Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Starts Here.....

Have you ever found yourself driving down the road, not really thinking about anything, when all of a sudden your brain lights up like a sparkler with a thought so clear you can see forever?

Doesn't happen often but when it does you quite simply can't ignore it. When it happened to me yesterday the thought was: " I can't stand this anymore, enough is enough, I can't do this alone"

One of the biggest struggles in my life currently is getting fit and losing weight. UGH! Nothing is happening. I stay the same. I give into these Winter Blues , and eat pasta, lie in my LovSac and watch TV , sleep and get sadder and think tomorrow I will do something.

Well, tomorrow is today. Yesterday I drove to the gym, and told them I had heard a rumor that eating right and working out would greatly increase ones chances of getting fit and losing weight. After they had assured me that this was in fact true I said Sign me the Heck Up. I now have a gym, and a trainer. ( which in my part of the world is an affordable option )

Now, I have always been a big supporter of " You don't need a gym, put your shoes on and go for a walk" which is how I lost the first half of my weight. I lost another chunk reading on Malena's website and following her advice ( which is how I ended up writing to her ) but nothing for the past year. ( darn pastry in the studio and fast food , starving, after gigs )

Today I go for my first workout with Klarissa. ( who I met yesterday, she has as many different colored hair extensions as I do, good omen that ) I'll take a photo today, and in one month, on my Birthday, I'll take another and post them.

And in four months, Malena and I will go to Baltic Con, and I will play for you. Wearing a corset. Feeling really good, and looking like I have always dreamed I did.

If you can change your mind, you can change your life.

Watch me.

Love and Sweat,


At 10:05 AM , Blogger Appleblossombeck said...

Go Lorraine! That's inspiring, that is! I barely know you, but for what it's worth, I'm really proud of you! I wish you all the determination, perserverance, hope and health in the world!

At 12:09 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

diva of the northern land.
i am so happy that you feel clear, i know for a fact those Lovsacs can be heavenly, so i Understand the dilemna....
am behind you all the way, when i visit, we will have veggies and rice and fishy and fake sugar.
or no sugar. or whatever you feel like.
hope hope hope i am coming to balty-con
as it is my home town. we'll see what the stars have in store for us all.
love to you & your mission. Kitty

At 12:11 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

(in general, sound of applause)
Good for you! And you have an additional support group, here, that you haven't had before. I, too, find your post inspiring. :)

As far as Winter Blues goes, keeping the curtains open during the day, even on cloudy days, helps me. I even got a lift the other day when I cleaned ::SHOCK! AMAZEMENT!:: the windows in the dining area of the kitchen. It really did make me feel better, and more light was coming in.

At 1:45 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Many thanks All! Your love and support mean SO much to me. Just got back from the first Training From Hell with wobbly legs and no brain. Feels GREAT if you ask me. Can't wait till tomorrow! ( either yoga and cardio or pilates and cardio, if I am not dead...)

I actually ordered one of those seasonal lights that are meant to help with moods of people who are sad in the North in the Winter where there is no sun or light. We shall see.....

At 2:13 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

YOU GO GIRL!!! Make it happen! I have a seasonal light myself and it helps it does. I have always wanted to try yoga, let us know how you like it - I worry about decreasing flexibility as I continue to age (gads why won't it stop, every time I turn around I'm older) Hope I can get to Balticon and see you in action!

At 4:11 PM , Blogger Starshadow said...

Go for it, you lovely woman! May you be blessed with perseverance and all the encouragement that can be had for such effort!


At 6:08 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

I wish you all the best - and lucky you finding a rainbow-haired trainer! That's a sign if I ever saw one (especially in your neck of the woods).

I know you're really, really busy with your new determination but if I could get a spare second or two from you about the emai I sent regarding my own "I'm going to make this work" endeavour I'd be grateful. I need input from people doing thier own indie thing and not only don't have any support here, I get a lot of resistance because it's "Different" (bad, here in this neck o'the woods). I contacted about 8 people but have only heard from one so far. I'm really lost. :P

At 6:29 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

You have a LovSac? Cool.

I set up StepMania, an open source Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) clone, on the home theater pc in the basement and got two dance pads so Lori and I can compete. I loaded it with 2,200+ songs and we've been doing it 1-3 hours a day for the past week. Yesterday I was able to cinch my belt one hole tighter, back to where I had it when we first got married. (According to the scale I've gained five pounds, though... go figure.)

At 6:38 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Great Post Lorraine! Congratulations about the change of mind (change is good)- it is true, you have the ability to change almost anything you want as long as you have the determination.

I love those sparkling moments of clarity - sheer epiphany... I am glad for you, and inspired.

At 8:21 PM , Blogger vandaluna said...

Awesome gurrl!
All of us goddesses should be focusing on the right things.
I eat well and alot of salads, but I love my wine. ::sigh:: Makes it difficult.
Balticon is sure a goal! i'm working toward it. I was reading alot aboutr liver cleansing. I think alot of weight gain has to to with the liver. Just a thought.


At 9:16 PM , Blogger Malena said...

Hey Girls! Yeah, losing weight is MUCH easier with a support group. I have so many helpful hints. I think we should make our own support group! You can post your suggestions and rants on my forum in the health section.

When someone is having a bad day, they can log in and get some help..or just talk about the brownies they made. There really isn't any in between for this group is there? Hey! What if we all get really healthy and fit so when Balticon comes, we can celebrate with chocolate together!

Xylitol is the best stuff ever as far as fake sugar goes. Did you know it prevents cavities...and rebuilds tissue? And it tastes sooo good! I eat it all by itself.

Thanks for all your replies. Lorraine and I just love chatting with all of you. She will be here in the 24th, so we must do a webcam party. I promise to dress up and show you some new props. ..The Addam's Family all over again...

At 9:44 PM , Blogger mistress mousey said...

Woo hoo! Go trainer! I too have always been a very strong supporter of working out in your own way without forking over a dumptruck full of money to a trainer unless you're dead serious about the training or just loaded with cash and time. That said - doing things your own way will usually get you to a point, and then almost no further. External motivators are great - especially when they have great personalities that actually motivate you instead of making you feel bad. So yay! I hope it works wonders and makes you feel as good about yourself as we feel about you!

And I've heard that the light boxes are like magic. Good luck!


At 8:25 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Dan Guy has a dance machine thing? I love those!!!! Wish I had one, I'd be a dancing fool! ( part of my workout motivation is so that HE will not look better in a corset than -I- , hee-hee )

There are some Finnish studies that suggest kids who eat more candy with Xylitol get fewr colds, I hear, by the way.

I am with you Mistress Mousey, you don't have to fork over big bucks to lose weight, with a trainer and a gym. ( reminds me of a friend who said she wanted to be a writer, but couldn't because she had no computer, I sent her some paper and pencils ) I didn't for my first two thirds of my weight loss , just walked and ate right. This gym does make me feel good tho, as do all of you.

At 9:04 AM , Blogger K said...

I may be joining the party a little late, but just wanted to add some applause to the general chorus.

Well done for taking a step - not that there's anything wrong with doing it on your own, but sometimes a change can be a great boost to the motivation.

I rejected the idea of joining a gym for ages, and now I go three times a week and like it (I almost feel as though there was some kind of conspiracy to paint gym-training as boring and hard. Not everyone hates it!) I work out on my own, but I'd NEVER have got there if not for a whole lot of fitness bloggers who inspired me. It does help to feel part of a commnunity, I think, rather than just slogging away on your own.

Good luck, and let us know how you get on!

At 10:35 AM , Blogger Appleblossombeck said...

I love the idea of posting on the forum, Malena. As far as non-sugar goes, my family is hooked on Stevia. It's an herb from South America that you can get as a liquid or a powder that looks like splenda or whatever. It's about 250-300 times as sweet as sugar and you can use it in almost anything. My sister-in-law baked an apple pie with it at Thanksgiving and it was the best I ever had. Since it's so sweet, you only use like a drop or two.
I went and checked out my local YMCA yesterday and it is swank and should be affordable. The massages are really reasonable and that right there is reason enough to go! Good luck everybody! We, as a group, are going to drop ever jaw at Balticon, even the ones of us who can't actually make it. The hotness and healthiness will just be that overwhelming!

At 12:14 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

wow, you got some response!
i booked my ticket for Casa de Lolo, and wonder, does Malena have some time to go too??? flying feb2-7
will discuss next week, yes?
love & thorsday,

ps Maureen, i want to hear about your project, write to me too!

At 1:18 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Kitty, I think you will find that after taking a week off to work on music with me next week, she will say No Can Do, I think she will be to backed up on readings, and work at that point to take any time to play with us. We will have some fun tho!

Maureen, not sure I have any advice for you, I do remember the e-mail, but can't seem to find it, can you re-send?

Now my poor sore Butt is off to the gym for Yoga and Cardio....Pray for me!

At 2:00 PM , Blogger BeeZee said...

Late, but still......

What a great "moment". So, I'll be looking here for inspiration- I have a long way to go- but it needs must be done.
I just hate trying to get up the energy to exercise after being on my feet all day.
Ah well, the body says I must.

You will love your lightbox. I use mine in the morning. A cuppa tea, a good book and the box. :smiles:

At 6:07 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

Lo - email re-sent, any 2cents much appreciated. You're an organized woman who knows business, or how to find people who DO know what you don't know and need to (did that make sense?) and as you'll see by the PS I added to it, it's not small taters.

KittyCat - sent a copy to you too... possibly twice as I had one email addy in my book for you but then saw the furrytiger one here.

DanGuy - muscle weighs more than fat, so that's likely why the discrepancy between the scale and your physique

I'm going to try and get on the fitness wagon, if only because I'm literally going to die of stress otherwise. Those who can read my locked LJ posts know of the cretin holding my dead pets hostage and all that entails...all that on top of losing Jim Dandy. That guy needs some Karmic Coal in his stocking next year. I also have the 2 unpaid publishing hassles to fight though the smaller one may be resolved since as soon as the attorney called and said "I"m an attorney" they mumbled something about sending the check. It's like "speak friend and enter" with Gandalf! It's magic! The movie one could get ugly, but the emotionally and physically draining one is my dogs. I can't eat. I can't even deal with chocolate (how's that for a diet bonus kiddies?). I'd love to work out but I have trouble standing up without getting woozy and losing my balance sometimes. I did eat a salad and a half piece of chicken today, so there's some progress.

At 1:29 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Maureen - ::HUG::
I'll look for you on LJ. I have the same username there as here.

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