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Here comes the hump...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I already got my strength training done for today. I love going to the gym in the morning - the only small problem is that I never seem to have enough time to get everything done. I already cut my rest time in between sets in half (The New Rules of Lifting for Women does plans where there are two minutes (!) of rest in between sets)... and I stretch and do box jumps between the sets, but my abs work and/or my interval stuff suffers.

But anyway... my day always seems to be much better when I've gone to the gym in the morning.

Today:
- water water water! I've been doing well with drinking all my water, so I just need to keep it up!
- eye doctor after school. This is down at my mom's house (yes, I still go to the eye doctor an hour away. She knows my family history well.) so we are meeting for dinner before my appointment.
- Figure out what I'm wearing tomorrow. I had a little panic attack (well not really an attack) this morning when I wasn't sure what I was going to wear. Turns out I forget that I had already picked out my dress for today when I got home from school yesterday. Ha!
- Stay positive! I'm reading The Happiness Project right now... it's a wonderful book and I'm learning a lot from it. It's inspiring my to start my own Happiness Project... and while I didn't plan anything yet, I'm working on staying positive.

Well that's it... Happy Hump Day!

  
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BILLALEX70 9/14/2011 8:47AM

    Happy Wednesday!

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LUVS2BIKE101 9/14/2011 8:32AM

    You have a great positive attitude! And your "planning ahead" will only help you succeed on your journey to better health. Enjoy today and every day!
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A totally unexpected side effect of getting healthy

Monday, September 12, 2011

My self esteem used to be in the toilet. Even in high school when I had lots of friends and had a great time hanging out with them, I was the fat one, the one with the pimply face, the one wearing the baggy black clothing... ugh I try to forget about that. Never in a million years did I think I'd be confident enough to smile, wear my hair back, and even go out in public without makeup. But really, I never thought that I'd EVER feel attractive.

So I found Brad and he loved me but my self esteem was still very low. It was hard for me to imagine someone finding me attractive and loving me.

I found Spark and totally turned my life around. I am so different from the girl I used to be - I look at people now, smile more, and wear much better-fitting clothing (my mom actually found this funny the other weekend when we went shopping - she commented on how I used to wear such big baggy things and now I was wearing more fitted clothing and it looked good). My self esteem is (most days) pretty high... and today it totally skyrocketed.

- one of the kindergarten teachers told me how pretty I looked today. I love being called pretty.
- the kids at school commented on my nice nails (OPI Big Apple Red - I LOVE this color) and my dress (a cute purple shirt dress - fitted!). And I teach K-2 - they don't lie. They tell you if your hair looks funny and ask you "what is that?" as they point to a giant zit on your forehead.
- Brad called me from work to ask if I got the money for the contractor and said to me "is he there yet? I don't want you there alone with him for very long."

The last one is really what this blog is about. The contractor. Only a couple years ago, I would see someone who looked like the contractor and freeze up. No eye contact, no smiling, I probably wouldn't have even hired him because I was afraid that he was looking at how fat and nasty I was. But now? He came to the house over the summer to give an estimate, and there was no self-consciousness. I smiled, I made eye contact, and I did lots of giggling and flirting (I guess it was, I don't even remember how to flirt!). And I think this got us a pretty good deal on our siding. We got a nice cash discount and I felt like I could ask for things because I gave him a smile.

So anyway, it's not like in a million years anything would ever happen - I'd be a fool - but it was really nice to feel like Brad was worried about me and the contractor being alone! And ladies, this is one sexy contractor. Today he was working in his cutoff shorts and his muscle shirt, and I think I caught myself staring more than once at his biceps. Ha!

So shallow? Yeah, a little, but I think I saved us some cash because of my self esteem. So I guess getting healthy is good for lots of stuff. It felt so good to come home today and not have to worry about sucking it in just because the contractor was here. It felt good just to feel good in my own skin and not have to think I had to change anything to make myself presentable to anyone else.

I am totally worth it.

  
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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 9/13/2011 2:48PM

    How sweet is that??!!!!! and yeah, I'm with Lynn-where are the pics of this hottie??? LOL!
I've come a long way,too-love it when hubby told me that the young mechanic at his shop thinks I'm hot(yes, he has no fear to tell his boss that.) And I love it much more when hubby himself says,"You are so hot." or "I love watching you walk away in those shorts." ooo-la-la!!!!
I'm thrilled for you,Carrie. Your blog title is so true-there are many bonuses to being fit and healthy! I'm so glad you're enjoying them.

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MARIA_VIGS 9/13/2011 12:11PM

    Love this! Hooray for healthy self-esteem! And hooray for good deals!
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I'm with the others. Time for some stealthy pic taking
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KALIGIRL 9/13/2011 8:52AM

    So glad to hear it!

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BSTAKINGACTION 9/13/2011 6:33AM

    emoticon Good for you, sweetpea. Learning to love yourself is one of the greatest gifts ever.

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TABBALOOSA 9/12/2011 10:38PM

    You ARE totally worth it! I love what you said about feeling good in your own skin - that's an awesome way to be, isn't it?!
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FEELINGFITERIN 9/12/2011 9:19PM

    Kids are so honest and funny! LOL. Proud of you for being more self-confident!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 9/12/2011 9:01PM

    My self esteem was pretty low as well up until a few years ago. It is amazing at how the weight loss changed our out looks on things.

Any pics of those biceps it is so easy to get pics these days with cell phones lol

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LYNNANN43 9/12/2011 8:55PM

    What a cute blog! emoticon

But next time, take pics of the cute contractor;-) emoticon

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COOPSM 9/12/2011 8:51PM

    You are WORTH It!!! SO lgad for the personal changes you have made...I struggled like you with the self esteem...its nice to feel better about yourself!!! Pix of the contractor??? You can sneak one can't you?? LOL

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GREENTHUMB70 9/12/2011 7:23PM

    No kids that age don't lie lol. They have found out how to engage their edit buttons either. emoticon

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BLUEANGELLK 9/12/2011 6:55PM

    I am tearing up just reading this. You have come so far. It is so hard to build up the "steam" in self-(e)steam. Good for you!!!

P.S. If you can, post a picture of this contractor, I might need to have some work done!!! LOL!!

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LANEYPUDDLESMOM 9/12/2011 6:35PM

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Today

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I don't know if this is cheating or not, but I am counting today's cleaning and marathon cooking session as my cardio. I had cardio scheduled on my calendar... it looks like I'm going to have to schedule in some more rest days since I'm really working hard on my strength training days.

So I was in the kitchen all day today, making food for the week. I love having good food ready to go for dinner and lunch.

Even managed to sneak in a nap today!

Not much else to report...

  
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BILLALEX70 9/12/2011 6:00AM

    Sounds like a perfect day!

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MIAMIA7 9/11/2011 8:28PM

    What did ya make Carrie? I really need to make food on Sunday for the week. Bobby does most of the weekly cooking but we get stuck on what to have every day. We still have Derek home and try to cook for him also but still try to eat right. Good job on being organized and yes I believe you can count it as cardio.

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COOPSM 9/11/2011 8:20PM

    Sounds like a good day.....don't get burned out!!! Nap sounds great!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/11/2011 8:02PM

    I could use one of your naps, lol.

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It's here it's here it's here it's here it's here!!!!

Friday, September 09, 2011

I loooooooooove Fridays!

I love my job, I LOVE my kiddos, but I looooooooooove Fridays.

Last night was parent orientation - it's nice to see parents I know and it's nice to meet new parents. One of the moms told me that music is her daughter's favorite class (yay!) and I had a grandpa tell me that his grandson likes me a lot. K-2 is the best age group!!! I am so lucky to have the job I do.

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I have a date tonight! (Don't worry, I'm not cheating on my hubby!) One of the girls at school was asking me about my gym, and she's going to join. I had a coupon for a friend to have their initiation fee waived, so we're going tonight after school so she can join without the fee! She is really good about getting to the gym after school, so I told her we are going to have to have regular after-school gym dates so I can get there when I don't go in the morning. It will be nice to have a gym buddy again!

Today was an amazing morning (and it's not even 7am!). I woke up before my alarm (but only by 10 minutes, so it was actually really nice!), I went down on the scale (which means my power-out-saltiness is going away), and my new shoes fit perfectly. And that's a good thing because they were final sale and non-returnable. Have to get those sandals in before it gets too cold!



How stinkin' cute are those?!?!?

Off to pack my lunch and have my breakfast! Have a super day!

  
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PILLOWFOOL 9/11/2011 3:24PM

    happy weekend!

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CALIDREAMER76 9/9/2011 10:15PM

    Glad you had a Great week! Enjoy - teaching and your sandals. I'd as Bill to take a photo of his "blue" pair - on like you did! LOL

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COOPSM 9/9/2011 9:22PM

    Love the shoes!!!!!

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CHELLES_BELLS 9/9/2011 12:55PM

    LOVE those sandals.

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LYNNANN43 9/9/2011 11:14AM

    Yes, QUICK! Wear those stinkin' cute sandals!

So glad you had a good week at school:-) And great job finding a workout buddy!!!

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BILLALEX70 9/9/2011 9:22AM

    I have those same sandals, but in blue! LOL

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ETTEZEUS 9/9/2011 8:59AM

    Have a fantastic Friday!
And your new shoes are super cute!

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CELEST 9/9/2011 8:31AM

    I love your sandals. Where do you live? I live in South Africa and I nearly bought a pair just like them, then settled for a slightly different style because the other pair fitted my dil better....that way she can share them with me. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 9/9/2011 8:26AM

    Way cute and a great start to the weekend!

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SAMI199 9/9/2011 7:48AM

    emoticon Love your sandels & you certainly have me smoiling this morning! Have a great weekend!

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ROSET491 9/9/2011 7:16AM

    Very cute sandals!!Good for you on such a great week!!

Rose

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CAM2438 9/9/2011 7:03AM

    It is so great to have a job you love. Have a wonderful week-end.

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SHELLB7 9/9/2011 6:56AM

    Have a great Friday and a great weekend!!

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Yawn... I'm awake, I'm awake, I'm awake!!!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

5:00 am is early. Almost ridiculously early. But 5:00 is the best time for me to get up - I can have my coffee and Spark before I go to the gym. I have plenty of time after the gym to get ready for school. And Lord knows I won't go to the gym after school, so I don't have any other choice but to get up at 5:00.

I love my morning time. It's so quiet and I like thinking that I'm one of the few people who are awake at this hour. Ok, maybe not as few as I think, but it sure does seem quieter in general at 5:00.

The thing about my school schedule that's tough, though, is that Brad comes home after I'm already in bed, and he is still in bed when I leave for school. Sometimes we go days without seeing each other awake. But we leave little notes for each other and we make it work.

Yesterday I didn't do my scheduled workout. I was so darn tired after school that I changed into my sweats, did a few things to get ready for today, and that was about it. I'm almost totally ok with it. I unfortunately underestimated the tiredness I'd feel at the end of the day...

Good things!
- I noticed a more defined muscle in my leg yesterday!
- I've had lots of energy at school!
- I got a shipping refund on my shelf! (I bought a shelf based on the measurements, and the posted measurements didn't reflect the actual size. Weird. So I e-mailed the company and asked if they would refund the shipping fee because of this. And they did! Yahoo!)


Today:
- Drink all my water earlier than I did yesterday so I'm not guzzling water right before bed.
- Stay positive during Parent Orientation. It's going to be a long night, and I don't present anything to the parents, so it's kind of boring. But I'm going to keep a smile on my face. Besides, we're going out for sushi in between school and orientation! Yum!

Have a super day!

  
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MARLIMOO 9/8/2011 8:46AM

    NICE! I took today off too. I am up with you - usually 5am. I love getting the work out done BEFORE my day. Then I can relax with the family after.

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KALIGIRL 9/8/2011 8:42AM

    Love your good things and emoticongoals!

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MAXIE56 9/8/2011 7:42AM

    Have a super day

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