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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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LONGWINDINGROAD 3/7/2011 11:26AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better. I think you've been sick long enough!! I love when you get extra time in your morning...you 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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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/7/2011 9:04AM

    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!

Voila!

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 it...no 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!!

Mike


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GONE2014 3/5/2011 10:42PM

    So glad to see you are feeling better!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 3/5/2011 5:21PM

    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

    Origins..origins...origins!!! 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.

Tonight:
- 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!
Anne

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 3/4/2011 5:21PM

    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!

Kim

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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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Complain, complain, complain.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

So I guess yesterday's morning of feeling sick wasn't just a fluke... I took a sick day today with what I am self-diagnosing as the stomach flu (which, I learned, is not actually the flu). All I have eaten today is two bananas and some crackers. A cup of tea and a glass of water, and now I'm drinking a 7-up. I've been on the couch ALL DAY.

So there go my grandiose fitness plans for March. If I have to find a bright side, though, it's that I can start my appetite from scratch - which means when I get back to eating, I can eat good stuff instead of a lot of the junk I've been eating lately.

Brad's restaurant had a wine-tasting tonight - I obviously didn't go - and I was so bummed about not going. I was really looking forward to some good food and wine!

Back to the couch... and soon it's time for bed. If I feel like this tomorrow I am heading to the doctor.

  
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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/3/2011 1:31PM

    How are you feeling today????

Maybe it's not a stomach virus???? is it possible that there's a little some'one' else in that tummy? Just asking~please don't take offense. emoticon

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PILLOWFOOL 3/3/2011 12:14PM

    I hope you feel better soon!

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MUFFIY831 3/3/2011 10:24AM

    Hope you're feeling better soon and March can get back on track for you.

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LONGWINDINGROAD 3/3/2011 9:40AM

    I hope you're feeling better. I've been sick twice this winter and that's so unlike me. I like your positive attitude about getting back into eating well when you're feeling better. Sounds like a perfect plan. But I'm a little disappointed in your attitude about your March fitness plan...this is only the 3rd day of the month...there are still 27 days left...and if you're sick for 2 or 3 more days, that's still plenty of March to make some great progress. Make a chart...I know how you love that! You can still make March amazing!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/3/2011 7:47AM

    Hope you feel better, I think I may be starting to come with something myself. My throat has been a touch sore since last night. Hope it's nothing!

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COOPSM 3/3/2011 6:11AM

    Carrie--hope you are better today!!!!

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CAMROLA 3/2/2011 10:59PM

    Oh, no! Feel better. Don't see it as a deterrent to your fitness plans, but a forced rest that will make you feel stronger after!

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March!!!!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Lately I have been coming home from school and either sleeping or eating bread.
But today, to celebrate March, a good friend and I are going walking after school. I'm not sure how warm it's going to be, but a little bundling up never hurt anyone. I am awake already for a little run at the gym... I got some new running shoes and I am itching to break them in!

Today:
- drink all my water (I mean it!)
- Schedule March workouts
- Update gym play list and other music on my phone
- Go to bed kind of early

  
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KATZABELLAMAMA 3/2/2011 6:03PM

    Yay for new running shoes!

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ZORAHGAIL 3/1/2011 2:38PM

    Woohoo!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 3/1/2011 10:15AM

    It's amazing what the start of a new month can do...especually when the month means spring is right around the corner!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/1/2011 9:50AM

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JENJOEJILLY816 3/1/2011 7:18AM

    you go girly!! i have the same idea in my head!

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BETS44057 3/1/2011 6:04AM

    March forward!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/1/2011 6:04AM

    Now that is a fantastic idea.

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