CARILOUIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CARILOUIE CARILOUIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Goin' to a shower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670293 Today I'm going to a bridal shower for my future SIL. It is up in the area where I used to live, so I'm traveling today. I'm one of the bridesmaids, so I've done a lot of preparation for today. I also know what the food menu is going to look like. I have my work cut out for me - I am determined to stick to my healthy eating. I've worked really hard to get where I am, and I feel great. I don't really want to leave the shower today feeling bad about my choices. <BR> <BR> I think I kind of forg... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:30:20 EST A little sugar here, a little sugar there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667514 I know that cookies and cakes are my weakness. When I decided to go on my diet cleanse, added sugar was one thing I knew I really wanted to cut out. And I was doing really well! I lost about a pound a week when I was carefully watching my sugar, along with dedicating myself to my workouts. And when I saw that I was doing really well with my weight loss, I thought "one little _____ won't hurt." "I can have some ______ tonight, it won't be a big deal." But added up, it *Is* a big deal. I haven'... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:55:47 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662549 I already got in my 10-mile run and I'm feeling good. My legs are a bit sore from yesterday's workout, but I finished my run strong. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - drink lots of water <BR> - track my food <BR> - get some teaching stuff done Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:02:05 EST Five miles = a fantastic start to the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654446 The blog I'm writing now is very different than the one I would have written last night. I was feeling pretty blah - I hadn't done a workout for a week, and my food choices were less than stellar. So after some journaling, prayer, and self-reflection, I set my alarm for 6:30am so I could get in an early run. My early run reaffirmed why I consider myself a morning person. I did five + miles before I could make any excuses, and I feel great. My run will set the tone for the entire day, includin... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:20:10 EST Getting back to it after vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646777 I think I have the post-vacation blues. Hubs and I had a wonderful week in Florida, but now it's back to reality. <BR> <BR> The only part of my diet that I stuck to last week was the "no coffee" part. Sheesh. But it's something! I really didn't want to have to wean myself off of coffee again. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the first day since we got back on Friday night that I did a workout - I ran 4 miles. I ran during vacation, which was good - I need to be consistent for my 10-miler in May. Th... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:38:21 EST Progress report and new goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636395 For February, I used hard data to set goals and track my progress. <BR> <BR> Goals - did I meet them? <BR> <BR> PAWS shifts (the no-kill shelter where I volunteer) - goal was 8, I did 7. <BR> <BR> Running miles - goal was 25, actual mileage was 29.37. I am thrilled about this number, especially given how stinkin' cold it was this month! I got out there and ran in all kinds of weather - snow, cold, rain, sun, wind... every day running in the winter is a day closer to spring! <BR> <BR> Appl... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:37:25 EST Cold weather = an exhausted me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635577 I almost put off today's run until tomorrow - I'm glad I didn't. Tomorrow is going to be ridiculously cold. This morning at 7:00am it was about 19F, tomorrow at 7:00am it's going to be 5F, with a windchill of -7F. I'm a trooper, but -7 is a bit too much for me! <BR> <BR> Today's good things: <BR> <BR> - I drank lots of water <BR> - My nutrition was great! <BR> - I had a fun toddler class this evening - everyone left smiling, and nobody got hurt! <BR> <BR> So next week I will be in Florida... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:01:36 EST What a glorious day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631398 If this morning's run was any indication of how the rest of the day will go, it's going to be great! I got 8 hours of sleep last night - it's so much easier to run with a full night of sleep behind me - I had a cup of pre-run ginger tea, I warmed up, and I was out the door. The sun was shining, the wind was low, and I ended up doing 2.5 miles at a 9:50 AP. What an improvement - the combo of sleep, nutrition, and regular workouts is making a difference! <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - lots of water!... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 08:50:53 EST Good mood for Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630632 What a day to wake up in a great mood! The temps are going to reach at least 50 (!!), the sun is out, and in about a week I will be headed to sunny Florida with hubs to stay with his parents for a week. Life is good. <BR> <BR> I tried on some summer clothes so I can start packing (I am a crazy traveler and start getting organized WAAAAY ahead of time), and I am excited to report that everything fits! In fact, a lot of it fits even better than it did last year! This is good news - my dress fi... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:22:03 EST Another easy dinner. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630374 I am ALL ABOUT the easy meals. I have to admit, I think it would have been very hard for me to change my diet so (relatively) quickly without my chef husband. He loves cooking healthy for me, and he loves being challenged by my requests - no added sugar, dairy-free, unprocessed grains, vegetarian as much as possible... I tend to flounder when he's not around, walking across the street for pizza or a banh mi. So when I find an easy, delicious meal, I get really excited. And I love to share! <B... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:29:46 EST Goals for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628951 Today is going to be a busy day, but I'm determined to get in a run this afternoon. Typically I like to go in the morning, but the temps dropped overnight and the sidewalks are really icy. I had to do a little dance to set out my garbage this morning, so I can only imagine what it would have been like trying to run! <BR> <BR> It's already a good morning. I didn't hit the snooze button, I feel like I'm getting a taste for green tea (yesterday it tasted so funny to me, and today I really enjoy... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:52:30 EST Easiest dinner ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628687 There isn't a whole lot in our house to eat. There are a few snacky things, but I wasn't sure what I was going to have for dinner. We *did* have tofu and eggs in the house, so I started with them and made an AWESOME dinner. <BR> <BR> Brown tofu in a non-stick pan <BR> Add one egg <BR> Add about 1/4 cup pico de gallo (I bought a container) <BR> YUM <BR> <BR> It was so ridiculous. I don't really enjoy putting a lot of time into cooking for just myself, so I am THRILLED when I figure out an ea... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:02:07 EST No sugar going strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627113 I am committed to eliminating added sugar from my diet. Last night for my after-dinner treat I had a banana with some almond butter and cinnamon. It was delicious! Two nights ago, hubs made me a little treat - a tiny square of really dark chocolate, a dab of palm sugar, and some peanut butter. And it was too sweet for me. Huh. I never thought that I'd think something like that was "too sweet." <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <BR> - water! <BR> - afternoon run, when the temp goes above freezing <BR> ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:59:02 EST Working on a diet change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625326 I've been trying out an informal body detox, where I am working to eliminate dairy, coffee, added sugar, and processed foods from my diet. It's been a little over a week, and I'm doing great! I know correlation =/= causation, but there are some really awesome improvements I've noted: <BR> <BR> - better sleep. I was having some trouble sleeping though the night, and the last week has been GREAT for sleeping. Much fewer random wakeups in the middle of the night - I even sleep through hubby com... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:16:00 EST Skinny jeans feelin' skinny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619248 Getting out for a run this morning was no small feat! It's cloudy and cold, and the bed felt especially cozy today. Sigh... but I got out and did a little over three miles. It was apparently a very good sign of the rest of the morning, because my skinny jeans actually feel skinny - they slipped right on and buttoned without any contorting, my belt is at a good notch, and I feel great. <BR> <BR> I'm off to church, then we are going on a field trip to the African American History Museum, and ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 08:56:34 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616657 I feel almost back to normal today. I can tell that my cold is making its way out of my system, and I really want to eat some fruit and veggies. Last night around 6:00 I started to feel better - it's funny how it was kind of sudden, just like it started - and after taking some Nyquil for a stuffy nose, I had a great night of sleep. I teach this morning and again this evening, and between Spark clicks, I'm scheduling an easy workout in sometime today. <BR> <BR> When I'm coming back from a co... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 08:35:57 EST Confession time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616131 I think I spoke too soon when I said that I loved the quiet of snowfall. We had MORE nasty weather last night into today - sleet and gross cold rain - and I am STILL fighting off the end of my cold from Monday. I can't even stand it. I pulled something in my shoulder and/or back, and it's been hurting for two days. Like *really* hurting. Only this morning did it stop throbbing. I am a sad soul. And...!!! Today I ate a box of Thin Mints. An entire box. Ugh. <BR> <BR> I am primarily blogging ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 16:37:34 EST Snow day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613964 It's too bad that things can't go according to plan 100% of the time! I had today all planned out - morning yoga, afternoon volunteer shift, and photography class this evening. But my body had other plans. To get a cold. Ugh. But, aside from the aches and stuffy nose that come with a cold, it is a good chance to get caught up on some things that I usually procrastinate with - lesson plans, reading for work, cleaning... And anyway, the fact that it's snowing like crazy makes it less of a bumme... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:59:21 EST The numbers don't lie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611832 I've never been really big on using hard data to track my progress; instead, I usually go by how I felt I did over the month. But maybe it's time to try something new. I always get amped up when a new month is coming, so perhaps I'm overestimating my success for January. This morning I looked at the data. <BR> <BR> 18 apples - an apple for each time I worked out. This comes to a 60% workout rate. I'd like to subscribe to the 80/20 rule in February, so I'm shooting for 23 apples. This allows ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 08:00:10 EST Yesterday =/= today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605000 I have had it up to my freakin' eyeballs with this cold. I know, I know, it's winter in the northeast, but still. Come on! <BR> <BR> After I got home yesterday afternoon, I just could not will myself back out of the house into the cold to get to the gym. This morning I stayed in bed an extra 45 minutes because I just could not seem to get out from under the warm covers. And now? I could just cry thinking about how cold it's going to be for the next week or so. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a hug... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:35:56 EST Apples = success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602089 There are so many little tips I like to keep in mind to help me reach my goals. One of the most useful is "don't go more than two days without a workout." As I reflect on my progress over the last few weeks, I notice a trend - my calendar shows apples (I put apple stickers on the days I work out) on almost every day. And when there is no apple on one day, there is definitely one on the next. <BR> <BR> I love lists, so here goes. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> things <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> :... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:09:22 EST Rain, schmain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589664 The longer I live in the city, the less I mind going outside in not-perfect weather. Today was pretty crappy - freezing drizzle this morning, annoying cold rain this afternoon and evening... but I still managed to do a 3-mile run and get almost 15,000 steps in! (I got a FitBit for Christmas and LOVE to see many steps I take every day!) I am so excited to see how many steps I take when the weather is actually where I *want* to be out in it! <BR> <BR> It was an exciting day. I set up a job int... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:56:54 EST Brrrr! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582702 It's funny what happens when I listen to my body. Since joining SparkPeople five years ago, I've learned to be kind to my body and pay attention to what it's telling me. So for the last few days I haven't felt like working out. But I didn't freak out! I know that it was a temporary thing, and that when my body tells me it needs a break, it needs a break! And you know what? Today I got dressed for a run, and went outside. I didn't actually run, because the sidewalks are a sheet of ice, and the... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 08:47:44 EST Cold and cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582069 It is SOOOO cold I can hardly stand it. And on top of that, I think I am fighting a cold. Ugh. I knew it was coming - I did a leg workout on New Years Eve and I still felt super sore yesterday. Whenever my DOMS lasts that long, I know something is wrong. So here it is, January 4th, and I still haven't done a workout. Not a very auspicious start to the year. But since listening to my body is just as important as working out, I can't be *too* bummed. I need to take care of myself! <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:21:54 EST Spark Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576946 What a wonderful weekend! I spent a few days in Pittsburgh at a wedding - and it was all because of SparkPeople! Tomorrow it will be my 5 year Sparkaversary. There have been times when I was a gung-ho Sparker, and times when I needed a little extra push. But regardless, I have made some amazing friends through Spark. <BR> <BR> I love New Years. I love resolutions, I love the motivation it gives me, and I love starting fresh! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:17:07 EST Back to the real world... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572517 Hubs and I had a really nice Christmas. Family time was good, and it was a pretty relaxed holiday. My mom got me a Fitbit - I set it up and I'm excited to start keeping track of how much a schlep around the city! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting back on track and starting the New Year. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 19:49:04 EST Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568246 Today was a good day up until this afternoon, when a few things really got me upset. <BR> 1. I thought I missed the deadline for my Ph.D application, even though I checked it a gazillion times. <BR> 2. I learned that emergency unemployment could very well end on Dec. 28th. <BR> <BR> I did *not* miss the deadline, but the unemployment thing really sucks. Just when I got used to living on part-time wages and unemployment, I learn it could just *end* in a week or so. I am so upset. I spent mo... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:40:27 EST Lessons from the shelter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567528 Today was a really good day. I did my workout this morning, got in some quality reading time, and then spent the evening serving dinner at my church's shelter. From November until May, my church hosts a group of men who eat dinner and sleep there. The young adults group serves once a month, and I look forward to it. <BR> <BR> It's easy for me to get wrapped up in all the "stuff" of the holidays. And why not? The stuff can be fun! Helping at the men's shelter reminds me to be grateful for al... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:26:16 EST Runnin' in the flurries... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561484 Yesterday I woke up and my body was telling me to stay home. I've learned when it's being serious about it, and when it's just trying to stay in the warm covers. Yesterday was for real - my legs were really sore from my weekend workouts, and I just felt a little off. Turns out I did the right thing - I slept a LOT, so I think I successfully kept a sickness at bay. All that from a rest day! <BR> <BR> This morning I felt much better and was able to do my scheduled run. It was a snowy two mile ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:16:58 EST My first city snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559981 We got a lot of snow today in Philly! It was kind of unexpected - I had heard only an inch or so, but it was much more than that. It was so beautiful - hubs met me up at my church to get our picture taken with the animals in the creche, and then we walked home in a LOT of snow. I have to admit, it was really nice knowing that I didn't have to drive anywhere. I don't have to drive to get groceries, I don't have to drive to get wine... bring on the snow! <BR> <BR> I got in a 3.25 mile run this... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 19:50:55 EST Getting it done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559378 I have trouble going to the gym after a certain hour... I don't know why, I just do. I planned to go this afternoon, but after my nap, I just didn't feel like going. But this has a happy ending - I did my workout at home. I got out the weights, put on some upbeat Christmas music, and did my workout here. <BR> <BR> Drank lots of water today, got a bunch of housework done, and am enjoying a glass of wine while I do some computer work. I'm getting to some stuff that isn't pressing, but stuff t... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 21:44:49 EST Me - 1, Rain - 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558321 This morning was the first time I have ever done a non-race run in the rain. My former gym had great treadmills with lots of cable programming, so I could catch up on some trashy TV while I got in my miles if it rained. The gym I belong to now... I love the gym, but the treadmills leave a lot to be desired. The TV channels stink, and getting the miles done on the TM is more tedious than ever! So I put on my shoes, a hat and some wet-weather gear, and did 3.25 miles in the rain. Yay! I managed... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:09:31 EST Groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556705 I feel like I'm into a good morning groove. My secret is when I wake up, I put on my running/gym clothes right away. Sometimes I go out right away, sometimes I wait an hour or so, but I'm always ready when I decide to get moving. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - water! <BR> - enjoy my time with my mum this afternoon and evening <BR> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:23:14 EST December! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553966 This is the first First-of-the-Month in a while where I've been excited to develop some goals for the month. I spent most of November getting back into some healthy habits - water drinking, working out regularly (at the gym and running outside), getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, etc. So this month I can build on that and give myself some goals. <BR> <BR> Goal: Run 35 miles in December <BR> <BR> Goal: workout 6 days a week - 3 days running, 3 days strength training <BR> <BR> Goal: drink ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 08:41:28 EST Keeping warm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553346 There's something about running in the cold that I really love. Maybe it's because it makes me feel really hard-core, since I am wearing a neck gaiter and mittens. Or maybe it's the quiet that comes from the streets being so empty, people bundled up in their houses instead. Perhaps it's the feeling of accomplishment that I got out there and ran despite the freezing temperatures. Whatever it is, I like it. Running in the Pocono mountains during the winter has prepared me to run in Philly in th... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 10:25:28 EST Thanksgiving success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552918 I feel really good about Thanksgiving. Hubby cooked, and we didn't totally gorge ourselves. Since he's a chef, he is really good about controlling portions and eying up how much food we should make. There were just enough leftovers to have a little bit today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I ran three miles, which is the most I've done since my half-marathon in May! And this morning, I did a great gym workout. I started following the New Rules of Lifting For Abs - I really like the workouts. I... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:39:18 EST 11/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551445 One of my favorite pieces of advice is from my hubs - "control the controllables." I say it often to remind me where to focus my energy - no sense worrying about things I can't control (I know this can be hard, but reminding myself that some things are out of my control seems to work for me). <BR> <BR> There are lots of things in this world I can't control, but there are some things I can. I can control my working out. I can control my food tracking. I can control how I react to situations.... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:57:20 EST Warmth vs. running... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550523 I'm really looking forward to some days off. I love what I do, I love the kids and the families, but I'm ready to have some time without obligations to anyone else. I have a 2-mile run scheduled for today and I do not want to leave the warm cocoon of my house. It's really cold! I keep reminding myself that the sooner I get it done, the sooner I can come back and get warm. It's *almost* working. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - water <BR> - tackle the to-do list <BR> - confirm my spring classes <BR> ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:23:14 EST KISS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548873 Today is going to be a test for me. It's really really windy (I heard it all night!) and I'm kind of not looking forward to my scheduled run. Will I do my run today? Can I find a way to bundle up and go? <BR> <BR> I tend to over-analyze things. A lot. Today's run is one of those things - I am WAY over-thinking every single aspect of it. What do I wear? When do I go, because I didn't go right when I woke up? When can I fit it in with lunch? AAAAHHHH <BR> <BR> Just put on the damn sneakers an... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 07:57:16 EST Newton (I don't mean the shoes) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546793 On the way to the grocery store yesterday, hubs complimented me on how well I've been doing on my workouts. I mentioned to him that working out is like physics - a paraphrase of Newton's first law of motion, an object (in this case, a body) in motion (working out) tends to stay in motion and a body at rest stays at rest. Both until an outside force acts upon the body. <BR> <BR> My body was at rest most of the summer, and even into early fall. I just wasn't feeling the workout groove, and, f... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:45:45 EST On walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545922 It's funny how things just "click" and workouts and sleep and water just fall into place. Or start to fall into place, at least. I don't want to get ahead of myself, but I'm really excited that I drank all my water yesterday (for the first time in longer than I'd like to admit), I got 8 hours of sleep, and I did my workout! Spark People is definitely right when they tell us to start small, and build on the confidence we get from completing those goals. <BR> <BR> I'm starting a new strength ... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 08:47:59 EST A warm November day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544182 It is quite warm today. Hubs and I went for a walk to sign me up for a class, and I was almost too warm in my sweatshirt! I'll take it, though. It's nice to be able to walk around without putting on a ton of layers. <BR> <BR> Went to bed late last night; hubs and I had a late dinner at a Greek restaurant. It was a tasting menu, so we had a TON of little courses. Cute little BYOB place a short walk away. Which doesn't narrow it down, there are tons of those nearby! <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - w... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:11:51 EST Expo as motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543221 Despite going to bed early last night, I still had trouble getting up this morning. I guess my body just needs to adjust to the change. It's marathon day in Philly! There were tons of people up in Center City yesterday - being around all those runners is really good for the motivation. Although I didn't stay long at the expo (I went to drop off some old running shoes), I did get to be around lots of excited people running their first, their third, or their 50th marathon. It made me really wan... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:17:01 EST On giving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543026 I got to bed by 10:00 last night, and was up early this morning. I'm just about ready to head to bed now. It's going to take me a while to get back into this groove, but I'm excited about it. It's a good goal to be working toward. <BR> <BR> There are lots of exciting things on the horizon - more Playshop music classes, more tutoring hours, and more volunteering. I've been going in to the local shelter to help out with the kitties, and I'm getting involved in my church's shelter. On Wednesday... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 22:05:30 EST Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541718 I used to be on a really great sleep schedule, one that made me feel really super! Go to bed early, get up really early, hit the gym to start my day... I felt great. But then life happened, and my schedule changed. And I was okay with it, but today, all of a sudden, I'm not. I couldn't get my rear out of bed for the gym and just did NOT want to get up. <BR> <BR> So today I'm putting my "go to sleep" time on my to-do list. This way I won't forget about it! I'll go to bed early, for 8 hours o... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 08:14:55 EST things are happening... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539846 Yesterday morning I gave some demo classes at the school where I teach. There is a local group of moms who was interested in seeing what the class (a "mommy-and-me" type music class for infants and toddlers) was all about; the class starts in January and this demo class was to inform people about it so they could sign up. <BR> <BR> It was REALLY well-received - the parents loved it, and there looks to be lots of interest for January! I was asked to do more demo classes in December, to get ev... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:33:52 EST An apple a day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535766 Four apples in a row! <BR> <BR> My reward stickers are little apples - the teacher store is great for getting stuff like that. Each day that I do a workout, I put an apple on my calendar. I thought an apple would be a good way to remind me to eat healthy as well as to do my workouts. <BR> <BR> Hubs commented on how consistently I've been getting to the gym. And I have been consistent! Even with my running. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - water! <BR> - to-do list; specifically, get the list done f... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 11:53:10 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534705 It's the time of year when being snuggled under the comforter is so much nicer than going out into the chill. Today was especially hard - it's really overcast and rain is on its way. But the options were: <BR> a) drag myself out of bed to run before the rain comes <BR> or b) snooze for a bit and run in the rain later. <BR> <BR> I chose a. <BR> <BR> Heat, snow, clouds, below freezing temps... I can run in those. But rain? No thank you. I think it's the squishy feet I can't stand. Ugh. <BR> ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 09:26:03 EST Another great day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532300 Today was another really great day. I had a successful interview this morning and am going back tomorrow for the second round. It's for a part-time music teaching position and they are looking to fill it quickly - that means I should hear something soon! It's a K-2 position, and I would love to get it. I actually interviewed for the same position over the summer, and didn't get it. This was the third time they posted the position because of some messy stuff - I need to let them know that I am... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 20:16:28 EST It's a great night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524197 I live really close to an amazing thrift store. I've found at least three skirts for super cheap, and some office and school supplies for practically nothing. But the best part about living so close is that it's really easy to de-clutter our little apartment and keep only what we really love. I don't have to keep things around until it's "worth it" to take a trip to donate a bag. I can donate a bag on the way to the bank! I took a bag today, and I have another one started. I throw things in i... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 21:18:33 EST