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3rd New Year at a Healthy Weight!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Yes, this is my 3rd Happy New Year in the normal/healthy weight range BMI for my height.

WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!! :)

P.S. -- 2008 was pretty close, I started the new year under 200lbs, but 195 is the top of the healthy BMI if you're 6'2", so not quite there for that ringing in of the New Year. :) Still! 3 New Years in a healthy range!

  
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/6/2011 4:33PM

    Way to maintain, dudette!

The NWCR studies say it takes about 3-5 years of maintenance for the chance of keeping it off to go up dramatically.

You're right in there!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/4/2011 4:58AM

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MISSY_MAGOO 1/4/2011 12:41AM

    CONGRATS on the first three of a lifetime of healthy New Years!

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MDTWEETY 1/3/2011 3:35PM

    Saweeeeeet!! Congratulations!

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KNH771 1/3/2011 2:17PM

    That's awesome! Congratulations.

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SEEHOLZ 1/3/2011 11:14AM

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HALFWEIGHT 1/2/2011 7:24PM

    Wonderful! You continue to inspire me.

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/2/2011 1:02PM

    That's awesome:)

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MARLIE13 1/2/2011 11:11AM

    Yeehaw!

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MBSHAZZER 1/2/2011 10:29AM

    AWESOME!!!

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 1/2/2011 12:59AM

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You're my hero!

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MRSRAYE 1/1/2011 9:31PM

    And that is why you are my inspiration and why it was fate that article I saw you in made me come here! Great job maintaining babe and thank you for the inspiration!!!

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MOTIVATED@LAST 1/1/2011 9:22PM

    Well done on maintaining!

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GWENNIIE 1/1/2011 8:38PM

    Congratulations! That's awesome :D

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REHAB FAIL! (W2D5 of 11 Weeks to AWESOME!)

Friday, December 31, 2010

So.....................

Apparently barefoot zumba SUCKS for my foot/heel/etc.

I should have known better, but I thought, well I can't wear my shoes, and I was dancing all night at the Christmas Party in some like nothing flats... so. why not?

It's not the same.

Tuesday wasn't so bad because it was only 20 min I guess, but last night we did the full 50min workout and then this morning when I got out of bed I could barely stand on my left heel.

Gonna fashion a better homemade Strassburg sock ASAP, maybe tonight after my NYE gig, so I can really get rid of this PF. I've also heard that sleeping in something like that can help AT as well, so I'm going for it.

As for today, I rolled my foot out on a tennis ball, and then walked a bit to see if that was enough for it to feel good to work out - NOPE.

And I realized Saturday the gym is CLOSED for New Years, so no gym tomorrow either.

It was hard for me not to go this morning but I am trying to be good to myself and not stubborn.

NEW RULE LEARNED: No Zumba until I can comfortably wear my properly supportive athletic shoes again!

I am going to see if tomorrow I might be able to get in a nice at home hula hoop session. It's warming up so I should be comfortable outside to have space and I can do a lot of hooping without doing much more with my feet than standing. All is of course dependent upon whether my feet/ankle/heel feel good for it. I will try wearing my shoes even though I prefer to hula hoop barefoot.

I'm sooooooooooo sick of this injury crap. This is week 3 of no running and I'm going bonkers.

But today: after waking up to the clear signs I was not doing myself a service, and I iced my achilles last night but not my plantar fascia area, I came to work, rolled my foot and heel on a frozen water bottle I keep in the freezer her at work, took some anti-inflammatories, stretched out my calves for a while...

I'm working on it! I'm impatient. But I'm trying to be patient.

Food was probably a bit over last night, but not by a lot. I really do not know how to track what I ate, but I looked at some guesstimates for sushi and know I was pretty well within range with that. I had another Reese tree, and some peppermint bark, but not a lot. So probably a little over but untracked on purpose just because I'm not sure how to do it.

I'm going to try to guess track this morning's work supplied bagel and cream cheese. I can see that I'm getting sloppy with tracking so I need to really try to be more on it, but I still FEEL on track, I need to make sure I don't slip off track by making this little lazy things add up.

  
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MISSY_MAGOO 1/4/2011 12:40AM

    I tried barefoot zumba once too... once was enough! Then I tried in my running/workout shoes- they didn't work well either. Finally I found the perfect shoe- danskin shoes from walmart. Super lightweight and flexible with almost no tread on the bottom (so the shoes don't stick to the floor) but still really supportive.

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SEEHOLZ 1/2/2011 8:32PM

    Great idea about the strap! I'm so with you girlfriend... it's not easy, but you'll get there!

Happy New Year!

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KASHMIR 1/1/2011 1:45PM

    Dana, So sorry this PF is giving you fits...keep listening to your foot and be kind to it.
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HALFWEIGHT 1/1/2011 10:45AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your injury, but I love hearing your creative approaches to finding a way to workout when your regular workout is impossible. This is something I needed to hear, because of the issues I face in trying to work out despite my various health issues. You have reminded me that our greatest in achieveing ally in our brain! (It is also our greatest nemesis, but that s for another time). Here''s hoping the new year brings you healing and new heights of fitness.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/1/2011 8:49AM

    Just keep working on it. You'll be running again soon.

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SKINNYSOON13 1/1/2011 12:35AM

    Sorry to hear about your injury. I had PF a hundred years ago, it stunk! I eventually got a cortizone shot and that helped a lot, but it still took a long time to heal. You're doing all the right things though, so hopefully you'll see improvement soon.

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SKYFYRE 12/31/2010 4:51PM

    Oh, girlie, I am sorry that this is taking longer than you had hoped. I will keep my fingers crossed that all your efforts are effective and soon you are without this pain! I understand your frustration, I hope that we are all done with our issues sooner than later! Take care and have fun hula hooping tonight!

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MBSHAZZER 12/31/2010 12:13PM

    Dana, I totally understand the impatience with injury! But be patient! Just think... if you take a little extra time now, you will have all the time later to run and jump and play! So hang in there!

And yes, the strap will help both issues! So try it!

Happy new year!

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KEAKMAN 12/31/2010 10:47AM

    Dana, I am so sorry that you had a relapse. I know how trying it is to wait and wait and wait with pretend patience for your body to heal. Is there any chance you can swim while you rest your heel? That could provide some good exercise, although the flipper action of your feet might not e so good now that I actually stop and think....

Take care of you. I hope you get better soon!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/31/2010 10:45AM

    hang in there my friend. have you tried heat at all for your foot? if you alternate between heat/cold that sometimes boosts circulation. a LONG time ago when my ankle was bad i did heat for 2 mins (heating pad) then cold for 2 mins (bucket full of ice water).

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W2D4 of 11 Weeks to AWESOME!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

So yesterday yoga almost didn't happen!

No one came to the yoga class. But I was ready and I really wanted to do yoga. AND I had my ipod in my purse - so I went back, grabbed it, and did my yoga podcast!

I also did 2 sets of wall pushups and wideleg wall sit calf raises? didn't feel bad for my achilles so that's good. Hopefully it was helping build it!

Anyway, I'm proud of myself for sticking to it and not just calling it a day because no one came to the class. YAY!

And eating close to range again! YAY! I think I was about 20 calories over, I haven't officially entered the christmas candy, but I did have a reese tree which is like 170 calories, and a 50 calorie chocolate, and some hummus chips w/ the sandwich I tracked for dinner.

OK HUMMUS CHIPS = AMAZING. 120 calories per oz, deliciousness. If you see them, try them.

Zumba after work today.

  
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MARLIE13 12/31/2010 5:39PM

    Hummus chips…all this time I had pita chips stuck in my head thinking, “Yeah I love them but they aren’t exactly new.” Then today it hit me, HUMMUS chips. Sounds super interesting. What brand didja get? I guess I could google them.

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 12/31/2010 2:43AM

    Your blog made me want to eat. MmmmmMmm...


These hummus chips I MUST try!

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SKYFYRE 12/31/2010 2:06AM

    I know about pita chips, but hummus chips?! I will look for them!
Great job not dialing it it when everyone else checked out!

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ZMONEY 12/30/2010 2:28PM

    Mmm, hummus chips sound tasty :)

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KASHMIR 12/30/2010 1:40PM

    Who makes the Hummus Chips?

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KNH771 12/30/2010 1:01PM

    Way to go on the yoga! I probably would have called it a sign from God and done something else (yoga is not my strong suit! emoticon)

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HOPERY 12/30/2010 11:41AM

    Where did you get the yoga podcasts? Those sound great.

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MBSHAZZER 12/30/2010 11:41AM

    I love that you did your own yoga class! That is dedication. I so loathe yoga that I would definitely use any excuse to skip it!

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SEEHOLZ 12/30/2010 11:11AM

    Yeah for sticking to plan- Enjoy Zumba night!

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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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