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Spring break - Day 3

Saturday, April 03, 2010

I am loving this time off. Yesterday I got so much done around the house! My family is coming up to visit today - my aunt and uncle haven't seen our house yet, and my mom hasn't been up for a while. I love showing people our house - I'm so proud that we own a home.

I got in some good swimming yesterday - 60 laps toward my 5-week goal of 204. (the triathlon challenge at the gym.) This morning I'm going for a little run - checking out the local 5K course and taking advantage of this beautiful weather. I also bought myself a new pair of running shorts - I'm so excited - they are the short running shorts, the ones that I ever only dreamed of wearing. But I put them on this morning and I saw some muscles in my legs. Yippee!

One goal for April is to track my food 5x a week. I know it's only April 3rd, but I've done well with tracking so far. I like to feel in control of my food choices, and it's helping me to see where I was getting a little off-track. One of those off-track areas of eating for me was peanut butter. A little bit of PB is not going to kill me, but I discovered that I was eating 2-3 tablespoons a day. I started using it instead of butter on my morning muffin; when I saw how many calories and fat grams it was adding to my day, I decided it wasn't worth it. besides, without the PB on my muffin I can taste my expensive fruit compote much better.

I have decided to change my weight tracker to show my actual weight, not just how much I want to lose. This is a big step - I was always so self conscious about my weight. I'm finally starting to feel comfortable with where I am. I'm happy with my size (4-6), and my body fat % is in the healthy range - it's 27.2% (I can't believe I just posted that!) and I'm working on getting it even lower. My weight is at the high range of the BMI range for "healthy," but I feel strong and fit. I am hoping that posting this will make me feel even *more* comfortable with my numbers and maybe I can encourage someone else by showing them that the high end of the BMI scale is ok and different weights look different on everyone.

Anyway, off to finish my water and head out for a run. The sun is out, I'm feeling good!

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ROGUE_1 4/6/2010 9:27PM

    Keep up the grea work! I am sure you looked FABULOUS in your new shorty shorts :)

I know what you mean re: feeling self conscious with having your weight tracker out there for all to see. It took me a really long time to change it to reflect my weight, and I still often wonder what the heck I'm doing. But I figure, no one is here to judge, but rather to give support and encouragement.

PB is dangerous in this house so I can totally relate!

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GROOVYCHICK9 4/4/2010 3:36PM

    You have inspired me! Keep up the good work and be proud of your accomplishments! You have worked hard.

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EATNBOOGERS 4/3/2010 7:12PM

    Good for you! I like getting stuff done around the house. I agree that the tracker is such a useful tool for making exactly the kind of decision you're talking about... "this is part of my regular eating routine--is it worth it, or not? Because this is how many calories it costs me..."

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CAMROLA 4/3/2010 10:17AM

    You never cease to amaze and inspire me! You accomplish so much every day, and already have so much to proud of!

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CAMROLA 4/3/2010 10:17AM

    You never cease to amaze and inspire me! You accomplish so much every day, and already have so much to proud of!

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FRANKLYN22 4/3/2010 8:18AM

    I think you're doing awesome and have so much to be proud of! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLINGDAWN 4/3/2010 8:02AM

    Well - the pictures show that you are doing great - just great. And I think that we are a lot who would be extatic if our weight tracker showed what yours is showing. Watch out that you are not swept away in a storm my friend emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 4/3/2010 7:44AM

    You're so awesome in many, many, many ways!

Have a great weekend!

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Oh money, where art thou?

Friday, April 02, 2010

So today I "slept in" a little later - 6:00. I woke up without the alarm. Huh.

I love having this time to get stuff done around the house that needs attention. And because I have so much time, it's better for me to just *do* the stuff when I think of it rather than making a list. So it's been a productive two days so far.

Yesterday I went to work out with my trainer. It was so wonderful. My arms and shoulders are so sore, but in a really good way. A little bit later I'm going for an easy little swim. My trainer signed me up for a triathlon challenge - in five weeks there are certain mileages of swimming, running, and biking that I have to complete. It's the first time that I've entered a challenge at the gym! I like having this little challenge as a goal. Like today, I wasn't sure if I wanted to go swimming, but I need to in order to get the laps in. It's going to be fun to see how hard I can push myself.

I got my body fat % and measurements done yesterday as well. My body fat % went down almost 1% since last month. Wahoo! So even though I gained a pound on the scale (with some thanks to a bottle of wine and giant steak the night before my weigh-in), I lost some fat. Yippee! My trainer said to me "well lets concentrate on the body fat since you don't have much extra weight." She said it very naturally, but I was freaking out. Nobody has ever said to me "you don't have that much extra weight." EEEEEK! So excited. I have three more sessions left with my trainer from the March special deal. I am considering signing up for more sessions. I really feel like this is the push I need to get me to the next level of fitness... the problem is, training is expensive. *I* think it's worth it, but I'm a little nervous to bring it up to honey.
Being fit is such a big part of my life now that I feel like working with a trainer is a good thing. She pushes me harder than I ever thought I could handle and I am beginning to see changes in my body that I never thought I'd see (muscle definition, ability to do push-ups...). Later today I am really going to sit down with my finances and see if buying more trainer sessions is do-able. There are some things I'll really have to think about...

For example, my hair. If I go back to having it super-short, I go once a month to have it shaped up, and it's over $50. Because I'm trying to grow it out now, I go once every two months or so to have it shaped. Only $25 a month instead of $50. If I keep letting it grow out, I can save even more - maybe go once every three months when it starts getting a little longer. Can I suck up the mullet for a little while until it grows out? Is the money I save here worth spending on a trainer instead?

I belong to a coffee club. Every 4 weeks I get coffee sent to me. I like it because the coffee company is environmentally friendly, it's fair trade coffee, and it's fun to choose the kind of coffee I want every month. But the grocery store carries the same coffee, although much fewer flavors. Can I sacrifice the variety of coffee to save on shipping costs and use this money for the trainer?

If I really look at my spending, I'm sure I can cut back in some places during the month to come up with the money for the trainer instead. In six weeks, I'm getting re-measured to see my progress. If I see significant changes in my body composition and my fitness levels, I will know that the trainer is definitely worth it. So I guess I have six weeks to come up with a plan for how I'm going to pay for the trainer.

Phew, this is a lot to think about for a break!
I am off to take apart our dining table and move it to the garage. My family is coming up tomorrow for Easter and to deliver a new (well, new to us) dining table and chairs. The best part about it is that the table is free. My mom bought it for my brother's house, but since he is selling the house and moved back home, we get the table here now. Wahoo! Nothing like a free set of furniture. More money for the trainer!

Time to get to work!

Best part of today - my neighbor called me "buff."

  
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SPARKLINGDAWN 4/3/2010 3:27AM

    I would think that having some fewer coffee flavours could do for the next couple of months. This is not about having to cut those things for the rest of your life, it is for kickstarting another aspect of your life. Is there anything in your house you can sell? Something you do not use any more? Something that will make a difference for somebody else?
If a personal trainer is what you need just now to get to the next level - figure out a way to get it into your life - but also look hard for a buddy. Somebody that share your own goals and ways to do things. (Probably not your honey - somebody a little farther away). And when that buddy is found, let the trainer go, and continue with somebody that just as you need somebody to challenge you to get signed up for those challenges. And be the support you both need for each other. In my opinion - a personal trainer can teach you some theory, and give you ideas and knowledge. But to kick your but to get you out there, there is no reason to pay great amounts of dollars for that, a nasty buggering buddy can do just the same, for much less money.

A second thought here later in the day - isn't it possible to share a personal trainer with somebody else? It is in my country at least - that would cut some of the cost - maybe not to 50% but even though maybe a little less?

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EATNBOOGERS 4/2/2010 6:15PM

    Our finances are in very good shape, and my dh have never, ever fought about money. We have regular talks about money. Tax planning, budget planning, kid stuff, long range planning, etc. We do a lot of what you're talking about--prioritizing our spending to max our enjoyment of it. Good thing to do!

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CAMROLA 4/2/2010 4:54PM

    You may also want to consider asking for a discount. Since you've worked with and really enjoy her, she may be willing to cut you a small break, and every bit helps.

I've worked on and off with the same trainer for a while, and he did something similar for me in the past. They want to keep good clients who will a) come back and b) spread the good word about them.

Hope that helps.

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Why was the band tired in April?

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Because they just had a 31 day March!
A little music teacher humor for you.

Day 1 of Spring break. At 8:00 I am going to the trainer. I can't wait! I thought I'd sleep in today, but I woke up at 5:30 with no alarm. Guess my body is really getting used to my schedule!

This afternoon I want to review my March goals, re-assess my caloric intake, and finalize some April goals. There are three goals for April that I am committed to:
1) Go into school early 2-3x a week to work on school work
2) Drink at least 4 Siggs of water every day
3) Track food 5 days a week

The tracking is going to be really important. I didn't track in March, and I think I forgot how high in calories my lunches were. Not that I mind having a high-calorie lunch, I just don't think I was accounting for it, therefore eating pretty many more calories than I thought.

Fitness goals I'm considering:
1) Be able to do 10 "man" push-ups in a row. I'm up to 5 or 6 right now, so I think this is totally do-able.
2) Run three times a week. This one should be no problem - I run with two different groups, one on Monday nights and one on Saturday morning (starting the 17th). Thursday nights are going to be running with my gym buddy.
3) Try some new classes at the gym. In April, the gym is having some professional dancers come in to teach classes. there is so much dance! I'm not very coordinated, so this will definitely take me out of my comfort zone. But the classes sound super fun - Broadway dance (with a former Rockette!), African dance, Hip Hop...

Number goals:
1) Get my body fat % down. I want to talk to my trainer today to see what is a reachable goal for this month. I will do a little research this weekend to find out how I can tweak my diet to make my fat loss and muscle building more efficient. I want those arms!!!
2) Size 4. I have some clothes in a 4 that are fitting already, but I'd like to be a more solid size 4.

I guess that's all for now... I wanted to start out April on the right track, posting my goals and thinking ahead.
I am so inspired by everyone's April goals and all the successes! This is such a wonderful journey we are taking. I look forward to April with my Spark Friends!

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SPARKLINGDAWN 4/2/2010 8:39AM

    5-6?? That is way more than I am able to do! Maybe worth to aim for? Anyway congratulaions to you - 10 could be within range - do you have a date for this goal?

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EATNBOOGERS 4/2/2010 1:04AM

    Hmm... I want to try Greek yogurt...

It all sounds good to me! I knew you'd have your assessment of March done. I've had a busy busy week, and I will hopefully get mine done this weekend. I may take a peak at your goals, though... these look good!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 4/1/2010 3:06PM

    Hi Carrie!

I'm glad you're on spring break - I hope you have a good time! How was the session with the trainer?

Greek yogurt is just *fantastic* - it's so filling, too. I try to stick to the plain with fresh strawberries or blueberries, but I have to admit, the honey flavor is oh-so-good...

Mavis is hanging in there - she's not entirely herself, she isn't eating much or as active as normal...but she loves to sit in my lap now, much more so than she used to before she became ill - so we spend a lot of quality time together.

Enjoy your time off!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 4/1/2010 2:04PM

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PINKJELLY24 4/1/2010 1:39PM

    Sounds likes some awesome goals....and so is that size 4! Can't wait to be there!

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TMAC10 4/1/2010 12:57PM

    awesome goals!

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CAMROLA 4/1/2010 9:48AM

    Your goals continue to amaze and inspire me--you go girl!

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LALAFLOWERS 4/1/2010 8:23AM

    Enjoy your spring break!!

I'm on day 5 of ours... 5 more to go... and I'm counting the days already!! My 9yr old is feeling it... and being seriously annoying!!!!

I'm amazed that you are already in a size 4~ So very impressed~! (I'd say jealous.. but I realize that I will never be in a 4!! I'm just not built that way!)

Keep it up, have fun with the trainer!


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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 4/1/2010 7:31AM

    Size 4,huh?? WOW!! You are incredible-that's fantastic! Your April goals look great,too. They're not way out there to set you up to fail...just real,simple and like you said,'doable'.


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TGIW!

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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