Apology + what I’m eating tomorrow {WIAW}
Nov
27th

[Note: If you’re just here for food talk, scroll down a few paragraphs. An apology and a blog tip are up first.]

Apology

I love blogging. I really do. Easily my favorite part is interacting with you all. Sometimes though, when it comes to the technical side, I hate blogging.

In some ways, WordPress is a really easy platform, but if you want it to do anything beyond the bare bones basics, you need to install plugins and widgets and the like. For example, I learned very early on that WordPress will not automatically send an email when you reply to someone’s comment, so unless they come back to your post to check (which no one does), they will never see your response. So over 6 months ago, I installed a plugin to fix that. Problem solved right? Wrong. I was new and naive then, so I installed and activated the plugin, but never tested it… until yesterday. No dice. I tweeted Amy and Davida, and they confirmed they’ve never gotten a reply notification from me. Turns out I missed a step in installation, and after you activate the plugin in WordPress, the settings for the plugin itself (illogically) default to disabled.

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I was kind of heartbroken. All of your comments mean so much to me, and I try to show that by responding with thoughtful comments of my own. Even though it sometimes takes me a few days, I reply to 99% of them. For me, it has been a thoughtful dialogue, but for you guys it’s been silence. So this is me saying I’m sorry. I’m sorry if you ever thought I was ignoring your comments, or that I didn’t read them, or that they didn’t matter to me. I’ve updated the settings, so you should start seeing my replies now. Newbie bloggers, always check your plugins! I do that now, but I didn’t then. 🙁

What I Ate Wednesday

On to our regularly scheduled program. My eats have been super boring lately. I’m like a scavenger, I just eat whatever random combination of food is nearby, it’s really not healthy. So in lieu of a traditional WIAW post, I thought I’d honor tomorrow’s holiday with WIET, What I’m Eating Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving (in the US, sorry international friends!), the foodiest of all holidays. It’s a day we are celebrating the food itself. Although our modern celebrations focus on everything we are thankful for, which I love, the original purpose of the holiday was to celebrate the harvest of the previous year. We are literally celebrating the fact that there is food to eat (a luxury, I should note, that almost a billion people don’t have).

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It’s a day to give thanks, not wallow in guilt. You aren’t “cheating,” it isn’t a “cheat day.” You’re just living. The word cheat implies you’re doing something wrong or dishonest. There’s nothing wrong or dishonest about enjoying a delicious, celebratory meal with your loved ones. It’s a holiday, it’s a festive occasion. So I’m going to be happy, I’m going to give thanks for all the blessings in my life and for the opportunity to be with my family, and I’m going to eat. I hope you do too!

And since you want pictures (and Thanksgiving isn’t cooked yet, obvi), here’s a preview of what I’ll be enjoying:

Thanksgiving Collage

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So I hope you’ll join me in having a guilt-free Thanksgiving. Not guilt-free as in, “I healthified all the recipes and barely ate anything, and I skipped dessert.” I mean guilt-free as in throw your guilt out the window (which you should do anyway), it’s just one day, live your life to the fullest kinda guilt-free.

Even though this barely counts as a WIAW post, I’m still linking up with Jenn for the party. If you’re looking for a little better meal inspiration, head over and check out what the rest of blogland is eating 🙂

Questions: Did you think I was ignoring your comments and/or didn’t love you? Are you going to eat all the foods with me tomorrow? What are you giving thank for this year? What are you most excited to eat? (if you don’t all say pie I’m going to think you’ve lost it)

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33 comments on “Apology + what I’m eating tomorrow {WIAW}

    1. BusyBod Post author

      Ah me too with all the googling! Why does it have to be so difficult??

      PS Can you let me know if you get this too 🙂 I’m not sure I’ve gotten it working yet, ugh.

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  1. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    Don’t apologize!!!! It’s all good 🙂

    I totally agree on the guilt-free sentiment. Though I won’t be celebrating, I think people need to accept that it’s okay to allow yourself to indulge, over-eat be a lazy bum and enjoy thanksgiving! IT’s one day of the year afterall 🙂
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Exactly! It’s just one day, and there are so many more important things to be focused on during any holiday.

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  2. Amy @ The Little Honey Bee

    You are so cute but no apologize necessary… we still love you! I often checked back because I knew you would reply 🙂 Your words of wisdom on Thanksgiving are so spot on and while it is not Thanksgiving here, it is how I strive to approach holidays/celebrations/more indulgent meals. Thanks Kim and have a very happy Thanksgiving! xoxo
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Ha yes, definitely Friday as well. And apparently Saturday too since I still had some leftover and pie 🙂

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  3. Elise @ 9toFit.com

    I have been having so much trouble with my comments lately (I use blogger). Honestly this side of blogging drives me crazy, and seriously stresses me out. I have been thinking about switching to wordpress, do you like wordpress? Did you ever switch over to it or did you use wordpress from the beginning? Sorry for the 1004934 questions
    Elise @ 9toFit.com recently posted…Turkey Day Ab RoutineMy Profile

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      No worries I love all the questions! The technical side is definitely the worst and super stressful. I started right away with WordPress luckily, and it does seem to be the easier platform. A lot of blog designers will also do a blogger to wordpress migration for pretty cheap, so if I had needed to switch, that’s what I would have done.

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  4. Veronica

    I will be going full YOLO mode on Thanksgiving. Not a single calorie will be tracked that day. Not a single substitution for a “healthier” option will be made that day. I am in the midst of a long diet but I’d rather enjoy my Thanksgiving will my family and be set back a few days than diet on Thanksgiving. Have a great holiday 🙂

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Haha full on YOLO mode, I love that! I hope you had a fabulous holiday with your family and were able to enjoy it to the fullest 🙂

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  5. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    Hi Kim! I’m just finding your blog through WIAW. I can completely relate to love/hate relationship with blogging. The technical side of things can be so frustrating. That’s so sweet of you to reply to every single comment too. I haven’t been able to find the time to do that but I definitely enjoy reading all of them and try comment on others blogs as well.

    All of your Thanksgiving dishes look scrumptious! Green bean casserole is one of my faves. Hope you have a good one!
    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted…What I Ate Wednesday {My First Time}My Profile

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I love finding new blogs through WIAW 🙂 I hope you had a fantastic holiday!

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  6. Alex @ Kenzie Life

    Ok this, “Not guilt-free as in, “I healthified all the recipes and barely ate anything, and I skipped dessert.” I mean guilt-free as in throw your guilt out the window (which you should do anyway), it’s just one day, live your life to the fullest kinda guilt-free.” is the most amazing way I’ve ever heard anyone describe Thanksgiving and not being guilty. You are so awesome! I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!
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  7. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    UGHHHH! I hate when technology fails me! But not to worry, it happens to all of us, but at least you caught the issue! 🙂 Most of the time, I never know how to change the problem and it just gets me angrier! LOL!

    Happy Thanksgiving – Wolf down those delicious foods, I will be doing the same! LOL!
    GiGi Eats Celebrities recently posted…A Thanksgiving TaleMy Profile

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  8. Mary

    I have the opposite problem. Blogger/Google randomly changes by profile making me a no reply blogger! It’s so frustrating but I have a few bloggy friends that will tell me when this happens. I really wish they would fix this issue.
    As for guilt free Thanksgiving, I stopped feeling guilty last year. I have a little of everything and don’t over indulge to the point of feeling sick. I enjoy the food and family time! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      That’s so bizarre! Technology can be so frustrating, although without it I guess we wouldn’t be bloggers at all 🙂 so glad to hear you’ve been able to truly drop the guilt. I think I’m almost there myself!

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  9. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    People don’t get sent an email notification when I reply to comments either but I figured those on WordPress see it in their notifications but I guess I never thought about what happens to those not on WordPress. I should maybe look at doing that too since I always make sure I reply to all comments and some people may not even realize that I do.

    We don’t celebrate thanksgiving here but drooling over all those pics!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Oh yeah I forgot the wordpress.com people probably saw the replies that way! Maybe it hasn’t been a total loss all this time.

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  10. Paige@FitNotFad

    I know what you mean about the comment thing! Unfortunately blogger doesn’t have a widget for that and I can’at figure out how to transfer to WordPress so hopefully people realize I respond to all of the comments I get 🙂 Love your idea of Thanksgiving. Definitely not a cheat day…it’s an EAT day!! yayyy! Happy Thanksgiving Kim!
    Paige@FitNotFad recently posted…{WIAW} and Thanksgiving BreakMy Profile

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      “Not a cheat day… It’s an EAT day.” <--- love!!!! I know most blog designers also offer a package to transfer content, but I'm not sure how else you can do it. It seems pretty affordable, but I don't know much about it.

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Thanks so much, I’m glad it resonated with you 🙂 hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday weekend!

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      I’m not super familiar with blogger because I never used it, but I know a few blogs I follow use “Intense Debate,” and I get reply notifications from them. Maybe it’s a plugin? Definitely worth checking out 🙂

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