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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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Short for Saturday

Saturday, March 20, 2010

This morning I ran, I did Pilates, and I got a lot done from my to-do list. Went shopping, got some new sunglasses (it's been on my list for WEEKS), packed up the winter hats and scarves, and vacuumed downstairs. I didn't do as much cleaning as I thought I was going to do, but I just wasn't feeling it. I think the heavy-duty Spring Cleaning will come on my Spring Break - I am going to start making some lists of things that need to get done at that time.
Filled up the bird feeder and saw some little yellow-headed finches. Wahoo! I also saw the damn woodpecker that likes to peck at the house (bleh) and since they are "endangered" or something like that, I basically have to knock at the window and yell so he goes away.

Tomorrow is a rest day (thank goodness). My body needs it and my mind needs it. I scheduled my workouts for next week - going to be another good week of hard work.

Time to make some dinner and enjoy a little Prosecco. We are running low on food so I'll have to bust out the emergency tuna.

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CAMROLA 3/21/2010 3:03PM

    Enjoy your rest day!


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PSHANKEY 3/21/2010 8:59AM

    Yeah you!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/20/2010 8:19PM

    You make me tired just reading it

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JOPAPGH 3/20/2010 7:50PM

    You are always so focused and productive. Glad you had a great day, and enjoy the rest day tomorrow.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 3/20/2010 7:47PM

    You did a lot of work for a Saturday. No wonder you are tired.

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I'm feeling thankful today.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Within the last week or two, there has been sort of a "dark cloud" over my school. Deaths in families, mysterious illnesses, divorce... one of my colleagues and I both said that we're a little afraid to ask how anyone is anymore.

Because of all this stuff going on, I have been feeling especially thankful for what I have. I have been making an effort to be extra-positive. I go through my to-do list a little less begrudgingly - I'm thankful I can get through the mundane parts of my day without a hitch. I pushed through the last set of leg lifts last night because I could. I packed my lunch this morning because I can afford to buy healthy food. I spooned a little extra with my honey last night because, even though I really wanted to go to sleep, I am fortunate enough to have someone who really loves me and really encourages me. (He even listened to my entire recollection of the day's gym activities!)

The sun is coming up again today and it's going to be beautiful. This afternoon I have a chiropractor appointment (and I'm thankful that I'm able to go to him to work on getting my knee back in running shape).

Today's goals:
Drink more than enough water
Schedule next week's workouts
Start writing a paper for my class

Today I encourage you to think of at least one thing for which you are thankful.
It's the last day of winter. Tomorrow is the start of a sunny, sunny Spring. It's a wonderful time to get into a positive mindset.


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JOPAPGH 3/19/2010 3:15PM

    I am thankful for the beautiful, sunny weather after the long, snowy winter.

And all the great SPers than inspire me with the success stories and positive outlook...

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GSDMIKE 3/19/2010 2:38PM

    I am thankful for Amy's Kitchen frozen burritos. Since you said just one, it was the first that came to mind.

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GROOVYCHICK9 3/19/2010 1:33PM

    We are so lucky in so many ways. Have a grateful day.


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GONE2014 3/19/2010 1:29PM

    Thanks for sharing. I've been in a funk and needed to hear this!

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TMAC10 3/19/2010 1:13PM

    i love this post and how you recognize the good in everything :) makes me smile! i hope you have an amazing weekend hun!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/19/2010 11:16AM

    I try to remember to be thankful, too.

I'm still feeling thankful for my helmet...

Hope things brighten up at your school!

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CAMROLA 3/19/2010 10:19AM

    Gratitude is a wonderful sentiment, and one we should all practice more regularly--thank you for sharing.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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RITAROSE 3/19/2010 8:13AM

  We DO have so much to be thankful for and cultivating a thankful heart will enrich our lives and those who live with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 3/19/2010 7:35AM

    Love it! Thanks for that! I'm thankful that it's Friday and that I have a job that allows me to be overly excited for a single moment in time (Friday at 5pm)!

Have an extra fabulous day today!!!

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    Thank you for reminding all of us how blessed we are

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KKKAREN 3/19/2010 7:21AM

    Keep up the good attitude!!!!!!!

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