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W4D4 / 10wk SB - Still tired!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

HAHA. I was feeling pretty good yesterday, but then I kept going until I utterly conked out last night too late and now I'm tired again.

Felt sick on Sunday and Monday - called in to work. Mostly just felt super tired, but was also having stomach issues - mostly horrible headaches and my stomach just being completely turned off by food except for simple carbs, and even then not most of the day, just random hungriness that I then overreacted too I think.

Tuesday morning I weighed myself to assess the damage of the weekend with - OH YEAH!

THE SURPRISE PARTY! I hadn't blogged about it here in case DH came and read my SP Blog, but I planned a Surprise Party for him to celebrate the completion of his Doctorate. :) It was reallly fun. There was LOTS of food and I ate a lot of it - and delicious cake made by my friend Crystal. We all had a blast! :)

So anyway - that was a success but I'm wondering if the food somehow led to the sickness? In any case, I felt mostly better by Tuesday morning, just still not feeling food most of the time but I felt I was definitely ok to go to work. I weighed in .5lb down from Friday, hoping to get at least another .5lb down by Friday when I do my scale back Alabama weighin for my team.

So not so bad. Honestly if I keep losing 1lb a week, I will be happy because it will be consistent movement in the right direction, I just don't want to backslide!

Last night I hula hooped a bit before zumba, but I started feeling my heel (like PF style not achilles style) so I stopped to make sure I was good to go for Zumba. Zumba was great, although most of my class was unable to make it. And then it was off to aquajogging - a long one last night, 44 min.

And then I hit the grocery store. DH was supposed to make pizza dough, but he for some reason put 1.5cups of water in the recipe instead of .5 cup and when I called to say I'd be home a little later than I said he was like, "I made yeast flour soup!" :( hahahahaha. So we decided I'd swing by Earth Fare which has fresh pizza dough for sale and get some of that, and when I got there I figured I'd do our week's shopping as well. So I have fresh FRUIT again! And I bought a little fruit mix container to use the pineapple from for pizza and the rest to eat w/ Greek yogurt which I did this morning. WOOT.

Anyway. Tonight is Aquajogging - 9x2:30 /30sec recovery intervals is the plan for tonight, and then BIG BAND. woot.

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MBSHAZZER 2/23/2011 3:57PM

    I love that you surprised him! You're so awesome - I bet he was really happy!

Hope you are feeling better!

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SEEHOLZ 2/23/2011 1:56PM

    I think that's awesome that you surprised him and funny about the yeast soup! Way to go on saving the night Dana!!!

Oh and those 2:30 intervals are my next plan too!

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ETTEZEUS 2/23/2011 11:52AM

    I'm so happy your DHs party went so well. Congrats to him!
I'm happy you are feeling better too!

Enjoy aquajogging tonight! If I was able to drive to the county pool, I'd probably go swimming for some type of cardio work. I really have to watch my food intake now!

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SWEATONCEADAY 2/23/2011 11:51AM

    that was so nice of you to throw the party for henry and it sounds like it was a blast. yeah for a little hooping. yuck on the pf pain. proud of you for sticking to the aquajogging.

yeast/flour soup sounds devine lol. what recipe do you use for pizza dough? the one on the pizza dough yeast label? i made one from the spark recipes a couple of weeks ago and didn't really like it.

yuck on the sickness. i am feeling tired today too. my legs are like rubber and i am supposed to go out in the cold and run 6-7 miles. really having a hard time getting out there. hence the long blog comment. i just want to crawl into bed. don't make me go! don't make me go! ok, i will go.

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/23/2011 11:11AM

    This is silly, but I've never heard of a surprise party for anything other than a birthday before. Well, maybe a surprise shower at work or something, but for a doctorate - yay for your hubby!! And so sweet of you to throw it for him. Also, as maybe you could tell from reading my blog, I think losing a pound a week is just about perfect! Yay! Anyway, I hope you're feeling 100 percent soon.

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W3D6/10wkSBA - SO TIRED.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My "GROWN WOMAN" is in full swing, AKA TOM, AKA Shark Week.

WAH. That's all I gotta say about that.

Tonight is Zumba + mega long aquajogging. I emailed DH to ask if he can put in some potatoes to bake so when I get home we can have fast and good food fast when I get home. Microwave some chili, pop some greek yogurt on that mess and chow down! I brought snacks to help see me through the day after work and whatnot. There is dark chocolate on hand as well.

Band was AWESOME last night, though - totally made my night even though it was a long day. We read some "new" (to the group) charts to see if they would fit in the regular line up. Some were just really awkward arrangements and got vetoed, but a few were really great. One was a favorite of mine, thanks to Fred Astaire and the Band Wagon. There are SUCH great songs and dances in that movie... the plot is kinda .......... weird. Not REALLY but I kind of always get slightly irritated at movies that have some old man winning a young gorgeous woman. But Fred Astaire is awesome so I'm ok with it.

It's "A Shine on My Shoes". I wonder if you can YouTube his routine alone... that'd be awesome. Try to look it up. Anyway, it was VERY fun to play - trombones getting the melody a couple times. I was actually the only trombone at rehearsal last night so I forget which songs had an actual trombone SOLO or just a Trombone Soli that turned into a Solo since it was all me. Everyone in the band is always surprised when I know these old songs... most of them are older and I guess they figure I'm too young to know this kind of music, but why do they think I'm playing with them??? :D Because I LOVE this kind of music. HAHAHA. Granted I love a lot of music, but still... I love old musicals and I love old Big Band, and we often play songs from musicals and big band pieces. Also chachas, tangos, polkas and waltzes, which I know none of. And other little latin dance tunes that I'm not sure what proper dance form goes with them - but still I love it. My lips got a GOOD WORKOUT last night, too. And didn't give out until the very end. Great success! haha :D I need to practice outside of rehearsal. The books stay at the rehearsal space- I wonder if I could get some copies or be allowed to take mine home to play with. I need to find out next week.

Anyway - I'm scheduled pretty heavy right now with the aquajogging + zumba + band + knitting group.... but it's not for forever. I'll have more flexibility in my schedule when I'm able to actually run on the ground again. I'm not 100% sure I'll stay on the aquajogging plan for the full 9 weeks, but I'm FAIRLY sure I will. I don't want to rush anything and I know that doing all the aquajogging will help me maintain some running fitness due to all of the supporting comments on that that I saw while researching doing it, so I feel less afraid of missing all this time on me feet on the road. I'll be ok. Running is a lifelong thing for me anyway, so there is no rush. Get better. Then run. THE END.

I had WANTED to try to do Chicago this year, but I'm sure it'll sell out before I can think about doing it financially let alone physically. But that race is in no danger of disappearing. I have time.

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DIRECTORJC 2/23/2011 11:03AM

    Hey Dana! Sorry I've been away for a damn year. You can read my blog about it for the full explanation. I just wanted to say hi, and that I am doing REALLY well when it comes to weight loss/physical fitness again. I'm back on track. Glad to hear you are still doing so well, and that you are still playing bone.

Talk to you again soon.

John Carpenter

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WAVEDANCER7 2/22/2011 4:32PM

    Ill do Chicago next year with you and Jen! :)

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    Hey this is cool - I just discovered that the SP Fitness Tracker has "Playing an instrument" - betcha burned BIG time calories last night!

Hereīs a couple more calculators; the 1st one account for ht and age -

AND I see that we are both on the Slowest Loser Team! I havenīt been very active - my work is taking a lot of time of late.

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SKYFYRE 2/19/2011 1:41AM

    "My lips got a GOOD WORKOUT last night, too."... My mind went to a totally different place than band here for some reason emoticon Heehee! Anyway, you are scheduled tight here but I think you are handling things so well! And yes, running will always be here for you when you are ready and healed to come back to it!

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SWEATONCEADAY 2/17/2011 10:22PM

    i love how our shark weeks are synced up lol. is chicago just a marathon? i am assuming there is a half too. maybe next year i could join ya? i have never been to chicago.

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MBSHAZZER 2/17/2011 2:39PM

    Dana, isn't it funny how you have less free time when you're filling in running with other stuff? Because instead of just heading out the door whenever you feel like it, you have to be on the gym / pool / class schedule!

Anyway, band practice sounds AWESOME! I wish I didn't give up the sax all those years back! ENJOY!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/17/2011 2:39PM

    You know what, with your band playing little Latin numbers, how fun would it be to set up a special LIVE MUSIC Zumba session for charity, or something?

Just a thought...

You'd have to decide whether to play or dance. (Or could you do both? I think I'd pay to see a person Zumba-ing while playing a trombone. LOLOLOL)

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KASHMIR 2/17/2011 12:40PM

    Chicago will be there Forever...I think you should start saving for HTC next year!!!

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SEEHOLZ 2/17/2011 11:50AM

    You are such a smart cookie Dana!!! Your interests are the perfect example of why it's always so much better to put your eggs in different baskets!

Enjoy the knitting group and your loooooong aqua night! You rock!

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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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