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October Observations and November Notes

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I tried to make my October Observations as objective as possible. I think even though it's hard not to take myself personally, it helps for me to step back and see things for what they are. So anyway...

- My rest week from working out was also a rest week from making consistently healthy food choices.
Although the scale was right where it needed to be today, a rest week from working out should not necessarily mean a rest week from proper nutrition. This is something I will work on in November.

- Five Siggs (a 20 oz. water bottle) a day is a lot, but do-able.

- When I plan meals and snacks, my nutrition is right on target.

- Visual reminders (like Silly Bands for my water) help me to reach my goals.

November!
- Concentrate on the Spartan 300 Challenge. I timed some of the exercises today so I have a baseline number from which to work. I need to work on making my box jumps quicker and my upper body strength needs to improve for my push-up time to improve.
- Plan weekly meals on Sunday. I did this today - I even cooked some of the food for Monday and Tuesday. I don't mind cooking a lot on the weekend, but during the week I want food that is easy for me to prepare. I made mashed potatoes, roasted beets, and tuna today. I am also going to ask Brad to make some food during the day.
- Stay on top of cleaning. I spent a LOOOOONG day yesterday cleaning the house, and a lot of the work could have been saved if I would have just kept on top of everything. So once a week I need to wet Swiffer the kitchen floor, scrub the stovetop, and clean the bathroom.

Brad is working today, which is kind of crappy, but it gives me the chance to plan for the week. I planned all but one meal for the week (Saturday dinner). I think after my nap I am going to enter in this week's meals into the tracker... Hm.

Happy Halloween!

  
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MAIA2011 11/1/2010 8:32AM

    This sounds great! I can't wait until I can say that I need to improve my pushup speed, too!

Right now I cannot even contemplate a plank.

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PINKCOCONUT 11/1/2010 7:31AM

    I know what you mean in regards to housework! I keep trying to stay on top of it but it always seems to get away! I've smartened up with the dishes but I need to do other stuff during the week so it's not one long day spent cleaning!

Good luck with November! I know you'll do amazing!

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COOPSM 10/31/2010 7:20PM

    Love how you are always on top of things Carrie and so organized.....here is to a great November!!!

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GSDMIKE 10/31/2010 5:57PM

    I know what you mean about the rest week and correlation to a nutritional free for all. I was just about to blog about that myself. Maybe I still will.

Good luck with the November goals. I can't wait to see how the spartan thing goes.

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Phew!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Today was cleancleancleancleanclean.
I am tired of cleaning for a while. But I did get some pictures hung, some hooks put up in the garage, the back deck cleaned off, the garage cleaned, the stove scrubbed, some important paperwork sent out, and lots of various other chores.
It feels good to be productive.

Tomorrow is back to a workout schedule... I can tell I needed this rest week because my body is ready to go back to working out.

  
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GSDMIKE 10/31/2010 11:20AM

    Uggh, the garage. You had to remind me about the garage, didn't you?

Soooo not looking forward to the annual, "Lets see if we can make a hole big enough for the car to not get snowed on" session.

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TMAC10 10/31/2010 9:19AM

    i really wish I could take a week off of work and spend the entire time cleaning! that would be great! that is awesome that your body is ready to work out....mine is too! November is my month to get back into the gym!

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PINKCOCONUT 10/31/2010 7:50AM

    PAPERWORK!!!!!!!!!!

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GONE2014 10/30/2010 10:50PM

    Those productive days do feel so good though!!

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Boo Humbug.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

At my school, we have a thing called a "Harvest Day Parade." It's supposed to be the "PC" version of what is really Halloween. I can't stand the Harvest Day Parade. For various reasons. I think it's weird that we aren't supposed to be celebrating Halloween, yet we let the kids dress up and parade around in their costumes to celebrate "the harvest." Last time I checked, no farmer wears a fairy princess costume to pick gourds. The Harvest Festivities take place in the middle of the afternoon, and the kids are expected to go back to class for "the rest of their instructional day." Great, let's get them all hyped up for Halloween, dress them up, give them a party, and then expect "instructional time" after the hoopla.

Yes, Harvest Day is the worst day of the school year. Worse than the day before Christma... I mean, Winter Break. At least on that day, nobody is crazy enough to expect any instructional time. For the last two years, I took personal days on Harvest Day. Not really on purpose, but because I was actually going to things on those days. Unfortunately, I don't have anything planned this year. So Harvest Day it is.

The bright side is that I get to bust out my laundry basket costume. I will try to remember to get some pictures. It's pretty funny and very unique.

So tonight was a little Spartan 300 work - box jumps, push ups and pull-ups, and then stretch class. I seriously could take that class every day and be happy.

Stayed in calorie range today. It was easy after last night's dinner. Brad and I went out to dinner at a local pub. Beer, wings, fries, chips, buffalo chicken sandwich... YUM. The chicken sando was grilled, and there was an orange slice in my Blue Moon, so I guess it was a little healthy...? (Yeah, that's pushing it.) He stood strong and didn't let me get the Ben and Jerry's afterward, instead getting us some grapes. And they were delicious. I have a habit of poking all the grapes before I buy them. They have to be super hard - I love fruit that's a little underripe and/or really really crunchy. Can you believe grapes are so healthy? They taste so good!

So tomorrow's lunch is packed - leftover broccoli strudel, yogurt, and a pear. I have to get my costume ready...
One more glass of water to drink tonight and then I'll be good for today. I think I may get it in the form of some hot tea after my hot bath. Hot tea is the only other beverage I count as water. I don't count coffee, decaf or not. But since tea is just really flavored water...

So the rest of the night:
- hot bath
- hot tea
- couch

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LAGREBE 10/31/2010 8:02AM

    emoticon This reminds me: I used to work at a school where we did NOT celebrate Halloween but then on Nov. 1 we celebrated All Saints in the Cathedral with the kids dress up as "Saint" (!) all those holy nuns in bedsheets beat any Halloween ghost!

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ONECOOKIETWO 10/30/2010 7:28PM

   
These are the top five most important things I read from your blog:

5. Harvest Day is now over for the year!
4. You somehow still have the fortitude to eat leftover broccoli strudel.
3. You look great in laundry.
2. You are NOT a basket case.
1. You ate GRAPES, not B&J!!!

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GOEGIRL 10/29/2010 10:08AM

    rotfl - fairy princess costumes for gourd-harvesting! lol!!!
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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/28/2010 9:11PM

    Yeah tomorrow my son has harvest day and daughter has insect party both of which they require parents to attend. I will not be having any fun either.

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ABLEVINS98 10/28/2010 8:44PM

  Some days are better than others. My son's school just calls it Halloween. It is what it is, why try to sugar coat it. Pardon the pun..lol. Enjoyed your blog.

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REEDSKI 10/28/2010 8:11PM

    I love your blog!!!!!! I am going to put you as a sparkfriend so I remember to read more of your blogs.
This made me laugh after a long day at work and a long meeting afterwards.

I enjoyed your food paragraph and your workout paragraph. I can't wait to see the laundry basket photo.



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COOPSM 10/28/2010 7:30PM

    Can't wait to see the costume.......make the best of the day....
Enjoy the rest of your night Carrie...

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SOFT_VAL67 10/28/2010 7:28PM

    political correctness or a sign of the times, i guess, i still call it halloween.....and i still call christmas, christmas...glad to hear u stayed in range, cuz i sure didnt, i ate mini bit o honeys all evening, shew...where were your back ground photos taken, this looks like my area alot

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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 awful...care 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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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/27/2010 9:52AM

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

*UGH...you'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 defined...it'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 all...you 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 Yoga...you 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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