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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!
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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....


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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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KATZABELLAMAMA 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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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!

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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!

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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.


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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    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

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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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