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NATURALLY FIT GIRL! W6D6/10 Wk Scale Back

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I have started a NEW blog!

naturallyfitgirl.wordpress.com/

I love my sparkPeople blog, I will always keep blogging here - but this one will be different. I intend for it to be a bit more... professional? Whereas this is where my brain spills out. HAHAHA :) We'll see how the other one goes. That is my intention with it. I wanna be one of those cool blogger chicks. So please check out my new location.

As for the day to day ramble, I tweaked my right trap doing some crazy twisting yoga yesterday during lunch - DOH! - but not too bad, it feels almost 100% normal today, but at the moment it was hurting yesterday and got better throughout thed ay. Anyway - I did my aquajogging yesterday, a good ladder workout for 37 minutes, then band (which was great!), and then home to cook some awesome pork chops + veggies + make rice+ some sausages for today's lunch.

Well I forgot my lunch this morning, so I went to subway. HAHA. I got a footlong VEGGIE DELIGHT. No anything except veggies. I put a bit of hummus on it when I got it back to work (what was left in my little hummus container, which wasn't much) and it was DELICIOUS. I bought some apple slices and yogurt for 2nd break, so I don't pass out during zumba later. At least I have lunch all ready for tomorrow!

After dinner and while waiting for the last 5 minutes on my rice to cook, I did a mini intense core session. Back to back sets of crunches+plank+crunches+plank. Mini plank. From the knees. But also from the forearms, so a more difficult angle to hold.... but I didn't want to involve my achilles or my shoulder as much due to the earlier tweaking. My abs were on FIRE after that.

So I'm feeling really positive and on track right now, I did go a bit over on my calories total yesterday, but I felt very satisfied with all of my choices, including the chocolate I ate. It was very good chocolate!

Today and tomorrow are lighter days for me - in that I'm not doing 2 major things in a day. (Monday - aquajogging+knitting circle, Tuesday - Zumba + aquajogging, Wed - aquajogging + big band) - Thursday is just Zumba. And some lower body ST. Friday is just aquajogging, and some upper body ST (which I may try to knock out at work again, during the day this time).

Other cool news, I've been given the go-ahead from our Health & Wellness committee at work to add a beginner hula hooping class to our offerings. I'm heading out with a friend of mine this weekend to try to find some supplies for making our own hoops, and then I intend to make extras to have available at class. I'm basically copying my hula hoop teacher, only I'm not getting paid for it so I figure the plagiarism is probably less bad because I'm not profiting from it. Basically how I feel about my Zumba class - I'm calling it Zumba, but I'm not certified.... but I'm not getting paid. HAHHAHA. You know? I fully intend to obtain more training and become certified in Zumba if I'm ever going to actually teach a Zumba class and get paid for it, just like I want to have the proper training and certification before I have personal training clients.

  
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MARLIE13 3/16/2011 10:31PM

    Love it!!!

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NOELLIEMAE 3/11/2011 3:47AM

    :) AWESOME! I'll check out your blog when I head back to my room this evening :)

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SKYFYRE 3/11/2011 2:09AM

    Woohoo! A Pro Blogger! I wish you lots of success! I have been thinking about doing the same thing, love you blog name! Way to go Dana!

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/11/2011 12:02AM

    hula hoop teacher ! oh yeah!
subway veggie delites are my go to too. however, i do get cheese on them and a bit of mayo.

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MDTWEETY 3/10/2011 6:37PM

    Congrats on the new blog! Have fun with it! I've signed up to get it by email. :)

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KSGROTHE 3/10/2011 4:53PM

    How cool that you've started a NEW blog! I like the picture of the shoes, but maybe the font on "naturallyfitgirl" should be a different color to make it stand out more.

I think it's emoticon that you're so pumped to teach Zumba and hooping to your coworkers! It seems fitting that you'd share your enthusiasm in a NEW blog as well.

Keep up the good work! You rock!

- Karen

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MBSHAZZER 3/10/2011 4:51PM

    Yoga = root of all evil! LOL!

I love the Subway footlong veggie delights! And at the subway across the street from my office, they are only $5! Bargain!

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W6D5/10wk SBA - KICKED OUT OF THE POOL!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

No I wasn't violating any pool laws, not even with my MP3 player balanced on my head.

But did you know that the indoor pool closes when it's lightning outside? What's up with that? I was very disgruntled because I was only 5 min past my 5 min warmup. My poor HRM read 11 min for the workout, 93 calories. Good thing for me I also taught zumba - for a ROCKIN AMAZING 534 calories in 34 min. My HR average was 179 and max 192 for that class! And smiling almost the whole time. Love Zumba! :)

Prior to zumba I did some upper body stuff w/ my kettlebell at my desk - tri extensions, shoulder presses, concentration curls. KB is onle 10lbs, but I usually do tri extensions w/ a 20lber with both hands together, and the instability made it a bit of an extra challenge. Shoulder presses were too easy, but concentration curls were actually pretty good with it, I'm assuming because the bicep was really isolated so it did not have any helper muscles assisting.

Then I moved over to the other builing where zumba class is held and headed to the empty break room. After last week I had some achilles/PF feelings of unhappiness after my lower body bonanza - Thursday I tried walking lunges instead and did more of the split squats - so today I toned that down. Static Lunges ONLY prior to zumba - 1 set squats w/ a 3 count down 1 count up pattern, 1 set same w/ sumo squats and 1 period of a held sumo squat w/ heel taps DURING zumba so I didn't want to totally overdo it like maybe I did last week - and I also did some wall pushups to try to get at my chest a little bit.

Zumba was killer - during the last song one of my students was like, IS THIS THE LAST SONG!?! And I was like - yeah I think so... hahaha and it was. After cooldown I looked at my watch and only 30min had passed. I was like - guys that was only just 30min! :) They did great. I stopped my HRM after my heartrate had really gotten down to the 120's at least - hence the extra 4 min. :P I wasn't holding still during that time - turning off stuff in the room, walking to my car, etc., but still.

Also hit the grocery store last night - very pleased with my shopping for the week! :) I think it's gonna be a good one. I've tracked everything I plan to eat for the day and have a little wiggle room if necessary as well, so that's good. Sliced up some bell peppers this morning for a nice hummus snack later, too.

Today the scale gave me a few different numbers again, none as low as the new low I saw Saturday morning, but I think I might get to see that number or lower again by Friday. The trend is moving DOWN overall and that is what I need to concern myself with - especially since I ate dinner late and we had BLT's so some good sodium content there, and I didn't get as much sleep. Tonight will be the same because of band probably, but tomorrow I should get a good amount of sleep before Friday's weighin - AND I have planned my dinners so I will have a nice lower sodium dinner tonight and tomorrow.

  
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SWEATONCEADAY 3/10/2011 2:05AM

    "what's up with that?" sorry. as soon as you said that i lost focus and got a snl skit in my head. hayden was singing it about 10 mins before i read this.
http://www.youtube.com/wat
ch?v=KmaGpRbJe7U&tracker=False<
BR>getting kicked out for lightening, never heard of that. good thing you got the zumba in. balancing that mp3 player must be really good for your posture. you need henry to tag along to get a picture or someone. i totally picture you like a finishing school girl with a book on your head. emoticon

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SKYFYRE 3/10/2011 1:36AM

    Lightening has a strong affinity for water, but I didn't know it was strong enough to go through walls?! Weird! Way to go on your amazing zumba class! Wahoo! And rocking the control too!

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WAVEDANCER7 3/9/2011 2:04PM

    I'm totally impressed with that mega cal burn for zumba! Gotta love it!!

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HOPERY 3/9/2011 1:54PM

    Kicked out of the indoor pool for lightening? Yup, that's weird. I guess if the building got struck, they don't want you in water. Does that mean I shouldn't take a bath during a storm? Anyway, you are rocking the workouts!

P.S. I am doing all my running in my sandals.

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MBSHAZZER 3/9/2011 1:07PM

    How strange they closed the indoor pool for lightning?! I love that you stash weights at your desk for a quick workout! Too funny!

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KASHMIR 3/9/2011 11:52AM

    I remember as a kid having to get out of the pool whenever there was a lightning storm! And it was an indoor pool too.

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RUNTRILAUGH 3/9/2011 10:09AM

    WOW.... I guess it makes sense, but still weird!

Glad to see you are going the right direction on the scale, but more importantly, it sounds like you FEEL GOOD!

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SPARK VIRTUAL 5K! :) W6D4 / 10wk scale back

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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

I registered for the Spark Into Spring Virtual 5K! :) WOOT!

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/springsp
5k.asp


"SparkPeople will conduct a random drawing of all eligible members who complete a race and enter their time in our April 10-16 Virtual Race! Prizes include:
One randomly selected participant will receive a $100 gift certificate to Zappos.com to buy new workout shoes
10 randomly selected participants will receive a SparkPeople T-shirt."

Plus it doesn't have to be a 5K - there are various options for 1 mile, 5K, and 10K distance - and it doesn't have to be running either! The sign-up lets you register for whichever way you want to do it, and provides options to get a training plan from Sparks to get ready.

SO GO DO IT.

I will be in my 2nd week post 9 week aquajogging rehab program by then, so I hope to be able to complete a 5K running. Week 9 starts me runnnig 10 min at a time on a soft surface, 3 days that week, so I'm hoping building from there I can do a 5K after 2 more weeks. *fingers crossed*

I had a great LONG aquajogging workout last night - 54 minutes total I think, including a total of 20 intervals of 1:30 at a hard effort.

Tonight I think I will do steady state. That workout is longer so I'm gonna trade it so I can do a shorter interval workout tomorrow when I have to get to band afterward.

I did NOT do my upper body ST last night. oops. But I DID bring my KB to work today so that I can do some today at work or with my lower body training before zumba. So I can still stay on track!

  
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NOELLIEMAE 3/9/2011 2:02PM

    HA! I can't remember if I signed up for the 5K or the 10K... I'll have to look!!! best of luck girlie!

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WAVEDANCER7 3/8/2011 8:32PM

    Orrrr you could run the 5k in the pool. Just sayin' emoticon

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HOPERY 3/8/2011 8:07PM

    Sounds fun! I have a 5k I am wanting to do here in town, but if I don't have the finances I will race you virtually. I think it is so awesome how you stick with things! (like using the aquajogging) You are an awesome athlete! Are you still rowing?

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MBSHAZZER 3/8/2011 4:43PM

    GOOOOOO Dana!

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JAMIECARDER 3/8/2011 3:52PM

    I signed up a couple of weeks ago but haven't been able to start training. We have a 5K trail down the street from where I live so I'm anxious for the time to change this weekend! I am going to do the final race either way, I just may not have a great time. I didn't realize until now that you could also do weekly ones and log your time... definitely going to have to try that one out!

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/8/2011 3:37PM

    i signed up for the 10k. however, because i am Canadian i am not eligible for squat. just to burn 600 calories i guess lol. i am not bitter that i can never win a spark prize. no no!

are you still balancing your ipod on your head while in the pool? i think you should try it on the road for fun again?

emoticondo your upper body st now jelly arms. bwahahahahah! emoticon

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W6D3 / 10 Weeks SBA - still moving along!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Saw a new low weight on Saturday, 184.5 - but the scale said a lot of things. I think 185 ended up being about the most popular reading, but I am still pretty happy with that. Now to have another SLAMMIN week and see it move down even farther.

I had the best splurge meal ever at the Happy Tummy - she ran out of some pot pie ingredients by Saturday, so I got THE KING sandwich - hide if you don't want to here the description of the best sandwich ever, skip to the next ******

Bacon Fred Bread (best bread ever), Crunchy PB, Banana, and Bacon. Side of Brussel Sprouts. Some bites of a shared Caramel Apple Bread Pudding.

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Otherwise I was pretty good this weekend, I didn't track on Sunday, bad Dana, but I was good. I made a new dessert from a recipe in Oxygen - Mini Cheesecake Bites!

Very delicious and easy and special looking. :) Here's what you do:

4oz cream cheese (fat free/reduced fat/whatever you fancy)
4oz fat free greek yogurt
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
4-5 packets of stevia
15 mini phyllo shells

You bring the cream cheese and yogurt to about room tempurature, beat it together, add the cocoa powder and stevia, and then fill the shells and chill for 1 hour. Each little shell is 31 cal, 1 fatg, 4 carbs, and 2g protein. I actually doubled the recipe so I used the whole little bar of cream cheese (I used reduced fat and I believe the nutrition count is accurate for reduced).

The recipe suggests you could had sprinkles to the top as well, but I was making this especially because my MIL could partake at only 4 carbs for a little treat since she is on a reduced carb diet (I think 90g- ish overall for a day, most of which comes in the form of her Medi-fast prepackaged type meals, so not a lot of room for things OUTSIDE of that with carbs), so I abstained from bonuses to avoid adding any more carbs to it.

I placed my order for my cigar box guitar. SOOOOOOOo excited. I picked a box. I should've brought my camera to take pictures of the shop and everything, but I'm pretty sure my box is like this one:



I know it's an Arturo Fuente, and the proportions look right on that one. My neck is gonna be ebony w/ natural in the middle, and w/ ivory tuning keys, and I'll have a drain hole for sound in the corner. It'll be similar to something like this one:



Only BETTER -because there will be actual hardware in the drain hole instead of a chasm, and the wood will be prettier, especially at the bottom - and there will be a nickel. The family name is Nickel, so they are called Nickel Cigar Box Guitars and they put a nickel in the wood down at the base of the guitar, like where the bridge is. Bottom line, it will be amazing and I can't wait.

Here's an article about the instrument and the guy(s) making mine:
blog.al.com/entertainment-times/2011
/01/whats_a_cigar_box_guitar.html


This is inside their studio - see the piles of boxes on the shelves around? That's where you can go through and pick which box you want. :)


Super cool. Tonight - aquajogging and upper body ST.

  
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SEEHOLZ 3/8/2011 6:45AM

    I love that cigar gitarre- so unique! ( well, I've never seen one, hahaha) and I love how you are enjoying your life while doing so great on the scale down!

Have a great rest of the week Dana!

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SKYFYRE 3/7/2011 6:04PM

    I'd eat that sammich! Very cool looking guitar, I will have to go to you tube and hear what they sound like!

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/7/2011 4:06PM

    those cheesecakes sound delish. the sandwhich not so much. i guess partly due to i am allergic to half the ingredients. the ciguitar (i just made that up) looks so cool. do you know how to play guitar?

only 9g of carbs total for the day? omg i would die!!! does she only eat meat?

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KSGROTHE 3/7/2011 3:04PM

    emoticon for mini cheesecakes and cigar box guitars! emoticon

- Karen

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MBSHAZZER 3/7/2011 2:28PM

    Love the cigar guitar! Awesome! Also, those mini cheesecakes sound really good! Have a fantabulous week!

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NOELLIEMAE 3/7/2011 11:30AM

    NICE :) the cigarbox guitar is AWESOME!!!!! ;)

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W5D7 / 10wks - THANKS, SparkFriends! :)

Friday, March 04, 2011

So I drank a buttload of water yesterday, and I had GREAT workouts after work:

Lower body ST again - this time did a couple sets of walking lunges and single leg squats and then stretched, then some regular squats during Zumba.
ZUMBA - Britneypalooza - all Britney Zumba day for one of my class members who loves Britney - it was longer than usual because there was more instruction for all the new songs - 47 min - 650 calories! I had to run back and forth to pause my Ipod for instruction and plus it was just a good workout overall.
Aquajogging - 47 min - 1:30 intervals was the name of the game, 412 calories - max HR 160 (in a pool that's pretty good!)

Dinner was a bit sodium-y. We did club sandwiches so there was lunchmeat, cheese and bacon involved. But it was delicious. And we needed to use our bread and the bacon. There was also tomato and spinach involved! And no mayo! :) hehehe.

And I think I got plenty of sleep. Result - today down again by 1.5 from yesterday, back to old 187. That's what I weighed last Friday for Scale Back before weighing 185 on Saturday. So maybe we'll have a repeat of last week...

Frustrating to cover the same ground over and over, but eventually those bottom numbers will get lower and lower because I know I'm doing the right actions to make it happen.

Tomorrow will be my splurge meal for the week - we're heading to my most favorite place in the world, the Lowe Mill / Flying Monkey - and the Happy Tummy!


This week's menu:

www.mmmhappytummy.com/images/march%2
02-5%202011%20menu.pdf


And I'm getting a CIGAR BOX GUITAR!!!!!!!!!! SOoooooooooo stoked! :) Look it up. It's awesome. There is a studio at the Flying Monkey of people that make cigar box guitars to order. I'm stoked.

  
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MARLIE13 3/6/2011 12:30PM

    Sounds like Juli was rather toxic. Oops I did it again. BWaaahhhaahahaaaa!! Ok. I stop.

The menu at Happy Tummy looks awesome. How fun! And fun times 2 with the cigar box guitar. luv it!

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NOELLIEMAE 3/5/2011 2:19AM

    whoohoo!!!! sounds like an AWESOME day!

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SKYFYRE 3/5/2011 12:38AM

    Woohoo for a stringed instrument!!! (And for being down 1.5 lbs!)

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MBSHAZZER 3/4/2011 1:21PM

    Great news, Dana! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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WAVEDANCER7 3/4/2011 1:16PM

    Cutest tummy icon EVERRRRR!

Okay your talk of your workouts yesterday made me feel the following: jealous, crazy (britney reference), exhausted, lucky (brit ref #2), strong (via you), lazy (b/c i didn't do anything), and like a slave (sorry i couldn't help myself).

Keep on keepin' on Dana. And like you said, you definitely are making the right moves. Give your body time to thank you.

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