Sunday, October 31, 2010

Day 328 - Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Now onto business. I have made no secret of my weekend struggles. It sucks the big one, and I am the only one who can control myself.

Don't misread what I'm trying to say here. I am not making excuses. I absolutely refuse to do that. Excuses are crap, and I won't hide behind them.

OK, so here is where I am going to take a deep breath, and a huge leap of faith. And I hope I don't literally eat my words.

Weekend binges, from now on, are going to be a thing of the past. As of this very second. I've said this before, and I haven't followed through, but this time is different. I can just feel it in my bones.

I am so close to One-Derland, and I am sick of the self-sabotage. Well actually, now I'm up a couple of pounds, which is another reason why I didn't WI yesterday.

So today, Day 1 of my brand new Resolution, was a good day. Wendy & Carlton invited me over for the Jet game, which they lost. Ugh. I had 2 slices of regular cheese pizza, and called it a day. Success is sometimes measured in the little things.

But before I went to Wendy's, I made sure to get in a good workout. I started with 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Low Impact Aerobics with Janet Jones-Gretzky. There was a segment where they do supine leg work, but I decided to step on my Fanny Lifter instead. The purple section, I mean. And as I'm stepping on it, I heard a big Crack! Great, I broke the stupid thing. Sure enough, when I turned the thing upside down, there was a slight crack right in the middle of the support structure. What a bummer. Now, I know I can always use the 6-inch portion of the TransFirmer, no problem. But that simply wouldn't do, so I quickly went on Ebay, and found exactly what I was looking for - a seller who was selling just the purple section, and I promptly bought it. Anywho, I burned 616 calories in total, and I'm ok with that number. And I can't wait to receive the purple section of the Fanny Lifter! Seriously, it's the little things that make me happy.

I'm going to take this seriously. I have to tackle my problems on the weekend once and for all. I mean, what exactly am I waiting for - an engraved invitation? It's never gonna happen. This is my problem, and I know I will tackle it.

The "f" key on my MacBook is broken, and I'm going to have it take it to the Apple Store to get it fixed. I am not happy about that, but I have to get it fixed. I hope it won't leave me without a computer for an extended period of time because that just won't work for me. I'll call the store tomorrow and find out.

OK, that is enough rambling for today. Thank you so much for reading, and for allowing me to get some stuff off my chest. And let's all make good choices.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Day 327 - No WI.

I had to get my car serviced today, and it cost me a pretty penny. So I am not in a good mood right now. It sucks that I had to put that expense on my credit card, but I really didn't have a choice there. It's annoying, actually, but I guess I had to get it done, you know. But it's still a pain in the arse.

I went to my WW meeting today, but I didn't WI. I should have, but I didn't want to because the scale in my house showed I was up. I know, that's a stupid excuse, and it's only 1 WI, but there you have it. Next week, I will definitely be weighing in, even if I am up.

I worked out today for the first time since Tuesday. And it felt great, it really did. I started with 25 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Super Cardio Mix. I burned 719 calories. It felt good to sweat! I couldn't actually believe that I had missed it. Can you imagine? Missing exercise? Does that even sound right to you? hehe.

I've been thinking that I might do a "different" post once a week or so. Like the one I did 3 days ago where I posted some little known facts about myself, because I had a lot of fun writing it. We'll see how it goes.

Anywho, I want to know something. How do you guys ward off negative thoughts? Lately, I've been feeling overwhelmed, and then the negativity starts to settle in. I still have to write my thesis, I'm looking to buy a condo, and I'm worried I won't have enough money to do what I want to do. I know I can't be the only one in this boat, so I'm asking you guys - what do you guys do? Besides take a deep breath.

Ok - I'm gonna wrap this one up now. Let me know how you deal with things because I really want to know. Good choices, guys!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 326.

Hi ppl,

This will be a short post because I am seriously not feeling well. I just want to get into bed & sleep.

I'm going to be really busy this weekend. Tomorrow morning I have to get up early and bring my car in for service. The oil needs to be changed & my car needs a tune up. Badly. And I need to go grocery shopping. Badly.

Sunday, I'm going over Wendy's house to watch the Jets game. If you don't live in the NY area, then you're probably not aware of the Cablevision / Fox dispute. Fox pulled its channels from my cable provider. The Jets game is on Fox on Sunday, so Wendy invited me over because she has a different cable provider. She still gets Fox on her TV. Then later, we're going to Etel's parents house because Sonia will be trick or treating for the 1st time. Wendy has never met Sonia (remember, my bro lives an hour away), so this will be great.

OK - I'm off. Sleep now. Good choices.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day 325 - Something Different.

Hi everyone,

I've decided to change up my regular posting just for today. Today, I am going to tell you some little known facts about myself. Something different, for a change.

1. I've never seen Top Gun or ET. Ever. And I don't feel like my life is any less.

2. I hate cabbage, and by association, brussel sprouts.

3. If you saw me naked (and that's not going to happen any time soon) my stomach looks like a rubber band has been wrapped around my waist, around my belly button area. I have 2 stomachs.

4. I secretly dream of being in the next Firm infomercial as a success story.

5. I can sometimes act like an elitist snob.

6. I never had pets until 6 years ago, when we got my 2 Yorkies. And now, I can't imagine not having pets again.

7. I'm highly sensitive and self conscious about my appearance, and especially my body.

8. Sometimes, I still carry my childhood fantasy of becoming an actress.

9. I wonder if I'll be alone for the rest of my life.

10. I don't know what I would do now without the blogosphere and all of the wonderful people I have "met" through my blog.

11. I cry easily, and I cry during sappy moments of TV shows & movies. (Yes, I am THAT girl.)

12. I don't eat seafood of any kind - not even tuna fish anymore.

13. My favorite colors right now are purple & almost any shade of blue. & green.

14. I'm on twitter more than I should be.

15. I think Kiefer Sutherland is hot!

16. I have Superman hearing & vision. Seriously - my hearing & vision are great!

OK, I think that's enough for now. I didn't work out today because I'm feeling like I'm in a funk. Nothing happened, that's just the weird thing, but maybe I just need an extra rest day? Shrug. Whatever, I'm not going to sweat it too much.

What about you guys? Let me know some little known stuff about you!

As for the MC article, I've decided not to comment about it because I don't want to give it anymore attention than it deserves.

Let's all make good choices people.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day 324 - Unexpected Rest Day, Unexpected Visit.

I was supposed to work out today, I really was.

Then as I was just about to change into my workout gear, my brother calls me & tells me he & Sonia are on their way for a visit!

It was a nice, welcome surprise. Sonia is just adorable, she really is. But their visit meant I had to put my workout on the shelf today. Shrug. Life happens to you sometimes, and you just have to roll with the punches and go with the flow. I could toss in some other cliches, but then we'll all be sick, so I'll just nip that in the bud right now. :)

Lemme tell ya - playing & running around after an almost-2-year-old is exahusting - and hard work! She had just gotten up from her nap, so she was a bundle of energy. So I was running around after her, and hopefully I burned some calories.

Her cute little voice is adorable, and when she wants to be, she can be really sweet. I have a feeling she will be a little devil once she gets older - it's in the genes! hehe. The face of an angel in a devil's body, believe me.

We had lots of fun. I read her a few books, all in Spanish. My brother only speaks to her in Spanish, and she knows some Russian too, from my sister in law. Her new obsession is Thomas the Train. Formerly, it had been Elmo, and before that, Winnie the Pooh. It was a great visit, and it was so good to see her again. I love that kid, I really do. She's stingy about giving & receiving kisses - she doesn't like it. I think that's normal though for little kids, right. At least I hope so.

So I had a pretty good day even though I didn't get my work out in. No worries. I'll be sure to get in extra hardcore workouts the next 2 days, believe me.

I got in all of my requirements, but I went over my points today. I'm not going to worry about it. Like I said, life happens to you sometimes.

By the way, I am fully aware of the Marie Claire article that is making the rounds about whether or not it's pleasing to see fat people making out on television. Man, that magazine just seems to be on a roll lately, don't they? If you have no idea what I'm talking about, just google Maura Kelly, the author of the article. I'm sure you'll have no problem finding it. Unbelievable. I will deliver a better thought out response tomorrow, just not now. Sonia pretty much wore me out today, and I can't wait to shower & get to bed like the old lady that I am. More tomorrow on that bullsh*t article, I promise!

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

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day 323 - Just Trudging Along.

I had another good day today. I was a little hungry though after work, but I squelched it. I knew that nothing good could come from that feeling. So when I got home, I watched a little TV before changing into my workout gear.

It was my long day at work, but I still wanted to get in a great workout. So I started on the inclined treadmill for 31 minutes. Then I did The Firm Parts Upper Body. I really needed to get in that cardio to get my calorie burn up, and I finished with 559 calories. I was more than happy with that number.

When I got home from work today, I was delighted to find that I had received the last 2 boxes of my WW Vanilla smoothies from my Ebay purchase. I now have 5 full boxes, and I have to admit, I was so happy to see the box of smoothies! Again, I admit freely that I am pathetic. I get happy over the little things.

I stayed within my points today, and I got in all of my requirements. And I'm only up a pound and a half from Saturday. I'm confident I will lose weight this week, and it will bring me closer & closer to One-Derland. Just going to keep working hard, tracking everything in my journal, eating correctly and cleanly.

I am going to continue to be positive and not self sabotage. Staying away from salt will be key! But instinctively I know I can do this. Just gonna keep trudging along!

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

Monday, October 25, 2010

Day 322 - Playing hooky.

I called in sick to work today. It was just one of those days, I'm telling ya. I woke up at 3 AM to pee and then I couldn't fall back asleep again. I was wide awake the rest of the night. I was so tired, I was in such a crappy mood that I decided I needed to take a day off to myself. I hadn't had a day off since August. So it was time. It was time for me to play hooky, and I don't feel bad about it at all! LOL.

But I used my day wisely. I started it with a super duper hardcore workout. I needed it because I'm up more than 3 pounds from Saturday. It was those damn tortilla chips I had yesterday. Ok, so I started on the inclined treadmill for 36 minutes. And I was pouring sweat by the time I was done. Then I did The Firm Super Cardio with all the old Master Instructors. And I burned 868 calories. I felt great afterwards, with all those endorphins kicking in! hehe.

I was productive today though. I went to the drug store, went to Dunkin Donuts to pick up my favorite hazelnut flavored coffee. No donuts for me. I also went to another WW center looking for those damn vanilla smoothies. But no go, they didn't have any. Shrug.

But I had a surprise waiting for me when I got home. The Ebay seller had already shipped 3 of the 5 boxes of smoothies I had bought! I was so excited. I know, I'm pathetic. But at least now I have a supply to last me until the new packaged smoothies start shipping out to my WW center. I'm thinking that will be sometime around Thanksgiving, so I'll be stocked for sure until then.

It was a good day for me. I took time for myself, and it felt nice. I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my requirements. I got in a great workout, and I'm starting the week out right.

Just trying to stay and be positive, which can be so freaking difficult, can't it? Just have to remember to stay the course and remain with my eyes on the prize. In this case, I'm focusing on my short term goal of reaching One-Derland. I'm hoping to do that in the next 2 weeks.

Just gonna throw this one out there one more time: Brett Favre is still a douche bag. Debbie totally agreed with me, too. hehe

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

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Day 321 - Rest Day.

I took a rest day today. It was time, and I'm ok with it.

Yesterday, I threw out, well actually, I donated, a whole bunch of shoes & sandals that I haven't worn in forever. Seriously, there must've been at least 20 pairs of shoes that I have accumulated over the years. They were from my thin days right after I graduated college, about 8 years ago. God, it seems like forever ago.

And you know what's funny? In all these boxes of shoes, I found a really lovely bag & wallet from Dooney & Bourke that someone had obviously had given me as a gift. I can't for the life of me remember who it was, but I have a feeling it was my brother. I just started laughing when I realized that I had forgotten all about it, and that I couldn't recall who had given it to me. It was kind of funny, actually. And now at least there's more space because of all those shoes that are now gone. That's one bright spot. I have to focus one getting rid of some more fat clothes. That's next on my agenda.

Foodwise, my day was not as good as it should've been. I did get in all of my requirements though, so that's at least one good thing I did today. For dinner, I had a peanut butter & jelly sandwich on whole grain bread, and some cheese & crackers. (How are those things still in my house?) I had pizza & salad last night for dinner, so this morning I was up a few pounds because of all that sodium in the pizza. Whatever, the scale will fluctuate on a daily basis, and sometimes it happens. I am determined to show a loss this week, so it just means I have to really buckle down on my food choices and get in some hardcore workouts. Which is not a novel thing for me, since I've been pretty good and consistent with the working out part. It's the food part I have to master. For real.

Did you guys hear that Brett Favre admitted to sending that gorgeous football reporter those voice mails? He denied sending her the lewd photos, but I think he's lying about that. I'm convinced that he sent them. What an unbelievable asshole, for realsies! That's a married father (and grandfather) of two, whose wife is a breast cancer survivor. He should know better, and more than that, he ought to be ashamed of himself. What a douchebag. And FYI, yes, I was one of those morons who checked out the voicemails & photos on deadspin.com. If I were Brett, I wouldn't be sending anyone photos of my manbits - I wasn't all that impressed.

This happened while he was with the NY Jets, and as you guys know, I am a huge (and long suffering) NY Jets fan, so this has special interest for me. And he's a still douche bag.

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

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day 320 - WI Results!

And the results are in. . .

I lost 2.4 lbs!

Just chiseling away to get to One-Derland! I'm 3 lbs. away from getting there, and it has been a battle, lemme tell ya. Self sabotage, bingeing, and self-loathing have prevented me from getting there these last 3 months. And I am sick of it, I really am. This time around, this time, I am just certain I will get there, and finally break this vicious cycle. Enough is enough. I haven't been in One-Derland for over 7 years, and I haven't been at this low a weight in about the same time. So it's really exciting for me. God, I can't wait to get there!

I'm feeling pretty good, and I am desperately trying to remember to keep on thinking positively. When I think and talk positively to myself, good things happen, and bad things - like bingeing - don't happen. Weight Watchers has taught me that, that we have to remain positive. If you think about it, it's really important to do that, even after a bad episode with food. Positive self talk can prevent yet another bad episode with food and a further downward spiral.

I got in a great workout today, so let's discuss, shall we? I started with 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then, keeping in line with doing Mansion workouts, I did The Firm Parts Standing Legs. Talk about NSVs! I didn't have any trouble keeping up with the moves. I remember struggling to get through the tough leg press on the 14-inch Fanny Lifter, but today, I did it without any problem! Oh, and I had 10 lb dumbbells in each hand too! I didn't have to pause the DVD once to take a breather - I just did the workout continuously, and it felt great! I burned 683 calories, and I earned every bit of it.

Today was a great day. I got in all of my requirements, but I went way over my points today. No bingeing at all, and I tracked everything in my journal. Tomorrow I will be more careful, but today was still a success.

One of my coworkers told me yesterday that I was shrinking, and it felt really good to hear that. I think that somewhere in the last few weeks, I have finally turned a corner and am no longer afraid of my success anymore. I'm embracing it now. I have no choice, because the alternative is to deal with failure, and that is just unacceptable to me. I refuse to accept it. I refuse to fail, and I refuse to give up. I'm getting there - come hell or high water.

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

Friday, October 22, 2010

Day 319 - Last Chance Workout.

This week has been going really well, even with the drama. I have to say that I've made good food choices, and I've gotten in my workouts, and I would consider that a huge success.

It feels really good when you're in control, doesn't it. Maybe it's me, maybe it's the stars finally aligning correctly so I can get to One-Derland (finally), maybe it's the One bite at a time, One decision at a time bracelet (which I totally forgot to put on today), or maybe it's all of the above.

My workout was great today, it really was. I started out with 33 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Maximum Cardio with Carissa Foster. I've been keeping in line with doing the Mansion Workouts, and I'm telling ya - they really do work! Now before I sound like an infomercial for the Firm, let me just say this - I always get my best results & my best calorie burn when I use the old Firms.

I burned 755 calories with this workout, and I earned every single bit of it. But the most important thing is that I was able to perform all of the advanced moves! That is a huge NSV for me, and it means so much, it really does. It means that my endurance is improving, and my overall health is improving. And you can't beat that!

Tomorrow is WI day, and I absolutely can't wait. I'm confident that it will be a great WI, just inching closer & closer to One-Derland. I'm getting there people, it's gonna happen - I can feel it!

I got in all of my requirements, and I stayed within my points. The day before WI I usually try to stay away from salt, because you all know how that can mess with any and all scale results. Sometimes, I also don't hit my Points target the day before WI too, but that didn't happen today. And I'm ok with that.

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

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Day 318 - Thank you!

First, I have to say thank you to all of you who commented on my post yesterday! I got such an overwhelming response that it truly touched my heart. I can't even put it into proper words. Just thank you all, it meant so much to me.

Can you believe that they were still kinda talking about it this morning on the boards? Yup - unbelievable, right. I'm feeling better about it today, and it is more than time to move on from it. I'm over it, it's done.

What I'm not over is the whole mob/cult like mentality about the whole thing. Clearly, I was not an isolated incident. Apparently, it's happened to several of you too, and that's just wrong. The WW 100 boards should know better. And they were all rooting against my Yankees, to boot! LOL We should all support each other in our healthiness journeys. After all, we didn't get here by overdoing it on broccoli and cauliflower, right? Hehe. They were just plain old mean, and they hurt my feelings. They ought to be ashamed of themselves!

But there is one bright spot to come out from all of this. I've "met" some great new bloggy friends! I can't wait to follow my new friends on their weight loss & healthiness journeys.

So enough about that. I promise I won't write about it ever again. My day went pretty well. It was my long day at work, so I had to get it in a short but calorie burning workout. So I started with 27 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Time Crunch Workout with Susan Harris & Kai Soremekun. I love these old Mansion workouts - I really do. I burned 553 calories. The increased speed on the treadmill takes a little getting used to, and it's been working my heart rate up like crazy. In fact, my heart rate maxed at 205!

I'm feeling pretty good, staying positive and putting the drama way behind me. Thank goodness the weekend is almost here. I'm really looking forward to my WI on Saturday morning. I can't wait.

So that's about it for now. Thanks so much for reading everyone. Your comments of support really meant a lot to me. And let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day 317 - WW Boards can be a scary place.

Buckle up - this is going to be a long post.

Today I went onto the WW 100 boards for the first time in forever. I usually only post on the WW Firm Believers board, which is fine.

The picture for my WW profile is the same one that's on here - the one where I'm holding 3 day old Sonia in my arms and smiling at the camera. One of the posters asked me - rather obnoxiously - if I was breast feeding in the pic. And I said, no, I explained that was my niece Sonia, and then I asked her why would she ask such a question. I thought it was kinda rude - not that I think there's anything wrong with breastfeeding. I told her to look at the picture closely. To me, it felt like she wanted to start something - which is strange, because she's never met me in her life. So I reported the post, and then it got really out of hand. She started calling me names like idiot & fool - can you imagine? This is another adult acting worse than a 2 year old. Awesome, right? Isn't the whole point of WW is to support each other considering we're all in the same boat? Way to go, people.

Oh, and she even started new threads about the incident, and everyone supported her! I couldn't believe it! It was like a mob / cult mentality with those people. I say those people, but they are WWers like me, so I shouldn't say that. But it really shocked me, and it really upset me too. And other posters were like making fun of me too, which I cannot wrap my head around. It hurt my feelings, and I am allowed to feel that. I will not justify my feelings, because I am entitled to them. Ugh - some people!

So now I have to ask you guys - you, my bloggy friends - in my profile pic, does it look like I'm breastfeeding? Leave me a comment because I am kinda curious. To me, it just looks like I'm holding Sonia, but I guess other people will have different view points. I can respect other people's opinions, as long as you're not nasty about it, like this girl was.

Unbelievable, right? The scary thing - these were all adults! In light of what has been happening lately, with all the news stories coming out about bullying and teen suicides, you would think that adults would know better. Instead, they are just as bad - if not worse - then the bullies of school age.

Ok, that's enough about that. I don't want to give it any more attention than necessary.

Back to me. I almost didn't get in my workout because of all the drama, but I refused to let this stupid girl get to me like that. I worked out my aggression on the inclined treadmill for 25 minutes, then I did The Firm Parts Tough Tape. I had to step on my Fanny Lifter for about 10 minutes to get my calorie burn up, and I finished with 733 calories. I was happy with that number. I had to work to get it, you know.

I can't believe I have let this stupid incident affect me this way and for this long. Ok, enough!

Don't forget to leave me your comments on my profile pic. Should I change it? What do you guys think? Let me know!

In spite of the annoying obnoxiousness, I still had a pretty good day. I stayed within my points, I got in all of my requirements, and I got in a great workout. So there! LOL.

Alright, time to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day 316 - On a Mission.

For the last 3 weeks, my WW center has been out of vanilla smoothies. At first, I was told that they just didn't have them that week. Then there was a problem with shipping them out to all the centers. Today, after work, I embarked on a mission to find them.

I went to 2 different WW centers. At the first one, all they had were the chocolate ones and the caramel latte flavors. The caramel latte flavors were on sale, so I picked up 3 boxes of those. The receptionist at the first center told me that they are repackaging the boxes, and that's why they don't have them. She said they might be shipped in the new packaging sometime next month. At the second center, all they had were the chocolate ones.

I know this sounds silly, but I really need those vanilla smoothies. I drink the chocolate ones too, but when I make my famous spinach/banana/strawberry smoothie, it just doesn't work well with the chocolate mix. It just doesn't taste right, you know. I mean think about it - chocolate & spinach? I don't think so. So, the psycho that I am, I managed to find some online, and I bought 5 boxes. Hopefully, that will be enough until they get shipped to my WW center.

I took a rest day today, and I will be back to working out tomorrow. I've worked out 4 days in a row, and I don't like to go more than 4 days in a row working out.

I went over my points today, but I did get in all of my requirements, so I'm not going to sweat it. I'm just staying positive and working the program.

This will be a short post because I am off to watch the Yankee game, so I will be wrapping this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 315 - Monday & My Response to Blogger Bullies.

Ugh, it's that day of the week again. Monday arrives way too quickly after the weekend, in my opinion.

I have to say that for it being Monday, it was at least a good day. I was busy at work, so it made the time go by faster, which is always a good thing.

Recently, the blogosphere has experienced what I'm calling bullying. Those of you who follow both blogs in question will know exactly what I'm talking about. Now, I hadn't read the 2 blogs in question until recently, so I don't "know" the people involved all that well. All I can say is this: as someone who has been fat her whole life, I unfortunately have 1st hand experience at being bullied. And you know what? It sucks! It's one thing when a kid does it to another kid (it's still wrong), but when it's another doing it to another adult - that's just disgusting behavior. An adult should know better. Especially a fat person bullying another fat person. What is wrong with you that you feel the need to do that? Get a life! Have you nothing better to do with your time? I mean, really? If you don't like a blog, just don't read it. Period. And don't be childish and leave nasty comments, and then not have the guts to post negative comments written on your blog. If you're going to dish it out, then you have to be willing to take it.

Ok, that's enough about that. Getting back to me now. LOL.

I've decided that this week will be a week where I do old Firm mansion workouts. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - those old Firm workouts are really killer. I started with 30 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Calorie Killer 2 with Dale Brabham. Dale kinda scares me in this DVD because she's so cut & muscular. She has a very deep & husky voice too. You see where I'm going with this, so I'm going to stop right there. Anywho, I wound up burning 721 calories. I'm happy with that number.

I tracked everything I ate, I got in all of my requirements. There were munchkins from Dunkin Donuts at work today. I had 2 of them and then called it a day. I factored them into my points and still didn't go over, so that's a good thing. Those 2 munchkins certainly weren't the best choice I could've made but I prepared myself later.

Ok - enough babbling. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Day 314 - Better Sunday.

I woke up this morning feeling determined. I woke up feeling good. I was determined that today would be a really good day, no matter what. My morning ritual is to weigh myself first thing in the morning, which is exactly what I did. I was up 3 lbs. from yesterday, but instead of falling apart at the seams, I became even more determined.

I knew that today's workout had to be a killer. I mean, I really needed to get in an extra long, extra hardcore workout because of all that water retention. I started with 30 minutes on the inclined treadmill. Quick NSV - today I increased the speed on my treadmill - from 3.3 to 3.4. I have never been able to do 3.4 (3.4 MPH), and that may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but it's a huge deal to me! The incline really intensifies the walking exercise, so while that may seem like a slow speed, in truth I really am getting quite a workout, even at that slow speed. I was pouring sweat at the end of those 30 minutes.

Then I decided to do The Firm Calorie Explosion with Alison Davis. That DVD is super tough, and this is only my 3rd time doing it. I've gotten most of the moves down, but there are still some advanced moves that I can't even fathom doing yet. Those side planks look ridiculously hard. I didn't even bother with that move. I jumped rope in place to keep my heart rate up, and I also alternated with step squats with a military press using 3 lbs. dumbbells. Those alternating side squats are a nice simple exercise to get your heart pumping and your calorie burn going. In total, I burned 831 calories, and I was so happy with that number. I have a feeling my thighs will be very sore tomorrow!

We went to my brother's house today, and Sonia was a little terror! She woke up from her nap very cranky, crying hysterically, and her face all flushed. That kid is going to be a handful, I can tell. But it was a nice little visit, all in all.

I stayed within my points today, and I got in all of my requirements. We even ordered lunch in, and I got sesame chicken with brown rice & brocolli, and I was still within my points for the day. I split the sesame chicken with my Mom, so it wasn't that bad. I know that stuff has a lot of salt in it, but I've been chugging water all day. So I'm not worried about it at all. Today was definitely a better day than yesterday. It was a better Sunday.

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

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day 313 - WI Results.

I lost 1.6 lbs. this week! I was super amazed & surprised to see that because of all the snacking I've been doing this week. Maybe it wasn't as much as I thought. Maybe I just got lucky. In any event, I'm taking it. I was real happy with my loss this week!

Debbie commented yesterday about my One bite at a Time, One Decision at a Time bracelet. And like an idiot, I didn't even post a pic of it! Here it is on my wrist, and I apologize in advance about the clarity, or lack thereof:



Can you see the handwriting on it? If you're interested in purchasing one, you can visit Jen's site. It's right on her homepage. Along with a better picture of it, too. I'm wearing it right now as we speak, but I don't wear it to go to sleep, because I'm convinced it will cut off my circulation. LOL. No seriously, I move a lot in my sleep, and it would just ride up my arm and . . . that just wouldn't be a good thing.

My workout today was 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Cardio Sculpt with Allie del Rio. I burned 534 calories. I'm ok with that number. It could've been higher, but whatever. The point is, I moved my hiney, and that's all that matters! LOL.

At my WW meeting, I overheard one of the members saying that she had read in the current WW magazine that they will be introducing a new plan around Thanksgiving time. I get the WW magazine, and I hadn't even bothered to look at it yet. When I got home, I immediatey started rummaging through the magazine, and in the letter from the editor, there was the announcement. So I'm wondering what the big difference will be. I think it's still supposed to be points, but I'm not sure yet. Anyone know anything about it? The new WW leader said she didn't know anything about it and refused to give out any information. Now, I can understand why she wouldn't want to talk about it, because she's probably not allowed to. But don't say she doesn't know anything about it, because that's such a lie, because you know she - and all the other leaders in the country - are going through training right now for it. She could've just said that she's not allowed to talk about it until the new plan officially launches, or she'll get into trouble. She didn't have it to lie about it. Man, I really do miss my old leader, Carol. It's going to be 3 months that she passed away from cancer. Carol would've given you a straight answer without being rude about it or lying to your face. Sigh.

I got in all of my requirements today, but I totally went over my points. Cheese & crackers again. The weekends - Saturdays in particular - are so hard for me. But I didn't binge, so I'm not going to beat myself up over it. Sundays are always a better day for me to be more diligent about the food choices I make But you know what? I had a nice loss this week, and I worked out today too, so I'm good.

OK, it's time to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Day 312 - Last Chance workout.

Man, fall is in the air. It has gotten real chilly around here real fast. I don't mind the cooler weather, it just kinda surprised me by how quickly it got here! Like right now, it's really cold. I'm wearing thick wool socks, a thick sweatshirt & pants. Brrrr!

Anywho, I was thinking about yesterday's post, and in checking my day book, I realized why I've been doing the snacking thing. TOM will be here next week. So, no wonder I want the salty stuff now. Today, I portioned out about 5 points of cheese & crackers which satisfied my craving, and then I moved on.

I decided today that my workout had to be hardcore. I had to burn some major calorie-age in my last chance workout, so I got to work. I started with 35 minutes on the inclined treadmill. The best part was that while I was into my treadmill work, my iPod started dying. I'm talking about the battery charge. I wanted to stay on the treadmill as long as possible because that's where I get my best calorie burn. As soon as I was done with it, I charged it so that it will be ready for tomorrow's workout.

Then I decided to do a Firm DVD that I hadn't done in a while - Firm Crosstrainers Strength with Pam Cauthen Meriwether. I plyo jumped & stepped for about 5-6 minutes to get my calorie burn up. I finished with 712 calories burned for my workout, and I am more than happy with that number.

It was a good day for me. I actually stayed within my points, factoring in my little snack, and I got in all of my requirements. I had a great workout, so I really am looking forward to WI tomorrow. I am not expecting a huge loss, but a small one. And any loss tomorrow will be more than welcome. I'm just soldiering on and trying to keep the positivity flowing. That gets hard to do sometimes, doesn't it? That's why I'm really glad that today, I got my One Bite, One Decision at a Time Bracelet in the mail! I'm wearing it as we speak, I'm so excited! I know, I know, I sound like such a dork right now, carrying on about a lil ole bracelet, but I can't help it. It's just a quiet reminder of how important good choices are. Anytime the binge feels near, just look at my wrist, and think of making good choices.

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

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day 311 - Snacking is my weakness.

Today was an ok day, not a super duper on program day.

I like to snack, I've never tried to hide that. Today was a day where I picked & snacked. Snacking is definitely my weakness. Do you ever notice how you don't even realize you're picking at things and snacking until you've scarfed down 10 or 20 potato chips? It happens way too easily for me, I have found.

I had some crackers, some cheese, and some of those new Pillsbury brownie bites. They're so good, but I've decided that I can't have them in the house. The rest I gave to my Dad who has an unbelievable sweet tooth. His PSA levels have gone down, thank God. :o)

Shrug. I didn't binge, but I did go over my points today, and that is not a good day. I overate, so dinner was just a salad with some olive oil & a little bit of seasoning. I'm going to brush my teeth in a little bit and use a lot of mouthwash. I've found that it takes away the urge to eat something.

Today was my scheduled rest day, and I should've used it more productively. Right back to it tomorrow!

I did get in all of my requirements, but again, I went over my points. Well, no excuses about that right now.

So that was my day in a nutshell, and it's time to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Day 310 - Hump Day!

I've been riveted by the miners' rescue in Chile. I have no idea what those men & their respective families must have gone through or are going through now. Did you hear about that one miner who has a wife and a mistress? And only the mistress showed up at his rescue because he wanted both of them present? Unbelievable, right. That guy has some balls, lemme tell ya. Well, all I have to say is I hope they are all in good health and they get out of that mine safely.

Anywho, I am glad Hump Day is practically over. Just 2 more days til the weekend, and who doesn't like that?

I just want to make a quick comment on the Exposed Movement. I unfortunately don't have the balls to do that - at this moment. I'm still too insecure about my physical imperfections. I'm not ready for that yet. Next year might be a different story (hopefully). But we shall see. I applaud all you bloggers who participated. Check out Michelle's blog - she is the originator of the movement. Good for her!

The workout today was 30 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then The Firm Complete Aerobics & Weight Training with Jayne Poteet. It's a mansion workout from the early 90s, complete with leotards, pantyhose, fluffy white socks & high tops. It's cheesy, but I love it. I burned 613 calories, and I was ok with that number. It could've been better, but this particular workout is not exactly intense. It's ok though.

It was a good day. I stayed within my points this time, and I got in all of my daily requirements. I feel good, staying positive, and just working the program. It really does work when you put in just a little bit of effort.

OK, it's time to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Day 309.

After yesterday, I spent most of today just thinking about things I normally wouldn't think about, or spend so much time on. I am more determined to hit One-Derland. I've had enough of this messing around and totally blowing it on WI day. Seriously, enough is enough.

I delayed my workout again until after dinner. I'm not going to do that tomorrow. I just couldn't psych myself up into doing it for some reason. Well, actually I do know the reason - I just didn't want to do it! LOL. I just needed a little extra time, I suppose. But I did it.

I started with The Firm Pump, Jump & Jab with Kelsie Daniels. About 12 minutes into the DVD, I hit the pause button & jumped onto the inclined treadmill for 25 minutes. I really needed to get my heart rate up and burn some extra calories. I continued with the DVD, and I burned 515 calories in total. I was more than happy with that number.

I'm glad today is over. I felt like the last 2 days have just dragged on and on. Anyone else feel that way, or is it just me? It's probably because of Deanine, I'm sure. Sad face.

Ok, I'm going to end on a positive note. I've been following program, I got in all of my requirements, and I only went over my points by 2. So I'm doing well and just trying to stay on track. Keep on keeping on!

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.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Day 308 - Saying Goodbye to a Coworker.

This morning when I got into work, we all received the sad news that one of our coworkers had succumbed to brain cancer. Her name was Deanine, and she was the sweetest person you'll ever meet. She had suffered a seizure at work a little more than 2 years ago, and when she got to the hospital they discovered the tumor. Unfortunately, they had discovered it late, and after rounds of chemo & radiation, she finally succumbed to the cancer sometime yesterday. Deanine left behind a husband and an 8 year old daughter. She was only 44 years old.

I went to the wake after I got out of work, and I had this feeling of dread in my stomach. I really liked Deanine - she was so nice, so sweet. I can't believe she's gone. When I walked into the funeral home, it was packed with her family and friends. She had a closed casket, and there were collages of photos of her everywhere. She seemed like a happy person. I feel terrible for her husband and her daughter. I cried when I saw Michael, her husband, I couldn't help it. I tried to maintain my composure, but it wasn't happening. I met Michael's 2 aunts, who were visibly upset. I talked briefly with him, gave him my condolences, and hugged him. I told him I felt very lucky for having known her. He seemed so calm and at peace about it. I would've been a complete wreck. But I guess maybe he had prepared for this. He said that she had talked about me to him, which was nice. I don't know what her mother looks like, but I'm sure she was there. She has to bury her daughter tomorrow. So very sad.

It made me think about a lot of things today. At work, I started pacing slowly back and forth. This was during lunchtime and the office was pretty much empty. Back & forth in circles, and I thought about life, about how short it is, about how we take it for granted, about how unfair it is for her to have died so young. Will her daughter even remember her? I know I don't have a whole bunch of memories from when I was 8 years old. It's just so tragic.

Going to the wake had messed up my workout schedule, and when I got home, you know the story, I so did not want to work out at all. I almost didn't, as a matter of fact. I had dinner, fooled around on my computer, pondered life once again, and then waited for dinner to digest. I put on the workout gear and just go to work. I did The Firm Ultimate Fat Burning Workout with Alison Davis. I paused the DVD before the last workout section, then went onto the inclined treadmill for 20 minutes. In total, I burned 577 calories, and I'm glad I did it.

When something awful like this happens, when a person is taken way before their time, it really does make you think. Some things are more important than the spat you might be having with your significant other, or with someone at work, or with your boss, whatever, you know. Pick up the phone and tell someone you haven't spoken to in a while that you miss them, you love them, you appreciate them. Call your mom & dad and tell them you love them. Hug your kids and tell them you love them. You never know when that opportunity might be taken away from you.

I'm going to start tearing up soon, so I better wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Day 307 - Getting Back on Track.

This weekend has been successful for me. Successful because I haven't stuffed my face, haven't binged, haven eaten to the point where I feel sick and disgusted with myself. After gaining 2 lbs. at WI yesterday, I knew I just had to follow the plan. It was a self struggle, and yes, it gets so damn hard sometimes, I know it does. But this weekend, I fought myself, and I won. I am getting back on track. It ain't easy, I know from first hand experience, but enough is enough.

During the week, I'm fine. I'm on track, I'm working the program, and I'm tracking. Then the weekend comes, and it becomes a free for all. The next 4 or 5 weekends will be tough for me, but if I want any shot of hitting One-Derland at all by the goal date that I set, then I have kick old behaviors to the curb.

Let's talk about the workout. I decided to switch up my regular Firm DVD for a Jillian Michaels DVD. I first started out with 25 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did No More Trouble Zones. There were 2 circuits where you're on the floor, and that brought my heart rate way down. These pretty much worked your midsection, so instead, I decided to get back up and jump in place, step touch, and shuffle across my floor to keep my heart rate up. I finished with 654 calories burned, and I earned every single penny! LOL.

The Yankees won last night and swept the Twins! Trying to defend their title. If you haven't noticed, I'm a big Yankees fan. All the way, baby!

It was a good day for me today. I got in all of my requirements, I tracked everything, and I only went over my points by 2. With my workout today, I'm not even going to worry about that.

I'm gonna call it a night now. Thanks for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Day 306 - WI & Open Houses.

So did everyone enjoy my homage to Mr. JackSh*t? I know I loved it! hehe. Thanks for the comments, guys!

I was up 2 lbs. at WI today, and I have no excuses. I briefly considered not even going to WI at all, but I knew that would just be a huge mistake. So I went, I weighed in, and I'm glad I did.

Today I went with the real estate lady to look at some co-ops. She parked like 6 blocks away, so I had to walk in flip flops in the heat. It was close to 80 degrees today. Not very smart of her, and that kinda annoyed me. My feet are killing me now. I was sweating and everything - it was gross! I couldn't wait to get out of there and go home. On the flip side, out of the 5 places we saw, I liked one, but I didn't love it. It had potential though. Oh, and the kicker was the last place we saw. The lady selling it made us put these tiny plastic bags over our shoes because she's a little neurotic and psycho about cleanliness. Yeah, that was my day. Awesome.

I guess I should think about the positive side of all this. I have no trouble walking. Whether it's uphill or flat, I have no trouble walking. Nothing hurts me - I don't have back problems, or joint problems. I guess I should consider myself lucky and quit the complaining like a diva already..

I took a rest day today, but all the walking I did makes that moot, I think. No worries though, even though my feet still hurt. Tomorrow will be a nice long workout.

Well, time to settle in for a nice night of baseball. Thanks for reading. And let's all make good choices.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Day 304 - Quick workout, long day.

Man, am I glad today is over!

It was my long day at work, and I wasn't very busy, so the day went be kinda slowly. Then, I had to rush home, get in a decent workout, then drive an hour to my brother's house to pick up my Mom, then an hour back home.

Because I live in one of the worst traffic areas in the world (NY), I figured if I waited til 7 PM to leave my house, I wouldn't hit all that much traffic. I was partly right. Getting up to my brother's house in Westchester, NY, I did hit some traffic. And it was pitch black by that time, too, which made it a lil more difficult. But coming back, I practically flew home. And I got to see Sonia! My baby niece will be 2 in December, and she is so freaking adorable I could just eat her right up. I love that kid! And she's finally starting to warm up to me too, which is just great.

My workout was kinda abbreviated today, which doesn't sit all that well with me. But I had a tight schedule, and at least I worked out at all. I decided to stay away from the treadmill today, because my quads & thighs are a little sore from yesterday's workout. So I did 2 short Firm DVDs instead. I did The Firm Power Sculpt Workout with Allie del Rio, then Power Half Hour with Emily Welsh. I burned 383 calories. That number could be higher, but it is what it is. I worked out, I sweated, and that's all that matters. Tomorrow will be a super duper, extra sweaty, hardcore workout like nobody's business!

I had a good day today, I really did, in spite of all my complaining. I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my daily requirements. No self sabotage. No negativity, just positive thoughts and positive self talking. Phew.

It's barely 10 PM, and I'm so tired. I can't wait to get into bed! LOL - How pathetic do I sound right about now? Such the glamorous life I lead, I know!

So on that positive note, I'm going to wrap this one up now. Thank you all so much for reading. And let's all make good choices!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Day 303 - Reflecting.

I've been reflecting a lot about my goals, and where I want to be at in the future. Specifically, I've been thinking about hitting One-Derland and how important that it is to me. I've also been thinking about why I've been self-sabotaging when I'm sooo close to this mini goal of mine. In February 2009, I got down to 205 lbs., and the self sabotage began. I think the fear of success is freaking me out, if that makes any sense. As it is, I'm up 5 lbs. from Saturday's WI, and I'm just sick to my stomach about it. I'm fed up and angry at myself. I can't keep doing this. I can't keep self sabotaging, period. The weekends are the hardest for me, and I think that seems to be the case for a lot of people.

So I've been reflecting about what I need to do, about what has to happen in order for me to reach One-Derland. The self sabotage has to stop. The mindless bingeing needs to stop right now. I hate the sick to my stomach feeling I get right after, and I hate the self-loathing and self-disgust that settles and stews all night. I'm struggling, and I've been struggling, and I'm going to get past this, I just know it. I am a fighter, and I refuse to give up. That is just not an option.

Today I decided to finally order the One Bite, One Decision At a Time Bracelet from Jen. I can't wait to get it in the mail! It will definitely help whenever I have the urge to binge, a quite indication to nip bad behaviors in the bud.

I have decided to set a goal date of reaching One-Derland. It's going to be Sunday, November 14. The same day as my 5K challenge to Jack. That's about 6 weeks from now. I am going to track everything. I am going to stay within my points, especially on weekends. I am going to get in all of my daily requirements, and stay faithful to the program. I know when I work the program the way I'm supposed to, it works for me, and I lose weight. There, I've put it out there, and it's done. I can't take it back now. Not that I want to. :0))

I worked out hardcore today, so let's discuss it. I started with 25 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Calorie Explosion with Alison Davis for 778 calories. I rocked that workout, but I did have to perform a lot of the beginner modifications. It's ok though, because the point is I completed the workout.

One of my coworkers complimented me today and told me I looked great. That made me feel really good, and a twinge of guilt settled in for about a minute before I did my hardest to brush it away. Guilt because I've been self sabotaging the last few weeks, and I haven't really been talking about it because I feel guilty and embarrassed. Trying real hard to get over that.

My coworker is a runner, and she's in great shape. She also reads Jack's blog, and I told her about the challenge. She agreed to do the 5K with me, which is great! She will finish way faster than me, but that's ok. It will be fun just to have someone else there with me because I'm not sure if Wendy can make it.

Today was a better day for me. I got in all of my requirements, but I went over my points a little. I got in a great workout, so I'm not going to stress about it. I'm eating healthy and cleanly, and I'm feeling better.

So with that said, I'm going to wrap this one up now. I feel a lot better now that I've gotten some stuff off my chest. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Day 302 - Better & my response to the Marie Claire article.

Hi everyone,

First, before I talk about that Marie Claire article that has all the blogosphere abuzz, I just have to say one thing. The reason for my headache yesterday? Not so great food choices. Can you believe that what you eat can affect your body that way? The thing is, I got in all of my healthy requirements, and then I just ate more stuff on top of that. I'm glad that's off my chest now. Better choices I made today.

Ok, now back to that infamous Marie Claire article. I thought the article was mean, but that's just my opinion. It certainly didn't paint those weight loss bloggers mentioned in a very nice light, did it? I personally don't read any of the blogs of the "Big Six", as MC dubbed them. Not only that, but I've never even heard of these people before in my life. Thanks to MC, I have a feeling a lot more people will be following their blogs from now on.

I suppose it comes down to creating controversy on purpose. Controversy = publicity = $$. The more controversy, the more publicity it creates, the more people want to buy the issue, and the more $$ in MC's pocket. I don't of course necessarily agree with everything the author said, and at this point, I'm just not interested in reading the Big Six blogs. I have enough trouble keeping on top of the blogs I already follow!

I blog for me. I can't speak for anyone else, but I blog for me. I am the most important person in my life, and in my weight loss journey. Right now, I feel that I am struggling, and writing it out is cathartic & therapeutic. I don't blog with the intention of making any money or hosting giveaways. I blog for ME. And that's all I've got to say on the matter.

Let's discuss the workout. I started with 25 minutes on the inclined treadmill. It felt like it had been forever - my calves were burning! Then I did The Firm Calorie Killer with Nancy Tucker. I wanted to get my calorie count up, so I jumped & hopped in place for about 6-7 minutes. In total, I burned 584 calories, and it felt great!

Have you guys read the article? What did you think? Let me know.

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

Monday, October 4, 2010

Day 301 - Headache

I'm laying in bed, propped up by pillows as I write this.

I feel like crap, terrible headache, and I'm not in any mood.

Horrible day at work, my mind kept wandering in between the pounding in my head. Awesome.

No workout today. But I got in all of my daily requirements, so I'm calling this day a wash.

Tomorrow, no matter what, I'm going to put in a hard workout. My body needs it, my mind needs it, and I need it, period.

Another Tylenol PM is in my future tonight, I think. But just for tonight because of this splitting headache. It's going to be another early night for me. As in, as soon as I'm done writing this, it's sleepy time for me. For real. That sounds so sad, I know, but what can I tell ya.

Ok - I'm off now. Nite. Good choices, people.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Day 300 - Long Day.

Hi there peeps!

This will be another short post because I'm so tired. I've been tired all day because last night I couldn't sleep. I kept tossing & turning. Stupid funk. I can't believe that one little WI has affected me this much. It's ridiculous, really, if you think about it. One stupid WI. And it was only .4 lbs, for crying out loud! Ok, that is enough now.

The workout this morning was 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Super Cardio Sculpt with Nancy Tucker for 511 calories. It felt good to workout again, it really did.

I went with Wendy to her makeup trial appointment in the city, and it went well. It ran kinda long though, because the person also did her hair, and that took some time. She looked really pretty. It was a nice day, but a long & tiring one.

I made better choices today, I tracked also, which is so important. I got in all of my requirements, and now it's time to call it a day. I'm so tired, I can't wait to get into bed! LOL. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Day 299 - WI Results.

Hi everybody,

I was up 0.4 lbs. this morning at WI. Shrug. I'm not happy about it, and I think it sucks. I was a little pissed about it, but in the end, it's .4. So I just need to buckle down and remember to stay away from high sodium foods the day before WI day, which is what I usually do now anyway.

I know this is going to sound lame, but my WI put me in a funk all day. I felt down in the dumps, didn't track any of my food, and worst of all, I didn't work out.

So I'm going to get up as early as I can tomorrow and get back to the grind. I have to go into the city with Wendy for a makeup appointment for her wedding. I'm hoping it won't take too long, but we'll see.

I should've been more productive today. What a complete waste. Oh well.

Back to making better choices tomorrow!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Day 298 - Last Chance Workout & thank you to new followers!

Hello there people. TGIF!

Thank God the weekend is here. Today did not start out on the right foot. That rain that they've been forecasting here for the last 2 days finally came around today. And last night. In abundance. The commute this morning was horrible. Granted, I live like 7 minutes from my job, but I kept biting my lip because the streets were flooded. I thought my car would stop in the middle of the street & break down or something. By the grace of God, that did not happen, and I made it to work in one piece.

Since tomorrow is my WI day, I wanted to make this Last Chance Workout really count. I went all out today. I started with 31 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did 2 old Firm mansion workouts. I did Hips, Thighs & Abs Sculpting with LaReine Chabut. I only did the first 12 minutes of it, which is the really hard part. Then I did Fat Blaster to complete my workout. Some of those leotards & high top sneakers get on my nerves, but the workouts can't be beat. I stepped on the 6-inch Fanny Lifter for about 7 minutes to get my calorie burn past 800, and I finished with 814 calories burned. I am more than good with that number.

Whatever the scale shows tomorrow, I will be happy with. If only because I know it will show a loss of some kind, and that's important to me. It's important to anyone on a weight loss journey, isn't it?

It was a good day, weather included. It finally stopped raining, and my basement didn't flood. I got in all of my requirements, and I only went over my points by 2, but my workout pretty much eliminated that, so I'm ok with it.

The response to my challenge to Jack has been overwhelming, and really quite fantastic. I love the enthusiasm, and I love all the new followers I've gotten thanks to Jack! I will return the favor and follow your blogs, too, I promise! Keep those comments coming, I read them all, and I appreciate them all.

It's about time to wrap this one up now. Thank you all so much for reading. Wish me luck at WI tomorrow! And let's all make good choices.