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Friday, April 16, 2010

Oh Friday, I never thought you would get here.

Today I am up super early to get in some swimming. Friday nights I just do not get a single thing done. Jammies are on, wine is open, couch is filled with a lazy Carrie. I've been very un-motivated this week for a variety of reasons. Getting my rear out to swim today is a big step in getting back my Spark.

Last night I bought a bike! My neighbor's daughter just happened to be selling hers, and I was looking for one, so $200 later, I have a bike! And it's a really *nice* bike. It has road/trail tires, front suspension, in-handle gears, removable front tire... the girl who owned it is upgrading to a new bike. If I were to buy it new, it would have set me back much more than what I paid! So last night I tooled around our development, getting used to the gears. SO fun. This weekend I plan on getting a helmet, lock, and bike rack for the car. My gym buddy also likes to trail ride - how fun!

Another exciting part about yesterday - my yogurt reward came in the mail. Yahoo! I eat Oikos Greek yogurt, and there are codes on the lids you can enter to earn free yogurt, free Annie's stuff, chocolate... My last reward was a free box of Annie's something. My coupon came yesterday. Yay! I love love love the chocolate bunnies; I can't get them often, because I usually end up eating the whole box.

Anyway, I hope everyone's Friday is filled with sun, energy, and good food and fitness choices. It's been a while, so goals for today:

Drink at least 4 Siggs full of water
Start work on my paper tonight (even if it's just printing out some articles)
Be positive and give someone a compliment.

Oh Happy Day!

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GROOVYCHICK9 4/17/2010 5:16PM

    I love love love to bike. What a lucky duck you are. It sounds like you got a super great deal. Have fun getting used to it!

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    Fun news on the bike! That's exciting! Enjoy it :)

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EATNBOOGERS 4/16/2010 4:53PM

    So excited about the bike! Woo hoo! (And I have to stay away from the chocolate bunnies, too.)

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CAMROLA 4/16/2010 12:55PM

    Happy, happy Friday to you, too! Hope you have a beautiful weekend--and that you get to try your new bike!!!


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JOPAPGH 4/16/2010 10:07AM

    WooHoo on the new bike!! With my heel stress fracture, my bike is the only thing keeping me sane.

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GSDMIKE 4/16/2010 9:55AM

    Wine and PJs sounds like a good Friday night to me. Congrats on your new ride. Have a great weekend, Carrie.

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IPA-RAY 4/16/2010 9:48AM

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RUNTRILAUGH 4/16/2010 9:39AM

    Yay! Congrats on the bike! Hope you love it!!!

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SPARKLINGDAWN 4/16/2010 8:36AM

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Oh I hear you ! Weather has finally gotten around to acknowledge that it is spring, and now I go to work on my bike - I just love the tour!

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PINKCOCONUT 4/16/2010 7:29AM


Congrats on getting through the week and getting the bike! I'm excited to get mine!

I hear such amazing things about Oikos! I have yet to see it here in Toronto so it's my loss, though! :( I hear their caramel is particularly to-die-for! Enjoy!!!

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    Nice score on the bike!. I think I've finally got my spark back, I know how hard it is to get back sometimes.

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LALAFLOWERS 4/16/2010 6:42AM

    Enjoy your bike! Mine is currently hanging on the wall in the garage, with a flat on the front, and in need of some TLC... Need to get it cleaned up so I can go for some rides with the kids! Have a great weekend!

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TMAC10 4/16/2010 6:29AM

    loving the positive energy! seems like your week (& mine) has taken a turn for the better! i too love the oikos and submit every code! im saving mine up to earn the 60 to get a subscription to body & soul magazine! :) so awesome on getting the bike. my dad is fixing up my old bike from highschool and im going to pick it up next weekend! so excited! hope you have a great weekend.

oh & ps that is so me on fridays too! we usually go out to eat dinner and the rest of the evening is spent with wine and watching a movie (if i can stay awake) but i like that routine :)

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LEARNING2LUVME 4/16/2010 6:09AM

    That's such an awesome deal on the bike. I really want a good one. We have a nice park with trails and everything a mile from our house, but my bike is a piece o crap and I don't dare take it on the trails. lol.

Hooray for Friday!!! emoticon

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Sleepy Peepy

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I don't often skip classes at the gym. Last night's class was Broadway Dance and I was SO excited to go. Met a friend for coffee after school and he said "holy mackerel you look tired." I was exhausted. When I got home it took me about 4 seconds to decide that I was going to catch up on some sleep instead of going to class. Put on my sweatpants, laid on the couch at 5:45, and didn't wake up until 9:45. Went up to bed, slept until 5:15 this morning. I guess I really needed some sleep!
Today is going to be an easy day at work, so I'm going to spend some time getting assignments finished and musical details finalized. I have a little run (15 min) scheduled for the TM tonight along with a stretch class. I think I can do that little bit after school.

My body is totally sore from yesterday's session. I really like my trainer - she is a perfect fit. She took me through her workout yesterday, and I did things I didn't think I'd be able to do. It's so great having her push me to push myself.

Off to pack my lunch and get some school work done.

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ASPENJULES 4/15/2010 12:35PM

    Wow - I can't remember the last time I slept 11.5 hours, but it sure sounds good, especially right now. I can't stop yawning! I have to say, I miss having a good trainer, but I'm glad you're enjoying yours! Have a great day!

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CAMROLA 4/15/2010 10:16AM

    Sounds like you REALLY needed it. So important to listen to those signals...

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MAYGIRL14 4/15/2010 8:55AM

    Glad you took care of you and gave your body some rest last night. You sound rejuvenated and ready for today! I hope it's a very good one for you!!! emoticon

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MAYGIRL14 4/15/2010 8:55AM

    Glad you took care of you and gave your body some rest last night. You sound rejuvenated and ready for today! I hope it's a very good one for you!!! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 4/15/2010 7:38AM

    Happy to hear that you listened to your body! Sounds like you needed it! I got home LATE after my exam (go figure that the subway train was held up for a half hour when all I wanted to do was go home!), and just crashed! 5:30 came TOO early today!

*sips second cup of coffee*

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LEARNING2LUVME 4/15/2010 7:03AM

    Sometimes we really do need to choose sleep over working out. I'm glad you took the opportunity to rest. :)

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TMAC10 4/15/2010 6:47AM

    your body was definitely telling you that you needed to rest & relax. i'm glad you listened to it and got some sleep!

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RITAROSE 4/15/2010 6:36AM

  Glad you were able to catch up on some sleep! It sure helps to get enough rest when losing weight, sometimes the weight loss stops if the body doesn't get enough. Congrats on a job well done!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I have to pat myself on the back for a minute. I was responsible tonight. I have a few papers to write for my classes, and I tend to put off things like that until the day they are due (a horrible habit of mine). Today I worked on a paper, sent it to myself, and thought "I can finish this on Saturday morning." (It's due Saturday at 7pm.) Tonight after my two gym classes and some dinner, I was all ready to check my Spark stuff, my Facebook page and sit on the couch, but something made me finish my paper and send it to my professor.
Now this may not sound big, but for me this is HUGE. For me to send a paper on a Tuesday when it's not due until Saturday? Holy moly!

Tonight was Transcend Dance. A mix of yoga, meditation, and different dance styles. Very interesting and very fun. I am looking forward to taking it again. Then was Pilates Fusion - WHOA hard class. My core is feeling it.
Tomorrow morning is an early morning session with my trainer. Tonight at Pilates she said to me "I was thinking that tomorrow we'd go through *my* workout as your session." She knows I want arms like hers, so I have a feeling I'm going to be super sore tomorrow. But I'm looking forward to it anyway.

Clothes are picked out for tomorrow; I didn't get around to packing my lunch, but I think i can throw something together tomorrow morning before I leave for the gym.

Off to pick up my honey from work... it's a late night for me.

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ROGUE_1 4/14/2010 8:33PM

    Kudos to you for not proctastinating!

What is Pilates Fusion? Is it like pilates/yoga mixed together??? Sounds awesome.

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PINKCOCONUT 4/14/2010 7:40AM

    I totally know the joy you're feeling in getting that paper in! Way to go!

Hope you got your booty handed to you this morning with your PT!!!

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TMAC10 4/14/2010 5:11AM

    pilates fusion!? that sounds amazing! i wish we had more classes like that! sounds like a really good day & awesome job on busting out the paper. when i was still in school i was notorious for procrastinating! have a good day!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/13/2010 11:03PM

    Good for you! I like someone who can avoid procrastination.

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JEMSTAR 4/13/2010 10:46PM

    I wish I could motivate myself to work on papers well in advance like that... I always end up leaving them until the night before. :\

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CAMROLA 4/13/2010 10:18PM

    I'm such a procrastinator, so I get it--good for you!


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    I was the same when I was in University. I would have been proud of myself for doing the same thing

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LOSINGITALL4ME 4/13/2010 9:40PM

    Great job getting your paper in early. What a great feeling! Your workouts sound tough but beneficial. Keep it up.


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I know there was a weekend in there somewhere...

Monday, April 12, 2010

but I don't know where it went.

Between my comprehensive exams, my Saturday run, driving to the symphony, dance class, napping, and school work, the weekend went by waayyyy too fast. I don't even feel like I had a weekend. Ugh.
This morning I have a little bit of a sore throat... I think you guys were right - I may be coming down with something. My knees were extra achy yesterday, and my honey said that my body language was weird, like something wasn't right.
Alarm went off at 5:00 this morning, and I got up, reset it for 6:00, and went back to sleep. I think I'm going to change my sleep schedule again. 5:30 or 6:00 seems like a more reasonable time for me to get up. The evenings are light, and I feel like my evening energy has returned. We'll see... it's an on-going experiment.

Running club tonight...

Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water (I've been seriously slacking on the water)
Pack my lunch for tomorrow
Finish the laundry folding and ironing from yesterday
Start working on my assignment that's due on Friday (if I could submit it earlier than Friday I'd be a happy camper.)

Have a super day!


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JWENZEL723 4/13/2010 2:51PM

    sometimes you need the week to recover from the weekend! whew!

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ROGUE_1 4/13/2010 2:43PM

    What a busy weekend! I think it was a good decision to stay in bed for that extra hour because it looks like your body needed the rest. Take good care of yourself and keep on paying attention to what your body needs. Hope you feel back to 100% ASAP!

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PILLOWFOOL 4/13/2010 8:10AM

    hope you're feeling better and can fend off this cold!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/12/2010 2:58PM

    Always good to fine tune! And yeah, if you think you're getting sick, *definitely* get more sleep! I hope you miss it!

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CFMOSS 4/12/2010 2:08PM

    My daughter lectures me on making sure to have a rest day - so I'll pass on the same lecture. Make sure to give your body a rest day now and again. You're doing great. Keep up the good work.

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Toot, toot!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I'm going to toot my own horn for a minute. Because it's been a stressful couple of days. An old man hit on me at the bar the other night. Granted, he was a little creepy, but it's still nice to be hit on. (my ring is getting cleaned.)
Last night, my honey asked me "when you went to TJ Maxx the other night, what were you wearing?" huh? "I was wearing my gym clothes." I had some time to kill before my class, so I went to look for a basket. I saw one of honey's friends/co-workers. Honey asked him "how did she look?" and he got a thumbs up. Yahoo!

This morning I went for a great run with my gym buddy. Went to breakfast afterward and had some super pancakes - zucchini nut and orange blueberry. Yum!
I just sent my Comprehensive Exam off to be graded. I should know in about 2 weeks if I passed it. What a big relief to have that finished!

I'm off to my mom's for the symphony tonight... A nice relaxing night. Tomorrow morning is African Dance class and a little strength training.

Off to get ready!

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ROGUE_1 4/13/2010 2:41PM

    I love this blog - it made me smile. Enjoy the spotlight (and you should probably get used to it)!!!

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LEARNING2LUVME 4/13/2010 1:40PM

    It's always so nice to be noticed. Shallow, maybe, but nice just the same. I mean, we all know it's what's on the inside that really counts, but when someone notices you, or tells you that you look good, that's a really great confidence boost.

Keep it up, you rock!!!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/12/2010 3:00PM

    Those pancakes sound yummy!

I know what you mean about the hitting on (good/bad)... but I have to warn you--actually being *married* doesn't stop people from hitting on women! (Gross thing, no?) But cuteness should never be taken for granted. ;-)

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/11/2010 1:32PM

    Toot toot! Hehe. You've been working hard, and deserve to feel proud!!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 4/10/2010 9:41PM

    Yeah for you! emoticon

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    Nice on the comment from your honey's friend. It's always nice to get them no matter who they are from.

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ONECOOKIETWO 4/10/2010 4:28PM

    I'll toot my horn for you, too! You good-lookin' thing! Congrats on the comps, and have fun at the show!

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GSDMIKE 4/10/2010 3:59PM

    As I age, I keep wondering when I'll cross the line from "some guy" to "some creepy old guy." Sherry doesn't really let me hit on anyone though, so I may be safe.

Congrats on the compliments. I got one of those at the dog club banquet, but from a dude. Apparently he thought I looked skinny in my suit. It wasn't really all that creepy, though.

Enjoy the concert.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 4/10/2010 2:53PM

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nuff said You rock

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GIGI1222 4/10/2010 2:35PM

    Sounds like you deserve the TOOT TOOT!!! What a great feeling have people notice you looking good:)

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CAMROLA 4/10/2010 2:35PM

    Yay for you! Doesn't it feel good when things start coming together. Relax and enjoy this weekend--you've EARNED it, big time!

I'm already smiling thinking of your African Dance class... emoticon

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