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Feeling good about the weekend...

Monday, April 19, 2010

I made some pretty good nutrition choices this weekend, some not-so-good ones (i.e. too much good wine), but overall I feel good about these past two days.
On Saturday I got a ton of work done for my classes - my goal this week is to have everything done by Friday so I don't have to spend this weekend scrambling around to get work completed. I'd like to go out and buy a bike rack on Saturday, so I don't need to be thinking about a paper that's due.

Last night honey made some lamb and asparagus on the grill, and I made some parsnip puree. YUM. The parsnips were delicious and sweet, and the texture was wonderful. mmm! Honey made a wonderful pear-almond cake for dessert; I made the sour cream topping. (The pear recipe and the parsnip recipe are from Gordon Ramsay's book Kitchen Heaven.)

Today should be a relatively easy day at work; this is probably the last day that I will have to work on grad work at school. I feel slightly guilty for using my time at school to write this paper, but it will ultimately make me a better teacher. After school is my running group. I LOVE going to this. Running with a group pushes me like I can't push myself.

Today I will:
drink at least 4 Siggs of water (I think I'm dehydrated from the weekend)
make sure my paper is organized and has all citations and references
give someone a compliment

Have a super day!

  
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JWENZEL723 4/20/2010 10:58AM

    sounds like a good monday! how often does your running group meet and how far do you run?

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EATNBOOGERS 4/20/2010 12:09AM

    It all sounds good (except the lamb, but I'm a vegetarian). I'll have to check out parsnip puree...

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PSHANKEY 4/19/2010 11:40PM

    Cake sounds great. Glad you're making progress on your school plan!

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GROOVYCHICK9 4/19/2010 12:36PM

    I am hungry too. Your dinner sounded wonderful. Enjoy the beautiful weather.

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CAMROLA 4/19/2010 12:01PM

    OK, last night's dinner is making me hungry!

Sounds like you had a great weekend and are ready to kick it another week!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/19/2010 9:13AM

    Sounds like a gourmet meal, nice!

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LALAFLOWERS 4/19/2010 9:09AM

    Enjoy! Sounds like you have a great day planned!! Enjoy your classes!!

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PINKCOCONUT 4/19/2010 8:07AM

    Have an awesome day my friend!!!!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 4/19/2010 7:24AM

    Have you taken your new bike out for a spin yet?

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The mid-April homestretch

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Today my plan was to work like crazy on my final paper for a class. I got SO much done. I found my articles, I wrote about 5 pages of my rough draft, and I have a great handle on what my paper is about. I'm feeling good and I'm going to be ready to submit it for my Wednesday deadline.
Went for a run this morning - about 2.5 miles. Weather was just perfect. The rain and wind held off and the sun came out. Yippee! My running buddy is in the same group, so we went to breakfast after our run. Carrot spice pancakes were the special today, and they were delicious.
I came to a realization this morning - I don't really like to dance. I was thinking about the dance classes at the gym, and I thought "you know, I don't particularly enjoy them." I'm not a good dancer, and I get frustrated when I can't do the steps. Also, I don't feel like they are helping me reach my goal of having ripped arms. Sigh... I guess we can't like everything. But at least I am trying them. I think it's important to try new things before making a decision on whether or not I enjoy it. I think I'll spend the rest of tonight revamping my workout schedule for the week; less dancing, more biking and swimming. The triathlon challenge at the gym is still going on and I really need to get in some more miles on my bike and laps in the pool.

I know that everyone out there has really great April goals. It's been a crazy month for me, and I just want to say thank you to you all for your support and for making such good goals. Seeing how everyone is meeting their goals is keeping me from getting *too* derailed.

Good thing about today - I busted out 11 man pushups for my honey. He looked totally impressed.

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ROGUE_1 4/18/2010 4:38PM

    Bravo on the 11 pushups!!!! WOOHOO you're sooo on your way to ripped arms!

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So I read in your previous blog that you got a new bike! What a fun way to get your fitness in. Have you taken your new wheels for a spin??

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EATNBOOGERS 4/18/2010 3:46PM

    I don't particularly like dance exercise classes, either. I like to dance, but I'm not a "good" dancer (ie, it takes work, concentration, etc.). I'd love to take a swing dancing class with my dh, but for me, that would be more about time together having fun and focused concentration on actually learning the steps. Don't feel bad--there's something out there for everyone!

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ANEWHEALTHYLIFE 4/18/2010 12:29PM

    Awesome job on the pushups! I can only do 6! You are a wonderful inspiration :)

And dancing in a class isn't for everyone. :) Gain your dancing confidence by just dancing at home in your kitchen, while doing chores...etc.
It's still a workout and you can laugh, let go, and just have fun while no one is watching. You have a wonderful spirit: and therefore you have the ability to be a wonderful dancer!

Keep shinning, smiling, and reaching for those goals!

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TMAC10 4/18/2010 12:21PM

    i'm glad you've figured out what you don't like! so often we do things because we feel its the "right" thing to do but i think its a great thing to listen to our body.

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LEARNING2LUVME 4/17/2010 8:11PM

    A 2.5 mile run is awesome. I can't wait to be able to do that. I did .75 on Thursday without stopping, and that's a new record for me.

When I read that you did 11 man pushups I had to see how many I could do and I got to 8 before my arms were shaking and I thought I was going to fall on my face. lol.

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NANC304 4/17/2010 7:02PM

    11 man pushups is great! I can barely do 15 girly ones! Your arms must be in better shape than you think! I wouldn't like the dance classes either. I'm not coordinated enough for that. Find what you like and do that. You'll be more likely to stick with it if you like what you're doing.

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/17/2010 6:16PM

    Nice job on the paper, and I'm jealous of your weather - I got rained on when I went out for a walk, blah. And it's in the low 40s too. Great job on those pushups - I wish I could do that many!! And no harm in figuring out what exercise you do and do not like - you gotta be true to you! :)

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Finally!!!

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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ANEWHEALTHYLIFE 4/17/2010 2:40PM

    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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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

    TGIF!!!

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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KATZABELLAMAMA 4/16/2010 7:23AM

    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.

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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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Responsibility

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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KATZABELLAMAMA 4/13/2010 9:56PM

    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.

Alice

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