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The cold!

Monday, February 01, 2010

So this winter is the year I stopped being a wuss about cold weather and working out.

Honestly -- if ZORBS13 can get out there in a -20 something windchill in canada while she's nearly a month away from delivering a baby and run -- I can be tough, too. HAHAHAHA :D

I truly believe it's all about having the proper gear -- my gear is not so proper, but I have enough to make due. I'd like to have some more stuff instead of having to layer so many things that are not really well suited to the purpose, but it's good enough to allow me to continue working it out.

I think I could do with some warmer tights -- I may not need them often right now -- maybe not often enough to warrant the cost -- but eventually I'd like to add that to my arsenal. The ones I have are great for cooler weather, but 30 and below they are not really warm enough -- maybe some think it isn't worth wearing tights in weather from 30-50 degrees but for me it totally is. :D warmer than that and I'll let some of my legs brave the cold bare no problem.

I'd like to get some items to block the wind as well -- the wind has been kinda nuts here lately! Something to adore when it's hot out, but in the cold it's a nightmare. That and some kind of actual thin/warm layers for the top. I've got a longsleeve tech shirt but it's VERY meshy and not super warm, mostly just an extra thin layer that can cover my arms (Memphis Marathon T). I definitely have to layer over that to stay warm -- but let's say I had something like a thin fleece or whatnot. Or even just a windbreaking jacket -- I think I could go with the long sleeve tech shirt and one other layer and be good up top. But as it is, I wear short sleeve tech, long sleeve tech, and another long sleeve REGULAR T-shirt to add a layer and block the wind a bit more.

Anyway this is a lot of rambling to get to the point that this morning I was rowing -- the plan before yesterday afternoon was that I was rowing only on Friday morning but yesterday I get an email that the lineups have changed cause we have 2 more new people so they had to split to TWO boats.

The unique thing is that I'm rowing STROKE seat! :D That's the first of the lineup, the setter of pace and form -- now, previously I've been rowing in ONLY port rigged boats -- meaning the stroke seat is rigged on port side. However -- the boat I'm rowing in this week is starboard rigged. So I'm not learning to be bisweptual yet, but I AM getting to be the stroke seat still. Very fun.

But I'm rowing EVERY MORNING THIS WEEK. EEK! 5:15am call time at the boat house. And that meant it would be very cold this morning -- and unlike when I'm running, I knew that with this being the newbies first day on the water, there would be LOTS of holding still.

So I layered up like a champ!

Here's a picture:

The layers --
Bottom half: undies (obviously), full length running tights, running knee-length/capris, thin ankle socks, knee high thicker socks.

My shoes don't really count because you don't wear them in the boat -- but you put your feet inside of the boat's shoes that are attached inside the boat. My toes were TOTALLY NUMB by the time we were done. Those socks were NOT really meant to keep feet warm. What I hear is that WOOL socks are the way to go in the cold and I really need to get some!

Top half: padded sports bra (extra warmth!), short sleeve tech shirt, long sleeve tech shirt, hoodie, scarf, hat, gloves.

My hands were also getting kinda numb toward the end -- I think I need some warmer gloves actually! I really love my gloves... my FIL bought them for me for Christmas one year and they're awesome, but I've read that some people might need 2 layers of gloves OR a mitten does better. So maybe I can get a mitten on top? you don't really need individual fingers for rowing... anyway.

I went home and decided to get in bed rather than shower since I didn't sweat at practice at ALLLLLLL and shower right before work instead. Well... this was a grand idea except I was mostly shivering in bed under my covers trying to get warm enough to sleep. :P Should've used the shower to get warm. But I did get a little before it was time to get ready. I still ended up a tiny bit late for work, but the rest of the week will be a LOT EASIER because I won't have to be at work until 1PM isntead of 10AM. And hopefully we're MOVING a lot more as the newbies learn to row more. :D so I can work up some body heat! HAHA :D

But still -- I firmly believe that you can be comfortable working out outside even if it's really cold out. Time for my snack. :D YAY! And band is tonight!

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LIZZABETH1986 2/3/2010 10:50AM

    ahhh!! i LOVE the socks!! theyre awesome. good job going out and working out in the cold... there's nooooo way i would be doing that. winter sucks and i'm tired of it! blah!!! emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 2/2/2010 12:34PM

    I don't like the cold much, especially we have had some really cold days this year. Like 19 degrees and then with the wind chill it feels 20 degrees lower!!!! About your feet, my best advice is to wear some cotton socks (or those fancy workout ones that wick the sweat away but cost a ton for 1 pair) under the wool socks. Wool will keep you warm, but the cotton will help and absorb any sweat that may be going on!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 2/2/2010 10:21AM

    I have said it once and I'll say it again, I just can't take the cold the way I used to. Give me a blanket and someone beautiful (fortunately I am married to one) to snuggle with any day.

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KENSINGTONC 2/2/2010 8:23AM

    You bada$$ you. :-) I look RIDICULOUS when I run outside here in the winter. I wear humungous yellow snowmobile mittens and a hat and a balaclava and on and on it goes. It's the only way!

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    It's almost like Ralphies brother in The Christmas story! hehehe Love it!

and I LOVE the socks

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LAB-LOVER 2/1/2010 8:57PM

    LL Bean Fitness Fleece. Nice and warm, thin, ipod pocket. I'm wearing a PINK one on my SPpage. Love'em!

Also fleece gloves with a little hoodie that turns'em into mittens. Best thing I ever did for my hands. You can open the hoodie and let your hands sweat, or cover up when it's cold.

Those are my two fashion tips du jour!

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SEEBEES3 2/1/2010 8:09PM

    Oh yeah secksay ;-0 My sis in Idaho swears by Under Armor ColdGear and Sugoi SubZero. They are pricey but this time of year there are killer sales. I did a quick search and found tights at HDO sport for $68 and REI $45 respectivly. You could probably find something cheaper. Oh and she loves Smartwool socks. She won't wear anything else.

Me I have the exact opposite problem. Ask me about running at 115F and I can give you some opinions.

Edited for spelling the brands wrong - ugh you'd think I'd learn

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S318830 2/1/2010 6:21PM

    Hey, sexy! Damn you look hot! LOL! I love the socks! Yes, get thee to a store for a jacket or something and all the other stuff you need too!

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KEAKMAN 2/1/2010 6:13PM

    Wool is definitely the way to go. Avoid cotton at all costs. Try shopping at thrift stores for wool socks, a wool sweater (men's sizes are fine), and even wool pants to put on over your running tights. You will not believe the difference wool makes.

I have wool running socks for my always cold feet - makes a WORLD of difference!

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BOILERINAZ 2/1/2010 4:36PM

    Good job layering up! I'm becoming a big fan of arm sleeves for an extra layer for the cold!!

The shower TOTALLY warms me up after a cold run! brrr

I think running tights are worth the money! I actually got mine at and REI yardsale -- for $15...they are usually $75 for the pair I got! Might be worth looking into if you have an REI close by!

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DDOORN 2/1/2010 3:38PM

    Good for YOU to tackle the cold and not allow that to slow you down!

Sometimes I actually ENJOY the cold as my workouts generate so much HEAT! As in snow-shoveling, cross-country skiing, etc.


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TELERIE 2/1/2010 3:36PM

    Inside layer of wool - and wool socks is really a MUST for me. Then I wear a thin layer of tech stuff and finally a wind-proof layer - seems to work well in our temperatures. Mittens feel warmer because the fingers warm eachother.

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JOHNBABJR 2/1/2010 3:17PM

    Great job in the cold, Dana. I'm like you; I have enough cold weather clothes to make do, but that's about it. I'm hating the cold more every day as winter drags on.

Thanks for another interesting blog. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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RDARLING 2/1/2010 2:45PM

    Way to tough the elements!
My advice for finding reasonably priced outdoor gear is sierratradingpost.com
Sometimes, I go to the local sports store to try on sizes then purchase on Sierra but most of the time, I just read the description of the product and that gives me a good idea of what size I should order. I ordered almost all my winter gear for running from Sierra and probably spend under $125 with shipping (long winter running shirt, socks, winter running jacket, hat, bacalava). I just ordered a new winter jacket- so excited to see what it looks like! Warning- it's an addictive website!

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KSGROTHE 2/1/2010 2:41PM

    emoticon on getting out to exercise even in the cold and making do with the clothes you have for layering! I'm kind of glad I don't have to worry much about that since I live in a warm climate.

I also love your optimism for the rowing workouts the rest of the week!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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    Wow! Check you out! You're all ready for the cold!!!

meanwhile it's sunny here and I STILL can't get myeslf to go outside and run. sheesh!


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SEEHOLZ 2/1/2010 2:09PM

    I am amazed that you can go rowing and then go back to bed... that woudl be a problem for me-LOL! The winter look rocks!

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CCSDESTINY 2/1/2010 2:01PM

    SOOO Cute!!! I personally dont know how you do it! BRRRR! But you do it in style...

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/1/2010 1:52PM

    I've heard that silk long underwear is excellent as a base layer. Or polypro. Either might be warmer than running tights...

Thanks for the link to nuun in the previous post. I'm going to check it out!

I found a 20% off promo code for nuun here: http://getsassyfit.blogspot.com/200

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 2/1/2010 1:34PM

    I love the fact that you considered the padding in your sports bra a source of extra warmth! And what a classy look the outfit has!

Now that we moved up north, I've been slowly building my collection of SmartWool. It's pricey, but DANG is it worth it on a cold day. I was up in the mountains snowshoeing for like 3 hours on Saturday and (other than at lunch when I was sitting still on a snow bank) I kept perfectly warm in a single layer of midweight SmartWool and my waterproof running pants/jacket. Heck, for parts of the workout, I actually tied my jacket around my waist and pushed up the sleeves on my SmartWool top.

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MBSHAZZER 2/1/2010 1:31PM

    OMG you are rocking the winter look! I love the FSU socks (at least those look like FSU colors!). I am impressed that you are making do with what you have and braving the temps. Had it not been for my marathon, I would have bailed on exercise during the "cold" snap!

Anyway, sounds like a great rowing workout this AM and you have definitely earned the right to get back into a warm bed when you've braved the chill on the water!

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    I gotta say, I LOVE your socks!!! Maybe the funkiest things I've seen all day!

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    Way to go on getting out there and exercising despite the cold! No excuses, yay!! I don't often exercise outdoors in the cold, but I do still hit the gym almost everyday. If it's really snowy/icy I do a dvd at home.

Love all your layers, especially the striped knee socks!

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    SEXY! emoticon I think you've earned yourself the title of Honourary Canadian.

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You asked for it, Pam...

Sunday, January 31, 2010

OK so my splurge meal was kind of crazy splurgey. Honestly -- it's what I would have eaten before my healthy life transformation but I felt sooooooooooooooooo overstuffed and uncomfortable afterward. Good reminder I guess... Should've cut my portions down on the main meal MAJORLY.

What I had was a burger and fries, a couple slices of fried green tomato, and half of an order of banana pudding and half a little slice of lemon cake.

Doesn't sound too bad, does it?

I dunno how much meat was in that burger but it was GIGANTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I should have only eaten half of it, and half the fries and I probably would've felt just fine. Oh and I had a little bite of my DH's polish sausage but that was truly little and fine. I just have a problem that if I start eating something, I finish it. I should've cut the burger in half from the get go and never started on the whole thing.

Lesson learned! (Well -- relearned and hopefully not relearned again for a while.)

Other than that, my eating yesterday was acceptible! :)

I hit the gym -- did my NROL4W. The workout actually went and felt GREAT - hurrah! Then to the run.

It was cold at first, but I started getting in a groove and the groove just kept getting groovier as I went along. About 2/3 through I was loving life, loving running, rocking and lip syncing to my music and having a complete BLAST. Definitely fulfilled my goal of RELAXING into this run and not going too fast -- in fact I made myself go slower at the beginning, then had my massive forever hill, then slowed to let me HR get back, then the rocking really commenced.

But THEN -- it all of a sudden got colder... and windier...

I just started checking the actuals and yesterday when I checked it was supposed to be 40's, feels like low 30's winds at 9-10mph. I dunno if it was where I was in the run -- maybe cause I was on higher ground at this point, or less interfering buildings/trees to the wind... but anyway --looking at the historical data from yesteryay it was ACTUALLY -- mid 30's feels like mid 20's wind at 13mph. EEK!

But I made it through -- didn't walk at all, just stopped for a second at a couple lights but honestly, they weren't long -- drank on the run. Trying to practice not walking as much as I got used to last year. Anyyywayyyy. Time was JUST under 13min miles, which with the hills and the wind, I'm MORE than happy with.

Came home, straight to the shower to get warm because my hands were crazy and my legs and butt were tingling. In the shower, from my hips to my knees were all RED as were my ankles and my left wrist. I was like WHAAAAT? Did i get wind burned through my tights??? But it's gone today so eh. Whatever. It was definitely cold though and I need to get some wind blocking apparel to deal with that nonsense.

Ate stew to get protein and refuel, but I think it was too heavy for my stomach at that moment cause I felt kinda... yuck... after eating ti. Later I ate some caramel puff corn from Target and felt better... I dunno -- quickly absorbed sugar to the rescue?

Then later splurge meal -- watched The Commish on DVD w/ the hubby. Fun times. When I came home he was watching skiing! :D Getting excited for the Winter Olympics... although I forgot to mention Friday night we watched the Millrose Games -- and indoor track and field event at Madison Square Gardens -- this was the 103rd of them! Anyway -- my first time watching it. :D There were some of the expected events, but also a "fasted kid in NY" sprint, high school mile for men and women, a former NFL player's sprint, but the big event was the Wanamaker Mile -- I dunno why, but they make a big todo before it and someone sings the national anthem. I should find out why.

In any case, great runner Bernard Legat has won that event 7 times, tying an Irish runner Eamonn Legat who one his 7th in 1987. Well Friday night, he surpassed the record by winning his 8th and it was truly incredible to watch him as he kicked in on the final lap -- he made his move and the rest of the field was absolutely TOAST.

OK I need to get my butt to church.

Ok P.S. -- you asked for it MARLIE! :D


Nuun is little tablets of a sugar free electrolyte hydration beverage -- 1 tab (with a line to snap in half if you want) combines w/ 16oz. Delicate flavors, not TOO sweet, lightly carbonated due to the fizzing reaction w/ the water, but not crazy so. I just LOVE IT. My favorite is the banananuun. :D

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    i go red when i run in the cold. even when i have pants on. when i get undressed usually my thighs and butt (lol) are all red. i have to try out the nuun thing. i really dilute my gatorade cause the sugar and my belly don't always agree.

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S318830 2/1/2010 6:23PM

    Sorry you wound up with a reminder of why we don't eat until we're full anymore... did my Cherry experience teach you NOTHING??

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KNH771 2/1/2010 12:19PM

    I have the problem of finishing every meal I start too! Glad I'm not the only one. It really does help to limit the portion size that goes on your plate in the first place. And I am big on to-go boxes at restaraunts...

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MBSHAZZER 2/1/2010 11:36AM

    Sounds like the cheat meal was a great barometer of how far you've come! Honestly, I had a "cheat" meal after the marathon yesterday and it didn't hold a lot of appeal... I was just trying to get calories back in quickly!

Sounds like you had an awesome workout, cold be darned!

And I am going to check out that Nuun... I had a terrible time with cramping during the race and I never want to feel that again!!

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SEEHOLZ 2/1/2010 9:53AM

    I love, love the cola flavored nuun, because I grew up on cola flavored candies and stuff.. well, grew up might be an exaggeration, but it's so German and hence, reminds me of childhood flavor, even though it seems kind of artificial. I've never tried banananuun...
Just so you know... I get red bloatches all the time running in the winter... arghh... this might be TMI, but I got some stretch marks around my belly button ( from being pregnant) and they get all big, red and gross and I thought one time that it would be permanent and freaked. I realized that my stomach gets the biggest hit, so now I make sure to tuck the bottom shirt into my stretchy pants and then weare a loose one on top, even it it's short sleeved.. or a vest... works well for me!

As for the splurge... sorry you overdid it, but it sounds like you are figuring it out... it's on meal and its done, so yeh for moving forward...

P.S. of course I knew that you were going to say erging... I meant to mention it and then I forgot... and did I do it? No, but I thought about it more than once, so definitely moving into the right direction-LOL!

Happy Monday Dana!

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LAB-LOVER 2/1/2010 7:00AM

    I had a cold reaction like yours recently. Except in addition to the redness, my legs started itching like crazy. Then I discovered that there's such a thing as being allergic to the cold -- and the redness/itching/swelling is a symptom, along with getting lightheaded, which happened to me in the shower afterwards.

But I went and bought a pair of fleece lined running tights (got'em at Eastern Mountain Sports) and my legs have been very happy since. Well... they haven't minded the cold, but the mileage? They ARE complaining about that. LOL!

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DDOORN 1/31/2010 10:41PM

    Love that feeling you speak of re: getting in the groove! Had some good doses of that today while Nordic walking in the sunshine...mid-20s here...ALMOST went without a coat, but well, what the heck...lol!


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CCSDESTINY 1/31/2010 9:58PM

    Awesome job getting out there and getting that run done! I HATE HATE HATE the cold...brrrr.... just reading about it made me cringe! I think you are a ROCK STAR!!!

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KSGROTHE 1/31/2010 7:05PM

    emoticon on the run, even in the cold!

Be glad you only splurged for the one meal! I seemed to be unable to get my eating under control yesterday myself. I'm sure that's why I haven't lost more weight than I have.

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

- Karen

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KASHMIR 1/31/2010 3:09PM

    last week when we ran in the rain my legs were red as can be after that run...and heck woman...it's only ONE meal, and you will remember next time, cut it all in half before you even begin!
Love the NUUN!!!! my fav is lemon/lime

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SEEBEES3 1/31/2010 2:59PM

    Wow that run sounds downright cold. Give yourself thumbs up for such a quick recovery. Good for your for not beating yourself up on supper. Isn't it amazing how things change?

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KEAKMAN 1/31/2010 2:10PM

    Considering the amount of exercise you get in during the week, I can't find it in me to scold you on the splurge meal. My guess is that your tummy did all the scolding you needed anyway! Congrats on getting that run in - even in arctic temps! I bet the red legs were just surface cold - my body does that all over when it gets cold. Hope you feel great today - no bad aftereffects of the run or the splurge....

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/31/2010 12:14PM

    Thanks for the details of your splurge. I think I'm sufficiently grossified (which would have been "satisfied" two years ago), so I don't need a splurge of my own now.


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FITTYTIF 1/31/2010 12:05PM

    I had date night with hubby last night and Did the same thing! I knew I should of stopped but I did not! I had lobster bisic to start of the meal and I was full from that. But then I followed it with poached salmon. YUMMM! like you I should of eaten only half! ANd then I followed by suffle' (Sp) not sure I only at the top off and came home and was sick. I just laid on the couch stuffed!!! Some date night for me! Lesson learned!!

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KJNE8O 1/31/2010 11:19AM

    Great run - and WOWZAA on the Splurge Meal! Yikes! LOL

I ate too much last night too - but mine was at a Turkish Restaurant :) Too much hummus, tabuli, etc.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Just a sound.

Waking up at 6AM isn't my favorite thing.

So I actually woke up with a start at like... 5:35 or so because I was having a dream that I overslept and woke up like OH NO!!!!!! WORK!!!!!!!!!!! Then I REALLY woke up and was in a panic but, oh yay it's only 5:35... I looked at my alarm to check that it was set and tried to sleep until 6AM. I actually did manage to fall asleep sometime before 6AM cause I awoke to the alarm. YAYYY 2nd jolting wakeup of the morning! :D hahaha.

Yeah, I set my alarm for 6am instead of 6:10 cause I didn't prep anything last night. And I would have left on time if I hadn't decided to EAT before I left... so I was 5min late leaving and 5min late arriving -- not TOO bad, but I had new startup procedures at work and something that wasn't prepared that needed to be, but actually -- everything was done on time so all was well. Just felt a bit like a chicken with my head cut off when I first got here.

Feeling sleepy but I think that feeling will leave once I'm done here. I ate some Archer Farms Cinnamon Start with Protein and Cottage Cheese for breakfast (AKA - target protein cereal+cottage cheese) before I left, I have brought my protein oatmeal (oats+protein powder, a very typical pre-run meal), a GU, and nuun with me. The plan is the oatmeal and prep nuun before I leave, then do NROL4W at the gym, change, down the GU, and head out on the run.

May be going out for dinner tonight as the splurge meal of the week.

That's all I got for now -- rowing is looking like we'll have enough people Sunday, but I'm still waiting on confirmation that the river is ok after the rain.

P.S. -- Video update according to FITTYTIF - "The first time yes you are standing in one leg of your pants by a tree the narrator is talking so you do not hear what you are saying. The second time you are on the stage with a mike in your hand. Again the Narrator is talking so again I could not hear what you are saying."

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SEEBEES3 1/30/2010 3:18PM

    Had to laugh about the dream and then going back to sleep anyway. It's happened to me more than once ;-) Hope rowing goes well!

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TAKEONME48137 1/30/2010 1:15PM

    I took a nap yesterday evening and woke up exactly like that yesterday. Very weird and confusing. lol I'm glad that everything worked out in getting to work and such. Yay for the exercising. =)

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/30/2010 12:57PM

    when you say yarg is it like how emoticon would say it? 6 am is just gross.

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MBSHAZZER 1/30/2010 12:42PM

    YAY, way to get to work on time. Sounds like it was an exciting way to wake up, LOL! :D

Have a great workout and enjoy your dinner out!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/30/2010 12:27PM

    Fill us in on your splurge meal later. Mine was pot luck at the boss' house last night. Paella -- yum!

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    waking up at 6am on a Saturday should be illegal! I like the word "Yarg"

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MARLIE13 1/30/2010 12:00PM

    6am on a Saturday is what I would call insane. loL! What's nuun?

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/30/2010 10:13AM

    You know, I did a comparison of all the dairy products I've been eating lately, and fat free cottage cheese has the highest protein content per calorie of any of them? No wonder it's considered a stereotypical diet food! LOL

Hope the river is fit for rowing on Sunday!

Tomorrow after church I'm heading out for a kayak rolling practice in a pool an hour and 45 minutes away (each direction). But I'll get to meet the members of the regional white water club, and I hope to go on some trips with them to the Adirondacks later in the year, so I'm really looking forward to it, even if it'll mean three and a half hours of driving for 2 hours of paddling...


I'm also going to try out a boat a guy is selling, in case I want to buy it...

(which is kind of funny because I already have two if you count the flatwater boats, and how many butts do I HAVE, anyway?! LOL)

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KASHMIR 1/30/2010 10:11AM

    I hope you get to row tomorrow!!

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I made stew!

Friday, January 29, 2010

And... it is SO GOOD. :D hahaha.

I used a recipe from the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook, added a bit more meat, but yeah. It's kind of hilarious, the recipe is called "In A Canadian Stew" So... I'm not really sure why. I mean, it's one thing if it's called Canadian Stew, but this isn't even a title, it's like -- a lead in phrase.

Basically I used 2lbs of Laura's Lean Beef Stew meat (cheaper and easier than buying tenderloin to cut up myself - the recipe calls for 1.5lbs) and you make a seasoning coating w/ 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1tsp each of oregano and basil, and some sea salt and pepper.

Toss that up so every chunk gets coated.

Then you cook up 2 large or 3-4 med/smaller onions and in 4Tbsp of olive oil, cook those and several cloves of garlic (I dumped a bunch of minced) until they get softened. While those were cooking I chopped up the other veggies - 2 leeks (white and light green parts only), 3 parsnips, 3 carrots... once the onions/garlic are softened you add the rest of the veggies (including a can of whole plum tomatoes) and cook for like, 5 more minutes.

Then comes the meat -- cook until browned and when the stuff starts getting really sticky, add the liquids. The recipe calls for 1 cup of low sodium chicken broth and 1 cup of light beer. We don't drink so I never buy any beer, so I just used 2 cups of chicken broth (I'm addicted to Better Than Boullion so sorry, not low sodium). ANYWAY -- bring to a boil, then lower to simmer and stir till sauce is evenly smooth and add 1 can of whole potatoes.

Then simmer for 30min.



The only problem -- it took kind of forever, I think the extra meat/maybe too small a pot for it all made the meat browning section take way too long... also apparently my DH doesn't like MEAT.

I know I was like... uh... what? Cause if I make something vegetarian he goes -WHERE'S MY MEAT! Ok so apparently he explained to me that he doesn't like just the plain flavor of meat -- he doesn't ever eat steaks, his favorite meat entries include lots of added flavors from sauces, cheeses, etc.etc.etc. So that was kinda weird to find out that he was really NOT all about the stew. I was like, what about all the veggies? He was like, they were good but they tasted like meat.

HAHAHAHAHA. I was so surprised by this reaction, so apparently I'M the carnivore in our relationship because I LOVE meat. And steak. And yeah this stew rocked for me. Luckily I have lots of leftovers to use as lunches.

The recipe says it makes 8 servings, I THINK that I've divided it more like 6 servings of 2 cups each. Last night I was sooooooooooo stuffed from it. A serving of that size, from my personal Sparkrecipe calculation (since I used more meat and whatnot) was about 444 calories I think.

So enough about all that -- I think I know what's getting to me this week.

So I've been doing really well about getting to bed in enough time to get plenty of sleep for when I have to wake up in the morning. I would think -- tomorrow I have to be at the gym by X time, so I need to wake up at X time, which minus 8hrs equals in bed by X time.

This week - not so much. I've been doing this whole -- I'm gonna stay out in the living room and watch TV with my DH as long as possible and fall asleep on the floor or the couch and then wake up and move to bed around 3-4AM and then really go to sleep.

I need to not do that anymore.

This morning I decided NROL4W can wait till tomorrow - that'll still give me 2 off days before the next weights workout, so that should be PLENTY and I felt I really needed the extra sleep this morning.

Tomorrow I KNOW I have to be up super early -- I'm working so I've gotta be up by at least 6:10 I think in order to be at work on time. (I have to be here at 6:30 so that's being SUUUUUPER generous with my sleep in time -meaning I must prepare tonight for my clothes and food situation.) I'm lucky to be so close to my work now -- that's allowing for waking up, throwing on clothes, grabbing whatever I have prepared and leaving.

The plan will be to head to the gym after work and do NROL4W and then do my run. I mapped a 10K route the other day, I will be taking the pace VERY EASY and just relaxing and rocking it.... well as much as possible. Apparently it will be a bit windy and cold. But hey -- at least all the freezing cold RAIN will be happening tonight so I shouldn't have any tomorrow. But I will definitely be wearing the cold weather gear for my run tomorrow. I'll probably actually bring a change of clothes since I will not want to be wearing that in the gym.

*phwew* Glad the week is almost over!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. -- so according to FITTYTIF there is some footage of me on the new 10min fitness DVD w/ Coach Nicole? She hasn't gone back and watched it with sound to give me any details as to what it is, but she said she was going to turn it off and all of a sudden there I was. HAHAHA I wonder if it's just me standing in one leg of my pants or something that's popped up on their little promotional TV snippets for The Spark but either way, that's kinda cool...

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/30/2010 12:54PM

    i love stew. have no idea why that would be canadian? odd it asked for chicken stock in beef stew. when i make beef stew i use beef stock lol. if you had a crock pot you could have just thrown it all in there and walked away. NO PRESSURE LOL. henry may like chicken stew more. i love chicken stew. tastes like chicken pot pie without the pot pie. a sleep in sounds nice. i got to sleep until 8 this morning. so could have done more.

another video. you are going to need an agent soon!

you are doing a 10 k after nrol4w? you crazy???? i only ever do short runs on days of nrol. maybe wouldn't be such a bad idea as doms wouldn't have set in yet.

happy saturday.

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KEAKMAN 1/30/2010 9:32AM

    Yummmmm, stew sounds great! And congrats on being a DVD star! I'll hve to get your autograph one of these days!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 1/30/2010 8:18AM

    i want to hear the details about you on the video!

I just got a Tosca Reno cookbook, too. I didn't get the diet one, though I wish I had. I have enjoyed the two recipes I made, but they did take a long time, too! Unfortunately I don't think I have to luxury of time to make her recipes. On the positive side, her recipes are quite similar to how I already cook, so I think Jake and I pretty much eat clean as it is :).

Get back to proper sleep, Dana! :D

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FITTYTIF 1/29/2010 10:36PM

    Okay I just watched the whole thing. You are on the new DVD "FIT, FIRM & FIRED UP IN 10 MINUTES A DAY", under the section inspirational bones material. It is basically an 8 minute interview about SPARKPEOPLE and Chris. It reminds me of an acess hollywood type snip it. The first time (YES I said first time! You are on two times that I saw!)
The first time yes you are standing in one leg of your pants by a tree the narrator is talking so you do not hear what you are saying. The second time you are on the stage with a mike in your hand. Again the Narrator is talking so again I could not hear what you are saying.
It is obvious this was all filmed at San Diego. So you might be in some other crowd shots but I could not tell.
Kind of cool I get a DVD and I can say HEY I know that person!!!

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DDOORN 1/29/2010 10:34PM

    We're often brewing up a good stew all winter long...each time it's just a tad different, depending on what's in the fridge...yum!


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JOHNBABJR 1/29/2010 8:41PM

    I love stew, Dana. And yours sounds wonderfully delicious!

Have a great weekend!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 1/29/2010 7:12PM

    That stew sounds amazing! And how entertaining to discovery the hubby doesn't really like meat...

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CATIATM 1/29/2010 6:09PM

    What? You made a delicious stew ... and didn't invite me? emoticon I love meat, too!

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TELERIE 1/29/2010 5:48PM

    I love to make stews and soups! This one sounde delicious! Perhaps I'll make it tomorrow. Have a great weekend, Dana and get some quality sleep. I intend to.

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KSGROTHE 1/29/2010 5:06PM

    Your stew sounds pretty good! I make a simpler beef stew myself. I don't coat the meat or use beer. I don't include any onions because I don't like onions. My stew is basically beef, red potatoes (cut into cubes), carrots, celery, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, and some herbs and spices. I think I'd like to add some tomatoes sometime, but I'm not sure DH will eat it with tomatoes. I'll have to ask him.

Your workout plan sounds doable. You really should get more and better sleep though (as should I). Good luck with your 10K run!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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KJNE8O 1/29/2010 4:48PM

    The stew sounds great. I'm not a huge meat eater but in stews like that I love it!

I am feeling the affects of not getting enough sleep myself. Tonight is the first night that I think that I can actually get to bed and get enough sleep. It's so necessary especially for people who workout a lot. We may need more than less active people! So get to bed and stop sleeping on the floor/couch - that's not going to be very restful.

And um - what??? You get up 20 minutes before you have to be at work?? I get up at 6:10 and I let the dog out, get coffee, watch the news and read spark emails. Get dd up after a bit, get her breakfast and jump in the shower. Get me dressed, her dressed, and all that fun stuff. I am now trying to pack my lunch the night before and make sure the gym bag is packed too so I don't have to do too much. Bus picks up dd at 7:45 and then I still have some things to do (dishes, loading up the car) so it's never less than 2 hours from when I get up that I can get out the door and then it's a 20-25 minute drive :)

SOOO Jealous!!!

OH, and congrats on being in another video! WOOT!

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KUANGIE 1/29/2010 3:33PM

    That stew sounds delish! Yum!

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/29/2010 3:08PM

    The stew sounds amazing! I might have to try it out =)

And I'm in awe of the up at 6:10 to be at work by 6:30. I thought only my DH could pull that off.

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MDTWEETY 1/29/2010 2:50PM

    mmmmmm....I LOVE stew! I might have to steal your recipe. ;)
I ordered both of Coach Nicole's DVDs from Amazon earlier this week. They shipped out today; can't wait to get them. I will look for you. LOL.

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JANUARYHOPE 1/29/2010 2:31PM

    Sounded yummy!

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KAYAKID 1/29/2010 2:24PM

    Dana, sounds wonderful - I love stew and meat! minus the beer of course!!! I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!


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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 1/29/2010 2:21PM

    The Stew sounds great! I'll have to make that sometime...we all love meat at my house so I'd be adding more meat like you! Have a great weekend!

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SEEBEES3 1/29/2010 2:05PM

    I'm the carnivore in my relationship too but over the years DH has swung more to my way of thinking. He makes the best chili shrimp. The stew sounds delish! I know with me and ST I really need 2 days off on the muscle groups I worked before I hit it again or my form is all wrong ('cause I wince ya know). Hope you get some rest!

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    Beef, wheat flour, beer... YUP! That's Canadian! (You can buy de-alcoholized beer in the soda pop section of the grocery store, by the way. That's not very Canadian, but it would add the flavour without alcohol. I think most of the alcohol in real beer would simmer off, but with de-alcoholized, you'd be extra-safe.) I'm glad to read you didn't go all the way and finish off your meal with a Nanaimo Bar, though.


PS I got unsubscribed, but I'm back.

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TAIMOIRAI 1/29/2010 1:31PM

    I need to think about making some of that stew. It sounds awesome.

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MBSHAZZER 1/29/2010 1:26PM

    Good plan to work backwards on the time thing. I love being able to plan everything ahead of time and then spring into action at the last minute! Sleep is precious!

So funny about your hubby and meat! I am the same way... I don't like all the chewing involved with eating steaks and meat-y things. What can I say, with the exception of running, I am the laziest person on the planet. He might like soy crumbles or TVP (there I am on the TVP bandwagon again) - it's the texture of ground beef, but much cheaper and virtually fat free!

Have an awesome weekend!

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ZAEZAE 1/29/2010 1:23PM

    Your stew sounds awesome! If you make it again you should try throwing in some cabbage. It goes great with all the veggies you mentioned and gives you extra fiber (although I'm sure you already know that!) I make a veggie stew that sounds similar and cabbage is my secret ingredient!

Congrats on the video clip!

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up at 6:10 and have to be somewhere at 6:30?

dude I'm GREEN with jealousy. green. I couldn't even imagine. I have to be at work by 8 (sometimes earlier) . . so to be there on time I have to leave at 7:15 just to GET there. Then I need an hour before that to get ready. lol (take care of kitties, shower, hair, makeup, food, etc).

so if I have to be at work @ 7? . . I need to be up @ 5:15. so. jealous! lol

But I plan my sleep just like you. :D

Hope you have a happy Friday!! And super cool about the workout video!!!! :D

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

So I didn't procrastinate my run...

but maybe today wasn't a great day to try a virtual 5K? After running hard yesterday?

In any case, I started wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too fast.

First half was at about a 10min mile pace (and I felt myself actually downshift at least twice during that first half, so who knows how fast I really started!) second half was at about 12:27 and I walked a minute at the beginning of the second half as well. :P HAHA. So my average pace overall waws 11:18, but it was not managed well at all.

But I did it. And then I came home and just was NOT feeling going to work right now -- luckily I am working this Saturday so I do HAVE to take a half day during the workweek from today through next Wednesday, so I called to see if it would be alright to do that today and SCORE yes. :)

So now I get to relax until I have to be at work at 6PM.

But run DONE! NROL4W tomorrow.

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MBSHAZZER 1/29/2010 9:55AM

    Sorry to hear you lost steam... but a good lesson for next time! :D

I would love to have the flexibility at work! Glad it's working for you!

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JOHNBABJR 1/29/2010 9:50AM

    You did it, Dana! Way to stick with it!

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TAKEONME48137 1/29/2010 9:02AM

    Hooray for getting the run out of the way and yay for half day! =)

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JESPAH 1/29/2010 7:01AM

    You got it done. And that's what matters. :)

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DDOORN 1/29/2010 3:24AM

    Got 'er DONE! You know, like Dempsey said...a hero is somebody who gets up...even when she can't! Woo Hoo! :-)


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MISSY_MAGOO 1/29/2010 1:36AM

    it's so fun watching your times get a bit faster and a bit faster:) Keep it up girlie!

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KAYAKID 1/29/2010 12:51AM

    Dana, one of the things that I have learned. We learn the most about ourselves and our running from bad runs. Its a teachong moment but they are still hard for us to endure.

take care of yourself and don't push too hard if its going badly.


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LILHLFPINT 1/29/2010 12:12AM

    (::hugs:: take care of yourself, girl. don't push yourself too hard.)

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KEAKMAN 1/28/2010 10:33PM

    hmmmm, I wonder if you are either coming down with a cold, or if you are experiencing a vitamin deficiency????? You seem to be tired and draggy a bit this week. (just me worrying. it's what I do best)

You know that HRM you have? Use it! Set the thing to beep at you if you go too fast, and then listen to it!

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FITTYTIF 1/28/2010 10:21PM

    So I have to ask. How did you learn about starting too fast and what to do on runs? DId you have a coach, read up on it learn from people here? Some times when I read a runners blog I feel like I am reading a different language. But I keep reading because although I know I will never be able to run. I like living through all of you runners. BTW I got the emoticon and I saw you on it today. I was just getting ready to turn it off when you popped up.:)

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/28/2010 8:21PM

    yeah for no work!
double yeah for finishing your 5k!
you rock!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 1/28/2010 6:58PM

    You know, as "bad" as starting too fast is, there are times that doing it serves me really well... sometimes it can teach me that I'm capable of more than I think I am. You know, that day where you keep thinking "Dang it, I started to fast! There's no way I can sustain this!" but some how you keep holding that pace, if not for the rest of the run, at least for longer than you thought you could.

Of course, there are plenty of other days where starting too fast just confirms that I can't run that fast and makes me crash hard.

Glad you were able to take a half day. Hope you enjoyed it!

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TAIMOIRAI 1/28/2010 5:46PM

    God, bad runs are the worst. I hope you feel better!

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KSGROTHE 1/28/2010 4:55PM

    emoticon on doing the run!

It may not have been the best run (or even a good run) for you, but you did it, and you'll have an easier time the next time. This blog shows that you understand the lesson(s) to be learned from this run.

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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SEEBEES3 1/28/2010 3:41PM

    Hey lady you're inching closer and closer to under 11 minute miles. Sure it wasn't all that but you're getting there! Good on 'ya for getting it done!

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    Great job for making it through the run! It's a run just like this one that teaches you how to start out . . because you KNOW what will happen if you take off like a shot! :D

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/28/2010 3:11PM

    Yay you did a BIDA (But I Did it Anyway)

Can I suggest a nice pot of your favorite herbal tea? And some soothing music? For at least half an hour?

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