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W3D5 / 10wk SBA - SURPRISE Splurge Meal

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

So... my sweet DH asked if we could go to Steak & Shake last night after meeting the Employment Specialist guy and I said yes because hey, we didn't do anything on Valentine's Day and I haven't been there since before we got married, so I just decided to go with the flow.

They DO have a couple salads at Steak & Shake, but let's be honest - who wants to get a salad at Steak & Shake? So I decided to declare last night my splurge meal. I'm sure the calories were atrocious. My burger tasted good, but it was kinda gross to eat because the OUTSIDE of the bun was greasy. ??? What is the purpose in that?!? But the guts of it tasted good. I would have preferred a nicer bun for sure. And I got a Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake. I didn't feel overstuffed or anything, amount of food was not volumetrically huge - but I know the calories were through the roof.

Now I gotta be ON POINT the rest of this week! I want to have a good weighin for Friday and my scale back alabama team. Plus it's Shark Week so I'm not really expecting great things from the scale this week, but I need to make sure my behavior still stays in check, because I know that if it does, then the scale will follow eventually no matter what circumstances are causing it to sway in the short term.

I think the meeting w/ the employment guy was quite productive, he gave some great tips on HOW to network exactly. People always say - oh you gotta network! But that means nothing to me. So that was useful, I think.

Tonight is aquajogging and then Big Band. Rehearsal was cancelled last week so I'm looking forward to getting to play again. Gonna use the shorter of Mon&Tuesday's workouts for today since I need all the time I can get to get to Big Band on time - 5min wu, 8x2:30 hard w/ 30 sec recoveries, 5min cd. Tomorrow will be nearly an hour of steady state. YAY. (5min wu/cd, 40min steady = 50min total!) and that's after Zumba. woot. (by woot I mean, I will be so tired... but ok I can do that. hahaha)

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MARLIE13 2/22/2011 8:29PM

    Mmmm milkshake.

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MBSHAZZER 2/16/2011 1:09PM

    Dana, I need to take a page from your book on the spontenaity! Had my BF asked me to go to steak and shake, I would have said no! Although, to be honest, I did tell him I'd be home from work by 7 tonight (which is early) and we could go out to eat or finish grouting the tile. He said he wanted to go to the grocery store together. This puzzles me as I am a horrible person to take to the store, but whatever!

OK, sorry, didn't mean to hijack your blog. I soooooo hear you on Shark Week! I have been in "pre-shark week" for about 10 days and it's getting OLD!

Also, I am reading "The 4-Hour Body" by Tim Ferriss and he totally advocates one cheat meal a week. In fact, during one of his experiments, he found that the key to consistent weight loss was the cheat meal.

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your week!

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WAVEDANCER7 2/16/2011 11:01AM

    Never heard of steak & shake but it sounds dangerously delicious! And now i want a milkshake. Fail.

emoticon Hmm.. i was fairly confident there was a milkshake emoticon...

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BRE7482 2/16/2011 10:58AM

    I'm glad you enjoyed your splurge meal (minus the bun). I love the fact that you call it Shark Week lol! I hope your weigh in goes well

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SEEHOLZ 2/16/2011 10:54AM

    Cool about that employment appointment- sounds like a good first step.

Truthfully, I've only eaten once at Steak'n Shake myself- years ago and I just had some of my SIL's fries--- and a bite of the burger. Greasy food does nothing for me, except make me sick. That's a good thing for someone like me.

I think life is all about going with the flow though, so I'm glad you enjoyed your splurge meal!

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W3D4 /10wk SBA - Post Valentine's Day Review

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Um....100% awesome? :)


I did VALENTINE's DAY ZUMBA! A TON of awesome ladies dressed in red and pink were SHAKING IT at the gym last night - my friend from work came with me and got a great workout along with me.

They did a drawing for these cute Zumba tanks w/ hearts on them and a month free gym membership, but I didn't win anything. :( But it was ok. :) It's hard to be down after all the endorphins are rushing.

They had a lovely spread of healthy looking snacks afterward, but my Fattitude Adjustment teammate and I passed on by, heading home to our honeys! :)

She was preparing a much more elegant and healthy meal than I was (steamed shrimp and grilled asparagus) - whereas my DH requested BLT's! :) HAHA.

I budgeted my calories wisely, allowing room in case there were any surprise valentine's treats but to my amazement I was NOT bombarded with any! The department next door had a spread of donuts and cupcakes, etc.etc. - but my department was surprisingly devoid of commonly shared goodies.

Then my DH wisely gifted me with NO food items, instead a GORGEOUS pair of earrings from an artist we have visited at one of my favorite places in the world - the Lowe Mill / Flying Monkey Artist's Market. Local artists rent studio space in this converted Mill, and they also host a bazaar type market on Saturday afternoons at which other local artists set up tables on the 2nd floor area to peddle their wares. This artist makes jewelry, cheese trays, spoon rests, and candle holders out of recycled glass. The cheese trays and spoon rests are basically glass bottles melted flat and they are so lovely! The cheese tray comes with a little knife. hehe. The jewerly is a wide variety of earrings and pendants that are shining and gorgeous. The candle holders are chains w/ wire votive holders on the bottom that have a bottle attached over the chain w/ the bottom cut out and decorated w/ dangling beads. You slide the bottle UP the chain in order to switch/light the candle inside - so pretty.

Anyway - I've been lusting after her earrings for ages now and he surprised me with a color I don't remember ever seeing! She has like reds and some yellow, lots of green and blue colors - some with little specks. We got my mom some blue w/ DEEP red (can be seen as brown or dark red depending on what's complimenting it) earrings for Christmas. DH found some that were CLEAR w/ black flecks! There are little bubbles and/or white flecks inside that just catch the light so beautifully. I can't wait to wear them! (I didn't today because I'm wearing the most brown outfit ever, pretty much the one outfit I own that just doesn't really go HAHAHA, but TOMORROW! FOR SURE!)

And an amazing card, also from the artist's market, with an amazing heartfelt long message inside. He's the best!

I'm getting into my knitting and beginning to enjoy some birthday gifts. My sister gave me a gift card - last weekend I used it to purchase a makeup bag set (one small one larger - Hello Kitty!) because my makeup has been in a heavy duty ziploc for AGES now. HAHA. It's about time. Also got a compact mirror, and some JEGGINGS. Yes - Jean leggings. I need to wash them so I can wear them cause of the dye, but oh so cute and I had to keep sizing down! HAHAHA. Apparently I might be a smaller size if my particular shape didn't restrict me from certain areas of the pants I try on because to get a waist that didn't feel like it was just gonna disappear off my bum I had to go down to an 11! Either that or these are ridiculously upsized becaue usually if I try on a juniors type sizing, I gotta be in a 15. It was flattering, but nonsensical. HAHAHA.

So anyway, back to the knitting I started the first project in my FEARLESS KNITTING book which really isn't a project, but a little sampler learning ribbing techniques. I learned to purl finally! WOOT! and a Long Tail cast on - soooooooooo much easier than what I was doing before even though it looked kinda complicated in the instructions, once I figured out what to do it was a piece of cake. I won an ebay auction lot of knitting needles - not quite sure what's in it but there were so many for such a little price and it ended in 15min that I had to go for it - 2 round needles in a size 8, and the remaining description was 4 plastic sets and 10 metal sets, various sizes. So I'm HOPING that will give me a good variety of sizes to work with as a beginner without having to invest too much money until I know what I'm doing more. ($4.24+$3.95 shipping = $8.19 for all that!)

And now I'm getting some yarn and stitch markers. YAY!

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MARLIE13 2/16/2011 9:07PM

    Oooh you were so lucky to not have a bunch of junk at work!! We were hit HARD! Most brown outfit ever…lol! I wanna see the earrings!! They sound beautiful! What a score on your knitting needles. Very cool!

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WAVEDANCER7 2/16/2011 10:59AM

    Woohoo for jeggings! I love my black ones. but be careful not to dry them. I was being a dummy and did b/c they had stretched out in the waist. BUT DUH, then they get shorter. You know this. I'm just the foolish one.

Sounds like a wonderful valentine's day! And knitting talk goes WAY over my head.

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/16/2011 4:07AM

    You had such a lovely Valentine's day!!!!! Your hubby is so sweet! emoticon

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SKYFYRE 2/16/2011 12:59AM

    Awe! What a great Valentine you have! And... Holy Cow You are off and running in so many directions, I have missed a ton apparently in not reading you blogs, sorry! I am glad I checked back in because you are doing amazing and sound so happy!You are inspiring, AS USUAL! I love that about you! Congrats on so many things going so well!

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EMMY0891 2/16/2011 12:46AM

    Wow that was a great Valentine's Day! Must have been a great workout too. Those candle holders sound interesting. Trying to picture one in my head. lol! Glad u had a good day!

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SWEATONCEADAY 2/15/2011 9:56PM

    don't wash the jeggings. i want you to be the funny tall girl with the blue legs. maybe people will think you are smurfette!

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SEEHOLZ 2/15/2011 2:49PM

    Sounds like the Zumba party and your Hubby made your V-day extra special. You sounds so upbeat, excited and happy!!!

Also, great job about that knitting- you rock!

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MBSHAZZER 2/15/2011 1:56PM

    Dana, sounds like a wonderful V day! :D

And PS - THANK you for your comments on my blog! Great advice. I am better at giving it to others than to myself!

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DISPATCHER04 2/15/2011 1:25PM

    You know, from time to time, Estee Lauder has freebies when you buy some of their makeup. That's where my makeup bags have always come from. emoticon

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MISSY_MAGOO 2/15/2011 12:59PM

    Sounds like a great Valentines!

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! W3D3 / 10wk Fattitude Adjustment!

Monday, February 14, 2011

I aquajogged on Friday night, and again on Saturday morning - WOOT! :) So I DID only miss one aquajogging workout last week. This week, I'm hoping to also only miss one.

I will miss tonight - because there is a VALENTINE'S ZUMBA PARTY at my gym! :) And then it's straight home to celebrate the day itself w/ my sweetheart.

My church has an "Employment Specialist" for each group, and I didn't even think about this until Sunday that this person might be able to help my DH find local employment now that he is done w/ his PhD. I talked to the guy about it on Sunday and he said he'd prepare some ideas for us if we wanted to meet on Tuesday evening - SO! I'm going to teach zumba and head straight home so we can go over and meet with him (usually I'll do zumba and then go aquajog on Tuesday).

Wednesday will be aquajog+Big Band.
Thursday is usually a NON aquajog day, but it will be this week!
I should be able to still go Fri+Sat as usual. So that will be 4/5 workouts. And a workout everyday except Sunday, my rest day.

I made Valentine's this year for my friends, and received a pretty pink and yellow rose from one of them, and an airhead valentine from another! hehe. :) Gotta go track that!

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    Yay! Happy V.day!!!

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MBSHAZZER 2/14/2011 3:31PM

    Happy Valentine's Day, Dana. Sounds like you gave your hubby the best gift of all! :D

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WAVEDANCER7 2/14/2011 2:35PM

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Happy Valentine's Day to YOU!

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SEEHOLZ 2/14/2011 1:24PM

    Happy V-day Dana! I always change my workout schedule around to fit my life schedule-LOL, so no worries, it sounds like you got it figured out. 4 days of aquajogging is quite a bit anyways.
You are lucky about the Zumba party- I wonder if they'll wear those red V-day Zumba outfits... those are HOT!

Way to go on being proactive to see the employment specialist- your hubby is a lucky man!

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RESETTING TIME LINE - W2D7 / 10 weeks to scale back

Friday, February 11, 2011

So final weighin day for Scale Back Alabama is a Friday, so I'm resetting my start date kinda.

I'm still going by my start weight, but I got a few extra days basically.

Today I weighed in 2.5lbs lower than my starting weight for scale back - WOOHOO! :D It's not a 2lb a week loss, but given the struggles I had last weekend and stuff, I'm very glad to still be on track for losing the 10lbs I signed up for, and hopefully I can improve my performance going forward as well.

If not, I'll still be a lot closer to my goal so it's all good.

Wednesday I skipped my aquajogging workout to go to a birthday dinner for a friend. I picked healthy options for dinner and had a tiny piece of birthday cake. It was perfect. :)

Thursday I rescheduled aquajogging, but then bailed on it. HAHAHA. Due to the weather, many people didn't come to work and only one person was ready to do zumba, my friend Ashley. So we did our own thing - some ST first: pushups, tricep dips/presses, ab work - then Zumba: two bonus songs from my normal routine and squats are included in one routine as well so we hit lower body ST - and then YOGA! :) So I figure, I worked out for 80 minutes, I burned almost 800 calories - my aquajogging rehab plan is not incorporating those kinds of workouts.

I COULD have still gone to the gym and did my aquajogging, but honestly I knew I would be tired and miserable when I got home, and instead I decided to give myself credit for what I DID do and forgive the missing aquajogging workout that was postponed and then killed, and have a nice rest of the evening w/ my DH and that's what I did! :)

I will be going straight to the gym after work today to get in the regular Friday Ladder Workout, and then Saturday I will get up bright and early and see if I can hang out in the deep end w/ a tether of some swimming lessons and do that workout. (5 min warmup, 5x5 hard w/ 1 min easy, 5min c/d - 40min total) and be on track only having missed on workout. No big deal.

The tactic of having my DH ask me if I've tracked that day has been great so far. :) Mostly I've been able to say YES! and just feel a great sense of accomplishment and he'll be like, GOOD GIRL! and it's like YAY all around. And if not, then I can say - no, let me do that now! And no big deal. No judgements about what has been eaten, just making sure I'm taking that action to track my foods.

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MBSHAZZER 2/11/2011 2:08PM

    Glad you worked out a good system with Professor Hubby! And you are doing great with SBA!! :D

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WAVEDANCER7 2/11/2011 1:49PM

    800 Calories burnt is A-OKAY by me! You are ROCKIN Zumba. I wish I was doing it more!

Glad your personal police officer is working out. And I'm even more glad you are behaving emoticon emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 2/11/2011 1:16PM

    Yay for DH helping out! My BF has been doing the same thing, so even when I ate those nuggets at McDonald's I still came home and tracked! Whoo Hoo for the both of us. I also agree that you would of been tired if you went to aquajogging. As long as you got a workout in, it's all good!

Happy Friday!

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MDTWEETY 2/11/2011 1:12PM

    YAY! Your DH is awesome! Glad the tactic is working. :)

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SEEHOLZ 2/11/2011 1:02PM

    Your DH sounds very supportive! Mine would be like... yeah right?!

Sounds like you are doing great overall! Congrats on a successful week!!!

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W3D2 / 10 wks SBA - ZUMBA TONIGHT!!!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I'm sitting here at work listening to my songs for Zumba to remind myself of the choreography. I'm pretty 2nd nature on almost all of the songs except for the Que Te Pica (by Notch in case anyone wants to look it up) - I know what part's supposed to happen by the music, but I have a harder time remembering what order everything happens in that song for some reason. The structure isn't 100% predictable to me I guess.

I posted my playlist to a message board but I don't think I ever shared it here:

1. Ceelo Green - Forget You (Warm-up: grapevine, slide touch, etc.)
2. Britney Spears - Circus (Cumbia based)
3. Notch - Que te Pica (Reggaeton kinda thing - Zumba Routine, look it up on YouTube!)
4. Shakira - Objection (Tango) only not really cause it's the Spanish one and I can't remember the Spanish name - BOOTY SHAKIN. Borrowed from an awesome bootyshakin YouTuber. :)
5. Black Eyed Peas - Hey Mama (Salsa based)
6. Gym Class Heroes - The Queen and I (Mambo Chacha based w/ SQUATS!)
7. okgo - The Last Leaf - COOLDOWN!

It is very very fun, and an amazing workout. I burned almost 481 teaching last week's Thursday class in only 39:xx min - and that includes the cooldown!

So we're doing that again tonight - I'm going to continue with the same routines for a while until my class gets really good at them all and then rotate in a new song here and there.

After that I'll be headed to the pool for aquajogging -

Last night's aquajogging went well - the time goes SO quickly when the workout has quick intervals. Last night was 2 sets of 6x1:30 + 30 sec recovery - two min between the sets, 5 min warmup cooldown. It's supposed to be 36 min, I got an extra minute + getting to the ladder and whatnot, but it flew by. Tonight's workout is 5min for both warmup and cooldown - 7x2:30 +30 sec recovery. So longer intervals than last night, but only 7 of them. I remember last week's workout for Tuesday had only 6 but I remember being pretty spent by the last one. HAHA.

Another aquajogger came in after I had been going a while - girl had 0% body fat, I was like woahhhh. And not creepy ribs style, she looked like she is a really fast runner style. Not super muscular but healthy and super fit and lean looking. Anyway - I was like hey! She's doing aquajogging, and so am I?!?!?!? ahaha :D It made me feel slightly validated? She tethered to the end of the pool - I saw those bungee straps and wondered if they were there for that purpose but haven't tried it yet. So I just kept going back and forth and she stayed put.

I haven't succeeded at my scripture reading plans yet, but I did at least pray yesterday. I figure I set small goals working up to where I am now with fitness and so I should make sure not to get discouraged just because I messed that one up on the first day - try again today!

I tracked every bit of food from yesterday and ended up just within my ranges. I finished off the leftover Mongolian food that my sister and I made this weekend, and I made recipe estimates in SparkRecipes so that I could track them well. :)

I NEED TO GO GROCERY SHOPPING!!!! I have no fruit left after today. EEK! I'm sure I could make up things for dinner with what I have, but the fruit thing is making me concerned. I won't be getting home until late today and even later tomorrow so I'm just not sure what I'm gonna do about that, I guess just do without unless I can send DH on a mission (but that involves borrowing a car or getting driven somewhere since I have the car at work... so yeah).

Knitting group was fun last night, I worked in wool instead of the poly I had been using so that was fun. I got a gift card from my sister for my birthday and apparently there is one waiting for me in HR from my work for my birthday too! I'm thinking maybe of getting some of my own knitting supplies with part of that. :)

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    Your playlist sounds so awesome! I'd love to take your class :)

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MARLIE13 2/9/2011 10:44PM

    Lots of good stuff going on in this blog here. I love the knitting part...fun fun! And the Zumba....and now I'm going to go find a video on youtube of this aquajogging...ok that was very interesting. Go shopping, buy fruit! The end.

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TAIMOIRAI 2/9/2011 1:01AM

    Have you joined Ravelry yet? It's a terrific knitting website with a ton of patterns and such (when you're ready for them). I'm working on a scarf and a blanket at the moment, but I'm the world's slowest knitter so who knows when I'll finish them!

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    have fun at zumba tonight. i really should get back in the pool but i find the whole swimming thing so time consuming. hmmmm.... i have run 7 miles today, done nothing around the house and don't work until 2. i guess i could find the time? however, i hate how i feel after swimming all day. maybe i should try going at night?

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SEEHOLZ 2/8/2011 2:03PM

    Funny you mentioned knitting, as I would love to join a knitting group- I feel so old for saying that, but I have thing about knitting being therapeutic-LOL.

Great job in the pool- some of the most fit people at my Y are into the pool- well rounded I guess. Are you doing the whole 9 weeks before starting to run again? How's the foot doing?

Enjoy your Zumba- I got to look up that Rigatone song.. I love Rigatone ( even though I don't know how to spell it, hehe)

And lastly, you are inspiriting me to get back to the pool- just hard to find time. I did aqua kickbox last night- ROCKING workout- I wished you could come to this girl's class- I think you'd be totally into it! She kicks some butt!!!

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TELERIE 2/8/2011 1:07PM

    Whoops, I've missed LOTS of your blogs lately - subscription dropped for some reason. I have yet to try Zumba, but might do so one day - it sounds like fun. Do you actually teach a class now? It's great to "hear" from you again!

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WAVEDANCER7 2/8/2011 1:03PM

    GOOOOOD LUCK at Zumba tonight! Its funny b/c Que te Pica is one of the songs that I think is really easy to remember where other are not. But that just goes to show how brains work differently! I wanna take your class! ;)

I love it when i learn tricks from other gym goers. It makes me feel like less of a novice to get to copy them but not have to ask. HAHA!

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MBSHAZZER 2/8/2011 12:54PM

    Dana, I love that you have so many interests outside of fitness... knitting, trombone, etc! You're so well rounded!

Also, I feel old b/c I only know Brittny and BEP on that play list! LOL!

Glad you are enjoying the Zumba and the Aquajogging!

And PS - I'm out of fruit too! Will you pick me up some apples while you're at the store?!

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