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Monday, September 21, 2009

Today is good stuff.

Fundraiser APPROVED.

Door Prizes: Got some!

Work is almost over - hooray.

Tomorrow I'm gonna go erg and then run. woooot.

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ZAEZAE 9/23/2009 1:01PM

    Woo hoo!!! Congrats!!

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MDTWEETY 9/23/2009 8:01AM

    Yay! You seem more relaxed now.

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KAYAKID 9/22/2009 11:55PM

    WTG Dana - good luck with the fund raiser!

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LAFTERSFREE 9/22/2009 10:02PM

    FINALLY!!!! yayyyy all ur work pays off! emoticon emoticon

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CATIATM 9/22/2009 4:23PM

    Yay, yay, yay, yay, and YAY!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/22/2009 3:41PM

    they must have heard i was about ready to come kick some butt!! maybe hit them over their heads with their oars???



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SEEHOLZ 9/22/2009 1:21PM

    You are in the groove! Wahoo!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/22/2009 12:50PM

    Congrats on getting that fundraiser approved.

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    Glad things are looking up Dana - have a great workout!

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MSSUNBUG 9/22/2009 10:19AM

    Yay! So glad things are looking up--congrats on getting through the stress from the fundraiser!

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TAKEONME48137 9/22/2009 9:19AM

    Yay for good stuff! Have another good day today!=)

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    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm super glad to hear it. :) They dragged their feet in the dirt, but it all worked out. Yea! :)

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BRE7482 9/22/2009 2:57AM

    I'm glad everything worked out. Be sure to let me know how I can support it.

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SKYFYRE 9/22/2009 1:20AM

    Good? Fantastic! I'm glad the saga of the fund raiser approval is done and now you can focus on stacking up the cash through the rowathon!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 9/21/2009 10:17PM

    Congrats on a great day. emoticon

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I have a little time for pictures. :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

So -- Long run Saturday was... completed.

That's about all I can say for it, and that's really all that's needed. I tried the chocolate outrage Gu and it was as I had heard - like CHOCOLATE FROSTING. mmmmmm. OK 11.2 miles have been RUN by me, on to week 6!

The ballerina look! :) haha


Avett Brothers:

Dude, poor guys, they were like... I dunno if they were SICK, or if their voices were starting to get destroyed from touring and screaming like punk rock superstars, but Scott's voice was going away a little, Seth's not so much but I thought I heard it crack a bit once or twice... but they still sang and screamed like punk rock superstars for us anyway! :)

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KNH771 9/22/2009 7:10PM

    It looks like you had a great time and looked great doing it!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 9/22/2009 6:09PM

    I LOVE, LOVE the ballerina look! Very pretty, Dana!

Congrats on getting the fundraiser approved and some prizes! Sounds like things are going your way :)!

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HOLLY1949 9/21/2009 10:35PM

    Thanks for sharing your pictures , I enjoyed looking at them. Holly

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DDOORN 9/21/2009 10:25PM

    My son recently proposed to his girlfriend during the Michigan State / Nortre Dame football game and shared some pics with us...your pics are reminding me of his...!

Great times!! Looks like you are just having a blast!


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SKINNYSOON13 9/21/2009 8:53PM

    I'm totally behind on the blog - so I'll just pick up for here :-) Sorry! I'm a blog slacker!

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SUMMERVA 9/21/2009 7:55PM

    you look so pretty in the "ballet" picture! and I'm SO jealous you saw the Avett Bros, I love them!

PS War Eagle!!!!

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MSSUNBUG 9/21/2009 7:17PM

    Looks awesome! You and your hub look SO ADORABLE!

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TELERIE 9/21/2009 5:17PM

    Sounds like a great weekend! Love the ballerina look. And you ROCK the marathon training - it's inspiring!

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    LOVE the ballerina look! I think it's a combo of the small high bun, your fair skin, darker hair and your awesome bone structure! :)

Sounds like an awesome weekend! and WOOHOO on 11.2 miles! GO GIRL GO!

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CECE0330 9/21/2009 3:08PM

    Great pics! Now I'm off to see what thing ting called "Gu" is......

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SSPANIER 9/21/2009 1:52PM

    11.2 miles!! You are really doing this!!! You look great too. I love the pics.

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SEEHOLZ 9/21/2009 1:32PM

    Love the pic with the hubby- all smiles...
and the balarina look suits you in a non-ballerina kind of way!
Glad you had a fun time at the concert, espeically after your stressful week!
Happy Monday girl!

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/21/2009 11:03AM

    Okay I checked out the Avett brothers after the last time you went and saw them- you are right- they are SO good. I love their song Die Die Die, such an awesome song. And usually I'm a punk rock gal- so I didn't think I'd like them being more blue grass string sounding :P
Looks like you had fun at football and the concert!
Now I'll have to try and find the gu...

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MBSHAZZER 9/21/2009 10:50AM

    I'm definitely going to have to check out that Gu flavor! WTG on finishing yourlong run! Sounds like a great weekend!

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TAKEONME48137 9/21/2009 10:46AM

    The pictures are fun! This chocolate outrage Gu sounds interesting. Maybe I will check it out at some point. Keep up the good running work! You seem to be doing awesome! =)

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fundraising is back to stressful -- I thought everything was worked out and now the board is DISCUSSING again and I reallllly have no idea why or why the heck this isn't already all approved. GRRRRRR.

In other news: I was able to row this morning (YAY) and it was actually a really good row.

Ran 4 miles, it was tough. Very mentally tough -- I was stressed and weary mentally and physically. There was one point when I all of a sudden saw where I was and didn't really remember running the last part... toooootalllly zoned. (no worries, I was on a nice sidewalk and no cars to threaten me) but yeah.

Came home -- watched ANTM of course. Showered and SLEPT.

Food has not been tracked today, but I've been eating good.

I have to just realize that 99% of this fundraiser thing is OUT OF MY HANDS for the time being and I've done everything I can to get it done that is within my power. Now I wait. This is incredibly frustrating having the burden of the event placed on my shoulders, but I have none of the power in making it happen. I really need to be allowed to proceed if they want to even do this. GARHATOHGHAosjsatojt.

I'm told by someone who is in on the discussion that she expects it may take until Monday.

I thought the papers for the reservation of the shelter were going to be turned in on Wednesday... nope, the board started discussing it again... still discussing... and apparently it's going to take all weekend. We're going to be lucky if the shelter is still available and if our contact with Park Ops who has been so gracious in helping us get the paperwork prioritized and speedy-approved will even still try to do that after we're almost another-week behind in when he expected us to get it in to him.

OH MAN ALL THE STRESS IS JUST KILLING ME. I cannot let the failure of this event (IF that is what happens) make me feel guilty because I've done everything I can. GRR. What happens at the moment is out of my hands for now...


Tomorrow rest day, Saturday work in the morning, long run in the evening.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 9/21/2009 10:57AM

    LOVE the ballerina look.

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WHATAGRL42 9/20/2009 4:06PM

    u know Dana, one more thought/strategy:

Ask yourself, "what's the WORST THING that could happen to me if this project doesn't pan out?" Often times, when we force ourselves to consider the worst case scenario, we realize that the world won't come to an end, and that people will still love us, like us, respect us, and appreciate us!


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BRE7482 9/20/2009 1:56AM

    I agree with everyone else...you've done your part. It appears that everything else is out of your control. I hope it all works out for you though.

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SLCOLMAN 9/19/2009 11:18PM

    Love ANTM!! I am sorry that you have so much stress right now about the fund raising project. Hang in there and let it go if you can! You are doing the best that you can and it isn't your fault that others aren't acting on it!

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/19/2009 12:02PM

    It's so nice to know I'm not the only one addicted to ANTM :)

Try not to stress too much (I know easier said then done). But like you said- you've done all you can do, I'm hoping it will all work out.

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SKYFYRE 9/19/2009 9:58AM

    I think that you've put your effort out there and that is all you can do. If this doesn't go through I have a feeling you will solve the fundraising problem another way, you are so determined, but this would wear me out too. Emotional roller coaster, for SURE! Great reflection here Dana, I hope that they will get their butts in gear and make this happen, and that it is successful!

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    Aahhh red tape is lovely isn't it? I deal with similar things every day at work . . and it can make you want to scream. But you said it yourself . . . you've done everything that you can. So take a deep breath, find something to occupy you until they come back.

Good job on the run though. Tired, stressed and weary and you're still out there. You've got determination girl. It's awesome. :)

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LASHERTHECAT 9/19/2009 8:47AM

    Sounds like you've done all you can... worrying isn't going to make any difference, just add stress to you!

I'm sure it will be a smashing success!!

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WHATAGRL42 9/19/2009 12:30AM

    I think you hit it dead on: Don't bother stressing on the parts of the day/your life that are out of your realm of control. I used to have such trouble falling asleep because I'd run stressful situations like these in my head. So someone once told me, "Just sleep. If it's something you can't solve in the next few minutes,then there is absolutely nothing you can do about, and you might as well sleep." Allowing yourself to "let go",when u know there is nothing more you can do is probably the best thing you can do, even though it's maddening.

That, and running, rowing, and YEAH-- A little YOGA! *grin*

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KAYAKID 9/19/2009 12:16AM

    Dana, Breathe!!!!! take a deep breath and breathe! Now doesn't that feel better. You can't worry about things that are out of your control! you bama Girl - Sorry about the SD thing. Have a great weekend! We have Stake conference this weekend! Enjoy!

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    Sometimes it's nice to get in the zone-out mode - especially when you've been so stressed.. There's lots on your mind to process. These events always have a way of working themselves out Dana - RELAX! It will be fantastic, and it will be what it is. You have done your best and that has to be enough! :)

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SEEHOLZ 9/18/2009 4:05PM

    Yeh, I've had zoned out runs and TG there was no car to hit me!
I still give you major credit for stepping up to the plate, especially because it is stressful- you're going to make this happen and if not, it wasn't meant to be... so that's that.
Enjoy your LR tomorrow- how far are you going btw?

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/18/2009 3:20PM

    Just stick with it and it will work out one way or another.

Be careful running.


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/18/2009 12:03PM

    Ugh. Responsibility without the power to back it up is really really hard.
Hang in there!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 9/18/2009 11:44AM

    Things always take three times longer than they should when committees are involved. That's the story of my life. Baby steps and patience will get you where you need to be and each year will be easier if this becomes an annual event. Firsts are always the hardest. Hang in there.



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RUN_LIFT_EAT 9/18/2009 9:47AM

    Hey, all you can control is all you can control. I know that is easier to say than to realize, but it is true. Try not to let it get to you, girl!

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MBSHAZZER 9/18/2009 9:41AM

    I have a hard time not stressing about things that are not in my control. Just keep remembering, you are doing all you can. What is out of your hands, you can't do anything about. BTW, I've had those runs before where I'm like, "How did I get here??"! LOL! Have a great weekend!

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TAKEONME48137 9/18/2009 9:01AM

    It seems like you've done all that you can, so just sit back and see how it goes. And if it fails because of whatever the board is doing, don't let it get you down. You are awesome and you at least tried. Take care on your day off and rest up for the week to come! =)

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CATIATM 9/18/2009 8:46AM

    I think this panel needs to get a grip. I don't know if they're a bunch of namby panbies, or if there is one Whinger making it tough for everyone, but if you've done all you can, then it really is out of your hands. So focus on al the fabulous in your life and set that aside emotionally for now.

Congrats on completing the run even though you weren't psyched! It's that strength that makes you successful!

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MDTWEETY 9/18/2009 8:31AM

    Wow, sounds like a bureaucratic nightmare! Deep breath... Enjoy your weekend! :)

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JESPAH 9/18/2009 8:15AM

    You're right -- you cannot let it bother you as you have done everything that is within your power.

Recognize also that this re-thinking BS is a way for people with little other power in their lives to assert some. By lording it over yours. Feh, it stinks! But I bet they are truly powerless in their own homes. Imagine them henpecked, cowed, yes, dear, anything you want, dear.

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    Hang in there

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MSSUNBUG 9/17/2009 10:02PM

    Good luck and hang in there... I understand your stress and anxiety, but do what you can to let go of what you can't change or control.

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LAFTERSFREE 9/17/2009 8:53PM

    you are very right, you've done what you can, and it may all still work out, i know the waiting is going to drive you crazy, but i think it will work out. I doubt the pavilion will be booked b/c it's kind of an off-season for stuff, so that should be one less worry for ya. best of luck, we had fun catching up w/ u guys last night!! sorry i had to go though, i was unbelievably tired, i fell right to sleep when i got home.

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LANC92 9/17/2009 8:32PM

    In other words my dear, Let Go and Let God. :-)

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Stress lightening, Positivity increasing...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

So -- I've had a good day.



This morning the stress was massive -- but I talked to the Park Ops guy again, got my questions answered, and it's full speed ahead!!! The paperwork for this step is now in the Pres of the club's hands, so it's all on him. Which is kind of bugging me because I thought he was going to get it in today, but he's waiting on some more feedback from the rest of the Officers and it should still happen tomorrow, but at this point if it gets screwed up IT'S ON HIM. MWAHAHA.

And I get to concentrate on recruiting worker bee rowers to do all the rest of the stuff that needs to happen - which is more fun anyway.

OH and getting money raised. I've also tried to convince the club to set up a paypal account and add a Donate button to our website, but honestly making change happen with them is a little difficult... so we'll see. If it happens I'll share the link and maybe the SparkWorld will be able to help us race, too! :D hehe.

It was my boss's birthday today and while I am a pro at turning down work food, I could not turn down the amazing cupcakes one of my co-workers made. I wish I had remembered that my camera was in my purse so I could take a picture.

Let me describe - BIG chocolate cupcake, chocolate frosting, chocolate graham crackers crushed into fine crumbs and dusted on top of the frosting to make it look like dirt, a gummy worm and some candy bones/skull on top, and a Milano cookie w/ RIP piped on it sticking halfway into the cake, tombstone style.

I was so impressed!!!

It was worth the deviation from my regularly scheduled plan. I did not eat my planned snack or part of my lunch, still had a great filling healthy lunch... AFTER the best lunchtime run ever.

When I started out it was sunny and breezy... and it got more cloudy and more breezy into straight up WINDY as I went along!!! I think at first I was running away from where the storm was brewing, and then when I turned around I was running towards it, but it was moving so I wasn't fast enough to catch it. (YaY no rain on me!) But I did hear some thunder and see some lightening on the way back!

It was so magical at times. I was definitely grinning. The wind was crazy!!! Leaves were falling out of the trees - first time I've seen that this year!!! They were blowing across at a like... 45 degree angle to the ground in a floaty beautiful way, like a massive cloud of magic dust or something. I felt like I was in a fairy tale! :) My ponytail was being blown around by the wind, which was fun cause I was like - HEY!! I have HAIR that can be BLOWN IN THE WIND now! At one point near the end, the wind was coming straight behind me and I was literally feeling pushed forward. It was truly excellent. I also saw a few other runners, and passed in the opposite direction this one silver fox TWICE. He smiled and waved both times and looked like he was enjoying the weather, too. There were these two runners that I had seen last time I did a lunchtime run and I never looked the one in the face until this time and he looked way different than I thought he did out of my peripheral vision which was kinda weird. HAHA.

OK. So that's it for now. Great run. Rowing (I HOPE if enough people show up, grr) and running tomorrow morning. Tonight I have a couple friends coming over to watch SYTYCD with us which is exciting.

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    Omg, not only does the cupcake sounds fantastically awesome . . . so does your run!!!!!! I LOVE weather like that . . storm brewing, leaves flying. Perfect timing for a tombstone cupcake if I do say so myself! hehehehe

that positive attitude will keep you going and going and going . . stress or no stress. :) You're rockin' it as usual!!!!!

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    I would have eaten the cupcake too. :)

That run sounds so great - I love those kind of days when everything seems a little magical outside. This time of year seems like it's heavy with those magical moments. Enjoy it!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 9/17/2009 12:52PM

    I would NEVER turn down a homemade cupcake, that is frigging criminal (or it should be) so good on you :)!

I hope the rowing thing works out!

Congrats on another great run. that is too funny about the hair. As a fellow short hair girl, who occassionally has long hair I can relate :)

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MBSHAZZER 9/17/2009 12:38PM

    Sounds like a great day! Cupcakes are totally worth it, they're perfect portion control! Glad you had a good run, I love running when the weather is "moody"

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/17/2009 10:57AM

    Sounds like a great day!!!

Hope they keep getting better.

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/17/2009 10:50AM

    sounds like a great run and a great day. that cupcake sounds so cool and yummy!!! i love running in the fall. my fav is in the morning when there is dew and it makes the spider webs so pretty. here's to another good day.

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TAKEONME48137 9/17/2009 10:27AM

    Yay! I'm glad everything was better yesterday and I hope it carries on until today! I've seen those type of cupcakes in a book, but I've never made them myself. Creative cupcakes are neat. =)

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SKYFYRE 9/17/2009 1:27AM

    Yay, Dana! You are gettin you fund raising show on the road! Yipee!
Congrats on the hair growth, haha, that sounds funny!

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MSSUNBUG 9/16/2009 10:59PM

    That cupcake sounds like such a totally awesome idea! I'm going to have to store that idea away in this brain. Sounds like it was well worth the deviation (and if we're going to deviate, let i t be well worth it, right?).

Good to hear you're feeling less stressed and more joy. Hope it continues!

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BRUIN2 9/16/2009 10:34PM

    Awww, what a great run!

And I think even *I* would have been tempted by that cupcake!! (hahaha)

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SPARKNMOM 9/16/2009 8:53PM

    Glad things are going better :) Oooooh....awesome sounding cupcake. Sounds like it was worth it!!

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KSIGMA1222 9/16/2009 8:46PM

    Sounds great! If I hade a shower at work I would run to work, run at lunchtime and then run home!

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Brief Check-In

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

These daily blogs help keep me going!

So to check in:

Run - 5 miles, felt great
Fundraising - met w/ Park Operations, picked a spot, waiting on a response to some questions before submitting our Special Permit... grrr... President is following up on some other stuff letting me feel slightly stress relieved however.
Calories - so far so good today.

Got some stuff done this morning - washed some dishes, hard boiled eggs, cooked chicken, cooked rice... also did laundry yesterday which I failed to mention. So feeling a bit more accomplished in that arena.

Still so much on the plate this week, but everything will be ok.

The run was a great stress reliever this morning and it felt awesome.

Also I bought a foam roller on Sunday and really used it for the first time today and that was cool.

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    I have so many adhesions that using the foam roller is like torture. I know that if I would use it more it would actually work as it's supposed to and feel *good* - or something resembling good - but I struggle with doing it because it's so traumatic to get started. boo.

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SLCOLMAN 9/16/2009 7:23PM

    Sounds like you got tons accomplished!!! Great job :)

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    What a great blog, looks like you are doing great!

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SEEHOLZ 9/16/2009 4:03PM

    The foam roller saved me when I had my IT band issues--- so, God bless the foam roller and what a great way to start your day!

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    mmmmm foam roller. I should get one too. lol

You're accomplishing a whole lot! Great job! Just make sure to breathe . . . one step at a time.

Have a great day!

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CECE0330 9/16/2009 1:55PM

    Hmmm....what's a foam roller? I've been getting some killer workouts in this month-simply by channeling my stress into sweat! Whatever works!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/16/2009 10:10AM

    Keep going. You'll get through this challenge and then you will be onto the next.

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/16/2009 12:37AM

    i need a new foam roller. i bought a cheap one and it isn't really that round anymore so it makes rolling a big hard. will help with kinks though!

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SKYFYRE 9/15/2009 6:43PM

    Totally jealous of your foam roller!! I should just use my yoga balls hahaha! Yaeh for getting things done! Go Dana Go!

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MBSHAZZER 9/15/2009 6:39PM

    I need a foam roller! Thanks for the reminder...

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MSSUNBUG 9/15/2009 5:46PM

    Great to hear you're feeling more "up" today. It's amazing how just getting a few things under control can really change the whole look of things.

Keep taking good care of you! *hug*

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