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


     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.  ;)


Weigh in - Day 104

179.8 lbs.

-3.2 lbs from last week
-24.5 lbs total loss

Sunday, June 24, 2012


     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!!


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.


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!


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.  


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


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!


Monday, June 18, 2012


  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!  


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


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.


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, 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.  


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!!