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Bust-bust-bustin'!

Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm officially registered for my first sprint triathlon! A few weeks ago I picked up a postcard at the gym. I looked at it for a little while, and just didn't get up the nerve to sign up. How do I transition? How do I train? Where do I get a wetsuit? What shoes do I get? AAAAAHHHH

But I'm not fretting! I was once a first time 5Ker, and I was once a first time weight-lifter. And just like those things, I will be a successful first time triathlete. I will use my resources (Spark! my trainer!) to learn about this, just like I have everything else.

This seems to be the year of busting out of my comfort zone. Adding new goals, pushing myself past what I ever thought I could do... I feel really good. And one really awesome side effect of all this comfort-zone-busting is that I'm losing some weight! I'm not necessarily *trying* to lose it, but in order for me to be the best Tough Mudder I can be, dropping some inches is pretty much inevitable. I have some great forearm muscles forming (who knew?!?) and I'm getting the little line on my legs again from all the lunges and squats. I can do pushups four ways, in one workout, and I can deadlift over 100 pounds easily.

YAHOOOOOOOOOO!

Brad has been super supportive (as always) and he's even asking me to give *him* some workouts he can do at home! I show him what I'm doing, and he loves it. It feels good to know that he thinks I know a little bit about this fitness thing!

It's time for the couch and a glass of wine. I think tomorrow morning will be some circuit training...

  
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TORTUETOO 2/17/2012 10:19AM

    Carrie, that's awesome! I'm in a tri class and I don't have the guts to sign up for one, LOL. I would love it if you would share some of your ST workouts. That's something I'm terrible at - I can write all kinds of training plans for running or biking but ask me to put together a ST routine and I'm totally lost. If you're willing to share, that would be wonderful. Keep up the great work!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/14/2012 10:52AM

    HOLY *&&T!!! excuse my French, but that is saweet!!!that you deadlift 100 #!!! hey-wait a minute, I just realize that I do 60..that's not too shabby. I LOVE READING YOUR BLOGS!!!!
Anyway, I am super stoked to see you bust out of your comfort zones!!a tri,that is something else! I keep saying,"someday" for that-gotta get in a pool to determine if I could handle the swim though I've been told you really don't need to know how to swim,just stay above for air and not get trampled. LOL!
VERY proud of you,Carrie and isn't that exciting that hubs is joining you from the corner??? pretty soon he'll be going to the gym with you,if nothing else to protect his precious prize. :)
Hope your kids treat you special today on this Valentine Day!!

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CAMROLA 2/13/2012 11:08PM

    That is AWESOME--you are so going to rock this, like you do everything else!

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I'm going to sleep like a log tonight...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Brad and I are painting the house. And he's done most of it himself, but today we worked on it together. It's a challenge for us - our working styles are VERY different. He just kind of does everything and cleans up at the end, and I clean up as I go. I am very careful and slow with my edging, he prefers to tape everything up so he can go more quickly. He gets little drips all over the place, I am way more anal-retentive than that. So today was kind of stressful. I will be very happy when this is all over.

Today was a crazy workout day. I did 30 minutes worth of sprint intervals on the TM, and then went over to the weight room to do two circuits of the Tough Mudder workout. Holy moly! If I don't get in great shape by the time this event rolls around, there is a serious problem. I'm working on my pullups - I would LOVE to be able to do a full pullup with no assistance. Work in progress!

This past week has not been great for eating. I've been having so much trouble tracking my food, and I went a little crazy with Thin Mints (I succumbed to the temptation!), donuts, and Valentine candy sent by my mom. The good thing is (I guess?) is that the Thin Mints were not nearly as good as I had built them up to be. I mean, they were good, but not good enough for me to get a second box. And I still have a sleeve in the freezer at school, so I'd say that's a pretty good thing.

So this week I will really make an effort to write down all my food. It really works for me if I start with breakfast right when I'm eating it - kind of sets the mood for the day.

The couch is calling my name...

  
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CFMOSS 2/13/2012 7:25AM

    You're doing good even when painting styles are different and food is hard to track. Keep up the good journey. You are so worth it.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 2/12/2012 10:56PM

    I hate painting for all the reasons you mentioned. Glad you made it through it! Congrats on sticking with the awesome workouts!

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DLYNN122 2/12/2012 9:55PM

    i just looked up the tough mudder workout...it looks SO hard! I'm very impressed :) Good luck with your battle against the valentines day candy!

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MIAMIA7 2/12/2012 6:55PM

    Yeah, Bobby and I have two totally different painting styles also. But after 27 years we learned to work it out and not kill each other during :)
I am going to try the Tough Mudder workouts. I will have to modify some for some of my limitations but I could use another type of workout...shake it up a bit.
Hope the couch is comfy! You deserve it!

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Friday, I love you.

Friday, February 10, 2012

I am definitely feeling my body changing! I feel slimmer in my clothes. When I looked in the mirror this morning, I saw a waist! I am thrilled. I changed up my workouts, cranked up the intensity, and I'm feeling good. I guess it's a good thing that my body was adjusting to my already tough workouts, but I'm sure glad I changed it up.

Yesterday I was doing a steady beat activity with a kindergarten class. Sometimes when they are especially good during class, we find a silly steady beat. We stick out our tongues, jump like a monkey, or make a muscle. When we made a muscle yesterday, one of the little boys said "Mrs. K, I didn't know you had muscles!" How excited was I?!?!?! Hahaha they were bustin' out through my sleeves.

Today is going to be a good day. It's sunny and crisp, my lunch is packed, my tum isn't hanging over my pants (yahoo!) and it's FRIDAY!!!!

Have a super day!

  
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COOPSM 2/11/2012 11:58PM

    Carrie---keep up the great work!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/10/2012 9:33AM

    Wonderful! Sounds like you're enjoying the fruits of your labor! Good job cranking up those workouts!

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JUDIL62 2/10/2012 8:57AM

    AWESOME! Good for you!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/10/2012 8:35AM

    YEE HAW!!!! Way to go,Carrie!!! I'm feeling the same way! I'm down 2+ lbs since 9 days ago and I can really feel it in my clothes! Now, just to keep the momentum going for another 7-8 lbs and then....MAINTAIN.
I hope your Friday is FAB@!!!!!

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MAYGIRL14 2/10/2012 8:31AM

    Wonderful!!! So happy you are seeing the results you have been working for so hard!
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I will be doing an extra happy dance for you today!
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MARLIMOO 2/10/2012 8:29AM

    Great feeling - enjoy the weekend!

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BSTAKINGACTION 2/10/2012 8:18AM

    emoticon Show 'em your muscles girl!

Happy Friday to you too!

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BILLALEX70 2/10/2012 8:03AM

    WooHoo!

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JESSYVIRGINY 2/10/2012 7:59AM

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Runnin' on lead

Thursday, February 09, 2012

I love rest days! Yesterday was especially restful. This morning I got up, slogged off to the gym, and did 30 minutes on the TM. My legs felt like lead, but I did it anyway. It's been a hard week for running... not sure why, but I'm hoping I'll get back to normal soon!

Today Brad is planning to finish the upstairs painting. He is doing a great job - I am so glad I don't have to paint when I come home from work!

I'm feeling the shopping itch. I think I might be ready for some new workout gear. Maybe this weekend I'll take a little time out to do some retail therapy. I can tell that working out is doing good things for me - I haven't wanted to go shopping in a while because I felt fat and gross. I'm finally starting to feel better! Yahoo!

Today:
- drink all my water
- track/write down all my food
- get some new pictures posted
- clean off the desk when I get home

Have a super day!

  
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BOBBYD31 2/9/2012 9:22PM

    retail therapy your too funny. how about some JASR therapy..... soon

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COOPSM 2/9/2012 8:31PM

    Nice job on getting that run done!!! Retail therapy...I need some too....enjoy!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/9/2012 8:41AM

    enjoy your rest day and hope you can unload the lead from those legs! (hope the heavy legs won't keep you from enjoying your shopping!)

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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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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/7/2012 9:57AM

    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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BILLALEX70 2/7/2012 7:52AM

    WooHoo!

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