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Oh, happy run!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

So those of you who've been injured at some point, you know how exciting it is when you get back to running and feel really good. Tonight was one of those nights for me. After Girls On the Run, I went into town to get some rice protein and gluten-free snacks. Then I headed out to meet the local running club. I haven't run with them in over a year! I have been really nervous about my knees - the runs are usually around 4 miles, and I've been so scared that my knees would act up.

Tonight I ran with my running mentor (I think of him often when I run) and we kept it at a nice, easy pace. I wasn't worried about keeping up with the group, and my mentor is really really amazing about keeping me motivated no matter what my pace. So we're running for a while, and I don't notice my knee. We run a little more, and I STILL don't notice my knee. We finish, and I STILL don't notice my knee! Hurrah! I was walking on clouds. I almost cried, I was so happy about tonight's run!

I *did* just get some new kicks last week, and I really think they are making a huge difference. The extra cushioning in them (ASICS Gel-Kayanos) is amazing. I didn't realize how much lower back pain I was having until I ran in these shoes! I am SO happy with them. So I'm being really diligent about tracking my miles run in them, and I plan to get a new pair when I get to about 100 miles or so; I can rotate the new ones in.

Yay!

Today's eating was really pretty good!

Tomorrow:
- water water water (I am slacking on this again)
- stick to my eating plan (I am doing really well with my eating lately)
- morning swim
- send in college application (I have decided to go back to school to get my Curriculum Supervisor's Certificate. Brad is helping me pay for the classes, and this way I can be on my way to working in administration!)

Happy Friday Eve!

  
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MCCOURTT 4/13/2012 3:25PM

    Congrat, on the run, it is hard to get back to it after an injury. To many more runs emoticon

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 4/13/2012 1:54PM

    HOORAY!!!! No sore knees!!! That makes me so happy!!
And congrats on going back to school-you're brave!! You'll do awesome!

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GIANNA345 4/13/2012 11:37AM

    Good work! Keep it up.

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CASSIOEPIA 4/13/2012 9:33AM

    So much good news in this blog!!! Congrats on going back to school - love it :)

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MUFFIY831 4/13/2012 9:03AM

    Excellent!!

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CFMOSS 4/13/2012 7:12AM

    Glad the knee is doing better; take care of it - it needs to last you many years! and kudos on the activities of the day especially the college app for admin study. Go Girl.

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CAMROLA 4/13/2012 12:12AM

    Such a great feeling! Glad you had such a good run! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/12/2012 10:09PM

    Glad you had a good run! Those goals sound good! Keep up the great work!

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BILLALEX70 4/12/2012 9:10PM

    I always love my Kayanos!

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You know you're healthy when...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

you come home, see asparagus in the fridge, and think "Wow, this would make a really great snack."

Came home from school today, and I was SO hungry. I knew I was going to have a stuffed pepper for dinner, but I couldn't wait until it was heated through! So asparagus was my treat. Crazy.

Today was another really good day! I dragged my arse out of bed this morning (it's very hard to get up at 5:00am after not setting an alarm for five days), got in a 30 minute run, and had a good day with the kiddos at school.

Tonight:
- pack lunch for tomorrow
- prep dinner for tomorrow night
- get clothes ready
- journal for a bit

Hope it was a fantastic day for you!

  
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DEEJ4FITNESS 4/11/2012 8:56PM

    WOW! You're an inspiring lil' ball of energy and I loves ya bunches!!! MMMMmmmmm need to buy me some asparagus! I'm out :(

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TORTUETOO 4/11/2012 2:18PM

    Love it! I could eat asparagus 7 days a week. Luckily, so could my beau, so we have it a lot. :)

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MUFFIY831 4/11/2012 9:39AM

    Love it, and I love this time of year when it's fresh and amazing. I had some for dinner the other night!

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CFMOSS 4/11/2012 7:17AM

    yummy snack - we had absolutely wonderful asparagus made by my husband's aunt which was served cold (my college daughter and her college friend took the leftovers gladly) hmmm....wasn't too smart on letting them go.

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LYNNANN43 4/10/2012 11:55PM

    asparagus... so better than a York Peppermint Patty... but don't seeing exchanging them soon. LOL

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GOEGIRL 4/10/2012 8:40PM

    lol - love it!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/10/2012 7:59PM

    Wow, asparagus would make a great snack - you're hardcore healthy, lady! :)

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JAZZMINE 4/10/2012 7:51PM

    Wow! You are doing great! I wish I could get up that early to exercise!

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/10/2012 7:32PM

    Isn't that a great feeling? I've been staring at the bags of chips in my cabinet, and seriously thinking, "I have nothing for snacks. I need to go to the grocery store." Because I was craving hummus and veggies.

Yay!

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JAZZ20 4/10/2012 6:27PM

  My daughter makes a killer asparagus dish. I enjoy it every time she prepares it. No creamy sauce or anything. Yum.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 4/10/2012 6:18PM

    Sounds like a great day,Carrie! How was the run? knees okay?
My day was pretty good-waiting to still get in a walk,though.....

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BRIAN36 4/10/2012 6:17PM

    Asparagus is my new favorite. Wish someone else in the house liked it.

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Great start to the week!

Monday, April 09, 2012

Today was one of those days where, as I'm winding down and getting into relax mode, I think "wow, what a super day!"

- I helped Brad with his hurt back. I gave him a little deep back rub, made him wince, and gave him some advice. I guess I've learned a lot about the body!
- Did a great workout at the gym. Wanted to do a full circuit, but my knee wasn't feeling the lunges. Rather than kill my knee, I changed it up a little bit and felt really good when I was done. My pushups are really improving!
- Got a new lunch bag! My old one was starting to get a little rank, so I treated myself to a cute new Vera Bradley lunch bag. So fun for spring!
- Went grocery shopping and stocked up on dairy- and gluten- free food. I don't have a medical reason to try this new diet, but I have to admit that I've been feeling really good since I've started it!
- Cleaned up a LOT around the house. I got tons of laundry done, vacuumed our downstairs, and simmered some chicken for lunch tomorrow. All that's left to do is cook the quinoa pasta and pack up my food.
- Planned my eating for tomorrow. I think I'll work on the rest of the week a little later tonight. Brad is working like CRAZY for Passover, so I'm mostly on my own this week. But I've been doing so well with my eating that it's really a good motivator for me to continue my good eating.
- Ordered some new Buff headbands. I bought one out in Pittsburgh and I LOVE it. One of my Bondi Bands is starting to tear a little bit, so I needed some new gym hairbands. I highly recommend Buff!
- Looked (again) into getting certified to be a personal trainer. There is a session coming up (where Brad works!) at the end of June, so I think I'll aim for that one. I don't have time right now to study for the one coming up in May (which is at my gym!), so it will have to wait. I'll have some time to really think about it and get a better idea of what my job situation will be next year.

Time to fold the last of the laundry and plan the rest of the week!

  
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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 4/10/2012 12:41PM

    Carrie-I notice a difference,too when I cut way down on dairy...the cheese seems to get to me.
YAY!! to new headbands and helping hubby(hope he's getting better) and thinking about personal trainer cert.!!!!
Have a great week!

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CFMOSS 4/10/2012 7:00AM

    Indeed a good day. Like the new lunch bag - that's a perk to make you smile at lunch eating your dairy free, gluten free lunch.

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/9/2012 9:17PM

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CAMROLA 4/9/2012 7:30PM

    What a fab day--good for your for continuing to try new things and teach yourself... you inspire me all the time!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 4/9/2012 6:47PM

    NEVER HEARD OF BUFF ONES, WILL HAVE TO CHECK IT OUT

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GIANTPANDA 4/9/2012 6:25PM

    Sounds like an awesome day! So glad you are trying dairy and gluten free. It really can make a surprising difference. emoticon

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Slightly disappointed

Saturday, April 07, 2012

On Friday morning when I was at the gym, my trainer asked me if she could give my e-mail address to someone from the local paper. They were writing an article about the Tough Mudder and events like it around here, and they wanted to know if anyone at the gym was training for it. I thought it sounded totally great and agreed to have my e-mail address given out. But today I saw a copy of the paper, and it said "Coming tomorrow..." the article about the TM. Bleh. Looks like they aren't going to e-mail me about it. So that *was* my exciting news, but doesn't look like it will be anymore.

Oh well.

This morning I went for a 30 minutes swim, and then an hour long hike this afternoon. They day was just too beautiful not to get outside!

I did pretty well eating today - just now, though, I ate a bunch of rice chips and finished off the trail mix (which thankfully wasn't *that* much).

Tomorrow I think I'll surprise my mom by going to church. I wasn't going to go, but hubs suggested that I go as the nice daughterly thing to do. So I'll get up a little earlier than I planned and head down to church.

Off to get ready for tomorrow and then take a hot bath...

  
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CAMROLA 4/8/2012 10:04PM

    Maybe they'll get you in time for the main event!

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GIANNA345 4/8/2012 9:22PM

    Maybe you'll be surprised!

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GOEGIRL 4/8/2012 1:16PM

    :o( You totally deserve to be famous. I hope they're just saving you for the story AFTER the race.


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CFMOSS 4/8/2012 7:34AM

    Well a hug to you this Easter morning. Hope your church has music which is lovely.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/8/2012 7:05AM

    You are a good daughter!
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DRAGONCHILDE 4/7/2012 11:43PM

    Well, that sucks. They most likely ran up against a deadline, or got what they needed from someone... or what they wanted to hear.

Journalism's a bit hit or miss. Maybe see if there's a local independent paper you could hit up with an offer? They're usually starving for good material and sources!

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LYNNANN43 4/7/2012 10:35PM

    Sounds like the Good way outdid the Bleh.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 4/7/2012 10:12PM

    Sorry the article didn't turn out how you wanted! Hugs

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Goodbye, marshmallow!

Friday, April 06, 2012

I recently discovered a magazine called "Experience L!fe." I bought it last week and I LOVE it! There are great articles in it, and it covers a bunch of different topics. But there was one article in particular that caught my eye. It was about a food writer-turned-power lifter. She was starting to feel marshmallow-y and wanted to do something about it. So she joined a gym and started lifting.
The point is that I have been feeling marshmallow-y lately, too. Not fat, but not great, either. I looked at pictures of myself from Pittsburgh and saw that there is definitely a layer of marshmallow that could go.

So what am I doing to get rid of the marshmallow?

I'm recommitting to running. Being in Pittsburgh was just what I needed to give me a push to get back into a regular running schedule.

Brad and I are going to be very diligent about what we eat. We are reading a book right now - The Blood Sugar Solution - and we've decided to go gluten-free and dairy-free for a while. (Well, mostly gluten- and dairy- free.) It's been a little over a week (not counting JASR!) and I feel great! I don't totally know how to describe the feeling - my stomach feels lighter, and I just feel better overall. I don't know if it's because I know I'm *supposed* to feel better or because I actually *do* feel better. But either way, it's going really well so far!

I'm being very careful about tracking my food. This has been the greatest tool for me in getting my 2011 weight off.

I'm doing longer, more intense workouts. It's a good thing that my body has gotten more efficient and now I need these harder workouts to keep on pace with my goals!

I'm loving the body I have now. I *don't* feel fat, but I know that there is an awesome, muscular body that's just itching to come out.

  
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LYNNANN43 4/6/2012 11:24PM

    Carrie, You certainly don't look marshmellowy for sure! But best of luck with all your new goals:D

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DEEJ4FITNESS 4/6/2012 11:20PM

    I love your plan buddy :) but I certainly didn't see any marshmallows in the burgh :) wish you the best on the gluten free/dairy free plan. Glad you're feeling good!!

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FREE_TO_BE 4/6/2012 9:50PM

    The magazine sounds interesting... I'll have to be on the lookout for it.

Good luck on the training!

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MIAMIA7 4/6/2012 7:26PM

    Cool Carrie! I am going to have to look for that magazine! I feel a little marshmallow-y myself after JASR. Good luck on the training!
Anne

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JILLIANPRNCSS 4/6/2012 6:40PM

    We had to go GF for my son but I am so thankful that I have to do it with him. It makes a difference.

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/6/2012 10:12AM

    Have you been strength training? that's been the key to my feeling so much better, and it's better for your body, too. Strength training helps your muscles burn more calories at rest, and makes everything, including your cardio, more effective.

I love strength training, and I'm planning on doing at least a little today, because I don't have to move my head to lift a 5 lb dumbell. :) Stupid vertigo...

Here's to getting rid of the marshmallow... I'm working on mine. I think it's going away! Certainly looks like it to me: http://www.sparkpeople.com/my
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