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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Yesterday I was all worked up about having my afternoon totally packed with things to do. Well I went and got my body fat % tested - it's within the "normal range" (Holy mackerel - first time ever!) but I'm still going to work on getting that percentage down. Got a good little 15 minute swim in, and made it to rehearsal on time. Phew. Wasn't home all evening, but no matter.

My gym is running a special right now on personal training sessions - $210 for 5 sessions. Since I never paid for a personal trainer before, I don't know if that's truly a good deal or not. When I first saw that, I totally dismissed the idea of a trainer - "I know everything! I can just read how to do stuff." But the girl who did my measurements last night let me know that the 5 sessions could be spread out - and I could even buy a block of sessions at that special price. It got me thinking about working with a trainer; I'd like to get my body fat % down by increasing muscle; a trainer would give me some new things to do to increase that muscle; new exercises would really kick up my workouts; I should be getting my tax refund soon, and some of that money on a trainer would be an investment in my health. Hmmm... I'm going to bring it up to honey that I'd like to work with a trainer and see what he says. I mean, it's *my* money, but I like to get his opinion since we are partners.

Today is another full day. Meeting a friend for coffee after school, going for a little TM run - I'm still on the ten minute run thing testing out my knee, Pilates with my gym buddy, and then I have some school work to do when I get home. Phew! I don't consider the gym "work," though. It's my time to get away from my "real world" responsibilities.

Took Butts and Guts on Tuesday. Didn't feel it so much yesterday, but today? WHOA. Quads and hams are feeling it.

Off to make today's lunch... forgot to take chili out of the freezer last night, so I'll have to do a quick thaw so I can get some out of the container.

Fun news - I got my CSA application last night. I am so excited to be getting fresh, local produce this summer! Wahoo!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/4/2010 2:01PM

    I think there's an article here somewhere about how to check out a personal trainer, what you should look for, etc. Yes, look for a good deal, but also make sure she/he is a good fit, well-qualified, etc.

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COOPSM 3/4/2010 8:43AM

    Carrie---sounds like a great day planned---go for the trainer if you can do it...I love going to mine...I just get 30 min sessions, but boy---does she kick my butt!!!

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    I think a personal trainer would be great! Hope it works for you~

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CFMOSS 3/4/2010 7:58AM

    I have an application for a CSA for this year pending too. Have enjoyed CSAs the past two years (except they keep closing -- but I found a new one that is a cooperative so it may be longer lasting) If you can afford it personal training pushes you further than most people will push themselves and targets your individual body (two gals at the gym I go to have been sharing a training session - the fellow has a discount for the second person - anyway they have really been enjoying the 2 on 1 sessions - they support one another etc)'s too new adventures, healthy bodies and minds and souls. Have a great day.

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PINKCOCONUT 3/4/2010 7:26AM

    I have no experience with personal trainers so I don't know if it's a good deal or not either! But it would be a great way for you to step up your workouts for strength. They'll tailor make your sessions to what you want and help you to reach your goal!

Man! I'm trying hard to convince Alan about getting organics delivered to the house. Right now it's not flying but perhaps with his upcoming pay hike he may relent...

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    getting a trainer just made me that more accountable, and helped me keep on track. You never know you trainer may teach you something you haven't seen before as well. Ultimately it is your decision.

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Sweating the small stuff...

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

My honey will attest to this - sometimes I get worked up over little things, things that shouldn't even be a big deal.
I was asked to fill in for the rehearsal accompanist at musical rehearsal tonight. I said sure, as I am usually willing to help others out. Not a big deal. Last night after my gym classes, I scheduled a body fat test for this afternoon, forgetting I agreed to play for the musical. Oh no! How am I going to fit my 1/2 an hour of swimming in??? So last night I just couldn't stop thinking about what I was going to do (yeah I know, "Carrie, just call and reschedule the body fat test.") But today is supposed to be my swimming day, and one March goal is to do all scheduled workouts. Aaaahh!
So anyway, I decided that it would not be the end of the world if instead of swimming for 30 minutes, I swam for 20, or even 15 minutes. My thought is that since I committed to my workouts, I need to be consistent, even if it *is* a short little swim.
This evening is going to be busy. But it's a good thing.

This whole overreaction to my teeny conflict showed me something good, though. I realized that I'm putting my health and my fitness first. Even with two grad classes, musical rehearsal, and various other things on my to-do list, fitness is a priority. Holy moly.

My gym buddy and I had a great time last night - I am super excited that she joined the gym!!! I am very good about getting to the gym on my own, but this extra little bit of accountability will be extra-good for me. Wahoo!

I was super productive this morning for some reason... took out the trash, changed a light bulb, ran the dishwasher, packed my gym clothes, made pasta for lunch... love the morning.

Today I will:
- drink at least 4 Siggs full of water (I've been slacking on the water at school, and I need to get back into drinking more water at work)
- stay calm and do one thing at a time
- not eat any of the chocolate in the faculty room (yesterday there was a giant bag of dark chocolate - a really good kind - on the table, and I just couldn't help myself. Sigh.)
- not feel guilty about eating the chocolate yesterday - today is a new day, and guilt won't do me any good.

Happy Hump Day!


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EATNBOOGERS 3/3/2010 9:31PM

    Ack, I tried to leave a comment, but it wouldn't stick. Basically, what I wanted to say is that both consistency and flexibility are big parts of winning at this. Looks like you're mastering both!

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    It's funny - I almost feel like I put my workouts ahead of everything else too much. Like this morning, I got off to a slow start and left the gym at 10:00 am - I am supposed to start work by 9:00! And I have karate class every Saturday morning - but was invited to go watch the St. Patrick's Day parade next Saturday with my dad, sister, and nephews - I'd rather not, if I have to miss class! But then, I hardly ever do things with my family, so *should I* go to the parade instead?

I'm glad you feel good about your decisions. I hope I can balance out mine as well.

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PSHANKEY 3/3/2010 9:39AM

    That's right. Part of this journey is learning to make small adjustments. Did it all WORK?

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LEARNING2LUVME 3/3/2010 8:57AM

    I get worked up about the small things, too. Something I'm trying to get past.

Have a SUPER day!!!! emoticon

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DOOBIE893 3/3/2010 8:53AM

    My shero for putting yourself first!


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PINKCOCONUT 3/3/2010 7:36AM

    I do the same thing and sweat the small stuff even when I know it's silly! Great idea about just getting a wee bit in! It's better than nothing!

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    It's good that you recognized that you are putting health and fitness first. Hope your fat test goes well.

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POPSGRYL63X 3/3/2010 7:27AM

    Good for you!

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    Priorities are important, glad you are making yourself #1

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Spring Fever!!!!!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

So I have a SERIOUS case of Spring Fever. In a good way, but Spring Fever nonetheless. On Sunday when I drove home from the gym, I was thinking about how wonderful it was going to be to be able to throw on a pair of shorts and a tee over my swim suit, to wear my sandals to and from the pool.
I have been on my favorite stores' websites about a million times in the last week, looking at shorts and skirts and dresses. I WILL wear shorts this summer. I WILL buy a little dress.

The grill is out on the porch tempting me. This summer is going to be full of grilled fish, veggies, and grilled desserts. I WILL spend lots of time on the deck on our nice furniture.

Bought my reward last night - three new songs for my iPod. I bought some Kate Bush, Ani DiFranco, and Ludacris. I like the slower songs for my strength training, they keep my reps slow and controlled and make for a better workout for me. The Ludacris is for my running play list. It was nice to think "I am buying these songs because I earned them. I stuck to my goals and this is my reward."

Tonight is Power Yoga and Butts & Guts at the gym. And I have a gym buddy! One of the other teachers is joining the gym I go to, so we will be able to go to the gym together. This will be the first time in a very long time that I'll have a gym buddy... I am excited, although I do enjoy going by myself. This will be good for me, though. I really do need to start branching out and spending time with more people. And to do that, I'm also signing up for the local running store's program First Strides. Even though it's an introductory course, I figure it can't hurt to get some good tips. It will get me out there meeting new people, too; people who have the same interests as I do.

T-minus 18 days until Spring!!!

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ROGUE_1 3/5/2010 10:33PM

    IPod songs as a reward...that's a FANTASTIC idea!!!!

I'm excited that you have a workout buddy. I used to work out with my best friend and it made the time fly by and we had so much fun. When I was tired or wanted to stop, it would really motivate me to see her pushing on and kept me from giving up. Sadly, she moved to San Francisco which is not too far from where I live now, but of course we can't workout together anymore :(

As far as running, I much prefer running alone for some reason. But, like you, I think I'm going to branch out and join one of the running groups here.

I'm counting down the days til Sring with you! And, I KNOW you will wear shorts and little sun dresses and look AMAZING too!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/2/2010 5:08PM

    I know what you mean. I am a big time skier, as you know, but today is our first pleasant day in ages, it seems. I'm starting to look for crocuses... they're not up yet.

I love the name Butts and Guts. And I love gym buddies. I had one in grad school, and honestly, the regularity of it all was a sanity saver for me.

For me, seeing more people on the running paths is a sign of spring. The weather gets warmer, and Boulderites turn to thoughts of the Bolder Boulder... ;-)

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GROOVYCHICK9 3/2/2010 2:50PM

    Woo Hoo! 19 days to go. Saw my first robin the other day. I was so excited. I went online the other day and bought a cute new swimsuit and some sandals. I am ready!!!


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PINKCOCONUT 3/2/2010 7:25AM

    I am SO ready for spring! Running outside this winter has really made me appreciate the seasons more. Also, I received a gift card for the New Balance store on Sunday and I've decided to buy a pair of running SHORTS with it! I've never ran in shorts (always rode up between the thighs) so I'm hoping this year I can train for my half exclusively in shorts!

Can't WAIT!

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Marching into March

Monday, March 01, 2010

My kids at school are going to hate me today... At the beginning of the year I told them "watch out for March - we're marching in march!" So today all my classes are going to start out by marching around the room. Sometimes my job is so much fun!!!

Choice #1 for March - I chose to go to the gym this morning before school so I could come home sooner and spend time with my honey.

Opened my e-mail this morning and saw six new messages from my evaluating professors, welcoming me to my two new classes. Phew! I am going to really have to stick to my classwork goal this month... I have a lot to do. These are my last two classes for my degree! Wahooooooooo!

Spent yesterday filling the freezer with vegetarian chili and marinara sauce. The chili uses bulgur wheat as the "meat" and it it super tasty. Honey made some awesome mashed potatoes last night with some tumeric (they were a fun yellow color) and we had some chili on top. It was total comfort food and totally delicious.

This morning I am planning on a 10 minute run... last week I could do 6 minutes with a pain free knee so we'll see how today goes. Keep your fingers crossed!

Time to brush my teeth and warm up the car...


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PSHANKEY 3/2/2010 9:12AM

    March on!

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NEWMOMOVER40 3/2/2010 2:31AM

    Great stuff! I hope the addition of the low-sugar plan will be helpful to you in "marching" toward your goals this month. Thanks for the SparkGoodie!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/1/2010 5:18PM

    I want to march around, too!

Keep chugging on the schoolwork!

I've laid off running for the last 2-3 weeks... between the germies and then a pulled muscle, I didn't want to screw things up. I think better safe than sorry, at least with running. Let us know how it went!

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    Congrats on the running! Isn't it great to meet the goals that we make for ourselves? Keep it up...Soon the sunshine will warm up your running days :)

Happy March! emoticon

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NJDIETZ 3/1/2010 8:00AM

    Sounds great. Hope you have a good March. emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 3/1/2010 7:16AM

    Great job on the run! And the mashed potatoes with tumeric sound delish!

Happy March woman!

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CMAXSON 3/1/2010 5:49AM

    awesome!! Your Marching into March idea is amazing! i gives me a great idea for a March challenge for myself...atleast 30 mins of step aerobics every morning in march!

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Short month, but LONG on learning.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

This February has just drrrraaaaaagggggged on. Maybe it was all the snow, maybe it was the lack of sunshine... it's just been very bleh.

The good part is, though, that I think I discovered a new commitment to my body and my mind. I set some new kinds of goals for myself; goals that got away from the same old goals I've been setting for over a year now. Instead of tracking my calories for the last week of February, I was committed to making healthy choices and really listening to my body. Today is weigh-in day so I will see how my little experiment worked out.

I made a goal to get to all my scheduled workouts. When I worked toward minutes, I found myself doing a lot at the end of the week to make up for lost time. I may not be burning as many calories, but I *am* working out more consistently.

I have renewed my commitment to strength training. I got a new little notebook for the gym and I am taking the time to study my notes to keep getting stronger. Maybe it's fewer reps of a higher weight, doing exercises in a different order each time, or adding a new exercise... I'm not doing as many days of ST in a week but what I do is more effective (I can tell because I'm starting to see some new muscles and I get that great post-workout soreness that I was missing for a while).

I have sucked up my pride and started at the very beginning for my running. I really admire all the Rookie Runners who are able to train methodically and smart; I am in awe of everyone who started running when I did and now running 10Ks and HMs. Those people inspire me to take my time getting back into this running thing. Thank you!

Since I am not tracking my calories for a while, I am making sure that what I *do* eat is a good choice. I bought some Ezekiel English muffins to try out. When I read the ingredient list, I was really happy to see that there was no added sugars or sweeteners. This week I haven't gone bread-crazy, even though it would have been very easy for me to do so, being at home so much. Even though the muffins are a bit expensive, I think the benefits are worth the cost.

I got better at setting goals. There is a saying that reflects what I was falling into - "can't see the forest for the trees." I was so worried about each day's calories in and out, my daily goals, that I forgot to look at the big picture. I forgot about how I really wanted to live my life. I cleared out a little area in my closet room (yes, I have a bedroom that was converted into a closet - not because *I* have a lot of clothes, but the man who lived here before us had more clothes than I've ever seen) for my Sparking. I don't know what I was waiting for! I hung up my 5K bibs, my March goals, a fun mirror, and my Vision Collage. It's not filled up, but I will be adding to it as I find more images of what inspires me. (I posted a pic on my Spark Page if you are interested.)

So today I will be celebrating the last day of February with a swim. My weigh-in today will be my starting point for my March goal of getting to and maintaining a BMI in the Healthy Range (I am s close I can SMELL it). In March I will do all my scheduled workouts. I will train toward being able to run for 20 minutes with no pain in my knee (slow and steady!).

My reward? A bikini. Or some jewelry. Hell, maybe a bikini AND some jewelry.

Spring's a-comin'!


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SOUTHGOINGZAX 3/1/2010 10:21AM

    Carrie -

You are awesome. I read your blogs and feel like I can continue to slog through this, because you face each day and each challenge with infectious enthusiasm. Keep up the good work!


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EATNBOOGERS 2/28/2010 10:56PM

    I loved the picture you posted.

Yeah, I think a big important thing is to be mindful of the journey. Do things need to change? Where am I going? Is that the place I intended to go?

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MIAMIA7 2/28/2010 1:13PM

    Carrie-great blog! We need to constantly reevaluate ourselves and reset our goals to keep from getting to stuck in a rut. You seem to be right on top of that. They sound like good and certainly achievable goals. The eating healthier is something I have been thinking on. I do eat healthy but am looking at limiting sugars and additives to see if it will help with my auto-immune disease. Keep up the good work! I love how positive you always are. Anne

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BOBBYD31 2/28/2010 11:57AM

    great blog carrie. but you have to save some of that unhealthy eating for when DH makes a big rookie runner dinner for us. good luck with your weigh in and i think you should do both, a bikini and bling. have a great day.

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CFMOSS 2/28/2010 8:34AM

    Nice nice job in February. You are doing great. Love the measurable and attainable goals. And here's to comin' spring.

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