Monday, December 31, 2012

Day 294 - New Year's Eve 2012 to 2013

      About to close the book here on 2012 but not with out one last go ahead, not with out one more thing that I've never done before.  

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Day 289 - 1st day back at work

Going back to work didn't go a well as I'd hoped though I cannot say I didn't think it was going to be this way.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 286 - Full day recovery day 3

Let me tell you something, this recovery thing is a slow, extremely worthwhile & necessary but slow process.  

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 284 - full day recovery day 1

     I did a bunch of research today about what to do when you are injured but want to stay on track.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

sick day

Today I came home from work after only having been in for 3 1/2 hours.  I got sick.  :(

3 in 21

Got a run in!  It was a late start but good to get the run in at all.  

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Day 264 - Weigh In

162.6 lbs.
-0.6 lbs from last week
-41.7 lbs total loss

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 260

Can I tell you something I am really looking forward to?  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 245

Happy to report that my headache is gone for the most part.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Day 244

  I called out of work today.  Yesterday I had a headache/migraine all day and when I got up this morning it still wasn't gone.  

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Day 242

I went out to Staten Island today with some people to help in the relief effort.  

Friday! Late again.

I have to start blogging earlier.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day 240

 Wow, am I sore from the Insanity fit test yesterday.

239

     Since my store is operating on reduced hours while the clean up effort continues at the memorial and our other locations I have been getting out of work early this week.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

back

165.6 lbs
-0.2 lbs from last week
-38.7 lbs total loss

Friday, October 26, 2012

226

Nice night out tonight seeing a play at MCC called Don't Go Gentle. Everything we see there is wonderful. Felt great, dressed up cute in my pink tights though I did have to throw them out once I got home. The bench I sat down on decided that it wanted a piece for itself and created a small hole which turned into a 2" hole by the end of the night. Oh well. :)

Ate well today and had one glass of sangria while out this N and the in-laws.

Oh! Set a big goal today! By this time next year I will run a half marathon. I did all the math (9 weeks in a training program/3 miles per program. 52 weeks in a year which is time for 5+ programs. =more then enough time to train) it totally works out. I haven't registered for it yet as the schedules for this time next year aren't out yet. But I will check back and be sure to register for one ASAP.

Boom! I'm gonna run a half marathon.

#22. Love

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

218. fitbloggin?

     As often happens, I sit down to write a blog post and then do a thousand other things.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Day 215

Seems a little silly to post when I can see that no one's been here to read in about a week.  Makes sense, I haven't had much to say in weeks.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Challenge Day 10

#10 Sweat

So sweat doesn't photograph well.
I didn't get in a full run today. I kept falling off the treadmill at the hotel & there isn't any place to run outside here.

Challenge Day 9

I missed last night's post.
We got back to the hotel pretty late.


#9 New Clothes!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Day 211

Instead of painting my own nails I went and got a manicure!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weigh in - Day 208

166.4 lbs.
-1 lb from last week
-37.9 lbs total loss

Midnight Run!

After a long and awesome day of hanging out with N and my dad it didn't look like I was going to get  work out in.  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

203

no work out today.  short on water intake again, but my other requirements has been good.  

Monday, October 1, 2012

not much monday

 No work out or much of anything else to report today.  

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday - 199

I am really super close to hitting the new goal for my race!  

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

day 197

     I have not been feeling into it lately and it is really starting to show and I can feel it in my body.  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Early pic.

Getting ready this morning I threw on my new sweatshirt from work. I'd asked for a sweatshirt when the new staff was getting them. This is the one I picked. I Love NY with the memorial logo on the sleeve. It's a medium. Save for in HS when I fell in love with and confiscated a hood from my bf, it is the only medium hood I have ever owned. It feels so amazing to be in a nice warm hoodie and it be a medium!! Ahhhhh!!!

back at it!

     Woo!  Got in a good run tonight.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Weigh in - Day 194


167.6 lbs.  
+1.4 lbs from last week
total loss 36.7 lbs

Bah!  Well, my muscles are getting bigger and I only had 3 official work outs this week so I am cool with my weight.  It's only 1.4lbs that's not much in the overall scheme.  I was bummed to see the numbers, but I am not those numbers.  I'm a runner now.  I'm someone who inspired their husband to run & register for a 5k.  I take inspiration from the blogs I read and inspire those who read mine.  

Boo-yah!!  Take that negative voice in my head.  Ain't no room for you now.  

     xoxo

late night saturday post

     My search for a dress to wear to my uncle's wedding in October was not completed today.  

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

gurguly wednesday

      I woke up a few times last night not feeling so hot. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Running in the rain

     Running in the rain seriously makes me feel so cool.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

W5D3

     Today I did Week 5 Day 3 of Couch to 5k!  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

monday musings

     I would have to say I've been in a pretty good mood all day.  There was one small section at work where I got aggravated, but it passed quickly.  I ate well today which may have had something to do with it.  TOM is coming to an end as well so that probably has even more to do with it.

     For my work out today I popped in 30 Day Shred Level 3 and then promptly left my apartment.  After doing the warm up I was like damn, I need to mix things up.  I went to the top of the stairs that lead to my roof and then walked down to the bottom.  Three flights.  I went all the way to the bottom and back to the top 5 times.  My legs were burning after that!  I came back and did some more of 30DS but mostly did my own thing in the intervals save for the abs, I did the abs on the video, but I did push ups instead of jumping jacks and squats instead of lunges, that kind of thing.  It felt good to mix it up and do something new.  I'm looking for new videos again.  Not much longer then 30 minutes a clip and no equipment required.  Yoga suggestions are welcome too.

     Some of my food is packed for tomorrow already but I still have a little bit to do.  Tomorrow is a big day at work.  I have to say I have a great sense of pride working for the Memorial.  It may sound silly to some but I do.  Just like everyone that watched it unfold, I was changed forever.  I really like my job and the people that I work with, but more then that I like being surrounded by what I am everyday.  There is no way toforget, being where I am.  Tomorrow will be a crisp beautiful fall Tuesday morning, just like 11 years ago.Take some extra time to hold the ones you love, let them know you love them.

   

Weigh in - Day 180

169.lbs.  
no change from last week
total loss 35.3 lbs

It's a Sunday vlogging kinda day...



Saturday, September 8, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

off

     Blugh.  That's probably the best way to explain how I feel.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

176

     Wanna know something neat and a little TMI?

Monday, September 3, 2012

day one seventy five

  Tonight I asked N what he thought about all this business with me blogging.

Weigh in - Day 174


169 lbs
-4.0 lbs from last week
-35.3 lbs total loss

Sunday, September 2, 2012

TWELVE

     That right.  I fucking said it.  TWELVE.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Feeling a lot less insane. :)

Yesterday I took a big step. I got back to myself. I closed the door on Insanity and ran. I got in a two mile jog before work yesterday. I did Week 4 Day 1 but didn't complete all of the running, I walked a little extra at the end. IT FELT SO GOOD!

What felt even better was being done before work, being done before my trip down the shore.

Now N and I are in Neptune and will walk down to Avon by the Sea later.

Good bye Insanity and hello no longer going insane. My weigh in this Monday will probably show a gain again and after that my weight will go back to a slow and steady loss.

Woo! Let's move forward!

xoxo

Thursday, August 30, 2012

thank you

The comments on my post yesterday were just out of this world.

not getting any easier

Isn't there supposed to be a point where things lighten up at least a little.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Yesterday's Video



As promised here is yesterday's video. 






vlog problems

I recorded  vlog and I cannot get it to load.

I'll try again in the morning

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

What a day...

This morning I ran The Happiest 5k on Earth, the Color Run. I ran the race in 44:39 which is my best time so far. That's so amazing considering I walked a good deal and I slowed down a lot to get covered in color and I may or may not have stopped, dropped and rolled through the blue. :)

I had a really good time and can't believe I beat my last time by 5 minutes and the last time I really ran was the last 5k I did. I think I've run twice since then. I was so scared going alone. Not because I was afraid of anything in particular, just that I didn't have any one there to support me but me and I had what must have been like the feeling I used to get before I ran or performed a show. Excitement/anxiety/adrenalin. When I ran shows, if I didn't get that feeling something was up and I usually made a mistake so I am going to take it as a good sign.

After a very long commute back to my apartment I took a crazy long shower and am still not free of all my color. It should be gone in a few days and luckily it's in my back (in the shape of my sports bra, lol.) N and I packed up and headed straight for Penn station where we took the train out to Secaucus. Alx picked us up and we headed into the Catskills to the campground that his family owns, Skyway.

We are here through til tomorrow and I am just in heaven. I love nature. It's so beautiful up here. Alx lent us his gear and stuff so we are all set with tents and sleeping bags. Tonight was their annual Corn & Keg Fundraiser. They serve grilled corn and beer for free and for $1 you get a bowl of chili. There are a handful of kinds of chili and you buy a bowl for each type you'd like to try and all the money goes to St. Jude's. I had one bowl of Veggie Chili and 2 ears of corn. They were so incredible. Soaked in water over night and grilled in the husk. So. Good.

Now we are in the game room and N is playing his game with Alx, Alx's cousin and Alx's dad. Very cool.

I'm fading fast, I've been up since 6am. I don't anticipate sleeping too well tonight but the night will be so enjoyable being outside.

Good night loves.

xoxo

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tell me again why I'm still awake?

I hve to be up for a run tomorrow at 6am and my crazy ass is still awake trying to get ready. I am out of my mind. This blog post is so pointless and I'm so sorry. Let's go Color Run!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday?

Wednesday?  Holy crap! All day I thought it was Tuesday!  (dunno why) That's so cool.  YAY!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Day 161

     I managed to get up at 7 again today.  Going to bed last night at 10:30 probably helped. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Jump Starting the week

     Early work out today!!  It was so awesome to get up and get my workout out of the way!  

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Day 156

This has been a crumby blog week for me.  I just haven't been making it a priority and it's starting to show.

Day 155

     Another day spent just trying to catch up to myself.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Late Tuesday

I managed to get most everything taken care of early today. My work out today was tough because I am SO SORE from Monday's.

Tonight I went out to see DVW in his off broadway premier. I could not be happier for him. Holy crap I love that kid. We've been friend for 10 years and it's really good to see him get his.


Ok, I'm only staying up a little longer to finish off my check list then it's bedtime for me!!

xoxo

--please excuse any spelling mistakes or silly errors, this entry was typed on my iPhone--

Monday, August 13, 2012

Day 153 - Weigh In & Fit Test


172.2 lbs.
-.8 lbs from last week
-32.1 lbs total loss

     Hells yes! Down is down, bitches! (I don't mean that, I love you!)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Getting Caught Up

     I'm not actually behind on anything (except for reading my blogs) I just kind of feel that way. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Day 150 - Insanity Week 4 Complete!!

Today began my traveling weekend. As of now I am in Jersey. I caught the train in this morning to hang with Mo for a while. Tomorrow Mo, my aunt and I are heading out to PA for my uncle's fiancé's bridal shower.

My eating today was good but sporadic. There is a good chance I didn't take in enough calorie but I feel good. Yesterday I had an eat everything you get your hands on day so this must be balance. Like I've said before I don't mind inhaling stuff when it's produce, hummus and cashews.

I worked out tonight in Mo's breezeway which was pretty cool. I set up my phone and could follow along that way. It was quite warm and muggy while I was working out since I was practically outside. It was good though, the extra sweat was more then welcome. It was my last day of week 4 insanity so I wanted to give it my all.

I'm going to hit the hay. I'm pretty tired. Hope you all have a great weekend and we'll talk again tomorrow!

xoxo

--Please excuse any misspellings or silly errors, this entry was typed on my iPhone--

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

day 148, a mish mosh of stuff

     Have you even been in that place where there are lots of things going on and at the same time there is nothing going on?

Late night

Woo! I haven't been out this late in a while but it was totally worth it. N and I went over to visit out friends M&S for some dinner and game playing.

My work out today went well. Tomorrow I have an interview at the gym I spoke about. I will update better tomorrow but I just wanted to make sure I got my post in for today.

Much love!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Day 141 - No sweat.

      After days of ripping myself to pieces, today was a no sweat kind of a day.  

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

day 140

     I though I was going much easier on myself today then yesterday until it actually came down to time to be working out.

139 - r e l a x

     Today was a one work out kind of day. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Weigh In - Day 137



174.4 lbs.
-.2 lbs from last week
-29.9 lbs total loss

      Down is down.

INSANITY Week 3 = DONE!!

   Do you hear me?!  Week 3 is over!  I am one third through INSANITY!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

day 135 - stronger every day

     Another great day in the books.  I worked out by 12:30 which was just perfect.  I ate later then I usually do in the morning but it worked out just fine.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

day 134 - Yay smoothie!

     I got a nice early start to my day!  What I mean by that is that I didn't wait until it was late to work out!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

day 133

      Today was a long day of avoiding my workout.

one thirty two and counting

     I managed to get in a little apartment cleaning today which was awesome.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Day 131 - Weigh In


174.6 lbs.
-1.2 lbs from last week
-29.7 lbs total loss


   That's awesome!  

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Charcoal for perspective

     Today N and I had a BBQ in Prospect Park and it was great.  

yay tee shirts!

     Managed to get my work out in today before late.  
I was done around 5:30pm which was freaking awesome.  I had way more energy then I usually do at  10pm.  

Friday, July 20, 2012

128 - blarg

     Today I got my self up and out of the house at a reasonable time and headed over to Intimacy up in the Upper East Side and got myself a new sports bra.  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

feeling good & watching stuff

     Got my work out and bloggin in late today, as you can see.  It's technically tomorrow but I haven't gone to bed yet, so there.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

126 & funky

     Today was really awesome, but despite that I can feel myself inside of a funk.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Fun Day 125

     Fun day today!  Mo came into town to take care of some things (read: purchase some theater tickets for her and my aunt) and hang out with me for a bit.  

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Weigh In - Day 124

175.8 lbs.
-2.4 lbs from last week
-28.5 lbs total loss


    Well holy hell.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

rest day saturday style

     Well, I took a rest day.  A full fledged do nothing rest day.  N and I did brunch today at one of our favorite spots, Building on Bond, and took DVW with us.  We LOVE this place.  The prices are super reasonable, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is unmatched.  


     The rest of our day was very relaxed.  I bought 2 pairs of slacks and a vest at Salvation Army for less then $15.  One of those pairs of slacks is a size 14!  The other is a 16.  The 16s fit better but the 14s are still fine.  Since my black pair of slacks no longer fit (YAYYY!) I needed to get something nice for the next assignment I may get sent on for work.  Ahhh, the glamorus life of a temp.


     N and I spent some time at The Brooklyn Strategist and N play tested the game he created.  He played one game with one of the guys that work there and 2 games with one of the kids that was just hanging around.  It was really awesome and he got some great feed back.  It's really looking like we are moving closer to getting the game published. We just need to have it copyrighted, get and intelectual properties lawyer, comission the artwork, get the game published and sell it.  Seems easy enough.  ;) 


     When I knew that they were close to done I ran across the street to get myself a celebratory (4 months working out) manicure.  May I introduce you to Essie's "Shorty Pants:"



                                Super fun and perfect for summer.


      I didn't follow my meal plan so well today but I am ok with it.  I feel good and am excited for weigh in day tomorrow, though my weigh in day during TOM can sometimes be a pain with added weight.  Either way, I'm excited.  


     Yay weekend!!




     xoxo

July Measurements


     Here I am again WAYYY to late in the evening just rushing to get a post in.  Today is my 4 month anniversary and measurements day and I hope you will take a quick second to check out my progress since I've started.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

121 and counting

     Fifth day of Insanity.  That Pure Cardio workout can just bite me.  It was hard to get though but I did make it.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

120 days in

     Another good day in the books.  I ate really well.  Followed my meal plan, even improvised dinner with the right amount of calories.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Insanity - Day 3

     F*CK YEA!!  That's what I shouted as I was laying face down on the ground today after my Insanity work out.  

Monday, July 9, 2012

1st day w/ meal plan

     Woo!  Second day of Insanity in the bag!  Today was the Plyometric Cardio Circuit.  As I am sure they will all be, this was nuts.  The craziest fact about the whole thing?  

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012

brief thoughts on weight

     Today was a good day.  I did some of the Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga video as my work out for the day.  

ready for the weekend

     My plan for the weekend is to get myself set up to follow the basic aspects of the Insanity meal plan for this coming week.  After all calculations are said and done it is recommended that I take in 1950 calories a day.  

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Back to the beginning

I went ahead and started the 30 Day Shred again. I am doing way less modified versions of stuff but there are some things I still struggle with. Namely my wrist. I wasn't able to do push ups and even trying to modify them into the standing version was kind of painful.

I am currently in a NOT doing Insanity mood. It waxes and wains.

If nothing else, by Sunday I am going to have my next month's plan taken care of. I'm not a fan of living in limbo.

Dinner tonight with the cousins was great! We had really yummy food and it was great too catch up with them. The baby is getting so big! He's just over a year old now and the cutest thing you have ever seen. For tonight I leave you with his adorableness.

xoxoxo

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

maybe Insanity, maybe not

     Another day in the books.  Since I haven't totally made my mind up yet about what is next i went back to an old fave, the Cardio 1 workout from Biggest Loser.  It's a good solid half hour that really works up a sweat.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

112

     Today I haven't worked out.  I don't really know how I feel about it yet.

30 Day Shred Complete!!

     I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!!!  I did the 30 Day Shred all the way through.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Weigh in - Day 110

179.4 lbs.
-0.4 lbs from last week
-24.9 lbs total loss


     It's a small loss but down is down!  I like down!  Can you believe it's July already?!  

saturday

     Another late post.  N and I had a packed day today.  Ran some errands, bought some stuff and spent some time at The Brooklyn Strategist.  We ended up becoming members, now we can go when ever we like, play any game and stay as long as we like.


     Today was my last work out before weigh in.  I am hoping to see a standard loss but if not I'm good.  I'm really starting to see and feel my progress.  It's awesome.  


     Ok, bed time for me.
  
     xoxo

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pain, pain go away

     Woof am I in some pain today.  My work out combined with the boxes I lifted yesterday seemed to have really done me in.  

Thursday, June 28, 2012

thursdayness

     Man, that Level 3 is something else!  I wanted to step up my game a bit this go round so I really pushed myself harder then I had been in some places.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day 107

     Sup, lovelies?  I rocked out my work out today.  I did all but 3 of the full fledged sit ups in the work out today.  They are so crazy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

what a day!

     What a day I have had!  To start with, I did it! I got up at 6:00am and worked out!  WHOA!!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

that & this

     Woo!  What a week, man.  Had a little bit of everything in there, ups and downs and goods and bads.  Me gusta.  This week I payed a lot of attention to my food, how much I ate, how often and what it was.  I ate smaller lunches earlier in the day and drank tons more water.  I started taking metamucil regularly and I have to say I do really enjoy it and it's benefits.  I've eaten smaller portions at dinner mostly just because I'm fuller faster.  I dig.  


     So tomorrow has turned into quite the packed day.  I already knew that after work I would be going to a Yankees game with N using his Dad's tickets.  I don't know who they are playing but I don't particularly care, lol.  The addition tomorrow is so freaking cool.  I have vaguely talked before about a place that I temp at quite frequently, a place that is a memorial for a crappy thing that happened in NYC  and is referred to by the date that it happened...  Are you picking up what I'm putting it down?  What number would you call if there was an emergency?  Yep, that place.  Any who, the memorial is open and has been since the 10th Anniversary (which was this past year) but the museum has had some delays in opening.  Wellllll tomorrow the staff is going for another tour of the space as it is currently and I asked if I could go and my manager said yes!!  I am so freaking excited, it's a such and honor and total opportunity of a life time.  I will take tons of pictures, I promise, but I am so sorry that I won't be able to post them here.  Ask me some time and I will show them to ya!  But really, this has been a big part of my life even before I started working there I mean as a New Yorker it's hard to not live it every day.  What comes with that thought is that I am going for a big leap and setting my alarm for 6am.  I have to be at work for 7:45am to get everything started and then it's a loooong time before I will be home again.  So yea.  Going for a 6am start to my day.  I'm ready, BAM!


     That's all for tonight, space invaders.  ;)


     xoxo

Weigh in - Day 104



179.8 lbs.

-3.2 lbs from last week
-24.5 lbs total loss

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Beachy

     Great day at the beach today!  I got some color and a little burn.  It seem that SPF 30 is good for me except for my chest, there I will begin wearing SPF 50.  I had such an awesome weekend down the shore.  N and I spent two GORGEOUS days on the beach with warm waters, cool breezes, sunshine and family. Mo was there both days as well as my uncle and aunt-to-be.  Mo's bestie Sz has a house just over a mile from Avon By The Sea and she let's us come visit any time.  She is the best!  This weekend she did some work with the Wounded Warrior Project  volunteering with Wounded Warriors and their families.  So AWESOME.  

     As promised here is a picture of me on the beach today!
     
     How great do I look?! 

     Today is the one year anniversary of my Grandma passing away.  She had a long battle with Alzheimer's/Dementia.  I mourned her quite a few times before she actually died, but that didn't make her passing any easier you know?  She was quite the lady, the total matriarch of the family.  She was the one that started everyone going down the shore together so I can't think of a better way to have honored her.  I sat in my beach chair with my sun hat on and a sarong covering me from my shoulders to my toes and had some great moments with family and quite moments to myself remembering her.  Tell everyone you love that you love them.  Always.  Love you Gram. You're the best one.

     :deep breath:  OK.  I'm ok.  Today's work out was hard!!  lol.  This Level 3 is no joke.  I shouted a lot thought this one.  Well, I think that's it.  Weigh in tomorrow morning!!

     xoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxox

Saturday, June 23, 2012

First of 3rd

Woof. This Level 3 business is nuts! It's like all plank work and crazy ab work. Whoa. Today I did my work out on the cement in the backyard of my Mo's friend's place. It was pretty great. We laid out 2 towels to put an old yoga mat down on and then another towel perpendicular to that in a T for all the modified plank I did. My phone was balanced on a shoe on a deck chair to play the vid. Man, I wish I'd taken a picture, lol. But for serious that work out is nuts.

N and I spent a beautiful day on the beach. The temperature was perfect (air & water) and the ocean was so calm. Love. What I am happy to report is that when I put my bathing suit on this morning it fit better. I've had this suit since last year, it's a Lands End halter two piece size 16. I adore it. The bottoms didn't roll down on me and the top didn't seem like it stretched so much over my stomach. Muy bueno.

Good day all around. I'll get a pic on the beach tomorrow.

xoxo

Friday, June 22, 2012

End of Level 2!

Woo! Today was the last day of Level 2 of Shred! So freaking awesome. Today I got up at 7:30am to do my work out. Eeep! It was pretty great, by 8:30am I'd worked out and taken a shower. I've felt ahead of the curve all day. Still, jumping jacks first thing in the morning are no bueno. I don't have anywhere near enough coordination when I first wake up but after jumping jacks I'm all straightened out. I had good motivation this morning, after work N and I hopped the train down to Avon By The Sea. We're staying at a friend's that is close to the shore. Yippee!!

Tomorrow I'll start Level 3. Lots more plank pose moves, jumping and all around nutso stuff. I do have to say though I have been thinking that once I finish this 30 Days I may go back and do it again. I really enjoy the workouts. WHO AM I?? lol

Well that's all for tonight!

xoxo

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Day 100!!

     100 days!! That's a lot of days!     


     Wow.  Thank you so much for all the words of encouragement here and on Facebook.  I honestly didn't get that you all were even reading.  I love having you all here with me and I am so thankful for all of you.  

     The battle of mine is so incredible.  There are highs and lows, victories and failures, laughter and tears (tons of tears.)  I love it (right now.)  Tomorrow I may hate it and want to quit.  I think that is what draws me to it so much.  I mean why would you want a journey like this to be static?  

     Tomorrow I will be going again for an early morning work out.  N and I are heading down the shore tomorrow after work.  We'll get down there around 9pm so I want to be sure my work out is already taken care of.  Oh!  And you know what?  Tomorrow is my 10th day of Level 2!!  Can you believe it??  It seems like this level has gone by so much faster than the 1st.  I can only imagine that Level 3 will be brutal, I watched a little of it and it looks nuts.  

     Since N and I will be away this weekend I am going to push back my weigh in until Monday.  Just so ya know. ;-)

     Thank you again all so much for reading.  

     xoxo

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

blarg! and other nastiness inside my head

     Getting to my work out going today was awful.  Usually before I work out I read the blogs that I follow to get inspired and in the mindset of meeting goals, etc.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Harvey

The plan today was to get up early to work out since this evening Mo and I went to go see Harvey. After a late night with Alx over, my early morning today did not happen. Never fear, I did still get my Shred in today. I modified most everything didn't do full reps of some things but did complete the whole workout.

Those of you in the NYC area need to come see Harvey. Jim Parsons and the whole cast were just incredible. I would love to go back and see it. I cried during a lot of the show but that is something I often experience with live theater. I don't know if it is because of my background and knowing how much love & work goes into a production or what, but I am always moved by theatrical performances and I hope I always am.

Well, it is late. Time to hit the hay!

xoxo

Monday, June 18, 2012

monday


  Today was a good day.  A good friend is back in town for a few days before heading back to MD to finish up some work.  Currently he's in the living room with N watching the 3 episode of the 2nd season of Sherlock.  ::swoon::


     I pushed a lot in my work out today and it was so worth it.  I still really can't believe how much stronger I get each day.  My big accomplishment is that I, for the first time ever, achieved downward dog.  I'm still really tight, but this is the first time I've actually been able to make it into the posture.  Here's a pic:

     How cool am I?!  Yippee!  

     That's all from me today.  Exciting day tomorrow!  Work out in the morning and then Harvey @ night with Mo!  

     xoxo

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Weigh in - Day 96


183 lbs.
+0.4 lbs from last week
-21.3lbs total loss

     That is an ever so slight gain from last week and I am totally ok with that.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Awesome Saturday

     Today is one of those nice full weekend days that you always wish for.  N and I started our day at 10:30am at SPY: The Exhibit at the Discovery Center in Times Square.  

Friday, June 15, 2012

Morning work out!

      As promised I worked out in the morning!  Wow!  So yea, that was hard as hell trying to do jumping jacks and all right out of bed but man I'm already done for the day!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

On target!

     Today was the much anticipated doctor visit.  Dr. K was a little flustered today as there had some emergency earlier in the office but he was super excited to hear that I had lost all the weight.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Measurements Day!

     I began Level 2 of Shred today and it is a beast.  I don't have to modify as much as I did when I was beging Level 1 which is nice but it is still whipping my butt.  

Bitch! I did push ups!

     Who the hell cares about anything else?  On my last day of Level 1 I did 3 push ups in the 1st part of the circuit, 3 more in the second circuit and 4 when I was done and was like OMG N!!  I did push ups LOOOK!!  (then I just laid on the floor for a little while.)

Monday, June 11, 2012

la la la la

     I don't have much to say today.  Got in my 9th day of level 1 Shred.  Watched the end of the 7th season of How I Met Your Mother.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Lost & Found

With today's great loss also came a great find. I found the notebook that went missing about a month ago. It got tucked under some board games and then inside of a program book so even when I moved all that stuff before I hadn't seen it.

Day 89 - Weigh In


182.6 lbs.
-2.4 lbs from last week
-21.7 total loss


     OMG OMG OMG.  I'VE LOST OVER 20 POUNDS IN 89 DAYS!!!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

7 of 30

     So I counted my days wrong.  Today was the 7th day of 30 Day Shred.  Yikes.  

Friday, June 8, 2012

night with mo

     50% through Level 1 of 30 Day shred.  I thought I was going to puke today.  It seems strage that I've been having a harder time these past 2 days.  Maybe it's from adding the weights and really pushing.  Bugh.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

day the 86th

     5th day in a row of the 30 Day Shred, I am sweating like it is going out of style.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Color Run Reg!

    I am so freaking excited!  After stumbling across it on Pinterest about two or three months ago I have  finally registered for The Color Run!  I have been checking their website diligaently for updates and got the info I was looking for just the other day!  So freaking excited.  I also think my bestie V is going to be coming in for the weekend to run/walk it with me.  What could be better??  If you are in the area you should register and come out.  It's $50, which I know is steep, but I know is just going to be so much fun!!  I'm looking at you Liz, Kelly & Sjaan!!  


     Did my 4th day of Level 1 30 Day Shred.  Sweated like a fiened and am loving the endurance that I am building up.  Tomorrow N is going to a Yankee's game with his dad so I am going to walk the Brooklyn Bridge home which is a three mile walk and then I will do the Level 1 tape again.  Tomorrow I also have my blood work at 8am.  Next week I get the results to see if I met my goals!  I'll be cranky in the morning for a bit since I have to fasted since midnight tonight but that'll pass once I can eat some and have some coffee.  


     Well I'm gonna go catch some Doctor Who reruns with N.  Happiness is.


     xoxo



Tuesday, June 5, 2012

seeking community

     I am really big on community.  Communities at work, home, for different hobbies, you know?  When I was planning my wedding I was a part of the Off Beat Empire at OffBeatBride.com, the community there is unmatched to anything I have ever been apart of.  No judgments,  just support, ideas, advice and a special area for venting.  I check back in with Off Beat Home and know that one day I will be an Off Beat Mama.  


     While I have found a mini community within the blog-o-nets I am looking for something a little more all encompassing.  I love that I have my few peeps that check in with me all the time, others that pop in once in a while and that there are others that read along quietly.  What I'm missing are forums, being able to read a ton and comment at ton to help others grow and to expand myself.  I have looked into Fitocracy (so hard to log a work out tape), sparkpeople, the forums at atkins, livestrong and thekinddiet but I haven't really found what it is that I am looking for.  I plan to keep up the search but was also wondering if any of you out there knew of some places.  You know I love me some recommendations.  


     Today I was the 3rd day of Level 1 in the 30 day shred.  I added 1 lb. weights (and by 1lb weights I mean a 1lb bag of shelled sunflower seeds and a 1lb bag of mixed dried beans) and whoa was that a game changer.  I can feel a slight difference in my endurance and thought my arms may fall off at the shoulders today.  Maybe after another day or two I'll add some more poundage.


     Last thing is sort of random.  I lost the notebook that I had been keeping all my notes about working out in.  I used it as a way to really spell out what my goals are and what my plan is for getting there, I have my rewards and 'by when' dates listed in it and I cannot for the life of me find it.  I know it exists someplace still, it isn't gone.  I have searched all over for it.  I know now that I need to transpose all that info into a Google Doc but there is something that makes it easier and clearer by putting pen to paper.  Anywhodle, while I don't expect any of you to actually find it, I was hoping you could all put some good locating juju out into the universe so that it is quickly recovered.  


     xoxo

Monday, June 4, 2012

excuses & late night

     Normally I am a big hell no to working out too late at night but tonight I went for it.  Since I am working on the 30 Day Shred it requires that I do the work outs for 30 days straight.  Will I be able to do that?  Who the crap knows, but I didn't want to pitch it on the 2nd day because it was "too late."  

Sunday, June 3, 2012

weigh in - day 82

185 lbs.
-1.6 lbs from last week
-19.3 total loss



     Woo!  What a week it has been!  

Avon 5k!



     That's me!  Crossing the finish line of my first 5k!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Avon 5k tomorrow

Today after work I hopped the train down to Bradley Beach to stay with a friend in Neptune to run the 5k in Avon tomorrow. The weather is threatening to cancel the run tomorrow so my fingers are crossed for a cool clear morning. I will be sure to post all about the run tomorrow.

I messed with my schedule this week and it didn't work out so I will be one day short of my five day work out goal which I hope won't be reflected in this weeks weigh in.

I need to hit the hay for an early day tomorrow. Wish me luck!!

xoxo

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

work out buddy

     I worked out with a buddy again today at another Zumba class.  This one was way more involved than the one that I did last week.  I felt a bit like I was in The Actor's Nightmare

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

a secret

     I had an ice cream sandwich today.  It was incredible.  

Monday, May 28, 2012

happy memorial day!

     I took today to relax on the beach and just get ready for my week.  I'm working this week!!  YAY!!  I plotted that this week I'll be spacing out my rest days

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Weigh In - Day 66

187.4 lbs last week
186.6 lbs today
.8 lbs lost
17.7 lbs lost over all


I can honestly say that I did not see any loss coming this week. This week I need to step up my game and get losing again.

good day

Today was a fun packed day with company, their last full day in town. We hit up Governor's Island and the September 11th Memorial. We walked all over the place. While I did not formally work out today, I walked a ton.

I seem to run into days like this often. I didn't do a work out but I was active. While I don't think days like today should count as a work out day, I do want to give myself credit for not being a bump on a log all day. On my Workout Record page I am going to add a category for active days, so I have a better idea as to what a week has really been like.

I have no idea what to expect from my weigh in tomorrow.

I will post in the morning when I weigh in since I'll be out for the rest of the day.

Hope you're all having a great weekend!

xoxo

Saturday, May 26, 2012

feeling better

     So I can't even start this post with out saying thank you.  Thank you to everyone who commented here, reached out on FB or by text.  I cannot believe how many of you are following and pulling for me, it has moved me to tears & probably always will.  Thank you.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

hitting the wall

     After a strong week last week this one has been less than awesome for me.  I really feel like I am hitting the wall with my whole routine.  I don't want to work out I don't want to run, I don't care about the marathon or the 5k I have next weekend, I just feel like everything sucks.  

Monday, May 21, 2012

Day 64

Currently I'm on the D train on the way home from the Yankees v. Royals game. Yanks lost.

I did too today. I got a call from my staffing agency that I was no longer needed at my current position.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

weigh in - day 63

187.4 lbs
+1.2 lbs from last week
16.9lbs lost over all

Saturday, May 19, 2012

cleaning

     My mood today was a pain.  I'm in the middle of my time of the month and as I have spoken to before, I can go through many levels and moods, etc.  Today I was complainy and tired and mean.  Beautiful.  Right?  I'm sure I'm just a total peach to be around.  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

date & smoothies

     So after not getting to see N AT ALL yesterday I declared that we were having a date tonight.  I was out of work at regular time tonight and sent N a text saying "I'm coming to your office and you are taking me out to dinner!"  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

home alone

     Tonight was a rare occasion, I was home alone.  N went out to see a good friend for dinner & drinks and I came right home after work know I wouldn't be much fun while out.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

to sleep...

First off today's work out was AWESOME. I did Couch to 5k Week 4 Day 1. My longest jog so far, 5 minutes! And twice in this work out. I cried, which I tend to do when I run but man, is it a good cry.

Monday, May 14, 2012

planning

     A plan can make all the difference.  "Those who fail to plan, plan to fail" as the old proverb goes.  A plan can be as elaborate or as simple as you want.  You're the one making this plan, and it doesn't matter two freaking fracks what anyone else thinks of it.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

day 56 - weigh in

186.2 lbs.
-3.4 lbs from last week
-18.1 total loss




     Holy Crap.  What a difference a week can make.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Run For Your Life!

So yea, this is in the future for me.

www.runforyourlife.com

September 2012 in Pittsburg.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Another day

Today I did not work out but I did survive work much better thanks to a lot of ibuprofen.

Tomorrow I hope to come home from work and run. Though I will not make my 5 day goal this week I am still going to keep going. I am afraid of putting on weight again this week. It's so scary how quickly the weight can be put back on. No wonder I though I was putting on weight so quickly, I was.

Eating so shitty this past weekend seemed to really throw me into a tail spin. That combined with starting a new job, an unexpected weight gain and in turn hating said job I've been like some messy creature that despises everything around itself. I really am not fond. As I move though this last part of this week and I regain control on my eating I am starting to experience myself again as capable and strong.

I will also be sticking with my job. I am making good money and that can't hurt right now. I plan on saving more and spending less to really make the extra money count. Perhaps I will put my overtime pay right into my savings account. We'll see. I'm giving it until my vacation in LBI. If I cannot do it anymore by then, then I won't return from that vacation (one of the benefits of being a temp. ).

Ok. Gotta run before my phone dies.

xoxo

Thanks to those who continue to read through my many phases and moods.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

day 52

Work was again brutal on my lower back, it seemed like no matter how I moved or how I held my posture the way Dr. J instructed me to, I couldn't get the pressure off of my back to the point were I thought I may cry.  I manged to find some work where I could sit but that didn't make too much of a difference.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Damn

This job is kicking my ass. I did not work out yesterday or today. I don't even think I blogged yesterday. It was a pretty crap day, I was unprepared for what my new job was going to be like and I wasn't prepared to eat so I had no food and my breaks were very short.

Tomorrow N and I are food shopping right after work and then I WILL do a tape or something.

Time to start figuring out how the rest of the world with a normal job has the time/energy to work out. In bed every day by 11pm to be up at 6am is what I'm looking at now but I don't know if my body will take to that schedule. I want to make sure I am getting I enough sleep too.

I have to be in an hour earlier tomorrow so off to try & sleep I go.

This real world shit is bananas. b-a-n-a-n-a-s.

Monday, May 7, 2012

day 50 - weigh in




     189.6 lbs
     +0.8 lbs from last week
     -14.7 lbs total


     I have to run to work so I'll write more once I'm home. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

other

     There are a few other things I want to talk about and I just didn't want to lump them together with the mud run stuff.  First being that today I feel like crap.  I'm not sore or anything,

muddy muddy

     Yesterday was my Dirty Girl Mud Run and it was just too awesome for words.  Everything worked just like it was supposed to and some things worked out better than expected.  

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Dirty Girl Mud Run Day!!

Today was definitely up there on some of the most fun that I have ever had. I shocked and amazed myself. I completed a 5k obstacle course in around an hour and a half. Not too shabby.

I'm exhausted and feel incredible. I will tell you all about it tomorrow.

Friday, May 4, 2012

missed & 47

      I totally missed yesterday, my bad.  I went to NJ and spent time in the pool there with Mo.  I also picked up some yarn at Michael's with the 25% coupon that my friend gave me ::nerd::

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

day 45

     Wow did my run kick my behind today.  The intervals of walking and jogging were way different from what they have been before, I took a different route (so I would end up at the bank to deposit some monies) and I feel like I found a decent portion of the hills in Brooklyn Heights.  

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

rest & big dreams

     I took today off and really did not need to.  I just had no get up and go what so ever.  With my up coming mud run this Saturday I only need two more days this week to make my goal of 5 days a week.

Monday, April 30, 2012

early start

     Holy crap.  How awesome is it that it's not even 11am and my work out  for today (Couch to 5k run) is done and I don't have to think about it any more.  Wow, I love this.  I am going to hang with a gf of mine in Queens today for some sunshine in the park with a packed lunch.  

Sunday, April 29, 2012

more on day 42

     In addition to being a weigh in day, today was nice and active.  After out big clean out yesterday N and I made two trips to our local Good Will to drop off all of our donations.  That was a total of a 2 mile walk and 4 trips up and down the stairs.  Today was going to be my run day but it was getting late (and dark) so I subbed in the Biggest Loser Cardio video and will run tomorrow.   


    Still can't believe I'm down 15 lbs. 
    It's awesome.  
    xoxo

weigh in - day 42

     "The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is..."


     Here we are on day 42.
     188.8 lbs
     -1.2 lbs from last week
     -15.5 lbs total

Saturday, April 28, 2012

"rest"

     While I did not formally work out today N and I ripped our apartment apart.  We thought we were just going to go through a few things to set them out for donations.  Instead we did our bedroom, master closet, hall closet and living room.  It was amazing, we have a ton of stuff to donate now.  Tomorrow we will either get a Zipcar or see if anyone has a car handy for a quick trip.  


     Tonight we are going to a Ludo concert in Manhattan and I am so psyched!!


      xoxo

Friday, April 27, 2012

day 40

     Today has been a pretty good day except I don't think I ate very well. I didn't really eat enough today. I fell into the trap of I'm doing a thousand things and am not going to stop and eat which can be just as bad as sitting on my ass and eating all day. Today was running day which is a favorite of mine. I also got to be a bad ass again because the weather is still kind of chilly so I was out in my long sleeves and fleece hat. I'm such a bad ass.  


     Head cold is finally gone which is great. The weekend is upon us as well as my rest day!  I am taking my rest day tomorrow but hope to still be active. N & I have some crap to get out of our apartment and take to Good Will or Salvation Army so there will be at least a few trips up and down the stairs.  We may also hit the Container Store and Bed Bath & Beyond for somethings to jazz up our apartment.  


     Oh!  I added a photo page to the blog, click the link above to see what I've got.  :)


     Happy weekend!!
     xoxo

Thursday, April 26, 2012

awful video

     To keep myself from getting bored beyond belief on the days that I am not jogging I try to mix up the videos that I watch.  I thought a fun practice would be to go to YouTube and just search for 30 minute workout videos.  Even if I didn't love them that would be ok, they would just be something different.  The vid I did today was a "Dorm Room Work Out" from Exercise TV.  Yikes, I could have punched the chick leading the video.  Even when I was a freshman in college could not have kept up with her (I also didn't have the type of room to work out that she assumed I had - Big Mama T can tell you all about that.) I did A LOT of modifying to keep up stay coordinated.  I think I'll go back to my Biggest Loser videos.


     Not much else to report.  Did a bunch of job applications on line today - those assessment tests you have to do take A MILLION YEARS AND I HATE THEM.  I will finish some more tomorrow and do more general searching.  My head cold is doing way way better, thanks to all those who sent well wishes.  


     Off to watch some more Community with N before bed.
     xoxo

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

day 38

     I feel like I have been working out all day!  Today I cleaned out the closet in my bedroom.  As far as closets in NYC go, N & I have a pretty big one but lately it's felt like we don't have room for anything.  Well I took out everything I could reach, swept and covered 3 shelves in contact paper and repacked a couple of the plastic bins we have.  What I thought was going to be a simple closet cleaning turned into a mini face lift.  It looks great and I feel really goo about it.  Since I still haven't gotten work it feels good to get things done around the apartment.


     I did Couch to 5k today & started Week 2.  My time was slower and I didn't go as far as I have, but I jogged all my jogs which is always an accomplishment.  My head cold feels like it is on its way out but it isn't gone yet.  I feel much better today than I have the past few days.  


     Tonight is laundry night!  Woo!  No more stinky workout wear!  Double Woo!!


     xoxo

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

head cold

     Day three of this head cold has so far been my least favorite.  While I am blowing my nose and sniffling less I feel much more like poo today.  I have that fuzzy behind my eyes feeling and feel really run down.  I took it easy today.  My work out today was tooling around with the Xbox Kincet that N and I just got.  I did the demo for Your Shape 2012 which was lack luster and the demo for Dance Central 2 which was a blast.  If I purchase either it will be Dance Central 2.  I didn't take much medicine today and most of my symptoms are gone so I'm hoping this is the last full day of this head cold.  


     Tomorrow is running day!  I'll finally start week 2 of Couch to 5K!  I'm really excited about it.  All the runs this week are to alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes, there is a 5 minute walk on either end.  


     I also wanted to take a quick second to say thank you for the positive feedback that I have gotten from friends that have started to read my blog.  I hope you'll click the follow button and stay connected with me.  


     Bed time for the sick kid.
      xoxo

Monday, April 23, 2012

chilly weather jog

     It was a real change to go jogging/walking in such chilly weather.  I was nervous about what it would be with so I did some reading before I went out.  It was recommended that I still wear shorts and that I could wear long sleeves if I so chose but that covering my head was a must.  So I went out in my shorts, running tee, zip up hoodie (only as heavy as a tee shirt) and a small fleece cap.  Not only was I incredibly comfortable & dressed perfectly for the temperature but I felt like a total BAD ASS!!  I am not kidding.  Being out in the cool air jogging and walking really had me feeling like I was doing something that no one else does and I felt really strong.  I paced myself and beat my best time and distance again!  So awesome.


     My obstacle this week has really been the lead up to and the actual having of my lady time.  Ugh.  It makes me batty, like legit batty.  I've been doing good at catching myself and having dried mango instead of chocolate, but last night I had some chocolate and that is really ok with me. TJ's makes a great bar that is dark chocolate, sea salt and caramel.  I have 2 in my freezer at all times in case of emergency.  It takes me about 3 months to eat one bar so I think I am doing alright on that front.  I just find myself hungry ALL THE TIME this week and it's a pain.  Drinking more water and tea only curbs some of it.  I do have to say thought that this week has been much better in the pain and discomfort area so far, which I enjoy.


     That's all for today.  xoxo

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weigh In -- day 35

190lbs
-1.4lbs from last week
-14.3lbs lost total


     I woke up this morning feeling like crap.  Thanks to seasonal allergies, I have an awful sore throat.  The numbers, make me feel a bit better thought.  I'm going to take it easy today, it is my 2nd rest day of the week which couldn't seem to have come at a better time.  


xoxo

Saturday, April 21, 2012