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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!


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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

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

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    i wish we had snow days here.

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    emoticon You're off to a great start!

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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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    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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    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.

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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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    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
Don't forget to daily have "take care of yourself of your list!" emoticon emoticon

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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!!!!


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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!!!!


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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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Holy restaurants!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

It was symphony weekend with my mom. We have season tickets, so I drive down about once a month. We have a great time - have a little dinner, do some mother-daughter bonding... the only downside is that the whole weekend is filled with restaurant eating. Saturday afternoon we went out to lunch. Then we went out to dinner. And this morning, we went out to breakfast. And if that wasn't bad enough, this afternoon I treated a girlfriend to lunch for driving me home after dropping my car at the garage for an oil change. My tum is NOT happy right now. The sodium, OH the sodium. Even though I tried to make the best choices I could (and i thought I did a pretty good job), restaurant food is ridiculously high in sodium. I bet if I got on the scale right now it would show that I gained at least two pounds, all due to sodium.
So the next few days are going to be detox days - tons of water, lots of fresh fruit, and def some good gym time tomorrow evening after I get my car back.

Went shopping yesterday; it was the first day in a few months that I was shopping for pants. And what a glorious day it was for pants shopping. I am now a size 6 in two of my favorite stores. I did a little happy dance in the fitting rooms. My honey has been hearing about my size 6 adventure all day - if he's sick of it, he's doing a good job hiding it. What a reward for all my hard work! New pants in a smaller size. I have been grinning from ear to ear since I bought the pants yesterday morning!

Tonight I have to:
Finish the laundry
Pick out my weekly outfits
Plan my breakfasts and lunches (a general idea about lunch)
Enter my gym classes into the fitness tracker so I know how much I can eat
Spend some serious couch time with my honey

Off to work on my list!


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GSDMIKE 1/24/2010 9:29PM

    Totally jealous. I've had the Chicago Symphony Orchestra within an hour of my house for the last 30 years and haven't been to a performance since a high school field trip.

I am officially adding a 2010 goal to attend a CSO performance.

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EATNBOOGERS 1/24/2010 8:13PM

    I so hear you... I went to a very fun women only birthday party last night at a wonderful restaurant in town. I tried to order sensibly, but the menu was confusing (even when I looked at it in advance), there were 20 of us, and it was LOUD. Fortunately, the portions are quite small, so I don't think I did too badly (and I enjoyed it). I was agonizing about the sodium (and the bloat) myself, and then I remembered that all I drank last night was water (as always... I'm just not a drinker). I realized that my friends who had 2-3 cosmos were probably feeling worse this morning. ;-P

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HELLAVAHC 1/24/2010 7:31PM

    awesome! I never realized the sodium is what makes me feel that way!
I like the plan, too!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 1/24/2010 7:17PM

    Sounds like you had a fun weekend. You'll work all that off at the gym this week. Nice you can spend quality time with your Mom! emoticon

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KAYAKID 1/24/2010 7:14PM

    Congrats on the size smaller. All that gym time is starting to paying dividends. proud of you!!!

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PINKCOCONUT 1/24/2010 7:04PM

    Congrats on the size 6! That's awesome!!!

Have some fun hubby time, I'm off to pretty much do the same with Alan! Have a fab evening!

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FRANKLYN22 1/24/2010 6:57PM

    Congratulations on the size 6 pants, that's so exciting! emoticon

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