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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I've been bailing on my 30 min hooping challenge - I will hoop today!

I'm not running or Making the Cut today.

I was gonna run, but I just realized tomorrow is the 12th and I missed Feb and March 12athon running challenge, but I'm feeling good running wise, so I'm gonna go LONG tomorrow.

I did start a yoga challenge.

And I just tracked my food today... :P I really NEED to track but I haven't been doing it. Self sabotage much? Not sure what my deal is.

I realized a couple days ago that if the ideal weight gain during pregnancy is like 20-30lbs, that really reinforces what I think of as my ideal goal weight (170lbs) because otherwise I may go over 200 while pregnant and I'm not sure I would mentally deal with that very well, even though I'm sure I'd still be being healthy.

My BMI changes to 25 (overweight BMI) at 195, but I'm not worried about BMI while pregnant, that's stupid. But I'd like to be more toward the middle of BMI than where I am now, so that I don't get too far outside of the realm while pregnant that it feels overwhelming to get back. Does that make sense?

From an article I found online:

"Pre-pregnancy weight Recommended weight gain
Underweight (BMI less than 18.5) 28 to 40 pounds (about 13 to 18 kilograms)
Normal weight (BMI 18.5 to 24.9) 25 to 35 pounds (about 11 to 16 kilograms)
Overweight (BMI 25 to 29.9) 15 to 25 pounds (about 7 to 11 kilograms)
Obese (BMI 30 or more) 11 to 20 pounds (about 5 to 9 kilograms)"

So it kinda depends where you're starting. Underweight people obviously need to gain weight anyway. I'm toward the upper side of the BMI right nwo but if I get to the middle before getting pregnant, and I'm able to manage my pregnancy gain to around 25-30lbs, then I'll be just getting close to 200. I think that sounds reasonable.

If I stay where I am, which lately has been close to 190, and is technically within that "normal weight" range above, and gain that much, I'll be like 215+ which the thought really freaks me out. Even if I were to go by the overweight guidelines I'd need to gain at least 15lbs, which would put me at 205.

So reminding myself of that goal, which is to get fit and prepare my body for pregnancy, I really need to get focused.

I also read something yesterday talking about how a routine helps with weightloss - and when you're off your routine your body creates cortisol (stress hormone) which can promote weight gain, or at the least stymie weightloss.

My routine has been crrrazy with this job waking up at 4:15 somedays, but music rehearsals until 9:30PM some nights, not able to really find my schedule mojo. I think that has really been hurting me.

So I turned in my notice at work - not sure if I blogged about that here yet. It was a good deal, but the lifestyle negatives outweighed the gym membership benefit. I did get asked to stay an extra week from my notice (this week) and in return I'm getting two MONTHS of free membership - so I said YES to that.

But after this week, I will no longer have to ever wake up at 4:15AM! :D WOOHOO!!!!

One of the motivating factors is also that we're getting our dog back this Saturday. :D Roscoe's heartworm treatment went well, he got the all clear, and now we're bringing him up here! I'm sooo excited, but I know he will require a lot of training and attention, especially at first.

So things are changing around here... but I think all positive changes. I am looking forward to getting a good routine set for myself once we get Roscoe here.

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CLOVERR1 4/23/2012 1:34PM

    So, does this mean you and Henry are thinking about having kids? :)

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WAVEDANCER7 4/11/2012 3:36PM

    Very interesting about the stress hormone and an off-balance routine. I can definitely relate to that (as I talk about in my new challenge blog), as inconsistency leads to a lot of unhealthy leeway. ANYWAYS, I think you goals are great. And although you can tell yourself a million times that 215 is healthy while pregnant, the mental impact it may have on you might be worrisome. You want to enjoy pregnancy and all it has to offer. And if that baby NEEDS chocolate one night, you better eat it ;) But seriously, you do'nt want to be stressed over calories or weight numbers while you are harvesting a bun in the oven. I think your head is in the perfect place. AND I CAN NOT WAIT FOR ROSCOES RETURN EITHER!

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MOSTMOM1 4/11/2012 1:03PM

    Wow, you are challenge hungry today!

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One Song, Your Dance - Hoop Challenge

Thursday, April 05, 2012

So here's my entry - I made it when I was kinda sick still and it's not perfect, but I like it enough not to make another one... although I was considering it!!! I think I could do better, but I'll just wait till the next challenge for that... haha

Also I'm really new with the iso's and whatnot so those need work, but practice practice practice, right?? :D

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KALLIOPE_CATES 4/10/2012 12:56PM

    awesome!!! i love that one legged turn, i will have to try that!! i always like seeing other people attempting to hoop in a small space!!

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SJKENT1 4/10/2012 11:19AM

    yeah for you!! I'm clapping, is there an emoticon for that?

I liked when you got into it and began to smile from the joy of hooping! emoticon

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SJKENT1 4/10/2012 11:19AM

    yeah for you!! I'm clapping, is there an emoticon for that?

I liked when you got into it and began to smile from the joy of hooping! emoticon

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GREENMAN71 4/10/2012 10:09AM

    Awesome job!!! emoticon

I can't wait to get to this level. If I was to hoop inside it would look like hoopageddon took place! ;-)

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NIXY72 4/10/2012 9:03AM

    OMG.. How??

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MOSTMOM1 4/10/2012 8:52AM

    Oh, well done! Your shoulder hooping is fantastic and you say you're just learning those isolations?? They were great! Your hoop is beautiful, did you tape that yourself? I love the green and orange together. Audrey loves your pj pants. And please tell me that's a Krusty the Clown bop bag on the floor. LOL
This was so much fun to watch!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 4/9/2012 10:49AM

    :26 those look wicked cool!
I love how you flow your arms.
2:13 both arms in and working it up. I want to learn that next!
your 3:00 I tried and it looked NOTHING like this. BUT I will practice, pratice, practice.
Watching again!!!!

I hope you're feeling better!

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BUSYMOM911 4/8/2012 2:49AM

    That was great! You make it look so effortless. I have a long way to go.

And that was when you were sick? emoticon Sure looking forward to your next one!

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/8/2012 2:35AM

    Impressive! And inspirational! And it will be so fun to see the next one too! I got to go practise!

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    you look emoticon

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QUEENMOXIE 4/6/2012 8:20AM

    Bravo! You made it look so easy....and to think, you did that while still sick! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAIMERE 4/6/2012 2:51AM

    It was AWESOME. I loved some of your moves. Think about it: we were both sick when we taped our videos and rocked it!

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TRULYVISIBLE 4/6/2012 12:34AM

  Looks really good, great job!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/5/2012 8:37PM

    You are very talented. :)

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RBUCKLEY2 4/5/2012 5:52PM


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BROOKRIVERS 4/5/2012 4:01PM

    Really enjoyed it. As I'm totally new to this; all the different variations you did are so helpful to see the possibilities. I'll need to practice x 10 to reach even an iota of where you're at -- but yes, practice, practice, practice is ever the way! emoticon

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JSTETSER 4/5/2012 2:42PM

    I like it~ Good work.

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FITGIRL15 4/5/2012 2:37PM

    Wow, you picked a great song! And you make that hooping look so easy! Your practice is paying off! emoticon

Awesome video! Makes me want to dance with you! (But I need a hoop :)

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Finally getting better???

Wednesday, April 04, 2012


Workouts thus far this week:

Monday - Modified Making the Cut Day 1 - 30min hooping
Tuesday - Modified MTC Day 2 - 2 mile run - 30min hooping
Wed - 5 mile run, will do 30min of hooping at some point!

I'm doing a 30min a day hooping challenge for April, so it will happen! I can finally breathe while running, so this is good. I'm not 100% - I'm still super slow and I cough occasionally, but I'm MUUUCH better.

When I say modified Making the Cut - I'm cutting out some of the minutes of cardio since it's very inconvenient the way I'm doing it right now at home, and I have cut reps/modified a couple other things, but mostly I'm doing the whole shebang. Definitely getting in all the ST - and I am soooooooooo sore. hahaha. Another reason my runs have been so slow this week.

But I'm feeling really happy to be getting my groove going again, especially doing ST! YAY!

Friday was going to be my last day at the gym as a front desk person, but they're gonna keep me for Tuesday and Friday next week because they still need me to open and in return I get 2 free months of Gym Membership! Woohoo!

So we won't have to start paying for me to go to the gym until June, which is great, because we will be getting Roscoe settled in and whatnot and I know there will be a lot of expenses with that.

Well I need to eat and shower before getting to work at 1PM today, so I need to get a move on.

Keep sparking everyone!

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SKYFYRE 4/5/2012 1:41AM

    Love your April challenge, Hoop On! (said like "rock on"!) and sweet deal on the gym membership! way to go on April!

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TRACYZABELLE 4/5/2012 1:29AM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!

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REEKU731 4/4/2012 11:58AM

    OMG so many good things going on here! First of all - GLAD to hear you're finally feeling better!! Being sick totally sucks!

Next - I *LOVE* Making the Cut!! When I did that program a few years ago, I loved it - was the first time I've EVER seen a *hint* of my ab muscles! haha! Its a great companion to a running program!! I modified some things too (because of lack of gym equipment) but still got great results on it! You've got me inspired - perhaps I'll do a round of MTC in the next few months

And YAY for free Gym Memberships!!! That's so awesome!!! I hope things continue to go well for you!! Keep up the amazing work!!!

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MBSHAZZER 4/4/2012 11:56AM

    Wow, you lucked out.... 2 free months for 2 extra days of work?! Nice!

Glad to hear you are feeling better!

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MSILVER94 4/4/2012 10:58AM

    I am glad to hear you are feeling better! Yay!!!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Just wanted to check in and say I've been sick. :P

I'm bummed cause I haven't run since last Thursday. I was doing really great that day, too - ran 4 miles and went to power yoga. But I started getting a sore throat that night and have been coughing and phlegm in the lungs since then. I think I'm starting to get better FINALLY... but I'm nervous to start running until I feel my lungs are in the clear since I know that could wreak havoc and I've had some bad coughing fits. :P

Anyway... just saying I'm alive!

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FITGIRL15 3/30/2012 11:45PM

    Awe... get your rest, running will always be there for you when you are well!

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AUNTC321 3/30/2012 12:56PM

    Get well soon.

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/29/2012 9:35PM

    feel better

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SEEHOLZ 3/29/2012 1:37PM


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REEKU731 3/29/2012 8:41AM

    Total dislike!! I'm sorry to hear you've been sick (various plagues have been going around here too! I'm hoping I manage to avoid them all!) I really hope you feel better soon and I'll be sending happy & healthy thoughts your way!!!


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TRACYZABELLE 3/29/2012 12:07AM

    BOOOO **dislike** I hate being sick!! feel better!!

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KNH771 3/28/2012 11:14PM

    Feel better soon!

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MARLIE13 3/28/2012 10:54PM

    Oooh noo....so sorry you are sickiepoo. Must get better all pronto like. k?

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ZORBS13 3/28/2012 9:47PM

    sounds like what I've had for the last TWO FREAKIN WEEKS.

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SKYFYRE 3/28/2012 7:10PM

    Sorry you haven't been feeling well! Hugs and healthy thoughts! I know you will pick up where you left off with your running, once this lung junk is done with! Take care!

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MBSHAZZER 3/28/2012 7:02PM

    Dana, sorry you are sick, but you are wise to rest. No sense pushing it and getting sicker.

Feel better!

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ABSOLUTZER0 3/28/2012 6:19PM

    I hope you get better soon! Hang in there!

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TRACKING! SparkPage Remodel

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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