Friday, December 31, 2010

Day 389 - Personal Training with Lisa.

I worked out with the sadist today. I am already sore.

Lots of leg work today. Oh, and sprints on the inclined treadmill. That was a lot of fun. Lots of really fun memories were made today, believe me.

Lisa's oldest daughter Sasha showed up at the gym briefly. She told me she reads my blog! I couldn't believe it, I just thought that was wild. She congratulated me for finally reaching One-Derland. Thanks Sasha, I can't tell you how much that means to me.

It still blows my mind that people read my blog at all.

I was sweating like a pig after the workout today, so I decided against doing a Firm DVD when I got home. I couldn't wait to shower! hehe. Which I did, then promptly changed into PJs. Let's face it, I knew I wasn't going to do anything special today.

I don't get sentimental about New Year's Eve anymore. I also don't make resolutions because I think they're crap. You're either going to do something or you're not. And you certainly don't need a new year to stick to doing something. That's just how I look at it.

So what do you guys have planned for tonight? Anything special, or do you always do the same thing on NYE?

I've been watching House & Monk on TV basically all day. I'm such a party animal, I know!

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

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day 388 - I Got Something Now!

LOL. Whereas yesterday I had nothing, today I got something.

The last few days have been bad food choice days. Yesterday was a better day than the day before, and today was just great. Today, instead of waiting til Monday, or January 1st, I decided to end that crap.

It always amazes me how much I better I feel after working out, or after eating nutritious, healthy food/meals. I know at this point of my journey that it really shouldn't surprise me all that much, but it still does. I made better choices today, and it made me feel good.

Ooh, before I forget, there's a new show on A&E that's due to premiere next month. It's called Heavy. I'll be watching. Any of you heard of it? I'm a fan of the show intervention, and Heavy was created by the same people who do Intervention. It certainly does not look like a Biggest Loser knock off, which is great, because BL has really gotten on my nerves lately. In fact, I didn't watch the last season of BL at all. Anywho, watch out for Heavy. It looks like it will be a good show (hopefully).

Ok, back to me, because this blog is about ME after all. hehe. I finally worked out today. I went back to my one of my all time favorite Firm workouts - Ultimate Fat Burning Workout with Alison Davis. I started out doing the warm up, then I hit pause and jumped onto the inclined treadmill for 20 minutes. After the treadmill, I went back to the DVD and worked out. I burned 562 calories, and it felt great to work out again, especially after not having worked out the last few days.

Later in the afternoon, I had to shovel again. It didn't snow again, but I had to clear out the side of the house where it leaks. If I hadn't shoveled, then this weekend, when it's supposed to rain, my basement would've flooded. My mother helped me, but I still spent about an hour shoveling. So I worked out twice today. :)

I ate well, journalled everything, and it felt good to get back to normal.

I had to go to the supermarket today, and during check out, I picked up the latest issue of People Magazine. It was their yearly "Half Their Size" issue, where they feature incredible weight loss stories of people who have literally lost half their weight, and are now half their size. I picked it up, because it's one of my biggest dreams to one day be featured in that edition. I understand it's a long shot, not because I don't think I'll hit my goal weight, but because I'm sure they receive success stories from thousands of people. Anywho, just thought I'd share that with you. If you haven't seen the issue, check it out. I think some of the stories are on their website.

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

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day 387 - Better, I Got Nothing.

I'm feeling better today. No blahs.

Nothing all that new to report really. My eating was better today, no Chinese food! hehe.

I feel really guilty about not having worked out today. I should have, I've got no excuses. Tomorrow I will. No excuses this time.

I actually did manage to get in all of my requirements today. Snapping out of my laziness, slowly but surely.

Well, as you can see, I really got nothing for today. S o lets make good choices people.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Day 386 - Blah.

I'm feeling blah, I admit it. The shoveling from the snow storm has made me feel achy & blah all day.

I also admit that I make bad food decisions when I feel blah. Like the Chinese food I had today. Does that mean Chinese food is prohibited on WW? No, of course not. But I certainly could've made a better choice.

It was one meal, albeit a bad one. I make no excuses for it. I know I should've made a better choice. I know this because I have made better food choices before.

I'm going to nip in this bud because all that food is making me feel sluggish & even more blah. I ate crap, so I feel like crap.

This journey has taught me a lot of things. The good always outweighs the bad. No matter what, I'm still down 70ish pounds from when I started. I'm healthier than when I first started. I am not perfect. I will have pretty awesome days, and pretty awful days. But I am still here, by God. I will continue to fight. I will continue to get up after I have fallen flat on my face. I will never ever quit. And I have no intention of leaving One-Derland ever again!

No workout today, big surprise there. The next few days will be days of hardcore working out. And making sure to get in all of my requirements, which I did not do today.

2011 is going to be my year, MY YEAR. I'm going to hit goal next year. I'm going to change my life - in fact, I've already started. I want to be everything I deserve. Even now, when I'm not feeling so great, even now I realize I can do and achieve all of these things. The only thing holding me back is myself.

It really is about the food people. Make better food choices, and everything else will fall into place.

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

Monday, December 27, 2010

Day 385 - Snowed in.

Today just sucked. We got 18 inches of snow with 3-4 foot snowdrifts. I had to shovel this crap. So it sucked.

I was up and shoveling at 6:30 this morning. I am in a lot of pain right now. I am majorly hurting, majorly sore. We got a guy to plow our driveway, but I still had to shovel a little more to ensure that my car will get out tomorrow morning. They closed my office due to the blizzard. That was one saving grace.

It's freezing outside, with heavy wind gusts. In fact, the dogs have been barking at the wind several times today.

My back is hurting, as is my left forearm from the shoveling. I've been tired all day because I didn't really sleep last night. I even took a nap this afternoon, which I rarely do.

My eating was bad today. Went over my points, and didn't get in my requirements, not all of them anyway. Right back to it tomorrow. But at least I got in 2 workouts, that are now leaving me in pain.

I have a feeling I will be going to bed kinda early tonight. I'm yawning just typing this up. I can't wait to get to bed! hehe.

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

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Day 384 - New pic & blizzard.

I finally got around to changing my profile pic. It had to be done. That photo was more than 2 years old, and I've changed a little since then.

We are getting hit with a major blizzard as we speak. It's freezing cold outside, winds whipping, snow everywhere, and more to come later tonight. Which means I have to wake up at the butt crack of dawn to shovel. I don't even care if I'm late to work. I'll get there when I get there.

I got in a really great workout today. I needed it because I've been indulging a little too much over the weekend. I'm up a few pounds (3) but I'm not all that worried about it. Usually I would be pissed at myself, but I realize that this past weekend was an action packed one, what with my Dad's birthday & Christmas. So I will just focus and work hard the rest of the week and have faith that the pounds will come off. :)

The workout today was 32 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then The Firm Maximum Cardio with Carissa Foster. I burned 738 calories, and I felt wonderful. My endurance just keeps getting higher & higher. I'm loving this, I really am.

I have made an executive decision regarding the workout tomorrow. I'm going to have shovel twice - before work & after. I will consider that to be my workout for tomorrow, and I will 86 my regular Firm routine. I may even put on my HRM and see how many calories I burn. WHy not, after all?

I need to stop picking & indulging. I've been doing that since Friday. But no bingeing at all, so I'm going to consider that a victory. And considering it was the weekend, where I really struggle, I am doubly victorious, dammit. Hehe.

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

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day 383 - Merry Christmas!

I hope all of you are enjoying Christmas today!

My day was lazy, very lazy. I "slept in" til 9 AM. I don't ever sleep in that late, since I'm usually up & awake before 7 AM. But I was so exhausted from all the running around yesterday, the errands, the cooking, playing with Sonia & running around after her, that I really needed to just sleep. I'm glad I did.

My eating yesterday was not the best, but it wasn't horrible, either. I didn't binge, but I definitely overdid it slightly. I was only up a pound this morning when I weighed myself, which isn't bad, but I really don't ever want to see the 200s again. Never ever again.

You would think that see 200 again on the scale would motivate me to workout today. WRONG! I was really tired today all day from yesterday. Not even coffee was helping. So I didn't workout in the morning like I usually do on the weekends. I just wasn't feeling it today.

I even thought about not working out at all today, and just leaving it for tomorrow. But I knew I would feel like a complete arse if I did that. And then I thought that I could do a short workout - it didn't have to be an extremely long nor intense workout at all. So I sucked it up, put the workout gear on, and got to work.

I started with 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Tight Buns & Killer Legs with Kelsie Daniels (that DVD is about 30 minutes long). I burned 457 calories, and I was glad I was done! LOL.

Everytime I don't want to workout, I think of my favorite post ever from the one & only Jack Sh*t.

If that's not inspiration enough, I don't know what is. You're missing out if you've never read this post. You're missing out if you've never read HIM, period.

Anywho, yesterday & today I've gone over my points, but I'm not stressing it. It was my Dad's birthday & Christmas, so I'm not going to worry about it. I've gotten in all of my requirements, and I've tracked in my journal. I'm going to do great this week, no matter how small my loss will be this week!

Gonna wrap this on up now. Thanks so much for reading. Let's all make good choices. And Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Day 382 - FINALLY!! One-Derland!

Drum roll please . . . .

I FINALLY hit One-Derland today at WI! I weighed in at a solid 199.2 lbs., for a total weight loss of 0.8. Whatever - I'll take it.

Do you guys see me doing the Happy Dance over here? Well, I was earlier, but right now, I'm too exhausted to do any kind of dancing. But the hard work has finally paid off. I told you guys that I would be clawing & scratching my way to get to One-Derland, and that's pretty much what happened. I'm here now, and believe me, I am here to stay!

We celebrate Christmas Eve more than we do on Christmas Day (most Hispanic Catholics do - it's called Noche Buena). It's also my Dad's birthday, so my brother, SIL, and of course, Sonia came over.

I'm so exhausted from running around after her all day, so I really am going to wrap this one up now.

But I'm going to leave you with some pictures of my day.

Sonia Begonia.
Looking bored while posing for the camera.
The spread - roasted red potatoes, pork tenderloin,
and baked cauliflower with shredded cheddar cheese.
Chocolate mousse cake.
The cheesecake I baked from scratch.

Good choices people!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Day 381 - Last Chance Workout X2!

I'm weighing in tomorrow, a day early because of the holiday. One-Derland has been on my mind all day. How can it not be? I think I need to cut it out though, because if I think about it too much, I'll stress. And stress makes you gain weight, as we all know. And I'll be royally pissed if that happens tomorrow. That's all I have to say about that.

I had 2 last chance workouts today. Why? Because I am a psycho.

My first workout was at home. I did 30 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Calorie Killer with Nancy Tucker. My heart rate was through the roof the whole time. I burned 651 calories. And I sweated like a pig, which pretty much goes without saying.

I worked out in the morning because in the afternoon, I had my personal training session with Lisa, aka the Sadist.

She changed up the workout a lot. Know what my warmup was? 2 minutes of jumping rope. I started sweating right away. My calves were killing me. Oh, and I haven't even mentioned that she wanted me to jumprope boxing style, the quick jumpropes that you see boxers doing in their regular training sessions. I said to her, "Are you insane? I can't do that!" Know what she said? "There is no can't!"

I wanted to kill her. I told her, "You know I call you a sadist, right?" Know what she said? "Yes, I know!" But she said it like I was paying her a huge compliment, like she was thanking me or something.

Yup, sadist.

Let's see, what else did she put me through? More squats. & some assisted pull ups, assisted because I have no upper body strength or muscle at all. Then high step stepups, weighted ball squats, and sprinting on the inclined treadmill. Oh, and situps, which I love more than life. That's cold hard sarcasm, folks. I NEVER do sit ups. Ever. Except today.

Lots of great memories were made today. I swear.

Anywho, I'm not really sure how many calories I burned during the session because my HRM stopped working on me again. Lisa said it's got an aversion to her. She's probably right.

I stayed within my points today, and I got in all of my requirements. All in all, a pretty fantastic day.

Still thinking about WI tomorrow, but whatever happens, happens. Just need to remain confident that it will happen!

OK, gonna wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. Send me all the positive vibes you can people! And let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Day 380 - Thinking About One-Derland.

Could it be this week? Could it happen when I WI on Friday? (WW centers are closed the next 2 Saturdays because of the holidays). When I stepped on my scale this morning, I was in One-Derland, but I learned the hard way last week that doesn't mean anything. So I will continue to work hard til Friday.

I was so happy to have the day off from work today. It felt nice not to have to get up at a certain time, be in the shower at a certain time, and leave at a certain time.

Today & tomorrow, I will be putting in super hardcore workouts. I am determined this week, not just because of the possibility of hitting One-Derland, but because of this coming weekend. My Dad's birthday is on Christmas Eve, plus we'll have some leftovers to deal with over the weekend. I'm making cheesecake because it's his favorite, and roasted pork tenderloin, rosemary-parsely roasted red potatoes, and baked cauliflower with cheese sauce. I'll be posting pics of the eats, I promise!

Ok, back to the workout. I started with 32 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Aerobic Body Shaping with Allie del Rio. I burned 759 calories. See what I mean about being hardcore? I have to admit though, I was running out of energy towards the end. I couldn't wait to be done with it!

I ran some errands, ran to the store to get some last minute things. I had a good day, I really did. I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my requirements. Tomorrow is my final (hopefully) personal training session with the sadist (Lisa). I say hopefully because our agreement was for her to train me until I got to One-Derland and finally break through this damned "plateau". I guess we'll know Friday if I need another session with her.

I need to get my nails done tomorrow, and pick up some eggnog. I'm also making the cheesecake. I was supposed to get my nails done today, but time just flew by. Oh wells, no worries.

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

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day 379 - Tuff Tuesday.

I couldn't wait for today to end. I'm off the rest of the week from work, that's why. LOL. Thank God for my little mini vacay.

During my time off, I'm going to view the rest of the Firm Express DVDs, and I promise I will give you guys my review. It looks promising from what I've seen so far. And intense, pretty intense.

So let's talk about my workout today. I started with 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then
I did The Firm Cardio Sculpt with Allie del Rio. This one is from the first Body Sculpting System, 2002. I burned 527 calories, and I felt good. I forgot that there was quite a bit of lower body work in this one. I could definitely feel it in my glutes and thighs again.

It was a pretty good day for me. I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my requirements. Plus a great workout, so I really can't complain.

If you're friends with me on Facebook, I uploaded a few recent photos of my Sonia Begonia, my niece. She is so adorable I can't even stand it. hehe. If you're not friends with me on FB, let me know, and search for Kelly Espitia in New York. Believe it or not, there is another Kelly Espitia out there. hehe

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

Monday, December 20, 2010

Day 378 - Manic Monday.

I was really busy at work today. I mean, I could barely even tweet today! LOL.

Yesterday, during the last 2 minutes of the Jets-Steelers game, I had all this nervous energy, so I did lunges & squats. I could feel all the blood rushing to my head during those final 2 minutes, so I couldn't just sit still. And now, I'm feeling it in my glutes & thighs. Kinda sore there, but it's ok.

I am trying so hard this week, I really am. That means upping the workouts, and paying super extra close attention to my eating this week. What else is new, right.

I did have a super hardcore workout today. I started with 33 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Express Cardio with Stephanie Huckabee. I burned 622 calories, and it felt great. I know it sounds like I need to be slapped or something, but there's something to be said about those endorphins, I'm telling ya.

Lisa asked me today where my head was at. I told her it was on straight, no pun intended. But honestly, what's the alternative? There's only so long I can be angry & aggravated. Time to move on. She's training me on Thursday for a last chance workout.

It's going to be a short work week for me. I'm taking Weds. & Thursday off, and I can't wait. I need some time for me.

I'm feeling good after my initial reaction to WI on Saturday. Some of it is more disbelief than anything. Disbelief that I couldn't have lost just another 0.2 lbs. But that's the way it went, and there's nothing I can do about it now. Over & done with.

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

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Day 377 - I love you guys!

First, I have to thank all of you for the support & love you have showed me, not just yesterday, but all throughout my journey. You guys & the blogosphere are the reason why I love bloggy land. It also helps that I like blogging. The kind, thoughtful comments just amaze me. You guys took time out of your day to comment & support me, and I am just humbled beyond words. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

That said, I have to admit that I did turn to food last night. I did have some salty chips, which resulted in a gain this morning when I stepped on the scale. I know, I know! Believe me, I'm slapping myself up the head.

Which is why I did the workout I did today. Killer workout, might I add. Nice little segue there. I decided I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself, and get back to doing what is right. What I know works. I started with 45 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I swear I didn't even mean to be on the treadmill for that long, but I was feeling good & rocking it, so why not. Then I decided to do The Firm Calorie Explosion with Alison Davis. This workout is pretty insane. The segments that I just could not do at all (like full form planks) I did something else. I jogged forward & backwards to keep my heart rate up. And it was up, man, way up. I burned - ready for this? - 1,073 calories. Yeah, you read that right - 1,073 calories.

I needed this workout today, I really did. I needed to workout my frustration & my anger & my aggravation, and just let it go. I needed to sweat it out, I needed to work it out, and just move on already.

I'm feeling better today (aided in part by the huge Jets win at the Steelers today), and I am more determined to hit One-Derland than ever. This week, people! I'm sick of this dance, I'm sick of the BS - enough is enough!

We went to visit my brother today, and of course to see Sonia. She is so cute, I can't even stand it! And she knows a lot of Spanish already, which I love. She speaks some Russian too, because of my SIL, and her vocabulary is pretty good for a 2 year old. I love her, I really do. LOL.

I'm hoping my workout today will knock of that gain, but if it doesn't, and I need another day, no worries. I'll be doing hard workouts the rest of the week.

I had a good day today. I got in all of my requirements, and I went over my points, but only by 2. I tracked everything in my journal, which is so important to me on this journey. I can't stress its importance enough.

OK, so that's all I've got for now. Again, thank you all so much for the love - I can't even put into words how much it means to me. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Day 376 - WI Results & Major Disappointment.

I am at exactly 200 lbs., which means I lost 1.2 lbs. this week. I needed to lose 1.4 lbs. to FINALLY get into One-Derland.

My mood right now is one of aggravation, frustration, disappointment, & just all around anger.

I can't believe I lost 1.2. I mean, really? You're telling me the universe or fate or whatever you want to call it is saying I couldn't have lost another measly 0.2 lbs? Really?

I am so pissed right now. I don't know how else to describe what I am feeling. When Pat, the WW receptionist, told me I weighed exactly 200 lbs., I just felt all this anger & frustration wash all over me. She suggested I run to the bathroom real quick, then come back & WI again. So I did, and wouldn't you know it, the results were still the same. Normally, I would be more than happy with a 1.2 lbs. loss. This wasn't any normal week though. This week, I was really thinking I could hit One-Derland.

Last year, when I hit my 10% again (I had gained some weight back), I only needed to lose 0.6. You know what I lost? 0.4 lbs. Yup, I've been through this before, and the feeling is still as awful as I remembered it.

I cannot wrap my head around this. I've gone over every single thing I've done this week, and I was on program & on point. I just can't believe the Universe or fate or whatever would do this to me this week, of all weeks! I'm angry, I'm disappointed, I'm fed up, I'm aggravated. I'm feeling all those things you feel when you're so damn close to something only to find that sorry no, not happening. Most of all, I'm really angry at my body now. I feel like it has let me down. I'm more angry than I am disappointed. I don't know how else to explain it. It's a terrible feeling, it really is.

Believe it or not, I didn't even want to turn to food today. This would've been the day for it, so I guess I need to find some solace in that small NSV there.

Today was my scheduled rest day, and I took it. Back to the workout tomorrow.

I'll be working out again with Lisa this week, as she has graciously agreed to work out with me one more time. She called me when I texted her that I hadn't made it, and she said some consoling things. Like how people usually gain weight during this time of year, so it was really great that I had lost weight at all. And that I'm definitely going to hit it next week. Technically, now I only need to lose 0.2. But knowing my luck, I'll probably either stay exactly the same, or gain 0.2. Because that's how I'm rolling lately. I know she's right by the way, but it still doesn't take away the sting.

On a brighter note, my new Firm Express DVDs arrived today in the mail. I've previewed the first 2 of them so far (13 total). They are only 20 minutes long, but they sure do look intense! I think next week I'll start working out with them, after I've previewed all of them.

This week, I'm going to a Firm DVD from each of the Body Sculpting Systems. Gonna try to rev up the ole body here, and kick it into gear.

I'm going to stay within my points today, no matter what. Dinner will just be a salad with a little bit of chicken. Can you believe I'm not even hungry? It's probably my disgust that has caused me to lose my appetite.

I need to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading my venting frustrations. And let's all make good choices.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 375 - Last Chance Workout.

My lower body is very sore today. Thank you Lisa, you are indeed a sadist. I'm feeling it right now in my glutes, my quads, & my inner thighs. Sadist, through & through.

Well, because it's the day before WI, I knew I had to get in a really great workout, sore thighs & all. LOL. So I started on the inclined treadmill, where I felt the soreness right away. Yup. I lasted 32 minutes, then I did The Firm Calorie Killer 2 with Dale Brabham. I stepped on my Fanny Lifter for about 7 minutes after to get my calorie burn up. This workout is hard. There's a lot of hopping & jumping around in this one. I almost couldn't do it. 70 lbs. ago, there was no way I could have done it. BUT - I did it. I actually was able to keep up with the workout. But my calves were killing me! Lots of shuffling, calf pumps, & plyo jumps. I burned 727 calories.

When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was about 0.4 lbs. away from One-Derland. God, please let me see it tomorrow. So freaking close!

I had a good day today. I got in all of my requirements, and I stayed within my points. Just really focusing on this very important mini goal of hitting One-Derland. Listen, if it doesn't happen tomorrow, it's still fine. I will hit it next week. But I know I'm getting there, peeps!

Anywho, that's all I got for now, gonna be wrapping this one up. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Day 374 - Personal Training with Lisa, Part Tres.

Ok, so I need to say right off that Lisa put me through the ringer today. Do you guys know what foam rolling is? That's how she started me off today. I hate foam rolling - it hurts!

So let me take you through the routine. Squats, planks (yes, full form planks!), sit ups (I hate these more than life), kettle bell swings (always awesome), ladder jumps (I think NFL players do these in their practices) sprints on the treadmill (do you see why I called Lisa a sadist on twitter today?), jumping jacks, and more squats.

Sadist, pure & simple. Crazy ass lady, is what she is. With a huge grin the whole time that would make anyone want to kill her (I'm saying that with lots of love, Lisa).

Oh, and the worst thing was that my HRM just stopped working, so I have no idea how many calories I burned today. Sad face. Stupid HRM. I guess a safe guesstimate is 180-200 calories burned.

I decided not to do a workout when I got home because I just couldn't, man. I really couldn't. As it is, I'm already feeling it in my thighs. I have a feeling I'll be feeling it in my core tomorrow. Oh man.

Anywho, that was the workout in a nutshell. I sweated like a pig. I couldn't wait to go home & take a shower. Seriously.

Other than that, I had a really good day! hehe. I got in all of my requirements, stayed within my points, and tracked everything in my journal. Great day, over all.

Time to be wrapping this one up now. Thanks so much for reading, guys. And let's all make good choices!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day 373 - And Go!

That's a little Firm humor there. It's from the Firm DVD I did today. The MI (Master Instructor) says it during the workout. (More on that later).

But let me back up a little. I decided to take the day off from work. I had 2 sick days to take before the end of the year, or I'll lose them. Might as well take them now. It was a lot of fun. I ran a few errands, and got a mani & pedi. I desperately needed to get my nails done because my cuticles were driving me crazy. LOL

I had another great workout today. I started with 27 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Low Impact Aerobics with Janet Jones-Gretzky. Yes, she is Wayne Gretzky's wife. This DVD is from the 80s, with leotards, leg warmers, and terrible hair. Here's something I never understood about leg warmers: If you're working out, then why did you need them? Your legs are already warm from the workout you're doing. Shrug. I'll just chalk it up to being another awful 80s fad.

I burned 671 calories with this workout, and it felt good I stepped on my step for about 10 minutes to get my calorie burn up because there was a section of this DVD that I didn't feel like doing. It was a lying supine leg workout. That part was kinda dated, so I stepped instead. I'm glad I did. That section would've dropped my heart rate, and my calorie burn would've gone way down.

I got an email yesterday saying that my order for the new Firm Express has shipped. Now it's a waiting game. I can't wait to get these DVDs and start working out. They are only about 20-25 minutes long, but intense, from what I've heard. I've decided that I will do them all as soon as I get them, and I will post a review here on my blog for any of you who are interested in maybe buying them. Can't wait!

I stepped on the scale this morning, and I am inching closer & closer to One-Derland. I need to lose LESS than a pound before Saturday. I can do it! Just watch me!

Tomorrow is my third personal training session with Lisa. I'm sure it will be a doozy. I can just feel it. Good times.

It was a good day today. Stayed on program, I tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points. Great day today.

Ok, I'm going to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And lets' all make good choices.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day 372 - Tuff Tuesday.

So far, so good.

Even though TOM is here, I'm focusing on staying on program this week. I've been indulging in some Reese's Pieces, but have been keeping them to a minimum. The chocolate is sometimes necessary, to remind me that yes, I can have it. Yes, I can have chocolate in the house like a NORMAL person. Nothing is off limits, as long as you are smart about it. It is all about the food.

I had a great workout today. I started with 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did a Firm DVD I hadn't done in a while - Maximum Body Shaping with Tracie Long. I am sticking to my commitment of doing only Mansion workouts this week. And I burned 573 calories.

I'm feeling it this week, I really am. I'm tracking everything (yes, even the Reese's Pieces), and I'm getting in good workouts. Eating well is 95% of the battle.

I stayed within my points this week, and I got in all of my requirements. Being positive.

Ok, I have NCIS to watch, so I'm going to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Day 371.

I took the day off from working out today. And I don't feel guilty about it at all.

I'm feeling good, staying positive, thinking positive. Just trying to be focused on this week, you know. I am determined to make this week a success, no matter what.

It's about the food people. Please remember that. Because it's taken me forever to finally realize that notion, and there are days where it's hard to hold onto what's important.

Gonna make this one short & sweet, folks. Make healthy choices!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day 370 - Remembering What's Important.

TOM is coming this week. And every woman out there knows exactly what that means.

Cravings. Temptations. Crazy hormones.

It's times like these where you have to force yourself to remember what's important.

I had some major cravings today, I'm not going to lie. I had some chips, but I didn't inhale an entire bag like the old days. I had a little bit of chocolate, but nothing terrible. And I was done.

This morning when I weighed myself, I was up a pound, not 4 or 5 lbs., like I usually am. The slice of pizza I had last night with my salad was salty, which explains the slight increase.

But I didn't binge, didn't overeat.

I ate like a NORMAL person, and it felt good.

My food choices today could've been a little better, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it. I didn't eat anything horrible. I could've been better, but whatever.

I did have a really great workout today. I started with 40 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I swear I didn't mean to stay on the treadmill for that long. I was just feeling really good, in a groove, I guess. Then I did The Firm Lower Body Split. Another older Firm workout, a mansion workout. As the title suggests, it works your all of the muscles in your lower body. Squats, lunges, dips, and tallbox climbs. Lots of great stuff right there. I burned 748 calories. It felt good. I sound like someone who needs to be slapped.

I stayed within my points, and I got in all of my requirements today. Like I said, my food choices could've been better, but considering how most of my weekends have gone foodwise so far, this weekend was a total success! I will take it, hands down.
This week will be challenging, but I know I got this! I've got a goal in mind by this weekend, you see. So I have to be on my game, extra diligent - all stuff I can handle.

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

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Day 369 - WI Results!

I lost 2.4 lbs. this week! So apparently, PointsPlus really does work.

I am now just 1.4 lbs. away from One-Derland.

With any luck, I can reach One-Derland next Saturday. But I'm not going to put a time frame on it because as soon as I do that, bad crap starts happening.

Some people at my WW meeting still don't want to follow the new plan. As it is, I haven't really changed my eating all that much. And I am still tracking, every single day.

I had to force myself to work out today because I really did not want to at all. I had a headache too, which made things worse. 2 Tylenol solved that problem. I started with 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Fat Blaster. Another Mansion workout. I've decided that I will be doing mansion workouts all this week, to help me with my One Derland goal. The mansion workouts are cheesy, but they really do are super effective, and tougher, in my opinion. I burned 509 calories.

I pretty much stayed on program today. No bingeing, no overeating to the point where I feel sick and ashamed of myself. I did go over my points by 6, but I'm not going to stress out about it. I had a good day, and got in all of my requirements. And I'm going to brush my teeth soon so that I don't get tempted to eat something or order takeout. End of story.

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

Friday, December 10, 2010

Day 368 - Last Chance Workout.

Sonia came to visit today!

She is so freaking cute, I can't even stand it. And no, I didn't take pictures, and I should have. Oh well. We had a nice little visit where she played with some markers that she drew on her clothes with, and some toys that I have here for her. The sweater she had on is soaking right now in cold water & Tide with Bleach.

I'm really happy that my post yesterday really spoke to a lot of people, not just myself. It really is all about the food, isn't it? And remember people - you really can't exercise away a bad diet. No matter how hard you try, no matter how many hours you put into a workout. It's just not going to happen.

A word about the new WW program. This has been my first week on PointsPlus, and I have to say, I'm digging it. It's annoying sometimes looking up the new points values, but you get over it. At least I did. So far, so good. I know I'll be down at WI tomorrow, but more on that in a minute.

Today I decided to do a real Last Chance workout today. I started with 36 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did the Firm Super Cardio Mix. That's a tough, long workout. It's a mansion workout, that's why. I burned 879 calories, and I sweated my butt off. This workout was exactly what I needed. I felt great afterwards.

Today was a great day. I stayed on program, stayed within my points, and I got in all of my requirements.

I'm inching closer & closer to One Derland, and man, I really hope I get there soon. Because the anticipation is just killing me over here. Soon, I just know it!

Wish me luck at WI tomorrow! Gonna wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day 367 - It's about the food.

Yesterday at work, I was talking to Lisa about the new plan, her training me, and weight loss in general. I was telling her about one of the women in my WW group, Cheryl. Cheryl had a torn ACL (the Tom Brady injury) and she had to have surgery. She was very dedicated during 6-8 weeks where she couldn't do any physical activity at all. (She did go to physical therapy, but she couldn't exercise or workout aggressively.) The only thing she could do was watch what she ate, which she did, diligently. She journalled every bite, ate healthy, and guess what?

She lost weight every week. Every single week. Just by watching what she ate, journalling, and making good food choices.

And when she was physically able to come back to WW, she told us how this experience made her realize that it's not about the working out - it's about the food.

You see, every week, she lost at least a pound, or a little more. So that got me to thinking.

I really, REALLY have to stop indulging so much on the weekends. I just have to, end of story. And I know if I do that, I can hit One Derland as early as next week. But I'm not going to put a time on it like I did last time. I'll get there, I know I will, I just have to really focus on eating well.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying working out and being active isn't important. Of course it's important. Everyone should try to work out at least 5 days a week. Everyone can find an hour a day, or even 30 minutes a day to do something.

But it's about the food. Lisa said that no amount of exercise can wipe out a horrible diet. So it doesn't matter if you workout 2 hours a day if you're inhaling crappy food. You just can't work something like that off.

Think about that for a minute. If we all just made better food choices and watched what we ate, we'd all probably lose weight without even meaning to. It's about the food.

So this weekend, I'm going to watch what I eat and NOT throw caution to the wind. This weekend, it's going to be all about the food. As in, I'll eat healthy, and not scarf down chips. Or any other trigger foods.

Chew on this: What's one thing you can do differently this weekend that you normally wouldn't do because it is the weekend? (I'm talking foodwise, but if you have something else you could do differently, leave me a comment, because I'm like Curious George over here.) Let me know!

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

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day 366 - Personal Training with Lisa, Part Deux.

Today was my 2nd personal training session with Lisa. It was good, and it wasn't quite as crazy as our first session. In my opinion, anyway.

She changed it up this time, to keep it interesting. I still did squats, lots of squats. But we also incorporated some upper body work this time, like pushups, which I hate. And the rowing machine, which I have yet to form an opinion on.

Our 30 minute session netted 180 calories burned. Not bad, but not as high as my workouts at home. It's still fine though, because the whole point of personal training is that I work out - just in a different way.

I gave myself permission today to not work out after I got home from the gym. I thought about it, and I stayed in my workout gear for a while, but I decided to take a break. Just for today. It's not like I skipped a day, after all. So I don't feel bad about it.

I'm getting the hang of this PointsPlus thing, I think. I still need e-Tools to check the points values on stuff, but I'm not hating it like I was before.

It was a good day, got all of my requirements in, and tracked everything in my journal.

I also ordered the new Firm Express workout DVDs today. I really wanted to wait until they were available on Amazon or, but I just couldn't wait anymore. They sound interesting. It's an intense 20 minutes of hardcore working out, lots of high intensity, lots of plyometrics. I can't wait to receive them. They ship out next week, and I have a feeling I won't get them until shortly before Christmas.

Today, on the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death, I took a moment to remember him. He was my favorite Beatle. The Beatles are my favorite band, and when I was little, I devoured all the information I could about them. In fact, there's not much I don't know about them. And yes, when I spent a summer abroad in London during college, I took a photo of me crossing Abbey Road. I have all their albums, and I still listen to them often. Rest in peace John. You changed the world, and the world hasn't been the same without you.

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

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 365 - PUSH!

I had to push myself today.

I had to push and force myself to work out.

I say that way too often these days, but today, TODAY I really had to.

In fact, I only just finished my workout.

I started with 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did the Firm Power Half Hour with Emily Welsh. I burned 529 calories.

I feel good, I really do. I've decided to give the new PointsPlus program a longer shot. I'm not really going to change the way I eat because I eat pretty well, for the most part. It's just those damn weekends that really get me, you know. So for the next few weeks, I will give PointsPlus an opportunity. Why not after all? And who knows? Maybe PointsPlus will finally push me to the other side of OneDerland.

Oh, and before I forget, the wonderful & fabulous Suzanne is leading an H20 Challenge, because not all of us get enough water in. Please stop by and join in! I'm participating, although I always get plenty of water in every single day, even when I let everything go straight to pot.

Anywho, wrapping this one up now. It was a pretty good day, and I actually met my PointsPlus daily target. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 364 - It's OK to Ask For Help.

I took a big step today in my weight loss & healthiness journey.

Today, I finally admitted to myself that I couldn't do it all by myself.

That's a huge step for me. Today, I asked my coworker Lisa to train me once a week to break out of this freaking plateau.

I'm sicking of being up 2 lbs., losing 3 lbs. then gaining 0.4.

It was hard asking for help, because I'm just so used to doing things on my own. I take things into my own hands. It's not necessarily a control thing - I'm not a control freak. I guess I thought that because I'm the only one who can lose my weight that asking for help was redundant? Does that make sense? No one else can lose my weight for me.

Lisa has agreed to train me, and I couldn't be happier. I'm very lucky, and I know this.

I hadn't worked out since Friday. Yikes. That's bad, I know, so I decided to get in a really good workout today. I started with 32 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Bootcamp Maximum Calorie Burn with Alison Davis. I burned 744 calories, pouring sweat, and everything.

I admit that my eating has not been great all weekend. Today, I took the power back. I got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my INCREASED points.

Speaking of which, the new PointsPlus program. Well, I'm not happy that everything has increased in points values. And no, not all fruits & veggies are 0 points now. For example, Dole Frozen Whole strawberries used to be 0 points for 1 cup. Now they are 1 point. That really pissed me off. Even FiberOne cereal is 1 point - it used to be 0 points. I used to get 26 points a day, now I get 31.

I'm not a fan of the new program, but this week I will give it a shot. I adapted to Momentum pretty easily from Flex Points, but this new program I'm not feeling. At all, really. I'm not loving that I have to memorize new points values for things. So I may just go back to Momentum next week, but we'll see.

Ok, I'm wrapping this one up now because the Jets are playing the Patriots on Monday Night Football in a few. I've never seen so much anticipation for a Monday Night Football game in my whole life. It's exciting!

So thanks so much for reading. And remember, it's ok to ask for help. Somethings you just can't do entirely on your own, and believe me, I learned that one the hard way. And let's all make good choices.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day 363 - The One where I try to make up for my creativity with pictures.

Hi people,

I'm not feeling the creative juices flowing, so I'm going to share with ya'll the photos from Sonia's party yesterday. Enjoy!
Sonia waiting for the Birthday song to be sung to her.

Opening up presents from her Aunt Kelly.
She's very much into the Thomas the Train.

Yes, they even had a bouncy castle, because this kid
isn't spoiled enough.

More Thomas gear. That's a Thomas the Train
raincoat one of my SIL's friend's gave her.

Singing Happy Birthday, with Mommy & Daddy, AND her two birthday cakes!

Yes, two birthday cakes. One chocolate, one strawberry shortcake.
Insane for a 2 year old's party.

It was a lot of fun, a lot of great people, and a lot of food! I should've taken more pictures of the food, but I was running around people's kids, because there were some adorable kids there, besides my Sonia Begonia, of course.

A great time, really. I'm still kinda tired today from all the activity yesterday. That, and TOM is coming next week, and lately I've been feeling tired when it's about that time. I'm getting older, I guess. I never used to feel tired. Oh well.

Anywho, I'm off to enjoy some Sunday night football. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Day 362 - Quick recap.


I just got back from the party, and I am exhausted.

I almost thought about not posting, but I would feel guilty and it would bother me, so I thought I could do at least a very short recap, and just get into more detail tomorrow.

The party was great, I saw my old college friend, met her husband & baby, and ran after a bunch of kids who were too cute for school, including Sonia.

I have pictures, I swear, but I am so tired I can't even think about uploading them right now.

I went to the WW meeting and was introduced to the new PointsPlus program, and I have to say, I'm intrigued. I'll give it a chance. I like that we're getting more points for our buck. And I love that most fruits now are free.

Ok, I'm sorry you guys, but my eyes are shutting as we speak. More tomorrow, I promise! Make good choices people!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 361 - Last Chance Workout!

I desperately needed an eyebrow wax before Sonia's party tomorrow. After work, I went to the nail place, got that taken care of, and got myself a nice manicure too. I am suited to booted now!

I had to stop by the drugstore to pick up some candy for Sonia's pinata. I think I went a little crazy. I got a lot of stuff - mini stuff. Twix, Snickers, Reese's peanut butter cups, Hershey Kisses, ButterFingers, lollipops, Tootsie Rolls, Jolly Ranchers, Milky Ways, Rollos, . . . and I can't remember anything else. That's a lot right there.

I still need to pick up more stuff. My brother wants me to pick up a fruit platter, 2 big bottles of wine, and a tray of Greek salad. It never ends.

I got my work out in really late tonight, which is why I'm posting way later than usual. I worked out after I had dinner, I started close to 8 PM, which is like midnight for me. I started with 32 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I only meant to do 15 minutes, but I pushed myself because it was my last chance workout, after all.

Then I did The Firm Complete Aerobic Weight Training with Emily Welsh. It had been a while since I had done that workout, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. I burned 716 calories.

I've decided to face the scale tomorrow no matter what. It will probably show a gain, but I deserve it, if that's what it is. Just have to keep going. Being off program is not acceptable. I have to go to the earlier meeting with a different leader, where she will explain the new PointsPlus program. Tomorrow will be my Day 1 of the new program. I'll give it a shot just for shizz & giggles. I'll let you guys know tomorrow my thoughts.

Tomorrow will be a long day. I have to get to my brother's house a little early to help him set up & stuff. There will be a ton of food, and lots of temptations. But I am confident that I will handle it. I'm going to enjoy myself, but not go overboard. I'm not going to have just a pretzel and one bite of cake, but I won't overdo it either. I'll snap a lot of pics, I promise! Last year, I left my camera at my brother's house by mistake for Sonia's birthday, but i will not do that this time!

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

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 360 - Almost no workout, again.

I say this way too often.

Today, I did NOT feel like working out.

I had a really great excuse, and I could've ridden it and not felt bad about it. I am way sore from yesterday's training session with Lisa. I've never experienced this kind of soreness in quads & outer thighs, not even after a 5K. Oh, and my arms hurt too now, from those kettle bell swings.

I thought about it, and then I remembered Sonia's party is on Saturday, which is my scheduled rest day this week. Not working out today would've meant having to work out on Saturday, and I really won't have time to that day. I have to make baked ziti, pick up a tray of Greek salad for the party, get an eyebrow wax, and go to my WW meeting, which is the launch of ProPoints. Then we have to head over to Westchester, an hour drive, and help set up. It's going to be super busy.

So I mulled all this over, and kicking & screaming, I put on the workout gear. I told myself a short workout was fine, as long as I got a workout in. I did 24 minutes on the inclined treadmill, and I could feel it in my thighs right away. Thank you Lisa. I cursed you the whole time.

Then I did The Firm Cardio Sculpt Blaster with Lisa Kay. I like that workout, and I don't do it very often, but I should. I burned 444 calories, and it felt great.

Tonight is the Cavs/Heat game, and as I write, the game is about to start. How much of a douchebag is LeBron James now? I don't understand what kind of people he's got working for him that would tell him that "The Decision" on ESPN was an excellent idea. And how can he be called the king when he hasn't won anything yet? MJ is the king. Even Kobe, as much as that hurts me to say it, but not LeBron. Douchebag.

Good day today, stayed within my points, and I got in all of my requirements. Time to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 359 - Personal Training by Lisa.

Today I had my first ever personal training session. With Lisa, my coworker. Who is insane. Let me explain.

The session was only about 35 minutes, but it was a whopper! I think I started sweating during the warm up. She started me off with walking lunges, then walking dips. Then shuffling across the floor. And squats, lots of squats. Lots, lots & lots of squats.

She even had me do full form planks while punching a stability ball. A full form plank? Me? I looked at her like, Lady, is you crazy? But I swallowed my pride, and got through it, wobbly legs and all.

Then came the kettle bell workout. Kettle bell swings with squats. More squats. I wanted to kill her. If I had, I have no doubt that any judge would've bought my legitimate defense of justifiable homicide. Just saying. The whole time she looked at me with this huge smile on my face like, I know you want to kill me, but you'll thank me later! Yeah, ok Lisa, whatever.

But the best she saved for last. She had me do sprints on the treadmill. Yeah, sprints. 6.0 MPH. As soon as I got on the treadmill, I could feel it in my quads, just warming up. I did 4 sets of sprints for 20 seconds each. Pouring sweat, heart rate going through the roof.

I have no idea how many calories I burned because like an idiot I left my HRM at home.

P.S. In spite of all my complaining, Lisa really worked me out hard today, and I was so grateful that she did. She took time out of her day to help me, to break through my plateau, and she didn't have to do that. Thanks so much Lisa!

When I got home, I felt like I had more energy, so I jumped on the inclined treadmill for 45 minutes, and I burned 444 calories.

A great day, within my points, and I got in all of my requirements.

I'm pretty tired from the workout today, so I am going to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.