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Friday, March 16, 2012

So I changed my background for the first time since I made my first ever vision collage. CRAZY!

I really love the quote on the image:

"Yoga is really trying to librate us from . . . shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing . . . " - Rodney Yee


I'm gonna love this body. No more trash talking my reflection or nitpicking about a bulge here or there. I will only give myself love.

Love is a good nutritious meal and not overstuffing.
Love is being flexible and understanding.
Love is a good stretch after a workout.
Love is discipline to get those runs in and condition these muscles for future success!
Love is a fun hula hoop session.

Anyway. Lots of ways to love myself and my body and none of them include self-loathing. The way to be at peace is to give myself the love I need, loving actions, but also loving thoughts. Not just doing things that are good for me, but thinking positively.

I might have an opportunity to work on a health and fitness website... waiting on more information. :) It'd be interning at first possibility of expanding into a paid position.

P.S. - as for today, I'm tracking, I will go over in cals from my SP Range, but not much over BMR. Today was a rest day, tomorrow is a LR so I'm not going to skimp today on the calories so I can be sure to have good fuel for tomorrow.

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FITGIRL15 3/28/2012 2:23PM

    Words to live by! emoticon

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 3/27/2012 7:28AM

    Love love love this. Self love, something I am trying to do myself

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TRACYZABELLE 3/22/2012 1:31AM

    Wow what a great opportunity!! Hope it all works out!

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SEEHOLZ 3/19/2012 7:37AM

    You know, I have found an incredible amount of peace by allowing myself to be okay with the body I have today- it was really hard for me in the beginning. I felt like I couldn't help but feel horrible about how fat I was---- and then, little by little, I felt less and less horrible. And you know what? For once it was not because I lost a bunch of weight, but because I started to treat my body with respect!
I love your background and I love how you embrace total health and not just vanity body image!
And, you are so right- the more you love your body, the better fuel you'll provide to it... on a day to day basis!

I can't wait to hear more about the website- sounds exciting!

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MARLIE13 3/17/2012 12:14PM

    Love the fresh new start and background. I pinned something that made me think of this too...a quote...umm...lemme go find it.

"You are far to smart to be the only thing standing in your way." Jennifer Freeman

Oh and this one....that I don't know who wrote it...

"If you had a friend that spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend?"

That last one really hits home with me.

you rock!

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/17/2012 11:49AM

    you are messing with my head and i have only had a couple sips of coffee.

i really needed this right now. i woke up in self loathing mode and skipped a bonus run i had planned. can you somehow send me these wonderful messages telepathically when i am asleep?

hope you are enjoying your long run.

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MBSHAZZER 3/17/2012 11:06AM

    Dana, I love your new page and your new profile picture!!! It's awesome!

Also, I can totally relate to this post. Today, I was coming back from my run and feeling really gross because I haven't touched a weight in 2 weeks and 12 miles was HARD. This woman with a rock hard body ran by and I felt just awful about myself. But then I thought, you know, I just ran 12 miles - how many people can do that? And I don't just mean have the ability to do that, but a) live in a country where it is safe to go outside and run and b) have a working body that CAN run 12 miles! The rest - it's all static!

Have a GREAT weekend!

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SKYFYRE 3/16/2012 8:05PM

    Wow, I almost didn't recognize you, lol! It will take some getting use to! Way to love yourself, girlis! TRACK! K, enjoy the long run tomorrow, and keep us posted on the web thingie, sounds interesting.

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AIMLESS07 3/16/2012 7:26PM

    Tomorrow is my last long run before my half marathon. Can't wait til race day!

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BRE7482 3/16/2012 6:06PM

    I remember when we made those collages...fun times. I like your motto about loving your body no matter what. Have a great day!

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Blob no more!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Yesterday I tracked everything. I did it electronically, no use of paper yet, but I did it! I tracked right after eating things so I would know where I stand.

I also went to yoga yesterday, took a nap, and did orchestra. Many productive and good things.

Today I did a 5+ mile run, went to pilates, and have eaten really well so far. It's off to work in a few minutes and tonight I get to stay home w/ my DH.

Weighed myself and while I'm not down to where I was before, I am not as high as I was the other day. Just 1lb up from my last lowest weighin on the way down so I'm not doing too shabby after all. Just need to keep that positive upward spiral going!

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TRACYZABELLE 3/16/2012 6:03AM

    My daughter just started to go to yogalates and loves it

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/15/2012 9:42PM

    All good things. Keep it up!

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SKYFYRE 3/15/2012 3:40AM

    You ARE the positive upward spiral, Dana!!
Great job, keep up the strong work!

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SEEHOLZ 3/14/2012 10:33PM

    I didn't read your blob blog and from the sound of this one, why waste my time?

This blog sounded like a peptalk to keep going.. on that note:
Go Dana, Go!

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REEKU731 3/14/2012 1:46PM

    YAY!!! You're doing a great job!! I'm proud of you! Keep up all the fabulous work and you'll see those results in no time!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/14/2012 1:22PM

    I use Lose It on my iPhone, if I'm near food and not near a computer. :-)

WTG on the progress!

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MBSHAZZER 3/14/2012 1:07PM

    I so need a nap!!!

Glad to hear you are back on track! Enjoy the evening with your hubby. How is he enjoying his new job?

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BJORKFAN 3/14/2012 1:01PM

    It's interesting to read this as someone who's just starting out and who looks up to your success. We all feel bummed sometimes, we all feel like we haven't done enough, even when we've done A WHOLE LOT. I guess that's part of what keeps you motivated, right? That "I can do BETTER" attitude? I love it.

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MISOTU 3/14/2012 12:55PM

    Good for you emoticon

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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!
Have a wonderful week emoticon.
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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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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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