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TRX TONIGHT! If DH comes through...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I left my gym bag at home this morning. :( And there is no way to get there and back to the gym before TRX class -- so....... I'm HOPING my DH can bring my gym back to work or my BIL can meet me at the gym with it. Otherwise I guess I'm driving home on my lunch break. :P LAME. I do NOT want to miss this class!!!

It might not get taken on as a full time class I think... these are like test classes or something? Or maybe it will be a class in Sept regardless and these are demo classes... eitherway. I got someone to get me a spot in the class against general policy so I do not want to have had that person do that for nothing. Plus running after class tonight.

I UNDERATE yesterday. Didn't track all my food until today and came in a couple hundred calories below the bottom of my range -- HOWEVER , I'm not worried because I am sure my body is just balancing itself from overeating on the weekend and I still ate 1900+ calories so it's not like I'm depriving my body of nutrients or anything. I believe I have a much better plan for today -- I added avocado to my lunch salad and I brought more almonds as well. Plus I have tracked everything but dinner so I will have a better idea of what I need to eat to be within range tonight. I am glad that last night I just listened to my body though. I felt very good last night. :) I was not going to bed hungry.

That trout was AMAZING. It will have to be a regular splurge -- as in, not every week, but maybe once a month? -- cause it was kind of expensive... I'm going to try some of the less expensive fish I saw there as well though -- there were some "crusted" trout fillets on sale that I overlooked because the ginger chipotle marinaded fish was calling to me. They had.... hemp& something Ican'trmemeber, hemp&sesame, and a pepper& something one. I haven't eaten fish in a while -- glad I went for that to remind me how much I really do like it!

OK now for my first snack of the day.

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SEEHOLZ 8/26/2010 10:17AM

    Glad the fish was a success and your husband came through-- I wished they had classes here.. sigh... so work it out hard!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 8/26/2010 5:30AM

    I eat low on the calorie scale but I need to.. I do exercise but I can not exercise like most so I eat less-- now you-- you exercise like a beast and need those calories!! I know you know this already-- we can't have you backpedaling now!

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MARLIE13 8/25/2010 9:38PM

    I think I missed what TRX stands for??

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S318830 8/25/2010 4:49PM

    If you can't get your gym bag to materialize... I've gone out and bought a pair of running shoes, shirt, shorts, etc. before. Yes, it costs a bit of money, but with running shoes you're supposed to swap them out every 6 months anyway... is it time? Just curious. And if it's not, it will be one of these days again...

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MBSHAZZER 8/25/2010 2:48PM

    I hope the gym bag comes through!! I hate it when that happens!

I was totally thinking of you last night. I went to the grocery store, which is something I NEVER do, but Larry was recovering data from my busted computer, so I had to suck it up. Anyway, I was at the seafood counter and they had trout! I was tempted, but it wasn't on the list, and I have a strict "only buy from the list" policy (for the one time a decade I actually have to shop!). Hehe!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/25/2010 12:17PM

    Try the recipe on other kinds of fish. Here you can get cheap frozen fish. It might be worth looking into for you. I like it fine. Then I can have fish on my budget.

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KNH771 8/25/2010 11:47AM

    I haven't had good trout in ages! I'm SO jealous. Have fun at class!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

So I had hoop class last night again -- and I did not burn as many calories as last week - I think because we spent a good amount of time doing arm things. But it was still really fun AND HEY I GOT MY HOOP!!! :)

I love getting new fitness toys -- the ultimate gift to ones self, a new way to enjoy being active. :) I am excited that I will be able to practice during the week the things I learn in class on Mondays. She announced last night that the class is definitely picked up for September. :D YAY!

I didn't run this morning -- I was actually awake last night when my DH got home which means I was up too late. HAHA They actually left a little early, but still -- it was after 10PM which makes a 5AM wakeup call tough for me and I was feeling tired yesterday anyway, so I decided sleep would be better and since it's not as hot this evening as it has been (YAY) I will run tonight -- especially since it's only 3 miles on the schedule, it will be a piece of cake to fit that in.

I went grocery shopping last night and got stocked up on healthy food and then had to fight BBQ leftovers and mountains of cake to fit it all in the fridge. :P UGH. That is just so not right. I can't wait for the bride and groom to remove some of that cake to their house. They were there last night and we thought that was on the agenda... but then they didn't take any home apparently. Although the groom ate some cake.

So did I - it was a pretty sparse dinner actually, not 100% sure I met my cals but eh. I had one bratwurst on a whole wheat bun and a little slice of groom's cake. And a red vine. The end. Not balanced -- but I feel good about honoring and loving myself through acknowledging I was tired and getting sleep instead of spending a lot of time in the kitchen -- and also not getting back up to the kitchen to eat again when DH came home. I thought about it and realized I was less hungry than I was tired.

But here on out this week there will be beautiful dinners. I got some fish that I can't wait to make for dinner tonight -- a ginger chipotle marinaded trout. YEP I'M MAKIN TROUT! And I think I will roast the corn I bought as well. Woot. I brought salad making components to work and plan to go into salad mode this week. I have been in soup mode for a while now so I'm ready to change it up. :) I also got some more of my beloved greek yogurt - YAY! :) Fruit is stocked up, too. Now I just need to make it through another work day.

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MARLIE13 8/24/2010 11:13PM

    Wheeee! Looks like so much fun!

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SWEETZMIX 8/24/2010 3:59PM

    emoticon job on bouncing back. And that fish sounds sO good. I have been craving some fish lately!

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MBSHAZZER 8/24/2010 3:15PM

    Nothing like a fully stocked fridge to make you feel good and excited about cooking! Larry has been slacking - ours is EMPTY!

Love the new hula hoop. When you spend money on fitness equipment, it's actually an investment in your health!

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GYPSYGOTH 8/24/2010 2:56PM

    i need to get one of these. i have a small one but it just doesn't work! i've tried the larger weighted ones and they're fantastic. now just where to find one and where to store it??! haha

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SEEHOLZ 8/24/2010 1:17PM

    You go with the hoola-hooping! I'm more into classes like the one you describe where you hop around and stuff-LOL.... I love to try new things, too, though, but belly dancing and hooping are for co-ordinated and the patient, haha...

Glad you got your hoop and my suggestion would be to just deliver the cake... or give an ultimatum to come and get it!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/24/2010 1:11PM

    The hoop looks fun.

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/24/2010 1:10PM

    That striped hoop against the striped background practically made me dizzy! I love how you're always trying something new, exercise-wise!

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    So how are you tracking how many calories you burn? Still thru a polar watch? I looked at one at the store the other day. $350?? Seriously? Ugh...
Cool about the hoop - that sounds like a lot of fun - and amazing toning work for stomach and hips!


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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 8/24/2010 10:52AM

    LOVE the hoop! I tried one out at Academy the other day - I'm SOOOO outta wack!!! My husband and I had a good laugh at me! LOL

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LDAWSON61 8/24/2010 10:45AM

  The hoop class sounds like a lot of fun - way to go on the healthy food kick.

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Keeping the love avalanche rolling

Monday, August 23, 2010

So I am going to look at this like a tiny snowball rolling down the mountain getting bigger and bigger. :)

Yesterday I started pretty great. I had a nice healthy breakfast full of foods I love after my LR. Then I had a great lunch of pasta w/ meat sauce and salad and a SLIVER (the tiniest angle I could possibly slice) of the leftover grooms cake. I sensible snack.

And then candy for dinner.

Oops. No love for Dana at dinner time -- I didn't eat any real food just candy. On the one hand -- I definitely consciously decided I'm going to eat this INSTEAD of dinner. I didn't do double duty with real food PLUS a candy bonanza. But at the same time -- I don't think 1 candy meal to balance 2 self love meals is REALLLLLLY what I was looking for in terms of balance.

But -- in the theme of self love into success, I'm going to accept my choice as not a super wise one and move on. I could have made a better decision, but at least I didn't eat mindlessly -- I selected a splurge, chose it and didn't go overboard with total calories for the day. I will have no candy meals for the rest of the week that is for sure!!! Striving for a better balance in the week to come.

Took this morning off from running according to plan and will be hitting up the gym. Hubby does volleyball now on Monday nights, so Zumba and Hoop Fitness are calling my name. I think I might ditch Zumba, though for some weights. OR at least leave Zumba early. My body wants strength training PRONTO!! And I'm doing a TRX Class on Wednesday, which I know will be full body, so I want to plan for not being able to do ST Tuesday. Tomorrow will be 3 mile run, Wed 4 I think... then Friday at midnight 4ish, Sat 11:35am ish another 4 ish (I need to look up those leg details again) -- and then Sunday 11 miles. YEP. This weekend will be runtastic.

Also thinking I'll swing by the grocery store tonight after the gym to make sure I'm stocked for my clean eating goals. :)

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SEEHOLZ 8/24/2010 9:46AM

    Enjoy your runtastic week-end!

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RDARLING 8/24/2010 8:46AM

    I did the same thing yesterday with cookies. I'm over it now. It's a new day.

Best wishes to you for your new day and clean eating grocery shopping!

It will be a RUNTASTIC weekend, indeed!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/24/2010 7:44AM

    I find that when the pantry/fridge is at it's lowest is when I eat the worst.

You're going to wear out those running shoes with that mileage.

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TRACYZABELLE 8/24/2010 5:40AM

    If i have it around me I will eat it so I do not give in and buy it!

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MARLIE13 8/23/2010 9:07PM

    I'm curious as to what type of candy? Was it chocolates? Or hard candy? Or what?! Curious minds......

After you answer me, then you can move on. I like the sound of that anyway.

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YOOVIE 8/23/2010 3:43PM

    LOVE THIS!!!!!!

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KASHMIR 8/23/2010 3:26PM

    Oh, and our legs are actually 3.52 miles and 4.2 miles. WOO HOO!!!!

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JOPAPGH 8/23/2010 2:56PM

    I got me some runs this weekend too! 7ish Friday night, same Saturday morning then 4+ Saturday late afternoon. Probably some recovery biking Sunday.

If its any consolation, it was cookie night at our house last night...

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KASHMIR 8/23/2010 2:04PM

    You aren't alone. I did a "candy" dinner on Saturday...Auzzie Licorice. But, like you I didn't do double duty...the candy satisfied me, and that was the end of that.

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/23/2010 1:56PM

i made a snow man with your avalanche debris! go dana go!

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/23/2010 1:54PM

    A midnight run and then another one 11.5 hours later? You're hardcore!:)

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DDHEART 8/23/2010 12:36PM

    I think that moving on after the candy meal is an act of self love too....just not the same as the clean eating...as has been said....baby steps...

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MBSHAZZER 8/23/2010 12:27PM

    Baby steps, Dana! It's great that you are not beating yourself up over the candy dinner. It's way more productive to note that it wasn't the best you could do for yourself and MOVE ON!

Enjoy the gym this evening!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 8/23/2010 12:22PM

    I feel ya there!! I had ice cream instead of dinner! :-( And it was VANILLA - soooo NOT my favorite so I don't know what I was thinking. Another lesson learned, huh!?

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/23/2010 12:20PM

    I love that you chose the candy meal. I don't feel well when I do that. So for me I have to have the regular meal and small candy. But you are so thoughtful about it. I have thinner friends who do stuff like that with no guilt. I think it is something we have to learn. Have a super week.

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KEAKMAN 8/23/2010 11:28AM

    Dana, sounds very sane and logical to me. If you chose to eat candy, then so be it. Not the best choice, but better than mindless eating. And while not a manifestation of passionate love, not a message of self-loathing either! emoticon

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Recommitting to loving myself

Sunday, August 22, 2010

So, this past week got a little outta control -- Sis-in law got married Saturday and the week was building up in many food related events at which I sometimes was controlled (nice salad at the BBQ place) sometimes ridiculously out of control (OK how many servings of ice cream did I have at the night before? How much cake the night of? And then there were 2 milkshakes in one week when I NEVER EVER EVER HAVE MILKSHAKES EVER IN LIFE!!)

Now after getting in my 10.3 mile run this morning, I just want to treat my body better. More kindly. My body does not appreciate the unpredictable nonsense of light beautiful meals and massive loads of junk. OK so I think I did choose high quality selections for splurging, just splurged in too large a quantity, too frequently...

This week will be all about clean eating in balance with small (YES SMALL) treats. Not boring, restrictive, punishment. NO NO NO. Whole, healthy, nourishing, delicious, beautiful food that is not full of processed garbage.

There is a mountain of leftover wedding cake. I will probably eat some of it. I'm not going to lie. Also a little bag of candy I got from the wedding. But I will keep those to teeny tiny teeny tiny servings IF I choose to indulge in that -- because that is not clean, but I think it will be unavoidable and I will feel better if I just do a little than not at all. That will feel like punishment. Eating a little will feel like a treat without feeling like a poison to my body like overdoing it does.

I mean I could come here and say I'm not going to eat any. Then maybe I have some and I feel horrible about myself and eat more because who cares I lied to the Sparkisphere. So yeah. Total honesty is what it's about here.

I need to use this week to regain balance.

This week's running plan should help since it's full of shorter runs -- which means I can balance each day with a short run in the morning, some gym time after work (even if it's just a quick weights session) and then time with my DH in the evening. :)

There you have it! My goal and plans for the week!

Random picture from the wedding, I have no idea what I'm doing...

ALSO HOOD TO COAST THIS WEEKEND!!! :D So I will be running around midnight on Friday night and 11:30am ish on Saturday! :D hehe.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/23/2010 1:26PM

    I wouldn't fathom a guess at what you are doing in the picture except that it looks like you are having fun.

Don't beat up on yourself for the weekend too much. Just write it off, take a week of good foods and lots of water to clean out the junk and build from there.

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MBSHAZZER 8/23/2010 12:25PM

    You look great! And like you're dancing to some music that no one else can hear!

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SEEHOLZ 8/23/2010 9:25AM

    Always love yourself!!!

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MARLIE13 8/22/2010 6:18PM

    Sounds perfect. It's all about the balance and being realistic and honest. Love it!

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KEAKMAN 8/22/2010 3:52PM

    Ahhhh yes, loving yourself/loving myself. GREAT blog! Thanks for sharing, and for being so honest with us!

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KASHMIR 8/22/2010 3:33PM

    I need to get you stored into my phone this week!!! SO Excited that you will be running with me Friday and Saturday!!! Keep in mind GO SLOW. LOL!

Sounds like a wonderful plan for your week...denial just tends to turn into regret, but planning and being mindful really works wonders!

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CLOVERR1 8/22/2010 2:53PM

    Good post. And let me know if you want some company on your weekend runs!

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KNH771 8/22/2010 2:35PM

    I need to re-focus on eating clean too. Farmer's Market just started here so that helps. I've gone from eating almost no veggies to eating piles of veggies! Enjoy your run!

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AINTSKEERD 8/22/2010 1:40PM

    Thanks for some common-sense motivation, Dana!

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BRUIN2 8/22/2010 12:02PM

    Good plan Dana!

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DDOORN 8/22/2010 11:50AM

    Real food all the way!

Great job catching yourself and getting back to what you know works for you!


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AMUNET_RA 8/22/2010 11:04AM

    You're so wise, Dana! Sensible and balanced...what we all need to strive for!
P.S. it looks like you're dancing and HAPPY! :-)

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MABTE52 8/22/2010 10:57AM

    I think you are on the right track. Enjoy the journey and have fun while you are doing it.

I will take your advice and begin loving myself! emoticon

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Another Week Going By...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

So last week was my 4th week on my new job, so I've been here over 30 days now. So that's nice. HAHA :D Not much else to say about that, but I think I'm doing well with it. It can be stressful at times, the flow of work is sometimes very slow and sometimes frantic. Right now things are pretty well contained, hence - blogging.

So since the last blog:

Friday: 4 hot miles after work!
Saturday: ROWING in the AM - a bit of sweep, then I learned SCULLING which was AWESOME. Then yoga.
Sunday: LR - 9.24 miles - good stuff. Ran into CLOVERR1 for a few minutes right at the end - she was just getting started, so she turned and ran back to herstart/myfinish with me and pushed my pace darnit. haha :D And by darnit I mean YAY.
Monday: ZUMBA
Tuesday: 5.7 miles (supposed to be 5, oops - almost late to work)
Wednesday: slept in, ran 3 in the HEAT after work (100ish degrees, plus whatever heat index...)
Thursday so far: Up at 5 on time, ran 4 w/ 2 at HMP (which for me is about 11 min mile)

So as you can see, I've been out there working it. Something that's been lacking is my strength training -- Last Thursday I was moving furniture/etc. so I counted that, Saturday I was lifting and carrying boats at the boathouse (Not just my own! Being tall is a valuable asset! haha). But I haven't done any real Strength training since Pilates last Wednesday.

(I'm sure KEAKMAN my Defined Arms competitor is gloating to hear this...)

Tonight I will be heading to the gym w/ my BIL and going to Bellydancing -- which honestly is a KILLER workout for the SHOULDERS. Bellydance stance requires arms out at parallel to the floor pretty much forever. Which reallllly gets a burn going after a while -- add to that shoulder isolations for building an upperbody shimmy and my shoulders are always killing me after class. Hopefully we are able to get there early enough that I can work some other areas of upper body as well.

Food is going ok. I'm still not tracking 100%, but I'm also feeling very in control and conscious of my choices. I do not feel bingey or anything and I'm being mindful of my food. Someday maybe I will get a good groove to track my food post work, but so far I'm feeling better about what I am eating anyway.

Excited for the SYTYCD finale tonight. I'm happy with the final three and don't mind who wins so that's fun.

GROSS OUT LAST NIGHT. I had bought these chicken rollup things and cooked them so they wouldn't go bad. We reheated to eat last night and turns out - HEY RAW CHICKEN INSIDE. So... gross. We had each already taken a bite ( that I think was cooked at least from mine). Part of the outside chicken was thicker than the other side, when I checked done-ness I apparently cut the thinnest part of the chicken. :P BOO! So we had to throw those out and the thing is - the bite we each had tasted SO GOOD. We were both so bummed!!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/16/2010 11:49AM

    Ewww...ever since an incident in college I freak out so hard over raw chicken. I went to a party where the same knife was used to prepare a fruit salad that had been used earlier to cut chicken. So many of us got incredibly sick. Ugh.

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CATIATM 8/15/2010 1:13AM

    Bummer about the chicken, but the workouts sound awesome! What do you think of zumba? I zumba-ed so hard last week that I actually threw up! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/13/2010 8:58PM

    Keeping commited is great. Yuck on the chicken. But could you make your own like it? I hope all goes well for you.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/13/2010 9:31AM

    I've gotten behind and lost track of you. How are things since the move?

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SKYFYRE 8/12/2010 11:47PM

    You totally grossed me out at the end of your blag, today! RAW CHICKEN???? EEEWWWW! But, Girlie, you are stacking up miles like old newspapers, fast, fast, FAST!! I despise running in hot weather, wa to get it done!

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KASHMIR 8/12/2010 3:59PM

    EWWW...on the half cooked chicken...I love my meat thermometer!

Glad the new job is going good!

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KEAKMAN 8/12/2010 2:48PM

    Dana, fear not, I am not doing so great on my arms right now with my neck injury. Pushups are a no-no as are most things involving using my shoulder, so I am going to have to really crank it up when I get the all clear.

On an entirely different note, I want you to know that I think of you at least twice every day. You see when I drive in to the office I pass an art gallery. Named CIRCADIA (close to ZIRCADIA, I think you would agree) And if that wasn't enough, the front lawn is decorated with a GIANT dragon boat head in full color. So I see rowing and your (almost) name as I drive there and back. It always makes me smile, which is great since I get stuck at that light half the time and it's always an EXCEEDINGLY long red light!

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SEEHOLZ 8/12/2010 1:42PM

    Yikes on the chicken- it has happened to me with a stuffed pork cutlet once. I cooked it so nicely in the oven and the stuffin inside looked so good and then I served it to DH with awesome potatoes and green beans and he took a few bites before he noticed. Appearantly, the done stuffing was deceiving and I cooked it for awhile, just not long enough.

What about the TRX? You were doing quite well with that, right?

Remember that you can always squeeze in some planks and bicepts while watching SYTYCD... tricept and shoulders work good, as well.

Glad life is good for you and proud of you for being in charge of the food! You rock!!!

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MBSHAZZER 8/12/2010 12:47PM

    Hiya, Dana! Glad to hear things are going well!

As far as the ST goes... well, there is ebb and flow in all things. It sounds like you are getting in very well rounded workouts, so don't sweat it too much (and no, KEAKMAN didn't bribe me to write that! HA!). Sometimes giving the muscles a little break is just what they need.

EWWWW on the chicken! Undercooked meat freaks me out so I always overcook it. Which is kind of funny b/c I don't even eat it.. I overcook it for Larry. Of course, that has its own reward... he usually ends up cooking it himself to avoid the shoe leather! HA!

Have an awesome weekend!

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RUNSWITHDEER 8/12/2010 12:46PM

    You got one heck of a crazy schedule there. I really like the variety of Xtraining-rowing, yoga, and bellydancing. How cool!!

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