Celebrating Day 80 with Boxing Class

I found one of those internet specials where you get to do 3 boxing classes for 20 bucks, plus you get a pair of gloves for free. So, obviously, I was tempted to try it out. I immediately called New York San Da and asked the most pressing question, “Will my nose be broken?” The response was no, but there may be bruising. That was enough to be a little more interested in trying it out.

Two of my friends and I showed up for a vicious hour of a hardcore workout. The training that goes into these kickboxing classes is intense and there’s no doubt that I burned the 800 calories they promised. As you can see from the photo, it’s certainly not a place that’s pretty or smells good, (it’s got that real boxing feel!) but you come out of there soaked in sweat and feeling like you did more in one hour than you have all of your life. I didn’t even know I could do that many jumping jacks or push-ups or sit-ups in one session. At the end of the class, one of my friends gave me the evil eye and said, “Remind me to kick your a** later!” I most certainly will not be reminding her. I think it may have been an empty threat because she’s the one that reminded me she’s ready to try it again.

Breakfast: Cherry Muesli with Skim Milk.

Lunch: Multigrain Sandwich Thin with 2 Light Laughing Cow Cheese and Green Grapes.

Dinner: Veggie Fajita Salad.

Holiday Monday

After all the festivities of Sunday night’s soiree at our friends house, we slept in on Monday morning.

This Monday, I mainly caught up on my home errands and organization and caught up on blogging. I ate a delicious snack with veggies and a 1/4 cup of hummus, while I worked on my blog.

Breakfast: Pancakes with Walnuts and Bacon. I didn’t eat breakfast until 11:30am this morning!

Lunch: BBQ Chicken Strips and Veggies.

Dinner: Today, I went for my cheat meal at Jackson Hole. I had a delicious Southwest Burger with Guacamole and Steak Fries. I’m so used to these smaller meals that I didn’t eat the whole thing, but it was so wonderful. I think after these 90 days of dieting are over, I’m going to instill a weekly cheat meal to keep sane.

Happy 4th of July!

There was a ton of much needed R & R this weekend. My hubby actually woke up around 2:30PM. By the time he woke up, I was up for 3.5 hours. I was already finished with laundry and dishes, read for an hour and researched some travel ideas.

We went to our friend’s apartment in Tribeca to watch Fireworks right on the Hudson River. My hubby and I worked together on these shots. To get a good shot, we set our ISO to its lowest normal level (in the case of our D3s, 200), set focus manually at infinity, and set exposure to around f/9 or f/11 with about a 4 second shutter speed (we played with these somewhat throughout the night). For a shutter speed this low you need to set your camera on a tripod, and it’s best to use a remote shutter release and mirror lockup mode if you have that available.

It was warm and breezy on the roof and the view was spectacular. During the show, random people would burst into songs like “God Bless America,” and “America the Beautiful,” and the rest of the crowd would join in. I loved every minute of tonight. It was one of those wonderful New York City moments. We spent the rest of the night in our friend’s apartment, listening to great music and enjoying the company.

Breakfast: This morning, I woke up and made some tea. Because I wanted to get some stuff done, I waited to eat until Ray woke up and had lunch with me. I kept myself occupied with errands and reading.

Lunch: Lite Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli.

Dinner: Curried Shrimp with Veggies and Whole Wheat Noodles.

A Day at the Beach

We met up with our friends, Joanna and Alice, to drive to Fire Island and spend the day at the beach. Through a democratic vote, we decided on Ocean Beach, so when we parked, we walked over to the ferry, bought our tickets (one way is $8.50 for a half hour ferry to Ocean Beach) and boarded the boat.

People even brought their dogs on board. This little weiner pup didn’t like the sun, so he would hide under newspapers to stay in the shade.

I had never been to this side of Fire Island, so it was fun to see an island with wagons instead of cars!

What a cute little town, with lots of shops and ice cream stores.

When we arrived to the beach, we set up our umbrellas and napped in the sun and sand.

I took an obligatory feet and beach photo!

Joanna and I decided to take a long walk on the beach. We ended up walking and talking for two hours. We’re both into photography, so we kept snapping things we found interesting. Though both of us were stung by jelly fish, it was nothing like what I experienced in Japan. This sting just caused a tiny bit of numbness in the toes.

I saw this tiny bird perched on a rock and he looked at me right when I needed him to model in the photo.

This man was paddling on a surf board. I’m not really sure why he was doing that, but I thought he was great.

This dog kept running up to me and kept trying to lick my camera lens when I crouched down to take his photo.

I thought these kids were cute. They just sat in the surf and got bashed by waves.

We went to church on the island and enjoyed an evening ferry ride back.

Breakfast: Cottage Cheese and Granola.

Lunch: Alice brought a treat, so I had half a banana nut cupcake from Billy’s Cupcakes, which was unbelievably delicious. Finally, a good cupcake in NYC! I also ate the snacks we brought, Empire Apples and Peaches.

Late Dinner: Beef Salad.

Long Weekend Ahead

I saw this lady with a bird on her shoulder in the subway. At first, she was not happy with me taking photos and turned away, but later, she came over by me and asked me if I wanted to hold the bird. I saw my train coming, so I declined her offer. She kept speaking to me as I told her that my train was here and even as I walked onto it. I felt a little bad that I had to hop on and couldn’t finish my conversation, but I needed to meet my hubby and plan out some fun stuff for the weekend.

Breakfast: Strawberry Almond Rhubarb Loaf

Lunch: Italian Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Lemon Asparagus Risotto.

Dinner: Chicken with Zuchini, Eggplant, String Beans and Cabbage.

Free Hugs

I saw this guy giving away free hugs in Times Square. I don’t think he was one of the “free hugs” people that you see all over New York.  He seemed to be a rogue hugger.

He had an amusing sign, which made me laugh, especially with the juxtaposition of the very serious look on his face. In true New York fashion, he asked me for money after I snapped his shot. I politely declined. It made me wonder if the hugs were actually free.

Breakfast: Cheese Crepe with Spinach.

Lunch: Whole Wheat Mac and Lite Cheese with Broccoli. I can truly say that it is VERY difficult to eat a tiny plate of mac and cheese!

Dinner: Tilapia with Veggies.

Another Day, Another Workout

After skipping a workout the day before, I had to push it hard today. I walked to class and began to sweat, while having a lot of fun with my classmates and Marina.

I like to call this picture above, “Cat on a Hot Tin Step!” Cat Migliaccio was working hard and I loved the way her leg was pumped forward.

Jump, jump, jump!

Here, Marina is pushing us to shrink our thighs even more.

After class, I met Ray and had a delicious snack on Broadway. We found an open table and ate green grapes and cherries before walking home. I love that you can always find a place to sit from Times Square to 34th Street.

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Chili. Sometimes, putting things on a small plate tricks my mind, but today was one of those days where I just wanted more to eat and had to use my will power to restrain myself!

Lunch: Chicken Parmesan with Whole Wheat Spaghetti Noodles. I threw in my Eclipse bracelets, since I saw it earlier that morning!

Dinner: Veggie Patty with Potatoes, Zucchini and Tomatoes.

Book Club and Foods

I mentioned in an earlier post that I went to see the Eclipse Pre-Screening. If you want to read my thoughts about the book series, read that post. It was a super fun day. I even had my photo snapped with lead vampire Edward…er…I mean a cutout of Edward on the “red carpet.” Of course, I wore my British shirt and he loved it. :O)

Breakfast: Uhoh, I didn’t eat breakfast today. I was in a rush and didn’t have time to make my oatmeal. Forgive me!

Lunch: Lunch at the Tate with Marina. We enjoyed delicious Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches with Lettuce and Tomatoe on Wheat Bread, while overlooking the city view and enjoying a breeze. I also splurged and drank Diet Pepsi in a pretty wine glass filled with ice.

Dinner: Because I ate about 300 less calories today (since I skipped breakfast), I decided it was OK to eat some Chinese food for dinner. Orange Chicken and Brocolli.

Errands and Eating

Sundays are usually days where I catch up on things and go to Mass.

One of my errands included grocery shopping. I couldn’t resist beautiful fresh cut flowers from Trader Joe’s. For $4.99, these inexpensive flowers add a touch of color and nature to my living room.

Below is what I ate throughout the day!

Breakfast: Honey Bunches of Oats with Skim Milk and Coffee.

Lunch: Salmon Sandwich with Hot Sauce on a Multigrain Muffin.

Dinner: Whole Wheat Spaghetti Noodles with Beef and Veggies.

Morning Adobe Photo Walk

Though I appreciate my Saturday sleep in days, I was willing to give it up today for the Adobe Photowalk with Bryan O’Neil Hughes and Tom Hogarty. If you’re thinking most photographers are male, you’re right and the photo below is accurate. It always seems a bit unbalanced in that department. That’s why I’m here, to take it over! :O)

My hubby and I woke up and walked over to Fotocare at 6th Ave and 22nd St. We met a few people and walked over to the High Line Park, a park built over concrete and old railroad tracks that opened up last year around the Fourth of July.

As we walked there, I took a few photos of anything I found interesting. I thought this sign was funny and used a fish eye lens to create the distortion and capture the building behind it.

I took a few shots of flowers in the park. The first one just caught my eye. The flowers were beautiful and pink and immediately brought a smile to my face.

This second shot I took, my hubby likes to call “A Flower in a Tornado,” because of the grass twisting viciously around this pretty flower.

We lost the group and walked back through the meatpacking district. It’s such an interesting neighborhood. Amongst high end stores and restaurants are empty areas like this with random advertisements or graffiti.

Ray took this shot above of the graffiti. I loved the way the light fell and he caught it before I noticed it, so I need to give him props for a job well done. I played with Topaz on this photo to give it a little extra edge.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Raisins. I apologize for the bad photo, but I was in a rush to have a great breakfast before a long walk.

Late Lunch: Veggie Pita with Mushroom, Cabbage, Asparagus, Greenbeans and Cheese. All of this was warmed up and toasted in the toaster oven.

Dinner: Chili, Corn and Beans with Hot-sauce.

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