30 Day Shred, Day 2

Day 2 is complete. My legs are now jello.

I was reminded this afternoon that you aren’t really supposed to work out seven days a week, and that I need to take a rest day. I’ve picked Friday. So, I guess I’ll do this six days a week this month and see what happens. I’ll be amazed if I can make it all the way through tomorrow’s work out on top of my aerobics class at work.

Also at work, we started our annual walking program. We are encouraged to walk for 15 minutes on our breaks and/or at lunch. I went today, despite leaving my walking shoes at home. I’m ready for tomorrow, though. Bring it on.

I say that now. We’ll see how much more gelatinous my legs are by then.

Goals for the month of June

About a week ago I decided to start anew with my diet and workout. I’ve been doing pretty well about eating decently and doing aerobics at work and cardio on my own, but I didn’t have a lot of structure. And I wasn’t really paying attention to results, either. So, since today’s June 1 I decided to start Jillian Michael’s “30 Day Shred” DVD. For the past two weeks I’ve been doing her “Trouble Zones” workout, a grueling 40 minute (plus 10 minute warm up/cool down) torture instrument. I did it four times in one week and stayed within my calorie range and lost four pounds (technically five, but gained one back) in that time. Unfortunately, it didn’t stay away, and for all I know it may have been a fluke, but I think if I maintain that kind of dedication for a whole month I can do some real work here.

Also, I bought this dress in Chicago for Christina’s bridal shower and I want my arms to look nice in it:

That is one yellow dress

So, 30 days in June and 30 days to be shredded by Jillian. The DVD advertises losing up to 20 pounds in 30 days, but I am extremely skeptical. Also, I realize I’ll be on vacation the fourth week of June, but I figure if I manage to stick with this up until June 21, I’ll find a way to make it work. I know Eileen will want to find any way to exercise on our trip even if it means doing sprints in a rest stop parking lot.

Also, I made some more Green Monster with frozen berries instead of fresh. I actually preferred it, it was sweeter this time.

Unfortunately it still looks repulsive

My goals this month are to:

  • Do a Jillian Michaels work out each day in June
  • Drink iced coffee with sugar free caramel syrup INSTEAD of iced mochas or lattes
  • Stay below my Lose It! calorie limit
  • Eat more fruits and veggies ala Green Monster smoothies
  • Tone my stupid arms if it kills me

Away we go! Tonight’s work out was a relief compared to her “Trouble Zones.” It was only a half hour. Still extremely difficult, though.

The Green Monster

I started reading a bunch of weightloss / healthy eating blogs this week and more than a couple of them refer to drinking a “green monster” with breakfast. One of the blogs listed a recipe (although there are many variations) and tonight I made it. I happened to have half a bag of spinach and a tub of farmer’s market strawberries that were doomed to go bad while I’m in Chicago.

“Green Monsters are a good way to get in fruit and vegetable servings without putting much thought or preparation into it,” said the author of the tumblr blog Not Just Healthy.

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries
  • 1 pre-washed bag baby spinach leaves
  • 1 banana, any size
  • 1 4oz container of all-natural unsweetened apple sauce (optional)
My concoction turned out to be more of a brown monster, but it was pretty good, surprisingly. You don’t even really taste the spinach. I drank some tonight and saved the rest for tomorrow:

Drink me

Blehhhh! This photo almost makes me wish it was green instead.

In maintenance mode

It’s been a really long time since I wrote any kind of update on my weight loss quest; I guess that’s because once I lost the ten pounds I gained last summer, I stopped freaking out about it. I’ve kept it off, but I’m not shedding any additional weight like I wanted to. I’ve been running outdoors lately, which I’ve decided is vastly different (in a good way) from running on a treadmill. So, I’m planning on doing more of that and spending less time at the gym, which served me very well all fall and winter. This has also solidified my plan to, once my gym contract is over (January 2011! Christ.), switch to a gym that doesn’t lock you into a contract. Month to month, baby.

I still use my phone’s calorie counter app but like I said, it’s not making me lose like it would if I were exercising a lot more. At this point, I’m just maintaining my weight. Still, I’m very happy to at least be doing that. I really wanted to start Weight Watchers, which has worked wonders on a co-worker and a couple friends, but it’s just not fitting into my budget right now. I’m trying really hard to save money for my upcoming trips to Chicago (Memorial Day weekend) and San Diego (June 21-26).

Congrats to Brandon

My lack of exercise last week caught up to me. I gained a couple pounds back as of this morning. At least I continued Couch to 5K and the elliptical Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and tonight. I have to work harder. If only I could convince myself to go the gym every Saturday before improv. That hasn’t happened yet.

After the gym tonight, I am taking Brandon out to dinner to celebrate. His lab is being published in Investigating Ophthalmology and Visual Science, a trade journal in his field. This is very cool, because they have worked really hard to get published since Brandon started and it’s finally happening. It sounds like the more you have findings published, the more credible you become and the more credible you are, the more likely you are to receive grant money. And Brandon’s job is funded by grants, along with all they do at the lab. Like study eye cancer and stuff. Congrats to Brandon, who will be getting third billing on the piece.

On Sunday night, Plum St. Productions is meeting together to talk about some important upcoming projects. It sounds like something exciting is cooking and I’ll be reporting on that here once it’s out there. I’m not sure I’ll be able to go to Cincinnati for the meeting, but I am hoping it works out. It’s been too long since I’ve seen the folks of Plum St.

Mid week catching up

There’s a couple reasons I’m not devoting a whole, long post to my third improv class. First, it wasn’t as good as the previous two; also, it’s Magazine Week and I am spread thin both at work and at home.

Bill was out of town, so we had a sub. It was another guy from the troupe, and God love him, he was a nice guy, but the odds were against him Saturday. First of all, he brought his younger brother along for support. The two of them were worse than an old married couple; they “playfully” bossed each other around and bickered in front of the class until it reached such a heated point that the sub took his brother aside to talk to him privately. We waited in silence until he came back. The brother was not seen again for the rest of the afternoon.

Also, the class managed to talk him out of reviewing Laban Movement from the last class because no one liked it. I didn’t much like it either, so I am not complaining. But it was very reminiscent of high school, when we would try to convince substitute teachers to let us have a day off and promise not to tell.

We basically didn’t learn any new material, but instead did a series of two person scenes and some word association warm up games. This would have been fine, except it was just an off day. I was off. Other people were off. I froze on stage for the first time because I was in a scene about basketball involving two women who quickly exhausted all their knowledge of basketball and related references. And, for some reason, maybe because we all knew Bill wouldn’t be there, at least four people didn’t come to class that day. I hope they come back, because now I am afraid every week will suck in their absence.

In other news, I was very bad and only went to the gym once last week. Sorry friends – I like meeting up with you on week nights and all, but you’re really cutting in to my selfish work out time. Just kidding. It was great to see so many people last week. I went to the gym last night and did an hour of cardio between the treadmill and the elliptical. This was promptly followed by eating a burrito bowl, since Brandon still had money on a Chipotle gift card. It was a little counter productive, but today’s looking up.

We’re official

Check it out: Plum St. Productions has a fancy new web site. It’s pretty awesome. Check out my bio and the bios of many awesome people involved with the company. It’s all coming together so fast. I did read on here that sadly, “Gnomewhere To Hide” will not be completed until this summer. Don’t worry, it will be worth the wait. You can see a teaser trailer for the movie on the site under the portfolio section.

On the weight front, I am not losing but I am not gaining. Plateau 2010 continues.

A late weigh-in

I forgot to weigh in Friday, but there’s not much change from then to today. At the moment I am sitting at about 12 pounds lost. So, no loss last week, but luckily I didn’t gain too much either, which is amazing, since I went crraazzzy over the weekend. As in, order take out from Insomnia Cookies AND Eggfast crazy. Yeah.

I start week three of Couch to 5k this week. I had to re-do Week 2 after doing that weird thing to my back. From what I have read, appropriate running shoes will likely solve that problem. I was going to buy a pair over the weekend but it didn’t work out. Instead, this weekend/yesterday I spent a lot of time with Brandon around the house. We went to a game night on Saturday with some of our Xenos friends and played this hilarious game called Telephone Pictionary or something. You write a phrase and pass it to the person next to you. Then they draw a picture illustrating your phrase and pass it down. The next person writes a phrase interpreting the picture, and this goes on until everyone’s had a hand in everyone else’s original phrase. Just try it, it’s hysterical.

Yesterday, after a visit with my family at Owen and Jamie’s place, I went to David’s Bridal for the first time in my life to try on a bridesmaid dress for Christina’s wedding. That place is nothing but dresses and mirrors. I actually couldn’t find Christina at first because I got so turned around in there. While we waited it was fun watching women try on wedding dresses and making catty remarks under our breath. Okay, maybe that was just me. Some of them looked so beautiful though, and I wanted to tell them, yes! Get that one, my God.

Last night Christina sent out a front-and-back page newsletter to the bridal party with information about how to order our dresses, where/when the wedding and reception are, a “Meet the other bridesmaids” piece (with pictures!) and stuff like that. I didn’t know she had such a talent for graphic design and layout! It was done in the wedding colors, which is nice, because now I can keep an eye out for stuff in that particular shade of pink or yellow.

Weighing in, off the wagon

When I fall off the wagon, I fall hard, you guys.

It snowed a whole bunch last night, so I didn’t go to the gym. Instead, in my lethargic state, I ordered a pizza. Poor pizza delivery guy. And those mini fried apple pies I ordered probably weren’t necessary. I won’t be going to the gym tonight either, because I have an SNP going away party to go to at 6 (good luck, Rachel!). If I have any hope of completing the third day of week two of Couch to 5k, I’ll have to either go tomorrow before my first improv class or (God forbid) run outside on Sunday. Why is my gym closed on Sundays? Grrrr.

I haven’t lost any more weight, but I gained two pounds back. Yay. EDIT: This is after running twice and roller skating once this week. Lame.

Also, it seems that running gives me lower back pain. But just on one side. Thoughts? Someone said new running shoes would help. Running shoes = very expensive. Worth it?


A while ago I mentioned a couple of my actors who are involved in a local improv troupe, “See You Thursday”. They performed a couple shows at Wild Goose Creative last month and I caught their Dec. 18 gig. It was about an hour long, pseudo-holiday themed and highly entertaining. I talked to one of the guys after and told him how much fun it looked like they were having. He encouraged me to sign up for the intro class they’ll be teaching, starting January 9. On an improv high, I agreed that this would be a spectacular idea.

Long story short, I start a six week class on beginner improvisational performance this Saturday.

Normally this is the point where I’d try to drag every one of you down, *ahem*,  encourage you all to come with me, but I seriously think if there was anyone there I knew I would vomit on stage. However, I am happy to blog my exploits here for you to be entertained by, and for you to feel extremely awkward and sorry for me. We used to do “Improv Night” at the BACCHUS House in college and play games from “Who’s Line” and I was terrible at that. Hopefully in a class setting I will actually learn something about improv before going anywhere near a spotlight. At the end of the class, there’s a two-day work shop in February with actors from the Annoyance theater in Chicago, which sounds pretty awesome. Hopefully I’ll be feeling somewhat more confident by then.

It’s been a while since I had a regular thing to blog about besides my weight and writer’s block, so let’s consider this a good thing, shall we?