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Waking up with the best of intentions...

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Every day around this time (6:20am) I think "Today is going to be a great day." I visualize myself going to the gym, eating my healthy dinner, and getting something done when I come home from school. Usually I'm pretty good at following an evening routine, but yesterday - not so much. I think it started when my salon called and told me they were running 15 minutes behind. Fifteen minutes is not a big deal, but when I finally got into the hair-wash chair, it was almost 1/2 an hour after my scheduled time. Sigh. The head massage was nice, but I just wasn't feeling the cut. I usually LOVE getting my hair cut. But I'm trying to grow it out (I can't afford every 4 weeks for a really short cut anymore) and it's at the point where it just doesn't seem to want to do anything right. Bleh.

So after my lackluster salon experience, I headed up to the gym. I am very good about going to my scheduled gym time even when all I want to do it go home and nap. Yesterday - not so much. The feeling of "please just go home" was overwhelming me. It overwhelmed me SO much that go home is exactly what I did. Plopped my rear on the couch, and that was it.
*Note - a really good part about last night is that even though I didn't go to the gym, I got some good practicing in. Singing Carmina Burana is hard - it's a mix of Latin and German pronunciation.

Dinner was not so bad last night, although lately I have been going a little overboard at night with the eating. Not totally sure why, but I need to explore this a little more. I'm thinking about changing my weight-loss goal to 1/2 a pound a week instead of 1 pound - maybe just for February...?

So today is a new day. My nutrition and fitness goals for today are set and I'm ready. Tonight is some yoga and stretching - I have totally been feeling the yoga lately. My iPod is ready for a little TM running and some upper body work.

Today will be better than yesterday.

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EATNBOOGERS 2/4/2010 3:18PM

    Sometimes we need rest, and maybe that's what your body was telling you. And yeah, maybe you need to tinker with your cals. Are you getting enough breakfast? I do so much better when I really frontload my cals--big breakfast, big lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner is not a disaster.

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CHWABE 2/4/2010 9:36AM

    Having an off day is not a bad thing, it's just a reality. I know that you can refocus and recharge...good luck!

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CHWABE 2/4/2010 9:36AM

    Having an off day is not a bad thing, it's just a reality. I know that you can refocus and recharge...good luck!

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CHWABE 2/4/2010 9:36AM

    Having an off day is not a bad thing, it's just a reality. I know that you can refocus and recharge...good luck!

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LMURRIETA 2/4/2010 8:35AM

    Your doing great girl, keep up the good work.

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CUBANJELLY 2/4/2010 8:33AM

    I know what you mean, especially about the hair. I had mine spiked short and now it's shoulder length - just can't afford cut and color every 4-6 weeks. Now I cut maybe twice a year and color at home.

About the food, maybe you're not getting enough to eat prior to your last meal. A small snack about 2-3 hours prior?

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PINKCOCONUT 2/4/2010 7:40AM

    Maybe you just needed a recharge day. Don't worry about it! Like you said, today is a new day and one day isn't going to unravel everything!

I HATE that in-between hair time! You can never do anything with it! Arg!

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CFMOSS 2/4/2010 7:02AM

    It is a new day wich is a really good thing. And maybe a day of rest (or sort of rest) was in order - you have been doing a fantastic job, but you've also been pushing (since I do the same thing -- that is a "still do it" observation). Whatever, it is a new day, clean slate, fresh start and Carmina is coming up soon - should be a lot of fun and a tiny challenge maybe.

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RUNTRILAUGH 2/4/2010 6:47AM

    You must have needed a rest day....

Sorry about the haircut. Thats sooo not a good feeling!

BUT, today is a new day, and we're wishing you a renewed sense of accomplishment and dedication!!!

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HELLAVAHC 2/4/2010 6:38AM

    You're right- today is a new day. Best intentions all over again with your best effort. That's all we can do!

I'm sorry you're not feeling the cut- it's really hard when you are trying to grow it out to get it right!

Hang in there, it's almost Friday!

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Delay? Hoo-ray!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I love two hour delays. We don't have to make them up at the end of the year, and I get to sleep in a bit.
This afternoon I go to get a haircut - getting my haircut is such a relaxing time for me. I get the best head massage. After that is a little TM and an abs class.
Don't have much to write today...
Drink all my water
Stick to the eating plan (didn't do so hot with this yesterday)
Get some schoolwork done
Clean up the downstairs a little bit (I think I'm sleeping so much because I'm taking this evening relaxing thing too far. I need to do *something* at night - not just sit my rear on the couch.)

Happy Hump Day!


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EATNBOOGERS 2/3/2010 2:46PM

    Are they snow delays or cold delays? We don't get any delays it seems, and snow days are RARE. Enjoy!

I love getting haircuts, too. The head massage and having someone else brush/comb/wash my hair are the best.

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GROOVYCHICK9 2/3/2010 12:09PM

    Yahoo for you. I am so jealous. I would love a delay right about now. Better yet a snowday. Oh the things I could do. Have a great haircut.

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GONE2014 2/3/2010 11:43AM

    Enjoy the head massage!! I love those!!

And Happy Hump Day to you!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/3/2010 11:28AM

    I loved 2 hour delays when I taught ( elementary school). I also liked the first 5 cancels because those first five did not have to be made up at the end of the year or taken out of our vacation time.

What was really nice is when we could get the call the night before. Loved that so much more than having to listed to the radio or a phone tree call in the morning. I guess now they make "robo" calls, so you can be notified much faster.

I hope you enjoy new hair-do and head massage.

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I thought this day would never come!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Last summer I decided that I was going to get Invisalign braces. What made my decision easier was that the process would only take 5 months.
So here I am, at the end. Finally! This morning I put in my last set of molds. Wahoo! I am SO excited and notice a really big difference. The miracles of modern dentistry...

I did everything on my list from yesterday. Wahoo! and today i will:
Drink more than enough water
Stick to my eating plan
Clean up my room at school today
Check the classifieds to see if anyone is in need of a mattress set - I hate to just throw it away
Finish transferring my CDs to iTunes (almost there!)
Call my dad re: moving the piano

Phew! Tonight is a Power Zen class - basically yoga on a Reebok core board. I took a class a few months ago and it was super hard - I'm looking forward to seeing if tonight is any easier.
I measured myself this morning - noticed some nice differences. Didn't enter them in - I think I'll do that tomorrow morning. Yesterday I got two more compliments from people at school - it amazes me that the compliments are still coming. I love it!

reason #562302 why I love Spark - my best friend is coming over for a "Tax Party" on Saturday (we do our taxes together every year) and I suggested I take pizza dough and marinara out of the freezer and we could have pizza for lunch. Spark has taught me how much pizza is a serving, and I can still enjoy it. Said friend is doing Weight Watchers, and the first thing she asked me was "do you know how many points are in the pizza?" Sigh. No, I don't. A bag of flour doesn't have WW points on it. But I *do* know how many calories are in it, and I know how big a serving is! She is doing well so far on WW and I think it works for a lot of people, but for me personally, I love the way Spark is helping me learn how to eat.

I have to take honey to pick up his car this morning - he called me at 1:30 am on Saturday to tell me his car shut off on the way home. Got it towed and had the alternator and a belt replaced. Not a big deal, considering the car is a 1996 Oldsmobile Ciara (sp) and was given to him for free when his grandmother died. That said, I'll still take my newer car and my AAA membership.

I would love it if Phil would not see a shadow... I'm getting real tired of this frigid weather.

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KAYAKID 2/3/2010 3:34AM

    Carrie great blog! You are doing so good! we both are! We are great examples of sparking!
keep it going! I remember when you got the braces you liked them because you had to stop eating at night. when they come off - it will take some will powere but I know you are to the challenge!

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EATNBOOGERS 2/2/2010 11:27PM

    I need snow for skiing, missy.

Someone recently tried to explain WW points to me, and I totally didn't understand. But I agree--whatever works is great.

Woot on getting things done! :-)

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CLSMITH918 2/2/2010 5:57PM

  Congrats on the braces and your to-do list!!

i agree that I would much rather know how to eat healthy rather than how many points something is considered. Share the spark w/ your friend at your tax party! Show her how great it is and the wonderful supportive members we have here. Good Luck!! emoticon

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FINESSE910 2/2/2010 3:53PM

    Phil's a jerk. emoticon You would think with how old he's getting that his vision would suffer.

=( So cold!

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CFMOSS 2/2/2010 3:34PM

    Love your blogs -- energy enthusiasm creativity. Thanks for keeping me going as you go along.

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LMURRIETA 2/2/2010 8:46AM

    You will do great at your class... One of my Feb goals is to take a Aerobics class 2x a week

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COOPSM 2/2/2010 7:15AM

    Can't wait to hear abut your class......have a great day...and great job on the braces being almost done!!!

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Monday, Monday...

Monday, February 01, 2010

can't trust that day.

Went for a swim this morning - it felt so good to be back in the pool. Saw one of the trainers in the locker room - she asked if I often went swimming. "Just getting back into it," I said. I told her the plyo classes from January were great but my knees were hurting; she told me that she felt them in her knees, too. It was nice to hear that I wasn't the only one feeling the effects of those classes - sometimes I feel like the only person at the gym who is dealing with aching body parts!

I'm having Irish oats with vanilla soy milk (thanks for the idea, PinkC!) and PB&J. Yum! I'm glad I packed my lunch last night - I don't like to rush around in the morning.

Today I will:
Drink more than enough water (I didn't drink enough over the weekend and I can feel my body holding onto water and not feeling good.)
Stick to the plan
Read some classwork
Pack my gym clothes for tomorrow night
Look for some haircut pics to take to my cut on Wednesday

Happy February!


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EATNBOOGERS 2/1/2010 5:13PM

    Good to mix things up to take care of your body... I think I'm ~10 yrs older than you (and 10 yrs creakier), and I've found that paying attention to this as I've gotten older has definitely helped with keeping active. And I'm with you on the water!

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CFMOSS 2/1/2010 8:52AM

    Good plan for the day. I had plain regular oatmeal (actually a pot of 2 servings of oatmeal and one of barley flakes) with plain yogurt and almonds, craisins and dried apples. Filled me up. I have to sneak the oatmeal in because my son is not an oatmeal fan. Oh well..... have a great day.

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PINKCOCONUT 2/1/2010 7:35AM

    Hope you liked it! I'm trying mine today with agave nectar instead of brown sugar, can't really taste it though but at least it's healthier!

Have a fabulous day!

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The freezer is full!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Today was my planned rest day. My knees are thanking me and so are my quads.
Honey and I went grocery shopping this morning and I spent the better part of the day making food for the freezer. Since we started eating more fruits and vegetables, our food bill has gone up, but we have healthy food in the freezer for weeks! No calling out for pizza (honey made a lot of pizza dough for the freezer and I made a huge batch of marinara), no stopping for Mexican (we have a ton of chili in there), and there is some Moroccan lentil-apricot soup that smells delish.
Tonight honey is cooking scallops and maybe some fresh bread... I'm trying to sway him into making bread, although he *did* already make fresh pita for lunch (to go with the amazing falafel he made!).

So enough about food, I'm getting hungry!
Got an e-mail last night about going to South America with my singing group. The itinerary looks great, and the price is right. I have to seriously look at everything and decide if I can afford it. The two tours I've gone on with the group have been well-organized, and the really nice part about the trip is that is gives me the opportunity to go on a trip that I probably would not have otherwise thought about taking. I would *really* like to go... Tonight is going to be budget night.

Tomorrow is Day 1 of the New Plan. (I have lots of New Plans.) Since there are no classes at the gym tomorrow night, I'm going swimming in the morning. I'm going to get up early and get my 6-6:30 am swim in.

Tomorrow's goals:
- Drink more than enough water
- Stick to my eating plan
- Read my assignment for class

Off to look at some budget stuff...


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EATNBOOGERS 2/1/2010 5:11PM

    You did right connecting with a chef...

I've gotten really good at stocking up on frozen blueberries, peas, edamame, corn, and random other fruits. (And I make and freeze applesauce/pearsauce and freeze overripe bananas--use all of this in baking--can sub for some of the fat.) I also make ww bread 2 loaves at a time (and slice and freeze the extra loaf). We buy ww tortilla in large quantities and keep the extras in the freezer, too. Last but not least, I do soup and beans in large batches and freeze the excess. The freezer can be a very useful tool for busy people to eat better.

I'd love to go in your suitcase to S. America... ;-)

How's the prepping of the house going?

I think your "new plans" are good for keeping you interested...

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COOPSM 2/1/2010 6:00AM

    All that food sounds great!!! I like making homemade pizza dough..have issues with it at times to share your recipe???

Have fun swimming today!!!

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PSHANKEY 2/1/2010 12:12AM

    Can I get the recipe for the Moroccan lentil apricot soup? Sounds divine!

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HELLAVAHC 1/31/2010 7:58PM

    Oh my goodness- what a wonderful opportunity! Will it affect your big move?

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 1/31/2010 7:31PM

    Oh! I hope you get a chance to go - how cool would that be?

It must be SO nice to have a chef in the house - lucky you!

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