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First Official Day of Summer!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Yesterday was the last teacher day of the year. Honey and I celebrated by eating some delicious Alaskan salmon, warm potato salad, sugar peas, and a delish strawberry dessert. We also had a bottle of bubbly. Ouch. I *did* drink a lot of water, though, so all was not lost on the bubbly.

I didn't set my alarm today and I slept in until 7:45. Yahoo! I don't want to be doing it all summer - I want to get to the gym early - but it was a nice way to celebrate my first summer day! Did some early Sparking, made some garlic scape pesto (can't wait to try it!), ate lunch with honey (tuna melt - yum!), and paid some bills. I'm working on some summer goals and I'm planning some great workouts.
I'd like to lose about 10 pounds before I go back to school. This is about a pound a week; I need to up the fitness minutes, up the water, and limit my eating out and unhealthy desserts. There are so many delicious fruits during the summer and so many low-calorie sorbets, so there is no excuse. Ciao Bella makes a wonderful blood orange sorbet - I will definitely be getting some of that along with Haagen Dazs mango sorbet. YUM.

Didn't think I was going on a trip this summer, but I'm planning a July trip to Portland. Honey has to work, but I'm going to scope out the scene - would it be somewhere we could see ourselves living? I'm super excited!

I think I'm going to take a nap this afternoon just because I can.

For the rest of the day I will:
Keep my Sigg full of water (I've been doing really well so far today)
Measure and track my dinner calories (I am kind of dreading going back to tracking, but I think it will really help to get me to my goal)
Stretch and use the foam roller (my leg muscles are hurting today!)
Iron and put away clean laundry



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SOUTHGOINGZAX 6/17/2010 4:11PM

    I love naps!

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COOPSM 6/17/2010 8:23AM

    Carrie---I love reading youir blogs!!!!! Keep them coming....enjoy your time off....

How do you and your hoeny make your marinara?? Might you have a recipe to share???

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CAMROLA 6/16/2010 10:15PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day--and sounds like you're making the most of your time. Enjoy it--you've earned it!

And I've got to get me some of that blood orange sorbet! emoticon

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MUCKITY_MUCK 6/16/2010 8:37PM

    What a wonderful first day off! Good for you. And you're already so motivated for the summer. Just what I needed to read as I debate my trip to the gym. Happy summer! emoticon

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JOPAPGH 6/16/2010 4:55PM

    Enjoy your time off. Sounds like you have a great plan!

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/16/2010 3:55PM

    I'm ridiculously jealous! My last day is the 23rd, and I'm doing a project the following week, and then summer school. I need a break!!!!!!!

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KARVY09 6/16/2010 3:51PM

    Portland ME or Portland OR? I can vouch for Maine. It's gorgeous there. In any case, congrats on finishing the school year and enjoy the summer of YOU!

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GONE2014 6/16/2010 3:39PM

    Sounds great! Good luck to you!

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GRANDMAAMIE 6/16/2010 3:06PM

    have a great summer!! emoticon emoticon

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Strawberries on Sunday

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Woke up early, went strawberry picking with honey. We got 10 pounds of strawberries that are just delicious. I froze a sheet tray full of them for later, and there is some strawberry jam cooking on the stove (it's a refrigerator jam - I don't have canning supplies, and I don't feel like going to buy them). I put some yogurt in the freezer for a strawberry smoothie at some point, and honey and I are going to have some French toast with strawberries this week.
I am writing this blog as the jam is cooking - it's taking much longer than the recipe stated! Hm...

This afternoon I went to the gym for some biking, ST, and a short 10-minute TM run. It felt really good - I'm looking forward to lots more gym sessions like this over the summer. Today was going to be my 2-week Spark checkup for "Pitfall Prevention," but since I was at the gym in the afternoon and usually weigh myself in the morning, it's going to have to wait until tomorrow morning. After that, I am going to adjust my goal trackers to my summer goals.

The weather is a bit funny today - really dark right now; there are some storms on the radar. Good day to stay in and be pretty lazy, which I will be as soon as this jam finishes cooking. [Goes to check jam]

Bleh - it's just not thickening like I thought it would. Oh well, I have all evening to be patient.

Dilemma for tomorrow - one of the families at school is providing lunch for the teachers from their pizza shop. It's very generous of them, but it's also very cheesy (literally cheesy) and full of not-so-healthy choices (i.e. garlic knots, Italian salad with dressing already on, ziti...). I am thinking about packing my own lunch for tomorrow. I would normally just indulge and eat the provided food, but I went out to eat a LOT last week and I need to take a break from that kind of food. This summer I want to be selfish and think about ME and what is best for ME.

The rest of tonight I will:
Keep sucking down the water (I *easily* had 10 glasses today)
Enter the cereal I ate into the tracker
Pack a lunch for tomorrow (in this case I have to be selfish!)
Make a pizza for dinner - only eat what I am hungry for!
Get my swimming gear ready for tomorrow morning

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KAYAKID 6/15/2010 6:42PM

    Carrie, I too loe your blogs - since you always talk about food most of the time. thanks for stopping by and reading my 4 blogs over the weekend. It was kinda fun writing one eeryday for 4 days. Takes alot of time though. I love strawberries. I live in one of those places that has fresh berries. Its wonderful. We hd a friend over the weekend bring us a Strawberry pie just because they wanted to repay us for something we did for them. It was delious. Have a great week
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PILLOWFOOL 6/15/2010 4:29AM

    awww man. I would kill for some fresh strawberries. the produce we get in dubai is sketchy at best. it's one of the things I miss most about being home. when I was home in may I ate every single strawberry out of my mom's huge tupperware full of fruit salad. hahahah.

sounds like you have an awesome plan for the week! :)

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ROGUE_1 6/14/2010 11:20PM

    Mmmm fresh strawberries! French toast with strawberries? Strawberry jam?! Ok this blog is making me hungry :)

How'd it go with the pizza dilemma at school? Did you stick with your healthy lunch?

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CASSIOEPIA 6/14/2010 10:40PM

    Awesome day Carrie - enjoy those berries!
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BSTAKINGACTION 6/13/2010 9:49PM

    Its been such a great spring and the berries are just busting out all over and VERY sweet! I'm going picking this week...do not want to miss the season.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 6/13/2010 7:00PM

    MMMM....strawberries!
Great job on saying NO to the goodies at school!!
Have a great week!

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Women's 5K Race

Saturday, June 12, 2010

This morning I woke up with butterflies in my stomach. It's been a long time since I got nervous for a race! Ate some breakfast, drank some water, and was ready to go.

Got to the race and there were tons of women wearing yellow t-shirts from the running program! It was so neat to see women of all shapes, sizes, and ages getting ready to run the race. For most of them, it was their first race.
I was feeling good - temperature was about 67 degrees and it was overcast. Just about perfect. Nothing like the 90 degree weather of my last race!
We took off, and I concentrated on lengthening my stride. I have been upping my speed on the TM, and when I take bigger strides I can go faster than if I do my regular short, "quick" strides. First mile - 9:20. Wow! Holy moly that was fast for me. I knew I couldn't keep it up - this is where I thought a Garmin would really be nice. If I could stay at around 9:45-10:00 at the beginning, I think my times would improve. Maybe in the near future...

Still feeling good, but the next split showed me that I went out too fast.

I was able to push myself the last little bit of the race, but I need to work on starting out at a slower pace that I can keep up for three miles. Yahoo - something to work on!

After I finished, I stood around the end and cheered for all the ladies that were still coming in. I actually cried a little bit because the looks on their faces were just amazing - they ran their first 5K! Some were red-faced, some were grinning from ear to ear, and some had such determined looks... it was really awesome to watch.

My time ended up being 32:06 - faster than my Memorial Day 5K, but a little slower than I had hoped. I'm going to work on pacing myself out of the start.

This afternoon is some rest, laundry, and cleaning. I'm going to work on my summer workout and nutrition plan - I have more time to devote to Sparking and tracking, so I'm going to take advantage of it.

Off to get some water and fold some laundry!

  
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GROOVYCHICK9 6/15/2010 9:05PM

    Great job. You can get under 30 in no time.
cheers!

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GSDMIKE 6/15/2010 7:56PM

    Just saw this blog. Congrats. I love going back up the finish route of a 5K and cheering in the people that finish after me. It's my standard cooldown walk path. I wish more people did it.

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MIAMIA7 6/13/2010 10:17AM

    Great job Carrie! Congrats! Anne

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 6/13/2010 7:03AM

    Congrats on your race - I think we all start out too fast at times! Maybe a garmin would be a great reward for all your hard work.

I am going to try to be more consistent on SP for the remainder of my Norway trip - I'm feeling not quite myself these days. it's good to see you are still going strong!

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KARVY09 6/13/2010 6:45AM

    Great race!! I bet you can get under 30 minutes this year!!!

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JOPAPGH 6/12/2010 9:18PM

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CASSIOEPIA 6/12/2010 8:57PM

    Great job Carrie!

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GIGI1222 6/12/2010 8:50PM

    Great job!!! I get nervous for every race, that is why I do not do them very much. You will be surprised at how your times keep creeping down.

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COOPSM 6/12/2010 8:36PM

    You did great Carrie---loved that you cheered the others on.......starting out slower...GL with that one....I know I have issues with that myself....

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CAMROLA 6/12/2010 6:26PM

    That's an AMAZING time--you go, girl!

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JUSTBIRDY 6/12/2010 5:37PM

    Great job. emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 6/12/2010 5:24PM

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DREBENEZER 6/12/2010 4:02PM

    Enjoy the day...you've earned the rest!

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CFMOSS 6/12/2010 3:31PM

    Way to go!! Proud of you - hope you feel good about you.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 6/12/2010 3:11PM

    A big woo hoo and congrats to you. I would love to be able to do that, but I tried jog walking and discovered I could, but didn't really like it.

When I say I would love to do it, I really mean I wish I would have liked getting into the running frame of mind.

I admire my fellow sparkers who do run, so very much. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARVY09 6/12/2010 2:30PM

    Nice job! Enjoy the rest of your relaxing day!

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Tired

Friday, June 11, 2010

For some reason, I am very tired this morning. I am usually ready to get out of bed, but not so much today. And it's a good day today - the last day of school! So I'm tired, but in a good mood.

Last night I spent the evening making curried apple soup for a baby shower (the soup is SO good. I made a double batch and kept a little out for honey and me). Wrapped the gift and sat up with honey a little bit when he came home from work.

Didn't get enough water yesterday - maybe that's why I'm so tired today. Bleh.

Today:
Drink tons of water
Pick up my CSA veggies this afternoon
Make smart, healthy dinner choices tonight

  
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MAIA2011 6/12/2010 9:28AM

    I wake up really early, power out the exercise and work all day. Then, I always go to sleep really early like 9 PM. My friends are night owls so I cannot call them at 6 AM unless they live on the east coast.

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CAMROLA 6/11/2010 11:24PM

    I have days like that... in fact I've had a lot of days like that of late, and it's usually because one (or more) thing is off... water, or not enough exercise or fresh air, or sleep, or eating too much or too late. We're sensitive critters and our bodies certainly tell us when something's amiss, which is a good thing. Listen to it, and jump into tomorrow ready for more!

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GROOVYCHICK9 6/11/2010 11:11AM

    It is my last day of school today too. I am exhausted. It has been so busy lately with baby showers and end of the year functions. I cannot wait to be on summer break so I can concentrate on getting healthy! How do you find the time to do all this and still teach? I am having a hard time finding the balance. Hang in there. Tomorrow is summer break!

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COOPSM 6/11/2010 7:54AM

    You have been getting up early...have you been going to bed any earlier?? The weekend is almost here......

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Today I will...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Drink a ton of water. I've been slacking on this again, and I really need to make it a habit to have my Sigg full and with me whenever possible. Also, yesterday, I went out to eat for lunch (Panera - yum, but sodium!!!) and dinner (cheeseburger and fries and cherry crumb cake at a wonderful little diner). No regard for nutrition facts, just thinking about how good it would taste. But that's life. I have to flush out the sodium with some good old H2O.

Whiten my teeth. I have been putting this off, and yesterday I finally scheduled a dentist appointment to finish off my teeth. I need to finish whitening my teeth so they can do their work at my appointment.

Make a healthy soup for tomorrow's luncheon. I thought soup would be something interesting and different - it's usually baked pasta, casseroles, and other cheesy (literally cheesy) foods. A good veggie soup will be a nice addition to the spread.

Eat mindfully all day. The last two days I have not really been thinking about my food, just kind of eating to eat. Not today. Today all my eating is going to be purposeful and mindful.

Off to put in my whitening trays...

  
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ROGUE_1 6/11/2010 1:42AM

    Curry apple soup! DELISH, i've never heard of that before.

Great plan, hope you accomplished all you set out to do!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 6/10/2010 8:21PM

    All the pasta and cheesy and fattening stuff is one of the main reasons why I do not like pot lucks. A soup would be a great thing to bring. It's different so I know lots of people would have some.

I've been slacking too on the water intake. Why is it so dang hard to get it in sometimes??

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COOPSM 6/10/2010 7:40PM

    Good plan Carrie!!!! Maybe I will whiten tonight...thanks for the reminder!!!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 6/10/2010 1:52PM

    sounds good to me....

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KARVY09 6/10/2010 8:30AM

    Mmmmm, soup. Just the thing for a day like this! Have a wonderful day!

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PINKCOCONUT 6/10/2010 7:53AM

    I've never whitened before but have been wanting to give it a try!

Have a fab day woman!

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