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Re-igniting My Spark

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I just picked up my copy of The Spark that's been gathering a bit of dust, and read chapters 7 and 8. I realized that while I have been doing ok with tracking my nutrition and fitness, drinking my water, and keeping a journal (I count my blogs as my journals), I have been slacking on the goal-setting and reward-giving.
My goal is to be a size 4 by summer. This is a good, achievable long-term goal.
My daily goals are often the same - drink enough water, get to the gym, blah blah blah.
But what about the time in between daily and long-term? I just wrote down some weekly goals; I think this will help me bridge the gap between daily and long-term goals.

- Stay in calorie range 5 of 7 days
- Go to gym as scheduled (I already figured out my gym schedule for next week)
- Avoid processed sweets (this is something for Lent. While I'm not religious, I like the idea of giving something up for an amount of time.)

If I meet these goals, I am going to reward myself with three new songs from iTunes. I need to get some new stuff on my play list!

After about two weeks of really feeling BLAH, I feel like my old positive self. I don't know what came over me, why I was feeling like I was. I guess I just *needed* that "blah time" for whatever reason. I think between being sick and coming home from my ideal living situation (not necessarily Manhattan, but just *a* city) to the woods really made me a little sad.
Honey and I talked a lot the last few days about what our goals were; where we wanted to be in the fall, what we wanted to be doing... I think it was really important for us to talk about this again. We have to keep our goals in mind so we don't go crazy.

So much for this random blog, but I felt like I needed to just get it out there what I was feeling. If I didn't have the support from all of you, I think this "blah" would have spiraled out of control. I appreciate that I am not alone; I'm not the only one out there who's had house problems; I'm not the only one who goes crazy with the Chinese take-out every so often; I'm not the only one who gets crabby and "blah"-feeling.

I'm going to post my goals on the fridge right now. I think a copy of these goals will also go up at school, since that's where my calories go a little on the high side.

Good thing tonight - I took control of my eating. After my dinner of Cocoa Pebbles, I thought "well I guess I should have some fruit and yogurt" because I thought I *had* to (don't ask me why). I stopped, listened to my body, and decided that I wasn't hungry for anything else. My tum is thanking me now.

  
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EATNBOOGERS 2/21/2010 11:19AM

    You know that there's a goal setting section somewhere here on SP? I use it quite religiously. I love checking the little boxes...

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KATZZABELLA 2/21/2010 9:52AM

    I am like you haven't set weekly goals as well. Nor have I rewarded myself. It's time to reflect.

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ONECOOKIETWO 2/21/2010 6:07AM

    This is a great blog. I have been dieting and getting fit for years, and so of course I already know everything and don't have to actually DO anything.

NOT!

Your blog is reminding me that taking action, on the small stuff, the daily details, is what makes the big stuff happen. Thank you for the inspiration.

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KAYAKID 2/21/2010 3:03AM

    I also am not cocoa Pebbles person - give me fruit loops ? You are doing great! I find its helps me to set goals for each month and make sure I blog how I did so it makes me accountable. Goals are a good way to show the progress we are making. Although your progresss has been incredible and inspirational. thanks for being you and working so hard.

Mike


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RUNNINGWILD 2/21/2010 2:44AM

    Cocoa pebbles? I'm more of a fruit loops girl myself. Enjoy!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/20/2010 9:57PM

    I am glad to read of your positive outlook.

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BOBBYD31 2/20/2010 9:26PM

    glad you are feeling good now, sometimes we just have to feel bad then move on. we have big shoulders around here to help each other thur tough times, we are each others support group. i have had this for about a month but am doing a little better also.
keep your sights on you goals and you will do great

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The clouds parted, and the sun shone...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I think I got my foul mood out of the way yesterday. In fact, I probably got two months' worth of foul moods out of the way yesterday. It's hard to be positive all the time!

But today was a new day. And it was good.

It started about 3:00 am when honey came home, woke me up, and told me "M said that you were 'too skinny.'" I thought he was joking but he assured me it was true. I didn't even mind that it was 3am.
I decided that to counteract yesterday's General Tso explosion, today would be Eat Like a Horse Day for me. (Honey is very supportive of this - he reminds me that horses are very healthy.) Apples, bananas, oats, and cereal. That's all I'm eating today. (Never mind that horses don't eat Cocoa Pebbles.) This is the first time that I'm trying this little experiment - so far I feel just fine, and I think I may have some oatmeal with bananas for dinner. It's actually a bit of a relief knowing that there are only certain foods I can eat today. (OK, so Eat Like a Horse Day is a little weird, but it's working for me.)

Finished my paper a bit early, so I had some time for the gym. Doc cleared me to run again (wahoo!) so I was really excited to get a little TM in. Used my brain and decided that I was going to start at the very beginning (a very good place to start). I only did .5 miles today, but NO PAIN in my knee. SO excited. Next week I think I'll do 2-3 more days of .5 mile runs, and then bump it up to .75 miles. Small steps. And I really want my knee to heal, I'd like to run a 5K sometime in the Spring.

Did some super upper body ST - upped some weights, worked extra hard, and paid lots of attention to my form and took it slow. Feel the burn!

I was inspired by another blog to order some clothes in my goal size. I think I need the visual to keep me inspired and also to see just what that goal size looks like. There is no reason why I can't wear my goal size by this summer - I just have to hunker down and stick to my plan.

And speaking of plan, I am off to plan next week's gym time and do some online shopping.

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EATNBOOGERS 2/21/2010 11:18AM

    Good for you! I'm glad you got it out of your system. Smiling at Eat Like a Horse. :-)

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KATZZABELLA 2/21/2010 9:55AM

    I think it worked for you because you decided to have fun with it and name it something funny like Eat like a horse day. How did that make you feel when your honey said someone commented negatively on your weight loss?

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/20/2010 6:47PM

    glad that the sun is shining on you! You're day sounds fantstic!

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PINKCOCONUT 2/20/2010 6:43PM

    WOO!!!!!! Way to go on the run and the mood! You're so awesome!

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BOBBYD31 2/20/2010 6:23PM

    ok lets recap:
better mood
DH says your skinny
cleared to run
actually ran
no pain during run
ST
get to eat like a horse LOL
ordered goal clothes woo hoo!

wow, i would say that sounds like a pretty darn good day!!!!!!!!! just think how happy we would all be if all our days were like that, now how you going to cap off the night????? emoticon

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CFMOSS 2/20/2010 6:14PM

    You bring laughter to my face. Glad today is better and energizing (even if it is to eat like a horse). Good journeying to you.

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I am crabby.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The kitchen sink project is not done. The water isn't hooked up, and it looks like hell.
The bathroom faucet is in, but it's leaking. Somewhere under the sink the pipe is now dripping.
Since there is no water in the kitchen, I had to fill up my coffee pot in the bathroom.
The sink wasn't leaking *before* the new faucets were put in.

Lesson learned - hire a professional.
The person my honey hired is a husband of a friend; he does this kind of thing for a living, but don't see how. I am def not happy.
I came home last night, all the lights were on, the stereo was blasting, and the front shades were wide open, so anyone who wanted to see right into our house, could.
I should have just called a damn plumber.

I need my coffee. I am seriously glad it's Friday.

  
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RUNNINGWILD 2/20/2010 11:10AM

    Friday's = goodness
Hope your weekend goes well and you can solve all your faucet issues.. good luck!

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GROOVYCHICK9 2/19/2010 5:47PM

    Sorry you are having a bad time of it. Hang in there.

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KAYAKID 2/19/2010 3:38PM

    Carrie, Bobby is right go for a run or to the gym! maybe a kick boxing class. as a contractor I hate when people try to cut corners - it usually ends up costing more! sorry Friend!!!!

Mike


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EATNBOOGERS 2/19/2010 3:36PM

    Oh wow, that's terrible. I'm so sorry. The blinds open and the stereo blaring would have been the final thing for me. Have a better weekend!

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GIGI1222 2/19/2010 3:19PM

    I guess Bobby really wants you to go for a run emoticon.

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BOBBYD31 2/19/2010 3:01PM

    go for a run, things are always better after.

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BOBBYD31 2/19/2010 3:01PM

    go for a run, things are always better after.

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BOBBYD31 2/19/2010 3:01PM

    go for a run, things are always better after.

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 2/19/2010 12:39PM

    Yes...in the future you know - pay the money for a plumber - it is worth it.

When I was remodeling my bathroom, I had a guy doing me a *favor*...he was the project manager for my kitchen remodel (done through a professional company) but he was looking to make some extra money on the side and offered to re-tile my bath tub. Well, I also needed some plumbing done (to add additional sprayer heads for the shower). So he called in his father-in-law to make the changes to the plumbing.

Long story short - the new connection blew, but because it was inside the wall, I didn't know it for months. So water was spraying inside the wall cavity, drenching the drywall and the subfloor...when I finally discovered what was going on, I had to rip out an entire section of drywall and call a plumber, who had to cut a hole in my beautiful custom tile job to properly solder the pipe connection. And I had to redo the drywall.

So - when I need something complicated done, I always call a professional. It usually isn't even as expensive as I fear it will be - but even if it is, the peace of mind is worth it....your honey probably didn't know what this guy was really like, but now that you know, find someone else!

I'm sorry you're stressed and crabby - but it IS Friday!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/19/2010 9:09AM

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LALAFLOWERS 2/19/2010 8:14AM

    Deep breathing! You can make it! Be glad you are going to work.. and put a bucket under the sinks.... emoticon

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/19/2010 7:31AM

    That was yesterday now today is a new day and it will only get better. Maybe today you try a kickboxing video or class to release the anger.

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PINKCOCONUT 2/19/2010 7:25AM

    *hugs* Deep breaths!

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CFMOSS 2/19/2010 7:05AM

    Enjoy your coffee -- been there done that will probably do that again -- did you see my plumber comment a day or two ago -- aaaaaagh! You have my support because at its worst water is horrible (although I'm sure thankful to have it to make the coffee I'm drinking right now). Plus you have all of the other stuff - prepping the house to be shown, work and everything else. Hugs to you and a prayer that the day will unfold with some beauty and hope in it.

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Staying focused

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Today is going to be a good day. I can tell. Honey came home last night and told me "N is coming at 11:00 tomorrow to put in the new sink and faucets."
I went to bed at 10:00 and got up at 6:00, an hour difference in what I usually do. I am feeling good. Breakfast was delish - two scrambled eggs with some green onion and shredded cheese. Lunch is low-cal today so I have more calories for dinner. Up until now, I've been eating almost half my day's calories at lunch. This leaves hardly any room for a decent dinner, and I almost always end up overeating at night. Not by a lot, but as it adds up, it's certainly not *helping* my weight-loss efforts. So today is something new.

It feels really good to have gotten the wheel going, so to speak, on this moving thing. DVDs and videos have been sorted, most are in boxes, and the Goodwill pile is ready for honey to take today. I think yesterday's to-do list really helped me keep me focused. I saw things that needed to be done, but I knew that I HAD to get through what I planned. This former lack of focus is why so many things are half-done around here.

So today is a new day with new goals.

- Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
- Pack away summer clothes and purses/bags
- Look into renting a storage unit
- Get large garbage bags so we can really start purging stuff
- Go to stretching and Pilates for some Me Time.

Did I meet yesterday's goals?
Water - YES
Swimming - YES. I cut the time short because my after-school meeting ran long, but I still went!
Boxes - I could only find one, but I still filled it with DVDs and videos. I found another box at home that I used for the overflow of media.
Vacuum - YES
Eating plan - Um, not so much. This is why I'm trying a low-cal lunch so I have more room for dinner tonight.

Lunch is packed, Pilates clothes are packed, and I'm ready for today. I'm looking forward to the new sink and some more bags and boxes out of here!

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EATNBOOGERS 2/19/2010 4:01PM

    See, this is what I like about you--you saw a pattern with lunch, and now you're taking steps to try to change things. Good job!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/18/2010 8:12PM

    You achieved most of what you had as goals for yesterday. You seem to have things under control and quite manageable.

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AUSRA67 2/18/2010 7:58AM

  Sounds like a lot of physical movement! Yahoo!!!! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 2/18/2010 7:30AM

    You are on track woman! Way to go!

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Just keep breathing...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

This big move my fiance and I are planning is a little overwhelming for me. I've taken all your wonderful advice and I've started to pack up some stuff, get some things fixed, and take little steps to making the summer *that* much easier. I can't do it alone, so of course I've asked honey to help with some tasks. Honey needs a little (well, a big) push to get things done. While I have been cleaning out my stuff and giving a lot to Goodwill and posting it on Freecycle (the mattress is gone! Wahoo!), honey has been content to appear to wait until the last minute to get things done.
We don't really fight; we have small disagreements, but nothing really escalates past us giving each other the silent treatment until we're ready to talk. One of the last of these episodes was something about him not getting the new sink put in and me not calling our realtor. I was supposed to call him to ask him "when do people come to the house after it's listed?" (The answer was "they could come the same day.") This means we have a lot to do before we list the house.
Honey and I don't use the words "I told you so," even when one of us does something stupid. I really appreciate this. But I REALLY feel like "I TOLD YOU SO." As in, "honey, you should start getting cleaned up for open houses." I am a little nervous about this experience turning into something that it shouldn't... I make tons of lists, honey *sometimes* does what I leave him to do. Today he was asked to take some stuff to Goodwill - I told him how much I need his help for this. I am only one person and I can only do so much. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

Our realtor is really wonderful. I told him I was a little overwhelmed, and he reminded me that I can only do one thing at a time. He's a really great guy and I'm very thankful to have him on our side.

So small steps it is.
Today's goals:

Drink at least 4 Siggs of water (my body said THANK YOU!!! yesterday for me drinking so much water)
Go swimming after school (even though I have a lot to do with the house, I need to remember to take care of myself, too.)
Bring home two boxes from school and fill them with DVDs, videos, and other various items from bookshelves in the house.
Vacuum one room upstairs
Stick to the eating plan (which is "breakfast for dinner")

I think that's it for today. I don't want to overwhelm myself even more. If I get more done, great. But these are things I MUST get done today.

Yesterday's goals were all met. Snow didn't come, so I made it to my yoga class. It was totally relaxing and I felt really good after the class. Lesson learned: amidst all the craziness, don't forget to take care of ME.

Lunch is packed, swimming gear is ready to go... off to get a big glass of water.


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SOUTHGOINGZAX 2/17/2010 1:26PM

    Lots of good advice here - moving and selling a house is about as stressful as it gets...and men sometimes (not to generalize, but many men, anyway) don't "see" all the stuff that needs to get done - they can be fine with a certain amount of disorder, while women (again in general) tend to go over-anal about cleanliness and tidiness, because we *know* the women coming to look at our home will open our closets and look behind the toilets.

When I had to sell my house, my mom and I worked until 5 minutes before the first showing, cleaning and painting and organizing...the truth is, you will probably never feel 100% ready for that first showing, but you need to set a deadline for yourself and get the house as ready as it can be by that date. I rented a storage locker for things I didn't want to give away but didn't know what to do with - it was helpful to just be able to stash stuff.

Anyway, you guys will get through it - it just may not be your fiance's strong suit...have him do something like bake cookies or a fancy dessert for your open houses - everyone loves a house that smells like cookies!

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CAMROLA 2/17/2010 12:55PM

    Moving is stressful, but it's a great process to get rid of the old--and reminisce in the process--and welcome the new. I hope your move goes well and welcome you to New York, from Brooklyn!

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EATNBOOGERS 2/17/2010 11:43AM

    I have found (after many many years with my husband, some easier than others!) that learning to work through things like listing the house and moving are critical for the relationship. Not every couple has to follow the same pattern--there's not one recipe for getting through stressful times--but finding your groove for this stuff is just as important as the more fun day-to-day companionship and romance.

Good luck with prepping the house, listing it, selling it, and moving. It's all stressful, but it's also an adventure!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/17/2010 11:16AM

    I must have missed a posting or two. Are you moving to New York?

It sounds like you have things under manageable control.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/17/2010 9:55AM

    Maybe he is overwhelmed not knowing where to begin. Have him set a timer for 15 minutes and start packing and purging. 15 minutes is done....clean up and move on with the day.

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LALAFLOWERS 2/17/2010 9:46AM

    I agree with everything above... As I just sold my house (Afer 8 months on the market.. YEAH!) and I did do everything to get it ready myself (hubby took off on a 1 week vacation, just as the upstairs needed to be painted, and emptied, so we could have new carpet laid)... I did make daily trips to good will. As I filled up a box, bag or whatever with donations, I brought it straight out to the trunk of my car. Then, on a very regular basis (daily for a while) I would make good will a stop on my errands. Luckily, it's not far out of my way for everything that I was doing. I also kept an envelop in my purse to put the receipts into.. so that I knew where they were... all that stuff is deductible at the end of the year!!!!!

And lastly... Flylady.net has a checklist... but what I use daily from her.... set an alarm for 15 minutes. Do what ever you have to do for 15 minutes.. then do something else.. But.. while you work.. work hard!!! So.. sorting clothes... set up your boxes.. (trash, donate, move) and start your alarm... then keep moving fast for the 15 minutes... I actually got my heart rate up!!! Plus.. when the timer when off.. I usually had boxes ready to go, and put them all where they belonged, and moved on to the next task. Got lots done that way.

Have fun.. purge lots! and enjoy the memories from all the memento's you find!

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PINKCOCONUT 2/17/2010 7:46AM

    Great idea, just wee small steps at a time. Just remember how it's all going to be when all is said and done and you're living in your awesome new place in you extra awesome new country! ;)

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LOSINGITALL4ME 2/17/2010 7:31AM

    Moving is stressful. After my last move I said never again. You sound very organized. My husband was the same way. I got very frustrated with him at times. But it all worked out. Hang tough. That's great you're remembering to take care of yourself among everything else! emoticon

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KATZZABELLA 2/17/2010 7:20AM

    small steps is good advice. I sure do hope the move goes well for you guys.

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CFMOSS 2/17/2010 7:15AM

    You're doing great. Moving is stressful period. I think if you take one of those stress level tests - moving is in the top five. There are planners and procrastinators and there are those who want to take everything with them. My father-in-law when he finally moved into a retirement community had to rent a storage locker. When I saw what was in the storage locker I cringed (a phone circa 1950, etc) some people just can't give away or move on so needless to say my husband does not do well giving up things -- so good luck and breathe and keep taking care of you. Have a great day - I know you will.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/17/2010 7:10AM

    Look online for some moving lists. They are always helpful because you just can't think of everything. Remember to keep doing things for yourself.

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