Monday, May 31, 2010

Day 175.

Hi everyone,

I've been feeling kinda tired lately, but I know I need to snap out of that because I have to go back to work tomorrow. Maybe going back to work will do me some good. Maybe I need the distraction, you know.

The last 2 nights, tonight included, I've been having some cheese & crackers. Not bingeing, but I've gone over my points the last 2 days, even when I factor in my activity points. It stops right now, right this very second. It's not good for me to do that, ever. And I know this too. It feels good to confess that on here. I have been tracking it in my journal too, mostly because I forced myself to be honest in that way, too. I also know that I do need to track everything I eat, by the way. It's not always easy to be honest, lemme tell ya.

I've been having some major issues with my Polar HRM lately, and it's pissing me off. It doesn't always read my heart rate correctly. There are times when it says that my heart rate is like 40 or something, which sounds like I'm close to death. Ugh. Maybe I need to change the battery? I don't know. I guess it wouldn't hurt to do that, right. I'll do that this week.

The workout today was 2 short old Firm workouts. I started with The Firm Abs, Hips & Thighs with LaReine Chabut, then I switched over to Time Crunch Workout with Susan Harris & Kai Soremekun. My HRM just refused to work correctly, so I was unhappy with my calorie burn at that point. I decided to jump onto the treadmill for a bit, but gave up in frustration when again, the damn HRM refused to work correctly. I'm guestimating my total calorie burn at 462 calories. I just added about 20 calories to what it said at the end, because I feel like I got gipped, you know.

Well, that's really it for now, I guess. Right now, I'm just hanging out & listening to some songs on my iTunes. Listening to Son of a Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield. Love that song! Anywho, thanks for reading. Let's all make good choices.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Day 174 - 5K Challenge to all of You.

Hello again,

I'm trying not to concentrate on the fact that my Dad has prostate cancer, but it's hard not to. There are moments when I'm not thinking about it, and then it hits me again, and it's hard. It sucks. I have to thank Suzi again for her kind words - you rock!

I actually started my workout kind of early, for a Sunday morning. I had wanted to start by 9:30 because I usually don't get going til close 10:30 AM. It takes me forever to get going when I workout in the mornings. It takes me forever to get going, period! LOL. I started at 9:43 AM, and I got in a nice, long workout. I started with 23 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Volume 3 Complete Aerobic Workout with Weights, with Sandahl Bergman. I burned 682 calories. I have to admit, I did not do some of the moves, and I'll explain why. Because this workout is from the 80s, they use a lot of old, outdated moves like a lot of hopping & jumping, and leg shootouts. This move you do lying on your side, with the weight wrapped around your knee or on your thigh. It was just too cheesy for me. So when they were doing those moves, I stepped on the purple section of my Fanny Lifter to keep my heart rate up. I was more than good with my calorie burn today. More than good.

I've been thinking a lot about my Dad, and I've made a decision. You see, when you're a fit & active person, the chances of getting cancer go down. However, if it runs in your family, you'll probably still get it anyway, but maybe, just maybe, your chances for survival go up. I have to take this healthiness journey seriously. If I want to NEVER get cancer, it's time to step it up. I'm going to do a 5K every month for the rest of the year, as long as the 5K benefits cancer-related research.

There is a local 5K to raise funds for prostate cancer on Sunday, November 14. I'd like to challenge my followers to do a 5K that day. And yes, I realize it's more than 5 months away, but I want to set the wheels in motion now. If you can't do a 5K that day, please consider sending in a contribution to a cancer-related charity or foundation. I'll post more information as that date approaches.

So there you have it, folks. Are you willing to commit to this journey forever? Are you really thinking about the ramifications of your choices? Because I am. Now more than ever. I know that if I get healthy now, and continue successfully on this journey, my chances of getting cancer will hopefully decrease. Cancer is on the forefront of my mind now, so please forgive me if this sounds a little preachy to you. I swear that isn't my intention at all. It's just that .....well, you already know if you've read the last few posts.

Thanks for reading and listening to me vent. Let's all make good choices.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Day 173. Feeling Better & WI Day.

So after yesterday's awful news about my Dad, I am feeling better today. My Dad is a soldier, he's taking it pretty well. This morning was tough tho. I felt like I couldn't look at him without bursting into tears. After breakfast, I went to him & told him everything was going to be fine. He hugged me & he said he hoped so, too. Then he told me he loved me, I told him I loved him, and the tears started. I couldn't walk away fast enough. That sounds awful, I know. I couldn't help it. Ugh, what a mess.

At WI today, I was down 1.4 lbs. I was really surprised at that, because my scale at home showed I was exactly the same as last week. It's a good thing, don't get me wrong. I love that I lost weight this week. Lord knows my mental health needed it as much as my physical health. And it's strange that I don't really have the urge to binge. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I'll decide on that later, I guess.

But, I did overeat today. I didn't binge, and Lord knows there's not a whole lot in my house that I could binge on. That's probably the best thing that I could do for myself. When I went to the store, I walked past the snack aisle with just a bit of a glance. I did however, grab a 100 calorie bag of Jax Cheddar cheese thingies. It was only 2 points, so I'm not beating myself up about it. I've gone over my points today, and since today was my rest day, I don't even have activity points to compensate for it. No worries though, since I'll make up for it tomorrow.

I really must thank Suzi & Abi for their kind comments on yesterday's post. Thank you guys. I can't tell you what your support & kind words of encouragement mean to me. I appreciate it more than you'll ever know.

I almost skipped out going on to the WW meeting today, but immediately decided against it. Today, and from now on, are days when I definitely need the meetings, even if I just stay quiet, like I usually do. We had a fill in today, since my usual leader had surgery and will be out for the next 5-6 weeks. She is a breast cancer & lung cancer survivor. I don't know why she had to have surgery, but I have a feeling they might have found a reoccurrence somewhere. So unfortunate. She's such a nice lady, so sweet, always with a smile on her face. Even when faced with something like that. I wonder where & how she gets her strength from. I just want to cry at the drop of a hat. It's been like that all day for me. I guess I am not as strong as I thought I was.

Well, I will wrap this one up now. I am thinking of starting a challenge, but things are still in the preliminary stages, so I will give you more info on that later. Thank you for reading. Let's all make good choices.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Day 172 - Cancer is in my family now.

My Dad with Sonia, taken about a month or two ago.

My Dad had a biopsy test last week, and we got the results today. He has prostate cancer. I took the phone call from the doctor. Cancer is in my family now.

My first reaction was to cry, which I did, immediately. The doctor was very understanding, and he said not to count my Dad out just yet. I guess he has to say that, doesn't he. Right now, the next step is to start setting up appointments for him for next week. Unfortunately I have to wait until Tuesday to do all this. He has to have a CT scan & a bone scan to see if the cancer has spread into his bones. My Dad also has Parkinson's. It's just a sad situation all around.

I did some research online about prostate cancer, and it seems that it's very treatable, and most importantly, very BEATABLE. I know my Dad can beat this. I know he will beat this.

I try as much as possible not to include too much personal info on my blog, but I just couldn't do that today. Cancer really does affect all of us, in some way, shape, or form. And it's so important that we all take care of ourselves, that we're fit, that we take our vitamins every single day, and that we go to the doctor every year. This is something I take very seriously, and everyone should, too. I'm going to make it a point to get bloodwork done every year. The last time I had bloodwork done was when I had my laprascopy 2 years ago.

It's strange that my first urge, after I cried, was NOT to eat. Usually, the complete opposite is true. Usually, when faced with something as stressful as this, I just want to eat everything I can find. That did not happen today. I lost my appetite when I found out, and I had been starving just a minute before that. It's funny how that happens, isn't it? Or not, I'm not sure. All I know is I have to concentrate all my efforts now on my Dad and finding out as much as I can about his possible treatment options.

Oh yeah, I worked out today. I did 22 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Volume 2 - Low Impact Aerobics with Janet Jones-Gretzky. This Firm DVD is from the 80s, and I felt a little silly doing some of the moves. I burned 636 calories. And I sweated like a pig.

It feels dumb to talk about my workout when there's something more important & more pressing going on now. My Dad took it well, I guess. He's a man of few words as it is. I wonder if he's worried, I wonder what he's thinking. He won't say. He's a private man, which is where I get it from, I guess. But he has to know he can beat this, deep down.

Well, I need to wrap this up before I start crying. I feel like if I cry, I'm already admitting defeat, and I just refuse to do that. I won't do that, and I can't do that.

Thank you for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Day 171 - Another hungry day.

Hi everyone,

It was nice to have the day off from work. I was still up early, but I lingered in bed for a bit before deciding to get up. I didn't do all that much today, just went to the bank & came back. Tomorrow, I have to be up early to get my car inspected, run to the store real quick, then wait for the cable guy to get here. Our local traffic & weather channel just keeps freezing, so the guy's coming out here to fix it.

Anytime I work out in the mornings, it always takes me forever to get going. Today was no different. Ideally, I'd like to be working out by 9 AM or 9:30 AM. Today, I didn't start til 10:15 AM. So when I finished a little more than an hour later, I was starving! I couldn't wait to have breakfast. Tomorrow, because I have to be out of my house by 8 AM, I hope to definitely be working out by 9.

So let's talk about the workout. I decided to do The Firm Total Muscle Shaping with Stephanie Huckabee. I did the warm up, then hopped onto the inclined treadmill for 21 minutes to get my heart rate & calorie burn up. I continued with the DVD, for a total of 582 calories burned. I had wanted to get into the 600s, but I'm ok with this number. It was a little humid today, so I sweated a little more than usual. I mean, I was tasting my own sweat this morning. My sports bra & capris were just soaked by the time I was done working out. It got into my eyes & everything. Man, I don't think I've ever sweated that much in my life! LOL.

Today was another hungry day for me. I just wanted to munch & snack on things. I had cravings for Cheez Its & potato chips. It's a good thing I don't keep those things in my house, or I would've been in some major trouble. As it was, I went over my points a little, but nothing too terrible. Once TOM gets here, I think I'll feel better, and hopefully these cravings will go away.

The scale was kind to me this morning. I was down a pound from Saturday's WI. I hope the little that I went over my points today will not reflect on the scale tomorrow. I mean, I did work out hard today. So hopefully, I earned enough activity points. I didn't even eat anything bad, just a scoop of peanut butter & a little extra whipped cream on my Skinny Cow flying saucer. Shrug. I can't stress too much about it. It's not like I inhaled an entire gallon of ice cream or a bag of chips.

Since tomorrow is the day before WI, I have to be extra diligent not to give in to those hunger cravings & stay away from salt. I think I'll do one of those old Firm workouts that I recently got on DVD. I'll keep you posted.

I think I'll wrap this one up now. Thanks for reading, you guys. Let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Day 170.

Hello again!

I am super excited because it's the start of my long holiday weekend. I don't go back to work til Tuesday. I deserve a little break, if I do say so myself.

Today was a hot, scorching day. The temperatures reached 91 degrees. It was so hot, and I hadn't put in my AC yet, so I had to drag it out & set it up. It's a portable AC that I use in my basement. It got me to thinking that maybe I should just cancel the workout today, and just work super hard tomorrow. But I knew that if I did that, I would just feel like a schmuck, so after the AC was set up, I put on the workout gear & popped the DVD into the DVD player.

I needed to do a short workout because I didn't start working out til close to 5:45. So I started with 30 Day Shred Level 1 with Jillian Michaels. I paused the DVD right before the final cardio segment, then jumped onto the inclined treadmill for 13 minutes. The reason I did that was to get my calorie burn up. I only was going to stay on the treadmill for about 5 or 6 minutes, but decided to push on. I was pouring sweat, and I finished with 353 calories burned total. I'm good with that number. The next 2 days I will do hard, longer workouts.

I haven't lost any weight so far this week. It's getting frustrating, and I'm getting frustrated. I'm seeing the same number stare back at me - 218. I haven't been going over my points since Monday, during the cupcake fiasco. I know I shouldn't have had those, and they're probably the reason why I haven't lost any weight this week. I know better than to keep things like that in my house. Ugh.

Anywho, here's to losing some weight by Saturday morning. I'm confident I will, and I have a feeling it will be small, but some kind of loss nonetheless. It's ok, as long as the scale goes DOWN DOWN.

OK, well I think that's enough said for now. Thanks for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Day 169.

Hi again,

I can't wait for tomorrow to be over. I'm taking Thursday & Friday off, so I'll have a nice long weekend. I can't wait. I'm not really sure what I'll be doing, but at least I won't be at work!

I'm going to make this a short post today. I'll talk about the workout, then just call it a day. I'm in a weird mood. I'm ok, I'm not upset or anything, I just don't have all that much to write about today. I think I'm in a weird mood because my TOM is next week. Shrug. That would explain why I want to eat things like chips & dip, & chocolate cake too. Not giving into temptation though.

I decided that today I would skip the treadmill altogether. I started with Kathy Smith's Kickboxing workout, then I decided to do a Firm DVD I haven't done in forever - Upper Body Sculpt with Janet Brooks. I burned 453 calories. I don't like Upper Body Sculpt, and now I remember why. My heart rate dropped a lot during this workout, and Janet Brooks has a perpetually surprised look on her face. Clearly, she had just had Botox before filming this workout, and she just looked scary. She looked like Marie Osmond after she had Botox. Shudder. I don't think I won't ever do that workout again. Oh wells.

Anywho, the Biggest Loser finale is tonight, and I guess I'll watch a little. I'm not as into it as I used to be, but I will tell you this. If I may be so bold, and I hope I don't offend you Bee, but I AM GOING TO BE THE NEXT BIGGEST LOSER! There, I said it.

Ok, I am off now. Let's all make good choices.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Day 168 - Finding excuses, or just not believing in yourself at all?

Hi everyone,

I'm a little sore from yesterday's 5K, but it's not too bad. My thighs, hips & lower back hurt just a bit, but I'm sucking it up. I could've found a zillion excuses not to do a 5K, like my weight, like I'm not a runner, etc. But I did it, because I knew I could. I knew I would finish, come hell or high water. Nothing was going to stop me.

I found out about a 5K in July taking place in my friend's hometown, at her old high school, actually. And it's for a good cause - raising money to help fight ovarian cancer. We'll call this friend Lee, because she doesn't know I have a blog, and I'm not sure if she would appreciate me calling her out like this. Anywho, Lee has her own weight issues. She's not nearly as big as me. In fact, I've got a good 50 or 60 lbs. on her. She had told me a while ago that she had attempted to run a 5K, but wound up walking most it. There's nothing wrong with that. The point is, she did it. She finished what she set out to do.

I asked her if she wanted to do this local 5K with me. I asked her 3 days ago. I sent her a message on FB. She only got back to me now. Here's what she said.

"Hey Kelly, I was giving it some thought and i don't think I'm up for the 5K.  I  haven't been running in a while and I'm pretty sure I'd just make a damn fool of  myself if I tried it.  Thanks for thinking of me though..."


Is she making excuses?  Does she really feel that uncomfortable with herself?   Does she really not believe in herself?  Only she really knows the answers to those questions, but I felt Lee could've pulled it off.  I would've walked the whole thing with her if that's what she wanted.   But there's no point in changing her mind.  I understand how she feels though.  I do, I really do.  I've been there - I'm still there.  But I force myself to remember that other things are more important.  Like the feeling of having completed a 5K.    I'm not ripping on Lee.  I guess I'm just a little disappointed in her.   This could've been a really great experience for the both of us.   Just saying.

Today was a rest day for me, and I gladly took it.  I plan on doing some strength training tomorrow, if I'm not too sore.  I guess I'll just have to see how I feel, but I think I'll be ok.  I haven't really thought about which Firm DVD to do just yet, but I'll think of something.  Maybe upper body, if my legs are still sore.  I'll keep ya posted.

Sorry this went on & on.  I didn't mean to ramble because I'm watching the series finale of 24 right now.   And I don't even want to talk LOST just yet.   Anywho, I'm wrapping this one up now.   Thanks for reading.   Let's all make good choices. 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Day 167 - Another 5K is in the books.


Hi again everyone,

I am so tired. My body & my mind are both exhausted. Added to that the finale of LOST tonight, and I am spent. My day started pretty early today, for a Sunday anyway. I was up and out of my house before 8 AM because I wanted to make the 5K in plenty of time. I also had no idea where I was going, so I wanted to allow time in case I got lost, even though my car is equipped with GPS.

I weighed myself first before I left. And I was the same as yesterday, so apparently those cupcakes didn't do anything, thank God. Off to the 5K I went, and I finished in 39 minutes, 3 seconds. I shaved an entire second off my time! LOL. At least it's something. I struggled today during the race, I have to admit. I started pretty strongly. I ran the first 2 miles straight, no problem. Until about 2 minutes out, and then, I started to get winded. I had to slow down even though I told myself to keep on pushing. I took 4 walk breaks. In the end, I was just glad that I finished.

That's me grinning like an idiot after the race, above. LOL. Oh, and I burned 672 calories! During the 5K, my calorie burn was close to 500, then I just kept it on because my heart rate was through the roof. So I just kept my HRM on while I tried to cool down. But it took a while. But, I don't have a problem with that.

Then afterwards, we went upstate to visit my brother & Sonia of course. She was great, a little bit of a crier, but otherwise a great baby. Love that kid.

I figured out why I was so hungry yesterday. My TOM is next week, so that explains why I wanted to eat everything in sight. Just gotta control it, that's all. I'm feeling better today already.

Well, LOST will be ending soon, and I just can't believe it. What will I do now on Tuesday nights? That seems to be the question of the day in the Twitter-verse. Sigh. I just hope the ending does the show some justice.

Ok, I'm wrapping this one up now, since LOST starts soon. Let's all make good choices.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Day 166 - WI Day.

Hi there ppl,

This morning at WI, I was down 1.2 lbs! So I lost that pound and that point. Phew. What a relief. That had really been weighing on my mind, for some reason. I know it sounds silly, but there you have it.

I got in a quick workout this morning. I did The Firm Burn & Shape with Emily Welsh. I burned 275 calories. I can't even remember the last time I did that workout. I like it, and I even completed the ab section at the end! LOL. I felt good, like maybe I could've done an additional workout, but nixed that idea. After all, with the 5K I'm doing tomorrow, I'll more than make up for it.

The 5K is taking place in Massapequa, a town about 25 minutes away from me. It's to benefit the arts program at their local elementary school, which is a cause I can get behind. Anything that helps kids, I'm good with. The only bad thing is that it's supposed to rain tomorrow, which really sucks. But, I'm just gonna have to suck it up, dress appropriately, and just do the damn thing. Thanks a lot, Tony. LOL.

I had a busy today. I went to WW, worked out, ran to the store & picked up groceries, did laundry, & changed the sheets on my bed. Pretty busy. Tomorrow is also looking pretty busy, too. I have the 5K in the morning, then I have to run to the Colombian restaurant to pick up food to take to my brother's, drive up to my brother's house, hang out for a bit with Sonia, then drive back.

Then when I get back home, it's the LOST finale. I'm real upset it's ending. I just hope the end does the show justice. This is going to be an event in my life, you know. I have never been this dedicated or obsessive about a TV show before in my life. What will I do on Tuesday nights now? That's what every Lostie will be asking themselves, if they haven't already. I'm not going to make this a food related event. I just can't. The show airs at 9, and I don't ever eat anything once I have dinner. Today was a food day for me. I just wanted everything, so tomorrow I will have to be extra diligent, and super duper good. When I went to the store, I picked up some mini red velvet cupcakes & a package of mini croissants for my Dad. He can eat anything & not gain weight. I've already had 3 of those cupcakes. And it stops right there. No more. I didn't binge or anything, and I made sure not to pick up anything I could binge on. Like potato chips or cheez doodles. That's just asking for it. I can't have that stuff in my house. No way.

I hope those cupcakes won't come back to haunt me too much tomorrow. Sigh. Whatever, it was what it was. I'm going to lay out my clothes & my camera tonight to have everything ready for tomorrow. I don't want to be late or anything. I hope I finish close to my April 5K time. We'll see. I will keep you posted, I promise! So let's all make good choices.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Day 165 - Another Last Chance Workout.

Hello there peeps!

I'm in a good mood for a number of reasons. First off, it's Friday. You can't go wrong with it being Friday. It was also a gorgeous day outside, sunny & not a cloud in the sky. And second, I'm just in general feeling very positive. You see, I'm convinced that tomorrow, the scale will be kind to me. I am positive that I will lose that pound to get me into the next decade. I am positive that starting tomorrow, I will lose not just a pound, but another point.

I totally stayed within my points today, & I got in all of my daily requirements. Again, you can't go wrong with that. I had my own version of a Last Chance Workout. I started with 24 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Maximum Cardio with Carissa Foster. I burned 726 calories of pure sweat, man. I was just pouring sweat all over. I am more than happy with that number. I needed to push it, I needed to push myself, and that's what I did. When I was on the treadmill, I put the incline just a smidge higher, and I upped the speed from 3.0 to 3.1. I know, not much of a difference, but small steps here. The point is, I took it higher, and that's all that matters.

Lisa will be doing the 5K challenge with me on Sunday. You go Lisa! Not an organized 5K, but she's STILL doing one anyway. If you're able to, and if you're willing to challenge yourself, please think about participating in Tony's challenge. You can walk it, jog it, walk/jog it, but please think about it. I'm pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I had no intention of doing this challenge at all since I'm doing the WW 5K challenge in 2 weeks. But hey people, I got two good legs, and I got the sheer iron will to do it. It doesn't matter how fast or slow you are, if you're physically able, then there are no excuses. I see people in wheelchairs doing this all the time. You have NO EXCUSES. Period.

I think tomorrow I will take a break from the treadmill, but I still need to get a workout in. I'm not sure which one yet, but I will definitely think of something. Don't you worry! LOL.

OK - I am off to wrap this one up. Wish me luck at WI tomorrow. I need all the positive vibes I can get! Thanks a lot for reading. Let's all make good choices.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day 164.

Hello again bloggy friends!

I'm feeling much better, especially since today was such a gorgeous day here in NY. I felt so much better that I even felt daring enough to attempt a Firm DVD that I had never done before. More on that in just a sec.

This week, I've really been thinking about pushing myself, pushing my limits, and therefore pushing myself out of my comfort zone. One of the things I need to start doing is increasing the speed on my treadmill when I do it. I really push the incline up, but my speed I keep at a constant 3.0. Which is not fast, but since I'm doing the incline, it works me more. So increasing the speed starts tomorrow.

I've also been thinking about Tony's 5K challenge coming up this Sunday. Yesterday, I tweeted Jen about it, asking if she was gonna do it. She & Tony are close blogger friends, if you'll recall. After thanking me for calling her out on it & keeping her accountable, which she meant all in good fun, she said she'd do it only if I would do it. Way to throw down the red challenge flag, Jen! LOL. So I signed up for a local 5K this Sunday to benefit a school district. And there you have it. I'll be running another 5K on Sunday, ppl! Too bad I don't have any local weight loss blogger friends to run it with, but oh well. It would be nice to have someone take my picture as I'm crossing the finish line, but it's not a big deal. The point is I'll be getting in another 5K into the books.

So let's discuss the workout. I started with 21 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I decided to do The Firm Calorie Killer 2 with Dale Brabham. I burned 528 calories. Much better than the 205 yesterday, but not as much as I would've liked. Whatever though, because the point is I worked. And I'm good with that.

All in all, a good day, and I'm glad it's in the books now. Tomorrow is Friday, my favorite day! LOL. So I think I will wrap this one up now. Thanks for reading. Let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Day 163.

Hi everyone,

I've been feeling a little blah today and yesterday. I can't really explain it, although I do have a feeling it's the weather. Sounds nuts, right? But I really think it is. It's been cloudy & rainy here the last 2 days, and it makes sense that depressing weather makes people feel depressed.

I was up a pound this morning when I weighed myself. It was the cheese & crackers, but I'm not gonna stress it. It's just a pound, and I can get that off easy. Today I was very diligent about my points. I didn't go over at all, and I got in all of my requirements. I'm really hoping that pound will be off tomorrow.

Anywho, my workout did not go as well as I would've liked. I decided that today I would not do the treadmill. I was sick of it, and I just needed a break from it. So I started with The Firm Volume 5 with LaReine Chabut. I did just the first 12 minutes of it, the cardio portion of it. Then the plan was to do the Stability Ball workout with Allie Del Rio. I got in about 10 minutes of it, but I struggled to get into it. I wasn't feeling it at all, and I turned it off. I wound up with 205 calories burned total. That's my lowest calorie burn ever, I think. Which means the next 2 days will be have to be super duper hardcore workouts, with crazy calorie burn numbers. No worries, I can handle it. I've done it before.

I'm already plotting my workouts for the next 2 days. Hope it all works out the way I want, because you never know.

Ok well, I think I'm gonna wrap this one up now. Let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Day 162.

Hi again peeps!

Today was a hungry day for me for some reason. I just wanted to snack. I had some reduced fat Ritz crackers & 2 string cheese snacks. Which isn't terrible, it certainly wasn't a binge of any sort, but I definitely could've made better choices. I'm already guzzling some extra water just in case.

Today was a rest day for me, and it was a good thing too. The weather outside was so nasty all day, constant rain, that I so was not in any mood to work out. I spent my rest day previewing the old Firm workouts on DVD that I got recently. I previewed Maximum Cardio with Carissa today, & Calorie Killer 2 with Dale. I've actually had Calorie Killer for a while, I just have never done it. I think I'll do Calorie Killer tomorrow. Hopefully the routine in that DVD will make any water retention I ma have tomorrow go away. Although I shouldn't be up that much tomorrow morning, if at all, because it wasn't a binge. It was 10 reduced fat crackers & 2 string cheeses. The cheese has a lot of salt tho. Whatever, I'm not going to beat myself up about it. It could've been a lot worse. The old me would've eaten the entire box of crackers, and had 5 more string cheeses. I won't do that. I won't go back.

It's sad that my favorite show of all time is ending. Tonight is the 3rd to last episode of LOST. Man I love that show. That & 24. What great shows, what great new things they've done for TV. I think on Sunday I'll buy some crudite (cru d'te) and have a little LOST party of my own. I'll look up a recipe for dip on the WW website. It's not anything I want to get crazy about, for sure. I'm going to DVR the last 2 episodes to rewatch. Yeah, I'm that obsessive about this show. LOL.

OK, so I'm going to cut this one short because LOST will be starting in about 15 minutes. & the Yankee game is on. Let's all make good choices.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Day 161 - THE DRESS.

Hello again,

My biceps & my sides are sore from yesterday's upper body workout. I'm a little surprised by that actually. I've been doing Firm Upper Body for a long time, and the only thing I can think of is that maybe it's because I heavied up on the weights. Which reminds me, I need to buy heavier weights. I have a 5 pound kettle bell that could be a little heavier - maybe 7 lbs. I have a 12 lb. dumbbell that I use for single arm lat rows, and I'm thinking of buying another one to complete the pair. Now that I know I can do 10 lb. leg presses on the Fanny Lifter, using 12 lbs. won't be far off, hopefully.

The dress from JCrew arrived today. It is....tiny. Very tiny. It's a size 6, and I can probably fit one of my thighs into it. It's so pretty tho. I decided against getting it in black, and opted for pewter instead. It's kinda silver/gray, and I like it. I will post a picture of it tomorrow because the lighting in here right now sucks, and a picture now wouldn't do it justice. Tomorrow, I promise!

Let's talk about the workout today. It almost didn't happen. I just was NOT in the mood. I changed into my workout gear, put in the DVD, and then sat down on the floor, leaning against my bed. I was trying to talk myself into it. I knew that if I didn't, I would feel like an asshole. Not just an ass, but a full blown asshole. Such language, I know! LOL. But I managed to pick myself up, and just start already. I started with The Firm Tight Buns & Killer Legs with Kelsie Daniels. I completed the warm up, and it still wasn't doing anything for me. My heart rate was pretty low, and I wasn't happy about that. So I decided to hop onto the treadmill even though today I had really wanted to take a break from it. I spent 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I completed the rest of the DVD. I finished at 388 calories burned, and that number is more than ok with me. Especially since I didn't even want to work out at all. So there you have it.

I felt tired today, and I was glad when it was over. Tomorrow is my rest day, and the weather is supposed to be terrible. Rain all day. At least it's my early day, and I can just go home. I may need to stop by the store real quick, but no biggie.

Alrighty, that's all for now. Thanks for reading. Let's all make good choices. And look for the picture of the dress tomorrow!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Day 160.

Hey everyone,

Man, I can't believe the weekend is over already. Ugh, work tomorrow. Bummer. At least it was a nice day today. I barbecued a little, not too much. 4 chicken cutlets, a turkey burger, some corn, & some platanos (Spanish bananas). My Mom threw some salmon & zucchini on the grill too. We didn't make too much, and we kept it healthy. I made some pasta salad with whole grain rotini & lite mayo. Then I threw a green pepper, shredded carrots, & onion & garlic in the food processor & mixed that up with the pasta. I had some grape tomatoes in the fridge, and I put those in the salad too. It was so good, and I counted a half cup of that as 4 points, just to be on the safe side. That, along with my turkey burger with a little ketchup - outstanding lunch!

I tried to work out this morning, and I just could not get myself going. So rather than procrastinate, I decided to get ready for my day. After my shower & breakfast, I headed out to get a mani & pedi. I got a really nice color on my toes & fingers - Bermuda Shorts. It's kinda pink, kinda purple, which is perfect for this springy weather we've been having. I promised myself after lunch I would get my workout in.

When I weighed myself this morning, I was up about a pound and a half from yesterday. I'm not worried about it, since I did indulge yesterday. But I promised myself today I would push my workout. So I started with 11 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did 2 DVDs. The Firm Parts Upper Body, then MMA Kickboxing with Cathe Friedrich. In total, I burned 643 calories. I'm ok with that number, but I would've preferred it to be in the 700s. Shrug. The point is, I worked out. Period.

Alrighty, I'm going to wrap this one up. Thanks for reading guys. Let's all make good choices.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Day 159 - WI Results.

Happy Saturday blogger peeps!

This morning at WI, I was down 1.2 lbs, which puts me at an even 220 lbs. Not the 2 pounds I had been hoping for, but it's a solid loss nonetheless. Oh well, but at least I know now that there is a slight difference between my scale at home, and the one at WW.

We were supposed to go upstate to see Sonia, but we rescheduled for next Sunday instead. Saturdays are my busy day, and it just would've meant too much rushing & running around. As it was, I missed my WW meeting. Shrug. No worries. I'll be extra diligent this week.

When I got back from WI, I had a cup of coffee, then I worked out. I started with the inclined treadmill for 23 minutes, then The Firm Lower Body Sculpt with Lisa Kay. I hadn't done that workout in forever, so I decided to give it a whirl. And - something momentous happened. I was able to climb the Fanny Lifter (14 inches) with a pair of 10 lb. dumbbells. I had never, ever done that before. I can feel it in my buns already. I guess that was one of those situations where you don't realize just how strong you are. I didn't know I could do the leg press with 10 pound weights in each hand. I didn't know because I just assumed that I couldn't. But I did it. And I burned 523 calories during my workout.

It's astounding to me still that I could do that. I had to push myself, don't get me wrong - it was NOT easy. But I was able to do it. And I believed I could do it, too. So from now on, anytime I do a leg press segment with The Firm, I'm going to use 10 pound weights. Because I have to continue pushing myself. Because maybe it's not supposed to be easy all the time. Because I know I can do it.

I added another picture of myself on the side there. I have to apologize for my hair. It was hot today, and my hair was just frizzy & scary. Which is the reason why it had to be in a ponytail. LOL.

I indulged a bit with my dinner tonight, and maybe I shouldn't have. Shrug, eh. We heated up a DiGiornio cheese pizza, and I had a slice with a salad. No WW ice cream, since I went over my points. I had to use all of my Activity Points, but a few of my WAP. I'm not going to beat myself up over it, it happens. I didn't binge or anything, so I'm ok with it. I'm still pretty full tho, and dinner was an hour ago. I think I'll wait another 30 minutes, and then I will break out my Ab Roller. I think I'll do 75 regular crunches, then 75 obliques and call it a day.

I think this week, I will focus on doing older Firm DVDs (Mansion WOs). I need to lose a pound this week to get me into the next decade. Which of course means that I'll lose another point. At this point, I don't even care. I just want to get rid of that pound this week, you know.

OK, I'm wrapping this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Day 158 - Last Chance Workout

Hey there peeps!

I am so glad it's Friday! The day started out cloudy & rainy here in Long Island, then it cleared up & got really nice. It feels like summer, for now. It's supposed to rain later tonight. Oh well.

Anywho, let's get to down to business. I had a tough, long workout today. I started with 11 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then The Firm Power Sculpt WO with Allie Del Rio, then Cathe Friedrich's Kick Max. I know, it was a lot, but I really wanted to push myself into doing a Last Chance workout of sorts. I wound up burning 752 calories total for all 3 workouts. I sweated so much, I was tasting it. I'm being totally serious about that, too.

When I weighed myself this morning, I was down almost 2 pounds from Saturday's weight. But since my scale & the scale at WW seem to be a little different, we'll see. BUT - I am confident that I did lose those 2 pounds. I've been imagining it & visualizing this in my head all week. I've been good with everything, so I'm confident the scale will be very good to me tomorrow!

Tomorrow, the plan is to go to my brother's house to see Sonia Begonia. She's getting so big, I can't believe it. They do grow fast, don't they? She's almost 18 months old. So cute. We'll probably stop by the Mediterranean place & pick up some Greek salads & some falafels. Healthy all the way. Keeping it healthy.

I can't wait to WI tomorrow, I'm excited about it! I know, it sounds so cheesy & lame, doesn't it? But I'm really doing well, so there you have it. Anywho, I will be wrapping this one up now. Let's al make good choices.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Day 157 - Jack Sh*t's picture request.

Happy Thursday everyone!

A few days ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Jack, asked his readers to send him pictures of why they no longer want to be fat anymore written down on notecards. I emailed it to him last night, and I thought I would share it here with all of you. BTW, if you haven't read his blog before, check it out, and send him your picture with the notecard.




Jack occasionally does a picture post where he writes his blog down on several note cards, takes pictures of them, and then uploads the pictures to his blog. I wish I could be that creative. The picture above is just one of the reasons why I'm doing this healthiness & weight loss journey of mine. I have several reasons.

1) I'm just tired of being fat.

2) I don't want to have a heart attack when I'm 40.

3) I want to shop in a normal department store and be able to wear whatever I want.

4) I want men to look at me, and NOT look right past me.

I could go on, and I've done this kind of post before, but you get the general idea. It's just time to stop being fat, you know. Period. End of story.

Today was my DOR, but I decided to do a Firm Core workout - I did Core Solutions: Standing Abs, with Alison Davis. I am going to do my Ab Roller later, after dinner has digested.

I'm doing pretty good, and today was a good day. I didn't go over my points, and I got in all of my daily requirements. It feels real good to be in control, it really does.

Oh, and Lisa, regarding the dress, I promise I will take a picture of it as soon as I get it. It's so pretty! LOL. I can't wait to receive it. I can't wait to fit into it!

Ok, wrapping this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Day 156.

Hello again ppl!

Hope everyone is getting over the hump today. I know I have. Another work day done, another workout is in the books. More on that later. I've been thinking lately about how my best friend's wedding next year. She's going to have a destination wedding in Cancun sometime in the spring. I'm thinking March or April, which btw, I hope that's not hurricane season. Anywho, my point is, I've been thinking & of course hoping that I will look different by then. We have dresses & shoes to order, and I'm hoping I'll be smaller. I have another 11 months to lose this damn weight, and I'm soldiering along. The weight will come off, because I know I'm going to do this. I'm a future thin girl, after all! So to go along with this thinking, today I bought a dress in a smaller size that I'm hoping to wear in Mexico. It's from Jcrew, and it's called the Cascade Ruffle dress, and I got it in a size 6. Wishful thinking? I think it's totally within the realm of possibility. It's a goal to aim towards.

Let's talk about the workout today. I started with 16 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Fat Blaster with the old Firm Master Instructors. I wound up burning 486 calories, and I even did the abdominal section at the end! LOL. My abs were burning man! Lisa Kay led that section, and I could feel my stomach working, let me tell you. I don't think I'll have to do my Ab Roller tonight after that workout.

I'm going to take a rest day tomorrow and maybe get a mani & pedi. Tomorrow I will do my Ab Roller, and I may do a Firm Core workout, but the jury is still out on that one. Ab Roller definitely, without a doubt.

I'm really focusing on losing 2 pounds this week. I can see the number in my mind, and I can see the possibility of it on that scale Saturday morning. I've been staying within my points, not going over, and staying away from extra sodium as much as possible. I've also been chugging more water than usual. I'm peeing constantly, but I don't mind. LOL.

OK - that's enough rambling for now. Let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Day 155.

Hi everyone,

I'm feeling really good today. I am positive and determined that this week will result in a bigger weight loss for me. I hope the scale is my friend, and so far, my home scale is being good to me. It shows that I'm already down a pound from Saturday, but my scale & the one at WW can be a little off. Whatever, I'm still going to work my ass off this week!

OK, so let's discuss the workout today. I started with 15 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I tried to do a Cathe Friedrich DVD that I hadn't done yet - Gym Style Back, Shoulders & Biceps. I did about 20 minutes of it, but I wasn't feeling it at all. My heart rate kept dropping, which meant that my calorie burn was dropping, too. So I turned off the DVD, and decided to jump back onto the inclined treadmill again. I didn't want to waste a workout, you know. 37 minutes later, my calorie burn was at 719 calories, and I was more than good with that number.

My knee felt fine, and I was pouring sweat. The last 2 nights, I've been doing my Ab Roller, and I'm feeling really good about it. I won't do it tonight, but I plan on getting some ab work in tomorrow with my workout.

My goal this week is to get into the next decade. I really want to hit 219. That would mean losing another WW point, but I don't care. Another 10 lbs. gone is how I'm thinking of it, you know. I would be that much closer to ONE-DERLAND. One-derland is like the mecca to me. Which sounds silly, I know. But it's still another goal of mine, and one I will reach this summer, come hell or high water!

Thanks for reading, you guys. I really love reading your comments & commenting on your blogs, too! Wrapping this one up now. Let's all make good choices.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Day 154.

Hello again blogger friends!

It's the start of yet another week, yet another work week, and yet another Monday. I so do not like Mondays at all, but at least it's over now. When I weighed myself this morning, I was up half a pound from Saturday's WI weight, so I was ok with that. It's probably that slice of Carvel ice cream cake I had. LOL. Whatever, it's fine. I've been drinking a ton of water today (what else is new?) and hopefully, with today's workout, I'll be right where I should be.

The workout today was 15 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then The Firm Fat Blasting Cardio with Lisa Kay. My HRM kept acting up on me. I had to take it off at one point, and pour water on the strip. It was annoying. Finally, I got it to work, and at the end of the workout, I wound up burning 432 calories. I'm good with that. It was pretty tough, and I poured sweat.

I can't believe 24 is ending soon. Sad. I'm not expecting a happily ever after for Jack Bauer, but since they're planning a movie, I'm also not expecting him to die at the end of the show. So many great shows ending this year. LOST, 24 - they are my faves!

Anywho, that's about it for now. Still tracking, still getting in all of my points, no bingeing of any kind, so it's going real good. So let's all make good choices.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Day 153.

Hi again everyone,

Happy Mother's Day to all you special mamas out there! Every Mother's Day I take my Mom to a really nice, fancy nursery to buy her favorite plants & flowers. I stopped buying her little gifts a long time ago because she'd much rather have pretty flowers & plants. So be it. Since Mom won't cook today, I went to the Colombian restaurant and picked up some really great food. A whole rotissiere chicken, rice & beans, and salad. The rice is white rice, which I didn't have. I just had my Brown Rice cup to get some grains in. I did buy her a small ice cream cake from Carvel, and I had one small slice, and I won't have anymore of it. Neither will Mom. My mom & I both agreed that my Dad should finish it this week since he has such a sweet tooth. He never gains weight - so unfair! LOL.

Today was supposed to be a rest day, and it was, for the most part. But I did work out, although I'm not really counting it. I'll explain. Last night, after months & months of having it, I decided to finally inflate my Firm stability ball. It comes with the DVD Slim & Sculpt Stability Ball WO, led by Allie del Rio. Apparently, I didn't inflate it enough, so about 10 minutes into the DVD, I had to pause it and inflate it some more. Initially, I thought my weight was causing the ball to not be as firm. In the DVD, the workout balls didn't seem to budge an inch under the girls in the video. Yes, I realize those girls weigh like 90 lbs. But I was initially really sad about it. Then it dawned on me to inflate it some more, and whaddya know? LOL. Yup, I didn't inflate it enough. I felt like such a dumbass, lemme tell you. I didn't wear my heart rate monitor or anything, and that's fine. It was hard though, really hard. I am going to try to incorporate this DVD into my workout rotation, but we'll see. I couldn't complete it today.

Anywho, so that was my day, pretty much. I hope you guys had a great mother's day! Thanks for reading. Let's all make good choices.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Day 152 - WI.

Hi everyone,

Today was WI, and while I did lose weight, but I was a little disappointed. I was down 0.8 lbs. Not even a full pound. Sigh. Well, at least I was down and not up. But still man, not even a full pound? I worked my ass off! And I didn't binge or anything! So frustrating, so aggravating. But, it's not the end of the world, and a loss is a loss, after all. Hopefully next week will show a bigger loss, right? Here's hoping. I have a theory

I decided to really up the workout today. I started with 21 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Parts: Standing Legs. I burned 663 calories, and I was pouring sweat! I just thought of something. There were a few days last week when I didn't eat all of my points, and maybe that had something to do with my numbers this week. I could also be grasping at straws there, but maybe what I'll do this week is increase my points by 1 or 2. An extra small portion of protein or another grain here and there. Or an extra fruit. Wouldn't hurt.

My abs are just a bit sore today after my Ab Roller session last night. I'm going to break out the Ab Roller again tonight, in a little while actually. I'm just going to wait for dinner to settle and then I'll be good to go. I'll increase the reps by 10, I think. 60 regular crunches, 60 obliques. Just gotta keep going. Keep on keeping on, as the saying goes.

So I'm still going to stay positive, stay focused. It's very windy here today in Long Island. There's a wind advisory on until 6AM tomorrow morning. Should be interesting. I ran errands today, and went to the car wash. My car desperately needed it, too, poor thing. LOL.

Sorry I'm a little all over the place. So I think I'll wrap this one up. Let's all make good choices.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Day 151 - Last Chance Workout!

Greetings & salutations bloggy peeps!

It's Friday, so I'm in a good mood. I took a half day from work today and managed to get a lot of things done. I went to GNC & used my GoldCard discount to stock up on vitamins & supplements. I went to the supermarket and did the food shopping for the week. The majority of it, anyways. I stocked up on salads, lean porkchops, ground turkey breast ( I want to start making turkey burgers for dinner instead of the Boca meatless burgers that I usually have), milk, and some stuff for the freezer. Then I hopped over to CVS to pick up a few things, including an aloe vera plant that was on sale for $3.99. I had to get potting mix, and I picked that up there, too, for my plant. CVS had cactus plants on sale too, and I may or may not stop in tomorrow to pick one up. We'll see. And there you have it.

I got home and had some lunch. It was nice, just having time off from work. I got in a nice long workout today, too. I took a break from the Firm, which I don't do very often, but it's good to mix it up every once in a while. So I started with 22 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did Cathe Friedrich's Kick Max, which I totally love. I wound up burning 751 calories. Yeah, I worked hard today, and I sweated to prove it! LOL.

I have been sorely neglecting working my abs & core section lately, and I need to change that pronto. So tonight, after dinner had digested, I pulled out my Ab Roller. I did 50 regular crunches, and 50 oblique crunches on both sides. It took about 5-6 minutes, and that's all I did, but it's something, at least. 6 minutes of working out my core is better than 0 minutes, right. I really need to just buckle down & do it already. I always love the sore feeling in my stomach that I get after my abs have worked, you know. I just love that feeling! LOL.

Tomorrow is WI day, and I'm getting closer to losing another point of my daily points. I don't mind that at all. I just want to get into the new decade already. I don't think I'll do it tomorrow, but I'll get closer. The point is to be down and lose weight. If I hit it next week, that is more than fine with me.

Ok, peeps, I am off! Wish me luck tomorrow! And let's all make good choices.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Day 150 - Knee Update.

Hi there bloggy peeps!

Today as you know was my appointment with the orthopedist. And I am fine. Nothing is wrong with my knee, as per said orthopedist. He did some range of motion exercises and took an Xray. And the diagnosis? I am FINE. KNEE IS FINE. When I asked him about the swelling, he said it didn't look swollen to him, and that every now and then, women's knees swell. He told me that leg lifts and knee lifts will help, as well as taking an anti-inflammatory. So there you have it. I'm good. No need for an MRI. How do you like that? I was all worried for nothing, apparently.

I got home a little later than I anticipated, so I had to a short workout. I started with 22 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Body Sculpt Blaster with Nancy for 412 calories. I'm ok with that number. Just ok. It could've been a little more, I could've worked out a little more, but there you have it. I'm taking a half day from work tomorrow, and I plan on getting in a really long, extra hard workout tomorrow.

I'm so glad my knee is ok. What a relief. I had to spend $50 for a copay, but it was $50 well spent, for peace of mind, you know. Nothing beats peace of mind.

So there you have it (again). My knee is fine, just a little swollen, but hopefully with Advil & working out, the swelling will just go away eventually. Thanks for reading ppl. And let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Day 149.

Hi everyone,

So I need to tell you guys about something fantastic I only just discovered today. You guys know how I love the Firm workouts, right? Well, what I didn't know was that the some of the classic Firm workouts are on DVD! I had been wondering for years why this wasn't done sooner, but that doesn't matter now. I read about this website on a blog - http://fitnessfortherestofus.blogspot.com/.

The website is www.fitnessfavorites.com. And it sells the classic Firms on DVD! I bought Volumes 2, 3 & 6 on DVD - the ones with Janet Jones-Gretzky, Sandahl Bergman, & Jayne Poteet. I also bought Maximum Cardio with Carissa Foster. I guess that means I can toss the VHS fossils out. LOL. What a great find.

Ok, so let's talk about the workouts today. Yes, workouts. I did multiple workouts because I couldn't get my heart rate up enough. I started with PowerFit Cardio with Stephanie, then The Firm Fat Burning Cardio Toning with Tina, then finally the inclined treadmill for 25 minutes. I burned 526 calories. No matter what I did, I couldn't get my heart rate up until the treadmill. I probably shouldn't be doing the treadmill at all, but I didn't feel anything, no pain, nothing. And that's a good thing.

Alright, that's enough for now. I know how dorky it is to get excited over a fitness DVD website, but I am a dorky person, and I don't apologize for that at all. LOL. So with that said, I'm gonna wrap this one up. Let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Day 148 - DOR.

Hey there people!

Still feeling great, still keeping the positive vibes flowing! That's the best way to be, you know. I've been thinking that I need to be as positive as possible in general, but especially about my knee appointment on Thursday. I've been trying to imagine all the scenarios, like what might be causing the swelling. What will he tell me? Will I need surgery? Is he going to say that I need to stop working out for a while? I'll die if he does. I'm obsessing over it now, and I can't help it. But the thing is, I don't even know what he'll say. I don't even know if he'll send me for an MRI. Can he tell just by looking at my knee what it could be? I doubt it, right? Shrug. I'm very impatient, and I just want to know what it is right now so I can handle it. Oh man, what a pain in the ass.

Today was my scheduled DOR, and I took it gladly. LOL. I got an eyebrow wax and a French manicure & then ran some errands. I went to CVS to pick up my prescription & to get some stuff that was on sale. Then I headed to the grocery store to pick up some salad, juice, fruit, & things for the freezer. All in all, a full day, & a productive one at that.

OK, I've rambled on long enough. Wrapping this one up now. Thanks for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Day 147 - Humidity has set in.

Hello everyone,

The last few days here have been really warm & humid. I can't stand humidity. It makes my hair impossible - I have curly hair & it will frizz in this humidity. Just impossible, but what can you do, you know.

Anywho, moving right along. Today was a good day, humidity aside. I stayed within my points, got in all of my requirements, and when I weighed myself this morning, I was the same as my Saturday morning weight. So I'm feeling really good about that. It feels good not to be up 3 or 4 lbs. after the weekend.

The workout today was The Firm Ultimate Fat Burning Workout with Alison Davis. After the first cardio segment, I hit the pause button and then went on the inclined treadmill for 11 minutes to get my heart rate & calorie burn up. I ended burning 457 calories, and I sweated my ass off. I don't have the AC installed yet, so you can just imagine! LOL.

Tomorrow is my DOR, and I'm going to get my nails done after work, then run some quick errands. I need to go to the store, then the pharmacy to pick up a prescription. So that will keep me busy. Just soldiering on & loving it.

So I'm gonna wrap this one up now. Big night of TV ahead of me - House, 24, then RHONJ on Bravo. Yeah, I know, such a jet set life I lead! LOL. Let's all make good choices.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Day 146.

Hello again peeps!

I'm in a good mood, and I'm just feeling really good. I think that part of the reason behind that is my WW meeting yesterday. The meeting yesterday was about trying to change habits & behaviors to make you successful at losing weight. My leader handed out copies of the Book 4 booklet. She also told us to try to change one habit this week. More on that later.

Book 4 is called Habits of Successful Members, and there's a quiz inside designed to find out which bad habits/behaviors you have. My leader said to take the quiz in the next 24 hours because if we didn't do it soon, we wouldn't do it at all. So yesterday, after I had my Garlic Bread Pizza, I decided to fish the book out of my bag and I took it. And the result? Well, I need to learn how to manage my thoughts & feelings. Big surprise there, right. So I need to learn how to not be & think so negatively about myself. That's hindering me, and that is no good!

Ok, moving along now. So let's talk about the workout today. I did 2 DVDs today, and I started with The Firm Power Sculpt with Allie del Rio, then I did MMA Kickboxing with Cathe Friedrich. It was intense, but I liked it! I wanted to get my calorie burn up, and it was high - 642 calories. I am more than good with that number. I've felt really good about today, about my food choices today, and I've stayed within my points. Also, when I weighed myself this morning, I was only up a pound. Feels so good to be in control, and not cringe at the the thought of facing the scale the next day. Doesn't get any better than that.

So there's a lot to think about today and this week. This weekend alone bas been pretty eye opening. I didn't binge this weekend, and I also haven't had dessert after dinner either, which is something I always do. That was the habit I tried to change this weekend. It's not a bad habit at all, I love my WW ice cream sandwich & little bit of whipped cream. It's certainly better than having a huge piece of chocolate cake with thick chocolate frosting, right?

Well, I've rambled on too much already. So I'm gonna wrap this one up now. Let's all make good choices.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Day 145 - WI results & WW 5K news.

Hello again bloggy peeps! Ready for yet another edition of the Future Thin Girl's blog?

I'm in a good mood because this morning at WI, I was down 1.8 lbs! So my scale at home was pretty much accurate in my weight loss, and I'm glad. Do I wish it was an even 2 lbs? Yes, but now we're just nitpicking. 1.8 is a great loss, and I'm good with it. More than good.

I chose to do a short workout today. It's ok tho, because the point is I did workout. I did The Firm Complete Aerobic Weight Training with Jayne Poteet for 303 calories. Tomorrow will be an extra long workout, I can just feel it.

Today I had Chinese food for lunch, and DiGiornio Garlic Bread pizza with turkey pepperoni for dinner with salad. Now before you shake your head at me, the Chinese food was steamed chicken & steamed veggies with brown rice & brown sauce on the side. I had about a quarter cup of the sauce. The pizza tasted great, I did take a bigger portion but nothing too outrageous, but I didn't eat to the point of stuffiness. And I did not have my usual WW ice cream with the little bit of whipped cream that I always have every night with dinner. I expect to be retaining some water tomorrow, but if I am up, I know it WON'T be because of any bingeing.

No change in my right knee, which I guess is good news. Still no pain, which is great, but it still feels weird. I've started taking Glucosamine as a precaution. It certainly can't hurt, right?

I'm previewing one of Cathe's workouts, which I will attempt to do tomorrow - MMA Kickboxing. It looks, um.....INTENSE. I have a feeling I will be burning a shizz-load of calories with this one tomorrow. And I am looking forward to it!

In the WW 5k Challenge news, I have officially signed up for a 5K on June 6. It's the 3rd annual AIDS Cancer run/walk, and I'm looking forward to it. Wendy said she would come with me, but since she's not a morning person on the weekends especially, I won't hold her to it. LOL.

All in all, it was a good day today. I am not at all sorry about the food choices I made today, and that's a great thing. There will be no bingeing or snacking at night for me today, and I'm really proud of that. I only went over my points today by 6, but factor in my 3 APs that I earned today, I only used 3 WAPS. Good things all around.

OK, I'm gonna wrap this one up. Thanks for reading. Let's all make good choices.