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No funk that can't be cured by a good rock show.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


I'm feeling totally un-funked.

But I am a little tired -- went to bed somewhere between 1 and 2 I think, had to get up at 5:50AM. YAYYYYYYYYYYYY. It was totally worth it.

Now I'm at work and post work I head immdiately to SparkRally, do not pass Go, do not collect $200... um, but I will collect my hubby who is going to come with me. :) YAY.

We also made a post show stop at... CHECKERS. I got a BLT though. HAHAHHA Which was kind of weird. It was on a burger bun... but not very much bacon on it. They really made it like it was going to be a bacon burger but just left out the burger part of the equation. Small fries, which were honestly too much still, and a baby sized banana milkshake. mmmmm Checkers fries used to be... I dunno THE FRIES. And Arby's Curly Fries. And now... they just don't do a whole lot for me. I'm so happy about this. :) hehehe.

But for today it's 100% healthy food land. Except the Carrot Cake my hubby bought for our get together tonight... forgot about that. But healthy food so far, healthy potluck at the SparkRally, and healthy dinner night w/ some friends (plus carrot cake). At least as cake goes, carrot cake isn't too bad... it also isn't some double chocolate heaven cake that will tempt me into overeating it. I do enjoy carrot cake, but only in smallllll doses. :) So YAY.

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MDTWEETY 6/29/2009 3:41PM

    Sorry your Spark rally was a bust. I found out there was supposed to be a Spark rally at the park a few blocks from our house but I already had plans on Saturday so I had to miss it. It was one of two locations and it looked like most of the people were RSVPing for the other location, so I am not sure if anyone actually showed up here.
Your hummus recipe sounds amazing. Can't wait to see it when you get the amounts squared away. I will definitely try it. :-)
I ate soooo much over the weekend as well. Lots of carbs (Italian) and still battling the leftovers. I also didin't exercise all last week, except for Monday. Getting back to that today too.
Have a good day! Hugs....
Oops. This was meant to go with the blog above. Not sure how I ended up posting here. Oh well.

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SKYEFYR 6/29/2009 3:14PM

  Gee, thanks.... Now I want carrot cake.... *sigh*

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/29/2009 12:04AM

    yea! glad you had a better day.

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SSPANIER 6/28/2009 1:12PM

    I still love the Arbys fries!!! Luckily Arby's is a LONG way frome where I live....it is not worth the drive! LOL emoticon

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KAYAKID 6/28/2009 11:12AM

I am a big fan of costco Carrot cake. You got to eat at your spark rally - all we did was walk. I am not sure which one I like better! You have a great Weekend and Enjoy yourself!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/28/2009 4:51AM

    I hope you had an awesome time! Unfortuantely, I had to work so I was unable to participate but looking forward to next time!

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MISSY_MAGOO 6/28/2009 3:18AM

    have a GREAT time at your rally! And woohoo on getting out of the funk!

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SKYFYRE 6/27/2009 7:44PM

    Funny, I had Mc Donalds friens the other day and was dissapointed that they werent what I remembered!

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CATIATM 6/27/2009 6:33PM

    A Sparkrally? That's so cool! I'm holding a Sparkrally here in Tunis! *Cat jumps around and cheers all by herself.*

Ok. I'm back! emoticon

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JESSIEW84 6/27/2009 5:08PM

    Have fun today at the rally!!!

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KENSINGTONC 6/27/2009 12:48PM

    Oooooh I'm jealous that you're heading to another SparkRally - I'm thinking of going to the conference in September in Ohio, what an awesome group of people to meet!

I love your numbered list on my blog, and I also love all the compliments :-). Thanks!!! I'm hoping for an awesome strength workout today followed by a short but refreshing run...we'll see! Have a super time at the rally!!!

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/27/2009 12:23PM

    Love carrot cake. Can't wait to hear about the rally

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SWEETZMIX 6/27/2009 11:23AM

    Can't wait to hear about the spark rally!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/27/2009 11:10AM

    Yum! I love carrot cake. It is pretty easy to lighten up, too, but it sounds as though you wouldn't have had time to prepare one anyway.

Glad the show was fun, hope the sparkrally is great!

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    Maybe it depends on the brand of carrot cake, but I remember being shocked when my WW leader told us that the cake that was worst for you (highest in points and therefore I am assuming highest in calories and fat) was carrot cake. So, unless you know where it's from and all the nutrition info, maybe (in all your spare time, lol) you could try to figure out the fat and cal in carrot cake just so you're more informed.

So glad you're feeling better! have fun @ the Rally and with your friends!

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LAFTERSFREE 6/27/2009 9:04AM

    i was just about to ask u how the show was on ur last blog, guess u read my mind. im glad u guys had fun! emoticon

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My name is Dana, and I'm an emotional eater.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Usually my emotions are pretty even keeled. So this is not usually a problem.

Yesterday was a total disaster.


So... I forgot to mention this, or maybe I purposefully didn't because it's kind if disgusting so


On Monday my urine was like... fruit punch colored after the study. Then the rest of the day it got normal and Tuesday and Wednesday looked normal, then yesterday again -- FRUIT PUNCH - but more of it because I drank a lot more of the beverage yesterday, which tasted like a normal sports drink (sweet but not too sweet). ANYWAY. It was gross but I was like, whatever...

But then on my way home I started to feel lower abdomen cramping and whatnot. It sucked.

I took a shower and did some stuff and then went to the bathroom and my pee was still kinda red. Then I ate some food and drank water and watched tV and fell asleep -- that whole time I was feeling crampy and bad.

When I woke up I was feeling better so I started to head to work, but as I was driving to work I felt worse and worse. The people at work said I looked awful and I told them I didn't think I could make it and went home. I called the guy running the study to tell him and he called to find out if there was something in the drink that could be doing that. (he also mentioned that they noticed my urine color and were "concerned" although apparently not concerned enough to TALK TO ME ABOUT IT?!) Anyway... he calls way later and says nothing in the drink should've turned my urine red and they recommend I see a Dr. However by that point I've been drinking water and whatnot and my urine is now back to normal.

WHAT A COINCIDENCE - so they would like me to think. I really don't believe it was a coincidence, but whatever. I looked up stuff online and there aren't too many "substances" that are supposed to turn your urine red, apparently it's usually from blood in the urine, etc... but honestly it had such a pinkish blue undertone... I thought blood in urine would have a more orangey undertone? Anyway.

They obviously didn't want me to continue in the study but today was the last day anyway so I went in and made my paperwork be finalized for getting paid and that's that.

I think I was mostly upset that they were trying to act like it couldn't be anything to do with their drink... when it seems to ME at least, the person with the body that is experiencing things wayyy out of the ordinary that have never happened until I did the study -- that it's something to do with ME or because the exercise aggravated some CONDITION of mine (which is total nonsense, YOU all know I exercise way more than an hour walk on a regular basis...). If it's a coincidence it's a really big one. Especially how my urine would clear up right away after I had been drinking water again.

Anyway -- that had me miffed plus I was feeling poorly, and then my DH came home early so oYAY WHOOPEE but I feel like crap. We started watching TRUEblood finally which was awesome, but then we randomly started grating on each others nerves- - it was like we were both extremely irritable and sensitive (well... I know I was extremely sensitive and somewhat irritable at least). And I went into a total emotional nonsense land and BINGEVILLE.

WHAT GIVES?!? I've had more emotional binge eating this year than like... ever before in LIFE. Is it maybe just because I've been living so long in a healthy lifestyle that now I'm actually capable of RECOGNIZING these events? Like maybe I didn't care to acknowledge my eating habits in any way before, didn't care to relate them to how I was feeling, what I was doing... it was a hobby for me to eat before. A pleasant event to be enjoyed whenever and however I felt like it. Now I think overall I have such a more healthy relationship with food that these occasions stick out like a sore thumb.

That HAS to be it, because honestly it really CAN'T be that I'm now living overall the healthiest lifestyle I ever have, yet I randomly also start emotionally binging. :P

Anyway. I stopped myself at one point saying ok. I will have one more ice cream cone (the prhase one more should tell you something, although I will tell you there was only one before that but among many other foods in between) and after that I will pop a stick of gum and NO MORE FOOD. And I did it.

I didn't just keep going until all the food was gone or until someone stopped me. I stopped myself. I am in control of my urges and temptations. Not the most awesome control sometimes, but it is my choice what I put in my mouth.


I still don't feel phenomenal today -- I think I slept too much yesterday and probably the ridiculous eating might have something to do with it, but the gastrointestinal nonsense is definitely 100% over as of like... 2-3PM yesterday. :P I just feel kinda tired and worn out.

Then today people say I look like I'm about to cry, look sunburned, still look sick, etc. And today's the first time I've worn makeup in WEEKS. So... I kind of made an effort and apparently I still look like crap so that can't be a good sign. OH WELL.

Life goes on -- I'm so ready for next week.

I AM excited about the SparkRally tomorrow, though. And other fun things that will be happening this weekend.

I just haven't snapped out of the funk that started yesterday when I started feeling like poop yet. :( Wah.

Whiniest blog ever.

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SKYEFYR 6/29/2009 3:13PM

  I'm with you, I don't think it was just coincidence that you had such colorful urine. I think there was something in there, but for the life of me can't figure out what could have done it. Then again, I'm thinking from an herbal viewpoint not strictly chemical. I'm just glad you're feeling better and it was over in a relatively short period of time.

I also think you've got yourself figured out pretty good. In "our past lives" we didn't really analize eating. Now that you do you're more sensitive to it. And I think you're probably doing it a lot less than before, just more aware of it.

Hope that you had a good food weekend and gave your body the stuff it likes and you're feeling more like yourself today!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/29/2009 12:03AM

    sorry you had such a crappy day. i can't believe they brushed you off like that. i tend to binge kinda like posted below. i am always so in "control" of my diet, exercise, time, LIFE, so it is my way of being "wild and crazy." some people jump from airplanes, others may party all night, some drive too fast..... i eat a whole pizza hut pizza to myself.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/28/2009 11:13AM


I popped over to your page to thank you for your blog comments and noticed that I missed this blog :(? I don't know how, it must have been when the spark ferry unsuscribed me to stuff, anyway, this is important.

I know you are doing way better now because I read the subsequent blog, so I don't mean to make you revisit all of this unpleasantness.

I hate the binging, too, it is like "why am I doing this to myself?" I don't know if this is true for you, but for me I think that binges happen because generally speaking I do try to be so healhty and portion controlled and I worry about maintenance and yo-yoing. So when a binge comes on I am tired of caring about those things, I never really binged before, overate, yes, but more consistently, like most people do, rather than isolated events of fantastic proportion. When I am feeling emotional I use it as an excuse to stop caring and being concerned with maintenace "I am upset, I don't care about that right now!" then I start eating and then I say "OKAY GET IT ALL IN BEFORE SHE COMES BACK TO HER SENSES!" Kind of deal. It seems like since realizing all of this I have gotten a *little* emphasis on little, better? I don;t know if any of that is relevant for you?

That deal with the study would totally piss me off, that is SOME BULL! Glad you stood up to them and got paid!

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SKYFYRE 6/27/2009 7:43PM

    Oi! Well, I am so glad you were the catalyst to stop the frenzy! I have been there, often recently, and you are a great example of what I should do. You are an athlete and this little bump won't ruin you, and you recognize that, do you know how huge that is?! Great Job Dana!
On the pee: I think, now don't kill me... that you probably had a kidney stone. Water flushes your system and make it easier to pass them. If you take ibuprophen when this happens it will dilate your ureters and make it easy to pass a stone if you have one. I am glad that this stuff seems to be over for you!

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FITGRL124 6/27/2009 4:56PM

    Hey Dana - I hope that your blog made you feel a little better. Glad to hear that the GI problem has cleared up! :) KUDOS for putting that piece of gum in your mouth. So you messed up a little bit - don't beat yourself up over it. Get right back up and move on. It seems as though you are learning that (just as we all are)!

Have a good weekend!

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LAFTERSFREE 6/27/2009 9:00AM

    im sorry u had such a lousy day yesterday and that u weren't feeling well. hopefully your weekend will be much better! i think it's pretty weird that that happened to you during the study, and i agree with some of the others here that if it happens again u should go see a doctor. im trying to figure out why it might have happened, lots of people are suggesting dye, but since the drinks didn't have any color, it doesnt make any sense... i can't figure it out... hope u are ok!!! and i just thought the face u were making when i was talking to u made u look like u might want to cry i think it might have had to do with seeing u wearing eye-liner which i normally dont see u wear!! hang in there.. my week was also pretty tiresome so i am really looking forward to resting over the weekend. see u tonight!

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BRE7482 6/27/2009 1:09AM

    I'm glad your urine has cleared up, but next time go to the doctor. Working in micro I deal with urine constantly and we could have easily analyzed and cultured your urine (along with other things, that's what I do...gross...I know). I'm very happy everything's cleared up though. The fact they would not contact you to say your urine had them concerned or even consider it was their drink has me a little ticked off. Unbelievable!

Emotional eating is tough, but at least you were able to stop yourself. You took control. I think that's very important.

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/27/2009 12:17AM

    I am sure it was that sports drink that turned your pee red. When I was 2 ish and was toilet training, this is told by my mom since I don't remember, I had some kool aid and later peed and pooped red. Maybe the high amount of food coloring or something? But it's definitely the best option that they are dumb and or lying.

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/26/2009 8:23PM

    I'm sorry Dana. That really sucks about the drink, but you convinced me NOT to be a subject in any "studies" any time soon! I also have been feeling yucky and can totally see how physically not feeling good could lead to arguing with your man and even eating poorly. Ugh. I wanna feel better too.

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SARAHISKIDA 6/26/2009 7:10PM

    Okay, now I'm slightly freaked out. That's just too weird. I'm sorry you're feeling off emotionally--I find that my emotional and physical states are definitely related. I hate that I have to miss the Spark Rally tomorrow, but I don't think I'll be back in town in time.

BTW- If it makes you feel any better about the craziness of medical studies, I have a friend who is taking part in a study right now where he has to be QUARANTINED in a hospital and eat bad oysters. They're studying the Norwalk virus, apparently. So, yeah...

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MDTWEETY 6/26/2009 5:47PM

    That is kinda scary that the drink turned your pee RED! Crazy! Is it FDA-approved or is this study before it gets approval?? I hope it was a relatively minor side effect and nothing more serious. Do you get to leave feedback now that it's over?
Congrats on taking control of the emotional eating before it got too out of hand! And you know your normal eating habits are phenomenal so there is nothing to worry about there. We all need a treat once in a while.
I hope you start to feel better and have a happy weekend!! *HUGS*

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    Dana -
Weird study....good thing they have them, but bad that they didn't acknowledge that it could be their drink!! Hope that thing doesn't get on the market! If you don't feel better over the weekend, you should go to the doc to get checked out - it's never a bad thing!

I think you're totally right about noticing the binge eating. I don't think you're doing any more - probably a lot less since you're keeping your weight off (WOO HOO!!)....you're just more aware of it - and that's a GOOD THING! New habits are great, aren't they?? Having the control to stop is good too - everyone messes up - we're human. Don't beat yourself up, just stop and move on with your healthy lifestyle. Sometimes we need a "treat"....just don't do it all in one sitting! LOL

As far as being irritable towards DH.....well, maybe because you didn't feel great....hey, we all have days like that! I've been married almost 29 years - the joke is, it's called sex when we say "F-you!" LOL

Have fun at the Spark Rally - I can't make it - got a bunch of last-minute wedding things for my niece we're doing (she's getting married in a week on July 5th).

TGIF! :) Hugs, Brenda


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SIRABE76 6/26/2009 4:46PM

    OK Z, the Urine thing SCARY!! no more strange studies. OK

I understand the binging. I ahve moments like that I think everyone does. As far as you looking sick and stuff. I think the drink has something to do with. Please keep seeing a doctor. I am worried about you chica.

All couples m have those moments that they just get on each others nerves. you are not alone. Keep you head up Ok

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RSCOZZAFAVA 6/26/2009 4:15PM

    With all you have been through this week, with the wire up your whazoo and the urine thingy you have earned a good whiner. You are living a great life girl and you know it! Don't let it get you down. (As you usually tell us) Hope you have a great rally and get out of that funk. You are our rock
Keep the Spark!

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TAKEONME48137 6/26/2009 4:06PM

    So did you/are you going to the doctor? That doesn't sound good at all. If there is something wrong with you, maybe the drink was what triggered it to make it obvious or something to that affect? I hope you feel better!

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LASHERTHECAT 6/26/2009 3:57PM

    Maybe no more questionable studies?? Good for you for recognizing the start of your binging... and congrats for stopping yourself!!

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ZAEZAE 6/26/2009 3:45PM

    I'm proud of you for popping the gum and cutting yourself off, for me that's a major one! Kudos to you.

I think there's also tons to your point about maybe now you recognize it where before you just enjoyed the crazy eating. I call that type of eating, "eating for sport". Like when you're at a restaurant and just keep eating chips and salsa because they keep refilling it....clearly, 'eating for sport' right there!!

Blogging about stuff makes me feel better - I hope it did the same for you.
And remember, 'you gotta put your past in your behind', to quote our friends at Disney!
Have a good weekend!!

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4565S568SDS 6/26/2009 3:42PM

  I know there was something in that blue Mountain Dew (and purple Kool-Aid) that turns poo green, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was some dye or something in whatever they gave you that turns urine red.

If it comes back, see the doc. If not, blame the sports drink.

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    Whining done... moving on. Correct? Glad it's out of your system. And the thing about red pee... strange - very strange. I would keep on top of that product and keep researching the ingredients. Seems to me that they are covering up a possible problem and you are the one who experienced it. Could it be a moral obligation? Maybe uncovering this problem is your destiny... my inner drama queen is coming out. lol. Anyway, don't even worry about the eating thing. You stopped it and it's done. And yes, you probably notice it now BECAUSE it doesn't happen as often as it used to. You'll get over it quick, Dana - that's one of the things I love about ya!


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CBLING 6/26/2009 3:12PM

    LOL. You have a way of talking about things that makes me laugh. Ya the study thing NOT a coincidence. And the noticing your feelings for binge eating I find I can recognize them more now too. Oh well it's the weekend more on and enjoy!

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BOTZZZ 6/26/2009 3:09PM

    :( sorry that you are having a not so good time, it will pass...it always does :)

As Ever

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/26/2009 3:06PM

    Hey Dana! I've been kinda MIA lately. Sorry bout that. But I finished my triathlon and I'm signed up for two more this year already - hee =) Strongly considering a third, but I'm still waiting to hear back from a friend who has a friend that has done it before to give me some feedback on the event.

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DDOORN 6/26/2009 2:58PM

    Hey, whine away...! That's what we're here for...the shoulder to lean on, as well as the high five for those Woo Hoo moments!

After hearing about your reactions, I have to wonder about this study...

But you've already stopped the slide, so WTG! I'm sure you're gonna get right back to SPARKING as soon as you are able!


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I gained a TON of water weight today! :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


So during the Walking Study today my beverage was SWEET! It was really too sweet for me, but the sweetness made me want to keep drinking it, because as you may ahve noticed after drinking something sweet you have that lingering sweet taste in your mouth and it made me feel thirstier/want more...

I gained 2.5kg or FIVE AND A HALF POUNDS from BEFORE we started and after. :) That is before peeing... by the time I left I was still up 1kg I think though. hahahahha.

Just goes to show -- in case anyone has had a funky weighin - YES. The food you have eaten and how hydrated you are, when you go to the bathroom, etc, DOES have an impact. Because the activity was light and it was cooler today I sweat very little. When they tested my urine for hydration levels I was actually MORE hydrated after walking than before. hahahaha.

ANYWAYYYYYY I'm sure you're all FASCINATED to hear that. TWO MORE DAYS. *phwew*

BUT!!! Due to the fabulous hydration levels and no pressing obligations for tasks that needed to be done, I was able to head over to the AqC and hit the weight training! I REALLLY taxed my upper body. My lower body is still feeling really sore in areas, so I hit it a little differently and less today. Just did the Leg Ext. and Curl Machines so I could hit my hammies and quads, but not stress the helper muscles that were really the ones feeling funky. I did some slow bridges to hit the glutes a bit, but mostly it was allll about the upper body and abs.

I'm telling you, it felt REALLY GOOD to be doing that. The little bits of ST I've been squeezing in here and there -- although I've been lifting a good weight and all -- just don't have the same feeling of really getting in a good full body weights session. I'm looking forward to doing that again soon.

AND TO So You Think You Can Dacne TONIGHT! :)

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SKYEFYR 6/25/2009 12:10PM

  I really need to get serious about weight training. Every time you post about your "light" days you make me think how they're better than my "heavy" days. :-)

So was it just me or were the judges really harsh last night on some of the contestants? I feel like we're starting to see who their favorites are. I wish we could have more shows like the first one of the season where everyone did so fantastic! (And hey, how happy are you that there is going to be a fall season also!)

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ZAEZAE 6/25/2009 8:05AM

    The ST sessions sounds awesome! Great job on challenging yourself!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/25/2009 6:05AM

    THis is why I even try to avoid crystal light! If I drin a flavored beverage, I will put the water aside and flavored beverages do have sodium which for me is bad (Un less it is diet rite which is sodium free) Good luck releasing that weight, I know you will not be happy until you do!

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SEEHOLZ 6/25/2009 2:17AM

    I think it's funny about the water weight thing! I totally agree that water weight can change so much - it happnes to me all the time!
Anyways, what a cool experience and I totally get how ready you must be for some real weights!

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BRE7482 6/25/2009 12:13AM

    I'm glad today wasn't as hot for you all in walking study. I didn't realize drinking something could affect your weight that much. Good to know. I love SYTYCD too. I'll have to watch it in the morning when I get off though.

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/24/2009 11:42PM

    Yeah water weight and bathroom visits definitely affect weight. I only weigh myself in the morning after using the bathroom and before drinking or eating anything. And wearing as little clothing as possible, would be naked but the scale is in my parent's closet so depending on who is home I can't always be naked haha
Loove the burn and soreness from strength training

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/24/2009 8:34PM

    i am stuck at work until 10 so i had to pvr sytycd. not sure if i will stay up late and watch it when i get home or watch it tomorrow?

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TRUE_TEXAN 6/24/2009 7:59PM

    I have been needing to focus more on ST also... I have been good this week so I am going to try and keep it up! And water plays a HUGE role in our weigh in's!!! HUGE! Tiff

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LAFTERSFREE 6/24/2009 7:21PM

    im glad u got a good ST workout in, and im REALLY happy u finall got a better tasting drink!!! the one from today isnt bad at all either so u will be fine, im excited b/c i think tomorrow will be my day for WATER!!! YESSS!!! see ya bright and early :)

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KAYAKID 6/24/2009 6:00PM

    you are having fun telling us all about your pee? huh? looks like an interesting study. I don't drink anything but water and some juices. considering at one time I used to drink gallons of pepsi. I am happy you got some St done. Yesterday I didn't have much time and just abs and XT. Today I got in a 6 mile run with 11:30 pace. It was about 80 degrees with 40 percent hum.
I felt great afterwards. Have a great day!

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JAZZYJUDE 6/24/2009 4:52PM

    OH very interesting blog. I find hyrdation issue mind boggling too. I found myself having a small chocolate bar and drank a 16 oz water afterwards! I just had the 'urge' to have it.

GREAT job on the ST!! Jazzy!!

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DDOORN 6/24/2009 4:11PM

    Ye olde sweet tooth strikes again...! :-) Goes to show how much that influences our intake of both food AND drink!

WTG w/ your ST!


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TAKEONME48137 6/24/2009 3:38PM

    Hooray for the ST! I'm thinking about changing mine up, but we'll see because I like getting into routines with things. That is quite interesting with the water weight stuff, and it's really frustrating to do a weigh in and know that you've lost something but it doesn't reflect on the scale. Oh well. The study thing you're doing sounds kinda fun in a weird way, hehehe.

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    Interesting!!! Seriously, I find the whole hyrdation thing soo interesting!

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SWEETZMIX 6/24/2009 2:41PM

    That sure is a lot of water weight. But it will be gone by tomorrow or tonight if it's not gone already. A great ST session is always in order, and it's great that you are still able to get it in instead of saying you are too busy. Always leading by example :D

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/24/2009 2:39PM

    I agree about the food/water weight thing (how can you not agree - it's a fact)! I have recently realized that I always weigh more the morning after I have a big salad for dinner. Salads are low in calories, but huge in weight! Duh. :)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/24/2009 2:37PM

    I will so miss hearing about the hydration levels in your pee, Dana, that really makes my day ;)!

Glad you got in a proper workout, always feels great,doesn't it?

Sorry about the Trader Joes thing, we just got one like 2 years ago so maybe Bham is due!

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A little better today...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Somehow -- despite less sleep and more workout, I feel a little better today than I did yesterday.

Maybe because I've eaten more food? HAHAHAHA :D I have no idea.

I got less than 5hrs of sleep last night, waking up at 4:55AM to get to rowing. WOOT.

Rowing was interesting -- we were in a different boat than the one I've ever rowed in before and apparently it's less nice and harder to "hold the set" (keep the boat balanced and steady) than in the other one. Well I definitely felt that today!!! Usually when me and my pair were rowing more so than any other time -- we kept leaning onto the port side and it was causing my pair the Stroke Seat to have a hard time on recovery because her oar blade kept skipping across the top of the water due to the boat being lower on that side. I could tell she was feeling frustrated about it but I just kept trying to follow what her stroke WOULD be if she was moving evenly and we usually caught up to each other on the catch. (AKA when you put the oar into the water to begin driving (pushing against the water).)

SO! My coach said she could get me off the water AT 7AM, I figured a few minutes late to Walking Study would be fine, but when we pulled up she apologized for making me late and it was like... almost 7:10AM. Luckily the place was close and everyone had to put in their probes and get weighed and all that good stuff so it didn't really matter, but yeah. It was funny -- I felt SO WEIRD because when we pulled up to the dock she's like, OK, Dana you can go now! And I just left my oar and the boat and sprinted up the hill to my car. I didn't help do anything! hahaha it made me feel very... OFF.

So the "Walking Study" is not actually studying Walking -- it's researching "non-caloric hydrating beverages". So there are three time frames during the day when people are walking outdoors for an hour, and they give us a different drink mix each day to use as our hydrating beverage basically. We are there for about 3 hours because it's like an hour of prep, an hour of walking, and we have to be in monitored recovery for an hour, also drinking the same drink and turning in our urine and getting weighed and all that good stuff.

The thing that has been so unpleasant about it is that the beverage yesterday aND today was so gross for me that it was hard to drink enough to hydrate. Todays was better than yesterdays -- but still a little bitter. Some people have drunk theirs and been like -- OOH!! it's sweet! So I'm ready for that one! :D Also apparently one day you get water... so I have at least TWO good days to look forward to out of the last three. HAHAHAHA.

So... Upper and Lower Body ST was the plan for today in addition to rowing and walking, but I needed to buy groceries. By the time I did that, and took a shower, and got my lunch ready... yeah I had no time for anything. I also hard boiled a dozen eggs and cooked up a bunch of chicken breasts and prepped those for the week.

My eating has been...... not that awesome lately. I've been having more trouble staying on track than I have before. I have two theories -- BOTH might be right actually.

1. I'm burning more calories than I think I am so I really should be eating more.
2. Because I have no idea how many calories I'm burning I'm becoming nonchalant with my intake.

OK so "NO IDEA" Is kinda exaggerating, but honestly, I'm really convinced I'm burning more than the Spark Estimates for my activity... but without KNOWING I don't want to randomly start eating more. The compromise is to be at the top of my range most days and splurging more on the weekends.

Clearly this plan is kind of not really working. Since I adusted my calories to start trying to slowly lose weight I've not lost anything. And mayyybe gained just a little recently. :P

Could I be DRASTICALLY eating too little? I don't really think so. I just want my HRM back. :(

I paid for it to be returned to me yesterday.

SO GET THIS. The buttons are apparently able to be mailed free to you and they snap on. I didn't even NEED to send my HRM in. UM WHAT?!? But because I did, they did a routine check up on it and said I should replace my battery. Well -- in order to keep my warranty for the full two years the guy told me I had to replace my battery. I'm pretty sure that's a load of bull crap, but to be honest I figured why not replace it since I already paid the shipping to mail it there and back again and then I'll have a longer battery life than I would have by keeping my old battery and let's just get it back NOW and not have to worry about whether the warranty would really not be affected. You know?

But at least I know that if the buttons crack and fall off again what to do. :P And I read on one of the Polar Forums this woman said that a rep told her that SUNBLOCK is what causes the buttons to crack and fall off. ?! So I'm gonna try to be careful about getting sunblock on the HRM but even so, oh well. They'll mail me new ones apparently.

OH and Sunday I made Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole for my Healthy Meal Night and we watched Sweeney Todd on BluRay and it was wonderful. (Both the food and the movie). I had the leftovers for lunch yesterday - yay!

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DDOORN 6/24/2009 9:11AM

    Oh to have such SPARK after only 5 hours sleep! WOW! :-)


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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/24/2009 8:19AM

    Oh yeah, that casserole sounds incredible! Is it a spark recipe?

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/24/2009 8:18AM

    I was talking with Jessica, FITGIRL15, about how the spark things drastically underestimate. I use them only to compare week to week. I no longer use my HRM (because I had to send it in for a battery change and I was over it and on to the next piece of gear by then, so GOOD MOVE on the battery, Dana) but I know from using it in past how to estimate cals based on my pulse (I take it the good old fashioned 6 second way periodically during a workout) as well as my RPE and Spark's counts are not for people that have lean mass or push it during a workout. If you are looking for another way to estimate maybe compare to Caloriesperhour.com they have an extensive list of activities and their counts always seemed pretty in line to me.

I know you'll be glad when that hydration study is over. It sounds like a bit of a pain.

Prepping chicken breasts and boiling eggs. I am impressed. I usually buy the bag of cage free boiled eggs at Trader Joes but they were out of them the last two times I went. They're a great little protein snack to keep on hand, for sure!

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LASHERTHECAT 6/24/2009 8:15AM

    I'm always in that tough spot... Am I really eating enough for my activity level? Hope you get your HRM back soon!

Are you paid for this study?

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/24/2009 7:48AM

    It's going to be really curious to see what the old HRM says about your activity. I'm betting that you are consuming too little for you AMAZING activity load.


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TRACYZABELLE 6/24/2009 5:44AM

    Rowinf sounds awesome! My aunt who has had MS for nearly 20 years kayaks to keep moving!

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SKYFYRE 6/24/2009 1:10AM

    Ok, I'm sorry, you aren't even a nurse and you just said/wrote: "everyone had to put their probes in" Hahaha! That is so stinking funny! I am just imagining you all lining up an poppin' 'em in! Ha! Ok, Sorry!
Well, that boat sucks, I hope you don't have to use it again! Sad, about the crappy sprts drinks, I want something other than G2 for a change! On the subject of calorie deficit vs calorie surplus, I feel ya! I despise being without my HRM but I can't just yet afford to replace it:( I hope you are reunited with yours soon and get all this in and out stuff figured out!

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/24/2009 12:39AM

    Enchilada sounds yummy and Sweeney Todd is freaking awesomeee love johnny depps voice

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/23/2009 8:39PM

    enchiladas! emoticon i have been eating so poor lately too. the more i seem to try the worse it gets. agh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Glad you're doing better today! emoticon

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SARAHISKIDA 6/23/2009 7:22PM

    The SP estimates for my calorie burn were definitely off, especially for running. I sometimes burn over 100 calories more than what they say, so I bet yours are off, too.

And I just have no comment about that boat. That's the one I was in during the LTR, but today was particularly...special. I'll leave it at that, haha.

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LAFTERSFREE 6/23/2009 7:21PM

    i agree today WAS better, and im not so sure why either, maybe b/c we knew what to expect more, or b/c it wasnt so hot. even the sweet drink after a few sips is really not that great, i can't WAIT until my water day, i will down those suckers!!!!!!

ur enchilada stuff sounded so good, i should try to make it some time, im always down for stuff that's semi-easy..

i'll be happy when this week is over, i'll feel more back to my normal schedule.
thanks for helping me w/ the BMR stuff this morning. im kinda sad that im back in that 1200 min again, it's hard to stick to now more than before for some reason... maybe b/c of stress? or being busy?? idk.

anyway, have a great night, see u bright and early!!!!

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SWEETZMIX 6/23/2009 5:32PM

    hmmm I am thinking more about the HRM thing. I think I am having a issue b/c mines needs a new battery. I need to take care of this, maybe I am going through ur option #2.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole sounds goodm mmmmmmmmmm was there cheese?? lol I love me some cheese!! Leftovers are always the best!!

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JESSIEW84 6/23/2009 5:26PM

    Bitter drinks are the worst. Ew!

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/23/2009 5:14PM

    Hmm...you're still tracking just as carefully as you were when you decided to lose weight, right? I just looked at your tracker, and it looks pretty thoroughly filled out to me! I wish I had some advice for you as to why you're not losing weight, but I really don't. It sounds like you have a great system in place WHEN you have your HRM, so I hope you get that back very soon and start getting closer to your (new) goal weight! I also hope you get to drink the sweet beverage soon too, hehe. :)

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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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