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Friday, July 10, 2009

OK so I wrote a really great blog but I have to do it over so, sorry folks, you're getting the clif notes edition. :)

Essentially - morning went flawlessly except I didn't really get to eat, but I did get to try one of my muffins I made and eat my backup food at work -- a "ORGANIC FOOD BAR" my boss gave me.

I spent some time detailing the funny claims on the packaging and listing ingredients and whatnot, but not doing that again.

It's 310 cal/ 15g fat/ 35g carbs/ 12g protein -- ACTIVE GREENS chocolate

Um -- let me just say - the chocolate? where? It was ok tasting, but I really am not into the texture/flavor if it in general. And can I get some more protein in there??? Anyway. It was good to have it this morning cause I was starving.

I ate a nectarine before running (a little over 2 miles easy pace wootwoot), and one of my muffins right before I went out the door but that's it. *phwew*

I made the Applesauce Pumpkin Muffins this morning and entered it into SparkRecipes with my little tweaks - Golden Raisins and Pumpkin Seeds sprinkled on top of each muffin (they look so goshdarn CUTE!).

Here are the facts per muffin:

127 cal
4 g fat
20g carbs (2g fiber)
3.5g protein

They are a good size and full of good stuff. :)

Tonight I will be doing Banana Walnut Bread, Whole-Wheat Flax Cookies, Strawberry Oat Muffins and.... mayyybe blueberry muffins??? :D

I have blueberries, and when I bought muffin papers I got Red/Yellow/Blue pack. I did yellow for the pumpkin, will do red for the strawberry, and dangit why not just do some blueberries to keep the theme? :)

I will post more nutrition facts as I get the rest of these babies going on -- I'll be bringing the little SparkRecipe printout to the bakesale so people can know what ingredients are in everything and also the nutrition facts. One of our members suggested ingredient lists to assist those with allergies and I figured, well if I were buying at a bake sale I'd like to be provided with a healthy choice and nutrition information so that's what I'm gonna do! :)

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SWEETZMIX 7/14/2009 12:47PM

    I know I am behind, but those muffins sound sO good. And bringing the nutrition printout is GREAT!! I would love to go and buy stuff at a bake sale and know what I am eating! Hope they were all tasty!!

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FUTURERNAIMEE 7/13/2009 3:29PM

    looove muffins

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SEEHOLZ 7/13/2009 9:53AM

    I really like the idea of putting in the NI--- plus, your baked goods sound yummy!

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    Sorry your blog got erased! That always sucks! lol

Why are you making so many muffins? Are they all for the bake sale or are you freezing some of them? Freezing is something I love to do. With muffins or healthy oatmeal bars... it's awesome to be able to grab one at night and throw it in the fridge for morning or even grab one from the freezer in the morning and microwave it for 15-30 seconds - a warm yummy treat! Your muffins sound awesome - hope the bake sale goes well (or WENT well if it was over the weekend!).

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/12/2009 4:16PM

    It's going to be curious to see how people react to the "Spark" foods.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/12/2009 12:42PM

    Nice call! I would love to have nutritional stats at a baked goods sale! That is awesome, Dana!

I can't wait to hear how those cookies turn out.

Sorry the world will never get to hear your ruminations on the claims made by the organic food bar :(.

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LAFTERSFREE 7/11/2009 8:09PM

    the muffins sound great, sorry i didnt make it by there today, i hope u had a successful sale! i ended up at the lake celebrating me and Mark's 1 yr anniversary this morning (time flies, huh!!!!) and after that i wasnt feeling well :( now to pack for the trip... i'll be in touch when im back, we need to hang out soon!!

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FUTURERNAIMEE 7/11/2009 6:50PM

    I need to make my own chocolatey as hell yet healthy muffins. Oxymoron? I think not =P

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KEAKMAN 7/11/2009 6:17PM

    Yummmm, it all sounds so good. Maybe you could have a bake sale out here....

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JAZZYJUDE 7/11/2009 3:02PM

    Oh yes! Ctrl C is definitely my friend and it's automatic for me to copy before I hit the 'Post' button.

Your receipe sounds delish and can't wait to try them. Also, can't wait for the Blueberries...love them!

I have been bringing the nutritional info every time I've gone to a bake sale or potluck, because darn it!...everyone always ask 'what's in it?'...or 'how much do you use?'...etc. This way they see everything!

Nice to see ya hun! Jazzy!!

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KJNE8O 7/11/2009 6:50AM

    OK - I want recipes, recipes, recipes!!!! They all sound wonderful!

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SKYFYRE 7/10/2009 11:53PM

    Dana, you are AWESOME! I want to go to your bake sale! If only every bake sale offered nutritional information, I would probably eat less junk! Ha! Yeah, well I should hope!

I am glad right now that I am not your next door neighbor, because I would be breaking down your door to have a sample of the yummy goodness you are making! Way to get your run in!

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BRE7482 7/10/2009 7:18PM

    I hate that your blog disappeared. Everything sounds great. I really do appreciate the nutritional info. I've been trying to find small things I can eat quickly at work and these will be perfect.

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CHASINGTHENOW 7/10/2009 6:41PM

    Cool idea to take the nutrition printout! Sounds like something I would do and my husband would laugh at me for!


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CECE0330 7/10/2009 6:03PM

    Those muffins sound great! And I'll be anxiously awaiting your healthy version of the banana bread. I was forced to make some last weekend due to bananas DH insisted on buying but never ate, and I'm just not comfortable enough with bread baking yet to try substitutions, so I went with a good old fashioned (fatty) version.

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RHALES199 7/10/2009 4:16PM

    I so wanna come to your bake sale!
I hate it when I go to a pot luck/ ect and don't know what is being offered, let alone what's in it, and since I have so many blind friends, I'm the one who gets to try to describe what food is available (plus, now, I have food sensitivities & appreciate knowing what's in the food...), I REALLY wish people would bring along a description of what's in their food!
HAve a great day, and a great time at the bake sale/ yard sale!

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KIMCATUS 7/10/2009 3:04PM

    Ctrl C is SO our friend! Yahoo has a bad habit of doing that....so it's like second natuure to me now...although it is extremely frustrating when it happens!!

I love that you're listing the ingredients along with the nutrition facts...very very cool!!

Your muffins sound great! Wish it would cool down here so I could turn the oven on...oh well hopefully someday I can try them!! :P

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KASHMIR 7/10/2009 2:47PM

    I've learned to copy my blogs before I hit post so I can paste the info back in if it goes poof on me! Ctrl C is our friend!

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_RAMONA 7/10/2009 2:39PM

    MAN! I hate when my blog (email, ANYTHING) gets eaten!!!!

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

Thanks for taking the time to share anyway... I usually need to go lie down with a cool cloth on my head til I stop losing brain cells to meltdown anger! LOL!

Have a great weekend, Darlin'!

(You STILL ROCK... even in 'cliff notes'!)

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    Dana you really need to try my Quinoa Zucchini Brownies for your next bakesale!!! I made them for some friend for Christmas (I put the nutritionals on the boxtop I wrapped them in) and again for the SpRally and they were a huge hit with EVERYONE...even the kids!!! Have a great weekend!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/10/2009 2:18PM

    What's up with the technical difficulties on this site lately?? At least your blog really was gone - I was a bit embarrassed when I thought mine was gone and it really wasn't (deleted the extras really fast though).

I think it's a GREAT idea to list the ingredients on your creations. I wish restaurants would do that!!

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    Ooh, I hate when that happens! So frustrating.

You're doing great on the nutrition. I love reading your plans and getting great ideas from you!

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WORST MORNING EVER turns into ok day. :)

Thursday, July 09, 2009


my alarm did NOT go off this morning at 5AM...

I slept only until 7AM when I awoke from a terrifying nightmare about my brother being eaten by an alligator in someone's backyard and the 911 guy laughing at me and saying really?! when I said there was an alligator attack and then no one showing up for ages and him just getting eaten up...

to see that it was light outside and 7AM and I had totally missed rowing.


I sent an email and luckily (or lamely?) a couple other people didn't show up and it turned out to be a good number for an 8 and a 4 to go out instead of 2 8's so at least everyone still got to row that wanted to row!

Then I was totally full of anxiety and nerves and couldn't go back to sleep, among other things, so anyway. Boo.

Definitely did not feel like running either -- so I decided to trade tomorrow's off day for today and commit 100% to going rowing on Sunday since I missed today.

Then I started looking at cookbooks for ideas on what to make for the bake sale and I will be making a few Clean Diet Cookbook recipes and one random SparkRecipe from the Spring Spark Cookbook thingie they had up before... Strawberry Muffins!

Also I'll be making Applesauce Pumpkin Muffins, Whole Wheat Flax Cookies and Banana Walnut Bread... and I think there was another thing that I'm forgetting but YEAH! I'm stoked!! I'm gonna be a baking MACHINE tomorrow. And I bought SUCANAT for the first time per Tosca Reno's instructions and passed on the Maple Sugar Flakes. Those things were freaking $12 for a little jar!!!!!!! Maybe someday, but today with all the rest of the cooking supplies and regular groceries??? No thanks!

I also discovered the "PROTEIN" aisle at Target w/ their Whey Protein Powders, Shakes, and Bars! They have a wide variety of brands I've liked and tried and others I've never heard of AND they had Sharkies, which I had heard of but never tried. :) I bought a little pack to try -- a sparker has mentioned using them as long run fuel before so I was thinking of that when I picked them up. ALSO I bought some flavored sparkling water in cans that I just randomly wanted to try. We'll see how that goes... I'm just SO not into soda anymore but sometimes I want something more special than water. These are calorie and sweetener free. Just the water and "Natural Flavoring".

Tomorrow I will run as soon as I wake up, and then bake while prepping yard sale items. Go to work, come home, resume baking. Saturday morning it's get up BEFORE the crack of dawn to go set up for the yard sale.

Today my hubby asked me on a lunch date for Saturday. :) There's this like HOT DOG restaurant?? that opened??? I think! I can't rember what it's called... Cuke's or something like that. Anyway -- we're gonna go there after the Yard/Bake Sale. Long Run and Rowing to happen this weekend as well. I guess I'll probably run Saturday night so I don't have to do both in the same day and keep tomorrow morning easy breezy.

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SARAHISKIDA 7/13/2009 2:38PM

    I love Sharkies! I use them as long run fuel, too! (We're not going to talk about how long it's been since a real "long run," but still!)

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FUTURERNAIMEE 7/11/2009 6:52PM

    Cukes? Funny name for a hot dog restaurant. I hope the lunch date is fun!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/11/2009 8:00AM

    Sounds like a busy weekend.

mmmm . . . hot dogs . . . .

definitely need a review of that one.


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BRE7482 7/10/2009 7:11PM

    Glad your day turned out well. Oooh, I'm excited about the bake sale now that I'm seeing a few of the selections I'll have to choose from. I shop at Target all the time and have never noticed the aisle with all the protein. I'll have to look for it next time I go in.

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LAFTERSFREE 7/10/2009 11:12AM

    i hate when i wake up late, it throws off my whole day and puts me in a panic mode. NOT a good way to wake up.

i have heard of the hotdog restaurant, and i heard its great so have fun!

i will try to make it to the yard sale.. i have a lot of stuff to get done b4 my trip, but hopefully i will be able to stop by and check it out.
although, i need to be GETTING RID of stuff NOT buying MORE!!! LOL.

have a great weekend, and have fun on your date!

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NATURALLYME126 7/10/2009 10:20AM

    Sounds like you had a busy and productive day. That dream was crazy! What did you eat before you went to bed woman? Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :0)

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MSSUNBUG 7/10/2009 10:11AM

    Sounds like a terrible start--missing rowing and an awful dream. Sorry to hear your day started so bad. Hope you have a nice weekend--sounds like you have all your ducks in a row to make sure that's the case! :-)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/10/2009 9:00AM

    Sorry you missed rowing, that stinks! But at least the day got better :)

What are the nutritional stats like on those WW flax cookies?

Where is the yard sale? How have I missed this? Is it a neighborhood thing or you just guys? Nice to have some extra cash, huh?

Hot dog place sounds interesting. Do they have like gourmet dogs and stuff?

Let us know how all the baking goes :)

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LASHERTHECAT 7/10/2009 8:11AM

    Applesauce Pumpkin Muffins sound really good to me. Hopeyour kitchen doesn't get too hot! Have a great weekend!

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SWEETZMIX 7/10/2009 7:45AM

    Seems like you got a weekend full of being busy. Running, rowing, yard sale, baking, date with hubby!! Make sure you take some time for you and relax as well.

And sorry about the scary dream. I hate those b/c hey always involve family.

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CBLING 7/10/2009 6:01AM

    Tosca's recipes are great and the sucanat work great! Happy weekend!

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    I'm with Rhales. Save me some of that energy. Or just come here and cook for me.

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/9/2009 10:44PM

    That's sweet that your husband asked you out on a date. ;)

A "protein aisle" at Target - did you feel like you'd found heaven??:) haha.

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MOGENEO 7/9/2009 10:36PM

    lol! i had a bad mornng too!!! i'm glad yours turned out okay! :)

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KNH771 7/9/2009 9:40PM

    You'll have to tell us what you think about the flavored waters. I gave up soda and caffeine over a year ago, and sometimes I want a little something "special" too.

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RHALES199 7/9/2009 9:05PM

    baking up a storm AND a yard sale in the same weekend.... can you pllease send me some of your energy?!?!?!?!?.... lol...

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KAYAKID 7/9/2009 8:58PM

    Sleeping in not the worst thing in the world - thinking about baking is hard on me. I love to cook and planning for it sometimes is the most fun. I love to plan a diiner with quets coming. Most men don't like to cook like that but I enjoy it alot. Have a better day tomorrow.

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KIMCATUS 7/9/2009 8:53PM

    Oooh so glad that your day turned out good! I hate oversleeping!! It throws off my whole day!! Have fun on your lunch date!! :D

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Check in!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Just doing the blog thing, ya know. :P

I ran today for the first time with a new running buddy -- we plan to run every Wednesday morning. After today I'm deciding to call these my tempo runs because she is FASTER than me and I think her easy run is my tempo run so! HAHAHA. :) Got a good burn, then headed to the Aquatic Center to do some Strength Training and meet SARAHISKIDA to erg.

Did a move my rowing coach suggested to help me work on my finishing form, basically doing the upper body portion of the rowing stroke with weights on a cable machine while sitting on the floor. Hopefully it did something good for me. I did some walking lunges and walking sumo squats, some lat pulldowns and a good pilates session and that's about it.

Total burn today: 784


(1767+784) = 2551, so for a 500cal deficit today I need to eat about 2051 calories.

WORD. The top of my cal range right now is 2010, so I think I'll just aim to stay within range today. I may eat over range tomorrow because between rowing and running I'm expecting a higher burn, but then again I'll be taking an off day on Friday so maybe I'll just take the added deficit.

I DID meet my goal yesterday and ended the day at I thik 1858? So pretty close to the 500cal deficit goal, with small margins of error we'll call it 500.

Now I need to go shower and meet one of my rowing club peeps at WalMart so we can get some oar painting supplies! :) We got our oars from the Alabama Crew so they are crimson with white A decals on them right now, but our new design will be black with a white and teal stripe decal down the middle, so we need to get some razor blades, sandpaper, primer and paint to prep the oars for the stickers that will later grace them.

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KENSINGTONC 7/9/2009 7:33PM

    I'm still trying to figure out what to do with a running partner who's faster than me. I don't want to make them slow too much but I also don't want to run so fast that I can't TALK! I have yet to find a running partner who's exactly my pace. Do they exist?!?! Anyway, your rowing fun is so inspiring - post pics when you're done with the oars!

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SLCOLMAN 7/9/2009 6:37PM

    Sounds like you are doing awesome as always!!

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SEEHOLZ 7/9/2009 1:34PM

Great job on pushing the tempo and the oar project sounds really fun!

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/9/2009 12:55PM

    can't wait to see the oars! you are so ON lately dana. woo hoo!

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BRE7482 7/9/2009 12:34AM

    Glad you stayed within range yesterday. Your days always seem so busy when I'm reading your blogs. How do you keep up?

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KAYAKID 7/8/2009 7:41PM

    Dana, I like your attitude toward eating. You do it the same way I do! using that 500 cal deficit to lose weight. I love a painting project - good luck with that - thanks for the comments on my blog - my son is 17 and will be a senior next year and then a mission (we hope). Have a great evening

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SARAHISKIDA 7/8/2009 6:25PM

    I forgot to tell you--I reached a new record for my split time today! I was too busy to notice until I went for my run later and I remembered. :-)

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    I am going to get into the calorie deficit thing, that's awesome

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/8/2009 4:38PM

    That's a great way to push yourself. Don't let the calorie deficit get to big.

Don't forget to post pics of the oars when you get them done.


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SWEETZMIX 7/8/2009 4:21PM

    That is a good calorie burn!

And you joining the rowing club might of been the best thing for you. You now do all these fun things with new friends & get an awesome workout as well.

Take Care!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/8/2009 2:55PM

    It sounds like a GREAT thing to have a running partner who's a little faster for that extra push, as long as she's not so fast that you can't finish your workouts! Have fun decorating your oars. :)

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    Decorating oars? Cool! Post pics, please.


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NUTRIGIRL08 7/8/2009 12:48PM

    Rowing how cool is that! I figured if I added one more thing my hubby would probably shoot me! Anyway, great job!!

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CATIATM 7/8/2009 11:51AM

    I second everything Kim said! You are fabulous!

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KIMCATUS 7/8/2009 11:00AM

    Your dedication and motivation totally inspire me!! You have done so much and come so far since I first "met" you...rock on gorgeous!!

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BRUIN2 7/8/2009 10:52AM

    WAHOOO, love that walking lunges are a part of your routine now!!!

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KNH771 7/8/2009 10:51AM

    I get tired just reading about your workouts! First thing in the morning... whew. I need to work out later in the day.

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KJNE8O 7/8/2009 10:46AM

    What are suma squats? I'm always on the lookout for new tortures for my students in my strength training class!

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TATTED_PINUP2BE 7/8/2009 10:44AM

    Holy crap girl, 784 calories!!! Way to go, you are the epitamy of fitness

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NETTYBREAD 7/8/2009 10:38AM


WTG! I like your check~in. It's nice to see realistic calorie ranges as well.

I like your attitude toward your new training buddy. AND... I went paddle boating with the Cub~Scouts last week, and man ~o~ man... rowing those boats is hard work!!!

Have a great day!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/8/2009 10:30AM

    Having a running partner is so cool! I miss my girl Natalie, she had to move to the stupid suburbs.

Those colors sound AWESOME! LOVE IT!

Dana, getting back into dieting mode, it is kind of pain, isn't it? I mean I learned the whole gotta be sane approach and all that, but compared to maintenance it is not as easy, for sure. I had to turn down a wine tasting and free buffet tonight because I only get two small cheats in diet mode. Boo.

Anyway, I am glad you are going through this transition too so I am not alone!

Keep on keeping on with the good calorie burns and the good eats!


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TAKEONME48137 7/8/2009 10:23AM

    That all sounds awesome. Why have you been cutting different amounts of calories different days? Is it basically relative to how much you burn? Also, any particular reason for the black, white, and teal stripe? Hooray for everything!

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LAFTERSFREE 7/8/2009 10:23AM

    sounds like ur new oars are gonna turn out really cool, u should post some pics if u can :) have fun!

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Hahaha, oh man I can't talk.

Day one of super on track rock on fitness week: 603 calories burned from my run.

(1767(estimated RMR for no exercise w/ that BOD POD estimate)+603) = 2370.6 - 500 = 1870.6

So... if I want to have a 500calorie deficit today, I need to eat only 1870 calories. This is going to be my aim for today.

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SKYFYRE 7/8/2009 2:07AM

    BLAG! Hahahaha! I think I would be nervous to do one ofthese vidoe blogs! Yay for your AWESOME RUN!!! Way to get the cal burn!

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SPRING4FAL 7/7/2009 9:23PM

    2 words.....YEAH BABYYYYYY!!!!!!!!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/7/2009 9:17PM

    We can run together! I am rooting for hubby to get a job in Atlanta! Well, we'll get him to graduation first, then job in the ATL ;).

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LAFTERSFREE 7/7/2009 7:46PM

    video blog... cool!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/7/2009 7:42PM

    I am sitting here sweaty from my ride! Solidarity with the sweat sister! WOOT!

Alright, now that I should be resubscribed I am going to hop in the shower and make dinner - zucchini quesadillas! Yum!

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150-HERE-I-COME 7/7/2009 5:13PM

    Yeehaw!!! You're so awesome!! Good job on DAY 1, Miss ROCK STAR!! I need to get tested for my RMR too! I keep forgetting to do that!! Cheers to a great day!

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MARSGIRL23 7/7/2009 2:56PM

    This is too cute!! And I agree with BRE7482, it's very inspirational!! Makes me want to move my body even more! Thanks for posting, maybe I'll get up the nerve to do a video blog with me actually in it at some point. :)

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    Haha you look exhausted, but good! Blag, love it

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KENSINGTONC 7/7/2009 2:33PM

    oooh I'm so excited you video-blogged!!! I just have to get out of work so I can watch it... :-( Yay!!!

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SEEHOLZ 7/7/2009 2:06PM

    Can't really listen now, but I will! WOW- great exercise day!
Keep rocking it! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/7/2009 2:02PM

    Super on track rock on fitness week! LOVE it!

Just one question (probably stupid question)... when you do RMR + cals burned thru exercise, aren't you leaving out all the calories you burn from non-exercise activity? Like walking around and stuff? Wouldn't you think those would add up to a few hundred a day?

This is why I never did try the deficit tracking thing. I'm too anal-retentive and full of questions.

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BRE7482 7/7/2009 11:53AM

    I actually like that your hair is wet from sweat. It inspires me to get off the couch and go workout. Have a great day!

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/7/2009 11:19AM

    sweaty dana is a sweetie!
i have yet to be brave enough to do a video blog.
yeah for being on track!
where is the track????
i can't seem to find it.

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TAKEONME48137 7/7/2009 10:51AM

    Yay! Haha that's awesome...I will need to try this video blog thing soon. Maybe later on? That's so cool you're burning all those calories and such. How far do you run usually?

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MSSUNBUG 7/7/2009 10:07AM

    How cute are you? :-) And BLAG--I literally laughed out loud with you!

Sounds like day one is off to a great start!

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NATURALLYME126 7/7/2009 10:06AM

    I love it! Do you ever get tired of hearing people say how you are such an inspiration?

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LANC92 7/7/2009 9:59AM

    You're cracking me up with these "blags" - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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    Who says that being hot, sweaty and rosy-cheeked from a workout isn't flattering? Do you think we'd rather see you all done up and lounging on the sofa? NO! Congrats on a good run.


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OH Holidays...

Monday, July 06, 2009

So.... we'll not dwell on the fact that on Saturday night I was laying in bed moaning and whimpering because my stomach hurt...

I don't really know why I still let myself do that to me. I should really know better by now, shouldn't I?

Yesterday I almost really overdid it but my hubby helped stop me before I went for an extra thing of ice cream. :P

Today I'm not tracking because there are some things this morning I have no idea how to track, but I made mental estimates of calorie amounts and I'm about where I usually am before the workday, and I brought a typical lunch and snacks. Tomorrow I'll go back to 100% tracking.

I know that I didn't totally ruin my hard work this weekend, I really only overdid it on Saturday (although WOW I really did it!)... but it never stops being disappointing when I eat to the point that it causes me pain. If I had only eaten things that were unhealthy but stopped when I was full I wouldn't be stressing it -- but this compulsion to just keep stuffing my face until I hurt realllly bothers me.

But hey! I'm here! I'm on SparkPeople and I know that this is a lifelong journey for me. I will continue to learn everyday, and as my lifestyle changes through the many different stages in life, I will have new challenges to face as well and I will need to continue to self-analyze without dwelling and wallowing in guilt in order to adapt and make the changes that will keep me healthy for the rest of my life. :)

One thing I learned last week is that I'm DEFINITELY burning more than 2500 calories a week on my current workout regimen. Last week I ran far less than usual, rowed a bit more than usual, didn't count any strength training burn due to squeezing it in randomly, and I still was about 700-800 calories OVER my calorie burn entry.

SO -- there IS that to consider as well. This week as I'm running more consistently and Strength training with more focus, even though I will have less rowing opportunities this week (only rowing Thursday and Sunday), I'm pretty sure my calorie burn will still be up there. I AM still planning an erg session with SARAHISKIDA tomorrow so I will be getting some rowing type action even though I won't be on the water.

I'm wondering if since my calorie burn is going to be fluctuating week to week if I should start doing a daily/weekly deficit tracking again. It might be more productive than me tossing a guess into SparkPeople and then forging ahead blindly. :) hahaha. I will start doing that tomorrow.

I also realized this morning that TOM is due Wednesday -- *DOH* -- this kinda also explains the ravenousness and carbtastic feelings I've been having as well. :P I definitely ate a ton of refined carbs this morning even though my calorie count is at least close to normal by my estimates... the protein was in low supply. All I could think about was how much I wanted some chocolate. HAHAHA I can't believe it took me so long to realize what time of the month it was. Looking back -- it should have been very obvious.

ANYWAY - regarding rowing, that's been GREAT. Regarding running : oops. I didn't even run 3 times last week. Gotta get my game face on - MARATHON COMING UP, HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm considering following the plan in the Runner's World Summer Training Special instead of the one I was looking at, or at least closer to that. They have a standard intermediate level program and then instructions on how to modify it depending on your goals -- and one of those goals is - first time finisher! It doesn't have any speedwork, runs 4 times a week, and goes up to 20mile long run. I think I might feel better doing at least a LITTLE speed work, but hey -- I can do that if I want to. They're saying 3 easy runs a week and one long run. ? I'm like dude -- I gotta run fast SOMETIME. hahaha I'm just thinking running 4 times a week is more feasible than my 5 times a week schedule I planned on, and more honest considering I haven't actually MET those 5 runs a week very often since starting this plan anyway.

So even if I don't follow the Runner's World Plan exactly, if I do some sort of amalgam, I still think I'm going to shift to a 4 run week instead of a fiver. I'm no superwoman and maybe if I'm setting a more realistic expectation for myself it will be more encouraging to me when I DO run, instead of lingering guilt over "skipping" a run. Ya know?

Anyway, lots of thinking and introspection today, I think the hormones are getting me down a bit as well, but I feel optimistic about the future and ready to really ROCK July and then kick it into official marathon training ZONE at the end of the month going into August. :)

Oh and my blisters are fine. They... unpussed themselves on Saturday later on -- I guess whatever liquid was making them puffy reabsorbed? Cause now I just have the discolored spots but they're flat. And they were fine rowing on Sunday. ALTHOUGH - I got blisters on my right foot from the shoes on the boat. :P I've never really ever gotten any blisters EVER until I started rowing.

Then it was butt blisters, hand blisters, and now foot blisters.

Oh and wherever I forgot to spray bugspray on Saturday I got bit. My feet (*DOH*), the backside of my right thigh, my right KNUCKLE on my HAND... yeah. hahaha. Mostly my legs and arms are fine. :P silly me.

Fireworks = good. Company = good. Cupcakes = I ate a lot of them.


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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/7/2009 7:40PM

    I like your attitude about this Dana. You;re so right, long haul one day does not undo, but girl I am with you on the WHY? Because it isn't pleasant, it isn't fun, why the $%&$%* do we DO IT!?!?!?? I did the same thing Sunday, I just went nuts and ate and drank entirely too much, it was ridiculous and I felt like crap yesterday.

Oh well, maybe this other time reinforcing why we don't want to do this will help? I do think you are on to something looking at your activity level, though, that will definitely cause binges for me if I am not fueling properly with good food.

Modify the running plan, it seems to me like most of them assume that running is the only activity that you really participate in, so for me, or you where we devote as much time to a number of things they're best modified. Cross training is the bomb, anyway.

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_RAMONA 7/7/2009 1:56PM

    Regardless of what you are up to, dear girl, you remain my heart's inspiration! I haven't had a lot of time, so I've just been dropping in, reading, and running off! You are one important element of my program to be my best self, because I don't know anyone here at Spark who does this better than YOU! Rock ON, Dana!

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

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    "Carbtastic"? "Unpussed"? I thought I was the only person who invented new words. I love it. LOL You seem to have the right attitude about your setback. Just make a new plan -- or recommit to the old one -- and keep moving forward.

I'm going to start training for 10K. I'll be looking to you for inspiration, so remember to post all your marathon training details.

Are you a member of Freecycle.org? You could post a wanted ad to your local group for gloves. If golfing is popular in your area, you might find a bunch of free and unwanted golf gloves. You'd need a lefty and a righty for rowing. Unless you enjoy being blisterated.


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/7/2009 6:35AM

    Don't get too hung up on the holiday. Think back a couple years ago at what you would have eaten a few years ago.

Keep us posted on the marathon training. I know that you are going to get it done.


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TRACYZABELLE 7/7/2009 6:02AM

    sorry about the bug bites-- they drive me mad-- itchy so bad...keep on rowing

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FUTURERNAIMEE 7/6/2009 11:40PM

    The new running plan sounds good. Yeah I went to a baby shower yesterday and ate a lot of amazing food.

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LASHERTHECAT 7/6/2009 5:12PM

    YOu have to look at that... Why you just keep eating... I remember when I was doing it, it was because it was a "cheat day" and I wanted to stuff everything in that I could!! So I started doing "cheat meals" instead... so I couldn't just snack all day

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SWEETZMIX 7/6/2009 5:00PM

    hmm I ate tons too on Saturday. I did enjoy myself :) We don't get to BBQ often here in the city since we all live in apartments. Glad you had a good time and that you are still working out hard. Blisters suck, I never really have them..so when I do get one I am in tears. lol And bug spray, I forgot that too. I got bit but I did get a nice tan even though I was trying not to :D

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ALIE719 7/6/2009 4:58PM

    Oh rowing blisters, how I remember thee... If you get rips (which you might rowing with blisters), get some liquid bandage. It comes in little bottles and you "paint" it on top of the blisters/rips. If you've actually ripped the blister it will sting, but not nearly as much as rowing with an open blister!

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150-HERE-I-COME 7/6/2009 4:39PM

    6th paragraph down -- I'm here! That totally summed up what I would have said!! YOU'RE DOING IT!!! Glad the blisters healed -- and toe blisters!?!?! I get those ALL the time from hiking -- they're the worst! Your hands you can baby, but not the feet.. Ouch.. Ouch.. Ouch.. Put some moleskin on them until they heal -- if they pop, that'll be you ouch, ouch, ouching.... LOL! Good luck with your battle against the mosquitoes and your new running plan! Glad you had a good 4th of July weekend!!!!

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CECE0330 7/6/2009 4:14PM

    I have the same issue. And since losing some weight, my stomach simply can't hold as much, and yet I still try to force food in, sometimes to the point where I am in massive pain all night-indigestion big time. I hate that I do that. It doesn't happen often, but I definitely overdid it this past weekend as well. Oy. Onward from here, eh?

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KNH771 7/6/2009 4:02PM

    I know what you mean about the overeating thing. I always feel so surprised afterward. I don't know if it's a failure to pay attention, or what, but that overstuffed feeling is so awful, you'd think I would learn.

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KENSINGTONC 7/6/2009 3:46PM

    I just asked this of SeppieSusan on her recent blog - what do you do when you work out a lot and are hungrier than usual? Eat? I don't know WHAT to do about that - and I've found that the more I workout, the more I gain, and if I stop working out, I eat less and I lose. Grrrrr stupid body...

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TAKEONME48137 7/6/2009 3:41PM

    Eating all that stuff probably wasn't so bad compared to the amount of calories you've been burning (with the exception of the stomach pain). As usual, you are awesome and I wish you all sorts of luck getting prepared for the marathon as you've mentioned.

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/6/2009 3:40PM

    I love this:

But hey! I'm here! I'm on SparkPeople and I know that this is a lifelong journey for me. I will continue to learn everyday, and as my lifestyle changes through the many different stages in life, I will have new challenges to face as well and I will need to continue to self-analyze without dwelling and wallowing in guilt in order to adapt and make the changes that will keep me healthy for the rest of my life. :)

I overdid it this weekend too (well, Thursday night and all day Friday) and I have the exact same attitude about it that you do. I guess being around in this game long enough gets you to the point where you realize the world isn't over - you still are living a healthy lifestyle and achieving your goals even if you have a bit of a slip-up!

Runner's World put out an entire BOOK on how to prepare for races of any length at any level. I was reading it at the bookstore the other day and read all the programs from 5K to marathon...and it made me think, "Hey, I could do this." But I'm still not going there at this point, and I still think you're very, very brave for committing to a marathon!

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CATIATM 7/6/2009 3:17PM

    I'm tried just reading about it all! *LOL*

Rowing burns huge numbers of calories and your bosy might want more carbs after the bigger workouts. And TOM? Please? I'm a Carb Monster for a few days beforehand.

Why do you think some of us lose control and eat madly? It doesn't even taste good after a while, and yet -- still so hard to stop until the vomiting begins. emoticon

Well, overall, it's a lot of good news. I'm so amazed how far you've come in the time I've known you. You should be super proud of yourself even if you do still have an occassional off night.

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