Thursday, September 30, 2010

Day 297 - Ouch!

Today was my scheduled rest day, and it felt good to give my body a break.

I had an appointment for my laser hair removal after work, and it hurt more than usual this time. Ouch! My skin was red for a while, and it's only just calming down now. I'm not worried about it though, because it'll be back to normal by tomorrow morning. I'm going to use one of those cucumber facial wipes on my face tonight because it's really gentle on my skin, instead of my regular Neutrogena facial wash.

Still no rain here, even though they've been predicting it the last 2 days. It is extremely humid, and has been all week, I feel. That's why I have the AC on right now, because otherwise, I won't be able to sleep tonight. Ugh. I hate humidity, I really do. It's so gross.

That's all I've really got for now. It was a good day for me though. I got in all of my requirements, and I only went over my points by 1, just one, so I'm ok with that. Back to working out again tomorrow hardcore. For realz.

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

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day 296

Hi there people!

I will try to keep this short and sweet because I'm getting kinda tired.

It was a great day today, it really was. Foodwise, workout-wise. I really can't complain.

I started my workout late again today, but hey, at least I did it, right. I did 36 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Super Charged Sculpting with Pam Cauthen-something or other. Pam is way too skinny in this DVD, frighteningly skinny. I'm serious, I feel like offering her a cheeseburger or something. LOL. Anywho, I really wanted to break the 700 calorie mark, so I stepped on my TransFirmer for about 6 minutes to push up my calorie burn. In total, I finished with 711 calories. I was sweating like a pig because it was very humid today. Phew!

They are forecasting torrential rain here on Long Island overnight. Great, because I needed my commute to work to last longer than absolutely necessary. Well, maybe it won't be that bad. Fingers crossed.

I was on program all day today, and I did not go over my points at all. I got in all of my requirements, and I had a super hardcore workout as well. All in all, a great day indeed.

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

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Day 295 - JackSh*t's Response to my Throw Down 5K Challenge.

I woke up this morning determined to make it a great day no matter what. One of the first things I did this morning was log on to my computer. I knew today was the day that Jack would post his response to my 5K challenge to him. I couldn't wait to read it. I was like a kid on Christmas morning!

In typical Jack fashion, he posted a photo response. I thought it was rather apropos, considering I love his photo posts, like the one here. That post ranks as my favorite of Jack's ever. I'll never forget the day he originally posted that. I was struggling, I was eating some really bad things, I had gained back some of the weight that I had lost, and I had decided to skip my workout that day, then Jen tweeted that everyone should read this very inspirational post. Well, lo & behold, I read the post, then knew I would feel like a total loser if I didn't just do the damn thing already (working out, I mean.) I vaguely thought about doing this here post as a photo one as well, but I'm not quite as clever or creative as Jack is. Maybe sometime in the future, as an ode to Lord Sh*t himself.

Thank you all for leaving me your comments and participating! I appreciate it more than any of you could know. And for the new followers, thank you guys so much! Who knew my lil ole challenge could reach so many people? I am truly humbled, and I am so inspired by all of you! For those of you who have decided to take part in the 5K challenge, I'm going to ask all of you to email me photos of you post 5K. I'll post them either that day, or the next day, Monday. And Jack, that most definitely includes you too, buddy. I want your photos! You can reach me at . Just make sure you put 5K challenge photo in the subject line so I don't confuse you with spam! I'll post this reminder again as we get closer to the challenge date.

I loved his post today, and if you haven't already, please check it out. The day of this 5K challenge is Sunday, November 14. Mark your calendars, people! Run, walk, jog, hop, skip, jump, bicycle, or treadmill it - it really doesn't matter. Just get out of your comfort zone for an hour or so, and do a 5K that day. It can be done the day before, as Journey Beyond Survival will be doing this challenge on Nov. 13. If some of you have scheduling conflicts or life conflicts, that's ok, I understand. I'll give you a pass this time. LOL. But please try to do it that day.

My dad had an appointment with his doctor for the hormone therapy yesterday, and the doctor said things are looking up. That's really great news. So it appears that the hormone therapy is going well and working, thank God. And his next appointment won't be for another 6 months. Big sigh of relief.

Let's talk about the workout today. Originally, I had wanted to stay away from the treadmill today, but that's really the thing that gets my heart rate going before I start my DVD. So I did that for 23 minutes, and I was pouring sweat by the time I was done. It is so humid today here in Long Island that I was sweating within about 5 minutes. I'm not kidding. Then I did The Firm Express Cardio with Stephanie Huckabee. In total, I burned 625 calories, and I completed about 95% of the advanced moves. That felt really good, being able to do that. I felt really good about my calorie burn, too. And I earned every bit of it, believe me.

I'll talk about my own goals for the 5K challenge a little later. For now, I think it's time to wrap this one up because I have rambled on long enough. Thank you guys for leaving me your comments, for choosing to participate in this very personal challenge, and for inspiring me! You can leave me comments up until the day before the challenge if you're going to do it, so let me know. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Day 294 - Yet another Almost no Workout. (Not really)

It's rainy & gloomy here in NY, and we all know what that means, right?

When the weather is that awful, we just want to do nothing. Absolutely nothing. No workout, no passing go, no collecting $200. Everyone out there knows exactly what I'm talking about, don't you?

Well, let me just say this: I may have putzed around for like an hour (more like 2 hours) after work, delaying the inevitable, but I always knew I'd work out today. Just because I so did not want to at all doesn't mean anything at all. LOL.

I need to say one more thing. Yesterday's Calorie Explosion work out has left my hamstrings and my glutes really sore. I swear that workout almost killed me.

Ok, let's talk about today's workout. This week I'm going to do a different Firm DVD from all the BSS's (Body Sculpting Systems), just to shake it up a bit. I started with The Firm TransFirm Your Trouble Zones with Kelsie Daniels. This is the kettlebell workout, with the set that I can't stand. Seriously, the lighting is awful, even the background is too dark. Ok, moving on. I did the warm up, hit pause, then went onto the inclined treadmill for 32 minutes. Because it's been raining all day, the humidity is out in full force. So I was sweating like a pig by the time I was done with the treadmill. I came back to the DVD, and I was able to do most of the advanced moves. Some I just couldn't do at all, like criss cross jumping jacks. Yeah, that wasn't happening. In total, I burned 736 calories. I was good with that number. I really wanted to cross the 700 calorie mark.

Today was a good day. The office manager brought in chocolate chip cookies, and she gave the girls 2 each. I had my 2 chocolate chip cookies and moved on. I went over my points today a little, but I got in all of my requirements, and a pretty awesome workout, so I'm not going to stress about it.

You know what one of my new favorite songs is now? This is gonna sound weird, but I can't get the new Gatorade song out of my head - Evolve. So I downloaded it for free from the site, and it's been really motivating me whenever I get onto the treadmill. It's a catchy song. You can download it for free from their site.

So all in all, a pretty good day. And I'm going to end it on that note. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day 293 - Calorie Explosion.

Last week, I got the new Firm DVD in the mail, Calorie Explosion. It's led by Alison Davis, and Rebekah Sturkie & Emily Welsh are the two background exercisers. Emily does all the beginner modifications.

This workout is intense. I did it today for the first time, and I have a feeling I will be paying for it tomorrow. It's broken down into 4 12 minute sets. High intensity, high cardio, high sculpting, interval training - you name it, it's in this DVD.

But let me back up a little. I did the warm up to the DVD, hit pause, then went onto the inclined treadmill for 30 minutes. I was sweating, my heart was pumping, and I was psyched to get in a high calorie burning workout. By the grace of God, I managed to complete the workout. I had to do a lot of the lower intensity modifications because some of those moves were just insane! Lots of plyo jumps, lots of plyo jacks, hopping....etc. Intense. I liked this DVD, and I will add it to my regular rotation from now on. As I was watching Alison & Rebekah performing those moves, I thought to myself, there is no way I'm ever going to do those moves in my life. Sigh.

There is not a whole lot of abdominal work in this DVD, so after it was over, I decided to do the Standing Abs section of The Firm Core Solutions. This is 10 minutes long, uses light weights, and it's led by Alison as well. All in all, I burned 947 calories, and I earned it, man! lol.

It was a busy day for me today. There is something wrong with the drain connected to our washing machine, so I decided to pack up all the laundry, and go to the laundromat. The plumber is coming tomorrow to fix it.

I stayed within my points today, and I got in all of my requirements. I was up this morning, and I felt bloated and gross. Hence the reason why I did long, high calorie burning workout. It's shaping up to be a great week. Gonna stay positive, gonna be positive.

So, I think I'll wrap this up now. Thanks so much for reading, and for your great comments yesterday on my WI. You guys rock! Let's all make good choices.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day 292 - WI results.

Hi everyone,

I was down 2.6 lbs. this week! I was happy about that.

As fas as my master's statement goes, didn't happen. But, no worries, because I'm going to do it tomorrow, after my workout & breakfast. I'm not worried about it at all, because it is going to get done. Amen.

Today was a rest day for me, so no workout. Which of course means that I don't really have a whole lot to talk about.

Food wise, I could've been better today, but no bingeing, and I got in all of my requirements. So I'm not going to beat myself up about it.

Tammy was kind enough to give me the Blog with Substance award. Thanks Tammy! Check out her blog when you get a chance.

Ok, so this is going to be a short post because it's time to wrap this one up now. Thanks for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 291 - Late Workout.

Well, today was a great day, but it could have turned out differently. I had unexpected company, and they stayed a while. They were friends of my Mom's that we haven't seen in a while.

I could've thrown the workout right out the window. And I almost did. ALMOST.

But in the end, my own guilt got the better of me. I decided to just suck it up and get it over with already. I seem to be saying that a lot, don't I? hehe.

So here's the workout I finally got around to doing. I started with 35 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Ultimate Fat Burning Workout with Alison Davis. I burned 768 calories with this workout, and in the end, I'm so glad I did it. This was quite a Last Chance Workout, wasn't it? I really needed it, I needed to work hard today.

Tomorrow is WI day, and I'm feeling pretty confident about it. I know it will show a loss, and I will be happy with it no matter what. Tomorrow I am also going to the library, and I am not going to leave until my Master's Statement is done. It has to be anywhere from 5-10 pages, and I'm about halfway done with it. I have to submit in order to get my topic approved, and then I can really start to write my thesis already. I'm going to email it to my advisor, and probably mail it, too. Hopefully, she'll approve it, and then I can start on the next phase. I'll keep you guys posted.

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

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 290 - Almost no Workout.

Today was one of those days.

One of them long days.

I ate lunch at my desk because I had to go buy a new toaster on my lunch hour. And I was kinda busy today at work, too. I'd get one thing done and then realize I had 5 more things to do. Ugh.

I got home, and I just had no desire to do anything at all except lay around and veg out. I did that for about an hour.

And then I realized how useless and fat I would feel if I didn't work out. Yup, you know that feeling. Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

So, I did what I always do in these situations. I sucked it up, put on my gear, and got to it. I did the warm up for The Firm Power Half Hour, hit pause, then went on the inclined treadmill for 25 minutes to get my heart pumping and my calorie burn up. I completed the rest of the DVD, and I burned 476 calories with this work out. I'm happy with that number, considering I didn't even want to work out at all.

I had a good day today. I got in all of my daily requirements, and I did not go over my points at all. I got my work out in, I sweated, and I burned calories. Can't ask for anything more or better than that.

I've been thinking of maybe looking for an 8K to run. What do you guys think? I'm not sure if I could do it. Well, I shouldn't say that exactly. I could do it, but I wouldn't be running the whole thing, that's for sure. My goal right now is twofold - I want to get to One-Derland, and I want to run an entire 5K. I'm close to both of these. It'll happen soon, I can just feel it!

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.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day 289 - Triple Workout.

Happy Hump Day to all you bloggy peeps!

Summer refuses to die around these parts. Tomorrow & Friday the weather will be close to 90. Just when you thought summer was over, you know. I like Fall. Fall & Spring are my favorite seasons. I don't mind that it's warm because I am not looking forward winter at all. I have a feeling this weinter is going to be bad. Ugh.

Anywho, let's discuss the workouts today. Yes, I said workouts, triple workout in fact. I started with 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill. Then I did The Firm Ultimate Calorie Blaster with Stephanie Huckabee. She really likes those tallbox climbs in this one. I was dying. It had been a while since I had done this particular DVD. But even with all that, my calorie burn still wasn't as high as I would've liked. So I popped in PowerFit Cardio, again with Stephanie. My total calorie burn ended up at 732 calories. I was more than happy with that number. I worked hard for that calorie burn.

My toaster is toast. It died today. I have to get a new one tomorrow at some point. I wanted to have a sandwich tomorrow for lunch, but since I don't have a toaster to toast my bread. . . . I guess I could always use the toaster at work. Ok, I've devoted enough time to this toaster issue. Except to say that I'm a toaster oven kinda girl. Hehe.

Ok, that's all I got for now, so I will wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day 288.

So no takers on the 5K challenge? Really? Well, that kinda sucks. Talk about deflating and disappointing. C'mon you guys, you know you want to participate! November 14, 2010 is the day. I'm not going to say anything more about it until we hear from Jack.

Jack will post a response on his blog to my challenge sometime next week, so look out for it.

This is going to be a short post because some of my favorite TV shows come back tonight! I know, I am so lame, but I am owning it. LOL. NCIS, Teen Mom & Sons of Anarchy are calling me. Yeah I watch Teen Mom, what of it? Don't you judge me! hehe

Jane gave me the Lovely Blog Award. Thanks Jane! I'll get to that this weekend. Check out her blog when you have a moment.

The workout today was 32 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then The Firm Fat Blasting Cardio with Lisa Kay. I burned 619 calories, and I had to work for every single calorie! LOL.

I still felt sore today from the 5K on Sunday, but that's ok. I expect the soreness to last til maybe Thursday.

It was a good day, it really was. I got in all of my requirements, and I stayed within my points. Feeling good today.

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

Monday, September 20, 2010

Day 287 - Rest Day & a 5K challenge to JackSh*t!

Today on twitter, I challenged my bloggy friend (and our mutual friend), and one of my favorite all around bloggers, Mr. JackSh*t himself, to a run a 5K.

It just kinda happened. When I logged onto Twitter, I certainly had no intention of throwing the down gauntlet. It started with a simple question.

I asked him, how goes the C25K program? He responded in typical Jack fashion, that he had now progressed to the 5K2C program. And that it was rough going. Typical for Jack, right?

Well folks, that got me thinking. How come he hasn't run a 5K yet? He should, doncha think!? I mean, I've already participated in a few, so he should too. LOL. So right there on twitter, I told him that I am running a local 5K on Sunday, November 14, 2010 to benefit and raise awareness for prostate cancer. You guys know that my Dad was diagnosed with prostrate cancer back in May, so this is will be a very personal race for me.

I asked/told Jack to run a 5K with me that day, and to make it a challenge for our blog readers. Now Jack has waaaay more readers than I do, so I thought this would be a great challenge for everybody, and it will hopefully reach a lot of people.

I am challenging all of you - as well as Jack - to find a local 5K that day and run/jog/walk it. If there are no local 5Ks on that particular day, or if you do not feel comfortable doing something like that in public, I challenge you to do a 5K on your own. On the treadmill, around your neighborhood, or in a local state park - but do a 5K that day.

Pencil that day on your calendar: Sunday, November 14, 2010. I will be chugging along that day.

So there it is, my first official 5K challenge. I'm excited! Let me know what you guys think, and if you will be participating, leave me a comment. Now, this challenge is 7-8 weeks away, so this gives you (hopefully) plenty of time to prepare yourselves. Don't forget to leave Jack a comment as well! I have a feeling he's forgotten all about this challenge already. wink, wink.

Great day today - I got in all of my requirements, and I only went over my points slightly, so I'm ok with that. I took a rest day because a) it was my scheduled rest day and b) my lower body is sore from yesterday's 5K. So this is definitely a welcome day off.

Back to working out tomorrow and for the rest of the week as well. This is gearing up to be a great week, I can just feel it!

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

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day 286 - Long, but Great, day.

Today was a day that just wouldn't stop. From the time I got up, to the time I finally got home, it was go time. As in, I was going, going, going like the Energizer Bunny.

The 5K this morning was great. I ran 2/3 of it, and I finished in 40 minutes, 30 seconds. I am now sore from my stomach down, and I'm loving it! I burned 726 calories because I kept going after I crossed the finish line. See, my heart rate was through the roof, so I kept at a brisk walk for like 10 minutes after the race ended to burn more calories. I'm glad I did.

It was a beautiful day today, perfect weather for being out all day. It actually was really warm, about 80 degrees, and when we got to the feast, it was packed with people, which meant it felt even warmer. I was sweating even, it was gross.

We had a great time, we really did. We split every food item we bought. Wendy & I shared ziti, a beef kebob that we didn't finish, a mozzarepa, and we each had a small gelato. I was ok, good even, not stuffed to the point where I felt sick. I consider that a victory.

I had Chinese for dinner because I was really craving it. I gave some of it to the dogs. LOL. I know, that's bad, they shouldn't have it, I know. It was just a little though, and I didn't even finish all of the rice. I was craving the rice. I had it, gave in to my craving, and now it's done.

I definitely went way over my points today, but no bingeing because I am definitely back on track. I got in all of my daily requirements today, I even got in all of my fruit & veggie servings before I left to go to the feast. Major victory right there!

I expect to be up tomorrow, but I'm ok about it. I had a great day, so I really can't complain.

I can't wait to go to bed tonight. I am so tired, pooped even. LOL. So I think I'm gonna wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day 285 - WI Results.

I was up 3.2 lbs. this week. I'm not going to offer up any excuses for it because that's not what I'm about. I will take full responsibility for it. I made awful food choices, I know I did. But I know instinctively that it really could've been much worse. Don't get me wrong here - I'm not happy with gaining 3.2 lbs. at all - but it could've been 10 lbs. Yeah, I really ate that bad, believe me.

My meeting today consisted of me, 2 other ladies, and a fill in for my regular leader, who took the day off because of the Jewish holiday. There are usually at least 10 or 15 people there, but I guess the holiday meant people stayed home today. I was active in the meeting today, I didn't really have a choice, what with there being only 3 people. It was nice though, participating, since I'm usually kinda quiet. It was a nice meeting all around.

I had an all around active day. I went to the grocery store, went to my meeting, cooked, and then I had to take my dog Lika to the vet when I noticed that her right hind paw was red and swollen. A bee or some kind of insect stung her, and the poor thing made it worse by licking. She's a sensitive little dog, because her tail went down when I noticed her licking. My poor baby. The vet gave her a shot, some cream & pills to go home with. I bought a fabric e-collar to put on her at night so that she doesn't lick. My poor baby, but she will be alright. He said the swelling will go down, to give her some Benadryl and to apply a cold compress as well.

Let's talk about the workout. I started with 16 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Tough Tape with Tracie Long. I burned 426 calories. I'm ok with that number. I know it could've been higher, but I'll take it.

Tomorrow, Wendy & I are heading into Manhattan for the San Gennarro feast in Little Italy. But fret not peeps! I have a plan in place. It's quite brilliant actually, and absolutely fool-proof. Here's the breakdown.

We're both going to have a nice, big breakfast right before we head out. That way we're not starving once we get there, and we won't eat everything in sight. We're going to split some ziti or pasta whatever, we'll each have a chicken or steak kebob, and if we want some bad things, we'll get it and it still won't be too heavy. I'm not going to feel guilty at all about having a zeppole or two. (insert smirk here.)

And, I signed up for a 5K tomorrow morning! Yup, I will be earning some major activity points, and burning some major calories tomorrow. I signed up for it Thursday night, and I didn't want to say anything until I was positive I was gonna do it. Well, I'm definitely doing it, and it's for charity, so I can't go wrong either way.

I'm going to have a smoothie with fruit & baby spinach, and some egg whites right before I head out. I also need to remember to hit the ATM because I have very little cash on me, and those places don't take credit cards. LOL.

It's going to be a long day tomorrow, so I'm gonna have to dig deep. But I can take it, and I'm excited about it, too. It's gonna be a great day! I'll take pictures and post them tomorrow.

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.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Day 284.

I was at work today thinking about my WI tomorrow. I'm not exactly dreading it, but I'm definitely not looking forward to it either. The point is I have to face the music, and I will. I will accept whatever the scale says tomorrow because I do not have a choice. I will accept it, learn from it, and move on. End of story.

Oh, and you know what else? That trick with the brushing of the teeth and the extra mouthwash - totally worked! I had no desire to eat anything after doing that. Just saying.

The weather is changing. Already it's getting a lot more chillier at night. I don't mind that, because in my opinion, cooler weather (not freezing) is so much better than coma-inducing heat. Just saying. Anyone else feel like that? Or is just me?

Let's talk about the workout. First of all, I started my workout late because my aunt came over. I really hate it when people just come over without a phone call first. I know she's family, but it still annoys me to no end. When I buy my co-op and I finally move out, I'm going to make it crystal clear to everyone to call me first before coming over. No unexpected visitors. Anywho, after she left, I did 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Maximum Cardio with Carissa Foster. I burned 564 calories. I really do love these old Firm Mansion Workouts. I don't care how cheesy the music and the leotards are - they really work!

Today was a good day, if only because it's Friday. I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my requirements. I felt good about today.

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

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day 283 - Thunder & Lightning O my.

Today started out really promising. It wasn't a bad day by any means, it just wasn't great.

You know what I mean? No bingeing, not really overeating, just slightly over my points today.

I'm not going to stress it. It was just 4 crackers & a slice of cheese. But, those are things that contain lots of salt, which means water retention. Shrug.

When I started my workout today, it started pouring rain. The plan was to do the inclined treadmill, then a Firm workout. In this case, I was going to do Complete Aerobics & Weight Training with Jayne Poteet. I started with 36 minutes on the inclined treadmill, which was great. But then it started pouring. With lots of thunder & lightning. And then the lights went out. I was on my treadmill when that happened. It just stopped short. Sigh.

The lights came back on after like 5 minutes, but it was hard to keep my heart rate up. And my interest. When I started the DVD, my heart rate kept dropping, and then I lost interest. I only did about 5 minutes of it. But, with the treadmill, I burned 464 calories. I'm ok with that, but I know it could've been higher. Tomorrow, I plan on doing an intense workout, no matter what.

TOM is coming soon, so that means I want lots of salty things. Hence the cheese & crackers.

As soon as I post this, I'm going to brush my teeth & use lots of mouthwash, to prevent a disaster from happening.

Ok, that's enough rambling for now. Thanks so much for listening. And let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 282 - Hump Day & Rest Day.

Hi everyone,

Today was a rest day for me. I needed it after working out 4 days in a row. And they were hard workouts too! LOL. Back at it tomorrow.

It was a good day. I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my requirements.

I'm not really sure what to write about. I seem to have this problem every time I take a rest day, don't I?

I'm still feeling positive, still just chugging along. And I am definitely going to WW on Saturday, come hell or high water. I must face the scale, no matter what. The fact that I missed last week's WI - which was my first missed WI all year - is still really bothering me. I took the easy way out, not having to face reality. No more of that.

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

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day 281 - Still Better.

I'm still feeling good, much better than last week.

Remember how I said that I wanted my entire body to feel sore today? Mission accomplished! Glutes, thighs, arms & abs are all sore today. And I'm loving every second of that feeling. Believe me.

It's tough Tuesday today, and I sooo did not feel like working out. What else is new, right. But I knew that I had to, and I also knew how much better I would feel once I did it.

So let's discuss the workout. Before I started, I had it in my head that I wanted to cross the 500 calorie mark. I knew I would need to work out for at least a solid hour to reach that. So I started with 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Fat Blaster. This workout is a mansion workout, and it is led by 3 different Master Instructors - Allie Strickland (Del Rio), Lisa Kay, & Nancy Tucker. I burned 509 calories. Just barely crossed that barrier there, lol. But at least I accomplished my goal, and that was very important to me.

I felt good, albeit a little sore, but still great nonetheless.

My new favorite show is Sons of Anarchy. I discovered it last year, so I got into it late. I'm hoping to catch a marathon on FX so I can get all caught up at some point, but I can wait. I love this show - it's soo good! Do any of you watch it? I find this bike culture so interesting. Let me know what you think.

Ok, so I've rambled on long enough. I think I'll wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Day 280 - So Much Better!

What a difference a few days make.

I feel so much better. I am thinking more clearly and more positively. I am still angry at myself for last week's disaster, but I've got to just learn from it and move on.

Today was a great day, workout wise and just in general. Let's talk about the workout. I really wanted - read, needed - to make this a big workout. I needed to push myself. I needed to work out hard and burn as many calories as I could.

I started with 45 minutes on the inclined treadmill. Initially, I was only going for 20 minutes, just to get my heart rate up and my metabolism going. But I thought to myself that I could for 30 minutes. And when I got to 30 minutes, I thought, let's go for 35 minutes. And that's how it went until I reached 45 minutes. I was pouring sweat, but I was pushing myself. Which is exactly what I wanted and needed. Then I decided to do The Firm Parts: Upper Body. After the DVD, I thought, you know what - I can do my Ab Roller for 5 minutes. I haven't used my Ab Roller in forever. I did 100 crunches, and at the end of my workout, I had burned 827 calories.

I needed this kind of workout today. Have I mentioned that my glutes & my thighs have been sore all day because of yesterday's workout? Yup, I had trouble getting out of bed this morning because of the soreness. LOL - I'll take it though. This is why I wanted to do a heavy upper body workout. It's also why I decided to use my Ab Roller today as well. Tomorrow, I want my entire body to feel the soreness and feel the pain. I need that after last week, my peace of mind on this journey needs it.

I may even get in a few more crunches later tonight during the Jet game. Man, I am so happy football is back! Let's go Jets!

I stayed within my points today, and I got in all of my requirements. I had a great workout, and a great day overall. Being back in control does a body good.

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.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Day 279 - Back to the Basics.

Hi everyone,

Today has been a super on program day. I really needed it after the week I had.

The weather here was cloudy & rainy. A steady, slow drizzle all day. And it got a lot cooler too. What a bummer. Summer is over now, I guess. I'm not a huge fan of summer, but I could've gone another week or 2 with nice weather. Oh well.

Let's discuss the workout. I started with 30 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Crosstrainers Lower Body Split. This is compilation of Mansion workouts which I love. Yes, I know the workout outfits with the leg warmers & the ice cream colored leotards and "unitards" are a little outdated and ridiculous, but the quality of the workout is amazing. I have a feeling I will be feeling very sore tomorrow. I'm feeling it now as we speak. I burned 778 calories. I am more than good with that number.

It felt really good to get back into the workout groove again, it really did. It's those endorphins! LOL.

I'm thinking tomorrow will be some kind of upper body workout. I'm not sure which one yet, but I will think of something, hehe.

I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my requirements also. I've been guzzling water all day also. Have I said lately how good it feels to be back on program, and back to the basics? I'll say it again. It feels good.

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

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Days 277 & 278 and an apology.


I don't know where to start. From the beginning, I guess. First, I'm sorry for being MIA. That's not what I'm about.

Second, and I probably should've started with this, it's the anniversary of September 11. Because I live in NY, this is very personal for me. Don't forget - Never Forget. I have to remember that there other things that are way more important than me and my struggles.

I was in my last year of college when it happened. I remember trying to make frantic phone calls home to my family, not being able to get through, and just completely freaking out. My brother was scheduled for an interview in the city that day, near the Twin Towers. He was walking to his interview, saw the first plane hit, and hightailed it back to Grand Central Station, where he caught the last train that day out of the city.

Don't forget about the victims of hate, and their families that have never and will never bethe same since that day. I will never be the same. To this day, I still cannot watch the images on TV from that day. I can't bear to look, I have to switch the channel right away.

It's been a bad week, and I am not going to make excuses. Everything was a choice made by me food-wise and workout-wise.

Today, right now, right this very second, was and is a new start for me. I woke up this morning, disgusted with myself, completely embarrassed, but also determined to stop this self destructive behavior.

I let myself down. And I feel even worse for letting you, my readers, down too. I feel awful, I feel guilty. I'm sorry. I really am. I don't have anything more to offer but a heartfelt apology. All I can do is get up, dust myself off, and work the program because I know it works. That started today.

I had to accompany Mom to the dermatologist today, so I didn't go to WW. Truth be told, I'm glad I didn't go because I did not want to face reality. I did not want to face the scale. Mom had what she thought was an inflamed black head on her neck, but it turns out that it's a cyst. She's going to have a small surgery on Weds. and have it removed. Just local anesthesia, so no worries there.

I worked out today, and it felt good, it really did. I started with 30 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I only meant to do 20 minutes, but I prolonged my session because I just felt that I had to. Then I did Cathe Friedrich's Kick Max, which totally kicked my butt. I burned 632 calories, and man, did that feel good!

Back to journalling my food, back to working out, back to staying within my points, pretty much back to the basics. I am going to work my butt off, and go back to what has been working for me. Back to being on program.

This week long disaster has probably set me back 3 weeks, probably more, in order for me to get the weight off. It was awful, but I know instinctively that it also could've been much worse. Why do we do these terrible things to ourselves?

I've probably guzzled about a gallon and a half of water today. I have gotten in all of my requirements today, too. For the first time since Weds.

One day at a time, one bite at a time. It is so true, isn't it?

I have rambled on long enough. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day 276.

Hello there!

Ok, this will be a short post because I'm getting ready for bed soon. It's 10 PM and I can't wait to get into bed. I am getting old.

No workout today, I lay down and actually fell asleep. I was drooling and everything when I woke up. Charming, I know.

I'm still in a funk, but hopefully tomorrow, will be a different story. It will be Friday, after all!

It actually feels like autumn today. I'm wearing socks & velour pants to bed, that's how chilly I feel. LOL..

Not much else to report today. I had a long busy day at work, and that contributed to me taking a nap today.

So with that said, I'm gonna wrap this one up now. Let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day 275.

I feel better, I do. But old habits are still there. However, I am working through it! And I feel confident, and I have to remind myself to think positively.

I almost didn't work out today. I was coming up with all kinds of excuses for justification, but in the end, I just knew I had to. Excuses are never a good idea, you know. And I was going to feel like a chump if I didn't workout, so I got to work.

I started with 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Maximum Cardio Burn with Allie del Rio. I burned 479 calories, and I'm ok with that number.

I've gotten some questions regarding my calorie count, specifically, how do I get such an accurate number. The secret is my Polar F6 Heart Rate Monitor, people! I bought mine on overstock, but you can find it on amazon or any sporting goods store. I'm sure stores like Walmart may carry it too. I love my HRM.

Ok, so that's about it for now. I'm still fighting, still doing what I have to do, even though I've been faltering a bit. But, that's life sometimes. Remember, everything is a choice. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day 274 - Feeling better & digging myself out of the hole.

It is a new day, and I feel better.

This holiday weekend was a complete disaster, foodwise. I suffered a meltdown, no doubt about it. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I just have to choose to dig myself out of the hole.

I ordered pizza & cheese bread from Papa John's, and we made devil's food cupcakes with icing. And I had potato chips last night while watching Real Housewives of NJ reunion show. I'm disgusted with myself just writing it out. So gross. So out of control.

I am up 7 lbs. since Saturday. I'm feeling every last ounce. I felt sluggish today, and puffy, too. Ugh. And I know it's not just water retention. It's fat, it's salt, and it's all my fault. I'm taking responsibility for what I did, and that includes facing the scale at WW on Saturday. I briefly thought about not going to WW, but that's just out of the question. I'm going, no matter what.

So it's back to the basics, folks. Back to tracking, and back to working out. I knew today - and the rest of the week, for that matter - the workout had to be intense. I started with 30 minutes on the inclined treadmill, where I sweated my butt off. Then I did The Firm Calorie Killer with Nancy Tucker. I burned 641 calories, and I'm happy with that number. I needed a tough workout after the disastrous weekend I had.

One day at a time. That's how you have to take it sometimes. It'll get better, it's already getting better as I write this. I've been drinking a ton of water all day, to flush out as much as I can. I did have a slice of leftover pizza at lunch today, but the rest of my eating was spot on.

I feel better now that I've written this, gotten it all out there. Today was a day for starting fresh & starting over. I got in all of my daily requirements, and it feels good to be able to write that out.

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

Monday, September 6, 2010

Day 273.

Horrible day. Binged.

I don't want to talk about it.

But - I am so ready to move on!

Moving on right now.

It's going to be ok. I am going to be fine. This too shall pass.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day 272.

I had trouble sleeping last night. I think I woke up around 4 and then couldn't go back to sleep. Man, I hate it when that happens. So I tried to stay in bed longer than usual today, but I was still up early.

After my coffee, I changed into my workout gear and got started. I did 35 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Super Cardio Sculpt with Nancy Tucker. I burned 915 calories.

I need to explain the calorie count. Initially, after the treadmill, I was going to do Firm Super Sculpting. And I wound up doing about 10 minutes of it, but my heart rate dropped way too much for my liking. So I switched to Super Cardio Sculpt.

Then, before my cool down, I decided to move some of the stuff we were taking to my brother's into the car. It was a lot of stuff - bike stuff. He had 2 suitcases for his bikes, yes I said suitcases, bike repair kits, tires, and spikes. Moving this stuff brought my heart rate up, if you can believe it, and that's why my heart rate & my calorie burn were way up.

I got in all of my requirements today, but I went way over my points. Shrug.

That's all I have for now. I'm getting kinda tired. Thanks for reading. Let's all make good choices.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Day 271 - WI.

This is gonna be a short post because I am really tired. I've been going all day long, and I can't wait to brush my teeth & drop into bed.

WI went good - I was down 1.2 lbs. Slowly but steadily.

I met my realtor today for the first time. She seems very nice, but in her line of work, I guess you have to be, right? I looked at 3 co-ops today, 2 were hideous, 1 I liked and will keep in mind. So at least I got the ball rolling. I expect it to take several months to find a place and stuff.

I went to the beach today and it was very, very windy. I think I got sand in my eye. Oh, and I didn't work out today either, which has put me in a very funky mood. Tomorrow, before we go to my brother's house, I will put in a nice, long workout.

Eating has not been good today. I always seem to give myself Saturdays as my "free" day, for some reason. It needs to stop now.

OK, my eyes are closing. Sleep & my bed are calling me now. Good night people. Thanks for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day 270 - Last Chance Workout.

I am so glad that it's a holiday weekend here. Labor Day is Monday, so it's a 3 day weekend. Thank God. In terms of the weather, it hasn't really rained yet, it's just very humid & very cloudy & dark. The rest of the weekend is supposed to be sunny and nice though.

It is the day before my WI, and you guys know I kick it up a notch during my Friday workouts. Yes, I do my very own version of the Last Chance Workout. Today was hard though, because I really didn't want to work out. All the humidity, the darkness of those clouds - I was looking for an excuse, I was itching for one, I admit it. But I knew I had to do it, I had to work out. I couldn't not workout the day before WI. That is never an option. I just like putz around for a bit and procrastinate, that's all. LOL.

Ok, so let's discuss the workout. I kept going back & forth about which Firm DVD to do, I just couldn't make up my mind today. I thought about doing Calorie Killer, and then I thought I'd do Cardio Core Fusion. Then I didn't want to do any of the Fanny Lifter or TransFirmer WO because I didn't feel like lugging out the equipment. This back and forth went on for easily 10 or 15 minutes. You can see how much I really was procrastinating, can't you? hehe.

In the end, here's what I did. I started with 40 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I walked just over 2 miles. The humidity was unbelievable. I was drenched in my own sweat by the time I finished. My bedroom has AC, but when it gets this humid, I'm still sweating! hehe. Then I did The Firm Bootcamp Maximum Calorie Burn with Alison Davis. I did about 2 minutes of the ab section at the end, then had to stop because I was crashing, people. I was seriously running out of gas - and fast! I finished with 872 calories burned. I worked hard for that calorie count, I really did. And when I was done, I was sooo happy with my workout!

Isn't that funny how that happens? I have to thank Ms. Blueberri and Adrienne for giving me what I call the "Cupcake Award." LOL. Thank you guys so much! I love my readers.

Now that we're talking about cupcakes, I have to make a confession. There are lemon cupcakes in the house with lemon icing, and I had 2 of them last night. Nothing to freak out about, but definitely something that I could've & should've controlled. Which explains why I was up a little this morning. Eh, it's over with now, and it's spilled milk. No use crying about it.

Today was a good day. I got in all of my daily requirements, and I did not go over my daily points at all. And I've discovered my favorite new sandwich meat - Oscar Mayer Shaved Roast Beef. It's soooo good! Six slices are just 1 WW point. Mmmm.

Tomorrow, no matter what the scale says, I'm going to hold my head up high and know that it was a good week, cupcakes aside. I worked hard during my workouts, and I'm good with whatever the scale says I weigh. Wish me luck!

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.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 269 - Rest Day.

Today is my scheduled rest day. I don't normally have a lot to talk about when I don't work out, so I have a feeling this will be a short post.

Oh wait, I actually do have some news. I had some bloodwork done over the weekend, and my numbers looked pretty good. My cholesterol was 177. Pretty good, not great, and that number could be lower. My doctor also told me that my thyroid levels were a little high. So he wants me to see a primary care physician for further follow up. He said it wasn't anything to be concerned about, but that I should see one. Shrug. I do sweat a lot, like a hairy beast, so I guess he's got a point.

Kimberlynn was kind enough to give me the Happy 101 blog award. Thanks Kimberlynn! No wonder I want to have cupcakes. lol. I'll get to awards stuff this weekend. Make sure you check out her blog.

Is anyone affected by Hurricane Earl yet? We're supposed to get some rain & wind tomorrow here in Long Island. Not looking forward to it since my basement seeps in water. But maybe it won't be that bad, right. We'll see.

Anywho, today was an ok day. I went over my points just a little, which I'm ok with. And I got in all of my daily requirements too.

Lyndsay - I emailed you again! I'm such an idiot, I used to wrong email address by mistake - sorry! You should now have all 3 of my emails. LOL. If you haven't received them this time, let me know. I left you a comment on your blog with my email address.

Overall, the day was a good one, but now, as I'm writing this, I'm feeling hungry. I think I'll just have some water though, and call it a night.

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

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Day 268 - Your comments kept me going today!

Hello again everyone!

I have to say this first before I even get into my day. I absolutely love reading your comments, I really do. In fact, it was reading your comments today that convinced me to workout today when I really was not going to. Yup, I was going to just take today as a rest day even though my scheduled rest day isn't til tomorrow.

When I got home from work, I was tired and a slight headache was coming on. So I took some aspiring and lay down for a bit. I felt sleepy, and I soooo did not want to work out! I decided to check emails, view my blog, etc. And your comments kept me going. When I was ready to just call today a wash and justify not working out with every kind of excuse you could imagine, it was your comments that got me off my lazy ass & into my workout gear. I thought to myself, stop looking for excuses & just do it already. And that's exactly what I did, and believe me, I am so glad I did it. But I am even more glad for all of you! Thank you all for taking the time out of your busy day to mosey on over to my lil blog. You don't have to, and you do it anyway. You guys are the best!

So let's discuss the workout today that I almost didn't do. I started working out kinda late by my standards, around 6 PM. I did the warm up to The Firm Power Half Hour with Emily Welsh, paused the DVD, then went on the inclined treadmill for 36 minutes. I wanted to get my heart rate & calorie burn up as much as possible. I've been noticing that as I've been losing weight, the calorie burn for my workouts is starting to go down. Which means that I have to workout a little longer to get the calorie burn I want. Ok, so after the treadmill, I resumed the DVD. And I burned 634 calories. I was pouring sweat after the treadmill. I was sweating from everywhere, and once again, there was not a dry spot to be found on the workout gear. I was happy with that, my hard work showed.

Today could've been a different kind of day if I hadn't worked out. I'm sure I would've written about some kind of excuse to justify it, but in the end, there really is no excuse. Everybody can find an hour, or 30 minutes or whatever. It doesn't have to be intense, you just have to move.

I had a good day today. I worked out, got in all of my daily requirements, and I did not go over my points at all.

Lyndsay asked me to email her a list of the DVDs that I own - I think I have close to a 100! If any of you are interested, I can post that list here. You guys know I love The Firm, and they make up the majority of the DVDs that I own and use on a regular basis. Lyndsay, please let me know that you received all 3 of my emails, because I kept excluding certain DVDs by mistake. Sorry!

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