I got it! I got it!!!

So… Remember that about 2 weeks ago I had an audition to sing a solo at church? Well…ย  I got it! I got the solo! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been so long since I’ve sung “for real” … I am so nervous and excited at the same time! I just had to share!

I’ll be singing that solo for our Easter Program at Church… I am so honored! ๐Ÿ™‚ YEAH!

The Thin Lady Inside

Ice Cream for Dinner

Hello everybody! Just want to give a quick recommendation…

HEB Creamy Creations Light Ice Cream Churn Style (I actually didn’t know it was light when I bought it for the girls or even when I tasted it)ย  I got the chocolate milk flavor and oh my goodness! It is YUMMY! only 110 calories per 1/2 cup… I had like 1 and a half cups last night for dinner! YUM! for some reason I was craving ice cream… so talk about indulging AND staying within my calorie range! YUMMY!

Rowing is getting a bit easier… I still do 10 mins. but I don’t take as many breaks in between and I do more reps… like yesterday I did 204 reps in the 10 mins. it feels good!ย Today I’ve already done 10 mins. I am planning on doing 10 more minutes later! It is a great exercise because it is both cardio and strength training. I am planning on resting the weekends and only doing cardio those days! ๐Ÿ™‚

So… good report….

The Thin Lady Inside

Row, Row, Row your boat

Hello people! Here I am just to give a quick update…

So… yesterday was a good day… I ate 1200 calories and exercised for 10 mins. on my rowing machine… I should do some other exercises but since I am still coming out of the diseases going around in this house all the month of February I am taking it easy LOL! …

Rowing is actually getting to be fun, if I think about it as if I was really “rowing” … so I even think of the song “Row, Row, Row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily… ” well… you get the idea… I am excited to hopefully start feeling stronger soon!

Yesterday I didn’t get to watch the biggest loser and I was very bummed out but I had choir rehearsal at church, today I looked for the full episode, found it and was so thrilled to have done that… even if you don’t watch the Biggest Loser YOU HAVE TO SEE the last part of it… when you see who gets eliminated and the transformation of that person! WOW! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! it’s incredible… you can watch the whole thing here:

Biggest Loser, “Face your Fear” Full Episode, Air Date: 02/25/2013

Ok, I think that’s it for now… my back is hurting from the rowing… I feel it! But not “bad hurting” it’s actually “good hurting” ๐Ÿ™‚

The Thin Lady Inside

The Boom and The Cross!

Hello everybody! So… after my initial disappointment and realization that I will not be able to be hours on the rowing machine, at least not right away, I got over it, thanks to all the encouragement and wise words of my fellow blogging friends Shadowrun, Towards Healthy Life, Dave and Jackie. So I actually got back to being excited about building muscle and getting stronger.

Then… last night I was watching the movie: “Here Comes The Boom” with my loved Kevin James… and I loved, loved, loved the movie, I am not sure if it’s because I love Kevin James or if the movie is that good, all I know is that what had me almost in tears was just looking at him and seeing how great and strong he looked! Well… Kevin James has always been strong and amazingly limber for his weight and shape, but this time he looked just amazing, toned, defined and strong! Well… It turns out that he trained for 14 months for the movie and lost 80 pounds! Well… you can definitely tell! I was just inspired to see how a guy in his late 40’s (he was 47 I think when he did this) could transform his body like that through hard training and exercise! Well, I guess I do see that often on “The Biggest Loser” but still, it was pretty amazing and I was actually sooo happy for him!

Well, searching about it on the Web I found out that shortly after the film was done, Kevin James was back to his pre-training weight and it was also a scary thing to see… He looks like he was never that fit! Wow! This for sure is an on-going fight, something you have to determine yourself to do for life! Our “ideal weight” is a goal but the fight doesn’t end there…. Now the new focus must be in maintaining the weight off and continuing to get stronger!

Well, anyway! Enough of “the Boom”… So…It turns out that my 2yr. old is having a reaction to the MMR Vaccine, the doctor warned me she would probably show some side effects 7-12 days after the shot and she sure did, she had high-fever (she still has a little bit of high temperature but not as bad), she threw up and has been just really fussy and cranky… When she sleeps she looks like her heart is in a really hard race, it almost looks like it’s going to come out of her neck… how scary, so again, I’ve had to be taking care of her, thankfully her temperature right now is 101 so not as bad as it was yesterday, I may get a good night of sleep tonight! I just haven’t had the energy required to sit at my rower but I will do it today!

… Oh! wait! The title of this post also mentions “The Cross” well… It turns out that I crossed another goal I had set for myself… I weighed myself today because tomorrow I might not have time to get on the Wii Balance Board in the morning, I have LBS early and I am running so much around that I can’t stop to start the Wii just to check my weight… so… I weigh 176.1 pounds, 1.1 pounds less than last week, It turns out that last week I was at 176.6 right after I spent a day throwing up because of whatever stomach bug I got but then gained +.7 pounds back after a normal day of eating, well… I’ve been feeling like I’ve continued to lose, I’ve been counting my calories and staying at good numbers, today I stepped on the scale and I was at 176.1 which makes me so happy! It’s the lowest I’ve been since I started, I could tell I’ve been losing because my engagement/wedding rings are almost so lose I might need to get them adjusted pretty soon… 176.1 lbs. doesn’t sound like any goal right? But how about in kilograms? I am now 79.8 kilos! and that’s awesome! I finally left the 80’s behind! I’ve felt so great that I even got a haircut on Saturday! It’s way shorter than my “usual” and I am “rockin’ it” everybody made comments about it… “you look really cute” and “you look younger” were the ones that I heard the most… YEAH! I know I wouldn’t be able to “pull this off” If I was as heavy as I used to!

So… there you go! Excited about a new week, Thrilled about getting stronger and working new muscles with my rower… just optimistic about it all!ย  Hopefully my 2yr. old will be ok today and it will all be perfect!

The Thin Lady Inside

Man! That’s way harder than I thought

So… my rowing machine is up and running… well… ehem… not as much as I originally planned… Here I thought that I would be on it whenever I am watching TV and THAT THING IS HARD! My arms are killing me! I only managed to row for 10 minutes -in the easiest setting- (and not all at once, but taking like a minute or two to rest every 2 or 3 minutes!) and I am not out of breath or tired but my arms are just in pain! the machine says I burned 25 calories! What? Really? So… I went to a site that does the calculation per activity considering YOUR WEIGHT (which my machine is not considering) and it says that moderate rowing for 10 minutesย  for someone my weight equals 93 calories burned… well… I’d rather believe that! I am trying to focus on the side of “it will make you stronger” rather than “you’ll burn calories like crazy” (which of course it would’ve been nice too)

Here’s hubby putting it together last night:IMG_5013[1]
Here is the rowing machine:
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Sigh! I hope as I get stronger I’ll be able to increase time and repetitions, I did 176 repetitions in 10 minutes, so you can tell I wasn’t going fast! I must say I am a little bit disappointed… I wanted something that would make me be exercising MORE, way more… oh well!

The Thin Lady Inside

A romantic run!

Hello everybody! Well… I am very excited to announce that hubby proposed we go on a “running date” once a month! We never go out on dates, I don’t have family in the city and we just can’t really afford going out on dates… but we don’t really miss it because hubby and I make sure we have our time together every night… we send the girls to bed at 8 p.m. and then we enjoy our cup of coffee/hot cocoa and a treat and just talk, watch some tv, etc… I am blessed with a husband who loves talking! We can spend hours and hours just yappin’ LOL! So I always feel very close to him ๐Ÿ™‚ … In the middle of a conversation the other day he even said: “I am the most attracted to you when we talk” (SNORT) Maybe might take that like an offense… for me it’s a huge compliment and a blessing… I love talking too! Sometimes we have really deep conversations…ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ And to know that my husband finds that sexy and attractive well… it’s pretty cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway… so… my husband surprised me on Sunday saying: “I want us to go running once a month together, we can tell your friend’s daughter to babysit for us” …. It’s such a neat thing! I loved the idea! Hubby’s always been an adventurous guy, one who loves camping, hiking, etc… and who pretty much gave all that up for marrying someone… like me! LOL! I never did any of those things, I never ran before at all… and I always felt bad for not being able to do those things with him! Well… we’ll start running once a month together (besides whatever exercise I do regularly) and I am very excited, I am sure this is going to connect us in some other level! We’re very well connected intellectually, it’s going to be great to enjoy physical stuff, fun stuff, together as well! I already talked to my friend’s daughter and she’ll only charge us $5.00 USD an hour, so our date will be about 10.00 USD a month! Way cheaper (and healthier) than going out to the movies or for dinner.

So… yesterday… I did great, I felt much better after the violent stomach bug I caught… I even wonder if it was a stomach bug or just stress…. the body can have weird reactions to stress and after the scare with my daughter at church, the vaccine decision with my littlest one and her not feeling well afterwards, all the Valentine baking I did and running against the clock for that one, then auditioning for a solo at church and maybe the last straw on Sunday was that I thought I saw my ex-husband walk into church… I felt my stomach literally sink inside of me… I know it’s not likely to see him walk into my church… he lives in Mexico, I am in the USA and there are so many churches here that it would be really a huge coincidence if he ever walked in there… but I saw a guy walk into church that looked just like him… and for some reason it took me to a scary place for a second… I don’t know why… I don’t even feel I am afraid of him… I actually have to admit I mostly remember the good moments of our friendship and my brain, thankfully, has blocked all the time of our marriage, the memories of our marriage are actually more like a “movie I watched” I don’t even feel like that was “me” living all that… but who knows… I just had this reaction when I thought I saw him… So… yesterday… I felt much better but still decided to play it safe and didn’t go to Bible Study in the morning (to avoid being in a hurry) and then just took it easy the rest of the day… then in the afternoon I called a friend and asked her if she’d like to go for a walk that night… she said yes… and we took a nice 1 hour walk in a park with two beautiful ponds! It was exactly what I was needing! The night was chilly, the breeze was cool and we were just talking about moms stuff, family, etc… it was sooo nice! And I burned about 270 calories! My total calorie intake for the day was 1250 calories.. so I am very happy and definitely back on track!

Right now I have to go… there’s a busy day ahead of me.

The Thin Lady Inside.