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Monday, July 27, 2009

So... I was on point with my workouts this weekend. I actually burned over 1000 extra calories.

I got a GREAT long run in on Sunday morning, went to church, then later went rowing. I cooked a healthy dinner for us, too.


I ate like crazy all weekend. It was like I couldn't stand to not be eating... I kept going back for more, something different... It definitely felt like an emotional eating thing but I can't really identify any emotions to confront so it's really difficult. Maybe I'm just feeling anxious about all the STUFF that's about to be going on. I don't think I feel all grieving about my recent losses, I think about it and I don't feel really sad... (which sounds awful but I'm being honest), I feel the way I wrote about the other day. Things were expected. My grandma actually died on the 12th so why now?

So I really do think it must be some anxiety over the whole trip that's about to happen and helping my mom and stuff like that. Something that's kinda hard to pinpoint, just an overall feeling of nervous energy and anxiety. LAME.

I really also have no idea what the trip will be like re: food and exercise. I will bring my resistance bands, my running shoes... but I really don't know what the day to day is going to be like. My parents are paying for everything because otherwise I wouldn't be able to afford to go -- we're staying in my grandma's house, so I dunno if we'll be grocery shopping and then eating in, or possibly doing a lot of eating out. Also I'm not sure how the day to day will go -- will I be able to sneak off and go run or will that be ... callous and insensitive? Do I need to stick around to everyone and be supportive and assisting at all times???

I wonder if my brother would go run with me... he made a noise before about possibly training up to go to Memphis with me. They have a half and a 5K also... so it's definitely possible considering he has been running regularly before now. Also my sister has said she'd be interested in training for the 5K when she gets back... anyway.

I think I'm going to look up my grandma's house and see what a running route would be like around her neighborhood... Even if it's just 2 miles at least I can get out and still run regularly so I am not way off track.

Bah. I feel good. I look skinnier than I think I am and I feel. I have to remind myself that just because I'm feeling "off" and had a weird weekend does not mean I've blown up overnight. It was weird, I went to a birthday party on Friday night and I saw myself in their full length windows and was like -- I look so skinny!!!! It was different than how I was FEELING. Still such a disconnect.

I had fun on Saturday though -- hubby and I slept in, went to see Transformers, stopped at the Academy Sports so I could eyeball some things and look at prices so that when we visit the running store where my in-laws live I won't just be like -- THIS IS CERTAINLY CHEAPER AND MORE AWESOME than anything IN TOWN cause this store RULES! :) hahaha. I discovered they have Gu and Clif Shots and Shotblocks and all that good stuff there, so I don't need to worry about that.

I want to try using nuun for my electrolyte drink and gain carbs from whatever I'm eating en route -- I just think that sounds like a good idea... so I want to try that and they DON'T have that here so I'll be looking for that at the running store. I can always order that online, but who wants to pay shipping if I don't have to -- we're already driving there and back so no additional costs for me if I get something there. My main hope is to find a good fuel belt and be able to try on a few to see how I like them. But that's next weekend.

Tomorrow I work 12-4 and then drive to GA.

I'll be gone until Sunday evening, so I don't expect to be logged into Sparks, although I'm sure I'll check in again tomorrow so no need to see me off just yet, just kinda FYI...

I plan to go to the Learn to Row camp tomorrow morning -- they'll be at the Aquatic Center and so hopefully I can erg a bit and then do some REAL STRENGTH TRAINING before I leave on my trip. That is definitely something I've been neglecting lately.


First we had to clean and sand the blades (after scraping off the "A" decals), and tape them up.

After that we primed, sanded, and painted them. Then later in the day I came back to help apply the stripe decal.


The true color is closer to the one on top, or to the right of the one in the middle of the photo.

This is my coaches and the oars on the rack:

See the ones up top with the A? That is BASICALLY what they used to look like.

Also the clothes I'm wearing used to kind of fit me. That top is kind of a touchy subject with me -- it's like a 3X or something. I got it for free when I worked at Radio Shack and pretty much our store received ONE shirt... and the other people were "normal" sized so ... they gave it to me. :P It was a little big at the time but came closer to fitting me than anyone else, and closer than I wanted to admit at the time. The bottoms are old workout pants from midway through my weight loss journey.

We used the oars on our Sunday row and they looked SO GREAT out on the water. :)

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BRE7482 8/1/2009 5:24AM

    The oars look great!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/29/2009 8:17AM

    I missed the post about your grandmother passing. Went back and read that. My condolences. It sounds like she is past a tough time. Be strong for your mother as going through all of the stuff will undoubtedly be hard (probably for you as well). Should be a good time.

Great idea on packing the resistance bands and running shoes. Just goes to show that it doesn't take much to be able to get fitness in when we travel.


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LAFTERSFREE 7/28/2009 7:24PM

    the oars look awesome, thanks for sharing the pics! hope u guys are well!

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CATIATM 7/28/2009 3:38PM

    Ooh - the oars are pretty!

Hey, a weekend does not a life make. You're nervous. You've had a lot happen (and I'm sorry about your Grandma. I have been offline for a few weeks.), and family can be stressful. You're worried that you won't stick to your habits or be as consistent with your choices as you are in everyday life.

Giiiirll - you lost over 100 pounds! You will be fine! And you do looke skinny and hot, and I can only imaging what a raging biach you're going to become once you realise what a supermodel you are!


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SEEHOLZ 7/28/2009 10:48AM

    I don't think it's insensitve to sneak off to go run! Heck, who doesn't deserve an hour of their time- planning might be key there or do it early AM, before your fam awakens?
I like the oars- I love that you found such a passion for rowing!

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KAYAKID 7/28/2009 3:11AM

    Dana, Have a nice trip! thanks for your comments on my blog! I look foward to meeting Kashmir and rubbing shoulders with Kate again. Kate and I have run together and enjoyed sharing our stories. I will give them a hi from you. We have up to 11 sparkers partcipating in the run/walk on saturday. It will be fun. I loved your oars look like lots of hard work went into them. I would make sure you get your exercise in and I am sure your family will understand and will probably support you,


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KSIGMA1222 7/27/2009 9:40PM

    Yep you know what you are doing and how to adapt to your surroundings and circumstances. Plus if you do get a bit off track you know how to correct that as well. I am starting to not freak out as much as I used to about it all and just play with it. Go over here miss there then over do it here go under there. It all balances out. Sounds like you just needed to say it all get it out there and then breath. So now you have and are ready to continue. As with everything just have as much fun as you can be creative in what life gives you. emoticon

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KASHMIR 7/27/2009 7:48PM

    Psssttt...Dana....Lose the Shirt!!!

Put it into a box, wrapped in paper, tape it up TIGHT...forget you own it....for maybe the next 30 years or so!
Someday you can pull it out and show it to your Grands. Until then, Lose the Shirt!!!!

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TAKEONME48137 7/27/2009 7:01PM

    The oars look awesome and yay for looking skinny! I hope everything works out with your family. Even if you have to take off a few days, I'm sure it'll be okay. *hugs*

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_RAMONA 7/27/2009 6:12PM

    First of all, Dana, I'm sorry for your losses. How you feel is how you feel... no need to justify or explain; and how you feel now may be very different from how you're going to feel during your trip. Be gentle with yourself. I never do well with a lot of unknowns... but one thing I know for sure... you don't have to be everything to everyone at any time. Regardless of what is going on in life, it is okay to take care of your needs, in addition to being supportive of others... so it's okay to plan your daily exercise around the rest of the activity. If anyone thinks that's strange, or comments to the negative, that's their problem. And I'm saying this for myself as much as I'm saying it for you, because I still have a habit of putting myself, and what I need to do to stay healthy, absolutely last; and that is WRONG. You will be no good to anyone else if you yourself are antsy and not getting your needs met.

As for the body image stuff... I'm hearing that it can be alot to adjust to... most people who have reached goal are adjusting to their new image in the mirror long after. One person made the statement: "Every time our reality changes we grieve." Might be something you want to think about. Again, be gentle with yourself... and maybe you ned to get rid of all of your fat clothes to help with the transition... wear only stuff that actually fits you.

There are a few Spark articles on this stuff... I can't find them right now, but when I do I'll send them your way!

For now, MAY GOD ABUNDANTLY BLESS YOU, and those you love, in every way that you require. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you carry in your heart always an extra special awareness of God's great love for you, may you feel his sweet and gentle touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!

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

P.S. Is it possible that you just need to be eating more these days? You are buring A LOT and your metabolism has to really be revving. Why don't you try just eating whenever you want to, just make sure it's healthy stuff... fruit, veggies, boiled eggs. I have days where I'm just hungry all day, and that's what I do, and it has never had a negative impact.

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TELERIE 7/27/2009 5:39PM

    Take care of you, Dana. We all have days like that - I bet it's anxiety about the trip/unsure what awaits etc?
Even if you're away from home & SP you know how to live and eat right.
A meditative run or three would be good for you, and isn't selfish. We all need some "down-time" to be able to care for others.
Thinking of you!

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    OK. Apparently the word does exist -- kinda -- and apparently I was spelling it all wrong. Its "wrangy" with a "w" and refers to someone who is hyper.


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KEAKMAN 7/27/2009 4:58PM

    It's okay to let the family know you will be heading out to run each morning. Folks will understand and respect that, especially since you are going to be there the other 23 hours of the day! And it will help you to help them if you feel rested and exercised each day. Don't apologize, just tell them this is what you'll be doing, and then entertain them with funny stories about your daily runs.

Have a great trip and enjoy hugging on your family!

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    "Something that's kinda hard to pinpoint, just an overall feeling of nervous energy and anxiety. LAME."

I have a word to describe this feeling. "Rangy". I'm like an orangutan. Its not always explainable, just a bunch of things pile up on me until I feel agitated, neither sad nor angry. I used to clean when I was rangy. Now I exercise (after I yell at the kids to clean the house LOL).

Its not "lame". Its a real feeling, even if you can't completely explain its origins. Take care of you.

And remember, sometimes we are hungry BECAUSE WE ARE HUNGRY. You burned 1000 extra calories, for heaven's sake girl.



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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/27/2009 4:32PM

    The oar pics were there when my comment posted, I think you should throw out those clothes, Dana. Especially the "touchy subject" shirt, life is too short, you know?

The oars on the other hand look SENSATIONAL! I bet you rowed even better b/c of the pretty oars :)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/27/2009 4:29PM

    OMG I am so with you on the weekend thing, I really needed to read this Dana, very timely.

Just like you said about your weekend, not having 100% control of your environment on the trip is not going to make you blow up either. It is scary being out of control, I felt the same way before I left for the beach with my parents. But I made it through and didn't gain.

I think you should definitely plan on running while you are there. Everyone deserves some alone/ process / quiet time so you should be able to run as your alone time.

The part that I needed to read was this: "Bah. I feel good. I look skinnier than I think I am and I feel. I have to remind myself that just because I'm feeling "off" and had a weird weekend does not mean I've blown up overnight. It was weird, I went to a birthday party on Friday night and I saw myself in their full length windows and was like -- I look so skinny!!!! It was different than how I was FEELING. Still such a disconnect."

I was so good the last two weekends and then this weekend was, IDO, Friday Jake had a show at the Atlanta Brewing Company then we all went out for mexican. I ate chips (something I usually don't do) and had too much to drink, Saturday we were good, we had a sensible dinner after cycling 20 miles and then split a desert, which I would feel ZERO guilt over, but then yesterday - this is where it gets stupid. Jake played a party, I was super good at the party, then we went out for mexican again (told you I was mexican in a past life) and I ate chips, again, and then - this is the worst, a few hours after we got home we ordered a FRIGGING PIZZA and I ate three HUMONGOUS slices of pizza, why did I do that to myself? Do I want to get fat? Ugh, really feeling irritated with myself. But you're right I am not going to blow up and the fact that I feel huge right now does not mean that I am huge right now.

Sorry to be using your blog as my own personal vent time, but I honestly felt like sharing this with my soark buddies that can relate, but I didn't want to post a blog about it because I didn't want to have to keep revisiting it everytime I get a comment - even though I know people comment to be supportive, I just don't want to hear it right now, you know?

Anyway, we will miss you terribly if you can't log-on, don't worry about the trip, you will do great and it will not effect any of your hard work!

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    I hope things start going better! Sounds like you've got a great plan to stay on track for the trip. You can do it!!

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BRUIN2 7/27/2009 4:21PM

    Dana, I think that running while you're there is a great idea. Just set it up from the beginning as a part of the routine of the day - let your family know "hey, I'm going to go running [insert time here - mornings before everyone's up and ready to do whatever the plan for the day is may work]. It'd be great if you want to join me, but if not, I'll see you when I get back".

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LASHERTHECAT 7/27/2009 4:18PM

    That's the one problem with the Sparkpeople program... and any program I guess... We get very tied up with our "numbers", workout and eating habits that when there's a change it kind of throws us for a loop. We can't go with the flow like we used to ...

00 I think looking up your grandma's place and finding a running route is a great idea!! You can do that with the Spark map right?

Whatever happens I know you will find some way to work out!! You always do... emoticon

PS... Blargh is my favourite "word" these days!!

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WOLFKITTY 7/27/2009 4:16PM

    You're really planning for stuff during your trip - that's excellent! I think you should definitely take some time to do some running and stuff. Your family needs you, but there needs to be some DE-stressing exercise in there too! At the very least explain that you'll be working off some of your grief.

Travel safely, Dana!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/27/2009 4:15PM

    I hope you can run while you're away!! It's not callous or insensitive to keep your health and well-being a priority at ALL, in my opinion!! Hopefully you will be a source of inspiration for your family.

I get what I call "the munchies" sometimes - I just want to keep on eating even right after I finish eating something! Sometimes it all makes sense when I use my food tracker and realize I really hadn't eaten enough yet. Other times I'm just tired or wanting to procrastinate. That's when gum is really helpful for me. Water/tea also help of course. I'm sure none of this is news to you though. :)

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Thank you Everyone!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thank you to everyone who watched my clip and for the AWESOME amazingly wonderful comments you left me. :) You definitely warmed my heart and I am honored to be featured and to have such wonderful SparkFriends! *HUGS*

This morning I got up early to go PAINT OARS!! WOOT.

It was kind of fun, really.... and it went A LOT FASTER than we anticipated. We thought it would be a 3 day job, 7AM-12PM each day... well.... we were nearing completion when I left this morning at almost 11AM. I'm going back in an hour as the decals will be ready and we can apply those and they will be DONE. :D

The best part is that this means I don't have to wake up early tomorrow AFTERALL. :) *phwew*

So life is going to be really nutso for me in the next few weeks...

My grandmother on my mom's side passed away on the 12th -- it was not unexpected as she has been struggling with a very debilitating disease which caused her to have blisters all over her body -- it was awful. The medication caused side effects and she was having a tough time getting the condition under control and more recently she began to show signs of organ failure so my mom went down there and she passed soon after my mom arrived. I personally am so glad that she is no longer suffering, but even so, my mom is obviously having an extremely difficult time because ... it's HER MOMMY. It doesn't matter what an enlightened perspective you have on life and how much faith you have in the hereafter when you lose someone you love and is near and dear to you, you miss them in the here and now.

So anyway -- I will be flying down to South Florida with her next week to help sort through some more of my grandma's belongings (she was a COLLECTOR of many things) and to attend the services on 8/1.

And also my Uncle just died on Wednesday -- he also has been long struggling with disease, when we visited him the Christmas before last they had told him he had like 6 months to live a few months prior, so he REALLY hung in there as long as he could. Unfortunately due to the timing there's really no way to make it to his services... So that's two deaths in the family.

Then on the same day we fly to South Florida, we will also be seeing off my youngest brother on his Mission. He will be reporting to the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT, and after that serving in the "Denver North" Mission and will be gone for 2 years. I'm REALLY glad I'll be with my mom for all of this.

Then the week after the trip to FL, we will be going to visit my inlaws! This is a happy thing because it's been quite a while since we've seen them and we'll be able to meet my SIL's boyfriend for the first time, so that is exciting.

THEN the week after THAT my sister returns from Mongolia!!!!! That is BEYOND exciting, I can't WAIT to see her! The only downside is I have to return her car to her and we really will need two cars this Fall so that means we're going to be car shopping. (Which is on the one hand exciting and on the other hand... $$$$$$$$$)

So lots of ups and downs for my family all in a very short period of time.

I have only cried once for someone dying that I knew... my baby brother Benjiman died when he was 15months old after a heart surgery. He had Down Syndrome and had heart defects. Anyway -- I'm sure it all depends on the circumstances. No one close to me has died suddenly in their youth *THANK HEAVENS, knock on wood, etc.* nothing unexpected... In the case of my Grandma and my Uncle I am just so relieved for them to be done with their bodies that were causing them such trial and discomfort. I do believe that we will be reunited in the life beyond this one, which is also a comfort. I'm mostly sad for my Mom and my Aunt and my cousins... My Aunt was married more than once before she met my Uncle, and to loser jerks from what I hear... (Or maybe she was just married once but had long term boyfriends that were jerks I don't remember...) in any case -- my Uncle was an amazing man and pure perfection for her. emoticon He will definitely be missed.

My Grandma was a character -- she was soooo funny. :) Always the teaser and joker, and yet at the same time she was such the epitome of GRANDMA when it came to being the perfect hostess, always making sure everyone was taken care of before herself and providing an ABUNDANCE of food. She never wanted anyone to worry about her or be concerned with her needs. Even when she was in the hospital, she would always tell my mom not to worry about her. She sent my mom out on a mission to buy a birthday gift for one of her nurses! She was also, as I mentioned before, a COLLECTOR. She had an incredible MUG collection -- rows of hooks on the ceiling and around the wall opening from the dining room to her kitchen held MUGS of all varieties. My favorites were the Star Wars Character Mugs (like one of C3PO and Darth Vader and Yoda) and the Kermit the Frog mug. :) She LOVED Disney -- loved loved loved Disney. They made frequent trips to Disney World, she had EVERY Disney Movie, and collected many Disney stuffed animals, a notebook FULL of Disney Pins, and my mom even tells me that she found a collection of Disney Hotel Soap. :) She collected the KMart Christmas Bear each year, Beanie Babies, Betty-Boop memorabilia, Garfield items, and a state quarter from every state for EACH of us grandkids! The Christmas we visited her last was a very special and wonderful visit. It was before she became ill, and my husband was finally able to meet her. They really enjoyed each other's company! I think it's because of her great sense of humor. I will never forget when he was getting ready to open his present from her and she was like,"OH NO.... this is the stupid one...." HAHAHAHA Talking about her gift! She was like, I didn't know what to get so... He opens it and it's an HERB GARDEN KIT!!!!!! :D hahahahah I was super excited, but yeah, not really a DH type of item. She noticed that we loved penguins (PENGUINOS!) and about a month or two after our visit we received a large package from her that contained: a GIANT stuffed penguin, two carved wooden penguin knick knacks, and a spherical penguin head candle. :)

Anyway -- she was the ultimate giver and a wonderful lady and we loved her and will miss her until we meet again.

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BRE7482 8/1/2009 5:20AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your uncle and grandmother. They both sound like wonderful people.

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TAKEONME48137 7/27/2009 10:56AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss Dana! My prayers are with you and your family.

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CALICAVEGIRL 7/26/2009 4:53PM

    You are in my prayers... I hope that none of this derails you in your quest to live a healthy lifestyle...

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KAYAKID 7/26/2009 12:40AM

    Dana, My heart goes out to you and family. Give everyone a hug from us Spark friends. Tell your family they will be in our prayers. It is so great you will be there to support your mom. what a great daughter you are... Have a nice trip.


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MAMASUE12244 7/25/2009 2:59PM

    Congratulations and Condolences to you and your family.
I am new to Spark but did see your face online...and thought I recognized you on ET.
Sue emoticon

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SZNN4570 7/25/2009 2:38PM

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your family members.

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ZAEZAE 7/25/2009 12:12PM

    Dana - Wow, thanks for sharing so much with us. I'm so glad you're going to be there for your Mom too, sounds like you will be the rock for your family through all this.

I loved that your shared your memories and thoughts about your Grandma too, what a sweet lady!

You are an inspiration with your success - believe me, I screamed at the tv when I saw your photos on tv, I was telling my hubby - "hey, I talk to her online!" So super cool to be recognized for your achievements. But what's even better is that you're still here, still helping others - even during your challenges and still using SP as a tool for yourself and to help all of us.

What you do on SP helps so many people. I can't wait to read your comments on my blog, I know it's always going to be a good one and I know you do that for so many people.

Thanks for sharing so much with us! You are amazing!!

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KEAKMAN 7/25/2009 10:32AM

    What a great family you have Dana! And I know how much your support will mean to you mom the next few weeks. Grieve when you need to, laugh when you can.

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LASHERTHECAT 7/25/2009 9:44AM

    Hey... I'm so sorry to hear about the deaths in your family. I'm glad you will be able to be with your mom, because with all those changes it will be a very stressful time for her and she will need your support...

Thanks for sharing your memories...

If you are looking for a car a Focus is great! well rated and very safe. We LOVE it!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/25/2009 6:35AM

    Condolences on your family losses. Thoughts and prayers go with you in your travels and observances.

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MSSUNBUG 7/25/2009 3:17AM

    So so sorry about the deaths in your family... :(


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SWEATONCEADAY 7/25/2009 12:28AM

    sorry about your loses dana. you are such a great daughter being there for you mom through all this. it must be hard on you to see her so upset. the oars sound cool. we need pics when you are done which i am sure you would do anyway. yeah for your sister coming home!!!!
( i watched the et thing. yeah you!)

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RHALES199 7/25/2009 12:11AM

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SWEETZMIX 7/24/2009 11:55PM

    Sorry to hear about your loss. It's sad what happened to your grandma & uncle but then again you are right, they shouldn't have to suffer.

And your grandma was an awesome collector. I hope you guys keep most of her collectibles not only to remember her buy and pass down, but those things are also worth money too. (I work with a toy collector.) Even if you planned on donating some of the things, you can always sell the stuff and donate the money.

You will be having an eventful few weeks indeed!!

Take Care!

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SPARKNMOM 7/24/2009 10:54PM

    What a lot you have going on! I lost my grandmother last October - and my mom said the same thing....even tho she had suffered, she was HER MOTHER and she misses her like crazy. Thanks for sharing stories of your grandmother...my boys would LOVE the Star Wars mugs :)

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VEEJAY3 7/24/2009 9:43PM

    Tell me about the Denver North mission! I live in Denver. From what I can see on the internet, it looks like it's somewhere east of here? What do they do?
hahaha -- let me know if you need me to check in on bro!

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KIMCATUS 7/24/2009 9:08PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandma and your Uncle...but it sounds like you have some really happy loving memories of that and those will always be special!!! I'm glad you will be there for you mom...that will help her!!

Sounds like you have some crazy busy time coming up...hang in there!!


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FITTYTIF 7/24/2009 7:23PM

    First I want to say it is I who is honored to have a sparkfriend like you! I would have given up on spark long ago if it was for not a few people around here! And YOU being one of the main people. You are such a great inspiration it is no wonder Sparkpeopl use you for so much stuff!

Heck look at how you are even handling all that is going on in your life right now WOW! You are just amazing.

Your grandmother sounds like mine! She also collected everything. She had to get rid of most her stuff and move in with my mom but she still has tons of little things now.
I have a feeling many of the items you mentioned are worth quite a bit of money now! Sounds like you and your mom will have your hands full!

Good luck with all your traveling! And thanks for always being there. If there is any way I can help you please ask!

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JEM0622 7/24/2009 5:50PM

    Many condolences for your family. A definite time of both sad and happy events. I pray you have safe travels throughout. Losing a sibling is hard. I lost my oldest sister when I was in preschool. We never forget them. emoticon~julie

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TELERIE 7/24/2009 5:40PM

    You and your family are in my thoughts. So sorry for your losses. It's a lot to deal with and you're dealing admirably.
Warm hugs from Marit

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/24/2009 5:07PM


So sorry for the losses in your family.

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BRUIN2 7/24/2009 4:58PM

    What wonderful memories Dana!!!! Thanks for sharing. Glad they are both at peace now.

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FUTURERNAIMEE 7/24/2009 4:16PM

    I am glad they are in a better place now, they sound like great people, especially your grandmother!
Why was your sister in Mongolia?

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SEEHOLZ 7/24/2009 4:12PM

    WOW- that is a lot to deal with at once! I'm glad you get to go to Florida and be with your Mom and also relieve some of the memories- so who gets the collections? Did she leave a will for the StarWars Mugs?
Seriously, I used to collect things ( erasers, stickers and pencil sharpeners as a kid) - now i collect dust maybe-haha.
Your grandma sounds like a wonderful lady and my heart goes out to you- for loosing her. It is hard to let go! Always!
How cool your sister's coming home, even if that means you're without her car-LOL- right now, there are great deals on cars--- since most people can't afford theirs. Craigslist is always great, too, if you are looking for a used one.
Anyways, good luck with sending your brother off- what is he doing on his Mission? Where does he go?
Take good care of you and your family! I'll be thinking of you!

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SUMMERVA 7/24/2009 3:45PM

    I'm so sorry about your losses....you know I just lost my grand this summer, and she'd been sick for awhile. I echo your sentiments about a better feeling knowing that the one you love that has passed isn't suffering anymore. That gave me peace for my grandmother.

You are such an amazing person, Dana. I love how you are able to keep up with everyone on here and take such good care of yourself, too. Such the mama bird :)

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SPRING4FAL 7/24/2009 3:32PM

    Hugs to you!!! I am very sorry for your loss but it sounds like your Grandma lived a life full of love and laughter! You will definately miss her but knowing she isn't suffering anymore is a tiny bit of relief. I, too, am sorry about the loss of your uncle. My condolences to your whole family.

Good luck on juggling all those balls ya got in the air. You can do it and with grace! It is nice that you will be there to support your mom during her tough time.

I will be at my father's service tomorrow and I am STILL milling over what I am going to say. URGH! Talk about procrastination but it is tough to sum up in a few words someones life and what they meant. Wish me luck!

We will get through this together!


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BOVEY63 7/24/2009 3:31PM

    Sending my thoughts to you and your Mom.

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    I'm so sorry about your grandma and your uncle. You have such a great perspective!

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

So... unbeknownst to me they flashed my picture up on Nationwide Television during the Sparks Segment on ET!!!!!!!!!

Apparently it was this Before and After picture:

I wish I had known!!!!!!!!!! :D hahahaha

OH MY GOSH -- Thanks to SPNANCY, I have the link!

I'm right at the beginning with my BEFORE shirt and later they show a before and after -- it's THIS before picture, but a different after picture (my favorite one actually!)


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KEEPSAKES66 7/29/2009 7:53AM

    that was awsome- Your example helps those of us who are still working on it to know our success is possible. thanks!

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    Eeek . . Spark better be careful! It was good that you were happy about them using your pic. :) Awesome plug for you though! It was great to see you there!
But they definitely need to be careful . . . when using pictures for media purposes . . . they have to get your permission!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/26/2009 8:38AM

    It's because of who you are, what you have done and what you are continuing to do. Keep inspiring. Kudos.

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TEAM-SARAH 7/25/2009 5:16PM

    that's so great!! your weightloss is seeeriously inspirational, good for you!

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SSPANIER 7/25/2009 9:55AM

    You so DESERVE IT!!!! That is just too freaking COOL!!! You are an inspiration!!! You know when you are caught up in the fatness, it is hard to think that there will ever be a way out....but seeing your pics....dreams become reality...you rock!!!! emoticon

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RUSSELLORAMA 7/24/2009 11:27PM

    Awesome! I cheered so loud when I saw you all, it scared my husband to death! LOL! You guys rock!

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HIPPICHICK1 7/24/2009 8:28PM

    I saw you! Hee hee! You were fabulous dahlink!

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TRILLIUM22 7/24/2009 7:28PM

    Great before and after

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JEM0622 7/24/2009 5:51PM

    Absolute coolness! You ROCK!

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JNEUBS 7/24/2009 5:03PM

    Congrats...knew it was you as soon as I saw the pic for those brief moments!

Remember you still have 14 minutes and 58 seconds left of fame! emoticon

Rock On!
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    Awesome link! And yeah - I like that pic of you in the shirt with the bow too. Congrats!

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MOLLYJUNIPER 7/24/2009 2:43PM

    That is so cool! Did anyone at Spark tell you they were going to use your photos? You definately deserve the attention! Go Girl!

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TERRIANGEL 7/24/2009 1:39PM

    I'm so glad you got the link. I was going to get it to you. emoticon on being on tv for such a worthy accomplishment! That's very, very cool!!

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ELFITZPA 7/24/2009 1:28PM

    Congrats and THANK YOU for posting the link!! I keep reading how everyone saw you and somehow I missed that they were doing a Spark segment in the first place. Did you ever think your good health would make you famous?!?! So fun!!

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    You're famous! SO exciting!!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/24/2009 12:52PM

    I never thought I would know someone on ET! Too cool! I made Jake come look at it, too :)

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SUPERPOSITIVE 7/24/2009 12:21PM

    how exciting!!! way to go girl! Once again, you are amazing!!!

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MEGABOMB 7/24/2009 11:59AM

    Toooooooo Coooooolllll!!!
Love it! Your pics look fabulous, and the Spark convention looks super fun too. Congrats!

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MEGABOMB 7/24/2009 11:59AM

    Toooooooo Coooooolllll!!!
Love it! Your pics look fabulous, and the Spark convention looks super fun too. Congrats!

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MEGABOMB 7/24/2009 11:59AM

    Toooooooo Coooooolllll!!!
Love it! Your pics look fabulous, and the Spark convention looks super fun too. Congrats!

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SEEHOLZ 7/24/2009 10:57AM

    That is so cool! I hope you're beamin ear to ear! You so deserve to be featured on there Dana--- you made an inspiring transformation!

Have a great week-end!


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DRAGONFLY180 7/24/2009 10:19AM

    awesome! :o)

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    That's awesome, Dana, congratulations!!

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SWEETZMIX 7/24/2009 9:25AM

    YUP I saw you on TV last night. I was like she is FAMOUS!

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MDTWEETY 7/24/2009 9:11AM

    WOW! How exciting!!!! Too funny that you didn't know! emoticon
I missed the segment. DARN IT! I knew I probably would miss it, but I'm sad anyway.

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LASHERTHECAT 7/24/2009 8:41AM

    I figured they'd show you... You have done such an amazing turn around!

Thanks for the link... I missed it last night.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/24/2009 8:01AM

    Whoo-hoo. Way to go!

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LIVINFIT4ME 7/24/2009 7:29AM

    wow!!! that is SO awesome. You must feel incredible. You sure deserve it!

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SPARKNMOM 7/24/2009 7:10AM

    How neat!! I'm glad you posted the link - as I missed it :) You are a GREAT success story!!!

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    That's so cool! But it is too bad they didn't tell you so you could have looked forward to it. XD

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TELERIE 7/24/2009 3:23AM

    You're such an inspiration to so many of us! YOU JUST ROCK!

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WOLFKITTY 7/24/2009 2:11AM

    I'm SO GLAD they showed your pictures when I was talking in the video!! HEhee. I don't remember WHEN we "met" on SparkPeople, but you certainly inspired me, Dana!


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    Dang I missed it. I'll have to watch the 2am rerun. LOL You look great!


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RHALES199 7/24/2009 1:00AM

    How awesome!
I'm gonna havfta check out that link.... i missed the show, darn it!

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FITTYTIF 7/23/2009 11:25PM

    WOW that is sooo cool!! Thanks for the link as well. I do not watch ET so I missed it!
That is a great after picture they showed I love your outfit.

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CHASINGTHENOW 7/23/2009 11:01PM

    Too cool!


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FUTURERNAIMEE 7/23/2009 10:22PM

    You rock girl!

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BRADGANG 7/23/2009 10:18PM

  WOW! that is awesome! You look amazing!! I'll have to check out the link as I missed the episode too! CONGRATS!

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BRADGANG 7/23/2009 10:17PM

  WOW! that is awesome! You look amazing!! I'll have to check out the link as I missed the episode too! CONGRATS!

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CBLING 7/23/2009 9:37PM

    That is awesome! You must feel pretty $%$& good!!!

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MOM2ACAT 7/23/2009 9:20PM

    I saw you tonight too! How cool!

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KJNE8O 7/23/2009 9:13PM

    Cool! I misse the show so I will have to go to your link - How neat!

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KIMCATUS 7/23/2009 8:34PM

    You looked so cool!!! I was very excited for you!!! Can I have your autograph please???? :P :P

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HRDWLBY 7/23/2009 8:28PM

    I can certainly see why they would want to use them! You look great!


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ONEKIDSMOM 7/23/2009 8:26PM

    Impressive! Congrats.

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KEAKMAN 7/23/2009 8:22PM


This is the link. Your pics are in the 52 second!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 7/23/2009 8:18PM

    How cool.

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/23/2009 8:17PM

    Dude!! I assumed they had alerted you or would need your permission!! You were THE example they showed. The segment was SO short. They just had this girl talking about how she went on the site and was inspired by other people's before-and-afters - and guess whose before-and-after was the ONLY one they showed - YOURS!! I guess someone else already told you that because you're right about which picture they flashed. Maybe you can see it on YouTube or something???

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KEAKMAN 7/23/2009 8:16PM

    Too cool! Have you checked to see it on YouTube?? (And great before and after pic!)

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NOCALORIES 7/23/2009 8:16PM

    Sparkpeople love you for your magnificent accomplishments. You are a model for what can be achieved by putting Spark to the test and following the actions of Sparkpeople. Your achieving your goals is fantastic. You are beautiful.

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Great Day so far!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

So I went to bed afer 1AM last night...

and woke up just before 5AM. Phwew. Sooooooo hard but sooooooo worth it.

Rowing was GREAT this morning -- much more actual rowing w/ drills in between. Got a better calorie burn for sure.

I'm starting to feel like my feedback that I'm getting is really fine-tuning my stroke, as well. But then again I'm sure that as I learn more and become better, there will only be more details to finesse. :) That's the great thing about being coached!!! I can only do so much for myself and my running. I THINK about form sometimes, but I can't see myself... I can monitor my heart rate, plan distances and different types of runs... but it's not the same as being watched by someone who is an objective observer AND has a wealth of knowledge and experience to help you along the way. It definitely takes me back to when I was studying music at FSU -- the more you learn, the more you realize you need to improve. The knowledge and skill you develop gives you the capability to grow even more, and correct even more and more details. It's really neat when you think about it!

So after that I ate my apple and nuts (pre row I did a bowl of cereal) and I was ready to go run... but felt soooooo tired. I figured I would do a slow jog at my favorite park. If I go out and back on the park it's around 2miles, but I know where I can go to and turn around to make it a little over 3 miles. So I figured I'd set out, keep it easy, and if I wasn't feeling wiped at the end I'd go the extra mile (oh how cute!). ANYWAY... when I was nearing about the halfway point of my OUT (of outandback), these two dudes passed me who I had passed in the opposited direction a minute before -- GRR. I hate that. hahaha but I'm sure they didn't turn around at the end of the park, that'd be impossible, but still. :P

So I'm like, WAH they passed me, they're going faster... and then one of the guys stops and starts walking and the other guy is like,"Don't give up now!!! We're almost there, just keep going!" and right at this point you can either turn off to the right to go to the windy trail that goes inbetween the trees and overlooks the water (the best part of the run in my opinion) or go straight. Well -- they went straight and I turned and I made it my mission to come out on the other side with them. MWAHAHA.

I guess I always knew I had a little competitive streak in me in other things -- I loved getting the best test scores, being the best trombone player, stuff like that -- but because I NEVER considered myself an ATHLETE I never thought of myself as being competitive in that area -- but now! It's definitely there. I don't expect myself to be the fastest (I know there are so many more talented and skilled runners out there it's RIDICULOUS), but I definitely find ways to challenge myself and compete with others and myself in little ways. So anyway, I just start booking it!!! I was right with them winding around up and down hills while they were going straight, up until my trail meets with theirs only I have stairs to go up to reach it -- so they got a bit ahead of me while I was going up the stairs and then we were VERY nearly at the end of the path (my turnaround) and they stopped there while I kept going.

Well -- at this point I was so pumped and my music was rocking and the windy trail had it's hills begging to be sprinted up and coasted down and I just kept running hard. I think Ted Leo makes me want to run fast! :) haha. Anyway -- I kept it up until I came back out to the straight part, at which point I was still KINDA pushing but keeping a steady pace, and gradually kinda slowed it on down until the end. I mapped it at about 2.2 miles, since I took a slightly different start today, and about 10.5min mile average I think???? hahaha.

So what was going to be a leisurely shortish run turned into a speedy run! I PROMISE to take my long run niiice and slowwww and not overeat before it this weekend. I really need to take a nice slow run after getting all pumped on my 4 miler, doing the run with Speedy yesterday, and then wanting to outrun the pair in the park today... hahaha.

Also -- I confessed to KEAKMAN, but I wanted to tell you all.

Sometimes I sing when I'm running. Not LONG PHRASES obviously, cause I'm breathing pretty heavy most of the time, but when my favorite part of the song comes up I take a breath and sing it out loud. As long as I'm on a trail that's in nature and there aren't people around. HAHAHA :D

Food is looking good so far today as well. I haven't been tracking my dinners in Sparks this week, just mental tracking. I'm not tracking a deficit this week either but I am staying within range. I'm actually pretty excited about my wrap in my lunch today cause it's a bit different than how I've done it recently and I think the flavors will be great. :)

OH AND P.S. -- I definitely went home, showered, and napped for 3 hours. So I did get around 7 total hours of sleep and I'm not running on fumes right now. :)

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TAKEONME48137 7/27/2009 10:47AM

    Hooray! And haha to the singing. I soooo do that myself and sometimes I have to hold back because I'm usually at the gym and that's awkward. However, I do rock out and drum along a lot of times. I have yet to get funny looks so I think I'm okay. lol =)

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CBLING 7/24/2009 6:11AM

    You are so funny, in a good way.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/23/2009 11:23PM

    Sounds like another really good day.


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FUTURERNAIMEE 7/23/2009 10:22PM

    Music major? That's awesome, what did you want to do after college with that?

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KEAKMAN 7/23/2009 8:11PM

    A little competition never hurt anyone. I guess. We'll have to find out.

And I would definitely love to have a coach check out my running and offer some poitners - even just for a time or two. Like you said - I *think* I am running well, but what if I'm not, and a little change in form would make me super speedy or super enduring.....

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TELERIE 7/23/2009 7:19PM

    Haha, I sing out loud too! Can't help myself! What a great blog - so inspirational - you really ROCK, Dana!

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WOLFKITTY 7/23/2009 7:10PM

    Haha.. Love it!
Music moves me too, girlie. You know, there is nothing that can motivate me to move my legs faster or push a little harder than a rockin' good song that I LOVE! And, although I am careful not to sing out loud, I am CONSTANTLY lip synching along to songs.

Yes people give me weird looks when they're on the machine next to me at the gym.

No, I don't care! HEheee.
Sing away, sister!

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KASHMIR 7/23/2009 6:40PM

    One of these days I'm going to have to borrow someone's ipod and give this music thing I keep hearing so much about a try...Music...Hmmmm such a concept!


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TIGERLILLY513 7/23/2009 4:48PM

    haha you crack me up. You make me wish I was ready to run, and therefore inspire me to get there. Fortunately, I work out at home so I can sing at the top of my lungs, when I'm not panting too hard. haha ;) Usually no words at bellydance class, so no need to worry about accidentally bursting out into song there.

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KIMCATUS 7/23/2009 4:12PM

    LOL @ PRAIRIEDAWNPAM!!! I definitely sing along when I run...although usually it's just snippets...like a word here or there...you amaze me as always!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/23/2009 4:12PM

    I know exactly what you mean about being competitive in other aspects, but never having considered yourself athletic, never having let it occur to you to be competitive in that way. Boy it is a good feeling to feel like you want to beat someone, or to have someone beat you and make you go "yeah! I want to get faster!!"

I also hear you on the singing, there are times when I will bring my arm up in the air and like "fist pump?" I don't know what you would call it, but I like to rock out. Yesterday I was rocking on the elliptical I did 6 miles in 47 minutes (trying to make up for not running) and I was bobbing my head and swaying in time to the ipod, I know I look stupid. I don't care!

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    If an athlete sings in the forest can anybody hear it?

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/23/2009 4:03PM

    Wow, I don't know how you're so upbeat and energetic on so little sleep - I'm jealous!

It's really cool that you're doing a new sport and being coached - something very motivating about that, almost like one of those movies where someone starts off a total novice at something and ends up a pro.

Awesome about today's run too - you're making me want to get out there for what will be my first outdoor run since Sunday...need that motivation!

I am definitely one to sing along with the radio, sing in the shower, was in chorus in high school, love karaoke, etc... and sometimes when I'm working out and a really good song comes up on my iPod I get this really strong urge to sing along! Sometimes I mouth the words, just can't help it. If I were all alone running maybe I WOULD sing along - if I weren't too out of breath! Haha. :)

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ZAEZAE 7/23/2009 3:55PM

    Congrats on such a great run!! Reading your blogs almost makes me want to start running -I pretty much only run when chased and I'm scared my body couldn't take it...but anyway - you make it sound SO fun!!!!

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Pretty Okay Day!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

So this morning I was feeling totally dead when I woke up to go run. WAH.

BUT!!! Running buddy was waiting for me so ... I went. (See how good this running buddy thing is???) :D hahaha I shall from here on out refer to her as Speedy because yeah -- I was really having to work this morning to keep up with her and she was doing most of the talking AND pushing a stroller w/ a baby in it!!! SO UNFAIR! hahahaha :D we did about 2.4 miles in 25 min which is definitely a tempo run for me -- I'm over 11min on my faster runs these days, usually between 12-13 min on longer runs, so yeah. It's really good to have that drive, though! Her daughter is soooooo cute, too! Sadly it was lightly raining occasionally, so we got a little damp, but it wasn't too bad. All I have to say is RUNNING = DONE.

Then I came home, made our lunches, and did a LITTLE strength training. My lower back is feeling a little strained -- I think it might be because of all the drills from rowing on Tuesday even though they weren't tough, because of the types of drills we were doing it was a lot of emphasis on the swing - where you swing your upper body back to finish the stroke and then back forward... I dunno for sure, but either way... I started to do a little ST but didn't get too much done. I did some lunges w/ hammer curls, some alternating bicep curls, then I laid on the floor and some slow bridges and other pilates stuff -- but not a full on pilates routine, just some. And I also did some standing rolldowns (pilates where you slowly roll down your spine and back up) just trying to get that stretch in my back that I felt I needed. I also spent some time curled in a ball and rolling back and forth to massage that area.

And I just wasn't feeling doing any more ST. I did like two lying tricep extensions and was like.. mreh.

I took a shower and went to bed.

Slept for like an hour and a half at least!

Woke up to my alarm so I had some time to eat and I watched some more Biggest Loser Australia on YouTube. I'm currently in the middle of Season 3 -- well not really the middle -- they just eliminated the week 3 person I think -- but anyway. LOVE LOVE LOVE that show -- I prefer the Australian version for sure. No cheesy product placement, lots of time spent with the training and everything. woot. They DO have some kind of dumb/weird gameplay aspects that the US version doesn't have though....

and one they added this season which I kind of like is THE WAREHOUSE. Each week there is a FOOD twist added to the game -- the biggest loser from the winning team the previous week gets to choose between two options -- the other team gets the option they don't choose.

Like one week they had to choose CABBAGE or canned foods with no labels. Well the winning team picked cabbage. They still had some other foods in the kitchen to work with, so this wasn't a big deal to have a ton of cabbage to eat, but the team stuck with the cans... a lot of it they couldn't even eat and they had to really make do with the rest of it.

This week it was CASH (to grocery shop for yourself -- $60 per person for the week, but everyone was saying how that wasn't really enough - don't know what it's like in Aus $ or what their grocery prices are like anyway), and the other alternative was Japanese food prepared for your team by a chef for lunch and dinner.

The winning team picked the cash -- I prefer the team that lost and I was soooooo happy for them. :) OH MAN - their chef is so cute and she's cookinge verything low sodium and low fat w/ brown rice when there IS rice, they had a gorgeous spread of sashimi and a raw veggie salad and some brown rice sushi when they went back to the house. :) If you eat it right, Japanese food can be SOOOOOO healthy and when considering the fact that they had a chef preparing their food according to their trainers instructions -- they totally have it made.

OH - Regarding the Apartment situation -- thank you all so much for your comments!!! The only reason we're still at this place is that my DH expects that we will be moving either in Dec or May, depending on when he is able to find a job. He expects his Dissertation will be defended in Dec, but he will most likely not meet the deadline to turn things in to walk in Dec - so he'll have to "enroll" in Spring and walk in May. If he finds a job before then we can move, if not then he'll stay on and teach for that last semester until he walks. In any case, we're not even going to be here for another year so moving is not really an option (there are only a couple of places around here that do short term leasing -- plus they don't allow pets, plus their ridiculously more expensive, plus MOVING ITSELF is expensive...) so we're just DEALING for now. They gave us a lease through December only (like a ...5 month? so not even a 6 month lease?) and only raised our rent like $5 somehow so..... THAT we appreciate.

Also their breed restriction list is ridiculous -- they're vicious and OTHER breeds - like bull mastiff, st. bernard, I don't remember what other ridiculous breeds that are apparently banned due to their size alone. (Granted I'm not saying I RECOMMEND those dogs for apartment dwelling, I just think BANNING them is insane...)

Also -- a good point we were made to realize is that if we are caught they'll likely ask us to find him a new home and not be like -- OOOH EVICTED. We may be able to find a temporary home for him since we intend to be gone soon anyway.

Still no decision, but this is where we're at so far.

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KMKMOM 7/23/2009 3:09PM

    Good for you for running anyway even when you didn't feel like it. I've found a buddy for my long runs on the weekend and it does make such a difference. When I got back from vacation, I so wanted to skip that week's long run but I knew that if I called my buddy, I would be locked in. It can really help. I finished season 1 of BL Australia. I need to go and start watching season 2. It helps keep me mindful of my own journey.

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LUCYA8 7/23/2009 12:44PM

    sounds like a lot of fun -- i've never watch a television show online (I know, I am a little technologically backward), and don't even know how one does that, but it sounds like a great show!

Also, I didn't get to comment about this, but I LOVED your mention about your compliment in the gym -- you DO look like you've been in your tall lean body for your whole life, no question. I thought your earlier 'before' pics were beautiful too, but this look really brings out your eyes and face, and takes advantage of your height. So lovely!

Also, re: buddies, I am with you. I still haven't been able to find a solid workout buddy, either online or in person, but would love to. And one exciting thing happened recently -- since I know a lot about nutrition, especially plant-based nutrition, my neighbor asked me to help her with some health guidance, and asked if I'd be an informal nutritionist for her. Since I'm not registered, I let her know that I couldn't really be a REAL nutritionist for her, but I agreed to help make a plan for her, get her started with some good ingredients to look for and some great recipes and meal plans, and take her to the grocery store to look at how to make smart selections. It's actually very exciting for me to be able to help someone out like that, and it really means a lot to her. I suggested that, even though we won't be work-out buddies (we're at different levels of fitness at this point), we be health buddies and keep each other motivated. We'll see how it goes!

all my best, Luc.

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SEEHOLZ 7/23/2009 10:44AM

    I love the idea of Biggest Loser from other countries- will need to check it out!
Ha, great job on the tempo runner! Nothing better than being able to say I kept up with an infant-LOL- totally kidding, of course.
Seriously, I think the stroller gives her the extra "umpf"--- next time offer to push it and see the difference or try to run with a cart in the grocery store parking lot ( well, if you dare to look a bit foolish) In a way, it's "easier" until you get to a hill... which, gives me the idea of suggesting some hill runs for your friend. I bet you'll have no problem keeping up then-LOL!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/23/2009 10:24AM

    It doesn't sound like they are very on top of things, and I still say a mixed breed is not the same thing, therefore the ban does not apply. If they gave you any grief all you would have to do is get a letter from a vet or breeder or something saying the dog was not a pure breed and therefore it is impossible to classify him/her as such.

But yeah, sticking it out as irritating as it is probably the best call. Moving SUCKS and comes with a host of bs expenses.

Who wouldn't go for the Japanese chef? Are they NUTS???!!

Glad it sounds as though the running buddy is going to workout, running with someone faster than you is a great way to improve your speed. There is something to the dang strollers, those women are always in GREAT shape - well and men, too! I was telling Sharon (MBSHAZZER) how this one loop I love to run, it is 3 miles around and has a lot of REALLY STEEP short hills, so it is a good hill run, I do it twice around and 3 times when I am half training, anyway, once I was there and this dude with TWINS in a jogging stroller, who was probably a good 10 years older than me was chasing me around the frigging loop! I was like "I will be DAYUMMED before I get passed by a dude with TWINS in a stroller, nuh-uh!" It was such a great workout! When I was done I wanted to ask what time he is there everyday to have him kick my butt! lol!!!!!

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LASHERTHECAT 7/23/2009 8:35AM

    It's so great when you're feeling crap, but your exercise=DONE!!! It's such a GREAT feeling!!

I'll have to check out BL Australia... I would've gone for the Japanese food too, although I've never had it before... I'm adventurous that way...

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KEAKMAN 7/22/2009 9:58PM

    Okay, since she is your workout buddy I will refrain from my normal tirade and rampage about jogging moms with strollers. Way too many of them passed me on my 5K and now I have this thing about them....a la Monty Python....NONE SHALL PASS!

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WOLFKITTY 7/22/2009 8:06PM

    Running in the rain and then you still did some strength training! That's cool! :)

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FITTYTIF 7/22/2009 8:03PM

    Way to go on the buddy run!!!

and the Australian Biggest looser sounds interesting.
I would of taken the chef!! They are going to have a better week I predict!!
If you watch it on You tube do you get just 10 minutes at a time? Or just a recap I have never watched anything really on you tube except the Harry Potter Musical! And funny animal stuff.

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TAKEONME48137 7/22/2009 7:57PM

    I'm glad that your day went okay! I haven't watched any of the Biggest Loser show. Sounds pretty cool though. mmmm sushi...I just ate dinner but that just made me hungry again hehehe

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FUTURERNAIMEE 7/22/2009 7:49PM

    How I would love a workout buddy. A consistent one. My love wants to get exercising a bit and I offered to be his buddy, not full time of course but during the couple of times a week we see each other it would be consistent. He said no you can't keep up with me. I know that but still, I think it would be nice. Oh well. I will try and convince him next time.

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SWEETZMIX 7/22/2009 7:40PM

    Ok I totally need a workout buddy, someone who I depend on & who depends on me. YUP, I can get up early for one..now I need to find one. And I am with you, it is just expensive to move, so that is why I am sticking it out another year.

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/22/2009 5:55PM

    What a fun idea - watching other countries' Biggest Loser episodes online. I love that show, but you're exactly right, the product placement junk is getting to make the show almost too annoying to watch! ALMOST!

I have to agree with Lynne - I'm jealous that you have a workout buddy who motivates you to run when you're tired, and to go faster than you would on your own. That's great!

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LYNNETH7 7/22/2009 5:34PM

    I REALLY NEED a workout buddy. I'm jealuos! OMG SUSHI emoticon

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