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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Did everything on my list yesterday. I even relaxed and (gasp) left some dishes in the sink!

Today I will:
Drink lots of water
Get in either a swim or a bike ride (it's really humid right now - don't really feel like riding in this, so we'll see what happens later.)
Go shopping for something on my back-to-school list
Vacuum the downstairs
Stick to the eating plan - I have it all figured out!

Last night I went to Power Zen. It's a yoga-Pilates class using a Reebok core board, so the balance is challenging. I can NOT get into the "teaser" Pilates position. Ugh. I am definitely going to have to practice this one at home. But something I noticed - when we had to do to the low staff to plank (a tricky way of saying "push-up), I could do it much more easily than ever before! I could even go from dipping my hips to a low staff with no problem, and then push-up and go into down dog. This is a BIG step for me - that used to be one of the hardest parts of class for me. I was SO excited when I realized what I just did! So then, of course, I had to come home and measure my upper arms. I have lost about 1/2 an inch in each arm (!!!) since the last time I measured, about a month-month and a half ago. Wow! This eating right and strength training stuff is really working!

Another part of my body I notice changing is my outer thighs. They are definitely getting slimmer - I can see it and feel it. These are changes that aren't necessarily showing up on the scale, or even making my clothes fit better, but I notice myself getting firmer and stronger. Hallelujah, the consistency and new goal-setting is paying off!

Went for my walk, had lots of water already, going to enter today's snacks into the nutrition tracker...


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    What a great blog!(I read your sad blog first)
I have to get back to ST! You have motivated me as my arms used to be the highlight of my body. Since running and baby, the arms have a taken a closet seat but I need to get back to them.
You're doing great!!!

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GSDMIKE 8/11/2010 3:07PM

    You and Bobby have me thinking about swimming, reading your blogs. I haven't been in the pool in 3 years, and struggled with it then, but I'm thinking about trying a few laps tonight while Sherry is working with her PT.

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LBEEKMA 8/11/2010 10:59AM

    Isn't it great to feel stronger! The clothes changes/lbs. will come!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/11/2010 10:18AM

    Ohhh!!! Exciting! You're giving me some much needed motivation for strength training!

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Sticking to the plan...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I often have trouble sticking to a plan for more than a week. I get bored, i don't see the results I want... but this time it's going to be different. I laid out a plan for August, and I'm going to stick to it.
As much as I like to make lists and plan, it was nice not having to come up with a whole new plan for this week. Tweak the protein number, and that was it.

Today I will:

Go into school for a little bit to drop off some stuff.
Drink a ton of water.
Stick to the eating plan (I even planned my snacks for today!)
Get to the gym this afternoon for Power Zen and a TM run. My muscles need a rest from weight training - I did a lot yesterday.
Try to relax a little bit - my honey reminded me that I need to take a little time for myself before school starts.
Be positive!


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WATERS1973 8/11/2010 3:33PM

    You know, when I started SP my only goal was to record everything I eat for the month of August. I haven't used the food plan or the exercise plan. I can't wait to see if it works for you. Maybe having someone else create the plan for me and I just have to follow it would work. You've got me thinking!!

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LSCHULER72 8/10/2010 6:16PM

    Your hubby is right-make sure to take that time for you. Go for it!!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/10/2010 11:16AM

    Sounds like a great plan! It's easier to stick to now that you've written it down. Have a great week.

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KARVY09 8/10/2010 10:54AM

    You can do it, girl.

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GSDMIKE 8/10/2010 10:50AM

    Power Zen sounds like an oxymoron to me. I love plans. I live to plan. I feel lost without a plan. When I'm really living the plan it's a dynamic thing though, constantly refined, revised, revamped, I ran out of re-words.

Have a great day, and enjoy some powerful zen.

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It's hot.

Monday, August 09, 2010

I really haven't done much of anything today. It's just one of those Lazy Days of Summer. But I *did* get to the gym... Took a nap and when I woke up, decided that I couldn't be a lump for the entire day. Just like every other time I go to the gym, it was wonderful once I got going - it's just getting out the door that's the problem.

This evening I will:
Stick to a very low-cal soup for dinner. I ate cereal at lunch (bleh - too much of it) so I am going to take it easy at dinner.
Drink lots of water.
Plan meals for the rest of the week.
Make some shopping lists.
Lay on the couch.

Bought some chocolate milk yesterday. I am getting pretty good at adding protein into my diet - I've been consistently hitting my goal. This conscious decision to add more protein has also caused me to really *think* about my snacks - instead of crackers and jelly, I've been having Greek yogurt or cottage cheese and fruit or hard-boiled eggs. With the exception of today's mini cereal binge (it was very mini - I was able to stop myself before it got out of control), I have been doing well on the nutrition stuff.

Yawn... off to get some water and a nap.

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TORTUETOO 8/10/2010 10:26AM

    I had to consciously up my protein, too. I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't eat a ton of meat so sometimes it's hard for me to work in as much as I'm supposed to have. I went the powder route...I add it it to my oatmeal and smoothies for breakfast. I've found that really helps. Cottage cheese is a good idea, though! I don't know why but I never even think about it. Thanks for the tip!

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COOPSM 8/10/2010 5:05AM

    Great job on stopping the cereal downward spiral...I love my cereal too!!!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 8/10/2010 12:25AM

    Go protein! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOBBYD31 8/10/2010 12:16AM

    because of you i keep adding more protein also but i have been adding meat, thanks for the reminder

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CAMROLA 8/9/2010 10:08PM

    I admire you for always getting a workout in, even with the heat! It's definitely been a HOT one this summer!


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GOALIEGRANDMA3 8/9/2010 7:13PM

    what is chocolate milk over the moon? I love chocolate, so this interests me

150 calories for a cup isn't bad, either

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DREBENEZER 8/9/2010 6:23PM's hot. LOL.

Soup sounds good!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/9/2010 6:14PM

    You're awesome!

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FLB.MMA 8/9/2010 5:19PM

  Sounds like you got it under control!!! It is hot here also. It is about 5:15pm and it is 96 degrees (bardstown, ky) emoticon

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Just some things...

Friday's wedding was beautiful. Bride was gorgeous. Had the vegetarian meal - delish. Did well with the open bar and dessert buffet.

Saturday I spent time shopping with mom instead of going for a bike ride - it was nice though; we don't go shopping together too often, so it was definitely worth it. Got some cute new tops to transition into fall.
Yesterday's eating was all over the place, though. I went out for breakfast and lunch, and dinner was not the planned stir-fry, but instead a PB&J and some crackers. And two cookies. Bleh... but today I am ready to get back on track and have some super delish and healthy food.

This week's goal is to have 70 grams of protein a day. I just snacked on some Greek yogurt, and I had my milk for breakfast, so I'm already over half-way there. i feel like eating more protein during the day is keeping me from getting snacky after dinner.
Made a zucchini bread this morning - most of it is going into the freezer. It's nice to have individual pieces of a sweet for when the mood strikes.
Later today I am going to make some carrot-potato soup for the freezer. We have lots of carrots, and I'd like to use most of them up for the soup. I've been doing really well using up our veggies from the farm; with honey working so much, it has been a challenge for me to figure out what to do with everything.

I had originally planned on going to the gym today, but if I don't get there, I'm not going to sweat it. Today is a day with my honey (he's home for most of the day), and I want to take advantage of that. Maybe I'll take my bike up to the mountain for a little ride around there... it's a beautiful day!

Off to do some grocery shopping...

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CASSIOEPIA 8/8/2010 10:08PM

    Great thoughts! Sounds like you did awesome at the wedding, and spent a nice day with your mom. Hope you also had a great day today with your man!

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COOPSM 8/8/2010 9:52PM

    Carrie---sounds like a great weekend...I think I may try the milk trick when I get the munchies...hmmm...need to keep more greek yogurt on hand too...
Glad you got some honey time today....

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/8/2010 12:59PM

    Sounds like you did an awesome job at the wedding. Dessert buffet.......mmm...

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GSDMIKE 8/8/2010 11:57AM

    Mmmm, soup. And zucchini bread. Now you've got me thinking about what to cook for dinner. Maybe a nice lentil soup...

Enjoy your day with your fella.

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ACROSONIC 8/8/2010 11:44AM

    Enjoy your day!

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Week 1 of August - done!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Starting over with some new goals was the best thing I did in a long time. I set some concrete goals for August, not just "lose weight" or "eat more protein." I gave myself some specific numbers for goals, and I think it's working. When faced with a piece of delicious peach pie for dessert last night, I thought about the numbers.
Will it help me lose one pound? No, especially after eating pancakes with syrup for breakfast.
Will it help me get to my protein goal? Not as much as some Greek yogurt will.

So I made a choice. And my choice felt good. I CHOSE not to eat the peach pie. It stared me in the face, and I chose to turn it away. I CHOSE to have Greek yogurt with blueberries instead. I chose that because I also chose to have pancakes for breakfast. But along with choosing the pancakes, I also chose not to have bacon or sausage with the pancakes. I really felt mentally strong making those choices.

A good friend of mine is getting married tonight. She was telling me about all the wonderful desserts they ordered, so I am going to have to be strong tonight. The scale was good to me this morning, so I think that will help me to keep in control. I am staying at my mom's house tonight - the wedding site is really close - and I'm going down there this afternoon to meet my brother for lunch. It's going to be a day of eating out... so lots of water, fruit and veggies to compensate.

Today (it's a light list today):
Drink tons of water.
Keep in mind that everything I eat and do is a choice.
Be cheery.

Got my swim in early this morning - I knew I wouldn't get any "real" workout in later, so I thought "well, I better go now." I'm glad I did - tomorrow I'm planning an afternoon bike ride, so I will get my fitness minutes in this week.

Off to get ready...

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COOPSM 8/7/2010 6:03AM

    Great job on the choices Carrie....hope you had fun at the wedding...

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LAGREBE 8/6/2010 2:54PM

    Inspiring! Thank you!

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    You are making decisions and living with them and make the next decision correctly. emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/6/2010 10:16AM

    I am really liking this philosophy of yours! Let us know how the wedding goes..

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PATTYKLAVER 8/6/2010 9:55AM

    It's great to see that setting goals does help someone. I've been trying to work on this since the beginning of July. You've given me encouragement. Thanks!

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