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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

So here I am again, early in the morning, getting ready to head out the door to the gym. I wake up super early - I think of it as "me time," but lately I've been getting a little bored sitting around in the morning. Well, not bored, just "bleh." So I decided to take about 45 minutes out of my morning and go for a swim. I might as well... I'm awake and why not burn a few extra calories?
But I guess I'm a little weird, because tonight is yoga and kickboxing at the gym. So in less than 12 hours, I will be back there taking two classes. Oh well, I have the drive right now, so why not take advantage of it?

I know my body well enough at this point to know that this is not over-training it. Swimming comes naturally to me, and while it burns a lot of calories, for me, it's an "easy workout."

Today's Penguin Personal Daily Goal is to stick to the eating plan at lunch. I had forgotten that we were ordering pizza at today's in-service! I am sticking to ONE SLICE today. I won't get into yesterday (cereal, ahem), but I *will* say that today I have to stand my ground.

"I will feel more awake after my swim. I will feel more awake after my swim..."

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PILLOWFOOL 11/3/2010 1:08AM

    I know what you mean about swimming. your head knows it's exercise but when you get in the water - your body/heart think of it as important and relaxing "me" time. damn. I should go for a swim. hope you have a great day!

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LSCHULER72 11/2/2010 1:31PM

    Woo hoo! Sounds perfect!

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COOPSM 11/2/2010 8:04AM

    Carrie---enjoy that swim....and then enjoy classes tonight...

Have a happy!!!!!

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TMAC10 11/2/2010 6:30AM

    it's awesome that you are staying in tune with your body!

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LEARNING2LUVME 11/2/2010 6:16AM

    Sounds like you've got a good day coming up. Enjoy that slice of pizza (AFTER you enjoy a big salad!!) lol

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LAGREBE 11/2/2010 6:05AM

    Sounds wonderful! A swim, one piece of pizza (I hope the in-service is interesting!!) kick-boxing and yoga. Go for it!

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It's the first of the month...

Monday, November 01, 2010

Which is the title of a Bone Thugs n' Harmony song, but I like the first of the month for a different reason. It's a chance to make some new goals, to get back into the swing of things, and to clear the slate if need be.
Someone once told me "what you do on January 1st is what you do the rest of the year." I also think it's true for each month. Start off on the right foot, and anything is possible!

So this morning I woke up bright and early (5am!) and got to the gym for a 2 mile run. I did some sprints in there and now I feel terrific! Meals are planned for today - shrimp is thawing in the fridge, and I'm feeling slim. I checked myself out in the mirror while I was running (yes, I'm vain at the gym) and I saw some great leg muscles as I ran along. One of my new favorite songs is "Vanity" by Christina Aguilera. There is a part - "Mirror mirror, on the wall, they tell me I'm stuck up, but I'm not at all. Never mind, I am. It's not my fault I'm the sh*t. Yeah, I am. And I'm a bad-a$$ b*tch" - that I LOVE.
At the gym is one place that I allow myself to be totally vain, and I love it. "Checking form" is often code for "woohoo for sexy muscles!" I mean, don't get me wrong, I have great form (thanks to my chiropractor/physical therapist!), but checking out muscles is a great thing, too.

So today:
- water!
- pick out clothes for tomorrow
- buy a hair magazine for Wednesday's haircut (chop it off!!!)
- buy some boxing gloves and weight-lifting hooks for the gym
- be positive!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 11/1/2010 8:53PM

    Weight lifting hooks? What are those? I love your comment about checking form - I do that all the time!

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FRIDA11 11/1/2010 5:54PM

    You are just sooo inspiring..
Good idea to make a goal every first of the month
For me the first day of the week would be a good day of goal setting.. thank you emoticon

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JUDYFRANCE 11/1/2010 11:01AM

    Who cares if you win or lose, as long as you look f#*&ing fantastic!

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MIKEL1999 11/1/2010 9:30AM

    Seems like you are on the right track!! I definitely agree with starting every month with new goals. No more excuses, write them down and accomplish them. Way to go!!

Haven't heard Christina's new song yet, I will have to check it out emoticon

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GSDMIKE 11/1/2010 9:23AM

    You should take a cell phone camera with you and take a picture of yourself in the gym mirror so we can all marvel at your form.

On second thought, that might be vain. Good luck with the November goals.

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PINKCOCONUT 11/1/2010 9:18AM

    I check myself out at the gym as well, why the hell not?! There's no problem in having pride in your accomplishments and if you look great all the better!

This month is going to be awesome!

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MAIA2011 11/1/2010 8:36AM

    Oh, dear, I always sit around and cry on the first of the year. BUT the year always improves after that!

I'm excited about the boxing gloves for your gym. If you have never tried a double-end ball, try it! It's my favorite piece of boxing equipment and I think you can get it for your home gym. It's not as ungainly as a heavy bag.


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ONESAUCYTRINI 11/1/2010 7:47AM

    I love your attitude. Every month I set a new focus and targets with actionable goals. last month I hit my target. My targets for November are
1) to complete my NaNoWriMo project and submit for publishing.
2) Complete remodeling of my townhouse.
So you go girl and achieve your goals for November

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LAGREBE 11/1/2010 7:45AM

    You are up for a great month with such a start! I woke up at 5 am, too but did not go to the gym! Had I read your blog earlier you just might have pushed me over the edge and I would have gone. I will make up for it later in the afternoon.
Have a great November! WooHoo!

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LEARNING2LUVME 11/1/2010 7:39AM

    OMG, I haven't heard Bone, Thugs, N Harmony in FOREVER. My cousin used to listen to them. lol.

That Christina Aguilera song sounds awesome. I must get that for my ipod.

It sounds like you're going to make it a great month. (Oh, and I'm totally a "form checker" while I'm at the gym. lol.

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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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Here's a costume for ya'
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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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