My Worst Nightmare

I got in a battle with a spider and turns out, that tiny foe kicked my ass. In my defense, it wasn’t just any spider. It was a Black Widow. That spider of my nightmares.

I’ve broken my collarbone before. And until yesterday, I honestly thought that breaking it was the most pain I would ever feel. Maybe apart from childbirth. I was no naive.

Black Widow, you win.

That would be my pinky finger, almost two days later. The swelling has actually gone down quite a lot. At one point it was the same size as my thumb. Right now, it’s still about double it’s usual size. There are also two little bite marks. I didn’t post a picture of that, because I can’t even look at it without feeling a million phantom spiders crawling on my skin.

Despite the swelling having gone down considerably, my finger still feels like it’s being stabbed with a million little needles. It’s painful to the touch. Which stinks, because it’s also tingly and itchy. But if I even blow on it, it feels like it’s just been set on fire. It’s also my left pinky….I’m left handed. You’d be surprised how often you engage your pinky during the day.

Oh yah. I also spent a few hours in Urgent Care getting pumped up with intravenous drugs and pain killers after several hours of it getting better, it suddenly got much worse.

My only hope is that I will come out of this looking like this:

My kind of Black Widow


The takeaway? Watch out when poking around dark window sills.

La Dolce Vita

So I’ve already told you I’ve put on a few lbs. these past few weeks. Now, let me show you how it happened.

Recently, some girlfriends and I spent an evening at La Villa in Little Italy. Let me preface this by saying, having the girlfriend of the chef as a dining companion is wonderful….and extremely dangerous.

We each started out with individual servings of two different appetizers.

striped jack crudo with cucumber, radish, sugar snap peas and lemon

foie gras with early grey poached stone fruit and a balsamic gelee

And then the three of us split 3 entrees.

lobster tortellini with sweet corn

short Ribs

pasta with spicy lamb sausage, peas, tomato, and mint

Everything was amazing. The standout dish was definitely the lobster tortellini. The sweet corn burst in your mouth, and the lobster was delicate and not too heavy. The foie gras appetizer was also amazing. Mostly because the chef gave each of us a portion that would easily be split between 4 people. I know, gluttonous. But you try to send back half of that specialty uneaten!

This is why I’m getting fat.

But it was worth it. I would highly recommend La Villa. We sat out on the patio, and it was the perfect relaxed setting for an evening filled with wine, great food, and the best company possible. All of the ingredients are fresh and whenever possible sourced from local farmers and fishermen. You can definitely taste the freshness.

I can’t wait to make a second trip.

Too Much Fun Makes Andrea A Softy Pt. 2

I’m having a few technical difficulties today. My lost post cut-off the second half. So without further ado….

My Before pics (again, Warning! There is a lot of pale, sweaty, no makeup, skin here!)

Desired Results: I’m less concerned about losing weight and more concerned with toning up. I do weigh myself most mornings, because that seems to keep me in check – a few pounds added to a 5’0 frame add up quickly and make a big difference, so weighing myself helps me do damage control before it gets out of hand. But honestly, I’d like to see some muscle definition. And mostly, I want to work on my back and tummy area – I want to flatten those suckers up!

Day 1 down, 29 more to go!

Has anyone else had any experience with the 30 Day Shred program? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Too Much Fun Makes Andrea A Softy

I’ve been truly enjoying my summer.  I’ve been slamming margaritas (and wine!), indulging in greasy, fatty food, sliding on the workouts, and as a result, I’ve become a little soft. And I don’t like it. I’m not bursting out of my clothes, but I’d like to feel a little less constricted. I’d also like to feel stronger. And slimmer.

Enter 30 Day Shred. I typically rely on yoga, running , and a sensible diet to get back into shape. But I’ve run into some problems with running (shin splits!) and have decided to tone it down for a little while. I’ve also developed some bad, lazy habits. And so I’m hoping that by following this plan for 30 days, it’ll get me into a new routine.

My plan: Complete a 30 Day Shred workout every day. My starting goal is to do 10 days at each level, but this may be subject to change. I will continue to take my dog on brisk walks for 30-60 minutes a day, longer on the weekends. And lastly, I’m going to clean up the eating. Apart from the weekends, I generally eat pretty healthy. BUT, I do drink a LOT of wine. I know this is probably the biggest single cause in my weight gain, and so I’m making an effort to replace it with sparkling water and green tea most evenings. Most. Not all.

As of July 12, 2012, these are my measurements:

Height: 5’0″
Weight: 105 lbs
Bust: 32″
Chest: 29″
Waist: 26″
Hips: 32″
Thighs: 19.5 (dislike!)
Upper arms: 10.5″
Forearm: 8.5″
Wrist: 5.5″

Based on these measurements I have an estimated body fat percentage of 24%. Technically it’s in the “fitness” range, but I’m really toeing the line of the “Acceptable” range. See for yourself:


And because, I’m a glutton for punishment: here are my Starting Pics:

(WARNING! These pictures were taken after my first 30 Day shred session. I’m super sweaty and not weaing any makeup. Proceed at your own caution.)