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Week of November 7 - Fall Back!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Well, I didn't weigh in this morning. I felt kind of poopy when I woke up so I decided to use this day as *another* rest day. After a day of being really lazy, though, I got fed up. So about 30 minutes ago I busted out a quick little strength training workout. It felt really good. Worked up a little sweat and got some motivation. Poured myself a big glass of water, and I'm ready for the week.

This is week 5 of the 10-10-10 challenge. Almost half way done!
This week I will focus on staying busy at night so I don't eat. Night time has been my struggle time... I do so much in the morning that I just sit around at night because I feel like I have nothing to do. I will be productive at night so I don't eat, and then maybe I'll get to bed earlier.

Nutrition: I have this week's meals all planned out. They are, of course, subject to change. I just like to have a general idea of where my calories are going and if my meals are too big, too small, just right...
I need to get my water in this week. I've been slacking and I really feel it in my body. With the cold weather and cold season coming up, I have to take care of my body inside and out by making sure I stay hydrated. I just found some Vitamin C powder in my cabinet, so I think I'll start adding some to my water once a day. (I don't know if it *really* works, but I have it, so I might as well try it.)

Fitness: The workouts for this week are planned out. Monday morning run. Tuesday night yoga and kickboxing. Wednesday morning run. Thursday night stretch and Spartan 300 training. Friday morning run. Saturday is free - maybe a spin class?

Off to put in tomorrow's meals...


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LEARNING2LUVME 11/8/2010 7:50AM

    If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Good job getting ready for the week. :)

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JUDYFRANCE 11/8/2010 5:17AM

    Good plan. Without a plan, you don't even know if you've succeeded.

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KKP4673 11/8/2010 1:30AM

    Great job!! You can do this!! Moving forward no matter how tired you are is one of the greatest keys to success, I am sure!

Go!! Go!!

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The most incredible dinner.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Is what I'm eating right now - a slice of warm, homemade pumpkin bread. HOLY MOLY. It has cranberries and walnuts in it, and I made it with fresh farm pumpkin. AAAAHHH it is so good! The recipe is from the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, which is FULL of really great recipes. I have had good results from about 95% of their recipes.

Today I woke up with a cold - ugh. Didn't do a whole lot today; a little laundry, a little baking, a few dishes, and a nap. I also made some really good tahini dressing (which took about 2 seconds to stick in the blender) for my lunch - Romaine with pears, Parmesan cheese, and tahini dressing. Yum. My tum is feeling a little ugh from being sick, so the bread was the only thing I had for dinner. And a glass of wine. I have to move some laundry to the dryer...

I spent a lot of time today planning out next week and looking at my 10-10-10 chart. I had written in a previous blog that I was kind of losing steam... I think I may have to add some new weekly goals to my challenge. It's so difficult for me to keep focus for this long... I'm on a roll tonight, so maybe I'll work on that.

Brad and I are working on our Very Important Paperwork (VIP) and boy, is there a lot of it! We have an IELTS test scheduled for November 20th... we are excited to get the ball rolling. This test is a big step for us...

I'm planning on tomorrow being another non-gym day. This past week was "that time of the three months," and I totally went crazy with the cereal and carbs, so I won't be too disappointed if I miss a weigh-in day.


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COOPSM 11/7/2010 10:38AM

    Carrie---hope you are better soon......once again your food sounds the best!!!!
GL on the test!!!

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FRIDA11 11/7/2010 5:09AM

    YouŽll get on the track
the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, I will try to look that up
Take some vitamine C and raw garlic.. maybe under a slice of cheese against your cold

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MAIA2011 11/7/2010 1:25AM

    Do you make the tahini from scratch, too, or buy it in a jar? I wanted to make hummus because I have a bunch of dried garbanzo beans for some reason but I am not 100% sure what tahini is.

Good luck on the test! Sounds like you have exciting plans!

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Warning! This blog is girly.

Friday, November 05, 2010

I warned you!


About three months ago I stopped getting my beloved Depo-Provera shot (for birth control) because my doctor was concerned about bone loss. I started Lo-Seasonique... on this pill, it's only supposed to be "that time of the month" once every three months. Coming off over five years of *never* having "that time of the month," I was a little nervous about what to expect.

Since Sunday, I have been totally craving carbs. Yesterday I ate an entire bag of mini-rice cakes (they were so delish), I had a big bowl of popcorn after dinner, and tonight I ate a bagel with my soup for dinner, and then a BIG bowl of cereal for dessert. I brought this up to a friend, and she asked about my TOM. Told her that it was about that time, and she said it made sense that I wanted so many carbs. AAARGH. So I guess this is what I've been "missing out on"?

I read all your blogs (well, not everyone's!) about their TOM and how it can make your bodies out of whack and the weigh-in not so fun. So it's been a help reading them, because I kind of knew what to expect. But on the other hand, since it's been so long, I'm nervous that my body won't go back to "normal." When will I stop craving carbs? *will* I stop craving carbs? Will I gain two pounds? Five pounds?

It's a little scary when something happens to your body that you aren't used to. I have to wonder if it's normal. I have a follow-up appointment with my doctor in about two weeks - they want to make sure my body is adjusting normally. I don't think anything is weird, I have the "normal" symptoms (from what I remember! aaahhh!)...

One good thing is that I haven't stopped my workout routine, I've just been eating more than I really need to be eating. But it's like I'm totally ravenous and can't stop. Even though I have motivational notes all over my kitchen, I look right at them, laugh in their face, and pour another bowl of cereal. I am about ready to call my honey and ask him to bring home some chunky ice cream when he comes home...

I am seriously enjoying my wine tonight. I got a cheap bottle (Red Truck California Red) for me, and a more expensive one (not really, only $20 on sale) of some other red that, according to my super-fun new wine app, is a great year. That one is to share.

Tomorrow is No Alarm Day. I am going to a wine tasting/hike in the afternoon, which I am counting as my workout. Ha! But it should be a good time.


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JUDYFRANCE 11/7/2010 2:41AM

    Exercise is the number one best medicine for TOM. Even if you don't feel like it, just do at least 20 minutes.

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PINKCOCONUT 11/6/2010 9:03AM

    I think that's the one thing I don't like about birth control, it masks your body's natural rhythms to the point that we don't know what they are! I've been on regular old birth control for a few years and I don't get nearly as much cravings as I used to. Just give yourself a few months to adjust!

$20 is plenty expensive for me when it comes to wine! :)

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CFMOSS 11/6/2010 7:45AM

    Here's a prayer for survival of TOM and all of its associated stuff. Glad you continue to workout. That makes a huge difference.

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FRANKLYN22 11/5/2010 7:35PM

    I have been on Seasonique for 6 years, and this is exactly what happens to me right before TOM...carbs, carbs, carbs! But that doesn't last long, and then you get 3 more months of normalcy until it happens again, so I don't let it bother me. Enjoy your wine and happy Friday!

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THE_JENCH 11/5/2010 7:07PM

    Oh WINE!

Having eaten extra carbs, don't worry too much about your next weigh-in. I'm under the impression that as they're being eliminated from your system that carbs absorb more water in your belly so might appear heavier.

What did the shot do to your hormone levels? Because I was recently reading something online that was linking our (or womens) food desires/ cravings with their hormonal cycles. But still, changing up what you're used to could trigger some new reactions!

Enjoy your wine and sleeping in!

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Rain - and I saw "snow" in the forecast!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

My new haircut! Brad actually said to me "I kind of wish it was a little shorter." Ha! Maybe next time... but I like it. I had a nice head rub, a glass of wine, some good convo with my girl... what a good night.

I am losing a little steam for this 10-10-10 challenge... this is typically a problem for me during long challenges. I get easily bored/tired of it, and I seriously slack on it. The first two weeks were great, but now here I am at the end of week four and even though I'm being much more conscious about what I eat, I'm not as diligent as I had been. Hm...

Tonight is some Spartan 300 training and stretch class. I seriously need stretch class tonight.

Drink more than enough water. I've been struggling to get enough water every day.
Put in my braces right after lunch so I don't eat after lunch.
Practice jumping down from the box in the box jumps.
Do 20 box jumps in a row without a break.


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LEARNING2LUVME 11/5/2010 3:22PM

    You are so adorable!!! I seriously love your cut!

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COOPSM 11/5/2010 9:16AM

    Carrie---hang in there---you are doing great...focus on the positive that this is doing for you....

LOVE the cut......really cute on you...

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    Cute hair cut. I like it. I agree if challenges or training is too long - I lose interest. Hang in there you are doing so well

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    Hang in there and stay strong,Carrie! You are doing awesome and will rock that challenge@!

Love the haircut by the way. My man would disown me if I cut mine that short. Did once....he didn't comment which meant "not good." LOL!
Have a great week and we have snow in our forecast too with a low of 25 Friday night. YUCK!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 11/4/2010 10:27AM

    What is Spartan 300 training and box jumps? Sounds challenging and hard! Good luck with your goals today!

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DORIS32 11/4/2010 10:11AM

    cute hair!

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PINKCOCONUT 11/4/2010 10:01AM

    Ohhhh!!! Love the hair! Super cute!

I do the same thing with challenges, I get bored quickly! But just keep in mind why you're doing it in the first place! Maybe that'll give you a little extra boost!

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LSCHULER72 11/4/2010 9:37AM

    Super cute cut! Great goals for today-you can do it!

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TFUNKSGIRL 11/4/2010 8:01AM

    Your hair looks adorable

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MRE1956 11/4/2010 7:42AM

    emoticon haircut!

And yeah - what's up what that lousy "s"-word? I'm SO not ready to hear or deal with that yet!

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MRSSIBRAT 11/4/2010 7:01AM

    I love your hair!! it looks so cute!

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Hooray hooray, it's Haircut Day!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Oh how I love getting my hair cut. I love it when someone else shampoos my hair and rubs my head. I have a great stylist and I love my salon. It's a little pricey, but I love it anyway.
I love to look through hair pictures and pick out something new. It's not often that I keep the same hairstyle... I found a cute one for tonight. I hope it will work!

This week has been full of tracking and working out. I feel good. I have a twinge of a headache, though... might be a little cold coming on. Water water water!

I'm getting good at my box jumps. Last night I did 30 of them - I'm getting quicker and they are seriously good for my lower body. Woot!

After school I am going for some coffee with a friend/colleague. I have to kill some time in between school and my appointment - some library time will be in there, I'm sure.

- water!!!
- eat a snack with the coffee to tide me over until I get home (it will be almost 8:00 when I get to eat dinner)
- be positive!


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MKKAYA 11/4/2010 2:57AM

    No comment lady stuff!!!!

hugs my friend!!!

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COOPSM 11/3/2010 10:05PM

    Carrie----hope you will post pictures...would love to see the "new do"...

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PINKCOCONUT 11/3/2010 11:20AM

    Ohh! I want to see pictures! I love someone else shampooing my hair too! It feels so indulgent and relaxing! Have fun!

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SIRIRADHA 11/3/2010 10:34AM

    That WILL be fun! We want pictures, we want pictures...

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THEREALDINANE 11/3/2010 9:08AM

    And suddenly I want a haircut! But I'm trying to grow my hair out...

Have fun!

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    Can't wait to see pictures

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JUDYFRANCE 11/3/2010 8:48AM

    Enjoy the shampoo. That's my favourite part, too! Thank you for the encouragement on my blog. You're helping to keep me motivated. I know I can do it and it only matters what I can do, not compared to others. Thanks.

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/3/2010 8:35AM

  Enjoy your time before your haircut and the haircut itself. I like getting my hair cut too. Sometimes it can give me a whole new and improved outlook on life.

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DOGMOMMY 11/3/2010 8:05AM

    enjoy your day and being pampered tonight :)

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PLAYBLUES22 11/3/2010 8:04AM

    Sweetie, isn't wonderful to have "me" time emoticon

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VIVIMADE 11/3/2010 7:57AM

    have fun , u deserve a haircut

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/3/2010 7:46AM

    Have fun. I can't wait to see your pics! I love getting my haircut too.

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