Liberty Enlighting the World AKA The Statue of Liberty who turns 125 tomorrow is getting five webcams placed around her toch, allowing live views of the New York City skyline and New York Harbor. Cameras will also be showing her torch which has been off limits to visitors since 1916 and the view of looking down!
Click here to check out the webcams when they go live on Friday!
I sustained an injury yesterday that will set my training back just a smidge.
What happened??? I was sprinting through the office in flip flops obviously! I was given 10 minutes to find as many items in the office as possible that could be used to make an elaborate Halloween costume. I was making exceptionally good time when I tripped over .... absolutely nothing.
Electricity shot through my left foot immedietly and my only defense against the pain was to walk around in small circles with my hands on my hips repeating "I hurt my toe. I really hurt my toe" over and over again. This does not offer as much relief as you would think... Weird!
A few hours later Mike brought me to urgent care where we discovered that my toe was not broken... just sprained. Yes, I sprained my toe. Which is, easily, the least impressive injury of all time. I think I would garner more sympathy if I had bruised my tail bone or had a boil lanced.
Long story short, I am wearing an ugly little boot because my toe is too swollen for shoes at the moment and I am taking pain killers every eight hours as needed. Sadly, there was nothing the doctor could do for my sprained ego.
On Saturday Mike and I had an awesome Halloween party with finger foods, candy and lots and lots of drinks. So instead of trying to fight the feeling .. I decided to go with the flow and eat anything I wanted. This is best known as a "cheat day". Some people find a cheat day is a great motivational tool that gives dieters something to look forward to but I am steadfast in my belief that a cheat day is a HUGE MISTAKE.
While I didn't go completely crazy, I did kick the night of with pigs in a blanket (of course!) and from the second that pig hit my mouth it was all down hill from there. I spent the rest of the night burping up sausage-y acid that burned my throat and tasted terrible. I thought to myself 'THIS IS POISON! THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN INGESTING HAND OVER FIST FOR THE LAST 29 YEARS?!'. For a moment I actually felt really bad about the abuse I have been putting my body through with the foods that I used to eat. My poor body that has been so good to me. My poor body that keeps working every single day and never lets me down (except for a little gallbladder issue in 2010... but no body is perfect).
Finger foods were once a delightful treat but now they are my sworn enemy. I am back to eating clean and it feels SO much better. No more heart burn, no more upset stomach... AND I am looking better BONUS!
The biography of Steve Jobs came out today, written by a guy named Walter Isaacson, who interviewed the man behind all the cool Apple products about 40 times for the book. One of the big bombshells contained in the pages is the fact that Jobs hated the Android phone, and actually called it "grand theft" of his iPhone. He said that "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Andoid because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go to thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death because they know they are guilty." Wow! The "they" that he is referring to, of course, is Google, the makers of Android phones. He later called Android products "$h!t." What must have made this battle even more personal for Jobs is that he mentored the 2 guys who founded Google, and even later let Google's CEO on Apple's board of directors. Very interesting. I wonder if Google will suffer any sort of backlash due to this?
Yesterday was a great day!Â I am finally making progress that can be measured.Â
When I started this journey I sorta thought I was going toÂ transform into a fit and fabulous glamazon over night...Â In a shock to no one, thatÂ hasÂ not beenÂ the case.Â Â I have been stepping on the scale for a few weeks now and showing very little change.Â According to my scale I have gone down two pounds... TWO POUNDS?!Â I have been working out like crazy, cut back on my drinking and eating clean and I have only lost TWO POUNDS?!Â As you can imagine this was aggravating and above all else making me feel like all my hard work was for nothing.Â Â I can live with an extra two pounds on me if I get to go back to drinking wine every night.
Well, my wonderful trainer Alisa (who will be known as "Amazing A" from this point forward) did my measurements and THANK YOU JESUS my body is changing despite what the scale says.Â I am losing inches, losing fat and gaining muscle.Â YAHOO!
I have committed to only drinking Fridays and SarurdaysÂ (which I have done very successfully for about two weeks)Â but I had wine last night AND tonight ugh!Â
Now, I know life is going to happened and life has happened two nights in a rowÂ (dinner with Gavin's family last night and my mommas bday tonight)Â but I am still kinda disappointed in myself.Â I am going to spend about 10 more minutes feeling bad about myself then I am going to pull myself together, drink some water... andÂ get over it.
Ps,Â I burned just over a thousand calories today (if my heart rate monitor is correct...I have my doubts).
The first big change I am making is eating clean. What is eating clean you say?!Â Great question.Â I TRY to eat foods that haven't been processed to the point that they are more chemical than actual food.Â This isn't as hard as it seems I promise.Â IÂ live by the rule, if I don't know where it cameÂ from (i.e.Â ground, tree bush, animal etc) I don't eat it.Â Â Not a hard rule to follow but does require more preperation than I am used to.
Here is where this is getting tricky for me... My family has no interest in eating clean which means I have to make two seperate meals every nightÂ and its a pain in the ass.Â BUT I keep telling myselfÂ 'it's not their fault I got fat'... So if they don't want to eat my delicious ground turkey, black bean and cucumber salad then FINE!
My newest clean treat is sweat peppers stuffed with turkey :)
Today I have decided to publicize my new passion... fitness. Why today? No idea. It just felt right to start sharing. My goal for this blog is to journal this journey for myself and for anyone else who is ready to make big changes in their lives, body and health. This blog will not be perfect! It will have misspellings, grammatical errors and rambling. What can I say... that's part of my charm!
I should start by saying I am no health nut. I love fast food, I love booze and until recently, I wouldn't even think of running unless someone was chasing me... and even then they would have to have a weapon of some sort to inspire me to really try. I allowed my self to get to 210lb and that's when I knew... somethings gotta give.
At this very moment I am 169lbs. Clearly I have been working on this weight loss thing for awhile but I have never really been truly serious or inspired... until now!
Let the games begin!
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TrailFest Event :$40 per person at door or $35 online. Live and Silent Auction; Local Artist Exhibits; Guess the weight of a Stallion and win over $500; Wine, beer, gourmet food, and dancing. Chef’s Challenge: Award winning chef’s throughout Central Valley will prepare fish, competing for the judges and people’s choice. Saturday October 8 5pm-10pm at Project R.I.D.E (8840 Southside Avenue, Elk Grove). (916) 687.8239 to buy tickets or online at www.cvrft.org! For more information visit https://cvrtf.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/PosterFinal3.png.
Frankenstein Production: Sacramento Theatre Company. Previews at 8pm today, opens at 8pm Saturday and continues at 6:30pm Wednesdays, 12:30pm and 6:30pm Thursdays; 8pm Fridays; 2 and 8pm Saturdays; 2pm Sundays, through Oct. 30. 1419 H Street, Sacramento. Costs $15-$38(discount for seniors, students) and half off 30 minutes before show (subject to availability). (916) 443-6722.
Real Steel: (PG-13, 127 minutes): In the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal, to get from one underground boxing venue to the next.
Restless: (PG-13, 91 minutes) Two morbid teens meet at a funeral and fall in love, only to discover each other’s hang-ups about death.
Brighton Rock: (Not Rated, 111 minutes) Charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish.
The Ides of March: (R, 101 minutes) The movie stars Ryan Gosling as Stephen Myers, an idealistic deputy campaign manager for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney) who is in a major political battle in Ohio that could be the key to winning the Democratic nomination for the Presidency. When the opposing candidate's campaign manager (Paul Giamatti) offers Stephen a job on his staff, Stephen neglects to inform his boss (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Just as that omission is revealed, Stephen uncovers a dirty personal secret that could sink Morris' political career.
Machine Gun Preacher: (R, 123 minutes)The story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers.
1911: (R, 125 minutes) Jackie Chan stars in the drama based on the founding of the Republic of China.
The Way: (PG-13, 127 minutes) Martin Sheen stars as a father who decides to finish his late son’s pilgrimage.
Top Movies of the Week:
1. Dolphin Tale: $13.9
3. The Lion King:$10.6
5. 50/50: $8.6