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Happy Earth Day!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

My name is Carrie, and I have a problem. I can NOT say "no" to food that's in the house.

Last night I went to dinner at a friend's house, and I took along dessert. There was cake and ice cream left over, so I brought it home. And today I had two pieces of cake, the rest of the ice cream (although it was only about 1/4 a cup), and chocolate that she gave me - she got it at a chocolate party (like Tupperware, but with Dove chocolate). I don't know why this happens! This morning I was all excited because I thought about how well I'm doing with getting the weight back off, and then I go and eat all the damn chocolate. I just need to throw it away. It's either throw it in the trash and save the calories, or eat it all and feel like crap about it. Sigh.

But this blogging is helping me. Unfortunately, I thought of it *after* I ate the two pieces of cake. Next time.

But on to the good stuff!

In a week from now, I will be a Tough Mudder! I can't believe it's so soon. I feel like I'm going to throw up.

Brad is being super supportive about my fitness stuff. He encourages me to try new things like the biking, and he was proud of me for getting out and doing the group ride yesterday. I was actually proud of myself - I didn't give up, I didn't turn around and go home when it got hard, I muscled through it.

Ok. Off to take some pictures! I installed Photoshop today - I am TOTALLY overwhelmed. I ordered a user guide today, and I WILL get back into regular photography.


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TIGGER622 4/23/2012 11:03AM

    You are awesome! I keep sabatoging myself with the food too... make the madness stop!!! We can do this!!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/23/2012 4:51AM

    I am the same way with certain foods, too. I would have left the dessert at her house because I KNOW I will eat it if I bring it home.

Way to go with the bike riding!

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    Carrie-don't throw up...lOL!!!
I have no issues throwing away sweets/junk though if it's a home made cake that is delicious...that's a lot harder. But, with holiday candy,store bought stuff...into the trash if I"m tempted and the kids have had plenty.
Cannot wait to hear about next week's Mudder!!

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MARLIMOO 4/22/2012 7:19PM

    I do the same thing. I tried to eat better today- but I had a couple of eating attacks. Cheeseburger at the race, 3 beers. Then I came home and I had some pasta with chicken AND chips and salsa. Then finally hit the full mark- ate nothing until dinner- which was decent- chicken, sweet mashed, steam broccoli... I had strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries on a shortcake with some whip cream, and a sugar free hot cocoa. Not too bad- AND I ran a total of 4.84 miles today. (5k race and 1.67 mile warm up) Feel good- weight is staying between 157-161. Want to stay out of 60s! Hope you had a lovely Earth Day.

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/22/2012 7:11PM

    This made me laugh a little: :In a week from now, I will be a Tough Mudder! I can't believe it's so soon. I feel like I'm going to throw up."

No need to throw up - you have trained HARD for this and you're going to do great!

I'm the exact same way with food in the house.

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Staying strong through the stress.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It's not the best time to be a teacher, especially in Pennsylvania. School districts are losing funding from the state, and this means that jobs are being cut left and right. My district is going through a really rough patch right now - there are a lot of people who are most likely going to be without a job next year, and I'm terrified that I'm going to be one of them. It's really easy for me to tell other people "you can spend the same time worrying or being positive, blah blah..." but it's hard for me to follow the same advice. And hubs has assured me that we will be fine whatever happens, but I can't help but worry. Sigh.

So I guess in the midst of all this, I should be continually thinking of what I'm thankful for, and the good things in my life.

- I am sticking to a workout schedule.
- Brad is very supportive, and he's been keeping me fed with healthy meals. I have to admit, tonight I really felt lazy about cooking and I ate cereal. But I still entered in all my food, and I managed to stay within my calories today.
- I'm feeling strong and good about myself. This Mudder training is really building some muscle, and I feel super strong.
- Tomorrow I am meeting my bestie for dinner. It will be so nice to go out... I seriously need to relax.

And with that, I'm off to take a hot bath!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/20/2012 9:23PM

    Our governor is a stinker!

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TORTUETOO 4/20/2012 12:18PM

    The not knowing is the worst part, isn't it? At least if you know, you can start dealing with it! Being in limbo is no fun. Hang in there!

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/19/2012 12:48AM

    Good job focusing on the positives! I got a RIF notice, a layoff notice this year. My state is also going through budget problems. I may get my job back or I might be out of work after June 30. I'm trying to stay positive and not worry about it. Sometimes it gets to me but it definitely helps to destress.

Your training sounds awesome and I'm sure you are getting super strong! So stay positive and keep working on that awesome muscle you have going! emoticon

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TIGGER622 4/18/2012 10:49PM

    Oh honey!!! Hang in there!!! One day at a time, stay focused on the positive! We're here for ya!

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TUCKERKT 4/18/2012 9:43PM

    You are right the Mudder training does get results in the muscle category, 11 days and we will get PAY OFF!!!! Can't wait for that ice cold beer and bright orange headband!

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GOEGIRL 4/18/2012 9:39PM

    Hang in there - I know this must be really tough for you. I'd be climbing the walls; I get it. I wish I had advice for you about how to handle it - I'll just keep following your blogs and soak up some of yours!

*fingers and toes crossed for you*

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MIAMIA7 4/18/2012 9:15PM

    Hang in there Carrie! We are all here for you. Hugs.

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/18/2012 8:33PM

    Enjoy your relaxing!


(This is the closest emoticon they had to anything resembling relaxation!)

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Great end to the week!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I love having days where I get tons of stuff done, eat well, and be active at some point. I made a to-do list for today and I think it really kept me on track. I've been feeling a little overwhelmed lately... there's so much going on right now! I think it's not as much as I make it out to be, but when I don't write it all down, it just feels like endless stuff to do.

I did everything I needed to do, and I even gave Brad some things to do on Tuesday when he has a day off. Some things I found can wait until later in the week, and it felt just as good to give the thing a specific date as it did to get my stuff done today.

Eating was really good today! It wasn't so great on Friday or Saturday night (I don't know that it was horrible, I just didn't measure or track anything) so today made up for it. I had tons of protein! I bought some rice protein - had it in a shake this morning and in my yogurt for my snack tonight. I felt so full all day - a really good feeling.

- early morning circuit and short run
- water water water! It's going to be in the 80s tomorrow, so I need to keep hydrated.
- stick to the eating plan. My lunch is already packed, and I have stuffed peppers in the freezer that I can have for dinner. Honey is making enchiladas tonight, so I might have one of those instead. We'll see.

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TUCKERKT 4/16/2012 1:22PM

    Here, here to a great week! Last one for me to kick it up, then a nice maintenance week then our Tough Mudder!!!! Butterflies.....!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/16/2012 8:55AM

    I think I'm most impressed that you eat so well when you have a professional chef making things like enchiladas at home. It'd be easy to go overboard but you don't!!

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BILLALEX70 4/16/2012 5:10AM

    Have a emoticon week!

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/15/2012 11:35PM

    Have a great week!

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    Have a great week,Carrie! You can havea the stuffed peppers but please pass the enchiladas this way.... :)

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CFMOSS 4/15/2012 8:05PM

    here`s to a good week

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More than just a race!

Friday, April 13, 2012

I've been trying to think of a JASR blog... I've read so many wonderful blogs, looked at so many amazing pictures... I have to say that this year's JASR was just unbelievable. It inspired me in so many ways... Since JASR I have:

emoticon bought new kicks that are going to help me run better. I got to be around runners who took their gear very seriously, and I was inspired to take more of an interest in my own. I also bought a new running skirt and jacket/vest out there, and I'm so excited to be wearing the skirt tomorrow on my run!

emoticon I was inspired to take my actual *running* more seriously. I made a running date with a Tough Mudder teammate (well, two - we have our second one tomorrow!), and I went back to running with the local running club. And I was SO thrilled to have gotten in 4.25 miles with them on Thursday night!

emoticon My nutrition has greatly improved since I got back. I realized that the only way I could truly enjoy the occasional blizzard (or five) would be to watch what I'm eating the rest of the time and track everything.

Penny, if you can find the time to run with a little Roo, then I can surely find time to run myself!
Anne, if you can find the time to run with 11 kids, I can certainly find time with *one* husband who works the opposite shift as I do!
Anne and Bobby, if you can find the time to run while planning and organizing such an amazing event, I can find the time to run!
Lynn, if you can find the time to run while arranging surprise visits (!), I can certainly find the time to run.

I just can't begin to put into words how inspiring you all are. You make me realize why I love to run. It's not just about PRs and logging miles, but it's about the friendships and the joy of being around people who, even though they may be far far away, "get" you like anyone who might be your neighbor.

I love you all and don't know what I'd do without you.


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BILLALEX70 4/14/2012 6:07PM

    emoticon great recap of the weekend!

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ROSET491 4/14/2012 4:25PM

    Great Blog!! I'm going to really have to try to get there next year!! How far is it for you??

Keep up the great work!!!


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    No, you can't put Brad in a jogging stroller BUT if he's working while you're running then you know he's taken care of. :)
Such a great blog(again!!) and I'm glad to see all that you got out of the weekend. it still seems surreal to me that I got to meet all ofyou!!!! WOW!!!!

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CFMOSS 4/14/2012 6:45AM

    Your reflections truly indicate how uplifting the race was and hrmmmmph not all that far from me.

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RUNNINGWILD 4/14/2012 2:39AM

    emoticonYes you can!!
But, in your defense, you can't stuff Brad in a jogging stroller emoticon

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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.


Today's eating was really pretty good!

- 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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    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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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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