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I'm feeling thankful today.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Within the last week or two, there has been sort of a "dark cloud" over my school. Deaths in families, mysterious illnesses, divorce... one of my colleagues and I both said that we're a little afraid to ask how anyone is anymore.

Because of all this stuff going on, I have been feeling especially thankful for what I have. I have been making an effort to be extra-positive. I go through my to-do list a little less begrudgingly - I'm thankful I can get through the mundane parts of my day without a hitch. I pushed through the last set of leg lifts last night because I could. I packed my lunch this morning because I can afford to buy healthy food. I spooned a little extra with my honey last night because, even though I really wanted to go to sleep, I am fortunate enough to have someone who really loves me and really encourages me. (He even listened to my entire recollection of the day's gym activities!)

The sun is coming up again today and it's going to be beautiful. This afternoon I have a chiropractor appointment (and I'm thankful that I'm able to go to him to work on getting my knee back in running shape).

Today's goals:
Drink more than enough water
Schedule next week's workouts
Start writing a paper for my class

Today I encourage you to think of at least one thing for which you are thankful.
It's the last day of winter. Tomorrow is the start of a sunny, sunny Spring. It's a wonderful time to get into a positive mindset.


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JOPAPGH 3/19/2010 3:15PM

    I am thankful for the beautiful, sunny weather after the long, snowy winter.

And all the great SPers than inspire me with the success stories and positive outlook...

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GSDMIKE 3/19/2010 2:38PM

    I am thankful for Amy's Kitchen frozen burritos. Since you said just one, it was the first that came to mind.

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GROOVYCHICK9 3/19/2010 1:33PM

    We are so lucky in so many ways. Have a grateful day.


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GONE2014 3/19/2010 1:29PM

    Thanks for sharing. I've been in a funk and needed to hear this!

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TMAC10 3/19/2010 1:13PM

    i love this post and how you recognize the good in everything :) makes me smile! i hope you have an amazing weekend hun!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/19/2010 11:16AM

    I try to remember to be thankful, too.

I'm still feeling thankful for my helmet...

Hope things brighten up at your school!

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CAMROLA 3/19/2010 10:19AM

    Gratitude is a wonderful sentiment, and one we should all practice more regularly--thank you for sharing.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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RITAROSE 3/19/2010 8:13AM

  We DO have so much to be thankful for and cultivating a thankful heart will enrich our lives and those who live with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 3/19/2010 7:35AM

    Love it! Thanks for that! I'm thankful that it's Friday and that I have a job that allows me to be overly excited for a single moment in time (Friday at 5pm)!

Have an extra fabulous day today!!!

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    Thank you for reminding all of us how blessed we are

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KKKAREN 3/19/2010 7:21AM

    Keep up the good attitude!!!!!!!

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In a Spring-y good mood!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Today was an especially good day for my organization skills. I had a 6:00 appointment with my trainer, then school, then a coffee meeting, then a short TM run, and then a class - "Butts and Guts." Phew! I had a lot to pack today! Clothes for school, shower stuff, clothes for the gym *after* school... When I scheduled my appointment for this morning, I wasn't sure how I was going to like the craziness. But it turns out that I had a really good day! I had plenty of time to shower and get ready for school, and I got to the gym tonight for a great workout. I think I'll stick with the Thursday morning trainer schedule. I felt great today and had lots of energy.
There are some parts of today that I will have to change for next time, though. I have to get up a little earlier (gasp - maybe like 4:00!) so I can eat a proper breakfast (a good carb-y one) before my workout. It was CRAZY intense, and I could feel my body losing energy - all I had before I went was a banana and a handful of cereal. Lesson learned. I also realized that I have enough time to come home to shower and eat some egg(s). I wasn't sure how my timing would work out, so I grabbed breakfast on the run - a Dunkin Donuts blueberry waffle sandwich. Good in a pinch, but I don't want to be eating that once a week. Bleh. One day a week of a 4:00 wake up time is not going to kill me - I have to keep my goals in mind. There is a super cute skirt hanging in my closet just *waiting* to be worn when it gets a bit warmer.

My eating was not all that great today; for my coffee meeting I had a raspberry mocha and a little baklava. The positive part is that it's only a once-a-week meeting, so it's like a little treat for me. Since I am pretty good most of the time, I am not going to get too bent out of shape over this.

I'm considering an early-morning swim tomorrow. I'm all hepped-up from my super workout day today and it might do me good to carry some energy into the weekend. Between starting with my trainer and the beautiful weather, I have a lot more energy and a lot better grasp on my goals. Tomorrow after school is a visit with my chiro. I'm so excited to tell him about my good runs! Wahoo!

My honey called me on the way home from the gym to say that he had made some soup for me. It was spicy and delicious. He also took some banana bread out of the freezer so I got to enjoy a little bit. I'm winding down tonight with some water.

It's supposed to be another beautiful day tomorrow - I busted out a dress today and I'm busting out a skirt tomorrow. I'm SO loving the warmth and the sun.

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LALAFLOWERS 3/19/2010 6:46AM

    WOW!! I'm super impressed!!! Keep it up!

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LALAFLOWERS 3/19/2010 6:46AM

    WOW!! I'm super impressed!!! Keep it up!

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PENNYROYALTY 3/18/2010 10:37PM

    wow, that's dedication! If my alarm went off at 4AM, i'd probably throw it through the bedroom wall :)

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    Wowwie you are packing your days with lots of stuff to do. I do get up everyday at 4am for work. I start work that early, so there is no way that I can sneak in a workout in the morning. You will be in that skirt in no time!

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FAIRYFLI 3/18/2010 9:12PM

    Wow that is so incredible that you accomplished all of that!!! That is amazing! Good for you and keep it up!

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CAMROLA 3/18/2010 8:54PM

    You are amazing--how you get it all done and take such good care of yourself is beyond me! You deserve those treats!


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Happy O'Wednesday!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Day at an elementary school is fun. We have one kindergarten teacher who has his kids wear hats with their names "Irish-ised" like "O'Vanessa," "McSerenity..." it's very fun and I always get a kick out of it.

Last night was some Power Yoga - boy did I need that! Also managed a 10 minute run with no pain. Wahoo! This afternoon is some swimming, but I think I'm going to get some ST in there as well. I have been slacking on the ST and I can tell. If I'm going to fit in my pants in a month, I better get some weights in my workouts somewhere!

Trainer meeting is tomorrow morning. We switched it from the evening; it's going to be a crazy day! I'm going right from the gym to school, and then for coffee, and then back to the gym for a Pilates class. One day isn't going to kill me, though.

I was up WAY too late last night. I finally got Skype on my computer, so I was up talking to my brother and my mom for about 2 hours.

Today I will:
Drink more than enough water
Pack my bag for tomorrow's crazy day
Do some strength training at the gym, even though that means I have to pack a few extra clothes today

Met all goals from yesterday.


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EATNBOOGERS 3/17/2010 5:17PM

    I must have missed it somewhere--are you working with the trainer on ST? Seems like a good idea. The K teacher's idea is very cute. :-)

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PINKCOCONUT 3/17/2010 7:44AM

    Happy St. Patty's Day!!! Hope you have a great day!!

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CFMOSS 3/17/2010 6:56AM

    Crazy woman you are - they should design a crazy woman pin based on you. You're doing great. I hope you're having fun in the midst of all that you are doing. Keep up the good cardio as well as the strength stuff. Hope the trainer is pushing you the new healthy highs. Happy "O" Day.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/17/2010 6:52AM

    Hope you have some Luck of the Irish today

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Still adjusting to DST!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Last week at this time it was perfectly sunny... I have to get used to this time change.

Did I meet my goals from yesterday?

Water - YES
Quiz - YES
Clothes for week? - no. It's so hard for me to want to do anything away from my honey on the days we have off together... so instead of picking out my clothes, we were lazy on the couch.

Today I will:
Drink all my water
Collect upstairs stuff from downstairs and take it to its proper place
Log into my class to keep on top of my work (I have learned that I need to at least log in every night just to stay on top of what I need to do - I don't necessarily need to *do* something every night, but I need to remember what I need to do later.)

My second graders had auditions last week for a solo in the musical. I made a decision (it was actually pretty easy - there is a SUPER performer!) but I wasn't sure how to let everyone know. I know how tough it is to hear that you don't get a part; it can be really devastating. So after talking with the art teacher next door (she has gotten me through so much) I decided that I'm going to write each student who auditioned a little note thanking them for trying out. The girl who got the part is going to be so excited. And I figure that word will travel throughout the 2nd grade community... I don't have to announce it in front of everyone. I will be doing a lot of writing today!

Tonight is a little TM run and then some Power Yoga. I can't wait. I just love my classes at the gym... my time at the gym is just the best way for me to unwind and take time for myself. It will feel especially good after a weekend of eating rich food and light workouts. I may decide to do a little ST after Yoga, but I'll play it by ear.

I'm almost halfway done with my water for the day already!

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    I am sluggish today, so I guess I am still adjusting to the DST as well.

I think that is the best way to let everyone know who did or did not get the parts. That has got to be a tough job to do. Hope your hand does not hurt too much from all the writing.

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TMAC10 3/16/2010 11:37AM

    i love the idea of writing "thank you" notes to all the auditioners. even though they don't get the part that small gesture will mean the world to know that you care!

sounds like an awesome plan for the gym. i too love the classes...they are therapeutic in a way and like you said great "me" time.

i can also relate to the time with your hubby... when my boyfriend is over or i'm at his place all i want to do is cuddle up on the couch!

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GROOVYCHICK9 3/16/2010 10:30AM

    Good for you. I think that is a great way to handle the audition nerves. Beats hearing in front of others or on a paper. You are very thoughtful. Thanks for the encouragement. Just want you to know that I read your blogs everyday and you have helped me so much. I am going to start with small daily goals like you do. And I am going to read the 28 day eating plan in the spark. Have a great and healthy day.


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TGI Rest Day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

I had this as a blog title before, but it's so appropriate.

This weekend was just full of going out to eat! Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and then again last night with honey. We went to this little (I mean, really little - only 20 seats) local restaurant and it was some of the best food I ever had. Veal cheeks (the face cheeks!), polenta, spinach and gorgonzola timbales, homemade tomato pasta with poached scallops, and tiramisu for dessert. The restaurant makes their own bread and their own marscapone cheese for the tiramisu. Because of that, we *had* to get dessert. Who makes their own marscapone??? SO delish.

I enjoyed my weekend, but now it's time to get back into working hard. I went shopping on Saturday and picked up some cute stuff. It's just a wee bit tight (not obnoxiously so, but I am going to wait to wear it) so I made a goal of fitting into it perfectly in one month. This takes the pressure off of me weighing myself, and I have something very concrete to visualize if I ever feel like eating an entire tub of ice cream.

Decided to do three 10-minute runs this week. I'll do them on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I am excited for a little momentum from re-introducing running into my fitness routine. This along with my personal trainer (I start on Thursday - wahoo!) will hopefully get me into those clothes in a month!

Off to do a little school work - don't have to pack my lunch, I have some leftover veal cheeks (the faculty room is going to smell so good) - and get a big glass of water. I MUST drink enough to flush out all the restaurant food I had this weekend!

Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Take my on-line quiz
Pick out outfits for the rest of the week

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EATNBOOGERS 3/16/2010 11:52PM

    Lots of good balance. Keep up the good work!

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    You deserve a little indulgence this weekend.

Fitting into new clothes is a good nonscale goal. I know emoticon

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CFMOSS 3/15/2010 1:25PM

    I'm thinking I need a tgi rest day myself. Good journeying to you and it's sort of fun to be skinny and have clothes look good on you -- or not come out of the dressing room disgusted and mortified (that would have been me)Even better is feeling good about how I look. Have agreat day.

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    I can smell your meal from here. Oh my goodness...I'm so jealous! haha
And welcome back to working hard! But It's always fun to just let loose sometimes and enjoy eating richer foods :)

Have fun with the personal trainer and it won't be long till those clothes fit your perfectly! What wonderful motivation. Keep up the great work and good luck with your Quiz. :) emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/15/2010 11:34:09 AM

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PINKCOCONUT 3/15/2010 7:36AM

    You and me both on the eating out a lot this weekend! Oof! I'm still stuffed! :D
Have a fab day and you'll be in those pants in no time!!!

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