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"I will not let the scale determine my mood. I will not let the scale determine my mood..."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I have to mentally prepare for today's weigh-in. I've been so careful about what I've been eating this week and getting in tons of water, lots of workouts... please scale be nice to me today. But just in case it isn't (which happens more often than not), I am going to list some *other* great accomplishments from this week.

- I did 50 (50!!!) man push ups in one workout.
- Yesterday at Intensity, I jumped higher, lunged lower, and did better than I've ever done. At the end, I was even able to do push ups as part of one of the sequences (20 mountain climbers, 10 in and outs, 10 push ups) and they were full push ups!
- I have gotten lots of compliments this week about how I look. And really, I *feel* slimmer. All these fruits, veggies and exercise is doing my body good!
- I can see and feel my tummy going away. I noticed a difference when I put on a certain pair of pants. Not that they didn't fit, but you know the little pooch that sticks over when the pants ride a little lower. Pooch is disappearing!
- My honey is definitely noticing my hard work. emoticon

So there are some really good things that happened this past week. So regardless of what the scale says today, I know that I have accomplished a lot and I am doing a great job of working toward my goals.

Happy Sunday!


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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/18/2010 12:51PM

    You had GREAT un-scale-related accomplishments! You should be SO proud of yourself!

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BOBBYD31 10/17/2010 6:43PM

    ya did great no matter what the scale says today. you are awesome!

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COOPSM 10/17/2010 2:10PM

    Carrie---you are doing fantastic...I am pulling for you with the scale...great week, full of accomplishments...

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PINKCOCONUT 10/17/2010 1:13PM

    Love your back-up plan for if the scale is being stupid! Hope it wasn't though!

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GIGI1222 10/17/2010 11:38AM

    It looks like all the hard work paid off between the 3lbs and the emoticon all is good!! Great job this week.

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MAIA2011 10/17/2010 11:32AM

    I always give myself a little pep talk before I weigh-in, too. The scale never ceases to surprise me. Sometimes I feel like I'm taking crazy pills (Will Ferrell in Zoolander).

You have the right idea to not let the scale control your moods, though. Let me know the secret to that when you figure it out so my anxiety levels can go down!

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DREBENEZER 10/17/2010 9:43AM

    Great job!! It's always about the look and the feel...never about the number!

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KEAKMAN 10/17/2010 9:06AM

    emoticon Look at all you have done for you this week! Who cares what the scale says?!?

I have written on a bright yellow Post-it note and taped to my scale the following:

My weight does not determine my worth. It is simply a number that gives me important information to help me become a better me.

Some days I need that reminder!

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MIAMIA7 10/17/2010 9:01AM

    No matter what...remember that you can feel the difference! The scale can really play with your head. Your clothes tell the truth! Have a great workout.

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GAILSFITNESS 10/17/2010 8:01AM

  That scale thing can be daunting. Sometimes I don't weigh because I think the scale will be unkind. Other times I weigh and am happily surprised with the result (which was better than I expected).

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SUZIEQS65 10/17/2010 7:59AM

    Your title is correct....the scale should NOT control your mood.
Keep up the steady, hard work, you are getting there!

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10-10-10 Tracking

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I guess I'm just like an elementary school kid... I like to see my progress and I like to see when the "end" is. For my latest challenge, I made up a chart to track my three goals.

- Daily workout
- Five Siggs of water
- Stay in calorie range

It's nothing fancy, and I love using art supplies, so I did it by hand - the only thing I printed out was the calendar.

It's a little blurry, but you get the idea. I can see the number of in-range calorie days add up quickly. I wrote in my daily workout plan and I also jotted in there days I knew I'd be away from home, just so I can assume that those days are going to be out-of-range days. Seeing it as a big block of time is better for me than seeing it as three months. My mindset isn't "once a week i can go out of range" anymore. I guess I'm just very visual.

This morning is a walk with my fitness buddy, then the crazy Intensity class at the gym. I am ready with my Powerade today - I am determined to not let today's class get me run down for the whole week, which is what happened the last two times. Geez!

- drink WATER!!!!
- finish the laundry
- cook something for the freezer
- clean! the kitchen, living room, bedroom... and the list goes on
- take some evening time to relax


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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/18/2010 12:46PM

    I can TOTALLY relate to the elementary school chart!! They are the best...I LOVE seeing how I'm doing...and this way, my husband can see the progress, too...he doesn't log on to Spark to see the things I accomplish, so it's a nice visual for him as well! You're doing so great!

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LEARNING2LUVME 10/16/2010 7:45AM

    That's a cool idea with the calendar. How do you track each goal? Do you have a different color for each goal, or how does it work? I'm pretty visual, too, which is why I ask. I wonder if it would be helpful for me to try it, as well.

Hope you have a great Saturday!!

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I don't know how this happened...

Friday, October 15, 2010

But I was SURE that last night I ate over my calorie range. Honey was home and made fried rice and shepherd's pie... I was all ready to count yesterday as one of my 10 days out of range, but for the heck of it, I entered in my calories. And what do you know, I'm about 200 calories *under* my high limit! Yahoooooooo! I am totally amazed. I mean, mashed potatoes? ground veal??? It's amazing what a little portion control can do. Everything was in little dishes, and we had a big glass of water with dinner. Huh.

So I am TOTALLY in a wonderful mood this morning. It's Friday, my hair is doing what I need it to do, my calories are in check (which means that *tonight's* calories will be in check, too, because I'm having shepherd's pie again), and it's a rest day. HOLY MOLY I am just feeling so happy right now!

AND! Last night Brad (my honey) told me that he thought I was still changing - for the better, of course. This was after my stretch class and a little training for my Spartan 300 Challenge. Last night I did:

- box jumps (with two risers and a step) 50x
- pushups - 50x (YES!!! 50!!!! 50 man-pushups!!!!!)
- ab work
- leg press

AAAAAHHHHHHHH I'm so excited!!!! I don't know that I'll be able to meet the 15 minute part of the goal (phew!), but I am feeling good about the rep part of it.

- water water water (the silly band counting method works really well for me)
- REST DAY!!!!
- spread my good mood around the school (although I'm sure to get smacked)
- clean the veggies as soon as I bring them home

Happy Friday!!!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/16/2010 9:36AM

    I'm glad you entered you food yesterday. Otherwise, you might have felt angry with yourself today and gone overboard.

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BOBBYD31 10/15/2010 10:49PM

    now how is that for a way to start the weekend!

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CASSIOEPIA 10/15/2010 9:56PM

    It's so funny how a good day can be made when our hair does what we want it to!

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COOPSM 10/15/2010 9:48PM

    Carrie--keep up the great work and the positive energy!!! You are doing so good...
I have been doing pretty well on my 1--5...not sure how to track it though...frustrated with this part...

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JESSICAH311 10/15/2010 7:02PM


I totally agree with you...its amazing what portion control can do. Also taking your time while eating. I was always one that ate so fast and now I am amazed at how portion control and taking my time makes a toll on my fullne3ss and how I feel later.

Thanks for your update!

It keeps us all going :)

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MAIA2011 10/15/2010 2:23PM

    Yay pushups and staying in range. I love that feeling!

Enjoy your rest day!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/15/2010 9:16AM

    Make sure you share some emoticon with that sweetie of yours for that nice compliment.
50 MAN pushups??!!!! OMIGOSH!! Carrie-you are awesome!!! emoticon

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BAM0827 10/15/2010 8:34AM

    Excellent example of how all food is good in moderation!

Enjoy your good mood

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BAM0827 10/15/2010 8:33AM

    Excellent example of how all food is good in moderation!

Enjoy your good mood

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MOMONTHERUN1 10/15/2010 8:23AM

    You sound like you are making great healthy choices!! Isn't it great to hear your sweetie tell you how awesome you are? Great job and keep up all of the great choices that you have made.

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KEAKMAN 10/15/2010 8:06AM

    What a great way to start out your weekend! (and that little compliment from your sweetie was best of all I bet)

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PINKCOCONUT 10/15/2010 7:59AM

    You are a machine! I love hearing about your progress, you're amazing!

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JUDYFRANCE 10/15/2010 7:35AM

    Good for you! Healthy has become a habit.

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PAMINHALF 10/15/2010 7:27AM

  sounds like things are on track for you. It is awesome when our loved ones comment. My rest day today too so enjoy it. Good job.

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WALIDGAZALA 10/15/2010 6:59AM

    Excellent, and well done.

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Getting this one in while I can...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tonight my honey has a night off. Woohoo! So I know I won't be Sparking tonight.

We are going to make some soup for dinner (kale, white bean, and soy sausage). Yum!

I have stretch class tonight, and I'm going to start working on my Spartan 300 Challenge moves. They are super hard, so I really need to work on my training. Even if I don't do the 15 minutes, doing all the hard stuff is still going to be good for me. So maybe tonight I'll work on some box jumps, pull-ups, and ab work.

Have a super day!

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ROGUE_1 10/15/2010 12:59AM

    Mmmm dinner sounds delish. Have a lovely evening with your honey!

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ONECOOKIETWO 10/14/2010 2:38PM

    Have a great evening having a delicious dinner with your best guy!

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MAIA2011 10/14/2010 12:22PM

    Your food always sounds so good! Where do you get the recipes?

Have fun with your honey!

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JUDIL62 10/14/2010 8:32AM

    Good for you!

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APPLEADAY2010 10/14/2010 8:32AM

    Good luck with that - sounds great! xx

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LALAFLOWERS 10/14/2010 7:28AM

    sounds like a busy, busy day. Have fun!!

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10-10-10 Challenge - Day 4

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Still going strong! I am really motivated by my goals and REALLY wanting to see that scale go down for this challenge.

Went for an after-school walk with my workout buddy - the weather was crisp and cool, and just perfect for a walk/run.
Made some WONDERFUL butter-braised baby turnips for dinner. I didn't put *too* much butter in them. Didn't bother tracking the butter because I've been so careful - a little butter is OK by me in the name of good cooking.

I am SO looking forward to my rest day on Friday. I have been working really hard and my body is definitely ready for it. I am also looking forward to my Friday glass(es) of wine and perhaps a little chocolate. Trying to decide if I want to track wine and chocolate on Fridays... I am giving myself ten days of being over in calories, but I really consider that more for nights when I go out to eat or I'm away from home. Friday Night Wine is a really wonderful part of my week, and I don't want to lose that... I don't want *everything* to turn into something I have to watch like a hawk...

Pick out clothes for tomorrow, clean up a bit, plan breakfast, hot bath, BED.

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LALAFLOWERS 10/13/2010 8:33PM

    I always track everything... when I'm in a tracking mode. If I'm over, then I'm over, and I know it. I can adjust the next day to be in the green for the week. Great job on the challenge so far!

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MAIA2011 10/13/2010 8:29PM

    I think that we go through phases starting with tracking obsessively (phase I am currently in) and then we can go more on intuition. You've got this so do what you have to do!

Good luck on the challenge!

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JESSICAH311 10/13/2010 7:27PM

    I agree! I just started and trying to stay on track, but it seems once that weekend comes around and I get to drinking I feel guilty. I just got to stay motivated, do right throughout the week, and make up for it somehow.

Good luck and enjoy your rest day and weekend!!

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