Trek Women
February 26, 2009

Trek on the lose...

Tuesday night, I had just gotten home from the gym and microwaved a bowl of black beans and rice for dinner to chow while watching the Biggest Loser and simultaneously skimming the new Pottery Barn catalog (I’m on the lookout for a turquoise-colored lamp shade).


I know you’re thinking, wow Laura, what an exciting life you lead. We also somehow got on the mailing list for these strange old-people catalogs selling stuff like hernia devices and bunion remedies. But, those don’t have lamp shades. Anyway, I digress.


Back to the BL and this week’s challenge – a 24-hour spin-a-thon with each team trying to load the most miles on a Trek FX!! Neat idea. It was also the longest challenge in BL history. 


But, I have to admit that I had some cringe-worthy moments watching the bigger guys ride too small of a bike frame. And where was a WSD, hello? No wonder they were all hurting by the end. Not changing the seat height alone would have tortured me. The only thing I can think of is that the show’s producers told Trek they were only going to have the 2 bikes for the challenge.


Well, the happy ending is that all of the contestants are going to get their own custom Trek. I hope they love theirs too!


February 23, 2009

Have a nice day...

I think my post today will be kind of like my spin class this morning – I’ll just make it up as I go along (if you would like to play along at home… song of the day is The Rockafeller Skank by Fatboy Slim).


#1: Ankle is healing nicely – thanks everybody for your comments and I’m sorry if the photo grossed you out. I’m not ready for Step or high heels yet; but, I have no problems riding.


#2: Things are progressing nicely at the ol’ WW (weight watchers). I’ve dropped some decent lbs and I’m starting to feel more like myself.


#3: I haven’t gassed up my car since December. Just about the only time I drive instead of bike or walk is to go to Target or the airport. I’m almost to the “E” though.


#4: Actually, I can’t think of anything else interesting today. I’m in a nice spot at the moment. Hope you are too!

January 31, 2009

Good gravy...

I’m back from Little Rock and I did good up until Day 4, then I broke. The gravy made me do it. Our conference (which was a smashing success BTW) was at the CA Vines 4H Center, which is actually in the country outside of Little Rock – meaning, you couldn’t go anywhere. An ice storm, kept us inside – meaning jumping jacks in your room for exercise. The Center is really nice; but rustic – meaning you make your own bed. The meals were served elementary-school-cafeteria-style – meaning, you ate what they were cooking or you didn’t eat. Also, everything featured some form of pork/ham/bacon with gravy on top. It was interesting if not slightly frightening.


I was doing my best to hang in there – I ate my oatmeal, my Fiber 1 bars, huge plates of salad from the tiny salad bar and granny smith apples that I stuffed in my bag from the “Break” snacks (found next to the M&M cookies). But by Day 4, my buzz was getting drowned out by my inner devil voice saying “I'M NOT SATISIFED! FEED ME SOMETHING GOOD!!”


That night, after the conference ended, we drove to a restaurant and that’s when I broke and ordered a gin and tonic with a side of mashed potatoes. And they were good. It’s best not to talk about Day 5 (yesterday) and my arrival home.


BUT – I got up this morning, went to the gym and I’m putting myself back on track and into gravy detox. Well, at least I lasted longer than day 2 – that’s a positive.


January 25, 2009

What's the buzz...

You know when you eat a lot of garbage, you just feel like crap. And then you just want to eat more because you figure, what the heck, I’ve already blown it, might as well go for broke and a Chipotle burrito with guac and sour cream.


I’m more than 2 weeks back on the Weight Watchers wagon and I don’t feel like crap. In fact, I’m feeling pretty fine and the weight is starting to come off. I’m bike commuting to work every day (even in the frigid temps), teaching spin, taking classes at the gym, and cooking up a fresh, non-processed-food storm. Between eating better and exercising, I’ve got a healthy little buzz going on. How did I forget that part? I literally have an internal energy hum happening.


Next week will be a big challenge though – I’m going to a conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. It’s going to be tough, but I’m ready. I’ve packed some instant regular oatmeal packets to have for breakfast and Fiber 1 bars to have as a treat every night instead of indulging in dessert. The conference center is rustic and doesn’t have a gym – so I’m bringing sneakers and sweats for daily power walks.  On past biz trips, I usually cave by day 2; but this time, I’m gonna make it. I don’t want to lose my buzz. I’ll let you know how I fare!

January 9, 2009

Resolve ain’t just for cleaning carpets…

I did something last night that I didn’t want to do; but knew I had to. I went back to Weight Watchers. As single-minded as I am in every other aspect of my life – I can’t control my weight on my own. I failed (and failed and failed…) and I got fat again. And I can’t stand it. So my choice is either keep doing what I have been doing and gain every last pound back that I had fought to lose in the first place and feel even worse than I do already OR go back to WW.


All day yesterday, I felt sick to my stomach. I didn’t want to step on the scale. I didn’t want to see anyone I knew from before. I didn’t want to be that statistic of the person who doesn’t keep her weight off after a year. But I did and I am. During the meeting, I was on the verge of tears – sad and well, not quite happy, but tears of determination. I wasn’t alone in that room. Truth be told, there were 5 other women there who were picking themselves up again too. Today, I feel different, like I can do this again, like I can commit to it. I am resolved.

December 10, 2008

yO, yO...

Oprah cover Interesting story that came out yesterday about Oprah Winfrey admitting that she’s fallen off the healthy living wagon. I’m not a big fan of her show; but, it couldn’t have been easy for her to reveal that publicly.

"I'm embarrassed," Oprah writes in the January issue of O. "I can't believe that after all these years, all the things I know how to do, I'm still talking about my weight. I look at my thinner self and think, `How did I let this happen again?'"

I’m right there with you O.  The only thing preventing me from completely falling off the wagon is cycling. Thank goodness for bike riding. But, I’ll confess publicly too – my weight’s gone up and I’m mad and disappointed in myself. I’ve had to buy bigger clothes and I hate it. At the same time, I’m not doing everything in my power to stop either. Why am I letting it happen again?

For a long time, I couldn’t control my work life, so I made changes to my self to be happier. Now, I’m very happy with my job and my physical self is going down the tubes. This shouldn’t be an either/or equation and yet... obviously, I suck at math and balance.

There is a kind of comfort though in knowing that even Oprah Winfrey who has enough money in the world to hire anyone and buy anything she wants struggles internally like the rest of us, like me.

October 31, 2008

Am I the loser…

Biggest loser tv My friends and I have been debating the reality of the “The Biggest Loser” on NBC. Not that the people aren’t real or that they aren’t really losing weight. Rather, the reality of a game show where the carrot for weight loss is mega money.

Believe me when I say, you don’t get to weighing 300 lbs by accident or overnight. So when I see contestants dropping 60+ lbs in 6 weeks and utter disappointment when the scale reads only 2 and they consider it a bad week, I want to scream. The message I’m hearing is that if you don’t drop big numbers then you’re a loser (and not in a good way).

Reality shows are all about the drama and in this case, finding out who’s going to make “Biggest Loser History” as the one who’s dropped the most weight in an extremely short amount of time. But is it healthy in the long run for the contestants or for viewers to absorb such an unrealistic expectation of what real-world weight loss should be? Weight really isn’t the problem, it’s all the emotional triggers underneath that I think causes the most damage and that can’t be magically fixed in the length of a TV season. I’m still working on it.

Scream at me all you want – it’s TVeeeee, it's a gaaaaame – but, it’s not. These are people’s lives and their health. One could argue that the contestants are better off now than when they started. They were supervised by a medical staff, nutritionist and the trainers during the filming.

However, I say it’s not realistic in the real world for real people to spend 6 hours a day working out. And, I say the exercises are not always realistic or safe for the contestants at their heavier weights. Will a 300+ woman drop a ton of weight quickly by running? Yeah, I know that. I’m a certified trainer too. But what about the damage to her knees for the rest of her life because of that? What about the guy who nearly had a heart attack because his trainer pushed him too far?

I guess some former contestants were on Oprah yesterday. Let me know if you saw it and what happened. What do you think?

Maybe I’m the sore loser??? I just don’t like to see people get hurt. Healthy weight loss is not a game.

September 19, 2008

Lost and found...

Oh happy day, oh happy day -- I got my shoes back!! I was straightening out my desk at lunch yesterday and came across the number for the airport lost and found office. I decided to call one last time before throwing out the slip of paper. The woman who answered the phone said that "I think I saw that bag, let me go check." At last, someone who understood the importance of fabulous footwear. To make a short story shorter, the bag was there, I went to my boss and said I had to leave early to go on a rescue mission and that is that.

Day 4: After getting back from the airport, did a kickboxing tape at home then mosied down the street since Russ was cooking some of my favorite German dishes, tweaked to be low-fat (schnitzel, spaetzle and red cabbage). That was some GOOD grub!

September 18, 2008

Out of the box...

Red_boxing_gloves Day 3 started out okay, then I got cranky around 4 pm -- sugar exorcism. So I decided to take a boxing class and pound it out on a punching bag. When I got there, the gym had made a new mandatory requirement for using hand wraps under the gloves since the last time I had taken the class. I didn't have mine with me and the front desk didn't have any in stock to buy. There is a sports store a couple of blocks away, so I hotfooted it over there, bought the wraps, and ended up missing the first 15 minutes of class, which didn't do much for my mood. Sometimes, you just want to work out and when obstacles seem to box me in, I get frustrated. Floating like a butterfly, that's what I'm going to work on.

September 17, 2008

Shoeless Lola...

Red_heelsLately, I keep losing shoes. On the way home from NY on Friday, I forgot one of my carry-on bags on the parking garage shuttle that contained four of the five pairs of shoes I brought with me. I realized it when I got home and called the airport immediately. Now after 5 days, I’ve given up hope my bag will turn up. I’m gonna miss the strappy red heels the most, they were fierce.*

Then, Monday night, I forgot my indoor cycling shoes at the gym. Thank goodness when I went back last night, they were still there in the spin studio. However, I did discover that I forgot to pack a workout top and had to fork over $12 for the ugliest t-shirt ever. I think I have clothing and accessory ADD.

Anyway, day 2 went all right. After buying the ugly shirt, I decided to try a new class at the gym that seemed similar to my sis, Becky’s favorite Group Groove dance class. I’m not too smooth at choreography, but I felt like trying something new. It was more low impact aerobics than dance-y, but still a good workout.

*Not my actual shoes, mine were sassier.