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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

So, I'm blogging. :) I'll probably blog again later today.

Stuff that's been on my mind lately....

A couple of my SparkFriends have mentioned that they're previewing The Spark right now, so I guess it's ok for ME to tell you that I AM, too. :) And I'm reallllllly loving it so far. It's definitely not just about losing weight and eating right, let me tell you that.

It actually prompted my new and improved collage that I shared with you! So on my mind lately are those big longer term goals -- how I see my dream life in the future.

So I'm trying to think about those goals each day.

I've been on track tracking my food again this week and staying within range. It's been really satisfying to do that but the BIGGEST thing has been I'm tracking my water again.

Yeah -- somehow I've REALLY slacked on this!!!!! I guess I find it tough to drink enough water when I'm cold... so yesterday I tracked for the first time in a while and I just BARELY made it to 8... (I didn't even put it in the tracker yet I don't think, but I was paying attention!). Today so far I've had like... 1 cup. I'm working on it!!! I got down to 1 bottle of water at work instead of the two I alternated between because my stupid work threw away my lunch AND my water AND my bottle of salad dressing when cleaning out the fridge - gRR! Luckily it was just a plastic waterbottle and not my SparkPeople Water Bottle... which I have now brought to work and will guard with my life.

Hopefully that will help me since I will always have a bottle on my desk...

Also... I think I'm gonna try to run today.

Sunday - SO hurting and sore.

Monday - SORE.

Tuesday - not too bad, feeling pretty normal

Today - Feeling pretty good and normal.

SO! I'm going to give it a go assuming I still feel good come 4PM. :) haha. The route here is pretty flat and an evenly paved path so it's giving me the best options. If I feel like I should stop, I'll stop. I won't push through. I will turn around and give it a rest. I do not want to risk injury just to get in some mileage. That would be DUMB - RIGHT??? :D

Bummer - I left me HRM strap at my in-laws house apparently. LAME. :( I hope they are able to find it. But I will definitely be without it until at least Halloween, since we will see them then. If it is not found (or if the doggies found it and chewed it to death first PLEASE NO), then I'll have to replace it and that will SUCK. $40. boo.

Also crappy -- another neighbor got their door kicked in. It was across the parking lot, a woman was home alone and heard her door get kicked in and screamed. They left apparently (THANK GOD), but still... I can't believe my neighbor across the hall got a brick thrown through their window and now people's doors are getting kicked in again... even more incentive for us to get the heck out of Dodge.

We're checking out an apt on Sunday that is a possible sublease for us (good option since we're only gonna be here through the Spring) and hopefully that works out... it's going to be a serious downsize, but we have a lot of furniture and other belongings that we don't care to keep once we leave this town anyway so it'll allow us to go ahead and shed the extra STUFF.

Really I posted about a lot of downers in this blog, but I'm actually feeling very optimistic and positive today. :)

I will check in after lunch to report on my run!

Also so far today - 1 set of tricep dips. Will do more at night after lunch!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/23/2009 3:48AM

    I hear ya on the water.

This time of year I stock up on herb teas and drink those throughout the day instead of cold water. My favorites are Tazo Refresh (mint) and Wild Sweet Orange.

In fact yesterday I treated myself and bought a bunch of nice herb teas and a clear Lock&Lock box to store them in.

I wish Celestial Seasonings would individually wrap their tea. The flavors are initially great, but once you open the package they start to fade. The blueberry one is particularly nice, and although Bigelow makes blueberry flavor too (individually wrapped), it isn't as sweet.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/22/2009 1:10PM

    We all have downs in our lives (really, I know) and sometimes what we need is to just vent them.

Good luck on that apartment.


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FITTYTIF 10/21/2009 8:43PM

    Actually you need to go back and reread your blog. It was a pretty positive. You took every negitaive and made it a positive.

Havn't been getting enought water = Your tracking and realizing it.

Been very sore = Planning a run for today!

Neighbor hood going to pots=New place on the horizon and a chance to de clutter!!!

Sounds like things are doing pretty well. Or at least you have a good way of looking at it!

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GAYEMC 10/21/2009 8:19PM

    Bummer about the strap. I hope you get out of Dodge soon!

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ELFITZPA 10/21/2009 3:41PM

    Ooh that's scary about the lady getting her door kicked in and another neighbor having a brick thrown through the window - yikes! Glad you have a plan to get out of there!!

And I'm with you - it's so much harder to get the water in now that it's not hot out!!

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SEEHOLZ 10/21/2009 3:33PM

    I have the same cold/no fun drinking water thing-LOL! You are allowed to laugh at this, but my Chinese friend ( co-worker) drinks hot water! No, not tea, coffee or anything in it!
Just hot water! We have a hot water dispenser at work to make tea and so I tried it last winter--- it's perfect for a cold day! I wasn't too thrilled about it at first and it's not the quickest way to get your water in, but I'm telling you, it was nice ( only in the cold weather though-LOL)
I had to replace my HRM strap last year, as I was stupid enought to use it in the pool ( after someone suggested it was safe) It got coroded and even though my DH tried, it just wasn't the same. It was working one minute and then not. I love this HRM strap much better anyway! It's a never version and an improved design and I've had it for a while.. a long while, so definitely a worthwhile investment! I think I'd ask your In-laws to look for around for it, though...
I'll keep my fingers crossed for a great run for you!

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MBSHAZZER 10/21/2009 3:08PM

    Yes, lots of stuff going on.

How are you previewing the Spark?? Also, I ordered it and the icon is not on my page, BOO HOO! I can't wait for it to arrive.

Let's see... hope you are enjoying your run. Definitely walk if you need to... I have been victim to the vanity mileage game before! No fun!

Hope the new apt. works out for you.... and your in laws find the HRM... and your lunch doesn't get thrown away! How irritating!

Also... I find it hard to drink water when it's cold too!

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    Yeah I still don't know if we're allowed to talk about the book ...hmmm...I just thought about something. I think I'm talking TOO much about the book...hmmm I will have to go to my blog and edit some stuff out. Eek!

Anyway, have fun on your run today! :)

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/21/2009 2:58PM

    What ever happened about that "mean" dog you were going to adopt? With people getting their doors kicked in, I think you need some protection. And can you take that dog to work to guard your food, too? Sheesh!



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My Fitness Story!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

This is my entry for the SparkPeople/TurboKick.com Fitness Story Contest.

My fitness story began in January of 2007. Prior to that, I never intentionally exercised outside of Phys Ed class. Who wants to be sweaty and feel winded??? NOT ME.

I grew up as an overweight and obese child, teenager, and young adult. Finally, nearing the end of 2006 I felt so uncomfortable in my skin I started to consider what it would take for me to really try to be a healthier individual. Then I visited a Dr. and saw a reading of 294lbs on the scale and vowed never to see a 3 at the beginning of my weight! I discussed it with my husband and proposed a gym membership.

I figured that if we spend the money to get me a membership and then I didn't use it, I'd never hear the end of it so it provided an additional motivation.


I had never been in a gym before, I had no idea how the whole "locker room" scenario worked, how to use any of the machines, and I was embarrassed to try working out in front of a bunch of fit people. Luckily, I did have a friend who went to the gym I joined and I recruited her to go with me on my first visit and show me how to use a treadmill.

I started by walking 30 minutes 3 times a week. I believe that first day I had the incline set at 2 and the mileage set at 2.5-3 -- walking 3 miles per hour at a slight incline was really challenging for me at that time and I had to drop it down to 2.5 after a short time. After I got off the machine, I nearly fell!!! I felt so disoriented leaving the moving track that although I do not drink, I guessed that might be what it felt like to be drunk. I was feeling the buzz of endorphins and my confused body did not know what to make of the solid non-moving ground.

After the second session the sensation of disorientation was lessened, but the feel-good feeling kept coming. So I continued -- and bumped up my Saturday sessions to 45 minutes. I gradually lengthened every session to 45 minutes and was able to increase my speed and incline as well. After around 5-6 months I had met my first major milestone of losing 50lbs, and I celebrated by getting fitted for some running shoes.

As a child, I would start that required mile run huffing and puffing and end it walking and crying. I figured I was not meant to be an athlete. I focused on music and art and built a lot of confidence in myself in any other area I could.

But I wanted to run. I had a roommate in college that would go out and run for hours. HOURS. I couldn't even imagine running for 5 minutes. She would also run every year with her family in the local Turkey Trot.

I researched and found the Couch to 5K training program and it seemed do-able -- even for me. So I started gradually integrating short running bouts into my walking. I was able to build up and then complete my first 5K at the Turkey Trot while on vacation with my in-laws. I completed that race in 40:20 and I did not walk the entire time. I was SO PROUD of myself for running in a race and finding that dream of a family 5K.

Since then I have continued to run, and reduced my 5K Personal Record to under 30 minutes. When I visited San Diego, CA I found a race to run while I was there. I am currently training to run my first marathon on December 5th. Never in a million years would I have expected to be going out and doing 14 and 16 mile training runs on my own!

Not only have I continued to run, but I have found strength and fulfillment in taking on other fitness challenges.

I have taken hip hop, funk, and other dance aerobics classes at my gym, water aerobics, spin class, a strength and toning class, and pilates. I have conquered my fear of the Strength Training Floor and lifted weights and worked the cable machines with the burly men.

My most recent fitness adventure took me out of the gym and into the outdoors again with rowing. A SparkFriend inquired if I knew anything about a local Rowing Club and while I did now anything about it at the time -- I found out fast! They were having a Learn to Row Camp within a couple of weeks so I suggested we take it together.

I persevered through the embarrassing swim test (I had worked on swimming directionally, but never learned how to tread water somehow...), and the camp and found a new fitness passion! It is so peaceful to be out on the water as the sun is rising and propelling yourself across the water with your teammates.

Last weekend I achieved something I could have never anticipated for myself a few years ago -- I earned my first ever athletic MEDAL in a ROWING COMPETITION!!!!

My teammates and I won first place in our event at a regional regatta and I am still on cloud nine.

By making those tiny steps in the beginning, I was able to show myself what I am truly capable of and now looking back I feel I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.


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NATTIEMAE1 10/26/2009 9:19AM

    This story is very inspirational. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!

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MDTWEETY 10/25/2009 3:47PM

    Awww...this brought tears to my eyes. Congrats on all you've accomplished and all the fitness accomplishments that await you in the future. That marathon doesn't stand a CHANCE! ;)

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KATIEKOREA 10/25/2009 1:35AM

    I don't read very many blogs on this website. I stumbled upon your entry, and I was very impressed. Your writing was very heartfelt. Although I don't know you, I feel very happy that you won an athletic medal. You have made many huge accomplishments. Congratulations! emoticon

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LAFTERSFREE 10/24/2009 10:09PM

    love this story!! very well written, and totally from the heart. rock it dana!

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ERNURSERN 10/24/2009 10:51AM

    I am so proud of you!! You are a great role model!! I am so thankful that you shared your blog with me!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

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TRABOLD8567 10/24/2009 8:14AM

  You will inspire many with this. People will really be able to relate to your story about going to the gym for the 1st time and will help them take that step too.

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KSTDENIS 10/23/2009 5:32PM

    WAHOO! What a great, inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. I hope you win!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/22/2009 12:57PM

    I am so looking forward to reading the recap of the marathon. You are going to just tear it up.


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SUMMERVA 10/22/2009 9:42AM

    You're such an inspiration, girl! Kick the crap out of that marathon!

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KSGROTHE 10/21/2009 8:43PM

    You are awesome! I love your Fitness Story! And Way To Go!!! on the Rowing Medal!! I love your enthusiasm.

I had gotten way behind on your blogs, and today decided to try to catch up a bit. I'm so glad I did!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 10/21/2009 10:25AM

    Very motivational! You have come so far and it is truly encouraging to read how you have accomplished all that you have! Good luck on the contest. -Carolyn

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VEEJAY3 10/20/2009 11:17PM

    I love, love LOVE your recap of all the things you've tried! That's sooooo motivational, Dana! This is a great story -- and you're SUCH a tireless motivator here on SP that I'm totally in your corner, rooting for your story to be the winner.

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SPARKNMOM 10/20/2009 9:46PM

    Awesome...so glad you shared! Marathon...WOW!!!!

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KARVY09 10/20/2009 9:37PM

    Your fitness journey is amazing, girl! And I hope the judges see that too! To go from almost 300 pounds to winning a boat race and running long distances, you are an inspiration to every person here on Sparkpeople.

You're my idol. You've tried it all. You didn't let your weight hold you back. Thanks for being here on Spark and continuing to Spark on even after you've reached your goal weight.
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FITTYTIF 10/20/2009 9:32PM

    Goog luck on the contest! I would really love a bodybugg!

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KEAKMAN 10/20/2009 9:13PM

    Dana, you are so right - you CAN do anything, and you have already proven that! From here on in, everything is just gravy. Marathon? No problem. Triathlon? Big deal. Take on the world? It's yours already.

I am so proud of you for what you have accomplished. Do you ever get tired of looking at your "before" pictures and seeing what you have done? I would hope NOT!

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    Wow. Just reading how far you've come gives me hope that it's possible for me too. Thank you for sharing!!

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TELERIE 10/20/2009 6:20PM

    I'm so proud of you, and our stories are very similar, yanno it gives me lots of hope to _get there_ (where you are) one fine day!
Perhaps I should try rowing? I remember the dizzy spell I had after my first run on a treadmill. Funny!

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TIGERLILLY513 10/20/2009 6:09PM

    wow! I just have to say that you are what keeps me going. I know that probably sounds weird or crazy, but it's entirely true. I always believed that these types of websites were all a hoax or were full of people who weren't ever truly overweight. When Meghan told me about the website I was initially skeptical. Then she told me about you. She said you were on here and we looked up your profile together. I was instantly made a believer. It was you. A real person and someone I had actually met once a long time ago. You did it! A real person that I knew had actually accomplished a MAJOR goal and it inspired me more than anything else ever has. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for not giving up. :) I'm not quite there yet, but I'm working on it, and I know that someday I too will achieve. Thanks for the inspiration!

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SEEHOLZ 10/20/2009 5:46PM

    I love the story- brings back some of my own memories and a little closer to you! Thanks for sharing!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/20/2009 5:31PM

    Thanks for sharing your story. I didn't know you until after you became a rowing fiend, so it's great to hear about your beginnings and all that you have been able to accomplish!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 10/20/2009 5:24PM

    This story is AWESOME, Dana! So inspiring!

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CATIATM 10/20/2009 5:13PM

    That is an amazing story, Dana. You are what Spark is all about! emoticon emoticon

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CLOVERR1 10/20/2009 5:13PM

    Very inspiring!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/20/2009 4:44PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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HOPERY 10/20/2009 4:35PM

    You made me cry! You are the warrior princess hero!

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MBSHAZZER 10/20/2009 4:17PM

    Wow, Dana, I knew you were new to running, but I had NO IDEA that you were new to exercising! You totally rock. You're a natural athlete! I love that you got hooked on "exercise-crack"! The marathon will be nothing for you!

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DDOORN 10/20/2009 4:08PM

    You got MY vote! :-)


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    Amazing! Absolutely motivating!!! I want to be just like you when I grow up :) Teehee. I really like the idea of doing something totally new like rowing. I feel like that whenever I go to boxing class. I'm such a girly girl who likes things like dance class, that boxing is so foreign to me--but that's also part of the challenge and interest.

Yay for marathon time!!! You're going to crush it!!!


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TAKEONME48137 10/20/2009 3:59PM

    Great story! I hope it wins you something. =)

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LIMELITESHINES 10/20/2009 3:56PM

    Great Entry! I have to do mine too. Teehee . . I better get it done before they close it! ;)

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KENSINGTONC 10/20/2009 3:54PM

    This gives me goosebumps! I LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing, you awesome girl you. Can't wait to see you kick some marathon booty! Liz

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Weekend Report and PICTURES! :D

Monday, October 19, 2009

So we'll start with the crappy, then the awesome, and then the pictures.

So -- my run SUCKED. Here are the reasons why:

1. My IT Band flared up. I got blisters on my pinky toes. These things made me have to walk a lot at the end. That and a potty break added a total of 1 minute to each mile average for the run -- I averaged 14min mile. eek. Unless I accidentally ran extra in the middle... which I might have.
2. I didn't sleep well the night before.
3. Sore from regatta still.

So.... to sum up -- I still hurt! :( I'm going to take it chill starting running this week and take Tuesday off and more if I feel I need to. AFTER this week I still have 6 more weeks of training and I know I can hack it, so I'm not worried about missing some mileage here and there as long as it means I can make it to the starting line. The good thing? I was able to feel how to deal with the issues and push through the pain and listen to my body and walk when needed to get through a tough run like that. I had a bad run on my 11 miler -- in tears at the end. This one... I didn't cry, but it was on par with that run I think. And then I remind myself that after that I had a really great 14 miler and a solid 12 mile run before this another crappy one, with LOTS of contributing factors.

NO MORE LONG RUNS the day after INTENSE EXERCISE!!! I also had zero FULLY off days leading up to this run -- I was rowing and running on Thursday, rowing Friday, racing Saturday... It might've been stupid. But I did learn from it and can now say I've completed a 16+ mile run. :)


Was awesome. Actually --- it was freezing cold, windy, overcast, the water was choppy... but we did REALLY great in spite of the awful conditions and we WON our event!!! YES! That is the 1st WIN for our club as well! :D In the Spring they took 2nd, and last week they came in 5th, so we seriously kicked butt on Saturday. We were rowing into a headwind, so we had to fight to control our oars against the wind, and at the end the water was seriously so choppy that there were waves occasionally hitting us over the port side of our boat. It was INSANE. But we actually won not only with handicaps added, but were 40seconds in the lead in raw time. Our raw time also beat the raw time of most of the collegiate 8+ boats as well -- we got beat by the top 3 men's boats, and the 1st place women's boat and that's it! :) ALSO - One thing about this type of race -- you are judged on your net time, you race in the order of your boats number... so it's not like a side by side thing like the Olympics or something. So you don't actually know your results until everyone's raced and they post the results of your event.

Food for the weekend: Not too bad. I didn't track, but I feel confident that I didn't overdo it, either. I burned a BUTTLOAD of calories between Sat+Sun, I may have eaten a little more than usual but I didn't use that as an excuse to eat total crap. We only ate out once, and it was to my favorite Asian Food place called Bento Box. I had some amazing brown rice, a spicy garlic chicken (grilled chicken breasts in a sauce), fried potato and tofu (the one really obviously less healthy choice, but it's SO good and not very greasy), FRUIT and cucumber kimchi. :) So really overall a very good meal choice especially considering I was eating out. :)

NOW - Pictures from the regatta!!! My DH took the photos.

Here we are coming in to the finish line:

This is afterwards when we're coming into the little channel to dock:

Then this is when I'm talking to my family and they gave me a towel - YAY!

Our Boat:

Coaches dog, and our mascot, LUNA! :D

We did a cheer- YAY!

THEN we found out we WON and we got our medals! :D

Medal Closeups:

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 10/21/2009 10:32AM

    LOVE the pictures - Congrats again!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 10/20/2009 5:23PM

    Hey GREAT pictures! I am loving the new profile pic, the mascot is too cut, Dana :).

Sorry that the regatta soreness impeded your run, but like you said now you know what is reasonable and what is not. So you should be good.

And I know you know this but some runs just suck for a number of reasons. Some times even short ones.

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SLCOLMAN 10/20/2009 5:13PM

So cool!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/20/2009 12:17PM

    Overall, it sounds like a fantastic weekend. Sorry the run didn't go as well as you want. I'm sure you will do better on your next long run (you know, one longer that a football field emoticon)


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TAKEONME48137 10/20/2009 11:59AM

    Congrats on the win, again!! Also, I hope you feel better after all that running. Take care of yourself. =)

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LASHERTHECAT 10/20/2009 9:17AM

    Wow!! Congrats on First Place!!

HOpefully your running will be better now that you are giving in and taking some rest!!

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KARVY09 10/20/2009 8:28AM

    Hey, you can't argue with 1st place! Congrats!
Sounds like a terrific weekend despite your run troubles. You're so amazing and your fitness acheivements are an inspiration to so many!

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JESPAH 10/20/2009 6:20AM

    That pic of you biting the medal should be on a freakin' Wheaties box. It's perfect.

PS Can I take Luna home with me?

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JANTWO 10/20/2009 2:51AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonWhat an accomplishment!!!!

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 10/20/2009 12:33AM

    SO SO SO SO SO COOL THAT YOU GUYS WON!!! Awesome! I looove your mascott too! He's so cute. I loved this blog...even before I read it the title made me excited! I love blogs w/ pictures! :)


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SKISINCO 10/19/2009 11:09PM

    How cool! Love the pictures!

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KEAKMAN 10/19/2009 10:59PM

    CONGRATS on the great regatta! I am so happy for you. emoticon

As for the run....I am sorry that you had a tough one. But you are right, you learned a lot from that run....especially the part about needing rest days before long runs. I hope you figure out your IT band problem....and as for the blisters, no cotton socks, and use moleskin on your pinky toes before you run to prevent them in the future.

I can't wait to hear your next run report...you will be fine, Dana, I know it. No one with your desire and drive can NOT be a success!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/19/2009 10:15PM

    Learning makes us smarter and smarter is better. Here's to tear-free runs in the future.
Way to go on your race. That shot of you biting the medal needs to be your new profile pic.


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SEEHOLZ 10/19/2009 10:12PM

    Your regatta sounds so awesome- Thanks for sharing it in words and pictures-LOL!
While I'm sorry you had a crappy run, I was curious how you would feel after the race day--- scheduling long runs can be tricky.... but I'm proud of you for toughing it out! I hope your IT band is better already... the blisters will be okay.. they might be annoying, but it's an easy fix... the IT band might be in need of some treadmill or very flat surface. The one cool thing about an irritated IT band is that you still can run without causing damage, as long as you ice it afterwards and keep the runs FLAT...... on an EVEN surface... of course, I know you've dealt with this, so that might not be news to you...
In any event, I've had pretty much every emotion possible after my long runs... from utter euphoria, to downright deep desperation-LOL- I still find that every run is a new opportunity and a new lesson--- you'll be okay Dana and finding the confidence to listen to your body and to push through instead of giving up, will get you through that marathon- no doubt!

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SPARKNMOM 10/19/2009 9:43PM

    Wow...great accomplishments here for you!! You inspire me!!

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DDOORN 10/19/2009 9:31PM

    Thx for sharing pics of your VICTORY! Woo hoo!

What peak moments you've built into your life! Way to SPARK! :-)


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KIMCATUS 10/19/2009 9:23PM

    Oh wow!!! So very cool!!!! You are one awesomely fantastic chick ya know????!

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FITTYTIF 10/19/2009 8:33PM

    Some how I dropped of on getting up dates on your blog. Not sure what happened but I am back!
Congrats on winning. Sorry to hear your run did not go well.

And in respose to the Tracey EYE! LMAO!!!! Too funny! emoticon

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-SEVEN- 10/19/2009 8:15PM

    Cool! Congrats on your medal too! emoticon
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CLOVERR1 10/19/2009 6:15PM

    Yay! You are a tough determined gal to get through the regatta and the long run! (fyi: I like the greenway between Bailey Cove and the Ditto Landing a lot; nice and flat; not much shade in the summer tho, but yesterday was perfect runing weather. Sure....I had to do my long miles on Friday in not perfect weather. *pout*)

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DREMARGRL 10/19/2009 5:54PM

    That was so much fun to hear about! Even the bad part about the blisters on your pinky toes! OUCH! Thanks so much for sharing. The pictures are great!! You rawwwwk, darlin'!!!!!!!!! XXOO MaryAnn

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    Awesome job on the regatta!!! Well done!


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KENSINGTONC 10/19/2009 5:30PM

    Ooooh congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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POTTERGURL 10/19/2009 5:18PM

    Congrats on the regatta!!! I'm glad to hear you finished strong despite an earlier letdown. See? There is a rainbow after the rain! emoticon

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MISSY_MAGOO 10/19/2009 5:08PM

    Congrats!!!! Great race photos :)
Sorry to hear about your sucky run...the bright side- now you have a not great run under your belt, you know how to prevent it, so your runs will just get better from here on out! Live and learn :)

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BOVEY63 10/19/2009 5:08PM

    First place - WOW!!!

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LIMELITESHINES 10/19/2009 5:00PM

    SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Actually, it might be good in one way that your run sucked. Because that can prepare you for any type of situation, you k now? And you'll have hung through a really sucky run . .. so when the race day comes along and you feel awesome (which you will) . . it'll be SO MUCH EASIER than that really sucky run! :)

and CONGRATS on your win! WOOHOOOO!!!!!!!! That's so awesome!

I'm cold just looking at your pics tho. lol

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MBSHAZZER 10/19/2009 4:58PM

    GREAT news about the race! That's totally awesome and it looks like it was SO MUCH FUN!!! Congratulations!

Now about the run... MUCH better to encounter bad stuff during training rather than at a race for the first time. So, the worst has happened, now you can face the race without fear! And it sounds like you know where you went wrong so you can prevent it happening in the future. So all in all, a very productive and useful run!

Have a great week!

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So my friend in IT might think I'm nutso now...

Friday, October 16, 2009


At least it was someone I'm friendly with that came up to my desk to talk to my while I was on the floor, curled in a ball, rolling side to side massaging my spine between Pilates moves.

HHAHAHAHAHA I looked like a crazy person. Oh well. I was like, oh I'm doing Pilates. And he was like, oh. OK! and then talked to me about whatever... so yeah. Slightly less weird than anticipated but still when I looked up and saw him standing there I was like, oh crap.

Anyway -- SO I DID IT. :) I got my butt on the floor and did some ab stuff - twice. One round of my favorite crunches set thingie, and then a series of hundreds, single leg straight, single leg bent, double leg whatever the heck.... yeah. Less than I used to do but a heck of a lot more than I've done in ages. Same goes for my upper body efforts on Wednesday. But hey, if I keep this up, right on!!! I think I might bring some dumbbells and/or my kettlebell to work.... I haven't been using them at home and I might as well. Now that I'm brave enough to lay down on the floor surely I can do a dumbbell curl.

So we had another rowing practice this morning -- it was perfect. Just the right amount of slightly higher intensity rowing on all 8's, done with intervals of rowing 6's at paddle pressure (which means basically just enough that you're not letting the blade float through the water but not really applying pressure either). Then we de-rigged the boat and got it ready for travel.

So this evening I leave for the in-laws, sooooo excited to see them. I'm really so JAZZED UP for the regatta and running SIXTEEN MILES that I almost forgot that I GET TO SEE THEM! :D hahaha. I thought about that aspect today and my heart just warmed, I love them. :) I also feel very prepared to eat well this weekend. I don't have that feeling like I sometimes do of, HEY NOW I can get away with having some cheat meals cause I'm eating at the generosity of my family!!! Or because we get to go to XYZ cool places that I love... I just feel like... gotte fuel my body right for my race and run. Ya know? So I'm excited to enter the weekend with that mindset.

It's going to be COLD! (for me). Apparently it will technically be in the 50's (which is is today) but a "realfeel" in the 40's this weekend. JOY. I have packed a hat, my tights, gonna grab my cool "cold weather athlete" gloves I got for Christmas a while back... and hope I'm alright. I've got a container full of GU and nuun coming with me, my belt, HRM strap, all of my workout shoes... I'm bringing my foam roller as well. Feeling prepared! :) hahaha.

Excited because we should be going to a running store I like up there and registering me for the Turkey Trot this year and probably picking up some more nuun as well.


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JESPAH 10/18/2009 10:58AM

    Yay you're gonna be awesome.

PS In IT we see all sorts of wacky stuff. Pilates is pretty freakin' normal compared to the collection of Lego versions of action figures I've seen ....

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SWEETZMIX 10/17/2009 11:05AM

    Enjoy your weekend!!And Dana you don't need luck this weekend, you got SPARK POWER!!

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KEAKMAN 10/17/2009 10:02AM

    Okay, it's Saturday morning, about 10 your time. Hope you had a great, fueling dinner, and a good night's sleep. Best wishes on the regatta (can't wait for the pics!) and then tomorrow's run! And enjoy the running store - one of my favorite places to shop!

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TUNAGIRL2 10/17/2009 2:16AM

    Your hardcore! working out a work!

Have a good weekend

Leona emoticon

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CATIATM 10/17/2009 1:42AM

    Dana, you are just the coolest, and so inspiring! I love that you've reached this place in your life where you're more focused on who you're becoming and achieving your goals than in worrying about what people think. And I like that you are incorporating fitness into all aspects of your life. Seriously, I really hope we get to meet in person some day .... you are just too fab! emoticon

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DDOORN 10/16/2009 9:31PM

    Are you SPARKED or WHAT?!? How can something as trivial as a CHILL slow you down NOW!?!

Can't wait to hear how you BLOW 'EM AWAY! Woo HOO! :-)


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/16/2009 9:14PM

    You ARE nutso. But in a good way.

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SPARKNMOM 10/16/2009 9:00PM

    LOVE that you exercise at work!! Nothing says "I'm serious about my health" like crunching by your desk. Love it!!

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KENSINGTONC 10/16/2009 8:16PM

    So were you working out while at work? Lucky girl!


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WOLFKITTY 10/16/2009 7:27PM

    DEFINITELY good luck sweetie! You're gonna do great!

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    Hope you enjoy your weekend!!

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CLOVERR1 10/16/2009 6:50PM

    I hope you have a great weekend! I'll try to make it over to the regatta on Saturday afternoon and cheer you on. (however, my daughter is coming to visit and I'm not sure I'll be able to convince her that watching a rowing race is a good idea of a good time....)

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VEEJAY3 10/16/2009 6:41PM

    I've worked my entire life in ad agencies -- places full of REALLY creative people. So Pilates on the floor doesn't even phase me. We used to have Monday meetings with two people flat on the floor with their eyes closed: they said they were "sponging." (No, I don't know, either.) People frequently worked in ... well, you could only call them "costumes," because they were dressed so uniquely. There was the lady in accounting who sat on her desk in the lotus position and chanted every afternoon.

So -- Pilates? You'll have to try harder to shock me. emoticon

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BRE7482 10/16/2009 5:40PM

    I read your status about the IT guy yesterday and it motivated me to workout at work last night! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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LASHERTHECAT 10/16/2009 5:00PM

    Good Luck and have a great weekend... and seriously, you should consider teaching a Pilates class between the desks at work!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/16/2009 4:36PM

    Enjoy your weekend and stay healthy. Wouldn't want a cold messing up the marathon training.

Have a great weekend.

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GAYEMC 10/16/2009 4:36PM

    Have a great weekend and a great run!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/16/2009 4:12PM

    I have an office. With a door. I SHOULD do Pilates at my desk, too.

Doh! emoticon Why didn't I think of it?

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HOPERY 10/16/2009 3:46PM

    LOL!! I love it!

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LIMELITESHINES 10/16/2009 3:25PM

    SO AWESOME. hahahaha Hey . . you never know . . you might inspire the IT person! They'll be all "you'll never guess what I saw a co-worker doing today . . . . how hard core is that?!?!" :)

So have tons of fun at the Regatta, and running 16 miles and seeing your in-laws. sounds like an AWESOME weekend!!!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/16/2009 3:16PM

    at least you were doing pilates and not "yoga" by yourself lol. i thought at first i read your friend IT and was thinking it band. guess what is on my mind today? pesky it band.
hope you have a great weekend. kick some a$$ at your regatta and on your run.

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MBSHAZZER 10/16/2009 3:13PM

    HAHA, I was caught stretching at my desk by a coworker once!

Enjoy the weekend away! sounds like lots of good stuff going on. I'm not sure if the in-laws are a good thing or not, but regardless, you have a GREAT attitude, and attitude is everything, so I know it will be a fantastic weekend! ENJOY!

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TELERIE 10/16/2009 3:11PM

    Haha, you're braver than I am. I do my wall pushups and stuff in the ladies room. I sometimes wonder if anyone notices the huffing and puffing. LOL! Have a great weekend!

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TAKEONME48137 10/16/2009 3:09PM

    Hahaha to your friend in IT. I read your status earlier and then the blog title and I literally lol'd. That's pretty awesome. My office is kinda open and I get a lot of high traffic through here (it's the office next to the Fish Bowl if you remember the area in the College of Music), so it'd be weird if people saw me doing whatever exercises at my desk. lol I am terribly excited about the "cold" weather we are getting also (highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s...hooray Florida!)! Have fun and good luck at the regatta! I also hope you enjoy your time with your in-laws. =)

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A bit tired, but good.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

So... yeah that sums up how I'm feeling right now.

Thank you all for your additional support on my blog yesterday!!! :D It feels good to know I have it even if I'm not perfect, ya know? I came clean and you all still love me! :D HAHAHAHA. And when I type it it sounds stupid but I think the fear was in there somewhere maybe.


Row and run today. The run was hard.

I kind of bruised the top of my ankle yesterday by running too long with my shoe tied not quite right, so today's run was uncomfortable but I did it anyway because I thought the benefits would outweigh the detriment -- I have two off running days in a row coming so that area will be thoroughly rested and have time to feel better by Sunday and I know it's not an injury, just a bruise. So yeah. I actually had a normal time today -- I was sure I'd be slower but no. Just NORMAL slow. ;)

Should be rowing again tomorrow morning, gotta be ready for the regatta -- nothing intense, just to really get out on the water and try to work out the kinks in our lineup as best as we can w/ a couple of subs.

OH!!!! AND YESTERDAY: I stayed within calories, tracked every bit of food, and did like 3-5 sets of 3-5 pushups and tricep dips at work yesterday. (I think it was 5 sets of pushups and 3-4 of the dips I kind of lost track...) Pushups were from the knee (starting over kinda sucks) and the dips are off my desk, straight leg. So today I will implement the same strategy w/ corework. Whenever I start to get super bored or fidgety I will do that instead of thinking about food. I think it will help the junk cravings to get destroyed as I'm eating more cleanly again. :)

SO - I made a new vision collage and I want to share it. Someting to represent my dream life and future goals, and I also have some other pictures I've been meaning to share so now it's picture time.

I'm not sure how well you can see it so I will sum up -- text says: It's YOU vs. YOU Make your best even better. LOVE. Build Your Dream. Fit kids. and Make Money Doing What You Love.

In the bottom left corner it's kinda devoted to the idea of being a fit and healthy mom -- we have a beautiful mother and daughter, a fit pregnant woman workings some handweights, and an illustration of a mom pushing a jogging stroller (and kidding with 25lb weight plates as wheels! HAHA). The woman with her arms outstretched is an Oxygen magazine EXHALE moment which I loved, and the woman running is from a Runner's World Rave Run in Hawaii - I WANT TO RUN IN HAWAII. The bottom right corner -- Make Money Doing what You Love is to help inspire me to push forward working towards my goal of finishing my Music Ed degree and getting certified as a Personal Fitness Instructor/GroupInstructor/Nutrition Consultant whatever. I want to teach people and those are the areas I feel passionate about. And of course the upper right hand corner has some women sweep rowing - WOOT.

Practicing my "crazy eyes" technique so I can look insane like Tracy Purple on TBL. (These are this morning post row/run preshower FYI)

80's day at my work last week -- because at my job Employee Appreciation Week means junk food and making your employee's dress like crazy people.

A picture I took from my vantage point at the park during our Row-A-Thon. :)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/16/2009 1:37PM

    Rowing, running, making collages, practicing crazy eyes and writing long posts!!!!! How do you have time for it all

That is a great idea about work. I tend to print something because I have to go to the other end of the building to get my printout. It does distract me, but now there is a big bag of Kit Kat bars sitting on one of my co-worker's desks that has been calling to me.

Must resist.


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SKYFYRE 10/16/2009 4:33AM

    HAHA! You make GREAT "crazy eyes!" I LOve, love, love the photo on the lake, it is so beautiful there! No wonder why you like rowing, minus the butt blisters, the serenity would be good! How about employee humiliation days... :) we have a Elvis look alike contest once a year, and a "Mercy Idol" (hospital name= Mercy) when peeps dress and kareoke to their favorite American Idol contestant... ugh... :)

Love the vision collage, you will be a fantastic fitness trainer and a super fabulous Mom! You have a lot to give and share in those departments!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/16/2009 12:49AM

    you are rocking the crazy eyes. bruises from shoes suck. way to persevere though. i should make a collage too.

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BRE7482 10/16/2009 12:19AM

    Tracy Purple eyes! LOL! I love it! Aren't Oxygen Exhale moments the best! I really like the new vision collage. If you're still here when you get certified, I'll be your first client!

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SPARKNMOM 10/15/2009 10:25PM

    Love all the pics :) I've not done a collage...I think maybe I should!! Glad you shared yours!

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WOLFKITTY 10/15/2009 8:17PM

    Do I know what TBL is?! NO. But that's not going to stop me from enjoying your silly pictures! EHhehee. I love your collage and thoughts. You're going to get there! Good for you for thinking about a few things beyond diet & exercise, but still keeping it in the same vein. You know? Anyhow, take care Ms. Dana!


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ZMONEY 10/15/2009 7:28PM

    Fantastic collage & OMG, great Tracy eyes LOL!

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LIMELITESHINES 10/15/2009 6:37PM

    LOVE the collage. I've still yet to make one . . . I'm too ADD and fidgety to actually sit down and DO IT. But I have all the 'zines laying around to make it happen! LOL!

I LOVE the Oxygen "exhale" things too . . I have one hanging on my wall. (so I guess I kinda have a start! haha!)

You're my Shero!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/15/2009 5:39PM

    My hair was WAY bigger than that in the 80s and you forgot the iridescent lip gloss. I love the collage. I need one, too. Hmmm... maybe my RBs and I need to have an arts and crafts day soon.


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LASHERTHECAT 10/15/2009 4:35PM

    Love the crazy eyes... Doing pushups and crunches really helps me to avoid snacking...

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TAKEONME48137 10/15/2009 4:13PM

    Yay for the running and staying within your ranges! The collage is awesome. I have yet to make one (haven't made time for it). Your crazy eyes are definitely...crazy. lol Very cute!

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MSSUNBUG 10/15/2009 2:40PM

    Fantastic--love the pictures AND the collage. Congrats on getting a solid day over and behind you. As we all know, sometimes just doing that goes a long way to keeping us on track for the days to follow.

Keep it up!

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SWEETZMIX 10/15/2009 2:22PM

    Love the pics! The collage is great! I never made one.

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KARVY09 10/15/2009 2:17PM

    God you do look like Tracey!!!!!!!

Glad it's not a serious injury, and glad you're rowing, not running this weekend!

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MBSHAZZER 10/15/2009 2:05PM

    I love all the photos!! Glad to hear it was a good day all around. I think you;ve inspired me to do some working out at work!

Do you play an instrument?!

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KNH771 10/15/2009 1:56PM

    LOVE the collage! I haven't made a new one in two or three years. I should update mine as well. Take care of the foot!

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KEAKMAN 10/15/2009 1:18PM

    I have that same "It's you vs you" quote up on my wall. AND that Hawaii run. We should go run a marathon there together! emoticon

Congrats on finding a way to incorporate ST at work....I shall emulate your sterling example and do the same!

And DOUBLE CONGRATS on tracking your food and staying within range!

Boogers about your foot. I hope it does heal up fine for your weekend runs. And I hope rowing doesn't irritate it at all. (that'll teach you not to lace and tie your shoes properly! isn't it amazing the little things that throw us completely off kilter!?)

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