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365 ONE: day 176…Far Far-Away

Day 176: July 2nd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Oops I Did It Again” by Britney Spears

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Broken Love”

Anything to Note =

Long day.

I had to drive to Cederhurst which is out near Far Rockaway, to read the board minutes for the apartment we are interested in – there was no other way but to drive there as no subway was near the management office annoyingly.

Then had to drive back and park it in the garage in Astoria and walk up to the subway.

Then had to go to the office, despite how brief, to take care of things there for the limited time I could before I had to leave again to go to my glucose specialist doctor appointment.

So then had to get up to St. Lukes hospital for that appointment.

That actually took way longer than anticipated – I had no idea – thought we would be just talking about things but instead I had to learn all about gestational diabetes as my slight rise in one of my glucose tests I did means now I have to do a whole week of testing with a glucose machine and pricking my blood to get readings and monitor myself as protocol.

So have to get the five or so times I do that into the schedule now too!

So I was supposed to run some errands up near Columbus Circle after I was done but was done later so managed to only do one thing off my “things to do before I leave for the UK” to-do list.

Then my phone died!!! Of course!! So was unable to take care of some work things so had to go home in order to charge the phone to respond and do some work.

And now am sweating buckets at home…..sweating me some buckets from the computer on my lap in my warm non-A/C living room while trying to get things done 😦

I am trying to cool the bedroom down right now so I can go lie down!

I might as well be in a bath right now!


365 ONE: day 142…What Friggin’ Time Is It???!!!!

Day 142: May 29th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Tech for Show/Running Around/On Feet/Theatre Set-Up for Show

Dance of the Day was = “Kalos Se Vrika” by N Stavento

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Too Bright”

Anything to Note =

Besides the fact that I am writing this at friggin’ 6.15am!!!

Today is tech for the show tonight. I have to take the props in my car and pick up more props on the Upper West Side at 7.30am to be at the Theatre by 8am.

So alarm was set for 6.30am as I had everything prepared last night.

What time did I wake, and then not be able to go back to sleep….5.30am!!!!!!!!

WHY??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean, I am having troubles sleeping anyway, went to bed late getting things sorted out for today, but also because I just can’t seem to go to sleep early anyway, and waking up several times an hour as my “routine” these days in pregnancy….and then on top of all that I have to wake up an HOUR early!!!!

Why does that happen?? Why, when you have to get up super early do you wake before the alarm goes off??!!!

Wasn’t that why the Snooze button was invented??? To ease you to wake up?? For those that just can’t wake up when the alarm goes off?? Why couldn’t that be my scenario this morning???!!!

UGH!!

Super annoying.

And I tried so hard to just get in a comfortable position and fall back asleep – it was a lost cause.

Hence why I am writing my blog this early and did some 365 already. This is going to be a loooooooong day and I won’t be done until at least 11pm or later so have a loooooooong way to go, so I guess it’s good that I am writing this now and did some 365 already. The rest will be done along in the day.

And the best part of what lies ahead is I can’t have any coffee or the amount of coffee I would need to get by today…thanks to no caffeine while pregnant.

Woo Hoo! Let’s see how I make it through the day!!


365 ONE: day 94…a Midwife, an open-to-front-gown, and a Stuart…

Day 94: April 11th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Waterloo” by ABBA

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Guitar Solo Hero”

Anything to Note =

I had my one month check-up today at the doctors – odd that it had already been a whole month since I had gone in for that first appointment. Stuart was able to finally come with me for the first time and boy did he get the royal treatment today!!

My doctor was actually on vacation so we were transferred over to be seen by a midwife while he was away, and of course I brought Stuart in with me into the examination room. I wasn’t sure if they would be doing a sonogram or anything and Stuart had missed all my appointments so far so if we did I wanted him to be there. But also, Stuart is super excited so wanted him to be included too in the process and what I am going through as it has felt a little separate.

There was a little section in the corner where there is a seat and a pull-around curtain where you can technically change, so I put him there. He wouldn’t take off his coat and looked all cute and nervous in the corner! They had to take blood and I looked over and saw Stuart making a face as they did – nice and comforting that was! Once the nurse left and we waited for the midwife I thought it would be a great idea to take my video upload of the day of Stuart in the corner but he wouldn’t let me! Literally, I went for it in my bag in my open-to-the-front nudey gown on and he held my bag closed and refused to let me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I even offered for him to video me with my open-in-front stupid gown!!

Nope, he wouldn’t have it!

So, I’m sorry folks – one day I will get him and hopefully in a gown too!!

He did get to see some boob shots and also a down-there examination so I’m sure that made him uncomfortable haha!! We did actually get the royal treatment today by accident as they thought I was a transfer to the midwives from the doctor, until about half way through the thorough in-depth check-up when a nurse came in to say I wasn’t a transfer and was just being seen by a midwife since my doctor was on vacation! I felt bad that she had and then continued to give up her time thinking I was a new transfer patient but it was lucky for us as Stuart and I got a lot of information and frankly we needed it being first-timers!!

And Stuart got to hear the heartbeat for the first time 🙂

The baby was moving around a lot, mis-behaving once again – well what do you expect coming from parents like us!!!!! :Haha!!

It was good to know that everything was ok though, as I keep expecting the worst, and after that sharp pain…but, seems like it’s all good right now 🙂


365 ONE: day 89…Nobody Awake Either!

Day 89: April 6th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Vino Vino (Ian Oliver’s Clubvino Mix)” by Ian Oliver Feat. Eastenders

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Rise and Shine”

Anything to Note =

Rough night again.

Nothing new.

Have my follow-up doctor’s appointment next week so will bring it up then, and also try some sort of pillow that has been recommended to me for sleeping while pregnant because something needs to change.

I was sooooooo not awake this morning, or now, or never. What’s funny is that I don’t remember the last time I was awake. I know that sounds weird but it’s true. Well, I do remember one time, and that may be the last time honestly, and that was back in College, so a super long time ago. But there was one moment on one night of many that I was doing an all-nighter and I remember looking over to the right at the door and suddenly the whole world was crystal clear! And I remember thinking to myself, “so this is what it is like to feel truly awake”.

I know it sounds funny! But seriously, that was the only time that has ever happened and then I snapped out of it a little bit after and I have never felt that awake ever again! I am always in a little bit of a daze. You know, those commercials they advertize on TV about people with allergies and the screen is all fuzzy until they advertize what the allergy relief pill can do like Claritin and they peel back the screen so its clear and in focus – that is exactly how I am and feel! I live with that film across that makes it all fuzzy and hazy around. For those who don’t know these commercials, here is one…

http://youtu.be/TfvaTwdLSgs

I have always been a bad sleeper and wake up every hour so never or rarely go into REM sleep so I’m sure that has to take a toll on someone and makes it all fuzzy. I have just learned to live with it and live off adrenalin as I seem to be able to function. I know there are points when my body dies to try to catch up but you can never catch up on all the lost sleep sadly.

Well, nowadays unfortunately it is even worse than waking up every hour and it seems to be happening every night so frequently and I am more tired than I normally am. I can cope with my same ol’ same ol’ routine of bad sleep but this is a little extra so it’s wearing on me for sure!

I thought maybe some 365 in the morning may wake me up but I kept getting calls that I needed to answer so it had to wait until after first thing. I should try that though although last thing I want to do when I am so tired is something so active like that first thing in the morning…..I hear a challenge beckoning!!

It was funny though as no one seemed to also be awake on the train to work this morning. Literally no one! Not one person was speaking or spoke the whole ride, even those who were travelling with people! Half of the people were asleep or had their eyes shut, the other were dozing – doing the nod thing! That helped me pass the time in the tunnel this morning – watching people do the nodding off thing and then bouncing back up! It’s hilarious! It’s also hilarious how people react after they bounce back up – they look around to see if anyone saw them! Haha! And what was even funnier was there were about five or six people doing it at once this morning!

It was good people watching this morning!

I was glad that everyone around me seemed to feel like I did! TIRED!!


365 ONE: day 83…I am a spinning resistance knob!

Day 83: March 31st, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking in place

Dance of the Day was = “The Way I Feel Is Sexual” by Amber

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Popcorn Counting”

Anything to Note =

A very blah day. I am not feeling so good today and can’t seem to shake it. So I have been lying down off and on instead of doing the one million things I need to be doing. I am so super tired, I can feel it, but can’t nap so its been a rough day so far 😦

Since I am not feeling so good I have been taking it easy today with my 365 – having to do it at random times and not all at once. On days like this I start to dislike this challenge sadly and so wish I didn’t have to do it. But then I know I have to go as far as I can and I also know that keeping a little active every day is also good for me and the pregnancy, as long as I don’t over-do it, I know I know.

I actually thought that the planks and push-ups would get easier considering I have been doing them for 83 days! But then it hit me – D’UH!! – I am carrying extra weight and that keeps increasing so its like I am my very own personal resistance machine!! No need to increase the weight dial like at the gym, as it will be happening on its own! It’s like I am that spinning resistance dial on the front of the bike that you have to dial up when they yell at you to do so, but I guess I am gradually going up anyway – there’s no going back down!

Or this is my excuse at least, and I am sticking to it!! 🙂

I have modified my sit-ups a little already to be more side-oriented and not full on front or intense, as they say that your stomach muscles relax anyway for the stretch of the baby so then what is the point of doing any sit-ups other than I HAVE to for the 365 challenge! So, I have made them about the sides instead. I will have to probably go onto all fours later on and do the cat thing as my sit-ups or something as I will not be able to continue the fatter I get!

Ah….the fatter I get!!!!! Oy-vey!

Also, I read that lying on your back for long periods of time is not good for your blood pressure or the blood pressure and oxygen getting to the baby, and it makes me nauseous. But that’s why I have not been allowed to sleep on my back, and for me that has been dire as I do sleep on my back, so this is tough and not helping my already lack of sleep.

I haven’t modified the rest yet, but I know I will have to as I go along – trying to hold out as long as I can. I have noticed that the one criteria that is not getting enough attention or has decreased is my vigor and dedication to the stretching 365 criteria. I have marked it off as not that important when I have to get things done in the day to satisfy the 365, so its been minimal, and it shouldn’t be. Especially as that is why I am not really allowed to be running or jogging or anything as it hurts my knee and some stretching exercises were supposed to alleviate it, or help, if I followed them daily and exactly. Ugh. My stretching has not been that good lately. I will need to try to find some strength to make it mentally important again and soon.


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 33…is two bums or boobs!

Day 33: February 10th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Barefoot Side Jogging in Place for 15 Mins

Dance of the Day was = “Would You…” by Touch & Go

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Strip Show”

Anything to Note =

33 looks like two bums!! Doesn’t it?? Flip your head and look at it! Or two sets of boobs! I know, I know, I am like 5 years old, but I typed in Day 33 and it made me laugh! Bums were my first image though…what does that say about me? Hmmmmm…

Okaaaaaaaaay then…

A couple of things I did for 365 I wish I could have done differently today:

1). Tip-toes on a crowded train in boots = soooo not funny! It was super smooshed on the 7 train – something was wrong as the amount of people was outrageous. Anyway, I get pushed in and barely holding on when I realize I had to go on tip-toes. So hard! When it’s so super crowded like that I could not re-adjust with the weight and so my legs were dying!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, had a couple behind me who would not stop talking about how horrible being crowded was and they needed to get off to get a cab, and its only cabs from now on, and this is a good time for pickpocketing, and they were so glad that the level of BO around them wasn’t so so bad…..SHUT UP! Some of us are trying to focus on our tip-toes around here! I was going to walk to the other station as my cardio and I didn’t….mistake!!

2). Barefoot “Side Jogging” in Place = WTF???? I don’t even know why or how I came up with that! I came home and knew I had to do something as my cardio but no idea how it came to this! I went into my room as our subletter was home and turned the TV on and then decided to re-create a Wii fit exercise where you jog in place to the circuit on TV, but instead I would do it to some TV show that was on. Set my phone timer for 15 mins and boom…off we go! It was more than 5 mins in when I realized I was doing some sort of “side jogging” to avoid just bouncing up and down – and by “side jogging” I guess I was swinging my legs out side to side in place…not sure what to call it but “side jogging” feels accurate 🙂 I think it was to prevent movement forward too as my pile of clothes on the bedroom floor limited my cardio area! And I had to be just there to see the TV haha! Then it was another few minutes before I realized that my calves were really hurting…and oh wait…I was barefoot and had no trainers on! And as a result I was on my tip-toes due to no support! Great! And had a long way to go still! So what did I do….stuck it out to the end, and now am in pain! Why oh why?

3). Shuffled Song After Cardio = great techno oldie song came on again but it was right after my major calves workout from my disastrous cardio so was not able to really dance. Instead ended up doing a lot of pelvic thrusts (as the song does indeed call for that since the chorus does say “Would you…ummm….would you go to bed with me?” !!) But even the thrusts hurt! And then ended up relying on mostly arm movements that turned into 60’s swimming dance moves?? Again, WTF?? I should have waited to do the dance later but wanted to get all my 365 done!

 


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!!