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Monday, May 11, 2009

So.... I'm slacking in the ST Program Planning arena. I just HAVEN'T DONE IT yet. BUT! Today I did Pilates at home and got in my run. It was a slow run -- I was REALLY reeling it back today -- but I'm very happy with it because it served it's purpose. I was scheduled to run 30min today and it turned out to be about 32 minutes.

I ran two loops of the apartment complex next to mine (so much prettier than mine to run...), and anyway after the first one a drizzle started and I was like -- man, I guess it's gonna rain again. Only for a SPLIT SECOND did I contemplate cutting the run short. Then I said to myself:

There is nothing I have on me that can't get wet.

My HRM is water resistant to 30m, I didn't even have my Mp3 player on today (which was a little tough but the battery is dead right now - WAH! although I've run with it in light rain before no problem). So I was like LET'S DO IT.

It never started raining -- only teeny tiny drops from time to time. AND on my second loop through I found a $5.00 bill. :D HAHAHAHA SO! Good things come to those who do their workouts!

I came home and did pilates and that's that.

Last night saw the return of "Healthy Meal Night" which was GREAT. I made another "The Food You Crave" (Ellie Krieger) -- Tricolore Penne w/ Chicken I believe it was called. SO GOOD. It wasn't exactly to recipe, but it turned out fantastic.

UM but then that night I also had a half a cupcake and two muffin halves. I know that one of those muffins = roughly 540-600 calories (one was 540 the other was 600). I really was not tracking all day, but I'm sure I didn't have that many calories left over. Add to that that I totally splurged on Saturday for dinner AND on Friday for dinner and it equals = Dana was still kinda in vacation mode. BUT! VACATION MODE IS OVER!!!

Long-term Marathon training mode is ON. ;) hahaha.

There has been a lot of discussion about loose skin around me lately -- it was a popular question for me at the SparkConvention after the Convention was over and it's recently come up on a SparkFriend's page.

I've posted all my thoughts about this topic on here before, but now that I'm almost a year into maintenance... they're about the same. ;) HAHAHA.

I do believe that by losing weight slowly, making sure you're hydrating and strength training, you can give your body the best chance it has of it's skin rebounding and shrinking.

I also think that based on your circumstances (genetics, how long you've beenoverweight, HOW overweight, how fast you gained, etc.etc.) your skin may react differently than someone else's. We've all seen some Biggest Loser contestants that appear to have nearly NO loose skin (Ali Vincent anyone?) And others that REALLY have it (I dunno, I'm not watching this season, but Aldo from BL Australia had some when he won, I remember watching Heba and some of the other ladies LAST BL Season Finale and noting the waggliness of the upper arm area -- although theirs wasn't SO bad). Some people's skin reacted differently than others.

I HAVE LOOSE SKIN.

Is it a lot? No. But the location of it (a random bit over my belly button) makes it so that midriff baring is not super attractive. EH. Whatever. I kinda feel like my skin has shrunk a lot but is similar in shape to how I was before. When I look at Ali from BL's befores, her belly button was a nice puffy symmetrical donut round shape. My belly before included a big ROLL OVER my bellybutton so you couldn't see it unless I opened up the rolls -- know what I mean? Thus even though my skin has DEFINITELY shrunk (It's obviously not as large as I used to be) there's still some extra where my biggest rolls were. Right over the belly button, right over the crotch, upper upper thighs, upper upper arms.

But ya'll have seen pictures of me -- I wear shirts that bare most of my arms and feel very comfortable. I wear fairly form fitting clothes and feel very comfortable as well. That doesn't mean I look super fab naked or in a bathing suit, though.

I've decided I'm ok with this -- it's definitely worth it to be super hot in clothing and only semi not so hot naked. I still look so much better naked than I used to!!! Rolls are not cute no matter how smooth and unwrinkly they are. HAHAHAHAHA. The only thing that occasionally bothers me is thinking how much work I put into this body and I don't think it reflects the amount of work I put in, or how strong my abs really are -- ya know?

But I'm considering recently that I really don't think I've changed my body composition that much since I've been maintaining -- I still see where I could stand to lose some fat and gain some muscle. I know that it's extremely difficult to try to do both of these things at the same time -- most people who are trying to change their composition end up building muscle and THEN losing fat to achieve this goal.

I'd like to learn to understand this better -- basically you have to have a caloric excess to gain, yes? But a caloric deficit to lose? But what if you're maintaining and just shifting fat to muscle? Can it be done? I know some people say it can and some are naysayers and say don't bother it's illogical. I dunno.

My main goal this year is to work towards the MARATHON. But this is something that's always in the back of my mind. I DO want to be stronger, I DO want to have more muscle.

I need to go get measured by the BOD POD at my gym. I think I'll call today about setting that up. :) I keep thinking about it and not doing it -- but I have some freaking cash at the moment and need to set it up before I spend it. HAHAHAHA.

OK! This was a long one but that's all for now.

  
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RACHEL630 5/12/2009 12:28PM

    You're doing a great job! Keep it up.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/12/2009 8:56AM

    Good luck . . . Wait, you don't need luck. I'll just cheer you along as you get ready for your marathon.

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/11/2009 10:35PM

    What's the bod pod?

And thanks for your opinion about loose skin- I know I'll have some around the middle when I get to my goal... lots of stretch marks from having a kid makes for no elasticity, but I figure my arms, legs, and butt will be great and even when I had a great mid section I never wore a bikini anyways :)

Good for you braving the downpour... uh, sprinkle, and finishing your run! And you even got paid for it- WooHoo!!!

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NATURALLYME126 5/11/2009 9:05PM

    Dana Dane, I do LOVE reading your blogs! This was a good one. Woo Hoo on finding $5 during your run! I smiled when you said good things come to those who workout. Lol.

I was just telling Eric the other day that I know when I get to my goal weight I will still have a tummy. Basically because I always had a little something just not as big as it is now. I am okay with my tummy never being totally flat. I never have wore a 2 pc bathing suit and really have no desire to you know? I just want my stomach to be flater then what it is now, my arms to be less flabby and my thighs to be toned. Stuff like that.

You look great honey! :0)

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KEAKMAN 5/11/2009 8:45PM

    I think you look mah-veh-lous (although I'd rather NOT see you nekked! thanks anyway) I say once you have spent as many years getting and being healthy as you did getting and being overweight/unhealthy, THEN you get to complain if you ain't all gorgeous and perfect like you think you ought to be. But only then.

Are you really going to marathon? Say yes! I am. Already paid down me money and am training like a good girl. The more folks I know who are doing it, the happier I am - more brains to pick, more shared experiences.

(and I keep thinking I need to go back to school and study anatomy and physiology and sports training and exercise physiology....there is sooo much that I want to know and there doesn't seem to be one person who can answer all my questions and understand why these things all matter to me....)

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SSPANIER 5/11/2009 8:32PM

    Sounds like you had a good one! I love to find money! I also love to run in the rain, seems like it just does not matter, any other time, I would not want to get wet, but when you run in the rain, if feels so good! I am going to have to do some catching up on your blogs. Looks like you have had a lot of excitement lately!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/11/2009 5:48PM

    i like your outlook on the excess skin, i remember having that convo with you when i was first getting started (it seems like so long ago!) yay on the 5 bucks, and hell yeah dinner was delicious!

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SKYFYRE 5/11/2009 4:47PM

    Wow, great reflection and mostly I want to totally agree with you!

emoticon Your outlook is brilliant! I also think that you look absolutely fabulous and I have seen you in 3-D!!!! I hope that there is some sensible easy to understand and do source out there for changing body composition, and if you find it will you tell me about it!?!?


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MSILVER94 5/11/2009 4:36PM

    yeeeaaaaah! great blog...first let me say it's cool you decided to keep running even though it looked like it might start raining! hahah people running in the rain always look so cool don't they!! lol...and yeaaah! to finding that $5!! whoo wooo

I really love that you were open about your body, its before and after! THANKS!!! I say that to all the people who needed to hear that!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/11/2009 3:46PM

    Hhmmmm I don't have the science to back this up but I feel like personally I have done it. Maybe I was just maintaining muscle and when I lost fat I looked more muscular because you could see definition that was previously covered up? Not sure. I feel as though some of the peeps who have done fitness competitions could give you some advice in this area. . . I kind of stick to a "bulk then cut" thing - and that only loosely considering I don't count calories.

That is so cool that you found $5 on your run!

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BOTZZZ 5/11/2009 3:29PM

    Maybe the fella that decided that the rain drops were too much for him and went home lost that five bucks! lol glad that you kept going even though you may have gotten wet, I recently learned that walking in the rain is actually quite relaxing and unless its a down pour I don;t shy away from a rainy walk any more myself. I am glad that you are keeping up the hard work with the exercise.

loose skin, I agree that looking good in clothing is a great thing!....bleh...not looking forward to mine when I am at goal, hey at least I have my hoodies :P

As Ever
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SWEATONCEADAY 5/11/2009 3:21PM

    way to go on the run! normally you get wetter in the shower is what i tell myself. $5 too. woo hoo!

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100MILLBUTRFLYS 5/11/2009 3:20PM

    Ahh the dreaded loose skin question.. i've always wondered about that myself.. how bad will mine be once i reach maintainence. i've had 4 kids.. my body has been horribly abused by this. i'd love to look decent in a swimsuit. i've not worn one in oh.. 8 years without a cover up. lol.

I applaud your persistance and not cheating yourself out of your run. that's fantastic. You're such an inspiration to this chubby mama lol!
Good Luck with your Marathon Training! you're doing fabulous!

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KIMCATUS 5/11/2009 2:58PM

    What a healthy attitude to have about the loose skin...I want to adopt yopur attitude. I'm trying...really I am!! And I see it changing and I know I'm not done with losing yet either...but still. *sigh* lol

Anyways good job on the run! I like that as a motto "Good things come to those who workout"!!

Anyway thanks for sharing with us as always...I love getting a glimpse into your mind...and good luck on the marathon training!! I can't wait to read THAT blog!!!

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

No sooner do I sit down after my run to track in on SP than do I hear thunder rolling and it start pouring down! :D Glad I got my bootie out there running when I did! :D

  
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MSILVER94 5/11/2009 4:17PM

    hee hee...wonderful!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/11/2009 12:20PM

    Phew!

I always fall apart on the weekends :P. One reason I prefer maintenance mode to losing :P. But you are so right. Bikini body smack down, back on!

Jake and I are over the whole "Sweet we're done with finals!" excuse for going out. So this week I am only going out twice. TWICE, Dana!

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RACHEL630 5/11/2009 12:02PM

    Good for you!

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KEAKMAN 5/11/2009 11:56AM

    Running in the rain is a normal part of life out here in Oregon. But it's more drizzle than real rain. And NEVER in a thunder storm! Glad you got that all taken care of...

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LOBO1978_2000 5/11/2009 9:40AM

    Wow. Good things happen to those who start early.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/11/2009 8:26AM

    That is the reason you are an inspiration.

We should all be glad to get out early in front of a rain instead of saying "It's going to rain, I'll skip".

Thanks for inspiring.

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THECOOLESTSARAH 5/11/2009 12:48AM

    That's because you are THUNDER and LIGHTNING out there when you run!

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FITTYTIF 5/10/2009 8:43PM

    Good for you for getting you run in! Me I just stay in door and stay dry! LOL

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SKYFYRE 5/10/2009 3:39PM

    Your bootie is a happy bootie!

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LASHERTHECAT 5/10/2009 3:03PM

    Perfect!

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BEL_RIOSE 5/10/2009 1:33PM

    nice!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/10/2009 1:13PM

    last night, the storm sounded good and cozy, but i hate when its like this during the day, all i want to do is sleep.. or SOMETHING. blah. see ya later tonight.

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/10/2009 12:52PM

    i am glad you got your booty out too!

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CATIATM 5/10/2009 12:48PM

    Carpe Diem! Good for you! And thanks very much for stopping by my blog. I appreciate it!

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BRUIN2 5/10/2009 12:45PM

    Great timing!!!

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YAY!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Feeling very much ON TRACK again. This weekend will pose some potential challenges, but I think I'm prepared for them.

The friend visiting will show up this evening and we will likely go out to eat (I need to go grocery shopping BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). And possibly tomorrow for lunch -- but he's leaving by Saturday night so I probably won't have to do too much to avoid eating out OR making sure we go someplace with a healthier option. So I'm not worried. I plan to do Pilates at home this weekend and go on another run on Sunday.

Yes ANOTHER run -- I got my first post race run in this morning (FINALLY). It was GORGEOUS outside and ... I stopped to give someone directions? HAHA That's the first time I've ever done that, but I think I did actually help them go the right way. I also took a detour to look at a cool statue thing my DH and his professor were telling me about right before I left for San Diego. It was so cute!!! In a courtyard near where I usually run, there is this like... rusted giant robot man taking a nap in the grass. I wished I was running with my camera. HAHAHA :D

Due to the stopping for direction giving and not really paying attention to my watch when I got back, I really have no idea what my time was like, but I ran 5K on the dot according to Mapmyrun so that's cool. Then I did some upper body ST. Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns, Bicep Curl w/ Shoulder press, Tricep Kick Backs, Lateral Shoulder Raises, and Decline Chest Flys and Chest Press.

Also after weighing in 5lbs UP right after I got back home from my trip, I'm now back 5lbs down so WOOT on that. I knew I never really overstuffed myself on my trip and my tons of walking, running, hiking all had to count as well. :) I really hope to jam pack more vacations in the future with as much physical activity as I had in San Diego. It was GREAT.

That's about it for now.

OH. ONE MORE THING. Today a coworker came up and handed me a cupcake in a plastic container. A BIG CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE with um, Chocolate Icing... and Belgian Chocolate Curls.

I'm sure I will eat it at some point -- it looks amazing and I'm a chocolate fiend.

But -- I'm proud that for now I resisted the urge to RUN OUT TO THE BREAK ROOM AND DEVOUR IT, and it is sitting out of sight in my desk drawer.

As she handed it to me she said,"Because everyone needs a little chocolate now and then." I just said, "HOLY CRAP.... this thing is massive!" HAHAHAHAHA

  
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THECOOLESTSARAH 5/10/2009 3:25AM

    I think I want all my vacations to be athletic from now on, too. Less sitting around and getting drunk, more hiking, cycling, running outdoors, swimming and having adventures!!! Living life to it's fullest, that's what this is all about, right?! You are awesome! Have I told you that lately???!

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/9/2009 9:30PM

    That was sweet that she gave you a cupcake.
My neighbor gave me a bunch of mexican wedding cookies the other day- I said "oh- THANK YOU!" Then ate half of one- gave one plus my other half t my daughter, then threw the rest away so they would tempt me no longer. Shhhhh- don't tell her, hee hee :)
-Missy

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SWEETZMIX 5/9/2009 10:53AM

    Dana I am proud u did not eat the cup cake. You can always save it for when you can really enjoy it. And kudos for getting rid of those "5lbs" you gained during vacation. I doub you really gained anything, but whatever...haha Enjoy the time with your friend, maybe you can throw in a healthy meal today before your friend leaves. I love reading my blogs b/c you are just a healthy person with a great lifestyle :) Enjoy your weekend!!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/9/2009 9:00AM

    That was sweet of her! I woke up thinking about cupcakes . . .

Traveling makes me hold water, too. That statue sounds adorable, see we people that run/cycle/walk get to see things that people in their cars don't!

Alright, ma dear, time to redesign a new workout schedule, right? I remember you were going to wait until after your trip, well trip is done time for your nagging friend to bug you. What is the new schedule like?

I cemented mine that I will do until we leave for St. Simons and then I'll continue it until I leave again for the beach June 8 and then how I am feeling.

Here it is (this isn't my cardio schedule, just st), feel free to share any thoughts whatever you have, Monday my advanced pilates class - so heavy core workout. Tuesday my current "day 1" it has all those jillian michaels moves, you remember? Then Thursday I am doing more straight up heavy lifting and hitting abs with a lot of resistance (I feel like pilates is great endurance for abs and both day 1 and day 2 include core/abs). This is Thursdays lifting:
Bench press 2/15
mid grip bent over row 2/15
leg press 3/12
hanging unassisted tri dips 2/8
hammer curls 2/15/side
quad extensions 3/6 super set with
hamstring curls 3/6
cable chest flies 2/15
lat pulldowns 2/12
step-ups 3/15/side
weighted incline bench abs 3/15
weighted vertical bench obliques 3/15/side
captains chair leg raises 3/18
bicycles 1/100/side

Then Sunday is my current day two except I scrapped that reverse squat with a chest press. I hated that exercise and not in a "I hate this because it is so good for me." but in a "I hate this because it doesn't feel effective, so I may be doing it wrong and I feel like an idiot" I substituted a plie squat with db upright row and I enjoyed my whole weights yesterday so much more! I seriously hated that thing, it tainted the whole workout - lol!!!

Anyhoo that is the plan.


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SKYFYRE 5/9/2009 12:35AM

    How nice (?) of her to think of you! Heehee! I like to bake, and I take the results to work. Sometimes I think they are throwing daggars in my back! Hahahaha! Nah, they love it!

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MARLIE13 5/8/2009 9:53PM

    Oooh a chocolate cupcake! I want one now too. ;o) Cool beans on your run. I love those kinds of runs.

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KASHMIR 5/8/2009 7:04PM

    Today must have been Chocolate at Work day! We had brownies and a chocolate cream pie for Birthday Friday. Thank GOODNESS it's only once a month we celebrate birthdays!!!

I skipped my tuesday run, but did get in my 45 min wednesday run, and tonight the schedule shows 40. I'm looking forward to Sunday...9 miles! (yipes!)

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KEAKMAN 5/8/2009 5:00PM

    Hooray for you getting in your run AND for resisting the cupcake (I would offer to take it off yourhands, but I know it would land on my hips and butt and stay there forever!)

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ETER_NITY 5/8/2009 4:58PM

    Have a nice weekend. Enjoy time with your friend.

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/8/2009 4:27PM

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LASHERTHECAT 5/8/2009 3:53PM

    I WANT that cupcake!! Thank goodness it's miles away!!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/8/2009 3:46PM

    now im in the mood for a choc cupcake!!! lol, u gotta show me where exactly the robot is, it sounds cool. have fun with ur friend tonight

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RACHEL630 5/8/2009 3:24PM

    Congrats on not scarfing the chocolate down ASAP. You're an inspiration!

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WAVEDANCER7 5/8/2009 2:52PM

    Ooooh yummy cupcake! this morning we had donuts in the conference room. glazed with rainbow sprinkles... my fave.

I was proud of myself b/c i cut it in half, put it on a napkin and took it to my desk. it wasn't until like 2 hours later that I ate it. I mean, i ate it, but i really enjoyed it. And it was a very conscious decision to eat it, not like, "quick, scarf this thing down and barely taste it!!" :)

Have a fabulous weekend! You deserve it!!

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FITTYTIF 5/8/2009 2:49PM

    Wow! you sound busy!!! BUt yet you have a great plan!!! You are such an insperaion to me!!!

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BRUIN2 5/8/2009 2:41PM

    Yay for such a great day!!!

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BIGGIRL2082010 5/8/2009 2:38PM

    I have to say, I admire your strength of will. I'd probably have inhaled it on the spot! :)

Of course, that may tell you something about why I am the size I am. :D

Enjoy the visit and the planned eating-out!

Cheers,
Maya<
BR>

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 5/8/2009 2:38PM

    Nice workout!! You're amazing, my friend! And way to go on not devouring the cupcake right off. That's a victory right there!

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SLENDERELLA2010 5/8/2009 2:13PM

   

Good for you, about the cupcake. You don't have to inhale it the moment
you get it in your hand....savor it later! And if you find it's not that good after all,
have a few bites and feed the rest to the garbage, LOL.


Sue

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PHWEW.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

I am officially caught up with Sparks and have my BLOGS posted and PICTUREs are UP everywhere... I have a few things to tweak on the photos, but overall.

*PHWEW*

This morning I was going to run, but instead I ended up unpacking and putting things away and catching up on America's Next Top Model at the same time. Tomorrow morning I'm hitting the gym at 9AM. I've had two days off from workouts and I'm raring to go. When I left for work today I felt so ODD because I hadn't worked out. :P

! I found a funny picture that you will not have seen... someone else took this one -- it's me and Debbie (S318830) practicing "SKINNY" poses:


ALSO!!!!!!! I have a RACE FINISH PHOTO! AND I LOVE IT!!! :D



WOOHOO!!!

So that's about it for now -- I've added all my new SparkFriends. :) YAY. Looking forward to getting into my normal routine -- however, we're having a guest this weekend (only Friday night, though), so that will be something different still. Hence the special need for me to get all my CRAP unpacked and not spread out all over the living/dining area... HAHAHA :)

OH and for those of you just returning to my blog there are FOUR photoblog posts from my trip to San Diego posted on 5/6/2009 -- the earliest of which is the one about the Convention so don't forget to scroll on down so you don't miss them all!

  
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LOBO1978_2000 5/11/2009 8:57AM

    Thanks for sharing your picture. They were truely inspiring.

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RACHEL630 5/8/2009 3:27PM

    I love the running photo. So awesome!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/8/2009 8:50AM

    I LOVE the skinny pose pictures, that is hilarious! Great race finish photo!

The weekend will give you plenty of time to get back into the groove.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/8/2009 7:52AM

    Good to see you are getting back in the swing of things. A vacation can really throw things out of whack.

Enjoy your company.

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SKYFYRE 5/8/2009 1:21AM

    Great finishing photo! Love how happy you look!! Woohoo! You are a runner!

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AINTSKEERD 5/7/2009 9:57PM

    Thanks for sharing with us.

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KEAKMAN 5/7/2009 9:42PM

    Glad you got to go, and glad you made it home safely. Thanks for sharing the pics with us - now I feel like I was there, too!

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MOM2ACAT 5/7/2009 8:51PM

    Love the finish line pic!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/7/2009 7:37PM

    the finish line picture is AWESOME!!! im glad someone got that shot for ya!!! oh and ANTM... im happy with the outcome!!! CreepyChan is still in the running, lol. BTW, u up for a healthy dinner night this weekend??? I'm around the whole weekend with nothing to do, nope, nothing at all :) See ya tomorrow morning for the first time in FOREVER!!!!!

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KIMCATUS 5/7/2009 5:45PM

    Totally love the race finish one...wow!! And man you are one skinny bee-atch! lol

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/7/2009 5:25PM

    i have to watch amntm now!!!!

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The Other Stuff!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

OK so I did a lot of other stuff. :) I have been spamming my page with tons of pictures and I love it so here's more. HAHAHAHAHA :D

FIRST! The tiny plane. OH MAN. This plane was so small -- I could not stand up anywhere on it -- I was hunched over in the tallest part of the aisle.


Also what's up with the circles? Anyone know?


So anyway -- I get there and after meeting ~*~*LISA*~*~ and going on a very exciting trip to try to find groceries and eating a DELICIOUS sushi lunch (I didn't bring my camera - :( wah!) I decide I'm gonna go on a run -- on a plane all day I was ready to get MOVING!!!!!!!!!

I get dressed and then I'm like -- I need to take a picture of this. The ROBOT COSTUMES in Jen (the BFF)'s living room!!! HAHAHA :D They were so cool.



So I head out on my run - here are the pictures:





After that I did some Pilates. :) WOOT! Then Jen got home and we headed to the beach -- um, but it was freezing cold. The sun was going down and we were like, yeah, ok let's go. hahahaa But I did take a picture of this bird:


And someone running:


The next day was -- BALBOA PARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

I checked out the Body Worlds Exhibit at the Museum of Natural History -- dude. That was crazy. Bodies that have gone through a plastination process, so you're basically looking at actual bodies of people who donated them. It was NUTS. And there WERE nuts. *HAR HAR* But anyway -- it was really cool but no photo taking allowed. Here's the outside of the museum though:


When I came out of the museum on the other side there was this dude, playing like 5 digeridoo's and beating a drum hanging from his neck:


So then I walked around and saw the Botanical Building and checked that out:


Then I wandered and saw this really pretty garden:


THEN I FOUND THE ARCHERS!!! :D hehehe There was a little archery range off at the back of a parking lot or something.



Then it was off to the Air and Space Museum to meet Mr. Da Vinci...


It was so kind of funny -- when I went to present my ticket the little old man that was working the ticket area was like, so you're here to see Mr. Da Vinci! I was like, YEP! He said,"Well, you're too late. He's been dead for many years". HAHAHA ;) The exhibit was pretty cool -- there were wooden models of over 60 of his designs -- several of them were interactive. Including a BRIDGE building station!

I was kind of bummed when I first started trying to build it because I was like -- I NEED MORE HANDS!!! But I was all by myself. :( BUT! I kept trying and VOILA!


I also stepped inside the Chamber of Mirrors -- apparently the first 360! :D It made me think of Clinton and Stacy of course (What Not to Wear anyone?)



THEN it was on to the regular portion of the Air and Space Museum and I took WAYYYYYYYYYYY too many pictures of planes. I'll just share one photo with you from that -- a self-timer-ed shot of me in a plane. :D WHEE! hahaha


That night was the pre convention meeting, townhouse fun, and then I forgot to mention I went to PINKBERRY with Debbie (S318830). A first for me since they don't exist out here -- very good!!! It tastes tangy like yogurt -- not sweet like ice cream -- but it's froyo so the texture is the same as other froyo.


Then it was on to an 80's party!!! Picture of myself to commemorate. HAHA


Skip to Sunday -- downtown w/ my BFF! YAY!

She does not own a car so uses Public Transportation every day! :) Here's to the bus!




We actually spent more time on the trolley but I didn't take any pictures of it.

We checked out Horton Plaza Mall:


I was able to pick up a top from XXI Forever. WOOT.

Hit up Urban Outfitters -- where I tried on a ton of pants/jeans -- they were having a sale. None of the tops left were right for me, and most of the pants didn't fit (too short, baggy crotch, ONE too small, ONE too big) - but one was perfect. And on sale for $9.95. SO! :D PURCHASED! WOOT!

Then we DID go to the Ghiradelli Ice Cream Shop.... and I will spare you the picture of what I purchased there but it can be seen by following the link I'll give later. ;) HAHAHA.

Then Monday was Pacific Beach!!! :D You've seen a couple photos from that day with Krissy, but first we hit up the Pier.

MY LEGS ARE SO PALE! :D HAHAHA


This next picture was taken by this cute old man who on his first attempt, pressed the power button instead. oops! hhehe :)


Later that night it was HOMEMADE PIZZA TIME!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Look at these gorgeous toppings - that would be red onion, green pepper, black olives, baby bellas, pineapple, and banana peppers:

And done:


SO GOOD! :D

That pretty much sums everything up.

For more pictures: Most of the SPARK RELATED things are on Flickr under the user names: sparkconnie, sparkbunnie

The more personal ones are under: spark.alive, and atleastimonmyownagain

There is some overlap, but you can use the links below.

sparkconnie:
www.flickr.com/photos/38201894@N08/

sparkbunnie:
www.flickr.com/photos/38155141@N06/

spark.alive:
www.flickr.com/photos/38113856@N02/

atleastimonmyownagain: www.flickr.com/photos/29136090@N06/

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KASHMIR 5/12/2009 2:34PM

    Hey! I can actually answer your question!!! Those round crop fields you flew over? They are round like that cuz the irrigation comes up in the center of the field, and the sprinkler system is an above ground pipe that goes out from there. It is on wheels, and it goes around the circle.

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CECE0330 5/11/2009 2:59PM

    So all weekend I was just waiting to get back to work so I could check out your pics! And I must say, Good job documenting your trip!!! Looks like you had a great time, and got so much done! Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BUTTAFLYH 5/7/2009 8:24PM

    Thank you so much for sharing all of this Dana for those of us who couldn't be there, this is a treat! That pizza looks AWESOME!! :) Holland

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SANLONDON 5/7/2009 5:03PM

    Wow, great pictures, looks like you had a great time! I caught that Body works exhibition when it was over here in London, it was quite a weird experience - I managed to meet the Doctor in charge of it, he wore a big Indy Jones type hat and had a stereotypical european mad scientist accent!

...that pizza does look good!

San.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/7/2009 2:47PM

    HI!!!! I felt like I just had a vacay looking at your pictures - thanks lady!!

And I agree you look tall and lean! How tall are you?

I am digging the new hair - it has gotten long! I am trying to grow my shiz out, too. It is not easy as I am addicted to hair cuts -lol!!!

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KMKMOM 5/7/2009 1:05PM

    Great pictures! You look so slim and trim! I'm glad it was such a great time for you.

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CATIATM 5/7/2009 12:17PM

    I love the photos - *LOL*

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/7/2009 11:18AM

    seems like such a great trip. thanks for all the pictures

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MARLIE13 5/7/2009 11:07AM

    What fun that you had some time to be a tourist!

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SWEETZMIX 5/7/2009 9:41AM

    I loved all the pics. I can tell you had such a great time. Thanks for sharing Dana!!

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MDTWEETY 5/7/2009 9:37AM

    OOOH this looks like so much fun! I'm happy you had a good time. Great pics! I love the ones on the beach...so pretty.
I tried Pinkberry once. Blechhhhh! LOL! ;) I hope to make it to a future Spark convention!!

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CALICAVEGIRL 5/7/2009 9:13AM

    Yay for all the pics =)

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LASHERTHECAT 5/7/2009 8:32AM

    Thanks for the pics!!

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BIGJETFLYER 5/7/2009 1:48AM

  The "circles" seen from the airplane are a" common type of spray-irrigation system called center-pivot systems."
"The center-pivot systems have a number of metal frames (on rolling wheels) that hold the water tube out into the fields. And there can be a very big water gun at the end of the tube. Electric motors move each frame in a big circle around the field (the tube is fixed at the water source at the center of the circle), squirting water.

If you've been in an airplane you can easily locate center-pivot irrigation systems on the ground. You can't miss them -- just look for green circles of irrigated land below."

P.S. Glad you enjoyed your visit to San Diego. I was inspired by your frank discussion at the Convention!

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SKYFYRE 5/7/2009 1:28AM

    Glad you liked San Diego! It was great to have met up with you!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 5/6/2009 11:53PM

    You and your bff look identical! For a second I wasn't sure which one was you! I love your blogs - you are so adventurous and I love the zillions of pics!

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~*~*LISA*~*~ 5/6/2009 11:14PM

    You are so incredible and I am so happy that we are Spark Friends!! I had so much fun on our grocery adventures and yummy japanese :)

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FITTYTIF 5/6/2009 11:10PM

    You were so close to me well only bout 2hrs!! I was really bummed I did not make it down but Little one was sick. Oh well maybe next time! Your pictures are great!!! sounds like you had lots of fun! Thanks for the pictures!

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BRUIN2 5/6/2009 10:15PM

    I clicked on the spark bunnie photos - so glad I did!! Yay for your race in SD!!!

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KIMCATUS 5/6/2009 9:42PM

    Love it all!!! Love love love all the pictures!!

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