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First Day Back at Work

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

So swamped.

Tracked food - will be going over today. Poor planning and only stupid nonperishable food items basically left made for awkward food planning. 127 calories left for dinner won't cut it - so I've made peace with the fact that I'll be going over a little tonight.

It's gotta be better than some of the nonsense eating I did over the tornadic break. I had a little binge of eating on Sunday morning. bleck. Felt like crap. So I feel like I'm recovering from that but still not up to full speed awesome yet.

I felt like I was really getting on a roll before the tornadoes hit, so I'm just seeking to get that mojo going again.

I also had some inspiration from watching Castle on Monday night. I want to look just like Kate Beckett. She is drop dead gorgeous. So my version of that. Time to trim the fluff and reveal my muscles again!

  
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NOELLIEMAE 5/6/2011 9:56AM

    Back to work?! There are about a million people that crawled out from under the rug today :) hope you were able to catch up!


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MBSHAZZER 5/5/2011 6:00PM

    I'll have to google this person.

Glad to hear you are back to work. Once you are back in a routine, it will be easier to get on the good eating bandwagon again. Don't be hard on yourself... natural disasters are difficult enough to deal with without beating up on yourself.

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SEEHOLZ 5/5/2011 11:25AM

    Yeah... so agreed on the "Kate" look, ala my version-LOL! I know you'll make it happen girl!



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KSGROTHE 5/4/2011 8:50PM

    Glad to hear you're back at work! I have no doubt you'll get back on track because you rock! emoticon

- Karen

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/4/2011 7:29PM

    i havnen't watched castle yet this week. looking forward to it.

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Very blessed!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Just got our power and internet this morning for the first time since last Wednesday -

Let me tell you, we were veryvery blessed. Near us, tree damage, a short drive from us (suburb of our town basically) - total destruction. It could have been really bad for us, but we were spared.

I've basically been luxury camping these days - no power, but we had water (cold only, of course) - we even had a friend that was bringing over a generator to give the fridge a charge. Although we lost most of what was in the freezer, we didn't lose anything in the fridge even.

I've eaten like crap. Balanced with having gone on a run one day and also on Saturday spending the entire day working in someone's yard that was way worse off than we were, in a neighborhood with houses that were utterly destroyed. It's been strange.

But I'm back! Thank you for everyone's concern and those that reached out to see if we were ok. Love you Sparkers!

  
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NOELLIEMAE 5/5/2011 9:27AM

    YEAH! thank goodness you have your power back :) nothing felt as good as that first HOT shower.

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MARLIE13 5/4/2011 9:59PM

    Iím soooo soo thankful that you and your family are safe. I was praying for you!

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MARLIE13 5/4/2011 9:49PM

    Iím soooo soo thankful that you and your family are safe. I was praying for you!

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AUNTC321 5/4/2011 2:43PM

    Glad to hear you are doing okay.

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SKYFYRE 5/4/2011 10:36AM

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/4/2011 8:45AM

    emoticon I'm glad you're ok darlin!

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SWEETZMIX 5/4/2011 8:27AM

    Glad to hear you and the hubby are ok.
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/3/2011 10:22PM

    Glad to hear you are doing fine. Will keep you and your neighbor's in my prayers.

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BRUIN2 5/3/2011 9:39PM

    So glad to hear that you guys are ok!!!!
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HOPERY 5/3/2011 8:04PM

    So glad you are all right! It is weird, we visited Crescent city, CA on our trip and it was just hit by a Tsunami. We visited you, and you all had the twisters. Maybe we should stay home. LOL

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SLCOLMAN 5/3/2011 4:11PM

    Great news to hear that you all came out of things OK. Still praying for all of those who were not as blessed!

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BLAZEGRRL 5/3/2011 3:46PM

    So happy you are okay... take care of yourselves and others down there. My thoughts are with you all!

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WOLFKITTY 5/3/2011 3:06PM

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I'm glad you're alright. I feel deeply for your neighbors and your community!

Love,
Jocelyn

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MBSHAZZER 5/3/2011 1:21PM

    Oh, Dana, I didn't even think that you were in AL. I'm SO GLAD to hear you are OK!

DO NOT for one moment sweat the eating or exercise! Back in 2005, I had no electricity or running water for a week after Hurricane Wilma. I basically ate what I could and didn't exercise (no water for drinking or showering puts a damper on the desire to get all hot and sweaty!). Once things go back to normal, you can, too.

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-H0LY-Y0GA- 5/3/2011 1:16PM

    Wow. Glad you are OK!

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CLOVERR1 5/3/2011 1:16PM

    Good to know things are beginning to get back to normal for you!

fyi: I'm still not exercising on my ankle, but hopefully will be able to start back with something in another few days. I'm trying to look at things as a reset-restart for myself both with food issues/weight and exercise; going to start off slow and gradual again!

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SEEHOLZ 5/3/2011 1:15PM

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BOBBYD31 5/3/2011 1:08PM

    glad your back and everything is ok.

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JEKRUNS 5/3/2011 12:59PM

    Thank goodness you are okay! I've followed your blog for awhile and worried when I hadn't seen an update. We are in NWFlorida so we know destruction - my dd's school and our church are sending supplies over your way. Prayers for you and your neighbors and all who were lost...

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/3/2011 12:59PM

    we missed you! glad everything is ok.

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KASHMIR 5/3/2011 12:58PM

    Glad to see you back! Next time you see your friend Jamie, give her a big hug from me for keeping us updated on how you two were.
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ZORBS13 5/3/2011 12:44PM

    so glad you're ok!

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Just got back from running...

Monday, April 25, 2011

... and MAN running with boys kicks my butt!

HAHAHA.

No where near what some other ladies who regularly run with dudes do, but I was the only chick today. I was running on my own out about 8 min and back 10 when I ran into the 2 guys who also help lead c25K work running groups, so I turned around and tried not to rush up behind them but ended up behind them anyway.

Then we were coming up on someone so I sped up to pass them and I guess they took that as a sign to book it to the end of the trail so I was chasing them trying not to let them smoke me and got down to a 7:44 min mile pace for a few seconds there! (YAY Garmin for making me feel good with a pace I can sustain for just a few seconds - hahaha)

Then I managed to slightly turn my ankle walking to my car to get some water (DOH) so I walked it off/shook it out a bit until C25K'ers showed up.

So the people that came were:

1) dude that was barely beginning workout regimen and planned to do a mostly walking workout and
2) dude that was returning to running after a brief layoff before which he was: military running every day 3-5 miles, XC and Track HS-er

So.... I ended up running with #2 and the other guys mostly walked with #1. #2 was trying to kill me I think - honestly we weren't running that fast in the grand scheme of things, but left to my own devices I fall somewhere between 11-12 min mile on a good day, and more like 13-14 on a super easy LONG or bad day.

We were averaging around 10:39 for the whole run -time. We ran out 10 min, took a 2 min breather, and then back 10 min . At one point he was egging me on to pass someone and when we did I got down to sub 8mm pace again for a few seconds. That turkey!

Anyway - covered about 4 miles today, MOST of it running - only about 5min total walking time, so I'm pretty happy with that - I'm gonna definitely be taking it easier on Wednesday!

I also ran 20min yesterday for the first time straight.

After workout today - I did Freestyle Trainer - just a bit. 2 sets each of chest presses and rows to hit front and backside upper body, then one set per leg of single leg squats and one set regular ( all assisted w/ the straps). With the squats it's more of a, go deep backward like you should w/out worrying about falling over cause you can always lean on the straps if you need to but don't if you don't have to kind of thing. Single leg definitely needs more assistance for me than that, but regular I was mostly on my own like I should be. Just waiting to take a shower now. :)

  
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MARLIE13 4/29/2011 11:13PM

    I love running with boys for that very same reason. Sounds like it was a great run!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/29/2011 1:13PM

    Wow, you've gotten really fast!!

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SKYFYRE 4/29/2011 12:46AM

    Go Girl on the running!! Fantastic Effort and Accomplishment!! I find running with boys the same way, I will want to pace myself but then they get so uppity and competitive that I end up trying to keep up Lol! Well, it sounds like a fun time, actually, and I am glad that your ankle is fine and dandy after all that!

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SEEHOLZ 4/27/2011 4:14PM

    Awesome progress Dana and way to go to smoke that run!

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FREGGIEQUEEN 4/27/2011 9:43AM

    I hear ya! My husband and I have been doing C25K together and it's a struggle to stay by his side (I'm sure it's hard for him to stay by mine, too haha). I know that, without him, I wouldn't finish nearly as fast. Heck, I may even have given up by now, but instead we finished our unofficial 5K yesterday in under 28 minutes. I'm grateful to have him pushing me on!

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S318830 4/26/2011 6:14PM

    Nice job! I love reading running stories.

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KSGROTHE 4/26/2011 4:50PM

    Way to go on your running and your Freestyle Trainer workout! If you keep running like that, you'll easily have a PR at that 5K!

- Karen

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NOELLIEMAE 4/26/2011 3:11PM

    rock on! sounds like a great training run ;)

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MBSHAZZER 4/26/2011 9:27AM

    WHOOOHOOO! Sounds like an awesome run! And it sounds like all of your parts were holding up!

Boys can be so weird about girls passing them. I was running a HM in October and I guess I passed some guy early on. Much later, as he passed me, he tapped me on the shoulder and made some snarky comment. I was like, "oh, a$$hole much?!"

Anyway, sounds like a great workout!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/25/2011 11:15PM

    those boys can get us in trouble! sounds like a good workout though.

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WAVEDANCER7 4/25/2011 10:43PM

    What a turkey! emoticon HAHA! Way to keep up with the boys! Sounds like having so many running buddies is helping you with time too! Congrats lady! Keep up the hard work!

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MSSUNBUG 4/25/2011 9:34PM

    Nothing like running with boys to up the pace! I did eight miles with the husb on Sat at a 8:50 pace, something I feel like I could never sustain on my own. It's great that it pushed you! Glad no injuries though. :D

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Doing pretty good!

Friday, April 22, 2011

I've been tracking everyday, went over by like... 12 calories yesterday, so I'm calling that a win.

I turned down cookies.

I gave myself the first afterdinner treat this week - 1/2 serving of Ben and Jerry's that my MIL bought specifically for me! I tried a new unique method - I put the whole thing on the scale and weighed it, and then I figured out what it would weigh at 50g less (about 1/2 serving size) and ate it until it got to that weight. HAHAHA. No muss no fuss.

Turned down an offer to split a pizza from this AMAZING pizza place for lunch - my DH and I might want to do some splurging of our own this weekend so I'm saving it for him.

I didn't do ST last night because he emailed me saying how he was looking forward to seeing me before I went to band. :) awwww how could I turn that down? He didn't know I planned to go to the gym, and I didn't tell him because I didn't want him to feel bad. It was very nice - I manged to shower and make and eat dinner before heading to rehearsal and it made rehearsal very enjoyable! I may not do that every week, depends how fitting in my 2nd ST workout of the week goes today or tomorrow. I'm thinking I might just go do a Freestyle Trainer workout again after my run today vs. going to the gym this week.

2 full body workouts = good enough for me!

  
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SWEATONCEADAY 4/24/2011 6:08PM

    sweet henry! way to turn down a cokie. hope you are having a great easter.

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MBSHAZZER 4/24/2011 8:46AM

    You're on fire this week, Dana! Hope you enjoyed some quality time with the hubby this weekend!

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MSSUNBUG 4/23/2011 10:32AM

    Sounds like a lot of balance and just being in touch with what you actually want and value--that's such a gift to experience. Hope you have a lovely weekend and some nice splurges with the man!

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SKYFYRE 4/22/2011 10:29PM

    Strong work on fighting temptations!! I am so weak around work food that I had to enact a no eating it unless I brought it VOW! Hahaha! I think you are a sweetie for heading home for some time with your DH! Way to enrich your relationship! Whatcha got planned for indulgences this weekend?! A yummy Easter dinner?

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MARLIE13 4/22/2011 9:54PM

    Yay on turning down cookies and awww...Henry....I love that you didn't tell him.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 4/22/2011 3:34PM

    I'm happy to see I'm not the only one fitting in time with the hubby and giving up exercise occasionally to do that. Good for you! I still read your blogs from way back to get more motivation - so thanks for always "blogging"! ~ Carolyn (from your old team - Totally Tuscaloosa :-(

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NOELLIEMAE 4/22/2011 2:30PM

    awesome :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/22/2011 2:12PM

    Glad to see you're in this great happy place!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 4/22/2011 1:17PM

    emoticonGreat Job. Happy Easter!

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HOPERY 4/22/2011 1:06PM

    I cracked up at how you ate the ice cream! Told hubby, and he said you did it right because Ben and Jerry's is not meant to be eaten any way except right out of the container.

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Happy Easter! You are a rockin' Bunny!


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SEEHOLZ 4/22/2011 1:05PM

    Great update! Happy Easter Dana!

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SOSMEGOD 4/22/2011 12:47PM

    Good Luck!

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Still Moving Along...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Soooo tonight is a NON LATE NIGHT YAY - hooping&zumba very soon, and then straight home.

We've been having awkward living arrangements due to some work being done in the house and as of last night we're back in our room! YAY! In our bed! YAY! With (almost) all our stuff back there! YAY! hahaha. So that is nice.

I'm tracking right now again, trying to really stay on track - I need the food tracking I think.

Yesterday I stayed home from work to help with the moving our stuff around, but I still headed to the park to meet the running group for C25K and had a lovely run, including a SPRINT TO THE FINISH! I noticed those ahead of me had a much faster turnover - do you know how HARD IT IS to make all the legs of this 6'2" frame turn over fast??? hahahaha my stride got nice and open, but my legs just weren't pumping as fast as I would've liked. Still it was overall a good run AND I headed to the other end of the park as planned and did a little ST w/ my freestyle trainer straps. WOOT!

I am feeling the burn today - wasn't quite really a big full body workout, but I had somewhere to be afterward (which usually isn't the case on Mondays) so I kept it to some upper body exercises and one set of single leg reverse lunge squat thingies. Well I definitely am feeling it un the upper body areas I worked, and my butt, and from the painting I did last weekend in the house my inner thighs got SUPER sore and my hip flexors somehow are sore a touch, maybe from the sprinting yesterday, in any case- loving it.

Can't wait to hit the weights Thursday night. :)

  
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MARLIE13 4/22/2011 9:35PM

    Yoga time! emoticon

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SKYFYRE 4/21/2011 5:19PM

    Have fun ST'ing tonight! Glad to hear you are back in YOUR space! I have been tracking the food too, it really keeps me honest ;)

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 4/21/2011 1:01PM

    Sounds like a great run.

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/21/2011 12:36PM

    Awesomenesss. :-D

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MBSHAZZER 4/20/2011 12:39PM

    HAHA! I totally didn't think of how hard it must be to have fast leg turnover when you have long legs! Mine are little stubs! LOL!

Sounds like you are doing a great job keeping moving! Hooray on getting your room back!

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SWEETZMIX 4/20/2011 10:09AM

    Nothing is better than your own bed!! I know the feeling!

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NOELLIEMAE 4/20/2011 9:34AM

    HEY! Sounds like you have been crazy busy! Glad you got your room back. Nothing feels better than sleeping in your own bed!

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MSSUNBUG 4/19/2011 9:12PM

    I've been focusing on cadence while running--my training program has me working with a ChiRunning instructor, AWESOMEEEE!--and like everything else with running, it's been a gradual shift. I actually run sometimes with a pocket metronome to help me focus on that!

Good workout!

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HALFWEIGHT 4/19/2011 8:26PM

    Great job! Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration to me and so many others. You have helped me to lose 22 pounds so far, and I have no intention of turning back. :-)

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KASHMIR 4/19/2011 7:27PM

    I've sped up my turn over by shortening my stride...more of a Chi running type deal I guess...It seems to be helping as I've also sped!

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KSGROTHE 4/19/2011 6:27PM

    emoticon for NON-LATE NIGHTS, getting back to more normal living arrangements, tracking food, and a good workout last night!
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- Karen

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/19/2011 6:04PM

    yeah for soreness!

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SEEHOLZ 4/19/2011 5:51PM

    I hate sore hipflexors-I realized I hate soreness.. with some exceptions, because I go on auto-injury pilot.

Glad you get to sleep in your bed again- must feel soooo good.



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