Maybe even less if I keep pushing myself with the strength training. I'd rather weigh a little more in muscle and meet my size goal than weigh less in fat and not meet my size goal.

Tomorrow's goals:
Drink at least 4 Siggs full of water
Make smart choices at lunch
Stay within my calorie range
Get some gym time in

  
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HELLAVAHC 1/3/2010 12:05PM

    Congrats on your year of healthy living! I am inspired!

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KAYAKID 1/2/2010 8:22PM

    Carrie, I am glad you made it to the gym. Great Job and now you are going to go to the gym all year. wtg!!! Sounds like you had a great Lunch with a special friend. Good friends are hard to come by and I live your goals.

Mike


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GONE2014 1/1/2010 10:28PM

    Congrats to you on your one year anniversary! Mine too ... let's make 2010 even better!!

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JOPAPGH 1/1/2010 9:04PM

    Nice job on your first year!

All the best in 2010!

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KAYAKID 1/1/2010 6:56PM

    Carrie, congrats on 1 year on spark! You are doing so great! Fitness goals are a good thing! I wrote a blog with my goals and I am excited about 2010. I am sure you are too! Lets do this together! I hope to run 4 hm next year! kinda scary but I am up for it.

Mike


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2010 - The Year of Happiness

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I just wrote in my journal, something I haven't done since September. I was in the mood to reflect (I think that the impending new year does that to me) on a few things. One of my big goals for tonight was to come up with some New Year's Resolutions. I don't even remember what mine were for 2009, but I think they probably had something to do with losing weight. A Spark Buddy had a great idea of having a motto for the year (thanks Pinkcoconut!). I decided that my motto for 2010 would be a question - "Will this make me happy?" I will ask myself this question whenever I am facing a decision or a task.
Need to write a paper but want to lie on the couch? "Will sitting here and procrastinating make me happy?" No? Then write the damn paper.
Feel like eating an entire container of General Tso's Chicken? "Will eating this fat and salt-laden food really make me happy?" Yes? Eat it. No? Make a giant salad.
Want to buy a new ridiculously-priced purse? "Will spending this money on this possession really make me happy?" Yes? Pony up the money. No? Keep the money and use the cute cheap little wallet from my trip to China (which is a panda bear eating some bamboo - all beads and super cute).

So there's my 2010 motto. "Will this make me happy?" The challenge will be thinking not only in the short-term, but in the long-term as well. I may be happy *right now* sitting on the couch and skipping my gym session, but I won't be happy two months from now when I am struggling to button my pants. I may be happy *right now* checking out Facebook instead of writing my paper, but I won't be happy on Sunday when my honey has a day off and instead of spending time with him, I'm writing a paper I should have done yesterday.

I think that my motto covers a lot. It's only one sentence to remember, though, so I am confident that I will be able to use it throughout the year. It might really annoy my honey, but I think I am going to post my motto around the house in places where I'll have to use it a lot - the fridge, the TV remote, the computer, the cabinet where we keep the occasional sleeve of Hob Nobs, Hit, or Petit Ecolier (those European cookies are my weakness!)... I am sure I'll think of a bunch of places to put my motto. No tattoo, though.

Did I meet all my goals today?
Water - YES
Gym - well, sort of. I didn't make it to the actual gym, but I *did* do a Pilates video from Spark and some other lower body stuff. Enough to get my 12,000 minutes in for 2009!
Laundry - YES
Bills - YES

So for tomorrow:
LOTS of water
Keep my eating in control during lunch with my BFF
Enjoy my New Year's bubbly responsibly (i.e. NOT drinking enough so that I feel like hell on Friday)
Vacuum the living room


  
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TABBALOOSA 1/1/2010 9:10AM

    I love it!! Thank goodness you're stopping short of the tattoo, though! Hehe. The whole visual reminders thing is such a good tool. Will sending you a virtual hug and wishing you a fabulous year make me happy? YES! Hope it's awesome!!!
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CFMOSS 12/31/2009 7:58AM

    Keep up your good journey. You are doing so well! Here again to a happy healthy 2010.

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MARATHONMOM26.2 12/31/2009 12:42AM

    I love it! Thanks for the great motto too, I need to start asking myself the same question more often!

Congratulations on your 12K spark points this year!

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KAYAKID 12/31/2009 12:34AM

    Carrie, I love it! Good luck and great job on 12,000 minutes for 2009!!!!!

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OVERREADY 12/30/2009 11:24PM

    Great motto. Much success to you.

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GONE2014 12/30/2009 11:23PM

    Great idea!! Thanks for blogging about it!!

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HEALTHQUESTER 12/30/2009 11:08PM

    AWESOME! I like the motto idea! mine is what do I need right now? Which is very similar to yours! Great job! Awesome blog and HAPPY 2010!

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BOBBYD31 12/30/2009 11:05PM

    great idea! mind if i give it a try this year also?
happy new year

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KKLENNERT809 12/30/2009 10:50PM

    I like your idea, do you mind if I try it also? I hope not. It is very realistic and I think would help make better choices for many instances (daily....) Thanks.

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GRANDMO1 12/30/2009 10:39PM

  I like that idea of will it make me happy. thank you for a new type of resolution for 2010 that covers everything.

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Winding down 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

There are still a couple days left of this year, but I am in a reflecting mood. This year has been such a wonderful year, and I'm pretty sure I owe a lot of it to Spark People.
This year I turned 30 - the first time I really thought about turning 30, I hadn't discovered Spark People yet. I thought "well here's another year of me being semi-happy... guess I'm going to be fat and lazy forever." Jan 1 2009 - Day 1 of Sparking. In that time, I discovered that I *don't* have to live the rest of my life as fat and lazy. I discovered that I truly enjoy going to the gym, running, and being active. I love eating whole foods and fresh foods. I discovered the joyous feeling of wearing a single-digit pant size (which I don't remember doing - EVER). Fit friends are super fun! Trying to stay within my calorie goal is like a game for me (most of the time). How delicious can I make my lunch without going over my calories for the day?

Today was another good day - I didn't go crazy with my eating (although I did eat a half PB&J that I probably could have done without), and I made it to the gym for 1.5 hours and got some great working out in this evening. I drank lots of water (I still have a little to drink tonight) and I *finally* got a chain for two pendants my mom got for me MONTHS ago - a beautiful silver and turquoise one from San Antonio, and a cartouche with my initials from Egypt. Wahoo!
Off to make some hot tea and plan out tomorrow. It's shopping day! Wahoo!

Tomorrow's goals:
- drink at least 4 Siggs full of water
- get some gym time in
- do some laundry
- Pay the bills

  
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CFMOSS 12/30/2009 9:04AM

    Good reflections - good goals. Keep up the good journey.

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DSCHONDOG 12/29/2009 9:34PM

    I was privileged to be able to follow along with you this year, Carrie. We came to Spark People about the same time and both made trips to China (and walked the Great Wall) this year. I, too, love the single digit pant size after years between size 10 and 12. My motto is: Nothing tastes as good as size 6 feels. You are a treasure. I look forward to sparkin' with you throughout 2010.

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KATZABELLAMAMA 12/29/2009 9:18PM

    Awesome reflection!! The feeling of wearing single digit size pants is awesome!! Active friends are fun!! I need to find more of those.

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TABBALOOSA 12/29/2009 9:05PM

    What a great post to be able to write. Bravo! You discovered such wonderful things about yourself this year. Fabulous!
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JOESY13 12/29/2009 8:02PM

    Good job. Enjoy your tea.

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MYMONSTERSX3 12/29/2009 7:52PM

    love it.

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STRIVING2BTHIN 12/29/2009 7:45PM

  good job. your calorie game i need to take that on.

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Super Monday!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Some days just feel so wonderful. Got a ton of stuff done today - phone calls made, appointments scheduled, prescriptions dropped off, Christmas stuff put away, swimming session, healthy eating... wahoo! I have some cornbread in the oven right now - YUM. I think I'm going to put in into the nutrition tracker to see what the calorie count looks like.
To add to my day, I went to the Champion outlet with some X-mas $$$ and got two sports bras and a pair of sweatpants for under $40! Yippee!
So I am planning on building on today to make the rest of the week as successful. I am close to my goal of 12,000 fitness minutes in 2009.

Corn bread is done - time to start dinner.

  
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RUNNINGWILD 12/29/2009 3:36PM

    I bought some cornbread at the grocery store to have with Christmas dinner.. It's not TOO bad in moderation but I think the piece I had was 300 cals. (oops) Oh well, it was my birthday =)

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JWENZEL723 12/29/2009 10:14AM

    what a deal! i can't wait to make it to my 15 pound weight loss so i can get some new workout clothes :)

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MICHAELA2780 12/28/2009 8:20PM

    All I could think was, "Mmmm, cornbread!" But the rest sounds good too! Especially the deals at the Champion store!

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Back away from the cheese.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas was really nice. Spent the Eve with my mom, my brother and my aunt and uncle. Had too much brie and too much wine, but we had a really nice night. Santa brought me a new stock pot! Wahoo! Christmas Day was spent at my fiance's parents' house with their family. We had a really nice time. Again, too much brie and wine, but a nice day. We had brunch - *after* a "small" breakfast of pancakes and sausage and rum cake at my dad's. HOLY MOLY. So there were two days of just absolutely ridiculous eating, with absolutely NO self-control. But I had a really nice time.
I am slowly easing back into my normal lifestyle - after taking another day off from the gym yesterday, I went this morning and had a great workout. Ate a bit too much today, but not nearly as bad as the last few days. I think I discovered what used to happen to me - I thought that since I already ate like a total hog and didn't work out, it wasn't worth it to try to get back into a routine. One day turned into two, two into three and four, into a week... well, you get the picture. My Holiday Eating Season lasted WAY past Christmas and New Years!
But not this year. This year, I am armed with Spark Friends and Spark Knowledge. I know that three days of eating like a pig will not make me gain 30 pounds back. I know that picking myself up and heading out to the gym, drinking all my water, and tossing food into the trash will get me back on track. In fact, I am ready to throw some food away tomorrow - we stocked up on fresh fruit and other good foods today - no real need to have tons of cheese and creamed chipped beef on hand. However, I *did* discover that marscarpone (sp) cheese and cherry jelly on a Hob Nob is a DELICIOUS snack. I might keep the marscarpone around for a while yet.

Tomorrow's goals:
- drink at least 8 glasses of water
- go swimming
- put away Christmas decorations
- cross some phone calls off my to-do list

Happy Sunday!

  
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SOUTHGOINGZAX 12/28/2009 7:25PM

    Ah yes - cheese...that evil temptress.

I seriously used to eat 4 oz. at a time. I LOVE cheese. But if you love something, set it free...I had to spend some time apart, because I couldn't control myself...still can't if it is a free platter :) Now I keep low fat cheese and parmesan cheese in the house, but not a lot of fancy cheese. And those cheese sticks, even though they are like the Pabst Blue Ribbon of cheeses - just because they are individually packaged, so I don't over-eat.

I did my share of brie and wine at Christmas, and I too am easing back into a healthier way of living. I took all the sweets in my house and left them at my sister's mother in law's for the Christmas meal. Right now I am sorely missing them (lemon struesel muffins, pumpkin spice cake with maple cream cheese frosting, and cherry pie), but my waistline is glad they are not here.

Oh well...I bought some fat free greek yogurt with honey on the bottom - only 120 calories, 13 g of protein, and OMG - SO GOOD. Maybe not as good as pumpkin spice cake, but really rich and filling - and way better for me.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/28/2009 12:01PM

    Great post,Carrie!! I agree with you-no reason to let yourself go on forever just because of a few days...I'm picking myself up and brushing off today,too. Started tracking-now I have to hit the store to get some good for me food back in.
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CFMOSS 12/28/2009 7:19AM

    What a wonderful celebration time for you with your family even with food and wine flowing. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your time AND are not beating yourself up over the brie and wine. You have made an awesome choice to make healthy living choices these past two days and you're goals for the day are perfect. Keep up your journey and looking forward to good things in 2010.

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NEWMOMOVER40 12/27/2009 9:49PM

    Mascarpone is actually really great for a treat. It has less fat than regular cream cheese and tastes a little sweeter. I'lI have about half a tablespoon of it on a fruit and nut crostini as a side with a salad, and feel like I totally splurged, for not too many calories. If you have a Trader Joe's anywhere near you, they make the best and cheapest. We always have it on hand now.

Cheese has protein, calcium, and other good things - moderation is the only other ingredient necessary to make it a perfect food for healthy eating. I was shocked when I saw how big an ounce of cheddar cheese is, i.e., not very big at all. I think I used to eat about 4 ozs of it at a time!

Well we know better now, and that's what Spark is about. Good luck in your post-holiday eating and exercising!

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