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Monday, June 22, 2009

UGh, I just feel so DRAINED today already -- and I haven't even been at work for ONE HOUR of my shift yet. :P

This weekend was good -- not so good on the eating again, but yesterday was not too bad... just one more serving of "Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Granola" than I should have had... which is actually a calorie difference of about 300cal... :P But otherwise a decent day.

I made a new recipe that I get to enjoy leftovers of for lunch today so that's fun.

Saturday was realllly nice to be with my family. We ate at Boston Market which does have some nutrition information available so I did pretty well there -- ate SOME of the skin of my chicken but left most of it alone. :)

Had no time to run when I came back before it got dark and I missed my hubby so I decided to go without.

But I DID get in a 5.25 mile run on Sunday and kept the pace RIGHT where I wanted it to end up average -- just under 13min miles. I was trying hard to remember to take it fairly easy since I did not have my HRM to remind me with numbers.

Gotta call Polar today actually because I received a baffling email regarding my service, charging me for a battery replacement and shipping and not even MENTIONING replacing any buttons so...?!?

Today was the first day of that Walking Study. The probe was ok, the walking was good... the beverage I was drinking was... awful. Super bitter and sour. At first I was like whatever... and while I was walking I was thirsty and drinking it but as I went along it just ... ugh. My throat was kinda burning actually. I hope I get a bettertasting one tomorrow. :P

Also we used the hydration belts that have a big bottle in the back and I ... did not really like it that much. It was functional and I liked the bottle itself, but I don't think I'll be going for that style when I finally get my own. :)

Um.... not much else to say really. I'm just ready to get this week over with. Once the study is done, that'll help me get more sleep and do my other workouts better. I'm gonna have to cut WAY down on the running this week. Not sure yet exactly what that will equate to, but I still want to get in a long run this weekend. No distance expectations for the rest of the week, or number of workouts really -- it's gonna be tough because I'm doing the walking study every morning from 7-10AM roughly, tomorrow morning I'll be rowing BEFORE the walking study... and Saturday I work and then have the SparkRally. This week is sooooo packed. BUT! DEFINITELY STRENGTH TRAINING!!! Tomorrow upper and lower, Wednesday PILATES - I haven't done this in a while and I miss it! Saturday full body ST??? Yeah. Cause I have to be at work on Friday at 11AM and I'll be walking till 10 -- head to AqC to use their shower and then into work...

Maybe I can do some body weight exercises with Sparkers at the Rally?

Yeah I'm feeling slightly overwhelmed. I know I can handle all of this, it's just gonna be a rough week and I'm not super looking forward to it as a whole. There will be some fun things: a concert Friday night, SparkRally and Dinner at a friend's Saturday night... but yeah.

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/24/2009 12:35AM

    One day at a time. One hour at a time. It will get done

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BRE7482 6/23/2009 12:39PM

    Sounds like you have a super busy week and I know this CRAZY heat doesn't help at all. The walking study is 3 hrs??? Be careful out there.

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SKYEFYR 6/23/2009 9:23AM

  Wow! Talk about a busy schedule! Just remember to get the rest you need to take care of yourself.

What is the walking study actually studying? And ick, what were they making you drink!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/23/2009 8:33AM

    A full schedule can drain you before it even starts. Try not to look too far ahead and enjoy what you are doing.


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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/23/2009 8:33AM

    Did you do the healthy dinner thing last night with your other spark buddy?

I have never been to a boston market, actually.

That study takes THREE HOURS!?!?!?

Why is that you're not doing any running, because of the study?

I thought about you last night, I was on the arc trainer that was next to the rowing machine. I am always looking for new ways to cross train, but I need to get someone to show me some kind of form on that thing. I have no idea how to use it.

Busy weeks are fun, I think you're just feeling overwhelmed (understandably) because you're tired.

What concert is Friday?

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TRACYZABELLE 6/23/2009 5:53AM

    My daughter and I like Boston Market too and try to get the sides that are better for you. MY daughter prefers the turkey and I like the ham. We have to let our hair down once in a while right?

I hope the walking study comes out well!

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    OMGosh that granola's name alone makes my mouth water. LOL Hang in there. You'll make it through the week. I know you will. Just don't go liking that probe, too much.


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FITTYTIF 6/22/2009 8:49PM

    Well The walking study sounds interesting! I have done some things like that before!
I usually enjoy it.
But for the rest of your schedule, You are making me tired just thinking about it!
Good luck and do not over do it!!
See you when I get back!

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LASHERTHECAT 6/22/2009 6:19PM

    Have a great week!

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SEEHOLZ 6/22/2009 5:41PM

    Hang in with the study - I've been sleeping more and feeling better, so I know what you mean! I know that you'll do great! Have a good week and enjoy the upcoming week-end!

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LAFTERSFREE 6/22/2009 4:59PM

    this morning felt like it lasted forever. i may need to talk to the guy b/c all day i have felt drained and my head and stomach were killing me afterwards, i felt a lil dizzy i think it's from no real hydration since i couldnt bring myself to drink much of that drink. i think it's a lil dangerous to not be drinking lots after a walk in that heat... idk. i didnt feel well most of the afternoon though, and that is pretty unusual for me.

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DDOORN 6/22/2009 4:36PM

    Looking forward to hearing how your SparkRally goes!

We had a great time this past weekend with our local SparkTeam rallying at the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

Unfortunately I'm out of town this upcoming weekend so won't be pulling a Rally together...

Sounds like you are as SparkTastic as ever! :-)


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SEPPIESUSAN 6/22/2009 4:32PM

    I guess I'm not the only one who wants the week over already even though it's only Monday. HA. Nice job on that long run yesterday! (long to me at least!)

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/22/2009 4:22PM

    i am glad you said the probe was ok and not great. that would be creepy. i am obsessed with your probe. that is creepy lol. emoticon
i hate the waist packs with one big bottle. besides not being comfy i always seem to get tummy distress when i wear them. sparkrally sounds fun. WE WILL STRENGTH TRAIN TODAY!!!!

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SIRABE76 6/22/2009 3:33PM

    Strange about your HRM. a new battery?!?.. It sounds like they took the liberty of replacing it without you requesting it.

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JESSIEW84 6/22/2009 3:27PM

    Ooo why not have a 20 minutes workout session at the rally?! Tell people to bring their resistance bands if they have them or just show up and do one of the 20 minutes Spark workouts or something.

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Nice solid day.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Got up not super early (although my alarm went off at 5AM! UGH, forgot to change it last night), and went to the AgC to meet SARAHISKIDA to do an erging session. WOOT. Then I did upper body only ST. My lower body muscles were like - PLEASE NO MORE, and my core was feeling similarly -- plus I was short on time, so I just hit the muscles that were least hit by rowing -- CHEST, shoulders, biceps... and skedaddled.

I got to make use of the AqC locker room for the first time -- with my own little combination lock! :D It's so cute - it's red. hahaa. Anyway. I didn't bring my robe!!!!! I always have a robe. So I wrapped myself in my towel. Why have I not been doing this for ages??? I guess I had a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that I fit in my towels now. Anyway -- I was all worried for like 2 seconds until I got the towel on and I was like - OH. (I'm definitely not a walk around the lockerroom naked type of person -- sorry to the nudie lovers out there, I don't like to see everyone's bits and pieces, nor do I want them to see mine.) hahahaha.

I'm looking forward to a relaxing evening at home. I've planned to make pasta w/ meat sauce and asparagus and then it's to bed semi-early so I can get up at 5AM again and go see my family! :D YAY! Tonight I will pack some almonds+dried cherries little containers and rinse an apple or two, make sure my water is ready as well. WOOT.

Then Sunday is church and later that evening I'll be cooking for Healthy Meal Night and we're gonna watch Sweeney Todd on bluray. I'm sooooooo excited. :D I LOVED it in theaters. :D

Fun note about today -- aside from the towel incident, I have another reason to be appreciating my NOW slim figure as opposed to my BEFORE -- I have a Ouchless Hair band (the thick kind) around my wrist and it actually fits loosely (without squeezing my arm) for a couple of inches down my arm as well!!!! I remember I could not put one around my wrist without it leaving an impression before -- I always thought girls that could do this were definite skinnie minnies. :) hehe.

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/24/2009 12:33AM

    Love those realization moments

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TRACYZABELLE 6/22/2009 5:24AM

    Woohoo! Let's hear it for the slim girl! I am not an exhibitionist but I do not worry if someone sees my nakedness.. but if I am walking around the locker room, I generally am covered up.

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150-HERE-I-COME 6/21/2009 11:06PM

    Woohoo!! That's awesome!! My little "thing" was when I put my everyday belt on (that I don't apparently wear everyday these days..) and had to put it on the LAST hole and it was TOO BIG!! I jumped up and down!!! I think when a normal towel finally fits around me, I'll cry.. CONGRATS on your discoveries!!!!

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TRECECOOKS 6/21/2009 9:46PM

    Just got caught up on your blogs! OMGoodness, Dana!! You are just doing SO well!!
Thanks for all your support on my blogs - it means a lot.
I am so excited for you about Memphis!! As SKYFYRE said, "Training Blogs"!!!

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WOLFKITTY 6/21/2009 9:25PM

    I totally misread that and thought you said the hair band around your WAIST and had to go back to re-read. EHhee. Made me laugh though.

Sounds like you're doing great! And even after maintaining for so long, you're still learning more things about your new shape - that's priceless!!

Yay for you Dana! I'm glad you're doing well!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/21/2009 1:45PM

    Outstanding on the towel thing. I have noticed that too.

Keep on enjoying and discovering those little things and they will serve as a motivation to never go back.

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SKYFYRE 6/21/2009 2:02AM

    Skinny Minnie, Um, that's you! I know I definately have ideas about really skinny girls and how they are able to do certain things like cross their legs and their top ankle is touching the bottom ankle since there isn't any meat/fat on their thighs!

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KEAKMAN 6/20/2009 9:22AM

    Okay, so what is an erging session anyway?

I love it that you say "skinny minnie" - that has always been a family saying of mine, and my DH has never heard of it. Maybe that's because he grew up in a household of boys!

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SEEHOLZ 6/20/2009 5:00AM

    Yeh for the ouchless hairband--I'm one for walking around naked in the locker-room, but won't do it, because it doesn't seem appropriate in the U.S. I love that about Europe-- no one cares and no one thinks twice about it-- it's just natural! ( sorry if that's TMI-LOL) Anyways, you got me a tad curious about Sweeney Todd, as I totally did not want to see it in theatres, after my Mom went to see it on Broadway and didn't care for it. Also, it lookes strange and that can either be great or totally lame--- anyways, enjoy your week-end!

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    I can't believe you mentioned the rubber band on the wrist - I just said the exact same thing to my hubby yesterday! For the first time that I can even remember, the rubber band is loose on my wrist - and I totally think that's a skinny girl thing! (or teensy person, either way..) But it happened to me, too! yay! No more cutting off our circulation!

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1D1W1Y 6/19/2009 11:08PM

    I misread wrist for WAIST and really thought... OH my ;)

Well done on the weight loss !! I still have about 90 pages to go on your blog.

I think I just read where you hit 190!!! I can see that goal was just the first :)

Check out you tube videos of Memphis Marathon. I watch the Cold ones of Philadelphia often to motivate me ;)

See ya

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MDTWEETY 6/19/2009 8:42PM

    I love noticing little things like the rubber band. YAY!! That's the fun thing about weight loss. You get to celebrate all the great little milestones.
I love almonds and dried cherries. Walnuts are good with dried cherries too. Ellie taught me that one. :)

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    I like your stories about the towel and the hair band being signs that you are a skinny minnie. I have one that you might not because I'm so short; I can buy pants from the kids' department now. Woo hoo! LOL


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BRE7482 6/19/2009 8:13PM

    Oh, I love Sweeney Todd. When I was in the 10th grade I saw the UA's production of it. It was so great. The note about the hair band gives me something to look forward to. Congrats!

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TAKEONME48137 6/19/2009 7:47PM

    Yay for being a skinnie minnie! The towel bit was quite amusing, hehehe. I hope you enjoy your weekend with your family! =)

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RHALES199 6/19/2009 7:39PM

    look at you, you skiinie minnie! You go, girl!

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LASHERTHECAT 6/19/2009 5:55PM

    It's funny the things you notice...

Yay for you...

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BRUIN2 6/19/2009 3:43PM

    Embrace the nekid!!!

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GIGINAE 6/19/2009 3:28PM

    I'm so happy for you!! I can't wait to fit in a towel. If I didn't have my robe at the gym I'd be up a huge creek - and so would everyone around me!!

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KAYAKID 6/19/2009 3:26PM

    What does your family think of the new you? I know mine are so proud of what I have done. Keep it up - try spreading the healthy eating thing around and it will stick with those we love. You are away and your at the gym exercises. We are sick are we and isn't it wonderful. Have a great weekend and enjoy your family- give your brother going away on his mission and hug from me and tell him it is from a friend in Oregon. Have a nice trip home too.

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_CORTNIE 6/19/2009 3:25PM

    I totally know where you're coming from with the hair thing wrist thing! I can't wait until it's loose!

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JESSIEW84 6/19/2009 3:18PM

    I can just feel the panic when you had to put the towel on...I think we've all been there. I got to this gym that has a bunch of older folk and it just amazes me how confident? these ladies are! They walk around the whole locker room buck naked and there I am trying to master the art of the clothed-undressing.

Have fun this weekend with your family!

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TOO EXCITED NOT TO POST another blog today...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

So... my hubby just called and asked me how serious I was about doing the Memphis Marathon and I was like, WAY WAY WAY serious. :)

He's making our hotel reservations and everything!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D

I'm so happy now.

The pressure is on (in a good way) AND now I have a specific goal and dream to look forward to. :) I can think about Elvis Impersonators while doing my long runs. ;)

I AM NOW REGISTERED: St. Jude Memphis Marathon 12/5/2009 HERE I COME!!! :D


P.S. -- I found out we're staying within a mile of the start and finish area!!! :D AND for Friday AND Saturday nights. :) He is the sweetiest!!!!!!!!!

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/24/2009 12:31AM

    Congrats! Thats awesome that he is so supportive and great hotel location

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SSPANIER 6/21/2009 2:47PM

    Oh my gosh!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!! That is a dream I have, to do the marathon! You ROCK!!!!!!! emoticon

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    That's GREAT Dana!!! WHOO HOO!

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MSILVER94 6/19/2009 12:34PM

    yeah!! how fun and cool!!!

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TAKEONME48137 6/19/2009 10:39AM

    Hooray! I'm so excited for you Dana! I hope that you have a lot of fun, that it's not too cold when you run it, and that you overall enjoy that weekend! Good luck!!! =) =) =)

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DREMARGRL 6/19/2009 10:27AM

    Yeahhhhhhh!!! I am SOOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU! All my life, I have always loved motivational goals to keep me at a "high performance level!". A trip to Vegas, a new pair of shoes, a fab concert.....For you, it's the marathon. It makes you so happy to have wonderful things to look forward to. Now I'm sure it's no secret, but it does help you succeed! Good luck, sweetie!!!! I know that you will train hard, as usual, and do very well. It's great that your hubby is supporting you!!!!!!!!!! Give him a big hug for me and tell him.....KUDOS!!!! My hubby of 43 years has always been supportive and that's one of the reasons I adore him. XXOO Mary Ann emoticon

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JNEUBS 6/19/2009 10:18AM

    Love is in the air!

Rock On!


ChiTown Jeff emoticon emoticon

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KAYAKID 6/19/2009 10:17AM

    Wow! Congratulations! now the hard work begins - Not too much partying huh??
Have a great weekend and good trip to Atlanta

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MARSGIRL23 6/19/2009 10:16AM

    Oh wow, how exciting!! :D Way to go!! What a wonderful thing for your husband to do, and how awesome for you to be living out your fitness goals!! And Memphis sounds so awesome! I'm sure you two will have the best time. :)

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SKYEFYR 6/19/2009 10:15AM


Whoo-hoo! That is fantastic! He's a sweetie and so supportive of you. I hope you did a good job of showing him how happy you were last night! *evil grins*

I'll look forward to hearing about your training and reading about when you do that marathon and cross the finish line. I have no doubt you will impress even yourself with your time!

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SKYFYRE 6/19/2009 10:12AM

    Dana, I am so incredible proud of you for making this commitment!!! You are going to have such a great time training, and I am going to have such a great time reading your training blogs! Yes, "TRAINING BLOGS"!!!! You are officially in training! Wahoooo! And Big Ups to Henry for being an awesome supportive dear of a husband! Now, does he want to train with you?!? :)
Rock on!

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CECE0330 6/19/2009 9:54AM

    Awww...your hubby rocks! My grandma lives in Memphis, and while I've only been there to see her once, I LOVE the city! For a larger city, it was so clean & so cool! (but then, their motto on Beale Street is: Booze, Blues & BBQs....what's not to love? lol)

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LASHERTHECAT 6/19/2009 9:14AM

    Terrific!! What a great guy he is!!

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KEAKMAN 6/19/2009 8:36AM

    How wonderful! You will have a great time. Give your DH a big "thank you!" smooch from me - he has blessed you with a WONDERFUL gift!

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MDTWEETY 6/19/2009 8:34AM

    Sweet! Your Dh rocks!!
Can't wait to read about your training for the big marathon!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/19/2009 8:22AM

    Now the target is set. You will do this.


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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/19/2009 8:13AM

    That is awesome! I definitely think you are going to happy with Memphis :)!

How cool that you can go out Saturday night after! Memphis is a fun City!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/19/2009 6:08AM

    How exciting for you both! It can be a nice little vacation too!

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SEEHOLZ 6/19/2009 2:45AM

    Oh, you will be so happy that you booked the hotel right by the finish! It'll make it so much more pleasant! I'm so excited to see that you're so excited_--- you are so ready! emoticon

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FITTYTIF 6/19/2009 12:34AM

    WAY TO GO! How fun. and what great DH!!! I admire those who can do a marathon!

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KJNE8O 6/18/2009 10:47PM

    WOO HOO!!!

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SWEETZMIX 6/18/2009 10:23PM

    awwwwwwww now that is sweet hubby you got!!

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1D1W1Y 6/18/2009 10:06PM

    Great news!!! I am trying to get caught up on your blog it sounds awesome so far and I am only on your 4th entry. Your marathon is 2 weeks after mine. Congrats on the Hotel accomodations!!!

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BRUIN2 6/18/2009 9:55PM

    WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!

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SIRABE76 6/18/2009 9:51PM

    So exciting. Yeah your hubby is a total sweetie. So happy for you.

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    OMG! Hooooow exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!!!


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KIMCATUS 6/18/2009 9:19PM

    Woo hoo that is so awesome!!! You're gonna do great!!!

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SARAHISKIDA 6/18/2009 9:19PM

    YAY!!! How exciting! I feel like I need to start ramping up my training now!

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DANEDA 6/18/2009 9:18PM

    it's great when the hubby is so supportive, isn't it?

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/18/2009 8:57PM

    Congrats! When's the date? Can't wait to hear about the training and the race! Now, I'm off for the night, so if you blog again you won't be hearing from me! :)

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Thursday, June 18, 2009


That area of my gum was still feeling really really tender and honestly, kinda hard, but when I tried to get at it earlier I couldn't feel anything except PAIN, so I figured it was just cut up from earlier but...


The good thing is it feels like almost normal now so I am confident there is no more. :P ugh that is SO GROSS.

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/24/2009 12:30AM

    Ugh the pain!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/20/2009 12:47PM

    i was thinking the eggshell was in chewing gum. boy do i need another coffee. my bf is a dentist and she says stuff stuck usually will work it's own way out and is usually better to wait then us pick at it. easy for her to say!!!

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MARSGIRL23 6/19/2009 10:14AM

    D: D: D: Ouch!!!!!

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SKYEFYR 6/19/2009 10:10AM

  Ow! Ouchie!!!

Glad you finally got it out!

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/18/2009 8:55PM

    Dana, you spent all day walking around with eggshell embedded into your gums??? If I didn't know how painful it was, I would almost want to laugh... you have to admit it's kind of bizzare/funny...

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LAFTERSFREE 6/18/2009 8:25PM

    what?! wow i think i missed a blog somewhere or other. that sounds TERRIBLE. !!!!

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KIMCATUS 6/18/2009 7:55PM

    OUCH. OUCH. OUCH. I'm glad you got it out but ouch.

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    Owie! I hope they're all gone now! And I hope your gums feel better. Ugh!

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YAY workouts. :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

So.... I think I'm probably exceeding my calorie burn for the week... I'm underestimating my rowing in the tracker I think, and I'm pretty sure mapmyrun underestimates compared to what my HRM says... and I'm already within 1000 calories of my goal with tomorrow erging and ST, and two runs planned for the weekend...

I bet this is why I've been hungry -- I'm still trying to stay within range, but I'm feeling less weird about being at the top of it almost every single day. (Some dinner stuff not tracked in tracker FYI.)

I got in a 3.23 mile run today, and my average pace was pretty good considering the heat, the massive hill, and that I was trying to take it pretty easy - JUST over 12min miles. It felt tough to relax in the heat, and just keep going, but I'm pleased with the result.

Rowing was pretty good today, too.

Tomorrow morning I'm meeting SARAHISKIDA to erg and then I'll do some full body ST on my own. Then Saturday it's DRIVE TO ATLANTA!!! :D YAY for family time! I keep forgetting that's only the day after tomorrow.

I'm gonna really be looking forward to 4th of July weekend. We don't have anything planned, but I do know I'll be off Fri-Sun and I will not feel bad at all if we do NOTHING. This weekend and next weekend are so packed I'll be looking forward to the down time.

Next weekend is SHOW YOUR SPARK weekend and I'm hosting an Alabama Spark Meetup in Birmingham -- after I WORK that morning. :P *phwew*

Also this morning I hard boiled some eggs. One exploded so I tried to eat it... but it was kind of a disaster. I think I got about half of the white. HAHAHA. I bit into it and a piece of the shell was in/on it and it went into my gum between me two front teeth. UGGGGGHHHH it hurt so bad.

Also I banged my knee on our desk this morning.

And someone from the skulling camp ran their rigger into my back when they walked by.

Ow ow ow I'm so banged up!!! This is in addition to blisters on my rear (that are finally healing THANK HEAVENS) from rowing, a scrape/bruise on my forearm from one of the boats also...

One fun thing -- all my freckles are totally ROCKING in full force!!!! I should try to take a picture of them because I love them. :) The back of my neck is going NUTSO. I have a tan line on my legs from my running capri thingies :P I've never seen any part of my legs get darker EVER BEFORE IN LIFE. So that's kinda fun.

I put a big in DH's ear regarding Memphis and we're considering it.

OH. And DH had to go into a pet store today for his co-worker to post a flyer for a dog she found and is trying to rehome annnnd -- he fell in love with a puppy. I came to see him and he is SOOOOOOO adorable. They are saying he's a shepherd, weimeraner, and... I can't remember... mix. He is mostly light brown with darker brown on part of his tail and ears and light brown eyes and a light brown nose -- such cute coloring. His ears kinda stick up, and his paws are still SO HUGE for his body -- he's kinda tiny. DH was holding him like a baby. He was a total cuddlebug. Just cuddles and licks. Apparently he was only born in like... February... so he's like... 4 months?

We will have to think about it hard because he is super puppy and that was the problem with the other dog we got after Roscoe.... ?? But we'll see.

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/24/2009 12:29AM

    Oh man I am dying for a puppy, a chihuahua ever since my roommate got one and I fell in love with him

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SKYFYRE 6/19/2009 10:18AM

    Wowzers you are killing the workouts and your workouts are having a simalar affect on you! I remember when I taught sailing and canoeing on the bay that I was constantly fighting the bruise monkey, ugh! Puppy! I love ANY puppy, recently 6 pit bull puppies infron of the grocery store, ugh, so self control sucking!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/19/2009 8:22AM

    Hey, speaking of the spark tracking of your rowing, do you feel like the calorie estimates are ridiculously low on spark? I mean I just go with it, b/c I know it isn't an exact science anyway, but I'm like "Yeah, maybe this is all spin class burned if I have zero muscle mass like a Veal" Just curious if you had the same experience.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/19/2009 8:20AM

    The more you workout the hungrier you are, for sure! Sometimes I think that can make it hard to lose. But that seems right since you're more interested in gaining lean mass, you can't have too much of a calorie deficit, or you're likely to lose muscle along with fat.

I am so glad that the aquatic center worked out so well for you and you're now able to do ST somewhere again.

Girl, you need to wrap yourself in some bubble wrap! Dang!

I remember the first year I got a tan line from running, it is such an awesome feeling! Especially for us Casper the Friendly Ghost types :P. Too bad I have become a total WIMP about running in the heat since!

Puppies are hard to resist, but they are SUCH A PAIN! I am all for adult dog rescues just because you don't have to do the whole chewing and letting out every freaking hour :P. My BIL and SIL have a puppy right now and they are always having to leave to "let Mable out of the crate." But that Mable is pretty darn adorable. So yeah, tough call!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/19/2009 6:10AM

    Good thoughts coming your way especially with the doggie situation!!

I hope you are not too bruised and battered!

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LAFTERSFREE 6/18/2009 8:37PM

    im glad u appreciate your freckles! so many people dont love their freckles. I have those huge beautymark type freckles and they definitely multiply like bunnies in the summer, but they never really bother me.. yay for leg tan! my legs almost NEVER get tan!!!

good luck w/ the pup decision. maybe since it's summer, u guys will have more time to deal w/ puppy type stuff.

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    I feel ya! I've got a huge bruise on the inside of my left knee - no clue where it's from. I banged my ankle on the door of the open dishwasher the other day... my shoulders hurt from weight machines, my knees are achin'.... lol. I'm a mess too! But I gotta admit, after all the tooth pain I had in the few months before my root canal - that eggshell does not sound fun! Get better!

BTW - we're getting a 3.5 month old puppy on saturday - I am all signed up for puppy training classes thru PetSmart (don't you if you have one of those by you) cuz I am not taking chances that this dog is getting off on the wrong foot like our beautiful chocolate lab, Lucy. We ended getting rid of her cuz she just couldn't learn. So, if you get that dog - get into classes ASAP! you can fly to Milwaukee and join us! lol

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MARSGIRL23 6/18/2009 4:47PM

    Gah, blisters on the rear?!? Great googly-moogly... you are a CHAMP! All the other injuries don't exactly sound fun, but I think that one is the worst! I don't think I'm at the right level of fitness to try a rowing machine yet (I get winded walking, baby! Oh yeah!), but anything that puts blisters on the butt has to be pretty hardcore! I wanna try it.

Good luck on the puppy decision! I have never had a puppy as an adult and I keep going back and forth on it. One the one hand, you have extreme adorableness. And one the other there are scratches, bites and various other puppy not-so-fun stuff, including a tremendous amount of responsibility. BUT if he seems intelligent and both you and your husband can be diligent in training him, maybe it could work out! :) Either way, best of luck with that!!

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LASHERTHECAT 6/18/2009 4:18PM

    I hope the puppy can fit in to your family!

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SKYEFYR 6/18/2009 3:41PM

  Where do you find all that energy? I wish I could find 1/10th of what you've got! Maybe I should stop looking for it under my covers?

The puppy sounds so cute! I'm like Jessiew84, I say clear of pet shops because I want to bring everyone home. If it wasn't for the hubby I'd probably be forstering a dozen cats for the local shelter. Animals can be such a total joy!

Good luck in making that decision. Personally, I'm of the opinion everyone needs fuzzy love on a daily basis to make life complete. :-)

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JESSIEW84 6/18/2009 3:30PM

    That's why I try to stay clear of pet stores...cause I want them ALL!!! MWAHAHAHA! That's how we ended up with our current dog, in a way. I was feeling down one day after work and my bf told me to get in the car and he just drove. I had no clue where we were going (I thought Taco Bell since that's his fav. fast food place). We parked at Taco Bell and then he told me to close my eyes. Led me to this store called the Puppy Place where they have tons of puppies from breeders. I fell in love with the little yorkies and we ended up with Maximus.

As for everything else, I'm in the same boat with going over in calories this week. While it feels "naughty" to eat in our normal range if this going over in calories burned thing continues we need to up our food calories. Don't want to slow down the furnice of metabolisms!!!

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SWEETZMIX 6/18/2009 3:21PM

    I would think hard too about the puppy. I know how cute they are when u first get them, but with everything that happened with Roscoe..i just understand. I think you need to be more careful b4 u take something off, like a finger. Take care and enjoy your busy weekends, and I hope you get to relax soon. I hate having days off & not getting to rest, relax and do nothing.

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/18/2009 2:42PM

    Ohh, he sounds cute!! My friend has a silver lab, which is a rare color. Everyone always thinks he's a weineraner. He was such a cute puppy, but now he's a big lumbering energetic DOG!

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KIMCATUS 6/18/2009 2:40PM

    I think y'all need a dog but not so sure about a puppy...so cute but a lot of work. Have you looked for an older dog?? Anywho, if it's meant to be it will happen!! I know you guys love and miss Roscoe and want a dog badly...plus what a great running buddy for you if you got an older dog!!

Good job on the workouts...I need to come visit you so maybe I could get some motivation by osmosis or something...LOL

Keep up the great work! You rock chica!!

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