The Double Life of Elle

The Secret Confessions of an Extra Lusty Broad in a Stick Figure World.

Relax this! February 25, 2009

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Today, being Ash Wednesday, marks the very first day of Lent.  And if you’ve been following along, you know that for the next 40 days, I will be sacrificing laziness and making the time to exercise everyday.  This morning I woke up fairly early and did yoga. 

And you know what I realized today, Lusties?  I flippin’ hate yoga.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the flexibility I felt afterwards, but I absolutely cannot focus on my “breathing” and I cannot tap into my “feminine energy.”  When I workout, I like to sweat, swear, grimace and groan to loud thumping music.  I need to drown out the chaotic “chatter” that fills my thoughts.  No, I don’t suffer from multiple personalities, but my mind is always very busy.  I’m a worrier, a planner, an analyzer, a dweller.  And when I hear New Age music and a quiet, lilting voice telling me to “concentrate on the sound of my own breath,” I can’t just give in to the stillness.  While doing the poses this morning, I was thinking about writing this post, what I was going to eat for lunch, what bills I need to pay when I get paid tomorrow…the list goes on and on.  

Instead of quieting my mind, I let it run higgledy-piggledy.  And although I didn’t feel “relaxed” at the end of my yoga workout, I did feel like I had a jump-start on the day ahead of me.  The stretching was great too, but next time, I think I will forgoe the lilting voice and listen to my own music.  It’s a good thing my fancy-schmancy new red iPod was delivered via Fed-Ex today! 

Weigh-in is tomorrow and I have a feeling this is my week to gain.  I haven’t been planning my meals the way I should this week, plus I had that bout with convenience food.  BUT my jeans are so loose in the ass/thighs that I think I may need to go down a size.  I wasn’t expecting to notice any difference this soon but I am, of course, thrilled.

Anway, it’s way too late for me to be blogging.  I will see you all at a decent hour on Friday.

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When Nature Calls February 11, 2009

I am dreading tomorrow’s weigh-in the way I used to dread lab practical exams in college and the way I used to dread chair tryouts in high school (yes, I was a band nerd).  Maybe it’s because for 3 straight weeks I have been losing so it’s only a matter of time before I gain a half pound or two.  Maybe it’s because I am afraid that if I see a gain, I’ll hop right off the wagon and eat myself into oblivion.  Maybe it’s because I got my stupid period yesterday and am retaining a large body of water. 

Yesterday, I also (FINALLY!) got the DVDs I ordered from Amazon.  Last night I did the “morning” pilates workout.  I would give it a B-.  It wasn’t  super-challenging, but the instructor really wants you to focus on correct breathing, something I didn’t even know that I was doing wrong in other Pilates workouts.  I definitely felt my core engaging when I got the breathing down.  There are 2 other workouts on the DVD which I didn’t even get a chance to watch, so maybe they’re a bit more challenging.  I also watched the Yoga video, but haven’t actually done the poses yet.  But it looks like a great morning routine to help limber up the body. 

That’s really the main reason why I wanted these Extra Lusty DVDs: to gain flexibility.  When I wake up in the morning, I can barely get out of bed.  Everything hurts, and I never feel rested.  My body feels like it’s gone through a trash compactor in the night.  My bones crack for ages. When I try and stretch my calves by flexing my foot, I get Charlie Horses.  Standing up in the morning and putting all my weight on my feet KILLS.  I am so stiff upon rising, that I have to limp to the bathroom.  I feel like an old lady. 

I know that doing Plus Size Pilates and Just My Size Yoga isn’t going to burn nearly as many calories as taking a spin class, but I need to condition my body before I start working out hardcore.  I will NOT let myself get injured this time.  I will NOT get shin splints and let them keep me from enjoying my workouts. I will NOT have to limp my way around the walking track because of a twisted ankle.  Don’t misunderstand me, I am not afraid of the pain of working out.  I enjoy feeling that burn in my butt and abs, and that heady, sweaty endorphin rush.  But there’s a difference between coming away from a work out and feeling that you’ve accomplished something and feeling that you might have torn something. 

In other news, I missed most of The Biggest Loser last night.  Thank goodness for FatBridesmaid’s Recap.  Since Joelle is out of the house, I’ve already found new people in the house to hate.  Well, hate is a strong word.  I find some people in the house annoying.  Laura of the Green team pisses me off to no end.  I’m so glad Jillian was saying all the things that I was thinking about her.  I enjoy her teammate Tara though.  Yeah, she’s probably a bitch, but she’s an awesome competetor and she’s not a complainer like “Cupcake.”  And the Yellow team.  How freakin’ annoying are they?!   Again Jillian was spot on with her assessment of Mandi before Mandi’s husband and kids showed up on the ranch.  It was a distraction for both team members.  They should both just go home.  Everyone on the Ranch has a family (granted, not all have children, but some do), but Yellow is the only team letting homesickness get in the way of changing their lives.   

And on one final note, Fatbridesmaid just blogged about Lent and her plans to exercise everyday for 40 days.  This has got me thinking about what I should give up for Lent (it starts on Ash Wednesday, Feb 25).  Giving up laziness and excuses like Fatbridesmaid, sounds pretty appealing.  Technically there are 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter but those 6 Sundays aren’t a part of the Days of Lent, so I would probably use those days as rest days.  If anyone else plans on making a Lenten sacrifice, do tell.  (BTW, I’m not Catholic, so don’t let your religion or non-religion hold you back from participating.)

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The Weigh-In and Week One in Review January 23, 2009

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The results are in:  I posted a 4.6 lb (2.1 Kg) loss this week!  That puts my current weight at 296 lbs, with 129 lbs to lose to reach my ultimate goal weight of 167 lbs.  This week has been great.  I have been feeling positive and have kept on top of tracking my food and points.  I have tried out a couple of new recipes and they were fantastic.  Eating breakfast has been much easier than I initially thought.  My favorite breakfast is Kashi GoLean Crunch with soy milk and blueberries.  Yum!  It’s a little on the sweet side, but soy milk and Kashi are the only foods in my diet with any added sugar, so I don’t feel so bad.  Now that I’ve gotten this first loss under my belt (out from under my belt, I should say),  I would like to set some short-term goals for myself. 

  1. Lose 10% of my starting weight.  This is one of the first goals you are encouraged to reach for in WeightWatchers, and it’s a good one.  All of those wonderful health benefits of losing weight show measurable results after losing 10%.  It can help lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of diabetes.  So this goal is the one I’m going to focus on for now.  After this week’s weight-loss I have 25.4 lbs to go!    
  2. Eliminate junk food/fast food completely for 4 weeks.  This is a tough one, but I really need to buckle down and get in the habit of preparing all of my meals at home with wholesome ingredients.  This is what I have been doing since Weigh-In #1, and it’s been great.  I haven’t had any cravings and I haven’t felt unsatisfied (granted, I’m also not PMSing now!).  You know that common belief that to make something a habit, you should do it for 30 days?  Well, I’m hoping that this holds true.  And I’m not saying that I’m never going to eat a double-cheeseburger again or swear off peanut M&M’s for life.  I just want preparing dinner each night and bringing my lunch to work to be as habitual as ordering take-out was before.  And  in order for me to get some momentum going, I need to make some strict “no tolerance” rules for myself.  Plus I need to have some practice with that whole portion control thing before I even think of looking at a bag of chocolates.   
  3. Buy those workout DVDs that have been in my Amazon.com shopping cart for a few weeks now and start using them.  The DVDs that I’m thinking of purchasing are yoga and pilates workouts for the Extra Lusty.  I have tried the “Skinny Bitches” yoga/pilates DVDs and I get so frustrated with my limited flexibility, and even if I do the modified versions of the exercises I still can’t maintain proper form.  Let’s not forget the fact that I have giant boobs and fat rolls to contend with!  It’s hard to do the pilates “100” when you’re being suffocated by your own tits!  From what I hear, it’s not that the workouts are “easy,” it’s that they take into account the Extra Lusty physique.   The workouts that have been recommended to me are  Yoga: Just My Size with Megan Garcia  and Look Great, Feel Great: Plus Size Pilates.  I know that in order to really blast the calories, I need to do aerobic activity and strength training, and I do intend on getting myself into a routine very soon.  I really want to try the yoga and pilates first though to increase my flexibility and hopefully avoid those injuries I’m so prone to when I go balls-to-the-wall. 

I have had a great week and I am loving connecting with all of you fabulous people out there.  I hope everyone is staying positive.  Have a great weekend!