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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Catching up from vacation is a lot of work!

On Sunday afternoon I drove down to Virginia for a little relaxing ME time and to pick up my brother from Dulles airport. He is home from his math-teaching stint in Doha. It's nice to have him back!

I did a lot of shopping, a lot of eating, and a lot of walking.

I met a new Spark friend (hi Megan!), and I reconnected with an elementary school friend I haven't seen in almost 25 years. I know I'm not young anymore when I can say "wow, I haven't seen you in almost 25 years!" We had a great (almost 3-hour long!) lunch at a Thai place - it's amazing how friendship works. There was absolutely NO awkward silence, no wondering how to fill up time, just two friends talking about anything and everything. It was so wonderful to see her.

After I picked up my brother, we came back to the hotel to unwind a little bit and decided to go to dinner. We got out to the car and the tire was flat. We are no strangers to car trouble on our trips - when I had to take entrance exams for grad school, my car overheated on the way to Kentucky and it needed to be towed somewhere in West Virginia. And that happened before smart phones and everything, so it was really a challenge to deal with the car. So we are old pros.

Car got towed away on Wednesday morning, and we went into DC for the day. It was hot! Finally! Warmth and sun! We did a ton of walking - it's nice to travel with Andrew (my brother) because he doesn't mind a lot of walking. Went to the American History Museum, Arlington National Cemetery (beautiful this time of year) and then headed over to Alexandria for some dinner.

Picked up the car on Thursday morning and headed out for some breakfast/lunch. Got home that evening and was exhausted.

So since Thursday I have been catching up on e-mails, bills, phone calls... it's nice to still have the long weekend. I may have to do the Easter week vacation again!

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Back to the routine. This morning I got in my gym time - I have conceded to the fact that I MUST go to the gym first thing or I just don't go. Right when I woke up I put on my gym clothes, so I was ready to go. There's no getting around it.

April flew by, just like March did...

Tonight I will put together next week's schedule of workouts and eating.

  
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KALIGIRL 4/25/2011 1:11PM

    I'm with you - first thing or no go - here's to our early morning workouts!

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LALAFLOWERS 4/25/2011 7:56AM

    wish I'd known you were gonna be a bit over an hour away from me! I might have packed up the kids, and gotten to meet you in person! Yes.. this month has flown by! have fun with the last 6 or so weeks of school!

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ROOT4HOME 4/24/2011 11:30PM

    Sounds like you had a GREAT vacation (except for the car trouble)! And yes, the months are flying by! emoticon

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PILLOWFOOL 4/24/2011 11:08PM

    so glad you had a good trip! (car problems aside).

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ETTEZEUS 4/23/2011 10:29PM

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

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MIAMIA7 4/23/2011 10:14PM

    Ah Carrie ....isn't family time wonderful?! Glad you enjoyed yourself!

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BOBBYD31 4/23/2011 10:05PM

    sounds like a busy fun time!
happy easter

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EATNBOOGERS 4/23/2011 5:03PM

    You sound rejuvenated. Glad it was a good trip!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 4/23/2011 5:02PM

    I've got a few friends like that...and don't see them nearly enough. glad you had a such a fabulous vacation!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 4/23/2011 2:07PM

    It is nice to have friends like that. You don't see them for a really long time but when you do it is like you saw them just the other day. It is really hard to say that it has been 20 years since high school.. But I am in that boat. feels like I just graduated a year ago.

sounds like you had some nice "me" time.

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AARONSGIRL420 4/23/2011 1:58PM

    Although you had car trouble, it sounds like a wonderful time. And all that walking has surely added to your calories burned, so double yey!

And about th months flying by....yes!!! Way too fast.

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An easy goal to figure out...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I'm pretty sure my goal for the rest of this week and next week is to not have any wine. Sunday night we had a pizza and wine party and last night I went to a wine tasting where the wine was very liberally poured. I am exhausted today. Thank goodness it's already Thursday.

I'm getting ready for my vacation - yahoo! This weekend is symphony weekend with my mom, and on Sunday I am leaving from her house to go to Virginia. I am picking up my brother from the airport sometime while I'm down there (he is coming home from a math-teaching stint in Qatar), so I thought I'd take a couple days to myself to explore DC and the area. I am totally looking forward to a vacation. I don't know that I'm really going to plan anything!

But there is a lot to do around here before I go. Brad is very capable of holding down the fort, but I do need to give him some guidance. I think I'll surprise him with some apricot muffins before I go, and maybe do a little grocery shopping for him.

Today:
- Drink water water water. I did not have nearly enough yesterday, and I can feel it today. I MUST go water-crazy today.
- Hide the chocolate in my room at school. As much as I wish I could, I just can not stick to one Dove chocolate square.
- Get in my workout tonight, either at home (preferred) or the gym. I didn't wake up early this morning (wine), but today is a scheduled ST day. So I think I'll stay at home and do it. It's not a deadlift day, so I have what I need right here.
- Keep being positive. Control the control-ables. Yesterday we had a meeting before school, and it was not very fun. So after I was upset for a little while, I took a breath, and thought to myself "only control what you can control. The rest is out of your hands."

The sun is out, it's going to be a great day!

  
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PILLOWFOOL 4/16/2011 8:26AM

    "only control what you can control. The rest is out of your hands." - love this quote. SO true. have to remember it more often. hope you have a lovely weekend and vaca!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/16/2011 8:14AM

    Yay, congrats for going on vacation! My vacation is going to be...drumroll please...at home! Haha. Have a great time!!!

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CAMROLA 4/15/2011 12:24PM

    Yay! Enjoy your weekend and vacation!

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MARLIMOO 4/15/2011 8:37AM

    Have fun. I hide the chocolate too!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 4/15/2011 12:27AM

    Yes...wine is often my downfall. Have fun in DC!

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WHOVIANPRINCESS 4/14/2011 11:35AM

    I have friends that are deploying to Qatar this summer. It is great that your brother is coming home, it is such an exciting feeling to pick someone up from the airport! Have a great weekend!

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ROOT4HOME 4/14/2011 10:16AM

    Sounds like a fun weekend/vacation planned!! Yes, drink LOTS of water and soon the weekend will be here! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 4/14/2011 10:02AM

    Your brother's coming home already? Wow! I remember you just talking about him leaving! Hope you have a great time with the fam this weekend!

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JUSTBIRDY 4/14/2011 9:13AM

    looks like you have it all mapped out for the day. Great!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/14/2011 8:56AM

    Yeah, I just don't drink very much, because I always have to be on my game the next day! ;-) Have fun in DC... spend some time in the Smithsonian museums. And re the chocolate... I give mine to my husband, and he doles it out for me.

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WENZTHAT 4/14/2011 8:51AM

    i feel the same way when i leave my husband! i make him lists and send him reminder texts when i'm gone, haha. he always tells me: i lived on my own before we met...and i survived! :)

have you been to d.c.? i loooooooooved it there! we went last year and only had two days to see everything. man, were we exhausted at the end of those two days, but we saw pretty much everything you need to see - and mastered the subway system! good luck! let me know if you need any recommendations!

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MUFFIY831 4/14/2011 8:22AM

    Have a great time in DC! I'm in Northern Virginia so if you need any recommendations let me know. :)

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GIGI1222 4/14/2011 8:13AM

    Enjoy the vacation!! I hope the weather is great for you!


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SEORSA 4/14/2011 7:51AM

    I had a similar weekend except the wine led to beer and the beer led to whiskey. Yesterday I was reading how alcohol is metabolized. I knew to liver broke it down, I just didn't know that it turned it into FAT! Have a great time in DC, I have only been there once but love it!

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WHENDERFUL 4/14/2011 7:29AM

    Yum...wine! I struggle with that weekly as well. Everything in moderation I suppose. Have a great vacation!

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CFMOSS 4/14/2011 7:26AM

    Sounds good - symphony sounds wonderful; exploring DC sounds grand. chocolate - well....who am i to say anything, but good moderation for chocolate to you.

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Toooosday!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Woke up at the crack of dawn,
went to get my workout on.
Muscles now are good and sore -
in two days I'll go for more!

Packed my bag and drank my tea,
the milk in my cereal was almost fat-free!
The rain was coming down real hard,
making a lake out of my little yard.

Got to school - I love what I do!
Sang with the kids, doobie-doobie-doo!
For some of the kids, I'm all they've got.
One of my first grade girls said I was hot! (ha!)

Laid on the couch and took a nap,
two hours later I ate part of a bap. (A small bun/bread loaf)
Tomorrow's lunch is already packed,
It's just about time to hit the sack.

  
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CAMROLA 4/13/2011 9:40PM

    Brilliant!

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AARONSGIRL420 4/13/2011 9:39AM

    This was great!!!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 4/12/2011 9:39PM

    LOVE it!!!! you've been hiding your talent all this time:)
glad you got in a good workout and had a good day....

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JILLIANPRNCSS 4/12/2011 9:04PM

    You are a poet
and we didn't know it

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la-di-da

Monday, April 11, 2011

Last night Brad and I had another couple over for pizza and wine. Too much wine, not enough pizza. Uuurrrrgggh.

Spent yesterday cooking. I had been away the past two weekends and didn't get to fill up the freezer with anything. We now have some delish marinara, lentil soup, and banana bread pudding. SOOOOO good. I can't wait for bread pudding for dinner!

This whole weight-loss body-changing thing is pretty amazing. I was chugging along, doing my thing, happy with my progress, even though I haven't really noticed any big differences. Slow and steady.

Today I was getting ready, and I noticed that my tum looked a little flatter. My shirt has more room in the tum than it did last year (and no, it didn't stretch!). I saw my calves and I thought "wow, they actually look pretty good!" My calves are kind of big, and today was the first day that my immediate though wasn't "look at those giant calves."

I feel back on track with my eating, and I've been tracking more and more. I'm not tracking everything, but I do it when I think of it.

I'm really liking my non-scheduled schedule. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are the only days that I MUST get in a workout (my lifting workout) and the rest of the days it's up to me. I love not feeling bound to the clock.

Off to finish my tea...

  
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MARLIMOO 4/12/2011 8:21AM

    You- yes you- are a superstar!

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RUNNINGWILD 4/11/2011 10:52PM

    You need to move to Calgary and be my personal motivator. Just sayin'....

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KALIGIRL 4/11/2011 1:18PM

    Sounds like you've got everything working for you.
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PINKCOCONUT 4/11/2011 10:53AM

    Awesome! Sounds like you're starting the week off right!

Mmm...bread pudding!

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LYNNANN43 4/11/2011 9:19AM

    NSVs (Non-Scale victories) abound! What an emoticon feeling! emoticon

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EATNBOOGERS 4/11/2011 9:11AM

    You have been doing this long enough that I think you probably have a pretty good feel for where you're at. Tracking when you remember is probably a good idea. Glad you had a good day!


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MIAMIA7 4/11/2011 9:04AM

    Carrie-Yay on the feeling good! Congrats! I love your positive attitude! You are the kind of person my mom always told me to surround myself with when I was a young girl...people who make you happy! Funny story...when Suezette and I were shopping at the running store, she got her calves measured for the compression socks first and I said "dang" girl, you calve are amazing! Then he measured me and haha...mine were the same! Nice surprise indeed! Keep up the good work! Hugs!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 4/11/2011 7:39AM

    SWEET!!! don't we all love those little signs of progress??!!! I'm so happy for you-and I totally understand your unscheduled schedule...lets you enjoy exercise again,huh?
You still totally impress me with your workouts! I giggled when I read about you and your calves-I think the same thing about mine. Yesterday, while in my running skort, I thought(and said aloud to DD) "if I didn't have these varicose veins snaking through my legs,they'd be really good looking legs!" Well, I can't do anything about the veins, so I'll do what I can(RUN) to keep the legs lookin' good...I 'almost' like my calves:)

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/11/2011 7:26AM

    sounds like you have learned something useful! now on to making it ahabit! good girl!

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CFMOSS 4/11/2011 7:21AM

    Good day to you!!! You're doing great!

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Today Was a Good Day...

Saturday, April 09, 2011

And not the kind that Ice Cube rapped about...

Woke up for a run, got the heart pumping on some hills. Phew! Honey and I went grocery shopping at BJ's for some cheese and short ribs. Got a mega-big package of dental floss, too. I love to floss. Hooray teeth!

Came home and flung open the windows. Ok, not really flung, but opened them all. It was so nice to have the fresh air in here! Cleaned the house a bit for tomorrow's little party. Brad and I are hosting a few of his co-workers for a pizza and wine party. Brad's going to make some dough and we are just going to chow down on home made pizza. I bought some wine today, too. I'm looking forward to it!

Dropped off some clothes at the dry cleaners... I took a pair of pants that are already feeling a little big. And I just bought them less than a month ago!!! Goooooooo strength training!!!
Picked up some wine - a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Chateau St. Michelle Riesling, and Hob Nob Chardonnay. The Riesling and Pinot were even on sale!

Went to the local outlets to find some shoes for Wednesday's wine tasting. I have a really cute dress but I didn't have the shoes for it. Found some super cute open-toed black sandal-y shoes. I can even wear them into fall with some tights! And then I just popped into another store just to look, and I found a pair of PERFECT nude sandals for $29.99! They were originally $100 - and they were just what I was looking for. I won't be looking for more shoes for a while. One more pair of Birkenstocks a little closer to summer...

Came home, took a nap (the Masters is on, and golf = nap). Woke up and decided that I wanted to use my Kate Spade Friends and Family. So I should have a new bag in a couple days.

No more shopping for a while! One really good thing about having been in debt (really really in debt) is that I am really really picky about what I buy. I will look around for days, weeks, even MONTHS if I have to for the perfect ________. And when I find it, I'll buy it. I don't worry too much about the cost, as long as it's perfect. And I return stuff a LOT. I get my stuff home, show it to Brad, and he lets me know whether or not I should keep what I have. I really respect his honesty!

The house is almost ready for tomorrow. Just a little cleaning tomorrow morning, and then we should be set.

Time for a hot bath and a little reading.

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JOPAPGH 4/10/2011 2:16PM

    Sweet! And kudos on the smart approach to shopping.

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/10/2011 2:11PM

    I agree, sounds like a really good day! Hope the new shoes are comfortable.:)

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MIAMIA7 4/10/2011 9:56AM

    Sounds like a fun day yesterday and I hope you have a great party! (Wish I was there...you KNOW I love wine!). Shopping...believe it or not...I found a really cute peasant type top yesterday for...are you ready...$8! What a deal! He,he,he! My rules now are...if I don't have the cash/debit for it...I don't buy it.

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TORTUETOO 4/10/2011 9:05AM

    Sounds like a great day and you get 1,000,000 points for that Ice Cube reference. emoticon

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