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THREE YEAR SPARKIVERSARY! :)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Three years ago today, I found the website that changed my life and made the difference between a vague attempt to get healthy, and having the tools to make that a reality. :D

Right at this moment, I have to say I'm a LITTLE bummed because of some bad news the scale gave me this morning, but here's what I know about that:

I just calculated my deficits since I started my streak and I've got a deficit of about 1.6lbs, not counting my cheat meal day. However the scale was UP 3lbs this morning -- and I KNOW I did not eat an extra 15,750 calories (4.5lbs) on that cheat meal by having a piece of cake AND a brownie. :P I did look and see that my sodium has been WELL over 2500mg every day during the streak, though. AND I'm starting a weight lifting program for the first time in ages. AND TOM is due next week. AND I didn't get enough sleep last night and that last one ALWAYS screws with the scale for me -- big time.

These are the kinds of things I would not have even known to THINK about before joining SparkPeople.

Since joining SparkPeople:

I've lost over 125lbs and maintained over 100lbs of loss once reaching my goal, never leaving a healthy weight range for my height.

I braved a gym for the first time ever and since then have used every cardio machine available, ran on the indoor track, used a lot of the tools in the Strength Training Room (including finally using a barbell! YAY!), and taken classes.

I've taken pilates, strength+cardio type class, Funk-HipHop-Let'sDANCE-andZUMBA cardio dance type classes, water aerobics, and a cool Runner's Yoga series! P.S. - CAN'T BELIEVE I FORGOT - LAFTERSFREE reminded me - SPIN CLASS! LOVE IT!

I SWAM. in a PUBLIC GYM POOL. LAPS even. :D Now I was veryvery slow, but I did it. I even did swimming drills and pretended like I knew what I was doing.

I ran my first 5K! And then another, and more. :) I achieved my original running goal of running a 5K in under 30min!

I ran an 8K race while on a trip to San Diego for the Spark Convention.

OH YEAH -- I was a featured successful member at the first ever SparkPeople Convention!!!!!

I trained for and completed my first marathon, reaching all of my goals for the event and being thrilled to freaking DEATH! :D

I became bold enough in my fitness to join a local athletic club -- the Black Warrior Rowing Club! I have learned to row, and competed in a regatta - winning a first place medal for our event! :D

Let's not forget one of the BIGGEST lessons learned -- HOW TO EAT HEALTHY.

How much food does a body need? What kinds of food are there? How much of different kinds should one eat?

I didn't know ANY of these basics when I started. Sure I knew that a salad was better than a burger (in general, now I know THAt isn't even always true), but I didn't really know where to begin.

Now I almost never eat fast food, if I do, I'm usually getting a salad. Fast food burgers just do NOT appeal to me anymore. I avoid them like the plague.

I also almost NEVER drink soda anymore. It is supersupersuper rare. I really prefer water to all else. I remember a time when I would go out to eat and drink endless refills of SPRITE. I shudder now to think about the amount of calories I was consuming of liquid sugar.

I eat fruit and veggies on a daily basis. :)

I like oatmeal. HAHA Growing up I HATED oatmeal. I would get mad at my mom for not remembering how much I hate oatmeal and always offering it to me. Now -- love it.

I could go on and on -- but really: I'm a different person than when I came to SparkPeople.

I'm a truer, better version of myself. ME - minus the extra weight and bad food habits.

But it's not just that -- I feel MORE in my own skin. I am in tune with myself in a way that I wasn't before. I feel in control of my life and excited about my future because of what I can make of it FOR MYSELF. Not because I'm looking forward to some unknown in the future to maybe make my life better, I hope. Like some Snow White dreaming of her Prince Charming. No. I hate when people are like -- ohhh I can't wait for the future to bring something good my way.

NO. YOU bring good things your way.

The scale is not giving me love right now, but I am bringing good things my way for my body by giving it good quality workouts, and the right amounts of food. Something I can work on next week -- improving the quality of food somewhat. I know I can bring my sodium down to something more reasonable. I'm not going to let myself get SPOOKED when I know I'm on the right track. :D I must have PATIENCE!!!!! Faith and confidence in myself and my actions.

Oh and finally take my measurements soon so I can keep track of those as well, still haven't gotten around to that.

  
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SHAY4HIM 1/22/2010 12:18AM

    Wonderful, Wonderful, WONDERFUL1 blog!! emoticon on so many accomplishments and for that overall feeling of loving yourself! You have done an amazing thing...and you are inspiring so many others along the way.


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KEEPGOING87 1/21/2010 7:10PM

    Its funny I just posted my 3 MONTH annivesary blog
cant wait till ill be at the 3 year mark
ur awesome

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GREENEEA 1/21/2010 8:04AM

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DRLJONES 1/21/2010 12:33AM

    Wow! I'm brand-new (about a week) to SparkPeople, and you're one of the many on this site now who have inspired me so much. Thanks, and congratulations!

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ILOVESP 1/21/2010 12:23AM

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 1/21/2010 12:12AM

    Happy Sparkvarsary to you!! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful milestones and adventures of your journey. You are always an inspiration!!
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XHOOSIERLOSER 1/20/2010 5:57PM

    Great piece! Thanks for sharing!

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AUNDRIASPARK 1/19/2010 9:43PM

    Awesome! I just joined SP this year. Have similar goals as you did originally as I want to lose some pounds and run a 5k! Great inspiration and I agree that I was lost before finding all the tools this site have to offer! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KENSINGTONC 1/19/2010 10:48AM

    Question for you: how did you find SparkPeople in the first place? I would be interested in hearing that story.

And you, my dear, continue to inspire me and probably hundreds of other people daily. CONGRATULATIONS on all you've achieved and WOOHOO for SparkPeople!!!

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SEVENKITTY 1/19/2010 12:28AM

  Great blog...thanks :)

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MAMAPAT3 1/18/2010 10:23PM

    Congratulations! Know that you have my support and best wishes in all that you do! emoticon

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MAMAPAT3 1/18/2010 10:22PM

    Congratulations! Know that you have my support and best wishes in all that you do! emoticon

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MAMAPAT3 1/18/2010 10:22PM

    Congratulations! Know that you have my support and best wishes in all that you do! emoticon

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JAUDON 1/18/2010 6:58PM

    Its so funny that I came across your blog today, because I just posted my "1000 days on Spark" blog, that says almost exactly the same things!! Yours is just better written. And funnier. But otherwise, they are exactly the same :) Maybe I will make my 3 year blog as cute as yours!

Congrats on all you have accomplished so far!!!

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MYREALSELF1 1/18/2010 4:51PM

  you are an inspiration ! emoticon

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SALLYSEAGULL1 1/18/2010 1:57PM

    Wow! thanks for this. 125lbs is incredible!

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LCHADBOURNE 1/18/2010 1:49PM

    Congratulations! I hope to walk in your shoes someday!

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 1/18/2010 1:11PM

    You make me jealous!! :)

I can't wait till I accomplish all that you have!!!

Violet

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SILVERPUSS 1/18/2010 5:06AM

  such a great read that was! congrats & kudos to u and SP!!!!!!!!!

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MAVIEBOY 1/17/2010 11:04PM

  Congrats!!!

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SUESMITH73 1/17/2010 10:23PM

    emoticonYou have done such a great job!!!

Thanks for sharing.



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COMMANDOMANDO9 1/17/2010 10:13PM

  Thanks for the inspiration! And I totally agree with the your take on the common notion, 'the best is yet to be'....why wait for it, YOU make it happen NOW!

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ISABELLEOLIVIA 1/17/2010 9:19PM

  Congrats

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ASIAMORA 1/17/2010 9:06PM

    So awesome that you hit your three year mark. You've done so well!

I look up to you for what you have been able to accompish. Thank you for being on sparkpeople to be an example of such success.

My guess is you be here for at least another three years.

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E1SPAG 1/17/2010 9:02PM

    Congratulations! You have done a great job! emoticon
Ellen

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LESS_IS_MO 1/17/2010 9:00PM

    Congratulations! That is so great to read about all your accomplishments.

If you are starting ST, that's what the scale hate is all about..well that and the sodium. It is your muscles cramping up and holding water to soothe themselves or something. I'm always way up after re-starting st (as I'm a frequent ST drop-out)

Good on ya!

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NAKIALOVESSHOES 1/17/2010 8:59PM

    Many congrats on your success. You are indeed an inspiration to a newbie like me.

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MICHCLEARY 1/17/2010 8:55PM

    Congratulations on alllllll your wonderful accomplishments! You are doing a gret job. I like your background. I make a motivational poster every month. I love it!

Keep on going and keep your spark on! You are an inspiration!

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CHARITI1 1/17/2010 8:40PM

    Such a great entry. Congratulations on all the success!

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KJNE8O 1/17/2010 7:36PM

    AWESOME!! Happy Sparkiversary!

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15MINUTES 1/17/2010 6:58PM

    This is just the kind of encouragement we all need--someone who has maintained a much healthier lifestyle for 3 years. WAY TO GO!! You need to pat yourself on the back many times each day. How very impressive emoticon

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JANE_EYRE1 1/17/2010 5:39PM

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 1/17/2010 5:36PM

    Congratulations on your 3 years! I want to try out Zumba sometime too.

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NJBELLS 1/17/2010 5:22PM

    Great Job!

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MAMAMSCHMITT 1/17/2010 4:16PM

    Congratulations

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DIANEAYR 1/17/2010 3:43PM

    I am just starting and I hope that in 3 years I can still be as successful as you are! You are amazing! It helps me want to be stronger in my weight loss struggle!

Thank you!

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MOM5INFL 1/17/2010 3:40PM

    Congratulations on both losing and maintaining your weight loss! You are amazing! Keep up the good work! Birdie.

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MDTWEETY 1/17/2010 2:41PM

    Great blog! And I like how you listed your accomplishments. It's so much fun to look back and reflect on how far you've come! Congrats! Happy Sparkiversary.
We joined Spark right around the same time. Mine is coming up on the 27th. :)

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SWEETZMIX 1/17/2010 2:26PM

    Happy Spariversary!

My favorite part, "I'm a truer, better version of myself. ME"

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JOPAPGH 1/17/2010 2:25PM

    What an inspiration. All this and time for Rock Band too!! Just shows what can be accomplished is three years witha plan, vision and effort.

I'm sure you will find more stretch goals for the next three year!


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WATERMELLEN 1/17/2010 1:55PM

    Fabulous blog -- your achievements are inspiring and it's clear that your can-do attitude has accomplished all of it.

SP is an amazing site: resources provided, people who've used them to create success!

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WHGRN60 1/17/2010 1:03PM

    Happy Sparkaversary! Congrats on your great success! You are truly an inspiration. emoticon

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TIGGERIFFIC123 1/17/2010 12:50PM

    Happy Sparkversary! What an inspiration you are. I love your positivity and out look on life in general. You have learned a lot over the past three years and continue to give back! emoticon emoticon

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SARAHLYNNGC 1/17/2010 12:48PM

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MARDGY 1/17/2010 12:36PM

    You are my inspirational story and I would like to be able to report this on my Third year as a SP member. This sounds like you have a new outlook and response to life's choices when it comes to eating and exercises. Thanks for sharing all that you did because it give me something to look forward to one day. emoticon

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SPARKIN_REESIE 1/17/2010 12:14PM

    Very inspiring entry! I love your background, too.

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MTER67 1/17/2010 11:47AM

    My favorite part:

"But it's not just that -- I feel MORE in my own skin. I am in tune with myself in a way that I wasn't before. I feel in control of my life and excited about my future because of what I can make of it FOR MYSELF. Not because I'm looking forward to some unknown in the future to maybe make my life better, I hope. Like some Snow White dreaming of her Prince Charming. No. I hate when people are like -- ohhh I can't wait for the future to bring something good my way.

NO. YOU bring good things your way"

That's amazing! You are an inspiration--and happy Sparkiversary!

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NICOLE.ALICIA 1/17/2010 11:24AM

    Happy Anniversary!!!

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RIDDIC62 1/17/2010 11:04AM

    My new goal is to sound like you! lol. Great job!

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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/17/2010 10:54AM

    Congrats on your weight loss and 3 year anniversary. Truly an inspiration.
I just began my journey again recently. I hope one day to reach my goal as you did.
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Jackie

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Streak 12/14 Complete!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

WOOHOO!

Granted -- I went over by about 10 calories yesterday. Sparks says 20 but the cals for that Reese's Fast Break (yes I had one) were 10 cals less on the package than in there and I don't feel like bothering with it. :P But seriously, 10 calories? I'm ok with that.

I have been saying no to those Fast Breaks ever since they came into the house even though I'm a HUGE reese's fan. DH was like, do you have calories? And I was like... yeah! ... .Whhhyyyy? And he pulls out a frozen fast break from the freezer and says, these are sO GOOD frozen. Well. It was. :) And the benefit of it being frozen is it forced me to take my time, which is something I can be really bad it. I will do it with treats... but with regular food I sometimes just eat SO FAST. :P

I came in over 120g of protein yesterday, but it wasn't my best day.

Today I'm going to struggle with that a bit, too I think. rawr! I didn't have much time to eat this morning. But I DID run!

ALLLLmost 2 miles. Over 1.95 so... yeah. :) My heart rate was much better -- didn't go over the 170's at all, and average was 159 which is MUCH better than any run yet, so I'm very happy about that. My plan is to run 3 miles this weekend. WOOT.

Tomorrow morning is NROL4W Stage 1 Workout B. AND PROTEIN TOMORROW! YES! Gotta get it in!!!!

I should have brought tuna for one of my snacks today but I was rushing and just grabbing things. :P Today and tomorrow and my streak goal is completed!

I recently received some TargetGift Cards at work for Christmas. HAHA

I was gone for the holiday and they just remembered to give me mine. In any case -- I've decided I will use them to reward myself for completing my streak - because I WILL complete the streak!

  
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BILL60 1/17/2010 9:05AM

    Way to hang in there and being tough!!!!

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TAIMOIRAI 1/15/2010 12:26PM

    That was so sweet of your husband to ask first. Mine usually just asks if I want chocolate. That is NOT the right question, as he knows the answer is always yes. :D

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LIMELITESHINES 1/15/2010 11:09AM

    What a perfect time to get those gift cards! Yay reward! And from Tar-zhay! fabulous! *grin*

Great job on your streak. . . really great job!

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SWEETZMIX 1/15/2010 9:52AM

    I hate when I am rushing in the morning and just grabbing stuff. I did that this morning and only grabbed my lunch..I think and water!!

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/15/2010 8:37AM

    Yeah, you deserve a reward. You have been so dedicated. Woohoo on your fabulous run.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/15/2010 8:04AM

    Have a great run and enjoy the completion of the streak.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 1/15/2010 7:41AM

    Well, you only have two days to go!

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JESPAH 1/15/2010 6:29AM

    2 more days and the streak is yours! :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/15/2010 1:12AM

    what are you going to get at target???? just a canadian girl that hasn't been to target lately.

oooo naked mcsteamy give me a minute here......
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you so rocked this streak. i don't think we have fast breaks here. sounds like they have peanuts though so a no no for me.


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SKYFYRE 1/15/2010 12:07AM

    I think it is so sweet that Henry asked you if you had calories left... That is SO SUPPORTIVE! Yay for a thoughtful hubster!
Congrats on dat 12 of 14, you are so almost there!!!

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MISSY_MAGOO 1/15/2010 12:05AM

    I (thankfully) can't find fast breaks anywhere around here anymore- they are my FAVORITE!
I'm definitely thinking I should transfer all my chocolate to the freezer- I tend to have it a few times a week- and like you I'm a fast eater, freezing would help slow me down and force me to enjoy it more :)

Have fun shopping!

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KJNE8O 1/14/2010 10:18PM

    Your dh sounds funny - "Have calories left?" I can even see him waving the candy bar around! LOL

But 10 calories?? pffttt!

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KEAKMAN 1/14/2010 10:11PM

    hmmmm, maybe I need to freeze my goodies and see if that slows me down! GREAT idea.

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DDOORN 1/14/2010 8:04PM

    Get outta the way of the Sparkin' Streakin' Locomotive!

Woo hoo! :-)

Don

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 1/14/2010 5:50PM

    A frozen Reese's Fast Break... sounds delicious! And yay for streaking!!!

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1972ROSES 1/14/2010 5:10PM

    I like it. If you earn a chocolate treat, make it a frozen one so that you are forced to take time to truely enjoy it! I just might have to try this. But, like, not till next month... cuz I've been really baaaddd.

Great job on the streak

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/14/2010 5:08PM

    Your hubs = cute! :) :D

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omg, and ILOVE reeses too! emoticon

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/14/2010 4:53PM

    Mmmm... Frozen chocolate... My grandma use to keep snickers in the freezer... Oh, sorry, started dreaming there for a minute =)

Great job on your streak! And yeah for a reward trip to Target!

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MBSHAZZER 1/14/2010 4:32PM

    Mmm, those frozen Reese's sound awesome!

And a Target trip for a reward is great! Just stay away from the V-day candy aisle! LOL!

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BRUIN2 1/14/2010 4:27PM

    Oh man, frozen treats are sooo one of my weaknesses! I think it's because Grandma used to always keep the Christmas baking in the freezer, so we'd just get used to eating it frozen. Mmmmmm.

Anyways. Way to streak.

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Streak 11/14 Complete!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

So! :D Only 3 more days (including today) to complete for my streak goal to be over -- however I believe I will continue those habits that were Sparked, except for the 10min a day one. It was fun for a while, but even while streaking I had to take a day off.

HAHA, streaking.

OK anyway -- yesterday I ended up 40-something cals within range and at 140 ish g of protein -- today I'm looking low, so dinner's gonna have to be something spectacular. My lunch wasn't as heavy in protein as it usually is and I was too short on time to prepare a yogurt thingie and we have all those hardboiled eggs so I grabbed one of those, but maybe I should've grabbed two, or that AND a prepackaged yogurt or something. Eh. It'll be alright -- I got in my protein smoothie right after working out so I'm happy about that.

I'm also very happy with how my workout went today!

I planned my wakeup time to allow myself to have time to do my NROL4W workout and run afterward if I had enough energy, so I woke up on time, got to the gym only a little while after I had planned to.

I did about 5 min on the erg, got 1000m for my challenge - WOOT! That is such a great way to warm up the ENTIRE body! :D

Then it was NROL4W Stage 1 Workout A (2nd Time). OK so...... bonehead me -- the workouts don't change until the THIRD TIME. HAHA So actually I could have done it yesterday and been fine. :P But oh well -- I got it done today. It felt really good -- I'm still doing squats as body weight only, and my pushups are from the wall, but I was able to up the weight again on the seated rows, the step ups were better, the prone jacks were MUCH BETTER.

So I'm feeling very positive about all that and I'm hoping to add some weight to the squats soon, maybe decrease my incline on the pushups as well, so that is exciting. It's also going to be a change of reps/sets so that will be interesting to see how that goes.

ANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNdddddddddd

then I was feeling good -- the workout for NROL4W did not take long, even with all the proper resting periods, and I felt like I had a good amount of energy, so I went for that run! I actually brought a Gu with me to the gym in case I needed a boost before the run, but I didn't feel I needed it. WOOT! I took a route I THOUGHT was almost 2 miles -- turns out it's only like 1.75, but it felt really good. No pains, HR a little high but not anything crazy like 200's HAH. Today's run definitely made me feel a bit more confident about the upcoming relay, even though it was a short one. I feel confident that I will be able to add on distance fairly easily, just gotta keep running.

I plan to do a run tomorrow to keep things rolling, and then we'll see -- I think I'd like to do the NROL4W Stage 1 Workout B on Friday... then running and Zumba Saturday? Off day/rowing Sunday? Something like that sounds good.

OH! I'm late for my snack! :) Hope everyone else is having a sparky day!

  
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CATIATM 1/14/2010 3:45PM

    You are seriously impressive, Dana! emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/14/2010 11:22AM

    Woohoo. Your enthusiasm inspires and motivates me. Hope you are having a lovely day.

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CLOVERR1 1/14/2010 10:23AM

    Thanks for posting to your blog, and a facebook blip too! I saw your run info on my FB feed and used it for inspiration to get out myself for a run after work yesterday evening. 5.75 miles. Thanks for the push, buddy!

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SEEHOLZ 1/14/2010 9:49AM

    I love how excited you are about EVERY improvement!


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ANEPANALIPTI 1/14/2010 9:44AM

    Big smiles! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/14/2010 9:33AM

    I smile to myself when I think of streaking as well.

May you have a Sparky day too!!

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SWEETZMIX 1/14/2010 9:32AM

    SPARK ON DANA!!

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CJROMB 1/14/2010 1:26AM

    Oh, my! I want to hear what the whole routine is supposed to be with the food and all that. What's NROL4W? I'm assuming you blogged about all this, but it's 12:24 and I have exactly 6 minutes to step away from the computer and go to sleep......

Tick tock! :)

GOOD JOB on being SOOOO well-disciplined, and for NOT beating yourself up for any not-perfects. Except for the part where you call you a bonehead.

There was that.

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BRE7482 1/13/2010 11:47PM

    You're doing great!

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SKYFYRE 1/13/2010 10:39PM

    My head is spinning, Go Dana!

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MISSY_MAGOO 1/13/2010 10:29PM

    Way to go!

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DDOORN 1/13/2010 10:22PM

    Locomotive SPARK!

You are doing so SUPER Dana!

Don

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JOHNBABJR 1/13/2010 10:00PM

    Great job, Dana!

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PHILLIPSMI 1/13/2010 9:11PM

    Good for you!!! Hope you keep streaking lol

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LAFTERSFREE 1/13/2010 8:35PM

    sounds like u are doing really well sticking to your goals! thanks for the inspiration as always :)

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KEAKMAN 1/13/2010 8:21PM

    Way to keep on streaking girl! (does your hubby know you are doing that? emoticon)

Hey, what's up? The erg is broken at my gym! Make 'em fix it Dana! I was having fun with it!

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KSGROTHE 1/13/2010 7:20PM

    emoticon you streaker you! You're doing great!

Keep up the good work! I love reading your enthusiastic blogs!

- Karen

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/13/2010 7:14PM

    i find the resting period so hard between sets sometimes. stage 2 you rest 75 secs. i actually was making a point of timing them last time and it felt like forever! keep on freaky streaking girl!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 1/13/2010 6:18PM

    No fines for streaking here!
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RUN_LIFT_EAT 1/13/2010 5:49PM

    That, indeed is a sparky day! Glad you were able to get in a run, and doing the lifting today or yesterday, eh, doesn't matter.

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CHASINGPAVEMENT 1/13/2010 5:06PM

    you are on a roll girl!! As always I love your blog updates! So cheerful and inspiring :)

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LIMELITESHINES 1/13/2010 4:37PM

    I think I'm totally going to take a page from your book here and start streaking.

(heehee)

it's a great idea . . .

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NATURALLYME126 1/13/2010 4:35PM

    Your such a silly goose. "haha streaking"

I am doing a 90 day streak and today is day 4 for me. Think I will take the boys to the gym with me this evening. I need a real good cardio. Think I will ride the bike today.

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MBSHAZZER 1/13/2010 4:34PM

    Wow, sounds like an AWESOME workout!! Enjoy your snack!

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Streak 10/14 complete!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Kind of.

I'm not going to discount yesterday's off day away from my streak because I reallllly needed it. :P

Everything else is streaking perfectly though! :D

Looking at my nutrition tracker, my protein was a little low yesterday and the day before for my goals -- 105 Sunday, 114 Monday. But Friday was 160 and Saturday 152, so that's pretty good... So far today I have 103 so I need to make sure I have a good amount of protein with my dinner, should be good. Gonna play around with a couple of dinner options and see will complement the rest of my day the best.

UMMM this morning I did kind of a bonehead thing -- I forgot that the sets and reps and rest periods CHANGED from week to week with the NROL4W until I was already at the gym... so I had no idea what to do. I might have just done last week's workout, but since last week had me so sore and I did it only twice, I'm thinking twice a week will be the plan untill I get tougher, but then again the workouts should get tougher as well so we'll see. If I only do it twice a week, that's ok with me. The book says two OR three times a week.

SO! Since I had that option, I decided I'd rather do it tomorrow and do it ON PLAN than do something random, and instead I erged. It was annoying not to be able to stick to my original plan, and also not be able to run since I wear OLD retired running shoes to the gym that I do not want to run in anymore... if I had known I would have just run today, but I got in some more meters for the erging challenge. So that's good.

Tomorrow the plan is -- NROL4W Stage 1, Workout A (2nd time)! AAAAAANd, I'm going to give myself enough time that I can run afterward if I have the capacity to do so.

My Marathon relay is a month from this weekend and I need to be able to run 6-7 miles by then! I think it's going to be doable but I will need to stay committed to getting my running in this month!

  
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BOLDFONTBEAUTY 1/13/2010 2:21PM

    Good luck with the relay! I really want to get to the point where I can run. I can't wait for that.

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/13/2010 2:20PM

    You are such a tiger that you will be in shape for your relay. I have faith in you. Woohoo.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/13/2010 1:17PM

    I have no doubts that you will be in fine shape for that relay. Just keep streaking . . .

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MBSHAZZER 1/13/2010 11:38AM

    Enjoy the relay! Is it in Alabama or are you travelling? Congrats on staying the course with your streak!

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CATIATM 1/13/2010 10:55AM

    I like that you never rest on your laurels but keep pushing yourself. WOOT!

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SWEETZMIX 1/13/2010 9:15AM

    I hate when my plans get screwy, but you didn't let that get you down. You found something else to do. Hope you got that protein in. I too am having issues with that. I started to add some egg whites with my meals to get that extra protein.

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/13/2010 8:52AM

    I did the same thing when I first started NROL4W... Made the mistake of doing the same workout longer than planned (I was increasing weight though!) It all works out in the end.

Congrats on your streak!

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KJNE8O 1/13/2010 8:43AM

    Doing awesome Dana! Even when you can't stick to your original plan you are still doing great workouts - fantastic job on staying flexible :)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 1/13/2010 7:33AM

    You'll be able to run the 6-7 miles!

I also think that while the workouts get tougher, you won't be as sore, because your body will be more accustomed to lifting again.

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 1/13/2010 12:50AM

    So I thought about you today while I was running. I decided to do my 5 miles at the beach instead of at the gym and let me say...GREAT DECISION! Anyway, While there I saw like 3 of those row boat thingies (you know, the rowing boats that you used to do) and thought about you. then I thought about how I'd like to do that one day. Then I thought about how I was going to look into joining some rowing team...THEN I thought about how you'd get up at like 5am to row in the morning...THEN I thought about how I'm not a morning person and I'd hate it. And then finally I thought about your blisters on your hands and how I don't know how to swim so I'm petrified of even being on the water so I decided that I'd stick to running instead....

See? I thought about you today!

Violet

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SEEHOLZ 1/12/2010 10:24PM

    Whenever I hear the word streaking, I think of someone taking off their clothes, haha... it's one of those words that I never really translated, but I'm going off some tangent here, so never mind.
I love that you're streaking and I promise I'm not picturing you naked....
I swear you're making me want to get the NROL4W book, even though it's been logistically difficult to fit it in, due to my ramped up mileage, but I guess, it's more a matter of changing my schedule instead of just talking about changing it- no excuses, right?
I don't think I mentioned it on your blog, but thanks for sharing your erging technique... there was this lady ( sorry if I told you this before, I swear, I'm senile at 32) who showed me years ago--- she was in the rowing club and even went as far as trying to convince me to come out at 4am..... umm, yeh didn't happen, but it was really cool of her and hence your reminder about the form is really useful. I never felt like erging was tough enough of a workout, until she showed me.... I used too much force and could not perform it with good form at good speed... she told me to go down to level 3/4 ( from 10-LOL) and work on my form and speed--- it's such a great ab workout IF you do it right!!!
She totally claimed that the biggest mistake people make is to do too much resistance--- what's your take?
Also, she had the BEST LOOKING abs I've seen in a long time!!! She was well into her 40's, too. Unfortunately, when the old owner sold the gym, she took her row machine with her-LOL- I guess, she didn't feel like allowing the new gym owner to use it.... and I haven't seen her since. But, she definitely left an impression on me!
So, don't EVER discount the power of erging, right?
Enjoy your NROL4W tomorrow! Once you do get stronger, you'll be able to rock cardio/weights all at once for sure!!!


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DDOORN 1/12/2010 10:13PM

    Keep up the super STREAKING momentum!

Don

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BRUIN2 1/12/2010 10:04PM

    Way to go with the flow at the gym today.

One month! Woot!

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/12/2010 8:48PM

    i have never done a relay. maybe this is the year??? i find it hard still to get my protein in if i am eating less than 2000 calories and my fat always seems high. i hate low fat products though. what is a girl to do? i find i am fine doing short runs on the days i do nrol. sometimes i break them up though and do 1.25 before i lift then another 1.25 after (intervals). keep on streaking!

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HOPERY 1/12/2010 8:31PM

    Relay sounds fun, and don't worry after 26.2 miles I think you can handle 6. Keep lifting! I might have to get that book.


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BRE7482 1/12/2010 8:25PM

    10/14 is great! Even if you did last week's workout today, at least you did something and that is ALWAYS better than nothing at all.

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AWESOME WEEKEND!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Seriously, this is one of the best weekends I've had in a while.

Saturday I slept in, then I read a bit and ate breakfast, then hit the gym to do NROL4W Stage 1 Workout B.

UM -- it was almost all awesome. Except I kinda tweaked my back a bit doing the deadlifts -- I could tell when it happened. I was kind of losing focus, my mind was wandering around the ST floor and then oops. :P But I was able to continue the workout and felt ok, no PAIN really, just... not quite right. :P However later, my legs and BUTT especially were SO SORE.

That night my back was really feeling out of wack. :P wah. But -- I had so much fun hanging out w/ my hubby. I read and cooked (homemade pizza), while he played a video game I got him for Christmas (HE LOVES IT -- Dragon Age: Origins). We watched some stuff, and then we played Beatles Rock Band and Rock Band until late. :D It was fun!

Sunday I went to church and then grocery shopping, came back and did some cooking. I wanted to make sure my eggs were still good, so I cracked one. GOOD! YAY! So I hardboiled the rest, and then cooked 3lbs of chicken cause I knew I'd be making this White Bean Chicken Chili from the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook at some point in the week and it needed cooked cubed chicken. Well -- after I got done I realized I had boiled all the eggs that I was going to need 1-2 (can't remember) of to make the salmon cakes for dinner that night! OOPS! hahaha

So I made the chili for dinner instead -- HEALTHY MEAL NIGHT! YES! It's BACK!

I read - I'm engrossed in the Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse series at the moment. (a little sexy FYI) And vinished volume 2, DH playing the video games, and then I hit up the gym for my first ever ZUMBA CLASS!!

It was as fun as reported. :) Although my legs and butt were seriously mad at me for the one song that she decided to do sumo squats, squats, and lunges during. :P GAORJAOSTHAOSJR. I wish I could go do a fun dancing class and not be surprised w/ body weight strength training. My lower body was not happy! But otherwise I loved it. :)

Afterward was healthy meal night, got to hang out again with LAFTERSFREE (she and BRE...74227? Ok sorry I don't remember off the top of my head, but another Totally Tuscaloosa Sparker! were at ZUMBA as well!), and her bf, and we watched Gran Turino. I also made dessert of StonyField French Vanilla Yogurt (lowfat? I think? fat free?), w/ berries and crumbled Kashi GoLEAN CRISP which is AWESOME btw.

So because of soreness and whatnot (oh and bTW, my back was mostly cool Sunday, it still feels wonky from time to time but it doesn't hurt (except occasionally when I've been sitting forever or something) and it mostly feels fine.), I'm deciding to take today off. I might try to walk for 10 min or march in place tonight or SOMETHING to try to keep my streak up but after the back to back lower body hit and that I need to recover more than anything else. :P

Leftover Chili for lunch! :D WOOT!

OH! and I tracked everything into the SparkTracker this morning --

I was over calories on one day by like...150, on another by 50, and on another I was within range.

BUT I was also over on Calories Burned by like 800 calories!

And considering how close I was to my goals with some guesstimation on my part and manual tracking I am very happy! :)

  
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SWEATONCEADAY 1/12/2010 7:30PM

    i already commented on this in my head yesterday! are you going to do nrol 2 days a week or 3. I ususally just do it twice.

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ZAEZAE 1/12/2010 2:42PM

    The chili sounds awesome! Woo hoo healthy dinner night!!

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JOYINRUNNING08 1/12/2010 11:46AM

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend. :) Good for you!

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 1/12/2010 11:15AM

    Wow! You really DID have a great weekend!! :)

Violet

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LIMELITESHINES 1/12/2010 10:46AM

    sounds like a GREAT weekend. :) I wish I could say the same for mine! lol

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ASIAMORA 1/12/2010 10:36AM

    I love relaxing weekends with the DH. Glad you had such a good one!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 1/12/2010 10:06AM

    That DOES sound like an awesome weekend - good for you!! What a cook idea - a healthy meal night with friends!! You always have such cool ideas that I can steal...ha ha

Way to go and yeah, I'd say you deserved that day off.

WAY TO GO!

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SWEETZMIX 1/12/2010 9:04AM

    Awesome weekend! Glad you got to hang with some of your fellow sparkers. And I have heard too that Zumba is lots of fun and a GREAT workout!

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/12/2010 8:58AM

    You sound like you had a blast this weekend. I have been wanting to try out a Zumba class but the only one I know of is during my PT session. Maybe when my prepaid PT is over I will be able to get to.

Your chili sounds yummy to me. I am a sucker for chili on a cold day. I made taco corn chili this weekend and it really hit the spot. Sounds like you had church time, play time, work out time, and friend time this weekend. All ways to have a great weekend. Woohoo.

Hope your back gets to feeling unwonky soon!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/12/2010 7:52AM

    That does sound like a great weekend.

I am a big fan of True Blood and have been wanting to get the novels. I have a couple more that I want to read before I get to those.

Have a great week.

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BRE7482 1/12/2010 2:48AM

    Haha! Your blogs always make laugh. Once because I think I was grunting the entire time we had to do the squats in Zumba and the second of course was my name. It's my birthday July 4, 1982 (7/4/82) lol! BTW, I'm completely obsessed with Sookie, so if you don't have all the books already, just let me know. I own the entire series and can let you borrow them. I was in the rec this morning and saw a guy on the row machine and I couldn't help but think "I'll bet Dana has better form" haha!

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DDOORN 1/11/2010 11:37PM

    Good for you! We all need more weekends like that...! :-)

Don

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S318830 1/11/2010 11:28PM

    Do NOT injure yourself! That's an order!

I hate it when I boil all the eggs and then remember something like the fact that I needed just one egg for pancakes the next day. I've done that before and been so annoyed with myself.

Awesome blog. You're very up, and that's fun to read.

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FITTYTIF 1/11/2010 10:58PM

    Sounds like You had a great weekend. I also made chilli this weekend!! Must of been one of those weekends! LOL

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JOPAPGH 1/11/2010 10:06PM

    Sounds like a great weekend!

Another Kashi Go Lean Crisp fan here! I combine it with oatmeal, ground flaxseed, fruit and a TSP of brown sugar. Yum!

Also a big Rock Band/Rock Band 2/Bealtes RB/Lego RB fan with lots of downloaded songs/full albums and a 17 year old son to play them with.

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LAFTERSFREE 1/11/2010 10:01PM

    this was an awesome weekend for me too. i feel im getting more productive which is great, and MAN how i missed healthy meal night SOOO much, or just missed hanging out with you guys!! so glad u enjoyed zumba. im so glad they have it on both days of the weekend now. YAY. im going to be trying lots of new (simple!) recipes soon, i found a cool site (though it is not specifically for healthy food). i'll tell u how it works out, and i'll find a good one for us for next weekend!

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KJNE8O 1/11/2010 9:54PM

    You are doing great Dana!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 1/11/2010 7:09PM

    Sounds like a FANTASTIC weekend!

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MBSHAZZER 1/11/2010 5:41PM

    Awesome weekend, Dana! Way to go! I want to come by for some of your healthy cooking!!! And how about this weather??? BOO! Stay warm!

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TAIMOIRAI 1/11/2010 5:31PM

    Awesome! It sounds like you had a great weekend!

I LOVE the Sookie Stackhouse books. They're a little sexy, but a lot of fun. :)

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TELERIE 1/11/2010 5:20PM

    Way to go! Sounds like a great weekend!

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KKATZE 1/11/2010 5:07PM

    Very nice, way to go on your burned calories!! I loved Gran Torino by the way :)

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KSGROTHE 1/11/2010 5:04PM

    emoticon for the awesome weekend! I love your enthusiasm!

Be sure to take care of your back, though. You don't want that to turn into something more serious.

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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LIZZABETH1986 1/11/2010 5:02PM

    AWESOME! thats fantastic that you've been doing so great. i'm using your success to motivate me!! hehehe. seriously though, how awesome is zumba?! ohhh man i soooooo love zumba. its super hard and kicks your butt everytime!
in other news.... i'm starting c25k tonight! woooooo!! wish me luck girlfriend!! i'm gonna become a runner like you!!

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TAMTAM64 1/11/2010 4:58PM

    You are doing so good with the cooking, tracking, and the READING! :)

Tammy

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BOILERINAZ 1/11/2010 4:57PM

    woohoo on the awesome weekend! you deserve the day off enjoy the break! :) I've been looking for a good white chicken chili recipe- I'll have to check that one out!

haha Globalkeewee has you trying zumba? lol it's a fun class!

Have you tried a foam roller for the back? that will usually get my kinks out from lifting - especially if I do something and it doesn't feel right.



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ANNANN10 1/11/2010 4:47PM

  isn't the week-end the worst, I'm proud to say I kept it up to through the week-end too. emoticon

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