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Couch to 5K, Cigar Box Guitar, and MILESTONE! :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

So first I would like to discuss the BIGGEST deal of the day - RUNNING.

It's after work, and I've got my running clothes packed for the first time in wow, months, and I'm so nervous and excited.

I honestly do not really feel much difference in my foot/achilles area. I mean it hasn't hurt in ages, aside from occasionally morning heel pain (on the bottom, where PF pain is) because the PF is still working with me, but I do still have a strangeness on the back of my ankle. I'm hoping that giving it all this time will at least mean it won't hurt or get aggravated and maybe it will just take a long long LONG time, or never, for it to feel like it did before, and I am really truly ok with that IF it means I can still run.

I'm WAY excited about all the people that are going to be starting their running journey for the first (or returning after yearsandyearsandyears) time today! :) I programmed a workout into my Garmin to beep us through the C25K intervals, and I should be leading a little group of the LG Couch to 5K'ers down my favorite Greenway. I miss that greenway - sometimes when I was aquajogging I'd close my eyes and pretend I was there. :) With the cows.

Next: CIGAR BOX GUITAR! It WAS indeed ready on Saturday and I've got it and it's beautiful.

I LOVE IT. I'm still learning how to make MUSIC with it and not just musical sounds that don't go together hahaha, but I'm still excited to have it and to learn. I want to build my own amp for it, too.

Next thing: MILESTONE.


I never wore a belt before. Ever.

I had stomach rolls above the waistline that made wearing a belt just plain ridiculous. In fact, I didn't want people to ever see the waistline of my pants because it would sink in between the rolls, unless I was wearing my pants low at my hips (which I STILL prefer!). In any case, I was very self conscious about that entire AREA of my body and since losing weight I still feel that way to a certain extent. That area still has a little baby roll that is more like a tiny bump when standing and will fold over a bit when sitting, but anyway - it doesn't suck in my waistband anymore really unless I'm wearing pants kinda high and even then not entirely.

Bottom line - I GOT A BELT. My sweet DH saw an artist's studio at the same place I was picking up my guitar (Lowe Mill, Flying Monkey Art Studios - awesomeawesome favoritist place ever, home of the Happy Tummy and more!) that had all these really sweet belt buckles. I had, in fact, lusted after them - and I think even said, NOT THAT I WEAR A BELT... but man I love those.

Well, I took my guitar out to the car since it was raining off and on and right then was off and also didn't want to carry it all around and we wanted to still look around, so when I got back he was like - Hey I want to show you something! So I start following and he's like, check out this belt buckle! And I'm like yeah that's awesome! And DH is like, I want to get it for you, and he'll make you a belt.

I still felt very skeptical about a belt working on me. REALLY REALLY. But... I decided to go along with it and realized I could probably do this... well! LOOK!

!!!! I LOOK NORMAL! hahahahahaha. Well anyway, I am so wearing the buckle and belt today at work. Best thing is the buckle snaps onto the belt leather so I can get other buckles and swap em out. Also I think I need him to make me one smaller hole and the dude was so cool I'm sure we can just go back and he'll punch it in there for me. :) WOOT!

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MARLIE13 3/31/2011 9:41AM

    If you look at just the pic of the handle of your guitar, it looks like a rattlesnake.

Just thought you should know.


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-H0LY-Y0GA- 3/30/2011 12:26PM

    Love this! Love the belt, too!

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WAVEDANCER7 3/29/2011 11:20AM

    Belt looks great!!

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MBSHAZZER 3/29/2011 10:11AM

    Dana, hope the run went really well! Congratulations on the belt! I know it's a huge milestone and it looks AWESOME on you!

Enjoy your guitar!

Plus, I love your long hair!

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SKYFYRE 3/28/2011 7:15PM

    Exciting stuff going on in your world!! You are beautiful. And, now, smoking hot in a belt! Congratulations! I hope the running goes well tonight!

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KSGROTHE 3/28/2011 2:48PM

    You look great! I hope the running goes well for you tonight!

- Karen

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/28/2011 2:00PM

    the belt is so pretty. have fun running tonight.

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KARVY09 3/28/2011 1:55PM

    Love the belt and the guitar!

Best of luck on the return to C25K!

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SEEHOLZ 3/28/2011 1:19PM

    Have fun tonight!!!!
and I think that belt suits you perfectly- your clothes tell a story of their own... I love when I have things like that myself.

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KIMTASTIC! 3/28/2011 12:58PM

    You look better than "normal"...You're rockin' that belt! Let us know how the run goes.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011


Good thing about being healthy, you almost NEVER get sick. Not like really sick - maybe you feel a bit under for a couple of days but you bounce back. Well I was out. Slept alllll day Monday pretty much. Most of the day Tuesday. Tried to come to work Wednesday, wasn't able to think or concentrate on anything, so I went home at lunch. :(

But I feel MUCH better today - muchmuch.

Not teaching zumba tonight, gonna wait till I feel more 100% for that, but I've got hooping tomorrow at lunch YAY.

AND - next week - Couch to 5K begins! I am soooooooo excited. also nervous. I hope I am able to run pain-free! I can't wait! I did most of my aquajogging program, so I hope that I am able to get back to a decent level of running before too too long.

Great news I got today - my work is going to pay the entry fees for everyone doing the Couch to 5K to a local 5K! :D WOOHOO! I was kind of hoping to do this race, but now that it's paid for... yes please! Assuming I'm running well. And if not, then I didn't lose out my own money, am I right? Anyway. I'm way excited. I was thinking of doing the 10K, but there's another 10K in May and I wanted to do both, so maybe this is a way of doing both races. I just looked at the registration and the fees are the same for the 10K and 5K.... wonder if I could get them to register me for the 10K? But I won't, I'll do the 5K with the group. Word. And just in case the return to running isn't amazing.

Plus I want to do a 5 miler in Kennesaw, GA - same people that did the half I did last year as my first half marathon - with my sister, so there is plenty to work toward. (and to spend money on bwahaha) So I can settle down. Plenty of time. The 5 miler is $25 until 5/19 and it's on 5/22 so no rush to register, either. There's also a local 10K that same month that is a DIFFERENT one so I can try that as well if I feel the need for a longer race - and to finally race a 10K goshDARNIT.

My Cigar Box Guitar should be done... a couple days ago... hope to be picking it up this weekend. :)

The Gospel Instrumental group was fun, no rehearsal tonight because it's spring break on campus where they hold their rehearsals, so they don't have a practice space this week - good for me because I get some more rest time to get better.

Weight is holding about the same, which I am pretty lucky for because I haven't tracked my food since... Friday? Part of Saturday? I think I tracked all but dinner on Saturday, which that evening is when I started to feel bad with a headache. I'm working on getting back on track as I start to feel better and more up to eating whatever foods I think I should be eating and normally taste delicious to me that for some reason when I was sick I was like EWWWWW. I just wanted simple foods and generally speaking, simple carbs, when I was feeling sick. Badbad for me.

Yoga last Saturday was SO GOOD, by the way. Right before I got sick - best yoga ever. It was fantastic. I want to always go to Holley's yoga class on Saturday because she's amazing. The way she describes what your body is supposed to do REALLY WORKS. The simplest of movements becomes a journey through your body's control systems and as she says the things and I try them I feel exactly what she's talking about. She also opened the doors at the back of the classroom to the beautiful spring day and we had sunlight and birds chirping. :) Also I'm glad I have my own yoga mat now, too. Hehe.

I don't know if I blogged about this, but I got my own yoga mat and also thicker fitness mat from WalMart with the gift card my workplace gave me for my birthday. $30 gift card + $0.24 - $9 yoga mat w/ "carrying strap" cute little string thing to carry it with, and $19.99 thicker, 3/8" I think, microwhatever style pad to cushion my bones. I'm gonna try to do pilates on that so I don't hurt my tailbone, haven't tested it for that purpose yet.

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SEEHOLZ 3/27/2011 2:26PM

    Glad you are back! And healthy, again!

I have a great feeling about your running- you were smart and took the time off to heal Dana- as long as you work yourself back slowly, you'll be just fine!

And, cool about that cigar box and the Gospel Instrument group--sounds like a great life balance on your end, as usual.

I still want to do the knitting thing- I might start this summer I think.

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SKYFYRE 3/25/2011 2:21PM

    Your work is AWESOME! I loe that they are sponsoring you all for the 5K! Yahoo! And I bought a Wally Worlds Yoga Mat and carrier too, it's Danskin and PINK! Lol!

Edited to add: I thought you were all quiet and not writing, turns out I got unsubscribed, boo!

Comment edited on: 3/25/2011 2:22:24 PM

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CLOVERR1 3/25/2011 10:32AM

    Good luck with your recovery and return to running!!

So, what local races are you considering??? I'm taking April "off" from racing (but not training) to be on call for grandbaby's arrival. (but hope to sneak in the River City Run 10K, here in Decatur, on April 9th) There's always the Cotton Row, about the biggest Huntsville event, the end of May?

btw, I gotta brag....I scored me some spinach-feta Fred Bread last weekend...and it was still WARM from the oven when I got it. I barely made it out to the car before opening the wrapper to tear off a chunk! OMG good!

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BRUIN2 3/25/2011 9:49AM

    That is so great that work is sponsoring all of you in the 5k!! Talk about committing to health!! Woot!

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MARLIE13 3/24/2011 11:35PM

    YAY on feeling better! And Yay on the free 5k! And YAY on getting to start running again. And more yay on the guitar being ready!

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/24/2011 7:24PM

    glad you are feeling better. i laughed at kim saying she should get back into emoticon. bwahahahaha! my work will pay for our big 10 k race here if we enter by a certain date. however, i don't do that race. too many people. it also frustrates me cause it is the race everyone does as their new years resolution here and then i am pretty sure only like 20% actually run once again after the race in april.

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MBSHAZZER 3/24/2011 6:46PM

    Your work sounds AWESOME!!! They pay for your races, give you presents on your b-day.... where do I sign up?

Sorry to hear you were sick - glad you are better and ready for C25K! LOL - too funny, this is the woman who has run 2 marathons! You'll be back up to speed in no time at all!

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    I'm doing that race too. Maybe I'll see you there.

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KASHMIR 3/24/2011 6:09PM

    I was Wondering where you had roamed off to! Sorry you have been ill, but yay on feeling better!

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KIMTASTIC! 3/24/2011 5:19PM

    Glad you're feeling better! Your yoga class sounds really cool! I should get back into that.......


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W7D6/10WeekScaleBack - A FULL LIFE!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

So yeah, I am one of those cool people now that GOES PLACES and DOES THINGS.

Instead of being a slug that stays at home and eats and vegs at all times. I love this about my new life! :)

On the one hand, it means that I feel like home is only for eating and veg-ing so I need to work on that, because sometimes I'm NOT out and about all day! hahaha.

Anyway - last night I was just feeling total and utter dread about trying to aquajog.

I am getting so sick and tired of the whole pool debacle - changing, trying to get a spot in the pool, hoping inconsiderate people don't splash at me or are rude to other people in the pool filling me with rage, the time it takes to get ready afterward, wringing out my pool clothes and then spinning them in the stupid water remover thingie, blahblahblahblahblah.

So I decided not to go. I was veryverygood on my program last week and other weeks, so I decided not to kill myself. This week is going to be a fail on aquajogging pretty much - I'll go tomorrow and Saturday but that will be all for this week.

Last night I went to....


I've been reading Nancy's posts on facebook talking about pilates and I was missing it and when I was dreading aquajogging I realized... even though I don't have clothes and shoes fit for the cardio floor or strength area....

I don't need shoes for pilates! and the pilates class is today! and at the perfect time to make it to band! And what I wear in the pool is actually a running skirt and singlet and people wear that kind of stuff to workout in all the time!

I just don't because I don't like to have all my legs hanging out everywhere. It was sooooooooo not cute when she had us foam roll our hamstrings and everything was gushing everywhere. But hey, whatever. It's a gym. We're not there to look cute (well...ultimately, but not WHILE we're at the gym! HAHAHA).

I felt like such a weakling!!!! I used to do pilates regularly, but haven't in quite some time - and the teachers at this gym do pilates on a foam roller for part of the class - aligned along your spine - and let me tell you, that is so killer. First part of the class. I think I might have handled some of the later stuff better had I not gone through that gauntlet first.

In any case - my abs are nice and sore today. :)

And tonight I am trying a NEW activity into my full life - playing w/ a little instrumental gospel group. And because it starts at 8PM, I have time to go to the gym but not to aquajog, so I will STILL be going to the gym - but doing upper body strength training instead. WOOT. Go muscles go!

The week after next is when I am supposed to start trying to run on land again - I am so excited and nervous!

JUST got an email this morning that my work is starting a Couch to 5K program - which will begin that week! :) So I am going to go once a week with that group, and then two other times a week with my friend Ashley and maybe some others that want to do the program on those days with us. (The work group is actually doing Mon+Thursday - but obviously Thursday conflicts with Zumba!)

So we'll see how this gospel group goes, I'm not sure it's gonna work out for me schedule wise and also musically- but if it does work out I think it could be SO COOL and amazing so I don't want to just NOT even TRY it, you know? So I'm gonna go tonight at least.

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MARLIE13 3/19/2011 11:58AM

    Nothing much to say. I just love reading what you write. The end.

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BOILERINAZ 3/17/2011 5:59PM

    good job on trying something new instead of just skipping it all together! I think that other exercises like pilates and yoga strengthen your core and ultimately helps your running as well!

Hope your back to running on land goes great but remember to be patient with yourself! :) I'm sure you'll do great!

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SEEHOLZ 3/17/2011 3:42PM

    Here you on the pool- sucks being on the injury list! I HATE IT!!!
I love reading about your full life- it rocks!!!

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KASHMIR 3/17/2011 1:05PM

    OMG...when do you have time to sleep???

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MBSHAZZER 3/17/2011 12:56PM

    Hehe, I love just being home and vegging! My life is running, gym, work and HOME! But I totally hear you on being excited to actually get a life!

And I think anything having to do with a pool is a huge pain in the rear, so I am with you on the aquajogging!

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/17/2011 11:58AM

    my head is spinning with all your stuff you do! you get why i don't like swimming. same issues as you. a 30 min workout in the pool takes min 90 mins total. i hate splashers. down with the splashers! so excited you get to run again soon! perfect timing for the c25k. pilates on the foam roller? that sounds interesting.

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HOPERY 3/17/2011 11:20AM

    I love how many new things you try! New gospel group sounds cool if you can make it work. Sounds like you are getting sick of the pool at the right time since you can start land running soon. Good job on the pilates! It so hurts! LOL

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HuMP DAY - W7D5 / 10wk scale back

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Last night's fitness schedule was pre-empted by a trip to see


for free. Yes, it was awesome. For those of you who didn't know, they HAVE been making music since mmmbop (although I haven't been really listening to it like my sister has) AND they have a new single out! :) The new single sounded SO GREAT last night. Well everything sounded great, cause they sound great, I have to admit I wasn't feeling mmmbop as much as the other songs. I think I've heard that one too many times or something. hahaha.

Shark Week is upon us and I made a major detour from my on track meal plan last night by polishing off at once the rest of that little container of Soy Ice Cream. FAIL. Today is a new day, though, and my weight stayed the same from yesterday. Everything else was quite good yesterday, though.

I'm really liking this new wrap I got from Ellie Krieger's cookbook - it's whole wheat wrap w/ greens+ cucumbers+tomato+hard boiled sliced eggs+avocado+spicysomthing (siracha or salsa) = SO DELICIOUS and FILLING and AWESOME. She has you use one egg and one egg white, but I have been using 2 whole eggs.

Today's a long day - gym+BigBand wish me luck! haha.

Also - hooping went good Tuesday. :)

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MARLIE13 3/19/2011 11:57AM

    I think eating the rest of the soy ice cream is only a semi fail. Thank goodness you didn't have the hardcore stuff on hand! Hanson...good boys and family. I liked that about them.

PS I heart EK!
PPS I used the symbol thingy to make the heart and SP told me to remove my profanity from my comment. (OK, they said OR html) I was like, what profanity?! Bleepity bleep bleep!

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KASHMIR 3/16/2011 7:14PM

    Oh Thanks...Now I'll be hearing Mbop until I can get some AC/DC on the car radio on my way home to clear it out of my mind!!!!

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SEEHOLZ 3/16/2011 5:04PM

    You are the coolest for going to see Hanson-- have fun at band... minus mmmmbop.. I wonder if i'll be popping in your head all night... hehehe. Things like mmmbop have that affect sometimes.

Soy ice cream-- not good in my house- even soy yogurt- I had this obsession once, I can only buy 1 at a time-sad, but true.

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/16/2011 3:26PM

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmbop that wrap sounds yummy. have a great day!

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KIMTASTIC! 3/16/2011 3:25PM

    That song is so stuck in my head now! Oh, and that wrap sounds super delish!!

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NOELLIEMAE 3/16/2011 2:12PM

    HANSON! hahaha! tooo funny ;)

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MBSHAZZER 3/16/2011 11:56AM

    Mmmmm, that wrap sounds really, really good! :D Enjoy Shark Week!

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WAVEDANCER7 3/16/2011 11:27AM

    Omg so many hilarious things about this blog. The wrap sounds amazing. Enjoy your fun, long day!!

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W7D3 / 10wks - HOOOOOOOP TIME!

Monday, March 14, 2011


I sent the information for the class to the Health and Wellness Coordinator at work and may be able to start as soon as tomorrow - we shall see! I'm excited.

Using the physics diet- yesterday was my splurge meal last night, this morning weight is up, but I fully expect it to head back down this week and I want to make that average go DOWNDOWNDOWN!

That is really all for now. Fun weekend, lots of stuff happened.

Finally got a yoga mat and a thicker mat for doing pilates type stuff on so my tailbone doesn't hurt.

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MARLIE13 3/16/2011 10:32PM

    Those whoops look like hecka fun!

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CANDOK1260 3/15/2011 2:10PM

    your hoop look great and congrats on your weight lost emoticon emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 3/15/2011 1:33PM

    cool hoops- thought of you as my mother-in-law got a hoop for the kids

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MBSHAZZER 3/14/2011 3:21PM

    Love the hoops! So stylish!

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/14/2011 12:57PM

    ooo nice colours! i punched in my numbers since january too on that website. i don't want to punch in mine today though. up 3lbs. bleh.

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HOPERY 3/14/2011 11:35AM

    They are so pretty! How did you make them?

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