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Sooooooo tired...

Thursday, May 13, 2010


I got like 4 hrs of sleep last night, then I got up - assembled my Freestyle Trainer straps and headed to rowing. Rowing was good - but I think I was just not feeling it this morning due to being tired or something. It wasn't bad, just not awesome.

Then over to the park to run - I haven't run in this park in a WHILE cause it's close to where we USED to live... but I knew it had lots of swingsets where I could set up and the loop around the park is a mile - much more tolerable for 4 miles than something a lot shorter. I allllmost stopped after 3 miles... just so tired but I knew I was mentally tougher than that so I kicked myself in the butt and continued on for the last mile loop.

Then I could play with my new toy! :D

IT. WAS. AWESOME. I did some chest presses first thing after getting them set up. Like a very high inclined pushup/wall pushup but hanging from the straps instead of leaning against a wall or a stable bar. My arms were shaking trying to hold steady! :D I could realllly feel my muscles working for stability as well as the strength to press my body weight back up.

Next I flipped over - so like a long lean backwards - and did some rows. These felt GREAT. I definitely can work on leaning more on this to up the intensity as I progress, also you can do single arm rows. Very cool.

Next I took them over head, leaning face down/away again for some tricep presses. HOLY FREAKING CRAP! I felt like I probably looked like I was doing nothing but I know my tri's will be killing me later!!!! haha.

Then I brought my hands facing palms in straight ahead of me in the same lean to do some chest flies - opening with arms slightly bent to about as far as I thought I could go without losing it all (maybe upper arms got in a line, I hope it was close, but lower arms were definitly not with them) and then pressing back together.

OH I alternated sets (10 chest presses, 10 rows, 10 chest presses, 10 rows, then tris/flies/tris/flies)

I kind of attempted a pullover/lat pulldown thing but it didn't feel like anything and I hadn't really looked at that move so I'll have to look that up...

Then I got down and put my feet in the foot loops to try some ab stuff. This didn't last long! HAHAHAHA

Not solely because it was very challenging -- but also because I was on mulch/barkchip/whatever and although I cleared a space in the dirt for my hands I just wasn't feeling that situation. I'm thinking get some of those gardner knee pads or something. Anyway - I really LOVED the way it felt to do the suspended plank. Very challenging, but felt amazing. I was going to try bringing in the knees but I moved too fast and totally had to stop. hahaha. That's the thing -- when doing ab moves on this stuff you have to use a lot of control in the movement - which is GREAT for actually working those muscles. I played around bringing forward one knee at a time, and also tried the beginning of a pike movement which I was not able to bring in very far but felt very cool.

I'm excited to incorporate this into my workout routine! :D

Then to home and I logged everything, showered, and watched ANTM finale. I'm happy with who won - she deserved it! WOOT. Although the runner up was my favorite in photos for the most part... eat some food... and I have about 1 hr to nap before I have to get up and get going to work.

*sigh* SOOOO SLEEPY!!!!!!!! I did too much this morning but I couldn't help myself with any of it. hahaha. Tomorrow is a day off from workouts, though - so I will take advantage of the sleep I will be able to get tonight. :)

I think I may go over on my calories today as well -- in a purposeful, tracked, and controlled way. I am too drained right now to make it through the rest of the day on what I have been working with this week. I brought some more substantial snacks to help and I'm going with it. I might be able to make everything fit - gonna look up some sparkrecipes for the veggies and stuff I have yet to make and see what I can do - but if I go over, I will go over with real food and I will track it and make sure it's not a whole lot (about 200-250 cal max I think) and it will all be ok. :)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/14/2010 11:37AM

    That is great to hear about the new toy!!

Hope you get caught up on your rest.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 5/14/2010 2:54AM

    Sounds like an awesome workout! Glad the new toy is working so well for you!

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KEAKMAN 5/14/2010 12:02AM

    As tired as you were/are, you probably NEEDED those extra calories!

I was a bit bummed by the results of ANTM...I was rooting for Alexandra the "fat" girl (who I would kill to look like!)

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LAFTERSFREE 5/13/2010 11:50PM

    glad ur new equipment was worth the splurge! ANTM was good, but not at all surprising. I am dying to go to new zealand one day now, i always heard it was amazing, but they really sold it on this season's show. oh and btw, off topic but me and mark finally tried yogurt mountain, it's awesome!

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KSGROTHE 5/13/2010 8:23PM

    Are the straps you're using like these?

(I've been having trouble picturing what you're using.)

Oh, and I just figured out that ANTM is America's Next Top Model. How clueless am I?

Great job on pushing through your workout(s) even though you were so sleepy!
Get some sleep tonight, and you should feel great tomorrow!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/13/2010 5:00PM

    Why only 4 hours sleep last night?
I only got 3 cuz hubby was having surgery first thing this morning so I just COULD NOT get to sleep... then kept waking up every 30 minutes till I finally just gave up and got up. (surgery went well- he's currently all doped up watching an old episode of Bob Ross- hahaha, you know he's doped just by what he's watching!)

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SEEHOLZ 5/13/2010 4:56PM

    Now I want those straps-LOL! And I'm hungry- again-LOL!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 5/13/2010 4:55PM

    Amazing! emoticon emoticon

Good Job!

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RUNTRILAUGH 5/13/2010 4:39PM

    sounds like you rocked it!

hope you get to catch up on some sleep tonight!!!


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SWEATONCEADAY 5/13/2010 4:30PM

    your workout sounds amazing. so cool. those ab exercises look killer when i watch others do them in the gym. if i had 4 hours sleep i would DIE! hope you have time for a nap today.

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JOHNBABJR 5/13/2010 3:50PM

    Try and get some rest when you can, Dana. It sounds like you had an awesome workout!

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MBSHAZZER 5/13/2010 3:47PM

    Gah, I would NOT be able to function on 4 hours of sleep! You are a tough woman!

Glad you are enjoying your new toy!

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Extra Banana

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

That's what I ate last night. :) hahaha. But I'm ok with that. I was hungry, I ate real food... granted dinner probably could have been better from the get-go but I made what DH wanted which was hot dogs - and I had only one to stay within range, but then I was hungry so I ate a banana and went over range so...? eh. HAHA.

The hot dogs were a new kind for us - Oscar Meyer NATURAL - no nitrates. I think I still prefer my Hebrew National 97% fat free actually, but they were good. Smoked and Uncured. We ate them in pitas - mine w/ spinach, ketchup + mustard. I ate some baby carrots to up the veggie/filling quotient, but also some Terra Chips (original) which I think are on the healthy side of the chips scale, but still are chips.


Hungry today. I tracked everything and I realized I'm about 200 cal short of where I usually am before dinner. Well there ya go! haha. :P

This morning I waited too long for the UPS man to come and bring my freestyle trainer. Finally I said - DANA! Get your butt out the door and run! For time not distance. 20 min out and back and just get it DONE. Well I went about 21min out and then came back and would've been back faster (which is good considering the way out included a 5min walking warmup, but then again the way out is downhill and the way back is up hill so.. eh) BUT! I had to wait for a funeral procession to go by. Still beat the way out by about 15 seconds. :) haha. covered 3.2 miles in 41:45 which is about a 13min average pace, but all things considered (heat, hilliness, funeral processions) I'm good with that. Tomorrow will be an eaaaaaassyyyyyyyy run though. It's scheduled to be a 4. After rowing. woot.

And when I got back to my door - the freestyle trainer box was sitting there! Small but impressively hefty for it's size. :) I haven't "assembled" it yet - you have to do some of that yourself, there are instructions on the website - to get the adjustable buckles on there and the handles and the hanging S-buckles. (Very easy! just no time this morning.) But I did open it up and the handles have a great weight to them that I am happy about, the buckles seem heavy duty and whatnot. YAY!

That's about it for now...

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DDHEART 5/13/2010 2:18PM

    I'm with Kate...wanna see some pictures of this new toy and full report of what it feels like!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/13/2010 10:19AM

    hot dog on a pita with spinach... interesting~!

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RESHAPEMYLIFE 5/13/2010 9:03AM

    I don't think that you will be plagued by that banana choice.
Good for you.

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KEAKMAN 5/13/2010 8:42AM

    We'll need pics of you and the new toy.

And WOOHOO! on getting out there and running! Way to go Dana!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 5/13/2010 3:48AM

    Glad the new toy arrived! Hope you get it set up soon!

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MBSHAZZER 5/12/2010 6:50PM

    Enjoy your new toy!

FWIW, I'm a "volume" eater - I'm not satisfied unless I eat a lot. So, I opt for a lot of lower calorie stuff. I probably would have done the same thing as you did, but instead of a banana, it probably would have been something worse! LOL!

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2010TRIATHLETE 5/12/2010 6:45PM

    At least the snack wasn't a chocolate covered banana! emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/12/2010 6:44PM

    Funny title. LOL u go girl!

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CCSDESTINY 5/12/2010 6:24PM

    Nice job!! Your hotdog sounds YUMMO - I never thought about putting in a pita with veggies and stuff. hmmm....

Nice run too! I am talking myself into getting out right now. You just helped -- thanks :)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/12/2010 5:06PM

    Have you guys tried veggie dogs? You get a lot more calories for your buck :).

Dana I think only you could get away with putting a smiley face in a paragraph about a funeral procession emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 5/12/2010 5:05PM

    Sweet about the delivery! You are like a little kid waiting for Santa.. too bad we can't tell them to go run around the block and Santa will be here-LOL!
I'm hungry now and that hot dog sounds super scrumptous!

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BRUIN2 5/12/2010 4:55PM


hot dogs - yum

run - yay

ups delivery - hooray

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Doing okay!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I let a little bit of emotional eating get to me last night, but I'm ok with it. It's over. Moving on.

I just overdid some chocolate, but you know what? It's gone now. haha. Sad. It wasn't as bad as I have done it in the past, not too big a deal, but I still wish I had listened to what part of me was hungry that wasn't my stomach!

Well, today I am actually hungry and I will fill my stomach only with real food. And sugarfree gum. ;) And water. But no crap! Not that there is any in the house now -- it's pretty much allllllllll good stuff. :D YAY!

Reading Women Food And God by Geneen Roth at the recommendation of a sparker - who was it?!? KASHMIR? I don't remember. Whoever it was - THANKS! It's a bit ... psychobabbleoverspiritual for me at times, but mostly it's spot on thus far and I'm really hoping it can help me to get my relationship w/ food better.

This morning was a GREAT row - in the 4+ w/ 3 lovely ladies, not the racing lineup but our coach was in the launch instead of rowing and another great rower was in there (I was actually surprised she didn't want to race when it came up before to be honest), so it was a good workout. Then I tried my new shoes for 3 miles and it was a good run. I really pushed myself to keep my pace higher since I knew I was only running for 3 miles. It sucks that that means a pace of 11:19 per mile, but hey - gotta start somewhere. My last 1/4 mile was at a pace of 8min miles (2 min for the 1/4) so I know I have some speed in me somewhere. I also know had I been fresh (not had such a kickbutt awesome rowing workout) I could run a lot faster for a 1/4 mile but seriously - if I could maintain an 8min mile pace over distance I'd be seriously thrilled. Even taking it to that first 5K distance - that'd be a 24:48 5K I think? That's like 5:09 off of my current PR... LONG way to go in a short distance. But still. Imagining if I could develop myself enough to maintain that speed over a marathon.... that'd break a 3.5hr marathon if I'm doing my math properly.... HAHAHAAHA WOahhh don't expect that to ever happen, but seriously. There are people out there that do it!!!

The thing with running - seems a lot of people out there feel that all it takes is training and hard work to get to a position to be a Boston Qualifier for MOST people.... like not just a few. It seems the breakdown then is from BQ to elite for TALENT/biomechanics whatever to make that jump. Because I am such a new runner and I have never put in the kind of mileage that people usually have to go through to discover their potential for Boston Qualifying -- I really DON'T KNOW if I'm one who can make it or not. The theory is that while only 10-11% qualify for Boston (that number apparently including those who requalify running multiple marathons in a year), that the rest of the people don't put in the time and mileage and work to really test the limits of their potential.

For many that might not even be a remote priority OR a realistic possibility -- work/family commitments and other passions might mean that while they are a solid marathoner and love running marathons, they put in the smallest amount of training that will let them feel happy about their results - and that may be just to finish. I was definitely happy with doing that last year at my first!!! :D But now that I've seen how others do it... I'm game.

Assuming I am able to commit the time to training over the amount of time it will take for me to get there - I want to find out what my potential really is. Because it may take years for me to build up to that kind of training - building a strong high mileage base and then being able to incorporate harder speed work could take a very long time considering I will need to ensure I am not moving too fast for remaining injury free. Maybe as I go along other things will come up that preclude me from having the time to commit - like babies. HAHAHA or something.

But hey - as long as I am able I'm willing to give it a shot and see what this theory is all about. And I figure that if I still am not able to BQ, that's ok - I really am not considering that as a necessity to make my running career a happy one. :D I just want to improve and see what I can do.

So anyway -- I'm not sure I rambled HERE about this yet... maybe I did. But it's been on my mind a lot lately and I wanted to share. :)

Freestyle Trainer should arrive tomorrow - want to try that out with a 4 mile run as well. OH and TOM should also be arriving... yayyyy... *fingertwirl*

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SKYFYRE 5/12/2010 10:54AM

    4 miles to 26... you've been there and done it! I know you can reach any goal you set Dana- you've done it time and time again! You go, Girl!

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JOHNBABJR 5/12/2010 8:08AM

    Hi, Dana. I think Boston is a good goal to have, but you definitely do not need it to be validated as a runner. I need an 8:12 pace to qualify for next year, and I'm going to try. But if I fall short and still PR by 20 minutes or so, I'll feel like I'm on the right track.

I have found this year that I'm running "better" and faster on less miles, not more. At my age, I have to be efficient in my training to make progress. Above all, that means not getting injured.

I had my own bout with emotional eating last night. But, like you said, we're moving on. Have a great day!

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-CORAL- 5/11/2010 6:26PM

    I feel the same way as you. I want to know what my running potential is. I want to take it as far as I can and push myself to the limit. I started C25K in February and have run 2 5K races so far with my second one having a time of 31:53 and I know I can go so much faster with more training and more miles. We can do this. It's going to be an interesting journey!

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/11/2010 6:15PM

    We will keep pushing and keep trying and maybe in 10 years we'll be running boston!!!!

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KEAKMAN 5/11/2010 5:26PM

    Girl, if I can dream of an ultramarathon, then you can dream of a BQ! We all need those big old amazing dreams to get us through the tough times. GO FOR IT!

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MBSHAZZER 5/11/2010 4:24PM

    I think that the level of training required is probably different for people. For example, I don't think I could EVER qualify for Boston and my marathon finish time was only 10 or 15 minutes off. But if running 40 miles per week isn't going to get me there, I can't see running MORE and staying injury free b/c that's MY threshold. For other people, running 50 or 6o or even more miles a week is not a problem and that may be what it takes to get them there. SO... IDK. But, like other posters have said, you don't know until you try. I found the 40 mile threshold by trying and by pushing myself. And who knows? after a few years of 40 mile weeks, I may be ready for a new challenge! But the point is... you need to keep challenging yourself to find out what that limit is. And once you find it, keep challenging it!

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SEEHOLZ 5/11/2010 4:23PM

    Dana, as someone that was sooo close to tasking a BQ - I ran a 3:45 marathon, but was on pace for the first 24 miles... or above pace, till I feel apart-LOL- and for now being sooo far away due to injuries, I believe 100% that I have what it takes. I didn't before.... not until i was that close. Maybe if I did, I would be there by now-LOL- but may it be as is, I am going to work towards that goal... even though of course if I really can, depends 100% on my injury situation and my body... it's been not so good the last few years. But, there is always hope.
Anyways, I believe that you can do it... if it takes a you a few years, so what!
Hopefully I'll be able to follow that whole journey with you!

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EDGEOFSANITY 5/11/2010 4:12PM

    Dream big =) I've been re- chasing a BQ since last year. It definately takes time and dedication. Or you could just wait until you're old... 80 and over need to run 5:30 or better ;)

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/11/2010 3:49PM

    it all starts with a dream...

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LILPAT3 5/11/2010 3:46PM

    Keep up the good work! emoticon

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Feeling the promise of a new week! :D

Monday, May 10, 2010

Oh those wiley rowers!

They were bringing up me racing again yesterday. HAHAHA :D I had to say, nooo no no nooo.... I want to, but no. I would love to race with them again but I don't want to make my life a hell in that last month, with packing and job hunting and mileage building for running AND trying to fit in racing rowing practices. No no no. *sigh* But when they're there it's so easy to want to! HAHAHA.

This weekend was pretty good.

Saturday was a kind of long and emotionally draining day a bit - but I got some good things accomplished, and finished it off in happy and awesome form - going on a fantastic long run (baby long run) of 6.5 miles in the most perfect of warmer weather I could ask for! Then my stomach got a bit upset, but it was otherwise a lovely evening.

Sunday I finally got back to CHURCH for the first time in a while here due to travelling on the weekends so that was nice. I also got my grocery shopping done this weekend!

On Saturday I checked out a bunch of cookbooks from the library and I made a list and finally got it done! I haven't gone grocery shopping in a couple of weeks and it was quite the challenge to try to eat healthily on what was left in the house after the fresh food was GONE. But now I have so many veggies I just need to make sure I'm using them EVERY DAY and that they don't go bad before we eat them. I really don't think I bought too much, as long as I cook some of them each day this week -- that will be my goal this week. Veggies every night!

I also replenished our stores of frozen chicken and fish and bought a thing of some organic ground beef. Yeah. Oh and so many other things including some non food items... it was an expensive shopping trip but that's what happens when you keep me from the grocery for over 2 weeks! hahaha :D

We watched this documentary... I think it was called The Beautiful Truth - about the Gerson Treatment for cancer. I dunno if I believe it all, but dangit -- I like the primary principles of avoiding processed foods, chemicals, etc. Of course. So anyway -- it filled me with renewed vigor for those basics and thus - all the veggies that made their way home with me.

This week I will be preparing in some way:

Spinach, brussel sprouts (YEAH BABY!), portobello mushrooms (probably grilled to go in a pita, maybe w/ some of that spinach), kale, bell peppers, zucchini, squash, bok choy, baby carrots... I think that's most of it.

I have some baby lettuces to eat during lunch salads and some of that Spinach will come with me to work as well - also broccoli slaw in my lunch salads... and I bought some frozen food... I think it's called... murimake blend? It's a Target brand frozen veggie blend w/ edamame and baby corns and sweet red bell pepper, stuff like that. water chesnuts maybe. I don't remember.

My new shoes came today and they are so pretty - purple and silver and yellow. :D Mizuno Wave Inspire 5, my first ever pair of Mizuno's so I hope they feel as good over some miles as they did when I tried them in the store and this morning when I slipped one on a sockless foot just because. Of course I also smelled them and held them lovingly. HAHA I love new running shoes.

My Freestyle Trainer is supposed to arrive Wednesday. :) Tomorrow is rowing and a 3 mile run. Woot!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/11/2010 11:52AM

    What was that strange thing you did . . . said No?

Can't say that I have ever heard of that . . . much to my wife's chagrin.

Thanks for the tip on the blend at Target. It sounds like a definite winner. I just have to make sure that I can get by there to pick some up.

Enjoy the new shoes!!

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KEAKMAN 5/11/2010 9:00AM

    New running shoes are the best!

Congrats to you on drawing a line regarding what you can and cannot do and then sticking with it. I know it must have been difficult, but HOORAY YOU! you did it!

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MDTWEETY 5/11/2010 8:14AM

    OOOH all those veggies! Yumm.... Enjoy! Your blog reminds me that I need new running shoes too. I recently saw an article in Shape magazine that reviewed different shoes so I am going to keep it for reference. I also think I need to get separate shoes for my gym classes and keep my running shoes for running. Do you do that, or do you use the same shoes for everything?

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CCSDESTINY 5/10/2010 9:23PM

    Loved this blog! My brother-in-law had had cancer several times, and the last time it re-occurred my sister started really paying attention to organic foods. They have really turned around how they eat. I am so glad my sister eats like me now so I am not the only weird one :)

your new shoes sound pretty! Hope you love how they feel - I have a pair of mizunos that I really like! emoticon

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JOHNBABJR 5/10/2010 7:31PM

    Dana, I know you'll love your Wave Inspires. They're a great shoe.

"Veggies every night" sounds good to me. They really help me in my training. I try to never let anything fresh go to waste.

Have a great week!

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KENSINGTONC 5/10/2010 6:56PM

Haha that is from my cat who walked on the keyboard as I started typing a comment! :-) Great blog, great imagery. Could you pack me a lunch this week?

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MBSHAZZER 5/10/2010 5:47PM

    Mmmm, veggies! I'm on my way! The BF always stocks us with a lot of veggies and then I feel all this pressure to use them right away, but they manage to last till I get them cooked! Enjoy all the healthy eating! Sounds like a great weekend! I wish you many happy miles in your new shoes!!

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SEEHOLZ 5/10/2010 5:23PM

    YOur veggies sounds good! We aslo got our veggies and fruits and food/freezer replenished- tons of fish and chicken, yogurt, cottage cheese, asparagus and 6 bell peppers! I want some portabello mushrooms I think! They are calling my name! I had some awesome tilapia with spinach and salsa on Saturday and I want more! Yesterday I ate awesome fruit salad, so things are good!ENJOY all the goodies= 1 bite at a time!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/10/2010 5:09PM

    you made me hungry!

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The Gym's Last Hurrah!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Admittedly - it was slightly lackluster. Just a spin class, and it wasn't a great one -- but honestly I'm really proud of me getting my butt up out of bed and to the gym to take advantage of the last class I'll be able to take there.

Gym - you've been good to me.

You were there for me at the very beginning of my journey - the two weeks before I started SparkPeople even!

Since then I have progressed from walking on a treadmill for 25 min to running a marathon!

Let me tell you - I remember that first treadmill session and I was working hard to try to keep up with my friend who introduced me to the gym. I THINK I was at between 2.5-3.5 miles per hour, and a very small incline. This had me sweating and breathing hard. The first time I stepped off that treadmill, I drunkenly staggered. WOAH!!!! What's going on with the floor!!!!!

Here's an excerpt on treadmill walking from my first blog at SparkPeople:

"I did something at the gym today I hadn't done thus far -- I stayed at the same intensity for 20+ minutes. Hopefully that will help me build my endurance. I am proud of that. Then I walked slower for a while at no incline -- until I felt more in control of my breathing and whatnot -- and then BOOSTED it to a HIGH TEMPO and incline again for a few minutes to end off before going into my REAL cool down."

:) I bet my concept of high tempo and incline NOW are a LOT DIFFERENT than they were then.

I had many many firsts at that gym: My first aerobics class (hip hop? funk? one of those two), spin class, a Strength Training class class, pilates class, yoga class, water aerobics, ZUMBA!

I learned to run doing Couch to 5K around that indoor track - 8.5 laps to a mile. My first time running and it was with other people in public in a gym! haha :D I was so nervous... but I had been in there sweating it out for about 6 months at least so I knew I had nothing to fear.

I even took that super cool Runner's Yoga class the following summer, which helped show me I could run longer than 4 miles!!! The first day we did 5 and I was like, oh crap... I've never done anything longer than 4! It seemed impossible but we just kept going... it was amazing. :)

I lifted weights in public for the first time - used some machines for the first time ever. BRAVED the macho side of the gym -- where the cable machines are - and used those. Used the "captain's chair" and the back extension station - those were big steps for me. And finally - used BARBELLS!!!!!!!! BRAVED THE POWER LIFTING ROOM!!!!!!!! :D

I remember teaching myself how to do those darn swiss ball jacknifes - first just over and over rolling on the ball to a plank position so I could learn how to balance while holding still... and then working up to the jacknife. All that running up and down the stairs during Making the Cut. Butt kicks and frog kicks! HAHA :D

I even spent some time in the POOL trying to teach myself how to swim properly doing DRILLS even. That was a shortlived project, but hey -- it took guts for me to get in a pool in front of gym going folk and especially the fishie pool crowd that can just swimandswimandswim and me such a pool newb. haha :)

I only went without the gym for last summer and Fall... and I feel competent to keep up my fitness without a gym as well. That's not to say that given the option, I wouldn't prefer to have a gym membership available to me - but it's not a necessity. I'm definitely excited to learn using my new Freestyle Trainer when that comes.... (it's shipped! LOVE UPS TRACKING!!! and my shoes too), and also excited to start really ramping up my mileage running.

So long University of Alabama Student Recreation Center! I will miss you!!! :)

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LAFTERSFREE 5/12/2010 7:21PM

    love this blog, i know it will be emotional to leave this gym, and the river too, even though the rest of the town is probably crap LOL :)

i've been reading up on ur blogs, but between dissertation prelims and my grandmother visiting, i have lots of catching up to do.

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/9/2010 9:18PM

    leaving this gym must almost feel like moving out of the house you grew up in with all those memories. Yep- that place has been good to you- but even good things must come to an end- so onward! Enjy the trainer once it arrives- I can't wait to hear all about it!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/9/2010 12:47PM

    That sounds like a great gym! Runner's Yoga? Even I could get into that I do not like yoga!

What a great retrospective, Dana. You are so amazing, going from the treadmill walking to rowing competitions and a full marathon! Pretty darn impressive!

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MARLIE13 5/9/2010 10:33AM

    HOw fun to look back on your gym time like that. There are plenty more gyms in the sea. lol! Off to google the Freestyle Trainer and see what contraption you are going to be rocking and mastering next.

You my dear are a RockSTAR!

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SKYFYRE 5/8/2010 11:13PM

    Wow, I was reading this and remembering all the stages that I knew you through! How awesome that you've come so far! I hope the trainer is everything you want it to be!

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MDTWEETY 5/7/2010 3:46PM

    I loved this blog! Your gym was good to you. :) I feel the same way about my gym. And I can relate to that first treadmill walk. HAHAHA! Kudos for all you have accomplished! You've come so far.

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    look how far you have come. from emoticonto emoticon emoticon. so proud of you!

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SEEHOLZ 5/7/2010 1:28PM

    I like the recap! Admittedly, I know I could stay fit without a gym myself, but at the very first opportunity that would arise, I'd be right back there again... I love your attitude however- being openminded and allowing yourself to try new things... there are things I don't do because of the gym ( I mean in terms of exercise) so I like to step outside and do things at the track etc.... in the summer and get ideas from people who do P90X and other homebased programs. I used to do some exercise show on Lifetime... way back in the day.. funny to remember "way back when" LOL!

Enjoy your week-end... maybe get a routine together for when the mail comes

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MBSHAZZER 5/7/2010 1:21PM

    Awww, bittersweet! You've come so far, Dana!

Have an awesome weekend!

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