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Cheat Day (week?)

Friday, December 11, 2009

So this evening caps my week of gym laziness. I just was NOT feeling the early morning workouts this week. Too many nights of staying up late did it to me. The snow day on Wednesday did it to me. The run on Saturday did it to me. Whatever it was that did it to me, that "it" was telling my body to take a break. I think it was three weeks of going to the gym six days a week. That's a lot. Sometimes I'd go twice - once in the morning for my spinning/swimming/running, and then again at night for my Yoga/Pilates class. Talk about burnout.
This evening consisted of physical therapy after school, a crazy craving for Chinese food that I indulged with some General Tso's chicken, a craving for a brownie, which I indulged with a Betty Crocker microwave bowl - (Warm Delights), and a glass of Pinot Noir. WHOA. Talk about a cheat day. But tonight was funny - even though I mentally added all the calories, I didn't feel badly about eating like I did tonight. Sure, I gave myself some excuses, but I honestly don't feel guilty about eating like this tonight.
Because of Spark, I know that one day, or even one week, of not working out twice a day and eating whole grains and fruit/veg for every meal will not cause me to gain all my weight back. I know that tonight is not the norm for me. I haven't had Chinese food since I've been in China in July, and I have REALLY been laying off the wine (the wine that I used to love so much - and I still do, just in much more moderation!); I don't know the last time I had a "real" dessert! Tonight I took care of three cravings in one night. And I know that tomorrow is another day and next week is another week, and I have to balance out my life to be able to continue my wonderful Spark journey.
My wonderful Spark friends have helped me to see that this is all about balance. They helped me to see that taking time for myself is just as important about running a mile on the treadmill. My mental well-being is as important as my physical well-being.
Oh, Spark... I can't believe it's changed my life so much.

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EMACFAR 12/12/2009 1:28PM

    You're going great! Everyone is allowed to take a break and still be on track! :)

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CFMOSS 12/12/2009 9:09AM

    You make me smile. Have a good weekend full of balance:)

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JILLIANPRNCSS 12/11/2009 9:44PM

    Thanks for reminding us about how balance is the most important and look to the long range not the day to day

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JHERTERT 12/11/2009 8:56PM

    What a kick ass blog! Everything in there is SOOOO true! We've got to stop beating ourselves up for eating a brownie or some damn good Chinese food. Seriously. Good job on your "cheat" day!! And oh man I hear ya with the wine! That has been the trickiest yet:)!! emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 12/11/2009 8:15PM

    I'm glad Spark has changed your life so much. I am really starting to feel the same way! Hope you enjoyed your "cheats"! emoticon

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ALLISON4EG 12/11/2009 8:12PM

    I hear you ...I am also having a lazy day - didn't get to the gym and tonight i plan on having some champagne and carbs with no guilt. Tomorrow I will be back to my gym schedule I already burned more than necessary this week! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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HELLAVAHC 12/11/2009 7:28PM

    I am with you on this - eating like a normal person isn't cause to beat yourself up! You are working hard and doing great. Some pinot won't cause the weight to drop out of the sky back on you. Have a great weekend and stay warm!

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Staying Accountable

Thursday, December 10, 2009

This blogging stuff really keeps me honest when it comes to eating and working out... As much as I would like to write that I made it to the gym last night, I can't. I didn't go at all yesterday. We had a snow day - I enjoyed my sleeping in, and I worked like crazy on a scrapbook from my trip to China. I'm almost finished with it! Yesterday was a good day for me to do that.
Didn't go to the gym this morning, either. I went to bed way too late last night (the scrapbook) so I decided to take this morning to sleep in. I have a Pilates class tonight, so I think I'll stay a little longer and get some cardio in.

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HELLAVAHC 12/10/2009 12:32PM

    That's definitely a productive snow day! Good work. I like blogging, too. I find myself motivated to accomplish stuff so I can check it off on my blog!

My two weeks of being binge-free deal is drawing to a close and I'm going to book my massage- inspired by my goodie!


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BLABBERMOUTH2 12/10/2009 12:07PM

    You are so right. Blogging is good for the soul and for keeping you on track. Being an avid scrapbooker myself, I'm surprised that you were able to get up to blog - rofl. Hope you enjoyed you day of "rest" and know from your comments that you are getting right back on plan. Good for you.


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DRUSILLA56 12/10/2009 8:16AM


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JHERTERT 12/10/2009 8:14AM

    I would say you still accomplished A LOT yesterday! More than I can say:) I only finished 5 x-mas cards.....yep that's it;) Do you have another snow day today? We are off yet again today. Today will be a successful day, thanks to you I feel very motivated. Way to make the most of your snow day!:)

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CFMOSS 12/10/2009 7:50AM

    So...did you enjoy yourself yesterday??? That's important too and it sounds like you accomplished a lot with your scrapbook and maybe you needed a rest day. Do some cardio today for today not for yesterday:) In the meantime, have a great day.

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Jingle Bell 5K recap

Saturday, December 05, 2009

I was SO excited for today's race! I hadn't run since the end of August - today was like dipping my toes back into the pool of 5Ks. Last night I prepared by getting myself some cold weather running tights and a fleece. I am glad I did - today was ass-cold! With my hat and gloves on, it wasn't too bad once I got into it, though.
So this morning I had an English muffin and a banana about 3.5 hours before race time. Plenty of time to let it digest. Got down to the race, found the parking lot just fine, but after that there were not a whole lot of signs directing us where to go. For such a big event, I thought for sure there would be more signs. Lucky for us we got there early enough that it didn't really matter. Got our numbers and our jingle bells and headed out to warm up. A little light jogging and stretching - no pain in the knee. Wahoo!
Starting time - at the line, it started to flurry. It was kind of exciting, seeing everyone dressed up in X-mas gear and the snow. Positioned myself near the back - I knew that I had been running slowly because of my knee. Took off, and I felt good. Paced myself well against my iPod tunes... it helped me keep a good pace.
Mile 1: Saw that I was at 11:06. Was SO excited! I have been doing slow 12-12:30 min. mile on the TM, so feeling good at an 11:06 mile thrilled me.
A little before Mile 2: Uh-oh. The knee. I felt it twinge a bit. Kept going, but the twinge moved up to an ache. I sucked up my pride (yeah, a little pride was lost) and stopped to stretch. Started running again. Life is good.
A little bit later: Uh-oh. Knee again. Bleh... stopped to stretch AGAIN. At this point, I was just hoping to finish while keeping a slow running pace.

Ended up stretching about 7-10 times during the race (I don't remember exactly). Was a little bummed; I have been running longer distances on the TM without any pain. But, I know that the different surface probably aggravated my injury. My legs were also tight from last night's physical therapy - did a TON of lunges and squats. Probably not the smartest training move, to do all that before a race, but that's the way my appointment was scheduled. Next time I'll take a look at that ahead of time...

So I finished in 37:25 today. About a 12:00 mile, which is what I was hoping for.

Next week I am not going to run. I'm going to take the time to rest my running legs and work on spinning, swimming, and Pilates. After that, back to the TM.

This afternoon:
- A little X-mas music and present wrapping (I can finally get into it with the snow!)
- Starting my scrapbook from my trip to China.
- Writing a paper for my class
- Nap.

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TABBALOOSA 12/7/2009 7:31PM


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L3DESIGNS 12/7/2009 4:55PM

    Great job on your run. Rest up your knee...

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PINKCOCONUT 12/7/2009 3:47PM

    Congrats on the comeback run! Take care of your knee!

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CHERYL1105 12/7/2009 12:03PM

  The important thing though is that you stopped to take care of yourself and still finished the race with a good time! You had a great attitude about it!

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JWENZEL723 12/7/2009 10:59AM

    just think how fast you had been running to end up with a 12 minute pace in the end. i'd say that's something to be very proud of!

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RUNNINGWILD 12/6/2009 2:39PM

    Well done Cari! I'm glad you listened, and stretched, when you had to. No sense pushing through pain. emoticon in meeting your goal!

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HELLAVAHC 12/6/2009 1:14PM

    Great job on your run! emoticon

My knees have never bothered me but I have trouble with my ankles. I think you are right to take the week off to rest- that is the only thing that helps my ankles!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 12/6/2009 10:27AM

    The cold may have aggravated your knee too!! I'm starting to think my mom isn't so crazy telling me her knee can predict cold weather lol

You still did awesome with the run with your knee emoticon

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KAYAKID 12/6/2009 10:18AM

    Great job, I love how you listened to your body! there will always be another race! you have been doing so great lately with lots of different types of exercises. I am so proud of you! Keep up the good works! You are probably right about the squats and lunges the day before a race. Its amazing the the things we learn. cool to run a jingle run with snow flurries. How festive!!!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 12/6/2009 1:55AM

    Absolutely - you did the right thing - stopping to take care of yourself is critical....knees and feet don't function well if they aren't 100%, so good for you for putting your SELF before your ego. I hope your knees feel OK tomorrow!

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MARATHON_MOM 12/5/2009 7:04PM

    Congrats on your first race "back"! I'm sorry your knee gave you fits (I can sooo relate) but you made it through it and finished with a great time!

Way to go!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/5/2009 6:23PM

    Congrats on a well-run race!

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CFMOSS 12/5/2009 5:51PM

    Nice job - glad you have a good balance of physical and rest and fun all mixed together. Keep up your good journeying.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 12/5/2009 2:37PM

    I think that is great that you did not push yourself and risk something worse. You still did amazing and are more prepared for another one. Good Job.

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    Okay you need to be honest that was a great race for the first time back - and knees are the very worst for being talkative....I am afraid of hearing my knees tomorrow.

I am proud of you. You stopped and listened to the knees and treated them with the respect they deserve - because they are an important part of you.


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Today's lesson

Thursday, December 03, 2009

This morning I did some swimming before school; tonight was Pilates.
Here's what I ate today when I came home from school:
Tuna on an English muffin, bowl of cereal. Life is good.

Here's what I ate when I got home from Pilates:
Two more bowls of cereal and frozen vegetables (not all mixed together, don't worry). Life is not so good. The tum is not happy.

For some reason I was just CRAVING the cereal - I needed some kind of bread-y food. I entered it all in anyway and ended up just 7 calories over for the day. Maybe this is my problem - maybe I should be eating more during the day so I don't go crazy when I get home. I'm sitting here with a sad belly because it's way more full than is comfortable. Ugh.

Tomorrow is a new day. I'm going to try to eat a bigger lunch and a filling dinner. I think I should have waited until *after* Pilates to eat a pasta dinner... thought I'd try something new tonight and learned that it doesn't really work. Lesson learned.

Rest day tomorrow. Wahoo! I have been working really hard all week and I am seriously in need of a rest day. On Saturday I think I'm going to run a Jingle Bell 5K with a friend. Even if I have to walk a bit, I just want to get back into the 5K scene. I miss it.

Off to use the foam roller (OWWWWW) and take a warm bath.

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ALLISON4EG 12/11/2009 9:22PM

    is cereal really that bad? I love it too :( But if its smth like cherios or life or mini wheats ...they r all pretty low in calories and better than eating bread, no? And dry is great and with 1% milk just like 80 calories more ....Whats ur opinion on popcorn?

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HELLAVAHC 12/4/2009 6:44AM

    Just like southgoingzax, cereal was a bad boyfriend. I still keep it in the house but just kinds the BF will eat. It started to be way too easy to eat a bowl here or there.

I'm doing the Jingle Bell 5k in my town next Saturday- alone! I am sick of not having any running buddies! Hope you can get a friend to join you- it is so much more fun with someone.

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TABBALOOSA 12/4/2009 6:34AM

    When I get home and start to relax, I'm always tempted to start "grazing." I just want to eat whatever's kind of simple to fix. Sometimes that can be some weird combinations, and it inevitably wrecks whatever nice dinner I might have had in mind before. So my lesson is "no grazing."

Good for you for being able to even think about the 5K. I wish I could!!!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 12/3/2009 11:58PM

    I call it the PILLAR OF PAIN. I know all about that "OWWWW". Thanks for my spark goodie - it is 7 degrees right now, so I could use some warm slippers, for sure.

I used to LOVE cereal. As in, I would have married cereal, if I could. I miss it. It's sad, but we had to break up, as the relationship was not good for me. Sigh.

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The Silver Lining(s)

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

So this morning I weighed in; the scale was not good to me. I KNOW I did not eat an extra 2.5 pounds of food this week. Anyway, I was bummed. I mean, like *really* bummed. I tried so hard not to let it bother me, but it did. During my whole morning workout, I was pretty blah.
Came home, got ready for school, still feeling blah. I can't believe I let the scale dictate my morning like that! But this story has a happy ending, so this blog is not one giant pity party.

Today's events that gave this day/story a happy ending:

- One of the girls at school called me "skinny." Never in my LIFE have I been called "skinny." She said "I wish I was skinny like you!" (Floating on air at this point)
- One of my first grade girls said "I really like you." In all my teaching classes I learned "Don't worry if kids like you or not." But when a student tells you that, it's still a great feeling.
- Met a friend for coffee after school (this part has two happies) and he said "you look like you're losing weight." And I see him a lot, so this was really cool. The second happy is that even with my coffee and my pumpkin bread (it was SO good - didn't look up the calories until I got home - YIKES), I stayed within my range today. Wahoo!
- Went shopping after coffee; at my gym they have a Christmas tree with names of needy kids and what they want for the holidays. I picked up a name last week, and bought some super fun things for a little girl. Got her a sled, a winter coat, some really cute sparkly Hello Kitty shoes, and some fun clothes. The girl ringing me up told me "you're going to Heaven for this. She's going to be so excited. What a great thing you are doing." Made me want to cry.

So despite the scale telling me I gained 2.5 pounds, I had a pretty good day. I'm considering boycotting the scale for a while - I know what the other signs of success are; the scale has been taking up too much of my time. I don't need that stress. I LOVE going to the gym and working out. I think as long as I keep it up, I will see the results I want. For a fleeting moment today I thought "Why the hell do I bother with all these great workouts if I'm not losing any weight? I may as well stay home and sleep." But then I closed my eyes and remembered what I used to look like (see the "Whoa" picture on my Spark Page), and cranked up the resistance on my bike.
It's bed time. Tomorrow morning is swimming and a day off from strength training. Pilates is my evening class... looking forward to another super workout day.

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/3/2009 6:19PM

    I get like that too when the scale disappoints me, even though I tell myself not to let it get to me. But then, all those compiments you got hopefully made up for it!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 12/3/2009 11:46AM

    Sometimes when I don't like what the scale says, I go back and weigh myself again 5 or 10 minutes later. Or before and after my workout. If it's a digital scale, sometimes they can just be *off*. Usually I weigh less the second time - so that's a little bit of a boost. Or you can measure other things, like your waist, hips, neck, thighs, etc. I like to see my arm measurements getting bigger (gotta have guns) and my hip measurement getting smaller - it means my butt is shrinking. So even though I struggle for every pound lost (come on! Just give it up, already, fat cells!), I try to remember that I am still getting stronger and healthier. And who knows - maybe that extra 2.5 pounds was from drinking too much water, or maybe you had a salty meal the night before, or maybe you had on a really thick pair of socks...I bet it will be back down next week.

Plus, how can it even matter when you had such a great week and did so much good in the world?

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HELLAVAHC 12/3/2009 6:41AM

    I'm in my own battle with the scale. I agree with you that it shouldn't dictate how you feel on a certain day... but I struggle with, "If I'm spending this much energy on making it move, and it doesn't move, what do I do?"

The answer, of course, is to feel my strong muscles and notice my tummy getting flatter. But I'm a numbers girl so... the struggle continues!

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TABBALOOSA 12/3/2009 6:21AM

    You look awesome and you feel good and healthy. What could be better than that? I remember when you joined SP just a few days after me. You've been amazing! And what a sweetheart you are - I love the things you picked out for the little girl.

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GONE2014 12/2/2009 10:56PM

    The scale can really fluctuate ... do NOT let it get you down ... skinny : )

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