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Monday, March 02, 2009

This is from Figure Athlete and it's called "Why Scales are for Suckers"


The title is a little harsh for what the articles really about, but basically it's telling you not to obsess about a number because there are so many other more important factors to consider about your health than a number. Loved it! GO READ IT!

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SWEETZMIX 3/3/2009 11:50AM

    Thanks for the article. So true, "you don't have to be 110 pounds to be happy with your physique."

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CECE0330 3/3/2009 9:56AM

    that WAS a cool article. Thanks! I am guilty of getting caught up in the numbers game, which is why I threw out m y scale last year. Of course, then I went haywire and GAINED, but I think even though I weigh myself regularly now, and have a "goal" weight in mind, I will understand once I get to the point where I like my body, it won't matter what the scale says. (Ugh, and I still have flashbacks to when I was dating this cute guy, and we were sitting around with a bunch of his male/female friends, and the discussion turned to weight-many of the men maintaining that 150 was the "cut off" weight for them when dating....I sat there, weighing 154, thinking "oh crap...I'm over! What a cow!" even though I was in size 8/10 clothes, and didn't have the lumpy parts I have now! Stupid young men!

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CAROL_HOORAH 3/3/2009 9:15AM

    thanks for that! :)

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JBMT08 3/3/2009 6:28AM

    Thank you SO much for sharing!

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SWIMMERYOGINI 3/2/2009 10:14PM

  Great article - thanks for sharing!

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KIMCATUS 3/2/2009 9:11PM

    I love her last comment..."Look in the mirror and if you like what you see, then to hell with numbers!"...that is awesome!! Great article...thanks Dana!!

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LAFTERSFREE 3/2/2009 8:01PM

    that was a good read, i esp liked the picture of fat blob vs. lean muscle... and also the bit about the BK whopper commercials. soo true! thanks for posting this.

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**PRICELESS** 3/2/2009 7:54PM

    That was an awesome article!! Thanks for sharing =)

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Week of AWESOME.

Monday, March 02, 2009

So this week is AWESOME week, starting today... and I forgot until just now, but so far today I hadn't thought any thoughts of hatred or misery, only somewhat positive things, so at least I coasted this morning without any mistakes. ;)

This morning's weighin was .5lb down from last week's weighin, so that's good. I might go by tomorrow's weighin if I feel like I get a better night's sleep or something, but I'm gonna go ahead and change my ticker today as well. WOOHOO!

My clothes are fitting like they used to, my abs are SUPER SORE from Pilates. LOVIN that Pilates class on Saturdays. I can't go this Saturday because of work, but I'm thinking I might try to get to one of the other class times because I really like it that much.

ALSO -- Pushup challenge on Saturday was a success! LAFTERSFREE and I actually did them TOGETHER for the first time, we had been simultaneously attacking the challenge, but not side by side at the same exact time in the same place -- you know what I mean? So that was cool. Turns out my hand doesn't hurt from putting pressure on a flat palm, especially if it's on a mat or carpet or something even remotely soft. Still hurts if there is pressure directly over the cut, but otherwise I'm rockin and rollin.

Week Two Day One of Pushups Challenge tonight! And band! :) And I'm going to be excited about these things I get to do because they really are cool and this is the week of awesome. :)

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MISSY_MAGOO 3/3/2009 12:57AM

    Glad to hear your hand isn't stopping you from your push up challenge!

You've inspired me to have an awesome week too, I'm off to find something awesome to do before it gets too late today ...wait, laying in bed watching Heroes qualifies right?

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ZORAHGAIL 3/2/2009 4:55PM

    Great work!

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CATIATM 3/2/2009 3:37PM

    I'm dead on my feet and feeling neither witty nor even lucid, but I wanted to shout out a big WOOT on this fabulous blog! I love the news, and frankly, I'd be ok with even Five Minutes of Awesome at the moment! *lol*

I hope the rest of the week is this fabulous. You are finding your mojo again, Miss Dana!

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BRUIN2 3/2/2009 1:56PM

    Yay for the pushups! And yay for an awesome week!

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LAFTERSFREE 3/2/2009 1:44PM

    i think your week of awesome started YESTERDAY with that fabulously awesome soup you made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! see ya tonight for AWESOME ST!!!

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SWEETZMIX 3/2/2009 12:28PM

    emoticon Dana, u got me pumped up to do something and have an awesome week. YUP, let's have a wonderful week together!!

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**PRICELESS** 3/2/2009 12:19PM

    ROCK IT OUT!!!!!

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CALICAVEGIRL 3/2/2009 12:17PM

    You go girl =)

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MDTWEETY 3/2/2009 12:11PM

    Awesome, awesome!! :)

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BELLSE 3/2/2009 12:10PM

    Good job-keep up the good work!!

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Friday, February 27, 2009

So...... when I was trying to cut a semi-frozen chicken breast in half last night, I totally STABBED my hand. OW!!!!!!! I was quite freaked out at first and it was hurting, but then it stopped bleeding and I was ok. It's only like... 1/3 inch long? .5 centimeter? Or something? I can't remember how big a centimeter is... anyway. It's not very long, but the tip of the knife went straight in so it's KINDA deep.

I went to the gym this morning and I must say I ROCKED it. Burned 623 cal in about 50min... but I was nervous to start because I was like... crap. I can't GRIP anything. There goes upper body ST, Rowing machine, probably the spin bike, too.... so I first hopped on the ArcTrainer for 20minutes. Then I went over to the spin bike cause I figured as long as I don't lean on my hands right there I'll be fine -- and I was! I was even able to do some jumps and whatnot, but I did accidentally lean on it at the beginning of a jump series and it HUUUUURRRRRRRRRT.

So I'm nervous about what this means for the hundredpushups challenge! Day 3 is supposed to be tomorrow!!! :( I'm going to try it out tomorrow just to see if maybe a flat palm is better than focusing the pressure with a bar, or if by tomorrow it will have healed a bit more, who knows. I'm also going to pilates tomorrow because I don't have to do anything on my hand -- last time there were some side planks and I think I was the only person do do them up on my palms, so I can easily change that this time. I'm looking forward to it!

I'm very proud of myself that I went instead of just assuming I wouldn't be capable of what I wanted to do so I should just skip it -- I had a very productive workout.

And now I'm starving. I think I might go break into my lunch and get a half of that grapefruit I packed today!

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POPTART76 3/2/2009 10:57AM

    I am frequently enjoying myself doing everyday thing...so clumsy! So I always have to be careful. Glad you are pushing on! :)

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SLCOLMAN 3/2/2009 12:51AM

    Sorry about the injury but good job on pushing on!!

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NATURALLYME126 3/1/2009 6:27PM

    Hey Dana Dane! I was doing the 100 pushup challenge for a while there a couple of months back. I quit due to some personal health issues, but I am ready to get back to doing pushups again. :0)

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MDTWEETY 3/1/2009 5:31PM

    Ouch@! That had to hurt! Congrats on your workout, though!! :)
P.S. I was @ Target today so I grabbed some of those Indian meals. Can't wait to try them. emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 2/28/2009 9:09PM

    OH I hope your hand is okay, be sure to keep it clean and use antibiotic ointment!!

Sorry it took me so long to post but the laptop I use for work was in the shop so I had to wait until tonight (saturday) to post. Had an awful WI but I will persevere!

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WHATAGRL42 2/27/2009 11:20PM

    wow! I'm impressed as always! Take care of that hand! If I'm better tomorrow (no temp or cough) I'm taking advantage of the break in the rain, and going for a nice long river run!

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    This is actually really encouraging to me because I've got some really bad blisters on my feet from running in shoes that were a bit too snug and I was going to use them as an excuse for not working out but now I won't do that. Really, when I think about it, I can just play DDR because you have to do it barefoot (especially when you've got the slick dance pads) anyway. XD Thanks for giving me that extra UMPH I needed today. XD
Ooo! I just got an even better idea! I'm visiting my friend today and his apartment building has a gym with a rock climbing wall that's a treadmill! (I swear! I'm not kidding! I'll get a picture of it this time!!) So it's endless! Isn't that cool? Now...what shoes to wear, since I tried it in socks last time and it hurt too much. Ooo! I just bought some backless keds!


Or I could say phantazmaliciosus, since that's my new word for awesome. XD Feel free to use it, although it takes a little getting used to. Oh, and if anyone wants to know more about it, just google it. ;D

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SWEETZMIX 2/27/2009 3:10PM

    YAY!!!!!!!!! Dana u didn't let no stinking hurt hand hold u back. I hope u feel better by tomorrow, so you can rock those push ups tomorrow!!

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LAFTERSFREE 2/27/2009 2:45PM

    go Dana. you are a total Workout Warrior ;) im excited for pilates as well this weekend, maybe im a masochist b/c .. um some parts of me are still sore from a WEEK AGO!!! lol.. have a great day!

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BRUIN2 2/27/2009 2:37PM

    I'm proud of you too!!

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CALICAVEGIRL 2/27/2009 2:35PM

    YAY! You're awesome =)

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CATIATM 2/27/2009 2:33PM

    OUCH! Take care of yourself! I am so proud of you for not bailing on your workout. It is that determination that got you to your goal!

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**PRICELESS** 2/27/2009 2:27PM

    Boooo on the hurt hand!!
YAY!! For the rockin workout!!!!
Great Job getting there and getting it done!

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Another good day...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

So - yesterday I posted an ubeat blog, and later described my life as "depressing" in a one word survey thingie on facebook. WHAT GIVES? I'm a dope. My life isn't depressing. When I filled that out I was in a short period of time in the afternoon that I was focusing on the negative. When I look at the big picture, life is good.

Next week I've been challenged by a friend from college to make it the week of AWESOME. An exercise in positivity -- I'm determined to maintain an optimistic outlook and not let these little sad moments overwhelm me. I don't think I got overwhelmed yesterday, just answered in the moment to that question and then my poor hubby was like -- you said your life was depressing? :( awwwww. He's the best.


This morning... I should have done more to burn calories, but I've decided to take the week off of lower body ST just to be sure. Also I weighed in this morning at 167 on my scale at home, which is where I was maintaining before Christmas and all that good stuff. This is my first recent weighin after I've felt like MYSELF again AND gotten a good night of sleep the night before. I feel like that was a legit weighin and maybe Monday's was a bit sleep deprived, and also the next day after homemade pizza... (better than delivered, but still a sodium fest by virtue of ingredients I think...) so anyway. I'm not changing my ticker yet, but I'm feeling good about where I am right now in regard to health and fitness.

I did Day 2 of the hundredpushups challenge and I think I've got the "keep a plank form throughout" part of it down, just not quite able to go down as far as I need to yet. My plan is to continue going down as far as I can (which is short of a 90 degree angle in the arms, but not like NOTHING) and hopefully since I'm focusing on doing this 3 times a week I can build up those muscles enough to really get to where I want to be as far as that's concerned. I had my DH check my form and he concurs my body is straight but I'm not going too far down.

UMMMM ALSO.... I bought some new jeans while I was on Christmas vacation. I currently have a size 12 Diva Cut BOOTCUT jean from Old Navy which is the pair of jeans I feel fits me the best of what I have right now. I wanted the skinny jeans cut but they never had them in my size locally. Well I took a look while visiting family and there they were! I tried them on there... but they were a little tight!!! I think I had already swelled a bit from Christmas festivity, or JUST eaten a big meal.... ANYWAY

Today I'm wearing them and they fit perfectly -- in fact, maybe a TOUCH bigger than I like. I think once they're washed and dried they will be perfect. I decided not to wear them until I was back to "NORMAL" for me and since I weighed in today at 167 I was like, ok let's do this. SO WOOHOO on that.

Tomorrow it's bright and early at the gym w/ LAFTERSFREE, and again on Saturday for pilates.

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LAFTERSFREE 2/27/2009 2:43PM

    awesome, i just got some Old Navy "Flirt" jeans which are similar to the diva ones and they fit pretty well!!! i saw that thing on fb, dont feel bad about it, everyone has their down moments, in fact i think u commented on a status message of mine which i deleted 30 seconds later b/c it sounded MORE depressed than i even felt!!! hahaha. i love your friend's idea of AWESOME week. i need to steal that one, and call it AWESOME YEAR ;) i need u to look at my form for the pushups, i also feel that im not going low enough...

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CATIATM 2/27/2009 12:48PM

    I am still stuck on the "100 push ups" part. How many days do you get to do them all? *LOL*

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SLCOLMAN 2/27/2009 11:47AM

    That is awesome about the jeans!!!!!!!

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SWEETZMIX 2/27/2009 8:32AM

    Dana u sound like you are doing much better than you were a month ago. And who doesn't like a good pair of cute jeans. I know once u wear them, wash and dry them, they will be nice and fitted the way you like! Good luck on those 100 push ups and girl u made me want to get those JM DVDs!! I am looking for them online.

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MISSY_MAGOO 2/27/2009 12:02AM

    Yay for you!- Way to go on being back to your "normal" pre- holiday weight again!!!

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MDTWEETY 2/26/2009 7:30PM

    Woo hoo on the jeans! :) :)
What do you put on your homemade pizza?

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Good Day, Sunshine!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It's a pretty good day... unless my arm really does have a gross rash, then I'm through.

HAHAHA It's been itching but I don't see any specific marks or bites or pattern, just redness. I put some lotion on it and I'm avoiding touching it -- hopefully it was just dry skin.

ANYWAY. Went to the gym this morning -- was SO tired, but knowing I was meeting my gym buddy helped me along and I got a really good solid cardio workout. 527 cal in 45 minutesish, so ROCK ON. I did ArcTrainer, Rowing Machine, and Spin Bike. I did the Rowing Machine for about 10minutes and a couple minutes in this girl came in and sat next to me with the resistance all the way up and started rowing MADLY. I kept my pace and shifted a bit faster when I had a faster song, was close to her pace... but she left a couple minutes before I finished my 10 anyway.

UMmmmmmm. Was NOT feeling well last night at all. My stomach was cramping and my head was throbbing. Feeling pretty good so far today, though, so I hope this good feeling sticks around.

At the gym today I weighed 168, but that was post workout, still 169 this morning at home, so I'm gonna stick with that weight for now. I extended my 165 goal to March 16th since that's the final Scale Back AL challenge weighin and that's really when I'm going to switch to maintenance, whether I hit 165 or not. Since I'm below where I need to be for the challenge I decided I didn't need to have the cushion week affecting my calories. :) hehehe.

Pushup Challenge Day TWO tomorrow. Thinking I'll try to make Timbucktuna tonight. (The names for ALL the recipes in that cookbook are kind of ridiculously cheesy... the Thai soup I looked up the name -- Thai One On. BWAHAHA.)

I'd really like to get a Mongolian cookbook and practice making some things for my sister for when she's back from Mongolia -- although maybe she'll be ready for some good old AMERICAN food by then??? But I thought it'd be cute if I could fix maybe one meal of Mongolian dishes for my family to celebrate her return. I looked on Amazon and there is one that is like $80.00, and no others. Sooooooo...... I'm going to check the library and see, and if nothing there I will do some internet searching.

Hope everyone is having a good day!

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ORANGE-AVOCADO 2/26/2009 12:21PM

    Awesome job getting to the gym! And funny that you weighed in less after exercising... I always weigh in a pound or so more. Maybe I'm the not-normal one, though! Your cookbook sounds soooo good! Did you buy it or check it out from the library?
Anyway - have a great rest of the week!

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JBMT08 2/26/2009 6:41AM

    wow, your exercise thing is SO on point! Continous challenge, even though you are around where you want to be! Seems like you had a rockin' day!

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NATURALLYME126 2/25/2009 10:00PM

    Way to go with the exercise! Today is usually my off day, but it was SO GORGEOUS out today that I couldn't just let the day go by without getting in a walk. So I picked my mom up and we went for a 45 minute walk be fore I went to class tonight. :)
Glad you enjoyed your day and I hope whatever was on your arm was just dry skin too. :0)

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CATIATM 2/25/2009 5:48PM

    Hahaha! You're funny, Dana! When I returned after two years in Japan, I was so sick of Japanese food, I never wanted to see it again. It would be two YEARS before I'd eat rice again! So when I arrived home, and they told me we were having terriyaki chicken and rice in my honour, I wanted to cry! I wanted pizza or burgers or noodles - anything but rice.

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LAFTERSFREE 2/25/2009 5:03PM

    you are sooo adventurous when it comes to finding recipes!! i really appreciate that, hope i dont bore you with mine... "here's a plate of fish." "here's a bowl of chicken" LOL. thanks for all the running info you sent!! i think i might try to get more into it after Pushups challenge, after situpchallenge... thennnnn running :-)

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RUTHIEBABY1 2/25/2009 4:37PM

    girl you rock! i need to just get up in the morning and run in place or something since i can't gym it anymore in the morning.

taxes yuck.

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LASHERTHECAT 2/25/2009 4:15PM

    Your sister's in Mongolia?? What is she doing there? That's so cool!! I have no idea what the food is like there...do you know?

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