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Oh yeah, it's Super Bowl Sunday...

Sunday, February 07, 2010

This football season was different for me than previous ones. I used to love parking myself on the couch on a Sunday to watch football. This season, I couldn't sit still long enough to enjoy more than one quarter at a time. Is it my new Sparky life? I always felt like I should be *doing* something - laundry, planning out my week's food, vacuuming...
I know it's important to take time to relax, and I do take time to relax, but it's more fulfilling because the relaxing time is more of a treat now. (That might not have made any sense, but it made sense in my head.)
So this morning I woke up and kind of forgot that it was Super Bowl Sunday. We aren't going to a party, we're not planning on staying awake until all hours of the night, but honey did joke that he was going to check out the Wal-Mart website to see how many bags of Doritos we should stock up on for tonight.

I posted an ad on Craigslist for a mattress set - free, as long as they came and picked it up. I got a lot of replies! One of them told me he'd come this morning; it turned into "maybe this morning" and then "I don't know when I'm going to get there." I replied to a different e-mail, one who left her phone number and didn't have grammatical errors.
I really like the idea of someone being able to use my old stuff so I don't have to throw it away, but I got just a little bit of a weird feeling from a few replies.
So anyway, the girl I called is coming by tonight to pick up the set. It's already downstairs, blocking one of the entrances to the kitchen, so I am really hoping that she actually comes to get it! At this point, I am just tired of looking at it.

Honey and I went grocery shopping today, stocked up on some good veg. We're having spaghetti squash with homemade marinara tonight and a good strip steak. Yum! He has been so amazingly supportive of me on this Spark Journey... he is constantly telling me how proud he is of me and how good I'm looking. We both never imagined that this is the kind of couple we'd be after almost six years together!

I'm off to get my cup of tea... My nose is a little stuffy today and I'm desperately trying to keep a bad sickness away for the weekend when I go sing in NYC. I've already paid to go and I can't get a refund... a few years ago I was supposed to go sing and I came down with the flu, so I'm going to be guzzling the tea this week.

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ROGUE_1 2/9/2010 10:00PM

    I love where you wrote:
"I know it's important to take time to relax, and I do take time to relax, but it's more fulfilling because the relaxing is more of a treat now"...

I feel the same way, and can absolutely relate to this. It appalls me to think about how lazy I was, and about the choices I made in the past. It's fantastic that you've come such a long way and I'm quite proud of you. It's also wonderful that your honey is so supportive of you! Is he pretty healthy and fit as well? It's so important to have a strong support system, and I'm positive he's enjoying all the fruits of your labor as much as you are! Do you guys work out together?

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RUNNINGWILD 2/8/2010 9:20PM

    Sending the "cold symptoms go away" vibe your way. Have fun in NYC.

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CFMOSS 2/8/2010 7:58AM

    Hope you had a good Super Bowl Sunday even without the couch potato focus. You continue to do a great job.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/8/2010 6:16AM

    Stay well ... tea with honey and lemon.

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EATNBOOGERS 2/7/2010 7:01PM

    I'd say that my form of "relaxing" is often active... I love to go for a nice walk with the fam. But I know what you mean about football--I totally don't get it. I'd rather do than watch. (Okay, I do like a nice costume drama via Netflix...) ;-)

Glad your man is supportive. That is a positive sign for the long haul. It's been almost 25 years since I met my dh, and I can say that we've been through more than I think we ever could have imagined. Flexibility is key!

Get your rest and take care of yourself this week!

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Pretending it's a snowy day

Saturday, February 06, 2010

The snow storm that hit the east coast stopped short of the Poconos. We only got about 1 inch of snow last night. I was planning all week for what I would do while being snowed it, and since I'm not, I'm just pretending I am and getting some random stuff done.
Here's the Done List so far:

Posted an ad on Craigslist - we need to start getting rid of some of this extra furniture we have.
Put some CDs on iTunes - I have a big pile of CDs ready to go to my mom and brother to see if they want any.
Packed up some pictures - have to "depersonalize the house"
Laundry
Balanced my checkbook and found out that I made a $160 error - in my favor! I have more money than I thought I did. Wahoo!
Finished and sent in my weekly grad class assignment

To-Do Yet:
Finish the CD transfer
Remove nail polish - new polish on toes
Vacuum the downstairs
Take a nap
Burn CDs for school musical
Practice Carmina (1 more week! Wahoo!)
Drink a lot more water

It's been a productive day so far. I just need to stop studying my to-do list and DO my to-do list.

Off to get some more stuff done...

  
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GROOVYCHICK9 2/6/2010 6:54PM

    I am shoveling out from about 24 inches or so. Our total was double what they thought. I did get some stuff done but mostly just playing with my kids in the snow. Oh, and snow shoveling counts as cardio! That was a bonus. Good for you getting some stuff done.

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EATNBOOGERS 2/6/2010 5:54PM

    Good for you--you're getting things done, and chipping away at it! :-)

(What color on the toes? I've found a brand of polish that is supposedly very safe, and I'm lusting after a brown glittery shade...)

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CFMOSS 2/6/2010 4:11PM

    You're having a productive day - I shoveled our snow - only had about a foot but it was more than enough especially when i shovel the parking spaces in front of the house and the snow plow comes by and....grrrrrr...... any way enjoy your day.

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IRIE_KEY 2/6/2010 4:11PM

    You are very fortunate, but I love the idea of a snow day to get things done! Great way to tick off that TTD list.

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JOPAPGH 2/6/2010 3:56PM

    No pretending here! We got over 20 inches. Sure is quiet out. Off to run my snow mile...

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/6/2010 3:29PM

    We got 27inches and I am not sure the kids are ever going back to school. Nothing on my list got done because all I am doing is shoveling snow, enjoy your productivity.

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CASSIOEPIA 2/6/2010 3:17PM

    Great use of your *snow-day*!

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HELLAVAHC 2/6/2010 3:14PM

    Don't you just love a good to-do list? I like to make mine as detailed as possible so I REALLY feel accomplished checking tons of stuff off... Oh yeah, I have to get back to doing mine now, too. Oops!

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One of "those" women...

Friday, February 05, 2010

I LOVE my Pilates classes. There was a time when I used to look at women who took Pilates with that kind of look that was like "Oh, *those* kind of women do Pilates... ridiculous." "Those" kind of women were fit and happy. I was not one of "those" women.

But now, here I am taking Pilates classes, yoga classes... all of the classes that "those" women take. And you know what? I think am one of "those" kind of women. That woman who goes to the gym because she likes it - a lot. The woman who actually *enjoys* putting on workout clothes instead of a baggy t-shirt and sweatpants. The woman who looks in the mirror in the Pilates studio and thinks "wow, today I see a muscle" or, "my form is good tonight" instead of "wow, you can really see my gut in this shirt." I used to look at "those" women with a mix of jealousy and disdain. "Geez, look at her in that shirt... it's so small." "Must be nice to spend all day at the gym." I saw one of "those" women last night and thought "wow, her back muscles are amazing. She must work out really smart!"

I used to look at "those" women go into J.Crew and try on pants - they slipped on with no problem. I was lucky if I could buy a t-shirt there. "Oh, look at "those" women trying on that stuff. Pshaw." J. Crew is now one of my favorite places to shop and I'm working on a size 4 there. I'm one of "those" women who is not embarrassed to ask the sales person for my size in something.

So I guess that I am really one of "those" women now. I love the gym, and I don't remember EVER loving clothes shopping the way I do now.
I still get the feeling of "I wonder if everyone is looking at me - the fat girl in the room," but it's slowly getting to be less frequent.

And with that, this one of "those" women is going to the pool to get some laps in.

Happy Friday!

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EATNBOOGERS 2/6/2010 12:37PM

    Good for you!

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ROGUE_1 2/5/2010 4:53PM

    What a positive, upbeat, fabulous blog! Your happiness really shines through, and I am absolutely 100% excited and thrilled that you are one of THOSE women :) And a size 4 to boot?! Woohoo, amazing!

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CFMOSS 2/5/2010 2:13PM

    Last night at body sculpting we had a funny conversation about ladies enjoying the presence of a tricep or bicep muscle and showing it off once and awhile. We're not too much into workout clothes - but oh is it nice that I can put them on now and look good:) Enjoy your day.

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GROOVYCHICK9 2/5/2010 12:21PM

    You rock on girl. You are one of those women. You always were. You just found her again.

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CHANCE0719 2/5/2010 10:11AM

    What a great post! I love how your attitude changed so positively along with your body! emoticon

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MELNAEGELI 2/5/2010 10:02AM

    Now everyone is looking at you BECAUSE you are one of "those" women!

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CUBANJELLY 2/5/2010 8:41AM

    Lookin' in the mirror, seeing one of "those women"! LOL

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PINKCOCONUT 2/5/2010 7:44AM

    Yeah!!! It's funny what you notice now with a new perspective, eh? I stare at one of my spinning instructors incessantly because I'm in awe of her abs! She's super ripped! I would've hated her three years ago...

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HELLAVAHC 2/5/2010 7:00AM

    Love it! Your whole perspective is changing to a really positive one. I struggle with that thought a lot sometimes- do I belong in here among these skinny women? It helps to do what you talk about- looking at others in a positive light helps me look at myself that way, too.

Have a great Friday!

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LEARNING2LUVME 2/5/2010 6:19AM

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Awesome!! I can't wait to be one of "those" women!!!

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MITECU 2/5/2010 6:10AM

    emoticon on becoming one of "those" women.

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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...
Goals:
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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