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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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Snow-covered roads vs. the gym

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I consider myself a good driver, and I'm pretty good in the snow. It helps that I live close to a ski place - the roads are generally taken care of very well so that people can go skiing. The worst part about my drive home is getting into my development. I have to go up two hills to get to my driveway, and then I have to go down a hill to park. Getting out of my driveway when it snows is a big problem - I have been stuck a few times because I can't get up the hill.

So anyway, this morning I was up early to go to the gym, and to my surprise, we had some snow on the ground. I love when it snows! But I don't love the thought of having to get up the driveway. I heated up my car and was all ready to go. I had a heck of a time getting up the hill - my tires were slipping up near the top. There is one side of me that says "just get out of the development - the rest of the roads are fine." But there is another side of me, the one that says "you don't need the stress of trying to get back home after the gym." So I parked my car at the top of my driveway and came back inside.

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape."

This was supposed to be a run day for me. I have to admit, I was a little bummed that I didn't make it to the gym. For a minute, I even told myself "that's a really lame excuse. You know the roads are going to be fine once you get on them." But I know that if I would have gone to the gym, my run would have been filled with thoughts of "are you going to be able to get home? Will you make it to the house?" I don't know how any of you are, but if I have something like that on my mind, I can't concentrate on a really good workout.

So after pouting a little bit ("My workout schedule is RUINED!"), I came home, looked at the forecast, and saw that tomorrow is going to be clear. So instead of tomorrow being my rest day, it's today. There. Done.

And actually, it's a good thing. My legs are still sore from Tuesday night's classes, and I just did upper body ST yesterday. So all my muscles need a rest day before I do any more strength training anyway. And besides, this gave me time to pack my lunch today.


- Drink five Siggs of water
- Enjoy my meal tonight at Brad's Christmas party
- Stay positive
- Roll with the kids' excitement at school (they are getting excited for Christmas - the first snow does that to them. And rather than fighting it, I will adapt to it. My most important job is to keep them safe. So we will do lots of moving, and I will keep them safe.)

I did everything on my list yesterday, so I treated myself to a glass of wine. And Brad was home early, so I treated myself to a second glass. Lucky for me, I drank lots of water yesterday so I woke up feeling great.

Make it a good one!

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ETTEZEUS 12/10/2010 11:08PM

    When I lived up north, I hated driving in the snow, slip sliding all over the place. One of the main reasons I moved. I would have stayed home too!

Good move Carrie.

And I love that saying too!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/10/2010 10:46PM

    Great job on making things work for you and having that positive attitude! How was today's run?

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COOPSM 12/10/2010 8:27PM

    Carrie---me thinks you made a good choice....

How was the WO today???

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JUDYFRANCE 12/10/2010 5:21AM

    I have the same problem when it snows. So, I watch the forecast closely and when cold temps and humidity mix, I park my car down the street. It sleeps outside and I have a ten minute walk, but at least I can get to town.....and the gym....

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RUNNINGWILD 12/9/2010 10:56PM

    "Blessed are the flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape."
I'm stealing this emoticon

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    Great job! I understand about the pouting...I did that yesterday when my plans had to change. It's great when you can be flexible...and a rest day sounds perfect!

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JUSTBIRDY 12/9/2010 9:08AM

    Kudos for making the best of things and staying on track.

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