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Monday, April 21, 2008

I just found a before picture of me online... and this is about 2 months into my weight loss as well -- so I've probably lost around 15lbs here - maybe more - since my highest weight.

This is a picture from two different parties at the same girl's house roughly a year apart (a year and a month maybe?). I can't believe I used to be the girl on the left -- kinda slumping, trying to hide, sitting against the wall... there's one where I'm SLIGHTLY attempting to play twister, my shirt is riding up my back because it is tight... you can kinda see my undies on the bottom too... so we're not gonna post that one. But wow.

I still just can't believe how far I've come. From slumping wallflower with rolls and rolls, to jumping around dancing FULL of energy!!!

P.S. -- the pants on the right are SUPER baggy, too, cause I was dressed up as a skater and I still look so tiny compared to the before... wow wow wow... it's just mind boggling.

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    GO YOU! Woohoo! ((BIG HUG))

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LOBO1978_2000 4/22/2008 1:37PM

    Thanks for posting such changes in your blog. It just motivates us even more to see them.

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CATIATM 4/22/2008 9:38AM

    That's quite a difference! YAY, Dana!!!

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KELLZIE 4/22/2008 8:33AM

    You are amazing! What an inspiration to others! Thanks for sharing.

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CAROL_HOORAH 4/22/2008 8:10AM

    wow I love this!!!!! p.s. where is the buns brigade I don't see it!

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HOPERY 4/21/2008 10:02PM

    Wow! You are blowing me away. Some day it will be me too!

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SAPOROUS 4/21/2008 7:46PM

    It's always motivating to see random people losing weight, but to see someone you grew up with completely changing their entire life like you have is just unbelievable! You amaze me Dana!

One thing though, you said that you were the girl in the corner slumping at the party. No... I don't remember that Dana. Even though you were overweight, you were always the life of the party in my eyes. Maybe I was just more of a wallflower (but you know me and know that's not true), or maybe I just looked up to you because of your awesome (that's right, I said awesome) style, but you always seemed to be confident to me. And I loved that. It gave me confidence. And now you're giving me motivation. Thanks for all of it!

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MISSWASHUU 4/21/2008 3:40PM

    that is AWESOME!! look how far you've come!! You're an inspiration girl!

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**PRICELESS** 4/21/2008 12:50PM

    WOW is right!!! You Rock Girl! Keep doin what you're doin cuz it's workin!!! =)

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AMUNET_RA 4/21/2008 11:56AM

    WOW, indeed! What an inspiration to the rest of us!


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    Wow! There's such a difference in the pictures. You look like a totally different person even! There's a lot to be said for gaining confidence...dancing picture is 100% confident and beautiful. Well done my friend!!

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MILLER32807 4/21/2008 11:33AM

    WOW... there is such a HUGE difference in how you look. And because of your height, you still don't look like you weigh anywhere near 175-180 lbs. You have done such a great job. You definitely motivate me!!!

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SWEETY0603 4/21/2008 11:30AM

    Congratulations on your success Zircadia. I am wow'd myself at your accomplishments and you definately motivate me to want to keep going so that I take take my rolls and roll them out the door and out of my life.

Enjoy your new tiny lifestyle you deserve it!

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Running! YAY!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Soooo.... I see a new faster speed today!!! ALRIGHT! :D I guess running without music helps my tempo sometimes -- or maybe the music I've been running to is just getting OLD and is not fast enough... this is possible. I haven't changed the music on that thing since last Fall! SO! Must consider that.

But yeah, this River Run was kinda fun... although if you look at the image it says "Water Treatment Detour" I kinda took a wrong turn and ran by a wastewater treatment plant. FUN! hahahahaha. BUT! It helped me run longer -- 2.75 miles instead of just a bit over 2. Then I walked back the other way (the way I ran from) and maintained a walking pace of about 3.25mph which is not too shabby. So yay!

I was going to run yesterday and bike today, but yesterday it was just too lovely to hang with my DH than randomly leave just to run. :P Did my Strength Training though before he woke up so I did get that in. Need some new heavier weights.

The other funny thing about this trail is that it goes RIGHT NEXT TO a restaurant with a LARGE open air dining room. Yeah, so I'm running literally like 15 ft from people eating seafood. (The place is called Steamers). ANYWAY... that was kinda weird. Other than that is was pretty ok. Trees... and at some points lovely water views of the little river running through here.

When I first headed out this man was running back towards me -- he had to be at least in his 50's MAYYYYYBE early sixties, but I'm thinking early 50's... anyway. He was runnin, and I smiled at him, and he says as he passes, "I guess we're not making the Olympics" or something like that, and it cracked me up. :D hahaha

I'm pretty sure they had the US Olypmic Team Trials yesterday for Triathlon -- so it wasn't completely weird that he said that. It was like we were still running... anway -- funny.

And a beautiful day outside!

That's it for now. Gotta shower and relax in preparation for another wonderful WORK WEEK. :P

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AMUNET_RA 4/21/2008 9:57AM

    Maybe not the Olympics...more like the tri-wizard tournament (that's more of a challenge, anyway!)

Keep up the great work, Dana! I'm so proud of you!!


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KIMCATUS 4/20/2008 4:43PM

    Woo hoo!!! Although the waste water treament place...ha ha ha! That strikes me as funny...could be worse though...could be a landfill. Ew.

OMG the food...I used to walk by a BBQ place, a catering joint and a Jack in the Box...god that sucked! lol The seafood place would make me hungry!

Anyway, sounds like you had a great run...and psssh...who needs the Olympics, right? ;)

But get ya some new music chica...and have a great work week!!! :D

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Well, so I took a break today again from cardio, plan to run tomorrow and bike on Sunday.

I need to do ST either tonight or tomorrow but haven't decided yet. Might do lower body tonight and the rest tomorrow. *shrug* Whichever.

I did practice my trombone again today -- WOOHOO! :D It went much better than yesterday but I've realized that my silent practice mute system makes the trombone SO FREAKING HEAVY. My left hand was whining after about 10minutes of playing. Hahaha. I guess it'll just feel that much lighter when I don't use it! :) Also my right triceps were feeling it after practicing, too. Who knew?

Looking forward to a relaxing weekend! No work! No crazy plans to run everywhere!

Although I AM exciteed to try the new running place I found. I've actually seen the beginning of the trail before and been curious about it, but found a tracking of it on mapmyrun.com by searching for runs in the area. It's supposed to be a "River Walk" run, which seems to be my favorite place to go so far is on the OTHER side of the river, so we'll have to see how this one is. The one on the OTHER side of the river (the one I've run before) is really short, whereas the total length of the distance mapped on mapmyrun.com for this run is 2 miles end to end, versus the other park being... oh I dunno at least HALF that long. I want to run at least one length of it, but I've never run more than a little over 3 miles in distance so I don't want to push myself to run the whole way back -- we'll see how far I get and walk when I need to. :D

Excited for band rehearsal on Monday.

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KIMCATUS 4/18/2008 9:28PM

    Oh sounds like a great run...I use to use mapmyrun for my walking, when I did that. Great website!! Maybe someday I'll use it for a run...lol! Have a good run!! :D

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FIENDISHSARAH 4/18/2008 8:46PM

    You play trombone? That's one instrument I haven't tried....I always found it rather intimidating and in the band class I was in (which was a rather immature highschool class) they always stuck bananas in their trombones. Just thought I'd say that because I just giggled when I thought about it lol.

I play piano, I'm in the midst of learning Memoirs of a Geisha songs..what kind of music do you play?

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P.P.S. -- Thoughts about ideal goal weight...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

SO. I re-did Self.com's Happy Weight Calculator since I measured my wrist the other day and APPARENTLY I have a SMALL FRAME.

Can you believe that crap?!? hahahaha After a life of being overweight forever it's kind of hard to think that the frame of my body is naturally small for someone of my height. My wrist measurement is about 6.1", which based on self.com's Happy Weight Tracker if I work out 3x a week, my happy weight is 162.3lbs.

I'm not sure if I want to go for that or not, but it does make me feel more confident about moving the end of my ticker down to 170 once I hit 175. I was considering a maintenance range of 170-175, but I will re-evaluate at 170 and see if I really think being 162.3 would be better or too skinny.

It's really hard because I've always been overweight I have no frame of reference for what these weights will look like on ME.

I'm currently size 12/14 in pants (the 14 jeans I have are starting to get sliiiggghhhtly loose) and smaller on top. So really, it's not like I'm teeny tiny or anything. But I'm so tall, looking at my length versus my width it looks different than let's say a 5'6" person in a size 14. I'm just going to have to keep moving forward and chart this territory for myself.

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CATIATM 4/18/2008 11:33AM

    I think you will find a weight range where you feel healthy, energetic, and strong. And that's the right weight for you, regardless of what Happy, your doctor, or anyone else believes.

Size 12s .... in my dreams! emoticon

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LANC92 4/18/2008 8:47AM

    You do know that the whole idea of the Happy Weight is that most women want to weigh much less than they ought to aim for so take the calculations with a grain of salt. In my case the Happy weight came out just about what I want to ultimately weigh so I'm glad to know I'm not being unrealistic. It may take me two or three years to get there but get there I will! And, to answer your question, I use a Garmin Forerunner to get all my running stats.

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MILLER32807 4/17/2008 11:07PM

    I've gone my whole life claiming to be big boned, so imagine my surprise when I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter and the doctor told me I was small framed. So basically she said I was FAT!! lol I did the Happy Weight Calculator, and it said my weight is 122. OMG!!! I have no idea what 122 looks like on a 5'3" body. Don't remember ever being that, except as a small child. I don't know that that is an attainable weight for me, so I'm just gonna stick with my goal of getting to 145 or so; maybe down to 133.

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BRUIN2 4/17/2008 10:39PM

    It is so weird to be in unchartered territory hey??

I'm 5'4" - so according to most sites I'm a giant near 140. But I look at myself and think there's no way I'll ever be a buck twenty. I think we just keep doing what we're doing, and look even more gorgeouser every day. We'll find our own happy weights!!!

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

I just checked and official times for my recent 5K are up and yes -- I did it in 36:20! :) I was kinda hoping it was slightly better than that, but glad it wasn't worse. HAHAHA :D

Also I found a route I'm looking forward to checking out for my run on Saturday. :D


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