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First, the good news.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I decided to figure out how many cookie calories I've eaten this weekend. The good news is that I *over*estimated the number of calories in the molasses cookies. Each one has about 173 calories in it. And I was assuming they had over 300 a piece. So that's a good thing.

The bad thing is that I still ate too many. But now that I know how many calories are in each one, I am less likely to go crazy like that again.

I baked more cookies today. I know, I know, not the smartest idea, but I never baked them before and I wanted to make sure they'd come out OK for Christmas. They are called Rugelach, and I got the recipe from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. OMG SOOOOO good. The doughy part is flour, butter and cottage cheese. The filling is semi-sweet chocolate, walnuts, cinnamon and sugar. The crust is so flaky and the filling is ooooh so good. The good news, though, is that I figured out how many calories are in each one BEFORE I went crazy with eating them. And the result - 228. EEEEK!

There was a good chance of being disappointed in this, but actually, I was quite pleased. I can work the calories into my day. I love a good holiday cookie, and now I have to figure out where to cut back to enjoy my homemade cookies.
As I look forward to December, I *know* that I will have to get back into tracking my food. Holiday calories tend to sneak up on me - all the treats from my kiddos and parents at school, all the nibbling at holiday parties, the wine...

I was going to return a coat tonight, but I kind of just want to stay home and get ready for the week. So that's what I think I'll do. I'm kind of tired of driving.

Rest of the night:
- water water water!!!
- plan out meals and workouts for the week
- Enjoy a glass of wine with honey when he gets home from work

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COOPSM 11/29/2010 2:09PM

    You are me hero today figure a treat in for the day and to stop there...GO CARRIE!!!
LOVE your new cookie---so good!!!

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PINKCOCONUT 11/29/2010 7:35AM

    Mmm!!! Cookies!!! I spent most of yesterday making the dough for three different types of cookies, starting tonight I roll out the gingerbread and I bought a wee tiny gingerbread man cookie cutter so hopefully that doesn't mean I'll eat twice the amount! Ha ha ha

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LEARNING2LUVME 11/28/2010 7:54PM

    Those cookies sound DIVINE! I must get the recipe.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 11/28/2010 6:43PM

    OOOOOh I have that cookbook and looking for something good for cookie exchange. Thanks

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BRAINYBLONDE5 11/28/2010 6:05PM

  nothing is wrong with cookies! everything in moderation! a healthy lifestyle isnt about takng away the foods you love. if you find a way to fit it in your day PERFECT! it sounds delicious :D

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/28/2010 5:03PM

    Rugelach are delicious evil. I used to work for a company that made them daily. Now that I know the calories I am glad I don't have access lol.

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MISSWINGS1 11/28/2010 4:56PM

    I find that I just can't eat that first one. Once I do, it's hard to stop.

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So... about today...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Yesterday I made molasses cookies. They are unbelievably good. And yesterday I ate four. Four big molasses cookies. So my goal for today was to stick to two. Not only did I *not* meet that goal, I gave it the finger. I ate six. Yes, six. And I could have eaten more, easily.

I usually try to find the positive in everything... I guess it's that the cookies were homemade...? That they didn't have weird ingredients in them? That I didn't eat eight? At any rate, I really need to not eat so many tomorrow. I bought a new cookie jar for the holiday (it's a cute penguin), and I think putting the cookies in there isn't doing me any favors. I can't see how many I'm eating, and Brad can't come home and say "why are so many cookies missing?" because he can't see how many are in there either. So the cute penguin may not have been a good idea. Hm... perhaps I should fill it with reminders to drink more water instead.

So I'll move on. Just poured myself a big glass of water, and my braces are in. Having my braces in is the best way for me NOT to eat. I should get back into the habit of putting them in right after I eat...

In a little bit I'm going out to do some Christmas shopping. This year I'd like to have it done early so I can spend more time baking some gifts and enjoying time at home.

I will have a glass of wine a little later tonight, as I sit in my jammies and watch some TV, but NO MORE COOKIES. I think a little note on the cookie jar will help.


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COOPSM 11/28/2010 4:29PM

    Carrie---have a cookie but also make up some papers to put in there....pull out 2 each time you take a cookie.....job in place for 5 min, 50 squats, 12 real push get the may think twice about having the cookies....

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GRAMMYEAC 11/28/2010 8:41AM

    Baking desserts (cookies and cakes especially) are my downfall, too!

Not only do I find them delicious after baking, I like to sample the dough and batter before it makes it to the oven!

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JOULETEP 11/27/2010 9:13PM

    This made me laugh out loud. You are a great writer, and I identified with this so much (replace "cookies" for homemade pumpkin chocolate swirl brownies...)

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THE_JENCH 11/27/2010 6:21PM

    I suffer the same problem! But I LOVE baking! What I've gotten to do is either bag them immediately in portions to give away (and I don't touch those) and portions to put in the freezer. In the freezer the baked goods are slightly safer and you can easily bring them out to defrost/ warm up for a snack, dessert, or when guests come over.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 11/27/2010 5:39PM

  cookies are so hard to stay away from! you could put them in baggies in the cookie jar and only allow one baggie! you could put a post it note on top after you grab a bag to stop you from reaching for another. write something motivational!!! :)

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THEEXERCISER 11/27/2010 5:18PM

    Good Luck and may be next time not to make as many or maybe give some away so you won't over eat on them.

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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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    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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    YAY! I think everyone else is 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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