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Monday, September 14, 2009


I ate a little nutso today. I never felt overstuffed... but maybe I should have.

HAHAHA. Let's just say there was some chocolate and ice cream involved.

It wasn't horrible, but it really was more food than I should have had. I fell into the habit of grazing while at home by myself.

Until a couple hours ago when I left the house to come to work, I said to myself that it was because I was home alone bored, but when I got to thinking about it I realized that it's REALLY due to some major stress I'm experiencing trying to get together a fundraiser for my rowing club on top of all the other stuff I'm doing.


I feel like I'm letting down my hubby w/ the housekeeping and cooking not up to what I usually do, and then I looked at my inbox today and had like fivethousand spark blog subscription emails and felt really overwhelmed. The stress makes me feel so apathetic. I just want to lay on the couch and mope. HAHAHA.

On a positive note -- my weight was down a bit this morning. Hopefully my eating today didn't demolish that. (Honestly I don't think it will, I think I will be just fine after getting back on track the rest of the week.)

But to help lighten my load a bit, to destress and set myself up for success a bit more I basically unsubscribed from blogs. I had been reading everyone's I was subscribed to and commenting on most, but I think it will help me to just check in on folks when I can instead of letting the emails sit there like a weight on my shoulders.

It's REALLY FREAKING WEIRD how hard we can be on ourselves for little things. I feel so obligated to be supportive of all my sparkfriends to the utmost degree -- really because I care about you all in a way that's a little strange considering we're internetonly for the most part... but I really care about seeing you succeed and because I've been there and done it, I want to lend as much support from my experience as possible. I feel a sense of responsibility for being a good friend.

But I need to be really honest with myself about what underlying issues are causing me to freak out. NO it's not replying to every blog as much as it is about other things, but that's one thing I feel like I can reduce to help simplify. The fundraising thing is sUPER stressful, but it's also really important to me to help support the rowing club and based on how I feel like I've had to drag the club through the process of getting this going I really don't know if it would happen without me pushing it along. It's also going to directly benefit ME by helping to offset the costs of competing in the regatta(s) I want to do. So while this is a major stressor right now, I do not want to eliminate it.

Instead the plan is to simplify where I can in life, and to be honest about the stress this thing is causing me and delegate responsibility for it as SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Right now we're still trying to negotiate our location for the event and until we have that nailed down, the other things can't really start happening... that SHOULD get completed tomorrow and once that's out of the way I think I will feel very relieved.

Wish me luck!!!!

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WHATAGRL42 9/19/2009 12:40AM

    Do you realize that you have commented on nearly all of my weekly blogs, for the last couple of YEARS???!! I have always loved seeing your comment, and yet ironically, sometimes your visit to my blog makes me feel like a schlep for not reciprocating on all of your blogs! LOL! I am like you.... feel that "weight" of necessity to reply to all comments, acknowledge all goodies, welcome all new members to my team, post, blog, track, etc etc. But yeah, there are just going to be times when you just need to be good to yourSELF, and forget about all of that. My blogs can be rather dreary and pitiful, if not downright boring and redundant. Feel free to PASS! hahaha!!

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MSSUNBUG 9/15/2009 5:38PM

    I really understand this. Even just the number of COMMENTS you receive on each blog YOU write would be an overwhelming amount of reading and catching up each day--seriously! I doubt there are many here who wouldn't understand your need to check in just every now and again. And so I think cutting back is really the right thing to do. While I personally would miss seeing your name and your wisdom pop up, I PROMISE YOU, the best support you give everyone, the best inspiration you give, the best way you help everyone out here who is fighting their own weight issues, is to SIMPLY BE HONEST YOU. You're a great example of needing to simply "walk the walk," to stay focused on the path, of the importance of living the plan every day. Really, so long as you continue just being Dana, you're going to be serving everyone around you just fine. :D

Good luck de-stressing and simplifying your life. It sounds like it's in order!

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WOLFKITTY 9/15/2009 5:06PM

    You know, it's funny. Sometimes SP is a stress reliever, but it's all in how you view it. I know that I've been feeling kinda lonely lately, not getting as much response on my page (not posting blogs either, HELLO), but the truth is that I'm trying to get some actual WORK done and not bouncing around to lots of pages, have been neglecting MY blog subscriptions as well... so things get a little disconnected.

My point though, is that you should definitely take the time you need. Life ebbs and flows, right? Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog from early this morning. I appreciate your input.

Love ya Dana, you're the best! Go do what you need to do!

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    I have THOUSANDS of spark emails still unopened in my inbox. LOL literally. Thousands. They won't self destruct . . . so I figure it's all good. one day at a time. I'm STILL behind after my crazy weekend and I'm struggling to catch up with everything (and everyone!) . . sparking can be a full time job!!! lol

Do what you can! You post more blogs than most people I know . . . so maybe pare back a little there . . . do what you can. I totally understand the apathy though. LOL It gets so much that I'm like "BOO! I'm not gonna do any of it so there!" . . . hehe I get back to it eventually though. :)

Do whatcha can! The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. ;)

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ZORAHGAIL 9/15/2009 2:24PM

    You are totally appreciated, no matter what. Take care of yourself for awhile girl, I mean it!

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SWEETZMIX 9/15/2009 11:47AM

    some days i feel the same. i have some major stress going on. do what u can. i too stopped stressing about spark and started focusing on me. we are always here!! we know you care, no worries!

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    Hey Dana - feel free to shut off the computer and ignore us for awhile. :)

If you need any help with your fundraising event (just to talk about ideas or whatever) nonprofit fundraising is a lot of what I do in my career and I'm happy to help. You can email me at thecoolestsarah@hotmail.com and I'll give you my number.


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NIMAWEYGH 9/15/2009 11:22AM

    Hi Dana,

We only met in welcome as I to joined the team via HRDWLBY and RAZMATAZ*SHAZAM, but I know all about stress myself and how SP can take a big part of your life for it's own. I am right now on LOA from Hogwarts team due to bad health choices and not doing on here what this site is designed for. TO LOOSE WEIGHT!.

I have re-prioritized and I know this is the right thing for you to do. It will make all the difference.

I do wish you wonderful success with the fund raiser(I was an Activity Director at a nursing facility for yrs....I have done hundreds of fundraisers for them and the Humane Society's Cause for Paws) if there is anything I can help with just shoot me an owl.

I know you can manage all of this you have taken the first step.

I look forward to seeing you all around The Challenge of Harry Potter.

Good luck and best wishes,

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MDTWEETY 9/15/2009 10:45AM

    Hi sweetie! Sorry you are feeling so stressed!! :( I can certainly understand how you must be feeling overwhelmed. I hope things become less hectic for you soon. Hugs...

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SEEHOLZ 9/15/2009 10:28AM

    OMG--- you really describe how I feel by all kinds of things, Spark included, but it's all about prioritizing and your friends are still going to be here Dana-- I feel bad sometimes when it takes me a few days to get to someone's blog, but I don't subscribe for the exact reason you mentioned. There is not always enough time!
I can't imagine being in charge of a major fundraising event, so I give you major prompts for leading the way! You totally rock and yeh for the downward scale movement!

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FIENDISHSARAH 9/15/2009 10:28AM

    You're a wonderful friend Dana and I appreciate evey comment and note you send me! emoticon

Good luck with the funraising and getting yourself back in order- believe me, I feel like I'm the Queen of Busy lately, so i feel for ya!

Take care of yourself and let us know if you need anything from US too! emoticon

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EOSAURORA84 9/15/2009 10:15AM

    WOW, you have a lot on your plate...while i enjoy reading your posts to my blogs, i fully understand the need to kep yourself sane....all your friends on here know they can rely on you if they need that support, i dont think they will be put off if you dont respond to every blog....i hope things work out well for the rowing fundraiser and that your stress will subside a bit after booking a location....

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NO-41_RAZZYS_PL 9/15/2009 10:12AM

    ugh! you really DO have a FULL plate, but yer' gonna' HAVE to put yer' priorities in order WITH your health and RELAXATION techniques 'in play' ESPECIALLY with your fundraising project!!

oh, hehe! hi, I'm Annie. Just joined The Challenge of Harry Potter (HRDWLBY) Helen, suggested and brought along a few friends. We're pretty good-to-go on our House choices if you just want to send us to our Common Rooms to report.

Hope to catch ya' on the FLIP when things are better for ya' K? Take Care!! *G*O*O*D* *L*U*C*K*
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MBSHAZZER 9/15/2009 10:10AM

    LOL, I sometimes get really stressed out when I see all of the emails from Spark! It's OK to not comment or read everyone's blogs... I mean, really, when will you have time to exercise if you're busy on the internet all day?!

RE: stress, I totally hear you... I'm on the board of my condo association and that to me is the MOST stressful part of my life right now!

Anyway, hope your stress lessens soon!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/15/2009 10:09AM

    Just keep at it. You are doing fine. Sometimes you have to take care of yourself before others.


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TAKEONME48137 9/15/2009 8:45AM

    Awww I'm sorry to see that you're stressed, Dana. Hopefully the plan you've set out will help you de-stress a little bit. Even though sparking is awesome and I know all of us enjoy your comments, the internet is not a priority...so if you need to take a day off from completely sparking, it will be okay. That way you can focus on the fundraiser and get that out of the way as quick as possible. Good luck with it all! =)

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ROBINSON_CMR 9/15/2009 8:42AM

    It's always hard to put yourself first when you're not used to doing it, but by continuing to put everyone else ahead of yourself is probably how most of us ended up here in the first place!

EASTCOASTCALI - just a quick note on the ice cream thing...I'll never forget that my stepson (about 3 then) would push is dinner plate away and say he was full, then ask for ice cream. When my husband said "I thought you just said you were full", Tyler's reply was always "My food pocket is full, but my ice cream pocket is empty." It still cracks me up.

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SKYFYRE 9/15/2009 8:19AM

    I've been there, and all too recently, sometimes you just have to pick something and reduce! Hahaha! Sometimes the blogs stress me out, because it is just one more thing! Take care of yourself Dana, that is your number one priority! If you don't take care of yourself you won't be there 100% for husband and church. I hope you can beat some of these guilty feelings, they can really weigh us down! Good luck with the fund raiser, I hope it takes off so you don't have to pay big $$ for regatta events!

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KARVY09 9/15/2009 8:13AM

    Take care of yourself first and foremost. While the great thing about Spark is the support we get from other members, you don't have to support all of your friends in stressful times. We'll stick around and support you no matter what!
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JESPAH 9/15/2009 5:58AM

    No need to apologize or explain -- you do what you need to do for you. We'll still be here.

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JANTWO 9/15/2009 3:59AM

    You have a full load!!!! Fund raising can be very hard. You have done so well, don't get down about one day. Take care!!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/15/2009 1:10AM

    you are a great person for organizing a fund raiser. the thought of even planning one is stressing me out right now. when i have to i usually just pay out of my own pocket which i know is totally backwards.
i have unsubscribed from tons of stuff lately. especially from facebook. i am pretty good on checking in on the blogs i normally read. the ones i only subscribe to now are my sparkers that don't blog a ton so i don't miss there one offs.

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CALICAVEGIRL 9/14/2009 10:33PM

    Unfortunately, I can totally relate to being overwhelmed and over-stressed! Working three jobs and volunteering a ton of time at church will do that to you, though... Good call on cutting back on things, I know it's such a difficult thing to do.

On a lighter note... My dh would tell you that you can eat ice cream even if you're full because it just melts and fills in the crevices so you always have room for ice cream : ) So that's my theory as to why you didn't feel over stuffed - lol.

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CALICAVEGIRL 9/14/2009 10:32PM

    Unfortunately, I can totally relate to being overwhelmed and over-stressed! Working three jobs and volunteering a ton of time at church will do that to you, though... Good call on cutting back on things, I know it's such a difficult thing to do.

On a lighter note... My dh would tell you that you can eat ice cream even if you're full because it just melts and fills in the crevices so you always have room for ice cream : ) So that's my theory as to why you didn't feel over stuffed - lol.

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DDOORN 9/14/2009 10:05PM

    Fundraising is tough stuff...takes a certain mindset...I know I struggle with this whenever I'm involved with fundraising.

Keeping things simple is a great thing to strive for...! We've been de-junking, de-cluttering our home BIGTIME! After 27 years here one accumulates a TON of useless stuff...OUT it goes....woo hoo! That's been my focus lately toward simplifying.


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LAFTERSFREE 9/14/2009 9:52PM

    having too many self inflicted obligations can be sooo stressful!!! im glad that you have thought about where your priorities lie and dont be hard on yourself about letting up in certain areas. i also care about my friends here on spark, but i just cant do it all sometimes, ya know? i know that when i was trying to, i was letting other things slide (like school/work). we all know ya care!!! now, take care of you :)

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    Dana I am happy you are setting limits for yourself!!! I used to feel the same way...but once SP became a burden instead of the lifesaver it had once been I knew I had to make some changes!!! We cannot support everyone or we will lose ourselves in the process!!! You have a lot on your plate and you need to keep YOU as your #1 priority!!! Have a great day!!! Jackie!!!

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HOPERY 9/14/2009 9:46PM

    Great decision to de-stress by removing things you can. I have some Blogs that I save up and read when there have been like 5 entries or so. It is simpler for me to read several and only comment once bout 1 person than to try to keep up with 5 people each day. Make any sense? Spark is not supposed to stress you out, and you are such an inspiration and encouragement just by sticking to it and realizing your limitations.

I would talk to the man to see if he is upset or alright with the house and cooking. When I was marathon training last year (before we got pnemonia) I sat with my family and explained how tiring it can get when those miles go up. I started needing more rest. So, there were things they were willing to help with more and things I just let slip for a little while. It is o.k. to do that. Get his support and understanding. It is only once you get to run your first marathon.

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SPARKNMOM 9/14/2009 9:35PM

    I understand stress and feeling overwhelmed VERY well. I think we're doing great - even with a few detours along the way. I feel ya on feelings of letting down hubby w/ the inability to keep up w/ housework. I have that feeling 9 months a year. I always apologize and he always says it's fine. Great, supportive hubbys make all the difference.

Take care...

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    emoticon You're a very caring woman. Smart, too... except about bringing chocolate and icecream into your home. emoticon

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Short Blog: More later.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Yesterday was a huge day.

Maybe not smart....

But I worked in the morning, ran afterward (at 11-1 roughly) came home for a few hrs and then went to the football game.


The game was REALLY fun, my run... GOT DONE... so I was proud of that...

I ate well the morning of and hydrated well, but ... it was tough. I was in the heat of the day (although for AL it wasn't too bad, although it was Sunny), AND I didn't really get enough sleep the night before either. I think I ran a bit too hard toward the end out of being anxious for it to be over. Looking forward to today and tomorrow being resting from running days.

BUT!!! I DID complete Week 4 of Marathon training!!! :D WOOHOO!!! So I'm 1/4 of the way through.

Next week my long run goes back up again.

Anyway -- I have a few pictures I can share from the game and whatnot but those will come later cause I gotta run! :)

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CALICAVEGIRL 9/13/2009 7:36PM

    Keep it up lady! A marathon,... whew!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/13/2009 6:20PM

    Sounds like a great Sat.

Can't wait to see the pics. Must be so cool to be near a major university, especially an SEC school.


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KARVY09 9/13/2009 6:01PM

    Way to go!!!

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MBSHAZZER 9/13/2009 4:09PM

    Oh my, I could never run at 11AM in Florida! I am impressed that you were able to get a good run in before the game. If I have an event where I know there will be eating and drinking, I really like to run first, pre-emptively! LOL!

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TAKEONME48137 9/13/2009 3:37PM

    Yay! Congrats! How was the game? Ours was rough...it was raining all day and we were not playing well at all. We won in the last 30 seconds of the game, but we really should not have. Oh well. I hope your game was better. =)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 9/13/2009 1:42PM

    Yay!!!!! 4 weeks down! You're awesome :D!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/13/2009 11:35AM

    way to go dana on finishing week 4! enjoy your much deserved rest day.

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DDOORN 9/13/2009 11:33AM

    Way to keep SPARKING away there...!

You're not letting ANYTHING get in the way of your marathon training...woo HOO!

How is THAT not "smart"?!? :-)


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LAFTERSFREE 9/13/2009 11:31AM

    didnt know u guys go to the games! thats cool, im glad u had a good time i hear we won, its always NICE to go to a winning game. cant wait to see the pics. busy day and u did it all, good job :)

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TRUE_TEXAN 9/13/2009 11:10AM

    I ran this morning after some not so smart choices last night in the form of alcohol and not enough water and I could definitely feel it! Congrats to you for getting it done though..

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

So, see the title, I got to row today - woohoo!

It was really nice to get out on the water and I liked the boat I was with... but all of a sudden 7 seat is a little more boring! I have gotten accustomed to being able to see everyone and work harder to follow and whatnot. HAHAHA :D I guess there are pros and cons to the different boat positions. ANYWAY... did that.

Ran my 4 miles ... oops... it was actually only 3. HAHAHAHAHA Someone told me that this one route was 4 miles, and I knew that it PLUS some other part was over 4, but I figured I'd just give it a go and map it even though I thought it'd be short...yeah... that other part apparently adds 1.15 miles... my sense of distance isn't THAT off, I knew it'd be short, but I didn't expect it to be THAT much shorter. BUT -- I ran the overage yesterday and my run on Saturday will be that 8.5 mile route instead of 8, so eh. Close enough for me. I was a bit over on Tuesday as well.

Then I got GROCERIES!! WOOHOO!!! So nice to have a stocked house again. *phwew*

And then I was going to nap but.... I saw that ANTM premiere was on TiVo. So instead of watching something short and showering and napping... I watched that ....which was TWO HOURS LONG. (much shorter because of fast forwarding commercials and some of Tyra's rhapsodizing in a fake french accent...) But yeah. I stayed up.

No ST. But I did carry two boats today in rowing, so that should count for something.

I'm pooped! But tomorrow is my full off day so YAY for that.

Looking forward to hopefully playing some BEATLES ROCK BAND tomorrow night. My sweet hubby bought it yesterday! :D It's for US but it really kinda feels more like it's for ME because he doesn't even really like the Beatles (blasphemy, I know).

P.S. - I got dressed up a little cute today. Someone said I look like a ballerina (my hair's in a bun? That's alI I got on that one. hahaha)

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GOGOMYA 9/12/2009 11:19AM

    Beatles rock band....way cool!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 9/12/2009 10:21AM

    OMG that IS BLASPHEMOUS! DANA! I am speechless . . . maybe rock band will convert him. Apparently (according to this piece on Morning Edition on NPR the other day) all these kids are now huge Cream, Clapton, Zeppelin, etc fans because of rock band and Guitar Hero. Which is cool, we all need a classic rock, psychedelic rock schooling.

Speaking of rock I did my run yesterday (which I thought was 6 and turned out to be 5.81 - so I am with you:P) to Ted Leo. So digging it! Have you heard of that band The Big Pink? I heard one song and loved it. I am still digging the Passion Pit manners and I really need to get the new Franz Ferdinand - they are always good for cardio.

Anyway, I hope you have a fabu weekend!

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LAFTERSFREE 9/11/2009 10:13PM

    mark wants that beatles one too, i dont really like them but he really does... how is it so far???

and dude im so pissed that i didnt know ANTM premiered!!!! i missed it completely. i'll have to look up the episode. so glad the season started back up again, what night does it come on?? please say Wed??! that's my only night off!!!

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SEEHOLZ 9/11/2009 3:52PM

    YEH for rowing- you must be cuter than your competitor then-LOL?
I know the feeling of having groceries in the house, so congrats!
And I'd be the same about the mileage-- eh, who cares?
Okay, enjoy your day off TODAY!

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MSSUNBUG 9/11/2009 3:30PM

    NICE! Enjoy Rockband tonight!

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/10/2009 10:54PM

    Yay! So happy to hear you got to row today and got groceries!

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MDTWEETY 9/10/2009 7:39PM

    AH, I've been eyeing the Beatles Rock Band...Lemme know how you like it. What fun!! I haven't played with our Rock Band in a while. Pics please of your cute outfit and hair!

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DDOORN 9/10/2009 6:47PM

    Woo hoo on the rowing...!

LOVE the BEATLES, but suspect I wouldn't be a fan of rock band, since I already play guitar...lol!


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SKISINCO 9/10/2009 6:40PM

    Yay you!

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SLCOLMAN 9/10/2009 6:28PM

    WOW!!! Yeah for rowing!!!!! Gonna have to go see if my DVR got the ANTM beginning :)

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ELFITZPA 9/10/2009 5:49PM

    Glad you got to row after the issues you had earlier this week!! It's cool to see how much it's become a part of your routine now.

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HOPERY 9/10/2009 5:44PM

    If a bunny wears a bun pictures are totally required! You are doing sooo awesome on your training, and I think carrying boats count for back and shoulder work.

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MBSHAZZER 9/10/2009 5:30PM

    You're so funny, obsessing over the mileage... I'd do the same thing, too! LOL! I'm glad you got in so much activity! And yes, carrying boats does count as ST.

Have fun with Rock Band... we got it after Christmas, played obsessively for about 2 weeks and now it sits, neglected and gathering dust... maybe we'll play this weekend... you've inspired me!

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TAKEONME48137 9/10/2009 4:36PM

    Beatles Rock Band!!! I'm so jealous! I wish I had the money to get it. I was playing the demo in Best Buy the other day, and I was in love. Plus we need to get Guitar Hero World Tour while it's super cheap. Gah! Games! Why are they awesome and expensive? =( But! I hope you have fun with the game. I'm glad you got to row today. I'm sure it was a lot of fun. =)

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    Ok we need pictures Miss Ballerina! *grin*

Hey, no worries on the mileage . . you're enough weeks out and had enough overages . . . you'll be fine. And you got food! Woohoo!!! *grin*

Ok and I'm super impressed at your mad 'freshen-up' skills! Super impressed!! My old job had a shower on site . . . I TOTALLY would have done it before! But now. . .

though now that you've done it and you're an actual 'sweat' person . . and not a 'oh I don't sweat, I perspire" person . . (lol) . . . I might not be able to use that excuse any more. LOL !

Beatles Rock Band? (ok and wait . . your hubby doesn't like the Beatles? DUDE! Tell him to get a clue!! *grin*) . . . that sounds like WAY too much fun. i was introduced to Rock Band this year . . . I want to play it again. LOL

(ok sorry . . I kinda combined your blog and your comment on my page. so . . sorry if anyone's confused!) lol ~Mere

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Run = DONE!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

So I just did my first ever lunch break run thing and it totally worked.

I actually forgot to set my alarm this morning and would have had to rush like CRAZY to get my run in and everything else this morning so I decided it was a good time to try it.

I took 2 hrs for lunch today (on a day I get to work 2 hrs early... so I took 1 hr beforehand to futz around and then clocked in so I could take a 2hr lunch). ANYWAY. Clocked out, changed, sunblocked, ate a little bowl of oatmeal and headed out w/ my water bottle! For just 4 miles I just make sure to take water usually. Anyway... the route next to my work is just a little over 4 so it's perfect for today. Got back, did some cleaning up in the bathroom (not as good as a shower, but good enough), then really ate lunch. I even had a few minutes just sitting and reading at the end of my lunch break, so the timing was really pretty perfect. :) I will have to do this again!

Yeah it was a little warm, but that will get better as the year goes on.

BONUS - I might get to sub for someone rowing tomorrow!!! It's between be and some other dude... we apparently replied within a minute of each other... not sure why she didn't just say, hey so and so replied a minute sooner... instead she sent it to BOTH of us saying - hey! You both replied so fast, who wants it?? uhhh we both do.... So I have to wait and see, but I hope it's me!!!!!!! I'd LOVE to get to row again sooner than MAYBE Sunday or Tuesday.

We desperately need groceries. So I think I HAVE to do that tomorrow no matter what! haha... oh well. :)

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LAFTERSFREE 9/11/2009 10:10PM

    can't WAIT til it gets a little cooler, we got a tease last week when it felt great... now it's back to alabama humidity!! it sucks. so cool that u run during lunch, i hate the feeling of sweat on me, so i always gotta shower immediately after or it drives me insane. u should convince ur job to install a shower for lunch runners ;)

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CATIATM 9/10/2009 11:52AM

    You clever bunny! Glad you got in the run and some down time at home, and I hope she picks you to sub!

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SEEHOLZ 9/10/2009 11:48AM

    Man, it must be hard to LOVE to row and then be like "fighting" over the slot... but, when you love something, you'll put up with stuff.. some stuff..

It's hard to run at lunchtime due to sweating, but some days are just awesome, especially running downtown--- it's so full of energy!

Great job girly!

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SKYFYRE 9/10/2009 11:22AM

    How cool, your the "runsonherlunchbreak" girl!!! Yikes, I know someone like you? Awesome! Oh and good luck to you on the grocery shopping, not a huge fan of that myself! I have to meal plan first and that is WORK!

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TAKEONME48137 9/10/2009 11:13AM

    I'm glad the lunch running worked out! I wish I could be able to do that, but unfortunately with the office, it doesn't work so easily. Oh well. I hope you get to do the rowing also! You sound like you have a lot of fun with the rowing. One day I'll have to try it. And yes, get some groceries! haha =)

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MBSHAZZER 9/10/2009 9:19AM

    NEAT! My dad was always one for running at lunchtime. I think it's the perfect way to break up the day. I wish I could run at lunch but it's hard for me to get away from my desk. Also, living in Florida, even walking somewhere for lunch requires a shower afterwards! LOL! Hope the rowing works out for you tomorrow....

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/10/2009 8:57AM

    Glad you found a way to still work that run in.

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TRACYZABELLE 9/10/2009 7:21AM

i am glad to hear you are using sunblock!!

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VEEJAY3 9/9/2009 11:55PM

    Gosh, I would be so frustrated to want to do something so badly and have to depend on so many other people to all line up just right to be able to do it.
Can we get you on a rowing crew with some robots or something? Or ... clones? We might have to pitch in and get you a kayak so you can row all by your lonesome (or does that sound non-fun?) just so you can do it when and where you want!!!

But I know -- the camaraderie is part of the draw.

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DDOORN 9/9/2009 11:05PM

    Good for you to try a new approach to working in your run!

It pays when we can get creative now & again!


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MISSY_MAGOO 9/9/2009 10:56PM

    I hope you get to row!
And how cool is it that you have the option to take a long lunch and get your run in with time to spare to actually eat!

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    That's SO awesome that you could do that!!!! So very cool! :) I sweat SO FRICKIN MUCH when I run that I couldn't manage a lunch run. But I'm gonna work on getting up in the mornings. At least until the weather gets nasty! :D

Ooooh I hope you get the row! :) Especially after Tuesday's no-show.

and aren't you not supposed to go grocery shopping on Thursdays? hehe

Hope you have a great night!!!!!


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SPARKNMOM 9/9/2009 8:57PM

    Excellent use of your lunch! I've been working straight through my lunch...eating while working. No fun!! Ah, well....

Hope you are picked for being a sub. I say you definitely deserve it after the last debacle!

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Sorry I'm a little bitter about waking up at 5AM to go rowing and one of the people in my boat didn't show.

He sent an email the night before saying that his car was broken and asking for a ride -- well one of the other rowers responded that he could... called him, emailed, TEXTED... no reply.


So we all just had to turn around and go home (from that boat). :( I haven't rowed since LAST Tuesday!! ugh. There weren't enough volunteers to row on Sunday (granted it was a long weekend so ok...)

Anyway so I went home, went back to bed... I was up for 1.5 hoursish and then back to sleep for about 3 hours... and then up to run. And it was hotter than I've gotten used to since I've been running at smart times of the day, and it was garbage day, and I didn't eat or drink anything before my run (yeah not smart, I know). So it was sluggish and irritating. Actually the speed didn't turn out too bad -- just over 12 min miles if I remember correctly, and that includes a 5 min walking warmup and two walking water breaks -- but it FELT not so great.

When I got home I had a new Runner's World in the mailbox - WOOHOO! And it had a little post run stretching routine so I did that. Cooked some food. Watched an episode of CSI:NY and ate. And got ready and left.

I just felt all out of sorts after the weird start to my morning.

One of our new favorite bands is playing in town tonight at 11PM -- My run tomorrow isn't too long, and I got more sleep this morning than I anticipated so I'm still considering whether I want to go or not. I LOVE seeing them play but I'm just wondering if that isn't a really horrible idea... hahahaha. :)

OH FOOTBALL - YAY BYU, YAY Alabama, *CRYCRYCRY* FSU... sad. I had a bad feeling about that game... actually FSU played fairly well and I was really impressed with the QB, but dang. We lost. :(

OH and P.S. -- Most of my long weekend was spent in a Mad Men Season One Marathon. :) We didn't finish it yet, but boy was that fun. I just want to dress up in all the clothes!!!

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CCKELLY3 9/11/2009 4:42AM

    Oh I've wanted to try rowing for a long time because it always seemed so zen, being in sync like that with the rhythm of 'the herd'. Of course, it never occurred to me that you're also at the mercy of that herd. Not sure I could stand that, having someone flake that way. I think I'd have gone straight to his house and dragged him over, LOL. So I totally appreciate your sour mood, he deserves it!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/11/2009 3:43AM

    That's one of the nice things about kayaking in a single... I don't need to rely on other people - who might flake out.
Sorry your morning row was a wash.

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S318830 9/9/2009 4:21PM

    Yeah. I'd have wanted to kill him. Very inconsiderate. Sorry you had to get up so early only to go home empty handed. Good for you for running, but yeah, running in the heat sucks. I did the same thing this weekend. By the end I was totally dehydrated.

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LANC92 9/9/2009 2:08PM

    OMG I can't believe you mentioned that RW. I got mine yesterday and reading the section about eating simply for some reason I totally thought of you! Personally, I can't wait to try the spinach and sweet potato salad :-)

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    Gotta agree with you on the title...some people really do. Gah.

Glad you enjoyed your Mad Men marathon! I would love to bring those fashions back!

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    Sorry that guy was a flake on your team. No fun at all. How is that Runners World Magazine? I've been thinking about getting it.

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SWEETZMIX 9/9/2009 10:08AM

    I hate when my days doesn't start off the way I hoped b/c I also get in a mood sometimes. Glad you just pushed through it. Go and see the band play!! I bet you will have a great time, so you might as well go!

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NATURALLYME126 9/9/2009 9:58AM

    Lol. You are too much Dana Dane.

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CHRISLEWIS 9/9/2009 5:49AM

    People do suck, but only you can let them bring you down. Shake it off and keep on truckin'! emoticon

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SKYFYRE 9/9/2009 3:33AM

    GRRRR! That's how I would be if I bothered going all the way down there and didn't get to row! Sorry to hear about his doofisness!

Well, the run was tough, but you did it! YAY! That's the spirit! Oh and I will have to look up Mad Men, I have no idea what you are talking about!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 9/8/2009 9:50PM

    Mad men season 1 marathon, what a fabulous idea! Jake and I have been wanting to get into that show, and I LOVE VINTAGE FASHION!

I got the new RW too and haven't had a chance to chill and read it.

Hey, thanks again for turning me onto Ted Leo, I didn't realize he was also a progressive activist. I am definitely becoming a huge fan of the guy! I listened to him for my workout today, awesome stuff!

Sorry about the lame dude messing up rowing, that is so incredibly selfish. People do suck sometimes. Hopefully tomorrow all goes as planned for you.

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LENNY48 9/8/2009 9:10PM

    Loved the title of your post! Your right people do suck man! emoticon

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/8/2009 8:09PM

    I agree- BOO on him!
and I agree on the mad men clothes, how fun would it be to dress like that... uh, for awhile- then give me my blue jeans back, haha!

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SLCOLMAN 9/8/2009 6:33PM

    Don't you just hate it when others are inconsiderate :( Totally SUCKS!!!

Go you on getting the run done even though it just felt off!!

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MDTWEETY 9/8/2009 5:59PM

    Wow, how inconsiderate of that rower! Yes, BOO on him!

My Buckeyes won by the skin of their teeth - against NAVY! It's going to be an interesting season!

I LOVE Mad Men! I am behind a season so I don't really want to watch the new season. I like the clothes too. People dressed so much better back then.

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MBSHAZZER 9/8/2009 5:57PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Mad Men! We binged on season 2 and watched the whole thing in a week! Now we have to wait... boo!

As for seeing a band first take the stage at 11pm?! No way, I'm in my 3rd REM cycle by then! LOL!

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CECE0330 9/8/2009 5:55PM

    My friend keeps trying to get me onto Mad Men....I just haven't had time yet, but it's definitely on my "to do" list!

Boo to that person for not responding! I would have been really mad to show up that early and not get to do the workout I was pumped up for!

I had to laugh at the garbage day line.....when I was doing the C2K program, I quickly learned that the alleys on a Thursday morning were a NO GO!!!! P.U!!!!!!!!!

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WOLFKITTY 9/8/2009 5:36PM

    Mad Men - That's like 40s clothes? 'Cause you know I LOVE THOSE TOO!! HEhee. I bet you look smokin' in them!

Talk to you soon.

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LUCYA8 9/8/2009 5:33PM

    Hey there my dear -- thanks for visiting and commenting! You are so amazing and such a rock-solid person when it comes to being supportive -- thanks so much. It makes all the difference to me as I post, know there's someone awesome out there who will read it.

AND great job sticking to your workout and running in spite of the rocky start -- yay! That can be really hard, when your schedule is thrown, trying to do something to right things and keep going -- it's one of the things I love about running: regardless of everyone else and everything else in the world, you can always run -- makes me want to kiss my legs for being there every day. It also makes me want to get plenty of rest and take things easy when necessary so as not to hurt them!

How's your diet treating you these days? Are you still branching out and trying new foods?

Also, what would you like to see more of the blog? Would a daily food run-down help, or a new recipe, or just stories, like it is now?

Lots o' love, L.

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SEEHOLZ 9/8/2009 5:30PM

    No clue what Mad Men is ( a show?), but glad you did something fun over the week-end!
Yes, that no show would have irritated the cr$p out of me, too- my sleep is precious, so please don't mess with it-LOL!
I hope the looks will send the message or even bette, you guys ALL just tell this person- I have a feeling the car will be the excuse... though. But, at least you know from now on not to count on hims!

Next run WILL be better!

Okay, enjoy that concert- you want to go-- GO!

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JUNEBUG1944 9/8/2009 5:18PM

    I hate when people let you down.

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TELERIE 9/8/2009 5:06PM

    Boo to the guy not showing up - why bother asking for a ride at all. So glad you got in a run and DID IT!

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TAKEONME48137 9/8/2009 5:00PM

    Yeah the same was heartwrenching....but on the bright side, Doak was almost completely filled for the first time in FOREVER. Thank you fans! lol What band are you seeing tonight? I've never seen Mad Men, but I've heard good things so maybe I'll check it out when I catch up on all the stuff on my DVR. I'm sorry you couldn't row. Next week hopefully it'll happen! =)

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    hot+garbage day = yucks!!!! way to get your butt out the door. why did that guy even ask for a ride when he wasn't going to follow through. dumb boy! have a good night!

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MSSUNBUG 9/8/2009 4:31PM

    Sorry you had such an off start to the day. It sounds like you certainly made the best of it though, so kudos to you! Hope you get to get in some good rowing again soon--I know how much you seriously enjoy that.

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    I noticed that your blog started off on a negative note that by the time you finished, you were in a much better mood.

I'm a Big 12, Oklahoma State fan, BUT, FSU is one of my favorite out of conference teams. I do not care for Miami at all. Bobby Bowden is probably not going to be coaching much longer, and I wish him well on getting the most wins he can.

Sounds as if you have a vigorous exercise regimen - make sure you take some time off to let your body heal from the little tweaks and strains that always go along with a hearty exercise program.

I get the impression, from this blog only, that you can be a pretty positive person, but you are really hard on yourself and you expect others to live up to your standards. That's good, but don't let their lack of success drag you down. You're worth more then that!

Wishing you a week full of satisfying days,


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HJFOGARTY 9/8/2009 4:01PM

    I hope tomorrow is a brighter day - we all have days like that and just hope that they are few and far between.

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    People do suck, but sometimes higher priorities bump things like working out and workout buddies down to a lower level on the totem pole. Here's hoping that your sucky bailout rower has a good reason and that his tragedy is over now.

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LILHLFPINT 9/8/2009 3:52PM

    (::hugs:: that kinda stuff makes me very angry, too!)

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    Isn't life fabulous sometimes? But hey . . . despite it feeling weird and just being sluggish . . you still did your run and you did it well! Awesomeness!
I understand the odd feeling though . . . maybe next time, don't go back to sleep? Use it as an opportunity to get some things done that you normally wouldn't do. Then you might not feel so out of sorts. (or maybe just move your run time up?) I often find napping in the 'morning' just makes me fuzzy all day. (then again, any nap gives me that feeling, no matter what time!) But hopefully that won't happen again so you don't have to worry about it!!!!

oooh . . Mad Men . . .that's one show that's definitely on my "to watch" list!

Hope your day improves considerably!!!

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