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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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    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 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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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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