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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Long story short - holy hills, did not break 2:30, broke backup goal of 2:45 - finished smiling, managed not to puke afterward - felt a days hard race DONE and proud!

Detailed race report with pictures here:

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ZORAHGAIL 9/21/2010 1:56PM

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PS - Sushi at the finish? OMG I emoticon it!

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/21/2010 12:32PM

    Congrats and you looked beautiful!!

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MARLIE13 9/20/2010 9:28PM

    Oooh Love the report...the long hair, the shirt, the cookie....the HILLS...you rocked it! How awesome. I'm so happy for you!

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CHANGEDIN09 9/20/2010 5:55PM

    WAY TO GO. I keep saying I'm going to do a half, but while training, when I get to six miles, I cant run any further. Don't know if I'm destined to do it or if I even really like running that much. Most days I stop at 4 miles. When I'm running, I feel great and can keep going, but after , my 49 year old bod aches!!!

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MBSHAZZER 9/20/2010 11:54AM

    Fantastic, Dana! Nice job! Those hill sound like a BEAR!

I LOVE the long hair, too! :D You look fabulous!

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MDTWEETY 9/20/2010 11:36AM

    WOO HOO! Congrats and wonderful job !! So glad to hear you finished smiling. You and some other Sparkers are motivating me to *think* about running a half. Just thinking right now...Thinking is good. And not painful. ;)
Wow, your hair is so long now!!

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JOPAPGH 9/20/2010 9:38AM

    Nice! emoticon

Sushi and fried rice as post race food? That might make me almost puke too.

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KEAKMAN 9/20/2010 9:29AM

    I love the goals - finish smiling and no puking afterward!

Great race and I am proud of you....you do realize that still translates to a 5:30 marathon (and if you didn't have those killer hills......!) emoticon

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/19/2010 6:29PM

    WooHoo for not puking! :D
gonna go check your link for the full report

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SKYFYRE 9/19/2010 6:24PM

    I checked out you RW blog, very awesome Dana!! I want to tell you that you are a hot runner, meaning, you even look good while running, and I am glad your DH took a picture of your hair, you have beautiful hair! No wonder why he couldn't help but snap a shot! Congrats on a job well done! I know you will do great on your training for the next full marathon too!

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Feeling better .... but binging????

Friday, September 17, 2010

I don't consider myself a binge eater -- it's not something I generally struggle with. But I have to be honest- last night and this morning were sugar binges.

I'm starting to feel better -- I feel like I hit the worst part and now I'm on the upswing - WOOT! continuing all the good stuff -- but last night my BIL made cupcakes and also my other BIL and SIL made homemade donuts so....

I made us homemade burgers for dinner, and didn't eat anything with them, so they were semi lower calories and just not a lot, so I HAD planned on eating more food that night - but not donuts.

Anyway - last night was donuts. This morning was more donuts. And cupcakes.

YEP! Now I feel kinda sick to my stomach and the thought of eating anything is just disgusting me. But honestly, I started to pick up another cupcake this morning and just put it back down and said NO! I am not letting this turn into a full out BINGE. Granted, I kinda think 2 (albeit skinny and homemade) donuts and 3 cupcakes are a bit of a binge anyway, but I could feel the binge mindset coming on to just keep eating them all until they were gone. Where instead I stopped because I was full and had had enough (more than enough really) food. You know what I mean? I didn't let that binge frame of mind kick in although I could feel it pushing at me. UGH. So disgusting. Rather than letting the binge mind rule me, I let stupid eat empty calories vs. nutritious calories rule for breakfast. And then I said THE END and I'm moving on.

Just wanted to share -- I want to share all the struggles and successes in my blog and not just the good times.

I think I'm going to start tracking again today because I'm feeling better and I need to see how many calories that breakfast can estimate to just to feed my morbid curiosity. :P

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LEONALIONESS 9/22/2010 1:16AM

    "as an athlete, you shouldn't be eating those cupcakes or the donuts." That seems a bit judgmental to say. Athletes can have a treat now and again, too. They're human, after all. Top marathoners eat treats/sugar! While other things are healthier, homemade baked goods are not the end of the world. Especially if someone needs more calories for fuel but has already eaten a bunch of bulky healthy stuff.

I know on long run days I need to eat like 2400 calories. I eat LOADS of fresh produce and my fiber was already through the roof, I average 50 grams a day, easily. I need some calories without bulk or lots of fiber. Homemade baked goods with no oil and no or little sugar totally fit the bill! And after my 20 miler I enjoyed a truly epic sugary vegan Boston Cream donut. Best donut ever.

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JOPAPGH 9/20/2010 9:46AM

    I was like that this weekend. I just grazed for no real reason. Glad today is a fresh start.

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LILHLFPINT 9/19/2010 5:20PM

    (i love your honesty. ::hugs::)

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SKYFYRE 9/18/2010 11:53PM

    YAY for putting the doughnut down! Hahaha! I can see your conscience acting like a cop, "Put the Doughnut DOWN!!" Thank goodness we have an inner voice once and a while! Thanks for sharing! I am glad you gained the upper hand!

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CATIATM 9/18/2010 6:10PM

    I think it's great that you kept a good mindset even though you had a mminor setback. I wonder what made you crave all the sugar. Stress? Fatigue? Hormones? Weird. Good for you for moving through it, though!

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 9/18/2010 12:04AM

    I hear you I need to start tracking agin too!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/17/2010 2:17PM

    i bought oatmeal cookies this week from the baker. they are a trigger food for me. i can't let them sit there. i ate all 12 of them by myself over 2 days. i know better. i know if i want an oatmeal cookie to buy ONE. i find it so frustrating to know what you are doing is a little coo coo yet you still keep doing it lol! way to say not and put an end to the cupcakes!

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MBSHAZZER 9/17/2010 12:22PM

    Couple of things... homemade ANYTHING is not as bad as store bought. Also, I totally can relate... sometimes I feel compelled to eat something just because it's in the house. Once it's gone, I'm fine, but it's like MUST EAT if it's there.

Good for you for recognizing what was going on and STOPPING!!!

Is the HM this weekend??

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/17/2010 12:16PM

    Oooh, since they were right there and homemade they must have been so tempting. I would have reacted the same way. I know just what you mean about how you could feel a potential binge (even though you sort of think that what you did WAS a binge) but you still managed to stop before you went totally overboard. I've felt like that myself lately sometimes.

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RUNSWITHDEER 9/17/2010 12:08PM

    Ah, the sugar binge. Sometimes those little treats can evolve into bad habits. Zirca, as an athlete, you shouldn't be eating
those cupcakes or the donuts. There are plenty of fruits that can supply you with that sugar you crave.

Keep up the training-you inspire us!

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SEEHOLZ 9/17/2010 11:58AM

    I had a bad Monday like that.. and I could have kept eating.. but I stopped. Granted, I ate useless bread later, but it wasn't in the binge mindset-- so it's okay


Here's to moving on- yeah!

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CLOVERR1 9/17/2010 10:59AM

    Good for you for curtailing the episode of emotional eating; Just think of it as "carbo loading" for your half marathon race!

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KNH771 9/17/2010 10:53AM

    The goodies never taste quite as good as you thought they would... I bought donuts the other day (went to the grocery store hungry - shame on me!) but haven't touched them. Don't know if I could have turned down homemade ones though... Mom used to make them on Sundays. Miss that.

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AHOOSIERGIRL 9/17/2010 10:31AM

    I'm glad you posted this. I'm an emotional binge eater. Often it is hard to stop the binge eating episode. Great job!

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MARLIE13 9/17/2010 10:01AM

    Yup, I know exactly what you mean. I think it goes hand in hand with perfectionism. "I've already eaten 1-5 and while there are still more left, I won't be able to resist so I might as well eat them all, and THEN I'll start my diet." lol! Good job on putting that last donut down!

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KEAKMAN 9/17/2010 10:00AM

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So glad you stopped, thought, and then acted!

It's easy to fall into a binge. But you didn't let that happen to you. And I am proud of you Dana!

It could be that your body is still recovering from the cold or whatever, and feels the need for some extra fuel, but donuts and cupcakes are not the best fuel, are they?!

Hope you feel better, and that this was the last blip on your radar before your half!

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Soooo things didn't really go as planned from last blog.

I was tired Tuesday morning, didn't run - slept. Figured rest is more important than running right now anyway - it's taper time - but I planned to run at night.

Then I heard from CLOVERR1 that Fleet Feet was having a Training Group kickoff -- Long Runs with aid and a free Nike Dry-Fit shirt for $10. HECK YES. :) Since the group is for those registered for either the Huntsville Half/RocketCity Marathon or both, we qualified. I didn't happen to see her, though.

The training schedule states to register for the half and the Monte Sano 15K road race as part of training - so I did that today. :) They are both very inexpensive registration fees and are local so it was easy.

So just like that I have THREE races on schedule between my half and the end of the year! :D

Oh and if I do that 5K in October also... the one that folks at my work do, that's 4. We will see...

So the 15K in Oct, and another half in Nov. :) WOOT!

So anyway in the past few days I've been starting to get a tickle in my throat and I just feel like I'm coming down with something. I ran yesterday morning, only a little over 2 miles, but I'm scrapping anymore running before the race and just resting, taking vitamin C, zicam, lots of fluids, etc. Just attacking this thing!!!!!!

I also ate a lot of food yesterday. I tracked some of it but not all. And I'm not tracking today. I'm trying to be more mindful today so as not to overeat, but I don't want to be counting calories while I'm feeling sick.

So everyone just pray that this passes soon and I'm able to really rock my half Sunday!!!

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DAWNOFCHANGE 9/17/2010 9:30PM

    I hope you get well soon so you can rock the half-marathon on Sunday. Take care of yourself and good luck. You are an inspiration to us all. emoticon

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WHATAGRL42 9/17/2010 1:11AM

    Sending healthy antibody-thoughts your way! Kick it, Girl!!! I swear by airbourne and echinacea too! Teacher tricks....

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MARLIE13 9/16/2010 11:15PM

    Prayers said! I just read Krissy's comment and I remember that...when she was sick. Gosh has it been two years really?

Love all the races you have on the books. You are really making me want this marathon to be over so I can do some shorter distances. I'm already looking forward to a half...especially since I know I can run that far already. lol!

You're going to do great and be super healthy. Rest sounds like a great idea!

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SKYFYRE 9/16/2010 6:26PM

    Awe Dana! I hope you kick it in the butt and get it gone! I will say though, if you are sick on race day, just take things slow and steady, and you can still run. I was crazy 2 years ago with Strep throat and a temp of 102 and ran the AFC 1/2 marathon and did my best time. you can always stop and walk, but why not give it a shot?! You are always in my prayers, but I will say a special one for your heath for the 1/2!

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MSSUNBUG 9/16/2010 6:09PM

    Sending positive vibes your way, lady! You'll do great! Feel better, rest up.

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MIAMIA7 9/16/2010 6:04PM

    Here's hoping it's just allergies! Good luck on your race.

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ETTEZEUS 9/16/2010 5:49PM

    Feel better quick!
I have a feeling you will rock your HM Sunday.

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MBSHAZZER 9/16/2010 5:39PM

    Dana, hope you are feeling better!

I love that you have so many races! The 15k is a great distance!

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KEAKMAN 9/16/2010 5:23PM

    Sleep, eat, and rest. Listen to your body! emoticon

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ZORAHGAIL 9/16/2010 4:11PM

    Good luck!

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SEEHOLZ 9/16/2010 3:47PM

    Keeping my fingers crossed Dana!

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CECE0330 9/16/2010 3:20PM

    You've certainly got a full schedule! But I was thinking, one race a month would be kind of fun, you know? Keep you on your toes. Course here I'm talking 3-5 miles and not the craziness of 13.1 or 26.2! emoticon Perhaps one day I'll join that elite crowd!

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KSIGMA1222 9/16/2010 3:12PM

    YOU WILL ROCK IT! I'm finally going to do one next month.

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 9/16/2010 3:06PM

    Good luck and rock on.

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Hoopin it Up!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The gym last night was FANTASTIC - I am glad to bank some calorie burn for the week since from here on out it is TOTAL TAPERVILLE.

Plan: Tonight - run tuneup workout A featured in the latest Runners World - 2 mile tempo run.

Not sure how much warmup/cooldown I'll do, I guess I'll just see how I feel. Playing w/ the idea of running 2 miles easy and 2 miles tempo BACK, then just walking around to cooldown. Simple upper body and core ST -- probably will bring out the freestyle trainer at the park after the run I'm thinking...

Wed: REST - maybe some recreational hula hooping. :)

Thu: Tuneup workout B - 2x800 at 10K pace - same w/ the wu/cd and between interval, unsure how I'm gonna do it yet but I'm guessing around 2-3 miles for that day - simple upper body and core ST at home.

Fri: REST!
Sat: REST and travel
Sun: RACE! :)

Our teacher introduced the upper body hula hooping today. Once or twice I actually got it to start to go up my body, but mostly I just beat my arms up. I have a bruise that I don't think is visible yet on my left elbow but HUURRRTS. haha. She had us first practice getting one arm in and hooping with that -- right arm - piece of cake. In for a few loops, out, repeat, etc. Left arm, slightly more awkward but ok. Then both arms. Sometimes I kept it going, sometimes it fell down. Then the idea is to start kinda bumping w/ your elbow, kind of a winging motion cause you keep your hand attached at your side - and not a BIG motion, just a small movement, and it makes the hoop kinda go up to your chest.

Well... I don't think I was moving my arm right. I felt totally spastic. But I did do it a couple times although I was so excited I didn't try to keep it going upperbody - so something to practice at home.

She also introduced how to grab the hoop at your waist to bring it overhead - SO can't do that yet either. You have to kinda pivot your hand sometime while bringing it overhead because your fingers are pointing down at first and overhead they've gotta point up -- didn't do that ever during class, gotta practice.

SO GLAD I got my own hoop! Trying to master this stuff in one class a week would just be frustrating. But I felt so much more confident in class last night with all the practicing I've been doing -- I felt really comfortable with most everything that she's showed us previously, so that was cool. I even practiced walking backwards and didn't fail at that. HAHA :D

Zumba was before that and it kicked my BUTT. The favorite teacher of before is BACK and she was ready to really work us OUT. It was AWESOME! Also some jump squats and squats and whatnot in there so my lower body got a little extra.

SO! Then I went grocery shopping and by the time I got home I was feeling so tired I just wanted to eat and shower and go to bed. So I did. But then I couldn't sleep. WHAT? haha. So hence the running tonight vs this morning. Plus I just need some equalizing time after the intense 2+ hr workout last night.

Yesterday's Deficits:

(1900+1366) - 1867 = 1399

So if 1750 deficit is my max goal, then I'm most of the way there. But in the coming week, I am sure I will have some negative deficit days - meaning taking away from that number.

AND CLOVERR1 is doing Rocket City Marathon!! :D I will have a buddy in the race with me - even though I'm sure she will leave me in the dust at some point, it will be nice. :)

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CATIATM 9/16/2010 11:12AM

    Oh! I love, love, LOVE hula-hooping! I wonder if I could get one here ......

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WOLFKITTY 9/15/2010 12:15PM

    Hooping sounds like a lot of fun. There's a local group on MeetUp here that does that,a nd I was curious about it. I'm happy to read your report. ;)

Hugs, Dana!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/15/2010 3:58AM

    best of luck with your race!!!

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SKYFYRE 9/15/2010 2:01AM

    That hooping class sounds really challenging, but you are doing it! Wahoo! And nice onthe 2 hour workout, you are insane! (Wait, I guess I am too, if that's how I'm gonna rate it!) Glad you will see a friend on Sunday, the big day! And great taper plan, Welcome to Taperville!

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MDTWEETY 9/14/2010 4:12PM

    Glad you are hoopin' it up!! That class sounds like such a BLAST! Do you have a weighted hoop or a regular one??

I know you are a gym girl like me. Didn't you have to quit your gym at one time (I might not be remembering correctly). If so, how did work out? I might have to quit the gym and I am so sad. emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 9/14/2010 12:42PM

    I need to look into the hoops. sounds like you are having fun.

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KASHMIR 9/14/2010 12:29PM

    It sounds like LIFE IS GOOD in Dana Land! emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 9/14/2010 11:34AM

    Glad you're having fun!

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CLOVERR1 9/14/2010 11:21AM

    But you're the one with longer legs and less years...you may end up leaving me in the dust!

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MBSHAZZER 9/14/2010 10:58AM

    Dana, I love that you are taking advantage of the cool classes at your gym! What a great way to mix things up! The hula hooping sounds like a lot of fun.

Glad to hear you will have a buddy at the race!

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KNH771 9/14/2010 10:51AM

    I've got to find a hooping class of my own. It sounds like a lot of fun! I'm pretty jealous. Best of luck with your race this weekend. emoticon

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    Good luck with your race. The hula hoop class sounds like fun. I would like to try to hula hoop again just for fun.

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KEAKMAN 9/14/2010 10:31AM

    I am getting soooo excited for you Dana!

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Still going strong with the tracking!

Monday, September 13, 2010

So I just finished up my tracking for the weekend. :)

Saturday was NOT that strong, but I did take a splurge meal and then not really eat much else for the day. I tried to track it and ended up almost exactly at my Daily non-exercise burn number, so I'm calling that day a net nothing. (1900-1927) Just entered in Sunday's final numbers and here're the results:

(1900+1846) - 2514 = 1232

So let's say we take out that 32 just to counterbalance the little over on Saturday and to make math easier. We've got 1200 deficit to add to my weekly numbers:

Weekly Deficit - 3167, Daily Average - 452.4286

So nearly 1lb! :D And that's not counting any burn from Hula Hooping Monday. I weighed this morning and I'm down another 1.5lbs from the last time I checked (1lb down) so a total of 2.5lbs down since I started deficit tracking.

I weighed yesterday and saw the same number as today as well, been weighing more frequently, and so I know I'm not fluctuating too much lately either -- feels good!

I think this week will be a bit of a challenge since I'm cutting my miles back a bit for a little taper before my half and I'll be specifically trying to rest up Friday and Saturday AND I don't want to eat too little because I do want to make sure I'm fueling my body enough for the race. So I think I'm not going to focus on a large (for me large being 3500 cal/1lb) deficit this week - more so just trying to stay between no gain to 1/2lb(1750cal) deficit.

Just checked the weather for the first time (of many I'm sure) for Sunday and so far it's looking pretty good -- Highs in the low 90's, Lows in the low 60's. Those are temperatures I'm very comfortable with I think. Would I like it to be a little cooler than that? Sure. But there is 0% chance of precipitation which is nice... the race starts at 7, which is actually similar to when I usually have been running my LR's lately.

I made a little pace band for myself yesterday - gotta go get a sweatband to attach it to - and it shows splits for 2:25 and 2:29:59, so hopefully I can come in at least lower than the second numbers to reach my goal. I'm also thinking that unless I'm just feeling AMAZING that I won't want to start out too much faster than a 2:25 pace and risk blowing up since I have a goal to reach, ya know?

Anyway, I'm feeling the beginings of taper/race madness. I have a pain in the ball of my right foot that is sometimes not there at all and sometimes there. I'm not quite sure if I think it's imaginary or not, but I'm pretty sure it's inconsequential to how my race will go. hahaha. So I've got phantom pains, I'm checking the weather, I'm making pace bands... what else? Oh I want to shop for running gear like MAD CRAZY. hahaha.

I'm wearing a shirt today that I haven't worn in ages because I just decided one day that it was too small for me to feel comfortable in. Now that I'm wearing it today I'm not sure if that was ever really true, because I don't think my body has changed much recently, but I'm wearing it and feeling good about it. I'm not sure if this is a mental victory or a physical one, but I'm guessing it's mental and I'm really happy about it either way. :)

I put on my skinny jeans again Saturday and I was talking about them like, let me go check how they look in the bathroom and I might change them, and my DH was like, don't, they look great - so of course I still go look, but I see that he's right and yay. :) haha. I think making myself more in tune with my eating through the tracking and whatnot has given me more confidence somehow? Maybe I'll always feel a little lost and unsure if I'm not tracking. Maybe someday I'll grow out of that. Either way, I'm happy with how I feel lately. I don't feel obsessive or neurotic about things at all. Just aware - in a good way. Like on Saturday I ate out for lunch - I got chicken kabobs. They were great - just meat and some onions and a couple pepers. Coleslaw - a little bitty cup, about 1/2 cup full. It came with 2 piece of garlic toast, and I knew I didn't really want to eat both of them so I offerred one to my BIL and he and my DH split it. :) I ate some fries that my DH got. We went and picked up cupcakes, but I didn't eat mine until later because I was full. And I didn't really eat much the rest of the day - we ate at like .... 3:30-4? And I've been going to bed at 9-10 lately, so I just listened to my body and just ate the cupcake when I felt hungry again and then I was pretty much done for the day. I went to bed when I was tired. It was great! :D Sunday I ate a lot more -- ate before running, protein smoothie when I got back, etc. But it felt right because I burned a lot of calories that morning and my body was asking for fuel. When I come back later to crunch the numbers, everything aligned.

I think I'm listening to my body better, and just using the numbers as kind of a backup to ensure I'm really responding the best way to my body's needs and it feels really good. Which - no my body didn't need a cupcake, but it wasn't horrible for me and it was a TOP QUALITY CUPCAKE - I mean AMAZING - so worth the lack nutritional value for a one off treat.

So far today my calories are looking a little low, I will probably be eating more tomorrow to balance things out since I'll be busy tonight at the gym, then groceries, then home shower eat bed. :) Not a lot of time to get in extra cal and I bet I won't be feeling it when I do finally get home - I'll probably just want to eat something fast and easy.

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TRACYZABELLE 9/14/2010 5:52AM


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KEAKMAN 9/14/2010 12:16AM

    Hooray for the skinny jeans!

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MARLIE13 9/13/2010 11:46PM

    You are doing so awesome! Love this! Speaking of pace bands...I was looking at making mine and marking the water and goody stations. So excited to hear how your race goes!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/13/2010 8:05PM

    great job keeping up with the tracking. it is paying off for you.

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MDTWEETY 9/13/2010 2:45PM

    Good luck with your race, Dana!! And AWESOME about the not-too-small-after-all shirt! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 9/13/2010 12:35PM

    I hope you can feel more comfortable listening to your body. I think you are taking steps in the right direction.

Best wishes with the half.

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MBSHAZZER 9/13/2010 11:38AM

    Hey Dana, it sounds like you are doing amazing!! I am so glad that the mental part is coming together for you as well, too. I do think that weight loss is 90% mental. I can totally relate to the clothing sizes as well. The other day, I was feeling "fat" so I put on a pair of pants that are larger than most (ALL of my clothing is too large, but that's another story). Anyway, I felt awful all morning, so I went home at lunch and changed and was much happier! :D

Good luck with the half... you are READY and I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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DAWNDMOORE40 9/13/2010 11:09AM

    I think that when we listen to our bodies it gives us that extra boost we need to go another day! I love putting on clothes that I didn't use to be able to fit into, and going wow they fit me now! Sometimes I think women are a little bit harder on themselves about how they look, so it very possible you were not that big to begin with that you couldn't fit into the jeans and the shirt! I think you look great! Have a excellent day and stay focused! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/13/2010 10:59AM

    I think listening to your body gives a confidence boost too- I did the same the other day after this week o getting back in tune with myself, put on a shirt that's been sitting in my drawer for a couple months cuz I was thinking last time I put it on it was too tight- it elt great thins time! The skinny jeans are still not happening yet for me... soon though as long as I keep at it :) So woohoo for your skinny jeans Saturday!
Glad to hear I'm not the only one that gets pre-race madness. I obsess or days before on what to wear race day, what to eat the day before and day of- how much I should be working out the couple days before, etc. And that's just for 5k's! Maybe someday a half is in my future... maybe. Good luck in your race this weekend- cand wait to hear all about it!

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