Monday, November 11, 2013


Measurements for future reference: 11/11/13
Bust 40
Waist 32
Abdomen 39 (improvement here would be amazing for me!)
Hips 41

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Bust: 39
Hips: 41
Chest: 34
Waist:  31
Abdomen: 36
Weight: 140
Wrist: 6.3

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Salad and wine

Yesterday I did a bit of fasting: lots of water (2.5+L) throughout the day,  and then a wonderful chicken Caesar salad in the evening. I don't think that having a few glasses of wine helped the efforts, but there it is, and it was yummy and delightful.

Today I have continued with the water - nearly a litre so far.

I planked 1:30, and every time I do a plank I swear I feel taller.

Bike: 9.6 miles over 35 minutes [203.25 total]
Leg lifts: 20
Cross crunch:25
Crunches: 20
Jack knifes: 4
Push-ups: 10

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Road Resumed: Eastern Marshes

I got wickedly turned around in March and have spent the last several months regaining my footing and my location. That quest was a chapter or three in its own right, and for now we are just picking up from today.

Bike: 7.5 miles [193.75 total]
Water: 2000 ml
Plank: 1:06
Toe dips: 30
Leg lifts: 16

Maqui chocolate bar (totally yummy!)
1 cup tamari roasted pumpkin seeds

Friday, March 1, 2013

Round 3, Day 5

Sleep: 6.5
Pushups: 2 sets of 10
Leg Lifts: 2 sets of 10
Water: 16 ounces
4 eggs with provolone cheese
Hummus Sandwich on toast, 12 ounces Lady Grey tea
One can Progresso Chicken & Rice Soup
Life Goals:
  • Tests 4 & 5 & 6 completed of PMI-RMP
  • Appraisal paid for.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Camped in the eastern part of the Marshes

I am totally stoked to have gotten back to the gym.
I feel like a new woman.

Sleep: 9
Cardio: Bike 30 minutes @ level 4 6.25 miles [186.25 total]
Weights: Deadlift 45# 2 sets of 10
Abs: 20 incline Russian Ab Twists with 7.5# dumbbell
Push-ups: 2 sets of 10
Pull-ups: 1 @ 25# assist, 1 @ 40# assist, 1 @ 55# assist
Water: 108 ounces
4 eggs with 2 slices of provolone, basil and black pepper
1 Can Progresso Italian Wedding Soup
Handful of carrots with balsamic dressing, 2 dill pickles
Plank 1:30, 1:14, 1:37
Life Goals:
  • Submitted a copy of my 2011 taxes to the mortgage company
    (paperwork! we hates it we does!)
  • Filed to have my name changed
    (Courthouses and Legal Stuff! It's like living in a Kafka novel!)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Round 3: Day 2

Planked for a minute in the work kitchen.
Last night I took my measurements and the upshot is that three weeks of lazing about with the flu and then enjoying cozy time erased my progress. That was a bit of an embarrassment and a serious wake-up call. It is time to head back to the gym. Or buy a jump rope. Or something.

Ninety minutes of dancing tonight should be a good start.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Begin Week 6

Yesterday I planked for over a minute in the work kitchen, drank all my water, had a smidge of alcohol with dinner, and a few cigarettes just after the 24 hour mark. Resetting the counter and trying again, because that is the rebel way.

I got 9 hours of sleep, albeit interrupted by a two a.m. tea party with the toddler. She is awesome, amazing, and has a passion for a profundity of pink.

On the life front, I received a prequalification letter from my mortgage agent, and have submitted an offer on a house. I will hear from the sellers no later than this time Thursday. HUZZAH!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Week 3 Report

Ranger Base: A+
A: 4/4; B: 3/4; C: 2/4; D: 1/4; F: 0/4
Biking: 3/3
Weights: 4/4
+ Abs Daily: 7/5
Pilates: 90/90

Going Rogue: A+
A: 5/5; B: 4/5; C: 3/5; D: 1-2/5; F: 0/5
Zen Habits: 5/5 A
Plank:5/5 A
Maximum Pank this week: 2:45 (Personal Record)

Diet and Lifestyle: A-B honor roll
A: 7/7; B: 5-6/7; C: 3-4/7 D:1-2/7 F:0/7
Coffee 0/7 A
Sugar 0/7 A
Water 6/7 B
Cigarettes 7/7 A+ (this trumps everything else, IMHO)
Longest time without a cigarette: 113+ hours
Day with the fewest cigarettes: 4 days of 0 cigarettes
Sleep 6/7 B
Television 3/7 B
(Arrow as planned, plus a bit of a movie at home, and television to fight cravings on Sunday)
Alcohol 2/7 B

Life Goals: A+
Each of these is worth WIS +.5
DMV: Completed
Battle Plan for Debts: Completed +
Nota Bene: 9-12 of 14 scheduled payments for January completed.
Apply for second job: Completed
Clean my room: 95% complete
SSN: 0%
Court: Completed

Bonus Goal 1: All Credit Cards to 80+% Paid A+
1 credit card 100% paid
1 credit card 80% paid
1 credit card 90% paid
1 credit card 90% paid

Friday, January 25, 2013

Central Midgewater Marshes

Sleep: 8
Biking: 6.75 miles, 30 minutes @ Level 5
Calf press: 50#, 3/15
Glute: 40#, 3/10
Leg Press: 65#: 3/15
Abs: Butterfly Abs: 2/20
Plank: 2:45 (PR!)
Water: 32 ounces @ 06:45; 08:30;
Post-Gym Food:
Rotisserie Chicken breast
Two cups Kashi Strawberry Fields Cereal with whole milk
1 Cup black tea

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Western Marshes

Sleep: 9
Biking: 6.75 30 minutes @ level 5 [173.25 total]
Weights: New Personal Record on each, first time ever on the deadlifting
Deadlift: 45#, x5
Fly: 7.5# x10
Arm Extension: 7.5 x10
Row: 10# x10
Swimmer's Press: 10# x10
Bicep Curl: 10# x10
Assisted Pull-ups: 3
Water: 32 ounces @ 06:30; 08:30; 14:30
Kashi Strawberry Fields cereal with whole milk, 1 cup black tea
Pasta and red sauce
1/2 pound raw carrots with Italian Parmesan dressing, 1 cup black tea
3/4 cup tamari pumpkin seeds, 1 cup black tea

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


This morning we did something completely different, the Planet Fitness 30 minute Express Circuit. It was pretty killer, and I kind of loved it, but I still like the bike and free weights idea more. After the circuit, I did 5 assisted chin-ups, and I'm totally looking forward to being able to do these for real without the assist.

Yesterday's cigarette tally was 3, and I've reset the counter. Current time is 12 hours. I seem to have very little problem going 20-24 hours, but then there is a wall.

Sleep was most excellent -- a full, uninterrupted 9 hours. Frame this moment, because they are rare indeed.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Out of Chetwood

I made it to the gym and after 30 minutes on the bike, I hit the free weights. It's nice to have a battle buddy who knows what he is doing; I have avoided free weights up to this point because I am clueless and am afraid of injuring myself with them. But after my first morning, I have to say that I love them.

Sleep: 8 hours - divided into 6 and 2
(I love my little girl. Even at 2:30 in the morning)
Bike: 6.75 miles, 30 minutes at level 5 [166.5 total]
Free Weights (5#):
15 arm extensions
15 swimmers press
20 dumbell fly
20 lunge-things
Tricep Press Machine: 40# (PR!) 3/15
Butterfly Abs: 2 sets of 20 (PR!)

I had two cigarettes yesterday (no plank -- coincidence?) and have reset the counter. Currently at 14 and rolling.
No coffee since Dec. 21
No additional sugar since Nov. 11
Water: 40 ounces so far today
No television (And Following started! It was so hard not to watch.)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Escape the Nazgul: Week 2 Report

Ranger Base: A+
Biking: 3/3
Weights: 4/4
+ Abs Daily: 7/5
Pilates: 90/90

Going Rogue: A
Zen Habits: 4/4
Plank: 5/5
Maximum Plank this week: 2:30

Diet and Lifestyle: A-B honor roll
Coffee 1/7 B
Sugar 0/7 A
Water 6/7 B
Cigarettes 7/7 A
Longest time without a cigarette: 68 hours
Day with the fewest cigarettes: 2 days of 0 cigarette
Sleep 6/7 B
Television 1/7 A (Arrow as planned)

Life Goals: A+
DMV: Completed
Battle Plan for Debts: Completed +
Nota Bene: 8 of 14 scheduled payments for January completed.
Apply for second job: Completed
Clean my room: 95% complete
SSN: 0%
Court: Completed

Bonus Goal 1: All Credit Cards to 80+% Paid
1 credit card 100% paid
1 credit card 86% paid
1 credit card 70% paid
1 credit card 10% paid

Bonus Goal 2:File Taxes
Appointment made for February 14th at 7 p.m. with accountant.
Documents to gather:
SSN Cards for children
Tax statement from GSLs
Tax statement from daycare

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Eastern Chetwood, day three

Sleep: 8
Biking: 6.75 miles [159.75 total] 30 min @ level 5
Calf press: 50# 3/10
Leg Extension: 30# 3/10
Glute: 50# 3/10
Abs: 40 Russian Ab Twists; 25 Scissor jacks
Water: 32 ounces @ 06:30; 09:00
3 eggs, scrambled, with smoked cheddar cheese
1 Banana
3/4 c. Almonds
Cigarette counter reset. Still struggling. Still maintaining.
Zen Habit: Yes

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Quiet and Peaceful, Day Two

Sleep: 8.5
Biking: 0 miles [153 total]
Home workout:
15 push-ups
Abs: Pilates 100
Water: 32 ounces @ 08:30
3/4 cup tamari pumpkin seeds
Cigarette counter reset.
Zen Habit: Yes
Plank: 2:00

No coffee so far since December 21, 2012
No television since December 20, 2012
No additional sugar (in tea, etc) since December 01, 2012

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

East Chetwood: Quiet and Peaceful

Sleep: 6
Biking: 4.5 miles [153 total]
Seated Leg Curl: 30# 3/10
Seated Leg Press: 50# 3/10
Glute: 50# (PR !!) 3/12
Abs: Butterfly 2/15
Water: 32 ounces @ 06:00; 08:30
3 eggs, scrambled, with one slice American cheese
2 Fig Newmans
3/4 cup tamari pumpkin seeds
Cigarette counter reset.
Zen Habit: Yes
Plank: 2:30

Monday, January 14, 2013

Eastern Chetwood, quiet and peaceful

Sleep: 7.5 hours
Bike: 6.75 miles, 30 min@ level 5
Fly: 50# (PR !!) 3/10
Shoulder Press: 15# 3/8
Ab-X: 3/15
Plank: 1:30
32 Ounces of water so far
Cigarette counter reset (Hoping to break the PR of 24 hours)
Zen Habit: Yes
Debts: 7th of 11 scheduled payments for January completed
Application for second job completed and delivered.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Heading north into Chetwood

Sleep: 6.5
Biking: 6.5
Overhead Press 30# 3/10
Shoulder Pull 35# 3/18
Water: 32 ounces @ 06:30; 09:30;

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bree, at long last!

Sleep: 7 +1.5 (broken by the toddler, but still, it worked out.)
Biking: 6.75 miles, 30 minutes @ Level 5 [135.25 total]
Seated Leg Curl 3@35#/10
Seated Leg Press 3@75#/10
Glute 3@35#/10
Butterfly-Abs: 2 sets of 15
Water: 32 ounces @ 06:30; 08:30;
4 Fig Newmans
3/4 cup raw almonds
Black Tea


Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Sleep: 6
Water: 32 ounces
Hummus Sandwich
Chicken and Rice soup
Yam-apple-bleu cheese soup with walnuts

Cigarettes: 1

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Former boundary of Cardolan

Sleep: 8 hours
Biking: 6.75 miles @ level 5 [128.5 total]
Tricep Press: 3@30#/18
Bicep Curl: 3@15#/10
Butterfly-abs: 2 sets of 15
Rowing: 3@25#/15
Plank: 1:15
Water: 32 ounces @ 06:00; 09:30;
Two scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese
Two cups of sweet potato apple blue cheese soup with walnuts
Roast beef with onions and sweet potatoes
Red wine, mead
Cigarettes: 5
Life: Worked on application for second job

Monday, January 7, 2013


Sleep: 6
Water: 64 ounces
Everything bagel with cream cheese
black tea
Split Pea soup
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup tamari pumpkin seeds


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Pilates: Pre-week

Sleep: 2 hours (really going to have to talk to the BF about this.)

48 ounces of water.

90 minutes of Pilates.

Plank: 1:35

Cornish Game Hen for early dinner after Pilates.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

First-ever Paleo meal

Made my first-ever paleo meal and shared it with the BF -- the kids' turned up their noses and ate pizza, which was totally their loss.

7 cigarettes.

32 ounces of water.

7 hours of sleep.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Through a gap in the north

Biking: 6.75 miles
Water: 32 ounces @ 18:00;
Plank: 1:30
16 ounces plum tea
1 cup tossed salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing
1 cup angel hair with alfredo sauce
1 cup tossed salad with french vinaigrette dressing
Cigarettes: 5

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Plan: Escape the Nazgul

Fitness 1: Ranger Base 6 points total, graded weekly
A: 18/18; B: 15-17/18; C: 12-14; D: 9-11; F: Fewer than 9
Warrior: Weights 3x/week [STR +2]
Scout: Bike 30 minutes 3x/week [STA +2]
Pilates 90 minutes/ week [DEX +2]
Saturday is a rest day

Fitness 2: Going Rogue 3 points total
A: 30/30; B: 25-29; C: 20-24; D: 15-19; F: Fewer than 15
Druid: 5x/week reading of Zen habits [WIS +1], graded weekly
Assassin: Go rock climbing at least once [DEX +1], graded at the end
Monk: Increase maximum plank by holding 5x/week [STR +1], graded weekly

Fitness 3: Diet and Lifestyle 3 points total
Each of these is important, and is graded daily. I will set up a spreadsheet to track the progress on these to help keep me accountable.
Each of these is worth CON +.5
A: 40-42/42; B: 36-39; C: 32-35; D: 28- 31; F: Fewer than 28
No Coffee
No sugar in my tea
Water >64 ounces throughout the day
Cigarettes Fewer than 5 a day
Sleep 7+ hours a night
No television until January 17, and then only Arrow with the boys once a week.

Life: Choose one of these each week 3 points total
Each of these is worth WIS +.5

These aren't particularly difficult, I have just been avoiding them because they are tedious and because paperwork intimidates the hell out of me.
DMV - this might take a whole day, but it needs straightening up. Currently scheduled for January 14-18.
Court Crap - file documentation
Create a battle plan for debts. Post it to the Fellowship, even if you don't post it anywhere else. Honesty is good.
SSN crap: file documentation
Apply for a second job: Deadline January 14
Clean my room (for real, not just the standard creative rearranging)