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Friday, May 21, 2010

One of the most interesting things that's happened since I've been doing more fun outdoor stuff after school is that Friday, while still a wonderful day, does not have the same feeling as it once did. I used to think "OMG I can do just what I want to - it's the weekend!" But since I discovered a love for biking and running on the Rails to Trails trails, *every* night can be filled with something I like to do. It doesn't get dark very early, so I have lots of time to get some good biking/running in.
Last night I met some colleagues for coffee (I had iced tea) after school; it was almost 5:30 when we left. A few weeks ago, I would have thought "oh, this night is shot. I am just going home." But since I had my bike in the car already, I came up with Plan B. Driving just over 30 minutes to get to a trail wouldn't work, but going up to the local state park and doing a few laps around the top of the mountain *would*. So off I went. And even though I only did a little more than 20 minutes, it was still better than doing 0 minutes. I'm packing my bike again today and my running shoes in case I feel like heading out after school today (which I think I will - it's going to be a beautiful afternoon!).

Today's positives (and it's only 7:30!)
- I went swimming. This is two days in a row! I feel so good.
- My lunch is packed. I'm getting good at using what we have in the house.
- I am drinking a big glass of water. I'm working really hard on getting more water in every day.
- My workout stuff is in a basket in my car - I put my biking gloves, weight gloves, a headband, and stopwatch in there so I have them ready in case the mood strikes me.

Today I will:
Drink lots and lots of water.
Do something outside after school.
Eat a healthy dinner.
Give someone a compliment.


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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/21/2010 9:35AM

    You have made smart choices here, and I commend you for it.

You are not making excuses. WOW Keep it up emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEARNING2LUVME 5/21/2010 9:35AM

    I love that you put down giving someone a compliment as a goal for today. That's awesome!

Have a fabulous weekend!!!

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KARVY09 5/21/2010 9:25AM

    I LOVE swimming in the morning. It really gets you all ready for the day, doesn't it?

Looks like you are definitely finding opportunities to get exercise in!

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The girl who cried wolf.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

This is how I feel today. "I'm going to run tonight." "I'm going to do some ST tonight." Well, for the last three days none of this happened. I got really lazy. I often think "just suck it up and do it," but I just couldn't. Last night I crashed on the couch at 6:00, woke up at almost 11:00, went up to bed, and slept until 5:15 this morning. Today, though, I feel much better than I did yesterday.

So because I was up so early today, I thought, "Carrie, you MUST do something at the gym this morning. You are awake and ready to go. No excuses." So the swim suit went on. I had some coffee and a banana, then headed off to do a 20 minute morning swim. WHY oh WHY can I never seem to remember how good it feels to get a workout in first thing in the morning??? Even a 20 minute swim felt SO good. During the winter I was regularly going to the gym in the morning and I had tons of energy. I didn't feel guilty if I didn't make it back in the evening. Bleh.

I smell a challenge brewing... for the rest of May, I will make it to the gym before school three days out of five. Even if it's a short swim or a simple one mile run, I will make it there. It will not kill me. In fact, in the long run, it will probably make me live even longer.

Today I will:
Drink more than 4 Siggs full of water.
Clean up the dining room table.
Stick to the eating plan. (yesterday was full of cranberry bread, an entire bag of chips, and chocolate mousse. Bleh. Tummy is not happy today.)

Positive things *already* this morning:
I sucked it up and packed a lunch. I thought about just stopping at the grocery store on the way to school, but there is plenty of food here and I don't need to be spending extra money on lunch.

I got on the scale at the gym for a mid-month checkup, and it was good. My "official" weigh-in will be at the end of the month, but I wanted to check my progress. This gives me new inspiration to do this 3-day-a-week-morning-gym challenge until the end of the month.

The weather is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!

This afternoon is a bike ride - temp is supposed to be around 80 degrees. I LOVE warm weather. Yahooooooo!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/20/2010 11:20PM

    I'm a morning girl too! It sets me up for the whole day. Good luck with the new streak, I knew you'd get another one going.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/20/2010 6:45PM

    I feel like that too so I try to write it in my status what I am doing for the day so I can't back out from it.

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COOPSM 5/20/2010 8:14AM

    Carrie----way to pick up and move on..I love my early morning for the rest of the day....keep up the great work!!

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FIDGIEGIRL 5/20/2010 8:04AM

    Yes, you are doing well to comment on the positives - it's easy to let those negatives defeat us. You have come back from your little slump and you'll move ahead!!

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CFMOSS 5/20/2010 7:53AM

    Here's to a wonderful day with a wonderful start already. You are doing great. This healthy journey is as much about mind stuff as it is about physical. Keep up the good work. Beautiful here this morning too but chilly - supposed to warm up.

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FITKAT2010 5/20/2010 7:50AM

    Reinforcing the positive aspect of exercise isn't our motivators. If that motivated us we would never stop.

What motivates us is the fear, pain, guilt, that starts us to change our life. Laziness is a sign you got fearful of change. The motivators that got you started must be recognized and kept burning in you to overcome the fear of change.


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WIGIME 5/20/2010 7:48AM

    We all stumble at times, it sounds like you have a plan for sticking to it better. Having the desire to reach your goals helps tremendously!

And YES I love the warm weather too!


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I did it!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I successfully gave up baked goods and candy for 10 days. I'm going to continue this for another 10 days - this time, though, "baked goods" is changing to "pre-packaged baked goods." This way, if I feel like making a cookie, I can eat it. I also added "no swearing" for 10 days. I don't swear a lot, but it will be a good challenge anyway.

I did not go to First Strides last night. I am still wary about running two days in a row with no rest in between - I don't want my IT band to start acting up again at the start of race season. So tonight I MUST get to the gym (it's going to rain tonight) and do a short TM run and some strength training. I recently read a blog (thanks ONECOOKIE!) about the end of the school year coming up. And I know it sounds like I'm trying to weasel my way out of working out, but the end of the school year is tough. The kids are rammy, the teachers are rammy, and it's draining at the end of the day. Yesterday I came home absolutely exhausted. I know that I probably *should* have worked out, but I just couldn't bear the thought. So after the school year is up, it's time to really kick my workouts into gear.

I want to plug a 10 pound loss by September into Spark and see what kind of calorie counts I get, nutrition-wise and fitness-wise. I'd like to invest in a food scale; I think some of my portion sizes have been slowly and steadily increasing. I think a food scale will be my swear-free streak reward.

Today I will:
Call for that oil change (I got really busy at work yesterday and didn't have time)
Drink more than 4 SIggs full of water (One right now, one on the way to school, at least one *at* school, one on the way to the mall, one at the gym... should be no problem!)
Go to the gym for some strength training
Give someone a compliment

Have a super day!

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PSHANKEY 5/19/2010 9:05AM

    I like your thinking. One question...why wait on the scale? Why make it a reward? Isn't it something you "need" to make progress? I'm all for buying it now!

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GRAMMYEAC 5/18/2010 4:04PM

    Great job! And a great extension to your challenge! With the homemade baked goods, you can cater to healthier recipes and know that you're getting some good nutrition!

Yes, the end of the school year gets pretty wild! Kids are excited to be getting out; staff are wanting to get those last lessons completed. Not a great mix!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/18/2010 9:42AM


feels great to meet a goal

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KARVY09 5/18/2010 8:55AM

    Congrats! You did great!

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TMAC10 5/18/2010 7:23AM

    i love this plan! the no pre-packaged baked goods is a great 10 day challenge. i've been really focused on my clean eating and am seeing some great progress!

so glad you liked the food scale idea....i just have a hard time with portions of things like chicken or tuna so i thought it'd be a great idea. i may switch up some of my weight goal rewards to fit it in...

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KAHOELZL 5/18/2010 7:16AM

    Sounds like a good plan!

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T-minus 18 days

Monday, May 17, 2010

Forget Spring Fever, I have Summer Fever!
The second grade musical is finished, the art show is done... I'm ready for summer.
I love my job, I really really do. I am lucky to be working where I am and lucky to have such a great position. But this year has been rough. There are so many odd behavior problems and it's just been a struggle all year to get the needed support for the kids and teachers who need it.

Yesterday's race really re-ignited my running flame. I was enjoying my group runs and the runs with my buddy, but I forgot how much I love to run 5Ks. I know that I will never ever win and probably never place, but I will always have fun. Just being around all those people! And I am feeling more competitive with myself. I have a goal for this summer - to break a 30:00 5K. I am confident that I can shave a minute off my time by the end of the summer. I'm training much more smartly than I did last year - doing intervals and hills and long runs...
My next race is on Memorial Day. I ran it last year and I'm looking forward to seeing my progress since then.

Today is the last day of my No Baked Goods/Candy Challenge. I think one thing is really helping me along - I look at the calories in cookies and candy and can't even believe it. I'm looking at it in a whole new light. 120 calories for ONE cookie??? No thanks, I'd rather have some yogurt with honey and oats. 650 calories for a big piece of coconut cake??? No thanks, I'd rather fit in my pants and have some delicious chocolate sorbet.

Need to get back on track with the to-dos... I've been getting lazy with housework. I took a much-needed Lazy Day yesterday after my race and hung out on the couch all day. I think I successfully avoided a cold by sleeping a ton yesterday.

Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs full of water
Clean up the paper and the books around the downstairs
Call for an oil change and inspection
Have a fun run tonight and take it at a smart pace to recover from yesterday's race


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GSDMIKE 5/17/2010 9:49AM

    Great to have the sub-30 goal. It's such a nice round number to shoot for. I remember how good it felt to get into the 29s. You might want to extend your goal to the fall though. I hope you can break it this summer, but temperatures are going to be going higher, which means you'll be fighting mother nature until things start cooling off.

I've got a sub-27 goal right now, and if I don't get it on Memorial Day, I'm assuming it will likely have to wait for the fall.

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Run for the Red - and Run for the...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

PR!!!!! Yahoooooo!!!!! The clock time was 31:10; I'm still waiting to see what my chip time was. Last year my time was 31:35! I am SOOOOO excited.

It was a beautiful day for a run. Clear, a good temperature, not too hot at the gun (which, by the way, went off before half of us were even at the starting line. I'm eagerly awaiting my chip time).
I took off - the goal was to go at a steady pace. I'm learning what pace is too fast for me, and what pace is good for me to keep. So I'm running and feeling great - knee is feeling AWESOME. Tum was a little funny - I stopped for a muffin and some coffee on the way up from my mom's house. But I got over it. Didn't get much sleep (symphony was late), but my adrenaline took care of that until I got home and crashed on the couch. Today I took two naps already.
I got back to the stadium (we took a lap around the track to get to the finish) and I looked at my watch - saw that I was going to get a PR (wahoo!) and pushed until the end. I actually looked at the clock - 31:10. I can't wait to see what my chip time was - my friend and I couldn't find the start line (it wasn't very well marked or advertised) so we spent a little time actually getting *to* the start line. Oh well.
It was my friend's first run and she gave me this beautiful card and a runner girl pin. Love it!!!

So my goal for this racing year is to break 30:00. I just *know* I can do it if I keep up my training. I am SO excited to have a happy knee. My next race is on Memorial Day. Last year I didn't train enough for it; this year I am totally going to be prepared for it.

Today I will:
hang out on the couch a lot.

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GROOVYCHICK9 5/16/2010 10:39PM

    Yahooo! You should be proud of your PR. You sound so excited in your blog. Congrats.


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    WOO-HOO!!! Great race, Carrie! Congrats on a new PR!

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GSDMIKE 5/16/2010 5:06PM

    Congrats. Enjoy your well-earned couch!

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CAMROLA 5/16/2010 5:00PM

    That's awesome--congrats! Doesn't it feel good?


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