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Friday, March 11, 2011

This morning I had a pleasant surprise - a call that school was closed! Turns out that there was so much flooding that they had to close two local school districts. And even though it's another day we have to make up at the end of the year, I *did* get to spend the morning with Brad. We had lunch together, took a walk, and just spent some time together. It was a nice morning.

I've been doing well with eating the last week. My portion sizes are smaller, and I'm not feeling the need to eat big, full meals all the time. My breakfasts have even changed - 1/2 a grapefruit and either a muffin or oats.
Gym time is another thing, though. I just can't seem to get back into a routine... I've been sleeping in later and really liking it, but it's hard for me to get to the gym after school; I just don't feel like going! So I may have to take a hard look at my schedule and just do three mornings at the gym. If I do three of five days waking up early, I think it will be better than getting up at 5:00am *every* day.

I'm getting ready to put some bread in the oven and make some tuna. Last night I went out for Chinese, so today it was some light eating.

Tomorrow - shopping!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/13/2011 10:28PM

    Tomorrow I will be back to eating 'light'. These past 3 days have been big KABOOMS! YUCK~

Glad you had a nice morning and I'm sure you'll get back into the gym mode. You HAVE to-I love hearing about all your classes that you do. So, get up in the morning, hit the gym and then tell me all about it!

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PILLOWFOOL 3/11/2011 10:58PM

    sounds pretty great to me. :)

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DUMBELLE 3/11/2011 6:17PM

    You sound like you're doing well in the eating department.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Yesterday's lunch was spent talking about what we were going to give up for Lent. I am not religious, but I like to view Lent as a time to give up one of my vices. In the past, I've given up soda for Lent and didn't go back. I tell this story about a million times every Spring!

One vice I've been thinking about giving up is coffee. The past week while I was sick, I didn't have any coffee. That's a long time for me! The last time I went that long without coffee I got horrible migraines from the caffeine withdrawal. I didn't like that I was so "addicted" to caffeine that I got a headache that bad from not having it!

So anyway, when I was sick, I barely got a headache. I think my body was so out of whack that it just didn't care that I didn't have coffee that morning. I had some coffee on Sunday when I was out with my mom, but it didn't thrill me. Sure it was good, but it didn't make me go "mmmmm" like it usually does. When Brad and I went grocery shopping on Sunday, instead of buying coffee, I bought some PG Tips tea. It still has caffeine, but according to their website, it's about 1/2 that of coffee. So yesterday and today I had tea in the morning, and I feel fine.

Giving up coffee would also save me a bit of money... I belong to a coffee club, and I spend about $25 a month on coffee. It's not a lot, but it adds up.

An interesting thing I learned about Lent (I read on Wiki this morning...) is that certain religions only sacrifice on Monday-Saturday. Each Sunday is like a "mini-Easter" when they don't have to "give up" anything. This practice would allow me coffee on a Sunday if I so desire.

I think it would make me feel really good to not HAVE to have coffee in the morning. Getting sick last week was almost like a mini-blessing... (here's where I stretch for the silver lining!)

- I lost some weight. And although it is because of the sickness, it gave me a little boost. I don't need to eat that much! My dinners don't need to be huge. Sometimes it's ok to be a little hungry!
- My body got a chance to rest. I think I was dealing with TMJ. My jaw was aching for a couple weeks, and I think it was due to stress and poor eating and just a bunch of stuff. The break gave all of me a chance to rest. And my jaw hasn't hurt in a week!
- My body de-toxed from caffeine. All the sleeping helped me wear it off without the headache. I'll take it!

So it's off to another day. This evening is my first meditation workshop. A good friend and I are going every Wednesday in March. I can't even tell you how much I'm looking forward to this! One and a half hours every Wednesday for ME. ME ME ME ME ME.


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SOUTHGOINGZAX 3/11/2011 3:49PM

    Hi Carrie,

lots of people give up stuff for Lent...I'm trying to decide if I want to give something up or if I want to add something good - like a fitness challenge. I'd really like to be able to get back into a routine and work some of this weight off! Glad you're feeling better, and I hope you don't get washed away!

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    You can do it - you are already done with coffee - now it is just time to convince your brain and habit.

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    Iím not religious, either, but every year I decide to give something up for Lent. Itís really been helpful for me as well. We were talking about Lent at work and several of us decided that maybe instead of giving something up this year, we should start doing something. Like some sort of fitness challengeÖsomething that we normally donít doÖor donít do enough of (push-ups!). We were thinking that if we use this time to add something healthy to our lives it would become a habit by the end. I am still undecided what I want to do, but itís something to think about!

Enjoy your meditation!!

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    1 1/2 hrs of YOU sounds wonderful!!!
I'm giving up the coffee,too for Lent-I'm way too hooked on. Almost every night, I'm thinking about the next morning when I'll have my coffee!! LOL! I will drink it, though, on running days with speed/tempo runs and LSDs...I find that it really makes a difference in my 'get up n go'.

Have a great Wednesday,Carrie!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/9/2011 9:43AM

    It's funny but a few years back I lost my craving for coffee, then it came back, then it went away and then it came back. When I thought about it more I realized that I lost my craving during the summer and gained it in the winter so now I just go with it. I only really have one cup a day so in the winter I have my coffee and in the summer I switch to cold drinks. But I'm definitely not as into coffee as I used to be and now am actually much pickier about it. If I'm going to have my coffee, I'm going to make sure it's GOOD coffee!

I have TMJ issues, it doesn't hurt but it is a discomfort and I can't sleep on the left side of my face or else my jaw freezes up. I hate it! Glad yours is feeling better though!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 3/9/2011 7:34AM

    I bet you will be successful with such a great attitude!

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CFMOSS 3/9/2011 7:24AM

    Enjoy your meditation time - sounds wonderful. Good job on taking care of YOU.

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Is there any better way to start a morning?

Monday, March 07, 2011

- Totally unexpected two-hour delay. Even better than a snow day at this point - we don't have to make this up!
- Tummy is happy (knock on wood). It even grumbled a little bit because it was hungry!
- Scale was kind to me this morning. Yes, I know it's because I have been sick and haven't eaten much of anything the last week, but it's a nice little bit of a motivational kick to get me eating smart.

I am using today to see if all goes well with my tummy. If it does, I'm back at the gym tomorrow re-starting my March!

Brad made cinnamon-raisin swirl bread last night. What a nice surprise to have some for breakfast today! I also found PG Tips at our grocery store. I've heard good things about that tea, but I could never find it. I am out of regular coffee (I have to see when my next shipment comes) so I'm going to try tea until I re-stock. I love my tea with a little sugar and some half and half. Yum.

Despite the little bit of snow, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and I'm feeling pretty good. A little birdie is on the chair right outside my window, so I know Spring is coming.


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COOPSM 3/8/2011 6:03AM

    Carrie--glad you are feeling better!!! Making to to the gym today??
That bread sure sounds good!!!

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    I'm glad you're feeling better. I think you've been sick long enough!! I love when you get extra time in your don't have to be so rushed! Enjoy your day!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/7/2011 11:18AM

    You sound like me today! Have an awesome one!!!

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    Carrie-you sound like Cinderella when she wakes up to singing birds and they help her, all the while singing,to make her bed and get ready for her day.
The homemade cinnamon bread!!!OMG!!! Have a great day and I'm so glad that you're feeling better!

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Marching on!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

I like to bust out the March puns... my kiddos at school roll their eyes at me, but I think it's silly fun.

emoticon After reading my fitness mags and book last night, I thought I wanted to follow their meal plans. But this morning, I realized that I don't. I love food - Brad is a really good chef, we always have good stuff in the house... I think my plan will be to load up the fridge with brown rice on Sunday and get frozen fish and chicken breasts for the week. But I don't know that I want to get bogged down with specific menu options.

emoticon Today was the first day I've had coffee since Tuesday. What's weird is that I didn't even have a caffeine-withdrawal headache.

emoticon I am on a total skin-care product kick. I ordered some new eye cream from Origins last night (LOVE me some Origins product) and I have two items in my Body Shop cart. In case you're wondering (because I know I wonder what people use), here is my crazy skin-care regimen. I have sensitive skin and go to a dermatologist.

a.m.: Wash with either Cetaphil or Aveeno gentle scrub (no walnut shells for me - they're too harsh). Put on some Differin gel 2-3 times a week. Body Shop Seaweed Pore Perfector (this stuff is great!). Lotion (still working on what I like best). Origins Gin-Zing eye cream (awesome stuff)

p.m.: Wash with a prescription benzoyl peroxide or sulfur wash. Tazorac. Seaweed Pore Perfector. Origins Night-a-Mins. *Soon I will add some eye cream - just ordered some!


emoticon Haven't been at the gym since Monday. Which is fine, because I don't think they'd be happy with me getting sick on their equipment. This week sometime I will be back at my ST/running plan full-force!

emoticon It's symphony weekend! Leaving in a few minutes for my mom's house. I get to spend quality pup time and quality mom time.

emoticon Have a super day!!! emoticon

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MARLIMOO 3/7/2011 8:55AM

    OK- going to Body Shop for that stuff. (seaweed)

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COOPSM 3/6/2011 6:06AM

    Glad you are feeling better Carrie...I am sure you enjoyed the time with your mom...

I like you am on the meds still..but since I started with monthly facials and have now gone to peels every 2 weeks I am hardly using them...I am on a skin care line called glytone and love longer an oil slick 1 hour after washing my face...

Have you used the hemp hand cream from the Body Shop...its my new love...

Have a great day!!!

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MKKAYA 3/6/2011 1:33AM

    Have a great weekend with your Mom - not really into facials - although have done a few masks in my day - I have very dry skin! Glad to see your off the couch and moving again!!


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GONE2014 3/5/2011 10:42PM

    So glad to see you are feeling better!

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    I used the Body shop seaweed pore perfector as well. I also use 2-3 times a week the vit C serum.

I have to say I love love the St Ives apricot face wash, my skin loves it. I also exfoliate with the St Ives apricot scrub 2-3 times a week as well.

Hope your are having a great day!

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CAMROLA 3/5/2011 5:20PM

    Sounds like you're feeling better and back with a bang! Enjoy your weekend--sounds like a great plan.

Love origins, too, and I have to find out more about the pore protector stuff!

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BOBBYD31 3/5/2011 10:52AM

    boy you are all chipper considering not much coffee this week, have a great time with the pups (oh and your mom too)

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MIAMIA7 3/5/2011 9:14AM!!! LOVE it! My favorite body cream is the origins ginger souffle! Too funny on the skin care routine. I too use Cetaphil...very sensitive skin. My sisters talked me into doing a facial at the philosophy counter-which by the way was awesome fun-and I actually bought their skin care regime. I normally am not a pushover but I am 52 and wanted to try and see if there would be a difference. I do believe my pores are a bit smaller/tighter but not to the tune of 50% more dollars! After it's gone I think I will go back to my cetaphil routine with added olay products and save myself the $$$$. Have fun this weekend and so glad you are feeling better! Anne

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Starting March a week late...

Friday, March 04, 2011

On the last day of February I started my New Rules of Lifting for Women workouts. I was all excited to really get going with them in March. But my tummy had other plans for me. Tuesday morning I woke up with a little tickle in my tummy and by Tuesday night, I was on the couch feeling awful. So the last three days have been spent on the couch watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey and sleeping.
Last night I went to the doctor just to check everything out, and it's the stomach bug. Just something that comes with teaching 300 little kids, I suppose. (And I am CRAZY about washing my hands and sanitizing the stuff in my room!)

In my last blog I wrote about how one of the good parts was that I could start my eating habits fresh - and today I got a sign that it might not be a bad idea. Brad was reading through my new issue of Muscle and Fitness Hers and he commented on one of the model's menus. He asked me if a meal plan like that could be do-able. He commented that it would be easy to do the grocery shopping with a plan like that... (basically the same thing every day.) So I'm considering a go at that meal plan. I don't mind eating the same thing often, and I could use days when Brad has off as my "eat anything" days (which is really "you don't have to stick to the strict menu" rather than "eat anything"). I have a couple resources for weekly menu plans, so maybe tonight I'll write up next week's menu and do next week's grocery shopping based on my plan.

And I have to admit - as much as I hate being sick and as much as the stomach bug is AWFUL (and I have a mild case - I can't imagine what it would be like having it bad!), I have taken full advantage of the last few days I've had to rest. I didn't have to do anything - no work, no cleaning, Brad ran out and got me some Gatorade and crackers... it made me really thankful that I have the sick days I do... really thankful that I can *take* the sick days that I have, and especially thankful for my honey. He really takes care of me and I love him for it.

- write up a next week's menu. It will be a good experiment! And if it works, I'll stick with it!
- eat some more applesauce. I bought a jar today and MAN does it feel good to be eating something other than toast and bananas.
- Pack my clothes for this weekend. It's symphony weekend with my mom! And I get to see my "niece," Sophie! (My little bichon niece.)
- Enjoy some more couch time.

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COOPSM 3/6/2011 9:29PM

    carrie--glad you got read of that bug......back to NROLFW???

How do you like that magazine??

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MIAMIA7 3/4/2011 6:00PM

    Feel better Carrie! Enjoy the symphony...and the bichon time!

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    Hi Carrie,

I hope you are feeling better - I've been "off" too, and I really would like to get back to feeling good, and eating right. I hope your Friday ends the week off on a good note!


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CFMOSS 3/4/2011 5:18PM

    Here's to a much better week - healthier all around. Cheers and enjoy the symphony!

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