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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Keeping my eating in check today!!! Stayed within my calories, AND didn't have a single bite of chocolate or sweets!! The previous couple of days were an improvement from last week, though not perfect. I know this will get easier as each day passes.... But working up those good healthy habits again is tough!!

Keep at it, fellow Sparkers!! I know many of you are struggling with this too (post-Christmas blah, and trying to get back on track.) If I can do it, I know anyone can.

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SEEHOLZ 12/30/2010 9:40AM


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MUMMAMICHELLE 12/30/2010 12:32AM

    Great job! I need to be right there with you too. I eat pretty healthy...great meal, it's just the grazing in between meals that I need to keep in check!

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MRS_LOOMIS 12/29/2010 5:57PM


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ROOT4HOME 12/29/2010 4:50PM


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AOGOAE 12/29/2010 4:44PM


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SIOUXSIE-Q 12/29/2010 4:41PM

    It's VERY hard, but every little step we take can make a big difference in the long run!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/29/2010 4:37PM

    It is hard to get over this dang hump!! Great job on passing up those goodies!!

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What a huge success!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I got some feedback from my in-laws on the Chrustmas dinner! My husband told me afterward on Saturday that I did a great job, and that he liked the way I carried everything out, but I thought he was just being nice.... ;)

But his mom called him and told him to make EXTRA EXTRA sure to tell me that she LOVED the food. And to make EXTRA EXTRA sure that I know my sister-in-law and father-in-law ALSO loved the food.... Wow. That made me feel good. My sister-in-law and MIL both are very negative, critical people, who don't hand out compliments! So, I'm super glad they liked all the food! My SIL also had 3 helpings of my candied sweet potatoes (I just make a whole-grain crumbly crust with nuts and oatmeal, no marshmallows. Yuck! to marshmallows!), and Germans usually don't like sweet potatoes!! (So they say!)

But I think the biggest compliment of all from my MIL was that she totally loved the atmosphere, hanging out with us, and how well I managed everything. She even said it was RELAXED! I've watched enough cooking shows on German television to know that's something Germans care about and take note of - they don't like it when the hostess seems really frazzled and chaotic. And my MIL ALWAYS tells me I'm chaotic! (I'm a bit of a scatter-brain...)

Well, I would say, being told that I provided a wonderful family dinner atmosphere is the highest compliment!! That was exactly what I hoped to accomplish and provide for them. (On top of the good, home-made-from-scratch food, of course!!) That was truly my "Mission Accomplished!"

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FRANCLYN 12/29/2010 1:05PM

    WooHoo!! Nicely done!

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MUMMAMICHELLE 12/28/2010 5:05PM

    Sounds like a complete success! I am going to take on the challenge and do an American dinner for my in-laws next year Christmas Eve I decided. They "don't do Christmas" but they are going to do it next year ;)

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SEEHOLZ 12/28/2010 2:05PM

    Glueckwuensche zum Erfolg! Deine Schwiegereltern hoeren sich ein bisschen herrisch an. Aber es scheint mir, dass Du sie schon im Griff hast, haha. Was fuer ein tolles Kompliment!

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LOVELYLOSER84 12/28/2010 1:15PM

    Great job! I guess it wasn't easy to cook and manage your kids and all, and still provide a relaxed atmosphere!

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ROOT4HOME 12/28/2010 12:42PM

    So happy for you, Darcy!! What a SUCCESS!! Thanks for sharing the whole story w/us from beginning to end!! Maybe now your MIL will slowly change her attitude about you and things can improve overall!! Wishing you all the best! emoticon

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SQUINKLY 12/28/2010 12:18PM

    Yay! I was wondering how your dinner went! I am so glad it went well! I am a bit of a scatter-brain too!

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AOGOAE 12/28/2010 11:49AM

    you did amazing- especially considering your pre-christmas battle with your MIL about this dinner! emoticon

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LAUROCHKA 12/28/2010 11:35AM

    Sounds like a lovely day and a HUGE success - well done!

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THISISFORME924 12/28/2010 11:32AM

    Way to go on not being frazzled! Thats a battle in its own!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/28/2010 10:58AM

    Congrats!!! That is awesome!!

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Goals for the last week of 2010!

Monday, December 27, 2010

The 2 weeks leading up to Christmas were just a disaster diet-wise! My running was right on target, and so was my ST pretty much, but diet??? Between being sooooooo incredibly busy, and simply grabbing anything that was available and easy to eat (usually ending up being store-bought bread, crackers, cookies, and CHOCOLATE!), to having feasts and parties, on top of doing a lot of baking and cooking myself - and I must admit: I am a HUGE nibbler!!! Oh my!

So, I have a few goals for the last few days of 2010:
1. Get back on track with tracking - write down all my food explicitly, every bite, every nibble, no exceptions. Put it into SP.

2. Cut out the sugar and alcohol, except for on NYE, and only at or after the party! That means, don't touch the kids' chocolate or cookies, and let the kids eat the left over pie - NOT ME!!

3. Get back to my healthy diet - lots of veggies, protein, whole grains. I just FEEL SO MUCH BETTER when I eat right.

4. Take pictures for the Rachel Mac Challenge.... NO TIME, seriously, I have had NO TIME! Though I think my pictures now are going to be worse than the first ones I took. I have not been on my game eating-wise, and it makes a HUGE difference.

5. Take pictures of me in my NEW SKINNY JEANS! I finally tried them!! I bought a couple of pairs, and definitely want to share!! I can't believe I can even fit into something like that and feel confident!

6. Get my long run in for this week on New Years Eve in the morning. Then I can stay up late, and not have to dread getting up early, or ditching my family for a long time on Saturday. It will be my last run for 2010, and I wanna go out with a BANG!!

So, time to tackle Monday!! The last Monday in 2010!! I am not one for making New Year's resolutions (because I think most of the time, they are crap, and I am one for constantly bettering yourself, not just at New Years), but I am thinking of a few specific goals for 2011.... That's for another blog though....

Happy last week of the year, everyone!!!

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WANT2BE123 12/28/2010 4:32PM

    Your goals sound great! Keep us posted! You're so right about how much better we feel when we eat healthfully!

I love the idea of running long on New Year's Eve so you don't have to worry about it the next day.

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SEEHOLZ 12/27/2010 11:02AM

    The last Monday of 2010! WOW... time just flies! I hope no matter what, you had fun and enjoyed Christmas!!!

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AOGOAE 12/27/2010 9:36AM

    I'm glad you mentioned your long run for NYE- I'm going to have to figure out where to fit that in myself. Hmm...

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LOVELYLOSER84 12/27/2010 3:55AM

    Hi Darcy!

Thanks for the christmas greetings! I hope you had a great time with your family! I was staying with my family in Bavaria, and I have never ever seen so much snow!!! Beautiful!

Love your plan! Have a great and succesful week!



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SMITCHELL84 12/27/2010 3:22AM

    I love your goals for this week. I might use some of them too! I'm sure you will do great...and congrats on the skinny jeans. Maybe someday I'll be there too!

Happy Holidays! emoticon

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TENACIOUSTRISH 12/27/2010 2:27AM


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19+ miles + Christmas dinner : MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (Marathon Training Update)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

How I did it:
LIke I wrote yesterday, I was trying to AVOID having to do my long run and my whole Christmas dinner extravaganza all on the same day, but lo and behold, my plans changed mid-week, and I just decided to go for it. For me, those long runs are the most important, so I try to really prioritize them, and not put them off. So, here is how I wrapped up Marathon Training Week 9 of 18!!

Wake-up: 4:15 am
Outside Temp: 14F
Trail conditions: plowed a few days ago, but with 4" or so of fresh snow.
Projected run: A loop covering about 19 miles, though I wasn't sure because I hadn't run it yet.

I dragged myself out of bed after my alarm went off, tired but excited about my day. Went downstairs, started the fully automatic espresso machine (always gotta have my coffee first!), changed into my running gear, and started eating a banana and drinking water. Then I realized, I had not charged my Garmin after my last run, and it was around 45% after that run... So I checked... Sure enough, only 30%. I knew that would not last my estimated 19 miles. And there was NO WAY I wanted to go out for such a long run and have it die on me. So I plugged the Garmin in....

I decided not to waste the time, and instead started working on Christmas dinner prep. I made the crumbly crust for the candied sweet potatoes, I sauteed the onions and celery for the stuffing, and then mixed it in with the already dried breadcrumbs. So, I got to check a few "to-do" things off my list!!

Then I left around 6 (yes it took that long!). The sidewalk trail that I run on, which runs along the roads, had enough fresh snow on it that it really slowed me down. I decided to not waste my energy or time trying to run on it, and opted to run directly on the road. I have a few reflectors and also a red flashing light on my back, and the cars were sparse on Christmas morning. Why cause myself needless fatigue, right? I would say a good 80% of my run was directly on the road, which was also a bit snowy, but better than the trail. Anyway, I felt really, really great throughout my whole run, carrying what was a nice pace, at least for me... until that last 5 km. Then it started getting REALLY hard!! But I still pushed through and finished well, I think. Didn't stop to take any pictures though, this week. Just wanted to get my run done.

End stats:
Total distance: 19.45 miles (31.3 km)
Time: 3:26:31 (Avg. 10:37/mile)

I got home at 9:40 or so, quite wiped out to be honest, my hubby had gotten all the kids fed, and was sitting at the kitchen table. I walked in the door (he could see me from where he was sitting), and did a dramatic (however fake) collapse to the floor!! I WAS SO GLAD TO BE HOME!! I filled him in on the details of my run as I stretched, then quickly made my breakfast.

By 10:30, we were already well into our Christmas dinner prep together. My hubby helped soooo much!! He peeled potatoes, pears, and parsley root. He tooked the skin off the baked sweet potatoes. He helped me set and decorate the table. He helped dish up the first appetizer. We worked really great together. His parents were scheduled to come at 4, so I wanted to be ready with the first appetizer at 4 sharp. I was gonna try to sneak in a snooze in the early afternoon, after puting the turkey in at 1:30, but that didn't happen. We just had too much to do. When they got here, everything was ready to start at least (the turkey still needed more time, but that was what I had planned on.) We all shared a glass of Prosecco, and started with the salad and proscuitto pears. Then I served the parsley root soup (an old German recipe), which seemed to be a big hit! Then I served the main course - the turkey, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, gravy, and stuffing... I only totally forgot to get cranberries to make cranberry sauce this year!! Other than that, the dinner turned out GREAT!! Served the dessert - a small slice of sweet potato pie with a side of German dessert, a vanilla pudding type dessert with a white wine foam on the top. They actually went really well together - the German dessert was quite sour, and the sweet potato pie quite sweet, so they really complimented one another.

Ok, ENOUGH ABOUT FOOD!! Sorry, I love cooking, and am starting to get better at entertaining and being a host, so yesterday was a HUGE success for me... ON TOP OF MY HUGE RUN!!

So, my plan for Week 9 had been:
Sunday: Rest (Yep!)

Monday: Tempo Run 6.5 mi, BodyPump
**Actual: ran 6 miles
Tuesday: Rest (Yep!)
Wed: Intervals 5.5 mi, BodyPump
**Actual: Ran 5 mile, TR... AWESOME!
**Actual: Ran 6 miles, with intervals
Friday: 18-19 miles (Not sure, but I am going to try a longer loop.)
**Actual: I rested
Saturday: a light 4 miles
**Actual: ran 19.45 miles!! WOOOHOOO! Longest run to date!! AND ON TOP of all the pressures of the holidays. I have a huge sense of accomplishment making it through that. =)

Plan for Week 10:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: 9 mile run, BodyPump and Combat classes
Tuesday: Rest
Wed: 7 mile run, BodyPump
Thurs: Rest
Friday: Long run: 17 mile run
Saturday: EZ 4 miles

I will like getting my long run out of the way for the week BEFORE the New Years Eve celebration. I know we will be up late, and I HATE trying to go running if its not early in the morning, so I am planning ahead for that!!

Anyway, sorry for such a long rambling blog!! HOPE EVERYONE HAD A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!!!! Happy holiday running to all!

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MUMMAMICHELLE 12/27/2010 2:08AM

    That an amazing day! WTG!!

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ELISAMLW 12/26/2010 11:13PM

    Wow, 19 miles!!! Good for you!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 12/26/2010 9:36PM

    I'm wondering how you fit that all in! Those are my favorite activities too :-)
Running, combat and pump- Also love spinning...
You accomplished quite a but this week~! Thanks for the inspiration~

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SLEEPYDEAN 12/26/2010 9:03PM

    I was wondering how you were fitting that all in when I saw your status updates. Wow - you run fast, so I guess I shouldn't be so surprised. You are going to have a great marathon!

Looks like a good week ahead. I am pretty excited, because my spinning studio announced that Body Combat classes are coming in February. I really enjoyed the demo they did, so hopefully I can fit it into my schedule regularly.

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ROOT4HOME 12/26/2010 8:56PM

    AMAZING run!! emoticon emoticon

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JILLIANPRNCSS 12/26/2010 7:17PM

    You are amazing

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MOMONTHERUN1 12/26/2010 2:26PM

    Great job!

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SHANNONSTILLS 12/26/2010 10:15AM

  Excellent I love BodyPump but we don't have any classes in OHIO close by

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I'm so stuffed!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Stuffed full of turkey, stuffing, and definitely sweet potatoes!! I love me some sweet potatoes!! Dinner went so well. My hubby even told me I did an awesome job, and that he felt I carried everything out really well. My MIL really seemed to enjoy the food.

However I must say, havIng run this morning made it tough!! My 19+ miles this morning (just short of 3.5 hrs) was exhausting! But I had to recover quickly and jump into my preparation tasks. I must say, I'm sitting here now on the sofa, food is put away, guests are gone, dishwasher is running, and I'm about to pass out from absolute exhaustion. I had originally planned to do my long run on Christmas Eve to avoid this uber-exhaustion, but there was some talk of us changing our plans and doing our big dinner on Christmas Eve, so I ran on Thursday, thinking I'd do my dinner yesterday, and run today in peace. But no, plans changed again... So, I sucked it up and tackled that run, and then my huge dinner!

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MOMONTHERUN1 12/26/2010 2:27PM

    You made up for all that food with the run earlier in the day! Good for you and I am sure that you had no problem relaxing!

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/25/2010 3:56PM

    Incredible distance and then preparing dinner afterwards. Wow.

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MBSHAZZER 12/25/2010 3:12PM

    Congrats on your 19+ miler! Feels good to get that under your belt, right? Was this your longest run to date? I haven't eaten yet... I've just been nibbling as I go....Great job running and cooking, superwoman!

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