Non-scale Victories & Other Weight Loss Miracles

November 30, 2017

Tonight’s Amazing and Incredible Masala Bhangra Workout Story

Filed under: Adventures & Misadventures, Workouts & Workout Videos — Carol @ 10:35 pm

So, about my incredible first-time ever Masala Bhangra class at NYHRC… I first saw a Masala Bhangra workout video back when Time Warner Cable offered the free Exercise TV channel several years go, while I was surfing for workout videos to try. (Long before I ever considered even setting foot in ANY gym workout class.) I tried it and really liked it – so much so that it stuck with me in my head for years. Not only did I remember the name of the workout, I even pronounce it correctly, according to a very reliable source (more on that later). (On a side note, Exercise TV was also my first exposure to Tae Bo, which I was amazed that I liked.)

So, fast forward a few years, after discovering how much fun the water workout classes at NYHRC like Aqua Zumba and Aqua Fit are… I was looking at the class schedule for some interesting classes to try, and I see Masala Bhangra listed for Thursday nights at their Whitehall Street location. I told my manager and my co-workers that I was thinking about giving it a try this week. This morning, I was a bit on the fence after getting my butt kicked in Aqua Fit class, and was going back and forth all day about going to the class after work, or going home. Good thing I brought some workout wear – I decided to go.

Here comes the amazing and awesome part. What are the odds that, on my first ever attempt at a real live Masala Bhangra class, the regular instructor would be out, and, covering for him in his absence, was Sarina Jain, the creator and originator of those very same Masala Bhangra workout videos that I first saw on Exercise TV? Synchronicity at work:-) Pretty amazing stuff, no? The class, and Sarina were both AWESOME!!! (AND, I didn’t die.) 🙂


November 6, 2013

Gearing up for my next half marathon

Filed under: Adventures & Misadventures, Marathon Woman — Carol @ 8:19 am

After a long, much-needed break from long distance races, I’ve signed up for the NYC Half Marathon with the NYC Chapter of Team in Training.

Training season officially begins the first week in December, but I need to get myself back on track before that. So, I’ve started aiming for a daily walk, weather permitting. Eventually, I may even hit the gym that I’ve been paying for, but not going to (more on that in the future).

I’ve weighed myself pre-training, so I have a reference point in terms of weight loss/gain. Now, I just have to get my head in the right place. That’s the hardest part for me. Suggestions and donations to the cause are most welcome.


March 12, 2012


The NJ Half and the Super Hero Half. Two half marathons within 2 weeks of each other??? Am I CRAZY???

Please help me be a real Super Hero for cancer patients by making a donation in ANY amount to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on my behalf

Why do I do this?

I do this because the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is projected to fall short of their national budget this year. That means that for some, the LLS co-pay fund that once helped cover the costs of medications and doctor visits is now depleted. That also means that research funding is being scaled back, slowing advancements in treatments and towards a cure.

I do this in memory of family members and friends I have lost to various forms of cancer over the years. People like my father, who died in October 1999 after a 5 month battle with inoperable kidney cancer. People like my friends, the late actor Cliff Gorman, who died from leukemia back in 2002, my friend “Betty Boop” who died of lung cancer, and my friend Patty Higgins, who was one of my biggest cheerleaders during my past marathon efforts as she fought her own battle with cancer.

I do this in honor of my friends who have survived their battles with cancer, like my honored team mates Andrew Matteson who trained for his first marathon this past summer while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. People like my honored team mate Jane Sanders, who is a constant source of inspiration, and who was my Hamptons Half Marathon room mate a few months ago. People like Caroline Watters, who was diagnosed when she was almost 2 years old, and her sister Lisette Watters, who donated her bone marrow at the age of 4 years old to save her sister’s life. Caroline is now 10 years cancer-free. Both Caroline and Lisette speak regularly about their experiences, and are a constant source of inspiration and laughter during our training seasons.

Your donation can make such a huge difference. It funds research, assists patients with small reimbursements for treatment expenses, and most important- it brings hope to so many. Please donate what you can. I know the economy is tough on us all, but please think as big and dig as deep as you’re able. Every dollar counts. Every dollar helps.

Thank you.

August 9, 2011

Why I’m Run/Walking to Save Lives

Filed under: Adventures & Misadventures — Carol @ 1:11 pm

I’ve signed up as a Team in Training Mentor for the Hamptons Half Marathon, and will also be signing up for another half marathon later this year! I’ll be training to run/walk not one, but TWO half marathons to support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, AND helping new team members get the most out of their Team in Training experience. That’s a combined total of 32 weeks of training, and at least 26.2 miles of racing!

Why do I do this, you ask? For starters, I’ve lost way too many friends and family members to various forms of cancer, including leukemia & lymphoma. I also do it so that I can hear GREAT news – like my friend who just got her scan results back and is STILL CANCER-FREE over a year after her last chemo treatment. I do it for the cancer survivors on my team, and for people like my team mate Andrew, who has been training during chemo, and just finished his last treatment a few weeks ago.

$954 down. $996 left to meet my fundraising minimum. $1,546 to meet my personal goal of 2,500. Can you help? via:

via My Fundraising Page.

April 4, 2011

13.1 Miles Later

Another medal to add to my slowly growing collection! (Notice how nicely the ribbon colors match my jacket.)

Yesterday, I participated in, and finished, the MORE + fitness Women’s Half Marathon in Central Park. The weather this year was much better than it was last year, when I bailed out after 2 miles of race walking in the pouring rain. The sun was out, and the temperatures were in the high 40s/low 50s throughout the race. Plus, I found a fantastic place for a pre-race pit stop – the third floor restroom of the Time Warner building in Columbus Circle. It was so much nicer and warmer than the porta-potties in the park! Plenty of room to remove extra layers before the race, make sure everything was pinned properly, in my race belt, etc.

This was also my first experience fully participating in a half marathon. (Last year’s soaking wet 2 mile torture sess… I mean adventure does not count.) It was also my first half marathon/marathon experience without the benefit of 16 weeks of pre-race training offered by Team in Training. So, I really wasn’t going into it with too many expectations other than finishing it this year. I managed to hold down a solid 15 minute/mile pace for most of the race (which was a feat in itself). I had to slow it down for the last 2-3 miles because my right calf muscle felt like it was going to cramp up. I really had to push myself, but I did it, and I did it in about the time I figured I would – 3:30:57. Not my greatest, but I wasn’t third or fourth from last, this time, either. I was more like three hundred something from last.

There were some definite highlights and lowlights. Highlights included seeing my wonderful Team in Training friends out there cheering for me, including, but not limited to my “Team Words with Friends” friends Carolyn Brafman and Rachel Masterman, coaches Pam Wille, Dari Passarello and Ellen O’Shaughnessy, Noah Santorello, who manned Harlem Hill and stayed up there throughout the entire race all by himself to cheer us. Seeing my training buddy Norma Jennings briefly on our approach to Harlem Hill, after which point she left me in the dust. I really owe my cheerleading friends out there on the course. Knowing that I would be seeing their faces again was a big part of what kept me going during that second loop around the park!

Which brings me to the lowlights, the main one being two loops around Central Park. Who invented that torture??? Having to do Cat Hill and Harlem Hill once is bad enough – twice is just horrid. I have now made a new promise to myself (the first one being NO MORE TED CORBITT 15K ever again – EVER). that new promise is: No more Central Park races over 10K – PERIOD! One loop around the park is enough for me, and 10K should pretty much cover that. Now that I have done the MORE + fitness Women’s Half Marathon and finished it, I think I may be done with it. Time will tell.

Next up on my schedule are two charity walks – Walk MS New York and AIDS Walk New York, both of which are roughly 10K. Then the fun begins – 16 weeks of training for the Hamptons Half Marathon with Team in Training!

And to think, when I walked into my first Weight Watchers meeting, I never would’ve thought any of this was possible!

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