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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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MYLIFE4LIFE 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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Calorie BURN!!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Soooo.... I started tracking my excercise at gripiron.com since it gives an estimated calorie burn for Strength Training excercises, and with me doing the big MAKING THE CUT program that's mainly what I'm focusing on, so I wanted an idea of how it might compare to my usual workouts.

Including the additional cardio I've done so far this week I'm at about 1350 burned so far. A little over half of that has been from my cardio.

But I THINK this might be inaccurate because it doesn't account for the fact that I'm doing these things consecutively and also it doesn't have some of the most heartpounding things -- like Squat Thrusts and Burpies and whatnot. But even so -- I'd only need to burn about 450 more calories to reach my weekly goal of 1800 calories as I have it set in my SparkPeople plan currently.

SO! Tomorrow morning is Day 12 of the program, which according to my entries the other day burns about 186 calories (I think this one is LOW). I know if I get some time on the Arc Trainer as well, I can come close.

This Saturday is a church trip to the temple in Birmingham and I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED. I've been counting down the days ever since I found out. It'll be my first time doing something with the ladies from church outside of Sunday meetings, and even though it's not really a huge SOCIAL event, we have to carpool and are meeting to have breakfast beforehand and everything so I'm really looking forward to making some friendships and also getting that awesome SPIRITUAL RECHARGE! :)

I've never been to the temple in Birmingham, AL either. Only Atlanta and Orlando. So I'm excited about that aspect as well.

Well, that's about it for now. I am not doing too hot on sodium today. See... there's this thing I like called BEEF JERKY. Oh man. It's the sodium devil. But it's low in fat and calories and high in protein and I really need that sometimes. And the chewiness and protein factor help me feel like I'm really getting full. I need to find a good thing to replace beef jerky with.

P.S. -- Edited to add picture and link to the fitness gadget device of my dreams. *sigh* I commented back to Lindsay about it on her page and wanted to mention it here. Yes, it would be nice. I can't see myself getting a cheaper one knowing this one exists, so I keep waiting to be able to get this one. All I need is $220.00 extra somehow... ;)

P.P.S. -- ALSO! I am looking at a Timex Ironman Monitor that's $50 on amazon.com that looks pretty solid. A bit cheaper than the plainest of the Polar HRM's... so maybe I can sell the DH on $50. :) hahaha.

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CAROL_HOORAH 3/7/2008 8:58PM

    lol i hope to goodness i'm not at this weight for a month!!!!! i had my bf hide the peanut butter tonight because i'm really struggling with feelings of bingeing, but he gave me a pep talk and i've had some grapes so i'm feeling better now. ANYWAY! Could you send me a sparkmail or msg on my page about what your current workout routine is?? I think you're kicking my butt workout wise, and since we're so similar in bodies it would be great for me to know.

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    Wow! awesome goals. Keep it up! I have a polar that I got for my birthday last year and I LOVE IT. Totally worth the cash. You will use it almost everyday, and you feel so much more in control of your workouts. Make it a priority - you won't regret it!

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SAPOROUS 3/7/2008 1:23PM

    I use Nike Plus and I absolutely LOVE IT! Of course, if you don't already have a Nano, then it's probably more expensive than the watch. If you do have a Nano, it's only about 30 bucks.

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LINDSAY060708 3/6/2008 7:15PM

    You may want to get a heart rate monitor, even for MTC. It is priceless. Regardless of what exercise you are doing it tells you exactly (based on your heart rate) how many calories you are burning. YOu would be suprised how much a MTC circuit burns! I love it, and now am a bit obsessed, because it tells me exactly how I am burning, and how I should be eating to make myself perform better! I bet you are burning way more calories than you think! For instance, Today I did day 11, and my heart rate monitor told me I burned 630ish. Just for the circuit too...so, that helps you keep track(especially when we are burpyiing and squat thrusting away.) It helps you see, wow, these degrading movements are really worth it!

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Today's weigh-in

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Well!!! Today had me down even more! Had to weigh for Gamers Fit Biggest Loser Challenge, and glad I did.

Doing pretty good on sodium. Actually ate Bacon and Eggs this morning. :) I bought some lower sodium bacon at the store. I made a bacon/egg wrap using this awesome "Lavash" bread. It's got flax in it and whatnot. Anyway, I was very happy with it. My lunch is a bit small but I ate a lot this morning, so I haven't been hungry.

My workout went well yesterday. I did not do any extra cardio because yesterday KICKED MY BUTT! :) hahahaha. It was good. My upper body is nice and sore for the first time since starting Making the Cut. Last week was all about my legs being sore. My upperbody was a little -- but in comparison it was nothing.

Those Pike Crunches were... impossible for me. I dunno if the ab part would be hard or not, but I could not get BALANCED on that stability ball out in pushup position with it below my ankles. The instructions have you rolling your body down the ball until it's under your ankles... well I did that a lot. And fell over a lot. :) And then I said -- well. I guess that's going to count. Because it was working me out in a different kind of a way. :P I look forward to trying this again and again though until I can get it.

Annnnnd I felt awesome working out in the "boys" part of the gym over with the cable equipment stations and whatnot. NO GIRLS are EVER over there. Oh except me. Cause I'm awesome. ;) HAHAHAHAA.

Those last pictures of my dress came out awful. It was too dark in the room... I'll try to take some again sometime. I'm wearing it today but it's too late already. The lighting will be awful again. :P

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KACHAFFE82 3/5/2008 6:43PM

    YAY YOU! I like working out in the guys area..... when I know what I am doing! :) Good for you doing so well with the MTC. I had stacked off, but starting it back up tonight. I will have to be a modified program because on Fridays and Saturdays I'll be with my fitness guy (i finally called him back for this coming weekend). I will have some catching up to do with you doing so well with it! And yes... You ARE awesome!!

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CATIATM 3/5/2008 6:35PM

    This workout sounds pretty major. I think I'd finish in a puddle! But hey, sweat is just my fat cells crying, right? ;-p

You know, I recently purchased a bodybugg and blogged about my experience with it. I don't know if it's right for you, but it is a pretty amazing little gadget. (and no, I don't work for them! ;-) It's something to think about.

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