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It's been a rough week...

Friday, March 26, 2010

I know I can always count on you guys to make me feel like I know what I'm doing. I appreciate all the comments on my blog yesterday about my sick day.

This week I haven't been Sparking as much (I don't know why, I just haven't) and I can really tell. I feel like my eating has been random (not horrible, just not in control), my school work has been pushed aside, and I had no direction for the week. usually on a Friday night I spend time coming up with the next week's workout plan and goals. I didn't do that last week.
Therefore, I had no goals for the week. This obviously did not work out well for me. So tonight, instead of relaxing on the couch, I have to write a paper for a class. I'm pretty good at writing papers, so it shouldn't take all night, but still... lesson learned (hopefully).
I am going to have to set up some goals for next week. I think I'm also going to have to map out my class assignments and figure out exactly what I need to do on each day to keep on top of my classes. I have done so well so far and I don't want to throw these last two classes away.

So my goals for today are:
Drink more than enough water
Suck it up when I get home, buckle down, and bust out this paper
Plan out next week - including school work, workouts, meals
Stay calm and take one thing at a time
Give someone a compliment - this one is going to be super important. Last night, my gym buddy said to me "you're such a skinny-mini!" It was so nice to get a compliment. I really need to make this part of every day.

Off to throw together a lunch. It's going to be light, but that's ok. For tonight's dinner I'm already anticipating a frozen pizza and some coffee (just like the old college days) to get me through writing this paper.



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EATNBOOGERS 3/26/2010 2:49PM

    I haven't been sparking as much lately (I've been pretty low key in general with the concussion and now spring break), and I'm like you--I can feel it. Good to recognize it and get back on the program!

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CAMROLA 3/26/2010 12:26PM

    Your perspective is amazing, and the fact that you've recognized what's amiss is key. You'll feel increasingly better and get back on track soon. Be gentle with yourself...


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GOALIEGRANDMA3 3/26/2010 9:49AM

    We sure do all need goals. You seem to have things in hand , and don't forget to give yourself a compliment.

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BIPPA2002 3/26/2010 8:17AM

    You are on the right track...just stick with it! I love making a plan. Just writing it down makes me feel so much better, and your plan looks great. Good luck with the paper, I'm sure it will be fantastic! Have a great weekend.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/26/2010 7:04AM

    I wish that I had more advice but I'm in a funk too. I know we will get through. Your idea for making a plan helps. I hope you have a Skinny-mini wonderful weekend.

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TATTER3 3/26/2010 6:35AM

    Just stick with the whole program. Everything you do is a step toward living a healthier life. You can do this. Enjoy the pizza! Keep Sparkin'!!

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What a difference a day makes...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Yesterday I was a mess. Runny and stuffy nose (I will never know how this can happen at the same time), watery eyes, sore throat... nasty cold stuff. Took a day off to get better and today I feel almost 100%.
When I started teaching, I didn't take many sick days. I thought "what will the kids do without music class?" Even when I was sick, I'd still go into school. I thought I was being a "hero" by going in and doing my job, even though I felt horrible.
As I spent more time teaching, though, I learned that sometimes it's much better to take the day off to get better, so the next day can be 100% instead of many days in a row of less than 100%. My colleagues have really helped me to see that this is ok. The kids will be just fine with a sub, and when you teach kindergarten - second grade, sometimes you get nasty colds. I see 300 kiddos and they all touch all the instruments in my room, so I have a large amount of germs in my room at any given time.
I do not abuse my sick days - they are there for when I get sick, not for when I just don't feel like going to work. The reason I write all of this is because the only person who seems to think that I don't need to take sick days is my mom. She called last night, asked how I was, and I told her that I spent the day on the couch with a nasty cold. No "are you feeling better?" or anything like that. It was "another one? do you have any sick days left?" in this tone like she was scolding me. Sigh... I can't win. She gets upset if I *don't* tell her how I am, and upset when I tell her I take a sick day. I *know* I needed a sick day. Why is it that one person can make me feel like I need to justify it to no end???

Sigh... but on to today.

I will:
Drink more than enough water
Clean up something when I get home from the gym
Go to bed between 9-9:30 (I need to get back on schedule with this)

Off to pack my lunch. I have to be a little creative, we are running low on lunch stuff.

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CAMROLA 3/25/2010 12:36PM

    Glad to see you're finally feeling better and that you took the time you needed. You shouldn't fee bad about it--you listened to your body and did what you needed to take care of it. It's your temple--keep it in good care and good faith.


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PSHANKEY 3/25/2010 12:36PM

    Not to mention when you breathe all over the 300 kids, your coworkers, etc. Stay home! Good on you!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 3/25/2010 10:47AM

    I don't have sick days - I get 12 personal days a year, and that includes vacation. So I am a little envious of people who actually have sick days! I think it's really important to rest when you are sick, especially when your job involves 300 kids! My sister and brother-in-law are both teachers and they basically have one long cold from November to March. Plus they have triplet boys, so who knows what germs they pick up?

Anyway, remember that you're in charge of you, not your mom. It's not easy when she may say things that hurt your feelings, but she probably has a tough time remembering you are your own person now.

I'm glad you feel better!

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JWENZEL723 3/25/2010 8:49AM

    so glad you are feeling better. yes, we all need those rest days from time to time. good job in recognizing that and taking one for yourself!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/25/2010 7:49AM

    Totally glad you took the day off to get better. I'm normally the same, never taking my sick days (hence why Tuesday's "migraine" made me feel SO WEIRD...but I needed it) but lately I've been telling myself that work isn't as important as my health. And I can't answer phones if my voice is gone, it's just unprofessional! :P

Glad you're feeling better today!

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BIPPA2002 3/25/2010 7:34AM

    Moms...gotta love them!

My Mom is the same way. I love her dearly but somehow she always makes me feel defensive. I don't think she even realizes she's doing it. When I told her I was starting running she sort of snorted and said "You couldn't even run around the block when you were a kid". When she saw how hurt I looked she immediately apologized and assured me she knew I could do anything I put my mind to...but...that first response is what gets you. I am just trying to avoid that now that I am a mom.

Glad you're feeling better. A sick day when needed is just what the doctor ordered! Have a great day and I'm sure your creative lunch will be delicious!

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    My mom was the same way with me too, until she needed to take some time off of work. Now she doesn't comment on how many sick days I have, because she took a year of them in a row.

I'm the same way, when i call in I'm sick, but I do have a tonne of coworkers that abuse sick days and doctor's appt time. One chick said she had a dr's appt but then told me later on that she went to get her nails done instead. Now that's abuse.

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Now I know what a bear feels like.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A bear in hibernation, that is. I came home from school yesterday, took a hot bath because I was FREEZING and then slept. Woke up to eat a little dinner, then slept some more. Went upstairs, took out my contacts, and slept. Got up this morning, ate some breakfast, and slept. Got up, ate some lunch that honey made (some wonderful veggie soup - very basic and just what I needed) and then I slept.
It's amazing what some good sleep can do for the body. I felt SO horrible last night and this afternoon I feel much better.
I have to admit, though, that I *did* get some other stuff done. I got caught up on some school work - very necessary, and paid some bills. Just had some shrimp curry noodle soup and I'm ready to lie on the couch again.

Didn't go to my classes at the gym last night. Sometimes I can push through a cold, but this time my body was begging me to stay home.

I'm getting back into the nutrition tracking mindset. I don't think I'm doing poorly, nutrition-wise, but I do think I often forget to take into consideration the peanut butter I have throughout the day - on my toast, on my apple, in my soup...

Time to brush my teeth, get a big glass of water, take some decongestant and retire to the couch for a bit.
I have a good feeling that my body is going to thank me for all this rest in the form of a great night of working out tomorrow night.

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EATNBOOGERS 3/24/2010 10:26PM

    You were sensible about this--glad you're feeling better.

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CAMROLA 3/24/2010 8:23PM

    Good for you for listening to your body and giving it the TLC it needs. Hope you're feeling better!


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LULULUCY 3/24/2010 7:18PM

    I'm on the same page! I think when you're getting sick or fighting something off... you just need so much more rest. good for you!

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MAYGIRL14 3/24/2010 7:17PM

    Sounds like sleep was just what you needed and you are smart to listen to your body cues. Hope you continue to feel better! emoticon

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GSDMIKE 3/24/2010 6:25PM

    Clearly I'm not sleeping enough. I think you might be on to something here.

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Helloooooo shoulders.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

When I started with my personal trainer, I told her I wanted some serious arms. Not those little wimpy arms, but arms with muscles. So she set me up on a circuit with push-ups, planks, planks with one arm rows (holy lat muscles), tricep dips on the block, and some various other moves that seriously make me feel my shoulders the next day. BUT! I can tell it's working - honey told me last night "Your shoulders look like swimmers' shoulders." Wahoo!!!

I also did my 15-minute TM run - no pain! Last night was the first night of the new running club I joined, but it was pouring and the radar showed that there were no signs of stopping. I went back and forth about going in the rain, but honey and I decided that it would be better for me to go to the gym. I love running, but I haven't been outside since last fall and didn't want my first foray back into outside running to be in a downpour!

Tonight is some Power Yoga (so it's more planks and "chaturanga" which is Sanskrit code for "push-up") and Sexy Back/Fab Abs. Along with some arms, I'd like some nice back muscles. I'm on my way!

I'm off to get some water and some allergy meds... I don't usually like to take meds if I don't have to, but I think I'm in need right now. I feel like my head is in a bubble!

Today I will:
Drink more than enough water
Do some school work
Plan out this week's breakfasts and dinners to start getting back into the tracking mindset

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    Wow! Girl you are rockin' this! Keep it up!

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JWENZEL723 3/24/2010 8:43AM

    Sexy Back/Fab Abs? LOVE it!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/24/2010 8:05AM

    You're hardcore woman! I love it!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/23/2010 6:27PM

    I love arm moves. Are you doing curls? I think triceps stuff is important--dips, push-ups, pull-ups, etc.

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ROGUE_1 3/23/2010 5:41PM

    Isn't it great when ou significant others notice the changes! Whenever that happens it makes me want to keep on working out and pushing myself. You look fabulous and are definitely going to get the arms, shoulders and back that you want! I'm so proud of you, you are doing SUCH an amazing job!

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TMAC10 3/23/2010 11:52AM

    i too want some hot arms...with definition and lines! i've been really focusing on ST for my arms! and i've got yoga tonight too... yay! :)

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CAMROLA 3/23/2010 10:54AM

    Your pic looks GREAT!

Strong arms and shoulders are sexy--girls gotta show 'em off! You worked for them!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 3/23/2010 10:50AM

    Go go gadget arms!

I love muscle-y arms and shoulders.

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    Love love love your new background pic! I know what you mean about being the first run outside again, it was smart to wait. There is still snow in places here so I will wait until the snow is clear for running outside. I'm crossing my fingers that might be this weekend though.

I remember the day Byron noticed the definition in my arms. He said "whoa you've been pumping some serious iron haven't you?"

Keep up the awesome work Carrie, you look great!

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MYTURN11 3/23/2010 7:05AM

    All of the circuit strength training you have been doing is no cake walk but you did it and you look great! I am recovering from a broken wrist since last early November, and finally, finally this past week, I can use my left wrist - absolutely hated doing the modified versions and I know the great definition you can achieve as a result of ST'g the upper body.

That is terrific that your husband commented that you have swimmers' shoulders. All of your hard work is paying off. Have a great week!

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CFMOSS 3/23/2010 6:57AM

    always did think that plank and sun salutation were simply sneaky ways of sneaking in push ups. you're doing an amazing job lady. don't know where you get the energy to do it all. congrats on the arms and shoulders - i'm rather pleased with my arms too and (lol) my daughter saw me the other day without my shirt on and said -- mom you have a 6 pack. tee hee. Keep up the healthy journey.

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Rest Day (phew!)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

For being a rest day, I sure got a lot done! Honey and I did the grocery shopping, went to the hardware store, washed some windows, went for a nice leisurely walk around our neighborhood, and watched some Kitchen Nightmares and Star Trek from the computer. I have decided that I have a little crush on Gordon Ramsey. We actually watch a lot of his cooking on YouTube and we have a bunch of his cookbooks; he's very into eating fresh, healthy and simple. AND he's a runner (he's done a few marathons) and a former pro soccer player (swoon).

Honey is cooking lamb on the grill tonight, and we're having some risotto and snap peas along with it. Creme brulee is for dessert. Yum!

Wrote my paper in only about an hour today - I put it off and put it off... today was finally the day I felt motivated enough to do it. So it's done and sent. Not much time before my next paper is due, though. I can't wait until the end of April when I am DONE with my degree!!!

It's time to finish my glass of Prosecco (what a fun little treat) and get ready for some lamb. It smells heavenly - how I missed the grill!
Tomorrow we are going to wash our one high window - we bought a long window washing squeegee. It will be nice to have it clean - we've been here almost two years and haven't washed it yet (oops). This year is our year to make our house a home. It feels good to have a little ownership in it, even if it does mean spending a little more money. I'm pushing for new flooring downstairs.

My running group starts tomorrow night - I am SO excited for this. I've been sticking to the TM per doctor's orders, so I've been itching for some outside running. My gym buddy joined the same group, so we're going together. Wahoo! We are also going to sign up for the group runs at our gym to prepare for a local 5K. It's the first 5K I ever ran in, so it's a little special for me. Look how far I've come!

OK, a few glasses of Prosecco have got me rambling. I'm off to enjoy the rest of my lovely Spring evening!

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MUCKITY_MUCK 3/22/2010 6:40AM

    How cool that you have a running group to run with for the upcoming 5K. I just ran my first 5K yesterday - I'm so excited about running and want to do more races now. I've got the bug. Glad your doctor gave the go ahead to go outside. Very exciting and just in time for the spring weather. Yay for you!!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 3/21/2010 11:08PM

    I envy your organizational and motivational skills. I try to accomplish things, but I really like to sit a lot on my weekends. Sit outside, sit on the sofa, lie on the floor in a spot of sun...but now it's 9:00 pm and I need to put away my laundry and get ready for bed. Glad you had a good weekend!

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