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Weekly fitness goal - DONE!

Friday, May 28, 2010

This week's goal was to get to the gym three times *before* school. I made it four times. Yahoo! I have two more weeks of this challenge - and then school is out. Hooray!

The no candy streak started and ended today. I had a 3 Musketeers bar. I don't really even know why... it didn't taste good, and I didn't even have a bad day that I could blame the candy bar on. Weird - I haven't had candy in a really long time. Bleh.

Picked up my CSA veggies this afternoon. Spinach, lettuce, rhubarb, asparagus, garlic vinegar, oregano... and I bought some Alaskan salmon, eggs, and a chicken-veggie pastie. I wanted to try the pastie for an easy dinner. I don't think I'll be getting one again. It was alright, but I think I would have enjoyed a bean burger a bit better. Lesson learned. I wouldn't have known if I wouldn't have tried it.

Laundry is in, dishwasher is going, and the decaf tastes delish. I'll do just a little more cleaning up before I retire to the couch.

"wow Carrie, that sure was a random blog."

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GSDMIKE 5/28/2010 11:06PM

    All for one and one for all!

We did CSA a few years back, then I started my own garden. Seriously considering going back to CSA this year, since it's Memorial Day weekend and I haven't even touched my shovel yet.

Have a great weekend. Nice job on the gym streak.

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    I need to start mapping out some goals for the summer, need some motivation again, and you are helping.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/28/2010 8:14PM

    I can't wait to hear what you do with the rhubarb. I have only had it in pie.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/28/2010 7:26PM

    "wow Carrie, that sure was a random blog."

Oh, and great job on the cardio in the mornings - you are doing fantastic!

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I was just outside weeding the garden, and this is what came out from under a rock:

It wasn't really big, but it sure made me jump!

I went to yoga tonight, and boy, did I need it. This morning, my contact ripped. Tried to get a hold of honey, couldn't reach him. Drove home at lunch, honey was home. Turned out his phone "didn't work." The jury is out on that one... so anyway, I was in a foul foul foul mood. I was SOOOO mad at honey for not answering his phone, but I didn't have time to fight about it. I had to get back to school. Got through the rest of the day. Vented to one of the first grade teachers and just lost it. I haven't cried like that in a while. I couldn't help it. When honey didn't answer his phone, I felt really let down. Sort of like I couldn't count on him to help me out when I needed help. I knew he was home - he doesn't go into the restaurant until the afternoon. I was just so upset that he didn't answer his phone.
One of the parts of my vent to my colleague was that our family is over an hour away, which isn't too far, but it's far enough that I can't call any of them to run over to our house and get my contacts or glasses. I count on my honey to be my nearby family, so when I can't get a hold of him, it's very frustrating.
He will get home late tonight, but I definitely need to talk to him about what happened today. Bleh.
So I was SOOOO mad during the afternoon, but I still went to yoga. I got to think about what happened and put it all in perspective. I managed to get home and get my contacts, and the day went on. My principal is totally understanding and told me that I shouldn't rush; she'd find someone to cover my class for a bit until I got back (if need be). At the time, though, I was so upset because I have really horrible eyes, and having only one contact in gave me a huge headache, not to mention it was really difficult to teach. AND, the contact was brand new. I just put it in this morning. So there's another thing that ticked me off. A little time was just what I needed to really think about what happened and figure out exactly *what* I was mad about. Yoga is a wonderful thing.

But the phone thing. We don't have a land line, we both have cell phones so we don't really need one. But I still think that honey needs to have his phone on and ready when he is home and available. It's one thing not to answer it in the car or while at work, but it's another thing to be sitting at home on the computer with the phone off (not working? battery dead? hm...).

Tonight will be an early night. Tomorrow morning I have to get up at 4:30 to go meet a friend - we're going to NYC with some of her middle school music students. I'm super excited - a personal day is just what I need after these crappy two days. Yesterday was just as bad - I forgot my lunch, I got pulled to cover a class, and the interstate was backed up when it was time to go home. At least I got my morning swims in!

Bleh - I'm taking a hot bath tonight, drinking a lot of water before bed, and packing my bag for tomorrow. I have some bananas and Kashi bars for snacks.

Since this was a mostly downer blog, here are some good things to end with.
- I hopped on the scale tonight (just to check) and it's still moving in the right direction. Official weigh-in day is at the end of the month, so I'll adjust the tracker then.
- I discovered that I have some really good friends at work. It's nice to know that I can vent to them and they will listen. Sometimes I feel as if what I have to say isn't that important, and it's hard for me to share my feelings with people.
- Yoga was WONDERFUL!!!!!!
- The traffic on the way home this afternoon (to get my contacts) was clear and I made the trip quickly.
- I have a tub in which I can soak.


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    You deserve a day away. I wouldn't head for the city-I'm a country girl. send me where there are NO people!!
Enjoy your time and great job on cooling off and putting things into perspective.

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CFMOSS 5/26/2010 10:12AM

    You've gotten lots of hugs and support - here's a little more. Have a great day today.

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PSHANKEY 5/26/2010 9:30AM

    Here's to a better day!

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PSHANKEY 5/26/2010 9:30AM

    Here's to a better day!

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KARVY09 5/26/2010 8:33AM

    Hope your bath made you feel better and that today is a much better day!

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LALAFLOWERS 5/26/2010 6:53AM

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I've had the same frustrations. And I ended up getting Vonage at home to be able to always have a connection to the house... So, Yes, I do understand.

Take a deep breath... school is almost over!

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PILLOWFOOL 5/26/2010 5:19AM

    awww {hugs!} hope your week turns around soon!

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ROGUE_1 5/26/2010 3:12AM

    Awwww hope tomorrow is MUCH better than today!

I can completely understand your frustration about the phone situation, especially with your fam being an hour away. We don't have a landline either, so having the cell's on and working are a must!

I love that you ended with postiive things Carrie, it just goes to show that you're a glass if half full kinda gal and your "good things" list is a reminder to me to make my own "good things" list when things aren't going so well.

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COOPSM 5/25/2010 8:19PM

    Carrie---I hate when I can not contact hubby..why have the darn phone then?? Sorry that you had such a downer day....looks like a great day planned for tomorrow...ENJOY!!!

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MIAMIA7 5/25/2010 8:18PM

    Aw Carrie..sometimes ya just gotta let those kind of days go. Hate those crappy ones! But there was some good in it too! I will quote my very missed mom and say "It could be worse!" But sometimes it just doesn't feel like that at the time. Enjoy your soak in the tub...perhaps with a little wine????

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RUNNINGWILD 5/25/2010 8:10PM

    Wowzers... I'm glad yoga was awesome and the rest of the day was good. I hope you enjoyed your soak in tub.

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TMAC10 5/25/2010 8:02PM

    im sorry you had such a bad day :( sometimes they just sneak up on us but im glad that yoga helped you out! i really need to get back into it!! cheer up!

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PJGABRIEL 5/25/2010 7:53PM

    Have a nice soak and relax. Sounds like you could really use a day to relax. Enjoy!

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Buca da Blah

Monday, May 24, 2010

Yesterday honey and I went to visit his parents. His mom wanted to take us out to eat, which is fine. I was all ready to make some good menu choices, but we went to Buca da Beppo which, if you've never been there, serves gigantic family-size portions of food. His parents really like the baked pasta dish, so we got that. HOLY CHEESE. My tummy is SO not happy with me today. The salad had a ton of (tasty) dressing on it - his mom says "at least the salad is really healthy." Um, not so much. Tons of oil, pepperoni... oh well.
The good part was that honey and I both resisted dessert, and I LOVE tiramisu. But we only have a week, and then he's going to make a really delicious dessert for us to eat on Sunday.

This morning I went swimming. I thought about hopping on the scale, but with all the cheese and saltiness from yesterday... not such a good plan. So I'll wait until the end of the month (which was the plan *anyway*) when I've had lots of water, no sweets, and consistent exercise.

Today I will:
Drink a ton of water (goodbye, sodium!)
Give my running 110% tonight. I haven't run since my 5K last Sunday (yikes) and I have another one coming up on Memorial Day. I MUST push myself a bit.
Pack my gym clothes for tomorrow. Power yoga is tomorrow night and I totally miss taking yoga classes.
Eat light to make up from yesterday. My lunch is a strawberry salad and low-fat plain yogurt with honey and oats. Lots of water and fruit/veggies today.

There are no more full weeks of school for me! I have a personal day on Wednesday to go into NYC to see a show... Yippee!


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ROGUE_1 5/26/2010 3:03AM

    Oh my goodness, I know EXACTLY what you're talking about! HUGE portions, family style, pasta galor and everything topped with cheeeeese. I commend you for staying away from the tiramisu! It's interesting to me that people often think that just because they're eating a salad they think it's healthy, despite it being topped with tons of cheese, rich dressings, croutons, pepperoni, etc. I used to be like that...thank god I've found the error of my ways!

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    You go girl ...

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    YEAH! Good job on not beating yourself up.

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CFMOSS 5/24/2010 8:12AM

    You make me smile and laugh; I know that doesn't sound good, but your struggles help me keep my struggles in perspective. Last night my daughter made pizza like she learned to make it in Rome, fortunately very thick crust but I'm not sure about the amount we ate (lol) oh and have i mentioned the joys of limoncello.....have a great day.

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COOPSM 5/24/2010 8:03AM

    Carrie---sounds like a great recovery plan from yesterday...enjoy that run tonight, can't wait to hear about it..

What show are you going to see???

Have a happy day!!!!

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MAIA2011 5/24/2010 7:40AM

    Good job keeping everything in perspective! Enjoy your run!

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A rainy Sunday...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A rainy Sunday = a blah blog.

Did I meet yesterday's goals?
Water - YES
Water at breakfast - YES
house into shape - YES
time to read - well, I took a two hour nap and watched a movie - I count those two things as some good "Me Time."

Honey and I are going on a week-long No Sweet Challenge. I tried the No Prepackaged Baked Goods/Candy Challenge, but this just means I ate a ton of homemade cookies. For me, doing an all or nothing sweet challenge just seems to work best.

This week is also the first full week of the Get To The Gym Three Days Before School Challenge. I felt so good all day on Thursday and Friday since I'd gone to the gym in the morning; swimming is perfect for the morning because 20 minutes is a perfect time to get the heart going and still have enough time at home to enjoy my coffee and pack my lunch for the day.

This afternoon is a visit with the Future-In-Laws. We haven't seen his parents since January. They have been on an around-the-world cruise. Can't wait to see pictures and hear about their trip! We're going out to eat, which could turn out to be a good thing. I can be in charge of my own food and don't have to eat unhealthy foods that his mom might make (not like they're *really* unhealthy, but scalloped potatoes and giant steaks aren't exactly my first choice). This also means that I can avoid sweets after dinner; no pressure to eat dessert. Phew!

Had a great time at my friend's bridal shower yesterday, but ate WAY too many cookies. They were so good! After I stuffed my face with cookies, I realized that I felt horrible. If I would have just slowed down and asked myself if I was actually hungry for a cookie, I would not have eaten that many. It's amazing to think I used to eat like that all the time. A little self-awareness goes a long way.

Today I will:
Drink a ton of water (I already had two big glasses - yahoo!)
Eat consciously. Ask myself if I'm really hungry before I eat.
Clean up little stuff around the house instead of putting it in piles to clean up "later."


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TMAC10 5/24/2010 6:09AM

    getting exercise in the morning always makes me feel great although with my work schedule i'd have to get up at 3am! :) i totally understand about the bridal shower goodies! my friend had her bridal shower and bachlorette party this weekend and it was a downhill spiral...but today is a new day/new week!

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COOPSM 5/23/2010 7:25PM

    Carrie---you are will met your the time for you that you took yesterday...nap and movie...LOVE IT!!!

I will be up running before work tomorrow, can't wait to hear about your swim...

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ONECOOKIETWO 5/23/2010 1:48PM

    Lovely goals! And they even sound realistic.

Except, that is, for getting up to work out at the gym BEFORE SCHOOL. Honey, that's early! Perhaps easily achievable for you, but that is functionally impossible for me. Love how you're planing everything out, and love that your fiance is motivated to help you!

(When's the wedding planned?)


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NURSEWHO 5/23/2010 12:24PM

    Very good goals. "Fail to plan, and you plan to fail." I don't think you're in any danger of that! Excellent!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 5/23/2010 11:01AM

    Hi from Norway!

I am waiting for my dinner to cook - if I have figured out the stove, with three odd knobs that don't seem to have much to do with temperature or burners - and just wanted to say that I know that feeling - I ate a huge cinnamon role on Thursday and felt so yucky afterwords - I could go the whole rest of my life without eating one of those again. Bleh!

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PLAYBLUES22 5/23/2010 9:22AM

    Good goals emoticon

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Feeling good at 5:00 am

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I didn't go to bed particularly early last night. In fact, it was relatively late when I got to sleep - 10:15 pm. Usually it's between 9-9:30 when I fall asleep. The birds started chirping, I didn't feel tired anymore, so I thought "it must be about 5:45ish or so." Oh no. It was 4:50am. WHAT??? I stayed in bed for a while, deciding if I should sleep a little more or just get up. I got up. Had my coffee, my pre-run toast with honey (yum!), and I'm ready to go.

I attribute my really good sleep to the hour of biking I did yesterday afternoon and the 20 minute swim I did in the morning. Yesterday's weather was just BEAUTIFUL and I just had to take advantage of it. I went back to the gorge trail I've been on a few times and had a great ride. It's very shaded with beautiful waterfalls; the trail runs along the river - the view is just amazing. I see myself making frequent trips out there over the summer for some biking lunches!

My running buddy and I are meeting at 7:30 for a run. We didn't go last week, and I'm looking forward to getting back into the Saturday morning run routine. This afternoon is a wedding shower - I LOVE shopping for shower gifts! Got some really beautiful crystal toasting glasses with a little platinum band around the top - something I'd definitely want for myself.

i MUST get some cleaning done this afternoon and tonight. The house is not a terrible mess, but it's not up to my standards. I really don't like coming home from work (or anywhere, for that matter) and seeing a mess.

Today I will:
Drink a ton of water.
Drink only water if we go to breakfast after our run.
Get the house into shape.
Take some time to read.

Hoo-ray for the weekend!


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LEARNING2LUVME 5/22/2010 8:23PM

    My babies let me sleep in this morning and didn't wake up until 5:50. (Yes, that's sleeping in at our house.)

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ROGUE_1 5/22/2010 2:38PM

    You are such a morning person, that's great! I wish I was, but noooo, I have to drag myself out of bed every single morning :)Hope you're enjoying those baby back ribs today!!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/22/2010 9:48AM

    the only time I have ever go up that early is to go to the airport, or leave in the car on a driving vacation.

Congrats to you, though

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AXISLADY 5/22/2010 7:02AM

    Your day sounds so lovely. Enjoy. emoticon

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MRLEEP23 5/22/2010 6:43AM

    Good plan! And great way to exert yourself in staying up versus going back to bed! Keep up the great work!!! emoticon

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