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A long update

Ok, here’s the long update I promised yesterday.

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Breakfast yesterday was plain Puffins, Kashi Heart to Heart honey toasted, skim milk, and ground flax.

For lunch my mom and I went to the Cheesecake Factory which is bad news. I had the blackened chicken sandwich which is blackened chicken, fontina cheese, spicy mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onion. I ate half my sandwich and about half of the french fries. I also had a delicious strawberry lemonade.

Here’s the other half of my sandwich that I brought home for lunch today:

cheesecake factory

It was massive.

After lunch my mom and I went to Trader Joe’s. She had never been before and I wanted to show her some healthier options. My family doesn’t eat healthily at all and it really bothers me. My mom and my brother are both very overweight and so unhealthy. I just wish they would eat better and exercise. Especially my mother.

For dinner my mom made chicken enchiladas which were ok, not great, she didn’t put any sauce on them. But she used half lite cheese and half regular cheese which I thought was a good idea.

For dessert I had a small jelly ring fudge from my favorite ice cream place:

jelly ring fudge

And all night I was grabbing 2 or 3 of these at a time:

tj peanut butter cups

I saw them on a few blogs after the summit and I had never tried them before. They are delicious. And I feel like I had a good amount of them but I probably only ate like 15 or so.

I also bought a new wine, a rioja. It’s ok.


Not great.

This morning I woke up at 7 and went for a run with my dad. He’s been a runner his entire life and he’s a big part of why I wanted to start running. He normally does 7 miles or so a day but he’s nice enough to go shorter distances with me. We ended up doing 2.56 miles in I’m not sure how long. I left my stopwatch in the city. I think about 25 mins or so which is about 10 min miles so I’m happy.

When I got home I did level 3 of the 30 Day Shred. I kind of took it easy. I was tired and super sweaty after my run so I wanted it just get the hang of the 30 Day Shred. I didn’t fully do all of the moves, but I attempted them all and I think it was good for my first time to ease into some of the moves. Level 3 is definitely harder, I’m excited though.

For breakfast I had the same thing as yesterday so you can just scroll back up 🙂

Then I went to the Farmer’s Market with my mom. It’s odd that we’re on Eastern Long Island where there are so many farms, but it’s so difficult to get local produce. Even at the farmer’s market they bring stuff in from super far away.

We tried to stick to the people with local produce.

farmer's market 1

farmer's market 2

These multi-colored cherry tomatoes looked amazing.

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I love the giant pickle the pickle guy has.

We bought a bunch of cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, garlic, corn, watermelon, peaches, and peppers. Then we went to the grocery store to pick up stuff to BBQ tonight.

I really wanted to go to the beach today but the weather is being funky. It was bright and sunny when I went running, then it was partly cloudy when I was at the market, then it was fully cloudy, and now it’s kind of sunny again. But it’s supposed to be cloudy with thunder showers this afternoon so I think I’m going to stay home.

I marinated the veggies to grill tonight. We’re going to do skewers. I lightly toasted some garlic in a little bit of olive oil and then poured it over peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Then I added some kosher salt and pepper and it’s sitting in the fridge getting tasty!

marinating veggies

I’m sitting on the deck now trying to enjoy the nice weather. But I think there might be tennis on at noon so I’m going to have to go inside.


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Sorry I’ve sucked so much at updating lately. Things have been so crazy and exhausting at work that I haven’t been eating very well and I’ve lacked energy. I’m at my parents’ house, I took today off, so hopefully I’ll feel rejuvenated shortly.

Yesterday for breakfast I made oatmeal at work. I brought all the parts with me:

oatmeal 1

oatmeal 2

oatmeal 3

oatmeal 4

And it all turned into this:

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It was SOOO good! I wish I could have it again this morning, but alas my parents don’t have the ingredients.

For lunch I had planned to eat the pasta I brought, but I realized I totally forgot to put any seasoning on it and I couldn’t bring myself to eat it. So I got chicken tacos from Chipotle with mild salsa, cheese, and lettuce. I figure it can’t be that bad for me. And then someone had cupcakes delivered to them so I had a delicious, way-too big cupcake.

For dinner I had a mixed greens salad with salsalito turkey, grape tomatoes, a little bit of Mexican cheese, and some salsa as the dressing. I haven’t decided if I’m going to tell my parents about the blog. They can be supportive, but they can also be a bit odd about some things. We’ll see.

I finished level 2 of the 30 Day Shred today. I’m currently watching level 3 so I can be ready for tomorrow. I worked my ass off at level 2 today. I don’t think I’ve ever been so sweaty in my entire life. I did everything just like Jillian. I’m really proud of how much I’ve improved and I can’t wait to see what happens in level 3.

level 2

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30 Day Shred Day: 15

I really think I’ve gotten the hang of level 2. The only thing I couldn’t do was the last circuit of abs and I’m blanking on the name for the exercise. I rested for about 10 seconds and then I kind of half-assed them because I was so exhausted from the double jump ropes and the plank jacks. I think tomorrow will be the last day of level 2 and then on Saturday I’ll start level 3! I don’t know if I feel completely comfortable, but I feel I need to push myself.

No pictures of breakfast just yet, I took a picture, but it’s on my camera and I’m at work early so I’ll do a full post with breakfast, lunch, and dinner when I get out to my parents’ house.

Happy Thursday!

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30 Day Shred: Day 14

I am definitely improving at the 30 Day Shred. I can do almost everything without stopping and I don’t feel like I’m about to pass out at certain points.  I have to look at my schedule to see when I’m going to switch to level 3. I think it was Friday or Saturday but I might move it back a day.

I have another day at the gift show today. I’m bringing my lunch again so hopefully I can be good. There are some scary numbers appearing on the scale. I realize I probably didn’t gain 7lbs while in DC, that’s it probably just water weight, but it’s still scary to see those numbers.


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Look I changed it up!!

I made peanut butter steel cut oats! The recipe is from Eat Live Run. The only changes I made was I used quick cooking steel cut oats so they cooked in about 6 minutes, I used the Dark Chocolate Dreams PB, and I added a tablespoon of flax seed. I kind of miss my cereal, but the oats are very good. I’m probably the only person in NYC eating a hot breakfast this morning. It’s SO warm here, I can’t wait for this heatwave to break.

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30 Day Shred Day: ??

I forget what day I’m on on the 30 Day Shred. I did it yesterday, I did it today so that would make today day…13. Oh, that means I’m halfway through if I’m doing 26 days, which was my original plan. But I did skip last Friday because I felt so sick so I can’t decide if I want to do a day longer than originally planned or if I want to just do it for 25 days. I guess I’ll see how I feel. Any suggestions?

I really feel like I’m improving. I was able to do all but 2 things without taking a pause including the plank jacks and the squat thrusts.

I’m off to a bit of a later start today because I don’t have to be at work until 10. And then I’m not going to the office, I’m going to the Javits Center for the NY International Gift Fair. It’s pretty much standing in a booth with our top-selling books for 4 hours and selling stuff to gift shops from all over the country and even the world. I’m there from 10-2 and I have some buyers coming by so it shouldn’t be bad.

The thing that sucks about the gift show are the food options. Or lack of options. Because it’s at a convention center it’s pretty much just stadium food. Normally I treat myself to a burger and fries, but after the weekend of crappy eating I just had and the dinner I’m having tonight (more on that later) I can’t justify the burger and fries today. So I’ve brought some lunch, we’ll see how it stays since there’s no fridge and how well I do in resisting temptation.

So after I work the gift show until 2 I have to go back to the office and then at 6:30 I’m having dinner with our new executive sales director and some other co-workers. Normally I don’t mind work dinners, they can be awkward, but I like the majority if people I work with. I’m annoyed about today’s because we’re going to somewhere called Fat Annie’s Truck Stop. It’s pretty much as it sounds. There’s nothing vegetarian and nothing that isn’t fried. It’s also in pretty much the worst location in NYC, right next to Penn Station. We’ll see how that goes.


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Boring, boring, boring. I know.

Look for an update mid-day!

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30 Day Shred: Day 10

Wooo, I’ve made it into double digits on the days! The workout was a killer this morning, but I felt more comfortable with it than I did yesterday. There were a few few-second rests, but otherwise I feel like I really tried to power through. And it worked out doing it in the living room. There was no banging from below and no sleepy roommate coming in telling me to stop.

I was a sweaty mess when I was done though:

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I took this picture and I was trying to figure out what looked different about me and I realized I look thinner! Mentally and visully on the scale I see that I’m losing weight, but it’s hard for me to look at myself in the mirror and see it. It’s so gradual that it’s not like I can see big differences. Differences I can see: I can wrap my right thumb and my pointer finger around my left wrist and overlap up to the nail on my pointer finger (I don’t know why but wrapping my hand around my wrist like this has always been a habit of mine); my collar bones are much more noticeable; my legs are definitely thinner and more shapely (in a muscular sense).

Ok, breakfast:

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Same as it’s been the past week or so: Cinnamon Puffins, Kashi Heart to Heart Blueberry, ground flax, and skim milk. Next week I’ll have some variety 🙂

I bought this dress yesterday from the Gap:


It’s very me. I think I like it, it actually goes in right at my waist and is a good length. I just wish the neck wasn’t so high, for some reason that always makes me uncomfortable. Is it really flattering? I don’t know, sometimes my perception of these things is off.

I think I’m going to leave work early and walk around to some stores this afternoon. It’s not supposed to be as hot as Monday and Tuesday and I didn’t get to go last week.

It’s hump day!

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30 Day Shred: Day 9

Eek, level 2! My muscles are still shaky and I didn’t even fully do all the exercises because I was still getting the form and methods down. But I can do it. I have 7 more days to master level 2 and look how quickly I got into level 1.

However I think all my jumping and moving around is disturbing the people who live downstairs, I’m pretty sure they were banging on their ceiling when I was doing the double jump ropes! There’s part of our living room that isn’t over their apartment (it’s over the hallway downstairs) so I think I’m going to ask my roommate who lives off the living room if she’d mind if I did it in there in the early morning. I don’t want to be a bad neighbor.

Breakfast is the same thing I’ve been eating for the past week:

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I didn’t mention this yesterday because I didn’t realize it right away, but when I got on the scale yesterday morning (Monday is the day I weigh myself) I was 170.4, yes, still overweight, but it means I offically broke 20lbs of weight loss since April! To be more precise, exactly 21lbs. I really don’t give too much creedence to the scale, from the way my clothes fit and the way my body shape has changed I feel like I’ve lost 50lbs, but it is nice to see that number go down.

I have to go out on a sales call at work today. It’s still so hot that I can’t imagine what a sweaty mess I’m going to be by the time I get there (it’s about a 10 block walk). That’s the problem with NYC (and other major, usually east coast, cities) you have to walk everywhere so even though there’s air conditioning in most places (not my apartment, ha ha!), you’re still gross. By the time I walk to the subway, stand in the un-airconditioned subway station, get off the subway and walk to work I might as well have not showered. And nothing is worse than the people who somehow manage not to look sweaty!

Have a good Tuesday!

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