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Monday, November 03, 2008

This is what it looks like when Dana in a Twiggy costume rocks out to the Strokes. :D


There are closeups of the makeup here:


So... this weekend.

Friday: Eat a megaton of candy, stay up past 4AM.

Saturday: Sleep in super late. Do some excellent grocery shopping. Turn in relatively early.

Sunday: Church. Browsed some stores. (Because I forgot it was daylight savings time and showed up over an hour early to church... DOH!) Made Red Quinoa and Pork Chops. That's about it.

Notice I mentioned NO excercise in this equation? I just felt so run down and sore on Saturday. My obliques were screaming!!! Delayd muscles soreness from my rowing extravaganza on Thursday??? Then Sunday it was Sunday. I was being lazy.

But it's a new week. I am just below the middle of my maintenance range and I have my workout plan well thought out, so all is well.

For the shopping I made a trip to a butcher place I just found out was down the road from us! :D I got some pork chops and chicken at a good price, and I also passed a produce stand so I stopped there on the way back and bought some fruit and sweet potatoes. YAY! Then I picked up some other items at the Food World. I plan to do some comparison shopping between the various grocery stores in the area to see where it's best to make that particular stop each week, but so far so good on the new shopping plan.

Band rehearsal tonight. :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/4/2008 1:23PM

    You look so slim and fantastic, you can totally pull of a Twiggy. :)

I could never in a million years do eye makeup like that. I had on false eyelashes on Halloween and one was facing up, the other sticking out straight, and neither of them were attached properly to my eyelids toward the corners of my eyes!

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KMKMOM 11/4/2008 9:07AM

    Love the make up and the overall costume! How awesome that you could dress as TWIGGY for Halloween and you pulled it off so well! When you started this journey, dressing up as Twiggy probably never would have even occurred to you.

I'm sorry about the ITB issues you've been having. I know how frustrating injuries can be especially when they keep you from running. I go into withdrawal from those endorphins because nothing delivers them to me like running can. Rest up and you'll be back to running in no time. Did the trainer person make any recommendations for stretches or exercises that could help when you do get back to running? I've heard people mention a type of roller to help loosen things up but don't know much else about it. I think it's called the Stick?... If you post on one of the running teams, I'm sure someone more informed than I could answer you.

Hang in there! :)

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MISSHOLLYDAE 11/4/2008 8:53AM

    After such amazing weight loss, it has to feel good being able to dress up as TWIGGY!! Haha, that's awesome. Don't you love Halloween?

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SKYFYRE 11/3/2008 10:23PM

    AmAzInG eYe MaKeUp!!! You looked great! Oh and I checked out the T-shirt quilt, OMG, how did you get your edges SO PERFECT?!?!?! Looks awesome! I am jealous of your skillz!

Tell me about the Halloween candy, I needed to back awae from the smores-cookie bars but I didn't! gah!

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/3/2008 4:38PM

    were you the only one dressed up? looks like you were having fun though.

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MARLIE13 11/3/2008 3:11PM

    LOVED the makeup! You totally rocked the Twiggy costume! Here's to a great week of workouts and no Halloween candy! lol!

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SWEETZMIX 11/3/2008 2:22PM

    LOOKS like u were having an awesome time!!!!! And love the eye makeup!! Real CUTE!

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CATIATM 11/3/2008 2:14PM

    Twiggy! I like the way everyone else is just sitting there, and you're jumping around!

And the quilt turned out awesome!

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4565S568SDS 11/3/2008 1:45PM

  I'm totally jealous that you could be Twiggy. You look awesome. emoticon

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    Very fun! Love the makeup & the outfit!

oh, and I love the pics of your quilt! It turned out awesome!

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Friday, October 31, 2008

So I'm rockin my mod chick look, false eyelashes and all.

Unfortunately it took me way longer to get my makeup how I wanted it than I expected and I had no time to take pictures this morning. But there will be pictures. OH YES. There will be pictures.

Have a great day everyone!

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SWEETZMIX 11/3/2008 12:02PM

    I sit here patiently and wait for ur awesome pics.

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MUSIQLUVER 11/3/2008 11:26AM

    Pictures???? Awesome! I didn't take pics either, but we're going to dress up again this week (maybe tonight) & take pics. (The girls & I - Hubby didn't dress. hehehehe!)

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SKYFYRE 11/3/2008 2:48AM

    can't wait!

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RACHEL630 11/2/2008 11:02PM

    Waiting for pics!

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HOPERY 11/2/2008 7:27AM

    D0es it hurt to remove fake eyelashes?

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CATIATM 11/1/2008 10:20AM

    Hi, Twiggy - errr, I mean Dana. *grin* Can't wait to see the pics!

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NATURALLYME126 10/31/2008 11:10PM

    Can't wait for your pics either! Thanks for posting on my blog. :0)

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BOTZZZ 10/31/2008 2:03PM

    Happy Halloween right back acha! I bet you look fabulous in your costume lol can't wait for the pics!

As Ever

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MARLIE13 10/31/2008 1:48PM

    Fun fun!

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P.S. --

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I was editing my page today for my new fitness plans and I noticed that it's actually been just over 3 months since I started maintenance. :) WOOHOO!!!!

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PUMPKINFACE73 11/2/2008 6:39PM

    You are the QUEEN of maintenance...woohoo!
Hope your weekend was fabulous


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MARLIE13 10/31/2008 1:48PM

    Rockin' the maintenance stage!

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**PRICELESS** 10/31/2008 12:38PM

    Gurl, you ROCK!!!

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 10/31/2008 11:00AM

    Congrats!!! That's awesome! emoticon

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RACHEL630 10/31/2008 9:33AM

    GO YOU!! How awesome to be at maintenance stage!!

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CATIATM 10/31/2008 3:08AM

    Whoo Hoo is right!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/30/2008 11:45PM

    way to go on 3 months of maintenance!!!!!!!

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I am sooo coool.... ;)

Thursday, October 30, 2008


That's how I felt getting assessed by the athletic trainer. Yes, I'm here to speak to one of the Athletic Trainers?

And this guy was like, oh that's me!

So anyway he wiggled my leg around and poked and asked about the pain and whatnot. And he basically said he thinks it's my iliotibial band, too. And that I should rest it for 2-3 weeks. WAH WAH WAH.

BUT!!! It's ok. I had already been formulating a plan for if this was the result of my educated second opinion today.

1) I've changed my calorie burn estimate from 2000 per week to 1200 per week. This is much more reasonable expectation for my plan which is...

2) More ST. I've been wanting to do this for a while, but I had the goals of running longer and longer distances. Well now's my opportunity to really step up my strength training. I know I will not be able to burn the kind of calories I do running with my remaining options for cardio which are...

3) Rowing, Cycling, Swimming. I rocked that rowing machine today -- specifically asked the trainer if that would be ok, and he said to go crazy on it. :) HAHAHAHA. But prior to that he also specifically recommended cycling and swimming (which were already on the list before).

4) STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH. More stretching -- YOGA? :D Anyway. I think I've been lacking in the stretching and flexibility department. I would go through a short stretching routine after working out, sometimes a bit before, but never made it a priority. Maybe if I had I wouldn't be in this situation.

Anyway! I'm glad to have a plan.

The change in calorie burn per week has shifted my range by 120 calories at each end, which is NOT that big a shift. I don't think it will be too difficult to manage.

Also -- I love running. I will miss it. But it's not like I'm doomed to never run again (which is how I felt after my failed run Wednesday). Most likely, I will take a longer break and be fine. Heck, from like November 2007 to March 2008 I didn't run at all. Then I started again so I could do a 5K. I can take this time off, recuperate, and still have PLENTY of time to train for my goal of a half-marathon in 2009.

And if I continue to have problems, I will try to figure them out, and if for some reason the end of running comes to me, it is not the end of health and fitness. That is the important part.

I'm feeling much more head straight on and optimistic today.

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    I love how you have a plan. We think so much alike. Lists and plans make my head on straight and sane too! So glad you could figure yours out and YES YES YES - an end to running does not mean an end to health and fitness - though I don't think you are anywhere near the end of your running career.

Just remember the power of positive thinking. Picture those bands healing back together every night before you fall asleep. Think about them when you are breathing and push/pulling in yoga. Feel them getting more powerful and strong and they will.

Edit- I almost forgot - my running improved triple fold after 2 months of Ashtanga yoga. I am not sure if all yoga has this effect, or just the Hatha forms - but my ability to carry on, stay loose and BREATHE became what felt like limitless.

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LANC92 10/31/2008 1:37PM

    Dana, you didn't really say if he told you to do anything besides rest - and you need to!

Roll the heck out of that sucker. You can buy a foam roller, The Stick or do like I do and use a good old-fashioned rolling pin. It would be even better if your hubby could roll it for you because ideally you'd want to start up by your hip and go all the way down past your knee.

Also, I'm just wondering if you've ever been professionally fitted for your running shoes? (Can't remember if you mentioned it or not.) Your shoes could be causing the problem.

ANYHOO, sounds like you've got all the other aspects covered but I wouldn't expect anything less from you ;-)

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KIMCATUS 10/31/2008 12:41PM

    Such a great attitude and sounds like you have a wonderful plan in place...oh and you are tres cool!!! ;)

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RACHEL630 10/31/2008 9:33AM

    Look at you go! That's awesome that you've got a back up plan here. I think that I would've said, "SWEET! See you on the couch!" for the next three weeks. :)

You rock!

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ZORBS13 10/31/2008 7:45AM

    IT band injury/tightness -

I cannot recommend The Stick and/or a foam roller enough to work the area. I am completely addicted to both!

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JAZZSIREN 10/31/2008 12:27AM

    Way to have a contingency plan already in place! I'm so proud of you for not letting an injury screw up your maintenance!

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VEEJAY3 10/30/2008 10:43PM

    Dear Energizer Bunny:

You just keep going, and going, and going ...

Way to just "ping!" off each and every obstacle thrown at you and find an alternative and keep a fantastic attitude and create your own luck and make things work.

... and going, and going, and going ...

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THERESA151 10/30/2008 10:09PM

    You might also want to check into Tai Chi as a way to stretch and gain strength. I have bone spurs on the back of both knees and tendonitis in both arms and Tai Chi has improved both areas.

Just an alternative to Yoga - some of the moves are almost identical.

By the way - YOU ROCK!

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BRUIN2 10/30/2008 8:21PM

    AWESOME plan!

And this will make you stronger for your running future!! It will, I know for sure - mullet trainer told me so!

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SWIMMINGLAPS 10/30/2008 7:07PM

    Did the trainer give you some ITB stretches to do when you're ready to run again? If not, google ITB stretches and a bunch will pop up. It really helped my knee pain. Just passing along what was passed to me a few weeks ago! I had never heard of such a thing. Good luck! You look great!!

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TELERIE 10/30/2008 5:52PM

    I'm glad you saw someone and have made plans! You rock!
Here's to running again in a few weeks - don't push yourself too hard!
You remind me I need to focus more on being flexible too - yoga sounds like a plan...

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MARLIE13 10/30/2008 3:50PM

    So you really ARE going to do a half next year? Me TOOoooO! When are you thinking of starting your training? Your second opinion sounds good and very hopeful! That's great that you both don't think it's anything more serious. I hope you like that story I sent you the link for. I glanced through it but still have it saved for a better time. Looked pretty interesting!

Happy "it's almost the weekend" Thursday!

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STEPHANON 10/30/2008 3:47PM

    Good attitude. You ARE cool.

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Thanks friends!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

You all pretty much said what I already knew.

I didn't mention it in my last blog but I was already considering seeing someone, and I just checked my gym's website and found out that the athletic trainers can evaluate an injury for free. I dunno about treatment or referrals or anything, but at least I can see someone who knows what their talking about and if I get referred to see a specialist, I also looked up my insurance coverage and it looks like I'll just have to pay a copay. BLAH!

I remember reading that if the self treatment does not work after 1-2 weeks see someone, and it started hurting a week ago last SATURDAY, so it's been nearly two weeks since it started...

Sometimes it's just nice to know I'm not being a wimp and be reassured I'm doing the right thing. *HUGS*

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RACHEL630 10/30/2008 9:21AM

    Best of luck with that! Get the help you need. :)

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LANC92 10/30/2008 9:04AM

    Hey I can say from EXPERIENCE that these types of nagging things are real and you are definitely not wimpy. Seeing someone and getting help sooner is always better than later with this sort of thing. Yes, you might have to roll it, ice it, rest it but taking care now will insure that you get to run later :-)

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SKYFYRE 10/29/2008 10:35PM

    Aw, sweet pea, you will get all things settled eventually, just don't kill yourself in the process! Oh, and you are a bada$$ bunny, don't forget that!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/29/2008 7:15PM

    you are a wimp. you wanna kick my butt now!!!!!?????!!!!!! you are a fighter. wimp is the last word i would think of for you.

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MARLIE13 10/29/2008 5:28PM

    Hmm...let's see?...

1. Lost over 100 pounds
2. Runs
3. Swims
4. Swings kettlebells
5. Strength trains
6. Eats healthily
7. Does all of the above on a consistent basis, all the while pushing to be her very best.

Umm..NO that doesn't not all add up to being a whimp because your knee hurts. Yay on being able to see an athletic trainer at your gym! I see my doc on Friday for the second time since I've moved...and I think I'm going to stick with him because he's a RUNNER! So important now in our cases, don't you think? Especially for extra reassurance that you're not being a whimp. ;o)

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    Yeah, you're definitely NOT a wimp!!! Farthest from, actually!

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