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Toward 2011, one little step at a time.

Friday, December 17, 2010

While December has not been a bad month for eating or working out (I'm quite pleased with it, all things considered), it hasn't been the greatest for goal setting. It's not good or bad, it just *is*. But I know that once the craziness of the season is over, I should get back to more of a routine so I can kick this layer of fat to the curb.

I've been staying up late with Brad the last few weeks. And while it's wonderful to spend time with him, my sleep time has been sacrificed. And I LOVE to sleep. This is this time of year when I wake up at 5:00 to get to the gym (I can't even think about going after school), so going to bed at 10 or 11 doesn't give me enough sleep time.

So post-holidays, back to a regulated sleep schedule it is. Eight hours is ideal. And while it's going to be a little strange going to bed so early again, I did it before - I can do it again. Not only will it keep me from getting so tired during the day, it will be a big part of my weight-loss efforts.

So there it is - 2011 goal #1.

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COOPSM 12/18/2010 4:13PM

    Carrie---maybe this is a goal we can work on together for 2011--I will aim for 7 hours....

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LAGREBE 12/18/2010 8:24AM

    Sleep! Oh yes! Since I gave up TV (I don't even miss it anymore on the contrary the few snippets I get at the gym pretty much annoy me) I have so much more time to read and... sleep. I like this as a #1 goal for 2011!

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GSDMIKE 12/17/2010 1:15PM

    My sleep schedule is a rollercoaster. The flexible work schedule lets me off the hook most of the time, but I should really try harder to hit a consistent schedule. One thing I can guarantee though, it won't be consistently waking up at 5AM. I'd probably be on the 11-7 shift.

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 12/17/2010 11:12AM

    I need better discipline. I am a night-owl by nature, but I need to work out in the morning. My natural tendency is to stay up late and sleep in....tough for morning gym routines.

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ONICAM 12/17/2010 9:51AM

    I know I need to work on sleeping more. I have just started my semester and when the semester is on it takes me until 11 until I get all the schoolwork done and I need to wake up at 5.

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MARLIMOO 12/17/2010 8:07AM

    I am the same. There is NO way I would work out AFTER work. I prefer mornings too. I have been getting about 7 hrs of sleep. that seems to be good.

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TMAC10 12/17/2010 6:44AM

    great goal! I too have to get eight hours of sleep or i'm miserable. I finally caught up on mine last night after a crazy week!

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MRSSIBRAT 12/17/2010 6:26AM

    I know what you mean about sleeping...I would totally sleep ten hours a night if I could..I have to be at work at 5:30 in the morning so my husband and I go to sleep at 8:30 at night...everybody says we are like old people lol.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

It's funny how stuff happens sometimes. Yesterday I woke up in a great mood. I did a 45 minutes workout (I still feel it today - yahoo!), I was ready for the day, and I was feeling good. And then my car started acting up on the highway. I took it in, and it's still there. Hopefully it's not a big deal and I'll have it back today.

But this is not a blog about my car (anymore). This is a blog about the kindness of people and the realization that it's never a bad idea to ask for help. A good friend from work "rescued" me yesterday morning. She hopped back in her car (she was already at work) and came to get me when I called. I had about four people ask if I needed a ride home. I used to get really funny about asking people for help - I think it was a "why would they want to help me?" mentality.

But what's kind of weird is that I teach the kids all the time that it's a good idea to ask for help. It's OK if they can't do everything by themselves. I guess I need to listen to a few of my own lessons. People WANT to help. Goodness, I know I'd help out anyone who needed it.

What's funny is that when I realized how many people were willing to help me, the smaller a deal my car became. No more was I fretting about getting home or to school... one of the girls told me I could call her anytime I needed a ride. I had someone Facebook me that they'd pick me up whenever I needed it. 'Tis the season. But then again, it's *always* the season for helping others.


And what goes best with someone's help? A "thank you," of course. Brad's mom got me into writing cards and notes, sometimes for a reason, sometimes for no reason at all. So I have lots of blank note cards. Last night I spend some time writing some little notes and attaching them to some bags of cookies (I made some super molasses cookies last night).

My personal challenge today is to say "thank you" for help and really mean it. If a first grader picks up a pencil that was just sitting around, I want them to know that it was a big help for them to clean it up for me. If a second grader lets me through the line so I can heat up my tea, I want them to know they did something really nice. When my mechanic calls me and tells me he fixed my car, I want him to know how awesome it is that he could fit it into his schedule (so I think I'll take him a container of cookies).

So who are you going to thank today? For what are you going to thank them? Something big? Something little? If traffic is backed up and someone lets you in, give that person who let you in front of them a wave and a big goofy grin. If you get a hug from a kid today, tell them how much you love the hug. If your doggie greets you, thank them with a pet and a bone.

Have a great day!


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LEARNING2LUVME 12/18/2010 3:39PM

    LOVE IT!!!

I recently started reading The Five Love Languages, and I must say, thanking my husband on a regular basis has made a huge impact on our relationship already.

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LAGREBE 12/18/2010 8:27AM

    Great blog! Gratitude=Happiness!

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MARLIMOO 12/17/2010 8:08AM

    You angel face

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DREBENEZER 12/16/2010 8:17PM

    Carrie, thank you. Too often we get so independent and think that we are strong enough to do all things on our own. Sometimes it is nice to think that there are others there to help. Great blog. Thanks, again.

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COOPSM 12/16/2010 7:20PM

    Great blog Carrie---take time to realize the little things and to not take them for granted.....nice that you had so many come forward and you are willing to pass it on...we could all learn from this blog.... emoticon

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GSDMIKE 12/16/2010 5:37PM

    Great blog. I read the title on my friend feed and couldn't click it fast enough. Yet I usually figure that if I were to post a blog with that title nobody would click on it.

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MIAMIA7 12/16/2010 3:35PM

    Carrie-Isn't it wonderful to go from a down mood to a more positive one because you realize how many wonderful people surround you? Yesterday I had to hit the hospital (yet again) for more blood work. The lab people are starting to recognize me :( Anyway after a new guy did my blood work and chatting a minute with a few of them I said my goodbyes and told them all to have a "Merry Christmas" As I was walking out they said how nice it was to have a patient say that to them. That most people have just been angry or said nothing to them. Ha, I made the lab people happy. That put a smile on my face. Made me feel better. Thanks for the great blog. Sometimes it's hard to stay positive and I appreciate you for helping me feel that way! Anne

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LONGWINDINGROAD 12/16/2010 12:47PM

    This is such a great are the most positive person I know! It's great that you've reminded all of us to be thankful for the little things...because all of those little things add up! Thank YOU for being such a great Spark Friend!

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TORTUETOO 12/16/2010 12:11PM

    I'll say thank you to YOU! Thanks for the goodie. Here's to 2011 - a year with no drama. Hope your car gets fixed quickly and frugally! emoticon

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JOPAPGH 12/16/2010 9:48AM

    Great blog! I'll be on my best behavior today!

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CLALIZ 12/16/2010 9:43AM

    I am so glad there were so many helping hands! That is awesome that you do recognize when someone helps. I always tell my team (Customer Service) that they have no idea what kind of day a person is having and even if they are rude they should still try to do their best to help them out and if possible make the Customer's day. It is so nice when they get thank you letters and cards! I love it when people take a few minutes and just say THANK YOU - I will do my best to also practice this Thank you lesson today and every day. Great reminder!!!
Thanks for writing this blog!
have a great day! emoticon

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KARVY09 12/16/2010 8:23AM

    It's a great lesson and a great reminder!

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CFMOSS 12/16/2010 8:21AM


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    What fantastic blog asking for Help should be the norm, but alas it is typically seen as a sign of weakness. What is more important - we should remember to offer help even if it isn't asked for.

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PINKCOCONUT 12/16/2010 7:58AM

    I learned that lesson this year, that it's okay to ask for help because there are people willing, and wanting, to do that for you. I think more as women we don't ask for help because we're expected to do it all but I'm fine with breaking that down thankyouverymuch!

So glad you did get the help you needed and I'm sure today will be an awesome day for it!

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ILLINITEACHER52 12/16/2010 7:25AM

  Asking for help is difficult for me too but it is SO important to be able to do so. Thank you for being someone who lets perople know that their help was appreciated.

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LALAFLOWERS 12/16/2010 6:49AM

    I whole heartedly agree!

And... I love your line about writing notes! I do it all the time. My idea is that I love getting mail that has nothing to do with bills or advertising... so, if I mail enough cards out to others, they get the thrill of a non-bill piece of mail, and a fun little thing, and maybe they'll start passing it around to others too!

Love email.. but not the same thing as opening a card that has a special note, just for me!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/16/2010 6:43AM

    If people did this the world would be a much better place! I have a hard time asking people to help me too.

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COLORMESKINNY2 12/16/2010 6:39AM

    This is so true! Sometimes we get caught up in the whirlwind of life that we forget how simple and rewarding life can be if we just take it day by day and moment by moment.

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ANYANKA2 12/16/2010 6:29AM

    I really liked this. Thank you for posting it.

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Christmas cookies, doot doot doot

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I can tell the holiday season is in full swing - I had my first night of overeating Christmas cookies. I went to a Christmas party last night. Dinner was salad (I had a huge salad!), baked ziti with meatballs (stuck to one serving!), some yummy bread (stuck to 1 slice!), and cookies for dessert (enter the "wah-wah" trombone). However, I am going to focus on the positive...

emoticon I only ate the cookies that were homemade. Someone brought a cake from the store, and I remembered my holiday rule of only eating things that were homemade. YAHOO!

emoticon Someone brought these peanut butter fudge squares. They were tasty, but when she told us what was in them? Shortening - YUCK. Hershey's chocolate - ugh. I can get that anytime. Give me a good piece of dark chocolate Ghiradelli anytime. So while they tasted good at first, the more I knew about them, the less worth-it the calories were. Only had one. YAHOO!

emoticon Had minimal cheese and crackers. I brought some good crackers with a homemade cheese ball (garlicky and a little spicy - delish!) but I only had a bit of it. YAHOO!

So despite the 78437859230 cookies I ate (or at least it seemed like it), they were (relatively) small and I managed to not go crazy with the rest of my food. I will chalk up last night as a win. And if I can be even *more* conscious about what I eat through the rest of the holidays, I'll be buying some smaller pants in no time!

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COLORMESKINNY2 12/17/2010 9:39AM

    You are so positive! Had that been me I would be down on myself for sure, way to look at the positive side :) and you have AWESOME will power because I don't think I could have ever said no! haha

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MARLIMOO 12/17/2010 8:10AM

    Ha ha ha. I can not believe this but I said NO to the C word. Cookie. Our company brought in cookies to thank us for our hard work- thanks but can I have some greenbacks? Anyway- I said no thanks and DID NOT partake in any cookie eating yesterday NOR did I have ice cream. Can I get a WAHOO? I did have a glass of red wine. Hey- it was well deserved. TWO HOUR commute into work yesterday. OOF

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COOPSM 12/15/2010 9:11PM

    Keep up the good work Carrie....

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BUGSMOM211 12/15/2010 12:56PM

    Well done emoticon

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LONGWINDINGROAD 12/15/2010 11:18AM

    YAY for you! I LOVE the way you only looked at your choices as positives instead of pointing out all of the negative things. There were a LOT of positives in your decisions, and they outweighed the negatives! I just got called out for being negative in my last blog, so I need to take some lessons from you! You're amazing! Keep it up!

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PINKCOCONUT 12/15/2010 9:54AM

    Well, if you were going to splurge, at least they were homemade!

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GSDMIKE 12/15/2010 9:25AM

    You are doing better than I am this season. I told myself a few weeks ago I was going to only eat desserts that I REALLY loved, and that I wasn't going to freak out about eating those. But somehow that turned into eating my favorite of the desserts at a party. Not at all the same.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/15/2010 8:46AM

    Carrie-your blogs are such a lift to my day. Could you start writing one each morning JUST FOR ME??? LOL! (like an ole kick in the pants,make good choices ,etc kinda blog)
Very good rule on 'only homemade'.
Do they make pants any size smaller than you already wear?? I doubt it!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/15/2010 7:53AM

    Why would someone use shortening in a dessert? That is just gross and so unhealthy. In this day and age it is pretty unnecessary. Proud of you for sticking to your plan!

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BSTAKINGACTION 12/15/2010 7:39AM

    Its so nice to hear about someone else's adventures in cookie land. I had the same experience yesterday...and the same rules. They better be flippin' works of edible art if they're going in this mouth. Unfortunately, there are a lot of great artists out there! to the gym now!!!

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MRSSIBRAT 12/15/2010 6:53AM

    lol I love your exxageration of how many calories you ate...I am proud of you for sticking to your homemade only plan!

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Weekend Recap

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thursday - Brad's Christmas Party. Really enjoyed dinner and my cabernet.
Friday morning - felt pretty good - I drank lots of water on Thursday night, so I knew I could handle one more work day.
Friday afternoon - felt like poo. Sinus infection: headache, runny/stuff nose, nausea... bleh. Came home from school and parked myself on the couch. Ate random food all night.
Saturday morning - woke up feeling like poo. Headache, tooth and jaw pain (!?!?!?!) - nasty sinus infection. Spent the day drinking tea and sleeping.
Sunday morning - felt a bit better. Still had jaw pain (which was weirding me out). Got some Advil cold and sinus.
Sunday afternoon - took Advil. Felt a million times better. Went on a holiday inn tour around the area - had little snacks along the way.
Sunday night - went to dinner with Brad and his parents. Ate a ton. Loved every bite.

I didn't get much planning in for this week, but I think I'll do minimal planning this week and see what happens. I have a general idea of what is going on... lots of morning gym sessions. There is stuff going on after school almost every night!

Have a great day!

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    I hope you're feeling seems like you've been so unlucky with illnesses lately.

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COOPSM 12/13/2010 11:30AM

    Carrie---hate sinus infections that hurt the teeth!!! Hope you are feeling better and that you have a great week....
The Inn tours were pretty I bet...

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MRSSIBRAT 12/13/2010 7:47AM

    hey girlie..I hope you are feeling better by now!

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Oh, for goodness sakes, this is getting old.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ugh. Another cold/sinus infection. This time I woke up with jaw and tooth pain. I didn't even know that one could get that kind of pain from a sinus infection. But after some Facebook investigating, I found out that some of my friends have/had the same thing.

So today was a total couch day. Did a little bit - wrote out some Christmas cards, did a little laundry, but other than that, I slept all day. I have a headache - soon taking some Nyquil and going to bed.

Brad's parents are coming up to visit tomorrow... as much as I like to see them, I would honestly rather spend the day in bed. We'll see what happens.

The worst part about being sick is how is affects my workout routine. It's so difficult for me to get back into it after I've been away from it for a few days. But I guess the only way to do it is to do it... so hopefully Monday morning I'll be good to go. Unless we get snow (I'm keeping my fingers crossed!), and then I'll go later on Monday.

Off to visit the couch...

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LEARNING2LUVME 12/13/2010 7:12AM

    Go to an herbal store or chiropractor and pick up some congaplex. I had a sinus infection that antibiotics wouldn't touch last year and my chiropractor gave me this, i took 3 pills 3x a day and it worked in like two days.

Also, try 3000 mgs of vitamin c a day, that works wonders, too. I hope you feel better soon!!!

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COOPSM 12/12/2010 8:10PM

    Just now saw this blog...hope you are feeling better!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/11/2010 11:16PM

    Hope you're feeling better soon and back at the exercise!!! emoticon emoticon

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MIAMIA7 12/11/2010 9:41PM

    Yup Carrie...sinus infections can hurt a multitude of things. I have had scalp pain, ear pain and the tooth and jaw pain. Hang in there and feel better soon. Put a warm washcloth on your sore parts of your face. Take care. Anne

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