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My legs! Argh

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My legs are SO sore today. I don't really know why. I managed to get to the gym and do about 45 minutes of cardio. Tonight was also upper-body night. I'm actually kind of looking forward to spring and sleeveless shirts. Is that weird?
I made chili tonight. YUM. I have to check nutrition in the beef... the rest of the chili is actually really healthy. Lots of tomatoes and beans. I tried to make it meatless, but I can't deprive my fiance of everything... I'm just going to watch how much I eat, and it will be fine.
This afternoon, one of the secretaries told me I was "disappearing." Nobody has ever told me that before. I love it.
Tonight I think I had a breakthrough. I had a rough day at school, and all I wanted to do was eat a box of cookies. But then I kept my goal in sight... eating a box of cookies will not get me closer to my goal. Sometimes I wish I just didn't care... sometimes I am a little nostalgic for the times when I stopped for Chinese take-out on the way home. Egg rolls, General Tso, fried rice... but I know that taking care of myself feels better.

Time for a shower and some decaf coffee (yummy Pumpkin Spice) before Law and Order.

  
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EATNBOOGERS 2/18/2009 10:23AM

    Did you do legs the day before? Sometimes, I feel the effects a day delayed. Big YIPPEE to you for skipping the cookies--you're awesome! Look at your cute pants if you need motivation!

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TABBALOOSA 2/18/2009 6:24AM

    Woohoo, way to go saying no to those cookies, and keeping your eye on the ball. Also, high five on the "disappearing" comment! It is very cool and affirming when you discover that your progress is evident to others.

About the sore legs, could it have had something to do with the swimming?
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Whoa swimming.

Monday, February 16, 2009

I decided to go swimming today to "take it easy" on the cardio. After entering my time in the fitness tracker, I decided I might go swimming more often. I burned so many calories in the 20 minutes I swam today! On a related note, it was not quite as much "taking it easy" as I thought. Took a nap when I got back because my whole body was so tired.
Went shopping this morning. I bought two new pairs of pants and a new cute dress. I am right where I should be for my goals to happen. Yay! I loved shopping today. I felt like I could try on anything and decide not to get it not because it didn't fit, but rather because I didn't like the way it *did* fit (if that makes sense).
This afternoon was an unplanned cheat day. The fiance and I went out for burgers and kelly fries (SO good - fries with gravy and cheese sauce). I didn't even try to enter the kelly fries into the calorie tracker. All I know is that the next few days will consist of lots of cardio, and very careful eating. I don't want to be busting out of my new clothes already!
Met my mom for lunch (today was full of restaurant eating) at Applebee's. I had the grilled tilapia and ate about 1/2 of the meal. It was SO good. I also had a delicious "Key Lime Shooter" which is a "small" dessert on the menu, but in reality, is what a dessert size should really be. That was also really good. Tomorrow - back on the nutrition tracker.
I am really pushing ahead with my career goals - got a really great opportunity today to lead a couple sessions at the end of June at a state-wide academy for teachers. Yippee! I'm excited, but also a little nervous.
Off to make my lunch.

  
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EATNBOOGERS 2/17/2009 9:05AM

    Swimming *is* hard work. And yea on the pants!

I've had the grilled tilapia before--it's good.

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TABBALOOSA 2/17/2009 7:32AM

    Wow. Congratulations on your career goals - sounds like you're an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher. Neat opportunities, too!

Good for you on the swimming, which I would never consider to be "taking it easy." I do know it's fantastic exercise, works your whole body, and makes you breathe - awesome. Maybe one of these days I'll give it a shot again - it's always quite a challenge for me.
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The weekend is still going!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tomorrow is a day off for President's Day. I am looking forward to another day of relaxing. I thought maybe tomorrow I'd do a little shopping... I went through my closet yesterday and tried on a bunch of pants. Most of them were pretty big, so I think I can replace them with one or two new pairs. I'm not ready to go crazy yet; that comes in fall when I am at my goal weight. I can't wait!
I made brownie hearts for Valentine's Day and I am doing well with sticking to a serving. I admit, I did lick the bowl last night, but there was no guilt. I know that since I've been tracking all my calories and working out regularly, I have room for some brownie batter and it will not totally derail my efforts.
I took today off from the gym. Yesterday I did the captain's chair thing for my abs where you lift up your legs while holding yourself up on the chair. My arms are SO sore, even after stretching. That chair seemed to work my arms more than my abs! Tomorrow I think I'll go swimming and take another day off from weight training. I have been doing a lot of weight training lately, and I think my body is telling me to take it easy for a bit.
I think I'll treat myself to a hot bath tonight.

  
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AMYJEAN75 2/16/2009 3:27PM

    You're doing so good! Yay!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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EATNBOOGERS 2/15/2009 9:39PM

    I love the captain's chair, but it totally kicks my fanny around the gym. Yea for pants that are too big!!

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It's a beautiful day!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I took some trash out this morning, and it's sunny, kind of warm, and Saturday. Yippee! My fiance bought me a birdfeeder for Christmas - we put it out on the back porch. This morning I looked out and it was covered in small cute birds. It's weird because I don't really like birds, I think they're kind of creepy, but I do like looking at the little tiny finches. they are all over the porch! I just sat and watched with my delicious French Toast coffee. Yum!
I have a paper to write today - about curriculum. It's a lot of work, but I'm really enjoying my class. Yesterday I was presented with a really great opportunity to teach a week-long class in Harrisburg at the end of June. Wahoo! I'm so excited.
Yesterday I wore (drum roll) a size 8 shirt! yay! I got so many compliments on it! Today is lower body day at the gym. Even in the midst of all my work I have to do, I still am managing to make time for myself. I think it helps me to work better. The down side to yesterday was that I didn't track any food at all. not even breakfast. I haven't missed a day since I started Sparking. Today, back on the tracking wagon.
Happy Valentine's Day!

  
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TABBALOOSA 2/15/2009 9:36AM

    YAY for YOU! Size 8 - awesome!! Party time!! Toasting you with a little *sparkling* water!!
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AMYJEAN75 2/15/2009 7:18AM

    LOL 8 is emoticon

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EATNBOOGERS 2/14/2009 4:36PM

    Yea cute birdies! Yea size 8 shirt! Yea to keeping on keeping on!

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It's an exciting night

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tonight was weigh-in night at the gym. I had some Valentine's Day candy today - I got it from a student whose mom makes the best homemade candy. It fit into my criteria: a) homemade and b) something I can't make at home. It was even worth tracking into my calorie counter! (If I would have been patient enough to figure out all the foods in it - it was like a Chex Mix sweet. YUM!)
Since I only lost .2 pounds last week, I was prepared to see a small number again. I got rid of another 1.3 pounds! I officially lost 10 pounds with SparkPeople. I was SO excited.

On another note, it's a very stressful time for me right now. I have papers to write, music to practice, appointments to make, and planning to do for a 2nd grade musical. I need to make sure to reserve time for me in the midst of everything I have to do.

Off to watch ER and go to bed.

  
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TABBALOOSA 2/13/2009 8:44PM

    Way to go, Cari!! Sparkin'!!!
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EATNBOOGERS 2/13/2009 9:42AM

    Woo hoo! Ten pounds! emoticon

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