Pages

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Week 47


This week went by very fast. I was very busy with Adventure in dieting with the NY Post. That ate up most of my free time and thoughts this week. I am writing with confidence that I can not go vegan again. Once again I was very unhappy. I didn't enjoy planning my meals. Week 46 I was back to normal. I feel way happier that I could have dairy in my life again.Balancing different foods makes more sense to me. A plant based diet with small portion of meats works for me. More whole foods and less progressed foods. Weight Watchers for the win!



Because the summer has unofficially started, I feel it's time to set some long term wellness goals. These goals are going to be my homework assignment for the next 15 weeks, which takes me to mid-September. Here's we go...
- Lose between 15-30 more pounds. That means I would have to lose 1-2 pounds each week.
- Change from an Online Weight Watchers member to a meetings member for at least 8 weeks.
- Complete the TwoHundredSitups 6 week training program.
- Start and complete Insanity.
- Create a gym schedule and a home workout schedule that's easy to stick to.
- Attend a Zumba class...I think I didn't like it when I tried it because I was doing it alone.

This week I am going to create a plan of attack for each goal and share the plans with you. I am sure I am going to create more goals too.

Numbers & Goals Weight:


Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2

This week's weight is: 236.4 lbs BMI 36.4 kg/m^2
Change since last week:  -3.0 lbs
Change from start: -32.1 lbs 11.94% lost
Measurements:
Arms: 14.0 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Hips: 46 in last week: +1.0in from start: -3.5 in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Waist: 36 in last week: -1.0in from start: -8.0in
Thigh: 25 in last week: +1.0in from start: -4.5in
Short term goals for Week 47:
1- Earn 6 Activity WW PointsPlus each day this week.
2- Drink more WATER!!
3- Stay focused and self motivate!

Week 47


This week went by very fast. I was very busy with Adventure in dieting with the NY Post. That ate up most of my free time and thoughts this week. I am writing with confidence that I can not go vegan again. Once again I was very unhappy. I didn't enjoy planning my meals. Week 46 I was back to normal. I feel way happier that I could have dairy in my life again.Balancing different foods makes more sense to me. A plant based diet with small portion of meats works for me. More whole foods and less progressed foods. Weight Watchers for the win!



Because the summer has unofficially started, I feel it's time to set some long term wellness goals. These goals are going to be my homework assignment for the next 15 weeks, which takes me to mid-September. Here's we go...
- Lose between 15-30 more pounds. That means I would have to lose 1-2 pounds each week.
- Change from an Online Weight Watchers member to a meetings member for at least 8 weeks.
- Complete the TwoHundredSitups 6 week training program.
- Start and complete Insanity.
- Create a gym schedule and a home workout schedule that's easy to stick to.
- Attend a Zumba class...I think I didn't like it when I tried it because I was doing it alone.

This week I am going to create a plan of attack for each goal and share the plans with you. I am sure I am going to create more goals too.

Numbers & Goals Weight:


Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2

This week's weight is: 236.4 lbs BMI 36.4 kg/m^2
Change since last week:  -3.0 lbs
Change from start: -32.1 lbs 11.94% lost
Measurements:
Arms: 14.0 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Hips: 46 in last week: +1.0in from start: -3.5 in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Waist: 36 in last week: -1.0in from start: -8.0in
Thigh: 25 in last week: +1.0in from start: -4.5in
Short term goals for Week 47:
1- Earn 6 Activity WW PointsPlus each day this week.
2- Drink more WATER!!
3- Stay focused and self motivate!

Adventures in Dieting: Surf's Up Slim Down!

Two months ago one of the few people that are an inspiration to me, Sheryl, posted to her twitter if anyone wanted to be apart of a dieting story for the New York Post. After doing a little bit of thinking I direct messaged her my interested. From there I got an email from someone at the Post asking for a current picture. (Sorry, I can't remember her name I think it was Jessica.) She wanted to see the goods pretty much. I sent off my pictures with the hopes that I would be picked for this. I felt that I had hit a plateau with Weight Watchers and I need something to boost my weight loss again.
Lucky me for me I was picked. I don't know how many responded to Sheryl or the people at The Post. I know that not many people of opened to taking pictures in their suit swims, big or small. I was asked to come in a few days before my 32 birthday to pick the diet from a stack of books. I had to take my "before" pictures. Normally, would I put myself out there for things like this I usually get a no. This was a giant step up. Most media networks do not pick the "chubby" girl even for dieting stories. It would make sense to pick the chubby girl for a weight loss story wouldn't it.




Before going to take the "before" pictures I was having a love hate relationship with swimwear. I had to bring with me a cover-up and a swimsuit. Since I had lost a few dress sizes already I didn't have any swimwear that fit. For the picture I had no make-up, no wardrobe, no magic. I wore the clothes I wore to work and they took very unflattering pictures. These shots were suppose to be bad with the hope the diet would help me lose some weight and look "better" on the other end. While I was taking pmy pictures, Christina, did a small pre-interview. She asked me what I was doing for a diet. I explained to her the awesome 30lb lost while on WW, etc. Then we picked a book. We decided to go with The Starch Solution. I never hear of this diet ever. I blogged about my six week journey on The Starch Solution. I spent the first week reading and understanding the ideas behind the very strict vegan diet. The first week I prepared a shopping list of things that I needed to get to be ready for the second week. I read and read and read every label I could get my hands on to see what did and did not have animals foods or products. Including staying away from coffee.
By the end of week three and the beginning of week four I knew that this diet was not for me. I was very unhappy with the food choices that I had to make. Yes I was unhappy but I did learn a lot. I learn that I CAN NOT function without coffee! I've also learned that I needed to reduce my dairy intake and not eliminate animal foods from my diet. I was never hungry.I didn't have a good vegan selection in my neighborhood grocery stores. I felt it being a waste of time and energy to travel far for food, especially since I did not drive. (Thanks Levonda for offering to help me travel.) The last week of the diet I fell of the portion control wagon and binged. I learned that yes you can eat unhealthy and eat vegan.
The day came to schedule my "after" pictures. It was very exciting to know that I am DONE with this torture and I was going to be dolled up. I only get dolled up once a year for the USMC ball and even then I don't use a lot of make up and stuff. A small crew of people were going to be working on my look was like a dream. I don't know how the other ladies and gentleman thought about the whole process but just the thought was awesome to me.
When the photo shoot day came I dragged my tired behind down to News Corp. I am always tired after work. I managed to take a nice long nap on the D without missing my stop. I arrived and was greeted by hair and makeup and the stylist. My hair and make up guy was amazing and amusing. He wanted to know all the details on how I go picked and where I was from. He told me that I need to stop highlighting my gray hairs my face is too young for that. "You are not in your 70's." I have a date with Miss Clairol soon. When I was done with hair and make up I walked over to the rack of swimsuits. I squeal with I saw my before picture hanging in front of all of these swimsuits. Right away a pink halter top one piece screamed at me. The color was just amazing! I looked fabulous and I felt it too. Here it is:





I love this color!!





I took my pictures and I felt like a model. The photographer asked me if I had done this before. (I am sure he says that to everyone.) Of course I said no. He said it was like pulling teeth to get smiles out of the other ladies before me. It was a lot of fun being in front of the camera. When everything was done while in the bathroom I took a series of my own shots. I looked like a chubby pin-up girl in my eyes.
The next day I shared my shots with some co-workers. I love the looks on their faces. Priceless. Sometime in the afternoon I got in email asking if I could come back the following day to take additional shots. They wanted me to try on another swimsuit that would look better on me. How could I say no? They want me to look my best, if the pink suit wasn't meant to be so be it.

When I came back for the 2nd time I was extremely tired. It was later in the day and I had to go to a thing for my daughter. I wanted to fall asleep and for some reason my body didn't want to nap on the D train again. BOO!
There was a whole new staff there. Hair, make up and swim-dress were on quickly. The photographer was AWESOME! He guided me every step of the way. He took three times as many pictures. At one point he stopped and said that I am truly beautiful and he followed it up with "I am not saying that just to say that." At the end he told me that it was great working with me and that I am comfortable in my own skin.



I am telling you my ego it HUGE right now.
Waiting for the electronic versions of the article to come out was nerve wracking. I felt like I was waiting for the first day of school. Yes I am a nerd! When I woke up at 5:30pm I rolled over open my ipad cover and downloaded the electronic copy of New York Post's Sunday Edition. There I was.... on page 37, in the purple swim dress!





I look amazing!



This was an awesome experience. I would love to do it again at any moment. Thank you everyone for all of your support and yes I will sign your copy of the post if you want me too. LOL!

Adventures in Dieting: Surf's Up Slim Down!

Two months ago one of the few people that are an inspiration to me, Sheryl, posted to her twitter if anyone wanted to be apart of a dieting story for the New York Post. After doing a little bit of thinking I direct messaged her my interested. From there I got an email from someone at the Post asking for a current picture. (Sorry, I can't remember her name I think it was Jessica.) She wanted to see the goods pretty much. I sent off my pictures with the hopes that I would be picked for this. I felt that I had hit a plateau with Weight Watchers and I need something to boost my weight loss again.
Lucky me for me I was picked. I don't know how many responded to Sheryl or the people at The Post. I know that not many people of opened to taking pictures in their suit swims, big or small. I was asked to come in a few days before my 32 birthday to pick the diet from a stack of books. I had to take my "before" pictures. Normally, would I put myself out there for things like this I usually get a no. This was a giant step up. Most media networks do not pick the "chubby" girl even for dieting stories. It would make sense to pick the chubby girl for a weight loss story wouldn't it.




Before going to take the "before" pictures I was having a love hate relationship with swimwear. I had to bring with me a cover-up and a swimsuit. Since I had lost a few dress sizes already I didn't have any swimwear that fit. For the picture I had no make-up, no wardrobe, no magic. I wore the clothes I wore to work and they took very unflattering pictures. These shots were suppose to be bad with the hope the diet would help me lose some weight and look "better" on the other end. While I was taking pmy pictures, Christina, did a small pre-interview. She asked me what I was doing for a diet. I explained to her the awesome 30lb lost while on WW, etc. Then we picked a book. We decided to go with The Starch Solution. I never hear of this diet ever. I blogged about my six week journey on The Starch Solution. I spent the first week reading and understanding the ideas behind the very strict vegan diet. The first week I prepared a shopping list of things that I needed to get to be ready for the second week. I read and read and read every label I could get my hands on to see what did and did not have animals foods or products. Including staying away from coffee.
By the end of week three and the beginning of week four I knew that this diet was not for me. I was very unhappy with the food choices that I had to make. Yes I was unhappy but I did learn a lot. I learn that I CAN NOT function without coffee! I've also learned that I needed to reduce my dairy intake and not eliminate animal foods from my diet. I was never hungry.I didn't have a good vegan selection in my neighborhood grocery stores. I felt it being a waste of time and energy to travel far for food, especially since I did not drive. (Thanks Levonda for offering to help me travel.) The last week of the diet I fell of the portion control wagon and binged. I learned that yes you can eat unhealthy and eat vegan.
The day came to schedule my "after" pictures. It was very exciting to know that I am DONE with this torture and I was going to be dolled up. I only get dolled up once a year for the USMC ball and even then I don't use a lot of make up and stuff. A small crew of people were going to be working on my look was like a dream. I don't know how the other ladies and gentleman thought about the whole process but just the thought was awesome to me.
When the photo shoot day came I dragged my tired behind down to News Corp. I am always tired after work. I managed to take a nice long nap on the D without missing my stop. I arrived and was greeted by hair and makeup and the stylist. My hair and make up guy was amazing and amusing. He wanted to know all the details on how I go picked and where I was from. He told me that I need to stop highlighting my gray hairs my face is too young for that. "You are not in your 70's." I have a date with Miss Clairol soon. When I was done with hair and make up I walked over to the rack of swimsuits. I squeal with I saw my before picture hanging in front of all of these swimsuits. Right away a pink halter top one piece screamed at me. The color was just amazing! I looked fabulous and I felt it too. Here it is:





I love this color!!





I took my pictures and I felt like a model. The photographer asked me if I had done this before. (I am sure he says that to everyone.) Of course I said no. He said it was like pulling teeth to get smiles out of the other ladies before me. It was a lot of fun being in front of the camera. When everything was done while in the bathroom I took a series of my own shots. I looked like a chubby pin-up girl in my eyes.
The next day I shared my shots with some co-workers. I love the looks on their faces. Priceless. Sometime in the afternoon I got in email asking if I could come back the following day to take additional shots. They wanted me to try on another swimsuit that would look better on me. How could I say no? They want me to look my best, if the pink suit wasn't meant to be so be it.

When I came back for the 2nd time I was extremely tired. It was later in the day and I had to go to a thing for my daughter. I wanted to fall asleep and for some reason my body didn't want to nap on the D train again. BOO!
There was a whole new staff there. Hair, make up and swim-dress were on quickly. The photographer was AWESOME! He guided me every step of the way. He took three times as many pictures. At one point he stopped and said that I am truly beautiful and he followed it up with "I am not saying that just to say that." At the end he told me that it was great working with me and that I am comfortable in my own skin.


I am telling you my ego it HUGE right now.
Waiting for the electronic versions of the article to come out was nerve wracking. I felt like I was waiting for the first day of school. Yes I am a nerd! When I woke up at 5:30pm I rolled over open my ipad cover and downloaded the electronic copy of New York Post's Sunday Edition. There I was.... on page 37, in the purple swim dress!




I look amazing!


This was an awesome experience. I would love to do it again at any moment. Thank you everyone for all of your support and yes I will sign your copy of the post if you want me too. LOL!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Binge Eating in Week 45...Starting New Week 46

Stress & sadness all over my face
Last week was my last week on the vegan diet. I ended it a little early so that I could enjoy wonderful yogurt. I didn't know how much I missed having yogurt until I had some one Friday. It was very very yummy. Besides ending the vegan diet a day early I binge ate Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday and Thursday I ate everything vegan and not on Friday. What is binge eating?
"Binge-eating disorder is a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food. Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, overeating crosses the line to binge-eating disorder and it becomes a regular occurrence, usually done in secret.
When you have binge-eating disorder, you may be deeply embarrassed about gorging and vow to stop. But you feel such a compulsion that you can't resist the urges and continue binge eating. If you have binge-eating disorder, treatment can help." (MayoClinic.com, 2012)

Well...I had to get to this weight some how. My binge eating made me sick each day I did it. I was in a lot of pain. I was in the bathroom A LOT. It's a horrible feeling know that I did this to myself.

My emotional roller-coaster has caused me to become blurry. My weight loss vision is hard to see when the crap storm that I am in right now. I even had thoughts of shutting down this blog so that I wouldn't face this eating order. I didn't want to face my readers with this downward coast on this roller-coaster. A few of my close friends know what my trigger is and I truly wish I could share it with you. Maybe one day I will but until then I know to clear my brain.

I do believe the lack of an entire food group + sadness + history of binge eating led this last week's binge. The emotional stress has been around the entire time I have been on Weight Watchers and I have been able to be successful. I do believe that taking out animals foods added an extra unnecessary stress to my already stress life.

I have been thinking about going from a Weight Watcher Online member to a meeting member. I think that I need a little bit more support. Support of "real" people not just my computer or iPhone screens. I have many inspirations on WW online and those I have found on other social networks. I need a push. I am still on the fence. What are your thoughts?

On Tuesday my Starch Solution homework is due...I want to be super excited about this but I gained this week. It's going to look like I didn't lose any weight on my homework assignment. We'll see....

As for week 46, I need to push the re-start button. I need to stop letting the outside force causing my sadness deter my progress. I need plan as much as I can this week and don't leave anything to chance. I have set the alerts on my Weight Watchers app to remind me to track. I have also created alarms on my iPhone to remind me to drink water, take my vitamins, start my work outs and go to sleep. Plan is the word of the week.
Numbers & Goals Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2
This week's weight is: 239.4 lbs BMI 36.4 kg/m^2
Change since last week:  +2.4 lbs
Change from start: -29.1 lbs 10.84% lost

Measurements:
Arms: 14.0 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Hips: 45 in last week: 0.0in from start: -4.5 in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Waist: 37 in last week: +2.0in from start: -7.0in
Thigh: 24 in last week: 0.0in from start: -5.5in

Short term goals for Week 45:
1- Earn 6 Activity WW PointsPlus each day this week.
2- Drink more WATER!!
3- Stay focused and self motivate!

Binge Eating in Week 45...Starting New Week 46

Stress & sadness all over my face
Last week was my last week on the vegan diet. I ended it a little early so that I could enjoy wonderful yogurt. I didn't know how much I missed having yogurt until I had some one Friday. It was very very yummy. Besides ending the vegan diet a day early I binge ate Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday and Thursday I ate everything vegan and not on Friday. What is binge eating?
"Binge-eating disorder is a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food. Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, overeating crosses the line to binge-eating disorder and it becomes a regular occurrence, usually done in secret.
When you have binge-eating disorder, you may be deeply embarrassed about gorging and vow to stop. But you feel such a compulsion that you can't resist the urges and continue binge eating. If you have binge-eating disorder, treatment can help." (MayoClinic.com, 2012)

Well...I had to get to this weight some how. My binge eating made me sick each day I did it. I was in a lot of pain. I was in the bathroom A LOT. It's a horrible feeling know that I did this to myself.

My emotional roller-coaster has caused me to become blurry. My weight loss vision is hard to see when the crap storm that I am in right now. I even had thoughts of shutting down this blog so that I wouldn't face this eating order. I didn't want to face my readers with this downward coast on this roller-coaster. A few of my close friends know what my trigger is and I truly wish I could share it with you. Maybe one day I will but until then I know to clear my brain.

I do believe the lack of an entire food group + sadness + history of binge eating led this last week's binge. The emotional stress has been around the entire time I have been on Weight Watchers and I have been able to be successful. I do believe that taking out animals foods added an extra unnecessary stress to my already stress life.

I have been thinking about going from a Weight Watcher Online member to a meeting member. I think that I need a little bit more support. Support of "real" people not just my computer or iPhone screens. I have many inspirations on WW online and those I have found on other social networks. I need a push. I am still on the fence. What are your thoughts?

On Tuesday my Starch Solution homework is due...I want to be super excited about this but I gained this week. It's going to look like I didn't lose any weight on my homework assignment. We'll see....

As for week 46, I need to push the re-start button. I need to stop letting the outside force causing my sadness deter my progress. I need plan as much as I can this week and don't leave anything to chance. I have set the alerts on my Weight Watchers app to remind me to track. I have also created alarms on my iPhone to remind me to drink water, take my vitamins, start my work outs and go to sleep. Plan is the word of the week.
Numbers & Goals Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2
This week's weight is: 239.4 lbs BMI 36.4 kg/m^2
Change since last week:  +2.4 lbs
Change from start: -29.1 lbs 10.84% lost

Measurements:
Arms: 14.0 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Hips: 45 in last week: 0.0in from start: -4.5 in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Waist: 37 in last week: +2.0in from start: -7.0in
Thigh: 24 in last week: 0.0in from start: -5.5in

Short term goals for Week 45:
1- Earn 6 Activity WW PointsPlus each day this week.
2- Drink more WATER!!
3- Stay focused and self motivate!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

An Ego Boost on Mother's Day

Everyone knows that Mother's Day should be everyday. Us Awesome Mom's also know that celebrating everyday just gets in the way of our routines, schedule and Department of Education bashing. So we went for a few special days out of the year to really enjoy ourselves, Mother's Day being one of them. I never really had a huge celebrate or gathering on Mother's Day. I like being low key. Yes, it is suppose to be all about me a junk but I prefer to be the celebrated Queen on my birthday. My favorite thing to on this day is to go to a nice place to eat. I like beating the rush to City Island and getting a nice special at Sammy's where the kids eat free. Since today was an extra beautiful day in the Bronx the crowds started to make their way to City Island very early. When we drove up to the round about for the City Island entrance we knew right away that we were at getting close to that island. Too many people. I don't like waiting more then 3 minutes to get to my table. I know that is a bit much but I hate long waits. We turned back around and headed back home. Big and Little Al started to get upset. They love going to restaurants, especially Big Al. He always thinks we are going to go to Toys R Us after we eat.

When we turned back home we decided that we were going to go to a neighborhood restaurant, Antonio's Trattoria. I was hoping the whole ride back home we would be able to get a table without a reservation. Antonio's has become a hot-spot in our neighborhood. On the weekends we can not leave the neighborhood because their customers take up all the parking on our block. I really don't mind....I don't drive.

Each and every time we visit Antonio's I enjoy myself. The environment is so happy. It feels like home. The food is wonderful. Big Al always eats half the bread basket. You can never go wrong with one of the specials.

When we walked into Antonio's someone (not sure who he was) asked if we had a reservation. Oh crap! I hope we can get something without a reservation. He said that he'll be back. Suddenly, Joe came rushing to the front. Joe is the infamous bartender. He is a lively little man. He looked in the big book of reservations. He looked and looked. He looked up at us and said, "I have a spot for you but you have to be out by 5 pm." My husband and I laughed. He also said me, "I can not disappoint you on a day like today." Joe you are awesome!

We sat in the back and as we got closer to our table the group of people sitting next to the table we where going to be sitting at kind of took a deep breathe. As if to say, "Oh boy, now we have to sit next to children." I really didn't care but I do understand. I wouldn't want to sit next to crazy kids either.

As we sat down and chowed down on yummy-ness, I noticed the lady start looking around at us. These small party of four were your typical Caucasian visitors of the Little Italy of the Bronx neighborhood. They either live in Westchester, White Planes or Long Island and come down to Arthur Ave to pasta and pastries. Some come before or after a Yankee game or after a visit to NYBG. I couldn't tell what brought them to my neighborhood but their conversations were interesting.

The older gentleman got up and went to the restroom, when he return he stopped right in front of me and said, "Excuse me, I must tell you. Your children are the most well behaved kids I've ever seen." The lady jumps in and says, "You are so lucky to have suck beautiful children. You put in a lot of hard work into them. You can't even tell that we were sitting next to kids." I thanked them and smiled. I noticed during the rest of our meal the lady and gentlemen kept looking over at the kids and smiling from ear to ear. I looked around the restaurant and noticed that almost all the kids there were jumping around, making a mess and being rude to their parents.

When we were done (before 5pm of course) the couple told us again how great Big and Little Al were. We had small conversation about the kids, their schooling and autism. It turns out that the gentleman's cousin works for Easter Seals in Valhalla and he attended Big Al school...50 years ago.

This interaction with these strangers were a really big boost to my mommy ego. These strangers see all the hard work that I have put into these kids to the few moments they were near us. I am a very proud mommy.



.....We ended up going to Toy R Us.

Weeks 44 & 45

That's me on the Brightroom website!
I totally missed last week's post. I am not going to beat myself over it. I was a little busy with the bike tour. I am very proud of myself for complete the Five Boro Bike Tour. The days following the tour I wasn't in as much as pain as I was the days following the Tour de Bronx. My knees hurt only for one day and then I was fine. The severe sun burn I got while biking the Brooklyn end of the tour was the worst thing. I haven't had a sun burn like this in forever. Normally I get a strange tan because I always miss a spot or spots when applying sun block. Now I applied sun block Sunday morning. By the time the sun came out and I was in Brooklyn my sun block was gone! OMG! My arms swelled up on Monday night. I was in a terrible amount of pain. I didn't want to but I had to call in sick to work and stay home on Tuesday. I slept most of the day. Which is so not like me. My body needed it. Now I am a peeling scaly mess, total grossness! I have harsh tan lines. I look like I am wearing white gloves and there is an arrow pointing to my cleavage. This is not a good look. I am going to try my best to even this out without causing even more damage. The sun is a scary thing and I need to live in the shade for the summer. Dang it ...summer isn't even here yet and I have a farmer tan. :-( The sun burn put my workout routine on hold of the pass week. I worked out everyday leading to the tour. I wanted my body to be ready for the long tour. Now my sun burn is good enough to start working out again. Once the my dance mom season ends I am going to put in more time into my fitness. That means more time at the gym. I am able to sweat out more calories at the gym then at home. Plus my summer vacation is right around the corner. I can be there even more. YAY!!

Since the tour I have been really reflecting about the things that I have been going on over the last 11 months. I have been an emotionally wreak since just after the Tour de Bronx. I really don't need to be this way. I need to stop depending on someone else to make me happy. I have been able to complete two tours six months apart of each other. That is some thing that is amazing. Signing up for the mud run and the Century Tour is also very motivating. I want to have amazing times when I finished those to events in September. I have to stick to my Weight Watchers guns and keep being positive. I want to share as much as that positive vibe that I can with all my friends and readers. AWESOMENESS!!!

Another thing that I want to do this summer is take the family and friends on my very own bike tour. I want to bike to Orchard Beach starting from the Bronx Zoo. I haven't figured out all the details just yet. I think it would be a great idea.

Week 45 will be my 6th week following The Starch Solution diet. This assignment was very difficult for me. I do not like that going vegan is really an option for me. Yes there are A LOT of pros to going vegan but I feel like it's just not something that I am going to keep doing after this end has ended. I am not going to jump right back into eating red meats and cheeses. I am going to start by eating fish and seafood in small amount so that I don't shock my system and end up in the bathroom every half hour. However, I can see some changes that I have made sticking with me. Cutting down the amount of dairy I take in. I have enjoyed replacing cow milk with soy milk. During Week 46 I got to share with my online community who gave me this assignment.

Progress Pictures


 May 13, 2012
Numbers & Goals Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2
This week's weight is: 237.0 lbs BMI 36.0 kg/m^2
Change since last week:  -0.9 lbs
Change from start: -31.5 lbs 11.73% lost

Measurements:
Arms: 14.0 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Hips: 45 in last week: 0.0in from start: -4.5 in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Waist: 35 in last week: 0.0in from start: -9.0in
Thigh: 24 in last week: +1.0in from start: -5.5in

Short term goals for Week 45:
1- Finish my last week of The Starch Solution on a high note.
2- Earn 6 Activity WW PointsPlus each day this week.
3- Drink more WATER!!
4- Stay focused and self motivate!

Weeks 44 & 45

That's me on the Brightroom website!
I totally missed last week's post. I am not going to beat myself over it. I was a little busy with the bike tour. I am very proud of myself for complete the Five Boro Bike Tour. The days following the tour I wasn't in as much as pain as I was the days following the Tour de Bronx. My knees hurt only for one day and then I was fine. The severe sun burn I got while biking the Brooklyn end of the tour was the worst thing. I haven't had a sun burn like this in forever. Normally I get a strange tan because I always miss a spot or spots when applying sun block. Now I applied sun block Sunday morning. By the time the sun came out and I was in Brooklyn my sun block was gone! OMG! My arms swelled up on Monday night. I was in a terrible amount of pain. I didn't want to but I had to call in sick to work and stay home on Tuesday. I slept most of the day. Which is so not like me. My body needed it. Now I am a peeling scaly mess, total grossness! I have harsh tan lines. I look like I am wearing white gloves and there is an arrow pointing to my cleavage. This is not a good look. I am going to try my best to even this out without causing even more damage. The sun is a scary thing and I need to live in the shade for the summer. Dang it ...summer isn't even here yet and I have a farmer tan. :-( The sun burn put my workout routine on hold of the pass week. I worked out everyday leading to the tour. I wanted my body to be ready for the long tour. Now my sun burn is good enough to start working out again. Once the my dance mom season ends I am going to put in more time into my fitness. That means more time at the gym. I am able to sweat out more calories at the gym then at home. Plus my summer vacation is right around the corner. I can be there even more. YAY!!

Since the tour I have been really reflecting about the things that I have been going on over the last 11 months. I have been an emotionally wreak since just after the Tour de Bronx. I really don't need to be this way. I need to stop depending on someone else to make me happy. I have been able to complete two tours six months apart of each other. That is some thing that is amazing. Signing up for the mud run and the Century Tour is also very motivating. I want to have amazing times when I finished those to events in September. I have to stick to my Weight Watchers guns and keep being positive. I want to share as much as that positive vibe that I can with all my friends and readers. AWESOMENESS!!!

Another thing that I want to do this summer is take the family and friends on my very own bike tour. I want to bike to Orchard Beach starting from the Bronx Zoo. I haven't figured out all the details just yet. I think it would be a great idea.

Week 45 will be my 6th week following The Starch Solution diet. This assignment was very difficult for me. I do not like that going vegan is really an option for me. Yes there are A LOT of pros to going vegan but I feel like it's just not something that I am going to keep doing after this end has ended. I am not going to jump right back into eating red meats and cheeses. I am going to start by eating fish and seafood in small amount so that I don't shock my system and end up in the bathroom every half hour. However, I can see some changes that I have made sticking with me. Cutting down the amount of dairy I take in. I have enjoyed replacing cow milk with soy milk. During Week 46 I got to share with my online community who gave me this assignment.

Progress Pictures


 May 13, 2012
Numbers & Goals Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2
This week's weight is: 237.0 lbs BMI 36.0 kg/m^2
Change since last week:  -0.9 lbs
Change from start: -31.5 lbs 11.73% lost

Measurements:
Arms: 14.0 in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Hips: 45 in last week: 0.0in from start: -4.5 in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Waist: 35 in last week: 0.0in from start: -9.0in
Thigh: 24 in last week: +1.0in from start: -5.5in

Short term goals for Week 45:
1- Finish my last week of The Starch Solution on a high note.
2- Earn 6 Activity WW PointsPlus each day this week.
3- Drink more WATER!!
4- Stay focused and self motivate!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tales From A Mother Of A Tweenager: Random Thoughts

I think I have started the hardest part of motherhood. I started being a mother of a tweenager. *dramantic music plays* Big Bea is has been a tweenager for some time now but since she is so tiny it hasn't really hit me that she is as old as she really is. She is the fourth shorest girl in the 5th grade. She is only 3 inches taller than her 5 year old brother. Don't forget ...her dad is 5-4...Hi, Erick! You can almost put her in your pocket.

I am very lucky that she is the lovable child that she is. I don't know how long this love and openess is going to last but I am going to take it while I can still get it. I have heard many many MANY stories about how nice sweet tweens turn into horrible loud mouth teens. I know that was me at some point in teenaged life.

My tweenager has started to like other little boys her age. She give me the "juicy" 5th grade gossip about who likes who and who has crushes. It was cute to hear. I remember my first crush was in 5th grade too. I am happy that we have a close bond that can share these things with me. Big Bea is an awesome child!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2012 Part 5: Reflection

I have been on emotional roller coaster ride for some time now. This roller coaster has nothing to do with the bike tour but it did effect the tour. I feel like I am the only one in my real life circle that really wants to changes this for the better. I feel like I am the only one that has motivation. Sunday's tour helped me realized that my weight loss and fitness journey is going to be a lonely one. Yes I have many cheerleaders in my life but no one to get down and dirty with.

Some where near the Brooklyn Navy Yard...a little tired.
There is an up side to this. I have interacted with some of the most amazing people over different social networking sites. These people are great inspirations. From a real life Barbie doll, to a hard core Chubby biker, to  and more.

While on the tour I thought about these people online and offline. I didn't want to disappoint them or my blog readers.

My body feels great (minus the sun burn). My body recovered very quickly compared to my first tour. I really can't wait until my next tour.

I am going to do my best not to let this roller coaster drag me down!

TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2012 Part 5: Reflection

I have been on emotional roller coaster ride for some time now. This roller coaster has nothing to do with the bike tour but it did effect the tour. I feel like I am the only one in my real life circle that really wants to changes this for the better. I feel like I am the only one that has motivation. Sunday's tour helped me realized that my weight loss and fitness journey is going to be a lonely one. Yes I have many cheerleaders in my life but no one to get down and dirty with.

Some where near the Brooklyn Navy Yard...a little tired.
There is an up side to this. I have interacted with some of the most amazing people over different social networking sites. These people are great inspirations. From a real life Barbie doll, to a hard core Chubby biker, to  and more.

While on the tour I thought about these people online and offline. I didn't want to disappoint them or my blog readers.

My body feels great (minus the sun burn). My body recovered very quickly compared to my first tour. I really can't wait until my next tour.

I am going to do my best not to let this roller coaster drag me down!

Monday, May 7, 2012

TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2012 Part 4: The Big Day

Can you believe it? Little old me completed the TD Five Boro Bike Tour!

The week prior to the tour I have been fighting a cough. At some one point the cough was so bad I couldn't sleep. I was very worried that I wouldn't be able to ride the tour because of it. Saturday was the worst day. The lack of sleep had caught up to me. I slept on and off on my sofa all day and I decided to nap with Little Al mid day. Something that I never do. I didn't let this stop me. I kept looking on the bright side and told myself that I am going to make it to the tour.

My husband was suppose to join me on the tour but because of last minutes Marine Corp scheduling he was told he could not go. It would be been nice for him to go with but sometimes life throws you curve balls. Sometimes they come at you at 200 miles per hour.

The night before I drop my kids off to my sister's. That way I didn't have to wake up before the sun raise to get them to my sister before the tour. It's always weird no having them at home. My mommy sense is always on and I can't turn it off when they are not around.

I had butterflies in my stomach Saturday night. I got all my gear ready and tried to go to sleep early. I ended going to bed at 11:30pm because my cough. Damn you germs! I made sure that my alarm was set TO 5:30am before my last coughing fit.

I got woke up at 5am. Huh...it turns out that I didn't need my alarm after all. I jumped out of bed as off it was the first day of school. I was super excited and nervous. I kept telling myself that I could do this. I was the only one in my non-social networking group of friends that was going to do this tour. I had no one telling me that I could do it that was there next to me. Yes, everyone was cheering me on from the side lines but no one was there sweating it out with me. I am going to have to change that next year. I have my eyes set on a few friends....you know how you are!

I put my clothes and here is what I worn:

Adidas Fitness Hoodie
Champion V-Neck Tee
Active Old Navy Tank Top
Champion Sports Capris
No Nonsense socks
Skechers Go Run sneakers

I applied sun block and ate a quick breakfast because I was running re-packing my bag. My CamalBak was way too heavy after putting everything I needed in it. I took everything out and carried only my water in the CamelBak and everything else in my Girl Scouts bag. I placed the bag in my basket. I think my next purchase is going to be a cargo rake. I don't want to carry things on my back anymore.

I leave my apartment at 7:08am. I found out when I got outside that my wireless cyclopcomputer was not working. I couldn't figure it out at the time I needed to high tail it to the train station. It took me 8 minutes to ride to the E 174 Street train station. It was pretty awesome because I caught every green light down Southern Blvd. I lift Lenny up the two flights of stairs. Man.. Lenny is heavy with all the extras.
My childhood neighborhood

I got on the Manhattan bound 2 train. Everyone in the train car was staring at me and my bike. No one would say anything. I would have figured that there would be at least one other person on that train with a bike coming from the bike. As far as I could see through the train car windows I was the only one from the Bronx on that train at that time.

The first cyclist to board the train came in at E 116 st. As we got closer to Battery Park more and more cyclist got on the train. Many people didn't know what the heck was going on but no one asked either. New Yorkers! lol

When I finally got to South Ferry at 8:45. I was freezing! My cough kept coming and going. I was a mess but it was too late to turn back. I found a nice spot right outside the park and waited for the Silver start time. It was amazing to see so many people in one place at one time with one goal.
Battery Park

I was very happy when they started to release our color. We got started. We rolled towards the starting line. I was so happy to see that starting line. I was too nervous and happy to pull out my camera. When I passed the starting line tears started to gather. This was the very beginning of this 40 mile journey. I pedalled slowly at first so not to get tired to quickly. I pedalled quick when I had enough space in front of me. I don't like waving around people just yet. I knew that I was passing a lot of sites but I was too focused on the task at hand.

I remember seeing the number street signs, 14st, 23st, 34st and 42st. The next thing I knew I was at the entrance of Central Park. By the time I made it to 72st I had to take my hoodie off. I was sweating up a storm. Some where before I left the bike a lady started shouting at me. "Hey Hey! We have the same blue bike." I looked at her bike and laughed. It was blue with green rims but it was no Lenny. It was the Schwinn version of my bike. I broke the news to her that we didn't have the same bike. She was a little sad but happy that it was close to hers.

I was so happy to leave Central Park that meant that I was close to the 10 mile mark. Unfortunately that the 10 mile mark there was bottle necking. I walked my bike 10 blocks from 123 street to 133 street. It was annoying. Finally they let us free and it was sailing to the 2nd and my favorite Boro of the tour, The Bronx! If you blinked too long you would miss it. I was happy so close to home even if was for a moment.

Harlem
Now we were back in Manhattan. We rode down a portion of the FDR closed off just for us. YAY! We ride it all the way until the Queensboro Bridge. It was a sweet ride! Normally I am shotgun in the gun riding down this road. I was on my bike being AWESOME! When we were directed to the Queenboro Bridge I remembered reading that this bridge was tough. The incline was no joke. I had to dismount and walk part of the bridge. I told myself it was ok just keep moving. I made it the mid-point and coasted. It was an awesome feeling.

Queensboro Bridge
When I got into Queens I was hoping to head towards Astoria. Now that I look at my GPS map tracked by MapMyRide, I was in the bottom third! I didn't even come close to Astoria cutting my tour down four miles!!! I am a little upset that I found like out after the fact. It did feel odd yesterday that I got to Brooklyn pretty fast.

While in Brooklyn the sun came out to kiss all the cyclist. I loved Brooklyn!! I got to ride passed my old neighborhood. I got to ride the BQE! Sweet! I got off at the Brooklyn Bridge Park rest stop to fuel up. It was 1pm and I was determined to finish the last 9 miles before 4pm.

Metropolitan Ave a few blocks away from my old neighborhood
 When I was on the Gowanas I thought I was going to DIE! I was very tired. My right butt cheek was killing me. I just wanted to stop and sleep. I didn't. The signs leading me to the Verrazano Bridge kept me going. I kept telling myself, "If I get to the Bridge I am almost done." I kept telling myself that over and over and over. The little devil one my shoulder said, "But there is no one there to hug and kiss you when you are done." I pushed that feeling down inside because there was no reason to think about my husband not being there at this point I was at the 32 mile mark.

Hello Verrazano
I stopped right before the rump to get onto the Verrazano Bridge. I know that that bridge curve with the Earth's surface because it so long. I knew it was going to be hard. I ate a power bar and drank some water and headed up the rump. I had to stop and dismount when I got to the start of the bridge. The incline was insane!! I couldn't do it. I walked until the mid-point. When I got there was I was freezing! I didn't want to stop and deal with my hoodie. I wanted to finish. I coasted at 25 miles per hour(accordinging to my cyclocomputer). When I got to the end of the bridge and the finish line I was frozen. I dismounted and started to cry. I cried until I reached a nice spot on the grass. I reached for my hoodie and my lunch. I check the time and it read 3:05pm. I finished in 6 hours! It took me 7 hours to ride the 25 mile Tour de Bronx in October. That is a huge improvement.


Too tired and too sunny to flash a real smile!
I didn't got to met new people during the tour but it was a great experience.

Now it was time for the ride home. It took me 4 hours to get home! I quickly wanted to get out of Staten Island. Felling off my bike during a bottle necking moment to got to the ferry really really made me want to get home. It took me 3 hours to get back to Manhattan and only 1 hour to get from Battery Park to the Bronx. There is something wrong with that picture. Oh yes while waiting for the Ferry I realized that I have a terrible sun burn. No es bueno!

Finally on the right side of the Ferry
In the end I:

Biked: 36 miles in the Bike Tour and 5 miles apart from the tour
Total Time biked: 6 hours and 12 mins for the tour and 2 hours riding and 4 hours walking/standing apart from the tour.
Total Calories burned: 2,500
Average speed: 10:41 minutes per mile.

I added my Bib to my inspiration wall.
Two bibs and Lenny's first seat.

TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2012 Part 4: The Big Day

Can you believe it? Little old me completed the TD Five Boro Bike Tour!

The week prior to the tour I have been fighting a cough. At some one point the cough was so bad I couldn't sleep. I was very worried that I wouldn't be able to ride the tour because of it. Saturday was the worst day. The lack of sleep had caught up to me. I slept on and off on my sofa all day and I decided to nap with Little Al mid day. Something that I never do. I didn't let this stop me. I kept looking on the bright side and told myself that I am going to make it to the tour.

My husband was suppose to join me on the tour but because of last minutes Marine Corp scheduling he was told he could not go. It would be been nice for him to go with but sometimes life throws you curve balls. Sometimes they come at you at 200 miles per hour.

The night before I drop my kids off to my sister's. That way I didn't have to wake up before the sun raise to get them to my sister before the tour. It's always weird no having them at home. My mommy sense is always on and I can't turn it off when they are not around.

I had butterflies in my stomach Saturday night. I got all my gear ready and tried to go to sleep early. I ended going to bed at 11:30pm because my cough. Damn you germs! I made sure that my alarm was set TO 5:30am before my last coughing fit.

I got woke up at 5am. Huh...it turns out that I didn't need my alarm after all. I jumped out of bed as off it was the first day of school. I was super excited and nervous. I kept telling myself that I could do this. I was the only one in my non-social networking group of friends that was going to do this tour. I had no one telling me that I could do it that was there next to me. Yes, everyone was cheering me on from the side lines but no one was there sweating it out with me. I am going to have to change that next year. I have my eyes set on a few friends....you know how you are!

I put my clothes and here is what I worn:

Adidas Fitness Hoodie
Champion V-Neck Tee
Active Old Navy Tank Top
Champion Sports Capris
No Nonsense socks
Skechers Go Run sneakers

I applied sun block and ate a quick breakfast because I was running re-packing my bag. My CamalBak was way too heavy after putting everything I needed in it. I took everything out and carried only my water in the CamelBak and everything else in my Girl Scouts bag. I placed the bag in my basket. I think my next purchase is going to be a cargo rake. I don't want to carry things on my back anymore.

I leave my apartment at 7:08am. I found out when I got outside that my wireless cyclopcomputer was not working. I couldn't figure it out at the time I needed to high tail it to the train station. It took me 8 minutes to ride to the E 174 Street train station. It was pretty awesome because I caught every green light down Southern Blvd. I lift Lenny up the two flights of stairs. Man.. Lenny is heavy with all the extras.
My childhood neighborhood

I got on the Manhattan bound 2 train. Everyone in the train car was staring at me and my bike. No one would say anything. I would have figured that there would be at least one other person on that train with a bike coming from the bike. As far as I could see through the train car windows I was the only one from the Bronx on that train at that time.

The first cyclist to board the train came in at E 116 st. As we got closer to Battery Park more and more cyclist got on the train. Many people didn't know what the heck was going on but no one asked either. New Yorkers! lol

When I finally got to South Ferry at 8:45. I was freezing! My cough kept coming and going. I was a mess but it was too late to turn back. I found a nice spot right outside the park and waited for the Silver start time. It was amazing to see so many people in one place at one time with one goal.
Battery Park

I was very happy when they started to release our color. We got started. We rolled towards the starting line. I was so happy to see that starting line. I was too nervous and happy to pull out my camera. When I passed the starting line tears started to gather. This was the very beginning of this 40 mile journey. I pedalled slowly at first so not to get tired to quickly. I pedalled quick when I had enough space in front of me. I don't like waving around people just yet. I knew that I was passing a lot of sites but I was too focused on the task at hand.

I remember seeing the number street signs, 14st, 23st, 34st and 42st. The next thing I knew I was at the entrance of Central Park. By the time I made it to 72st I had to take my hoodie off. I was sweating up a storm. Some where before I left the bike a lady started shouting at me. "Hey Hey! We have the same blue bike." I looked at her bike and laughed. It was blue with green rims but it was no Lenny. It was the Schwinn version of my bike. I broke the news to her that we didn't have the same bike. She was a little sad but happy that it was close to hers.

I was so happy to leave Central Park that meant that I was close to the 10 mile mark. Unfortunately that the 10 mile mark there was bottle necking. I walked my bike 10 blocks from 123 street to 133 street. It was annoying. Finally they let us free and it was sailing to the 2nd and my favorite Boro of the tour, The Bronx! If you blinked too long you would miss it. I was happy so close to home even if was for a moment.

Harlem
Now we were back in Manhattan. We rode down a portion of the FDR closed off just for us. YAY! We ride it all the way until the Queensboro Bridge. It was a sweet ride! Normally I am shotgun in the gun riding down this road. I was on my bike being AWESOME! When we were directed to the Queenboro Bridge I remembered reading that this bridge was tough. The incline was no joke. I had to dismount and walk part of the bridge. I told myself it was ok just keep moving. I made it the mid-point and coasted. It was an awesome feeling.

Queensboro Bridge
When I got into Queens I was hoping to head towards Astoria. Now that I look at my GPS map tracked by MapMyRide, I was in the bottom third! I didn't even come close to Astoria cutting my tour down four miles!!! I am a little upset that I found like out after the fact. It did feel odd yesterday that I got to Brooklyn pretty fast.

While in Brooklyn the sun came out to kiss all the cyclist. I loved Brooklyn!! I got to ride passed my old neighborhood. I got to ride the BQE! Sweet! I got off at the Brooklyn Bridge Park rest stop to fuel up. It was 1pm and I was determined to finish the last 9 miles before 4pm.

Metropolitan Ave a few blocks away from my old neighborhood
 When I was on the Gowanas I thought I was going to DIE! I was very tired. My right butt cheek was killing me. I just wanted to stop and sleep. I didn't. The signs leading me to the Verrazano Bridge kept me going. I kept telling myself, "If I get to the Bridge I am almost done." I kept telling myself that over and over and over. The little devil one my shoulder said, "But there is no one there to hug and kiss you when you are done." I pushed that feeling down inside because there was no reason to think about my husband not being there at this point I was at the 32 mile mark.

Hello Verrazano
I stopped right before the rump to get onto the Verrazano Bridge. I know that that bridge curve with the Earth's surface because it so long. I knew it was going to be hard. I ate a power bar and drank some water and headed up the rump. I had to stop and dismount when I got to the start of the bridge. The incline was insane!! I couldn't do it. I walked until the mid-point. When I got there was I was freezing! I didn't want to stop and deal with my hoodie. I wanted to finish. I coasted at 25 miles per hour(accordinging to my cyclocomputer). When I got to the end of the bridge and the finish line I was frozen. I dismounted and started to cry. I cried until I reached a nice spot on the grass. I reached for my hoodie and my lunch. I check the time and it read 3:05pm. I finished in 6 hours! It took me 7 hours to ride the 25 mile Tour de Bronx in October. That is a huge improvement.


Too tired and too sunny to flash a real smile!
 I didn't got to met new people during the tour but it was a great experience.

Now it was time for the ride home. It took me 4 hours to get home! I quickly wanted to get out of Staten Island. Felling off my bike during a bottle necking moment to got to the ferry really really made me want to get home. It took me 3 hours to get back to Manhattan and only 1 hour to get from Battery Park to the Bronx. There is something wrong with that picture. Oh yes while waiting for the Ferry I realized that I have a terrible sun burn. No es bueno!

Finally on the right side of the Ferry
In the end I:

Biked: 36 miles in the Bike Tour and 5 miles apart from the tour
Total Time biked: 6 hours and 12 mins for the tour and 2 hours riding and 4 hours walking/standing apart from the tour.
Total Calories burned: 2,500
Average speed: 10:41 minutes per mile.

I added my Bib to my inspiration wall.
Two bibs and Lenny's first seat.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Falling Off The Coffee Wagon

This is for you DeForest.

Last week I blogged about My Coffee Addication.

I went 27 days without coffee.

On Tuesday....I cracked.

Besides the extreme diet change which is causing a lot of stress, I have a lot of other factors causing stress. There were a lot of no's happening. Some no's bigger then others. I felt that something had to give. The easiest and most contorlable with the coffee no.

I am drinking coffee, one sugar with soy milk no more then once a day.

Sorry The Starch Solution....I gave into my stressor.

I feel a lot more relax that I have coffee back into my diet.