Saturday, March 31, 2012

Day 847 - WI Results.

Last week's weight:  180.2 lbs.
This week's weight:  178.6 lbs.

I lost 1.6 lbs this week!  What?!  Happy Kelly.

I've been working my ass off lately, and I'm glad my hard work is paying off.  It is very gratifying to  see this.

I've been wanting to make kale chips for the longest time.  I keep hearing how great they are from Twitter, Facebook & at my WW meetings.  Finally, I decided to bite the bullet and make some.

Trader Joe's sells bags of triple washed, chopped fresh kale.  I laid some out on a Bounty paper towel to make absolutely sure they were dry first.  That's another I kept hearing - before you roast kale, it has to be bone dry first.  Then I lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper, laid out the kale, sprinkled with a little olive oil, salt & pepper.  I roasted the kale in my oven for about 12 minutes at 350 degrees.  And viola.
My verdict?  Good, not great.  They were very light & crispy.  Not quite like potato chips (I guess I was kinda foolishly expecting that they would be), but the texture and the consistency did remind me of Baked Lays.  I finished my serving, and I think I'll be making some more tomorrow.

It certainly doesn't hurt to get in an extra dark green, leafy vegetable.  So I think this is something I would be making on the weekends.  Or as a quick snack right after work.

Today was my Bikram day with the sexy instructor.  Unfortunately, when I got there, Tommy was no where to be seen.  Apparently, he wasn't feeling well, so he asked another instructor to fill in for him.  Bummer.  I mean, without nice eye candy, what the heck was the point in going, right?  LOL.

I'm kidding.  I wasn't going to waste a trip out there.  So I stayed, sweated like a pig, and really enjoyed the session, sans hot, sexy instructor. 
Soaked to the bone, people.  I soooo love that my collar bones are visible.  Love.  :-)

I'm glad I went, because I needed to sweat out some bad things I ate.  I overdid it on the carbs at lunch today.  Thanks, baked ziti.  I made sure to chug a ton of water all day (I drink about a gallon of water as it is daily.)

I tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and went over my points.  I decided to keep dinner light by having just my Green Monster smoothie with 2 teaspoons of flaxseed oil mixed in.  Better tomorrow.

I went shopping today and scored some cute shoes from Steve Madden.  I was looking for some knee high boots that I've had my eye on for a while now, but they didn't have my size in the store.  I found them on Amazon instead, and hopefully they will be here this week.

I need to post a new full body pic.  I think I'll do that tomorrow.

Anywho, wrapping up now.  Good choices, people!

Miss April, please come back soon!  I miss you!  :-)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Day 846 - Last Chance Workout.

Happy National Cleavage Day, people! LOL

That's not a joke. Self Magazine FB'ed this today, and it gave me a laugh.

I briefly thought about posting a pic in my Victoria's Secret bikini top just as a lark.  In a way oh, f*ck it kind of way.  But then I thought better of it.  I'm still extremely self conscious.  And I certainly don't have a bikini body.  Yet.  Maybe by summer time, we'll see.  Just have to keep on trucking & working hard.

I've never worn a bikini in my life.

Anywho, moving right along.

I am one of those suckers who bought tickets for tonight's super huge, ridiculous Mega Millions jackpot.  My office pooled in & also bought some tickets.  So if we win, you probably won't be hearing from me for a while.  :-)

I am PMSing like a maniac.  I'm telling you this because all of you need to know this, mkay?  I would love to eat everything in sight.  Good thing for me I never keep any junk food in my house.  That occasionally makes me crazy, but I know myself and I can't trust myself.

Speaking of food, I realized last night that I didn't really have any food of any kind in my house.  I should've made a quick run to the grocery store yesterday at lunch, but I was too lazy to go and do it.  So I decided to be super productive this morning, get up & get ready for work early, & get my grocery shopping done before work.  Armed with my list, I picked up the necessities & was in & out of the store in less than 15 minutes.

I couldn't wait to get out of work today.  Besides the fact that it's Friday, it didn't help that the boss was in a bad mood.  The senior managing attorney (boss) and one of the associate attorneys at my firm are in the middle of this huge litigation.  There's a deadline on Monday, and he was just stressed beyond belief.  And when the boss is in a bad mood, it means that everyone else is on edge & tense.  I have a feeling they will be working round the clock this entire weekend.  Sucks for them.  This is what happens when you're the boss, I guess.

I decided to work out my tension with a bad ass work out.  I warmed up on the treadmill for 25 minutes, then I did The Firm Tough Tape with Tracie Long.  Another old school, Mansion DVD.  This one is tough, man.  Lots of squats, leg presses, lunges & dips.  Lots of heavy lower body.  My glutes & thighs will be feeling it.  Because it was my last chance workout, I wanted to really up my calorie burn. So I did more weight training for an extra 15 minutes.  I burned 624 calories.

I satisfied my PMSing with a little bit of peanut butter & jelly.  I literally dipped a spoon in the Smucker's & Skippy, took a taste, then immediately brushed my teeth.  Had some more water, & called it a day.  When you live on your own, you can do things like dipping.  It's just me, after all, mkay.

Solid day.  Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and went over my points by 2.  I'm ok with that.  I worked my ass off during my workout.  See all that sweat?   Sweat is beautiful.

WI tomorrow.  I am confident I will see a loss.  :-)

Hitting the sack in a bit after I water my plants.  Good choices!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Day 845.

Sorry folks, I couldn't think of a snazzy title for today.

I fished out a button down shirt from Old Navy that is a size L. It's old, and I haven't been able to fit into it in forever.

Today I wore it, and rocked the crap out of it. What!?

It fit perfectly everywhere, except around my chest. Around my chest it was too tight. Story of my life. When I got to work, Tara was like, "Ooh, Skinny Kelly!"

The words skinny & Kelly in the same sentence almost made my head spin. In a good sort of way, of course. :-)

When I got home from work, I noticed that the package I had been waiting for from had arrived, with my new Firm workout DVDs. Unfortunately, I mistakenly ordered Low Impact Aerobics again, when I really had meant to order The Firm Volume 5. Crap. Now, I'll have to call them and get this straightened out, which will mean more of a delay from getting the DVD I really wanted. Oh well. My own fault. Easily fixable situation, but I'm just impatient. Because I'm a spoiled brat. Hehe.

In the spirit of working the old Firm workouts, I fished out The Firm Bust & Butt. A compilation of 3 other Firm workouts, but Tamela Hastie is featured the most in this one. I did it after warming up on the treadmill for 25 minutes. This is a hard DVD. And Tamela is way too perky for my taste. I mean, I almost wanted to kill her. She wouldn't stop smiling, not even during the ab section, or the heavy lunges segment either. I could feel my glutes & thighs on fire, and she was smiling from ear to ear. Ooh, that got on my nerves.

I'm also PMSing, hence the feelings of wanting to commit bodily harm to someone. That may also stem from desperately wanting to eat everything in sight because of the aforementioned PMSing.

I burned 566 calories, so I really shouldn't complain.
My lower body will be feeling this tomorrow, I have no doubt. I'm sort of already feeling it now.

Solid day. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and I went over my points. I'm ok with that. Sometimes, there are days when you just need to have some dark chocolate squares. (Ok, 5 of them, but let's just keep that between you & me, mkay?)

Need to wrap up now because 7 AM comes along way too quick. Good choices!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Day 844 - Old School Firm.

You guys gave me some good ideas for meals. Thanks a lot! Mulling over making stuffed peppers as we speak. :-)

I was rummaging around in my vast collection of Firm workouts (DVDs & old school VHS tapes alike) when I found this!
I can't even remember the last time I popped this tape into my DVD/VCR combo machine. So I decided to give it a whirl. What the hay, right?

So I warmed up on the treadmill for 23 minutes, then I did the tape. It is a compilation of old school Firms, Volumes 1-4. Lots of jumping, hopping, & jogging in place. Some of the moves were a little too awkward & extremely high impact for my taste. Like the high impact knee rocks. I swear I thought I would blow a knee out, so I did the low impact version instead. That worked for me. And I don't feel bad or guilty for modifying some of the moves. I still worked my ass off, and I still sweated hardcore. I burned 583 calories.

See? Lots of beautiful, hard earned sweat.

I also did some ab work, since I've been woefully neglecting that part of my body. For far too long. So after the tape ended, I did reverse crunches, regular crunches, oblique bicycles, and rope climbs. I'm actually not sure what that last move is really called, it's the one where you are flat on your back, legs straight up in the air, and you reach for each leg. It looks like you're climbing the damn rope, mkay. 80 total reps, 20 segments of each move. My abs will not be liking me tomorrow. Nope, they really won't.

I am open. I deserve to have everything I have visualized for myself. And it will happen.

Solid day. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and went over my points by 1. I'm ok with that.

Need to wrap up now & do food prep. Then bed. Make good choices!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Day 843 - More Bikram, more NSV.

I'm glad you guys got some ideas from my food pics. Again, not everyone has my palate, or my tastes. It's all good.

Let me know what you guys eat on a regular basis. This has certainly piqued my curiosity, and it's a great way to get ideas for meals.

Super quick post tonight. It's late, I haven't done my food prep yet, and I need to go to bed. Stat.

Major NSV tonight. I fished out a pair of Nike black spandex shorts in a size L that I haven't been able to wear in years & years. Why did I keep these? Who knows, but I'm glad I did. I slipped them on today as a lark, thinking they wouldn't fit. And guess what? They did!! What?! I know some people would roll their eyes at fitting into a size L anything, but when you haven't been able to wear something in that size in almost a decade, you learn to appreciate things like that. I almost teared up. Awesome.

I went to Bikram tonight. Tommy led the session, and the studio was packed! I've never seen that many people in the studio before! Which made it feel even hotter, which made me sweat even more.
See the beads of sweat on my forehead? See how every inch of me is covered in my own sweat? This is no joke, people! Sweat is beautiful. Without a doubt.

Solid day. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

Must go to bed now. Good choices!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Day 842 - Food Pics!

Ok, so as promised, this will be a post loaded with food pics galore. Here is what I ate today, in photos.

Breakfast: Farina (hot cereal, like Cream of Wheat), a hard boiled egg, a Fiber One yogurt, and a Bosc pear. I make the Farina with a combination of low fat milk and water. I put cinnamon and a teaspoon of light brown sugar in it. The hard boiled egg is for that extra boost of protein I need in the morning. I know the light brown sugar is NOT a great thing since it's best to limit sugar intake of any kind. I'm owning up to it. No excuses here.
Lunch: a cup of whole wheat spaghetti, grilled marinaded chicken breast, and teriyaki vegetables. I put a dash of sea salt & olive oil spray in the spaghetti so it wouldn't taste like paper. The teriyaki vegetables were sitting in my Tupperware underneath the spaghetti. I sauteed broccoli, cauliflower, water chestnuts, and chopped carrots with a little garlic powder and chopped onion in teriyaki sauce.
4 PM snack: my Green Monster smoothie. Everyday at 4, I head down to the lunch room at work and make this in the blender. A packet of WW vanilla smoothie mix,a cup of 1% milk, a cup of tightly packed fresh baby spinach, a cut up banana, and a cup of Dole frozen whole strawberries. Every once in a while, I will use fresh strawberries that I will de-stem & de-core and freeze. I like the Dole strawberries because they already did the work for me. Saves me the time and trouble. This is a great way to get in milk servings and an extra dark leafy green. Berries have antioxidants - an excellent reason to include more berries of any kind in your diet.
After work today, I decided to get a desperately needed eyebrow wax, and a manicure & pedicure. I decided to include a quick pic of my blinged out pedicure, just for you Draz! This is Golden Nugg-etts by Essie. Drazil, this is as blinged out as it's gonna get. I can't pull off the blinged out toes as well you, darling. :-)
Dinner: I always keep my dinner simple. A salad of mixed greens with olive oil & a pinch of sea salt. Boca Chikn Patty for protein. I usually have either chicken breast or extra lean turkey white breast meat. Shadybrook Farms sells ground white turkey breast that I fashion into a burger & grill. When I make my turkey burgers, I season them with a little Adobo & a little canola oil. Tonight it was Boca. I was first introduced to Boca products by one of the girls at work. This is a vegetarian product, and it doesn't taste like cardboard. Some of the other Boca products do, and I don't recommend them. I wanted to include some reduced fat feta cheese in my salad tonight, but I forgot to pick it up when I went to the store today. I always forget to pick up something when I'm at the store. Why does that always happen? Oh well.So this is an idea of what I eat during the week. No white, starchy products of any kind. Whole grains, lean protein, low fat dairy, healthy oil, and lots of fruit & vegetables. Not pictured is my Nalgene water bottle, which I have with every single meal. I drink about a gallon of water every single day. Sometimes more. Water has been - and is - extremely important in helping me lose my weight. Besides my cup of coffee in the morning, water is the only thing I drink. Yes, I'm constantly peeing, but I've gotten used to it.

This is what has worked for me. I try to keep it as clean as possible. Do I eat some processed food? Yes, I do eat some processed food. I'm sure the Farina is processed. I tried eating oatmeal and I did eat it for a while for breakfast, but after a while, it just started tasting like cardboard to me. Spare me the lecture of cow's milk also. Including it everyday has worked for me, and again, you don't have to agree with my choices. You can respectfully disagree with my food choices, I do not have a problem with that. Just don't be nasty or rude about it, mkay, thanks. And if you are going to respectfully disagree, don't hide behind the anonymous tag. That's all I ask. :-)

Saturdays I allow myself one meal - usually lunch - to eat something I never eat during the week. Yes, most of the time it is processed. Like a slice of pizza, or if it's not that, some kind of sweet thing. Like a small serving of chocolate cake or something along those lines. I don't go crazy with it. One small serving of whatever, and then it's right back to eating as clean as possible with the very next meal.

I also don't eat canned vegetables or canned fruit. (With the rare exception of tomato sauce, I guess, that comes in a jar. Same difference, I guess.) Anything that comes out of a can scares me. It's not real food and it's loaded with all kinds of sodium & crap. I'm confused by people who eat canned fruit & veggies in an attempt to get healthy. Doesn't eating that processed stuff defeat the purpose of eating healthy? My body doesn't need that, and it certainly won't appreciate it. I will include Steam Fresh veggies every once in a while if I'm in a bind.

Again, these are my food choices, and not everyone will agree with them. That's ok with me.

I also TRACK my food intake EVERY SINGLE DAY. Including the bad stuff. If I ever fall off the wagon, there are two things I will always remember to do: Drink my water, and track everything. These two things have helped me tremendously. So if I ever decide to count calories instead of points, I will always TRACK EVERYTHING and DRINK WATER. I can't stress the importance of those two things enough. So very important for me.

Rest day for me today. Back at it tomorrow.

Solid day in the books. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

Need to wrap up now & do my food prep for tomorrow. Make good choices!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Day 841 - Bikram & A Peek at What I Eat.

Thank you all for your lovely supportive comments yesterday! You guys are so special to me, I can't even put it into words. Honestly. You have touched my little heart & soul. :-)

You guys inspire me all the time. I hope that comes across here on my blog. It really is the truth.

Ok, stopping right there with the cheesiness. I am an anti-cheese kinda girl, after all. Hehe.

Tommy was leading the morning session of Bikram today, so I made sure to go. :-) The class was packed, but I'm so glad I went.

Remember that final backbend that always gives me so much trouble? The one where I always feel like I will throw up (even though it's normal to feel that in that particular pose)?

Yeah, I totally nailed it today. I was able to bend over backwards far enough to touch my heels with my hands, leaning all the way back on my standing knees. What?! Major victory right there. And - I didn't feel like hurling, I just allowed myself to submit to the pose. Fistbump.
Me, right after the session. My entire body, including my hair, was soaked in my own beautiful sweat!

I was a cleaning machine today. Did laundry, scrubbed my kitchen and bathroom to the point of being spotless, and cooked my meals for the week. Busy Kelly.

I've gotten a few tweets & emails asking me about what I eat. Here's the thing, before I explain anything else. I don't have a problem sharing that with you guys, just keep in mind that not everyone is going to have the kind of palate I do. I eat things that I don't always love, but that I know will help me in the long run.

Here's a quick snapshot of my lunch today.
Grilled chicken breast marinaded in fat free sesame soy vinagriette dressing, broccoli, a cup of whole wheat macaroni with a half cup of diced tomatoes & an eighth of a cup of shredded lowfat cheese.

I never ever buy salad dressing since I always eat my salads with just a little bit of olive oil (about 2 teaspoons worth) & a dash of sea salt. But I got the idea of using the dressing as a marinade for my chicken from one of the girls at work. Great idea, since the chicken tasted fantastic. I don't know why I never thought of using salad dressing as a marinade before. Shrug.

I'm going to post photos of my food tomorrow. Let me just say here that between Monday-Friday, I am extremely regimented and strict with my food intake. Everything is accounted for, weighed, measured, and carefully selected making sure it is high fiber, lean protein, and low fat. I try to keep it - and by it, I mean my food intake - as simple as possible. Saturdays I will allow myself to have something at ONE MEAL ONLY that I never have during the week. It might be a slice of pizza with my salad at dinner instead of lean protein. Or an extra serving of cheese with lunch (since I love cheese to death.) On Sundays, it really depends on how I'm feeling. 99.9% of the time on Sundays I'm regimented again. The weekends used to be really hard for me, but I think I have finally, after many years of trying, been able to find a nice balance. I'd go insane otherwise. I also never ever go out to eat (as much as I can help it), and if I do, I don't go to awful chain restaurants or fast food places like McDonald's or BK. Haven't had that in forever.

Solid day. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points. Success.

Food pics tomorrow. Need to hit the sack now. Good choices!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Day 840 - WI Results.

Last week's weight: 182.2 lbs.
This week's weight: 180.2 lbs.

I lost 2 pounds this week! (What?! Imaginary fist bump) That's me getting inspiration from Psych, one of my favorite TV shows. Hehehe.

Speaking of inspiration, one of the girls I used to work with in high school posted on my FB wall today. She said that I inspired her to try her very first Bikram class tomorrow morning. This is the third person this week that has told me that. The third person to try Bikram because I've inspired them. Isn't that something?

It is very humbling when someone tells you that you have inspired them to do something they have never done before.

It blows my mind when people tell me I am an inspiration to them. I don't get it. Because I'm still a wallflower. I'm still an extremely shy, extremely self conscious person. Some people want attention, they look for it, and they thrive on it.

I am not one of those people. It was always easier to go unnoticed. In fact, that's how I always wanted it. I didn't want people to see me because then they would see my fat. (As if that could ever go unnoticed.)

Drazil said something to me the other day that I always kind of knew, but it just didn't hit me until she said it. And I'm summarizing here, but she said that she's noticed that as people lose weight, they start to shed the layers along with their fat. (Those weren't her exact words, they are mine.) Which makes sense when you really think about it. That explains why I've been such a sensitive mess lately, crying & tearing up at the drop of a hat. Because while I still have a lot left to lose, a lot of my protection (read: FAT) has disappeared. My fat shielded me from being open to anything and anyone and from really feeling anything except the urge to eat.

But now. . . .

Now things are different. I am different. I'm not where I want to be just yet, but I'm getting there. And I'll get there soon. :-)

That was a lot to get off my chest, but it felt good to do that.

I got in a killer workout today. I warmed up on the treadmill for 22 minutes, then I did The Firm Cross Trainers - Cardio with Heidi Tanner. I did a quick interval of speed rope heavy side lunges and squats and heavy deadlifts to get my calorie burn up. Some of the moves in this DVD are a little old, a little outdated, like the leg lifts on the Fanny Lifter. And the supine floor work was a little weird also. So I did speed rope & extra leg work on my own.

I burned 641 calories.
Pouring sweat. Loving it. LOL.

Solid day. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and went over my points slightly. I'm ok with that.

Thank you all for being an inspiration to me. Love you guys. Good choices!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Day 839 - Last Chance Workout - Thanks, Yum Yucky!

I've been following and reading Josie's blog for a while now. You guys know her better as YumYucky. I follow her on Twitter, too.

She's always tweeting about her ungodly early morning workouts. I read these as I'm sitting having my cup of coffee in the morning before work. As I'm sitting on my couch watching Sportscenter. Spending my time the right way. :-)

She does crazy amounts of burpees and speed rope intervalsn (basically jumping rope as fast as a boxer would if he or she were training.) Before 7 AM. How does she do anything that early? I don't know. But she gave me an idea.

I decided to incorporate speed rope intervals into my workout tonight. These also work your abs as long as you keep your body tight, and you keep your posture straight. I started with 22 minutes on the inclined treadmill, then I did the Firm Super Cardio Mix. Apparently, I decided to go all cardio crazy tonight. Then I decided to do the speed rope thing. Along with jumping jacks & plyos. Because I am crazy. And, I burned 709 calories.
Not sure if you can tell here, but I was pouring sweat! My HRM band across my torso was sliding down because of it. I'm so not kidding. That's been happening a lot. I've been noticing it a lot more this week. I just thought I needed to make the band tighter. This happened during the speed rope intervals a lot. I did sets of 25 for a total of 100. Those things are no joke!

Thanks for giving me this great idea, YumYucky! I'm totally going to incorporate these more into my workouts from now on! :-)

Solid day overall. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

WI is tomorrow. I am feeling confident. I know I will see a loss. :-)

My bed is calling me. Good choices, people!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Day 838 - Hardcore Workout & Photos.

So this is what the outfit looks on me. Clearly, I'm not as tiny as the models in the photos I posted yesterday. I had to wear a black cami underneath the cute multi colored top because it showed way too much. For obvious reasons, I can't flaunt what my momma gave me at work.
Hmm, it occurs to me that maybe I should've positioned my hands on my waist instead of my hips. Then maybe you could see my waist. I feel like my child bearing hips just stick out here. Thanks for the genetics, Mom. Hehe. Oh well.

Isn't the shirt cute? I love those colors. Purple & blue are my favorite colors. I do like pink also.

I've talked before about doing the older Firm DVDs, and how I truly believe that they just work you out harder than the newer ones that have been released. Case in point, the DVD I did today. After warming up on the treadmill for 21 minutes, I decided to do The Firm Aerobics Workout with Weight Training with Sandahl Bergman. Lots of old moves in this one. Lots of hopping and jumping. I couldn't perform all the moves, but I just kept moving. And sweating. Like a mofo. Because I workout like a maniac.

Proof is in the pudding. Or in this case, the sweaty pic. I burned 648 calories.
I even did part of the abdominal section at the end. I know I will be feeling it tomorrow.

Solid day. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

My stupid Droid was acting up all day, and I've just spent an hour on the phone w/Verizon Customer Service trying to fix it. I hate you, Verizon. Seriously.

Need to go to bed now. Yawn..... Good choices!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 837 - Rest Day & Shopping.

I am taking a well deserved rest day. I decided to spend my time wisely by doing something I desperately needed to do.

Shopping. Clothes shopping. :-)

I headed to JCPenney after work. I went in with the goal of buying a pair of capris, a pair of gray work pants, and at least one cute top. I promised myself I wouldn't get overly frustrated.

So I picked out some 12s & 14s. Apparently, I'm currently in between sizes. The 14s are too big, and the 12s are too tight. As in, I can get the 12s on over my hips, but I can't zip them up. Yet. This is the top I got to wear to work tomorrow.
It's cute, right? Size L, the medium looked too small. I didn't bother to try this on til I got home. It fits fine. It's a little tiny bit low cut, but whatever, I don't care.Liz Claiborne black sateen crop pants/capris. 14s are slightly big, 12s are too tight. I got them both, confident the 12s will fit me soon.

I also got a pair of gray trousers in a 14. I need something for work now, as opposed to waiting a month when I can fit into them. No biggie.

I promise I will post a photo of me in the new clothes tomorrow.

And I really, REALLY don't want to talk about my Jets trading to get Tebow today. I just can't. I mean, I know the Jets like to make a splash, but getting Tebow? F*ck me. This is what I get for bashing him and his non-ability as a quarterback all of last season. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO.

I will NOT be Tebow-ing anytime soon, that's for freaking sure.

Solid day. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

I am open. I deserve everything I want.

Supposed to be close to 80 here on Long Island tomorrow, hence the clothes shopping for today! Haha.

Wrapping up. Good choices!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Day 836 - More Bikram.

Super quick post since it's late, I haven't done food prep yet, I'm exhausted & I need to get to bed.

Peyton Manning to the Broncos & Hines Ward retired? What's going on, man? And now I'm hearing that my beloved Jets are interested in Tebow. No. No. NO. NO! Shaking my head.

It's no secret that Bikram Yoga is now my new obsession. I mean, I absolutely love it. Wasn't expecting that at all, since I'm not all New Agey and Namaste in the least. I mean, I'm not the least bit flexible. But for whatever reason, something clicked with me & Bikram. It helps that there is a super hot, Abercrombie model looking guy leading the session. It helps a lot, just saying. Whatever, it's my new thing, and I'm loving it!

Tonight's session was more intense for me than usual. Don't ask me why, it just was. Really tried to push myself, and I'm feeling it already. I'm feeling it in my abs, my glutes & my thighs. I was drenched to the bone in my own sweat & funkiness.
I couldn't wait to get home & shower. I feel that way after every Bikram session, but for some reason, I feel like I sweated extra hard today. Holy hell, it was super intense tonight. INTENSE.

Solid day. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points. Win.

I am open. I deserve everything I want for myself. And it will happen. I can feel it. :-)

Signing off now to sleep. Good choices!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Day 835 - Cardio, Core Work & NSV.

It was such a beautiful, perfect day here in NY. It really was a shame that I had to being stuck inside all day working. What a bummer.

At work today, I thought about my major life decision that I wrote about a few weeks ago. I tweeted something like, Even if I don't find HIM, I'm ok with turning to science to get my babies. And I am, I really am ok with it. The consensus I got from Twitter (and when I say consensus, I mean that only 1 person tweeted me back) is that even with being a single parent, there will be no regret in having a baby. I still hope, of course. I'm still positive and I'm still open, even if there are days when I feel like I'm forcing myself to be more open. I'm just so used to being the wallflower and praying that no one will notice me because I dreaded people making fun of me. And yeah, that happened anyway. That's a big reason why I sometimes walk with my head down, avoiding people's eyes. Trying to change is hard, folks. That's all.

(Please no He's Out There comments. I just needed to write this out for myself.)

The sunny weather has improved my mood a lot, apparently. I'm even willing to give crunches and core work a try! LOL. So when I got home, I knew I couldn't dilly dally (which is what I always do, because I am the Queen of Procrastination. I warmed up on the treadmill for 25 minutes, then I did The Firm Calorie Killer 2 with Dale Brabham. (This used to be titled The Firm Core Cardio.) OMG, I was pouring sweat! When I got down to my mat to do the abdominal section, I kept sliding off! I'm not kidding. There is a push up segment, and since I still have to do the girl push ups on my knees, my knees would keep sliding!

Cheese & rice almighty. I thought I would die. Doing the damn core section didn't help either. She has you do swivels, which are hard as hell. I wasn't very happy with some of the moves in this segment, so I kinda did my own thing for a few minutes. I did squirms, which is something I learned from one of Jillian's DVDs. Those hurt big time. It didn't help that my stomach was somewhat sore from the little core work I did last night. I REALLY felt it during the reverse crunches. Sheesh. When the DVD ended, I decided to bang out 60 alternating oblique twists, then I called it a day. I had to. My mid section couldn't take it anymore. I burned 546 calories.
That pink Nike sports bra is one I haven't been able to wear in years! It's a size Large, super cute & it fits! So happy with that awesome NSV!

Solid day in the books. Stayed within my points, tracked everything, and got in all of my requirements. Can't complain.

Anyone see Dancing With the Stars tonight? Yes, I watch horrible reality TV. It's my thing, don't judge me, mkay? :-) I'm kinda loving Gladys, Don Driver & that British singer chick, whose name escapes me right now. There was one other I kinda dug, but now I can't remember. Hmm - oh yeah, Sherri Shepherd! LOL. Liked her too. Any of you watch the show?

Ok, hitting the sack. Bikram tomorrow night - can't wait. Good choices!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Day 834 - Bikram.

My plan was to get up early and hit the 8 AM Bikram session. Yeah, that sooo did not happen. Hehe.

Instead, I made it to the 10 AM session, and I was surprised to see Joe, the instructor I absolutely cannot stand. Apparently, they changed the schedule at the last minute. Great. Le sigh. Well, lesson learned. I will always remember to check the schedule again right before I go, just in case.

I'm feeling slightly more flexible with every session I go to. I still have a long way to go though, but I'm ok with that. Practice, practice, practice.

Here's the sweaty, post Bikram pic I snapped in the women's bathroom afterwards.
Yeah, I was drenched in sweat to the core. Bikram is no joke. Neither is that damn zit that refuses to go away, apparently.

Oooh, speaking of core - I actually did some core work tonight! LOL. I decided that I really need to start working my midsection. I'm going to start small, which is what I did. I did 50 regular crunches, 50 reverse crunches, then 25 alternating obliques.

I think I'm going to do some kind of ab work everyday from now on. Even on rest days. I figure it can't hurt. Some days I'll do 50, maybe other days I'll feel like doing less, like 30 crunches or something like that. Or, maybe I'll do a short Firm Abdominals DVD. I have a few of those that I never use, for the simple reason that I hate working my abs. LOL. I'll let you guys know how that goes.

Solid day in the books. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and I stayed below my points for the day. I'm ok with that.

Need to wrap up now and do some food prep for tomorrow. Good choices!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Day 833 - WI Results & No Mas Kenlie.

Last week's weight: 183.4 lbs.
This week's weight: 182.2 lbs.

I lost 1.2 lbs. this week!

Happy St. Patrick's Day. I am happy to report that I did not wear a single green item of clothing today, and no one pinched me. Hehe.

Draz - I did see your email & I emailed you back. And I'll leave the nail bling to you, mkay? You can pull it off better than me, just saying. :-)

I haven't seen my BFF Wendy in 2 weeks. She emailed last night from Taiwan, (where she and her husband have family that couldn't make it to their wedding last year) saying that she saw the photos I posted on FB of me in the dresses I've bought. She really liked the fuschia one from Banana Republic. She also said that even though we haven't seen each in 2 weeks, it looks like I've dropped 2 dress sizes! She's so sweet.

When I got home from WI, I knew I had to get the workout done & out of the way because it was Kenlie's last day here. Sad. So I started with 25 minutes on the treadmill, then I did The Firm Fat Blaster. I added an extra 10 minutes of step to up my calorie burn. I wound up with 716 calories. I was DRENCHED in sweat.
Don't ask me why today I went all crazy with the cardio. I could barely lift my arms up over my head this morning because of my workout yesterday. Apparently, I'm a glutton for punishment. (I also confess to being slightly crazy, but that's all just par for the course.) But, it does feel a little better now.

It was Kenlie's last day here in NY. She was sad to go, and I was sad to see her leave. It'll be nice to get back to my good ole routine though. Such an exciting, jet set life, I know. LOL.

I went way over my points today. Not a good thing at all, but I'm taking responsibility. I did manage to get in some of my requirements. I fell short on whole grains and protein.

Think I'll change it up a little and go to Bikram tomorrow in the morning since I couldn't go tonight because I had to drive Kenz to the airport. I usually like to go Saturday evenings since it helps me unwind.

I've had 2 people tweet me today asking about what I typically eat. I honestly never thought about posting that before, but I guess I should. It would be a good idea. I'm feeling a blog post formulating in my head for later this week about what I typically eat.

Ending here now. Make good choices!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Day 832 - Last Chance Workout.

Good Lord, thank God it's Friday. I was dragging all day today, and the gloomy weather did not help my mood at all.

I didn't go out at lunch yesterday, and I knew that today I had to. My mood always improves when I'm outside, even if it is crappy weather.

After lunch though, I was dragging. I mean, really DRAGGING. Flat out just not wanting to do anything. Same thing when I got home from work.

I Facebooked & tweeted that, and in the end, I wound up delaying longer than usual. Really not a good thing.

But in the end, I did it because I knew I had to get this last chance workout in. Even though I drag my feet and grit my teeth and kick and scream.

I started with a 23 minute warm up on the treadmill. Because I worked lower body yesterday (and my thighs and glutes are sore as all hell right now) I decided to focus on upper body tonight. I did The Firm Parts Upper Body, and I heavied up on the weights. Especially on the overhead press (military press). I used my 15s during that particular move, and I swear my shoulders are on fire as we speak. I could barely lift them up over my head when I was done. Lots of delt flies, lat rows, and French presses in this one. Which is fine with me, because I do enjoy feeling sore. It makes me feel like I've worked hard and accomplished something. I burned 487 calories.
Please excuse the huge zit on my left cheek that refuses to go away. Apparently, my body doesn't realize I'm in my 30s and no longer going through puberty.

Solid day again. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

I'm crashing again, so I need to end this now. WI tomorrow. Wish me luck. :-) Good choices!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Day 831 - Back to Work.

After having the last two glorious days off work, it was time to return today. Major bummer. Especially since the weather was far less than glorious. It was cold, cloudy and just downright gloomy. Unlike. :-(

The good thing is that when I got to my desk, this was waiting for me. Authentic German chocolate!
One of my co-workers had just gotten back from her yearly trip to Germany to visit family. She always brings back chocolate for all the girls in the office. Now that I think about it, I didn't even open this. I just forgot about it because I was kinda busy.

Around 3 PM today, I was crashing. I mean, I was really feeling lethargic. And then I started thinking about my workout. Which Firm DVD I was going to do. Did I want to work upper or lower body. What if I just took another rest day.

I felt sick for about 10 minutes today, but luckily it was a fleeting thing. My stomach hurt, then it passed. I texted Kenlie that if she got me sick from that cold she's had the last 2 months, I would kill her. That was said with love, by the way. Which she totally understood. But I felt fine shortly after, so we're cool.

When I got home, I decided to focus on lower body. So I started on the treadmill for 22 minutes. I read somewhere a long time ago that the body does not start burning fat until after 20 minutes of any kind of physical activity. Isn't that something? That's why I always do at least 20 minutes because I feel if I didn't, then what would be the point. Just my opinion. then I did The Firm Parts Standing Legs. I can already feel the soreness settling in. I used the 15s when I did the leg press on the 14 inch step. Umm, I felt some pain, people. Lots of leg presses, squats, and lunges in this one. I burned 638 calories.
Yeah, I'm looking like a hot mess. I'm not really sure what my hair is doing here. I think it doesn't really matter, right? Hehe.

Solid day. Tracked everything, stayed within my points, and got in all of my requirements.

Yawn. . . . I'm fading fast here. Need to wrap up & get to bed. Good choices!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Day 830 - Rest Day, Running Around & NSV.

First, I'm going to give myself a slight pat on the back for showing such dedication to living up to my word in getting the photo of hot yoga instructor. :-) (Slight pat on the back.) Ok, over & done with now. Hehe.

Lindsey, I really went back to get that photo for you, hand to God. :-)

I took the day off from work and from working out to run some errands. And to spend a little bit of time to chat and hang with Kenlie before she jetted out to the city. I needed to run to the wholesale place which shall not be named, I needed a manicure desperately, and then off to take my mother to the doctor. She's fine, just a regular 2 month check up.

I got a French manicure, because it always makes me feel feminine. Hehe.
Sorry the lighting is awful, but you get the idea. I mixed 2 colors together, Adore-a-Ball and Spaghetti Strap from Essie. Spaghetti Strap was the top coat.

The manicure was totally the high light of my day, and I admit that proudly. :-)

Ooh, and I scored a major NSV today. I haven't worn a dress in public in forever, in years. Today, I changed that. My BFF's wedding last year doesn't count. It was the dress from NY & Company. With one of my brand new Victoria's Secret bras. I felt so pretty and confident and feminine. I'm not even kidding. I totally love feeling that way!

Solid day in the books. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

Heading to bed now. Make good choices!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Day 829 - Pic, as Promised!

I had a super packed day, from start to finish. It's late, I'm tired, so fair warning, this post may or may not be all over the place. Mkay?

First, before I say another word, I have to say thank you to Drazil.

Draz, I cried reading your email. In fact, I had to read it twice, and I still cried. I am still formulating the right words in my response. I love you, I am sooo lucky and sooo grateful you are in my life. That is all. :-)

I took off from work and started the day right with morning Bikram. With Tommy, said hot yoga instructor. And here he is.
He's not photo shopped. He is 100% real, washboard abs and everything. The gods were smiling when he was made, just saying. :-)

I just want you guys to know the lengths I went for you - my readers. (OMG, I sound so smug, my readers.) He taught the 9:30 morning session, which I attended, and the final session in the evening, at 8 PM. I did not get to take a photo after the morning session because when I walked out, he wasn't at the front desk. So, I went back after the last session to get this photo with him - for you. I said I would get a photo, and I am a girl of my word. Mkay, Lindsey? LOL

He was such a good sport about it, he was all sweaty and so not in the mood, but he agreed to take the photo. Extra brownie points for him. I told you he was super hot, didn't I? :-)

This is me after I did Bikram. I was able to kick my leg out during the tree posture, which I've never been able to do before. Awesome NSV.
Speaking of NSVs, Kenz & I went to the mall today. She had to return some things at Lane Bryant, and I wanted (needed) to get measured for a new bra. Apparently, I went down a bra size (like if I had been a 36, I went down to a 34.) But I went UP a cup size (like if I had been a B cup, I now went up to a C cup.) Strange, right? Those aren't my actual size - I'm not telling you because you guys don't need to know that. LOL. TMI, in my opinion.

I'm now able to shop for bras at Victoria's Secret. Wasn't able to do that for a very, VERY long time. When I realized that I can now shop there, I cried. Ask Kenlie, she was there with me. I walked out with 6 brand new bras. Yeah, 6.

I've been crying like such a sap lately. That is soooo not me at all. What can I say, I'm human. :-)

Kenz went to meet her old high school friend in the city, and I had to clean my bathroom. Exciting times, I know. While I was scrubbing everything down, a package of some clothes I had ordered arrived. I got 2 tops, and a pair of fuzzy slippers. Here's one of the cute tops that arrived.
Size medium Victoria's Secret bra top. I don't have the actual balls to wear this in public. It doesn't actually fit right. It's tight around my chest, and loose around my torso. Nothing I can do about the cleavage, people. It's just always going to be there. Know how I know this? Who goes up a cup size when they lose weight? Me, apparently. Shrug. Point proven.

I decided to hell with it with the stupid obnoxious comments from stupid, obnoxious people. It's my blog, I'll post what I want, and everyone else can go f*ck themselves. I'll delete perverted comments, so don't even bother. Mkay?

Good day in the books. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and went over my points. I'm ok with that. I've been doing so much running around and working out like a maniac that I'm good with it.

Need to wrap up now, super exhausted. Make good choices!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Day 828 - Monday, Monday.

First, you guys seriously rock. Thank you for all your lovely comments, telling me to ignore the haters and the jack*sses who tried to post obnoxious comments. I sooo appreciate it! And I wish I could hug all of you - I mean that. :-)

Oh, and Lindsey - I am going to try to get a photo of said hot, sexy yoga instructor. His physique is just slamming. OMG - the thoughts that run through my mind when I see him all half naked and sweating and half naked . . . let me stop, because I really should keep this PG. Hehe.

Anyone else hate Monday? I so did not want to go into work today, but I'm taking the next 2 days off, so I kinda had to go in. Hehe. But honestly, Mondays suck. Just saying.

At lunch, I ran to the store real quick, picked up a few things, and put them in the fridge at work. And then promptly forgot all about them when I left for the day. Awesome. I didn't realize this until I pulled into my parking spot at home. Yup. Which meant I had to go back to work, retrieve said groceries, then go back home in order to get my workout in. Which meant I started my workout later than usual. Sigh.

I started on the treadmill for 25 minutes, then I did The Firm Cross Trainers Strength with Pam Cauthen Meriweather. I even attempted the abdominals section at the end - which I NEVER do! LOL. I couldn't make it through the whole thing, but I tried. LOL. I burned 622 calories.
Please excuse the huge zit that now graces my left cheek. So along with how much I'm built on top, apparently there's nothing I can do about the occasional breakouts here and there. :-)

Solid day in the books. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

I'm going to try to go to Bikram tomorrow morning, and then take my rest day on Weds. But I'm not sure yet, so don't hold me to that.

Need to wrap up now. Thanks for reading. Make good choices!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day 827 - Babysitting, Bikram & Hot, Sexy Instructor.

First, before I say anything else, I MUST thank you all for your kind, sweet comments on the dresses I bought. Thank you all!! I can't put into words what your comments mean and have meant to me. I love you all. :-)

But I think I may need to stop with the cleavage flaunting pics. Today for the first time ever, I got some obnoxious, p#rn-ish comments, which I immediately deleted. But I mean, Jesus Christ, it's not like I was naked or anything. Stupid jackasses. Now do you understand why I say people suck?

Daylight Savings Time got me all sorts of discombombulated today. I hate it, I think we should do away with it. Forever.

I had no concept of time whatsoever this morning. When I finally got up, my brother texted me. He wanted to know if I was available to look after the baby for a few hours. What was I going to say - that I wouldn't watch my nephew? I'm happy to do anything at all for the kids, I mean, I literally dropped everything and put all my Cinderella duties on hold til tomorrow, it just sucks that they're an hourish away. Moving right along.

I had to leave my house early to get there. I watched him for a few hours, changed his diaper, and when my brother got home, I jetted. I wanted to catch the 6 PM Bikram class, but I hadn't eaten lunch, I was starving, and I needed to eat. So I did.

Bad idea. I'll tell you why in a bit.

When I got to the studio, hot, sexy Tommy was at the front desk. I had to scan my card, and when I did, I asked him to tell me how many classes I had left on the yoga package I had purchased. He told me I had 2 left, and then he tried to talk to me into buying a longer term package. I'm not sure if I want to do that right now. He was like, but you've been coming a lot, it will pay for itself in the end, blah blah blah. I told him I'd think about it. And I will have to think about it, because I do like Bikram, but it is kinda expensive. We'll see.

Oh, and he called out my name during the session today - he's NEVER ever done that before! He knows who I am now. I am almost positive he never noticed me before really. Almost positive. I was doing the pose where you're lying flat on your stomach and you grab your ankles from the outside and you lift yourself up so that only your stomach is on your mat. He called out for me to lift higher, and straighten my arms and shoulders.

He is FINE. I mean, slamming. No joke. Added bonus that he's flexible. Just saying. Hehe.

The session was packed today! I've never seen it so packed in my life. Jeez. Which made it feel like it was about 800 degrees in the studio. And that did not help me with my nausea. I really should not have eaten so close to the session, but I was starving.

Afterwards, I felt sick to my stomach. I even dry heaved, but nothing happened. Good thing, since I was not in the mood to vomit my guts out, know what I mean there?
Not much of a smile, just wasn't feeling it.

I did feel much better once I was out in the fresh air again. I felt so sick that I was literally dead walking out of there. No mood to talk to people, or even say good night to the sexy instructor. I thought I would puke if I did.

Good day overall. With my weight loss yesterday, I lost a point on my Points Plus daily allowance, which totally sucks. But that's life. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and went over my points by 2. I'm ok with that.

Hitting the sack early to catch up on sleep. Make good choices!

Day 826 - WI Results & Photos.

Last week's weight: 185.8
This week's weight: 183.4

I lost 2.4 lbs. this week!

I had to leave my WW meeting early to get to a personal training appointment with the Sadist. It was good though. I hadn't seen Lisa since we ran 5 miles together on New Year's Day. I'm down about 15 pounds since then. 15 pounds in 2 months aint nothing to sniff at, in my opinion.
Me in the car right afterwards. I couldn't take a pic in the gym because it was just too crazy. That, and I didn't have my phone handy. So I just waited until I got to my car.

Kenlie and I spent the day hanging out together. We went to Bay Terrace in Queens, which is about a 10 minute drive from where I live now. Originally, she was going to return some merchandise at one of the stores there, but unfortunately, she left it at my house by mistake. Since we were already there, and since I was thinking of getting new clothes because we were going to be near a NY & Company, we decided to head in.
That's a size Medium dress! I couldn't believe it. Kenlie originally didn't like how this dress looked on the hanger, but when I tried it on, she changed her tune and loved it. I love the color.

Then we went to Banana Republic because she wanted to get a handbag. When I walked in, I noticed that they were having a promotion, selling clothes inspired by the TV show Mad Men. I don't watch that show, but of course I've heard of it.

I was immediately drawn to this dress.
I tried on a size 14, and it was too big. Kenlie got me a 12, and I told her I was scared it would be too small and it would rip. She gave me this look like, are you serious?

Because that's just me being my plain, jolly, optimistic self. Guess what? The size 12 fit! I cried in the dressing room, with Kenlie next to me.

Kenlie went through my closet and wanted me to try on some stuff that I've bought since she was last here. This one she absolutely loved, the red halter dress from Victoria's Secret in a size Medium.
I feel like I've been showing my tatas all over the place lately. I don't think that's a good thing really, since I'm normally an extremely shy, overly self conscious person. For some unknown reason, I've been getting a lot of positive comments on these tatas photos. People like when other people show em off, apparently. Haha.

Ok - need to end here since I'm exhausted. Make good choices!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Day 825 - Last Chance Workout.

I woke up today feeling a little frustrated. Not with my weight loss, just with certain things in life. Shrug. It happens. We all feel like that every once in a while.

It didn't help that I was tired. I so did not want to go to work today. But what else is new, right? Hehe. And when the day was over, I got home, sat on my couch, and struggled. I struggled with knowing I needed to work out, but really, really not wanting to.

I mean, I was tired, annoyed for no good reason, and just plain aggravated. Again, for no good reason. I sat on my couch, feeling tired, and Facebooked how I didn't really feel like doing anything.

As soon as I did though, I knew I had to. So I changed into the workout gear, gritted my teeth, kicking and screaming, and got to work on my last chance workout. I did 22 minutes on the treadmill, then I did Part 2 of The Firm Bootcamp 3-in-1 Mix. Once I was working out, I felt better. A little better. And I wanted to up my calorie burn, so I added 10 minutes of extra strength training. And I burned 563 calories.
See? I felt a little better.

Sometimes, I don't know why people read my blog. I don't know how or why you guys put up with my pissing & moaning. I annoy myself with that bs. I'm being totally serious, too.

Hormonal much, Kel?

Solid day, in spite of all my pissyness. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

WI tomorrow, and I'm feeling confident about it. Wish me luck tomorrow.

Make good choices!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Day 824 - Bikram Before & After.

I decided to take another photo in my bathroom mirror, wearing a different colored cami. I wore this to Bikram tonight, with the hot instructor (Tommy.) Seriously, he is just yummy.

Sorry Ellie - there's no way the cleavage is shrinking anytime soon. I think if I were ever a size 0, I'd still have them, albeit a bit smaller. It's genetics. So, thanks a lot, Mom. hehe
And this is me, after Bikram - a hot, sweaty mess.
I went to the 8 PM session tonight, and surprisingly, it was packed. Was not expecting that. But I'm not sure if I'll do the 8 PM session again - I didn't like getting home at 10, having to shower, do food prep, blog, then get to bed. But we'll see.

I'm still getting nauseous when doing the final back bend. I really have to stop and work on that, but I'm not sure how to combat the nausea, you know. Shrug. Whatever.

Anywho, solid day in the books. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points. Pretty awesome.

Need to wrap up now - must sleep! Make good choices!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Day 823 - Houseguest!

My houseguest is . . . Kenlie! LOL. She'll be here til next week.

In other news, I left my phone at work today. I have to say, the shaking and the withdrawal have not been that bad. Dependent much? LOL.

Anywho, I have to say that not having my phone has been oddly ok. Normally, I check it every 5 seconds because I am sick and obsessive. Hehe.

For my workout today, I pulled out The Firm 3-in-1 Bootcamp Mix. Another compilation from old Firm workouts. Love. I did 22 minutes on the treadmill before conquering Part 1 of the DVD. I added about 10 minutes of extra strength - squats, overhead presses, and delt flies. I burned 526 calories.
I had to borrow Kenlie's phone for this. I feel like this pic looks a lot sharper than the ones I've taken on my phone.

Solid day. Tracked everything, stayed within my points, and got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

Bikram tomorrow night with Tommy, not Joe. LOL. Really looking forward to that! Tommy is hot!

Hitting the sack. Make good choices!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 822 - The Woman in the Pedicure Chair.

So after work, I decided to get a mani/pedi. My cuticles were driving me crazy.

Everything's done, I'm sitting under the machine waiting for my nails to dry, when a olderish woman comes in for a pedicure.

She immediately starts talking to me. Normally, this would annoy me to no end since I am still somewhat standoffish and would prefer to just be left alone. (Wow - I just realized how awful that sounded.)

Anywho, she starts telling me and the nail girls part of her life story. She used to be a teacher, then she retired when she had a stroke (very sad), now she's helping out her daughter who has small kids. Then she said to me:

"I feel like I'm working harder now for my daughter than I ever did for myself. You know how that is, right?"

Me: "Oh, well umm, I don't have kids, so. . . ."

Her: "Oh, ok then, but I'm sure your mother must help you a lot." (She didn't skip a beat with that one."

Me: "Yeah, yeah, she does."

Idle chit chat for a few, then I'm not sure how we got around to this, I can't remember exactly, but for some reason, my singleton-ness came up. I guess I told her I'm not involved with anyone. She said,

"You know what? If you want it, think it, then just leave it to a higher power. Have faith."

For some reason, this did not piss me off. Normally, it would have. I'm not sure why state of singleton-ness is such an important topic right now. I told her I have heard that saying before. She pointed to a biblical verse written on the wall in the nail salon, which was written in both Korean and English. I can't remember the verse verbatim now, but it was something like, Trust in the Lord, or something.

The woman said, "It will happen when you are ready."


The machine stopped, my nails were dry, so I got up to leave. I was in a hurry to finish this little exchange. The woman was sweet, but I had errands to run, and the day was slipping away.

I said good bye to her, then she said, "I wish you love. You're beautiful! It will happen soon."

Chills down my spine. I told her she was very kind for saying that, I thanked her, then wished her good health.

Where is he then? Why do people feel the need to keep telling me all this. Nothing is happening. Shrug. Whatever. I'm throwing up my hands in disgust and not talking about this anymore. So done with it.

On a happier note, I have a VERY special houseguest arriving tomorrow. Three guesses as to who it is. :-)

Bed now. Make good choices!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Day 821 - Monday, Monday.


I so hate Mondays. Not my favorite day of the week at all.

I was so tired from yesterday. And I am still sore from Saturday's Firm workout. My glutes and thighs are really sore, but I'm kinda loving that feeling.

I had already made the decision to focus on older Firm workouts this month, with the exception of yesterday. So today, after 21 minutes on the treadmill, I pulled out The Firm Bust & Butt. It's a compilation of 3 older Firm workouts. Tamela Hastie leads a majority of this one, and she is way too perky for my taste. Constantly smiling, high pitched voice that kinda got on my nerves. No leg press on the Fanny Lifter at all in this one, which I found really odd.

After the DVD ended, I decided to do another 10 minutes of really heavy strength training - leg presses on the Fanny Lifter (because I felt weird not doing them), lat rows, upright rows, squats and side lunges. I burned 548 calories.
I look really, really tired in this sweaty pic, don't I? LOL. I know how to recognize, people.

Solid day. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

I'm hitting the sack now because I am exhausted. Make good choices!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Day 820 - Sonia!

I had a super packed day ahead of me today, so I was up early & working out. On a Sunday. When I just wanted to sleep in a little. That was not going to happen.

I had my cup of coffee for a quick energy surge, brushed my teeth, then changed into the workout gear almost immediately. I know I said I wanted to concentrate on older Firm workouts this month, but today, I needed to get something quick in. I popped in The Firm Power Sculpt Workout with Allie del Rio. I did the warm up, hit pause, then jumped on the treadmill for 23 minutes. Back to the DVD, and my glutes and hamstrings were feeling it almost immediately. They are sore from yesterday's workout. I burned 456 calories.
But onto the real reason for my big day. Here she is!
Sonia hiding in my empty hamper. When she saw it, she asked what it was, and I told her it was for dirty clothes (laundry.) So she decided to play hide & seek in it.
I seriously love this kid. When I got to my brother's house this morning, my SIL told me she's been waiting for this day for 2 weeks. That she's been asking about me everyday for 2 weeks.

An angel breaking my heart. For real.

I took her to the Long Island Children's Museum where I met up with a girl I used to work with in high school, Stacy, and her little daughter, Ysa. Another example of me TRYING to be more open and outgoing. Normally, I would've just said no to meeting up, but what the hell, right. The museum was packed, and the kids had fun. Sonia was a little shy. She said she just wanted to hang out with me - "Sonia solita con tia Kelly." (Only Sonia with Tia Kelly.) OMG - the cuteness could just kill you.

But the kids had fun anyway, in spite of Sonia getting a small booboo on her finger. She will live, no worries there. Then back to my house for lunch and brownie making time. We made No Pudge brownies, which is just cocoa mix and a small container of vanilla yogurt. She had one small square with a small glass of milk. Then onto my Mom's so she could see her grandparents. And the Yorkies. LOL.

My SIL's parents live in Queens, so she took the baby there, and we agreed that I would bring Sonia over there so I wouldn't have to go all the way back to Westchester. I should've put her down for a nap, but she said she didn't want to sleep at all. She just wanted to play with the dogs and color. When it was time to go to Queens, the poor thing threw a fit, started crying and said she didn't want to go. She didn't want to see her Mommy, she didn't want to see her other grandparents, she didn't want to put her shoes or her coat on, she just didn't want to go.

Sigh. You have no idea how colossally strong a 3 year old can be. Both me and my mother had to struggle to get her shoes on. It was like we were fighting a Navy SEAL, or a CIA operative. I'm not kidding. Those of you who have spawned know exactly what I'm talking about. LOL.

She fell asleep in the car after I finally got her to calm down a little. Poor thing.

Dinner is the only meal I remember eating. Breakfast I had, but it seems like a hundred years ago. And while Sonia was eating her lunch like a good girl, I hurriedly made my green monster smoothie. Lunch was non existent. And I was so tired, I wasn't even hungry.

I came in way under my points today. That's really not a good thing, because I didn't get enough protein today. I did track everything though.

I am trying. I am being more open.

OK - I am hitting the sack now - I am exhausted.

I would do it all over again though, for Sonia. :-) Good choices!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Day 819 - WI Results.

Last week's WI: 186.8 lbs.
This week's WI: 185.8 lbs.

I lost a pound this week. I'll take it, even though I do wish it was slightly more. Whatever. It's a pound of lard and fat gone forever. All good, but I'm going to step up my game this week. Even though I ate within my points or just slightly over, the points I ate were not quality ones. So I will clean up my eating, concentrate on hard workouts, and hopefully it will show on the scale next Saturday.

For my workout, I decided to pull out an old Firm DVD. I warmed up on the treadmill for 22 minutes, then I did The Firm Maximum Body Shaping with Tracie Long. I really wanted to get my calorie burn up, so I did about 15 minutes of extra weight training - squats, hammer curls, lunges, dips, anterior delt flys, side lunges, and overhead press. I burned 653 calories. See?
I had a busy day lined up for me. Busy Saturday. I had to clean, run to Trader Joe's to pick up some snacks & juice for Sonia, then onto BJs. No perverted comments please. (David, Draz - I'm talking to you! Haha.) Still not done with all my cleaning, but it's ok. 90% done.

By the way Draz - I am DYING to hear what you think about my major decision, mkay? :-)

Anywho, I have Sonia all day tomorrow, and I can't wait! I can't believe she's been asking about me. She used to not be able to stand me at all. She's gotten better lately, but she's never done that before. It's the cutest thing ever! Talk about an angel after my own heart. I'll post pics of her & me tomorrow on here.

Oh - before I forget! Know how I mentioned I was going to BJs? (Something wrong about that, I know.) I ran into an old high school buddy that I'm friends with on Facebook. I saw her before she saw me. Now in the past, when I saw someone from high school, I'd literally turn, run & hide and pray that they didn't see me. Yeah, it was about my weight. I just didn't want anyone that I used to know to see how big & fat I had gotten. Sad, right?

I didn't do that this time. I called out her name & when she turned around, she gave me this huge smile! She was pushing her baby in the stroller, while her husband was waiting on the long line to pay. We chatted quickly, I told her she looked great and her baby was adorable, she told me she's been watching me shrink on Facebook, and I said thanks. Very graciously and very outgoing. Not being the wall flower this time. We chatted, we promised to FB each other's contact info, then she had to run to meet her husband.

Are you guys proud of me? Because you should be, k. Just saying. :-)

Solid day. Made sure to eat clean and just plain better. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and stayed within my points.

I need to wrap this one up. If today was busy, tomorrow will be crazy, running around after a 3 year old. I'm sure I'll love every second of it though. I am so in love with my niece!

Make good choices!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Day 818 - Last Chance Workout.

Well, well, well. I am BLOWN AWAY by the reaction my photo got! Apparently, you guys appreciate a little cleavage, eh? LOL. I posted yesterday's pic on Facebook, and my Facebook wall blew up! hehe. I'm not kidding either, people. Those of you who are my FB buddies know. So I need to start tweeting & posting more photos like that one, apparently. Although, I do have to say this - posting that photo REALLY took me out of my comfort zone. I am really NOT used to flaunting or purposely trying to get attention in any way. It makes me uncomfortable, I admit it. I'm a little bit of a wall flower.

It took a LOT for me to post it. And I'm glad you guys were so positive about it! Especially you, Miss April - did you see her comment? Freaking awesome, I'm telling you. LOL. And no, I never thought it was a creepy comment. I actually cracked up when I read it! Ellie, there's nothing I can do about the size of my tatas, mmkay? They just have a mind of their own. I think that as my stomach shrinks, they will become more noticeable. I just wish they were a little more perky. Oh, and if any of you were wondering, everything on me is 100% real. And I am done talking about them now. :-)


I decided to do Bikram tonight because the instructor that I can actually stand, Tommy, was leading the session. And yes, I wore the cami top tonight. Everything stayed in place, so it was all cool. Holy Jesus, I was drenched to the core in sweat!
I couldn't wait to get home & shower. When I left the studio, Tommy wasn't at the front desk. So no opportunity to say more than good night to him. Oh well. But at least I actually had the intention of talking to him, right? LOL

Good day overall. Tracked everything, got in all of my requirements, and came in a little under my points. I'm ok with that.

I am trying to be more open. I deserve to have everything I want. And I know it will happen soon.

WI is tomorrow, and I'm feeling good about it. I know I will show a loss.

Need to wrap this one up now - Make good choices!