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Over Again - But I'm still tracking and I'm not stopping!!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

This is a first for me, I think - continuing tracking when I go over range???

Yesterday was over by about 300calories. We went out to dinner - I got a veggie burger and side salad, but still I ate a little too much earlier in the day to handle that even. But it was fun - I made the best choice with the options available and went out in a social situation and didn't let it derail me completely. So I feel good about that!

I ran to the gym, did yoga, ran home - hooped 30 min yesterday.


The gym is only a mile away. Yoga was "gentle yoga" but boy howdy for me - ms "I haven't done yoga in months" - it was ... HARD. hahaha. Not really hard to get into position, but hard to hold various ones and I skipped out on trying something called the "Wild Thing" which I was surprised came out in a gentle yoga class. I think only one other lady didn't do it. And this is a class that is mostly older ladies - GO AWESOME OLDER LADIES!! ROCKIN THE WILD THING!

Anyway - today my shoulders, back, and arms are all sore from the awesome yogaing. And maybe a little from hooping - I mostly worked on shoulder hooping and had a REALLY GREAT TIME and a bit of a breakthrough. So excited about that! I also worked a bit on isolations - tricky. But I think I'm starting to get the hang of this one that I'm wanting to learn.

So all in all a great day yesterday, too. I'm just going to make myself keep tracking so I don't go completely overboard, and I believe that my calories will handle themselves if I do this.

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MARLIE13 2/25/2012 7:28PM

    emoticon Wild thing?


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SEEHOLZ 2/25/2012 2:29PM

    Proud of you for tracking Dana! And... those old ladies from Yoga remind me of ones in my beloves water aerobics class- I used to be there all the time.. until the instructor moved to Rochester NY. It was me.. and a bunch of older ladies and some young people trying to get in shape, but it rocked- they totally motivated me and kept calling me the Energizer bunny, haha.

Anyways, I love yoga and can't wait till tomorrow- I had to study last week and skip it, but tomorrow it's ON!

Btw, sometimes a veggie burger is worth going over!

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LIVEYOURDREAMS 2/25/2012 10:04AM

    I went slightly over what the tracker said was the high end of my calorie range, and did lose weight this week.I think the reason is that I did more exercise than was required. It sounds like you have been very active, too, and that you are doing great as well! Don't be discouraged. And do spill the beans on what that yummy dinner the other night was! ;-)

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HOPERY 2/24/2012 4:42PM

    Yoga-the Wild Thing!?!?!!! Way to crack a bunny up!

I think tracking even if over is the best idea you have ever given me. I shall track no matter what I shove into my pie hole. MMMM....PIE!

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KNH771 2/24/2012 11:34AM

    It's been months since I did a yoga workout... you've inspired me to pull out the mat this weekend...

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/24/2012 11:15AM

    Good for you for tracking even though you're over! I went through a long phase, several months, of tracking even though I was consistently going over on my calories. I gained weight, but I learned a lot about my eating (especially confirmation of how much I can eat while still losing weight), and I probably gained slower than I would have if I hadn't been tracking..

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FITGIRL15 2/24/2012 10:25AM


HAHA! I would love to see this pose in action!

Care to post a demo?

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MBSHAZZER 2/24/2012 10:19AM

    Dana, I do think it's key to keep tracking when you go over... that way, you can go back and review and see what happened so you can fix it in the future.

I loathe yoga. So kudos for doing it!

Also, I meant to ask.... what was that fantabulous dinner you made the other night?! Inquiring cooks want to know!

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YDAVIS23 2/24/2012 9:52AM

    I often wish that SP had a "ok, I was over today... let's get on with life" button, but I actually appreciate that they don't. I love looking at the end of the week report and realizing that even if I went over, I still have a differential on the long term basis.

Hope yoga soreness didn't scare you away! It's so good (for me at least) to work on the mind/body connection that comes with it.

Have a great weekend!

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Run and minor ST and tracking? DONE!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Yesterday I managed a 3.75 mile run, and did some ST at work - pushups on the counter and plie/sumo squats. (Sooo slow at times there. I was going nutso...)

And I tracked.

And I went over.

It was my fault for making a too calorific dinner. BUT - I didn't go over by a crazy huge amount - about 250? something like that. And it really was truly delicious and amazing. I could've cut my serving size down a bit and gone without the toast side and been within calories, though. These are the kinds of modifications I'm going to have to be ok with making in order to reach my goal. But I'm still happy with yesterday, as a whole.

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    Ditto to what Marathon_Mom said. emoticon

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JOPAPGH 2/23/2012 3:33PM

    Agree with Sharon: success!

I have cut my bread intake way back. Still hitting my carb range but consuming lots of freggies.

I also don't deprive myself on what I eat, like M&Ms or ice cream on occasion. I just keep the portions smaller.

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MBSHAZZER 2/23/2012 2:19PM

    Sounds like it was a success!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/23/2012 10:37AM

    I agree...it's not that we can't eat certain foods in general, we just have to have smaller portions and avoid the bread on the side (where the calories add up sooo fast).

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REEKU731 2/23/2012 9:36AM

    YAY for yesterday! I'd say that's a success as well!! You're doing a great job honey!!!


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MARATHON_MOM 2/23/2012 7:57AM

    Way to go! I wouldn't sweat the 250 calories at all.... you had a good meal, you enjoyed it, and you had a good workout. You'll have high days and low days with your calories... I think it evens out.

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Tracking Update!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Yesterday I was within range - SCORE!

Today - has been a not so great day. But I'm tracking everything!!!! I just know that by tonight I will be over since I only have 219 calories left and it's only 3:44PM! :P

For the record - the problem with today is I decided to finish off a bag of spicy blue corn tortilla chips for part of my breakfast. OI! 450cal of not much nutritional substance. And then my mouth was on fire. I blame sleepiness. Nap came after that.

But I'm hoping to come close and I will track everything to give myself the best chance of doing so!

I had a very delightful thing as part of my "lunch" today -

Small sliced apple + cinnamon = nuke 2 min
3oz full fat Fage Greek Yogurt
9g of Love Grown Foods Granola


About 200cal of heaven. So keep that in mind for an idea. Sub lower fat yogurt or fat free whipped topping or something to lower the calories. I'd keep the granola for the crunch and since it's only 36 calories. But for myself, I'm getting into doing full fat dairy for he most part.

Gonna start getting raw milk soon from a local farm - suuuper excited about that.

Check out the slideshow and the video of their super sweet cows:


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REEKU731 2/22/2012 8:12AM

    That apple recipe sounds super yummy!!! I think you're doing a great job! Keep up the great work!!!

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JOPAPGH 2/21/2012 6:42PM

    Good job on the tracking and sticking with it, even after the tortilla chips.

I go with the lower fat Greek yogurt and get my fats from nuts, flax, olive oil etc. I had sliced peaches and vsnilla almond granola in today's greek yogurt. Also a big fan of frozen berries and all fruit spread or pumpkin butter in the yogurt.

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/21/2012 5:12PM

    My brother has been working on a farm and he's all about the raw milk, the fresh beef, etc. That apple recipe sounds really good!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/21/2012 4:38PM

    I had raw milk a few times from my former neighbor. It was stronger in taste that the stuff that we get at the grocery store. You have to trust the cleanliness of the dairy to do that. Enjoy your food. Real food is awesome!

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MBSHAZZER 2/21/2012 3:56PM

    Awww, those cows are so cute! You'll have to let me know how the raw milk tastes. I refuse to drink milk b/c I think it's WAY gross, but I bet raw milk is delish!

Also, Greek yogurt... around the holidays, I had made homemade cranberry sauce - bag of cranberries, about a half cup or less of sugar, juice of an orange and orange zest and a grate of fresh ginger. I had some of that on Greek yogurt with some cocoa roast almonds and OMG!!! HEAVEN!!!!

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Week 2 Results - MAINTENANCE!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Yeah, guess what not tracking and several days of willy nilly gets you?

NO pounds off the scale.

This week I will be on track, and it will start with tracking.

Still super glad not to have gained, especially considering yesterday I went all crazytown at the church potluck, so I have had no recovery time from that incident! Hoping for a good loss week this week, but hoping won't get it done. Time to get cracking on some ACTION.

I DID get out for a run yesterday. Last week's mileage total was about 12 miles - suuuper wimpy. But I haven't got a longer run in the mix yet and that was on 3 days of running. This week I am adding a day and lengthening the longest run. I'd tell beginner runners not to do both at once but I'm a returner, not a beginner. So my old fitness should be bouncing right back as I pick things up. That's the idea, anyway.

Today: Meal plan and grocery shop. Do ST. Track everything. Hoop for at least 10 min. Plan running up to half in April.

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MBSHAZZER 2/21/2012 12:07PM

    Stay the course, Dana! You can do it!

Also, I totally thought of you this AM! There was someone hooping on the beach in the dark. How did I know she was hooping if it was dark? Because her hoop was all lit up with multicolored lights! SUPER NEAT-O!

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REEKU731 2/21/2012 10:05AM

    I think you should be PROUD of yourself! If you maintained even AFTER eating a ton the day before, that's probably a good sign that you DID lose this week, its just being masked by some pesky water weight! I think you'll do great this week and see some killer results!!! Keep up the amazing work honey!!

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SEEHOLZ 2/20/2012 5:25PM

    I track- even on days when I do make rather crappy choices, mainly so I can't say.. oh. I ate okay. The tracking tells me the truth-LOL! But, I don't weight all the time - that drives me nutty. Each their own!

Are you actually signing up for a race in April?

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/20/2012 10:02AM

    Tracking makes a huge difference!

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MOSTMOM1 2/20/2012 9:02AM

    Go get 'em!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Love of my life!!!! By the way I'm uploading this before watching it so I don't talk myself out of it....

Music is Rock Your Body - BEP

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RWQUILTER1 2/29/2012 7:47AM

  Inspiring! Thanks for the video....I am going to get out my weighted hoop and put some fun music on and get...HOOPING! Do you have any info about how much you burn by hooping?

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REEKU731 2/21/2012 10:03AM

    OMG HOW DID I MISS THIS?!?!?!? This is amazing!!! I've never been coordinated enough to hula hoop like that!!! Now I'm antsy to try!!! There's some hoops at the Curves I teach at, perhaps I'll try the next time I'm in - though I KNOW I won't look as fabulous as you do!!!

Next - you look incredible!!! You look like a strong fabulous woman!!! You don't look like you weigh what you do (in reference to the comment you left on my blog) and I think you look amazing!!!

Keep up the fabulous work honey! This is SO fun and you've definitely inspired me to try the hoop again!!!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 2/20/2012 1:32PM

    Love it! I HAVE to find a hoop now! You make it look SO FUN!

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BRE7482 2/18/2012 11:01PM

    Go Dana! Why can't you still live in Tuscaloosa and teach this at the Rec???? lol! Seriously, this looks amazing and ridiculously fun. I've been curious about it since you first mentioned it ages ago. Thanks for the video!

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HOPERY 2/18/2012 10:50AM

    My 5 year old said "cool"

My 8 year old said "Isn't she tired? I'm tired just watching!"

So, you have more energy than an 8 year old!


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HEAT7918 2/17/2012 9:49PM

    That's awesome! You are so good at that - now I want to hula hoop!!
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JAMER123 2/17/2012 6:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon hooping!! Thanks for the video!!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 2/17/2012 12:16PM

    emoticon I am seriously considering the Hola Hoop . Been 50 years. Will try a class this summer.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 2/17/2012 12:14PM

    You are so talented with the hoop! To be able to dance and spin and move like that and keep the hoop going! WOOHOOOO!!!! And I wish I was able to hoop inside, but mine is too big and my space is too small.. so far it's outside only. Alas!

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CBAILEYC 2/17/2012 11:07AM

    That is fabulous! YOU are fabulous!

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DONNA088 2/17/2012 8:26AM

  Wow! Awesome!

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SCHECK5 2/17/2012 6:32AM

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TRISTAROSE 2/17/2012 4:15AM

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I am so jealous as I can not hoop!

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MEDDYPEDDY 2/17/2012 1:48AM

    Wow emoticon really inspiring and I can only hope to get where you are some day... there is a lightness and rythm to your hooping that I really envy!

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CURVES_N_CURLS 2/16/2012 9:53PM

    You are so frackin' cute. LOVE IT! :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 2/16/2012 8:26PM

    wow you are just so fancy! very impressed.

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ABSOLUTZER0 2/16/2012 5:29PM

    Well you go ahead then! Woohoo!

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I wanted to learn to turn the opposite way the hoop was moving and seeing how you did it makes me know it can be done. I am so going to go play with my hoop NOW!

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KNH771 2/16/2012 2:36PM

    I bought a hoop and it was a disaster! I'm totally jealous! You look great!

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JOYINKY 2/16/2012 2:20PM

    Fantastic! I just loved it! You are way ahead of me, I hope to be able to move as gracefully some day and do lifts! I can at least hoop in both directions but have a long way to go! I really like your choice of music too. Not hard to tell you are really enjoying yourself! Thanks for sharing!
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YAMAHA49 2/16/2012 1:34PM

    LOVE IT!!!! So great to see you at one with the music and so comfortable with your body. Hand movements are so graceful. Thanks for posting!!!!

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JOHERBALIFE 2/16/2012 1:00PM

Nice hooping ! Great job !

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 2/16/2012 12:39PM

    Wow, I can Hoop but you are awesome!

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_JODI404 2/16/2012 12:25PM

    WoW!!! You are really GREAT!!!!

You are so natural... you have great rhythm, and I love that you are graceful with your arms. As a beginner I have to figure out what to "do" with my arms to look more natural!

Super Awesome!! I love your smiles and increasing happiness level! Hooping is the BEST!!!

Wooo Hooo!!! Way to go, and thanks for sharing!

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OPTIMIST1948 2/16/2012 12:19PM

    I cant hoop and I can see you are in the zen moment of totally focused on the movement and the music. Lovely.

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MOSTMOM1 2/16/2012 12:15PM

    You're right, I CAN see you get happier as you go. Hooping is the BEST!!! You're great at moving in your hoop. Woohoo--chest hooping! Wow, graceful lifts. SO MUCH FUN!!
Dangit, this makes me wanna hoop right now, but I gotta work. later...

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WAVEDANCER7 2/16/2012 12:07PM

    I'm jealous! I can't hula hoop AT ALL.... :( Teach me please!

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MISSKAKEE 2/16/2012 11:57AM

    I'm very impressed!!! I have a hard enough time just doing the hoop one way let alone both directions and dancing too. You wore me out just watching this. emoticon

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