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Thursday, December 31, 2009

So -- pictures.

A few from my family visit and then a link to some stuff.

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My sister and I in the theater prior to Avatar. Those 3D Shades look so awesome w/ the flash... hehe :) Also --- that movie was actually REALLY GOOD. :)



We tested a game my mom made w/ some modifications -- I think it still needs a bit of work maybe, but we were able to give some suggestions and I love the idea. Basically the players tell a story together with the aid of cards for Characters, Talents, Objects, Transportation, Scene, and PLOT - who enters (new character in story), Events (can be many different specific things), you found (new object card enters) ... like that!



My dad and mom:


My character, vehicle, objects and talents:




I think I actually drew the picture of my character... LONG ago. And my brother and mom drew the other cards. :) hehe

We also played Masterpiece - I LOVE THIS GAME. You bid on paintings and at the end you see who has the highest combination of value in paintings and money. You don't know how much a painting is worth until you posess it -- the value cards are attached to the paintings at random and there are also two forgery cards! :)


My brother wearing a gift from my sister on his head:


I'm not really sure what this face is for, but we're playing "Nucklehead News" which are homemade Mad Libs made by my mom and they are AWESOME. I think they're better than Mad Libs - they're written as though they are all news stories. :) And apparently they are stored in my sister's old physics notebook.


HOME Christmas tree. With all the ornaments I remember from my childhood -- also that's a picture of me on the wall - SENIOR PHOTO! :)


The stockings hung by the chimney w/ care -- my brother's stocking is HUGE because he was born on Christmas Eve and he was IN that as a baby! :) (the one w/ the bear in it!)


My DH opening a gift I gave him -- also my sister made the scarf he's wearing. :)


I got a scarf, too, and I LOVE IT!


We also went to the National Infantry Museum during our visit -- we used to go frequently when I was younger but they recently built a brand new gorgeous building with some new things in it and DH had never gone -- it was really cool. :)

Then we came back and it was MOVING TIME. I took pictures of some things I finally decided I needed to get rid of but never could before -- now they are memorialized in digital image! :)

Like my DOLLY! My mom made this for me:


It was hard to get rid of it, but my sister suggested I could take a picture of it and it was like OH YEAH. I've actually suggested that to other people before but for some reason I didn't think about it until she said it to me. :) haha.



I did the same for some HAIR clippings from my first haircut at 2 and 1/2 years old... and a TON of drawings from some sketchbooks. :)

I also got rid of my old Kindergarten Year book -


That's ME in the MIDDLE where it's written ME in pencil and then erased. HAHAHA

I had all these NAMETAGS that I was saving from various band events and Young Women's Camp... yeah I photographed those and ditched them. My sister took a box of photos with her to scan for me as well. :) I'm really excited about having all those photos digitally and I am SOOOO GRATEFUL to her for doing it.

This link is to the photos of my old sketchbooks. LOTS of drawings with questionable proportions -- a couple that were self portrats as well. :)
picasaweb.google.com/SPZircadia/OldA
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and QUESTIONS - I'm not sure if these were all intended for BLOG answering, but here are some:

LIMELITESHINES asked where my running journal came from:

Well since it was a gift I don't really know where they purchased it, but I just pulled it out and it's titled: "The Complete Runner's Day-By-Day Log 2010 Calendar" by Marty Jerome - Andrews McMeel Publishing. It says it's $13.99 in the U.S. HAHA That's aLLL the info I have. It has a page with a month calendar, a picture and a quote and the opposite page has a little article about something about runners/running -- January is HISTORY. Then after that each 2page spread is a week, with a space for each day - Where&When, Distance, comments: and a bigger place for writing other stuff. There's also a photo and tip for each 2page spread, and at the end of each week a Distance and Weight totals line. Looks pretty good! :)

BRUIN2 asked what the highlight of the decade was for me -

DEFINITELY GETTING HEALTHY. There's nothing that compares to the life altering transformation. OH WAIT. I also got married this decade -- that was a pretty major deal as well... :D hehehehehhee oohhhh poor DH. I forgot about that. ;) OK Getting married number 1, getting healthy number 2.

RUN_LIFT_EAT asked about my new CD's:
I got Paolo Nutini, new Modest Mouse, new Sondre Lerche, Neutral Milk Hotel, Brandi Carlile, Julian Casasblancas's new solo album (lead singer of the strokes)

I haven't listened to ANY of them yet, so not sure which is good cardio music yet. I'm guessing some of the new Modest Mouse, Brandi Carlile, and Julian Casablancas would work. Sondre Lerche is pretty mellow, and I really do not know about Paolo Nutini or Neutral Milk Hotel yet. :) I know I've listened to both before but I do not remember them at all... haha. :D

Also - RUN_LIFT_EAT asked about DH applying for jobs: ALL SPRING. And sometime in this semester we expect to know.... so... also I DO plan to go back to school and/or get my PT Certification once we're settled somewhere so it is definitely very exciting. :)

OK! LONG BLOG. BYE! :)

  
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CURVES_N_CURLS 1/5/2010 10:53PM

    How neat that your mom made up an entire GAME! Overall a really cool blog post, too. :)

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TAKEONME48137 1/5/2010 10:37AM

    Your Christmas looked fun! And yay for Julian Casablancas's album. =) =)

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SEEHOLZ 1/3/2010 7:31PM

    WOW.... you got rid of dolly, huh? Strange as it is, I have come a long way to get rid of things that were dear to me and a conscious effort NOT to attach myself to things-LOL! My poor son is attached to things... it's almost frightening, haha...

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CCSDESTINY 1/1/2010 10:48PM

    WOW I am so impressed over the creativity of the games and gifts with your family! I LOVE that!!!

OH and I LOVE the idea of taking photos of the things you really dont want to get rid of but you really cant keep! I'm a sap, I just dont know if I could get rid of the dolly :)

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TAIMOIRAI 1/1/2010 8:32PM

    Houston has a great Dietetics program, and plenty of universities for husbands to work at. Just saying. ;)

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TRACYZABELLE 1/1/2010 5:55PM

    Happy, healthy, slimmer New year to you! Looking forward to supporting you in 2010!

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GET-FIT-NOW 1/1/2010 4:22PM

    Thanks for sharing your photo's I enjoyed looking at them. Paula

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SWEETZMIX 1/1/2010 1:20PM

    Sounds like a good holiday & you have such a beautiful holiday. I hope to hear more from you. Happy New Year's!

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JESPAH 1/1/2010 9:19AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. Here's to 2010.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/1/2010 7:03AM

    Wow! Great photo-blog, and what a great family... looks like a good time! Thanks for sharing.

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CATIATM 1/1/2010 2:26AM

    I love this blog! Your family sounds like so much fun! Now I want to come visit you, so I can play, too! emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/1/2010 2:16AM

    It is so nice to get the Dana posts coming again.

I'm going to be honest, I haven't heard of any of those bands on your CDs. Just reaffirms that I am getting older and older . . .

I have decided that I am just going to start that c25K program Feb 1. If the knee acts up this year, I'm just going to get a brace for it and keep going.

I want you to know what an inspiration you have been for me this year. I am pretty sure that I won't be in a marathon any time soon, but reading your adventures with running have really made me wish I would have stuck with it and got it going after my knee started to feel better.

A long post deserves a long comment.

ttyl

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GLOBALKEEWEE 12/31/2009 8:05PM

    Thanks for the glimpse into the life, holiday (and history) of ZIRCADIA!
I'm loving the creativity of your mother's game - so inspiring to see something new in process.

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KUANGIE 12/31/2009 5:20PM

    Love the pics! Your Mom sounds like some kind of game queen. How fun!

Loved Avatar, BTW.

I was born on Christmas Eve and have the stocking to prove it too : )

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KRISTINB1977 12/31/2009 5:13PM

    It looks like you have a very creative and fun family! I've never created a game or made up Mad Libs! I want to visit your family now!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 12/31/2009 3:51PM

    That is too cool that your mom makes games! I love it! It sounds like you have a family as unique and cool as you are :).

Thanks for the CD round out, I am familiar with all of them but the Brandi Carlile. I will have to check that out. let me know how the new Modest Mouse is, is the Neutral Milk hotel new? I have the something, something over the sea. I liked most of it, though there was one song where the vocals made it unlistenable, ha!

Good luck to him on finding a job!

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MARLIE13 12/31/2009 3:14PM

    Heehee...your family sounds like the coolest. The games your mom invented...reminds me of the HIMYM episode where Marshall combined a bunch of games. I pictured you guys playing and getting buzzed by the Taboo buzzer. lol! (Of course you know what I've been doing for my Christmas break now. lol!)

Here's to a fabulous 2010!!

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HOPERY 12/31/2009 1:59PM

    Here is my question. If you get the PT certification, do you know who you will get it through?

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KNH771 12/31/2009 1:51PM

    Thanks for sharing your photos! I didn't realize that you were an artist as well as a fitness ROCKSTAR!!! Have a safe and wonderful New Year's weekend! emoticon

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MISSROCKABILLY 12/31/2009 1:32PM

    Your family holiday looks like so much fun! Oh, and I want to try your mom's game too, it sounds awesome!!

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KARVY09 12/31/2009 1:31PM

    Your Christmas sounds like a blast. I wish I could get my family to sit around and play board games all day!

I'm definitely going to look into getting that runner's journal too.

Happy New Year, Dana!

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USARUNNERGIRL 12/31/2009 1:21PM

    Loving your family right now. I want to come over and play the game your mom made. It sounds like tons of fun.



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TAMTAM64 12/31/2009 1:08PM

    Your family is FUN!! Thanks for sharing your story & all those great pictures.

Tammy

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EDGEOFSANITY 12/31/2009 1:03PM

    My dad and I give each other that same running journal every year for Christmas lol!

Loved all the pictures. Those look like some great games.

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MBSHAZZER 12/31/2009 12:54PM

    I love the photos! Thanks for sharing your family with us! I want to come play games with you guys... that looks like so much fun!

2009 was quite a year for you... I am looking forward to seeing what 2010 has in store! Happy New Year!

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 12/31/2009 12:47PM

    Love the pictures, and I remember playing Masterpiece! I loved that game! I'll have to look on eBay to see if I can find it...

Happy New Year!

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BRUIN2 12/31/2009 12:46PM

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/31/2009 12:44PM

    i have seen the runners journal at chapters here so i am sure barnes and noble would carry it there.

i have a question.... where do babies come from?
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looks like you guys had a superb christmas. i haven't used the word superb forever. maybe i will make it the word of the week. i laugh at the scarves. for about 2 years after i learned how to crochet everyone i knew got scarves.

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KENSINGTONC 12/31/2009 12:44PM

    Could I please come to your house for a holiday?

Did you listen to music during the marathon? Have you tried books on tape? I start marathon training (San Diego in June, baby!) next week and I HAVE to find a way to pass the time... suggestions?

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I MISSED YOU!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

OH SPARKPEOPLE.

I've been gone.

It's been fun.

But also sweets filled. And I'm soooo happy to be back. :)

We are pretty much done moving now -- my DH is making another run to the old place tonight to bring over the contents of the fridge and a few other things that are left and that's it. We slept in the new place last night, my closet is all unpacked and organized, as is the pantry, the office is set up, the electronics are all working (cable guy came today) so WOOHOO.

I took the TINIEST of a run today. HAHAHA :D I had to walk the rent over to the office and on the way back I jogged. I didn't have the right shoes on but it felt fantastic and safe and comfortable and lovely to be making that movement again. I NEED TO GO RUNNING. FOR REAL.

I got some wonderful tools to help me in the new year for Christmas:

The New Rules of Lifting for Women
a 2010 Runner's Log/ Calendar
$$$ specifically for getting a membership back at the gym
(so I can have a gym membership AND row is the idea)

WOOHOO!

I also got many fun things - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Runner's Rule Book, a BUNCH of CD's, a scarf made by my sister, a pedometer (actually two pedometers to be used w/ my husband's gift from his family of a DSi! :D hehe. I'm actually really excited about using it...), all kinds of fun stuff.

I have yet to read any of the books, I hope to get a good look at the New Rules of Lifting for Women soon and get the new gym membership squared away and then make myself a more specific and concrete PLAN for moving forward in the new year with HEALTH and FITNESS. :) I do have some VAGUE ideas, but the only concrete right now is the Mercedes Marathon Relay on 2/14! Yes, on Valentine's Day. :D haha. So I gotta get running again to be in good shape for that, for sure. But other than that I want my primary focus to be on STRENGTH. And probably some erging to get ready for rowing to resume -- there will be a new Learn to Row course offered at the end of Jan/Beginning of Feb and then I'm assuming after that the regular rows will start again. I may be able to help with the Learn to Row to get back on the water again as well. :)

But also in 2010 I want to -

Participate in a Sprint Regatta in the Spring
Do at least one 5K
Complete my first HALF-marathon race
Complete my second marathon race

But, I intend for the marathon to be in the fall, and the half sometime before that but after the Spring probably, so... I can't really figure out which ones I'll be doing because I don't know where we'll be living. And without being sure of what our situation will be like (since it is all dependent on DH finding his job post PhD), I can't really just say I WANT TO DO X RACE, and commit to travelling on some unknown date to a location that I have no idea how far it will be from us. So..... yeah. Just gonna kinda wait on that and mentally prepare that I will be training for those distances later in the year and I can figure out the details later as well. :)

I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL Holiday -- my family visit was very nice, and then my sister came to help us move and DH's family came as well, it was awesome.

S318830 did something cool on her blog lately, she opened up to questions. So I'm going to copy her -- shoot. I may answer it... :D Here in my blog.

  
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SPARKLINGVIOLET 1/1/2010 5:36PM

    OMG! Right now it--it JUST HAPPENED! I JUST NOW realized it's 2010! OMG sooooo weird! It was all while reading your blog that you said, "BRUIN2 asked what the highlight of the decade was for me" and I stopped and thought to myself, 'Why would anyone ask about the past DECADE? That's so long..." then I started thinking JUST how long and realized that it was from 2000....I graduated high school in 2000...then I started flipping out cause I realized it's been 10 years!! TEN!!! Then I started having a mini attack cause I realized that 10 years of my life were gone they seemed like just yesterday. Then i realized HOlY COW--we're in 2010!!!!! Yeah, I'm freaking out....hahahah...

In other news...your mom is sooooo cool!!! She fully MAKES UP HER OWN GAMES?!?! I've never heard of anyone doing that! Plus, your sister makes everyone scarfs? Annnd your MAKES you dolls? Your family is the craftiest family I've ever known of!! So cool!!!

Ok, well have a happy, healthy, new year!!

Violet

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GET-FIT-NOW 1/1/2010 4:15PM

    Sounds like your off to a good start for "2010". Best Wishes ,Paula

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CASSIOEPIA 12/31/2009 9:03PM

    Welcome back - it's good to see your smiling face again!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 12/31/2009 9:00PM

    Your Mom is so creative and awesome!!! I love the game idea and also the mad libs! Glad you are back! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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TAIMOIRAI 12/31/2009 11:03AM

    You're going to love Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. That book was one of the highlights of 2009 for me.

It's so good to have you back!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 12/31/2009 10:59AM

    Definitely let me know how that new rules of lifting is, dying to hear about it. What CDs, Dana? Anything I need to add for cardio music?

That is awesome that your inlaws gave you the money for your gym membership, what a GREAT gift! It definitely sounds like you had a lovely holiday.

So is your husband applying for jobs now? When do you expect to hear something? I know you are probably ready for some semblance of permanency, because once he is settled you are looking at going back to school, right?

You'll find races to do, I have no doubt. It seems to me like you have lots of exciting plans and goals for the new year!

Here is to a GREAT 2010!
Kim

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SEEHOLZ 12/31/2009 10:37AM

    Your plans sound great--- I think there needs to be no rush on deciding WHICH races, since there are a lot of races out there, particularily in the Fall and IMHO, it's much easier to train for them in the summer-LOL!
Glad your move went smooth-haha- and I'm sure you just love having everything organized, cleaned out etc... ONE awesome thing about moving.
I think you'll LOVE NROLW, because it's GREAT! That said, I totally overdit it last year and bulked up and it got me in trouble with my running, but the program in itself is really cool! I modified it a tad, but I might dig it up and do some upper body stuff.... ( and take it easy on the legs-LOL) I have come to conclude that having strong legs for running ( lifting too heavy) is more of a detriment than benefit. I guess I don't want to be a bodylifter, but improve my running instead-LOL!

I ask you questions on your blog all the time, so it figures that now, that you have opened it up officially, I have none-LOL!

HAPPY NEW YEAR DANA! It's been really, really awesome to get to know you this year! I can't wait what 2010 has in store for us!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/31/2009 9:25AM

    Glad to have you back and that the move went well.

I am trying to figure out what my fitness goals are. I need to nail everything down before 2010 . . . Wait!!! That's tomorrow.

Guess I need to get a blog entry up to lay them out.

ttyl

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WOLFKITTY 12/31/2009 1:32AM

    It's going to be a good year!
HUGS!
Joce

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DDOORN 12/31/2009 1:17AM

    Congrats on the move! Sounds like Santa was VERY nice to you this year... :-)

Great goals ahead for your 2010!

Don

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RHALES199 12/30/2009 11:09PM

    Glad to hear your move went well, and it's great to see you posting again!

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BRUIN2 12/30/2009 10:10PM

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My question for you:
What was the highlight of the decade for you?

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KIMCATUS 12/30/2009 9:12PM

    Woo hoo welcome back!!! You've been missed!!!

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MISSROCKABILLY 12/30/2009 8:59PM

    Congrats on getting all moved and settled in and welcome back! I love your goals for this coming year--I need to get some set, but I'm still giving it some thought. Sounds like you had a great holiday and received some great gifts. I think that you will really like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I loved it!

Happy New Year!!
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FITTYTIF 12/30/2009 8:04PM

    Well it is good to see you back! You have been missed! Glad to hear you had a nice holiday! And you are now in you new place! Look forward to hearing from you more soon!

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KARVY09 12/30/2009 8:03PM

    We missed you too! Glad you got great presents and have moving all squared away. Don't worry, you'll be back running soon... and yes, will actually get a half marathon in!
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JOHNBABJR 12/30/2009 7:46PM

    I'm glad your move is almost all the way behind you, Dana.

I look forward to hearing about your progress in accomplishing your 2010 goals.

Happy New Year!

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LIMELITESHINES 12/30/2009 7:40PM

    Welcome back! and welcome to your new home. and a new year. Wow lots of new-s all at once. :) Your goals rock . . I definitely need to find all the races in the area (and some not in the area . . for fun!) and plan a tentative race schedule. I want to run my first half this year too! yay! And my first sprint triathalon too. whee!
Where'd you get your running journal from? I'm half tempted to keep a physical journal along with my spark blog here (which I've been neglecting) so at least I always have something around to record stuff!

Merry Christmas since I didn't get to say so earlier. and happy New year! :)

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KENSINGTONC 12/30/2009 7:30PM

    Awesome blog as usual, and great goals. I'm jealous of some of your Christmas gifts - I seriously got like 10 pairs of socks, a hat and some LaraBars (yay for those, but still, sigh).

Your goals are super - and you of all people can achieve them! GOOD LUCK chica! And here's to 2010.

Liz

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ZORBS13 12/30/2009 7:23PM

    awww, I have missed our late night snark-fests on FB. emoticon

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CCSDESTINY 12/30/2009 7:08PM

    The Mercedes in Birmingham? have we discussed this before? I want to do that so bad, but I committed to a half this February, so maybe next year (2011) I'll think about that one..

Your goals look great! good luck with them all! Can't wait to read about which ones you choose when the time comes! :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/30/2009 7:05PM

    i missed you too bunny. looks like you have a great 2010 to come. yeah for money for the gym! i am really liking nrol4w so far. i have another 4 workouts of the first stage to do and i look like an american gladiator. ok, not quite but i feel like one and that is so much more important!

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EDGEOFSANITY 12/30/2009 6:50PM

    Glad you're getting settled in the new place. And WOO HOO for fun new fitness gifts!

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MBSHAZZER 12/30/2009 6:44PM

    I'm so glad you had a nice holiday, Dana. It sounds like you are well prepared to get back on track! I love the idea of a marathon relay. Can I join you??? :D
PS - so funny that you've run a FULL marathon but never a half!

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A tribute to cuteness!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

So --

I think my butt might have gotten bigger -- but also firmer and more muscular -- through all my marathon training. This might be dually contributing to some of the tight pants and higher scale scenarios. Not that I'm using that as a total excuse, getting rid of FAT is always a worthy goal -- but my hubby said he thought so the other day and I dunno if it's these pants (I'm also definitely posing to my gluteus advantage) but WOOHOO!



I've never really had a REAL BUTT before! HAHAHAHA :D But since I lost weight, and my boobies, and did lots of exercise type things, the butt got awesome.

I also took a couple pictures on Sunday before church and before the Christmas party:




PARTY!




So to give you an idea of the AMAZING place we had our party -- the man in the utilikilt is our host, and yes, those are actual GASLIGHTS in the background...



Also at once I entertained myself (and drew a crowd) with a self-playing banjo!!! (Which had one string which was VERY out of tune, as opposed to the others that were only somewhat, but still very awesome!)



This man is literally one of the coolest people I know -- he at once went to watch repair school and has a watch tinkering station in his upstairs, he also collects and trades bricks, has some fire hydrants and manhole covers he collected, his coffee service was part of E.B. White's estate, and so on and so on -- he installed the gaslights HIMSELF. He is a total historic afficionado and I just LOVE IT! Plus he rows. GLOBALKEEWEE -if you're reading, he's done well over 200k in the Concept 2 Holiday Challenge. :D hehhehe.

Well now I'm off to finish Christmas shopping!

Just wanted to say I'm still working on treating myself well and appreciating my body and for me taking pictures so I don't get stuck in the dysmorphic image in my head definitely helps at this stage...

  
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WOLFKITTY 12/31/2009 1:33AM

    Love it Dana!!
Joce

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SEEBEES3 12/29/2009 7:04PM

    You look gorgeous! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Enjoy your shopping!

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USARUNNERGIRL 12/29/2009 2:01PM

    You are looking quite fantabulous in your pictures lady! The place you went to sounds like something I would enjoy. Where is it at?

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CECE0330 12/28/2009 3:38PM

    You look fabulous! Haven't seen you with long hair in a while!

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KENSINGTONC 12/28/2009 2:12PM

    You look seriously hot in those pictures!!! So impressed, wow!!!

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CJROMB 12/28/2009 12:11AM

    BEAUTIFUL pictures! Dysmorphic body image...that's the PERFECT way to express what's been brewing in my head that needs expressing. Perfect.

I like that at once you're sharing what you like about someone else, being yourself entertaining, and taking good care of yourself the whole time. :)

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JESPAH 12/25/2009 8:54AM

    I love that you became entertaining by virtue of the banjo. :)

Silly lovely gal.

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/23/2009 7:16PM

    You look amazing in wraparound dresses! (or superlong shirts? I don't know, but I'm going with dresses)

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SEEHOLZ 12/23/2009 11:56AM

    The red dress is super hot! And I can see why you love that place!
You really rock for appreciating yourself... I need to get better at that- it does help a lot!

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KUANGIE 12/23/2009 11:18AM

    I can't wait to get a butt. Mine is big, but flat. I think hill or incline training definately helps. Along with lots of squats and deadlifts.

Love both those dresses- so cute! You look great!

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BOTZZZ 12/23/2009 11:12AM

    Love the pics Dana! you look awesome! seriously! I think I need to get me a new kilt now ;) if I don't chat with ya before then (shhhurrreee I won't lol) I wish You a Merry Christmas!

As Ever
Tony

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/23/2009 8:43AM

    How can it not be a tribute to cuteness? You are looking great!!

That house just looks so curious. I have a feeling I could spend hours there just taking it in.

Merry Christmas!!

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CCSDESTINY 12/23/2009 7:22AM

    You look fantastic!! Really pretty pictures :)

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SKYFYRE 12/23/2009 5:20AM

    Love, LOVE, LUV YOU IN THE RED DRESS!!! Suh-mOH-kin!!! Oh, and yes, you are officially in bootieliciousness territory, Go Dana, Go!!! And how cool, that you all got to go to that place for the party, I really think that gas lamp are COOL! Dangerous, but cool!

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MISSY_MAGOO 12/23/2009 2:37AM

    Gotta say- I'm a bit jealous of the rear- I have NO booty... my hubby said I am literally running my butt off, haha!
Love the church and party dresses- and SO loving the party earrings!

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JANTWO 12/23/2009 2:29AM

    You look beautiful!!!! emoticon

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TAKEONME48137 12/22/2009 10:46PM

    HAWT! You look fabulous!!!! And that's a pretty rockin' house. I'm glad you had a lot of fun! =)

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SPARKNMOM 12/22/2009 10:16PM

    YES YES YES!! Very cute : ) Really...you're looking great. My FIL tinkers with clock repair. Well, now that he's retired from his "day job", he more than tinkers. He's obsessed!! But it's all good.

Love your attitude here...mind and body are BOTH doing well!

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EDGEOFSANITY 12/22/2009 8:25PM

    You look gorgeous! ANd I was thinking the same thing about my butt the other day... I actually have one now instead of a pancake lol!

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JOHNBABJR 12/22/2009 7:02PM

    Very nice, Dana. And the party sounds like it was awesome.

Good luck on finishing your shopping!

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MDTWEETY 12/22/2009 6:58PM

    Check you out! ;-)

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/22/2009 5:44PM

    i love that pinky red dress! cute and sexy! yeah for a booty!!! i lost mine when i was pregnant. i am working on get some non junk but b-donkakonk back. lol

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LASHERTHECAT 12/22/2009 5:40PM

    You look fantastic!! emoticon

A self-playing banjo?? That's a new one on me...

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TELERIE 12/22/2009 4:46PM

    Looking great! Take lots of pictures and look at them when the image in your head gets too distorted. Happy Christmas!

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MOM2ACAT 12/22/2009 4:34PM

    You look great!

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RUNTRILAUGH 12/22/2009 4:21PM

    Looks like a great party, and your pics are awesome!
Baby got back!!!
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SPARKLINGVIOLET 12/22/2009 3:57PM

    OMG, you're so funny! I've been thinking that my butt is getting bigger TOO!! It's weird cause I, too, have never had a booty. But everytime I look in the mirror it looks bigger to me. It's sooo weird!

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SPARKIN_REESIE 12/22/2009 3:36PM

    Looks like a very cool house to visit!

You look great in both dresses.

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RHALES199 12/22/2009 3:23PM

    Love the pics!
And that does sound like it was a fun party! I've never heard of a slef- playing banjo--- sounds neat!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/22/2009 3:22PM

    Dana, you are bootylicious! Not that I want to switeh teams or anything, but if I was on that team, you'd definitely be my type.
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Congrats on all that you have achieved!

...Pam

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KSGROTHE 12/22/2009 3:21PM

    You look great! Keep up the good work!

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- Karen

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 12/22/2009 3:05PM

    Love the blog..... you do look amazing as everyone has said before me. Love both the dresses btw!! I too, have the booty for which I am actually thankful for and hoping that my next 20 lbs. does not take from me so I'm doing lots of exercises to keep it like it is!!

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KASHMIR 12/22/2009 2:46PM

    I'm going to say it again...Just look at you Skinny Lady!!!
Go take a look at those pictures of us on FB from the race in San Diego...isn't it amazing how much a body can change in less than a year?

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KNH771 12/22/2009 2:20PM

    You look great! A wrap dress is a very flattering silhouette for you. Merry Christmas!

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KAYAKID 12/22/2009 2:09PM

    Dana you look good! I am not going to comment on the butt! Have a great hoiliday!

Mike


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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/22/2009 1:44PM

    Love the butt shot! You looking amazing (and not just your butt).

And gas lights??? So cool!

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TAMTAM64 12/22/2009 1:37PM

    Ha Ha - You are "bootylicious" - always wanted to use that word for some reason but never had an opportunity. :)

Tammy

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WAVEDANCER7 12/22/2009 1:33PM

    Join the club sistah! I have nothing up top but a lot of firm, muscular junk in the trunk. And you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way! Embrace the booty!!

(ps- i LOVE the red/pink dress on you! Its sooo flattering and just flat out gorgeous!)

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MANDAO97 12/22/2009 1:15PM

    You look beautiful. And your butt is looking spectacular as well :)

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WHITEKP 12/22/2009 12:47PM

    You look MAH=VELOUS, Dana! Thanks for sharing your journey with us, including the great pics from your Christmas party. Have an awesome Christmas!

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MISSROCKABILLY 12/22/2009 12:43PM

    You look so pretty and festive! Love the pics! The house you were at sounds amazing, as does the host himself. Keep being kind to yourself, you deserve it!

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THE_JULES1 12/22/2009 12:41PM

    You look great!

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KEEPGOING87 12/22/2009 12:34PM

    Looking GREAT! keep up the great work! and BUTTS ARE AWESOME. :)

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WHITNEYFL 12/22/2009 12:27PM

    You look so amazing! Btw.. I have that same exact camera!

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 12/22/2009 12:19PM

    Gluteus advantage?! I love it! New catch phrase...

The party looks absolutely delightful. Love the little man in the kilt and the gaslights!

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/22/2009 12:15PM

    emoticon Damn girl, sexyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for blogging thank you thank you! emoticon

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1972ROSES 12/22/2009 12:09PM

    Shall we call you bubble butt? Bubbles are so much fun!

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FITTYTIF 12/22/2009 12:01PM

    Show off!!! Just kidding, But yeah I am jealous!!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 12/22/2009 11:58AM

    Great pictures Dana! I cannot BELIEVE how long your hair has gotten, girl! Blows my mind! I wish mine would hurry up!

Definitely kick that dysmorphia to the curb! You look awesome! And I think you're on to something with the butt/pants thing.

That guys does sound like a total Bada$$! What a cool dude!

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KIMCATUS 12/22/2009 11:55AM

    And here I thought this was a tribute to me....but girl you blew by me on my scooter of cuteness!!! Love the pink (salmon? coral?) dress! And oh man....gaslights! How fun! What a neat neat guy! Plus any guy that can wear a utilikilt is tops in my book!!!!

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From Mindul Eating to Mindless Eating

Monday, December 21, 2009

All in one day! In the interest of full disclosure for accountability -- I share the following:

So last night - Christmas party - I splurged mindfully. Surely I was over on calories, but it was my cheat meal so I wasn't counting -- but I DID plan to stop eating when I was full and I did. HURRAH!

But today someone gave me chocolates for Christmas! I took them with me when I left on a long lunch to do errands... and I ate all of them in the car!!!! One after the other! It was a full on chocolate binge. Luckily it was nothing as large as a bag of chocolates you would buy at the store, but it was still far more than a serving... probably at least 4-5 servings? maybe?

I then bought salad fixings for lunch, and some fruit, baby carrots, new cereal. To get some good healthy things that will last for the next couple of days before I leave to visit my family.

I had a nice salad for lunch. I resisted goodies in the break room -- came close. I even picked up a ham and cheese croissant after thinking about it for a good chunk of my lunch break, but when I touched it -- it was soggy and gross and it brought me back to reality.

I have a nice healthy dinner planned, I will drink TONS of water for the rest of the night as well. It WILL BE O KAY! I should have saved those chocolates until I could get home and put them in a container in the pantry, as to be slowly divvyed to myself in ordinary servings. Not eaten on the go. I know what was up!

Also it's nearly that TOM, so I suspect that had something to do with it as well -- not an excuse, but merely a way for me to understand myself even better.

I have felt a bit haywire today, but I have to remind myself that everything will be okay. The world is not spiraling out of control just because there are things to do that cannot be easily checked off. Maybe I need to put the BIG LOOMING TASKS into tiny things that CAN be checked off so I can feel more in control. ? I give myself vague tasks mentally, but maybe I need to actually write things down and check them off. OOOOh. Thoughts! Ideas! :D Blogging is so helpful!!!!!

  
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CJROMB 12/28/2009 12:12AM

    That's right, the world is NOT spinning out of control. This is NOT like any of the other times. This is a NEW time. And you're a rock star in the throws of success. :)

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SEEHOLZ 12/23/2009 11:53AM

    TOM does make sometimes all the difference! ( or all the time I guess)
I know exactly how you feel-- but, I love when I actually can grasp that and apply the "medicine" as in separating the chocolates etc... You know what works for you-- by saying it out loud and reminding yourself, you're on your way to handle it better next time!
Like you said- nothing earthshattering happened!
Have a lovely day Dana!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 12/22/2009 3:41PM

    What "Friend" would give you a box of chocolate for Christmas??
Hah...sorry you ended up having a regrettable run of errands as a result. But kudos on the mindful party planning and on getting yourself back in order after the car binge!
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ANEPANALIPTI 12/22/2009 12:02PM

    Thank you my hero for being there for me ! (And letting me know you're going to be gone! emoticon ) You rocked this day like NONE OTHER I am really proud of you for the salad and healthiness after the chocolate incident... *hugs*

PS. WAY TO GO on seeing a new low post marathon # on the scale!


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MBSHAZZER 12/22/2009 11:46AM

    YES, definitely break things down into smaller tasks so you can check them off. That will DEFINITELY help you to feel more in control. I can see you have developed a very good sense of self-awareness.... chocolate binge when everything is out of control and it's the TOM makes total sense. Now you know for the next time life throws you a curveball!

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SKYFYRE 12/22/2009 11:35AM

    Oh how I love lists for the simple fact that when I cross something off it feels so good, and then when I see the whole page crossed off it is just AWESOME! Hope you get to feeling a little more in control of things soon!

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SWEETZMIX 12/22/2009 9:45AM

    Crap happens, but we don't let it take over! Glad you enjoyed your holiday party!

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TAKEONME48137 12/22/2009 9:35AM

    Aw man, the chocolates....I've had a few people bring me chocolate as a Christmas present and I've had to hold back a few times. I'm glad that you're making up for it with healthy foods and such. TOM is so evil! lol Definitely try to make a list of stuff and maybe that'll help calm the haywireness. You are awesome!=)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/22/2009 9:27AM

    Glad we can help. Kinda stinky about the chocolates, but sometimes chocolate happens.

ttyl

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JESPAH 12/22/2009 9:00AM

    Soggy and gross -- words to live by. Next time, you might not even touch the croissant.

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LASHERTHECAT 12/22/2009 7:47AM

   
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DDOORN 12/22/2009 6:02AM

    I'd be having a *talk* with *someone* and at the very least I'd suggest if they MUST give me chocolate, make it less *radioactive* by taking some time to pre-measure them for you into 100 calorie packets or something...lol!

I HATE it when I de-rail myself with something like that...ugh!

But good for you to jump right back into your healthy SPARK way of life! :-)

Don

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MISSY_MAGOO 12/22/2009 2:35AM

    Okay- at least you fallowed it with a good for you salad and not said "oh well- this day's down the crapper- how much worse can I make it?" So be proud of yourself for that one!
And let me tell ya- just a few days ago I had 6 (ya- 6!) pieces of fudge! And that was after an 800 calorie dinner- blah, I felt so gross. But- what are you gonna do- it happens sometimes. Just keep making it happen less and less and we're doing good :)
I think we're all haywire today- maybe it has something to do with the winter solstice? Not enough sun light- making us all wacky! haha.


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SPARKLINGVIOLET 12/22/2009 1:59AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWe WILL survive the holidays dang it!!!
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CURVES_N_CURLS 12/22/2009 1:55AM

    Y'know, I just ate a pint of Haagen-Dazs two days ago, so I am not really in a position to talk, LOL!

But I think - "shizz happens".

Dust yourself off and create a plan for tomorrow. :)

I think that not portioning it out was the killer... I know it was for me with the ice cream.

-Lisa

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CATIATM 12/22/2009 12:16AM

    Sounds like the stress got to you for a moment, but following the cookies with a salad and passing on the croissant was a great choice!

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RHALES199 12/22/2009 12:15AM

    much as I hate to say this, glad to know I'm not the only one having problems with chocolate lately (why does my husband have to be a chocoholic & demand Christmas Candy?...ugh...).

Oh, and things have been so overwhelming here lately that I sat down & made a to- do list today....the list is long, but it's great to have been able to already check some things of fof said list (now if only I'd stop thinking of things to ADD to said list...ugh...)

Andways, have a great day, & if I don't 'chat' with you before hanrd, have a Merry Christmas!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/21/2009 11:15PM

    I have to be careful around the sugar free Jelly Belly beans I've discovered. The flavor is just so intense and addicting that I have trouble not binging on them.

The best solution I've found is the one you mentioned - to pre-weigh out packets of them.

...But that assumes that they aren't present during a moment of weakness... LOL

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FITTYTIF 12/21/2009 10:53PM

    I agree Bloggin is the best! As I type I relize things and then the feed back I just eat up as well.
The good part of your day is yes you ate all teh chocolate but you did not say oh well blew it now so might as well keep going. That is what I have done in the past.

Well take care and enjoy your salad!! Me I am still stuffed from my lunch and do not want to even thing about food. At it is 8:00 pm here!

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Christmas Party - DONE!

Monday, December 21, 2009

So -- I definitely indulged, but I also stopped. It wasn't ALL about the food. I didn't take huge servings of things, mostly small small servings, I only went back for some of the very most delicious things, but that was very rare also. I didn't feel overly stuffed when we left! HURRAH! :D

Yeah, the scale was up a bit today, but I expected that. It will go back down again. Got a few more things packed today -- it was a bit more time consuming than the books again because it was little knick knacks that needed to be padded and wrapped and whatnot. :P But at least that's done.

I'm heading off at lunch to do some errands, leaving early for a LONG lunch...

Just trying to keep things together through this vacation and move! :) Gotta get some ST in tonight, I was a bit of a slug as far as physical activity goes this weekend. -- DH is sick and so I mostly just spent time with him, although I did get some present wrapping done on Saturday as well.

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/22/2009 8:46AM

    Great to hear about the party report.

Keep with it. Another little bit and it will all be over and you can get back to normal . . . or at least as normal as you can.


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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/21/2009 8:18PM

    Hey, that sounds like a pretty good Christmas party! Good job indulging responsibly!

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KAYAKID 12/21/2009 7:02PM

    Dana, good job keeping things under control - You are awesome! but we all knew that. I had family over for dinner last nite and I too did well with my portion control accept for that piece of pie I had for dessert. It will go way just will take a few days.

Mike


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1972ROSES 12/21/2009 4:59PM

    What a milestone to have reached. Maintaining mindful eating while at a holiday party. Even though you indulged, it was still mindful because you did keep yourself in control.

Kudos!

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KNH771 12/21/2009 4:46PM

    Good luck on the move! It sounds like you handled the party well. I've finished all of the parties now, and just have to make it through a couple of days of snacks at the office. The family dinner on Friday is usually very easy...

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EDGEOFSANITY 12/21/2009 4:11PM

    Congrats on a sucessful party =) I didn't mind the packing with our last move... Course, the military sent professional packers in and all I had to worry about was getting rid of the garbage ;)

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MBSHAZZER 12/21/2009 3:38PM

    Great job!!! I went to a holiday party on Saturday night too and I was doing great with the food. Not so great with the booze. Oh well, can't have it all! Hope hubby is feeling better soon. When is the move??

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 12/21/2009 3:36PM

    Major props on keeping it together at the party. I know that is tough! GOOD JOB! Get in that ST tonight, girl!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 12/21/2009 3:35PM

    Sorry - didn't see this blog before I posted on the other "pre-party" blog. Glad it went well. My aunt in WA State was "NICE ENOUGH" to send us some of her yummy baked goodies for Christmas - they arrived on Saturday so needless to say - I did indulge....TOO much last night actually (it was stress eating) - told the hubby - they need to get outta here so I'm not so easily tempted. It's weird - I can make cookies and be fine but her stuff - just makes my mouth water looking at it - she's an awesome baker. 75 years old and still baking and cooking away. Couldn't hurt her feelings and tell her not to send them! Good luck again on the move. emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 12/21/2009 3:27PM

    I know how you feel-- I'm trying to keep things together, as well! Christmas really snuck up on me this year-LOL!


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