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Trombone Playing. :)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


YEAH. That's right, I finally recorded myself with some talking and trombone playing. I'm all nasty cause I just finished working out before practicing, but at least you can kinda hear me and whatnot. Enjoy!

The picture is what I'm wearing today, although I purposefully pulled the bagginess of the shirt closer because I really just wanted to see where my body is now. I think I have one other side shot in my gallery unless I deleted it... and it's a big difference!


emoticon Those are swing kicks from Day 30 of MTC. Today was my first ever AT HOME Making the Cut workout. I just did NOT feel like going to the gym, so rather than not workout, I did it at home. I did the Standing Lat Pull Downs and Seated Cable Rows with Resistance Bands (so glad I finally got those), subbed Good Mornings for Back Extensions, but everything else was as written. The excercises were either body weight based or if they were with dumbbells they were ones I'd do with probably 5lb weights at the gym anyway, so I was good. OH except for the Concentration Curls. Those needed a heavier weight. I did the first rep of the circuit with the 5ers, but then I used my 10lb kettlebell for the second rep of the circuit. :) MUCH BETTER.

I also did about 30 KB swings, not much, but it was something!!!

Then I played trombone for a little while with the HRM still on. Then stopped and played a bit more with it on, then without. Made those videos...


emoticon MIXED BEAN MINESTRONE STEW! That's the name of the recipe I made last night. People, I chopped onions, celery, sliced carrots, cubed a potato and a squash -- I was a regular super cooking machine. The only "non scratch" type items I used was canned diced tomatoes, canned beans instead of dried beans, and veggie broth powder instead of homemade vegetable stock. As far as I'm concerned, that is a FROM SCRATCH SOUP! OK and I didn't make the pasta, that came from a box. :P But who makes fresh pasta? Almost no one, thanks. It was delicious but made a TONNNNNNNNNN. The cookbook says it makes 24 cups and six servings, so that means one serving is 4 cups! 2 cups is PLENTY, thank you very much. I added one whole serving to my tracker for lunch by mistake, but I also need to add the peas. (OH yes, frozen peas) to the recipe as well, but that won't add many calories. I will be eating this stuff forever. :)

emoticon Work has been crazy busy today. I came in, prepped for a meeting that started about 50 min after I got here, was ready to walk into the meeting 5 min before it started, the meeting lasted the FULL 2 hours scheduled for it, then I had an hour to get other things done and in order before lunch. Now I'm back from lunch and getting my SparkPeople stuff in order.... then more work stuff to do. :P hahaha :D It's good to be busy, though, it makes the day go by faster.

emoticonUmm, I guess this will work.. :) Adding more pictures to my gallery since I finally put them on my computer today, including ones from "the day I felt cute" as I'm calling it -- with the legwarmers. A little unusual, but I'm a fan. :P

I think that's it....

OH!!! I burned a total of 500 calories from my MTC/KBswinging/Tromboneplaying session, 54 minutes.

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TRES.B 10/11/2008 12:15PM

    Hey that was fabulous! My daughter was assigned a trombone for band so I showed her it actually does make music, and you inspired her..Two at once..me for weightloss and Amy for trombone

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TRECECOOKS 10/10/2008 2:04PM

    Kick-ass calorie burn!! Good job!
Soup sounds lovely, and the pictures are wonderful; you've got a cute butt, girlie!!

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SLCOLMAN 10/9/2008 7:27PM

    Wow! You look fantastic!!

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WHATAGRL42 10/9/2008 6:08PM

    you look kick-ass! I'm off to hear you on y-tube!
Lisa emoticon emoticon

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MARLIE13 10/9/2008 4:15PM

    The stew sounds awesome miss fabulously SKINNY in the mirror! I've been having homemade chili for the last two week, everyday for lunch. Might be time to try something different. Looking forward to checking out the trombone playing ...and the legwarmers too! Yay on adapting your MTC workout to your "home gym." You're rockin' it!

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**PRICELESS** 10/9/2008 3:28PM

    Are you not HOTT!!!!!!!!!

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CATIATM 10/9/2008 3:11PM

    Sadly, YouTube is one of the many sites the Tunisian government blocks. emoticon So I'll have to wait until I'm somewhere else to check out your trombone genius!

As for your hot, Sparkbody? SMOkin'! emoticon

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TELERIE 10/9/2008 11:28AM

    8 calories! Wow! You must keep on playing! Great blog, fun video, you look awesome!

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BOTZZZ 10/9/2008 11:15AM

    Ok, I commented your page BUT that pic, you look maaaaavolous! really! and the vids ;) , the soup sounds great and I make something similar but I use chicken stock, I make either chicken stock or soup every time we have a whole chicken for dinner so there is always stock in the freezer ;) .

hmmmmm I have been deficit tracking should I be logging guitar playing time?? I have to play that thing 1-2 hours daily on and off all day every day! :)

As Ever

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KMKMOM 10/9/2008 10:58AM

    I loved seeing you in the videos, Dana. Very cool to see you moving and hear your voice. Great trombone playing!

It's nice to hear that MTC doesn't necessarily have to be done in the gym. I'm holding out on getting that book until I get a little closer to my goal weight and don't belong to a gym either.

Your new pictures look great, too. That's amazing about how much you had to cut out of that top to alter it. You're quite an inspiration.

Oh, and how much would it cost me to hire you as my personal chef. LOL

Have a great Thursday!


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BRUIN2 10/9/2008 10:48AM

    Hello Prettiest Trombone Player EVER!!!

I LOVED THE VIDEOS!!!! And how crazy cool - 85 cals in like a minute of trombone playing. RIGHT ON!!!!

And isn't your little accent just the cutest!

Yay for MTC at home!! And the soup - YUMMMMMM!!!! And also yay for a work day going by fast! And what else should I be yay-ing?

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MDTWEETY 10/9/2008 10:06AM

    OMG, you are so adorable! Thanks for the music pick-me-up.
Wow, you will be eating that stew for weeks. I'd share with the neighbors. LOL.
Going to check out your gallery now...

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SWEETZMIX 10/9/2008 9:01AM

    Hey Dana, imma have to check out ur youtube link later. LOL I don't have a closed office.

That pic u posted, u look REALLY good. So skinny!!! What a difference from ur gallery, since I can't go there and just look at one pic. And those leg warmers with that outfit is cute, u look just like a city girl out here. LOL

That soups sounds sO good. I love soup especially now when it's chilly!!! MMMMMMMMMMMM SOUP!!!!

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SKYFYRE 10/9/2008 1:35AM

    Do you remember Yan Can Cook? He was a chopping maching, like you! Anyway, sounds yummy, any seasoning besides salt & pepper?

Um, yeah, so when are you gonna apply for that modeling job?! Sheesh girlie, you are FOXY!!!!
Much love, jerkyrunner!

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JAZZSIREN 10/9/2008 12:06AM

    Your trombone videos were AWESOME! :) You're totally going to rock that solo in concert!

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APPLEHEAD326 10/8/2008 10:03PM

    Aw, that was so cool! You are very talented! emoticon

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KIMCATUS 10/8/2008 9:33PM

    *sigh* Talented and gorgeous...

Love love love the trombone playing! The boy I had a crush on in high school played the trombone but I think you're cuter! ;)

Sounds great!! Love the new pictures!!

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KKATZE 10/8/2008 9:18PM

    Wow, I didn't know you are into music playing.... nice!! I would love to play in a band or group of musicians, too.. but hardly have time to keep up with my piano skills just for myself.... My biggest recent achievement was playing one of Brahm's Hungarian Dances with my husband on a joint piano session for a Fundraiser... so much fun and we plan to do it again next year! Cheers to you, don't know where you take all the time to do all these things and write super detailed blogs almost every day...


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BLAZEGRRL 10/8/2008 8:48PM

    You look beautiful and I love the video! You are so technologically savvy ;)

Great work on 500 cals burned today, ow ow! emoticon

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STEFIPOP 10/8/2008 8:01PM

    OMG, Dana! I love the trombone playing! Thanks for letting me hear your voice, too! I just think the trombone is one of the most soulful sounds you can hear. It just resounds with feelings of the deep south and days gone by. Too cool! Beautiful music!

You look very pretty in that top above - as always, of course.

I did not feel like working out last night at all. I did however do some body weight strength training exercises plus some jumping jacks during the Biggest Loser, so I guess that counts for something, right? I am SO doing some dvd cardio tonight, though. I saw a kettleball on youtube once... it seems like a unique tool. Maybe adds some more fun to the workouts, huh?

I totally read your beginning recipe wrong. The first couple of times I read it, I thought "people" was an ingredient. I kept going back and saying "HUH?!" LOL! I thought it said "People, chopped onions, celery..." Since when did you become a cannibal? Sorry, I am a little silly tonight! Other than the peas (and people - haha) - it sounds like a delish recipe! Yummy!

Being busy at work is nice, I agree. Some schools I work at, it seems like I just got there, and the kids are being dismissed already. I'd much rather have it that way than to be dragging through the day wondering if it's over yet!

Oh, and about those legwarmers... as long as they're not Rainbow Brite ones, I think you're safe! haha

Have a great evening!!! tatah

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Run in the Rain

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

So today's run went well. :) I kinda procrastinated it too long, just BARELY managed to shower and make it to work on time. (One more minute and I would have been considered "tardy" oooooh) Anyway...

emoticon My average Heart Rate was 158 which is ALMOST the lowest so far (157) not counting the day I did sprints that I walked in between to get down to 120-130's before sprinting again. That day's average was a bit deceiving. But yay for my average being low, and that is including a SPRINT to the finish!!! It started raining just after the 3 mile mark, so I pretty much sprinted the rest of the way back to my apartment, about 1/3 of a mile. My average time was 14min miles. So my Heart Rate would have been lower average had it not been for the fast run at the end, and I don't think the time would have been THAT drastically affected had I run more slowly for that last 1/3 a mile. :) So ... maybe I'm getting faster at a low heart rate? That'd be nice. But overall, just a very nice run. I did kind of get soaked at the end, but the rest of the run was beautiful. Nicely shady with the clouds and overcast, breezy and lovely. :)

emoticon Last night was sausages and sweet potato fries. :) Tonight I'm planning to make some veggie stew thing from Dr. Weil's cookbook from the library -- can't remember exactly what's in it, but I'm excited. (Hope it's actually really good...)

emoticon Work has been kind of weird this week. That's all I'm really gonna say about that. Some weird dramas going on...


I dunno what else. Need to practice my trombone during the week and not just play on Monday night. Gotta go by the library to pick up a book that's on hold. Gotta do some ST at some point this week as well. Kettlebells. Yes.

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TRECECOOKS 10/10/2008 2:10PM

    Sounds like a sweet run; congrats on the lower heart rate!

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MARLIE13 10/8/2008 6:55PM

    Work drama? Boo! Good job on your lower heart rate. That should make you all superfastrunnylongtime girl by my expert opinion!

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SWEETZMIX 10/8/2008 6:31PM

    Dana u and this running. One day imma run cuz i am jealous. LOL J/K

OOOOOOOO work drama...I know. Girl do I know about Drama. I try not to mention things cuz u never know right..LOL

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APPLEHEAD326 10/8/2008 11:03AM

    Lol, your blogs make me laugh they have such personality. I can almost hear you talking-- I know, weird! Lol! But, it's neat because it makes you feel like you can understand the person a little bit better. I love to jog in the rain, it's refreshing!

Enjoy your dinner and the rest of your week-- sweet potato fries I have ALWAYS wanted to try that... I love sweet potatoes! Don't eat sausage. : P

Talk to you sooN!
Your Sparkfriend,

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BOTZZZ 10/8/2008 9:35AM

    Dans, indeed I am back ;) but onto your post, the running and having a lower heart rate thing, thats great and well yeah I would think the easier it got for you the easier it will be on your body and a lower heart rate should be expected eventually and looks like you may be getting there, awesome!

I too had sweet potato fries with dinner last night, but we had turkey burgers with ours, and the trombone, my son just got a trombone and is joining the band in school, I gotta tell ya WOW is that thing loud and I m going nuts when he practices! lol sounds like hes killing baby elephants with a screwdriver upstairs! yes I said with a screw driver! lol

As Ever

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CATIATM 10/8/2008 8:37AM

    I wish we could hang out IRL, too. You just sound like the coolest person. I love all your eclectic interests!

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CAROL_HOORAH 10/8/2008 6:01AM

    that's awesome that your heart rate is so low!!! I wonder what mine is!! Mine used to be super super super fast. My iPod went kurpusky after the 10k run in NYC - it was in my bra the whole time and I think I sweated so much that I killed it. :( lol But anyway there is a warranty on it so I'm going to send it in someday soon hopefully I'll be back to tracking. My way of tracking currently is - last night I raced dave from the bottom of his apartment up the stairs to the 3rd floor and to his door to his room and he BARELY beat me, whereas in the past he would have obliterated me. LOL Anyway have a good one!

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SKYFYRE 10/8/2008 12:49AM

    Ugh about the weird work drama, hope it ends soon!

Bravo on you run in the rain! I think running in the rain is so Hardcore! It's just that you aren't all sissy, not wanting to get wet or ruin your shoes, and that it's just all "Rocky" and everything! I LUV running in the rain because of all those things, although it rarely rains here so I don't get to feel "Rocky Balboa" very often! I am a weirdo, I know!

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BRUIN2 10/7/2008 9:20PM

    Oh yum! Sausage and sweet potatos!

YAY for your timing on your run!! It's good to run in the rain to get the practice in (in case one of your races ends up being on a rainy day) - and that's so nice that it only rained near the end!

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HOPERY 10/7/2008 9:16PM

    Need the sweet potato fry recipe. I even have sweet taters in my cupboard.

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KIMCATUS 10/7/2008 8:43PM

    Mmmmmmm sweet potato fries!! Wish my hubby liked sweet potatoes...can I come eat at your house? lol

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Still Maintaining - HURRAH!

Monday, October 06, 2008

So, last week was a little up but it was TOM, this week is back to where I've been maintaining, minus a some ounces, so I'm pretty happy about that.

emoticonMy run on Saturday went really well. I did NOT keep my heart rate as low as I've been trying to in regular runs -- I tried most of the time, but then I got very distracted by everything else on my run and excited and just let it go. :) I ran in a new area and also through all of the Alabama Game Day festivities. :D It was pretty fun to be running past all of the people tailgating and milling around before the game. The only bummer was when my MP3 player's battery died, but it was toward the end of my run and I actually started in a different place than I had mapped -- in the bottom of the elevation map actually -- so I ended on a downhill trend, which made the home stretch more enjoyable than it would have been going uphill without music. :) HAHA

After my run I was feeling pretty good until later that evening I just got exhausted and didn't want to do anything. I'm not sure if it was really the run, or if it was the fact that I didn't really get enough sleep the night before. I wanted to do the run so bad I just got up anyway and went for it, but I think it caught up with me later that evening. I drank water like a demon and ate ate ate so I don't think it was dehydration or refueling issues.

OH and I burned 1174 caloried and ran for about an hour and a half. :) WOOHOO.

emoticon On Saturday I cooked Curried Masoor Dahl and Naan for dinner. :D WOOHOO!! The recipes are both from SparkRecipes and delicious. I have leftover Dahl for lunch. (That's a lentil dish, BTW.) The Naan was AWESOME. My DH was in heaven. :D So I think next I gotta try making some of PSDAHRI's recipes wiht the naan and I'll be a regular Indian Dinner MASTER.

emoticon I did NOT finish my quilt. I finished the front part, organized the squares for the back... and then got pooped. (That was all on Saturday.)

On Sunday I was a total bum -- aside from doing our grocery shopping. I have to say I'm pretty excited about some of the recipes I'm trying this week. I picked up the Biggest Loser Cookbook from the library -- to be honest, it's not super exciting, but I'm gonna try a couple of things from it this week. I also picked up a book co-authered by that Dr. Andrew Weil guy... I don't know a ton about him, but I get an email every day with a healthy recipe so I decided to pick up the cookbook to check out.

Um... I think that's about it, except that I ate really kind of poorly in some aspects this weekend. Within calorie ranges, but I ate a relatively higher amount of sweets than I have in a while. My DH picked up some amazing mini-cupcakes from WalMart's bakery- - they were pumpkin spice with a cream cheese frosting. SO GOOD. 160 cal for two of them, too. So not too bad calorically speaking.

OH! And I DID NOT do the last day of MTC yet. I was just not feeling it on Sunday, and looking at my total burn from last week, I was over my goal by 441 calories anyway. So I decided to do it this week.

I have some goals for October. Nothing shattering:

1. Keep running 3x a week, working Heart Rate stuff.
2. Kettlebells 3x a week.
3. ST - back to muscle group rotation -- will be easier to fit with running than MTC with my Mon/Fri off day pattern. Might even do a body part of ST on those days since it won't take as long.
4. Eat within my range, maintain weight.

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TRECECOOKS 10/10/2008 2:15PM

    Super running girl!! That's you, Dana! Awesome on the Indian food, and hey - the quilt's not going anywhere!

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MARLIE13 10/8/2008 6:59PM

    You made naan? Impressive! My hubby and I were giggling at the naan that we were looking at at the market. You would have thought he was holding a cow patty by the things he was saying about it. A naansnob he is. lol!

Umm...an hour and a half run? Holy freakin' amAZING! You're such a rockstar...a rockstar and a half!

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SLCOLMAN 10/7/2008 7:02PM

    Sounds like a good weekend! The cooking sound yummy :) Can't wait to see that finished quilt :)

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VEEJAY3 10/7/2008 1:07PM

    ohmygosh, you make me soooo hungry for Indian food! My next door neighbor is from India and is the BEST cook!!! She always invites me over ... but lately, her husband has been working so much in DC that she's living there in an apartment, so no Indian food for me! boo hoo.

They are back to celebrate Diwali on Nov. 1st, though, so I will be catching up with you then.

Kudos on your run -- especially on a day after poor sleep. Those are hard! Way to go.

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SWEETZMIX 10/7/2008 8:49AM

    Damn Dana, sometimes (like today) I read ur blog and think you are super woman!!

JEEZE u burned sO many calories in a half hour. You must be on crack. LOL J/K I do love reading ur blogs because when I hear u say I did this and that, I am like "Whoa I need to get off my butt and move it."

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SKYFYRE 10/7/2008 3:08AM

    Kettleballs! Dana, great goals! And what a busy weekend! Yowzah! I am insanely driven by you skills in the kitchen! I want to be as adventurous as you! I just need more time! Ack! Great job on all accomplished! Rock on!

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    Dana, it's a good thing I don't live close to you because your romantic dinners with hubby would often be interupted by me, banging on the door, desperate for flavorful gourmet dishes that fit into my healthy lifestyle.... but not half the chef you are! LOL Seriously, you are awesome with the cooking and recipe sharing.

1174 calories in your run? That is really awesome! Maybe one day you bunnies will convert this walker (and aerobicizer and elliptical trainer) into a runner. The calorie burn is intense, and I do love to eat! ;-)

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JAZZSIREN 10/7/2008 12:43AM

    I'll have to check out that naan recipe! It sounds like a winner. Good luck on finishing your quilt!

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KIMCATUS 10/6/2008 8:36PM

    Girl you always amaze me!! Keep up the great work gorgeous!!

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NASUTI 10/6/2008 7:39PM

    How can you run for an hour and a half? That's amazing! I about died - well, my knees about died - at the end of my 5K race on Saturday, and I ran that really slow... almost 12 min. miles! Do you run on trails instead of pavement?

That's awesome that you're maintaining. Congrats!

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CATIATM 10/6/2008 4:39PM

    I have got to check out these kettleballs ...

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BRUIN2 10/6/2008 2:59PM

    Look who's whipping out the kettlebells again!! YAY.

And sounds like a delightful long run!!

Are you feeling more "normal" with your energy levels now?? Sometimes there's just no reason why we get pooped - and that's ok!!!

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TELERIE 10/6/2008 2:48PM

    Oh I'll have to check those recipes you've tried. Always looking for lovely new stuff and I love lentils. And naan!
Are they easy to find? Could you send me the link?
I love to read about your runs, I can't wait to get to the point where it's possible to run for over an hour or more!

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MDTWEETY 10/6/2008 2:44PM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Hope you get some rest!

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Mapped my Run. :)

Friday, October 03, 2008


It's EXACTLY 6 miles. :) For some reason the one part says 5.9, but that's a lie because the other part says 6. But either way, close enough. :) And I actually mapped a 6.5 mile route along the same kind of path right before that so I know how I'm gonna continue extending my most favorite route here. :D

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4CAKES 10/6/2008 1:46PM

    So I am curious, How long have you been running?

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SKYFYRE 10/6/2008 3:00AM

    Yipee!! SIX (6) miles! YaHoo!
Congrats Dana, you are ready for the Bunny 10K!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/4/2008 12:50AM

    ooo a loop d loop! my fav new route is a figure 8!

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JAZZSIREN 10/4/2008 12:43AM

    Oooh nice...it looks like you get to run along the river! Oh, and you never did post a picture of yourself the other day when you felt cute. Sadness. :)

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VEEJAY3 10/3/2008 9:00PM

    Ooooooh, fun! Can I use it for bike trails? I was looking for a GPS ... thought I heard about a Garmin 305 or 350 that was for bicycles. Maybe this would work for me!

Thanks! (and happy running.)

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BRUIN2 10/3/2008 8:54PM

    YAY!! That's so fun! And it's so great to be able to do one big loop!!

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HOPERY 10/3/2008 8:38PM

    Awesome! I once tried to use map my run here. I couldn't get it to work. No one out here can get cable or high speed internet either. I am living vicariously through you and your heart rate monitor.

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CATIATM 10/3/2008 5:54PM

    That is soooo cool! How did you do that??

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TELERIE 10/3/2008 5:25PM

    Oh I love mapmyrun/walk/ride. So much fun! I spend hours there checking routes and creating new ones. Have a great weekend!!

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MARLIE13 10/3/2008 3:50PM

    Oooh...can you do your bunny 10k there?

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Another weekend coming up! YAY!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Been a good week.

Super stressful at work at the beginning of the week, but lots of good things ended up happening and productive overall, so yay.

DH is feeling better and I'm very happy for him on that. :) Still fighting the sicky stuff though -- said he was feverish while lecturing yesterday!!! But emotionally he's in a better place.

Today was an off day for workouts so not too much to write about....

emoticon - Last night was chicken breasts cooked with Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic seasoning (SO GOOD, people!!!!), brown rice on the side, and the microwaveable asparagus thingie. SO GOOD. :) I love asparagus and this was in the produce aisle, so fresh asparagus but had a like, lump, of a "Hollondaise" sauce that melts as you cook it in the microwave and it cooks the asparagus perfectly in the bag. If you see this in your market, it is a bit expensive, but give it a try!!! My DH was not feeling it, he though the sauce was too buttery (? he's feeling sick so food is not normal tasting right now ither...), so I ate his as well... only 24 calories per serving, 3 servings in the bag, I ended up eating about 2.5 servings. :)

emoticon Just wanted a new emoticon so that anyone wanting to skip the food can know all is well. :D HAHAHAHA.

I plan to go to the library today during lunch - YAY!

I finished "In Defense of Food" and I highly recommend it. It's a little... over the top I guess sometimes, or pompous, but definitely worth reading. Some good information and I like the food recommendations.

So this weekend I have planned:

LONG run tomorrow. Longer than before. Definitely partially on campus since it's a home game and it'll be fun to run around everyone tailgating. :)

Maybe farmer's market finally?

Football watching.

T-Shirt Quilt finishing.

Movie watching?


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SLCOLMAN 10/3/2008 7:57PM

    Love your plans for the weekend! Enjoy!

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MARLIE13 10/3/2008 3:49PM

    Oooh dinner sounded tasty! Glad your DH is feeling more chippy. Have a great weekend. SOunds like it will be a good one!

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KMKMOM 10/3/2008 3:19PM

    All of your food talk is inspiring me to try some new recipes.

I hope you have a great weekend!

I'm looking forward to seeing pics of that quilt.

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SWEETZMIX 10/3/2008 2:56PM

    Hey Girl, hope u have a good relaxing weekend!! Spend time with ur hubby!!!!!! I can't wait to see the finish product of ur quilt!

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    I would officially like to invite you to my house to be my permanent cook! Everything you make sounds so good!

I've got that book on my TBR list, and I'm waiting for my library to get it in. Glad to hear that it's worth the read.

Sounds like a great weekend ahead of you! Have fun and good luck with everything!

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