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Thursday, April 14, 2011

I've been waiting for this trophy for a long time - 40,000 sparkpoints reached today. :) WOOHOO!

It's finally the gorgeous SILVER trophy. Of course, now I have more to reach for - the gold and then whatever those montage trophies are at the top.

Running was sooooooo great yesterday for me - my poor C25K'ers are some getting injured or having a hard time keeping up with the program (I don't think they're doing 3 workouts a week all of them so I dunno if I should keep moving forward with what workout I'm leading), but some are doing well so I don't want to lag behind either - it's a dilemma, but I'm trying to do my best to enjourage those with pain not to push to hard and to rest and recover any injuries before starting to run again, and to pick back up slowly.

Tonight I've got hooping, zumba, and then Gospel Band Group thingie. New choreo tonight for a couple of songs maybe - I might just do one of them, not sure yet - I might want to save the other new one for a rainy day. :) I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE WEEKEND!

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MARLIE13 4/16/2011 12:11PM

    Congrats on your shiny new trophy!!! Lovin that the runnin is gunnin for ya! (Not sure what gunnin means exactly but it worked in the sentence so DEAL!) emoticon

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KASHMIR 4/15/2011 8:59AM

    Woo Hoo!

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MBSHAZZER 4/15/2011 8:57AM

    I'm soooooo with you on the weekend thing!

Glad to hear the C25K is progressing!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/15/2011 12:47AM

    Congrats, Dana!

I kind of like the silver garland one I just got recently. I like it so much I have been kind of lax on spinning the wheel or collecting points after reading articles. I'd like to stay on this one for a while.

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SKYFYRE 4/15/2011 12:40AM

    emoticon Speaks to your commitment to a healthy lifestyle!

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BRE7482 4/14/2011 8:50PM

    Yay for the new trophy! I don't think the slower ones would mind if you went ahead. I'm extremely slow compared to the 5k people I train with (they've all done 5ks before and some have even done marathons) and simply knowing they are there...even if it's a distance ahead of me...still keeps me encouraged.

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KSGROTHE 4/14/2011 6:26PM

    emoticon on the new Spark Trophy! emoticon

I'm glad that you're doing so well with your C25K training! You must have done well on your injury-recovery plan!

Have fun at hooping, zumba, and gospel band tonight!

- Karen

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/14/2011 4:56PM

    woot! congrats on the trophy and i hope everything goes ok with your group!

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Long Time, No Blog

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Monday I started out great on track, Tuesday also -but then my group went out to lunch to a Chinese Food Buffet.

I got some good stuff - sushi, and I made my order at the grill a plate FULL of veggies, and some meat, spicy sauce, and voila - delicious and super filling. I did also do one chinese donut, and 3 of those little sesame balls w/ red bean paste inside. and some fruit. But overall for a Chinese Food Buffet experience, I think I picked the best most top quality food and a tiny bit of splurge w/ the dessert type foods.

Then I was super full and didn't eat anything until later in the evening when I finally got hungry, my MIL had leftover lemon meringue pie and I had that and a scoop of ice cream for dinner. At least I didn't eat that AND regular food for additional calories - but it wasn't top quality choices.

Today will be on point! I have groceries.

Life is stressful right now - there are construction type things going on at home in the room we live in - so all our stuff is moved other places except the clothes hanging in my closet, and there is no bed in the rooms where our things are now. I'm sleeping on a bed in a random room and DH was taking a couch. Also personal family drama stress that does not need to be described in detail, but it's wearing on me. I can't wait for things to be a bit more normal.

I did have a good weekend for the most part - I DID go aquajog on Saturday morning and then go to Holley's yoga - SO AWESOME AS PER USUAL. That makes for the best day.

Monday night was C25K again and most people didn't go because of a threatening storm - but me and one of my running buddies from the group, Kim, went and it was GREAT! :) Awesome pre-storm weather, very few actual raindrops, and Kim is pretty naturally speedy so we got to go a little faster at times than we usually go with the entire group.

Yesterday's hula hoop and zumba were cancelled to go home and help out with the construction concerns and all that, but hula hoop will happen today at lunch and then running again after work. :)

OH and I just realized I haven't blogged since the run Friday night -

10 min straight running.
Feel fine.

YAY! :D I'm continuing to wear the strassburg sock, roll out my foot when needed, stretch every time, etc. - but hopefully I'm in re-injury prevention mode now.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 4/14/2011 4:03PM

    Hoping your stress ends soon - I can SOOOO feel ya there! Sounds like you've got things under control though - way to go YOU!

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SKYFYRE 4/14/2011 1:53AM

    emoticon Way to walk the line Dana! Balance is key!

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HALFWEIGHT 4/13/2011 8:57PM

    I can so identify with the family stress, but I am glad you are still staying on track.... literally and figuratively

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/13/2011 6:16PM

    glad you are having no physical pain! sorry about the stress. family stress sucks.

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/13/2011 3:57PM

    0h yeahhhhhh

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SEEHOLZ 4/13/2011 2:16PM

    It's always great to read your blogs Dana, so I do notice when you don't blog for awhile- glad things are going well overall.
Exercise makes me happy and hugely helps with my stressors, so keep up the awesome workouts- they really seem to make you happy.

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MBSHAZZER 4/13/2011 1:11PM

    OMG,I love those sesame balls! They are worth every last calorie!

Glad to hear the running is going well!

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WAVEDANCER7 4/13/2011 12:31PM

    Re-Injury prevention mode is a GREAT place to be. Keep on rockin woman!

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Running Tonight!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Soooo happy I will get to run tonight - it's gonna probably just be me and my friend Ashley hoofin it - I am pretty stoked. I hope it feels as good as Wednesday did - I'm really looking forward to working up the time on these runs.

Tonight after my run, I will probably go pick up more hoop-making supplies. I've got 4 pre-orders so I am ready to start makin' em up!

Then tomorrow I will head to the gym in the morning to get in a good aquajog and then do yoga. Yoga is at 10:15, so I need to get to the gym around 9 I think. Then it will be hoop-making time!

Next week if the walk/run sessions are still going good, I'll either tack on some just running afterward, or trade out aquajogging on Saturday with some running and begin building that Saturday run. Not sure how I want to do things yet.

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MARLIE13 4/16/2011 12:14PM

    I think you should run your next race while hooping the whole time!

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SKYFYRE 4/12/2011 8:29AM

    Pre hoop orders? Is this the new Dana side buisness?! How exciting!

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/11/2011 12:24AM

    emoticon REAL BIG HUG

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/10/2011 2:45PM

    What an active lady you are!! Hope you had fun running with your friend.

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MBSHAZZER 4/9/2011 12:10PM

    Dana, hope the running went well last night! Have a great weekend!

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HOPERY 4/8/2011 9:09PM

    Well, you make me want to try the hooping. You even told me how to make them. Problem is, I can't hula hoop.

Have fun running. Training for Vegas starts now!

P.S. Track!!!!!

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KSGROTHE 4/8/2011 7:16PM

    Have fun running! I got a weighted hoop for Christmas (that was on my wishlist). I should do some hooping this weekend!

Keep up the good work! You rock! emoticon emoticon emoticon

- Karen

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REGISTERED - Hooping & Zumba tonight

Thursday, April 07, 2011

So everyone loved the hoop+Zumba party from Tuesday so well that we're doing it again tonight. :) AND I get to teach my new choreo for Shakira's Rabiosa ft. Pitbull - look it up, great song. The Spanish version featuring Cata is great if Pitbull gets on your nerves. HAHA. Anyway - I'm excited for that. I'm not gonna lie, I looked at every Zumba video for this song online and grabbed what I liked from all of them and put it together with a little of my own input. Not that most Zumba routines have anything that is a 100% original creation, since we're all building with basic Zumba steps, but still. It didn't come all from my head. haha.

I AM working on coming up with a routine for Hips Don't Lie, though - I've got some preliminary stuff in my head and I think it will be AWESOME.

Sooo RUNNING - last night was AWESOME. Heel and achilles felt perfect! Nothing even during the walking intervals - which I was feeling a bit last week, if not anything I was worrying about it was there. If all goes well through next week - introducing 3min run intervals - I'm going to begin to add a little more solid running on my own to start building on. We'll see. Maybe after week 4. Or 5. I'm just going with it and taking it easy. I've got over 1.5 years to train for the REALLY BIG FREE MARATHON IN VEGAS, so I think I'll be able to achieve that. And like I said before, if not, I can downscale to the half.

ALSO MY SISTER REGISTERED!!!! :) I am so excited! That is truly the big scoop of ice cream and whipped topping on the slice of cake that will be uniting with some of my closest SparkFriends - and truly, some of my closest friends that have never physically met each other period. :) You know who you are! It is going to be fantstic! And to re-connect with a few that I got to spend only brief moments with in person when I was in San Diego or the bunny that came to visit. :) hehe. I am so excited I can't believe it's so far away now. Definitely gives me a big focus point for all of my fitness and running energies - to be fit and healthy for that event!

I stepped on the scale for the first time today after ... right after I was sick. I've not been tracking, just trying to eat mindfully and well, or to not eat too bad when scrounging remnants of groceries... and I'm in about the same place. A bit higher than last checked, but I also did NOT get enough sleep last night. I can tell especially because I'm extra hungry today! Trying to drink a lot of water and just get past it.

Last night something funny happened at band rehearsal - THE LIGHTS WENT OUT! It was PITCH BLACK. We were playing along in the middle of a song and then total blindness. Everyone stopped playing and I said, "I dunno what comes next, guys!" HAHA. It was funny. A couple of people had stand lights that we used to pack everything up and go. Then I walk outside and it's pitch black there as well. It was just so strange and funny - but I got to get home just a tad bit earlier than usual for Wednesday nights.

Tonight is Gospel Music Group, looking forward to that.

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WOLFKITTY 4/15/2011 10:57AM

What free marathon?!


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CLOVERR1 4/8/2011 10:58AM

    Thanks for the comment you made over on my blog!

Here's the smoothie recipe I used:

1 banana
1/2 avocado
1/2 c greek yogurt
1.5 TB vanilla flavored protein powder
1 ts cocoa powder
10 ice cubes
1/3 c water
a little Splenda or other sweetner if you want it

Throw it all in a blender and pulse: made over 2 cups of very thick creamy smoothie; 375 calories. Lots of protein and nutritional goodness. Feel free to play around with other flavors and ingredients, but I loved this combo!

Comment edited on: 4/8/2011 12:28:03 PM

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SKYFYRE 4/8/2011 12:56AM

    emoticon Heeeheee!!!!
I signed up for the half!!!

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BRUIN2 4/7/2011 10:01PM


The 1.5 year is going to FLY by!! I want to start scoping out hotels!! OH - and I saw that the race will be 10,000 people - WOW!

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WAVEDANCER7 4/7/2011 2:18PM

    I am totally looking up that song when i get home. i need new material. I use ENTIRELY too much pitbull and shakira already tho. lol. Just added j-lo and pitbull's on the floor for a warm up, which is fun.

SO FRIGGGGGGGGIN excited about the Bunny Union! And i can't believe i just signed up for a full marathon. It was like impulse buying knowing you bunz would be there!

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KASHMIR 4/7/2011 1:36PM

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I am so excited to get to run another race with you!

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

It's sweeping my workplace - I will probably be making more hoops again this weekend. :) It's very fun, so I definitely do not mind.

Last night and today's hoop classes were great - great turnout! And super fun. I got suuuch a great workout and had a blast at the same time and I think my class members did as well. (I did get some direct positive feedback from at least a few of the class members!) And I have a couple new songs to work with on Thursday which I am excited about. It's so great to be able to get a workout and have fun at the same time! :)

Tonight I can't wait to go running... I will have band after that, which is fun as well. Running is just something else. It's like... cleansing. I love it. I've missed it. I can't wait for next week's workout which takes us up to some intervals at 3 min at a time. :) Today is just 90 seconds on 2 min off.

I'm also soooo happy to have some real food in the house again. This morning I tried a new breakfast inspired by something in Clean Eating magazine - they had a breakfast banana split - Banana, Cottage Cheese, preserves/jam, peanuts -BAM! I used Greek Yogurt instead of Cottage Cheese, is Rasberry Habanero Jam we got from the Happy Tummy - so good. :)

Also tonight at 2AM - I am registering for the REALLY BIG FREE MARATHON - to take place November 2012. Plenty of time to train back up to a marathon between now and then, AND if I don't feel ready, they said I can switch to the half. WOOT! It's a unique concept - $50 deposit, you get it back for crossing the start timing mat at the race, you get mailed a check. OR if you cancel at least 3 months in advance. So lots of contingency plans there - switch to half or cancel if things go completely sideways. I'm excited because many SparkFriends will be there!

Go google it if you're interested. :)

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NOELLIEMAE 4/7/2011 12:01PM

    mmmm. marathon in November.... look at YOU busy chick ;) looks like you are going a million miles an hour as USUAL!

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HOPERY 4/7/2011 12:08AM

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KASHMIR 4/6/2011 5:06PM

    I'll be racing you to register tonight. Bed early with the alarm set to get up at midnight and register!!! I'm hoping we can all have a REALLY BIG SPARK MARATHON PARTY!

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MBSHAZZER 4/6/2011 4:33PM

    That free marathon sounds awesome! I guess they are counting on a lot of people not showing up in order to finance it?

Good call on the greek yogurt / cottage cheese swap. I have a "thing" with cottage cheese. 2 things actually. I'll share, since you can't tell me to be quiet! :D

So the first is that my mom would always eat cottage cheese inside half of a cantaloupe. That combo to me is just gross (sorry if it appeals to you!)... plus, it just screams "1970's diet plan" to me... to go along with your Tab and your Virginia Slims. EEWWW.

Secondly, the BF and I own a rental property that has a full house up front and a guest house in the back. BF always refers to the guest house as "the cottage" and I always make a reference to cottage cheese which cracks me up and causes him no end of annoyance. For example:

BF: "I was working over at the cottage today"
ME: "Were you making CHEESE?"

BF: "The tenant moved out of the cottage"
ME: "That's due to an overabundance of CHEESE"

BF, on phone to potential tenant: "It's not theyellow house in front, it's the green cottage in back"
ME: "Look for the CHEESE"


Also, the Raspberry Habanero jam sounds AMAZING!!! We got some mango jalapeno jam at the farmer's market and the sweet hot combo is great!

OK, my comment was longer than you blog post! Back to work for me. Can you tell I'm "working" on my taxes?!

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