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Friday, November 05, 2010

I warned you!

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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.

Today:
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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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/5/2010 6:12AM

    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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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 11/4/2010 1:23PM

    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.

Today:
- 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!!!
Mike

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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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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/3/2010 9:06AM

    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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V-O-T-E!!!

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
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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!!

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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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