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18 Weeks!

Monday, March 24, 2014

So I finally really gained some weight and my belly popped out. I had an appointment today and the HB sounded great, around 145-150 - and that baby was moving around and kicking. We'd hear the heartbeat and BANG! BOOM!

In two weeks we go in and find out the gender. :D WOOHOO!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 4/18/2014 11:13PM

    You look amazing momma to be!~

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CATIATM 3/25/2014 11:25AM

    You look beautiful!

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LIZZABETH1986 3/25/2014 11:16AM

    Congratulations... you look so adorable!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/24/2014 9:50PM

    What is good for you is good for the baby. Stay healthy. You are looking awesome and are in for some exciting times. Best wishes! emoticon

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FITGIRL15 3/24/2014 3:05PM

    Looking lovely, Dana! Such exciting times!!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/24/2014 2:17PM

  Looking beautiful! Be healthy.

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Big Changes coming!

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Since my last blog, I ran one more half marathon in November - it was a brutal experience, a cold snap left me quite unprepared for the temperatures that day and I also felt I got injured, but was able to recover well after a massage at the chiropractor.

Then in December more exciting things happened.....

And then I was keeping mum because....

I'm now over 12 weeks pregnant. :)

YEP! Sadly my fitness and nutrition are completely out the window right now. I've been going on very short runs occasionally, when I felt like the nausea and fatigue were light enough and the conditions outside weren't terrible. (So much ice going on here for a while.) Speaking of which I slipped on some ice a couple days ago... so dumb. But everything tells me I should be fine, baby should be fine, including my doctor's triage nurses that I called. *phwew* No cramping or bleeding. Guess I just have to wait for my next appointment and keep thinking positively. No reason to think anything's wrong, just you know - paranoia. hahaha :D I didn't land on my abdomen or anything, it was a butt fall, right side only - my poor right butt cheek and right hand.

I also somehow strained my left hamstring apparently. :P This week I've been really sick feeling - like beyond nausea, a virus involved I think. Congestion, headache, sore throat, etc. No fever so I'm just toughing it out, drinking lots of fluids.

But anyway - I've got a few pictures from the last scan!

Still eating mostly vegan, sometimes eggs - trying to make sure I get plenty of protein and I'm taking my vitamins. Gluten free is going well, too. Finding more options for various things which is cool - like I found some bread I can buy at a local store that is like real bread! hahaha :D But still trying to mostly eat things that are less processed but it's hard with the nausea, I have to just eat the only thing I can imagine stomaching. :P

Due date is August 24th - I will try to blog more frequently!!

P.S. - I can't believe I forgot to post my announcement video here - thanks, SEPPIESUSAN for reminding me! haha! :D


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NGCHILD 2/27/2014 4:33PM

    Congrats on your exciting news! Take care of yourself.


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HHOLT6 2/26/2014 6:25PM

    So exciting!!! Congratulations to you and your husband! emoticon I hope that I can post a similar message within the year myself!

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MYLIFE4LIFE 2/23/2014 1:23PM

    Yay for baby news!! I can't wait to meet him or her via fb or spark. Congrats again twin! Love ya!

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SEEHOLZ 2/21/2014 10:12AM

    Super Happy for you guys!!!! I had this feeling... but didn't want to be wrong-lol.

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FITGIRL15 2/15/2014 11:23PM

    Wow Wow Wow!!! CONGRATS, Dana! I'm sooo excited for you!!!

I hope your morning sickness subsides!!! emoticon

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CATIATM 2/14/2014 1:29AM

    Exciting news!

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STRIVERONE 2/13/2014 9:53PM

    Cute first pic. Congratulations. It looks like your baby has already been to a hairstylist.

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MBSHAZZER 2/13/2014 11:13AM

    YAY!!! So happy for you! Am slammed at work but will write more later!! CONGRATS!!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/13/2014 10:56AM

    Such an exciting times. I think it is a great time to learn to listen to your body. I did that with my last one. I had a good eating plan and had a great pregnancy as far as sticking with my health goals. What is good for you is also good for the baby. Congratulations and best wishes. If you have any questions or concerns you want to talk about you know where to find me.

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NOTGVGUP83 2/13/2014 10:44AM

    congrats! take care of yourself and listen to your body! =)

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/13/2014 10:15AM

    I am so happy for you, Dana! And I think you should post the link to that video here because it was the awesomest video of its kind I've ever seen! :)

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KENSINGTONC 2/13/2014 9:35AM

    Awwww look at that little peanut! So cute. Congratulations Dana - this is so exciting! I found that exercise & nutrition were more "do-able" for me well into the 2nd trimester, and the 1st trimester I just focused on rest. I would sleep 12 hours a night! Anyway, so happy for you. Keep us updated if you are able. PS my due date with my daughter was Aug 22 - great month! Liz

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Once a Month Blogging?

Monday, October 14, 2013

This morning was a new low for me for the year, 197. Still borderline overweight for my height according to BMI, but pretty much back to where I was in Dec of 2012, before all the hysterics.

Amazing what cutting out gluten and dairy and eating buttloads of nuts and fruit and beans and stuff will do. I'm sure I'm eating more fats and maybe more calories even, but it's just different stuff.

Anyway - this past weekend I was kind of "hostessing" for a group of runner friends visiting to do a race. Pals from the Runner's World Online Forums that I then REALLY got to know when everyone migrated to facebook after the forums just got awful.

Soooo much fun. SO MUCH FUN! I was "pacing" a friend of mine - she had a goal to run the full race and we were thinking a 12:30-12:45 per mile pace seemed reasonable. But she got a really bad side stitch at the turnaround that persisted a while, kind of went away, and after a speed up initiated by trying to get to a portajohn quickly it came back full force. Just not the ideal day! Nature stop happened at mile 11 ish, I went on to finish strong. My right hip is a little sore, I've been having some problems in the past week with my SI joint feeling stuck on that side, going to a chiro. Went twice so far, going again Wednesday.

But otherwise I feel the race went fairly well for me. Not an improvement over my races thus far this year, but I wasn't really trying for one that much. Our goal time was 2:45 (last race was like 2:52?) and ended up with a 2:53:29 - but although I wasn't feeling perfect, the point was that I was sticking with my friend. Yesterday's race wasn't about me. I feel like it was a harder effort from myself than I would have liked it to be, but it hasn't got me like a race sore (other than my hip feeling a little wonky) more like a LR. So that seems good.

A couple of pictures from the race:

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S318830 11/20/2013 5:33PM

    I love those photos. The long road with trees on either side reminded me of the AF Marathon. Nice job!

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LYNMEINDERS 11/11/2013 7:45PM

    Beautiful scenery on your run...woohoo...go you guys...

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FITGIRL15 10/23/2013 1:55PM

    Beautiful weather to be out for a run!!! You look great!

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SEEHOLZ 10/15/2013 3:49PM

    I love your pictures! I think you look healthy and happy :-)

"SO MUCH FUN!" says it all.

I don't follow RW forums, but I heard they can be pretty hard core-LOL

Keep doing your things Dana!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 10/15/2013 10:31AM

    Always love reading your blogs!!

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CATIATM 10/14/2013 9:40AM

    Beautiful scenery! LOVE the selfie!!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 10/14/2013 9:31AM

    Looks sooooo beautiful!!! Glad you had a nice weekend! I totally agree about the RW forums... the people on them are such a$$holes (not everyone, but many of them). Every little question gets dissected and blown up and taken personally... it's exhausting! Don't those people have jobs and a life?! LOL!

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Long time no blog!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

So, I should probably do a little catch up. :) My weight hasn't been dropping as dramatically as it did when I started the elimination diet, I haven't started tracking again yet either.


I'm under 200lbs again. WOOHOO!!! I've consistently weighed around 198-199 for about a week now, so I'm pumped about that. FINALLY. I'm closing in on my pre-off birth control, pre-all this nonsense weight.

Now I can keep the momentum and keep treating myself well and I'd love to get even lower to help my running, etc.

Speaking of running, my heel is MUCH better - I ran two half marathons in the last two weeks and I made it through them without hurting my heel. They weren't great by any means, I wasn't trained back up enough to race, I was just kinda running them long, but I made it through both, didn't have to DNS or DNF for any races I've registered for this year, and I have two (three) new medals to show for it. I got a medal for doing a pirate themed 5K a little while after my last blog post. :P hahahaha.

Here are a few pictures from my races just to keep things interesting:

Pre-Pirate 5K - temporary tattoo on the shoulder, skulls headband of course

Pirate race SWAG:

1st Come back half - Maple Leaf Half Marathon:
Pre-race outfit shot - lost the armwarmers after mile 1.

Super cool glass medal from a local glass blower:

2nd come back half - Charlotte Covered Bridges Half Marathon
Me running up to the bridge where I rolled my ankle and fell. :P I'm fine.


By the way I SUUUPER duper love that running skirt - it's the SkirtSports Happy Girl skirt. I thought the Gym Girl was long enough to stay put on me, but it doesn't do as well in less humid than AL climates. The Happy Girl works perrrrrfectly. And that color is so great!

P.S. - bonus running skirt shot since that one is so far away - this is kind of a mix between my two race outfits, too. Tank I made, skirt from 2nd race:

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S318830 11/19/2013 2:01PM

    I've had my eye on the Charlotte Covered Bridges Half Marathon for years and years! When I saw you now live in Vermont and had been doing a bunch of half marathons I just knew you had to have done that one, and you did! It must have been absolutely beautiful. Congrats. And yeah... that blown glass medal was stunning.

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CATIATM 10/14/2013 8:20AM

    I can't even tell you how much bling envy I'm suffering right now. It's scary. Glad you're healed up and having fun again!

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SEEHOLZ 10/2/2013 9:53PM

    Congrats on the two HM finishes! I know how awesome it feels to be injury free :-) Keep being kind to yourself- I've been thinking about that a lot lately and I feel mostly at peace, which is an awesome feeling :-)

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MBSHAZZER 9/17/2013 3:41PM

    I've been following along all the races on FB...that glass medal is super cool!!! Glad to hear you are running recovered!

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FITGIRL15 9/17/2013 3:02PM

    We missed you, Girl! You are looking lovely! Nice running! I'm glad you are feeling better these days and that the weight is naturally hiting the road :)

Very pretty running pics!

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JOPAPGH 9/17/2013 2:29PM

    Glad the heel is treating you better. Nice bling!

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KENSINGTONC 9/17/2013 2:12PM

    You sound great and you look great! I'm glad things seem to be settling down for you after all you've been through this year with your health. SO JEALOUS that you are in beautiful NE for the fall! It makes me miss my days of driving to the hospital through the beautiful upper valley and then running on the rail trail after work...

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SONGFIT4LIFE 9/17/2013 2:06PM

    Great Job... Quite Inspirational!

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Body Kindness Challenge - Catch up!

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Day Four: Get Ready on the Inside

"How much time do you spend getting ready each day? Today use the same amount of time to get ready on the inside. Meditate, write in your journal, or perform an act of service."

This was completed on Sunday and I was teaching a young kids sunday school lesson as a substitute (ages about... 8) I got dressed and ready quick as a flash, and then spent a good amount of time spiritually preparing and studying the lesson I was supposed to cover during class. I didn't even put on any makeup - but I did feel great.

Day Five - Tune out the Media - no TV, movies, magazines, and internet surfing.

uhhhh I didn't do this. I'm not going to derail the challenge for it, but I will have to plan a day for this in the future. I'll still do it! But I didn't do this on day 5.

Day Six - Self-Talk

"Pay attention to your thoughts today. Ask yourself, how do my thoughts make me feel? Is what I'm thinking really true? Practice challenging your negative thoughts and replacing them with more truthful ones."

Oog. I had a rough day yesterday with negative thoughts. I had to work really hard to be truthful with myself and not just get down in the dumps. I spent a good hour crying talking about something tender with a friend - it was needed, the emotional gutting wasn't. I took myself there with negative thoughts. I'm usually SUPER great at positivity, but this was overwhelming me, and I got overwhelmed. And then I got better. :) Same with another thing - I started a job recently that turned out to be different than expected. I tried to stick through training to be sure if I might like it ok after all, but I decided to cut their losses and go ahead and quit. I HATE being a quitter. Oof. I feel like I should've known - but not wanting to be a quitter is a horrible reason for staying in a situation that is not beneficial. After letting go, I felt so much better.

TODAY'S CHALLENGE - Body Kindness.

"Be kind to your body. Refrain from talk about weight or shape of self and others. Be aware of how often you compare yourself to others, and evaluate how this makes you feel.

WHY: The obsession with weight, shape and appearance continues among women partially because we encourage it in each other. We have made it unacceptable for a woman to be at peace with her body. Refraining from speaking about weight and shape -- positively or negatively -- allows us to focus on a person's real value and worth. Your body is the vehicle that will carry you to your dreams -- treat it with kindness and love. We must cherish our bodies as God-given gifts.

Journal prompt - How difficult was it to avoid fat talk?

I will come back for more thoughts on this later I think - but I already talked about my weight today (in a positive way) to some people. I'm finding a lot of positive physical results from my new elimination diet and it's hard not to be caught up in the process. The real importance of this to me is to become healthier, to feel stronger and more like myself again. Not the number on the scale - although that is something that will move as I feel more and more "normal" again, it's not the goal. I read a part of the original 10 day challenge and it was to give 10 compliments to others that are NOT based on appearance. That seemed like a hard challenge! I am going to be mindful of this stuff tonight as I go to my Young Women activity so I will be speaking and thinking in a mindful way about our true worth as individuals.

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FITGIRL15 8/7/2013 5:40PM

    I love this, Dana! It's true.... Sadly, our society is very caught up in physical beauty and physical posessions!

Thanks for sharing this and reminding us to see the beauty in ourselves that goes deeper then our skin! emoticon

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MJ7DM33 8/7/2013 4:22PM

  Thx for sharing!

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MBSHAZZER 8/7/2013 1:01PM

    I love this!!! Such great things to think about! I have to admit... much to Larry's disappointment, I spend about 5 minutes getting ready every day! :D

Also, regarding "quitting" - sometimes it's in your best interests to put yourself first and that is not quitting. If you are miserable and you can do something about it, you should!

Have an awesome day!

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