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Thursday, May 06, 2010

First thing today was rowing -- that went well. It was a bit... painstaking. We drilled for a LONG TIME before we finally went to continuous rowing. Our coach wanted to emphasize a sloowwww recovery, CONTROLLED slide up to the catch. So - we started with our regular pick/reverse pick warmup and then it was pause drills. For a good hour at least I think. First it was a pause on every stroke. Then it was every 3 strokes, every 5, and finally every 10! which was ALMOST like regular rowing finally. HAHAHA It was sooooo hard not to feel impatient sliding slowly up to the catch and also having to pause so often.

Finally at the end we got to row continuously for a while.

Then home - watch ANTM and eat breakfast - shower - and sleep.

Got about 2 hrs, then it was time to get going again -- I planned for another run today. Last night I looked up mileage building training plans and found one I thought suited my current mileage abilities and built up well - so I'm going with it! YMMV as they say on Runners world online (Your Miles May Vary) I'm going to make sure to be flexible to how things are going -- I'm hoping to have time to build up to mid to high 30 miles per week before I begin my marathon training cycle this time. So we'll see how it all goes.

Anyway - the new plan meant 3 miles today. So yes, I was running in the hothotheat again, but not as far and I knew I'd be more careful so I wasn't going to be pushing the pace either. Yeah, it was slow - over 13min average (including walking warmup and 2 walk breaks) but I felt FINE - no sick, no stars, strong finish - just HOT. The heat here is so oppressive - I mean it was hot, humid, and there were giant fluffs of flower bits/pollen floating in the air. Big visible chunks!

This weekend the plan calls for 6 on Saturday, 4 on Sunday. I plan to do my best to get those in the cooler hours!

In exciting I'm getting new exercise stuff news - got the go-ahead to order my stuff! :D New running shoes - Mizuno Wave Inspire 5 for $39.88 at runningwarehouse.com, they have size 11B and 12B left if you're interested! Check out their other closeouts as well! I hope I really like them - I DID try them on last weekend after the relay and they felt good jogging around the place. haha -- well with the exception that my big toe was a little too close to the front, BUT I was trying on a 10.5 since they didn't have an 11 so that should be all good.

AND - FREESTYLE TRAINER!!!! :D Sooooooo excited about this. We decided we could fit both of those things in if I used some money I got for my birthday (still haven't deposited the check - so it hasn't really been thought of yet). Definitely worth it - Happy Birthday to me! :) haha.

As for my ST - uh, last night I did some with the weights at my work while I was waiting for my DH to pick me up cause I decided I finally wanted to take those home. Just upper body stuff. Today I'm hoping to do some pilates style stuff later tonight. AND - I think I'm gonna get my butt up early tomorrow morning to go to a final class at the gym - that darn spin class I keep meaning to go to ! It's early, but I'm working this weekend AND got up at 4:45 this morning, so actually it shouldn't be too bad to get up early tomorrow as well.

In silly news - I forgot my "real" bra today, which means after my clean up in the bathroom at work when I was feeling pretty fresh, I had to actually put BACK on my nasty sweaty sports bra. So not only am I wearing that grossness, my boobies are squashed instead of massively padded. So I'm dramatically more flat chested today at work than in recent times... hahahahaha. *sigh*

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CLOVERR1 5/7/2010 12:06PM

    I have liked my pair of Mizunos, but I'm still searching for the perfect shoe for me....(and I'll admit to liking finding the funkiest colours possible!)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/7/2010 11:37AM


New fitness equipment!!!

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KEAKMAN 5/6/2010 11:23PM

    What a hoot! But way to go on the rowing AND running!

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KSGROTHE 5/6/2010 5:27PM

    emoticon on your rowing and running today!

*AND* emoticon for new shoes! emoticon

As for the bra, well I hope you weren't trying to impress anyone today. emoticon

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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MBSHAZZER 5/6/2010 5:14PM

    Hehe, good thing it was your bra you forgot and not your undies! I was renovating my bathroom a few years ago and of course, I only had one bathroom. So I would go running outside, then go lift at the gym and then take a shower there. But since I ran first and didn't stop at home, I would have to put my used running clothes back on to go home! Fortunately, it was "winter" so they weren't too nasty and I only lived 2 blocks from the gym. But I would always give myself a good spritzing with body spray! I suppose I could have stashed fresh clothing a the gym, but then I would need to get up 5 minutes earlier! hehe

Anyway, glad you did not pass out today. Enjoy your weekend running!

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TAMTAM64 5/6/2010 4:20PM

    Ewwww on the gross sports bra - ROFL Hope you didn't stink along with being more flat chested... hehehe

Those things happen...

Keep up the good work,

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SEEHOLZ 5/6/2010 3:53PM

    I think wearing a gross reminder of a great run is just ironic somehow--- sounds like you'll be doing some major running for the rest of the year

Glad you're feeling good!

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

I had a somewhat scary experience today - luckily I decided to listen to my body before it was REALLY too late, but I should've keyed in sooner to avoid the scariness. :P

So it was HOT today - high 80's at least - and I decided I need to get acclimated to the heat anyway, so I might as well go run. Well - the first half was okay. I had at least 5 min starting walking, then a few little stops to try to figure out my skirt adjustments ( the drawstring turned out to pull the skirt too high, even when it was looser it'd I guess.. bounce up to the smaller part of my waist instead of staying put around the hips? so that's not going to work, but once I untied it and didn't have much of anything in the pockets I think I was good!) toward the halfway point of my 4 mile route I was starting to feel the heat and I took a walk break to the half point, promising myself I'd check the time and try to do better on the way back. WRONG WRONG WRONG! SO DUMB! hahaha

I had to slow because of the heat so I thought going faster on the way back was a good idea??? I drank the rest of my water so I wouldn't have to carry it (probably also a bad idea cause it was more than I'd usually drink at once while running) and started go go going. It felt ok for a while, but close to the 1 mile marker of the hard running I was feeling icky. I slowed down after I passed that point, actually a little before when I checked my watch and realized that I wasn't going so fast afterall. HAHAHA. (first half of the "run" including walking and adjustment breaks took 32min, so about a 16min mile pace - "fast/hard" mile was at 10min when I checked and I was like, oh. so I slowed down a bit and passed the mile marker at 12min). WELL Then I slowed some more and started walking and was like uuucucuckkkykkykyy...

Then I saw a runner coming and started running SLOWLY again. Cause... I have a problem where I push myself too hard when I see other people. Anyway, after he passed I slowed to a walk again and started feeling really sick and seeing sparkly things and I was like, oh crap... there was a bench about 1/4 mile away so I just wanted to make it to that bench. And I did. And sat, with my head between my knees for a while. Trying to feel normal again -- my freaking left ear was popping in and out which was driving me nuts, too - I don't think that was helping. :P I got up after a bit and started walking, and took a few breaks to lean over because I was feeling ultra nervous. Have to pass through a park w/ some little baseball fields to get to my work and I took a break in the shaded bleachers for a while. After that I was able to walk back to work w/ no more breaks but good grief. So stupid.

I need to get acclimated to the heat but slooowwwllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyy none of this go as hard as possible because I'm irritated w/ my slowness in the heat crap. HAHAHA. *sigh* Anyway. I'M FINE NOW but yeah. I felt very dumb for putting myself in danger like that. So moral of the story, don't be like me.

I'm realllly wanting those Freestyle Trainer Straps. $50. I think that's worth it. We'll see. Right now tomorrow I have rowing. I might go to the gym and do some ST but I'm feeling very unmotivated in that direction now that I can't finish NROL4W. *sigh* I DO have dumbbell and resistance bands and a swiss ball and a very light KB. Maybe I'll just do something that home -- I have those JM videos that I can use still. Maybe I should just try those again. I could do Making the Cut again as well (Thanks for the suggestion! :D) But... I'm so EXCITED about those STRAPS DARNIT!!!! It looks so comprehensive and fun and flexible and functional. I can see myself working on my pushups from an increasing angle by lengthening the straps and whatnot. Part of being motivated really helps when you can get EXCITED about something, ya know?

I'm getting dropped off early at work again tomorrow so I'm thinking a re-do of today's miserable experience but SMARTER. Listening to the body, taking it easy.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/6/2010 12:28PM


I'm supposed to go sea kayaking all weekend in the Adirondacks, and SNOW is possibly forecast...

Guess I won't have to be worrying about these issues for a while.


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SUMMERVA 5/6/2010 11:39AM

    Oh, my gosh! This happened to me yesterday, too. 90 degree temps + 5 miles at 530pm in ALABAMA=not the best idea. I got a horrible cramp and I just felt SO gross from the weather...I had a headache later, too :( And I SO overdo it when I see other runners, and I feel like I can't stop to walk. It's pride, i guess ;)

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KEAKMAN 5/6/2010 9:35AM

    Take care of yourself my friend! And thanks for the warning - although the way this winter is lingering out here I may never have to worry about heat again! (want to send about 10 degrees my way? or fifteen?!)

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JOHNBABJR 5/6/2010 8:40AM

    I'm glad you listened to your body, Dana. It could have ended a lot worse than it did.

I find that it takes me a few weeks to really get up to speed when the seasons change from cold to hot, but we're all different.

I'm glad you're ok!

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AIDELADE27 5/5/2010 11:46PM

    So glad you listened to yourself before you passed out! That could cut your fun off in a jiffy. I cannot do hot weather at all. It makes me feel icky and hot and sweaty and lazy. I applaud you for attempting it. Glad to know you're okay.

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LILHLFPINT 5/5/2010 11:17PM

    (wow, i'm so glad you were okay. ::big big hugs::)

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DDOORN 5/5/2010 10:00PM

    Yep, that heat can be tricky stuff, combined with fueling issues and so many other things...good for you to stay tuned into your body!


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MBSHAZZER 5/5/2010 5:24PM

    Dana, glad you are OK! Here in South Florida, it's warm and humid most of the year so there is not much acclimitization needed, but you do get full on winter in Alabamy, so there is an adjustment period. Hope you get adjusted soon!

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SEEHOLZ 5/5/2010 5:02PM

    Go for the straps! I know exaclty what you mean- you sound like a woman on a mission! But, do not leave the ST completely- just because you are not doing the NROLW program, doesn't mean you should not put all that equipment to good use--- and I would be at the gym everyday until the end... just to make sure I take advantage of it as best as i could.
Glad the heat didn't get the best of you-- or that you were near traffic. Sometimes I do worry what would happen if I passed out at the edge of the street, right? Way to scary to go down that road for me...

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/5/2010 4:42PM

    It definitely is that time of the year when outdoor activity needs to start being monitored. I definitely try to get in for about 5 minutes every hour when I am working out door to get some more fluids in.

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MDTWEETY 5/5/2010 4:24PM

    Holy crap! Be careful out there!! Glad you are OK.
A few weeks ago I saw a guy slumped over and leaning against a pole. I came over to see if he was OK (thinking he was having a heart attack or something) and it turns out he pushed himself so hard by running intensely that he threw up. That week it had been in the 90s (though that day it was cooler) and he told me he was out running on the hot days too.

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TELERIE 5/5/2010 4:18PM

    Oh dear, I'm glad you're ok - careful with the heat . I can send you some of our chill, we're one degree above freezing still and had SNOW yesterday that stayed on the ground until this morning!!

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TAMTAM64 5/5/2010 4:11PM

    The majority of people move slower in the heat (Sharon is the only person I know that speeds up like a roadrunner in the heat lol). Glad you made it through without passing out. Yikes!

Yesterday it got up to 92 degrees here - HOT!


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KARVY09 5/5/2010 4:08PM

    Ugh, sorry you had to learn that lesson the hard way! Thanks for the reminder!

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    if it is that hot you may want to try some gatorade or something with electrolytes in it. even today cause you need to get them back in balance. i hate the heat. i would die in the south sitting and doing nothing. feel better soon my friend.

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Shifting focus... again...

Tuesday, May 04, 2010


Things are changing! Yeah -- time to figure out where I'm going with all this... anyway.

I just found out yesterday that my gym membership ends on Saturday. YEAH. I had been looking online at the University Rec Center site trying to find that information -- it's listed nowhere. I get the email newsletter for MAY and it says - hey, by the way, memberships expire the 8th. :P We were thinking it went through the END of May... so I was planning to go gymless for a month maybe.

Now I'm faced with a dilemma -- try to sign up at a local gym like Planet Fitness which is cheap and has no contract OR - use that same money to invest in something that I can continue working with after our move in case I don't end up getting back into a gym membership right away.

I've been mesmerized by a video ZORBS13 posted on her facebook of someone doing an ab workout with a suspension training system (in this case with the TRX system) and I finally looked up the site, expecting this joker to maybe cost $40 and saw that the package with the straps costs $189.99!!!!!!!!!! And that's without the door attachment! Which is another $25!!!! HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME, PEOPLE?!??!?!

So I considered making my own.... and then I saw a review that compared TRX, Freestyle Trainer, and homemade.... and the Freestyle trainer looks like a winner!!! Similar system, from a Ring Training website - mostly selling at home gymnastics ring style stuff - but the freestyle trainer has the handles and loops just like TRX at the ends so you can stick your feet in and whatnot.

The only downside being I'll have to find a park w/ a swingset or something to use it at, it doesn't really do a door attachment like other kinds where you hook it over, but you can slip it over a pullup door attachment (which I THINK my brother in law has which I might be able to use when we move?) If not I can always find a swingset or park pullup bar station or SOMETHING to use. SO!

That costs $50. The local gym membership would be $29 startup, $10 per month - so.... $50 roughly for the two months I'd be doing it.

As much as I love NROL4W and would like to keep doing it, I think the other thing might be more beneficial in the longrun... If I can switch the connector at the top to function w/ a carabiner system I might be able to use it with a standard door attachment thingie from the TRX system since they sell those separately anyway, later on. I think I'd prefer purchasing something than making my own if the difference in cost is $20-25. Ya know?


This is what's on my mind right now. Things are going to be tight when we move. But I still think it's the right thing to do.


I did 50 laps - .3 miles per, for 15 total miles. My hamstrings were SO SORE - the very first round had me hurting. But because of the cause, I really couldn't stop myself from continuing like I wanted to. so I did 3 mile bouts (10 laps at a time). In between I got SO COLD because of the WIND - I was huddled in a blanket. hahaha.

CLOVERR1 did 150 laps by going allll night - for a total of 45 miles. YEAH! Around a .3 mile loop! INSANE! And AWESOME!

There was a contingent of fleet feet chicks in light teal outfits - tops w/ a team logo on front, fleet feet on the back, and matching running skirts. I think one of them actually went all night, too! Not sure how she matched up - I saw her walking some laps, but mostly she was running - whereas CLOVERR1 kept up a more running style gait, sometimes a bit slower, but never REALLY switching to walking.... ya know? Anyway. I think both of us wanted to kill those chicks! HAHAHAHA.

And also I wanted to be one of them. Speaking of which, I went to Fleet Feet the day after it ended... so like not Saturday but Sunday - and tried on the shoes I'm probably ordering on mega clearance from runnignwarehouse ($39.88!!!!!) and bought some balega enduro socks (have heard rave reviews times a million on these, including from a worker at the store who popped of his shoe to show me he was wearing them RIGHT NOW haha), some mint chocolate gu(HECKYES), and talked to a couple employees about possibly working there when we move and definitely running with a group at some point.

The main guy we talked to about the job was like - YOU WILL LOVE IT. haha. basically. So.... I'm applying. The downside is that the place is far from my in-laws place and even if I can get a full time position, it's likely to be short on hours (like 33hrs vs 40) BUT... the guy DID say it pays well for what it is... so.... whatever that means. It's worth a shot.

We drove past a few gyms that were either closed or only open to members w/ keypad/keys - at least I know where they are. My brother in law is really keen on me working at the new crossfit place that opened up - I'm not sure they want someone with zero gym qualifications except for personal workout history, but heck. You never know till you try!

So we know when we're moving now, the exact days pretty much, and so at the end of this month I'll be letting work know.

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    WOW!! Things move so fast don't they. Congrats to you though and hope your move is a smooth one.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/5/2010 1:51PM

    Sounds like a great time at the relay. I can't imagine 45 miles.

I hope you find what you are looking for on the exercise equipment and job hunt. I know I always worry about the exercise equipment dropping a bunch of money and then have it be not what I want.

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SEEHOLZ 5/5/2010 12:11PM

    Way to go on the relay! I am impressed, especially being sore and all.
I would not quit my gym-not because I'm not disclipined, but because I just love it- I'd miss it and be mad, I think. But, it might be a great opportunity to try things that you just don't try at the gym- what about P90X or something? You might be able to borrow it from someone? ( I don't have it, but just a thought) As for the TRX straps- I'm not surprised at all- you are paying for the novelty and the brand and yadayada. I would love to try them out myself, but I won't pay some really high price for a session- I'm too cheap. Plus, if I get addicted, then I'll want to go all the time and that gets to pricy. Laura teaches a class with them at her YMCA, but she lives 2 hours away-LOL- and my YMCA is just always out of money for extra stuff...
Shifting focus is never a bad thing- too bad you don't have enough dumbbells at home to finish NROLW -- what about just purchasing a few used somewhere?

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/5/2010 11:58AM

    Wow, for that kind of ca$h, free crunches and squat thrusts start looking pretty good, huh? LOL

Yesterday had fun doing Greenland rope exercises that supposedly helped kayak hunters stay in shape during the winter. The setup was pretty minimal, but the exercises definitely worked the abs and core!

Here are hints on setup:

(You know, just in case you want to try something a little... different. LOL)

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LAFTERSFREE 5/5/2010 10:30AM

    great job on the relay and good luck w/ the job search!

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KSGROTHE 5/4/2010 9:01PM

    emoticon on the Relay! 50 laps sounds like a LOT to me!

Not sure what to say about the gym vs. no gym situation. I dropped my gym membership last fall after months of not using it. I have a bunch of stuff I can do at home (light weights, stability ball, resistance bands, Wii Fit, EA Sports Active on the Wii, DVDs, etc.), so I haven't missed it really.

Good luck on your move! I hope you get the Fleet Feet job that you want!

- Karen

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/4/2010 6:54PM

    I had thought about canceling my gym membership since the weather is getting so nice- but then we had a big wind storm and I started thinking- what will I do when the weather is crappy or once it gets too hot? So I decided to keep it (it's only $10 a month). Now listening to your 'what to do with no membership' dilemma- I'm glad I did decide to keep it!
WOOHOO on the 15 miles! Way to go!
I've got my fingers crossed for you for the Fleet Feet job. What I'm thinking is if they give an employee discount what you save with that might make up for the reduced hours :)

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    i haven't tried the trx thing but lots of trainers are using them at the gym to train people. $189 though for some straps???? i don't know what to say about the gym or not. i have liked doing both and did fine at home but i am back to loving the gym.

great job on the relay. 15 miles is so great! group running would be a nice change. it just makes some of your runs easier so you forget about the miles.

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JOPAPGH 5/4/2010 6:44PM

    Wow that's a lot of change. Good luck on the job and moving front...

I strongly recommend group running. it makes the miles pass so much faster, plus we all go out for breakfast after. Who can argue with that?

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SKYFYRE 5/4/2010 6:25PM

    15 miles, Woohoo! Way to go Dana! So exciting about your move too! You ahve so much to look forward to! I hope that the Fleet works out, I think it would be fun to be able to run with your co-workers! Ah, the gym... I have been doing MTC at a park with my body ball, and 2 sets of weights: 5lbs and 10lbs and that is all! We improvise a bit to make up for not having the proper equipment, but it works!

Off to go hike, I have to make up for the fact that I didn't do day9 due to my lower back :( Congrats again on your mileage, it is so cool that you did this! My wishes for your move are that you find happiness in all areas of you life there!
PS, how was the running skirt?

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MBSHAZZER 5/4/2010 5:59PM

    Awesome job on the relay! I'm going to head over to CLOVERR1's page now and give her props for the FIFTY MILES!!! WOWZA!!!

Do you have a par course or something you could use till you move?

I am so excited for you to work at Fleet Feet! I think you'll be awesome there!

Ciao for now!

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CJROMB 5/4/2010 5:37PM

    Geez, your brain is LOADED full of stuff!

I'd sign up for the gym, but that's me. Then, I'd just run outside all the time and use the gym as a shower because why in the WORLD would I work out INSIDE on ANY kind of equipment at any location when I have tennis shoes and a beautiful trail outside.

That would be what landed me in osteoporosis territory, so don't listen to me!

So from this blog it looks like you're a) looking for a new workout home/situation, b) looking for a job? and c) moving?

Think you could pile on a little more there maybe?

How far away are you moving from where you live now? Sorry I haven't been keeping up. I'm just now getting back on SparkPeople a little more regularly.

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Funny Compliment!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I was in the break room a bit ago eating my snack - an orange and a skim mozzarella cheese stick - and my coworkers says,

"Dana, you're gonna live like.. 50 years longer than me!"

HAHA. He's like - we work out about the same, but you're always eating oranges and oatmeal and stuff and I'm eating all this crappy fast food, drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes....

I was like,"HAHAHA Thanks, I try!" :)

On the other hand -- it does make me a little sad that someone who is young and has vigor for life and commitment to exercise would turn around and treat their body so poorly in other aspects...

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CATIATM 5/7/2010 12:58AM

    I know people who love certain vicces and are willing to be virtuous in almost all other aspects of their lives so that they can continue their vice. Choices, I guess. Frankly, I wouldn't want to live 50 more years if it meant never again eating a Wawa hoagie or Giuseppe's pizza, bur I am willing to eat them rarely for the chance to enjoy many other things. The trick is finding that balance ... which I'm still working on! LOL

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    great compliment!

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CCSDESTINY 5/1/2010 8:33PM

    Food is addictive, it takes a very strong mind set to eat healthy like that! I would do fabulous without the influences of my family.... as it is, I do ...um, ok... better than most, but certainly not where I know I should be.

Its all a process - congrats to you for treating your body like the temple it is ;)

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MTER67 5/1/2010 4:43PM

    There was something about this on the news the other night--there was a study of a group of people over a 20 year period which concluded that bad habits (smoking, drinking 3+ alcoholic drinks per day, inactivity, and poor diet) age a person by 12 years. I could do a lot with 12 years!

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JOHNBABJR 5/1/2010 10:25AM

    Keep setting that positive example, Dana. He'll come around eventually.

Here's hoping it's 60 years instead of 50!

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MARLIE13 4/30/2010 10:51AM

    Maybe you'll be his inspiration to quit? Or at least a really good shove in that direction. Keep it up girlie!

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MBSHAZZER 4/30/2010 10:26AM

    HA!! That's an awesome compliment! And I do agree with you... I think it's really sad when people limit themselves with poor habits.

Have an awesome weekend!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/30/2010 9:38AM

    I agree.

Of course that always gives you the opportunity to spread the Spark and help them get turned around.

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SEEHOLZ 4/30/2010 7:06AM

    Smoking is huge addiction- I still can't believe my DH quit and is staying strong... it's finally getting a bit better!

As for treating yourself right, I am a big offender myself. I don't know WHY I do it per se--- it's complicated--- but at least I feel like I'm trying! ( you know I don't eat fast food, just too much sugar and too much food at times)

Bad habits and addictions are hard to break- one big thing I have learned that the longer we engage in them, the harder they are to break- of course this is a generalization.

You are a great role model to him and by giving you this compliment, he really wants to be more like you in that way. He might just not have reached his turnaround point!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/30/2010 6:40AM

    I was there with food. So I get it. 15 years I lived at a weight over 300 lbs before I decided to deal with it.

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MSSUNBUG 4/30/2010 6:01AM

    I hear you. It's a contradiction that just does not compute in my head. I can't relate to it at all.

Good that your good habits held the mirror up for him tho--it's only through that we get inspired to change!

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DDOORN 4/30/2010 4:31AM

    Keep inspiring by example...!

You never know how far and wide your influence may be affecting everyone!

I know since I've been Sparking the quality of lunches around work has been MUCH better! :-)


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SKYFYRE 4/29/2010 11:50PM

    Smoking can be harder than methamphetamine to quit, could you imagine? Sucks. Glad I don't have that addiction, but now I just have to kick my food addiction! Gah, here I go!

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KUTEY504 4/29/2010 10:42PM

    as a smoker, I know it is a terrible habit but one that is so hard to break

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Thursday, April 29, 2010


Wow. um -- those single leg dumbbell deadlifts yesterday made my hamstrings TOAST. Tight achy toast... hahaha. Rowing was a painful endeavor this morning -- as was the 2 miles I decided to do afterward. I burned around 400 total calories this morning but they were TOUGH.

See -- rowing gets my hamstrings anyway -- and part of the stroke requires being bent over arms outstretched over your toes (or ankles or whatever) and I was NOT reaching very far today! HAHA. It felt so awkward.

And my run felt awkward and painful as well... *sigh* I'm feeling bummed about how my last two runs have gone.... but! They're just two runs!!! In the middle of very otherwise physically demanding weeks -- so I'm counting on that meaning this is not the start of a downward spiral, but yet the result of being worn out in other areas and things will get better once things get more balanced again.

In any case! Due to the excessive soreness today I'm making the executive decision NOT to do any ST tomorrow - I might do some yoga and some foam rolling to loosen up, but I want these muscles to recover as much as possible before tomorrow evening.

The other cool thing about the relay is that I get to rest as much as I need to throughout the night -- for ME (unlike CLOVERR1) it is NOT going to be an attempt at a 12hr run. :) Maybe someday I will be that hoss. I'm trying to take off as much pressure as possible regarding the running - walk as much as I want, rest as much as I want, but run as much as I can.

My sweet DH went and purchased some Clif and Tiger's Milk Bars for me yesterday. ♥ awwww haha :D I'm really looking forward to this event. And to not going to work tomorrow. BWAHAHA.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/30/2010 4:32PM

    Sounds like a whole bunch of very cool to look forward too.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 4/30/2010 1:21AM

    Sending you wishes for a fantastic relay experience!!!

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SKYFYRE 4/29/2010 7:54PM

    Best of Luck on the relay, I think you are being a smark sparkie, no need for an injury due to exhaustion! Oh, and btw, you are that "hoss" as you say... did you forget you are a marathoner?!?!?! HOSS!

I took a day off yesterday from MTC and oh how my muscles needed it! (It was scheduled, but now I really know why!) DH is a sweetie! I love Tigers Milk Bars, it has been FOREVER since I had one! Hahaha!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/29/2010 4:58PM

    have a great time tomorrow. those single leg deadlifts kill me with no weights so i so know how you feel with the weights now. owsers!

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MBSHAZZER 4/29/2010 4:32PM

    Have fun! And I bet by Friday, your legs will feel STRONG and not sore any more!

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SEEHOLZ 4/29/2010 3:45PM

    Have fun! No pressure attitude means MORE fun!

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