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Streak - 5/14 Complete!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Getting close to the one week mark! WOOT! :)

So.. IT SNOWED on my run today! It's snowing right now. Wheeee :D

Snow sooo does not want to show up in pictures. WAH! But I caught a snowflake and tried to get a picture before it melted! Can you even see it? HAHA



It wasn't really snowing when I started running, as I got going I saw a flake here and there and that was fun, but as I was running BACK to the car, they got more and more frequent and then it actually looked like real snow. :) The flakes are almost all suuuper tiny, nothing's sticking yet, but the REAL snow forecast is for this afternoon so we'll see.

OH and apparently I scared some people off of erging!!! :( That makes me sad.

Erg = rowing machine! I think it probably stands for ergometric rowing simulator or some nonsense. I never really bothered to find out for sure.

Here is:

How to ROW like a ROWER (for anyone wanting to erg that has never rowed and maybe doesn't know where to start!):

1. Starting position - leaning forward, arms on either side of legs, legs folded (knees up), arms straight reaching forward, head up looking straight ahead.

2. DRIVE! - First, push down with your knees, maintaining the forward angle lean of your upper body. When your legs are ALMOST straight, begin to open your back, passing straight up and down for a slight lean back. THEN as you're leaning back, pull back with the arms. The handle should hit at your chest, for ladies, right below the bust! (like at your braline). Your elbows should come out to your sides -- elbow up and out, not down next to your body.

3. Recovery - first shoot arms straight forward, then lean body forward, and when you're leaning forward all the way, raise your knees and let your butt slide forward.

AND THEN DRIVE! :D RECOVER! DRIVE! :D hehehe.

So its - LEGS, BACK, ARMS, ARMS, BACK, LEGS.

I bet there are videos out there, too, but if you do these things, you won't look crazy. :D And even if you don't, you'll only look crazy to those who row which is probably no one at your gym, let's be honest. Maybe 1 or 2.

Tracking - DID IT. my protein was 30.3% at 138g, fats 22.3% and carbs 47.4% according to the SparkReports. :) NICE!

10min, went to the gym. WOOT. Water - did it even though I forgot my water bottle. NOT TODAY.

Well- gotta get going!!! :D

  
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LAFTERSFREE 1/8/2010 5:25PM

    every time i looked out the window, i couldnt see any snow, and i went out a lot yesterday and STILL didnt see any. but im glad they closed work for the big snow storm that never was!!! :)

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/8/2010 3:54PM

    Thanks for the lesson on rowing. DH has been driving me nuts trying to get me to "do it the right way" Now to actually start using the rowing machine lol!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/8/2010 3:14PM

    Been snowing all day here today-- glad I am inside doing laundry

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/8/2010 1:33PM

    I used to use the rowing thing a mah bob at the gym eons ago the last time I lost a ton of weight. Maybe I should hit it up again soon for something new.

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 1/8/2010 1:26PM

    Snow? Is that what it is? Whew! I seriously thought you had taken a picture of some bird poop! hahahahah...sorry!!! :)

Violet

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KJNE8O 1/8/2010 12:06PM

    I need to get on the erg at the Y just for something different! (and you didn't scare me) so between spinning, running, the elliptical, step & dance aerobics and strength training if I add the erg my body will always be way confused! LOL

Great job!

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SWEETZMIX 1/8/2010 10:58AM

    uggh snow. I hate snow! Glad you are enjoying it!

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TAKEONME48137 1/8/2010 9:03AM

    Yay snow! They were/are talking about snow here, but it is either not cold enough or there's not enough precipitation. I don't know if you saw my FB status the other day, but it was colder in Tallahassee the past two mornings than it was in Anchorage, Alaska. LOL @ Florida. What a funny state. Anyway, the erging business does sound a bit scary, but one day I'd like to try it. There's so many things I want to try, I just need to actually, you know, do it. haha Anyway, I wish you continued success on your streaking. DANA'S GOING STREAKING! lol jk Have a great day! =)

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KEAKMAN 1/8/2010 8:53AM

    I'm jealous. Last year when we had snow I wasn't a runner. Now this year we are getting some more, and I can't run! I have never run in the snow and I want to try it!

And I am so not scared off of rowing - your enthusiasm would make me want to try it, except I already know that I like it!

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SKYFYRE 1/8/2010 12:25AM

    Awe! Cute little snowflake! I love it! I also love that snow is not falling here! Great job on the nutrition today! YAY! Oh, and you never scared me from erging?! Weirdos!

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DDOORN 1/7/2010 10:46PM

    Love low-carb living!

Don

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LILHLFPINT 1/7/2010 10:31PM

    (lol! i saw the picture before i read your post and i thought you were going to say you tripped and fell and got a tiny rip in your pants! lmao. it's a snowflake not a rip! ha ha.)

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WHATAGRL42 1/7/2010 8:07PM

    Awesome low carb day! I shoot for somewhere in the 30% range (ie: 30 to 39%). Makes a huge dif. Also love your description of rowing machine technique. I can actually mimic and picture how this looks, based on what you said! I wish we had a rowing machine at my gym. I used to balk at it, at my other gym, simply because I wasn't sure what to do. Now I know.

RE: snow. It almost NEVER snows here in my part of CA. When it does, it's just like you described.... a teeny flake lands on you. then u start to see a few more teeny flakes. Everyone gets excited and starts making calls. As soon as we get 3 inches, schools and businesses close. No snow yet this year, not even a flake, but I'm hoping....!

Lisa

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/7/2010 4:54PM

    i have never seen anyone on the rowing machine at our gym. however, i was standing near the front desk the other day and one of the girls asked the owner if he knew how to adjust the tension because a member had asked her earlier in the day. i had to show them both lol. keep on streaking!

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KSGROTHE 1/7/2010 4:36PM

    emoticon on keeping up your streak! I'm trying to do my own streak now.

emoticon for the explanation on erging. I guessed it was a rowing thing, but I didn't realize that "erging" referred specifically to using a rowing machine. I've never used one, but I'll refer to this blog if I ever get a chance to erg.

- Karen

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JOHNBABJR 1/7/2010 3:55PM

    Dana, I have some "extra" flakes here in Central Indiana today. I'd be happy to send them to you!

Keep up the good work.

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MBSHAZZER 1/7/2010 3:19PM

    Thanks for the tutorial.. I've been meaning to try the rower!

BTW, it may actually snow here in FLORIDA!!! WTH??? Glad you enjoyed your run today! :D

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LIMELITESHINES 1/7/2010 3:07PM

    Um . . just one thing to say really.

Do you want my snow? All of it? I have a good 5 or 6 inches of cover in my yard. My folks have about 23 inches. You're more than welcome to it. It's gonna blizzard here again this weekend. Please. Let me send you some.

*halo*

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MOTHERBEAR4 1/7/2010 2:42PM

    Wow - Your blogs are inspiring! A member of the current boot camp had a question about excess skin after weight loss - so I search SparkPeople to find someone's blog that could possibly get her the right answers, still keep her in the right direction.
So I found where you had blog about excess skin and put that in the link to my reply. Also check those links on the blog - I wanted to know also!

So thanks for that awesome blog post about that. You ROCK!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TAIMOIRAI 1/7/2010 2:32PM

    I miss snow so much! It snowed once this year and I was stick inside working all day. :( I'm glad you're getting a lovely winter storm and got your run in before it!

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FINDINGMEIN2012 1/7/2010 1:55PM

    We have a rowing machine at home...but now I wonder if I do it right!! (I think I do...I know I do legs first before arms...but I wonder about the recovery part...) LOL! Now I won't be able to do it at all because I'll be thinking so hard! (I'm not all that coordinated...) Thanks for the explanation!!

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KASHMIR 1/7/2010 1:43PM

    Oh How I WISH there were only 1 or 2....the past 3 trips to the gym I wanted to row...no chance. There are only 2 machines, and for an hour straight they were in use. Maybe next time!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/7/2010 1:22PM

    We have a whole lot of dragon boat racers here in Portland, so I bet there are more than 1-2 at every gym!!! But I don't mind looking crazy, I don't even need to row to do that! Just walking and talking seems to be working fine for me!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 1/7/2010 1:17PM

    Hey thanks, that actually does help! I am taking the plunge next time. We're supposed to get snow, too, but I don't want it! Though it is pretty :)


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Streak - 4/14 COMPLETE! :)

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Today -- so far I'm on streak, but I was irritated this morning!

I was soooo debating the gym today. I'm sore, NROL4W says you can do the workouts 2 in a week instead of 3, up to you, maybe this week I should only do 2...

But tomorrow I want to RUN (it's supposed to snow and I want to take this first opportunity EVER to run in snow!), so I didn't want to push it to tomorrow... so I decided, OK. Gym it is!

So I head to the gym finally, feeling all proud of myself, and walk in to see the mirrors in the ST floor masked off. And then I see the painting equipment on the floor.... and then I smell the fumes. GRRR!!!

So, if it was just fumes, I might have still done it, but without the mirrors AND having the fumes... a no go. I REALLY want to get my form ON POINT during these workouts and I need the mirrors to help me while I'm still re-acquainting my body with strength training, as well as trying a new thing -- a deadlift w/ a barbell. So...... yeah.

But I thought about my streak and realized if I headed upstairs to the cardio floor I could easily knock off my 10min and keep the streak alive! :D

I ended up doing 20min on the ArcTrainer, and while I was there I saw a lady get on the rowing machine and I was like *DOH* I should have erged! Then a dude came over... and boy watching them made me feel I HAD to get on there. So after that I did 5min on the erg. WOOT. I know, 5 min sounds like nothing, but I was being careful watching my little pressure curve to try to get it even and archy instead of pointy and crazy, and this was my first time erging or rowing since before the marathon so I knew I was doing a good job taking it a little easy.

The main reason watching those two made me feel I HAD to go over there? Their form looked CRAZY. I mean, now that I know how to actually row, the movements they were making just looked totally insane. Imagine you know how to do a jumping jack, and there's a jumping jack station at the gym. You look over and people are jumping -- arms up, legs together, appendages flailing all over the place, no set rhythm... I mean sure, they're moving! And they're probably getting their heart rate up and working some kind of muscles, but they look like lunatics. :) hehehehe. Before I learned though, I never would have taken a second look. (So in the realm of normal people they didn't look crazy I don't think... just to the trained eye.) I hope I didn't look too crazy when I was erging before I learned to row. I think I had a decent motion going on but my rhythm was not the rowing ratio of DRIVE...slow...recover... DRIVE!

So anyway... The moral of the story is that the streak is alive, and I did more than 10min, and more than the 20 I planned for, got a great workout, and all is well. I will run tomorrow, and head to the gym for NROL4W on Friday since I planned to do that anyway, I only thought I'd be doing workout A again instead of workout B for the first time.

I also plan to do a class at the gym this weekend and go for a run. Those are my vague rest of the week fitness plans.

As for yesterday's tracking - DONE! I was within cal range, and hit my macronutrient goals almost perfectly.

At work, graphs will not generate in the reports on SP, dunno why. But I calculated based on grams to cal divided by overall to find the percentages, and obviously some of the rounding made this a little off because I got an extra FIVE PERCENT, but still -- the idea is balanced nicely.

Carbs 41%, fat 31%, protein 33% - 152g WOOT. :) So I'm gonna pretend it's 40/30/30 even, but might be more like 39/29/32? Eh, whichever, it's nicely balanced and I got plenty of protein.

I'm going to have a struggle with water today -- I left my water bottle at home!!! So I'll have to purposefully go and drink water from the water fountain, fill tiny styrofoam cups w/ water at lunch... stuff like that. More difficult to measure but I gotta get my H2O!

Also watched the premier of Biggest Loser this morning (with lots of fast forwarding, per usual). Italian dude made me think of BOTZZZ - over 500lbs starting... Italian... ok those are really the only reasons, but still. It will be cool to see this man going through a similar starting point as one of my SparkFriends. Have no idea how tall TBL dude is though. Looks tall. But relative to people on TV that are midgets. (like Jillian good grief.) Other than that I don't have a whole lot of feelings yet because everyone is so new. I'm excited about the teams that have a special challenge, not saying anything about it to avoid spoiling, but if you've seen it you know what I'm talking about.

OK GOTTA GO! :)

  
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NATURALLYME126 1/7/2010 12:52PM

    Your doing great as usual girlfriend! I had to laugh when you said those people looked crazy rowing. Lol. I haven't watched the new season of the BL.

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TAKEONME48137 1/7/2010 10:12AM

    Wooo workout! What is erging by the way? You talk about it a lot...hehe

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/7/2010 9:58AM

    bummer about the gym maintenance, but big kudos on the workout.

ttyl

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 1/7/2010 9:19AM

    I don't think it would be advisable to workout with paint fumes! I think you did the right thing to keep the streak alive!

I also just decided that I am even more afraid to EVER attempt the rowing machine :(.

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HOPERY 1/7/2010 6:44AM

    Let me know how your first ever snow run goes! I have been deep snow running here. It is harder than running in sand on a beach. Great leg work out I think.

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JESPAH 1/7/2010 6:02AM

    The guys who weren't rowing with proper form are probably on target for injuring themselves.

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/7/2010 2:46AM

    hmmmm. i didn't even understand your first paragraph about rowing. lol. too much rowing jargon. way to keep the streak up. what idiots renovating in possibly the busiest week at the gym all year. doh!

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TAIMOIRAI 1/7/2010 1:18AM

    I was so sad the blue ladies had to go home. I really can't wait to see what this season brings!

I've also been watching the Eric show on TLC, and I have to say I'm a bit annoyed by it. He and his wife are so whiny. That's not the Eric I remember.

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BRE7482 1/7/2010 12:12AM

    It's funny the things we notice once we know better. Whoo Hoo for staying at the gym and not leaving.

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LAFTERSFREE 1/6/2010 10:31PM

    dont make fun of the flailing lunatics! IM STILL ONE OF THEM!!!!! :)

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DDOORN 1/6/2010 10:29PM

    Keeping the Streak Sparkin' along! YES!

Hey just wanted to say thx for reminding me how much I've truly valued keeping up with you since the Convention in San Diego...so many formative contacts which continue to mean so much to me! ALL of you who spoke on the panel and many others...KSIGMA (Greg) who went on to speak in Cincinnati...what a beautiful townhouse and gesture on his part!

Don

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KEAKMAN 1/6/2010 10:25PM

    I was so thikning about your while erging this morning (why is it called erg?) Anyway, I was wondering what you would say about my form, and if I would drive you crazy. I read your post on the HTC team page, and I *think* I am doing it right.

Good for you for maintaining the streak!

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KJNE8O 1/6/2010 10:07PM

    Way to go on the Streak! WOOT!

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FITTYTIF 1/6/2010 9:34PM

    Okay I have not watched BL yet so I am skipping that part of your blog. But congrats on the streak! Way to go what a great way to make a bad situation good!!!


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MARLIE13 1/6/2010 9:34PM

    I was already nervous to try the rowing machines at the gym and now even more so. lol!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/6/2010 9:05PM

    re: informed watching of rowing.. that's how I feel about acting on tv, or truly bad singing of alleged professionals. Sometimes it's just too much for me to bear.

You kick butt lady - woot!

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LAB-LOVER 1/6/2010 8:56PM

    I could totally relate to part of this blog - I used to row in college and I've seen me some crazy sh*t on the rowing machine... people who make it look PAINFUL rather than smooth flowing motion. I don't love rowing indoors, but if I'm in the right frame of mine, I can close my eyes and be back out there on the river, wind on my hair, blisters on top of blisters on my hands, with eight people moving as one. I DO miss it! Of course that was the ONLY other time in my life that I've ever been anything resembling athletic - and it was short lived.

I faltered on my exercise streak today - I had a long day on the road -- but will make it up tomorrow!

-LL

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JOHNBABJR 1/6/2010 7:26PM

    The streak continues! Great job, Dana!

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S318830 1/6/2010 5:21PM

    Nice job on keeping the streak alive. Enjoy the snow run tomorrow. I will envy you the run. And I loved reading about your need to do the rowing machine. You've come a long way, baby!

I want the curly haired guy to at least make it to the makeover episode. The poor guy seriously needs a hair cut! I will be very interested in seeing how those twins do with their weights. That will be fascinating since they're both so freakily similar.

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MBSHAZZER 1/6/2010 3:54PM

    Way to keep the streak alive! I kinda like paint fumes, but I'm with you on the mirror! :D Enjoy your run in the snow!

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WAVEDANCER7 1/6/2010 3:48PM

    I watched biggest loser too last night (it finally wasn't on the same time as so you think you can dance haha) and i almost forgot how inspiring that show is. And i stayed up late to watch our girl, jillian, on jay leno. But it just gets me all fired up to get back into the swing of things. I'm excited!

Congrats on the streak! I wish i read about it earlier so I could've started with you. But I'm going to aim for 5 active days a week, which should be totally doable for me. Keep up the good work Dana!

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HPTHATBME 1/6/2010 3:13PM

    Ok, the biggest loser, I am already against the Red team...they just rub me the wrong way. Otherwise I am not attached to anyone and not sure if it will hold my interest but shall see! And if you ask my mom I called that special challenge, however it is somewhat sad that they are competing against each other.

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Streak 3/14 Complete!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

And today -- so far so AWESOME again.

Yesterday-

Tracked everything!!!! Came in within my NEW ranges! :) Drank plenty of water, met my protein goal (ended at 133g) although I was not quite at 30% protein, I think it was more like... 25-27? I looked at it this morning but I don't remember. But with what I have planned so far today I'm at like 37% protein, and 145g. So..... we'll see. When it's all said and done! I have some more calories to add in to reach my minimum. If I feel like it. Or if dinner changes...

Move 10min - NROL4W day one, duh. I am sooooo sore today!!! :D HAHAHA.

OH and for the past few days, water has been great. Haven't mentioned it, but I'm doing it.

So today I went for my 2nd run of the new year, and it was better. COLD. I took a slightly shorter, straighter route, but it felt better overall and I ran the whole way after my walking warmup. Slow. But good. I'm hoping the improvements will continue to come as I do this regularly. My plan is to keep the distances short and easy until I feel comfortable running regularly again.

BUT I AM SO SORE!!!!!!!! :D hehehe. Tomorrow's plan will focus more on upper body in a way, but I will be doing lunges and my butt is just so not ready for that. ;) But here I come! Hopefully the remainder of today will help my muscles heal. According to the author of NROL4W, women recover from soreness much faster than men do. Interesting, eh?

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/7/2010 7:25AM

    That is great that you are getting back to the running. I knew it wouldn't be long after the marathon that you would be wanting to do it.

Keep it going!!!

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ASIAMORA 1/6/2010 11:52AM

    I think your doing a great job.

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KKATZE 1/6/2010 11:46AM

    You're doing so great, really envy all your power and determination... trying to catch up this year though ;) By the way, these 10 minute per day thing is really enticing.. I signed up for the January bootcamp with Coach Nicole and was actually thinking these 10 minute videos would be pretty lame, but so far I found them great and if anything, it somehow helps me to stay on track with my eating! Best to you in 2010!!

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TAKEONME48137 1/6/2010 11:26AM

    Woo hoo! Keep it up! You are awesome. =)

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LILHLFPINT 1/6/2010 10:37AM

    (whoo hoo! after spending two days lying in bed, reading this blog really made me smile.

i can't wait to workout again!)

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SEEHOLZ 1/6/2010 10:28AM

    Yeh on keeping the streak going!

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MTER67 1/6/2010 8:56AM

    Sounds like everything is going great for you so far this new year! It's cold here, too, so it's hard to get motivated to go outside and run...I ran yesterday and it was AWFUL! I felt sooo out of shape--I am treating it as a kick in the pants. I don't want to have to start fresh this spring, after having lost all my fitness during winter! Best of luck on those lunges! :)

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DDOORN 1/5/2010 11:17PM

    Back to SPARKIN' away as EVER!

Yes, who would have thought back to San Diego how FORMATIVE that time was...? It's so wonderful to keep up with all of you who spoke and others too! I was so pleased that Greg went on to speak in Cincinnati too! Great nexus of Sparkers! :-)

Don

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MARLIE13 1/5/2010 10:52PM

    Woohoo! Way to go! You know I have NROL but I got it when I was completely in love with MTC and never really did much with it. Maybe I should crack it open?

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/5/2010 8:20PM

    i found that fact interesting too about us recovering from doms quicker. i only did nrol 2 times a week normally. i think twice i did it 3 times in fht first stage. way to keep on track and streak! i also found a couple of times i didn't get my protein in my doms seemed to last longer.

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KSGROTHE 1/5/2010 8:10PM

    I just caught up on your last few blogs. It sounds like you had a great Christmas, and you have a great plan for 2010! I love how all your enthusiasm comes through in your blogs!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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JOHNBABJR 1/5/2010 7:16PM

    Great job, Dana. And yes, I believe it about the soreness. Especially old men!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/5/2010 6:10PM

    COOL fact!!!!!!! :) :) :) :)

I can't wait for how we're going to look soon. :D

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BRUIN2 1/5/2010 5:34PM

    Yay for the sore (as long as it's good sore, which I'm sure it is)!

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TELERIE 1/5/2010 5:34PM

    And I love YOUR positivity!

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BRE7482 1/5/2010 5:33PM

    Way to go, especially on the the water because that is so hard for me right now. Also, a huge pat on the back for running in this weather!

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/5/2010 5:19PM

    Great job! DOn't forget to get some good quality protein in when you finish NROL4W. It'll really help the muscles recover... And yes, we recover quicker ;)

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MBSHAZZER 1/5/2010 5:16PM

    That IS interesting! Glad to hear you are enjoying the NROWL4W. That was fun to type! Man, I am having a tough time with the water in this weather! Stay warm!

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HOPERY 1/5/2010 4:58PM

    Great job! And men do take longer, or at least mine likes to whine for an awful long time after doing something strenuous. LOL

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MISSROCKABILLY 1/5/2010 4:11PM

    Way to go on keeping on track! I'm super glad to hear that your run was better than the last one too!

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BOVEY63 1/5/2010 4:04PM

    emoticonon staying within your numbers and on a good workout!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 1/5/2010 3:53PM

    Well yay for a quick recovery. That sure doesn't seem to be the case in my house, though, lol!!! Great job on day 3! Why is water so hard, btw :P!

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Streak 2/14 Complete!

Monday, January 04, 2010

And so far, so AWESOME today. :) (So far, so good just seemed to wimpy.)

Saturday - tracked everything (ok except one bite of my DH's crabcake sandwich, which was mostly tomato, and I had no idea how to track, but believe me it was SMALL!) We went out to lunch because my in-laws came into town to bring us some stuff they were holding for us until we moved and they wanted to go out to eat. I got a small salad, TOOK OFF as much of the shredded cheese as I could, TOOK OFF the croutons, dressing on the side (an olive oil herb vinaigrette). :D And I got a Jerk Chicken Chili -- black beans, chicken, yumyumyum. I did have one slice of their buttered bread, tracked as best as I could estimate for all of that and felt very proud of my choices. I even tracked the bite of my MIL's tilapia that I tried. :)

10min - exceeded w/ my run. The run was...... kinda crappy, not gonna lie. My asthma kicked in and my HR was going crazy. I had to walk a couple times during the run to get it back down. BUT! I DID IT!!! First run post marathon - DONE. And first cardio really (except 20-30 min on an elliptical on Christmas Eve), so I know it's going to take some time for me to get back into it.

Sunday - Tracked everything. EVERYTHING! It wasn't the most fabulous nutrition day, and it was over my previous cal range, but I was in the process of rethinking the numbers yesterday and besides -- my streak was to TRACK. Not stay within any numbers since I wasn't sure where I wanted to be yet. I also think tracking helped keep me from being completely mindless about everything that evening after realizing I was over the TOTALLY ARBITRARY NUMBERS that were in sparks at the moment. :) hahaha.

10min - done. It was tough to do this because I didn't want to like... do jumping jacks for 10min, but I also planned to do the first workout of my new workout program the next day so I didn't want to do any ST. I compromised and did a core workout since the book said it wasn't focusing much on ab stuff only whole middle body movements, etc., so I figured it wouldn't hurt so much to do that. SO I did some crunches, some swimming, swan and dive from pilates... oh and a couple of planks. I AM SO WEAK.

Which brings me to my next point --

I WANT MUSCLES. I do not want to be a skinny-fat. SO glad I asked for the New Rules of Lifting for Women (heretofore to be known as NROL4W) -- when I read through it, it really fit with me the way Sparks did when I first found it. No nonsense, simple, smart approach to working out your body and eating in a way to really get the muscular result you want.

Granted, I'm going to deviate SLIGHTLY from the Nutritional suggestions -- I used Sparks Auto-calculations to put me at a VERY SLOW caloric deficit, so I plan to still aim to lose weight, and not just lose fat and build muscle -- but the book suggests a calorie range of 2000, and 1700 for people who are desperately afraid not to cut calories, and the sparks calculation puts me at a max of 2040 -- so it's pretty similar. My main goal will be to ensure that I am getting the amount of protein recommended!!!! I'm not going to worry too much about the other nutritional ranges because I figure if I'm getting the protein I need, the rest will fall into place.

I need to look at that section again to get a specific number to aim for, but in the meantime I'm going to aim for 120-150g per day. The other nutritional advise is to eat 5-6 times a day, 5 times on nonworkout days, 6 on workout days - adding a protein shake (today I did protein oatmeal) postworkouts. There are meals and snacks provided and a couple of sample days, but what I really like about this book is that it's like -- here's the gist of it, here's some examples, but pretty much do it yourself and aim to fall within these parameters. The macronutrient ratio they're aiming for is fairly balanced between carbs/fat/protein, avoiding trans fats at all costs and keeping sat fats lower.

But pretty much that's my ideal plan anyway -- only more carbs less protein when marathon training, but still. I am not afraid of fat and protein at all -- I LOVE THEM!!! :D I LIKE eating enough of those things. And limiting refined carbohydrates. Woot.

The NROL4W workout programs run for like... 6 MONTHS. This will put me ending the program roughly in June -- which means if I do a marathon at the end of Oct/beginning of Nov I'll be ready to go from that into marathon training at that time.

I like that the plan is flexible to be tailored to you as well. Anyway -- just read it. :) I'm recommending it! Hahaha!

But to sum up how I'm feeling about all this -- at first I wanted to just cut cals and burn cals like crazy and lose the weight I've been whining about as fast as possible. But now I'm feeling like -- what's the rush? I've done that before. Now I have no goals that are currently requiring massive amounts of steady state cardio, so I can really focus on weight lifting. Those goals aren't coming until later in the year. (Not that this plan BANS steady state cardio, but it's not a component of the plan. It's something you can optionally do in addition, suggesting starting it w/ some intervals, then a break, THEN steady state.) But anyway -- why not try something new? I want to be strong!!!! I lost some of the strength I had built up prior to running and rowing madness last year.

Like I was talking about the plank? I used to be able to hold a full body plank at LEAST a minute. Last night I couldn't hold it for like... 15-20 seconds before I went to my knees. Now THAT I did twice for a minute each, but still -- it is definitely frustrating to be at this place right now where I can tell the loss I've had in strength, but also in cardio from my cardio break.

BUT! :D This morning we got my gym membership! HURRAH! :D And I did my FIRST GYM WORKOUT since ... ages. Technically I did a couple at the Aquatic Center last summer -- but nothing like today.

I felt like I was coming home in a way, but also like a total newbie when I was attempting the exercises for today.

I did a warmup on my old friend the ArcTrainer -- I had the incline angle up to max, but I had the resistance only at 50 (vs. my old 100). Just 10min to get my muscles warmed up.

The exercises for today were - Squats, Pushups, Seated Rows, Step Ups, and Prone Jackknife.

(Prone Jackknife being where you roll over a stability ball until you're balanced w/ arms straight under shoulders and shins/ankles on ball, then roll in knees toward chest -- in this case, raising hips and rotating upper body angle as you go, then returning to straight.)

So......... Squats -- WHAT THE GOOBIE?!?!?! (this is a new phrase of mine, not sure where it came from)

But yeah -- so I dunno if it's just cause I haven't done any in ages, or because I never really got down far enough (I'm hoping it is the duration of time between) but either way, getting down to parallel felt SO FAR today! My left leg especially was like - WHAT?! I did these without any additional weight so I can retrain my body to the movement -- there are TWO workouts in Stage 1, and each one is to be done 4 times, so I will have time to try these w/ additional weight in the future.

So that done, it was time for pushups. I KNEW I wasn't strong enough yet to do full on pushups, so I decided to try from the knee -- honestly I don't like from the knee pushups and they're not a recommended variation in the book. They suggest (as I think makes biomechanical sense) to simply start at a greater angle from the floor and decrease that angle as you get stronger. For example -- wall pushups give a large angle between your body and the floor, but if you go from a counter, then from a bench, then a low step, then the floor, you are progressively decreasing the angle between your body and the floor and increasing the difficulty.

Well I tried them from the knee anyway cause I didn't see any ideal tall-ish things. I got in like...9, before I could tell I wasn't going far enough down. So up to the wall it was. I tried to get as low on the wall as feasible, to increase the difficulty. This seemed like a good place for me to REALLY be starting.

Then the seated rows -- SO ROWING DID KEEP SOME MUSCLES!!! :D I started at a lighter weight than I remembered using on this machine last time I was regularly strength training at the gym and it was WAY too easy. I bumped it up for the second set and it was still easy. WOOT. So I have SOME muscles. HAHAHA :D

Step ups -- yeah, left leg is so weak. I did these w/ two 15lb dumbbells, so 30lbs total. My left leg was struggling, and my right leg was like, OK sure why not.

Prone Jackknives - HAHAHAHA. :) OK so it wasn't THAT bad, but really, I used to do these/verysimilar with Jillian Micheal's Making the Cut and I liked them so much that I continued to use them. Maybe it was all the core stuff I did last night, or maybe it's just that I really sucked at these today, but I barely completed all reps and I could only do like 4 at a time (called for 2 sets of 8).

So that's the downlow on all that -- especially after last night's embarrassing plank, and having to do wall pushups in the middle of all the burly men at the gym today, I'm soooooo ready to work on my muscles.

And who knows, I might find that I am happier w/ my body at a higher weight than previously when I get my muscles rocking. All I know is that THAT is a bigger priority to me right now than the number on the scale. I'm too soft right now!

And I think my rowing this Spring will work well with this plan because the Spring Regattas are all sprint still so it still won't require a ton of long steady state workouts. I plan to run 2-3 times a week still. Especially leading up to the Mercedes Marathon Relay because I CAN'T let my team down! But I'll be running such shorter distances, and only 2-3 times vs. the 4x a week during marathon training, it will make a big difference.

OK this blog is getting really long. CIAO!

  
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ANEPANALIPTI 1/5/2010 6:09PM

    I LOVED the longness. :-D

I WANT muscles too! And lets get that strong core to not be embarrassed in front of the manly men!

and nice on first run back! :) :)

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TAKEONME48137 1/5/2010 11:52AM

    Holy crap, lots of stuff, lol. Congrats on all the tracking progress and fast break stuffs. Your plan sounds mucho good, so I hope everything works out and you get lots of muscles. =)

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SEEHOLZ 1/5/2010 9:27AM

    Dang girl-- there's a lot in this blog! For me, I just realized that NROL4W might need some dusting off-LOL!
Seriously, your plan sounds very sound! I'm looking forward to your progress-- any pics you're taking?

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CATIATM 1/5/2010 8:54AM

    Hmm ... I think I need this book. I'm feeling at loose ends because of the back and knee injuries. It's a real bummer. It sounds lke you are a woman on a mission, though, and that is awesome!

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/5/2010 2:17AM

    yeah nrol buddy. i will say my push up power is back. last time i did them on a bosu! step ups i can only do with 30-40lbs max in my hands. going to pick up some gloves cause i think it is more of a grip than a leg issue. your back should be strong from all that rowing. i do love new rules. since you pretty much do the same 2 workouts for a month, just the set amounts change, i don't even bring anything to the gym with me as it is all up in my head. getting excited about starting stage 2 next week as it has a couple of moves i have never attempted.

i tried that dailymile thing when i saw it on your facebook status. not sure if i like it. i don't mind my friends seeing my posts but i don't want random people that live near me to. haven't fiddled enough to see if i can change that. still undecided where i will track this year.

i am eating 1600 min calories and trying to stay below 2000 on lifting days for nrol. i haven't lost weight and i will do measurements at the end of the week. as much as i would like to be 130 lbs again i really don't think it is feasible without all the miles i used to run. i like food too much to starve and i will NEVER starve myself again.

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CHASINGTHENOW 1/5/2010 12:06AM

    Congrats on continuing to stick with it. I am starting to try harder with building muscle, too, which has never been easy for me. I am going to wait until after my 10K at the end of February before hitting it REALLY hard!

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FITTYTIF 1/4/2010 10:12PM

    congrats on your streak!!! WAY To go!!!!
as for the nrol4w that sounds cool. Maybe some day?



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SASSERFRASS 1/4/2010 9:34PM

    Trippy....I just started with NROL4W today too! I read the book and got so inspired that I decided to ditch my current plan and go with that. I'm still keeping my calorie range between 1400 and 1600. Like you, I figure I'm ok as long as I keep my protein up. If I find the lbs are coming off but I'm having no energy for workouts I'll up it from there.

Even though I'm finding them a challenge, I'm quite fond of the jacknifes (ves?). Squats were ok, but the stepups were what made me sweat. I had 'only' been doing 10 reps before so the 15 for today really got my heart rate up.

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JOHNBABJR 1/4/2010 8:34PM

    Great plan, Dana. I will enjoy hearing how your strength training is progressing.

Just remember this; it's not as important how many reps you can do as how many you can do with the correct form. One good rep is worth 10 or 20 bad ones.

Best of luck in your new program. You will rock it, I'm sure!

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AMYTAIF 1/4/2010 7:15PM

    welcome to the world of strength training and future muscles!!! actually, tomorrow i'm sure you will be feeling muscles you forgot you had:). i believe a little muscle makes a tall girl sexier:). or at least that's what i tell myself:). i am queen of curcuit training. all of my strength training is done as a curcuit. you build muscles and huff and puff all at the same time. if you are not familar with curcuit training, google it and check it out. or you can send me a little message, i'll lay it all out of you:). the results are amazing!! congrats on your new gym membership!

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KENSINGTONC 1/4/2010 6:40PM

    Your blogs are so great and I always think of so many comments as I'm reading them, but then by the time I get to the end I'm like...um...what did I want to say?

Congrats on tracking, and super-congrats on remembering that your goal is to TRACK, not to stay within a limit. I think starting that way - baby-steps, if you will - is the way to do it.

Also, I did New Rules last year and really liked it. Those are some HARD-CORE moves, sister, and you'll be Miss Muscles in no time. And looking awesome for your marathon in October.

Thanks for the suggestion re: swimming goggles. They freak me out, to be honest, but I just pulled out a new unused pair and am going to try them on Wednesday. I'll let you know!

Liz

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DDOORN 1/4/2010 5:54PM

    Getting back into the swing of things here too...latin ballroom...that'd be GREAT! Love latin music!

Don

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SWEETZMIX 1/4/2010 5:26PM

    Dana, you and muscles fit. You are always bad ass anyway!! So keep on streaking woman and you know the best way to start is to just track your calories. Eventually eating in them all the time falls into place. And Jerk Chicken Chilli...sounds sO good!

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KJNE8O 1/4/2010 5:07PM

    WOW!

I've heard a lot of great stuff about the NROF4W so I look forward to hearing more about your progress!

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LIMELITESHINES 1/4/2010 4:57PM

    Yeah muscles!!!

once you build them . . you'll be amazed at how they help your running too. :)

looks like you've got some awesome stuff goin on. :D

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TELERIE 1/4/2010 4:52PM

    Way to go! Keep going, can't wait to read about your successes at the gym! You're just pure inspiration, Dana!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/4/2010 4:51PM

    WHOO HOO!! You are already rocking 2010 Dana - I'm excited for you to start building up those muscles! You are going to be a hot mama! I will DIE if you decide to start bodybuilding. I'll LOVE it. :) Have fun out there!!! xo

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LASHERTHECAT 1/4/2010 4:28PM

    Here's a suggestion... mix your weigh protein with yogurt... add fruit/oatmeal if you need cals. We use chocolate flavoured(WP)... DELISH!

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MBSHAZZER 1/4/2010 4:27PM

    Love the attitude! Love it! You will love having muscles. Everytime we go out w/ friends, BF makes everyone squeeze my bicep! hehehe!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 1/4/2010 4:22PM

    I am so glad that you're so pleased with the book! I love the idea of basic guidelines that you can customize to suit your diet. I think you're right on about just concerning yourself with the protein and letting the other stuff fall into line. Finally, congrats on the new gym membership, woo hoo!

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SEEBEES3 1/4/2010 4:16PM

    You'll be amazed at how fast you get those core muscles back. Remember you are still post marathon and you really taxed those muscles too so give your core and lower body time and go slow. Sounds like you're going to rock 2010!

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Starting a STREAK!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I hope this plan will help me in the short term even before I have a REAL plan...

Yesterday was RIDICULOUS. This is why I don't normally have splurge DAYS just splurge MEALS. I'm going to redefine my splurge meal rules.

A Splurge Meal consists of ONE PLATE of food (or I will even allow the sharing of an appetizer, or the addition of VEGGIES (no dip or extras) plus one entree at a restaurant) and ONE dessert. Not a meandering of constant grazing for the duration of an event that I am attending.

Yesterday we went to a friend's house that was having a New Year's Open House -- food and football all day long. FUN, right? Until I decide that it means eating everything in sight, all day long, until I am groaning.

My stomach STILL doesn't feel right.

BUT! I had a GREAT email from Jillian Michael's in my inbox this morning about recovering from a setback. OK so the email wasn't that amazing, but it was perfect for today. Every day is a new day and what's in the past is HISTORY.

I have a great day coming up soon, my 3 year Sparkiversary on 1/15/2010. :) I'm not setting any weight goal or specific running or lifting plan YET, although I hope to be posting something like that on Monday for example, but I AM going to set a some STREAKING goals.

1. Track EVERY BITE of food excepting a maximum ONE SPLURGE MEAL per week following the parameters outlined above, and remember, that splurge meal is NOT MANDATORY. I can do without if a particular opportunity doesn't present itself.

2. Drink minimum of 8 cups of water per day and TRACK THAT WATER!

3. 10min of SOME kind of activity each day. Whether it's a set of ab exercises, or MORE, SOMETHING will happen everyday from now through the 15th.

I've never done that last one -- but 10min is so small, and so simple, I'm going to give it a go.

So I'm feeling pumped about having a fast break type goal set up for the near future, something to work toward.

I'm also setting aside the $$$ I got at Christmas, other than the amount for my new gym membership, to reward myself once I re-attain my goal weight. So I don't have a specific reward, I don't haven a goal date, but I have a dangling carrot of something to help keep me focused.

ALSO -- I'm currently decked in running gear + a layer at work. After work I am going for my FIRST OFFICIAL RUN since the marathon and FIRST RUN of 2010! :) I'm excited that I'll get to go home and log it in my new Runner's Log. I have set myself up for success by:

1. checking the weather to ensure I have the appropriate dress for right after work.
2. planning to run in my favorite running location - which also happens to be on the way home from work now!
3. the route is only about 2 miles long, I'll do a walking warmup for part of that distance as well, so I'm making sure to keep it short for this first run back.
4. although my stomach is feeling insane from yesterday, I brought some of my patented oatmeal blend (oats+vanilla whey protein powder+cinnamon) to work just in case I feel I need it by the time I get closer to running.

I'm prepared! And being dressed properly and having the location being between here and home are the most important factors I think. For me, it's COLD outside. 26 when I left my apartment -- but I am not complaining because I know how much colder it is in other areas where my SparkFriends are running in the snow and ice and worse! :) So I will try to remember that when I'm feeling wimpy.

QUESTION:

HOPERY wanted to know if I get my PT Cert who will I get it through? The answer is - I DON'T KNOW. I've looked at ISSA and ACE thus far, I haven't really looked at much else yet. I got lots of information from ISSA and was looking at that one most about a year or so ago when I was considering it a lot and haven't revisited the details since then because I realized this wasn't going to happen RIGHT NOW so I kinda just postponed that.... but yeah.

Any suggestions while I'm at it? :)

KENSINGTONNC asked if I listened to music during the marathon? AND have I tried books on tape?

The answer is YES I listened to music during the marathon!!! And definitely during almost all of my training runs as well. I actually didn't use my own personal headphones/mp3 player for the entire first half of the marathon, but then all the runners AND crowd support dropped off, and by that time I was physically not so awesome so I really needed the distraction. So far I have NOT tried books on tape, but I know there are people out there that do that. I've actually considered trying language lessons as well, but I still haven't tried that either. Something to try this year! :) My favorite running music is Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, HANDS DOWN. I listened to Shake the Sheets like... 4 times in the second half of the marathon. :) Also The White Stripes have some good running songs, The Strokes, The Dirtbombs, Apples in Stereo -- those were my main running music through all of 2009. A bit of Avett Brothers and Black Eyed Peas toward the end.

Also I like to listen to Kanye West when I lift weights. :) haha.

TURFGIRL asked were babies come from but I'm going to say, ask your mommy. :)

  
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CURVES_N_CURLS 1/5/2010 11:00PM

    I used to listen to books on CD... I borrowed them from the library and ripped them to mp3 for my iPod. I wouldn't allow myself to listen unless I was running. IT WORKED! You get so interested, and then have to go run to hear the end! ;-)

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CECE0330 1/5/2010 3:27PM

    Oh my goodness....the thought of running and learning a language AT THE SAME TIME has me feeling a little faint! emoticon But if anyone can do it, it's you!

I have set a bunch of goals for this year, and one of them is to try the C25K again. Now that I've built up some stamina from going to Zumba, it seems like running for half an hour will be a breeze. Anyway, one goal is to run a 5K this year. I'll make sure it's a running/walking 5K so I'm not dead last as long as I run the whole thing.... emoticon My whole rambling thought there was: I wondered if people listened to music during races, and now I know they do!

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GET-FIT-NOW 1/5/2010 2:29PM

    Streak On!

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TAKEONME48137 1/5/2010 10:56AM

    I love the streak idea, and I hope you succeed with it. I hope the run went well. =)

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/3/2010 9:01PM

    Hey there, I just read your last few entries and enjoyed seeing your Christmas pics - you look fantastic and it was cute seeing your family and your tree. I also peeked at your old drawings and I've decided you were a fantastic artist!!

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BEVPRESLEY 1/3/2010 7:43PM

    You may start a new streak frenzy!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/3/2010 5:42PM

    LOVING the streaking goals...

I set that goal too the 10 min/day thing after not having worked out since last monday!

can't wait to hear how ur run goes!!

we're going to bounce back and be jumping back to normal on the trampoline that is the spark journey! :D

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SUSIEMT 1/3/2010 5:01PM

    You are awesome!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 1/3/2010 12:16PM

    Such great streaking goals! What a great way to start the new calendar year and to finish up your third year on Spark!

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SKYFYRE 1/3/2010 8:23AM

    Anytime someone decides to streak, ya gotta give a WOOHOO! Go Dana! I like the 10 min a day thing! I think we should all adopt that for manythings, like 10 minutes of self time, 10 minutes of cleaning, 10 minutes of putting away, whatever floats your boat, but the 10 minutes of movement ROCKS! Have a great RUN!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/3/2010 7:28AM

    Be careful on that run. Gotta keep you healthy for all of your runs in 2010 . . . wait, I'm talking to a MARATHONER!! Two miles is a drop in the bucket.

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Here's to a year of running!!

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CHASINGTHENOW 1/3/2010 2:19AM

    My favorite thing to listen to while running is Jillian's old podcasts from KFI. They are very entertaining and I feel like I'm learning as I run, plus they motivate me to keep moving! :) Books on tape sounds awesome, though!

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FITTYTIF 1/3/2010 1:36AM

    I love those messages from Jillian. they keep me going sometimes too!!
Sounds like you got a Plan and even a goal! I know you will be fine! You are one awesome woman!

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SEEBEES3 1/3/2010 1:17AM

    Good for you. You've certainly taken some fantastic steps for the beginning of the year. Congrats for not letting one day derail the beginning of the year for you.

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/2/2010 8:27PM

    my mommy won't talk to me about where babies come from - lol. so oatmeal helps your tummy? it can upset mine. glad you got your run back in too. i am also considering a streak this month but i haven't finalized it yet. heck, i am having a day where i can't decide anything. i ran on my break today at work so i am sitting her all stanky lol. yeah for your 3 year anniversary!



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LAB-LOVER 1/2/2010 3:43PM

    Three years? That's awesome -- today is 2 for me!
I like the idea of a splurge meal -- I haven't done that officially, but I may!
Enjoy the run!
-LL

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JOHNBABJR 1/2/2010 2:48PM

    Best of luck on your fast break, Dana! I know you'll be successful.

Congrats on your first run of the year. That's the way to do it.

And congrats a little early on your 3rd anniversary with Spark. That's awesome!

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 1/2/2010 1:36PM

    Ooooo have fun on your first run!!! I am still so sore from all the dancing that I can barely walk. :( it's beautiful outside and it'd be a PERFECT day to go for a run!!!

Violet

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CCSDESTINY 1/2/2010 1:27PM

    Good Luck on your first run! I have been so worried about how long it will take me to get 'back in the game'! Can't wait to hear how it goes (and cant believe you have the clothes on UNDER your work clothes (????))

I love your streaking and splurging goals! I totally agree - I can't have a splurge day - I can eat enough to cancel out the deficit from the rest of the week!

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DIZZYKITTY 1/2/2010 1:09PM

    I like the idea of a splurge meal, makes more sense than my soul-destroying "day off".

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SWEETZMIX 1/2/2010 12:55PM

    Dana, it seems like you are getting the ball rolling in the right direction for 2010!

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MBSHAZZER 1/2/2010 12:29PM

    Dana, I love your plan for getting back on track. Personally, I think that being able to put a bad day behind you is key to long lasting weight loss. If you look at a bad meal or a bad day in a vacuum, ie, it does not have any bearing on future meals, you are on your way to a truly healthy lifestyle. Just put it behind you and move on!

Stay warm!!

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BRUIN2 1/2/2010 12:22PM

    You've got your running clothes on UNDER your work clothes?!?!

You ARE hardcore!! (I thought I was hardcore when I slept in my running clothes for a morning run - but that's nothing compared to you!)

Way to STREAK!!!

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MARLIE13 1/2/2010 12:14PM

    Sounds like a wonderful plan Dana! Love that you are dressed for running right after work. Oh and your plan for future splurge meals...sounds spot on! Whee great year coming up!

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KARVY09 1/2/2010 12:04PM

    Good luck on your first post-marathon run! Kick butt!
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LADYIRISH317 1/2/2010 12:03PM

    You're taking up streaking? emoticon

Sounds like a great plan! You've worked this out beautifully.

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 1/2/2010 12:02PM

    Woohoo! I love the streak plan and your redefinition of a splurge meal!

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CHASINGPAVEMENT 1/2/2010 11:15AM

    Great Blog Girl! I think your goals are fantastic and Happy Early 3 year anniversary! Thats fantastic!

I'm currently studying for my PT through ACE and I really like the books and information they've sent me. Hope that helps :)

Happy New year my friend!

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HOPERY 1/2/2010 11:05AM

    Your streak sounds like a great way to get started on the right foot this year. Have a lovely run. It sounds so warm and toast to me right now. I'll be in shorts and a tank top when I'm in your town.

I have been poking around at PT certs. too. I've looked at ACE, but not the other. Thanks, now I have a different one to compare with.

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KENSINGTONC 1/2/2010 10:57AM

    Aweswome...my plan for today is to come up with a January 2010 music set for my iPod...and I'm going to try some of your suggestions. I totally need fast beats, high energy, "fun" music to run to, otherwise it's too boring.

I'm also going to try some NPR podcasts I think, like This American Life, and see if that's interesting. I once tried listening to CarTalk and found it not very inspiring..

Anyway, love the blog!

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LASHERTHECAT 1/2/2010 10:55AM

    Yes I am jealous of your warm weather... Our high today is (-2.2) F but the windchill is estimated at (-20)F so I don't think I'm walking today.

I had much food and wine on New Years Eve, and I don't really want to go back to behaving myself... No motivation emoticon

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LASHERTHECAT 1/2/2010 10:55AM

    Yes I am jealous of your warm weather... Our high today is (-2.2) F but the windchill is estimated at (-20)F so I don't think I'm walking today.

I had much food and wine on New Years Eve, and I don't really want to go back to behaving myself... No motivation emoticon

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LIMELITESHINES 1/2/2010 10:49AM

    Sounds like a great plan . . and enjoy that run! :) I've set a ridiculous schedule for this year. Should be fun. I'm going for my first Sprint Tri and my first Half Marathon! whee! Should be fun. :)

Hope you had a happy new year . . . get over those belly aches soon. I know how you feel. I have to really rein in my 'meal off' day too. Whew!

Have a great weekend!

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KAYAKID 1/2/2010 10:46AM

    Dana, I love your plan - going back to basics - I am trying to do the same by making sure I track my food. thats the key for me.How about this listen to the spark book as you run. I found it very soothing listening to chris while I ran. I loaded the cd's on my Ipod so I can do it anytine now. Wel have a good run run today. I am planning on good run today. 45 degrees and dry today - I am so looking forward to it. Much better than last week. 32 degrees and 30 mph wind. Have a great weekend!
Mike


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KEAKMAN 1/2/2010 10:35AM

    Glad you are heading our for a run - hope it's a blast!

And I know what you mean about all-day football meaning all-day munching. That was part of the reason we went to a restaurant to watch the game. Food = money spent, so I had to choose wisely and eat slowly!

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