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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I've been feeling really good lately. I've even gotten some nice compliments! One of the girls at school asked if I was losing more weight (yes, I said, with a smile). And last week I wore a striped dress (horizontally striped!) and one of my girlfriends said that I looked slim, even in a horizontally striped dress. Yahoo!

I started drinking smoothies for breakfast. I think I had been underestimating the power of a smoothie! I add rice protein powder and flaxseed to whatever it is I'm drinking - usually soy milk with fruit, with some kind of frozen fruit to give it some extra yum.

It's been about a month since hubs and I have really cut back on milk. We drink soy milk, I use coconut creamer in my coffee... I still eat Greek yogurt (the protein can't be beat!) but it's been really good for me. My skin has really cleared up! I think my facial girl is going to pleasantly surprised next week when I go see her. We are also doing well with our limited-gluten diet. Funny thing - I barely miss eating bread-y stuff. I feel so much better eating more fruits and veggies. And the best part is that I don't feel deprived. I'm not sad that I'm not eating bread, and I'm not sad that I'm not drinking cow milk anymore.

It's going to be a busy day today!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/26/2012 4:55AM

Love those NSVs!

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RADFEN 4/24/2012 2:05PM

    There is life after dairy and gluten leave! Good job!

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/24/2012 1:25PM

    Wait... you've beaten HORIZONTAL STRIPES? I'm so very, very jealous!

Well DONE!

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TIGGER622 4/24/2012 12:48PM

    You are awesome!!!! How great to have a support system right there in your home :P Keep it up girlie! miss you bunches!

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/24/2012 11:24AM

    Nice to hear that what you are doing is making a noticeable difference and those around you are complimenting you!

Great that you are feeling satifsfied and aren't deprived.

Good job for looking for healthy meal combinations!

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CFMOSS 4/24/2012 8:52AM

    Good going (as always)

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    That's great news about your skin and feeling well with low gluten and dairy menus! I've cut way back on dairy,too . I'm trying to figure out what causes the intestinal 'unrest' at times...still haven't narrowed it down.
Hope you're feeling friskier this a.m. after a good night sleep!

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soooooo tired

Monday, April 23, 2012

I am SOOOO tired. I think all this training is catching up with me. I did a hard workout this morning, went to work... when I came home, I crashed on the couch for about an hour. I couldn't bear the thought of making dinner, so I had popcorn. Which really, was not *that* horrible - I popped it with much less than a teaspoon (yes, teaspoon) of oil. And so I think I'm going to take a hot bath and go to bed super early. Sheesh.

My Mudder team and I made a plan for Saturday - they are driving up in an RV and parking in my driveway. We're carbo-loading on Saturday night - event is on Sunday and we go off at 11:00. Hooray!

Time to get ready for bed...

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/23/2012 9:41PM

    Listen to your body and get some rest!

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GOEGIRL 4/23/2012 9:35PM

    Wow, so soon! Better start resting up. GOOD LUCK this weekend. I can't wait to hear all about it!

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/23/2012 9:05PM

    Don't forget your rest days... take care of your body! Rest makes us stronger!

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TUCKERKT 4/23/2012 9:03PM

    I was supposed to run 10 miles today, but by partner started having shin splints. So I didn't want to push him because of Sunday. So I walked jumped into water up to my waist and ran the last 3 miles wet. Good news, my outfit for Sunday will be great! And my hot shower felt AMAZING. Can't wait - we are off at 8am Sunday!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 4/23/2012 8:42PM

    Have fun at the mudder event. I want to do one someday.

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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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