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Saturday check in

Saturday, October 10, 2009

This morning I went to the gym and did a bit of running. I can finally get back to it. Wahoo! I can tell I haven't been drinking enough water and eating a bit too much this past week... my pants were a bit tight yesterday. Not horrible, but I could tell that they weren't fitting exactly right. Back to the gym today, back to drinking crazy amounts of water, and back to tracking my calories. I didn't do any of that over my birthday weekend and I can definitely notice a difference! The good thing is that I'm catching it now instead of ten pounds down the road. Helps to have a pair of good-fitting non-stretch pants. Nothing like them to gauge success and setbacks.
Today is work-around-the-house day. Laundry, cleaning, etc etc. I am looking forward to not having to do anything tomorrow.
My goals for October are not going as planned... I am having trouble packing a lunch the night before; I need to spend my evenings getting organized and going to bed earlier. I've been coming home, napping, and then going to the gym if I feel up to it. I think instead of napping, I'll get some work done, pack my lunch, go to the gym, and head to bed a bit earlier. We'll see. Maybe actually writing a schedule for a while...?
Off to do some housework. Once I get started, I'm ok... it's just getting off my rear and getting to work that's the problem.
Happy Saturday!

  


Delicious birthday weekend

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I knew that my birthday weekend would be delicious, but I didn't know *how* delicious. Saturday night was symphony; I met my mom for lunch when I got down to her house. Lunch was ok - I am getting really picky about what I eat when I go out. There is really good food at my house - my fiance is a chef and I am a pretty good cook - so when I go out, I expect to have something I wouldn't be able to make at home.
Dinner was out at a "Euro-Grille" - beef short rib (yes, A short rib - my choice was to order two appetizers so I could have some homemade dessert) and a shrimp salad with mango-lime vinagrette. Yum! Giant piece of cake for dessert. Fresh buttercream icing.
Sunday was a huge steak on the grill - aged ribeye grilled perfectly by my fiance. SO delicious.
Yesterday we went to Philadelphia and ate at Zahav for lunch and Osteria for dinner - two really great restaurants to go to if you're ever in the area - and i was absolutely stuffed by the time we got home.
The rest of the week is eating really light meals and extra time on the elliptical and in the pool.
Tonight is a chiro appointment; we walked around Philly all day yesterday and my knee didn't bother me one bit. I am super excited about this - the last time we went down, I thought my leg was going to fall off at the end of the day. Progress!
So far, my October goals are not really being met - I think I'm going to post them on my fridge and other places so I know what I am working toward.
Saturday I went to buy some new pants - I was down to ONE pair that fit. I bought two cute pairs (size 8!!!) and they still fit today after having that crazy weekend of eating. Bring on the water! The pants are not even tight today - I may have been able to get away with a size 6, but I wanted to make sure I could breathe in my pants. That next size will come soon enough...
Off to school... my coffee didn't come yet, so I have to stop for a cup on the way in.
Happy Hump Day!

  
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KAYAKID 10/9/2009 3:49AM

    Carrie, there you go again and again - talking about food. size 6 wow! thats impressive and I am sure it made your birthday even better! I have a great week whats left of it. Have a good friday.

Mike


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DSCHONDOG 10/7/2009 11:02PM

    Carrie,

As you may know, my SparkPeople motto is:
Nothing tastes as good as size 6 feels!

You go, Girl!

Now, if I could just make music like you do... Ah, well...

Keep on keeping on,
Dawn

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KATZABELLAMAMA 10/7/2009 12:33PM

    Sounds like you had a really awesome birthday. Just the way they should be!

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OIRALINDE 10/7/2009 8:14AM

    I have the same problem when I go out- I have high standards. I'm not a chef, but my mom was and I learned a thing or two from her. I make tons of tasty food at home, so when I go out and i am paying $$$ I better get something delicious. I'm glad you had such a tasty weekend. Congrats on being a size 8! I just went down from a size 16 to a 14. I'll get there soon enough.
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PINKCOCONUT 10/7/2009 7:32AM

    Sounds like a fabulously yummy weekend!

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Enjoying my last days...

Thursday, October 01, 2009

I have until Sunday to be in my 20's. The big Three-Oh is on Sunday. Eeek!
I actually feel very good about this point in my life. I'm running, eating healthy, taking care of myself... life is good.
Went to the gym tonight and ran about a mile - a teeny twinge in my knee, but nothing like it has been. I think all this physical therapy is really helping! Wahoo! Maybe I'll be running a 5K this winter...
Last night I went to McDonald's for dinner. There was a homeowner's association meeting after my doctor appointment and I didn't get a chance to sit down and eat. There was no guilt, but there *was* a delicious quarter pounder and fries. I know, HORRIBLE for me; I didn't even bother tracking it, but it tasted so good. It was fresh and delicious... and now I won't have to eat one for another few months, or even a year. I got my fix. But enough of that.
I have seen a lot of "October Goals" blog postings, so I think I'm going to write a few of my own.

- Pack a healthy lunch for school every day (I have been really lazy about this)
- Schedule in gym time, even if it's only 30-45 minutes a night
- Get enough sleep
- Keep on top of my schoolwork (I procrastinate a lot)
- Put dishes away/wash dishes as soon as I am done using them

That's good for now... Don't want to get into pounds lost or anything right now... just focus on healthy habits for the school year.
Off to clean up some dishes, pack a lunch, and get ready for bed.

  
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DSCHONDOG 10/5/2009 11:00PM

    If you get a chance, Carrie, see the movie Food, Inc. It's a wonderful documentary on how we get the cheap hamburg. I know you will want to know this information. It's the key to our country turning around concerning our health.

Because we care about health and each other,
Dawn

PS I'm setting October goals. You've inspired me!


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KATZABELLAMAMA 10/1/2009 11:06PM

    Awesome goals for October!

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I think I may be thinking like a thin person...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Last night I went to dinner with a good friend. Before we went, I checked out the nutrition facts on the restaurant's website. I was determined to have a good time last night without totally going over my calories. Olive Garden has a great nutrition section on their site - easy to get around and read.
My dinner was actually not horrible! The worst part was the breadstick. The freakin' breadstick! Well, maybe the pumpkin cheesecake was the worst, but the breadstick was definitely not healthy. It had more calories than my soup. Back to the cheesecake - I only ate about 1/6 of the piece I got for dessert. The rest came home for my fiance and for today's lunch. There was NO part of me that felt guilty for eating what I did. Next time I will not eat the breadstick - it's just not worth it. It was good, but not that good.
Got my next set of braces today - my teeth are a little sore so it looks like it's yogurt and maybe a PB&J for lunch. I think tonight is going to be spent on the couch - I am SO tired. Maybe some Arnolds a little later along with The Biggest Loser. I'm really hoping the language gets cleaned up a little - I'm no prude, but I hate hearing all those bleeps on network TV. The kiddos I teach seem to think some of that language is ok to repeat at school. I spend much of my classes talking about how some language is ok to use at home, but not ok at school. Sigh... But anyway, I think that the trainers can provide motivation without having to swear at the contestants so much. Although, the editing might be done in such a way to include as many "bleeps" as possible.
So I think it's off to the couch I go.

  
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NINJALINDA 9/30/2009 8:01AM

    Wish I had checked out the nutrition info before I went to Olive Garden last weekend! I think I did ok on the meal pick...but I definitely had too many breadsticks...and like you said, good but not worth it! Good for you for no guilt!

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KAYAKID 9/29/2009 9:57PM

    There yiu go again talking about food! LOL Carrie nice job and making good decisions. I was reading your blog while I was eating my dinner. I don't usually eat dinner at the computer - but have to do two things at once busy nite. I had hamberer pattie and mashed potatoes - fresh green beans and salad. there I am talking about food.. Hehehhehe. have a great nite - I too don't like all the language on the BL. clean it up julian and bob!!!

Mike


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GSDMIKE 9/29/2009 8:41PM

    Oh man, I wish you hadn't mentioned the pumpkin cheesecake is back.

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Chili and football - what could be better?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I'll tell you what is better - 1.9 pounds gone this week! Wahoo! I knew that I hadn't been eating as much and that I've been drinking a LOT more water, but I didn't know it would benefit me so much! My Invisalign braces have forced me to only eat when I'm actually hungry. Each time I take them out and eat, I have to brush my teeth and the braces before I put them back in. This has made me really aware of when I'm actually hungry. My routine was that I'd eat a protein bar after school. Even if I didn't really want it. So now I'm eating three times a day instead of 5-6. I think the change is just what my body needed to get off the plateau. Maybe someday I'll go back to eating 5-6 times a day, but my body is really liking this.
I also am back at the gym. Wahoo! My stitches are out, biopsy results are normal, so I can go back to working out. I'm using the elliptical - doc is keeping me off running for a while until my muscles are stronger in my legs. I'm working on strengthening my hamstrings - my quads were a lot stronger than my hammies, so I was hyperextending my knees. Hence the knee pain when I ran. Got some insoles and am noticing a difference. Hopefully I'll be back to running soon!
I am in a super good mood. Chili smells good, Eagles are winning, and I'm feeling lighter today.
Off to add the beans. Happy Sunday!

  
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KAYAKID 9/28/2009 1:09AM

    Carrie, You always blog about food! its a good thing. We all love it and thnaks so much for your inspiration. You are doing so well! I admire your desire to improve yourself. getting back to the gym for you is huge. Great job and congrats on the normal test results.... Thanks for stopping by my blog and I appreciate your comments. You are one of my favorite spark buddies.
Mike


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SANDYC17 9/27/2009 5:20PM

    I'm also watching football with the DH and I made a turkey sausage and ham blackbean soup. YUM!!

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NAJEAN 9/27/2009 2:24PM

    Sounds like a perfect day to me!

We're also sitting here watching football, and I can smell the chili that is simmering away on my stove.

But you're one step ahead of me - losing that 1.9 lbs. I lost a pound this week, though, so I shouldn't complain.

Hope the rest of your day goes just as good!

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