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Here's to the start of a great week!

Monday, December 14, 2009

I'm looking forward with positivity, because looking back over the weekend is... eh.

I am choosing to call Saturday Night's party debacle my "cheat meal" of the week... even though I didn't really start eating very well until Wednesday this week. And then Sunday my DH wanted to get Chinese food after we spent all midday working on packing and moving stuff to our Storage Unit (which is next to this REALLY GOOD Chinese food place... :P) so I said... as long as I find something on the menu that is fairly healthy, otherwise I will eat at home.

Well I picked something with a ton of veggies and meat that isn't battered and fried, got steamed rice w/ it. I DID eat one of the crab rangoon appetizers and one of the other things my DH got. But I didn't eat anymore of them.

I also ASKED FOR A BOX AT THE START OF THE MEAL - which I have NEVER done before regardless of how many times I've read about doing it.

We didn't eat until like 3PM for the day... YEAH. It was crazy. I need to remember to eat regularly. But I put most of the food in the box until what was left looked like a smart serving size.

Then at home I had two other meals of my leftovers. :) I ate again at like 6PM and 10PM which is kinda close to how I normally eat, except my first meal is usually much earlier obviously, first snack at 3PM, then lunch at 5PM, snack at 8ish, dinner after 10PM when I get home.

I'm very proud of how I dealt with the food yesterday after the initial mistake of waiting too long to eat coupled with the curveball of Chinese food.

I weighed today and was only up .5lb from pre-weekend numbers and I'm guessing I may drop again by Thursday which was when I had a drop last week.

I'm still having some pain in my hip/knee on the left leg and in my ankle/foot on the right leg. Very very mild/minor -- but I definitely do not want to run again until I feel really great. I don't need to, so I might as well recover. BUT - I definitely WANT to. I'm feeling impatient about it somewhat, but definitely not impatient enough to be stupid and run. :)

So this week I intend to keep up my strength training, and get SOME kind of cardio in... maybe I can get to the aquatic center to erg.

ALSO - today is my DH's 30th birthday. He's sooooooooo not thrilled about being 30. He took himself to lunch at this "Bama Wings and Fish" place that just opened up near our soon to be OLD place. (This way he could have a meal out without tempting me!) I don't think we'll be doing any food related celebrating, and as far as gifts we're waiting till next year. Although I did donate some remaining "Fandango Bucks" to him so he can go out to a movie sometime on his own while I'm at work free of charge (and free of seeing a movie w/out me guilt). :) That's my present to him! hehe.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/15/2009 1:30PM

    Something you may want to do is to look at some orthodics for your shoe. My account rep was telling me that he was having problems with his feet hurting and he went in and after they watched him walk for a bit, they asked if his knee hurt. They fitted him with an insert for his shoe and within a couple days, everything was fine.

Now, he didn't just get done RUNNING A MARATHON, but still it may be something that is worth checking out.

Wish your hubby happy b-day for me!!

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MBSHAZZER 12/15/2009 12:53PM

    Awww, you guys are so YOUNG!!! I love that you gave him the gift of a guilt free movie! And I also think that the box at the beginning of the meal was a smooth move! When it comes to eating, never forget... tomorrow is another day.. you can always start fresh!

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SWEETZMIX 12/15/2009 11:07AM

    OH MY, your DH is the 4th birthday I have known about to today. I just wished 3 friends on FB Happy Birthday. Hope DH feels better about turing 30 - I will have to deal with my BF turning 30 next year & I am not looking forward to it.

Take care of yourself & yup CARDIO...you got any DVDs (I know you do) that you can do before work.

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SEEHOLZ 12/15/2009 10:04AM

    Girl, I'm 32... and I can tell a difference between 22, 25, heck even 28! It sucks-LOL! But, it's really just a number. Think about it--- I'm 32 and don't even have a masters degree---your DH has a PHD- that's like WOW!
I look back at my life and think, man, why did I waste a gazzilion minutes in my ED mind... basically not being able to pursue any goals/dreams etc. because I was "sick" and let it get me down. What do I have to show in my life, you know?
But, the biggest thing I've learned is that TODAY is ultimately what matters- making it the best day possible and that's completely independent on an age/number, etc. And I have learned that success is not measured in money, degrees and recognition alone. It's much bigger than that. I have learned to be a lot nicer to myself and not let my f'd up past hold me back anymore. So, in a lot of ways I am actually kind of successful.
30 is super young if you want to live till 120.. and girl, I do! So, tell DH, he's still a baby! 30 is also a GREAT age to reflect on your health and your lifestyle and realize that being healthy really makes like so much easier. When you feel good, everything seems a lot better with the world-LOL!
I love your birthday present- it's very thoughtful! I hope he uses the bucks and enjoys that movie!

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KEAKMAN 12/15/2009 9:48AM

    I completely understand the "I don't need to run but I want to but I probably shouldn't" dilemma. Take care of you and your body, and hold off on that run until you are all healed up!

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LASHERTHECAT 12/15/2009 8:19AM

    Well done with the food!! I did crappy... read my blog to see...

Happy Birthday to your hubby!!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/15/2009 2:58AM

    Very impressive work with the Chinese food! And happy birthday to your hubby!

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DDOORN 12/14/2009 9:58PM

    Sounds like a wonderful birthday for you and your Sagittarius husband!


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CCSDESTINY 12/14/2009 9:45PM

    Wow! You did fabulous with your chinese meal! I really need to start using that to-go box tactic when I go out because I scarf down everything on my plate!

Hope you got your new place all nice and fixed up like you want it....maybe... at least one room???

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MDTWEETY 12/14/2009 8:59PM

    Great way to deal with the Chinese temptation. I have yet to do the box thing myself. Ha ha!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/14/2009 7:22PM

    happy birthday!!!!

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JOHNBABJR 12/14/2009 7:07PM

    Happy Birthday to your man, Dana. I hope he's had a good day.

Get fully healed and then you'll be running better than ever. I hope it happens very soon.

I enjoy your winning attitude!

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BRE7482 12/14/2009 7:01PM

    Happy Birthday to your husband! What's the name of the great Chinese place? Here's to a great week to come!

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KNH771 12/14/2009 6:16PM

    The holiday food thing is just starting here... I have five parties this weekend alone! Loading up on veggies and getting a box at the start of the meal are great options for me... Half the time I never eat the boxed up junk food anyway!

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HALFWEIGHT 12/14/2009 5:50PM

    A great positive start to your week. I actually did not know about the box idea, but I think it is a great one that I will use next time I eat out.


I am so gld you are using your head about not running, but still doing the exercise that you can. Being honest with yourself is what it takes.

As for your DH: he is one lucky man, and you can tell him I said so! Only 30 years old and he still found someone as wonderful as you.


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ANEPANALIPTI 12/14/2009 5:49PM


NICE job on asking for the box! I've never done it! :)

Bye bye .5 lb !!!!!!!!!!! You have already said parting words, thought it might need more closure from some of your sparkfriends... ;-)

Have a great week darling. :D

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Still on a roll!

Friday, December 11, 2009

So... the only bad thing is -- there was another mouse in a trap this morning! EEK!


But we didn't find any bad evidence of filth or destruction anywhere... just how are they getting in?? I dunno but it's irritating. We're just gonna keep keeping things clean (I disinfected our floors again this morning) and I know our food is LOCKED DOWN now, so there's no way they're getting AT it or INTO it... it's just so creepy. :P I'm guessing it might be why we caught this one, it was forced to a trap cause it couldn't get any food elsewhere. (THANK GOD!) I wonder if the pest control will even come today. I'm so glad we're moving -- there have been times they were supposed to put our apartment on the list (you have to call and REQUEST pest control, they don't just come on a regular basis - LAME), and then no one came. BOO.

BUT! In other things, stuff is still going good.

I got my core exercise in last night -- it wasn't anything big compared to what I used to do, but it was SOMETHING and I'm being careful now to let myself take baby steps to build consistency and not worry about doing anything elaborate. Going from nothing to something consistently is a great step right now. (OK, so it's not like I did NOTHING before, but no strength training for a good while now!)

My calories were good yesterday, within all macronutrient ranges -- but I've been a little high on sodium and a little low on calcium so I do have some tweaking I can still do to make sure I'm getting everthing I need. Fiber just BARELY below 25 (past two days and today so far: 28, 24, 23 but I still have dinner yet to track). Woot.

This weekend is going to be interesting... first weekend at home without a major run planned! I do have things I need to do, but unlike the past 4 months I don't have to fit a long run between them. :) Hopefully that means I can get some more things done around the house.

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KNH771 12/14/2009 2:46PM

    I used to live out in the boonies and we would get a lot of field mice (actually lived a few feet from a field emoticon). Much more than people food, they seemed to love crayons! Just couldn't keep a box - they kept eating them up!

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TAIMOIRAI 12/14/2009 2:36PM

    In Houston all we have to worry about are roaches. I can't imagine having to deal with mice! Good luck ridding yourselves of the furry friends and moving everything to your new place!

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SWEETZMIX 12/14/2009 12:29PM

    Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

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TAKEONME48137 12/14/2009 12:16PM

    Yay for all of those things except the mouse. Yuck! Hopefully in your new place you won't have to deal with all of that. Enjoy your "run free" weekend! I hope you get a lot done. =)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/14/2009 10:01AM

    Give yourself a little time yet. I would try to wait until after the move. You are going to be getting plenty of activity with that, even though it may not be as intense.

You'll be back on the road before you know it.


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SKYFYRE 12/14/2009 3:52AM

    Yay, it is kind of weird that period between training, it's like, Oh! I guess I should think about doing some of the things I've pretended don't exist! Well, at least that is how I am, and I usually feel a little lost after an event, like, ok, what now?!
Glad you're getting some core exercises in, running probably built them up quit a bit, I know it helps mine!

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CATIATM 12/13/2009 2:03PM

    Eek on the mice! Enjoy a weekend with no long run. Somehow I'm suuuure you'll find things to do! emoticon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/12/2009 8:30PM

    That's it. I'm sending you a cat. No need to thank me.

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SEEHOLZ 12/12/2009 8:28PM

    We've had a groundhog live under our deck--- it wasn't pleasant, as it dug up the yard -LOL! But, TG no ants, no mice.... except for the "lost" pet mouse that my son was watching for a week years ago for his cousin and it managed to escape and go through the heating duct to the basement... Dan found it--- ALIVE... so it was the greatest mouse find - EVER! ( can you imagine finding my 5 yr old niece's dead mouse in my house?..... ummm, yeh, it was our lucky day)
It is really, really nice to have some RECOVERY time after a marathon--- ENJOY it! And yes, you're right--- SOMETHING is ALWAYS better than nothing!

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JESPAH 12/12/2009 9:42AM

    Ah yes, mice. I have been down that road. Ours were using the ductwork as a superhighway. This too shall pass.

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MISSY_MAGOO 12/12/2009 1:24AM

    eek! We had mice years ago in our old place- took us forever to get rid of them. Then we finally figured out they had chewed their way in from under the house between the stairs and a wall. Once we figured that out and patched the little hole no more mouse problem- we did borrow a neighbors cat and send it under the house... figured that was better then any other way to get them out from under there :P

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/11/2009 10:54PM

    Ack! Not another mouse! Glad you've at least got the food safe. We've never had to deal with mice, but we have dealt with the gigantic roaches. Not fun!

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FREDI59 12/11/2009 9:50PM

    You are doing great.
A few weeks ago I caught THREE mice in one of my kitchen drawers - and two more in the pantry + one nest behind a bookshelf I moved ... so you're not alone with your creepy critter problem ...

Don't worry too much about your sodium. For all I know sodium is only a potential problem for people with high blood pressure, and it makes you retain more water - so you might see a little more weight after a "salty" day.
So watch it, try to keep it low, but don't worry about it too much.

have a great weekend

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/11/2009 8:46PM

    the mouse in the trap made me vomit a little in my mouth emoticon

hooray for another kick a$$ day!

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DDOORN 12/11/2009 6:14PM

    Don't know about you, but after I make a major accomplishment I often have a period of feeling let down and floundering: what's my next goal to focus on...?

Sounds like you've got your goal already: MEESES, gotta get rid of those MEESES! :-)


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KEAKMAN 12/11/2009 6:07PM

    I'll take mice over roaches/Palmetto bugs any day. Both are ick, but mice are less icky.

Do you have access to a pool? I bet you would love deep water running. The same workout as a "real" run, but no stress on your body. A great way to keep the level of exercise you have without hurting your poor, tired, beat up MARATHONER'S body!

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HALFWEIGHT 12/11/2009 5:13PM

    Yeah, this time of year mice will often invade just to find a place that is warm to live, even if no food is available. Living in the country, we have a running battle with the creatures of the woods. As for your sttrength training: glad to hear it is going well. You are a great example of a person keeping all the many components of fitness well in hand. You truly inspire me, mighty mouse slayer! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 12/11/2009 3:59PM

    Mice, no thanks. A toss up as which is worse, rodents or roaches (excuse me, "palmetto bugs"). Since we got our cats, we have had no roaches... maybe something to think about?

One of the things that's freaking me out about the marathon is the empty hours without long runs once it's over. I am interested in hearing how you deal with it! Have an awesome weekend!

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BOVEY63 12/11/2009 3:21PM

    Mice. Yuck!! I had some issues with the little buggers last summer and am hoping I've seen the last of them.

Enjoy a nice weekend at home!

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LOTSAKATZ25 12/11/2009 2:41PM

    I'm sorry about your mice! We had ants in our pantry--more than anyone in either of our immediate families had every seen! They still aren't gone about 2 months later...ugh. So I kind of feel your pain. :)

I like how you're able to plan your exercise so well and stay consistent with it. That's something I struggle with, so the fact that you are able to do it (and make it seem so easy!) is very motivating! Thanks!

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KENSINGTONC 12/11/2009 2:25PM

    Grrrrrr those tiny creatures can be hugely annoying! I hope they go away, and soon.

Your consistency inspires me, as does your macronutrient tracking. Which ones do you follow? Have you found that staying within macronutrient range makes you feel better, or makes a difference at all???

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Reality Check Wednesday = SUCCESS!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

So, yesterday went GREAT.

I tracked all my food -- ended up at one of my LOWEST calorie days in AGES. WOW that takes me back. HAHA :D But I need to be eating that low right now due to my lack of activity.

And I also got in my upper body strength training at my desk at work. WOOT.

I have 2 12lb dumbbells and 1 10lb kettlebell at work.

Here's what I did (all seated):

2 sets of tricep extensions w/ 1 12lb dumbbell
1 set of single arm shoulder presses w/ the 10lb KB
1 set of regular shoulder presses w/ the 12lb dumbbells
2 sets of bicep curls w/ the 10lb KB
2 sets of .... an incline chest press type thingie? w/ 1 12lb dumbbell.

I set my chair to the farthest back tilt it could go, and sat at the edge of my chair to exaggerate that, then held one 12lb dumbbell sideways across my chest and pressed up! Not sure I love that one... but eh. I did it.

I know at least my triceps are feeling it today!

Sooooooo last night I found out that my DH had to give a final today and needed to be at his office by 11AM. With one car and him teaching class at noon I have to get dropped off at work at 11AM - which is TWO HOURS ahead of when I'm supposed to be here. This would require me being dropped off at 10AM - 3 full hours prior to my shift.

NO. So I realized hey -- I work this Saturday, I could take my half day off on Thursday. (Our work week runs Thu-Wed, and on the week's I work Saturday ( a half shift) they make us take off during the week so we don't get overtime. LAME but hey I have a job!) So YAY I didn't have to sit around at work all day! And it also meant I could get stuff done at home.

So I finished cleaning out and sanitizing our pantry, I got our CD's and remaining video games packed... and then it was time to go get DH and go shopping. FINALLY!! GROCERIES!!! I haven't been shopping in like 3 weeks because of all the out of town stuff. We also bought like... a MILLION food storage containers so we don't have ANYTHING being stored in cardboard or plastic bags anymore. Yeah -- we're officially paranoid after the mouse situation. But the good news is that my pantry looks gorgeous now. :) I love our new containers.

I actually LOVE containers... and diaries... things that are pretty and are meant to hold things, ideas, pictures... (so yes, frames and photo albums are also on my list...) I get so excited in the journal section of places. Or stores that sell containers. hahaha.

ANYWAY MOVING ON. I had BARELY enough time to slap together a sandwich and eat an orange and get dressed and get to work after all that.

But the other good news is that my calories are on track so far today. And I plan to get on the floor and do some core work here soon. So woot!

Also we got a microwave popcorn popping bowl thingie. It was on sale at Target and I threw away all our paper lunch bags and I figured this would be more "green" anyway... I will review it as soon as I use it!

You know what? I'm soooooo grateful that I have a good enough understanding now of how our bodies work from reading on SparkPeople and the books I've gotten from the library, and Jillian's Making the Cut -- so many great resources out there... I know that now that I'm barely working out, my calorie intake needs to be reduced. And to lose weight it needs an additional reduction. I know that eating clean and drinking lots of water helps my body work it's best.

I didn't know ANY of this before -- it makes me feel so empowered that no matter what life throws at me I can adjust and make my reaction be a healthy one. WOOHOO!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 12/12/2009 9:14AM

    Amen, right on Dana! Knowledge is power, and treating your body with respect IS empowering, not restrictive :)

Go, go you on cleaning and packing. I love the container store, too, although it is DANGEROUS! There is so much cool stuff in there it makes me want to organize everything.

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SEEHOLZ 12/11/2009 1:37PM

    I love your "peace of mind"! I need to find mine, in terms of believing and then stepping it up to achieving!
Your atttitude rocks Dana! And you will get to any goal you set!

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MBSHAZZER 12/11/2009 1:18PM

    I love that you work out at work! HAHA! That's turning lemons into lemonade! Enjoy all your groceries and no more mice! Have a great weekend!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/11/2009 9:10AM

    I would watch the shock of the drastic calorie change. Our bodies are creatures of habit and they tend to get freaked out at drastic changes that last for any length of time.

Just be careful with it.


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TAKEONME48137 12/11/2009 8:53AM

    Your day sounded awesome. I need to get some strength training going for real. haha Yay for groceries and new storage containers! They definitely help to keep freshness, etc. I hope you're having another good day today! =)

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RFEARING1 12/11/2009 1:22AM

    congrats on your great day!
good motivation for the rest of us! emoticon

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    I love notebooks and containers and journals too - but my weakness is notecards!!! It's more of an addiction with notecards.

I am so glad you got the pantry cleaned up and taken care of. I'm also glad that you feel good about your calories today. That can be so hard. I really need to jump back on and get mine handled.

Whoo hoo for you!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/10/2009 11:24PM

    That's why I love Spark so much... it doesn't just give me a plan to follow blindly. It teaches me everything I need to know and gives me all kinds of tools so I can make an intelligent decision for myself. And that's why it works for me when other programs just don't!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/10/2009 10:41PM

    what a great day

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LILHLFPINT 12/10/2009 10:03PM

    (whoo hoo! whoo hoo! whoo hoo!)

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DDOORN 12/10/2009 9:40PM

    Boy am I *WITH* you on THAT one: knowing my body well enough to have the reins in full control...to tweak here and tweak there to keep things moving in the right direction...and having the knowledge, tools and *support* to JUST DO IT!

How empowering is THAT?!?

Woo hoo back atcha! :-)


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    emoticon on a successful day!!

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Back to Reality!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

OK, not that I ever really left -- but honestly the marathon was such an amazing dream come true it feels like it a little. :)

Not only that but the massive calorie burn I was rocking is OVER now, so time to do a reality check of where I AM not where I've BEEN recently. :)

I very begrudgingly clicked to look at the official race pictures from the marathon that showed up in my inbox today and it was NOT A PRETTY SIGHT. MAN running photos can be soooooo unflattering... it just really hit home some things I've been feeling for a while now re: my body and whatnot unfortunately...

Reality: I'm not doing any exercise probably this whole week - meaning NO calories burned (well ya know, other than my BMR/RMR)

Reality: I'm still up from my goal weight from my gain in August. It went somewhat down and then back up again most recently in my marathon foodfest.

Reslity: Calories must go on LOCKDOWN!!!!!

So anyway, yesterday I worked on lowering it -- I did good except for one MAJOR exception. A coworker made the most amazing cupcakes for a birthday yesterday and I definitely had one. This is not a frequent work treat type scenario and they are worth it. Still -- didn't really meet my goal of lowering the calories majorly yesterday. But I also didn't track in Sparks...

So today -- I'm tracking everything again. I've changed my input and my goals are adjusted. So far today I'm doing really well with my new goals.

THANK YOU to those of you who complimented my appearance in my last blog!!! :) I know I'm not a giant whale, I'm still well within the healthy range for my height, I am not THAT far from my goal and hopefully less once I really get rid of some of this water retention I'm still dealing with...

but it's still tough not being where I LIKE being in my body and noticing the differences is not fun. :P

My plan right now is to do some Upper Body and Core strength Training for the rest of this week, and if I feel like I have time/ feel well enough - rowing on Sunday. My body is getting back to normal -- meaning I'm walking ALMOST normally today -- but I still don't think running will be a good idea so soon, but rowing is full body cardio without putting any weight on my feet and whatnot. So we'll see. Trust me -- I'm not having any problems telling myself NOT to do stuff right now, but I know it's gonna start driving me nuts.

Today when we went outside the weather was SOOOOOOO gorgeous -- of course I thought -- what a great day for a run!!! :) :P

Anyway -- I'm feeling super motivated to eat healthy in reasonably reduced amounts this month. I won't be so anal as to completely eliminate any splurges from the holiday season, but I'm thinking kind of in the mindset of my first Christmas on Sparks when I was just breaking the 200 barrier and I did SO well on my holiday break with my family. Well this year it's my family's turn at Christmas again, and not only that but we're MOVING at the end of this month so there will be some additional physical demands to help keep me active. Of course with moving comes some challenges with cooking and food, but we're only moving across town so we should be able to shift kitchens quite easily and I will really have no excuse.

OH. The beginning of this week was also a bit hard foodwise because... THERE WAS A MOUSE!!!!!!!!!!! in the pantry!!!!!!! We had to clean out the pantry, throwing away lots of stuff we didn't use that was contaminated, and other stuff we just felt paranoid about, and disinfecting other things because we're just like that. All morning was spent cleaning and disinfecting and trap setting, but I HOPE we've got the culprits now and we don't have to worry about that anymore... but on the plus side it helped us prepare our kitchen somewhat for moving already. HAHA. ugh. Tomorrow morning I will be able to finally go grocery shopping to get some healthy foods. My hubby is like -- lets not get a lot of things that go in the pantry... (all our currently used items are now out on the counter haha) and I'm like -- all the better!!! This will force us to eat more fresh anyway.

It's so much easier to eat in a way that's filling and low calorie when you COOK. Processed food just adds so many unneccessary calories and sodium that it's just not smart to go that route when your calories are limited. (Honestly it's not so smart even when you have a bigger allowance... haha)

Anyway -- Although I've been feeling a bit down about this weight situation for a while, I'm happy that now post marathon I feel safe doing a big enough calorie reduction to really work on it -- especially this week with me sitting on my butt. :P haha. I feel the energy and hope of a new start!

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/10/2009 6:09PM

    I think you look sooooooooooooooo good and you inspire me so much as a fellow tall lady!! I also LOVE that you still track .... Gosh I want to BE YOU in 9 months!!!!!

((basically know that you've got a huge fan base who SO doesn't think you look like a whale and will be here for you as you get to that point where you're comfortable in it)) :) :) :)



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JEM0622 12/10/2009 12:27PM

    You look FANTASTIC! Yes, I am yelling at you! You look great! Don't be hard on yourself at all. We are the toughest critics...aren't we? You look great. Way to get the caloric range in check quickly. I had to do the same. Guess how much I have lost since my October-end marathon? Roughly 7 lbs. Yep. You can do it too. One of the most processed things I consume these days is salad dressing. Score! But I am sad about not eating a lot of whole wheat pasta. Sorry about the mouse. We've dealt with them here too. ~julie

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TAKEONME48137 12/10/2009 11:58AM

    Woman! Take this time to rest! After the marathon, the pains/sprains/otherwise recently, you've earned it. I think you look fantastic...of course, we all tend to view ourselves worse than others do. Enjoy yourself and feel free to splurge (yes, I'm a horrible devil on the shoulder)! =) =)

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TRUEART2 12/10/2009 9:29AM

    I can sympathize with you about the marathon pics - mine are all terrible too. They are so bad, in fact, that I haven't purchased any (although I probably will). I also understand feeling down on yourself after a race, I have had the same problem. Just stick with your plan and don't overdo it too soon. I've taken 2 solid weeks off from running (try to fit in other types of exercise) after each marathon and I've managed to stay injury free (knock on wood). Congrats again on your accomplishment and enjoy the break from running!

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MISS_VIV 12/10/2009 9:27AM

    AWESOME BLOG. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic experience.


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/10/2009 8:41AM

    I am happy that the recovery is going well. Give yourself the time that you need before you start pounding pavement again. Some regular workout dvds and rowing sound like a winner.

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    Dana it means so much to me that you aren't so freaking perfect all the time!! I totally hold myself to your standard and I've been feeling like I'm floundering lately. I find myself thinking, "This never happens to Dana!" So I'm actually relieved to know that you are human and that you have do-overs once in awhile, too. Like I can get back on the horse and ride every time I get bucked off. I swear to golly that when I make goal it will be because of persistence - because I just can't seem to get there but I will NEVER give up either!!! One day I WILL be like Dana!

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LILHLFPINT 12/10/2009 1:18AM

    (wow, i had to scroll down far to get to the comment box! ::smiles:: oh right, i'm talking to a MARATHONER now, this isn't just any dana. ::grins::

i'm sorry that marathon high is starting to fade a tiny bit. don't be too hard on yourself, girl. and like everyone else said, racing pictures can really be the least flattering shots ever. i mean, they are often taken from a lower point - unlike a portrait that is taken from a much more flattering high up point, right?


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KSIGMA1222 12/9/2009 11:50PM

    Shoot! I missed your marathon!!! True I have a great reason but still! My schedule is all over the place and I find it hard to sit down at my netbook without falling asleep after a couple of minutes! I have so many people to thank and everything else but all in time. And I hear you on the weight gain and not working out. You need the time off and I had to take the time off so not to leave my wife or son. May do us both some good as well. Plus we both must except that all this work we do may add more muscle weight than we realize or want to admit. I also noticed that I gain my water weight back after 2 days of not working out as usual. So it is a good time to take some data and figure out how it effects you and what your true weight is and why it is where it is and come to terms with it.

I am so thrilled with my new son but at the same time I overdid it before he was born with my workouts and then only got 2 in last week and it drove me nuts. I also realized I am so tired when I do not workout! But when I did get my workouts in I felt so energized and full of fire it was amazing and made me realize again how awesome it all is and feels. I was to use to doing it all the time and maybe wearing myself out all the time that when I was forced to lay off and cut back it made me rested and recharged to truly have a strong full workout. Always learning we are!

Now the weather here is um..... not so gorgeous= 8 degrees right now and 3-5 inches of snow outside blowing all over the place. So I now am getting more done at home for if I sit I sleep. And I am taking a large chunk of time of of work and am trying to make the most of this great time! Spending so much more time with my family!!! Doing stuff together and being more a part of their lives than before, on top of having my new son and just still in awe that he is here and so cute and great.

So using this time to clean my house and organize it. I broke out my weight set that I have owned for over 12 years and have not used for almost that long and used it at home the last two days! Getting my workouts in with a little creativity but getting them done at home! I even am attacking my daughters bedroom which we moved them in together a couple months back and it has been a toy pit ever since. I am now going clean out my garage, then basement storage/laundry room, then finished basement area and then take what I started in my daughters room and move the majority of their toys to finished basement area as a toy area for them.

And my plan is not to stop there and this will criss cross effect the rest of my life and family. Biggest hope is it will make life easier and better organized for whole family.

Well somethings never change like me blogging on my friends blogs about myself. Get me going and well you know the rest! Maybe I should cut and past this and blog it on my page, lol!

Your blog really reached me and got me going my friend so take it easy on yourself physically and mentally and I will do the same. You look great and we all always want more, keeps us moving forward and up. We just need to always make sure we understand this, love ourselves and enjoy the ride. You with the completion of the marathon and me my son! We both have come so far and work so hard and now are truly driven!

Congrats my running friend, amongst other things!


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DDOORN 12/9/2009 11:03PM

    Boy do I *HEAR* you re: calorie LOCKDOWN! I'm a relative newbie to tracking as I'd relied on intuitive eating...which got me a long way, but for the final stretch? Can't beat tracking!

Don't be TOO harsh in judging yourself...you've been doing SO well and looking SO fine...but YOU have to be the one to see it...

Looks like the mouse highly approves of your healthy food choices...! :-)


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SWEATONCEADAY 12/9/2009 10:23PM

    eeek mouse!!!!! sounds like you have a great plan and you're on your way to recovery. did you totally lose your appetite after the race or did it go bonko??? race pics can be so scary. i can only imagine the look of death i would have if i was running a marathon and someone took a pic of me lol.

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SEEHOLZ 12/9/2009 10:20PM

    I think your plan is great and I'm also tidying up my own eating these days.. I think having you as my role model will be great! It will motivate me to try a little harder!
I know exactly what you mean with regards to race photos- the one on my background from Cleveland is probably the best of the worst of the horrible race photos-- I know I look like a whale and maybe that's why I posted it, to remind the world that I need to be proud of finishing, especially at that size--- it's all relative right? Even in my skinnier days, the race photos seemed to accentute my not so flattering parts! But that said, my body, capable of running a marathon, is worth having a picture of.
I actually really liked your race photos! ( the ones you posted) I agree with Sharon-- you look so strong and even at the end, after all that pain, you look sooo happy!

Enjoy your recorery--- there are recovery plans out there ( Hal Higdon???) that ease you back into running--- I think 3 mile runs are the longest for like 4 or 5 weeks. Check them out and let me know how you like that book as you progress!

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CCSDESTINY 12/9/2009 9:53PM

    I think you are right on target! What better way to work on weight loss when you cant cardio burn the calories than to just cut them out!? We are 4 1/2 weeks out from our marathon and I am already looking forward to where you are right now! :)

(PS: ALL of my 1/2 photos look like CRAP!! I hate them all!!)

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MSSUNBUG 12/9/2009 8:47PM

    Good luck with "facing reality." It must feel weird after having taken all this time to prep for the marathon to have it be... well, over! I think it's great that you're reflecting on things now though and being reasonable about calories and everything. I wish you the best of luck removing those extra pounds that crept back on!

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    We are definitely our own worst critics! I LOVED all your pictures and thought you looked fantastic!!! You were glowing with excitment that's hard to find!! Anyway, it is what it is and sounds like you have a plan to get things moving again! Woohoo!! I , too, have a plan. I have a few weeks till the new year and it's time to buckle down and really watch my food. Although I've been tracking my food the last few weeks, I've noticed that I hardly make it w/in my calorie limit anymore...and when I do, it's usuallyfilled with "ugly" calories (ie, caloires from pizza, etc). Soooo...I just got back from Trader Joes and stocked up on fruits/veggies/and protein, protein, protein! Oh...and some yummy artisian bread they have...it gets me everytime! Anyway, I'm off to plan my meals for the next few days! :)


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MBSHAZZER 12/9/2009 6:19PM

    First of all, race photos are ALWAYS unflattering! It's a rule, because you are so excited to look at the pics and share with friends and then you get them and click on the link and you're like, "WHAAA?? Who IS that??".

Second of all, I thought you looked AMAZING in your race photos! So strong and confident! But I know what you mean... we've all been there, knowing we could do better. But rest assured, that knowing you could do better? It DOES NOT SHOW! You look totally FAB!

I think you have a sensible approach to getting back on track with the eating. On the one hand, you won't be running crazy mileage, so you won't feel the NEED to eat all the time. On the other hand... well, habits are hard to break! That's my biggest fear after the marathon.... saying goodbye to seconds!

Anyhoo, glad you are feeling like you're able to walk. I love that you're giving yourself permission to rest.. ease back in and you will be a LIFELONG runner!

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    I'm with you about doing a "First Christmas on Sparkpeople". For me that means going back to Phase 1 of South Beach and cutting out grains for a while. Its not what I want to do, and I'm sure you don't want to go back to "First Christmas", either, but the point is that we both know what we need to do to achieve our goals. THAT is the beauty of maintenance. Now lets ROCK our "First Christmas". We can do it!



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KENSINGTONC 12/9/2009 5:37PM

    Oh funny - we had a mouse in our pantry last weekend and I FREAKED OUT. Our cat was making a racket at 6:30am - I realized she was batting around a freakin' mouse - and I was at Home Depot by 7:30 buying mousetraps. No joke. I spent all of Saturday morning cleaning! No mouse since thank goodness, but I totally get your pain!

And yes, running pictures are incredibly unflattering - is it the motion? For me it always seems to be the thigh fat that kills me. Good for you for clicking on those pictures - I usually don't!


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Monday, December 07, 2009

So -- I'm feeling pretty awesome now about my achievement. :)

When I set out to run this marathon I tried REALLY HARD to make my goal just to finish -- but I couldn't help but set a time goal... so I did and it was to finish under 6 hours. And I even expected maybe to finish around 5:45 and only was 10 min slower than that and there's no way I can allow myself to feel in any way negative about reaching all those goals on my first marathon.

I looked at the results and saw that there were less than 100 finishers behind me -- like 93? So close to 100? But then I realized that the last finisher was number 2448.

There were 3500 individuals registered to run! That is over ONE THOUSAND people that either didn't even make it to the starting line or didn't finish!

Not to mention the tons of people out there who wouldn't even think of starting a marathon. haha. I dunno what little stupid mini pity party was living in a corner of my heart that was stealing something away from my achievement but I've squashed it. I would never dare to look down upon any marathon finisher, or even those who had to stop for whatever reason but for some reason I wasn't treating myself as well. NO MORE! :P So just wanted to share that little mini breakthrough with ya'll.

My husband also told me about all the cheers received by an obviously overweight/obese runner who finished the half-marathon not TOO long before I finished my marathon. I think he said maybe 30-40 min before me? They had already shut down the half marathon finish line so she had to come through the marathoner side of the gate. I'm not 100% sure her time was even recorded on the finishing places because the last half time I saw on the preliminary lists was about 5hrs. Maybe that was her! I dunno. But either way, he said the crowd was totally behind her and so proud of her.

All I can say is -- can my body please heal up and recover so I can start thinking about future events? :D HAHAHA. I know the BIG two things I can improve upon in my future long distance races: 1) DON'T GO OUT TOO FAST! 2) Take the walk breaks you practiced... yeah I didn't do either of those things. I let the adrenaline and momentum of the race sweep me along -- trust me, I REALLY ENJOYED those first 6-7 miles!!! It was the TIME OF MY LIFE! :D hahahaha But I paid for it later. And the fact that I still achieved my goals in spite of making the two biggest racing mistakes - I'm really really grateful for.

OK. So you all know that, I just had to write it for myself and for anyone else who ever felt like I did. :) I love what Jackie wrote in her comment (MISSJCISRUNNING): "I had dinner with a man who has run 66 marathons and I'm sure he's not thinking about his first marathon time!!!"

I finished my first attempt at a marathon.

I did this only a little over 2 years after learning to run -- a little over 2 years after finishing my first 5K. I did this only 1.5ish years after beginning to maintain a healthy weight. I did this only just under 3 years after starting to exercise for the FIRST TIME EVER IN LIFE. It truly is mind boggling.

And all of those who commented about how they were inspired to run a marathon after reading my last blog - WOW! :D hahaha Go read someone's race report who had a good race. You'll be even doubly anxious to take a whack at it yourself!!! But then again if knowing how rewarding a really tough race can be is a motivation in itself, and I will definitely be carrying this race close to my heart for the rest of my life, and thinking of it when I rock my next marathon (whenever that may be).

And yes I AM wearing my medal to work today. I think this will be the last day I wear it around... maybe... (maybe to some Christmas parties??? HAHAHAHA ok maybe not...) I have to say, I love the HEFT of this medal -- it has a nice weight to it.

Oh another thing I failed to mention about the marathon were all the people who yelled," Thank you for running for us!" And stuff like that. There is a group called "Team Jake" running for the Jake Owen Raborn Foundation (see jakesfoundation.org) raising money in memory of a child who died at age 4 from a rare liver cancer. Alllll along the course there were signs like "SMILE - Jake always did" GOSH those got me. I had to smile. I was just running. Ya know? There are bigger things in life. Anyway it was a great race to be a part of.

ALSO! The course was really great -- a couple of steeper inclines toward the beginning, but they were not very long (quite short) and the rest of the course was soft inclines and declines with some flat areas -- it was varied enough to not get bored, but not tough. Ya know? There was a nice part through a pretty park (maybe near the zoo?), and of course the downtown areas and the hospital campus to run through.

ANYWAY, I promised pictures.

So we arrived in Memphis probably around 4PM? Something like that? Checked in to our hotel and then headed to the Expo.

I was soooooo stoked to be heading in and getting my bib number, going to the MARATHONER'S table to get my nice awesome long sleeve tech shirt (which was a soft off whiteish color and obviously different than the red normal long sleeve T the half-marathoners got and I dunno what the 5K runner's got...) I also got a free 26.2 sticker w/ St. Jude Marathon on it. SWEET.

OH also -- apparently my memory card was at home and not in my camera, but luckily my camera has internal memory. We didn't even know we were out until after the race! HAHAHA :D

Here's the shirt:

Then it was over to the Goody Bag area! There was a coupon for a free cookie at McAllister's -- no purchase necessary... two little trial thingies of biofreeze (WHICH I SO USED), um... and some other coupons... for other stuff. OH! I DID really like a little running log though! :D I should have taken pictures of that because I will use it! It's got a space at the top for the month and year, and then it gives you a little section for Mon-Sun with distance, time, course, and notes -- then at the bottom Week #, Previous YTD, Year to date, Goal Time Total mileage I guess.. I dunno I just looked at all the details. It's cute! At the bottom of each page it says "Finding Cures. Saving Children." A notepad w/ a map of downotwn Memphis w/ the start anf dinish and it says "I ran the St. Jude Memphis Marathon, December 5, 2009" down the side. AND a St. Jude's Children Hospital Calendar w/ a featured patient for each month -- talk about a tear-jerker. So those are actually cool things I kinda forgot about. And of course the BAG itself is cute!

SOooooooooo guess who was there?? HAL HIGDON! :D I kind of combined his training program w/ the Runner's World First-Timer plan. Anyway -- he totally wrote a NOVEL about a MARATHON - it's a little... weird... so far. haha I'm reserving judgement until I get farther into it and we're not still introducing characters but it's FUN so far to read a fictional story about a marathon. Anyway! He signed my book wishing me good luck on the race. A picture with the man himself:

We then headed back to the hotel and on the way back I TURNED MY FREAKING ANKLE -- the same one I turned during my 5K. It was very very slight and didn't hurt but it definitely mentally freaked me out a bit -- my husband was more freaked out than I was! We headed out after a while to get dinner -- we went to this Italian place called Pa Pa Pia's which was AMAZING. We spit an Antipasto for Two appetizer and I got one of the pasta dishes that was discounted for runners - Rigatoni de Papa (Rigatoni w/ sweet sausage and a cream tomato sauce - YEAH.) Then we split a Tiramisu for dessert. I had never had one before -- and man was it AMAZING. My DH was mind boggled at how good it was.

Then it was home to the hotel to SLEEP.

I think I was able to get to sleep alright, but I woke up around 3-4AM and had to take some medicine cause I just started coughing and couldn't stop. Then it was up at 6AM to get ready and check the weather. HOLY CRAP TWENTY FOUR DEGREES?!?!? It was supposed to be between 30-40! haha.

I ate my oatmeal and an apple and rested and drank water and went to the bathroom until I started getting dressed around 7 and my hubby woke up at some point therein to say he was up most of the night and had to take medicine and was feeling ill so he didn't see me to the starting line, but he did get up to take a picture of me in my getup! I put my hair in a ponytail before we got going, but it felt good to have it around my neck at first when walking to the start. I also had an OLLLLD Hoodie that had holes in it that I discarded at the start.

Yes I hand-lettered the shirt with sharpie markers. :) And that's my cell phone in my back pocket if you can even see that. I didn't use it.

The start was exciting!!!!!! I felt strange in a way being all by myself, but the comraderie of runners was all around me. A lady told me my bottle was leaking and I was able to fix that before it did much but dribble on my butt. ;) Others were talking weather and bouncing and hugging and all that good stuff. FINALLY they started letting people GO and we were able to gradually move up - WOOHOO!!!

And then I told you all about the race -- OH but I didn't mention the cool moment when we saw the first place runners coming up the other side of the parkway!!! The marathon was... KIND of a double loop ish course, but the second loop was different than the first but it crossed over in places... if that makes sense. We ran one way down the parkway during the first half and the other way on the second so we were able to see those amazing looking super lean Kenyan looking men coming at us. :) I just looked up their finish and Gun time for the 1st place man was 2:16:21 - first place female 2:43:42 (overall finish of 16th place). The 3rd place female came in 44th overall -- I wonder what it's like to be an elite male runner who comes in before all the women but is still so much slower than the top men??? I can only imagine. ;) haha.

So .. the finish!!! Here's a shot my hubby took of the scene in the stadium while waiting for me -- note all the finishers with their SHINY CAPES!

Then I come in the stadium and all my pain vanishes as you can see here:

And DH took a cute picture of my wedgie and me crossing the finish line:

Keep in mind that time is gun time, and my corral started a good 23ish minutes after the gun! :P haha. :D

Of course then the meandering limp around the stadium, the gobbling of all recognizable food items and taking of a box of Krispy Kremes....

Here just outside the stadium mugging it up:

So then I hobbled back to the Hotel - winced into the shower, DH slathered me in ICY Hot and biofreeze and set me up with some food and water (PB stuffed Pretzels, Kashi bar, apple the stuff I brought!) and left me to rest and relax (I watched most of My Fair Lady - such a comforting movie for me as I used to watch it ALL THE TIME growing up -- love musicals...) while he went and took pretty pictures of Memphis! For example:

That trolley was my best friend on Saturday after the race -- it was free for runners and only $1 for non-runners that day. I definitely took it to and from dinner...

All cleaned up and ready to go!

Dinner was at


I really have no idea what 7.5lb burgers have to do with Canada, but with all my Canadian SparkFriends I couldn't resist when my DH wanted to go here as a second choice when our first choice turned out to be full of cigarette smoke. Oops. :P We ordered some Poutine as an appetizer - which I DID take a picture of:

Does that look at all right, Canadians???

I got a deep friend Cornish Game Hen w/ Sweet potato fries and a cucumber salad... and we split a Nanaimo Bar for dessert.

Then it was back to the trolley and to limp back into the hotel.

OH look how pretty the medal is up close:

I LOVE the back:

Which reminds me of a dude's shirt I saw early on - I was told my my DH that the front said something about this being his First Marathon, the back said:
"Go ahead and pass me - we all get the same medal anyway". HAHAHA :D

The next morning I saw some half finishers eating breakfast in their red shirts...and I was like - haha, I did the full (in my head) and hoped they noticed my snazzy shirt. ;) HAHAHAHA. That breakfast sucked. Then that night we went to this new yogurt place in town (by the oz, toppings bar) and Five Guys burgers and fries. And that's IT for me and the crazy marathon related eating. HAHA.

Now I'm looking forward to first: recovery, rest, recuperation. Next: Strength training - I'm thinking some Jillian Michael's videos at home and possibly some erging and rowing. I don't know when I'll run again, will listen to the body on THAT. With running I just need to make sure I'm ready to hold down a 10 or 12K leg of the Mercedes Marathon Relay on 2/14/2010 but honestly - after the marathon I'm like... PIECE OF CAKE. ;)

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LASHERTHECAT 2/26/2010 8:01AM

    Congrats!! Fantastic accomplishment!!!

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ACORALSEA 2/26/2010 1:09AM

    Congratulations, and hope you have many more marathon moments to come! :)

I love the shirt statement: "Go ahead and pass me - we all get the same medal anyway." Good one! :)

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BIKERCHICK74 2/25/2010 11:08PM

    WAY TO COOL!!!

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CDNMSFIT 2/25/2010 10:39PM


Mmmmm, poutine.

Congrats on achieving such an amazing accomplishment! (better late than never, right?)

I soooooo want a poutine now!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 1/6/2010 12:49PM

    This was awesome!
I loved it. You gave me some much needed inspiration today!
Thank you

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SEMUSPARK 12/22/2009 3:37PM

    Thanks for posting about your race! I ran St. Jude's last year and it's a fun race--especially all the cheering fans and running by the hospital. Congrats on your finish!

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FLAWLESSCUBE 12/19/2009 7:49AM

    THank you for taking us through your weekend and letting us into your life as a runner. The canadian dish looks a little like french fries, onions and cream. so what was it? :) Hope your ankle is feeling better soon and You wear that medal proudly. to xmas and NYE parties.

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GUNGHONIA 12/18/2009 2:02AM

    Congratulations! There's nothing like the feeling of accomplishment after your first marathon! (If you're lucky, it even masks the pain, haha)

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NO_SNOW_BODY 12/16/2009 6:23PM

    great pictures, thank you for sharing

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MAXBALLARD 12/16/2009 3:29PM

    Okay, so you've confirmed what I felt when I crossed the half finish line - it's not good enough - I wanna do a full marathon.

This year's St. Jude was my first - it was everything you described and more - totally awesome race. I just started running in May '09. I used to weigh 280 pounds, so I get why you did it! As I did the training for the half, I wondered if I'd be content with 13.1. Heck No!

I've got a deal with myself. Lose 20 pounds by June, enter the full, otherwise do another 1/2 and best my time. Either way I'm a winner because I'll have set a goal and raced after it til I caught it.

Thanks for the nudge!

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DAVEOZ 12/16/2009 9:43AM

    Thanks for the pictures. It was like I was there. What a wonderful experience...

Kudos Dana!


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FREDI59 12/9/2009 5:32PM

    emoticon You should feel really good about what you have accomplished - there is always that little devil trying to tell you that you're not that great - don't listen to him, because YOU ARE emoticon You have finished something most people don't even think about trying.

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/9/2009 4:35PM

    YOU LOOK SO FREAKIN GOOD!!!!!!!!! DAAAAAMMMMMMMMMN YOU DID SO WELL! I am so happy you're feeling better about it.... Your blog was soooooooo inspiring... It was so easy to pretend we were right there with you... And that maybe we could do it too one day! I think I'm gonna do it too..... 2010 is the 2500 anniversary of the battle of marathon in greece... so it's going to be a big one... and it'll be my 2 year running anni! I think it's perfect!!!!!!! (ok ur the first one im telling)

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SEEHOLZ 12/9/2009 10:14AM

    Oh Dana,

What an awesome way to share your experience!
I had to laugh and triple read when you said "We spit an Antipasto for Two appetizer "... like spitting was some kind of ritual with Anti-pesto-haha.."
I think the best part is that you are PROUD of yourself! I'm really bad at sharing a proud moment with others and when I'm caught up in the moment and actually do, I tend to feel guilty afterwards, as thought I was trying to get extra attention or something.. God forbid I'd wear my marathon medal to work. That said, I do have to admit prancing with my 2007 medal through downtown Chicago after the race. We stayed downtown, so I was walking around unshowered ( it was 90 degrees that day) and I really wanted to go to Navy Pier and sure enough, we saw others wearing their medal and I had some great conversations on the L that day with non-runners and runners alike!
Cherrish EVERY memory! I'm sure it was even a good experience for your DH! Glad he was able to be there and take some great pics!

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CATIATM 12/9/2009 6:41AM

    WHOOHOOOOOO! Reading your blog brought back such memories. I was supposed ot run my next race in Dubai next month, but the knee pain I've been dealing with the past several months has been diagnosed as a disintegrating patella. Yeah, sad. So I don't know if/when I'll race again.

Wear that medal proudly!!! emoticon

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JESPAH 12/9/2009 5:58AM

    Awesome -- can see you glowing all the way here.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/9/2009 12:24AM

    Oh my goodness, you had a Nanaimo Bar! Without me! I hope it was a good one. You earned it.



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MISSY_MAGOO 12/8/2009 8:54PM

    wow- that is a beautiful medal! So glad to hear you are acknowledging and celebrating your achievement!!!!
You crack me up with the talk about having a good race or not good race- I'm thinking "is there any such thing as a good marathon?" I'm imagining everyone's stories about marathons are full of aches, pains, etc. What I did notice that was different about yours then any others I've read is not once have I heard you say that you even thought about quitting as an option! So many others say "at mile whatever all I could think about was quitting" or "I almost gave up right there" But even with the hurts you never once wanted to give up- or at least not seriously enough to tell us about it :)
Thanks for sharing your photos- even after running more then 26 miles you're beautiful!

Comment edited on: 12/8/2009 8:55:15 PM

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MYLIFE4LIFE 12/8/2009 8:04PM

    Girl that wedgie was stylish! Lol. So proud of you Dana! So freaking proud of you!

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LAB-LOVER 12/8/2009 7:33PM

    Is that a baseball stadium you finished in? OH MY GOD! And cold weather. I have been looking for the perfect marathon in late 2010. This may just be it! And the ribs dinner would be a plus!

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TRUE_TEXAN 12/8/2009 6:07PM

    So proud of you!!! Makes me want to consider training for one.. hmmmmm... that half was pretty tough for me but one day I might work up to the full! Great job! Love the race report!

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MEGABOMB 12/8/2009 6:00PM

    I have a few things to say here. One, YOU ROCK! YOU'RE AMAZING! ROCK STAR ZIRCADIA!!!
Two, who the hell thinks a Canadian restaurant is a good idea? Seriously? But congrats on the poutine, and yes, it looks about right. Those are actual cheese curds!
Three, you're so pretty! I guess I haven't commented on that before but you're totally a looker.


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KYRRDIS 12/8/2009 4:26PM

    Nooooo! Not poutine! Noooooooooooo!

I tried several versions of this the first time we visited Canada. I like all three of the base ingredients, but didn't particularly like them together.

Congrats again on finishing the race.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/8/2009 2:23PM

    Truly an amazing accomplishment.

Give your body some time to rest before you head out. I would wait until the first of next week at the earliest.


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S318830 12/8/2009 1:59PM

    LOL! I was going to post on my last comment that there were probably lots of people who didn't finish, but you beat me to it. Thanks for the photos. You looked awesome!

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RUNTRILAUGH 12/8/2009 1:53PM

    I love this post! Doing my first marathon in 2010 and I think I might steal the "Go ahead and pass me, we all get the same medal anyway" shirt idea!!!

Congrats on surpassing your goal! Wear that medal! Hang it on the tree! Savor this moment, you earned it!!!


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    emoticon on this amazing achievement!!!!

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MARATHON_MOM 12/8/2009 1:15PM

    What a wonderful story, Dana and an amazing accomplishment! Your accomplishment is something that you will always treasure. I am so glad that you squashed that part of you that was telling you "not good enough!"

My first marathon is January 16th, and I am so much more excited about it now! I was beginning to get a little overwhelmed with the training, but I can make it through!

I plan on doing St Jude next year with Jay's Hope Foundation.

~~You are a MARATHONER~~


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RUN2BEFREE 12/8/2009 12:55PM

    Wow - I am crying after reading this!!! I loved the detail and the way you openly talked about what you did and how you felt. I run my first marathon on January 10th and can't wait to feel the joy of checking this off my bucket list. Congratulations!!!!

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KJNE8O 12/8/2009 11:29AM

    "I dunno what little stupid mini pity party was living in a corner of my heart that was stealing something away from my achievement but I've squashed it."


You are amazing Dana - thank you for such a great race recap! YOU ROCK!

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NUTRIGIRL08 12/8/2009 11:26AM

    Again congratulations! You are an inspiration to all!

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SUMMERVA 12/8/2009 10:19AM

    One of my very best friends lost her infant son to a rare form of cancer...it was a metastatic tumor on his liver. I was wanting to find some sort of race for a cure that really meant something to me…and I was thinking with practice I might be ready for the half this time next year. I think I just figured out which one I want to do ☺ Thanks for being such an inspiration, Dana!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 12/8/2009 9:48AM

    AWESOME!!! Once again, I had a few tears reading your blog!! So glad you stopped being so hard on yourself!! You did an amazing thing! Congrats again.

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KEAKMAN 12/8/2009 9:26AM

    Dana, here you have me crying again....I am sooo proud of you, and sooooo happy that you squashed that mean-spirited part that was taking all the joy out of your accomplishment. YOU RAN A MARATHON! AND YOU FINISHED! WOOHOO!

Great pics - I loved seeing where you ran, and what you wore, etc. And I KNOW your shirt motivated so many people to do more, try harder.

Yes, next time, stick to your plan! But it is hard, isn't it, not to just go and go and go?!


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MARKAMURKA 12/8/2009 9:22AM

    Happy for you. Looking great with HH and even finishing.
Super shiny medal. Where do you put it?
(Mine is still out on the shelf from my first HALF from 2008 - if I ever get a marathon medal I guess I will even sleep with it)

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SWEETZMIX 12/8/2009 9:05AM

    I already saw your pics on FB. But I like the whole story with the pics here. Yes rest up girl and you deserve all that food. lol We have a place out here that makes BIG burgers. It's called Jackson Hole. 8oz...HUGE, but yummy!

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TRABOLD8567 12/8/2009 8:44AM

  Thanks for sharing everything with us, even the wedgie picture. You are amazing - don't ever forget that!!

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HALFWEIGHT 12/8/2009 8:29AM

    What a wonderful story! I especially like your epiphany about treating yourself as well as you treat others. It is so easy to get into a habit of demanding more from ourselves than others, and always feeling as though we have fallen short even we we do domething FANTASTIC! Which you certainly have: you came, you ran, you finished! How many people ever do that???? Well, you have, because YOU ROCK! emoticon There is your trophy: you came in #1 in my book, despite not being a Kenyan male. ;-)

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IPA-RAY 12/8/2009 8:20AM

    What a great story and great pictures! I love that tee shirt slogan "Run by Day, Rock by Night" and may run that marathon next year to get one. And because of the whole St. Jude thing. If I do, I'll give you full credit for my entry.

I saw a woman getting of the trolley ahead of me who probably weighed 300 or so pounds. I tried to picture her picturing herself running a marathon. Or even a 5K. I couldn't do it. Your accomplishments absolutely amaze me!

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LALAFLOWERS 12/8/2009 8:13AM

    Thanks for the story.. this is the kind of story I like hearing.. so I can picture myself there... and doing my own Marathon... Planned for the fall of 2010 (really want the Marine Marathon in DC... )

I love the shirt you made yourself!!! What a great way to 'advertise' where you've come from.... So very, very proud of you.

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SPIRITRUN 12/8/2009 7:38AM

    I am so glad you ended the pity party and are being nicer to yourself. Man, oh man, you deserve it. I love the pictures. You look GREAT at the finish line, girl! I think it is cool that you got to hang out on the trolly and tour all day, and being a Canadian, yes, the poutine looks like the heart attack on a plate that it is supposed to look like. Reserve that "treat" for post marathon meals only or there won't be many more marathons in your future.
Just teasing you emoticon
Your experience has me SO excited for the goals I have set for 2010!
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ZELLAZM 12/8/2009 7:10AM

    Super blog! thanks for sharing your experience - ALMOST makes me want to start training for a marathon myself.

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SKYFYRE 12/8/2009 1:37AM

    Wow, Dana!What an awesome experience, I love all the cameradarie that you experience with other runners, and thinkit is so great that the hubbie was such a support! Glad you are still experiencing you running high!

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    This is all SO GREAT!! Dana, you are my hero!!!!

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150-HERE-I-COME 12/8/2009 12:14AM

    FANTASTIC, Dana!!! Thanks for sharing your experience and the photos! Keep rockin'!!!

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MDTWEETY 12/7/2009 11:29PM

    I loved all the pictures. You look so happy. Again, WAY TO GO!!!! :) :) What a terrific accomplishment.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/7/2009 11:19PM

    I LOVE that you wore your medal to work today! That's so awesome! I wear my race shirt out to my celebratory dinner, even if it's at a fancy restaurant, but that's about it. I should definitely wear my medals more. =D

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HUGMONKEYMOM 12/7/2009 10:13PM

    Congrats again Dana. What a fun and fantastic time you had! I want to run one even more now!

You are a Marathoner! And I hardly know you and I am amazingly proud of you. Way to go!

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DDOORN 12/7/2009 10:12PM

    Every time I read about marathons, running and the highs and even the lows of running I'm SO drawn to it, but still cannot see myself ever pushing enough to BE one. But I sure enjoy the exhilaration you share as you tell your story and am so THRILLED for your accomplishment!

Talk about making one's life an adventure! Woo HOO! :-)


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AUNTC321 12/7/2009 9:56PM

    Congratulations on your awesome achievement.

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