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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I am a dork - I LOVE when the new gym schedule comes out. The last week of the month I am like a hawk looking out for the new schedule. Well today was the day. I went to yoga and spotted the September schedule. I made a beeline for it. Later I am going to highlight the classes I want to take. ha!

So September is going to be filled with kickboxing, power yoga, stretch class, and something called "Intensity." The schedule looks GREAT so I'm super excited!

I got a compliment from one of the kindergarten teachers today (the male!). He said "it really looks like you slimmed down." And here I was thinking nothing happened over the summer. Yahoo!

Today I:
- drank a ton of water
- stuck to the eating plan (I'm getting used to my schedule. It's tough, but it will be very good for me.)
- was positive
- had an awesome kindergarten class. I LOVE teaching kindergarten music - it's my favorite grade to teach. I think if I had to teach a different class, it would be kindergarten.
- Wore a fun sweater with some boats on it. I got lots of compliments on it - it's definitely staying in the rotation. (it's not full of cheesy boats - yes, I teach elementary school, but I refuse to wear shirts/dresses/jumpers with cartoon characters or weird motifs. I'll save that for when I'm old.) It's one of those Talbots sweaters... I guess Talbots is a little "old" (is it?) but I think I can rock the boat sweater. I also have a cardigan with lemons on it from Talbots that will make it's way out pretty soon... maybe tomorrow.
- I got lots of hugs from kiddos. I totally forgot how much I love to get hugs from elementary kids.
- totally relaxed during yoga. It was SOOOO good tonight.

So I still need to get my stuff ready for tomorrow... shouldn't take too long. Tomorrow morning is a gym morning - a little strength training. I only go for about 1/2 an hour, but it's good for my energy level.
Off to eat something sweet and clean up my dinner...


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    Such a positive blog! I wish we had a gym that was more convenient for me to go to…there is one in our town, but it’s not open until 7 and that’s when I leave for work…and all of their classes are during the day, during the week…who actually goes to those?! It’s great that you get so excited about the classes! You also sound like you’d be a wonderful teacher! You’re so enthusiastic…those kids are lucky to have you! Way to go getting your stuff ready at night…it makes a huge difference, doesn’t it?!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 8/31/2010 10:11PM


When I get back from welcoming my new grandbaby into the world I am strongly considering learning line dancing at the senior center.

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GROOVYCHICK9 8/31/2010 9:48PM

    Rock the boat sweater teacher friend!!!!!


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COOPSM 8/31/2010 8:42PM

    I love hpw happy you are Carrie......woohoo on comments!!!! Love the excitement with the gym schedule...have fun in Sept at the gym!!! Have a great day at school tomorrow full of lots of little hugs!!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 8/31/2010 7:53PM

    I agree Kindergarten is the best, they try so hard to be big kids but still such little loves. Now you need some fun boat earrings and you might win best teacher award.

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KAYAKID 8/31/2010 7:10PM

    Carrie Consistency strikes again! You rock my friend! hey are you up for a challenge - first half marathon 5/15/2011 for you pittsburg - Are you game? It would great to have you there! I can't wait to meet bobby, Anne and Jopa.

Well just a little friendly challenge my friend????


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SPARKSFLY715 8/31/2010 7:04PM

    sounds like you had a beautiful day emoticon

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What I'm Doing Today

Monday, August 30, 2010

I already went to the gym. Since it's the first day of school, it would have been really easy for me to use it as an excuse and *not* get to the gym. "but I have so much to set up!" "I want to be ready for the kids." But I went anyway. Just for 1/2 an hour, but I'm glad I did. I feel so energized. And besides, I'm wearing a sleeveless shirt and wanted to get some arm exercises in to give me a little confidence boost.

So today I'm :
- drinking tons of water
- keeping track of when I eat and how I feel so I can get on some kind of eating routine. Do I need a morning snack? Afternoon snack? More breakfast? Later breakfast? All that fun stuff.
- going to be positive. I am really truly excited for school today.
- packing up tomorrow's stuff tonight. It is really nice having my school stuff ready to go - all I needed to do to get ready was put my lunch and iPod in my bag.
- wearing a cute new shirt. I picked up some really wonderful clothes this weekend - I'm totally happy about it. The best part? I learned that J. Crew gives an educator discount. Look out.

Off to brush my teeth and head out! Yahoo!

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MEREDITH713 8/30/2010 8:36PM

    Woo! Good for you! I did my very first early morning run-- and it was great! And then I had DECAF coffee when I got to school without realizing it, and I survived!!! Here is to another great start to tomorrow!

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ONECOOKIETWO 8/30/2010 6:36PM

You are one of the most naturally positive people I know. Simply positive with no fancy schmancy artifice.
I am totally inspired to really give morning exercise a go.

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    What you're doing sounds great! I did the same thing last week - writing down how I was feeling - and it helped me realize that I needed a bigger breakfast. It's a useful thing to do...I'm glad your morning workout make you more energized...I feel the same way...I'm so glad I started doing it!

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NJOHNSTON64 8/30/2010 2:31PM

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 8/30/2010 1:10PM

    a teacher

always the planner....and that is such a good thing

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BSTAKINGACTION 8/30/2010 11:25AM

    Well planned! Have a great day...and week!

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MARLIMOO 8/30/2010 9:56AM

    I feel the adrenaline. WOWEE!

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GSDMIKE 8/30/2010 9:46AM

    Play nice with the other kids. Er, I mean with the kids...

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    Hope your first day back is outstanding! Way to go on getting the gym already AND you posted this blog??!!!! SuperTeacher/ sparkmember award goes to you!

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/30/2010 8:30AM

    Wow, that is super impressive that you went to the gym the morning of the first day of school. Who does that?? You do!! And thanks for sharing about the J. Crew educator would have never even occurred to me to ask. Have a great first day! Mine's tomorrow!

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COOPSM 8/30/2010 7:55AM

    You are on top of the world today Carrie----have an awesome day!!!

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WOMANCHEF 8/30/2010 7:28AM

    Good luck at school!! What a great attitude.

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Shopping guilt.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

When I was in high school and all through college, I had a serious shopping problem. I racked up HUGE credit card bills and had more clothes than I knew what do with. I bought clothes because it made me feel better in the moment. I was fat and unhappy, so finding *something* that fit was always a small victory for me.
It took a long long long time to pay off my credit cards, but I did it. I have since become much more careful with how I spend my money, and I can also afford to be more picky about my clothes, since I no longer have to buy something just because it fits over my ass.

So the guilt part of this blog. My mom and dad are very different when it comes to spending (which was part of the reason for their divorce). My mom spends her money freely - if she wants something, she buys it. This has led to her buying tons of clothes (I think for the same reason I used to buy tons of clothes, but I digress) and my dad had always spent his money carefully. He doesn't buy tons of stuff, but when he does, it's something he really wants and something of high quality.
My honey comes from a family of money - his parents sent him to boarding school - and he's gotten pretty much anything he's wanted. I think he is rebelling against this; he doesn't spend his money. At all. We are saving up for moving, retirement, etc. and that's all fine and good, but I think there is a point where spending your money is not only a not-bad thing, but a good thing. I have worked very hard to be earning what I am and working at the job I am, and I can afford to go shopping now. Sometimes I feel guilty when I go shopping for myself - like I should be saving every penny. But I'm tired of drilling holes in my belts. I'm tired of agonizing over every little purchase. I feel responsible enough that I can buy some new clothes and fin stuff every once in a while, but I know my limits.

So today is a planned shopping day. I have some coupons (yes, I use coupons for clothes shopping!) that I want to use, and I would love to get some clothing that shows off what I've worked so hard for (not the job, but the working out).

The weird thing is that I bring this all on myself. My honey doesn't get upset when I come home with stuff - he tells me if it looks good or not and reminds me that for my job I need to look professional and put together. I'm scared that I'll go back into my old spending ways, where I rack up thousands of dollars in debt. If you've never been in that much credit card debt, it's a horrible feeling.

Maybe I'm thinking about this too much. Who knows.

Bike is packed - I'm going to do some riding down at my mom's today. Her church is getting a new pastor, and she wants me to meet her, so I think I'm going to bike to the church this afternoon. It's only about 4 miles away, so it's a great way to get in some activity today. It's supposed to be a really nice day, too. Yahoo!

- water
- NO GUILT over buying a new belt
- make reasonably healthy nutrition choices
- be positive


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SCARLETANDGREY 8/28/2010 11:39PM

    you have earned it so try not to feel to guilty. you know how to manage your finance now so again, you should be able to reward yourself every now and then. made me laugh when i read your drill holes in your belts. :)

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COOPSM 8/28/2010 8:21PM

    Carrie---my name is Beth and I am a reformed charge-card-aholic....poor hubby had to sell his second vette so we could but our first house based on my debt....I can so relate....

When I shop now..lots of times I come home with nothing..I can now talk myself out of anything..but when I want something, I will get it and its not just to fill a void anymore.....

Nice job on the belt....I need to get a new one myself...nail holes?? really???...LOL...

Have a great time with your mom....

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JILLIANPRNCSS 8/28/2010 3:19PM

    I put lots of things in my online cart then don't go back for days and it has been removed. That way I feel like I have bought it.

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GAELENEC 8/28/2010 1:12PM

    It's really tough to develop a healthy attitude in an area where you've struggled before; but you're right, to NOT buy at all is as unbalanced as to overbuy.

You're right to be vigilant; and you're right to keep checking your internal weathervane while working on this.

BUT..... hope you enjoy that belt! You've earned it, and you obviously need it!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 8/28/2010 10:15AM

    Enjoy your shopping trip and I know you will spend within your limits. You have earned some new clothes! Have fun with your Mom too.

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DIANESLONE 8/28/2010 9:42AM

    I had a spending/charging problem once upon a time too so I understand what your saying. I don't trust myself very well when it comes to shopping. I got rid of all my credit cards so I can only use cash now. Thats helped some. Whats helped the most is that I lost my job a several months ago and can't seem to find another. Being poor has caused me to really pay attention. Sometimes I think it was God's way of helping me out :-).

Enjoy your bike ride and your shopping trip!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

This morning i went to my trainer. This was how it went:
1/2 a mile on the stairclimber.
.75 mile on the TM
.75 mile on the elliptical.
Continue with circuit training:
- weighted hula hoop (I am the WORST hula hooper in the world, apparently. I think I need to get one to practice at home.)
- crunches on a ball with a resistance band
- shoulder press
- jump rope
- back extensions
- bicep curls
- crunches on a little ball (whoo-wee they were hard!)
- pushing the weighted thing across the room (think football drills)
- core work with slidey things for my feet
- step ups with dumbbells
- tricep dips

AAAAHHHH I got my butt kicked today, for sure. It was such a great workout. It was hard, but it felt great.

Came home, ate some lunch (a bacon, cabbage, and tomato sandwich - delish!). Took a nap, went to go pick up my veggies. Got tons more tomatoes, three melons, and some other good stuff. Heated up some chicken mole in a tortilla for dinner. Enjoyed a glass of wine. Did some other stuff in there - vacuumed, some school stuff...

Trainer took my measurements today, including weight and body fat%. BF% went down, but weight did not. I was, honestly, a little disappointed. I got so many wonderful compliments yesterday and I am feeling stronger, but, I was still a little bummed. So when I came home, I looked back on my blogs to see what was going on. I noticed that I wrote an awful lot about how I didn't eat so well. I think that probably has to do a lot with it being summer and being out of a routine. I hate to make excuses, but...

I think I'm going to put some more focus back on nutrition. I like to snack, so I am going to have to get some healthy snacks in the house - think hummus with veggies, fruit, popcorn... easy to eat snacks for when I am feeling like I need something.
There is a new class starting at my gym - INTENSITY. The instructors are all excited about it - I can't wait for a new class! Yahoo! Back to my workout routine!

Going to visit mom tomorrow - I think I'll take my bike and get some bike time in. It's been a while, and there are great roads around her house I can bike on without fear of getting run over. It's not going to be the best weekend for nutrition, but I'm not going to sweat it this weekend. It's mom's birthday on Monday, and we're going to brunch on Sunday. Tomorrow night will probably be going out to eat somewhere as well. Back to school and back to some hard core nutrition tracking.

I think that's about it... I love blogging because sometimes my mind just races and this way I can get everything out.

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    Realizing where the problems are is always a big step! Now that you know what you need to do you'll make your changes and you'll be losing weight in no time! Have fun with your mom...mine will be here to visit me next weekend!

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CASSIOEPIA 8/27/2010 9:48PM

    Great job at the gym today. Don't be disappointed, because even though your weight didn't go down, your BF did -- and progress in any form is reason to cheer!!!
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Enjoy the visit at your mom's. Who knows? The bike riding may shake things up a bit...change in routine and all.

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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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