Monday, July 30, 2012

Music Monday | Hey Ho

You're welcome. 

 And sorry if I sound like too much of a photography nerd, but I am in love with the composition and lighting of this video. Well done!

 


Hey Ho
By The Lumineers

I've never been so happy to see a girl leave
Take your filthy little hands off my dirty ripped jeans
You told me you hated my GNR shirt
Shoulda known then, this is never gonna work
But like what you like, don't matter to me
Just leave the jack and take your hennessy
Take your Kanye out of my player please
Led Zepplin 45 is stayin' with me

[Chorus]
Hey ho
Ain't nothin' little 'bout rock n roll
Hey ho
Rap it up and hip-hop down the road
Hell no
Don't turn down my radio
If you're a dirty little rocker
Baby come on and let it show
And scream "Hey ho"

You never liked any damn song I wrote
You spent my money and you smoked my smoke
Pumpin' lame-ass beats in your foreign car
It ain't real music without guitar
I like Jimmy Hendrix, baby don't you know
I like gettin' high, not ridin' low

[Chorus]

You can wait me in line, at the club, if you wanna
Shake your ass all night, but I'm gonna
Find a rocker chick that'll bang to Nirvana
Yo, ho! You gotta go!
You ain't nothin' but a...

[Chorus]

Never been so happy to see a girl leave
Take your Little Wayne outta my player please
Shoulda never let you smoke my smoke
I like gettin' high, not ridin' low

If you're a dirty little rocker
Baby come on and let it show
And scream "Hey, ho!"

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Holy WOW!

Alternative post title: holy shit balls - but I thought that might be a little much this early in the morning...you're welcome.

So, a friend and I created a Facebook group for the Mama Laughlin followers as a forum to come for advice, encouragement, motivation, recipes, tips, etc for those wanting to lsoe weight and/or get/stay fit.  We launched it yesterday and as of this morning we have nearly 1800 fans.  WHOA. I had NO IDEA it would be this popular.

What this tells me, is that I'm not the only one losing weight.  I'm not the only one needing support.  

I'm a natural cheerleader, so I am SO STOKED and slightly overwhelmed to be able to stand along side these ladies as they fight to get fit.

Today was a weigh in.  I'm still dealing with the 2 pound cycle/platue.  I read up on it and apparently it's common when you've lost this much weight.  Still sticking with it.  I'm not giving up.  I will continue to work out and stay on plan.

I'm 168.8 today... .4lb loss, which I'm happy about.

Anyways - if you want to join the group, it's here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/396697357056382/

Hell yeah bishes, that's a hip bone. BOOYA!

So - join me, I'll kick your ass into shape, encourage you very sweetly! 

peace & love
jen

Friday, July 20, 2012

Austin Music Hall - Don't go!


Don't normally post rants on my blog, but it needs to be said.  Saw Tenacious D here last night, and I will never go back - ever.  Sadly, I didn't even get to see them play.

The worst concert venue I've ever been in.  They oversell their seating.  Then force everyone to stand on top of each other.  Staff doesn't communicate with each other.  We were directed (by staff) to stand on the top bleacher of the upstairs.  We left our spot on the floor to follow directions, then five minutes later a different staff member told us it was "against fire code" and that we had to move.  Of course we couldn't stand in the aisles (which everyone ended up doing after the show started), and couldn't stand in the mezzanine (which everyone ended up doing after the show started).  I stood for 2 hours and literally did not see a single thing on the stage, because there were 2 rows of people standing on the floor in front of me.

It is safe to say that I will never go to another event here, ever.  Worst concert experience I've ever had - and it wasn't the cheapest either.

Bottom line: they oversold the venue, didn't allow people to stand around, but didn't provide a place for them to go.  Why pay good money for a concert when there isn't even a guaranteed spot? If you're going to sell "standing room only" tickets, don't charge the same price as tickets with spots, and make sure your ticket holder is aware of that BEFORE they purchase a ticket MONTHS in advance.

Horrible experience.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Music Monday | Young Blood

And I'm totally obsessed with this song.

I love it.

Love it.

Love it.

Thank goodness for digital age and google.

Although google didn't recognize "eh yayayaya lyrics".  So it kinda sucks for not being able to read my mind. Soon enough I bet. Creepy.

Anyways, the song. Download it on iTunes RIGHT NOW.  Don't f***ing argue with me

Download it.

NOW.

Not sure why I'm so angry about you not wanting to download it.  Just do it already.




Young Blood
by Naked and Famous


We're only young and naive still
We require certain skills
The mood it changes like the wind
Hard to control when it begins

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Can't help myself but count the flaws
Claw my way out through these walls
One temporary escape
Feel it start to permeate

We lie beneath the stars at night
Our hands gripping each other tight
You keep my secrets hope to die
Promises, swear them to the sky

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

As it withers
Brittle it shakes
Can you whisper
As it crumbles and breaks
As you shiver
Count up all your mistakes
Pair of forgivers
Let go before it's too late
Can you whisper
Can you whisper
Can you whisper
Can you whisper

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I'm a loser, baby

Um, but please don't kill me.

Eh, eh? You like that?  Beck reference...

Some of you may be too old or lame to know not know that song.

Damn my generation had some good ass shit music.

After 4 weeks of losing a total of 2 pounds, where I actually gained somewhere in there, I saw a legit number today...

Lost 2.1 lbs this week.  I'm down to 168.2.

I've set some new goals for me...

Lose 5lbs each month until February 1.  Manageable, but I'm going to have to keep working hard.

I've adjusted my goal weight to 135lbs.  I'm not going to stress over than number.  Originally I picked 145 as my goal, but I want to see if I can get down to 135 and maintain.  If I can get there, why not?  Right?  Right!

After all, this is about being the best me I can be.  Average isn't good enough.

Ran across a quote the other day, not sure who said/wrote it:

If it's important to you, you'll find a way.  If it's not, you'll find an excuse.

BAM!  Love it.

So, are you going to find a way or find an excuse?  Your choice.

I'll leave you with this:
Yes, took this in the gym.  Don't judge me.  You'd check out my hot ass tushy too...



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Said no one. Ever.

I really regret that workout. 
- Said no one. Ever. 

I really wish I ate that brownie instead of that apple. I'd feel better about myself. 
- Said no one. Ever. 

I hate that my pants are fitting so loosely.
- Said no one. Ever. 

Double chins are so ef-ing sexy.
- Said no one. Ever. 

I don't feel like a total badass after waking up early for a nice workout.
- Said no one. Ever. 

YAY muffin top! 
- Said no one. Ever. 

Tight abs are hideous.
- Said no one. Ever.

Quitting feels so rewarding.
- Said no one. Ever.

Saddle bags are a major turn-on.
- Said no one. Ever.

Toned arms and legs are so gross.
- Said no one. Ever.

It sucks that I look awesome in this bikini that I've worked my ass off to get into.
- Said no one. Ever.


Get the picture?
Stop being lame.  Just do it already.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Music Monday | It's Time


If I had this album as a record, I'd be burning a hole in it right now.  I'm in love with this song.  I was introduced to this song a few weeks back and can't get it out of my head.  I have yet to hear it on the radio or Pandora...which is probably a good thing.  

Anyways, happy Monday.  

Enjoy this refreshing tune!




It's Time
by Imagine Dragons

So this is what you meant
When you said that you were spent
And now it's time to build from the bottom of the pit
Right to the top
Don't hold back
Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain check

I don't ever want to let you down
I don't ever want to leave this town
'Cause after all
This city never sleeps at night

It's time to begin, isn't it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit
I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand
I'm never changing who I am

So this is where you fell
And I am left to sell
The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell
Right to the top
Don't look back
Turning to rags and giving the commodities a rain check

I don't ever want to let you down
I don't ever want to leave this town
'Cause after all
This city never sleeps at night

It's time to begin, isn't it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit
I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand
I'm never changing who I am

It's time to begin, isn't it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit
I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand
I'm never changing who I am

This road never looked so lonely
This house doesn't burn down slowly
To ashes, to ashes

It's time to begin, isn't it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit
I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand
I'm never changing who I am

It's time to begin, isn't it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit
I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand
I'm never changing who I am

Saturday, July 7, 2012

WOW


McClean Fahnestock created a video simultaneously showing the clip of all 135 space launches.

Including The Challenger...

Watch this.

You will be in awe.



Grand Finale 2010-11 from McLean Fahnestock on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dealing with the g-word...

And no, it's not gansta.  I knew that's what you all were thinking.  Weirdos.  Why would I blog about that?  Other than the fact that I'm totally thug.  I grew up on the mean streets of Santa Barbara, fools.  Don't question me. 

WTF?

Where did that come from?  I don't even know...

Anyways....

That lovely g-word...

gain

How to deal with weight *gulp* gain.

I stepped on the scale this morning.  So shitty that my weigh in day is the day after National Beer & Brats Day, our Nation's birthday.  So, naturally, I drank like the lush I was before I started trying to lose weight more than I usual would, but actually didn't eat any more than normal, so that's good.

But, today, I stepped on the scale and gained 1.1 lbs since last Thursday morning.  Not only that, but the prior 4 weeks, I had only lost 2 lbs.  Which means, I'm slowing down, big time.  

I set little motivational reminders on my phone.  I put in my calendar every 5lb milestone and set a reminder to pop up on my phone.  Well, I was supposed to weigh 160 yesterday.  Mother f...  That stung.  Big time.  Especially after stepping on the scale to have it read 170.2. 

Bishes.

So, how do you get past it?  

You stop being a little bish, and just do.

You have to realize it was one week. 

It's over with.

You can't change what just happened.

You can only change it for next week.

I could sit there and say ef it.  I'm at my average weight for my height.  I feel good, I'll just stop here.

But guess what.  Average isn't good enough.

And I won't be happy until I hit my peak and I know that this is not my peak.

What am I going to do?

I'm going to re-visit my meals from when I was losing a pound a week, and get back to that.  

I'm going to continue to track my points.

I'm going to realize that even if I slow down, it does not mean I should stop trying.

I'm also going to try to cut my lunch & dinner in half and replace that half with a salad with healthy dressing.

Fun fact: dressings are one of the worst things you could ever eat, so choose very, very wisely.  I like Sister's SASS Caesar dressing.  Has 3 points in 2 tablespoons, and I only use 1 tablespoon.

If you you experience a gain, get over it.  Don't use it as an excuse to eat like shit.  Only losers make excuses like that.  And we all know that you're a winner, because only winners read my blog.

Fact.

Don't argue.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I Work Out - Cardio (video)

Totally thought of LMFAO's I'm Sexy and I Know it, when I wrote this title.  
Reality check: wanna be sexy? Gotta work out. 

So, I was talking with a friend from high school who was curious how I'm losing the weight.  I shared my story about Weight Watchers and working out.  And then she asked, "I gotta ask though, your work out schedule. Does it take you a few hours a day?"

The short answer to that: No, it doesn't take hours a day.  But rather multiple times a week.

You know, I never really thought about it, but a lot of people have no idea what I do to work out.  You hear: core, trainer, run, cardiocalisthenics, bootcamp, and so on, but I've never actually explained it in detail.  

So - I had an idea.  

Let's video tape me working out! 

YAY! 

God help us all.  It will be great!

Immediately after I thought this, I said to me: 
Self, we need to go shopping, you have NO matching workout clothes, and you cannot have these people seeing you in your crumby non-matching workout outfits. 

Yes, friends, that was my initial thought after deciding to video tape my crazy ass self.

Well, I haven't gone shopping yet, so you're going to have to just deal. 

My next thought: I probably look super hot ridiculous while working out.  

But, don't well all?

Today, I'm talking about cardio.


I have an entire series planned out and hope that I can post a new video each week.  But don't get your panties all up in a bunch be sad if it's longer than a week before each video.

Before you read this, read my disclaimer on the bottom right hand of the page.

Go, read it.

Right now.

Did you read it?

No?  Well - you should, because I'm not a professional, I'm just a girl who finally figured out what works for me.

So - cardio...

I'm sure you've met people who say "If you're not going to do at least 45 minutes of cardio, 4 days a week, there is no point in working out."

Well, screw them, they aren't entirely correct, in my valuable unprofessional opinion.

According to this article, it is recommended that adults get 30 minutes of moderate cardio five times per week, or 20 minutes of intense cardio three times per week.  

The way I view it, you have to start somewhere.  And realistically, you aren't going to go from not working out, to running for 30 minutes right off the bat.  That's hard to do.  And you should not feel discouraged if you can't do that right now.

I always mix free weights and/or core with my cardio.  But, you don't have to.  I'm working out to get healthy skinny* (DO NOT JUMP ON MY BACK FOR THAT "S" WORD - view my word key on the side of this site) so I need to add more flava muscle toning exercises to my routine.

I'm finally in the "average" weight range for my height, but I don't want to be average.  I want to be fine as hell! And it's a fact, muscle helps burn fat.  So I'm toning my muscle.  Plus, toned muscles on ladies is super sexy.  Don't argue, haters.  You know it is.

I digress, as usual...

So, once again, for cardio...I do this

Since it's unbearable outside hot, I run on a treadmill.  But I always recommend outdoors if it's doable.


< -- Cardio Starts Here -->

I warm up at a fast walk for 2 minutes.

Run 10 minutes or 1 mile all out* (whichever is longer).
If you can't run an entire mile, do not get down on yourself.  I couldn't either.  It's hard.  Just run for 1 minute, walk for 30 seconds, and repeat for 1 mile.  Each time you do it, run a little longer and BAM you'll be at 1 mile in no time.  I promise.

Cool down for 2 minutes.

Then comes the fun part.

Walk backwards, side shuffle right side, side shuffle left side for 1.5 minutes each.

Repeat 2 to 3 times.

What the ef is a side shuffle and how do you do it on a treadmill without killing yourself?  Que: super sexy workout video of yours truly.

Yes - I'm working on a higher quality video camera. My Flip Camera ran out of juice and I don't want to use my DSLR for this, so I used hubby's iPhone.  I think Blogger compresses it.  Will research.

video

So, clearly, I think my husband's iPhone can hear me...
What I'm saying is: This is the side shuffle and this is how you do it without killing yourself.  Keep your feet pointing straight ahead.  Make sure you do not point them in the direction you're moving (you won't use the targeted muscle group if you don't have your feet pointed straight ahead).  Note: this can be done without a treadmill, and it is too easy to point your feet the wrong direction when you're doing it on solid ground, so be extra careful with that.

This works your saddlebags inner/outer thighs.  PS, I used to have saddle bags, I don't anymore.  So, yes, I know what ef I'm talking about, this works, in my unprofessional opinion.

< -- Cardio Ends Here -->

BOOM - there is your 20-30 minutes of cardio.  I do this 5 times a week, followed by free weights and/or core.  Which will come at a later date, when I get my ass self in front of a camera again.  For beginners, I'd start with 3 to 4 times a week until you build your stamina.  Just recently started working out 6 days a week, so you don't want to over do it.  Or maybe you do...  Up to you.

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*Jen-ism - decode my language on the side of the blog. 


Special thanks to the hubby for video taping me and for waiting until I was done working out before laughing at with me.




peace & love,
jen

Monday, July 2, 2012

Get Sexy Routine

Oh yes, I went there. 

This is my Get Sexy Routine, because let's face it, toned muscles on ladies are hot!

Sunday: cardio + arm free weights
Monday: cardio + core extravaganza
Tuesday: cardio + legs/glutes
Wednesday: cardio + arms + core
Thursday: rest
Friday: work out with trainer
Saturday: cardio + legs/glutes + core

Do you see what I did there?  To keep from injury, I broke up the areas I'm working on between workouts.  

Make sure you check out my I Work Out and I Work Out Video tags for tips, photos, and super sexy and not at all ridiculous videos of me performing the things I'm talking about above: core, arms, cardio, etc. 

I will be incorporating Bikram Yoga for a least 2 weeks starting at the end of July.  I may or may not keep that up, but of course, will keep you posted.

peace & love,
jen

Music Monday | Too Close

Oh I'm loving this song.  Great mix and profound lyrics.  A completely different sound than what's being put out there right now.  It's refreshing.  Enjoy.







Too Close 
by Alex Clare

You know I'm not one to break promises
I don't want to hurt you but I need to breathe
At the end of it all, you're still my best friend
But there's something inside that I need to release
Which way is right, which way is wrong
How do I say that I need to move on
You know we're headed separate ways

And it feels like I am just too close to love you
There's nothing I can really say
I can't lie no more, I can't hide no more
Got to be true to myself
And it feels like I am just too close to love you
So I'll be on my way

You've given me more than I can return
Yet there's oh so much that you deserve
There's nothing to say, nothing to do,
I've nothing to give
I must live without you
You know we're headed separate ways

And it feels like I am just too close to love you
There's nothing I can really say
I can't lie no more, I can't hide no more
Got to be true to myself
And it feels like I am just too close to love you
So I'll be on my way

So I'll be on my way

And it feels like I am just too close to love you
There's nothing that I can really say
I can't lie no more, I can't hide no more
Got to be true to myself
And it feels like I am just too close to love you
So I'll be on my way

So I'll be on my way
So I'll be on my way