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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Day 67- I Must Be Cursed by the Shit Gods

This was the day from hell! It's been one of those days that make you stop and wonder "Damn, did I shit on somebody recently? Did I just fuck somebody over? Why am I going through this bullshit???"

I leave for work, my car breaks down. I call Virginia Power to see if I can get an extension on my $370 cut-off notice, they tell me no. I rush to the payment place after work through fucked up, rush hour traffic, only to find out that they stopped taking payments 10 minutes ago. In other words, bitch does me no justice in describing how I felt.

Breakfast was boiled eggs & bacon. Lunch was a wrap from Arby's. Dinner was a bowl of cereal.

I didn't officially exercise, but I did dance for an hour and sweated like a dog in China. I love dancing...

Overall: If you didn't get the picture of how I felt in the first paragraph....I don't want to call you stupid, but if you didn't get it, damn!
LOL...just kiddin' you know I love y'all.

Well, since I'm on a "bitch-a-thon" roll, where the hell is everybody. Tonya wrote her little reply yesterday, and probably won't do it again for another 2 months (luv ya, Bo-Bitty), but where are the rest of y'all?

Day 66- Old Ass Snail

Breakfast was a can of pears & some wheat thins. Lunch was a salad from Ukrop's. Dinner was chicken strips & collard greens.

I went to the track with Anthony & Fanecha...don't know what the hell happened with Tonya. I'm up to 2 1/2 miles now, and I'm still running 3 laps. My shins are really starting to bother me. Before, they would hurt then go away. The pain hasn't gone anywhere yet...I need to start icing them down & buy some shoes. I also noticed how slow I jog. I feel like an old ass snail on a track with squirrels. I call myself "pacing", and maybe I'm doing it right, but damn I'm slow!

Overall: Still broke, but maintaining. It's hard to feel positive when your mental state is cloudy. Other than that, it was a BEAUTIFUL day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Day 65- Get In My Belly!!!

I forgot to mention that I've completed 2 months of dieting & exercise...I'm not sure that the diet part applies anymore, as I'm trying to do a lifestyle change instead of diet. For example, I rarely eat bread, pasta and white rice now, and sometimes I'll have small or limited portions. I'm debating on doing a colon cleanse, but am a bit skeptical about which method....I may just do the natural way with food (watermelon & green salad). This bloated belly & gas is horrible.

I did an analysis on my exercise, and the past 30 days I exercised 18 and walked/ran a total of 18 miles! Had I not slacked off as much as I did, I would have had a few more in.

Back to business....

...I ate bacon & boiled eggs for breakfast, lunch was chinese food and dinner was chinese food leftovers. I baked some cookies and ate 2 of the best tasting chocolate chunk cookies ever! Okay, I'm exaggerating, but you get the drift.


After joking on the phone for nearly an hour with a wayward blogger named Angie, I told her that I was going to the cardio tape exercise...it was almost 10pm. She called me a liar, and said I wouldn't do it.

Well I did it! And not only did I "do it", I did an extra 3 minutes of part 2 that included Tai-Chi & boxing!!! So, for the record, I did a total of 18 minutes of that god-awful cardio boot camp dvd- the first time was 7 minutes, the second time was 13.

I think I'll try to do this every other day...I've been complaining about my lack of cardio, so here it is.

Overall: I've been feeling blah....don't know why. Maybe it's because I'm still broke.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Days 59 through 64- Catching Up Like a Mutha!


I've been slacking on the updates! Here's my shot at catching up!

Breakfast was skipped accidently. Lunch was a delicious grilled chicken club wrap from Arby's with an amazing amount of mayonnaise on it. Dinner was meatloaf and collard greens.

Breakfast was a cup of cocoa. Lunch was a salad from Ukrop's. Dinner was a bowl of Trix cereal.

Breakfast was bacon & boiled eggs. Lunch was a salad from Ukrop's. Can't remember what dinner was.

I did 2 miles with Fanecha, still keeping up with running 3 laps of it. It's time for me to increase my distance/duration, so next time I'll do 2 1/2 miles.

Breakfast was a ham & egg scramble. Lunch was a teriyaki chicken sub. Dinner was skipped.

I said I would play catch up on my exercising today, but I didn't because I worked like a slave around the house. Moved furniture, dusted, cleaned windows, vacuumed AND shampooed the carpet in the living room & hallway. If I didn't burn some calories with that, then fuck it.

I weighed myself today, and I have lost 2 pounds for a grand total of 5! Sounds shitty, but I'm doing it the healthy way and hopefully it'll stay off.

Breakfast was bacon, eggs and a tiny piece of a waffle...smothered with whipped cream and a dap of syrup. Lunch was tacos...ONLY 3 THIS TIME, Smartasses. Can't remember what dinner was (again).

I measured myself, and only lost 1/2 inch in my arms. I'm okay with that, because the weight loss is now going to my arms where I really need it. I'm on this spring cleaning kick, and I worked on my room (and still have a ways to go before I can shampoo the carpet). So that was my exercise.

I also came on my period. Oh well, at least it's here.

Breakfast was a nasty sausage, egg & cheese croissant. Lunch was chicken strips from Wendy's. Dinner was a bowl of Great Grains cereal.

Nope, didn't exercise today, either.

Overall: I've slacked off again on the exercise, but I know I'll get back to it this week. Feeling good, and have a slightly renewed sense of motivation

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Day 58- The Blahs on the First Day of Spring

I was PMSing really bad on Friday, but yesterday was tad better. I'm trying to get caught up on my bills, and everything that I'm attempting to do has been failing miserably. So much for having a positive attitude.

Breakfast was a strip & a half of turkey bacon. As I mentioned before, I like the maple bacon better than plain, and all I have left is plain....the plain is starting to taste horrible to me, I'll feed the rest of it to my dog. Lunch was a few wing dings- I know that I shouldn't have eaten them, but I figured since I was broke and it was free, go for it. Dinner was leftover curry shrimp.

I did the 4/20 weights & calisthenics, and was supposed to do Pilates, but after having it out with my son & finding out that I still couldn't file my taxes, I said fuckit and went to bed.

Overall, as mentioned before, between the PMS & things not going smoothly in my life right now, I'm feeling a tad shitty. Thankfully, the weather is warming up and soon, I'll be in my element as the Lioness.


Monday, March 21, 2005

Days 55, 56 & 57- Bored Shitless, But Stayed on Track!

This weekend was EXTREMELY boring, and I pretty much laid on my ass.

Friday: Ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast; had some of the nastiest fish ever from Ukrops' with cabbage & collards for lunch; dinner was leftover snack food from a retirement party...nasty meatballs, a few bites of chicken strips & deviled eggs.

I went on the 2 miles walk/run with Tonya & Anthony...still hanging in there with running 3 laps. I got a tad concerned with my conditioning, as I'm still huffing & puffing after I run. The first lap wasn't bad, but mid second lap, it was over. I pushed myself to finish.

When I got home, I ate the snack food & fell asleep.

Saturday: Fixed a tasty ham & egg scramble for breakfast, ate tuna fish for lunch & dinner was a bowl of cereal.

Did some vigorous housework & washed dishes that morning. Then, Cam & I went to watch Anthony compete in a martial arts tournament, and I stood nearly the entire time....hey! that burns calories, right? Went home, and did ab work...reverse crunches and the bicycle.

Sunday: Ate ham & egg scramble for breakfast, a bowl of cereal for lunch, and some tasty curry shrimp over rice for dinner...yes, I made it myself.

I tried tackling that god-awful Cardio Boot camp dvd with Tracy Mallet (where did I get Tonya from?). I must say that I was happy to increase my time from 7 minutes to 13, but I still can't complete the first part....one day I will.

Overall: I was bored out of my mind, and I snacked on a few Girl Scout cookies the entire weekend...out of sheer boredom.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Day 54- Ooooo, it burns!

After all the exercises that I've done over the past month and a half, my abs have never hurt this bad. I've never felt this type of burn, or so abused in my life....and I'll do it all again!

Breakfast was turkey bacon & boiled eggs, lunch was leftover smothered pork chop & rice, dinner was the last of the smothered pork chop & rice. I'm not fixing that shit again for a long, long, long time....as good as it is, I'm sick of eating it.

Boy, did I ever exercise! I did the 4/20 on my lunch break, and I'll break it down for you.

I did lateral raises, lunges, hip raises and 160 reps of ab work. First note, doing shoulder exercises will make you feel like a little bitch, as you get further into the sets, your shoulders are hurting til you can hardly lift them....and that's with pissy 3 pound weights. Second note, ab work is a beast- I did reverse crunches & the bicycle. I told Anthony that I felt great resistance doing the bicycle, but overall it wasn't that difficult, then he told me that I counted wrong. I did a "one-one, two-two" count- he said that it should have been a "one, two, three ONE" count.

How in the hell can I live through "one, two, three ONE"????? Needless to say, next time I do them, it'll be the correct count. Third note, I HATE MY CARDIO BOOT CAMP DVD!!! Remember when I told you about that crazed woman Tonya Mallet? I attempted the workout for the first time last night since I couldn't go to the track because of the rain. Out of a 15 minute set, I made it through 7 minutes, 24 seconds...that's right, half-way....and I ain't mad.

Overall: My abs are sore for the first time ever, but that tells me that I did some serious work. I really hope that I'm not doing this stuff in vain, because I'm seeing some slow ass results. I'm really considering taking Hydroxy-Cut to help me loose the fat.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Day 53- Doin' It, Doin' It and Doin' It Well

I can't say enough how much I love my exercise journal. I can plan, re-evaluate and tweak my workout on paper, AND track my weight, measurements & heart rate....and it's a huge motivation tool as well.

Breakfast was boiled eggs & turkey bacon. Lunch was another expensive ass wrap from Arby's...I got the cheddar jack chicken wrap, and it didn't taste all that good. Dinner was some tasty, tender smothered porkchops with rice pilaf and broccoli....full of fat & calories, but damnit, it was good.

I managed to do my 4/20 calisthenics & weights on my lunch break, and Pilates at home. It helped out tremendously, as I wouldn't have been able to do all of that at home & cook. I'm taking on more challenging angles and improving my form with Pilates, and that shit really kicked my ass. Basically, the closer you get to a 30-45 degree angle, AND rotate your knees outward in the Pilates stance, the harder your abs have to work....for my beginners Pilates-Heads, that's for the Hundred, Double leg stretch and Teasers.

Overall: I'm happy that I'm getting back on track, and know that I'm progressing with Pilates. As unorganized as I am, and being a huge procrastinator, it's important for me to stay focused on what's going on in my life.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Day 52- Still Haven't Gotten It Together

What's going peoples?

I still haven't gotten my act together to get back on track with exercising, but I've come up with a solution- but first, I'll do the eats.

I skipped breakfast again...accidently, as I was about to walk out of the door to go to work, and realized that I didn't fix anything. I've had a lot on my mind, and I'm guessing that's what happened. Lunch was a tasty, yet overpriced, chicken club wrap from Arby's. Dinner was 4 chicken wings at 10:00. I had some things to do around the house, and a mandatory booty call that I felt obligated to keep, and by the time all that was done, it was late...I eat that late ever again.

I went to the track, and did the 2 mile walk/run. I'm pleased to announce that I've kicked up my running distance to 3 laps!!! No, not 3 consecutive laps yet- I walk a few laps, run one, walk a few and so on. I'd like to progress to the point where I can run more than one lap straight, but...baby steps. Remember when I could only run the curve of the track? I've been able to do a full lap, and I do it 3 times...ya heard? THREE times! I was supposed to do weights, but again, I got busy (in more ways than one), and didn't have a chance to do them. The solution? Do weights on my lunch break! By the time I get home, all that I have to do is the Pilates, track or boot camp, and I'm done!

Overall: I feel good. I feel better because I'm getting things done around the house in preparation for spring. I have to shampoo the carpets, wash the walls, paint my room and a bunch of other crap, but I'll do it.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Day 51- Must Focus, Must Concentrate

Okay, I REALLY need to get my shit together. There are so many things that I need to do in addition to exercise, but I've been procrastinating like a mother...

...Breakfast was turkey bacon & boiled eggs. Lunch was a medley of chicken entrees from the chinese buffet take-out place. Dinner was skipped because I was bullshitting.

It's hard to stay on track when you have to take care of home, do some sewing, exercise and tend to booty calls all before your 9:45p bedtime. I did do the full Pilates workout, but didn't do any weights like I was supposed to. I got tied up on the phone, didn't sew, went to bed at 10:45 and didn't make it to my booty call, either. I felt bad about it. I measured myself, and I've lost about 2 more inches total.

Overall: I need to get back on track. Mentally I'm fine, but again, I feel guilty for not being on point like I once was. I'll get it together, though.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Days 48, 49 & 50- Party & Bullshit

This weekend was a whirlwind. I didn't do anything by way of exercising, and I really need to get back on track.

Friday: I ate a small bowl of cereal for breakfast, a personal pan pizza (italian sausage with pepperoni) for lunch, and dinner was a few chicken wings & some fruit. Before y'all start cracking on me about the pizza, that was first time I've eaten pizza in 48 days or longer!!! It was very tasty, I'll do my best to not eat it again for another month, and honestly, as tasty as it was, it didn't sit well on my stomach.

Nope, I didn't exercise because of the Toga Party...and damn, did we party! I had a blast, and it was really needed to get away & let loose.

Saturday: Breakfast was bacon, 2 scrambled eggs w/cheese and a few bites of pancakes. Lunch was skipped, dinner was a chicken sandwich on a regular bun, with bacon & cheese. That was pretty darn tasty, too!

I didn't exercise, 'cause I was still trying to recouperate from the Toga Party. I cleaned up the house a bit, and just laid around.

Sunday: I skipped breakfast accidently (I was engrossed in cleaning up the house), ate turkey bacon & a bowl of cereal for lunch, and dinner was a frozen pork chop meal. Didn't exercise this day either.

I weighed in & DID NOT LOOSE A POUND. I haven't officially measured myself, but I will tonight.

Somethings gotta give, folks. I've made a commitment to make my workout more intense...doing 3 to 4 days of cardio instead of 2. Strength training (toning) muscle groups 2 days a week instead of one (to progress to 3). I'm proud of myself for getting to where I am now, but now it's time to pick things up. I've conditioned my body, increased my physical activity and improved my mental well being...now it's time to loose some weight & inches.


Friday, March 11, 2005

Day 47- Sidetracked for Sake of Toga

Thursday wasn't too bad, folks.

Breakfast was skipped...well, I drank a cup of cocoa. Lunch was fish & popcorn shrimp. Dinner was skipped too. I've been preparing for the mighty Toga soiree, and for the past two days, the preparation has taken over my evenings.

I made it to the track for my 2 mile walk/run. I actually ran for 2 and a half laps this time, increased from 2. I put on the requisite sweat bag, and yes, I sweated like a sick pig in a pork factory. I was supposed to do weights, but didn't happen.

Overall: I can't wait until I can weigh in Saturday. I'm having a sinking feeling that I haven't lost anymore weight, and probably not much by the way of inches, either. I re-evaluated my exercise plan, and I not only need to increase the intensity of my workout, I need to increase the frequency. I'll let you guys know what I've come up with.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Day 46- A Weakened Link

Yesterday was pure-dee awful. Not only was I broke, but overeating & family problems have me depressed.

I skipped breakfast, ate chicken salad on multigrain for lunch with a beautiful slice of tiramisu for dessert. Dinner was a few forkfuls of chicken & dumplings.

I went with Tonya, Fanecha & Anthony to the fabric store to get stuff for a Toga party. By the time I finished with them & dealt with family bullshit, I didn't have time to exercise. And I was truly drained. I'm to the point whereas I need to increase the intensity of my workout, but as the weather warms & I get into my usual antics, I won't have time anymore...I'll have to figure out something. Maybe I commit the same amount of time, just more difficult exercises. Duh!

Overall: This was a shitty ass day. Dealing with family problems have me drained mentally, and I can't wait to get on the track.

Day 45- The Dumb & Determined

The longer I exercise, the more stupid mistakes I make, the more I learn.

Breakfast was some of the tastiest turkey bacon I've ever ate with boiled eggs, ate leftover chili for lunch, and the worse processed shit known to man for dinner: 2 frozen chicken patties on white bread. That shit was utterly nasty! I did bake a small batch of oatmeal-milk chocolate chip cookies from scratch, and they were SO delicious! I ate four of those fuckers...

...I go to the track to get my walk/run on, and the wind is blowing every bit of 100mph. I'm bundled up real good with gloves, a scarf, 2 tshirts, sweatbag and hoodie...and I take off with some old sneakers that I dug out of my closet. I only managed to do one mile, and run one lap. The wind was overbearing, and my sneakers were too tight. I had to give up because my leg went numb. And I had the nerve to try to run with all those layers on & with my head wrapped up in a quasi-turban. I do some dumb shit sometimes.

Overall: I felt okay, and fabulously guilty after I ate those cookies. I wish I could have finished my run, and I didn't do any calisthenics either. Next time....

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Day 44- When You're Climbing Up a Ladder, and You Feel Something Splatter....

I don't know what was going on with me yesterday, but it hit me all of a sudden. I came home from work, was startled by my son coming through the back door (he wasn't home when I got there), and the rest is history. I'm sitting on the toilet thinking of what I ate that may have triggered it. Couldn't think of anything out of the ordinary, except that I couldn't go Friday & Saturday. Saturday, I drank some apple cider to help things out, and my mom wanted me to sample some spicy collards. Sunday was normal. But yesterday....

Breakfast was an orange & yogurt. Lunch was leftover grilled chicken pesto & rice. Dinner was a bowl of chili.

I wasn't in the mood to work out, but I forced myself. Did the 4/20 weights for chest & back. I increased the weight for my chest to 10 pounds; sounds like a little foo-foo deal, but I bulk up VERY easy and it's recommended that women do very low weights & high reps. I noticed that doing 6 pounds didn't tire me at all while working my chest, so I increased it. Started doing the Pilates, and halfway through the first part I had to stop. I couldn't believe it! And I couldn't finish, either. I just felt really nauseous & tired after the last toilet run....so I stopped.

Overall: I felt happy that the sun was shining & it was warm outside, but that damn diarrhea sent me through a loop.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Days 41, 42 & 43- Bust a Move

What going on peoples?

This weekend started out slow & boring, but then turned out to be pretty decent. I didn't go to Maryland with Amp & the gang, because I was broke & depressed.

C'est la vie!

Friday: Ate an orange & a cup of yogurt for breakfast. Had 4 chicken wings, collards and a tasty lemon tart for lunch. Dinner was a bowl of cereal. I did the 4/20 calisthenics concentrating on my butt & calves, and the full Pilates workout. I'm concentrating more on the challenging moves from here on out (before, it was a mixture of modified & challenging). I'm still having problems with the Teaser, and Climb the Tree (left leg) makes me wanna cry- I can do the right leg, but that left leg...

I did a preview of the Cardio Boot Camp dvd, and that shit ain't no joke. There's this chick (somebody Mallet), and she sounds like a female Schwartzenneger (sp?)...chopping up sentences and shit with this thick ass accent. And there's this crazy sounding music playing, and two motherfuckers in the corner playing bongo drums! And she's going through the reps with no discernable pattern or logic. It was funny, because her little group was fucking up...missing beats and shit. As the sets went on, the reps became more predictable, or at least you knew what to do then. I sat there with my mouth wide open. There are 3 workouts, all 15 minutes....I'm in serious trouble.

Saturday: This was a strange ass day. I couldn't get it together. It was cold & rainy, then the lights went out from 11:30 til almost 3, and I just layed around. Breakfast was ham & egg scramble, lunch was chicken nuggets from Wendy's. Then all of a sudden, the bottom fell out & I was starving...so I ate a ham & cheese sandwich on Wonder Bread and that shit tasted so fuckin' good. Anthony returned from Maryland from the Amish Market run, and brought back turkey bacon & my favorite, a steak roll. Let me tell you about this damn steak roll. It's simple: thinly sliced, chopped ribeye- like you would find on a cheesesteak; a little cheese all wrapped in pretzel dough & baked to a golden goodness. He gave me two. I ate one for dinner, then my son comes home and tells me he's hungry at like 10:30 p.m. I gave him the second one to eat, telling him that it's my favorite thing to eat, and he better not mess over it...he didn't, he actually loved it with his "I don't eat cheeseburgers"- picky ass.

I was supposed to do ab work and the Cardio Boot camp. I sat on my ass in a cold house, listening to the rain instead.

Sunday: A much better day. The sun was shining, it was kind of warm outside, and that alone made me feel good. I'm a Leo, born 7/28 during the hottest period of the summer. I need sunlight and warmth for my personality. Maybe it's a mental thing, but I know that on days like that I'm in my element. Breakfast was turkey bacon, scrambled eggs with cheese. Lunch was an awful bacon ranch salad from McDonald's, and they are usually pretty good. Dinner was grilled chicken w/pesto and rice.

My son & I went to American Family Fitness for the last day of Family Fit Days. Did I tell y'all how much I hate that place? Anyway, I went to the Cardiobox class. It was an hour long, I made it all of 40 minutes, took a 7 minute break, and came back for the last 7 minutes. Then I got on the elliptical for 10 minutes.

Overall: I gotta say that I could have felt better, but then I could have felt worse. I think that I'm getting addicted to working out (which is a good thing), because I just feel better when I do...when I don't, I don't feel right.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Day 40- Tired of this Cold Ass Weather

Spring is right around the corner, and I'm glad that my fitness mission is well under way! I'm ready to get out into the air, travel, hang out, and look good in something tiny.

Until then....

...breakfast was boiled eggs & bacon. Lunch was a chicken medley of chinese takeout (chicken & broccoli, general tsao, pepper chicken). Dinner was several spoonfuls of leftover tunafish & the chinese takeout. I was starving at lunch time, with this nagging hunger headache that was over & behind my right eye.

I did the 2 mile walk/run by myself (with the requisite sweat bag), and 4/20 calisthenics on quads & hamstrings.

Overall, I'm not feeling very chipper as I'm broke as a joke. I went into Books A Million, and saw this book entitled "Young, Fabulous & Broke) by Suze Orman...I need that book. I'm proud that I'm still sticking to eating decently/healthy & exercising, I'm gonna start talking shit soon to everybody else.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Day 39- In a Funky Ass Mood

I wasn't myself. I was in this funk that I couldn't shake to save my life, and because of it, I was a lazy slob all day.

Breakfast was boiled eggs & bacon. After that bout with chest gas yesterday, you'd think that I would stay away from something like damn boiled eggs. Lunch was a turkey wrap with ranch dressing, snacked on an orange and a bowl of cereal because I was so fucking hungry. Dinner was tuna fish on toasted bread....white bread at that. I don't feel bad about it, because I have cut WAAYY back on eating white bread.

Like I said before, I was in a funk, and all I wanted to do was lay around when I got home from work. I ate my tuna late, and the only exercise I did was 4/20 weights for triceps & biceps. I didn't do Pilates, and I felt a "tad" guilty about it. Oh well, fuckit.

Overall, I just felt shitty. I'm on my last day of period, and it's so light that it's really not there. I don't know what the hell is up...and where the fuck is everybody.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Day 38- Burping & Below Freezing

I had the worse gas, in my chest thankfully, and it would not go away. I burped like a drunken mechanic, and no matter what I did, it wouldn't stop.

Back to business...

...breakfast was a rancid cup of yogurt. I say rancid, because I left it on my desk for an hour, and when I opened it, it changed consistency; lunch was fish, popcorn shrimp and string beans; dinner was a bowl of cereal.

Went to the track with Anthony, and power walked 2 miles. It was so fuckin' cold, even with gloves, tights, 2 tshirts and a sweat bag, that wind whipped straight through my ass....because of the cold, I didn't run. Could have, just didn't. I also did 4/15 weights for my shoulders and 4/20 crunches.

Overall, I feel great still. My son comments on how my attitude changed for the better since I've been working out. He still snickers at me when he sees me in my workout clothes. I could beat him with a pillow.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Day 37- Dashed Dreams of Nudity

Monday, Monday, Monday....I had a vacation day, and was planning on lounging around the house, possibly in the nude, like Queen Sheba. Am I the only one that likes to lounge around partially naked? I like to clean up partially clad, listening to music. Then Chesterfield schools decided to close for a "fake-me-out" snow day. Needless to say, I've been listening to my son's music & hearing him badger & harrass his friends....I love him so much, but could beat him with a pillow.

Breakfast was a ham & egg scramble, lunch was a turkey & ham club roll that I made (with white bread) and I skipped dinner...wasn't hungry, that roll filled me up!

I did weights, progressing from 4/15 to 4/20 and concentrating on my chest & back. I also combined Pilates phase 1 and 2 and am happy that I lived through it. Like I said that Climb the Tree shit ain't no joke, but as I do it more, I'll get better.

Overall, I'm tired of this period. The Core class made things heavier than normal, hopefully that means I'll finish sooner...I got plans this weekend. Mwah ha ha ha ha!

Days 34, 35 & 36- I'm feeling like a new person

This weekend was fantastic! I have a renewed sense of purpose, and feel motivated more than ever now!

Friday: Ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast, lunch was chicken salad on multigrain bread (you gotta try it!), and dinner was the same....tastes so good, I doubt if I could get tired of it.

I didn't exercise, I was so busy, that by the time I settled down at home, it was getting late & I didn't feel up to it. Promised myself that I would double up on Saturday.

Saturday: Ate a ham & egg scramble for breakfast, lunch was a few pieces of jerk chicken- dinner was a few wing dings, fruit & chips....Book Club food.

I didn't exercise, because Anthony & Fanecha stopped by to cook the food for the meeting, and I was horribly distracted. By the time I got to the club meeting, I was starving. Anthony called himself warning me about the chip & dip intake "you'll be calling crying because you ain't losin' weight!" he barked in my ear. Gotta love him.


I weighed & measured myself, and I lost 3 pounds and 3 inches total! I really feel great about that! 3 pounds doesn't sound like a lot for a month, but I'm exercising & building muscle and I'm doing it at a reasonable pace. I've loss a half inch in my waist, an inch in my thighs and an inch in my bust! I even tried on this button up shirt that I bought from Express in January. It's a size 12, and I couldn't button it over the dairy twins, Helga & Olga. The highest button that I could close was just below my breasts, and that was squeezed so tight that I thought the button would go rocketing off & put somebody's eye out. I tried that sucker on, and I can button that bitch!!!! The buttons are still screaming across the boobs, but the one below them doesn't fit tight at all, and my stomach isn't bulging out.

Sunday: I screwed up big time...had a bowl of cereal for breakfast, lunch was a bacon ranch salad, dinner was another bowl of cereal.

At 1 o'clock, I went to the gym with my son & Tonya and went to a Core class. This is where you get on a balance post, and do exercises that concentrate on your abs. An hour long class, I made it 25 minutes through because I was dehydrated. I ate cereal for breakfast, and only drank maybe 6 ounces of water before that class. I was so nauseous I couldn't stand. After a half an hour of rest, I did 15 minutes on the elliptical and went home angry at myself...I know better.

We then went to Richmond to go to Dick's Sporting Goods. I bought a sweet Nike sports bra on sale for $15 (regular $30), a Cardio Book Camp dvd to use on Saturdays & when I can't go to the track, and a few things for Cam.

Overall, the weight loss, as small as it is, has me motivated and feeling positive. I came on my period a day early, blah!

Day 33- The Tree Climber

Breakfast was 2 boiled eggs & bacon, lunch was chicken salad on multigrain bread (note for y'all to try it!), and dinner was spaghetti with whole wheat pasta. This stuff was decent tasting, and as you know, is healthier for you with fewer carbs.

I didn't go to the track because of the weather, and was rather disappointed. I tried out the phase 2 of the Pilates workout instead. It was 12 minutes, and incorporated new exercises that phase 1 never mentioned. Everything was fine until we got to that "Climb the Tree" bullshit. The only trees that I've climbed in my adulthood were really tall men.

It's where you sit with your legs straight in front of you, raise 1 of them at a 45 degree angle, then lower & raise your upper body....all while moving your hands up & down your leg in grabbing the calf/thigh- hence the climb/descent of the tree. You cannot move the leg that is flush to the floor. Yes, it's hard, but becomes easier as you do it.

Overall, I felt good. I wasn't as bitchy as I was before, and I'm looking forward to having Friday & Monday off!