Monday, December 26, 2011

New Years Resolutions

2011 has been a crazy year for me. I graduated college, started my first full time job, fell in and out of love, and have become a better, more positive person. As the year comes to a close, I'm anxiously looking forward to see what 2012 holds in store. This year is the first year I plan to make some new years resolutions. Let's see how long I can keep these for.

1. Move out!
2012 is the year to get out on my own. Target month is September, but as long as I'm out before this time next year, I'll be content. Until then, I will be taking advantage of rent-free living and saving up as much as I can.

2. Get back into a workout routine
February 2011 I started P90X and had a solid workout regime until about September. January 3, 2012 a new routine will begin! It is imperative to get back into shape. Working out is a great stress relief and I miss the beautifully sculpted arms and abs I had this summer.

3. Get back into tap dancing
Twice a month I want to take a class in the city. Once a month it will always be a tap class. The other class a month will be different each month: a jazz or hip hop class, a zumba, a yoga, etc. This will help support my goal of getting into a workout routine that won't get stale and will let me re-discover my love for tap dancing.

4. Read one book a month
I really love to read and it's something I wish I had more time to do. One book a month is a low goal and definitely attainable (especially with my new kindle fire!)

5. Keep up with this blog
I've let this blog go the wayside. Hoping to do bi-monthly posts and eventually back to once a week posting.

What are your New Years Resolutions?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

60 Day Challenge

It's that time again - to restart a fitness program. This summer I tackled TurboFire, which I absolutely loved. I lost 2 inches off my waist in 2 months and felt my core and legs getting extremely strong. I copped out during month 3 and have now been on a one month hiatus from any kind of working out. I'm feeling the negative effects of my actions. So yesterday began my new 60 Day Challenge - P90X/TurboFire Hyrbid! To start, I took a walk for an hour and a half. Then I did Ab RipperX and Fire30 - culminating in over 2 hours of workout. A bit extreme for me - but it was a great way to get back in gear. I already feel my energy level improving today and I'm looking forward to P90X Shoulders and Arms later tonight.

Along with the work outs, I plan on getting my eating habits back in order. No eating past 8PM, breakfast every morning, and massive amounts of water.

I urge all of you to join me in my 60 Day Challenge. You don't have to do anything as intense as I am - but think about 2 or 3 specific things you know you could change in your daily life to improve your health. Maybe take a 10 minute walk during your lunch break, or substitute a coffee a day for a glass of water. Or maybe take that yoga class you keep wanting to try.

It takes 21 days to make a habit. Start your good habits today and you'll be surprised by day 60 how different you look and feel.

If you want to join me, I'll gladly be your support and accountability. THERE'S NO DAY LIKE TODAY!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fall TV

Happy October!! The month of fresh, cool air, scarves, pumpkins, and changing leaves. And most importantly FALL TV SHOWS! Here is what I have cluttering my DVR this season:

The New Girl - my favorite of the season so far. Zooey Deschanel plays a hilariously awkward girl who just got out of a relationship and is now living with 3 guys. NBC on Tuesday nights - watch it if you haven't I promise you won't regret it.

Pan Am - Still not sure how I feel about it. Hoping tonight's episode is a little better than last weeks.

Fringe - Season 4 is up and running and is just as amazing as ever before. I've been watching religiously since Season 1, Episode 1, and am severely addicted. You never know what will happen next and I love every moment of anticipation.

The Office - No Michael Scott this season, but just as funny. If you have stopped watching because he left, you're an idiot (sorry, it's true).

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - No words to describe the level of zaniness the writers have taken "the crew" this season. They have spoofed on the Jersey Shore and Toddler and Tiaras so far and I'm excited to see what other situations they find themselves in.

Glee/ America's Next Top Model All Stars - My 2 guilty pleasures. Don't judge. You have them too.

I'm hoping to also play catch up on Terra Nova ... and Dexter is the one show I regret never getting into.

What's your favorite Fall TV Show? Are there other new shows I should be watching? Share below!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

"Tell the Story of Your Life"

For those who don't know, today was F8 - where Mark Zuckerberg gave a keynote speech about the big changes coming to Facebook. I was lucky enough to be able to watch it live streaming in my CEO's office with my Likeable crew - all of laptop's in hand, tweeting away about the upcoming Facebook revisions. The biggest change of all comes in the form of the profile - now called "Timeline".

The Timeline is a place to tell the story of your life. The most recent events coming first, showing pretty much everything you've done that day or week. But the older you go back, the less shows and the moreCacebook summarizes the important events. On the left side you will be able to scroll by year - going as far back to the day you were born. More info about it can be found here

This raises a bit of concern. Do I want my whole life displayed on the internets? I'm not sure. You can, however, to set privacy to anything and everything on your Timeline, so that's a plus.

Am I already signed up to get one of the first timelines? Yes I am! I mean, I'm really curious to see it work in real time. And I'm also kinda jealous of everyone from Likeable who posted pics of how awesome their Timelines look.

Are you excited for Timeline? How about all the other new features? Would love to hear feedback!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Hello, Super September!

August was supposed to be "my month" but it seems September has much more in store for me. This week has been one of unexpected, but wonderful changes in my life.

I usually fear change..but I find myself embracing all that has come my way.

Monday starts my first day at my first real grown-up job. I'm excited, nervous, anxious, and all emotions in between. Good-bye interning, hello 30 hours a week and a paycheck!!

Then I decided, new job = new look. So I chopped my hair...maybe not the best decision but it's growing on me!

And today I did some major re-vamping. Upgraded and fixed up my Macbook - finally on Snow Leopard and got my entire framing/keyboard replaced. While the apple store was doing work, I went shopping and bought a new dress, a new blazer, and a new top. Gotta update my wardrobe!

Change is scary. But right now, I can't imagine being any happier with the way things are changing.

How do you handle change? Do you fear it or embrace it?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Laws of Attraction

You're at bar. You see a guy across the room. He makes eyes at you. You smile. You notice how tall and handsome he is. You want him to come talk to you.

Whether you talk to him or not you will for the rest of the night be thinking about how attractive said guy is. You will wonder if his name matches the sexiness of his outfit, you'll hope he's a good dancer, and you'll think about what it's like to kiss him.

This, I've learned, is initial physical attraction. A conversation isn't even necessary to be attracted to someone. It's just there.

Until this summer, I used to think attraction and chemistry was all in the same. Until I met guys (yes, multiple) who I have this unspeakable chemistry with. It goes beyond attraction and enters a new territory of magnetism.

I feel like chemistry happens after a said amount of time of knowing a person. It will initially start as an attraction. But the more you talk to them, the more you feel your body inching closer to theirs. You take any chance you get to make contact - brush against their arm, playfully hit a knee. You don't know why, but you just NEED to be close to them. If the other party feels it to, you won't have to wonder if they're a good kisser. You will kiss and you will know..and if you're radar for chemistry is spot on, you will get lost in that kiss. That my friends, is chemistry.

Both attraction and chemistry play an important role in the dating scene - I can't imagine seriously dating anyone I'm not attracted to. I think it's rare to find someone you have immediate chemistry with, being it's something that may grow the more time you spend together, but if you do ... go with it.

Do you agree with my difference between attraction and chemistry? Do you think one is more important that the other? Comment below!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Stumble Upon's Coolest Find Today

Stumble Upon dishes out some great sites. I stumbled across this today and thought it was super interesting. The photographer went to a park and ask joggers to sprint and take a picture. He then asked them to his studio a week later and took pictures in the same exact pose in the same light. The differences between the two are quite remarkable. Some people don't even look the same! It just goes to show how put together we feel we need to look most of the time. You can see all the shots here

I thought this was such a great idea, I flipped through my Photo Booth and decided I wanted to pull my before/after from a workout.

So, ok, not as cool as all of the professional ones. But still a difference.

I challenge YOU to take your before/after jog, workout, run, or whatever picture. See how you look at your most fatigued compared to how you present yourself to world

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Essentials

To prepare for Hurricane Irene, I made a list of Top 10 essential items needed to get me through the weekend. In no particular order:
  1. Bottled water/ my lucky pink water bottle
  2. Nutella
  3. Brown Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Crisps
  4. Wine and/or hard liquor
  5. Pasta
  6. Garden State, Center Stage, Pans Labyrinth, Now & Then - readily available to play on repeat
  7. A boat & swimmies (since, ya know, I can't swim)
  8. Advil and/or Excedrin
  9. A good book or two..or five
  10. A funny hashtag to tweet with all weekend
What's on your Hurricane Survival list?

Thursday, August 25, 2011


As we all know, Monday's earthquake turned out to be kinda a big deal for us East-Coast-ers. I was ironically scheduling tweets on Hootsuite for a client when the earthquake shook our 15th floor office, the entire building, and numerous cities on the East Coast. I say that was ironic because twitter ended up being our main source of news for the next hour. Initially, the thought of another terrorist attack flooded my brain as I ran down 15 fights of stairs in record time (in flip flops, no less!) Within seconds of re-gaining service outside, my co-workers were on twitter- telling us that #earthquake was trending and announcing updates on how high it ranked on the scale, who else felt the quake, and what was happening around us.

According to twitter's twitter (hah): "Within a minute of today's , there were more than 40,000 earthquake-related Tweets. And, we hit about 5,500 Tweets per second (TPS). For context, this TPS is more than Osama Bin Laden's death & on par w/ the Japanese quake."

It's crazy how crucial this social media tool was in our panic. I can only imagine what people would have been tweeting on 9/11 if twitter had been around. What would have been trending? Would people's last words from the towers been tweets? I guess that's something we will never know..

One of the highlights of the day was coming back into the office looking at brands' twitters to see if they were taking advantage of the trending topic. Some did, tastefully, wishing everyone to safety. Others, not so much, using it to promote their brand in the wrong way. My favorite being from Elizabeth Arden spa who promoted their massage for those who were stressed about the events. Too soon? Perhapskis.

What were you doing during the EarthquakeApocolypse? Did you check twitter for updates? Facebook? TV? What were your favorite #earthquake tweets and status updates? Share below!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

First Date Etiquette

So I guess my journey is beginning a little sooner than I had planned to blog about dating experiences. Last night was, I guess you could say, my first "real" "adult" first date. I spent the days before worrying it would be absolutely horrifying. Alas, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be...but it also wasn't great either. So this post I will be sharing some things for guys to consider during a first date..well actually just during a first date with me (and assuming for most women too). For his sake, I will not say which of these he did or did not use your imagination :)

1. Guys should ALWAYS offer to pay. If you see me reaching for my wallet the words "oh please don't be silly" should be coming out of your mouth. And then, I'll smile and ask "are you sure?" and you should insist. If you are a stubborn chick and you really do want to contribute, go halfsies I suppose, but NEVER pay the whole thing. He asked YOU out - keep that in mind.

2. There shouldn't be an extended period of silence. If you just met each other, you should be asking tons and tons of questions to get to know them better. Small lulls are fine...longer ones get awkward. Guys especially should make an effort to ask questions because if you don't I'm assuming you don't care enough to learn more about me.

3. The phrase "I should really stop smoking weed" should never come out of your mouth...nor should you hit the bong before you go out on the date (this goes for both guys and girls). Also, if you're going out for a drink - neither party should get wasted. That looks realllyy bad.

4. Learn to read body language. If I like you, I will find a way to be closer to you and maybe even touch your arm (or leg if you're really lucky). Don't put your arm around me if I have made no such effort.

5. Finally, don't assume there's gunna be a second date. And if you want a second date, don't ask for it to be 2 days later. Even if I had a great time, I'm going to want to take some time and reflect to make sure I even want to see you again. Be a nice guy - call and ask (or facebook chat me, whatever).

This list could go on for days but I'll stop at 5.

Please, my lovely readers, I'd love your feedback on this. Do you agree with my thoughts? What did I leave out? Comments are very much so encouraged!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Book Review: Science of Being Single

For those of you who don't know me very well, I usually stick to three kind of books: weird, sci-fi ish kinda books, mystery also kinda strange books with courtroom drama intertwined, and sappy lovey romance books (like anything by Nikolas Sparks). But as I was browsing my library's shelves, a bright pink cover caught my eye and I read the words "The Science of Being Single". And as a newly single gal, I figured why not? I could use a change up in my reading habits. This non-fiction book followed a writer's experiment in the dating realm. Quite hysterical.

She goes through a bunch of methods and whether or not they worked - online dating, matchmaking services, being set up through a friend, blind dates, and using "rules" out of dating books. Throughout the year-ish the experiment took place, she writes and documents about the type of men she meets, what she learns, and anything and everything that went wrong/right on these dates. My personal favorite is when she was at dinner with a sexy man and he said she had something by her mouth - they hadn't eaten yet and she realized it was a booger that must've flown out of her nose. I died.

She really inspired me to do a similar experiment. No time soon being I'm about a month out of a 2 year relationship and the thought of dating anyone else literally makes me feel sick...but maybe next summer when I'm good & ready I can blog about all my different dating exploits.

If you're looking for a fun read to breeze through while you lay out and tan or just need something easy to read in between something heavy, totally recommend this - single or not - you'll get a good laugh and might even learn a little bit about yourself.

What's the best/worst date you've been on? Would you want to document your dates? Interested in this book? Read any other books like this one? Share below!

What's Your Sign?

One of my fabulous readers (and fellow tap dancer) Allison, asked me to write a blog about Horoscopes. I used to OBSESS over them and have them emailed to my AOL account (back when AOL was cool) everyday. I don't check it daily anymore but I love reading the general overview of my sign - what my personality quirks are, who I am most compatible with, and what activities I should enjoy. It always kinda creeps me out how some descriptions are just dead-on. Example -- in a book I read in the Likable office last week, it suggested I would have a job in communications (I have a BA in Communications). Coincidence? Perhaps. Or maybe I am just destined to be here.

Last night I checked out "Twittascope" which auto-posts your horoscope to your twitter every morning just to see if it had anything relevant to say about my day.

Someone might catch you off guard today as he or she tap dances around your probing questions. You would like to be able to trust your instincts, but others won't likely sit still long enough for you to get a read on what's happening. Wait a few days until the mysterious and the unknowable situation plays through. Thankfully, you could be left with newfound clarity and purpose.

I wish I could say that any of this happened, but it didn't.

Also, just as a side note - why do I want to read YOUR horoscope? If we're not the same sign, I don't really care what the stars have in store for your day (I know you agree, Damore!).

I'm curious on your opinions on horoscopes - Do you read yours daily? Are there any truths to them? Do you also hate when people tweet their twittascope? Comment below!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hello 1996!

Before I begin, a big thanks to Tyler Becker for the inspiration for this post ... and my favorite #1800ballers for the long throwback conversation we had at lunch on Tuesday.

This week, Nickelodeon has listened to its dedicated 20-something year old fans and brought back 90's Nick starting at midnight. This includes Keenan and Kel (who loves orange soda?), Doug (and PorkChop, too), All That (Pierre Escargot!) and a variety of others.

While I am more than ecstatic about this comeback, I can't help but think of a million other things I'd love to see be resurrected in 2011. These include...

N Sync: After seeing Backstreet Boys perform last summer in Atlantic City, my best friend and I have been anxious for N Sync to throw a reunion tour. We already promised each other we would be willing spend hundreds on front row tickets and travel to wherever necessary to see them live. Our 10 year old selves will thank us..and it will be a tale to tell the kids one day!

Milky Pens/ Gel Pens: Remember when it was cool to write all over yourself and your friends? Why isn't it cool anymore? Lets bring back the brightly colored, pastel colored, and glitter colored pens to draw hearts and peace signs all over eachother's hands and arms during social studies class. Who's with me?!

Mad Libs: Hours and hours of fun could be had with this $5 fill in the blank word game. For some reason, I remember using the word "umbrella" 95% of the time when they asked for a 'noun' (I guess I thought it was a funny word). Can you imagine playing now as a legal adult? Oh the words I can imagine my friends using now....

Skip Its: "But the very best thing of all, there's a counter on this ball!" .. Come on, I know you all remember the jingle! I broke an average of 5 skip-its a summer yet continually wasted my mom's money on replacing them. Something about strapping a ball to one ankle and jumping over it with the other was just the coolest thing for me in the 90s. I want someone to re-invent and modernize the skip-it so that 1) the counter would actually work 2) the ball wouldn't break off and 3)it played some sort of bad ass music to skip to. Any inventors up there up for this challenge?

Tamagotchis: No explanation necessary. They are "phat".

Are you excited about the 90s Nick TV making a comeback? What other 90's things do you wish you could see today? Comment below!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The New Age of Reading

Recently, I finished The Hunger Games trilogy and it took a lot longer than expected. Because it takes me a week TOPS to finish a book, I never like buying them - besides my bookshelf is overflowing with books that I haven't touched more than once. So instead, I take advantage of the public library. I was on the waiting list for the second book in the series for about 3 weeks and couldn't read the third one without reading the second first. I was annoyed. I seriously considering investing in a kindle or a nook so I wouldn't have the hassle of waiting for another book again. I made a mini pro/con list in my head...

Kindles and nooks are great, lightweight, come with snazzy covers, and have thousands of books to download with the click of a keyboard. They seem great..except that it's just like reading on a computer screen. I don't know about you guys, but my eyes get so extremely tired spending hours looking at a screen. I much prefer reading print. I also love the feeling of a printed book in my hands. The yellowing pages, although gross and something smelly, are almost magical in a way. Hundreds of people could have held that same book you are now reading and each person took something different away from the words on the pages. So although a kindle/nook is your own personal portable library, you almost lose the magic of the printed word.

As of right now, I'll be sticking with my Brooklyn Public Library card..but I can't imagine libraries existing 20 years from now.

What are your thoughts on Kindles and Nooks? Do you own one? Do you prefer them to 'old fashioned' hard/soft cover books? Would love some feedback!

Why I Don't Have a Smart Phone

I am a bit ashamed to admit that I am one of three people in my office without a smart phone. I know, it's the 21st century and my flaming blue slide-out keyboard sprint LG rumor 2 is no longer "cool". I know one day I will make the switch to a hip, 4G smart phone, but until now I'm sticking with my "oldschool" phone. And here are my top 3 reasons why:

1. Sprint does not make the iPhone. If I'm going to join the rest of society, I refuse to do it with a blackberry. I am a hardcore Mac cult member with an iPad, iPod, and MacBook. The iPhone is literally screaming my name. Unfortunatley, I am on my family plan on the Sprint network and Sprint does not make the iPhone. And because I am not making a set salary and have no money to support a data plan or even my own monthly bill, it is impossible for me to break away from my family plan that my mom so kindly pays for.

2. As a BuzzBuilder at Likeable Media, I am glued to my computer screen all day long - constantly checking client's facebook posts and @replys on twitter. When I finally pack my computer away, the last thing I want to do is be anywhere near social media. I want time to relax, read, listen to music, watch TV, cook, work out...anything but be on facebook and twitter. And with a smart phone, I would literally be connected 24/7 .. and I know I would be too distracted to do other for my own benefit it's best I don't get one right now.

3. Finally, I get extremely annoyed when me and a friend are out to dinner or hanging out together and I'm trying to have a conversation with them and they ignore me because they have a notification. When you're alone or on a train and have nothing better to do but obsessively check your phone every 30 seconds - fine. But when you're in a social situation and the other person is mid-story and you stop and go "Sorry, one second" and flip through 27 apps on your makes me livid. I don't want to become that girl.

Do you have a smart phone? What are the pros of being connected all the time? If you don't have one, what's stopping you from getting one? Comment below!

Friday, June 24, 2011

#Likeable Contests

I have been interning at Likeable Media now for 3 weeks & I absolutely love it! My team, 1800Ballers, is amazing and everyone in the office is fun and outgoing and it's nice to be around people who love social media as much as I do.

One of the perks for being a BuzzBuilder is the weekly contests. Once a week we attend a little training session and are then challenged to go out on our own and apply what we learned. Our first contest was a twitter contest - who can get the most followers in a week. Everyone was going twitter crazy! I maybe gained 50 followers this week, which isn't a lot compared to the 2,000 the winners gained (go Rinda & Alyssa!) but I was really happy about my progress. I now have people following me that are leaders in the social media field and also who are fellow BeachBody Coaches. My biggest accomplishment was finding Alee. Alee is one of the girls in the Turbofire workouts (which I have been obsessively doing everyday for 3 weeks now for those who don't know). She is one of the main girls on the stage to watch at all times for modified moves. She is SO outrageously fit and it's cool to see someone on twitter who you see everyday on your TV. So anyway, I followed her and was happily surprised to see she followed back. As if that wasn't cool enough, I tweeted at her and got a reply! Here's the screenshot:

That was so exciting for me! She's the closest to a celeb I have following me/tweeting with me. So even though I lost that contest, I am proud of the outcome

The other contest that just ended was a Facebook contest - who can write the most engaging status. After the loss of the first contest, I was all fired up to win this one. I immediately got to writing my status and ended up with 62 likes and 26 comments. Here's that screen shot (can you tell I finally learned how to take screenshots? lol)

I ended up winning most likes! And tied the contest with two awesome other Buzzies - Tyler & Sam. It was a lot of fun and a great learning experience on what it takes to engage your audience. Tyler did an excellent job of offering an incentive - a free meal - to whoever liked and commented their favorite food..and Sam did a sweet poll: Kanye vs. TSwift (who could resist commenting on that?!). As for me, I decided to use "surprise & delight" and randomly chose one "like-er" to get a prize. My friend Christina won and I will be sending her a fabulous prize :)

Does your internship do any fun contests or events? What kind of facebook status would you have posted to engage your friends? Comment below!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Why are Hashtags Important

When I first joined twitter, I used it just as I used my Facebook status updates. I put no effort into them and tweeted maybe once a week. But when I did sign in, I would see people ending their tweets with the “pound” (#) sign followed by a random word or phrase and didn’t really understand it. What was the point? Now a year later, I am a hashtag fanatic. But it wasn’t until this past week that I fully understood the power of hashtags. Here are the main reasons I’ve learned as to why and how hashtags are used.

1. To join a conversation

Recently, I was invited by Dave Kerpen to join the #blogchat conversation. I had never heard of it before and as a newbie blogger I decided to check it out. I typed #blogchat into the search bar and literally hundreds of tweets popped up. People were asking questions, sharing ideas, giving tips…. it was NONSTOP! This was my first time experiencing the power of the hashtag. People were re-tweeting each other and making connections with people who they would have never had the chance to talk to if not for #blogchat. It was a bit overwhelming, but a great learning experience both about blogs and about how twitter hashtags bring people together.

2. To start a trending topic

June 8-9 was the Likeable U Summer 2011 Summit (which was awesome but that’s another story). I was in charge of registration and was told to tell everyone who came in to tweet along with the conference using #likeable. Within the first few hours of the Summit, #likeable became a NYC trending topic on twitter!!

This shows just how influential the Summit was – that enough people were talking about the sessions and sharing their favorite moments to make an impact on the twitter-verse.

3. For Fun!

I use hashtags with almost every tweet I send – just because. I love when people hashtag random phrases to add humor to an ordinary tweet. It’s a great way to be creative and make your tweet unique and memorable.

What’s the best, funniest, most memorable hashtag you have used or have seen? What’s your main reason for using hashtags? Have you met any people after joining a hashtag twitter convo? Comment below!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Turbofire - Week One Recap

That was the quickest week of life. Week one of Turbofire is DONE (check!). It's been a lot more challenging than I had originally expected. After graduating P90X, I knew I wanted a more cardio-based program and Turbofire was calling my name. For some reason, I thought I'd be able to handle it right away - no breaks needed. I was dead wrong. The workouts are short, but intense. My heartrate has gotten as high as 192 and I have burned up to 900 calories a workout. I love every second of it. Unlike P90X, I don't find myself focused on the clock. Chalean's choreography makes me feel like I'm in a dance class, not a workout. I've been trying to push my limits, but find at times I need to modify, especially when I get winded. She alotts no set time for a water break which is the only thing I don't like..but I don't let it stop me from hitting pause - especially during Fire 55 and Fire 45 which are "EZ" workouts but not at all easy. My personal breaks are great because it allows me to catch my breathe and re-gain my energy to take it up a level.

One another thing I love is the music. There are times I can feel my body tiring out, but just as if I was in a club, the music is so good I just want to keep going! It's everything from "Play that Funky Music White Boy" to "Oh Hot Damn This is My Jam". I find myself singing and laughing along with the music and the moves (especially when she says break it down and you can dance however you want).

I've been trying really really hard to eat every 2 hours and even the new people I work with know how important it is to try to keep my metabolism up and keep track of all my calories in my journal. It's been hard, I've had more than a few slip ups this week, but it's a process. And I'm not giving up on good nutrition. It's way too important.

I weighed in today - gained a pound...I was a little upset but hey, it happens and it's only week 1..I hope by week 4 to have lost 3 pounds and I know I can get there if I try hard enough.

Recap again next week :)

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and PLEASE contact me and let me help you. My friend Megan purchased P90X and is a week in and has already dropped 1.5 pounds. With my help, I promise I can get you into the best shape of your life.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bad News Bentley

The Bachelorette this week was realllyy rough to watch. After seeing Ashley get hurt during Brad's Bachelor season and now watching her the past 3 weeks, I feel like I know her. I know that sounds dumb since I never met the chick but people (like me) get really invested in this reality TV nonsense and I wish I didn't but I do. Anyway, Ashley went through a lot this week.

First, her one on one date with Ben C. was so fun!! FLASH MOB AMERICA - now added to my personal bucket list. He seems to be a hopeless romantic which I guess Ashley likes, but to me I saw more of a friendship connection than a real deep romantic one. I don't see him lasting very long, but I could be wrong.

Then came the group date where they all roasted her. She has some guts to let them take stabs at her like that, but most of the guys played it safe...except William who mentioned her biggest fear that he wanted it to be Emily on the show. Since William's one of my favorites, I wanted her to forgive him. It took some time, but she did end up giving him the last rose - yay. Everyone deserves a second chance and I think he showed he really was sorry (he totally cried on camera).

Throughout the episode, we see the biggest asshole to come to reality TV - Bentley - talking about how he can't see them together, how he can't wait to leave, how unattractive Ashley is, etc. etc...meanwhile he's talking to her as if he's ready to marry her on the spot and fcks with her head and she pretty much falls head over heels for him. He then LIES and says he needs to leave to see his daughter and makes HER feel bad when he's the one being the player and had no real good intention of being on the show. I really really really dislike him. Like I said, I feel like I know Ashley and she doesn't deserve a jerk like that around. I'm glad he's gone, but I can't imagine how she felt re-watching the episodes when he's talking to the camera saying "I'm about to go make Ashley cry..hope my hair looks OK" or something like "I don't give a crap about this girl"...She was probably hurt all over again.

But then came my #1 man, JP! They had a quiet one on one in her house - got all cuddly and cozy and had a hot make out sesh. I cheered. End of story.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot - mask guy took off his mask..and Ashley's face read, "THIS is what was hiding behind it? So not worth the anticipation. Wish he put it back on". She tried to hide it, but it was obvious. He got the boot at the rose ceremony. ADIOS WEIRDO.

Emotional and distressing episode. I hope Ashley finds a hubby out of this.

My Top Picks of the Week:
1. JP, obviously
2. Ryan
3. West
4. William

I think it's the same as last week...anyway that's all for tonight. More Bachelorette blogging next Tuesday. Check back later in the week for this great random post I've already started working on!

What are your thoughts on Bentley? Hate him? Love him? Love to hate him? Who are your top picks? Share below!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Buzz Builder NYC Orientation!

I was just talking to one of my best friends on Facebook chat. I asked what her plans were for the night and she replied she was working. She quickly followed up saying "g2g though not supposed to be on Facebook. we got lectured about how we could lose our jobs [insertsadface]".

This made me sad. I just spent the day at Likeable Media in NYC, the new place I will be calling home for the summer 4 days a week. Me, along with with 50+ other "buzz builders" will be dedicating our time and heart into increasing our client's likeability (did I just make that word up?). Here I was at Likeable getting introductory training on how to properly use Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Radian 6, and a plethora of other social media platforms that I will be, no doubt, using on a daily basis....and there was my friend working behind a desk and her job being threatened just for having one of those applications open during her shift.

Not only is that upsetting, especially for me who can't spend 30 minutes away from my laptop if I can help it, but it's also ridiculous. In a world where we are constantly connected, I don't understand jobs who are trying to fight the inevitable. Instead of reprimanding my friend for her Facebook use, why not tell her to do some researching on Facebook for their company (hotel actually, but I'll refrain from using any names). She could be creating a "like" page, seeing what competitors are doing, and responding to past/current/future guests.

If only everyone could be as smart as Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable, who has this science down to a T. His new book Likable Social Media (which I have already made a nice dent in) lays out the basics for any and every professional to use. *PS the book goes on sale on amazon tonight at MIDNIGHT and I highly suggest it for anyone in the working world. CLICK HERE*

In summary, I had a wonderful day in the NYC office. I already started making friends and connections, learned a TON more about social media, and got to pick up Dave's great book.

I also want to say - I'm so glad to be part of a company who does not punish for being on Facebook, but encourages its use. It's going to be a great summer and I couldn't be more excited.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Katniss, the girl on fire

The Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins is now #1 on my favorite books of all time (or at least tied with The Giver which has held the #1 spot since 8th grade). This book was everything you could ever ask for: intrigue, drama, determination, death/gore, love, family, survival..with a sci-fi-ish twist. The story takes place in a post-apocolytic nation called Panem, where "North America used to be". It is narrated by Katniss, a 16 year old living in District 12. 12 Districts make up Panem, each one specializing in a different trade. Katniss doesn't go into much detail about the past history of her nation - its a few pages at most - but we do know there used to be a District 13 who rebelled against the Capitol and was therefore eliminated...which brought upon The Hunger Games - it is the Capitol's way of showing..reminding..more like demanding and proving they are the ones in charge, the puppetmasters. What are the Hunger Games? It is a battle. Every kid aged 12-18 in each district is entered in a lottery. One boy and one girl from each district is picked and sent away to the Capitol where the 24 fight to the death. There is only one victor.

I don't want to get deep into the plot because I know some of you reading this are planning to read this fantastic book. One thing I loved though was the way the author goes into such detail about the beauty, yet ugliness, of the Capitol. District 12 is a very very poor place. The contrast is evident and the luxury of the Capitol is extravagant. But the people, the policies, the rules..abhorrent. I had a bunch of other parts that I just LOVEDD but I don't want to ruin the story!

This book was recommended to me by a few people and I knew it would good...but it way exceeded my expectations. There are two more books to follow that make up a trilogy - Catching Fire & Mockingjay - and I will be at the library next week putting those on hold. Although The Hunger Games doesn't really end in a major cliffhanger, it leaves it on a the perfect note to end that satisfied my need to know the outcome of the Games..but also leaves the audience asking - now what? And I think that will for sure be answered in the next 2 books.

5 out of 5 stars.

Have you read The Hunger Games? What would you rate it? What was your favorite part?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

ready, set, TURBOFIRE.

I just finished my FIRST DAY of Turbofire!! No, I didn't even shower yet - that's how committed I am to writing this blog :)

Yesterday I did all all the pre-program things - took my measurements, set up my schedule, posted the calendar on my wall, and wrote out my goals & what I want to accomplish over the next 3 months, as well as over the next week in terms of my diet. This week I will be focusing on incorporating more fruit into my diet as well as no eating after 9PM - something I followed religiously during P90X but have stopped since graduation. This morning I also weighed myself and was actually really happy with the number on the scale - 133. Which means I dropped a solid 7 pounds doing P90X. I would LOOVEEE to see it go down to 125 by the end of Turbofire, which would put me back pre-college weight and in the best shape of my life.

Anyway, today was Day One: Fire 30/ Stretch 10. The numbers represent how long the "class" is, so 40 minutes today. They FLEWWW by and was shocked when it was over so soon. After 5 minutes, I realized I forgot my heart rate monitor (which tracks how many calories I burn) so I pushed pause and ran up to get it...but I was so involved in the workout I ended up not checking my heartrate at all and just took it off mid-way because it would not have been accurate anyway. With 15 minutes left, I got a cramp. I didn't realize how high intensity the moves are and I should've waited 2 hours instead of an hour and 15 after eating to do the workout. I took a short 2 minute water break and was back on track. With 5 minutes left I was exhausted but Chalene urged us (me) to keep our energy up and I mustered all I had left to end strong. I was dripped sweat and almost didn't go onto the stretch, but come on it's the first day I couldn't skip out already! I'm soooo glad I did it. It was so relaxing, and stretched all the right muscles. Right now I feel great, refreshed, and ready to workout again tomorrow!

Things to remember for my workout tomorrow:
1. WEAR MY HEARTRATE MONITOR. It's crucial to see how many calories I'm burning so I can adjust how many calories I take in.
2. Wear my workout sneakers.
3. Bring a towel. The sweat got into my face and onto the new carpet.

I'm going to try not to post too much about my workouts, but it's hard since it's such a huge part of my life. But in 4 weeks I re-measure and I will for sure post my results! Oh and on Week 12 I will get those before/after pictures on here . I would do the before now but lets just wait til there's a great after one to put next to it :)

If anyone's interested in learning more about what Turbofire's about or what any other Beachbody program is about, CONTACT ME! or leave a comment...or just go to my website:

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

the Bachelorette hits SIN CITY!

I don't know what TV's fascination is with Las Vegas lately - Real World hit it up this season and now Ashley took her first group of dates to Sin City for a week of romance, dancing, and making out! And for those of you who don't know, I actually hit up Vegas this past December and this episode brought back a lot of great memories (Marissa Green, if you're reading, we really need to get back ASAP). Anywayy, here's a re-cap with some commentary about this week's Bachelorette:

The first one-on-one date was with William, who caught my eye last week in his intro with his quirky intro with his umbrella turning inside out. I thought he would have a cute sense of humor. I guess Ashley was on the same page as me since he got the first date. They took a private jet to Vegas (jealous) and spent the day at the BELLAGIO (aka where I stayed when I went to Vegas). They went to their amazinggggggg pastry place (where I got this chocolate crepe that was to die for) and they picked out "wedding cake". They also did a lot of "wedding" stuff like picking out rings and going into the Bellagio chapel (where my dad and stepmom actually DID get married, so weird.) where they had a fake ceremony. William was legit nervous they were going to be in a binding marriage, but he totally played it cool. What a trooper! He even said "I do" and when she hesitated he went "Babe?" like all nervous super cute. Then they had dinner INSIDE the Bellagio fountains, so gorgeous. And he said "My heart is soaring higher than the fountains right now". I awwed out loud. Really nice date.

Next, was the group date. 12 guys all for her! How overwhelming! It reminded me of that song "So many men, so little time, how could I chose?" hah. So they saw the JABAWAKEESS perform (sickk) and they were split into groups of 6 and had a challenge to come up with a little dance and the winning team got to stay in Vegas and the losers had to fly back to LA. So the "best men" did a dance simulating a wedding..not so great - they lost. The winners "no rhythm nation" simulated the rose ceremony and were really creative so they got to stick around. At night, Bentley got the rose. So not deserved...but more on him later.

Finally, there was a twist for the next date. JP and Mickey had to flip a coin to see who got to go on the next one-on-one. I looveee JP so I was rooting for him, but Mickey won and him and Ashley had a really nice date - nothing too magical or exciting. I was just sad I didn't get to see a lot of JP :)

My top picks in this order go as follows:
1. JP
2. West
3. William
4. Mickey
5. Ben C

I had William originally as #2 but I think his cocky attitude at the cocktail party threw me off a bit...Jeff aka mask guy is really pissing me off lately. TAKE THE STUPID MASK OFF, it's getting creepy. I don't know why he's still around...and Bentley is a flat out douchebag. He said, "She's not my type." All he keeps saying is hes staying cus he wants to win the competition. That's so dumb. Why are you wasting your time, MY time, and more importantly Ashley's time? It looks as though he leaves next week which I hope he does because even though Ashley's already really diggin him, she needs him out of that house.

So that's my little Bachelorette rundown for the day. Post again something different tomorrow!

Do you watch The Bachelorette? Have a favorite moment of last night's episode? Agree with my top 5 guys? Comment below, please!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

spring cleaning!

It's been about 2 weeks since I moved out of my apartment on the UAlbany campus and dumped all the crap I hoarded the past 4 years into my room. All my clothes are unpacked and a few boxes here and there remain to sort through, but my mom is already getting fed up with the mess. I don't blame her - I have no idea where all this stuff came from. We were gunna go shoe shopping tonight, but after getting 4 blisters walking around the city today, I decided we needed to postpone that. Instead, we tackled my closet...well everything but the actual hanging clothes. My closet is a nice size and has a lot of space on the floor and has 2 shelves above the clothes. I decided to picture document some of the stuff that made me nostalgic and share it with you all in hopes that you will, in turn, do some spring cleaning so that you can relive all the childhood
memories you so carelessly flung inside your closet.

First, my lovely pile of shoes...this doesn't even core half of them but I thought the image of them splattered across my floor was amusing.

Next, for your entertainment, my 5th grade graduation photo, found in an album made up of old friends and really old family pictures.

*GASP* A GAMEBOY? Yes my friends. This is an original gameboy-mini. No color, no touch screen, no nothing. Fully equipped with 4 different Pokemon games, Tetris, and plenty of Mario games. It makes me sad that kids of the next generation will never get a chance to grow up on Gameboys and are spoiled brats playing on their DS's :)

Spice Girl Movie stickers and NSync/O-Town books.
Ah, the music of my elementary school career. Couldn't throw any of this away, especially since all three of these groups are still on my ipod.

Speaking of ipod, this contraption is pre-historic compared to our fancy mP3 players. I wouldn't even be surprised if my 14 year old step sister didn't know what this is called. And for those of you reading this who may be younger, this is an original WalkMan. What did it do? Well, it played cassette tapes. Mine was actually advanced for the time and got radio reception, too. Crazy to think how far we've come. Look how big it was! I sadly threw it away, because although I used to carry this around with me everywhere, it is simply useless in today;s world.

Well, there you have it folks. After an hour and much more findings, my closet is almost completely clean. Now I just have to go through the clothes..which will be another task in itself. I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane. Would love to hear your comments about what you have found in your recent cleanings trips. HAVE A GREAT MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

Friday, May 27, 2011

sing me something soft..

rock-a-bye baby on the tree top
where the wind blows the cradle will rock
where the bow breaks the cradle will fall
and down will go baby cradle an all...

Weird the things we sing to infants to help them fall asleep. This famous lullaby is a bit cruel once you actually read the words. This is what came to mind as I was reading the book LULLABY, written by Chuck Palahniuk. This fiction tale follows reporter Carl Streator on his mission to destroy every copy of a culling song. What is a "culling song"? It's a lullaby sung in Africa to give a painless death to the old or infirm. The song, spoken or even just thought, is strong enough to kill.

This book was right up my alley. It was a bit of horror, bit of mystery, bit of magic, and a whole lot of sarcasm. I first read Fight Club last summer and hated it and was hesitant to pick up another one of Palahniuk's works but this one caught my eye and I'm really glad I chose to read it.

Palahniuk is a fabulous writer. Lullaby has two story lines going at once. There's the main story line, the present, that is 95% of the book. But in between a few chapters, he writes in italics. It was confusing at first but the storylines connect very well, especially at the end. I also loved Palahniuk's use of opposing ideas. He plays around with quiet vs. noisey - making up words such as "sound-o-holics" and "quiet-o-phobics". I laughed everytime the main character explains the TV noise from downstairs or the people shouting above him, simply because it's SO true. We as a society can't appreciate silence, with our i-pods always glued in our ears and the TV always on for background noise.

What didn't I like about the book? The middle drags a bit, and there's a whole LOT of commentary about G-d, the government, meat-eaters, etc. that was a little much for me. I understood the point and the subject matters were certainly lightened up with Palahniuk's sarcastic writing style but I found myself getting bored and somewhat annoyed at how often it was written about.

Other than that, no complaints. The book is 260 pages long and I read it in 4 hours...didn't eat dinner because I was so engrossed in it.

If you do decide to read it, you might notice the premise is a lot like the movie The Ring where whoever watches that tape dies. Similar storyline. In fact, I almost want to say he adopted the idea from the movie to almost make fun of it but put a new horrific twist on it.

In conclusion, I give Lullaby 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you do get a chance to read it, please share your insights. I'd love to hear them.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

..and away we go!

Hello blogging universe and welcome to the DONK diaries!

A little bit about what to expect from this blog:
1. Book Reviews: I am committed to doing more reading now that I don't have pointless college textbooks/articles to consume my time and I hope to be able to read at least one book a week and will be posting at least one review a week - probably on Fridays. So tomorrow will have my first book review!

2. Movie Reviews: This probably won't happen often unless I have a really strong opinion about a newly released film. I don't like to spend money on movies when I can get it on bootleg for half the price.

3. Show Commentary!! : This will include The Bachelorette and So You Think You Can Dance for the summer...and Fringe, Modern Family, The Office, and Glee in the fall.

4. Social Media Links: I am interning this summer at Likeable Media (SHOUTOUT) and will be posting my favorite other blogs pertaining to social media.

5. Random life happenings: Any funny anecdotes from my internship, weekend city adventures, trips to Albany seeing my boyfriend Zac and my friends still there from school, or just whatever I wanna rant about

6. Last, and probably most often Working Out: I did all 90 days of P90X and am now a BeachBody Coach trying to help others reach their fitness goals. This summer I will be tackling TURBOFIIREEEEEE (super pumped) and will be blogging results. While I'm here I might as well post my main website for Beachbody:
and anyone who comes across this and is considering getting their fitness in gear, I'm here to help PLEASEE contact me and we'll take it one step at a time.

So there you have it. The DONK Diaries have officially begun. Over and out.