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Bloomington Water = Bolingbrook Water

Friday, September 06, 2013

My apologies to those of you who have already heard one of my many rants about water! ;)

I grew up on soda for a reason. Bolingbrook had the most disgusting water. It never came out of the faucet clear, and it always tasted like either rust or mildew. I used to go to my friend Erica's house after school, and her family kept a pitcher of water in the fridge at all times; "It tastes less bad when it's cold...", she would say. I'm probably the most proud of my water habit because it was so hard to overcome. The rest of my family has not been so lucky; all of my sisters and my parents still drink soda, and they are not only all bigger than me, but their teeth are all rotting as well. It took me probably about 6 years to implement my water-only habit, but it was worth it!

Fast-forward to my student teaching year in Bloomington! On the first teacher institute day, I went to fill my water bottle at a water fountain, and...ewwww rust-colored water! It was just like being a kid again! :( I tried the regular strategies of letting it run for several minutes, or drinking it really fast so it would be gone by the time I had to taste it, but it was just so awful. But I didn't work for 6 years to overcome a soda habit just to throw it away, either.

My current strategy is to keep a couple gallons circulating for myself. I have 3 gallons of tap water from my house; one is at my desk at school, and the other 2 in my van, and I just switch them out as I drink them. It's working for me, even though it may seem ridiculous to some that such a thing is necessary.

There. Rant over. Thanks for letting me post another! ;)

I've been back at the pool this week after my goggles went missing. I gave up and got new ones, so I'm sure the other ones will turn up under one of my kids' beds or something. :/ Anyway I'm swimming about 900-1200 yards every time I go, and I'm not so focused on distance as much as just getting out to do something every day for ME.

I don't have time during the week for early morning rides anymore because of school, but I do take my commuter bike with the headlight to and from the gym for an extra 25 minutes of cardio, and I save my long rides for the weekends. Next weekend I'm doing a 20-miler in Decatur with my friend Jean, who just had hip replacement surgery in May and this will be her first time back on an organized ride. I took a spin with her last week and she did fabulous! I'm so inspired by women who come back from major setbacks like that. I hope I will be able to bounce back from my foot surgery next year. Which reminds me, my foot is just trudging along. It pretty much hurts all the time but if I stay off it, then I can get by with ibuprofen and a foot rub at the end of the day...which my husband and kids are getting very sick of doing. :/

My food is doing really well still, and I'm staying around 1500-1700 every day. Today I ate at Chipotle for the first time, and it was good! If you haven't been to one, it's like the Subway of Mexican food. I was able to pick and choose the things I wanted in my burrito, so I got to have fresh salsa, black beans, grilled chicken, romaine, corn, and a small amount of brown rice. I loved it!

Well I have some laundry to put away and then I'm going to bed early so I can ride my bike in the morning. Have a great weekend! :)
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    Atlanta has good water, but we still have it triple filtered for what we drink. We have a whole house filter plus a fountain faucet at the kitchen sink that has two filters on it. A blind taste test with our daughters proved that the triple filtered water tastes best.

    As for the fountain at the school - they probably haven't changed the filter on it since the fountain was installed when the school was built. LOTS of places have those fountains and never change the filters so I try to avoid them anyway.

    Taking your own water is the best idea for your situation. I also keep water in my car, especially when I have to be in it much.
    1651 days ago
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    I hate stinky water. Sounds like you are handling it as well as could be expected.
    1655 days ago
    Really? At school no less! It must be that the water is crappy after not being run all summer but still that's pretty unhealthy at school... Are the school officials doing anything about it?

    Nice job of improvising and overcoming :)
    1655 days ago
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