Monday, February 28, 2011

Twirly Girls pin-ups!

I was wandering around San Francisco awhile back and saw an advertisement for Bombshell Betty's pin-up workshop.  The date they would be in San Francisco wouldn't work for me, so I thought, hey I bet we can do that at Twirly Girls!

And so the Twirly Girls pin-up photoshoot was born.  I asked Andrew of Liquidpulp Photography to do the photos.  He recruited Cat and Priscilla to do hair and make-up.  And away we went!  Some ladies went classic pin-up.  Some went boudoir.  Some were in between.  They all looked amazing and gorgeous.  A lot of the photos I have are just taken with Bel's point and shoot camera as not all of Andrew's photos are ready.  So you can only imagine how much more amazing the finished product will look. 

There have been two photoshoots so far -- ten girls, not including me, the camera whore who jumps in front of Andrew's camera every chance I get.  Some of the girls have graciously shared their photos with Twirly Girls, so I thought I would post some pictures.  If anyone is interested, we can set up a third shoot!











For every hot chick...

...there is a guy sick of putting up with her shit.

You've heard that one before, right?  You see Angelina Jolie and you're like....oh I would love to date her!  Then you hear she's crazy.  [or...Brad Pitt...or insert any hot celebrity here...  Except I know my Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper aren't nutso like that!]

Just because the grass looks greener on the other side doesn't mean they aren't using spray paint to make it look awesome. 

Be happy where you are.  Or make changes and take strides towards making yourself happier.  If you feel like your life is stale, sometimes you just need to re-think how you're doing things to get the ball rolling.  Then everything will magically fall into place.

Ask Heather.  ;-)

Friday, February 25, 2011

What the hell happened yesterday?

So a lot of people watched that little train wreck that happened yesterday and were wondering what the hell happened.  There were multiple postings on Facebook, and on my blog, texts back and forth, a voicemail, emails...  So this will be my attempt to explain what happened.

How did a political debate about gay marriage turn into me accusing someone of being an attempted baby murderer? 

This wasn't REALLY about gay marriage.  I let a topic on which I have some strong opinions unleash some feelings about a person I very much dislike.  I've held it in for the last few years and a few of his whiny comments set me off.  So maybe I've just been looking for an excuse and yesterday I found one. 

If you don't want to read the explanation that follows, I will give you the short answer to the question:  Do I feel bad for what happened yesterday?

NO.

Now here's why.

Almost four years ago, "he" (I will also refer to him as "the husband") couldn't deal with his crying daughter, who was only a few months old.  "The wife" (also "her/she") was working nights so her husband could go to school during the day.  He supposedly told the police that he tried to use a pillow to quiet the crying baby. 

Well, the baby ended up with broken bones, and in intensive care for over a week.  Initially, she wasn't expected to live, and now has permanent eyesight issues related to this incident.  A pillow doesn't do that.  I didn't expose some big family secret.  His face and name were all over the news and Internet.  If I was really being mean, I would have linked the archive news stories.  If the wife hadn't gone all over my blog and Facebook crying about it, no one would have had any names to attach to it.  Anyone who would have read my blog and known who it was clearly already knew the story.

Now the husband didn't spend any time in jail and his wife stayed with him.    I'm not saying he didn't have to do anything to pay for his crime.  But he attempted to murder a child and got the proverbial slap on the wrist. 

I know he wasn't allowed contact with his daughter for a time.  So he moved back to California and lived with his parents.  His parents blame the wife for this.  It was her fault they had sex before marriage and she got pregnant (maybe they don't understand how that works).  It was her fault he injured the baby because she knew the baby had colic and was fussy at night.  They feel like the wife purposely took a night job so she wouldn't have to deal with it (no, of course, she wasn't supporting her husband so he could get an education).  Nothing seemed to be his fault (of course not, that might make them shitty parents).

His parents were openly nasty toward the wife and wouldn't allow her in their home.  I remember one Christmas where the poor baby was walking around asking where mommy was.  It made me so sad.  The parents apparently justify hating her by saying they caught her saying bad things about them.  Well, I've heard them say horrible things about her too, so they aren't any better.  And the wife has tried to apologize -- on multiple occasions.  It's hard to say you're sorry.  They refuse to hear it.  Very Christ-like on their part.  The parents have gone out of their way to make the wife feel bad -- like having four tickets to a game and saying she isn't invited, then making it sound like it was a double date.  So she gets to sit at home wondering if her husband is on a date with someone else.  He did nothing to make her feel more secure.  In fact, he supposedly told the wife he wished the baby had died.  I guess he would feel lees guilty if he didn't have a daily reminder of his crime?  Clearly he's too stupid or egotistical to realize he'd be in jail for murder if she had died. 

So there's a small piece of the history.  Now back to yesterday.

He is on Facebook talking about the immorality of being gay and insinuating that gay marriage cheapens "straight marriage."  I will not debate the "morality" of the issue.  He's entitled to that opinion.  But he actually said that white Christians have no rights.  That was probably the comment that made me snap.   Here are a few examples of direct quotes from him:

Geez, it is never ending with these people. Immorality is wrong any way you look at it. Why is it that everyone has rights but white christian people? Diane Feinstein is a moron. When will the people of CA realize what she has done to ruin our economy and our society and boot her the hell out of the seat she holds? Liberalism has destroyed CA and is destroying our nation! Let gays be gays, let them do it in private, they already have the same rights as a married couple, they wanted civil unions and they got them, what's the problem? The problem is they want to defile that which is sacred, the holy union between a man and a woman. That's what it comes down to, defiling God.
 Gays aren't denied rights... they have been given civil unions, which civil unions, under one name or another, have been established by law in many developed countries in order to provide same-sex couples rights, benefits, and responsibilities similar to opposite-sex civil marriage. I've never seen straight people running around with flags and having parades and demonstrating their sexuality in public? There's no straight-pride day is there? That's what I meant in public vs. private. If they want to be gay, then fine, they can be gay. Whatever gets them off.
In California, domestic partnerships (DP) have been available to same-sex couples since 2000, and a revision to the law in 2005 made it equivalent to marriage at the state level (see wikipedia "Domestic Partnership in California").  Straight ...people didn't ruin marriage, pride and people's unwillingness to work at marriage destroyed it. Lori, why do you think grandma and grandpa were married so long? They put in the effort to make it work  The people have spoken twice now on what WE want marriage to be defined as, between a MAN and a WOMAN, once in 2000 and again in 2008  I suppose we ought to just grant amnesty to all 12 million illegal immigrants too just because they run around bitching about how screwed they are and waving their stupid flags too!
What rights of his are being infringed upon if gay people are allowed to get married?  They are citizens who pay taxes.  They should be allowed the same rights.  I certainly hope that he has contacted his Congressperson to demand that they not accept all of that gay tax money.  This guy's big argument is that people choose to be gay (this was part of an e-mail he sent me last night basically saying that I have no right to call him an intolerant hypocrite because that makes me an intolerant hypocrite...ok, fine...I'm an intolerant hypocrite when it comes to accused attempted baby murderers).  Whether they choose to be gay or are born that way, they are still tax paying citizens.  You can't even compare the gay issue to the illegal alien issue.  Let's not forget that not so long ago, women couldn't vote and black people and white people were not allowed to marry.  Times change and society needs to adapt.

He tried to raise the argument that civil unions or domestic partnerships are the same.  They are not.  Do two seconds of research before you just regurgitate the line of bullshit you are being fed.  I had a lot of great comments on my Facebook page yesterday from people who talked about this issue but I don't want this post to get any longer than it already is.

So the point of my entire rant is that this person should have a new-found respect for tolerance.  He should be most grateful that he even has the ability to be posting his hate-filled bullshit on Facebook.  Even I can recognize that he has the right to do so.  That's the beauty of this country.  However, if you want my opinion, the State of Utah should have thrown his ass in jail and his wife should have left him.  And for a guy who hasn't seemed to work much in the past few years -- so wouldn't be paying taxes -- he has a lot of gall talking about how tax-paying citizens should be denied the rights he's been allowed even though he's an accused criminal who barely works. 

 The wife is all upset because she says their family is trying to move past this.  Good for them.  I hope that they do.  However, you can't erase their history.  Those who forget it are doomed to repeat it, right? 

Anyway, I realize my opinion and this post will alienate a lot of people in my life.  I just don't care anymore.  I'm tired of being at functions and having to walk on eggshells and because "the mom" is pissed that "the wife" might be there.  It's very tense and it makes the functions for the last almost four years very stressful and not enjoyable.  These people have all forgotten that at the heart of this issue is a little girl who didn't ask for any of this.  Yet, she will grow up bearing the burden of their guilt and bad behavior.  Good job, guys!  You're all awesome!  They should seriously require licensing before idiots breed. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I HATE HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had a happy post planned for this morning.  Then I logged into Facebook.  Someone posted a link to an article regarding the defense against marriage act.  Whoops.  I mean the Defense of Marriage Act.  And, maybe I'm just grumpy, or maybe I'm PMSing, or maybe the sky is blue, but it rubbed me the wrong way.  I'll remove the names, even though some people will probably still be able to figure out who it is.  But read the following exchange...then I'll tell you a little story.  [Skip to the end if you don't want to read the Facebook posts.]

PERSON 1:
Geez, it is never ending with these people. Immorality is wrong any way you look at it. Why is it that everyone has rights but white christian people? Diane Feinstein is a moron. When will the people of CA realize what she has done to ruin our economy and our society and boot her the hell out of the seat she holds? Liberalism has destroyed CA and is destroying our nation! Let gays be gays, let them do it in private, they already have the same rights as a married couple, they wanted civil unions and they got them, what's the problem? The problem is they want to defile that which is sacred, the holy union between a man and a woman. That's what it comes down to, defiling God.
Source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/top-stories/ci_17463241

ME:     What is "marriage" anyway? "Marriage" isn't about love. You can be in love and not be married. You can be married and not be in love. "Marriage" isn't about sex. You can have sex and not be married. You can be married and not have sex. "Mar...riage" isn't about children. You can have children and not be married. You can be married and not have children. "Marriage" isn't about religion. You can be an atheist and be married. You can be married without a preacher. "Marriage" isn't about vows. You can make vows without being married. You can be married without vows, only an affirmation; "I do". "Marriage" isn't about rings. You can wear rings without being married. You can be married without exchanging rings. Marriage is legally only about property, citizenship, kinship and inheritance. The marriage license is an application for State and Federal benefits granted a specific class of people. All arguments about love, romance, reproduction, religious dogma, tradition and family values are PERSONAL BAGGAGE and cultural ignorance of the legal fiction called marriage. Arguments that aren't about property, citizenship, kinship and inheritance are moot, leaving out most arguments against same sex marriage. Supporters and h8ters both need to learn what marriage ISN'T before trying to argue what it IS. Denying US Citizens benefits granted others on the basis of their sexual orientation is unconstitutional. Denying gays benefits because they offend the sensibilities of bigots is no more valid than denying the bigots the same benefits because "I" am offended by them. - Anonymous 
PERSON 2:     i think its hard to defend traditional marriage because its based on a religious belief, and in our society today proponents of traditional marriage are being asked to debate without that religious context.. citing the so-called 'separation... between church and state'. That being said I'll admit to moving to the left on his issue. I support civil unions, and i don't think people should have to be themselves in 'private'. if gays should be gay in private, then why the hypocrisy in allowing heterosexuals to be heterosexual in public? why the double standard? and why do people insist they are better than other people because they're different?

ME:     It's hard to defend traditional marriage because straight people have ruined it with a 50% divorce rate. And no one is trying to be better than anyone else. Gay people are being denied civil rights. Civil unions do not give 100% of the same rights as marriage. And if they want to be married, I say give it to them. Who cares at the end of the day? If people want to defend God, go sit in your house and be God-like. Who are they to judge? And people in glass houses should not throw stones!
PERSON 1:     Gays aren't denied rights... they have been given civil unions, which civil unions, under one name or another, have been established by law in many developed countries in order to provide same-sex couples rights, benefits, and responsibilities similar to opposite-sex civil marriage. I've never seen straight people running around with flags and having parades and demonstrating their sexuality in public? There's no straight-pride day is there? That's what I meant in public vs. private. If they want to be gay, then fine, they can be gay. Whatever gets them off. 
ME:     And what rights have YOU been denied? You're married. You can still go to church. You are a white male, who knows nothing about being repressed. They are having to wave flags in the street to gain attention that they don't have the same rights as everyone else.

PERSON 2:     i don't even think its about gaining attention. they are attacked, both verbally and physically, they are worn down, they are tired.. and they are finding a way to celebrate who they are.

civil unions? utah doesn't have civil unions.. even ...though Huntsman came out in favor of them
*****
I then posted a note and asked for opinions of my friends:

I want YOUR opinion of gay marriage

by Lori Myers on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 10:48am
I stole this note from Jimmy, who apparently borrowed it from someone else.  :-)

It makes sense to me.  So read it, then tell me your opinion.  Please, don't be offensive or rude.  Just factually give me YOUR side...why you're on that side, how you back up your facts, etc.  I know I have people on both sides --- very passionately for and against.  Let's keep it clean, though.  Thanks!

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What is "marriage" anyway? "Marriage" isn't about love. You can be in love and not be married. You can be married and not be in love. "Marriage" isn't about sex. You can have sex and not be married. You can be married and not have sex. "Marriage" isn't about children. You can have children and not be married. You can be married and not have children. "Marriage" isn't about religion. You can be an atheist and be married. You can be married without a preacher. "Marriage" isn't about vows. You can make vows without being married. You can be married without vows, only an affirmation; "I do". "Marriage" isn't about rings. You can wear rings without being married. You can be married without exchanging rings. Marriage is legally only about property, citizenship, kinship and inheritance. The marriage license is an application for State and Federal benefits granted a specific class of people. All arguments about love, romance, reproduction, religious dogma, tradition and family values are PERSONAL BAGGAGE and cultural ignorance of the legal fiction called marriage. Arguments that aren't about property, citizenship, kinship and inheritance are moot, leaving out most arguments against same sex marriage. Supporters and h8ters both need to learn what marriage ISN'T before trying to argue what it IS. Denying US Citizens benefits granted others on the basis of their sexual orientation is unconstitutional. Denying gays benefits because they offend the sensibilities of bigots is no more valid than denying the bigots the same benefits because "I" am offended by them. - Anonymous

    •  I absolutely agree with this. I believe in marriage equality for all. I feel it's a civil right.


    • Here's what started my rant. Someone I know posted this with a link to something about repealing the Defense Against Marriage Act.

      Geez, it is never ending with these people. Immorality is wrong any way you look at it. Why is it that everyone has rights but white christian people? Diane Feinstein is a moron. When will the people of CA realize what she has done to ruin our economy and our society and boot her the hell out of the seat she holds? Liberalism has destroyed CA and is destroying our nation! Let gays be gays, let them do it in private, they already have the same rights as a married couple, they wanted civil unions and they got them, what's the problem? The problem is they want to defile that which is sacred, the holy union between a man and a woman. That's what it comes down to, defiling God.



    • Whoops. Defense OF Marriage Act. Whatever.


    •  maybe there should be a defence AGAINST marriage :)


    • Technically, 'marriage' is a religious tradition. I have no problem with what is written above but what should occur is that all government sanctioned unions should be called 'civil unions.' Marriage would be something that would be recognized only by a religious entity based upon their laws so if Mormons don't want to marry to men, but will marry one man and two women, so be it. All the government recognizes are those people who register their civil unions. It is a difference of semantics but government should be out of the marriage business and religion should be out of the government business.



    •  There should be. And I hate stupid people. .

    •  
      D, I do agree that traditionally it is. But, like everything else in the world, it should have to be updated for current times, no?



    •  I like to annoy the stupid people who are related to me. Ask Rita about Xmas at my sister's house ;)


    •  lol


    • Update what? People need to be more specific in their language. Its what we have lawyers for :)


    • OMG Lori - I thought you wrote that comment above. I was like "WTF?!" LOL!!! Now I see you said someone you know posted it. Whew. We can still be friends. ;-)


    •  LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    •  God damn you lawyers.


    •  Well Lori, I dont think you should be allowed to marry OR have kids, cause you like sex toys and Im against them. This personal decision gives me the right to have domain over your life.

      Does that make any sense? NO.

      Neither does telling someone who they can marry unless they are your child and they are underage.

      I dont tell my dogs who they can hump. Its their right and their business. OK im done.....wait no im not...



    • I want to marry a watermelon.


    • Truthfully, I don't have an opinion either way. It does state in the bible that marriage is between a man and a woman which is what I believe. However, I do realize that the world is evolving and change is inevitable. What I do have a problem with is I'm on my second marriage and on my first marriage license I'm listed as bride and my ex is listed as groom. On my marriage license for my second marriage, I'm listed as party A and my husband is party B. As a strait couple, why do we have to be party A and party B? Why were we forced to have licenses this way? Wouldn't it make since for those that want bride/groom or husband/wife to be an option on marriage licenses? If we want to be equals, we should be equals but given options to be unique.



    • I agree with D - it seems a feasible way to maintain separation of Church and State...I also agree with him that it is fun to annoy stupid people.


    •  Lori I want to be your tomato of honor


    • I already honor thee, red tomatoe


    •  oh crap
      tomato
      learn how to spell, gay loving loser!
      :-P



    •  yay!


    • I think marriage should harder for straight people to get approved for. I know you go through counseling but I think the counselor should have the right to say yes or no depending on how high or low the chance of them getting a divorce is. Let straight people know what its like to have someone tell them No. You can't get married. And if the girl was pregnant and that's the only reason for the marriage?? Big Fat NO.

*****
Now here is why I am SO furious.   A few years back, Person 1 almost fatally injured a child  - his own child.  He spent no time in real jail.  Got a slap on the wrist.  So, what in the HELL makes him a better person than anyone else in the world?!  Just because he goes to church on Sundays, he's all high and mighty...holier than thou...self-righteous mother fucking bitch?!  Go ahead and sit up on your high horse.  It's going to be a long fall to the ground when you find out you're not going to heaven just because you go to church. 
I know I'm beating a dead horse.  And I don't expect to change people's minds.  If someone comes with a respectful argument, I can at least say, those are your beliefs and you are entitled to them...that's the beauty of a free country.  But when one group's rights need to be infringed upon in order to pacify another group...I just don't get it!  I guess you just can't fix stupid.  

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Next Pole Goal: THE BACKBEND

So, as I've said many, many times, I'm not very bendy in certain directions.  For example, I can completely fold in half if I'm bending forward, but my spine barely moves if I try to go backwards.  So, I've decided to make the backbend one of my pole goals.  I'm actually using a lot of yoga techniques to get myself there (here's another article about yoga).  Since I do so much hunching forward:  typing on the computer, spinning on a bike, etc., walking is painful because, as my physical therapist says, that's the closest my spine comes to bending backward. 

So I am trying to be more cognizant of my posture and spend a little time doing moves that cause me to bend backward.  And eventually I WILL do a backbend!









From Pilates on the Pole's Facebook page

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

This lady is a tramp...

I have been told I'm not very ladylike a time or two...or ten.  I go in and out of phases of trying to be more ladylike.  But that's not me.  Rob recently said he thought it was funny that I put out a lot of stuff that some people could construe as me trying to look like a whore, but that I'm really not.  It's like when I get silly around drunk people, even though I haven't had anything to drink.  Who cares -- I'm just having fun! 

I'm sure the 8 inch hooker heels, photos on the pole and cleavage shots can give people the wrong impression.  You just can't control other people judging you.  So I just choose to not care (or at least try not to let haters get to me).  Yeah, I say the f-word on occasion.  It really helps make your point sometimes.  I do drink sometimes.  Not often, it's not helpful in the weight loss sector of my life, but I don't look down on people for wanting to let loose.

So, my recent attempt to be more of a lady is kind of a big fail.  I think I'll just continue being me.  And I like having fun with my friends and acting crazy.  When I die, no one will ever be able to say that I missed out on living, that's for sure!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Couch to 5k update...six weeks in

I am starting week six of the couch to 5k program.  The program lasts for nine weeks total.  You can check out the link above, Facebook, Twitter...it's becoming quite a popular program.  I downloaded an iPhone app which helps a lot because it tells you when to switch between running and walking.  And it's working for me!

Here's the schedule:

Week Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3
1 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
2 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
3 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
4 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
5 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.
6 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 25 minutes) with no walking.
7 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
8 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
9 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).


Basically, I ended week five by jogging for TWENTY MINUTES STRAIGHT.  In week one, I only had to jog for a minute at a time and thought I would die.  I'm really excited to finish the program and am contemplating the Bridge to 10k program to prepare for Bay to Breakers (which is a 12k, or 7.5 miles).  I don't actually plan to run Bay to Breakers, but my back pain has diminished significantly.  I haven't lost any weight per se, but my legs are thinning out noticeably.  The running seems to be working well for me.  Who ever thought I'd be a runner?!  NOT ME!

My next running goal will also include speeding up.  I seem to feel the best when I run 4.5 miles per hour.  That's a pretty slow jog.  But at least I am jogging the entire time.  After I finish the nine weeks, I will run at least once a week, trying to move up to 5 miles an hour -- with an eventual goal of being able to run an entire 5k at 6 miles per hour, which is a 10 minute mile.  Not a marathon pace whatsoever, but fast for me. 

Has anyone else done this program?  I am excited to hear about any changes to your body and mindset. 

PoleSkivvies strikes again!

Jennifer of PoleSkivvies asked me to write a guest blog for her.  And here it is!

http://poleskivvies.com/2011/02/ballet-for-pole-dancers/


Ballet for Pole Dancers

This week, while I’m still reveling in the afterglow of my pinup photo shoot, the fabulous Lori Myers has agreed to help me out with a guest post. You can find more of her writings at her blog, As the World Twirls.

Have you ever met a 200 pound ballerina?

I know, I haven’t either. But I have recently begun incorporating ballet into my workout routine. Not just to benefit my pole practice, but also to amp up my workout in general, get me into shape, and help me move out of the mindset that a big girl can’t dance.

Most people who know me would say my style on the pole is raunchy. 

I like loud, dirty, fast rock music. I gyrate my hips. My friend, Jimmy, says I have a liquid spine and I can wiggle like there’s no tomorrow. I use my overt sexuality on the pole to cover up for the fact that I don’t know how to dance! I played baseball as a kid. I wasn’t taking ballet. I was twice the size of other kids, anyway. I would have been the round girl giggling and stomping the other girls’ feet while the feathery light girls with their hair pulled too tightly into buns pirouetted and danced on their own toes.

I have watched other girls do ballet-inspired pole routines. So beautiful and elegant. Perfect lines. Perfect faces. Perfect legs. That’s so not me, but someday I hope it will be.


I have really started to work on my strength and cardiovascular fitness. I am doing pole once a week at the studio. I have been doing spin (cycling), yoga, running (Couch to 5k), and spending a little time lifting weights. Once the couch to 5k program is over in six weeks, the focus will switch back to lifting more weights so I can get stronger. I am also going to be adding in pilates reformer classes to work on my core. My upper body and core strength really sucks!

Transformation

In order to help the transformation, I have started doing pliés in the five ballet positions. For the first time in my life, my butt almost has a shape (I’ve been doing squats for years, so don’t tell me I need to squat more)! I start with a couple of demi pliés, then three or four grand pliés. I move through each position. I stand in front of the mirror and barre in my tennis shoes and running shorts, surrounded by gym rats who are grunting and lifting heavy things. I try to block out the noises, make my neck look long and graceful, hold my arms out “pretty” and pretend for a minute that I’m actually a ballerina.

It really only takes five or six minutes, but my legs get warmed up pretty quickly and my butt is clearly improving!! 
 
I learned about pliés while taking a burlesque pilates class at The Absolute Center in Lafayette, California. It was a fun class and our instructor, Chelsea, taught us a lot of “quick and dirty” tricks to get into shape. I’ve also noticed a huge difference in my flexibility during my yoga practice, which will help later on as I work toward being able to do the splits.

So now that I have the basic movies down for warm-up, I’m moving on to the arms. When I pole, in particular, I am trying to keep my entire body in mind as I dance. How my legs look, how my arms flow, what my face is doing.

I recently filmed a lap dance/tease video at Twirly Girls Pole Fitness in Pleasanton, California. It started out as a joke between friends and me just acting silly, but after watching myself (and comparing it to a video from a year ago), I am impressed with how much I’ve improved!

Don’t get me wrong … I have a long way to go, but I believe a big girl CAN learn to be a ballerina!

How about you?

Do you like to pole just to do tricks or do you consider yourself a dancer? Do you have any “quick and dirty” tricks to keep yourself in pole-worthy shape?

Lori is great at giving us pole dancers something to think about. Get more of her raunchy, no-holds-barred style at As the World Twirls.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Next Pole Goal: The Splits

So, even though I hit my first real pole goal of inverting four months early, I'm not exactly a regular inverter yet.  I'm considerably larger than most of my classmates, so in the interest of safety (needing a spotter), I have only inverted at two different classes.  I realize I need to strengthen my core, so Andrea has suggested that I hold plank on and off while watching television.

While I am getting ready to further that pole goal, I have set a new one.  THE SPLITS!  I want to be able to do the splits.  I don't even know the difference between regular splits and the "Chinese" splits, but I want to do them.  So, last week, we took a photo in class to see how far down I could get.  I was actually pretty surprised.  I don't have as far to go as I would have thought.  Even with the scars from my inner thigh lift and the fact that I've never been very flexible anyway, I got down pretty low.  I tried again this week, and thanks to running for couch to 5k, I was REALLY sore and stiff and didn't get down quite as far.

But at least I have a starting point...and here it is.

Love that face...hahahaha!!!

Goal:


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Did independent women cause fat kids?

Awhile back, I was discussing the obesity epidemic with some family members.  We started talking about how women's liberation is sometimes blamed for it.  Moms no longer stay at home -- they are out in the workplace, and not making dinner and healthy lunches for their families.  It got me thinking...could it be true?

I mean, if you sit and think about it, it makes some sense at least.  Moms from the 1950's used to whip up homemade meals every single night.  I imagine going out to a restaurant was a treat that you rarely got to experience.  Now, you have work, soccer, homework....and McDonalds calling your name so you don't have to cook.  Even if you go to the store, all kinds of ready to eat meals are there, nice and full of chemicals to keep them from spoiling.  

Here are some interesting web posts:

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http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=1126869

I recommended this Wuesthof kitchen knife to a friend of mine whose wife is in her early 50s.......and turns out doesn't do much cooking, sewing, etc. (it's a great knife and even made in- get this- Germany for 50 bucks)
He replied that their daughter is a bit of a throwback and is the only decent cook in the house.

That got me thinking. Back in the 1950s and early 1960s, we had a "June Cleaver" conception of what a married woman should be. "Nice girls" didn't have sex before marriage (or weren't supposed to) and there was real dating and courtship. Once married, wives were supposed to be subservient to their husbands, got in the kitchen, made him a sammich, poured him a drink when he got home, cooked at home, etc. I don't recall my parents talking about dining out much during that era. Like in Norway today, restaurants were an expensive luxury then.

Fast forward a few years to the complete cultural chaos of the late 1960s. Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, et al were defining what women should be. Women had to have a career to be a proper woman. As household incomes rose, they started dropping their kids in day care, and were too busy to cook quality homemade meals. They turned to chain restaurants and fast food, turning out cheap, processed food (that would soon be prepared by illegal immigrants) and American consumers demanded more food for less money. As an example of companies trying to maintain their profit margins by cutting costs, Coke and Pepsi started using high fructose corn syrup in the early 80s, and obesity tracks closely with HFCS usage.

As competition among "casual dining" restaurants in a growing market increased, restaurants owners had to turn to cheap labor to prepare the food, wash dishes, etc. Rocked by chaos and civil war of the early 1980s in Central America, a tide of unskilled, uneducated workers began flowing into the United States legally and illegally. White and black Americans soon found themselves "above" that kind of work. The increases in minimum wage only accelerated the illegal immigration.

Furthermore, back in pre-Women's Lib era, women were expected to stay trim and be attractive. Once they started burning bras, they declared that they could look however they wanted. Divorce skyrocketed and an increasing number of children were being raised in single-parent households (mainly divorced mothers). As women grew bigger, being overweight became socially acceptable.

Cliff Notes version: women's lib caused obesity and accelerated illegal immigration.

What says GD?

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http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/196144/feminism_and_the_obesity_epidemic.html

Have you noticed lately that Americans are really fat? Yeah, me too! And so have a lot of other people, even to the point where the Secretary of Agriculture has deemed it an epidemic. Now, people really like to
point fingers here, especially in the direction of fast food corporations and the makers of soda, candy and processed foods. However, its not the manufacture of these goods that causes obesity; its that people are somehow compelled to eat them all the fucking time.

What could cause this? Two words: women's liberation.

I ask you to consider a few simple trends:

1. According to the American Obesity Association, 34.5 percent of Americans are obese; a staggering figure that seems to increase every year.

2. At the same time we have seen the percentage of women, both married and unmarried, who are entering the workforce swell from thirty-eight percent in 1960 to sixty-four percent in 2000 nearly doubling just as obesity rates have during the past 40 years (an R-squared value of .968 for you stats geeks).
So whats the connection you ask? Well, back in the good-old days, women were the backbone of the American diet, cooking up wonderful meals made with fresh, healthy foods. In the modern, "liberated" world, women are too busy having careers and book clubs to concentrate on cooking, so one is left with only a few options to feed the family: 1) Fast food, 2) processed foods, 3) one could allow the kids, who will eat only candy and pizza, to feed themselves.

For some twisted reason, women are proud of this so-called liberation that allows them to work, but causes their families to bloat into jiggling tubs of inactivity. Liberation? Sounds more like subjugation.....to being fat!

An even more disturbing trend, for those of us with a social conscience, is the disproportion of poor people who are too fat to fit in a movie theater seat (which is the FDA's standard measure of obesity). Its also
 commonly held that poor women are generaly immoral and constantly engage in premarital, unprotected sex--thusly becoming single mothers. According to the 2000 census, a whopping 73 percent of these single mothers are working to scrape out a living for their kids, and are probably eating Big Macs and pies the entire time. And I've got news for you sister! You better keep working! No one is going to marry a woman with the ultimate triumvirate of unattractive traits: kids, poverty, and fatness. It pains me to say it, but if you've managed to accumulate all of these traits, you're probably stupid too, which makes you a quadruple threat; not just to your family, but to all of American society.

So thanks a lot Elizabeth Cady Stanton, now it seems that everyone in America has a chance to be as unhappy and bloated as you were.
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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070612134412AA8twqA


Do you think that women's liberation and gender equality have contibuted to a rise in U.S. obesity and how?

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contributed--sorry

Some people seem to have assumed that the asker is antifeminist, I find this curous.

I don't see how Spurlock's hypothesis negates the question above, in fact it might support it.

Since when do you need to cite sources to make a query? If I were making an assertion that would be a different matter--Also, since when is yahoo answers a peer reviewed academic journal--I thought it was something more informal.

Some of the answerers that respond with a categorical no and segue to an accusation that the asker lacks critical thinking apparently themselves are lacking in a sense of irony.

Allegra, did I suggest I believed it to be the sole or even the primary cause?

Rio madeira and Juniper women make good points.


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Perhaps in some ways. I'm a stay-at-home mom. My family eats pretty healthfully, and a huge part of that is that I'm able to cook a "real" dinner every night. I think that kids who have a parent around after school might also be less likely to become obese, simply because someone is monitoring their food choices and activities. That's not to say it's impossible for working moms to cook healthy meals, but realistically, they might be too exhausted to do anything but pick up some fast food. I also get more exercise chasing toddlers than I would at a desk job. I imagine the stress of trying to "balance" everything might lead some people to overeat, as well.

EDIT: Scientific evidence? Well, a recent study links teenage obesity to excesive TV viewing. Excessive TV viewing is linked to not having a parent around. "Women's Liberation" , in some ways, is also "linked" to not having a parent around after school. Connect the dots yourself.

EDIT: I disagree that it is "obviously" a correlational argument ONLY. If the average two-adult family now works 80 hours a week instead of 40, as a result (partially!) of women being encoraged into the workforce, and that lack of time means more fast food, then it's a valid point.
 
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Long post, I know.  And you can probably skim most of it.  I imagine there are a few issues here, advancing technology and a lazy ass society that will run around searching for a remote before they will walk to the television and turn it on is probably not helping either.  Kids who would rather play video games than play outside...  I just wonder with the whole nature v. nurture in this regard.  I am the oldest of four...and the only fatty.  We had the same basic upbringing.  Same mom and dad. 

I'm curious what everyone else thinks.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Competition

There's nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, right?  I mean, if you're into that kind of thing.  If I were a competitive pole dancer, I would have pretty high expectations of myself -- both in dancing and doing tricks on the pole.  However, I pole dance for fitness and fun.  I think most of my fellow students feel the same way.  We come to class to learn, laugh and have a good time.

There is a website called PoleJunkies.com.  It has a forum where they set monthly challenges.  I first thought it was a contest where someone had to win and lose, but now that I've spent more time reading other posts, it seems more like a way to challenge and inspire each other.  I think that's cool!  I think some of the Twirly Girls are going to start participating.  It will be fun to come up with little routines each month to share with our fellow pole dancing friends.

One of the things I have always loved about Twirly Girls is how loving and supportive everyone is.  I've had "outsiders" come in for performances or classes and remark on it as well.  I guess when you get that much estrogen in a room, you just expect the cat fighting to start immediately.  It's really important to me that it stays that way.  I'm not saying that people sometimes don't agree -- that happens anywhere.  But, for the most part, we all get along and have fun together.

I have definitely spent the last year or so letting negative people from various groups of friends fade from my life.  I know one person who spends a lot of time dividing people and then complains that they are not included in things.  Well, I wonder why...  Groups of women are especially funny.  Women are supposed to be so nurturing and caring.  Yet you put a group of us in a room and how fast do some of us start shooting each other down?

I don't want to be like that.  I know I won't get along with everyone but I sure do give people a chance before I stop wasting my time.  I feel very fortunate to have found my Twirly Girls, and I'm looking forward to another fun year of classes, activities and events!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The habits of successful weight loss surgery patients

Before I had surgery, I was told to buy the book, "The Success Habits of Weight-Loss Surgery Patients" by Colleen M. Cook.  I read it before surgery and again after.  You can check it out on Amazon.com HERE

I'm coming up on seven years out.  I'm battling a little bit of weight gain.  So, it's time to get back to basics.  I just pulled my book out to remind myself of the things I should be doing to remain a successful weight loss surgery patient.  I'm going to list her principles, but not explain them here.  I don't want to improperly plagiarize her book, or cause people not to buy it.  I suggest if you are having surgery or have had surgery that you pick this book up.

Principle 1:  Personal Accountability

Principle 2:  Portion Control

Principle 3:  Nutrition

Principle 4:  Fluid Intake

Principle 5:  Regular Exercise

Principle 6:  Vitamins and Supplements

She also talks about getting back on track and a complication she had six years out.

I know this blog entry contains almost no information...but it's a personal reminder that I can get back on track and still be considered a successful gastric bypass patient.  I'm going to start re-reading this book today.

Thank you to the Examiner.com!

Amy Rabinovitz, of the San Jose Fitness Examiner, kindly posted information about the Lovely Rita Fundraiser!  Thank you, Amy!!!

(Note:  The fundraiser this year is April 17, not April 11...we have e-mailed Amy to fix this.)  :-)

http://www.examiner.com/fitness-in-san-jose/twirly-girls-lovely-rita-fundraiser-benefits-national-kidney-foundation


The Lovely Rita Fundraiser organized by the students and teachers of Pleasanton's Twirly Girls Pole Fitness is a benefit for the National Kidney Foundation,  and it's straight from the heart:
One of  their own, Lovely Rita (aka Rita Pearson) is a three-time kidney transplant recipient.

On April 11, 2011 there will be an all-day event at the Twirly Girl's studio 660 Main Street, Pleasanton, Ca 94566 that includes special classes, a silent auction, raffle and recital.
All the money raised goes to the National Kidney Foundation, via Rita's team at the National Kidney Foundation Walk in San Francisco, May 7, 2011.

Last year the Twirly Girls raised nearly $3000 but this year they have redoubled their efforts.  Along with the day-long fundraiser, they created and sold a special 2011 calendar, so there is nearly $1000 in the Lovely Rita fund already. (Click on the slideshow to see a picture from the calendar)

According to the Agency for Healthycare Research and Quality, (which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), an average of 3.7 million adults in the United States were treated for kidney disease each year between 2003 and 2007. Kidney disease can lead to renal failure and may be caused by diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

This is an energized and committed group of friends and colleagues, and the very best kind of community outreach.  If you've been considering pole fitness (and haven't we all?), head up to the studio and  give it a twirl.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Stripping vs. pole fitness

With the recent drama surrounding the breast cancer charity turning down a donation from the American Pole Fitness Association, it brings up the difference between stripping and pole fitness.  Or the lack thereof.  Depending on who you ask, of course.

I've heard both sides, and I get it for the most part.  Pole fitness girls (and boys) want to be taken "seriously" so they try to distance themselves from the "dark and dirty" strippers.  Strippers are offended because they're busting their ass on the pole too.  I can't speak for anyone else, so let me give you my opinion.  I know I've vaguely touched on this before but I want to write more specifically about it. 

I don't hate on strippers.  One blogger put it beautifully...(paraphrasing here, and probably badly at this point, since its been so long since I read the quote)...there are a million ways to get into shape so if you're doing this for fitness, you have to ask yourself why you chose to wrap yourself around a pole. 

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Side note:  That "quote" is from The Pole Story...GREAT BLOG...and she talks a lot about this subject:

http://polestory.blogspot.com/2010/01/sensual-sexual-side-of-pole.html

http://polestory.blogspot.com/2010/01/pole-dancers-guide-to-anti-poler-part-1.html

http://polestory.blogspot.com/2010/02/pole-dancers-guide-to-anti-poler-part-2.html

Heather also touched upon this subject before:

http://thatshowipole.blogspot.com/2010/01/sadly-stigma-remains.html

Jennifer from PoleSkivvies too!

http://poleskivvies.com/2009/05/strippers-and-pole-dancing/

And Yannori from Express the Sensual:

http://www.expressthesensual.com/2010/02/24/pole-dancing-isnt-just-about-the-tricks/

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But I digress...

I understand that the general population thinks stripping is essentially the same as prostitution.  And I get that some strippers get into prostitution, but I don't think they all do.  In fact, I know not all do.

I think some women consider stripping an empowerment thing.  They are controlling what the men see and touch.  Others consider that selling your body, even if you aren't having sex with anyone.  To each his own.

I know that in my own class, I am learning to be fit and I am learning to be sexy (and more comfortable with myself -- and with my body and how it looks right now, not 10 pounds or 50 pounds lighter than it is right now).  So, for me to look down on stripping and call myself only a pole fitness enthusiast would be almost disrespectful to the roots of my sport.  I have said on many occasions that if I had a better body and a little more rhythm, I wouldn't be opposed to making some money as a stripper!

I imagine it can be easy to get sucked into drugs or prostitution, making more and more money, etc.  But that is a whole other subject.

So anyway, at the end of the day, I don't care if pole fitness was born from stripping.  It is what it is.  I enjoy what I do, and I can't change history.  If you haven't tried it, before you judge, get on a pole for just one class.  Then come tell me that you don't have just a tiny bit more respect for a stripper who can work the pole!