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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Yesterday was a tiring day.

Monday I ran 8 miles - HALLELUJAH!

Today I'm still sore. My body didn't really get to recuperate very well. I went from the run to the shower to eating to trombone choir (trombone choir is a standing rehearsal and lasts about 2 hrs). Then work from 4:45-12 Tuesday - break from 8-8:45 to take my husband to work - but that is all standing, too.

Then I got home, ate, took a nap... and then it was to get the DH from work, go to a meeting, go to Orchestra, come home, fall apart. hahahaha.

I didn't track dinner. I didn't eat poorly but I know I went over because I didn't even try honestly. I had a PB sandwich, some popcorn, and a gelato cone. (Gelato = 100cal per half cup, AWESOME flavor - and yes I only had one serving.)

So I could've done better with that food, but I was too beat.

Got a decent night's sleep last night. Now to make today better! No rehearsals tonight, although I am working. Planning to get in at least 2.9 miles for leapday.

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JMARIES51 3/11/2012 2:05PM

    I got tired just reading this. Some days are like this. Congrats on the run.

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SEEHOLZ 3/5/2012 4:20PM

    Love this title!

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    Woo hoo for the 8 mile run! U are one busy lady... is DH not biking to work anymore?

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AIMLESS07 3/3/2012 5:13PM

    Way to go on the 8 miles!

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MARLIE13 3/3/2012 11:11AM

    What flavor was the gelato? You left me hanging!

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SKYFYRE 3/2/2012 1:10PM

    I second Jen's comment, I got confused emoticon Anyway busy girl, take care! And great job on the 8 miles!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 2/29/2012 11:32PM

    i needed to draw myself a picture to understand that! manic day!!!

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REEKU731 2/29/2012 9:44PM

    Holy cow you were busy!!! That's insane!! Don't mind going over the cals - you'd probably be surprised, on busy days I burn at LEAST 500 more calories than on regular days!! You probably burned more today to compensate for what you ate!! Either way - keep up the awesome work!!!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/29/2012 1:47PM

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MBSHAZZER 2/29/2012 12:30PM

    I am tired just reading this! I find it really difficult to function at all if I am tired, so kudos to you for remaining upright!

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FITGIRL15 2/29/2012 8:05AM

    Sounds exhausting! I agree, on days when I am running around like that, if I don't have pre cooked meals, I don't eat the greatest options either!!!

Tomorrow's a new (less hectic, hopefully) day! :)

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Soooo I tracked it.

I've never tracked my splurge meal before, but I knew this one was over the top and I wanted to at least try to see what kind of damage was done.

I'm not recommending this for everyone, or even always for me in the future... but I think for now it helped me to FACE IT and track it, so I can start today tracking and make sure I don't just feel guilty about mystery calories and have it cause me to shy away from tracking today.

So I did it. And dinner was like... 1800+ calories. I was over yesterday by my entire daily range. (Well the minimum side - about 1230 calories over...)

What do I take from this?

Well just cause it's my splurge meal doesn't mean I have to go INSANE.
I also might have estimated a little high on some stuff, but I didn't want to shortchange it.
1200 calories is close to 1/3lb worth of calories - so if I was really on point all week, this one wild day shouldn't affect my weight loss efforts THAT MUCH.

Considering I was over on a couple other days, by 200-300 calories, lets take that up to 2000. And my goal is losing 2lbs a week - so maybe I only lose one lb this week, but I should still lose.

We'll see. I'm not sure how long my body is going to hold on to the sodium and whatnot from that meal.

I also immediately had ideas about how I would eat better there in the future:

-The burger I got was "mama burger" size - 6oz patty to start with. They also feature a "baby burger" which is 4oz. So I can easily downsize.
-The baby burger base is low priced for their menu, so I can customize with specific toppings I enjoy and skip the cheese (big caloric add on that I don't care as much about) in the future.
-The fries I got were delicious but super greasy. They also offer side substitutions that I will take advantage of.
-We got appetizers and split them - no need to get that much before our meal really.
-Shared a milkshake - it was super good. Maybe I will do this in the future on a splurge meal. HAHAHA. But obviously not on a regular meal.

Look how smart I am??? All this knowledge and eating willy nilly all the time I haven't been applying it. Now I am making a strong effort to apply and do well and I'm super excited about it.

I am ok with all of the content choices for my meal last night, the one thing I would change is the quantity. I got full, ignored that feeling, and continued to eat EVERYTHING I ordered. I could have been satisfied with the flavor of things and ate HALF as much food as I did and physically feel a lot better today. I need to work on leaving food on the plate. That is something that hasn't really happened with me before... I always eat everything. It's easy when you carefully monitor portions at home! Eating out is different.

P.S. - Link to the WILD THING as demonstrated in fancy and gorgeous ways by an amazingly talented yoga person - www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDfnKRoK-yU

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MARLIE13 3/2/2012 9:26AM

    Way to buck up and be a trooper with the tracking. You're making some awesome progress!

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INFINITEJESS84 2/28/2012 5:13PM

    I think it's cool that you took a close look at your meal and considered how to improve it instead of just ruminating on how damaging it might have been

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TESSABEAR428 2/27/2012 1:40PM

    Holy Yoga Pose! Lol!

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REEKU731 2/27/2012 12:24PM

    Dangit - can't watch the link while I'm at work...must remember to do that later!!

I think you're doing a great job, and the one cheat meal isn't going to impact your week at all. You might be up some water weight for a few days, but that will fall off in no time!!

Keep up the great work hon!!!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/27/2012 1:59AM

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AIMLESS07 2/26/2012 3:03PM

    I do that quite often when going out to eat. If I can order the smaller portion sizes I go for it so that even if I have some fries or something unhealthy, I am not having a huge quantity. A small fry will taste just as great at a medium or large fry!

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MBSHAZZER 2/26/2012 11:17AM

    Great insights, Dana. Sometimes, you need to go overboard to reinforce what you know. There is an Indian buffet close by and once we went there after I did a 22 mile marathon training run. Will NEVER do that again! I think I'm still full from that, 8 months later! We can go for dinner and spend the same amount as the buffet but get ONE regular size meal.

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/26/2012 9:38AM

    Sounds cute..."mama" sized, "baby" sized... just imagine how non Sparkies would probably just go in and order the biggest or medium size, have it all with a ton of ketchup, and have NO clue they just ate 1800+ calories!

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NANCYBOAT 2/26/2012 8:49AM

    Definitely not *horrible* - and good for you for tracking it. IT makes you aware of what you eat, which is good....

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    That's not super horrible. I've done a lot worse. hehe. My opinion, I would not skimp on the meat, but I would definitely sub out the fries. I can't remember the last time I've had plain french fries, they just aren't worth it to me. Another idea, take the milkshake but do it the night before a race day. It's a great carb loader. I pig out about once a week now that I'm at goal. It has had no bearing on my weight. It's the other 20 meals are so during the week that matter.

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SEEHOLZ 2/26/2012 8:09AM

    I track everything I eat! At times I "cheat" a little, but I have put forth a lot of effort to keep it REAL... I look at my average weekly intake rather than a day's worth and have realized that every month or 2 weeks, my body absolutely NEEDS a lot more calories. My goal is to improve the quality of calories on those days rather than worry about the EXTRA.

Glad this tracking thing worked for you!

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FITGIRL15 2/26/2012 8:02AM

    OMG, I absolutely LOVED the link you posted!!!
emoticon That yogi is AMAZINGLY talented! She can just adjust her body on command! WOW!

I want to try the Wild Thing now! LOL
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Your splurge meal sounds good! I love meals like that! emoticon
Once in a while, quantity SHOULD be more then you need... metabolism check!

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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?


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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