Wednesday, May 30, 2012

holy zumba batman!

Took my first zumba class (where I wasn't teaching!) since before I got my license in February 2011. And it was HARD. I lost a lot of my stamina since I've been off the bandwagon, and her moves were very quick and difficult to follow (for Zumba), but it was a lot of fun with D! Glad I had someone to commiserate with, that woman was c-razy! My knee is sore, but I think it's okay. D and I went to dinner afterwards (spinach salad, I behaved) and had a nice talk about planning a lifestyle change...and I got some helpful hints!

Today was a good day. One day at a time.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Okay. I know I should be grateful because my life in the grand scheme of things is pretty darn good. But I have been having these days where I don't want to get out of bed or do anything. Ugh.

Still in NJ for Memorial Day festivities, will return to the city tonight. Wanted to go to the bank today downtown, but there was no parking, UGH. So I decided to suck it up, put on my big girl walkin' shoes and I walked from my Dad's to the bank (and Century 21 a block away) and back. 3.13 miles in about an hour. Not bad, I'd say! 

Glad to know that I can get up and go even when I don't feel like it. I think that's the beginnings of discipline? 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Well, yesterday was pretty uneventful. The escalator out of the subway by my nail place (I've only gone's not like I can afford to be a regular, but I did get them done yesterday!) was broken, so I walked the equivalent of 6 flights of stairs, and after that I walked from there to church, about a mile.

Made it out to Jerz to see the family and celebrate by the pool/ hot tub. Today is really a lot warmer than it's been, and sunny for the first time in weeks, so Jill and I walked around the community (a little over 1/2 mile loop) 3 times, so 1.63 miles, and after she went inside, I ran around it once more. So my stats for the day are:

1.63 miles - 30 minutes
.54 miles - 6 minutes (a 11:06 min per mile pace! best yet...of course that's probably because I didn't go very far...whatever!)

And now it's off to enjoy playing with my baby cousin in the pool!

I'm feeling ambitious, maybe I'll bring my sneakers and take a walk around my step g-ma's beautiful neighborhood before dinner...we'll see...

Happy memorial day, all! Hug a soldier :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

womp womp...

no post should ever start with womp womp...but, oh well.

Man, today was hard. Trying to make new habits when I feel yucky about myself is difficult. I had the day off with absolutely no plans (which is NEVER a good thing), so I sat around and felt mopey all day. I took two naps, and laid around and felt sorry for myself. That is NOT acceptable. I must allow myself some grace, some wiggle room if you will, to fail and have a bad day, but to be hard on myself because I'm not out running 5k's like I used to a year ago will never get me anywhere.

Since I moved to the city almost a month ago, I have had much more frequent feelings of mopeyness. I will screw up, and I will make mistakes, I have to start small. When I feel like this, and this was the case today, I ended up yelling at myself (not out loud, although as I get older I'm sure it will get to that point one day...) to stop being a self loathing pathetic slob and do something. Just get dressed like you're going for a run. You don't have to go, just get dressed, you'll feel better. So I did. And I felt a little better (it's amazing how a bra-- I'm a fan of the "shock absorber 4+" for higher impact exercise-- can lift the girls AND your mood simultaneously). So I thought, well I'll just walk up and down my street, I live across from a park. So as I was crossing the street to walk up the park side, I saw a car in the distance, so I thought maybe I should jog across the street to make way for this car coming and I just kept going. Jogging. Half way up my street I saw some scary looking folks, so I turned around and went down the ton of steps (I'm sure I will be familiar enough to count them soon) into the park to the other side, and started running up the street. And, as my timing is impeccable, it started POURING. Now, that almost would have been refreshing except I was wearing my glasses, which means I couldn't see, so I ran home. This sounds so epic, running in the rain, I can hear the rocky theme... but in the grand scheme of things, it was 10 minutes door to door. But I ran 8/10's of a mile, a 12:30 minute-per-mile pace (I track where I run and for how long on and it judges hills, distance, pace, and calorie also measures your entire lifetime stats, how many doughnuts you've burned, how many TV's you've powered, an how many times around the world you've gone). And I was already sweating buckets.

Today's goal was met. I got out, I got my blood flowing, and I explored a little bit of the park I haven't even been in yet that I live across from.

This weekend's plan: to do measurements and get a scale. It will be a lot better to see where I've come from if I know inch-for-inch where I started.

There's a gym a couple of blocks from my apartment, and they're doing a 30 days for $30 deal, and I think I might do that. A dollar a day is cheaper than taking the subway to the top of central park and walking/running there and back, so why not. I only want to run/walk 3 days a week, with something else the other 3 days...strength training? Weights? Maybe I'll do videos (I own P90x and Jillian Michaels 30 day shred and pilates for dummies, although p90x and pilates are at my mom's in PA and I won't be there until next weekend) so that if there's bad weather, I have something to do inside.

Obvi my mind is kind of all over the place in regards to planning how I want to accomplish my workout schedule, but ideas are forming, and once I have a routine, a plan, I think I'll be able to stick with it.

Okay, verbal vomit complete.

Friday, May 25, 2012

day 2?

well, today was uninspiring. I walked around downtown a lot with Dad, a mile or so, and this evening I walked maybe another mile around midtown before seeing "End of the Rainbow" with Louis. GO SEE IT, I cried. And I'm too critical to cry at shows. It was incredible.

So, while my plan to be fit and fab isn't off with a bang, at least I got out of my bed and did something. That is progress.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Alright. I was inspired by Davina and Denise (my delicious D's) to start a weight loss blog, as I need to lose my tour/post-surgery weight and get back to a place where I'm more confident about my body. Being a performer and walking into an audition room with confidence is hard enough as it is, I don't need an inner tube of processed cheesecake and doritos around my waist to weigh me down, metaphorically and physically.

SO. It might be a little bit about eating right, but this blog will do mostly with the exercise portion of weight loss, as that's the area I have the least amount of discipline in. That being said, I took my first tap class since college today, an hour and a 1/2 at BDC, advanced beginner. It was perfect for me, I'm really rusty in my tap technique, didn't have to squat or bend my knee too far, and I sweated. A lot.

I suppose I should get a scale or take measurements or something, so I can track my progress. I would like to exercise in SOME fashion every day. One day a week will be a lot lighter than the other days, like a walk around the park near my apartment, but at least something every day. I should probably come up with a stricter plan than that if I'm to stick to it. Like what I'll do when I don't want to give my various limbs to BDC for dance classes.