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Sore and Tired.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I feel really good!!! Except for those two things. HAHAHA :D

I need to get more sleep. I had all good intentions of napping this morning but then I just ended up watching Dead Like Me on the Roku Instant Viewer Box thingie. Trying to stretch out calories from 7AM to 11PM is kind of hard!!!!!!!! :P

BUT! I have all my snacks/meals planned out for the entire day and it's going to work within my ranges. *phwew* I forgot to do part of my breakfast this morning though so I'll have to do that tonight -- it was supposed to be a soymilk w/ protein powder in it, I'm considering turning that into a hot chocolate soymilk w/ protein powder tonight and seeing how that goes.

My back muscles are sore from the rowing. But I've been there! Doing it! And got my run in yesterday AND today after class.

The thing that threw a kink in my grand napping scheme was doing the grocery shopping -- which I needed to do -- and then deciding to hard boil some eggs. I was waiting for them to boil and then got sucked into TV-Watching when I finally fed my ravenous self. :P hahaha.

At least since I'm trying to eat 6 times a day I know I'll get to eat again soon. :)

Check out my tracker if your curious about how this is all going down. HAHAHA.

But tomorrow I should get to nap with no problem!!!

I went to the gym today for the final time until August today. Apparently my membership was actually expired as of May 8th!!!! Those crazy card swiping people just kept letting me in... ??? Until today. I was a little miffed -- because they changed the time for paid memberships to appeal to those who are only joining during the summer to use the pool so they cut the spring semester short to lengthen the summer. Um... except my membership is a STUDENT FAMILY membership, and the STUDENTS get to go until JUNE. But I randomly have to re-up in May? I explained to the lady that that really didn't make any sense. What if my husband was going with me -- he would get to continue going and I'd get the boot unless I wanted to pay for Summer? And he'd have to pay for Summer early since he has to pay for me to get to pay? It doesn't make any sense.

Not to mention they didn't even let anyone know this was happening. :P But anyway. So I went and showered (I had gotten let in once that morning already, did my thing, went running, and came back to shower to be denied entry...) and cleaned out the locker in case I want to use anything that was in there.

Now I'm ON MY OWN!!! As beat as I am right now I can't imagine wanting to GO to the gym. HAHAHA.

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SWEETZMIX 6/1/2009 12:50PM

    Caching up on blogs
Sucks with the gym. I hate when places do that, when they don't inform you about anything. But you got this, no worries :)

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QUILTHORSE 5/28/2009 1:12PM

    Sounds like a great day! Hope you get your nap!

Beth G

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SPATULASARA 5/28/2009 9:08AM

    Yay Dana!!! And ahh, I LOVE Dead Like Me :-)

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/28/2009 1:40AM

    I have yet to hear of a gym with rules that make sense... last time I had a membership I had give a 3 month written notice to let my membership expire! I
think it was so they could try to win you back during that 3 months you were forced to keep paying for.
Glad to hear you're liking the rowing!

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FUTURERNAIMEE 5/28/2009 12:43AM

    Why do you use protein powder? That's very weird about the gym, sounds like they either don't know what they are doing or are trying to screw people up. I'm glad the rowing is going well!

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FITTYTIF 5/27/2009 11:09PM

    Congrats on the Rowing! I hear you about need ing a nap and not getting one in!
As for the Gym thing It sounds like they are pulling a fast one! Seems a little shady to me!!
But You will do fine with out the gym. You are so motivated! I know you will do great!!!

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KEAKMAN 5/27/2009 10:03PM

    I love your positive can't-keep-me-down attitude! Have a blast with the rowing club!

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HOPE4LOSS1 5/27/2009 8:05PM

    Sneaky gym mumbo jumbo! I'm sure you'll work out something better. Glad to hear the rowing continues and going well to boot! YAY!

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SIRABE76 5/27/2009 7:59PM

    Sorry about he rec center thing. I remember that back in the day when I was in college. But I know I could never and still have trouble with geting snacks in to stretch out calories.

But maybe there is a gym in town that has summer rates or contracts for only 3 months.

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/27/2009 7:50PM

    i think ditching the gym membership for the summer may be the best decision of your life. getting outside is so great for us!

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SARAHISKIDA 5/27/2009 6:50PM

    I am SO sore today! I don't know if it's the rowing or the JM or both, but wow. I got a short run in today, too. I'm trying to take it a little easy this week. I'm having a few lapses with my rowing form. I can get it if I'm going slow, but when we pick up speed, I get a little sloppy. Maybe I'll see if I can sneak into the gym and use their erg...

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SLCOLMAN 5/27/2009 6:06PM

    Glad to hear that you are enjoying the rowing!!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/27/2009 3:45PM

    Well, you only have two months off. That being said I bet you'll be ready to get back to full gear options in two months :).

Glad the rowing is going well. Don't you love taking classes? So fun! Have you met any cool girls there?

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LASHERTHECAT 5/27/2009 3:40PM

    I could never get into eating 4 times a day... The best I can do is 4.

Sorry you're stuck without a gym, but you'll find something else... Soon you'll be all into the rowing! emoticon

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    What is a Roku Instant Viewer Box thingie? Are you a fan of Dead Like Me? One of my best friend's daughter played the young George. She was really upset when the show was cancelled because she enjoyed making it so much.


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SEPPIESUSAN 5/27/2009 2:57PM

    How annoying - they should let you go with your student family membership as much as a student can go!

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BRUIN2 5/27/2009 2:56PM

    What a rocking few days!! So strange about the gym - but you're going to have so much more fun rowing that it doesn't matter right?!?!

Good luck sorting out the timing of your foodies - make sure to drink lots of water, that will help!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/27/2009 2:51PM

    what a fiasco w/ the rec membership crap. it never makes sense. i think im good though b/c im taking hours this summer.. it sucks we wont get to work out anymore together this summer!!! but im happy u are getting a chance to try the rowing stuff. well, this just means we'll have to do sparkactivities in town :) im planning my schedule for june now, and the rec hasnt posted bamaerobics stuff yet, so BOO. but i'll work it out... hope to see u sometime sooon!!!!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thank you all for your support!!!!

No, I know exactly what was going on and it's done and over and behind me. KAPUT!

This morning I got up and headed to my first day of Learn to Row camp. WEE!!

It was pretty cool. I learned how to do the stroke properly.

Well let me tell you my Rowing Club meet and Greet was pretty cool -- I met a Sparker! YAY! SARAHSKIDA - I think that's right. Anyway. She is too adorable. The people were all really nice, quite a variety of ages/sizes/shapes/gender so it was neat. :) They recently competed in something and came in 2nd place, too! GO THEM.

They talked about the camp and showed us a boat and oars and whatnot.

This morning we just learned the parts of a stroke, practiced them independently and then put it all together on the Erg machines.

A few of the newbies stayed with the vets and did a short 5 min row together on the machines as well - so that was cool, too. I didn't really remember to turn my HRM on until pretty close to the end of things, but during that 5min+ whenever I turned it on I burned like 104 calories, so that's cool.

Then I went and did my 3mile run. I got home at about 8:30AM. And tonight I work till 10PM. These two weeks are gonna be interesting.

So anyway -- last night I posted that RIGHT as I got home from the meeting and my hubby was home then and he helped me feel better and I talked everything through with him about it all and we figured it out and everything's fine, thank you for your concern and support my super awesome SparkBuddies.

I'd prefer to pretend it never happened, but I figured that wouldn't be fair to those of you reading this that have also had those bad awful horrible days --


The last one I can think of that was anywhere close to that was the day Roscoe ran away and I ate that whole bag of chocolate covered Goji Berries. *blinkblink* I was in the store the other day and realized that thing cost over $10! WOW! Anyway.

Again, I'd prefer that they never happened at all. But maybe it's completely unrealistic to aim for perfection -- but hey, I've got to try to eliminate days THAT BAD. If theyhappen it's because something has got me completely and totally out of control -- that is a RARITY at the very LEAST... so I'm not worried about it being a thing I get used to doing or anything like that, but I still felt it important that it be acknowledged and recognized so I can try to learn and move on in a productive way and not a... yeah that never happened kind of denial. Ya know?

I tried to help my mom get over her need not to let food go to waste at the restaurant the other day because she was full but had food left that she wasn't going to take home and eat... and I told her something I HOPE to be able to live by at least 99% of the time and will try to remember:

It can either go to waste in the trash or on your body. Your body is not going to be able to use more nutrients just because you're eating more food.

Then I got my Self magazine and read in there "Your body is not a refrigerator. It is not a STORAGE UNIT." SO! Let us all try to remember that. :)

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    Ooohh. I like that. I think I'll use that! Glad you're doing better! And very cool about your rowing class - sounds like fun and burns lots of calories!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/26/2009 9:23PM

    "Your body is not a refrigerator. It is not a STORAGE UNIT." lol
i am glad your rowing boot camp is going so well. i missed your last blog but when i read it i thought of the quote " while we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences to our actions."

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/26/2009 8:21PM

    Okay- I don't know if I already left a comment or not cuz I realized I've read this post twice :)
But if I didn't already say this- I'm glad to hear you're feeling better and that it's behind you.
Learn to row camp sound like so much fun!

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MDTWEETY 5/26/2009 6:32PM

    I have days when I can eat an entire pint of ice cream. I know the feeling...
Glad you are feeling better and the rowing sounds SO FUN!!!! Can't wait to hear more about it as things progress.
And great thoughts to live by when it comes to restaurants. I will def. remember those words next time I am out to eat and tempted to clean my plate.

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SIRABE76 5/26/2009 6:17PM

Glad you are over your crisis.

Rowing does sound really neat too bad I am very afraid of water.

Horribe days happens everyone, as I usually say it depends on how you react to them

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TELERIE 5/26/2009 4:51PM

    You're just the bestest! I have somehow missed the notifications of your blog, so I missed the melt-down and didn't get to offer my support. But you HAVE it always! It's heartening to see that even someone like you can have those awful days, and it's also a true learning experience to see HOW you handle them. Thank you for sharing!

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KASHMIR 5/26/2009 3:27PM

    Thank you for those last two paragraphs. My BF was raised to eat everything on his plate as fast as possible, and to never let ANY food go to waste...if it is on his plate, it must be eaten. I will pass your thoughts on to him. Maybe it will click.

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    We all have day like that sometimes Dana...the success is leaving yesterday behind you and moving forward into today....which is exactly what you did!!! Great way to bounce back!!! Jackie!!!

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SARAHISKIDA 5/26/2009 1:58PM

    Aww, thanks! I had a lot of fun--I can't wait to really get into things!

I'm glad things are better. I was really stressed on Friday (and Saturday...and Sunday...) over moving and other stuff going on in my life. Before I knew it, I had eaten the entire tin of chocolate covered cocoa nibs that I bought. Oops.

I just got my issue of Self, too. I'm so glad Beyonce is on the cover--it's nice to see someone who really has to work at it--and still eats like a normal person!

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CATIATM 5/26/2009 1:54PM

    I'm sorry you "melted down" but I'm glad you're feeling strong again. It happens to all of us. The great thing is that it happened, and you moved on.

The rowing club sounds fabulous - have a great time!

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AINTSKEERD 5/26/2009 1:40PM

    Ooooh, thanks for those final thoughts! I really couldda used them on Sunday...before the saltwater taffy!

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CECE0330 5/26/2009 12:39PM

    Oooh...I like those parting thoughts! How true! (And at least when you DID have a bad day, you went for the expensive stuff..heh heh)

Sounds like you had a great time at rowing! How cool is it when you can find new, exciting ways to burn calories, while learning something new, and having a good time?

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MAKI34 5/26/2009 12:04PM

    Not to sound rude but I'm glad to see that even you ( who I admire so much and sometimes think you must be perfect to have lost so much weight) aren't perfect and that you too have those days. I needed to see that especially today since I'm trying to bounce back from a horrible weekend of binge eating! Thanks, and hope you know how much you help others by admitting your weaknesses!

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KEAKMAN 5/26/2009 11:51AM

    Glad you are feeling better. Thanks for leting us in on the fact that you aren't always 100% perfect - it makes me feel better to know that I am not the only one who does stupid dumb things!

I like what you said to your Mom - I will remember that in the future!

Have a great week!

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_RAMONA 5/26/2009 11:44AM

    Dana, you are among the best and bravest here... and what I've learned at Spark is that nobody expects perfection... just honesty and integrity... and this is where you lead the pack! Thanks for this today!

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

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/26/2009 11:06AM

    I tell myself the same thing about restaurant food, and yet somehow I end up ignoring my own advice and overstuffing myself sometimes. Grr. Work in progress, I guess.

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BRUIN2 5/26/2009 10:54AM


You get a visit from Victor!! (Check out my blog today for reference. HA. Hope created him!)

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SWEETZMIX 5/26/2009 10:41AM

    We aim for progress and not perfection. Bad days will happen, but as long as we learn from them. Glad you had a great time rowing, it will be a nice mixer upper. lol And that was some good advice you told your mom, we can all use that advice at times.

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TAKEONME48137 5/26/2009 10:39AM

    Yay! That's fantastic! I'm glad you're feeling better and I'm glad the row club thing went well. That sounds like fun, so perhaps in the future I will look into it as a new activity. Is Self Magazine a good one to subscribe to? I'm thinking about getting a Women's Health or Self subscription but I haven't really read to many of either magazine to decide.

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HOPERY 5/26/2009 10:37AM

    Wow! I love what you told your mom! I shared it with hubby. He will sometimes get sooo upset if food is going bad or not getting eaten. (he also cooks way too much, and then wonders why our little 30 pound 3 and 5 year olds don't eat it all) I think you made him think. Sorry, about your bad day yesterday. I think we shared that binge experience. So, today is a new day. Moving forward.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/26/2009 10:22AM

    Wow I love that quote, you are so right!

I am glad that you know what was going on and you're moving past. I also really appreciate your honesty and candor, it isn't easy being that honest, but girl you are so right about so many of us having been there, too! You're in good company! emoticon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/26/2009 10:20AM

    Thanks for being REAL. You ROCK! And you've inspired me to look for another organized fitness activity I can do this summer since "Learn to Run" class is over. Rowing sounds like some butt-kicking fun.


PS My body WAS a storage unit. Great line. I'm keeping that, too.

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ZAEZAE 5/26/2009 10:17AM

    I'm SO stealing that line! Your body is not a refrigerator or a storage unit! LOVE IT!

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AWFUL horrible day...

Monday, May 25, 2009

So after the family left I had a kind of unrelated huge emotional meltdown and ate a megaton of food.

An entire bag of "FoodShouldTasteGood" The Works chips and most of a container of Smores "Light" ice cream (like the fact that the chips were healthy or the ice cream light matters when you eat it in that kind of quantity), among other more normal things.

I feel totally sick to my stomach and the worst part is that I was intentionally doing it to myself to damage myself because of how bad I was feeling.

VERY disordered eating. Just wanted to get this out there AND BEHIND ME.

The only good thing was my Rowing Club meeting went well.

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TATTED_PINUP2BE 5/27/2009 7:08PM

    Ah your so right, I'm so glad to read this blog. Looks like everyone struggles with the same demons. Glad to hear that I'm not the only one who had some problems this past weekend.

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    Awww.... I have done that! I have eaten a whole bag of Terra Chips myself! And yeah... it just adds to the pain. I am sorry you went through a meltdown... what's up with us? Thanks for your support on my blog - it kind of does help to know that someone else knows how you're feeling.

i mean it - thanks.

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BUTTAFLYH 5/26/2009 9:50PM

    Honey we all have these days. I know you wanna get to a point where you never have these days, but you're human. You acknowledged it and owned up to it and it's great that you felt you could be accountable here and lean on us for support. I have days where I may have mini binges, but even those are few and far between, but I can always feel them trying to get a hold of me. Those of us who have had issues w/ food may always have this to deal with. The thing to do is continue to feel good about the changes you have made and how far you have come and do not define yourself or how you feel about yourself based off of one day of stress that resulted in a binge. :) *hugs* We're all so proud of you and happy for all of your success. Remember those things.

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POSITIVE_ENERGY 5/26/2009 11:16AM

    I agree TODAY WE MOVE ON!!!

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CWRISTON1 5/26/2009 11:05AM

    I had a small Memorial weekend food meltdown extravaganza myself ~ perhaps its our way of memorializing our old ways

Today ~ we move on... emoticon

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RSCOZZAFAVA 5/26/2009 10:29AM

    Ok Dana, this was just Memorial Meltdown! I had a bit of it too. Mine was Salted Pumpkin Seeds of all things. I sat down by myself and ate them mindlessly. I honestly don't know what to with myself when I am all alone and have no exercise scheduled or other activity to keep me preoccupied. It is an emotional issue that always, always brings this on. We will do better today! I am pumping water like crazy to rid myself of all that excess sodium. Congrats on the rowing!!!

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I<3ZOMBIES 5/26/2009 10:13AM

    *hugs* Sorry you were feeling meh :( Don't forget to drink plenty of water to help get rid of the overeating bloat!

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CECE0330 5/26/2009 9:50AM

    It's funny how eating crap USED to make you feel better, huh? Now when you try to fill a void with food, you just end up feeling empty AND sick. emoticon

Sorry your family leaving caused such emotional chaos. Hang in there!

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SIRABE76 5/26/2009 9:40AM

    I hoe you are Ok. I am sorry you ate so much, But it will get better . hang in there chica

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TAKEONME48137 5/26/2009 8:52AM

    I'm sorry that you had a huge breakdown. If you ever need to talk, I'm here for you. It will be okay. Much love and hugs in your direction! =) =)

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LASHERTHECAT 5/26/2009 8:30AM

    It happened... It's over... Forget it!!

But yeah... figure out why it happened...

Move on... Tomorrow's another day...

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/26/2009 8:28AM

    Are you okay? What happened were you just sad because your family left? Do you think this new goal is making you be too restrictive and you rebelled? What do you think is going on? I am so sorry, Dana :(.

Glad to hear that you like the rowing, though!

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LANC92 5/26/2009 8:12AM

    Pretty much everyone has done this at one point or another. What will make the difference is what you do now. At least you've acknowledged it and now you can move on, right? **HUGS**

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SKYFYRE 5/26/2009 2:00AM

    Aw, honey. Well, it is done, and now time to move forward and focus on rowing and your healthy outlets for stress, you have them! Glad rowing meeting was good!

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_RAMONA 5/26/2009 12:36AM

    "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense." RALPH WALDO EMERSON

May today be all you need it to be. May the peace of God and the freshness of the Holy Spirit rest in your thoughts, rule in your dreams tonight, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself today in ways you have never experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your prayers be answered. I pray that faith enters a new height for you; I pray that your territory is enlarged. I pray for peace, healing, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, true and undying love for God, in Jesus' name! Amen.

...and Thank God for rowing!!!!! BTW... you are still inspiring the daylights out of me!!!!

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

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BRUIN2 5/25/2009 10:32PM

    So the chips are gone. How about the ice cream? If not, toss it - it will make you feel in control. You are in control!!!

Yay for rowing!!!!!!!!!

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~*~*LISA*~*~ 5/25/2009 10:28PM

    I'm sorry you had such a bad day emoticon It happened and now you can get past it and focus on how good the rowing club meeting was. Tell us more about about your rowing club, sounds fun :)

Love ya! I hope you have a fantabulous week because you deserve it :)

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DDOORN 5/25/2009 10:10PM

    Hope you can sift through this tough day and glean some nuggets of insight and wisdom from it...as I always say, mistakes are opportunities for learning!

Good deal on the rowing! :-)


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RENA1965 5/25/2009 9:38PM

    Put this dumb day in the rubbish and remind yourself tomorrow is another day.
Keep focus on the good stuff and quit bashing yourself up. Family leaving gets to me too, last time I said goodbye to my dad at the airport a week later I got a phone called he passed away back home in New Zealand. I left the hospital with a doctor telling me my husband was stable, I got home to a phone called he was dying. Last time I said goodbye to my mom-in-law she slipped broke a hip and passed away from it.. So know how hard it is. hugs Rena

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    emoticon I'm sorry it was such a rotten day. Here's to hoping that tomorrow will be better!

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    "I was intentionally doing it to myself to damage myself."
Been there, done that. My drug/weapon of choice is cookies, though.


Tomorrow will be a better day.

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AWFUL horrible day...

Monday, May 25, 2009

So after the family left I had a kind of unrelated huge emotional meltdown and ate a megaton of food.

An entire bag of "FoodShouldTasteGood" The Works chips and most of a container of Smores "Light" ice cream (like the fact that the chips were healthy or the ice cream light matters when you eat it in that kind of quantity), among other more normal things.

I feel totally sick to my stomach and the worst part is that I was intentionally doing it to myself to damage myself because of how bad I was feeling.

VERY disordered eating. Just wanted to get this out there AND BEHIND ME.

The only good thing was my Rowing Club meeting went well.

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/25/2009 9:30PM

    Man, that's me exactly on a binge day...eating tons of something supposedly "healthy." NOTHING's healthy when you eat 5,000 calories of it in one sitting! Ugh. I'm with ya, sister. The good news is that the "damage" is always reversable...and the best news is that there usually is little to no "damage" at all when you put an end to it quickly!

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The Good and the Bad...

Saturday, May 23, 2009


I intended to eat something when I got home, but then I called them and they were going to be here in like an hour and I asked if they'd be ready to eat dinner then, and the answer was yes, so I waited. This resulted in a difference of at least 4 hrs between meals which I'm trying to work on eating every 2-3 hours.

But we went out to eat to the greek place and I made a pretty wise meal choice I think -- lamb souvlaki w/ a greek salad. :) I did have a couple small pieces of their garlic bread, but my meal was essentially grilled meat and veggies w/ olive oil! WOOT! So ok, that wasn't too much, but it was filling and delicious. :)

Then it was a marathon Rock Band Session until my mom and dad were super tired pretty much it was almost 11PM their time, so they went back to their hotel. (I guess all the better for them to sleep in today while I'm at work! HAHA)

But then we got hungry again -- it was about the time I usually eat dinner and it had been a good 5 hours since eating last???

Then the poor eating choices happened -- a frozen chimichanga, an ice cream cone, and 2 dove dark chocolates. Calorically -- it was not too bad. According to my estimates for eating out plus this -- I came in at my MIN on calories. But the content??? HAHAHAH. I was over on fat and under on carbs and protein. :P doh.

THEN MORE GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

So I was looking at the weather and it's supposed to rain pretty much all weekend -- I was like OH NO when am I going to run!!! And it doesn't bode well for a family outing to the park. So anyway, I thought, maybe I can run before work today. I looked at the weather -- supposed to be raining.

Well -- at first I just thought. Can't do it! And decided to just wake up at my normal Saturday work time...but then I decided I could at least get up and see if it was raining.

WELL IT WASN'T! :D And I got in a GREAT run! The weather was pleasantly cool with no bright sun due to the hour (I ran about 15min after sunrise). I saw a couple of runners out, one with her two adorable dogs. :) It was just very nice. And I got in the mileage I was hoping for PLUS a bit. So I am feeling VERY happy with that today.

I'm just going to accept that my food schedule is going to be weird this weekend due to planning food outings w/ my family and if I try to eat more in between it's just going to make things suck for them and me eat too much overall I think. I'll just get back on track with food come Monday.


SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE IS BACK!!!!!!!! I love music, I LOVE dancing... I love this show. But you know what else I love about it??? The amazing bodies the dancers have. So muscular and powerful and beautiful! :D Ok so at this point it's still the auditions, and some of the bodies are not the pinnacle of form and function and admiration I'm talking about -- but those really amazing dancers??? They just blow me away not JUST with their dancing. If I could have a body like a dancer I would be totally thrilled. :)

So many different types of beautiful healthy strong bodies -- like I was blogging about the other day with the athletes!! And you know what, a gymnast's body is amazing and beautiful in it's own way as well. LOVE sprinter's bodies. Have to say, the Long Distance Runner's bodies freak me out. The Pole Vaulters usually look pretty awesome. Love those swimmers! hahaha :D There's the long and lean, the thick and muscular, the in between softly defined muscles, the woman on the street with the killer curves, the ballroom dancers with the killer calve muscles from dancing in those heels, the PEOPLE I SAW TODAY RUNNING and enjoying the fit healthy movement of their bodies!!! There was an older gentleman and then the woman with her dogs. SO CUTE! :)

I truly believe that a healthy body is a beautiful body -- no matter the size or shape. Someone who is healthy and fit has a glow from within. And health and fitness DOES NOT LOOK THE SAME in everyone!!! It may not even look the same for the same person at different times in their life.

Those of you who aren't at your goal yet, but are striving for health -- you have that glow in you, too. :) The healthy lifestyle habits give you that beauty -- from the good foods you use to feed yourself, to the paces you put yourself through when working out.

And now I'm kinda rambling.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!!!!

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RSCOZZAFAVA 5/24/2009 10:40PM

    Dana, Even on your bad day you do an awesome job at setting a great example to the rest of us to following. It is a good thing to allow yourself some adjustments to your eating schedules and calories on occasions. You already are so aware of what boundaries you have set for yourself and rock that road with your running schedules. You are truly a role model. Hope you are enjoying the family time. "See" you on the message boards!

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FUTURERNAIMEE 5/24/2009 10:22PM

    Oh my god dancer's bodies are the best. I would kill for that body!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/24/2009 10:11PM

    Sounds like a good weekend. Enjoy your family and keep on going!!!

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    Dana - I LOVE what you said about the glow and how health and fitness doesn't look the same on everyone. It's so true! I am really excited to see what "fit" is for me since I haven't been that way since about 7th grade. I want to see what all my inner "glow" is leading up to!!! That's the glow of feeling great and accomplishing somethin', baby!!! And you have it too. Great job on *most* of your food choices and on getting in that run. Have you been able to make some healthy meals for dad yet?

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QUILTHORSE 5/24/2009 12:50PM

    Can't always trust the weatherman! Haha

Great job! Love your attitude and your comments on my blog. Thanks!

Beth G

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CATIATM 5/24/2009 5:40AM

    OMG - as always - so much to talk about!

I love that you are so disciplined but not freaky. Getting up earlier to run is AWESOME! Your commitment and consistency are a huge part of why you were successful. How do you think you succeeded in developing that consistency when so many Sparkers fail? What do you think you did differently?

I love dancers' bodies, too! I met Nigel Lythgoe (Did I spell that right?) once, and we talked for about 20 minutes about the show. He's a really charasmatic man and an easy conversationalist, I must say!

Have fun with the 'rents!

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LILHLFPINT 5/23/2009 11:15PM

    (aw, have a great holiday weekend with your family!)

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DDOORN 5/23/2009 7:42PM

    Good deal on your great run!

Yes, it is GREAT to see REAL dancing making a comeback.

One of my goals *someday* is to get over myself and take dance lessons. Love music. Have learned to love moving my body...what a wonderful combo!


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    My eating was weird at Christmas when we were away. I did my best to make good choices and to guess at my calories and you know what, I still lost weight over the holidays. Sometimes mixing up the macros is good for the body... as long as we don't make fat and bad carbs a habit. I'm sure your program will more than survive the weekend.

"The amazing bodies the dancers have. So muscular and powerful and beautiful!" Hubby and I watched the premiere of SYTYCD also, and we both thought exactly the same thing as you. I don't care for the body of a long distance runner, either, but I don't see myself becoming one of those anytime soon. Chad Waterbury, a fitness trainer who's articles I enjoy on figureathlete.com does recommend sprinting to women who want a sexy *ss. One day I'll have to try my run as sprints broken up by walking instead of the slow, steady run I've worked up to. As for having a dancer's body... I'm an ex dancer and I never looked like that. That said, I ate a lot of high-fat, bad carb foods back then. I wish I could ask the SYTYCD dancers how much they dance in a day and what they eat.


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SKYFYRE 5/23/2009 5:02PM

    Very inspirational! I Like that you are also being flexible about how you will be able to eat with the family being in town, sometimes it is really hard to give something you want up for even a little while!

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SLCOLMAN 5/23/2009 3:00PM

    Enjoy the time with your family!

Thanks for thinking of me and passing on the info about that book :)

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SWEETZMIX 5/23/2009 2:29PM

    I agree with you that a healthy body is a beautiful body that we should all admire. Enjoy the time with your family, it's not like you get to see them every single day!!

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TAKEONME48137 5/23/2009 1:59PM

    I love that show! (even though I don't watch it religiously)...I wouldn't stress out about the food too much, especially because you're making healthy decisions. =) Thank you for the last part of your blog. It makes me feel really good inside, so thank you. YOU ARE AWESOME! =) =)

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LASHERTHECAT 5/23/2009 1:25PM

    Enjoy your visit...don't stress too much about the food.... Let me tell you, trying to do 17% fat... not sure it's even possible!

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_RAMONA 5/23/2009 12:55PM

    LOL! TWINS we are! (if you saw me you'd realize JUST how funny that is - 5'2", 50 years old, and very 'round'!) My favourite show is 'So You Think You Can Dance'!!!!! I honestly think the show itself is in part responsible for this journey I find myself on at this juncture in my life.

As for the rest... "I truly believe that a healthy body is a beautiful body -- no matter the size or shape. Someone who is healthy and fit has a glow from within. And health and fitness DOES NOT LOOK THE SAME in everyone!!! It may not even look the same for the same person at different times in their life. Those of you who aren't at your goal yet, but are striving for health -- you have that glow in you, too. :) The healthy lifestyle habits give you that beauty "

So beautiful and I thank you! I needed to hear someone else say that today!

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

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SSPANIER 5/23/2009 12:41PM

    I had the same feeling when I got up out of bed this morning....it was supposed to rain, so I got out there and beat it...so now, bring on the rain! LOL :) I get so cranky when I miss my planned runs.

And for the healthy bodies I am with you.....even though I have another 50 pounds to lose, I FEEL really healthy. A feeling that you cannot beat

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AUNTC321 5/23/2009 12:08PM

    Thanks for the ramble at the end. My journey is ongoing but I do feel an inner glow for all of the progress so far. Best wishes and enjoy that family time.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/23/2009 11:49AM

    Awe, thanks for that part at the end, you are so right on Dana and I think we all benefit from reminders of that from time to time. Thank you!

Re: your run, that is awesome! I feel so accomplished when I can "make it work" as Tim Gunn would say :).

Yeah, enjoy your weekend. Don't stress over meal times and stuff. Carry around some kashi bars or bananas (I love nanners, they come with their own carrying case and everything) you can shove in your mouth if you get hungry. I find that I get hungry a lot more regularly than the rest of my family and tend to starve if I don't have something little to tied me over.

Lastly, do you have a trader joes? They have these dark chocolate segments that are decent sized and only 35 calories each. One of those really does the trick for me. I would say I eat one a day :), well I guess not every day because there are 8 servings and I they usually last me a couple of weeks. I also keep them in my top drawer, not in the kitchen which mentally makes it different - a treat - I guess as opposed to a regular snack.

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/23/2009 11:13AM

    Woohoo, Dana has energy today!!!


In theory, I LOVE the idea of getting up at dawn for a run. I even thought to myself yesterday, wouldn't getting up at 6 a.m. during the week be easier if I got up at 6 on the weekends too?

But today I didn't get up until 8:30, and now it's a quarter past 11 and I haven't gone for my run yet. Oh well. I will. Good for you for doing it.

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SIRABE76 5/23/2009 10:42AM

    Great blog. I love "so you think you can dance" I jusst love the athetic ability of the dancers. I usually stretch while watching it. I hope to have a dancer's body one day, but honestly I don't know what my healthy would be at this age after kids. But to look at beauty in so many different ways is a wonderful ability.

I hope you have fun with your family.

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KEAKMAN 5/23/2009 10:34AM

    What a great blog! I love looking at other people, seeing how their bodies look, how it works on them, thinking about how it might look on me. I also lokve seeing people who are happy and confident in their bodies. Like you, I'm on a college campus, so I see a lot of young bodies and I just want to stop them and say "keep your body like it is - it will not always look like this if you don't take care of it. I used to look like you!" But I don't. It would freak them out!

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