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Spring is almost here!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Daylight savings is practically spring, isn't it?
Today I went swimming - I am SO tired. I love swimming. It burns so many calories and I don't even feel like I'm working that hard, although when I am finished I can definitely feel it.
Tonight is chicken, sweet potato gnocchi, snap peas, and a little sweet. Yum!
There is so much to do around the house. Spring break is going to be really busy for me.
Time for an appetizer!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/10/2009 10:43AM

    Swimming kicks my butt, too. I wish I could do it more often.

Hey--I was going to make squash gnocchi tonight! Great minds think alike!

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TABBALOOSA 3/10/2009 8:10AM

    Hey, Cari! *waves* *smiles* *hugs* You are doing so great! I love your positive attitude! And, good for you on the swimming!

You are right, spring is almost here! YAY!!

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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Tonight was upper body night at the gym. My trainer gave me some exercises when I started and called them "Arnolds" because they are what "Ah-nold" is famous for. They are really tough, but they are really effective.
Got a book at the library - Strength Training for Dummies. I'm looking to change up my weight routine a little bit.
Today was such a beautiful day. It was about 70 degrees. I am READY for spring! I am actually looking forward to skirts and sleeveless shirts! I may have to ramp up the cardio, though. I can see definition forming in my arms, but I need to get rid of the flab. Maybe I will examine my nutrition chart and see where I can improve it. I've been going slightly over on my fat intake and not enough protein. I guess I'll have to start eating more black beans and change my cereal milk to skim. I don't drink milk plain anymore, so I think I could handle skim on my cereal. I may also have to sacrifice my butter on my toast in the morning since I do not want to give up the half and half in my coffee.
Off to fold some laundry...

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EATNBOOGERS 3/10/2009 10:42AM

    Somehow I missed this post.... I'm *really* curious about what an Arnold is! (A little hint?) ;-)

Flab... yes, flab. Flab. (What can I say about it?) Warm weather clothing certainly makes us aware of it, no? (Also mirrors and unflattering photos.) :-)

I've also changed my dairy a bit to cut the fat/be able to have more of the dairy. That pesky nutrition calculator is pretty useful, isn't it? :-)

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Sushi and the City

Friday, March 06, 2009

Last night my fiance and I spent the evening in New York City. We went to a sushi event and stayed the night in a fun little hotel in the meatpacking district. It was SO nice. I got a lot of walking in, lots of water, and lots of wonderful food. One of the really great parts about the dinner is that there were five courses, but they were all tasting courses. SO GOOD. Hors d'oevres were oysters ceviche, scallops, octopus, and a corn soup. The oysters were so good. I wasn't sure if I'd like them, but they were delicious.
There was a scale in the hotel, and since it was weigh-in night, I got on it just to see what it would say. It read that I lose two pounds this week! Now I know it's not the scale I usually use, so I don't think I'm going to enter it (although it would allow me to get the new "Lost 15 Pounds with Sparkpeople" picture). Maybe I'll weigh myself at the gym tonight just to see if it was close.
I haven't been to the gym since Monday... I am looking forward to going tonight and getting back into it. My body got a nice break, though.
Spring is coming!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/7/2009 3:06PM

    Woo hoo on you! emoticon I really admire your dedication and your progress!

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Back to school

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Yesterday was a nice day off, and now I'm ready to go back to school and think SPRING!!! Last weekend my fiance helped me shorten some pants (he measured) that had gotten too long. I got them back from the dry cleaner yesterday (I can *not* sew) and they are a little bigger on me since I took them in last week! I don't know if it's my imagination or not, but they sure seem bigger than I remember. I'm not going to shorten them again when they get too long; I think by that time I'll be ready for some new Spring pants.
My butt and thighs are aching today. All those lunges on Saturday really did a number on me! I think tonight I'll do some light cardio and maybe some abs stuff. Yesterday my fiance said "I think you should take tomorrow off." I NEVER thought anyone would actually have to tell me to take a day off from the gym! But Tuesdays are the nights I can actually get to the gym regularly. Wednesdays are hit and miss, and this Thursday we are going to NYC for a sushi dinner. So I want to make sure I get some sort of workout in today.
I tried on some skirts yesterday and noticed that my calves look much better than they did, especially from the front. I love this lifestyle change!!!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/3/2009 3:04PM

    I hope you don't find this silly, but reading about you and your pants is a lot of fun *and* motivating. :-)

I didn't like doing lunges and squats at first, but boy howdy, they *do* produce results, don't they?

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Swimming on a snow day?!?!?!?

Monday, March 02, 2009

Over the weekend, I worked hard at the gym. I definitely still felt it this morning when I woke up. Swimming is my "easy" cardio since it doesn't put any stress on my joints. I love it! I swam for 30 minutes today. Yesterday I bought ear plugs and a swim cap, so I could go much longer today than I used to be able to.
We didn't get that much snow, and it all blew away and melted off the road earlier this afternoon. It was so nice to get to the gym early again!
Doing really well with my calorie intake. I'm getting better at eying up how many calories something has. For lunch today, I made salads to go with our homemade pizza (YUM) and since I crumbled up a little bacon on the salads, I didn't add the walnuts. When I entered the salads in the calorie counter, I saw that keeping the walnuts off the salad today was a good idea. Those little 50-100 calorie "extras" really add up!
Off to watch some Oprah... it's about de-cluttering, and my fiance and I are working on ridding our lives of so much "stuff." I'm going to have some delicious black grapes with my Oprah!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/2/2009 9:52PM

    Very cheery blog post today! I like swimming, too, though I don't get to do it often and I'm not a very efficient swimmer.

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THEQBUG 3/2/2009 5:21PM

    Oh, swimming sounds like fun. I used to be on a swim team when I was a kid, and I loved it. It really makes your body look long and lean.
Sounds like you're doing some pretty healthy stuff in all aspects of your life, missy. You should be proud.


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