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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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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Catching up from vacation is a lot of work!

On Sunday afternoon I drove down to Virginia for a little relaxing ME time and to pick up my brother from Dulles airport. He is home from his math-teaching stint in Doha. It's nice to have him back!

I did a lot of shopping, a lot of eating, and a lot of walking.

I met a new Spark friend (hi Megan!), and I reconnected with an elementary school friend I haven't seen in almost 25 years. I know I'm not young anymore when I can say "wow, I haven't seen you in almost 25 years!" We had a great (almost 3-hour long!) lunch at a Thai place - it's amazing how friendship works. There was absolutely NO awkward silence, no wondering how to fill up time, just two friends talking about anything and everything. It was so wonderful to see her.

After I picked up my brother, we came back to the hotel to unwind a little bit and decided to go to dinner. We got out to the car and the tire was flat. We are no strangers to car trouble on our trips - when I had to take entrance exams for grad school, my car overheated on the way to Kentucky and it needed to be towed somewhere in West Virginia. And that happened before smart phones and everything, so it was really a challenge to deal with the car. So we are old pros.

Car got towed away on Wednesday morning, and we went into DC for the day. It was hot! Finally! Warmth and sun! We did a ton of walking - it's nice to travel with Andrew (my brother) because he doesn't mind a lot of walking. Went to the American History Museum, Arlington National Cemetery (beautiful this time of year) and then headed over to Alexandria for some dinner.

Picked up the car on Thursday morning and headed out for some breakfast/lunch. Got home that evening and was exhausted.

So since Thursday I have been catching up on e-mails, bills, phone calls... it's nice to still have the long weekend. I may have to do the Easter week vacation again!


Back to the routine. This morning I got in my gym time - I have conceded to the fact that I MUST go to the gym first thing or I just don't go. Right when I woke up I put on my gym clothes, so I was ready to go. There's no getting around it.

April flew by, just like March did...

Tonight I will put together next week's schedule of workouts and eating.

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KALIGIRL 4/25/2011 1:11PM

    I'm with you - first thing or no go - here's to our early morning workouts!

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LALAFLOWERS 4/25/2011 7:56AM

    wish I'd known you were gonna be a bit over an hour away from me! I might have packed up the kids, and gotten to meet you in person! Yes.. this month has flown by! have fun with the last 6 or so weeks of school!

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ROOT4HOME 4/24/2011 11:30PM

    Sounds like you had a GREAT vacation (except for the car trouble)! And yes, the months are flying by! emoticon

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PILLOWFOOL 4/24/2011 11:08PM

    so glad you had a good trip! (car problems aside).

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ETTEZEUS 4/23/2011 10:29PM

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

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MIAMIA7 4/23/2011 10:14PM

    Ah Carrie ....isn't family time wonderful?! Glad you enjoyed yourself!

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BOBBYD31 4/23/2011 10:05PM

    sounds like a busy fun time!
happy easter

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EATNBOOGERS 4/23/2011 5:03PM

    You sound rejuvenated. Glad it was a good trip!

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    I've got a few friends like that...and don't see them nearly enough. glad you had a such a fabulous vacation!

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    It is nice to have friends like that. You don't see them for a really long time but when you do it is like you saw them just the other day. It is really hard to say that it has been 20 years since high school.. But I am in that boat. feels like I just graduated a year ago.

sounds like you had some nice "me" time.

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AARONSGIRL420 4/23/2011 1:58PM

    Although you had car trouble, it sounds like a wonderful time. And all that walking has surely added to your calories burned, so double yey!

And about th months flying by....yes!!! Way too fast.

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An easy goal to figure out...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I'm pretty sure my goal for the rest of this week and next week is to not have any wine. Sunday night we had a pizza and wine party and last night I went to a wine tasting where the wine was very liberally poured. I am exhausted today. Thank goodness it's already Thursday.

I'm getting ready for my vacation - yahoo! This weekend is symphony weekend with my mom, and on Sunday I am leaving from her house to go to Virginia. I am picking up my brother from the airport sometime while I'm down there (he is coming home from a math-teaching stint in Qatar), so I thought I'd take a couple days to myself to explore DC and the area. I am totally looking forward to a vacation. I don't know that I'm really going to plan anything!

But there is a lot to do around here before I go. Brad is very capable of holding down the fort, but I do need to give him some guidance. I think I'll surprise him with some apricot muffins before I go, and maybe do a little grocery shopping for him.

- Drink water water water. I did not have nearly enough yesterday, and I can feel it today. I MUST go water-crazy today.
- Hide the chocolate in my room at school. As much as I wish I could, I just can not stick to one Dove chocolate square.
- Get in my workout tonight, either at home (preferred) or the gym. I didn't wake up early this morning (wine), but today is a scheduled ST day. So I think I'll stay at home and do it. It's not a deadlift day, so I have what I need right here.
- Keep being positive. Control the control-ables. Yesterday we had a meeting before school, and it was not very fun. So after I was upset for a little while, I took a breath, and thought to myself "only control what you can control. The rest is out of your hands."

The sun is out, it's going to be a great day!

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PILLOWFOOL 4/16/2011 8:26AM

    "only control what you can control. The rest is out of your hands." - love this quote. SO true. have to remember it more often. hope you have a lovely weekend and vaca!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/16/2011 8:14AM

    Yay, congrats for going on vacation! My vacation is going to be...drumroll home! Haha. Have a great time!!!

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CAMROLA 4/15/2011 12:24PM

    Yay! Enjoy your weekend and vacation!

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MARLIMOO 4/15/2011 8:37AM

    Have fun. I hide the chocolate too!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 4/15/2011 12:27AM is often my downfall. Have fun in DC!

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    I have friends that are deploying to Qatar this summer. It is great that your brother is coming home, it is such an exciting feeling to pick someone up from the airport! Have a great weekend!

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ROOT4HOME 4/14/2011 10:16AM

    Sounds like a fun weekend/vacation planned!! Yes, drink LOTS of water and soon the weekend will be here! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 4/14/2011 10:02AM

    Your brother's coming home already? Wow! I remember you just talking about him leaving! Hope you have a great time with the fam this weekend!

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JUSTBIRDY 4/14/2011 9:13AM

    looks like you have it all mapped out for the day. Great!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/14/2011 8:56AM

    Yeah, I just don't drink very much, because I always have to be on my game the next day! ;-) Have fun in DC... spend some time in the Smithsonian museums. And re the chocolate... I give mine to my husband, and he doles it out for me.

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WENZTHAT 4/14/2011 8:51AM

    i feel the same way when i leave my husband! i make him lists and send him reminder texts when i'm gone, haha. he always tells me: i lived on my own before we met...and i survived! :)

have you been to d.c.? i loooooooooved it there! we went last year and only had two days to see everything. man, were we exhausted at the end of those two days, but we saw pretty much everything you need to see - and mastered the subway system! good luck! let me know if you need any recommendations!

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MUFFIY831 4/14/2011 8:22AM

    Have a great time in DC! I'm in Northern Virginia so if you need any recommendations let me know. :)

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GIGI1222 4/14/2011 8:13AM

    Enjoy the vacation!! I hope the weather is great for you!

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SEORSA 4/14/2011 7:51AM

    I had a similar weekend except the wine led to beer and the beer led to whiskey. Yesterday I was reading how alcohol is metabolized. I knew to liver broke it down, I just didn't know that it turned it into FAT! Have a great time in DC, I have only been there once but love it!

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WHENDERFUL 4/14/2011 7:29AM! I struggle with that weekly as well. Everything in moderation I suppose. Have a great vacation!

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CFMOSS 4/14/2011 7:26AM

    Sounds good - symphony sounds wonderful; exploring DC sounds grand. chocolate - well....who am i to say anything, but good moderation for chocolate to you.

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