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Saturday, August 20, 2011

It's kind of funny how when you start paying attention to your body through eating and working out you can start to tell the difference between "Man, I really don't want to do this, but I will anyway" and "You know what? I can NOT drag my rear off the couch for anything." Yesterday was the latter. SERIOUSLY the latter. I got home from school and was on the couch from 3:00 until 11:00, and then I went up to bed and slept until 8:00. Holy moly! The last thing on my mind when I went to bed was if I was going to make it to the gym today.

But you know what? I did make it to the gym today. And I had a great workout. My muscles were happily lifting, and my legs were happily running little sprint intervals at the end of my workout. It's just crazy to me that my body was in that much need of rest!

And I have a confession - I was kind of checking myself out at the gym. Ha! My tum was not NEARLY as roly-poly as it was last week, and I have a pretty nice arse. My shoulders are getting seriously nice, and I think I felt "the fat melting off" today. I thought of all you friends out there in Spark land, running faster and farther, lifting more, spotting more muscles, doing longer planks, and it seriously helped me push through and have some time well spent at the gym! hooray for you!

And THEN, I came home, took a shower and started to get ready to go. (I am actually going to my mom's tonight for dinner - it's the first time in almost two months that I've seen her; since she's been mad at me for the shotgun wedding.) My hair did exactly what I wanted it to, and my new makeup is seriously wonderful.

And! I got an e-mail today that my pants shipped! The ones I forgot that I ordered! Hip hip hooray! I should have them by the end of next week.

Water water water! Have a super day!

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THE_JENCH 8/21/2011 7:41PM

    Many emoticon s deserved in this blog!

Listening to your body and loving your body and soon with a new pair of pants that will love adorning your body! Keep up the good work and enjoy it all the way!

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ROGUE_1 8/21/2011 1:09PM

    Reading that you made it to the gym made me smile! I'm really proud of you!

Heck yeah, check yourself out, you are strong, awesome, fit, beautiful!!!! It's pretty motivation to see YOURSELF in a positive, healthy light, to see that you are smaller, more tones, have a nice booty! I do it too, and am not ashamed. It makes me want to work even harder!

Have a super day yourself!!!

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COOPSM 8/21/2011 11:05AM

    Carrie---always love reading your blogs!!! How was the visit with mom?

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RUNNINGWILD 8/21/2011 1:36AM

    Cari, have I told you lately how much your realness inspires me? emoticon

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JUDIL62 8/20/2011 8:03PM

    Nice! Have fun @ your moms.

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CFMOSS 8/20/2011 4:25PM

    good job.

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CASSIOEPIA 8/20/2011 4:07PM

    I love that you are in love with your body. It's great to have those kinds of thoughts, as opposed to the "I hate the way I look" thoughts. Way healthier mentally.

Have a great dinner tonight. Your mom still loves you :)

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PINKCOCONUT 8/20/2011 2:12PM

    I think we ALL check ourselves out at the gym! :)

I also think that for those of us who do work out on a regular basis and have one of those days where we just can't get off the couch we can sit back with a smug grin on our face and realize we deserve that day off! That's a great feeling!

Hope you have a good dinner with your mom and things are better!

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I never met a carb I didn't like

Friday, August 19, 2011

Today was a totally carb-filled day. From morning to night. I think I ate every kind of carb imaginable!

Scone - check
Potatoes - check
pasta - check
cereal - check
popcorn - check

What else is there? Sigh... This afternoon was a little bit of a bummer. I got home from school and Brad left me a note about our Canada application. We didn't get in.

Totally sad. The e-mail said that Brad's experience wasn't enough to move there. I guess the silver lining is that now we *know* and can move on with other plans... we are going to talk about those other plans tonight when Brad gets home. It's a little bit of a relief, knowing for sure. But still a bummer. And on top of that? I had a killer headache all afternoon and I still have one. I spent all afternoon on the couch sleeping, and I'm ready to go back. I don't know if it's the huge drop in pressure (we got HUGE thunderstorms today), stress, or what...

BUT! I DO know that tomorrow is another day and I'm going to chalk up today as "One Of Those Days." Luckily, those days are getting fewer and fewer! Off to drink some water and get rid of this headache...

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    I'm a carb junkie, too! I can make an entire meal out of carbs! I just read a recipe the other day for Baked Potato Pizza! Carbs on top of carbs!!

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CAMROLA 8/20/2011 9:41PM

    I'm sorry to hear about Canada, but glad you are looking to the future. So much opportunity for both. Hope you had a better day today and are feeling better.

Uh carbs, my trigger, so I get you there.

Hang in there! emoticon

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GOTTALIVEFREE 8/20/2011 11:01AM

    Thanks for the action on my page. Sorry to hear that you had a rough one yesterday is Saturday and it's all things new!

Hope. Isn't that what we're all going for, here? There's hope.

And on another note...I LOVE carbs!

Signing off as the CARB QUEEEN! ;)

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BLACK-SWAN 8/19/2011 11:38PM


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PINKCOCONUT 8/19/2011 11:23PM

    Nooooooooo!!!!! That sucks! But you're right, at least now you know. Man, now we'll never be neighbours! :p

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LYNNANN43 8/19/2011 11:12PM

    So sorry about Canada, Carrie:(

I too have never met a carb I didn't like.
pop-tart -check
oreo -check
pumpkin cookie -check
au gratin potatoes - check
cereal - check
flatbread- check

Let's both for a better day tomorrow! emoticon

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GOEGIRL 8/19/2011 10:04PM

    Oh no! I'm so sorry!!! I was so excited for you. :o( sigh. Keep us posted on your next big plans.
sigh again.

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Friday Eve!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I did it. I did an evening workout. Short TM run and then a stretch class. And you know, I had energy and drive to cook dinner after that. I made some chicken curry. GOOOOOOOOO energy from working out!

And it was a busy day. I spent most of my day at school working in my classroom - I LOVE to work in my classroom. I know it may sound a little weird, but I love getting ready for the first day of school. Labeled all my new books for my little reading corner, hung up the stuff on my ceiling, got my desk organized... AND I even took my lunch to school so I could stick to my plan! It felt really great to stick to my plan today.

Note to self - keep planning meals! And keep prepping stuff BEFORE it's time to make the meal. How stinkin' easy was it tonight to cook my chicken curry? Chicken was cooked, veggies were chopped, all I had to do was saute an onion and stick everything in the pot!

I'm going to try the early-to-bed thing tonight. No more midnight bed times, which I am kinda glad about. I mean, I love being awake when Brad gets home from work, but going to bed at midnight isn't going to cut it when school starts. In about a week! EEEEK!!!! I love it.

I love my man. He just called me from work to let me know he was thinking of me. Swoon.

Time to get some stuff ready for tomorrow... one of my girlfriends is coming to my classroom tomorrow to get some ideas. She was moved to elementary music from middle school music, and she wants to know what I use and check out some lesson plans. We're meeting for breakfast before we head over to the school... I'll get to indulge in some chai!

Time for this blog to end... the thunder is rumbling and I don't want to lose everything I've typed! Happy Friday Eve!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/19/2011 2:51PM

    Wow...sounds like you're excited about school starting!

Meal planning makes the biggest difference, I agree!

I also have been going to bed at 12am...when school starts (I teach middle school) that is all going to change...

I am actually a morning person so I will be glad to start getting up early.

Happy to hear about all the excitement!!

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KALIGIRL 8/19/2011 8:32AM

    What an upbeat emoticon blog emoticon for sharing!

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CFMOSS 8/19/2011 7:46AM

    Nice day. Glad you have lots to report on the positive moving forward side of the ledger:)

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BILLALEX70 8/19/2011 5:37AM

    emoticon on the workout!

Have a great first day of school.

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THE_JENCH 8/18/2011 8:39PM

    mmm chai! a wonderful spicy drink to look forward to in the morning, even better with a girlfriend!

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 8/18/2011 8:35PM

    Glad you had a good day!

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bust bust bust bust... BANG

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I don't know if this happens to anyone else, but sometimes I read the Spark People articles and I think "blah blah blah yeah yeah yeah whatever. That nonsense doesn't work for me. I KNOW what works for me." And then I sit on my arse and don't do anything. But then something happens and I think "well, I *guess* I should try what the article says." And then you know what? Something wonderful happens. Like 99.9% of the time. Like tonight? I was SO lazy. I got home from my facial and I was in the car for SOOO long this afternoon and I was lying on the couch all sad because I didn't get to the gym... and I slept. In my workout clothes, because I KNEW that if I had them on I'd be more likely to get in a workout.

Well, after my nap, I thought I would just can the workout and whatever, but then NO NO NO NO NO I HAVE TO WORK OUT! I just sent a Goodie to ROGUE_1 because she inspired me to get off my rear and do a workout! So I did my workout at home. Yes, while watching Without a Trace, I did my strength training workout. Phew! I earned my sticker and I felt SO MUCH BETTER. And you know what those crazy articles say about having more energy after you work out? It's true. I cut up some veggies to get ready for tomorrow's dinner (chicken curry) and I cooked all the chicken thighs. Yahoo!


So I ended today with a bang. The day was *not* so much a bang, but a bust. Long story short it involved a bag of sweet potato chips (well, *almost* the whole bag. I threw it out with a little over a serving left), a red wine headache, going too long in the car without a snack, and not enough water during the day. But I turned it around, got in my workout and my water, and I prepped some food for tomorrow. ShaZAM.

I think I may totally plan out tomorrow - like write a schedule and everything. I'm going to finish my peppermint tea now and do some planning...

oh, and BTW? If you have never gotten a facial, I highly suggest it. I got one done at my dermatologist's office today and it was HEAVEN.

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KALIGIRL 8/18/2011 1:30PM

    A facial would do anyone in emoticon

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COOPSM 8/18/2011 8:08AM

    Way to go Carrie!!! I use the toodledo app for the phone for my to-do syncs with your computer too....check it out!!!

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    Way to go! It's not easy to pick yourself back up when you're having a crappy day. I'm glad you convinced yourself to exercise and felt better for it. This is a great reminder for us all!

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CFMOSS 8/18/2011 7:23AM

    First month, hard but goal is there; second month, harder but goal is still there; first year, mission accomplished or getting close, let up; second year, maintain? workout? count calories....for the rest of my've got to be kidding. Congrats for each positive step you take especially after all of this time.

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ROGUE_1 8/18/2011 1:15AM

YEAH!!! I loved that you turned things around; I'm so proud of you!

I am all about schedules, making lists, and checking things off when I'm done. It is soothing, and makes me feel in control. I think planning everything out is a fabulous idea!!

THANKS again for my goodie, I'm so happy that my blog helped :)

Facials ARE sooo heavenly. It's been a while since I've had one... I need to make an appointment!

Have a wonderful day tomorrow! What do you have planned?

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MARIA_VIGS 8/17/2011 10:04PM

    Hooray for facials! Aren't they divine?! Sounds like you pulled this day out of blahville. Way to go busting through your workout. Congratulations on tossing those sweet potato chips too - every little bit counts! Enjoy your planning and peppermint tea! :)

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Oooh ooh ooh Monday!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Where did tonight go?!?!?

Today was a tiring day... I went to the gym for a serious strength training workouts, then I met with the siding guy to go over the contract and blah blah blah. The siding should be done by the end of September! I'm so excited!

I went into school for a little bit to do some stuff... there is so much to do and I just make myself crazy - I look around my room and don't actually *do* anything, I just look at what needs to be done. Sigh. If I spent half as much time doing as I do looking, I'd have everything just about done! Oh well.

Came home, took a long nap, made some bread, and fixed some sand blocks. Using the staple gun makes me feel so powerful! Ha!

Tomorrow is some cardio, probably swimming. Brad's parents are coming in the afternoon for dinner and to bring us our TV, so I have so save some strength to carry out the behemoth TV we have now. Phew!

I think it's going to be an early bed night... I didn't get 8 hours of sleep last night (no sticker, waaah!) and I've just been feeling drained lately. I don't know what it is... maybe my body just needs some super good rest. I think it is the perfect night for a hot bath and a super early bed time.

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    All I have is a bath, so I would kill for a shower!! I do hope you had a good, restful night sleep! Enjoy your time with your in-laws!

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KALIGIRL 8/16/2011 8:40AM

    Sounds like a good day - hope you caught up on sleep!

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PAYANAR 8/15/2011 9:26PM

    I totally understand what you are saying about getting the classroom ready. Every year I get to my classroom completely psyched about starting the new year and setting up a great classroom, but then I get completely overwhelmed and spend loads of time just trying to decide where things should go. Or daydreaming and stressing about the amount of work to be done. You will get it done and it will be great! emoticon

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REDHEADMOM2U 8/15/2011 9:21PM

    Bath and a good night sleep sounds heavenly.

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ELLEN0407 8/15/2011 8:36PM

  i can't take hot baths in the summer.

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