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Saturday, May 15, 2010

In my quest to learn more about myself I've been reading "enlightening" books. I recently read most of a book about how giving to other people makes a person happier. In the book were many examples of how we can give to people - we can give them tangible things, like food and clothing; we can give them services, like serving food or helping them read. We can also give them things like a smile, our time, and a positive attitude. I tend to be an optimist in almost every situation and I've been making an effort to be nice to people, give out more compliments, and be positive.
Karma? Perhaps. This morning the electrician came out to look at one of our heaters - they are the old ceramic heaters that store heat; they are not used much anymore, and there are not many people who come look at them. Well, any homeowner knows that service calls are usually pretty expensive. Today I was preparing myself to write the $80 check for the call and another check for parts. After the electrician finished looking at the heater and explaining everything to me, he said "I was in the area doing some stuff anyway. Since you're such a good customer, I'm not going to charge you for today." What a great way to start out my weekend!
Maybe it's because I wrote out a bunch of thank you notes today for people who helped with my musical. Maybe it's because I made sure to thank the parents for coming to the musical and supporting their kids. Maybe it's because I was friendly in the doctor's office yesterday even after having to wait (I took the time to check out my calendar for more personal training sessions).
It just seems like ever since I've been giving out compliments, thanking people, and being more positive, good things have been happening.

Today is day 8 of the No Baked Goods/No Candy Challenge. I am SOOOO close! I have gotten some great ideas to continue/add on to the challenge for the next 10 days. The next 10 days start on Tuesday.

I will be heading down to visit my mom in a bit - it's the last symphony night of the season. We are going to do some shopping this afternoon, and we're going to give the puppy a bath.

Today I will:
Drink lots of water.
Keep the positive attitude going (who knows what *else* will happen!).
Make good eating choices today (lunch and dinner and tomorrow's breakfast are all going to be out of the house).

It's a beautiful day!


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    The title to your blog caught me.. That is very nice of him to not charge you for the call and a great way to start out the week.

I was just told I was too nice and that is why I am being walked all over. Where is that fine line?

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ROGUE_1 5/15/2010 7:48PM

    Have you ever read The Secret?? It was hard for me to get through, but it's basic premise is that whatever energy you put out into the world will come back to you. So for example, here you are being kind, thankful, and doing nice things, and in turn nice things came your way. Seems like your situation is a great example of this.

Great job on 8 days of no baked goods! Awesome will power!

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MIAMIA7 5/15/2010 5:55PM

    Carrie-what a smart girl you are! I needed this today. I have been feeling kind of down and dealing with frustrating health issues and I think it is affecting everyone around me. Today I am changing that. Thanks! There will be a smile on my face today, tonight and tomorrow. Anne

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ONECOOKIETWO 5/15/2010 2:13PM

    This is a wonderful blog. I really agree with you that doing good things for others, even smiling more, creates health. In you, me, everyone.
And, unfortunately, vice versa.
Fortunately, we can choose!
YOU are certainly an inspiration to ME!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/15/2010 11:34AM

    Paying forward is an admirable trait, and does help both the giver and the receiver.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/15/2010 11:23AM

    I love the idea of karma as well, even when things happen that I don't understand. Sounds like a great start to the weekend. Enjoy your visit with your mom.

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TMAC10 5/15/2010 10:26AM

    im always a firm believer of karma :) glad its working out for you!

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Getting my three points

Friday, May 14, 2010

Today was day 7 of the No Baked Goods/Candy Challenge. Success!
Tomorrow is symphony night - have to check out the menu so I can plan ahead.
Trainer kicked my rear this afternoon.
Bought bike shorts - I am looking forward to feeling the padded rear on a ride.
Drank all my water today.
Cleaned up a lot of the house this morning.
Did some laundry.
I am thinking about what my next challenge will be... I like a nutrition challenge.
I am up to two sets of 12 full push ups.

Have a good night!


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RANDOM00B 5/14/2010 10:10PM

    Congrats on being able to do so many full push-ups plus the good eating!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/14/2010 9:35PM

    Wow, there's lots of good stuff in there!

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PATRICIAAK 5/14/2010 9:28PM

    Sounds like a good day!

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PUREJOYPHOTO 5/14/2010 9:24PM

    I am on a "progressive fast"... sounds kinda like your nutrition challenge, only I do it to remind myself of my reliance on God. On March 1st, I gave up all things to drink except for water and milk. On April 1st, I added all deep fried foods. And on May 1st, I added desserts/baked goods/candy. It will last until August, I think... not sure what's next on my list either. Things I've thought of are bread, red meat, going semi-vegetarian. Kinda fun that I saw you were doing something similar. :)

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AKAYEP 5/14/2010 9:21PM

    Sounds like one of my days. emoticon

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Hump Da Dump

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I got home from school yesterday and all I wanted to do was crash. I didn't even stop to pick up my prescription; all I wanted to do was come home. I had some sea bass that honey left for me, and packed my lunch (at least I got *that* part of my list done). Ugh. I planned on going to the gym for some strength training - it was seriously the last thing I wanted to do. But I already had on my gym clothes (I changed right when I got home because I knew that I wouldn't want to go). So I went.
I hopped on the bike to warm up, and almost immediately, I felt better. It had been so long since I'd been in the gym! I forgot how much I liked being there! I didn't have to think about the to-do list, didn't have to look at dirty dishes... just time for ME.
I got in some really good strength training - my muscles are thanking me today. I read a very wonderful blog yesterday (ZAX!) about approaching this next step in the journey as if we're just starting it. While I am very pleased with how far I've come, I *know* i can keep going. I have to re-train my brain to think of where I am now as the starting point.

This 10-day No Baked Goods/Candy Challenge is just what I need to get back in gear. Today is the half way point. I almost forgot about it yesterday morning - one of the girls at school had a giant KitKat and it looked SO good. I was thisclose to going to the vending machine - but I'm halfway through! I can't ruin this streak now!

Tonight is a run with my buddy from school. We're going even if it's raining; we both decided that the rain is much more manageable than the treadmill. So out in the rain it is.

Today I MUST:
Pick up my prescription.
Pack tomorrow's lunch.
Clean up SOMEthing.
Drink a ton of water.
Roll and ice my knee when I get home from running.
Give someone a compliment.


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SOUTHGOINGZAX 5/13/2010 11:22AM

    I'm glad I could return the favor at least once - I always get inspiration from your blogs!
emoticon Keep challenging yourself! I think you'll be surprised at how strong you really are!

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ONECOOKIETWO 5/12/2010 12:17PM

    Thank you for posting this. It is helping me get back into my own stride. This end of school thing can really flatten me. You're inspiring me and reminding me that I can continue taking care of myself, even when I just want oblivion!

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KARVY09 5/12/2010 8:23AM

    Congrats on doing so well on your baked goods challenge. That's a toughie!

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CFMOSS 5/12/2010 7:23AM

    Good goals for the day; glad you kept going yesterday when all you wanted to do was plunk. my muscles are currently informing that i have used and abused them with strength training the past two days and that they would very much like a recovery day - maybe yoga tonight. Have a great day.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I was nervous about this morning - I like to review my goals from they day before and see if I did everything. Since I didn't do a whole lot last night, I thought for sure I didn't do everything I set out to do. But you know what ? I *did* do everything on my list!

Water - YES
Compliment - YES
Roll and ice knee - YES
(OK, so my list wasn't exactly the most challenging.)

Wahoo! Today will have to be a little more ambitious; I have a lot to do.
Today I will:
Drink a ton of water.
Pick up a prescription after school.
Pack my lunch for tomorrow.
Clean the dining room table.

I wasn't going to pack my lunch today, I thought "ugh the kitchen is a mess and I just want to stop at the store for something." But then my rational side got the best of me, and *it* thought "oh hell, just make the spaghetti. It takes 10 minutes." So spaghetti it is. And in the time it took me to type this blog, the water boiled, the spaghetti cooked, and I saved myself some money. It's a good morning.

Tonight I absolutely MUST get to the gym for some strength training. It's been too long since I've done weights - the weather has kept me outside and away from the gym. But back to the arms it is.

Coffee is tasting good, sun is shining... my second graders have their first big group rehearsal for their musical on Thursday. I am super excited! I don't get nervous anymore for the musical - it's a fun thing and I don't like to get bent out of shape for fun things.

Have a super day - today is day 4 of No Baked Goods/Candy. It's also day 4 of Only Drink Coffee in the Morning. This will be tricky since I'm meeting a friend at a coffee shop after school. But they have great smoothies, and I'm sure there is decaf tea there somewhere.

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CFMOSS 5/11/2010 7:41AM

    You are doing wonderfully - love the 2nd graders getting ready for their performance - count down to end of school year continues....I agree on the strength training - I've been doing crossfit and bodysculpting all of which involves strength training but hadn't touched the equipment for months - last week I did - it kicked my butt or at least my arms and chest felt it for days. so here's to a round of strength training. have a great day.

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Monday - Day 3

Monday, May 10, 2010

It's day 3 of the No Baked Goods/Candy challenge. Yesterday I went out to lunch with my mom and brother and I was sure the desserts were going to tempt me. But they didn't. I didn't even get up to look at them! I ate my lunch slowly, drank a lot of water, and successfully avoided the dessert table. Yahoo!

Including today, there are only four Mondays left in the school year. I couldn't be more excited!

I returned my "goal skirt" yesterday. I didn't like it hanging in my closet... I thought it would be motivation for me, but instead it made me a little bummed every time I looked at it. I feel much better not having clothes in my closet that *almost* fit.

Today I will:
Drink a ton of water.
Give someone a compliment.
Roll and ice my leg/knee when I get back from school and from running.

Have a super day! emoticon

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CAMROLA 5/10/2010 12:38PM

    I'm so glad you took back that darn skirt, and good for you for keeping away from the sweets. Once you start cutting down, you really do have fewer cravings...

Hope you have a GREAT week!


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AGAWRITER 5/10/2010 8:16AM

    Are you remembering to not count Memorial Day? I only have two more Mondaqys, three Fridays, and 4 of all the other stuff. Not that I'm counting.
Think of how much more fun it will be to buy the skirt when you need to buy everything else with it.

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AXISLADY 5/10/2010 8:02AM

    I have the "wedding dress" in my closet and it sure isn't motivating me either. Makes me sad that I probably won't be able to wear it. It's a 16 and I'm an 18. However, I did wear a 16W on Sat. night, so go figure!

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