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One of those days...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

where I just felt really good about my progress.

- got tons of compliments at the in-service today. I guess my body *did* change a little bit over the summer.
- got a compliment from my Stretch Class instructor about my "flat back" stretch. We had to lean over and keep a flat back - she came over and said "very nice!" Yahoo!
- gym buddy and I are super excited to get back to our gym and running routine. We're going to sign up for a fall 5K so we have something to train for.
- ate watermelon for dessert instead of zucchini bread. We have a watermelon from the farm and HOLY MOLY is it sweet and delicious. YUM. Tomorrow I'll eat the rest, if honey doesn't get to it first.

Tomorrow I am meeting with my trainer. We're doing body fat % measurements and other measurements. I'm not going to freak out about the weight - I'm kind of used to the scale not moving. But I am looking forward to finding out my body fat %.

I am heading back to the couch. I forgot how much a full day of work takes out of me. (I know that sounds kind of strange, but this summer was especially lazy.) I was also up at 5:00 this morning, so I'm already sleepy. I'm going to have to really think about this schedule of mine...
Couch + wine + Bones on TV = a wonderfully relaxing night!

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COOPSM 8/27/2010 9:38PM

    Carrie---what a great day you had yesterday----don't you just love getting compliments when you least expect them...NICE JOB!!!!

Hope you are having a nice an relaxing Friday night...plans for the weekend???

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    I need to remember to do that...journal all those wonderful positives that occur during the day! Glad it was a feel good day for you!!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/27/2010 7:47AM

    Don't you love it when you think nothing has changed but it really has? It's a nice surprise!

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GRANLUND 8/26/2010 9:54PM

    Awesome! I totally agree with you about how tiring it is to go back to school after the summer off. I'm amazed at just how worn out I am aver a day of standing and moving with my classes.

Hope you have a great school year!

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GAELENEC 8/26/2010 9:31PM

    What a wonderful catalog of all the positive changes you're achieving in your life! Way to go!

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PAYANAR 8/26/2010 9:28PM

    Sounds like a great day! I also am not having a lot of movement on the scale and have decided not to worry too much. It will be good for you to find out about your body fat percentage. The compliments about your appearance must have felt nice. You obviously have had some progress even if the scale isn't showing it as much as you would like.

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SMILE4ME05 8/26/2010 8:56PM

    Wow! Sounds like you had a completely amazing day!! I love when I have one of those perfect-ish days :)

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DREBENEZER 8/26/2010 8:55PM

    Nice!! Although you can keep the 5AM...6:30 is early enough for me!

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Oh yeah - *that's* why I go in the morning...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Today was the first teacher day back in the classrooms. I spend the day setting everything up, putting up posters and bulletin boards, checking out class lists... and I had my gym clothes ready to go for an after-school workout. HOLY MOLY am I beat. I came straight home. I was so tired from setting everything up, and I was starving. Note to self - get snacks for school so I don't come home and snack on everything in sight.

So with those notes, I am going to make an effort to get to the gym *before* school. I am going to do some strength training stuff at home tonight; I should learn how to do workouts at home anyway, so I can be prepared for snow days. Hm.

Also this weekend I need to work on filling the freezer and getting some groceries. Tonight I realized how much I DON'T want to cook dinner; I'd rather just stick something in the oven. Spanakopita is in right now - I'm glad there was some in the freezer.

My running buddy and I are going to get back into it this fall - she was busy this summer planning her wedding (which was beautiful), so we didn't get to do the running thing. But she's into it again, so I'm looking forward to our Saturday morning runs. I also have a workout schedule planned out for the week (in general) so I think I'll be able to run in a 5K sometime this fall. Yahoo!

Time for some boob tube and little bit of school work... dinner is earlier than I wanted, but I don't want to be eating random food until "dinner time." If I'm hungry later, I can have a little soup or something. Wow... I have more planning to do before Monday!

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LALAFLOWERS 8/27/2010 9:40AM

    You are doing so well at figuring out how to put it all together! As to supper.. as busy as your life is, see if you can find a way to batch cook on the weekends. You can then freeze the meals, and then just heat them up! There are some good recipes out there. Keep it up! Smile!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 8/26/2010 6:15PM

    I wish you a very good year at school , and have fun getting back to running with your buddy.

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COOPSM 8/26/2010 4:11PM

    On your way Carrie---you will back into work mode in no time....

Have to share a snack I just had.....dried organic dates and almonds!!!! YUMMY!!!! So glad I bought the dates yesterday..what a thing to help with my sugar cravings..I may have found the trick!!!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/26/2010 11:05AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan started for an awesome school year!

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ONECOOKIETWO 8/25/2010 6:59PM

    I know exactly how it is to be dog-tired (enough) at the end of the work day that I just blow off the work-out. Gotta get to it in the morning cause it's just too hard to do at the other end of the day.

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KARVY09 8/25/2010 5:31PM

    Awesome that you are already thinking about how you're going to adapt to being back in the classroom. I think you'll have a terrific year!

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    I think this blog was directed at me!! I thought about you when I didn't get up in time to work out. I WILL do it tomorrow, though...I've added it to my goals...and I like crossing things off, so I'm going to do it! I'll let you know how it goes!

BTW...I LOVE Spanakopita...Yum! Did you make it yourself?

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    You are ON TOP OF IT! Excellent. Wonderful how we don't back slide now, but recognize the need for adaptation, isn't it? emoticon

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BLUEANGELLK 8/25/2010 4:50PM

    I hear you. I am pooped too. I think it is more work to set up for the year than to actually "do" the year. I am resisting the kitchen. We had a lunch meeting today and I did really well picking the healthiest things I could, but it didn't leave me very full.

Sounds like you are really ready to get back to your Saturday runs. I can hear how much you have been missing them.

Here's to a great school year!

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Hello? Fall? Is that you?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I thought it was just yesterday, but today is cool again. I am wearing jeans and a light sweater (hooray!).
This morning was a little test for me - could I wake up early and get to the gym? Yes! I *did* hit the snooze button twice, but I did it. At the gym by 6:30 for a 30 minute run. The run was kind of bleh today - I wasn't really feeling it, but I busted through anyway. It was a very turtle-y run with a walk in there, but I guess it's just my body getting used to the earliness of it (that's what I'll tell myself).
I'm meeting my dad for a hang-out day today. There's a cute little town about 45 minutes away from both of us, so we're going to do some walking around and lunching. I'm looking forward to the day - it will be a nice last day of summer before the first in-service tomorrow. emoticon

Actually, I'm not feeling sad about going back to school. That's always my initial reaction because that's what it's *supposed* to be, but the truth is, I really love my job. I love my kids, I love teaching music, and my colleagues are awesome. Tomorrow is a day to work in our classrooms - I LOVE this day. Putting up posters, getting bulletin boards ready, getting class lists...

- Drink lots of water
- Enjoy lunch. If there is a super dessert, I will get it.
- Go to yoga if I get home in time. If I don't get home to make yoga, I will get something crossed off my to-do list.
- Pack a lunch for tomorrow (eep! it's been a long time since I've packed a lunch. But I have my new SparkPeople lunch box to use!)
- Get to bed by 9:30.


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SEPPIESUSAN 8/24/2010 1:13PM

    My first (actually, ONLY) inservice day is next Tuesday and then we're up and running on Wednesday! It's exciting I guess, but I'm going to miss being well-rested!

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DREBENEZER 8/24/2010 10:35AM

    Sounds like a great day. Enjoy your time with your dad. Congrats on the run.

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    I hope you have a great day! I'm so impressed that you got up early to work out...I SO wish I could drag myself out of you inspire me! I'll give it a shot tomorrow!

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COOPSM 8/24/2010 10:02AM

    Carrie---nice job on getting to the gym early!!!

Enjoy your dad time and have a great day!!!

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MARLIMOO 8/24/2010 9:10AM

    I feel fall too. Have fun with your Dad. Nice.

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MARGARITTM 8/24/2010 9:06AM

    There is something kind of enticing about fall - the "new beginning and back to a routine - but I will miss this Summer!

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Fall is teasing me...

Monday, August 23, 2010

today was a little cool. Rainy, but cool. I love wearing long sleeve t-shirts in the fall - I got a little taste of it today. Yahoo!

Didn't go to the gym this morning, but don't worry, I got my workout in *after* my chiropractor appointment. I wore my gym clothes out the door this morning so all I'd have to do was drive up to the gym after my errands. And it worked! I really really wanted to just come home, but I didn't want to let myself down. Plus, I feel really guilty when I blog that I'm going to do all this stuff and when I read "how was your workout?" if I didn't go, it makes me feel disappointed in myself. (Sorry for the run-on sentence.)

So I had a great chiro appointment, he did something to my back to make a little pain go away that I didn't even realize *could* go away. I thought it was just one of those little things that come every once in a while. But he did like one thing and it was gone. He's amazing.

Did ok with the eating today... I haven't been feeling the nutrition tracker lately, and that's ok with me for now. I know I'll go back to it soon, to keep me honest.

Tomorrow I am meeting my dad for lunch and hang-out time. Haven't seen my dad in a bit, so it will be a nice day. It's also a planned run day, so I will have to make it to the gym early tomorrow morning. I'm actually looking forward to getting up early... I love the mornings.

I did what I needed to do today... didn't do 1/2 an hour of cleaning by the timer, but I did a bunch of little things throughout the day so I'm going to give myself a smiley for that one anyway.

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/23/2010 10:14PM

    That's what's so cool about this tell people you're gonna do something, and then you gotta do it! :)

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JUSTBIRDY 8/23/2010 8:57PM

    I feel teased today by the weather as well. Very cold at night, hot as hot today. Great idea on the timer. I'll have to try that.

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    Fall is my favorite season. I love not having to wear a coat, but not sweating! Smart thinking going out in your workout clothes...I read a tip once that said you should sleep in your workout clothes so that it makes morning workouts more convenient.

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PAYANAR 8/23/2010 8:12PM

    It sounds like things are definitely on the right track for you. I like the idea of having a 1/2 hour cleaning goal. I think I will go add that to my goals right now! I hear you on the nutrition tracker thing, but I am sure you will go back to doing it long as you are eating healthy and holding yourself accountable for those workouts I am sure you will do fine! emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 8/23/2010 8:03PM

    It is evident you had a good day and are proud of yourself. What could be better than that?

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COOPSM 8/23/2010 7:52PM

    Love smileys...good job!!!

My fav to wear is sweatshirts and shorts!!!!

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PLAYBLUES22 8/23/2010 7:52PM

    Sweetie, from what I read you are having some red letter days emoticon

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DREBENEZER 8/23/2010 7:45PM

    Fall is my favorite time of the year. I loved the weather today...and...I have to admit, I was a bad boy and went for a run but just couldn't resist it.

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AAAANNA 8/23/2010 7:31PM

    Accountability is a great motivational tool. emoticon

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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.
Rain rain rain rain rain


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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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JUSTBIRDY 8/22/2010 11:26AM

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SHANNONSTILLS 8/22/2010 11:17AM

  Awwww! What a wonderfully feeling and motivation.

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