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Yawn... I'm awake, I'm awake, I'm awake!!!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

5:00 am is early. Almost ridiculously early. But 5:00 is the best time for me to get up - I can have my coffee and Spark before I go to the gym. I have plenty of time after the gym to get ready for school. And Lord knows I won't go to the gym after school, so I don't have any other choice but to get up at 5:00.

I love my morning time. It's so quiet and I like thinking that I'm one of the few people who are awake at this hour. Ok, maybe not as few as I think, but it sure does seem quieter in general at 5:00.

The thing about my school schedule that's tough, though, is that Brad comes home after I'm already in bed, and he is still in bed when I leave for school. Sometimes we go days without seeing each other awake. But we leave little notes for each other and we make it work.

Yesterday I didn't do my scheduled workout. I was so darn tired after school that I changed into my sweats, did a few things to get ready for today, and that was about it. I'm almost totally ok with it. I unfortunately underestimated the tiredness I'd feel at the end of the day...

Good things!
- I noticed a more defined muscle in my leg yesterday!
- I've had lots of energy at school!
- I got a shipping refund on my shelf! (I bought a shelf based on the measurements, and the posted measurements didn't reflect the actual size. Weird. So I e-mailed the company and asked if they would refund the shipping fee because of this. And they did! Yahoo!)

- Drink all my water earlier than I did yesterday so I'm not guzzling water right before bed.
- Stay positive during Parent Orientation. It's going to be a long night, and I don't present anything to the parents, so it's kind of boring. But I'm going to keep a smile on my face. Besides, we're going out for sushi in between school and orientation! Yum!

Have a super day!

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MARLIMOO 9/8/2011 8:46AM

    NICE! I took today off too. I am up with you - usually 5am. I love getting the work out done BEFORE my day. Then I can relax with the family after.

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KALIGIRL 9/8/2011 8:42AM

    Love your good things and emoticongoals!

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MAXIE56 9/8/2011 7:42AM

    Have a super day

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Hump Day!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I am totally exhausted. These kiddos wear me out!

Today was good on the eating front. I had a good lunch, drank lots of water (I still have some to drink tonight, though) and got some errands done after school. But my scheduled cardio workout? I'm going to throw it away tonight. I am SOOOOO tired and I can't even bear the thought of doing anything other than getting my stuff ready for tomorrow.

And to make the annoyance even worse, I ordered a shelf from Target and the measurements of the shelf don't match the measurements from the website. So now I have to deal with returning it and trying to get my shipping back. Ugh.

Ok, off to try to figure out what I'm going to take for lunch tomorrow.

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DIRTYBUNNY 9/7/2011 7:30PM

    You're having a Wednesday like I had on Monday. I missed my workout on Monday, so I had to make up for it on Tuesday, and slid some of Monday's exercises onto today's schedule as well. The important thing is to get right back into the routine that works for you as soon as possible and don't beat yourself up over the occasional slip. If we all had perfect workouts and dietary plans all the time we'd never grow any compassion for our fellow strugglers. And I think it's just as important to develop excellence in THAT as it is to work on our bodies. Update us and tell us what you did for a workout, and keep drinking that water, LOL.

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I love long weekends!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Well I sure did labor on Labor Day!

- 20 minute swim
- made tomato sauce for the freezer
- baked a carrot cake (it's actually in the oven right now)
- packed my lunch for tomorrow and Brad's lunch for today
- did laundry
- planned meals for the week
- got my gym clothes out for the week

Phew! I am pooped. Tonight I am going to bed pretty early so I can get my eight hours of sleep. I'm really really looking forward to my early bed time.

That's about it... going to drink some water and do some ironing.

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KALIGIRL 9/6/2011 10:18AM

    I guess! emoticon

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    Go get 'em, tiger! Good job! And have a wonderful (short!) work week!

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COOPSM 9/5/2011 10:59PM

    Sounds like a great day Carrie----have a happy Tuesday!!!

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    I'll be durned - I thought we were supposed to rest on labor day emoticon

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BRAINYBLONDE5 9/5/2011 7:20PM

  i want some of that carrot cake! haha sounds like an awesome day :)

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CASSIOEPIA 9/5/2011 5:08PM

    I still have my ironing to do too, but it's also been a productive Labour Day here. Football game is on, so I think I'll set up my ironing board in the living room and get it done while watching the football. Should be finished before the end of the first quarter!

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I met my girl crush today.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I found a new crush at the gym. Today when I went down to the weight room, there was this woman down there with THE MOST AMAZING body I have ever seen. Right there, in person. I felt like such a creep - I couldn't help but peek at her while I was working out. She was there with two muscle-y men working out - I think they were vacationing for the holiday (I live in a big vacation area) and I think she was actually a pro-fitness competitor. HOLY MOLY talk about motivation. I was all ready to be kind of a slacker after a week away from the gym, but instead, I worked out like a crazy woman. In between sets of lifting, I did box jumps and lunges. Ha! My legs are going to kill me tomorrow.

It was a good thing, because yesterday I went to my bestie's house for a BBQ and I ate like a freakin' pig. Her BF is an AWESOME griller, and he made pulled pork, chicken wings, grilled nachos, and ribs. And of course there was salad and other stuff... so I was SO full. And it was also a good thing that I saw this goddess at the gym because I have to work off the HORRIBLE eating I did last week. Since we had no power, I had to eat tons of processed food. I don't know that I'll want to go out to eat again for a very long time. Pizza, fried chicken, burgers, you name it, I ate it. And today I popped on the scale because, well, I guess I was feeling slightly masochistic, and I saw a number I haven't seen in AGES. And not in a good way.

Now because my pants are still fitting and everything, I know that most of that weight is the stupid processed food. But I guess it's a good reminder of why I eat healthy food and why I drink so much water. On Thursday morning, I went to put on my wedding ring, and I had to SHOVE it on my finger. I stood there and bawled my eyes out. Stupid salty food made my fat salty finger bulge out around it and for the whole day I felt like a bloated hippo.

But by the next day, my finger was back to normal and I felt a little better. Sigh.

September Goals!

I can earn a sticker for:

1) Getting eight hours of sleep a night
2) Drinking eight glasses of water a day
3) Doing my scheduled workout (which might be a rest day)

At the hotel last week I figured out my workout plan for the month. As much as it intimidates me to have my workouts all written down, it also makes me feel relieved. It's one less thing I have to do each evening.

Time to record some workouts and food!

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HELLAS2 9/4/2011 9:06PM

    I so know how you feel. I found one of those in my 7th week with Sparks and it was at a time I really needed the motivation. I was shopping and the saleswoman was so lean, muscular and strong looking I just had to talk to her. I found out she had been body building all her life which sort of discouraged me (as I thought how can I ever get a body like that now with all this weight and I am so unfit) but I didn't let it flatten my enthusiasm and it made me work harder as SHE became my MOTIVATION, my INSPIRATION and my GOAL TO ACHIEVE. I wish you luck with striving to become the woman you were meant to be as am I.

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Electric Love

Friday, September 02, 2011

BAM! You know how it feels when all of a sudden your routine is knocked for a loop? Sunday at 12:38pm (I wrote it on the calendar) we lost power. And our water is hooked up to the electric, so we had no water. We finally got it back yesterday afternoon sometime. It's been a hell of a week. Monday, school was canceled because of the storm. There are SO many trees down around here and so much flooding.

Tuesday, our first day of school, I had to take a day off. I took a personal day because I had to go to court - for a good thing, though. I had to give my statement to the DA and the police about the break-in back in June. Stinky part was that I was only there for 40 minutes but had to take a whole day. Good part is that since I had the day anyway, I decided to go to the Social Security office to change my name. I decided on:

Carrie (My Last Name) (His Last Name)

Brad was really opposed to me hyphenating my last name, and I can understand why. I thought about this for a long time! It's crazy - it's not like I can just change my mind if I don't like it. So we are both happy with this decision. And I am having so much fun signing my new name! It's like I'm back in middle school signing my crush's name, but this is for real!

So Monday and Tuesday nights we stayed in a hotel. I wanted to be cleaned up for court and for my first day of school. We roughed in on Wednesday night, decided that was enough, and booked a hotel. Luckily the power came back on. I HATE camping. There is no part of me that likes to "rough it." Shower? Yes please. Non-flushing toilet? No thanks. So I'm super happy to be back to washing my hands like a maniac.

Tonight's hotel plan is to sit in my jammies and watch cable (we don't get cable, so I am going to enjoy watching TLC all night!) and do some September goal planning. I was really good about meeting my goals in August (until the stupid power went out) so I am confident that I will able to get right back into my routine. I printed out my calendar and I'm going to schedule my workouts, mostly for the morning. I always forget how exhausted I am at the end of the day - these kiddos tire me out! And the kindergarten is a handful and a half this year, so I'm going to be even more tired. Phew!

I think I may stop for a little sweet on the way back to the hotel...

So this made me laugh today - there are THOUSANDS of people without power around here, and crews from Kentucky are coming in to help restore all the power. Today I was behind a line of electric trucks, and I stuck my arm out the window, laid on the horn and waved and gave a loud "WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!" to the truck driver. He honked back! Ha! Totally made my day, getting some electrician love.

Off to relax!

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PHD140 9/3/2011 1:25PM

    "Today I was behind a line of electric trucks, and I stuck my arm out the window, laid on the horn and waved and gave a loud "WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!" to the truck driver. He honked back! Ha! "

amen, i just got power back yesterday--- after a full week! so relieved!

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LYNNANN43 9/2/2011 10:57PM

    It's gotta be tough on so many people with their jobs/new school year etc. while still having no electricity or water! This end of the state didn't get hit with all of the Irene problems, but we still hear all about it.

Enjoy your new name, cable, TLC, shower water & flushing toilets! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/2/2011 9:30PM

    You are so funny: "Shower? Yes please. Non-flushing toilet? No thanks." :) Same with me! I consider myself so lucky because I didn't lose power - so many family members/coworkers of mine did! Also, I did the same as you, name-wise: Susan Mylastname (as my new middle name) Hislastname...I LOVE being called Mrs. Hislastname at school!! Happy new school year!

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    A good entry. Sounds like you're off to a good start, as well. It's tiring to get a school year launched so remember to do some nice things for yourself and to hang on to the spark...and I mean that in a literal AND figurative sense! :)

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