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Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power.

Friday, October 23, 2009

I baked some chocolate chip cookies last night. They are big and delicious, but I added up the calories just now and they have about 323 calories a piece. Oh my. I debated whether or not I wanted to add the calories - after all, I didn't want to ruin my delicious treat by seeing how many calories they have.
So after adding up the calories, I now am thinking to myself "is it really worth it to eat a cookie?" The answer would now be "no, probably not." Maybe 1/2 a cookie, but definitely not the whole thing. And although I am disappointed that I didn't add up the calories *before* I ate the cookie, I *am* glad that I decided to eventually figure it out. My project for the upcoming holiday season is to figure out the calories in all the foods I like to make/eat - sugar cookies, pecan pie, mashed potatoes, molasses cookies, etc. - and post the numbers somewhere so that I can make informed choices. I have to be in control of this food, not the other way around. So while my addition was two cookies too late, at least it wasn't ten cookies too late.

Here are the + and - of my day.

+ I dragged myself to the gym after my chiro appointment even though at the time I felt like going home and sitting on the couch. After seeing how many calories and how much fat is in those cookies, I am really glad I got there tonight.
+ Despite eating too many cookies, I entered them in my calorie count anyway. My calories were about 500 over my daily goal, but I thought it would be much worse. I imagined the old me eating cookies like this every day; a week of eating cookies like I did today is a pound gained. Very eye-opening, that Nutrition Tracker.
+ The doctor is happy with my knee's progress. I'm supposed to stay on the track and the treadmill for a while - off the grade of the road. He Graston-ed my knees and I am looking forward to even MORE healing this week.
+ I drank all my water today. Yay!

- I got really lazy and didn't pack a lunch. I was forced (well, not *forced*) to buy a lunch at the grocery store this morning. I got a Kashi frozen meal. It was alright, but I was a little bummed that i didn't pack my lunch. I am going to start getting more lettuce during the week so I can eat better food than frozen salt.
- The cookie incident(s). I *knew* it wasn't a good idea to reach for the 2nd cookie tonight, but I did it anyway. And now I feel horrible. My stomach is not happy and my brain is upset that I did it even though I know it wasn't going to help me reach my goal. Bleh. I'm going to have to get to the bottom of this cookie incident behavior so it doesn't happen again. I think now that I know exactly how many calories are in them, it will make me think twice about eating them. (Hence the title "knowledge is power.")

It's time for the couch and a glass of chardonnay. Tomorrow morning is a little swim and some upper body, and a wedding in the afternoon. Tomorrow is also a light day of eating.
Happy Friday!

  
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ANEWVERSIONOFME 10/24/2009 9:51AM

    I love your idea about figuring out the calories before hand on the holiday foods. I think I just may have to use your idea as well. I made this Chocolate Banana Heaven Cake last year about three different times. I can't even imagine how many calories were in it, but I know it want be on the menu this year. emoticon

emoticon on tracking the calories!

Have a great weekend!

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KAYAKID 10/23/2009 9:33PM

    Carrie, I want say anyting about you blogging about food again. OK. LOL We are kindof in the same place with the food. I am back to tracking my food and guess what the pounds are coming off. It drives my wife crazy when I am measuring everything and taking the empty packages and cans into my den so I can track it all. Its the best thing. tonight for dinner we had cornbread I should of tracked it before dinner or I wouldn't of had the second piece. Great blog! Its exactly what I am going through and the knowledge that I HAVE TO TRACK MY EVERY PORSEL OF FOOD I PUT IN MY MOUTH.....

thanks so much and somebody else that gets it and Good luck to you!!!

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Well *that* was a rough run!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

So I am slowly but surely getting back into running... here are the positives and negatives of tonight.

- My knees hurt tonight. My left knee is starting to hurt and I think it may be from overcompensating for my hurt right knee.
- I had to walk a lot tonight... this recovery and getting back into running is harder than I thought!

+ I have a great running group. They didn't leave me hanging, and they were very encouraging and stayed with me.
+ I made it 2 miles tonight before my knee started to twitch. Last week it was only about 1 mile, so I am seeing progress (I hope).
+ It wasn't too cold; in fact, it was a beautiful running night. I got to wear my shorts!

I baked chocolate chip cookies tonight - they are on the cooling rack right now. They smell SO good! It has been a very long time since I have made cookies... I am going to take some to my chiro tomorrow (it's a very home-y kind of place) to thank the staff for taking good care of me and helping me heal, and maybe some will go into my fiance's workplace to share with his chef buddies. Sometimes I like to show off my baking skills... a little vain, but I think I'm a pretty good baker.
OMG I just took a bite. SO good. Milk on the side.

This weekend will be a challenge for me - I have a wedding to go to on Saturday and am visiting both of our families on Sunday. It will be uber-important that I get to the gym on Saturday morning to keep my workout schedule intact.
Off to sit on the couch and ice my knee.

  
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OIRALINDE 10/22/2009 9:16PM

    Glad to see you have a lot of support in your running group. Mmm... cookies... can I have one?

You are right- it was such a beautiful night to run. I was caught up in the beauty of the light breeze, quiet noise, and gentleness of the day. It was great!

Good luck with your recovery and getting back into running. I'm not running 2 miles yet (well... I'm not sure what I'm running because I'm not keeping track of length, just time right now).

Have fun with the wedding and family time. :)

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Well, well, well... it's Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I wrote out some goals for the week. Halfway through, here's how I'm doing.

Packing lunch - I've packed my lunch the night before school every night so far this week. We are trying a new shopping schedule at our house - groceries on Sunday only. It's making me very creative with what we have in the house, and it's saving us money. I do miss my salad, though. Lettuce just doesn't last a whole week (I'll have to start buying Romaine).

Water - I've really made a conscious effort to drink all of my water. I think I've been meeting that goal.

Other things:
Decided that Monday is my rest day. Now that I have a set rest day, I know I can't slack off the rest of the week. The rest day is on its way! Tuesday and Thursday are running days, and other days are elliptical/swimming days. I think tonight I will be swimming.
I've been picking out my weekly wardrobe on a Sunday night, down to the accessories. It's so much less stressful in the morning - I can actually enjoy my shower without having to think about what I'm going to wear. It also allows me to be creative in what I wear - I have enough time to put some really fun outfits together!
It might be time for a new belt. This morning I drilled two holes in my belt so that I could wear it - it's not noticeable or funny looking but I think I may have to bite the bullet and buy a belt that fits. I think I'd feel better if my belt was actually my size. Don't know if drilling crosses that fine line between "frugal" and "cheap."
Got an "A" in my last class - 100%! I am SO excited. It was a lot of work, but I did it. I don't have very many classes left before I get my masters.

Off to get some mail ready... Happy Hump Day!

  
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2010TRIATHLETE 10/21/2009 3:19PM

    WooHoo! Sounds like your plans are going good for you!

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KAYAKID 10/21/2009 12:08PM

    Very good job on your goals! You are doing great and you have a plan. Congrats on your class - Going for your masters that is a great goal! I hope you have a great rest of the week with running and gym good luck to you. thanks for nice comments all of the time. You are so upbeat even when you couldn't run thanks!
Mike


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STOPTHECRAVING 10/21/2009 7:52AM

    Wow! Congratulations to you. Making a plan and sticking to it is a great way to be successful.

You might try buying the Greenies bags (I think they're called greenies) I saw them in the produce section of my grocery store recently. They help keep your produce fresh longer. I use a tupperware container that they marketed for produce (you open or close valves according to what you put in the container). It works pretty good. I had my last head of lettuce last almost 2 weeks.

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PINKCOCONUT 10/21/2009 7:50AM

    Wow! Sounds like a great plan and great job on your class!!! I totally bombed my midterm last night but it was my own fault, tonight's midterm should be better!

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Snowy Thoughts

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Well it's snowing again, just a little bit, but snow nonetheless. Fall just seemed to have totally passed us by here...
Did a little running on the TM last night - about 6 min run, 2 min walk, etc. My knee felt really good. I did not feel any twitches or anything - really thrilled about that.
We have a new stove! We have more than one burner that works! Yay!
Last night was a serious couch night.... from 7:30 on, I was on the couch in my sweats. Blah. Friday nights are always a recovery night for me. Mostly from the kids at school and their sicknesses. I think of Friday Night Couch as a way for me to keep myself healthy so it doesn't turn into anything more than laziness for the night.
I have errands to run today, but this weather makes me want to stay in and curl up under the blanket. I guess I'll just suck it up and run my errands today...
Happy Saturday!

  
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KAYAKID 10/17/2009 11:49AM

    It's a hard transition to summer to fall/winter - We seem to lose a bit of Energy and we want to just stay home and be warm in front of TV with football on - at least thats me. I have a busy day gym, errands and a family dinner and a personal friends funeral - have good weekend!

Mike


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DZDUKE54 10/17/2009 9:20AM

    I thought it was cold in IL, but we haven't had SNOW yet. Hang in there! Diane

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Return to Running....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Last night was my first run in about 4 or 5 weeks. I was SO excited to get out there. My doctor said I could go back to running, take it easy, and see what happened. So my IT band doesn't hurt anymore, but the front of my knee hurts. Went to the chiro tonight; the plan is for me to ease back into it and see if it gets any better - maybe a conditioning thing. Hopefully that's all it is and I will back to full strength soon.
Today I got home and went crazy with the crackers. Ok, it wasn't THAT crazy, but it felt like it. I need to bring something with me to school on days when I have appointments so I am not starving when I get home. I would have liked to make fish and pasta tonight, but I had no patience to cook the fish. It was rotini, sauce, and bit of ricotta for dinner tonight. Cereal for a sweet dessert. Bleh.
I'm off to drink some tea and ice my knee... (huh - a little poem)

  
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CELEON 10/19/2009 5:55PM

    So happy you've been able to return to running!

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_MSAPRIL17_ 10/15/2009 4:07PM

    YAY! Great news that you can get back to running!!

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PINKCOCONUT 10/15/2009 7:50AM

    Great job! Pretty soon you'll be good as knew!

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OIRALINDE 10/14/2009 10:32PM

    Good luck with easing back into running. I have fallen in love with running and I hate it if there a few days I can't get it in, so I am sure you are bursting at the seams to get back out there.
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ESBELL 10/14/2009 9:59PM

    I'm glad you are back to running, but maybe you are pushing to hard? I hope your knee gets better soon.

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LAILA07 10/14/2009 6:48PM

    Very inspiring! Keep up the emoticon work.

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RYUUZAKISAN 10/14/2009 6:33PM

    hooray! i am so happy for you. i can't imagine how awful it would be not to be able to run for so long...but then, what fun to be getting back into it!

also, i know exactly what you mean about needing to bring food to classes...otherwise coming home and eating almost everything possible. haha.

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NKDUB211 10/14/2009 6:33PM

    Keep it up! You can do it!

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