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Another Vacation Update

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I'm feeling GREAT right now because I just got back from running and eating a Kashi Chocolate Peanut Protein Fiber Bar. WOOHOO! :D Yesterday food was... not great, but not horrible either. I wouldn't even know where to start tracking it, so I'm not, but whatever. I'm gonna try to track today, already put the kashi bar in there so I at least have my start. I think I'm gonna go do some yoga now and then shower.

I showed my kettlebell to my inlawsiblings yesterday and my brother in law like... can't stop thinking about it. :D I think he wants one now. :D HEHEHE! I'm gonna spread the kettlebell love!!! Demonstrated swings and 1/2 of a turkish get up. HAHAHA. I was not dressed for working out and didn't feel like getting sweaty, just doing a little demo.. :P But that was awesome.


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MARLIE13 7/17/2008 8:26PM

    LOL! I think kettle corn too! (Just catching up on your blogs. I must have missed one and then forgotten...and then of course SP stops sending you notices. ) So pooie on being behind on what's going on in your life!

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SKYFYRE 7/14/2008 12:45AM

    obviously havin a weak day because everytime you mention kettlebell I think kettle corn! Hahaha!

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HOPERY 7/13/2008 6:52AM

    I have kettle bell envy. Where did you get it?

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    Haha! I love that you are sparkin the family in 3D!

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CATIATM 7/12/2008 9:39PM

    You know, you're the second person who has raved about those kettle balls. I think I need to check them out!

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SLCOLMAN 7/12/2008 8:04PM

    WTG with getting the work outs in and the kettleball demo!

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Vacation is NICE! :D

Friday, July 11, 2008

I am really enjoying not being at work this week - YAY!!!

I'm definitely on Sparks less, though, since that is mainly where I spark, but here I am giving a little update.

Yesterday was pretty much a bust as far as the healthy lifestyle goes. We went to that fabulous BBQ place here and I have no willpower when it comes to that place. I think next time I will order something much smaller -- they have these combos that let you get 3 different kinds of "meats" and 2 sides and I am so indecisive that I always end up getting that simply because I can't PICK something because I really like so much of the food there. Well, I'm not going to do that again there. I think I've learned that I really can't (or won't) stop eating what's put in front of me at a restaurant just because I'm full. Solution -- order something SMALLER. They HAVE smaller orders, I just have never gotten them. :P SO! Put that in the knowledge bank.

I also didn't work out -- BUT!!! I DID TODAY!!! :D So my workout plan for the week shifted, but is still in place. Also, since I didn't workout yesterday, I did full body ST at the gym today so tomorrow I will just be running and maybe doing some yoga, but I don't have to even carry my resistance bands with me. I took advantage of the equipment at the gym while I was there and realllly exhausted my muscles. It felt great. I also got in the pool again today (finally) and that was really good. A 15 min intervals set on the stationary bike and I am a happy camper. :)

The good thing about skipping my workout yesterday was that I went shopping with my DH instead and I hit up New York & Company (I have NEVER ever BEEN IN there before...but a friend mentioned it the other night so I check it out), and they were having a MASSIVE sale. I got 2 pairs of pants, 2 skirts, and 3 tops for like... 70? And the pants are great work pants, too, nice tops, no T-Shirts or anything ;). HAHAHAHA.

Pants all size 10, BTW. ;) I also found an awesome sale at the Limited the day before and bought some size 12 jeans from there and a couple of nice tops -- total around $40. I am the best shopper in the WORLD. Those jeans were regularly I THINK $60?

I would also like to say that I tried on some super expensive jeans at a few places just because I never would have been able to put them on ever before, and they fit, and looked amazing, and that was wondeful.

I bought a small shirt from the GAP.

I can't believe it... in tops I'm a small or medium most places now. That is mindboggling to me.

Well anyway -- I'm having a great week off and it sounds like my DH is here so I'm gonna get going! :D

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CURVES_N_CURLS 7/16/2008 7:59PM

    Excellent shopping, girl! :)

Sounds like you had a geat vacation.

Let's see some pics of those new clothes...


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GNTKOEHL 7/12/2008 10:06PM

    You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jeans are always so difficult for me but I am so gladyou found some awesome sales. Sales are a beautiful invention.

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SAMANTHA212 7/11/2008 10:36PM

    Dang girl when I get to my goal weight, I am going to meet up with you and shop with you for some major bargain hunting!
Glad you are having an awesome vacation!

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STEFIPOP 7/11/2008 7:04PM

    2.2 POUNDS TO GOAL?! Oh my stinkin GOODness! Size 12? Size TEN?! I am telling you, woman, YOU ROCK!!!

I totally can't wait to go shopping when I am that close to or at my goal! I could go shopping now, but summertime = no money for me! One small drawback to working in the school system. Also, when I was 50 pounds heavier, all my clothes were stretchy. So, they mostly still fit. Allbeit, a very loose fit, they still work for summertime wearin.

Keep up the great work, Dana! I love hearing about your successes, struggles, and hard work! Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your time to yourself!

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LOBO1978_2000 7/11/2008 3:41PM

    vacations are good. Its going back that is hard. Hope you had a fun one.

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MARLIE13 7/11/2008 3:18PM

    Woohoo miss shopper! Those are some amazing deals that you found on small and medium sized clothing. WOOHOO!!! Aren't the smaller sizes FUN?!? And great job on working out today!

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    Excellent plan on the asking for smaller amounts. You can't eat what's not there to begin with! Sounds like a guaranteed solution...

And YEAH for massive sales! I totally shopped my guts out when I was on vacation last week. We should have a Hogwarts shopping trip!

Have a fabulous vacation!

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CATIATM 7/11/2008 2:08PM

    Oh my gosh. I have to do a major shop before I leave the country. I should so hire you! You obviously have an amazing talent for "retail therapy"! emoticon

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BRUIN2 7/11/2008 2:06PM

    So glad to hear that the vacation is treating you right!!

Good learning experience at the bbq place! (Though now I really want to go somewhere that serves three different meats on one plate...yummmm.....)

And again, you are the most supreme shopper ever!!! WOOOHOOOO!!!!!

Keep enjoying yourself!! Come visit the bunnies soon!!!!

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Little Update

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

So last night I get to the gym and I don't really feel like swimming that much anyway... so I go check out the pool and there are water aerobics finishing up and already people waiting around for the lane swimming to open, and I am definitely not skilled enough to try sharing a lane with someone, so I vetoed the swim last night and hopped on the ArcTrainer for the first time in AGES. Since I thought I'd be swimming and dancing I didn't even have any headphones with me so it was entirely musicless for 25 minutes, but got a good calorie burn in prior to the dance class. The class didn't really feel like a workout, but it was fun. :) It almost didn't happen!!! The teacher thought the class started at 7:30 and not 7:15. Luckily I was standing at the comment box about to write a nasty note when she showed up. ;) HAHAHAHAHA. So I made it!

We danced to the Pussycat Dolls song, When I Grow Up. I was a little bummed because we didn't even make it through the chorus, and she said next week we'd continue on... but I'll be at work. Unless I work some scheduling magic -- which I might try. :P

So yesterday AND today I weighed 167.2, so I've changed my ticker today.

I have a confession to make -- I almost didn't change it. Because I was scared I'd have to change it back up after this weekend. HOW STUPID IS THAT?????

I realized a) what, am I already planning on gaining it back? b) the accountability of having it up and telling everyone I lost can only HELP me do BETTER this weekend, not worse c) if I keep the loss a secret it'd be EASIER for me to sabotage and just not let anyone know but me and my poor hubby who I'd whine to about it.

SO. Enough of that silly crap.

I came down a pound finally. :) 2.2lbs to goal.

Well. I'm about to go run. :D


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GNTKOEHL 7/12/2008 10:01PM

    Don't forget that sometimes we do hit our LOVELY platueas, but don't get discouraged... if your clothes are fitting looser then you're stilldoing it. Inches are changing even when the scale isn't.

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MARLIE13 7/10/2008 5:57PM

    I say go for the scheduling MAGIC!! emoticon There's a magic wand you can use now. loL! Good girl on changing the tracker. I know exactly what you're talking about. It was similar to why when I was at 155 that I didn't lower mine to 150...or when I crept up to the 160s again...why I left it at 155. I really do NOT like getting comments on my page that congratulate me that I'm so close to my goal. Uh yeah, been there done that once. LOL! Seriously though since I had to raise my tracker and be honest, it is motivating me once again to make it go lower. I think I'm going to have to set a limit though once I get back down there...like 5 pounds for maintenace? so if I go above that, so does the tracker? Whatdya think?

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    emoticon You rock. emoticon

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SKYFYRE 7/9/2008 4:33PM

    I am Smirking, although you cannot see it through the computer... I am guity of doing what you decided not to do! Yay for you! You will lock in on smartness and good decisions this weekend! I can tell that you are too smart to eat fried everything over at the in laws! Hey maybe you could cook a recipie from Ellie Kreigers book for them?

Ok, well anyway, have fun, be strong, and enjoy the vacation!!!

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LANC92 7/9/2008 1:31PM

    It's the old dilemma isn't it - put it in the tracker or not; move the ticker or not? So you could choose not and then you just fool only yourself. So what if you have to move it up, down and all around!! Real people, even real skinny people do not weigh absolutely the same every day. It's so miniscule as to not even matter. And besides, you're doing great. Are you enjoying your vacay?

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LIFEANDALL 7/9/2008 1:15PM

    Congrats on the continued success. Your persistence seems to be paying off. Can't wait to be celebrating your goal soon! BTW, just saw the video for the P. Dolls this weekend. They are great! lol

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KIMCATUS 7/9/2008 12:48PM

    You are so close...I am so excited for you!!! I know, I felt the same way when I weighed after vacation...I almost didn't change my ticker...but I did and I'm glad. I need to be accountable for the good and the bad. Anywaho, you're doing great my friend...what's your reward for when you reach goal?

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    Scheduling magic, here we come! It's worth it to get through the chorus!

I did the elliptical for the first time in ages last night, and it about killed me! I long for the days when I could go for an hour and not even think about it. Got to get back to the happy place!

Well done on the loss, and only 2.2 lbs to goal!!

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BRUIN2 7/9/2008 9:59AM


(Why are you worried about this weekend?)

Work that scheduling magic - the dance class is worth it!!!

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ANNNND - Thumbs down!

Monday, July 07, 2008

OK, so I had a decent splurge on Friday, felt good about it... only to totally go crazy on Saturday. I did not eat until I hurt... I just made a really bad choice of what to eat for dinner. A wonderful meal of FRIED EVERYTHING please!! With a side of white bread! OH YES. hahahahahaha.

I spiraled into some despair that night and the next day until I pulled myself together and realized that it was not the end of the world and I'm still doing a great job and I still even had a deficit yesterday so I need to stop wallowing in self-pity. :P Nothing to be pitied.

Then I didn't try to go drastically low yesterday after a horrible morning eating. I'm not really even sure what that cinnamon roll's calories were, so I just estimated using Panera's. But anyway -- it was a high morning and rather than slipping on down that slope, I pulled myself up by my boostraps and portioned the rest of my day like a SMART individual. Enjoyed a turkey burger and fries and an ice cream cone. :P

SO THERE. I made the burger and fries very healthily, and the ice cream was a light ice cream.

I did not get quite the deficit I was aiming for this week, but still did really well overall. I had NO POSITIVE DAYS. Only deficits.

I had to add something I forgot to Friday - some ham - but nothing major so Friday's was a little different than I had before BUT!

Here goes:

6/30 - 7/6 = 3059.5, Average/Day = 437

Not too bad. I'm ok with it. That's still 87% of a lb deficit. :D HAHAHAHAA.

I haven't lost anything yet, but I did just come off of the worst part of the week -- annnnnnnnnnnd -- another reason I think I got so down... it's TOM this week, so PMS I think played a factor this weekend. :P

I think I'm gonna try to run more close by tonight rather than hit the gym beforehand, so no stationary bike today as mentioned on my previous blog. I might add it tomorrow if I'm not too worn out from my already planned swimming and dance class, but definitely those get priority and if I don't bike no biggie.

This week is my vacation darnit. :P And I still plan on getting in excercise but I'm not gonna be a nazi about it either.

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LOBO1978_2000 7/8/2008 5:48PM

    mmm all the food is making me hungry. Wow I guess I shouldnt have read this post so close to me getting off work. Lol have a good one.

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SKYFYRE 7/8/2008 2:30AM

    Dana, you remind me of me! Hahahaha! I lost my mind last week, but I guess I just needed to be reminded of how good it feels to be good and how being bad might fell good for a while & then it will come back and bite me in the butt!!

Your the bomb!

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    Dana, Yes, I agree... have some vacation fun, and keep up the good work with trying to work in exercise when you can! Enjoy your time off! Hugs, April

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HOPERY 7/7/2008 10:32PM

    Keep up the great work, and go have some vacation fun!

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KIMCATUS 7/7/2008 8:48PM

    You're still my hero(ine)!!!

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STEFIPOP 7/7/2008 8:45PM

    You are doing a fantabulous job, Dana! Enjoy your vacation! You deserve it! You can do well on vacation - and have a good time. Vacation is a great time to explore all kinds of exercise. Last week, I learned that I really love to walk outdoors with little spurts of jogging. Maybe someday I will be a runner, too! Teehee! Isn't getting fit fun?

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CATIATM 7/7/2008 7:03PM

    It's your holiday, Dana - enjoy yourself! A little, anyway. emoticon emoticon

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TERRI4EVER 7/7/2008 5:48PM

    You are doing so well

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    for a holiday weekend you did great!

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MILLER32807 7/7/2008 2:56PM

    You are doing awesome still. And its so hard to pick ourselves back up after we stumble, but YOU DID IT!!!

Thanks again for sharing the deficit tracking as that is something that is finally helping me. Last Mon I was 195 lbs. This morning it was 191.8!!! 3.2 lbs down... WooHoo!!!!!

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MARLIE13 7/7/2008 2:43PM

    I think it was your hip hop class that pushed me over the edge. That and the planets must have aligned or something but I'm back in the dance studio tonight and I could NOT be HAPPIER! Between you and Juli and all the SYTYCD that I watch...along with a timely email from my dance studio and the realization that my children are at their dad's for a good part of this month and I start back up with my CHA CHA lessons. YAY! and I so just hijacked your blog.

Boo on TOM but YAY on your bootstraps! I had no bootstraps this weekend but I staggered back on the train this morning. lol! Let's have a great week!

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Report on the 4th

Saturday, July 05, 2008

I did it UP, folks.


So much for my whole, I'm making turkey burgers and garlic fries at home, no plans for parties, no temptations....


I got out of the gym and called my DH and he said, come on over! He was at his office and he let's me know there's a BBQ over at his pal's house. Soooooo we go on over and there is a veritable SMORGASBOARD of food. The good thing is -- it's mostly all healthy. HURRAH! :D I just had way too much because I couldn't help myself from sampling pretty much EVERYTHING. :P

BUT! I just went and estimated to the best of my ability in my tracker and the damage is not as bad as I thought! I may have even stayed within my ranges had I not tried that empanada... but it was SO GOOD. :D And I didn't go overboard with eating one type of food way too much -- I definitely kept portion sizes normal to tiny. The main problem was just that I ate it all within a few hours...

Well -- the damage!

7/4: (1940+479.5) - 2009 = 410.5


Oh and for 7/3: (1940+522) - 1773 = 689

6/30-7/4 = 2600.8, Average/Day = 520.16

ALSO!!!!!!! I DID go and run this morning before work. :D I didn't get quite as far as I wanted to, but I also didn't really give myself enough time to do a PRE run warmup and stretch, so I walked for the first few minutes, and then jogged very lightly at first. Still made a good time I think -- 3.44 miles in 39:05. And that's with the walking included. I feel really great having gotten that done already today, and gotten 511 calories burned in the bank. :)

I've met my calorie burn goal of 2300 calories with that run, and now I'm debating whether I want to hit the gym after work or not. I have some tools at home for a full body ST workout -- looking forward to using my new Kettlebell today. And I biked yesterday..... I should have brought my kettlebell with me so I could do both at the gym and then shower there. But oh well. I think maybe I'll hit the gym and save kettlebell for next week. I packed clothes for changing into after showering at the gym and I don't want the effort to go to waste. :P HAHAHAHA

I need to go eat something.

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MARLIE13 7/7/2008 2:38PM

    see...I admire that you enter everything into your tracker. I used to do that. ;o) Urghh...denial.

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KIMCATUS 7/5/2008 1:41PM

    Even your bad days make my good days look bad...LOL!!! Or something like that! Hey chica you work your a$$ off so don't ever feel guilty about a few small treats...you're still awesome and you know it! Oh and who can say no to an empanada? Mmmm mmm mmm....

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KACHAFFE82 7/5/2008 9:33AM

    Ihad the exact same thing happen!! I was all "stay at home and have a veggie burger and corn on the cob" at home... WRONG! Hayden calls me from work and says to come on! They had an impressive spread of food... I didn't do as bad as I thuoght, but still! Gotta love those cupcakes with the flags on them.... :D

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