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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It's storming - which is wonderful. I love listening to thunderstorms! I especially like when they are kind of far away. Got my post-breakfast walk in before the rain started. Phew!

Yesterday I set out to fill the freezer with all kinds of stuff, and use up some of the veggies we have from the farm. Made blueberry muffins (I ate one and put the rest into the freezer), cole slaw, soup, rice, and I split a whole chicken. What a mess. But I was so excited that I did it! Yahoo!

I have a bit more time today to make some more food, so I'm going to make some marinara and pizza/bread/pita dough. It is so nice to have food in the freezer to just pull out for dinner.

Today I will:
Drink a ton of water
Write in my food journal
Get an easy workout in (perhaps a swim?)
Do a load of laundry

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COOPSM 7/22/2010 8:27AM

    Sounds like a great day planned Carrie---hope you enjoyed....

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ROGUE_1 7/22/2010 3:10AM

    Wow it's storming? My car said it was 114 degrees last Friday! This week we are having "cooler" weather - in the 90's. ick.

Farm fresh veggies - yum!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/21/2010 3:20PM

    I used to be afraid of I'm like you, I actually like listening to them, unless they're right up close and rattle my windows. :) Hopefully your storm will end before you go swimming, hehe!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 7/21/2010 10:38AM

    I like storms as long as they don't ruin any plans I have lol..

I want to invest in a small freezer so that we can have stuff to just pull out in a jiff. Such as pre portioned chili and soups and Stop relying on fast food.

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BARBIETEC 7/21/2010 10:05AM

    Sounds all fantastic :)

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Today I will...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Drink more than enough water.
Pay attention to my hunger level.
Make marinara, blueberry muffins, cole slaw, and potato salad.
Go grocery shopping.
Go to Butts and Guts & Power Yoga - or go for a bike ride (it's been a while and I think the weather will be perfect today)

My upper body is pleasantly sore from yesterday's workout. I started using the rowing machine - I think my upper back is going to thank me for that.
There is a special going on at the gym right now on personal training. I think I may buy some sessions and go once a month to get a monthly workout routine. I can't afford to go every week, but I think once a month will be good for me.


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KAYAKID 7/21/2010 12:07AM

    Nice job Carrie!!!

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COOPSM 7/20/2010 11:59PM

    Your eats to make for the day sounded great--did they all get done??

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    mmm bike ride sounds like an excellent idea!

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BARBIETEC 7/20/2010 2:04PM

    what a perfect plan!

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REVJVH 7/20/2010 1:37PM

    I applaud your decision to work with a trainer. I love working with mine. She keeps my routines varied and interesting and is good at pushing me, with love and good humor, to do more than I think I can do.

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    You go girl!!!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 7/20/2010 11:40AM


Thanks for your push - I went to the gym this morning, even though I *really* didn't want to - I grumbled and groaned and worried about how much time I had, but in the end, I sucked it up and went. It was good to go - since I track the weights I use, I could see how much strength I have lost in the 8 weeks I haven't been lifting. Ouch! But at least I went and now I feel more committed to getting back into a routine.

I'm just the same - if there are sweets in the house, I will eat them. Even when they aren't very good. Throwing away food is hard for me - but I think I need to get over that! I know you will get things under control and refocus on your goals.

Enjoy cooking and baking today!

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CKENTFIELD 7/20/2010 10:07AM

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Good to have a plan of attack.

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Sticking with what works.

Monday, July 19, 2010

There was a time, about a month ago, when I really paid attention to my hunger level. I drank a ton of water, didn't eat when I wasn't hungry, and didn't feel the need to fill my stomach until it felt like exploding. Not so much right now.

I was doing really well today, and then I ate the piece of pumpkin cheesecake that was in the fridge. It wasn't even good. This was in *addition* to the half piece of chocolate cake I ate for lunch. That wasn't that good, either. At least I had the sense to throw that one away when I realized it wasn't that good.

This day goes to show that I don't have the willpower I thought I did. If there is cake or pie or cookies in the house, I eat them. Simple as that. I can't help it, which is why that kind of food is rarely in the house at all. Bleh.

Just poured myself another big glass of water. I know, I should have done that *before* I ate the pie.

So what works? Well, going for a walk after eating and before dessert helps. It gives me time to think if I'm really hungry for dessert (usually the answer is "no"). I think I forgot *why* I was going for that walk - I went for the walk tonight, but it was after dessert. That wasn't the point of walking around the block - I need to remind myself of the walk's purpose.

I am done eating for tonight. I don't see how anything else would fit in my stomach right now. It's water for the rest of the evening. I'm going to cut out some inspirational things from my latest Fitness magazine as well. I need to have some kind of goal in mind... right now I'm just kind of cruising along, eating too much pie. Not good.

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CAMROLA 7/20/2010 1:01PM

    Recognizing your limits is what's important. Perfection isn't the goal, remember that, nor is astinence from all things yummy. Just know your limits, allow yourself to cross them every so often, and know what you need to do to allow for that. It's all about balance.

Also, pie is evil. Keep your distance whenever possible! emoticon

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BARBIETEC 7/20/2010 4:16AM

    When you wake up, read this blog and you will get the willpower to be strong :)

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_MSAPRIL17_ 7/19/2010 9:52PM

    Good job on stopping yourself!!! That in itself is tough to do!!!

It's a new day tomorrow!

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ONECOOKIETWO 7/19/2010 7:28PM

    Yesterday I ate a small bag of Gingerpeople ginger chews, and I haven't had the courage to even look on the bag and see how many calories I ate, nor did I post any food yesterday.

So when I say to you to get back on the wagon, know that I am climbing back on it myself as fast as possible. Today I've had a great day, foodwise. And I plan to continue doing what works, which for me is not to keep sweets in the house (or at least not too many at any one time), and keep busy - exercise and anything else.

GO US!!!!

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LALAFLOWERS 7/19/2010 7:03PM

    I feel it too... Making jam tonight... but I've had my ice-cream crazies recently... Can't have it in the house.....

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The laziest day...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

It's hot.

This morning honey and I went blueberry picking - got about six pounds. Yum!
Had some homemade French Onion soup (yes, I know it's a weird choice when it's hot and humid, but it was SO good!!!).
Took a nap.
Folded some laundry.

Sitting out on the deck drinking water with strawberry ice cubes (frozen strawberries) and reading a book. I think that's all I will do today.

Later is hamburgers on the grill (ground beef - not the healthiest choice, but we are both craving a burger) with blue cheese and sliced beets. Dessert is a Portuguese custard from the bakery - we stopped in after our blueberry picking. I could have eaten everything in there. It's a wonderful little place.

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ROGUE_1 7/19/2010 4:25PM

    What a wonderful day!!!
Do you buy the beets canned, or do you cook them yourself? I love beets and put them in my salads but I am clueless with regards to how to prepare them!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 7/19/2010 3:56PM

    Blueberries top my list of fresh fruit to eat - they go great in just about everything (including margaritas). I hope you are having a super week!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 7/19/2010 11:21AM

    Sounds like a great day!

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CAMROLA 7/18/2010 7:25PM

    Sounds delicious, healthy and fulfilling... your blogs always make me hungry!


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-AIRYN- 7/18/2010 6:45PM

    I love the idea for strawberry cubes!!! I'm going to have to try it!!!

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BARBIETEC 7/18/2010 5:43PM

    *mmm* sounds like you are enjoying life! *mmmm* ENJOY IT! :)

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Siding and heating and trees... oh my!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

This morning I went to a meeting about new siding for the house. Ours is in not-so-good shape, and it's time to get it replaced. I live in a townhouse community, and I am connected with three other neighbors. We all agree it needs to be done. So today we had someone come out to give us a presentation on options and cost. Holy mackerel, being a homeowner is expensive. Sigh.
The heating units also need to be replaced (although not as urgently as the siding) and there is a tree in back of the house that needs to be cut down - it's hanging over our deck. Double sigh.

So I am a little overwhelmed at all this. The heating is not a priority - the siding is. It's so much work - more than I thought. It's hard owning a home!

Fresh veggies for lunch today - cucumbers for starters, and potatoes are in the oven roasting. Got six pounds of potatoes from the farm yesterday, so I'll be eating potatoes quite a few times this week!

Rest of the day - gym time this afternoon and then I'm going to sit by the pool and read. I need a little relaxation time after this morning.

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KATZABELLAMAMA 7/19/2010 11:25AM

    Being a homeowner is over whelming!! Our furnace needs replacing before winter hits. and the city wants us to pay 400 dollars for replacing the sidewalk which is perfectly fine in my opinion. Anyways I am totally feeling your pain on this subject.

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CFMOSS 7/17/2010 3:50PM

    oooooo....siding......still wrapping up this spring/summer adventure with siding (it was worth it but.....) we got hardie board which is a cement board product that looks like wood - not cheap but house looks great. Peace be to you over this as well as a big dose of patience:) Enjoy the cucumbers.

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/17/2010 3:08PM

    Sigh!! At least you're fueling your body with great nutrition to get through all the stress!

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ONECOOKIETWO 7/17/2010 1:11PM

    Wow, and dang! Are you guys getting more than one bid for the siding?
Just sayin'.
It seems to me, that even though the siding is going to cost a lot, it will be a solid investment in the value of your home (like, duh, you hadn't thought of this before). You'd have to do it sometime regardless, and you might as well do it now and enjoy living in beauty, instead of later just prior to selling, after having lived with yukky siding.
Perhaps you could finance it with a home equity loan?
In any case, good luck!

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LSCHULER72 7/17/2010 12:43PM

    Tell me about it-we just got the estimate on our roof repair. OUCH!!!

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