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Sunday, October 14, 2012

I'm feeling good today. I started off my day with a swim - I am getting stronger in the water and more efficient. I'm looking forward to next year's tri season to put my swim lessons to good use. Went to the craft store to pick up some beads - I am making keychains from wine corks. So far, so good. I am excited to see how cute my stuff is turning out.

I spent time making dinner tonight - it was easy, but I made chicken tostadas. Hubs made the chicken so I all really had to do was put it together... very delish. I had the most perfectly ripe avocado to use!

I also made some granola this evening - it's super easy. I toasted some pecans, added sunflower seeds and coconut, and then dried cranberries at the end. A little sugar, olive oil and vanilla extract... super good. It's going to be great on some yogurt!

Off to catch up on some TV!

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/15/2012 4:45PM


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BILLALEX70 10/15/2012 9:17AM

    That granola sounds fab!

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CELIAMINER 10/15/2012 8:20AM

    I want a day like that, when I do fun things! Unfortunately, last weekend (the three-day one), this past weekend, and next weekend are crammed full of obligations. Can't wait to get away with DH!

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CFMOSS 10/15/2012 6:36AM

    A good day....a good thing. Keep up the good work.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/14/2012 10:21PM

    Sounds like a good day!
You will have to share the pics of your crafty projects!

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LUVS2BIKE101 10/14/2012 8:46PM

    You got alot accomplished today! And all for the benefit of better health!

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Finding me

Saturday, October 13, 2012

So after hemming and hawing about it for MONTHS, I finally decided to get my personal trainer certification! I signed up today for an AFAA workshop less than 15 minutes from my house. It was like a sign, being so close. I think a big part of what pushed me to do this was the subbing. I am SO over being a substitute teacher. And since I'm going back to school in the spring and doing an internship in the summer to get my curriculum certification, I have at least another 8 months or so before I really start looking for a new job. I don't think I can sub for that long. I talked it over with hubs, and he is very supportive. I'll have more opportunities for jobs; I've been thinking about this a long time. Hooray!

But there's a part of me that's a little scared. It's something totally different - I guess maybe I'm afraid to fail? But in a way, that's already happened. Even though getting laid off didn't have anything to do with *me*, I still feel a little like I "failed" at that job. I am working very hard to get over this feeling. Getting my trainer certification is like a new beginning for me! I get to start fresh and that's kind of exciting.

I've picked up a new hobby - crafting! I discovered that crafting isn't all snowmen with squiggly-line mouths or googly-eyed cats. I can make nice things and feel proud of something I've made. I've made a few fun candle holders and some magnets; even a picture frame for a birthday gift!

This is a really exciting time in my life. I'm trying to embrace the time I have (thanks, unemployment!) and really discover more about myself. Every little thing I do makes me feel more at peace with myself and really excited to find out even more.

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HEALTHYLADY12 10/14/2012 6:26PM

    aww cool and you have a pic of a butterfly to represent transformation.

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/14/2012 1:51PM

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/14/2012 1:32PM


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CASSIOEPIA 10/14/2012 10:46AM

    Congratulations Carrie - I think you will make a great trainer. I love that the workshop is almost on your doorstep - definitely a good sign.

You go girl!!!!

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TIGGER622 10/14/2012 9:59AM

    oh man you are awesome!!! i am so so proud of you!!! yay!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/14/2012 7:55AM

    Congrats! I always wondered what it would be like to have a job in the fitness industry...good for you for having the courage to go for it!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/13/2012 8:12PM

    Excited for you and the changes!

Wonderful that you found something you can do that is so close to home. Happy for you!

I feel the same way about subbing or tutoring.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/13/2012 7:13PM

    What fun adventures are in your future.

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HDHAWK 10/13/2012 6:34PM

    What an exciting time for you! Glad you've found some things you enjoy!

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RUNNINGWILD 10/13/2012 5:55PM

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In case you need help figuring it out, I'm doing a MAJOR happy dance over here!!
I think you'll make a fabulous trainer. I only wish I lived closer to reap the rewards.

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No catchy title

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

I felt a little under the weather over the weekend so I decided to make myself unavailable for subbing yesterday and today. I am so glad I made that decision! I got to sleep in, and I got to break out my new glue gun. My mom got me a glue gun for my birthday! I've made a picture frame, a flowerpot, a candleholder, and some magnets. I am super excited. Turns out that I kind of like being crafty! This is good practice for the Christmas season - I plan on making a lot of my own gifts this year.

So I guess not having a job has been teaching me a lot. How to make do without lots of extra income, and how to re-use and re-purpose things.

Made it to the gym today for a little strength training and some speedwork. I'm kind of proud of myself for keeping to a gym schedule. I have some goals (I'm going to work on writing them down) and I like feeling in control of my situation.

- clean up a bit
- paint some picture frames
- think about Christmas gifts...?
- drink all my water

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BILLALEX70 10/10/2012 11:25AM

    She's crafty! (You may be too young for the Beastie Boys reference)


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DIET_FRIEND 10/9/2012 2:31PM

    Very do-able goals. Keep on sparking!

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Short for three

Sunday, October 07, 2012

It's a chips-and-guac-for-dinner kind of night. I have a little bit of a cold and I'm just going to lie on the couch all night. I don't feel like cooking ANYthing.

Went grocery shopping, bought a new magazine to give me some healthy eating inspiration.

Time to move the laundry.

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    mmm...LOVE guacomole and the past 2 purchases of avocados have been THE creamiest and yummiest I've ever had!
Hope you get rested

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TIGGER622 10/7/2012 6:42PM

    OMG happy late birthday!!! sorry i have been mia, hope you are doing well... hang in there with subbing, everything will come together! hope you feel better!!! hugs!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/7/2012 6:28PM

    Hope you have a good night. I had guac too! Have a restful evening!

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soooooo tired

Friday, October 05, 2012

Today I taught Phys Ed. I had such a good day, but I am SOOOO tired. I have been on the couch all night and I think I'm going to head up to bed soon. It feels like the kids' germs have finally caught up to me... ugh.

I also went for a little run after school. Since I taught phys ed, I was already wearing my running stuff. So I headed right to the gym and knocked out 30 minutes of speedwork on the TM. Yahoo! But then I negated it by eating half of a 6" ice cream cake when I got home. Oops. I LOVE ice cream cake. And it's still my birthday week, so I'll cut myself some slack.

Bleh... time for the couch. I don't even feel like sitting anymore!

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    Ask that talented and generous hubby to whip you up a pot of steamy chicken soup loaded with onions and garlic and veggies to ward off those kids' germs... Hope you're rested well!

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SENIMMO 10/5/2012 9:06PM

    emoticon hope you can keep the germs at bay! Rest well! emoticon

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CAROL494 10/5/2012 9:03PM

  Take care! emoticon

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