365 ONE: day 52…walk it off

Day 52: February 29th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Can’t Touch This Phenomena Mix” by DJ008

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog = “Rain Tunes”

Anything to Note =

The rain was inspiration today to do a little…

Although I don’t really like the rain at all. I wish it would SNOW!!

Walking in the rain sucks. But I decided to do it anyway as my cardio today as had so many appointments to run around to all over town. So it added up. Or at least that’s what I battle with when it comes to walking. How much is enough? I mean, how much walking counts as enough to equal the cardio of the day? I can’t seem to figure that out, and as such do way too much or try to do as much as I can as I am just not satisfied…this is probably because I am extreme by nature…so doing things “normally” is just abnormal to me. I am the girl who used to stay on the elliptical machine at the gym every day until I hit 1500 calories! And I wouldn’t let myself leave until I did. If I could I would walk everywhere or run everywhere, and just never stop!

When is enough, enough?

365 ONE: day 51…an array of a day

Day 51: February 28th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Freed from Desire” by Gala

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Office Thief”

Anything to Note =

An array of a day!

I didn’t mean to walk as my cardio today again to the office from NYU after the Chlamydia mock trial I had this morning, but I was on the phone to my dad and suddenly realized that I had walked all the way to the office! Funny I didn’t notice. Odd, actually.

I had a super busy day today. Mock Trial and then work and then had expense work I do every few months for a real estate broker up at Brown Harris Stevens. I hadn’t been there in a while and had to finish the rest of her 2011 expenses so it was looooooooong and only got back home at midnight!!

Once I figured out it was going to be looooooong I realized I had to do my 365 during some breaks in the expenses or once done. It’s quite an eerie office, especially at night when everyone is gone….in this case I have to say “usually” gone as for some strange reason a few brokers were still there! I love having the place to myself and was hoping for this especially since I had to 365, but no no no that would be too easy apparently!

Hence a crazy office video upload! Tried to do something without anyone noticing!!


The song I also did at BHS after I had finished the expenses. I turned out the office lights and put on a classic favourite song I used to love to club to when I was little. It made me laugh as I never knew the lyrics so used to fake them when I dance. I do that a lot. I sing out loud while clubbing and not sure I have all the lyrics to everything but I appear to HAHA!! 🙂

365 ONE: day 50…hit the fifties!

Day 50: February 27th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Rocking” by Phunk-a-Delic

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog = “Wardrobe Disaster”

Anything to Note =

I was doing sit-ups in the office bathroom foyer section when someone came in. Normally if I’m doing push-ups or planks or something and someone comes in I still have a split second to jump up off the floor as if I am on my way out, but this time I only managed to get up to my knees when this woman came in, so had to think quick! I pretended to tie my shoelace that was…already….tied….not sure she bought it!! Not my smartest move!

I had a funny realization today that could have been a complete disaster! The full explanation is on my video upload of the day but I ended up not really looking properly at what I was wearing and had to go to my mock trial meeting this morning and then the office…and you COULD SEE MY FRIGGIN’ LACY BRA through a COMPLETELY SEE-THROUGH SHIRT!! No joke! Watch my video upload 🙂 UGH!!

I needed the…

365 ONE: day 49…”No Matter What”

Day 49: February 26th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Amazing” by Inna

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Mouthwash Dance”

Anything to Note =

I had an idea today to do some sort of toothpaste or mouthwash commercial something this morning as my video upload but a number of things went wrong!! OF COURSE!!

First, I found some mouthwash, old mouthwash in the bathroom and decided to use it, turned on the ipod and just as I was opening the lid I noticed a bunch of hairs stuck to the top…GROSS! But, the video was on so had to keep going!

Then I looked over at the video and saw that where I had placed the ipod meant that I had to bend down to be in the shot, so had to squat against the sink cabinet the whole time!! Muscles were burning!

Then not enough would come out when I took a swig of the mouthwash – it has some weird contraption on it that’s supposed to give you I guess the exact amount, but it was like a dribble, so I had to go with it and found it super hard to do any swishing or gargling!!

And stupid me had placed the ipod in a position where I couldn’t turn it off without having to lift it up to get to the off button!! That was annoying!

AND…then watched the video and saw that in my impromptu mouthwash dance my boobs were a-flying since I had no bra on! GREAT!

Oh well! So much for a seamless video 🙂

I was going for….

But it DID NOT turn out like her!!

Side note: it’s amazing how inspired you can feel when the dance of the day is done in proper workout gear and not just average clothes – also…it helps to have the sportsman of the year playing on the TV too. HAHA 🙂

365 ONE: day 48…lift that butt!

Day 48: February 25th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the day was = “Ma Baker” by Bonny M

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Bad Sleeper?”

Anything to Note =

Jam packed today again – yet another day of two shows so had to take care of the 365 early on. Yesterday I didn’t get home until around 2am so it was a good thing I had done the blog and all. That is the last thing I want to do when I come home that late, that’s for sure!

You know what helps you do the 365 fitness, doing it in front of the TV while watching an infomercial about getting fit! And ironically, this morning the infomercial was Jillian Michaels and her new 90 day DVD set 🙂 Normally I get the Insanity infomercials on a Saturday morning – which I have seen so many times!! And yet funnily enough, I seem to watch a lot each time before switching channels…I have to admit I like the before and after pictures…although it makes you wonder with the technology these days, what stops them from having overweight people and simulating what they would look like thinner and toned with Photoshop? Or the other way around – having a super athletic person and then transforming what they would look like if they were fatter and out of shape with a little Photoshop….

Right after I watched way too much of the Jillian Michaels show, guess what was on the next channel…another fitness infomercial, but one I had never seen before…something to do with a Brazilian personal trainer making promises to lift your butt! That’s right…the women testimonials and pictures were all about how this program had changed their butts! NO JOKE! The before and after photos focused on the butts of these women transforming with this fitness and dance regime over a few months…it was hilariously graphic!!! The butts did look better and lifted! That was a new one for me on a Saturday morning 🙂

Interestingly on these photos, just after I had thought about the photoshopping possibility and the authenticity of the before and after shots, this Brazilian butt lift show had photos too and at the bottom it said “these have not been photoshopped” or something like that! And boy did these photos look R.E.A.L!!! The real-ist before and after shots I have ever seen…stretch marks, fat dimples…it was, on one hand a relief that finally a show is baring it all, but on the other hand now seriously made me wonder how much photoshopping is being done on all the other fitness infomercials out there!

I found it, the Brazil Butt Lift brief infomercial on YouTube, but sadly this is like a minute version so the good real before and after footage is not there, but here is a little bit of what was on TV…its like butt porn!!!!!!!! BOOTY PORN!!!

365 ONE: day 47…I am not a Pavlov Dog…

Day 47: February 24th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking Down 17 Flights and Back Up 17 Flights at Office

Dance of the Day was = “Don’t Know How To Act” by Flo Rida/Ynug Joc

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Laptop Tune”

Anything to Note =

Another show tonight, another show weekend – translated as….get all my 365 criteria done asap before I get to the theatre since I won’t be home before 1am!!

Sooooo…Pavlov’s dogs learned, through repetition, to not make the same mistakes over and over. They learned, through repetition, and suffering, that eventually what they were doing was harmful to them and not the best option, and so they adapted….well, I can’t say so much for myself!

I decided, again, to walk down the 17 flights at the office to the lobby and then immediately back up to the 17th floor as my cardio at the office. I have done this before and it was HELL!! In fact, I have done this twice and both times were HELL! So why oh why would I ever do it again??????????? You tell me!

I just thought it was raining out and I needed to do cardio, and since it is my show tonight, then walking would have been what I do to get it in, but then it was raining out, so what could I do instead?? “I guess I will walk down 17 flights and back up 17 flights”……………..UGH!!! Why Am I So Stupid!!??!!

So, how was the walk up and down….you guessed it…HELL!!

AND, AND…I was wearing boots today so that was a super smart decision! AND, AND, AND…I wore a million layers of sweaters so was dying of heat! My heart was about to pop out of my chest! It was beating so hard in my head and I was panting like a friggin’ dog, but no no no, not like one of Pavlov’s dogs!!! Pavlov’s dogs are sitting by the pool with a margarita in hand chilling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s not so bad walking DOWN 17 flights, but just a few flights up and it hits you like a tonne of bricks, and I was walking slowly!!!!!! Sooooo, what the eff is it about stairs?? I can’t be THAT out of shape? Can I? Can I really?


And you know what’s worse….you KNOW at some point, in my however many days left in this 365 challenge, I am going to walk up and down 17 flights again and complain about it. YUP! Oh, I just remembered, our office is moving at the end of next month to the 18th floor – GREAT!! So it will be 18 flights down and 18 flights up soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



365 ONE: day 46…New Yorkers like Crazy!

Day 46: February 23rd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Miami” by Will Smith

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “700 Gummies”

Anything to Note =

New York City is the perfect place to be an actor….and I don’t mean that in the sense that it’s duh an artistic town, but in the sheer fact that you can go around talking to yourself, like memorizing your lines out loud or getting into character/role in public, and no one thinks anything of it! You don’t need an excuse to be mumbling to yourself on the subway or as you walk down the street, even when you’re standing in line at Starbucks…beacause everyone around you is used to the constant crazy! There is always something crazy around the corner, next to you, staring at you, so as an actor, you fit in quite nicely as IT IS YOU! 🙂

I walked from the office down to NYU today, yes to get my cardio in, but also because it was a chance to practice my role that I was about to interview in for the mock trials. Yesterday I had to play the expert on chlamydia, which I play every year for the mock trials, but today I had to play an additional new role in another mock trial – the ACS case worker. I felt less familiar and less confident with this role just because it was my first time, but thought nothing a good brisk walk, in role, wouldn’t be able to cure 🙂 I often do that for memorization – I am actually luckily a quick memorizer, but doing things like learning lines while at the gym on the elliptical always worked, and in the same vein, walking and speaking out loud helps too (a quick trick to those that need help memorizing…try it!).

It was a little tricky though today as I was leaving while the whole of NYC and their mother were leaving work during rush hour and had to thus weave myself through the hoards of people while still trying to maintain a brisk nature for the cardio sake, and also trying to look down at my notes in hand along the way, while mumbling! AND…hitting Herald Square and Union Square as well as the equally busy West Village area was not fun. It was me multi-tasking. Dizzily, I might add.

And, of course being a true New Yorker. A Crazy. You know, one of them 🙂

365 ONE: day 45…busy long day playing characters

Day 45: February 22nd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Loom Movement/Squats/Lunges/Cross Country Slide Moves

Dance of the Day was = “Good Life” by Inner City

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Doctor Lab”

Anything to Note =

Today was the first day of a couple of weeks of the NYU Mock Trials where every year about this time I play the role of the medical expert witness of Chlamydia! Yup, you heard that right! I literally know everything and anything there is to know about Chlamydia…ask me if you need to know anything 🙂 It’s a lot of work actually but it pays quite well – it feels like a live theatrical Law and Order show! So today I had my first attorney meeting with the NYU law students and you must remain in character through the end of the trial, so anytime I see them or correspond with them for next two weeks, so was in character when I turned on my ipod to do my video upload….not sure what I was doing in the video! ODD. BIZARRE. Hmmmmm…..

This year I am also playing another role in another NYU mock trial as I think an actor bailed, so I must now take off the Chlamydia hat and put on the ACS case worker hat for tomorrow’s meeting and start memorizing that role before I go to bed! Never a dull moment in the house (or mind) of Zoe 🙂

So today I was…me, then admin assistant at work, then expert professor in Chlamydia, then homeless pregnant woman, then me, and now soon an ACS case worker…

Never a dull moment, I tell ya!

Even though our Loom show is not again until Friday we had working rehearsals tonight and then a full run to tweak and adjust here and there ready for another weekend run. I was again able to resort to my old “fit-in-my-365-criteria-backstage” during rehearsal so that was good. I also schmooshed some odd “cardio” in there while the rest of the ensemble were rehearsing vocals and choreography so I was off to the side doing lunge things and squat things and then what I guess I am calling – “cross-country slide moves”….not sure what that really is! I think it was just freezing in the theatre that I was doing all kinds of weirdo moves to keep warm HAHA!!


365 ONE: day 44…a blur of a day

Day 44: February 21st, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Uprising” by Muse

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Pysch Couch”

Anything to Note =

Not really.


I had a hard day today.

Dealing with some family news so been pretty preoccupied mentally today. Wasn’t in the mood for any of my 365 criteria so it made it hard. Kind of numb. Really tired. Not really in the mood to write right now either.


Hard day.

365 ONE: day 43…with some homemade aerobics!

Day 43: February 20th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Aerobics Workout

Dance of the Day was = “The Creeps” by Camille Jones

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Ellie Elephant”

Anything to Note =

Well…I saw that our subletter Madalina had a hand puppet in the form of an Elephant a while back and it crossed my mind that I should use it in one of my video uploads one day. So today, I decided to do just that. Picked it up and started recording…but the grip on it was constantly a problem as I was constantly talking. I had a hard time moving the trunk and mouth as I spoke and I could not reach out and re-adjust since I was filming! So, had to just go with it sadly..so looks a bit sloppy, along with what I was talking about! Veggies apparently! I liked doing this character but wish I had a better sense of what I was going for, but I guess that’s not the point of an improvised video upload! I was going for an educational but fun kids show, but the information and presentation of it was not that wise HAHA!!

My cardio today was especially funny! I decided to do some “homemade aerobics” 🙂 And of course I had to dress the part – I anticipated I would be sweating and boiling in my apartment so put on my sports bra and boy style panties and my trainers and that’s it! Pumped up the dance techno volume and went full out! I must have looked ridiculous – each time I caught myself in the mirror here and there it was quite the sight!

I have never taught aerobics but since I was dressed for the part I jammed it full of high impact moves to the energetic dance beat and just kept chopping and changing like I thought an aerobics instructor would! It definitely did the trick and got my heart racing! The outfit and the music gave me that boost to keep going 🙂

I was still in my outfit dancing to my dance of the day after when Stuart walked in with the groceries…and he double took at me and what I was wearing, and had a big “What the..?” on his face!!

In my head, I looked and felt like this….

But I probably looked more like this HAHA!…