Monday, December 30, 2013

WI Results.

I had a DAY today.  For real.

I was running errands during my lunch hour, and as I was yielding to oncoming traffic at the exit ramp, I was rear ended.


Pain in the neck.  I am fine, the other driver is fine, but my bumper is not.  It received more than a few scratches in the accident.

I just got the dang thing replaced in March, when I was rear ended the first time!

Anywho, I am shaking it off.  Or at least, I am trying to shake it off.  It just blows - one more annoying thing to have to deal with.

I do know that it is not the worst thing that could've happened.  It happened, it's done, his insurance will take care of it because I insisted on calling the PD and having an accident report filed.  And now, time to move on.

I owe you guys a WI post.  So here it is.

Well hello there, lowest recorded weight ever of my adult life!  Nice to see ya there!

And that was over Christmas with the lasagna & the brownies.  I wasn't looking to lose any weight, I would've been happy with just maintaining.  But hey, I'll take it!

And because it's been a while, I'm posting a guns pic.  Because I can.  :-)

Please excuse the hair.  Hehe.

I had to WI at Bootcamp for their challenge, and I was down another pound.  Which meant that my body fat percentage decreased again ever so slightly.  I'm happy about that.  Real, real, crazy happy.

What a crazy day, what a crazy year it has been.  After today, I'll be more than ok with seeing the end of 2013.

There is much more to be happy about tho, as this year has been truly magical.  I'll give ya my thoughts and recaps later this week.

For now, I bid all of you a great night.

2014 will be even better!  :-)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick post to here to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

My celebrating was done yesterday, so today was pretty low key.  Bro didn't make it down with the kids, so I'll be going to Westchester either tomorrow or Friday to give the kids their presents.

It got real cold here real fast, so after Bootcamp & a shower, I settled in to finish the rest of We Need to Talk About Kevin. I've got less than 100 pages to go, and I'm determined to finish reading this sad tale. I sure know how to pick em, it would appear.

Sheesh.  Anais Nin is next up on the reading list.

Enjoy the spirit of this holiday and be thankful for your family and friends!

Hope Santa was good to you all.  :-)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Feliz Noche Buena!

Happy Christmas Eve to you all!

I'm heading over to my folks in a bit to celebrate Christmas Eve.  We're Hispanic & Catholic, so today is our big holiday.  We celebrate today & tonight and not so much tomorrow, for some reason.  I think it's an Hispanic thing.  Anywho.

Some of you may know that today is also my Dad's birthday, and every year we have lasagna and cheesecake.  Those are his absolute favorites.  Mom decided to switch up dessert for some reason, so we're having cheesecake brownies.  As usual, I'm making everything.  Lasagna and dessert from scratch.

I won't lie, it's VERY tempting.  But like with any holiday or special event, I have a plan. (One must always be prepared and plan ahead.)  Here's mine.

I've already worked out this morning at home.  Bootcamp was open, but my back was killing me yesterday from all those pushups and combo punches from Sunday morning, so I opted to work out at home.  Originally, I was going to do Jillian Michaels' No More Trouble Zones, but when I popped the DVD in, I wasn't feeling it.  I did complete 1 or 2 circuits, but then I improvised with my own routine.  Lots of jumping rope in place, high knees and jogging in place.  I also took out 8 pound dumbbells and did sets of squats, deadlifts (my new favorite move) and lunges.  Low weight, lots of reps.  My glutes & quads will be killing me later.

I'm also not going over to my folks house starving.  Talk about a recipe for disaster.  We'll be eating early, around 3 or 4.  I've had breakfast already, my protein smoothie and before I leave, I'll grill up some leftover chicken & veggies.  Lots of water, as usual for me.

I'll enjoy a small portion of lasagna & dessert, whatever kind of salad Mom makes, and then I'll call it a day.  No leftovers for me, it's about my Dad's birthday & the holiday.  Since those are his favorites, they will stay at their house.  Plus, I know myself.   I just can't.

The brownies are cooling as we speak (yeah, I tasted the batter & it's sinfully tasty, shh!!) and I have to get started on the lasagna in a bit.  I'm just taking a break to get this up & posted.

I've said this before, and it's something I've learned from my new friend Melanie, a terrific chica I met through Dani, Weight Watchers & social media.

It is ONE DAY.  ONE MEAL.  Not a marathon of all day eating.  Enjoy the company, enjoy the spirit of the day if you celebrate, but don't eat like a moron.  Have a plan in place, be prepared, and then move on.  No one wants to feel bloated and gross later tonight and wake up tomorrow morning regretting what you put into your body.

I know it is not always easy.  It is not always easy for me either.  I'm human after all, and I've got a major past with food, but you dig deep and get through it.  I remember and think to myself all the reasons I lost my weight to begin with, and how hard it was for me to get it off. And maintain it, too.

If I do get hungry later tonight (doubtful since that's a pretty rich meal we're having)  I have some chicken broth in the fridge that I can throw some simple ingredients in to make a quick soup of some sort.  And there's always salad in my house.  Done.

See?  That was pretty simple, right?  No reason to make it complicated.

Signing off now to get started on dinner.

P.S.  Apparently, my body fat percentage has decreased slightly since I started my Bootcamp's 27 day challenge.  At least, it was down from last week.  I lost a pound & then after he plugged in my info into the handheld BIA (Bioelectric Impedance Analysis) device.  I can't remember how much it went down, but he did say that it did, so, yeah.

Ok, off now.  Be good!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Post in Photos.

I've been a tad silent on the blog lately, but that does not mean I've been trainwrecking.  Pinky swear.  I just don't always have a whole lot to say!

This time of year is hectic, with Christmas right around the corner, the kids' birthdays this month, gift shopping, gift wrapping, running around, etc.

Since the scale has been banished from my abode, I've been able to relax (shocking, I know) and just not STRESS so much about that stupid number.  Yes, I realize losing those last few vanity pounds won't drastically change my life.  Yes, I know, believe me, I know.  And I also know I should've just gotten rid of the damn thing a long time ago. I admit all this.  Because it was the right move.  For me.  Wanna know why?  Let me show you.

Ahem.  A loss of more than 2 pounds this week.  That has not happened in a while.  Looong time.

And what did we learn?  That I put extra, unecessary stress and pressure on myself because of some dumb gadget.  Ridiculous.  No mas.  Done.  That's not a way for me to live.

Remember I told you about that beautiful Rachel Roy colorblock dress that was at the Weight Watchers Mag photo shoot?  The one I saw & immediately fell in love with?   The one I've been coveting ever since but couldn't afford at $400 a pop?

I was at Macy's last week buying Clinique makeup when I decided to just walk around the store to get some walking in.  I've written before how I feel I am way too sedentary outside of Bootcamp, so any way I can get some extra activity in, I jump on it.

And during some purely innocent browsing through the clothes racks, I stumbled upon this knockoff!!

The second I tried it on, I knew it was mine.  The knockoff dress fit me like a glove.  The fabric was soft and stretchy and adhered to my hourglass perfectly.  And the best part?  It was $40!


My lovely Weight Watchers leader, Elyse, set up a photo shoot for me at Newsday, my local newspaper.  The article will be featured sometime soon in their "Dropping The Lbs." column.  I haven't been given an exact date yet, but if you live in the NY metro area, please look out for it.  I'll post on here what date the newspaper issue will be out.

They told me to wear something a little form fitting, and something that will make me feel comfortable. I chose this tank top/bootcut jeans ensemble from The Gap.  (Not a Gap sponsored mention/name drop here, these clothes just happen to come from there.  That store has never heard of me.  K?)

I got my hair cut and straightened at a local salon right before my set arrival time on Friday afternoon.  I really needed the cut - I think I was carrying about 5 pounds in split ends alone.  Not kidding.

The photographer mentioned how strong my arms looked.  I'm seriously proud of my guns.  Getting them toned and sculpted like that took WORK.

Ooh, almost forgot!  My Bootcamp's Christmas party was this past Thursday night, and my Bootcamp BFF dragged me there.  Here are some pics from the shindig.

 With Marisa in the Santa hat.  She's such a sweetheart.

Boot BFF (right) and her identical twin sister, Andrea to my left.  

Salim, our Bootcamp trainer and Rachel.  I rip on him a lot for being obnoxiously tough and saying annoying things (the man loves to mess with me because he knows I hate it when he does) but... I can't argue with the results he's given me. (said through clenched teeth.)  I'll never admit that to him, but he knows.  He tried to slip his rum & coke into my water glass.

I had a few bites of some of the appetizers, but apparently, it made NO difference.  I didn't drink at this party even though it was open bar.  That just never interested me.  My poison is food.  It always has been food.

I just got really lucky with the appetizers being seafood, which I never ever eat.  They did have fresh mozzarella balls, chicken bites & stuffed mushrooms, which I did have.  But it was no biggie.  And I didn't stress about how that may affect the scale.  I didn't think about it.  I just has a good time that night.

Although my feet would disagree.  Standing around in 3 inch boots, no matter how hot they look, isn't comfortable.   At all.   My feet were so sore by the end of the night.

I'm really going to try to post a bit more, but I make no promises.  Papi's birthday is Noche Buena (Christmas Eve), and I have to cook all the things again.  Plus gift wrapping for the kids and just normal everyday life and work tend to get in the way sometimes.

I'm also going out more, and it's been fun.  Who knew I would like being outgoing, or that it would come naturally.  I think I give the impression that I'm standoffish, and I truly don't mean to be.  One of the Bootcamp trainers, Nick,  confessed that he thought I didn't like him.  What I didn't like is how tough those workouts are.  That had nothing to do with him personally.  And I told him that.  We're good now.

Tomorrow I'm meeting Wendy for breakfast at our local diner.  After that, home to do the regular cleaning stuff.  It never ends, I tell you.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

WI Results & Some News.

Happy Saturday to you all.

I was thinking just the other day how rapidly this year has flown by.  I mean, seriously.  How is it December 14 already?  I'll be honest, I can't wait for this year to end.  I won't be sorry to see it go.  It's been great, and it's been rough.  But I'll save the yearly wrap up for another post.

Moving right along.

Remember how I said I was ditching my home scale?  Yup, that experiment is still going strong (7 whole days now!)    No more daily weighing.  Once a week at my Weight Watchers meeting is more than enough.

Speaking of which.

I was down 0.6 lbs. this week.  Hmm.

I took my magazine spread and tacked it onto the bulletin board at my Weight Watchers center, with my leader's blessing.  I asked Joseph to take a quick photo of me next to it.  Joseph was the member who took me aside and told me how much my story inspired him to not quit on his own weight loss journey.

I'm pointing to myself.  Good times.

Ooh, I may have some news on a TV appearance opportunity that just happened to fall into my lap by sheer happenstance.  Once it's confirmed and all the things are written in stone, I'll clue you guys in on what it is.  Cool?

How crazy this all is right now.  The magazine, perhaps the TV thing, maybe my local paper, which happens to be Newsday.  I kinda love it, tho.  :-)

Bootcamp this morning completely killed me.  My glutes and hamstrings are totally fried.  Friday was pull muscle day, which meant lots of squats and deadlifts, and today was insane cardio.  He put us through a series of increasing reps and pushups and I am feeling it in my shoulders.

God help me.

Oh, and one final bit of news.  I've decided to join my Bootcamp's 27 day fat loss challenge.  First prize is 6 months of free Bootcamp, 2nd prize is 3 months free, and 3rd is 1 month free.  It'd be great to win first prize, but honestly, if I can lean out a bit in 27 days, and maybe drop a dress size, I'd be totally ok with that.  Yeah, I'd love to get these 5 lbs off, but who knows if that'll happen.  Jewlz had a good point in the comments last time.  I'm not sure how much weight in loose skin I'm carrying.  The challenge will measure pounds lost, inches lost, and body fat percentage lost.  Which means, I'll have to step on a scale Monday night for this.  It means weighing in Monday nights and Saturday mornings for the challenge and Weight Watchers, respectively.  I'm going to have the trainer record my weight and not tell me what it is.

Snowy day here in NY.  It's supposed to turn to heavy rain later tonight.  Me being the lunatic I am decided to walk to and from Bootcamp this morning to get some extra steps in.  I'm still using my little pedometer as a tool to measure how active or inactive I am throughout the day.  It's eyeopening how sedentary and lazy I can be.  (Ok not really, but I felt like I had to say it.)

I've gotten through the first 100 pages of the Kevin book.  Sad, depressing, and twisted.  Anais Nin will be next.  I'm hoping to finish We Need to Talk About Kevin by next weekend.

Wendy from my Weight Watchers meeting - were you impressed I actually volunteered to speak up at the meeting this morning??  :-)

I'll blog more about the Bootcamp challenge once I have all the information on it Monday.  It should be interesting.

Happy weekend, folks!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

WI Results, Books, And Challenges.

So.  Lots of differing thoughts on my No-Scale Stance.

I expect everyone to have different ideas about this particular issue.  It was becoming an extremely unhealthy obsession, weighing everyday, sometimes more than once a day.  I couldn't do it anymore, as I recognized just how warped it was becoming, allowing it to affect my mood.

We're all different, and some are able to weigh once, make a note of the number and then move on.  Me, not so much.  So the scale had to be axed.  No mas.

In other news, on Saturday morning, I weighed in and wouldn't ya know it....

Still Lifetime.  Still weighed in great.

Ooh, what I wouldn't give to shed those last 5-7 pounds.

The kids' joint birthday party was Saturday night too.  Look who had the nerve to turn 5.

My niece.  My heart.  Her other grandma said she looks just like me.

And two.

 He's a big ham, always smiling, such a good natured baby (toddler.)

Obligatory selfie from Saturday night.  Because it's been a while.

In other news, I finished reading The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things and loved it!  Wifey was an.... interesting read.  Quite a sharp departure from Deenie and Are You There God, It's Me Margaret.  But I loved it, as I have always loved Judy Blume.

We Need To Talk About Kevin is coming along great.  Sad as anything, and sometimes her writing gets a bit tedious, but otherwise, I'm enjoying it.  Not sure what I'll read when I'm done.  Maybe The Husband's Secret, as a reader had suggested it to me recently.

I'm officially in as part of the January Jeans Challenge that Marion is doing.  Go head on over to her blog for more info.  Pretty simple idea - you pledge NOT to gain any weight from now until the end of the holiday season.

Speaking of challenges, my Bootcamp is doing a 27 day Fat Loss Challenge in which first prize is 6 months of free Bootcamp.  2nd place is 3 months free and 3rd is 1 month free.  Unfortunately, it costs $100 to enter.   The last day to join is December 16.  My trainers will provide all participants with a very specific food list and diet, and you eat only the foods on said list.  I've heard through the grape vine that it's very similar to Paleo, probably a bit stricter and tighter.  Specifically, I've heard there is no fruit and zero sugar.  I keep going back and forth on joining.  On one hand, the worst that can happen is that I actually lose those 5-7 pounds I keep agonizing over, but don't win any free months of membership.  Which means having spent $100 for nothing.  The best case scenario is I win some months.  I don't know.  To some people, it probably is a no brainer.  It's just the idea of having to shell out another $100 to them.

I already pay them a small fortune.... Sigh.


2014 will be here soon.  I can't wait for this year to be over and done with.  2013 was still great, don't get me wrong.  But man, there were some trying times there for a bit.  More on the yearly wrap up as the year comes to an end.

As for 2014 - I've decided to take a HUGE leap of faith.  Big time risk.  It's time.  It'll mean stepping way the heck out of my comfort zone and starting a new chapter in my life.

It might mean doing the best thing for me. But it'll still be hard.  More on that as it develops.

Remember that Anais Nin quote?

"And the time came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

Change is hard, change is necessary, and change can be the best thing to ever happen to us.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

No More Daily Weighing.

We are in the long home stretch of the holiday season right now.

For me, it's birthday parties, Christmas parties, my  Bootcamp's holiday party, and then my birthday.  :-)

My brother & SIL have decided to have a joint birthday party for my niece and nephew this Saturday.  Sonia turned 5 on Sunday (I do not love the idea of her getting older at all.  I just wish she would stay a sweet little girl forever with NO attitude to speak of.)  Marcus will be 2 next week.  There will be little kids, family, friends, cake & snacks there.  Last year, I didn't allow the abundance of food to affect what a good time I had with the kids, and I plan on doing the same.  I'll have a little bit of cake after they blow out the candles, but I'll be prepared to split my piece with someone like I did last year.

As for the rest of what will be there, namely the snacks and stuff - shrug.  It's a party.  There will probably be catered dinner-type food there, since we're planning on starting the festivities after the baby gets up from his late afternoon nap.  They usually have it catered by a local Persian/Mediterranean restaurant, so there will be plenty of chicken, beef, veggies, vegetarian options, rice, and salad.

I love Mediterranean food - it's so good.  I'll make sure to have my normal lunch before we head out so I don't arrive starving.  That's just a recipe for disaster.

A little bit of a segue here.  Remember over the summer, and before Fitbloggin, I put the scale away and stopped weighing daily?  Remember how I got to my lowest weight ever in my adult life by doing that simple little thing?

Yup.  So do I.

I went back to daily weighing (bad idea, I know) and I've allowed it to start messing with my head again.  So foolish to allow that little thing and the number have that kind of power over me.  I don't know why I do that.   I put it out on Twitter that for the month of December, the scale will be gone.  No more daily weighing.  With the exception of my Weight Watchers meeting, I won't be stepping on a scale but for once a week.

Done.  No mas.

I wish I could be like Jeanette who does weigh daily and NOT allow it to affect her.  Girl, how do you do that?  Please pass some of that off to me!  Lord knows I could use it.

Now you - Do you weigh daily? Once a week?  Refuse to have a scale in the house?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

How Was Your Thanksgiving?

Hey everyone!

So, how did it go Thursday?  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday!

I myself was extra thankful for having a few days off from work.  Oh, and I went to my meeting yesterday and weighed in.

I lost 0.2.  I'll take it.  Thursday was just one meal, not an entire day.  And since it was just me and my folks, we didn't go crazy with all this food and desserts.  No reason to.

I was sorry to hear that my leader's grandmother passed away late Friday.  So she was not there, needless to say.   What a way to start the holiday season.  :-(

It's supposed to be pretty mild out this week, so I will definitely be going out for my lunchtime walks.  It's nice to get out of the office and enjoy the nice weather, since last week was pretty frigid.  Last Sunday especially was freezing cold.  I think the temperature didn't go above 28 degrees.  Sheesh.

Anyway, I am going to finish the last of my coffee, change into my workout gear, and fish out a fitness DVD from my vast collection.  Then I have to dust & vacuum, and head out to get the kids their birthday and Christmas presents.  Having a niece and nephew whose birthdays just happen to fall in the same month as Christmas is umm...expensive?

I finished reading The Earth, My Butt & Other Round Things yesterday.  It started off as a sad tale about an overweight teenager who feels like an outsider in her own picture perfect family, but it ended on a pretty high note.  I think I'll tackle Wifey next.  I may stop by the library later and check out We Need to Talk About Kevin.  I know what it's vaguely about already, sort of.  I hope it ends well.  I still haven't been able to shake the sadness from reading The Kite Runner, so I really hope it's not quite as depressing as that book was.

I love reading.  I'm so glad I got back into it.

Have a great Sunday!