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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

So for quite a while, over the summer and the fall, I didn't really have any fitness-related events to look forward to. I think this might be part of the reason I gained back some weight. No 5ks to run, no gym challenges to train for... so my gym time slacked and my nutrition slacked. After all, I kind of expected at least *some* weight to come off. But alas, it crept back on.

Anyway, I now have some fitness goals and I keep reminding myself of them as I haul myself off to the gym at 6am.

JASR in March!
Tough Mudder in April!
Run for the Red 5K in May!

And those events are coming up faster than I think. They have a definite date. Weight loss does not. Weight loss is affected by salt, water, TOM, stress, etc. but events are just THERE. They don't care if you had too many McNuggets the week before, they still go on. I think that's why I am more successful when I look forward to an event or have something to work toward.


I am seriously considering getting my hair chopped. I am so tired of drying my hair every day... Ugh. I think I'll call my salon today and see if they have anything for this evening.

Drink all my water (yesterday was great!)
KEEP AWAY from the vending machine (yesterday I didn't go to the vending machine, but I *did* have a piece of birthday cake. Urgh.)
Be positive!

Have a super day!

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TORTUETOO 12/6/2011 3:42PM

    I can't believe you're going to do a Tough Mudder. Those things are intense! You'll have to get someone to take LOTS of pictures of your hard core awesomeness. :)

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    sounds like you are positive! Positively wonderful! great job on no vending...don't beat yourself up on the cake. Think "was it worth it? was it delicious?".. I think of you often when I'm confronted with lots of goodies b/c last year at Christmas, I think, you told yourself to try ONLY the homemade cookies/goodies. No store bought-so I try to remember that. When I think of grabbing a box of whole grain muffins from the store for all of us, I think ,"No,Carrie wouldn't and these are loaded with preservatives and I can make some way better."
See-you have a positive influence on lil ole me!!!!
Keep us posted on the hair-do!!! how long is it now? chopped?-that sounds dangerous. LOL!(I did that once and hubby told me years later,"don't EVER do that agin.")

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Monday Monday

Monday, December 05, 2011

Sigh... I think I really need to make a list of non-scale victories. I got on the scale this morning, and it made me a little sad.
So here goes:

- Even though I put on a few pounds, I am feeling better about myself. I bought some fun new workout gear and am thrilled to put it on to go to the gym. Nothing makes me feel worse than getting ready to go to the gym and having my freakin' workout clothes too tight!
- My water drinking has been awesome!
- I am eating less. I can't eat as much as I used to - so now my body just needs to let go of some fat!
- I am feeling positive, despite the scale.

- drink all my water (I discovered that drinking hot water with lemon is DELICIOUS and a great way for me to get my water in. I think I'll be drinking lots of hot tea this winter - I love getting my water in this way!)
- track all my food - this is an area I seriously need to work on. It's so hard for me just to SIT DOWN AND TRACK. I don't know why, I'm always on the computer... hubby will be a great help for me - I'm going to have him ask me "did you enter your food today?"
- keep busy at work. When I don't keep myself busy, I eat. NO VENDING MACHINE

This morning I did a killer strength training workout. I started working with a trainer again, which is wonderful. Today was back and biceps. And I even got an e-mail from her asking me how it was going so far! Yahoo!

Later this afternoon the contractor is coming over to take a look at one of the bedrooms. It is seriously water-damaged from where the chimney was leaking (but is now fixed!), and it needs to be taken care of before we get the house ready to sell. Yes, we are talking about that again. It kind of took a back seat because of various reasons...

Off to get ready for school!

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CAMROLA 12/5/2011 5:56PM

    Oh, boy--I'm in a full out war with my scale at present. In fact, after not talking for a while, it let me have it. It certainly keeps me accountable, but it also forces me to focus on the other "pluses" that aren't so negative. I love your attitude, which helps remind me of the bigger picture.

Keep it up--victory is imminent if we stick with it!


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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/5/2011 10:37AM

    I am so happy for you that you're not down b/c of the scale. Great job on that water. I got in my gallon plus tongue couldn't get satisfied!

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/5/2011 8:03AM

    Good for you for NOT letting numbers on the scale get you down! Non-scale victories are just as important, perhaps more important than a number on the scale!

Have a great week! emoticon

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It's that time again...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Slowly (VERY SLOWLY) but surely, the scale went down in November. I've been moving at a snail's pace of .2 pounds a week. But I'll take it.

Good things in November!
- Gym time has been much more consistent.
- Nutrition has been spot-on!
- Water drinking has improved
- Self-esteem has been more up than down
- Our siding and deck got finished!
- I still have a job!

December is always a crazy month that flies by like nobody's business. The key for me to successfully continue to drop my .2 pounds a week will be preparedness. So I think in December I'm going to make like a Boy Scout and Always Be Prepared. How can I be prepared for whatever December is going to throw at me?

- Have granola bars/snacks in my glove compartment for impromptu shopping trips
- PLAN workouts and stick to them. Keep the morning workout thing going.
- Plan meals

Being accountable:
- I have a lot of trouble tracking food right after I eat it. I think I'll try writing everything in a little notebook/calendar and entering it at the end of the week. Then I can see what I need to improve for the following week.
- Get back to a sticker chart. Just for workouts.
- Mark my water somewhere - I drink much more water when I can see exactly how much I need to drink.

Off to get ready for school! Have a super day!

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GONE2014 11/30/2011 3:10PM

    To remember that down (any amount of down) is still down shows what an awesome attitude you have ... thanks for the wonderful reminder today!

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CFMOSS 11/30/2011 2:53PM

    You are an encouragement - thanks.

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MUFFIY831 11/30/2011 8:55AM

    Agree - any loss is a good loss. Good job!

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REDHEADMOM2U 11/30/2011 7:20AM

    Sounds like you are my new hero! congrats and keep up the good work!

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BILLALEX70 11/30/2011 6:39AM

    Congrats on any loss right now. Keep up the great work!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Well, our trip into the city was kind of a bust. I'm not going to get into it too much, but suffice it to say that we walked SOOOOO much and didn't actually *do* much of anything. Sigh... I am upset with myself that I wasn't more assertive when it came to planning the trip. At least the weather was beautiful.

I'm kind of in a funk this week. I think it's the holiday season. Makes me wish I was closer to my family (physically and otherwise). I hear about everybody's WONDERFUL Thanksgivings and their grand plans for Christmas, and I don't have any of that. I used to love getting ready for the holidays with my mom, but since we're not as close anymore, it makes me kind of bummed. I think I need to go into therapy for my mother issues.

I have also been considering a vacation over Christmas break. Packing up and leaving the day after Christmas and getting away for a few days. I'm SERIOUSLY thinking about this possibility.

Sigh... I need to get my workout sweat going this morning. That will most certainly make me feel better.

Time to finish my coffee...

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/28/2011 8:10PM

    I totally get how you are feeling - not close physically or otherwise to my parents and/or siblings. My kids have their own lives. Holidays are leaving me feeling a bit down.

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NPA4LOSS 11/28/2011 12:07PM

    Hope that you are feeling your own Christmas Spirit soon. emoticon

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MUFFIY831 11/28/2011 11:17AM

    @CHELLES_BELLS is onto something!!! I definitely understand how you feel, but you're right - get out there and sweat it out. It's impossible to think about bad stuff when you're huffing and puffing at the gym and all you can concentrate on is your breathing and form.

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RUNNINGWILD 11/28/2011 10:45AM

    I'm fighting a funk of a different sort today. I think we need to take Chelle's advice & dance.

Comment edited on: 11/28/2011 10:47:10 AM

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JOPAPGH 11/28/2011 9:53AM

    I have done the Christmas week getaway and give it a big thumbs up!

Hope ypu find youe spark again soon.

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CHELLES_BELLS 11/28/2011 9:19AM

    In the words of the immortal James Brown (King of Funk, you know)... "Get up off that thang. And dance till you feel better..." emoticon

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The world is my oyster

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I just love that saying. It has nothing to do with my blog, I just love saying it.

Did you ever get that feeling that you just want to spend some time alone? I mean, I love love love my husband and I love spending time with him. I love my family and I love spending time with them, but sometimes it's overwhelming.

I have been spending lots of time with Brad and I love it, but you know, sometimes I just want to sit on the couch zoning out to Iron Man. Sometimes I just want to sit and mindlessly play Angry Birds.

Thanksgiving was a little weird this year. We decided to go out to eat (mistake!) just to make everything easier. This is the first big holiday that both our families have been together since we got married, and it just was weird. I feel like my mom is still bitter about the way we got married, and we're just not as close as we used to be. And it makes me sad. It made me especially sad on Thursday - she and my brother drove up, and after lunch drove right home. I don't know how to explain the feeling... it just makes me a little sad. I wish things could go back to the way they used to be... I know you can't go back, but still. I guess it's just going to take time...? I hope.


Today Brad and I are going into Manhattan. yay! I am super excited to go- I love the city! I feel bad - yesterday I was kind of a brat just because I was feeling funny from Thanksgiving. I was whiny about something dumb, and it just made the evening uncomfortable. I think Brad is a little nervous about going today - but I'm over my brattiness today. I just needed to sleep it off.

- drink all my water, even if that means I have to buy bottled water throughout the day
- make healthy food choices - I don't need to act like this is the last time I'll ever be in NYC.
- take it easy on the credit card... I get tempted very easily in the city!
- Look for new glasses frames
- Be nice!

Have a great day! It's going to be beautiful!

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BOBBYD31 11/27/2011 6:26PM

    sorry it was a great holiday especially with your mom and we all understand the alone time. LOL
have a great NYC trip!

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DREBENEZER 11/26/2011 10:31AM

    Enjoy Manhattan!!

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    Thanks for writing some interesting stuff and supporting me on my journey. Have a great weekend and keep focused and using the time wisely. All the best - Mark

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/26/2011 7:21AM

    Enjoy your trip into Manhattan - I am a bit jealous! Are you going to see Macy's while you are there?

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CASSIOEPIA 11/26/2011 7:19AM

    Have a fun day. Perhaps the battiness was hormone related!

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