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Um, why am I not more excited about this?

Friday, January 29, 2010

For a while I was debating how often I should get on the scale. I tried weekly, monthly, daily. Right now, I'm back at daily weigh-ins. It's working for me right now. It won't always, but for now it is.
So anyway, last night I went to the gym, got on the scale, and saw the lowest number I've seen since middle school. Middle school! But the weird thing is, I wasn't overly excited or even too surprised. Either I'm nuts, or I'm finally starting to think of other success measurements as just as important, or *more* important, than the scale.
And because sometimes I forget all the really cool successes I have, I am going to list some new ones. (Pardon the self-indulgence, but I just get amazed a little bit.)
- Spinning instructor said I did a great job (this is the same one who, last week, said "Terrific job for those who finished - I finished the damn thing this time!)
- Tried on some shorts yesterday just for the heck of it, and they were just too big. WHAT??? Shorts have always been the bane of my summer existence. The longer, the better. And long pants? Even better! But this year, I may be thinking "the shorter, the better." What better way to show off my running and spinning and endless lunges than to buy a pair of short shorts? (not the ones that show the rear, but a pair with a little 2-3 inch inseam)
- Honey hugged me yesterday and said "I can tell that you're still losing weight. Your middle feels really good." Wahoo!
- My gym shirt was not nearly as tight yesterday as it was the last time I wore that particular shirt, about a month ago. WAHOO. And there is nothing like a gym shirt to make me feel bigger than I actually am.
- I am not feeling ravenous at night after my workouts anymore. A small sandwich, a little yogurt, and some tea is all I need to get full. This is a good thing - for a while I was chowing down on tons of cereal and bread at night - not helping me reach my goals.

Today's lunch is made - pasta with marinara and shrimp, chiro stuff is packed, muffins are ready to go (again), coffee was delish, and food is tracked. I think tonight I'm going to have a little treat of some good wine. It's been a few weeks and I'm thinking a good red for tonight.

Happy Friday!

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PSHANKEY 1/30/2010 12:50AM

    Superific! I've always thought the fit of clothes and feel of body were better than a particular number on a scale. Keep the good news coming!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/29/2010 11:59PM

    Yes, success can be measured in many ways. Sounds like a great few weeks, and go ahead and celebrate.


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BOBBYD31 1/29/2010 9:07PM

    great post and congrats on your success. go for the short, shorts you'll look great

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HELLAVAHC 1/29/2010 7:11PM

    What a wonderful post! Congrats on your loss, but more on your healthy attitude! It is inspiring

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GIGI1222 1/29/2010 6:53PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You should feel great. Sometimes it is hard to recognize results. Everything you wrotes shouts great results!! Happy Friday

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KAYAKID 1/29/2010 2:02PM

    Hi carrie, great blog - I have that kind of news too. I am actually trying to save it for the 1 year anniversary blog on March 13, 2010 - but I can share a couple with you. I too have been finding the scale is not the absolute indicator of how we are doing. I weigh in twice a month now. mainly just to see that I am staying on track. my biggest is the inches - I measured my waist this week it was 37 inches for me that is small and on march 13, 2009 it was 45 inches. I have lost 8 inches on my waist in about 10 1/2 months - I have only lost 25 pounds during that time. emough said I have to save some things for my blog. you showed your acheivements and had to share 1 one of mine. Its is so exciting and I am so proud of you! You are doing great!

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RITAROSE 1/29/2010 11:52AM

  I loved hearing about your success! I'm very excited for you! Keep up the great job, you are now enjoying the fruits of all of your labor---shorts and all! Have a great weekend! emoticonRitarose

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GROOVYCHICK9 1/29/2010 9:41AM

    Congrats on the 30 pound mark. Keep up the good work. It always helps to list the little things we are proud of ourselves for.

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/29/2010 8:24AM

    Great job on getting your other successes measured as well. The scale isn't always showing them sometimes.

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CFMOSS 1/29/2010 8:18AM

    Way to go! Clothes being too big really is more telling than the scale AND an opportunity to go shopping (which I have always found to be an onerous task since nothing ever fit) You are doing an awesome job AND fitting the rest of your life in too. Have a good day. Make sure to report in on carmena burana after the performance.

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LOSINGITALL4ME 1/29/2010 7:53AM

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PINKCOCONUT 1/29/2010 7:38AM

    Congrats on everything woman! You inspire me daily!
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BUNNIE1999 1/29/2010 7:03AM

    Great job!! Many of us start the journey thinking the scale is the key to sucess, but as you see it is not the biggest factor. Changing our point of view on what is sucessful and those small accomplishments are the best!! Great work, and I will be having some much deserved wine myself tonight with a movie night to go along with it!!!! Be pround of yourself!!! emoticon

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BSTAKINGACTION 1/29/2010 6:48AM

    Congratulations on all those "little" successes! And thanks for sharing. I went off the deep "bread" end before bed again last night and am feeling a bit frustrated this morning. Reading about how you no longer have that problem gives me hope! Everything comes in its own time. I agree...the scale has a place, but its the other rewards that mean more!

Well done!

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MATTB757 1/29/2010 6:47AM

  Good for you! It is so easy to want to just check numbers without looking at the big picture...it looks like you get it! Continue to smile!

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Th-th-th-Thursday

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I'm feeling pretty good this morning. I woke up with my alarm, I slipped into my new smaller pants (yes, slipped, not squeezed!), the muffins are ready to go, my gym clothes are ready for this afternoon, and my coffee was just delicious - perfectly brewed.
It's flurrying a little bit here - not enough so that we had a snow day, but enough to make the ground white.
The muffins, BTW, are just ridiculously good. It's a recipe from the Moosewood cookbook The Enchanted Broccoli Forest - Oatmeal-Yogurt Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Icing. The words "Oatmeal-yogurt" make it sound really healthy, but really, not so much. Each muffin has about 200 calories in it, and I didn't bother figuring out the icing. But while they are not low-calorie, they ARE very filling. The oats, yogurt, and raisins make them very filling. So instead of eating two or three cupcakes to get that "Full Feeling," I can have one of these muffins and be just as full. And they are about 1 million times more tasty than any cupcake I've ever eaten.

Did I meet yesterday's goals?
Water - YES
music - well, I printed out the conductor's notes, so it was at least a step.
clean out something - No, unfortunately. I think I overestimated the time I'd have after the gym to do all the stuff on my list.
Muffins - YES ( I even iced them last night; I had planned on doing it in the morning, but I thought I might as well get it done while I was on a roll. It was nice to wake up this morning and think "Good thing I iced the muffins last night!")
Healthy dinner - YES. And I ate more during the day, so I was able to stick with a small chicken sandwich on an English Muffin.
Luna bar - well, I actually WAS hungry, so I ate a Luna bar mid-morning. Since I eat breakfast around 6:00am, by the time 11:00 rolls around, I'm often starving. I ate my good lunch, and didn't go crazy at dinner. I think the Luna bar at that time really helped.

Today's goals (and while I like to be ambitious, today I'm going to make my list a little more realistic):

Drink all my water
Practice my music for NYC (I am singing Carmina Burana with a choir in Carnegie Hall over Valentine's Day weekend. It's going to be so fun - I love the music and I LOVE going into the city. I especially like going into the city and going shopping for fun, unique clothing and accessories.)
Eat a healthy dinner

I'm off to get my car cleaned off... Happy Thursday!

  
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CFMOSS 1/28/2010 1:40PM

    Good days; good goals; and singing sounds great - that was my major in college. Enjoy your day. We only had a 2 hour delay.

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GSDMIKE 1/28/2010 11:59AM

    I've read about the Moosewood cookbook. Haven't taken that plunge yet. My favorite muffin recipe is a carrot-raisin muffin out of Vegan with a Vengeance. Reading this made me want to make them again.

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EATNBOOGERS 1/28/2010 11:35AM

    I would like a virtual muffin... they sound good!

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KAYAKID 1/28/2010 10:41AM

    You are having a great day! Enjoy it and good luck with the music!

Mike


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PSHANKEY 1/28/2010 9:26AM

    Go and get it done...whatever IT is!

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LDY_ALI_79 1/28/2010 9:21AM

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I love your energy, way to start the morning! I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Take care~

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RUNTRILAUGH 1/28/2010 8:58AM

    Great day!

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WENDALL125 1/28/2010 8:10AM

    i have that cookbook somewhere...not sure if i could stop at one muffin tho...

have a great thursday!

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PINKCOCONUT 1/28/2010 7:56AM

    Enjoy the day!

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BSTAKINGACTION 1/28/2010 7:53AM

    Wish I could hear your concert! Have a great Thursday! Excellent goal plan idea.

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/28/2010 7:32AM

    i wish we had snow days here.

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BLAZINGPHOENIX 1/28/2010 7:27AM

    emoticon You're off to a great start!
Lorraine

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Winding down January

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

This has been just an insanely tiring month. Between my decision to take tons of classes at the gym to jump-start my 2010 and everything else that's going on in my life, I am feeling exhausted. I've been productive, so that's good, but I am definitely going to take some more me time in February. Gym time kind of *is* me time, but I'm thinking me time like getting some important stuff done for me.

My lunch is packed, my gym clothes are packed, and I'm ready for hump day. I'm meeting a friend for coffee after work, and then heading to the gym for a yoga class and a core class. I'm noticing changes in my body - my middle is getting a bit smaller, and my arms are looking a little smaller, too. Exciting stuff! I'm REALLY excited to start buying spring and summer clothes. I'm planning on a cute skirt I've had my eye on (but it's still too cold to justify it. Maybe I'll get it anyway so I have something to look forward to).

Today I will:

Drink all my water
Mark my music for NYC (in about two weeks!!!)
Clean out SOMETHING - a closet, a shelf... just anything to get the ball rolling
Make muffins for a retirement party tomorrow morning (I found a really good oatmeal-yogurt recipe with orange cream cheese icing - YUM)
Eat a healthy dinner
Stay away from the Luna bars unless I'm actually hungry

Did I do what I set out to do yesterday?
Water - YES
Healthy dinner - YES
Cross something off my list - YES
Drink tea at lunch - YES

Yay for Hump Day!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/27/2010 9:01PM

    It's a great feeling to see your hard work producing results. Keep it up! You are awesome.

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BOBBYD31 1/27/2010 6:40PM

    laying it out there for us to keep you in line?? i have trouble getting my water in.
good luck!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/27/2010 1:02PM

    You're doing great!! Great Feb. plan,too!

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CFMOSS 1/27/2010 12:49PM

    Good day yesterday - nice job! Good attainable goals for today even with those Looney bars. So what's happening in NYC - playing????

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KAYAKID 1/27/2010 11:01AM

    Muffins sound wonderful! you are making me hungry for some muffins.

have a great hump day and good workout.
Mike


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EATNBOOGERS 1/27/2010 10:05AM

    Good for you! Your accomplishments and plans sound great!

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JWENZEL723 1/27/2010 9:11AM

    those muffins sounds amazing!

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LEARNING2LUVME 1/27/2010 7:50AM

    I love how you seem to have it all together. So jealous!!! :)

(Isn't it fun to see changes in our bodies? I love it!)

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PINKCOCONUT 1/27/2010 7:38AM

    Sounds like you're starting on an awesome February plan woman! Have a great day! *goes back to eating oatmeal*

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Just staying accountable.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

This blog is just so I know what the heck to do today.

Drink all my water
East a healthy dinner
Cross something off my to-do list
Drink my tea at lunch so I don't eat a Luna bar just for the heck of it

I LOVE Luna bars. The problem is that they are high in calories and not really a snack. Yesterday I ate one after lunch and I wasn't even hungry. I think I might need to put the Luna bars somewhere far away from my desk. I bought them so I'd have something to eat in the afternoon before I went to the gym; I need to keep that purpose in mind.
Got my car back - brakes are fine, I think it was just my imagination that something was funny. Lunch is packed for today, gym clothes are ready to go, and I have some stuff to get done tonight.

Happy Tuesday!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 1/26/2010 2:10PM

    Always good to be safe (re the brakes). Recently, I asked the shop to check my brakes when I took the car in for an oil change (something didn't "feel right"). Turns out that something had hung up, and I was down to the last 5% of the pads.

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CFMOSS 1/26/2010 8:54AM

    Good plan for the day and moving the Luna bars may be necessary if they are simply to tasty and tempting (bummer). You continue to be doing a great job and posting for accountability is a really good thing. Have a great day with musical muncherkins.

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WORK-IN-PROGRES 1/26/2010 7:05AM

    ps - love your background picture - San Francisco was one of my all-time favourite places to visit (might be going back this year:)

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WORK-IN-PROGRES 1/26/2010 7:04AM

    sounds like you have a great plan for today - enjoy your day emoticon

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Breaking down the overwhelmingness

Monday, January 25, 2010

My honey and I are planning a big change in the summer involving a big move. Last night we talked about what we needed to do, and I just felt this wave of anxiety come over me. There is so much to do! The worst part is I'm not really sure what the most important thing is right now. Do I start with small things to get them done, or should I worry about bigger things right now? Is it too soon to do some things I think we should do? Am I worrying about things I shouldn't be?
I love love love to make lists. I think I need to take a deep breath and start listing everything I think needs to get done, and start crossing off. Last night I called my dad about storing our piano there for a while; it's been on my list for about a week, I just never got around to it. That phone call ended up taking care of quite a bit - they are getting their house re-carpeted at the beginning of March, so we can't move it down there until then. Which means we can't get *our* house re-carpeted until after that (the piano has to be out). We can move our flooring project back to March. Gives me a little room to breathe and also some time to get some other stuff done in the meantime. (Also less time for new carpeting to get dirty.)
When I look at our house, I know it's not nearly ready for Open Houses. I would not want anyone to come in here right now. So much junk and clutter - so I guess next step is to start getting rid of big stuff. Sigh...
I'm not questioning our big decision to do this, but I think I just need to breathe and start DOING instead of worrying about doing.
Small steps...

Goals for today:
Drink all my water
Go to the gym this evening
Start listing things that need to be done
DO at least one of those things on the list
Stay calm

Happy Monday!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/25/2010 9:28PM

    I think lots of us here could probably benefit from doing instead of worrying about things.

making lists would help relieve some of those feelings of over whelmingness.

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HELLAVAHC 1/25/2010 7:14PM

    A little at a time. Get a list going and just get going!

How exciting for you to move!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/25/2010 1:03PM

    We moved back to CO from CA ~6 years ago (with a toddler and a dog!). We knew it was coming up, and we took the opportunity to get rid of a *lot* of stuff. My advice would be to start purging now... it's a gradual process, and it will be easier if you can spread it out over a longer period of time. You might think about renting a *small* storage unit to store things which you pack up and *will* be needing (for us, it was books that we were liberating from our shelves for open houses, seasonal stuff, and things of my brother's that I wasn't ready to let go of). Start making a list of anything that needs to be fixed, painted, pruned, planted, etc and just start working down that list. Don't get overwhelmed--sounds like you have plenty of time, and the people who get into trouble are the ones who wait till the last minute.

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CASSIOEPIA 1/25/2010 12:31PM

    Wow Carrie, big change coming! I love my lists too. My advise to you is just to "start". That's all. Baby steps will lead you in the right direction. Sometimes when I'm feeling overwhelmed, I just end up standing there wondering what to do, and end up doing very little or nothing because I don't know where to start. Once the "start" part is over, I usually can chug along quite nicely.

Bite it off one room at a time, and if there is lots of clutter -- well don't be afraid to donate and chuck! Don't move what you absolutely don't need or love.
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LAURACONNER 1/25/2010 12:14PM

    I live by lists; at work; at home; at gym - all the time - but the most important thing to do - is make a practical list -
- do a daily list - what can you really and truly get done that day - and do it
- next day the same -
- sure you have your ultimate goal list and wish list - but sticking to a daily practical list - that you can really accomplish that day - makes it so much easier, and satisfying!
All the best
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KAYAKID 1/25/2010 11:59AM

    Carrie, sounds like you are one person like me that wants everything organized. Lists are good just tackle every area a little at a time. good luck to you and a great time at the gym!!!!

Mike


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KAYAKID 1/25/2010 11:59AM

    Carrie, sounds like you are one person like me that wants everything organized. Lists are good just tackle every area a little at a time. good luck to you and a great time at the gym!!!!

Mike


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SMILEE_EYES 1/25/2010 10:14AM

    I too love lists. I usually make a list and then prioritize the items. Sometimes this makes it easier to see what is most important to do first. Good luck!

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JWENZEL723 1/25/2010 9:19AM

    oh i'm definitely a list maker. makes things seem a little less overwhelming!

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CFMOSS 1/25/2010 8:03AM

    You've got a plan and it's a good one. My only comment - crossing things off the to do list sometimes requires them to be able to be crossed off today. So get the list made with lots of room on the bottom so you can add to it as needed. You are doing an awesome job. Remember that!!! and have a good day with your musical munchkins.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/25/2010 7:53AM

    I have 3 different lists, running list, chores list, and food/dinner list. After having moved every 3 years, I tell you to tackle one room at a time or you will get lost. Buy lots of crate and start packing up stuff you don't need. Good Luck.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/25/2010 7:38AM

    I can just imagine how overwhelming this must be but I'm also a list person. Once you get it down and figured out it'll be less stressful. And I bet this is all going to be over with before you know it and you'll be basking in beautiful B.C. in no time!

Have a happy Monday!

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