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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Well I did it. I asked Brad for help. I am having a hell of a time controlling the snacking at night... so I asked Brad to leave me encouraging notes so I wouldn't go crazy. He's been telling me how good I look, and all I feel is guilt. I know that I've been eating too much and not been in control. His help will hopefully change that guilt into motivation.

So I was up at 4:15 today. We are driving down to Philadelphia (about 2 hours) for a test. And then we have to drive back on Monday for the second part of the test. Phew!

But emoticon is in our sights.

- Five Siggs of water!!!!! I am TOTALLY slacking on this. Maybe I will just concentrate on this today - one step at a time. More water = less random eating.

So one concentration today. I can do it.

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/21/2010 1:18PM

    I'm with you on the need to drink more water... Fill up on water, less room for food. :)

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RUNNINGWILD 11/20/2010 11:25PM

    Alright I got lost somewhere... language test? emoticon When are you coming here? Where are you going to?

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    Good Luck

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MRSSIBRAT 11/20/2010 8:32AM

    you can do it girl..its a great idea to ask for help when you need it

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LEARNING2LUVME 11/20/2010 7:40AM

    You can totally do 5 siggs of water today. Stay focused, and have a safe trip!!!

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CFMOSS 11/20/2010 7:36AM

    Hang in there. Glad you were brave enough to ask for help. This healthy lifestyle journey is rocky. You actually are doing great even in the struggle. One day at a time.

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MARLIMOO 11/20/2010 7:24AM

    We all have those slip ups. I laugh at myself when I see I am eating- AND I am NOT even hungry?? WTH???? You are aware of it, you know you need to change it up- GO GIRL. Good luck on the test and the drive. Off to do a 5k. Hubs won't let me on Thanksgiving so -today it is.

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ANDREWRACE24111 11/20/2010 5:54AM

  Good idea with the notes… I'm also trying to keep up the water consu
mption as well

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AMUNOIR 11/20/2010 5:54AM

    Hang in there. Night snacking is the worst and I, myself is trying to control it nowadays. I have tried to control it for past 3 days by sleeping early but I don't know how it is for you... But yeah if you do snack .. snack on carrots or such~


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Starting out like any other day...

Friday, November 19, 2010

I have the best intentions when I wake up, really I do. I get all excited to drink all my water, get in a workout, get stuff done at home... but then life hits. And I don't do any of it. This has been typical for a couple weeks, now. Not *too* long, but long enough where I know I have to break this cycle soon.

So when life happens, it happens. Planned for stretch class last night, car barely gets me home from a conference. Plan to train for a 5K on Sunday, I get a nasty cold. Sigh...

But this is good about yesterday - for lunch, I went to a cute little vegetarian place and had hummus with veggies and a veggie quiche. Not too terrible. (Dessert was two - yes two - AMAZING ginger-cranberry-orange-walnut cookies.) But I drank a lot of water.

Dinner last night wasn't horrible either... I managed to control myself, which hasn't been happening a lot lately. And I got some stuff done around the house, too, instead of just sitting around, which is what I've been doing lately.

So today:
- water water water
- take the car into the garage (and I have all situations planned out, so I'm not fretting over this)
- pencil in next week's schedule, plan meals! This was a serious problem for me this week - I didn't plan ANY meals and ended up eating random stuff. Not good.
- Print out paperwork for tomorrow's test. Honey and I have to take an English-language test. emoticon

Oh! And for my friends in Toronto - you have a show called Hockey This Morning, right? Well, my very good friend Jim wrote the theme song for them!

Have a super Friday!

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PILLOWFOOL 11/20/2010 12:15AM

    I feel the same way - like every day is exciting and you're all prepped and ready to go and then BAM something catches you off guard. :::grumble, grumble:: but we'll get there! just think - you KNOW where the weaknesses lie. at least we're not in denial!!! you've totally got this, girl!

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PINKCOCONUT 11/19/2010 11:09AM

    Pop Quiz!

a)When it's cold outside, what do you wear on your head?
b)When you order fries with gravy and cheese curds, it's called _______.
c)What are Smarties?
d)Find the spelling mistake in the following sentence: Canadians favor hockey over baseball.
e)Finish the sentence: "It's pretty darn cold out, ___?!"

a) Toque
b) Poutine
c) Chocolate candies similar to M&M's
d) favor = Canadian use "favour", the British spelling.
e) "eh", of course!

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LEARNING2LUVME 11/19/2010 7:45AM

    I hope you have a great day today. I'm finding myself kind of losing steam, too, and I want to get back in the groove before it gets too out of hand.


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COOPSM 11/19/2010 7:29AM

    Carrie---hope today is better for you and that the car is not a big deal!!!
Good luck on the test tomorrow...

Happy Friday!!!

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No time!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

This is the first time in a really long while where I have felt behind on things that I need to do. Behind on working out, behind on my goals, behind on paperwork, behind on Sparking... and this is also the first time where I honestly feel like there isn't enough time in the day for me to get it all done! It's a strange feeling and I don't like it.

Last week I was pretty much out of commission with a yucky cold, so there was an entire week where I didn't get to do much of anything.
And I don't know if it's like this for anyone else, but Not Exercising is a cycle that is difficult for me to break. Always something to catch up on, something "more important" to do...

So this is why I'm so determined to make it to stretch class tonight. No, it's not high intensity, but it's SOMETHING. Something to get me back to the gym, back to working out, back to what is normal for me. I'm definitely feeling less toned, even though everything still fits. Chocolate has become my enemy. I have been eating too much of it and not keeping track of it. Too many snacks, not enough fruit. I think I need to make a real effort to keep fresh fruit around. It's the snacky time of year for me, and snacking on fruit is SO much better for me than snacking on cereal (I mean, like bowls and bowls of cereal, which is what I do).

So keep your fingers crossed that my car makes it through the day (it was acting funny yesterday) and that I can make it back from my conference in time to go to stretch class!

- water
- fruit
- workout
- not stress about the car. It is what it is, and I have AAA. This is why rental cars were invented.

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COOPSM 11/18/2010 9:56PM

    Carrie---here is hoping you are back on track soon...those other things can wait--take the time for you....those things will be there when you are done and you may be more energized to get them done then....

I have to stop buying cereal and girlscout cookies....

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 11/18/2010 4:56PM

    Oh! Fruit! I forgot I had fruit! I've been wandering around this house like a lost soul, or a vagrant, searching for something sweet to eat - I even considered sticking a spoon into the strawberry jam jar....must have opened the freezer 20 times (nothing sweet in there), too...I TOTALLY forgot I have apples to eat - DUH. Thank you for reminding me.

Also, yep to the "getting back to the gym" thing. It's crazy, but I somehow get it in my mind, once I have been gone from the gym in a while, that somehow, I no longer belong there, or that I have, in my absence, proven that I'm not dedicated enough to deserve to go to the gym, or, even more bizarrely, that perhaps, because I have been gone so long, people will notice and think I am just a "fake-fit" person...or, that I will have fallen completely out of shape and it will take me months to get back to where I was....

I could go on and on.

Which is why I think most of Life is about getting over yourself.

That, and moving things from one place to another.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 11/18/2010 11:58AM

    great job,Carrie!!!

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    It's frustrating that getting into the habit of working it is so hard (for me anyway) but once you take a couple days off it's SO easy to take another day off, and another, and another. Why is that?! I think stretch class sounds like a PERFECT way to get back into things! You're going to have a great day!

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MARLIMOO 11/18/2010 8:41AM

    I know how you feel. I know though your history. YOU CAN DO IT. YOU CAN DO IT!

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BSTAKINGACTION 11/18/2010 8:25AM

    I could have written this. Really. I don't know if it helps, but you are not alone and I'm struggling with EXACTLY the same issues. The no time, overwhelmed, CHOCOLATE, even the car. Luckily I work close enough to home to ride my bike so I can at least get that exercise in.

I've committed to just giving myself one daily goal to meet. I figure if I string together enough of those...maybe I'll find my spark again.

And, yes, Not Exercising is an easy habit for me to fall back into.

I think you've got a good plan for today. Just try to get back into ONE thing.

Sending you lots of positive energy and "everything go right today" vibes. emoticon

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MRSSIBRAT 11/18/2010 8:18AM

    i know how you feel girlie!!! you go this tho...stretch class is a great way to get some time to just relax and breath too!

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LALAFLOWERS 11/18/2010 7:00AM

    I understand. I'm glad that you see what's happening, and are committed to making the change. That's a big part of it. Hope you make it to the gym!

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LEARNING2LUVME 11/18/2010 6:49AM

    You can do this. You'll feel so much better when you are done with that stretch class. Just focus on that.


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CIVIAV 11/18/2010 6:42AM

    Stretch class here you come! If not then 10 minutes of something...

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Hump Da Dump

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wow... miss a couple days of Sparking and it's difficult to get back into the swing of things!
I am finally almost 100% over my last cold - it's at the stage where I'm coughing all the time, and that means it's almost over. Thank goodness!
The plan was to go to the gym yesterday morning, but I hate going when I'm coughing like crazy. I hate the germ thing. So I did some simple strength training at home.

- lots of water. Wear Silly Bands to help me.
- keep in mind that I don't need to drink the entire glass of wine at tonight's wine tasting.
- Order a Christmas present or two
- Track my food

Chiropractor tonight and then a wine tasting at honey's restaurant.

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GSDMIKE 11/17/2010 11:00AM

    Nothing wrong with taking it easy when you are fighting a bug. Give yourself the extra recovery days. Exercise when you feel strong.

Happy Wine Tasting.

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PINKCOCONUT 11/17/2010 9:16AM

    Mmm!!! Wine tasting!!!!! Have fun!

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    I used to put colored rubber bands (before Silly Bands were created!) on my water bottle...Every time I drank a bottle, I removed a made keeping track SOOOO much easier. Silly bands are a super idea!

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MRSSIBRAT 11/17/2010 7:40AM

    omg...sill bandz for water...= BRILLIANT!!!! I will have to try this idea!!

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LEARNING2LUVME 11/17/2010 7:36AM

    Welcome back!! I'm so glad that you're feeling better, and hope that you stop coughing soon!!

Have fun at your wine tasting. I've never done one before, and we live near a bunch of wineries. I want to do a tour some year for my birthday.

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A bit of randomness and weekend re-cap.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I cleaned out my e-mail just now. It took a long time - my e-mail had been piling up. So while I didn't comment on every blog, post on every board, reply to every message, I did read everything. Sometimes the huge number of e-mails just sneaks up on me... one day it's about 20, and the next day it somehow gets up past 60. Hm.

This weekend was symphony weekend at my mom's. Saturday morning was a little shopping with my bestie - I had a friends and family coupon for the Gap, so I got some shirts and a sweater-vest-cardigan (XS - woot woot!), and some pants for my honey. Went to lunch at Panera - the calories are listed on the boards now, which is good and bad. I really wanted some creamy tomato soup, but I saw that it had 300 calories in it. Add that to the 400ish calories of the sandwich I really wanted, and it equals a really high-calorie lunch. Sigh. So I got the black bean soup (120 calories) and the sesame chicken salad (200? calories). Hm. The kicker is that I got a cinnamon roll to share and didn't even bother looking at the calories in *that*. Ha!
Dinner was Mexican at one of my very favorite Mexican restaurants. I LOVE LOVE LOVE their chicken chimichangas, but a deep-fried burrito is not exactly a "relatively healthy choice" like I told myself I was going to make. So fajitas were my Mexican of choice. YUM. Sizzling plate of chicken, shrimp, and beef... perfectly steamed tortillas... delicious sides... heaven. Dessert was fried ice cream. YUM.

This morning I woke up, threw on my running stuff, and ran to breakfast. I wanted to run for about 30-45 minutes, but I woke up late. But I ran anyway. So it was for less than a mile, but it was better than not running at all. Pigs in a blanket for breakfast... yum.

So my nutrition was not very healthy this weekend, but I planned for that.

- morning doctor appointment
- mid-morning gym time
- 12-8pm: conferences at school. Ugh.
- water water water

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COOPSM 11/16/2010 5:59AM

    Carrie--sounds like a pretty good weekend....congrats on the XS!!
Did you get to the gym yesterday???

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LEARNING2LUVME 11/15/2010 7:10AM

    I just went to Panera for the first time on Friday. I got their Orchard Chicken Salad and it was SO YUMMY!

Hooray for an XS in ANYTHING!! I can't wait for that day.

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MRSSIBRAT 11/15/2010 7:06AM

    sounds like soo much fun this weekend. I love panaras but haven't been there in forever!!

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PILLOWFOOL 11/15/2010 12:54AM

    it sounds like a great weekend!!! and you MUST tell me about the mexican place. mexican is my FAV - good for you for getting healthier options even though it meant leaving out your favs. :)

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