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Happens every time.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Whenever I make these big plans and/or goals, I get sick. Never fails.
I had every intention of making fitness consistency a priority in May, and now I am fighting off a nasty cold.

Ok, I'm done complaining.

My body needed some rest - I think that's what it's trying to tell me. My second graders just had a musical and it was go go go to get ready for it. Not that it was particularly stressful, it was just time-consuming. E-mails to send out, dates to coordinate, practices to schedule...

This is the laziest I've been in a really long time. And you know what? It feels great. I mean, really great. I've just done was *needs* to be done, and I have been taking it easy on the couch. Ahhhh.

I think I'd like to try to get in a hot bath before we get a thunderstorm...


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MARLIMOO 5/4/2011 1:28PM

    We do need to listen to our bodies. You will be back at it in NO time.

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MKKAYA 5/4/2011 12:25AM

    Carrie, rest is always good! enjoy and you will get back on track! rest up!!

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BOBBYD31 5/3/2011 10:48PM

    hang in there and your body will thank you for all the rest

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GONE2014 5/3/2011 9:22PM

    Hope you feel better soon!!

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EATNBOOGERS 5/3/2011 7:30PM

    I think our bodies definitely make us pause and rest if we don't do it ourselves. (Being sick still sucks, though.)

Feel better soon!

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JUSTBIRDY 5/3/2011 7:22PM

    Get well soon!

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Kicking off May with a snooze.

Monday, May 02, 2011

If sleeping would add fitness minutes, I'd have at least 15 hours in since last night! But sleep really *is* the best way to get rid of a cold. By tomorrow, I should just be about rid of this nastiness.

April observations:

- did well with no coffee. I am still drinking tea for breakfast, and I haven't been as tired. Wahoo!
- Brad and I stopped buying bread. We make it here ourselves, and it's really been good for me. I no longer eat random slices of bread because I think I'm hungry. Now I just need to work on grabbing a piece of fruit when I'm hungry.
- Water intake was better, but still not where I'd like it to be.
- Fitness was inconsistent. I had lots of stuff going on during the weeks in April, and this kept me from going in the morning.

- have a glass or bottle of water with me at all times!
- have more easily-eaten fruit available. We have clementines right now, and I just had a few. Yum!
- Three mornings a week at the gym - first thing. I find it so hard to go if I don't go right when I wake up.

Off to grab a glass of water and hit the couch...

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KALIGIRL 5/3/2011 9:00AM

    emoticonApril and even more emoticonMay!

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EATNBOOGERS 5/2/2011 8:07PM

    What helped me many years ago when I needed to increase my fruit intake was to be extra picky. I *only* buy my absolutely favorite stuff. (Fortunately, I like a *lot* of things, though.) Eg, I don't buy navel oranges. There are many types of apples I won't touch with a 10 foot pole. I'll only eat bananas at a certain ripeness level. I *love* pink lady apples, clementines, all melons, all berries, pineapple, etc. You get the drift.

I hope you're better soon!

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POETANDMORE 5/2/2011 4:13PM

    Haven't started a good exercise routine yet. Your blog was a nice reminder. Thanks!

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JEKRUNS 5/2/2011 4:12PM

    Sounds great! Making your own bread is so much better and makes the splurge so much more worth it. Keep on sparking!

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Hooray for the grill!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The grill is going, the pork chop is marinating... it's a good day.

I went to an afternoon tea with my best friend today. It was such a good time! I dressed up a little bit and felt really pretty. I'll tell ya, it's a really nice feeling to feel pretty. Got myself some new makeup techniques, some new skin care stuff, and I feel great. It's good to take care of myself!

Getting over some kind of nasty cold I had yesterday... nothing a little grilled dinner can't fix. Pork chops, asparagus, and fingerling potatoes. Goat milk ice cream for dessert - chocolate mint. I can't wait to try it!
And I bought some new shampoo and lotion today, too. Yay!

Have to check the grill...

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ANNE7X7 5/1/2011 1:38PM

    Sounds like a great day! The grill is a life-saver sometimes!! Enjoy!!

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PINKCOCONUT 5/1/2011 1:30PM

    Awesome Saturday woman!

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    Sounds like a great ending to a great day! We haven't fired up the grill yet this year but the weather is starting to get nice so it's about time! I'm looking forward to grilling some fruit!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/30/2011 7:47PM

    Ooh, very up! It all sounds like fun to me! Enjoy your dinner!

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On vacations and *before* pictures...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I really love vacations. Vacations at home, vacations away... there's just something about being somewhere and doing something you're not really "supposed" to be doing that makes me feel good.

Last week when I was down in Virginia, it felt so wonderful to be shopping and dining while people were working. I think that's what I like so much about spring break... it's a break when not everyone in the world is off. Christmas break? That's a different story. But because of all the snow days we've had in the eastern US, lots of Easter breaks got cut short.

So today it's back to school. And I feel good. I am definitely ready to get back - I enjoy picking out my school clothes, doing my hair and makeup... I think Spark People may have turned me into a little bit of a girl! Ha!


So last night I was looking through some old pictures, and I found a definite "before" picture. I totally forgot all about it, but I remember looking at it and thinking "man, I'm really fat."

I think it's so easy for us to lose sight of how far we've come, especially when we're "stuck" or we're not changing as much and/or as quickly as we'd like. When I looked at that old picture last night, I remember very clearly how tight that shirt was - how I had to contort myself when I wore it so that my boobs didn't fall out or my tummy didn't bust the seams. I remember wearing those jeans and thinking "damn, these are supposed to be loose-fit." And they most definitely were not loose.


It's about that time to finish getting ready and head off to school... I need to go in early today to clean up from my sub.

Have a wonderful day!

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TORTUETOO 5/3/2011 11:11AM

    I love a good before pic. Congrats Carrie - you look AMAZING! emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 4/28/2011 11:20AM

    You're so cute...little bit of a gril...LOL
You've also come really far in your Spark journey!

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JOPAPGH 4/28/2011 11:16AM

    Yes, it's all about perspective.

You have come so far.

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KALIGIRL 4/27/2011 8:54AM

    You have come a long way and are doing emoticon
Glad you're ready to be back!

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ROOT4HOME 4/27/2011 12:44AM

    You're right - gotta hand it to those before pic's to really remind us of how far we've come! Thanks for sharing!

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RUNNINGWILD 4/27/2011 12:00AM

    emoticon Congrats Cari! Your achievements are inspiring.

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CAMROLA 4/26/2011 12:36PM

    WOW! So well put, and look at you. You're an inspiration!


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PINKCOCONUT 4/26/2011 11:14AM

    I never took a serious "before" shot either but I have two pictures (one on my Spark page and one that hasn't been scanned in) that really open my eyes up to how far I've come. For me, I tend to lose sight of my progress because I see myself every day and the weight loss has been so gradual that I still find it hard to sometimes see a difference at all. Alan constantly tells me that I don't see myself for what I am and that I still think I'm a lot bigger than I actually am so I really need those photos to keep my head on my shoulders!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/26/2011 11:06AM

    Thanks for sharing... you *have* come a long way. You're awesome! I'm glad you had such a great break, too.

Maybe when it's time, I can get "dressing like a girl" lessons... I have forgotten! ;-)

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CHELLES_BELLS 4/26/2011 9:14AM

    You are such an inspiration!

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WENZTHAT 4/26/2011 9:03AM

    great blog! it's definitely good for the soul to look back on our before pictures from time to time. it puts it all into perspective and is an amazing way to pat ourselves on the back for how far we've come.

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    I love vacations as well! It is easy to Lose sight if your accomplishments. Thanks for reminding me.

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CFMOSS 4/26/2011 7:23AM

    you are absolutely right - so important to remember how far we've come - I forget.'s wonderful to hold onto some of the joys of childhood - like picking out clothes (and having days off) Blessings on your day.

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JUDYFRANCE 4/26/2011 7:21AM

    Nothing like a before pic to remind you of how far you've come! I keep one on my bulletin board in the kitchen. It's my hubby that refers to it the most. But, if I ever need a little motivated reminder, well, there it is!

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TATTER3 4/26/2011 6:50AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!!

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{Contented Sigh}

Monday, April 25, 2011

The weather was beautiful today. The sun was out, the sky was blue... a perfect last day of vacation before I go back to school tomorrow.

Had my morning strength training. I can now pretty easily do shoulder presses with 25 pound dumb bells... I wrote a little note to myself to try the 30 pound DBs next time. I also dead lifted 111 pounds. I'm well on my way to my goal of being able to dead lift my body weight.

Took Brad and his car to get an oil change.

Lunch of tuna, home made whole wheat bread, and a salad. Yum!

Chiropractor appointment. He fixed a tweak in my back, and I had a recovery massage. It felt WONDERFUL. My next one is already booked.

Sat in a TON of traffic on the way home. Hot temperatures + sitting in traffic = an unhappy car. Had to run the heater a bit to get the overheating to go down. It wasn't a big deal, but it's still kind of a pain.

Walked around my neighborhood. Too nice of a day to sit on the couch the whole evening!

Painted my nails. I love the shine of freshly painted nails!


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LYNNANN43 4/25/2011 11:27PM

    GREAT day minus the stupid traffic of course!

Chiro for me tomorrow. YEAH!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/25/2011 10:06PM

    What a great, productive day! I'm super impressed with the 25lb shoulders are my weakest link...I use 3lb dumbbells during the shoulder track of Body Pump! And you got an extra Monday off?? Jealous!

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GOEGIRL 4/25/2011 10:02PM

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! ('cept for the car heater - nice job letting that one go!) Good luck at school tomorrow. Hope you have a stress free week with well-rested children who are eager to learn!

(code for - sigh, chickie, better you than me!)


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PINKCOCONUT 4/25/2011 9:21PM

    Nice! Love your day!

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CAMROLA 4/25/2011 9:05PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day to me!
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SOUTHGOINGZAX 4/25/2011 9:05PM

    Sounds like a good day overall. Mine was long, but it's good to be home.


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