Skinny Therese

Adventures in Shrinking My Fat Ass

Kirstie Alley’s Big Life

OK, I really like her. She’s funny, she’s smart and she’s talented. After losing weight and gaining it all back, Kirstie is trying her hand at losing it again–this time with millions of viewers there to witness it all on her new reality show, Kirstie Alley’s Big Life, which premiered last night at 10pm Eastern on A & E. She has also recently launched a weight loss company to coincide with her show: Organic Liaison.

I must admit that I was a bit perturbed when she stepped on the scale, after not having weighed herself in a while, only to find that she weighed 230 pounds. She reacted with horror and disgust. This disturbed me a bit because I started out on my weight loss journey at 238 pounds. Part of me wanted to say “Suck it up and get on the treadmill, bitch, things are tough all over!” Furthermore, being fat is not “disgusting” it is just one particular state of being. Some people are fat and some people are thin. It is what it is.

Anyway, the show was OK. A bit of a let down–I expected it to be funnier. Perhaps it will get better.  The best part was watching Kirstie and her stylist, Traci, giggle like teenagers while calling back the hot personal trainer Kirstie had interviewed earlier in the episode to tell him that he got the job. The catharsis that we as viewers get from these shows is that it is nice to see someone who is rich and fabulous struggle with the same problem that we all have: shrinking our fat asses.

I wish Kirstie the best of luck and I’ll stay tuned to see how she does. Although I would like to see her rid herself of some of her fat shame and be a bit more proud of herself and her body.


March 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Insanity Day 8: Cardio Power and Resistance

What makes this DVD so hard is the arm work–push-ups, floor sprints, traveling push-ups, V push-ups….after about a minute and a half my arms give out. I suppose I will build more strength as time goes on. I checked my heart rate during the most difficult portion–right after the intense jumping–it was 168. I felt tired but a heart rate in the 160s is OK. It’s actually in the perfect zone. When I took it at the beginning of last week at the same time in the workout–it was in the 180s (unsafe). In only a week, I have made phenomenal fitness gains. I have actually gained 2.5 pounds (likely muscle and maybe a little water retention, as Aunt Flo is scheduled for a visit this week), but a pair of exercise pants that are fitted but are a size large are loose already after only a week. Glad the other two I purchased are mediums! My husband says that my lower back looks tighter and slimmer. You use the spinal erector muscles alot in this workout, so that is not surprising.

Time for my protein shake. Happy Monday everyone!

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Insanity Day 4: Cardio Recovery


A lot of stretching, some squats and lunges. No jumping. Hating on Shaun T a lot less today.

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Insanity Day 3: Cardio Power and Resistance

I think my feelings are obvious.

If I have to jump one more time today, it will be on Shaun T’s balls. I was thoroughly exhausted after this morning’s workout, but I have noticed that I am not as sore as I was yesterday. I literally collapsed on the floor when the workout was over and it took everything I had just  to get up and finish the stretching!!!

All I am saying is that I better look hot in 60 days!

I like the track drills, though. The one’s where you run in place and jump the hurdle. I hate hate HATE, the jumps where you have to bring you knees all the way up to your belly button when you jump. And you are supposed to land softly. FYI–people who are 200 pounds and over don’t  land softly…anywhere…ever.

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Day 1: The Fit Test

OK, I feel a bit nauseous, but otherwise I am alright. One thing I love about Insanity so far: short workouts. I have a new affinity for very intense, very short workouts–30 minutes or less. They are supposed to get a bit longer after 30 days, but I read in the brochure that they only extend to 45 minutes. Still under an hour, which I like.  Who the hell has time to workout for more than an hour everyday?

My results:

switch kicks:  70

power jacks:  36

power knees:  73

power jumps:  23

globe jumps:  7

suicide jumps:   6

push-up jacks:   12

low plank obliques:   43

I am to re-take this test every 15 days to track my progress. not really hungry yet this morning—mostly just thirsty. Although it is not even 7am yet and still dark outside. I am rarely hungry this early. Later.

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Plateau is Gone, Bitches!

"Fuck you, weight loss plateau!"

Down 3 pounds from past week! Weighed in at 204.8 this morning. Whew! Finally! I worked out 5 days this week – 30 minutes of cardio and 25 minutes of Pilates. I think the Pilates made a difference. I was have also lost a lot of inches since November. Particularly I have lost 4 inches off of my abdomen alone! So I have 66.3 pounds left to go. It doesn’t really sound like a lot anymore. If I lose an average of 1.4 pounds per week, which is what I have averaged in the 24 weeks that I have been on this journey, I should be there by year’s end.

Okay, so now is the time to redouble my efforts. This week we will be upping the cardio from 20 minutes to 35 minutes and doubling the length of the Pilates workouts. So a total of 75 minutes of exercise five days per week. Also, I will be getting back to my meditation before bedtime. Let’s see if we can’t push my weight loss average to 2 pounds per week. That way I will reach goal by my 33rd Birthday – October 29, 2010.

So I have two goals, one short-term and one long term: First, get to 200 pounds by Valentines Day. Second reach my goal weight of 138 pounds by my next birthday. Rock on!

January 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Claim Your Baggage and Unpack It!

The Suze Orman Show is now available via podcast on iTunes. It is the 3 year anniversary of the publication of her book “Women and Money” where she discusses the particular emotional and psychological issues that women have and how these issues affect the management of their money. I have read this book and I would recommend it to everyone. I have been listening to the Suze Orman podcasts recently and I noticed something. The people that go on to her show and spill their guts about their financial problems all have something in common. Their problems with money began around the same time that something else went terribly wrong in their life. A divorce, the loss of a job, an unplanned pregnancy ending in a reluctant adoption, or the death of a family member and suddenly they have $50,000 of credit card debt and are about to declare bankruptcy. Another thing I have noticed: they have usually put on weight.

There are three important areas of your life: Your People, Your Body, and Your Money. If any one of them is off track, the others will soon follow. This is especially true if you are a woman. Examples:

  • Your People: Divorce. This is a traumatic in most people’s lives. And it doesn’t seem to matter how big of a bitch or asshole the guy or gal was. You tend to think of yourself as a failure because you couldn’t keep your marriage going. The weight usually starts to come on when the marriage starts to go sour or right before you legally or physically separate. Some people’s immune systems are weakened and they end up sick. A cold or flu that they can never seem to kick. Many women find themselves having to shoulder the entire responsibility of money all by themselves for the first time in years – often for the first time ever. Some shut down out of fear and are afraid to even open their credit card statements. Before they know it, they are behind in the rent or mortgage and find themselves in serious trouble. Loss of health/weight gain and money problems as a result of a relationship gone wrong. And it doesn’t even have to be a husband. It could be an estranged friend or family member.
  • Your Body: (This is me.) You gained weight while in grad school. You find that you are going out less and less. You don’t want the world to see you in this awful body that you now have. You discover months later that you have lost several social connections. You run up a bunch of credit card debt through binge eating or just buying whatever you can to distract yourself from the fact that you have gotten fat. Debt and no social life – self inflicted as a result of weight gain.
  • Your Money. (This is also me.) You are unemployed. Every story you read is about how shitty the economy is and you have lost all hope of ever finding a job. You find yourself screening calls from family and ignoring friend requests on Facebook because you don’t want your old classmates or distant cousins to know that you are a big loser who can’t find a job. When you finally do find a job, it is so crappy that you are too embarrassed to tell people what you do for a living. You eat an enormous amount of food because you figure that it’s the only good thing left in your life and you have convinced yourself that you deserve to eat whatever you want. “Hell, I’m unemployed and life sucks – but I am going to eat as man Big Macs as I want!”

People Baggage. Body Baggage. Money Baggage. It’s all the same. And if you want any of those three areas to improve, you have to fix the other two. Your relationships, your body, and your money all have to be working in concert, otherwise your life will be a complete mess.

So, do yourself a favor. Claim the baggage – all of it. Unpack it, throw all the useless shit away and get busy livin’ the dream!

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Holiday Weight Loss is Possible!

Thanksgiving week I was 212.8 pounds. On January 3, 2010, I weighed in at 208.8. That is a loss of 4 pounds from Thanks giving to New Year’s. Not impressive considering the amount of weeks that went by, but very impressive considering that most people gain 8 pounds during that time – but I lost 4! And I sampled a few sweets along the way, too. But there is one thing I did: I made sure that the sampling occurred on the actual day of the holiday. I stuck to my regular healthy eating habits most other days. If you do that, and stick to your regular exercise plan, not only will you not GAIN weight, but you should be able to lose a few pounds.

Now that I am starting to see significant changes in my health, I am trying to think about my life more holistically. I could use a new job, but I think I will focus this year on blogging and on my book.  I have seriously neglected all my blogs over the holidays. So, new commitment! My main goals are to get under 200 pounds by Valentines Day, blog at least once a week, and to finish my book by Spring! I think I can do it.

Happy New Year everyone!

January 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“My Kind of Town, Chicago Is!”

I can’t stop hearing that Sinatra song in my head! I have been in Chicago for exactly 5 days and I feel great. I took my pants off the other night to get changed into my pajamas and my husband said “Wow! Look how skinny your legs are getting!” Before I drove here Saturday, we had not seen each other in more than 2 weeks. I had been eating off menu for at least half that time as I was in a hotel and all my dishes and cooking utensils had been packed for a while. But still, he noticed a difference.

I think my fat programs are finally turned off. I am not craving unhealthy foods and once more, I am even starting to crave healthy stuff. I went the the grocery store the other day and walked through the pasty section with ease. Then I caught a glimpse of something. I got that feeling that I used to get when I saw Cake Batter ice cream in the frozen food section. I grabbed the item immediately and put it in my cart. But it was not ice cream – it was edamame!

Also I am back to walking everyday. Errands involve walking rather than riding in a car. When I weighed in at my first JC consultation since arriving in Chicago, I weighed exactly the same amount that I weighed when I left, about 212 pounds. However, I have pairs of pants that are falling off of me!

One thing I do worry about is if my fat programs will be turned back on by the extreme cold. We have temperatures in the single digits today. I guess we’ll see…

December 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Skipping Thanksgiving

The average American gains 7-10 pounds during the Holiday Season. It starts with inhaling pounds  of candy on Halloween, swan diving into a plate of turkey, stuffing and pie on Thanksgiving Day, raiding the food court at the mall on Black Friday, attending countless holiday parties given by friends or work colleagues where there are always those “special” treats that your friend made “just for the occasion” that you HAVE to try, eating half a honeybaked ham and drinking a gallon of egg nog at Christmas and finally attending the New Years Eve Bash, that typically includes a a fifth of tequila and the Christmas leftovers! When I list it all together like that, it just makes me want to throw up.

I have discovered the perfect solution to holiday weight gain: Skip the holiday.

Seriously. That is what I will be doing on Thanksgiving Day – NOT attending a Thanksgiving Dinner. And you know what, I really don’t care. I have no emotional attachment to food anymore. If I want turkey and stuffing or pumpkin pie, I can get that anytime. Furthermore, what usually leads me to overeat at Thanksgiving is the fact that I am spending the day in the company of people that I don’t know very well, or distant relatives that I could care less about. These are not people I would have chosen to spend the day with on my own. I usually reach for seconds out of boredom. Furthermore, I would rather be off doing something else. I hate wasting time gorging and making fake small talk on the only vacation day that I have between Labor Day and Christmas.

I will visit my sister in Connecticut this week, but my train does not arrive until 5:30pm Thanksgiving Day. Some of her friends think this is a little weird. They cannot conceive of a person that has no interest in food consumption on this of all days! I plan to be under 200 pounds by years end and holiday celebrations are not so important to me that I am willing to delay my progress. If I want to reach my 100 pounds lost goal by August 8, 2010, I have to stay on track.

For Christmas, I have planned a short trip to my parent’s home with my husband – only 3 days. We arrive Christmas Eve and leave first thing on the 27th. The entire day before we leave will be spent at Disneyland. Lots of walking. I will carry non-perishable Jenny Snacks in my backpack and spend the day showing my hubby the best thing about growing up in Orange County (the only good thing about growing up there!).

My advice this Holiday Season: Go only to the events and get togethers that you want to go to. Don’t force yourself to spend time with people that you couldn’t give two shits about. You’ll spend the whole night at the buffet table just so you can get away from them! You can inhale a lot of calories that way.

Skip Thanksgiving – you might enjoy it more that way.

November 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment