Day One..

Monday, March 1, 2010

I finally got a call from the YMCA. As you may recall, at the first of the year, they partnered with one of the local hospitals to offer a FREE 3-month gym membership to any resident of the county. How they didn't anticipate the response they would receive is beyond me, but I've had to wait to start my membership until this weekend.

The timing couldn't be better since I've been in a bit of a "funk" lately. I feel like there's so much in my life right now that I have no control over with work and with Dad being sick. All I'm capable of is going to work and coming home and laying on the couch.

My personal grooming has even fallen by the wayside. Pants and tights are the perfect winter attire for me since I haven't bought a razor since December. Don't worry, Mom, I always make sure to have on clean underwear, though, in case I'm in an accident. However, if said accident causes the clean underwear to come off, people will think I'm some sort of time traveler from the 1980's.

I had to attend an orientation at the gym on Saturday that consisted of sitting in an 80+ degree room while each of us was weighed and measured. I think that's what they do with animals before slaughter, isn't it?

Now everyone knows you only weigh yourself first thing in the morning, naked, after you've gone to the bathroom. I started to argue with the girl who weighed me that I was actually 4 pounds less than the scale was reading but I figured I would just go for a morning weigh in next time and look that much more successful.

I have to attend three times a week and get weighed in once a week. Then monthly, they do the measurement thing again. While I had anticipated about where my weight was, my measurements were a real eye opener. My bust has increased 4 inches in the last year.

Let me repeat that.

My bust has increased 4 INCHES in the last year.

Well no wonder none of my jackets button any more!

I actually took some "before" pictures on Saturday. I think I've taken at least 500 "before" pictures over the last 10 years. Funny, I don't have an "after" picture.

I think it's like the elusive Sasquatch. There's rumor that it exists but no one has ever been able to catch a clear image of it on film.

Well, this time I vow to have an "after" picture. By realistic calculations, I should be able to get to where I want to be in 16 weeks. My God, that seems far away.

But that's okay. I want my hot body back. You know, the one that doesn't seem good enough when in you're in it but in hindsight seems like perfection? Yeah, that one.

So I'm embarking on what I'm calling The Stripalicious Challenge.

Anyone care to join me?


  1. Im with you girl!!! I will be about a week behind on measurements though as mine arent due till 07 March. Great timing too, i will be going back home in less than 16 weeks!!! I cant wait to see what kind of stuff they have you do! Good luck!!!

  2. Haha! That is just awesome. Doing my own personal challenge, not much for organized workouts and such!
    "...the one that doesn't seem good enough when in you're in it but in hindsight seems like perfection? Yeah, that one." I just love that! Why are we never happy before its too late?!

  3. sorry, lost in the moment, just looking at the picture, waiting for my heart to restart, what was the question again?

  4. I know women who would KILL to gain 4 inches of bust size.


  5. I'm on this gloriously uneven path already, and doing ok. I'll leave a trail of breadcrumbs. Good luck x

  6. What is the stripalicious challenge? What does it involve.

  7. That is on Phil-thy bush you got going there. It's going to take a lot more then the Y to get rid of that. Congrats on the 4 inches. It was a past goal was it not?

  8. Bwhahahahaahhhahaha!

    I just about shit when I saw that first photo. That was flawless!

    OMG, girl...YOU. CRACK. ME. UP. with your humor!

    Hey listen, congrats on the 4 inches to your boobies. And good luck on your Stripalicious Challenge. 16 weeks. It'll be just in time to slip into that two piece bikini while sitting at the beach.

    (make sure you wax, though)



  9. Hey Chrissy, good luck with the Stripalicious Challenge. I'm sure you'll do great. I only WISH I could get where I want to be in 16 weeks. I think my estimate would be 16 months!

    P.S. Love the new page! It's very pretty, yet very sexy...

  10. I'm all for the challenge. I too am in a funk because life thinks it's hilarious to piss me off. Bastards.

    And what better way to show it who's boss than to be stripperiffic?

  11. Winter does this to most people. 5-10 pounds of extra weight. It's a drag, and the older you get, the harder it is to lose every summer.

    But at least your extra weight goes to the right places!

    Your site was one of the ones we gave props to with our post today. Enjoy!

  12. Stripalicious Challenge is probably a little unrealistic given that strippers cant even maintain that sort of discipline...
    No really....
    like 80% of a strippers workout comes from ...going to work.
    So unless you plan on dancing around the office all day in six inch heels doing never ending squats (which is roughly the main exercise move in the "stripper work-out"... just be gentle with yourself...
    the body you want comes first with loving the body that you have. Even if you don’t love HOW you got that body, that’s ok... that is about lifestyle. It’s about finding a way to change your "lifestyle"... as in... I want my knees to not creak, my back to not ache and my breathing to be less laboured. I want to feel fit, ready for anything, I want to feel like the Amazonian goddess we all are, running through the forests.
    A visual image of this "new life" is so helpful.

    Oh... but on a practical note...for those of you who despise running, particularly on a treadmill as much as I do... I recommend "cardio coach..."

    I still love the music from the first volume more than all the others...
    Really... this is just great for those people like me who are screaming in pain watching the timer count down..
    ps... put a towel over the clock!
    PPS... I have no affiliations with cardio coach, no money is being made... I just love this guy!

  13. Good luck. I wish you well.

  14. @JW.BW,
    Hi Jessi! It's so good to have you back. You're my inspiration. You've been so dedicated. I hope some of that rubs off on me!

    It's just the female way, I guess.

    @R. Jacob,
    HA! We'll come back to you later..

    I know. It's all my fault. Be careful what you wish for.

    I will eat the breadcrumbs, you know.

    @WannabeVirginia W,
    I'm going to set up a separate blog for it. Anyone that's interested can come and join to support each other. No set rules or diet.

    @Simply Suthern,
    Phil-thy Bush. I love it! And yes, it was a goal but kind of like being a millionaire. I never thought it would actually happen.

    Thanks! Yes, waxing is a must.

    Thanks! SO good to see you again. :-)

    Exactly. Watch for my new blog for the challenge!

    Well, I haven't shaved yet, sweetie.

    @The Guy's Perspective,
    Hey, thanks for the props!! Yep, aging is a bitch.

    You're absolutely right! I don't have any visions of dancing around a pole, I just want to feel confident in my body again. Curiously, I feel confident naked now but that's not really an option given my day job. :-)

    Thanks for the link!

    @Gregory J,

  15. Absolutely, I'll join you! I've been trying to lose 10-20 pounds for YEARS! :)

  16. Well...that depends. What'd you have in mind? I mean, does it involve learning how to pole dance? 'Cause I'm pretty uncoordinated...other than that, I'm game!


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