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Last day of summer!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Well, last day of summer vacation, anyway. Tomorrow is a teacher work day in our classrooms. I have bulletin boards to put up and first cycle lesson plans to finesse. As much as I like being able to sleep in and have leisurely days, I am ready for a routine again. I ran some errands today and bought a new pair of running shoes. They are WONDERFUL. Wore them tonight to running club - my feet felt SO good. These new shoes were a long time coming.
My 5K is on Sunday! I have not run in a race since early July. I'm especially looking forward to Sunday because it will be the first one I'm running after running during the week. Before I started running with this running club at the beginning of August, I did a couple miles a couple times a week at the gym; now I'm doing between 12-20 miles a week. Wahoo! I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of difference the extra miles will make.
Yesterday I went to visit my family for my brother's birthday. I took six shopping bags of too-big clothing to my mom. She was very happy to get them, and I was a little sad to be giving them up. But after I said I was a little sad, my mom reminded me "yeah, but probably not 30 pounds sad." She was right. I would not trade 30 pounds lost (25 with Spark) for all those clothes back.
In a previous blog, I wrote about my mom going on Jenny Craig. I don't think it's the best way to lose weight permanently, but so far my mom has lost almost 20 pounds. It's a little frustrating that she is losing weight so quickly just by eating that crappy food! It sounds so selfish... Bleh. But she did say to me "wow, you really *did* lose a lot of weight." We both can't believe how different I look now then I did at this time last year. Wahoo! I think my lifestyle change has inspired her a little bit, even if it *is* Jenny Craig. But! She is coming to my race on Sunday. I kind of jokingly asked her to come, and she sounded really excited to come. She sounded really proud of me that I can run a 5K. That made me feel really good. See, I was the absolute laziest kid. Didn't play sports after elementary school, ate like a pig, and drove to school, which was *maybe* a 10 minute walk. When I look back, I can't believe how different I am. So I think it amazes her a little bit that I am successfully changing my lifestyle. So that's the exciting news.
The not-so exciting news is that I have been stuck at the same weight for two months. ARGH. I know, I know... yes, my clothes fit better. Yes, I am getting better at running. Yes, I have more confidence.... hm... I guess the scale doesn't really matter, does it? I think I'll take a scale vacation for a bit... maybe I'll visit it again in about a month.
It pains me to type this, but I have to get ready for school tomorrow.
Happy Tuesday!

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ROGUE_1 8/27/2009 2:54AM

    New shoes are the best! Wow, looks like your running is coming right along and that you're back on track. ou are going to do GREAT at your race this Sunday - I will be rooting for you and can't wait to hear how it went. That's great that your mom is going to cheer you on! My parents went to my first race, and it was such a great boost to see their smiling faces and to hear them on the sidelines :)

6 shopping bags of too-big clothes - amazing! Have you had the chance to fully replenish your wardrobe?? You should be really proud of yourself and with how you are going about with your weight loss and fitness jouriney. You are doing it in a very healthy way that I'm sure will stay with you well into the future (not that your mom isn't doing a great job too, but as you said, it's just different). I'm not really familiar with how it all works - can she prepare her own food, or must she always eat the pre-packaged Jenny Craig meals?

How's school???

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The Great Clean-Out and Cooking Lessons

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I have a lot of clothes that are too big for me. They are in a range of about two sizes and they are accumulated from over 5 years of working in clothing retail. That's a lot of clothing! In the past I have lost 10 pounds here and there, but I always gained it back. It's a good thing I kept all those clothes.
But this time is different. It feels different. The way I eat and the way I move now... I can never go back to how it used to be. I *can't* keep those old clothes. There are too many stories and memories attached to those clothes... Pants from when I lost 5 pounds and thought I deserved a treat, skirts from when i couldn't fit into any pants, shirts I bought just because they fit, not because I liked them, but because I could actually close them... there are so many things I remember about those clothes. They have been sitting in my closet, waiting to go away. I haven't gotten around to take them away, but this weekend is ending all that. On Monday I am going to visit my family for my brother's birthday, and I'm taking all the clothes to my mom. All 6 shopping bags full.
When I first started finding that clothes were too big, like REALLY too big, I was a little sad. I spent a lot of money on clothes, and there were a few things that I really liked. I actually tried some on last night and thought "maybe I was being too harsh... maybe I can still wear them." No such luck. And I don't *want* to fit into them again. Today I had a skirt on just for fun; it used to be tight around my waist, and today it was falling off my hips. With a pair of shorts on underneath. That was a sign telling me that it is time to give my clothes away. I am DONE being that girl who wore those clothes. I am ready to wear clothes that reflect the new me - confident and feeling good. (I bought a new pair of black pants, and I tried them on with a white button-down - tucked in! I almost cried because I LOVED how I looked.)
It has been almost eight whole months since I joined SparkPeople. In that time I have accomplished more than I ever thought I would. I can run 6 miles non-stop and have run numerous 5Ks. I am into single digit size pants - something I used to dream about when I worked in clothing retail. There are muscles (real muscles!) on my body that I can see. I have inspired others to eat healthier and move more. I don't have to hide behind anything anymore - I chopped off my hair and I LOVE it. I can wear shorts! I discovered that I will eat a good bowl of homemade soup over Chicken McNuggets any day. I learned that a half-pint of Ben and Jerry's *won't* kill me... as long as I keep it to once or twice a month. If I deprive myself of these cravings, it's worse for me in the long run.
My fiance is a chef, and one of the lessons I've learned from him is that knowing how things work together is better than following a recipe. It lets me throw things together and experiment to find out exactly what works and what *I* like, which may be more beans and less onion, or a little more cayenne than what the recipe calls for. It's like SparkPeople. I've learned so much about how my body works and how exercise and nutrition work together to make a healthier me. A little more swimming and a little less dairy may work for me, but not for someone else. Maybe you need *more* dairy and more elliptical. It's not following a generic "recipe" for weight loss that probably won't work for everyone, but knowing how my body works and reacts so that I can do what *I* need to do to live a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

And with that, I know that my body likes a little glass of bubbly before dinner, so cheers to SparkPeople and to all of you on this wonderful journey of living our best lives.


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KAYAKID 8/22/2009 9:20PM

    Great blog Carrie! We all knew you have doing well! but wow! you are an inpiration to us. thanks for being my friend! Have agreat weekend.

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CLAYSGAL 8/22/2009 7:06PM

    You've come along way!!! Six bags of clothes???!!! Good lord, you deserve to be sooooo proud! Thats enough to clothe a small country, lol. emoticon

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The key to looking younger...

Friday, August 21, 2009

is apparently going to the state store after a workout. I swam tonight and then went to get some wine for dinner, and I got carded. I'm going to be 30 in about a month, and they carded me! Wahoo! I was wearing my gym clothes, wet from the pool, and I probably looked terrible. But it was nice anyway.
So tonight was a bit of a cheat night for me... I had wine and cookie dough ice cream (I was craving it like mad!) but now my craving is taken care of for a while.
Swam for 40 minutes tonight - hard work!
Tomorrow I am going to try a Pilates class at my gym - I think I need to do something more for my core. It will be nice to add something different to my fitness routine.
Made scallops and linguine for dinner tonight - YUM. I needed to get my protein in, so I decided to use the scallops I had in the freezer. Very tasty indeed.
This week I have gone a little crazy with the carbs - I think it's because I haven't been getting enough protein. I added some black beans to my salad tonight and some scallops to my pasta. Getting enough protein has always been a challenge for me. I am going to work on that! Since school starts next week, I have to get a system into place where I can eat healthy meals that are easy to throw together. The routine of school is actually good for me... I know exactly when I have to go to the gym, when I have to eat dinner, and when I need to go to bed. No more staying up late (wahoo!). I love going to bed early and getting up early.
It's time for a big glass of water, a hot bath, and sleep.

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KAYAKID 8/21/2009 9:57PM

    Carrie, You love pilates - I tried them about 6 weeks ago. It was hard at first - the first class was hard on my muscles - What my trainer suggested for the first time was - do a short run 1-2 miles before class and it will get your muscles warm and it will make it like a 1 hour stretch. Good luck to you!

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I feel an easy weekend coming on...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Went to running club tonight. It was hot. REALLY hot. And humid. It felt like I was running through soup. Boy was I glad when we were finished! Short 3.5 mile run tonight - never thought I'd be saying that 3.5 miles is "short!" Really shows how far I've come.
So this week and last week I've really been doing a lot of cardio. Which is good. But, I think I am going to take an easy weekend. I need to rest my knee a bit; swimming will be good for me. I think it will also be a good chance for me to recharge a bit before school starts. The start of school just kind of snuck up on me this year! Can't believe next Wednesday is the first day back for teachers already. Lesson plan thoughts need to start getting in my head.
I've been reading blogs and articles lately about how what we do with our bodies is our own choice, the consequences and/or rewards are because of our choices. I've been thinking twice about stopping for that ice cream on the way home, sleeping in instead of going to the gym "just this once," or putting that extra cheese on my baked potato. It's nobody's fault but mine (Led Zeppelin, anyone?) if I go over in fat for the day because of the extra cheese. On the positive side, though, it's also *my* doing when I can more easily swim or when i can push myself through that last half mile when all I want to do is fall over.
Football is on, so I have to go put on some decaf and get comfortable on the couch. I forgot how much I enjoy football season!

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GIGI1222 8/21/2009 8:27AM

    Instead of the extra fat from the cheese, think of the extra calcium you are getting. emoticon I do love football season, and can not wait to get to a few games. Have a great weekend!

PS I also remember when 3.5 miles seemed like a long run, not a short one!

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KAYAKID 8/21/2009 3:00AM

    Carrie Enjoy your weekend - Nice and easy sounds wonderful - maybe a little football watching is in the cards! enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I have been patiently waiting since the beginning of July so I could officially enter that 25th pound lost. I've been .4 pounds away since July 3rd. Tonight I weighed myself and WAHOO it's a full 25 pounds since I started Sparking! What a great feeling. Even though it's less than 1/2 a pound, it's better than nothing, and it's certainly better than gaining. It's also just the little bump I needed to reassure me that I'm progressing toward my goals. (I know that weight is not the most important thing, but it's so much easier to tell that to other people than to keep it in mind for myself!)
Tonight I went to the pool and did 1/2 an hour of easy laps. It was a good time for me to do some thinking and burn some calories. My knee has been bothering me, too, so it was a good chance to rest it from running. Running club is tomorrow night, so I'm going to really pay attention to my knee and see if it feels any better. I may have to take few days off from running so it can get better. (My penguin running buddy is going to be on vacation next week anyway, and I'm a little nervous about going without him. I'm afraid that I will be holding someone back! It would be a perfect time to rest my knee while he's away. We'll see.)
This morning we had bacon and blueberry pancakes. Yum! But SO not healthy. I did, however, compensate the rest of the day and ate kind of light. Tonight I made some Mexican-style soup with some things we had in the fridge. It was SO good. A little hot for soup, but it's so low-calorie and delicious that I didn't really mind standing over the hot stove. And now I have lunch for tomorrow.

This part might be a little long, but I have to put it out here.
My mom started Jenny Craig. For about the 100th time. I wish I could support it more, but I think that eating all those salty boxed foods are just not good for her. She called me tonight to tell me she lost 11 pounds so far. I congratulated her on the loss, and I brought up something about making sure she can do what she's doing for the rest of her life. It's a pattern I've seen a lot over the years while growing up; she goes on some "quick fix" diet and loses 20 pounds or so, and then soon it creeps back up. The Jenny Craig food would come back into the house, or the Weight Watchers material would show up on the counter, and then the cycle would start all over again. I've tried the Grapefruit Diet, the Soup Diet, and a million other diets with her. So I guess the point of this may be that i wish I could be happier for her, but I have seen this cycle so many times that I can't tell if this is going to stick or not. Does that make me a bad daughter?
Well, off to think and have a little sweet and decaf.

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PINKCOCONUT 8/20/2009 3:47PM

    Way to lose 25lbs! WOO!!!

And I agree, it's hard to watch loved ones give in to the fad diets we used to give in to. But the good thing is that YOU are also an inspiration and hopefully, she'll realize she can turn to how you did it to change her lifestyle!

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NOVEMBERSUN 8/20/2009 2:18AM

    WOW 25!!! Congrats!!!

I've thought the same thing about the Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem deals. It's only temporary, eventually you have to start eating real food again and then what? Don't beat yourself up for everything you've learned on here. Did you suggest this site to her? Maybe it could be her first step! :) Good luck on your continued goals!

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LSHAPPELL 8/19/2009 9:36PM

  Congratulations on your 25th!

You are not a bad daughter, just a concerned one. I am lucky, my mom (74 years old) has been a role model when it comes to health. She has been walking and working out at a gym for many years. This has really helped to keep her young, even at 74.

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KAYAKID 8/19/2009 8:11PM

    Carrie, We know that spark people works - because we are living proof ot it. the problem with those fad diets is that once you lose weight and yes you do lose it quickly - It doesn't stay off because we don't change - In order to make it work you have to change your eating habits and eat better and exercise. Spark people works because you lose it slowly and it stays off because we are exercising and toning up at the same time we are losing weight. You are doing so good! keep it up.


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LEALOWE 8/19/2009 7:38PM

    No, it doesn't make you a bad daughter, just a concerned one.

I am so proud of you for hanging in there waiting for that last half pound. I've been sparking for 2 1/2 weeks and I've already been impatient over my slow weight loss. To stay positive since July is awesome.

Most of my friends are on the HGC diet and they're losing like crazy. But I'm trying to change my lifestyle and get healthy and not just thin. Although thin is definitely a goal.

Thanks for sharing and good luck with your goals


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