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Day 2 of Freedom

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I stayed up late last night to watch Food, Inc. Very interesting. I told my honey last night when he came home "I think I want to spend a little more money for the chicken part of our co-op." Hm.

I am headed out for a swim again this morning. I just feel like I have so much more energy now that I don't have assignments nagging at me. Yesterday afternoon I even got to stop and take a leisurely look around the library! I am going to catch up on some books that are NOT about education (well, I got *one* that's about education, but I'm really interested in it. I guess that means I picked the right profession!). I'll keep you posted on the books and the lessons I've learned from them.
I did every single thing on my to-do list from yesterday. Yahoo! I think calling my daily list "to-do" instead of "goals" works better for me. I personally see goals as things like "be able to do a dozen push-ups at the end of the month." That's just me, though.

Tonight is stretch class and Pilates. I did some super strength training last night, so the stretch class will do me good. This month has been light on Pilates at the gym - they are doing a bunch of dance classes - so I'm looking forward to tonight.
Today's To-dos:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Pack lunch for Friday
Choose outfit for Friday
Clean up school books
Take time to read (for fun!)

Off to finish my coffee, pack some clothes for this evening and head out for a swim. It's going to be an easy swim today, just something to get my blood flowing.

Have a super day!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 4/23/2010 1:52AM

    I found Food Inc. really intriguing (interesting? good probably isn't the right word...) too. A large part of the reason I have an 800 sq. ft. garden is to be able to really enjoy what I am eating - it means a lot more when you personally have taken the time to plant the seed, water, weed, and witness the growth and "bearing of fruit" of your own food. I also would LOVE to have chickens (some people up the street do, right in their backyard - no anti-poultry ordinances in our town), tiny little banty hens with fluffy feathers on their legs (they look like they are wearing pantaloons) that lay little blue and brown speckled eggs....can you tell I am the daughter of a farm-girl? - but only for the eggs...Although I have witnessed the killing of chickens and participated in the feather plucking on my cousin's farm, I don't think I am ready to kill my own birds. Heck, I cried just sticking a needle into my cat. But I digress.

It's your day, your time, your freedom, your success! Yay!!!! Enjoy it, because you definitely earned it.

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EATNBOOGERS 4/22/2010 8:23PM

    I want to hear about bike rides! :-)

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CFMOSS 4/22/2010 7:05AM

    Good job!!! Have a great dy and I too look forward to seeing how your life moves forward.. Wonderful and scary.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 4/22/2010 6:59AM

    Enjoy your freedom, I can't wait to read how you choose to focus your energy.

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The end of the road...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

When this afternoon is over, I will be done with my masters classes. Totally done. No more papers, no more lectures, no more tests. Done. I am SO excited. I think the best part will be no more nagging thoughts - "I really should work on my paper..."

And hopefully my "blah" blogs and my "blah" attitude will disappear, too.
So my new "me" project is going to be an action plan. An action plan to get me back on the weight-loss trail, not just on maintenance. I am amazed and thankful that I haven't gained any weight during these stressful couple of weeks! But there is work to do. There are muscles to grow, biking to do, and running miles to fit in. The action plan will include all of this and more. Maybe some trips to look at some art, maybe some time to work on my San Francisco scrapbook (I went on the trip last summer!). Time to get back to playing my piano - I love the way it feels to play the piano.
I have some great book suggestions (thank you!), so I'll be making a trip to the library soon. I have read some wonderful new ideas of ways to spend my free time (thank you!) and I might even try some new things.

Today's to-do:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Pack Thursday's lunch
Pick clothes for Thursday
Vacuum downstairs
Get a 15 minute run and some strength training done this evening

Have a super day! emoticon

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EATNBOOGERS 4/21/2010 11:04PM

    Woo hoo! Congrats!

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ROGUE_1 4/21/2010 9:29PM

    CONGRATS on being DONE! That is sooo exciting, I can't wait to be able to say that myself. Well, FIRST I must take and pass the GMAT exam to get into business school :) I'm itching to go back to school so bad, I can't believe I MISS it!

You're going to kick butt with your new action plan and hopefully your blah days will turn into better days!

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CAMROLA 4/21/2010 4:18PM

    So much work you put in -- and you DID IT! So psyched for you. I remember what a good feeling that was. Time to celebrate!!!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 4/21/2010 12:28PM

    That's really fantastic, Carrie! I remember taking my master's thesis to the library for binding - the last step in a 4 year process - it felt so surreal, and everything seemed brighter, lighter, more in focus....It was an extraordinary feeling. So you enjoy it! You really earned it!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/21/2010 7:41AM

    What an amazing feeling that must be!! Congratulations on finishing your Masters.

If you get a chance, please let us know about the books you read - I'm always on the hunt for good new books!

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CFMOSS 4/21/2010 7:40AM

    A great milestone - celebrate!

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PINKCOCONUT 4/21/2010 7:33AM

    YEAH!!!! A few more hours to FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!

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    Woohoo!! School is tiring especially at this time of year. Sounds like you have a great things planned to fill in your time.

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SUNNY2DAY2 4/21/2010 7:04AM

    emoticonenjoy your extra deserve it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGITALL4ME 4/21/2010 6:58AM

    Congrats! You deserve a break after all the hard work you have done. Enjoy your extra time!

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LEARNING2LUVME 4/21/2010 6:28AM

    Congrats, that must be a HUGE relief for you!!!

Hoping your "blah" attitude disappears when everything is over. I know I had a very blah day yesterday and I'm praying today is better.

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    Congratulations! You've been working so hard!!! Enjoy...

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Today was one of those days. I came home from work yesterday not feeling so good. It was that feeling like a cold was coming on; achy body, stuffy nose, sore throat... Stayed home from running club and took a sick day today. Slept for hours today, and I guess I feel a little better.
I honestly don't know if it was a day off I needed or if I should have made myself go running last night - maybe it was some exercise I needed.

I have been SO stressed about getting my school work done; I have a big paper due tomorrow night, and I had three more assignments due this week. And I really want to do well with these last two classes. So I worked hard on my papers today, submitted three of them... tonight I have a quick question to ask my prof at chat time before I submit my final paper. And then I'm done. Not just done with these two classes, but with my master's classes. As soon as I get the results from my comprehensive exams, I will know if I have earned my degree. It's going to be a little strange being totally done with school... it's been such a part of my life!
So I have to work on thinking of activities I can do in the evenings since I don't have schoolwork to do anymore. i would LOVE suggestions. On Saturday I am going to buy a bike rack for my car and a helmet, and I plan on getting out on the bike pretty often. I can spend more time working out at the gym, I can get some swim laps in, and who knows what else. But I definitely need to take some selfish ME time after this week.

Off to get my sweet potato out of the oven...

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TMAC10 4/21/2010 5:22AM

    I am so excited for you to be done with your masters! it is an amazing feeling but it does take some time to adjust not being in school! there are some times now where i still feel guilty when im lounging around because i'm wondering if there is some unwritten paper somewhere i need to write!

with getting sick....are you taking enough vitamins? it seems like every since i've started taking my fish oil, mag-cal, and multi i haven't been sick. if i do start to feel the little bit sick i will either take echinacea or emergen-c to give myself a boost.

hope you're feeling better today!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 4/20/2010 10:25PM

    Stress has a funny way of showing it. You deserve some selfish YOU time, you've been working really hard these past few weeks.

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GROOVYCHICK9 4/20/2010 10:16PM

    You go girl. I am sure you will find something to do with your time. Just enjoy it for a while. I did and then I had kids and am now thinking about going back for my masters. Not sure what to get it in. You deserve some time to rejoice in what you have accomplished both professionally and personally. Celebrate!!!!!!!

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ONECOOKIETWO 4/20/2010 9:04PM

    Wow Carrie! This is the final push all right. And it is nothing compared to what you have already gone through. You will prevail, and then you'll get good news about the comps, and then...

I just wonder what you'll do next.

But as any great athlete will tell anyone: "I don't focus on what will happen after this game. I don't worry about the next games. I am just going to concentrate on winning this one."

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CASSIOEPIA 4/20/2010 8:16PM

    Awesome Carrie - that will feel so sweet to be done!

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GSDMIKE 4/20/2010 7:31PM

    I'd say take up the guitar or piano, but being a music teacher you probably already play. Maybe take up the tuba, it could be considered strength training too!

Congrats on finishing your Masters program. I've done the night school + full-time job thing before and I know how much of a commitment that is. Great job.

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EATNBOOGERS 4/20/2010 7:12PM

    Biking, gardening, reading, anything your house needs to be able to be sold, knitting, book group, running/walking/hiking group, volunteering, sewing, dance classes.... these are all things *I* would do in your shoes. ;-)

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JOPAPGH 4/20/2010 6:51PM

    Wow, no school at all! That will be an adjustment.

Exercise is good, and curling up with a book you want to read, not have to read. A movie with the sweetie is always nice. And there is always SparkPeople...

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MAIA2011 4/20/2010 6:35PM

    I gained 80 pounds over the last five years of school. I was also commuting an hour or more each way. Therefore, I am very impressed that you are managing school and losing weight, also. Keep up the good work!


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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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    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!


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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    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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