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Swimming thoughts

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I swam tonight and did some thinking. Since I couldn't see anything (I took out my contacts), I didn't keep checking the clock. One thought that kept going through my mind was that even though I lost almost 30 pounds (wahoo!) I have started to feel dumpy again. Perhaps it's because I spent two weeks away from the gym or perhaps it's because my body knows that it can still afford to lose about another 20 pounds. Either way, I know that I *really* need to start Sparking again and get back into a routine. As much as I love my job and love having summers off, I miss the routine that the school year gives me.
Having all day to go to the gym sounds wonderful in theory, but I think I'd rather have a small block of time in which I can make it to the gym and work really hard to make the most of my time there.
If you would have asked me six months ago that I'd ever feel fat at a size 6/8, I would have thought you were nuts. But it's possible. I notice parts of me that need to go away, but I guess that's a step in the right direction from seeing ALL of me that needed to go away.
I'm hoping that a week or two at the gym will whip me back into shape and have me not feeling so dumpy. It's a little depressing - I haven't felt this bad in a while. The jet lag isn't helping, either.
Is this normal? Has anyone else felt this way even after losing weight?

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/28/2009 9:33PM

    Yes! I am with you on BOTH points. I know it wasn't your main point, but as a fellow teacher I completely get what you're saying about the routine of the school year. We're soooo much busier then, but somehow that makes it easier to stick to a routine. I just had this conversation with my boyfriend...he can't understand why I have all this free time and don't work out more, or get to the grocery store, or whatever. It's like I turn completely lazy over the summer.

As for the weight loss, I get that way sometimes. Sometimes I feel so happy I've lost all this weight, but then I see a body part that still doesn't look nearly the way I'd like, and it is rather discouraging... but I'm still working on it!

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Back from China!

Monday, July 27, 2009

I was in China for 10 days and it was amazing. We saw so many awesome sights. We walked and walked and walked, and climbing the Great Wall was the hardest workout I've ever done!
Jet lag got me over the weekend; I still didn't sleep right last night. But I did wake up and go to the gym today. The hardest part about being over there was that I didn't have a workout routine. By the time I got home I felt flabby and blah. Makes me realize how important it is to exercise - not only lots of walking, but strength training, too.
My friend has a lot of the pictures of me; I will post some on my page when I get those pictures from her. I am SO glad I started Sparking when I did. I was actually happy to have my picture taken on vacation this year. No contorting my body and face in weird ways to try to minimize the "fat look," which wasn't so easily hidden. I am so happy with my pictures. The best part is that I am not looking at them and thinking "wow, I look really fat." Instead, I am thinking "wow, what a great time we had." What a difference six months makes.
Went to the silk factory - I bought a silk shirt. Good thing I lost the weight, or else I would have never been able to buy a Chinese size shirt! I take a small/medium here, and had to buy an XL over there.

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/27/2009 3:46PM

    Yay! Isn't it a GREAT feeling when you're free from worrying about whether a certain pose or top or whatever makes you look fat?? I know just what you mean. So glad you had an awesome vacation and that's wild that a small or medium here is equivalent to a Chinese XL...though I guess I'm not surprised.

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MUFFIY831 7/27/2009 10:13AM

    Welcome home, and good job getting to the gym this morning! I just found out I'll be spending 10 days in Beijing - did you go there, and do you have any must-dos for me?

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But the fat tasted so good!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

So I went way over on my fat intake today. I stayed within my calories, but I had SO much fat today. Bacon, avocado, walnuts...
Getting back on the nutrition tracker has been good for me. I think twice about eating that cracker with cheese or that extra brownie (although thinking twice about the brownie doesn't always mean I won't eat it). It's helped me drag myself to the gym even when I really want to sit on the couch. Yesterday I did a little running, so today was swimming at the gym. I feel stronger in the water so it must be doing some good! My legs hurt (the good hurt) today - did some good lower body last night.
Tomorrow is my last day at home before I go on vacation. I packed my running shoes and some workout clothes - the hotels (supposedly) have treadmills and small gyms; I am planning on doing some kind of workout while I'm away. It will be good running weather in San Francisco, and I'll be able to go to the hotel gyms in Beijing and Shanghai. We have lots and lots of walking planned as well. I don't expect to lose any weight while I am gone, but I am expecting to maintain my current weight.
Off to practice some music...

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DSCHONDOG 7/9/2009 10:54PM


I only gained 1 pound while I was in China 9 days. The food is fantastic and the walking walking walking is great exercise. I think the plane trip is the hardest part. Going and coming you eat and sit for a loooong time.

Have a fabulous time. I look forward to seeing your new profile image in front of the Great Wall!


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SEPPIESUSAN 7/9/2009 10:39PM

    Have a fantastic vacation!

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I survived the long holiday weekend!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Well I celebrated the 4th of July on the 3rd and the 5th, but not the actual 4th. Weird. It was amazing how different the two celebrations were. On the 3rd, my dad and his wife came up to our house. We made tomato soup and grilled chicken salad. We had a relatively healthy dessert. Delish! On Sunday, my mom and brother came up and we had burgers, potato salad, and ice cream with fruit and angel food cake. What a difference! After those burgers, I felt so horrible the rest of the day. They were so yummy, but I was full for the entire rest of the day. Ugh.
There are extra burgers in the fridge, and I think we're just going to throw them out. We don't really eat ground beef anymore - there are so many foods out there that taste so much better.
So anyway, I thought for sure that the burgers did me in. Yesterday we hiked for about 1.5 hours and I went swimming last night before dinner. According to the fitness tracker, I burned over 1000 calories yesterday. Wahoo!
On Friday I am leaving for San Francisco and China; I am not going to get my regular workouts in (but I am taking my running shoes!), so I'm trying to burn as many calories as I can before I go. The girl going with me is coming over this afternoon so we can go over some last minute stuff and figure out how we want to spend our time in S.F.
OK off to get some trip stuff ready. Have a Sparky Tuesday!

Addition: So my friend going with me just came over. We talked about how we're going to get around SF and she said "well we're both pretty fit, so we can hoof it a lot." AAAHHHH!!! If she would have known me this well 6 months ago, she would never have said that. I have NEVER been in the "we're both pretty fit" category. WAHOO!!!!!!

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KAYAKID 7/8/2009 12:35AM

    Carrie, It sounds like you had anice weekend! Good luck on your trip! San Franciso and china - Wow! what a great trip. going to get to walk on the great wall in china. Last year a friend of mine ran in a marathon that was on the great wall. Lots of stairs. Have a nice Trip!!!

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MUFFIY831 7/7/2009 2:06PM

    That sounds like a great trip. There's so much walking on vacation though you'll get those calories burned. Have a great time!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/7/2009 1:46PM

    China! Wow! Have fun.

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Freedom Fest 5K

Saturday, July 04, 2009

So after two weeks of no running, I decided to enter a 5K today. I was a little nervous; I ran a bit on Thursday, but only a bit over a mile. Today I had to walk some of the route but I finished. And my time was not my slowest time ever! It felt really good. I forgot how much I love to run!
I got home and had a bean burger and some homemade tomato soup. Yum! But before that, I napped for two hours. Yes, two hours. I plopped myself down on the couch at 1:00, and when I woke up it was 3:00. Time to get my rear in gear.
Happy 4th of July!

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ROGUE_1 7/5/2009 1:53PM

    I'm so proud of you for getting out there despite your nervousness! And you had an even better time than previous race times to boot. Good job, and welcome back to being able to run!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/4/2009 4:23PM

    Oooh, two hour nap - sounds so decadent! I'd love to randomly sign up for a 5K and run it the same day - no pre-race jitters!! Great that you were faster than you had been in the past, too.

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KAYAKID 7/4/2009 4:14PM

    Great job! We do love to run! I loved my race today and I am thinking about a nap also before for tonights bar-b-que and fireworks. I ran my 10k in 58:36

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