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Snow-covered roads vs. the gym

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I consider myself a good driver, and I'm pretty good in the snow. It helps that I live close to a ski place - the roads are generally taken care of very well so that people can go skiing. The worst part about my drive home is getting into my development. I have to go up two hills to get to my driveway, and then I have to go down a hill to park. Getting out of my driveway when it snows is a big problem - I have been stuck a few times because I can't get up the hill.

So anyway, this morning I was up early to go to the gym, and to my surprise, we had some snow on the ground. I love when it snows! But I don't love the thought of having to get up the driveway. I heated up my car and was all ready to go. I had a heck of a time getting up the hill - my tires were slipping up near the top. There is one side of me that says "just get out of the development - the rest of the roads are fine." But there is another side of me, the one that says "you don't need the stress of trying to get back home after the gym." So I parked my car at the top of my driveway and came back inside.

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape."

This was supposed to be a run day for me. I have to admit, I was a little bummed that I didn't make it to the gym. For a minute, I even told myself "that's a really lame excuse. You know the roads are going to be fine once you get on them." But I know that if I would have gone to the gym, my run would have been filled with thoughts of "are you going to be able to get home? Will you make it to the house?" I don't know how any of you are, but if I have something like that on my mind, I can't concentrate on a really good workout.

So after pouting a little bit ("My workout schedule is RUINED!"), I came home, looked at the forecast, and saw that tomorrow is going to be clear. So instead of tomorrow being my rest day, it's today. There. Done.

And actually, it's a good thing. My legs are still sore from Tuesday night's classes, and I just did upper body ST yesterday. So all my muscles need a rest day before I do any more strength training anyway. And besides, this gave me time to pack my lunch today.


- Drink five Siggs of water
- Enjoy my meal tonight at Brad's Christmas party
- Stay positive
- Roll with the kids' excitement at school (they are getting excited for Christmas - the first snow does that to them. And rather than fighting it, I will adapt to it. My most important job is to keep them safe. So we will do lots of moving, and I will keep them safe.)

I did everything on my list yesterday, so I treated myself to a glass of wine. And Brad was home early, so I treated myself to a second glass. Lucky for me, I drank lots of water yesterday so I woke up feeling great.

Make it a good one!

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ETTEZEUS 12/10/2010 11:08PM

    When I lived up north, I hated driving in the snow, slip sliding all over the place. One of the main reasons I moved. I would have stayed home too!

Good move Carrie.

And I love that saying too!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/10/2010 10:46PM

    Great job on making things work for you and having that positive attitude! How was today's run?

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COOPSM 12/10/2010 8:27PM

    Carrie---me thinks you made a good choice....

How was the WO today???

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JUDYFRANCE 12/10/2010 5:21AM

    I have the same problem when it snows. So, I watch the forecast closely and when cold temps and humidity mix, I park my car down the street. It sleeps outside and I have a ten minute walk, but at least I can get to town.....and the gym....

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RUNNINGWILD 12/9/2010 10:56PM

    "Blessed are the flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape."
I'm stealing this emoticon

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    Great job! I understand about the pouting...I did that yesterday when my plans had to change. It's great when you can be flexible...and a rest day sounds perfect!

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JUSTBIRDY 12/9/2010 9:08AM

    Kudos for making the best of things and staying on track.

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My car is heating up, so make it quick!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Good things:

emoticon The daily goal thing worked! I knew what I had to get done, and I knew I had a glass of Pinot waiting for me when I did it. And everything got done in a timely manner.

emoticon A hard workout is awesome. I just love it!

emoticon More water = a less hungry Carrie. Duh.

emoticon A motivational note on my alarm every morning makes me jump right out of bed. Ok, maybe not jump... Right now my alarm reads "Wake up! Time to get buff!" So if I stay in bed, I won't get buff.

Today's goals:
- Wrap presents that need to be wrapped
- Drink five Siggs of water
- Pick up clutter from downstairs
- Try on the pair of shoes that came to see if I like them

Reward for today:
- A glass of wine in my jammies

Off to the gym!

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GRAMMYEAC 12/9/2010 6:15AM


You rock!!!

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GROOVYCHICK9 12/8/2010 10:34PM

    You go girl!!!

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MKKAYA 12/8/2010 8:44PM

    WooHoo!!! Carrie!!!

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COOPSM 12/8/2010 8:18PM

    Did you get your wine???

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PINKCOCONUT 12/8/2010 10:06AM

    WOO HOO!!! You can do it!!!

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RUNSTRONG128 12/8/2010 7:46AM

    Great blog!!

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RWALTON730 12/8/2010 7:24AM

    Excellent goals! I like your idea of a reward, too. :)

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MRSSIBRAT 12/8/2010 6:52AM

    a talking alarm clock! i love it!

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LAGREBE 12/8/2010 6:22AM

    What motivation! I love it!

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LMATTHEWS76 12/8/2010 5:56AM

    Great goals! I need to try this too!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/8/2010 5:52AM

    Have a great day!

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Today I will...

Tuesday, December 07, 2010


- Five Siggs of water
- Yoga and Butts & Guts
- send out two cards
- get X-mas presents for my girl from the tree at my gym

If I do those things today - a glass of Pinot Noir in my jammies. (Thanks Therese for the idea!)

Go get 'em!

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    Good luck getting your glass of wine! Such a great idea!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 12/7/2010 3:45PM

  wooohoo what a great day! :D

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PINKCOCONUT 12/7/2010 3:19PM

    Anytime, my friend! Enjoy your glass!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/7/2010 8:45AM

    Good for you!

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MRSSIBRAT 12/7/2010 8:31AM

    lol I love the reward!

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COOPSM 12/7/2010 8:03AM

    what a great way to reawrd yourself...hope you get that glass!!

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KARVY09 12/7/2010 8:01AM

    Do it!!!

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It's beginning to look a lot like winter...

Monday, December 06, 2010

This morning I woke up early for the gym. Came downstairs and saw that it was snowing! Hooray! Nothing too much, just enough to coat the ground. Wahoo! I love the snow. A lot of the teachers at my school hate snow days, but I say BRING 'EM ON!!!

Got my two mile run in this morning.

Found out that the cookies I baked last night have 31 calories a piece. Yes, they're little, but if I savor two of them, I'm good to go!

I'm feeling good about this week and, dare I say it?, December. I feel like I have something to work toward and that my drive to better myself is more than my drive to sit on the couch and mope.


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    I'm glad you are ready for a good month! Me, too! I have to know what kind of cookies only have 31 calories!! They sound perfect!

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    I wish snow would come in small doses like that here!

Nice on getting the 2 miles in!

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GSDMIKE 12/6/2010 12:13PM

    I got in my first two snow runs last week, and my first session of snowshovel cardio on Saturday. I'm looking forward to a great December too.

BTW, Sherry walked behind my chair while I was reading your blog and saw those "Cave girl in a bikini" background pictures and asked "What the hell are you reading?"

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JOPAPGH 12/6/2010 12:07PM

    We have a little snow here, but with blistering cold and wind.

Treadmill time for me for a while...

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/6/2010 11:53AM

    It hasn't snowed here (MA) yet, it feels so weird to be in the 2nd week of December with no snow! Good for you for planning on savoring two good little cookies.

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COOPSM 12/6/2010 10:59AM

    Nice cookies..what kind did you make this time??

Nice gym run......I seem to be out of my funk is to hoping we can keep it going...

Where is that picture???

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SIRIRADHA 12/6/2010 9:59AM

    Wonderful! Did you go running in the snow or on an inside track? We haven't had much emoticonthis year, so I'm hoping for a few really good ones this winter.

Gosh, it's nice to read such an upbeat blog!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 12/6/2010 9:14AM

    Jealous, I love snow even snow days home with the kids.

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MRSSIBRAT 12/6/2010 7:56AM

    snow!! we haven't seen any here yet!

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Weekly Goals

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I have trouble with long-term goals. And by long-term, I mean anything over two weeks. My 10-10-10 challenge? Ha... I've just about given up on that one. Hanging in the two months to do my 300 Challenge was a challenge in itself!

All my Spark buddies have these great December goals... I have read through most of the blogs I didn't read over the weekend, and I've seen some great ideas for some goals and challenges! I love how determined everyone is to have December be a super month. 2010 will go out with a bang!

So partly because of my inability to stick with something for too long (I'm not too unhappy about it, it's just the way it is) and partly because of the season, I've decided to make December my month of weekly goals. It's easier for me to commit to yoga this week than it is to commit to it the whole month.

emoticon Fitness goals 12-5 to 12-11

Sunday - strength training. Done! I did a great circuit training workout this morning
Monday - morning TM run
Tuesday - yoga and "Butts and Guts" after school
Wednesday - morning run
Thursday - morning strength training
Friday - rest day
Saturday - morning spin class

emoticon Nutrition goals 12-5 to 12-11

emoticon Stick to real food - limit my processed food. I decided to re-read Michael Pollan's book In Defense of Food. I have been getting lazy in the food department, and I've been eating more processed food in the last month or two. I'm going back to eating tons of fruit and veggies.

emoticon Eat planned meals. This means I have to actually *plan* my meals. I have up until Wednesday planned. Tuesday night I will take an inventory of what is in the house and plan the rest of the week. The only two "processed" meals for this week - dinner on Monday: my bestie and I are ordering pizza and watching a movie. This is definitely going to be a treat! And I am craving pizzeria pizza. Thursday night is a Christmas party for Brad's restaurant. We are going to a really nice restaurant, and I'm not going to concern myself too much with calorie counting that night.

emoticon Have a candy cane at the ready for when I think I'm hungry or when I want a little candy. The peanut M&Ms have been way too plentiful in the last week - I don't need that garbage.

emoticon Have French vanilla tea after dinner for a sweet. This will go perfectly with ONE homemade cookie (they are getting baked tonight)

emoticon Five 20oz Siggs of water a day. If I do this, I can have a glass of wine. Nothing like a little motivation!

Herrrrrrrrrrrre we go!!!


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    I love your goal of setting weekly goals! I have problems with long term goals, too. I always feel like I've failed if I don't stick with it for more than 2 weeks...when really I should be proud of the fact that I did something for 2 weeks!! You're going to have a great month...I can tell!

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TMAC10 12/6/2010 6:15AM

    I love the goal of re-reading Michael Polan and getting back to "real food". Its basically the only goal I have right now and it makes me feel great! Good luck this week!

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CASSIOEPIA 12/5/2010 10:19PM

    I think having weekly (instead of monthly) goals is a great idea - especially in a busy month like December.

Go get 'em!

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LEARNING2LUVME 12/5/2010 7:06PM

    Those are great goals! I like how you break them down for a week and then into categories. I have trouble sticking with goals for more than a day, which is why I just list my goals when I do my morning blog. lol. I'm awful. emoticon

Here's to a great week for everyone!

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MUEHLBBO 12/5/2010 6:39PM

    I guess I would have to say that I'm worse than you with goals. I have some dreams and wishes, but I never really put them into a goal, like to weigh such and such by a certain time. I just take each day by itself. I really don't feel the day is complete if I haven't completed my exercise--it was 2 sessions of exercise bike a day for 30 minutes each. This past week it was upped to 3 sessions if I can absolutely work it in. Only one day I only got 2 in. I track each day and stay within limits. I'm not great at the whole weight loss thing, but with SP it's been a better journey than anything I've tried on my own. In a nutshell I guess what I'm saying is that weekly goals are great. Each week will add up into monthly goals and then lifetime goals. Good luck.

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LAGREBE 12/5/2010 6:09PM

    Nothing like a great plan! emoticon

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DIONNE1972 12/5/2010 6:00PM

    i like your idea of only have one week at a time goals. I too am a big goal setter for months and months away and then I drop the ball after about 2 weeks time. so i am going to try one week at t a time goals, thanks for the tip.

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