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I think I may be thinking like a thin person...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Last night I went to dinner with a good friend. Before we went, I checked out the nutrition facts on the restaurant's website. I was determined to have a good time last night without totally going over my calories. Olive Garden has a great nutrition section on their site - easy to get around and read.
My dinner was actually not horrible! The worst part was the breadstick. The freakin' breadstick! Well, maybe the pumpkin cheesecake was the worst, but the breadstick was definitely not healthy. It had more calories than my soup. Back to the cheesecake - I only ate about 1/6 of the piece I got for dessert. The rest came home for my fiance and for today's lunch. There was NO part of me that felt guilty for eating what I did. Next time I will not eat the breadstick - it's just not worth it. It was good, but not that good.
Got my next set of braces today - my teeth are a little sore so it looks like it's yogurt and maybe a PB&J for lunch. I think tonight is going to be spent on the couch - I am SO tired. Maybe some Arnolds a little later along with The Biggest Loser. I'm really hoping the language gets cleaned up a little - I'm no prude, but I hate hearing all those bleeps on network TV. The kiddos I teach seem to think some of that language is ok to repeat at school. I spend much of my classes talking about how some language is ok to use at home, but not ok at school. Sigh... But anyway, I think that the trainers can provide motivation without having to swear at the contestants so much. Although, the editing might be done in such a way to include as many "bleeps" as possible.
So I think it's off to the couch I go.

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NINJALINDA 9/30/2009 8:01AM

    Wish I had checked out the nutrition info before I went to Olive Garden last weekend! I think I did ok on the meal pick...but I definitely had too many breadsticks...and like you said, good but not worth it! Good for you for no guilt!

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KAYAKID 9/29/2009 9:57PM

    There yiu go again talking about food! LOL Carrie nice job and making good decisions. I was reading your blog while I was eating my dinner. I don't usually eat dinner at the computer - but have to do two things at once busy nite. I had hamberer pattie and mashed potatoes - fresh green beans and salad. there I am talking about food.. Hehehhehe. have a great nite - I too don't like all the language on the BL. clean it up julian and bob!!!


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GSDMIKE 9/29/2009 8:41PM

    Oh man, I wish you hadn't mentioned the pumpkin cheesecake is back.

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Chili and football - what could be better?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I'll tell you what is better - 1.9 pounds gone this week! Wahoo! I knew that I hadn't been eating as much and that I've been drinking a LOT more water, but I didn't know it would benefit me so much! My Invisalign braces have forced me to only eat when I'm actually hungry. Each time I take them out and eat, I have to brush my teeth and the braces before I put them back in. This has made me really aware of when I'm actually hungry. My routine was that I'd eat a protein bar after school. Even if I didn't really want it. So now I'm eating three times a day instead of 5-6. I think the change is just what my body needed to get off the plateau. Maybe someday I'll go back to eating 5-6 times a day, but my body is really liking this.
I also am back at the gym. Wahoo! My stitches are out, biopsy results are normal, so I can go back to working out. I'm using the elliptical - doc is keeping me off running for a while until my muscles are stronger in my legs. I'm working on strengthening my hamstrings - my quads were a lot stronger than my hammies, so I was hyperextending my knees. Hence the knee pain when I ran. Got some insoles and am noticing a difference. Hopefully I'll be back to running soon!
I am in a super good mood. Chili smells good, Eagles are winning, and I'm feeling lighter today.
Off to add the beans. Happy Sunday!

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KAYAKID 9/28/2009 1:09AM

    Carrie, You always blog about food! its a good thing. We all love it and thnaks so much for your inspiration. You are doing so well! I admire your desire to improve yourself. getting back to the gym for you is huge. Great job and congrats on the normal test results.... Thanks for stopping by my blog and I appreciate your comments. You are one of my favorite spark buddies.

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SANDYC17 9/27/2009 5:20PM

    I'm also watching football with the DH and I made a turkey sausage and ham blackbean soup. YUM!!

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NAJEAN 9/27/2009 2:24PM

    Sounds like a perfect day to me!

We're also sitting here watching football, and I can smell the chili that is simmering away on my stove.

But you're one step ahead of me - losing that 1.9 lbs. I lost a pound this week, though, so I shouldn't complain.

Hope the rest of your day goes just as good!

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Thirsty Thursday

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I have been drinking so much water today and this past week. My mouth is really dry from my braces, and I can't have anything but water when I have them in. The good news about them, though, is that I lost .6 pounds this week! And that was without being able to run (stitches and doctor's orders) or go swimming. In fact, I hadn't been to the gym at all in that time where I lost .6 pounds.
So after I got over the initial excitement, I thought "well, I guess this means I have been slacking off in the nutrition department." I started taking a mental inventory of what I have been eating and came to the conclusion that I was falling back into the old habit of "well I go to the gym so I have to eat 5-6 times a day." Even when I wasn't really even hungry. A protein bar after school even when I'm not hungry adds up! At 200 calories a pop, that's an extra 1000 calories a week. In food I don't even really want! No wonder I was at a plateau. So maybe I'm getting ahead of myself in celebrating my small weight loss, but I think it's just what I needed as a kick in the rear.
Tonight was elliptical and upper body at the gym. The elliptical is growing on me... I still don't love it, but I'm getting used to it.
Got "Superfeet" at the local running store (they are insoles) this afternoon. Put them in my sneaks and immediately noticed a difference in the way I stand. I really *wasn't* getting enough arch support! Tomorrow I'm going to see if my doc can get me some orthotics for my regular shoes (old lady inserts or not, I want my feet to be happy!) so I can have this wonderful feeling in my feet with my work shoes. Until then, I may invest in some more Birkenstocks so I can give my sandals a chance to breathe.
The insert made my heel feel a lot better - I think I may have bruised that foot muscle (plantar faciitis). Bleh. No more cheap shoes for me. I am done with these aching feet! Every time I see a pair of cute shoes staring at me, I will remember what my feel feel like right now and resist. I'd rather be able to run again than wear cute, but painful, shoes.
SO excited for Friday tomorrow. Wahoo!

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PINKCOCONUT 9/26/2009 11:37AM

    I am with you! I LOVE heeled shoes and whatnot but I haven't worn any since I started running, I care about my feet, ankles, knees and back TOO much! I now only wear them on special occasions.

Sounds like you had some sound advice from yourself and I fell into the same trap and ended up barely losing anything this year. Now that I'm back on track I've lost about 6lbs in the last two months. Sometimes we need to kick our own butts! Keep it up!

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REEDSKI 9/25/2009 3:03PM

    I had plantar fasciitis. It really hurts! I finally bought New Balance shoes and sandals and it helped a lot. I am planning on buying Asics next time. I will look into the Superfeet insoles. No more cheap shoes for me, either.

Have a great weekend! I love the weekend!

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There is hope, after all!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about visiting the chiropractor. I wasn't sure exactly what would happen - I've heard so many stories about people going once and getting roped into going again and again.
Friday afternoon the doc did the Graston technique on my leg. It is still bruised, and I thought "If this is all he's going to do, I'm not going to keep going." Last night I went again - and had a wonderful experience! He worked with me for over an hour - figuring out exactly where my leg hurt, taking foot scans, doing movement exercises, balance exercises... by the end of the night, we determined that my arches have fallen a bit. Not flat feet, but definitely enough to warrant looking at orthotics (old lady alert!).
He also determined that my hamstrings and inner thigh muscles need to get stronger - I hyper-extend my knees. That's where the downhill running pain comes in.
Everything he said made perfect sense! My gym routine needs to include the elliptical, and not so much the treadmill. I can run short distances outside, preferably on the track where it is flat. And, most exciting, my Penguin-ness is going to come in handy! I am supposed to run slow. I said "you don't need to worry about that!"
Last night I came home and was in SUCH a good mood. There is hope for my running career!

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PINKCOCONUT 9/24/2009 6:31PM

    Awesome!!! I need to go to one as well, I even had a complete stranger (who was at school to become a massage therapist mind you) comment how funky my back is....I just keep putting it off. But you're inching me closer!

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KAYAKID 9/22/2009 9:49AM

    Carrie, its al about balamce - st and cadio - we need both so much - we get on 1 sthing and forget about the other things -good luck to you and your comments are much appreciated. Have a good week singing with our kids.


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OIRALINDE 9/22/2009 9:19AM

    Yay! Good luck!

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GRAMPIAN 9/22/2009 7:41AM

  This is an inspiring story. Good luck with the running!

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GRAMPIAN 9/22/2009 7:41AM

  This is an inspiring story. Good luck with the running!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Here's what I've learned about myself from going to all these doctors lately.

- I am a very good dental patient. I always brush my teeth after lunch at school, and I floss every night. My dentist told me that it would make my life with Invisalign a lot better.
- My foot turns out a little bit when I squat. Therefore, it turns out a little bit when I run. I am going to work on keeping it straight ahead, and maybe that will help me get rid of this IT band problem a little quicker. I Googled "turned out foot" and I read one article that said the right foot is more likely to turn out a little bit because of driving. The foot is trained to turn out to hit the gas while the heel is in front of the brake. Interesting. I've been making a conscious effort to keep my right foot straight when I walk and stand.

I love being in tune with my body.
My teeth trays don't hurt nearly as much today. I think my teeth are finally moving in the right direction. I am so looking forward to the end result! My stitches are getting sore. The bandage tape really hurt when I took it off this morning - the pain of that and the soreness of the stitches made me a little lightheaded. I had to lie down right after I took my bandage off. Didn't make it easier that I am sick. Tomorrow afternoon the stitches come out and I can get back to exercising regularly and lying down on both sides.
Off to drink some water!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 9/20/2009 11:02PM

    I did not know that about the right foot, I will have to check out if I do this myself.

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JOPAPGH 9/20/2009 9:08PM

    You sound the model patient.

Have fun exercising again. and sleeping on both sides.

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KAYAKID 9/20/2009 8:15PM

    Wow! you sound like you are a professional doctor visitor.LOL Carrie I am glad its all working out for you. Good luck!

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