Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Day 205 - Staying the Course.

Hi everyone,

I am off from work until next Tuesday. The next few days will be busy for me though. I'm not just going to sit on my couch & watch TV. I've got a dentist appointment, and the consult for my laser hair removal. But I'll talk about that more tomorrow.

Today I decided to do a Firm DVD that I don't do very often. I did 25 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I put on Body Sculpt with Jen Carman. I can't even remember the last time I did that workout. In all, I burned 568 calories, and I'm happy with that number. There were certainly a lot of leg presses in this workout, and I struggled just a little bit. Not all that much, so I was happy about that too.

I'm not sure about my workout tomorrow. It'll be a morning workout for me since my afternoon will be taken up by appointments & short errands. Maybe an old mansion workout, or something different. A Jillian workout, maybe. Not sure yet.

Anywho, TOM is here, but I'm in a pretty good mood, in spite of. Being on the pill is a great thing, because it limits the cramps & how many days I have it for. It's also done complete wonders for my acne prone skin. My skin has really cleared up, and it's all because of the pill. That, and my food choices in recent months, I'm sure.

I stayed within my points today, and got in all of my daily requirements. No complaints here, just chugging along and staying on program. It feels good when you know you're doing well, it really does. Staying the course really does work, it really does. Just keep on being consistent. It's something I fight everyday to be - on course & consistent.

So that's all for now, gonna wrap this one up. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 204 - DOR.

Hello again people!

Today was my scheduled rest day, and I'm taking it. Normally, on days that I don't work out, I don't have a lot to talk about, but today is a little different.

I've decided to get laser hair removal treatments on my face. It's been a huge problem that I've suffered with forever, facial hair, and now I'm at the point where I need to do something about it. I've had it. I have my own wax warmer & wax here at home, but I'm sick of having to do it at all. I'm getting my whole face done - sideburns, upper lip, cheeks, chin & part of my neck. I'm so done with it, you know. So I have my consult on Thursday, and I guess she'll go over treatments & prices. We'll see what happens. Have any of you had laser hair removal? Did it work for you? I can't wait for this consult. I promise I'll keep you guys posted.

This morning when I weighed myself, I was shocked to find that I had lost all the weight I had gained from my episode, plus another half pound! So I'm down a half pound from Saturday's WI weight. Freakin' fantastic! I guess those long workouts the last 2 days have paid off.

Today was a good day for me. I stayed within my points, and I felt good. It feels good to make the right choices, it really does.

That's all I have for now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Day 203 - Much better!

Hello again blogger people!

I'm feeling much better today. But I have another confession to make. Last night, during True Blood, my PMS took over and I succumbed to nachos & cheese. After all that effort working out yesterday. God, I'm such a dumbass sometimes. Why do I do this to myself? But here's the thing - this morning when I weighed myself, I was down a half pound from yesterday. Which tells me that it could've been a lot more if I had just stayed on program. Dumbass.

Well, today was much better. I'm feeling better. Dad's doctors have decided that the best course of action for him is hormone injections instead of the radiation for now. So he got his first injection today, and he goes back in a few weeks. The goal is to reduce hormone levels, which slows down & kills the cancer cells, which kills the cancer. So we'll see how that goes. Hopefully, it will go just fine. And yes, my brother did come to take him to the doctor today, and he & I are fine. =)

My eating was spot on today, and I don't plan on having another episode tonight. I'm just going to brush my teeth if I get a craving and get into bed. Oh, and the clothes that I ordered came in the mail today. I'm sending it about half of them back. How disappointing. The size 16 capris I ordered won't zip up but that's not the reason why I'm returning them. The description of the color said midnight navy - and they look purple. I will not wear purple pants, period. So there you go.

The workout today was intense. It had to be. I started with 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I ran a little bit on the treadmill to get my heart rate up because I was having issues with my heart rate monitor yet again. Dear Polar, when I'm working out hardcore, my heart rate is not 36. OK? Good. When I finally got it working again, and after the treadmill, I decided to do a Firm DVD that I had never done before. I did Super Cardio, an old Mansion workout that's led by 4 different Master Instructors. It's tough, but I got through it. I was pouring sweat like a beast, and I burned 646 calories. Yeah, soaking in sweat.

I'm more than good with that number. Let's hope I don't f*ck it up tonight, you know. Those PMS cravings really are no joke. Ugh.

Is anyone watching that show on ABC Family tonight, Huge? I may just tune in, it looks interesting. It's a show about obese teenagers attending a Fat Camp. We'll see, and I'll let you know what I think tomorrow.

Ok, that's about it for now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Day 202.

Hi everyone,

So today started out pretty well, and then I let it go all to crap. This morning when I weighed myself, I was up 3.5 pounds from yesterday. Yup, fan-freaking-tastic. Awesome. So I went into today's workout knowing I had to really push it. And I did. I started with Cathe Friedrich's Kick Max. I had trouble getting my heart rate monitor to work correctly. And then when I finally did, I couldn't get my hr up. So I had to go onto the treadmill for 25 minutes, then went back to the DVD. I burned 715 calories. Great number, right?

It would've been, if I had just stayed on plan today. Nope. After some cheddar cheese, & nacho chips. . . . well, I don't have any excuse, really. I'm PMSing, and my TOM is coming this week. The sooner, the better, I guess. Ugh, I'm not liking how I'm feeling right now. The best thing I can do is put it behind me, and just start fresh tomorrow.

So there you have it. This weekend was kinda tough. But I'm moving on now. Nothing else I an do. I can already feel the water retaining as we speak. Gross.

Ok, I'm done with this now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Day 201 - WI Results & NSV!

Hello bloggy friends!

WI went great. I lost 1.8 lbs. Not the full 2 pounds I was hoping for, but whatever. I'll take it. I was happy with my loss. And the NSV? For those of you who have ever used the Firm & its Fanny Lifter, you'll know that the Fanny Lifter is pretty much just two steps stacked on top of each other. The blue portion is 8 inches high, the purple 6 inches. I've only ever used the purple portion in my life. The last two days, I've been able to use the blue section without feeling like I'll die. That is huge for me! I've never been able to do that before, and it just feels so freaking amazing that I don't have the proper words. I'm able to do leg presses on the 14 inch Fanny Lifter with 10 pound dumbbells in each hand with proper form. I can do the advanced moves and not do the beginner modifications anymore!
Let's talk about the workout today. I really wanted to step it up and push past the 600 calorie mark, and that's exactly what I did. I started with 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill. That thing really works me out hard. I mean, I was pouring sweat, it was going into my eyes & my mouth. Even my legs were sweating. Then I did The Firm Calorie Killer 2 with Nancy Tucker. And yes, I used the blue section of this Fanny Lifter the whole time. So I'm real happy about that. I burned 616 calories. Pouring sweat the whole time, lemme tell ya.

I was a little indulgent with dinner tonight. Ok, a lot indulgent. I had 3 slices of thin crust pizza with my salad. Yeah, 3 slices. I'm not going to give excuses for it, I just really wanted pizza! lol. No, but seriously, I know I should've stopped at 1, and if I really wanted a second slice, I should've thought about how full I was feeling. Well, I skipped my usual Skinny Cow ice cream with whipped, but I'm still feeling way too full. I may do a short second workout tonight, but we'll see. I'm thinking I should do it tonight because I don't want to add another 30 minutes to my already planned hour workout tomorrow, but .... I'm feeling kinda lazy now. Whatever, I worked out today, so I'm not going to stress about it too much. It's done & over with now, so we'll see tomorrow. Maybe I won't be up all that much tomorrow. I can always hope. =)

You know yesterday was also the 1 year anniversary of Farrah Fawcet's death. Poor thing got overshadowed by MJ. So RIP Farrah Fawcet.

Ok then, I think I'm gonna wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Day 200 - Another Last Chance Workout.

Hi people,

TGIF! I am so glad it's Friday. This week has been ok, I guess, not completely terrible. I can't wait for the holiday next weekend. I am taking Thursday & Friday off, and then we have Monday off - awesome!

Some of the areas around me are only just getting back power from yesterday's rain & hail. I wanted to run to the store after work today but decided to wait until after my workout & dinner. The power hadn't come back yet, which meant no traffic lights, which meant heavy duty traffic. I was so not dealing with that, so I just went right home after work. I just got back from the store now, and the power was back, and no traffic!

So let's discuss the workout. It was another last chance workout today, it really was. I knew my treadmill had to be longer than 15 minutes today, so I started with 20 minutes on the incline. I was pouring sweat and my heart rate went through the roof. I think it maxed out at 174, which is great. It means I was working real hard. Then I decided to do The Firm Total Sculpt with Jen Carman. I finished with 616 calories. I'm happy with that number. I wanted to push past the 600 count, and I did. I also ate well today, and did not go over my points at all. Great, great thing!

Tomorrow is WI day, and I am looking forward to it. I am positive that the scale will reflect a loss, a nice one at that. I stayed away from sodium today, and was extra diligent about my water intake also. That is so important, I feel, the day before WI.

So that's about it for now. Wrapping this one up. Thanks again for reading. And let's all make good choices. Wish me luck tomorrow!

P.S. RIP Michael Jackson. I can't believe it's been a year already. Sad.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 199 - DOR.

Hello again blogger people!

Yet another hot & humid day today here on Long Island. I can't stand humidity. I freaking hate it. And on top of that, we had a thunderstorm here that knocked out some of the traffic lights, which meant that traffic was backed up forever. I went to the grocery store after work today to pick up just a handful of things. I was in & out of the store in like 15 minutes, but it took me about 45 minutes to get home. So aggravating! Ugh.

Today was a well deserved day of rest for me. And overall, it was a pretty good day for me, considering. I talked to my brother briefly today, and we were ok, I guess. He told me he's coming on Monday to take Dad for his radiation consult. Good. Now I won't have to take off from work. So we'll see how that goes.

I'm off to take a shower in a little bit. I have to wash the humidity of the day off me. Even with the AC on, I still feel gross. I must shower before I go to sleep tonight.

I'm really PMSing. TOM will be here next week. I want a cheeseburger & french fries. Of course, that is out of the quest until Saturday's WI. After that, I think I may just wander over to Wendy's & pick up something for lunch. Not the healthiest choice, I know, but dammit, I'm craving it, and it's ok to do that ever once in a while. I don't do it every single day, you know. So one bad meal won't kill me, but I definitely need to work out before I indulge. Definitely!

OK, so that's all for now. I think I'm gonna wrap this one up. Thanks again for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Day 198 - Thank you!

Hi everyone,

I really must thank you for the kind & wonderful comments on yesterday's post. I really do appreciate it! You guys are the best!

Today was a better day than yesterday. I completely forgot that it was hump day until about an hour ago. It doesn't even matter now, does it, considering that it's over. Oh well. I'm still a little upset, but not nearly as upset as yesterday. Whatever, it's over now, and I have moved on!

It is so humid today, and I can't stand it. I don't mind the heat (actually, I do), but the humidity is just killer. I mean, that's just a game changer, isn't it. For my workout today, I had no choice but to put the AC on. Not that it made a real difference. When it's very humid out, like it is today, the AC doesn't work as efficiently. Oh well.

Anywho, let's talk about the workout. I decided to go back to the BSS2 rotation today. I started with 10 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Maximum Cardio Burn with Allie Del Rio, for 518 calories. I was pouring sweat the whole time. I guess my calorie burn could've been just a little higher, but I'm ok with my end result. I guess I have to be, don't I? I did not go over my points today, and I feel really good about that. Especially since this morning when I weighed myself, I was down a pound & a half from Saturday's weight. I know we all fluctuate a lot on a daily basis, but I was really happy to see that number on the scale. I will be so good this week, and just hope it shows on Saturday morning.

So that's pretty much it for now. Thanks so much for reading. Your support truly means the world to me, it really does. And let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 197 - Anyone ever cry at work?

Hi everyone,

It's been a rule of mine not to get too personal on here. Sometimes though, just sometimes, I talk about certain things. For instance, my older sister & I are estranged. It's something I rarely talk about it, and I won't get into any details now. Yesterday, I had emailed my brother about getting Dad a wheelchair. He never responded, so today I emailed him again, asking if he got my email. He called me at work. He told me that he had made an appt for Dad at the oncology center for Monday, at 8 AM, and he was coming to take him. After the appointment, he would take Dad to a medical supply place to look at wheelchairs. My brother lives an hour away, and rarely comes to visit. Since Sonia was born, he's only been to our house twice with her. And he's come maybe 2 more times in the last few weeks. My sister was going to set up the radiation appointments for him, and my brother got mad at me because he said now is the time for all 3 of us to be united or whatever. And while I do agree, I have to say that some things are unforgivable. You also can't force a relationship where there is none.

He got nasty with me and threatened not coming on Monday until we had the conversation that I had to start talking to her. That got me really angry. First of all, he never comes to visit, ever, and I said, great, you're the one person that never comes to visit, dick. Second, I'm an adult, and no one is going to tell me what to do. Ever. I'm not his daughter and he's in no positition to ever tell me what to do, how dare he? I ended the conversation quickly, and practically hung up on him. That's not the way to try to get me to see his side of things. So now we're not talking. And I have no desire to talk to him right now. I was so angry and so upset that I started tearing up at work. I'm choosing to keep my Dad's cancer to myself at work. I've only told one of my coworkers because she just went through breast cancer, and has come out with a clean bill of health. Thank God. I just couldn't believe that he would use my Dad's cancer like that. He also suggested that I haven't been getting involved, and that made me livid. I'm the one getting all the forms filled out so that my parents don't have to deal with that. They have trouble writing in English since they speak Spanish. I'm the one showing my mother where all the dr's offices are so she knows where to take him. I'm the one that took him for his test to see if it had spread to his bones. WTF has he been? This is pissing me off, so I won't talk about it anymore. And I'm not going to think about it anymore.

So let's talk about the workout, and I promise not to include too many personal details ever again. I just don't feel comfortable doing that, and I'm sure you guys will understand. Anywho, I know I said I would do that BSS2 rotation this week, but today, I just didn't feel like it. At all. I didn't feel like lugging out the equipment, so I decided to do one of the newer "Pink" Firm DVDs. I turned to my old stand by favorite - Ultimate Fat Burning Workout with Alison Davis. I didn't do the inclined treadmill before I started the DVD, so I hit the pause button mid-DVD. I did 12 minutes on the inclined treadmill, pouring sweat in this humidity like a water from a spout. I wound up burning 526 calories in total, and it felt good.

I delayed my workout tonight longer than usual tonight because I was still really upset. But screw it, I can't control what other people do or say. I can only control what I do and say. I can only try to be the best me I can be. That's all that any of us can do, you know. Nothing else, nothing more.

OK, I'm wrapping this one up now. Thanks so much for reading, and for letting me vent. Let's all make good choices.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 196 - So hot today!

Hi blogger peeps,

It's really hot today, and apparently today will be the longest day of the year. At least it's not humid like it was yesterday. I'm so glad today is over. LOL.

I had to work out with the AC on today. Yes, I actually caved on that one. It's not that I don't like to put the AC on, it's just that when I'm working out, I like my sweat to be real, you know. That sounds a little strange, I know, but I don't know how else to explain it. But in 90 degree heat, I'm not gonna go crazy also. Common sense will prevail. And I still sweated, so that wasn't a problem at all.

I started on the inclined treadmill for 15 minutes, in the room where I don't have the AC on. And I was pouring sweat, lemme tell ya. I had some trouble getting my heart rate monitor to work correctly, but I quickly corrected the problem. Then I did The Firm Complete Aerobic Weight Training with Emily Welsh. I burned 547 calories. I'm good with that number. I really wanted to hit the 600 calorie mark, but I was running out of gas. And no, I didn't complete the ab section either. Sorry, I just couldn't.

I've decided that this week I'll do a Firm rotation from BSS2. For those of you who aren't savvy, that means Body Sculpting System 2. It uses the Fanny Lifter & the Sculpting Stick. I'll do that for this week and just see what happens. Next week I may go back to doing old Firm mansion DVDs, but the jury is still out on that one. I'll decide later this week and keep you posted.

So that's about it for now. Thanks so much for reading. Let's all make good choices.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Day 195 - DOR.

Hi everyone,

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there, and to all you women who have to be dads too! We decided against going upstate today to my brother's house. It's just too long of a drive, my Dad said he was not up to going, and I did not feel comfortable leaving him alone. Especially since it's Father's day. We didn't really do anything. I went & picked up some food, and that was about it. Tomorrow, my sister's going to call the radiation/oncology center to set up the appointments for his radiation treatments. Fingers crossed.

It was so humid today, still is. Ugh. I guess it's a good thing that it was my rest day. Even with m AC on right now, I can still feel some humidity seeping through. Just a bit. I managed to keep myself busy today. I got a pedicure, picked up the food, downsized some of my clothes that were either too big, or I hadn't worn in forever. Some clothes I had never worn. Sad, I know. I filled up an entire trash bag of these clothes, and it felt good, really good. I'm glad I did it. I went to the super market to pick a few things, and then went to the bins that are in the parking lot to dump the clothes.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that I did some shopping online last night. I realized I don't have a lot of nice clothes for work that fit me right. I went to, and I think I spent close to $200. Yeah, I know, a bit much, but what can I tell ya? I got really cute tops, some capris, and tank tops for around the house. I'm happy with my purchases. All the stuff I got was in size 16W, even the fitted tops. Capris included in that. I hope I'll fit into them when they arrive. I'll let you guys know. Maybe I'll post some pics of me in them later. Which reminds me, I never posted a pic of the Jcrew dress in a size 6 that I bought. I promise I'll do that! At some point, you know. Haha.

I went over my points today, but it wasn't anything ridiculous. In fact, this morning when I stepped on the scale, I was down a pound from yesterday! See what happens when you don't self sabotage? I might even lose 2 pounds this week. But, I won't look a gift horse in the mouth, so I'll just continue doing what I've been doing. Today, between lunch & dinner, I felt a little hungry. So I had a part skim string cheese, and then a few Alexia waffle fries, the last in the bag. Not even an entire serving. Not the best snack, I know, but it was what I wanted and it did the trick. I've been guzzling water all day, more than usual, so I'm hoping to flush out most of the sodium today. LOL. Oh, and only 1 cookie today.

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

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Day 194 - WI Day.

Hi everyone,

Today was weigh day. I lost 0.6 lbs. Shrug. Of course, I wanted it to be more, but it's a loss. A loss is a loss, and I'll take it. Surprisingly enough, I didn't use my small loss as an excuse to self sabotage today. I've been really good, no snacking, apart from having 2 chocolate chip cookies. But that was it. Nothing else, no more. I'm done. I'm so glad that this Saturday has gone so much better than previous Saturdays. What a relief.

I worked out after my WI, and before my meeting, like I always do. Today I started with 10 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Tough Tape with Tracie Long. It is a very tough workout. They sure do like their leg presses in this one. I thought my legs & thighs would just explode! LOL. I burned 417 calories. I'm ok with that. It could've been more if I had started my workout a little earlier, but there you have it.

The other day at work, I wore a pair of capris that were size 18 and they were a little big on me. I couldn't believe it. Granted, they were from Old Navy, and I know their sizes tend to run a bit big, but it was such a great feeling. A NSV, if you will. hehe.

I did some online shopping today because I really do need new clothes. I'm going to fill up a bag of old clothes for Goodwill because that's something I just need to do. I have to get rid of some things, and make room for new clothes, you know. That'll be something to look forward to.

I'm glad I can go to bed tonight knowing that I didn't binge or self sabotage. I'm going to brush my teeth soon so that I don't get tempted. And then off to bed early. So with that said, I'm gonna wrap this one up. Thanks so much for reading, folks. Let's all make good choices.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Day 193 - Great News about Dad.

Hi everyone,

Today was Dad's discussion appointment with the urologist who discovered his prostate cancer. The good news is that it has NOT spread to his bones. I repeat, it has NOT spread to his bones. What a relief! This had been weighing on my mind all day, and I'm happy to report good news about it. His radiation treatment will be 5 days a week for 8 weeks. It'll be done at a radiation/oncology center, and not at the local hospital. Better for us, since hospital parking is a complete nightmare.

So I have the Beautiful Blogger Award to give out, and here are the 7 lucky bloggers, in no particular order: (Big thanks again to Lisa for giving me this awesome award!)

1) Bee over at The Next Biggest Loser. She was one of my first supporters, an all around nice lady.

2) JewliaGoulia - she's great, she just had surgery, poor thing! Go check out her blog if you haven't already.

3) JackSh*t - he is just the man. 'Nuff said.

4) Lisa over at inweighovermyhead. Her brutal, raw honesty is so eye opening, and so heartfelt. I love this woman.

5) SpunkySuzi - her name just says it all. She's so sweet, so kind, always has nice things to say.

6) Jo at 282.5. Another nice lady who just had surgery as well.

7) - And last, but not least, Heather. She's just lovely, so sweet.

OK, so now that we got the formalities out of the way, let's talk about the workout. I struggled today getting my calorie burn up. I started with 25 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Complete Aerobic Weight Training with Jayne Poteet. I finished at 604 calories. Not quite the last chance workout that I did last week, but I still worked hard, still sweated a lot, and I still burned calories, which is the most important thing.

I can't wait to go to WI tomorrow. I'm looking forward to my meeting, and hopefully, my regular leader will be back. She's another cancer survivor - breast & lung cancer. This time, she's been out because she had a bout of diverticulitis. It apparently causes unbelievable abdominal pain, and she had surgery a few weeks ago. Hope she's doing well, and I hope she comes back soon.

OK, so that's about it for now. Thanks so much for reading. I really appreciate all the kind words & thoughts for my Dad! You guys are great! Let's all make good choices.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Day 192.

Hi ppl,

Sorry for the later than usual post. I got held up by some things. Ok, I'll be honest. Before my Dad's walking got really bad, he would go out every afternoon and collect cans. It gave him something to do and he'd get a little bit of exercise, so it was fine. But lately, as I've said his walking has gotten really bad, and we've told him, implored him not to go out. Today he left at 3 and didn't get home til almost 6:30. I felt sick to my stomach that maybe something had happened to him. When I saw him walking back to our house, I felt better. Much better. But it also meant that I didn't work out at my usual time. Sigh. The important thing is that Dad made it back home ok, safe & sound.

I had changed into my workout clothes before I ate dinner. I knew I had to work out. I just can't skip a workout because I know how I'll feel about that later. Like crap. So I waited for dinner to digest, then got to work. I started with the inclined treadmill for 17 minutes. Strange number, I know, but I wanted to hit 175 calories before I started doing the Firm. I did 2 short Firm workouts. After the treadmill, I did The Firm Volume 5 - Abs, Hips & Thighs Sculpting with LaReine Chabut, then Power Sculpt with Allie. I burned 532 calories, and I'm real happy with that number.

Today was a good day. I stayed within my points, and I didn't feel hungry really. It was good. Oh, and when I weighed myself this morning, I was down another pound from yesterday! I'm psyched. Here's to hoping that WI on Saturday will be great. I have a feeling it will be. Can't wait.

So I think I'll do the award stuff on Saturday. Hope that'll be ok. I've already picked out the 7 bloggers & everything! Miss Suzi - I'm looking at you! And did you notice that your advice totally worked? LOL. Thanks to Suzi, I have the blogger icon on the blog. Thanks so much, kind lady!

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

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Day 191 - My First Ever Blogger Award!

Hi everyone,

Lisa has given me my first ever award, and I'm just so honored. I don't even know where to start, actually. I have to bestow this award onto 7 other bloggers, then tell 7 things about myself that people don't know. I have to think about the other bloggers, but I think I can come up with a quick list. So let's see. . . let me think here a minute.

1) I've always wanted to write a novel.

2) If I didn't have to work, I would travel the world on an adventure-style trip. Mountain climbing, canoeing, white water rafting, - oh, and I'd also love to go to rare places where people don't normally go on vacay - like the Amazon or visit old ruins, like the pyramids in Egypt, or the statues on Easter Island.

3) No one at my job knows about this blog. I haven't told anyone at work about it.

4) I've been a Nancy Drew fan my whole life. I've read mysteries 1-58, and I have them all in hardcover.

5) I want to be in the next Firm infomercial as a success story.

6) I do not eat seafood of any kind, not even tuna fish.

7) I'd love to just pick up & move & live in DC. I would do that in a second if I could.

So there you have it. Does anyone know how to get the blogger award icon onto my blog? I'm trying to figure that out that I'm not having any success. Oh well, I guess I'll figure that out later.

I guess it's time to discuss the workout. This week, I'm focusing on old Firm mansion workouts. I started with 11 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Crosstrainers: Firm Strength with Pam Cauthen. Pam has a little bit of meat on her in this video, so she's not quite so scary to watch. In some of her later videos, she's emaciated skinny, which is not a good look on anybody. I don't care what anybody says. I burned 422 calories. think I should've spent another few minutes on the treadmill, but I just wasn't feeling it today.

This morning when I weighed myself, I was down a half pound from Saturday. So I'm happy with that. It means that I've lost whatever weight I gained from Sunday night. What a relief.

I'm real honored about this award, I hope I'm getting that across. I'm very proud to have received it. Now it's my turn to pass it on, and pay it forward. Good things are happening. I do so love this weight loss blogger world! I'm so excited about it all, I can't even put it into proper words.

Ok, I've babbled on long enough, so I'm gonna wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading, people. And let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Day 190.

Hi everyone,

Today was a rest day, and a well-deserved one, too! After work, I went quickly to the store to pick up a few things. A salad bag, some fruit juice, lean ground chicken breast to make chicken burgers, and Skinny Cow ice cream. I used to buy the WW ice cream, but it's too expensive. I have to be practical, you know.

I have a feeling this will be a short blog post, because I'm already running out of things to say. LOL. Although, I do want to mention one thing. I watch RHONY, but I only just started watching it this year. (Don't you ppl judge me!) LOL. The reunion shows so far have been a let's pick on Jill free for all. But I have to wonder if she doesn't deserve it, you know. I think that she brought a lot of it onto herself, and everytime she cried, I just rolled my eyes. God forbid the attention is not on her. I don't think she's sorry for anything she did this season, I think she's sorry that she's getting all this backlash. And she's so desperate to be friends with Bethanny again, that she was pathetically throwing Bethanny bones like a puppy dog, hoping to get some kind of positive feedback, hoping there may be a ray of hope for a future friendship. Unreal.

As for the New Jersey housewives ( yes, I watch that too!) I think Dina did the right thing by leaving the show. Her family & her sanity are far more important than any show, so I think she left at the right time. Yes, Danielle is nutso, and I really wanted to like her & give her the benefit of the doubt, but . . . after the whole Brownstone cancer charity debacle, I just couldn't support her anymore. She is crazy, Dina was absolutely right. I used to follow Danielle on twitter, but not anymore. Scary. I understand that every show needs drama, and let's face it, that's why people like me watch. Anyone else watch these crazy reality shows?

Ok, moving on now. I think I'm ready to wrap this one up now. Let's all make good choices.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Day 189 - Reflection.

Hi everyone,

It's another sucky Monday, and I spent some of it at work today thinking. I've been reflecting a lot on my actions this past weekend. My eating counteracts my status as a Future Thin Girl. Because I am going to get there. I fully believe that this is my year! I am fighting, clawing, crying, kicking & screaming my way to the finish line, which in this case, is Goal. Now, I know that the cheese & crackers could've been a lot worse. But I'm not going to cut myself too much slack because the point is, I shouldn't have even eaten those things in the first place. It should not have ever happened. This weekend has to be better, and it will. Wendy's wedding will be here before I know it, and I don't want to look like such a whale in her wedding pictures.

As a Future Thin Girl, I really had to watch what I ate today. I ate all but one of my points. I think that just for today, it was ok not to eat all of my points. Just for today. The rest of the week I will make certain to eat all of my points, hands down.

Future Thin Girl here soooo did not want to work out today. In fact, I seriously contemplated taking a rest day. I even changed into my pjs at one point. But once I started thinking about it, I thought, if I don't do work out, I will feel like total crap balls. There was nothing to do but get over myself and just start working out. But I knew that I had to do a shorter work out. So I started with 11 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Fat Blaster with Allie Strickland for 418 calories. I sweated like a pig, and I'm good with my calorie burn today.

Today has certainly been a day of reflection, but I know I will come out on top! Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Day 188 - Yet Another Confession.

Hi people,

So where do I start. After I finished my post last night, I did not go to bed early like I said I would. I had this nervous energy, and I felt hungry. So off to the kitchen I went. Foraging for food in the dark like an addict. I fished out some cheese & crackers, & low & behold, this morning I was up 3 and a half pounds. Great, perfect. (Hanging head in shame.)

But it's not in my nature to let something like that keep me down. Nope. That's not me, never will be. So I had overate. So the overeating was bingeworthy. All that cheese & salt, ugh. I ask myself why I do it, and the only solid answer I can come up with is that I still have not changed old bad habits. Sigh.

So I knew I had to push my workout today. I started with 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Cross Trainers: Super Sculpting. This workout is led by several different instructors - Jen Carman, Carissa Foster, Dale Brabham, & Nancy Tucker. In total, I burned 711 calories. I was pouring sweat! I just had to work hard today, and I did. I'm pretty satisfied with the result. So hopefully, I got off most - if not all - of my weight gain from yesterday. If not, I'll just work out hard tomorrow too, and take a rest day on Tuesday. I had to step on my Fanny Lifter for about 10 minutes on my own to break the 700 calorie mark, but I didn't mind. I'm just glad I did it, you know.

I have some great, exciting news! My best friend Wendy got engaged yesterday! I am so happy for her & her fiancee Carlton. They were high school sweethearts who drifted apart during college. They reconnected again on Facebook a few years ago, and viola. What a great story. I had my phone turned off because I didn't feel like talking to anybody, and I only turned it on today. Like an idiot. That will teach me to keep my phone on & on the hook. Seriously.

I went to the Mediterreanan restaurant & picked up a nice Greek salad with grilled chicken. I also had to get my eyebrows waxed, so I went to the salon, which is right across the street from the restaurant. Next door to the salon is a liquor store, and I went there to pick up a nice bottle of Champagne. I got a nice sweet rosee Champagne, and it went perfectly with the Greek salad. Wendy had 3 glasses! I only had one & half glasses. I had to drive, after all. LOL. And the ring is pretty. It's a simple princess cut solitaire with a silver band. Perfect!

Is it weird that I thought, man, I hope I'm thin enough for her wedding next year? She wants to have a destination wedding in Cancun in April or May of next year. I was doing the math in my head when I was over her condo, and if she has her wedding in April, I have about 10 months. That is just sick & twisted that that's what I was thinking. Ugh. Moving on.

OK, I think that's about it for now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Day 187 - WI Results!

Hi everyone,

I lost a pound at WI this morning! I was really happy about that. Guess that last chance workout really paid off yesterday, huh? Every pound lost gets me closer & closer to One-Derland. I'm about 15 pounds away from that, and I know I'll get there soon. This summer. I can just feel it.

My day has been ok, so far. I went over my points today, but I am determined that today is the last day this week I'll do that. For lunch I decided to have a microwavable cheese pizza, with some turkey pepperoni, and I took a big hit on my points with that. But I'm ok with that, because I did work out today.

So let's talk about the workout. I started with 10 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did an old Firm workout - Maximum Body Shaping with Tracie Long. I burned 364 calories. I guess that number could've been a little higher, but I'm ok with it. Tomorrow will have to be an extra long workout. I have a feeling I will be up tomorrow because of the pizza. But it's ok, because I didn't binge, even though today I felt entitled to it because I was down a pound. When I was at the supermarket today, I was so tempted to buy some chips or cheese doodles, but I fought the urge. I fought the temptation. It was hard tho. I gotta admit it was hard. Sigh. I guess it will always be hard.

I think that I may go to bed early tonight in order to avoid any temptation. Sometimes, that's what I have to do, in order to fight it. Shrug. No worries about it tho. What's the alternative?

Anywho, that's all I've got tonight. So I will wrap this one up. Let's all make good choices.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Day 186 - Yet Another Last Chance Workout.

Hi everyone,

This has been a tough week, I won't lie. Emotionally, physically, and everything in between, it has just been TOUGH. Seeing my Dad struggle to walk, knowing his Parkinson's is getting the best of him, and his recent diagnosis of prostate cancer have sent me reeling. It is just so sad, so depressing. That's all I want to say about that, for now.

Surprisingly enough, I have stayed away from red light & trigger foods. There have been no purchases of potato chips, or Cool Ranch Doritos, or tubs of Turkey Hill ice cream. My problem is that I've been picking. Picking at my chicken salad yesterday and snacking on cheese & reduced fat crackers. Instinctively, I know it could be a lot worse, but I also know that I haven't been following the program the way I should. I've been deviating here and there, and that needs to stop, right now.

Today was a better day, simply because it's Friday, and the day before my WI. I knew I had to push my workout hard today, since the scale this morning was showing I was up a half pound from last week. I need to show a loss tomorrow, I just need it, period. So I upped the workout. I decided on doing an old Firm workout - Super Cardio Mix. This is one of the mansion workouts, so I knew it would work me out hard. I did the warm up and then a few minutes into the DVD, I noticed that my heart rate wasn't really going up. So I paused the DVD, and jumped onto the inclined treadmill for 20 minutes. As expected, my heart rate rocketed, and so did my calorie burn count. In total, I burned 726 calories. I wanted to hit 700, and I had to jump around a bit to get there, but I did it! LOL.

As I'm writing this, I'm watching the Yankee game. At Yankee Stadium, they are raising awareness for prostate cancer research. Michael Milken & Whoopi Goldberg are urging men to just get out there & take a simple blood test. If you would like to donate money for research, please visit: I will be visiting that site soon. I hope you do, too. =)

I think I'm going to wrap this one up now. Wish me luck tomorrow at WI! And let's all make good choices.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Day 185 - Tough, hungry day.

Hi again people,

Today was a tough day. It was a hungry day, I admit it. I felt hungry, and I just wanted to eat things, lots of things, different things, salty things, & sweet things. It just was. . . . tough. After work, I stopped by my favorite bagel place, and picked up some chicken salad for my lunch tomorrow. I cooked some whole grain pasta to go along with it, and I'm going to put some grape tomatoes & shredded carrots with it & then mix all of it together. I picked a little at the chicken salad when I got home (I was still a little hungry), but then stopped it. I put it in the fridge and just walked away from it.

I struggled with getting to my workout today, too. I usually work out before dinner, and sometimes I start later than I would like to, but I always work out before dinner. Today, I just couldn't do it. I just couldn't. I didn't even bother changing into my workout clothes. It was almost dinnertime when I worked up the nerve to start, and then I just said, screw it. Let me have dinner first, and then I'll work out.

So I have dinner, and I just felt tired. I just wanted to lay down and do nothing. And then I started to feel guilty. Real guilty. Because I know that I can work out, and I'm just making excuses to cop out. So, around 7:30, I decided to pop in The Firm Power Half Hour with Emily Welsh. I did the warm up, paused the DVD, then went on the inclined treadmill for 20 minutes. I just knew I had to do something, I knew I had to move. I wound up burning 422 calories. And I sweated like a pig. And, I felt better about myself. I felt better after working out.

Today was a struggle, and I'm hoping that tomorrow will be better. I just need to focus and get my head straight. Especially since WI is on Saturday. I can't be messing around with food when WI is right around the corner. I mean, enough already, you know.

I'm so ready for this weekend. I can't wait for tomorrow to be over, seriously. So that's about it for now. I learned a lot today, about myself, about working out. I just need to do it and not psyche myself into NOT doing it, you know. OK, I'm wrapping this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. Let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Day 184 - Rest Day.

Greetings & salutations people!

It's raining here on Long Island, and it's cold. Very unusual weather for what's supposed to be summer time. I had to put my wool socks on, that's how cold I am. Yeah, no joke.

My scraped knee is getting better, and I still feel like a complete klutz. Man, I am a klutz. It's probably a good thing that I'm taking a rest day today, and just an overall break from working out. I'm thinking about which workout to do tomorrow, and it's down to either the Shred Level 2 with Jillian, or the Firm Power Half Hour. I may do 15 minutes on the inclined treadmill, just to get the calorie burn up. You know how important that is to me.

As we speak, I'm previewing Jillian's No More Trouble Zones. It's pretty similar to BFBM & the 30 Day Shred. She does like her circuit training, doesn't she? Some of those ab moves have me shaking my head. There's no way I can do an advanced plank or full form push ups. I have no upper body strength at all. Sigh. But that doesn't mean I can't attempt to do them, or do a modified version of some of those moves. Right? I think I'm trying to convince myself by talking myself into it. LOL. But it doesn't look like this DVD would keep my heart rate up. I think I'll try it anyway, just to mix up the routine so I don't get bored.

Today at work, one of the attorneys brought in cupcakes & 3 bags of chips. I was more interested in the chocolate frosting on the cupcake than the actual cupcake itself. Is that weird? I'd rather have chocolate frosting than the cupcake. I sneaked just a tiny piece of it when no one was around. Is that weird - hiding my the fact that I ate some? The cupcake was too dry, but the icing was good. LOL. After that, I just walked away. The piece was so tiny, it was about the size of half my pinky. I had 2 small chips, & I know I shouldn't have. Again, that was done when there was no one around. Sneaking food like an addict, unreal. Which is why I don't ever have that kind of food in my house. Because it wouldn't last.

I really hate hump day, and I know I've said this before on here. At least it's over now, and we're that much closer to the weekend. I'm looking forward to Sunday night, because True Blood comes back! That's my new obsession now, I just love True Blood. I caught up on all the episodes, so now I'm in the loop. Do any of you watch that show? Loves it!

If you have minute, why don't you mosey on over to Jack's blog. He's asking his readers to list their favorite weight loss blogs. I've already left my suggestions in his comments section, and yes, I included my blog! Why not, after all? I have to be my biggest cheerleader. If I don't believe in myself, then how can I expect anyone else to? Makes sense, if you think about it. And I don't mind tooting my own horn every once in a while. LOL.

Well, I think that's all for now. Thanks so much for reading. Let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day 183 - Workouts X2.

Hi everyone,

My Dad's CT scan went well, I guess. He walked much better today than he did Saturday. So that was good. What wasn't good was that the tech was running late, so he didn't go in til about 9:30. Oh well. When we got back, I decided to do a Firm workout, a short one. I decided on Express Cardio with Stephanie Huckabee. I burned 260 calories with that DVD, and I sweated like a pig. Then I had to go to work. Ugh.

Today was my early day, and after work I ran to the store real quick to pick up some salads, and few things. When I was leaving work, I missed a step on the stairs, and I fell & scraped my knee like a dumbass. Skin came off & everything. Yup, it hurt a little. I realized I didn't have antiseptic ointment at home, or bandages big enough for my knee, so I picked those up since I was already at the store. God, what an idiot. It's like I tripped over my own 2 feet. Oh well.

When I got home, I decided I had to do another workout. I decided on the inclined treadmill to work my scraped knee. I did that for 41 minutes, and burned 424 calories, so in total today, I burned 684 calories. My knee felt fine, just a little boo boo. I'm happy with my calorie burn today, I earned it! Those were my workouts today, X2. Or times two. Whichever.

I think tomorrow I will take my rest day. I've worked out 5 days in a row, and my body needs a rest day. When I weighed myself this morning, I was down a pound & a half from yesterday, which means I'm still up a pound & a half from Saturday's WI weight. It'll come off, I just know it will. I'm confident about that.

I think I will wrap this one up now. Thank you so much for reading. And remember, let's all make good choices.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Day 182 - Sweaty 5K Picture!

Hi again blogger peeps!

I almost did not work out today. Almost. I read this post on Jack's blog, and I knew, I just knew that I had to snap out of my funk and just do the damn thing already. I knew I had to do it. See, last night, I had another cheese & crackers episode, along with a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, and this morning I'm up 3 lbs. from Saturday. Oh man. It's been nipped in the bud, though. I guess running that 5K yesterday made me think that it was ok to do that and eat more things.

That pic is me in all my sweaty glory. It was so humid yesterday, and I think I started sweating from the second the horn blew to start the race.

So let's talk about today's workout. I started with PowerFit Cardio with Stephanie Huckabee, but that did not get my heart rate up at all. So I decided to go onto the inclined treadmill for 30 minutes, which made my heart rate sky rocket. I wound up burning 411 calories. Considering I almost didn't work out today, I am more than ok with that number.

I have to take my Dad for his CT scan tomorrow, which means I had to take the morning off from work. My brother & sister are coming Friday to take him to the neurologist, and then they're heading to the urologist who discovered his cancer because they want to talk to him about his treatment. My mother's car is in the shop, and Dad shouldn't be driving, so it's up to me to take him.

Tomorrow may or may not be a rest day. I have to see how I feel, and how late it'll be after Dad's test. I have to be at work by noon, so if we get back in enough time, I'll get in a quick Firm workout. If not, I'll see when I get home from work. It also depends on the scale tomorrow morning, too. I will keep you posted, as always.

Everyday that passes, I am just amazed at the kindness of my bloggy peeps in the blogosphere. You guys are the best, leaving those awesome comments on my blog the way you do! I'll never forget it, I swear.

I do believe I'll wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading, folks. And let's all make good choices.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Day 181 - 5K

Hi everyone,

So I decided to get up early this morning and run the 5K after all. It was so humid out, it was so gross, but I did it anyway. There were a lot of people there, and it was held at a really nice county park that I've never been to before. It was good, and I kinda wish that Wendy had come, but I told her that I wasn't gonna go, and then I changed my mind at the end. I finished in under 40 minutes, jogging most of it, and I burned 654 calories. So I'm happy with that. I'll post a picture soon, I promise!

I must thank Maggie, Suzi & Patsy for their kind comments. It is so kind & so overwhelming that people I have never met - yet I consider them friends - would be so touching & so kind. It's bringing tears to my eyes, it really is. I won't ever be able to find the right words to properly thank all of you or to tell you how much it means to me. Just know I won't ever forget it, and that I honestly do appreciate it more than you'll ever know. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Not much else to say really. Another work week begins tomorrow. Great, awesome. I think I'll wrap this one up now. Let's all make good choices.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Day 180 - WI Day & Dad's Bone Scan Appt.

Hi everyone,

It was a busy Saturday for me. I got up super early, went to WI (more on that in a bit), then had to come back home, eat a quick breakfast, shower & take Dad for his bone scan. It's a process, this bone scan. They had to inject dye into his arm, then he had to come back 3 hours later to do the actual test. It was brutal seeing my Dad trying to walk with a cane. It was just so sad, and it took every ounce of will power not to let him see me cry. It took every ounce of will power not to actually cry. From the waiting room to the exam room, he almost couldn't make it. The technician was very nice and offered to get him a wheelchair. After the injection, he even wheeled Dad out to the car with me. It was just so very sad. It's bringing tears to my eyes now just writing about it. And I do appreciate all the comments about my Dad. It's just sad, waiting to see if the cancer has spread to his bones. I need to change topics right now.

Ok, WI day went great. I lost 1.8 lbs., and I can only think to myself that it would've been more if I hadn't eaten those cheese & crackers on Monday. Sigh, oh well. But I worked hard after that debacle, and it showed on the scale this week. So I'm happy for that, at least. I knew I had to stay for my meeting, especially with how emotional I was feeling about my Dad today. I'm glad I went, it was good, even though I didn't say much. It's a nice little meeting.

I was going to work out in the morning, but I simply did not have the time. So I decided on after lunch, and then I got hit with a bad stomach cramp, and it lasted for hours, even after dinner. I knew I couldn't just not workout today, so finally, around 8:30 PM, I started. That's why this post is later than usual. I decided on a short, abbreviated workout because of the time. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill, then The Firm Power Sculpt with Allie for 451 calories. I had to do a little jumping around to reach that number, but I'm ok with that. I was pouring sweat, so I know I worked hard.

Tomorrow I'm planning on doing the AIDS/Cancer 5K. The weather forecast is not looking good - thunderstorms & lightning. I'm not going to run in the rain, so if it's really bad, then I'll just do a workout here at home. So we'll see about that. I'll keep you updated.

OK, I'm going to wrap this one up now. Let's all make good choices.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Day 179 - Last Chance Workout!

Hi there people,

T.G.I.F! I'm so glad it's Friday too, it's not even funny. The day would've been a little better if it wasn't quite so humid outside. I hate humidity more than I hate 90 degree weather. I decided I would do my workout without turning the AC on, but obviously, when it gets unbearable, I will definitely be all about AC.

I've been staying within my points all week, ever since Monday. It feels so much better to be in control than to lose control. Hands down!

Let's talk about the workout. Originally, I wanted to do Levels 2 & 3 of Jillian's 30 Day Shred. But the DVD is dead. It kept skipping & freezing, and it is dead. So into the trash it went, and then I promptly went on to order it along with No More Trouble Zones. I got 2 brand new workout DVDs for the price of 1. Not bad. I think I'll be using to order workout DVDs from now on.

So after the 30 day shred DVD fiasco, I decided on doing The Firm Get Chisel'd with Rebekah Sturkie, plus 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill. That brought my calorie burn to 581 calories, and I was pouring sweat! Pouring sweat because of how humid it was. After I finished my workout & my cooldown stretch, I immediately put the air on. I just couldn't take it anymore. I may leave it on all night, which is something I only do when it's really hot out. We'll see.

This morning when I weighed myself, I was down another pound & half, which I was absolutely thrilled about. But we'll see tomorrow, when the real scale & the real weigh in take place! Im confident though, because I do feel a little lighter, if that' s at all possible. LOL.

So I'm feeling positive, confident, & good, even with all that my Dad is going through. I'm confident he will beat this, and that's that. He's going to kick the shit out of cancer, I just know it.

And with that said, I'm going to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. Let's all make good choices.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Day 178 - DOR.

Greetings & salutations!

I'm previewing Level 3 of Jillian's 30 Day Shred as we speak. I've never done it before, and I'm thinking that tomorrow is as good a time as any to do it. Looks kinda scary, lots of plank & core work in this one. She does some of these moves in her other DVD - BFBM, for short. Anywho, moving on now.

Today was a rest day for me, but I didn't let it go to waste. I was able to make my Dad's bone scan appointment for this Saturday morning. The sooner, the better. His CT scan is on Tuesday, and my sister said she'd come & take him to that. Time to get this ball rolling already.

My DVD of the 30 Day Shred appears to be having some issues. I guess it's scratched or something because it keeps freezing. Ugh. I just took it out and cleaned it with a dry tissue, hoping it'll get some of the kinks out. I really wanted to try Levels 2 & 3 tomorrow combined, because that would be a great workout. But we'll see.

I almost forgot all about my upcoming 5K on Sunday. It's the AIDS/Cancer 5K, so it's kinda near & dear to my heart now. My friend Wendy said she's go with me, and she had forgotten about it, too. I actually felt bad reminding me, but she did ask me what I was doing this weekend, so I told her. And she had totally forgotten about it, but she's coming to cheer me on. Awesome!

TOM came for me yesterday, and I've been feeling it yesterday & today. Blah & blech. It's one of those days where I'm running out of things to say, again. So I think I will start to wrap this one up now. Let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 177 - Feeling Better after my confession.

Hi again gang,

It feels good to let go of things. I felt good yesterday after I confessed about my overeating. It's important to do that because I feel like that's what this blog of mine is all about. What's the point of having a weight loss blog if I'm not going to be honest about the real day-to-day situations I face? What would be the point, after all?

The scale was good to me this morning when I weighed myself. I was back to my Saturday WI weight, and I was more than happy to see that. I think I drank my weight in water yesterday & today, but there's nothing new about that. I'm constantly peeing. Especially after work because I drink so much water during & after my workout. But it's good for you, so I do it, and I also don't mind water either.

For my workout today, I decided to try to do Level 2 of Jillian's 30 Day Shred, but there was something wrong with my DVD, apparently. So then I decided to do a Firm DVD that I've never done before - Power Half Hour with Emily Welsh. Since it was my first time doing it, I had to modify some of the moves, like those plyo jumps that she does. I just couldn't do it. After, I hopped onto the inclined treadmill for an additional 20 minutes of activity. That brought my calorie burn to 462 calories. I was good with that number. I was a little bummed that I couldn't do the Shred. I really wanted to see if my endurance could handle it, but oh well. What can you do. I'll see in a bit if it works.

Well, that's all for now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Day 176 - Time to Confess.

Hi everyone,

Last night, after my post, I gave in to a moment of weakness. I had cheese & crackers. I finished the last 3 sticks of Cracker Barrel cheese sticks, and had Ritz Reduced Fat crackers. So I went over my points, to say the least, and I feel ...... just . . . disappointed. In myself. Because I know better. I never should've done it. And I've been paying for it today. This morning I woke up & my stomach hurt. Oh, and I was up 2 pounds, too. Yup, great going there. Ugh. But it's over now, and there's nothing in my house that I could possibly munch on, so that's one saving grace.

I decided to work extra hard during my workout today. It's really humid today, and I decided not to put the AC on. I started with The Firm Pump, Jump & Jab with Kelsie Daniels. I did the warm up, then jumped onto the inclined treadmill for 20 minutes. I was pouring sweat everywhere. I mean everywhere. I was feeling it in my eyes, I was tasting my own sweat - even my stomach was sweating. I wound up burning 626 calories.

I really had to convince myself to work out today. I soooo did not want to. At all. I didn't start working out til almost 6 o'clock. I had to get it going because if I didn't, I KNEW I would regret it. And I'm glad I worked out. I feel better that I did, I feel better that I got the workout of the way.

I've set the ball rolling on my Dad's doctor's appointments. Tomorrow, he's going for bloodwork in the morning, and I've already scheduled the CT scan for him for next Tuesday. I tried to set up the appointment for his bone scan, but the diagnostic place told me they didn't have the necessary equipment, and the tech that performs the bone scans had left for the day already. So I have to call tomorrow and see if I can talk to the tech. I just want these appointments scheduled & done already, but there you have it. Oh well.

Today was a better day than yesterday, and I'm glad. I was so busy at work today, it wasn't even funny. I barely had time to even think about anything non-work related. Tomorrow looks to be busy, too, and that's a good thing.

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