Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 358 - Return to Form.

I am officially back!

I have returned to form.

The funk is officially over, and I feel great, I really do. The turnaround is a little scary actually, but whatever, I'll take it.

And the comments - you guys - I don't know what I would do with you, all of you! Thank you all so much for putting up with my crap. I don't know how you do it - I couldn't put up with my crap. Hehe.

I went back to working out today. I say that like it's been months since I worked out. In reality, it was only a day, but it felt longer. I keep forgetting today is only Tuesday. I started with 25 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Calorie Killer with Nancy Tucker. Towards the end of the DVD, my brother called me about Sonia's party on Saturday. I wasn't done with my workout, so while I talked to him, I stepped on the Fanny Lifter. I hung up the phone after we talked, continued the workout, and I burned 670 calories. It felt great, it really did.

This journey is filled with lots of ups, and lots of downs, and lots of in-betweens. I'm taking it all in stride, because, what other choice is there. That's just what we have to do people, whether we like it or not.

So that's about it for now. My friend Lisa is training me tomorrow, and I am dying of curiosity to see what she's going to put me through. I promise I will provide a complete recap of the workout. Pictures may or may not be a part of the recap.

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

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 357.

Thank you all so much for your encouraging words of support! I've got the best readers in the world.

Today I thought about what I would say to someone in my position. I would tell them to STOP stressing so much about one WI. I would tell them not to make this a race. I would say that setting goals is a great thing, but things can become a little dicey when you set a date for a specific weight loss goal. And I would suggest maybe hiding the scale.

I am not giving up. I am not failing. And so, with that said, I've decided not to give One-Derland a date anymore. I'll get there when I get there. I know it will be soon, but I'm not going to say that it will be this week or next week or even next month. I'm just going to hope that it will happen "soon." In the immediate future. Is that ambiguous enough?

I think my problem was that I made hitting One-Derland into a race, a sprint. This journey is not a race. It is an endeavor of endurance. (I made that up all by myself, I swear. I've never heard that saying before. Full disclosure.) This is forever, this is for life. I don't win a prize for reaching One Derland. My healthiness journey doesn't stop and won't stop when I hit One-Derland.

So I'm going to focus on that and get out of my funk, because even I realize how ridiculous it was. This will not derail me folks, I can promise you that!

I think I may change up my food this week, and try to incorporate more fiber, which should be interesting. I'm not sure what specific food that will entail just yet, so I'll keep you posted.

My coworker Lisa (who ran the Prostate 5K with me) moonlights as a personal trainer, and she has kindly offered me her services on Weds. afternoon. I took her up on it, and I gotta tell you guys - I'm kinda scared. I have a feeling she's going to be tough. She's not a Jillian Michaels-type drill sergeant, but she's probably going to kick my ass. This should be interesting. She reads this blog too. Thanks Lisa!

So here's what I learned:

I can't make this into a race.

No more specific date goals. Never again.

One WI does not define my weight loss journey, and it does not define me!

The best thing I can do after a setback is dust myself off and try again.

So that's what I'm doing. I'm dusting myself off, funk is over, and I'm back to it!

Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 356 - More blahs.

I've got a bad case of the blahs. Just don't feel like doing anything.

I even took a nap today, which I rarely ever do.

I worked out today. I did 15 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then The Firm Super Cardio Sculpt with Nancy Tucker. Burned 409 calories. I'm not really proud of my workout today. I could've given it a little more. I'm just not feeling it right now.

Still in a funk, still pissed that I gained weight over Thanksgiving when I worked really hard. I worked my ass off in the work outs, and I didn't even eat that much on Thursday, I really didn't. It's just not fair. Some people lose weight & don't even try. I work my ass off & I gain weight.

This sucks, it really does. Sorry this post sucks today, people.

I should wrap this one up now. Good choices people.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 355 - Bleh - WI Results

I gained 1.4 lbs. this week.

You know, I postalize on here a lot about how hard I'm working out, and then I go and lay a total fart bomb on the scale.

I gotta tell you - it really pisses me off. Considering that I did really well over Thanksgiving, considering how hard I've been working out, considering I scored a PR on my 5k Thursday, this just made me really angry. I've been in a funk all day, feeling all bleh & blah, and yes, I realize how ridiculous it sounds to be this affected by one single, stupid WI.

I was really hoping to hit One-Derland this week, I really was. I really believed it could happen. And now... I'll have to lose 3 lbs. this week to get there. I'm just majorly pissed off. At myself. At the scale. At this damn journey.

Great. Wonderful. I didn't even stay for the meeting, that's how aggravated I was. I just wanted to get the hell out of there. Terrible, I know.

So this week will be extra tough. I'll have to be extra diligent. Like a drill sergeant. I made some bad food choices today, because bad food choices make everything better. I'm being sarcastic, in case you didn't know.

Well, back to it tomorrow, and back to hoping for the best this week. I guess we'll see.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 354 - Not bad, considering. . .

I have to say that yesterday could've been a lot worse. But I went into the holiday with some preparation. For example, it's just ONE meal, ONE day. There is absolutely no need to go nuts & feel disgusted with yourself later. I am up today, but only one pound. And I have a feeling that racking up all those Activity Points really saved my ass this week.

So all things considered, not bad. Not bad at all.

We went to my brother's house today to hang out with Sonia. And to see my brother, of course. She was good today, she didn't cry at all when she saw us. hehe. My mother gave her a Curious George plush toy, and I gave her a small Thomas the Train set. She loves Thomas the Train! hehe.

Before we left, I got in a great workout. I started with 36 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did Cathe Friedrich's Kick Max. Cathe is insane! She really likes her lunges & squats in this one. And I burned 843 calories, because I am also insane.

The traveling really got me tired, so I'm going to quickly wrap this one up now. Between all the cooking yesterday (I made Thanksgiving dinner myself) and the driving today, I'm just beat. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 353 - 1st Ever Turkey Trot, PR, & Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I participated in my first ever Turkey Trot 5K, in Massapequa, about 25 minutes from my house. And I'm glad I did it! Because not only did I earn some major Activity Points, but I totally killed it by setting my Personal Record - 34 minutes, 29 seconds! That's almost 3 whole minutes I shaved off my time from my last 5K, on 11/14/10, not even 2 weeks ago! I'm being very liberal with the exclamation points here, bear with me.

I couldn't believe it - I was literally on Cloud 9. In the car driving back, tears started forming. Yup, I was that happy. Because I am that cheesy about that kind of accomplishment.

I have no idea how many calories I burned because once again, my Polar HRM decided to act like a jackass and not pick up my heart rate. Argh!

Thanksgiving was good, just me and my parents. The Jets are playing Thanksgiving Night Football against the Bengals, so I'm going to leave you with some pics of my eats. Go Jets!

The spread - turkey breast, turkey drumsticks, sweet potato casserole, Stuffin' Muffins, & roast veggies - baby carrots, asparagus, & green beans.

Dessert - pumpkin cream mousse pie. Delicious!

My plate - turkey breast, gravy, stuffin' muffin, veggies, & sweet potato casserole.

That's about it for now. I'm not too stuffed, so thank God for that. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices. And Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 352 - I went to the supermarket the day before Thanksgiving . . .

And I survived! LOL

It actually wasn't that bad. The supermarket was not packed really. That might have something to do with the fact that I was there at 1 PM, so I missed the after work rush. Thank God. I had to get last minute things - turkey drumsticks for Dad, asparagus, salad & half-n-half for my coffee. I drink real half-n-half, not fat free. That fat free stuff has too many chemicals.

I started my day with a real kick ass workout. I really want to get in as many Activity Points as possible before tomorrow. I started with 43 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Tough Tape with Tracie Long. Lots of leg presses in this one. My goodness! But I got through it, and I'm glad I did it. I burned 843 calories, and I worked my ass off. And sweated my ass off too.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and my first ever Turkey Trot! I'm real excited about it, and I don't even know why. I guess I'm just cheesy like that. hehe. I'll be up super early to make sure I get there in plenty of time. I don't want to be late. And then I need to get back and make all the food. My Mom is going to get the turkey breast started & in the oven for me, but I still need to make the Stuffin' Muffins, the sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, the veggies, and the gravy. I made the dessert today to get that out of the way - pumpkin mousse pie. So good - it's chilling in the fridge right now.

I'm going to do a very short post tomorrow because of the holiday. I'll be too busy to do a proper post, and I'll try to include pictures of the food.

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

And Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 351 - Tough Tuesday!

I'm in a great mood today because I am off from work til Monday!

This is going to be a short post because I've got some major TV watching to do: NCIS, DWTS (yes, it pains me to admit I've been watching that show), and then Sons of Anarchy - which is totally bitching. Yes, I watch way too much television, I know. Sue me.

Anywho, my workout was killer today. I started with 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Jiggle Free Buns with Pam Cauthen Meriwether. I burned 573 calories, and I was pouring sweat, yet again. And yes, it felt great! hehe

It was a good day, no complaints. I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my requirements. It feels good to be in control.

Still crawling & scratching my way to One-Derland. Please God let it happen this week!

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

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 350 - Staying consistent.

I struggle with my consistency. Which has led to my being rather aggravatingly inconsistent, and I know this. This week, because of the holiday on Thursday, I am determined to stay consistent. I want to rack up as many Activity Points as possible before Thursday, which means crazy hardcore workouts.

So let's talk about today's crazy hardcore workout, because I really decided to amp it up. I started with 43 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I was sweating buckets when I was finished. Then I did The Firm Ultimate Calorie Blaster with Stephanie Huckabee. I forgot how tough that workout is! Stephanie is a good lead, and this DVD is insane. There are a lot of tallbox climbs in this one. It's definitely not for the faint of heart. hehe.

I really wanted to increase my calorie burn, so I stepped on the TransFirmer for about 5 minutes, and I climbed past the 900 mark. In total, I burned 936 calories, and I felt great! Take that, Activity Points!

I've been crazy the last few days with the workouts and the calorie burn, but I really want to hit One Derland this week. Check that, I need to. I need to see that number on the scale this week, because it really is a huge milestone. For me. For this struggle. For this journey. I'm getting closer & closer.

Oh, and thos 3 pounds I talked about yesterday? Totally gone this morning. I guess I really was just retaining water. Fine by me.

I'm feeling really good right now, really focused & determined. I'm going to need focus & determination this week. I really am.

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

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 349 - New Week!

Last night I was really craving fast food. There's a BBQ place around the corner from my house that has the best chicken sandwich & mozzarella sticks I've ever tasted. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water. I really wanted to order this & french fries (their french fries are ally good too). And then I realized how I would feel if I did. The sick feeling in my stomach. The shame & the anger afterwards. Not to mention the several pounds I'd be up the next day too.

So I talked myself out of it. I told myself nothing good could come from that. It just wasn't worth it. But since I wanted something salty, I had some white corn tortilla chips, & some Ranch WW multigrain chips. Still not great, but not nearly as bad as the fast food I could've had. The result is I'm up about 3 pounds, which again, isn't great, but it could've been 7 or 8 lbs. I've had about a gallon of water today to flush it all out.

It's a new week, so I'm going to concentrate on that and being very diligent like I said yesterday. And the week just got a whole lot better because my Jets just pulled off yet another thrilling last second win against the Houston Texans! I got a mani & pedi - here's a pic. The color is called Rock Star Skinny. I chose it because I am a rock star, and I will be skinny!

What do you think? Pretty color, right? I have ugly feet, which means my toes have to be polished all the time.

My workout today was insane! Because I was up, I decided to really push myself. I wanted to burn at least 800 calories. I started with 45 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I really didn't mean to be on the treadmill that long, but I was feeling good, and I wanted to burn as many calories as possible. Then I did the Firm Aerobic Body Shaping with Allie Del Rio. It's a longer workout, and it has more sculpting than cardio moves. The result? I burned 954 calories! I had to do some stepping on the TransFirmer or about 6 or 7 minutes, but it was totally worth it! I am a little crazy, I know.

I'm feeling great, and I hope that those 3 lbs. are gone already. I stayed within my points today, and I got in all of my requirements. Overall, a great day!

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

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 348 - WI Results.

Drum Roll . . . .

I lost a pound this week! Another pound of fat gone forever!

Just inching & inching & crawling & scratching my way to One Derland. I can feel it's going to happen next week. Even with Thanksgiving & everything. It means I'll have to be perfect, or at least extremely diligent with my eating. I can do it, I know I can, it's just going to require extra special preparation on my part.

The new WW program launches here in the US in about 2 weeks. From what I've read about it so far, I'm not sure I'm going to like it. I may just keep doing the Momentum plan because it really has worked for me. I may just continue to count everything the way I have been. I'm not sure though, and I guess I should probably give the new program a shot first before I rush to judgement.

Not much else to report here since I took a rest day today. Went over my points today, but I did get in all of my requirements. Gonna have to work real hard this week get to One Derland. Wish me luck people!

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

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 347 - Last Chance Workout.

I had to work a little later than usual today, which meant that I had to start my workout later. I am almost didn't start it.

I know, I've said that before. But it's true. Today, I was just not feeling it. It's Friday, the end of a long week, and I just was not feeling it today.

And then I remembered how I always feel after it's all said and done. I feel great, like I accomplished something. And it was a las chance workout, after all.

So I started with 37 minutes on the inclined treadmill. Then I did a Firm DVD that I have never ever done before - Advanced Cardio Blast with Lisa Kay. Umm, this workout is insane! It's only 30 minutes, but it's crazy, it really is. It was so hard that at one point, I shut the DVD player off and just did my own thing on the step. For about 5 minutes. Then I realized that I should at least try to finish the thing, and if I couldn't keep up with the moves (which I couldn't), I would just step on my TransFirmer. Which is exactly what I did. And I burned 717 calories, and I am more than happy with that number.

Oooh, the new Firm workouts have finally been released! They are available on the Firm website, but I'm going to wait to purchase them. I've had bad experiences with the Firm customer service, so I'd much rather wait until they are available on collagevideo.com or Amazon. The Firm customer service is downright scary, and completely useless. I'll wait, there's no rush. I've got plenty of workout DVDs to choose from, so no hurry here.

It was a good day, and I'm glad the weekend is here. Tomorrow after my WI, I'm hitting the store for last minute Turkey Day stuff. Like the ingredients for the Stuffin' Muffins I mentioned yesterday. If any of you are interested in making these delicious muffins, you can find the recipe here.

I'm hoping I will be down tomorrow at WI, so we shall see. Wish me luck!

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

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 346

One week away from Turkey Day here in the States. I've marinated, seasoned, and salted the turkey breast, and have put it in the freezer until next Thursday. I've decided I'm also going to make Rachael Ray's Stuffin' Muffins, because they are portioned. I suggested this recipe to my coworker Lisa (the one who also ran the 5K on Sunday), and she's going to do this too.

Speaking of the 5K, I got my T-Shirt in the mail today! Score! (See what I did there? Nice little segue.)

I had another great workout today. I started with 40 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I didn't mean to be on the treadmill for that long. I was aiming for 25-30 minutes, but I just kept going. I really needed to get a good cardio workout today. Then I did The Firm Get Chisel'd with Rebekah Sturkie. And I burned 746 calories. Man, I was pouring sweat. It was insane, and it felt great! God, I sound like such a weirdo, so I'm going to stop now.

I'm feeling good, feeling positive, but not as confident about my WI on Saturday. That's my fault, and I'm owning up to it. But, I'm still here, still fighting, still getting in my workouts, even when I really don't want to. I'll accept whatever the scale says on Saturday, but I'm still hoping for a loss, even if it's just 0.4 or 0.6.

I stayed within my points today, and got in all of my requirements. Good day today.

Jennifer gave me the Honest Scrap award. I will get to that this weekend, hopefully. Thanks Jennifer!

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

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 345 - Hardcore Workout!

I woke up today still feeling a little bit of pain in my lower body. Not as bad as it was Sunday or even Monday, but it was lingering. I decided I had to suck it up though. What else was I gonna do? I've gotten a lot tougher since I began this journey, doing things I never thought I could do. I'm excited to see where this journey will take me in the future.

But before I get too ahead of myself, let me pause a minute. I've experienced lots of great changes, lots of great things. Like running an entire 5K. Or climbing the Fanny Lifter, which is 14 inches tall, with 10 lb. dumbbells in each hand. It really is a great feeling. Just losing weight in general is a great feeling.

My workout was pretty intense and hardcore. I wanted it that way though. I told you, I am a psycho. I started with 40 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Total Body Toner with Allie Del Rio. This is a sculpting DVD, not too hard on the cardio. I haven't done this DVD in forever. I love Allie as an instructor, but she really annoys me in this DVD. The workout is pretty solid though, it's just Allie is a little too perky. And she's usually not that way in her other DVDs. I really wanted to push past the 800 calorie mark, so I had to do a little stepping on my own for about 6 or 7 minutes. I finished with 817 calories burned, and I'm already feeling it. My thighs and glutes are starting to feel sore.

It was a pretty good day today. I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my daily requirements. Weight Watchers will be launching their new program starting Sunday, I think. I'm going to see if I can hit up the local meeting around here, and see what it's all about it.

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

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 344 - Back to Working out. (Again)

I am still in some pain from Sunday. But it's getting better.

I had to go back to working out today, and at first, I thought maybe it would be best to stay away from any treadmill work. I thought it would be a good idea to give my lower body a break. But my coworker, who's also a personal trainer, told me I absolutely should not do that. It's important to keep the body going, to keep the lower body working, so I went back to my trusted treadmill.

I started with 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill. And it didn't hurt, which really surprised me. I was expecting the inclined to hurt me, but nope, and I'm not complaining about it. Then I decided on The Firm Maximum Cardio Burn with Allie Del Rio. I can't remember the last time I did this DVD, so I thought it was time to pull it out and give it a whirl. I burned 557 calories. Yes, my HRM was actually working this time.

I'm up a little from the picking & snacking. And because TOM is here, which is totally awesome. I look forward to that like I do a hole in the head. The rest of the week I'm going to chug water like there's no tomorrow. I've been peeing all day, but I don't mind. I need to flush it all out, and work it all off.

I had a good day today. Got in all of my requirements, and I tracked everything I ate. I stayed within my points as well.

Oh, and I previewed some of the new Firm workouts through their Facebook page. They look insane! I know I won't be able to complete them on the first try, but I'm going to buy them anyway. It looks like the new workouts are boot-camp style. Lots of intensifications, lots of hard moves. Kinda like Calorie Explosion, which kicks my ass every single time I do that DVD. Should be interesting. Can't wait for them to be released so I can buy them already.

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

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 343 - Quick Recap of the 5K.

I realized today that I failed to give a proper recap of my 5K yesterday. So here goes.

It was a beautiful day, perfect weather for a race. Sunny, not a cloud in the sky, and not breezy or windy at all. The morning started off pretty chilly, but had warmed up by race time. I don't know the exact temperature but I want to say it was perhaps in the 50s by the time the 5K started.

The race was at a golf course, and the course was described as somewhat flat, with "rolling hills." Rolling hills, my ass. More like steep mountains! I struggled with these "rolling hills" - there were more than 2 or 3 - but here's the thing: I DID NOT STOP JOGGING. I jogged the entire 5K, which is a huge NSV for me! My endurance and my stamina have sky rocketed, and I wouldn't trade that feeling for anything in the whole world.

The result of these "rolling hills?" My hips, lower abdominals, and thighs are completely sore. God help me, I am in pain. I am sore. It hurts. And I love it! Btw, I'm taking a rest day today, to give my body a break. I think tomorrow I'll do a concentrated upper body workout - need to give my lower body a break too.

Around the mile 2 marker, I passed a guy sprawled on his back. He looked like an experienced runner to me, but apparently, he twisted his ankle, which sent him sprawling, and he hit his head pretty hard. He was trying to get up, but the race people were telling him not to. They were waiting for medical personnel to show up, apparently. That must suck the major balls. I'm talking major suckage. He was conscious though, so I think he's fine.

Oh, and I didn't even get my free t-shirt! I was so mad. I should've gotten one when I first got there, but I wasn't even thinking about it. My friend Lisa is friends with the race director, and she's going to hook me up with a shirt later. They apparently ran out of t-shirts. How do you run out of t-shirts? Shrug. No worries.

Anywho, my heart rate monitor stopped working on me, so I can't even tell you how many calories I burned yesterday. I was really pissed about that. I just gave up trying to get a reading. Stupid thing. I'm going to guestimate that I burned at least 400 calories, probably more, and just leave it at that.

When I got home yesterday, I totally crashed for like an hour. I got up in time to watch some football, including my J-E-T-S, ran to the grocery store real quick, and called it an early night after Boardwalk Empire. Yes, I realize I watch way too much TV, but it's my thing.

I've signed up to do a Turkey Trot 5K Thanksgiving morning because I am a psycho and a glutton for punishment. I figure it'll be good to get some major Activity Points in before the Turkey Day madness of food. I'm going to keep Thanksgiving as simple as possible this year. I'm going to cook a turkey breast, not a whole turkey, some StoveTop stuffing, some gravy, roasted sweet potatoes, & some baked squash and green beans. I'll make a pumpkin pie, and my parents will have some Cranberry. My Dad likes the drumsticks, so I'll make that too. And that's it. I refuse to go overboard. Nothing good can come from that.

I've also been thinking about the next challenge. Yes, there will be another challenge, I'm just not sure what it will be. I tweeted Jack today that since I challenged him this time, it was only fair that he issue the next challenge. He's going to think about it (hopefully) and get back to me. God only knows what that man will think of. (I say that with love, Jack. Lots & lots of love.) Stay tuned.

I have to thank all of you who participated once again. You guys are awesome! You all inspire me in ways that I can't do justice here. Be proud of yourselves for getting out of your comfort zones. It's not always easy, is it? You guys rock!

It was a good day. Didn't overeat, got in all of my requirements, so I can't complain. Yesterday I did a little mindless eating, a little snacking here and there, a little picking here and there. TOM is coming this week, and we all know how that goes.

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

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Day 342 - 37 minutes, 15 seconds.

That was my 5K final time. A personal best, since I managed to shave off over 2 minutes from my last 5K time. Here are some pictures from my day.

Me & Wendy before the race.
Me, my coworker Lisa, & her daughter Reed, who also ran the 5K.
Right before the starting gun sounded.
And, we're off!
Sprinting towards the finish line!

I really want to thank everyone who participated. Jennifer did her 5K, but didn't take a photo of it, but I still wanted to mention it.

The one and only JackSh*t, in all his hot sweatiness glory. Check out his post today for his recap.

I could've sworn there were more participants, but maybe they forgot about the challenge, or they forgot to send in their photos. Anywho, no matter.

I am already feeling sore, so I'm going to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day 341 - WI Results.

I had a great WI today. I was down 2.8 lbs. Just inching my way closer to One-Derland. So damn close. I feel that I can hit One-Derland in 2 more weigh ins. Two weeks to lose 3 lbs. Just gotta keep working, stay focused. Eat well, get those workouts in, and I will get there!

I got in a great workout today. I started with 15 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Calorie Killer with Nancy Tucker. It had been a while since I had done that workout, so I thought I would give it a whirl. I burned 474 calories, and I felt really good afterwards.

I had an ok day today. I did get in all of my requirements, but I went over my points today. It's ok though, because I had a light dinner of salad with a little olive oil, and my famous strawberry-banana-baby spinach smoothie. I hadn't had any fruits or veggies until dinner, and I think that's why I felt a little sluggish today. That and the fact that I went through a carb overload before lunch. I stopped by the Colombian bakery to pick up some breakfast breads. Wendy's never had any of this stuff before, and I thought she would enjoy it tomorrow while she waits for me to finish the 5K. Them breads sure are good! lol.

I'm going to cut this short because I am tired. And also because I am waking up tomorrow at the crack of dawn (well, 7:30, anyway). For a Sunday morning, that's pretty early for me.

5K Challenge Participators - Don't forget to email me photos of your glorious selves post-race. I wanna see all the sweatiness glory. That, and I want to post them here on my blog tomorrow. KE11NY@aol.com Lord Sh*t, that means you too, baby! (Don't be offended that I called you baby, Jack. I took a page out of Dick Vitale's book there for a minute).

Gonna wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices. And let's rock this thing tomorrow!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 340 - Last Chance Workout.

TGIF people!

I am so glad the weekend is here. Who's with me? (That's a little Jerry Maguire humor there.)

Anywho, I was thinking today about my 5K challenge to Jack on Sunday, and I just cannot wait! I'm gonna rock that race on Sunday, that's for damn sure! I want pictures of all the participants post-5K, in all your sweatiness glory. Make sure you email me them to KE11NY@aol.com.

Had another great last chance workout today. I did 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then The Firm Maximum Cardio with Carissa Foster. I burned 623 calories. I'm more than good with that number. I sweated, and I worked hard.

I'm actually looking forward to my WI tomorrow. I am confident that it will be a good one. I just have to remain confident and focused, especially the new few weeks. I fully intend on hitting One Derland very, very soon, folks. In the next few weeks, in fact.

I'm really tired, and I'm going to bed soon. So time to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 339 -Back to Working Out!

First Happy Veteran's Day! And thank you to all the Veterans who work everyday to keep us safe!

I worked out today for the first time in 2 whole days. And it felt great! I feel great.

Before I get to the workout, I need to say something. All day today, and in recent days, I have been thinking so much about hitting One-Derland. I've been dancing around it forever, and I am so sick of it.

It's such a huge goal for me to get to One-Derland, and I have a feeling that the main reason I've been self sabotaging is the loss of that goal once I reach it. Does that make any sense? What's left after you hit a goal? The drive to do it is gone. Man, as I wrote that, even I could sense what total BS that was.

Enough dancing around. I want to hit One-Derland sometime in the next 3 weeks. It means no bingeing on the weekends. It means following program 24/7. It means wanting it more than anything. Enough is enough. Enough crap, enough excuses, enough BS.

So let's talk about the workout. It felt good to get back to that. I started with 21 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Fat Blaster, an old Mansion workout. I burned 514 calories, and it felt wonderful. That's cheesy I know, but that's how I felt. Great. Wonderful. Those endorphins are good stuff.

I had a better day today than yesterday. I was so tired last night that I went to bed at 10:30, missed Psych, which is one of my favorite shows, and I slept straight til 5:30, when I had to pee. I don't ever do that - that's how tired I was. Damn PMS. Anywho, I got in all of my requirements, and I stayed within my points. Success all around.

So that's about it for now, wrapping it up. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices. And don't forget about the 5K challenge on Sunday!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 338 - Ask Kelly Anything!

Hi everyone!

I'm really excited about today's post, what a great idea this was.

Before I start though, I have to say there was no workout today. This week I have been feeling extremely tired. And I started thinking to myself, would an extra rest day be so terrible? How come there are people out there who watch what they eat but don't work out and still lose weight? One extra day will not be a disaster. It will not be the end of the world. So here goes.

Kimberlynn & Debbie asked similar questions.

Kimberlynn said...

I can ask you anything? Wow, that's tempting. Hmmm...I guess I'd want to ask you what's been your biggest struggle in trying to lose the weight?

And Debbie asked: My question would be what has been your biggest challange with WW?

My biggest challenge/struggle has been consistency. I'm being serious. I am my own worst enemy, and I know it. There are days when the I get the food part down pat, and then there are days when I just don't care. So whether you're on WW, Atkins, Zone, South Beach, or counting calories, the struggles can be there no matter what program you decide to do.

eatdrinkloveandexercise.com said...

What would be your number one advice to someone who is just starting their weight loss journey?

Be patient. Don't expect to drop Biggest Loser type numbers every week. It's not realistic, and it's not healthy. Just remember that it took a while to gain the weight, and it's going to take a while to lose it as well.

Lisa asked: What are your top 5 reasons for losing weight?

Good question.

a) I want to be thin.

b) I want to shop in regular department stores and have clothes look great on me.

c) I'm sick of being the fat friend.

d) I want to be healthy.

e) I want to finally really live my life and not just exist anymore.

Starfire said... what do you think is different for us as bigger women when we start learning to run, and what advice would you give to other women for dealing with those things?

I'm not an overly experienced runner, but I will say that it is so important to pace yourself. I've gotten those overexertion pains in my side while running a 5K (which is the only time I ever actually run, I do not run any time else). Be aware of what your body is telling you. If you're in pain, stop and slow down for a minute. Let your body recover. And do not try to do much all at once. That will get you no where, believe me.

Floriana said... Has weight affected your love life and do you expect weight loss to result in changes on that front for you?

Of course it has. I haven't been in a relationship in forever. I also don't put myself out there at all, and it's because of my weight. The insecurities are right there because of my weight.

Will losing weight change that? I expect it to, but I don't at the same time. I've learned the hard way not to really expect anything, because then if it doesn't happen, you can't get disappointed about it. I can't explain it.

So there you go, my first edition of Ask Kelly Anything. I hope there will be enough questions for the 2nd edition (if there is one.)

Anywho, there you have it. Let me know what you guys think.

I did stay within my points today, and I got in all of my requirements. Total success, even without a workout.

Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 337.

Today was a hungry day for me. I think it has to do with TOM, which is arriving next week. The week before is when i get my cravings. Today, it was for cheese. So I had a grilled cheese sandwich and a salad for dinner. Not the best thing I could have had, but I'm owning up to my choice. I've been guzzling water since then, which means I'll be peeing all night. Good times.

I hate the cravings and how emotional I get when this time comes around (thanks birth control pill). It makes me feel like I'm not in control, and I hate that feeling.

Speaking of emotional, I was watching a documentary on ESPN about a little boy who has a disorder where he ages rapidly and doesn't grow or gain weight at all. And his passion is baseball. He loves the game. Seeing him run down that first baseline, as fast as his tiny legs could carry him, made me burst into tears. Like a baby. It was a great story, and the little boy's name is Josiah Viera. He got to meet his hero, Ryan Howard of the Phillies, too. Ok, enough about that now, because I will start crying again.

I took a rest day today. I was really tired all day at work. And usually when I get out of work, I get a second wind, but that didn't happen today. I think this rest day came at a good time. I will be right back to it tomorrow.

These rest days are funny. I never have anything interesting to talk about on rest days. Maybe I should have done Ask Kelly Anything today instead of tomorrow. Too late now.

It is not too late to participate in the 5K challenge to JackSh*t on Sunday. Just as a reminder, you don't have to run it if you don't want to.

Run, walk, jog, hop, skip, jump, crawl - do whatever you'd like to do, but do whatever you have to do in order to finish a 5K Sunday.

I also would love it if you who are participating could email me a photo of yourselves post 5K in all your sweatiness glory. Snap it with your cell phones and send it to me. If you're doing an organized 5K, send me a photo. I wanna see you guys! KE11ny@aol.com is my email address. Put 5K photo in the subject line so I know it's not spam. And don't worry, I'll be posting a reminder on the photos Friday & Saturday.

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

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 336 - T-6 days.

It's no secret that Jack is one of my favorite bloggers. I feel that we've built a rapport, he & I. Even though we've never met. Other than our respective weight loss journeys, I'm not entirely positive that we even have anything else in common.

But this weight loss journey of ours - it's a personal thing, isn't it? It allows us to connect with people we normally wouldn't. Like Jack. It also helps that I absolutely love his notecard posts, but that's a different issue entirely. hehe

This healthiness journey we're on allows us - and all of you - to find new friends, and an entirely new support system. And we all know how important a support system on any journey is, don't we. I know I've "met" some really great people because of this blog. Putting my weight loss journey out there is one of the best decisions I've ever made. And I firmly believe we are capable of doing things we normally would never do. And that's where our friend Jack comes in.

You see, I kind of remember him mentioning he was doing some 5K training, but I don't remember if he ever said he had actually completed a 5K. And an idea for a challenge on Twitter, of all places, was born.

So why am I mentioning this? Because we've got T-6 days until my 5K challenge to Lord Sh*t himself.

Sunday, November 14.

I'm excited! Run, walk, hop, skip, jump or do whatever you have to do in order to finish a 5K that day. The whole point is to get people out of their comfort zones, even if it's only for a little while. The 5k I'm running is to benefit prostate cancer research. This is near & dear to me, because my Dad was diagnosed back in May. He's doing much better, thankfully.

Click here to read my original post about the challenge.

You can read Jack's response to my challenge here.

Jack has been a little quiet on the western front about it, but it's all good. It's exciting, this challenge. I hope all of you will be able to do it and join Jack and me that day!

My workout today was intense. I was running out of breath, and I almost couldn't finish it. 25 minutes of inclined treadmill & The Firm Calorie Explosion will do that to you, it really will. How intense was this workout? I burned 773 calories. Yup, pretty frigging intense. I'm trying to build up my endurance, and that is hard!

I think I will be sore tomorrow. I'm already feeling it in my glutes & thighs. I love that feeling, I really do.

If any of my new followers (how smug do I sound) want to participate in the challenge, please leave me a comment and let me know. I'd love to hear from you guys! I'll be posting my email address later in the week so all the participants can send me photos of themselves post-5K. I'll be posing them here on Sunday.

Ok, I think that's enough for now. Thank so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Day 335 - Hardcore Workout & Adventures in the Kitchen.

Ellen asked me for the nutritional info for the Arnold flatbread that I made my pizza on. If any of you are interested, you can find it, and where they sell them, here:


I woke up this morning feeling rushed. I'm not sure why. I guess it might have been because I wanted to get in a workout before I sat down to watch the NYC marathon. I wanted to see how the Chilean miner was going to do. He finished in under 6 hours, btw.

I decided to get in a hardcore workout. Here's how I started it. I did the warm up to MMA Kickbox with Cathe Friedrich. Cathe is insane, but she's great! Then I went onto the inclined treadmill for 26 minutes. I felt funny not doing a Firm workout, so I pulled out Volume 5: Abs, Hips & Thighs Workout with LaReine Chabut. I did the 12 minute aerobic portion, then went back to the Cathe DVD. Like I said, Cathe is insane. There is a high impact high knee portion that I just couldn't do, so I did the low impact modification, which still got my calf burning. I felt pretty good though, this workout is pretty high energy. And, I burned 742 calories!

Speaking of burning, I had quite an adventure in my kitchen today. I'm pretty good at cooking things, and coming up with new recipes and stuff. Today, while attempting to make Fiber One Banana Nut muffins, I burned them pretty good. Yeah, it was a complete disaster. I don't ever burn things. I think what happened was that I put the muffin tin on the bottom rack of my oven, at 325 degrees, and the whole thing just burned to a crisp. I should've put them on the top rack, ugh.

Since I'm a crazy nut, I'm getting up crazy early tomorrow and going to the supermarket before work to get another box of the muffin mix. That way I can make them before work. Don't ask me why I'm so obsessed about this, I just am. I can't explain it. Well maybe I can. I'm still pretty pissed at myself for burning those muffins. I feel like a complete moron.

This weekend was a success, compared to last weekend. No overeating, no bingeing, just good choices. And I feel better about myself too.

This coming week is shaping up to be a great, I can just feel it. And next Sunday is my 5K challenge to JackSh*t. I hope all of you will think about participating in this one. I'll be talking about it more as the date approaches. I'm really excited about it! Weds. will be my Ask Kelly Anything, and I will be taking questions until Tuesday. So look out for it!

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

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Day 334 - WI Results & New Discovery.

I was up 2.6 lbs. this morning at WI. I was expecting it, and truth be told I deserve it. But don't think for a second I'm going to let one single WI affect me. I am focused, people. Shrugging it off now.

Anywho, I have to share a brand new discovery with you guys. Here it is. Ready?

I found these Arnold Flatbreads in my grocery store, and I just had to buy them and try them out. They come in different flavors, but I chose to get the Multigrain ones. I decided to make a little pizza with these. I added 2 tablespoons of regular tomato sauce, a little Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and a part skim string cheese. I put it in my toaster oven for a little less than 10 minutes to just to melt the cheese & toast the bread. I took a picture of my dinner tonight because I thought I would spruce things up a bit on here. Here's what it looked like:

It was good, really good. I paired this with a salad of romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, and a little olive oil & salt. I didn't take a picture of the salad, though.

So let's talk about the workout. I woke up this morning with a crick in my upper left arm. I think I slept all twisted like a pretzel last night and that's why I had that pain. I actually started feeling it last night after my workout, but this morning it was worse. So I thought I had to pick a workout that didn't use a lot of arm exercises. But I decided to take some Advil &
just soldier through it. FYI - the pain, if you want to call it that, is completely gone now. :0)

I chose to do The Firm Pump, Jump & Jab with Kelsie Daniels. I did the warm up to the DVD, hit pause, then hit the inclined treadmill for 23 minutes. I went back to the DVD, sweating like a pig, and I sweated some more. I wanted my calorie burn to cross the 500 calorie mark, so I stepped in place for about 5 minutes. I finished with 506 calories burned. Mission accomplished.

I've had a pretty good today. No overeating, no bingeing, no picking at food. I stayed pretty much within my points today, and I got in all of my requirements. This Saturday, unlike so many previous Saturdays, was a success.

My WW center today was packed with boxes of all the new program items, newly packaged goods that won't be on sale for probably another week or so. I wonder what the new packaging looks like. I guess I'll find out soon enough.

I was so happy to see your comments on my post yesterday. I promise I will answer all of them in a future post this week.

I've decided that if I get those food feelings, I'm going to do my mouthwash trick. Lots of mouthwash, then brush my teeth.

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

Friday, November 5, 2010

Day 333 - Late Workout & Something New.

I almost didn't workout today. I know, I say it often, but today, I just did not feel like it. I so was not in the mood. I just wanted to do nothing, absolutely nothing. I know it's a bunch of poppycock, codswallop, etc. I always workout before dinner, and today, I popped in a Firm DVD, but I wasn't feeling it. I was in my workout gear & everything, but nope, not feeling it. I turned off my DVD player and went to have dinner.

I stayed in my workout gear though, because I knew there was no chance I wasn't going to workout the day before WI day. And I got in a really super duper, hardcore workout, too.

I decided to do The Firm Ultimate Fat Burning Workout with Alison Davis. I absolutely love this workout. This is the DVD I do when I really am dragging my feet about getting in a workout. I did the warm up section, hit pause, then hit up the inclined treadmill for 36 minutes. I didn't even intend to do the treadmill for that long, but since I really wanted a high calorie burn, I decided to just go for it. Then I went back to the DVD. I wanted to get over the 700 calorie mark, so right before the cool down section, I hit pause again, and did a 5 minute step workout. I burned 775 calories, and I feel great! I am so glad I got in this workout today, I really am.

Ok, so I've decided to take a page out of Mary's book and do something new in this blog. I'm going to do an Ask Kelly Anything Post. You can ask me anything, any question you want, and I will answer your question in a future post. I'm thinking it'll probably happen Weds. Leave me your question in a comment. I have a feeling this will be a lot of fun. I can't wait to see your questions! If there are a lot of questions, I'll break it up into more than one post. We'll see.

I had a good day. I got in all of my requirements, and I stayed within my points. I've been taking some liberties lately with food, and I know that I have not made the best food choices. It's something I need to nip in the bud now. I'm sick of dancing around with these last 5 pounds or so, which is what I've been doing the last couple of months.

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, November 4, 2010

Day 332 - WOW!

I mean, wow!

The responses I got yesterday made me say wow. I have readers in the UK & Australia? What? That's just insane. But I love it! Lesley is a reader from the UK (I know, I still think it's wild that I have readers that live in the UK) and she is a fellow WW. Go check out her blog - and thanks for all the info Lesley! I wish I had more information about when the new program will launch here in the States, but I have a feeling it will be before Thanksgiving.

OK - I'm going to tell you guys a few more little tidbits about myself, because I really enjoyed writing that post last week. Here goes:

1. I am deathly afraid of public speaking. My face gets all red, and I even start to tremble sometimes at the mere thought of it.

2. When I get to goal (because I know, I just know I will to get to goal) I'm seriously considering getting a tummy tuck and perhaps liposuction on my thighs. My inner thighs are just horrendous. Heinous.

3. I have a pretty good memory. I can quote lines from Wedding Crashers & Meet the Parents until we're all sick. I'm not kidding either. "You leave me in the trenches, taking grenades, John!"

4. I think hell is a place where there is no cheese. Or there is cheese, but it's maddeningly out of reach.

5. I've never seen E.T., and it has not impacted my life in any way, shape, or form.

6. I used to love the "I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" commercials, but they don't seem to run them anymore.

7. I think Hugh Laurie is hot!

OK, I can't think of anymore tidbits for now. I'll think of more later.

I took a rest day today. After work, I had an appointment for my laser facial hair removal (one of the side effects of being obese is crazy hormones overworking.)

I had a pretty good day today. I did go over my points though. I was craving chips, so I had some white corn tortilla chips. Not the best choice I could've made, but it was my choice, and I have to live with it. I got in all of my other requirements, and I continue losing the weight that I gained last week. I'm still going to face that scale on Saturday, no matter what.

I'm running out of things to write about, so I'm going to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 331 - Hump Day!

Happy Hump Day everyone! Aren't you glad it's over?

I am not having much luck with computers lately. I did manage to get the F key on my laptop back to be somewhat working functionally. But I still need to get to the Apple Store so they can fix it, and I think I will do that on Saturday.

Today at work, I was reading an article online and I guess I shouldn't have been doing that. And I guess the website let in a virus because then my computer started acting all crazy. The hard drive is shot, and the computer wouldn't even turn on after a while. Worst case scenario I'll be working from the company laptop, or the IT guy will hook up an older hard drive for me. Yeah, I know, pretty awesome, right? I'm having a bang up day when it comes to computers.

I feel really bad about the computer, but here's I have to think about it. Sh*t happens sometimes. It's not like I poured water into the computer tower, or was downloading porn all day at work. It happens, no worries. But I still felt bad. The computer is fried, and I can't help but think it's all my fault.

Ok, moving on now from that. There were no brownies at work today, thank God. LOL. And I think that I'm sick of seeing leftover Halloween candy. No more Jolly Ranchers or Twizzlers please. It's a good thing I don't like licorice!

I wanted to get in a really long workout today. I decided to do to The Firm Cardio Core Fusion with Rebekah Sturkie. I did the warm up, hit pause, then hit the inclined treadmill for 25 minutes. I went back to the DVD, and it really kicked my ass. I couldn't keep up with the soccer drill segment, so I just did squats and lunges during that part. But, I did burn 717 calories, and I was pouring sweat like a pig. I am more than good with that number.

I was reading a little bit about the new WW program that's going to launch soon. Apparently, they are going to make fruits 0 point foods from now on. I guess they're doing that to get more people to eat their fruits & veggies. And they're also increasing the weekly allowance points from 35 to 49. This new program has already launched in the UK. If any of my UK readers ( I say that like I've got some kind of world wide following) know anything about it, then please let me know by leaving a comment. I'm assuming of course that I actually have any UK followers like an arrogant snob. But I'd really appreciate it!

I had a pretty good day. I got in all of my requirements, and I stayed within my points too. I had a great workout to relieve the stress of breaking my work computer. And I'm still taking the occasional deep breath. Ok, it's more than occasional, but you know what I mean.

So I am going to wrap this one up now. Thank you all so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day 330 - Still Taking a Deep Breath.

One of my coworkers brought in brownies today. I had one - just one. And you know what the scary thing is? About an hour later, I walked past where the brownies had been to see if they were still there. If they were still there, I probably would've taken another one. But they were all gone, so that saved me. On my way back to my desk though, I inhaled sharply and took a deep breath. I realized what I was doing. I was self sabotaging again. Granted, it was just one brownie, but I was itching for more. Like a crack addict.

There are lots of deep breaths taken on this journey, doncha think? I need to learn how to not take so many. Right now though, I'm still taking a series of long, deep breaths. I'm gonna get there, no matter what.

Other than that, I had a pretty good day. I factored the brownie into my points, and I still did pretty well. I did not go over my daily points, and when I got home, I decided I needed to get in a kick butt workout, and that's exactly what I did.

I started on the inclined treadmill for 26 minutes, and that really got my heart racing. It set me up to have a really great workout. Then I did The Firm Power Half Hour with Emily Welsh. Not doing a Firm workout yesterday felt weird to me. They are the best, no question. Anywho, I burned 523 calories, and I felt really great afterwards, I really did.

Alright, I need to say this. This past weekend, and truth be told, the Thursday & Friday before, were a struggle for me, no way around it. I was up 8 lbs. (Yup, 8 whole pounds in about 10 days), but I have since lost 3 of those pounds, which is great, but it means I'm still up 5 pounds. No matter what, I'm going to WI on Saturday.

Ok, it's time to wrap this one up now. Thanks os much for listening. And let's all make good choices.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day 329 - Putting Plan into Action.

I've been thinking a lot today about my post yesterday. I need to put a definite plan into action. I mean, in thinking about it today, I started asking myself a lot of questions. Why is Saturday so different for me than Weds? Why do I think it's ok to reward myself with food after I weigh in on Saturdays? Old habits die hard, believe me, I know this firsthand.

So what I am going to do about it? I have to start thinking of the weekends as regular days in the week. I have to get it through my head that it's not ok. It's never ok. I have to put up my dukes & fight myself. But I know, I just know, that I am strong. I am stronger than any binge. I am strong. I've gotten this far, and I know I can and will get even further.

There was some left over Halloween part food at my job today. I had 2 brownie bites, because I do like chocolate. And I called it a day after that.

I decided to switch up my workout today. I started with Step Reebok the Video with Gin Miller. About 15 minutes in, I realized my heart rate & calorie burn weren't where I wanted them to be, so I paused the DVD, and went on the inclined treadmill for 26 minutes. That really got my heart rate going! I finished the DVD, and then did weights for 10 minutes. I finished my workout with 722 calories burned. I was more than happy with that number.

I went slightly over my points today, but I got in all of my requirements, so I will call it a success.

Thank you everyone who commented on my post yesterday. I can't tell you how much your comments mean to me!

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