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Ramblin' Thursday

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Luck is when opportunity knocks and you answer. ~Author Unknown

My hubby and I had a talk about luck the other night. While I believe that everything happens for a reason (although sometimes we don't know that reason until *after* the thing happens) he just thinks "well, you worked hard, so there you go." Or something close to that.

Because of the uncertainty of my job for the fall, I've had to really make an effort not to get totally bogged down by the stress. It's been hard. I am a little anal-retentive and have trouble with this. I love some spontaneity, but not necessarily when it involves my mortgage payments and my health insurance. Reading quotes has helped me during this time, and it's also helped me see myself more clearly. I've learned that I'm actually very positive. I haven't felt *too* badly about this situation. I've been thinking about what I could do if I don't have a job next fall. There's a lot!

The one thing, though, that is really bothering me is my lack of discipline as far as taking care of myself. My attitude is good, but I'm having trouble in other areas of my life. Working out, not snacking, getting enough sleep...

So today:
- drink enough water (step one to feeling better)
- limit snacking. or, snack consciously.

That's it. baby steps.

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PATSYB7 5/24/2012 10:04PM

    I agree with some of the previous comments regarding baby steps--you're stepping in the right direction and that's key! Hang in there and good luck on your tri!

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RUNNINGWILD 5/24/2012 12:47PM

    Three words: Personal. Training. Certificate.

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/24/2012 12:08PM

    It's hard when things are up in the air. You are doing great at continuing and being positive. Keep working toward your goals and the things you CAN control.

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TIGGER622 5/24/2012 10:34AM

    Baby steps baby!!! The answers will come to you!!! I didn't realize how behind I had gotten on blogs - I hope your groin is healing up by now! HUGS!!!

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CFMOSS 5/24/2012 8:11AM

    Baby steps - these are good things.

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KNEWMETODAY 5/24/2012 7:12AM

    It's important to recognize when we have no control over the outcome; I'm not sure "luck" is where it's at. I love the "Serenity Prayer"; it puts it all in perspective for me.


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FOXYJEN27 5/24/2012 7:08AM

    I loved that you said baby steps, because that's exactly what I started to do with my new exercise routine.

My blog about it:

I'm adding you as a friend, as well. Keep on steppin'!! emoticon emoticon

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TELFERS01 5/24/2012 7:04AM

  Attitude is everything. If you are having troubles in areas of life, your attitude is not good.

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"Control the Controllables"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

That's my mantra for today. After I spent a long time last evening talking to Brad, I thought that this would be perfect for today. One of the things I really admire about my husband is that he can see past "today" and look at the big picture. I wish I could be more like him in that way. I get so focused on NOW that I don't always see opportunity. So this morning, after I did my journal writing (one of the things I can control), I decided that today I'd focus on controlling what I can control.

So what can I control?
- what I eat. No more letting "stress" be the reason why my good eating habits go out the window.
- tracking my food. Again, "stress" shouldn't be controlling this.
- cleaning up after myself. I make a million excuses why the housework isn't done, but really, none of them are valid.
- taking care of my hurting leg. My groin muscle is really hurting. I can't control the healing (well, kind of?) but I can control how I take care of it. RICE, taking it easy...
- my attitude!

OK off to take on the day!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/22/2012 10:12PM

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/22/2012 8:07PM

    Yup, we do need to control it. I just bet caught up in the mindless eating sometimes. emoticon

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JUDIL62 5/22/2012 8:57AM

    You go girl!! Love your background ....mangos are one of my favorites!

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STLCARDSFANS05 5/22/2012 8:45AM

atta girl!!!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/22/2012 8:23AM

    I love this! Control and manage that which is yours, and leave the rest alone. Good luck with your chiro appt. Hope it helps you.

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Watch out - it's a downer.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ugh... I pulled a groin muscle within the last few days and it's really hurting tonight. I iced it and I'm resting it, but it really hurts. I'm a little miserable about it... I made an appointment with my chiro/sports doc for tomorrow evening. Bleh.

And I think I might be getting a little cold or something. I am SO tired and I'm cold. I feel very off... I think I'm going to bed.

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    CArrie-hope it heals soon and chiro helps. Sleep will do a body good-for muscles and potential colds! Feel better ~~~

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CFMOSS 5/22/2012 7:27AM

    Hugs and chicken soup to you.

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/21/2012 8:51PM

    Thanks for the warning, but I write plenty of downer blogs myself, and misery loves company... so sorry you're in pain. :(

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CASSIOEPIA 5/21/2012 8:50PM

    Hope you get a good night's rest, and wake up feeling a bit better.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/21/2012 8:40PM

    Have a good rest and hopefully tomorrow will be better.

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Carrie - 2, Pizza - 1

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I have a very bad habit of overestimating the amount of calories burned in a 5K. Yes, I am pushing myself, but no, I am not burning 1000 calories in 30 minutes.

This afternoon was the Girls on the Run banquet. "Banquet," I should write - pizza and cake. Well, now that I type that, it *is* kind of a dream meal for me. But anyway... Brad and I don't get pizza at home; he's always cooking (yum!) when he's home, and there are always leftovers in the fridge when he's not. Take-out is *maybe* once every two months for us. So pizza was a treat today. Two slices -YUM. At the end of the banquet, one of the girls took half a pizza and gave me the other half. I thought this was a great idea until I got home. Brad loves to cook for me, and before I left this afternoon he commented on the good job I was doing as far as eating and working out. Dammit.

So I came home, promptly took the pizza out of the car, and threw it in the trash. Not the trash in the house, the trash in the garage. I didn't even unlock the door. And while I was a little sad (yes, I actually was sad about pizza) I thought about how good I'd feel when I ate my salad and taco for dinner. Besides, I got myself a little ice cream sweet for later - Tahitian vanilla bean gelato and fresh strawberries. Yum!

I am not above enjoying a beer, however. It's a good night for a beer. Kind of humid, no breeze... a good night for the back deck.

Rest of the night:
- fold some laundry
- pack tomorrow's lunch
- relax! I've been really busy this weekend.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/21/2012 7:13PM

    Good for you!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/21/2012 11:27AM

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    YAY!!! I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!!! that is incredible....I would hope that I'd do the same(if I were alone with no kids to share pizza with). Hope that beer tasted good-sure sounds good. :)

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CASSIOEPIA 5/21/2012 7:30AM

    I am in awe! Pizza is a favorite of mine too that we rarely get. Atta girl.

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RUNNINGWILD 5/21/2012 3:11AM

    I did that to two partially eaten cans of Pringles. Non-scale victory!!!
I'm proud of you.

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BOBBYD31 5/20/2012 7:56PM

    oh carrie, pizza is the best, i could never toss it! you are a strong woman

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Runnin' Dirty

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today was a busy day! I dug up a bunch of stuff in the garden, bought 400 pounds of topsoil, made some hats for my kindergarteners, did some laundry, went to the marathon expo, and stuck to my eating plan! I picked up a couple picture frames for my girls from Girls on the Run - I got some super cute pictures of them at their 5K. Tomorrow afternoon is the banquet, so I'll give them little bags tomorrow.

I'm running in a 5K tomorrow... I didn't register yet, but I'll go early. I've been busy setting up my 5K playlist! I am very excited - I found an iTunes gift card so I bought some new tunes. I love running to filthy, nasty music. Here's what I'll run to tomorrow:

Ready, Steady, Go - Oakenfold
On to the Next One - Jay-Z (w/ Swizz Beatz)
Vanity - Christina Aguilera
See You Again - Miley Cyrus (I just bought this tonight!)
Outta Your Mind - Lil Jon and LMFAO
London Bridge - Fergie
7 Things - Miley Cyrus
Nothin' - N.O.R.E.
Miserlou - Dick Dale

The plan is to be done before the song list is. It clocks in at 34 minutes. The last time I ran this 5K I was at 30:27, so I'm crossing my fingers for a better time tomorrow.

I went to TJ Maxx today and found a pair of Brooks running shorts for $15. Yahoo! Love me some TJ Maxx.

Off to take a hot bath and then bed... gotta get my legs ready for tomorrow!

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    How'd the race go???? did I see it on the daily thread???? OOHH!!! new running clothes!!! I have more running shorts than 'other' shorts...probably b/c I have only one pair of 'other' shorts since ...I'm too small for all of last summer's clothes!!

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GIANNA345 5/20/2012 10:52PM

    I hope you enjoyed it and did well.

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COOPSM 5/20/2012 6:50PM

    Carrie----how was the race?? I am sure you beat that filthy, nasty playlist!! I am rue you enjoyed the banquet too....

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/20/2012 1:43PM

    Have a great time! emoticon that's a great find for running shorts!

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CFMOSS 5/20/2012 7:20AM

    Have a great run and a good time (that is on the clock as well as fun)!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/20/2012 12:55AM

    I'll have to check these out. Enjoy your race tomorrow (today)!

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BILLALEX70 5/19/2012 10:54PM

    Great playlist. Love N.O.R.E.

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LYNNANN43 5/19/2012 10:06PM

    You ROCK that 5K tomorrow, Carrie!!! emoticon

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