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Finally taking a break!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

It has been one heck of a busy day!

8:00-8:45ish - gym (bike and upper body ST)
grocery shopping
laundry
cooking to use up some veggies - marinara, potato-leek soup, preparing salad greens
run the dishwasher
clean most of the house

It feels really good to sit down. I seriously needed a break... I was planning to make kale-white bean-soy sausage soup, but I think I'll wait until later in the week for that. All the ingredients will be OK until Wednesday night.

After my little break, I have to:
- plan the week's meals
- get outfits ready for the week
- pack a lunch for tomorrow

Phew!

10-10-10 challenge started today. I have had lots of water 1 1/2 more Siggs to go. No problem! Got my workout in, and I just have to enter my food from today. I think I'll do that later tonight, though. I kind of feel like lying on the couch for a little bit and watching some football.

  
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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/11/2010 12:46PM

    Your day sounds like mine last weekend! It's great to get all that stuff done, though...it really makes you feel like you've accomplished something...and it makes you sleep really well!!

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COOPSM 10/10/2010 7:35PM

    Carrie----I am going to join you on your challenge....my working out though will be messed up this week with going to Florida for my 5K...I am with you on this!!!
Where are you going to track??

You soup sounds great...let me know how you like it when you make it...

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Woot woot - 10-10-10

Saturday, October 09, 2010

I know that 10-10-10 is tomorrow, but the challenge at the gym is called 10-10-10 and I've been working on ways that I can meet the challenge of losing 10 pounds in 10 weeks.

My focus for this challenge is nutrition. My fitness is fine (although I am going to be more structured during these 10 weeks), but I know I need to get back into eating more fruits and veggies and fewer carbs. Because I lose control when I go into the kitchen, I wrote myself little notes around the kitchen - "10-10-10 You can do it!" "Meet those goals!" "Are you really hungry? Drink some water first!"

My honey commented on them - he likes them. He said that they would help with his eating habits, too. It's been a while since I've done a challenge like this. I think it's going to be good for me.

My three main goals:
- Stay within calorie range 60 of 70 days. A symphony weekend and Thanksgiving are both within these ten weeks, and I am allowing myself ten days to go out of range.
- Drink 5 Siggs of water a day. I have five Silly Bands on my right wrist, and I move one to my left for every bottle I drink. I tend to lose track, and this will help me. And it's also a good use of the Silly Bands that I get from the kids at school.
- Do all scheduled exercise. I don't want to sell myself short, but I also want to keep my exercise schedule within reason. My weeks usually look like MWF morning gym, and T/TH after school classes. Saturday is a free day where I can choose what I want to do, kind of on a whim.

My rewards:
- If I drink all my water and do all my exercise each week, I get to buy a new iPhone app for each goal. So at the end of this, I could have 20 new apps (that I buy)!
- If (I guess I should say *when*) I stay in calorie range 60 of 70 days, I get an hour long massage. Now that I know how good it feels, I am more determined to earn another one.

I made a chart last night, and I am trying to find a free app that will send me motivational quotes throughout the day to keep my goals in the front of my mind. I'd love to know of any good ones that work for you!

Tonight I am meeting my mom for dinner and to pick up a coat I left at her house... and although part of me wants to go crazy with eating today so I have a little edge for my weigh-in, the more healthy part of me wants to start this thing a day early and get a jump on it.

Have a super day!

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GAELENEC 10/10/2010 6:22PM

    Sounds like a great plan! good luck.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/10/2010 7:53AM

    I like the way you earn rewards by each goal - great idea.

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BOBBYD31 10/9/2010 9:30PM

    good luck nice way to challenge yourself. we are here for your support!

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JOPAPGH 10/9/2010 4:01PM

    You can do this! emoticon

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MIAMIA7 10/9/2010 2:28PM

    Ooo Carrie-I need this challenge! I need to lose 10 lbs. also and I am the same way. Fitness is fine...I love exercise (who woulda thought?). But eating. Not so much. I always stay in range but usually in the high end. I need to vary and throw in more low end days. I thought it was the peanut butter but cut it out for 2 weeks and found myself just eating more of something else! Good luck! I know you can do it and I am going to try right along with you!

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LAGREBE 10/9/2010 12:56PM

    Good luck! Your determination helps me, too!

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Oh Friday, you are wonderful.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Friday = laziness. I love Fridays. Oh yes I do. Putting on sweatpants when I get home, eating an easy dinner, time to catch up on Sparking, sitting on the couch watching mindless TV... it's a wonderful day.

My nutrition has not been that wonderful. Not horrible, but not wonderful. Sure, I've been eating things that haven't been too bad... but I've also been eating too many sweets when I'm not actually hungry.

So to coincide with the 10-10-10 challenge at my gym, I am going to get busy putting up healthy eating reminders around the house. It's so easy for me to think about eating healthy when I'm reading your blogs and getting motivated, but I can't click on a blog as I'm digging into the box of cookies. But I *can* look at a motivating quote or picture on the cabinet and decide if I really am hungry.
Ten weeks. Ten dollars. Ten pounds. Seventy days. I can do it.

Thoughts:
- stay within calorie range 60 of the 70 days. A one hour massage costs $60... coincidence? I think not. So if I can stay in range 60 of 70 days, I will get a massage at the end of the ten weeks.
- Intensity class + Carrie = a totally run-down me for DAYS. I took the class again on Monday, and it took me until today to recover from it. I just read a thread on the RR page about fueling after a long run, and I feel like the class (60 minutes of plyometrics) is leaving me exhausted and not fueled. I have to figure out how to fix this. Gatorade might be in my future...
- I have come too freakin' far to settle now. Yes, I've been saying that for a long time, but I have to start believing it now.

I am working on a calendar for the next 70 days. I think if I see them all out in front of me, it will be easier for me to stick with my plan until 10 weeks are over.

This weekend I'll be in the kitchen cooking up some soups for the freezer and marinara sauce. I need more veggie stuff and more easy meals. It's definitely soup season, and we got SO many wonderful veggies for soup. Leeks, bok choy, kale, carrots, squash... time to put them into use!

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GSDMIKE 10/9/2010 9:50AM

    I've got my rest day on Friday now, and I'm liking it. Though it makes Saturday a wake up and run day, and that used to be nice to just lay in bed.

I LOVE soup season!

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MAEBEMELIS 10/8/2010 10:02PM

    I absolutely love that about Fridays as well - I am totally sitting in my sweatpants right now.

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HMMEYERS 10/8/2010 9:32PM

    i love fridays too!

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Oh my.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Today I am tired. Very tired. Yesterday I had a massage after school. It was the best 60 minutes ever. Then I went to a wine tasting at honey's restaurant. If you have ever been to a wine tasting, usually they pour a little bit into the glass to get a taste of it. These glasses were FULL. Like a real-glass-of-wine full. And there were five courses. Holy moly. So today calls for a TON of water.

It's not raining, thank goodness.

Tonight is Stretch Class at my gym - I can not wait for this. My legs need it! They are feeling a little sore today, for various reasons. I may do a little strength training before class... and then after class is a smoothie. The sexy juice-guy (not sexy-juice guy) charmed me into starting an account at the juice bar. But the drinks are all-natural - and very tasty.

Today:
- water water water water
- catch up on some cleaning that I didn't do this week
- post my October goals around my house so I remember what they are
- sign up for the 10/10/10 challenge at the gym
- be positive
- water water water water

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MIAMIA7 10/7/2010 3:50PM

    Picture of the sexy juice guy please... :)

I went to a wine festival a few weeks ago and we first started with the 3 oz. tokens soon to learn that 3 was a bit too much if you want to taste all of them! We then stuck with 1 oz. tokens and still.... Let's just say we were very mellow!

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BOBBYD31 10/7/2010 3:41PM

    tired??? after such a nice afternoon, what did you do relax too much.

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ONECOOKIETWO 10/7/2010 2:35PM

    With all that water I can hear you sloshing when you walk.

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MAIA2011 10/7/2010 12:20PM

    What's the plan? Water?

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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/7/2010 10:17AM

    So, are you planning on drinking any water?!

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GSDMIKE 10/7/2010 10:09AM

    I could use a little sexy juice, personally.

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GOEGIRL 10/7/2010 9:27AM

    You forgot to say 'and savour the memories of yesterday's bliss...' lol!

Sounds like a great plan - hope you have ALMOST as wonderful a day today as you did yesterday.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/7/2010 8:54AM

    You go girl - everyone needs a night like that.

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CASSIOEPIA 10/7/2010 8:21AM

    Everybody else absorbed the "great plan" part of your blog. I got stuck on "sexy juice guy" and where exactly the hyphen should be placed!

Water, water, water (get that other thought out of my head).
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COOPSM 10/7/2010 8:08AM

    Great night last night--sounds wonderful!! Have fun at the gym Carrie and have a great day...

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TFUNKSGIRL 10/7/2010 7:59AM

    Good luck with your plan it sounds like a good one emoticon

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CHEWY3 10/7/2010 7:55AM

  Sounds like a good evening. Great plan. emoticon

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TMAC10 10/7/2010 7:41AM

    sounds like a great plan!! :)

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Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I loved all the birthday wishes! It's so amazing how many people take the time to wish a happy birthday or send a goodie.
Two classes sang Happy Birthday to me yesterday. If you ever want a giant smile, listen to a group of kindergarten kids sing to you. :)

Last night was a crazy night - Member Appreciation Day at the gym. It went like this:
5:00 - mini personal training session with a buddy
6:00 - Intensity (which totally kicked my butt)
7:00 - Stretch class
7:45 - chicken mole for dinner and a hot bath after that.

Phew! Today I am really feeling it. I will make sure to get lots and lots of water to keep my body in check...

Tonight is Open House at school. I made a play list and I'm ready to go. I think today I'll take some pictures of my room... I worked very hard on getting it ready and I LOVE the results. Open House also means out to eat with some of the girls from school. We are going to Texas Roadhouse... since honey and I had 10 oz steaks on Sunday, I think I'll be getting some kind of chicken dish tonight. Ten oz. of red meat is enough for me for one week.

Today's list is short - I am going to be exhausted after Open House.

- water water water water water
- stretch stretch stretch
- good food choices at dinner
- be positive (this is always an interesting one for me - since I've been making an effort to be positive, I really notice how negative a lot of people are. I am determined to change that!)
- send out thank you e-mails to teachers whose kids sang to me. One of the teachers practiced with his kindergarten kids, and it really meant a lot to me. I want to make sure he knows that.

Have a super day!

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ONECOOKIETWO 10/5/2010 1:50PM

    Cari, You really rock.

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LSCHULER72 10/5/2010 1:20PM

    Great blog! Enjoy the rest of your week!


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COOPSM 10/5/2010 12:13PM

    Once again a great blog---have a great open house

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/5/2010 12:04PM

    Lucky you to have been serenaded.

Enjoy your day

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MAIA2011 10/5/2010 11:46AM

    Kids are awesome!

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

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PSHANKEY 10/5/2010 9:00AM

    I, too, miss birthdays. But, I'll be positive and simply say, "Glad it was a good one!"

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BAYSIDE07 10/5/2010 7:11AM

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/5/2010 6:55AM

    Why do I always miss birthday's on here!!! Grrrr. I am sorry its late but Happy Birthday!!!!!

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MZFATFREEDOM 10/5/2010 6:51AM

    Well, Happy Belated Birthday (it was the 4th right, same as my sister's).

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