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The right foot.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I know it's going to be a good day. I can just feel it!

It started out with a good night's sleep. Despite the crazy heat and humidity, I slept really well. I think it's because I was a crazy gardening fool yesterday! And I got plenty of water. And then, I woke up with my alarm and was ready ready ready. I put on my running gear, had a little applesauce, and then went out for a run at 6:00. I did a new route today - 4.5 miles and LOTS of hills. LOTS and LOTS of hills. Came home, was a sweaty mess, and took a cold shower.

And there's something about starting the day with a cup of tea. Usually I drink coffee, but the last few days I've been drinking tea. Pre-run was a cup of green/black tea, and a cup of green tea with breakfast. Talk about setting up for a good day! AND I don't really have to do my hair. It's going to be so hot that I'm just going to put it up and stick a headband on top. Done!

Today:
- lots and lots of water!
- yoga & weights after school (I can finally get back into yoga since Girls on the Run is done for the season)

Have a super day!

  
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RUNNERRACHEL 5/29/2012 11:29AM

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Nice job getting your run in this morning! I wish I could do that...I think I will have to try.
And yoga and weights after work sounds amazing! Enjoy your great day!!
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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 5/29/2012 9:41AM

    Sounds like a perfect start to the day! I'll be getting my little run on in about another hour....it'll be toasty, but its a good warm up to Death Gym!

Have fun at yoga!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 5/29/2012 9:09AM

    I was snoozing,too ,while you ran and showered and headed off to school! Hope the day continues to shine!

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BILLALEX70 5/29/2012 7:38AM

    Have a super duper day!

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CFMOSS 5/29/2012 7:37AM

    Wow - you're awesome. I slept in this morning while you became a sweaty mess. Have a good day.

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Taste of summer...

Monday, May 28, 2012

I am beat. I swam this morning, and this afternoon I spent a long time working out in the garden. I pulled a bunch of weeds, re-planted a bush, and gave an out-of-control plant a haircut. I think in the midst of everything I took off a bit more than I should have (oops) but, like a bad haircut, it will grow out. I did pretty well with the eating today - didn't really feel like eating too much because it was so hot and humid.

I found a great new EASY dinner - falafel balls. They go in the microwave for about a minute, and they're ready! I had them with some yogurt-cucumber sauce and tortilla chips. YUM. My avocados weren't ripe enough for guac today, so maybe tomorrow night will be guac night.

SOOOO much water today. I didn't have a choice! This afternoon I had to sit down a few times as I worked outside - I almost passed out. I guess that's what happens when you decide to work in the garden at the hottest part of the day on the ridiculously hot and humid day. Sigh...

I'm going to bed early tonight. I'd like to get out for a run tomorrow morning before school. I'm really enjoying my new running route! It's very peaceful and I run past sheep. There's just a little part where I need to really keep an eye out for traffic, but only for a few minutes.

Tomorrow is my last full day of school! Hurrah!!! Four half days after that, but only one more full day. I am SOOOO excited.

  
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RUNNERRACHEL 5/29/2012 11:27AM

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Good job staying active and hydrating well!

You're doing great!!

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CFMOSS 5/29/2012 7:24AM

    Good weekend; almost school year end hard to believe. I like falafel. Support and encouragement to you today.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/28/2012 10:05PM

    Route sounds fun! Enjoy that last day :)

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 5/28/2012 9:34PM

    It was a toasty one out there today! Glad you re-hydrated and listened to your body.

Have fun with your last full day of school!

(I think it is pretty cool that you get to run past sheep!)

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Being proactive

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I know people who complain about Facebook and how it's a waste of time. Well, sometimes I guess it is, but more often than not, I get inspired by Facebook. I love seeing people post their athletic endeavors - 85 miles on the bike (go Bobby and Jopa!), first 5K signups... it's all a good thing. In fact, it makes me want to get off my duff and get moving.

Today was a good day - I did some good work on job applications and getting materials together. I still am not sure about my position for next year, and rather than being a lump and waiting for something to happen to me, I am getting my ducks in a row and getting my stuff out there. I am applying for curriculum jobs. It feels good to be doing this. It feels good to be a little bit more in control of my situation. I have options! (well, theoretically.)

So tomorrow's plan:
- get up early for a run. It's going to be hot and humid again, but an early morning run should be fine.
- get in the pool tomorrow afternoon. I haven't been swimming in a while (oops) so I guess I need to get going on that. Triathlon in 8 days!!!!

Off to sip some water and head to bed. I am sleepy!

  
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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 5/27/2012 2:13PM

    I completely agree with you about Facebook! And honestly, without it, I never would have met the Breakfast Club Runners....and without them, I highly doubt I would have ran any half marathons or Tough Mudders!

Have fun on your run tomorrow.....I'll be out and about early as well. And enjoy your swim!

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COOPSM 5/27/2012 10:20AM

    I agree about FB being motivational...saw you got your run in today....I will be heading out soon...I am back!!!!

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LYNNANN43 5/27/2012 10:12AM

    Yep, My Facebook feed is an Awesome Possum Inspiring Feed too!

Yesterday, Bobby, John, Bill, Renee & Donna among others. Today Abby, Penny , Frank and others:-)

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CFMOSS 5/27/2012 6:45AM

    Glad you're inspired. Keep up the good work.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/27/2012 4:55AM

    I know Facebook can be a waste of time, but I am like you. I get inspired by people like Bobby & JoPa and Bill, Renee & Donna!

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TIGGER622 5/26/2012 10:50PM

    You are awesome girl!!! I like the being proactive, get out there and start applying then you are ahead of the game either way! A swim sounds great... you inspire me always!!! HUGS!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/26/2012 10:48PM

    emoticon emoticon Goals sound great. Good that you are being proactive. I wish my fb friends were more active and inspiring, lol. Nice that you are looking for a job and not waiting.

Have a great workout tomorrow--you future triathlete!
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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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LAURELSPARK 5/24/2012 9:56AM

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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.

Kathy

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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:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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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

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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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