Friday, May 27, 2011

WWJSD: What Would Jason Statham Do?

I have hit a plateau.

My 34 year old body says: That hollow leg you used to fill with 2nd’s and 3rd’s at dinner? That super high metabolism? That bone-skinny body that never gained weight?

Yeeeeah. That’s gone. Not comin’ back. Get over it.

Move. On.

Man. So now I have to actually WORK to get skinny? I have to feel the burn? Watch what I’m eating? But that sounds so much like….work. Yuck.

But I desperately want abs, real, cut, washboard stomach abs. And since people do accomplish this, professional trainers or not, that means it IS humanly possible to attain.

Ok, so now what do I do??

Well first I stumble upon (no pun intended!) an article about the one and only Jason Statham. For those of you that may (be living under a rock) not know him, he is an action star. He used to be an olympic swimmer back in the day and now he’s more stuntman then actor. He’s well trained in mixed martial arts and kickboxing, according to his IMDb profile. He’s ripped, that’s what he is. And how does he get that way…and stay that way?

Mr. Statham’s got access to this cool gym for stuntmen. They climb walls, throw weights around, spar with every kind of weapon imaginable---it sounds like you can do just about anything you want and if it’s something a knight, superhero or hitman would do? All the better! He did an interview with Men’s Health magazine a few years ago where he describes his routines and work-out schedule: 6 days a week, no more then 35 minutes a day. I’ve been doing like 60 minutes, 3-4 times a week. This man’s abs are “shredded” as they say and mine? Well, not so much. What gives?? (I want my abs!!!)

I’ll tell you what: that man did not have 3 babies!! AND I’m not eating like a monk. (A little whiny:) and I LIKE food! I’m not sure I could survive if I was eating power shakes and protein bars in between meals of spinach salad (no, not the good kind, with dressing and hard-boiled eggs and bacon, trust me) and a grilled chicken breast. Plain. I mean, what’s life if you aren’t enjoying things like EATING for God’s sake?? Look, I’m not a pig, I eat cookies but make sure it’s the serving size, not flopped on the couch eating half the package at once. I don’t eat chips. There’s no candy in my house. I rarely imbibe either alcohol or caffeine (except some regular green tea once in a while or a 75% defac/25% regular cup of coffee). No soda here. High fructose syrup? Me no likey. Organics, as much as I can afford. Whole grain all the way (or at least whole wheat!). Salad a few times a week. Activia yogurt every day. Digestive enzymes with at least one meal a day to aid my poor tummy in digestion.

Alright, to be fair, the man does a different combo of exercises 5 days a week, then does a sustained trail run for an hour every Saturday! Obviously, he’s working his butt off. On the other hand, he hates it. Just read the Men’s Health article and you’ll see what I mean!

My weakness: ice cream and baked goods. Sigh. Had me some excellent chocolate cookies and cream ice cream. And it wasn’t any ½ cup serving either!! I eat lots of fiber but don’t consume enough water to help it along. I exercise pretty hard, but not a consistent 3 days a week, like I did for about a month.

I need to make some changes.

This is what I have been thinking about making those changes:

1. My mother always says, “Our bodies are made to work.” Whenever I think “I’m too tired to workout, I don’t feel like it….” I remember that this is what my body is made to do and OF COURSE I can do it!

2. Having a wimpy mental partner will not help you. Whip that whiner into shape and make that voice your biggest cheerleader instead: “You can do this! You’re almost done, don’t quit now!”

3. Make. It. Fun. I use Just Dance 2, the Just Sweat option. I do the second program (I think it’s labeled “tough.”) I do that as my warm-up, then go lift weights, do crunches, etc or I go right from there to the Tae Bo Advanced 8 minute work-out (which is a reeeeaaallly long 8 minutes by the way!). Lately, I’ve been working out in the mornings and at about 4pm when the boys are getting wild, we all go for a walk. Like, a 45 minute walk! I’ve lost 2 more pounds this week just from doubling up my exercise like that. Also, rockin’ work out music helps you to keep going mentally.

4. I’m making an effort to steer clear of sweets and empty noshing. That’s the hardest part for me. When I find myself in front of the pantry, scanning (both the pantry and my taste buds: hmmm, what am I in the mood for?) I think: What Would Jason Statham Do?? (from here on to be shortened to “WWJSD?”) He wouldn’t eat cookies that’s for sure. I knew I had to get some things in there that I wouldn’t feel guilty eating. I found some organic white cheddar with flaxseed crackers that are great: crispy, crunchy, flavorful. I eat them with slices of cheese on top or with my yogurt. (great for digestion also!) I eat oatmeal now for lunch or my evening snack. The High Fiber kind, which I add raisins to. It’s filling and low fat. I go fix myself a cup of hot tea. And if I’m doing it because I’m bored? I turn to one of my hobbies: reading, blogging, graphic design, working on my novel. Crap, even getting something done on my To Do list is better then eating some junk and then feeling guilty! I don’t do guilt. I eat cake at birthday parties (it’s one piece, not the whole cake, nor is it daily) and ice cream during the week but try not to do it two nights in a row.

5. I need more sleep!! It makes me feel less crazy, my memory is better, and it is supposed to help you lose weight; heavy people tend to sleep less and they think there’s a connection there, a cycle. Your body goes into panic mode or something and starts storing up that fat, ready to burn for energy because you’re not resting enough!! Get some sleep already!! (Sadly, a picture of a woman on a cozy pillow, fast asleep, is one of the images on my vision board.)

So the next time you’re facing the pantry, feelin’ a little hungry, needin’ a little pick-me-up, wanting your sugar fix think of this:

What would Jason Statham do?


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

TV Preview: Once Upon a Time

Could this show BE more up my alley??

I love fairytales and finding (good) variations on them.  Loved Enchanted because it was a conglomeration of a bunch of Disney favorites.  Now we'll be able to see a similar idea in action via Lost and Tron: Legacy talents Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis on ABC Family this fall!   Here's the blurb for the new show ONCE UPON A TIME:

"Welcome to a world where fairytales are real. Anna Swan is like any other 28 year old, until she discovers she's a lost princess destined to save her world from darkness. Experience the passion project of executive producers/creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Lost, Tron). Once Upon A Time is a thrilling twist of our most beloved stories."

Lots of familiar faces but best of all? Ginnifer Goodwin!! LOVE her! (by the way, she has totally cut all her hair off!) This looks like a movie on the small screen.  Action-packed, romance, costumes, special effects, drama---you name it, they seem to have it!  And at an 8pm time slot, maybe even something I can DVR for my 2 older kids who, by the time this airs, will be 7 and 5 but will be getting ready to go to sleep at 8pm on a school night.  Additionally, I like the fact that this is different from anything else on TV right now.  Check out the video and let me know what you think!

Many thanks to Technorati for giving me this preview opportunity!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book Reviews: Too Many to List in the Title!

Well, all it’s been a crazy week! I feel horrible for neglecting my readers but not only did a massive Mother’s Day digital scrapbooking frenzy (of my own making, OF course!) take over the last 10 days, my computer froze up on me then refused to acknowledge my power pack….again.

I am now typing on a brand-new Acer. The first brand-new computer I’ve owned in over a decade! My last two were re-furbished hand-me-downs from the hubby. It has twice the RAM as my other one; for techies, I am very excited about this! For non-techies: this computer, run very fast.

I completely missed Movie Monday yesterday somehow. Oh I know how, I was cleaning like a crazed maniac because my house was in such a state, from ignoring it for 10 days straight! It still needs mopping and some of us need to be brushed to within an inch of our lives (she has 4 feet and All.White.Hair.) but it feels much better in here! (I know you’re relieved too!)

Where’s the book portion of this post, you ask?

Right here:

I am writing for Fresh Fiction. As such, the reviews I write for them are copyrighted. If I reproduce items on my blog, it looks like one of us (either Fresh Fiction OR LaLa Land) are a “farming” site (non-original content that is gathered from other sites) and could bump us both down on the search returns for Google. SO, the books I receive from Fresh Fiction get Fresh Fiction only reviews. Those books I get direct from the author/publishing house will be reviewed in their entirety here on LaLa. If I have the energy, I might post a little somethin’ somethin’ on GoodReads and/or Amazon…you know, if I’m feelin’ nice.

So, the lovely ladies at have graciously given me permission to BLURB my reviews for you, with a link to their Fresh Fiction pages, so you might be seeing this on LaLa Land frequently . Please don’t gripe to me about having to click out. You don’t have to! :)

First up:  

THE SOLDIER by Grace Burrowes is full of strong-willed characters; from the soldier himself, Devlin St. Just, to his love interest, Emmaline, to the young girl Winnie, personalities are clashing left and right. Things are going along just fine for Emmaline Farnum, or Emmie as she is called….   READ MORE>>

Alyson Noel is not new to the teen scene when it comes to books. Her latest teen protagonist is Echo, who is trying to make sense of life after the murder of her sister Zoe. Echo is now dealing with overprotective parents who ignore her when she's home and hover when she tries to leave, as well as entering high school. She is struggling with being in Zoe's shadow in more ways than one while her two best friends approach high school with enthusiasm and an old friend latches onto Echo in an uncomfortable way. READ MORE >>>

I have FIVE other reviews in pending:
The trilogy of the Demon Underground by Parker Blue, which includes Fang Me, Bite Me and Try Me. 

Next is Mercy by Rebecca Lim:

And then Daybreak Zero by John Barnes:

  Sorry this looks so crappy, but if someone can figure out how to FORCE Amazon Associates to put something in that is in any other configuration besides on the left, the would be friggen fantastic!! Geesh....

Monday, May 2, 2011

Movie Mondays: DVD Review: Tangled

I'm just going to say this: I heart Mandy Moore.  Seriously, she's too cute, she's maintained a good reputation and she's great in this movie.  As is the actor, Zachary Levi ("Alright, you give me no choice. I'm going to have to pull out....'the smolder.'" so funny!) 
My favorite part is where Rapunzel finally gets out of the tower and she is a yo-yo of emotion.  First she's all happy to be free ("This is greeeeeaaattt!!") then she's fearful her mother will come after her (something to the effect of "What was I thinking?? She's going to kill me!") then she's like "Beeeessttt ddaaaaaaaayy eeeevvveeerrrrr!!!"  lol  She's having a great time, then she's sobbing, then she's thrilled, then she's wringing her hands.  I thought it was a great reaction. 
The little chameleon is adorable.  They've got the fight scenes, the romance and the humor.  They've got that great Disney misunderstanding/twist towards the end as well.  I liked this a lot better than The Princess and the Frog. 

Movie Mondays: DVD Review: Toy Story 3

If you haven't seen this movie, why the heck not?? If you have watched these movies, they get progressively better and better.  This one was just as funny and fast paced as the others, with the intensity really ratcheted up in my opinion.  Towards the end, there are moments where you are gasping, where you are squinching your eyes shut, biting your lip---you're just not sure what is going to happen to these toys you've become so emotionally attached to!  And there is an extra large heaping of what the Toy Story franchise does best: nostalgia.  I'm not sure the kids get the whole wistfulness, memory, sadness combo, but boy, I was all teary-eyed by the end!  Best scene: Ken trying on clothes for Barbie in the Dream House.  Michael Keaton as Ken was hil-arious!
You will definitely enjoy this as much as your children...and be prepared for request to make a "tortilla Potato Head."  Watch the movie.  You'll see! ;)


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