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TESTING 1…2…365: Salt Water Flush


365 ONE: day 177…Expo to the Challenge

Day 177: July 3rd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Delayed Devotion” by Duffy

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Schvitsy Coma”

Anything to Note =

I still find it funny when I have to explain my whole 365 to people! It cracks me up as it’s now become 12 criteria with the addition of no alcohol – which then leads me to explaining I was on a detox for the first week of just fruit and veg, which then leads me to say:

“….I started this 365 challenge and then 9 days later I found out I was pregnant!”

Which is super crazy!

I then get asked though why I didn’t just stop then and there when I found out I was pregnant….which is a valid question…but I didn’t know what was going on back then (I still don’t!!) – but my mind was all on getting through and I was so busy and had so much to think about, and a week retreat upstate with the theatre company  I was in rehearsals with….and I don’t know, 365 just kept on going.

I guess I had bigger things to think about.

And, despite how harsh this sounds, my initial reaction to finding out I was pregnant was a big “No!” so I didn’t know what I was going to do to be honest – this was all a shock and not planned, and interfered with the two weddings and honeymoon we had ahead of us with the due date falling on the exact date of when the Greek wedding was supposed to be….so I was thrown.

I guess I didn’t know then what the future held. I had to figure out whether I was going to move forward with the pregnancy or not first. And the days ticked by, meaning the 365 challenge kept going in the meantime, and then I got stuck as the days added up and up and up (which granted was not to a very big number) but it felt accomplished and something I couldn’t imagine quitting or starting again from scratch.

And we all know I am friggin’ insane!

It’s funny as when I decided to start this 365 challenge this year I thought about how much of a challenge it would be to have two weddings and then a honeymoon, and how interesting that would be for people reading along – like that of a reality TV show.

I had NO idea that there would be a giant twist in the show!!! 🙂

And now how can I stop?? I’m on day 177!!!!!

But believe me when I say that there have been moments where I really wish I didn’t have to do this anymore! Especially since I am so busy and so now 365 has ended up being something I have to do when I get home late and that’s the last thing I want to do!

I’m soooooooo tired my right eye won’t stop twitching!!


365 ONE: week one done and 51 to go!!!

Day 7: January 15th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I SURVIVED ONE WEEK ON MY 365 CHALLENGE….and that sounds amazing and deserving of a t-shirt…until you hear the fact there are 51 to go! HOLY COW! FIFTY-ONE! That’s a heck more hell to go through, boo 😦 Boo. And another big boo 😦 😦

Cardio today was = Speed Walking/Loom Movement Training

Dance of the Day was = “When Love Takes Over (Feat. Kelly Rowland)” by David Guetta

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog, that I to refer to as = “Push More”

Anything to Note =

Today was friggin’ FREEZING!! Why I decided to do speed walking today as part of my cardio meant I had to trek out to the far west side of Manhattan for rehearsal and back, trying to push forward with the frostbite and wind eating my face off!! I tend to walk to rehearsals for Loom on the days I have it as its way faster than taking a million trains. It’s just easier to weave and zig zag down – and I am an excellent NYC walker if I say so myself…I walk everywhere! But, my legs were completely numb today!!!

I got let out of my first rehearsal early today and had a bit of time before my other rehearsal so I decided to go to the office to do some work and also do some 365 criteria. I walked in though to someone also in the office on a sunday annoyingly so my plans had to change a little. There is a little room before you enter into the women’s bathroom that has a large full size mirror and couch and so many criteria were completed there! Including my dance of the day – which was AMAZING!! I got to do it in front of the mirror with my ipod as high it could go since no one was around and that was super super fun! I have to say that I do look like a crazy person when dancing! Like I am on some super energetic crack drug!! I also held my breath so I could hear as much of the music as possible I guess as was super out of breath when done haha!!

(Do you notice how many times I used the word “super”….something must be super wrong with me today!) 🙂

Methinks there should be an office rave in this small bathroom! How many people can you fit in the little room? Not a joke – let’s break a Guinness record and try it! Speaking of that, I should look up and see if I can get a Guinness record for any of the things I will be completing for a year…if I make it! I always wanted a record!

So….it’s been a week also of fruit and veg, and I said I would do only a week of this, and so, to keep my word, tomorrow I get to continue the criteria of eating healthy – and I am trying super hard to resist the urge to do a week of something else….in my past I have done odd things like a week of just sushi, a week of just cereal, and my favourite….a whole week of just tasti-de-lite!! I LOVED IT!!

Nope, I’m going to try to do it properly as I have 51 weeks to go so I can’t hurt my chances of not making it all the way!!

I do think I deserve a pat on the back though for making it through a whole week! Don’t I? It’s been tough and I’ve been grouchy, but I feel strong and ready to take on another week!

Ugh.

 

 


365 ONE: day six of challenge

Day 6: January 14th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Elliptical

Dance of the Day was = “Let me Think About It” by Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was what I like to refer to as = “Gym Rip”

Anything to Note =

Cardio today was actually at the gym – that thing called the gym that I haven’t been to in a looooong time! It’s a good thing that it’s only $10 a month as I feel less guilty. Thank you Planet Fitness. I managed to squeeze in some elliptical between conflicts today and boy am I out of shape – it was super hard! And I was on an easy level. I tell you if I hadn’t added the whole “Healthy” criteria to this 365 Challenge I would have been at that elliptical machine like the old crazy days where I wouldn’t leave the gym until I burned off 1,500 calories! Yup, I even went through a time where I had to call my good friend to come get me as I was puking in the gym shower due to my extreme-ness. That was an ultimate low-point, and I have not repeated that since, or got that low. But, to be honest, I have those urges, that desire still is there, that masochistic extreme addiction….I feel it all the time. Hence the food and veg week I am on right now, and believe me that’s wild. Since tomorrow is the end of the fruit/veg thing, I decided to have a little oil today with some veg – or I allowed it to be there – going against my instincts – but trying to be “normal”…whatever that is! I guess, better – I am trying to be better and lead a healthy lifestyle without all the crazy. This 365 Challenge is extreme enough without adding more to it!!

I also had some natural fruit gummies – also was hard to succumb to but I need to ease my body back to eating healthy so a bit here and there today and tomorrow should do it. Although I feel bad. This is how the whole crazy dieting starts though – I feel bad about myself and punishment is needed – although I don’t see it that way, but that’s what it sometimes feels like if honesty is underlying here. If I could eat nothing. Literally NOTHING, I would. And you want to know a secret….I have actually tried to eat nothing. I get to a faint state where I can’t take it any longer and give in…thank god!!!! But l admit that I have tried. I know it’s not good for me but now and again I get the extreme girl in me – the real extreme girl. I lost a lot of weight this past year because I lost my appetite – stress and an upcoming marriage would do that to anyone though! 365 will help me – if I can keep it up!! Day six! Tomorrow will be a whole week!

One good thing today, I got to dance the way I love to – in minimal lighting, high volume and in front of a mirror!!! And out came my secret techno cage dancer 🙂 LOVE!!! My body was a little tired but I pushed through. All I needed was a black light and white clothing on 🙂 I am soooooo European hahaha!!


365 ONE: day 4 and i’m exhausted!

Day 4: January 12th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Jumping Jacks/Leg Jumps onto a Bench (no idea what to call this exercise really!)

Dance of the Day was = “Womanizer” by Britney Spears

Improvised Acting Video uploaded to my other blog was what I refer to as = “Train Track”

Anything to Note =

I couldn’t sleep at all last night. I was a wreck today – so so tired. Didn’t feel like sneaking in some of my 365 criteria along the day today as was just not in the mood. I also feel quite sore mainly I think from the foam roller stretching exercises I have to do – has anyone used a foam roller before? I was told by the PT to get one and use it daily as my muscles are extremely tight and it turns out my tight muscles are what is affecting my knee, which I am not allowed to run on. Rolling myself over this roller on my calves and sides of my legs friggin’ HURTS!!! It’s enough to make you cry, seriously! I know it’s for the good but holy mother of mary!!!!!!!!

NO PAIN NO GAIN

Who invented that stupid phrase anyway???

No sleep and also being on day 4 of just fruit and veg is also not a great combination. I am not sure how long I will stay on this fruit and veg only detox thing I invented. I have done it for a whole month before!! But that’s extreme….yes, I know, my middle name…but it’s not very healthy to do that and one of my 365 criteria is “Eat Healthy” so I can’t be on this detox forever….although what a challenge to do fruit and veg for 365 days!! WOWZA! Get it out of my mind! Out, I say!! Let’s not encourage me to do that!!

I got out of rehearsal earlier than expected today which was nice but then had to still do so many criteria like the Acting Improv, Dance of the Day, and my effing Cardio!

So, I have complained about low volume dancing and it not being enjoyable so soft, but now I don’t know what’s worse – low volume or dancing with the ipod and headphones on. I thought this would solve the loudness I want but where to put the ipod is an issue. Tried in my back pocket of my jeans and then it made my trousers fall down so kept hiking it up. Then shifted to putting it in my bra, which I normally do with my sports bra when I run in Greece or anywhere as I don’t like to hold anything – but a regular bra is not so supportive so kept falling out too. And the stupid earphones need to be pressed back in over and over. It ruined my Britney song and I LOVE BRITNEY SPEARS!!!!!!!!! Sad. (The experience, not me, so stop shaking your heads at me!!)

I ended up inventing my cardio on the way home in sketchy Athens Park! Was just spitting with rain so decided to do jumping jacks amid another exercise = swapping legs up on a bench up and down (hard to explain – no idea what to name it really). Anyway, made my pulse race….so check! 🙂

The sketchy men in the sketchy park though were watching me with their sketchy eyebrows raised…..oh how I love silent judging from strangers!