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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Oh yes, I will be a swimmer.

Today's swimming went really well!! I think I made some improvements to my kicking and my breathing felt a lot easier and more automatic. And I was slightly faster than this lady who kickboards back and forth when I'm there. That's not to say I'm fast AT ALL. But if she's only using her legs and I've got legs and arms in the equation, shouldn't I be faster than a kickboarder? You'd think so... but I was only JUST faster than her I think. :P But I'm a newbie! SO THERE.

Then I went to go bike and realized when I was changing that I LEFT MY SHOES AT HOME... so I wore my flip flops up to the cardio floor... and biked barefoot!!! I was so nervous the whole time that an employee was going to come and tell me to get off the bike. They kept walking by, too, but no one said anything. I felt it best to keep it to 15 minutes though -- not just to not get caught, but I don't want to get some weird blisters that would interfere with running tomorrow. But since the time was short, I tried to keep the intensity nice and HIGH!

So, I realized after someone was asking me a question about it today that I needed to recalculate my BMR stuff since I lost weight. *DOH* Luckily I only lost about 10cal from my daily pre-excercise exertion count. YAY. Hahaha. :D So I will be providing updated Deficit Tracking today.

Last night's dinner was SO GOOD. I want to find Ellie Krieger and just hug her and tell her how much I love her cookbook and I'm so glad I tried it. Mom's Turkey Meatloaf and Smashed Sour Cream and Chive Potatoes! WOOHOO!!! Delicious! I have leftovers for lunch today and I am SO excited. It was very filling - my calories for yesterday ended up much lower than I expected, and I was below on fat. Want to make sure I'm getting enough healthy fats, though!!!

Also this morning I FINALLY made myself a smoothie for the first time in..... a year probably??? I froze some bananas earlier this week and I made this amazing recipe from The Food You Crave (OF COURSE). Very simple and delicious. This is how it went with MY ingredients...

1 exsmall banana (frozen)
.25 cup of vanilla Dannon Light N Fit
.5 cup nonfat milk
2Tbsp of Naturally More PB

THAT'S IT. Blend and let your mind be blown! hahahaha. I don't have ice, so I'm enjoying the fact that I can use frozen fruit instead. I have a bunch of frozen fruit in the freezer, too, so I need to GET ON THIS. Her recipe calls for a medium size banana and onlt 1.5Tbsp of PB, but I love PB and I had extra small bananas, so I guess mine got more PB flavor and less banana. But still super excellent.

I want to try some of the Eat Clean ones, but they all call for things like protein powder and whatnot that I haven't had a chance to purchase yet. (oh and of course, ice... We've turned off our ice maker to give more room in the freezer, and I think we have ice trays somewhere.........but not sure where) I like that Ellie Kriegers cookbook does not call for unusual ingredients that are harder to find at the grocery store, or even call for a health food store, etc. Everything she uses is so simple and wonderful. :)


Deficit Tracking:

6/16: (1940+332) - 1691 = 581
6/17: (1940+871) - 1569 = 1242

6/16-6/17 = 1823, Average/Day = 911.5

WOW! Yesterday's Deficit was INSANE.

Tomorrow is Runner's Yoga *YAY* and Upper Body ST.

I would also like to add that this week has been the week of , "Oh Dana you're just trying to disappear on us!" and "You're just gonna blow away!!" and "Skinny Minny, chew a piece of gum!" (as I looked to see if some gum was sugar free or not...)


I'm strong and working to be more fit everyday!!! I appreciate the compliment behind the comment, but I'm not trying to disappear into nothing!! I'm too tough for that crap! :P ;) Ok I'm not that tough in general, but TOUGH when it comes to working out!!! YEAH!

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TINKERSPELL 6/19/2008 1:23PM

    Bananas... I'm so jealous! I've developed a very severe allergy to them. I eat them and have the sort of violent reaction some people get from eating shellfish or nuts. I miss them! But that smoothie sounds totally delicious! I wonder how it'd be with cashew or walnut butter and strawberries...

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THICKY_THICK 6/19/2008 1:04PM

    wow. i'd be afraid to lose a toe. lol. determination is a powerful thing. let me have some! haha.

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SKYFYRE 6/19/2008 3:09AM

    Dana! The Barefoot-stealth-cyclist!

ok at you! I had a similar episode of improper footware, grabbed my work tennies instead of my running tennies! Ack, they are a 9.5 and I wear an 11 to run in, owie!

Nice commitment on both our behalves!

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/18/2008 10:53PM

    You are A-MAZ-ING!! I love coming to your blogs for inspiration, a chuckle or two, and to be completely blown away by your athletic skills =) You won't blow away because you are STRONG and FIT and oh so FABULOUS!

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WOLFKITTY 6/18/2008 8:05PM

    You are the super strong triathelete! Wow... :D
You are making me SO HUNGRY, I think I need a snack, LOL!
AND I need that book. :D

You go!

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MARLIE13 6/18/2008 7:17PM

    I'm so glad you're trying all these recipes so I know which ones to try next. BUT, my girls won't eat much of what's in there...I keep trying to expand their pallets and will keep at it. I'm excited for when my sweetie will actually live here and I can try more that an adult would appreciate. Except he's the semi pro chef but I honestly think that I could dazzle him with my mad Ellie KriegerZircadia skills. lol!

Your deficits inspire jealousy. loL! You're a rockstar ohbarefootedlancearmstrong!

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SLCOLMAN 6/18/2008 6:43PM

    WTG with still biking!!!!

I totally think that I am going to have to find me that cookbook! :)

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STRILLO 6/18/2008 6:18PM

    Wow! Congratulations on your progress! You mentioned a recipe book? Could you give me the name/author of that book. I've been looking for a good recipe book for a long time.

Thanks and keep it up!


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JAYMATTER 6/18/2008 3:58PM

    Hm. I was about to make a smoothie when I read this. Good idea ('cept i have no yogurt). :)

edit: milk + banana + PB + whey = yum! That tastes like more!

Well done on the shoeless workout, by the way.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Runner's Yoga kicked my BUTT today!!! The slower people weren't there, and one of the faster folks... basically it was "Speedy" and me. And our teacher. (AT FIRST) We headed out at a much faster pace than I'm used to and I kept up for a while but then I started dragging. The teacher kept talking about how we were going to do 6 miles, and we went farther than we did on the first day when we did 5 miles, but somehow when I mapped it it came to 4.82 or something, so either I mapped it wrong, or we went farther but didn't take as many twists and turns? I dunno, but we ran for 55minutes and I'm counting it as 4.82 miles to be conservative.

Still a big feat for me, who prior to running this class had run ONCE for 4.1 miles and that being the longest EVER.

I was SOOOOOO drained after the run -- taking that faster pace at the beginning really kicked my butt later on, but the teacher seemed excited for me because I did decently at keeping up most of the time, and he pointed out that I will be getting the most benefit because I have to push myself to keep up, so I will see the most improvement in my running. THAT IS FO' SHO'!

Then we did yoga and pilates again, and I did upper body ST, and went home and showered... and THEN my stomach started feeling all kinds of crazy, and it's feeling better now, but man. I dunno what was up. Water didn't help, food didn't help... but I feel better now so ok. :)

The Mango BBQ Chicken was a success, as if I didn't know it would be... :) BEST COOKBOOK EVER. Only 220 cal per serving of chicken, and you it gives 40 oz of chicken for 8 servings, so that's 5 oz of chicken per serving. I made half the chicken and have leftover sauce. Tonight I'm making a turkey meatloaf and some mashed potatoes. :) WOOHOO!

I would also like to state that my weigh-in this morning was ALMOST the same as yesterday, so yesterday was NOT a fluke, I really did lose weight. HAHAHA. :)

Now for Deficit Tracking:

6/16: (1950+332) - 1691 = 591


Today so far, well, I've only eaten (including an upcoming snack) about 1164 today, leaving a nice allowance for dinner. Today's workout burned 871 calories according to my various estimating tools!!! :D (One day I will have a HRM...) But WOOHOO!!! KICKBUTT!

I just hope I get enough rest and recuperation tonight that I feel strong tomorrow in my workout. Tomorrow is a Swim+Bike brick, and a rest day from Strength Training.


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CALICAVEGIRL 6/18/2008 12:47PM

    Runner's Yoga sounds insane!!! Glad you are enjoying it, though. Quick question, how much down time do you usually have in-between swimming and biking when you do the Swim+Bike brick?

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SKYFYRE 6/18/2008 4:06AM

    Oh my Goodness! you are a Monster! -in a good way like a crazy workout machine Woohoo! I love the runners yoga stuff! sounds like a blast, really motivating, and entertaining for blogs! You lost weight? Duh!! You have really amped up the workouts and kicked it up a notch! Yay! I want what your smoking, heehee just jkidding, but if you could bottle your enthusiasm and energy, I would purchase a bit!

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KACHAFFE82 6/17/2008 9:41PM

    Yay! Congrats on getting your butt kicked! :D

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SLCOLMAN 6/17/2008 9:22PM

    I have to know... What cookbook are you talking about? That chicken sounded YUMMY! Congrats on the awesome run!

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BRUIN2 6/17/2008 8:24PM


What a day!!

For what it's worth...my tummy does not like long runs. I need to find a potty immediately afterwards (I know, TMI, but my point is, sometimes our body's do strange things, so we just have to figure out how to make them happy!)

You WILL feel strong tomorrow - I can tell already!!

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**PRICELESS** 6/17/2008 8:20PM

    You are really amazing! I love reading about how you kick your own butt every single day! ! =P

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Monday, June 16, 2008

I.... have officially weighed in WITHIN my maintenance range! :D



I'm not going to change anything until I get to 165, but I am totally psyched. :D After finishing TOM and not feeling bloated and getting plenty of sleep, I weighed this morning to find that number staring at me. YES!!!! :D

To recap last week's Deficit Tracking:

6/9: (1950+302) - 1656 = 596
6/10: (1950+757) - 1776 = 931
6/11: (1950+0) - 1720 = 230
6/12: (1950+552) - 1700 = 802
6/13: (1950+329) - 1784 = 495
6/14: (1950+387) - 1888 = 449
6/15: (1950+0) - 1840 = 110

Total Week Deficit: 3613, Average/Day = 516.14

So really, I could have had a zero deficit day yesterday and met 3500, but I didn't eat just to eat. I had a good day, had a splurge day with some Taco Bell and whatnot, but kept it lighter the rest of the day.

:D I can't believe I'm in the 160's still. WOW!!!!! I'm still shocked. HAHAHA :D I've been working hard for it though.

Took some measurements today and I've lost .5" from my waist, 1" from my hips, and something or another from my thighs since last measuring. :D YAY! My arms and calves are the same, but I really think my arms are seeing some improvement in tone even though the measurement is staying the same.

You know what's killer? Pike Crunches. Everytime I do them I'm sore for at least 2 days afterward. HAHAHA. My abs are definitely still sore from Saturday.

This morning's workout was Lower Body and Swimming. I got a resistance band pack this weekend! WOOHOO! :D So I finally was able to try this excercise that's supposed to help with the booty. It's a like... sideways walk thing. with a resistance band around your feet. Either around your legs or under your feet and in each hand, either way. So that was great. I'm also very excited about what this means for me getting in some Strength Training when I'm travelling -- since they're so light I won't have the excuse of not having the equipment anymore. No more will I be limited to body resistance excercises only! :D hehehe. NO MORE EXCUSES basically.

Swimming also went well -- I feel like I'm actually getting better although the progress is small and slow, I can tell a difference. Like I'm actually able to breathe to the left now. :) haha.

I'm feeling very relaxed and happy today. Dinner is prepared for tonight -- I worked on it yesterday. The Chicken w/ Mango BBQ Sauce I've been talking about?? I finally made the sauce yesterday and the chicken is marinating in some of it AS WE SPEAK. So that will be tonight's dinner. The sauce tasted really great when I sampled it. :)

Tomorrow: Runner's Yoga + Upper Body ST (Runner's Yoga will also include Core ST, and if not, I'll do that afterward :P )

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THICKY_THICK 6/19/2008 1:06PM

    yay! keep up the fantastic work!!

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TINKERSPELL 6/18/2008 8:11AM

    Congrats! You must be thrilled!

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    congrats!! that is just SO exciting! and your deficit for the week is incredible!! u should be very proud!!!

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STEFIPOP 6/17/2008 2:29PM

    You are so very inspiring, Dana! Someone I can really look up to - and not just because you are a full foot taller than I am :) - rather because you have made some very wonderful changes in your life! Thanks for sharing!

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BRUIN2 6/17/2008 2:12PM

    Chicken with MANGO BBQ SAUCE????

Oh Dana, I'm going to have to stop reading your blogs. They just make me so dang hungry! hehehe.

Where's that recipe from??? Please share!!!!

Oh yeah, and did I mention that YOU ROCK!! Maintenance-ville is ready for you!!

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/17/2008 9:21AM

    I laughed a little when you said you could actually breath on your left now =) It's weird, for me it's easier to breath on my left then on my right (I'm right handed btw). I alternate breathing, but when I breath on my right I tend to take in a little water as well as air - lol. Breathing on my left feels so much more natural. Strange, . . . but glad you are becoming more proficient and you are improving. Congrats on the maintenance weight too!!! WHOO HOO is RIGHT!!!


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LANC92 6/17/2008 8:24AM

    Wow. I am so happy for you. And slightly jealous. I can't even tell you how badly I want to be at maintenance. But, it's not about me, IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU - WAY TO GO.

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**PRICELESS** 6/17/2008 12:30AM

    WOOHOO!!!! Congratulations on the 160's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CJBAGGINS 6/17/2008 12:28AM

    Well done, Dana!! That is absolutely fantastic. I'm coming round the corner right after you I hope. About 6 more to go for me! Woo-hoo! cj

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PLATAS0827 6/16/2008 9:55PM

    CONGRATS!!!! That's awesome!!

I actually have a question for you... What are you adding and subtracting.... what is the deficit you are talking about??? I know that is probably a stupid question .. but if you could explain it or send me to a article that can or what not.. I would appreciate iot...


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SLCOLMAN 6/16/2008 9:25PM

    Congrats on getting to your goal!!! Your will power and success is just fantastic!

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MARLIE13 6/16/2008 6:46PM

    You're so awesome! I'm so totally jealous. I need to suck some of your willpower in the eating department out of your blog. Bleck. I got hit with TOM twice though, but still frustrated. But oh well and back at it.

I'm making that chicken from EK's book tonight...and hope to report back with success. Can't wait to hear how your mango chicken turns out!

Yay on the bands too...and maintaining...and wow!!! 168.2! WOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!

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    Wow!! Hooray for maintenance! That's got to be a fantastic feeling. One of these days...or years... emoticon

Well done on everything, my friend! emoticon

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Just a Quick Update...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

So, last night was kind of random, we had plans, but they fell through, and then made other plans, and food had to fit around everything in a different way than anticipated but! I ate at home, ate relatively healthy, so woohoo.

Deficit Tracking:

6/13: (1950+329) - 1784 = 495

6/9-6/13 = 3054, Average/Day = 610.8

WOOHOO!!! So I only need 446 cal of deficit to get my 3500 goal.

As soon as I get off of work I'm going to get my workout in.

I've been reading articles on the Figure Athlete website for more knowledge and ideas on strength training. I don't want to look like a Figure Athlete, but I figure from where I'm starting, with some of those tips and some work I can get more muscular and toned. :) Today is Upper Body, Core, and Swimming. :D YAY!

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MARLIE13 6/16/2008 2:03PM

    That butt article you posted was awesome. I hope you post more that you find interesting! Woohoo on your success this last week!

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LOBO1978_2000 6/16/2008 1:34PM

    Woo HOo.

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KACHAFFE82 6/16/2008 10:34AM

    Yay you!

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WOLFKITTY 6/16/2008 1:16AM

    Good job! :D

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SLCOLMAN 6/15/2008 11:39PM

    I'm going to have to go take a look at the figure athlete stuff... Great job with everything!

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SKYFYRE 6/15/2008 7:02AM

    i saw your article's from the figure athlete thingie, yikes those women could snap a walnut in half with a sqeeze of their buns! hahaha! i wouln't mind being at least half that toned! i was drooling over the shrimp cream broccoli recipie might have to do it with chicken though, i don't like to eat swimmers!

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Just Keep on Moving!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Well, I almost didn't make it this morning, but I did get in some excercise. It was fast and furious, but I did it. I didn't think through my wake-up time very well, and things also happened to make me be even slower.... :P But I got to the gym.

I almost forwent ST for more time on the bike, but I thought about it and reminded myself that calorie burn is not my top priority right now as much as building strength and muscle, so I did 4 Lower Body excercises and moved on to a hardcore interval bike session -- I read recently about a plan that uses a 1 minute high, 2 min low to increase body fat loss. So I did that today just for the heck of it. It was fun -- I wish I could have had more time, but I felt really good about the fact that I didn't just give up on it since I didn't have much time. The total calorie burn estimate for the time I put in is 329 calories, and I can definitely use that. It was worth it for sure. And tomorrow I will swim and do Upper Body and Core to finish out the week. :)

Deficit Tracking:
6/12: (1950+552) - 1700 = 802

Ate a Making the Cut recipe last night that was really good, and I'll be having it today for lunch so I'm really looking forward to that. :) Shrimp, Broccoli, and Sundried Tomatoes w/ Pasta. It uses fat free cream cheese and chicken broth to make a kind of creamy flavorful sauce. OH! I made the horrible mistake of buying shrimp that were only sans head -- not peeled OR deveined. UGH, they were right mixed in with the other kind apparently because I was looking at those and then saw this package had closer to the weight I was looking for and bought it, then I pulled them out to make dinner last night and realized I had a LOT of work to do... :P BOO!

6/9-6/12 = 2559, Average/Day = 639.75

941 calories of deficit till my goal, and 3 days to get it. :)

Today we had an "Ice Cream Social" as part of Employee Appreciation Week. They purchased Fudgsicles, Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Vanilla Ice Cream Bars (you know with the chocolate on the outside?) The cool thing is -- they got No Sugar Added stuff. :D So I had a sandwich and it was only 110 calories!! WOOHOO!!! Since I was handing them out I got a look at the box and jotted down the nutrition facts -- it also had 3g of fiber. Crazy, huh? :D hahahaha.

Today so far:

6/13: (1950+329) - 1063 = 1216

I think for dinner tonight will be the Chicken w/ Mango BBQ Sauce recipe from The Food You Crave. We'll see.


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LOBO1978_2000 6/16/2008 1:29PM

    Just keep moving makes me think of Finding Nemo and Dori singing Just keep Swimming, Just keep Swimming.

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MARLIE13 6/13/2008 7:44PM

    Watching shrimp get deveined at one of those "theycookitinfrontofyou" places...stopped me from eating shrimp for awhile. I've been sans shrimp for oh, three years now. loL! I might get brave again...maybe.

I'm trying a recipe on Sunday...the Jamaican chicken with the pineapple relish? I think that's it...from Krieger's book...on Sunday. Have you made that one yet?

Good job on the calorie burn!! Thanks for the pep talk too...I'm over it. But a little leery of the evening. I need to have more faith in myself. lol!

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/13/2008 4:12PM

    That shrimp recipe sounds yummy ;-) I too had shrimp last night, . . . hmmm, wonder if it's a spark trend - lol.

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WOLFKITTY 6/13/2008 3:57PM

    I love shrimp (or "shhlimps" as I sometimes pronounce them). I had some last night. That's HILARIOUS that you didn't have them peeled. Ugh. I don't think I could do it. I love 'em but don't like to be reminded that they have that digestive tract right there.. Deveining.. ick.

Anyhow, CONGRATS on all of the good news!
You go, girlie!

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