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If the suit fits...

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

It was well worth the money to buy a new swimsuit yesterday. Today I slipped it on, went to the pool, and got in a great swimming workout. I did sprints, practiced my flip turns, and swam for 30 minutes without a break. Hurrah!

It's a beautiful day! The sky is clear and temperature is crisp.

Today I will:
- drink all my water
- write down/track all my food (this is such a challenge for me!)
- move some boxes when I get home
- make a phone call that I've put off for a week

Have a healthy, happy day!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 2/7/2012 7:37PM

    Great goals, and enjoy the new 'suit!

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MIAMIA7 2/7/2012 7:00PM

    Great job! I do need to get into the pool again. It is a heck of a workout. Yay on the new swimsuit!

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RUNNINGWILD 2/7/2012 1:32PM

    Sounds like my day -- minus the swimsuit & boxes. emoticon

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TORTUETOO 2/7/2012 10:04AM


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    yay! what a great workout! and good luck on tracking food-i hate doing it. :(
and the phone call,too...I'm the one who would much rather email...I'm somewhat antisocial and dislike making business or app't calls...
I betchya you're looking pretty slinky in that new suit,too~~~ have a Terrific Tuesday. Hope those kids treat you well!

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CELIAMINER 2/7/2012 9:12AM

    Good for you! I never could master flip turns, and I hated getting water up my nose, so I quit trying. I've been wondering lately if there are personal trainers for swimming. I know the basic strokes, and believe me, I STILL have enough body fat that I don't have to worry about sinking, but I would like to work swimming into my workouts to give my arthritic knees a rest.

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GCHUNG 2/7/2012 8:00AM

    You go!!!!

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EMGERBER 2/7/2012 7:54AM

    Great plan for the day, enjoy, you will be successful!

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DABLUECAT 2/7/2012 7:53AM

    I bought myself a bathing suit this past weekend. Totally forgot to bring it with me to the gym d'oh!

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A Mah-velous Monday

Monday, February 06, 2012

Today started out with a bang. I went to the gym, and I see a woman in there who I always see in the morning, and she asks "are you losing weight?" Holy moly I must have said "thank you!" a million times, and "you totally made my day!" about 300,000. What a great way to start out the week!

Had a pretty good day with the kiddos, bought a new swim suit after school, and came home to see that the upstairs is ready for Brad to paint tomorrow. He is putting some painters' tape on the trim right now. I'm so glad he's taking care of the painting... I can't imagine coming home from work and having to do any painting. We picked up $300 worth of paint earlier this evening... still saving us quite a bit of money doing it ourselves.

Eating was pretty good today. Running was SO tough this morning. I had to really push myself to get through 20 minutes. Yesterday I did a crazy circuit at the gym - I went through a bunch of my Tough Mudder exercises. WHOA. Hard stuff. My legs are SO sore today. But in that good soreness way...

It's going to be an early night to bed. Tomorrow morning I'm bustin' out the new swimsuit and doing some laps!

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COOPSM 2/6/2012 10:54PM

    Sounds like a great those comments!!!

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JOPAPGH 2/6/2012 10:36PM

    Does sound like a great day. emoticon

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TORTUETOO 2/6/2012 10:21PM

    Ooo, I love a spiffy new suit. Great job on getting that run done. Have a great swim tomorrow!

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CAMROLA 2/6/2012 9:56PM

    Looking good, feeling good--and sore!--and ready to dive in for more. Enjoy your laps. Bet you'll look and feel great in the suit, and will feel less sore after some time in the water!


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    Go show those pool lappers how it's done! And super sweet on a) new suit and b)hubby doing the painting...that doesn' thappen often around here. But, then again, he's not here all day and I...well, I am. :)

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

So today was a pretty good day. I got up, put on my running gear, and did a little hill work outside. I don't know why I don't run in our development more often - it has great hills, no traffic, and the view is great! I rather enjoyed not having to drive anywhere to go running.

Came home, had a good breakfast, and then it was off to my mom's.

On the way down, Brad and I decided that we are going to paint the house ourselves. It's going to be a lot of work but the estimate was a lot to have someone else do it. It will be a great learning experience for the both of us if we don't kill each other before it's done. Sigh. I am going to need a lot of meditation during this time.

Not much else to say... tomorrow is going to be filled with buying painting stuff, cleaning the walls in a bedroom, and grocery shopping. Hooray.

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    Oh,Girl!! As someone who just finished LOTS of's not bad when you first start. Then you should just keep going~take a day off work if you can so you can stay on the roll. That's all I did for 5 days straight was paint when the addition was finished.
Good luck! You'll feel so proud and happy when it's done!

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COOPSM 2/5/2012 10:44AM

    Well...I posted on the RR thread to sit back, relax...but I see know you are will be able to sit back and enjoy the accomplishment.....make it fun!!

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CFMOSS 2/5/2012 8:27AM

    good luck on the painting. It'll look great especially if you take your time and pay attention to detail - then again if you want to finish it. You're doing amazingly well. Keep up the good work.

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Crying tears of joy for Friday

Friday, February 03, 2012

It's a new day.

I put yesterday behind me, and I'm ready for a wonderful Friday! I get to wear jeans, the temperature might reach 50 degrees, and I get to go out to dinner with a girlfriend tonight! Life is good.

This morning I got up to swim. I haven't been swimming in a long time - it's such a great calorie burner, and I LOVE to swim. It's my "easy" day of working out. I love being in the pool. It's quiet, it's solitary, and I can lose myself in my thoughts. Sometimes I really concentrate on my form and technique, but today was one of those days when all I wanted to do was think. So I counted laps for a while, I thought about getting flowers for my wonderful friends, and before I knew it, half an hour had flown by!

Huh. And I only aimed for 20 minutes. What a great way to start off my Friday! And my hair did what I wanted it to do. And I found something red to wear today. And Brad packed my lunch for me last night. And I hung up my miniature dachshund calendar next to my computer, so I'm looking at a ridiculously cute dog right now. (I got the calendar from one of my kindergarten kids. He and his family know that I am totally obsessed with mini wiener dogs - he has two, and his dogs ride in the car with him, and they wear sweaters. Love.)

- drink all my water
- write down all my food
- have a super day
- get my taxes done (after dinner, my girlfriend is coming over for our Annual Tax Party. One of us reads the others information while we type it into the computer. It goes so quickly, and then we have a good dessert.)

Hooray for Friday!!!

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    That would make doing taxes so much less taxing!! (Ha...cheesy, I know!) I'm glad you're putting yesterday behind you...sometimes it's hard to do, but you're SO much better off when you just move on to something better! Have a WONDERFUL day and weekend!

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    Oh,Carrie! I SO love your daily blogs! You are so honest and down to earth and happy!!!
Have a great evening and weekend!

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    Hooray! Enjoy the weekend!!!

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DEERLADY45 2/3/2012 7:59AM

    Im glad your day is going so-o well! Some times just the little simple things in life are the Greatest!Have fun at your dinner and Tax party with your friend and enjoy the Rest of the Week end! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/3/2012 8:01:28 AM

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CFMOSS 2/3/2012 7:44AM

    Here's to a wonderful day - take pleasure in it.

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I do NOT want to repeat this Groundhog Day!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

You know that movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray? Well, if I had to live this day over again I'd jump out a window. I won't get into details, but suffice it to say that it involved a colleague who thinks specials (music, art, gym, etc.) are a waste of time, a first grade class who had a sub today, and a child throwing furniture.

I spent much of the afternoon crying, something I work really hard at not doing at school. One of my girlfriends came into my room and I told her how crappy I felt. So she had her class write me cards during their writing time. If you ever need a pick-me-up, have a first grader write you a note. I was feeling pretty awful, but these kids wrote things like "You have a fantastic singing voice." "You are beautiful." "You are the best teacher in the world." "We love you!" "I like your hair."

The class paraded into the music room and gave me cards and hugs. I cried again, and they were worried, but I told them that it was a happy cry. And it was wonderful. So I brought all my cards home and showed them to Brad. There were a few other kiddos in another class who knew I was sad and they wrote me cards to make me feel better. I love my kids!

Brad is making me hamburgers tonight. I love my honey.

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LALAFLOWERS 2/3/2012 7:15AM

    what wonderful kids.

Sorry about the bad sub. (I sub, and know it's a hard job.. but kids get to know you, and don't act up, if the sub does her job)

Glad you managed to end the day on a better note. Sometimes the rough stuff is needed, so that we can appreciate the good stuff even more.

HUGS.. and have a great one today!

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    If it makes you feel any better I had one of my worst days yesterday too. It must have been something in the air. Today is a new day.

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JOPAPGH 2/2/2012 11:55PM

    "I like your hair." emoticon

Glad the kiddies came through for you. Both of our kids graduated from the Creative and Performing Arts HS in Pittsburgh. Some adults understand the value teachers in the arts provide.

Hope tomorrow goes better but you still get more great cards.

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GOEGIRL 2/2/2012 10:10PM

    Oh NO! Carrie, that's awful. And wonderful! You have a very nice colleague and some very nice children. Oh, and I like your hair too. I agree - saxophone it should be. A contrabass one.
but all I can find is this guitar

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    What sweet teacher friend and kids those are~~~ glad your day turned around. and I second or third what Jen said...(she has a way with words)

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BSTAKINGACTION 2/2/2012 8:38PM cool. And I agree with Tortuetoo!

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GSDMIKE 2/2/2012 8:35PM

    Wow, I think I'd want to repeat that one, furniture rearrangement and all.

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CFMOSS 2/2/2012 8:26PM

    thank you for teaching specials because of the children, in spite of the collegue. thank you.

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DDHEART 2/2/2012 7:44PM

    Maybe just repeat the good parts!! You know I was just thinking about what your blog said to me...there are always good parts...we may have to look for them and we don't get to enjoy them without the bad parts providing contrast. but those good things are definitely worth it!

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RUNNINGWILD 2/2/2012 7:43PM

    I agree with Jenny but i think I'd use a saxaphone. I think they're a little heavier.

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BOBBYD31 2/2/2012 7:28PM

    that is awesome, what a way to turn a day around!

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TORTUETOO 2/2/2012 6:53PM

    As a former music and French major, anyone who doesn't think the arts are important should dragged ceremoniously out into the street by the drama department, painted red by the art department and beaten with a bassoon by the music department. That's all.


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