A bedazzled work-out opportunity!

Happy Wednesday, faithful readers!

It’s been an exciting past few weeks as Alyssa has been accomplishing her goals of receiving her Masters degree in Communications and I’ve been making the moves to pursue my own higher education as well. It’s getting to the point where many students will be closing their text books and shoving their school supplies into their closet to remain untouched until August.  I’ve been dealt the typical college story where all the teachers of my school have all met up and conspired together  to decide what day would be best for EVERYONE to have a major assignment due.  I’ve got a yoga practice to write along with two essays and four tests to accomplish in the next two weeks and am trying my best to get as much writing done as I can now.   One of the more exciting assignments I have to do as my Pilates final is to arrange a ten-minute work out that I’ll teach to the class on May 15th.

We’re allowed to have music…

We’re allowed to wear the cool exercise microphone head set…

Plus we’re allowed to dress up in our spiffiest work-out outfit and we’re encouraged  to bring as much energy as we can to our giant classroom.

I took this as an opportunity to teach my class like one of my work-out heroes, the one and only Richard Simmons.

April's hand full of Richard Simmon's derriere

April’s hand full of Richard Simmon’s derriere

Alyssa introduced me to the wonder of his exercise class at his Slimmon’s Studio in Beverly Hills about two years ago and I had a BLAST sweating my ass off with her and another blogging friend named Alexa to a musical journey through Motown.  That man has got the energy of a child who stole his Mom’s Redbull!  He was bouncing all around his studio screaming motivational yet raunchy lines about how we should be used to our thighs being sore from lifting our legs!  He was hilarious and made working out so much fun!

I’d love to capture that essence of Richard for my work-out to my Pilates class!

So far I’m plotting a 10 minute series of music from that French turntablist group C2C I mentioned a few weeks ago.  They’ve got this awesome high-energy song called “Happy”  that I have a vision of getting my classmates to “dance” along to while doing jumping jacks and bouncing upon our work-out balls. C2C also has songs that have slower parts that increase into a faster pace that I think could be perfect for when I make the class do wall-sits using one leg.

One legged wall sit

Alyssa is getting some DOUBLE CHIN DIARY t-shirts made up for us so I’ll definitely rock that but will have to jazz up my outfit with some glitter.  Maybe I should invest in a bedazzler and make myself some crazy leggings complete with sparkles all over them!

We’re encouraged to use as many Pilates exercises as we can but in my five months, it seems nearly every exercise can be included in a Pilates work-out.

In other news, I successfully made it back down to my “pre-birthday bloating” weight and am a mere pound away from reaching down into my next chunk of ten pounds.  I’ve got less than five weeks until I leave for my Europe vacation and am hoping to get rid of the tiny bit of back fat that remains stuck to my sides.  As much as I want some hot European man to handle my body with loving desire while I’m there, I have to make sure he’s not actually grabbing at my “love handles” in the process.  I’m trying to stay dedicated to my hula hoop because I know that’s one of the best tools I’ve got in whittling the fat that hovers around my waist away.  I might even post a picture to show you guys the before and after of my progress, we’ll see if I’m brave enough.

Do you have any awesome moves that you think I should include in my work-out instruction?

What are your favorite songs to work-out to?

And finally, what do you guys think of us making some work-out videos?   I am going to try to record my routine as a practice for the class but also because I think it could be cool if the Double Chin Diary started a collection of Youtube work-out videos!  Would any of you give our work-outs a try?

Lots of love,

AprilSignatur

The Double Chin Sisters working out with Richard!

The Double Chin Sisters working out with Richard!

 

 

 

Embracing 30.

Salutations, Double Chin readers!  The last time I wrote to you all, which seems so long ago, I was 29 years old.  Now, blossoming into the Spring like the Golden Poppies that have been covering our Californian hills, I am excited and proud to say I have reached my 30th year of life here on earth.

A collection of flowers from friends and family

A collection of flowers from friends and family

My long stretch of birthday celebrations began with the extraordinary party my sister Alyssa threw for me.  Since it was going to be by the Conservatory of Flowers and I’m a big fan of fresh flowers, I requested that it have a floral theme and Alyssa did such a great job on making that happen. I had an abundance of my friends and family show up who were all eager to help me celebrate my blossoming into my 30’s and I was so grateful for the food and flowers they brought!   Alyssa asked the guests to each bring a single flower so I could make a bouquet and it turned out GORGEOUS!  Thank you to all my flower contributors who read this blog!

Since the party was on April 6th, I still had another six days before my actual birthday and they were certainly filled with all sorts of birthday love and excitement.  I spent my Wednesday night being surprised with decorations, cupcakes, one of my favorite meals, and gifts from the awesome family I babysit for and love as my second family.  After work, I picked up my hot date Melody for a night of roller skating and Applebee’s debauchery as she gave me a treasure chest full of sweet things, including probably 100 gourmet chocolate coins.

Between Alyssa’s candy buffet at my party and Melody’s box full of chocolate, I definitely have been using my “calories don’t count during birthdays” rule way too much.  Typically I like to use this rule for friend’s birthdays so I don’t feel guilty about saying yes to cake… however when it comes to celebrating your own personal birthday, I believe around a week worth of being lenient is alright.  While I wasn’t as awful as I could have been, I did get dirty with the affair I have with Coca-Cola.

Roller blading queen!

Roller blading queen!

I did successfully go a whole month without giving in to that “brown crack” (as Alyssa calls it!) and was really hoping it would taste horrible once I picked up the Coke again… but apparently the corn syrup Gods know just how to make it so no matter what the time span, it will taste delicious swirling it’s goodness around on your tongue.

My body however has not agreed with that week long of birthday gluttony and has proved that by bringing back my heartburn, two days of stomach cramps, and gifted me a random moment where I awoke from my slumber at 5am for a trip to hug my toilet from consuming too much chocolate cake, chocolate coins, Pepsi, and a pulled pork sandwich.  I find it amazing how with all the days over my birthday week that I was consuming beer, I didn’t once feel as sick as I felt after eating all that sugar.

Finally learning my lesson, I hid the rest of the coins away in an inefficient place in hopes that my own laziness will defeat the strong desire I have for chocolate.  We’ll see.

The birthday celebrations continued as I spent my last night of my 20’s at my local favorite beach watching the sunset and drinking Ace Hard Cider.  The next morning I woke up and headed up to Ft. Bragg, a gorgeous coastal town about three hours north of my town.  After taking an abundance of pictures at Glass Beach and watching yet another sunset, I had my birthday dinner at one of my favorite breweries, North Coast Brewing Company.  My long time friend Aaron, who was with me on this trip, treated me to a plate of prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, and perfectly cooked asparagus.  The brewery also presented me with a piece of cheesecake that was ALMOST as good as my Nauni’s (grandmother) and they happened to bring me a second one because they “accidentally prepared two”.   So that was a nice breakfast to have the next morning after I uncharacteristically woke up at 7am and headed out to the beach to do more photos and some yoga on my own.

The big 30 at Glass Beach in Ft. Bragg, California

The big 30 at Glass Beach in Ft. Bragg, California

After a visit to the Anderson Brewing Company and Bear Republic, I finally made it back to my bed for a quick disco nap before heading out for an awesome night in San Francisco.  My new friend Silviu scored us tickets to see this group called C2C, made up of four French DJ’s who move their hands quicker than a toddler in a store full of breakables.  I’m quickly becoming very obsessed with this group of turntablists and if you’re a fan of people skilled on turntables, I highly recommend checking  these guys out.  The show was as exhilarating as I expected it to be and was a fabulous way to spend my birthday weekend.
**This group would be GREAT music to work out to, especially the song that is linked above “four French DJ’s…”
C2C tearing up the turntables at The Independent in San Francisco, California

C2C tearing up the turntables at The Independent in San Francisco, California

Now that my birthday week is over, normal life has resumed once more along with my healthy eating and exercise habits.  I’m still rocking the tennis, yoga, and Pilates and got a great work-out when I roller bladed with Melody at the skating rink.  Of all the great things I have done for self improvement as I get older, gaining better health from physical fitness and eating “clean” foods has been the accomplishment I am most proud of.
I can’t control when I’ll fall in love,  the stability of a career, or where it is my life will take me but one thing I can definitely have the biggest effect on is my health.  The past thirty years of my  life has proven to have it’s own idea of how to spend my time here on earth and I’ve spent so much time trying to mold myself into this box of perfection by planning out every detail of my life.
However, now that I’m old enough, I can see that the biggest lesson I have learned over the past thirty years is best said by my most loved song writer, John Lennon.”Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
And unlike my outlook of my twenties, I am totally OK with that.
With love from the voice of the Double Chin Diary writer in her 30’s,

AprilSignatur