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V - Saturday Aug 20, 2011
(Building a stronger body)
Weight: 134.1

Good Morning It is raining like crazy, here so I am going to have to get creative with my workout today..I should have just worked out after I got home last night..... Sorry just thinking aloud...One of the MANY "asides" you will get from this post...

Without further ado I give you the goods...

Vincent came to pick me up promptly at 8pm... John was in the window as he pulled up, he was like"this dude must have lots of money that is a really expensive ride"

Anyhoo, we had to meet outside because the baby was sleep for the night and Ditka goes completely Psycho when any  guy is around... Introductions were made and we were off... Vincent is not much of a conversationalist(not a big deal) I didn't want to dominate the conversation so I asked him a few random questions just to get him to relax a bit, he really didn't seem to have much interest in anything other than work...Okay I take that back.. he had a gleam of sparkle in his eye when I asked about his daughter...

We get to this place that dates back to the 50's...It was a total dive(The Mutiny) but had character...The neatest part were the tiles on the ceiling that each had works of art from customers and employees...I thought it a bit strange that Vinny said he has never even noticed all the killer works up there, I mean his office is right next door to the place so he is there at least 2 nights a week..I also found it a bit strange that he ordered a cider and 2 shots of SoCo for himself( nervous? sign of an alchy? you decide) prompted by him I went against ordering a glass of wine( not that kinda place) They had "Old Style" Pabst , High life and Coors on tap, Nothing else...So I went with my stand by Goose and Soda...

As we settled into the bar we also noticed that the band was setting up, he was like" I am sorry, I forgot the band plays Fri. and Sat and most of them SUCK" Ya know me I wanted to hear it for my self and as soon as the one chord wonders started, amps a blazing The lead singer belts out a primal guttaral scream"FAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWK" Yep time to go....LOL I like metal but this dude Sucked the big one, but he quite the set of pipes on him...Good Lord My Ears are still bleeding...

Sorry to do this to you but I will be back... The baby is crying, not a parent to be found...Back in a sec...

Okay  Back....So as we stood outside discussing options, I mentioned the fact that I could use a bite to eat, not used to drinking those B L D's anymore(Big liquour drinks) and you know I am thinking he is not really good at this date planning thing, so I  had to take over and help him out....We walk up to the corner where there is another bar/bistro Quencher's  (love the fact there are lots of options here, i miss that)  Vinny orders another Cider and 2 shots of SoCo, hey at least he is consistant...LOL I had a really decent glass of Pinot Noir and a SoCo Lime.. It was apparent that we were not getting seats anytime soon nor food so I suggested we take it to ODonovan's on of my fav places when I lived here and has really heathy foods to boot!!

On the drive there he said although he really wasn't hungry because he eats only once a day, he says everything tastes like cardboard to him so what's the point in eating??? (could it be his 2 pack a day habit that has dulled his taste buds??) So we get to Odonavans where he orders a cider and 2 more So Co ...LOL man he is hardcore on so many levels. I am sure he has been doing this for years and he didn't even seem to be phased by his intake, I would have been straight Shamboned!!! LOL

As we sat there waiting for my sauteed calamari balsamic glaze, with polenta cake to arrive, he brought up the fact tha he admired my discipline, drive and excitement when it came to fitness.. He says he has a membership to a gym and just recently stopped paying for his personal trainer that he Never took advantage of.. He had lots of excuses but work was the #1 reason, for his lack of motivation..I couldn't help but to mention fuel being the lack of steam he needs for workouts as well...It seems although he is aware of his shortcomings, he seem to be okay with how it is all playing out for him....My thoughts on that, I kept them to myself BTW....

Anyhoo my food arrives and I almost convinced him to try some...His facial expression was comparable to a 3 yo kid who didn't want his broccoli...Although he didn't try them he did order some fries, I guess that is a start...LOL

We hung out there for a few hours more chatting it up and despite all of his not so healthy habits, I still found myself very attracted to him..And by no means do i think nor want to try to change, fix, him in any way...That is something  do NOT cosign to but there are alot of women out there that do....Anyhoo, we shared a few smooches and we arrived at the door of my BFF's he remained a gentleman...

Well ladies, I must get going, I am on baby duty at 4, til John gets home from his job...I am heading to my parents tomorrow, I can't wait to catch up with you all...

Progress as of today: 92.9 lbs lost so far, only -0.9 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/21/2011:
Hi V - sounds like date closed to "mixed reviews". You know - being a strong personality and full of so much positive energy you do attract lots of people. Who knows he said he admired your discipline and excitment - maybe he will change. Regarding the alchy question - probably???? I guess I do judge!!! He seems like he has made work a priority - like so many people do and doesn't get the notion that he must not forget to schedule time for himself (outside of the partying, I mean!!) Have fun the rest of your day and I'll check back in later.

V - Friday Aug 19, 2011
(Building a stronger body)
Weight: 134.1

Good afternoon!!! Just another quick post to say hello and I miss You all!!! Kat I promise when i finally have some alone time we will chat it up...I am trying to be the perfect guest so I try not to spend too much time on the computer...I am alone well almost, Ditka is still VERY possesive and follows me everywhere..It is starting to creep me out....I am sure it has alot to do with the baby taking up the majority of Michelle and John's time BUT MAN is he relentless....LOL I just completed my fire55 class on the patio, and i must say it is really amazing Turboing it up outdoors... Well I gotta go shower and get some grub...Much Love

Progress as of today: 92.9 lbs lost so far, only -0.9 lbs to go!

moogy on 08/19/2011:
I am expecting a report about the date with the Irish guy, I saw on your wall that your said you were just chilling!! on Friday night. I was so tempted to add a comment. However, I am a good friend and wouldn't drop you in it!!!! You know you always have at least one stalker on the go, flash him your guns and give him a killer look. That should put him off!! Enjoy yourself:) Lub you:)

hollybelle on 08/19/2011:
Aw, Ditka loves you! He probably does feel left out now that the attention is on the baby. Hope you have some more fun tonight!

V - Thursday Aug 18, 2011
(Building a stronger body)
Weight: 134.1

Good Morning ?????? LOL!!! I survived!!! Holy Drinkathon!!! My saving grace was my water intake throughout the day... Here is how it all started.......

Michelle(my bff) had to work, she just started a new job so I insisted she didn't give her shift away, as you girls know I have NO problem entertaining myself, besides she only had to work til 10 so no worries...

I kicked off my evening around 7ish, walked 8 blocks up to the Bus Stop where I waited really paitently for the bus(2 minutes...hahaha) and I said screw it!" V whistles" oh Mr. Cab driver"..LOL

I went to Rocco Ranalli's(friend Ashley bartends there) where I had dinner, spinach and artichoke dip with celery and a few chips, Huge salad with Chicken, cucumber,assorted olives, tomates, gorganzola, onions..I also had 1 glass of Sav Blanc and a glass of Sangeovese....Not bad right???  I arrived at AliveOne(place where my party was held) early by city standards, 9ish... There were a few people scattered about...A few of my friends were already there, I mingled, stuck to drinking wine, Pinot Noir... and LOTs of water

During the evening, I stepped outside to give my friend directions how to get here, and started chatting with two chicks that were slightly tipsy but very amusing....I could tell right off that these chicks were trashy and they proved me right as soon as they opened their mouths.....One of the guys that were with them was sweating me pretty hard, you know the thrice over and lots of glances...

Now before I could even ask, they voulunteered alot of info, including the fact that the guy that was eyeballing me they had just met via the one chick's boyfriend...They also told me this guy was super snobby, super rich... They invited me over to have a drink with them...What the hell, I obliged...Now comes the introduction.."V this is Vincent"... "Hello V"  Thick Irish accent Yea Moogy!!  I really had him when I guessed that he was from Cork...haha..

Anyhoo as the chicks were off at the jukebox and his buddy was at the bar ordering more drinks, he kinda expressed his disdain of both the chicks behavior and said he hope he wasn't coming off as pushy or too forward, he wanted my number...So I gave him the digits, had another shot with them and then I stepped away.....Too soon to show my hand, so short and sweet is the way to go...

On his way out  for the evening,Vinny  invites me to go to the bar down the street...I declined, he says to me "I am hoping we can get together real soon" gives me a peck right on the lips(pretty ballsy) and off int the night he went..

As I continued on partying like a rock star, someone covers their hands over my eyes, making me play the guess who game...Of course my first response "Is that you Santa Claus?" LOL (btw Buster Poindexter? Brilliant) hahaha Well it wasn't Santa, yep you guessed it Vinny... He said that he had enough of the side show as the girls were being questioned by the cops in their role in starting a bar brawl

We chatted it up a bit more and he said he just wanted to know if I would go out with him Friday...I said NO....Just kidding, of course I said yes...He said "sweet"gave me another kiss and off he went int the night again...Of course I will give you all the dirt as it happens.. So far all I know about him is he is 37, flips houses, divorced, father of 1 kid  andd his accent makes me all tingly.....He called me earlier to confirm our evening...

Well ladies, I am off to rehydrate and get a workout in while I have an empy house...I am thinking a HIIT  class should sweat the rest of the toxins out...

Hey ladies sorry to post and run on you...I am taking it easy tonight so when my friends go to sleep I promise to catch up with all of you...Just wanted you guys to know i am thinking of you



Kinda ironic that the of of my dome is at the"Finch Dirty Bird" special I am indeed a Finch French and a tad bit dirty....Hahaha

Progress as of today: 92.9 lbs lost so far, only -0.9 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 08/18/2011:
Sounds like an amazing evening:) Can't wait to hear more details about Vincent!!!

moogy on 08/18/2011:
Well of course you said yes, the Irish accent would do it for the foreplay!!!!! Nice work V, trust you to find and Irish guy in Chi town first night out!! Of course, I have my own, somewhere!! only no accent being six generation Australian. Daughter and I were laughing as husband stayed over last night to watch True Blood, well that is the excuse anyway!! Of course, it was all change beds when it came to sleeping as the princess and her daddy sleeped in mommies bed and mommy sleep in hers!! I told her that it was a strange arrangement (this relationship of hers) she laughed at me and said " You can talk", I agreed, as I am the only one that knows I am in a relationship as my husband doesn't even have one with himself!!!!! What an idiot!!!! (not me, him!! LOL)Lub you:)

just42day on 08/18/2011:
Good hearing from you and having a great story so early in the vacation. I knew I could count on you! Enjoy! :)

sweetpea1977 on 08/18/2011:
Glad you had a good evening. I hope you enjoy your date tomorrow!

getmebackto150 on 08/18/2011:
definitely a dress... well thats my opinion anyway... I'm DEFINITELY a sundress kind of girl... It says i'm girly, but not too formal...Anyway, I know whatever you wear you will look AMAZING!

KathyBlue on 08/19/2011:
OMG, the photo, you look AMAZING!!! You have your dream body, woman! I'm so proud of you!!!! :))) So, today is Friday, the rendezvous day??? :-) BEHAVE!!! Well, or don't! :-))))

hollybelle on 08/19/2011:
You look SO GOOD in that dress in the pic! WOW-WEE! I have to say that I love the Irish accent too! I used to "hangout" back in the day in an Irish bar in town and I fell in love about every other week-no dates or realtionships, though (to be clear) just pals and drinking buddies. Had some good times in there that summer. It always got so meloncohly in there as the evening wore on, though, the Irish guys would either want to brawl or break into songs of the motherland - LOL! Rock on, V!

thinkpositive on 08/19/2011:
You are too much!!! I love the adventure you are having. I can tell that you have good intuition about people. Have FUN!

V - Wednesday Aug 17, 2011
(Building a stronger body)
Weight: 134.1

Hey ladies Quick driveby to let you know I am alive and survived Day 1...LOL... I am suprisingly not hungover!!! Well I am all about taking it slow and easy with the drinking, including lotsa water...I certainly had my fair share of walking in as well...I am so stoked to be spending summer's end in the city with my bff!!

After my workout, I am going to walk over to the store and do a little shopping..Their fridge is shockingly empty...Michelle is not really one to cook, but I tried telling her how much cheaper it would be if she shopped for the week or two, instead of day to day...Case in point, yesterday after lunch at the Daily(delish btw, we had spinach artichoke dip, my entree was a Calamari salad) we went shopping for dinner...I was quite shocked that our dinner of blacken chicken breast salad  with lots of yummy veggies cost us 55 bucks per person Okay we had 3 bottles of wine  in the cart..LOL Hahaha!!

Well Ladies it is time to start my Birthday with a Fire30 class!!! I am majorly amped to do it on the patio ouside...What What?? Jenelle(Chalene's sister) said how amazing it was to do her fire classes on the deck of their lakehouse..Sure she may have the water but I have the skyscrapers to look at

Time to "crush it"

Hey back from my Fire30 and Upper20... because of  where the sun was positioned it took some creative manuvering to get my laptop angled so I could see...Not that I really needed it so see the routine, just moreso for the cues..I must get up a little earlier before the sun is really high...Also, no more Ditka(the FBI drug sniffing dog) while I work out, either...I left him in the house while i did the Cardio,and finally gave in to his barks(in fear of him waking the rest of the house, especially the baby) At first he thought the resistance band was a leash and was super stoked thinking we were going for a walk...

It didn't take him long to figure out we were going NOWHERE, and he was pretty chill as he waited paitently for me to finish...That was until I did my pushup added side plank portion of the workout..He kept licking my face while I side planked, and finally his patience reached it's limit so he flung his dinosaur at me as if to say, "you are done, time to play!!! LOL

B-1 small pear, 1/2 pita hard salami,cheddar, fresh spinach red peppers, spicy mustard

Progress as of today: 92.9 lbs lost so far, only -0.9 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 08/17/2011:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you have an awesome day:) Your food choices yesterday sound DEVINE!!!!! have a good day!!!!!

sweetpea1977 on 08/17/2011:
Happy Birthday dear friend!

Glad you had a good night last night. Enjoy your birthday workout!


Umpqua on 08/17/2011:
Happy Birthday! I'm sure your dinner last night was wonderful. Enjoy your day!!

thinkpositive on 08/17/2011:
Nice way to celebrate your birthday. Happy Birthday.Food sounds yummy. Have fun.

greengirl on 08/17/2011:
Happy Birthday to you :-)

moogy on 08/17/2011:
You should have recorded that first routine, sounds like a comedy of errors!!! LOL So glad to hear the excitement in your words for something other than TF. Enjoy yourself with your family and friends, I am sure they were glad to see you. What, what, spicy mustard with breakfast, strange woman!! but I still lub you:)

hollybelle on 08/17/2011:
Happy Birthday, Miss V!!! Have a wonderful visit!

Maria7 on 08/17/2011:
Happy Birthday, V! :-)

hollybelle on 08/18/2011:
Funny about the dog! My dogs think it's time to play when I get in the floor to exercise.....

V - Tuesday Aug 16, 2011
(Building a stronger body)
Weight: 134.1

Good Morning Ladies Just a quick update on my progress and time to hit the showers..It is 2:33 am and I just completed my Fire45 class!! Bam and that is how it is done!! What a great way to get my vacay started!! Yeah!! back at ya later!!!

At the airport, bored and all amped up, trying to contain all the Yayas... I am having major problems with my back space key... I am hoping it is temporary, but be forewarned, the spelling might be a bit off so good luck on trying to figure out what the hell I am saying...LOL

Well with a few minutes(maybe 20?) They will start boarding, I am sooooooo READY!!

I'm back!!! Well not really..I am on the plane right now, super hungry and man I should have stopped by Sweetpea's for BFast  during my layover in the ATL... Dang it!! So Far I have consumed 1 pear, 1 apple,  almonds and some Cabernet...I can't wait ti get to The Daily" my fave lunch spot  in my bff's neighborhood....Lotsa "eye candy " and the huge outdoor patio is perfect for peple watching....This should be interesting...LOL Plane is getting ready to land...Later,

Progress as of today: 92.9 lbs lost so far, only -0.9 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/16/2011:
Happy Biirthday, V!

Just42day on 08/16/2011:
I heard the National Guard has been deployed in anticipation of your Chicago arrival. Finally, I feel safe!

Umpqua on 08/16/2011:
You are a warrior my friend! I hope you get some good rest in today for the big day!!

hollybelle on 08/16/2011:
@J42D's comment - LOL!!!

getmebackto150 on 08/16/2011:
Have a safe trip! Can't wait to hear all about Chicago!!

biscottibody59 on 08/16/2011:
Happy BD tomorrow--have a good one!

Also, safe travels!

mysterywoman100 on 08/16/2011:
Have fun today and Happy Birthday

liza36 on 08/16/2011:
Have a fantastic trip! I'm highly impressed with the 1AM workout. You rock!!

sweetpea1977 on 08/16/2011:
It would have been nice to have you over for breakfast. I hope your belly has some fuel in it by now. :)

Have a good evening at home!

shaunnac on 08/16/2011:
have a great day!

moogy on 08/16/2011:
Are you excited????? Just a little bit??? You shouldn't hold your feeling in you know V, it's not good for you!!!! LOL Enjoy the 'eye candy' and the reunion. Lub you:)

KathyBlue on 08/17/2011:
WOW, excitement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :))))) Happy Birthday to you, my love! :)

thinkpositive on 08/17/2011:
Happy Birthday! I hope your vacation is the best ever. You deserve only the best !! ( And the 2:33 am workout- you put me to shame- how can I ever say I don't have time for exercise?!! You are our model to follow!)

V - Monday Aug 15, 2011
(Building a stronger body)
Weight: 134.1

The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.
Sun Tzu

"Remember, anyone can give up.It's the easiest thing in the world.Why do easy?Easy doesn't build muscle. Easy doesn't build charachter.Easy doesn't get you ahead."

Chalene Johnson

Good Morning ladies!!! I was up before the sun again, and instead of getting that early morning cardio workout, I chose to pull a few items out the closet to pack..Well this kinda turned into a treasure hunt, I found many items with the tags still on them...After 15 minutes I had to stop myself and step away..I was going wayyyy overboard with my "needful things"...I am going to take this Fire60 class to the next level , run one more errand, and come back to sort my heaping pile of clothes to decide what I will really wear and the rest is going back in the closet...LOL

I am looking forward to wearing my non workout and work clothes, I was just telling Sweetpea that my gym rat apparel has been my staple wardrobe pretty much everyday, so my goal is to look girlier(is this a word?) while I have the chance to...LOL

I am so ready for the challenge of completing 2 days of workouts before I leave...I look at it this way, if I am doing this for a living  I have to put my skills to the test. I am sure daily multiple workouts will be a part of everyday life then.. Well time to stop talking about it and do it!!! Yeah!!

Back at ya later

Hey ladies!! Alot accomplished since we last talked... I Cruched the Fire60, Lower20 and Ab10...I am setting my alarm for 1 am so I can get the Fire45ez class in and still have time to get cleaned up for my flight...It is certain that a long day awaits me tomorrow so why not start it out with an adrenaline rush...HURRAH!!

Packing is done and I feel good about the final choices on what to bring with me..It all fit in one medium sized suitcase..I still am thinking some of the things I won't even wear but it is always good to have a few alternatives..

Well ladies, it is time to get some fuel and get some napping done...I will update after my early morning workout...Time to read some diaries!!

B- Pear

L- Lean ground turkey, wild brown rice, salsa, ff cheddar

D-Lean boneless pork chop with mango, 1 baked sweet potato,2 Glasses of Meritage

1 gallon water

Progress as of today: 92.9 lbs lost so far, only -0.9 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 08/15/2011:
"Girlier" looks like a great word to me--I vote yes:-)

Have a good day!

getmebackto150 on 08/15/2011:
I agree girlier is definitely a word:) Have a great day!!

hackersdiet on 08/15/2011:
I was just looking over your posts recently and how cool is that about the casting call. I hope you hear back in early Sept. and I hope you get to do that! Sounds exciting. You've been looking forward to your vacation so I hope you get lots of R&R. I've missed reading your posts, and I am happy to be back home from my vacation. :)

sweetpea1977 on 08/15/2011:
:) Yes, the only time you should wear your workout gear is when you're working out! Dress up and show your fantastic girlie side! :)

Umpqua on 08/15/2011:
Hope your packing is going well, I love putting together fun girly outfits for a trip (as you know). Enjoy!

moogy on 08/15/2011:
I would pay good money to see you in a girlie outfit!! Have a great day and try to keep the adrenaline at an acceptable level, so as not to scare people!! Lub you:)

moogy on 08/15/2011:
Good, I love the juicy bits!! LOL

getmebackto150 on 08/15/2011:
I didn't see diddy this time, but the summer I lived there with my college roommate and her parents back in 2000, I did:) This time I did see Marc Anthony and J-LO... They were arriving at the same beach as us as we were leaving... Craziness with all the celebs out there!

Umpqua on 08/15/2011:
She's in Daytona. Do you have time for a quick Fight Club before your flight in the morning? haha

Umpqua on 08/15/2011:
Woot! And I've already started research, I'm definitely getting a new provider, ASAP.

hollybelle on 08/15/2011:
You were a whirlwind today! Wow. I laughed at "needful things" love Stephen King! Be sure to take pics on your trip. We want to see you in your girly togs! Rach showed me just a bit of the video you sent. You look even stronger in this one! I slacked (necessarily so) on Turbo Kick last week - I'll be kicking it up a notch this week, though. Have a safe and wonderful trip and let us hear from you as you can. Getmeback saw Marc Anthony (forget JLo) - I'm jealous! There is something about him! Oh well, I am vering off the subject. Go - V!

Just42day on 08/15/2011:
Thanks for the kind words and reassurance that I should not financially assist my friend. What's hard is that a friend of mine had similarly helped me out financially @ 15 years ago and I know what a real help that was. Paid her back in full. The difference is that was my bff (and still is). Plus, at that time I was just renting and not a home owner. This new friend I've known less than 1 year. I do find it strange that her sister & brother-in-law can't help her out. They have no children and have two incomes. Oh well, I AM remaining firm on not loaning $. Frankly, I'm incredibly proud of myself that I could survive 2 - count 'em 2 years of unemployment thanks to my savings. the truth is I still can't live on the income I'm making with the contract job (cuz medical insurance is killing me!!!) oh well. DOOOOOO have a fabulous vacation and wonderful, wonderful b'day with your family. I anxiously await the sorrid details! :)

sweetpea1977 on 08/15/2011:
I was on my own at the gym tonight. I did chest flies (both with a machine and with hand weights while using a Swiss ball as my bench - great core workout in addition to pecs), lateral raises, front raises, tricep kickbacks, pushups, planks, crunches of all sorts, ball twists with a 10 pound medicine ball, jogged on the treadmill, and finished with 30 minutes of elliptical. You should see what my calorie burn and deficit are (and I still have 90 minutes before midnight!).

You are amazing with your workouts. I cant believe you'll be doing one at 1am!! WOW!

V - Sunday Aug 14, 2011
(Building a stronger body)
Weight: 134.1

I had chosen to use my work as a reflection of my values.
Sidney Poitier

Good Morning Lovelies Day 1 of my vacation and of course I was up before the SUN...LOL Oh I will be taking a nap soon...

Man I am so happy to be able to take a giant step back to reflect, recharge and renew my commitment...

I scored some really good Bday "swag" One of my regulars made a mini portalble "wallhookey" game and really nice bottle of red... One of my coworkers gave me a new Pullup Bar?? What What?? LOL !!! This is a start of something oh so spectacular...I will be back at ya in a bit....

Hey ladies!! Shortly after i logged off i completed my Core20...After that it was lights out pretty much all day... I am super pissed at myself for not getting the yoga class in, I was really looking forward to trying the new class... Tomorrow is a new day and i will fit this into my turbo fueled workouts tomorrow...

Since my shuttle is picking me up at 3:30 am Tues morning, I am completing Monday and Tuesday's classes in less than 24 hours... It would not be realistic for me to think that "maybe" i can fit this in sometime after I arrive, if i leave this to chance, it will NEVER happen.. This is something that I NEED to do for myself, and it is non negotiable...

Well ladies i am off for some nourishment, must have fuel so the engine can purrrrrrrrr

B- Old fashioned oats with fresh mango, nutmeg, cinnamon, icbinb spray


D- Lean boneless jerked pork, wild brown rice, broccoli slaw, cucumbers, yellow onions, ff feta, sunflower kernels, red wine vin, lemon wedge glass of Meritage

1 gallon water

Progress as of today: 92.9 lbs lost so far, only -0.9 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/14/2011:
Awesome birthday gifts, you'll be raking it in this year! :)

Bikiniwax85 on 08/14/2011:
Love the quote babe :)

Bikiniwax85 on 08/14/2011:
Love the quote babe :)

biscottibody59 on 08/14/2011:
You deserve a great vacation and all that goes with it! Enjoy!

ps thanks for your thought:-)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2011:
HELLO V!!! You are such an inspiration! I'm so glad you are still on a roll, as you always are! And you have a new pullup bar, I'm jealous, V. You know, my next goal is to be able to do pull-ups without any assistance. Currently I use the weight machine to assist me with pullups, but i'd like to one day be able to do at least 8 by myself. Right now, I could probably do 3 if I tried! anyways, keep up the great work and enjoy your pullup bar!

hollybelle on 08/14/2011:
Pull up bar??!! Woo-hoo! Like push ups, I can't do pull ups, either. But I could TRY! You have to tell us about your endeavors on the PU bar!

Just42day on 08/15/2011:
Hey WonderWoman: Just want to wish you an early fabulous B'day and best vacation ever!

V - Saturday Aug 13, 2011
(Building a stronger body)
Weight: 134.1

Good Morning Ladies Yeah!! I am one more double away from vacay!!! Who's excited??? This girl   I took the scheduled day of Turbo off so I I could sleep in...It is a core class and stretch40(yoga)

Thankfully Umpqua was so kind enough to send me an alternate option for the yoga and the timing was perfect!! I can't wait to try it out...Thanks Umpqua!! Stretch is scheduled for the next 3 weeks as the last class for the week so I am happy that my reinforcements has arrived!!

Last night I received some pretty positive feedback from the TurboFire camp in re of casting call...They requested more videos and pics as well...As i said they are selecting 20 new people and regardless of the outcome. I am giving it my all and hopefully I will be "crushing it" with Chalene and the rest of the crew in Cali!!!!! I should hear word sometime in the beginning of September!! Of course I will keep you posted..

Well ladies it is time til start my day!!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Progress as of today: 92.9 lbs lost so far, only -0.9 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/13/2011:
I hope you enjoy the class and he doesn't annoy you ;P You might want to try the medium/moderate class since the beginner may be too slow. Have fun!

hollybelle on 08/13/2011:
Almost Vacay time!!! Maybe you will hear the sirens go off for that like you do for the Turbofire!! Maybe not?? I don't know if it would be a good thing to hear things or not?? Ha! I had to skip two Turbo Kick classes this week because of fatigue and my knees,but I did other things. I miss the Turbo stuff, though! HEY MESSAGE FROM DAUGHTER: Rachel wants to talk to you on the phone about your video audtions, etc. Or Skype. 859 559-9147 is her cell phone number. She says she has some ideas for you.

Maria7 on 08/13/2011:
Hey there...bet you are excited about vacation...are you going home to visit your folks for a while?

V - Friday Aug 12, 2011
(Building a stronger body)
Weight: 134.1

Happy Birthday Kat 

Good Morning Ladies Oh Yeah I completed my Fire60 and today is sure to be a good one!! I have to get moving soon to prep for my double today... I shall talk to you all late this evening!!!!

Once again a very special birthday wish to Kat our very own Superhero Love ya girl!!



Hey ladies!! Man what a slowwwww day!! I pretty much blew an entire day just standing around waiting and counting the hours til my vacay...I finally cut my losses around 7:30 when my sales from 2pm -7:30pm were a whopping 11 bucks...Had I worked with my regular partner in crime Chris, I would have been outta there at 4.... My co worker is a newbie and has yet to find that sense of urgency and multi tasking skills you need to sling drinks, and entertain...No time better than now to let her learn this right??? LOL Anyways, I am so happy to be home...1 more double to go!!

B- peach

L- lean ground turkey with wild brown rice, green beans

D- Steak taco, green beans, carrots 1 glass of Sangeovesse

1 1/2 gallons of water, 2 monster rehab, 1 monster absolute zero


Progress as of today: 92.9 lbs lost so far, only -0.9 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/12/2011:
The countdown to vacay begins, have a great one!

hollybelle on 08/12/2011:
Good job on the Fire!

biscottibody59 on 08/12/2011:
What??? You're doing TF again--I'm shocked;-)

Just wanted to say, your discipline is exemplary--keep it up girlie!

thinkpositive on 08/12/2011:
Just read your post from yesterday. You are so sweet- the autistic boy giving you a hug was very touching. Hope your vacation is wonderful!

Bikiniwax85 on 08/12/2011:
Fire60? I think that is something I dont have in my gym. You are rocking girl! yes dear, I know i fall off the wagon now and then. Will stick my A** getting my body shaking, running (maybe walking for now), jumping around to burn the fats that have been sitting around and partying in my body :)

greengirl on 08/12/2011:
Good lord, you are an inspiration V !!!

sweetpea1977 on 08/12/2011:
Have a good double!!

moogy on 08/12/2011:
I hope that the weather stays reasonable and that your tips are hot. I will catch up with you later I hope. Lub you:)

Just42day on 08/12/2011:
Sorry your day was slow and not nearly as profitable as you deserve. So what kind of trouble are you planning for your vacation??

Just42day on 08/12/2011:
Oh, I forgot to tell you: BEEEEEEEPP!

moogy on 08/12/2011:
Sorry it was such a slow day, bit of a waste of time! Never mind it is over now, onward!!:)

biscottibody59 on 08/12/2011:
Hope the newbie catches on quick--have a good weekend!

hollybelle on 08/13/2011:
Countdown to Vacation!!!

V - Thursday Aug 11, 2011
(Building a stronger body)
Weight: 134.1

We can't always sort everything out on our own, nor should we try. We also can't constantly dump everything on one person. The easiest way to find and keep a good support system is to be a good support system. Close family and friends that support us are important to keeping us accountable and helping us move forward. Different people serve different purposes in our lives. Keep the circle tight, and keep the circle genuine.  Chalene Johnson


Good Morning Lovelies!! Guess who's back??? The sun....It is a little strange to look at after being without if for so long...LOL  I completed a HIIT20..It was supposed to be a Fire55 but I was craving that super endorphine high that the HIIt classes give ya...I did really well with sticking to my scheduled classes but it has been almost a month...so now that got that out of me, I will go back to my scheduled classes..LOL  Well time to crank out the next 4 days and it is VACATION!! Woohoo!! I shall talk tou you all after my shiftHave a stellar Thursday!!!


Hey I'm baaaack!! I just completed a Burn Circuit 1 and another grueling Ab10..I am sure to feel it in the obliques in the morning!! Work was hot windy and just plain slow..LOL had it not been for my annual vacationers from Dallas and my monthly regulars from Clearwater, i would have been bored to tears...Their timing was perfect as well...

My locals came in with their guests in town from Boca and their 33 year old Autistic son who is always excited to see me...His parents said that he talked about me the entire 40 minute ride there and when he comes in, he makes a beeline behind the bar to give me the biggest hug ever It always makes my day when he comes in..He told me all about his job at Home Depot and his upcoming birthday on Sept 21st..he says he wants to come see me first.. I gotta make sure i am working that day...

My annual Dallas patrons blame my Rumrunners for both of their children (ages 4 and 6 boys)...Man oh Manechevitz was the 4yo chatty and spilled ALL the family secrets...LOL

I wish there were more days like this but they are far too few and way too far between....

Well ladies it is time to refuel and see what's happening with my girls here...

B- 1 pear

L- lean turkey patty, ff cheddar, mango salsa, mustard lettuce wrap

D- jerked chicken, 1 ear of corn. broccoli slaw mix, cucumbers, yellow onions, red peppers, ff feta, sunflower kernels, red wine vin, lemon wedge..Glass of of Cab

1 1/2 gallons water, 1 celsius, 2 Monster Rehab, D4(pre am and pm workouts)

Progress as of today: 92.9 lbs lost so far, only -0.9 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/11/2011:
Yay for vacation!!

biscottibody59 on 08/11/2011:
If I could take aspartame or the like I'd probably try the monster on your recommendation. That's assuming it has aspartame, which unfortunately is the closest thing to over-the-counter poison for how my system reacts to it. I know that no/lo-cal is one of the draws of energy drinks, so I doubt they make a regular one.

Must be nice to enjoy the sun:-) I have to enjoy it by default, it's all we have right now, but when we get some gray clouds that obscure it's loveliness, I'm gonna be out there rejoicing:-)

biscottibody59 on 08/11/2011:
Oh, I guess you didn't pay attention to my comment to you awhile ago about the half-life of caffeine, or did you. Just a heads-up, I repeated it the pertinent info in thinkpositive's diary today.

Everyone is different, and 5 years ago my response to caffeine was different than it was 10, 15 and 20 years ago. It kinda sucks, because I literally would like to drink coffee ALL DAY LONG! And I used to--boo-hoo!

liza36 on 08/11/2011:
It's great you are so close to your vacation. I just got back but feel like I could use another! I love Chicago and will be there towards the end of next week. While it's business, my mother will be coming with me, who also loves that town, and she'll play all day while I work.

Have a great Thursday!

sweetpea1977 on 08/11/2011:
Yay for sun and yay for vacation! Have a great shift!!

greengirl on 08/11/2011:
I envy you the sunshine and yay for your holiday :-)

Umpqua on 08/11/2011:
Bizarro, it's been beautiful here and the forecast for tomorrow is clear. Which is good cuz I'm going to be boating and swimming!

Yeah, I decided not to make a big thing about the weight since it fluxed back down. I seem to have settled into a maintenance range that's a little higher than I originally planned, but I think it's because I've got more muscles than I did pre-pregancies. I'm happy with it!

Umpqua on 08/11/2011:
Oh and just a trim, nothing too exciting. I need to touch up the color and do some new pics soon!

kimbobeaner on 08/11/2011:
Hi, V! Thanks for the welcome! I was tickled reading about your friend with autism...My 16 year old son has autism as well and he yaks on and on in the back seat of the car whenever we go anywhere too! He is quite a social guy too :) I see from your little graph that you have lost a lot of weight, were very close to what I am starting at again...so I see that it CAN be done! :) Keep up the great work :)

panda22 on 08/11/2011:
FOOTBALL!!!!! Lol omg i'll tell u what exercise is def harder to get motivated to do with kids BUT reading your entries and especially the other moms' def gives me that extra push to get down to business! I'm gonna have kids in the house for 18 more years...no excuses! Lol gotta learn how to fit it in now! Love ya, watching the games? I'm kinda watching them/ reading a book...gotta multitask since free time is scarce these daus ;) lol

sweetpea1977 on 08/11/2011:

It seems like you havent had many warm and fuzzy days at the J O B this summer, so yay for today being a good day.


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