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My new lifestyle

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I am finally feeling like Spark is really my lifestyle. I am eating less and moving more; I'm conscious of portion sizes, I don't beat myself up for enjoying good food, and nothing is off-limits (food-wise). Going to the gym is natural for me now. I am ran three miles today on the treadmill and thought nothing of it. I was on vacation this past weekend and ran almost 7 miles. On vacation!
People are really noticing how different I look. High school classmates who I see on Facebook comment on my pictures that I post. It is such a good feeling. Tomorrow I have to exchange a shirt - I bought a medium, and it is too big. I never imagined that I would be able to wear a small or a single digit size. It is especially exciting because I never have. This is a whole new feeling for me, and I love it. It's so much better than stuffing my face full of fries. It's better than eating take-out three or four nights a week.
I LOVE going shopping now. I LOVE being able to go somewhere and throw on a pair of jeans or a dress and not worry about what is sticking out.
Off to make some soup and then head out for some new gym shorts.
Happy Tuesday!

  
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DSCHONDOG 6/17/2009 7:38PM

    Dearest Carrie,

I could have written this blog in October 2004 after I lost 35 pounds and for the first time since I was an adolescent, I wore a single digit size. You know, all the rewards (I call them blessings) of doing what I know I should do for my body came as a surprise to me. I went to the store to get some new clothes at about the 20 pound mark and I had to go 3 sizes smaller. I kept reaching for smaller and smaller sizes and I couldn't believe the rack I was pulling from!!!! I'm wearing a size 6 now and sometimes a 4. I could have never predicted this would happen. It was such a shock. As you know, I am a registered nurse and I knew, intellectually, what a good diet and exercise does to the body, but, again, when it actually happened to me I was shocked. My cholesterol went from 205 down to 150, my HDL went from 35 to 55 and my triglycerides from 110 to 60!

I could only do 2 situps in May 2004, now I do 130 once every week. I use 10 pound dumbbells for strength training and toning and hike, bike, kayak and treadmill well enough to lead a fitness group at my church. My life has been so transformed that I can hardly remember the old me. I know you will jump, run, leap and climb all over China (with ease). I went full steam ahead from sunup to sundown there. I didn't want to miss a thing! I think I wore out my 28-year-old companions. I would prowl around on my own for 2 hours in the morning before they would get up. emoticon

Everytime I think about overeating I say to myself, "Dawn, do you want that cake (or candy or extra roll or whatever) as your reward or do you want all the clothes you are looking at in the department store to fit when you try them on? When I juxtapose these two items, it is a no-brainer. I want to look good in my clothes and I want to have energy to live life to its fullest. I LOVED your blog. You are SO fortunate. You are half my age and have discovered what it took me almost my whole life to discover. Enjoy!

PS Thanks for adding me as a Spark Friend. I am adding you, too. I don't want to lose track of you. Happy Wednesday!

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EATNBOOGERS 6/17/2009 2:44PM

    Yea you! Very positive blog entry. :-)

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/17/2009 12:44PM

    I'm so glad I read this - I feel the same way, and I love the reminder of how far I have come and what an accomplishment it is.

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KAYAKID 6/16/2009 5:55PM

    Carrie, don't you just love that go to the gym and run 3 miles on the treadmill and it is no big deal. Let me tell you what happened yesterday. I got on the treadmill and some young guy got on the treadmill next to me. I was running a 2 mile before my fitness/diet support group class. my pace was about 10:54 - a pace that is easy now and he was going slower than me and he was breathing so hard and when I finished I was harly out of breathe. Wonderful feeling! for this 52 year old. Have a great week
Mike


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I (heart) New York!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Just got home from New York City. It was SOOOO fun! I ran, I sang, I went to a ballet, I ate WAAAYYYY too much good food, and did a lot of walking.
- Ballet: I took a class at my gym called Ballet Bootcamp. Friday night we went to the Met to see the ballet Giselle. Since I took that class and did a very few ballet moves, I could really appreciate how much strength a person has to have to do ballet. The way the dancers moved was just amazing. What an experience.
- Running: I can now understand how people can run for hours. On Saturday morning I woke up and went running in Central Park. I ran for almost two hours, and could have gone for more had I not had to meet people for breakfast. Armed with my iPod, sunscreen, and a beautiful running morning, Central park was just amazing. Running with all those other people kept me going. And I saw people taking walk breaks! It *is* ok to walk!!!
- Singing: Sang Mozart's Requiem at Lincoln Center this afternoon. AMAZING. It gives me chills every time I sing a work like that. Just performing on the same stage where so many wonderful musicians have been is the most indescribable amazing wonderful feeling. The conductor was amazing, the other singers were amazing... I feel lucky to be able to be part of the production.
- Good food: where do I start! Chicken mole, mushroom soup, beef carpaccio, flan, octopus, mussels, beef, matzoh ball soup (MMMMM - I never had it before and it was SOOOO good), but wayyyyy too much. This week will be full of water and workouts.

I am SO tired. Tomorrow I am going to sleep in, no alarm, and maybe take a long afternoon walk with my honey.
Happy Sunday night!

  
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ROGUE_1 6/15/2009 2:50PM

    Aww, so glad to see that you enjoyed your trip to NYC!! Sounds like you had a fun-filled trip. My mom takes us girls there every couple of years for a Girls-Getaway vacay, and boy I must say... we somehow manage to get in lots of trouble every time :) My dad & husband are both very glad that they aren't there to witness the shopping carnage hehe...

Next time I go, I will DEFINITELY run at Central Park! I wasn't fit/active any of the times I went, and didn't do any exercise except for the walking which I don't know if it counts since I was in heels most of the time and not walking very fast at all! And YES, walking around in NYC in heels is the dumbest thing ever, but I thought that if the Sex In the City girls did it, then I could too!!

What is ballet bootcamp all about?!? Sounds so interesting!!!!

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EATNBOOGERS 6/15/2009 10:27AM

    What a fabulous trip!

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KAYAKID 6/14/2009 11:01PM

    Carrie, I am glad you had a great time! 2 hour run good job. I had a 1 1/2 run on Saturday on a trail with lots of other people. It does motivate oneselves.
Have a nice rest tomorrow.
Mike


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Ballet Bootcamp

Friday, June 12, 2009

Last night I thought I'd try out a new class at the gym - Ballet Bootcamp. It was SOOO fun and SOOO hard. I didn't realize how inflexible I am! The instructor was crazy flexible! Not only am I inflexible, but apparently not very graceful, either. I think I may look into taking adult ballet classes.
In about 1/2 an hour I am leaving for New York City. I am SO excited! I love the city. I filled up my iPod for the bus; I am going to silently practice my music on the way over. Packed my running stuff for Central Park - we are staying close to there, so I should be able to get a bit of running in on Saturday morning.
Yesterday I stopped in at a clothing store just for the heck of it, and I tried on a skirt. It fit. And it was a 6. Wahoo! I nearly bought it just because of that, but since we are planning on buying a new computer soon, I just walked around the store with the skirt for a while before putting it down. I nearly fell over.
Off to pack my last minute stuff... The bus ride is only about 1.5 hours, so I should be in the city by 10:15. I have some time to walk around, leave my bag at the hotel, and grab a little brunch before rehearsal. This rain better end soon!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 6/13/2009 5:56PM

    Yea for 6! I've heard good things about ballet, too, but I'm probably even less flexible than you, so I've never tried. Dancers are STRONG, though. Can't wait to hear about your trip.

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KAYAKID 6/12/2009 10:22AM

    Carrie, have a nice time. How cool is that to run in Central Park. If I ever got to NYC I would do that. good luck on your singing.
Mike


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SEPPIESUSAN 6/12/2009 8:59AM

    Oh, am I jealous - a Saturday morning run at Central Park! Have a great trip, and congrats on the size six!!!

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Wonderful Wednesday

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Oh there are so many good things about today and the last few days...
- it's the last day of school!
- It's pay day - and I have a little extra for being the assistant director of the Show Choir.
- A mom at school told me that I "looked great!" and that I definitely need to keep running (I saw her at the Levee Loop Trail Run on Saturday).
- the secretary at school told me how thin my face was getting
- Went shopping this weekend and I bought (drumroll) SMALLS!!!! And they fit wonderfully. SOOOOOO excited. I noticed that sales people are a lot quicker to help me now then they were when I was bigger... I guess it looks like I'll buy more stuff. Maybe it's just me not trying to run and hide from people, though. I LOVED shopping this weekend. I bought my first pair of shorts in years. They look so good!!! I can finally wear shorts again!!!
- My dad is proud that I am running. he doesn't express emotion a lot (that's his side of the family), but he told me last night how great it is that I've been running 5Ks and all kinds of stuff. He said "running is the LAST thing I ever imagined you doing." And not in a mean way, because I know it's the truth. It made me feel really good that it made him so proud of me. Even at almost 30 years old, it's still nice to have parent approval and praise!
- I am wearing a skirt to school AGAIN and I am noticing that there is less "chub rub" on my thighs. Wahoo!

Off to finish my coffee. Happy Sparking!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 6/13/2009 5:55PM

    All great stuff! You have so many measures (and reminders) of good progress. Good for you!

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ROGUE_1 6/11/2009 2:27AM

    Sounds like a great Wednesday to me!

"Chub rub" - HA I didn't know there was a word for that!!! I learn something new everyday on this site.

I love reading about your dad and how proud he is of you.... it's such a great feeling, isn't it? I'm like that too - it means so much to me knowing that my dad approves and supports things I do. I don't know if I'll ever grow out of that.

"Even at almost 30 years old..." When's your birthday?! Is it soon? And do you have any special plans?

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KAYAKID 6/10/2009 10:49AM

    Carrie,
I have to tell you an experience I had the other day that made me feel good and maybe it is only or weird to me. I was shopping for some shorts to wear on my hike. none of the shorts I have in my closet fit me anymore. when I was overweight I sometimes had to shop in the big and tall part of the store. I wondered in there by accident and I said to myself what in the world am I doing in here. I am never coming back in here. weird huh! I used to wear size 44 jeans/pants. I am wearing size 36 and they are getting baggy on me. Have a great wednesday - you deserve it.
Mike


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MUFFIY831 6/10/2009 8:06AM

    Wow, you're doing great!! Keep up the good work. :)

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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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