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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Week 17

This week was recovery week. My body recovered nicely. The few times that I did workout this week it felt super easy. The 30 minute workout felt like nothing since I rode for 7 hours on Sunday. I have change up my workout this week.

Riding the tour last week made me really want join in on more physical events. These events are a lot fun and encouraging.

I gained 0.8 pounds this week. I knew this was going to happen since I weighted myself after the tour. I lost a lot of water weigh. 

Short post this week.

Here are the numbers:

Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 244.4 lbs BMI 37.2
Change since last week: +3.8 lbs
Change from start: -24.9 lbs

Measurements:
Arms: 14.0 in last week: -0.5in from start: -2.5in
Hips: 46 in last week: 0.0in from start: -3.5in
Bust: 45in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 38in last week: -1.0 in from start: -4.5in
Thigh: 24.0in last week: -0.5 in from start: -4.5in

Let's review last week's goals:
1-Recover from the Tour de Bronx. I felt back to normal by Wednesday...not bad.
2- Sleep :-(
3- 6 activity points Tuesday-Friday and 11 on Saturday. I didn't get much exercise this week.

 This week's goals:
1- Go to the gym on Saturday.
2- SLEEP!!!! I need to sleep 8 hours each day for the next 7 days. I may have to use a sleep-aid.
4- Attempt a morning workout for 20 minute three days this week. (Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.) 
5- Earn 5 activity points each day.

Week 17

This week was recovery week. My body recovered nicely. The few times that I did workout this week it felt super easy. The 30 minute workout felt like nothing since I rode for 7 hours on Sunday. I have change up my workout this week.

Riding the tour last week made me really want join in on more physical events. These events are a lot fun and encouraging.

I gained 0.8 pounds this week. I knew this was going to happen since I weighted myself after the tour. I lost a lot of water weigh. 

Short post this week.

Here are the numbers:

Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 244.4 lbs BMI 37.2
Change since last week: +3.8 lbs
Change from start: -24.9 lbs

Measurements:
Arms: 14.0 in last week: -0.5in from start: -2.5in
Hips: 46 in last week: 0.0in from start: -3.5in
Bust: 45in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 38in last week: -1.0 in from start: -4.5in
Thigh: 24.0in last week: -0.5 in from start: -4.5in

Let's review last week's goals:
1-Recover from the Tour de Bronx. I felt back to normal by Wednesday...not bad.
2- Sleep :-(
3- 6 activity points Tuesday-Friday and 11 on Saturday. I didn't get much exercise this week.

 This week's goals:
1- Go to the gym on Saturday.
2- SLEEP!!!! I need to sleep 8 hours each day for the next 7 days. I may have to use a sleep-aid.
4- Attempt a morning workout for 20 minute three days this week. (Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.) 
5- Earn 5 activity points each day.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Journey to Tour de Bronx Part 6: Reflection

It's been two days since the Tour. I still can't believe that I did it. When I sat down with Becky to show her all the pictures that I took. She was so happy for me. She wanted to know why she couldn't go too. I told her that next year she will ride with me.

As I looked at the pictures with her, I couldn't help to think about doing it alone. No one in my immediate circle wanted to truly go with me. I tried to get someone to go with me but many many people thought I was nuts.

I feel like I am trying to pull myself above the laziness around me. I want to live a healthier life style but no one around me does. Being at the tour and feeding off the positive energy every one there had, was awesome. I didn't know what to say at times because I am not used to being so around happy people. It was a very warming feeling knowing that we all had a goal to finished what we started.

I felt proud of the Mommies and Daddies that encouraged their kids to get to that finish line. I told a one mom,  "I would have been a nervous wreck trying to ride the distance and keep track of kids." Heck if those families did it I can do it with my kids next year.

I am tired of the battle of trying to get "them" to join me.

I felt sad today knowing that I am back into the negative world.

I realized this is my battle.....when they are ready, they will get themselves happy and healthy.

Journey to Tour de Bronx Part 6: Reflection

It's been two days since the Tour. I still can't believe that I did it. When I sat down with Becky to show her all the pictures that I took. She was so happy for me. She wanted to know why she couldn't go too. I told her that next year she will ride with me.

As I looked at the pictures with her, I couldn't help to think about doing it alone. No one in my immediate circle wanted to truly go with me. I tried to get someone to go with me but many many people thought I was nuts.

I feel like I am trying to pull myself above the laziness around me. I want to live a healthier life style but no one around me does. Being at the tour and feeding off the positive energy every one there had, was awesome. I didn't know what to say at times because I am not used to being so around happy people. It was a very warming feeling knowing that we all had a goal to finished what we started.

I felt proud of the Mommies and Daddies that encouraged their kids to get to that finish line. I told a one mom,  "I would have been a nervous wreck trying to ride the distance and keep track of kids." Heck if those families did it I can do it with my kids next year.

I am tired of the battle of trying to get "them" to join me.

I felt sad today knowing that I am back into the negative world.

I realized this is my battle.....when they are ready, they will get themselves happy and healthy.

Week 16

I started Week 16 with a BANG! I did the Tour de Bronx. I rode 29 miles in 7 hours! Just amazing. I really don't have to stay for this week. The Tour de Bronx says it all.
Here are my progress pictures:


Here are the numbers:

Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 243.6 lbs BMI 37.0
Change since last week: 3.8 lbs
Change from start: -24.9 lbs

Measurements:
Arms: 14.5 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0in
Hips: 46 in last week: 0.0in from start: -3.5in
Bust: 45in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 39in last week: 0.0 in from start: -3.5in
Thigh: 24.5in last week: -0.5 in from start: -4.0in

Let's review last week's goals:

1- Go to the gym on Saturday. No way..I needed my rest.
2- Complete the Tour de Bronx in Sunday!  HELL YEAH!
3- SLEEP!!!! I need to sleep 8 hours each day for the next 7 days. I may have to use a sleep-aid. No Way
4- Attempt a morning workout for 20 minute three days this week. (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday.)  Monday only!
5- Earn 5 activity points each day.Yes!

This week's goals:
1-Recover from the Tour de Bronx
2- Sleep
3- 6 activity points Tuesday-Friday and 11 on Saturday.

Week 16

I started Week 16 with a BANG! I did the Tour de Bronx. I rode 29 miles in 7 hours! Just amazing. I really don't have to stay for this week. The Tour de Bronx says it all.
Here are my progress pictures:


Here are the numbers:

Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 243.6 lbs BMI 37.0
Change since last week: 3.8 lbs
Change from start: -24.9 lbs

Measurements:
Arms: 14.5 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0in
Hips: 46 in last week: 0.0in from start: -3.5in
Bust: 45in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 39in last week: 0.0 in from start: -3.5in
Thigh: 24.5in last week: -0.5 in from start: -4.0in

Let's review last week's goals:

1- Go to the gym on Saturday. No way..I needed my rest.
2- Complete the Tour de Bronx in Sunday!  HELL YEAH!
3- SLEEP!!!! I need to sleep 8 hours each day for the next 7 days. I may have to use a sleep-aid. No Way
4- Attempt a morning workout for 20 minute three days this week. (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday.)  Monday only!
5- Earn 5 activity points each day.Yes!

This week's goals:
1-Recover from the Tour de Bronx
2- Sleep
3- 6 activity points Tuesday-Friday and 11 on Saturday.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Journey to Tour de Bronx Part 5: Time to Ride!

The day finally came when it was time to ride Lenny all over the Bronx. I couldn't sleep Saturday night. I felt like a kid the day before the first day of school. I was tossing and turning wondering what tomorrow was going to bring. I even woke up before my alarm went off. I must have checked my Weather Channel app 10 times to make sure I was dress right. My husband woke up to check on my brakes. I was very nervous. It's been five years since I've been on a bike. (It is very true that you never forget how to ride a bike once you learn.)

I was dress and ready to go too soon. I had planned on leaving at 8:30am so that I arrive at the Bronx County Court House by 9:30am. I was ready to go at 8am. I waited around....that did not help my nerves. When the time came I said my goodbyes to my little ones. Big Al wanted to come with me. I told him maybe next year.

I got on to Lenny. I felt very shaky. My balance is fine my nerves were making me shaky. I rode down the block to the stop sign at the end of the block and I got off. My brakes felt very loose. I called my husband and I told about the problem. He came outside and fix my brake problem. He seemed to be very frustrated with me since he had fixed them when Lenny was inside. He did not see my nervousness until I started crying. He said that things are going to be ok and if I wanted to stay home it was ok. I told him that I had to do this. So I got on my Lenny again and rode down the block. When I made to the Main Entrance of St. Barnabas hospital my blood started to flow and I felt better. I made my way to Washington Ave and rode all the way to East 161 street and up to the Bronx County Court House. (3.4 miles away from home)

I was very happy that I made to the court house. I rode and walked around after checking in. I was keeping my eyes peeled for my peoples, Kat and Sheryl. I really didn't see the ladies so I kept moving so I won't cool down two much. Suddenly, I see PINK!! I found Kat! YEAH! Oh man we hit it off right away. I wasn't expecting her to be as tall as me! AWESOME!
Me & Super Kat

We got started slowly. We got to chatting. The first couple of miles were great. Until I reached the first hill in St. Ann's park. I got off the bike and walked the hill long with another rider, Pink Bike and Pink Helmet. We knew it wasn't a good idea to ride the hill with so many people so close.  I passed by the handball courts that my sister and her hubby spent high school in. (Mostly hubby and his crew) We when reached Longwood (The 3 mile mark) I realized that I had no back brakes!!! OH NO! The pads worn down after only 8 miles! WTH! Kat told me I should feather to help me slow down. It helped a lot! Kat was so awesome the whole first half of the ride. She stopped and waited for me many, many, many times. She has legs of steel!
St. Ann's Handball courts

At the first rest stop in Crotona Park, I met Maureen from Inspired Cyclists. Nice to met you Maureen!
We made a quick conversation and it was time to go. I left the Park ready to go home. My anemia was kicking my booty!! I didn't let it stop even if I was only a few blocks away from my sister's house. She would welcome me and Lenny. I kept going.
Jennings & Hoe Ave

Of course the route would go up Jennings, one of the steepest hill in my old neighbor. I knew once I got over that hill I would be heading to the closed Sheridan. I couldn't wait to get there. When I reached West Farms (mile 6.42) that my front brakes worn down too!!! Oh no!! In my quick conversation with Maureen, we spoke about going old school with the breaking and use my foot. That is something I wasn't planning on but that's all I did as a child.

I couldn't help to stop and take a few pictures when I made it to the Sheridan. When I got back on my bike I notice I was having a hard time....so did someone else. He screamed out you need to lift your seat up and you'll be great. I pulled my seat back up and I was good to go.
Sheridan closed just for us!

I met up with Kat again when we were exiting the Sheridan. She slow down a little to keep to my pace. We rode through her neck of the woods the Soundview Greenway. It was breath taking.
Kat @Soundview

We made it to our 2nd rest stop at the YMCA. I got plenty of rest and ate a Fiber One bar, my favorite. I waited for Kat with Sandy D and we kept it moving. She fell back a little to chat with others and we met back up in St. Raymond Cemetery. I wanted to get out of there fast. I do not like cemeteries. As soon as we got out the "leader" of our pack got lost. We were all turning when this old lady stopped and quickly turned in front of me. Now remember I had no brakes at this point. So I did the smart thing and fell to the ground instead of running into the old lady. I had a flash back to my team sports days and fell correctly so I didn't break anything. YAY! Lenny was ok too. We got up and kept it moving.
@YMCA wondering if I could really finish this

At this point we were so far behind we had no police escort. Kat was a doll and directed our group! You go girl! We rode through: Silver Beach, Eastchester Bay and Country Club. I have never been to these neighborhoods, I was lost.

We finally made it to our 3rd rest stop, Pelham Bay Park. While there we met up with the greatest (and loudest) guys at the tour, Classic Bronx Club. These guys were too funny. One guy attached himself to Kat. Another guy kept telling me that my bike was beautiful and so was I. It was so corny, flattering and weird all at the same time. These guys were old enough to be my dad! This guys roll fast! I lost Kat and them after a few hills in the Pelham Bay area. On one hill I met up with Pink Bike and Pink Helmet. She was having a hard time because her muscle was spazzing out. She walked it off a little and got back on. I waited with her for a little while until she got back on her bike.
Classic Bronx Club. I just noticed that Lucille is in this picture. She has a red helmet and is behind the guy with the orange vest.

I started to slow down myself. The small hills were killing me. From Pelham Gardens to Bronx Park I had fallen behind the police escort again. That was very scary but I was the only one that fallen behind.  A family, mom, dad & son were riding at the son's pace but once they reached Shoelace Park they were good. I had rode/walked the last three miles with two other ladies. We kept each other company. Somewhere on White Plains Road I wanted to give up. I kept thinking, "If I call Roxanne, she'll come and get me. She loves me." Now that I look back that was a funny moment. When the ladies and I  stopped at a light blocks before the New York Botanical Gardens, I introduced myself to them. I rode/walked 3 miles with Maureen and Lucille. AWESOME! We made it to the last block and I went ahead and rode the rest of the way. I think they walked it.
@NYBG

When I got to the front gate it was 4pm. I rode for 7 hours 29 miles. I can't believe I did it. I got on the line for my tee-shirt and pizza. I didn't care about the pizza I just want to get my tee-shirt. I skipped the pizza line and made a bee-line to the tee-shirt. Small and medium were the only sizes left. I took a medium, Heck I'll fit into it next year. When started to head towards Kat, Sheridan guy stopped me and asked me about my seat. I told him I fixed the problem but the seat kept slipping. I told him I am going to get my husband to fix it. Then he whips out a card to promote his biking club, Tar Burning Tribe. Awesome!

I head to Kat and I found Sheryl. I tried my hardest to politely interrupted her conversation. Then out of no where is Asia lady interrupts me interrupting Sheryl. Sheryl thought we were together. No way! We had a short conversation. I didn't want to be rude and take up all her time. The guy she was talking to was kind of cute ;-) We took a picture together! YAY! I feel under dressed next to this fancy lady.
Me & Bitch Cakes, Weigh Watcher Celebrity

I finally made it to Kat and Sheryl did too. More pictures! I said my goodbyes and walked Lenny home.
Us bloggers always find each other

I can't believe I actually did this. Right before I got home I took a picture of Lenny in front of the stop where I almost gave up before I started.
Lenny

What an awesome day!

Journey to Tour de Bronx Part 5: Time to Ride!

The day finally came when it was time to ride Lenny all over the Bronx. I couldn't sleep Saturday night. I felt like a kid the day before the first day of school. I was tossing and turning wondering what tomorrow was going to bring. I even woke up before my alarm went off. I must have checked my Weather Channel app 10 times to make sure I was dress right. My husband woke up to check on my brakes. I was very nervous. It's been five years since I've been on a bike. (It is very true that you never forget how to ride a bike once you learn.)

I was dress and ready to go too soon. I had planned on leaving at 8:30am so that I arrive at the Bronx County Court House by 9:30am. I was ready to go at 8am. I waited around....that did not help my nerves. When the time came I said my goodbyes to my little ones. Big Al wanted to come with me. I told him maybe next year.

I got on to Lenny. I felt very shaky. My balance is fine my nerves were making me shaky. I rode down the block to the stop sign at the end of the block and I got off. My brakes felt very loose. I called my husband and I told about the problem. He came outside and fix my brake problem. He seemed to be very frustrated with me since he had fixed them when Lenny was inside. He did not see my nervousness until I started crying. He said that things are going to be ok and if I wanted to stay home it was ok. I told him that I had to do this. So I got on my Lenny again and rode down the block. When I made to the Main Entrance of St. Barnabas hospital my blood started to flow and I felt better. I made my way to Washington Ave and rode all the way to East 161 street and up to the Bronx County Court House. (3.4 miles away from home)

I was very happy that I made to the court house. I rode and walked around after checking in. I was keeping my eyes peeled for my peoples, Kat and Sheryl. I really didn't see the ladies so I kept moving so I won't cool down two much. Suddenly, I see PINK!! I found Kat! YEAH! Oh man we hit it off right away. I wasn't expecting her to be as tall as me! AWESOME!
Me & Super Kat

We got started slowly. We got to chatting. The first couple of miles were great. Until I reached the first hill in St. Ann's park. I got off the bike and walked the hill long with another rider, Pink Bike and Pink Helmet. We knew it wasn't a good idea to ride the hill with so many people so close.  I passed by the handball courts that my sister and her hubby spent high school in. (Mostly hubby and his crew) We when reached Longwood (The 3 mile mark) I realized that I had no back brakes!!! OH NO! The pads worn down after only 8 miles! WTH! Kat told me I should feather to help me slow down. It helped a lot! Kat was so awesome the whole first half of the ride. She stopped and waited for me many, many, many times. She has legs of steel!
St. Ann's Handball courts

At the first rest stop in Crotona Park, I met Maureen from Inspired Cyclists. Nice to met you Maureen!
We made a quick conversation and it was time to go. I left the Park ready to go home. My anemia was kicking my booty!! I didn't let it stop even if I was only a few blocks away from my sister's house. She would welcome me and Lenny. I kept going.
Jennings & Hoe Ave

Of course the route would go up Jennings, one of the steepest hill in my old neighbor. I knew once I got over that hill I would be heading to the closed Sheridan. I couldn't wait to get there. When I reached West Farms (mile 6.42) that my front brakes worn down too!!! Oh no!! In my quick conversation with Maureen, we spoke about going old school with the breaking and use my foot. That is something I wasn't planning on but that's all I did as a child.

I couldn't help to stop and take a few pictures when I made it to the Sheridan. When I got back on my bike I notice I was having a hard time....so did someone else. He screamed out you need to lift your seat up and you'll be great. I pulled my seat back up and I was good to go.
Sheridan closed just for us!

I met up with Kat again when we were exiting the Sheridan. She slow down a little to keep to my pace. We rode through her neck of the woods the Soundview Greenway. It was breath taking.
Kat @Soundview

We made it to our 2nd rest stop at the YMCA. I got plenty of rest and ate a Fiber One bar, my favorite. I waited for Kat with Sandy D and we kept it moving. She fell back a little to chat with others and we met back up in St. Raymond Cemetery. I wanted to get out of there fast. I do not like cemeteries. As soon as we got out the "leader" of our pack got lost. We were all turning when this old lady stopped and quickly turned in front of me. Now remember I had no brakes at this point. So I did the smart thing and fell to the ground instead of running into the old lady. I had a flash back to my team sports days and fell correctly so I didn't break anything. YAY! Lenny was ok too. We got up and kept it moving.
@YMCA wondering if I could really finish this

At this point we were so far behind we had no police escort. Kat was a doll and directed our group! You go girl! We rode through: Silver Beach, Eastchester Bay and Country Club. I have never been to these neighborhoods, I was lost.

We finally made it to our 3rd rest stop, Pelham Bay Park. While there we met up with the greatest (and loudest) guys at the tour, Classic Bronx Club. These guys were too funny. One guy attached himself to Kat. Another guy kept telling me that my bike was beautiful and so was I. It was so corny, flattering and weird all at the same time. These guys were old enough to be my dad! This guys roll fast! I lost Kat and them after a few hills in the Pelham Bay area. On one hill I met up with Pink Bike and Pink Helmet. She was having a hard time because her muscle was spazzing out. She walked it off a little and got back on. I waited with her for a little while until she got back on her bike.
Classic Bronx Club. I just noticed that Lucille is in this picture. She has a red helmet and is behind the guy with the orange vest.

I started to slow down myself. The small hills were killing me. From Pelham Gardens to Bronx Park I had fallen behind the police escort again. That was very scary but I was the only one that fallen behind.  A family, mom, dad & son were riding at the son's pace but once they reached Shoelace Park they were good. I had rode/walked the last three miles with two other ladies. We kept each other company. Somewhere on White Plains Road I wanted to give up. I kept thinking, "If I call Roxanne, she'll come and get me. She loves me." Now that I look back that was a funny moment. When the ladies and I  stopped at a light blocks before the New York Botanical Gardens, I introduced myself to them. I rode/walked 3 miles with Maureen and Lucille. AWESOME! We made it to the last block and I went ahead and rode the rest of the way. I think they walked it.
@NYBG

When I got to the front gate it was 4pm. I rode for 7 hours 29 miles. I can't believe I did it. I got on the line for my tee-shirt and pizza. I didn't care about the pizza I just want to get my tee-shirt. I skipped the pizza line and made a bee-line to the tee-shirt. Small and medium were the only sizes left. I took a medium, Heck I'll fit into it next year. When started to head towards Kat, Sheridan guy stopped me and asked me about my seat. I told him I fixed the problem but the seat kept slipping. I told him I am going to get my husband to fix it. Then he whips out a card to promote his biking club, Tar Burning Tribe. Awesome!

I head to Kat and I found Sheryl. I tried my hardest to politely interrupted her conversation. Then out of no where is Asia lady interrupts me interrupting Sheryl. Sheryl thought we were together. No way! We had a short conversation. I didn't want to be rude and take up all her time. The guy she was talking to was kind of cute ;-) We took a picture together! YAY! I feel under dressed next to this fancy lady.
Me & Bitch Cakes, Weigh Watcher Celebrity

I finally made it to Kat and Sheryl did too. More pictures! I said my goodbyes and walked Lenny home.
Us bloggers always find each other

I can't believe I actually did this. Right before I got home I took a picture of Lenny in front of the stop where I almost gave up before I started.
Lenny

What an awesome day!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Journey to Tour de Bronx Part 4: The Night Before

Well...It's Saturday night...

The night before the tour....

I am a ball of nerves....

Am I really going to do this tomorrow?

My clothes are ready...

Lenny is ready...

Am I ready? I don't know yet.

I wish that someone was going with me.....

Exhale.....

Journey to Tour de Bronx Part 4: The Night Before

Well...It's Saturday night...

The night before the tour....

I am a ball of nerves....

Am I really going to do this tomorrow?

My clothes are ready...

Lenny is ready...

Am I ready? I don't know yet.

I wish that someone was going with me.....

Exhale.....

Friday, October 21, 2011

Journey to Tour de Bronx Part 3: Mind Over Matter

Since signing up Tour de Bronx I have been mentally prepping for this event. I am excited, nervous and sacred. The nervous feel reminds me of the first time I rode my first bike. It was a pink color BMX that my grandmother get me for Christmas. I can't remember the year that my sister and I got out bikes but I do remember that they sat for a while. They were always dusty when it was time to ride. Now you have to remember that I live in the Bronx since I was 5 years old and my child hood year weren't doing that great time in Bronx history. This is the exact place where I learn how to learn how to ride my bike:

This area is now the Cross Bronx Shopping Center but growing up. It wasn't. This is Longfellow Ave. The empty lot was fence in. That didn't mean that anyone was kept out. We lived across the street from here on Vyse. I remember taking our bike here and my mom sat on a short wall and watch us go back and fourth. I had the time of my life. I was not scared of the surrounding I was nervous about my balance. The day my dad decided to take the training wheels off was a nervous wreak. I didn't want them to come off. What kid does? First I watched my sister and my dad when just two wheels. To me it seemed to easy for her. She got it so quickly. It was my turn.....

I got on the bike.

My dad was holding the bottom of the seat.

Off we went....I fell it the moment he let go.

BOOM!!!

I fell on to my left brake, which of course is the front break.  I had a big bruise on my right tight and butt for weeks. I didn't want to see that bike for a long time. Especialy now that I don't have front brakes. Slowly I got over my nerves and rode my bike with no training wheels soon after. We stopped going to this empty lot to ride. We upgrade to Crotona Park.

Those nerves are coming back.... I think about the amount of miles... I think about Sundays are my time to be with the little ones not biking without them.

My brain is the only thing working against me. I am sure once I start my ride to the court house my nerves will calm down. I plan on take the Crotona Park Green way to spark some good child hood memories.

:-)

Journey to Tour de Bronx Part 3: Mind Over Matter

Since signing up Tour de Bronx I have been mentally prepping for this event. I am excited, nervous and sacred. The nervous feel reminds me of the first time I rode my first bike. It was a pink color BMX that my grandmother get me for Christmas. I can't remember the year that my sister and I got out bikes but I do remember that they sat for a while. They were always dusty when it was time to ride. Now you have to remember that I live in the Bronx since I was 5 years old and my child hood year weren't doing that great time in Bronx history. This is the exact place where I learn how to learn how to ride my bike:

This area is now the Cross Bronx Shopping Center but growing up. It wasn't. This is Longfellow Ave. The empty lot was fence in. That didn't mean that anyone was kept out. We lived across the street from here on Vyse. I remember taking our bike here and my mom sat on a short wall and watch us go back and fourth. I had the time of my life. I was not scared of the surrounding I was nervous about my balance. The day my dad decided to take the training wheels off was a nervous wreak. I didn't want them to come off. What kid does? First I watched my sister and my dad when just two wheels. To me it seemed to easy for her. She got it so quickly. It was my turn.....

I got on the bike.

My dad was holding the bottom of the seat.

Off we went....I fell it the moment he let go.

BOOM!!!

I fell on to my left brake, which of course is the front break.  I had a big bruise on my right tight and butt for weeks. I didn't want to see that bike for a long time. Especialy now that I don't have front brakes. Slowly I got over my nerves and rode my bike with no training wheels soon after. We stopped going to this empty lot to ride. We upgrade to Crotona Park.

Those nerves are coming back.... I think about the amount of miles... I think about Sundays are my time to be with the little ones not biking without them.

My brain is the only thing working against me. I am sure once I start my ride to the court house my nerves will calm down. I plan on take the Crotona Park Green way to spark some good child hood memories.

:-)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Story of You Contest

I have entered the Weight Watchers Story of You Contest. I have entered for a chance to win $5,000 for healthier living. I plan of spending that money on making my family healthier. I will get a trailer for my new bike, so that the kids can ride along with me. The kids will be fitted for new bike helmets because they out grew theirs. I will treat myself to a few pair of fancy sneakers and work out clothes. I am sure that does not equal $5,000 but I am sure I can come up with some awesome ideas to be fit & happy with my kids. To vote you can click on this link: http://apps.facebook.com/storyofyou/facebook/video/41/ 
Cast your vote before October 25, 2011. THANKS A MILLION!! Here is my video that will be voting for:

Story of You Contest

I have entered the Weight Watchers Story of You Contest. I have entered for a chance to win $5,000 for healthier living. I plan of spending that money on making my family healthier. I will get a trailer for my new bike, so that the kids can ride along with me. The kids will be fitted for new bike helmets because they out grew theirs. I will treat myself to a few pair of fancy sneakers and work out clothes. I am sure that does not equal $5,000 but I am sure I can come up with some awesome ideas to be fit & happy with my kids. To vote you can click on this link: http://apps.facebook.com/storyofyou/facebook/video/41/ 
Cast your vote before October 25, 2011. THANKS A MILLION!! Here is my video that will be voting for:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Week 15

I feel like when I blink another week is done. This week my weight did not change. I was not surprised about this one bit. I have to say it....It's that time of the month *hint hint*. I retain a lot of water during this time. Because I have recorded and graphed my weight every day for the last 14 weeks, I know exactly how my body reaction to hormone changes, illness and allergies. Speaking of allergens....I deep cleaned under my bed yesterday and unleashed deadly allergens. I decided to clean the death trap because my husband was away with USMC and I was not going to the gym. So might as well do something that requires physical activity. Whatever was blown in from the window for the last couple of month was there waiting for me. Like a pollen, dust, dirt NINJA!!! I did my best NOT to stir up too much of it, but just by touching it it was too late. BOOM allergy attack. This whole battle took a great big toll on my head. I feel like I have a small child sitting on my neck. I feel like I have asthma symptoms but the kicker is I don't have asthma. I became very thirsty and retained even more water. Note to self: Clean under bed more often. I have to sweat this craziness out and get ready for my first biking tour next week. I can't wait!!

Here are the numbers:

Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 247.4 lbs BMI 37.6
Change since last week: 0 lbs
Change from start: -21.1 lbs

Measurements:
Arms: 14.5 in last week: -0.25in from start: -2.0in
Hips: 46 in last week: -1.0in from start: -3.5in
Bust: 45in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 39in last week: 0.0 in from start: -3.5in
Thigh: 25in last week: 0.0 in from start: -3.5in

Let's review last week's goals:

1- Earn 7 activity points each weekday and 12 at the gym on Sunday, Monday and Saturday. Sunday & Monday yes. Saturday no
2- Attempt a morning workout for 20 mins three days this week. (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.) It only happened on Tuesday..BOO!
3- If the kids allow me, get in 8 hours of sleep everyday this week. (I may have to go to sleep at the same time as the kids) I think I got 8 hours on Thursday...maybe. 

This week's goals:

1- Go to the gym on Saturday.
2- Complete the Tour de Bronx in Sunday!
3- SLEEP!!!! I need to sleep 8 hours each day for the next 7 days. I may have to use a sleep-aid.
4- Attempt a morning workout for 20 minute three days this week. (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday.)
5- Earn 5 activity points each day.

Week 15

I feel like when I blink another week is done. This week my weight did not change. I was not surprised about this one bit. I have to say it....It's that time of the month *hint hint*. I retain a lot of water during this time. Because I have recorded and graphed my weight every day for the last 14 weeks, I know exactly how my body reaction to hormone changes, illness and allergies. Speaking of allergens....I deep cleaned under my bed yesterday and unleashed deadly allergens. I decided to clean the death trap because my husband was away with USMC and I was not going to the gym. So might as well do something that requires physical activity. Whatever was blown in from the window for the last couple of month was there waiting for me. Like a pollen, dust, dirt NINJA!!! I did my best NOT to stir up too much of it, but just by touching it it was too late. BOOM allergy attack. This whole battle took a great big toll on my head. I feel like I have a small child sitting on my neck. I feel like I have asthma symptoms but the kicker is I don't have asthma. I became very thirsty and retained even more water. Note to self: Clean under bed more often. I have to sweat this craziness out and get ready for my first biking tour next week. I can't wait!!

Here are the numbers:

Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 247.4 lbs BMI 37.6
Change since last week: 0 lbs
Change from start: -21.1 lbs

Measurements:
Arms: 14.5 in last week: -0.25in from start: -2.0in
Hips: 46 in last week: -1.0in from start: -3.5in
Bust: 45in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 39in last week: 0.0 in from start: -3.5in
Thigh: 25in last week: 0.0 in from start: -3.5in

Let's review last week's goals:

1- Earn 7 activity points each weekday and 12 at the gym on Sunday, Monday and Saturday. Sunday & Monday yes. Saturday no
2- Attempt a morning workout for 20 mins three days this week. (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.) It only happened on Tuesday..BOO!
3- If the kids allow me, get in 8 hours of sleep everyday this week. (I may have to go to sleep at the same time as the kids) I think I got 8 hours on Thursday...maybe. 

This week's goals:

1- Go to the gym on Saturday.
2- Complete the Tour de Bronx in Sunday!
3- SLEEP!!!! I need to sleep 8 hours each day for the next 7 days. I may have to use a sleep-aid.
4- Attempt a morning workout for 20 minute three days this week. (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday.)
5- Earn 5 activity points each day.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Journey to Tour de Bronx Part 2: Welcoming Home My New Bike

As more of my friends found out that I signed up for the Tour de Bronx I got mixed reviews. About half of my friends that found out were very supportive. They gave awesome words of encouragement. The other half questioned me.
"Are you ready for that?"
"But you don't owe a bike, how are you going to participate?"
"Do you even know how to ride a bike?"

Those words were so discouraging that I even questioned myself. Am I doing the right thing by signing up for something that is so physically demanding? I answered that question right away. How am I going to know if I can do something if I never tried?

I created my plan of action for the tour. My plan was to rent a bike. Westchester Bicycle & Pro Shop located on 2611 Westchester Avenue have a rental service. The rentals are very reasonable priced.
Waiting in my living room...Waiting for that first ride.

As a goof I did a search for bikes to buy on many different web sites. I found one that caught my eye. It was a cruiser bike with brakes and gears! As kind of a joke, I posted the link of the bike to one of my social media pages asking for one of my friends to sponsor a bike for me for the tour. Many people agreed that the bike was very eye catching, I few laughed that I asked for a sponsor and one person was willing to truly sponsor me. My best friend, Roxanne, wanted to show her support by buying the cruiser for me. She said she wanted to support my healthy living and celebrate my milestone of losing 20 pounds. I was truly speechless. She clicked away and the bike was on it's way. Roxanne has been my biggest supporter of my weight loss journey. To honor her support my dictated the my new shinny bike to her. I have named my bike Lenny. Lenny was the name of her dearest late cat. When the bike arrived to my home, I knew that Lenny was the right name for her. Welcome home Lenny!

Journey to Tour de Bronx Part 2: Welcoming Home My New Bike

As more of my friends found out that I signed up for the Tour de Bronx I got mixed reviews. About half of my friends that found out were very supportive. They gave awesome words of encouragement. The other half questioned me.
"Are you ready for that?"
"But you don't owe a bike, how are you going to participate?"
"Do you even know how to ride a bike?"

Those words were so discouraging that I even questioned myself. Am I doing the right thing by signing up for something that is so physically demanding? I answered that question right away. How am I going to know if I can do something if I never tried?

I created my plan of action for the tour. My plan was to rent a bike. Westchester Bicycle & Pro Shop located on 2611 Westchester Avenue have a rental service. The rentals are very reasonable priced.
Waiting in my living room...Waiting for that first ride.

As a goof I did a search for bikes to buy on many different web sites. I found one that caught my eye. It was a cruiser bike with brakes and gears! As kind of a joke, I posted the link of the bike to one of my social media pages asking for one of my friends to sponsor a bike for me for the tour. Many people agreed that the bike was very eye catching, I few laughed that I asked for a sponsor and one person was willing to truly sponsor me. My best friend, Roxanne, wanted to show her support by buying the cruiser for me. She said she wanted to support my healthy living and celebrate my milestone of losing 20 pounds. I was truly speechless. She clicked away and the bike was on it's way. Roxanne has been my biggest supporter of my weight loss journey. To honor her support my dictated the my new shinny bike to her. I have named my bike Lenny. Lenny was the name of her dearest late cat. When the bike arrived to my home, I knew that Lenny was the right name for her. Welcome home Lenny!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Who is this Blogger?

Since it's 10:30pm and I really should be asleep already to be up in time for my 5am workout, i decided to take inspiration from Kick In The Blog. Their latest topic is about Who Are You? So let's take this writing prompt and go with it.

As I type away at my keyboard almost every night, I can't help to think about the early part of my educational career. When I began to learn how to form letters. I knew that I would love putting pen to paper. However, something in my brain didn't click. I remember practicing my name over and over again. I would write"Yam" as much as I could fit on a page. That's my name...it has all the right letters....hmmmm maybe that's not my name.

As time went on, I still loved to write. I just could not get the mechanics of grammar down. What the heck is a pronoun. Huh? I don't get it...I am going to write it down the way it sounds in my head. Sometimes that wasn't the best idea.

Time continued of course. Here I am, a 7th grader. I am sitting in IS 158 in Language Arts with Mr. Long. Mr. Long enjoyed poetry, tennis and smoking. That was a great combo in the early 90's huh? I will never forget the image of this man. Light skin American American. Long, thin limbs and 50 white hairs left on the back of his head. He always sat at the very front of the classroom with his legs cross and his reading glasses on. When he looked up at the class his chin was tucked into his neck and his hazel eyes would stare over his gold trimmed glasses. He would point at us with his long skinny skeleton like index finger. "It's your turn." He never accepted printed work. Computers were not in every household just yet. He wanted every thing in cursive. "You will not be successful in life if you print."

I never forget the day he told my mother at parent teacher conference, "Your daughter is a lazy writer. If she stays on this path she will not complete any college paper or even communicate in letters." This statement was like a punch to the face. My mother defended me. I got a 65 from him every marking period for 7th & 8th grades.

This man had no faith in my writing. He didn't even try to help me with my writing. He tossed me aside.

As time went on I practiced my writing. On index cards, in journals, on take out napkins. When I was 17, I've must have written 100 letters to my then boyfriend. I practiced and practiced. I knew that what he said was wrong. I got help in high school and in college. I learned and learned.

When the Internet was in almost every home by 1998, I knew I wanted to write on a website somewhere on the Internet. At the time I did know which direction to head. I continued to writing in books and on papers. It wasn't until 2007 when I discovered a former co-workers blog that I know how I was going to write. I was going to blog!

When you look back at the early days of my blog you can see my writing needed a hell of a lot of work. It wasn't until the beginning of 2010 where blogging became a huge focus for me. Now I breath blogging. I think about what I am going to writing about all the time. Now I am not saying that my writing is perfect....It is still a work in progress but now I feel that I am a successful blogger.

Dear Mr. Long,
     I am a successful writer.
                         Regards,
                         Amy Vega

Wordless Wednesday: Raspberries & Middle Schools

First Steps Towards Middle School

I remember when I was pregnant with Big Al I said to myself, "Wow when this baby is in Kindergarten my Big Bea is going to be in 5th grade." Five short years later here we are. Last week I received the Middle Directory and a flyer to go to a Middle School fair.

So today it has begun....the foot work for the middle school search. We attended D12 Middle School Fair. There weren't as many schools at the fair as I thought there would be. We went to each table read the name of the school, motto and focus. We decision of it was a yes or no. We said yes to two school. One that I like and one that she likes. We picked up open house information and spoke to the staff member of the school.


Big Bea's pick is Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School. She wants to go there because her BFF is going there. That's not a good enough reason to go to a school for mama. I looked into their grades and they are on the up and up.

Mama's pick is Emolior Academy. It's a new school on the scene. They called their students scholars. They support working families. They have many planned events and meeting after school. I had a long conversation with the AP about the school mission and goals for their scholars. Big Bea was impressed too. The AP and Parent Coordinator asked if Big Bea is the 5th grader. They are shocked that this cute little thing was 10 years old. They awed and smiled really big. I really really like this school. The AP assured me there are ways to have a secure seat at their school even if we live out of the district. The AP got a great vibe from me and Big Bea  I know she is going to remember me because I worn my signature pearls and converses.

I can't wait to go to the next fair and open houses.

Journey to Tour de Bronx Part 1: Signing Up

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Getting fit is not an easy thing to do especially when I spent so many years stationary. I've tired to start and restart healthy living many time and I would fail after only two weeks. It is so easy to say you are going to be active and healthy. It is even easier not to do anything. Getting some backs (usually unhealthy) and sitting in front of the TV or computer seemed so relaxing to me. That's exactly how the extra pounds started adding on. Sometimes I would say to myself just one more shoe and then I will so some chores or that workout DVD. Unfortunately, I would sit there and keep snacking. I would frequently snack right up until bedtime. Not good. Of course this lack of moment greatly impacted my children's lives. Sometimes it is very difficult to keep up with them on the playground. They are so full of energy and all mommy wants to do is sit down. That's not any fun for anyone. 

This pass July, I restarted my health kick with the hope to stay on track. I spent may years lost in front of a screen. Healthy living is not something that happens overnight; I had to start somewhere. Over the last three months I learned about calorie intake and output, portion control and triggers for eating behaviors. Once I took in and processed al the information, my excess weight seem to start melting off. As a reward when I reached the 15 lbs lost mark. I cut my hair and signed up for my very first biking tour, Tour de Bronx. 

The haircut was expected by most but the Tour de Bronx was not. A biking tour? Yes, biking tour! Since I have done such as great job heading towards a healthier life style for my family, and me I wanted to push myself to reach one of my many fitness goals. There is no time like the present to start working on those goals. In the weeks leading to the tour, I am going to be sharing with you my journey to the Tour de Bronx. 

I am very excited that I am going to be apart of New York Stat's largest free bicycling event. I signed up for the 25-mile tour and I hope next year I'll sign up for the 40-mile tour.

Journey to Tour de Bronx Part 1: Signing Up


Featured on Bronxmama.com

Getting fit is not an easy thing to do especially when I spent so many years stationary. I've tired to start and restart healthy living many time and I would fail after only two weeks. It is so easy to say you are going to be active and healthy. It is even easier not to do anything. Getting some backs (usually unhealthy) and sitting in front of the TV or computer seemed so relaxing to me. That's exactly how the extra pounds started adding on. Sometimes I would say to myself just one more shoe and then I will so some chores or that workout DVD. Unfortunately, I would sit there and keep snacking. I would frequently snack right up until bedtime. Not good. Of course this lack of moment greatly impacted my children's lives. Sometimes it is very difficult to keep up with them on the playground. They are so full of energy and all mommy wants to do is sit down. That's not any fun for anyone. 

This pass July, I restarted my health kick with the hope to stay on track. I spent may years lost in front of a screen. Healthy living is not something that happens overnight; I had to start somewhere. Over the last three months I learned about calorie intake and output, portion control and triggers for eating behaviors. Once I took in and processed al the information, my excess weight seem to start melting off. As a reward when I reached the 15 lbs lost mark. I cut my hair and signed up for my very first biking tour, Tour de Bronx. 

The haircut was expected by most but the Tour de Bronx was not. A biking tour? Yes, biking tour! Since I have done such as great job heading towards a healthier life style for my family, and me I wanted to push myself to reach one of my many fitness goals. There is no time like the present to start working on those goals. In the weeks leading to the tour, I am going to be sharing with you my journey to the Tour de Bronx. 

I am very excited that I am going to be apart of New York Stat's largest free bicycling event. I signed up for the 25-mile tour and I hope next year I'll sign up for the 40-mile tour.

Monday, October 10, 2011

New York Botanical Garden With Big and Little Al

As you know NYBG has become one of my favorite places to go with my Cool Culture Family Pass. It's very easy to take the kiddies. Every season offers a new things to explore.


I didn't find the time to blog about our last summer visit but here is our midsummer visit post: NYBG with the Al's.

Today the weather was unseasonably warm and my Family Pass was calling my name. I didn't know where I wanted to take them. I wanted to go into the city but I figured that everyone in the Bronx would have the same idea....In the Bronx we stood. I wasn't the only person that had the ideas of going to NYBG. The traffic for the Bronx Zoo and NYBG back up all the way down Southern Blvd. When we made it to the parking lot I knew that it was going to be a short trip because of the volume of people enjoying the weather. The Al don't do well with crowds.

We headed straight to the Children's Garden for the Haunted Pumpkin Garden. Last year we visited the Haunted Pumpkin Garden but the kids did not remember the trip. So this trip felt like the first time they have seem the pumpkins. They colored and got their face painted. They won healthy snacks. Once we explored the entire Children's Garden we headed to the cafe for a "picnic" lunch. We end our trip with yummy baby carrots. I can't wait to go back in two weeks for pumpkin curving.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Week 14

Honesty, I am still in shock that I have made it this long in this weight loss adventure. I am happy that I made it this long because I have successful made it to my second goal, lose 20 lbs. As of Tuesday I lost 20.1lbs. I ended the week at 21.1lbs. As the weeks go by it is getting tougher to stay focus. Work makes me mentally tired. My brain just wants to rest causing my body to be lazy. I successfully pushed passed the mind body struggle 5 out of 7 days this week.

I am really trying to get up earlier enough to put in a workout in the mornings. I like the feeling of not having to rush things in the evening so I can workout. This morning battle is insane. I normally wake up at 5:45am for work. It takes me a while to actually wake up. I set my alarm to 5am to get a workout done....HA! My brain finally wakes up at 5:45am. Waking up to darkness outside doesn't help either. I don't know to get around this. If any of my readers have a tip please leave a comment.

This celebrate my 21.1lb success my Bestie, Roxy, got me an AWESOME gift. I am not going to tell you what it is until is arrives. TEE-HEE.... I can't wait to share what it is.

Also Tour de Bronx is TWO weeks away. I am so super excited that it is almost here. The tour is one my fitness goals and I can't to conquer it!

One thing has been in my brain since I hit the 20lb mark on Tuesday. I can't believe that I was 290lbs three years ago. So that means technically I have lost 42.6lbs. I can't believe I let myself get to 290lbs. I never going back there again. Only 83.4lbs to my ultimate goal!

Here are the numbers:

Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3
This week's weight is: 247.4 lbs BMI 37.6
Change since last week: -1.6 lbs
Change from start: -21.1 lbs

Measurements:
Arms: 14.5 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0in
Hips: 47 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.5n
Bust: 45in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0ins
Waist: 39in last week: 0.0 in from start: -3.5in
Thigh: 25in last week: 0.0 in from start: -3.5in

Let's review last week's goals:



1- Earn 7 activity points each weekday and 12 on Saturday. I did not go to the gym yesterday :-(
2- Attempt a morning workout for 20 mins three days this week. (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.) I got 10mins in on Tuesday and 15 Thursday.
3- If the kids allow me, get in 8 hours of sleep everyday this week. HA!!
4- Reach my goal of 20lbs lost. YES!!

This week's goals:

1- Earn 7 activity points each weekday and 12 at the gym on Sunday, Monday and Saturday.
2- Attempt a morning workout for 20 mins three days this week. (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.)
3- If the kids allow me, get in 8 hours of sleep everyday this week. (I may have to go to sleep at the same time as the kids)