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Rest week! Yahoo!

Monday, October 25, 2010

"They " say hindsight is always 20/20. I totally think it's true. So, looking back, if I had to...

- do the challenge training at the gym, would I have done it? Yes, except for the dead lifts. I would have stopped halfway through, or sooner. My back hurts SOOO bad. The good thing (well, relatively good thing) is that it hurts like it's sore, not like I pulled something out of whack.

- run the 5K on Sunday, would I have run it? Nope. I should have taken yesterday off, too.

I planned on a swim this morning, but I couldn't find my goggles and swim cap. I guess that's what happens when I don't pack up the night before. Poor excuse, I know, but my back seriously still feels sore. And I looked for the stuff for about 15 minutes, I just didn't have any more time to waste.
Tonight is dinner with my mom and an eye doctor appointment. I need to really make good food choices tonight. Yesterday honey and I had some chips and salsa and apple crisp. I didn't enter my calories, maybe I'll do that later, but I'm pretty sure I went over. We shall see.

So the 5K yesterday was SO hilly. I eked out the run, but it probably wasn't the best idea. Oh well, lesson learned. Today is more Motrin, stretching, and water.

Off to eat my breakfast... today it's a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Yum!

  
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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/25/2010 12:30PM

    You completely deserve a rest! You're doing such an awesome job sticking with your goals, but sometimes rest is good, too! I hope you enjoy your day, and your dinner with your mom!

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PINKCOCONUT 10/25/2010 9:33AM

    Yes! Give yourself a rest woman, you've definitely earned it!

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MARLIMOO 10/25/2010 8:33AM

    I hear you with taking the rest that our body needs. It gets addicting though- the improvements, the strong feelings, the SLINKY comments! : ) Take the rest and feel good!

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Challenge within a challenge

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Actually, within *two* challenges.

Challenge 1: 10-10-10. I paid $10 (for a t-shirt and drawing) to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks. For this challenge, I set up calorie range goals, water goals, and workout goals.

Challenge 2: The Spartan 300 Challenge. This is just a nutso challenge.

So the challenge within these two challenges is not only sticking to goals, but also listening to and paying attention to my body and its needs. Last night I did a crazy hard workout... today I had it scheduled on my calendar to do an Intensity class this morning. But my body is telling me "No way, Jose. You are way too sore - take a rest day." So rest I did. I felt a little bad about this... I scheduled a workout, but I didn't do it. So does this mean I failed this part of the challenge - the part where I do all my scheduled workouts? Do I get a frown on my calendar today for the "scheduled workout" block, or do I get a smile because I listened to my body?

Last night when I came home, I seriously needed to re-fuel my body after exerting it so hard. Even though I ate reasonably yesterday, I only had about 450 calories left for dinner. Which is pretty much, but I felt like I needed more calories than that to refuel. So I had a piece of pizza *and* a bowl of cereal. Do I put an X in the "stayed in calorie range" box, or do I put in the number "13" because it's the 13th day in range for what my body needed?

These are the challenges I feel... my fear is that I get so wrapped up in the little parts that I don't take into account the overall goal. (What is that saying - can't see the forest for the trees?)
And on top of that, I worry that once I start rationalizing why I made certain choices, that i will continue to rationalize my choices, even when it's not really a valid reason. ("Well, I can have those extra cookies because I worked so hard last week.") Because I've thought of this, though, today I am making an extra effort to stay within range and keep my goals in mind. Last night I ate a lot when I came home to fuel my body. After I had my pizza for lunch, I thought for a second "well I can have some cookies because I worked hard last night." AAAAHHH!!!! NOOOO!!! I didn't have the cookies - I am going to work them in for tonight's dinner, when I will enjoy them a little bit more. I wasn't even hungry for the cookies, I think I was just trying to rationalize eating junk food.

It's very easy for me to let myself get lax on my tracking. I was doing very well with maintaining my weight, but that's not the challenge. The challenge is to LOSE weight. It's not easy. I maintained for many many months, so this is a new mindset for me.

So for the rest of the day:
- Drink two more big glasses of water
- Light cleaning (finish the laundry and sweep the kitchen floor)
- Catch up on e-mails
- Get clothes ready for next week
- Finish meal planning for next week
- Make a play list for tomorrow's Scarecrow 5K
- Find a Turkey Trot to run

  
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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/25/2010 12:13PM

    You're doing a GREAT job! Listening to your body deserves smiley faces! I think you really do know when you need the food and when you want to snack for snacking's sake...you just have to be aware of it, and you're going to continue to do well!

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COOPSM 10/24/2010 7:30PM

    Carrie---you are doing fantastic...rest is important too so listen to your body...its so hard to get into the thinking well I did this so I can do that...don't fall victim..make the right choices if you need more fuel....easier said than done...I KNOW!!!!

How was the 5K?? Hope it was good.....

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MAIA2011 10/23/2010 5:06PM

    That's an ambitious list but you can do it!

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LEARNING2LUVME 10/23/2010 4:27PM

    I agree with onecookietwo. Good job at listening to your body and keeping a good balance.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/23/2010 2:39PM

    I say give yourself credit for lettin gyour body rest. Maybe you should put those days on the challenge calendar,too.
You're doing great!

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ONECOOKIETWO 10/23/2010 2:10PM

    You are talking about how to maintain a sensible balance in re your goals and your lifestyle.

I say, that is what you have a frontal cortex for. Seems to me like you are using that cortex quite nicely.

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Physical vs Mental - a challenge

Friday, October 22, 2010

If you read other blogs of mine this week, you might recall that I decided to do this crazy challenge at my gym - The Spartan 300 Challenge. Tonight I met with my trainer so we could go through it, find my weaknesses, and get some idea of how I should be training for this. It is absolutely insane...
So there were some big hurdles for me. Most of them were mental. It's amazing how much the mind tricks us into thinking we can't do something. "You'll never be able to lift that weight." "You'll never be able to jump that high." "Those sprints are way too fast... you should slow down." Dammit voice, shut up. I KNOW I can do it.

I used to watch The Biggest Loser and think "I don't understand why they can't do this... just DO it." I thought the mental blocks were faked for good TV. But it turns out that the mental blocks are real. The blocks are of various sizes... some of our blocks may be running one mile. Some blocks may be breaking the 12 minute mile mark. Some blocks may be bigger - breaking a 20:00 5K or a 4-hour marathon. But the blocks are all real.

So tonight I decided to embrace my inner "Biggest Loser" and confront my fears. And the fears were real - can I really do a 95 pound dead lift? Can I jump up on a block that comes up to my knees?

YES, YES I CAN.

So this showed me that it *is* mostly a mental thing. "Do the thing you think you cannot do." This challenge means a lot to me. The craziest part is that it has to be done in 15 minutes to get a sweatshirt. But even if I don't break 15 minutes, I still want to do what is required. And tonight I did it. Yes, yes I did. So pardon me for the brag, but here is what tonight looked like.

- Two mile run, pace between 10:00-11:00 with five sprints in there for good measure.
- 50 box jumps. (jump up with two feet onto a block as tall as my knees)
- 50 dead lifts (95lbs)
- 50 man push ups
- 50 floor sweepers (lie face up, holding a 65lb bar straight up above your face, and lower and lift your legs straight up to meet the bar - killer ab workout)
- 25 pull-ups with 45% assistance
- 50 dumb bell clean and press (25 each arm with a 20 lb dumb bell)

So although I only did 25 of the 50 pull-ups, it was still a freakin' hard workout. It took WAAAY longer than 15 minutes, but now I know that I can physically AND mentally do each one of the exercises. Amazing. I feel totally strong. Sure, I am sore now and will be about a gazillion times more sore tomorrow and the next day, but I feel great. I cannot WAIT until my honey gets home and I can tell him about this!!!!

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PINKCOCONUT 10/24/2010 9:59AM

    AAAAHHHHHH! Oh my god woman! You're phenomenal! Love it, love it, LOVE it!!!! Way to go!!!

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BAM0827 10/23/2010 8:05AM

    I'm in awe...totally impressed with your physical and mental stamina.

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MARLIMOO 10/23/2010 8:02AM

    WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - you rock girl. You truly rock. Keep it up and I hear you. This was my issue with my running I think. I would go faster and think or doubt- oh I can not keep running this fast... SHad up - I can .... Good for you!

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LEARNING2LUVME 10/23/2010 7:40AM

    The first thought that came to my mind when I read what your workout consisted of was "holy crap, that woman is AMAZING!!!" Wow. I would say that I could never do that, but I'm now wondering if it's just one of those mental blocks you were talking about in your blog. Never say never, I guess.

Great job, you rock!!!!!

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MKKAYA 10/22/2010 10:56PM

    You Rock my friend! I know you can do it! I realize that I can do alot of things that I never thought possible -- how about the 100 pushup chalenge - I thought no way can I do 100 pushups without a rest. I did It!!! it was hard work but I did it.

the mental games we play with our head is a circus!!!! We can do this!!!

Your awesome my friend!!!
Mike
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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/22/2010 10:55PM

    Holy lots of difficult exercises and high weights,Batman!!!!!

You are AWESOME!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!

CARRIE IS A MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!R>
I'm completely in awe!WOW!!!!I don't know what else to say.

ROCK IT,GIRL!!!!

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ETTEZEUS 10/22/2010 10:43PM

    Awesome Carrie!! But how can anyone do that entire workout in 15 minutes????
How many times a week will you be doing it? And for how many weeks.

I agree that there is a lot of mental involved in what each of us do. I feel that way with my running all the time. I also thought I'd never like ST-ing but now, if I don't do it at least twice a week, I feel like I'm missing something.



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CASSIOEPIA 10/22/2010 9:38PM

    Yes, Yes, YES!!! Such a great blog, and you are so totally right about the mental part of each of our own successes.

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GTANYA 10/22/2010 9:31PM

    I loved this blog - you have inspired me to challenge myself and know that i can do anything that I choose. i tell my children all the time that they can do it - now i need to do that for myself.

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Toot your own horn today!

Friday, October 22, 2010

I have to admit that, even though I've been Sparking for almost two years and I've read SO many articles and message board posts about how losing weight is not an instant thing, I still expect my pants to be super loose after only two weeks of drinking tons of water and eating tons of fruit and veggies. I KNOW that my pants will not automatically fall off after two weeks, but I still can't help but be slightly disappointed that they still stay up. Sigh... A little ridiculous? Yes, but at least I'm honest.

So even though my pants still fit, there are some pretty cool other things I've noticed.

- My pants *really* fit. There is no lumpy bump above the waist band, and there is no side overhang, either. This is totally exciting.
- Last night at stretch class, I noticed that when I put my arms at my sides, there were gaps in between my arms and my waist. GAPS!!!!
- My jawline is improving. This is one of those areas I tend to forget about, since there is no piece of clothing to gauge if it's getting smaller. But my honey commented on my "nice jawline," so of course this morning I had to look at it. It *is* getting nicer!
- I stuck to one serving of Le Petit Ecolier cookies last night. Dark chocolate ones are my weakness. I could (and I have) eat an entire box in one sitting. But I stuck to one serving.
- I got in all five Siggs (*a Sigg is a 20 oz. water bottle) of water yesterday. It took drinking two of them after 8:30pm, but I DID IT and I got a smiley face in that square for yesterday.

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So because it's Friday, you (yes you!) should take a minute today to think of something awesome that you notice about yourself. Toot your own horn! Shout it out! Give yourself a pat on the back! And while you're at it, say something awesome to someone *else* today. It will make you feel wonderful! You are amazing!!!!

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PSHANKEY 10/26/2010 10:02AM

    My collar bones are coming back!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/22/2010 10:58PM

    TOOT TOOT!!! I ran 11 miles today! and my favorite jeans fit nicely. Yeah, there's a muffin on top but will that ever go away after being stretched so far so many times???? I should be working harder on getting the abs toned.

You are incredible!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 10/22/2010 12:11PM

    If your pants really did fall off of you, that'd be a little embarrassing. But hey, if you want to be walking around with no pants on, I'll support you.

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PINKCOCONUT 10/22/2010 10:50AM

    Love it! You certainly deserve to toot that horn LOUDLY!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/22/2010 10:29AM

    You are doing well - it will happen when you least expect it.... emoticon

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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/22/2010 9:58AM

    Your blogs ALWAYS make me smile! You are one of the most positive, happy people I know! Your accomplishments are GREAT! I can't WAIT until I've got a nice jawline! And no side overhang...WAHOO! I hope you have an amazing day...and a wonderful weekend! HAPPY FRIDAY!

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JUDYFRANCE 10/22/2010 8:07AM

    Good for you!! It doesn't happen overnight, but it does happen. Thanks for the inspiring blog!

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TREASURINGLIFE 10/22/2010 8:04AM

    Great blog!! :) And great job with the sticking to only one serving of cookies and getting all your water in last night! Wooo-whooo!!!

Have a FANTASTIC day! :)

- Michelle

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LAGREBE 10/22/2010 7:54AM

    Good tooting! And inspiring!

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Thursday...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sometimes my honey and I have what we call a "sleepover," where we stay up late and just talk. They just *happen* and last night was one of those nights. We just talked and talked... some things were silly, some things were serious. But it's a good way for us to connect since we work opposite schedules.

Today Brad has a day off, so he's going to plan something delicious for dinner. I can't wait!

Today:
- Water!
- Two mile run and stretch class after school
- Pack lunch for tomorrow
- Stay positive!

I am SO tired despite yesterday's long nap. I stayed up late and I'm paying for it this morning. Oh well, it's worth it to have quality honey time.

May your day bring lots of met challenges, happy weigh-ins, much water, and healthy food choices!

  
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COOPSM 10/21/2010 8:11PM

    Carrie---have I said before the inspiration I get from your posts?? Love reading them...keep them coming...

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 10/21/2010 11:56AM

    You're so lucky to have that in a partner. I have a couple of friends like that - we can just talk about random things, sometimes serious, sometimes silly, some just random stuff - and it feels really good to bond that way.

Enjoy your Thursday!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/21/2010 10:54AM

    Your Thursday plan sounds great! My husband and I drive to work together, so those are our times! For an hour each day we get a chance to talk and be silly...or serious! I think everyone should take time like that sometimes.

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PINKCOCONUT 10/21/2010 10:00AM

    I love those types of talks! Alan and I have them on occasion and they're always such an amazing way to just reconnect and many times we've come up with great ideas and what we want to accomplish together.

Have a great day and I want to hear what you have for dinner! Looking forward to the day I come over for some of your hubby's famous cooking (hint, hint)!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/21/2010 7:57AM

    I love those times that are unplanned but keep your relationship charged. My fiance works overnights so when we have time together it is awesome. Have a great day!

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LEARNING2LUVME 10/21/2010 7:25AM

    Here's to a great Thursday for all of us!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/21/2010 7:19AM

    Ditto,Carrie! You are such a bright ray of sunshine to all of us! I appreciate it so much and was just thinking that I wish I was your shadow so I could have the yummy food cooked by a loving man AND get to the gym so often !!

Hope your day is absolutely FAB!!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 10/21/2010 6:56AM

    Choosing to be the mirror that reflects the light today, I simply say "Right back at you!"

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