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Sunday, August 22, 2010

I'm going week-by-week on this. I made myself a chart this morning, and I'll have a new chart every week - give myself a smiley face every time I do what I need to do. I am a very tactile person, and I felt the need to draw the chart myself.

I picked five things I am going to track on my chart this week:
- Pack lunch (I don't need to do this every day this week, but I'm easing into it)
- Get gym bag ready (again, easing into this)
- Spend 1/2 an hour cleaning up (so I don't have to spend hours on this over the weekend. I can get a lot done in 30 minutes!)
- Get in planned workout
- Pack school stuff for the next day (easing in)

I'm going to continue with some other goals, but I knew that those five things *need* to get done every day when school starts. I like having a little checklist so I don't feel frazzled.

This week I'm also going to think about some long-term goals. I'm within striking range of my goal weight, and I really need to step it up. I've been resting on my laurels this summer (and seemingly for the last year...) so I need to approach this with a fresh start. Maybe this will mean actually joining a Spark challenge this fall - I have been a little nervous to commit to a challenge, but staying accountable to people other than myself may be just what I need.

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Last night honey made me feel really good. He told me he was really proud of me for keeping up my gym routine even though he hasn't been around much. He told me he could tell my body has changed in the last six months, which was nice - sometimes it's hard for me to see progress. It's nice to know that even though I thought he didn't notice the hard work I was putting in, he does notice it.

It's time to move laundry to the dryer and do a little vacuuming.
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TMAC10 8/22/2010 9:38PM

    this sounds like a great plan; i really like the idea of checking these off every evening. i too need to focus on doing things in the evening especially cleaning up so it doesn't become a huge project on the weekends. keeping the kitchen clean and keeping up with laundry are my two biggest downfalls!

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COOPSM 8/22/2010 5:48PM

    Carrie---what a great idea...I may follow your lead...I really need to step up my time on things around the house so I am not the idea...
How nice that your honey is seeing the good you are doing...gotta love that!!!

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ONECOOKIETWO 8/22/2010 1:56PM

This is a great list. I'm thinking of making a chart for me to check small goals, and you've given me some good ideas...

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    I like your chart idea...sounds like someone else I know!! It IS nice when someone else notices the hard work you've been putting in. My husband tells me I'm doing well...but I've started and stopped SO many times that he's a little wary...I think that once I stick to my goals for a month he'll be more enthusiastic. Let me know how your chart works for you!

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SHANNONSTILLS 8/22/2010 11:17AM

  Awwww! What a wonderfully feeling and motivation.

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Today was...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

a good day.

- Drank a lot of water
- went for a walk
- got to the gym and had a great workout
- kept eating relatively under control
- thought a lot about the back-to-school plan

I don't like to make excuses, but I am writing this week off as my Last Week Before School Blah Week. Eating and fitness were far from normal for me, but I think it may have been just what I needed. I feel much better today, and there is hardly any leftover rut from earlier this week.

So the rest of the night is going to be totally boring... but that's ok. Some good wine, Phillies, planning for next week... I'm feeling good and I'm letting myself be lazy, something I haven't really allowed myself to do all summer.

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    Lazy time is nice. I think everyone deserves that. It's good that you're starting to feel back to normal...I hate when things get out of whack.

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BOBBYD31 8/21/2010 7:55PM

    good for you, you deserve some lazy time. it is good for the body and mental health

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 8/21/2010 6:49PM

    My friend, and my daughter have eache already started back to school.

Hope you have a great year.

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Attack of the delicious tomatoes!

Friday, August 20, 2010

I was going to type "killer tomatoes," but since they are so delicious and healthy, I didn't think "killer" would be fair. So delicious it is. We got SO many tomatoes from the farm today. There are about 6 different kinds - cherry, green zebra, Brandywine... I am heading over to my neighbor's house tonight to get a lesson on how to can tomatoes. Yippee!

This morning I went to spin class - what a great feeling. My legs are sore, but definitely in a good way. After I picked up the veggies this afternoon, I stopped for some ice cream. I have been in an ice cream mood lately. I got coconut ice cream - chocolate chip cookie dough. Holy moly is it good!

I had some no-cook pasta sauce - it involved some garlic, and uncooked garlic is really stinky. So I am going to make this a short blog so I can brush my teeth before I head over to my neighbor's house.

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COOPSM 8/21/2010 3:20PM

    Carrie---love canned tomatoes...I do that in Sept and make salsa and can that too...let us know how it went...

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GSDMIKE 8/20/2010 11:55PM

    Canning tomatoes. That's old school. Let us know how it goes, and have a great weekend.

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AMETHYST73 8/20/2010 10:21PM

    aaargh spin class I made it half way through one of those, once, then I started seeing black spots in front of my eyes! Torture...

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JUSTBIRDY 8/20/2010 8:34PM


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    Your blog makes me's kind of from one thing to another! I wish I liked husband loves them and he always overplants them in our garden! 1 person doesn't need 6 tomato plants! But, this year we made salsa and tomato sauce and we froze it. I had enough with canning when we did pickles and jelly! BTW...I love raw garlic!

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The power of stretch class

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It has been a totally blah week. I haven't been at the gym since Sunday; every day I planned to go, but I just couldn't get off the couch. The couch was creating its own riptide of sorts, sucking me in.
But this evening, I managed to get away from the couch and go to the gym. It wasn't exactly as planned; I thought I'd go for a little TM run and then go to stretch class, but I ended up only going to class. But it was WONDERFUL. It was just what I needed to kick this rut to the curb. Now I'm not going to fool anyone and say I'm totally out of my rut, but getting to the gym and doing a good class certainly helped. I came home and even made sweet and sour pickles and I have some chicken brining right now. (I'm going to roast it later.)

This week has been like a cycle of poor choices. I was really craving chocolate, so I made brownies. I ate brownies. More brownies = less fruit. Less fruit = more brownie and "cakey" cravings. My first status today said that I was going to make good food choices. Ha! A brownie for breakfast is hardly a good food choice. Two brownies at lunch is hardly a good food choice. Buying chips is hardly a good food choice (even though they *were* baked and in a small-ish bag). I blame this rut on my medication, but I don't think that's all it is. I haven't been eating as much fresh fruit. I used to have fresh fruit with every meal. Not this past week; we've been out of fruit and I just haven't gone grocery shopping (today I stocked up). I haven't been drinking as much water. I was doing really well with getting all my water in, but for whatever reason, I just haven't been drinking as much. I have a feeling that those are two major contributors to this rut.

And honestly, I was getting tired of planning every single meal for every single day. Two weeks I did it and LOVED it, but I just wasn't feeling it this week. I wanted to eat on a whim - not necessarily bad food, but I didn't want to feel like I *had* to eat pasta on Wednesday and pizza on Thursday. Maybe I'll let this week go as my off week and get back into planning for next week. I was getting tired of cooking, too. I filled the freezer and LOVED cooking the food, but one day I woke up and thought "man, I don't feel like cooking today." So we've been using our freezer food (which is wonderful - that's the point) but it's time to get it filled back up. So tonight I came home from stretch class with a renewed attitude. I pulled the Phyllo dough for some strudel (I'll make that tomorrow morning) and I took a little inventory of what we have so I can get some more food in the freezer.

I think we all need some off time - whether it be a week, a day, a month, an hour... but the important thing is that we get back into our routine, whatever that might be. Even though I am in this rut, it's familiar. I feel myself easing out of it, and I feel my fit self coming back (although slowly!). Tomorrow morning I'm going to the gym first thing - NO EXCUSES. It's supposed to be a weigh-in day, but with the lack of water this week and the cheeseburger, fries, and cherry crumb pie for dinner last night (!) and the brownies this week (Dammit, why do home made brownies have to be so good???), I think getting on the scale will just make the rut take over again. So I will NOT get on the scale tomorrow, no matter how I feel.

To end on a positive note, the flowers I thought I killed are now thriving. There are some lovely red, yellow, pink, and white blooms out on the back porch. It's time for me to enjoy the back porch a little more. I might do a little back porch shopping tomorrow; make it a little more like a room. Maybe...


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TORTUETOO 8/20/2010 9:43AM

    Can you have the end of summer blahs? I think I had them this week too. I think we all need a week of crappy eating once in awhile to remind us why we don't eat like that all the time...because at the end of the week you feel like blech and want to get back to normal healthy eating. Here's to a better next week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 8/20/2010 8:33AM

    I totally agree. We have so much to be proud of in how diligent we can get that sometimes we just need to rest and that's alright. Besides, my guess is that you weren't nearly as bad as you USED to be! We just have more to compare ourselves against now!

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COOPSM 8/20/2010 7:24AM

    Carrie-----one day at a time...glad to see you are going to the gym this AM.....have a HAPPY day!!!

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    You have such an awesome attitude...always! I really appreciate you sharing it. So many of my sparkfriends are experiencing similar low did I a few weeks ago. I think its important to go through them so we can learn to trust that we can and WILL pull our own selves out of it.

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    I'm a planner, too...I do it for money purposes as well as for health. I go through the sale papers and write down everything that's on sale that we eat, then I plan meals around that food...I do two weeks at a time because that's how we get paid. I get in ruts where I don't feel like eating the things I've planned...I just want to be able to be spontaneous. I agree that every now and then you have to just allow yourself some breathing's what you do next that's important!

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I smell chocolate-y goodness!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I wrote in a previous blog that I started taking a new prescription. My doctor recommended that I stop getting Depo-Provera shots because of loss of bone density, so about a week ago I started taking The Pill. Since then, I have had quite a few days of being moody and lethargic. Today was one of those lethargic days. I just felt like laying on the couch all day - I wasn't in a bad mood, I just didn't feel like leaving the house. I even skipped yoga tonight because I just didn't feel like getting up. Bleh.
It's not even been two weeks, so I'm not going to give up yet, but I *am* keeping track of what is going on with me. I rarely feel lethargic, so it's a little strange. Any thoughts on side effects or how long they last when you start a new medication?

But part of this moodiness probably comes from being apart from my honey. His work schedule is starting to take a toll on me, and it did even before I started my new prescription. So I'm sure that the situation isn't helping things. I am looking forward to the start of school to see if being busy and around other people (honestly, I've been a bit of a hermit this summer) helps the situation. I'll get back to a routine and I won't have time to sit around and think, which can sometimes be a good thing, but too much time to think makes me a little paranoid!

So because I like to make lists, here are some ways I'm thinking that I can fight off this moodiness and lethargy:
- Get to the gym in the morning - put on my gym clothes first thing so I don't have the option of making excuses.
- Reach out more to friends and family, especially my family. I often feel funny asking other people to listen and support me, but I shouldn't.
- Focus on some future goals - more school? new city? savings plan?

And because I like to find the positive side of things as much as (or even more than!) making lists, here are some good things:
- I haven't really had any other bad side effects from the new medication (knock on wood).
- The house is clean from all this time I have.
- There are brownies in the oven.
- I still like to go to the gym, I just need to do it with more consistency.
- My appetite is not really any different - I haven't been eating crazy amounts of food, which is a possible side effect. I *have*, however, been seriously craving chocolate and chips. Hence the brownies in the oven.
- Honey and I had a WONDERFUL time canoeing yesterday. It was SO nice to spend time together - it was a perfect day and it was a great workout to boot!

I think tonight will be a little walk around the loop and maybe some lower body ST stuff here at home. Tomorrow morning I have to get blood work done, so no eating after 8:00. I will be surely getting all my water in tonight!

Time to check the brownies...

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AMETHYST73 8/17/2010 10:41PM

    I chucked the pill in many years ago cos it used make me a/fat and b/psycho. Was on Depo for years until my ma was diagnosed with osteoporosis and my doc gave me same advice as yours. I am on the Mirena IUD now and it's AWESOME - no TOM, few moodswings, no worries that I forgot, plus fertilty returns immediately it is removed which is important to me cos I want to have a baby next year and at 37 I am kicking on a bit in years (I know, I know, I look SO GOOD for my age! emoticon)for that particular ambition.

Anyhoo baby! I love your blog! I am reading the heck outta you from here on in.

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PINKCOCONUT 8/17/2010 9:22PM

    I'm totally of no help here! I don't seem to have problems with adjusting to pills all that much but I do love the fact that, like me, you've made a list to help you get through it! It's always great to put things into perspective and I'm sure that in a couple of weeks things will all be smoothed out!

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COOPSM 8/17/2010 8:58PM

    Carrie----I would think it could take up to 3-4 weeks for the body to adjust....glad you are giving it some time.......Looking forward to hearing how the workout is in the AM!!

Have a great night...

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MIAMIA7 8/17/2010 6:20PM

    Well Carrie-I am not much help. It has been a L-O-N-G time since I took the pill. But, on the other hand, I am in the full throes of menopause. Hormones are hormones and there are times I am amazed that Bobby is still alive! Now he isn't doing anything wrong but when menopause swings are going I could just throw a book at him because he is crunching his food to loud! So I guess we need to just occupy our time as best we can....try to be realistic about your wanting to potentially harm someone...and hope all will be over soon. (For me, not so much you, since you are young and have the future hormonal things ahead-I digress...). Anyway, hope the pill doesn't cause any more problems for you. Now where is that darn Bobby...

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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/17/2010 6:11PM

    I find with the pill I have always had the moodiness and lethargy that I didn't have on depo. I liked depo better but it messes up my cycle so much when I come off it isn't a good idea since we want kids in the next couple of years. My doc recommended IUD for long term use. Maybe that could be an option for you if you aren't happy with the pill. I heart brownies, enjoy them.

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