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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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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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(. (. *Annie

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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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