Skinny Therese

Adventures in Shrinking My Fat Ass

Insanity Day 5: Pure Cardio


But as I had a recovery day yesterday, I woke up energized and ready to go! I may be sore again tomorrow, but generally I feel great. It was as the DVD promised: pure cardio. Nonstop for about 30 minutes after a really intense warm-up–no breaks until the ending stretch! It was actually kind of fun, though. I enjoyed working out for the first time in awhile…


March 19, 2010 Posted by | Exercise, Fitness, Weight Loss | 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

Insanity Day 2: Plyometric and Cardio Circuit

A little sore today. Had to stop and rest many times. This workout was also longer…40 minutes. I made it through the entire workout though!

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Exercise, Fitness | | Leave a comment

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


OK, my midsection looks like I'm carrying twins, but I must tits look fantastic!

This is the infamous “before” picture. I begin Insanity in 2 days. Trying to make sure that I am really diligent with my vitamins, green veggies and water this weekend. Don’t want to meet Shaun T. on Monday morning dehydrated and nutrient-deprived.

I just came from lunch at Harry Carey’s. While this lunch was big, it was jam-packed with great food that was great for me: Mixed green salad with vinaigrette dressing, pan-seared tilapia with microgreens, and fresh berries with a dollop of whipped cream for dessert. I also had coffee, which I will replace with tea over the next 60 days. Tea will be one of only two beverages that I will drink during this time–water will be the other, obviously. I will also go from 10,000 to 25,000 units  of Vitamin D per day.

The only other thing on the no-no list is dairy–I have generally stopped eating dairy products anyway. I am allergic to it, which causes a disruption in my digestion making it difficult to properly absorb vitamins and minerals. I am trying to find a way to add more protein to my breakfast. I am not an egg person, but I do enjoy turkey bacon, so a piece or two of that will be added to my fruit and whatever whole grain I start the day with–usually Kashi cereal, oatmeal or Ezekial toast. Tomorrow I will go to a vitamin store and purchase more Vitamin D and look for a good multi-vitamin and some sort of recovery supplement–maybe a soy protein concoction that I can mix with water or orange juice.

So there we go. I did a little Pilates this morning. I will do a longer Pilates workout tomorrow to keep my abs strong and get a good stretch in my legs and back so that I am nice and relaxed for my first intense workout.

I’ll keep you all updated on my progress!

March 13, 2010 Posted by | Fitness, General Health, Nutrition, Weight Loss | 2 Comments


Lovely packaging, too!

I mentioned to my sister last year that I have always wanted to try Insanity (insert obvious joke here). It is not a state of mind so much as a workout program sold by a company called Beachbody. The reason I chose this program instead of Beachbody’s much more popular Power 90 program is because it requires no equipment. My husband and I live in a small apartment and I am not anxious to clutter it up anymore than it already is. Besides I tried Power 90 in early 2009 and found the program too difficult at the time – remember I weighed close to 240 pounds then. But as I have dropped 40 pounds over the last 7 months, I have decided that I am physically capable of stepping up my workouts.

The promise of Insanity is this: A total body transformation in 60 days through something called “MAX Interval Training.” This is apparently the reverse of the standard interval training you are used to, where you use several quick and intense bursts of energy and longer periods of moderate rest. Trainer Shaun T. (I love the names these guys have), uses long intense periods of cardio punctuated by short moderate periods of  cardio instead. As a result, the promise is that you will slim down significantly in only 60 days. We shall see.

I will begin this program on Monday, March 15, 2010. As of Sunday March 7, 2010, my measurements were as follows:

Bust          42.5 in.

Waist        34.5 in.

Abs           36 in.

Hips          47

Weight     199 lbs.    (these were verified by my JC counselor)

In the coming days I will be adjusting my diet to add more protein and denser vegetables and other carbohydrates. I will also post a “before” picture of myself before Monday and provide updates at both the 30 day and 60 day mark.

My Goal: 25 pounds in 60 days. That would bring me from a size 14 to a size 10, I think.

I will keep you all posted on my progress.


March 9, 2010 Posted by | Exercise | 3 Comments

Stress and Weightloss

The reason that I have time to post today is because I cannot work. Why can’t I work? Because I work remotely from my home – my company is in Virginia and I live in Chicago – and I have been having problems connecting with my company’s server for the last 2 business days. I have spend the last 3 days dealing with this problem. One of the problems is that the IT people at my company know nothing about Apple computers and do not know how to guide me through the trouble-shooting. However, I have spoken with Apple 3 times and they all say the problem is with my company’s server and not with my computer.

I tell you this, dear readers (all 5 of you) because stress is a big issue for me. I have a long, long history of afternoon trips to CVS for ice cream and a Hershey bar after a long stressful day at work or some personal tragedy. However, I can honestly say that since I have been using these meditation techniques that I have now mastered, I have not had an instance of stress eating for about 6 months. Considering how frustrated I am with these technology issues I have been having, I should be face first in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s right now…but I’m not. I closed my eyes, took a couple of deep breaths and regrouped knowing that there is really nothing that I can do about this problem. I was able to shift my mood quickly due to the longer meditations I have been doing on a daily basis since July 2009. It’s not worth getting so stressed out that my muscles get tense, I give myself a headache, or I turn my fat programs back on. It’s just not worth it.

So folks, stress management is vital: if you want successful and sustainable weightloss and have any kind of emotional eating issues, you must find an effective way to manage your stress.
Off to deal with the IT department again! Grrrrr…..

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Emotional Eating, General Health | 4 Comments

Blinded by the Light…and Saved by Vitamin D

On Thursday February 11, 2010 I caught the worst cold I have ever had.  I suffered from such intolerable sinus pressure and watery eyes that I had to close the shades in my apartment because the sunlight was too painful to my eyes. I am a person who usually LOVES sunlight, so this is unusual for me. By Monday morning I was so sick that I almost fainted in my living room at around 3am. I went to our new doctor, Dr. Finlayson here is Chicago and told him of my symptoms. I had a fever, head congestion, cough, headache, weakness, and body aches. I had at that point taken 4 different kinds of over-the-counter cold medicine and nothing had worked. I was lucky. Dr. Finlayson practices something called “integrative medicine.” This type of practice takes the best of Western and Eastern medicine and combines them to treat the whole person. Instead of just dispensing drugs and performing surgeries, as most doctors do, integrative medicine practitioners do something truly radical: they ask you questions and determine if your lifestyle has something to do with why you feel so crappy.

I told Dr. Finlayson that I was hesitant to take antibiotics because I am currently trying to restore the good bacteria in my body in order to aid my digestion. He agreed that this was a good idea and didn’t seem like he wanted to proscribe anti0biotics. So he did three things: he took 5 vials of blood for lab tests, wrote me a prescription for some cough medicine with codeine so that my cough would not keep me up at night, and gave me a dose of 100,000 units of Vitamin D. Three hours later I felt much better, and the next day, I was back at work.

Apparently, most people are seriously Vitamin D deficient. If you are lacking certain Vitamins and minerals, your body is not able to function properly. Because the only good source of Vitamin D is sunlight and I live in Chicago and it’s winter, I have zero Vitamin D in my system. My immune system was seriously compromised by my lack of Vitamin D and it was unable to fight off this infection. Once my body was re-infused with Vitamin D, my immune system kicked in and I was back to work the next day! Amazing. By the way, Vitamin D is cheap, has no weird side effects and is available without a prescription so you don’t need health insurance to get it, which is cool since 50,000,000 people (roughly 17% of the US population) doesn’t have health insurance. (Of course, most people don’t have access to the 50,000 unit Vitamin D pills that my doctor has, but if you take the regular 5,000 units per day, you won’t need that mega dose, because you will not be as sick.)

So three nice clean, plant-based meals, 30 minutes of exercise, lots of water and one Vitamin D soft gel per day should lead to excellent health. Get on that people, because disease is expensive and neither the United States Government, nor Pfizer gives a rat’s ass about your health. It’s all you.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | General Health, Nutrition | 1 Comment

Sarpino’s Pizza and Other Stories

Part One:

On Thursday, I had a ridiculous pizza craving, which is unusual for me because when I have “cravings” they are usually for sweet things. Anyway, I indulged my craving with no apologies. Why not? Once I know that any craving that I am having is genuine, i.e. not stress or depression induced, I always indulge it. Usually it amounts to an extra snack – a handful of nuts or a glass of soy milk. I ordered this fantastic pesto pizza with sun dried tomatoes and fresh garlic and spinach. It was delicious and I have no regrets. I skipped my evening snack and then went right back on program on Friday. Then Saturday we got a call from a friend of my husband’s who wanted to have dinner. We love her and hadn’t seen her in forever, so of course we couldn’t refuse. We went to the greatest Mexican restaurant (Adobo; it’s up near Second City, for those familiar with Chicago) and while I managed to resist a Mojito and most of the chips ( I stopped at 2), I ate half of an appetizer, but only ate half of my entree – veggie butternut squash enchiladas with black beans. It felt really heavy and I literally thought that my pants were going to burst open when I stood up to go to the bathroom.

I accepted that I was not going to lose weight this week and was even certain that I would gain so – I had accepted it and didn’t feel bad about it at all. However, when I stepped on the scale this morning at the JC center, to may astonishment I had lost 3.2 pounds! I am at 201.2, a stones throw away from my Valentine’s Day goal of getting under 200 pounds! If I hit 198.5 pound next week, I will have lost a total of 40 pounds. My husband was sure that I would be down today due to the fact that he has noticed my rapid loss of inches over the last few weeks (he monitors this through the use of a very accurate scientific measuring device – his own hands). I have been mired in a series of mini-plateaus for the last 2 months. Two weeks with no or minimal loss followed by a 2-3 pound loss the third week. A pair of jeans that fit me perfectly on New Year’s Day are now so loose that I will soon have to give them away. In fact, one of my projects this week will be to go through my entire closet and try on each and every item to see what still fits and what is so loose that it is not even worth keeping. I’ll find a Good Will that will pick all the stuff up. This will also help with my visualization. For those who are familiar with the Law of Attraction (which has been working pretty well for me weight loss-wise), it’s good to prepare your environment for the inevitable receipt of whatever it is that you want. If you want to be thinner, you have to start acting like and feeling like a thin person. For me that means no more shopping in Plus Size stores and getting rid of clothes that are too big for me. Next month I will replenish a few necessary items – bras, jeans, etc – but hold off on replacing my wardrobe completely as my total 100 pound weight loss will likely require several shopping trips over the next few months and I just don’t have the kind of cash required to go shopping every month.

For this week, I will do some really intense cardio and Pilates everyday. Also, I will really focus on the visualization techniques that I have learned over the last few months.

Part Two:

I think it was Marilu Henner who said that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who can talk about their poop and those who cannot. I fall into the first category. I am lactose intolerant and I do not digest cheese well. The problem is this: all of the most delicious Jenny Craig food had cheese in it. So, lets just say that I am having…a problem. But the one dairy item I have never had a problem digesting is yogurt. So Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis has convinced me. I will take the 14-Day Activia Challenge! Basically the claim is that if you eat Activia Yogurt everyday for 2 weeks, like magic, you’ll  be regular once again! The thing is, this yogurt is filled with probiotics. These are live microorganisms that help your digestive system break down food. Probiotics occur naturally in your small intestine, but because we are so unhealthy these days and because antibiotics are over-proscribed, we have successfully killed off many of the essential microorganisms needed to properly digest our food! According to the best medical authorities, probiotics can be very helful for lactose intolerant people. Because lactic acid bacteria actively converts lactose into lactic acid, ingesting probiotics may help the lactose intolerant folks comfortably digest dairy products.

So we’ll see. I started this yesterday. By the way, their low-fat Cherry yogurt is sublime!

So aside for the fact that I had to sit through that really gay Super Bowl Pre-Game Show on Sunday, I had a pretty good weekend!

February 8, 2010 Posted by | General Health, Nutrition, Weight Loss | 2 Comments