Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Day 267 - Staying in the Positive.

I've been feeling very positive so far this week, and I just want it to continue, you know. But all of us on this journey know just how quickly things can swing over, don't we? For right now, I will just take it one day at a time and focus on being positive for that one day. And let it continue onto the next.

I had ordered a NY Jets t-shirt from this ad that I saw on Facebook. The only size available was an extra large, so I thought, well why not. So I ordered it. It arrived today and I was so excited to try it on. And umm, well, it's very tight. Skin tight. I can breathe in it, but it did not look like an XL women's t-shirt to me! It looked like a small or a medium, no joke. I can't even post a picture of me wearing it, it's just too embarrassing. You can see every lump & bump. I looked in the mirror and I thought to myself, "It's gonna take losing another 20 lbs. to at least look decent in this." Oh well, I'm not gonna stress about it. I've come a long way.

Let's discuss the workout. I opted not to do the treadmill today. Sometimes I just get sick of it, you know. So I decided that today would be a treadmill-free day. I started with The Firm Power Sculpt Workout with Allie Del Rio, then I did Kathy Smith's Kickboxing Workout. I jumped in place for about 3 minutes to get my calorie burn over 400, and I finished with 422 calories burned. It felt good, I sweated & everything.

Thanks to yesterday's workout,which was Get Chisel'd with Rebekah, my buns are sore like nobody's business. I love that sore feeling in my glutes, I really do. The squats & lunges I did today with Power Sculpt will hopefully make that feeling last! hehe. (I'm corny, I know. It's part of my charm.)

Staying in the positive is just so important, isn't it? Even if you have a bad day, or a bad "episode" with food, it's imperative that we remember to stay positive. It gets hard, I know, but changing our mindset, changing our mentality is just so important. This weight loss journey is 80% mental, 20% physical. If we can concur changing how we think, we're practically there. I'm not saying it's easy, not at all. I struggle with it every single day. Some days are just easier than others. But it's doable, we just have to really want it. And then put that into action.

Today was a good day. I stayed within my points, and got in all of my requirements. I am so looking forward to losing yet another point in my daily points allotment. I can't wait!

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

Monday, August 30, 2010

Day 266 - Another Monday, another week.

Monday, Monday - you come way too soon after the weekend. I think we can all agree on that, right?

This is going to be a great week, people. I am going to use the positive thinking method that I got from reading The Secret (great book) and let the power of attraction happen naturally. Just think positively, visualize what you want, and it will happen. Have faith, and believe. So that's what I'm going to do.

This morning, when I weighed myself, I was actually down a full pound and a half from Saturday's WI. Yeah, I was so happy about that. See what happens when you don't binge on the weekends? Good things can happen on the scale. Really great things, actually.

I decided to have a nice, long workout today. I did the warm up for The Firm Get Chisel'd with Rebekah Sturkie, hit pause, and went onto the inclined treadmill. The plan was for 25 minutes, just to get my heart pumping and my calorie burn going. But at the end of those 25 minutes, I felt, I can go for another 5 minutes. And at the end of those five minutes, I thought, I want to hit 2 miles on this thing, let's see how long it'll take me to get there. 37 minutes later, I hit the 2 miles. I was pouring sweat, my calorie burn was way up, and I felt great.

Back to the DVD. I did all of the advanced moves, none of the beginner modifications. I even did the abdominal section at the end, and actually here's where I had to do some modifications. LOL. Right before this section, I wasn't happy with my calorie burn, so I went back onto the inclined treadmill for another 4 minutes. Back to the DVD. I can't do a full plank just yet, and my abs were burning at the end of this! Rebekah has some killer abs - her stomach is completely flat and muscular. Would that we all had that problem. Oh, and I burned 776 calories! My sports bra was dripping wet with sweat. There wasn't a dry spot to be found anywhere on that thing. I was in the zone! LOL.

I feel great, let's just hope the feeling lasts all week. It's shaping up to be a great week, I just need to remember this feeling in case I face a difficult situation. But the positive thinking will help - I just have to remember to use it!

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

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day 265 - Another beach day & the process has begun.

It was over 90 degrees today. So I decided to head to the beach. I got a little sunburned on my thighs, even though I used sunscreen. Waterproof, my ass. I may have also sweated some of it off too. LOL. Well, at least my legs have some color now.

But let's rewind a bit. Last night, after my post, I decided to bite the bullet and contact a real estate agent to help me find a coop/condo. I left a voicemail on his office phone, and he called me back right away. I gave him all of my information, my specific wants/needs, and today, one of his agents called me back. We spoke for a bit, and she emailed me some prospects. Out of the 20 that she emailed me, I liked about 6 or 7. Some of the buildings don't have elevators, but they are only 2 stories. So I guess it's not that bad. I am waiting for her to email me back. We are supposed to go see some places on Weds, after I get out of work. It's exciting! But the bad thing is, if and when I buy a place, I am going to be so broke. :=(

Anywho, so let's talk about the workout, and yet another NSV. I decided to do the original Step Reebok The Video with Gin Miller this morning. I bought that DVD when I was in college, and I had gotten down to a size 10, which is the smallest I've ever been in my life. I remember I had just sprained my ankle right before I was supposed to leave for my final year in college, and I could only do the step workout at the 6' height (6 inches).

Today, for the first time ever, I elevated the step to 8 inches. And I completed the entire workout at the 8 inch height!

This was a major watershed event in my life. I couldn't believe it! I couldn't believe I was able to do this. I almost cried tears of joy. Imagine me, even at 204 lbs., being able to do that.

Then I did The Firm Parts Upper Body to complete my workout. I had to jumprope in place for 6 or 7 minutes to get my heart rate up & my calorie burn up. I finished with 747 calories burned. And last night, I got my Ab Roller out, and did 80 crunches. My abs are feeling just a little sore today.

So all in all, it's been a great weekend. No bingeing, no overeating of any kind. Except for the cupcakes yesterday, but I'm not even worried about that. When I weighed myself this morning, I was the same as yesterday, so I am more than fine with that.

It was a great day, and it's shaping up to be a great week. I am excited about the new potential developments in my life. I deserve to be fit, healthy & happy. So do we all, for that matter.

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

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Day 264 - WI Results & Beach Trip.

Well, I lost all the weight I gained, plus another 0.2. So I guess I really shouldn't complain about it. After all, it was my fault, and I am not going to shirk responsibility. I just refuse to do that. And today I decided would be a rest day. After working out 7 days in a row, my body needed a rest.

After my meeting and lunch, I decided to venture out to the beach, for the first time this summer. My legs are painstakingly white, and they were screaming for some color! LOL. The beach is a five minute drive from my house, so I thought, well, why not. I put on my swim dress & beach cover up, grabbed a beach chair, Yankee cap, sunscreen, & sunglasses, and I was on my way. I lounged in my chair and on the sand for about 2 1/2 hours. My legs got some color, not as much as I would like, but I've decided I'm going back tomorrow. And this coming weekend too, plus Labor Day if it's nice. Why not, after all? There were hardly any people there, and I didn't feel self conscious, at least not that much. Tomorrow, after my workout, I've decided I'm going to run to Subway, grab a quick sandwich, and head to the beach from there. Sounds like a plan, right?

So, I had a NSV today. I was at this grocery store where they bake their own red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They are sooo good! I was going to buy a package of them, but I turned around and headed in the opposite direction. I thought to myself, "Nothing good is going to come from that." And I was right. Felt good, powerful!

I am inching closer & closer to One-Derland. It may be a clawing & scratching kind of thing to get there. I am going to have to be really good and on my game, with that razor sharp focus. As it is, today was an ok day. I could've been a little better. I had some mini chocolate cupcakes that I should've stayed away from. Ugh. But, tomorrow I am planning on a nice, long workout. And I did get in all of my requirements. But, no more slip ups!

So that was my day in a nutshell. Not horrible, but it definitely could've been better. I am not perfect, and things like that will happen. It just needs to stop happening for me for a while.

Ok, with that said, I think I'm gonna wrap this one up now. Thanks for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Day 263 - 2X Workout again & Razor Sharp Focus.


I had a really good day today. Never mind the double workouts, it was just a good day all around. The weather was just great, sunny & not a cloud in the sky. Can't complain about that.

I woke up this morning, determined once again to make it a great day. I was determined that today would call for two (count 'em, 2) last chance workouts. I needed to push myself hard. I needed to have that razor sharp focus I talked about yesterday.

This morning, I started with 35 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I ran for 7 minutes, which really brought up my heart rate and my calorie burn. That's right, I ran. And it felt great. Then I did The Firm Super Cardio. This workout is led by 4 different Master Instructors. It's an old Mansion workout, and that means that it will work you harder. I stepped on my Fanny Lifter, the purple section, for 3-4 minutes to get my calorie burn up. For this workout, I burned 924 calories. I struggled to finish the DVD, because it is a little long, but that's why I chose it today. I wanted to bring my calorie burn over 1000 calories today.

I had a laser removal appointment today, and it's going well, I have to say. She said I could 5 weeks in between treatments now. The laser hurts only a little, just kinda prickly. The thicker the hair is, the more prickly it will feel. I have some stubborn hairs on my chin, and those hurt more than my upper lip, I have to say. I also ran some errands, and I got a manicure & pedicure today. It felt nice to pamper myself. Plus an eyebrow wax, because I really needed that too.

Workout #2 was strictly on the inclined treadmill. I ran for 3 minutes to again bring my calorie burn up. I had started cleaning before I started working out, and I got the idea to put on my HRM and count the cleaning as activity. It was a good idea! I finished with 433 calories, bringing my total calorie burn for the day 1,357 calories! Yeah, I went hardcore today and yesterday, so let's just see what the scale says tomorrow at WI.

I got in all of my requirements today, and I did not go over my points at all. I remain focused, but weekends are really hard for me. I just have to remind myself that I do not have carte blanche on the weekends. I have to keep that razor sharp focus at all times. I can't just go to the store, buy a bag of my favorite potato chips, then go home & inhale the whole thing. It just doesn't work that way. And if I do that, well then no wonder I'm not dropping the pounds like I should be, like I know I could.

But it's too late for regrets, and life is too short for them anyway. So with that said, I'm gonna wrap this one up now. Thanks for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Day 262 - 2x Workout

Yesterday was a great day, and I was determined to repeat the same today. I woke up needing this to be a great day. I also wanted to ensure 2 workouts today, and I struggled to do it, but I did do it.

Let's discuss, shall we? This morning, my workout was 30 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then The Firm Aerobic Body Shaping with Allie Del Rio. I also stepped & jogged in place for about 10 minutes on my own to bring my calorie burn up. I wound up with 811 calories burned for this workout. I was starving by the time I finished because I hadn't eaten breakfast yet. I like to workout before I eat.

My breakfast was pretty good. I had 3 Fiber One pancakes, 1 whole egg & 1 egg white, and a peach. I love peaches - I think they may be my favorite fruit. It was a filling breakfast, and it totally hit the spot!

I went out, after I showered & dressed, and ran some errands. I really didn't want to workout again, but I wanted to hit 1200 calories burned for the day. I decided to do The Firm Cardio Party because it doesn't use any equipment at all. And um, I didn't finish it. Like a moron, I just couldn't finish it because I was running out of gas. Maybe the 2x a day workout wasn't such a great idea after all? I hit the stop button during Allie's portion of the DVD, which I don't really like anyway. But I did hit 338 calories burned, bring my total calorie burn to 1,149 calories, so I can't really complain about it.

My legs are already starting to feel sore, but that's a good thing. In ABS, Allie can be a little annoying. There's a segment of leg dips where you are supposed to use heavy weights, and it gets really hard to do. And she says, "It's good for you." You kinda want to smack her, just a little. And the outfits in this DVD - my God! Her boobs look like they are fighting to say in it! And Stephanie's bra top - the same thing! Shrug. Well, they do look great, so I guess if you got it, flaunt it, right? Right? LOL.

Anywho, today was a great, on program day. I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my daily requirements. I'm still up slightly from Saturday, a pound & half, but I think my workouts today, tomorrow the scale will be down. We will see, though. I am confident regardless.

I am still trying to convince myself to be my own superhero. No matter what, I believe in myself, and I know I'm doing this here thing already. Keep on keeping on, no matter how hard it may get. Just keep on keeping on.

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

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 261 - Gritting it Out.

So "gritting it out" is my new favorite phrase now apparently. Days like the last few days I've had, when the weather is rainy & cloudy, and I'm not in the mood to work out but I know I have to - those are the times when I have grit out a work out. I literally grit my teeth as I change into my workout gear, I grit my teeth as I put o my HRM, and I grit my teeth as I put in the DVD or plug in the treadmill. And after about 2 or 3 minutes, I stop gritting my teeth and I feel better.

Jen wrote a very thought provoking post today about being your own superhero, or cheerleader. She makes great points if you haven't read it yet. Don't we all think that as soon as we lose weight, all of our problems will just magically disappear? Don't we all think that as soon as we get to goal, everything will be just fine & dandy? Don't we all expect our food problems to go away as soon as we lose weight? I am so totally guilty of thinking those things.

The problems with food will still be there, even after I get to goal. Only I can change my relationship with food, and how I deal with everyday stress and problems. There is no magic solution. Sometimes, you just have to take it day by day. Sometimes, you get lucky, and you get into a better place mentally, emotionally, & physically so that food does not have that kind of hold on you. But no matter what, you still have to believe in yourself. You are capable of doing wonderful, magical things. You are a superhero already, whether you believe it or not. I am a superhero, people. I am doing this. I AM going to get there. The only person who can stop me is me. But I'm not stopping, and I won't allow myself to be my own worst enemy. And I am powerful. As are all of you.

The workout today was great, and just what I needed. I started with The Firm Ultimate Fat Burning Workout with Alison Davis. I did the warm up, paused it, then went onto the inclined treadmill for 35 minutes. I felt great when I was done, and I'm so glad I did it! I had scheduled a rest day today, but decided to grit it out. I'm still up, so I thought I needed the workout. I burned 746 calories, and I am more than good with that number. I am happy with that number!

I feel energized and focused. I needed this workout today more than it needed me, if that makes any sense. I've been futzing around, snacking at night knowing full well that I shouldn't. I've been not caring about that snacking, but now.... now it's different. I've got a goal, after all, to get to One-Derland, and it's gonna happen. If I have to workout 3 or 4 hours a day, then that's what I'll do. I think that I'm getting scared of reaching One-Derland, and I'm not really sure why. Fear of success? But that sounds stupid, and I'm not buying it. So what else could it be? Ugh, I don't know. What do you guys think?

Well, that's as deep as I'm gonna get on here. LOL. And with that said, I think it's time to wrap this one up now. Let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Day 260.

So last night, after my post, I had cheese & crackers. & peanut butter. My hormones are raging because TOM was around the corner. Now that it is here, I think my madness will stop. Hopefully. I've been snacking at night, and it is not doing me any good at all. I feel better now that I've said that. Oh, and to top it all off, I was back up this morning to my Saturday WI weight. I deserved it, and I'm ok saying that as well.

Today was one of those days that I just did not want to work out. I wasn't in the mood, I had had cramps all day (they have since gone away), it's dark & rainy out, which always makes me tired. But I toughed it out and pretty much gritted it out. I did The Firm Express Cardio, and 23 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I did the warm up to EC first, hopped on the treadmill, completed my 23 minutes, then finished the rest of the DVD. I hit the pause button before the cool down and stepped on my own for about 4 minutes to push my calorie burn higher. I finished with 525 calories, and I'm more than ok with that.

It was nice seeing some of the old familiar Master Instructors. The MIs in this particular DVD have all left the Firm, which is sad. Oh wellz.

I am determined this week to lose all the weight I gained last week and then some. It will require razor sharp focus and grit. And that's what I got, peeps.

Anywho, I think I will wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for listening. And let's all make good choices.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 259.

Happy Monday ppl!

I was so busy at work today, the day just flew by. I'm not complaining because that is a good thing.

I decided to be brave today and try something new. The other day I had bought 2 containers of Chobani Greek yogurt - strawberry & honey flavors. Today, I tried the Strawberry flavor yogurt. My verdict?


I don't know why I was so afraid of trying it. I loved it! It was so thick & creamy - more so than the regular WW yogurt that I usually eat. Mmm... it coated my spoon thoroughly. What a great midday snack. I paired it with just a bit of Chex Mex cereal, but I didn't finish the cereal. I did finish the yogurt, however. I'll buy this forever from now on. For my snacks, I usually have the Jollytime popcorn, or a banana with some peanut butter, or some fruit with a WW yogurt. But from now on, I'll try incorporating this into my routine. Yummy!

Let's talk about the workout. My thighs, especially my quads, and my glutes are still really sore from yesterday. Jillian's No More Trouble Zones was especially rough on my lower body. Oh, and my abs are sore, too. Today I went with 30 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Fat Blaster for 617 calories. I sweated a lot, but I was disappointed that I didn't push past the 700 calorie mark. You know what though - it's fine. At least I didn't blow off my workout, which is what I felt like doing. LOL.

When I weighed myself this morning, I was the same as yesterday. I'm ok with that. I had a good day today. I got in all of my requirements, and I went over my points just a bit, by 2. I am ok with that. I am feeling much better, and my head is much clearer. The focus is back, and it feels great.

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

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Day 258.

Another great, on program day is in the books!

Weather wise, it's been a dreary, rainy & humid day. The AC has been going all day, but since the temperature has dropped, I think I can give it a rest tonight. The humidity gave me a heck of a time during my workout.

What a nice little segue. Let's discuss the workout. I started with 30 minutes on the inclined treadmill, and because the humidity was through the roof, I was pouring sweat like I had just taken a shower. Yeah, it was no joke. For real. Then I decided to do a DVD that I hadn't done before. No More Trouble Zones with Jillian Michaels. I burned 709 calories, and I earned every bit of it!

My review of her DVD is this - Jillian is crazy! Her ab circuit is insane. I mean, I almost couldn't complete it. As it was, I couldn't finish the DVD because I just ran out of gas. I was dying! And I can say that my thighs & glutes are already feeling it. If any of you have ever done this DVD or any of her DVDs, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. Her move, "surrenders" - insane! I started with 5 lb. dumbbells, but had to dump them for 3 pounders. And I consider myself an experienced, intermediate exerciser, thank you very much. Lots of lunges, lots of squats, lots of planks. You will die if you do this DVD. You will also burn a whole ton of calories, too. I'll do it again, and I will try to incorporate it into my usual rotation.

Adrienne asked me to post photos of my famous WW-baby spinach-banana-strawberries smoothie. So here they are!

Before, in the blender:

After, all blended together.
I thought it was yummy in my opinion. LOL. And filling. This could totally be a meal replacement. It's 1 French Vanilla WW smoothie packet, 1 cup of lowfat milk, medium banana, 1 cup of baby spinach, and 1 cup of frozen strawberries. Blend it all together, and viola.

I did not go over my points, and I got in all of my daily requirements. When I weighed myself this morning, I was down 2 lbs. Only 2.5 to go to get back to where I was. I can totally do that this week. This week will be a great week. I can feel it!

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

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day 257 - WI Results & a Refocus.

I'll get right to it. This week, I gained 4.4 lbs. I have to say that I was so relieved after I weighed in. Of course, I'm not ok with how much I gained, but I deserved that gain after my behavior this week. I deserved every single pound and ounce, no getting around it. I'm not going to shirk responsibility here. It's my fault, and I know it, and I'm not even going to blame PMS anymore, because that's just a stupid excuse, but I feel relieved that I have faced the consequences like a mature adult. Pat, the receptionist at WW, was very good about it. I told her prior to weighing in that it was a bad week, and I would be up a lot. After I got off the scale, she looked at me, and said, "You know exactly what you have to do."

With that simple statement, I was refocused. She was right, after all. I know exactly what I have to do.

I have to decide what is important to me. I have to cling to my belief in myself. I have to give my journey the kind of importance that it deserves. And most importantly, I have to believe that I am so much more important than that binge, or that junk food, or anything else that can hinder me on my way to goal. I am important, and I do deserve this. Period.

Sounds pretty simple, really. Especially if you put it that way.

After my WI, I stopped by CVS quickly, bought a few items, then rushed home. I wanted to get in a cup of coffee, then a nice long workout.

So let's discuss the workout. I started with 22 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Complete Aerobic & Weight Training with Emily Welsh. And I burned 569 calories with this workout, and I was happy. I wasn't too happy with that number, because I had wanted to get into the 600s, but I worked hard. I can be and should be satisfied with that number. I felt great afterwards, so I guess that's something.

I hung out with my college friend Victoria today. I can't even remember the last time we saw each other. We only live about 25 minutes apart. The plan was for us to see The Other Guys, but we both decided it would be better if we just sat & talked & caught up. We wound up having a productive day. We went to lunch at a Mexican place. Well actually, she ate & I picked at a salad that wasn't even all that good. Then I found a hair in it, and that was the end of that. We took a trip to Target, then Pet Smart (we both needed to buy dog food), and then we went to Borders for a coffee. Actually, I had a latte & she had tea. I got a small chocolate cupcake too - just one! LOL. Then I bought a Thomas the Train picture book for Sonia, and we called it a day. Well, I dropped her off at home, then I went to the BJs by her house & picked up some stuff. A productive day, at that!

Today was a great beginning to what I am hoping will be an even better week. I'm going to take Thursday & Friday off & have a nice long weekend. I'm looking forward to it. I did not go over my points, and I got in all of my daily requirements. I have to say, I am really enjoying the spinach WW smoothie. Who knew? What a quick & easy way to get in another veggie in my day.

So with that said, I'm going to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading, and for your comments. Ad let's all make good choices.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 256 - Ugh.

I'm not sure how I'm feeling today. I'm not into it today, this whole week, really. Start fresh tomorrow?

I'm not looking forward to WI, but I will face whatever it says. End of story.

I'm glad this week is over. I did manage to get in all of my requirements today, but I did not work out. Ugh.

I'm not even sure how to properly express what I'm feeling or what I'm thinking right now. I'm confused, and I don't even know why. I know exactly what I want. I know exactly how I'm going to get there. And I know I am going to get there.

Ok, this is over. I will be back tomorrow with more to report, and with more of an upbeat feeling. Let's all make good choices.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Day 255 - Much better.

Today was a much better day. I did not work out this morning because I just couldn't get out of bed, but I decided to at least go on the treadmill at lunchtime. And that's what I did. I got home, quickly changed, and got in about 22 minutes on the inclined treadmill. Showered, ate lunch, & back to work. I burned 222 calories. I was good.

I knew I had to work out again after work, and I almost didn't. I sooo did not feel like it at all. Story of my life, right. I even ate some Cheez Its, which I shouldn't have, but I did anyway, so there you go. Finally, after arguing with myself, I got to it. I started on the inclined treadmill again, this time for 20 minutes. Then I did The Firm Cardio Sculpt Blaster with Lisa Kay. I love that DVD - what a great, short workout that gets your heart rate going. I had it in my head to keep going, so when the DVD ended, I put in PowerFit Cardio with Stephanie Huckabee. I burned 631 calories, which brought my total calorie burn for the day to 853 calories! I am feeling much, much better.

I was thinking today about my WI on Saturday. There's no way I'm going to skip it. That simply is not an option. After my eating the last few days, I deserve a gain, I really do. So whether it's 2 pounds, 5 pounds, or 10 pounds, I'm going to face that scale and face the music. I must be accountable. I haven't missed a WI in more than 7 months, and I certainly don't intend to start now. I deserve whatever number I get, plain and simple. I didn't weigh myself this morning, but I will tomorrow.

I got in all of my requirements today, as opposed to yesterday. Today was just a better day, physically & mentally. I should've done some kind of activity yesterday. I regret that. But I tried to make up for it today, burning more than 800 calories. That was all blood, sweat & tears, people. LOL.

The plan for tomorrow is to start working out as early as possible. I need to get in a long, intense workout tomorrow.

So I think I'll wrap this one up now. Just gotta keep on keeping on. Thanks for reading. And I do appreciate your comments. Let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Day 254 - Struggling.

I'm struggling right now, and I'm not exactly sure why. I've been making food choices, which only makes me feel worse. I didn't even work out today, and I don't feel like it either. I know I willl regret this decision, along with my bad food decisions, but right now, at this exact moment, I don't care.

That is a very dangerous feeling, I know it is. That can and will lead to more bad decisions. I could still work out right now if I wanted to, if I forced myself to, and if I made myself see how much better I would feel if I just did. All day long, I thought about food. I wanted chocolate, and then I wanted to go to the Wendy's by my job & get a bacon cheeseburger. I didn't do that, I went to Subway & got a chicken breast sandwich on wheat bread. Small victory, I guess.

But then I got home, and I took a nap. Bad decision, I should've just changed into my work out gear and popped a Firm DVD in. Any DVD, for that matter. But nope, I made a conscious decision not to do any of those things.

Ugh. I feel gross right now, and like a huge failure. Bad food choices, bad exercise decisions, and this feeling of total & complete failure equals me feeling like crap. Awesome.

I can feel the water retention & fat gaining beginning as we speak. I had chicken fingers, fries & cheese sticks for dinner. I had been doing well all day up until dinner. Yup, another terrible decision. And the thing is, I know I've come a long way. I'm not going to spin myself out of control because I just can't do that. That is simply not an option. Which begs the question - what the hell am I doing?

The short answer is I'm reverting to old habits. I'm making decisions where I know the consequences will be bad, and I know I will regret making those decisions in the end. I have only one choice. To end it right now, and start fresh right now. Deep breath.

I'm still full & gross from that so called dinner, so I am making a conscious decision to get up early tomorrow & do the treadmill in the morning before work. I am setting my alarm, I am laying out my work out gear right now, and I will be putting my water bottle in the fridge to get it ready. Enough is enough. I refuse to let this define me. I refuse to fail & call it a day. I just can't!

So that was my day. It sucked, and now it is over, and now is the time to start fresh. Right now. This very second.

That's all I've got for now. Make better choices than I did today ppl. And I appreciate the encouragement!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Day 253 - Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday, people! This morning, when I woke up, I decided then & there that this week would be great. Not good, not ok - but GREAT. I am going to stay on plan, work the program, and have a great Tuesday. And rest of the week. Maybe some of that has to do with me finally deciding to look for a condo/co-op. It's time, and the possibility of me buying my own place is definitely exciting. I can't wait to start looking & going to open houses. More deets on that as it develops.

It was my long day at work today, which meant the workout would have to be abbreviated. I started with 18 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Burn & Shape with Emily Welsh. I didn't complete the ab section. I know, I know - I should've. I burned 416 calories. I wasn't really happy with that number. I was trying to cross the 500 calorie mark, but what can you do. Certain sections of the DVD really brought my heart rate down, which of course affected my total calorie burn. But I'm focusing on the positive. I worked out for an hour today, and I sweated like mad. You can't take that away from me! lol. It's all part of having a great week. And a positive outlook. I think anyone on this journey would agree that a positive outlook is so important.

I felt my weight loss today in my clothes. I'm wearing a size 16 now, which to some people would be a total nightmare, but for me, considering I used to wear a size 24, it's a welcome & fantastic change. Size 14 is hopefully just around the corner, and I can't wait to get there. My size 16 capris actually felt kinda loose today. :)) I'm choosing to focus on that, on how great that feels. Because I remember wearing tight fitting clothes, or clothes with plenty of elastic pretty recently. And I don't want to go back there ever again.

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

Monday, August 16, 2010

Day 252 - Almost didn't work out today.

When I got home from work today, I made my new favorite smoothie that I've talked about - the one with the spinach & frozen strawberries, WW smoothie mix, & 1 cup of 1% milk. I've only ever used baby spinach, but this time I used regular spinach because it was on sale. And I got the biggest stomach ache ever. Actually, it felt like a period cramp. And then I got a headache. So I decided to lay down and take a nap. I slept for an hour. I know that I actually slept because when I opened my eyes, my mouth was open and dry. Yup. Classy, I know. LOL.

I made a choice right then and there to get up, put my workout gear, and just do the damn thing already. It was late when I started working out, almost 6:30. That's usually the time when I end my workout. But I knew I had to get in a nice, long workout, so I plugged along as if it were really 5 PM instead of close to 6:30. I started with 35 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Power Half Hour with Emily Welsh. I wanted to push past the 700 calorie mark, so I jumped in place for 2 minutes. I finished with 709 calories burned, and I am happy with that number.

I had to do the workout, even though I really didn't want to today. I knew I had to, because I knew how I'd feel if I didn't. Like crap, like a fat slob. I don't like feeling that way, so I just did it and got it over with. I'm so glad I did it, you know. It was a good feeling. I sweated like a pig, which wasn't hard to do in all this humidity. My A/C will be working yet again tonight.

How do you guys psych yourselves into working out when it's truly the last thing you want to do? Do you do what I do, and just think about how you'll feel if you don't do it? That seems to work for me.

Also, today my glutes & thighs have been feeling sore the last 2 days. I love that feeling. I think I can actually feel it a little in my hamstrings, too. Must've been from the Fat Burning Cardio Toning DVD with Tina yesterday. I'll take it though, because I really do love that feeling.

There were Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies at my office today, and I indulged just a bit. I factored it into my points though, and tracked it in my journal. I got in all of my requirements, and I did not go over my points. That felt good, because the last 2 days I've gone way over my daily points. Not today though. Today I nipped it in the bud. I've got a goal to get to One-Derland, and I refuse to let anything - including myself - get in the way.

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

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Day 251 - So close to ONE-Derland

I've been thinking a lot today how close I am to one-derland. 6 pounds. Just 6 pounds away. That's it. I know I have work to do in order to get there, but I'm just so glad that I am close. So glad!

I was up 2 lbs. this morning, so I decided that my workout today had to be hard core. I started with Cathe Friedrich's Kick Max, then The Firm Fat Burning Cardio Toning with Tina Smalley. i burned 687 calories. I wanted to give the inclined treadmill a rest. I'm glad I did. And I'm happy with my workout.

My parents are driving me crazy, and I've made a big decision. I'm going to start looking at co-ops. It's time to get the hell out of here. Enough is enough. I'm looking at places about 3 towns over. LOL. That way I'm close, but not super close. I just hope that I'll be able to swing it. I have money saved, so I might as well use it, right. I can't wait to start really looking. I think next Sunday I'll go to an open house, if there's one going on. I'll keep you guys updated.

My food choices today could've been better, but I did get in all of my requirements. I went over my points, but I'm not giving myself a hard time about it. Tomorrow is a fresh new start for me, so I'll take it. And the workouts will be upped, too. I'm just trying to focus on how good I feel, and how close I am to One-derland. I'll be there soon!

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

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 250 - WI Results & One pound of fat.

WI went really well today. Remember how I said that if I could lose just 1 pound this week, then I would've reached the lowest weight ever with WW? Well, it happened people. I lost one pound this week. And I am so happy with that, I really am. One pound of fat is gone forever!

Today was my rest day. I am ok with that. I've worked out 5 days in a row, and I need a break. While I still managed to get in all of my daily requirements, I went way over my points today. I didn't binge, but I definitely over ate today. It's not a big deal, but it's a deal. I bought some rigatoni alla vodka today for lunch because I was craving it. I measured out a cup, and left the rest for my Dad, who loves pasta. I had some cheez its today too, and some Oreo cakesters. Those are good! But definitely not on the plan. I was kinda full, but I was missing some of my fruits & veggie servings, plus my milks & my healthy oil requirements. So I made a WW smoothie for dinner, with low fat milk, frozen strawberries, a banana, a cup of spinach, and 2 teaspoons of safflower oil. And it was filling. I'm still kinda full as I write this.

I was thinking about my 1 pound loss today, and I remembered something that Carol had read to us at one of her meetings a long while ago. It was a little poem/missive called One Pound of Fat. I scoured the net and found it online. Here it is:

Hello! Do you know me? If you don't, you should. I am ONE POUND OF FAT, and I am the happiest pound of FAT that you would ever want to meet! Want to know why? It's because no one ever wants to lose me! After all, I am only ONE POUND OF FAT. Just ONE POUND.

Everyone wants to lose 3 or 5 or 15 pounds, but never ONLY one. So, I just stick around and happily keep you. Then I am free to add to myself, ever so slyly, so that you never seem to notice... That is, until I have grown to 10, 20 or even 30 pounds in weight... YES... it is fun being ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT... left to do just as I please.

So, when you weigh in, go ahead... just keep on saying, "Oh I only lost one pound." (As if that is so terrible.) For you see, if you do this, you will encourage others to hang around me because they will think that I am not worth losing. And I LOVE being around you... your arms, your legs, your chin, your hips, and every other part of you. HAPPY DAYS! After all, I am ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT!!!

---author unknown---

This is so true, isn't it? We're never happy with losing "just" one pound. We always want to lose more than that, don't we? When the receptionist told me I was down a pound, I remembered that meeting, with Carol reading this to all of us. Any weight that you lose in a given week, just be happy with it. Imagine how you would feel if you gained. Gasp! You'd be pissed, wouldn't you? And hey, considering the week I had last week, I'm lucky I lost that pound. So I'm going to own it!

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

Friday, August 13, 2010

Day 249 - Hardcore Workout

Happy Friday people!

I was so glad I took the day off today. I got in a hardcore workout, got a mani & pedi, did just a bit of grocery shopping, came home & just relaxed. A day well spent, indeed.

I worked out this morning early, well early for me. I was up & working out before 9 AM, which is unprecedented for me. LOL. I started with 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I decided to do a really hard workout, in my opinion. I decided to do all of The Firm Parts: Upper Body & Standing Legs. All at once. And I did it. And I thought I would die, but I did it! I burned 838 calories.

I can really notice the huge difference in my endurance and my stamina. I mean, I completed 90 minutes of heart pumping exercise. Standing Legs is not easy. 3 segments call for using the 14 inch Fanny Lifter, with weights - which I was able to complete, no problem. 60 pounds I could've never done that. 6 months ago, I could've never done that. So I have come a long way, and it feels good to recognize it.

I have a feeling my glutes and my thighs will be sore tomorrow. Bring it on, soreness. I thought briefly about working out again later in the afternoon, but decided against it. I'm more than good with my workout today, you know. I did burn close to 1,000 calories. And I was still down just a bit when I weighed myself this morning. So I am very confident about my WI tomorrow, and I am more than good with not working out twice today. More than good. I worked out hard this morning, and I think it will show on the scale tomorrow.

So with that said, I think I'll wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices. Wish me luck at WI tomorrow! :=)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day 248 - It's my Friday!

Hello again people!

The temperature has gone down a bit here in NY, finally. There's only so much of 100 degree days that I can take, you know. The bad news is it's supposed to rain the next few days. It's been drizzling on and off all day.

I knew I had to up the workout today. When I came home for lunch, my mother had gone to my favorite bagel store & had gotten fresh bagels. so Yummy. I picked a piece off a whole wheat bagel & had it with just a little bit of butter. I didn't factor that into my points for the day, and I know I should have. Hence, the upped workout. I decided to do yet another Firm DVD that I haven't done in forever. I did the warm up to The Firm Fat Blasting Cardio with Lisa Kay, then paused the DVD, and did 27 minutes on the inclined treadmill. Talk about heart pumping cardio. I sweated like a pig! I finished the rest of the DVD, again sweating like a pig, and with a sense of accomplishment. I burned 608 calories, and I had to do about 3 minutes of stepping on my own to break past the 600 calorie mark. So it's all good.

Today was a good day, piece of buttered bagel included. It was a small piece. hehe. I got in all of my daily requirements, and I barely just went over my points. (See the note above about the small, I mean SMALL, piece of buttered bagel.) And when I weighed myself this morning, I was down just a bit, so I'm real happy with that.

I'm glad I'm off from work tomorrow. I really am going to try to get my long workout in early in the morning, hopefully. I really want to be working out by 8:30 AM. After that, shower, breakfast, & a mani & pedi. I think I may get in a shorter workout later in the day, because I am crazy like that. hehe. But we'll see, because the jury is still out on that one.

So all in all, a good day. I think I'll wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day 247 - Hump Day.

Hi there people,

I have high hopes for this week. I know I can rebound after a bad episode, and I nnow I can do it quickly. That's the only way to rebound - quickly. Not the next day, but more like the next second. Start fresh as soon as you can. And that's what I've been doing. When I weighed myself this morning, I was back to my WI weight, so I'm happy about that. I just have to avoid salty things as much as possible. And stress. Stay away, stress!

My workout today was yet another Firm DVD that I haven't done in forever. That seems to be the theme for this week. I did The Firm Cardio Overdrive with Alison Davis. I did the warm up, then went onto the inclined treadmill for 25 minutes. I was pouring sweat. I went back to the DVD, and I was able to perform about 99% of the advanced moves. Talk about a NSV! I burned 642 calories. I had been hoping to hit the 700 calorie mark, but I'm ok with my number today. I worked hard.

I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my daily requirements. It's shaping up to be a great week, a recovery week, if you will. I have set a weight loss goal for this week of 1 pound. One solid pound of fat gone forever. If I lose the one pound, it'll be the lowest weight I've ever reached during 3 years of Weight Watchers. Fingers crossed. I know I will do everything in my power to get there. I will do my damnest, I really will.

I'm feeling good, and I'm staying positive. I'm thinking positively, and that is just so important on this journey, on any journey really. Stay in the now, focus on the positive. Words to live by.

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

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Day 246 - Plugging Along.

Hi everyone,

Today was a good day, and I am just plugging along. I am happy to report that I am down 2.5 of the 5 lbs. That's a really good thing. I'm just reminded that not all of what I gained was just water retention. Let's face it - I ate some really crappy things Sunday, and I am paying for it now. I remember hearing at one of my WW meetings a saying that sums this up pretty well:

"If you have one bad meal, you pay for it the next day. If you have one bad day, you pay for it all week."

Ain't that the truth, brutha. (That's a little LOST reference for all you who were fans of the show. See how I got that in there?) I know I'll be paying for Sunday all week.

But I am making strides. This whole week, I will be stepping up the workouts. And Friday, because I took the day off, I may just go super crazy & work out twice. Or just workout for like 2 or 3 hours. Let's just see how it goes.

I so did not want to workout today when I got home. I made the mistake of flopping onto my bed, and well, I got lazy. But not working was NOT an option. So I got to it. I chose to do a Firm DVD that I hadn't done in forever - Transfirm Your Trouble Zones with Kelsie Daniels. It uses a 5 lb. kettlebell, and because I hadn't used it in forever, the bell was covered in dust and stank. I grabbed a Clorox wipe and cleaned it really good. I had to, because there was no way I could've used it in that gross condition. Eek.

I did the warm up to the DVD, then hopped onto the inclined treadmill for 21 minutes. I worked up a good sweat, and went back to the DVD. I finished the workout at 518 calories burned. I didn't do the ab section. I just wasn't feeling it. Although, my lower abs are sore from yesterday's workout with Cathe. So I don't feel bad about it at all. I'm happy with my workout and my calorie burn number.

I got in all of my daily requirements, and I did not go over my points. Besides my lower abs, m glutes are sore, too. So I'm doing much better, and it feels good, so good, to be back in control again.

I hate retaining water, don't you? LOL. Here's to a better week.

So with that said, I think I'll wrap this one up now. Thanks so for reading, and thank you for your comments. And let's all make good choices.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Day 245 - Monday & It's a Brand new day.

Hi everyone,

I'm feeling much better today. I'm glad to be back in a normal routine, where my eating is spot on. Let's get straight to it - I am up 5 lbs. from yesterday. Awesome job there, Kelly. When I think of all that water retention & salt - I feel sick about it. It's really gross, and I felt sluggish & lethargic all day today. I guzzled more than a gallon of water in an effort to flush some of it out. I've been peeing like crazy all day. LOL. :=) But today is another day, and yesterday is over now. Nothing I can do about it.

Let's discuss the workouts today. Yes, plural. I knew I had to do multiple workouts today and bring the intensity level up. Workout #1 was 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I sweated my butt off, which was a good thing. Let's hope I sweated out a good portion of that salt that I'm retaining. Then I put in Cathe Friedrich's MMA Kickboxing DVD for workout #2. I hadn't done that DVD in a really long time. I like this DVD, it's a good workout. Cathe's a really good lead, I like her. She's not corny or anything. Workout #3 was The Firm Power Sculpt with Allie del Rio. I didn't want to end the day without having done a Firm DVD. And since I was losing steam, it had to be a shorter workout. These workouts brought my total calorie burn to 843 calories. Yeah I know, I'm insane, but 5 lbs. of water retention will do that to you. And I'm sure it's not all just retaining water.

Yesterday, I ate mac & cheese, sesame chicken with fried rice, a brownie, and cheez doodles. It was gross, and I'm feeling physically ill just thinking about it and writing it out. It's important to write it out though, because I have sworn to always be honest on here. Otherwise, what the heck is the point of having a weight loss blog in the first place.

That was my truth yesterday, and this is my truth today. My eating was good, and I got in all of my daily requirements. Today was a fresh start, and a brand new day. Thank God for that. And thank you to Suzi, Patsy & Floriana - u guys rock!

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

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Day 244 - Bad day to start.

Hi everyone,

Ugh. Today just started out all wrong. I go to WI, and I'm down just 0.6 lbs. What a disappointment. Oh, and we're still in the middle of a heatwave, and my AC decides to completely blow a fuse. It just wouldn't turn on. I tried plugging it into different outlets, but nope - it's dead. So that means I now have to go out and buy one. I had to go to 3 different stores before I found a portable AC. It had to be portable because it's for my basement. And I don't even want to talk about how much that stupid thing cost me. Ugh.

Eating today was horrible. I hardly got in any of my requirements. Just ate terribly. Oh, and I didn't work out today either. Yup - horrible day all around.

I'm just .... feeling ugh. I feel gross and disappointed and I just can't believe today was this bad. Tomorrow is Monday, and the only good thing about it is that I'll get back to a routine.

Ok, I'm done with this now. Calling it a night now. Let's all make good choices.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Day 243 - Babysitting Sonia & No WI today.

Hi everyone,

My day started out in a rush. I woke up late, couldn't get myself going at all, but I did have the wherewithal to jump onto my home scale and . . . it said I GAINED 2 pounds from yesterday!

Say what now?

How is that even possible? Stress maybe? Dealing with my parents on a daily basis would make anyone stressed out - believe me. I think that's what it is because there's no way in hell it's because of my eating. My eating has been spot on this week. And it can't be lack of workouts because I mean, man! When I work out, I go hardcore. As is documented here on this blog practically every single day of my life.

So here is what I've decided to do. Just for this week. I will weigh in tomorrow - Sunday. And go back to weighing in on Saturday mornings after that. I wouldn't have had time to stop by WW today even if I wanted. The whole waking up late thing kinda nixed that. And I'll be perfectly honest: I did not want to show a gain this week. After all my hard work - NO WAY! So I'll weigh in tomorrow, and this way, I really won't miss a WI, you know. I know it's not quite the same, and missing WI & my meeting really aren't sitting well with me, but life happens. I can't always control things.

Looking after Sonia today was a lot of fun and tiring. She's still at that stage where she doesn't really recognize me, so she cries. And she's a bundle of energy! LOL She cried a little in the beginning, so I decided to put her in her stroller and go for a walk. We went out for 40 minutes, and I was sweating by the time we came back. I should've changed into my sneakers at least and put on my HRM, both of which I had brought with me, but I was in a hurry. I didn't want her to keep crying, you know. It was nice though, she really enjoys going for walks. We circled the perimeter of a park by my brother's house, and I thought she'd want to get out and maybe play on the swings or something, but no go. She didn't want to get out of the carriage, which was fine. It meant I could continue walking and get in some activity.

Speaking of which, I'm giving myself 2 Activity Points, or 200 calories burned, for that walk, because of the sweat & the hills I walked. I knew it wasn't enough, at least not for me, so when I got home, I decided to complete the workout that I couldn't last night. I started with 17 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then Maximum Cardio with Carissa. I didn't do the ab section at the end, and I should have - but I was running out of gas. I wound up burning 552 calories, but with those 2 APs (200 calories), my total calorie burn for both workouts came in at 752 calories. I will take it!

I will be going to bed early tonight because I am exhausted. My eyes are sleepy as I write this. My eating was ok today, and I got in all of my requirements. I didn't go over my points, although I did indulge in some organic chocolate chip cookies at my brother's house. By some, I mean 4, but I calculated them into my points, so I'm ok.

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

Friday, August 6, 2010

Day 242 - Living in an old house....

Hi everyone,

Today was going really well up until I started working out. I work out in my basement, as you guys know. Well, I come downstairs and I noticed a small puddle of water on the floor. The pipe above the boiler was leaking a little bit, and it went onto the floor. This is what happens when you live in an old house like mine. Everything breaks, it's so annoying. So I call the oil company, and they of course tell me, we're sending out a guy but we can't give you a time frame. I decided to start working out right away because I did NOT want to work out in front of the guy, you know.

Ok, so I put the workout gear on & my HRM, and got to work on the inclined treadmill. I completed 25 minutes on it, which is good, and then I did a Firm DVD. I got in about 20 minutes of The Firm Maximum Cardio with Carissa Foster before the guy came. He was here for an hour, and there went the rest of my Firm DVD workout. But, I decided to keep my HRM on and I went upstairs to one of the air conditioned rooms. I marched in place & jogged in place for about 20 minutes to keep my heart rate up. I didn't finish the DVD, which kinda disappointed me, but the workout I got just by doing simple calisthenics was still pretty good. I wound up burning 748 calories total, so I'll take it.

This morning at work, my brother called me, asking if I could babysit Sonia tomorrow morning. He's meeting the guys for a bike ride, and Etel has to work, so he asked if I could do him a favor. I said yes without hesitation, of course, but here's the thing. He lives an hour away, and he wants me to be there by 8 AM. Awesome. Oh, and did I mention that it's my WI day? I'm going to have to miss the meeting, which I'm not thrilled about, but there's no way I can miss WI. I haven't missed a WI since I recommitted to Weight Watchers in January, and I'm not about to start now. Luckily, there is a 7:15 AM meeting at my WW center, so I'll go there, weigh in, and continue on to my brother's house. Ugh, I have to get up super early tomorrow, but what can you do? I've decided to prepare my egg beaters & 2 slices of turkey bacon to take with me for breakfast at his house. I'm going to add a slice of WW cheese & an Arnold Sandwich thin. I'll have a fruit at my brother's house, and that will be breakfast. Lunch I'm not sure about, but I can figure that out later. Earlier today I was craving Italian - baked ziti or tortellini alfredo with mozzarella sticks. Man, I love me some cheese! LOL. Maybe I'll have a little Italian tomorrow, not sure yet.

I stayed within my points today, and I got in all of my daily requirements. It'll be fun taking care of Sonia tomorrow, but I'm a little worried because I've never looked after her all on my own before. I've always had either my mom with me, or both my parents, so I'm not sure how she'll take to me. She'll need a few minutes to warm up to me, but I think we'll be ok. I'll play with her & maybe take her to the park after breakfast or something. I'll post pics of our day tomorrow.

So I have a busy day set for me tomorrow. Gotta get to bed early, so I think I will wrap this one up for now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices. And wish me luck tomorrow! :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Day 241 - Rest Day

Hi everyone,

I decided to take a rest day today instead of tomorrow because I don't like not working out the day before my WI day. In fact, I don't think I've ever taken a DOR on a Friday before, and I certainly don't intend to start now.

Today was a really good day. I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my daily requirements. And the best part of my day? - Two of my coworkers complimented me on my journey today! One of them said "You just keep shrinking!" And my other coworker said - "You look great! I can really tell you're getting smaller." I can't tell you how good that felt! This morning I was feeling impatient about my progress, so I really needed to hear those compliments today.

I try not to get impatient with my progress, but sometimes I just can't help it. I'm a brat, I know. LOL. Slow & steady wins the prize. This is a marathon, not a race, people. My biggest mini goal right now is to get to One-Derland. I'm hoping to get there by next month. Ideally, if I could get there by the first weekend in September, I would be beside myself with joy. I mean, I think I would really lose my mind from happiness. But whether it's the first or second weekend in September, it doesn't matter. As long as I get there. That's the whole point. And this time, I know I will. It feels so different this time around. It really does. What a fantastic feeling.

When I weighed myself this morning, I was down almost a full pound from Saturday. So I'm hoping that with being on track today, and working out hardcore tomorrow, I'll be down another half pound or so when I go to WI on Saturday. Eyes on the prize. Always.

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

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Day 240 - Hump Day Again.

Hello blogger peeps,

No cheese & crackers for me last night. And nothing for me tonight either. So I am taking that as a victory. Besides, now that we're in the middle of the week, or Hump Day, I definitely don't want to mess around like that - it's just too close to WI day for my taste.

I'm having a good week, and I don't want to jinx anything. I'm superstitious like that - I just can't help it. If I were on a baseball team, and my pitcher was throwing a no-hitter, I'd be the guy staying the furthest away from him. Like I wouldn't even be looking at him or anything. LOL. Let's just say, I'm feeling really good right now, really happy with my progress. There are days when I get impatient about it, of course, but I just try to remind myself how far I've come. Those are happy, fulfilling moments. :)

Let's discuss the workout today. I started on the inclined treadmill for 25 minutes. My HRM was giving me some issues, and I had to stop a few times to get it to work again. Anywho, after the treadmill, I did The Firm Body Sculpt with Jen Carman. It's been a while since I had done that workout. I burned 623 calories. I'm ok with that number. I sweated my butt off, so I know I worked out hard. I have no complaints. Normally, I'd like to hit 700, but it's just a numbers game. Like I said, I know I worked hard.

Tomorrow I'm taking a rest day, and I may run to the store real quick. We'll see. The errands never end, do they?

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

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Day 239.

Hello again!

Last night, after my blog post, I had some cheese & crackers. Stupid, I know. It wasn't awful, but I definitely should not have done it. Cheese & crackers are just evil, man. They really are. LOL. I'm not stressing out about it tho. This morning, when I weighed myself, I was only up a half pound, so thank God for that. I think my extra hard workout & calorie burn yesterday probably saved me from major water retention today. Guess those workouts are coming in handy. :)

It was my long day at work, so initially I thought I would just do an abbreviated workout. But the cheese & crackers episode was still fresh in my mind, and I knew I should kick it up a notch.

So let's talk about the workout. I started with 17 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I got my heart rate up and sweated like a pig. Then I did The Firm Super Cardio Sculpt with Nancy Tucker. I was able to do that workout without ANY of the beginner modifications! I couldn't believe it. I remember in my earlier days struggling with that DVD in the past, but now - NOW it is different. I can't even put into words how good that feels. I just can't find the words to describe that feeling, I really can't. It's liberating, and it's exciting, and it makes me want more. It makes me want to do more and push myself!

SCS does not include an ab section, so I decided to pop in another Firm DVD - Core Solutions with Alison Davis. I don't do this DVD very often, and I really should. It offers 3 different ab workouts, and today I chose to do the Standing Abs Segment. I can feel myself getting stronger, and I have resolved to do some kind of ab work every time I work out. I mean, I don't know what I'm waiting for. My mid section is a disaster, but I do need to work on it, so why not now? My core won't ever get better if I don't do anything about it, right?

I burned 531 calories with all 3 of my workouts today, and I feel great! Now, remind me not to screw it up tonight by having another munchies episode later. LOL. (No seriously, I really mean that. No late night snacking, Kelly. Just don't do it!)

I will be successful this week, I can just feel it. I am not perfect, far from it, and I've written about my episodes before. It's a part of weight loss, you know. Little slip ups will happen every now and then, it's just life. Perfection does not exist. All we can do is our best every single day.

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

Monday, August 2, 2010

Day 238 - Monday, Monday.

Hi everyone,

It's Monday, but at least it's over now. Work today was so slow, which of course made the day seem even slower. The good thing is that Monday is my short day, so I was able to leave at 3. What a relief.

Let's discuss the workout today. I started with 25 minutes on the inclined treadmill, as usual. I was having some trouble with my stupid Heart Rate Monitor, or HRM for short, again. I had to switch the thing off and then start my workout all over again after a few minutes. That was annoying. Anywho, after the treadmill, I decided to do a Firm DVD that I haven't done in a while. In fact, I can't remember if I've ever done it - Total Body Shaping Mix. This is a compilation of other Mansion workouts, and it's pretty good. I like seeing the old Master Instructors. I was on the fence about doing that DVD, or No More Trouble Zones with Jillian. In the end, I always turn to my dear old Firm DVD. I burned 758 calories, and I earned every bit of it! LOL. Oh, and I even completed most of the abdominal section at the end. So go me!

Yesterday at the park with Sonia, I got some mosquito bites on my legs. Apparently, I have sweet blood. hehe. I just put some Caladryl on my bites to stop the itching. I've been scratching them like crazy today, so that's why I had to put the Caladryl on. I hope it helps. Actually, I can feel the itching sensation kinda/sort going away as we speak.

Today was a great day. When I weighed myself this morning, I was down that pound, so now I am back to my Saturday WI weight. Thank God. I stayed within my points, and I didn't go over at all. I got in all of my requirements, and I got in a great workout. Can't complain.

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

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Day 237.

Today was my rest day, but I still managed to stay really busy. My brother & Sonia visited us today, and let me tell you - running around after a 20 month old will keep you moving, and it will leave you exhausted at the day. LOL. We laughed & played, and then we went to a little park where we watched her play & have fun. It was cute, she's cute, and we all just had fun.

I got moving this morning running errands. How come errands don't ever end? It feels like everyday I have to do something or buy something that I forgot to do or buy the day before. I went to BJs to pick up somethings, then to Trader Joes. I am so tired right now.

When my brother was leaving with Sonia, he was saying bye to my Dad. It's really hard to watch Dad just get weaker & weaker. It's getting harder for him to get around. It is so sad. When he was leaving, I saw my brother was crying a little. Sigh. It's just immensely sad all the way around. I wonder what Dad said to him. It doesn't really matter, I guess. Sad.

When I weighed myself this morning, I was only up a pound, so I was real happy about that. My food choices today were ok, not terrible, but not spot on like I usually am during the week. I snacked on some crackers that my brother brought for Sonia (she wasn't interested in them), and I didn't have my second protein serving. I didn't really have dinner, because of the snacking I did. But I started to get nervous about not getting in at least my healthy oil requirement, so I just had a lowfat yogurt, and I mixed in 2 teaspoons of safflower oil. So the only requirement I missed was my 2nd protein, but I'm not going to freak out about it. I did pretty good today, so that's that.

Monday tomorrow. Ugh. What a bummer. I am so freaking tired, I have a feeling I will be in bed before True Blood ends tonight. LOL. So I think I'm gonna wrap this one up now because I want to take a quick shower & just relax. Thanks so much for listening. And let's all make good choices.