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"I roll with the check engine light on"

Sunday, March 07, 2010

That's one of the latest groups I joined on Facebook. My Jetta just LOVES to show me the check engine light. And yesterday was no exception. There I was, driving down to my mom's house, and my car started bucking like a mechanical bull and blinking the light at me. I am getting very good at calling AAA for a tow truck. So they took my car away - hopefully it made it to the mechanic - and my mom took me to her house. Today my honey is meeting us halfway so I can get home.

Other than that, it was a nice weekend. I stopped in at my favorite store for a new skirt. They didn't have it in the store, but I wanted to try something similar on just to see what size they should order. Took a six and a four into the dressing room, just for fun. What could it hurt. Well, the four fit. What???? The girl came over and said "which size do you want to order?" "You can order me the size four." I could have floated out of the store. The skirt is super cute, and it should be here in about a week. Yay!!!

Symphony was good, dinner was good. Got two yummy appetizers so I'd have room for dessert. The restaurant we went to has a pastry chef, and their desserts are SUPER. I left room for a piece of dark chocolate raspberry truffle cake. HEAVEN.

Today I will:
Drink lots of water
Finalize my research topic
Get my clothes ready for the week

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EATNBOOGERS 3/8/2010 4:46PM

    Yuck on the car, but woo hoo on the skirt!

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CFMOSS 3/7/2010 5:56PM

    Way to go as always -- understand the engine light thing too. Anyway - here's to a good week. Happy healthy journeying.

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    glad you had a great time with your mom.

I felt the same way when I tried on a top for a wedding. I couldn't believe i was asking for an extra small. I was walking on cloud nine as well. You deserve it you've been working so hard.

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NINJAGAL 3/7/2010 7:54AM

    Hey!! Sounds like you took a not so great moment and made it positive!! Way to go!! Kudos to the size four fitting!!!! emoticon

Sounds like you are on a righteous path...


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This week was...

Saturday, March 06, 2010

...generally a success. I set some new goals for myself, continued the Not Tracking Food experiment, and renewed some commitments I'd kind of forgotten about.

Lesson: My goals need to be more specific. One of my goals was "make healthy food choices." Kind of vague - It was hard to remember this goal throughout the week. Next week it changed to "limit of 1 sweet per day." Also, I may start tracking a bit more. I got a little nervous toward the end of the week because I just wasn't sure where I was, calorie-wise.

Lesson: I need to keep in mind that some things are not worth stressing about. I was so worried about my crazy Wednesday schedule that I thought about it wayyyy too much. Turned out that the evening went smoothly and it just wasn't that big a deal. Breathe.

Lesson: Leave time for reading. It's such a wonderful thing to curl up with a good book.

One of the commitments I revisited was that of living a more simple life. To live more simply is one of my long-term goals, and I think I let that get away from me. I'm not going to go out and live in a cabin, but I *do* want to focus more on having good experiences instead of getting more *things*. I just got my tax refund (hoo-ray!) and I planned out what to do with it. I noticed that almost everything is an experience - CSA membership, personal trainer, a local running program... My commitment to being fit and healthy depends more on having good experiences rather than things. This will continue to be a focus for me. Although I could use a new pair of shoes.

Tonight is symphony with my mom. Yay! I am driving down this morning and we're getting our nails done, going to dinner, and then symphony. I made a choice last night to just get the chips instead of the chips AND ice cream so that I could eat dinner guilt-free tonight. (For some reason I always get a craving for chips on the way back from the chiropractor. Since I'm only going every 2-3 weeks now, I think I might allow that evening for chips or Chinese food.)

Before I head out for swimming, I have to tell you one of my favorite parts about being newly slim. When my honey hugs me, he says things like "Oh my goodness I forgot how little you were now! Look how close together my hands are!" He also humors me by feeling my biceps.

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EATNBOOGERS 3/6/2010 10:16PM

    Good to review the goals. Yes, specific is better... easier to tell if you actually accomplished it! ;-) I really like experiences over things, too. We try to focus on that with our kids, too, and we have many wonderful memories.

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    Your honey is so sweet! Have a good time at the symphony!

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CFMOSS 3/6/2010 4:17PM

    Sounds like a good week in review -- more positives than otherwise; some fun times; some noted successes; some things planned to look forward to. Way to go. As always, healthy journeying. Enjoy the symphony. I get to go on Monday. Woo Hoo.

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    It always cracks me up when my husband pretends he can tell the difference in my biceps. Sounds like things are going well. Keep it up.

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    Thanks for reminding me about being simple. We get to caught up in all the new gadgets.

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    I've had a horrid week because of over-scheduling and am paying for it with a decompression headache, so I respect your decision to "live simply". I know these daily blogs you do are for yourself, but I just want you to know that they keep me focused as well. Thanks!

I'm taking time this weekend to eliminate some things from next weeks schedule so I can have some of that personal "me" time. Enjoy your time with your mom tonight! Sounds wonderful.

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Planning to Plan

Friday, March 05, 2010

One of my very favorite things to do is plan out my week. I think I'm finally catching up from all those years when I didn't plan *anything*. I use my Friday nights as my planning nights - I usually visit the chiropractor after school, come home and have a good dinner, and then spend the evening looking at my gym schedule, school schedule, and what I'm going to wear for the next week. I write the grocery list and the household to-do list, and then I sit and enjoy a glass (or two) of wine with my Friday night TV.

My tax refund came (a pleasant surprise to have it a little early) so I will be planning what to do with that money. Yesterday I wrote about pondering a personal trainer. The more I think about my goals the more I think it will be a good use of my money. I know that I am disciplined enough to follow a routine set up by the trainer so it's really an investment in my well-being. I think early next week I'll set up some training days. Thank you all for your input - I appreciate it!!!

My goals for this week were:
Do all scheduled workouts
Work 1/2 an hour each night on school work
Make healthy food choices

This was the first week that I really set weekly goals like this. I've learned that I need to be more specific with my food goals; I ate too much chocolate this week - the food goal might look like "limit of one sweet per day." I stuck to my other two weekly goals because they were specific. They were easy for me to remember.

Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water (I'm working on #2 already!)
Plan the use of my tax refund
Pack up the Goodwill stuff in my car for tomorrow's drop off (it's been in the house for too long!)
Pack my weekend stuff for visit to mom's - it's symphony weekend; I will be staying at Mom's house Saturday night.


emoticon 15 days!!!

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CAMROLA 3/6/2010 12:23PM

    It's so good to be reminded of this... I've stumbled so much of late, facing unexpected challenges, knowing if I had *planned* just a little better, I would have been able to manage without losing control.

Good stuff--keep it up!

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ROGUE_1 3/5/2010 10:27PM

    Wow, you are so organized! Planning is key to being able to succeed (at least that's how it is for me), and being specific about goals really helps me stay focused. I think it's a fabulous idea to get a trainer! My husband works out with a boxing coach 3 times a week and absolutely loves the 1-1 time. He says it pushes him to work harder and I believe it because when you have someone there literally watching you work, you're less likely to slack off. Have a great weekend!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/5/2010 2:14PM

    I like planning, too. (And it's an absolute necessity here, with 3 kids.) Maybe you can take my goodwill stuff with you? ;-)

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GRAMMYEAC 3/5/2010 12:41PM

    Yup! Great plans!

For short-term goals, it's always best to be very specific. That way your outcomes are easily measurable. When you achieve them, you (or at least, I) always feel good about the achievement!

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THENEWCINDY 3/5/2010 8:06AM

    I am planner as well!!!

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DOOBIE893 3/5/2010 7:44AM

    It sounds like a plan! Enjoy your weekend.


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PINKCOCONUT 3/5/2010 7:31AM

    Happy Friday and have a great weekend!!!

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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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