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Monday, May 05, 2008

So my legs have been really sore, plus I did so awesome all week, I took Sunday and Today as off days. I am considering doing whatever the Sparkpeople swimsuit challenge thing is for today tonight (I haven't looked at it yet) since I joined that team and all... but this morning I had an important task that precluded gym-going and whatnot.


I've been really excited to do this.

When I got my license last time, I had no idea how much I weighed but I knew it was more than the last time I was weighed at the dr's... so rather than estimate up from there... I just went with that weight. 220. YEAH. So LYING about my weight, it was 220. Of course since that time I went MUCH higher than 220, so I was walking around with a DL that was getting increasingly inaccurate -- in a bad way. Up to a 74lb difference.

Well, at some point last year I for the first time weighed LESS than my "lying" weight on my DL. :) It was a proud accomplishment.

And now by the time I went back to get it renewed, I was about 45lbs LESS than what it said.

So I very proudly said "175" (I'm not QUITE ready to change my ticker, but I'm close). :D I got a new picture snapped. (Not GREAT, but not too bad and isn't that really GOOD when it comes to Driver's Licenses???)

Anyway. That was a very cool thing. I will take a picture of my license when I get the real one. :D hahahaha.

P.S. -- I was just finishing tracking my excercise for last week and I actually exceeded my calorie burn goal by almost 100cal! :D

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CMM339 5/9/2008 4:11PM

    I really think it's funny how some licenses have you put what your weight is and other's done. Mine doesn't have my weight on it but everybody triple checks the picture of me with me as it doesn't look much like me anymore.

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MARLIE13 5/7/2008 8:19PM

    My license still says 174...and it was a lie for SUCH a long time! Now I think I need to make mine magically dissappear so I can get a new one and tell the truth. Congrats to you!

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CATIATM 5/6/2008 12:54PM

    I'm so glad we don't have to say our weight on licenses here! emoticon I'd have to stop driving. I'd be too ashamed to tell them!

Congrats on your calorie burn total! That's how it's done, baby! emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/6/2008 12:53:27 PM

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LOBO1978_2000 5/6/2008 9:28AM

    We all need rest days. Good job on being able to say you weight 175 at the DL place. You earned the opportunity to say that you do weight that much.

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AKASHA66 5/6/2008 2:52AM

    Great job on the new DL weight numbers, what motivation, you can look at at whenever you take out your license!

First time in a long time I didn't lie to the Dr about my weight in his office, gave him the real number, a good feeling.

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SMURFETTE0725 5/5/2008 9:32PM

    You're a ROCK STAR!! CONGRATS!! xoxoxoxo

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BRUIN2 5/5/2008 9:14PM

Sit back, have some tea, and relish in this day. WOOHOOO!

You'll be an Ironman yet. I can feel it. emoticon

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    Woohoo! That's a proud moment indeed!

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Update on the 5K... :)

Sunday, May 04, 2008

So, this morning I get up all super early for my 5K and it's storming!!! So I go and they are like, we're not cancelling unless there's a tornado warning, but we might start late. So we wait around...

Oh and I forgot to mention that I found out the course is downhill the first half and uphill the second half. OUCH!

ANYWAY -- we finally get started and I THINK I finished the first mile in under 10minutes!!! At the second mile mark I was at 20:50! :) That last mile was KILLER... uphill the whole way and simply torturous... BUT!

My final time was 33:30-something, and so I hit my goal of under 11min miles, AND improved my time from my last 5K by almost 3 minutes!!! WOOHOOO!!! :D I have yet to get my official time but I am very happy with that.

Also, there was a 1 mile fun run/walk and me and these two chicas I hung out with during the before and after times walked the mile after our run -- I think it really helped me to cool down.

Also, we went to Free Comic Book Day and they had an artist there from Cartoon Network who drew me an ADORABLE picture of Eduardo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. He is a big purple monster looking guy who is very afraid sometimes... so I asked her to draw him scared and crying and he turned out SO PERFECT. Her name is Stephanie Gladden, FYI, and she ROCKS. I watched her draw several flawless looking picturs of Cartoon Network characters such as Lazlo, Dexter, Johnny Bravo, Mojojojo, and Bubbles. :) hehehe. It was AWESOME.

This other artist.. .Rick............ Thompson I think - drew my DH a picture of Plasticman hula hooping. It was very cool.

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CMM339 5/9/2008 4:10PM

    Congrats on the 5K that's great. Doesn't it feel good to get back out there running again?

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LOBO1978_2000 5/5/2008 2:06PM

    Good work on your 5 K run. Great accomplishment.

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KELLZIE 5/5/2008 12:05PM

    Wow! Congrats! That is awesome!


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SMURFETTE0725 5/4/2008 7:07PM

    YOU ARE PHENOMENAL!! What a wonderful improvement over your last 5k! CONGRATS! You must be on cloud 9! HUGS!

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SKYFYRE 5/4/2008 4:07PM

    OK, Dana, your are definately a jockette! (Especially the part where you went the extra mile, hahahaha- get it, yuk yuk! That was awesome though!) You did great on that 5K, aren't you glad that you did that training run with the hill at the end now?!?!

Glad the Comic book day was a great time! I had to take a nap after my brick workout yesterday and didn't do shred that night d/t the exhaustion, and look at you, you went to a convention!

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CATIATM 5/4/2008 2:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for you!!!!!

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    Well done on the time! 3 minutes is a huge improvement!

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HOPERY 5/4/2008 7:08AM

    Awesome time! Especially for a hilly course!!!! Keep it up!!

What fun with the cartoonist!

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CAROL_HOORAH 5/4/2008 5:56AM

    wow your time was amazing congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow wow wow!!!!!!!!! 3 minutes is such a huuuuuge difference, i'm so proud of you!!!

I know what you mean about crappy runs, I've had one before that one, where I was just like - what is WRONG with my body today haha and I just didn't feel like it... I guess it's just like on some days going to the gym for weight lifting and you're just not feeling it, sometimes you can't push it! My training plan has me doing 3K today, so hopefully I'm going to blast that one!

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BRUIN2 5/4/2008 1:16AM


So glad your race wasn't cancelled! And look at that time!! Way to go!!!

So what's next? An Ironman perhaps?? hehe.

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Doing Good. :)

Friday, May 02, 2008

Last night we did go to Iron Man at midnight -- and to be honest I drifted at a few different moments... BUT!!! It was AWESOME. I already know I want to have it when it comes out (DH agrees).

BUT, it was 3AM already byt the time I got to bed and so my mind was a little loopy when I set my alarm, and I didn't set it at the right time to allow me enough time at the gym. WAH. Also I forgot I need to pick up my race packet today!!!

SO. I had a dilemma -- I COULD just go get my race packet and take my time and just go to work....

BUT! What I CHOSE to do is go to the gym, got in at least 15 minutes of swimming (usually I go for 20-25 min in the pool, this time I got about 17-18 minutes in the pool so YAY not THAT much different), and I'm gonna pick up my race packet on my lunch break.

I needed to get in the pool again this week -- got those goals driving me. So I am very proud of that choice. Also, went back and tracked my calories for last night this morning -- didn't eat the most amazing stuff. Convenience food. BUT!!! I got a good balance yesterday (maybe a bit high on fat, but it was from the peanut butter and mixed nuts mostly), AND stayed under calories. YAY.

Also I realized I need to renew my DL!!! It expires on like... Tuesday. YEAH. So I've got to figure out what to do for that today.

SO! Today's plan is - get race packet, carb it up tonight, get plenty of sleep.

Tomorrow is - 5K and Free Comic Book Day! :D

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KIMCATUS 5/3/2008 3:06PM

    Ahhh to be young and have so much energy! lol Great choices on the working out and good luck on your 5k today...go kick some butt!! :D

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MARLIE13 5/2/2008 1:47PM

    Oh my, I think I would have drowned from being so tired. LOL! You rock!

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Cross Posted in Bun Buddy Brigade

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Someone asked about how to make a playlist for running that follows certain BPM for pace and I had to find all the sites I used when I did this back in the day -- I need to go through and do it again with some faster songs now that I'm faster. I'm not still using the old running playlist, but I bet there's songs that were too fast for me before that I can use now! :D Plus I have new music since then! Anyway, I wanted to get all this information in a blog so I could always find it again if I need to -- plus who knows, it might help some of you anyway! :D

Cool website to help with jogging to BPM :)


Everyone is a little different so you can play with the BPM to fit your stride and pacing, but certain BPM (one beat per footfall) generally equals a certain pace.

This site: www.selfgrowth.com/articles/sundquist.html

Has a pretty useful chart for determining approximate MPH based on BPM.

COOL, eh?

And there are calculators you can use for figuring out the pace to music you already have, and you can edit that information in iTunes by right clicking on the song and editing the info. Then you can sort your music by BPM and make your own running playlists. I started doing this once, and really need to go back and finish. :D

This is the calculator tool I found online:

You just tap to the song and it will show you an average BPM. :)

The jogtunes site has lots of songs listed with their BPMS already and links to download from iTunes and stuff like that. :)

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HOPERY 5/2/2008 3:49PM

    Wow! This is cool! Right now, I run in silence (something I don't get much of) , but this might help mix things up and get me running at a faster pace. Thanks.

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CATIATM 5/2/2008 11:04AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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BRUIN2 5/2/2008 12:47AM

    This is soooooooo cool! (And gives me something to do at work tomorrow...hahaha, ok, maybe not tomorrow, but next week perhaps...hahah)

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Today's Workout = ....

Thursday, May 01, 2008


I got Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred in the mail from Netflix yesterday and did Level One this morning -- I love her. It was tough, but doable. I managed to make it through everything JUST BARELY. It's like she made the circuits in a way that just when my body is screaming NO!!! NO MORE!!! There's just a liiiiittttle bit more... and then you change and do something else. So you get relief mixed in.

I plan to do Shred 2 times a week. This will really help me feel better about the whole tri-training/lesscaloriesburned/thing cause it's adding a short 20min workout (NOT TOO MUCH TO BURNOUT ON) that I can squeeze in at home, but something intense so I get an added calorie burn bonus! :D Plus getting ST moves in. So yeah, I'm really happy with incorporating this into my workout plan for May.

After Shred, I went to the gym and did a really intense AWESOME 20min bike interval. SO!!! Next week it's 22minutes on the bike MINIMUM for TWO SESSIONS!

And I was thinking of my May goals and recapping this week mentally --

Bike 2 times - CHECK.
Swim 2 times - with tomorrow morning - CHECK.
Run 2 times - with Saturday's 5K - CHECK.

So WOOHOO. Even though only a few days this week are technically May, I'm still going to be on track for my goals. :D YAY!

I will be counting Mon-Sun as my week. As for the cheat meal -- that means Monday I blew it. I'm not sure what my weekend holds... so I will try my best to be good, but may allow myself one cheat meal this weekend if circumstances get crazy. I'm hoping I can stay on plan and within calories through Sunday though. :D That will give me a REALLY good start to the month.

Tomorrow we'll see what I can do about that whole "lengthofthepool" business.

See what goals can do to you?!?!?

P.S. -- My DH just called and we're going to see Iron Man tonight at MIDNIGHT. he he he. :D

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BRUIN2 5/2/2008 12:47AM

    WHAT A DAY! Woohooo!!!

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MARLIE13 5/1/2008 8:28PM

    Oh...I know you wrote that about Danielle fudging some squats in level 1...I CAUGHT THAT TOO! Man...if I was her, I would have been using perfect form. Do you think that maybe it was left in there on purpose...to make us feel better? lol!

I'd love to know what your 20 minute bike workout is like. I get on the thing and am usually clueless as to what I want to do. Do you do hills or flat?

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CAROL_HOORAH 5/1/2008 8:13PM

    congrats on being on your goals, that's awesome!!! Oooo let me know how iron man is, I want to see that movie too but my brother wants to go out and see it with my boyfriend which means i won't get to see it for awhile!!! ! :( lol but yay bro and bf bonding time!

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