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My muscles are sore, but my heart is uplifted!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

So - this morning I had what is likely to be my last row with the Black Warrior Rowing Club. :( I am confident I will be able to join another rowing club someday in the future, but not sure when that day will be and we are almost certainly not returning HERE so that's that! Maybe I can row on a visit sometime or something!

The girl who is currently the amazing scheduling coordinator is also leaving - either about the same time or shortly after I am. The club is going to take a hard hit this summer! I really hope it survives - at the same time I'm glad I don't have to help it work through that and that I don't have to depend on this particular local rowing club for my future rowing possibilities. I love the people and the rowing, but the organization is hard to keep moving in a positive direction as I've experienced on the Board. Maybe true for other organizations as well -- I don't think I'll be volunteering to do much more than be a very active and supportive participant in something like this for a LONG TIME. :) hehe.

This morning's row was REALLY GOOD. It was tough -- but good. We had a very brief warmup - only did pick and reverse pick drills. Then it was on to rotating through 6's, then rotating between 8's and 6's. Then we spun the boat and rowed all 8's the entire way back, doing pressure pieces (intervals) on the way. I have all these great new rowing blisters that will not be hardened into useful rowing calluses anymore. I also got a new rowing wound -- when getting out of the boat one of the exposed bolts on the outside of the shell that hold the oar riggers on the boat dug into and scraped along my arm. YEAH. I was pretty much trapped against it until I could get up. So I have a nice... cm long? ... gouge in my arm that has a bruise under/around it. FABULOUS! haha.

I also had only about 4 hrs of sleep last night (not surprising) and my quads were definitely sore from yesterday's hilly arboretum adventure! I started running and then decided to take a different turn after covering 3/4 of a mile of my usual route -- I found aNOTHER great new place to run (as long as it's not too sunny/hot cause there's NO shade) along the river on the road that leads to the dam and a landing dock. Totally flat and great view! :) Not even any camber to the road and zero traffic. So... wonderful. :) Unfortunately it's about 1.83 miles out and back added to the trail I was originally started on, so I came short of my 4 miles goal today (totalled 3.33 when I mapped it). I knew I hadn't gone 4 miles - given how I was feeling and the duration - but considering how I felt when I got back to my car I was happy with my run and called it a day.

TRYING SO HARD NOT TO BE INJURED!!!!! I went home and entered my workout, took a shower, ate and then did some foam rolling while watching Bones. And then back to bed to try to get some sleep before time to get ready for work.

I have a BIG weekend coming up! :) Friday night is a concert of a local band my DH and I LOVE (Baak Gwai), Saturday night is the rowing club's send off party for our assistant coach AND ME which is SO NICE! He's graduated w/ his Master's in Engineering but actually got a job as a Rowing Coach in... New Hampshire? Someplace in that general area of the country. haha. So I'm very excited for him. So since we're both leaving they kinda combined it -- I guess no one knew about Scheduling Girl leaving when they planned the party yet... although I think she plans to row and schedule until she leaves so maybe they'll do something separately for her. Then SUNDAY night a good friend of ours (LAFTERSFREE *AHEM*) is putting together a little going away party for us as well! :)

And to top it all off - I get Monday off from work! We haven't been closed on Memorial Day like... since I started working here 4 years ago. So that is nice. Next week will be a short and sweet 3 day workweek for me. Sister's coming next weekend to visit! :D

Anyway -- about my heart being uplifted. I've felt very positive lately about my healthy actions and all. BTW the scale was back down this morning. haha. But that's not really it -- I really love the mindset I'm getting into about everything and I hope it is not just a transient thing. I hope if my mind lets any negativity seep in I'm able to recognize it, acknowledge it, and debunk it and kick it OUT.

I'm probably going to change my little SparkStatus soon -- it's been reading Women Food and God for ages now. But really, that book helped flip some important switches in my brain I think. She gets a little loopy on the God part in my opinion -- as someone who is religious in a Christian faith, reading her talking about how God is inside us or any of her other little statements about what she thinks God is (which totally doesn't jive with my faith) I have to kinda roll my eyes a bit, but really when I think about the principles of what she was saying - how we can connect to God through loving ourselves or whatever the heck... it really makes sense. I believe that we are children of God and that we have a divine nature in our being. Our bodies have been called temples. By treating ourselves well, we are treating our temples well and opening ourselves to spiritual growth and realizing our divine nature. It's really beautiful!

Yes - I do get a little eye-rolly at the kind of open ended generic spiritualism the way it's talked about in that book - but that's really the only part I wasn't into. There's a great section in there called "It's not about the weight, but it IS about the weight, too." Or something like that. Basically covering the fact that while the deep down issues we are correcting in trying to turn to a healthy relationship with food and our bodies is NOT about losing weight. BUT - if we continue to gain weight and degrade our physical health, we will not be able to live to enjoy a healthy relationship with our bodies. We become trapped in the excess weight. But losing weight is simply focusing on a symptom and not the source.

ANYWAY! Enough of that. I will try not to ramble about that book too much more because I swear, I'm not getting paid to advertise it. ;) HAHAHA!

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DDOORN 6/1/2010 11:21AM

    Hope you had a SUPER weekend!


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    Have you read other books that talk about health and fitness in a Christian context? I'd be curious to learn more about that. I know there are teams here for Christian women and I wonder what they find in scripture to support their Spark journeys.


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TAIMOIRAI 5/28/2010 12:51PM

    That gouge on your arm is just a sign that you're seriously Hardcore.

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SEEHOLZ 5/28/2010 9:58AM

    This blog is really uplifting! Enjoy all the parties and events and that feeling of being healthy- soooo awesome!

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JOHNBABJR 5/28/2010 7:23AM

    Congratulations on your positive success, Dana. You continue to be an inspiration to the rest of us.

Enjoy your special weekend!

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CARRAND 5/27/2010 9:20PM

    Enjoy your weekend!

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KSGROTHE 5/27/2010 7:14PM

    emoticon on the rowing and running! It's too bad that you had to get a rowing injury, but just think -- if it scars, you'll have a "last day of rowing with the Black Warrior Rowing Club" scar to tell people about! emoticon

I'm glad to hear that you're feeling positive about your healthy lifestyle changes! I've been struggling with my attitude and motivation for a while, and it's good for me to read about someone's success with attitude change. I'm also glad you're enjoying the book Women Food and God. I might try reading it sometime but it's hard to say when since my "to-read" list is so long!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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MBSHAZZER 5/27/2010 5:48PM

    Farewell, Black Warriors! It sounds like you have a really nice weekend planned. Enjoy it! I don't know how you get by on 4 hours of sleep. That's a nap for me!

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TELERIE 5/27/2010 5:46PM

    Enjoy your weekend! Sounds fabulous! And ouch on the rowing injury!

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Great new place to run!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Makes me wish I had taken this advice looonnngg before I have only like a month left to enjoy it.

Hit up the local University's Arboretum today - and it was AWESOME. Tons of paved paths criss crossing all over that place. Pretty plantlife, water... lots of people with there big sweet doggies. :) haha. Ok not LOTS of people, but seriously the only people I saw there had dogs. Oh except one man who was running into the entrance as I was leaving -- he was clearly a Runner. Yes, Runner with a capital R! little split shorts and singlet, he was serious. And not a young man either! I wanted to be like WOOHOO GO RUNNER DUDE! But if it were me running I'd feel very awkward about that... are they mocking me? haha. So I always hold those things in.

I ran about 54 min, which would be a really slow 4 miles for me so I just tracked it as 4 miles to be on the conservative side. My HR average was 152!!!!!!!!!! ONE FIFTY TWO, people! :D hahahaha. My last run I think my average was in the 150's as well. I'm starting to get excited about actually improving in that area. WOOT. I'm 100% positive the cooler temperatures and the shade from trees at times contributed to that today, but I've been noticing a downward trend in the HR numbers recently anyway so that is very cool.

I then went grocery shopping, got gas, came home -- unloaded and put everything away. Ate. Watched a couple episodes of Bones on Netflix Instant (love that). Showered and then was slipping into bed to try to get a powernap when I started thinking about the lovely greek yogurt w/ chocolate on the bottom I got to try and HOLY CRAP I DON'T REMEMBER PUTTING THAT IN THE FRIDGE!

I went down to the car and there was a bag hiddin under the massive block of toilet paper I had also purchased today and left in the car since I couldn't carry it up AND all the groceries. :P Well -- everything was still nice and cool to the touch so I'm calling it ok. I ate one of the yogurts and it was fine so... *shrug* just glad I didn't forget it COMPLETELY.

But of course now with more time passed and that jolt I definitely am not getting a nap and while I feel ok right NOW I'm hoping not to crash and burn too horribly later. At least I shouldn't have any problems getting to bed early enough to wake up for rowing tomorrow not totally exhausted.

In other news the scale jumped up dramatically this morning, but that was somewhat expected as I had little sleep and when I don't sleep enough that is what happens. :P So no worries - I am liking getting back into daily weighing because it really helps me to be comfortable and know where those fluctuations come from and know if it's a serious trend one way or the other or just a blip. I know it is negative for some people, but I always liked it and I'm glad I'm reinstating it! :)

So! Here's to a great rest of the day - I hope. :P I counted the days left of work and I have like 15/16 actual work days left. I might use some more time off even... haha. WOOT.

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/27/2010 4:35PM

    Woo hoo way to go on an awesome run!!!

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JENNYFF 5/27/2010 2:49AM

  DH and I did that a couple of times but mostly walk the va track next door. fewer bugs and way less dogy doo.

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KEAKMAN 5/27/2010 12:45AM

    Welcome to the slow runners' society! You did great - and you are right - the heat and humidity take a toll on you. Keep it slow and you will do better and go longer and faster!

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KSGROTHE 5/26/2010 5:31PM


emoticon on finding a new running place and on the increased fitness level indicated by the lower HR! You're doing great!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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MBSHAZZER 5/26/2010 3:19PM

    Sounds like a beautiful run! And even though you only have it for another month, maybe it will inspire you to find something similar in your new hood! Shade is KEY!

Glad you remembered the yogurt! My boss was telling us that for the longest time, there was this horrid smell everytime they got into his wife's minivan. Turns out, there was a gallon of milk back there for like, weeks!

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JOHNBABJR 5/26/2010 2:21PM

    The arboretum sounds awesome for a run, Dana. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Serious high fives to you on the HR dropping. You're just rocking it!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 5/26/2010 2:06PM

    Sounds like a great place to run for sure! I'm all for weighing every day as well - just like you said - it really helps keep things in perspective for me!!

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MSSUNBUG 5/26/2010 1:45PM

    Congrats on the lower heart rate while running--seriously, that's a huge achievement. :-)

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ZORAHGAIL 5/26/2010 1:42PM

    Mmm, greek yogurt... *drool*

Yay for Bones :) I watch it on Hulu.

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SEEHOLZ 5/26/2010 1:37PM

    Yogurt and chocolate never really appealed to me... and somehow still don't... yogurt and fruit is definite YES, though. It's great that greek yogurt is super popular and that they are making it in all kinds of flavors, brands and sizes...
There is some kind of Arboretum on the Eastside that we have never made it to... but I know they have a 5K there.. it's out of the way and we just keep forgetting about it, but I know I'll probably be feeling like I should have visited years ago-LOL. Glad you got 1 whole month to enjoy it still....

The scale seems to have the same reaction to sleep deprivation on my end...

And I think you might be onto something regarding the lower HR... sweet!

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KARVY09 5/26/2010 1:22PM

    Oooh, what brand was the Greek yogurt? That sounds amazing! Haven't seen that before!

So cool that you found a great new place to run!

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Ok Day so far...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I gave two things a try today that did not work out.

1. Final trial on running skirt after having been shrunk: Seemed a bit shorter but not tight enough to stay put. *thumbs down*
2. New trail: HAHA TRAIL?!? They really called a sidewalk cutting diagonally across a half a block large park a trail? Yeah. It was measly. You can't tell because it's so pretty and surrounded by trees so you can't tell where it goes but this is the shortest "trail" I've ever been on. And it wouldn't be so bad if it didn't have a big sign next to it saying the name of the trail and all this info about it's naming or some crap. :P A lot of to-do for nothing. HAHA.

Soooooo I walked up that trail in the running skirt, ran a bit around the block, walked back to my car. That took all of 8-10 min TOPS. Then I went home, changed, and headed to my favorite park. Ran about 2.25 miles and then found a GREAT place to anchor my Freestyle Trainer and did that, even had a river view! :)

So it was overall a bit disappointing because I didn't get in the 4 miles I wanted, but at the same time - I tried some new things and found a great place to use my straps that's near to where I live so that is a big positive!!!

Food has been ok. I'm not tracking, but I think I'm doing alright - the scale is holding mostly steady since my little drop last week. I'm not expecting big movements since I'm just tracking my exercise and not tracking food -- but I think (hopefully) the different and thoughtful approach to my eating will help make lasting changes that will be worth a possibly slower immediate progress.

Plan for tomorrow - 4-5 easy miles. And grocery shopping. I think I will actually make myself get up early and run until the grocery store is open so that I can get everything done early and then go back to sleep (and get my sleep mojo on for rowing on Thursday). Avoiding the heat as well.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/26/2010 2:16PM

    That stinks about the trail. We went to a state park last fall and one of the trails was very dinky, but it did have a nice section along the top of a bluff. The other trail was really good.

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SEEHOLZ 5/26/2010 11:53AM

    LOL at the "trail"! I am picturing some crazy trail naming ceremony or some funny scene from a movie.

Hope your day is great again- I love your attitude!

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MTER67 5/26/2010 9:47AM

    Another great positive blog. Your updates are always like a big, deep breath of fresh air for me! Invigorating!

Sorry the "sidewalk through the woods" wasn't all you hoped it would be, but it sounds like it all worked out in the end and you got your workout done. Good luck getting your run done before the store opens--you may be too pumped up and energized to go back to sleep after that!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 5/25/2010 9:38PM

    I too love the "run til the grocery store opens" plan... sounds smart to me!

Glad to hear you were able to find a good place to run, even if it wasn't the first one you tried.

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DREMARGRL 5/25/2010 6:27PM

    I really like your plan in your last paragraph, Dana....but I rarely can go back to sleep! If you can, FABULOUS!!! I'm proud of your effort. What are you tweaking in your diet, if I may ask?
Have a nice night, darlin'. XOMaryAnn
PS The running skirt has got to go! LOL

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MBSHAZZER 5/25/2010 6:08PM

    Dana, it sounds like you made the best of derailed situation! I like your "run till the grocery store opens" plan!

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Positivity is in the Air!

Monday, May 24, 2010

I dunno if it's just the fact that I was finally able to give my notice at work on Friday or what! :)

But that was nice... hahaha. My last day here at work will be 6/18. YEP! WOOT!

Now to get in some apps at the places I mentioned before (Fleet Feet, that gym). Yeah.

This weekend was JAM PACKED. I did a little mindless eating but I was very self-aware of it at the same time. I consciously did not eat at the table a couple of times and could tell it made a difference in consumption. All part of the learning process I guess.

Overall though, not a bad eating weekend -- a splurge meal out to a BBQ place that we both agreed was good but not worth the randomly high prices compared to other BBQ places we both love. This was after a day that had:

1. 4 mile run
2. Rowing exhibition -- some paddling around, then rowing up and down the river a few times past this designated area were people were supposedly going to be watching us (but in actuality I saw like... 4-6 people up there and at least 2 of those were club members...) It was KIND of cool because there were rowers there from another club in the state that brought their sculling shells and in fact, this one double challenged my little 4+ boat to a race! :D They totally beat us, but um... they had 3 less bodies to move! And a lighter boat I'm sure. HAHA. But it was still fun. BUT HOT!!!!!

HOLY COW was this day hot. And humid. I was 100% soaked from my run and row.

Then home to shower and rest before later going to the Hot Air Balloon Race and BBQ Festival. It was soooooooo hot still. We were dying. dripping. really! Did NOT want to eat any food at that place. HAHAHA but we had our hearts set on BBQ so we decided to try the place that sponsored the BBQ fest and the results mentioned above. Eventually though, the sun started going down and it got comfortable and the balloons were so pretty - still glad we went.

Sunday morning I ran - the plan was 7.1 miles but probably around the 6.5 mark I had to take a walk break due to the awful heat and once I started walking it was more walking from there on out -- I noticed a couple of blisters on my right foot and after that I couldn't UN-notice them. Plus the heat was just killing me. My beverages were so hot - I drank them anyway. I needed it. But it was not really helping as much as it could have if they were cooler.

I have gained some new strategies involving more refrigeration and partial freezing of take-along hydration. YES. Also trying to actually get my butt up early to avoid the heat... *sigh* I keep saying I'm gonna do that... but I mostly don't. "early" to me really is 9am. hahaha. but that just doesn't cut it in this AL heat and humidity - especially if you're gonna be out there for 1.5hrs+ like I am if I'm gonna run 7 miles. BUT! Other than the heat and the little blisters it was a nice run! I was wearing the new Mizuno's and my sock on the right foot just wasn't high enough in the back so I got one on my heel and I also had a little pinky toe one in the usual place I get pinky toe blisters so I dunno what's up with that crap. :P I haven't had any in a while but I did not like the socks I was wearing and hope that makes a difference. Next to try: toe socks, silicone toe caps.

It's really mostly kind of between the pinky and next toe -- I think maybe my socks were a little small, squishing them together. I got the Mizuno's thinking a wider toe box would also help no squishing but obviously if the sock isn't roomy enough that isn't going to help. Now I'm thinking if I ever get that same spot blister while wearing my balegas I am moving to the other methods to try! :P I do NOT want a repeat of my first marathon w/ a blister on each pinky toe already raging around halfway! :P

The hip/butt is good. I tried a myofascial release w/ a foam roller on Sunday (Saturday?) that I saw on YouTube and it felt insane - and I think helpful as well.

I need to get my ST in - I didn't do anything today. :P I'm thinking tomorrow will be better. I'm not rowing tomorrow - I can go out for 4+Freestyle Trainer. Woot!

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KSGROTHE 5/25/2010 7:29PM

    emoticon on all your weekend exercising and on learning more about yourself!

Keep up the good work! You've got some good plans and ideas!

- Karen

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RAWKNRUN 5/25/2010 4:23PM

  UGH I hear you on the heat, unfortunately for me the pollen around here is INSANE too, so I am relegated to the treadmill unless I want to be coughing and wiping my nose the entire run! LOL

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/25/2010 3:14PM

    wow you can send some heat my way. not too much though. when my dad was in south carolina last summer he bought an insulated water bottle. that is all he could find. i think made by nagelen? it kinda looks like this.


congrats on quiting your job!!!! getting a job at a gym would be great cause i am sure that comes with a free membership. the running store would be cool too.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/25/2010 3:06PM

    What a crazy busy weekend.

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LYNNETH7 5/25/2010 10:52AM

    Dana, you are such a motivation :) I KNOW HOW MUCH IT SUCKS to run in heat/humidity now.... I might have to try to get up early just to avoid it too. (EARLY for me is also 9 am lol)

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CLOVERR1 5/25/2010 10:43AM

    I hear ya on all the hot weather stuff! Let me know when you get moved and we can go running together!

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SEEHOLZ 5/25/2010 10:18AM

    Love the positivity and the "cold beverage" technique!

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MBSHAZZER 5/25/2010 9:30AM

    I hear ya on the heat! When I was running in the relay, I took water with me for my long leg and I dumped some on myself - it was HOT! Totally gross! Hang in there! Only 6 months or so till it's cold again! LOL!

Sorry to hear about the blisters - could be the socks, or just the humidity causing more moisture and hence, more friction. Maybe try some body glide on the feet?

Sounds like a great weekend!

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JOHNBABJR 5/25/2010 9:29AM

    Dana, the heat has been killing us, too. It's been very humid here lately.

Congrats on giving your notice. I'm sure it feels much, much better.

You can fit some strength training in this week. I know you; you'll get it done!

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KEAKMAN 5/25/2010 9:26AM

    ummm, could you send some heat our way? It's still in the 50s here. And raining.

Great work on the run (sorry about the blister - isn't it amazing how the littlest things can make your whole body feel wrong?!)

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LAFTERSFREE 5/25/2010 9:26AM

    curious, which bbq place?

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MTER67 5/25/2010 9:20AM

    The heat came out of nowhere, didn't it? Sorry to hear about the blisters. I can't wear Mizunos. I bought a pair a couple years ago that I was sure were going to be great for me, but then my legs fell apart. They quickly became my "lawn-mowing shoes" and not my runners!

Best of luck on the job change. Sounds like everything is going well for you!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 5/24/2010 11:48PM

    Enjoy the new job. Good going it sounds like you have made progress with the eating.

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DDOORN 5/24/2010 9:58PM

    Been tied up a bit lately...great to see how SPARKED you continue to be!

GL in your job search!

Been enjoying the heat up our way...we'll see how "tolerant" my new thinner self is of the heat when we visit my son in GA this next week...lol!


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Still feeling good!

Friday, May 21, 2010

This eating mindfully thing is a challenge, but it's going well so far I think!


Last night I took home a couple servings of a home made strawberry shortcake that a lady made from my work. DH ate one and I ate part of one and gave him the rest. I sat at the table (after the first bite or two in the kitchen when I was like - HEY! GO SIT DOWN!) and sitting there I focused on the taste and how I felt and after I had enjoyed some I gave the rest to DH. Felt really good about that!

Dinner was Chicken Parmesan w/ whole wheat pasta and sauce. I make this chicken parmesan which is soooooo easy to be healthy and the sauce is made from a can of crushed tomatoes seasoned. Ronzoni Healthy Harvest thin spaghetti and BAM! DINNER! The Chicken Parm is just bread crumbs (I use panko) mixed w/ some Garlid & herb Mrs. Dash (AWESOME) and some grated parmesan. So no sodium like in pre-seasoned bread crumbs! (WELL except for from what's in the cheese, but vs. using seasoned breadcrumbs+cheese) :) I seasoned the crushed tomatoes w/ the Mrs.Dash also. Cooked the noodles. Cook the coated chicken in a drizzle of olive oil. BAM! DINNER! DH really enjoyed it. :) As did I! Hahaha. I've tracked this before and know it's a reasonable healthy meal, I did not measure anything because I know that the amount of breadcrumbs/parm that will actually stick to the chicken is very minimal and not going to be too hihg calorically. I did measure the oz of noodles before cooking, and of course the sauce from a can. But yeah. Good stuff.

Later on I did have some hot chocolate as well - probably could've done without that. But overall I felt really good about my choices yesterday.

This morning I sat at the table and ate my breakfast.

I AM SO SAD. The yogurt I brought to work today for my first snack had MOLD in it. The date on the container was 6/4/10. I hope maybe the foil top had a break in the seal or something because I have like 2-3 more containers at home that I really need not to have spoiled because that would be so lame. I'm trying this Chobani (?) vanilla greek yogurt - too much sugar for me. I won't be buying it again. But it was much cheaper than the Fage so I thought I'd give it a try. I just don't want to have bought something I like less w/ more sugar to save money and have half of it go to waste so I really could have bought less of the kind I like more! :D (Of course I didn't know that for sure before I bought it but still!)

So I ate my apple (that was supposed to be part of my lunch) instead. Luckily I brought for lunch a LOT of spinach for a salad w/ feta and chicken and I brought the container of feta and salad dressing, too so I can expand my salad easily to compensate! :P


So today is a rest day for me generally, but I plan on doing some ST tonight/throughout the day as well. Nothing lower body - but core and upper body. I already did a set of tricep dips from my desk.

Tomorrow there will be a rowing exhibition as part of this town heritage festival thing so I'm going to go row in that - but I don't have to show up to that until 10:30 which is nice because I'm planning on getting my long run in early tomorrow before that. I'm aiming for 7 miles tomorrow, but we will see. I just want to make sure I don't get injured and my first goal is to actually run for 5 days total for this week - I figure once I get the routine in place, I can work on bumping up a day here and there. But I DO want to get my long runs in a good place as well - so I'm still going to aim for 7 tomorrow, but Sunday's scheduled 4 might be shorter if need be.

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SWEETZMIX 5/24/2010 6:42PM

    Healthy Chicken Parm, I am going to try that. My BF loves chicken parm and he doesn't need noodles. lol He just likes the chicken.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 5/24/2010 3:37PM

    I would take that yogurt right back to the store and either get your money back or exchange it. I've had to do that before - sometimes it's a matter of how they handle it once it arrives at their store. That always makes me mad - food is too expensive for it to be bad before it's "out of date".

Besides that - hope the rowing went great this weekend as I'm sure it did!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/23/2010 11:19AM

    You are such the rowing master, Dana! Look at you, rowing in expeditions, I love it!

Glad the food challenge is going well :)

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 5/23/2010 12:07AM

    Ick! Food spoiling before it "should" is a major pet peeve of mine. A waste of money AND it always forces me to restructure my eating plans. Nice job of dealing with the situation though... hope the rest of it is UNmoldy!

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KEAKMAN 5/22/2010 9:45AM

    So Dana, do you have another marathon in your future? You seem to be training for one, but I have been out and don't know. What's the plan my friend??

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BRE7482 5/22/2010 6:14AM

    I'm glad everything seems to be going so well. for you. I actually eat Chobani a lot. RIght now the sugar content is okay for me because I compare it to the things I would normally eat for dessert. When I get stricter with my nutrition I'll probably feel like you do about it though. I hope the rowing exhibition and run go well this morning!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/21/2010 11:30PM

    ugh i HATE when food gets moldy, especially when its something i was really looking forward to. we always have that problem with bread, it seems to mold pretty quickly i guess because of the humidity lately. and im constantly trying to keep my bananas alive! i've started buying them in smaller portions and that helps, but too bad i cant really do that for bread (and i dont really like freezing bread!) im glad eating at the table has been working out for you. that chicken parm recipe sounds great.

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KSGROTHE 5/21/2010 6:01PM

    Oooh! I'm going to have to try your chicken parmesan recipe sometime, too. I love chicken parmesan, but I don't eat it often and I haven't made it myself in quite a while.

I'm glad the mindful eating is going well for you! I had a HUGE salad for lunch myself, very filling - romaine, shredded cabbage, Trader Joe's broccoli slaw, shredded carrots, plum tomatoes, cucumber, chicken breast strips, and light balsamic vinaigrette. I've got one container of the Fage Greek yogurt in my fridge at home to try soon. I need to make sure I don't leave it until it goes past its expiration date like the last container I bought! I'm just a little nervous about trying the Greek yogurt because it took me so long to get to liking regular yogurt. (I used to be a *really* picky eater!)

Good luck with your running and rowing this weekend!

- Karen

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/21/2010 5:23PM

    I'm liking that chicken parm recipe. I'm going to have to try that.

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SEEHOLZ 5/21/2010 3:11PM

    Like your "not get injured approach"..good choice!
As for Chobani, I haven't tried the vanilla one, but I like the new Yoplait greek yogurt. Also, they sell this one that has honey on the bottom and I don't mix it, but instead, just take a little of the honey and pour the rest out- it's not too sweet for me then. If you get plain or the fruit/honey flavored ones, you don't have to use the entire bottom that's in the container. I normally buy plain though- only flavored if it's on sale-LOL.
Have you ever got that low sodium cottage cheese btw? I tried this disgusting fiber one cottage cheese ( I had a coupon-figures-LOL) and it was just gross to me.. not sure if Daisy is worse or better, but those 2 I stay away from. I told you, I'm a cottage cheese snob, haha.
Anyways, way to go on eating mindfully- my eating is coming along... not as great as I wished, but better than it's been all month- thank God!

Enjoy the rowwing tomorrow... oh and thanks for the panko suggestion about the chicken- I've only bought the panko for fish before, so I'll give it a try - for sure.

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MBSHAZZER 5/21/2010 3:09PM

    Sorry to hear about the mold! Yikes!

BF and I always wonder what people are thinking when they say they don't have time to cook. Most weeknights, I can throw together something healthy and delicious in less than 30 minutes, which is definitely less time than it takes to order in or go out.

Anyway, sounds like you are doing some great stuff in the kitchen. Enjoy your weekend! TGIF!!!

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