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Off Day and musings about the Rowing Club...

Friday, May 15, 2009


...I'm thinking that I can definitely do the Rowing and the Running at this point in my training schedule, the money works out perfectly if I do it INSTEAD of my Gym Membership (and actually because I work out at the University Rec Center it will save even more money because usually my hubby has to pay for his himself in the summer for me to get mine whereas the rest of the school year it's covered by his tuition), I can get my but up out of bed early TWO DAYS out of the week(well, after the first two weeks of every day 6-7:30AM M-F), and I think I can maintain my current ST program with the tools and resources I have at home....

I'm just scared of losing the safety net of the gym!!!! What if I get injured again while running and can't run anymore??? I won't have a pool to go to, or other backup exercise plans like the spin classes or whatever else... plus I will again have to delay stepping up my weights...

But I think it might be a really great decision for me to let go of that safety net. I don't think I'll have another opportunity like this to get involved in a Community Rowing Club and actually row on the river. I have lots of good tools I can use at home -- my stability ball, dumbbells in two weights (8 and 12lbs), resistance bands, my 10lb kettlebell, a few workout DVD's (one PILATES DVD and two Jillian Michaels butt kickers), the Netflix Instant Viewing workout stuff AND through the mail... AND the resources of the great outdoors!!!! Lots of people work out without gym memberships. While I'd prefer to have one, I think I can do without for a little while and take advantage of a cool opportunity.

The Learn to Row Camp starts 5/25 with a meet and greet/orientation on 5/24 at 3PM so I have some time to think about it still, but I'm really leaning towards doing it. :) If you couldn't tell! Hahahaha! Besides, I also get the feeling I might really regret not taking advantage of this chance if I don't do it.

So that's where I'm at right now mentally -- I'm still gonna take the time I have left to think about it and talk it over again with the DH.

ANYWAY. Oooh it's almost time for lunch and it's library day. :) WHEEE!!!

P.S. -- Here's the link to the website:

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TATTED_PINUP2BE 5/19/2009 9:15AM

    I think you should totally do it! I work out outside about 80% of the time, and it sounds like you have the resources at home too. Sounds like a great opportunity.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/17/2009 4:37PM

    You have to do what you feel is right for your stage in life. You may try it for a while and find you don't like the new routine. You can always go back to the gym.

Either way, we are here for you regardless of your choice.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/17/2009 9:34AM

    I am scared. Are you sure you want to leave the gym? I LOVE my gym!!!!!!!! I cannot imagine not having a gym membership so maybe it is just me. But you're sure you can't do both?

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LILHLFPINT 5/17/2009 12:55AM

    (yeay! i'm so excited about your new rowing. very cool.

i'm sure if something does happen and you need a 'gym' you will be able to find something affordable like a local ymca or something.)

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SWEETZMIX 5/16/2009 3:24PM

    Dana ur right. I hope you do it, it's a great opportunity to not only try something new BUT to also meet some new people!! It's basically summer anyway and I know how you feel about the gym (b/c it's still my safety net) I think this would be good for you. Try some new things and let you get some fresh air. You just really inspire me. Got me thinking of trying some new things this summer since I will have Friday's off. Who Knows?!?

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RACHEL630 5/16/2009 1:31PM

    It sounds like you've got it all figured out. You're a rockstar! Keep up the great work.

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SKISINCO 5/16/2009 11:44AM

    Woohoo! Just do it Dana. =)

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KEAKMAN 5/16/2009 9:53AM

    "I also get the feeling I might really regret not taking advantage of this chance if I don't do it."

That's the clincher for me. Will you have this opportunity ever again? Who knows? So assume this is your once-in-a-lifetime chance and GO FOR IT! "What if" and "If only" are the two saddest sentence-starters ever.

Have fun!

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BRE7482 5/16/2009 12:16AM

    I think it sounds like complete fun. I'm always looking for new things to add to my workouts so that I won't get bored and quit. This sounds like a great opportunity for you!
I'm also glad to see I'm not the only person that gets excited about going to the library. Lol! I used to work at the public library and I'm completely hooked on it.

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FUTURERNAIMEE 5/15/2009 11:57PM

    That sounds fun! Stepping out of your comfort zone for a little while is eye opening and a very beneficial thing. I hope you love it! BTW, what is your husband going for in school?

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150-HERE-I-COME 5/15/2009 10:11PM

    I think you should do it too!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/18/2009 3:25:15 PM

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BUTTAFLYH 5/15/2009 9:45PM

    I think you should do it. :) Good luck!!

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/15/2009 9:00PM

    Good for you! I say give it a try- if you find you're not working as hard without your gym- you can always rejoin.

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SKYFYRE 5/15/2009 6:34PM

    emoticon Do it!

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FITTYTIF 5/15/2009 6:33PM

    It sounds like a great opprotunity. I unerstand you fears but hey they are just fears and the worst that could happen right. So that being said evenif that did happen you already reconize the things you an do if you can not go to the gym.

Now as far as netflix. Do they have good stuff? DH and I are considering getting Net flix and I would love to have more choices available!

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MDTWEETY 5/15/2009 6:16PM

    Go for it! You can always re-join the gym.

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KSGROTHE 5/15/2009 6:15PM

    From your last couple blogs, you sound so excited about the rowing that I'll bet you'll regret it if you don't go for it!

You can do it!

- Karen

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MAKI34 5/15/2009 5:33PM

    Do it girl! You can definetely do without the gym for a little bit. Plus it's almost summer and you don't want to be up in a gym. Enjoy the weather and workout outside!

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SARAHISKIDA 5/15/2009 5:04PM

    I'm also strongly considering it. I also run, and I have weights and resistance bands at home, so there's really nothing stopping me. There's always the fear that I'll be the least-coordinated or most out-of-shape person there, and I think that's what's holding me back a little. All the same, it sounds like a lot of fun, and I think I'll be mad at myself if I don't even try!

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QUEENGING 5/15/2009 4:28PM

    Hey, I was quite surprised when your blog came up in the feed - I've just started rowing again after taking a year off and I'm remebering exactly why I loved it. Rowing is great fun, and it is really nice to get some fresh air, plus you're in a crew which is a really great way of meeting people with similar interests!

For the first few weeks you might not feel like you're getting that much exercise, because it's important to learn the technique first before you start really putting effort in or you can injure yourself. However, it is an excellent cardio workout, and your rowing club will probaby have erg machines (those stationary rowing machines) you can train on too if it's anything like mine.

Feel free to drop a comment if you've any questions or anything, I couldn't recommend it strongly enough!

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**PRICELESS** 5/15/2009 4:22PM

    It sounds like an awesome opportunity and I don't blame you for wanting to go for it! I can't wait to hear about it...:)

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LASHERTHECAT 5/15/2009 4:22PM

    If you get injured you can just go back to the gym can't you?

I think this is a terrific change of pace... I wish I had the opportunity!!

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_RAMONA 5/15/2009 4:19PM

    Dana, it sounds like you know what you really want (where your passion lies at the moment) and you should GO FOR IT! I'm just guessing at this because I'm nowhere near there yet, but I think one of the greatest challenges of getting to goal weight and reaching a certain fitness level is letting go of the specific structure that got you there in favour of stuff that is more 'fun' and adventurous, but I also think it's a challenge that has to be overcome to get beyond losing/maintaining/ and simply move on to living healthy.

YOU know way too much, and have lived through the process for too long to need a security blanket. What you need now is to let yourself get passionate about what you do to stay active and healthy.... and you're doing that. Your well-considered babysteps into new adventures is a delight to witness (can't wait to be there myself!), and I can't see how it can be anything but GOOD!

I visited SMURFETTE's page today, BTW, and I think she definitely has this part figured out... and her results speak for themselves. I can see your vision for yourslef. GO FOR IT!!!!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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WOLFKITTY 5/15/2009 4:09PM

    Cool!! Rowing sounds like a lot of fun, and I can tell you're excited!!

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    "I'm just scared of losing the safety net of the gym!!!!"

I was going to suggest you work out at home, but then you solved your own problem by saying the same thing. I've never had a gym membership and that doesn't stop me. In fact, I work out more because I don't have to actually GO to the gym or wear gym-worthy clothing.

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CALICAVEGIRL 5/15/2009 4:00PM

    You DO sound excited! And since you're substituting rowing into your schedule instead of adding it, I think it'll work out well for you. Have fun!!

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A little Sore -- the good way...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

So.... I think the Queen of Squeezing it In needs to become the Queen of Planning Ahead... hahahaha :D

I got in my run today -- but it was a bit short (23min instead of 30) and I did Upper Body BACK ST.... WOOT.

My LEGS and BUTT are SORE from yesterday and I only did like... 12 minutes of ST. Because my whopping 14 min total included stretching/cooldown. I LOVE IT. Using heavy weights ROCKS. ;) hahaha.

So the other "benefit" of sleeping in and not leaving the house when I should was that I was running at noontime in sunny hot Alabama. ugh. It actually felt good muscle/joint/whatever wise, but I was too hot and my HR was higher than it should have been for what I was doing because of it. :P I am definitely going to have to get used to getting up earlier to get my run in.

So..... I JUST JUST JUST got turned on to something cool in the area by someone on my Totally Tuscaloosa team. They were asking about local rowing because they knew of some people rowing on the river here in the morning. A google search later I find out about the Black Warrior Rowing Club and that they are starting their latest "Learn to Row" camp on 5/25!!!!!!!!!!!!! It costs $75 for the camp and dues for a Summer of the club is $100 -- if you decide to join after the camp, you only have to pay $50 more. I would LOVE to do this. However -- sooooo early in the morning. And do I really need to add another item to my workout plate to distract my focus from my current goals??? I'm just not sure it's a smart move. If we'd be in town for years to come I'd not worry about it and say maybe next year, but we're planning on being DONE here soon. :P So I dunno -- I'm gonna consider it, but upon first thought it doesn't seem a realistic goal right now. I'll look at my running schedule, look more at the information on the rowing club's website and see how it would really play out before immediately discounting it.

(This is assuming we can set aside money in the budget to do it even.. gotta renew my gym membership soon, too... or maybe I could do this and not renew my gym membership for summer??? It'd totally BLOW my heavy lifting plans to do that, though, since my heaviest weights are 12lb dumbbells...)


KSIGMA1222 posted the link on his blog of the video he took. I haven't looked at it -- at work and also... I was there... but wanted to spread the link along. The link will take you to his blog.


Edited to add: The BWRC meeds Tues Thurs at 5:15AM and Sun at 4PM... I work from 1-10PM and usually go to bed at midnight-2AM. I currently have Tempo and Speed work on Tues+Thurs, but I could certainly shift my running schedule... hmmmmmmmhmmmmmhmmmmm... could be a financial impossibility so I think I will discuss it with the hubby later.

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FUTURERNAIMEE 5/16/2009 12:00AM

    Rowing looks soo hard! Very graceful through the water. I bet it will be nice being up early and out on the water.

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CECE0330 5/15/2009 2:56PM

    Rowing seems like it would be SO relaxing, and soothing, while being a kick butt workout. Or maybe it just looks that way since those little boats seem to glide effortlessly though the water! And you can't beat the scenery, I'm sure!

Hope you can work some in there, somewhere!

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RACHEL630 5/15/2009 9:43AM

    Good luck making the right decision about rowing! It sounds like a great opportunity, but then again, paying the bills is great too! Keep up the great work. I'm proud of you for continuing your run even though it was super hot.

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MDTWEETY 5/15/2009 8:19AM

    The rowing thing sounds like a good time. And you'd have killer guns!! :)

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LASHERTHECAT 5/15/2009 8:10AM

    I think rowing would be awesome!! HOpe you can fit it in...

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WOLFKITTY 5/15/2009 4:38AM

    Wow, definitely sounds like a challenge! I love the gym and couldn't imagine giving it up for anything. So, doing a rowing camp INSTEAD of the gym wouldn't be MY choice. But I hope you figure out what will make you happy! :D

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SKYFYRE 5/15/2009 4:15AM

    You are a champ if you can fit this into your schedule, I can't turn myself around like that anymore! /way to go with the heavy lifting! Wootwoot!

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KEAKMAN 5/14/2009 11:06PM

    Unless you are running 7 days a week, you ought to have a couple "rest" or "X-train" days.....rowing would be an awesome cross-training activity! As for the gym, you could let it lapse until the fall or winter (depending on what winters are like down there) and then renew it.

Sounds like your abbrviated workout was a good one - if I hurt the next day I know I did something!

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DDOORN 5/14/2009 10:55PM

    Thx for the "heads up" on Greg's video being shared @ his blog!

I'm passing this along for others to catch also...going to REALLY SPARK his blog! :-)


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    Thanks for excusing me from reading your blog last night. I did lift and it hurt so good. LOL

OK... one comment from me... about the learn to row class and club. You question if you should do it or not and I ask, what are your goals? Physical? Social? Financial? Remind yourself of your goals and I think you'll have your answer.


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    I don't feel like I had a good workout unless I feel some pain the next day! :-) I also like weight training with higher weight/less reps. More time efficient while very affective! The rowing thing sounds awesome... but I would be hesitant to let my gym membership go too... it is a total body workout and there's lots of variety. But the rowing does sound adventurous!

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LILHLFPINT 5/14/2009 7:40PM

    (that's so cool that are you are going to try our rowing!

have fun!)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/14/2009 6:25PM

    Don't let the gym lapse!!!!!! It'll be that much harder to get back. See if you can swing it. . . because the rowing camp sounds awesome!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/14/2009 6:02PM

    i sort of like the idea of u doing the rowing membership instead of the gym membership for the summer, it will be something new for you to do, and u may not have an opportunity to live so close to a river later. is there anyway u could get your work schedule shifted a bit?? i think that u could get yourself into the habit of getting to bed earlier if u tried to do that. its up to you, sounds really cool though.

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SWEETZMIX 5/14/2009 5:47PM

    Thanks for the link Dana. I am going to check it out later. Also with the rowing thing, it sounds cool. BUT I don't think this is something for you to do right now just by reading your blogs. Renew your gym membership and work on the plans you have now. IF you guys are still there in a year (u never know) then try it out. Don't overwhelm yourself with tons to do. That is just my input. lol

And thanks for stopping by my blog. I work for a liberal arts college on the east side of manhattan. hehe The bowling was after hours (it was very cool, with lights flashing, a DJ, a bar...not a kid place in the evening), but girl if I told you what goes down in my office during work hours..it is hard to believe. But the one thing we do is have our work done. lol What was cool about the bowling every year our director pays for the whole department to go bowling. This time we put in $25 and she put the rest in, which was like $600 at least...who knows?!? Girl if I can pack u up and work with us, you would love it, we got a boat ride in August every year that the school fits the bill for, very cool place to work..they just don't pay much. lol

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CATIATM 5/14/2009 5:25PM

    The Black Warriors -wow! That sounds super cool! How much longer will you be in Alabama? Where are you headed next? I love that there is so much going on in your life!

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FITTYTIF 5/14/2009 5:21PM

    Hey, I never got back to tell you I love you inspriation viedo you did for the Convention. I looked at it on youtube on my Ipod and now I see it every time I work out to the bootcamp videos. You truely are an inspriation. Besides changing your self you are helping others thank for being here and always Commenting on my blog!

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_RAMONA 5/14/2009 5:17PM

    I want to try rowing, too!!!!! I'm all about finding whole body exercise. I want to be always active and enjoying the activity with my family and friends... I want to transition from having to schedule exercise... I want to scheduling FUN!

You ROCK, Dana!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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The Queen of Squeezing it In!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

That's what I feel like today.

Last night I was squeezing in my upper body ST while watching "My Boys" right before going to bed.

This morning it was squeezing in lower body ST and signing up for THE BOD POD measurement at the gym even though I was soooooooo short on time.

14 min ST = 127 Calories.

I alternated some Lunges (2 15lb dumbbells) w/ Deadlifts (same weights. Then I did some Sumo Squats w/ a 20lber first, then 30lb for the next set -- THAT felt more truly challenging but I bet I can up it next time. I did calf raises w/ 2 20lbers I think... Then I also did the machine Extensions and Curls -- I've always used like... 60-80 on extensions and 40-60ish on curls I think. Well I'm trying to go heavy and make it worth it -- 100lbs on extensions!!! 80-90 on curls!

I've been thinking and thinking and I've decided that I'm going to see what the BOD POD says about how much muscle and fat I have -- but maybe I don't really want to gain that much muscle. I feel pretty strong -- I KNOW I have some pretty strong freaking abs as well. Maybe I really just want to lose some more fat! We'll see. I'm thinking maybe the idea will be to lower my body fat % and then focus on gaining muscle while gaining as little fat as possible if I want to build back up? In any case -- I KNOW I want that marathon at the end of the year. But considering how LONG that training plan is and how stretched out -- right now I'm not running so so long yet. It might be possible to do both for a little while before my running REALLY takes over, ya know?

But like I said -- lets see what the old machine has to tell me.

I'm really nervous about it!!! Back when I had my body fat scale, I think I got down to 22-23% body fat. What if that scale was super inaccurate? What if I've lost muscle mass/gained fat since then? To sum up -- what if my body fat % is actually way higher than that? That would totally suck. But I'm definitely curious. Can't wait to find out. :) hahaha. I've already filled the forms and paid, just gotta wait for a trainer to contact me to schedule the appointment.

This week in my Challenge of Harry Potter Team we're having a challenge on Motivation -- IDENTIFYING our motivations. The reasons WHY.

So I'm gonna do the first of those blog challenges now -- the reasons WHY I was unhealthy.

I was always a chubby kid. My sister never was. My brothers weren't really until they got older into puberty and apparently my one brother has already slimmed down again, but in any case, I was definitely the heaviest out of all of us. I think the biggest reasons I can identify from growing up are 1) not having an idea how much I should eat and not being told NO on seconds(3rds 4ths) if there was still food left to eat. 2) Being allowed to spend all my free money on junk food without any comment.
The types of foods my mother prepared at home were not super unhealthy -- she likes healthy foods and I do believe she tried to make healthy foods available at home, but since we didn't have a lot of money the clean plate club rules were applied and leftovers were always encouraged to be eaten, and I did most of that I think.
After that I always heard everyone talk about how impossible it was to lose weight, how hard it was, all these crazy diets that caused you to lose weight but never worked because you gained it back, no one knew the secret so why even try?
When I started SparkPeople I was even skeptical about the weight loss aspect, I just figured I was here to get healthy. I didn't feel well and wanted to feel good again.

There's a whole other blog assignment for the WHY's of getting started on SparkPeople. :) hehehe. So I will cut off on that topic here.

But also I found a way to be confident in myself, I was always made to feel beautiful by my family, so I just ignored the fact that I was overweight and accepted it as a part of who I was. When I got married I just ate whatever my husband ate and that added to the problem. I just got heavier and heavier. I used to have a WHO CARES attitude about food. Sometimes I would order the worst thing on the menu because wow, doesn't that look scandalously delicious and bad!!! But I'm a wonderful person and already fat so who cares if I eat that??? I can eat whatever I want because I'm happy with who I am!!! It's almost like I was eating to prove to everyone I was happy with my body as is and the thing I was denying admitting to myself was that I wasn't happy with my body. I secretly prided myself on the fact that I'd eat what I wanted without attention to health/calories because that made me SO MUCH COOLER than the chicks ordering the boring salad hold the dressing.

HOW STUPID WAS I?????? Anyway. Like I said, the other WHY's get their own blogs so sorry to end on a downer -- but what a DIFFERENT PERSON I am today. I think understanding those WHY's of how I got there before will help keep me from going back.

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FUTURERNAIMEE 5/16/2009 12:13AM

    Identifying the why etc. is key. You are doing so well in your get healthy journey. I understand what you mean by eating whatever is cooler than ordering the slad with side dressing. At times I feel like I am being too high maintenance if I want to get the healthy thing when everyone is getting candy or meals on the unhealthy side, it's so picky seeming at times. But it's not, I mean it is a bit pickier at times but it's about choices. Wanting to seem cool and fit in, sigh. And believe me if I ate everything my love eats, I would gain a lot of weight.

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    "When I got married I just ate whatever my husband ate and that added to the problem. ...It's almost like I was eating to prove to everyone I was happy with my body as is and the thing I was denying admitting to myself was that I wasn't happy with my body."

Ditto. I could have written most of your blog. I thought I was totally FINE being a plus-sized petite woman (is that an oxymoron or what LOL) until I saw a photo of myself in that body. I feel so much better now. The bonus is that I look better too. I hope you feel fabulous because YOU ROCK!


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TELERIE 5/14/2009 6:09PM

    I can relate to a lot of your WHY's - I think I need to sit down and write my own list - but I certainly pushed my weight problem under the rug, not wanting to LOOK at it. Thanks for getting the thoughts fired up. You continue to inspire!

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RACHEL630 5/14/2009 3:38PM

    That's awesome to do some self-analysis like that. What a great exercise! I think I'll have to give it a whirl and see what I come up with. Thanks for sharing!

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CECE0330 5/14/2009 1:24PM

    Oh, i totally used to think i had one-up on the girls who ate like birds in front of their dates. Look at me! I'm not afraid to order what I WANT! Course I was also a heck of a lot smaller back then. Turns out those salad eatin' girls had the last laugh. emoticon It's no surprise I gained 20lbs simply by dating my husband. Oy.

Good luck on the body fat reading: It sounds like this measurement will be the most accurate you have had, and you KNOW you have improved your fitness level big time, so don't be discouraged if it seems harsher than your old method.

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CWRISTON1 5/14/2009 9:33AM

    Congrats on identifying your motivations!

Sometimes I feel like I'm looking around wondering if people are going "I can't believe she ordered that!" (if I order something bad....for example early last week I splurged on chocolate cake that I split with my son)

.....or just as bad "I can't believe that's all she ordered" (when I order something healthy for me).

WHY DO WE CARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK??!! I really irritate myself most of the time with this crap

P.S. A woman at the bar (this was in Ruby Tuesday's) walked by and said "oh, that looks sooooo good!" So I enjoyed it enough for BOTH of us ~ it was my duty, right?

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SWEETZMIX 5/14/2009 9:13AM

    Dana I love that you were honest and you know, you ARE completely different now. At times it may be hard to revisit our pasts, but it will also help us heal and keep moving on. We all need to recognize that we are not that person we were we when we first joined spark b/c now we do care.

Also good luck on the Body Pod thing, I wouldn't worry to much about your body fat %. (Easier said than done--I know.) Even if it is not the number you are hoping for, you still look great and you have all the tools to do something about it.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/14/2009 8:21AM

    Re: your stupid: Even more stupid I still feel self-conscious ordering. Like last night we went out to eat (I get twice this week ;)) and I ordered a greek salad with blackened salmon and got the feta and the dressing on the side - no croutons and the bartender is a heavier girl so I just imagine her judging me. Yeah, she probably could care less what I eat, but in my neurosis, I am like, "Oh God I am one of those everything on the side girls."

I bet your bodyfat is lower than the scale said. I think they often read high.

I think you are on to something as far as figuring out your goal. SPECIFICITY baby :)!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/14/2009 8:01AM

    Many of your why's ring true. While I still have a way to go, I agree. I am a much different person now, but I can see how easy it could be to slide.

You are an inspiration because you have licked that easyness of the slide.

Thank you.

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SKYFYRE 5/14/2009 5:27AM

    There is much to be said for "Squeezing it in"- like the fact that you got you workout in today! Woohooo! Go Dana, it's your birthdya, gonna party like it's your birthday! Haha!
Anyway, about the Challenge, what a great one! Hmm, I can identify with the ordering whatever the heck I want beause it doesn't really matter thing, I am who I am, well what a load of balogna, right?! Glad you have got the strength to face your fears and live your life to the fullest! I wouldn't have met you otherwise!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/14/2009 12:27AM

    So... here I am... butt firmly on the sofa... Idol on the tv... and I'm settled in to read your blog while Paula and Simon do their nattering. And you've written about squeezing in a workout. I haven't done my ST yet today. Or this week. So I'm not going to read the rest of your blog. Sorry. I have something else to do.

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/14/2009 12:08AM

    That was so me too- sometimes I'd even talk myself out of ordering a salad when I wanted one cuz i didn't want to bee seen eating one- a spicy double burger was so much cooler, what was that about? I'm feeling now that it was more me trying to convince myself that I was okay with it, when I really wasn't.

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SIRABE76 5/13/2009 9:54PM

    Clean plat club member over here.

I am trying to cancel my membership

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KEAKMAN 5/13/2009 9:39PM

    Thanks for telling my story Dana! Oh, wait - that was YOUR story. Just sounded familiar to me I guess. I still find myself saying "It's not a diet it's a lifestyle" as if that excuses me from paying attention to what I eat - sheesh.

I bet the BOD POD says nice things to you!

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BIGGIRL2082010 5/13/2009 9:00PM

    Oh, wow! I could've written that blog. :) I'm glad you did it instead! And SO proud of you for choosing to change that mindset!

By the way, I don't think your body-fat scale was off by much - I suspect you're still in the low 20s (or maybe high teens) for body-fat - doesn't really look like there's any *room* for fat on that sizzlin' bod! :)


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LAFTERSFREE 5/13/2009 6:30PM

    i can relate to a lot of these things, growing up w/ the clean plate club idea, and also the fact that we didnt get to eat out much so when we did it was an 'eat our money's worth' event. i never learned to just stop when i was full, and it was always a "take all u can get before someone else does" type of thing at the dinner table. i especially relate to the feeling that "losing weight is impossible." my mom always used the phrase, "a moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips." A LIFETIME??? REALLY???? yeah i gave up before ever even trying. im glad i've realized that you can drop pounds, it just takes a lot of learning, persistence, and self-control. great blog.

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DDOORN 5/13/2009 5:50PM

    Yep...those "whys" can be the topic of many a therapy session...as I'm finding out!

Food became the universal solution to all emotions, good and bad...I figured out the perfect means of expression: drown 'em with food.

Problem is in the meantime is that I forgot to *LIVE*! To be *REAL* and true to myself!

That's where SparkPeople comes in: the most *genuine* and *real* place on the 'net! :-)


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    Okay, so I read "The Queen of SNEEZING It In" and was confused...but then I reread it and it came out right! Must be a Wednesday or something...my brain is already on holiday for the weekend!

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MELDAWN35 5/13/2009 5:07PM

    Cool. Every thing makes a difference. Thanks for that little reminder

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Yeah, so I was so flabbergasted this morning when I read that SparkMail and saw the links I didn't even write about my day! :D

Today is a great day.

I woke up way too early, but it ended up meaning I was able to do a lot of nice relaxing this morning AND still get my run AND prepare a cool/different lunch AND take out the trash, which really needed to be done... YAY.

My schedule told me I was to run for 30minutes today. Instead of running the neighborhood I headed to a nearby park that has a 1 mile loop. It's KINDA hilly -- no TRUE flat parts, everything is at least slightly up or down and then there are some MORE so up or down parts. But it's pretty! And I needed a change of scenery.

I started running and holding back my pace and I was thinking, man, yesterday was supposed to be 30min as well and I went 32 and only 2.6 miles... should I walk half a lap at the end? And I just decided to GO FOR IT and see if I could get in 3 miles in 30min. I dilly dallied for about the first .5 mile before I decided to rock it. I decided then that I would run 3 loops even if it took me a bit over my time goal for the day.

Well I didn't look at my watch the whole time and as soon as I sprinted across the drive to the parking lot I flipped my HRM to the workout duration screen and saw 30:16.

WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!! :D That is definitely my fastest time for 3 miles ever! I have never maintained a 10min mile pace beyond 2 miles that I know of, so that was really exciting to have done. It makes me wonder if I hadn't dilly dallied at the beginning what the time would be??? And if my dream of a sub30 5K is really all that dreamy or just a matter of DOING it, ya know? :)

So that was great.

Last night I made the first recipe from "The Food You Crave" that wasn't a smash hit. I think I screwed it up though -- because it called for 4 split chicken breast halves w/ the bones in, and then said about 2.5lbs. Well I hate dealing with bones so instead I used 2.5lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts... which was like SEVEN pieces of chicken. It was Tuscan Roasted Veggies and Chicken or something like that -- and those poor veggies under the tons of chicken just ended up soggy and not so great. I imagine if they had more open air to the oven it would have resulted in better veggies.

But the chicken tasted good! And now we have a bunch of leftover delicious chicken breasts ready to be used! :D So I packed the makings of a super sweet wrap for lunch - A Flatout Multigrain wrap, 1 wedge Light Laughing Cow (original swiss), about 42g of Baby Spinach, one of the Chicken Breast pieces sliced up, and 4Tbsp of Pineapple Mango Chipotle Salsa for extra pizazz. :) I did NOT feel conflicted about the taste of it all together (even though the chicken did get seasoned w/ some rosemary, the overwhelming flavors of the chicken were IT and GARLIC/lemon). It was DELICIOUS!!!!! :D

Not to mention I got tons of protein in my lunch. WOOHOO!

So remember I was blogging about losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time?

Well... in all my internet searching the main people saying YES YOU CAN DO THIS were following that up with, BUY MY BOOK and I'll tell you how! Hahahaha. So it makes me slightly skeptical. There were a few people that seemed to think it was possible that didn't say that, but most of them also said this was still happening at the same time as losing weight, and usually just for people who are just starting or returning to an exercise program. Like how someone who is heavy can be dropping fat and building their muscles at the same time. For people near goal it seemed that most believed you had to bulk and then cut.


But back to those who are of the "YES YOU CAN" camp -- they also seemed to think that steady state cardio is the enemy of this plan and only with heavy lifting and short HIIT cardio bits can you achieve this. Which means that it seems my marathoning goals are in opposition to my getting ripped goals. ;)

I'm just going to pretend that's not the case and work on trying to lift heavy and altering my diet. I want to experimentally try the dietary rules laid out by one particular person endorsing a "YES YOU CAN" attitude. Wanna know what he said?


I just like this because it sounds the most sensible out of everything I read. Whether that means it's EFFECTIVE or not, I have no idea -- but I'm interested in giving it a try. We'll see. :) Essentially it's eating more protein than I do right now, but not a crazy ridiculous amount (150ish grams), getting plenty of good fats, eating 6 times per day, and only having high GI carbs immediately post workout, the rest of the day low GI and absolutely no high GI before bed.

I've never tried timing my carb intake or anything like that.

Another one I read said to eat 18 cal per lb in bodyweight (2970 for me!) and 2g protein per lb of bodyweight (like 330g????) I was like - DEFINITELY NOT.

The other big news today is me trying to get the Totally Tuscaloosa team activated to spark some local Meetups.

It was THE CHALLENGE issued to us by Chris "SPARKGUY" Downie to make face to face Spark Meetups HAPPEN locally and become active in our local groups so that the types of experiences we had meeting other Sparkers at the Convention could happen all the time. :) I realllly want to make this happen!!! So far, it's been quite. But I posted in all the Alabama teams looking for people from the area, Posted new information in the team and sent a SparkMail to current team members, AND sent a SparkMail to those within a 25mile radius regarding the team so I hope that at least some of that will Spark some activity.

That's all for now! :)

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SSPANIER 5/14/2009 7:37AM

    you were really going 3 miles in 30 min!!! I only did the 10 mile thing once, and it was when I was really mad about something! Lol... I am not that fast yet, but I see it in the near future! emoticon

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    Wow! I loved that article about bulking up - I bookmarked it. You're right, it totally makes sense and I am puffing up a little right now because that's mostly how I eat. The part at the end about maybe putting on fat scared me a little, but I guess it's good to watch and know about. I might start opening up the tuna cans at the gym after workouts! haha Can you imagine drizzling honey over some tuna?? Or jam? Blech!

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S318830 5/13/2009 9:22PM

    Yea on the run time! Yes, a sub 30 min 3 miles is definitely doable. And you'll find that as you start to increase your distance that you are able to go faster on the shorter distances. One of my fastest 1.5 mile runs ever was when I was training for my marathon and wasn't even training for speed on the shorter runs. So keep going and you'll find that one day you can simply do it.

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LASHERTHECAT 5/13/2009 4:15PM

    Yay for you on the running!!

Did you read my blog about running? You should... I was so excited that I ran 1 whole mile!! I did it again today... Run 2.5 min, walk 3 min for 2 miles...

As for muscle building... The usual advice is eat a 1g to 1lb ratio everyday... ie. I weigh 131lb so I should be eating 131 g protein... I try. But if you look at my nutrition tracker I get pretty close.... over 100 g most days anyway. I only eat 4 times a day... but the advice if you are really serious is 6... I can't do it... I just don't have the time!! Advice is also that you lift and don't do too much cardio... but I ignore that... I don't care if I get huge muscles ... I just want to tone... My abs are looking awesome!! And I'm trying to increase my endurance anyway.

I'm making recipes from the Diabetes Comfort Food cookbook from the Canadian Diabetes Assoc. lately. Neither of us has diabetes, but I won the book at an event that DH was covering last month... I've made two really good recipes out of it.

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MDTWEETY 5/13/2009 3:49PM

    Hi! GREAT JOB on your run! Woo hoo!!
Funny, yesterday I made a recipe from The Food You Crave that I didn't love either. lol!
Never thought it would happen!! It wasn't an entire meal; it was a dip. It was the roasted red pepper/walnut dip (it's called Maharra (?) or something). It's one of those things that doesn't taste BAD, but I'm just not sure that I like it. Every bite, I'm like...hmmm...do I like this or not?? :) I also made her de light ful ranch dressing (tres yummy) and her muffins, which ROCK and that my husband inhales. :) Did you see the cool dailyspark blog about Ellie today? YEAH!
As for burning fat and gaining muscle at the same time, I think Jillian's talked about it before on her radio show. I forgot what she said exactly, but I don't think it's easy to do.
Hope you're having a wonderful day!

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    Congrats on the great run time and on the motivational article yesterday too!! Woot!

That wrap sounds delicious and I am going to have to check out that book, not that I don't already have a million cookbooks, I can always use one more.

Good luck on meeting people locally. I've met a few people in here in Austin to go walking and had good experiences. I also went camping last year with some spark friends from both TX and AR and had a great time! Wish we were closer, I'd love to meet up with you.

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RACHEL630 5/13/2009 1:08PM

    Good luck on finding a group to meet up with locally! It sounds like fun. Congrats on b eating your personal best at running! You are awesome. Keep up the good work!

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TATTED_PINUP2BE 5/13/2009 11:58AM

    Great job on the running! So fast! haha

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SWEETZMIX 5/13/2009 11:34AM

    hmmm u gave me an idea since I wasn't able to go to the convention. It would be cool to have a mini meet up in my neighborhood too. Hopefully someone will get back to you.

AND I say the first plan ur going to try is worth a try. It is not THAT far off from what u are doing already, instead of eating TONS of calories that you are not used to eating.

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KENSINGTONC 5/13/2009 10:41AM

    This is an awesome blog, so much great info, and you sound so HAPPY! Which makes me SMILE on this dreary Tuesday morning. Glad to hear things are going so well, and CONGRATS on that amazing time!!!

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KEAKMAN 5/13/2009 8:09AM

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Great time on your 3 miles! I am so impressed! Looks to me like a sub-30 5K is in your future Dana! Go, go, speedy legs.

I have beenreading your thoughts on running, losing fat, gaining muscle with great interest. As a newbie runner and a just-getting-started weight-loser I have so much ground to cover that I haven't really considered fat vs lean vs ripped vs marathon. I'm just trying to keep on running and lose weight! But I think I'll stop by the health center before work today and get my body fat tested...I can do it for free (even community colleges offer some perks!) and then I'll have a benchmark and can start thinking about what I want to do with myself. So thanks for the great thought-starting blogs, and keep 'em coming! No sense in me doing all the hard thinking if you are going to do it for me!

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_RAMONA 5/13/2009 2:51AM

    Dana, what I find so inspiring about you is that you are always willing to consider a new way to go forward... you accomplish one goal and you're looking for the next thing to build on that success. I LOVE THAT! It's no wonder you're being recognized as such an inspiration... even here at Spark people your attitude, your success and your willingness to be available to others is special. Thanks for that!

As for what the website you linked to states, it sounds pretty solid, but I wonder about the one comment under diet: "To promote testosterone production, which stimulates more muscle and fat loss." It seems as though the person writing the article, and promoting the methodology, is gearing the plan toward men... who more easily build muscle and lose fat simultaneously... the more muscle you do build the more fat you will burn... and men have more testosterone and bulk faster.

You're also thinking correctly... your marathon goals are in opposition to your 'getting ripped' goals. It may not be 'impossible' to balance the two (I don't know enough to suggest how), but it likely takes some pretty close monitoring of all factors.... but it's likely you'll have to decide which one you want to accomplish first.

Have you read 'Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle' by Tom Venuto. He's fantastic, and he addresses the questions you are asking and the issues you exploring in a very practical and easy to follow way. The book really is worth it, as it also comes with lifetime access and support to all new information... no gimmicks, just honest to goodness truth and support. Another book you might want to read is 'New Rules of Lifting for Women' by Lou Schulen. And definitely check out the Calorie Cycling team and 'GREAT Tips, Links & Info' thread... the wealth of tried and true info stored in that thread is STAGGERING. Pretty much everyone on that team is approaching weight loss by building muscle while they lose the fat. They are VERY knowledgeable, as are the members of the Iron Maidens team.

I'm a firm (no pun intended, but I'm working on it!) believer in not reinventing the wheel, and you might get some quick answers in formulating your plan to achieve your next set of goals! :) Regardless of how you approach this, though, I KNOW you'll get there with flying colours!!!!!!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

P.S. You absolutely DON'T need to eat Big Macs to get you calories up there with 'clean' foods... just need a really good understanding of healthy fats and where to apply them... and diet foods (sugar free/fat free) are the enemy of 'clean' eating and building muscle. :)

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/12/2009 11:55PM

    Wow. That's quite a blog! There is so much I could respond to here, but this is your blog, not mine, so I'll focus on this.

"...steady state cardio is the enemy of this plan and only with heavy lifting and short HIIT cardio bits can you achieve this. Which means that it seems my marathoning goals are in opposition to my getting ripped goals. ;)"

I'm reading this, too. Have you read articles by Chad Waterbury on the topic of fat loss and mass building? I love him. And he's saying the same things you just wrote. In my case, it is a relief that long distance running may not support my goal of getting ripped because I seem to be incapable of running for more than 5K/3m.

Congrats on your 3 mile time, by the way. Wow. Thirty-six minutes is my best time. You've kicked my butt. Big time!

I've just tweaked my whole program, too, and its very similar to what you are doing. Minus the plan to run a marathon.


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LAFTERSFREE 5/12/2009 11:34PM

    lots of great accomplishments today!!! great job on the run, the weather was finally nice!!! oh and yeah... Tuscaloosa is about to GET SPARKED!!!!! :) im SO excited!

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/12/2009 11:16PM

    I'm not an expert- but it seems like you should be able to build muscle without having to bulk up- I agree with you why not give it a try? But I also agree- don't up your cals to 2900!!! How do you even eat that many while sticking to healthy foods?!?! You'd have to add a BigMac in to get that high... and we've been down that road and know what it does (BigMacs=Not sexy, NOT strong, haha)
I hope these local meet ups work out for your team. My local team meets up for a walk about every week (usually about 3 miles). We try different locations each time. Some have even done charity walks and 5k's together. Soon we're planning a healthy recipe picnic where we can try eachothers favorites and swap recipes. It really creates a stronger friendship and bond when you see them face to face. We have all ages on our walks, from our kids to members that are in their 60's- really cool :)

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BAMAPASSION 5/12/2009 10:17PM

    YOU ROCK GIRL! I'm in total AWE of all you accomplish! emoticonYour "SPARK" is an EXPLOSION of EFFORT and INFORMATION! emoticonWishing you the BEST of the emoticonin all your adventures!!!!!! emoticonSo glad to have you as a member of team Scale Back Alabama! emoticon

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150-HERE-I-COME 5/12/2009 10:08PM

    emoticonThat was one AWESOME run there, sister!!! That was 3 10-minute miles!?!?!?!
I think that's awesome that you're trying to get your local SP Teams to MeetUP!!
Way to spread the Spark!

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DDOORN 5/12/2009 9:51PM

    Quadruple WOO HOO on your 3 mile record run! Dontcha just LOVE blowing through those milestones! :-)

Good for you to begin to rally your local SparkTeam...I plan to routinely announce to my Team that every Saturday @ 2 pm I will be at our park, ready, willing and eager to join others in a "walk 'n talk"!

Nearby there will be a fundraiser walk for children on June 6th and I sent an e-mail to our New York State Team hoping to rally even beyond our local SparkPeople members. We'll see what happens...!


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BAM0827 5/12/2009 9:28PM

    Looks like you had an awesome day (it's a great feeling to have an article published!)

Good luck on your meet up efforts!

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KIMCATUS 5/12/2009 9:25PM

    Woo on your run!! That is awesome!! I'm still in the beginning stages of this running thing but I'm looking to you for some awesome motivation!!

Wish I lived near ya...I'd so be there!! :-)

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009




Also here's the article that linked to this all about the SparkCon:


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MDTWEETY 5/14/2009 7:44AM

    OMG! How did I miss this? Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WOLFKITTY 5/13/2009 4:39PM

    You so rock! :D

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CHAZZMATAZZ 5/13/2009 12:50PM

    Very Cool! Inspiration and Motivation are key! Thanks for sharing yours.

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RSCOZZAFAVA 5/13/2009 11:38AM

    I've been seeing a lot about you all around Sparkpeople.com and you are a pleasure to read about. What a success story and you should be a spark motivator!!! Congratualtions!!! Welcome to Team Scale Back Alabama. Please, please,please visit us often and spread some of that sparkle of yours onto our team we are such a small group. I am sure Laftersfree has told you a little about us.
Good luck on the Tuscaloosa team!

Let us know when we will have an ALABAMA SPARK RALLY that would be awesome.

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CECE0330 5/13/2009 11:31AM

    I can't think of any better person to be recognized as a motivational member! Congrats on being in the spotlight, you truly deserve the 15 minutes of fame! emoticon emoticon emoticon and most importantly, emoticon

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S318830 5/13/2009 10:11AM

    VERY Cool! Thanks for sharing the links. No, I hadn't been aware of the articles (comes from having my head buried in the sand!)

Hey, I just got 3 points for reading about you! LOL! (Myself too! How cool is that?)

Oh, and I looked up my photos from the run... note to self: SMILE when you come over the finish line! LOL! You can see my photos, bib# 1509. I, uh, won't be buying them this time!

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HILLRUNNER 5/13/2009 3:41AM

    Great story Dana! Well done to you!

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    Way to go Dana!!! You totally deserve this!!! emoticon

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SKISINCO 5/12/2009 7:37PM

    You rock Dana! You truly are a motivator and an inspiration to thousands!

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ZORAHGAIL 5/12/2009 6:54PM

    You absolutely deserve it!

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 5/12/2009 5:23PM

    Thank you. You're paving the way for things I cannot see yet, and places I've never been.


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SEPPIESUSAN 5/12/2009 5:03PM

    DUDE! That's awesome. :) I read the article - totally agree with your tips - and watched the video - I think it's different than the video you made to apply for a spot at the convention originally, right? I also just read through all your blog entries since late April. I highly enjoyed seeing all the convention pics and how cool that you met Krissy!! Congrats on the race too!! Anyway, you look so hip and thin in all your pics - very good look. ;)

PS - I gotta ask - DAOJRSAOJSEPAEJS ???

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KSGROTHE 5/12/2009 4:59PM

    Of course you're a motivational article! Your story is motivational to other people!

It was great to watch your video again! Woo-hoo!

- Karen

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 5/12/2009 4:21PM

    The article is great and YOU are awesome and so inspiring!

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TELERIE 5/12/2009 4:02PM

    Dear Dana! Thank you for sharing your story with us - you're such an inspiration and I can't wait to be where you are now. I know it'll happen with consistent effort, and I'm so grateful to you for being such a shining example and can't thank Spark People enough for showing it to me!

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SPRING4FAL 5/12/2009 3:18PM

    WHOOO HOOOO!!!!! That article is AWESOME!!! You are a true SP celebrity my dear!!! You have an awesome group of SP friends and it was awesome meeting you at the convention! LOVE IT!!!


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KASHMIR 5/12/2009 3:15PM

    Dana, you are a motivational EVERYTHING!!!

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WHATTALOSER 5/12/2009 3:12PM

    Thank you for sharing. I only wish I had been able to attend the convention to meet you in person.


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150-HERE-I-COME 5/12/2009 2:25PM

    emoticonTHAT's AWESOME!!!!!!

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KNH771 5/12/2009 2:13PM

    Congrats! emoticon

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DIANEONFIRE 5/12/2009 2:11PM

    Thank you for sharing... for sharing your story, for sharing the articles, for sharing your inspiration, for sharing your tips!

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    Dana, you ROCK and you are ROLLING, too! Woo hoo! Fabulous story. Beautiful woman. Powerful words. YOU GO GIRL!



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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/12/2009 1:17PM

    That is SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!! You are a MOTIVATIONAL ARTICLE!!!!! XOXOXOXXOOX!! I am so honored and happy and lucky that you are my spark friend :)

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KENSINGTONC 5/12/2009 1:14PM

    I'm at work so I can't watch the video, but I can't wait to see it tonight!! You are my most famous friend!

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DRB166 5/12/2009 12:41PM

  It's a brilliant story - congratulations, excellent video

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RACHEL630 5/12/2009 12:37PM

    LOOK AT YOU GO!!!! That's totally awesome! I'm so proud of you.

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KEAKMAN 5/12/2009 11:58AM

    WOOHOO! You rock, and now everyone knows it!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/12/2009 11:58AM

    Glad to know such a "Spark" star.


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**PRICELESS** 5/12/2009 11:56AM

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YAY!!! I'm so proud of you!

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SARAH_VW 5/12/2009 11:54AM

    How awesome is that?!! Great video!! You should be so proud!

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_RAMONA 5/12/2009 11:45AM

    Doesn't surprise me in the least! Way to go!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/12/2009 11:31AM

    emoticon That is SO awesome!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/12/2009 11:22AM

    way to go dana! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
the boys say hello!
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100MILLBUTRFLYS 5/12/2009 11:06AM

    WOo HOo!! Very Awesome Girl!!

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SWEETZMIX 5/12/2009 10:50AM

    emoticon Dana!!! It's about time SP recognized the inspiration that you are!!

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MARLIE13 5/12/2009 10:46AM

    Ooooohhh I had goosebumps watching the video. How truly awesome to be recognized in this way for your amazing efforts!!

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I<3ZOMBIES 5/12/2009 10:37AM

    your video is sooo awesome and completely inspirational! way to go!

also, your eye makeup in the one shot, the yellow shadow with the super long lower lashes = AMAZING and i might try that at the club this weekend?

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THELILMERMAID 5/12/2009 10:36AM

    Awesome! Very nice video! emoticon

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WAVEDANCER7 5/12/2009 10:28AM

    Check YOU out!!! emoticon

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    Wow! You're amazing! I really enjoyed the video, and I know I have a lot I can learn from you!

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CALICAVEGIRL 5/12/2009 10:13AM

    Just watched your video,... amazing... You're awesome and OF COURSE you're a motivational article =)

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BRUIN2 5/12/2009 10:09AM

    Yes you ARE a motivational article!!!


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LAFTERSFREE 5/12/2009 9:59AM

    dana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the video ROCKS!!!! im SOOO proud of you for all that you have accomplished, and so thankful to you for being the motivation that set me in motion!!!!! this is such an achievement, CELEBRATE!!! u deserve this so much, and with having ur own motivational article, just think of how many more people can be inspired!!! :) GO YOU!!!!!!

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MSSUNBUG 5/12/2009 9:55AM

    Nice work, buddy. SO deserved!

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BOTZZZ 5/12/2009 9:54AM

    "Oh my gosh I'm a Motivation"

There fixed it for ya ;) congrats on the article, I had read it this morning and even got spark points for it! lol thanks for the motivation and for the points :P

As Ever

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