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Friday, October 24, 2008

I didn't oversleep to the point of being late to work -- but it was close!!! My alarm was set as a backup giving me 30 minutes between waking and when I'd have to leave and I slept right up to it.


I also forgot my lunch at home in my rush, but my DH is bringing it to me. :D YAY!

I made the most amazing dinner last night!!!!


1lb tilapia filets (chop into 1/3" cubes)
1/2 lb shrimp
1-2 red chili peppers (chop those up!)
1 green onion (chop that sucker up, too)
1 tsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1-2 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp olive oil
1 egg white (beat till frothy, using only 1 Tbsp of it)

OK! So put all of the above EXCEPT for the tilapia in the food processor. Pulse until you get a thick paste. THEN mix the paste with the tilapia cubes, heat a skillet with either more olive oil or some cooking spray (I used spray). Form the mixture into 4 patties and COOK EM UP!! :D Get them nicely browned on both sides and they should feel springy when done.

OK PEOPLE -- SO FREAKING GOOD. My DH is flipping out at the delicious offerings I'm presenting this week. :D hahahaha. I made sweet potato fries to go with these and served them one patty per pita half w/ some fresh spinach to accompany them. The patties come out to about 165 calories each (if I'm remembering correctly... you can check my tracker from last night for ALL the details) and they're really nicely sized - and of course, delicious. Add one 60 cal pita and a bit of spinach and the calorie count is not astounding. We each ate two and some sweet potato fries and I think that came out to around 600 calories. I had about 8oz raw potato worth of fries, though. So let's say you had less potatoes and one patty, even with a whole pita -- still a very satisfying meal for not much. YAY FISH AND SHRIMP for being a lean protein! :D hehehehe.

*DH just brought my lunch. What a sweetface.*

Um, but I guess that's about it. Nothing to report in excerciseland. I have to work tomorrow morning. Yeah. Gonna go to the library today but not going to check anything out -- just have to drop off some books. (I say that, but I'm sure I might see something screaming my name...)

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BOTZZZ 10/26/2008 9:19PM

    Ok this recipe is 100% going into my arsenal! sounds great and seems like it would be chock full of protein, thank you for posting it.

As Ever

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/24/2008 3:56PM

    that recipe sounds sooo yummy, and I am so craving seafood...might make this tomorrow...thanks...

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BRUIN2 10/24/2008 2:09PM

    Oh yum!!! You're such a wizard in the kitchen!!

I'm going to go get a library card in the next week - I want to be just like you!! hehe.

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KIMCATUS 10/24/2008 1:36PM

    Mmmmm that sounds good good good!!! DH isn't much into seafood, so I doubt I'd ever get him to agree to it, so can I just come over to your place for dinner? lol Hey if you get a second, will ya post the recipe in the Hogwarts thread "In the Kitchen with the House Elves"...Cat started it for everyone's yummy delicious recipes and I think Em was maybe going to make a cookbook...yay. Anyway have a great day sunshine!! :D

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Thursday, October 23, 2008


Can't run. Can't do squats. Can't do basically anything with my lower body unless I want to get in a pool. And I used this as an excuse to today do some wimpy pushups and triceps extensions and that's all I did. Oh and some dumbbell rows. I could have done abs but I didn't. So I'm feeling a little laziness guilt again. I'm aggravated about the knee thing so I'm like, screw you excercise!!!! If this is how you're gonna treat me!!!!!

I think, oh let's do KB, no -- a KB swing is a squat. Everything I want to do with my KB requires squatting type motions. And then I'm like, hey ArcTrainer! No -- that's much to close to a stairclimber motion. Jumping Jacks make me put that in out motion on my leg... I guess I can do jumprope (maybe?), swimming, I swear one of those links said cycling was bad but all the other ones said it was ok, running in water is supposed to be ok... I think oh hey, how about some yoga? But I'm nervous about holding some squatting/lunging type positions or something.

I guess I should just get over what I can't do and just do what I can and rest. Because apparently that's what I really need and I'm just having a hard time accepting it. :P

OH and DO the things I CAN and not just sit and mope about what I CAN'T do. Yeah I think that's pretty vital. I can take the opportunity to use my HRM in the pool for the first time, maybe.

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SLCOLMAN 10/24/2008 11:45PM

    Sorry to hear that you are injured :(
Heal up fast!!

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KIMCATUS 10/24/2008 12:06PM

    You've gotten some great advice, so all I'll say is hang in there and take your own advice...do what you can and focus on what you can do!! You're always one of the first to tell me not to beat myself up (as I have a bad habit of doing)...so take your own advice and don't do that to yourself. You're an amazing woman who does endless amazing things everyday, but some days it's ok to not be amazing...I promise!! Take care of yourself! *hugs*

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SKYFYRE 10/24/2008 12:36AM

    Oi! No Self- pitty past midnight, Dana! Tomorrow is a new day and I want you to get your head, shoulders, knees and toes in the pool and SWIM! Plus I want to see if your HRM dies if you do! emoticon Did I write that out loud?! Whoops! No seriously, it is totally frusterating to have pain and not be able to do the things that you like and know. I am sorry that your knee is acting up, hopefully a good rest is all it needs, and if the pool gets hard on it use one of those floaty do-dads that go betwween your thighs and just do arms! You will heal, I command it! Oh wait... anyway, you will, and the the sneaks will be waiting!

Way to give yourself a beat down though!

Comment edited on: 10/24/2008 12:33:56 AM

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BRUIN2 10/23/2008 11:28PM

    Go jump in the lake!


ously, get in the pool my friend!! Use those mad skillz you worked so hard on! Running in the pool is a great idea too - find one of the aquasize floatie belts, strap it on, and start running (don't touch the bottom of the pool). It will be slow, but apparently what matters in water running is the amount of TIME, not the distance that you go.

Focus on the positive Warrior Princess!!

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MARLIE13 10/23/2008 8:36PM

    Does your gym have a rowing machine?

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ITBS Stuff

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Found a great article:

Gonna keep looking and possibly add to this entry as a resource for myself, but yeah. I run against the direction of traffic, almost always on roads and I guess they are "crowned" at least somewhat, and my left leg is the one that has problems. And when I ran around the track and had problems with my left hip, it was the inner leg which is what's mentioned in this article. There's also a new excercise to try which seems to be pretty cool.


Says to seek medical treatment "if injury doesn't respond to self-treatment in 2 to 3 weeks." At least I know that. I also know now NOT to massage on the side of the knee where the pain is because that aggravates the friction causing the pain. *DOH* But to massage the band on the side of the thigh.

Different Stretch from Runners World:

Runners World:

Has some interesting info, but especially because it says to AVOID SQUATS. Guess what I did a bunch of today... and side kicks that eventually went down to no height. YEAH. Also this and other articles say definitely no stair climbing. (NO ARGUMENT FROM ME ON THAT ONE!!!)

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    Wow you wrote this a long time ago but I found it by searching on the site for ITBS stuff. So glad I found it thank you!! :) Having my 1rst issue as of yesterday w/ ITBS!!

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CATIATM 10/23/2008 2:31PM

    Gosh - I wish I could come up with a valid excuse not to do squats! emoticon

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MARLIE13 10/23/2008 2:01PM

    Very interesting...especially the massage part. Makes sense though. Hope you're hanging in there. No more squats!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/23/2008 12:36AM

    you should check out chalkhogs blog. she was having some issues and posted some info on it a while back.

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Measurements Musing

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

So I picked up a book just now and a paper fell out of it where I recently took my measurements and noted my starting measurements.

To begin with I only measured Bust, Waist, Hips and Neck.

Starting Bust: 44, Current bust: 37 Lost: 7"
Starting Waist: 44, Current waist: 30.5 Lost: 13.5"
Starting Hips: 56.5, Current hips: 40 Lost: 16.5"
Starting Neck: 15, Current neck: 12.75 Lost: 2.25"

From those four measurements alone, I've lost 39.25"

I don't know when I started taking these other measurements, but I have the first measurement I took of them, and the most recent.

Starting Upper Thigh: 28, Current Upper Thigh: 23 Lost: 5"
Starting Calves: 16.5, Current Calves: 14.5 (one is 14 one is 15.. *sigh*) Lost: 2"
Starting Bicep: 13, Current Bicep: 10.75 Lost: 2.25"

Add those and it's a loss of 48.5".

And a couple current measurements that I have no comparison for apparently...

Current mid-thigh: 20.25
Current chest: 33.5

Things I notice from these measurements: I've lost more than a foot from the circumference of my waist and also from my hips. My chest used to be the same circumference as my waist. :) Although my boobs have gotten a lot smaller, their proportion to my waist is actually MORE hourglass. :D WOOHOO! hahahahaha. And I didn't realize how much my upper thighs have shrunk in some period of time since starting my transformation. I was so sad when my bicep was 13". For some reason knowing it was the same as my neck made me feel like my arms were huge. Now my arms are smaller than my neck. And wow my neck shrank, too.

Just fun to reflect on the progress sometimes. :)

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OWLWHO 10/23/2008 6:26PM

    That's fabulous! It is so good to review how far you have come. It helps to put things in perspective.

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CATIATM 10/23/2008 2:33PM

    What an incredible transforamtion! And it's interesting how much more hourglass your figure is now. Oh my! Your neck is so tiny! You really are a supermodel!

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MARLIE13 10/23/2008 2:00PM

    Simply amazing!!

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/23/2008 12:53PM

    I am so smiling girl you ROCK! YOU keep it real and honest and have that JUST DO IT attitude always...Congrats on the new YOU!

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SWEETZMIX 10/23/2008 8:45AM

    Your progress has been amazing. I can't wait until I got progress like that!! When I read ur measurments, I was amazed because ur tummy used to be huge and now you look so slim!!!

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MDTWEETY 10/23/2008 7:56AM

    You've done such an amazing job!!

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BRUIN2 10/22/2008 8:39PM

    WOWSERS!! That's crazy awesome Dana!!!

Glad you're resting your knee (oops, guess I should say that on the BBB). HA.

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HOPERY 10/22/2008 8:23PM

    Wow! Sooo awesome! I wish you had taken all your measurements before-because you have almost lost my height in inches. Wouldn't it be fun to say that you have lost a mother of four? HEEHEEE So glad to know you! You are an amazing inspiration!

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MOM2ACAT 10/22/2008 7:33PM

    emoticon Way to go!

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SKYFYRE 10/22/2008 7:15PM

    Yikes, Dana! You have kicked butt! (To the curb that is! Heehee!) This was an incredibly inspiring blog! I am so proud to know you my internet friend!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/22/2008 6:05PM

    it is so good to remind ourselves where we came from. how soon we forget.

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    That's awesome! I'm looking forward to the day when I can do a comparison in feet instead of half-inches.

Way to go!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Yeah yeah yeah. I keep telling myself I'm not going to be upset if I can't run for a while... but I can't run for a while. :( WAH!

I started out today nice and slow, but the twingy feeling in my knee came back right away, and after a bit it turned into slight pain. So I had to walk. Then I would get impatient and my knee would feel better from walking, so I'd start running again, and it'd come back and blahblahblah, anyway. I did this for 1.4 miles... a very short out and back (a portion of a neighborhood route I usually do). I really just wanted to just finish that part and get back home, and I walked a lot of it, but I ran at times cause I was kind of in denial about the knee still being a problem since it would stop bothering me but every time I started running it'd come back. UGH!

When I walk I can still feel it's not 100% RIGHT. It doesn't hurt. But it's not normal feeling either. So NOW my plan is going to be NO RUNNING until I feel 100% normal. *crosses fingers* I hope this works.

So I got back home and to be honest, when I was running, I wasn't going very slow. Well at first I was when I started, but my little bursts were faster. I finished with a little over 200 calories burned for 1.4 miles in 18min. THEN I made it back to my apartment and went straight into Jillian Michael's Cardio Kickboxing. I can't remember exactly how much time was in between, but by the time I started the video I was at about 260 calories burned... I think I stopped running at l ike 230 or something. Anyway. So I decided I could figure out how many calories I burn from the video. Well, it was about 20 minutes of activity for a total of 300 calories burned!!! WOW!!! And that video doesn't even really have any ST in it. There are some punishment pushups at the end (Some girl was joking around at the end saying "That's it??" And of course, Jillian made everyone do more stuff. HAHAHAHA so funny.) But other than that it was squatting, kicking, punching, jumproping, jumping jacks... yeah. Good burn!

Then I decided I wanted to see how many calories I could burn doing rock band drumming. It came out to between 15-20 calories per song I did. Not super great calorie burn. But between my heart rate coming down after cardio kickboxing and doing the drumming, I burned another 140-150 calories or something like that.

Total: 705.

I WILL NOT LET THIS RUNNING BREAK keep me from reaching my calorie burn goal. I still have 1300 calories to go for the week. I didn't count any calories for yesterday's ST, but tomorrow I will be doing some ST again and I will counting ever burned calorie. I think I might go to the gym tomorrow... I haven't been in a little while. We'll see. Sometime this week I will go in for sure.


emoticon Cuban Black Bean Stew = HEAVEN. 1 to 2 Smoked Hamhocks, trim meat from bones and cut to small pieces (about 1.5lbs), one red and one green bell pepper, 2 medium onions - all diced to .5 inch. You put all that (including the bones) in a pan with 2 tsp of salt a bit of olive oil (Or I just used some nonstick spray). THEN when it gets cooked down and smelling good and some brown glaze on the bottom of the pan -- at this point, add a bit of broth (from a total of 28oz (or 3.5 cups) I use Better Than Boullion Chicken), 3Tbsp of tomato paste, 6 cloves of garlic chopped fine or minced, 3 bay leaves broken up, 1.5tsp of oregano, 2tsp of cumin. Cook that all up smelling AWESOME, scraping around the bottom to make sure you get the good stuff off the pan, then you add the three cans (drained and rinsed) of black beans and the rest of the broth and simmer for however long you want, like 20 minutes max.

SO FREAKING GOOD. I estimated 4oz of ham per hamhock as suggested on a cooking site in the nutrition tracker because I had no idea how to track them. This might make the nutrition count slightly inaccurate, but using that math (so a total of 8oz of ham), this makes 4 servings of 477 calories each. Each serving was about 2 and 1/4 cups. I'm not sure how this liquid will work for everyone because I added some water to get some more off the pan (I started in a sautee pan and switched to a larger pot since I didn't have a big enough stock pot as they suggested, this worked beautifully, BTW), so then before it really got simmering I used a measuring cup, removed some liquid, strained it, returned the good stuff, and repeated a couple times till I got the consistency I was looking for.

It was so good that my DH ate two servings and wanted to eat more but he was too full to even contain any more of it. He was in pure heaven. Personally, I was STUFFED after my serving. I very naughtily ate some animal crackers and chocolate much later in the evening to satisfy a sweet tooth. And I say naughtily because I was honestly still full. :P

There is just under one serving left, I had a 2 cup container to work with so DH polished off that last .25 cup hahaha, and I'm thinking of eating the remainder of it split into two servings with a serving of brown rice with each. :) MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

Sorry if I made everyone's mouths water but really, if the nutrition facts arent' that far off using the ham substitution as an estimate for the hocks, this is not a bad meal nutritionally. A lot of protein, not too high in calories... and you could definitely do as I plan to do and cut the serving size down and incorporate some brown rice or something, or serve it with a salad or whatever I dunno.

Ok now I'm really hungry. HAHAHA :D less than an hour to lunch.

I think that covers everything, though.

No running, good calorie burn, Cuban Black Bean Stew = awesome.

I got the recipe from the book in the link below...

The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper: Recipes, Stories, and Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show


Definitely some very delicious looking recipes in that book, but not all of them very healthy. Not all of them super unhealthy or anything, but it's obviously not the AIM of the book to provide HEALTHY recipes. :D hehehe. It's all about things being practical and tasting good. And it's very pretty. :)

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SKYFYRE 10/22/2008 8:25PM

    Goodness Gracious! My mouth is watering! And considering it is 98degrees outside, that is a big deal! Ha! So, do you just do this to torture us, or to inspire?! Heehee! I love that you are constantly trying NEW recipies! Bravo!

And in regards tot he burn, hmmm, who new video games could be good for you?!

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