Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 479.

My knee hurts. My right knee.

I think I've been doing way too much complaining lately, and it's annoying me. If it's annoying me, I can only imagine what you guys must feel and think.

I started to notice it today, this morning actually. It just felt weird, kinda tight & achy. Blech. I'll take some Tylenol PM tonight and call it a day.

I didn't work out today, and I'm feeling kinda guilty about it. Blah.

This is what my burn looked like today before it popped while I was washing my hands.
It actually looks a lot worse than it its. It doesn't hurt anymore. I was applying Rosebud Salve to it all day. Tonight, I'll put on a little Neosporin.

I'm going to bed soon, while watching Deadliest Catch, which is officially my new favorite show now. Why didn't you guys tell me about the awesomeness that is this show? Oh well, it doesn't matter. I'm starting to love Captain Phil from the few episodes I've seen. What a terrible shame he's gone. RIP Phil.

I can't believe it was Opening Day today. It certainly did not feel like baseball weather at all today. It was rainy & freezing cold. We're actually supposed to get some snow tomorrow. Great.

Ok, wrapping this one up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices!



Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Days 477 & 478.

Sorry for not posting yesterday, Floriana. :) Had a Dr's appointment, then I needed to get some prescriptions filled. Then had to stop by the store since we were running low on salads, fresh fruit & chicken.

Trust me, I don't like skipping posts either. It gives me the shakes, like I'm going through heroin withdrawal or something.

This is what happened to me today when I reached into my hot toaster. I burned myself. :=(
I burned myself real good, didn't I? What a bummer. It hurts a little, but it probably looks a lot worse than it is. It feels like a bubble, and I'm tempted to pop it, as gross as that sounds, but Suzanne advised me against it. So I've been running it under cold water every now & then. It's been helping.

My dog Lika got her paw bitten by a mosquito, and now it's swollen. My poor puppy dog. I had to put the E-Collar on her so she doesn't lick her paw and make it worse. This has happened to her before, and the last time this happened, she licked her paw so much it got infected. And it swelled to double it's normal size. :( So for now, I'm going to keep the E-Collar on her for the next few days until the swelling goes down.

I've totally been slacking in the workout department lately. I even cancelled today's session with The Sadist. I'm just not feeling it, and I need to snap out of it.

Snow expected by these here parts by Friday. Not happy about that at all, since I thought we were all done with that this year. Especially since Opening Day is tomorrow!

Ok, not much else going on around here. Just need to my head back in the game. I'm thinking tomorrow I'll workout to a Firm DVD. I need to do that.

Wrapping this one up now. Make good choices people!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 476

Just a quick post to let you guys know I'm here.

I was soo busy at work today, and tomorrow looks to be just as busy. I'm really tired.

After work, I have a doctor's appointment. Those are always fun, aren't they? ehehe

OK - I gotta run, but I promise I'll be back tomorrow.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 475.

This is going to be a short post because it's getting late and I have to be up early for work tomorrow. Ugh.

I had a slow, lazy start today. I just couldn't seem to get myself going, you know. It's Sunday, after all.

I got in a really great workout today. I needed it. I started with 21 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Fat Blaster. I love that workout. Then I did about 10 minutes of heavy sculpting. I burned 627 calories, and it felt great!

The plan was for us to see Sonia, so we went up to my brother's house in Westchester. When we got there, no one was home. Awesome. We waited about 10 minutes & he finally showed up, without Sonia or my SIL. She had taken Sonia to her parent's house in Queens. Bummer. I really wanted to see her. :(

He knew we were going, since Mom had spoken to him on Friday. How irresponsible. What a waste of an afternoon.

Anywho, I'm falling asleep as I write this, so I really need to wrap this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And make good choices!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 474 - Busy Day.

I woke up this morning and got going right away. I made an executive decision to get my MOH dress in the next size up. I decided to buy it on my own, without telling BFF about it. She doesn't read this blog, so that's a good thing. I could tell her, but I don't want her to worry that it won't get here on time or anything. I made the appointment, I went into the bridal shop, and I ordered the dress. I had to try on the dress they had there in a size 16, and it was tight. It zipped up all the way, but it was tight. I've gained some weight back, I admit it. I've got about 2 months from now until the wedding to straighten this out.

While I was out, I decided to buy shoes for the wedding. Shoes that I will never wear again. Wendy said she wanted all of us to buy sparkly gold shoes. Here's what I bought today. What do ya'll think?
Day 1 was today. I had to fight to make good choices today. Below is my lunch. Grilled pork chop, Betty Crocker 80 calorie mashed potatoes, and green beans. It was soo good!
I did my own little workout today. I started with 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did 25 minutes of sculpting. It felt good to work out again. I haven't worked out since Thursday with Lisa. I burned 428 calories, and it felt great.

I need to get my head in the game if I'm going to have any chance at all of finishing these races I signed up for. That starts today.

Gonna wrap this one up now. Make good choices people!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 473 - I got News.

Last night, I did something I had no business doing. Because I know I'm not ready. But I also know that life is all about taking chances and stepping out of your comfort zone every once in a while. So with much trepidation, I sucked it up. And I did it.

I SIGNED UP TO RUN MY FIRST EVER HALF MARATHON. OCTOBER 2, 2011.

WTF am I thinking? I have no idea. But I want to do it. OMG, did you see what I just said?

I WANT TO DO A HALF MARATHON. (I need to stop writing in caps because it looks like I'm yelling.)

Apparently, The Sadist is starting to rub off on me, with her mindset. JK. lol.

I still don't know if my 10K May 1 is gonna happen, what with the bachelorette party & all, so we'll see. I'm really going to try to do it, and if it means skipping out on some of the party, then so be it. This 10K is important to me, and if BFF doesn't understand, too bad. You know what - I've just decided I'm going to do it.

I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do when I reach my goal weight. I've seen a lot of people who have lost weight go into the fitness/health industry. I think that's what I want to do eventually. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do yet, but I know it'll definitely be something healthiness related. Maybe a coach? Maybe one of those teachers you see on Too Fat for Fifteen, which is now one of my favorite shows. Or one of those coaches on Heavy, again, another one of my fave shows.

So that's my big news. I have no idea how I'm going to prepare for this or train for it. My goal would be to run as much of it as I can, but my head tells me to be realistic about it. I've never run anything longer than 4 miles in my life. So if I have to walk some of it, I'm ok with that.

What do you guys think of my news? Am I completely insane? Am I totally brave for getting out of my comfort zone? I wanna know what you guys think!

And if any of you have ever run a half or full marathon, tell me your tips!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 472 - Training with The Sadist.

I texted Lisa this afternoon, and asked her if she had time to train me today. She graciously agreed, and off I went for some well-needed torture.

Lots of boxing drills, football agility training, squats and the treadmill. I was sweating like a mofo. Wanna see?

I look kinda out of it, don't I? hehe

I told Lisa afterwards that I really needed this workout today. I feel much better than I did yesterday. But I guess I still feel kinda bad also. Yes, it's my blog, and yes I need to rant every once in a while. Who doesn't, right? And I am glad I talked about how I've been feeling right here. I just think that maybe I sounded ...too angry? I don't know.

Anywho, I admit I've been losing my focus this past week. But I also admit that today's workout helped me to regain some of it. It helped me a lot. I actually thanked the Sadist afterwards. LOL. I'm not kidding.

Today was much better for me. I know that my body craves activity, and healthy food choices. But I really felt it today. Day 1. All over again. But I made it.

The other day, I tried to visit Stephanie's blog, and I was very sad to see that she had removed it. Does anyone know how she's doing? I was equally said to see that Chubby McGee had gone private. :( Chubby, I sent you an email through blogger, I hope you got it. I'd love to know how you're doing. I'd love an invite to your blog. It makes me sad, people leaving the blogosphere or feeling that they must go private. You guys are my friends, and you mean a lot to me.

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 471

RIP Elizabeth Taylor. You were perhaps the last of the old Hollywood Guard.

I was re-reading my post from yesterday, and I'm a little embarrassed. I need a night to think over what I really want to say first.

This will be a short, quick post. We're supposed to get snow tonight, and I may need to get up super early in order to shovel. I really thought the snow was over this year but apparently I was totally wrong. Sucks.

I'm sorry for how I sounded yesterday. I feel awful.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 470.

My Dad is driving me crazy. I really think the Parkinson's is affecting his brain.

He's always been stubborn, but tonight took the cake. He got it in his head that the treadmill would help him walk better again. It's my treadmill, and even if it wasn't, there's no way I'd let him anywhere near it. He could kill himself on that, is he crazy? I even said that to him, and he was like, no, it will help me. He can't walk now without dragging his feet, which is what happens when you have Parkinson's. He can barely walk at all as it is. Eventually, he will lose any ability he's got now to walk, and he will need a wheelchair.

I fought with him for about 10 minutes over this - he's as stubborn as a mule. I told him I'd rather throw my treadmill out in the garbage than let him use it because he'll hurt himself on it. Eventually, he gave up, but I can only imagine what he will try to do tomorrow when I'm at work.

I need to get the fuck out of here. I can't find a place fast enough. Hopefully by June or July I can be in my new place. Jesus Christ.

I met with the financial advisor today. He was nice. We went over some of my options. I've got excellent credit, which is great. But I felt like no matter what, I'll never be able to afford anything decent. Maybe I should've saved more money. Sigh.

God help me, because I don't know how much longer I can take this crap.

Oh, and I spoke to my BFF today. I told her it was unrealistic to expect people to go to an all day wine tour, then want to go out to dinner & clubbing later that night. I told her that makes for one hell of a long day, which is the truth. That's a lot to ask of people - that's like a 14 hour day right there. She told me, rather curtly, not to worry about going out later that night and that she would figure everything out herself.

So now I feel like crap. I'm a horrible BFF, and a horrible MOH. Yeah people, this is my life right now.

You know what - I'm not a clubbing/dancing kind of person. So I'm going to pass on that part of the night. And at this point, I really don't care if she gets upset with me. At least I'll get to run my 10K race the next day.

Ugh. If I ever get married, I'm eloping. Remind me of that if I ever get it into my head that I want a big wedding. Please. You'll be doing me a favor.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 469.

I've decided to really move forward with my condo search. I really want to buy a place this year.

It is sooo time to get out of this house.

I'm going to continue to save money, and hopefully get a really nice place. I just can't wait!

Tomorrow after work, I'm going to meet with the financial guy to get pre-approved for a mortgage. I have to bring a lot of documents with me: bank statements, pay stubs, W2 forms, 401K statements, and my investment statements. I guess he'll request my credit report, and then we'll go from there.

Wendy called me tonight, and thanked me again for all of my help. Which reminds me - I think I 'll be able to run the 10K that I had signed up for. Originally, I didn't think I'd be able to, because it starts crazy early - at 8 AM. And I thought we would be staying the night in the Hamptons. But now, since we're not doing that, I think I can do this! Now, I don't know if she will want to go out again after the wine tour, which is all day (7-8 hours). I'm hoping she won't want to. And if she does want to go out after, I'll just tell her that this race is really important to me, which is the truth. Does that sound shitty of me? Sigh.

Ok, so I'm kinda nervous about meeting with the financial guy. I wonder what he'll tell me. I'm scared! I will let you know tomorrow what he says.

I think I'm gonna wrap this one up now. Dancing with The Stars is on, and yes - I watch that show. I'm not proud of it, but what can I tell you? I'm also DVRing Ruby & Too Fat for 15. What can I say - this is my Crack! hehe.

Thanks so much for reading. And make good choices! Starting Day 1 again tomorrow.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 468 - Mea Culpa.

I know I've been complaining a lot. About my journey, about myself, about Wendy's wedding. Yup, I'm a terrible BFF.

She had asked me to find out some information about wine tours for her bachelorette party. Gritting my teeth, I did it. She had sent me a list of 4 tour companies that I was supposed to call, find out their rates, then email her back so she could then email her friends she wants to invite to her bachelorette party. I made the calls, I took down all the information she had requested, then emailed her.

She emailed me back today, thanking me, saying how much she appreciated all the help I was giving her. Today, she had gone to David's Bridal in the city for the fittings for her 2 bridesmaids. The store ordered the wrong size for one of the girls, and the sash she had wanted for our dresses was backordered til about a week before her wedding. She was furious. In February, they had gone to pick up their dresses when they got in, only to find that they had been ordered in the wrong color. So she was steaming mad.

I read all this, and immediately felt guilty for complaining. Yeesh, could I be a more awful BFF? The guilt is just overwhelming. I'm going to just grin & bear it.

Yesterday, I met with my realtor and looked at 2 co-ops, or condos, in a really nice complex in Great Neck. I fell in love with the second of the two. The management company spent about 50K getting it remodeled, and putting in a new kitchen. Complete with granite countertops. It was so beautiful, but soooo out of my price range. :( Both were 1 bedrooms, both had hardwood floors. The 1st place was on the 1st floor, the 2nd was on the 3rd floor. I sooo want that second apartment, but I don't think it's gonna happen. The 1st apartment was nice though.

On Tuesday, I'm meeting with a financial guy to get pre-approved for a mortgage and find out what my options are. I really need to move forward with this and stop dragging my feet. It's scary, but it is so time to get the hell out of this house. My parents are driving me absolutely crazy.

Thanks for all your well wishes about my ankle. I'm such a klutz. And a baby. But my ankle feels 100% now.

I'm starting Day 1 tomorrow. Need to get focused again.

So, that's my mea culpa. I feel guilty. Guilty for complaining about this wedding, for complaining about my BFF and how I'll never be in another bridal party again, and for being unfocused the last two days. Enough.

I'm so ready to turn this around. :)

Day 467 - WI Results.

I was down 0.6 lbs. this week at WI. And then it all went downhill from there.


Today sucked, plain & simple.

It was Day 25 of the 7 Day Chip, and tomorrow will be Day 1. Yeah, it really sucked.

It is sooo time to get my head out of my butt.

But I'll tell you this - I'm going to kick the shit out of Day 1 tomorrow.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 466 - Last Chance Workout.

I did not work out today. No Last Chance workout.

Yes, the title is deceiving. I'll explain.

Sometime after I posted last night's blog, I hurt my left ankle. I was turning around, and I felt a little twinge in my ankle. That's all, just a twinge. I didn't think anything of it. But I was hobbling a little bit today. It hurt when I got up from my desk today to go upstairs. When I was sitting down, it wasn't hurting. I'm going to take some Advil later.

I put on my workout gear and got on the treadmill. Something didn't feel right. I was overcompensating with my right leg, and I felt something, this time in my right leg. I stopped right then and there. It didn't help that I wasn't really feeling my workout anyway. Major fail.

Well, at least the eating was good. I went over my points today by 2. I'll take it.

Day 24 is in the books. But it was hard today. I've been thinking about food like crazy today. Really not a good thing at all. Just have to suck it up. I'll be brushing my teeth as soon as this is posted so I don't go looking for something to snack on. I've been feeling snack today.

OK, wrapping this one up now. Think I'll get to bed early tonight.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 465 - Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my Irish peeps! I don't think I have any readers in Ireland at all, but if I do, hope you guys lived it up!

I don't drink, or eat corned beef & cabbage, or make Irish soda bread. So I did not celebrate at all, except by wearing a green shirt to work today. :)

One of my co-workers went to Germany & came back today. With German chocolate. Really good German chocolate. I had 2 squares, and walked away. But it was a struggle, people. It really was. I could've easily had the entire chocolate bar. But I didn't. Sigh. It's been hard, but somehow, I am doing this damn thing.

I didn't start working out today til after dinner. I got caught up in March Madness today. For those of you outside the States, March Madness just refers to the college basketball tournament that goes on every March. Even the President gets involved, filling out brackets, guessing which college will win the championship. Those of you that watched, did u see Morehead State upset Louisville? Louisville was seeded way higher than Morehead State. What a fantastic game!

I digress. Lets' talk about the workout. I sucked it up, put the workout gear on, and got to work. I started with 32 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I really only meant to do like 20 minutes, but I was in the zone, people. I really was. I was pouring sweat by the time I got off. Then I did The Firm Cardio Sculpt Blaster with Lisa Kay. It's a nice little workout, one of my favorites. I burned 635 calories! Wanna see?
Hot sweaty mess. Do I know how to bring the sexy times, or what? Especially since you can ALMOST see my collar bone. Not quite. You know what you can see? My chins. Awesome.

Day 23 is in the books. I struggled, but I came out on top.

Ok, I'm wrapping this one up now since it's getting late, and I'm getting tired. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 464 - LOWER YOUR FORE ARMS!

I had my personal training session with The Sadist today. It was not fun. No happy memories were made today.

She was training a client when I got there, so I just hopped onto the treadmill for about 10 minutes to warm up.

I will walk you through the workout. She wanted me to jump rope like a pro boxer. I can't do that crap. Experienced athletes & boxers do that, not me. So she kinda yelled at me for jumping rope like a kid. And when I say yell, I mean she told me she knew I could do it.

Then boxing drills, which actually was kinda fun. Lots of combination punches - jabs, crosses, uppercuts, - I actually enjoyed that. Some pushups.

Then she had me pull a weighted sled. It's got a harness, and you put it around your body, and you pull it. Don't ask me why, don't ask me for what, you just do it. Uh huh.

Oh, but the best part she saved for last. Sprints on the treadmill. 30 seconds apiece, 15 second recovery. I think I did 5 or 6 sprints. And she increased the speed everytime. The very last sprint, she had me running on the treadmill under a 9 minute mile pace.

I told you she was a Sadist.

And she kept yelling at me about my running form. Like I cared about that at all while my heart was about to beat right out of my chest.

"LOWER YOUR FORE ARMS!" She barked at me. More than once. Although I did notice my stamina was a little better. But was she kidding me? :)

I was pouring sweat like a mofo. Wanna see?

My upper collar is soaked, I'm not sure if you can tell in this picture or not, since the sun was shining right in my lens angle.

I was feeling a little better once I got out of the gym, so when I got home, I did some heavy sculpting for about 15 minutes just to get my calorie burn up. In total, I burned 410 calories, and it felt great.

Day 22 was today, and I can't believe it! 22 days without bingeing, without overeating to the point of nausea.

Oh, and the one & only Sheryl is now following my tweets on Twitter. That's just insane! She's a total rockstar. And she's in NY! Brooklyn, to be exact.

I was talking to a mutual Twitter/bloggy friend, Lesley, who's struggling a bit right now. We all struggle. You guys know I have. Lord knows I haven't made that a secret at all. So I told her something that I happened to read on Sheryl's.

Fear of success is holding you back. Once that fat layer is gone, it's all just us. Nothing else to hide behind. Sheryl saw that tweet, and immediately thanked me for crediting it to her. Just the right thing to do, really. And it's the truth. At least for me it is. Why else would I have gained 10 lbs. back after finally reaching One-Derland? Fear of success, plain & simple.

I read this on Sheryl's blog, after all, and it really made a lot of sense. And she followed me back! Thanks Sheryl!

So that was my day, in a nutshell. It was a good day. I stayed within my points, I tracked everything in my journal, and I got in all of my requirements. Great day.

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 463 - Workout My Way.

My parents went into Queens today to do their accountant to do their taxes. Mom stopped by the Colombian bakery (we're Colombian, if I haven't announced that yet), and she brought home goodies.

She brought home these breads that I absolutely love and can OD on: almojabanas. So good!
They are made with flour or corn meal, cheese, eggs, salt, sugar & butter. You bake them in the oven, and I can easily eat a dozen. If you live near a Colombian bakery, these will change your life. I'm telling you - they will rock your world! Old Kelly would've inhaled a dozen and not blinked an eye. As it was, I had 2 of them, I reached for a third, and then something happened. I became CONSCIOUS of what I was doing. I put the third almojabana back, and stepped away from them.

I thought about what I had done. Two almojabanas are packed full of fat - butter, cheese & salt. But I did step away before I could do any more damage. So that's something right. Who am I kidding? In truth, I really should've stopped at one.

I decided I had to do a hard core workout. That almost didn't happen. I sooo did not feel like working out at all today. But I knew I had to. I knew that if I didn't, I would feel shizz, along with feeling guilty. So I got to work. I worked out my way.

I started with 25 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did 40 minutes of heavy sculpting on my own. Squats, lat rows, hammer curls, dips, lunges, leg press, military press, and delt flies. And I burned 641 calories. This is what I looked like afterwards.
Can you see the sweat pouring down my neck and chest there? Look how great my eyebrows look! hehe. Like a raging hot mess, I love it.

Day 21 was today, and it is in the books, regardless of those almojabanas (pronounces al-MOE-ha-bah-nahs.) I did not binge, I did not overeat to the point of feeling sick. I had a small dinner of a salad with just a bit of olive oil & salt, and applesauce. And I felt satisfied.

I am so close to getting that 30 Day Chip, I can feel it. I got in all of my requirements today, and logged everything in my journal. I went over my points just slightly, I think. I don't know how many points to calculate for those breads, but I'll guesstimate they are about 4 apiece.

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

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 462 - Rest Day.

I decided to take a rest day from working out today. I'm ok with it.

Your body needs rest to recover. This is something I've grappled with for a while.

So I've got a question, or questions, for you guys. Those of you work out - do you take a rest day? Or do you work out every single day? And those of you who do work out everyday - does it ever wear you down?

My lower body was a little sore today from my impromptu 5K yesterday. Not as sore as it has been in the past after 5Ks, but no worries. I know I worked hard.

After work, I went to the nail salon & got a French manicure and eyebrow wax. I really needed it, too. LOL.

Ok, I'm wrapping this one up now. I don't have much else to say on days where I don't work out. Is that horrible?

Oh, except for this. Today was Day 20, and it is in the books. After dinner, I had a slice of whole wheat bread with a lil peanut butter, about a tablespoon, & a teaspoon of strawberry preserves. I wanted some PB&J, but I didn't want a full sandwich, you know. I went over my points by 3, but I am not freaking out about it. I journalled everything, and I got in all of my requirements.

20 days of no bingeing, of no overeating, of no horrible eating. That is just huge. 10 more days left to get my 30 Day Chip.

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

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 461 - Impromptu 5K & a Surprising Request!

First off, I want to say that although I've had a great day today, it was filled with challenges. I'll explain in a bit.

This morning, I decided to drive to the track and do an impromptu 5K. It was sunny out, a bit chilly though, so I had to bundle up a bit. I didn't want to get sick again. We all know what a little bitch I am when I'm sick. :) I forgot to take a pic of myself afterwards, sorry. But I burned 502 calories! I got in a great workout. I figured a 5K to be about 13 laps around the track. Between lap 6 & 7, I walked a lap, and ran the rest. I ran 12 out of 13 laps, and you know what - it felt great!

Today, I took Wendy out to lunch for a belated birthday lunch. I planned for it in advance, and here's what I had.
A margherita pizza (lunch portion size). It was so good. When the waitress brought it over, she had brought over the dinner portion, which is twice the size of what you see here, but she only charged me for the lunch portion. I had half of it, what you see here, and brought the rest home. My parents split it between themselves.

Then I had a small organic green salad with a tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette.

I have to confess, I was jonesing for dessert afterwards. I really wanted a slice of red velvet cake, but Wendy didn't want dessert since she was full. So I didn't get anything.

But it was and still is a hungry day. I've just been fighting the urge, but it's hard, believe me. I'm on Day 19 of the 30 Day Chip, and I am determined to get there! I've been filling up on water all day, which means I've been peeing all day. LOL.

OK, the surprising request. Bob Mauer left me a comment on my blog yesterday about doing a guest post on his RUNNING BLOG. Me? I was like, is this for real? But I would love to do something like that. I think that would be so cool.

Bob, I emailed you earlier. If you're reading this, please check your email!

I had a good day, because I did not give in to those old urges. Day 19 is in the books. Thank God.

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




Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 460 - WI Results.

I was down 0.8 lbs. today at WI. I'm ok with it.

I had a busy day today. I went to my WW meeting, grocery shopping, the workout, then onto Wendy's fitting, that she insisted my mother go to. She really likes my Mom, and that's fine. Mom really likes her, too. But Wendy's mother didn't go to her fitting. Very strange, and she was really upset. Her Dad had to go to a work function, so her mother went with him. But I'm still scratching my head about that one. Wendy is an only child. You'd think this would've been more important, but... Shrug. Not really my place to say anything else on that, but you see where I'm going with this.

She looked lovely in her gown though. I guess that's all that matters. :)

Anywho, let's talk about the workout. I went hardcore today. I started with 21 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Complete Aerobic Weight Training with Emily Welsh. And this is what burning 651 calories looks like!f
Phew, I look beat, don't I? hehe. Hot, sexy mess - that's all I can say!

I had a really good day today. I stayed within my points, I got in all of my requirements, and most importantly I tracked everything in my journal.

Day 18 was today, and it is officially in the books. No bingeing, no overeating.

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



Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 459 - Water pills & Last Chance Workout.

I was feeling bloated when I woke up today, so I foolishly decided to take an OTC water pill.

Well, bad idea.

I got a headache almost right away, and I felt weird. Ugh, never again. I threw the rest of the package in the trash. Never again.

Any of you ever have a bad experience with water pills? Did they give you headaches or any other aches? Let me know.

This week has been weird for me. Let's just hope I don't get crucified on the scale tomorrow. Then again, all I can do is accept what it says, right. I'm confident, though.

So let's talk about the Last Chance workout today. It was a doozy, but I had fun. I started with 25 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Ultimate Calorie Blaster with Stephanie Huckabee. I haven't done that workout in a looong time, because it's hard! In fact, I couldn't do some of the moves with weights, but I just kept going.

Since this DVD is all cardio, I decided to do about 10 minutes of heavy sculpting. Same as last night, but more upper body though. And I burned 721 calories. And it felt great!

I needed this workout today. This is me, sweating like a pig afterwards!
You can actually see the sweat on my chest, right? Awesome - I love looking like a hot mess!

So that was my day in a nutshell, pretty much. I got in all of my requirements, I tracked everything in my journal, and I stayed within my points. Great day, all around, except for that stupid water pill fiasco, which I'm still kinda feeling. Blech.

That's it for today. Thanks so much for reading, people. And make good choices!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 458 - Rest Day, but Not Really.

It's pouring rain here in NY, and all over the Northeast. And it's freezing again. Not fun at all.

It's supposed to be my rest day today, but I wanted to get some activity in real quick. So I started with a quick 3 minute warm up of marching in place, jumping jacks, and jogging in place.

Then I decided to do some heavy sculpting. Shoulder presses, heavy squats, lunges, delt flys, crunches (yes, crunches - 50 of them!), side lunges, dips, and hammer curls. This is what I looked like after:
I know I'm sexy people, can you guys stand it? LOL. No seriously, there's nothing attractive about me sweating like a pig. And you can actually see the sweat in this photo, can't you? I didn't have my HRM on, so I don't know how many calories I burned during my short workout. Oh well.

Today was Day 16 of the 7 Day Chip, and it is in the books. I am more than halfway there to get my 30 Day Chip, and I am going to get there. Even if it kills me. Because it just may, people.

I had a good day today. I came in a little below my points today, but that's ok. I got in all of my requirements, and I tracked everything in my journal. Onward & forward.

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

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 457 - Personal Training with Lisa, aka The Sadist.

Happy Ash Wednesday! That means no meat today or on Fridays during Lent. There are times when my guilty Catholicism practices (or lack thereof) kick in.

This is me, after today's training session with The Sadist. Oh dear, I've got pronounced bags under my eyes, don't I? Sad.
Anywho, about the workout. We did some boxing drills, which was a lot of fun. Squats, not as fun. And then planks & burpees - definitely not fun. She also mixed in some jumping jacks, which I totally hate more than anything. Planks are not fun at all. I think Lisa thinks I'm stronger than I actually am, because my body was shaking 10 seconds into those planks. And pushups - Lisa, I can't do guy pushups, ok? Not even close. And I rolled my eyes at her when she said, "Planks." She saw me do that, too. Yeah, lots of fun.

Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, and we (Catholics) are not allowed to eat meat today. Or on Fridays during Lent. I really struggled today with my protein intake. In fact, I was starving all day. About a half hour after dinner, I had a peanut butter & jelly sandwich on high fiber, whole wheat, whole grain bread.

I wasn't as prepared today as I normally am. I went over my points today, unfortunately. And today was Day 15 of the 7 Day Chip. Do I start all over again? But I didn't binge. Overeat, perhaps yes - but bingeing? A PB&J sandwich on high fiber, whole wheat bread? Don't think so. On to Day 16! I just needed to talk this one out, thanks. hehe

I have 2 days til my next WI. This week has been crazy. I was sick last weekend going into this week, and my TOM came way early, days early, so who knows what the scale will show. But I am confident. I will be fine.

I'm going to sign off now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 456 - And the Winner of my Giveaway is . . .

Marisol! Congrats Marisol. I'll be tweeting you later. And I'm sure you will love Popcorners! They are so good!

Today was Day 14 of the 7 Day Chip, and I have to say something. I feel like this has changed my life. No, I'm being totally serious. I really feel like this came along at exactly the right time. It came along right when I needed it. I am more aware of myself during the weekends now. I feel more in control. I still get my cravings, don't get me wrong, but there has been no bingeing or serious overeating in 2 weeks. And that is pretty awesome.

I started my workout late today. I wasn't going to workout today. In fact, I even started to put on my pjs, and then I reminded myself that I would feel really guilty if I didn't. So I just sucked it up and got it over with.

I started with 15 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Get Chisel'd with Rebekah Sturkie. After the DVD was over, I decided to do a lot of heavy upper body work. Lots of upright rows, bicep & hammer curls, delt flys, & shoulder presses. My arms were hurting. And I burned 542 calories, but it felt great! LOL.

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


Monday, March 7, 2011

Day 455 - Too Fat for 15.

I got into this show kinda late. But like anyone else who watches it, I was struck by Tanisha, the 15 year old girl who weighed more than 500 lbs. when she started at this school. She now weighs about 350, I think.

I'm not going to get too much into the show, but I will say this. I can relate to them. I was never 500 lbs as a teenager, but I sure felt like I was. I know what it feels like to be singled out in high school for not looking like everyone else, for not being the same size as everyone else. I need to change the subject now.

Needless to say, I was not going to workout today. I really wasn't. TOM came early, too early, since I'm on the pill, and I was feeling bloated & gross. And then the show came on and well, there really was no excuse.

This is what burning 502 calories looks like!
Sexy as hell, right? I didn't do a DVD workout, or even a structured workout, for that matter. I just did my own thing. I started with 22 minutes on the inclined treadmill, to get some cardio in. Then I decided to do some sculpting. Heavy squats, lunges, dips, military press, bicep & hammer curls, upright rows, lat rows, and dead lifts. It was sort of like a circuit, albeit a very unorganized one. LOL. But hey, 502 calories burned, baby.

Day 13 of the 7 Day Chip is in the books. Tomorrow is Day 14. 14 days of no bingeing, no overeating, no feeling sick & disgusted with my food decisions. This is huge for me. I am shooting for that 30 Day Chip. I will get there!

I will be announcing the winner of my Popcorners giveaway tomorrow! I'm so excited! hehe. So check back tomorrow.

Great day today. I got in all of my requirements, I tracked everything in my journal, and I stayed within my points. Onward & forward.

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

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 454.

So this is what burning 638 calories looks like. Apparently, it makes me look like I'm high or something. hehe
Day 12 is in the books, as is this weekend. Weekends are usually the absolute worst for me, but I made it through with no bingeing, and no stupid overeating - to the point where I feel sick and disgusted. I have not done that in 12 days, and I have to tell you - it feels good!

So I did not get to the race today. It was raining & windy as hell when I woke up this morning. And I still felt kinda sick. Still do. I'm not as congested as I was yesterday, but I'm still sneezing with annoying frequency. I've been drinking tons of water, and I've taken my zinc supplement.

My workout was 11 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Maximum Cardio with Carissa Foster. I burned 638 calories & I sweated like a pig. See above.

I'm going to focus on getting over this annoying cold, and making good food choices this week. I'm supposed to go out to lunch with a co-worker tomorrow to a Greek place, but I'm not worried about it really. There's always salad & grilled chicken.

Good weekend, over all, not counting my cold, but whatever. I got in all of my requirements, and I tracked everything in my journal.

Don't forget to enter my Popcorners giveaway! You have until tomorrow, so leave me a comment!

Gonna wrap this one up now. Thanks for reading. Make good choices!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 453 - WI Results

I lost 2 lbs. this week! Go me.

I am inching my way closer & closer to One-Derland again. I'm embarrassed to say that I'm still 10 pounds away, but I'm owning up to it. I will get there soon, as long as I keep doing what I've been doing.

I am officially sick - again. And it sucks. I've been sneezing all day long, and I've gone through an entire box of tissues. I've been drinking a ton of water today, and I'll be taking Nyquil tonight.

No workout today, since I feel like crap. I'm all congested. I even took a nap today for an hour and a half. I NEVER take naps, so you know I don't feel well at all.

There's a 4 mile race tomorrow morning that I wanted to do, but because I'm sick, I don't know if I'm going to do it or not now. I guess I'll decide tomorrow morning when I get up. Just in case, I've gotten my workout gear ready. I'll keep you guys posted.

Don't forget about the Popcorners giveaway! Leave me a comment if you'd like to enter. I will announce the winner on Monday.

Day 11 of the 7 Day Chip was today. I was not as spot on as I was yesterday, but I did get in all of my requirements. No bingeing, no overeating, but I could've made wiser food decisions. However, I am not going to consider this day a major fail. I had a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. That's the food decision I'm talking about. But the thing is, I don't consider that a fail. What do you guys think ? Do I need to start Day 1 tomorrow or Day 12? I'm leaning more towards Day 12.

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

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 452 - My First Ever Giveaway!

The wonderful people over at Popcorners have agreed to let me host a giveaway of their awesomely good chips. If you've been reading my blog the last few days, you know I've been raving about this product. I buy the single serve, 140 calorie bags, and I don't feel guilty afterwards. All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave me a comment about what your go to healthy snacks are. I'm so excited!
**Fine Print** - One entry/comment per person. Giveaway is limited to U.S. Residents only. Winner will receive a large novelty box of this wonderful product. **

Just a quick recap of my day - it was a great day. Food was spot on today, and I got in a great workout! I started with 15 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Fat Blaster. An old school Firm, but a great workout nonetheless. I burned 477 calories. Here's me in all my post-sweatiness glory!

Great day today, overall.

I will contact the winner via email. I am so excited! And I can't wait to read your comments, so let's hear it!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 451 - Start of Another Cold?

Yesterday, my throat started to feel a little scratchy. So I decided, rather stupidly, to OD on Vitamin C & Airborne.

Well, Airborne is pretty much a highly concentrated, high dose of Vitamin C. And guess what happens when you ingest too much Vitamin C? As in, you take 4 doses of Airbore when you should not exceed 3? I'll tell ya.

You wake up at 4 AM with your stomach killing you because of all the acidity that you've taken in. Yup. It was a horrible night. At least my throat doesn't feel as scratchy now. But, I'm sneezing a lot. Ugh.

Today, I've stopped the Airborne, and I've only taken a Zinc tablet to fight off this cold. And I'll be taking some Nyquil in a little bit to help me sleep tonight.

The big news that I wanted to share with you? That will have to wait til tomorrow, but I promise I will post it tomorrow! I can't write the kind of blog post I want to write in this mentality right now.

No workout today. But my food intake was spot on! I got in all of my requirements, and I tracked everything in my journal. And I'm on Day 9 of the 7 Day Chip. Well actually, Day 9 is in the books now. Tomorrow is Day 10, and I will own it!

I'm going to try to get to bed early tonight, so I'm wrapping this one up now. Thanks so much for reading. And let's all make good choices!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 450 - Working out with The Sadist.

This is me, post workout. Lisa is out of her freaking mind, man. I was sweating like a pig today, and you can see it in this pic. Look how bitchin' my eyebrows look, though. Hehehe.
She started me jumping rope, which I absolutely hate. Two minutes of jumping rope to warm up, and I was sweating already. We did some boxing drills for the first time today, and that was a lot of fun! Lots of jabs, crosses, upper cuts & combinations. That was the only part of the workout that I actually liked.

Then some slam balls, core work, burpees, push ups, and more core work. This lady really loves core work. I hate it. More than I can put into words. I was sweating like an oink. I was so glad when it was over! LOL.

Look what I received in the mail from Kenlie today!
She knitted me a red scarf, and I absolutely love it. Thanks Kenlie! I'll be wearing it tomorrow, since it's going to be cold. Bummer.
Day 8 of the 7 Day Chip is officially in the books! Just looking forward to reaching Day 14, but for now, I am concentrating on Day 9 tomorrow.

I've decided to run another 4 mile race on Sunday. Because I am a glutton for punishment. This race will actually be official, with official timing and everything. I'm curious to see how fast I can run 4 miles. Although my time shouldn't be important. It's that I am going to do it at all is what matters. I'm gonna do it, people!

Great day today, I stayed on point, tracked everything, and got in all of my requirements. Day 8 is over, baby!

Stay tuned for some exciting deets tomorrow! Future Thin Girl will be hosting her first ever Giveaway!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 449 - 7 Day Chip!

Today is Day 7. It is in the books. I made it!

Now my next challenge is to get to Day 30 and get my 30 Day Chip. But this I feel I should chop up into 7 day increments, so I will be concentrating on my 14 Day Chip. Last time around, I got to Day 10, and threw it all to hell. Not this time! I am going to fight.

Dad has been having some medical problems, some I talk about on here, others not so much. He's got some swelling in his ankles and his hands, so he went to the doctor today to get it checked out. It's fine, he's ok. But it was important to go to the doctor. His Parkinson's limits his mobility, hence the swelling.

I could've used this situation as an excuse to turn to food for comfort, and I didn't. I DID NOT DO THAT. I need to do this, for me. I need to know - and I do know - that I have it in me to do this. I've got my 2nd 7 Day Chip, and it feels great.

I decided to take a rest day today from working out. Tomorrow I will be training with The Sadist, which is always fun times. Lots of great memories will be made tomorrow, for real.

Speaking of memories, I am thoroughly fascinated by the ongoing Charlie Sheen drama. I just cannot turn away from his train wreck, or his Adonis DNA, or his tiger blood. Unreal. I'll be watching his interview that he's doing with 20/20 tonight. It does seem like he's talking to everyone now, doesn't it. He's on Twitter now too, so I can't wait to see what other intelligent things he'll be sharing with us! LOL.

It was a good day. Food was rock solid, and I tracked everything in my journal. And I got in all of my daily requirements. Solid, over all.

Ok, I'm going to wrap this one up now. Thanks for reading. And let's make good choices people.