LAB RAT 365: Finger Licking Good!

365 ONE: day 62…invent some cardio!

Day 62: March 10th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Dance Boxing

Dance of the Day was = “Rendez-Vu” by Basement Jaxx

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Deer Hunting”

Anything to Note =

What do you get when you put on boxing gloves and techno music….?


The latest craze south of the border….riiiiiiiiiiiiiight!

Yeah….so….that was me inventing my cardio this morning 🙂 I had to wait as was meeting my friend Paloma for brunch at the diner but they had “a backup in the shower situation” so figured I should do something in this free time I had, and to also take my mind off how hungry I was! So was going to do some boxing with my boxing gloves and then a ding went off in my head! What if I did it to some music??!!! So I picked two long songs and then….

…it turned into boxing to the beat 🙂

My crazy self 🙂

I also did my video upload this morning with my deer stalker hat on….yeah yeah…anyway, the home phone rang and it’s loud so had to incorporate it into my video as was supposed to be outside deer hunting!! Talk about timing! And it turns out it was a wrong number – someone called from Venezuela looking for an Alfonso or Alfredo or something! Great!!

365 ONE: day 60…dance it off!

Day 60: March 8th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “The Coke Man” by Da Boy Tommy

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Hot Stuff”

Anything to Note =

Now it seems that whenever I put on a techno song that is not that well-known or not my favourite or not a hit, my dance becomes an aerobic workout! I just can’t dance normally to them…I try! I try to slow it down and “dance” to it but it takes over! I am ruled by the beat haha!

It is the kind of music that I play at the gym (when I go to the gym) so I do associate it with lots of bouncing and hardcore movement…but I think it also becomes aerobic from my guilt of always walking as my cardio, but in busy times it seems it’s all I can do right now.

Walk it off!


Dance it off!

365 ONE: day 57…truly stupid today!

Day 57: March 5th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Horny as a Dandy” by Mousse T

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

Anything to Note =

“Horny as a Dandy” by Mousse T came on shuffle as I was looking for a song for my dance of the day. An old classic! A song I used to dance to a lot in my young techno club days (who am I kidding – I am still a techno clubber!! Just perhaps not as young! But will always be a Euro Techno Girl) 🙂

Anyway, in addition to dancing to this song back in the heyday, I also knew all the words. There was one line we could never figure out so we made it up, but I knew everything else!

So as I was dancing I thought it would be a good video upload…and then I got stumped.

The song was on my ipod so I tried to play the song and then switch to the camera to record but the music goes off and the applications won’t work simultaneously.

Then I thought, let me play my song and use Stuart’s ipod to record, but he has the older version ipod touch and so has no camera.

Then I thought I could video on my ipod and play the song from Stuart’s ipod, but he didn’t have that song.

So…after wracking my brain I shrugged and said there was no other way than to just record a “silent” version. I was mouthing the words and dancing as my video upload. Not the same. Not what I had in mind. Bleh.

Then…an hour or so later a DING and a DUH went off in my head!!!

I could have turned on my laptop and played the song and recorded the video with my ipod!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I am schtoopid!

365 ONE: day 13…lucky or unlucky?

Day 13: January 21st, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Running Up Stairs

Dance of the Day was = “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog, now referred to as = “Bathtub Hangover”

Anything to Note =

It is hard to do a video when you need to be quiet. I knew I had to still do my improvised acting upload and my cousin was in the apartment on the phone, so went into the bathroom and lay down in the bathtub….as you do….haha….and then decided to just record. I need a friggin’ way to keep the ipod upright, and be able to follow me, and track, and basically move on its own!!! As I keep checking to see if I am still in frame, which is distracting and noticeable. I wonder if they have invented the flying personal camera yet?? Note to self….invent that! 🙂

I decided on a slower song tonight as opposed to my usual Euro Techno Dance rave! I was just feeling a little slow (yes, you may insert your laughter AT me here). I thought perhaps it would be a good way to rest my body or even try something not so hectic but I craved a faster beat. I guess I look at the dancing criteria as not only enjoyable but also as some sort of part to the fitness element, so I quickly realized that I wasn’t getting enough of a challenge in….then I turned into a crazy person, with twists and weird movements to make sure I felt something, like a mini workout! It transformed from an enjoyable dance to a “let’s add this movement here as it’s working on my sides, and let’s add this move here even though it’s double time”!!!

I took the bus back home tonight from Manhattan to Queens and I just must have been on auto-pilot as sat down at the back. Then a few seconds later I hopped up and scared the crap out of the people behind me! I am not allowed to sit on public transportation!!! CRAP! I just forgot that the bus is public transportation as been used to the subway for these last 13 days. On the subway it’s engrained to not sit, but on the bus, as its so infrequent, I just had a moment! Yes, another SLOW moment!!! But, thank god I suddenly remembered as that was indeed a close call!! WOW!

I also realized that we were crossing the water and pondered to whether I was supposed to be on tip-toes then as essentially its the same as in the subway tunnel crossing the water. I hesitated but then decided to do it anyway. It wasn’t very long – way shorter on the bus, but way bumpier!!! I just felt like I had to do it. Who am I, seriously?????

Hello, nice to meet you, I’m Crazy Cathy….or Zoe…that doesn’t fit…Zingy Zoe? Zoe the Zulu? Zaney Zoe? d). All of the above.

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!!