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Thursday, September 02, 2010

This will be short. I'm exhausted and I'd really like to be on the couch right now watching some football.

Drank tons of water today.
Went to the gym after school for a little TM and a stretch class.
Have been doing well with my new schedule.
Overall, sticking to my eating plan.

Not so good:
Tonight I went cereal crazy. I think at the end of the week, I need to just crash on the couch so I don't sit up and eat. I was SO hungry when I got home... need to work on this night time eating thing. This was a challenge for me last school year, too.

So the challenge for September will be to figure out how I can handle my Friday nights (tonight is like a Friday - we have a 4-day weekend). I like to come home, have an easy dinner, a glass of wine, and lie on the couch. Tonight after the gym, I just ate a ton. I think it was because I didn't plan too well... we'll see. It's a work in progress.

Eagles are on... couch! football! I LOVE LOVE LOVE football season. I think it's more the time of year it represents instead of the game, but either way, it's a great time of year.


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PINKCOCONUT 9/3/2010 7:31AM

    I love fall!!!!

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ONECOOKIETWO 9/2/2010 11:45PM

    Have a great weekend!
With just the right amount of cereal.
And some good football...

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    I love football season, too!

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DREBENEZER 9/2/2010 8:18PM

    Eagles??? Could be could be a Redskin fan. :D

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doot doot doot September

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Sometimes I have random sounds going through my head. I think it's from being an elementary music teacher... we are always making crazy sounds. So "doot doot doot" it is.

Haven't really thought about September goals yet... I think I'll wait until this weekend (it's a long weekend) to work on them. I have been focusing on my new routine and back to school, so I haven't really gotten a chance to plan any further ahead.
But some reflections on my first week back at school:

- Water has been GREAT. I am drinking so much water! Yahoo!
- Eating schedule is good so far. I've had one or two snacks during the day, a cup of hot tea after lunch so I don't eat anything else, and I've stayed within my calorie range this week. I am back to keeping an eye on nutrition - those snacks add up quickly.
- Morning workouts = an energetic Carrie. I have had so much energy, even at the end of the day, and it's thanks to my 6am workouts. I am going to continue the Monday Wednesday Friday morning thing and the Tuesday Thursday after-school thing - the good classes are on Tuesday and Thursday.
- My attitude is so positive. I don't ever feel like complaining about my job - last year it was so easy for me to complain about stuff, but I don't even feel like it. I really really love my job and I am very lucky to be at a place I love.
- I have really made an effort to get everything done that I have to get done BEFORE i go to the couch. As soon as I hit the couch, I call it a night. I don't want to start the "I'll just do it tomorrow morning" thing. I like sitting with my coffee too much and getting my morning workouts in to add something else to my morning time.

More specific goals to come. I am going to add in some new classes at the gym and start training for a race in the fall (just a 5K).

Off to put the tomato sauce in the freezer... tomatoes are slowly dwindling, but they are still taking over the kitchen.

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PINKCOCONUT 9/2/2010 10:15AM

    Doot doot dee doot doot!

I'm always singing weird things to myself! It used to annoy the crap out of an old boss of mine! LOL

You sound AWESOME! I think you should move into my neighbourhood and be my neighbour!

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ONECOOKIETWO 9/2/2010 2:02AM

    Doot, baby!

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    Your good mood always puts a smile on my face! It's so great that you love your ARE lucky! Great job with the calories...and the workouts...I love the energy that they give me, but I still don't love that darn alarm clock!!

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MEREDITH713 9/1/2010 8:30PM

    LOL at the doot doot doot... -- from a 5-12 band teacher! I totally get it!

AND-- my morning workouts have made me have so much energy too! I love it!! I definitely can tell a difference between yesterday (no AM workout) and Monday and today!

Keep up the awesome work!

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JUSTBIRDY 9/1/2010 8:07PM

    emoticon It's great that you have so much energy. Tomato overloads really wipe me out.

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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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