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Levee Loop recap and a lot of thinking

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Well the trail run yesterday was really really nice. It was a wonderful running day and the trail was actually pretty dry, considering we got a ton of rain here last week. The off-road running was so nice on my feet. I may have to use that trail as one of my training places.
Finally got myself an iPod yesterday. I am busy getting my CDs loaded into iTunes. I can't wait to take it out on the road and to the gym!
My foot has been hurting lately. While it's not getting worse, it doesn't seem to be getting better either. Next Wednesday I am getting two moles removed and will have stitches in my back and in my leg. They will be there for two weeks, and I'm not supposed to do anything to stretch them out so they don't come out. I think I will take that opportunity to give my feet a break and see if my foot feels any better at the end of those two weeks. While the thought of taking a couple weeks off from running really stinks, I know that my body will thank me for it. It will also give me a good chance to check out some of the great classes at the gym and maybe get out and rent a bike to ride along some of the great trails here in the Poconos. I do not have any races coming up, which is a good thing. There are a lot of good races I want to do in the fall so time off now will help me later.
My biggest fear is that I will put on weight. I guess I just have to do the responsible thing and re-calculate my calories burned for my nutrition and get back into tracking. (Don't know if I want to count the 3/4 pint of Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough ice cream I ate last night - talk about a craving!)
I checked out the gym calendar and there are so many fun classes going on this month. Definitely have to take advantage of my work schedule and get to some of those. Ballet, sexy back/fab abs, maybe a Zumba class...
Spark People is going to be so important for me over this non-running time. I know that here there are people who will tell me that I'm doing the right thing by taking time off from running, and who will also make sure I put down the ice cream and cake. I will also find reassurance that I will not immediately gain back the almost 30 pounds I've lost already as long as I keep my goals in mind.
Sigh... and on top of all this, now I have to buy a new toaster. Mine crapped out on me this morning, right when I was famished from my workout this morning.
BUT! I *do* get to load up my iPod today and get to spend the day with my honey. It's sunny, my coffee is hot, and yesterday I bought size small tops for summer. It's a good day.
Happy Sunday!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 6/8/2009 2:56PM

    Prolonged, enforced rest can be a great thing. (Remember that I banged up my knee and then got the flu--the bed rest is what made my knee better.) You might also think about switching to some walking (if you're allowed)... according to some (running) authorities, getting the miles in walking counts just as much, and it's easier on your body. I think gym classes are a great idea--what about swimming? You're so good at that... I have a friend who *loves* Zumba.

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KAYAKID 6/7/2009 10:36AM

    Carrie,
I am so glad you had a good run yesterday. I love running on trails too. I find that my feet getting sore from running on them because the ground is a little bit unlevel and your making tons of turns and stressing the ankles - just a thought. 2 weeks no running wow good luck on that! Will you be able to walk. I love classes at the gym. I guess Spinning class is my favorite - but I love cycling so it it s easy. I remember when I first started them I couldn't stay the instructors and they would say increase resistance and take it up to 100 rpms I would say are you crazy! now I am ahead of what the instructor wants the rest of class ot do.

Are you going to meet up with gigi - I have met a couple sparkers and it is great to meet them in person - go for run with them or a walk. We have so much in common with them no matter the age difference.

Have a great weekend - check on my blog about my hike it was awesome and few pic too.

Keep sparking Mike


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Reward for six more weeks

Friday, June 05, 2009

I am not good at rewarding myself; I usually feel as if taking time for myself is selfish and that I should be doing something other than taking time for me. My first big reward is a new iPod shuffle; tomorrow I'm heading down to the Apple store and checking out the new teeny tiny ones. They look so fun.
In six more weeks, I will be in China. Wahoo! My reward is going to be something really fabulous from my trip - I am really looking forward to buying a silk dress. Part of my motivation for my lifestyle change was to be able to fit into a real Chinese silk dress. Something I've learned from my travels and from my travel research is that foreign countries' sizes are MUCH smaller than American sizes. So what is a medium here is most likely *not* a medium in China. But that doesn't get me down. I am SO looking forward to a silk dress.
Tomorrow morning I have a trail run - 4.5 miles. I am SO excited! It's my longest race yet. Right now I am actually not thinking about my running as a competition. I am SO not competitive; all my 5Ks have been so fun. Tomorrow will be another fun run on a new surface. I did a bit of off-asphalt running this week to try to get ready for tomorrow. it's going to be so different!
Off to find a few more Spark Points to get my next trophy!

  
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JNEUBS 6/8/2009 7:24AM

    Look forward to seeing you in the dress!

Keep having fun!

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EATNBOOGERS 6/7/2009 8:47AM

    A silk dress--what a great idea!

How did the race go??? I do almost all my running on dirt/trails (even the half marathon I'm eyeing is mostly dirt roads). I like it--did you?

Way to go!

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/5/2009 8:44PM

    Read your blog. You are doing great. Keep up the good work and post photos of the Silk Dress. Enjoy your vacation! You deserve it.

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I may have to buy a bigger reward than I thought!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Not because I am doing extraordinarily well (even thought I'm doing pretty darn good, if I do say so myself), but because my computer is on the fritz. The printer is not getting recognized when we try to use it, and the shift button on the left decides when it does and doesn't want to work. We were aiming for a new computer in the fall, but if this keeps up, we may be a little early on the schedule. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it decides to work for a few months yet; we don't want to spend the money yet for it.
A mom in the car line commented on my weight loss this week. I let kids out of the car in the morning, and one girl's mom noticed. wahoo!
Last night I went to a meeting and then out for a drink to visit my fiance and I wore my new size 8 jeans!!! I was SOOOO excited. Now I know what it's like to wear a really good-fitting pair of jeans that doesn't have to hide anything. One of the most exciting body changes I've seen is that I am getting pretty good hamstrings. I can see them when i wear my running gear. I like having those muscles on the back of my legs.
Put on a skirt today, probably for the last time. It is really big - last year when I bought it, it was tight. I will wear it one last time today so I get a little use out of it, and then it goes into "The Pile." Someone who wears my old size is going to be very excited to see that pile of clothes. I think I'll try to give them to a friend and then my mom before I give them to Goodwill. I put a shirt in The Pile today as well. It was SOOOO unflattering when I put it on. Last night I put on a shirt that used to be tight, and the top part where the shoulders and chest are was really loose. the shoulder seams were not on my shoulders, and it was all bunchy. A little sad, because i really liked the shirt. But off to smaller and better things, I suppose. Possessions are fleeting.
Today is my last full day of school for the year. Wahoo!
I think I'm going to the gym right after school today to do some running and maybe some light lower body work. We'll see how busy it gets and then I'll decide.
Happy Thursday!

  
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ROGUE_1 6/5/2009 3:10PM

    Happy first day of summer vacation! Did you get to sleep in today? That's what I would do. That, and then workout of course!

Dontcha just LOVE it when people notice your weight loss? I'm so happy for you and am excited that you are enjoying the great changes taking place! Pretty soon you are going to have to buy a whole new wardrobe! Ohh what fun!! I can't wait to have that problem :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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KAYAKID 6/5/2009 9:50AM

    Carrie, It is great to be vanquishing all our clothes to the give away pile, but I am limited to what I can wear. I have about 8 pairs of dress slacks in my closet that are size 42-44 and they will never been worn by me again. I wear size 36 and it is starting to get baggy. I bought my first pair of shorts yesterday because I had 0 shorts I could wear. emoticon

Have a great day today
Mike

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EATNBOOGERS 6/4/2009 10:12PM

    When I get rid of things, especially things I liked, I figure someone is getting some good karma along with them. :-)

You're making great progress!

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MUFFIY831 6/4/2009 11:09AM

    Great job!

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A June 2nd Short One

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Don't have too much to report today. I am going to sign off soon and start working on my June goals. Grab my calendar, look at my schedule, and start going. I am having two moles removed on June 17th (Ugh... but better safe than sorry) so I'll have to stay out of the pool for a while (SOOO sad!!!) and take it easy on the running for a little bit. But I think that might not be a totally bad thing.
School ends next week and I'll have more time to get some long runs in during the week. I am looking forward to training for some longer runs, or maybe just running longer distances so that my 5Ks get easier as the summer goes on.
I have not been tracking my calories for quite some time now. however, i don't feel as if I am overeating or going crazy. When that happens, I will go back to entering my food religiously. Right now, I've only been entering food for which i don't know the calorie count.
Off to work on some goals!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 6/3/2009 12:42AM

    Yes, *do* be careful about the moles (my mom has had malignant melanoma, and it's scary... there's a lot more prevention that can be done at *our* age).

I'm really glad you're enjoying running so much.

And you're reminding me that I could probably do with a spell of calorie tracking .

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Rewarding myself

Monday, June 01, 2009

Just now I went back to one of the "Action Steps" for this diet stage I'm in. It was to reward myself for 12 weeks of hard work (it's been over 12 weeks now). I realized that I still haven't *really* rewarded myself for this. Sure, I bought some new clothes, but that was because I can't have my pants falling down at school. It's been more of necessity than a true reward. Yesterday during my 5K I decided what my reward was going to be. I spent most of my run yesterday singing silly songs from school to keep my feet moving. There is only so much "Down By the Bay" I can stand! Decided that my reward is going to be an mp3 player and some running headphones. I have been hearing so many people talk about how much it helps to have a distraction when they run, something to concentrate on instead of the actual running. I'm going to do some research, and i think next week when I get paid I'll go out and get an mp3 player. Wahoo!
Yesterday I went to brunch with my family. I don't think they really get that I *can* run! I told my brother that I am going to run a 4.5 mile trail run on Saturday, and the first thing he said was "can you run that far?" Not a congratulations or a good luck, just doubt. It's frustrating when my family doesn't think I am serious about running and my lifestyle change. I think it's because it is so different from their lifestyles. My family has never been active (on my mom's side, who i see more) or eaten really healthy. Going out to eat and eating quick convenience meals is the norm. But it's not that way for me anymore, and it seems like they are having a hard time accepting it. I just don't want to have the medical problems that side of the family has had as I grow older. Most of the problems could be gone if there was better diet and more movement.
So anyway, it's June, there are 8 more days of school, and I'm feeling good. I lost 2.4 pounds in May, so I now have to make my June goals. I think I'll post those later.
Happy Monday!

  
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MUFFIY831 6/1/2009 9:39AM

    Great job! I hear you on the family. My sister once said, "Don't you feel guilty you're making us all look bad?" I flipped out and told her I refuse to feel GUILTY for being HEALTHY. It shut her up!! Good luck and keep up the great work. Maybe they'll see how great you're doing and get inspired?!

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EATNBOOGERS 6/1/2009 9:11AM

    I think that's an awesome reward, and you'll use it! Good idea!

Re what your brother said... isn't it sad how people like that can be so unsupportive? Grr... If *you* change, you're challenging their status quo--at least that's the way *they* see it.




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