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Third time's a charm...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This is the third try at today's blog. Since I can't think of any one thing to write about today, this is just going to be random.

- Thank you thank you thank you for nominating me as a Motivator! This was truly the highlight of my Tuesday. I checked my e-mail at work, saw that I was a motivator and got this huge grin on my face. Yahoo!!!

- Getting on the scale the night after eating a pulled pork sandwich, potato chips, and not having enough water is NOT a good idea.

- Despite the scale not being nice, my pants are fitting better, my skin is looking great, and my self-confidence is at an all-time high!

- I see more muscles every day!

- My 5K time on Sunday was 33:39 (ish). Not great, but it was a really hilly course, and I was totally sore from Friday night's Crazy Workout. I have to keep telling myself that I've really only been training smart since spring. I say smart, because last year I totally overtrained and did a number on my IT Band. Even though my milage is much lower now, I feel better about my running. After the Spartan 300 Challenge is over at my gym, I'd like to concentrate more on my running.

- The Eggplant and Black Bean recipe from Spark is AWESOME. This was only maybe the second time I've made a Spark recipe. It is SOOOOO good.

- Honey has a day off today. Yahoo! I don't know what we're having for dinner, but I am in charge of making apple crisp for dessert. Yum! We had it on Sunday and put it over some frozen yogurt (Stonyfield Farms Gotta Have Vanilla) and I managed to stay within my calorie range. Goooooooo frozen yogurt!

- The whole meal planning thing is working out really well for me. I've even gotten into planning breakfasts! It keeps the grocery bills reasonable, too... we don't have a million breakfast things sitting around the house.

Well, that's about it. Off to put in my bagel and get my bag ready for school. Lunch is packed already, and since I'm not going to the gym tonight, I don't need any workout stuff. This rest week is really really nice. I totally needed it!


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ABETTERME8610 10/28/2010 6:11AM

    So proud of you for being an official motivator, although you've honestly been strongest motivator for a couple of years now. THANK YOU for your inspiration!

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PILLOWFOOL 10/28/2010 1:33AM

    yay! congrats on officially being a motivator! I know you motivate me :)

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/27/2010 1:01PM

    Great blog,Carrie! Congrats on the co-motivator of the day with yours truly!!! Wasn't it fun?

Love hearing about your dinners...yummy!

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TORTUETOO 10/27/2010 11:45AM

    (1) I am coming over for apple crisp. emoticon
(2) You should try the butternut squash mac 'n cheese spark recipe. I've made it twice and I'm pretty sure I could eat it daily.
(3) You're welcome because you totally ARE a motivator!
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LEARNING2LUVME 10/27/2010 11:17AM

    That's so awesome that you were nominated as a motivator. You totally motivate me! emoticon girl, you deserve it!!!

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COOPSM 10/27/2010 10:59AM

    Carrie--congrats again on being motivator!!!!
Great job on your 5K....
Would love to make apple crisp---the recipe I tired was to share that one too???

Have a great day and enjoy the night with Brad....

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PINKCOCONUT 10/27/2010 10:37AM

    Congrats woman! You are a HUGE motivator to me!

I LOVE meal planning. It just creates so much less stress throughout the week and it totally saves on my grocery bill! I'm boring in the mornings, preferring mostly the same thing but I try to make leftovers at dinner for easy lunches the next day.

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    *You TOTALLY deserve the Spark People Motivator title!! You ARE motivating!!

*'re totally right...sodium and low water is a BAD idea!

*YAY for all the non-scale positives! I noticed over the weekend that my calf muscles were getting more's always exciting when you notice stuff like that!

*I personally think your 5K time is great! I'm sure you had a different number in mind, but first of finished it...and 2nd of all, you had some things working against you - hills and soreness. You did GREAT!

*Sparkrecipes ARE great! You should definitely make more of them...I use them all the time!

*Meal planning IS money saving! I always look at the sale papers and write down everything that we would eat...then I make meal plans based on those things that are on sale...of course I have to get some other things, too...but the majority of it is not full priced!

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FCARMICH 10/27/2010 6:29AM

  good luck

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It's a warm day...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Which is a little weird for this time of year. But I took the trash out this morning and didn't even feel like i needed a coat. I'll take it... I'll enjoy it now, because in about a month or two I'll be huddling under the electric blanket wishing I had this weather back!

Today is going to be a busy day. It's my rest week, which I am LOVING, but I also have a lot of housework, bills, cooking, and household shopping to catch up on. Bleh. We are almost out of contact solution, and I have no more mouthwash. This is not good. I am usually very on top of the Target shopping, but I've been putting it off...

So today:
- after school, do the Target shopping. This will help me keep it short, since after that -
- Yoga class. It's a rest week, but yoga will be really good to stretch out my back.
- Home to clean and cook. I have to use up an eggplant tonight, so I'm going to make a recipe I found on Spark. Most of it will go in the freezer, but some will be for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow.

I MUST get in all my water today. Yesterday was the first day of my 10-10-10 challenge where I didn't get in all my water. :( I really felt it, too. I guess my body really *does* want all that water!

Last night I had an eye doctor appointment. I always get inspired to wear my glasses when I go there... so today I am wearing a pair I haven't worn in a a really long time. I also bought a new pair last night, so in about two weeks I'll have three cute pairs. I guess it's time to stop wasting that glasses money! Ha!

Time to get ready for school... have a super day!


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REEDSKI 10/29/2010 3:11PM

    I had to use up an eggplant this week. I made Eggplant Parmesan. It's a SparkRecipe. I can't remember the whole name. It is a lighter recipe.

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CASSIOEPIA 10/26/2010 9:47PM

    Okay, what is 10-10-10?

10 glasses of water
10 fruits and veggies
10 ???? (hours of sleep at night???)

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MAIA2011 10/26/2010 8:17PM

    Your rest week does sound awfully busy. What do your nonrest weeks look like?!?

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JUDIL62 10/26/2010 2:58PM

    Glad you are doing the need some "me" time!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/26/2010 11:01AM

    Your rest week sounds BUSY! It's nice to have some days to get the things that you've been neglecting done without feeling like you have to work out like a crazy person, too! Enjoy your rest day...and your eggplant...YUM!

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MARLIMOO 10/26/2010 8:24AM

    Sounds so nice - A rest week. Wonder if I would ever allow myself that? Probably not. Enjoy though. Egglplant - MMMMMM. Oh & Target- AHHHH

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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 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 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?


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!!!

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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.


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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.

Congratulations! Aweome! emoticon emoticon

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