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Friday, December 30, 2011

I Guess We Have A Love-Hate Relationship

I just love going on a bike ride even when its freezing out side. Seven months ago I never thought I would be typing and/or saying that. I am also happy that I have friends that ride. Like Crusier Dolly my Tour de Bronx diva (who I have to make a bike date with) and Vasil. My co-workers know Vasil and some of my Facebook friends may have seen home comment on some of my post. (Any single ladies interested in a hook up like me know..shhh don't tell him I wrote that...lol)
Awesome Gloomy Shot
Vasil and I haven't tried almost the entire vacation to go on a bike ride together. I love biking in the morning however, he enjoys sleeping at the time. Finally.... on Wednesday I rode late enough to meet up with him. It was great riding with some one again. It was flippin' cold out. We rode the Bronx River Greenway anyway. Man...Can Vasil talk! lol He provided me with great conversations. When made it to E 233 street and traveled back. He had no brakes....tsk tsk. The greenway was very very VERY muddy because of Tuesday's rain storm so that meant my shoes were not coming home clean. Thanks Vasil for coming along for the ride.
Approved Ear Shot

Here were our stats:
Distance: 35.145 KM (21.83 mi)
Max Speed: 98.1 KM/hr (60.9 mph)
Average Speed: 29.3 KM/hr (18.2 mph)
Time: 1:15:43
Calories Burned: 1650
Temp: 3.8 C (38.84 F)


Today was a great winter weather day to be out and about. I had the wait patiently to take Lenny out to enjoy the weather. Since by the time I was able to leave my home it was dark already I decided to ride the Pelham Parkway Greenway. The lighting this is way better then the Bronx River Greenway. I enjoyed my ride down the Parkway. I quickly rode down and back in my record best. There was one thing that I noticed while coming back. I noticed that my seat had lowered and the bolts were loose. This caused my seat to rock back and fourth. I stopped to assess the seat. I was able to lift the seat but the nuts could not be adjusted with my hands. Oh Lenny why?

I was able to travel in the direction of home without a problem ....until....I reached the Pelham Parkway Boston Road intersection. This intersection is very scary to me. If you know that intersection you know that cars come from everywhere and you have to be very careful. I always walk my bike in this intersection until the path that runs along the size of the Bronx Zoo. As I returned to riding my bike and pump so I can crossed the road and BOOM!!! My seat goes forward which causes me to hit the curd at the wrong angle. Lenny tilted and BOOM! Lenny goes one way and I go another. I landed on my knees. I didn't have time to adjust my fall. I was in a daze. A kind teenager that was walking by helped me and Lenny up before a car came down the rump. I was only a few feet away from car traffic. He asked me if I was ok and made sure I was able to walk before he went on his way. I assessed the damage. No broken bones, scratches on me and Lenny and a busted gear window. It took me another 5 minutes to get home to see what my knees look like. They don't look bad now....tomorrow morning is going to be interesting. I see a bike shop visit in the near future.


Here are my stats for today:
Distance: 20.135 KM (12.42 mi)
Max Speed: 97.9KM/hr (60 mph)
Average Speed:  34.8 KM/hr (21.62 mph)
Time: 00:51:04
Calories Burned: 767.3
Temp: 10.55 C (51 F)


Way to end 2011 with a bang huh?

I Guess We Have A Love-Hate Relationship

I just love going on a bike ride even when its freezing out side. Seven months ago I never thought I would be typing and/or saying that. I am also happy that I have friends that ride. Like Crusier Dolly my Tour de Bronx diva (who I have to make a bike date with) and Vasil. My co-workers know Vasil and some of my Facebook friends may have seen home comment on some of my post. (Any single ladies interested in a hook up like me know..shhh don't tell him I wrote that...lol)
Awesome Gloomy Shot
Vasil and I haven't tried almost the entire vacation to go on a bike ride together. I love biking in the morning however, he enjoys sleeping at the time. Finally.... on Wednesday I rode late enough to meet up with him. It was great riding with some one again. It was flippin' cold out. We rode the Bronx River Greenway anyway. Man...Can Vasil talk! lol He provided me with great conversations. When made it to E 233 street and traveled back. He had no brakes....tsk tsk. The greenway was very very VERY muddy because of Tuesday's rain storm so that meant my shoes were not coming home clean. Thanks Vasil for coming along for the ride.
Approved Ear Shot

Here were our stats:
Distance: 35.145 KM (21.83 mi)
Max Speed: 98.1 KM/hr (60.9 mph)
Average Speed: 29.3 KM/hr (18.2 mph)
Time: 1:15:43
Calories Burned: 1650
Temp: 3.8 C (38.84 F)


Today was a great winter weather day to be out and about. I had the wait patiently to take Lenny out to enjoy the weather. Since by the time I was able to leave my home it was dark already I decided to ride the Pelham Parkway Greenway. The lighting this is way better then the Bronx River Greenway. I enjoyed my ride down the Parkway. I quickly rode down and back in my record best. There was one thing that I noticed while coming back. I noticed that my seat had lowered and the bolts were loose. This caused my seat to rock back and fourth. I stopped to assess the seat. I was able to lift the seat but the nuts could not be adjusted with my hands. Oh Lenny why?

I was able to travel in the direction of home without a problem ....until....I reached the Pelham Parkway Boston Road intersection. This intersection is very scary to me. If you know that intersection you know that cars come from everywhere and you have to be very careful. I always walk my bike in this intersection until the path that runs along the size of the Bronx Zoo. As I returned to riding my bike and pump so I can crossed the road and BOOM!!! My seat goes forward which causes me to hit the curd at the wrong angle. Lenny tilted and BOOM! Lenny goes one way and I go another. I landed on my knees. I didn't have time to adjust my fall. I was in a daze. A kind teenager that was walking by helped me and Lenny up before a car came down the rump. I was only a few feet away from car traffic. He asked me if I was ok and made sure I was able to walk before he went on his way. I assessed the damage. No broken bones, scratches on me and Lenny and a busted gear window. It took me another 5 minutes to get home to see what my knees look like. They don't look bad now....tomorrow morning is going to be interesting. I see a bike shop visit in the near future.


Here are my stats for today:
Distance: 20.135 KM (12.42 mi)
Max Speed: 97.9KM/hr (60 mph)
Average Speed:  34.8 KM/hr (21.62 mph)
Time: 00:51:04
Calories Burned: 767.3
Temp: 10.55 C (51 F)


Way to end 2011 with a bang huh?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Down Pours, Crowded Trains and A Museum.

The best part of my job is my vacation days.  I have the same vacation days as my kids. This allows me to spend extra time with my kids. Also we can go on a cultural field trip. I've been so focused on other things going on in the world of mom that it's been too long since I've used my new Cool Culture Family Pass. I am so lucky that this is the 3rd year participating in Cool Culture. Thank you Easter Seals for getting your paperwork in on time. So after working on a pile of procrastination laundry I asked Big Bea here she wanted to go to. She thought about it and pick the Children's Museum of Manhattan. She was excited that I said yes! I got the kids packed and ready to go. Unfortunately, the weather called for rain and lots of it. When we walked out of our apartment building there was light rain. I decided to take the kids to eat pizza before we traveled to Manhattan.

Lucky for us the rain stopped when we were done eating and made our way to the bus. Of course each time I get Big Al dress to go out he asks me a million and one times "Where we goin'?" I told him that we were going to a museum. He quickly replied, "Dinosaur museum?" Hmmmm...I think we have been to the American Museum of Natural History a lot. He continued to tell me that we need take a taxi to the museum and not the bus or train. He is too funny.

The bad thing about being on vacation this week...everyone else is on vacation too. When we made it to the train it was full of Bronxites seeking fun in Manhattan. This stresses Mama! Holding hands and face check to make sure no one is licking anything is nerve wracking. I tried not to let the kids know that I was very stress on this crowded train. We made it to the train station just in time for a down pour. Four umbrella, two hands, three kids and one kid that doesn't hold umbrellas. OMG! I wanted to shoot myself in the foot. When we got to CMOM the line was out the door. Apparently, I wasn't the only mother that wanted to take their kids out of the house. It seem to me that these folks were mostly from the area. Not too many long distance travelers. I could tell because I was soaked and they weren't. grrr

We finally made it to the front of the line to get inside of the museum. Little Al was super excited to be inside that quickly turned into frustration because we had to go to the front desk then coat check. Once that was done we headed to the elevator to the top floor. This is move I learned on our last visit to the museum. Everyone heads to the 1st floor exhibits too many people for our taste.

The top floor's exhibit displayed the Macy's Thanksgiving Parades floats and balloons. My favorite exhibit.

When our way throughout the rest of the museum. The kids had lots of fun. Big Bea and Big got lost in the crowd of kids but I stood close to Little Al. She really enjoy climbing on Alphie.

She didn't like the noise from the kids in the Dora and Diego exhibits but she was still happy.

I knew it was time to go when my tummy was telling me it was time to eat. Of course the kids did not want to leave. The tears started to flow from The Als. I knew just what to say to stop those tears. I said the magical words, "We are going to McDonald's." I don't like to bride the kiddies but some times you have to do it. As we made our way out of the super crowded museum we thanked the very over worked security guard. She looked like she was really to either go home and sleep or punch someone in the face. I made sure that Big Bea thanked her. The guard had an instant smile on her face. I don't think many people thank her for her hard work. It felt good making her smile.

We walk over to the promise land in the heaviest rain I have either taken all three kids out in all this year. Little Al loved every moment of it. Water is her favorite. She didn't want her umbrella, she jumped in every puddle splashing mommy and try to eat the rain. (Yes I said eat) Those two blocks seemed like forever. I never thought I would be happy sitting in McDonald's but it was only a short time before we had to go back out into the rain. I think crossing over Broadway against people traffic was the most nerve wracking for me. We made it to the station and back on to another crowded train. The journey and grays hairs were worth the smiles and happiness.

This post is great milestone in my mom blog history. This is my 500th post! I am so happy that I stuck to this blog even after the name change. Also thank you to my reader for all your support.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Week 25

Ok this is take two with this blog post. I tried to post my thoughts of this week and blogger doesn't like me.

As Christmas approached it was very difficult to say no to the sugar treats being giving to me left and right. I said no to about 85% of the yummy goodness. I didn't go over my weekly points the days leading to Christmas because I want to enjoy the greatness that is coquito. It used about 35 points on Christmas Day drinking it. Sunday was very interesting. I was very very busy so I didn't eat three meals and snack I had two meals no snacks and LOTS of COQUITO. I managed not to go over my weekly points but I did make a big dent. I haven't done that since the summer. I usually only dip into my weekly points by 3 or 4 points 7 points max.

The fun apart in taking in so many points is working off all the points on my bike. I was able to go out on my bike Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas. I biked about 25 miles within those two days. I froze my buns off on Christmas Eve and the 26th was beautiful but still cold. I think it's awesome that I have gone out on my bike even in the cold. I can't wait until the spring and I get to take the kids out with me without a worry.

Well I think that is what I wrote before ..lol

Numbers & Goals
Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 236.8 lbs BMI 36.0
Change since last week: -1.2 lbs
Change from start: -31.5 lbs <~~~~11.81% lost! 

Measurements:
Arms: 14 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.5 in
Hips: 45 in last week: 0.0in from start: -4.5in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 36 in last week: 0.0 in from start: -6.5in
Thigh: 24 in last week: -1.0 in from start: -5.5in

Last week's goals:
1- Track ALL my foods EVERY day this week nah
2- Keep with this trend and lose another 1.2 lbs this week Yes
3- Earn 7 activity points each day this week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
4- Ride my bike either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day before the kiddies wake up Christmas 

This week goals:
1- Get to tracking correctly
2- Keep the trend of -1.2 lbs for a 4th week.
3- Get out on my bike everyday that I am on vacation if the weather lets me.
4- Have some fun!

Week 25

Ok this is take two with this blog post. I tried to post my thoughts of this week and blogger doesn't like me.

As Christmas approached it was very difficult to say no to the sugar treats being giving to me left and right. I said no to about 85% of the yummy goodness. I didn't go over my weekly points the days leading to Christmas because I want to enjoy the greatness that is coquito. It used about 35 points on Christmas Day drinking it. Sunday was very interesting. I was very very busy so I didn't eat three meals and snack I had two meals no snacks and LOTS of COQUITO. I managed not to go over my weekly points but I did make a big dent. I haven't done that since the summer. I usually only dip into my weekly points by 3 or 4 points 7 points max.

The fun apart in taking in so many points is working off all the points on my bike. I was able to go out on my bike Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas. I biked about 25 miles within those two days. I froze my buns off on Christmas Eve and the 26th was beautiful but still cold. I think it's awesome that I have gone out on my bike even in the cold. I can't wait until the spring and I get to take the kids out with me without a worry.

Well I think that is what I wrote before ..lol

Numbers & Goals
Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 236.8 lbs BMI 36.0
Change since last week: -1.2 lbs
Change from start: -31.5 lbs <~~~~11.81% lost! 

Measurements:
Arms: 14 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.5 in
Hips: 45 in last week: 0.0in from start: -4.5in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 36 in last week: 0.0 in from start: -6.5in
Thigh: 24 in last week: -1.0 in from start: -5.5in

Last week's goals:
1- Track ALL my foods EVERY day this week nah
2- Keep with this trend and lose another 1.2 lbs this week Yes
3- Earn 7 activity points each day this week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
4- Ride my bike either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day before the kiddies wake up Christmas 


This week goals:
1- Get to tracking correctly
2- Keep the trend of -1.2 lbs for a 4th week.
3- Get out on my bike everyday that I am on vacation if the weather lets me.
4- Have some fun!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Week 24

Well I officially made it to week 24 aka month 6. This week I have reached many milestones.  One milestone is this has been the longest I have followed a "diet" program. In the pass I would only follow a program two three weeks tops.

My next milestone is I have lost a 30 pounds in total. I do not know anyone in my physical life that I have lost 30 pounds on a weight loss program. I know a few blogger that have lost 60+ pounds but no one in my close circle. By losing 30 pounds I have lost 8 years of weight gain. I feel like I have gained those 8 years of my life back. I especially feel it when I am on my bike! For this success I rewarded myself with lights and a cyclometer for my bike. YAY!! My next goal is 228lbs.

Speaking about my bike... I took Lenny out this weekend for a spin around the New York Botanical Gardens using the Bronx River green way. I was very happy on this ride. Not only is green way beautiful and paved it is challenging to me. I felt emotional after my ride. I has dealt with  A LOT of stress this pass week and my bike was my outlet. My ride helped me clear my head and I was able to see the silver lining in my life. As soon as I got home I texted my Bestie thanking her again for getting me my awesome bike.

Also while riding my bike this weekend I reached a great milestone. I took my first panda. A panda is a term used this describe a picture taken of a cyclist by the cyclist when the bike is in motion. My bike babes Kat & Sheryl are experts at this. Here is my very first panda:

Here are my progress shots for this week:


Numbers & Goals
Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 238.0 lbs BMI 36.4
Change since last week: -1.2 lbs
Change from start: -30.5 lbs <~~~~11.36% lost! 

Measurements:
Arms: 14 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.5 in
Hips: 45 in last week: -0.5in from start: -4.5in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 36 in last week: -0.5 in from start: -6.5in
Thigh: 25 in last week: -0.5 in from start: -4.5in

Last week's goals:
1- Continue getting the right amount of sleep... Stress has prevented this
2- Track my foods every day this week...I really need to work on this
3- Earn 7 activity points each day this week...Sunday and Saturday
4- Lose at least 0.7 lbs to reach my next goal...BOOM!!!

This week's goals:
1- Track ALL my foods EVERY day this week
2- Keep with this trend and lose another 1.2 lbs this week
3- Earn 7 activity points each day this week
4- Ride my bike either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day before the kiddies wake up

Week 24

Well I officially made it to week 24 aka month 6. This week I have reached many milestones.  One milestone is this has been the longest I have followed a "diet" program. In the pass I would only follow a program two three weeks tops.

My next milestone is I have lost a 30 pounds in total. I do not know anyone in my physical life that I have lost 30 pounds on a weight loss program. I know a few blogger that have lost 60+ pounds but no one in my close circle. By losing 30 pounds I have lost 8 years of weight gain. I feel like I have gained those 8 years of my life back. I especially feel it when I am on my bike! For this success I rewarded myself with lights and a cyclometer for my bike. YAY!! My next goal is 228lbs.

Speaking about my bike... I took Lenny out this weekend for a spin around the New York Botanical Gardens using the Bronx River green way. I was very happy on this ride. Not only is green way beautiful and paved it is challenging to me. I felt emotional after my ride. I has dealt with  A LOT of stress this pass week and my bike was my outlet. My ride helped me clear my head and I was able to see the silver lining in my life. As soon as I got home I texted my Bestie thanking her again for getting me my awesome bike.

Also while riding my bike this weekend I reached a great milestone. I took my first panda. A panda is a term used this describe a picture taken of a cyclist by the cyclist when the bike is in motion. My bike babes Kat & Sheryl are experts at this. Here is my very first panda:

Here are my progress shots for this week:


Numbers & Goals
Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 238.0 lbs BMI 36.4
Change since last week: -1.2 lbs
Change from start: -30.5 lbs <~~~~11.36% lost! 

Measurements:
Arms: 14 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.5 in
Hips: 45 in last week: -0.5in from start: -4.5in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 36 in last week: -0.5 in from start: -6.5in
Thigh: 25 in last week: -0.5 in from start: -4.5in

Last week's goals:
1- Continue getting the right amount of sleep... Stress has prevented this
2- Track my foods every day this week...I really need to work on this
3- Earn 7 activity points each day this week...Sunday and Saturday
4- Lose at least 0.7 lbs to reach my next goal...BOOM!!!

This week's goals:
1- Track ALL my foods EVERY day this week
2- Keep with this trend and lose another 1.2 lbs this week
3- Earn 7 activity points each day this week
4- Ride my bike either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day before the kiddies wake up

Monday, December 12, 2011

Listening to Her Talk....

Over the last couple of weeks Little Al has had a burst of language at home. It's just amazing when she works up to me asked for thing with great eye contact. She talks with a lip pushed to the side. For now it's mostly one word commands.

"Bananas"

"Apple"

She also says, "Take a bath" 

She sings and sings. Her echolalia helps her out a lot with this. In fact as I am typing this post she is sing her version of Jingle Bells! She also has been own version of the Kung Fu Panda theme.

But there is a catch....
Find the lion

This progress seems to be just amazing huh? Wrong!

I am being robbed...well not really. It turns out that Little Al has been doing this in school since July! YES JULY!!! She has been busted!!!

She speaks in clear sentences.

"Hello Little Al."

"Hi, how are you?"

She asked for things in sentences.

"I want a banana."

She doesn't push her lips to the side either. She can follow directions with great understanding and she sings and dances to each and every song in class and gym. She is still trying to hold on to the slow language acquisition at home...I know your game now... You can't hide from me.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Week 23

This past week I was still suffering from my oral surgery. I barely ate anything. That made tracking super easy. This low calorie intake really messed my stomach up. I was a homemade noodle soup and liquid meal diet for eight days straight. Averaging only 14 points a day. When ever I "ate" something "heavy" my stomach would hurt and I would get queasy. It was worst then morning sickness. I couldn't really open my mouth to speak loudly. That made it tough to enforce discipline with the kids at work. This was not fun. I was able to get in my 2 activity points each day even with the queasiness.

Something magical happened on Friday. I woke up... feeling normal. The night before I took my pain killers and I woke up normal. The queasiness was gone. I knew that I wasn't at 100% but it was darn close. The magic continue when I got on the scale and saw this:

I am a fraction out of the 240's. AWESOME!! I am only 0.7 away from my next weigh loss goal of -30 lbs. MORE AWESOMENESS!! I am still learning how my body deals with life stresses so... yes, I step on the scale every morning. I did not obsess over the number I see on the scale. It could say +5 lbs but that could be because I took in too much salt. Or it could say -5 lbs and I am dehydrated. Plus Sunday weigh ins are the only ones that count.

Saturday was awesome too because I woke up with enough energy to bike to the gym. YAY! Unfortunately, my bike chain broke when I made it up the Fordham Road hill. I do not know the reason why it happened...but it happened. I locked my bike up outside of the first time. I was nervous but I was more upset about the chain. I was also very upset because I wasn't focused on my workout. I was too worry about walking the bike a mile home and getting it fix. Since I am a newbie cyclist I do not have those fancy repair kits some of the seasoned cyclists in my neighborhood have. (Note to self: Need tire and chain repair kits.) After 30 minutes I left the gym and walked the walk back home with Lenny.

On the way home I bumped into a "yard" sale for found these beauties:

I got home and inspected the broken chain and noticed that there was a major kink in it. Who knows how that happened? As soon as I could I took my bike over to my new favorite place, Mexico Sport Center & Bike Repair. I picked out my new chain shiny chain and my dude got to work on Lenny. My dude adjusted my gears and brakes for no extra charge. It was not expensive either. $12 for a 6/7 speed chain, $3 service fee. Lenny rides like butter. You can barely hear the gears change, when before it was a scary sound to me. I totally recommend this shop. (Knowing some Spanish goes a long way there. Even my poor excuse for Spanish.)


Oh yeah, next week progress pictures. I always get nervous about progress pictures...I don't know why.

Another thing....the scale has not changed since Friday. tee-hee!


Numbers & Goals
Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 239.2 lbs BMI 36.4
Change since last week: -1.2 lbs
Change from start: -29.3 lbs <~~~~10.91% lost! 

Measurements:
Arms: 14 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.5 in
Hips: 45.5 in last week: +0.5in from start: -4.0in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 36.5in last week: +0.5 in from start: -6.0in
Thigh: 24.5in last week: 0.0 in from start: -4.0in

Last week's goals:
1- Slowly recover....Yes...very slow
2- earn 2 activity points each day, so not to damage the work done in my mouth....Yes
3- Start eating solid foods ...Yes and it has not been that much fun. 

This week's goals:
1- Continue getting the right amount of sleep
2- Track my foods every day this week
3- Earn 7 activity points each day this week
4- Lose at least 0.7 lbs to reach my next goal

Week 23

This past week I was still suffering from my oral surgery. I barely ate anything. That made tracking super easy. This low calorie intake really messed my stomach up. I was a homemade noodle soup and liquid meal diet for eight days straight. Averaging only 14 points a day. When ever I "ate" something "heavy" my stomach would hurt and I would get queasy. It was worst then morning sickness. I couldn't really open my mouth to speak loudly. That made it tough to enforce discipline with the kids at work. This was not fun. I was able to get in my 2 activity points each day even with the queasiness.

Something magical happened on Friday. I woke up... feeling normal. The night before I took my pain killers and I woke up normal. The queasiness was gone. I knew that I wasn't at 100% but it was darn close. The magic continue when I got on the scale and saw this:

I am a fraction out of the 240's. AWESOME!! I am only 0.7 away from my next weigh loss goal of -30 lbs. MORE AWESOMENESS!! I am still learning how my body deals with life stresses so... yes, I step on the scale every morning. I did not obsess over the number I see on the scale. It could say +5 lbs but that could be because I took in too much salt. Or it could say -5 lbs and I am dehydrated. Plus Sunday weigh ins are the only ones that count.

Saturday was awesome too because I woke up with enough energy to bike to the gym. YAY! Unfortunately, my bike chain broke when I made it up the Fordham Road hill. I do not know the reason why it happened...but it happened. I locked my bike up outside of the first time. I was nervous but I was more upset about the chain. I was also very upset because I wasn't focused on my workout. I was too worry about walking the bike a mile home and getting it fix. Since I am a newbie cyclist I do not have those fancy repair kits some of the seasoned cyclists in my neighborhood have. (Note to self: Need tire and chain repair kits.) After 30 minutes I left the gym and walked the walk back home with Lenny.

On the way home I bumped into a "yard" sale for found these beauties:

I got home and inspected the broken chain and noticed that there was a major kink in it. Who knows how that happened? As soon as I could I took my bike over to my new favorite place, Mexico Sport Center & Bike Repair. I picked out my new chain shiny chain and my dude got to work on Lenny. My dude adjusted my gears and brakes for no extra charge. It was not expensive either. $12 for a 6/7 speed chain, $3 service fee. Lenny rides like butter. You can barely hear the gears change, when before it was a scary sound to me. I totally recommend this shop. (Knowing some Spanish goes a long way there. Even my poor excuse for Spanish.)


Oh yeah, next week progress pictures. I always get nervous about progress pictures...I don't know why.

Another thing....the scale has not changed since Friday. tee-hee!


Numbers & Goals
Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 239.2 lbs BMI 36.4
Change since last week: -1.2 lbs
Change from start: -29.3 lbs <~~~~10.91% lost! 

Measurements:
Arms: 14 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.5 in
Hips: 45.5 in last week: +0.5in from start: -4.0in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 36.5in last week: +0.5 in from start: -6.0in
Thigh: 24.5in last week: 0.0 in from start: -4.0in

Last week's goals:
1- Slowly recover....Yes...very slow
2- earn 2 activity points each day, so not to damage the work done in my mouth....Yes
3- Start eating solid foods ...Yes and it has not been that much fun. 

This week's goals:
1- Continue getting the right amount of sleep
2- Track my foods every day this week
3- Earn 7 activity points each day this week
4- Lose at least 0.7 lbs to reach my next goal

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Week 22

This pass week was rough. I had oral surgery on Thursday. I was completely off program. I averaged 14 points a day and slept endlessly. I retained a lot of water during the last three days because I wasn't eating enough. I am all kinds of jacked up!!! I did lose some weight this week but it wasn't in a healthy way.

Before I got all jacked up, I set a goal for myself for the New Years. Now it's four weeks until 1/1/2012, when I set the goal it was five week. I wanted to push myself this month and lose 10 pounds for the New Year. Now that I am suffering I am going to make that goal to 5 pounds. Why this push? Well I am just about 10 pounds away from crossing the line of Class II Obesity to Class I Obesity.

Classication:       BMI:             Obesity Class:        Disease risk:
Underweight       <18.5
Normal                18.5 to 24.9
Overweight          25.0 to 29.9                                 Increased
Obesity                30.0 to 34.9    I                            High
                            35.0 to 39.9    II                           Very high
Extreme Obesity > 40                III                          Extremely high (World Health Organization, 2011)

If I focus and work very hard I can reach 34.9 BMI in no time.

Numbers:
Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 240.4 lbs BMI 36.6
Change since last week: -0.8 lbs
Change from start: -28.1 lbs <~~~~10.47% lost!

Measurements:
Arms: 14 in last week: -0.5in from start: -2.5 in
Hips: 45 in last week: -1.5in from start: -4.5in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 36in last week: -1.0 in from start: -6.5in
Thigh: 24.5in last week: +0.5 in from start: -4.0in

Since my week was thrown off I am going review those goals. Here are this week's goals:
1- Slowly recover
2- earn 2 activity points each day, so not to damage the work done in my mouth
3- Start eating solid foods


































Week 22

This pass week was rough. I had oral surgery on Thursday. I was completely off program. I averaged 14 points a day and slept endlessly. I retained a lot of water during the last three days because I wasn't eating enough. I am all kinds of jacked up!!! I did lose some weight this week but it wasn't in a healthy way.

Before I got all jacked up, I set a goal for myself for the New Years. Now it's four weeks until 1/1/2012, when I set the goal it was five week. I wanted to push myself this month and lose 10 pounds for the New Year. Now that I am suffering I am going to make that goal to 5 pounds. Why this push? Well I am just about 10 pounds away from crossing the line of Class II Obesity to Class I Obesity.

Classication:       BMI:             Obesity Class:        Disease risk:
Underweight       <18.5
Normal                18.5 to 24.9
Overweight          25.0 to 29.9                                 Increased
Obesity                30.0 to 34.9    I                            High
                            35.0 to 39.9    II                           Very high
Extreme Obesity > 40                III                          Extremely high (World Health Organization, 2011)

If I focus and work very hard I can reach 34.9 BMI in no time.

Numbers:
Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 240.4 lbs BMI 36.6
Change since last week: -0.8 lbs
Change from start: -28.1 lbs <~~~~10.47% lost!

Measurements:
Arms: 14 in last week: -0.5in from start: -2.5 in
Hips: 45 in last week: -1.5in from start: -4.5in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 36in last week: -1.0 in from start: -6.5in
Thigh: 24.5in last week: +0.5 in from start: -4.0in

Since my week was thrown off I am going review those goals. Here are this week's goals:
1- Slowly recover
2- earn 2 activity points each day, so not to damage the work done in my mouth
3- Start eating solid foods


































Saturday, December 3, 2011

What Happens When Everyone Comes Before Mom?

I know tons of us awesome moms and dads wait, wait and wait some more to do things to take care of our selves. In fact, I blogged about this very topic over on my weight loss blog a few days ago. I blogged about how I have to get over that guilty feeling I get when I want to exercise. I have to get over this feeling especially when it comes to checking up on my health. My doctors scream at me when I don't see them for years. They both tell me that same thing, "If you are not taking of of yourself, who is going to take care of the kids?"

The series of events this week is perfect example of what happens when mom puts everyone first. The pain started on Tuesday. What pain? The pain in my tooth that happens every now and then. This pain comes from a impacted wisdom tooth. The tooth was suppose to me removed when I was 18. Something happened with my mother's coverage that I was unable to get it done that day. We never rescheduled an appointment, I thought it wasn't a big deal. I actually didn't see another dentist until I was 29. Yes It took me 11 years to see someone. My new dentist told me that I needed to get that tooth remove soon, very soon. Now here we are two more year later and the tooth is still impacted.

Back to Tuesday, I put some pain relief stuff on the area and the pain dulled enough so I was able to go to sleep. The next day I woke up with a "bubble" in my ear. The entire day this "bubble" would not go away. I complained about it all day but I went on with my day as normal until the evening. I became very sleepy while Becky was doing be homework, this is not the norm. When she was done I felt like I was punched in the face. I brushed, flossed and grabbed my pain relief stuff aka the dance. I headed to bed an hour early. Just around 10:30pm that terrible feeling came back. I did the dance again and went back to sleep. BOOM! 2:30am the pain returned. I did the dance and it didn't help one bit. I couldn't relax or settle down. At about 5am I told myself that I will not be going to work. I had to see someone today I can't spend another day like this.

I called for my long awaited appointment. the receptionist said that I could come in right away. When I got there I was very nervous. As I was filling out my paperwork I over heard another patient saying that she would rather have another child then have be at this office. After x-ray and prep the doctor gave me to choices: 1-Remove the tooth today or 2-Come back on Monday and be on heavy meds. I may not be able to go to work when on these meds. I really didn't have a choice, I needed to do it today. Also, all the pain may not go away because of the damage the wisdom tooth cause to the tooth next to it. Here is what the problem looks like:

You can see the bottom of the wisdom teeth is on it's side and completely destroyed! That was causing most of the pain. The tooth next to is covered with a fill-in but the side of it has a cavity. This was form within the last two years.

The doctor was ready to do what she does best. I was a little nervous but good to go. She propped out my mouth and started. Before she removed the crown, my nerves took over and I began to cry. She stopped everything and removed everything from my mouth. She thought that I was in pain. She wanted to know what was going on. I explained to her that stress of my life fell onto me like a tons of brick. Getting oral surgery is very stressful and I am under stress all the time. I cracked. She said that I didn't need to do it today. I could have come back at a better time and be on meds until then. I told her that here will never be a better time. She didn't understand. I explained a little about my life and she was taken back. She was taken back because she is my husband's doctor too. She found him to be charming and funny and didn't see where marital problems would steam from....She offered me laughing gas so that we could finish. I say yes. The laughing gas helped my nerves. I felt like I was in slow motion. Next thing I knew it was done. I just wanted to go home to my bed.

I slept from for 8 hours and up for 2 hours for the last 48 hours. I have never slept like that in my life.  My face looks all kinds of jacked up.


This craziness for the last couple of days could have all been avoided if I would just make time for my health. If this wasn't awake up call I don't know what is.

I happy I was off the pain killers long enough to post. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Feeling Guilty....

Yesterday the weather was so awesome. While I was at work all I could think about was riding my bike. I wanted to feel the air rushing passed me. I wanted to feel the record breaking warmth on my skin. I just wanted to ride. When I got home my kids just wanted to spend their time with me. They haven't seen me all day and wanted to climb all over me. I told my husband that I really, really wanted to ride my bike but I didn't know if I should go. I felt gulity that I haven't spent enough time with them and I wanted to go out on my own....Why do I feel guilty when I want to better myself?

After I rode my 8 miles I felt better. My blood was pumping and mama was happy. I just love all the attention my bike gets. At least 5 people tell me our awesome my Lenny is each time I go out. (Thanks Roxy!)

When I got home, the kids were still able to climb all over me. Lots of sweaty hugs and kisses. I still spent plenty of time with them. I was still able to cook a healthy meal for them and enjoy each other company while eating.

I have that a mommy complex that I feel that I need to give every last second of my time to my children. I feel that I am the only one that will give them the best care. I have to remember that I have to do things for myself. I can't always wait until they are all in bed to do a workout. I can't always wake up before everyone is up to run or bike. I needed to make time for myself....and I did.

Feeling Guilty....

Yesterday the weather was so awesome. While I was at work all I could think about was riding my bike. I wanted to feel the air rushing passed me. I wanted to feel the record breaking warmth on my skin. I just wanted to ride. When I got home my kids just wanted to spend their time with me. They haven't seen me all day and wanted to climb all over me. I told my husband that I really, really wanted to ride my bike but I didn't know if I should go. I felt gulity that I haven't spent enough time with them and I wanted to go out on my own....Why do I feel guilty when I want to better myself?

After I rode my 8 miles I felt better. My blood was pumping and mama was happy. I just love all the attention my bike gets. At least 5 people tell me our awesome my Lenny is each time I go out. (Thanks Roxy!)

When I got home, the kids were still able to climb all over me. Lots of sweaty hugs and kisses. I still spent plenty of time with them. I was still able to cook a healthy meal for them and enjoy each other company while eating.

I have that a mommy complex that I feel that I need to give every last second of my time to my children. I feel that I am the only one that will give them the best care. I have to remember that I have to do things for myself. I can't always wait until they are all in bed to do a workout. I can't always wake up before everyone is up to run or bike. I needed to make time for myself....and I did.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Week 21

My sister and I Thanksgiving Day
I've had a very successful week! I am made it to my next goal of 10% of body mass lost. YAY!! Those that are on my Facebook and the Twitter know this already. It's a great feeling to know that I finally made it to this goal. Last week I was very worried that I was going to keep gaining weight slowly. My next goal is to make it to 238.5 lbs or lose 30 lbs in total. I am only 2.7 pounds away from this goal. If I stay very focused I could make this goal in 9 days. Eye of the tiger people!!! 

I was able to focus on the WW program even with Thanksgiving staring me in the face. This wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I don't track on Thanksgiving but I was able to limit my food intake.


I have noticed big changes in the way my body works when I reached -25 pounds. My nails are a lot stronger and grow much more quickly. This four day weekend I got the kids cold and I recovered from it within two days. It normally takes a week or more to fight it. Another major change is how fast I get cold now. I didn't realize how much those 25+ pounds insulated me. This is going to be an interesting winter. I see lots of sweaters in my future.

The one thing that is bugging me the most is my mid-section. This is where I am holding almost all of my excess weight. I know that it's going to take a long long time before it goes away...can I wish it away? Nope! I have to work extra hard to slim my mid-section. I need make some exercise changes to focus on this problem area.

Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 241.2 lbs BMI 36.7
Change since last week: -2.8 lbs
Change from start: -27.3 lbs <~~~~10.17% lost!

Measurements:
Arms: 14.5 in last week: -0.5in from start: -2.0in
Hips: 46.5 in last week: -1.0in from start: -3.0in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -1.0ins
Waist: 37in last week: 0.0 in from start: -5.5in
Thigh: 24in last week: -1.0 in from start: -4.5in

Last week's goals:

1- Get this thing called sleep I got some sleep on the day five days...but still feel very tired.
2- Track my foods everyday this week I didn't track on Thursday.
3- Earn 8 activity points each day this week I was able to earn 8 activity points four days this week. 5 on every other day except Thursday.
4- Try a new recipe  I haven't found one I want to try yet.
5- Lose not gain weight  YES!!!

This week's goals:
1- Still work on my sleeping patterns
2- Track my foods everyday this coming week
3- Look a recipe that I would like to try
4- Earn 6 activity points each day this week

Week 21

My sister and I Thanksgiving Day
I've had a very successful week! I am made it to my next goal of 10% of body mass lost. YAY!! Those that are on my Facebook and the Twitter know this already. It's a great feeling to know that I finally made it to this goal. Last week I was very worried that I was going to keep gaining weight slowly. My next goal is to make it to 238.5 lbs or lose 30 lbs in total. I am only 2.7 pounds away from this goal. If I stay very focused I could make this goal in 9 days. Eye of the tiger people!!! 

I was able to focus on the WW program even with Thanksgiving staring me in the face. This wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I don't track on Thanksgiving but I was able to limit my food intake.


I have noticed big changes in the way my body works when I reached -25 pounds. My nails are a lot stronger and grow much more quickly. This four day weekend I got the kids cold and I recovered from it within two days. It normally takes a week or more to fight it. Another major change is how fast I get cold now. I didn't realize how much those 25+ pounds insulated me. This is going to be an interesting winter. I see lots of sweaters in my future.

The one thing that is bugging me the most is my mid-section. This is where I am holding almost all of my excess weight. I know that it's going to take a long long time before it goes away...can I wish it away? Nope! I have to work extra hard to slim my mid-section. I need make some exercise changes to focus on this problem area.

Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 241.2 lbs BMI 36.7
Change since last week: -2.8 lbs
Change from start: -27.3 lbs <~~~~10.17% lost!

Measurements:
Arms: 14.5 in last week: -0.5in from start: -2.0in
Hips: 46.5 in last week: -1.0in from start: -3.0in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -1.0ins
Waist: 37in last week: 0.0 in from start: -5.5in
Thigh: 24in last week: -1.0 in from start: -4.5in

Last week's goals:

1- Get this thing called sleep I got some sleep on the day five days...but still feel very tired.
2- Track my foods everyday this week I didn't track on Thursday.
3- Earn 8 activity points each day this week I was able to earn 8 activity points four days this week. 5 on every other day except Thursday.
4- Try a new recipe  I haven't found one I want to try yet.
5- Lose not gain weight  YES!!!

This week's goals:
1- Still work on my sleeping patterns
2- Track my foods everyday this coming week
3- Look a recipe that I would like to try
4- Earn 6 activity points each day this week

Friday, November 25, 2011

Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway!

My very awesome Bestie, Roxanne, is the greatest Hugh Jackman fan. She is such an awesome fan she asked for Hugh for Christmas last year. Her sister got her a sign picture of him. Yummy! When Roxanne heard that Hugh was going to be on Broadway for 10 weeks ONLY, she brought two tickets and told me I was going with her. Could I really say no to the Wolverine? NO WAY! She brought the tickets just around Halloween for the day before Thanksgiving show.

Of course, it's always a big ordeal when mommy tries to get away for some fun. Who's watching the Als and where? Who's picking up Becky for father family time? I always get a few gray hairs by the time everything is figured out. This is way I limit myself to fun time away from the family...sometimes the stress is not worth it. Sad...I know.

The great day of Jackman-ness finally arrived. YAY!! I was very excited because I hadn't been to a Broadway show in what seems like 100 years. The show was at 8pm so we had a little bit of time to fill between work and the show. Who would have known that we would not run into any traffic on our way down town the day before Thanksgiving? So we had time to sit and chat. We said we were going to fall asleep but that was not going to happen.We chatted about how jealous Roxanne's other close friends of me seeing Hugh. HA!

Before the show started we grabbed a bite to eat at Roxy Deli. The food was yummy and served quickly. However, this place is tiny!! I was very uncomfortable. I must have been bumped into five times while eating my onion soup. Roxanne experienced the bathroom....Her experience was not pleasant. I am happy that I was able to hold it until we got outside and headed to a Starbucks.

While at Starbucks I realized that I lost a lot of weight in my feet. My feet were pushed up to the front of the heels that I worn. Roxanne had mention it at work but there nothing like the experience. Ouch! I wasn't in too much pain just yet. Roxanne picked up a tea from Starbucks and we sat next to the TKTS booth. Here Roxanne truly realized that she is getting old. She was looking at the young kids with there legs exposed to the cold weather and said they were crazy to out like that. (That's old talk) I am happy I was here when she realized that she is going to be officially old in a few months. BIG HUGS ROXY!

After a lap around Times Square for cough drops (old people candy), we headed to the Broadhurst Theater see the man himself, Hugh Jackman. Roxanne turned pink the moment we reached the theater. We sat up top. She was very focused on Boo to no photography in the theater! The announcer in informing us to turn off cellphone and no photography told us that he is Wolverine and he will find us. That was very funny!

The house lights went down the spot light was bright, I felt Roxanne hold very still and the women next to me was shaking. I felt like I was not as excited as I should be. I need to be way more excited sitting there. I am Hugh fan but nothing compared to those who surrounded me. Especially the lively group of men sitting behind us. I had never seen Hugh sing before but they had seen everything he has ever been in. I need to step up my Hugh game.

Listening to Hugh singing was awesome. He sing many melodies and joked around. He joked about being under contact for the next Wolverine movie and how they movie people were afraid that he was going to lose mass and he a flamboyant Wolverine when they start filming again.

I loved that Hugh went into the audience and pulled someone out. Stan was a very lucky man, so was Stan's wife. Hugh pulled Stan on the stage and had a hilarious dialogue. Hugh was not expecting Stan to be so funny. Stan invited Hugh to Thanksgiving dinner. Hugh sing to Stan's wife...a very lucky women.

I laughed a lot and I learned a lot about Hugh. After intermission he came back as Peter Allen in one of the box! Hugh played Peter Allen in the musical The Boy from Oz. Hugh sat on the leap of the gentlemen seating in the box. He quickly grabbed Hugh's hips! Hugh said, "We are legal in New York now." The crowd cheered. Little did he know that the gentleman was married to the gentleman sitting next to him. They showed everyone their rings. OMG, Hugh plays an awesome gay men. He could have had me fooled. He also had us all cracking up over something one of the ladies in his ensemble, Kearran, did during intermission backstage. She gobbled. It was very very funny. He asked her to do it over and over. "Gobble, gobble, gobble." It was so simple and super funny!

After Peter Allen he did a quick change for his dedication to his country, Australia. He was joined by four Indigenous Australian musicians and they sang Somewhere over the rain. I was near tears because it was so beautiful. He introduced his Indigenous Australian musicians to us and you can see how proud he is of his country. He continued the showed with amazing melodies of musicals he loved growing up with. I was in awe of this fine man.

When he wrapped up the show he had the house on their feet. He asked everyone to sit down so that he can inform us of the fundraiser, Broadway Cares / Equity Fight AIDS. He asked that we donated something on our way out to the cause and suddenly one of the gentleman behind us screamed out "$1,000 FOR YOUR SHIRT." Hugh was shocked! He opened his white dress shirt and said that he can sign and give the undershirt for $1,000. Then he begin to auction it off. When he reached $5,000 a gentleman from below shouted, "$5,000 FOR TWO FRONT ROW SEATS FOR ANOTHER SHOW!" Hugh was taken back and pushed to see he could get more. He asked the gentleman $5,000 for each seat. The gentlemen said yes. Hugh continued to auction off the undershirt and the another undershirt. He got $6,000 for each undershirt! He also offered anyone willing to donate $2,000 to Broadway Cares he will do a meet and greet with them and take pictures. I thought to myself Roxanne so needs to do that. She said she thought about it too but everyone would think she is crazy for doing that. I wouldn't have thought she was crazy. The money would have went to two great causes: Broadway Cares and Roxanne's happiness.

I am very thankful that I was able to share such a great night with my Bestie. I was a great change in my world-o-momminess.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Little Bunny Foo Foo

The adventures in potty training continues.....

Potty training Little Al is turning out to be the hardest out of the 3. I am very happy that she no longer reaches into her pull up and pulling out Cookies or decorating my TV. However, it has been very difficult to figuring out her schedule.  Her favorite pass time is pooping at Titi's house but she isn't there everyday anymore. What I have recently discovered she enjoys pooping when Daddy is the only one around. Of course Daddy is not happy one bit. As a result he has become proactive in the potty training adventure. He wants to poop potty train her because he is tired of cleaning poop....this is very understandable. Shhh... don't tell him you have to master number one before you can master number two..

He is trying to get her timing down but Little Al is not giving in. Today was not any different. While I was being Big Alex's homework refocus-er, Little Al smelled showed signs it was time to go. Daddy took her to the toilet potty and she was happy as can be. He watched over her so that she doesn't make it rain q-tips, another favorite pass time. I hear her start to sing. I also heard Daddy say stop moving. I shouted, "Do you know what she is singing?"
"No?"
"She is singing Little Bunny Foo Foo."
Silence...
I said "That is too funny."

I wasn't in the bathroom but I can't see him trying to get her to focus on number two and all she is worried about is singing Little Bunny Foo Foo. I love it!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Week 20

Well it's been 5 months since I re-started this weight loss journey. I really can't believe it's been this all already. This week I was completely off program. Stress has taken over my life. Stress at home and stress at work. The stress has disturbed my sleep. I've been so focused on the problems that I have not tracked all week, not even one day. I wasn't aware of the amount of food I was sticking in my body. I do know that it was way too much. I exercised once. I earned 8 points riding my bike for an hour yesterday. I REALLY need to get back on track before the gains start adding up more. It's almost as if I need to restart again.

I have lost my motivation to exercises. It hasn't become boring to me. It's been a battle trying to break the routines of those around so that I have enough time to get it in. If I am the only one running around doing things then my time cut down for myself. This is been the biggest battle over the last five months.

There is a silver lining in this...I fit into smaller clothes. Last week I punched a 4th hole into my belt and I decided it was time to buy a new one. I went online to my favorite clothing store, Old Navy. I brought a new belt, shirt, hoodie and coat. I actually had to use the size chart to figure out what size I am now. My old method was buy a 2X and it fits or is too big, keep it. If it is too small I let it sit in my dresser until I find someone to give it to. It's not a very good method. Now since I measure myself each week I actually know my measurements. It was a little strange looking at the size chart, but it was nice to see that I am now between a size 16 and a size 18. YAY!! I am 2ins away from a size 16. That means I am and XL (according to Old Navy.) This is very exciting for me. I can't remember the last time I was an XL. I think it was some time in 1999. This is a great feeling. I need to get back on track so I am keep feeling great going.

Progress Pictures:


Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 244.0 lbs BMI 37.1
Change since last week: +0.8 lbs
Change from start: -24.5 lbs

Measurements:
Arms: 15 in last week: +0.75in from start: -1.50in
Hips: 47.5 in last week: +0.5in from start: -2.0in
Bust: 46in last week: +1.0in from start: -1.0ins
Waist: 37in last week: +1.0 in from start: -5.5in
Thigh: 25in last week: +0.5 in from start: -3.5in

Let's review last week's goals:
1- Work on sleeping the right about of hours... Still working on that
2- Track my foods every day this week ... NOPE!
3- Earn 6 activity points each day this week ...NOPE!
4- Try a new recipe...NOPE!
5- Lose 2lbs to reach my next goal....NOPE!
6- FOCUS!! ...NOPE!

This week's goals:
1- Get this thing called sleep
2- Track my foods everyday this week
3- Earn 8 activity points each day this week
4- Try a new recipe
5- Lose not gain weight