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Continued Tracking!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

So last night was a bit nuts -- football and my SIL and her hubby brought over their fryer and made wings and tater tots. And yes, I ate them dangit. I am almost NEVER into eating wings but I was last night so I figured since the time is so few and far between I would get it out of my system. No more fried food for me for a while. UGH. My body is in food hangover mode.

Although -- according to my estimates of what I ate, I am close to being within range! It might be a bit higher than range, it all kind of depends on how many pretzel Mm's I actually ate... but I think the rest is a fair estimate.

I also hula hooped for like... 2 hrs.... while the food was being made. But I didn't wear my HRM or anything, so I have no idea if I had any worthwile calorie burn from that, but it was definitely way more active than sitting or laying around. So I feel good about that! And I got to practice my moves since there was no class yesterday. But I stayed up way too late and didn't run this morning.

Also had this horrible nightmare that a picked up CLOVERR1 running on the street at like 3 am and took a turn that ended up putting us in this sketchy area in the middle of a gang war and this dude with a knife was threatening to rape us -- we were in a car but it wouldn't accelerate and the windows wouldn't roll up. SCARY!!!! CLOVERR1 - you are NOT allowed to go running at 3am by yourself in sketchy neighborhoods!

Anyway -- to sum up for last week's deficit tracking:


(1900+2470) - 2429 = 1941

Weekly Deficit = 2642+1941 = 4583 - SPLURGE MEAL

So I really don't know, but I definitely know I didn't over eat 5000 calories worth. Probably not even 1000. So I still had a nice deficit from last week for me and my conservative goals!

For yesterday to start this week I will start it in a hole though -

(1900+0) - 2530 = -630

Granted, I may have some burn from hooping that would counterract some of that but although I'm trying to estimate food I ate that wasn't specifically measured, I'm not gonna try to estimate the hooping. We'll just hope things even out a bit by week end.

Tonight is gym and 3 miles. This weekend is 11 miles. Next weekend is the half! :D WOOHOO!!!!! Ok time to get to work....

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SKYFYRE 9/8/2010 2:54AM

    Great job on the deficit tracking! Go Dana- hula hooping for 2hours?! Sheesh, your abs, are they killing you today? I hate bad dreams like that, I just had a weird one where my mom had ants crawling all over her and she didn't care, so I made her get in the shower to wash them off! Weird.... better than scary though!

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MARLIE13 9/7/2010 11:47PM

    I can't imagine hoola hooping for two hours. Go you!!

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CLOVERR1 9/7/2010 4:51PM

    I have so got to start tracking my food again....

Don't know about lights, but need to do some shopping searches for the same myself.

I *really* want to do the Rocket City Marathon, but I also *really* want to do a 24 hour race in North Carolina over New Years (which will be more expensive as an out of town trip as well as the race fee); not sure I can afford both. If I don't run our local marathon with you, I'll work an aid station and definitely cheer you on!!!

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KNH771 9/7/2010 2:56PM

    I bought a hula hoop this summer just to do something different, and I'm horrible at it! I put it away for a while... I should try again.

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MBSHAZZER 9/7/2010 12:39PM

    OMG, I wish I hadn't read that there is such a thing as pretzle M&Ms! GAH!!!! Glad you got the fried stuff out of your system.

And what's up with the Sparkpeople dreams? I dreamt that I ran 2 marathons in one day with SEEHOLZ!

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CLOVERR1 9/7/2010 11:53AM

    The only 3 am running I have planned is a 24 hour event over New Year's on a well lighted path in the company of other crazy runners...

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NATURALLYME126 9/7/2010 10:40AM

    Oh wow that was a scary dream! Hope you have sweet dreams tonight! ;)

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SEEHOLZ 9/7/2010 10:26AM

    Sounds like a splurge meal.. but yeah, I'm the same regarding fried foods- no thanks.

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KSIGMA1222 9/7/2010 9:54AM

    No worries on the tracking it all evens out! I thought I would be all over the place by now but after 4-5 months of not tracking I haven't changed my weight at all. Must say it doesn't haunt me as much as it use to and it is amazing at how well one can do once you have it down. I think that is the next step that SP doesn't have quite as mapped out as the rest? But we all must do as we feel is best for us.

So no worries and have a great week!

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Weekend Update!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Yes, I'm blogging on the weekend again! :D hehehe. Taking advantage of some time while my DH is napping.

So Saturday morning I decided to check out a local trail so I could do some trail running - um, not so. HAHA :D This was very much a HIKERS trail wonder and not a RUNNING trail - granted, some parts were runnable, and to more experienced trail runners maybe even more than that... but a lot had just straight up rocks to climb over and trees to go through and whatnot. I ran when I could, hiked when I couldn't , and got a fantastic workout that I ADORED. Here's a picture:

Friday night I had kind of a splurge meal so I don't have any real deficit information for that day. I had some rotel dip type stuff w/ Texas shaped tortilla chips. :D HAHAHA. That was after dinner... later in the evening.... really don't remember what else. Seems like there was something else. But anyway that's that. I don't track splurge meals which is really the only flaw in my deficit tracking plan -- but I'm ok with that level of unknown.

Saturday I ate way too little. I thought I was doing good throughout the day with being reserved, ate a stupid meal at night of popcorn and more Texas tortilla chips, but not a crazy amount -- and when I made my tally I was like, wow, way under. Ooops.

So this morning I was HUNGRY.

Saturday's Deficit info:

(1900+750) - 1777 = 873

So I added to a deficit of 1769 to have a deficit thus far of 2642 - whatever was negated by splurge meal.

Today though, my long run burned a massive 2470 calories!!!!!

(1900+2470) - 2000 = 2370!!!!

So......... I may eat more than 2000 today, but at least that much. We will see. That would be a deficit of 5000 ish, minus splurge meal nonsense, which would theoretically still leave me at least a 3500 deficit that I was hoping for. If not, I'm sure I will have at least met the 1750 secondary goal or somewhere between. Nice stuff! Will continue to track and be on point today since I have already had my splurge meal of the week -- although calories may be high today my actual SparkRange goes up to 2530 so chances are I will be within range at least.

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CATIATM 9/7/2010 8:42AM

    I have to ask -- what are Texas tortilla chips? What makes them better than, say, Mississippi tortilla chips? emoticon

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/6/2010 11:50PM

    way to try the trails. it is common for trail runners to actually walk up the steep hills.

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MSSUNBUG 9/6/2010 4:15PM

    Good for you. Sounds like successful deficit tracking!

Great picture. I love that sort of workout!

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MBSHAZZER 9/6/2010 2:55PM

    What a great photo!!!

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MDTWEETY 9/6/2010 7:25AM

    I LOVE the photo!! :) :)
Yeah, I don't track splurge meals either. Sometimes I try to guess but usually it's futile. Haha. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/6/2010 6:04AM

    I love chips and dip but am making my own chips from now on!

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KNH771 9/5/2010 10:37PM

    Deficit counting seems like a lot of work! My brain gets tired thinking about it, (or maybe tonight I'm just tired. :-) Glad you had fun on the trail. I haven't been able to do something like that in a long time.

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JOHNBABJR 9/5/2010 9:40PM

    Great photo, Dana. I'm glad you enjoyed your trail outing!

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Being flexible!

Friday, September 03, 2010

I was not feeling the gym last night, so I went straight home to spend time with hubby. GREAT DECISION! :D I had a wonderful night at home and we watched football and it was awesome.

I think I needed some rest because I fell asleep pretty early, and then I didn't really set my alarm for enough time to go try out the trail I wanted to this morning, so I slept in and I'm planning on hitting it this evening instead. Also planning to hit some ST this evening as well at home. So I'm being flexible!

Yesterday's deficit results:

(1900+1125) - 2478 = 547

Weekly Deficit: 1769 Daily Average: 442.25

Still doing good. :) And my biggest calorie burn day yet is still to come!

Today so far is looking fine. I'm just cruising to my LR day at this point. :) Looking forward to a great 13 miles!

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SKYFYRE 9/4/2010 3:46AM

    Fantastic Dana! I guess you decided to do it! Go girl!

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MDTWEETY 9/3/2010 8:46PM

    Flexible is good! I went back to the gym today after 2 weeks off. But you know what, I'm not beating myself up about it. I figure I needed the break. Our bodies tell us what they need. :)
Have a great weekend, Dana!

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LILHLFPINT 9/3/2010 12:59PM

    (i'm so glad you listened to your body, girl. ::hugs::)

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MBSHAZZER 9/3/2010 12:24PM

    I always err on the side of more sleep! For some reason, I was researching body building (not sure why as I have no interest in the extreme dieting that goes along with it) and a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE part of it is getting a lot of sleep. Your muscles just don't grow and repair without good sleep. So, good decision to sleep in. Enjoy your trail run tonight!

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/3/2010 11:06AM

    I hear you. Sometimes sleep is just more important.

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SEEHOLZ 9/3/2010 11:00AM

    I'm totally the queen of flexibility --- best decision i ever made regarding exercise--- it's always there for you! Like this AM, my plans for a treadmill hike got kind of ruined, so I swam for 40 min... wanted an hour, but 40 min is better than 20 or zero.. so, there, being flexible is key to a busy life, right?

You are doing really good Dana-- and having fun with hubby is super important!

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BRE7482 9/3/2010 10:47AM

    I watched football last night too, but I was at work lol! I'm glad you listened to your body and had a great night!

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MARLIE13 9/3/2010 10:45AM

    Awwww...good for you! I've been feeling similar and not sure if I'm making excuses or what but my long runs seem to really take a toll on me the rest of the week. Thankful I have a mini taper week tomorrow of only an hour.

I'm with ya on the blousey drapey stuff...some of them I love and some not so much. Quite a few that I'm like, "I want to buy that!" I agree though, the concept is awesome and makes me want to go to Goodwill and buy a mumu...muumuu?

Anyway, Have a great weekend. I know you're going to kick some butt!

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KEAKMAN 9/3/2010 10:39AM

    Sometimes your body, mind, and heart need a break - glad you listened and did what needed to be done! And I bet your DH loved having you there with him!

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Great run this morning!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

So WOW! :D Embracing the slow yesterday allowed me to really have a great tempo run today! :D

I did a brief warmup - about 5 min walking 4+ min slow jog - until I got to a mile marker point and a lamp post that I could see my watch by, and I was OFF! :D I was aiming to maintain an 11 min mile pace for my 4 miles of tempo today. I felt GREAT. I was running into the dark which felt a little crazy - I NEED A HEADLAMP NOW. Anyway -- speeding along in the dark felt awesome. I didn't even feel like I was trying for at least the first mile. :D When I reached that mile marker again I knew I had gone 3 miles and I checked my watch - 33min exactly. WOOT! Heading on to the next section, I knew to the end of the path that way was about 1.1 miles, so an 11 min pace meant I'd add about 12:06 to my 33 min. I finished in about 12:09. :) WOOHOOOOOOOOO! Considering I'm not 100% sure how accurate that part of the trail's measurement was I'm still super thrilled with my apparent consistency! :D

Then it was a slow to a walk for a minute or two for my HR to come down a bit and back into a slow jog for the remainder of the run. Finished about 7 miles in 1:29:50 and felt on top of the world. :D

Last night I spontaneously went bowling -- subbing for a fellow LG Employee (that I don't know) at the LG Bowling League weekly games. :) hehe. It was fun. But I forgot I had an appointment with the Relief Society Presidency. :( They came by my house and I wasn't there apparently!!! I feel like quite a jerk for that. Just sent an email to the Secretary to reschedule if they're willing.

But bowling was a fun and different thing to do -- my DH and BIL came but it was kinda odd, the way the lanes were packed in, they bowled kinda far from us, finished their games fast though, so they were able to come over and hang out with me for a while and then BIL went home not too long before we did and DH and I hung around finishing up game 3.

We had trout and couscous for dinner -- fast easy. And then I thought, wow, that wasn't a lot of cous cous and I need carbs. So I ate some of our Spinach Feta Fred Bread and some ginger snaps and 2 squares of dark chocolate..... :D Came in within cal range and felt well satisfied without being overful.

This morning I got up and ate a PBbananadog. Which is my favorite prerun food right now -- whole wheat bun + PB + banana = awesome. Then the awesome run, then some cereal and I'm ready for the day. Let's see where my deficit is standing now....

9/1: (1900+555)-2463 = -8 (gotta take 8 away from the week's total deficit)

8/30: 1002
8/31: 228
9/1: -8

Weekly Deficit: 1222 Daily Average: 407.33

Today thus far:

(1900+1125)-1684 = 1341

I am most certainly NOT going to eat away that entire deficit tonight for dinner. I also will be Strength Training after work, so maybe another 200cal to my burn as well. We're planning on having Shrimp Fajita Rice Bowls for dinner. This means -- Shrimp, peppers, onions cooked in a skillet w/ some olive oil and Mrs. Dash Chipotle on top of RICE and maybe a fried egg on top. And maybe some salsa. Yay!

In any case - so far so good, TAKE THAT TOM. :D emoticon

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WOLFKITTY 9/3/2010 1:35AM

    Sounds yum!

I thought my phone's calendar would help me not mix up appointments... It does come in handy, but it's also easy to mis-schedule or misread it. EEK! I hate when that happens.

Best of luck,

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 9/2/2010 11:30PM

    The food sounds yummy. I hate it when I forget appointments but bowling sounds fun.

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MARLIE13 9/2/2010 11:00PM

    Your run sounds awesome. Way to go chickypoo! I'm loving the defecit tracking. I'm going to pick mine back up too when we get back into town on Monday. Hope you have a great weekend!

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MSSUNBUG 9/2/2010 6:56PM

    Good for you! And congrats on such a fantastic run!

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SEEHOLZ 9/2/2010 1:34PM

    Your running is progressing awesomely!

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MBSHAZZER 9/2/2010 11:48AM

    Dana, great job sticking with the plan during your run. I ran in the dark this AM too and I loved it!!! I only needed my sunglasses at the very end.

Way to go with the deficit tracking, too! You are being so diligent!


P.S. - just curious how long you before your run you eat?

Comment edited on: 9/2/2010 11:48:59 AM

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LANC92 9/2/2010 11:38AM

    I just recently read that most people who try to start running regularly, stop because they try to run too fast! So Embrace the Slow is an excellent thing to have as a mantra, especially when you're running long. Good job.

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TAMTAM64 9/2/2010 11:24AM

    I learn a new word today: PBbananadog It sounds delicious!

You had a great tempo run for sure. This morning while I was running I was saying to myself "Embrace the Slow". :)


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KEAKMAN 9/2/2010 11:19AM

    Love how great your run went! And bowling - such fun!

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BRUIN2 9/2/2010 11:05AM

    Way to win against emoticon!

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Deficit Tracking Continues!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

TOM began today with a vengeance. Actually, the vengeance kicked in right as I was leaving for work -- gotta love how running postpones all cramping and everything! :D hehehe.

My run this morning was very comfortable if still nice and slow -- it was slated as an EASY workout so I tried to make sure and keep it that way. I think sometimes I get frustrated with how slow I am that I run my easy runs too hard just to prove that I'm not that slow. Well no more -- I'm embracing the slow!!! Especially now that I'm following a plan that actually has some speedwork so I know I can run and say - hey! See! I'm not that slow all the time!!! :D When all you're running is easy miles it can be frustrating. Anyway. The thermometer on my car said it was 64 when I left the house today - it felt BRISK! :D If I had been standing around instead of running, I would have wanted some long sleeves at least! But I knew once I got going I'd feel good -- and I did.

That is all my workout for today -- I will be heading straight home for quality hubby time and relaxation tonight! No gym today!

I DID hit the gym for ST last night -- did some 21's, assistend chin-ups, pullups, dips, shoulder presses w/ DB, KB Swings, Weighted crunches on ball w/ chest press w/ KB, oblique twists on ball w/ KB.... I think that's everything. Quick full body workout. Could've used something like a row in there, more lower body maybe, but good overall. About 200 cal burned in 30min.

Which brings us to yesterday's totals!

(1900+605 (405 run 200 ST)) - 2277 = 228

8/30 = 1002
8/31 = 228

Weekly Deficit: 1230 Daily Average: 615

So far so great. :)

Today's numbers so far:

(1900+555) - 1547 = 908

I am not worried about if dinner takes up even that entire deficit today -- tomorrow morning I'll be running 7 miles and doing ST tomorrow evening, so it should be a big burn tomorrow and I know I will need the energy in the morning. If I get 0 deficit today, my average so far this week will be 410 which is still within my target range of 250-500 calories deficit per day, and that is all before the mega long run of the weekend as well. Saturday is planned as a total rest day, may hit up Yoga actually.... Friday morning is a planned 4 mile recovery run I think. So I definitely have a lot of calorie burning still to do this week. :)

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TRACYZABELLE 9/2/2010 5:10AM

    My daughter is in misery praying for hers to start...she is eating everything in sight! Feel better

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JOHNBABJR 9/1/2010 8:09PM

    Dana, I'm sorry that I somehow got unsubscribed from your blogs, but I'm glad that everything is going well for you. Keep up the good work!

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KEAKMAN 9/1/2010 5:04PM

    By embracing the slow you can focus on mechanics and rhythm and breathing and posture. You will find that slow running helps you to be a faster runner. And your fast runs will feel so FUN when you do them, plus you will be confident that you are doing them RIGHT and WELL after all the tinkering you will do on your slow runs!

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TAMTAM64 9/1/2010 4:11PM

    You are really doing GREAT! I love your comment "Embrace the Slow" - I will have to adopt that for my own mantra.


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MSSUNBUG 9/1/2010 3:51PM

    Nice and balanced all around. It's good to have slow days AND speedy days. It's good to have full-blast days and easy days. Enjoy your quality time with the man tonight!

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MBSHAZZER 9/1/2010 3:45PM

    Great job, Dana! I am totally with you on wanting to eat a bit more for dinner the night before a long run. I am doing my long run tomorrow AM, too! :D

And why is it so cold already in AL???

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BRUIN2 9/1/2010 3:36PM

    way to embrace the slow!!

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