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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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Saturday, February 27, 2010

I am having a serious case of cabin fever. We had snow days on Wed., Thurs., and Friday. So it's like a 5-day weekend. There's only so much cleaning, rearranging and organizing I can do! Yesterday I spent some time getting some important tasks done - I registered for my comp exams (April 10th - eek!), sent in my graduation application (I'll be a Master soon! Wahoo!), submitted an assignment for my class, and hung a picture. Phew!

Today is going to be much more Me Time, I think. I'd like to head on down to the library, and maybe I'll take a small little road trip. We'll see. I need some time away from the house, though.

Last night I went out with honey - one of his co-workers had a birthday party at a local club. It was a good time, but it was SO late when we got home. (1:00am - I go to bed between 9-9:30!) I stuck to gin and tonic; I only had two (and they were small) but this morning I really feel it. I had two bottles of water before I left last night, but I feel so dehydrated and bleh this morning. It's hard for me to imagine myself only a few years ago, knocking them back like nobody's business.

I already drank about half of today's water, trying to get rid of this icky feeling. I am going to Pilates this morning to get back to feeling good.

Today's goals:
Drink LOTS and LOTS of water
Put away random things lying around the house (this shouldn't take long)
Take the afternoon for myself - library, little trip...
Be kind to people.

Off to clean up breakfast...

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CFMOSS 2/27/2010 6:46PM

    You're doing great lady-o. Keep up the good journey.

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EATNBOOGERS 2/27/2010 11:52AM

    Glad you got it! I'll bet you had fun! :-)

I'm with you on the dehydration, though. I've never really been a drinker, and one of the primary reasons is that I just don't like the way it feels (dehydration being one of my objections). G&Ts are pretty good, though. ;-)

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KATZABELLAMAMA 2/27/2010 10:27AM

    I think I will be posting this topic tomorrow after my birthday party. I don't plan on drinking too much and hope that everyone respects the fact that I don't drink.

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NANC304 2/27/2010 9:52AM

    Enjoy your me time.

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LAURABELIEVES 2/27/2010 8:34AM

    Drinking that water and then Pilates. You will feel better in no time!

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Maybe I'll stop procrastinating now...

Friday, February 26, 2010

I just had a really close call with a couple things.
1) My graduation application is due on Monday. It was sitting in my e-mail inbox for a couple weeks now.
2) My final paper is due at noon tomorrow instead of 7:00 pm. Good thing I checked - I was planning on working on my paper tomorrow afternoon.

Um, I think I'll take care of those e-mails a little quicker from now on.

The snow has stopped and the electricity is back on. The driveway is plowed, and it's very clear because it got really sunny and "warm." I am determined to knock out this to-do list... My paper should be relatively easy to write - should have it done in about an hour or less.

The whitening tray is in again - not as painful today. I think I put too much goo in yesterday and it was seeping out over my gums - OUCH. Today I can handle it.

I thought about venturing out this afternoon - the roads are clear - but I have stuff to do around here. I may just wait until my teeth are done whitening and my paper is written. Looks like I can make it to the gym and run with the new sneaks after all! Wahoooo!

Off to work on my paper... I have a movie I'd rather watch tonight instead of working on an assignment!

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    I wish we had snow days here :( Snow doesn't seem to stop us here in Calgary. Hope you had a great workout!

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EATNBOOGERS 2/26/2010 5:03PM

    Sometimes it can be hard to stay on top of the inbox!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 2/26/2010 4:55PM

    Go, Go Gadget-arms! emoticon

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LOSINGITALL4ME 2/26/2010 4:27PM

    Just think how good you'll feel when that paper is done! What an accomplishment.

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BOBBYD31 2/26/2010 3:34PM

    i vote for watching the movie but i'm just lazy

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MIAMIA7 2/26/2010 2:52PM

    Ahhh procrastination! We all do it. Glad you caught these things on time. Good luck with the paper. Now if I could just get off my butt. Bobby is cleaning and I am watching him. Seems to be working for me! Oops, the laundry is buzzing. Guess I gotta move. Anne

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    Happy writing,Carilou!! And I hope we see sunshine soon-not forecasted til Tuesday! In the meantime, there's lots of white out there~~

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