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Back to the real world...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I definitely got spoiled on vacation. We had PERFECT weather - mid-80s every single day. I sat on the beach every day, and I got to run on wonderful flat Florida ground in the morning before it got ridiculously hot.

But now it's back to reality.

In the real world, it's 30 degrees, my luggage is still not here (although it is supposed to be coming today), and I have to put on real clothes to go to work. (I have a two-week gig subbing for testing - SO easy. Perfect!)

- drink all my water
- stick with the healthy nutrition plan
- 3ish mile run and Power Zen after school (Power Zen is Pilates and Yoga on the Reebok core board - I love it)
- keep my fingers crossed that my luggage comes today so I can get back into the swing of things!

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CRAFTINWIFE 1/15/2013 3:27PM

    emoticon Glad you had a great time! Welcome Back!!

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MPETERSON2311 1/15/2013 12:33PM

    good luck i hope you find your bags!

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BILLALEX70 1/15/2013 8:57AM

    Reality sucks, but that's what makes us appreciate vacations!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/15/2013 7:49AM

    Welcome back... I was hoping you were having a great time!

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SPARTANPHOTOG 1/15/2013 7:38AM

    ahhhh vacation sounds wonderful....

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AZMOMXTWO 1/15/2013 7:03AM

  I hope your luggage gets home soon how dare it stay away with out you
glad you had a good vacation

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DMEYER4 1/15/2013 7:01AM

  so happy you had a great vacation. welcome back to the real world

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Bring on the warmth!

Monday, January 07, 2013

This is going to be quick - I don't have a ton of time this morning. It is going to be SO crazy today. I have so much to do before we leave for the airport! But I am still going for a run this morning. Working out is the main way I don't make myself crazy.

- run
- drink all my water
- don't get too nuts-o with getting ready for vacation
- enjoy my kiddos at my sub job

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MCJULIEO 1/7/2013 11:27PM


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    oh, what fun!!! ENJOY!!!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/7/2013 12:00PM

    take me with you!!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/7/2013 8:35AM

    Woo hoo! Run run run! Sun sun sun!

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CFMOSS 1/7/2013 8:13AM

    Enjoy your vacation - you are worth the time apart.

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Saturday, January 05, 2013

I can hardly contain my excitement! Hubs and I are going on a vacation! We booked our flight this morning, and on Tuesday we will be soaking up the rays in Florida. I can't even wait. I am getting packed, and I'm having a lot of trouble deciding what to take! I want to get in some running, and the place we're staying has a nice gym, so I want to get there, too. I have lots of workout gear going along with me!

I get a little crazy when it comes to getting ready to go on a vacation - every piece of laundry has to be done, the house needs to be cleaned... I can't stand coming home to housework. So today I have been doing tons of laundry and lots of cleaning. It needed to be done anyway, but it just seems like so much since we're getting ready to go away.

This afternoon I applied for my first administrative position in a school district! There is an opening for Director of Education, and while I don't finish school until this summer, the position starts "on or after" July 13th. Perfect timing! Keep your fingers crossed.

Time to drink some water and pack some more!

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DRAGONCHILDE 1/6/2013 11:27AM

    So jealous! Have fun on your vacation!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/6/2013 10:48AM

    Ooh, a vacation, that's something I haven't done in ages, lucky you! I hope you have the best of luck with the position, too.

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CFMOSS 1/6/2013 6:55AM

    Oh enjoy!!!!

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LYNNANN43 1/5/2013 11:53PM

    VACATION!! emoticon emoticon

Great luck on the job!! emoticon

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EATNBOOGERS 1/5/2013 11:24PM

    Woo hoo! Have fun, and I'll keep my fingers crossed!

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ETTEZEUS 1/5/2013 9:29PM

    Good luck with the job position Carrie!!
The weather has been pretty warm here so it should be wonderful when you come!

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    wow!!! what quick exciting news!!! and the job app,too!!!! have fun!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/5/2013 9:16PM

    Eeeeeek is right, squealing right along with you here, for both the vacation and job opportunity. Fantastic day.


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CRAFTINWIFE 1/5/2013 8:21PM

    emoticon emoticon Have a great trip!

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JERZGURL_NAN 1/5/2013 8:19PM

    Awesome - Have a Fantastically Fit FunTime!!! and best wishes on the job. That's exciting.

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SUNSHINE99999 1/5/2013 8:19PM

  Have a fantastic time together & my fingers are crossed on your behalf. emoticon

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Friday, January 04, 2013

I got some money from hubs' parents for Christmas - super excited because I haven't really been shopping for myself in a while (for anything fun, anyway. I had to get running shoes a little while ago). Yesterday my mom and I went shopping and I found a new fleece, a hat, and a skirt (in a size 4!!!). Since I didn't want to bore her with workout gear shopping, I decided to do that tonight. So tonight I found a new running 1/4 zip, knee-length gym tights, and two tanks. (The tanks were only $8 each at Under Armour!) I am so excited. I love getting new workout gear - it's such good motivation for me to get out there and do my workouts!

Tomorrow I have a run scheduled - I'm going to bundle up in some new gear and get outside. I have to suck it up and start adding miles if I'm going to finish this Pig standing up!

I subbed for the afternoon today. It was perfect - I got to the gym in the morning for a little elliptical and a sports conditioning class. The class is sort of like P90X/Intensity - tons of cardio and plyo stuff, and man, it's SO tough. I can feel the fat burning off when I'm in class!

Today's good stuff:
- I did a really good job with the eating
- Drank lots of water
- Got some great deals out shopping!
- Crossed a bunch of stuff off the to-do list

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CFMOSS 1/5/2013 7:16AM

    Enjoy your day!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/4/2013 11:14PM

    How cold is it there? I've been such a wimp lately about running in the cold (but I'll hike or ski). I love new workout togs, too. I love deals, too. Sounds like a pretty perfect day!

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MCJULIEO 1/4/2013 9:28PM

    Keep it up!

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Honesty is my friend.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

One of the most useful lessons I've learned on this Spark Journey is the importance of being honest with yourself. Honest with food tracking, honest with how many fitness minutes you *really* get per week (as opposed to the minutes you wish you had), and just about anything else.

Last night hubby and I had some stuffed French toast for dessert, and I had two glasses of wine. I also had quite a few tortilla chips throughout the day. Often when I eat like that, I don't track everything, thinking that maybe my body will be tricked. If I don't track it, I didn't eat it!

Well this morning I got on the scale, and I was (predictably) up a little bit. I'm not freaking out, because I know that too many tortilla chips (salt!), two glasses of wine, and eating late will do that to me. I actually feel more in control because I got on the scale.

Dr. Phil has some advice that I frequently think of - you have to acknowledge (the problem) before you can change it. (Something like that.) And it's so true - it goes with being honest with yourself. I could have easily "forgotten" about the chips and wine I had last night and just have cursed my scale this morning, telling myself it must be broken. But I didn't. I took responsibility for my actions, and now I'm on my way to the gym to get in a workout!

- work HARD at the gym
- make smart choices when I go to lunch with my mom. I often use going out to eat as an excuse to eat whatever I want, because I go out so infrequently. But a burger is a burger, no matter where it's eaten.
- drink all my water, and then some
- find some good deals on workout gear!

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BILLALEX70 1/4/2013 9:35AM

    Great advice.

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MCJULIEO 1/3/2013 10:20PM

    You are on the right path.... way to go!

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CRAFTINWIFE 1/3/2013 3:09PM

Great goals!

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BAM0827 1/3/2013 9:37AM

    I was just telling Bonnie last night - it doesn't matter what you put in your tracker - it's what you put in your mouth :)

Enjoy your lunch with mom!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/3/2013 8:05AM

    So true!

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CFMOSS 1/3/2013 7:57AM

    What you mean that I really have to track.....what I ate? Sorry for the poor humor. I tracked my food for the first time in a long time and I tracked it legitimately (yeah I guessed on a few things like the apple strawberry crisp I had made - used half the butter the recipe called for- so maybe the amount i used was less) but wow calories add up fast when you're honest. So here's to honest tracking on all fronts. Here's to good tracking and a healthy 2013 - you are WORTH it.

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/3/2013 7:14AM

    I so hear and understand what you're saying... great blog! Have a wonderful day! Keep on keeping on!!!

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DARJR50 1/3/2013 6:42AM

  Somehow you just can't fool the body. I quit trying a while ago. I just accept the fact I slipped and go on from there. I don't even try to make up for it by working out harder the next day. Just get back into the good routine and forge ahead.

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