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Monday, March 12, 2012

That is how I feel today.

I ran, but only 3 miles...and it was after blob inducing eating.

I am going to try something "new".

Back when I first started on sparks, I made a little card/notepad to tally my calories on throughout the day. I could always see how much I had left. I tracked online and on paper.

I haven't tracked on paper in a LONG TIME.

It embarrasses me to admit this ... but my computer is upstairs.

The food is downstairs.

Apparently this is all it takes for me to somedays get wildly offtrack.

So I'm going to start tracking on paper again. Not the same way I did before, but I NEED to do SOMETHING to keep me more accountable again because what I'm doing now is NOT working.

It's like I get on a roll and start self-sabotaging... I wonder if my goals are important enough to me? Is there some reason I'm not letting go of this weight??? I don't get it yet, but I'm working on it.

In the meantime, I need to make sure I'm doing the simple things and not get stressed about the complicated things.

I've also registered for 3 races today to help keep me in check -

Now I've got a half marathon scheduled for April, May, June, AND July! :) WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!! That should keep me running miles... I don't want to have horrible race experiences.

I've enjoyed the pilates and yoga classes at my gym, so I will keep going to those. I need the extra motivation. I've found that when in public, I push myself really hard. Even if it's just doing ST at the ST floor at the gym, working on my own, but where people can see me. It keeps me on point. I think this is why my home ST suffers... because it's so very... private. HAHAHA. I can sometimes do it... but I don't think I work nearly as hard as if I think someone can see me.

I think my DH feels I'm overextended - so do I.

Too many music ensembles with the work and keeping the household on track is not really all working. He tells me if I want to quit my job we can just get me a gym membership right away, no big deal. I'm thinking about it...

I do want to work in the fitness field, and I like greeting people at the gym, but... I'm wondering when we get our dog back (probably 2nd week of April!) if caring for and training him will kind of put things on the overload. We'll see... by then my music ensembles will be wrapping up and I might need the out of the house stimulation?

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MARLIE13 3/14/2012 9:41AM

    Here's a thought...have you ever looked into Flylady.net? For help with housework, being organized and stuff? She even has dogs.

Love the idea of tracking on paper!!

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GEE-KNEE 3/14/2012 12:35AM

    I think we all have those days when we feel like a blob.... and I think making proactive plans to put things on the right path is great. .... "only three miles".... whatever :)

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SKYFYRE 3/13/2012 6:49PM

    Wow, you sure have set up a race and running schedule! Go Dana! That is bound to keep you on track! Well, time crunches are overwhelming, but sometimes they are just temporary, you'll know what is right for you and Henry and Roscoe.
I like the 3x5 card method of tracking myself.

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MBSHAZZER 3/13/2012 11:17AM

    OK, first of all, while it looks ridiculously COLD in your new location, it's BEAUTIFUL! I'd be enjoying the view with a mug of hot cider, so kudos to you for getting out there and RUNNING!

Next, it's totally not silly that the food is downstairs and the computer is upstairs. I love that you identified the issue and have a solution. Nothing wrong with paper tracking. Sometimes technology makes life easier, and sometimes, good old fashioned stuff just works better.

As far as time mangement goes.... only you can decide how much stuff is too much to do and there is no shame in cutting back where you need to.

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REEKU731 3/13/2012 9:56AM

    I think its all about finding what works for you - I used to track in a journal (that was always in my purse) and it helped keep me accountable. I've actually thought about starting it back up again to see if it will help with my accountability.

You have a lot going on - but as long as you keep your head on your shoulders and don't freak out over it, I know you can accomodate everything you want to fit in your schedule.

And you're not alone - with daylight savings, lack of sleep, allergies & crappy eating, I felt like a blob for the past 2 days too!! UGH!!! Hopefully you're feeling better today!!!


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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 3/13/2012 9:52AM

    You're a busy busy woman! I am amazed at all you do. Looks like you're putting things in perspective and leaning towards the right plan for you! Way to go!

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AIMLESS07 3/13/2012 12:41AM

    You kind of sound like me with the overwhelming thing. Oh, and I definitely feel blobish. I ate a whole lot of unhealthy and delicious food this weekend.

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/12/2012 7:28PM

    Um, for what it's worth, you look fantastic now, like you don't really have any weight to lose at all. But if you think something will work for you, by all means try it...and report back to inspire the rest of us if it works. :)

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WALKINGRED 3/12/2012 6:52PM

    I like your plan to track on paper, but feel I must point out that blobs don't run an inch, let alone 3 miles.

You're doing great things, please don't let a blobby kind of day distract you from that!!!
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Just did a great 10.76 miler! WOOHOO!

I was having so much fun I took a picture of myself running along this causeway - you can't see it but to the right there is also a ton of water. Gorgeous place to run. I think I moved to a runner's paradise...

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CLOVERR1 3/12/2012 9:55AM

    Missing you here, but I'm so glad to hear that the move has been good for you!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/12/2012 1:04AM

    You go girl! Love the pic, thanks!
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MARLIE13 3/11/2012 1:49PM

    Love it! Your pics on FB were gorgeous!

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SKYFYRE 3/11/2012 1:56AM

    It is gorgeous out! We're your lungs cold? Nice picture, thanks for the inspiration!

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/10/2012 4:36PM

    I don't think I've ever gone that far! Great job! You have snow!

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TRICIAM9 3/10/2012 1:48PM

  Good for you! I am glad you have such a nice area to run!

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SEEHOLZ 3/10/2012 1:29PM

    Great job Dana! Did you see other runners out there?

I am sure that's one busy place once it's nice out!

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Hooping Video 2!

Friday, March 09, 2012

One of these days I'm gonna get better at some of this stuff. HAHAA. But seriously, I think I'm getting better at shoulder hooping - as in I can do it for a little bit now instead of immediately losing it. YAY!

Music is: Just Jack - No Time

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RBUCKLEY2 3/13/2012 3:34PM

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LIVEYOURDREAMS 3/11/2012 11:46PM

    Wow!!! How did you learn to do that???

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CURVES_N_CURLS 3/11/2012 11:24PM

    My son (3 years old) loves this!!! :) He turned up the volume. ;-)

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/11/2012 11:17PM

    you amaze me. you are so good you almost look bored haha.

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JMARIES51 3/11/2012 2:03PM

    Love your hooping. It reminds me of when I was about 8 years old. Of course, I was never doing the hula hoop like that! You are a pro.

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MARLIE13 3/11/2012 1:48PM

    OMG this is amazing! How DO you DO that?!?!

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QUEENMOXIE 3/10/2012 1:44PM

    That was wonderful...you made it look so easy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/10/2012 12:56PM

    You are amazing!! The hoop seems to keep moving by magic!! I could NEVER hoola hoop, not even as a little kid. Plus you're looking tiny these days. I still love your little space beneath the stairs. :)

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SKYFYRE 3/10/2012 12:51AM

    I can't see your video. Is it on you tube?

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LLINDY65 3/9/2012 8:58PM

    My daughter is the only one I know who has the moves like that with a hula hoop lol she is 13... Awesome job... Someday I would like to give it a try it has been years.

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TESSABEAR428 3/9/2012 5:41PM

    Great job!! I can't wait to start shoulder hooping. I have trouble getting it up to my chest. I have that nice hour glass figure so it tends to want to stay right at my waist. Lol! Keep up the great work!!

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39JEANNIE 3/9/2012 4:45PM

    This is emoticon. My 11 year old challenges me to hula hooping. You are always moving when you do this. Great way to keep those calories off. Keep up the good work emoticon

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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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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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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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