Thursday, July 28, 2011

Re-committing to pole dancing

Last night I was at Twirly Girls.  Bel was asking us to put together short strings of moves.  A twirl, a sway, a transition...Two twirls, three transitions...etc.  

Deer in headlights.

It's like I had never pole danced before.  I forgot all the moves and their names.  I felt clumsy and stupid.  I have been doing this for almost two years.  I am just being silly at this point. 

I have been SO excited and passionate about pole dancing lately but I realized I've been passionate about WATCHING other people pole dance.  I am dealing with weight gain and feeling slow and fat and unsexy.  

Bel gave us go through our different levels and put together a routine she can call out for the entire class to do next week.  I'm really excited about it and I'm re-committed to being a dancer and getting stronger.  I am great at being silly and half-assing moves.  I want to be great at doing the moves the way they're supposed to be done.  


Monday, July 25, 2011

Project 365: Days 39-41

Day 39:

Saturday, July 23

The white witch.

Day 40:

Sunday, July 24

It used to be you'd almost never see me without make-up or with my glasses on.  Now it's a rare day I take the time to put my make-up on or dry my hair.  

Day 41:

Monday, July 25

Back to the grind.  Spin at 5:30 a.m.  


Twirly Girls' very own Shelly Lamb is in the running to compete in the California Pole Dance Championship.

Let's help our girl WIN!!

Her video: 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Project 365: Days 36-38

Day 36:

Wednesday, July 20

I appreciate having a job but I really hate the days I have to commute.

Day 37:

Thursday, July 21

Thursday was a terrible day so I'm using a photo from Wednesday.  I'm housesitting for a very old and sick dog.  I had to skip Twirly Girls to go home and give her a bath.  She's having a hard time holding her bladder and she was starting to smell like ammonia.  She was very sweet in the shower...she laid there and soaked like she was having a spa day.  

Day 38:

Friday, July 22

Some days you're the pigeon and some days you're the statue.  Right, Kati?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

lolorashel supports pole dancers

I have been SO excited watching Steven Retchless kick ass on America's Got Talent.  One of the judges literally said there was no place for male pole dancers in America, then gave a standing ovation to an acrobatics act that had like six male pole dancers.  They were wearing jeans, though, and Steven wears hot pants.  Homophobic much, Piers?

Anyway, I am trying to contribute to the positive image of pole dancing and have decided to try to cater to the pole dancing and fitness community in connection with Social Sonar.  I just created a new page on my Google site and wanted to share it.  Please check it out and share it with your friends.

Social Sonar caters to EVERYONE, not just dance studios.  If you think anyone would benefit from our services, please let me know!  Lori at social sonar dot com (click for e-mail)

I tried to make the page fun and included a few pictures from the photoshoot with Andrew.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Project 365: Day 35

Hello, spider!  You made your home on my truck.  I hope you do not try to visit me.  We cannot be friends.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Project 365: Days 30-34

Day 30:

Thursday, July 14

Joined the Harry Potter nerds (Rita, Jimmy and others) for the midnight showing of the final movie.  I was "dirty Hermione."  I had a lot of fun!

Day 31:

Friday, July 15

I took the day off work but had a birthday happy hour for my boss in Oakland.  I rode BART alone like a big kid!

Day 32:

Saturday, July 16

I started a housesitting job.  Three black labs.  This is Meg and Molly.  They are crazy but fun.  Not pictured is Maggie, who is 17 years old and having a hard time getting around.

Day 33:

Sunday, July 17

I walked 6.2 miles (a 10k) with Jimmy, Yolanda, Kristin and many other friends.  Jimmy said if he raised $5,000, he would walk it in heels.  Well, he raised almost $8,000.  And he walked every inch in those red heels (and made the news).  I can't even imagine walking a few feet in them!

Day 34:

Monday, July 18

Back to the grind.  This is my view driving to work.  I only get a glimpse of the ocean and San Francisco for a second, but on a clear day, I love it. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Psoriasis and Enbrel

So my insurance approved me for a medication called Enbrel.  It's a weekly injection that you give yourself to help control psoriasis.  It is also used to treat a couple of types of arthritis.  It works by lowering your immune system.  Psoriasis is like having an amped up immune system -- to the point that your own immune system starts attacking your body and you end up with plaques where skin starts growing too fast.  I won't lie -- I'm a little nervous.  They say that you don't usually get sick more just might stay sick a little longer if you do get sick.  But I'm desperate so I'll try it.  The patches on my face are especially bothering me.  I had to get tested for tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis B before I was approved.  Rob works somewhere that puts him at a higher risk for TB, so I guess I have to hope he doesn't bring it home because I will be more likely to catch it now. 

I am hoping this will clear up my psoriasis.  I recognize that this is mostly for vanity.  I'm not contagious but I certainly feel like people look at me like I am.  People constantly ask me what it is.  I think you take the series of shots for a year or more.  But I have heard that some people will have clear skin for years past that.  I am keeping good thoughts that it will work for me with as few side effects as possible. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chilidog update (hopefully the last one for awhile)

We took Chilidog for another checkup at the vet last night.  Catching him was fun.  Rob already had Chilidog in his arms when I picked up the cat carrier.  He jumped out of Rob's arms and promptly ran under a dresser, which is too heavy to pick up.  I tried spraying him with water.  He didn't budge.  So I had to find a spot my arm could actually fit into and drag his sad little ass out.  He was soaked with water.  Poor kitty.  I wish he realized we don't enjoy torturing him with vet visits and medications.  

We had slowed down his medications and IV fluid treatments to see how well his body held up on its own.  Apparently he's doing ok!  The vet was so excited this morning that, after she got Rob's voicemail on his cell, she called the house because she wanted to talk to someone.  She said we can stop the Carafate (phosphate binder) altogether for now, which is awesome.  It tastes like cherry and Chilidog is NOT a fan.  And we can do his IV fluid treatments just twice a week instead of every other day.  We will continue with his potassium supplement but he doesn't seem to mind it.  His weight was up to 8.2 pounds.  We don't have to check in for another two months.  This is such a relief. 


Project 365: Day 29

Traffic.  Fun times going to work today.  Crappy weather.  Yeah, it really is July.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Project 365: Day 28

I went to Trader Joe's today and saw a little boy coming out of the ice cream store next door.  He wasn't quite big enough to push the door open himself and his doggie was on the other side of the door jumping excitedly.  Their noses would have been touching if the glass hadn't been there.  I couldn't get a photo of that fast enough because the little boy's mom came over and let him out.  But as he ran over to get the dog's leash, I thought it was still a cute picture.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Survey about online gaming

As most of you know, Rob is finishing his doctorate and is writing his dissertation about online gaming.  He is finally approved to start gathering data.  If you are interested in taking the survey (there is a drawing for a gift card), or know other people who might be interested, please pass this along!  :-)

Here's a note from Rob:
All right, peeps. I've finally got my dissertation survey up and running on SurveyMonkey! It's been a long and annoying process. :-) 
If you've ever played an online game then feel free to take the survey and help me collect some data (please only take it once, though, if you do). Also, feel free to share the link with any friends, family, pets, etc. who might be interested. Thanks! Here's the link:
 P.S.  I informed Rob that I did not play online games and he said, what do you think "Words With Friends" is?!  It counts people!!!  Take the survey!

Project 365: Days 24-27

Day 24:

Friday, July 8

I performed 8 Miles Wide with a special Bitch Pudding intro to celebrate Jimmy's birthday on Friday at Twirly Girls.  Photo is courtesy of Andrew at Liquidpulp Photography.

Day 25:

Saturday, July 9

This is Melody and me (and Rita being silly) at Poletential's Air Show on Saturday.  Photo is courtesy of Melody.  Shockingly, I took very few photos that night. 

Day 26:

Sunday, July 10

On Sunday, I put my bathingsuit on, then laid around all day and did nothing.  I was tired.  I'm always tired.  :-)

Day 27:

Monday, July 11

This morning, I got out of bed at 5:30 a.m. and went to the gym -- all because of the cube girls at the Poletential Air Show.  So cool.  I want to do that!

Poletential's Air Show

On Saturday, I joined some of the Twirly Girls at Poletential's Air Show.  It was AMAZING.  They had some of their students perform.  Then they had performances by Jenyne Butterfly, Alethea Austin, Natasha Wang, Amber Richard and Rebecca Starr.  I videoed using my iPhone.  Apparently it malfunctioned and I didn't get some of the awesome performances.  However, Melody saved the day and is uploading her videos too!  

Natasha Wang is the recent winner of the USPDF competition.  She is so beautiful and sweet.  I had sent her a video of me doing her "toe slide" and she remembered me!  I was so excited to meet her.  I was also excited to meet Amber Richard.  She is tall like me (although thin and in MUCH better shape).  Still, we had chatted on Facebook about being a tall pole dancer.  She also remembered me and it was really cool to meet her in person.  

In addition to the pros, some of the students performed with aerial silks and a cube.  The cube girls were EFFING AWESOME!!!!!!!!  So strong and beautiful (and did it blindfolded).  Of course, that was one of the videos my phone didn't record properly.  :-(  I am still hoping to find someone else's video to share!!  

Here is my video of Jenyne Butterfly.  If you surf around my channel, you'll see the other videos I posted.

Amber Richard:

Melody's videos are on Facebook, so if you are interested in seeing them, add me and I'll send them along.  

Additional video I found on YouTube from the show:

Back row: Lori (me), Alethea Austin, Daisy, Jenyne Butterfly, Amber Richard, Gina, Yolanda.
Front row: Rita, Bel, Melody.

Thanks for a fun night, oh ladies du le pole (probably bad form, huh)!  You were all amazing!!!!!!!!!

Here's an amazing P.S.:  The cube trio performance.  Seriously, I got out of bed early for the first time in weeks to go to the gym because I WANT TO DO THIS!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Project 365: Day 23

River rafting is fun.  Sunburns are not.  Don't yell at me.  I applied sunblock four times -- twice before we even got in the water!

HELP! I'm fat and I can't lose weight!

Summer has finally arrived.  Most people spend Winter eating and getting fat, then spend Spring getting in shape for Summer.  Not me.  I make sure I gain a layer of blubber so I can stand the cold ocean waters of Northern California. 

I had to get in a bathing suit to go river rafting last weekend.  My thunder thighs were...amazing.  I mean, its not like I was so embarrassed that I tried to hide them but I was certainly very aware that I looked like shit.  I keep saying it over and over, but as I sit near 240 friggin' pounds, its time to do something.

Time to get up every single morning to work out.  I've been getting in a day here and day there  -- yoga and Twirly Girls for sure, maybe spin on Saturdays.  But I need to be working out six days a week, sometimes twice a day.  My goal right now is only to lose one pound per week.  I'll be at my goal weight in 40 weeks.  Yeah, it sucks to spend almost a year losing weight, but slow and steady wins the race.  I am going to start working now to be in shape for NEXT summer. 

Here's to a thinner 2012!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Season six of the lolorashel show begins soon

So, I'm about to turn 35.  I don't feel 35.  Well, except for when my hip hurts, I feel 25 still.  Better actually since I'm still 150 pounds lighter than when I was 25.  When I was 20, or even 25, 35 seemed SO far away.  By 35, you were married with kids, a house and a dog.  I don't have any of those.  And I'm okay with it.  But I'm going to be 35.  I'm almost 40.  That messes with my head a little bit.  

If you need to get caught up...

Life should be stable by now, right?  I should be "successful" by now. 

What does that even mean?

I am very excited to be working with Social Sonar.  I feel like meeting up with Wes, Jon and Alison right before the start of my Season Six is perfect timing.  I am hoping Episode 35 will begin on a high note, only to get higher and happier.  Season Six will be all about becoming a social media maven.  Wes posted this on my Facebook wall last week:  Lori "Hurricane" Myers - she's the eye of the twitter storm. - Alison Kawa ;)
That works for me.  It is within the general theme of my life...Bel calls me the Twirling Viking Warrior.  
I am looking forward to an amazing start to Season Six.  Thank you to Wes for finding me and to Social Sonar for giving me an amazing opportunity. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Project 365: Days 16-20

Day 16:

Thursday, June 30

I went to the Rihanna concert in Oakland with Rita, Kate, Katia, Kira and other friends.  We had box seats and VIP treatment.  What an amazing concert.  Rihanna is SO gorgeous and sings just as beautifully live as she does on her album.  I had such a great time.  Live music is my THING.  I miss it.  I just can't stand up for hours on end so having box seats was so perfect.  

Day 17:

Friday, July 1

Bel has been telling me I need to get my psoriatic ass to the ocean for some salt water therapy.  So I took a day off and went to take a dip in Moss Beach.  The water was freezing ass cold so I really just kind of splashed myself with it.  It looks a little better but I'm not exactly cured.

Some previous posts about psoriasis:

Day 18:

Saturday, July 2

My dad was visiting from Texas so we met in Brentwood for dinner.  Afterward, we went to see the Last family home that burned down last November (my mom's parents' home).  After almost nine months, they finally tore it down the rest of the way.  It was very eerie to see just foundation.  I could still see the house in my mind.  

Day 19:

Sunday, July 3

I went floating down the American River with some friends to celebrate Yolanda's birthday.  I came prepared with my water shoes, a rubber raft, some food and drink.  And my gun.  You can't be too careful.  Oh yeah, and don't forget my flotation devices.  I'm seriously starting to hate those things.

Day 20:

Monday, July 4

Rob and I went to Gilroy to see my mom's "new" house.  She's only lived down there since January.  We BBQ'ed and ate lots of great food with the family.  We played with the dogs and kitties and watched Kati and Melissa ride horses.  All in all, it was a pretty good day.  This picture is me with good old Hank (he's not old, he's 2...but he is just a gigantic, slow, dumb dog).  And he's a slobbery ass dog.  I love him.  :-)