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Meh. (9 Days down 68 days to go! Or I'm on week 2/11)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I like week 2/11 :)

Anyway - I have been feeling very unmotivated when it comes to working out this week.

It's tough not being able to run or do certain things right now -- it's frustrating. My limited options are not super attractive.

I did zumba last night at my work - I can zumba barefoot and it doesn't bother me - except one step did so I modified that movement and didn't do it after the first try.

I was slacking on icing and rolling and whatnot after the KT - it's not THE fixit - it's a great supporter but that doesn't mean I need to neglect my other options to help me feel better. The achilles hasn't bothered me since Friday (when I ended up staying in my running shoes much longer than anticipated because my car wouldn't let me in and then wouldn't start outside the gym and then we went shopping for batteries... yeah. :P) -- but on the other hand I haven't been in my gym shoes since Friday. I guess I am scared I will put on my running shoes and that place will hurt again and I will be frustrated because I'm not healing as fast as I want to.

*PHWEW* confronted that!

I also didn't want to go to power boot camp. Sorry. It was challenging in a way that the movements were hard for me to master, but not in a way that got my heart rate up and made me feel excited to go back. When I got up this morning feeling so tired and my prospect was to go flounder like a moron in a pool... I just couldn't do it. I COULD have gone to the gym anyway and done the arc trainer or something... but honestly I didn't want to have to wash my hair again.

YEAHYEAHYEAH - stupid excuses.

But I do have a back up plan.

Zumba last night was only 20 min because we got started late and although I wasn't going 100 all out (modifying that one move and trying not to do TOO much too soon) - I still burned 218 calories in those 20 minutes!

So far that's my only dent into my 2000 calorie goal for the week - I am doing yoga at lunch today at work. Yoga makes my achilles feel so good I do stupid things afterward like walk all over a shopping complex because I think I'm healed and then start feeling it and still have to walk all the way back to my car. I LEARNED MY LESSON THAT TIME! HAHA. But still I know it helps me feel good. It'll be a 20 min session. I'm guessing I MIGHT burn 100 calories that way. So that still is only about 300/2000.

Thursday is Zumba after work. This should be two 20min or 20 and 30 I dunno how it's broken up - so more in the 500-600 calorie range, which will get me close to 1000.

I can go to the gym in the morning before work on Thursday, but chances are I will not feel like it. HAHAHA I've been so tired in the morning lately and of course the PF (heel pain is still lingering sometimes) is worst in the morning. I'm working on that! But I'm going to a friend's house tonight, we may stay late, so I'm not planning on going to the gym Thursday morning.

BUT! Friday morning I can go - and get another 500-600 calories, which will leave me around 500 to get over the weekend. I figure I'll go early for yoga, so I can workout BEFORE yoga and then go stretch it out. I feel so disinclined to go do cardio after yoga because I my body feels so relaxed and stretched I don't want to tighten it all back up. So the burn should happen before.

This plan will get me to my 2000 calories burned! So I will NOT let myself feel guilty about skipping the gym this morning. :) YAY!

Within calories last night and I've been eating a couple pieces of Christmas Stocking candy every day so far this week, and tracking it. It's a nice treat! :) I feel in control of my goodies as well.

HAHA . my goodies.

OK, that's it for now. Thanks blogging world for taking me from MEH to positivity.

OH also on Friday night I get to go play my trombone with a big band for a retirement community's New Year's Eve celebration. :) Old big band standards like a lot of Glenn Miller arrangements. WOOT!

  
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SKYFYRE 12/30/2010 2:16AM

    Big Band sounds great! Would be wonderful if someone could video and get it on youtube!!! Anyway, Glad you have locked down your plan, sounds like a goond one to me! You have been going strong despite the injury, I would need a little down time too! And as far as the showering goes- when I get all hard core into training sometimes I shower 2-3 times a day, and that is just crazy! But, I do get efficient at it, LOL!

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MARLIE13 12/29/2010 10:02PM

    Haha your goodies! I laughed!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/29/2010 6:35PM

    Cool about the trombone. I hope the rest heals soon.

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SEEHOLZ 12/29/2010 9:52AM

    Cool about the concert! I hope it pans out for you---

I sooo could see flashbacks of my own excuses, especially regarding the water. You can kick your butt in the water and you might not sweat the way you do on land- if you push, trust that you are exerting yourself! I love this one water class, but I am extremely picky- most of them are not that good.

Great job on sticking to your food plan- you are way ahead of the game!

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MBSHAZZER 12/29/2010 9:49AM

    I love Big Band!!! Enjoy - sounds like a really nice way to spend NYE!

I totally hear you on some things being difficult in a bad way. I am totally uncoordinated, so most classes are hard without being physically challenging!

Hope the achilles feels better soon!

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Back to Work!

Monday, December 27, 2010

UGH.

Not loving it.

But anyway -- the work week must start, snow be darned. :) At least it's sensible to not close work today, I was just hoping everyone would be insensible.

While I do feel the weight I saw on the scale last Monday (VERY SCARY WEIGHT I might add) was probably up fluctuation to a degree due to a dinner out on Sunday night, I am still happy to report that I'm technically down 4.5lbs from then! I'm guessing the legit loss was more like between 1 and 2 pounds, but In any case, I am very happy to be far from that scary weight!

My weight this morning was actually up 1lb from what I saw yesterday midday when I couldn't help it and peeked - but I had an extra splurge meal in dinner last night. There was pecan pie, and it is such a rarity and SUCH my favorite dessert, I make a conscious decision to eat it. I am proud overall of my weekend, though. :) I had some Christmas splurges, didn't track on Christmas day, but never felt overstuffed and made conscious decisions about my eating that made me feel very in control.

Now I'm back to 100% tracking of course, the holiday is over. I did receive candy that I will need to spread out over time and plan to do. DH also bought me a box of 100 calorie packs of those Emerald Dark Cocoa Roasted Almonds? Those things are so good. That will be easy to incorporate into my calorie tracking. I'm planning one today for a snack after work since I'm going to the gym.

Now that I know hula hoop class doesn't start until 6:30, I didn't bring my hoop, I DID bring my sneakers. I WANT to go to hoop class, but it's a waste of gas to go home and to the gym, I can't stand waiting around at the gym for an hour, and I don't think I'm ready for workout + hula hoop class. So in order to remove the temptation of a marathon workout session tonight, I left it at home. But I will still go and get my sweat on.

I received lots of fun little gifts for Christmas. :) It was very fun because I really had no expectations of what I would receive and so everything was a pleasant surprise. AND THE SNOW. yay. Although I didn't "prescrape" my car, so this morning was a headache. Luckily, I gave myself enough time and arrived at work a bit early instead of late. *PHWEW*

The KT Tape began to peel yesterday, I'm going to do a new application after tonight's gym+shower.

OH! I got another box of KT for Christmas! haha :D In hot pink. I'm actually very glad because I at first I was concerned about running through this box too fast. Now that I know I can make it last better after a really good application, I'm less worried, but knowing I have another box is great as well. Hopefully I do not use it all for this crap.

  
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SWEATONCEADAY 12/27/2010 9:21PM

    i am going to look up the kt tape too. you did so great over the holidays.

yeah dana! (said in my best/annoying cheerleader voice)
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SKYFYRE 12/27/2010 4:50PM

    I had to look up the KT Tap to see what it was, cool stuff! There was a picture of a female cyclist with the part on how to use it, and at first I was like, whoa-I wanna look like her! Then I looked at her arms and they look like little twigs, so I changed my mind! Lol!
http://www.kttape.com/instructi
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There it is if you want to see what I'm talking about!
Great plan for not over doing it! Have a good workout!

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 12/27/2010 4:42PM

    Not gonna lie...totally had to google image what KT tape was :)

IN other news,hiiiiiii happy to be on SP again :)

Violet

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/27/2010 2:45PM

    Love that KT tape!
Yes, back to work. At least I'm employed. Running in shorts in the snow? Brrrrrr.........

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KNH771 12/27/2010 11:17AM

    Don't work too hard! emoticon I knew my weekend would be crazy, so I took today off to recover. I'll hit the office again tomorrow. Back to work in health and wellness too!

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MBSHAZZER 12/27/2010 11:04AM

    Dana, welcome back to work, LOL! I am not happy to be here either! Stay warm!



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SEEHOLZ 12/27/2010 10:52AM

    I hope the KT tape does do the trick- are you taping the achilles? I tried to tape the ankle before- I guess it helped? Not even sure, but it felt good to have it!

Happy Monday, even if people chose not to be insensible!

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Christmas Eve ON TRACK!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Granted, I had quite a bit of leeway with dinner because I somewhat underate earlier in the day, but it all worked out.

I ended up 10 calories above range - WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!! :) And I did not feel deprived and I did not feel overstuffed with treats.

We were sitting at the table for a while w/ the Gingerbread houses talking. I picked mine apart more but didn't eat but a PEEP, and then a little piece of gingerbread with a hot chocolate. Later we were all sitting around and more than one person was like - ohhhhhh my stomach, I ate too much! And I just sat there smiling thinking to myself, I didn't! I feel great! :D hahahaha. I kept the smugness INSIDE I hope. But yeah. It felt good to be on that side of things instead of how frequently I have been on the ohhhhh my stomach side... YEAH.

I went to the gym yesterday morning, got in my workout, burned 100+ bonus calories. :) woohoo! The Kinesio Tape is still holding on from Wednesday morning which is pretty cool.

OH! AND IT'S A WHITE CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!

  
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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/26/2010 8:51PM

    Merry Christmas I hope you had a great one. The white looks fun. ours is just wet.

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KEAKMAN 12/26/2010 9:12AM

    Hope you had a great Christmas in every possible way! Thanks for sharing the pics.

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SKYFYRE 12/26/2010 5:56AM

    Dana, you did AWESOME! I am so moved by your commitment that I am making a promise to my self to TRACK starting when I wake in the morning... I figure even if I don't limit my calories being AWARE will be good motivation for me most likely! Thanks to YOU for the motivation! Love the smile and the scaf and the SNOW! I have rain tonight which seems to be making me sleepy! G'night!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/25/2010 3:44PM

    merry christmas dana/

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MBSHAZZER 12/25/2010 2:08PM

    Merry Christmas, Dana. And "enjoy" that white Christmas! :D

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JUNETTA2002 12/25/2010 10:19AM

    Merry Christmas to you to. Glad you did so well on your calories and going to the gym.

Enjoy today.


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4 down, 74 to go! - STILL ON TRACK! :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Been off work yesterday and today, so less time sitting at a computer, less blogging. But just tracked dinner from last night and thought I would check in to say:

1400's for Wednesday total and
1300's for Thursday total

I think my body is starting to adjust a bit! :) It hasn't been super easy, I feel hungry sometimes, but not crazy so. And when I eat I feel satisfied. Life is good! It will get harder today, tomorrow, Sunday as the holiday eating REALLY starts... but I feel like if I hadn't been working on adjusting my intake all week it would be a LOT harder. I have a solid base of 4 days of this new strategy behind me, and looking forward to a good weighin on Monday, I do not want to lose it!

I am planning for 1 splurge meal - and to still eat wise amounts and not overstuff - and also I have decided I will allow one small bite of any special treat that is being served at a particular special meal that I really just feel I MUST HAVE. That way I don't feel completely left out. But that is IT! My MIL deals by SMELLING things. :) it's kind of funny but I'm used to it now. She'll be like - oooh that looks good, can I smell it? And I will deal with a bite. I know it's not standard dieting procedure, but to make it through this gauntlet of treats I think it will help. And of course, I may choose NOT to have a bite. There have been treats this week that I have avoided 100% because that was easier and I will do the same with some things this weekend, I'm sore. 1 bite is the backup plan, splurge meal is the backup backup. HAHA

I went to the gym yesterday - just did a brief warmup on the arctrainer before hitting "Gentle Yoga" which was definitely up to it's title. Lots of gentle stretching and talking into poses. Engergizing the muscles through different little tricks and instructions vs. just holding some crazy pose with lots of demand on the body to leverage it that way. I mean she was making my muscles engage in a forward bend. All the leg muscles, core, arms, etc. Great teacher! I've gone to some of her regular old yoga classes, also her POWER yoga class... all great. :)

I didn't mention this yet but my InLaws have offered as my Christmas Present to give me the gift of subsidizing my gym membership! So I don't have to give up my classes, my rowing machine, having kettlebells at the ready! :) WOOHOO! I won't have to give up hula hoop class, or Holley's yoga, or Tasha's Zumba. :) I'm not zumba-ing right now, trying to rehab this achilles, but still. I get to look forward to being able to return to those classes. And continuing pool classes if I need/want to as well. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME!!!! :)

So - today I'm hitting the gym for a bigger calorie burn to get my weekly total - The goal is 2000 and so far I have 1368, so I'll need 632, very do-able in a good session with the arc-trainer.

  
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MARLIE13 12/27/2010 9:10PM

    YAY for more tape! You Christmas weekend sounds like it was very well thought out. And you reaped the rewards of that too. Im in awe and impressed. WTG! I was hoping for more snowyou took it. I told myself this morning that I am very blessed to have a job and enjoy working with my coworkers. It helpeda little. Lol!

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WHATAGRL42 12/27/2010 3:46PM

    what awesome in-laws! That's a great gift idea!
Yoga is so fun. Sometimes, it's just HOLDING the poses in correct form for a period of time that create the real challenge! I worked up to 2 minutes on some poses, which doesn't sound like a lot, but i'm shaking and dripping by the time I come out! I have always loved your mathematical approach to wellness. Keep on it!
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KENSINGTONC 12/24/2010 8:30PM

    Awesome in-laws!!!!!!!!!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/24/2010 6:13PM

    sniffing. that word is silly to me, not sure why. that is great about the gym membership.

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SKYFYRE 12/24/2010 4:59PM

    Go Dana, Go! You have some major momentum going here! (could a splurge meal be a plate of deserts!?!? No that would be BAD! I kinda get sick of sweet after a while anyway!) Love the "sniffing" technique! That is awesome that that does it for her! I neeeeeeed to taste it! Ha! No I don't! Sounds like the gym is so much fun for you, I am glad you do not have to say goodbye! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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SEEHOLZ 12/24/2010 11:36AM

    Your In laws's gifts is awesome! I'd be super excited as well, especially, because your gym sounds soooooo awesome!

ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS, including the bites!

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MBSHAZZER 12/24/2010 8:51AM

    What a wonderful Christmas present! The gift of health! Enjoy!

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KEAKMAN 12/24/2010 8:46AM

    WOOHOO on the present from the inlaws! THAT is a good one!

(oh, and how does the KT tape seem to be working - any feeling of less pain or more stability?)

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ANGELOO29 12/24/2010 8:31AM

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2 down, 76 days to go! :) POWER BOOT CAMP!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

So, my eating out last night was not PERFECT, but it was PRETTY DARN GOOD!!!! I am really proud of myself.

Yesterday my boss bought my group GiGi's Cupcakes (AKA HEAVEN in a cupcake - with frosting taller than the cupcake itself) - and I resisted. Yes. I gave it to a friend because I couldn't bear the thought that it was sitting there not being eaten. Because they're so good.

And a snack basket, and a fruit basket - ok fruit is good but I already had MY fruit with me and my calories were spoken for!

I went Christmas shopping right after work so I wouldn't have to wait around in the house where there is FOOD for an hour and a half or so before going to dinner when I knew I was hungry. This worked! haha. :)

I wrote myself a list of dishes that fit the calories I was looking for for dinner, as well as one dessert that I could add (at 110 calories I was going to go for it!). At dinner I added a couple bites of appetizers - NOT A LOT, and a salad - hold the croutons please, balsalmic vinaigrette please.

I did so good! :) Drank lots of water, made lots of conversation. It was a very satisfying eating out experience because I left feeling satisfied but not stuffed and also very proud of myself.

This morning I hit the Power Boot Camp class - Well... I have to be honest. It was not what I expected. There was swimming! But with an aquajogger belt on, so nonswimmers could definitely have made it. But I still lack propulsion. BIG TIME! hahahaha. The other two class attendees were boppin up and down the pool and I was struggling. But it was fun! And I got a workout! And it didn't aggravate anything! Except toe cramps a bit once I got some flippers to help with the kicking only drills. I think I might need to use flippers for EVERY swimming drill in that class. And fin gloves. HAHAHA.

Basically we started warming up before she got there, jogging up and down the pool (very comfortable with this except when I can't touch the bottom then it's like wait, what the heck, how do I go forward... hahaha) She had us jog on the shallow part and then swim in the deep part out and back 4 times. Um. yeah. I'm not sure I made it 4 times, after that she started just calling when we were supposed to turn around so that even though I didnt' make it to the end of the pool I would turn around and ideally we'd all make it back at the same time!

We did so many different ways of going back and forth in the pool. We did grapevining (Which turned into a kind of weird side stroke) and bicycling (which gave me ZERO forward movement once I wasn't touching the ground), with the flippers (for me and one other classmate, the other lady is a swimmer apparently haha) we kicked on our backs and then on our stomachs and then on each side out and back. We did some weird movement that I struggled with out and back. HAHA I won't even try to describe it... we sat on the kickboard things out and back, soooo hard to keep my balance. WE STOOD on them out and back. WHAT?! This was nearly impossible for me. HAHAHA. Then we removed the aquajoggers and the rest of the class was in the shallows - jogging in a circle - I rocked at this. HAHAHA. then backwards jogging in a circle - awkward. Then some stuff with some pool weights, which were really cool actually. Then some stretching. VOILA!

I burned 455 in 45 minutes - so pretty good! :) I feel like such a loser trying to swim, but hey - maybe this is a good thing because I can get better at swimming by being forced to do random drills and not have to stop because I feel like I'm going to drown or something (due to aquajogger not letting me drown). *shrug*

OK it's lunch time here. Gonna hit the gym tomorrow to try to get closer to my total calorie burn goal for the week - and probably Friday morning, too. The gym is closed on Saturday for CHRISTMAS. :) SO SOON!!!!

  
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MARLIE13 12/27/2010 8:58PM

    Way to go on the self control. Im majorly impressed!! Kuddos and not croutons to you!! That power boot camp sounds interesting. Again, Im impressed cuz getting in the pool is not something Im prone to doing.

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TRACYZABELLE 12/24/2010 5:54AM

    emoticonkeep on running

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KSGROTHE 12/22/2010 7:48PM

    emoticon on the Power Boot Camp! It sounds like you had fun, but also have lots of room for improvement. emoticon
Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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SKYFYRE 12/22/2010 6:33PM

    Dana, so, um, MAJOR self control! Congrats! And I am glad the swim class was a challenge and not a bunch of fluff! 445, WaHooo!

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HOPERY 12/22/2010 2:36PM

    Doing awesome! You are going to start the New Year strong!

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MBSHAZZER 12/22/2010 1:34PM

    Sounds like successful eating and exercising. What is up with food in offices around the holidays?? I think I p'd off some big wig by not wanting pancakes this morning. I mean, it was nice to go to all the effort to lug in a grill and make pancakes, but I ate already. Sheesh!

Anyway, the fact that the boot camp class was hard is GOOD! You were working all kinds of NEW muscles! AWESOME!!

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