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I think I figured it out.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Today I was in kind of a slump. I couldn't figure out why. And around lunch time, I had the "a-ha" moment. I was kind of dreading the trip to the gym after school. I wished I had gone in the morning - and although my time in the morning is limited, it forces me to get in a really good workout in a short amount of time.
So I gave myself permission to not go to the gym tonight. Instead, I got some shopping done that I needed to do, I came home and did some laundry and dishes, and I started a list for tomorrow's Thanksgiving grocery shopping.

This has happened before... I don't know why I didn't see it coming. In the winter, I like going to the gym in the morning because it's light out. After school I like to get home and get snug. And I just have to work with this. So my time may be limited in the morning, but I feel a heck of a lot better when I do the gym thing before school. Tomorrow I have a faculty meeting, but if I plan it out right, I should have enough time to make oatmeal for breakfast. I am loving my oatmeal with some frozen fruit and a little maple syrup. Yum!

OK so it's off to bed so I can get up early tomorrow for the gym!

  
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SEPPIESUSAN 11/24/2010 12:47PM

    Good insight! It's so important to make your healthy lifestyle plan work for you - no need to fight against your plan!

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PINKCOCONUT 11/24/2010 9:35AM

    At least you've been able to pinpoint what it is so you can deal with it! You're going to have a great winter!

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COOPSM 11/23/2010 10:28PM

    Carrie---sweet dreams and enjoy that WO before school....

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JUSTJUSTY 11/23/2010 10:06PM

    Sounds like you have a plan! Here's an idea, use a crock pot and get your oatmeal cooking over night that way you save some precious minutes in the a.m.. Just a thought, I realized some people don't have a crock pot (the holidays approach hint hint emoticon) or they don't like leaving the pot on while it's not being watched. There are some really great healthy oatmeal recipes online. Let me know what you think ok? Have a great day!

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Oh my darling, oh my darling...

Monday, November 22, 2010

oh my darrrrrling clementine,
you are so good and delicious!
Oh my darling clementine.

I just finished my 4th clementine in a row. Ridiculous! So good! And healthier than eating cookies!

This morning I woke up early and made it to the gym. It felt so good. Tomorrow night is yoga class - I wasn't there last week because of conferences, and I'm kind of looking forward to the stretch and relaxation. I think I'm going to not go to the class after yoga, though. I'd get home at almost 7:30 and probably not be eating dinner until close to 8:00. That's too late. So I think I'm just going to come home...

Anyway... maybe one more clementine before I go pick up Brad from work. We were down in Philly today taking a test, and it took forever to get home - I took him right to work, so we need to go get his car.

Off to pack some yoga clothes!

  
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GROOVYCHICK9 11/24/2010 11:10PM

    I love them too. I can't stop eating them this time of year. Enjoy your thanksgiving!!!!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 11/23/2010 9:42AM

    That's one of my favorite things about this time of year! I LOVE clementines!

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PINKCOCONUT 11/23/2010 8:00AM

    YUM! Clementines!

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LEARNING2LUVME 11/23/2010 7:16AM

    I looooove clementines! I haven't had one in ages, though. Yum!

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MRSSIBRAT 11/23/2010 7:01AM

    What is a clementine?

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LBEEKMA 11/22/2010 9:06PM

    What a delicious treat...your turn made me want to go get one!

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DREBENEZER 11/22/2010 8:48PM

    Clementines are great this time of year. In the spring, look for minneolas!!

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Talk about a motivational boost!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Today was a good day for me.

I woke up early and went to the gym. Did a mile on the TM, and then some circuit training. Despite having skipped out on the gym for the last 10 days, my strength doesn't seem to have suffered *too* much.
Breakfast was light - apple and peanut butter before the gym, and toast when I got home.

Honey had a day off (hooray!) so we decided to do a little shopping. He needed some new clothes for all the holiday parties, and I wanted to check out some stuff. I just love to shop.

So we went into J. Crew for his stuff, and I found this coat that I have been lusting over online. It's SOOO cute - warm and wool with a hood. I tried on the size six, and it felt fine, but I thought "maybe I should try the 4." So I did. And it fit perfectly! It made a huge difference in the way the coat look! At first, Brad was like "meh" about the coat. But when I put on the smaller size, he totally changed. AND! Women's outerwear was 30% off today. WHAT?!?!?!? J. Crew never has outerwear for that much off! So I got the coat. Hooray!

So here's the motivation - I spent the last almost two weeks slacking off and just not being myself. And I didn't blow up like a balloon. It felt so good to be able to fit into that coat. And instead of thinking "oh I can eat whatever I want, not work out so much and still fit into a 4," I thought "wow! Imagine what will happen if I get back my regular routine!" So I am going to cross my fingers and hope that I totally have my Spark back.

Lunch was a Rachel sandwich with french fries. Yum.

Dinner is monkfish with Chinese 5-spice, mashed potatoes with leeks, corn and red pepper, and dessert is profiteroles with some double chocolate gelato. YUM. And even though I'm probably out of my calorie range today, it feels good to be eating delicious food. I think this is showing me the difference between "eating what I want but eating it consciously" and "eating whatever the hell I want and not thinking about it." The former is much better.

Off to sip on my wine and watch some football!

  
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LONGWINDINGROAD 11/22/2010 4:38PM

    YAY! I think everyone else is right...you must post pics! We need to see the cute coat, too!

I hope you're finding your spark...I was slacking for a week, too...but I think I'm on the upswing! I'm glad we're there together!

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MARLIMOO 11/22/2010 8:30AM

    Gotta take a picture in the coat. It's unanimous. I feel the same way- not to the 6 and 4- I am the 8 to size 6. Still find it tough to realize- I am a size 6?? Shut the front door! Congrats. It's so great when you are in control and know what to do. You rock sistah sledge.

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MRSSIBRAT 11/22/2010 7:11AM

    aww! I think we need to see pics of that coat!!!

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COOPSM 11/21/2010 11:02PM

    Carrie---glad you had a good day and yeah on the size 4!!!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 11/21/2010 10:01PM

    need a pic of you in your new coat, please!

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LEARNING2LUVME 11/21/2010 7:56PM

    A size 4?!?!? That's emoticon

Get back on it, lady, and you'll be too small for the size 4 before you know it!!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 11/21/2010 7:45PM

    I need to head over to JCrew store.

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SIRIRADHA 11/21/2010 7:23PM

    WooHoo! What a rush it must've been to slip on that little bitty coat and have it look smashing! Congrats! Hold onto that feeling; you earned it!

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Tired me = short blog

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.

Today:
- 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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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/20/2010 9:59AM

    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, ___?!"

Answers:
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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