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It's 9:30 and I'm ready for sleep!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Week two of school is over. It was a 4-day week due to Labor Day but I am SO tired. I can't imagine what next week is going to be like - our first five day week of the year. Each summer it seems like I forget how tiring it is to sing for six 40-minute periods a day. My voice is about shot.
Tomorrow I get to take the pressure bandage off my stitches. I can't wait - I haven't been able to shower since Wednesday morning (don't worry, I managed to clean myself anyway!). I am missing the gym. I miss getting sweaty and achy and tired. And I miss running. I can't wait until I get these stitches out and can go back to running club. By then my leg should be feeling good and ready to run.
Eating has not been great these last two weeks... I can feel it. Not nearly enough fruit and veggies, not enough protein. I may have to cook up some shrimp and chicken early on in the week; just enough to add to my meals at dinner, which are usually pasta.
Thanks to all for the surgery well wishes. It went really well - Monday the 22nd is when the stitches come out. And you are all right - better safe than sorry when it comes to "something funny" in a mole.
More doctor - on Wednesday I am getting braces, the Invisalign ones. I can't eat with them in, so I think having them will help me to control random eating. For the next 5 months or so I will be on a great eating schedule! Long enough to make a habit, right?
It's about time for bed... I can't stop yawning. The alarm is OFF for tomorrow and I am looking forward to a long lazy morning.
Happy Friday!

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CASSIOEPIA 9/12/2009 11:26AM

    I love that you will have the braces to make you more mindful of your eating between meals. What a great idea!

Rest easy - that leg will appreciate it when you get back to running.

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A Bit of Surgery Today...

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

I had a little mole removed from my leg in June; the doctor's office called and said they saw something "a little funny." Ugh. So today I am getting *more* taken away - a precaution. It's not a huge spot, but it *is* in a very inconvenient spot where it hurt to lie on my right side and where it stretches if I sit down too quickly. Ouch. I'm a little nervous today, I have been all week. But I think it's more for the recovery and the results more than the actual surgery. Today is a half day for me at school.
The routine of school has been good for me. I have been eating better at night and getting to the gym at a regular time instead of whenever I feel like it. Last night was "Power Zen" at the gym. Not very zen-like, but my legs and shoulders are feeling it. After tonight I am going to have to take the rest of the week and the weekend off from the gym completely (most likely) and then I can get back into a little lite stuff next week. I think my muscles will thank me.
Didn't make breakfast this morning - there is no regular coffee here (I'm patiently waiting for my shipment from the coffee club) and I just don't feel like eating hot cereal again. So out to breakfast I go. I think it will quell my craving for a muffin. The good thing is that I won't want a muffin again for a very long time.

Alright I'm off to school. Surgery is at 3:10 - leaves me some time to grab a quick bite before I have to go in. Happy Wednesday!

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PATRICLES43 9/10/2009 2:44PM

    Hope all goes well! Good luck and get some rest!

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JOPAPGH 9/10/2009 1:57PM

    Get well soon! Enjoy your rest.

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BOBBYD31 9/10/2009 1:28PM

    hope all results go well, i am sure they will.

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CASSIOEPIA 9/10/2009 9:01AM

    I hope the surgery went well, and that you aren't feeling too sore. I'm really glad that they are taking the extra precaution - you just never know...

Speedy recovery!

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KAYAKID 9/10/2009 12:28AM

    Carrie, thinking about you tonight! I hope everything went ok. wishing you a speedy recovery and back to the gym. good luck!

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DSCHONDOG 9/9/2009 10:48AM

    I'm thinking of you today. At 3 ish I will be praying. I know about having to slow down with the exercise since I've been nursing my back all summer. I'm learning a lot about how to protect my back, though, when I get back into the regular routine.

I can also relate to the ouch when moving too quickly when something is trying to heal. Part of my prayer this afternoon for you will be a speedy recovery.

Take care,

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MUFFIY831 9/9/2009 8:25AM

    Good luck! Definitely better safe than sorry on these things.

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New Year's Resolution - Day 1

Friday, September 04, 2009

Well, for the school year, anyway. This school year I am focusing in my procrastination problem. I LOVE to make lists. Even more, I love to cross things off my lists. So I will write things on my lists like "wash the dishes, laundry, vacuum..."; easy things that I can cross off in a matter of minutes. What I have trouble getting to are the tasks on my lists like "write term paper, write journal review, finish this week's classwork..." Tonight was a big step in getting over my problem. I have a paper due at midnight tonight. I had all day and all night to work on it. My first instinct at 1:00 this afternoon was to put it on a list and write it *after* I went to the gym, *after* I made dinner, *after * I did _____. But instead of writing it on a list, I just did it. I sat down at my computer, clicked out of Spark and Facebook (WAAAAAY too distracting) and chugged out an article review. Got all my stuff done! It feels so good. I wish I could bottle up this feeling and come back to it every time I want to put off my school work.
The rest of the night is going to wonderful! I am headed to the gym in a bit (have to get to the pool after 7:00, when Family Swim is over), coming home to some delicious dinner I have planned, and some wine that I picked up this morning.
I am going to think of this feeling whenever I don't feel like doing my work. I can actually relax and enjoy my Friday evening.
This is a big step for me... I am especially excited because I am now learning how to meet fitness goals AND non-fitness goals. It's a new me! Happy New Year!

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KAYAKID 9/5/2009 3:05PM

    Carri, I know i have to the same same - turn off spark and FB. If I don't I just sit at the computer and do that instead of what I should be doing. I am glad you are getting your priorities in line. My wife is a note writer in fact she tapes them to my mirror- hence the honeydo list is born. Have a great day!

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Back to routine - Day 2

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The first two days of school went really well! The weather has been lovely, starting to feel like fall. The kids seem ready to be back, and the new kindergarten kids seem well-prepared to be in school.
I am back to packing my lunch and eating on a schedule. My lunch is the same every day; salad, yogurt with Kashi cereal for crunch, and some kind of fruit. It's a good lunch and it usually comes out to about 500-600 calories. My dinners are relatively light. Last night I managed to get to the pool after school but tonight I was beat. I had to stop at the store on the way home, so I got home later than I would have liked. Ate some dinner (tilapia over linguine - yum!), took a nap, then did some dishes and packed my lunch for tomorrow. Tonight looks like it was my rest night!
Our neighbor brought over some fresh cucumbers - looks like cucumber sandwiches for lunch soon!
Last night I was SOOO tired after the first day of school. Neither of us felt like cooking, and I was seriously craving some comfort food. We went out for Chinese. I have not gone out for Chinese in MONTHS!!! It actually tasted not-too-bad, but it reminded me exactly why I haven't gone out for Chinese in months. Entered it in my nutrition tracker, and it was not too horrible, except for the fat. That pesky fat gets me every time!
Part of my new routine is getting my weekly wardrobe ready on Sunday night. I tried it this past Sunday, and getting ready yesterday and today was about 374892378 times easier than it used to be. I even picked out shoes and jewelry! I may even be able to sleep in a little later once I get into the year a little bit more.
So here's the rest of my night:
1) Hot bath
2) Stretch stretch stretch
3) Bed

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KAYAKID 9/1/2009 11:20PM

    Carrie I am so glad you are getting back in to routine - good luck to you ! You did so well with your race - Good job

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Zoo 5K Recap

Sunday, August 30, 2009

So today was my first race since the beginning of July. I was feeling good this morning; a little nervous about my ITB, since it has been giving me trouble.
Had a bit of a muffin and some coffee on the way to the race, got there nice and early. Unfortunately, the guy who had the racing bibs overslept so registration didn't get started until 15 minutes before the race. So much for getting there early!
Got my number, stretched a little bit, and was ready to go. The starting line was up a little hill - got my iPod ready to go, set my watch, and jumped around a bit. The start was a bit hurried - didn't really know it was actually starting, but ok.
The first mile was uphill. The entire first mile. Ick. But I remembered my training - small steps up the hill and pick little goals. I made it up the hill, excited that I'd be going downhill! As nice as it was to go downhill, I think it bothered my IT band - started to twinge, but nothing bad. I slowed down a bit and it felt a little better. We ran by some running caribou - the course was beautiful!
Got back into the zoo, and I saw a bunch of people. Thought it was the finish line, so I sprinted up the last hill. After said hill, was told that there was a 1/4 mile loop around the zoo before the finish line. Damn it. So I got around the zoo, crossed the finish line with a smile, and forgot to look at my time. I'm always forgetting to turn off my watch and check the giant clock.
It was not my best time, but there was a mile long hill. I think that adding miles during the week really helped me today.
ITB hurt after the race - blah. Did a bunch of icing and stretching today... still twitching. Ordered a leg band and a foam roller from Amazon. I think I need to get some more leg strength training in, and more swimming, fewer running miles. Blah. I have been reading a lot about the ITB, and it seems like I need to get my hip flexors more flexible. I will be working on that this week!
I am off to bed - kiddos come back for their first day tomorrow!

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    Hills are a killer to run up, I'm learning that the hard way!! emoticon on finishing your run!

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CASSIOEPIA 8/31/2009 7:53AM

    I was hoping for you that some of the animals would run along side. I'll bet the caribou were awesome! Sounds like such a fun race. Hope that ITB starts easing for you. You've got some good ideas about how to get it co-operating again.

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JOPAPGH 8/30/2009 10:38PM

    Sounds like a great race! What zoo was it?

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NOVEMBERSUN 8/30/2009 10:31PM

    emoticon Great job!!! What an accomplishment!!

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KAYAKID 8/30/2009 10:09PM

    Carri way to go! I am so proud of you for getting back in the racing game! Have a great week!


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