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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I saw a SparkFriend do this and I thought it looked like a good idea for me, too...


Tcal - 1527
Carbs 215, Protein 65, Fat 52
Sugar - Hot Chocolate mix
Water ?!?!?oz (I need to start tracking this...)

Nothing. Lots of errands and tasks today, and raining all day so I didn't go running.

Pretty ok - feeling a bit hungry right now, but I'm going to go have a popsicle that I already tracked (fruit juice, no sugar added), and drink some water and call it a day for food. I can do this!

????# - didn't weigh today, didn't see this format until later.

Track water, get a weighin since I had a solid day it should be fairly accurate as far as not retaining water, RUN! Do the randomabs workout - go to the gym to lift weights. Look at my NROL4W book for ideas on how to organize myself for that.

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FARRAH511 5/16/2012 4:48PM


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KENSINGTONC 5/16/2012 3:47PM

    Ahhhhh this totally made my day!!! Thanks for the shout-out. Good first day.

I have finally - finally - realized that for me, tracking and daily accountability is key. If not, I slip into old habits fast. I wish so much I could maintain my eating choices without too much struggle but nope.

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MBSHAZZER 5/16/2012 11:18AM

    Awesome first day!

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LISEIGHT 5/16/2012 5:27AM

    good on you, have a good one today too! Looking forward to checking on you later

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Need Help!

Monday, May 14, 2012

I need some serious accountability - in spite of all my blog posts here getting remotivated, I keep sliding into eating too much. I don't know what the deal is.

Can someone be an accountability buddy with me? To check in and help me keep on track?

I need to gain some traction and momentum and it seems like I do ok for about a week or maybe 5 days and then I just fall right off the wagon again. I'm getting sick of being stagnant. I still feel healthy, but I feel like my healthy habits aren't consistent like they used to be and that if I'm not careful, I will start that downward spiral back to being overweight again and I've been too successful at this and maintained a healthy weight for too long to let it go now.

Who's with me? I need a DAILY accountability partner!!! Maybe a facebook friend partner even???

Send me a sparkmail, leave a comment, let me know.

I'm happy my running is getting on track but I have to get the whole picture into focus.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/15/2012 7:20AM

    Do you need me to drive across state lines and KICK YOUR BUTT???

When I'm in that sort of predicament I start a challenge and recruit a WHOLE BUNCH of folks to join in.

(It's one reason I keep running those challenges over at At Goal and Maintaining.)

We have one going until 4th of July, and it's already started so that won't do you much good, but feel free to start one over there also!

Because what could be better than an accountability partner? A whole bunch of them. That's what.

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KENSINGTONC 5/14/2012 9:07PM

    hi there, just checking in to see how my SP friends are doing. I totally hear you about not feeling very motivated! One of the reasons I come back to SP time and time again is because of the accountability I feel here. Did you find a partner??

PS How is VT?? Do you love it? I miss Dartmouth and the beauty of the upper valley. Wisconsin just doesn't compare!!
xo Liz

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KB8FANINVA 5/14/2012 7:08PM

    I share your struggle. I am not online regularly either. I just began this journey again a week ago. I will add you and hopefully I can help some. Please do the same. I track my food and my weight. I know when I am not doing what I should, but I do not hold myself accountable. Your criticism and support is much welcome.

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MBSHAZZER 5/14/2012 6:21PM

    Wish I could help you out, Dana, but I am not reliably online enough.... good luck, recognizing you have a problem is the most important step in CRUSHING it! :D

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/14/2012 5:46PM

    i would offer but since i can't motivate myself to eat less lately not thinking i would be so helpful. patty offered! take her up, she will get scary mad at you if you don't follow through. lol emoticon

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ZORBS13 5/14/2012 5:14PM

    how about me? if you want I can send you my cell #.

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MSILVER94 5/14/2012 5:05PM

    Hey darling! I need a buddy too!!!!! I feel just like you!!! I still have your number, I can text you and we can text each other daily if you want!!! I have motivation, a trip to the beach the end of June, but I can't seem to fully get it together!!!!

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FARRAH511 5/14/2012 4:39PM

    I'm here for you.

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Big Lake Half Marathon RR - PICTURES GALORE!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Up at 3am for the drive over to New Hampshire - 3hr drive, just short enough to be manageable without an overnight stay, but long enough to make us still consider it... and reject it! :)

This was my first race after my move to Vermont, and the move came with some inconsistencies in my training- then as I was getting back to normal, I got sick and too a week+ off completely, last week was my first week that felt really normal at 29mpw :P, hoping to keep building from there moving forward, but I felt in no way prepared to attempt a PR at this race.

My current half PR is a 2:27:16 at the Soldier Half Marathon last Nov - a 12+ min PR at the time! I felt really well trained going into that race, had an ideal course, and ideal conditions.

Knowing my training at this point, and that the course was supposed to be hilly, and the weather was pretty good, maybe just a little warmer than perfect at the finish - I tried to decide on a goal that would help me push myself, but not be unreasonable. I decided to aim for my goal MP which is about a 12mm - so faster than my LR and Easy Pace, but nowhere near what I'd need for a PR (sub 11:15)

Now the RACE!



Gorgeous weather - I ran by a sign shortly after we started that said it was 48 degrees. NICE! If you look across the water by that tree you can see a runner warming up.

We're off!

Feeling good, trying to let everyone in the world pass me since I want a 12mm pace and I know it'll be easy to go too fast...

Mile 1: 11:28
Mile 2: 11:33

Whoops! Too fast!

Sign that made me laugh at an early aid station... :)

Soooo beautiful!

I manage to get closer to my goal pace:

Mile 3: 11:50
Mile 4: 11:56

I had decided to GU based on miles, knowing this race had EIGHT aid stations, I was just going to aim for somewhere close to 4, 7, and 10 - there was an aid station at like 3.55, 6.85, 9.88 or something like that - close enough. I took water at most of the other aid stations, only skipping one early one.

Worth mentioning now, the aid stations are having a contest for most awesome, so several had themes - here's a flamingo hat at the "Aloha" station...

Mile 5: 12:00 BANG ON!
Mile 6: 12:02

Passing halfway, feeling great - we are now turning onto a loop of a smaller road, and hit the next aid station where I see this lady:

SUPERHERO AID STATION!!! All the kids were dressed up, a couple green lanterns - I took water from a Superman kid complete with fake muscle chest.

Now... on this loop, now I realize why they call the course hilly... short steep rollers start just POPPIN OFF!

(On the steepest, I was NOT taking pictures - pure concentration! But you can see the rolling nature at least...)

But apparently this inspired some pep in my step, or it was my latest GU - who knows. I wasn't watching pace just rollin w/ the hills

Mile 7: 11:26
Mile 8: 11:33

I think at this point I see how fast I took the last two, and we hit some more steady uphill sections and this is where I really start longing for the next mile markers....

Still beautiful! This little creek/waterfallish thing was at the top of a longer hill. :)

Mile 9: 12:11
Mile 10: 12:13
Mile 11: 11:43

At the mile 11 point, we turn back onto the road we headed out on, and I remembered seeing mile 12 marker on my way out - LET'S GO!

I forgot my bodyglide and I have blisters on both pinky toes by now, my left piriformis is talking to me, and I'm ready to be done.

Mile 12: 12:16
Mile 13: 12:00 - BANG ON!

Time for one last picture!

Final .22 - 11:12


Garmin Time: 2:36:40
UPDATE: Official time - 2:36:35

Average pace per Garmin Measure - 11:51, Pace for 13.1 mile course measurement - 11:58

Official time is a HAIR better since I waited to cross fully before shutting down Mr. G, but pretty spot on to my goal - soooo happy. And my 2nd best half marathon time!! On a tough course! Undertrained! (Good weather though, so I had that on my side - it was 60 at the finish!)

And my DH brought our sweet Roscoe out to the finish for me! :) That was AWESOME!!!!

I could have only been happier with a PR race, and feeling I wasn't ready at this time for that - I am glad I picked a reasonable goal for myself.

Medal Details:

I just LOVE the ribbon on this medal!

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BRE7482 5/16/2012 3:50AM

    Congratulations! Great pictures! I love the medal!

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KNH771 5/14/2012 4:34PM

    Congrats on the race! Love the superhero aid station. Too cute!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/14/2012 3:54PM

    congrats girl on another great race.

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ROCKCHALKSPARK 5/14/2012 11:26AM

    Um..WOW. You rock!!! emoticon emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/14/2012 11:21AM

    Woohoo! Way to go, teammate! Great pics and looks like a great time. Makes me want to do that race. Hmmm... You did a great job out there. Where was your superhero outfit? I know it's at the cleaners right?

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VINOTEA 5/13/2012 10:48PM

    emoticon job on the race!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/13/2012 8:56PM

    Congratulations. You must know yourself really well to be able to pace yourself like that.

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MBSHAZZER 5/13/2012 2:15PM

    Congrats, Dana! You did great picking a goal pace and sticking with it! And everything about the race seems great - the weather, the course, the fun aid stations and the super cool medal! Not to mention your cheering section!

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LEIAMLOW 5/13/2012 11:58AM

    That is so cool! What a beautiful day too! Thank you for taking so many photos and sharing them with us. I almost feel like I was there with you. :)

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WOLFKITTY 5/13/2012 11:40AM

    That's AWESOME!!!
Very cool, Dana!!

And I feel almost like a stranger.. Somehow I missed that you moved to VT. I'll have to see why I never get any updates via FB about you.


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JERIBERI1 5/13/2012 9:03AM

That medal is really cool!!!

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WELLNESSME09 5/13/2012 7:39AM

    emoticon emoticon thanks for sharing your journey with us. emoticon

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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I want to win free pizzas!


Mine is the one w/ pesto, chicken, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, and goat cheese. :)

Edit: Try this link?? https://www.facebook.com/RunVermont The voting poll was put up by RunVermont on facebook...

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LITTLE_GIRL 5/9/2012 2:48PM

    I voted for you! That sounds YUMMY! Good luck,

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BUSYMOM911 5/8/2012 10:49PM

    Those links didn't work, but I finally got to it.

then scroll down. yours is the first out of five pizzas. So far, you have 55 likes, and the next one has 26.

Fingers crossed! emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/8/2012 9:08PM

    The link isn't working for me either.

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    the link isn't working for me

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Tracking Tracking Tracking!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I know that tracking my food is the key to my success. I have said this often - but I keep falling short!

Well - I'm trying again. Because if I keep trying, then I won't fail. Everytime I fall off the tracking bandwagon, if I spend less time in the non-tracking mode, I will be doing better and better until hopefully, finally, I'll be back in that habit that I used to have of tracking absolutely EVERYTHING!!!

I tracked the past two days: first, within range, second - JUST over by like 20 calories. I call that close enough.

Feeling reallly good. :) Haven't done the yoga challenge everyday, but I have used the videos provided by the challenge to get in yoga more frequently. I also haven't been hooping everyday, but I have sometimes. Day before yesterday I did a Coach Nicole upper body workout, which was great. And I ran Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

I'm taking today off from running, but I will still walk the pooch, do some yoga, hoop, strengthening - so lots of good stuff. OH - and tracking alllll the food! :) *nods*


This week is tough because I've had music rehearsal every night thus far. I will have tomorrow night off, and then Saturday I'm going with the Youth from church on a Temple Trip to Montreal. SO EXCITED! BUT - it's 9am-4pm. Yikes.

They told the youngins to pack a lunch so that is what I will do as well - should be super good for food to be that busy, but although I've been less busy during the day (as far as out of the house commitments) I've been gone when my DH has been home a LOT! :P So it's like we trade. *sigh* but tomorrow night will be a great night at home together! And then next week I just have Orchestra on Tuesday night and then I'm done with the jam packed evening schedule. :)

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LIVEYOURDREAMS 4/25/2012 12:18PM

    Great job staying in the zone with tracking! That has been my challenge lately, too. It does make a HUGE difference! Enjoy your trip, and I hope you finally have some time with your honey soon!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/24/2012 5:43PM

    Yeah Canada! Have fun on your trip. Bon voyage and don't forget eh can be used for any word.

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FITGIRL15 4/24/2012 10:29AM

    Tracking is a good thing, but definitely gets to be too much at times in your life. We all have a balance that needs to be found, so don't be so hard on yourself for taking a break from it! You obviously had more important things to devote your time to!

I remember when I started tracking, I had to reduce the amount of time spent at the gym. It was a win-win situation, as I lost 10 pounds in a month by spending less time working out and more time thinking about food! To most people, that is counter intuitive!

You rock!

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SEEHOLZ 4/23/2012 7:20AM

    Is Montreal right around the corner from where you live? I was like 9am-4pm? I am not sure how much of it you got to visit/see, but I just love it there- it's got this really cool seudo European flare- even the buses remind me of ones in Germany- I don't know, but I feel very at home there- the biggest downside of course are the horribly cold winter, which do not agree with me as is- it tends to be a bunch of degrees lower there- when we went there in Jan 2011, it was like 2 degrees- talk about being cold when you try to dress up to go out on town, but the crazy thing was that there were tonds of people just roaming around the clubs etc. ( we didn't go clubbing or anything, but we did walk around quite a bunch in that district).
Anyways, I hope you had a nice trip up there - and enjoyed the temple up there.

As for tracking-I do it. And, as much as I don't really adhere to anything strict, I think it helps me with my binging issues a bit, because I have to face and deal with them heads on or just not binge. And you are 100% right to just keep trying. I tend to not always meet a certain set goal either, but as long as I keep trying, it eventually works out, because deep down, I want it! You can do this tracking thing Dana- maybe I need to stalk your Trackkers-lol!

Have a great week!

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SKYFYRE 4/21/2012 2:02AM

    Trackatrackatrack! Ooh! Montreal! Say a big hello! I have never been to Canada, I hear it is really clean there, lol, seriously though, clean! You'll have to tell me if it is true ;)

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VIXSTERLU 4/19/2012 12:14PM

    Keep tracking and one day you'll realize that you are doing it automatically :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/19/2012 12:01PM

    Yup, tracking is so important for me too. For me tracking goes along with making better choices. I've been backsliding a little this week.

Been seeing your super happy Roscoe pics on FB and I'm so happy for you! Are you going to blog about how you found him??

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LEIAMLOW 4/19/2012 11:58AM

    Tracking has been my downfall lately as well. I will do great with breakfast, lunch and snacks but then come dinner time, I lose it.
You have a crazy busy schedule girl! Have fun on your Temple Trip! I have heard the Montreal Temple is Beautiful! I grew up in Salt Lake City. :)
Anywho, Have a great rest of your week, fellow Hooper! emoticon

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RBUCKLEY2 4/19/2012 11:46AM

    I have trouble tracking also. I reset my calorie goal. Hoping that will help me want to track.

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MBSHAZZER 4/19/2012 11:44AM

    Wow you are super busy these day! But at least you have Roscoe to get you moving! I find that while my cats are generally fat and lazy, they have an oddly positive impact on my fitness. Because when that alarm goes off in the morning, they pounce on me and start in with the headbutting and kneading until I give in, get up and feed them. Of course, once i'm out of bed, I may as well go running!

Enjoy Montreal! I want to go there so badly!

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POGOMOP 4/19/2012 11:36AM

    I hate tracking! I bought an app to track with and it's so easy to use and I still don't because I feel like there's too many options and it is taking a shot in the dark. I can find a plain grilled 4 oz chicken breast for 30-500 calories. o_O it gets frustrating. keep up the good work!

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CECE0330 4/19/2012 11:27AM

    I blogged something similar today....that DARN tracking! But I'm going to try to faithfully blog as well for a SOLID 30 days. I apparently need the accountability.

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KNH771 4/19/2012 11:21AM

    I know what you mean about the music rehearsals. I've got a concert at the end of the month, and I'm ready to be done with it! Good job on the tracking!

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