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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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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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