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Fast and Furious

Friday, March 18, 2011

So after a couple glasses of wine, my thoughts are coming rapidly and in list form.

- This meditation class I've been taking has been wonderful. I feel much more calm in general, and I have been even MORE positive. A few colleagues and my principal commented today on my positive attitude.
- I haven't been taking much stock in the scale lately, instead going by how my clothes fit and how I feel. Today I wore a super-cute outfit and felt great. I feel strong - I've been consistent at the gym, and my eating habits are improving every day.
- Breakfasts have been smaller - which I think is a good thing for me. My tea is filling me up (is that weird?) so I've been sticking with a piece of fruit and usually a small something else. I have been going between eating big breakfasts and small ones. My body is telling me what to do.
- The no coffee thing is going really well. I never intended to give up coffee, but since I didn't drink any when I was sick anyway, I thought I'd see if I could give up the morning joe. It wasn't that I didn't like coffee anymore, but I wanted to see if I could get away from being addicted to the caffeine. It scared me a little bit when I had a horrible migraine from a caffeine withdrawal. So far the tea has been doing it for me.
- Brad and I are planning a trip into Manhattan. I can't wait! I LOVE LOVE LOVE New York City. I love the busy-ness. I love the food. I love the walking. I love the parks. I love the shopping. I love the fact that you can get almost anything you want! I love that I can be myself and a little bit extra. I love people watching.
- JASR is SOOOOO close and I can't wait!!!!
- My date-nut cake is just about ready for some icing. I am SO excited for a big piece tonight.
- I ate chips for dinner tonight and don't feel bad about it. I had some fruit, too, so all is well.
- The Man Workout is amazing. I can't believe how awesome it makes me feel.
- I have re-discovered my love for shopping. I am no longer thinking "well, I'll lose about 10 more pounds... blah blah blah." NO. I am fabulous now and I will dress like I am.
- I really have to ice my date nut cake. It's ridiculously good. The icing is ricotta cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. From The New Moosewood Cookbook. That cookbook is like my bible!
- I got two really really nice compliments from my colleagues today. One was that my student input forms were always thorough - the ones I have to fill out for kids being evaluated. The other one was from the secretary - she told me that I was her favorite music teacher out of all the ones she's worked with (and she'd been doing this a long time!) because I have such good interaction with the kids. What a wonderful day.


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MARLIMOO 3/20/2011 11:22AM

    You rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Carrie-you are stoked,girl!!! I love your blogs and am so glad that you're back and the gym and doing those man workouts!! I think my muscles are growing 'through your workouts'. LOL!!don't I wish!! Keep it up!!

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GLAMAZON87 3/19/2011 1:03PM

    Sounds awesome!!! I think I'm starting to get to that happy place as well!! :)

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CFMOSS 3/19/2011 8:27AM

    Your energy and enthusiasm bring a smile to my face:) Enjoy New York City and the date cake and the chips and the clothes - it's wonderful not to dread shopping. Is the Moosewood you are using - the revision of the original? I'm old enough to have a reasonably well used original copy.

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CASSIOEPIA 3/18/2011 11:14PM

    emoticon on so many levels! Have a great weekend Carrie.

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AARONSGIRL420 3/18/2011 9:36PM

    Sounds like an excellent day. Way to go on the scale detachment and kicking the caffeine.

You do sound positive, even through a blog. It is as though I could imagine you smiling as you were typing it.

Thank you for a great, upbeat post.

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The Man Side of the Gym

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I can't even believe it. Yesterday I made it to the gym right after school. One of the busiest times of the day and I went. I left IMMEDIATELY after bus duty - didn't stop to talk to anyone - and that seems to be the key. Nobody saying "wow what a day - I'm going to go home and crash! I can't possibly do anything else!" Nope - just busting out to the gym to get my muscles on.

My gym has a cardio room and then a weight room with machines on one side, and free weights on the other. I like to call the free weight area "The Man Side of the Gym." Very rarely do I see women over there, except to grab some weights and retreat over to the machine side. Well, since I started this new workout program, I don't have a choice but to go to The Man Side. I have to get the Olympic size bar. And I have to get the weights to go on it.

So last night it was me and about ten muscle-y men on The Man Side. I grabbed the bar for some deadlifts, and The Juice Guy Who is Really Sexy commented on my workout. I think he was secretly impressed at my Man Workout. I have to admit, I like The Man Workout. I loved doing those deadlfts last night, and I did shoulder pressed with 20-pound dumbbells. I am up to holding 20 pounds in each hand for my lunges. I love this strength I have! I'm excited for arm-baring weather so I can show off my guns. I think I'll have to start thinking about this more as it gets warmer. Eye on the prize!


But really, I didn't have much of a choice last night about the gym. There was a baby shower yesterday, and I just went KABOOM!!!! I thought "well, I won't eat breakfast since there will be stuff there." The problem was that I didn't know *what* stuff would be there, so I couldn't plan. So I just took a bunch of food. Ugh. And then it was on the faculty room table. So of course I ate more at lunch. Ugh again. Didn't plan dinner, so I ate a tuna sandwich on some gross bread (I was eating plain white bread when I was sick) when I could have gotten away with eating some fruit and yogurt.
*Note to self - planning is SUPER important.

Today is a new day though. And since I can't live in the past, I will use today as a detox day. Breakfast was oats with frozen raspberries, lunch is some veggie hash I made last night, yogurt and fruit, and dinner is lamb with potatoes and frozen veg. A plan!

- water water water! Yesterday was the first day in a LONG time where I drank all my water. It felt good.
- stick to the eating plan. Keep in my head how awful I felt after eating all those refined carbs -not today!
- go for a run after school. It's going to be beautiful WAHOO!!!! this afternoon - a perfect night for a run.
- make lunch for tomorrow.


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PILLOWFOOL 3/18/2011 2:18AM

    eh, one day won't kill you. you've got a plan for today which will make you feel better. yay!

go you! I speedwalk through the man section of my gym hoping that none of them even THINK I want to workout there because I'm no where near fit enough. you go girl!

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MADZOE 3/18/2011 12:35AM

    That is awesome. I gotta admit I'm kinda jealous about the 20lb shoulder presses. I'm on 8lbs right now. But I'm on my way.

Keep it up and you may even inspire some women to come on over to the dark (man) side!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/17/2011 10:50AM

    Way to go on the weights! WOO!!!!

Love your attitude, start again today, yesterday's gone!

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MARLIMOO 3/17/2011 8:27AM

    WOWEE -20 lbs shoulders. I am SO SO SO impressed sistah! I am only up to 12 lbs myself. Gotta keep building- will do that AFTER the marathon. ROCK ON GIIIIIIRRRLLLLL!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 3/17/2011 8:04AM

    LOVE IT GIRL!! WayToGo gettin' over there n gettin' those muscles on! And a bold typed, 72 font WOO HOO! on workin' out on the Man's Side with NO apologies!! :) I do all my gym ST on the "man" side with a "move over" attitude :) OWN IT! LOL

I truly think it's more intimidating for women than it should be; I have yet to be treated with anything but respect from my local "muscle men" on the "man" side!

A great blog gorgeous!! Planning IS everything & despite my instructing others to do so, I sometimes let bizzy override my own preparedness so I can relate! YOU GO GIRL :) you muscle woman you!!!

See ya soon... emoticon~Deej
p.s. would LOVE to have your lamb recipe!

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JENJOEJILLY816 3/17/2011 8:02AM

    your very brave for working out in the man work out part of the gym, i think it is like that in most gyms. one time my sister-in law and i went to her gym and she was explaining to me theres a part where only the men are!! i laughed and said well i guess i wont be over there. so way to go!!

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Keep calm and carry on.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What a great line. And it's been popping up everywhere... like it's a sign for me.

I'm glad I have all of you. Really, truly, I am. I am just about over my muffins sticking to the liners, and I'm ready for the day.

Tonight is meditation class. I think doing this meditation thing has really helped me find some inner calm... and it's not like I wasn't calm before, but I'm even more calm now. Like yesterday, I had a kindergarten girl tell me "you look better in your glasses." In the past, (and yes, I realize that kindergarten kids just *say* things) I would have told her "oh, that's not very nice to say" (I think this is the old insecure me coming up whenever someone says something about my looks - even 6 year olds). Instead, I said "well, which ones do you like better? The black or the red?"

This was a big step for me. Staying calm is helping with my teaching and it's helping with other aspects of my life, too. At the gym on Monday, all the squat machines were taken up. My first instinct was to go over to the cardio room and do some elliptical until a machine was free. But I didn't have the time for that, and I was on a mission. So I grabbed two 25-pound dumbbells, threw them up on my shoulders, and did some squats that way.

Gym stuff is packed for after school - I am doing "Workout B" from The New Rules of Lifting for Women. I love doing the "man" workouts in the book. I have never felt so sore (in a good way) from a workout. And it's funny - it's me and about 6 muscley-men in the free weight area and I love it.

Random things:
- The no coffee thing for "Lent" is going well. I have been enjoying my PG Tips in the morning!
- I got some new eye cream - Origins Night-a-Mins for Eyes. I have been using it for about a week, and I notice that my under-eye area is so much more firm than it was. Score one for consistency!
- Spring is coming!!!!!


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BOBBYD31 3/16/2011 8:56PM

    i would have to inject caffeine.........

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GROOVYCHICK9 3/16/2011 4:46PM

    I will never, I repeat, never give up my morning tea. I just cannot. Life isn't worth living without it. Good for you...I admire you. My first graders say the rudest things too. They just don't know how to filter. Gotta love them.


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ETTEZEUS 3/16/2011 1:42PM

    Night-a-mins for eyes...LOL I guess I should get me some....

As for no coffee, not going to happen to this girl....good for you for giving it up!

See ya soon!

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MKKAYA 3/16/2011 1:39PM

    hey you! Carry on that should be our theme for the next couple of months! looking forward to seeing you again. I understand you are rooming with the crazy girls. Suezette. jenny and dani - what fun! will see ya soon!!


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MIAMIA7 3/16/2011 1:09PM origins. Will have to give it a try. :)

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/16/2011 12:14PM

    Good for you on calmness and consistency....

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TORTUETOO 3/16/2011 9:59AM

    Holy cow, I can't believe you gave up coffee for Lent. STRONG woman! I gave up chocolate and the withdrawal twitches are slowly fading... emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/16/2011 8:33AM

    When I was a teenager with acne volunteering at a preschool, I had a three or four-year-old ask me if I had chicken pox. Mortifying!!!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/16/2011 8:04AM

    You ROCK!

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CAM2438 3/16/2011 7:49AM

    I am so glad things are going so well for you!

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CFMOSS 3/16/2011 7:46AM

    Good job as always especially on the glasses!!! I may need to find and try that eye cream especially since i seem to have an unseemly droop. Have a wonderful day - more joy than other and a good dose of sweat.

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CHELLES_BELLS 3/16/2011 7:45AM

    Gran and I had the same experience! But my favorite was when a preschooler said "I like hugging you because you're bigger than my mommy!"

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GRANLUND 3/16/2011 7:18AM

    You are so right about kids saying anything! I had a student tell me a few months ago in her very excited and proud 2nd grade voice, "Mrs. Granlund, guess what?!?!" I'm going to be a teacher when I grow up! I can't decide if I want to be a music teacher or a real teacher, though!" I gave her a hug and told her that was wonderful and then had a great laugh when she left. I guess I'm pretty happy being a fake teacher, so I'm ok with her take on the teaching profession!

Have a great workout and a very calm, peaceful day!

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A little bummed...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I baked muffins tonight for a baby shower tomorrow. I thought it would be really cute to put them in baby muffin liners... they have little footprints on them and are super cute. The problem is, the muffins don't really come off of the liners. :(
I tried a lemon muffin for quality control (they taste really good!) but I was disappointed that the muffin didn't come out of the liner very easily. There was a bit of muffin left on the liner. I don't have time (or the ingredients) to make another batch, so I guess I just need to suck it up.

What I'm really asking for is a little pity. Please tell me that I'm making a bigger deal out of this than I need to and nobody will really care that the muffins stuck. They taste really good and they look really delicious, it's just that they stick. Bleh.

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BOBBYD31 3/16/2011 8:51PM

    gotta deal with that one. if it was blueberry i would be licking the liner, hint, JASR, hint, hint....... LOL

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JUSTBIRDY 3/16/2011 4:35AM

    I am sure they will be appreciated

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JUDYFRANCE 3/16/2011 4:24AM

    Well, at least they're not burned. That's my M.O. Just tell everyone to use their teeth and scrape off the wrappers. Much better than a fork and ever so much more fun to watch!

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LILYBETHSMOM 3/15/2011 11:26PM

    It's NOT a big deal!!!!! Muffins stick to wrappers...that's just life. Go to your shower with your yummy muffins and your head held high. You did a nice thing and should be proud of that!

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GRANLUND 3/15/2011 9:49PM

    Everything tastes so much better when I don't have to make one will care.

I can tell you are a musician, those perfectionist tendencies, beating yourself up over the bad part but forgetting the good part!

My only regret is that I can' taste one to tell you first hand how great they are!

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AARONSGIRL420 3/15/2011 9:25PM

    I would eat muffin crumbs out of the wrapper...I'm not above any of that :)

I am sure they are delicious and will be well received.

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BAM0827 3/15/2011 9:24PM

    There's always a fork to help get out the parts that didn't come out!

People will be delighted. I know I would be.

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SONG-OF-DEBORAH 3/15/2011 9:22PM

    If they "taste really good and they look really delicious", then nobody will really care that the muffins stick. Don't beat yourself up. I'm sure they'll be enjoyed as-is... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Monday, March 14, 2011

I'm feeling good. Like that happy face smiling positive good. This weekend was SOOOO nice. Share my good mood with me!

- Had an unexpected day off. The roads in my school district were seriously flooded so we got a phone call that we were closed. Hooray!

- Went shopping. Not piddly little shopping, but major Spring shopping. The weather was beautiful (a little nippy) so I wore sandals (bustin' out the Birks!) and a t-shirt and cardigan over some jeans. Perfect clothes-trying-on outfit. I think that's what it was... I didn't have to remove 79 layers to try something on. So I bought a truckload of clothes. Ha!

- Brad had a day off. Hooray! Did our grocery shopping, and it was less expensive than it's been in a while. Phew!
- Tried on my clothes for Brad - I like to get his opinion on stuff so I don't have a whole closet full of stuff with nothing to wear. We decided there was one "meh" shirt, a dress that didn't fit quite right, and I discovered that I bought a pair of pants very similar to a pair I already had. So back they go!

- I have leftovers from last night. Yum!
- I am wearing a cute purple shirt dress (new!) and I'm loving the color.
- It will be light in the evening!
- Going to the gym later.

Happy Pi Day!

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CFMOSS 3/14/2011 2:41PM

    Wonderful - I smile just reading about your weekend!!!! Thanks.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/14/2011 10:36AM

    I went shopping too. Gets dangerous doesn't it lol

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CHELLES_BELLS 3/14/2011 9:24AM

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend!

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