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New Years' Resolutions

Monday, December 31, 2007

Here are mine, so far :-)

1) Drink more water/crystal light and less coffee/diet coke
2) Keep carbs in the ~25g range, and calories ~1300, more than 90% of the time.
3) Although I've been better about the gym, I want to keep improving. My goal is a CONSTANT 2-3x per week, every month.
4) Have more active weekends : walking, biking, hiking, sailing.
5) Run a 5K sometime this year.
6) Fit into a size 10 anything :-)
7) Try a new sport : kick boxing? rock climbing? not sure yet.
8) Reduce my waste / carbon emmissions. Stop using plastic grocery bags (bring my own cloth ones), and begin composting.

Other, non-resolution goals:
1) Get NJAA Qualified Observer status, and start observing again.
2) Read at least one book per month, preferably more.
3) Finish last course at Ball State, and have made serious headway on the thesis this year (or done!) Finish the damn Masters already, and be done with it!
4) Find someway of organizing incoming mail and bills that actually WORKS.
5) Paint something, draw something, or do something artistic at least once this year.

Thats all for now!

  
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OHANAMAMA 1/1/2008 10:15PM

    I love your resolutions and can relate to so many! The diet ones of course, fitting into a size 10! YES! the reading, organizing and being artistic... all of those are me as well. I have an easel set up behind me and have yet to paint anything. It has a beautiful white canvas on it just waiting for me to mess it up LOL! I hope you accomplish them all! Hugs ~Renee'

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SPARKNMOM 1/1/2008 8:34AM

    Wow...sounds like a GREAT year ahead for you!! Great resolutions!

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Spark Reflection

Monday, December 31, 2007

I really like this Spark Reflection for the day, and I wanted to save it / share it! :-)


I am very guilt of these things, so this blog should serve as my reminder!!!

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Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves.

- Robert Frost

Who is standing in your way?

Imagine someone regularly tying small weights around your ankles as you try to climb a mountain. Doesn't sound fair, does it? But that's exactly what you can do to yourself, a little bit at a time, if you don't watch out. When you think of who and what is standing in the way of your dreams, it's easy to forget your own responsibility. Even the best of us can be guilty of unknowingly hurting our own progress. Procrastination, lateness, being disorganized, pessimism, not being honest with yourself, severe self-criticism, downplaying achievements, focusing only on weaknesses while ignoring strengths, keeping goals a secret, demanding perfection, giving up after a small setback--these are all ways you can make it tough to be (and do) your best. Smart systems, the right attitude, and a promise to keep going no matter what will make a world of difference.

  
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COFFEE_KISS 1/1/2008 6:43PM

    Good thoughts, Tess. This really rang home today, especially after that post about our body image and how we see ourselves. Happy new year!

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WooHoo!

Friday, December 28, 2007

I'm doing a very loud happy dance :-) I hit the 170's this morning. (I'm 179.8... so NO I don't round upward, silly!).

I'm grinning from ear to ear!

  
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RUNNINSTRONG 12/29/2007 2:35PM

    How exciting! Congrats! You're hard work is keeping me in check!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/28/2007 10:23PM

    You lost weight over the holidays?! You know that every holiday pound is the equivalent of five, right?! Many congratulations on your progress, Tessa. ....Pam

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SPARKNMOM 12/28/2007 9:15PM

    Good for you!! I just LOVE those new 10's numbers!! I don't round up either... : )

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COFFEE_KISS 12/28/2007 11:28AM

    Maybe the cookies are the key! LOL! CONGRATS! I can't wait to join you there, and, you know I will soon ;)

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SHELLSLYN 12/28/2007 11:09AM

    WTG!! I knew you were there : )

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LISA32989 12/28/2007 11:09AM

    yippee!

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A size 12? Your KIDDING!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

I just bought the cutest little winter coat from Ann Taylor. Its a size 12. I nearly fainted. I had to go get 3 people to confirm that it wasn't too tight on me before I bought it. ( i reallly needed a new coat, the one I have been wearing is an 18 and it looks like I can hide children in all of those excess folds of fabric!)

Then i went across the road to the Gap, and bought a pair of size 12 pants (and a size 14 too).

Woooooooooohhhooooooooooo:-)

  
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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/28/2007 10:20PM

    ENJOY that 12! You've worked hard for it, Tessa. Congratulations. ...Pam

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SHARA2233 12/28/2007 2:58PM

    I am right there with you...but mine are a little snug. Oh well!

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JINGLE135 12/27/2007 1:07PM

  Congrats! You got me all excited too - I can't wait to move down a size! My tummy got a little tickly thinking about it - hahaha!

I don't know you - yet (this is my very first comment/post on spark) but I am very very proud of you! You're a inspiration!

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SPARKNMOM 12/27/2007 12:49PM

    Wow, Tessa!! You're doing great!! I just love when I move down a size...although I'm about done LOL!!! Thanks for stopping by my page. I appreciate the support!!

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COFFEE_KISS 12/27/2007 11:16AM

    WOO! I know how good that feels! I saw you wanted to get in to a size 10, well, go to Costco and buy 1) a pair of Levi's 515 (or 545's??) because I bought a 10 and they fit loosely and 2? buy a pair of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, again, bought a 10 and they fit really nicely. I think they are called Victoria and they stretch, so they hug the body but don't cut off your circulation!


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SHELLSLYN 12/27/2007 10:07AM

    Wonderful! Not to mention the little fact that YOU'RE ALMOST IN THE 170's!!!! What wonderful Christmas presents for you!

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My low carb birthday cake (lol)

Saturday, December 08, 2007


I have some awsesome coworkers, eh?

They did buy some cake for everyone else, but I didn't eat any. I was too happy busily munching on cheese and pepperoni.


*Sigh* I have the best job!

  
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CHOCOLATECOFFEE 12/8/2007 2:50PM

    Thats so perfect!

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SHELLSLYN 12/8/2007 10:42AM

    You must have some great co-workers : )

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