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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It's like a Friday for me - Spring break starts tomorrow. Yahoo!
I'm looking forward to nice weather, planting flowers, washing windows, and wearing some skirts (the weather is supposed to be nice). I'm going to stock up on some decaf coffee and some bubbly so I can enjoy the evenings out on the deck.

I am a fanatic about checking my bank account (I think it comes from working in a bank and seeing what weird things can happen with your money if you're not careful), and yesterday when I checked it, I saw some weird transaction from PayPal. But the point of typing this is show how one goal "take one thing at a time" is helping me in everything. I took the steps to resolve the problem one at a time. Call the bank, wait to see if it posted, cancel my card # and get a new one... all one thing at a time. And it worked! I remained calm, didn't freak out about the things I couldn't do anything about, and this morning I saw that the money was credited back to my account. I'm glad I got a new card, though... it was time for a new number, anyway.

I didn't pack my lunch for today, but I am going to make some hot cereal to see how well (or not well) it travels and heats up for lunch. It will be a nice break from my typical salad lunch. Honey has off of work tonight (yay!) so he's doing the cooking. I think creme brulee is dessert tonight - spicy chocolate creme brulee. MMM.

This afternoon - haircut after school (I LOVE getting my hair cut), and then to the gym for a run. I wasn't planning on taking my stuff with me today, but I will have a better chance of making it to the gym if I take my running stuff to school and head right up to the gym after my cut.

Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Take one thing at a time
Clean up my clothing

  
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ROGUE_1 3/31/2010 11:47PM

    Happy spring break! Hope you have a wonderful time off!!! Anything fun planned? Can't wait to see some pics of your new 'do! I've been in dire need of a cut for a very long time, and you've inspired me to call my hair dresser!!! THANKS I needed that!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/31/2010 11:28PM

    I've never had chocolate creme brulee... sounds intriguing. Have fun on spring break!

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CAMROLA 3/31/2010 2:23PM

    It's so important to check--with everything so automated now, it's easy to get complacent. Your level of detail has paid off again and glad you found the problem. A good reminder to all of us.

Enjoy your spring break!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/31/2010 10:21AM

    That is such a big worry for me because we don't check our accounts as much as we should. Thanks for the wake-up call.

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RIDLEYRIDER 3/31/2010 6:51AM

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TMAC10 3/31/2010 6:44AM

    that's so awesome that you caught that with your bank account but took things slowly and rationally... most people would have freaked out! packing my gym clothes is always a huge plus for me, if i stop at home to change most likely i will talk myself out of going to the gym!

i cannot wait to get a house and do all the spring planting! my dream one day is to have a little garden but living in an apartment and going back and forth between my place & my bf's just isnt smart for that type of planting! :)

enjoy your break!

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Running outside again!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Last night was my first night of First Strides, a running program designed for beginner to intermediate runners. One of the guys at the local running store seemed to think that I was beyond this (wahoo!), but I decided to sign up anyway. Last summer I seriously over-trained and did a nasty number on my IT band, and I thought a beginning running program would help me ease back into running outside. Since fall I have been visiting the chiropractor/movement doc to do some physical therapy. I have also been confined to the treadmill - doc wanted me to stay on an even surface for a while.

I was super excited to get out - I hadn't run outside since early fall! And while I knew I had been healing myself and working hard to strengthen the muscles in my legs, I still felt nervous. "What if my IT band goes crazy? What if it hurts again? What if all this carefulness was for nothing?"

There were LOTS of ladies at the meeting spot. Runners and walkers of all shapes and sizes. I was so excited to see that so many people wanted to run. It's a nice feeling to be among like-minded people. My gym buddy signed up for the program, too, so we hung out for a while before the program started.

When everyone was there, we did a little warm up - some easy squats and light stretching to get the body moving. I followed along, did my squats with a little more movement and my stretches VERY lightly. The whistle blew, and we started with a 5 minute warm up. We walked around a really nice path - by the middle school, on some grass...
The plan was 4 minutes of easy, 2 of hard. At first I thought "well I can do an easy run for my easy." But then my brain took over and it said "but wait, this is the first time you're running outside in a while; the first time you're running on an uneven surface in a while. Take the 'easy' as a walk, and run during the 'hard' parts." So that's what I did. I stuck to walking, but when the next whistle blew, I started to run. And it was MARVELOUS. My legs felt good, my new shoes felt good, my lungs felt good...
When we went back to easy, no knee pain! I made it through the two minutes without my knee freaking out. I continued to walk/run, and I think it was a smart decision on my part. There are going to be plenty of opportunities for me to run this spring and summer - I don't want to ruin it now by trying to be Superman.

My gym buddy and I worked out a nice schedule to get all of our weekly runs in - we are going to go running after school on Thursdays, and on Saturday mornings. She was worried that she would "hold me back," but I told her that I was more than happy to run with her. It's kind of my way of paying back the help I got from runners when I was starting out.

It's very exciting to think about how adding outside runs again is going to affect my goals. There were some hills last night, and today I feel them in my glutes and calves. I can't wait to see if this new addition to my workout pushes my weight-loss along a little quicker than it's been going. How is my body going to respond to this? I'm excited to find out!

Last night I planned all my meals for today and packed my lunch. I'm going into school a little early to get some stuff done, which is one of my goals for April.

Yesterday's goals:
Drink water - YES. LOTS.
Eating plan - YES. It felt good to be in control. And I actually changed it a little bit and ate less for dinner than I had planned. I didn't want to eat too much before bed, and I really wasn't that hungry. Stayed well within my calorie range and met nutrition goals.
Compliment - YES
Take one thing at a time - YES. I have been way more productive because I am learning to do one thing at a time and finish it.

Today:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Plan tomorrow's meals and pack lunch
Give someone a compliment

T-minus 2 days until Spring Break!!!

  
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ROGUE_1 3/30/2010 8:43PM

    I'm so happy for you! I definitely think it was smart to do the run/walk method. You'll be back at 100% in no time! Great job on your goals, you're on a roll!!!



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SPARKLINGDAWN 3/30/2010 3:48PM

    Great blog and nice new picture!

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JWENZEL723 3/30/2010 3:42PM

    that running group sounds like so much fun! i wonder if i have something like that around here...

great job on showing restraint, as hard as it must have been. :)

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CAMROLA 3/30/2010 10:53AM

    This is great--it's so true! I can't wait to get running outside again. I'm right behind you!

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LALAFLOWERS 3/30/2010 9:18AM

    YEAH!! such a wonderful way to share running with your buddy.. plus you do get stronger, even though you run slower.. good for you in too many ways to image!

Have fun running outside!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/30/2010 7:55AM

    Awesome work! So glad you're back outdoors again, and perfect timing with spring here! You're going to have an awesome fitness year!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/30/2010 7:29AM

    Great job in listening to your body and going easy. I hope you'll be running outside all the time,oh so soon!!

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TMAC10 3/30/2010 6:35AM

    awesome blog post! there is something about running that is so freeing for me too! :)

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CASSIOEPIA 3/30/2010 6:30AM

    What an awesome day you had, and I'm so glad you were diligent with listening to your body. Sounds like you have a solid plan to get back to running outdoors, safely and sanely!

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I could get used to this good mood thing!

Monday, March 29, 2010

It's a three-day school week. This is putting me in a really good mood. I like my job, but I also like to have breaks.

I had such a nice weekend. Despite spending too much of it writing papers I should have done during the week, I got a lot of cleaning done, I made April goals, I came to some important realizations, and I got to enjoy some quality honey time.
Last night was grilled chicken and white asparagus, homemade pasta with marinara (marinara made by yours truly), and for dessert, some banana walnut brownies (also made by me).

I'm feeling super organized today - I have my meals entered in the tracker, I already drank one Sigg of water (my daily goal is 4), lunch is packed, afternoon and evening are planned, and my pants are fitting extraordinarily well. It's going to be a good day.

Tonight is First Strides (my running club), and the weather looks like it's going to be better than the last time the club met. Last Monday was a downpour so I didn't go running. Today looks to be quite a bit clearer. This will be my first run outside since the fall, and I'm just a little nervous about my knee. I've been really careful and rehabbing it slowly, but there's that little question "what if it starts to hurt again?" I just have to remember to take it slow and go at my own pace.

Off to finish getting ready and head out. Today is the first day of my new experiment - going into school early to get some grad work done. No distractions at school; it should allow me to get a lot done this morning.

Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Stick to my eating plan
Give someone a compliment
Take one thing at time

  
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SPARKLINGDAWN 3/30/2010 5:28AM

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EATNBOOGERS 3/29/2010 9:18PM

    Hope you enjoyed your day! I was in a really good mood, too!

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CAMROLA 3/29/2010 12:24PM

    You're so on top of things--such a good example to the rest of us! Enjoy your short week!

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GSDMIKE 3/29/2010 11:45AM

    Good luck with your outdoor run. And have a nice short work week. I need to find a running club to run with. Only group runs I've ever done were races.

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PINKJELLY24 3/29/2010 10:51AM

    Have a great monday! Good job with planning everything out, I find that helps me stay on track. Hope your knee feels good through the whole run today!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/29/2010 7:40AM

    Have a fantastic day,Carrie! Sounds like you've got the whole month mapped out! Good for you!

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MAYGIRL14 3/29/2010 7:37AM

    Have a fantastic day and a great run tonight! You seem very prepared for the week...awesome!!!
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NUTRON3 3/29/2010 7:05AM

    Have a great day

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So this is what it feels like...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

It is a rare day, indeed, when I can truly relax. As I am typing this blog, there are no thoughts of "huh, I should really do some laundry." I spent a lot of time cleaning the house yesterday, and today I am getting to enjoy my day. I have a new plan to go into school early during the week to work on my class work - no more spending my Friday nights and weekends putting together a paper that should have been easy to do during the week.

Went for a swim this morning (that I think totally wiped me out - I just woke up from a wonderful nap), then some grocery shopping with honey, and now I get to make some tomato sauce for the freezer.

Figuring out this school-work thing has been a big step for me. I wish I would have figured it out at the *beginning* of my degree, instead of this close to the end, but it's better than not figuring it out at all. I am in control of my food choices. I am in control of my workouts - they are my priority; even with papers' due dates looming, I still make sure I get to the gym for my workouts. It helps me to focus on my work instead of thinking "I really should have gone to the gym this morning." I am in control of my finances.

It's time to make some sauce.
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CAMROLA 3/28/2010 5:54PM

    What a wonderful thing, being in control. You're making things happen for yourself, and that's exciting. So glad you got to enjoy a mellow day--don't second guess it, you deserve it!

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BOBBYD31 3/28/2010 4:43PM

    that is a wonderful feeling being in control!!!! great job

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/28/2010 4:06PM

    Being in control is a great feeling...good for you. Glad you have things figured out with school/work.

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CASSIOEPIA 3/28/2010 2:16PM

    Wow, what a great feeling you must have. Wish we could bottle that when it happens! Enjoy your sauce making.

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Friday night? What's that?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

When I was in high school and college, I was a serious night owl. I could stay up 'til all hours of the night. I left the house at 11pm to go out, often staying out until the sun came up. Didn't matter what night of the week it was, could have been a school night.

But no more. I have NO idea what happened... maybe it started when I became a teacher. I am now in bed by 9:00 most nights; 10:30 is super-late for me. I look forward to weekends because I don't set my alarm, but I'm still awake by 6 or 7:00 anyway. Last night after I wrote my paper, I was on the couch by 7:00, asleep by 7:30, and then up to bed at 10:00.

This week has tested me. I had a nasty cold (which I'm still fighting), the kids are nuts (maybe it's the full moon coming, or Spring Break approaching), and I really procrastinated on a paper that was due last night. I didn't make goals for the week, my eating was not mindful - I couldn't tell you anything I ate this week other than the pizza and ice cream last night, and I didn't drink nearly enough water.

Last night I had to bust out my paper. Came home, sat down right at the computer, and got to work. I wrote and wrote and wrote. Paper finished. It's amazing what a little time at the computer can do. I have been desperately trying to get over this procrastination problem I have, but it's so hard. It's hard for me to work at home when I see dishes to be washed, clothes to be folded, vacuuming to be done, etc. etc.
Yesterday I went into school early to work on my paper, and I got so much done. It was amazing. No distractions, a quiet room... my new plan is to go into school early 2-3 times a week and work on school work. I'm awake early anyway, so it's either attempt to get stuff done at home (which rarely works) or leave home a bit early and actually *do* the work. Next week I am going to try this idea - it's a three day week for Spring Break, so I'm sure I can get into work early those three days.

This morning is a 15 minute TM run (the third one of the week - I am a real runner again!) and some circuit training. I love what my trainer has me doing. I'm only going to her every two weeks at this point - I can't afford to do it more often than that - but I'm doing the same workout 2 or 3 times a week. It's a really intense workout and I love it.

I haven't gotten on the scale in a while. Which is a good thing. I will check in again at the end of the month. My goals for April are starting to shape up. Don't know if I'm going to meet all of March's goals - one was getting to a healthy BMI, one was to run 20 minutes pain-free. Doc is keeping me at 15 minutes, and I trust him, so ix-nay on the 20 minute run goal. I have been focusing on strength-training and building muscle, so I don't know what the scale is going to look like. And frankly, I'm not really concerned.
So April is starting to look like a lot of fitness goals (i.e. push-up numbers), getting body fat % down, and another goal yet to be determined.

Off to brush my teeth and get ready to hit the gym. I need some new songs on my play list!

  
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CASSIOEPIA 3/28/2010 9:54AM

    Good for you for getting your paper done, even with the procrastination! I do that too, only I've come to realize it's my Perfectionism trait that leads to Procrastination. If it can't be done perfectly, might as well not do it at all. So through being here at SparkPeople, I've recognized that I do that. When I notice it, I have learned to go back to Baby Steps.

Guess that works also when 2 miles is too much!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/28/2010 1:40AM

    Heh heh heh... I stayed up late to watch a movie with my husband--*he* is a night owl, and I am the early bird.

I'm trying to get back in the regular swing of things with goals and regularity this week. I'll be checking on you. ;-)

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CFMOSS 3/27/2010 6:56PM

    You are such an amazing lady doing an amazing job doing amazing things. Way to go whether it be one day at a time or one semester at a time. Keep up the good journeying.

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ROGUE_1 3/27/2010 5:57PM

    It's been interesting to recognize how things have changed. I used to be able to pull all-nighters for school drinking caffeine and popping stay-awake pills to be able to write a paper or study for an exam. And like you, my nights would start around 11PM and wouldn't end till the wee hours of the morning, weeknights, weekends, whenever. Though we do still have the occasional late night out with friends, my husband and I love our early nights or nights IN and can't imagine partying til 4 or 5AM. We're dreaming away in la-la land by then!

Glad to hear you got your paper taken care of and that you're back to running. What does your ST routine look like and how long is it?

And thanks for the cookbook info, I'll definitely check it out, looking forward to cooking more vegetarian recipes!



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LALAFLOWERS 3/27/2010 11:11AM

    Proud of you for getting it done... Check out Flylady.net... set up a quick routine every morning, so you can keep some things done, and still have time to do the school work.. Time Management ... I hate it.. but love it when I stick to the plan....

You'll figure it all out, and Only a couple of months of school Left!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/27/2010 11:11AM

    I'm a reformed night owl too! Now I love Friday nights because I can go to bed early...don't have to get anything ready for the next day. I need new songs on my iPod too - I always do - when I get a good new one it only gets me revved up the first few listenings and then the novelty wears off fast. Too bad not that many songs really do it for me......

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MAIA2011 3/27/2010 10:30AM

    I have only been distracted from my homework by housekeeping one time. (Usually I get distracted by reading or spending time with my husband or napping...) That one time I was supposed to be studying for a calculus midterm and I found myself thinking, instead, Wow, the refrigerator needs to be cleaned. Say what? If you knew me you would know that that was a seriously rare thought!

Good luck on the procrastination. I have been able to beat it on most things except housework.

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PINKCOCONUT 3/27/2010 8:50AM

    Good thing is that it's all temporary and look! You found a place to work that works for you! Last night I took my stuff and went down to the coffee shop as I knew I wasn't going to be able to study at home as I'd constantly be looking at the floor wanting to sweep it. Worked like a charm! I think I need to work regular coffee dates in to get some studying done!

Have a great weekend!!!

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