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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I am tired of this painting thing. Last night Brad and I had a little "fight" at the end of the night. Something silly, I'm sure. I've forgotten, as I slept on it and feel much better. I'm tired of my weekends being eaten up by this stupid painting. I know that the reward of having it done for much less money than a professional is wonderful, but UGH already! The house looks like a disaster area - I'm ready to put things back where they belong and enjoy my free time. Sigh... almost done. almost done. almost done.

On a good note, I am over my stomach flu thing and I feel much better. What an awful two days I had! I don't know the last time I felt like that.

Yesterday I went and did some running and circuit training. I was supposed to meet with my trainer, but there was a scheduling mix-up and I didn't meet with her. I was a little disappointed, but these things happen. I got in a great workout anyway. This morning I'm headed off to the pool - I'm seeing really awesome results from my Tough Mudder training! The circuit is kicking my butt.

- lots of water. This weekend was not a good one for water and I'm really feeling it!
- chiropractor after school. I NEED a massage.
- try to relax a little tonight.

Happy thing:
Yesterday when I was at the gym, I was complimented on my happiness. The juice guy (swoon) commented on how happy I was whenever I came in and that he thought he should see me every morning to start the day off with a smile!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/21/2012 11:27AM

    It's almost done! Keep plugging along and you both will be so happy and proud of the new look!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/21/2012 11:01AM

    Your blog titles usually strike me as happy too...the kind of blog titles someone who loves working with young children would write. :)

I can 100 percent relate about the painting, sucking up your free time, your house being all out of order, and even arguing over this shizz with your husband!! I hope we're both finished with it all soon!!

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TUCKERKT 2/21/2012 9:57AM

    Congrats on seeing the results for the Tough Mudder! I finally looked around and realized how strong I have gotten. This past week was a huge break through for me, 68 days until the TM and I am starting to feel like I am going to kick some massive butt. Or at least have a BLAST trying!

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MUFFIY831 2/21/2012 9:39AM

    Think of all that rolling as shoulder exercises! I know it's hard work (been there!) but the results will make it worthwhile and the pros charge absolutely freaking ridiculous prices so you're making the financially smart choice too. Great job!

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BAM0827 2/21/2012 9:38AM

    We're getting our house ready to sell and I have to repaint 5 of our 7 rooms (plus spots in the basement). I am DREADING it! DREADING! The bathroom has had primer on it since before Christmas and I've yet to put paint on. It's just such a daunting task! It's not so much the painting it's the mess around it that's just annoying! I hope yours is done soon!!

What a way to start your morning with the juice guy! I bet you'll smile every time you're in the gym and see him!

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CFMOSS 2/21/2012 7:21AM

    You're doing great, you're doing great, you're doing great:) The house will get painted and free time on the weekends will return AND thankfully there's still room for some good workouts. You're doing great.

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JORDANA84 2/21/2012 6:23AM

    I painted the interior of my own house before, and I almost gave up and hired someone lol but at the end you will be proud of your hard work and it'll look great !

emoticon @ the juice guy story.. he sounds sweet :)

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Earlier this morning I went back through some old Spark stats, because I like to do that sometimes. I saw something interesting - at the beginning of my weight-loss journey, when I was losing lots of weight, I was also earning the most Spark points. I was active on Spark, blogging, posting on boards, getting points... and in 2011, when I kind of had a stagnant/gaining year, I wasn't as active - my Spark points started curving down. This is really no surprise - I am the most excited about my own journey when I'm sharing other people's successes. Hm.

Last night I woke up in the middle of the night with an awful leg pain. I didn't figure out until this morning that it was probably due to almost falling on my rear end last night when I went out on the porch, not knowing that there was a thin sheet of ice on it. I was able to not fall, but I think I pulled something in the process. Ugh. So I'm not as rested as I would like to be today, but I'll make do.

I have lots to do today! I have to get a sensor removed from a gift (argh) before I go to my mom's house and have lunch, and then I'm going to a baby shower for a good friend. How fun! Then it's home to my honey.

- drink lots of water
- don't get carried away with eating at the baby shower! Keep a glass of water handy. Brad even said to me "just be careful eating. You've been working really hard and I want you to keep being happy with yourself." Isn't he amazing?!?!?
- Enjoy the day! Sometimes I get so caught up in what I need to do in the future that I can't really enjoy what's going on at the time. It's going to be super fun today!

Time to get ready to go... have a super day!

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GOEGIRL 2/19/2012 9:26PM

    Gracious, sorry about the pain - enough to wake you in the middle of the night? Yipes! I hope you're okay today. I'm sure you were 'good' at the shower, and that Brad - I can see why you married the boy! The Spark points... that's an interesting observation. I will take that one under advisement...

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CFMOSS 2/19/2012 2:27PM

    I agree: keep being happy with yourself....I think that's a quotable quote:)

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/19/2012 11:53AM

    I hope your day is going great! You're right,the more I do on here(blogging and tracking food/fitness) the better I do. I never gave up on my RR thread,though while going thru my non running funk.
I'm so glad that Brad is supportive in a non demeaning way.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 2/19/2012 9:38AM

    Brad is amazing!

I think you are on to something with the SparkPoints. I know I do so much better when I am "fully engaged" here. I know some people talk about spending too much time on SP, but for me, it's time spent on me and I am worth it!

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LTMURPHY7 2/19/2012 9:06AM


Your plans sound good

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/19/2012 9:00AM

    How sweet Brad sounds!! You'll do great at the shower, I'm sure.
How do you look up how many Spark points you were earning? I'm sure I'd see a similar pattern.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

I feel very fortunate today. On Thursday morning I came down with a nasty stomach bug, and today I feel much, much better. I feel fortunate because I was able to take sick days for the last two days, sleep it off, and take care of myself (and have Brad take care of me). I know that not everyone can do this. And this is a problem! I don't know what I would have done if I had no sick days... I was MISerable on Thursday, and yesterday was no picnic, either. Sigh...

Anyway, today I am joining the land of the living. I'm going out to get a baby shower gift and a few things for myself. I'm such a crazy woman that even when I go shopping for fun, I take along a list of things I want! It works for me, though. I don't end up with 68 black sweaters but no pants.

The painting is going to pick up again this weekend. We didn't do anything this week, and I'm actually ok with that. This afternoon we're going to prep another two walls, Brad's going to paint them, and then we'll be almost finished with the huge area! Then the fun of re-doing the bathrooms. I'm actually looking forward to doing that. And then... talking to our realtor! Phew! Yesterday I decided that I felt well enough (for about 15 minutes) so I thought I'd give the piano moving a try. Now, if you've ever tried to move a piano, you know it's damn hard. But I grabbed the handle, lifted with my legs, and voila! I moved the piano! Far enough away from the wall to paint. WOOOOOOOT. All this gym time is paying off. FUNCTIONAL FITNESS!!!

- drink lots and lots of water. I need to rehydrate myself from my sickness. Even though I drank Gatorade and water, I seriously need more. It was the kind of sickness where even the thought of water made me nauseous.
- stick to the shopping plan! I like to get treats for me, but I also have to keep long-term financial goals in mind.
- prep the next painting area.

It looks like I'll get back to the gym tomorrow. This sickness, while sucky, has been a good opportunity for my body to get some rest. I've been working it really hard, and I think it will thank me for the break!
Today: painting
Tomorrow: swimming
Monday: meeting with my trainer. We are setting up a circuit to get me ready for the Tough Mudder. I'm getting excited - the other day at the gym I did a pull-up with only 20% assistance!

Have a super day!

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TUCKERKT 2/19/2012 8:51AM

    Congrats on the pull up! You are much further along than me. I am about 1/8 of the way up with no resistance. Keep Strong!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/18/2012 5:37PM

    Your life sounds a little like mine...spending our days at elementary schools, and then our free time painting our houses and moving our pianos! Great job on the functional fitness front. Oh, and I have that book you recommended to me...but I'm finishing another book first before I read it. Can't wait though.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/18/2012 12:43PM

    HOLY COW!!! Moving pianos-that is cool!!!
I'm so glad you're feeling better BUT please take it easy. It keeps sneaking back on some of us here-feed the tummy easy foods for acouple more days and be careful on the workouts,too.
Enjoy the painting!UGH! I dread the thought of painting but 'might' take on another bedroom next month while DD ishome for break(she gets to babysit)
Have a great weekend with hunk of hubby!!!

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love is in the air

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What a wonderful day. I left a scavenger hunt for my honey this morning, and he stopped by school this afternoon to deliver some flowers to me! I love my hubs.

I worked out like a mad woman this morning. I did a 30 minute run, and then a 30 minute circuit. Phew! Tomorrow is a rest day and I seriously need it. I was running a little behind schedule this morning, so I stopped at Dunkin' Donuts on the way to school. Got a bagel with sausage, egg and cheese - I managed to stay away from the donuts! It was only alright. It was fine for today, but it made me very glad that I am usually able to eat at home and can have food without so much fat and grease. And the bagel thing had 650 calories. HOLY MOLY!

So water water water. Brad is cooking some Thai-style fish for dinner - I can't wait!

Hope your day was happy!

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GOEGIRL 2/14/2012 10:11PM

    You're aDORable! How lovely that you and your hunny can enjoy doing these things for each other. (not that you need a wish for one but...) Happy Valentine's day!

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BOBBYD31 2/14/2012 7:51PM

    how sweet you two are

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/14/2012 7:27PM

    I love scavenger hunts

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CFMOSS 2/14/2012 5:53PM

    Enjoy your dinner - sounds wonderful and even more enjoy the time together. Happy Valentine's Day.

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SHERYLDS 2/14/2012 5:52PM

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Happy Valentine's Day

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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.


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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