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Toot your own horn today!

Friday, October 22, 2010

I have to admit that, even though I've been Sparking for almost two years and I've read SO many articles and message board posts about how losing weight is not an instant thing, I still expect my pants to be super loose after only two weeks of drinking tons of water and eating tons of fruit and veggies. I KNOW that my pants will not automatically fall off after two weeks, but I still can't help but be slightly disappointed that they still stay up. Sigh... A little ridiculous? Yes, but at least I'm honest.

So even though my pants still fit, there are some pretty cool other things I've noticed.

- My pants *really* fit. There is no lumpy bump above the waist band, and there is no side overhang, either. This is totally exciting.
- Last night at stretch class, I noticed that when I put my arms at my sides, there were gaps in between my arms and my waist. GAPS!!!!
- My jawline is improving. This is one of those areas I tend to forget about, since there is no piece of clothing to gauge if it's getting smaller. But my honey commented on my "nice jawline," so of course this morning I had to look at it. It *is* getting nicer!
- I stuck to one serving of Le Petit Ecolier cookies last night. Dark chocolate ones are my weakness. I could (and I have) eat an entire box in one sitting. But I stuck to one serving.
- I got in all five Siggs (*a Sigg is a 20 oz. water bottle) of water yesterday. It took drinking two of them after 8:30pm, but I DID IT and I got a smiley face in that square for yesterday.

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So because it's Friday, you (yes you!) should take a minute today to think of something awesome that you notice about yourself. Toot your own horn! Shout it out! Give yourself a pat on the back! And while you're at it, say something awesome to someone *else* today. It will make you feel wonderful! You are amazing!!!!

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PSHANKEY 10/26/2010 10:02AM

    My collar bones are coming back!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/22/2010 10:58PM

    TOOT TOOT!!! I ran 11 miles today! and my favorite jeans fit nicely. Yeah, there's a muffin on top but will that ever go away after being stretched so far so many times???? I should be working harder on getting the abs toned.

You are incredible!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 10/22/2010 12:11PM

    If your pants really did fall off of you, that'd be a little embarrassing. But hey, if you want to be walking around with no pants on, I'll support you.

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PINKCOCONUT 10/22/2010 10:50AM

    Love it! You certainly deserve to toot that horn LOUDLY!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/22/2010 10:29AM

    You are doing well - it will happen when you least expect it.... emoticon

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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/22/2010 9:58AM

    Your blogs ALWAYS make me smile! You are one of the most positive, happy people I know! Your accomplishments are GREAT! I can't WAIT until I've got a nice jawline! And no side overhang...WAHOO! I hope you have an amazing day...and a wonderful weekend! HAPPY FRIDAY!

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JUDYFRANCE 10/22/2010 8:07AM

    Good for you!! It doesn't happen overnight, but it does happen. Thanks for the inspiring blog!

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TREASURINGLIFE 10/22/2010 8:04AM

    Great blog!! :) And great job with the sticking to only one serving of cookies and getting all your water in last night! Wooo-whooo!!!

Have a FANTASTIC day! :)

- Michelle

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LAGREBE 10/22/2010 7:54AM

    Good tooting! And inspiring!

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Thursday...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sometimes my honey and I have what we call a "sleepover," where we stay up late and just talk. They just *happen* and last night was one of those nights. We just talked and talked... some things were silly, some things were serious. But it's a good way for us to connect since we work opposite schedules.

Today Brad has a day off, so he's going to plan something delicious for dinner. I can't wait!

Today:
- Water!
- Two mile run and stretch class after school
- Pack lunch for tomorrow
- Stay positive!

I am SO tired despite yesterday's long nap. I stayed up late and I'm paying for it this morning. Oh well, it's worth it to have quality honey time.

May your day bring lots of met challenges, happy weigh-ins, much water, and healthy food choices!

  
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COOPSM 10/21/2010 8:11PM

    Carrie---have I said before the inspiration I get from your posts?? Love reading them...keep them coming...

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 10/21/2010 11:56AM

    You're so lucky to have that in a partner. I have a couple of friends like that - we can just talk about random things, sometimes serious, sometimes silly, some just random stuff - and it feels really good to bond that way.

Enjoy your Thursday!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/21/2010 10:54AM

    Your Thursday plan sounds great! My husband and I drive to work together, so those are our times! For an hour each day we get a chance to talk and be silly...or serious! I think everyone should take time like that sometimes.

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PINKCOCONUT 10/21/2010 10:00AM

    I love those types of talks! Alan and I have them on occasion and they're always such an amazing way to just reconnect and many times we've come up with great ideas and what we want to accomplish together.

Have a great day and I want to hear what you have for dinner! Looking forward to the day I come over for some of your hubby's famous cooking (hint, hint)!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/21/2010 7:57AM

    I love those times that are unplanned but keep your relationship charged. My fiance works overnights so when we have time together it is awesome. Have a great day!

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LEARNING2LUVME 10/21/2010 7:25AM

    Here's to a great Thursday for all of us!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/21/2010 7:19AM

    Ditto,Carrie! You are such a bright ray of sunshine to all of us! I appreciate it so much and was just thinking that I wish I was your shadow so I could have the yummy food cooked by a loving man AND get to the gym so often !!

Hope your day is absolutely FAB!!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 10/21/2010 6:56AM

    Choosing to be the mirror that reflects the light today, I simply say "Right back at you!"

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Hump Da Dump

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

There is not enough time in the day to do all the Sparking I want to do!

I'm not feeling particularly reflective about anything today, so I'll just list some random things.

- Non-scale victory: my grandma's high school class ring fits. Yahoo! She had really thin fingers, and her ring didn't even fit my pinky. Now I can wear it on my pinky!
- I decided to stick with the five Siggs a day. I debated going down to four, but I gave myself a goal and I'm determined to meet it.
- I'm getting good at sticking to 400-calorie meals.
- Meal planning WORKS for me!
- I love having a supportive honey.
- I can do a lot more than I thought I could.
- I'm super excited for today's rest day. WOOT WOOT
- Since I started watching (REALLY watching) what I eat, adding more fruits and veggies, my skin has never been clearer. Part of this, I think, is the fruit and veg, and part of it is that since I feel so good about my eating routine, I've been better at my skin care routine, too.

Happy Hump Day!

  
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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/21/2010 7:21AM

    Fantastic! And yes, whatever a Sigg is, keep up the 5!!

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COOPSM 10/20/2010 8:25PM

    keep the blogs coming Carrie---love them!!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/20/2010 9:51AM

    Such good non-scale victories! Sometimes those are the ones that make us feel the best about ourselves! I have been noticing that my wedding ring is getting loose! I have a feeling I'm going to have to get it sized before too long!

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PINKCOCONUT 10/20/2010 9:26AM

    Those are awesome non-scale victories! WOO!!!

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LEARNING2LUVME 10/20/2010 7:41AM

    emoticon on the non-scale victory!!!

Isn't is great when we surprise ourselves? Keep it up, girl!!!

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Thoughts for Tuesday

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

- I am exhausted.
- Five Siggs of water is a LOT, especially when I'm eating tons of fruit and veggies, too. I'm thinking maybe four will do the trick... I'll try it tomorrow and see how I feel.
- Powerade Zero is really good for circuit training at the gym. I had some on Saturday after Intensity, and I felt great. Had it again tonight and felt great.
- Switching Friday's rest day to tomorrow. I did about a gazillion man pushups tonight (which is good), and I am SO tired. If I had to meet with the trainer tomorrow, I think I'd die. So we're meeting on Friday instead. Woohoo!
- The soy sausage soup is better today than it was when I first made it. The flavors had time to mellow...
- I can do more than I thought I could. I rocked the push ups tonight, and I rocked the clean and press dumb bell thing tonight, too.

It's time for a hot bath and bed.

  
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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/21/2010 7:22AM

    WOW! I'm beginning to think maybe you are bionic. I am amazed at all that you do!(and yes, more than a bit jealous,too)Someday, I will have time to get to a gym and do loads of ST,too. Right now, it's not in the cards but I'm living thru you!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/20/2010 9:48AM

    You are awesome! How big is your Sigg? I drink a gallon of water every (almost!) day! It IS a lot, but it really makes you feel good!

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COOPSM 10/19/2010 9:01PM

    Carrie---I need your drive..I am losing mine...

Keep up the great work girl...you are doing FANTASTIC!!!

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Monday is Marvelous!

Monday, October 18, 2010

The start of a new week, new goals, feeling refreshed... don't get me wrong, I LOVE the weekend, but Monday isn't so bad, either.

One week of my 10-10-10 challenge is over, and I'm feeling good. I have been drinking all my water, I've stayed in my calorie range 8/8 days, and all my scheduled workouts have been completed. Yahoo! Yesterday was a close one - honey and I had dinner together. Dessert was French toast with chocolate ganache. I thought "I'm not going to enter this in, I know I'm going to be over today." But I entered it anyway, and was 10 calories UNDER my allowance. WOOHOO!!!! Lucky for me, I changed my goals to account for the extra calories I've been burning.
So how in the world can I eat shepherd's pie, mashed potatoes, and chocolate ganache and still be able to come in within my calorie range?

- WATER. I get SOOOO full after I drink water!
- no more mindless snacking. I plan out my snacks, and I sit down and eat them. I know exactly how much snack I am eating.
- I've been tracking everything. EVERYTHING.
- Fruit and veggies. LOTS of fruit and veggies.

This 10-10-10 challenge has been like a mini-awakening for me. Before I started this challenge, I was getting so frustrated - I wasn't losing any weight, I didn't feel any different, even though I had been working out like mad. So it truly *was* my eating habits. They weren't becoming "bad," but they were becoming lax. A little bowl of cereal? That isn't that bad for me... One bag of M&Ms? That's not too bad either.

This challenge has really made me think about what I'm putting in my mouth - I have a little note in my cabinet that says "Are you really hungry? Drink some water first."

Today:
- Two mile run at the gym
- Pick up shirt at drycleaners
- Dinner at Red Lobster with my bestie. I WILL stay within range with this. This streak is pretty exciting for me. And since I saw some SUPER results at yesterday's weigh-in (down three pounds!), I know that what I'm doing is working. And I like it.
- In bed, asleep, by 9:30.

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COOPSM 10/18/2010 9:08PM

    WOW!!! Down 3 #'s.......that is fantastic...keep up the great work!!!!

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BUGSMOM211 10/18/2010 2:39PM

    emoticon Nice work on the 3 pound loss!! Keep on Keeping on! emoticon

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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/18/2010 1:07PM

    You are AMAZING! You've got me SUPER motivated to make this a good week!

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PINKCOCONUT 10/18/2010 9:40AM

    Way to go! You are rockin' those goals!

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LEARNING2LUVME 10/18/2010 7:34AM

    Keep up the great work!!! emoticon

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