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Monday, August 10, 2009

I feel SO out of the loop and wacko.

I ran and did ST one day this weekend - which is good.

I should have had another run.

The big meals came at lunchtime and then no real dinner - just munching on random stuff -- meant my food was kinda weird... I stuck to pretty good breakfasts, though.

Just feel totally out of sorts.

Lost $30 that I don't understand how I lost it... it was in a pants pocket. I looked at it AT HOME to make sure where it was. Now I can't find it. UGH.

This weekend I did have some very fun times -- game night w/ the in-laws is always mega-fun.

Meeting my sis-inlaw's boyfriend was cool... I'm still semi-undecided about him. I really liked him at first but then on the last day we were there he REALLY got on my nerves... so as a whole I kinda got left with a bad taste in my mouth but when I think back I don't think it was a fair overall impression to just remember that part... so??? I dunno. He's not awful. That's for sure. So that's good!

I went to a running store on the last day -- they didn't have the running fuel belt I wanted but I think the visit and looking at similar items and items from the same companies I was thinking about helped me make a decision. I picked up some nuun to try as well since no place here sells it.

I ALSO got my gait analyzed again. I still overpronate -- but it's not as bad as when I first had my gait analyzed back in the day. Because I've lost so much weight, I don't need as much support apparently? But anyway. I think I'll still get a stability shoe when I eventually get one. I tried on a bunch of shoes and one of them felt like it was MADE for my foot (Brooks Infiniti) but I'm not buying yet (I still want to read more about THAT SHOE since I never have and maybe it's just a comfy shoe that won't do what I need in the long run) -- still it was nice to talk to a knowledgeable running salesperson and go through that whole thing. I kept going outside to run up and down the sidewalk. hehehe. My legs looked so skinny and cool running on the running gait analysis video. I feel like I know enough now to feel more confident about maybe ordering my running shoes online later on, same with some other stuff like the fuel belt. So STUFF wise - not so productive. Knowledge and research wise - I feel like it was worth going.

Due to my actions of overeating at lunch while I was away and eating kind of crap the rest of the day -- I feel all wonky and fat. I also had some serious allergy issues there, too! And I'm not allergic to DOGS so I dunno. I wonder if I'm allergic to one of their dogs that has longer softer hair more like a cat? Seriously, that dog's hair feels like cat fur. Hmmm anyway. That contributed to my wonky feeling all weekend, too.

I just can't wait to really feel back on track and while I will make my best efforts this week, I'm having a hard time being optimistic about how my weekend will go this time around as well since I'll be visiting my family again. I will try, though! I really will.

I found out the rowing lineup for the fall -- I'm in the Women's Racing 8+ in seat 3!

This means I'm in the bow of the boat and I kind of did NOT like rowing that spot the ONE time I rowed it -- it was harder to focus with so much going on in front of me. Also it felt more difficult to stabilize? Maybe I should take this as a compliment because it felt more difficult to me yet I'm being put there? I dunno, but in any case -- I'm excited to start working together with those who I'll be racing with and really kicking the rowing up to the next level. I'm also happy because the girl I liked to row behind in 7 seat (with her as stroke) is rowing 4 seat! :D YAY! So I'll be rowing behind my favorite person to row behind which is awesome. I think it's just going to take some time to get used to being in the bow 4 since I've only ever done that once since I started rowing. Unfortunately I will have to miss our second practice together but at least it's only the second one as well -- instead of being well into the season. But this also means that I may only be rowing once a week unless I also row on Sunday's or can get to row on Fridays -- which is a bummer. I'm gonna have to work on that and see what else I can do rowing wise -- BUT! It's also kind of a plus because I'm gonna be doing my marathon training as well and I have to worry less about rowing taking up all my time cause of it being competitive I guess??????


Lots of unknowns. August feels like such an overwhelming month so far. I just can't wait until this weekend is over.

I'm gonna be trying to learn to drive stick shift! We've been using my sister's car to have two cars while she's been gone and now she's back so I've got to give her her car back but with DH's schedule having one car was going to be AWFUL. So my dad offerred for us to borrow the truck they got that they don't really use until we are able to get another car (just SO not in our budget right now), but neither of us drive stick and since I'm the one going on this visit the plan is for me to learn while I'm there and drive it back! We'll see.

OK I think I've got enough out. *phwew* Wish me a good week!

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KAYAKID 8/11/2009 3:16PM

    Dana, I think my Mom used to have a pants suit like that.LOL I loved your pics and looks like you has a wonderful time. trying to take pictures again "a Dana" You have a good week and enjoy yourself. I will get to see Keakman and Kashmir on Saturday - I think Robin might skip with Kate - I will stop my race and take a picture of that. enjoy!

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KASHMIR 8/11/2009 10:25AM

    #1. Driving a stick can be loads of fun! Go into it with a positive attitude and you will do great. I SO miss my manual Honda...and if you get taught the right timing for shifting, you will save a bundle on gas.

#2. Let me know what you think of the NUUN. I picked some up this past Saturday, used it on Sunday, but because I started out with 3 of my electrolyte capsules I'm not sure which worked, or if both worked. I almost blew up one of my water bottles, I didn't realize it fizzed and I put the cap back on. LOL

#3. Change is GOOD! I predict being in a spot in the boat that you feel uncomfortable in will strengthen your rowing a lot!!! Can't wait to read more updates!

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SKYFYRE 8/11/2009 10:18AM

    Wow, you have been traveling a ton, when will you have a weekend to yourself to do boring things like be at home?! Hahaha! Well, no one can say that you are a neglectful daughter! You are making the rounds! Sorry about the cash and the fact that you got the ick from your sis's boyfriend, maybe next time will be better? Allergies, eh? I am totally allergic to cats, AND dogs- but not dogs with hair instead of fur!

Rowing sounds exciting, hard work paying off! Yeehaw! Oh and marathon training is of course super duper exciting! Keep on going, I can feel a boring weekend coming up out of necessity!

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MSSUNBUG 8/11/2009 9:45AM

    Wow, lot's going on. I have to agree that August has been pretty overwhelming so far. I thought the latter part of July was pretty rough, but the first part of August has been just as much so--and perhaps even MORE intense. It seems like there's a lot of overwhelming stuff going on for everyone!

I do hope you have a great week and that things settle down a little bit and feel less overwhelming.

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SIRABE76 8/11/2009 12:53AM

    sorry about your lost money. I hate when that happens to me.

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KEAKMAN 8/10/2009 11:22PM

    Being away from home and away from my routine is the hardest thing for me. If I can have the same old day I can stay on track just fine, so I feel your "pain"

Sorry that you felt yucky in general but I hope you feel better now.

And congrats on getting to row behind the gal you prefer to row behind!

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HOPERY 8/10/2009 9:50PM

    Wow! What a weekend! No wonder you feel "wonky". I'm making that my new word for the week, unless it makes me too hungry because it reminds me of Willy Wonka. MMMM Chocolate. You make rowing sound so fun! Don't worry, if you can row, you can master a stick shift. You'll have it in no time.

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TAKEONME48137 8/10/2009 7:09PM

    Sounds like you had a good weekend regardless of the food stuff and what not. Extra knowledge about running and such is gooooood, so yay for that. Awesome on the rowing team stuff! I hope the month isn't too overwhelming...and if it does become overwhelming, taking a step back, breathing, and then going back in is always good. I drive a stick, and honestly at first, it is scary as heck, especially if you accidentally go into an upper or lower gear when you don't mean to and then you don't know what you've done, etc. However....once you get used to it, it's not so bad. In fact, I prefer stick to automatic, mostly because I feel I have better control of the car (speed, acceleration, etc.). Good luck with that. =)

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SWEETZMIX 8/10/2009 5:26PM

    Yeah that was a lot. SOOOOOOOOO it's great to be doing the rowing without having such a huge commitment, so you can do your marathon training. Good luck on driving stick! I think you can do it. The fat feeling will go away, it always does! And just finding out a ton of info on running stuff sounds awesome b/c finding people who know what they are talking about is hard to find.

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DDOORN 8/10/2009 5:01PM

    What a full plate you have! Whoo wee! I'm sure you're up to it though and will pull through with flying colors! :-)


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JOPAPGH 8/10/2009 4:38PM

    You will do fine with the manual transmission. After a frustrating 30 - 45 minutes at most if will feel very comfortable. Do lots of stop sign incline starts and remember to push in the clutch at toll booths.

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WOLFKITTY 8/10/2009 4:30PM

    WHEW indeed! HEheee. That's a lot on your plate! I hope that this week gets you feeling a little back to normal before you visit your family again.

Take care!

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    You're a busy gal! Hope things go well, and congrats on your rowing lineup! You'll do great!

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    I so need to get to a running store and get my gait analyzed. and SOON! My current shoes have WAY too many miles on them so I've been using trail shoes to train in . . and I think my knees are suffering a bit. eeps! So yes. Sooner than soon. :)

Sounds like you have some GREAT plans. The rowing is getting settled, your running looks great. . woohoo! I need to get a solid plan going . . my first 5K is Sept. 12 . . and I have NO plan. lol Gotta work on that one! :)

Enjoy your week!!!!! Make it an awesome one. :)

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FITTYTIF 8/10/2009 3:38PM

    Have a great week! Sounds like you are plenty busy. Nnot sure how you keep up with everything. I get tired just reading your blog. LOL
Good luck on the shift! Never have nor do I think I ever will drive a shift. I am not cordinated enough!!

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Feeling Good today!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

I feel like I had a positive and productive morning -- although I was a tiny bit late to work!

Last night I did NOT make any of the rice -- DH talked me into doing something quicker instead since we had the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE finale performance show to watch.

So we did Kim & Scott's Stuffed Pizza Pretzels. Those things are SO GOOD and as far as a frozen meal goes, not too shabby nutritionally speaking. I mean, it's a frozen stuffed pretzel, so it's not like it's health food, but relatively speaking it's good.

I even had enough room to eat some chocolate. YAY. I came to exactly my cal max. :P hahaha I'm not thrilled with being at my max twice, but at least I stayed in and I'm tracking again.

Tonight is a big question mark because I'm going straight to a party after work. I will have to be very mindful and smart! I intend to track EVERYTHING I EAT TONIGHT. No freebies because I am NOT counting this party as my "cheat meal" this week. I will be having enough of that while I'm away, I'm sure. I will have my gum on hand to cut myself off. Luckily the party thrower is a Sparker so I'm hoping there will be some healthy options available.

ANYWAY - this morning!

I ran - 2 miles, EASY pace. I didn't want to push myself after my brief pain yesterday (which felt like the IT band knee pain I experienced before) even though the pain went away very quickly I just figured tomorrow is an off running day and so I could just take it easy today, off tomorrow, and then get back at it this weekend. I am trying to be VERY careful because to finish my marathon, I've got to make it to the starting line fit and healthy. :)

So then I came back - showered, started laundry, did some strength training, ate some food, folded laundry for an eternity. Then hurriedly got ready for work, packed a lunch, etc.

*PHWEW* I wish I could've done a bit more before I left but I really crammed it all in there and the laundry HAD to be done before this weekend so what can you do. I may be sparking a bit this weekend, but if I don't talk to anyone - HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!

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SKYEFYR 8/9/2009 2:24PM


Hubby sidetracked my original plans for dinner the other night too. For the same reason. Even though we were recording the finale, he wanted to watch it live. (Personally, I would rather wait till 40 minutes in to start watching the recording and fast forward through commercials, but I was outranked!)

So, were you happy with the results?

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SWEETZMIX 8/9/2009 1:17PM

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Laundry...yes I know, I spent my WHOLE Saturday morning doing laundry.

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    Hey! Long time since I've been faithful with my sparking, but think about ya, fellow bunny, so stoppin' by your blog to see wut u r up 2. Where do you buy these pizza pretzels u speak of... intriguing! YAY for saving room 4 chocolate! Hope the party went well, and your knee isn't giving u any more trouble. Happy Weekend!

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KAYAKID 8/8/2009 2:45PM

    Dana, thanks for your comments on my spark page. I love your new profile pic. I have been doing laundry all morning. I had scout camp this past week. I survived but lots to do to get life back to normal. Have a great weekend!!!!

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SKYFYRE 8/8/2009 1:02PM

    About your laundry situation... I hate doing laundry! Good for you for getting it done and not procrastinating on it for the weekend! Hope the gum trick worked, the other night I brushed my teeth and I really was done after that! I was shocked that it worked! Have fun this weekend!

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SLCOLMAN 8/8/2009 12:34PM

    Sounds like another great day :)

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JESPAH 8/8/2009 9:55AM

    You did plenty - no slacking off at all. Excellent! :)

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KEAKMAN 8/7/2009 4:52PM

    Take it easy on the IT band - there is a great exercise for it in RW....I was starting to feel those first twinges and went for ST and stretches and it is all better, no more twinges (THAT is the last thing I need!)

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LILHLFPINT 8/7/2009 11:18AM

    (good luck staying within your ranges! i'll be thinking about you.

you know something funny - i'm queen of laundry, i LOVE doing laundry but i don't fold a single thing. my friends always trip off it - how i can do tons of laundry every week but not fold anything. i hang almost all my clothes. and i only own a single set of towels - i've used the same set of towels since i was 18.)

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SEEHOLZ 8/7/2009 11:05AM

    Glad you're easing yourself into marathon training! To me that sure sounds like a very productive morning! Enjoy your week-end, with and without gum!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 8/7/2009 9:27AM

    Hi Dana, I hear you on the folding for an eternity. I think laundry breeds. And for us peeps that workout we have double the clothes. I have Jake and my workout clothes, and Jake and my normal clothes. Speaking of which, are workout stuff is so disgusting it has to have its own hamper so as not to contaminate our other stuff. Sad. We are funky people. But, I tried Pam's suggestion of adding lysol to the gym loads and it works! I add it to the regular detergent and soak for about 20 minutes and the funk does not linger. I don't know if you have to deal with this, so if I am just grossing you out unnecessarily, sorry.

I had a pretty productive am as well. I had to take the car to the mechanic and they offered me a ride home and I opted to walk :). now I just need to fold the laundry from an eternity.

Hope the party was fun! And you have a fabulous weekend too if we don't "talk" again!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/7/2009 9:12AM

    You have a great one as well.


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FITTYTIF 8/7/2009 1:01AM

    Well if your party is any thing like at mu house. That Sparker will try to have some healthy stuff but the other half may not be as willing. But the good news is the Sparker will understand when you pass!
I can't wait for you to try the rice. I do not know why but it makes me hungry ever time I think of it!

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CATIATM 8/6/2009 11:25PM

    You, too, Dana! *muah* emoticon

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SPARKNMOM 8/6/2009 10:27PM

    Fellow gum chewer here!! Gotta keep the mouth chomping away LOL!! Hope the party went well :)

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MISSY_MAGOO 8/6/2009 10:23PM

    good for you tracking the party food tonight- and how nice that it's a sparker throwing it- at least you know it won't be all chips and mini pizzas!
Sounds like you're having a great day :)

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LAFTERSFREE 8/6/2009 7:49PM

    just so u know, this isn't going to be one of my "normal" parties because of budget reasons, also since im working tonight and the party starts so late, im not making food/having the normal spread of stuff,... so that's good and bad... good b/c i wont be offering the tons of food i normally have, and bad b/c i only bought a few bags of chips. I asked people in the email to bring snacks or drinks or whatever, so feel free to bring something healthier if you'd like, and other people may show up with healthier stuff too! yay, im excited... just cant wait to get done work at 9 so i can hurry home and get the last little things ready (like my shower!!! hahaah)

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2BERUNNING 8/6/2009 7:38PM

    Busy day for you, have a great weekend!!!

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RHALES199 8/6/2009 5:25PM

    Hope you have a great weekend as well!

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WOLFKITTY 8/6/2009 4:36PM

    Sounds like a good day! Hope you do really well in your marathon!

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DDOORN 8/6/2009 4:17PM

    Good for you...nailed your workouts and ready with a healthy mindset for your party...enjoy! :-)


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ZAEZAE 8/6/2009 4:06PM

    The pretzels sound yummy! It's kind of making me hungry!!!

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TAKEONME48137 8/6/2009 3:33PM

    Good luck with the party and the weekend!

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Remember when I said I was gonna do CORE today?

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

... and I also said TOM was due today?

HAHAHA What was I thinking??? Anyway.

Got up -- did a speedy run with Ms. Speedy -- sooooo hard today. It was like... 2.28 miles in 24 min or something like that - and we walked JUST a bit right at the beginning, too. The big mistake was going straight into the car with almost no cooldown/stretching to follow her to the gas station to make sure she didn't run out of gas. When I got out at home my knee was hurting. BLAST!

I was feeling kinda beat and cramps started kicking in so I just took a shower and went back to bed instead of doing my abwork.

When I woke up - YAY no more pain! :) I didn't hurt at all WHILE running, so I guess it just needed some time to loosen up I dunno, either way, I'm happy, and no more skipping my cooldowns/etc.

SO! Tomorrow - run and then ST at the Aquatic Center. Upper Body and Abs! WILL GET DONE.

I was like... 12 calores below my range yesterday. HAHAHA :) I went a little over on fat and carbs, but again those are my prescribed NARROW ranges so I'm not too worried about it. YAY for tracking and being within range again! :D haha.

So far today I'm in a little better shape than yesterday caloriewise, and somehow even more protein and less carbs! So I'm thining I'll be carbing it up tonight, we'll see what I come up with. I don't feel like planning anything in particular, but I did get some really cool varieties of rice at Target the other day cause they were on clearance.

I had been LUSTING after them for a while but always said - nope, too expensive. So yay patience!

I got the bamboo rice shown in this blog:


The Thai Red Rice shown here:


Some teeny tiny baby jasmine rice that I can't find a picture of, a wild rice blend, and a seven grain rice blend. :) I'm excited to try ALL of them, so maybe I can get that started tonight...

Also YAY only one more work day for me this week -- tomorrow is my Friday since I'm visiting the in-laws. :) Will be very vigilant this weekend about actually sticking to my phenomenal vacation meal plan of two healthy in plan meals and one free meal. I devised that ages ago and I still think it's awesome, I just haven't actually STUCK to it lately. If I can track everything, I will. If we go out to eat somewhere, I'll make that my free meal. Everything else will be healthy and fit! And I will run! And do Strength Training!

P.S. -- the Skinny Cow Skinny Dippers are good -- they're like ice cream popsicles dipped in a thin shell of chocolate most of the way down the pop. I got the mint and vanilla variety pack. :)

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MISSY_MAGOO 8/6/2009 10:08PM

    YUMMY! You've got to tell me about the bamboo rice! I love love love bamboo- but have never seen it as rice before! Ohhhh- I'm thinking of all the recipes I could do with it...

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SLCOLMAN 8/6/2009 3:02PM

    All that rice sounds yummy!! Woo hoo for getting them on clearance!! :)

Have fun on your weekend away!

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TATTED_PINUP2BE 8/6/2009 11:42AM

    Ah love skinny cow dippers, you gotta tell us how that rice is! It looks very colorful!

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KASHMIR 8/6/2009 11:33AM

    Love my Rice!!! I think I'll be truckin' over to Target at lunch today to see if we have those varieties too!!! YUM!

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    I'm thinking I need to check out my Target for some clearance rice! The red one looks especially good. And I've had the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches (so yummy but addicting) but I've been wondering how the other stuff is... Guess I'll have to try those too! Thanks for the food ideas - and yay for you for getting your run in even with TOM - so many people use it as an excuse not to do anything. Now, I know that some people do have cramps so bad that they can't even get out of bed - that was my sister. But some people really do use it as a LAME excuse. Yay for us tough girls! Glad your tummy settled down after the nap - and use ice if those knees flare up!

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MSSUNBUG 8/6/2009 10:07AM

    yay for listening to what your body needs, and yay for rice on clearance! have a great visit with your inlaws, and good luck sticking to your plan--you can do it!

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SKYEFYR 8/6/2009 9:26AM

  LOVE the new pic! Really looks great!

You are probably one of the most active people I know. If your crampyness is anything like mine has been lately, you definitely need to give yourself a break on the abwork. It'll get done.

Have fun at the inlaws this weekend!

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DDOORN 8/6/2009 9:12AM

    Hadn't heard of all these different rices...thx for broadening my horizons! Hoping to give them a whirl sometime!


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SUNNY_GRIN 8/5/2009 11:50PM

    Those are some yummy looking rices!

And I say that it's totally understandable that you didn't work on your abs today...eeek!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/5/2009 11:04PM

    Way to go on getting the rice on clearance!

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FITTYTIF 8/5/2009 10:07PM

    I like the mint ones also. I wish they would sell a box of just mint! DD just got some of the carmel so I will have to try one of those next.
Your variety of rice sounds yummy! You will have to let us know what you make with it!

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LAFTERSFREE 8/5/2009 9:23PM

    that bamboo rice seems really cool!
ur still coming tomorrow right?? i forgot u guys were heading to your family's this weekend.

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SING4YOU57 8/5/2009 6:22PM

    Love Skinny Cow dippers.... Just enough to satisfy.

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2BERUNNING 8/5/2009 5:32PM

    I have never heard of Bamboo Rice...let us know how it is? I need to get out and try other kinds besides the white and brown.

As far as the cool down, I have a terrible time remembering to do it. I always feel like I will cheat myself out of 5 minutes of good calorie burn.

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WOLFKITTY 8/5/2009 5:23PM

    BAMBOO rice?! Sounds yummy!!
Have fun on vacation!


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SEEHOLZ 8/5/2009 4:54PM

    The rice sounds extremely appetizing and I so know what you mean with "waiting it out", especially at Target, since stuff actually does go on clearance!

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DEEJACKSON 8/5/2009 4:37PM

    Wow, what a roller coaster! But you seem to have a good time in everything you do. Kudos to you!!

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TAKEONME48137 8/5/2009 4:35PM

    The rice looks cool! I'm still trying to get rid of the massive amount of white rice I have before getting other healthier varieties.

Yay for no pain after sleep! That is always a great way to wake up.

*sending good vibes for this weekend* Good luck with all the ST and such!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 8/5/2009 4:21PM

    I love pretty much everything skinny cow makes! Those rice varieties look cool! Way to wait and get them on clearance - YAY!!!

I like your vacation strategy, I think I will steal that for our beach trip!

Sorry about the knee, I hope that miss speedy lets you stretch from now on!

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WHATAGRL42 8/5/2009 4:03PM

    You're on it, as usual!

I got some organic basmati rice after a cooking class I took... and learned from the chef conducting the class that it is lower in starch than other varieties, but especially after you SOAK it for 10 minutes, and drain off the milky-white water! I had never soaked my rice before. I think this makes it a tiny bit lower in carbs than sticky varieties. Anyway, it's deliciously fragrant, and so fluffy!

Get on those abs, woman! One (and ONLY one) good thing about menopause: No more TOM!!!


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SWEETZMIX 8/5/2009 3:54PM

    WHOO HOO for feeling better. BOO @ TOM!!! And try that rice woman!! lol But I know how it is when TOM first comes around you just don't feel like doing anything. OHHH and tomorrow is my Friday too!! WHOO HOO

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TELERIE 8/5/2009 3:42PM

    Yay for knee not hurting after skipping cooldown and stretch. I aaaalways stretch after my runs, it's so nice to do. Great idea you have for vacation meal planning - I'll be using that when I am away from computer and feel lost without Spark. have a lovely meal - looking forward to hearing about all that rice you're planning on trying. Yum! emoticon

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KEAKMAN 8/5/2009 3:41PM

    About that knee.....I'm sure you saw the Runner's World article about knee pain last month - whether it's IT-related or "runner's knee". Just be sure to keep an eye on it, notice when it hurts and when it doesn't, what kind of workouts bring on the pain, how far into the workout, etc. I don't want you telling us you pulled/tore/dislocated something and Memphis is out of the question!

Hooray for patience paying off! Hope they are all as yummy as they look!

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ZAEZAE 8/5/2009 3:27PM

    I'm going to try and channel you as I write this response - what you would say to me is, "Remember, if your body is telling you it needs rest, then you should rest - just go with it!" hahaha

Something like that, right? Did you do still do the Pilate's you were planning on? Is that considered any type of ST? I think you did great!

Yummy for the rice too, I love jasmine rice!

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KJNE8O 8/5/2009 3:23PM

    Oh - those rice look good! I'll definitely be picking some up at my local Target if they have them there. Let us know how they taste after you've tried them.

Glad you're feeling better!

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KJNE8O 8/5/2009 3:22PM

    Oh - those rice look good! I'll definitely be picking some up at my local Target if they have them there. Let us know how they taste after you've tried them.

Glad you're feeling better!

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Let's Get Real.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

So honestly, I really didn't think the recent events would affect me much emotionally in regard to eating -- but I forgot how much of a stress/anxiety eater I am!!!!! BOY HOWDY!

I was not tracking for a while... anyway.

I'm not far from where I like to be while maintaining (like I said last week before I left), but I feel soooo freaking fat today.


I know those of you who are at the beginning of your journeys are probably pooh pooh ing me, and I know mentally that I'm not fat, but dangit I still feel fat sometimes. And I think it's more than a lifetime skinny chick's "fat day" too. Because I actually feel my mental image of my body shifting back to my BEFORE days -- I know what fat is and I used to be there and while I rationally know I'm not there right now, I have been feeling that feeling of BEFORE-ness and I don't like it.

That's what comes of eating too much ice cream and cookies and candy and doing no strength training for a while. I feel mushy.

I'm lucky to have those pictures from Sunday's row to show me that I'm nutso and give me that objective look at where I really am -- but I also have to be honest with myself and objectively look at my ACTIONS as of late:

No tracking.

Lots of sugar.

No strength training (or veryvery little) for a QUITE A WHILE.



This morning I ate 44.6% of my day's calories before I left for work. OOPS. Luckily my plan for the rest of the day still allows 516 calories (up to my cal max however) for dinner. And since I'm near my goal on protein and farther from carbs I figure grilled cheese and soup is in order. (We need to use the bread anyway...) That'll put me around 410 cal for dinner and even leave room for a little treat if I feel like I'll go bonkers without one. (a frozen applesauce for 50 cal or a Skinny Cow Dipper Pop for 80 - just got those today cause I had a coupon, I will let you know how they are later...)

This morning I had a TOUGH run -- My pace was between 12-13 min miles average (including my 5min walking warmup) and it was almost 4 miles in distance. It was SO FREAKING HOT. I didn't get started until about 9AM and forgot to put on sunblock also -- ugh. Bad business. BUT! I DID IT. I got out of the house and ran the distance I wanted to run today and then I went to the Aquatic Center and did an upper body Strength Workout. Tomorrow I should be running w/ my running buddy (if not I'll be running the same route on my own) and then I'll work my core and if my legs are feeling good I'll do lower body.

I'm not really stressing the lower body ST because honestly, my legs feel SO WORKED OUT these days from all the running and rowing... but I REALLY need to work on my upper body and core. My core is getting some work from rowing, and a bit on upper body, but not as much. If my legs feel good I'll hit lower body very simply, but I'm not going to put a major emphasis on it like I am with the rest of my body. Besides I'm a pear. I need upper body muscles to balance me out, right? :) hehe.

OH I also forgot to mention that TOM should arrive tomorrow so I'm sure that is also playing a factor in the fluffiness and the fat feelings that are brewing, and I'm not forgetting that. I'm trying not to address my feelings as much as my actions because those are quantifiable and can DEFINITELY be improved. I'm not making changes because "O - M - G I'm FAT!!!!" I'm making changes because yes... I feel a little off, and when I look at my routine, I can see areas that I have been very lax in and can improve.

Here's to having a very ON POINT week!!!!! :D

(Oh and I'm purposefully avoiding the scale until at least next Wednesday!)

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_RAMONA 8/13/2009 1:10PM

    I wish I knew what that 'fat' 'skinny' thing is all about! I'm just beginning the body transformation part of my journey, but I swear, I have days when I can see myself as I am, then there are the 'boom babba boom' days when I feel too fat to live and yes, there are even days when I feel 'skinny' and I wonder why the heck I need to tranform anyway! LOL!

It all baffles me... and I wonder if I will ever just see me as me without judgement or evaluation. I sincerely hope so. All we can do is is what we can each day to reinforce balance in all areas of our life. I think you identified part of it, because the 'boom babba boom' days often coincide with times when I am not caring for my body and living mindfully. Perhaps that's our internal voice telling us in the only way it has that we are straying off the path truly reflects who we are. "?" Something to think about....

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KASHMIR 8/5/2009 2:29PM

    Dana, on days when you feel "fat", do you find yourself making more room for yourself as you walk around? I will move away from things so I won't run into them, even though there is plenty of distance between myelf and the object. I hate that! I feel like I'll run into something when actually I'm way far away from it, just because my body image is so far off.

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KJNE8O 8/5/2009 2:26PM

    WOW - you have a ton of comments! But just stopping in to say that you are doing great. Just realizing what you are doing mentally is a huge step forward. I think you are spot on with your plan and have no doubt you'll be feeling buff and tones in no time.

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HOTTCOUTURE 8/5/2009 8:55AM

    I really understand how u r feeling that "TOM" can really cause our bodies to bloat our emotions go on a roller coaster ride and it seems like the time we are without our TOM is not long enough!! U keep up the good work & DON'T FORGET YOUR SUNBLOCK!!!!!!!!! LOL emoticon

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ZAEZAE 8/5/2009 8:38AM

Thanks for such an honest blog! Even those at the beginning of their journey - or me in the middle, needs to be reminded that once you hit your goal you still have to stay focused and really remember how you got here, why you got here and how to stay here.

You are an inspiration in so many ways - but sharing the maintenance journey, especially when you have so much 'life' happening and stuff going on with your family is a huge deal. Thank you!!

Great job for having a plan for the week!! Go you!!

Talk to you soon - Amy

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/5/2009 7:49AM

    That last point is so good. Hopping on the scale after having the routine all screwed up will lead to nothing good. Give yourself a bit to get back on routine and then see where you are at.


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SIRABE76 8/5/2009 6:45AM

    i know how you feel. I too feel a bit mushy lately. But I think i have not worked out longer than you.

You look great girl, keep on moving

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TRACYZABELLE 8/5/2009 5:55AM

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PHEEEBZZZ 8/5/2009 3:58AM

    Thanks for sharing... I can so relate to a lot of what you've said. Seeing you so in tune to your body, listening to it and taking actions is really inspiring. THANKS !

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JANTWO 8/5/2009 3:04AM

    Thank you for sharing your feelings. You have done great!!!!

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FITTYTIF 8/5/2009 1:21AM

    I love the Skinny cow dippers! Especially the mint! Even DD loves them. As a matter of fact I hide them in that back because I only need one or two a week but she will eat one everyday!

as for frozen apple sauce NEVER have tried that!! But it sounds good. Why is it frozen stuff is just so yummy, frozen bananas, grapes, yorgurt. Our new thing is put a popsicle stick in the small yoplai yorgurt and freeze!

any way as for the feeling fat! I hear you. There are days I just feel like some one changed the gravity pull of earth! So Hang in there I am sure TOM is messing with you and will soon put that gravity back in order!

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CATIATM 8/5/2009 1:05AM

    Wow. Your blog really highlights how mental this process is. You've been skinny for a year now, but you are still struggling with body image. No wonder so many Biggest Loser contestants gain back the weight.

But you are taking all the right steps by returning to the things that made you successful in the first place, and that's key. And for what it's worth -- you look great! emoticon

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SUNNY_GRIN 8/4/2009 10:42PM

    I just need to say that you really are an inspiration, even with how you're feeling right now! Too awesome :)

Best of luck this week!

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SPARKNMOM 8/4/2009 9:53PM

    I agree - we maintainers need to be allowed days to feel fat!! And I say it's a good thing, as it keeps us in check and helps keep us on track. Good for you for realizing you need to get back to plan and DO IT!! You'll be back to feeling as fabulous as you look in no time!

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    sorry you are feeling this way. i so can relate right now. i will join you in hanging in and if one of us slips the other can yank us up.

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KEAKMAN 8/4/2009 8:28PM

    I love that you can feel your body responding to the less than ideal way you have been treating it. But even better, I LOVE how you have decided to address it. Just two little steps, but we both know they will get you back on the road to feeling like you look.

Congrats on the run! It's sooooo hard when it's hot out! I am proud of you for finishing. I am considering changing up my routine.....still run four days, but on two of them just go for minutes, not miles, to encourage a bit more speed. Then my LSD day. Then one more, maybe a middle-distance?? I'll have to look around some more and see what people do. (what do YOU do for day 4?!)

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SWEETZMIX 8/4/2009 8:25PM

    BOO @ TOM! I think those are where those feelings are coming from. Also I know once you have a few days of being back to your tracking & working out self, you will feel just fine. YUP, that is my prediction! And we all have fat moments...no matter what size you are!

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MISSY_MAGOO 8/4/2009 7:30PM

    I totally know what you mean on this one. I've been swimming so much lately that I've REALLY been slacking on ST. I had fooled myself into thinking swimming was enough for resistance. Next thing I know- I'm still losing... but I'm feeling HUGE!
I need to get back into a routine with strength again.
It's hard for me to admit when I feel that way cuz I think people will go "whatever- you've lost all this weight, how can you feel fat?" Like I'm just fishing for a compliment or something. But I think that when our weight goes away it doesn't just automatically take all our emotional stuff along with it. And we still will have times that we feel like the fat girl again- and just want to cry with a bag of Doritos and a box of cookies... the difference is now when we feel this way we have to tools to not do that- but instead take action and do what needs to be done to get our self esteem back up where it belongs. We can do it!

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AINTSKEERD 8/4/2009 7:30PM

    I think the fact that you're feeling fat and off your game is a great testament to the fantastic changes you have created in your lifestyle. You are in tune to your body now, consciously aware of it's needs. Even better, you're listening to it AND doing something about it!

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WOLFKITTY 8/4/2009 7:14PM

    I'm glad you posted this Dana! It makes me think that maybe I'm not SOOO crazy when I feel fatter now than I did before SP (sometimes). I've really been struggling with that lately - I think I'm more critical of my body now than I used to be. Where did the confidence go (even if it was false confidence)??! I think it's wearing on my husband too!

How does your husband deal with you feeling fat? Do you tell him about it? Good for you for making a plan and recognizing some less healthy habits before they become a real problem.

You're doing great, STILL! :D

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TAKEONME48137 8/4/2009 6:40PM

    I'm totally feeling you on the feeling fat business, but hopefully it will all pass. Skinny Cow is AWESOME! I don't know how the pops are, but everything I've had by them is delicious so I don't see how those could go wrong, hehehe. Good luck on staying on track this week and such! As usual, I insist on telling you how amazing you are!

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SKISINCO 8/4/2009 6:22PM

    Nutso you are not, inspirational and real you are! Love that aboutcha!

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/4/2009 5:57PM

    I'm definitely not hating on you since you've met your goal. I totally relate to those feelings. So much of this journey is in our minds, and often our bodies reach our goals before our minds do. I'm having a back to basics week as well (sleep, tracking, exercising, etc.) because I have been experiencing some serious slackage. Congrats on being aware and getting back on track!

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MSSUNBUG 8/4/2009 5:42PM

    I love everything about this blog--your awareness, your honesty, your detail, your thoughtfulness, your ability to reflect, your metacognition, your energy. Seriously, way to go. You're living proof that the best way to maintain weight is to be always conscious and honest of/with yourself.

The past is past--sounds like you're ready to work on what you CAN control, which is the here and now. Best wishes for a completely "on point" week. I know you can do it!

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    I've been feeling super "Fat" and mushy lately too, so I totally get you on that one. I have realized it is super important I get back into ST asap!


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RUN_LIFT_EAT 8/4/2009 5:19PM

    I think you are right on with everything, Dana. I think the key to successful maintenance for me this time was FACING FACTS and doing the tweaking when I felt mushy and not ignoring it! Not to mention, to your point sugar and not lifting make us feel like crap. Eating healthy and lifting make us feel like super-heros :).

I definitely recommend core work, I think that core conditioning (again I credit the heck out of my pilates and having such a great instructor) has helped IMMENSELY with my running, over people's form craps out because their cores are not strong, same with making the swimming come relatively easy for me. And it has definitely improved posture, always a plus! Basically everything originnates from our core, so pillar strength is key.

I bought some 80 calories orange push-ups yesterday, remember those things from when we were kids? It was so refreshing today when I took a break from doing yard work!

Anyway, keep on rocking with your bad self and Wednesday when you and the scale meet again I predict a favorable reading.

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MDTWEETY 8/4/2009 5:15PM

    I hear ya! I'm right there with you everything: No tracking? Check! Lots of sugar? Check. No ST? Check! (And no cardio either and not for a while longer still.) Feeling mushy? Absolutely!!
But, that said...give yourself a break! We can't be perfect all the time, and sometimes our bodies NEED a break from all the tracking and everything else. It can actually be a good thing to get a break from the routine. Otherwise, the body gets too used to it and doesn't work as hard. :)

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SLCOLMAN 8/4/2009 5:04PM

    I love how self aware you are and that you know how to help yourself fix things!! I hope you do have a very on point week :)

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ZORAHGAIL 8/4/2009 5:03PM

    I agree, you'll be back at it before you know it!

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TELERIE 8/4/2009 4:31PM

    Great job catching it and being aware. Time for a B2B week (back to basics). That really works and I feel so much better when I have a really ON POINT week, as you say. Have a great time!

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SASSERFRASS 8/4/2009 4:21PM

    Ohhhh, though I'm still far from my goal weight, I totally get you. Having been overweight, you know it doesn't take much to slip back into old habits. Heck, even though I've been doing well with my weight loss so far I have this fear that it won't take much and BOOM I'll be back to my old ways.

If it's any consolation, I think that fear is healthy in small doses. It keeps us humble and on track. So take the small dose and throw the rest away and keep letting it drive you to doing what you know is right.

Oh yeah, and TOM totally doesn't help. But at least you've called out that boogeyman for what it is. emoticon

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2BERUNNING 8/4/2009 4:19PM

    From one of the "beginners of the journey", I think it's nice to read from someone that has completed it; that they still struggle once in awhile. I guess it makes me feel like I am not alone or let me set high expectations that when this weight is gone - all will be fixed in my life. It helps me realize that I will probably battle this forever. I am sorry that you are having one of those "fat" days, but I think it is great you realize it and push through it. Thanks for setting a great example and sharing how you feel. You made me feel hopeful and a little normal for still struggling even though I know the right things to do. You have truly inspired me to keep pushing through! THANKS!!!!

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LASHERTHECAT 8/4/2009 4:00PM

    With your determination you'll be back to your routine in no time!

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BRUIN2 8/4/2009 3:53PM

    Great plan. You're going to have a rocking week.

Maybe time to visit all of Jillian's million-variations on pushups?! That will take away the mush real fast!

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BOVEY63 8/4/2009 3:53PM

    When you decided to get back on track, boy did you get back on track!

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    Sometimes . . . you just have those days. You looked at it pretty rationally. So I don't think you're going to have a freak out moment or slip into anorexia or anything like that. So don't feel bad about feeling plush. We all have 'em! :) (and yes, TOM helps that out a LOT right? ugh. lol)

Yay for getting back to routine! You'll feel better pretty quick once you get back to it. :)

and WOOHOO for that run. I need to do that soon myself . . . I'm just making sure my knees are up to it. :)

Have a great one!

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I'm back!

Monday, August 03, 2009

For now. haha.

But at least the next two weekends won't be as long AND I will have some internet access.

I finally got my emails down to a more reasonable number... (70 something from 180 something) -- but all of the remaining ones are blog subscription notifications!!!!! So much easier when only so many people blog a day and I read them all that day... so sorry to all those who I normally read your blogs, it might be a while till I get back to that!

The trip was... stressful. That led to lots of stress eating. We did go grocery shopping though and bought nice healthy options, so I was mostly eating pretty good for you foods... just more than I should have... and then there was the ice cream, and the bag of licorice mix my hubby bought me before I left.... yeah. But other than that it was ok.

Just sooo much stuff. so much stuff. It was constantly overwhelming. I photographed every mug and beanie baby for sale purposes and there are like... I think over 300 mugs. My forearms were so sore the night after packing all that stuff from crinkling the wrapping paper around things that I woke up in pain and couldn't sleep. hahah.

The good stuff? Well, there was some fun looking through my grandma's jewelry and trying on old clothes. I actually claimed a top from a pantsuit that my grandma wore AND my mother wore. There are pictures, but they're all at home. I will post some later!

I got to see my brother off at the airport to his flight to Utah for the Missionary Training Center and now he'll be gone about 2 years before I see him again, so it was really neat to be able to see him off right at the gate since we were flying, too, we were past security. :) Then after seeing him off we went to our flight.

I also got to run with my brother twice and once my whole family went out. I can't remember if my dad is following Couch to 5K still or a variation, but he was on 3 min run intervals and sometimes I was running with him, my mom was walking, and my brother that usually ran with me was walking with her -- we'd cross a street to a block and I'd run to the end and back and walk with them to the next block, repeat.

My brother doesn't run as long as I do, but he's definitely faster -- I mean, I definitely expected that since he's like 21-22 and a GUY... but still. :P No fair! hahahaha the first day I was running almost as fast as I do with running buddy -- so slightly faster than regular easy run tempo, but not as fast as a tempo run really... and it was a little slow for him. The last day I tried to make sure I stayed under the 160's HR wise and it was obvious he wanted to go faster but he stuck with me anyway. (The neighborhood was not really good so he had to come with me! FORCED together exercise time HAHA) Anyway. The first day I initiated a sprint to the finish and at first he was behind me but when he figured out what was going on he easily overtook me. :P But let me tell you -- it was soooooo weird and awesome to be exercising with my family. That is not something that we ever did together, so it's kinda weird that we're doing it now that we're all adults, but it's really cool.

The first time when me and Christopher (brother) went running, we did some lunges and squats and pushups and crunches when we got back. I've been seriously neglecting strength training lately and I felt it! I think that's something I've really been missing and has just fallen by the wayside so my focus this week will be to really hit the weights.

This week is a Learn to Row camp and I didn't reply soon enough to get into the lineup for filling in with the newbies on the water this week, so there won't be any rowing for me -- so running and strength training it is! So tomorrow I intend to get in a nice longer run and then hit the weight room. And GO BUY GROCERIES.

My hubby stocked the kitchen with junk in my absence so my return to good clean eating is taking a little longer than anticipated, but boy am I ready for it!

Anyway... I'm looking forward to this being a short week, and having a more relaxing and fun weekend this time!

And now -- for ROWING PICTURES!!!!! :D One of my coaches took these and so I figured I'd run you through a typical rowing day kinda...

First we carry the boat down -- mostly we carry it at the shoulders, but when we get close to the water we go overhead. I

The things the shoes are attached to in the boat are called foot stretchers and they are on these rails with notches and little wingnuts so they are adjustable depending on your height -- a reallllly tiny girl rowed in the spot I was assigned last time the boat was out so I had some adjusting to do.

Once we're all in the boat we have to push the boat off the dock so we can get going!

This is actually the tiny chick who was sitting in my seat last time! :D SARAHISKIDA, a fellow sparker! Isn't she so cute? She's the reason I found out about this and we went to the Learn to Row camp together!


I LOOK SO BEAT in this picture! HAHA :D

I dunno what I'm waiting on here...

ANYWAY. There are tons more pictures but I didn't want to steal all of them. :) hahahaha.

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_RAMONA 8/13/2009 12:58PM

    FANTASTIC pictures... has me itching to get to this point for myself!

I love hearing about how your relationships with your family are transforming along with your lifestyle chages. THAT is SO awesome!!!! My family is sort of in the same sort of transition... together but separately... but we don't talk about it... it's like it's too fragile to go there or something. I'm really not sure why we can't talk like everyone here at Spark, but it seems we can't... maybe there are just too many years of judgement between us, and not enough understanding yet to challenge ourselves that way. Right now I'm content to settle for quiet support and barely recognisable encouragement! LOL!

You keep rockin' this thing, baby!
{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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SEEHOLZ 8/4/2009 2:20PM

    Welcome back- I see you were truly missed!!!
I think the coolest is that you and your family got to exercise together- I think I'd be crying if that happened with mine--- I guess, I'll make swimming count-LOL- but running... there is no way that'll happen with my Mom's replaced hips and knee and her " I don't run and those who do are crazy" attitude-LOL. But, at least I can say that we walked a lot as kids--- even if with alterior motives at times and some organized hikes!
300 mugs... wahhhhh, I think I'd be dreaming about mugs... or wrapping mugs- I can see why all that stuff is exhausting..
And awesome that you got to say proper good-byes with the brother! So, so cool!

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CATIATM 8/4/2009 2:00PM

    I LOVE your pics! You look focused, determined, and very very cute!

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EOSAURORA84 8/4/2009 11:11AM

    welcome back..... emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/4/2009 11:04AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your rowing pictures! That looks like so much fun...never heard of rowing camp!

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SWEETZMIX 8/4/2009 9:32AM

    Welcome back Dana!! Well.....it seems like you had an OK time considering the reason you was there with your family. I really like the pictures, they just look sO intense! Make sure you get in your ST, you don't want to start feeling soft!

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LASHERTHECAT 8/4/2009 9:05AM

    Glad your back... Good that you got some exercise in with the fam. Rowing looks like a lot of work!! But also like a lot of fun...

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/4/2009 8:30AM

    Good to have you back. Kind of a bummer about the rowing camp, but still the time with family was important too, especially since you won't see your brother for a while.

Are you ok after going through all of that with your grandmother's stuff?


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SKYFYRE 8/4/2009 1:52AM

    Beat?!? You look sporty, athletic and amazing!! Way to go Dana! Oh and I am dying to see the top that is strong enough to support 3 decades of women from you family! Do share! Rowing sure does get your arms in shape, eh?!

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JANTWO 8/4/2009 12:24AM

    Welcome back......you have been busy!!!!!

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KEAKMAN 8/3/2009 11:41PM

    The rowing looks like fun....hard but fun!

Glad you got to exercise with your family! What a great thing that everyone is working towards becoming healthier. I am glad for all of you.

I bet your mom really appreciated having you there. Just think about how your pre-rowing, pre-Sparking shoulders would have felt!

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HAPPY-DESTINY 8/3/2009 11:39PM

    Welcome back!

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JAZZYJUDE 8/3/2009 11:28PM

    Dana! What fun and great pics! I love the water too and living in San Diego sure has it's benefits! I think it's cool to have family outings to enjoy and getting fit together ~ AWESOME!
emoticon YOU GO GIRL! Jazzy!!

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SKISINCO 8/3/2009 10:47PM

    Great pics, thanks for posting, enjoyed reading your blog too.

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VEEJAY3 8/3/2009 9:13PM

    Sorry -- I was trying to pay attention to YOU in the pictures, but those guys' biceps and triceps and shoulder muscles kept getting in the way.

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DDOORN 8/3/2009 8:21PM

    It must be so wonderful to spend so much time in / near the water...! I just LOVE it when *I* can have the pleasure! Brings back my childhood days living only a block away from Lake Michigan...it is definitely my element!

Bet with all your rowing you would just FLY across the water in a kayak! :-)


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TUNAGIRL2 8/3/2009 8:08PM

    Pictures are beautiful.

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LAFTERSFREE 8/3/2009 8:05PM

    dana, its so awesome that you got to exercise with your family.. that's something i've never really done before either, my family has not really ever been into exercising, and now my dad is kind of too sick to do stuff. it sounds like u had a lot of fun and got a lot done. the rowing pictures are great, u look so serious!!! that's cool that ur coach took those pics and shared them with you guys! see u thursday :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/3/2009 7:54PM

    You look really great when you're rowing! Even when you're "SO BEAT!" I'm jealous - I'm not very pretty when I'm exercising!! :)

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MDTWEETY 8/3/2009 5:25PM

    Welcome back! It's so great that your family is so healthy and fit like you. :) Hope you can restock your kitchen with healthy stuff soon. My downfall lately has been ice cream. I need to keep that out of my kitchen...lol! :)

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TELERIE 8/3/2009 5:07PM

    Glad you are back too, and happy you got to exercise when away, and with your family - nothing better! (I went with my Mom to the gym once, and it was great.)
Lovely pictures, rowing looks like fun. Might have to try it one day!

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TAKEONME48137 8/3/2009 5:00PM

    I'm glad you got to still work out while with your family. My family definitely doesn't do that. Awesome rowing pictures! Hope to hear from you soon, but I totally understand if it takes you a while to catch up. hehehe

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KASHMIR 8/3/2009 4:37PM

    Dana, you look positively FIERCE in some of those pics...And you must have been in one heck of a huge depression in the pic where you are carrying the boat...I KNOW how tall you are, and you are up on TIP TOES in that picture??? WOW!

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KJNE8O 8/3/2009 4:35PM

    All of it is wonderful - except for hubby and the junk food - bad hubby!

Thank you for sharing the wonderful rowing pictures - that is SO NEAT! YAY!

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MISSY_MAGOO 8/3/2009 4:34PM

    Great photos! I really love the last one with the chillin with your shades on- lookin very cool!
And how nice that you are exercising with the family... now if I could only convince mine to go with me every once and awhile...

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    Okay. So I'm looking at these pics and thinking, "Dana is so skinny that she fits right in with all those skinny people." I can't wait to think that about myself! Do you ever just look at those pics and think "I can't believe I blend right in!"? Cool pics. It really does look like fun. Glad everything went well over the past few days and you got some quality family time!

But glad to have you back!!!!

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KIMCATUS 8/3/2009 4:26PM

    Oooh love the rowing picture...it looks like FUN! I'm with Em...I wanna see the top too! :P I'm glad you got everything sorted and hade the damily exercise time...that's awesome!!! Welcome back---we missed you! :P

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 8/3/2009 4:18PM

    Those rowing pictures are great! You look focused and hard core to me! What do they do when your tiny friend and you are in the same boat - as in how do you carry it? Aren't your shoulders way higher than hers - lol?

That is really cool about you and your family exercising together, super awesome!

I know what you mean about getting ready to return to good eating, it really does make you FEEL so much better to be eating healthy food! You'll have the junk cleaned out before you know it.

Glad you are back and that you survived the family time and even got to see your brother off :)

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    Looks like SO MUCH FUN!! :)

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FITTYTIF 8/3/2009 4:11PM

    Glad your back! Great Pictures thanks for sharing! Looking forward to see your top!

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    Glad you're back safely and that you had some good exercise times with the fam and got Grandma's stuff sorted. I wanna see the top!

Great pics of the rowing!

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