I’m On Fire

Good Morning Friends!

How’s this Monday treating you so far?  So far, so good in my neck of the woods.  It’s a beautiful sunny day here in NY.  It would be perfect if it weren’t quite so chilly.  I keep reminding myself of what we went through last year with all of the snow, so I’ll definitely take some cold instead of mounds of the white stuff that dominated our area last winter.

I have to tell you that I have a fire lit within me.  It’s been building up since last week when two wonderful opportunities fell into place for me.  I don’t know how to contain all of the energy that’s building up inside right now.  I have an inkling that I better reserve it for the workouts that I’m sure will be kicking my booty in the very near future. 😉

As I mentioned in my last post, I think I found a wonderful trainer who is going to help me FINALLY reach my fitness goals.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m healthier and happier than I’ve been in years.  I wasn’t lying when I created my original goals for the new year.  For me, this new goal is about challenging myself.  Like I said in my new year goals, this year is all about working on my health & fitness.  I’m looking to bring some consistency to my fitness routine and drive myself to be a better version of myself.  I’m not looking to see a certain number on the scale; however, if I should shed a few lbs I’m not going to complain.  I want to see how far I can push myself and bring my body to a new fitness level.  Of course, I want to do this in the healthiest way possible, which is why I took to twitter to find the best of the best.  By the way, social media is amazing!  How did we ever get by without it? 😉

You may also remember that my goals included “Make a dream come true“.  I didn’t elaborate at the time, but this was one of them.

Now, you may be wondering what the second opportunity is.  Am I right?  Am I? Am I?  🙂 

The second opportunity will actually make a second dream of mine a reality.  Man, second month into the new year and I’m crossing things off that list of mine!!

Well, for just about a year I’ve had my eyes set on the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), but it just didn’t seem to be in the cards for me financially.  Between the car accidents, moving, leasing a new car and other random expenses my dream kept getting pushed to the wayside.

The fabulous Nicole from Making Good Choices became my inspiration.  After graduating from IIN she left her job as a teacher to follow her passion.  She has stayed in touch with me ever since and has reminded me that it was a possibility for me too.  Recently, she contacted me about an opportunity that I might be interested in.  With Rob’s help I was able to take that opportunity and finally make my dream of getting my health coach certification a reality. Yay!

PS: Nicole, not sure if you know it, but your simple statement that you were happy and I could be too is what sealed the deal for me.  I knew it was the right decision when I was stuck at work late on a Friday AGAIN and not getting paid for it. I made the phone call as soon as I got home Friday night. 🙂

Fun Lil Fact About Me: Going away to college my freshman year, I had wanted to major in nutrition.  My parents thought that weight/nutrition was already too much a part of my life and steered me in a different direction.  Being the goody-two-shoes pleaser that I am I listened.  My parents didn’t do it to hurt me. They truthfully thought it was the best decision for me not to go into the field.  I’ve been kicking myself ever since for not being strong enough to follow my dreams. 

Well, friends, I’m finally back on track.  I feel like I’m on the path to what I was truly meant to do in life.  Now, maybe you can understand why my heart feels like it just might burst with all of this pent-up energy.

The next year is going to be filled with challenges and a lot of hard work, but I’m ready for it!  I just keep visualizing the journey and what the outcome is going to be.  Nothing is going to get in my way.  I’m On Fire!

Wishing you a wonderful week!



16 Weeks

Hi Friends!

I know it’s been a while. As great of an idea as it is to bring my laptop to work and blog during lunch it only works when I actually get to take my lunch break, which hasn’t been often, recently. 😦

Our computer network has been down for about an hour so I figured it was as good of a time as any to actually take my break today. Want to know what’s even better? The weather is GORGEOUS today! GORGEOUS!!

Today has been pretty positive, aside from the muttering at my desk.  You see, with the system being down, I’m unable to finish a ton of reports that need to be sent out. It’s annoying enough that the system is down, but to top it off I’ve already done these reports once before and our system didn’t have the most up to date information downloaded. I’m not talking about 1 or 2 reports. I’m talking more than 50. Sigh….

Ok, back to the positive. My day began with an awesome sweat session at the gym. I knocked out some cardio and then rocked a weight workout. My face was glistening by the time it was over and done with. Just how I like it!

Over the past week I’ve been rethinking my goals. A few months ago I mentioned wanting to step on stage for a fitness competition and after a bad experience with a trainer I decided to put the goal on the backburner. I took some time to be more balanced and focus on health, opposed to achieving a certain weight/fitness goal.

Well, the itch to achieve that forever dream of mine has been hitting me pretty strong recently. Over the weekend I tweeted to find out how to get connected with a trainer who has competition experience. Through another fitness competitor I found my answer.

I reached out to her recommended trainer last night and received not only quick feedback, but detailed. I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but I continued to get candy coated answers with the last trainer I was using and I was becoming extremely frustrated. I loved that the trainer who responded to me gave feedback, point-by-point, in response to the questions I asked of her. She won major points in my eyes just from one e-mail. She also showed concern as far as what was best for me (Ex: what worked out financially). She would help me make it work depending on what I had to work with. Bonus points for her!

I spoke to Rob about it last night. I believe I began the conversation with “Do you think you’ll kill me if I decided I want to compete again?” LOL. There might have been some eye rolling and the mention that maybe I should just get a dog, but in the end he supports me know matter what I decide to do. He just wants me to be healthy and happy. I might have mentioned to him that they have a couples program, but he exclaimed that after seeing how I workout he wants nothing to do with it. Ha-ha. Hey, go hard or go home, right? 😉

So, after Rob went to bed, I was up until the wee hours of the morning looking over the trainer’s website and the transformation stories there. Before my head hit the pillow I knew what I was going to do. I just had to see what the trainer suggested as to how many weeks it would take me to make the transformation I am looking for.

16 Weeks…

Are you ready to take the ride with me?  I’m so looking forward to seeing the end result!

Hope your first month in the new year got off to a great start for you.  Let’s make the 2nd month even better!! Have any of your goals/resolutions changed now that we’re a month into 2012?  Tell me.  I want to know. 🙂


2012 – Making The List

Hi Friends!

Hope this week is treating you kindly so far.  Going through the same old stuff over here.  I’m actually a day ahead of myself.  Last night, I couldn’t believe that it was only Monday.  Only Monday? Seriously? How sad is that?  Today, I’m totally thinking that it’s Wednesday.  Oh well.  Some weeks move like lightning and others like molasses.  This just happens to be a molasses kind of week. 😉

Currently, I’m sitting in my car.  If I don’t get out of the office I end up getting pulled into things, which leads to:

  • Not taking lunch.
  • Not fitting my blogging in.
  • Not being able to read about what’s going on in my favorite people’s lives (Including but not limited to: Melissa, Lisa, Nicole & Melissa #2.)
  • Starting to feel drained before the 5 PM whistle blows.
  • All of the above (which is most of the time).

For Christmas, my mom got me this handy bag for work.

I filled it up with all of my essentials and made a pact that I’d go out to my car during lunch, at least a few times a week, to take a breather and blog.  So, here I sit.

Man, look at those bags under my eyes.  Someone needs better sleep!

My morning started out with a 30 minute sweat session on the elliptical.  I admit, it was a major struggle pulling myself out from under the covers this morning.  I’ve been feeling extremely tired lately, even though I’ve been going to bed at a reasonable hour.  So, I’m thinking this is due to my body being run down from that cold I can’t seem to get rid of.  I’m sure work stress has something to do with it, as well. 

The only thing that made me jump up was knowing that Rob’s car was parked behind me in the driveway and I’d have to get up anyway to move it.  Why not move it and get a gym session in, right?  I was pumped once my workout was over and done with.  I might have to park in front of Rob more often. 😉

Before January (and 2012) gets away from me I wanted to post my goals for the new year. 

I’m proud to say that for once there is no weight loss goal within my resolutions.  I’m over it!  I’m at a healthy weight and want to work on health and fitness more than focusing on weight loss.  If I happen to lose some weight in the process I won’t complain, but that isn’t my main goal.  I’ll post more about my current nutrition decision in an upcoming post.

There are some major events happening in 2012…

  • My Mom’s 60th Birthday – April
  • My Brother’s Graduation From College (He’s the last of the 5 siblings finishing up school) – May
  • My Sister’s Bridal Shower, Bachelorette & Wedding! (The 1st of the 5 siblings to get married) – Summer 2012
  • Other fabulous things will be sprinkled throughout the year, as well, but these are the MAJOR events.

With all that going on, I want to be at my best (mentally, physically & spiritually).  This is going to be a great year.  I CAN FEEL IT!!

I broke my goals into 3 categories:

  1. Fitness/Health – Be Consistent
  2. Love, Family & Friends – Be Grateful
  3. Self/Life – Become More Well-Rounded & Fulfilled

Here’s what made my list:

  1. Fitness/Health – Be Consistent
    1. Weight Train 2-3 days/week
    2. Cardio 2-3 days/week
    3. Add yoga & stretching to my routine.
    4. Train for an event. (I’m looking at this one: http://eventpowerli.com/events/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=95:town-of-islip-gsb&catid=35:events)
    5. Be able to do at least 5 unassisted pull-ups.
    6. Work on my disordered eating.
    7. Schedule all doctor/dentist appointments. (I’m not consistent with this annually)
    8. Drink at least 64 oz of water/day.
    9. Take my multivitamin daily.
  2. Love, Family & Friends– Be Grateful
    1. Plan more things with Rob (dates, trips, experiences, etc).
    2. See my family more often.
    3. Plan time with friends.
    4. Reach out to friends/family I’ve lost touch with.
    5. Take more pictures of those I love – Create a scrapbook.
    6. Make as many great memories as possible.
    7. Some of my goals in this category are missing b/c they will be surprises for the people in my life, some of whom frequent the blog.  😉
  3. Self/Life– Become More Well-Rounded & Fulfilled
    1. Follow current events. (I’m horrible with this)
    2. Get into a groove with blogging. (Think I found the solution to this. Anyone else blog from their car?)  😉
    3. Take more pictures.
    4. Read at least 1 book per month.
    5. Volunteer (find something I’m passionate about and donate my time)
    6. Do nice things for myself (mani, pedi, new clothes, etc)
    7. Learn to speak up and take initiative!
    8. Take classes (photography, baking, cooking, nutrition, etc)
      1. I really want to sign up for baking classes offered by The Cake Boss!
    9. Experiment with my baking and start selling.
    10. Make a dream come true (can’t elaborate on this right now, but will when the time is right).
    11. Go to church more consistently (aka not only on holidays).

There are a few things I’m unable to list right now, but will be able to when the time is right.  I don’t want to spoil some surprises for others and also have to be careful about certain things I post here.  The time will come when I will be able to share, so definitely stay tuned. 🙂

My goal list is extensive, but I think that I can manage everything I’m hoping to.  I’m looking to fill my life with an assortment of positive things and be more balanced in all aspects of life.  Things tend to be one-sided with me (work, work, work, etc).  I also have an all or nothing type of personality, which stems from that darn perfectionist trait of mine. 😉

So, that’s my goal list.  What made your list this year?

Man, my lunch hour is already over.  That went way too fast!  It was certainly nice to step away from my desk and do something I enjoy though.

Wishing you a great day!


Wednesday Top 5

Hey There!

  After yesterday’s kind of down in the dumps post I wanted to lighten things up in here.  Here are some things that are making me smile today.

1.  We’ve made it to middle of the week, my friends!

2. The weather is beautiful today. 

3. Memories from some random adventures with Rob last night keep making me laugh.

We had to go to FedEx last night to pick up a package.  Before gaining entrance to the building you had to buzz in and they let you through a turnstile.  Rob went through first and didn’t realize that Mr. FedEx decided he was going to play a joke on me, locking me in the turnstile.  He kept walking until I shrieked “Num!” (one of my nicknames for him).  He found my reaction hilarious. 😉

4. My mom is coming to Long Island this weekend!  She’ll be staying with my sister and her fiance, so I’ll be seeing these guys too!

I think I’ve really been missing my family.  Can’t wait to get some hugs! Which makes me look forward to…

5.  Seeing all of these guys on Thanksgiving!  It’s only 2 short weeks away! Can you believe it?!?!

This picture was taken a few Thanksgivings ago.  I’ll be sure to take many more pictures of the gang in a few weeks!

Ok, time for this girly to get back to work.  I have so much to do over the next 2 1/2 hours.  I scheduled my first therapy session for next Wednesday.  I hope that I click with the therapist and get things moving in a more positive direction.

Wishing you a Wonderful Remainder to Your Wednesday!


Trampled Towel Palace

Happy Friday, Friends!

Seeing as I started the week off thinking that it was Tuesday, rather than Monday, it seemed like Friday was taking forever to get here.  Now that it has, I’m excited to get my weekend started.

Rob drove me into work today, because he picked me up last night on our way to the concert (more on that in a bit) and I left it overnight in the work parking lot.  It was nice having that extra little bit of down time with him in the morning.  We left a little early, made a quick stop at Starbucks (Venti Bold & a wrap for him and a Venti Awake Tea for me), and chatted the entire way to my building.  He dropped me off at the front door about 15 minutes early and I got started with the work day. 

Those 15 minutes have made my morning feel extra long, for some reason.  It never helps when your e-mail is down for the millionth time again and you have to wait for IT to come get things going.  IT performed an downgrade “upgrade” on our computer systems last week and things have been a nightmare ever since.  I share a calendar and e-mail inbox with my boss and all of the permissions have been messed up.  I can’t do anything on his behalf, which is frustrating for both of us.  The system has also been deleting e-mails on its own and blocking e-mails from coming through.  When I arrived this morning my inbox was showing as me not receiving any e-mails since 3:35 yesterday afternoon, which if you knew the amount of e-mailing I do you’d know that would be impossible. Errrr…..

Oh well, let’s look at the positive.  It’s Friday, it’s beautiful out AND I get to see my mom this weekend!  Rob is heading down to a cigar festival and then Atlantic City with a friend of his and I’m spending some much-needed girl time with my mom.  Our list of plans keeps growing…

  • The Christmas Tree Shoppe
  • Yankee Candle Store
  • Walk around the pond at our favorite park.
  • Grab some Skim Mistos at Starbucks together
  • Possibly get our nails done
  • Finish the engagement party “to-dos” off our “to-do” list
  • Get my hair done
  • Random Errands
  • Trip to: Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, the mall, etc
  • A night of Lifetime movies, since I’ll be sleeping over

I’m excited!  There’s nothing like time with my mom!

As for the concert last night, it was a bit of a disappointment. 😦  Rob and I made it to the city after almost 2 hours of driving, due to the rain, some crazy drivers and finding no place to park.  We had tickets, but the line to get in was ridiculous. 

A large group of us made our way through Central Park and finally found our way to the Great Lawn. It could have been perfect had the weather held up, but the rain wouldn’t hold off.  Rob was smart, bringing garbage bags to cover the grass with and then towels for us to sit on.  We cuddled together, holding an umbrella over our heads, and closed our eyes to enjoy the music.  It was actually very romantic, in spite of the rain.  We made it through one piece of the Philharmonic playing and then two additional songs by Andrea and then we were trampled on. 

At that point, it was completely uncomfortable.  People didn’t care if they were walking over you and they continued to talk as the concert went on.  Rob quickly got me up off of our towel palace and pulled me through the craziness. 

If you remember, we were supposed to go to the concert with friends, but everyone backed out.  As we walked through Central Park, making our way back to the car, Rob said I’m the only one that never lets him down and that he loves our adventures together.  My heart soared.  Each of us looked so silly, wearing garbage bags and towels wrapped around our shoulders, but I was happy as a clam. 🙂

Even though we didn’t get the full experience we were hoping for, I’m glad that we went.  Any time I have with Rob is treasured and I love exploring and doing new things with him.

Now, my friends, it’s time to get back into work mode.  I’m so not in work mode today.  I want to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Wishing you a Wonderful Weekend!


NYC Times Two

Hi Friends!

The official countdown to the weekend has begun, in my mind.  After staying at work late last night, I get to leave about an hour early tonight.  I’m looking forward to it, because Rob and I are meeting friends in NYC to see Andrea Bocelli perform with the NY Philharmonic.  I’m excited!

I’ve only been to 1 concert my entire life and that was back in high school.  As long as weather permits, we’ll be there with bells on!

Living so close to the city you’d think that we would take much more advantage of what it has to offer.  Sadly, we rarely visit; however, this will be the 2nd time since Saturday that we made the trip.

Rob and I celebrated our one year anniversary, 2 months late, with dinner and a show in NYC on Saturday night.

We started off with dinner at Bar Masa.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that it was the best sushi I’ve ever eaten.  The fish literally melted in your mouth.  Such a treat!

After dinner, we walked around the building, exploring.  It was September 10th, so there was a ton to look at with the anniversary of September 11th being the next day.

We took in our fill of pictures, from the past and present, and then made our way across the street to Starbucks, for an after dinner treat.  It’s there that I had my first Pumpkin Spice coffee of the season.

We made our way to Radio City Music Hall via bike….

Our driver seemed smaller than the guy in the photo.  I don’t know where his strength came from, carrying our lazy butts to the show while we enjoyed our coffee. 😉

Then, there it was….

I hadn’t seen the building in what seems like forever.  I actually used to walk by it every day, when I worked in the city.

We decided to see Cirque du Soleil Zarkana.

The performers were great.  The storyline got a little lost in between the beginning and end.  All in all, it was a good show and nice to do something out of our norm. 

That’s what I love about Rob.  He always brings new experiences into my life.  He said he likes watching me as I’m experiencing something new.  I must look like a kid in a candy store, with my mouth agape and my eyes as wide as can be.

Now, a little over two hours and I’ll be skipping out the doors here.  I’m looking forward to experiencing something new, surrounded by good people.

Have a great day!


Monthy Goals – August Edition

Hi Friends!

How’s this Monday morning treating you?  Can you believe it’s already August 1st?  Where is this summer going?????

I don’t remember last summer flying quite so quickly.  Rob and I had just met and I seem to compare last summer to this one by certain things that we were doing at the same time.  I hope that the month slows down so we can enjoy every drop of summer that we can.  After last winter I’m holding on for dear life!

Rob must be in the same mind-frame as me, because he mentioned during dinner on Saturday night that we need to start planning our month.  There are so many things that we wanted to do before summer is over and now we’re down to the final stretch.  We’re hoping to take a trip up to Boston for a weekend, have my family over for a BBQ (since most still haven’t seen where I’ve moved to), go on a boat ride with a specific group of friends, get some tubing in and the list goes on.  Maybe during lunch today I’ll write everything out.  I know it’s going to be difficult to get all of my siblings to be available on the same day.  We have such different schedules and one of my sisters is in the process of closing on a house AND planning her wedding.  Talk about double the stress!!

I have so many hopes for the coming months.  I’m trying to create some new traditions with family and friends (Ex: taking a trip out to the wineries, a long weekend away, monthly dinners, pumpkin/apple picking, a cookie decorating party, etc).  We just have to start implementing everything.  I’ve already discussed certain ideas with various people and they seem open to my suggestions.  Now, I just have to take action and make sure it happens.  It’s just too easy to let time pass by without fitting it all in.  One day you look back and wonder how yet another year has passed by. 

Speaking of having to take action, I have some goals for myself that I need to jump on.  Maybe it’s the not so lazy days of summer that have me stuck in a rut.  Whatever it is, my tush needs to start moving in high gear.  Before you know it, it’ll be time to make New Years’ resolutions.  I honestly don’t like waiting until a specific date for motivation and to get things done.  My goals now (at least the short-term goals) should be far behind me by January 1, 2012.  So, without further ado, here are my goals for August, in no particular order:

August Goals:

1.       Work out at least 4 times per week.   I’m hoping for 5 days, but want to be realistic.

2.       Try yoga.  One of Rob’s friends has mentioned how great this has been for him & suggested I give it a shot.  It’s also been on my “To Do” list for what seems like forever.  I’m just a big chicken to take my first class alone.

3.       Try Zumba. I have no rhythm, but I’m sure I won’t be alone.  I’m trying to find some fun cardio that will make me want to make it to the gym.

4.       Try 1 new recipe each week.  Homemade turkey meatballs are on my list (and are actually a request from Rob).  Can you believe I’m Italian and have never made them from scratch?  I guess that’s because my mom’s are so darn hard to compete with!  😉

5.       Read at least 1 new book this month.  I just finished reading “A Stolen Life: A Memoir” by Jaycee Dugard.  Rob surprised me with a kindle before he left for his business trip 2 weeks ago.  I’m excited to download my first book onto it and get reading!

6.       Read the news! I have a confession.  I’m horrible with this and always feel out of the loop with current events.  I think that it’s very important to keep on top of things and will make an effort to do this at least a few times a week. 

7.       Have my family over for a BBQ.  Food, family & fun.  What’s not to like? I just have to make it happen!

8.       Allow myself to indulge in something I’d really like to eat at a restaurant. I still have a difficult time allowing myself a treat.

9.       Clean the guest bedroom.  Currently, it’s housing all of the boxes that I’m not quite sure what to do with since I moved.  Seeing as I moved in March I think it’s about time to clean the room up so we can actually have guests stay over.

10.   Make this blog better. I’m thinking of giving the blog a makeover.  There’s a certain professional I have my eye on to help me with the transformation.  My goal is to at least make contact with her this month to see how much this might set me back and what the wait time will be.  I’m also going to get into the groove of creating a writing schedule for myself.  Right now, I randomly fit writing in whenever I see the chance.

11.   Look into a nutrition certification.  Currently, I’m certified by AFPA as a health & wellness counselor.  I’d like to further my degree so that I can turn my love of nutrition and helping people into a career.  I’m thinking of either the Institute for Integrative Nutrition or a program to become a registered dietician (I couldn’t seem to find anything in my area, the last time I looked).

12.   Strengthen/Create Friendships.  After college, the majority of my friends scattered to completely different states.  Everyone started new jobs, got married/are in relationships, started to have kids and our friendship started to take a backseat.  I’d like to strengthen old friendships by reaching out (I already have a card going out to a lifetime friend) and create new friendships in the area.  I’m hoping that by pushing myself into new situations (like taking yoga & Zumba) I’ll meet some new like-minded people. I’m also going to work on building relationships with the wives/girlfriends of Rob’s friends.  I have one sister that lives in Long Island and I’m going to make it a point to get together with her for coffee or random shopping trips.

13.   Try not to be so reliant on Rob.  I’m not sure if “reliant” is the correct word.  I’m SO attached to him.  If I know that he’ll be home I try to be too.  It’s part of the reason I get my workout in before work.  Knowing that I’m not missing anything with him (since he’s sleeping) makes it less hard to leave him at the house.  Believe me, I still give him a million kisses before I get my booty out that door to the gym, but I have an easier time with it than say going to the gym after work, knowing that he’s home watching tv.  This prevents me from hanging out with people and/or doing things I need/want to do (eyebrows, shopping, classes and sometimes even blogging).  I’ve discussed this with Rob multiple times.  He pushes me to do new things.  I have to take the initiative to do it myself.  He has assured me that he knows how much I love him and that by doing things for myself doesn’t mean that I love him any less.  I have no problem when he does these things for himself, but seem to have an issue when the roles are reversed.

 I think that’s a pretty well-rounded goal list for August.  What do you think?  There are already things I know I’d like to include for the fall, but that’s really getting ahead of myself.

  • What are some of your goals for August?
  • Do you have any great recipes you’d like to share with me?
  • Any book suggestions to fill my kindle with?
  • If you know of a good registered dietician program in the Long Island area, please do share!

 Have a great day! 🙂