YOU COMPETE ME 365: Feel the Burn

TESTING 1…2…365: P-Push It Real Good

Virgin365: day three hundred and twenty-three…December Challenge

365 ONE: day 233…Falling Apart List

Day 233: August 28th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Mia Nyxta Ston Paradeiso” by Nikos Koyrkoylhs

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded my other blog was = “Tunes in my Head”

Anything to Note =

I tried to speed walk yesterday and again today, but failed.

I did wear my maternity belt though for the first time in a long time while I walked as I keep forgetting. So yeah, one point for me there, but, in terms of trying to speed walk, I get a minus one. I just could not do it.


I tried to speed walk but my tendons were just so painful. They are so tight that there was no way to keep up my pace.


So now I can add that to my joyful pregnant “I’m falling apart” list…

– backache
– wrist pain
– right arm elbow joint pain that I had to modify my push-ups
– I can’t and don’t sleep
– swollen feet
– hands swollen so much that I am afraid to wear both rings now

And that list goes on and on…

…but I can now add…

– painful tendons in my legs 😦


Also…possibly also something to do with maybe Braxton Hicks contractions?? They say that you have these going on for a while but may not necessarily always feel them…I don’t know. I’ve got something going on that’s either that and/or pressure that causes pain – Weird!

There’s definitely some big shifting going on now “in my belly” (said in Austin Powers style)…soooo tired haha! But yeah, I can feel and see some stuff going on. It’s high up near my ribs and either from a head, hands or foot action. And it stays there for a while as a hard bulge! What is he doing in there???!!!

You little schmonkie you!! Thank you for my falling apart list!!

365 ONE: day 230…Education Catch Up In Less Than A Month!

Day 230: August 25th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Speed Walking from Pouring Rain

Dance of the Day was = “Hold That Sucker Down” by OT Quartet

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Mirror Faces”

Anything to Note =

Today it is 36 weeks!!!

So I’m in my ninth month!! Holy CRAP!!!

I took my monthly photo this morning so will have to post – actually am behind in posting the last few monthly bump photos but thought I would wait until 40 weeks (if the schmonkie doesn’t come before that which I am told is unlikely as first babies usually come late) and then can put them all together to see the whale I gradually became/have become!!

I finally caught up with What To Expect When Expecting! I got through all the months and am in the Labour and Delivery section now…which I am guessing I need to know about haha!

It’s funny as I think I was still on month 4 when I got to London so it’s been a crash course to catch up on in just a couple of weeks! I actually left that book in London so had no chance to read it before. And I know I know, people keep asking why I didn’t just skip to the right month to catch up but I felt guilty! And I stumbled across a number of things that could have been useful back in the appropriate month but hey!!


Two or three more books to go!!

Actually my mum has already read one book and made notes for me!! Yup, and highlighted!! So I need to read that or the notes or both!!

And then…I have to learn it and remember it and put it into practice with the little schmonkie!!



Sidenote: I have to adapt my push-ups as yesterday and today my wrist really hurt and my joints on my right elbow hurt like they were being strained…because I am a whale!! So need to go onto my knees and adapt before I injure myself I think.

365 ONE: day 68…Pussycat Dolls in the Stairwell!

Day 68: March 16th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Buttons” by Pussycat Dolls

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Too Hot To But Do”

Anything to Note =

I burned my tongue on my hot food….which inspired my video upload πŸ™‚

Leaving for MD for the weekend as have a film shoot down in Baltimore so had to race around today amidst crazy work to get all my 365 done as I will be driving in rush hour after so will take a while to get there and won’t be any time for some 365. Certainly cannot do it in the car while driving!!

So another one of those days where I squeeze it all in at the office. This time I was pretty lucky though as managed to get in all my push-ups and planks and sit-ups in one go with not one single person coming in to the bathroom, so that was good πŸ™‚ Lately, can’t get anything in as there is always someone else in there.

Another dance in the stairwell today too – this time though a man watched me go into the stairwell as he was heading to the men’s toilet which is right next door, and gave me a funny look like “Where is she going? And why is she going into the stairwell?” So from the bathroom he probably heard my Pussycat Dolls song haha!!

I wonder – all the things I do in the stairwell, there must be building security cameras, right? Soooooo are they watching me? It hit me in the middle of my dance today as I was provocatively dancing like a stripper to the stairwell rails that there may be people watching me so at first I was like – wow, they are going to be laughing their asses off! But then it inspired me to make them laugh more….yup,. out came the inner cage girl again!!

I sooooo want to be a cage girl…

Or a Go Go Dancer…

After I have my baby!!!


365 ONE: day 22…and a new week begins…

Day 22: January 30th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking (with heavy backpack)

Dance of the Day was = “Land Down Under” by Men at Work

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

Anything to Note =

I had to cram in my criteria again today as had my staged reading performance of Three Sisters tonight at The Player’s Club with rehearsal there in the space all afternoon. So I did my planks, push-ups and sit-ups at the office. It’s so much nicer to do the planks on carpet – it doesn’t hurt your arms as much – and with the push-ups too I guess. There is that little room before you enter the actual bathroom at work with a large mirror and couch, and carpeted floor – I love doing my 365 there. I went back to do my sit-ups but there was a girl in there on the couch so had to do them on the floor in the disabled bathroom larger stall! It was gross! Doing my sit-ups on the tiles near the loo!!!!! This girl who also works in our suite tends to have moments in her day where she sits on the couch to rest, or sometimes cry (really sad) but she prevents me from using that space, so it makes it hard sometimes to coordinate! I always hope she is not there when I go to the bathroom so I can use the carpeted area!

I just want to add again though – it was gross doing sit-ups on the cold tiles, in a bathroom, literally right next to the toilet! AND…in a nice dress!!!

I danced to my Aussie song today in the bathroom at The Player’s Club – of course I chose this song to honor my Aussie cousin’s birthday, who is staying with me in NYC at the moment…or at least I will gladly say so….but not sure I put two and two together until after since I found the next song and pressed play!

I then decided to do my crazy upload in that bathroom too! I spent a lot of my 365 in bathrooms apparently today! HAHA! The bathroom downstairs at The Player’s Club though was sooo warm and the theatre was soooo cold, so I was happy to be down there – in front of full-size mirrors πŸ™‚ I haven’t watched my video though – I can only imagine what came out….vaguely remember me doing a “silent dance” with a bathroom stall like I am crazy!! But too late so wanted to just get my blogs posted so I can go to bed!


365 ONE: day 11 (dum di dum dum dum dum!)

Day 11: January 19th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Running from home to top of Triboro Bridge and back home

Dance of the Day was = “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee

Improvised Acting Video that I uploaded to my other blog that I refer to as = “Hand Puppets”

Anything to Note =

Low and behold another busy day – surprise surprise!! AHHHH! When is it not, boo 😦 I did manage to get in some of my fitness criterion through the day but my body is just sooooo tired – especially after a long rehearsal last night until after 10pm of hours of movement – I can certainly feel it today. I really felt it when I was doing the two planks and my push-ups – so I am guessing its my core that is weak….a little frustrating to be honest. I need to take it a little easy soon to be able to keep going each day the way I want, so hopefully when I get a moment I will be able to do less and then build up strength properly. No time for rest yet!

Since the train did that tunnel slow thing yesterday it must have jinxed something as on my way home late tonight the bloody train went slowly in the tunnel again!! And this time it was at the end of the day so I was just soooo tired. I was trying to learn my monologue as well but just got distracted waiting for the outside to pop out and the tunnel to be done. Poop. Schmoop. (The more of these blogs you read, the more you will realize that I have my own favorite words and made up language!!!)

I got home late again and hadn’t done my cardio – I walked everywhere yesterday as my cardio, and walking will be an easy choice and also a common choice in this challenge, so I will try to fight that if I can. Today I didn’t have time to walk from work to rehearsal and such so I was faced with the “what shall I do for my cardio today??” I decided to run! Sooooo….probably wasn’t the best idea for various reasons; it was cold out, I wanted to run to Randall’s Island, it was late, and…and…I am not supposed to be running at all due to my knee. But I wanted to, and I wanted to just go out and run to my ipod. I thought of it as a sort of tester and also I figured that my PT told me not to run but the stretching exercises I have included as one of my 365 criteria are just those exercises he gave me to help me out. And I have been doing them for 11 days now so I justified it as, well, I have been doing some work on my muscles, and I won’t push it too much….well, it ended up that way as I wanted to run to Randall’s Island but compromised and ran to the top of the Triboro Bridge and came back down instead. It was hard to restrain myself from going all the way!! I am amazed and proud I didn’t actually!! The knee and guilt made me turn around, and the fact that it was cold so my throat was hurting a little….saved by the bell…bells….??? What Th…! Wowza!

What made my day, was after my run, there I am dying out on the street outside my apt front door, trying to cool down, I figured this would be a great time to do my dance of the day – lots of space, outside feels nice as I’m so hot from my run, and with the curious eye driving/walking by enticing me πŸ™‚ Yes, I like the attention!! Yes, that’s why I want to be a cage dancer haha! I was just going full-out with my ipod on and I didn’t mind the earphones on as it was loud and I had the liberty to do whatever out on the sidewalk! I just loved the cars that would drive by, double take and slow down haha! I especially liked the couple carrying groceries who passed me dancing latina full-out – I caught their smiles at each other as they passed!! πŸ™‚ DANCING ON THE STREET!!! LOVE!!! Will be doing that again!


Day 10: January 18th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking Manhattan/Loom Movement Training

Dance of the Day was = “Rock This Party” by Bob Sinclar

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog I refer to as = “Astoria Anchor”

Anything to Note =

Today was even busier (if that is even possible) than yesterday – I had so many different areas of Manhattan I had to be at, at specific times for appointments – from near the westside highway, to Columbus Circle, then up to Harlem, then back down to Grand Central and then over again to near the westside highway – so naturally again walking was something I wanted to make my cardio as I wouldn’t be home until after 11pm tonight so tried to walk in between these appointments as best I could. I managed a few but then got stuck from Columbus Circle to Harlem and from Harlem down to my office at Grand Central. If I wasn’t carrying a huge weight in my backpack, or could drop my backpack somewhere and was also allowed to run (as still not allowed to run due to my knee), I would have totally run through central park up to Harlem and back – it would have been amazing!! I would have done it!!

I tell you what’s really hard is to speed walk AGAINST the wind! It’s annoying in my cardio moment but kind of funny actually as you sort of feel tiny and weak and almost like a little child learning to walk for the first time. I like to shout at the wind as I am trying to push through at the same speed – I don’t advise this on the busy avenues like 8th or near Times Square, but over on 10th avenue, now that was like my own private battle – me versus the wind!!


The morning was off to a slow start today too, literally. The train decided to creep through the tunnel and so there I am on my tip-toes, wobbling and praying the bloody tunnel would end already!! It’s something I knew could be a factor – slow tunnel speeds or even tunnel stops. Ugh. Not happy about that. This was my first encounter of that on tip-toes. Isn’t it great when your morning starts off like crap….it sets up the whole rest of the day to be….crap!

And while I was holding up on my tip-toes praying for 59th Street and Lexington to appear, I realized that this was not my first official 365 Challenge. Last year, my good friend Paloma Woo and I set ourself a challenge to see each other once a week at least, so a total of 52 times and we actually made it!! So, that really should be considered 365 ONE and now I should be calling this 365 TWO…but they are two very different things…hmmmmmm….will need to think about this as I maybe need to come up with a 365 project name that encompasses it all and not number the 365 Challenges. Any ideas?? I need a wide scope 365 title to address all 365 Challenges I do in my lifetime. Am open to any suggestions.

This long day meant that I had a lot of 365 criteria to get done still at the end of the day when home, annoyingly. I was too busy to sneak them in at all. I managed to get some stretching exercises done and also 10 push-ups during rehearsals but the rest I had to do still. So decided to do some stretching leg exercises while on the subway but boy do you get funny looks from people – it must make their day to see something crazy! You can get away with anything in NYC. I think I need to be more risk-ey and take advantage of that more with this 365 Challenge…we’ll see…