Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
If you saw it please bear with me, and if not, I will explain. Each week the contestants are given a challenge, and the first one came in the form of a big advertisement for a book. The book Eat This Not That, and it's author was 'advertised' on the show. Then the contestants played a little game, blue team against black team. The host and author showed two plates of food and then the contestant had to decide if they should eat this or that. (the book just shows photos and says eath this not that) I was crawling out of my skin looking at the options. One choice was between Chicken enchiladas with the works or 18 light beers! Each had just about a whole days calories and NO absolutely NO nutrition. I was appalled.
This book is a best seller, in the matter of fact he has two Eat This Not That books now. I have looked at them in the stores to see what the hypen was about and never even considered purchasing it. I am completely disappointed in the fact that NONE of the options put on the table were nutritionally sound, there was barely a vegetable on the table (with exception of a green salad and a Caesar salad) nor fruit. Shouldn't' these people be promoting something else, like NOT eating in fast food joints. One 1100 calorie meal is not what one should eat EVER! imagine how much fresh produce, even beans and nuts, you would have to eat in one meal to equal that amount of calories!
Would love to hear anyone Else's thoughts on the matter. I hope not to offend, however to get healthy and lose weight one much decide to give up these foods completely unless they want to lose the weight and gain it right back. Permant changes to fresh foods is imperative for successful weight loss/balance.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Denise has always had a drive to be a doctor and it's amazing that from 2ND grade when she wrote a paper about it she never looked back! That is total dedication, I have so enjoyed getting to see the medical side of her through her book and her blog posts.
So now for the good stuff. I am going to pick one random person to win a copy of her book. All you have to do is either: Leave a comment stating... if you have read it-Your favorite part in the book Permission To Mother or What you hope to get out of reading it! Oh and feel free to write any other tidbits.....
I will draw a winner to be announced Thursday evening. Check back for the winner and be sure that if you are the winner you send me your shipping info so I can mail your prize to you... Stay tuned!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I wish I could say that I know how it works. I think it's mostly momentum, like an avalanche, once you gain confidence or the ability to do something that you couldn't do before I had to celebrate. I can't even express the excitement I felt when I could cross my legs again. Then there was the goal to climb a climbing wall (despite my fear of heights I did it). There was the half marathon and many short races. Each time I did something I couldn't do before, it was a chance to celebrate. I kept a journal, and still have it to look at. There are still goals I would like to accomplish.
For the most part, I face my fears and do my best to put them to rest. (OK still dealing with the heights thing) Each step is toward a new day and a better me. It is the only way. It was not only about calories, food and exercise (although its a big part) but dealing with the reason I hid behind my size and my emotions.
For everyone out there trying to lose weight, You can do it. If I did it, so can you. So take my belief in you and use it until you have it in yourself. Share you victories!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The dilemma for me is what happens when I run on the treadmill. I just can't seem to set the speed to match the pace I run outside and if I do, I feel like I am sprinting and I get winded so easily. I am being really conscious of my posture and keeping my chest open etc.... Is it just because I find treadmill running boring that I feel like I don't have the conditioning to do it? What do you do in the winter for running when the snow hits and the streets are icy? (if you have that problem) Anyone ever ran with yaktrax (I think that's what they are called).
I am finally back to running without knee pain (after 3 years of barely running at all) and I really don't want to lose it due to the snow and crappy weather that I know is coming. Do any of you have running gear that's made for cold/freezing temperatures? Is it worth the expense? I really want to train for another half marathon this spring?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Grandma Pauline, known as easy Grandma or Gramsey by our kids. I still remember her coming to visit on the big black train from Brooklyn out to Long Island. She always made scrambled eggs, and had peanut brittle in the bottom of her purse. This past Saturday she fell and fractured her hip, and had surgery the next morning. I was happy that she got to see Denise because it was always special that they share the same birthday together.
Denise and I have seemed to be always going through the same things, just on the other side of the country. I hope that you have a good birthday, at least the start of a new year for you! You have been a great support for me in all I have gone through. (especially in the past few years) Thank you for being my friend (and accomplice at times too) I am so happy that we got to see each other this summer. I hope that you know how glad I am to have you as a sister.
Despite it all, I hope you have had a great day.
With love to you both, Carrie
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I have been analyzing my eating habits and nutrition daily through my great nutrition program I have for school. It takes a lot of time and effort to do, but obviously it is paying off in the end! YEAH.. I have been cutting out most dairy, especially high fat cheeses. I honestly do not miss it much. I have been generally happy with the Skinny B!tch cookbook and all the recipes I have made are delicious! If any of you have other ideas for great and healthy vegan cookbooks I would love to hear them!!! Please?
On another great note, I have had great success with my running speed! I was so thrilled to know that I dropped almost a minute off my mile per hour speed. Trust me it's still really slow, but was great to know that my speed it picking up some. Really just on the road. I have the hardest time at the gym on the treadmill. I just don't challenge myself enough to pick up the speed. I get bored really easily too. I am concerned that I will build up my distance and lose it when the snow comes as I wont be able to run outside. UGH! I dread the snow for that reason. It's so pretty but it really limits what I can do... Any ideas? Anyone else struggle with that in the winter? I really would like to run some races, and it seems that if I can build up now that would be great and then add more distance when the spring comes to be ready to add some races to my summer schedule.
All in all I am seeing how my weight (which is still WAY less than it was) nutrition and exercise go hand in hand. Without one in balance the other is not. I had a friend that used to say that with each 10 lbs I lost I would see about one minute per mile of speed time come off. I am seeing now that he was right (with only 6 lbs.). Its so exciting to realize I am doing it, I can do it and I will succeed at running again(I also had a knee injury for a year PFS and it prevented me from doing much running, it was really hard). Funny I ran a half marathon about 3 years ago, I still play with my shiny finishers medal and still get choked up over how I felt crossing the finish line... I want to be there again!