Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 570.

Today just dragged and dragged at work. It was just interminable, I'm telling you.

Who else is so ready for this holiday weekend coming up? It can't get here soon enough for me.

When I got home, I debated about whether or not to debate my workout til after dinner. In the end though, I just wanted to get the thing over with. You guys know how it is. So I started with 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I struggled today on the treadmill. I really felt it in my calves, and I was huffing and puffing. I didn't do anything different. Shrug. Then I did The Firm Power Half Hour with Emily Welsh. I burned 573 calories. Wanna see what that looks like?
My right knee hurts a little bit. I don't know how to describe it. It just feels strange, I guess. I just took some Motrin, so hopefully that will help a little. It's not excruciating pain by any means, which is good.

I had a good day, even though it dragged. Stayed within my points, got in all of my requirements, and tracked everything. So go me. =)

Wrapping up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 569.

I couldn't sleep last night. I was up at 3AM and I was wide awake. Tonight, I will be taking a Tylenol PM to help me sleep.

After speaking to my attorney, I've decided that my realtor is being way too pushy for my liking. There are some situations where I don't mind pressure, but in this instance, I just don't want to deal with her anymore. She emails me to complain about my attorney, and I'm not having any of it anymore. I told her that, and she was like, I'm working in your best interests, not everything involves your lawyer, blah blah. Whatever bitch.

Anywho, enough of that. Got a great workout in today to make up for not having worked out yesterday. I started with 28 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I finished The Firm Ultimate Fat Burning Workout with Alison Davis. I really needed to push myself today. I burned 713 calories.
I had forgotten to take a photo post workout. I was all set to shower, then I remembered. It felt all weird to not have taken a photo. So glad I remembered!

Better day today. I felt better. I tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points. Overall win.

Thanks for reading. Wrapping up now. And make good choices people! =)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 568.

I'm in a pissy mood right now.

Cramps, PMS, bloating - it all sucks the major ballage.

It's hot & humid today, and I couldn't get cool enough at home, even with the AC on.

In reality, I was looking for an excuse to not work out. I had the gear on and everything. I even started doing a Firm DVD - one of my favorites. Ultimate Fat Burning Work Out with Alison. 5 minutes in, I just wasn't feeling it. So I turned it off. Not.Feeling.It.Today.

Blah blah, blahitty blah blah.

I gave the rest of the cookies to my Dad. Who promptly finished them with gusto. Problem solved.

So no workout today. That was so not planned. Tomorrow will be better.

I did track everything in my journal, and got in all of my requirements. So the day was not a complete waste.

Wrapping up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices people!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 567.

Anyone see True Blood last night? I was so excited to watch it, lemme tell you. In case some of you haven't seen it yet, I won't spoil it for you. But I loved last night's episode!

It was a hungry day for me today. I just wanted to eat everything under the sun. And I really wanted chocolate. I may have eaten 3 Hershey Kiss cookies that Kenlie was kind enough to send to me (ok 4), but I decided to not let that completely derail me. And it could have, easily. Instead, I knew I needed to work it off. And yes, I know that no workout can replace bad food choices. I know it's about the food.

So I started with 22 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Cardio Split, which is led by 4 different Master Instructors. I thought I would die! I definitely felt a little sluggish (fuck you, PMS-driven need for chocolate!), but I huffed & puffed my way through it. And I burned 752 calories. Take a gander.
Today wasn't my best day, and I offer no excuses for it. I absolutely could've (and SHOULD'VE) made better decisions today. Live and learn.

I got in all of my requirements, tracked everything in my journal (yes, even those damned cookies), and went over my points today. I had to guestimate how many Points+ those things were, but whatever.

Thanks for reading people. And make good choices!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day 566 - Lost & Found.

I can't believe I didn't look behind the DVDs in the stackable shelves where I keep them to find that stupid DVD yesterday. When I found it, I felt so freaking stupid, I'm telling ya. The DVD is now resting in a prominent place on my shelf, where I will never lose it again. :)

So I did the warm up to MMA Kickboxing with Cathe Friedrich, hit pause, and jumped on the inclined treadmill for 21 minutes. Can you believe I was already sweating during the warm up? Yeah, Cathe is no joke. She don't mess around, believe me. I went back to the DVD and finished it, huffing & puffing, and pouring sweat like nobody's business.

I wanted to get my calorie burn up since I didn't work out yesterday, so after the DVD was done, I did 25 minutes of heavy sculpting. Because I am a psycho. Lunges, squats, leg presses, dips, side lunges, lat rows, upright rows, hammer curls, delt flys, French presses, and military presses (not all in that order.) I burned a whopping 943 calories. See?
My sports bra was soaked, I'm not kidding.

Good day today. I got in all of my requirements, stayed within my points, and tracked everything in my journal. TOM is rearing its ugly head soon, and I am very interested in chocolate right now. And salty things. I'm staying away from them, but fuck, it's hard.

Wrapping up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices people.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day 565 - WI Results.

When I went to WW this morning, I discovered that I had left my WW booklet at home! Crap. I was able to WI anyway, and I lost 1.6 lbs. this week! I was happy with that. I'm at 206.8 now. Inching away to One-Derland. AGAIN. I won't get into how frustrating that is. Done & over with.

I delayed my workout again til after way after dinner. I put on the workout gear, strapped on my Polar HRM, and prepared to do this DVD, because I hadn't done it in a while.
It's a lot of fun, Cathe's a great instructor, and I really like the background music. I was psyched to do it.

And then I couldn't find it. Anywhere.

I ripped my room apart looking for it, but no luck. I spent almost an hour looking for it. And by that time, it was almost 9:30 PM. Way too late for me to workout.

Now, I could've easily done another DVD, but I really wanted to do this one. And I needed to see if I could at least find it, which I couldn't. I think it may have gone into the garbage. So now I'm really pissed. No workout for me today. Unhappy Kelly.

This sucks. I've never lost a DVD before.

And yes, I realize that was a stupid ass excuse to not get in any activity today. I suck. I admit this.

I had a pretty good day overall, though. I tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and I went slightly over my points. I'm ok with that though. I scored a major NSV today. TOM will be here next week, and I was jonesing for some Chinese food. There's a takeout place across the street, and it would've been so easy to go and get fried rice & fried dumplings.

But I gritted my teeth, and stayed on program. Man, that binge devil just doesn't want to go away. Bastard.

Wrapping this one up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices people!

UPDATED TO ADD:

At 11 PM tonight, I found the fucking DVD hidden behind some of my other workout DVDs. Son of a bitch!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 564.

Another icky, humid day here in NY. It was cloudy all day, and it looked like it would rain at any second. It didn't though, which didn't alleviate the stickiness of the day.

Today I asked my boss if I could return full time, and he said yes immediately. I was really surprised by that, because I figured he'd say something like, he needed to talk to the other partners first. But nope, he said yes right away. I'll be making more money, which will really help me in the long run, especially with this whole buying a condo business. What a relief!

I started my workout really, really late tonight. But at least I did it and got it over with. I ran some errand after work, went to Trader Joe's to pick up some swagger for Kenlie, and by the time I got home, I just wasn't feeling it.

After dinner though, I knew I had to do it. Especially with WI being tomorrow. So I sucked it up, put on the gear, and went to work. I started with 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Calorie Killer with Nancy Tucker. I burned 745 calories, and I sweated my arse off. See?
I was so glad when I was done. Seriously.

Another good day is in the books. I stayed within my points, tracked everything in my journal, and got in all of my requirements. Major win.

I need to wrap this one up now, I'm starting to fade real fast. I'm not kidding. Thanks for reading. And make good choices people!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 563 - Pictures of You.

Can I just tell you guys how much I love all of you? 10 comments on a post about my $10 manicure! I love it! :0) Maybe I should do a manicure post more often. What do you guys think?

It was a dreary, rainy, dark day today. I was sooo tired all day. It amazes me how the weather can affect my mood the way that it does. Usually when I leave work for the day I get a second wind, but that so did not happen today. I got home, and I actually laid down on my bed for a while. My energy was totally zapped.

Then I got to thinking what a weak excuse using the weather was. I mean, seriously? I knew I couldn't do that in good conscience. So I just did the damn thing already.

I decided against doing a Firm DVD today because I didn't start working out til past 6 PM, and I didn't want to eat dinner too late. I wanted to eat at a decent time. So I did 35 minutes on the inclined treadmill, listening to an eclectic blend of music on my iPod. Old school Aerosmith, before Steven Tyler fucked up his voice, Lynrd Skynrd, 90s Madonna, Dusty Springfield, and one of my favorite songs by The Cure - Pictures of You. I burned 427 calories. Here's a Picture of Me right after.
That's me, looking so relieved I did my workout. And that's me being so glad it's over! hehehe.

Another good day is in the books. I tracked everything (have I mentioned how important that is, no matter what kind of plan you're following?) got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

Wrapping this one up now. Thanks for reading people. And make good choices!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 562 - Rest Day.

It's my scheduled rest day, so I decided to get a manicure today. For the first time since my BFF's wedding.

Speaking of which, I've been kind of avoiding her calls lately, and now I feel kinda guilty about it. I texted her a little while ago, and she hasn't responded to me yet. Shrug. I'm sure we'll touch base soon, maybe this weekend or something.

Anywho, this is the color I chose. It's called Jelly Apple. Do you like? I do.
I seriously needed to get my nails done. My cuticles were just out of control and I couldn't take it anymore. And yes, I realize how I sounded just writing that out.

Ladies, do you get your nails done? How often?

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

Wrapping up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices people!

(Yeah this was about my manicure today. So what?)


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 561.

Happy 1st day of summer people!

It's a lot more humid today than it was yesterday. I hate humidity almost as much as I hate extreme heat.

I'm not liking the whole business of buying property. There all these forms that I have to look over and sign. Signing my life away is more like it. And from what I hear from people who have been through closings, that day will be more signing. Copies of the same fucking thing. Over and over again. And checks, I think too. Awesome.

I decided to work out in non-AC'ed rooms today. You know, to really get the sweat pouring. Because that is when I look my sexiest.

I started with 26 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I decided to do another old Firm DVD - Super Sculpting, with 5 different Master Instructors. My thighs and my glutes were killing me throughout this workout. They really like to work those body parts, apparently. Lots of squats, dips, lunges, and leg press. I know I will be even more sore tomorrow than I was today, if that's at all possible. I burned 711 calories though, so I think it was worth it.
I don't know if you can see it in this photo, but the sweat was pouring down my face, my chest, my neck, and my upper arms. This humidity is no joke. Oh yeah, and I also worked out hardcore, too.

Another good day, even though I was battling some cravings. I really wanted salt - like potato chips. But I just chugged water throughout the day to keep it at bay, which really seemed to work. I must've chugged at least 150 ounces of water, easily. Frequent bathroom trips are the norm for me.

I fell just shy of my points today, but it's ok. I got in all of my requirements, and tracked everything in my journal. All good today.

Ooh, and some of my free stuff that I used my credit card points for came today! My new toaster oven and my blender arrived - brand new and free! Awesome. Free stuff rocks!

Wrapping up now. Thanks for reading people. And make good choices!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 560.

When I decided to go back to school in 2007, my work schedule changed. Instead of working 9-5, 5 days a week, my schedule became working til 3 PM 3 days a week, then working a full day, 2 days a week. That's how it's been since then. Now, because I'm buying my place, I need to ask my boss if I can return to permanent full time status. I'm going to need the money. I hope he says yes.

Let's discuss the workout today. I started with 28 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I decided to do Part 2 of the Firm Bootcamp 3-in-1 Mix. Yet another compilation of previous Firm DVDs. Afterwards, I wanted to do some more sculpting, so I decided to add another 10 or 15 minutes of sculpting. I burned 673 calories, pouring sweat the whole time.
I felt great afterwards. I must remember that every time I don't want to work out. Those endorphins kick some major ass, I'm telling you.

Good day for me today. I got in all of my requirements, tracked everything, and came in below my points. I'm ok with that.

I decided to go ahead with the financial guy my realtor recommended. My stomach is churning just thinking about it. This is why I need to go back to working full time, even though I really don't want to. I just need to stop being such a baby.

Ok, I need to wrap this one up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices people!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day 559 - Happy Father's Day.

Happy Father's Day to all you fathers out there. I hope you all had a great day.

We spent a quiet one here at home. Part of the youth group from church came over to my Dad a visit. He had been very active in church before he couldn't go anymore. They prayed together, said an Our Father, and chatted a little. It was good for him, and he really enjoyed seeing them.

Let's talk about the workout. I wanted to get in a super hardcore workout, so I started with 22 minutes on the inclined treadmill. Then I did The Firm 3-in-1 Mix, Bootcamp, Part 1. I hadn't done this Firm in a while, and believe me, I was making fun of their pantyhose paired leotards. I never understood wearing pantyhose with leotards. That never made any sense to me. Anywho, this DVD is a compilation of previous Firm workouts, led by different Master Instructors. I burned 814 calories.
Uneventful day for me. I went and get a pedicure in the afternoon because I desperately needed it. Other than that, not much else was going on. I'm ok with that though.

On point today. I got in all of my requirements, tracked everything in my journal, and stayed within my points.

Wrapping this one up now. Back the work grind tomorrow. Thanks for reading people. And make good choices!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 558 - WI Results.

I stayed the same this week. I didn't gain, and I didn't lose. Really? Not even 0.2? I did everything right. Shrug. Whatever. Moving on!

But good news though - I actually won something! I won Lindsey's giveaway! I've never won anything in my entire life, so this was great news after my not-so-great WI today. I get to receive Cathe Friedrich's Core Circuit. I love Cathe - she is insane, but she's a great instructor.

Lindsey is another Firm believer, having lost a ton of weight using their DVDs. She is a great success story - I sooo want to be a success story too. I've posted before how I really want to be in their next infomercial, but we'll just have to wait and see. Lindsey, thanks again!

I decided to carry over this good news into the rest of my day, which included my workout, of course. I started with 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Strength with Pam Cauthen. This DVD was part of the Firm Crosstrainers series. Lots of leg presses in this one, lots of squats. Yes, they wear leotards and unitards. And fluffy white socks with high tops. Believe me, mentally, I was totally making fun of them. But it was nice to see some of the old Firm MIs, like Pam (she's not so anorexic looking in this DVD), and Libby Heath, and Allie, who's rocking a workout bikni. I burned 753 calories. Take a look!
I had a really good day. I refused to let my WI affect my mood or my food intake. And you guys know how badly I struggle on the weekends. I stayed within my points, tracked everything in my journal, and got in all of my requirements. Win.

Wrapping this one up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices people!

Day 557.

Quick post since I got hit with a major headache.

I was supposed to workout today, but that didn't happen on account of not feeling well.

I ate well though, tracked everything, and got in all of my requirements.

The rain and thunder here are unbelievable right now. It sounds as if the sky is falling. Even the Yorkies are scared, huddled together in one of their many doggy beds. Poor little things. I'd take a picture of them if they weren't afraid of the flash of the camera. Their ears go back and everything.

More later. Sorry for the drive-thru post. Back to working out tomorrow. Make good choices people.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day 556.

I got really busy towards the end of the day at work. So busy that by the time I got home from work, it felt to me like it was Friday. Which is NOT a good thing at all, for the obvious reason. One more day of work left until the weekend. Ugh.

Anywho, moving right along. After reading some inspirational tweets & viewing a sweaty post workout pic on Twitter from Chubby, I decided to just do the damn thing already. I started with 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Fat Blaster. An oldie, but goodie. I struggled today on the treadmill for some reason. I was huffing and puffing along as if I've never been on the treadmill in my life. Shrug. No worries. I burned 543 calories, so I guess all the huffing & puffing paid off. Take a look.
This whole getting a mortgage and buying a condo is making me crazy. I really just want it to all be over with, but I know that is not realistic. Le sigh.

Good day today. I stayed within my points, got in all of my requirements, and tracked everything in my journal. Tracking, tracking, tracking is so important, I cannot stress that enough.

Thanks for the sweaty pic-kick in the butt today, Chubby! You may not know it, but I totally needed it.

Thanks for reading people. And make good choices!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day 555.

Hmm. It seems the scale does not want to move for me at all this week. At least, not in the downward direction. That pisses me off. I'm doing everything right. Breathe. You know what, I'm not gonna focus on that. I know as long as I continue to do everything right, the weight will come off, and the scale will creep down. One can only hope.

Anywho, onto other stuff. I got in another great workout today. I did 16 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Super Cardio Sculpt with Nancy Tucker. I decided to fish it out since I can't even remember the last time I did that DVD. But it really got my heart rate up, since I burned 540 calories. Sweaty pic is proof.
Sweaty pics don't lie, people.

Anyone see After the Catch last night? I did, thought it was great. Deadliest Catch is my newest obsession now. That, and Game of Thrones. I did not read the books, and maybe I should've. Maybe I'll start reading. We'll see.

Had another good day today. I stayed within my points, got in all of my requirements, and tracked everything in my journal. Good times all around.

Thanks for reading people, wrapping this one up now. And thanks for your insight on the interest rate for my mortgage. I sound so grown up! hehe And make good choices.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day 554.

After work, I headed on over to meet with the finance guy. If I took out a 30 year mortgage, my interest rate would be 4.5%. Is that high or low, people? Because I really don't know. I actually thought it was high, since I keep hearing that the interest rates keep falling. But if that's the lowest rate I can get, then I guess I'll just have to take it.

After dinner, I got my workout in. I started with 23 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Pump, Jump & Jab with Kelsie Daniels. I hadn't done that DVD in a really long time. I burned 633 calories. Sweaty post workout pic below.
My eating was on point today. I stayed within my points, tracked everything, and I got in all of my requirements.

Any of you watch Game of Thrones? What a bummer that they killed off Ned Stark, aka the very sexy Sean Bean. I'm not sure if I'll continue to watch now, but I guess I'll give it one more episode. If I hate it, I'll just stop watching, that's all.

I had read online that the character dies in the books, but I was hoping that wouldn't be the case in the show. Apparently, I was wrong. BTW, I read today that Sean Bean was stabbed outside a London pub by some idiot. He was with a Playboy model, and some yob (yes, I know some English slang) walked by and made some obnoxious comments about her. Some kind of scuffly ensued, and in the melee Sean was stabbed by broken glass in his arm. And instead of going to the hospital, he opted for the bar's first aid kit, and he bought himself another drink. Talk about tough. That is just sexy. End of story.

Ok wrapping up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices people!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Day 553 - Signing the Contract.

I took a half day off from work today. To sign the contract for my condo.

Holy shit. I signed the contract. The heart palpitations are starting.

Getting to my attorney's office was a real trip and a half. I left straight from work, on Long Island, and his office is in Jackson Heights, which is very close to Manhattan. In the middle of noon rush hour traffic. Oh, and then when I got there, they kept me waiting almost 20 minutes. Seriously? I made this appointment in advance, so they knew I was coming. It's not like I just showed up out of the blue. They should've been ready. Ugh.

Well, now the next process is for the sellers to sign the contract. Then I need to get a mortgage, and then get approved by the co-op board. Three, maybe 4 months. Since people like to take their sweet ass time with things.

Did any of you watch the game last night? Did anyone see LeBron James in the 4th quarter? Nope, neither did I. Talk about a choke artist. Major failure. Congrats, Mavericks! You guys deserve your championship!

Good day overall for me. It was my rest day, so back to working out tomorrow. Oh, and tomorrow, I meet with the mortgage guy after work. Let's see if he keeps me waiting tomorrow too.

Thanks for reading people. Gonna wrap it up now. And make good choices!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day 552 - Calorie Explosion.

It's Sunday, and I could not get myself going this morning for the life of me. Same story every Sunday.

I knew I had to get going though, and get the workout in. Especially after I hopped on the scale this morning. I was up 2 lbs. from yesterday. Nothing to freak out about, but definitely something to nip in the bud. I was expecting it since I slightly overdid it yesterday.

So very reluctantly, I just decided to get it over with. I walked 15 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Calorie Explosion with Alison Davis. This DVD is insane! I've done it before, but not very often, because it is intense. Lots of plyos, lots of explosive movements, lots of agility training. Lots of stuff that had me cursing at Alison throughout this DVD, believe me. But, the good thing is I burned 834 calories. I thought I would die during this workout, believe me. LOL. Me, after all was said and done.
I was so glad once it was over. lol.

Better day today, not that yesterday was a disaster. But today I needed to be better. I came in just under my points, I tracked everything, and I got in all of my requirements.

Wrapping up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices people!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 551 - Just chiseling away that fat!

WI went great. Last week I was at 212.2. Today I weighed in at 208.4. I lost 3.8 lbs. The loss is great, but I can't continue to gain and lose the same 10 lbs. I've fucking had it already. I'm 9 pounds away from One-Derland again, and I'm not going to screw it up.

It was a really dreary day here in NY. It was cloudy, and a consistent misty rain kept falling. And the temperature dropped a lot too. I had to close the windows, that's how cold it suddenly got. After I got back from my WW meeting, I stayed home the rest of the day. It was just too nasty out.

It was really humid today, so when I worked out, I started sweating almost immediately. I started with 25 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Get Chisel'd with Rebekah Sturkie. Rebekah is one of my least favorite Firm Master Instructors. She's a little perky for my taste (Scream if you gotta!) and she does a lot of those "Woo!" during the video. Yeah listen Rebekah, if I doing plyos until my lungs are ready to pop, I will not be "Woo-ing" anytime soon, k?

The title of my post today comes from this video - Just chiseling away that fat! Like she's got any fat that needs to be chiseled away. This chick has washboard abs, I'm not kidding. Whatever. I burned 741 calories, and my sports bra was pretty soaked. See?
I didn't mean to have cleavage showing at all in this photo, but that's how it came out. Shrug. See all that sweat pouring? Yup, that is no joke, people. Blood, sweat & tears right there.

It was an ok day today. I went over my points today, but no overeating at all. I tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and got in a super hardcore workout. So I'm not even going to worry about it. That's what weekly allowance points are for after all.

So this coming week the plan is to remain consistent and not freak out with the eating. As long as I stick to the program I will be fine. Must remember that.

Wrapping up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices people!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Day 550.

TGIF!

So glad it's Friday, aren't you?!

Today kinda dragged at work for me because there wasn't a whole lot of work. Do you have any idea how long a day that can be? Truly awful. It's better to be steadily busy, in my opinion. But that's just me.

I couldn't make myself work out til after dinner tonight. I just couldn't find the oomph or the want to do it.

But I knew I had to force myself, especially because of WI tomorrow. So onto the treadmill I went, for 31 minutes. I thought it was too late to do a Firm DVD, so instead I just did a quick 25 minute sculpting routine. I sweated bullets and burned 571 calories. Take a lil looksy.
This week has been excellent. This week should be my week every week. Seriously. I always feel so good when I make good food choices and get in hardcore workouts. When I feel good, I make great decisions. So why can't it always be like that? Must.Be.Consistent.

I tracked everything, stayed within my points and got in all of my requirements. I was totally on point today.

Phew, I need to wrap this one up now because I can't wait to get to bed! hehe. Thanks for reading, folks. And make good choices!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Day 549.

Man, Friday cannot come soon enough, I'm telling you.

Work today was awful. They upgraded the server overnight, and when I tried to log on to my computer, certain programs I needed to work were just gone. Oh, and they blocked all of the fun websites again, which totally blows. Yup. So not only could I not work, I couldn't even pass the time reading gossip sites or go on Twitter.

Major bummer, I know, but at least I still have my crackberry. I really need to get a new phone though, it's time. It's been slow a lot lately, and it doesn't always alert me when I have emails or tweets. So it's time.

I got in a great workout today, this time before I ate dinner, which is always a good thing. It's best to just get the workout done & get it over with. Bada bing, bada boom, I says.

I started with 21 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Power Sculpt Workout with Allie del Rio. And I burned 518 calories. I was pouring sweat because it was yet another close to 100 degree day here in NY.
Gotta make sure to keep hydrated!

Great day today. It's started to thunder & pour rain tonight, and I hope it ends soon. I am not a fan of the thunder. Neither are my Yorkies. Poor little guys. I'm really going to miss them when I move out. Sad face.

I stayed within my points, got in all of my requirements, and tracked everything in my journal. Major win overall.

Wrapping this edition up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices people!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day 548.

Thank you everyone for the well wishes. I'm back 10 100% today. Maybe it was stress related, which would make sense. In any case, the stomach cramps are gone, thank goodness.

Last night, I woke up at 3AM, wide awake, and I didn't fall back asleep for the rest of the night. Blech. I'm actually feeling ok though. I may get to bed early tonight. I just hope I can sleep.

I called my attorney's office today (look at how grown up I sound, my attorney's office) and decided to sign the contract on Monday. I have half a vacation day from last year that I haven't used yet, so I'll use it then.

I have to be very careful with my vacation days this year. I'll need to take a lot of time off for the closing, to move, to have things delivered and installed, and to paint.

I think it reached 100 degrees today in NY. I swear I could feel myself sweating the second I walked outside. It's so humid and gross, and it's supposed to be like this again tomorrow. Great.

Today is my scheduled rest day, and it couldn't have come at a better time. With my lack of sleep last night, there was no way I could've had a tough workout. It just wasn't going to happen.

By the way, anyone watch the Heat/Mavs game last night? How do you only score 8 points? I could've scored more than that! When you're playing for a championship, you step up your game, LeBron James. Whatever. Let's hope the Mavs can close this out in the next 2 games.

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

I have the AC cranking, but I need to shower anyway. I totally need to wash out the humidity of the day.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading people, and thanks again for the well wished. Make good choices!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Day 547.

I suddenly got hit with a wave of nausea out of no where. And my stomach hurts, like I have cramps. I don't know what the heck happened. Was it something I ate? I don't know. I hope I feel better tomorrow.

So I'm going to make this one short & sweet. The weather got really hot & humid today, so I had to turn the AC on for part of my workout.

I started with 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Bootcamp Maximum Calorie Burn with Alison Davis. I burned 714 calories, and I sweated like a pig.
After my workout, the stomach cramps started. Then the nausea. What the fuck, man? This totally blows. Getting sick is not in my plans. Especially since I'm supposed to sign the contract tomorrow. My attorney called me today and said the contract looks good to go, and all I have to do is sign it. So I have to try to get out of work early tomorrow.

Good day otherwise. Stayed on program, stayed within my points, tracked everything, and I got in all of my requirements.

I need to get to bed now, feeling sucky. Thanks for reading people. Make good choices!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Day 546.

I have to work late all this week. A girl at work is on vacation, and my boss asked me to help cover some of her responsibilities. No big deal since it means more money for me. So it's all good.

I've been thinking a lot lately about my journey, and it's frustrating to me that I keep holding myself back. I've been playing with the same 10 lbs. for the last year. I've written about this before, and I know it has to stop. I've had enough - more than enough. This summer, I really want to kick it into gear and just get over myself and stop self-sabotaging. Enough of this fucking bullshit.

So following that logic, I decided to get in a killer workout today. I started with 20 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did The Firm Ultimate Calorie Blaster with Stephanie Huckabee. I decided to do a few more minutes of stepping to get my calorie burn up, and I ended up burning 755 calories. See?
Man, I was pouring sweat after this workout today. My sports bra was soaked, I'm not kidding. But I have to say that it felt great. I felt soo great afterwards.

I'm really trying hard on making this week awesome. I am going to concentrate on being on program.

It was a really good day. I ate well, stayed within my points, tracked everything in my journal, and stayed within my points. Good day, so I can't complain.

Thanks for reading people. Make good choices!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Day 545.

We went to my brother's house today, Mom & I. They decided to barbeque, and it was a lot of fun. I had salad, fat free vinegariette, and a small burger with the bun. I was good to go with my choices.

Sonia is such a sweet little girl. When she was still a baby, she didn't really like me, or anyone that wasn't her parents, for that matter. But she's gotten a lot better as she's gotten older, and I love that kid to death!

When I got home, I made my Green monster smoothie, then decided to get my workout in right then and there. I did 21 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then The Firm Parts Upper Body. Since I worked my lower body yesterday, I decided to balance things out and focus on my upper body today. I burned 671 calories. See?
The weather here in NY has gotten a little cooler than it has been. I'm ok with that. I might actually have to close the windows tonight before I go to sleep!

It was a good day today. I tracked everything, stayed within my points, and got in all of my requirements. It feels so good to be on program and be in control. Why can't I remember this feeling whenever I want to stray off program?

Wrapping this one up now. Game of Thrones later, and I watching the NBA finals as we speak. Go Mavs!

Thanks for reading people. And make good choices!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Days 543 & 544.

I need to stop already with the double posts. It's pissing me off to no end.

Apparently, I only have 2 guy readers. Shrug. That's actually 2 more than I expected. hehe Thanks for your comments tho, David & S!

I didn't work out yesterday even though I was supposed to, since it wasn't my scheduled rest day. And since I didn't work out, I guess I felt I didn't have a lot to talk about.

I worked out today though, and I did a Firm DVD that I hadn't done in a looooong time. The Firm Parts Standing Legs. Yes, it's from the 80s, yes they wear leotards & leg warmers, but this is a freaking hard ass workout. Lots of leg presses and squats in this one. Lots of lunges & dips too. I did this DVD after spending 21 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I burned 771 calories.
My entire lower body felt like jelly afterwards. My legs and thighs were literally quivering, I'm not kidding. I have a feeling when I get up tomorrow, I will be majorly sore. I think I'm ok with that.

I had a great day today. I got in all of my requirements, I ate healthily, stayed within my points, and I tracked everything in my journal.

I need to move past this hurdle I've been dawdling in front of for the last year. It sucks, and I'm sick of it. Onward & forward.

So I'm going to wrap this one up now. Thanks for reading. And make good choices!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day 542 - Do I have any guy readers?

I was thinking about it this today at work, because I'm really curious. And also because I wasn't actually doing any work while I was at work. Do any guys read my blog regularly?

If you do, leave me a comment. I'd really like to know.

I can see why some guys wouldn't be totally drawn to reading women's blogs. There are some really great ones out there though. I guess it depends on whether or not you're drawn to reading what the person has to say, right? There are some really great blogs out there written by guys. I'm not going to list them here right now. I've done that before.

I will pose a question to my regular guy readers (I say that as if I have any - God, I am conceited): what makes you want to read my blog? Don't shake your head at me - I'm being totally serious! I really want to know.

For me, I guess I need to relate to the people whose blogs I read. Whether it's their story, or their humor or whatever. I need to like the person, definitely. I need to care. Otherwise, what's the point? These are just my opinions. I don't expect everyone to feel that way because we are all different.

I decided to take a rest day today. I'll be back to working out tomorrow, for sure. It was a great on-program day. I stayed within my points, got in all of my requirements, and I tracked everything in my journal. #Win!

I'm really curious to read your comments, you readers of the dude persuasion! hehe.

Thanks for reading. And make good choices!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day 541 - Breathe.

After talking to my brother, I decided to counteroffer as low as I could. And they accepted. Holy shit, they accepted!

So my realtor emailed me back with the good news, and told me to send her my attorney's (I feel so grown up saying that) right away. Mom told me she'd give an old family friend a call. He's the same attorney that helped them with their closing more than 30 years ago. He called me, he agreed to work for me, and he will be giving a friendly discount.

I can't believe I'm doing this. This is crazy. I'm excited and scared shitless. For real.

That's all I know right now. Their attorney will call my attorney, and I have a feeling this process will take several months, since I'm buying a co-op, and not a house. I don't expect to move until probably August or September. So until then, I have to remember to breathe.

Moving on now before I start shaking. I delayed my workout again until after dinner. I just couldn't muster up the energy. But I knew I had to do something. So I put on the workout gear, turned on the AC, and got to work.

I started with 16 minutes on the inclined treadmill. I listened to Johnny Cash the whole time. Don't ask me why. There's no earthly reason why this chick from Long Island, NY would love some honkey-tonk music, but there you go. And yes, technically I know it's bluegrass, and that is very sad that I know that. Anywho, then I did The Firm Power Half Hour with Emily Welsh, and I burned 486 calories. I was pouring sweat like a motherf*cker. Wanna see?
Phew, I couldn't wait to shower. hehe.

Another good day today. I stayed within my points, got in all of my requirements, and tracked everything in my journal. Solid day overall.

Wrapping up now because I need to get to bed. Thanks for reading people. And make good choices!