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Friday, August 06, 2010

I didn't cook up a batch protein this week, nor batch rice. I HAD been taking a package of noodles + coleslaw mix + protein for my lunch and a piece of fruit. Super filling, great mix of calorie types. Problem? I was using the flavor packet in these noodles which is full of sodium and MSG. But uh, other than that good stuff. :P Well a couple of days I forgot to grab the noodles so I ended up with cabbage and chicken. yayyy.... hahaha. Now I'm out of precooked meat and yesteryday I did a madras lentils package w/ coleslaw mix and it was good, but turned out to be lower in calorie than I planned. Today I thought I grabbed more calories than I did when I was packing this morning. Come to work, log, and find out oops - I have over 1000 calories left for dinner. If I hadn't had so much extra yesterday, my overeating at dinner would have been even WORSE.

Instead I was over 600 cal -- which in the scheme of how many calories I've been burning through exercise is actually not a massive amount, but since I'm only trying to cut .5-1lb a week (3500-7000 cal), that's still a big loss to the deficit. I'm hoping I have enough energy still to run this evening and that I don't overeat tonight due to eating so little during the day comparitively.

Last night I stayed up way too late again -- I came home, planning to hit the gym with BIL and go to bellydancing class, he was up for it, then after I get ready for the gym and come upstairs I find he's gotten a call to help move the SIL&her fiance's stuff. SO! I decided moving would be a good workout and did that instead. We didn't stop until close to 10pm actually because I know pizza got ordered around 10:30.... and I partook of the pizza. Although earlier at 8 I took a break to eat some PB banana and pretzels (YAY!). 3 slices of pizza and a crust later, and also some lemon snap cookies and chocolate covered ginger... (why??? I don't know! I blame sleep deprivation for the sweets part!) I ended up after tracking this morning around 600 cal over. I'm lucky it wasn't more I think.

But I'm determined today not to let the same kind of thing happen to me just because I didn't bring "enough" food to work. I can do this!!! My calorie range is pretty high so it's not like I'm starving today, just eating more someone aiming to lose a lot more in a week or something. And I will get to eat more food later. Just in a more healthy way than last night.

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TRACYZABELLE 8/12/2010 4:31AM

    Have you tried quinoa? High protein grain that I think is delicious!

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CATIATM 8/9/2010 1:19AM

    As always, planning and consistency are keys to why you're so successful. I admire you, Dana, as those are things I struggle with.

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KENSINGTONC 8/8/2010 7:05PM

    Moving IS a good workout! I totally get how workouts are interrupted by real-life stuff...

Glad to see your hubby is back, and that overall you're doing well with realistic weight loss goals. xo Liz

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MBSHAZZER 8/7/2010 5:43PM

    Mmmm, chocolate covered ginger! WOWZA!

I feel ya on the calories thing.. my boss was out last week so I brought my lunch every day (usually he orders lunch for us). Not even close to enough calories.

Anyway, you'll get it sorted out! Hope you're having a great weekend!

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SKYFYRE 8/7/2010 5:06AM

    So hard, this stuff at times! Hope things settle and you can get your routine down!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/7/2010 12:21AM

    I am wondering if you could use canned beans or sliced deli meat for the protein. I know homemade is better and cheaper but, in a pinch.

It sounds like you are making good progress.

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    Aaaaahhh! That is so me!!! Failing to plan is planning to fail!!! Especially when I am tired. But today is another day, and I planned it all out, how 'bout you??

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SEEHOLZ 8/6/2010 1:39PM

    I think that you are onto something regarding undereating during the day and overcompensating at night- it happens to me sometimes, too and I really hate that feeling... more so than when I make bad choices just because... it's harder to control the ones when I'm exhausted or super hungry!

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/6/2010 11:55AM

    That's actually something I worry about - bringing food with me and logging it later to find out I didn't have enough. Do you have time to log before you go??

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KEAKMAN 8/6/2010 11:43AM

    Dana, you know how to plan....and it's okay to somedays make mistakes...as long as you see and recognize them...which you did, so it's okay

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KNH771 8/6/2010 10:53AM

    Lately my pre-planning has been a little lax too. Thank God we always have new weeks to start over! emoticon

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Not tracking 100%

Thursday, August 05, 2010

So I'm still not getting everything into the tracker quite yet, but I'm getting closer every day. So far today - 100% on!

A little low in the calories dept but still.

HUBBY IS HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!! Stayed up too late last night because I was waiting for him and I was so happy to do it. As a result, I'm switching my schedule up a bit so I still get in my running miles and whatnot since I skipped my run this morning. Still planning on Bellydance class tonight. Hopefully my BIL will be game to go to the gym with me so I don't have to drive my stupid car back to the gym after going home -- it's been our routine to do this while everyone's been gone but I don't know how everyone being back is going to affect things...

That's about it for now! TOM is killing me. But other than that everything is pretty good! :)

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    Happy Days!!! Welcome home DH!!!

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SEEHOLZ 8/6/2010 9:36AM

    Strangly the week after TOM turned out to be much more difficult in containing my appetite... which is strange...

Glad your hubby is home!

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CATIATM 8/6/2010 4:23AM

    I'm super impressed that you have TOM and UNDERate. I .... kind struggle with the opposite -- and strong cravings for starchy foods. Hormones are crazy little devils. I'm glad DH is home! Enjoy!

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SKYFYRE 8/6/2010 12:39AM

    I hope BIL will still be game for the workouts now that the family is back! You have been doing so great! Glad to hear you are food concious!

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    i am happy henry is home for you! you are doing better with the tracking then me. i am so inconsistent. inconsistent would be good actually. i think i tracked 1 time last week. just not motivated to do it right now.

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MBSHAZZER 8/5/2010 4:15PM

    Awesome news, Dana! Enjoy the weekend with your hubby! Show him what you've learned in Bellydancing class, LOL! :D

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    So glad your husband is home! Enjoy your belly dancing class!

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KEAKMAN 8/5/2010 2:45PM

    HOORAY for your sweetie being home again - WHERE HE BELONGS! Hope you can get your run in today, but if you decide to spend the time with him, who can argue?!?!

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KSIGMA1222 8/5/2010 2:45PM

    I am still on a break from tracking myself and doing pretty good. I have the same problem and get calorie low when I dont track but am maintaining within 5 pounds now without tracking since before May! Still on the site daily but just am going to use the tracker as a spot check from time to time or if i run into issues.

Being flexible with your workout schedule is great and not feeling guilty or worrying you will not do it is a huge relief to now for me. I know i will do it because i want too and just have to take the good workouts with the not so complete ones. I am spending more time with my daughters now and not trying to stay in marathon shape anymore, what was the point never had time to actually run one, lol.

As usual i am writing my own blog based on yours, lol somethings never change!

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It's about time I blog again, right?

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Good grief I'm not blogging like I used to! But hey, I'm working on it. Cause I DEFINITELY NEED THE SPARK IN MY LIFE!

I've been busy -- wake up, run, shower, eat/makelunch, go to work, head to the gym, workout shower, make dinner, eat, go to bed. Basically my life. Yes I've been rocking some 2 a day workouts. Today will be only one workout -- no run this morning, but some lifting at the gym this evening.

I'm in a CHALLENGE with KEAKMAN. We're betting that we can have the most defined arms by October 1st. When that day comes, there will be before and after pictures and you SparkFolk will get to vote. The loser must profess their undying love for the winner's favorite College Football teams. Kate's are OU and Penn State... bad business. I hate those BOOMER SOONERS. But I do like Penn State kind of, but still. Gotta win. Can't love the Sooners! It's just evil!

It's been pretty easy to keep up with upper body ST since my BIL is using me as inspiration to become a gym going FOOL. Well we got a joint membership at this gym and we go together usually at least 3 times a week, but often more. Sometimes I go straight to the gym (like for Monday's so I can hit the Zumba class at 5:30 when I get off at 5), or I'll go home and we'll go to the gym together and hit the ST floor and work on our assisted chin up/dips machine and then do everything else to exhaust our upper bodies. We usualy go together on upper body ST days... Tue/Thu/Sat - Saturday is also Yoga with Holley assuming we can get it together to get there early enough - it's at 10:15 AM which means I must be done with my long run and regrouped enough and also he must be ready. But we've done it a few times already. We also went to CLUB SALSA together and did some salsa dancing last week.

Here's been my typical gym schedule though:

Mon - ZUMBA! Tue- upper body ST, Wed - Pilates/Hip Hop/nothing..., Thu: Upper Body ST and BELLYDANCING class, Fri- OFF from the gym, Sat: Yoga & Upper body ST, Sunday - usually OFF from the gym.

So.... I really should get some more other ST other than just upper body. But my legs get soooooooooo much work from all the running. My shoulders get really sore from Bellydancing class, too. RESISTANCE TRAINING! haha. Standard bellydance stance has arms parallel to the floor, hands at "heart level"... and then there are shoulder pop isolations building the upper body shimmy and whatnot. I'm loving that class for REAL.

TRX classes start in Sept, demos in Aug... Hoop Fitness classes (with a weighted fitness hula hoop) are starting this month, too, which I definitely want to try at least once - they'll be on Mondays right after Zumba. :)

I also rowed this past Sunday early am with the local Rowing Club! YAY! It was SOOOOOOOooo great to be on the water. I think muscle memory mostly took over but the workout felt a bit harder than I thought it should be. My body is not quite where my brain expects it to be! HAHA :D But I didn't feel like I was messing up or anything - just exerting. The boathouse is WAYYYYYYYYYY across town from me. Like 30min drive. And open rows for Masters are only Wed at 5:30 (too far to reach from work), or Sunday morning. So I'm not sure what my future will be with that, but I'm going to try to at least join the weekend open rows through August because its' "ROW FREE AUGUST" and I won't have to pay anything. After that we will see... the boathouse is nice, the boat was nice, the people are great... so it's not that it wouldn't be worth the money IF I felt I COULD commit the money and the TIME to it.

Right now my primary focus REALLY is the running. I go to the gym classes for fun, and the upper body ST because I feel I need it. I do some ab work with that stuff sometimes, too. Depends on what kind of time I have. So those upper body sessions are usually really upper body and a bit of abs.

But I have MY FIRST HALF MARATHON on September 19th (yes, I ran a full before a half) and my goal is to finish in under 2:30. You'd THINK that would be a reasonable goal, but let me be honest - I'm worried I'm getting slower every day. HAHAHAHA I dunno what the deal is. Is it the heat? Is it because I'm heavier? (I think that's a big part of it) But anyway. My LR are averaging a bit over 13min/mile, which according to McMillan's Running calculator is actually not too bad. The top of the long run range suggested goes to 12:55 I think. So I'm in the right area. And I'm able to maintain the right pace on tempo runs thus far.... tomorrow will be a bigger challenge than I've had since it's 6 miles w/ 4 at tempo - last time I ran 30min of tempo which was ALMOST 3 miles (like 2.9) - so I'm considering just bumping it to 35min of tempo this week since I'm new to the speedwork anyway.

Coming up SOONER is the Hood to Coast Relay in which I am NOT really running, but I AM ghosting an actual team member as they participate (KASHMIR) as I've mentioned, so I will have some hard running to do toward the end of August.

I'm not concerned about finishing the half AT ALL. I mean, I've finished a full, I ran 9 miles last weekend and felt good about it, there is no way I will NOT run 13 miles. It's just being able to reach that time goal that is making me a little unsure.... but of course I will definitely have my base goal as finishing upright and smiling and getting that train medal! :)

Work is going good -- I'm somewhat independent now. Still have to ask a lot of questions when something completely new to me comes up, but since I'm generally on my own (but still so new that no one really KNOWS about me yet) I'm not getting the same workload as everyone else yet as far as people calling me to ask about things, etc. So... hence this super long blog. ;) hahhaa.

But to sum up - working out tons. Still loving the new gym. Still missing my DH (they're finally on the road back to us now but not sure when they plan to get back yet...). Still so far so good at the job. Still eating crazy.

I'm making a sincere effort to track all of my food again. I was not tracking for a while and I KNOW for a FACT I was doing this thing where I wouldn't eat enough and then my body would be like FEED ME and I'd eat a lot. I'm burning more calories now w/ the running and the gym (up to 5000-5500 a week vs what I had in there before which was 3750) so.... yeah. I've now adjusted my calorie range and now that I know I'm allowed more calories (still trying to lose .5-1lb a week at the moment) I am trying to really make sure I am eating them and that they are coming from quality sources.

I invite you all to look at my nutrition tracker and fuss at me if I don't post or if you see some garbage on there! :)

EDITED to add that if I win, KEAKMAN must profess undying love for the Florida State University Seminoles and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide! :D

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    so glad to see you blogging regularly again! I might add that it is important to do some ST for your legs. It will help your run time and protect your knees. Minimum some lunges and wall squats (work up to 90 secs). Yes your legs are getting a workout from running, but you are not building muscle in the same way...you will be amazed how fast your times will improve with a little added muscle on their...oh and remember to listen to your body. Don't push too fast too soon! You have your whole life to hit that 2:30 goal... :)

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SKYFYRE 8/4/2010 5:40PM

    Hahaha! I love the open invitation to fuss at you, you silly southerner, don't you know we are ;likely to do it.... hmmm... maybe I should open up the same invitation! Ha! Great to hear from you lovely lady, sounds like you are killing it at the gym! Wahoo! I hope DH gets home safe and sound,.... and fast for your sake!
Take care!

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SEEHOLZ 8/4/2010 2:03PM

    I say don't worry too much about the speed- I first is always a PR and speed will come with time!

Keep rocking your workouts and having fun! Life is supposed to be fun after all!!!

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WHATAGRL42 8/4/2010 1:23AM

    RE: "The loser must profess their undying love for the winner's favorite College Football teams".... LLLLOL!!!!!!!! What a great penalty!!! So funny!!

RE: BELLYDANCING: "I'm loving that class for REAL."! ,,,, WAAAAA! I have BEEN SEARCHING for belly dancing in my area, but to no avail. I want to belly dance so badly!!! It sounds like an awesomely fun (and effective) workout!

RE: Hoop Fitness, TRX, Zumba, Rowing, and Marathons: GIRL WHEN DO YOU SLEEP?????!!!!! WOAH! Though I have to say, the Zumba is addicting! When I strapped on my Polar F7, I found Zumba to be the most cardio-pumping, calorie burning thing I was doing! I don't belong to the "zumba" gym anymore (2 gym memberships was out of my budget), but it was a MAJOR workout!

smell some roses in between all that sweating!
Lisa in CA

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ROSESCHESTER 8/3/2010 9:36PM

    Haha sounds like a fun competition you're having with your friend. Good Luck!

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TAMTAM64 8/3/2010 9:21PM

    Please, Please do not be an Alabama football fan...

Signed by a LSU Tiger fan :)

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KEAKMAN 8/3/2010 8:39PM

    Ah, my dear, "if" you win indeed. Learn how to sing "Boomer Sooner" at the top of your lungs! emoticon

I like the habits you are getting into. Especially trying the new classes and discovering how much fun belly dancing can be! What does DH say about it???

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RHALES199 8/3/2010 7:19PM

    Hey! I was just wondering 'bout you earlier today! Way to go on all the exercise! You da woman!!

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ROLLTIDE425 8/3/2010 6:47PM


That is all :)

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/3/2010 5:38PM

    Sounds like summer has hit you. It will be a little cooler in September. I hope all goes well for you. Glad to hear the new job is going well.

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    so happy to hear from you my friend.
your blog just stinks of enthusiasm and i love it!!!
glad the new job is going well still and woo hoo on double work outs!
i can't wait to see your new and improved arms. add some more upper body strength in girl.

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/3/2010 4:46PM

    I am running slower because it's summer too...or because I realized how much more enjoyable running is when I stop worrying about time and distance and just go. :) Good luck with your half marathon!

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MBSHAZZER 8/3/2010 4:20PM

    It's definitely the heat! You will totally rock the HM! No sweat, hehe!

Glad to hear everything else is going well... mucho impressed with the dedication to working out and trying new stuff at the new gym! FUN!!! You didn't share your fave college teams? Would that be Alabamy? ROLL TIDE!

Thanks for the update; I think you're doing SWELL!

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MDTWEETY 8/3/2010 4:02PM

    Yay! Good to see a blog from you! You are kicking butt with all that working out! OOOH that hula class sounds fun. Let me know how you like it! I think I will plant a bug in someone's ear at my gym to offer one of those classes. Or maybe I will fill out a comment card.

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LUCY_SHADOW 8/3/2010 3:47PM

    I just got into ZUMBA! about a month ago, and I LOVE it!! It's all I do anymore cuz I don't get sick of it and give up.

Good luck with your half, and with that contest!!

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Everything's GOOD.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

So -- work is going great.

Workouts are going great.

Eating is going... mediocre. HAHAHA Some healthy, some not so much, not tracking consistently yet. So I know what I need to work on.

My DH is going out of town this Saturday for probably like 2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( WAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to miss him like CRAZY. And I'll have more time doing doggie watching duty probably, since the only other one home will be my BIL and I don't want to make him go insane. But I AM planning on spending as much time at the gym as possible. No more thinking of taking the next class and thinking I should go home cause I've been gone all day... ;) haha. So eh. I'll be trying to keep busy to avoid the lonely stuff that can tend to send me to the kitchen. :P So lame.

This morning I did mile repeats for the first time - 2 of em. .5 mile warmup and cooldownand inbetween roughly. ( a little over 3 miles total) it was fun. I should have done 1 mile warm up and cooldown though...

That's all for now!

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MARLIE13 7/29/2010 10:29PM

    Hey...you haven't blogged in awhile. I've been reading along you know...and commenting in my head. lol!

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MBSHAZZER 7/27/2010 9:18AM

    I seem to have gotten disconnected from your blogs... so I missed this. Anyway, glad to hear everything is going well. When my honey goes away, I cherish the alone time to do the things I like to do that he doesn't... I get it all out of my system and I am overjoyed when he comes back! Hope you survive!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/23/2010 3:57PM

    Glad to hear that everything is going good your way.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/23/2010 3:31AM

    Best thing to do -- don't let any crap enter your house whily hubby is gone-- maybe find alternative things to keep you occupied.. for instance-- come popst on spark more oftem-- read more blogs and such :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/23/2010 1:13AM

    i am so happy the new job is going so well. it sounds like your move has really gone well. lots of new positives coming your way.

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SKYFYRE 7/22/2010 2:34AM

    Sorry Henry is going out of town, that stinks, but they say... yes, you guessed it, absence makes the heart grow finder :) Why is that not the same for me and the gym?!?!?! Prolly cause I wasn't that fond of it in the first place! Hahaha! Well, enjoy the doggie love and gym time!

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KEAKMAN 7/21/2010 11:26PM

    I know you are sad about DH leaving for a while, but look at it as a positive opportunity for you to set some new, healthy routines with your new job in your new place. Then, once he returns, you will already be grooving with your new way of doing things (like when do you work out? how do you eat? etc.) and he will just fall into it, too!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/21/2010 3:32PM

    You have reached your goal. In the pictures you look great so now is time to learn how to BE the thin person. I hope you learn how to be that without having to cling to it so tight. I am saying that because I hope some day to have made the habits that make being thin easy.

I know it can be hard with hubby gone. Stay busy and hopefully it will go fast.

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MDTWEETY 7/21/2010 3:15PM

    So glad that everything's good in your world!!! Sorry your hubby has to go away for a while. Boo!! I know you will miss him, but try to have fun with it. Just think: you can watch shows or movies that you like but he doesn't, prepare whatever food YOU like, catch up with the girlfriends, etc. etc. :)
Sounds like the new job is going well. Ever hear back from Jenny Craig about that job? (Was it Jenny or some other similar program, can't remember)

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SEEHOLZ 7/21/2010 2:07PM

    Truthfully... and I LOVE my husband, I'd be okay for 2 weeks... the things that would bother me is things like taking out the garbage... my boys are going camping for 3 days and I am not complaining... but I do tend to be super happy when they come back. One thing I do know is that if my DH was gone for 2 weeks, he'd treat me super awesome for awhile... not just normal.
I love summer... it's our least stressful time of year and we tend to get along GREAT... so far that has been the case.

Anyways, I am really THRILLED that life is good and that you LOVE the job!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/21/2010 1:40PM

    Glad you're enjoying the new job! Being strict about the eating is the hardest part for me! And it's sad, but I'd probably be totally dysfunctional without my hubby for two weeks!! Us Sparkies can keep you company :)

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Yes, I went to the bellydance class tonight! It was awesome!! And apparently I have a hidden bellydancing talent because the teacher thought I had taken bellydance classes before and said I did really good! :D hehehe. AWESOME. Will definitely be doing that again!

But.... um.... a class I will NOT do again - Bodyattack! It's supposed to mix cardio intervals w/ strength training blabhlahblah. Well -- it was almost all cardio w/ some random lunge stuff, one or two sets of squats... (IN the mainly cardio segments) then there were TWO mat segments - one w/ pushups and one w/ planks and crunches. But mostly you were jumping around like a demented fitness cheerleader at a competition w/ lame techno remix music.... Just... NOT my kind of class. If I'm gonna be jumping around to music, at least let me be dancing. And have real music. It was definitely challenging my heart rate and whatnot but .. ugh. just NOT fun. NOT for me. :P But I stuck it out and burned almost 700 calories.

This morning I ran 3ish miles before work, too. So I've already burned like 3800 cals this week, and I have an 8 miler Saturday morning and will probably go to the gym at some point this weekend. WOOT.

WORK IS GREAT! :D hahahaha. I like it more and more -- I am constantly impressed by how nice the company seems even if there are things like the fact that I don't get any paid time for 90 days (at which point I get some sick time) and then in Jan I get some floating holidays and then is also my 6month mark when I'll get some vacation. But for the next 3 months I'm SOL if I need any time off as far as I know. The HR guy said to talk to my supervisors (cause I have to take a Wed. off for SIL going through the temple before her wedding) - and they might be able to work something out. (Maybe I could work extra hours over some other days or something?) Anyway. If that's really the ONLY THING I have to complain about -- that's really NOT that big a deal for me because I don't really just take a lot of time off randomly.

I get Thanksgiving and the day after off, the two days (Thu-Fri) before Christmas off (all with pay, yes) - New Year's. etc.
There are GREAT employee purchase options for LG products
A very cool Employee of the Quarter and of the Year program
Regular company events that sound cool
I get to wear tennis shoes w/ my jeans on casual Friday (we were never allowed tennis shoes at my old work, even when we got to wear jeans - which was every Thursday and Friday pretty much and some other special times)
I got a cool LG Insulated Cup thing and Lapel Pin today
The dept monthly meeting at which I was introduced was really full of team support and spirit
And the people are nice!

I got invited to sit and eat lunch w/ some people today - that was so nice! :D I was all prepared to eat fast and play my PSP -- I guess I always had lunch at an odd time before, no one else practically had lunch at 5PM ya know? Now that I'm a noon to one girl that might happen more often I guess. haha. But anyway...

Oh and HR is taking me and the other new hire from last week (and any other NEW new hires I guesS) to lunch on Monday since we didn't get that before.

I should be set up on my computer tomorrow as well which is great cause I can finally start working on getting really good at the boring/worst part of the job so I can get trained on all of the interesting and challenging parts. :)

OK I need to shower and eat.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 7/21/2010 9:34PM

    Belly dancing sounds great! Good luck with the job too!

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CATIATM 7/18/2010 2:42AM

    I used to take bellydancing and Hawaiian dance classes. Great exercise and lots of fun! I love that you're just jumping in and finding new opportunities, and YAY for work shaping up to be cool!

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CLOVERR1 7/16/2010 3:27PM

    Good to hear the new job is going well!

Bellydancing has always been on my I'd like to learn "SOMEDAY" list. In the meantime, I'm a poseur with dress up costumes...:)

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SEEHOLZ 7/16/2010 1:11PM

    I think of you even more higly regarding belly dancing, as the only time I ever took, I failed miserably-LOL! I have to say that I just couldn't move my right hip and my left arm or whatever all at the same time... it was just so not for me...
So, I have major respect for you girl!

As for Bodyattack? Never took it, but I know those kinds of classes and they're okay... there is not much purpose to them, but to burn calories I guess...

Glad you like your job-- that means a lot-- and being in a nice environment surely helps.

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MBSHAZZER 7/16/2010 10:35AM

    Hooray for the belly dancing! Sounds like fun! I'm glad that you are liking the new job. I had a job once that was a little stingy with the time off, too. Basically, I started in May or June (2002). I accrued something like one vacation day for each month that I worked, but I couldn't take those days till the FOLLOWING year. So I "earned" 5 or 6 days during 2002 but couldn't take them till 2003. Then, all during 2003, I only had those measly 5 or 6 days off! GAH! Needless to say, that job didn't last very long!

Have an awesome weekend!

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MDTWEETY 7/16/2010 7:37AM

    I am not a fan of Body Attack either, though I love some of the other Les Mills classes, especially Body Combat and Body Pump. The belly dancing sounds like fun!! My gym offers pole dancing. Ummmm....NOT the same.
I am glad to hear your new job is going well. Have a good weekend!

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SKYFYRE 7/16/2010 2:20AM

    That class sounds like "spazattack" not "bodyattack"!!! Work sounds great glad that you are ALREADY making friends!!! And I love a free lunch! Hahaha!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 7/16/2010 2:10AM

    I love bellydance and woo hoo on the job being a great fit. :)

- Josie

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TRACYZABELLE 7/16/2010 1:32AM

    Sounds like everything is coming up roses.. ONce I can stand long enough Bellydancing I would love to try!

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DABINEXIAN 7/15/2010 11:35PM

    Belly dancing is something I've always wanted to try but I'm afraid that I might really suck at it. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Your workouts are amazing. Keep up the great work!


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BRUIN2 7/15/2010 11:35PM

    So glad the new job is going so well!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/15/2010 10:31PM

    body attack. what a silly name. way to try so many new things. i have you dancing to shakira's hips don't lie in my head right now lol. the job sounds like it is going to be a good one!

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IMREITE 7/15/2010 10:12PM

    bellydance can be a lot of fun and realeases stress.
the bodyattack doesn't sound like fun. i am ok with jumping around, but it needs to be to fun varied music. i am not a huge techno fan.

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KSGROTHE 7/15/2010 9:55PM

    emoticon Your gym classes and your job sound great! And look how much exercise you're getting in this week! Great job!

Even though you didn't like the Bodyattack class (what a terrible name for a class by the way -- who wants to attack their own body?!), you stuck it out for the whole thing and burned lots of calories.

Keep up the good work! You sound so happy!

- Karen

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ZORBS13 7/15/2010 9:50PM

    I thought I'd love BodyAttack from the class description, but I totally hated it too.

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