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The snow is snowing...

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Another snow day means that we are now going to school into the third week of June. Bleh. Despite the long school year, I like snow days.

- I get to spend more time with my honey. And because he doesn't work in a chain restaurant, the managers make the decision if the restaurant is open during a snow storm. Today he is home and tomorrow he might be too. Yay! He's out skiing right now - this is a good year for his ski pass!
- I get to straighten up the house mid-week.
- I can catch up on some reading.
- Naps!
- I get to eat breakfast in my jammies.

February! emoticon

February is going to be "I love my _______" month.

I love my gym membership!
This month I'm going to take more classes at the gym. I am fortunate - the instructors at my gym are all really great and the classes are really really good. So this month I'm committing myself to taking more spin, Body Pump, Power Yoga and stretch classes.

I love my bank account!
January was a really good month for me as far as spending. So in February, I'm going to continue the trend. I don't really need more clothes, but I would like to expand my shoe/accessory collection... so while I don't think I'll be buying any clothes, I will be keeping my eyes open for cute shoes, bags and belts.

I love my healthy body!
In February, I am going to focus on putting good food into my body. This means smart snacking, lots of water, and assessing my hunger level while I'm eating.

I love my family!
I'm going to call my mom more often.

So there it is... off to read a bit and get in some water! Have a great day!

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    You should post pics of your shoes - I just got some new sandals for Cuba that I LOVE.

Shoes make the outfit, you know!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/2/2011 10:41AM

    I wish my husband would stay home during my snow days....but instead he just looks at these days as a chance for me to get out of bed and drive him to the train station (he could walk, but knowing I have all this free time means he makes me drive!).

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    Snow days just do not seem to exist here, I am very jealous of the snow days you get. lol

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CAMROLA 2/1/2011 6:03PM

    I love these thoughts, what a good way to recognize the things that matter most.

Love your blogs, too! emoticon

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    YAY!!! I LOVE your blogs,Carrie. What a fun thing to read. That's alot of snow days,Girl!! enjoy~

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COOPSM 2/1/2011 3:01PM

    Have I said this before?? I love reading your inspirational and full of motivation...

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PINKCOCONUT 2/1/2011 1:17PM

    Love it!

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TORTUETOO 2/1/2011 12:56PM

    I emoticon your positive attitude!

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MIAMIA7 2/1/2011 12:41PM

    I like I love____ month! Hmmm...might steal this. Have a fun day. Really icy today in western PA. Bobby and I slid to work :)

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PILLOWFOOL 2/1/2011 10:55AM

    yay! I love this blog! hope you have a great and relaxing day. I'll send you warm thoughts :)

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BRAINYBLONDE5 2/1/2011 10:43AM

  yay for an I love ___ month!!! :) enjoy your snow day!

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Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm awake for a 6:30 spin class. Part of my February goals is to get back into going to different classes at the gym. Once the schedule comes out I'll be able to plan my month, but today I'm starting out with spin. I went to a killer spin class on Saturday - kicked my butt! I forgot how much I liked to spin. And *after* my spin class, I went to Body Blast! which kicked my butt even MORE. Both classes were packed - the really good instructor was teaching. Every time she teaches a class, I am sore for at least two days.

There is another winter storm warning for our area - this time it's more sleet and freezing rain. Ugh. According to the website I checked, the watch is lasting from late tonight through Wednesday afternoon Geez!

Tonight I have a haircut. Just for a trim, but I LOVE getting my hair cut.

Off to have some water before spin... have a super day!

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JUDYFRANCE 1/31/2011 11:12AM

    I love to spin, too. Always a wonderful challenge and a nice drippy sweat!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/31/2011 9:13AM

  the weather is doing the same where i live! i live in the outskirts of philly in pa, what about you??? spinning is AMAZING!! you are going to see awesome results! :)

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CFMOSS 1/31/2011 8:29AM

    nice job on the butt kicking exercise - i did some cardio yesterday (no classes offered on sunday) and my butt hurts today but will head out to a class soon. you are a great inspiration - thanks and keep up the good journey.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/31/2011 7:47AM

    Way to go woman! You're seriously kickin' some butt!

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The water cycle

Sunday, January 30, 2011

1) Fill up glass with water
2) Drink glass of water
3) When glass is empty, re-fill
4) Repeat

By George, it works!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/30/2011 4:31PM

    Did I tell you about the pretty coloured book rings that I have for my water bottle? I put four on them and, if I drink a bottle, I take one off. By the end of the day all four rings s/b gone and *I've* consumed my 8 glasses of water for the day. (and then some) emoticon

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/30/2011 10:36AM

    Haha you are too funny!

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SHARJOPAUL 1/30/2011 8:56AM

    That's the cycle alright.
As far as the peeing, I try to get most of my water down before 6PM, that way I don't have to go as often during the night. Also I remind myself that all those trips to the bathroom are just extra steps that burn a few extra calories everyday.

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JUDYFRANCE 1/30/2011 8:46AM hubby's name is George.....Glug glug glug

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GRANDMABETTY60 1/30/2011 8:41AM

    Yeah, but what do you do about the PEEING! I went 4 times during the night last night. ARGH!!!!!

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Having faith in my body...

Friday, January 28, 2011

January 1st was my two-year Sparkversary. In the two years I've been Sparking, I've learned a lot about my body and what I need to do to keep it healthy. I've been able to keep 30 pounds off and live the life I want to live.

But I still get scared... I get scared about gaining the weight back. I haven't had a serious scare in a while, but this week was one of those weeks. Actually, it's been one of those months. My brother moved to Qatar for a semester to teach, we've had umpteen snow days where I haven't been able to get out to the gym, and there are a million more excuses... but yesterday afternoon I was actually scared that my body was not going to go back to wanting exercise... that it wasn't going to want good food anymore... that it would be happy creeping up in size until I'd have to buy bigger clothes.

Last night I had one of those moments, though, where the desire to be fit was more than the desire to overeat. I wrote yesterday that I got the new J.Crew arrivals via e-mail... during the winter, it's easy to think "oh, I can throw on a sweater." But when those cute bikinis popped up on my e-mail, it was like "Oh sh*# !!! THAT'S why I'm working so hard and treating my body right." I immediately stopped craving cereal, and I even got two carrots as a snack.


So tonight was Chip Night. I decided earlier in the week that on Friday (today), I'd get whatever I wanted for dinner, not feel bad about it, get it out of my system. And a funny thing happened. I went in for chips, and I didn't really want them anymore. I bought them anyway - I thought "well, if I don't get them now while I'm here, the craving will get so out of control that I won't be able to stand it anymore." So I picked up a bag of Kettle Chips and a single-serving of Haagen-Dazs strawberry.

Got home, started eating the chips, and I thought "you know, I don't really want these. They don't taste that good, and I don't feel that good eating them." So I threw most of them away. I will admit, I enjoyed every single bite of the ice cream. I think if I would have gotten a pint, it would be gone. So I'm glad I got the little one.

I picked up some cherries at the store so I didn't look like a *complete* pig getting chips and ice cream, and i actually enjoyed the cherries a ton more than I enjoyed the chips.


So I guess the point of this blog is to say that even though it was hard, I kept faith in my body. I thought "ok body, I'll give you one more chance to get the chip craving out before I totally get worried." And my body didn't let me down. It knew I meant business, and tonight it worked with me to get back in the right state of mind. My routine got knocked for a loop, and I wasn't adjusting well. It was getting easier and easier to make excuses, and harder and harder to make the right choices. But my body hung in there.

I send out a gigantic, HUGE THANK YOU!!!! to you all for leaving supportive and kind words for me. You assured me that I'd get through this, and I did. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

So if you are having a difficult time getting back into it, trust in that body of yours. It knows what it wants, sometimes it takes a little bit of time and work to get back on the same wavelength. But you will. You'll rediscover the joy of peeing often because you're getting enough water. You'll rediscover how awesome it feels to finish a killer workout and be reminded of it two days later when your thighs are burning. You'll especially like the joy of looking in the mirror and once again being happy with what you see. It's nicer to see muscles emerging instead of a roll.


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LEARNING2LUVME 1/30/2011 7:35PM

    Thanks for this reminder!!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/29/2011 7:09PM

    I like your idea but I need something other than a bikini for motivation. I need to work on finding one.

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JAZOIE 1/29/2011 12:06PM

    That's awesome! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 1/29/2011 10:48AM

    You are AWESOME! I don't think you'll have to worry about a thing because the difference now is that you have a positive motivation behind all of this. It's more than just being skinny, it's being healthy, trusting your body and feeling good about yourself. You've built habits up over time and I don't think you'd be able to go for more than a couple of weeks before you'd be eating veggies like it's your job and busting your butt at the gym!

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J. Crew read my mind...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

J. Crew has always been sort of a goal for me. When I was in high school, I'd go shopping with my friends, and they would always try stuff on at J. Crew while I watched - nothing ever went up to my size. So in the back of my mind was always "I want to be able to go into any store and be able to fit into the clothes."

One of the first years Brad and I were together, he took me to the Nordstrom annual fall preview sale. All this cute stuff, and I couldn't fit into it. In fact, some of the clothes only went up to a size 10, and I was a 14 pushing a 16.

So shallow? Yes, a bit. But I'll tell ya, getting the e-mail with J. Crew's new arrivals totally did it for me today. I stuck to my dinner plan tonight and even drank a little extra water. Seeing the cute dresses and even cuter bikinis trumped every cereal craving I might have had tonight. It's like they *knew* I was feeling lumpy and unable to control my cravings. Do you know I just peeled a carrot for something to crunch on? A freakin' carrot! And it was sweet and crunchy and delicious. I might even get another one.

And in other good news, I have two boxes of Girl Scout cookies in my kitchen and I haven't opened either one. WAHOO!

Tomorrow's plan:
- morning gym
- afternoon library
- evening relaxation with a little "craving food." I have been seriously wanting chips, and today I decided that Friday would be my chip night. What always happens is that I'll eat the chips and then I'll be good for another few months.


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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/28/2011 12:21PM

    Glad j crew motivated you to stay on track. We all need something like that.

Chips is what gets me in trouble all the time. I can garble up an entire bag in a matter of minutes.

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    Can't wait to read your report on your J. Crew shopping trip.

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CHELLES_BELLS 1/28/2011 7:39AM

    Anthropologie and J.Crew are my ultimate goal when I get out of the 14s! I'm glad to know that someone made it to those stores and back!

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MKKAYA 1/27/2011 9:41PM

    I am not too hopeful I will fit into those clothes either. LOL

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JUSTBIRDY 1/27/2011 9:19PM

    I feel the same way about J. Crew. Someday. Soon.

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