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Monday, December 10, 2007

Today I weighed in at... 200. EVEN.

OH MAN. I am soooooooooooooooo close to ONEderland it's going to drive me insane, but I'm NOT griping. :) I'm cheering. This is incredible!!!!!

I had a GREAT loss this week of 2.5lbs. Right now I do have a year end goal of reaching 195, so 5 more lbs. That is the top healthy weight for my height of 6'2" according to the BMI. And my LONG TERM GOAL of 190, which I am hoping now to meet by 1/15/08 (my one year Sparks anniversary), is only 10lbs away!!! :D


I have this week and next week before vacation comes so it's REALLY time for me to buckle down and make the best use of my resources these next couple of weeks before we go on vacation.

The hotels both say on the website that they have an excercise room at least -- the one in my parent's town just says "Excercise Room" and the one down near my grandparents says Fitness Center and lists "Cardiovascular Equipment". So who knows what that really means. My running shoes and dumbells are coming with me in any case.

We'll be staying two nights in some othe place that I don't remember what it is... but that's two nights out of 6? 7? I can't remember. But I don't work out every day at home anyway, well not cardio anyway, and the ST I do I can do with just my body and my dumbells.

And I asked for some resistance bands and kettlebells on one of my Christmas lists, so who knows! :) hahaha maybe I'll have even more equipment to use! HAHAHA. I feel like such a NERD that I asked for that stuff, but hey. I want them. I think it will really help me achieve that next level in fitness that I'm going to be striving for over the next year.

Other health/fitness related items on the list:

Polar RS200sd HRM.. the cool one I blogged about with the foot pod?
Food scale
Body scale w/ fat and water % and multiple user input etc.
Stability Ball

:) That with the kettlebells and resistance bands -- if I get all that stuff I will be SET!!!

But ya know, I would understand if people didn't want to get me that stuff. I am one of those that always looks past the practical items on someone's list because I want to get them the FUN stuff. I don't know if they'd realize how happy I would be to receive those items. :) Like a little kid getting a toy! hahaha!

Could I have imagined I would feel this way now LAST Christmas? NO. Definitely not.

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KIMCATUS 12/11/2007 9:57AM

    Weight loss twins unite! We can hold our heart monitors together like a superhero ring thing and help unite the world in a better lifestyle. Um. Ok. Yeah. This is what no soda does to me obviously...scary huh? lol Congrats on the 2.5 too...I must have missed that the first time around! Woo hoo!! :P

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MAMAJAHMAI 12/10/2007 7:13PM

    Cool! CONGRATS! You are soooooooo on your way...that's really inspiring



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LOBO1978_2000 12/10/2007 4:48PM

    That is amazing on the progress you have made. Good luck on reaching your year end goal.

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LEONAMASHA 12/10/2007 4:47PM

    WOO-HOOO! SO nice to see you so close to goal :D Can't wait to read when you're there!

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FITTYTIFF 12/10/2007 2:41PM

    WAY TO GO!!! I amso happy for you!! Keep upthe great work!!

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LAURANICOLE3 12/10/2007 2:33PM

    Ahh! I asked for Kettlebells this year too! I was playing with them at Target last month and decided I had to have them. I don't know that anyone will get them for me but I'm hoping! Congrats on being so close to the 100's by the way. If it were me I would be crazy obsessive compulsive at this point weighing in every few hours or so to see if I'd gone down at all. I hope you're less wacko than me!! =)

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    Wow! You're going to get there before you know it, and motivate the rest of us to get there too! Congrats!

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KIMCATUS 12/10/2007 12:56PM

    Wow wow wow!!! That is amazingly stupendous!!! Good for you! You truly are a huge inspiration and motivator for me!! I love reading your blogs and knowing how far you've come and how hard you've worked and look at you now! Congrats and keep up the awesome work!!! *hugs*

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

I have a couple of folks tell me I help motivate them, but I guess it's "OFFICIAL" now. HAHAHA. I got an email from Sparks last night telling me I'm a "Motivator"!!! :) My SparkPage is now featured on the "Overall Motivation" category in the Motivators SparkPages section.

WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!! :) I feel like a million bucks. :D

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    What an honor! And a well deserved one at that...you rock!

Have a great weekend!


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CURVES_N_CURLS 12/6/2007 9:48PM

    Cool! :) ---------- BTW, I googled the Arc Trainer, and watched a video. Looks impressive! I know SparkPerson 'Smurfette' uses it (it's always in her log), and she has a bangin' body, so it MUST work well! ;-) -Lisa

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KIMCATUS 12/6/2007 7:27PM

    Woo hoo!!! You definitely deserve it and congrats!! :) Of course, it's old news to us at Hogwarts! ;)

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ETER_NITY 12/6/2007 6:05PM

    Congratulations Dana - you certainly motivate me!!! ***Hugs***

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ERKRON 12/6/2007 3:48PM

    Go Dana!!! ^___^ You are teh awesome!!

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FITTYTIFF 12/6/2007 3:30PM

    WAY TO GO!! NOw the rest of sparks will know what I already knew!!!

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LAURANICOLE3 12/6/2007 3:20PM

    Yay! I also think there should be an "Overall Awesomeness" category and you should be the first one listed. You definitely deserve it. There's no WAY i would have stayed on as long as I have if it weren't for you!! =)

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LOBO1978_2000 12/6/2007 2:36PM

    That is awesome. Keep up the good work.

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AMUNET_RA 12/6/2007 1:29PM

    Congrats for the recognition, Dana! Of course, the folks at Hogwarts always knew that you were a great motivator!


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DEEDRZ 12/6/2007 12:57PM

    YAY! Dana! Congratulations!


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Beat. (Tired, that is.)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

WOW. Last night I went to the gym and spent my whole 45 minutes on the Arc Trainer. THAT THING IS A BEAST!!! I burned 801 calories. OH YES. :) I did skip my ST yesterday...

I think I'm going to go back to doing full body 3x a week after last week's ST MARATHON. :) I did it this morning even though the last thing I wanted to do was squats, etc. :P hahaha. I feel very satisfied and proud of myself for sticking to ST even if I changed plans mid week. :) hahaha.

And I'm getting oh-so-excited to keep up the good habits all week and weekend long. :D I'm DEDICATED to not slipping just cause it's December.

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LOBO1978_2000 12/6/2007 9:55AM

    Keep up the great work.

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LAURANICOLE3 12/6/2007 8:42AM

    I wish I could change my thinking to get as excited as you do about staying on track during the Holidays. I DREAD eating right and keeping up with my exercise while everyone else is eating cookies and watching "It's a Wonderful Life"! =) Not that you'll need it but good luck this month and keep up the good work! =)

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CURVES_N_CURLS 12/5/2007 11:29PM

    So what does the Arc Trainer do? 800 (Um, I mean eight hundred ONE - can't forget the ONE! LOL!) calories in just 45 minutes is just AWESOME! :) -Lisa

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SWEETY8513 12/5/2007 10:22PM

    thank you for being so inspiring to everyone around here, especially me- you really have kept me going- I love looking on here every week and seeing how you are progressing-- you are doing great! you are amazing-- Way to go on the ST thats a pain sometimes! You can do this girl!

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KIMCATUS 12/5/2007 8:29PM

    Wow!!! Your a beast just doing all that!! When I grow up I wanna be like you!!! lol

Good job though!! :D

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December Strategy and Holiday Excercise Plan

Monday, December 03, 2007

Well, these are both part of the Challenge of Harry Potter Weekly Challenge this week...

I've thought about these things and so I guess now it's time to POST them.

I will plan out my Calendar each week so that dinners are scheduled and so is my excercise.
I will push myself to stick to everything TO THE T and allow no slack in my workouts.
I will resist all the food temptations that come with Holiday Parties and eat only what will fit within my range -- NO EXCEPTIONS MADE FOR SOCIAL EVENTS.

My excercise Strategy for the Holidays:

I will bring my dumbells and running shoes with me on our trip. When we stop at rest areas, I will take the opportunity to do a bit of excercise. I will do this in a circuit training type manner to get the most out of my brief workout as possible. I will take advantage of the hotel's facilities IF they have a gym. (I'm not sure if they do or not...)

I'm excited to fit in excercise while vacationing -- I think this will really help me set the tone for future vacations now that I'm on my healthy lifestyle path. :) I already scheduled a 5K during my Thanksgiving Holiday, and intend to keep that up as a yearly tradition -- so there's my Thanksgiving workout plan BUILT IN.

If we go visit my in-laws for New Years, I will run around with the dogs (and take my dumbells as well).

Just because I'm out of my environment and can't go to a gym does NOT mean I can't get an effective workout.


EDIT: I just noticed I can blog about a New Year's Resolution as well, so I might as well throw that in here, too.

Get Healthy! was my resolution this year, and while I may not make it to a healthy weight (I'm hoping I still can), I've definitely come very close to that goal, and feel that my habits and lifestyle are now... healthy! I really think I could say that honestly I try to live healthily now. :)

My resolution for 2008 is to continue my healthy habits throughout the year and to become as fit as I can be -- really focusing more on improving the condition of my body than weight. Now that I'm close to my weightloss goal, I can tell that I don't think I will be as fit as I want to be even when I reach my goal weight.

Besides -- the healthy habits I want to continue for the REST OF MY LIFE. Next year's resolution will be more like a test for me. To see how I keep it up after reaching my weightloss goal. :)

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THICKY_THICK 12/4/2007 1:17PM

    good plan.

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LOBO1978_2000 12/4/2007 10:35AM

    Sounds like a great plan.

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TERRIEBNL 12/4/2007 10:20AM

    splendid goal for the year!!! :)
If I was going to be home at Cmas... I'd say we need to meet, but I'm going to be in Scotland at that time. Still, we really do need to meet girly girl! We're too close not to :D

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MARRIEDFORLIFE 12/3/2007 10:01PM

    Sounds like a wonderful plan!!!

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FITTYTIFF 12/3/2007 7:34PM

    Hey WAY TO GO. I find one of the hardest things for me is saying no to the "special occasion" Every day is a special Occasion RIGHT?
And the Vacation thing WOW! Way to go. I wish I had that kind of will power!!!

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Why having a "streak" going is AWESOME.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Yesterday I forgot to do my ST in the morning.

On any other day I would have just said, OH WELL.

BUT NO!!! :) I had a streak going. I couldn't let down the SparkPeople public!!! :D Or myself. I could do it at night. So I did. Not as much, but I still did it. WOOHOO!!!

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LOBO1978_2000 12/3/2007 9:37AM

    Keep the Streak Alive!

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MILLER32807 12/3/2007 12:28AM

    I did the same with my booty/belly exercises. Once I passed lunch, I was thinking I'm not gonna do these, then I thought of all you guys depending on my points, and I did them anyways. Maybe not as much as I could have, but this is my first active week. And not just on the challenge, but literally my first ACTIVE week! Thanks for all you do!!!

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    Love the streaks! Way to go on keeping it up!

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AMUNET_RA 12/1/2007 10:16AM

    Good girl! ;-)

And many of us have YOU to thank for OUR good streaks, Dana!


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SHAPESHIFTER_V 12/1/2007 10:15AM

    Ooooh, you're a shining example for us all!

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FITTYTIFF 12/1/2007 1:24AM

    I am right there with you! I just have not had time to do my ST but I the day is not over and I will not let this streak go!!! I want to keep going. Now what will be really impressive is if I could keep it going next week to!!!

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KIMCATUS 11/30/2007 11:38PM

    Woo hoo way to go!!! That's why I love SP and especially my awesome HP team...it gives me a huge motivation to do all this! Good job...you should be proud!! :D

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