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Can it be????

Friday, February 25, 2011

Oh yes it can! Today is Friday! For being a short week, this week was sure long.

I'll just get the junk out of the way...

- I ate horribly this week
- I decided (for some reason) that I just didn't want to go to the gym
- I didn't drink all my water, despite telling myself and all of you that I would
- A first grader said to me "you look funny in your glasses." Me: "Wow honey, that was rude and it hurt my feelings." Girl: "well, you do." Huh.

But here's the good stuff!
- It's Friday!
- March is Meditation Month. Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 I will be "ohm-ing" my way to peace and serenity
- My honey is FINALLY getting a vacation!!!
- My honey is supportive and picks me up when I need it
- I have wonderful friends who understand my funk but won't let me get too bogged down in it.
- It's Friday!
- This weekend I get to pick up my mom's dog from the Dog Lodge and spend some quality pup time with her. I feel like the proud auntie.
- Tomorrow night is Wine and Chocolate (and appetizer) night for a library fundraiser. I get to see some people I haven't seen in a while, so I'm super excited. And wine and chocolate? Hello?!?!?!?!?
- It's Friday!

Have a super day!

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PILLOWFOOL 2/27/2011 12:12AM

    you make me smile :) wine and chocolate? YES, PLEASE. :) have a fun weekend.

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COOPSM 2/26/2011 10:42PM

    Here is to a new week.....I am sure you enjoyed the wine, chocolate and pup.....enjoy having your honey around since he is on vacation!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/25/2011 6:17PM

    I need to join your library.

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ETTEZEUS 2/25/2011 5:29PM

    You forgot JASR!! Especially since I will be running it!! Woo Hoo!!

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TORTUETOO 2/25/2011 4:21PM

    Oh Carrie, I hear ya. I think sometimes we just need to have "funk" weeks and rebel. It's hard to be good all of the time. As always, I'm lovin' your upbeat attitude. Happy Friday and just a few weeks until JASR! Wahoo! emoticon

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CFMOSS 2/25/2011 3:59PM

    You make me smile - thanks for being you with your struggles, your joys, your successes, your frustrations. It's Friday. Enjoy.

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MIAMIA7 2/25/2011 2:50PM

    Pups, wine and chocolate...Three of my favorite things! Oh yeah....and FRIDAY!

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BOBBYD31 2/25/2011 2:32PM

    lets just add that JASR is 4 weeks away!

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GONE2014 2/25/2011 12:03PM

    I'll agree ... whoopie ... IT'S FRIDAY!!

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    Sounds like you have an awesome weekend planned! Have fun!

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PINKCOCONUT 2/25/2011 9:59AM

    Have fun with the pupsters!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/25/2011 9:46AM

    Happy Friday! TGIF! (well for me it's school vacation week so of course Friday came all too soon)

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HEALTHYASHLEY 2/25/2011 8:57AM

    Nothing like time with a dog to make all the worlds problems go away! Wine and chocolate sounds....awesome.

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    Have a lovely, lovely weekend!

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Ways to get out the funk

Thursday, February 24, 2011

- buy a new pair of purple running shoes.
- Set the alarm for an early morning gym session
- kick your own butt at the early morning gym session
- have in one 20oz. bottle of water BEFORE work
- Look at the sun
- sign up for a meditation class

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    I have a pair of purple running shoes too! Well, not totally purple...just trimmed in purple.

I would love to learn meditation. My mind races way too much and I need to slow it down!


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KATZABELLAMAMA 2/24/2011 10:05PM

    Hope you are feeling better! and Those purple shoes lift that funk right out you.

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COOPSM 2/24/2011 9:09PM

    can't wait to see the shoes!!!

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SHORTLY 2/24/2011 5:16PM

    I need the meditation, maybe the shoes, it's snowing, no sun. but you go for it and don't let anyone stop you. God Bless.

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/24/2011 12:20PM

    Purple running shoes - I want a pair!!

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CAMROLA 2/24/2011 12:20PM

    You rock!


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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/24/2011 12:17PM

    WOW!!!! you are kicking that funk in the butt!!! Way to go!!

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ONECOOKIETWO 2/24/2011 12:17PM

    Nice list!

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PINKCOCONUT 2/24/2011 11:34AM


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    That's a great list! Purple running shoes are my favorite part!

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GSDMIKE 2/24/2011 9:59AM

    This formula could not work for me. They don't make men's shoes in purple. I don't have an alarm clock. The phrase "early morning" attached to anything...

Hope it kicked your funk to the curb. Have a great day.

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JUDIL62 2/24/2011 9:44AM


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    Yup...that'll do it. emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 2/24/2011 8:11AM


Sounds like a great morning. I've never done meditation seriously, just dabbled in it a bit.

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The power of shoes

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I am in a funk. A serious funk here, people. Well, maybe not *serious*, but a funk nonetheless. I feel like Thursday and Friday's BEAUTIFUL weather was a big "Eff you" from Mother Nature, who promptly brought us back into the single digit temperatures and dropped six inches of snow. And to add insult to injury, the snow came on a day we had off anyway. So we didn't even get a snow day out of it!!!! WTH

I haven't been to the gym since Saturday. Bleh. Last night was Brad's night off, so I wanted to come right home. This afternoon I felt like poo, so I didn't want to go tonight.

This was my night:
- bag of chips (it was the 4-serving bag, "only" 600 calories) eaten ON THE WAY HOME from the grocery store. I HATE eating in the car - I think it looks awful - but I couldn't help it.
- PB&J sandwich - Brad had made some bread (YUM) and I was SO excited that I could throw together a sandwich instead of cook.
- Mango Sorbet - this was maybe only (ha! only!) 300 calories worth of sorbet. I'll tell you what, though... Haagen Dazs sorbet is absolutely AMAZING.
- Nap on the couch while watching Lost Without a Trace (that and Criminal Minds... I could spend a whole day watching it. Oh wait - I did. On President's Day ION TV had a Criminal Minds marathon. I was in heaven.)
- Wake up and talk to my mom... her dog is at a Dog Lodge... she's away on a trip, so her baby is being boarded for the week. She (the dog) has a suite with a pink princess bed. She gets doggie play time. She gets a nap EVERY DAY. She may even get her nails done (by "done," I mean painted). I think I want to stay at the Dog Lodge.
- Wander aimlessly around the internet and end up at Zappos where I find myself looking at running shoes.

And this is where the title of my blog comes in.

I found my running shoes in PURPLE. Not just the little Brooks thingie on the side, THE WHOLE SHOE. WITH BLUE LACES. WHAT?!?!?!?!? How excited am I!!!! I was planning to buy new shoes anyway; I need to get my arse back outside and running, but I just HAD to buy these tonight. They should be here within a week. And I suddenly got this urge to be healthy again. Like go to the gym and stop eating chips healthy. Like suck it up and get up early for a gym session healthy. Like "remember how good it feels to go to the gym early and get it over with" healthy. I am even going to set my alarm tonight so I go tomorrow before school. When I'm half asleep it's harder to talk myself out of the gym.

So I'm off to take a bath, get my gym clothes ready for tomorrow morning, and plan some sort of workout for when I get there. Next week is my "official" start of The New Rules of Lifting for Women workout and getting back into a running routine, but I can certainly do something worthwhile tomorrow morning.


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PILLOWFOOL 2/27/2011 12:10AM

    purple is the best color ever to be a color. also: I would watch criminal minds all day every day if I could. and then I would have to sleep with the lights on. HA!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 2/24/2011 10:04PM

    I was in a funk as well. Hope you get out of it soon. Something tells me it is weather related, dang will winter end already?

Purple shoes!! How awesome is that! Nice Score!

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ESBELL 2/24/2011 9:04AM

    Isn't it amazing where we can find our inspiration!

You will rock those new runners!

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SWAZY33 2/24/2011 8:18AM

    As I sit here eating a half box of bunny graham's!...I had to laugh at your eating of the chips! YES, we ALL have those days! Mine apparantly is today! haha...

I need to see a picture of those purple shoes!! I love purple! I have so many pink and black pairs, a new color sounds good!

Enjoy your new kicks!:) emoticon Hope they bring you the motivation

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PINKCOCONUT 2/24/2011 7:53AM

    It was totally the purple that did it! :) Way to go, get back on it woman, you'll feel so much better and get OUT of that funk!

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GONE2014 2/23/2011 11:16PM

    Hey if purple did the trick ... GO PURPLE!

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    So glad those wild shoes brought you out of your funk!!! that wasn't very long lasting. Now, be sure to tell us all about your morning gym time!

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CFMOSS 2/23/2011 9:58PM

    Purple - huh? My daughter would think - outstanding:) Glad motivation is back - understand the doldrums glad when they are gonzo. Here's to a good exercise.

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JUNGLESKIP104 2/23/2011 9:26PM

    I bought a pair of purple and silver (best colors ever!) Skechers tone-ups, and now I walk so much more! "One shoe can change your life" - Cinderella :)

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CASSIOEPIA 2/23/2011 9:24PM

    We find motivation in many things, even purple shoes with blue laces!
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Presidents' Day = lots of baking

Monday, February 21, 2011

Today I did some baking. A LOT of baking. Mocha-swirl pound cake this morning, whole-wheat bread for dinner (Brad made the dough, I just put it in the oven), and apricot-bran muffins to put in the freezer for breakfasts/snacks. And today I was also kind of lazy. I took a wonderful nap, spent a bunch of time on the couch, and I got my March workout plan loosely mapped out.

I've been sipping on water all day - I am AGAIN slacking on the water. I don't know why it's been so tough for me to drink all my water lately... I have tried the Silly Band trick and even *that* isn't working. I guess I just need to take my own advice - suck it up and do it ("it" being drinking the water).

Tomorrow is an evening stretch class - I think I'll get in some strength training before that. Brad is off of work (hooray!) so I'm going to come home and skip Body Pump. I think I might need a little break from it anyway - my muscles are still sore from Saturday's class, and my soreness doesn't usually last this long. Maybe my body is telling me I need a rest week.

This week:
- Drink all my water every day so I can go to the Wine and Chocolate Fundraiser on Saturday night with a clean conscience! ("I drank all my water, so I can have the wine tonight.")
- Buy some new running shoes on Wednesday. I have to get back into running for Pittsburgh at the end of the month! Yahoo!
- Really think before I eat. It's going to be hard with all the baked goods in the house, but I can do it. I will not meet my goals as quickly if I eat tons of baked good every day.

Off to enjoy the rest of my long weekend!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/22/2011 12:07PM

    How can you bake and maintain your willpower??? That's one trick I haven't learned yet, so I never bake. :)

I hear you about being sore for Body Pump. Sometimes I think three times a week is too much, but usually I can handle it.

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COOPSM 2/22/2011 6:03AM

    Carrie--your good sounds awesome!!! Enjoy your Brad time....

Have a week full of water!!!!!

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ROGUE_1 2/22/2011 2:12AM

    Mmmmmm mocha swirl pound cake...makes my mouth water!!
I bet your house smelled like heaven all day long!

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ONECOOKIETWO 2/21/2011 11:31PM

    You always sound so perfect Carrie.
What's with that?
Oh. Yeah. I get it, you AREN'T perfect!!! You don't drink your water!!!
I was really worried there.

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    Have a great week,Carrie!!!

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

The other evening I was at the gym in the locker room getting ready, and I heard this woman complaining about all the New Years Resolution Gym Members. She complained that "her" treadmill was taken up, how there were no parking spaces, and something else (I kinda tuned it out). I smiled and nodded like I usually do - I don't like to knock anyone who is going to put the time into going to the gym.

This morning, I heard it again. I went early to set up for Body Pump. Half an hour before class it was already pretty full! I think it's a great energy - the full Body Pump class. But as I was setting up, I hear not one, not two, but at least three people complaining about all the people at the gym. "I've been going here 2 and a half years and I've never seen it this way." Blah blah blah.

I smiled and nodded, and finished setting up my stuff. I left, went over to the cardio room, and everything was full! Every single machine! So did I complain and b!tch and moan? No. I went over to the weight room and got my strength training on. Got some kettlebell and medicine ball training done, and it felt great.

So I came home, and I was really kind of bothered by the negative attitudes I heard at the gym. I mean, it's a place where you go to improve yourself in some way... nobody would be there if that wasn't one of their general goals. If people have been going to the gym for so long and *know* that this time of the year is busy, then they would come early to set up for class. It's not like an extra 30 minutes of something else while you wait for class to start is going to kill you. And if that's an inconvenience, start going on an off time. If you've been going for so long, you'll know when it's busy and when it's not.


Body Pump was good. I really like the class - it gets me doing those lunges and squats that I don't do enough of on my own. And the music is really really good! And it's also good for my ego - I have really good form when I lift; my chiropractor/physical therapist was very big on correct form when I went to do PT. My trainer was really big on form as well; so I am very conscious of what my body is doing when it lifts. So sometimes I look around to see everyone's form (I *know* I'm not the only one!) and I notice how some people are totally using the wrong muscles to do the move. I don't like to judge, but it really makes me appreciate my attention to detail. Brad says that's why I'll make a good personal trainer.

Mom and I went to lunch - I had to give her a pair of glasses for some new lenses, and I had to exchange a shirt. I had some Tom Yum soup and Pad Thai with tofu. SOOOO good. And then an Oatmeal Scotchie cookie from the Toll House store for dessert. Warm and gooey and delicious. Went to Barnes and Noble and picked up The New Rules of Lifting for Women. As much as I like my classes at the gym, I think that March is going to be "me time" at the gym and out running. I'm pretty introverted, and I don't go to the gym to be social. Sometimes I get a little jealous of all the people who talk with their buddies at the gym, but I just don't go to the gym for that. So I think I'd like to get back into putting on my iPod and hitting the weight room by myself. It's so therapeutic.


- finish load of laundry
- take polish off toes
- loosely plan next week's meals
- read my new book and some other good stuff
- enjoy my bubbly!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/21/2011 4:06PM

    I wish I had your attitude about the crowds at the gym....I'm one of the complainers. Well, like you, I'm more of an introvert so I do most of the complaining in my head or in my blog, but I hate the cutthroat aspect of finding a parking spot and a space in the studio for Body Pump. And there's usually another class before Body Pump at my gym, so setting up early isn't always an option. I do it on Thursday nights though which is the only time there isn't another class ahead of time.

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MIAMIA7 2/21/2011 9:18AM

    Great bog Carrie! Makes us all try to be more positive towards helping people! We have a VERY small gym and I don't use the tm and such cause I have it at home but can see the frustration of the "regulars" when they were all (3) in use! Recently I was watching a woman showing her youngish (maybe 12) son how to workout correctly on the machines. It was cool to see them work out together. Hope you enjoyed your bubbly! And you reminded me that I need to do my pedicure! Anne

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COOPSM 2/21/2011 8:30AM

    Can't wait to hear what you think of NROLFW.......

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PILLOWFOOL 2/21/2011 2:36AM

    I know what you mean about being a bit frustrated at all the negative language. I mean - we were all new once, right? I can understand being a bit miffed if it's busier than usual - but you know it's coming, prepare for it. And we should all be encouraging other people to get fit as we get fit! Silly people. I think your attention to detail and great form are absolutely why you would make a great PT - you know how important it is to work the right muscles for a particular exercise to avoid injury and make sure it's doing the job you want it to do!

I LOOOOOOOVE tom yum and pad thai - that's one of the awesome things about having such a large south east asian population in dubai. AWESOME thai food :)
have a great week!

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    I train new members in the weight training and cardio equipment room at our YMCA. I often here about how intimidated many of them feel by the members who have been coming for a long time and are openly possessive and irritated by newbies. Its a sore spot with me. I've watched people who had to shore up the courage to even walk in the door, give up on trying to maintain any kind of workout routine, because they feel unwelcome. We should be embracing and supporting those people in our community who are trying to change their unhealthy lifestyles. Clearly, with our society's healthcare issues, we need proactive healthy citizens.

Shame on those women.

Thank you for posting your comments! And enjoy the new weightlifting routine. I LOVE that book!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 2/20/2011 10:45AM

    I've really enjoyed the workouts in that book - I hope to complete my second round of the training schedule sometime this year - stage 7 is a killer!

Being around people who constantly complain is no fun - I think people must not realize just how negative they are being. It's something that I have noticed a lot lately, especially with some of the people in my life. I've never been a super cheerful person, but I am really working on trying to stay grateful for all of the good things in my life and I try to project a positive energy with my words and my expressions. Dolphin Face.

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LALAFLOWERS 2/20/2011 7:41AM

    I do agree about the negative attitudes. I've been seeing lots of it around here on SP too.. not fun! But, good job on the lifting! I do some, but I know I don't do enough.

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GSDMIKE 2/19/2011 10:04PM

    I've got the New Rules book. I really like it. It actually got me to do a little strength training a few times, which is saying something.

I understand the frustration of the folks at the gym this time of year. But I guess it's part of the game. I'm really not much of a gym guy any more, though back when I used to use ellipticals and stationary bikes, January was not much fun. Just more motivation to get out there and run in those wind chills for me.

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PHOENIXK26 2/19/2011 8:03PM

    These are the same people who invite others to church then complain because someone is sitting in "their" place. I admit, sometimes it gets more crowded than I care for, but I love the energy when the place is hopping!


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THE_JENCH 2/19/2011 7:18PM

    I would fully agree about gym time being ME time. Sometimes I've gone with friends but generally we do our own things, maybe chat a bit over cardio and I had one friend who, she and I, had created a whole weight routine that we giggled our way through. I prefer chatting in the locker room rather than interrupting my stride! Ipods are wonderful to continually motivate and offer a great excuse to be antisocial for an hour!

I also share your frustration with people who complain about other peoples new gym habits. We all have to start somewhere! It's 6 weeks past January 1 though, would seem that your new gym patrons have some devotion! People are funny about what we complain about.

Enjoy your bubbly and the rest of your weekend!

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CASSIOEPIA 2/19/2011 7:08PM

    Enjoy that new book.

I hate it at work when the talk turns negative at coffee break, and I've been known to walk out, cause I just can't stand to listen to it. There are so many other, and more 'real' types of problems. Bickering is one of my pet peeves.

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