19 Apr

McDonald’s trims down?

In response to continued negative publicity, McDonald’s is trying to make its menu healthier. McDonalds continues to refuse any role contributing to the current “obesity epidemic” (can I tell you how much I hate that phrase?), but their decision to lighten their menu is interesting.

McDonald’s Corp. will promote its healthier menu choices to counter negative publicity expected from a new book cowritten by the author of ”Fast Food Nation,” chief executive Jim Skinner said yesterday.
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McDonald’s has been adding products such as entree-sized salads and the option to substitute apple slices and juice for fries and soft drink in Happy Meals.

Is this a case of McDonalds doing something good, or is this a case of closing the barn door after the horses have already eaten your children?

08 Apr

April 8, 2006 – Audio Update!

Weight: 334
Difference from last entry: +2

This week’s entry is an audio update! Click anywhere here to download and listen to this week’s entry.

For those of you who can’t/won’t download the MP3, here’s a transcript from the audio entry: So I was being really silly yesterday and thought, “why, it would be really fun to do an audio update on my weightjournal.” I think I meant to laugh it off, but the more I thought about it, the better the idea sounds. I couldn’t think of a reason not to, and it’s a nice change-of-pace, so here I am!

Please pardon me if I sound nervous. It’s funny how just the concept of having an audience makes me nervous, when it really shouldn’t. I’m sitting at my computer talking into an itty-bitty microphone. I should be used to such things! Fortunately, this seems like a common occurrence n the podcasting community.

Not that this is gonna be podcast. This is a one-time only thing. Unless it turns out to be super-fun, in which case I may do it again.

So, to the update! It’s April 8th somehow. I have totally lost track of the end of March due to two reasons. First, I caught a cold which simply wore me down. I ended up going to see my doctor about it, which is very rare for me. Just as I was starting to feel better, I received a call from my dad’s wife, letting me know he was in the ICU in Tulsa. Erin, Colin and I all jumped into our van and drove out to Oklahoma to be with him. Fortunately, he’s okay. And we’re back, and life should be getting back to normal.

Weight-wise? Well, as you might guess, I’ve done better. I’ve eaten a lot of comfort foods over the past few weeks, first because I didn’t feel well, and then because I was almost out of my mind worrying about my dad. Interestingly enough, I actually lost a pound while I was sick! But I gained that and another since then. So mark me in at 334 this week. Which is another high weight for me.

Oh, well. I am surprised at how hard it has been to start losing weight again. But I have not given up hope yet. I’m not ready to give up yet! I’ve been through all of this before. True, I’ve been on an up slope for a few years now. But I just have to keep at it, keep trying, keep refusing to give up.

As always, that’s my goal.

Bye, everyone!