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Saturday, November 24, 2012

So Thanksgiving is over. I had a really nice time visiting all my family. Turkey leftovers are in the fridge, I didn't over eat (I usually don't at Thanksgiving - it has never been that big of an eating holiday for my family), and I even managed to lose a pound. Hurrah!

But now it's time to start thinking about some new goals. I know some people like to use this time of year as an excuse to go crazy and eat whatever they want (yesterday when I was out with my mom, I overheard a girl telling someone that it wouldn't be the holiday season without her putting on ten pounds. I thought this was such a shame!), but I like to use it as a jump on my New Year's resolutions.

One inspiring thing I did this morning was to go back and look at some old weight reports, just to see how far I've come. It's amazing! There was a little blip in my tracker when I gained ten pounds (last summer), but I've gotten rid of it all since then just from using what I know - keeping track of my eating, workout out consistently, and writing in my journal.

I channeled the stress of losing my job into training for triathlons, taking swimming classes, and becoming crafty. I feel like I've really been embracing my new-found time to learn more about myself. I've recommitted myself to living a more "green" lifestyle, and really working on living my life as a model for my potential future PT clients. And also for my family and friends - my mom and my best friend are both trying to lose weight. And I think the best way to help them is not to be preachy, but to just live a healthy lifestyle. And when they ask me for advice, I can tell them what I do, rather than "this is what I heard you should do..."

So I know this blog is all about me and I guess it seems sort of like a brag, but I'm just so excited about how far I've come and how much my life has changed! I just feel like I'm in a really good place right now.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/24/2012 11:55AM

    Happy for you and all the positives in your life. You're reaching new levels of fitness and healthy living--in all areas--and you are an inspiration and will be for your future clients and those around you will take notice!

Great job on all you're doing. I, too, gained 10 pounds last summer! Wonder what that was...oh, I know, it was food-related.

Great that you are maintaining your healthy eating habits through the holidays and even lost a pound!! emoticon emoticon

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Me - 1, Chips - 0

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

So tonight could have very easily turned into an overeating nightmare, and with a good reason, if I do say so myself. As I was driving home tonight, I was stopped at a red light, and my car just shut off. The battery light went on, the steering locked up, and I was stuck. Turned on the four ways and sat there until I could restart my car. I drove it to the nearest parking lot (cutting off some other drivers on my way there) and called AAA. (AAA is SUCH a good investment, if you don't have it already.)

They sent out a tow truck, and I called Enterprise to rent a car. It was about 3:30, and since so many people had reserved cars for the holiday, I wasn't able to get one until 5:00. So I called a friend who lived close by. She asked if everything was okay and I just lost it. It's just the timing is SO awful. Ugh. But really, when is it ever a *good* time for your car to break down?!?

She came and sat with me - and incidentally, the tow truck was late because the driver had to respond to an accident... as soon as the rental car driver came to take me to the rental place, the town truck guy showed up. My friend stayed with my car and convinced the tow truck guy not to leave because I wasn't there. He was actually really nice about it - I am going to send the company a nice note and maybe write a letter to the paper about how wonderful they are. I was ready to hug the driver, but I thought better of it and gave him a handshake instead. But my friend sensed that I was going in for the hug. Ha!

So anyway, the point of this was to set up the HUGE amount of stress I was feeling. I had to stop at the grocery store to pick up some stuff for baking, and as I was walking through the aisles, I thought "you know, I deserve some chips." But then something came over me - the problem was solved (for now). I had a car, my car was on its way to the mechanic, and there was nothing else I could do. So I didn't get any chips! I knew that I had dinner waiting for me at home (hubs left me some soup to microwave). I also have some coconut milk ice cream in the freezer, so I am having that as my treat. But chips are usually the way I soothe myself. But not tonight! This is a huge step for me.

Another positive about this is that since it's a holiday weekend, the weekend rate on the rental car lasts from today through Monday. 50% off! Hooray! And I am driving around in a Ford Flex - they only had SUVs left, but it's really nice and I'm liking the drive so far. And it's also nice that I don't have to worry about my car breaking down on the way down to my family tomorrow.

Time for some water!


Getting organized

Monday, November 19, 2012

Today's Spark Quote of the Day (I get them on my phone) was "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today." (Will Rogers). I found this to be SO appropriate for me, as I was kind of freaking out about my PT exam. I let myself be a little upset yesterday, and today I need to move on. I can't do anything about it today - all I can do is wait for the results and go from there.

I'm trying to catch up on some stuff today - finish up some projects I started, work on some Christmas stuff, and continue to get organized. I fixed some ornaments and decorations (which have been broken for, oh, years), which is a really big step for me. I'm tired of having broken, unused stuff sitting around. It takes up space and it makes me anxious.

I also *finally* found a good home for our winter scarves and stuff. I had been trying to keep it all folded in a bin, but this year I decided to bring out a fun basket and have it available to just throw stuff in it. It's working out well - the non-folding is one less thing I have to worry about.

- run (I already did this! First thing!)
- drink all my water
- get back to my normal eating
- finish some projects

We are visiting hubs' parents this afternoon, so I don't have a ton of time to work on stuff, but that's ok.

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CTUPTON 11/19/2012 10:44PM


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KATIEEMMA5 11/19/2012 3:27PM

    have a nice day!

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YOGAWITCH 11/19/2012 11:31AM

    Wow that quote is good. I think I'm so guilty of that

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CPATRICK9 11/19/2012 11:28AM

    Good for you. It's always a great idea to have goals for the day!

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Cross your fingers!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

This afternoon I had my personal training practical and written exams. I feel really good about the written, but I'm a little nervous about the practical - we had to go through an exercise, name the muscles, opposing muscles, etc., which was fine - but I was under the impression that we were going to get feedback *as * we were doing it. We didn't. So when I didn't get feedback as to whether or not I was done, I kind of freaked out. When I was done, I checked to see if I did everything. I am pretty sure I did, but it wasn't pretty. We don't get points off for "not pretty," but keep you fingers crossed for me anyway. Ugh. It just sucks because I *know* what I'm doing, I just misunderstood what the practical exam was going to be!

But enough of that. I cleaned out some more boxes tonight - I found five textbooks to donate/sell. One was worth $20, the other four are just to donate. Not too shabby for books I've been hauling around since 2006!

This weekend's eating was horrendous. I didn't take lunches with me, so I ended up eating pizza and hoagies. I also ate about half a bag of Dove chocolates between last night and tonight. I am glad this weekend is over so I can get back to my normal eating and workout routine.

It's about time for bed. I got such awful sleep this whole weekend - I am exhausted.

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KATIEEMMA5 11/19/2012 11:15PM

    Good luck with this weeks exercise and eating, you can do it!!!

best wishes, Kate


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CFMOSS 11/19/2012 6:49AM

    Here's for a fine day today whether you get feed back or not, whether you eat one Dove chocolate or a few too many. You're doing okay. You're putting one foot in front of the other even with huge amounts of uncertainty each day. So, here's to a fine day, with a little progress and feeling good about you.

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PATSYB7 11/19/2012 6:26AM

    You probably did better than you thought. I'm sending positive vibes your way! Have a great day. emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 11/18/2012 9:58PM

    I got into the Hallowe'en Smarties this afternoon, but not too much damage as it was the last two boxes (thank goodness). Good luck on your test score. Fingers crossed!

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Day 1

Friday, November 16, 2012

Today is day 1 of my personal training workshop! I have to drive a bit to get there, but I'm still really excited. I just can't believe that I'm taking this big step! It's kind of scary - taking this step means that I need to do something with this when I get certified. That means change! And maybe I'm getting a little too comfortable doing what I'm doing now...? I don't know. But this is a new chapter in my life. It's exciting to think about starting something new.

Last night my bestie came over to do some crafting. She just got engaged! I was talking about this weekend, and she mentioned getting in shape for the wedding. I suggested she could be my guinea pig and I could put together a Bridal Boot Camp workout plan for her. She seemed really excited - *I'm* excited to have a chance to put a program together!

Time to finish getting ready!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/18/2012 7:54AM

    Bridal Book Camp - sounds like a winner!

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COOPSM 11/17/2012 3:33PM

    You will do great Carrie!!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/17/2012 4:51AM

    Congrats on the new program and your first test subject!! Fun! emoticon

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 11/16/2012 10:02PM

    YAY!!! new certification and someone to try it on !!! LOL! I'm sure you'll rock it!

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