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Honesty can erase shame.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I went over on calories last night.

I KNEW I went over -- and it was because of ice cream and chocolate.

I wasn't going to track it because I was ashamed of having done it and I knew I was over and I just didn't want to look at it......


And guess what? I actually only went over by about 150 calories and considering I burned over 1000 cal through exercise yesterday, that is NOT too shabby. Could the content have been better? SURE. But now that I've faced facts and actually looked at it, it has lifted the big dark burden of guilt and shame from "I WENT OVER ON MY CALORIES OH NO ASDHASOEHATSO"

Weird, huh?

I took today off -- I slept in (I really needed it cause I only got like 4 hrs of sleep the night before), which made me miss my window of opportunity for cool weather to run in, and then when I got up I noticed that the sides of my lower legs (kinda up from the ankle on either side) were a little sore. I think it's from the trail running knowing I had to run on a more unstable surface, I'm sure my feet were turned at different angles than usual. So I just decided I'd make a restful morning of it.

I watched Biggest Loser Australia online and relaxed. :)

I made another Bento as well! It's ALMOST the same as yesterday - I did take pictures but they're at home. I also photographed the furikake I have so I can share that with you, too. :)

The difference today is that I put the rice and chicken on one side of the tier and put this AMAZING NEW SALSA I got on top of them and just sprinkled the Yasai Fumi Furikake over the broccoli. The salsa is like... California Three Pepper? or something like that? I can't remember the brand -- I need to enter it into my tracker because I'm just using other salsa's and multiplying until it's similar to the calorie count, but it is reallly delicious. The other tier is the same, although I cut some of the nectarine slices in half to be able to pack it a bit differently. Tomorrow will probably be very similar as well since I batch cooked the chicken and the broccoli and the rice. :) But I love these things so it's no biggie for me to eat them for a while in a row. It's been nice to be able to enjoy some rice again -- before this I haven't had rice in a while! Also my DH hates broccoli. HAHAHA :D

Well that's all I've got for now. :)

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JULISABROCAR 8/22/2009 5:26PM

    was pointed to this blog by WOLFKITTY - will check out the links for the fallen. Very cool.

I like your banter about tracking. I go throught the same mental exercise at times, and then realize that it may be hiding (I keep my food tracker public) but it still shows up on my scale and body - LOL!

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SLCB1023 8/13/2009 1:53PM

    It has been proven that there are genes that regulate whether you like broccoli or not. It is true, I saw it on TV. So some kids like it and some don't just because of the type of taste buds then inherited. They also said that this sensitivity can lessen as we age. I thought that was amazing. emoticon

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TATTED_PINUP2BE 8/13/2009 10:33AM

    Broccoli is more of an acquired taste, you should hide it somewhere in the chicken so he'll get to eat it!

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EOSAURORA84 8/13/2009 10:27AM

    there is no shame in going over every now and then, I do it too.....it happens....but you got right back on which is all that matters.... emoticon

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LANC92 8/13/2009 8:48AM

    You have a really good point here Dana! The problem with overeating (for many of us) is that when we think we've done "bad" we let that be permission to completely fall apart. By admitting and being honest you found out it wasn't the end of the world and that probably helped you mentally more than you know!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/13/2009 8:04AM

    Facing our consumption is what is always needed. I know that even on off days, I still log all of it. It throws off all of the charts for a while, but it does remind me.

You might need to look at some help for your DH. Doesn't like broccoli? Sounds like a mental problem. Keep feeding it to him. He will come around . . .



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JESPAH 8/13/2009 6:13AM

    I think it's important that you tracked. Good, bad, indifferent, it's gotta be tracked. I think sometimes we either don't want to see the damage and/or don't want to admit it to ourselves.

You admitted it, and the world did not come careening off its axis.


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TRACYZABELLE 8/13/2009 4:12AM

    At least you admit and don't try to cover it up-- what good would that do? Besides look how much activity you get, you are awesome.


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    You're still my hero.

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LIVEYOURDREAMS 8/13/2009 12:25AM

    LOL about the tracker thing because that could have been me writing this blog! And I did finally decide to add the last things I ate and be honest (even though it took me slightly over my calories), just moving on, not feeling guilty! And I had a pretty good workout yesterday, too... so I know it was not a weight gaining day for me. What did me in was picking. But with my exercise, I still felt pretty good about the day, too! And felt good physically. Did try extra hard to stay under my cals today tho.

You are such an adventurous cook! I love salsa, too. I bet I would love eating at your house!!! Too bad you live so far away!

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KAYAKID 8/13/2009 12:06AM

    Dana, I seem to be following Kate around tonight or she is following me. It looks like we'll get you that pic..... We posted about a minute apart on robins blog. I am proud of you regarding being honest with yourself. You work so hard keep it up and would love to run with you in HTC or at some other time. we have to go where life takes us. I guess I don't know - why are you in California when your family is elsewhere?

Have a great day tomorrow!

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KEAKMAN 8/12/2009 10:37PM

    'Fessing up is good for the soul, isn't it?

I am proud of you for being honest with you. It is pretty bad when we lie to ourselves, huh?!

I hear you requested a pic of Robin and I skipping our race on Saturday....you got it!

And I will keep a spot for you on HTC just in case you guys find yourselves moving to the west coast for some mysterious reason, or you win the lottery, or your fairy godmother grants you this one wish! Seriously, if anything happens that you can join us, we would LOVE it, and I would gladly give up my spot to you if needed!

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SPARKNMOM 8/12/2009 10:28PM

    I always fess up when I mess up. I say it keeps me honest and keeps me from repeating. So good for you!! Glad you shared - AND glad it wasn't as bad as you thought LOL!!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 8/12/2009 5:56PM

    No shame in making a choice, ever. I am always 100% honest in my nutrition tracker because a) who else really reads in anyway? and b) if I start lying to myself there's no point in tracking it!

You went over your budget because you wanted to and you earned it. So what? You don't have to be "perfect" every day. Glad you're not ashamed and I hope others are honest with themselves, too, thanks to your honesty.

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/12/2009 5:32PM

    i do that too. i think i have had an awful calorie day and when i actually track it isn't too bad.

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CBLAKE85 8/12/2009 5:30PM

    Honesty truly does set you free when it comes to weight loss. I've been tracking my calories for only a few months and have seen the little devil on the shoulder telling me not to count the extra glasses of chocolate milk or the few crackers i snacked on. Luckily, i burn about as much as you do during workouts so it doesnt hit me as hard. But giving in seems so much easier than discipline. I guess its about finding a rock to lean on when times get hard.

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SEEHOLZ 8/12/2009 5:29PM

    So, really, you didn't go over- just thought you did, right?
I'm with you on the eating the same stuff, as long as I love it type thing! And, i get the sore ankle thing at times-- I think it has to do with the footing and the length of the tendon- something along those lines.
Even though it's really just a box, you got me thinking I "want" a bento- is that the name? I already forgot.
Have a rocking rest of your day!

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ANEPANALIPTI 8/12/2009 5:13PM

    Girl, you are so amazing. PERIOD. Take it to heart and never leave SP! *hug*

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KASHMIR 8/12/2009 4:26PM

    Dana, where are you watching BL Auz online?

Your lunch sounds SO YUMMY!!!

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DDOORN 8/12/2009 3:50PM

    I LOVE my salsa...YUM! Used to shy away from all things spicey but over these past few years I'm more and more cranking up the spice!

Sounds like your ice cream & chocolate wasn't a HUGE thing...good for you to put 'er out there and move on! :-)


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TAKEONME48137 8/12/2009 3:43PM

    Yes, honesty does erase shame. But, as you know, it'll be okay. And yeah, the 1000 calories burned definitely can offset the 78 calories you went over. =)

The Bento thing sounds cool...and I still can't get over the pictures. The food looked delicious! haha

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ZAEZAE 8/12/2009 2:57PM

    Great blog - it's always nice when you find out you really didn't 'screw up' as bad as you thought you did! But really, a great reminder that tracking is really the only way to get the real story.

Lunch sounds yummo!

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DREAVG 8/12/2009 2:48PM


Sometimes looking at our guilt is more helpful that actually feeling guilty. I did the same not long ago. Good for you. Keep it up.


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JENJEN874 8/12/2009 2:48PM

  How are you burning 1000 cals in a day, i really need to start doing that!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

So -- Bento is defined on Wikipedia as "a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine." To read a whole lot more about the history, yaddayadda visit the full Wikipedia page here:


The appealing things about bento to me are:

1. Portion Control from the size of the bento box
2. Time and attention to making an attractive meal (AND CUTE! KAWAII!!)
3. The concept of balance!

Here are a couple of other links that are useful for those interested in bento - they are both blogs by bento makers that share recipes, tipes, and answer FAQ's :)


I got into it a while back and for a time was making a bento nearly everyday! :D Not always super cute, but I was doing it... I even stormed a SparkTeam called Bento Buddies but... I haven't even LOOKED at it in AGES... hahaha. :P I've been watching a community on livejournal in which people post pictures of their bentos lately and it's been slowly working on me making one again. SO!

Here's what I made today!

First my box - yes it has a bunny on the top and matching bunnies on the bag - my sister brought it back for me from Japan:

And my LUNCH!

The top tier is Cottage Cheese w/ a sliced Nectarine, a hard boiled egg and a Hershey's Bliss Dark Chocolate. :)

The bottom tier is Steamed Rice, Broccoli, and Garlic and Herb Marinated Chicken Breast cooked in a skillet w/ nonstick spray. MMMMM. In the bottom photo there is an added sprinkling of Yasai Fumi Furikake on the Rice and Broccoli -- this is a seasoning made with dried veggies, sesame seeds, and Nori (seawead) mainly. Just to make it a little prettier. :)

The nutritional Value of this box is: 497 cal/ 12g fat/ 51g carbs/ 50g protein !!! WOWIE! :)

P.S. -- the rice and broccoli looks a LITTLE darker in the picture than it actually is, but yeah -- that's the seven grain rice blend and it definitely got a darker red color throughout after it was cooked. It looks gorgeous and I tasted it and it tastes good. :)

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SKYFYRE 8/14/2009 5:11AM

    Very pretty food, and very inspiring Dana!

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OLAHIWA 8/13/2009 11:01AM

    I miss bento boxes! They are all over hawaii too... and yes, very KAWAII!! =^ ^=

I love the meal you put together too! I think I may ahve to have my mom send me one.
Thanks for the reminder!

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LAFTERSFREE 8/13/2009 9:53AM

    cool gift, the food looks delicious!

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WAVEDANCER7 8/13/2009 8:59AM

    Um... this rocks. You totally made me hungry and that's TOTALLY the meal i would pack too! ;) I just put all my shtuff in multiple tupperwares. I walk into work with like a shoppin gbag full of containers! HAHA!

I should totally look into getting one (or two b/c of my long hours) for work!

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LANC92 8/13/2009 8:50AM

    Yummy - now you're making me want to get a Bento Box.

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HOPERY 8/13/2009 8:05AM

    That is sooo cute and awesome! I have pulled up the links to show hubby since he is our lunch maker. emoticon I want a bunny box/bag too!!

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LIVEYOURDREAMS 8/13/2009 12:48AM

    50 grams of protein? Holy cow! That's awesomeI LOVE the bunny bento box! I had never heard of bento before! What a great idea! Looks so healthy and balanced!

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SEEHOLZ 8/12/2009 1:33PM

    OMG- I think I'm having one of those "I'm so uneducated kind of moment" as I've NEVER heard of a Bento-LOL! But, I love yours- from the box, the bag, but mainly the INSIDE--- that is totally my kind of meal. So, if you ever become a professional bento meal distributor/chef, make sure that I'm on the top of your list-LOL!
Because, I NEED you!
Anyways, ENJOY this fab lunch and the energy, brain and muscle power you'll derive from it!

Bento Appetit!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/12/2009 1:01PM

    That's really pretty. I love to order bento in japaneese resturants--never thought of making it at home!

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    I've never seen a "personal" bento box - only take out ones. How CUTE! I must have one!

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EOSAURORA84 8/12/2009 11:52AM

    this is pretty cool and interestingm that you for the link....

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SZNN4570 8/12/2009 9:24AM

    This is something I have never heard of. Thanks for the web links.

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LASHERTHECAT 8/12/2009 8:24AM

    I LOVE the box!! I love bunnies!! emoticon I must be a hick up here in Northern Ontario because I've never heard of a Bento box... What a great idea!! I would love that!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/12/2009 7:53AM

    That is a good idea. It is a great way to freshen up leftovers. Something different that the traditional plastic containers.


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JESPAH 8/12/2009 6:02AM

    That is just fantastic! Definitely doesn't look like most people's lunches. Reminds me a tiny bit of the lunch scene in The Breakfast Club where Ally Sheedy has Corn Pops, Judd Nelson bums off Anthony Michael Hall (who has a PBJ on white bread), Emilio Estevez has about a dozen sandwiches made of some sort of meat and Molly Ringwald has ... sushi.


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RHALES199 8/12/2009 12:39AM

    Looks yummy! I'll hafta try some someday!

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VEEJAY3 8/11/2009 11:49PM

    Oh, I'm such a Bento fan! Not the least because it's just so doggone PRETTY!

Yours is lovely -- inside and out.

One of my favorite restaurants used to do a different bento for lunch every day. Ahhh -- veggie potstickers with cashew sauce ... grilled chicken ... rice ... and tomato/cucumber/red onion salad. Mmmmmmm.

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    Wow! I so have to try this!

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FITTYTIF 8/11/2009 11:18PM

    Cool Never heard of BENTO! But I am so into little boxes and how cool how you packed it. This would be perfect for me. I like to have Cottage cheese and pineapple for snack time while the kids are at recess. I could eat the egg right before the students arrive and then the bottom layer at lunch!!! OOOOO Now I must have some of these!!! UM any one from Japan out there who can get me a cute little bunny one? LOL
Okay I guess I am staying on the computer a little longer to check out more about this. Thanks for sharing!!!!
I am so excited. LOL ;D

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/11/2009 11:12PM

    I LOVE my bento box! People looked at me like I was crazy when I first brought it to work, but now everyone wants to get one too. It's perfect for folks like me that have problems with portion control! And that rice looks so yummy!

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DDOORN 8/11/2009 10:55PM

    Wow...broadened my horizons today...hadn't heard of Bento before!

Have to look into this...!


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KEAKMAN 8/11/2009 10:04PM

    Yum! I just ate dinner and now I am hungry again!

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SPARKNMOM 8/11/2009 10:02PM

    I've not heard of this....Yummy!!

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SKISINCO 8/11/2009 9:51PM

    I recently became familiar with the Bento boxes. Your meal looks wonderful! Might have to get me some of those! =)

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MISSY_MAGOO 8/11/2009 8:13PM

    How cool- you have a bento box. I saw a show once on the history channel about bento and the bento services in Japan where the business men just pay a weekly or monthly charge and these women cook and deliver bento all day to the offices on their bikes.
What a great lunch you had! Beats my pbj & apple :)

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BOTZZZ 8/11/2009 5:57PM

    Love that Idea, the small compact meal in a box ;) 497 calories for that meal looks appealing as well but then lots of low calorie options are out there if ya look! I would totally eat that meal for a big lunch or a dinner and be totally satisfied.

You must tell me more about this Yasai Fumi Furikake that you speak of ;)

As Ever

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    That looks AWESOME!!! I think you just solved my lunchtime portion control dilemma!!! You are the BEST!!! Jackie!!!

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DEBESTA 8/11/2009 5:32PM

    My kids love Bento boxes!

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GREENIEJOY 8/11/2009 4:53PM

  that is very awesome! Convientent, cute, and very healthy!

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WOLFKITTY 8/11/2009 4:52PM

    That looks yummilicious!! And how super cute! I totally want to try it!

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SWEETZMIX 8/11/2009 4:49PM

    The Bento is sO cute. I really didn't know about them but when I read up on them then I realized I had seen them before. Lunch looks good, does the bowl layer on top of each other so it doesn't mix, or you just got 2 of them.

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    Oh wow that's so nifty. I've heard about bento boxes, but I've never seen one in use like this before. Very cool! what a great way to portion the perfect lunch.

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KIMCATUS 8/11/2009 4:28PM

    Super kawaii!!! ^_^

Looks yummy too!!

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JNEUBS 8/11/2009 4:22PM


You Rock!
ChiTown Jeff
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BRUIN2 8/11/2009 4:19PM

    Bunny power!!!

Looks delish!

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Blog with some pictures.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Feeling pretty rockin after a great workout this morning -- an awesome row with the women's 8boat. ALTHOUGH - we did have at least one sub... and they swapped my position... I'm assuming it'll be back ot the regular lineup once everyone is there... but it was awesome.

We rowed all 8's for quite some time and while it was pretty rough and rocky at parts, there were also a few beautiful strokes in there that were just so nice it's worth working for. :)

Then I headed over to a park I've never been to cause I needed a new place to run and this place had trails. After searching online for trail maps and not finding anything I was like, screw it, I'm going anyway.

I had no idea where I was going, but I have a pretty decent sense of direction and tried to stick to one direction out so I could come back the same direction and know in the grand scheme of things where I was... and it worked.

I have to say - I FELT SO FREAKING COOL running through the woods! And there wasn't a soul out there to contradict my mental image of myself looking awesome and hardcore. HAHAHAHAHA :D I have no idea how far I went, I'm gonna estimate it for my shoes tracking sake at like... 3-3.5 miles? somewhere in there? But yeah I honestly have no idea. It was really fun, though. :) WOOT.

So right now I have rice in the rice cooker...

Chicken on the stove (sorry no picture)

And drinking a super awesome smoothie...

So anyway -- I'm really posting pictures cause there are a couple from my recent trips I wanted to share. :)

Here's that top that I was telling you about of my Grandma's:

Well -- first the pants-suit hahaha :)

And just the top:

Me and my brother about to go running:

I think I mentioned before the giant robot sleeping statue thing that I ran by before on campus at UA???

Here we are napping together... :)

At the flea market ZOLTAR told me that while hard work pays off in the long run, laziness pays off today and to RELAX! :) HAHAHAHA

This one's blurry but I like it anyway cause I was trying to take a picture of me and Henry and we got the giggles...

A nonblurry one as game night lasted into the wee hours of the morning!

We made delicious homemade pizza the next day! To be fair, MIL made the dough and sauce, I cut peppers and stretched dough and assembled. :)

That's all for now!!!!!!!!!!!! PEACE! :)

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HOPERY 8/17/2009 9:46PM

    The tin man is priceless!

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/17/2009 11:48AM

    you are a dork (i mean that in the most loving way)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 8/17/2009 10:17AM

    That top is awesome! Wow that robot is super cool! Thanks for sharing :)!

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SKYFYRE 8/14/2009 5:14AM

    Awe! You and Henry look so Happy Together! Love that! I also think that photo with the tin man and you taking a summer nap together is adorable!

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WAVEDANCER7 8/13/2009 9:00AM

    This blog made me smile emoticon

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NEENSTER1 8/12/2009 3:03PM

    What would Stacey say Clinton say about that outfit???? Hmmmmmmmmmm emoticon

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    Yeah I think you should wear the pants suit as an ensemble. ;) HAWT

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TELERIE 8/11/2009 3:25PM

    Great top- you should wear it! Love the robot! Yay for a good rowing session! And I want a rice cooker! A joy to read your blog! Have a wonderful week, Dana!

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KAYAKID 8/11/2009 3:20PM

    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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ABRANNEWME2014 8/11/2009 2:59PM

    that robot is so cool


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SEEHOLZ 8/11/2009 2:30PM

    I love you and robot sleeping together and I had to giggle at the Zoltar- it reminds me of that Tom Hanks movie- Big? Not even sure ( sorry, I didn't grow up here).
So, you were brave to go see the Zoltar-LOL!
That top is cute- I like it better without the pants, but I am certainly not the person to give fashion advice-LOL!
I hope the rice turned out yummy! I know you've been "waiting" to buy it!

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LASHERTHECAT 8/11/2009 2:16PM

    I love the sleeping robot!! Awesome!!

I want a smoothie now! emoticon
But it's low-cal Tuesday (cycling). emoticon
Maybe I'll make some tomorrow.. I have peaches and raspberries...mmm

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SWEETZMIX 8/11/2009 1:52PM

    Thanks for sharing all these pics. You look great in that top - the pants might be too much together though. I love the robot, it's sO cool!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 8/11/2009 1:36PM

    Love the pictures! The robot is so cool and you look great in the pants suit. All the food looks so yummy and healthy.

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SASSERFRASS 8/11/2009 1:17PM

    That robot is the best thing ever! I want it for my yard.

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I<3ZOMBIES 8/11/2009 12:49PM

    Super cute top!!!

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KASHMIR 8/11/2009 12:40PM

    I LOVE the pant suit!!! Definately wear that top! I so so wish my mom had hung onto some of her 1970's pant suits...they would be in my closet now if she had.
Think you might be able to figure out how to email me a slice of that pizza? it looks fantastic. I think I'll go eat my hard boiled egg now, LOL!!!

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MDTWEETY 8/11/2009 12:34PM

    Great pics, and beautiful pizza! ;-)

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    Okay, the top is absolutely FABULOUS!! I love it and I'd totally wear it! You look awesome!

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KIMCATUS 8/11/2009 12:24PM

    I totally love that top!!! Not digging the pants so much but the top is awesome! Love all the pictures...especially the blurry giggly one...too cute!!!

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WOLFKITTY 8/11/2009 12:23PM

    HEhee. I love those pictures. That pantsuit top is really cool!! It's so funny because my husband and I were up in Long Beach this weekend, at at a local seaside shop center there was a Zoltar machine!! I totally forgot to get my fortune though. :P

I can totally picture you running through the woods with the breeze in your hair... Spritely like a swift faery! HEhee. I'll bet that was fun!

Hope you have a great rest of the day!

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TAKEONME48137 8/11/2009 12:23PM

    The pants suit is all kinds of ridiculous awesome, and the top by itself looks amazing! You hair looks great, and the robot picture is pretty awesome! I'm glad you're feeling awesome as well. Those days are the best. Man, that pizza looks delicious (and I don't even like olives or peppers)..it's probably because I'm quite ravenous right now. Lunchtime is coming soon! lol

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LAFTERSFREE 8/11/2009 12:21PM

    i jUST passed the robot thing on campus a few minutes ago, it's really cool. great pics, good thing im eating lunch in a sec, ur food pics made me hungry!!!

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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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