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Somewhat terrified???

Monday, February 25, 2008

SO -- I had a GREAT weighin today. :) 184, 25. something % body fat, WOOHOO!!!

I wrote it down so I can get it right later, but YAY. It seems that getting straight on my hormones has got me back to my normal self.


Back to why I'm slightly terrified -- I'm starting MAKING THE CUT today. EEEK!!

I'm gonna leave for a long lunch at 2PM and go to the gym and DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's going to be so hard.... but I'm going for it. :) I counted out the days and if I do it exactly to plan, starting today has me off on every Sunday which is preferable. So we'll see how this goes...

It basically consists of 5 circuits of 2-5 strength training type moves sandwiched with a minute of cardio in between each circuit. I'm nervous for how hard it's going to be, but I'm also excited to have a plan to follow that will reallllly change things up. It's all about not being repetitious, which is what I hear is really good. BUT! I'm excited and nervous. :)

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KIMCATUS 2/25/2008 9:47PM

    Exactly..if anyone can do this, you can!! Sounds like it's gonna be hard work but it's gonna be soooo worth it!!

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LILBITFIT 2/25/2008 4:53PM

    That's wonderful! Very best wishes, and be sure to let us know how it goes. :)

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CATIATM 2/25/2008 4:03PM

    Wow! Great news on the weigh in! Let us know how it goes at the gym!

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FITNESS.CHICK 2/25/2008 3:42PM

    I'm a HUGE Jillian fan, and you're gonna LOVE it!

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MISSWASHUU 2/25/2008 3:32PM

    you can do it! if anyone can you can! Goooooooooooooooooooooooooo Zircadia! You rock and I totally support you 100%!!

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LOBO1978_2000 2/25/2008 2:22PM

    Good luck on that.

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KACHAFFE82 2/25/2008 2:08PM

    It's tough... Just being honest... BUT you feel so awesome (exhausted) when you get done. I actually felt like I had done something great for my body. I actually had to pause the program because of ... well, "life", so I am starting day one today! Maybe we can keep up with each other and cheer each other on!

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SLCOLMAN 2/25/2008 1:59PM

    Good luck!

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    You can do it! Sounds like a great program, and I'm anxious to hear how it goes!

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Friday, February 22, 2008

AWWW YAY! What a wonderful surprise to logon and find a SparkMail from someone congratulating me on being in the Spotlight! :) Then I visit my page and find tons of wonderful comments!

Thank you to everyone who visited (or will visit) my page today and your comments!!! It is really wonderful to be at this stage in my health/fitness journey, but I did start out with nothing. I did not excercise, I was eating like CRAP, and I was almost 300lbs. If you're just starting out -- remember -- YOU CAN DO THIS. You just have to stick with it and don't give up even if you make a mistake it doesn't mean your progress is all down the drain. If you keep moving in the right direction, you will get there eventually.

P.S. -- My workout went well last night. :) WOOHOO!!

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100MILLBUTRFLYS 2/25/2008 9:37PM

    COngrats again!! :D

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    You inspire me with the comment that you did not exercise in the beginning...I need to do more.

Yet, I feel inadequate so I put it off. I have done some exercises that sparkpeople put out for on the chair, and the WATP that is a DVD we can get on our cable channel on demand. Yet, you would think I would do more. I know this jiggly body needs tightening.


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CAROL_HOORAH 2/22/2008 9:32PM

    hope its okay I added you as a friend, you're great motivation!

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LILBITFIT 2/22/2008 7:05PM

    That's fantastic - and the attention is well-deserved. You're such an inspiration!

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MYLIFE4LIFE 2/22/2008 6:39PM

    Congrats Dana Dane that is awesome! I have been one of your number one admirers since I first met you. Keep it moving lady you are doing wonderfully well. :)

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KACHAFFE82 2/22/2008 6:03PM

    You deserve it! :)

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WHATAGRL42 2/22/2008 5:36PM

    Thanks Dana, for keeping me motivated! The menopause thing is kind of a bummer, but after any random day of teaching Kindergarten, I am kind of reminded of why it might be best that Mother Nature do its thing and forgo giving me another baby.

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TURTLE_MOM 2/22/2008 4:29PM

    OOOOOH! How fun! I hadn't even noticed yet -*runs over to look!*

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CATIATM 2/22/2008 3:00PM

    Whooooo hoooo! It couldn't happen to a nicer person!

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MISSWASHUU 2/22/2008 1:50PM

    *clap**dance* Couldn't have happened to a greater sparker! *dance* *clap*

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BLOGGGG for today.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

SOOoooooOOOO. :) I'm still a little sore today - WOOHOO!! I can't wait to go work that soreness out as soon as I get off of work. I'm feeling a little tired -- maybe slept a bit TOO much last night, but today was a great day. :)

Woke up when I woke up. No alarm, NOTHIN'.

Watched the Season Premiere of America's Next Top Model and some of the new episode of Biggest Loser that were saved for me on TiVo.

ALSO! Last night I went to Barnes & Noble and picked up a couple of books: Making the Cut by Jillian Michaels, and a cookbook.

I haven't looked at Making the Cut yet, but it was recommended by a good SparkFriend (KACHAFFE82) who seems to like a real KICKBUTT workout, and I've come to like Jillian over time... so yeah. :)

The cookbook was in the bargain books and it's meals based on the Glycemic Index. While I don't want to base my whole diet on counting Glycemic Index Numbers, the properties of the food this kind of diet recommends seem to align with a lot of the ways I want to eat. SO! I flipped through it and it had some good looking stuff and it was 10% off of $9.98 (CHEAP for a cookbook), so I picked it up. :) I looked at it a little bit last night. I think it might have been written by a Brit. It always had aubergines in parentheses for eggplants was one clue. But anyway, some of the recipes were kinda WEIRD, but a lot of them look REALLLLLLLY good. :) The fat is a bit high for some of the recipes, but I can always tweak the recipes a bit for my purposes. It looks really good.

So anyway - GYM tonight, gonna go for my 30min superintense cardio + focuses ST plan again tonight. Didn't get lower body ST in last night, so I might do a couple tonight for that -- but to be honest -- although I know it'd be ideal to be incorporating lower body ST, my lower body gets a really great workout from the cardio I do, so I will definitely put the priority in my ST on Upper Body and then Core. My upperbody needs the most work.

I'm not going to guilt myself into not doing ST just because I didn't do my lower body stuff last night like I thought I might. :P I'm getting in there and sticking to my guns!!! (And working on my guns. HAR HAR.)

Since the DH isn't coming along tonight, I know I'll have extra time so we'll just see. It also means I WANT to go home quicker. ;) hahaha.

But the plan is - Gym tonight. Work tomorrow. Tomorrow night - HAVE FUN (maybe start looking at Making the Cut?). Saturday - GYM. Also, look more seriously at the cookbook and plan some meals to try. Get some small groceries as needed. And look at Making the Cut (some more?). But mostly also - RELAX.
Sunday - Church + laundry. :P hahaha. :D And more relaxing.

I'm not going to run myself ragged like I did last weekend -- I learned my lesson. ;)

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KIMCATUS 2/22/2008 1:00PM

    Good for you...you definitely need "Dana" time! Sounds like you got a great workout and a great weekend planned...enjoy!! Let us know how some of the recipes work out (I'm ALWAYS on the hunt for new recipes...LOL!!)!

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    Do you kind of think that some of the contestants this season on ANTM look just a little like drag queens?

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METHUSELAHRUNS 2/21/2008 11:02PM

  Yay for you! I'm glad you are taking TIME for yourself! :):)

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Sore??? :D AWESOME!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

YEAH!!!! I'm actually a little sore today -- this RULES!! I haven't felt that awesome sore muscle feeling in a while -- and the fact that it feels new to me again is kinda sad, but it really helps emphasize to me that I need to keep up my plan of ST.

My shoulders, armpits, and triceps are sore. Biceps not so much. So at least I know maybe where I can add some emphasis in ST if I can next time. And tomorrow is NORMAL DAY! YAY!!!!

I took my little "snack break" just a few minutes ago so that's going well so far. I did start getting hungry at right about that time, so I think I've got the timing figured out. I eat in the morning before I leave for work at roughly 8-8:30AM. Then I'm at work at 9AM. Food at 12PM, LUNCH at 3PM, food at 7PM, then dinner when I get to make it, usually between 10:30-11PM depending on how long it takes me to really get home and what we're going to eat. So that puts me eating something at least every 3-4 hours. I think this will really help me not to feel so drained, and be a better distribution for my calories. (I HOPE!) hahhaha.

Today I'm having a Dannon Light 'N' Fit and Baby Carrots w/ some Laughing Cow Light cheese at each little snack break.

ALSO... I'm wearing a dress today. ;) OOH LA LA! I took some pictures of it when I wore it on Sunday which I might get around to posting someday......

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THICKY_THICK 2/21/2008 5:03PM

    you go girl! you are truely a motivation to me

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MYLIFE4LIFE 2/21/2008 3:41PM

    Dana Dane you better post those pics of you in your dress! Sho us whatcha working with! lol.

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LIKA601 2/21/2008 3:04PM

    Yay for soreness!! Means your building that muscle!!

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AMUNET_RA 2/21/2008 11:21AM

    Mmmmm...Laughing Cow Light cheese! One of my favourites!

Ohh! Looking forward to seeing those dress robes...uh, I mean that dress...

Congrats on the pain!


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CURVES_N_CURLS 2/21/2008 3:38AM

    Alright, let's see this dress, Ms. Pretty! :) -Lisa

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KACHAFFE82 2/20/2008 6:02PM

    Heck ya you better post those pics! Show off your well earned awesome bod! :D

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CATIATM 2/20/2008 3:48PM

    Oo-la-la is right! :-p

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ERKRON 2/20/2008 2:28PM

    A dress?! Dresses have never been in my work wardrobe. :P I'm really entertaining the idea of getting one once I get to goal size though! I love that sore feeling too! I did an hour of DDR last night for the first time in 2 months. My calves are feeling it today and it's great!

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KELLYTHELOSER 2/20/2008 2:19PM

    i just looked at your before and after pics.. amazing! great job! and being sore is such an awesome feeling! it shows that whatever you are doing is really working ;)

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I know I just blogged, BUT...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I'm back from the gym!!! WOOHOO!!!!

It felt great to be able to go and do that in the middle of my day.

Here's how it went -

ArcTrainer - 30min - 608 calories
Crunches - 2 sets of 15
Crunches w/ a Twist - 2 sets of 15
Reverse Crunches - 2 sets of 15
Modified Pushups - 5 (I wanted to do more but my arms were like YEAH RIGHT)
Wall Pushups - 2 sets of 15
Seated Tricep Dips - 2 sets of 15

I found the Seated Tricep Dips on a website, and it actually seemed to work my arms pretty good so I'm going to keep using it until they get strong enough to do REAL tricep dips!!! It basically involves sitting with your feet flat on the floor and putting your hands palms down behind you kinda with your fingers facing the same directiion as your toes. You have to focus on keeping your elbows facing behind you as much as possible to really get the work on the triceps. then just lean back and put your weight on your arms and push back up. It's a lot less weight than doing one from a bench or something like regular tricep dips, but my arms are SO FREAKING WEAK. YEAH. I need this ST.


Well -- tomorrow will be lower body unless I get adventurous and do it tonight. I'm just glad that I have energy!! I can go HOME at 10PM!!! I come in early tomorrow, but then it's regular days on Thursday and Friday and I don't have to work Saturday! WOOHOO!!

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LOBO1978_2000 2/20/2008 9:33AM

    Keep it up.

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TOBICAE 2/20/2008 6:00AM

    Woohoo! We went today, too (Brittany and I). Ended up swimming to take up time while waiting for the cardio room to clear out, then she grabbed a treadmill and I took my mp3 player for a walk outside. Too hot in the rooms for me, but it was like 75 with a breeze, so yeah. 45 minutes walking and about 2 hours treading water. I hurt, but it's a good soreness mostly. Mostly :)

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CATIATM 2/19/2008 6:20PM

    You had me at 30 minutes on the arc trainer. I bow to you!
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KACHAFFE82 2/19/2008 6:07PM

    Check out Miss Crunches!!! GO YOU!!

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