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New Nutrition Goals - so far so good.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Yeah, take a look at my nutrition tracker for yesterday. I really squeezed every last bit I could. And guess what? 1/3 cup of brown rice is really a pretty good amount. I really don't need to be eating mountains of rice with everything. *lightbulb moment!*

I like how my willpower gets increased when I have a specific goal in mind. I was sooooo not even tempted to go over yesterday. I had my goals, I was sticking to them.

So far today is looking pretty good as well. I'm expecting I might make a few allowances this weekend when we go out to eat, but if we're not eating out -- it's being tracked and measured and aimed to fit well within my plan. Plus with me cooking low carb meals for my dad, it should be pretty easy to get enough protein and stay within my carb range. :)

Today I'm taking an off day from exercise -- tomorrow should be a 2 mile run and I'm hoping I can find the time to also do some kettlebell work.

I'm thinking I'll do my ST plan like this:

M: Lower Body (off running day)
T: Abs
W: Upper Body
T: Abs (Pilates)
F: OFF
S: Full body (kettlebell!)
S: OFF

Repeat. We'll see.

  
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SIRABE76 5/23/2009 10:10AM

    Congrats on sticking to your goals. It is funny how goals help us a long the way.

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MSSUNBUG 5/22/2009 9:26PM

    You said: "I like how my willpower gets increased when I have a specific goal in mind. I was sooooo not even tempted to go over yesterday. I had my goals, I was sticking to them. " I SO admire this. I hope I feel this way sometime soon! I know this feeling, but for me it so rarely lasts. Good for you for starting off on the right foot!


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ZAEZAE 5/22/2009 5:57PM

    Congrats on sticking to your plan and also being focused on your new goals! You rock. Your strong mind is clearly your best weapon in the fight against fat!!!! Keep up the great work. Hope you have a great weekend with the fam!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/22/2009 3:28PM

    "1/3 cup of brown rice is really a pretty good amount. I really don't need to be eating mountains of rice with everything. *lightbulb moment!* "

I love those lightbulb moments when I have them for myself. My new fave way to eat brown rice is cooked in chicken broth and then after its cooked I stir in some shredded sharp cheese and worchestershire sauce. Spicey! Yummy!

...Pam


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TAKEONME48137 5/22/2009 3:26PM

    You make a good point about the rice. Light bulb moments are awesome! That's basically been my experience on Spark so far, one light bulb after another. haha hehe Your strength planning looks good! I'm going to eventually start Pilates and Yoga, so I'm really excited about that. Good luck with it all! =) =) Yay goals!

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KEAKMAN 5/22/2009 2:46PM

    I just finished lunch: a (planned) cup of brown rice and a cup of beans with fresh tomatoes mixed in. Now I am stuffed. My tummy was GROWLING before I ate! Isn't it amazing how quickly our bodies adapt to healthy eating. (although my silly brain keeps saying - now some dessert! and I think I would pop if I did!)

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/22/2009 1:57PM

    I know just what you mean about feeling totally un-tempt-able when you're all buzzed up about some new goal! Your tracker looks great..watermelon and salmon for breakfast - crazy color-coordinated breakfast! ;)

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CECE0330 5/22/2009 1:48PM

    Yay to having new goals! Have a great weekend with your fam!

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QUILTHORSE 5/22/2009 1:47PM

    Goals keep me motivated, too! Good going!

Beth G

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KSIGMA1222 5/22/2009 1:35PM

    So is that 1/3 cup of rice cooked or uncooked? Have you tried black rice? I really need to find a kettle bell class! Hope all is well with you and have a great weekend!

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_RAMONA 5/22/2009 1:33PM

    Great job, Dana! I hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy your family to the fullest!

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

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AINTSKEERD 5/22/2009 1:30PM

    Yeah, specific goals make a BIG difference in willpower for sure.
You should have a pretty good idea how your ST is working out after about 4-5 weeks. What is your cardio plan?

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BRUIN2 5/22/2009 1:28PM

    WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/22/2009 1:27PM

    Sounds good Dana! I love that you left some room to enjoy dinner out with the family emoticon

I made stuffed bell peppers last night - they were really good, and they included brown rice with the beef, I almost never eat rice and I was SO FULL! For lunch I just had a half a one and I am so full. I think rice is really filling so a little seems to go along way.

Do you eat quinoa? That is a good sub and it is the only grain source that has the complete amino acid protein chain. Also, I have started buying the big bean sprouts and using those in thai food instead of rice as well as the tofu shiritake noodles (have you heard about those through Hungry Girl or whatever?) They are GREAT super low cal, high protein, but the thing to be forewarned about is they stink like fish sauce, so dump in a collander and RINSE PROFUSELY!. It is also good to snip them with scissors before you add them in 'cuz they're long.

I'm proud of you. You guys all make me feel like a slacker. . .

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MDTWEETY 5/22/2009 1:25PM

    Have a great weekend with your family, and kudos for planning to get some workouts in too! YEAH!

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Getting Started...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

So I talked to my hubby last night about my test and my goals -- he was kind of flabbergasted when I told him what it said -- he also is wondering where all the 51.5lbs of fat are. BUT ANYWAY. He is supportive of my goals even though he thinks I am beautiful and healthy and whatever where I am now -- and I agree. It's just something different to work towards.

WOOHOO. So anyway -- after some research and looking around at various suggestions I've settled on trying a diet of 45% carbs, 25% fat, 30% protein...

The protein ratio I'm confident in, the others -- we'll see.

So today I've edited my SparkPage (including editing my signature), entered my current weight and changed the goal on my ticker, and edited my nutrition information.

In case anyone is wondering how I figured the nutrition information -- I set my loss goals and allowed Sparks to suggest the calorie range. Then I edited carb, fat, and protein grams by doing this:

I multiplied the minimum calorie goal by 0.45 to determine how many calories would come from carbs on a day eating that many total calories. Then, since there are 4 calories in a gram of carbs, I divided that number by 4 to see how many grams that would be. Then I did the same for each other (only using 9 cal per fat gram) and for the max calorie limit.

This comes up with a much narrower range of grams than the Sparks Ranges provide -- not sure how they decide theirs even though I know what ratios they're going for... obviously they didn't follow the same procedure I used in determining the carb min/max. ANYWAY...

THERE IT IS. My master plan!!! I'm going to continue doing a muscle group split in ST for now -- may shift to full body later, we'll see. And run and row. And adjust my weekly cals burned when needed for when my activities change.

I have no idea how the Learn to Row camp will factor in, and then again how it will change when it goes to the regular rowing sessions so I know I will need to make some adjustments.

For today -- I kind of just packed what I felt like for lunch, but ate before and after workout with my goals in mind. Then I have tons of watermelon to eat so there's that. And I see that my yogurt has so many carbs -- I need to find a different kind with less sugar or just find a different food to eat PERIOD.

I ate a salmon snack today! :D I've apparently started to enjoy the taste of salmon on it's own -- I used a little Chicken of the Sea pack. 70 cal and like... 13g of protein I think?

But I must plan for very low carbs in dinner tonight after the rest of today -- which low carb at night is probably a good idea anyway from what I hear.

I also just think I planned my lunch being used to the cal range I had before I adjusted to loss mode again, so I think in the future it will become a little easier to adjust to my new goals. :)

SO! Today I ran/walked for 3.23miles -- not a TON of walking, but more than I usually ever do. Just to get in a good warm up and cooldown AND to keep my heart rate low low low. It took... forever. 50min -- a 15:30 ish minute mile. But I think it was a good training session. Then I did Coach Nicole's 12 min Pilates Video which was GREAT. I was REALLLLLLLY feeling it. :)

  
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SSPANIER 5/23/2009 12:51PM

    I am with your husband, I don't see the 51 pounds of fat either!!!! You look great. We both started in simular situations, and you continue to inspire me to get to my goals, seeing you do it, shows that it is possible!! Thank you for that~~~

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150-HERE-I-COME 5/22/2009 2:30PM

    I concur with what everyone already said :) Sounds like you got it all figured out!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/22/2009 2:19PM

    Looking forward to seeing how this works. Let me know if there is something I can do to help.

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TAKEONME48137 5/22/2009 12:16PM

    Good luck Dana! The plan sounds good and I hope this all works out for you. =) =)

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SWEETZMIX 5/22/2009 9:38AM

    Good Luck Dana!! I look foward to following along with you on your new phase of your journey!! :)

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LASHERTHECAT 5/22/2009 8:49AM

    Sounds good... I'm going to rework my nutrition goals too...

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/22/2009 8:10AM

    Sounds like a solid plan. I can't wait to hear about the rowing. Those girls have RAD (I know, no one says "RAD" anymore, I'm bringing it back, dammit) bodies. Same reason I started taking tennis lessons, Anna Korniwhatever, anyone?

Okay, I am being silly. I do the yogurt with splenda.

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CHASINGPAVEMENT 5/21/2009 11:36PM

    I just dont see where those 51 pounds of body fat could be either! you look fantastic! With that said I think your new goals are awesome and I can't wait to follow along on your progress! I always try to get a lower carb dinner as well, my stomach always seems flatter the next morning if I do :)

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SKYFYRE 5/21/2009 10:51PM

    emoticonYou can do it! Low carbs, gonna be a challenge- but I bet you will overcome it in no time!

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AINTSKEERD 5/21/2009 10:40PM

    That's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh!
You got it, now. I had a hard time nailing down the drop in carbs more than the increase in protein. It will come, though.

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KEAKMAN 5/21/2009 9:06PM

    Great info! I've got it all written down and will go re-calculate my various grams and percentages once i write this....I need to fire up my diet - in a good way!

And thanks for running a 15:30 mile - now I don't feel so slow! I mean, come on! If Dana goes that slow, then it's OBVIOUSLY okay for me to go that slow!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/21/2009 9:03PM

    You're so smart! I just checked out all the new details on your page - and saw the new Spark page format in the process... anyway, I love blogs that get all specific like this - I really enjoy reading other people's programs. :) Enjoy getting even leaner and stronger! ;)

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I<3ZOMBIES 5/21/2009 8:08PM

    so much math, my head hurts! but way to go on new goals!! motivation: you're doin' it right!

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MISSJCISRUNNING 5/21/2009 7:54PM

    Sounds like you put alot of thought into your plan...I had done the same thing a couple months ago!!! I was going for a 50/25/25 split and found I really needed more carbs to fuel my runs and cycling!!! I actually changed my numbers and ranges back to the SP ranges and am feeling much better...although the scale has been flucuating due to my injury!!! Good luck with the new ranges and remember to listen to your body...not your head when fueling your workouts!!! Jackie!!!

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MSSUNBUG 5/21/2009 7:16PM

    Good for you! Good luck on your new path!

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_RAMONA 5/21/2009 6:49PM

    GO DANA, GO!!! Go, Dana go! Go, Dana go! Go, Dana go! Go, Dana go!

(I'm NOT wearing a tiny, little skirt, and I don't have pom poms, but you get the idea!)

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

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MDTWEETY 5/21/2009 6:35PM

    Wow, that would be way too much math for me!! LOL! :) Best of luck with your new plan! I know you will reach your goals. I like Pam's suggestion of carb cycling. :)


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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/21/2009 6:07PM

    About your carb range, have you considered carb cycling? Aim for an average based on your calculations, but go higher and lower on different days of the week. This gives you a bit more flexibility with with your menus and keeps your metabolism guessing which is all part of the game.

Thanks for mentioning the Spark pilates video. I must check that out! I need some serious core work.

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 5/21/2009 5:55PM

    Woohoo!! Don't you just love it when things come together like that?! Good luck!

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BOD POD says....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

... Dana you are a skinny fat. Or a fat fit? Who knows.

Lbs: 169.32
Fat %: 30.4% ----WHAAAAAAAAT?
Lean %: 69.6%
Est. RMR: 1473cal

Fat weight: 51.5lbs ---- AGAIN WITH THE WHAAAAAAAT?
Lean weight: 117.8 ---- That is like NOTHING!

Goes on to give me Cals for Sedentary (1826), Low Active (2238), Active (2562), Very Active (3048).

Anyway. At the time I was just ticked. My stupid old scale that broke had me thinking I was at 22% body fat! So this was a shocker!!! Apparently the Bod Pod is accurate to 1-2% variance though... so I can't be in denial.

My initial reaction after being ticked and going to the locker room to get ready to run and eat my pear and drink some water (no eating or drinking for 2-3hrs before the test so I hadn't eaten anything yet today) was to get all trembly lipped and close to tears a couple of times. NO TEARS WERE SHED. But yeah, I have to be honest, I was there.

My mind was reeling -- how could I be as strong and capable as I am and still be carrying around such a disproportionate amount of fat??? What about all the hard work I've done??? UGH UGH UGH. And then I started to consider the advice the trainer doing the test said at the end when looking at my numbers (WITHOUT me telling him my goal of 23% by the way) - he advised that he guessed my ideal weight to be maybe 160 and I could stand to gain at least 5lbs of lean mass... well so I did some tinkering and losing roughly 15lbs of fat and gaining 5lbs of lean mass to be at 160 puts me at 23% body fat. :P

So I thought about losing weight -- and all the negative emotions flooded me. Does this mean me maintaining between 165-170 was all for nothing? Am I admitting defeat or that I'm not good enough where I am by trying for more??? I think that last one was the most hurtful. Considering a new goal felt like betrayal of how happy and confident I've been in my body as it is now.

BUT -- here's the thing. If I'm as happy as I am right now with 30% body fat, how hot and fit and sexy would I be if I improved that number??? Regardless of the end number on the scale. 10lbs on my tall frame is not that big of a difference, and honestly it's only 5lbs from the bottom of my current maintenance range.

I started thinking about how I had really accepted my body as is because I do feel happy, but also because I assumed that the look was mainly a result of loose skin and not so much because of fat. WELL! Apparently skin is not included in the "fat mass" measurement, but is included in the "fat free mass" measurement. I really only found this on one definition of fat free mass, but the definition of fat mass does not seem to include skin... so I'm gonna go with IT DOESN'T. (If someone knows I'm wrong, please correct me...) Let's even say for the sake of argument that skin is included in the fat measurement... skin is supposedly about 12% of your total body weight, which for me is like 20lbs ish... I could STILL stand to lose some body fat.

ANYWAY. Point being I came to the conclusion that I reminded myself --

THIS IS A LIFELONG HEALTHY JOURNEY. Just because I reached a particular destination and decided to stay there for a while doesn't mean I can't set farther goals. If I see a way I can improve my health and fitness, why not go for it??? I am very happy with how fit and healthy I am now. I acknowledge I am in a healthy weight range for my height, I feel good, I look good, I can do much! :)

From "ABOUT" article on body fat ranges:
"For women, a body fat of 10-12% is essential, 14-20% is considered a healthy range for athletes, 21-24% is healthy for fitness, 25-31% is considered an 'acceptable' range and anything above 32% is considered obese."
exercise.about.com/cs/weightloss/a/b
odyfat.htm


I'd like to be a little farther away from the obese side, and can I please not just be considered "ACCEPTABLE"? :) hahaha.

AND one of my favorite links about body fat %:
www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/bodyfa
tpercentage.html


The reason I set my target goal at 23% back in the day (which I mistakenly thought I achieved, grrr), was because of the tables on this site. I looked at the athlete table and thought --which athletes have hot bodies... I looked at the percentages... swimmers, tennis players, volleyball players, all have ranges that go up to at least 24%... granted some are a lot lower. :) HAHAHA But still. I figured if I could be in the company of the athletes I think have nice physiques I'd be alright. I'm not interested in getting my body fat % as low as a body builder or a gymnast for example.

SO!

With all that in mind here is my immediate goal -- drop 10lbs of body fat while maintaining/increasing (if at all possible even slgihtly) lean mass.

I have more research to do on exactly what kind of diet and plan I want to follow to see this through, but I'm setting this as a summer goal and planning to get BOD POD measured when I renew my gym membership again. I expect to be altering my SP ranges to ensure I'm working with the ratios of fat/carb/protein I really want to achieve instead of leaving them as is, even if the ultimate numbers might be possible to achieve within the ranges listed, setting the overall range at the right percentages in relation to each other will help me see it the ratios better. (Instead of aiming to be for example on the low end of carbs and on the high end of proteins -- I can aim for mid in each...)

I definitely intend to do this sloowwlllyyy... aiming for more of a drop will increase my likelihood of losing lean mass which I DO NOT WANT.

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SO! To sum up, I got measured, got hit with a total blindsiding whammy, and then went immediately (after eating and drinking some water) for a run and thought it all out while running. REALLY used that running to get out some emotions and thoughts going and formulate a plan. Then I came inside and did a full upper body workout and went as heavy as I could on the weights. RRRRAAAWRRRRR!!!!!! I AM TOUGH! I AM STRONG!!! SCREW YOU YOU 51.5lbs of fat on my body!!!! OK not all of you, some of you I definitely want to keep, but to the rest of you SO LONG.

I also started reading Marathoning for Mortals last night. More inspiration for my marathoning fire.

OH and btw -- if I don't hit my body fat % goal ASAP, it's not gonna kill me. I have something specific to aim for and a plan for followup in measurement and that makes me feel a lot better about my goals than my previously vague "improve body composition" goal. If I have to wait to really work on it until after reaching my marathon goal, that is A-OK as well.

But since I've pretty much been sold on the whole "losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time is way hard and slowgoing and near impossible while doing lots of steady state cardio" theory from all my reading... I figure I might as well go ahead to aim to lose some body fat. I just want to make sure I don't lose any muscle while I'm at it.

OK I think I started being redundant. Later!

P.S. -- I found a different body fat range that is more forgiving and includes an overweight range FYI:
lowcarbdiets.about.com/library/blbod
yfatcharts.htm

  
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NATURALSOAPGIRL 5/21/2009 6:04PM

    I'm sorry this was so rough for you. But remember the article I posted about loosing extra skin? This is exactly what he was talking about. More lean body mass, less fat = ideal body composition = less loose skin. His suggestion was too gain all the lean body mass first (which is hard because you WILL see the scale going up for a time) and THEN lose your 10 pounds or whatever your goal is. I don't think it's considered being discontent. I think you are just setting another goal - which is something we need to continuously do throughout our lives. This is a good thing. And - though the info was hard - now you know the truth, and not information that was untrue, like from your scale. I am proud of the attitude you came away with...

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THECOOLESTSARAH 5/21/2009 5:44PM

    oh Dana. This is a hard one isn't it? I think that being flexible enough to change your goals is good, and striving for improvements is good. I adore you and I know you will make good and healthy decisions - I just want to give you a great big hug friend!! I would love to do the bod pod, but it also scares the crap out of me for the same reasons you mentioned. I know that eventually I will have to do the fine tuning you are doing and it's so hard. I'm really proud of you for being open to it. XOXOXOXOXO

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/21/2009 2:21PM

    Great thoughts. There are many different tough patches for us during this journey. We just have to get up and dust ourselves off. Thanks for sharing. You are going to do this and be even stronger than you are now.

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SPATULASARA 5/21/2009 2:05PM

    GREAT post! I learned so much! Until now, I'd only really thought about numbers on the scale, not at all about body composition. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

And GO YOU! You are right, this journey is about being healthy, and you are going to look and feel AWESOME as you find tune your health!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/21/2009 12:17PM

    Wow, this blog was so intense, I had to read it twice. I read it last night but Jess wanted the computer...and I actually told him about your unpleasant surprise with the results. In your pictures you don't look like you have too much fat on your body. Quite the opposite, you look extremely fit and trim. That is bizarre. Are you sure you trust the results?? I've read that the most accurate measurement is the underwater thing...

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TATTED_PINUP2BE 5/21/2009 11:32AM

    Way to keep challenging yourself!

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WAVEDANCER7 5/21/2009 10:05AM

    I wanted to comment so you know that I read your blog and 100% support you. But i'm not going to say much b/c it would just be redundant of what everyone else said. So having said that much, You rock. And you will continue to rock. Whatever your goals may be, you will rock them out.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/21/2009 9:36AM

    Well, I don't know how accurate any of these things are REGARDLESS of what they claim to be. BUT the important thing is that you now have a bench mark, so you can aim to lose 10 pounds of fat and have it measured again in the same manner to know if you were successful. It is just like a scale, it is less important that a scale is accurate than it is that a scale is consistent, so 5 pound loss is a 5 pound loss.

That does suck that you didn't hear what you wanted to hear. I would have probably cried. I commend your strength and fortitude. And you really do look great! Really and truly, so to your point you can only get BETTER! EVEN HOTTER! Maybe it is good news because excess skin you can't really do much about, right?

You got the information, you have a bench mark to measure your goal and you have specificity, so all in all a very good thing. Numbers are just yardsticks, signposts to tell up or down, not good or bad. So I say good for you! YOU ROCK!!!

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SWEETZMIX 5/21/2009 9:12AM

    Sorry to hear you didn't get the results you were hoping for. Major reality check, but you are right...there is nothing wrong with loving you the way you are and making more goals along the way. This is a lifetime jouney and there is always room for improvement. As long as what you do makes you happy :)

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LASHERTHECAT 5/21/2009 8:36AM

    What???

I can't believe you are at that level considering all the cardio you are doing!!

When you find a good nutrition/exercise plan, let me know because I'll look into it too.

Meanwhile, I'll just stick with my scales' reading of 21.7% thanks emoticon.

Don't feel discouraged about changing your goal... My first goal was 135, but then when I discovered I was an inch shorter than I thought, I had to revise... Now the goal is 130. Life is about meeting goals and then setting new ones. emoticon

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SKYFYRE 5/21/2009 4:25AM

    definately don't like that 32% is considered obese, I diagree, you are definately no where near there, honey. /this sounds like a punch in the face. I don't think I want a bod bod measurement, I like my little life of denial, which I guess is where I am hanging out right now- only eating PB&J, oreo Mc Flurrys and other not so healthy crap, can we say comiserating with our back pain, I must stop, thank you for this little reality check, your pursuit of health and fitness is always inspiring, and I needed to check back in. Because of you Dana, I am going to walk to my fridge to thaw some chicken breasts and get real again! Thanks!

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FUTURERNAIMEE 5/21/2009 2:36AM

    32% body fat is considered obese? Baha my body fat percentage is probablyyyy 40% at the veryyyyyyyyyyyyy least, 50% I bet. Haha. Can they test you for that at the gym? Or the doctors office?

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QUILTHORSE 5/21/2009 2:26AM

    You know, though, maintaining at your current level successfully for a while has also taught you how to live where you are. You aren't starting over, you're just subtracting a bit more.

Get to where you feel comfortable and happy. Keep up the running, and the other exercises. you rock!

Beth G

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WOLFKITTY 5/21/2009 1:05AM

    Wow, Dana! I went through a slew of emotions just reading about your slew of emotions and realizations. LOL!!

But, it looks like you have a healthy, balanced view on this. That's good. All of the information you posted is new to me, but have you seen SLAHDIVA's blog? She just recently started training for competition, and although you're not aiming for that, she might have some interesting tidbits on how to build lean muscle and lose fat (maybe at the same time).

Anyhow, good luck girlie! I think you look SUPER GREAT, so don't be discouraged by that. Rather, I think you might feel stronger if you had more lean muscle mass.

Take care!! BIG HUGS!
Joce

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FITTYTIF 5/20/2009 11:05PM

    Okay I am a little dense in this area but how do you know what you fat % should be? I am sure mine in HIGH currently but I am curious as to what I should strive. for. But actually that being said I actaully think you are on the right track with remembering to just be happy with your self you have come such a long way and you look great!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/20/2009 10:35PM

    You are so brave. I know I have too much fat, despite being my ideal weight, and yet I'm scared to have my body composition actually measured. I would have been in tears, I think. Your attitude is fabulous. You are inspiring.

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AINTSKEERD 5/20/2009 10:29PM

    Hey Dana, I feel your pain-only I haven't even thought I was close to my desired BF goal.
Anyway, I've been tweaking and adjusting my nutrition and fitness plan in an attempt to solve the exact problem you are describing. I took a quick glance at your nutrition and I would suggest you increase your protein while dropping your carbs. Also, after weight lifting have a full serving of a high protein drink within about 30 minutes. These tweaks allowed me to lose 6# of fat and gain 3# of muscle over the last six weeks. You'll have to play with the exact amount, but I'd definitely go for about 45 grams of protein after ST, and a total daily intake of closer to 100-120 grams.
Just a little food for thought! = D tam

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BAMAPASSION 5/20/2009 10:03PM

    Ah, so your feeling my pain! I posted a Blog [SKINNY FAT] on page two of my blogs. It hit me broadsided too! Who would have thought this getting healthy could be so complicated? One thing for sure WE are not quitters and we are fighting this battle with more info than I've ever seen before in all my life! Thanks for your blog! Keep on SHINNING! emoticon

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MSSUNBUG 5/20/2009 9:54PM

    While I read this, I debated saying, "But girl, you've done SO wonderfully! Don't worry about the number!"

BUT.

Good for you for using this as motivation to improve your health further. Truly, seeing you, sitting in your ideal weight, still seeking out those places where you could improve, do this "better," is really seriously inspirational to me! You continue to impress me.

I wish you the best with this new journey. Lots of peace with where you are--you've accomplished SO MUCH--and a smooth journey towards your next goal. It's deserved.

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KEAKMAN 5/20/2009 9:29PM

    Dana, I think you are amazing and fit and beautiful. Not that what I think matters a whole hill of beans, but still.

(and you might want to check out ANTSKEERD's recent comment on my page - she is working on losing fat while gaining muscle and gave me a quick run-down of her diet percentages while she works on that....just a place for you to work from or around or consider.....)

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APPLEHEAD326 5/20/2009 9:16PM

    Wow, my contacts got all blurry.. haha! No, its all good I love hearing about all the new things you've got going on.. is the BOD POD like a Body Bug? Like what they use on Biggest Loser?.. I saw a scale online on AVON.com or whatever and, its a "Curves" scale.. and it measures your body fat and stuff.. like that, haha. I have no idea what I'm talking about! Anyhoo I might purchase it eventually cause my scale sucks. I think you look great, and if you feel great too that's even better.. but there's no reason you shouldn't set newer goals for yourself if you feel up to a challenge. I know you can do absolutely anything you put your mind to! {{Hugs}}

Thanks for all the additional info too!

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RACHEL630 5/20/2009 8:51PM

    I'm sorry that your BOD POD results were frustrating. That would have been a total blindside. I hurt for you, lady. Way to go in using your frustration to seriously kick butt in your work out. You're awesome! Keep up the good work.

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_RAMONA 5/20/2009 8:33PM

    "A woman is often measured by the things she cannot control. She is measured by the way her body curves or doesn't curve, by where she is flat or straight or round. She is measured by 36-24-26 and inches and ages and numbers, by all the outside things that don't ever add up to who she is on the inside. And so if a woman is to be measured, let her be measured by the things she can control, by who she is and who she is trying to become. Because every woman knows, measurements are only statistics, and STATISTICS LIE!" AUTHOR UNKNOWN

"If I'm as happy as I am right now with 30% body fat, how hot and fit and sexy would I be if I improved that number?" YOU ARE TOUGH! YOU ARE STRONG! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL... and you are my hero, Dana!

Thank you once again for your example of grace under pressure, courage in a time of doubt, and true dignity in the face of disappointment. I think your plan is a good one, and as you also said, this is a lifelong journey toward health. If you stop setting goals, you have stopped living a healthy lifestyle.

Thanks, too for the great information, so that we can all learn from your experience.

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

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CECINOAKLAND 5/20/2009 8:16PM

    Sounds like it was a really emotional experience. I think your plan sounds really good. Just because you have a new goal doesn't mean you haven't already achieved amazing things for your body/self/life!

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KENSINGTONC 5/20/2009 7:22PM

    Love love LOVE this post!!!! Thank you so much - full of helpful, realistic info that puts things into perspective. Where did you find a bod pod thing, anyway? At your gym? How cool!

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/20/2009 5:57PM

    Now you've got me wondering what my % is... as you know I have decided BMI is not for me after my last emotional breakdown because of it. Finding out body fat % seems like the way to go. As scary and intimidating as a BOD POD sounds- if I ever get a chance I may have to try it :)
Great job running through the emotions of it and figuring out what you want to do about it. I agree with CATIATM, you are super hot the way you are- but I also think that your new goals are healthy and not unreasonable- so go for it!

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MDTWEETY 5/20/2009 5:52PM

    I love how organized you are and that you take the time to research your options. :) You rock, no matter what the Bod Pod says!

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TELERIE 5/20/2009 5:48PM

    Dana, you're amazing. I understand how you were disappointed really I admire how you think about it. It IS a lifelong journey, and there will always be things to improve. It doesn't mean that we can't be happy along the way.
I think some strength training (for runners?) might be just the thing for you to increase your lean mass.

And don't you just LOVE Bingham? I've read Running for mortals and No need for speed.


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150-HERE-I-COME 5/20/2009 5:25PM

    Great goals AND a great attitude, Dana!!!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!

Thanks for the links! I'm at 44%, according to my BF's scale, and I'm also getting the BOD POD testing (hopefully before I go back out to sea!) so I'll have a starting point too.. I've just been waiting on my trainer to set it up for me.... The goal I'm aiming for is to just be out of the obese category. I'm okay with average ;) But, I'm sure....like you....I'll get to that point, then want to set these new goals too :)

KEEP ON KEEPING ON!!! YOU ARE AN INCREDIBLE INSPIRATION!!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/20/2009 5:06PM

    ahhhhh! must be so confusing. 23% is just a number. if you feel fit, fab and sexy now i say don't change a thing! if you really want to lower the fat then i say go for that too.

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CECE0330 5/20/2009 4:46PM

    (Note to self after my assessment yesterday and frustrated blog today....STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM "BOD POD" AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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That being said, it seems like there will ALWAYS be some number out there to make us feel bad about ourselves. In your case, think of it this way: You completed (or nearly, anyway) part 1 of your journey-which was losing the weight. Now it's simply moving on to Step 2: improving on the body you were left with after the weight loss. There's no way you could have reached Step 2 without completing Step 1. Isn't the heavy lifting something fairly new to you? You've got the cardio down and then some. I'm willing to bet that with the right training, you'll be able to achieve this next goal in no time flat!

(seriously....would Bod Pod tell me I'm like 50% fat? Ouch!)

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 5/20/2009 4:45PM

    You can do it, Dana! We'll all be here for support and hugs. You've made so much progress and are so amazing. You can reach this one last goal too!

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CATIATM 5/20/2009 4:44PM

    *LOL* Dana, you are super hot just the way you are, but there is nothing to prevent you from setting more goals. So continue to celebrate your success and you're right: you really don't have to do that much more to get to this new goal, especially considering that you've already done so much.

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BRUIN2 5/20/2009 4:42PM

    WOW.

Dana. You are so freaking cool.

I love that you were completely rational about all of this - yay for no tears! You are one smoking lady already, and if you want to be a bit more smoking, then WHY NOT?!?! You're RIGHT - this is a JOURNEY! We should embrace that!!!!

So excited to begin this journey with you (yes, I'm claiming the journey as my own as well. hehehe).

Way to run out those thoughts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Good Day. :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

So, last night's concert ROCKED. The food was GREAT.

And the bands were all pretty awesome. They were kinda different from each other so it was an interesting set -- but the first band was a local group (they were ADORABLE) called P.S. Elliot(t?), and the other two were both from Portland, Oregon so I guess it kinda makes sense for them to have come together. In any case -- I liked all of them in their own way and the Headliners were AMAZING. (The second band was The Shaky Hands and the Headliner was The Thermals, FYI.)

Um, but the crowd got super rowdy during the Thermals and people were crowd surfing which was kind of ridiculous because it's a tiny little venue.... and these people behind me were apparently kind of moshing because they kept bumping into me -- ok really honestly, it was mainly ONE GUY who was being a total **insert something mean here** and he was like... LEANING on me -- back to back. And then I shoved him off, and he leaned his BUTT on my BUTT, I was like GET YOUR BUTT OFF OF ME YOU FREAK. He also at one point before that put a hand on my shoulder close to my neck to propel a jump up into the air. I was like, wHAT THE? My hubby gave him a big shoulder shove at that point and he was away for a while, but came back later and I was just sooo irritated. But eventually he went away.

Then this other joker decides he needs to come up to the mosh area with a FULL NEW BEER, and proceeds to spill it on my hubbys back. My hubby turned around and squashed his beer all over the guy. I was amazed and amused, but then they started kinda grappling and later I grabbed the guy and said some choice words and helped throw him back into the crowed. One of his friends retrieved him at that point. Then some other guy came up out of no where and fell down -- I bet he slipped in the beer.

So... The Thermals didn't play an encore.... and it might just be that they don't do that -- some bands just don't. OR they decided to opt out of the rowdiness. They had a roadie who had to come to the front of the stage at one point because of a stupid crowd surfer trying to make their way on stage... if I were them I wouldn't want to deal with that.

BUT! MOSTLY it was a superfun dancefest and I had a great time.

And today I was sore from that, but went on my run. I was low on sleep, and low on fuel, and I could totally TELL. My total time out was 42 min for 2.89miles -- but that included my cooldown, stretching, AND a minute of walking in the middle. So I'm thinking my cooldown and stretching could have taken about 5 minutes and with the walking involved 37minutes is not horrible for how I was feeling. It was a hard route to map, though, so I'm hoping it's a good estimate of distance.

I intend to do some pilates tonight as well.

AND MY FAMILY IS COMING TO VISIT THIS WEEKEND!!! HURRAH! :D I worked out my work schedule so I can optionally work 4 hours on Friday and spend tons of time with them. I'm thinking I'll work those 4 hours at least so I don't have to use alot more of my vacation time.

I'm trying to plan for cooking some good stuff my dad can eat -- yes, he's Type 2 Diebetic and to control his blood sugar levels and keep them at a good baseline throughout the day he's following a particular plan which is VERY low carb - a pattern of 6carbs for breakfast, 12 for lunch, 12 for dinner. I think he's optionally going up to 40 total in a day, but basically 30-40carbs per day.

Through all of the things I've read now about nutrition, etc., it seems that there are many diets that can work to produce a healthy body. Low carb can work, vegan can work, whatever. Since I'm not restricted by cells that are insulin resistant, I enjoy eating carbs. But I still try to go to whole grains and carbs through plant based foods like fruits and veggies as much as possible -- I do get some sugar from my yogurt that I eat and add honey to things occasionally, (not to mention my pretzel sticks+PB addiction), but for the most part I think my carbs come from good sources. Anyway -- I was totally freaked out when I heard how low carb he was eating but after reading more about trying to control blood sugar through diet it seems that it's a smart thing for HIM to do with his particular physical limitations.

ANYWAY - I have some recipes from the book that touts this particular plan (Dr. Bernsteins' Blood Sugar Solution or something like that?) and a low carb cookbook currently checked out, so I have some recipes I can try. I also have a run planned for each day this weekend and I'm hoping I can convince some people to go with me. If we go to a park or something, some can walk and some can jog/walk whatever and we can all do it at the same time in the same place and get that going on.

Then I have the Meet and Greet for the Rowing Club on Sunday as well, so gotta go to that and get that going on.

TOMORROW - BOD POD, then a run and upper body ST at the gym. :)

  
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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/20/2009 6:30PM

    A good site that Hubby and I both like is dlife.com for diabetes info and recipes. It is searchable for "low carb" recipes. You can also look at South Beach "Phase 1" recipes that are low carb. Another way to beat carbs and insulin dependance/resistance is through exercise. Maybe you can go for a walk with Dad?

Glad you enjoyed the concert even if you were surrounded by freaks. LOL

...Pam

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RACHEL630 5/20/2009 3:09PM

    Wow! The concert sounds insane... but I'm glad the music was good.

Grats on finding good choices for carbs! I'm still working on that. I'm slooooowly phasing out some of my family's "white bread" choices towards whole grain. One "crisis" at a time...

I hope that your BOD POD appointment goes well! Best of luck!

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CATIATM 5/20/2009 3:00PM

    I'm not going to see you crowd surfing on YouTubr, now am I? 'Cuz see that version I heard was that the band got a look at your long, slender self and said, "OMG - is that ZIRCADIA, the SparkStar?" And then they invited you backstage for general merriment and hijinks. No? emoticon

YAY for the 'rents visiting! I'm sure you can think of loads of tasty things to make! emoticon Hey, I think I'm going to come visit you, too! emoticon

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TAKEONME48137 5/20/2009 11:31AM

    What's a Bod Pod? Sounds interesting, hehe. That's awesome about your family! I hope you have a lot of fun with them. I don't know what the deal is with people at shows lately. From what I have observed, younger people (mostly the kids younger than me in the 12-19ish range or even older for that matter) seem to have this idea that you need to throw yourself around, use people as leverage devices, and run into people to every single song a band plays. I am not opposed to moshing, dancing, skanking, etc., but whatever happened to dancing and moshing to the beat and groove of the song? If a band is playing a mellow song, why the heck do some people feel the need to shove themselves around? It doesn't make sense! And that's my small rant on the matter, haha, but I'm glad you had fun! =)

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TATTED_PINUP2BE 5/20/2009 11:26AM

    Sounds like an awesome night, sorry to your hubby about the spilled beer :( And yay for parents visitin!!!! That's always a good time.

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SANLONDON 5/20/2009 5:14AM

    wow - sounds like you went to a wrestling match rather than a rock gig! Drunk fools are always annoying - especially when their bravado increases and their use of balance decreases.

Hope you have a great weekend with your family.

San.

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QUILTHORSE 5/20/2009 2:04AM

    You'll love Pilates! It's a great way to strengthen your core.

Good job!

Beth G

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SKYFYRE 5/20/2009 12:57AM

    Um I don't like crowds for the exact reason that I don't like "those kinda people", ugh, sorry they detracted from your enjoying the show in peace!

Way to be a thoughtful daughter! That is so nice!

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/19/2009 11:57PM

    Your dad must be so proud that he raised such a considerate daughter that will be cooking him tasty healthy meals that he can enjoy with the family and not have the worry about it negatively effecting his health :) Enjoy the visit with your family!
And I can't wait to hear all abut the BOD POD!

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BRUIN2 5/19/2009 10:56PM

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FITTYTIF 5/19/2009 10:17PM

    I so admire you! I always have for how great you have done on your weight loss journey but now that I know you can do pilates! Maybe some day I will be there! But dang it is tough!
As for the family! Way to go. I think you have a great plan! I am sure your dad will apperciate all that you are doing!!!
And great idea about taking everyone to the park to get out and get moving!!
Have a fun weekend with your family.
I will be with my family this weekend too!

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KEAKMAN 5/19/2009 9:30PM

    Enjoy your visit with your family. What a great way to say "I love you" to your dad - cooking him the kind of food that will keep him alive longer!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/19/2009 9:21PM

    i can't wait for your results tomorrow.

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CECINOAKLAND 5/19/2009 8:46PM

    I love a good concert and hate drunk/rowdy a-holes that ruin it! Glad you were able to enjoy the show despite them!

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BRE7482 5/19/2009 8:00PM

    I'm glad that overall you enjoyed the concert. You seemed pretty excited about it. Enjoy your family this weekend!

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WOLFKITTY 5/19/2009 7:23PM

    That's not a concert, that's a FIGHT!! HEhehee. Glad you survived, and it sounds like you had a lot of fun. I'm going to check out some of those bands you mentioned.

Still trying to figure out what to put on your CD mix.

HUGS!
Jocelyn

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ROYABOYA 5/19/2009 6:33PM

    ahaha that reminded me of a time I was in a pit at a Reel Big Fish/Save Ferris/Zebrahead show and I was a little baby who thought she ruled the world...anyways I kept getting in the pit, and the only way I survived was because one of the friends I had with me was like 7 feet tall and every time I fell he'd scoop me up and put me on my feet without breaking a stride.

That was also the show that when I left early (after getting kicked in the head and passing out...stupid crowdsurfer) I saw that I had a gash which cut my pants and went into my leg! I never knew how it happened but I was totally freaked out for a while. :P



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_RAMONA 5/19/2009 6:19PM

    LOLOLOL! Oh, Dana! It is in this very moment that I remember how much older than you I am! Mosh pit???! And you certainly handled the groper A LOT better than I would have. LOL!

I think you are going WOW! your family with all your culinary expertise! Enjoy the preparation, and the family even more!

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

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LASHERTHECAT 5/19/2009 5:59PM

    Glad you are excited about your family's visit. I'm sure you will have a great time.

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/19/2009 5:51PM

    Wow, now THAT was an update. Sorry you had to deal with such an annoying guy at the concert, but good for you for going for that run today despite how you were feeling! Have fun with the family this weekend. :)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/19/2009 5:36PM

    That would be so cool to take your family to the park to workout with you! I hope that pans out.

Have a GREAT visit this weekend!

PS: good luck - not that you need it - on the BOD POD bitness!

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LAZY WEEKEND.

Monday, May 18, 2009

OH yeah. I lazed it up this weekend -- zero physical activity.

I intened to go run, but it was raining like ALL weekend and when it wasn't, it was dark, and I just was NOT feeling it to be honest. I intended to go to Pilates class on Saturday, but didn't.

It was nice to hang out w/ my hubby though. :) We had some fun hanging out time -- I finally played a video game that I got FOR CHRISTMAS and it was so fun. Mirror's Edge. You're a runner -- kinda like an illegal messenger girl who uses Parkour. ;) It is very neato.

We also planned a movie date at home. Went to the store, bought movie candy, and came home and watched and ate. :P hahaha. Not the most healthy idea ever, but I never eat during movies anymore so it was kind of fun. I had Rainbow Flavored Twizzlers and Reeses Pieces. My tracker looks kinda nonsensical for Sunday, but I DID have a really GREAT dinner after all that candy.

This morning's nutrition was also a bit full of nonsense. But I also bought a watermelon and cut it all up yesterday so I've got a fridge stocked with containers of watermelon chunks - YUM. AND I roasted some corn in the oven yesterday and that was delicious. :) And did lots of good grocery shopping -- so it's not like the weekend was totally worthless, just no exercise. 3 days! I broke my no more than 2 days off rule! And I really felt it.

Today I was feeling really blah this morning -- I looked at my running schedule and today was an off day, and I decided to leave it an off day to cope with what I have scheduled the rest of the week, but I DID do my lower body ST and man my glutes are totally feeling the burn. I'm happy that I was able to get a burn at home. Although apparently I'm the queen of sumo squats because holding 2 12lb dumbbells I kinda just stopped myself at some point, I think I was in the 30something's of reps because I was just like, dang. Maybe I'll feel that later... we'll see.

OH and I'm DEFINITELY doing the rowing thing. :) WOOT. I'm still waiting on an email back from the rowing club about a question I had regarding the meet and greet and if it was mandatory and whatnot, but I'm totally decided in my plan of action now and I'm excited about it. :)

Also my BOD POD measurement is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

EEK! :) I'm nervous and excited about that as well.

ANNNNNNNNND my family might be visiting this weekend!!!! :D I've been reading all about controlling blood sugar using diet and I have a much better idea of what I can prepare that will be good for my Dad, so I'm kind of excited for THAT particular reason that they're visiting. I think I also have a good idea of where we might be able to eat out that will make it easier on him as well...so that's cool.

All in all -- I'm ready for a great week!

And tonight I'm going to a concert! :D SO FUN! And getting to eat dinner at this awesome place -- I LOVE their menu. Check it out:

www.thebottletree.com/btmenu.html

  
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KEAKMAN 5/19/2009 9:28PM

    Weekends off aren't the end of the world - and if part of it was spent with your hubby, then it was worth it in my book. Now back to work chica!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/19/2009 5:33PM

    That place looks really cute!

Alright, so you are going to leave the gym? Well, I know you are a smart cookie and rowing does sound pretty freaking awesome. But you also know that your spark buddy Kim (aka run_lift_eat) will be harassing you about your ST workouts :)! I know you don't need harassing. I think the gym is just my safety blanket or something, who knows. . . anyway. . . that movie night sounds fun! We do stuff like that from time to time, too. One night last week Thursday, I think? I really wanted nachos so I bought baked chips, made guac (w/ ff fage yogurt, naturally :)), and a black bean, spinach, ff cheddar dip and we just shoved our faces and watched all the good Thursday tv. It was delightful!

How exciting for your family to visit! Yay! I love cooking for people, it sounds like you are going to have lots of great food waiting for them :)!

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~*~*LISA*~*~ 5/19/2009 1:30PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderfully fun weekend :) How was your concert?

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RACHEL630 5/19/2009 10:42AM

    You're going to kick butt! Best of luck at your bOD POD measurement.

I think it's great that you were researching things for your family to eat while they visited. I'm very proud of you!

Have a great week!

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MDTWEETY 5/19/2009 8:12AM

    Yay for lazy weekends! You deserve it!

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SKYFYRE 5/19/2009 2:36AM

    emoticon Glad you are doing the rowing club, now you can tell me all about it! Heehee! Also, LOVE that you spend so much quality time with the hibster, that is way cool! Now, get off the lazy train tomorro and back to running, I sure wish I could!

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WHATAGRL42 5/19/2009 1:19AM

    the bottletree sounds yum. I am laughing that one of their fries appetizer items is called "Viking funeral". What could that mean? lol!
Don't sweat your 3 day break. Oddly enough, sometimes a shock like that to the system.... as long as you get right back on it..... can jiggle a couple pounds off of ya! As for your dad: complex carbs, and no more than 40 grams of carb per meal-- the type 2 standard rule, I guess. Enjoy the week!
Lisa

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/18/2009 8:49PM

    Watermelon is a really yummy and low-cal treat. Yay for almost summer!! :)

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SKISINCO 5/18/2009 7:40PM

    Sounds like a fun weekend all in all. I will have to give the roasting corn in the oven a try! Enjoy your concert.

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TELERIE 5/18/2009 6:21PM

    Sounds like a great weekend. I'm happy you're doing the rowing thing - let me know how you like it. Can't wait to read about your bod pod experience too!
Hope you have a wonderful week and that your family have a nice stay with you.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/18/2009 6:18PM

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who had a lazy family weekend. Sometimes we just need to VEG. Is your dad diabetic? We've had "fun" with that with Hubby who was diagnosed in November, but my way of eating was great for him, too.

...Pam

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LASHERTHECAT 5/18/2009 6:16PM

    That looks like a great menu!! I'm so jealous of ANYONE who has a decent place to eat out!!

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 5/18/2009 4:29PM

    I LOVE lazy weekends. My biggest problem is that I take a lazy weekend EVERY weekend. Must do better!

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NATURALSOAPGIRL 5/18/2009 4:22PM

    You gave yourself a fun break - now get back to it! lol. As far as the glutes - what do you do that it gave you a burn? Was it the sumo squats or did you do something else? Cuz I wanna feel the burn too!!! I have been doing the elliptical with the crossramp lately - the "gluteal" workout. But I want MORE!!!

Thanks for your comments and encouragement on my blogs. I gotta tell you - one thing I love about reading your blogs is that you still throw eating out and some junk food in there occasionally and it really helps to encourage me. Some people are all about low-fat, low-carb, low-cal all the time and think they'll need to be that way forever. I am all about adding in the treats on a semi-regular basis because it's just not feasible to think you won't have them in maintenance. Thanks for being real!

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ROYABOYA 5/18/2009 4:18PM

    Isn't it amazing when you get used to exercising how taking a few days off makes you feel so blah? That was one of the first things I had to realize..the blah feeling came from NOT exercising, so I shouldn't NOT exercise when I feel blah!!!

Thank you also for your comment about running a 5k. It was perfect! I needed someone else's experience to live through vicariously so I can start picturing it and prepping for it mentally. :)

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FITTYTIF 5/18/2009 4:11PM

    Some times you have to just kick back!!!
The rowing sounds like fun!
Have fun at the concert!
And Good luck with the family!!


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SARAHISKIDA 5/18/2009 3:46PM

    I also had a zero-activity weekend, and I'm just fine with that.

Speaking of rowing, do you know if we have to do anything to sign up? Do we just show up with a check? I e-mailed them, too, but I haven't heard anything back yet.

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BRUIN2 5/18/2009 3:39PM

    WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Can't wait to follow the summer rowing adventure!!!

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CECE0330 5/18/2009 3:30PM

    Yum....green apple & havarti quesadilla..... emoticon

Yay to being able to join the rowers! I look forward to hearing about your experience (no pressure....just want to live vicariously through you!). Have fun at your concert-is it another local band?

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150-HERE-I-COME 5/18/2009 3:27PM

    Sometimes we "just need" those few days off. I believe you commented on my blog about that at one time too ;) Cheers to hitting the week off with sumo squats!!

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DDOORN 5/18/2009 3:25PM

    LOVE going to concerts...woo hoo!

Sounds like QUITE the night out on the town...enjoy!

Don

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