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Friday, March 14, 2008

And another one in my Photo Gallery. :)

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LOBO1978_2000 3/17/2008 11:13AM

    Great work.

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SKINNYSOON13 3/16/2008 1:30PM

    Dana, you look FANTASTIC! :-) I don't know how I missed your blog, but I am now a subscriber :-) I'm finding the longer I'm here, the harder it is to motivate myself, but I've discovered that reading my FRIENDS blogs really helps. :-)

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MISSWASHUU 3/15/2008 8:21AM

    you look FANTASTIC... and I love the shoes :D

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SAPOROUS 3/14/2008 3:11PM

    That is INSANE Dana. You look like a size 8, not size 14. I almost don't believe that you're still a 14. You really are "looking skinny." Like, almost model skinny. You know I don't lie about this kind of stuff.

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MARLIE13 3/14/2008 3:11PM

    Holy friggin' moly!!! That dress is awesome and you look STUNNING in it. Someone below said supermodel and I agree. Way to go Dana...keep up the great work!

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AMUNET_RA 3/14/2008 2:58PM

    Who IS that sexy witch?!?!

You look more like a sultry pixie! Especially with that smoudering gaze you're giving the camera! ;-)


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OILPAINTER 3/14/2008 2:47PM

    Beautiful! You are beautiful! It is hard to imagine you at 100 lbs heavier... what an amazing journey! You inspire all of us!

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CMM339 3/14/2008 1:44PM

    You look amazing. Keep up the great work.

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KIMCATUS 3/14/2008 12:16PM

    HOMG! You look amazing!!! I love the one in your photo gallery with the hot model pose!!! Smokin' hot!!! :P

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    You look great!

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CATIATM 3/14/2008 11:19AM

    YOWZA! Work it, girl! You're a hottie all right! ;-p

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KACHAFFE82 3/14/2008 11:12AM

    AHHHHHHHH! Check you out!!! HOTTIE!

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LILBITFIT 3/14/2008 10:33AM

    Wow, you look FANTASTIC! Whooot-wooo!

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    Look at you!! You are so fit and fabulous!!! LOVE IT!

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TURTLE_MOM 3/14/2008 9:53AM

    Wowzers! You are hott! Seriously, you can't have too much more weight to lose!

Supermodel you!

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The positive energy is still flowing... :)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

So I dropped off my pre-registration for the 5K today - it's official! HAHA. :D No backing out now!

I did my Making the Cut workout and then tried some running. It felt really good -- but I didn't last long because I got some terrible cramps in my lower abs. It wasn't like a side stitch or anything. I'm thinking it might be eating too much/too much fiber before my workout, or all the ab work I was doing right at the end of the MTC workout... but either way, it didn't feel like it was a result of the running.

My breathing felt good, muscles felt good (except the abs), joints felt good. So I'm feeling more confident about my participation in the race. Just gotta get some more practice in before the day of.

Someone told me today that I was looking skinny. HAHA. It's SO WEIRD. I'm definitely not used to the overall impression I give physically now as opposed to how I used to be. I used to just be... BIG! 6'2" and obese is ... massive in general. I felt like a giant. Now, because I'm so tall, I look TALLER. And I think those proportions make me look thinner than I actually am even. I doubt people would guess my size as a 14. (YES, I'm actually really fitting those size 14 jeans now. WOOHOO!! I started wearing them a week/two ago, but now they're not so TIGHT and more just FITTING.) But yeah. I'm just starting to get used to the idea that I'm not that big anymore. It's very surreal and weird, but also awesome. I'm DEFINITELY NOT COMPLAINING. Just sharing the feeling of somewhat a disconnect between my image of myself and my actual self.

I would like to be a size 12. I think that would make me really make me feel ... NORMAL sized. Which I know is kind of a crazy idea, but I think it would really allow me to shop pretty much everywhere I'd want to shop. Even if I don't have copious amounts of money to do all this theoretical shopping, it's the ABILITY to do so that makes it so desirable. :) hahah.

I'm looking forward to this weekend -- we're going to visit my in-laws. They're not far, and we keep meeting in the middle to go out to eat, but it'll be nice to actually VISIT THEM and not just meet for an activity. Maybe I can go for a jog around their gorgeous neighborhood. It's all country feeling and very cute. There are horses across the street from them.

Well -- I guess that's about it for now. LOST TONIGHT! :D WOOHOO!!

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KIMCATUS 3/14/2008 12:22PM

    Yes, you definitely look slender!!! I have to say slender as my best friend in high school, who was tall and slender loathed being called skinny. Why?? Who knows! lol So yeah...what does that have to do with anything? Not much. Ok. Anyway, you look great!!!

Congrats on dropping off the registration...you go you!! You will do great!

I understand what you mean about the disconnection between perception and reality...I'm struggling with that myself right now.

Oh and will you bring me a horse from your trip? Kthnxbye. :P

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KACHAFFE82 3/14/2008 8:19AM

    You look fabulous! And yes... you do look skinny. For what ever reason, you look so tiny in your after pics. BE PROUD!

Good luck with the 5k! I hope to do one next year... after I reach my goal weight. I think of it as the "next level". Once I reach my goal weight in HEALTHY ways, I want to go for more athletic things like a 5k.

YAY for you! I'm so excited for you!

ooooo, just a thought... You're going to ROCK your 10 year reunion!!!! Everyone at CHS class of 2000 will birth a cow when they see you! :D

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SAPOROUS 3/14/2008 1:46AM

    I've never been below a size 12, even as a kid, so I can't WAIT to get below that. I totally know what you mean about the disconnect, but in the opposite way. I've been 12/14 for so long, that when I upped to 16/18, I almost didn't notice besides the number on my pants. I still felt "normal" as you said, like a 12/14, and that was a problem, because I couldn't see how much weight I was really gaining. I can't wait to feel the disconnect in the way you are feeling it. Maybe when I'm a 10 I'll feel it in the good way.

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BRUIN2 3/13/2008 11:46PM

    Woohoo, the 5k is official!!

Totally know what you mean about "theoretical shopping" - I do that daily. Losing weight is wonderful, until none of your clothes fit anymore. HA.

When I do a long run I inevitably get "#2 cramps" - what helps is if I can "go" before my run (sorry, probably TMI). Try adjusting your water/fibre intake. I'm sure you'll find a balance!

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RESHAPEMYLIFE 3/13/2008 9:16PM

    5Ks ROCK


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Feeling Good. :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

So today I went and weighed for my final weigh-in for "Scale Back Alabama". According to their scales I lost about 14.6lbs since I started. That's over the course of just under 2 months. I'm pretty proud of that!!! :) No, it's not the kind of progress I made when I first started losing weight, but how long can you expect to keep that up? I had a hormonal set back, and I'm still going strong. :)

I saw another new low # on the scale this morning so I'm hoping the trend continues. I also took my body fat % reading this morning and got a new low for that as well. Not a HUGE decrease since last time, but it's creeping down.

I also got the OK from my dear hubby to do the 5K! WOOHOO!!! Now I really have to make sure I do SOME running before race day. HAHAHAHA. Other than the intense 1 minute sprints Making the Cut calls for.

Our Hot Water Heater is STILL not fixed. But I can't really be bitter -- the guy who does the repairs apparently had a death in his family so although the item finally came in today, he couldn't install it.

Also we might be going to visit my in-laws this weekend. MAYBE. If they are up for it. Hahahaha. Also -- I took some pictures of "THE DRESS" again. Now I think I've probably built it up too much. HAHAHA. I didn't upload them yet, but maybe tomorrow morning? Or tonight if I get crazy?

Just lots of positive energy today. :)

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RESHAPEMYLIFE 3/13/2008 9:42PM

    5Ks are everywhere these days. My first ever is this Saturday. Who would have thought we would be runners someday?


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TRECECOOKS 3/13/2008 8:23PM

    Hooray for the loss!! And hooray for the lower #s!!
I'm so excited for your 5K!! You go, girl! Plan your work, and work your plan - just Keep Moving Forward!

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NASUTI 3/13/2008 3:29PM

    Sounds like a good day. 14.6 pounds! I can't imagine that. Way to go! What's your secret? How do you stay on track?

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MARLIE13 3/13/2008 1:26PM

    Hi! Yes I DO feel proud of myself. Hey...have you considered the Couch to 5 K for your training program? I'm loving it. (Not the McDonald's jingle either.) Your weight loss and transformation is inspiring as well as your positive attitude. Love that! Keep it up!

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NATURALLYME126 3/13/2008 12:58PM

    Congrats on those 14.6lbs girl! I am aiming to be out of the 200s by my youngest son's bday (May 4th). I took a peek at the scale this morning and it looks like I will FINALLY have another loss to put out there on Sunday. :) Woo Hoo! Keep it moving lady as always your doing wonderful! Have fun with your 5k, I might be doing one the end of this month with my hubby if I can get a babysitter. :)

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AKASHA66 3/13/2008 3:44AM

    Great work! and 14 lbs in two months, anyone would be crazy not to take that!!

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TOBICAE 3/13/2008 12:53AM

    Woohoo on the 5k! That's Kaitlyn's 1st birthday

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WHATAGRL42 3/13/2008 12:22AM

    The 5 k sounds like a great motivator. I'm doing one in May for the Susan koman "cure", in Sacramento. If my knee doesn't start screaming, I just may make it! How exciting that you are seeing those "all time lows". The momentum may slow as you near a goal, but the impact is no less impressive! Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration!

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CATIATM 3/12/2008 11:21PM

    I'm no where near done with my weight loss, and we've both lost the same amount over the past two months. So there ya' go, you Weight Loss Goddess! Congrats on the numbers, and have a blast with the 5k!

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ETER_NITY 3/12/2008 8:47PM

    Congratulations on your continued weight loss. I too have slowed down in my numbers, but I am going down steadily. I think we are alot healther by losing slowly. Keep up the good work!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

So... we found out our water heater is not going to be replaced until AT THE EARLIEST - WEDNESDAY. Yayyyyy....

The good news is, I'm going to be in the gym pretty much every day so YAY GYM SHOWERS! :) hahhaha.

It was freezing here over the weekend so there was no way I was subjecting myself to that cold of a shower. There was actually some snow on my car on Saturday. It's ALABAMA PEOPLE. IN MARCH. It needs to be getting to look like Spring SOON.

I'm contemplating a 5K on April 5th... but not sure about it. I know I could walk it if I really got desperate. I don't think I'd have to -- it's just that I haven't been running lately and I'm doing this Making the Cut stuff, which is so draining I'm not sure I'd be able to practice running enough before the race to not completely embarrass myself. But it looks fun!!! It's sponsored by some BBQ place apparently -- and is going to have live music and is running through historic areas of the city. So anyway -- I have to get my registration in by the 15th to guarantee a race packet -- so.... I'm thinking about it. :P

I did day 15 of Making the Cut yesterday so I'm OFFICIALLY HALFWAY THROUGH! WOOHOO!!! :)

I am also proud to report that I hit a new low for my weigh-in this morning - 183! :D After all the ups and downs there's a new down. So yay for that. I just hope I can keep it going down. Next week is TOM. So we'll see what happens. Today is - GET THROUGH WORK. Go to the gym. I need to go eat something as soon as anyone else shows up to work. :P

Only a few more weeks left in Biggest Loser Challenge Part 5. I think I might not continue for Part 6. Well -- if I do, I think I might not be captain or might be a floater. I just don't have that much that I want to lose, and I've been feeling like I've been dragging my team down with all my back and forth this cycle. Not to mention that I think I'm not being as great of a captain in GENERAL now that I don't have access to email at work.

It's much more difficult to keep up with a team properly without notifications popping up all day. I have to remember to go check certain threads, and someone might post something and I don't even know, and take forever getting back to them. ANYWAY. And I don't want The Challenge of Harry Potter to suffer -- so I think I'm going to have to pick one or the other, and if I do it'll definitely be the HP Challenge.

BUT!! :) A FEW MORE WEEKS for the GOLDEN GLADIATORS to finish the challenge out STRONG! :D

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CURVES_N_CURLS 3/12/2008 2:33PM

    Thanks for checking in on me! :)

You, m'dear, are doing EXCELLENT!

I say sign up for the 5k and do a walk/run if necessary. Walk it at 'worst'; you've GOT to do a race that gives you free BBQ at the end, no? ;-)

I have barely been Sparking lately... Just doing the bare minimum to track food and that's about it. I'm really out of the loop of all my SparkFriends, and will do my darndest to catch up real soon... Also, I will attempt to think of something blog-worthy for you soon, too! ;-)

Stay clean...


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    yay for 183! you def. should be proud! and congrats for being half way through MTC!

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SAPOROUS 3/12/2008 12:01AM

    I just completed my first 5k, on a treadmill anyway, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I did walk a lot though. I would sign up if I were you.

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CATIATM 3/11/2008 4:02PM

    Congrats on the 183 lbs! That's amazing. And at your height, you must be almost modelesque these days! oo-la-la!

I am dialing it back on some teams, too, so that I can focus my energies a little better and manage my commitments. I'm so glad you said you'd keep HP, though. I'd really miss you if you didn't. Then I'd cry, leading to dehydration, which would stop my weight loss cold, causing yet more tears, and ... well, you understand. ;-p

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KIMCATUS 3/11/2008 1:26PM

    Oooh yeah can't blame ya on the cold shower thing...snow. Ugh. *brrrr*

Hey the 5k sounds like a blast!!! Just don't take on too much stuff that you burn yourself out ok? There will be other 5k's and BBQ!! :P

I am so proud of you for getting though this workout...halfway through...woo hoo!! Go Dana!! And dang girl, 183?? freaking awesome!! I remember when you hit 199...you rock on with your bad self!!!

Yay...Hogwarts gets to keep you!!! *chants like Fred and George in the first book* "We got Dana! We got Dana!"

Have a great day doll!!

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TRECECOOKS 3/11/2008 11:33AM

    You are wise, Grasshopper! And I think the 5K would be fun!!

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TURTLE_MOM 3/11/2008 9:49AM

    Hey great job on your workouts! Sorry I haven't been commenting - I guess I lost my subscription to your blog, dang whole e-mail clicky thing to keep subscribed!

Some days I go to the gym just so I can shower in peace and have someone else watch my kiddo :) So I work out first, but my motivation is to get to shower, blowdry AND straighten my hair! Oh, and make-up too, wow. :)

Have an awesome week - I'm off to have my trainer kick my butt. Last week he introduced SQUATS.... arrrrrgggghhhh!

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Feeling Gross...

Monday, March 10, 2008


so our Hot Water Heater broke down and they didn't have a new one in the shop, but it was already ordered so apparently it SHOULD be here today... but the point of this story is I didn't get to shower yesterday or today.


BUT! I'm going to the gym this afternoon and I'm going to get clean then. UGH. HOW GROSS.

Also today's Making the Cut plan looks like it's going to need a lot of modification from me... and today's CROWDED day at the gym, too. We'll see. I'm about to go detail my fears to my Making the Cut team like I usually do... hahaha :)

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KIMCATUS 3/10/2008 7:54PM

    EW! You didn't try a cold shower? lol Man, that would drive me crazy, but I'm completely anal about showers...although, can you be too anal about showering? I think not. Anyhoo...have a good scrub and keep up the fantastic job on the work outs you lean mean sexy thang!! ;)

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LOBO1978_2000 3/10/2008 1:54PM

    Wow. 2 Days without a shower. I beat you did feel a bit on the gross side during that time. Good thing for gym showers huh.

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CATIATM 3/10/2008 12:14PM

    So THAT's what I smelled ... ;-p

Kudos to you for sticking with this intense fitness plan. I'm impressed!

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AMUNET_RA 3/10/2008 9:12AM

    Boo on the shower situation! Have fun at the gym and get good and clean, Dana! ;-)


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