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The First of Tha Month

Thursday, March 01, 2012

It happens, without fail, on the first of every month. I sing Bone Thugs. I can't help it!

Today's calendar quote says "Plant seeds of kindness and harvest happy hearts." So that's what I'm going to do today! You sure do get a lot more bees with honey than with vinegar.

Yesterday was such a fantastically lazy day. Funny - I remember reading a blog (was it Judi's?) about how on workout days, she ate less, and on rest days, she ate more! It happened to me yesterday. I had an afternoon snack of popcorn (Rookies - yes, actual, real popcorn) and had some other snacks that I usually don't have. Weird.

And this morning, as I cursed my alarm, I thought about how easy it is to "fall off" the workout wagon. I re-set my alarm this morning and said to myself "Ugh I'll just go after school." But after lying there for five minutes thinking "who am I kidding?!?" I woke up and I'm ready to go. The big mug of coffee is delicious.

Today's workout is a cardio circuit:

Warm up
step mill - 1 mile for speed
treadmill - 1 mile for speed
elliptical - 1 mile for speed
step mill - .5 mile
treadmill - .5 mile
elliptical - .5 mile


Off to finish my coffee... have a mah-velous March 1st!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/1/2012 7:50PM


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TUCKERKT 3/1/2012 11:12AM

    I seem to have that conversation with my alarm a lot here lately. I am trying to work out in the AM so I can enjoy my evenings!

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CASSIOEPIA 3/1/2012 8:52AM

    "who am I kidding?!?" is so true. Nobody knows that better than me :)

It was my comment on Anne's blog about eating less on workout days. And popcorn for a snack in the afternoon can be quite delicious!

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CFMOSS 3/1/2012 7:14AM

    Here's to a mahhhhvelous March even with the dreaded alarm clock interfering with your fun. Here's to a mahhhhvelous cardio circuit today even with a bit of sweat dripping off the forehead. Here's to uplifting students even on challenging days. Hope you enjoyed your coffee.

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A funny thing happened...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

This morning I got my favorite phone call. The one where my principal says we have a snow day! Looking outside, though, I don't know if we really *needed* a snow day. But hey, I'll take it! I can get my March stuff planned, look at my workouts... but anyway, the point is that typically on a snow day, I like to have a big Belgian waffle with fruit on top. I sit around in my jammies, watch Maury, and eat my waffle. But as I was getting ready this morning, I realized that I really didn't *want* a waffle. I'd rather stick with my healthy eating since I'm feeling really good. Huh. So toast and an egg it was! And I'm so glad.

This is going to be a great to day to get things done that just don't get done normally. Maybe I'll clean out a cabinet, maybe not. I need to paint my nails. Maybe I'll do some laundry, but maybe not. I can decide! Yahoo!

But here's what I do need to do today:
- drink my water
- Rest Day! Get those muscles back in working order. Brad and I are going to do a little stretching later.
- Pack my lunch for tomorrow
- Enjoy my unexpected day off!

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BOBBYD31 2/29/2012 10:27PM

    hope you enjoyed the day

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/29/2012 8:58PM

    Hmm....your weather must be coming my way, because there's been talk of us maybe getting a snow day tomorrow! But, if it doesn't happen, that's OK too - just means summer vacation will start one day earlier. :)

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COOPSM 2/29/2012 8:51PM

    Like Penny said...."stretching" huh?? Hope you enjoyed the day!!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 2/29/2012 7:26PM

    Hope you had a great day!

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MAYGIRL14 2/29/2012 1:38PM

    I hope you are enjoying your day off from work!

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RUNNINGWILD 2/29/2012 12:43PM

    "a little stretching" is that what you kids are calling emoticon these days ;)
Enjoy your rest/snow day.

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CFMOSS 2/29/2012 12:04PM


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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/29/2012 11:07AM

    YAY!!! enjoy this day even sans waffle...I thought that was what this blog would be about. LOL!!!!

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LANSELMI 2/29/2012 9:53AM

    Enjoy! It is not often we get an extra day off.

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DOLPHINFAN1334 2/29/2012 9:42AM

    HAVE AN AMAZING DAY OFF!! emoticon

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Rest days and being the taste-tester.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I am so sore I can't even stand it. Between my crazy new circuit and my massage therapist kneading the beejeezus out of my shoulder and quads, I feel like I've been run over by a truck. But in a good way. I guess? *Is* there a good way when your muscles feel like this? So tomorrow is a rest day. My chiro suggested it. He told me his observation of patients training for something, totally over-training, and rather than missing one or two days of training, missing two or more weeks. I love my chiro.

Brad had a job interview today! And he goes back next week to do a second interview, kind of like an episode of "Chopped". He will get a bowl of food and he has to use it all to make a dish. Looks like this week will be full of me being the guinea pig for his recipes! Hooray! I love being married to a chef.

Today I ran three miles with NO PAIN in my knee. This is HUGE! I can't tell you the last time that happened. I put aside my pride, slowed down the treadmill, and I did it! Endurance is going to be my priority - the Tough Mudder is ten miles. And since it's not a race, I don't need to be fast. But I *do* need to be able to get through the whole thing.

Time for a little ice cream treat (Blue Bunny Chocolate Lovers' Champ Cone... mmmmmm) and couch time!

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CFMOSS 2/29/2012 7:34AM

    Understand the muscle aches - I'm doing a new circuit which is really good but some muscles are yacking that they think it's a workout and of course I did it two days in a row - today's my day of rest for that. Congrats on the painless run and enjoy (in moderation) the taste tests:)

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    I didn't know you've had knee pain all this time! Glad it was missing today! cream-sounds fun!
and best wishes to Brad on his interviews!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/28/2012 8:49PM

    Sounds like you're doing all the things I should be doing! :) Haha. So happy for you that you were able to run without knee pain!!

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Sun-day Mon-day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Tough Mudder is quickly approaching! About two months to go! Eeep.

Time to really hit the training hard. This morning I went to the gym to do my new circuit - HOLY MOLY. Here it is:

20 bodyweight squats
10 jump squats
20 alt. lunges
10 jumping junges
repeat 3X

20 pullups
20 pushups
20 kettle bell swings
20 burpees
20 situps
repeat 3X

WHOA. But a really neat thing that happened today was that one of the trainers was in with another client, and they were close to where I was doing my stuff. She gave me a variation on the burpee called the "Crossfit Burpee." When you go down to do the squat thrust, you put your chest immediately to the ground, and when you come up, add a jump at the end. No rest in between them. WOW. So I did a few of them and boy did it make me work! But on my way out, she gave me a thumbs up. Woot!

Got some new vitamins over the weekend. I'm like a kid and prefer chewable vitamins over the giant capsules. So I now have chewable calcium and gummy Omega-3. I have been taking fish oil/Omega-3 for a while now, and it has made a big difference in my hair (I don't know what else, I can just see how it affected my hair). It's thicker, shinier, and looks much healthier. Of course, this might be my diet and workouts, too, but the Omega-3 is good for me anyway.

I'm getting ready to head out for a facial. My skin seriously needs it today. The last month has been so stressful with the painting and everything - my poor skin is tired of me touching it out of stress habit! Then it's off to look for some new workout gear. Yahoo! I know I've written this before, but it's so funny how I am more excited to get new gym clothes than any other kind of clothes! (Almost, it depends on my mood. I really love buying sandals when the weather is warm.)

Off to get ready... have a super day!

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COOPSM 2/28/2012 7:29AM

    Carrie-----great WO!!! Sounds lintense---no wonder those muscles are feeling it today!!! Happy facial...I go today!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/27/2012 9:22PM

    I've been taking fish as soon as I read what you wrote about Omega-3 I instantly reached up to see if my hair felt different. :)'s still a little damp from my shower and in a ponytail, so I can't tell.

Great workout! Nice of that trainer to give you a little trick to make it extra hard. :)

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RUNNINGWILD 2/27/2012 3:24PM

    I was at the Running Room the other day checking out new clothes.. $149 for a pair of pants and I said "ooh, that's not bad!" If those had been office clothes, I'd have thrown them back on the rack with a "Pffft, I don't *think* so!"
Trust me, I understand. emoticon

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TUCKERKT 2/27/2012 1:24PM

    Wow, you got a great work out in. I can't wait until I can say I can do one pull up with out using the assistance of the machine. I am getting there, but as you said time is starting to run out.

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STLCARDSFANS05 2/27/2012 11:18AM

    atta girl emoticon

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/27/2012 10:18AM

    FABULOUS!!! hope that facial was wonderful and relaxing for you!

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BLACK-SWAN 2/27/2012 10:09AM

    i got the gummies one time and couldn't quit munching on them. Oh well!

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MAYGIRL14 2/27/2012 9:47AM

    What an impressive workout, made me tired just reading through it!!!
I know the feeling on new work out clothes...used to be baggy was better, but this weekend I tried on some form fitting pieces, and I didn't run screaming from the fitting room!
Congratulations on all your progress, you will rock that race!!!

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MUFFIY831 2/27/2012 9:21AM

    Wow, now THAT is a workout! Impressive! I couldn't do 2 pullups if my life depended on it, so I am especially impressed with that part. Keep up the great work and you will dominate that race!

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

The kitchen is done being painted, and Brad is finishing up the ceiling now. By god, I think the painting is almost done!

This morning was weigh-in day and the scale was very nice to me. It really gave me a boost to start the day! I did some interval hills and sprints on the TM. The gym was nice and empty. Came home and had a delicious roast beef sandwich for lunch. Brad and I started our own little tradition of having a lunch meat sandwich on Sunday afternoons. How funny that lunch meat is like a little treat for me now where it used to be an almost every-day thing for me!

Tum is rumbling a little bit for something... I'll clean up a little bit and then maybe have some fruit.

Today I:
- worked out hard!
- drank all my water
- got lots done around the house
- wrote in my journal - I really needed to do this today!

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    NICE!!! great job on the scale loss,the great workout and the time with hubby. AND-the painting task is nearly done!! woo hoo!!!

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COOPSM 2/26/2012 8:12PM

    Sounds like a great day to me!!!

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SCHECK5 2/26/2012 6:00PM


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    Sounds like you had a very good day!

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