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RAWR! Take THAT Burly Men!

Friday, January 22, 2010

OK so I didn't really show any burly men up or anything -- but I didn't let them intimidate me out of trying the Olympic Bar today for my deadlifts. :D


Hahaha. And actually, I dunno what I was doing the other day when I first kinda tried to pick it up -- I must have been so nervous of not being able to do it that I put ZERO effort into it because the weight was not bad at all. A little unwieldy to turn around with (unfortunately I had to do that because I was taking it off of a station not made for deadlifts) but not bad at all.

Next step -- adding weight! Yes, so I can be cool and walk around adding weight plates to things, and oh yes, replacing them when I'm done because I'm a GOOD gym goer.

And I WILL need more weight next time -- didn't want to overwhelm myself since it was the first time going to the olympic size bar, but I definitely should add some more weight to make the exercise more effective next time. But there was definitely a very strong/fit/muscular looking older man and one of the gym's trainers next to me when I went to do the deadlifts and I was like -- ok Dana, get over yourself and do your workout. :P (Not in the powerlifting room yet but I think I'll wait on that until I do my squats.)

I also upped the weight a bit on the dumbbell shoulder presses -- I'm kinda between dumbbell sizes and unfortunately they are 5lbs between sizes and I'm using two at a time so that's really a difference of 10lbs and it's tough. (I've been using a pair of 15lbers which feels a LITTLE too easy, but the 20lbers are too hard to complete a set.) So today I did the 20lbers for 10 reps of the first set, then 2 reps of 15's, then 2nd set w/ 15's. I gotta get myself to make the jump somehow!

Also added weight for the first time on my lunges. Ugh. Still working on those.

But overall I was very please with that workout -- also got my fastest split time for 1000m so far this year with my erging. Gotta get in some nice LONGER erg sessions one of these days for the challenge -- I'm thinking Saturday I'm going to Zumba, then running, and I will definitely bring something for energy in between -- but we gotta show up 30min early to get a pass to get into the classes, so that'll be a great time to erg while I'm waiting.

So tomorrow I'm gonna go for 5 miles. I have a lovely 5 mile route that I can start from the gym and it'll be great. :) Yes I'm using my positive thinking and visualization to see myself running and feeling awesome doing that route!

Just gotta make sure I do bring some stuff to help fuel myself since that will be a long workout session, but I'm really looking forward to it.

Yesterday nutrition was... not as good as I thought it might be, but I did still track EVERYTHING and stayed within my ranges -- a little low on protein at 115g.

Today I've tracked everything I'm so far planning to eat today -- have a 200cal cushion as well -- and I'm at 138g of protein so that's looking good. Tonight is GAME NIGHT and I'm going to be bringing some veggies and a blue cheese dip (made w/ light sour cream, blue cheese, and dijon mustard), my microwave popcorn bowl, DH bought some cookies that I entered two of into the tracker, and I'll have some of my protein oatmeal to really fill me with something more substantial than little snacks. Plus I have that 200cal cushion to allow myself to eat a bit of what other people may bring, but I'm glad I know exactly what I am working with for part of it that I'll be ok with and exactly what I have left to play with as well.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/23/2010 10:50PM

    That is fantastic. Planning for an amazing evening like this after a great session at the gym.

You really have this running on all cylinders. We should all hope to be as good as you at this.

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SEEHOLZ 1/23/2010 11:59AM

    You got that figured out the the T! I really give you credit, because your plan is not too strict, but it is a plan, which honestly, seems to be my biggest hurdle! I kind of know what I plan on eating, but God forbid I actually entered something in the tracker ahead of time-LOL! I don't know, but something about that makes me feel so restricted and I cannot seem to be able to get over it... as though I'd be "limiting" myself.. The only way my brain seems to be able to function is by tricking it to think that I can have whatever I want.... but you know how that can go.. it's MORE dangerous and on top of that sometimes it leads to self-sabotage... but this was not meant to be about me....just noting that I like how loose, yet planned you approach your nutrition.

So, your Sat plan sounds great--- as well as the phase in approach about your weights and the power lifting room. I'm not a big fan of that place... it seems filled with sweaty men with big egos-LOL- but then again, at the gym I work out the most, we don't have one, so I'm always working out next to the guys. Sometimes it truly is funny how little weight some of these guys lift, just as crazy some guys get on the opposite spectrum.
I'm a good gym goer myself btw... and I still get stuck lifting weights of before I get to use the leg press and/or Smyth machine. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE lunges!!!! They are my favorite lower body exerise-- I'm saying that, because while many find them difficult, I'd opt for starting out doing some power ones with light weight and getting your leg endurance up and then reducing the reps and increasing the weight. Have you thought about using the Smith machine? It really helps with stabilization, especially at first.

Here's to a great rest of the week-end! emoticon

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/23/2010 12:38AM

    they were shaking in their sneakers. i went into the man cave today.... ok, i actually discovered the weight room is actually split into upper and lower body. what i thought was the man cave was lower. no squat rack at a quick glance so i will have to check it out again. have a great 5 mile run!

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LAFTERSFREE 1/22/2010 8:13PM

    u got a good plan for tonight. i'll try to help ya out! i gotta see u lifting all these crazy weights some time!

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ROYABOYA 1/22/2010 7:09PM

    good planning for food! I just started the strength-training game - but I'm doing it in my living room. ;) I'm also having a hard time figuring out what weight I want to lift when.

Oooh, also, got a heart rate monitor yesterday! I'll have to pick your brain about that one of these days too.

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AOGOAE 1/22/2010 5:15PM

    My favorite thing to do is go the free weights section and lift MORE than the guy who was there before me. I don't do it often anymore (take strength training classes instead now), but it's great when I do.

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LILBITFIT 1/22/2010 4:49PM

    Great plan for game night - and WOOHOO on the weight lifting success!

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KSGROTHE 1/22/2010 4:45PM

    emoticon on the lifting! You are emoticon!

About the GAME NIGHT: Are you playing games (board or video?) or watching (sports) games? Just curious.

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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KJNE8O 1/22/2010 4:28PM

    YAY on the weights! OK, so not only could we run together we could totally lift weights!

Next Convention, if we are both there, we are so doing it!

Move those darn weights up! If you don't finish the last set that's OK - keep working at it.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/22/2010 3:55PM

    Sounds like you are doing emoticon. You have a great plan. Thanks for showing me the way.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 1/22/2010 3:49PM

    I love watching the reactions of guys when girls walk into the free weight section of my gym. Then the surprised look when the girls know what they are doing, it's priceless. Glad to see another girl not afraid to go in there.
Keep up the amazing work

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/22/2010 3:37PM

    WTG Dana! I call tell the burly men were intimidated by you =)

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JOHNBABJR 1/22/2010 3:23PM

    Great job on the strength, Dana! You're really kicking it this year!

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SHUCG1004 1/22/2010 3:22PM

    emoticon OMG you are amazing! I aspire to be like you. And what a motivation you are to me. Great job being aware and prepared of your intake too.

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KASHMIR 1/22/2010 3:16PM

    Um, Yeah...come to my gym too, so we can gang up on the men who's mommies never taught them to clean up after themselves. Not just weights, but waterbottles, sweaty paper towels, and get this...CANDY WRAPPERS!!! I can't wait for the New Year Resolutionists to lose their motivation!!!

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    AWESOMENESS. I love wandering around the weight room with all the big burly guys. It's fun to walk in and see them slightly shocked when they figure out that yep .. . I know what I'm doing. and yep . . I'm flabby and doing heavier leg presses than they are.

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TAIMOIRAI 1/22/2010 2:50PM

    I like the thought of you deadlifting in the middle of a room full of burly men and then cowering. :D

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TAMTAM64 1/22/2010 2:48PM

    Wow, girl, you are getting STRONG! Save some of that dip for me...


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KIMCATUS 1/22/2010 2:17PM

    You rock as always!!!!

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ASIAMORA 1/22/2010 1:57PM

    Great planning for the cookies!!!

I'm doing a 4 mile run tomorrow. I'm excited!

Good luck with your 5 miles!!!

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YOOVIE 1/22/2010 1:43PM


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DEEJACKSON 1/22/2010 1:30PM

    WOO HOO! YAY! For you!!

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MBSHAZZER 1/22/2010 1:15PM

    Thanks for replacing the weights! Wanna come to my gym and school the guys there??

Have fun with the game... the bleu cheese dip sounds awesome!

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SEEBEES3 1/22/2010 1:12PM

    Wow look at you go! The powerlifting room intimidates me too. You are really going to town here! ST, cardio, nutrition - you've got all three legs of the stool firmly planted!

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Surprise longer run...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

So this morning I was running and realized it was taking longer than I had planned, and then I was hoping and praying that the route was longer than I thought it was instead of me being far slower than I expected. :D HAHAHA.

Turns out yes -- what I thought was going to be 3 miles was actually more like 3.6 miles and thus by far the longest run I've had this year for time OR distance. It felt mostly really good -- and even though I was feeling a bit beat toward the end, nothing hurt so I'm happy. I was probably running a bit harder than I needed to -- I was concerned I wouldn't have enough time to get ready for work when I got back home! :D HAHA!

I ended up with about a 12min mile average, including my 5 min walking warmup, so I know I was under 12min mile running pace which is good for me for now. This weekend I just have to decide if I now want to just go for 4 or bump it on up to 5 miles... still time to think on that.

I'm just happy I got to run! :D I was looking at weather.com last night and getting bummed cause it said STORMS all day today -- this morning I check and it's like - fair weather, 0% chance of rain. uh... ok. :) I'll take it! I usually check accuweather and it's usually more accurate.... but for some reason I didn't look at that last night. ANYWAY -- my contingency plan was to hit the gym for NROL4W instead and run on Friday if need be, but now I get to stick to my original plan.

OH and I found my mp3 player and charged it this morning, so I got to run with Ted Leo again and it made me so happy!!! I want to share some of the lyrics that I heard today for the first time since my marathon that really kept me going when the going got tough that day:

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Walking to Do

Won't you take me where my feet feel happy in their own time ( emoticonthis is me running and my feet being happy! :D hehe)

And the Cathedral of Reason lets the bells chime, and the lightning is fine?

emoticonI'm old enough to know that people waiting on some big sign
Should quit their waiting on the Divine. Divine is what's in your mind emoticon (NOW, I believe in God and all that, but I take this to mean that people need ot take action on their own as well and don't need to just wait around on someone else to make things happen for them, not that people are foolish to rely on God!)

I've seen the cruel and hard, and I've seen them hard on you
But I'll buy you brand new shoes ( emoticon SWEET!) if you cross to my side-
there's a whole lot of walking to do

And if we're near or far from our city by the sea-side
emoticonWell, as long as we keep our stride, I believe we'll be fine emoticon (HECK YEAH!!!)

You've seen the years roll on, and you've seen me roll with you
I see the road is long, so get on my side, there's a whole lot of walking to do

emoticonAnd if we stay on our feet, we'll make it in our own time
And though the road has got some steep climbs, I believe we'll be fine emoticon

(That's not all of it there are some chorus repeats in there that are less interesting about all the walking from here to there hahaha but this is the most lyrically sustaining parts!)

And so Ted Leo tells me we'll be fine, we just gotta stay on our feet and keep going and we'll make it!!!! :D WOOHOO!!!!! It's a very inspiring song -- even more so when not taken entirely literally. ;)

Oh and last night I was a whole TWO calories within range. :D HUZZAH!!!! Even with DH rejecting my dinner plans and instead eating something else, and then pretz+Nutella... and one Tiny Toblerone. :D HAHA. I was making the most of what calories I had I tell you! But I stayed! and I got all my water! Today will be even better.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/22/2010 7:55AM

    Sounds like an all around great day!! As they used to say (and probably will in the new movie) on the A-team

I love it when a plan comes together.


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LIVEYOURDREAMS 1/21/2010 11:46PM

    Congrats on an awesome workout! :-) And that song does sound super inspirational for exercise! Thanks for sharing.

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DDOORN 1/21/2010 11:14PM

    Feels so GREAT when a tune pumps us up along the way!

Woo hoo! :-)


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SEEBEES3 1/21/2010 7:19PM

    Great tunes help make a great run! Go slow on your long run ramp .

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KASHMIR 1/21/2010 7:19PM

    Once again...I'M SO JEALOUS!!! The weather here today is fabulous, the sun is shining, it's comfortable out...and I AM WORKING LATE!!!

Way to Rock it out!!!

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COMPLETELY 1/21/2010 5:46PM

    You're doing so great! I hope to one day be able to run that sort of distance. I suck at running now as it is, but it's all about conditioning, I'm told. So one day at a time!


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SWEETZMIX 1/21/2010 5:20PM

    emoticon Digging the new emoticons lol

Anyway, you are sO right. You made the next day even better!! WHOO HOO

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    You're just rockin & rollin! :) Great day today!

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MAMAPAT3 1/21/2010 4:40PM

    Congratulations on what had to be an awesome run! and I love your choice of music!

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KSGROTHE 1/21/2010 4:40PM

    emoticon on your running! Thanks for posting the inspiring lyrics!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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_RAMONA 1/21/2010 4:36PM

    Dana, you are such a JOY to read! And I needed to recieve that today. Thank you.... and thanks for trying to make feel less 'stoopid'. The key phase is 'sounds like something I WOULD do...' but you haven't now have ya! :)

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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TAKEONME48137 1/21/2010 4:20PM

    Yay congrats on that! I need to listen to more Ted Leo. I've only heard a little bit here and there. =)

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MBSHAZZER 1/21/2010 4:13PM

    WHOOOOO on a longer than expected run! Awesome - I love surprises like that! And yes to the weather, also! Yesterday was just perfect here!

Thanks for sharing the inspiring song lyrics. I sometimes get really emotional when I run, maybe 'cause I'm tired, but "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey does it for me! Also, (and don't laugh), the song "American Boy" by Estelle, but only b/c it was on my mp3 player when I cruised into my first really big half marathon PR. This was pre-Garmin and all during the race, I had no idea how fast I was running.... when I saw the time at the final mile marker and knew I was going to have a HUGE PR... well, I just can't describe the feeling! So that song brings me back.

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KJNE8O 1/21/2010 3:58PM

    Great job on the run and the music! Love the lyrics.

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/21/2010 3:55PM

    my run on tuesday had suprise good weather too. the weather network is usually pretty accurate to the hour even. it said rain rain rain, rain at sometimes heavy and when i woke up it was sunny! way to go on 3.6! go for 5! i feel so slow right now too. averaging about a 12 min/mile but also including my walking for warm up and cool down. also i am only at 8 mins running 1 walking right now so i know when i get back to 10/1 it will come down. well at least i am hoping!

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LAFTERSFREE 1/21/2010 3:23PM

    the weather is amazing today i am glad u got a great run in and i dont know how you can exercise without music! i get so bored!

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JOPAPGH 1/21/2010 3:21PM

    I ran 5 this morning, but it was a buddy run. I'll have to try some Ted Leo for my next mill run.

I have a Toblerone in the cupboard that keeps calling to me. Hopefully the W will put it out of its misery before I succumb.

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TELERIE 1/21/2010 3:12PM

    emoticon glad you had a good run! I went out today in the snow and DAYLIGHT which was lovely! can't wait for spring, though - when I don't have to layer up quite so much!

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TAIMOIRAI 1/21/2010 3:09PM

    That song sounds great. I'm going to have to get it when I get home tonight.

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OH TOM. Why are you so evil?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Yes, yes. Sorry fellas -- this is kinda the main topic to start my blog.

So TOM is here -- last night I stayed within range but had a not so nutrition snack of Nutella w/ pretzel sticks as dessert (YUM by the way), and this morning the TOM munchies were in full effect.

I had my usual PB+Pretzel sticks... then cereal... then I wanted more... I had a yogurt... and then the last of the jalapeno cheddar cheese puffs from Target.

! hah. Nooooot my typical breakfast fare. I usually would just eat the PB+Pretzel sticks and then something else after my workout.

Today I was just dragging this morning, but I finally got out of the house, away from the food, and running.

AND IT WAS GORGEOUS!!!! :D Like 62 or something, sunny, breezy, beautiful! :) I was so happy. I start walking for my warmup and dang I really need to charge my mp3 player because I have YET to run with music this year I think and it's starting to wear on me.

A couple minutes after I started running, this blond chick ZOOMS past me. I was like, hey now, I'm running, I'm not going THAT slow -- so I determined not to let her get too far ahead of me and it was on. I chased that chick through the park and I was pretty close to the turnaround point when she passed me on the way back -- I rocked! :D But I definitely couldn't maintain that pace on the way back. I slowed significantly, just keeping moving and trying to get my HR in a good place. I ended with an average pace of just over 12min miles -- which if you think about it, my second mile was pretty slow (maybe 12min on it's own), and my first have had 5 min of WALKING, so that running part had to have been BOOKING it for that 2/3 of a mile or whatever it was. :P

It was fun though. I have to say!

I checked out some books from the library about financial management for nonprofit organizations, etc., so I can be more knowledgeable and helpful to the rowing club in getting all that sorted. Apparently one of the other members bought some books, but I don't even think she's on the board and she's definitely not the treasurer (neither am I) it strikes me as odd that our treasurer doesn't seem to be that proactive in talking about this... but maybe she's just doing it behind the scenes. That's something that needs to be better in our group - COMMUNICATION. But can't that almost ALWAYS be improved upon?

So anyway -- with all food entered into the tracker for the day except for dinner, I look to be pretty easy to manage staying within range, I will track everything prior to eating it tonight to be sure, but I was thinking of having brown rice, tilapia and veggies tonight which is a very light dinner anyway, I should be good. Maybe even to have some hot chocolate or a Toblerone TINY or something to help keep the chocolate demons at bay. ;)

I hope the weather stays this gorgeous! Tomorrow is a planned run only day!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/22/2010 2:06PM

    I had cravings last night and for the first time in a loooooong time, really caved. I mean like, over 3000 cal for the day caved.

Was feeling pretty bad about it until I did the math and figured out that the "." is scheduled to come soon. It doesn't make me un-eat what I had yesterday (an ENTIRE English Xmas pudding - FROM ENGLAND, yikes) but at least I know what's going on and why. And most importantly, it will Go Away in a few days.

I can hold out for a few more days.

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SEEHOLZ 1/21/2010 2:10PM

    I'm jealous-- of the running, of the weather and your attitude! Yippee!!!!

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TAIMOIRAI 1/21/2010 1:30PM

    I'm having tiny Toblerones with my lunch today! Uncanny!

I totally know what you mean about the TOM stuff, too. I crave random things. Last week when I told my husband I wanted earl grey tea, a taco, and coffee icecream for dinner he shook his head and said "A normal man would think you were pregnant. Luckily, I have learned to just give you what you want and hide."

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KJNE8O 1/21/2010 11:37AM

    Cheese Puffs for breakfast - that's new one!

Man - you and I could totally run together and stay at the same pace! Your speed is the same as mine :)

Dinner sounds great - have a great day today!

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AMYTAIF 1/21/2010 11:28AM

    nutella and pretzel sticks.... i'm going to have to try that:). i've been drinking hot cocoa with choco soy milk and a spoon or so of cocoa powder, stevia and vanilla to make it extra yummy and chocolaty. then i top it some mini marshmallows. this has kept the evening, chocolate munchies satisfied. at least for now:). all you can do is do what your doing..... just keep tracking your nutrition to keep your TOM munchies in check. when i get the emotional munchies and i throw my hands up in the air and say "to hell with tracking" that's when all hell breaks loose:). so keep tracking and keep moving. and way to chase down that blonde chick:). i love it when someone out and about or at the gym motivates me to push myself just a little harder..... and they are completely unaware:). fight the demons!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/21/2010 11:23AM

    Sunny . . . What is that?

Might need to check out some of those financial for non-profits to see if there is anything I can do for church.

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SWEETZMIX 1/21/2010 10:32AM

    Dana TOM is hard, but girl you are being proactive. Not letting a little slip mess up your day. You also got in some exercise (and yeah get that MP3 together on your day off from work), so you should be good to go. Hopefully you were able to battle the TOM demons and have an awesome day! I hope the weather stays too. We are not as warm as you, but hey I will take weather in the 40s in January instead of in the teens any day!

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KEAKMAN 1/21/2010 9:18AM

    Hey, I am proud of you for putting a stop to the eating madness before it got too crazy! Running was probably the bestest medicine you could have ordered up for yourself. WOOHOO!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 1/21/2010 8:26AM

    That is one heck of a breakfast, lol!! Just teasing you. I have had evil TOM stuff going on myself. so I can sympathize!

I love when people inspire my run like that.

Way to be proactive yourself, perhaps you can be a positive influence on the treasurer.

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/21/2010 6:59AM

    Y o u can d o i t!!!!!!!

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DIZZYKITTY 1/21/2010 6:19AM

    Battle those demons!!

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MAMAPAT3 1/20/2010 10:38PM

    Your run sounds glorious! I wish we had that type of parks around here. But there are some that will be a close 2nd. Keep it up! emoticon

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SEEBEES3 1/20/2010 10:28PM

    Ohhh! Nutella is NOT allowed in my house (nor are cheese puffs of any kind for that matter). I will eat the entire thing in one swell foop. If I get really brave I'll by the smallest container there is and then give the rest away right away. My neighbors already think I'm strange so what the diff. LOL. Sounds like your run was amazing. Keep it up!

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    Niiiice. Nutella?! What didn't I think of that!! I'm so stealing your idea!

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KSGROTHE 1/20/2010 9:20PM

    You're doing great to stay in your calorie range when that TOM hits! I got off track a bit Thursday/Friday last week due to that issue.

I think your weather may be nicer than ours today -- we've had rain all week, and it's been pretty cool for So. Cal. (upper 40s to low 50s).

Way to go on pushing yourself to keep up the that other runner!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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8THTIMEUP 1/20/2010 9:19PM

    I could have written this about the TOM muchies. I'm dealing with that. I love the way you used your running nemesis to spur you to greatness! I always target someone in a race and do my best to pass them and then keep them behind me. Quite a motivator!

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I<3ZOMBIES 1/20/2010 8:32PM

    oh man....nutella is my TOM fave. Fortunately I can manage to resist throughout the rest of the month. way to enjoy the nice weather! i just got back from my own beautiful weather run myself :)


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BRAVE_NEW_ME 1/20/2010 8:19PM

    Oh, I love days when I get all motivated by racing another runner. So much fun!

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    I'm TOTALLY jealous of you and your nice weather. *SIGH*

OH and you had the TOM munchies . . yet managed to stay within range? I totally bow down to you and your willpower cause I'd have mowed through my entire day's calories first thing in the morning. LOL

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DDOORN 1/20/2010 5:59PM

    Love those kind of days...yearning and CRAVING those kind of days! This past Saturday was about as close as it gets to that this time of year, 42, sunny, not a cloud to be found...YES!

Cool to get motivated by that runner! Jazzin' it up...woo hoo! :-)


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SWEATONCEADAY 1/20/2010 5:51PM

    tom is killing me today too. MEN! it is nice and warm here today too. what to chase down that girl.

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S318830 1/20/2010 5:31PM

    I loved reading about you determination not to let the woman get away! Nice job! I love when someone sets a pace for me and speeds up my run.

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MBSHAZZER 1/20/2010 5:12PM

    HAHA, I love how you had a little mini race this AM! I've been on both sides of that equation (usually getting dusted, LOL).

Hope you can tame your munchies soon. I have been on BCPs for years and have not had a period in a LONG time... I am going off of them next month and I am really concerned about the return of the TOM!!! You're doing a good job staying on track though!

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LAFTERSFREE 1/20/2010 5:08PM

    they sell little bags of baskin robbins hard candies at the dollar tree and im sure other places as well, i know hershey's used to make these too (tasteations??) something like that, anyway i was going to recommend those for chocolate cravings, for me, i eat ONE mint chocolate chip baskin robbins hard candy and i feel like i've eaten a lot of chocolate!!! i dont know why, maybe b/c it lasts so long, but they are very good. just a thought!

and i dont know WHEN you were outside today, but it's been looking gloomy to me all day...

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Feeling good.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

So... life is awesome. :)

OK ok that is a little enthusiastic, but seriously, things are good. I get to do things I love on a regular basis, even if I do have to come to work and hate it for several hours of my day. Everything outside of work ROCKS right now.

This weekend was SO busy, but full of great and fun things.

Yesterday I didn't get to work out, and it was supposed to be my off day, but I got to participate in a stressful-but-hopefully-productive meeting of the board of the rowing club. I also got to go to BAND for the first time in AGES -- since the Spring 09. :) It was so fun.

I made last night my splurge meal of the week, which will require discipline for the rest of the week but I think it was a smart decision. Here's why:

Band had a pizza and desserts social post rehearsal. There was so much food! I took home a box of pizza for me and DH - not a full pizza, but 4 slices for him and 2 for me basically. And a plate of desserts. But I also stuck around and socialized and it was nice. :)

But anyway -- we were out and running around all last weekend, so this weekend will likely be more home bodied. Also it's healthy meal night week again so I will have one healthy dinner supplied and will only have to cook one over the weekend - HUZZAH! :D

I also clearly told my DH that this was my splurge meal night and that means I gotta me on my game the rest of the week! So if for some reason we do end up eating out somewhere, it must be something I can quantifiably track in my tracker and be within my calorie range.

Also when I was socializing I got to tell my trombone buddy about my progress because he was mentioning wanting to run a 5K and doing Couch to 5K and I just HAD to encourage as much as possible. We have made a pact to register for the Rumpshaker 5K in Birmingham, AL - because it's called the Rumpshaker. AND it will have a 20ft inflatable colon present as it is raising money to help fight colon cancer. :) What isn't awesome about this???

I'm getting more and more psyched about the Mercedes Marathon Relay coming up -- my sparkrunningbuddy CLOVERR1 will be coming down the day before and staying over so we can carpool to B'ham the next day without her having to wake up in the middle of the night to drive to the race basically. OK so it's not THAT far, but still -- it's at least 1.5hrs? YEAH. Who wants to do that the morning of a race? no one. And for us it's only 45min. So yeah. Ooooh and we are scheming to make our team shirts the day before as well. :) FUN.

So that's a race for Feb and one for March. There IS a 10K at the end of this month in town... the registration fee is $12 in advance, $15 the day of, so I figure I can wait until the last minute to register day of if I really want to and no big deal. So that's a thought.

ANYWAY - enough about running because I did NOT run today.

I was for some reason very slow pokey this morning -- I woke up earlier than I set my alarm for (about a half hour early) but I left about 15 minutes later than I intended to, and then I had to get gas which I didn't realize... so I was at the gym thinking -- not only do I not have enough time to run after my NROL4W, but do I even have enough time to do THAT???

Then I looked in my handy dandy little notebook and saw that the last time I did this workout it took me 25 minutes, so I kicked my butt into gear. Went and erg'ed for 1000m, in 4:50. Then to the workout.

I finally figured out where the squat racks and power cage are in my gym -- there are two smith machines on the weight training floor but I do NOT want to use those for my squats as I've heard horrible things about how the track does not follow the motion of the body properly, etc. Not only that but it takes away some of the balance engaging benefits. But.... the squat racks and power cage are in this little room marked the "Power Lifting Room" and there were people in there and I felt intimidated -- especially since thus far I've been squatting only my body weight.

I decided that in order to fight my fear, and to squash it -- I'd do dumbbell squats w/ two 20lb weights on my shoulders (since the Olympic size bar is 45lbs alone) that way I would be able to tell if I was really ready to move on without going in there and seriously embarrassing myself. Baby steps.

And that went well! :D I was able to complete all reps with good form using that amount of weight. So next week when I do this workout again, I will be braving the power lifting room. I might even be brave enough to do it on Friday.... maybe using the power cage to assist for my deadlifts so I don't go too low without any weight on the bar? We'll see.

MAN my blogs are getting long these days.

And there's more -- I'm wearing my lipstain to work today. :) I got complimented on it, too. Except for DH. He says,".... I not sure I like this lipstain thing. I dunno if I need to get used to it or what, but I feel like I'm looking at an 80's album cover when I look at your lips" HAHAHAHA.

I told you -- I NEVER wear color on my lips. EVER. Of course, he is never a fan of any noticeable makeup. He compliments me when I'm not wearing makeup mostly. :) So sweet but it's kind of a bummer sometimes not to be able to do extra to WOW him, ya know? :D It's more like he's like - uhhh what's on your face. I like YOUR FACE. :P hahahaha. I told him -- you're supposed to tell me I look PRETTY. He said -- "You do look pretty, everything except that." :P What a turkey.

So -- I have to confess, I feel realllllly weird about the scale and my progress lately. It feels very scary to be taking a different approach that I KNOW won't give me the same kind of results I've gotten before. Granted -- that's what I want. DIFFERENT results. I want to be stronger. I want to be able to tell I have muscles by looking at me. Nothing crazy, but previously when my weight's gone up a bit it's always been -- cut calories, workout, watch the scale go down.

Right now that is NOT my goal -- but it's also scary to be facing the unknown.

Here's what I know: I'm not eating enough calories to be gaining fat. I'm eating calories primarily from really good foods, and I'm working to improve the foods I eat outside of splurge meals as well. I know that muscle weighs more than fat, and I also know that even in the NROL4W book he said you might see some gains near the beginning but it's not muscle, it's water weight from your muscles holding water. A really really high rate of muscle gain for a woman is 2lbs a month I think he said.

So I'm just going to keep sticking to the plan. I figure I'll go through all of the workout plan and if then I feel like I still have fat to lose, I can cut calories and keep working out with strength training to try to maintain what I've gained in muscle and strength while losing fat. But right now that is not the place I'm at -- I need to work those muscles FIRST before I get to that point. It is going to require a lot of patience because while I know that I overall present a lean tall look, and I'm not fat, and I'm fit and fairly strong, I still don't feel comfortable because I have some extra I do NOT appreciate and I want it gone NOW. *sigh*

That said -- I feel VERY optimistic, I just wanted to bare the inner struggle that's still going on and lay out all the feelings in the open.

I haven't weighed again since last Friday and I won't until post TOM at LEAST. I STILL need to take my measurements -- see, I gotta find my measuring tape. And I haven't made it a point to do that yet. Just not sure where it is since we moved. :) hahaha.

OK this blog is ridiculously long enough. OVER AND OUT!

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S318830 1/20/2010 5:43PM

    LOL! A Blues Clues reference? Was that intentional?

And I hate suddenly discovering I have to get gas when I wasn't planning on it.

Hang in there with the strength training and plan... I'm sure you're not gaining fat! Give it a chance and see.

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CECE0330 1/20/2010 3:07PM

    Oooooh...I've been wanting to try lipstain. My DH likely wouldn't even notice! He's kind of daft that way.

I love reading your blogs. I always come away with a sense of optimism and a general I can DO this attitude! You rock.

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/20/2010 2:39PM

    Glad to hear things are going well, can't wait to hear about the relay!

LOL RUMPSHAKER that is priceless!!!!!

You're going to have a great rest of the week! Way to go on the baby steps in the gym, no worries! :D

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    Someone may have already mentioned this . . . but to quell the "OMG I'M GAINING WEIGHT" fear . . . take a bunch of calculations. Measurements, body fat percentage, find your lean body mass . . . that will tell you exactly what you're gaining. Then get those measured every so often (measurements once a month, body fat once a quarter, etc) That and the mirror! And I'm SURE you've got it covered, but with extra muscle make sure you're getting extra protein! :D

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/20/2010 12:08PM

    Sometimes you just have a long blog. It's all good stuff.

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KNH771 1/20/2010 11:46AM

    OMG, you reminded me that I haven't done my measurements this month! Gotta get on that. LOVE that you've been able to get back into some of the non-fitness things that you enjoy. Well-rounded, you are!

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MBSHAZZER 1/20/2010 11:22AM

    Wowza, there is a lot going on in this blog!! First of all, YAY for feeling so good! Fantastic!! And don't worry about the scale... doesn't sound like are too much, but you are MOVING and SHAKING and eating right, so things will fall into place.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colon race! With a trombone buddy! That is good on so many levels!

What else... I never wear lip color either... I drink too much (water, mostly! HEE) and it comes right off, so it's basically a waste of time for me. I'm a make up for work and that's it kinda gal!

Anyway, enjoy your week!

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SWEETZMIX 1/20/2010 9:15AM

    emoticon I need a drink for this blog lol j/k

Dana it's cool to be scared of the unknown. Remember when you first started spark and the whole weight loss process, it's was unknown and scary.

And men, yeah they are something. I like to wear a little makeup once in a while and I get the same reaction, "Why are you wearing THAT?" lol Instead I am expecting to hear, "Babe, you look GORGEOUS today!" Darn men, we love them anyway!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 1/20/2010 8:12AM

    I am glad to hear life is treating you right :)! I feel the same sense of optimism :).

That is funny about your husband and makeup. my husband is probably pretty neutral on the whole thing, but I don't go to the MAILBOX without makeup, so there you go!

I like how you are talking yourself out of being afraid of putting on muscle. Keep it up, Dana, you are force to be reckoned with, so I KNOW you will be successful!


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BRAVE_NEW_ME 1/20/2010 3:59AM

    The Rumpshaker 5K sounds like an AWESOME event! We will need pictures...

What band is this you were playing with?

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MISSY_MAGOO 1/20/2010 12:45AM

    too funny about your hubby not liking makeup- mine hates high heels, haha. Everytime I try them on I feel so feminine and glamorous and I show them to him and he's like "why would you want to wear those?" and I'm like "ummmm... not the reaction I was hoping for" haha. So I don't own any :(
Anyways- i rarely wear lip color either- but I do like Benetint by benefit- it's like a lip balm with just a hint of color and the more times in the day you apply it the darker your lips get, pretty cool.
I know what you're saying with the internal struggle you have going on right now. For me it's that all this time I had a clear goal and plan- eat this much exercise this much=lose 2 pounds a week. Now I'm still wanting to lose but just a tiny bit more, mostly I'm wanting to firm. But still lose a bit more (at least to my pre holiday)- the difference, I'm not setting a time or resetting my nutrition ranges for a loss. I'm just putting them in my maintenance range for my goal and trusting that my body will get there in it's own time... it's that whole trusting that it will happen thing... and wanting it to happen right now but knowing it's better to just let your body take its time. Eh- we'll be all right :)
Okay, I'm done with my super long comment on your super long blog, haha

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TUNAGIRL2 1/20/2010 12:24AM

    You know what I noticed? Guys hit on you the day you don't wear make up.

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FITTYTIF 1/19/2010 11:22PM

    I am always wiped out after reading your blogs. They are so full of energy ! I sware you have more energy then the engerize bunny girl!!!
OK giant Colon???? I can just see the order to the inflatable people. Yell We want a 20 foot colon Yes you know colon the thing that. . . emoticon
You are going to HAVE to take pictures and report back!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/19/2010 10:57PM

    way to rock it dana. i don't think i will ever mutter the words "trombone buddy" lol. i haven't used the olympic bar yet. i accidently used the smith machine for my squats in round 1 as i thought that was a "squat rack." i don't even know if my gym has a squat rack or it might be hiding in the male grunting cave part of the gym which i have yet to venture to. for up to 80lbs our gym has the shorter bar weights preloaded and stuck on in the co-ed part but the ladies only area has only up to 50lbs. i have no use for the squat rack in stage 2 yet. not sure what i will do when i do heavy back squats again as i read so much bad stuff about the smith machine putting pressure on your lower back and i did feel that when i used it. the relay sounds like it is going to be so fun. i hope to do a big relay this fall. i would run one leg of the 100km race. wow my response is almost as long as your blog!

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LAFTERSFREE 1/19/2010 10:51PM

    hey let me know more about the rumpshaker 5k when u get a chance, or where i can find more info.. a friend of mine has battled colon cancer.. it would be a cool race to do for me. plus, i think i need something to work towards now.. something to show myself some progress since so far the scale isnt cooperating. i think im going to have to hide my scale for a month. im glad u've been happy lately, it's just awesome when things fall into place! and, i know EXACTLY what u mean about wearing the lipstick, even when i see myself in lip color i always wonder.. does this look sexy or does this look crazy?? :) im sure u look super hot, henry's just jealous that u got new lipstick and he didn't!!! emoticon

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DDOORN 1/19/2010 10:05PM

    Great to hear of your "experimenting" with the unknown, re: trusting your food choices and venturing toward a different kind of fitness, getting your ST on! It's such a challenge to keep our approach toward food and fitness *fresh!*


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CCSDESTINY 1/19/2010 10:01PM

    haha, that was so long I got to the bottom, and as I was scrolling down to add my comments I read "colon" which caught my eye - I'm like colon? what colon - everybody is talking about a colon, how did I miss that??! I dunno, but I did!

Glad to see you in a good place right now! Your DH is funny, mine is always telling me to go with no makeup, but I ignore him ;)

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DIRECTORJC 1/19/2010 9:53PM

    I'm glad things are going well for you. Please get a picture of the colon and post it. I bet it would be totally awesome.
What music were you playing in band?

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JOHNBABJR 1/19/2010 9:41PM

    Glad things are going so well, Dana. You've got to love the 20-ft colon!

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MTER67 1/19/2010 9:30PM

    I'm with you. Any race with a giant air filled colon is worth checking out. As for the lip stain, I am a huge fan of the stuff. Never go out without it. Recently discovered those 18 hour lipsticks--have you seen them? I am a big fan now--you put it on in the morning and it doesn't go away until you brush your teeth and go to bed that night. It's a cosmetic wonder! (Now, if I could just get all the wrinkle creams to work that well!) Hehe.

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KARVY09 1/19/2010 9:03PM

    A giant inflatable colon?
Pretty freaking funny. And awesome.

I'm so glad things are going well for you! Sounds like you got a great game plan for the week!

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Streak DONE! :D

Monday, January 18, 2010

First - THANK YOU to all those who commented on my last blog! :D The response was overwhelming -- you guys made me POPULAR. ;) hehe. Thank you!

Anyway, I WAS writing a super crazy long blog about everything that happened this weekend when my computer FROZE so..... here I am starting over and honestly -- that blog was too long anyway.

So - Friday night. ROCK BAND! :D WOOT! Fun until the wee-hours. I tracked all food and ended up slightly over MAYBE, I can't remember if I added olive oil in the recipe I made on SparkPeople so I added it regularly to the tracker, so I might have double dinged therer, either way, not too bad.

Saturday it was tough to get up after the late night -- I was a little late showing up for Zumba, but luckily for me they were a little late finding an instructor!!!! Apparently there was a mixup with the scheduling, but one of the Zumba instructors happened to be IN a SPIN class downstairs and someone found her so she taught - same instructor I had before, so it was fun cause I knew some of the songs already which was kind of cool. We did a routine to a remix of Avril Lavigne's GIRLFRIEND which I kind of HATE Avril, but it was fun because it was essentially jumping up and down the entire song. My HR was 194 at the end of it! HAHAHAHA.

Um, so I was going to go running afterward but somehow on Friday morning, post workout when I was getting ready, I stepped on something with my heel and my heel has been hurting since then, and I took some test strides and I was getting lopsided so I decided to take a break after Zumba -- burned over 700cals that hour, didn't bring a GU or anything to take pre-run, and it was raining and cold outside, so all that combined I was like. Yeah. Going home.

Then there was a whole debacle where I tried to find an 80's prom dress, left my purse in a closing down thrift store without realizing it, after getting home and realizing no I DIDN'T accidentally leave it at home again,I had to call the thrift store people to reopen but HALLELUJAH my purse was right there, totally undisturbed. Cash, cell phone, gift cards, etc. ALL there. :D YAY! Will keep an eye on the cards just in case, but I really don't forsee any issues.

THEN it was rocking till the wee hours again -- this time at a show.

Then getting to church BARELY in enough time to conduct the music. Wore my running clothes underneath cause I knew if I didn't I'd head home to change and not make it back out -- it was DISMAL outside.

BUT! :D I DID IT!!! In the cold drizzle, I went 2.8 miles, longest run this year, longest run post marathon, and it felt good. My heel's actually been hurting less. WOOT.

Then it was grocery shopping and YES - I did REWARD myself!!! :D

It's the first time in a long time that I've actually set a goal with a reward and done it. I got some CoverGirl Lipstain in Wild Berry Wink (which is definitely extravagant for me because I never wear lip COLOR. glosses sometimes, but yeah...) a new bra, and a pair of PJ pants that are NOT flannel or cashmere (read - not super hot, just normal) that actually FIT ME. :D hahaha The cashmere and flannel are hand me downs from my sister anyway. I never got PJ pants after losing weight so it was about time, right? :D I was sick of wearing my like... 2-3xl pants from Old Navy with the drawstring all bunched up.

Then I come home and find out -- we have enough people to row! YES!!!! :D So I went rowing. Just added a top to my running outfit for another layer -- no shower yet. HAHA. Just running from point A to point B to point C. :P DH came and rode in the launch boat w/ our coaches dog. It was fun.

THEN - home to make homemade pizza and have people over and watch The Hurt Locker.

It was good times.

:D Food was a little lax this weekend -- I never over stuffed, I just didn't really track and I didn't eat at normal times. I was running around too much. I think I went over calories on Saturday but NOT on Sunday. I'm happy with this weekend even though I didn't stick to tracking or strictly to my splurge meal rule -- I didn't really have a set splurge meal like my goal is on Saturday but I also didn't go hog wild with food and right now I'm happy with that happy medium.

So on to a new week!

I really liked the IDEA of my workout schedule last week even if I fudged it a bit w/ my mis planning so here's my plan for this week and so forth until rowing realllly comes up and I have to make adjustments:

Mon: OFF!
Tue: NROL4W + run
Wed: run
Thu: run
Sat: Yoga/spin+/ZUMBA! +/run?
Sun: Row/yogaspinzumba/run?

Both Saturday and Sunday offer good tout a yoga class or spin class before going to Zumba -- or even before a run on Sunday or something like that. Lots of options there. Weekends will be way more flexible but I do want to get one run in on Weekends, and sacrificing a run during the week is ok. I want to run 3x a week, NROL4W 2x a week, classes and rog to fill in when I feel like it. :)

Also I got an email for a cool looking race today, but the registration is $40 and I dunno if we can afford that. It's a 10K at the end of February and I've never run a 10K -- it's also on dirt/gravel/etc. so I guess it's considered a trail run? It goes through some forest/lake trail or something? Anyway. I'd like to be able to do it just don't know if it's feasible.

TONIGHT is TUSCALOOSA WINDS for the first time since last Spring - YAY! :D

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MAMAPAT3 1/19/2010 10:30PM

    You are so super-organized. Treat yourself often, you deserve it!

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KEAKMAN 1/19/2010 8:50PM

    Looks like a busy but do-able workout schedule! And I like the way you reward yourself. Can the 10K entrance fee be another reward??

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/19/2010 6:07PM

    BIG SMILES loving it! :D You must do the 10K sooner or later!! Its a really nice distance!

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SEEHOLZ 1/19/2010 2:10PM

    Talk about WHO is the busy girl-LOL! I mean, I even find that a packed week-end and the whole running round from point A to B to C, ressonates.... it's been noticed by my non-smoking husband, who seems to worry about me being all over the place... I'm thinking... hello, it's been like this for X # of yrs and you start worrying now?!LOL...must be that he was in some nicotene induced coma or something.
Talk about lucky, too, right? Truth is I've done the same thing years ago and totally lucked out that my purse was there... at least they answered the phone AFTER hours, right?

Yeh for the REWARD! You so deserve it and I hope you can afford that race, too.

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NUTRIGIRL08 1/19/2010 1:41PM

    What a great weekend. Of course it puts mine to shame!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/19/2010 1:35PM

    Wow that was a busy weekend. I don't think you have to worry about being over on calories from all of the burning you are doing . . .

What did you think of the Hurt Locker? It's on my Netflix queue and I'm curious if I should bump it up.

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TAIMOIRAI 1/19/2010 1:09PM

    Holy Cow! I was a slug all weekend. I wish I'd done half the things you did!

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KENSINGTONC 1/19/2010 10:46AM

    Wait, you conduct music at your church? That is so COOL!!!

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MTER67 1/19/2010 9:07AM

    Man, my head is spinning with all the stuff you crammed into the weekend. ! Just wow. :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/19/2010 2:14AM

    the name of your city is so funny. i picture a southern, big haired, smoking hooker somewhere has that name. sounds like a busy and fun weekend. glad you got your run in too. i wish i had all the money in the world to do races but i don't lol. get a map of the route and do it on your own if it doesn't work out. congrats on completing your streak. maybe you should celebrate with a real streak????

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WHATAGRL42 1/19/2010 12:25AM

    Dana, you are truly amazing! I'd be glowing just to blog about ONE of those accomplishments, in a week!

And uh, YEAH... it is TIME for you to indulge in cute new PJs!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm glad you finally treated yourself!

Have a super week! Your efforts this past week will surely show!!


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LAFTERSFREE 1/18/2010 11:00PM

    sooo much going on in this blog! glad u had a fun/great/awesome/productive/happy weekend!!!! and im SO happy that your purse was completely ok, that would have been a huge headache if it wasn't. we should hang out and do some rockband again soon. oh btw, which day is better for you guys to eat dinner?? I was thinking of cooking something for us this saturday...?? does that work for you?

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    Sounds fun! Hope you had fun in ensemble! What are you all playing? :)

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 1/18/2010 5:32PM

    WOW! Thought I was busy! I'm proud of you and just wish I had 1/2 the energy you obviously have! The only form of 'exercise' I got was walking up and down the hospital hallways from seeing my mom back and forth, etc. I did do 4 flights of stairs to her room on Sunday! Plus, I parked where you don't pay twice which means I got some good walking in since I was in a hurry walking pretty fast. BUT YOU my friend...burned an awesome amount of calories this weekend!! YOU GO GIRL!!

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LILBITFIT 1/18/2010 5:22PM

    Good heavens, busy lady! I don't know how you fit it all in! I love your rewards - the lip color sounds delicious!

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MBSHAZZER 1/18/2010 3:49PM

    Great weekend! You had a nice mix of fun and exercise in there! I can't believe that your purse was still there! In Miami, that would have been SO GONE!!! That must have been such a relief!

Have an awesome week!

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CCSDESTINY 1/18/2010 3:23PM

    Oddly, I just got off the phone w/ the U of A tech class about a project we are doing to gether, then I open this and see Tuscaloosa...ah, its a sign I should be there. LOL.

Good luck with your new week and great job with your last week! You are one busy chick! I love the 'wearing your running clothes under your church clothes' - making pit stops for trivial things like changing clothes can be the death of a good plan ;)

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 1/18/2010 3:19PM

    Wow, that's quite a weekend! Congrats on finishing your streak AND on actually rewarding yourself for doing so!

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DDOORN 1/18/2010 3:18PM

    Love your love of music! :-)


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SKYFYRE 1/18/2010 2:48PM

    Dana! I love when I have that much to do! Especially when it involves other humans! Looks like you got to combine an active lifestyle and socialization which in my book is AWESOME!
Congrats on your reward, you deserved it!! Hope the race works out but if not you can always do a similar trail run and wear your running pack... maybe we coulld make that a bunny challenge, a trail run of your choosing, just to switch things up a bit?!

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KJNE8O 1/18/2010 2:46PM

    I hate it when the computer does that! Argh!

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/18/2010 2:39PM

    What a great sparky weekend. Glad you had such a good time and that you got a popular blog award. Woohoo.

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KSGROTHE 1/18/2010 2:32PM

    Wow! You had such a busy weekend that I'm feeling tired just reading about it! emoticon

emoticon on finishing your streak and rewarding yourself! You deserve it!

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

- Karen

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/18/2010 2:18PM

    Congrats on the steak, hitting your goals and rewarding yourself! Woo hoo!

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