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What a difference a month makes!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

October was a blah month for me. I didn't get to the gym as much as I would have liked to, and I *know* that I snacked too much, didn't drink enough water, and didn't keep my goals in sight. Yesterday I was very blah and I didn't feel like doing much of anything. I had to drag my rear to the gym and ended up only doing 20 minutes of swimming. Better than nothing, but not good enough for me.
So I don't know if it's the time change or what, but today was totally different. I went to the gym on my own will and was really excited to go. I wrote a paper and didn't grumble about it. I dropped stuff off at Goodwill that had been sitting around for months. I tracked ALL my food and drank ALL my water. I made an amazing dessert with only 182 calories in a serving. And it's damn good - Apple Custard Pie. It even tastes better than the 325 calorie chocolate chip cookies I made a couple weeks ago.
At the grocery store today, I looked at all the labels and stayed away from weird ingredients. My salad dressing is all natural with no added sugar. The sweetness comes from fruit juice. Didn't get any crackers or cookies to snack on - even though I can hold myself to a serving, those calories take away from me having something even more delicious at dinner.
My fiance and I had lunch together today before work - he doesn't always eat at home, but today we had homemade vegetarian chili over elbow pasta. It was SO good and SO good for us. Even with the little dollop of sour cream, it was still pretty healthy. I even managed somehow to go go *under* my fat allowance today. Huh!
My hot tea tonight has honey in it instead of sugar - I think I'm going to cut back on refined sugar and instead use honey or maple syrup to sweeten my food.
I have all my outfits picked out for the entire week! What a relief. It allows me to enjoy my shower time in the morning.

Tomorrow a friend is going to drive me home after dropping off my car for new tires. I told her I'd take her to dinner - don't know where we're going yet. I have to call her after I finish my blog. So that will determine some of my goals for tomorrow.

Goals for 11/2/09:
Wake up early and go to the gym before school. Since I won't have a car tomorrow night, I want to make sure I get a workout in tomorrow morning.
Drink three Siggs full of water at school. That makes up my 8 servings, so anything I drink at home is only adding to the goodness.
Eat my breakfast with no butter on my bagel. If I don't notice a difference, I will cut out the butter. If I notice I big difference in the taste/texture, the butter stays. Every little bit helps.
I will make some extra dinner for my honey for when he comes home from work. We are going to start cooking for each other more; our schedules are totally opposite and we don't see each other a lot during the week, so when we cook for each other it's really special for us to eat what the other has prepared. (Just realized that tomorrow I'm going out to eat, but I'll bring home a doggie bag. Making dinner will have to wait until Tuesday.)

Off to finish my tea and watch some more football!

  
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KAYAKID 11/2/2009 1:00PM

    Carrie, We all seem to be in the same place - in blah's ville. It hard when it rains day after day. thats whats been happening here until yesterday and the sun was out. I am looking for a great November. did you see we got into the HTC relay race. It will be a kick but hard. someting to focus on! I know we can do this!!!!

Have a great week!
mike

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TRILLIUM22 11/2/2009 9:29AM

    Oct was a blah month for me---and for St. Louis--- dreary and rainy. Nov has started sunny and I'm hoping for more motivation.

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NINJALINDA 11/2/2009 8:24AM

    Glad you have emerged from blah-ville. Sounds like you had a GREAT day and are ready to attack November!

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GONE2014 11/1/2009 9:39PM

    Great post .. I'm still in the blah's

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Goodbye, October.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

I'm waiting for the rain delay to end so I can watch the World Series. But until that happens, I will type some thoughts.
- Did a little 20 minute swim today. I just couldn't muster up any more laps. This week has been awful. My knee is still bugging me enough that I can't run, I am tired of it being pitch black when I wake up, and I just feel like laying on the couch. Blah. I need to get over this.
- Had a great time on my personal day in NYC yesterday. i LOVE walking around the city. I am really craving a more walkable/bike-able town. I'm getting tired of having to drive to get ANYwhere. My fiance feels the same way. We are thinking about some major changes soon.
- My new shoes and cardigan from my NYC day are super cute. Can't wait to wear them this week!

Off to have some hot tea.
Happy Halloween!

  
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FITGIRL15 11/1/2009 12:48AM

    Happy Halloween!
emoticon BOO! emoticon

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Small moral dilemma

Thursday, October 29, 2009

So I don't know if I'm making more out of this than I should... my elementary school's PTA is running a fundraiser at McDonalds. The teachers go and "work" there for a night and the school gets a certain percentage of the profits. While I want to help my school, I also feel very strongly about the whole fast food thing. I have really been learning a lot about food and eating right. Fast food is so un-healthy! And my school is a K-2 building; kids that young should be learning to eat fresh food!
I don't know whether I should just suck it up and go help at McDonalds, knowing that all night I will be thinking about what the kids and their parents are shoveling into their bodies, or if I should stay home and give a little extra money to the PTA. Fresh, healthy eating is an issue about which I feel very strongly...
Am I totally blowing this out of proportion?

  
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KAYAKID 10/29/2009 11:19AM

    Carrie, I feel the same way about Mcdonalds and all fast food. I think a letter to the PTA voicing your opinion would be ok. I would still go and volunteer. I think the most important thing is the kids and if they see you there it will make there day. It also teaches the kids the value of helping others. I know its important to teach kids the value of eating right, but they also need to know the value of serving others. Maybe teach them some songs about vegetables.LOL

thanks for your comments of my Spark page about going to gym - thanks for reporting in! It helps us all to be accountable....

Mike

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HARPERLADY 10/29/2009 8:48AM

    I agree with you , just remember that kids are rebellious and the more they think you are against it the more they want it, so maybe this can be an opportunity for you to show that helping can be rewarding, fast food chains are a staple in the american gut , helping should be too.

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OIRALINDE 10/29/2009 8:35AM

    I don't think you are blowing it out of proportion. Maybe you should write the PTA explaining why you won't help in this fundraiser. In the letter you can give them a few ideas you would be willing to start. I think they should understand your opinion. I have't taken my son to a fast food establishment in months since learning the truth of fast food.

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FITGIRL15 10/29/2009 8:20AM

    Fast food as a staple in one's diet is unhealthy, but fast food can be enjoyed on occasion as a part of abalanced and healthy diet! (I managed to lose over 25 pounds and maintain it while still enjoying my favorite fast foods (Arby's or Taco Time) on occasion!)

I think the PTA would appreciate it if you voiced your concern about this growing epidemic and perhaps suggest a better alternative to this fast food fundraiser in the future.

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KATZZABELLA 10/29/2009 8:02AM

    ohhh that is a dilemma ! I feel the same as you! Fast food is how we got to be this way North America. I go with Grammie's suggestion and opt out and offer to be apart of the next fundraiser.

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GRAMMIE1959 10/29/2009 7:51AM

    I would NOT go for that. Offer to Head up the next fundraiser for the kids. Skip this one. Just my thought

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ALLE88 10/29/2009 7:39AM

    Well, of all the fast food places...McDonald's seems to making an effort at providing some healthy options. I know they are few and far between, but there are some options when you go there. And they were the first to provide nutritional information back in the 70s. Just food for thought...

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BLAKELOVE 10/29/2009 7:33AM

  It is your conscience and you should do what you feel you have to do.

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Rut

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

This time of the year is really blah for me. I love the fall, but I don't like getting out of bed in the pitch black - it's a little after 7:00 and it's STILL pitch black - and I love bundling under the blanket when it's cold outside. Doesn't make for a very good gym routine. I managed to get there this past weekend, but yesterday it was just not happening. I came home and ate a little dinner, intending on going to the gym later on. But I got under the blanket and that was it. No gym last night. It's funny how my schedule has changed... I used to LOVE going to the gym later at night - 8:00, 8:30... but now I am really enjoying the gym right after school - 4:30 or 5:00ish.
I still love going to the gym, but I think I'm REALLY enjoying the feeling when I'm done and I can have the rest of the night to myself to relax or get work done. I think I'm going to try the after work thing consistently for a while and see if that perks me up a bit.
Happy Hump Day!

  
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SOUTHGOINGZAX 10/28/2009 1:51PM

    Yeah...this is a tough time of year for me too. I am waiting for daylight again. I *HATE* waking up in the dark - my body protests loudly! If the sun isn't up, I should definitely not be up!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 10/28/2009 1:02PM

    I think it is just the time of year. Such short days. It is weird. I went to the gym at 5:30 this morning. It was dark when i got home at 6:50.
I just flipped my routine 3 days a week to 5:30 so that I do not have the same feelings that you do. Trying to mix it up a bit!
Good Luck in finding what works for you!
Jeanne

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KAYAKID 10/28/2009 12:31PM

    Carrie, I have to go to gym after work or before. I can't go home and have dinner and then go to gym. I get home and I want to stay there. I always carry my work out clothes with me when I go to work so that I have no excuses. my 2 cents worth.

Have a great day!
Mike


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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/28/2009 7:32AM

    time changes back an hour here in Ohio! but i still get into ruts nlike clock work! LOL

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I survived Saturday!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tonight was a wedding - didn't go crazy at dinner. I only ate what i really wanted to, and I am happy with myself for doing so.
I did pour myself a glass of wine when I got home, but all I had with dinner was water and decaf coffee. The glass of wine isn't going to kill me.
A warm bath might be calling... tomorrow is a long day of visiting with family. I love going to visit them, but it's always a long day.
That's all for tonight.

  


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