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27 February 2007 @ 11:18 am
how do you feel...  
Years ago, maybe in Shape magazine, I read an article about a woman in LA who happened to go to the same gym as Jamie Lee Curtis. This gym had a track of its own, and one day JLC went running by this woman without acknowledging her, and the woman had a high school flashback, like JLC was one of the popular cheerleaders who'd never had the time of day for anybody who wasn't as gorgeous as she was, and it really pissed the woman off, so she went and hired a personal trainer and said, "Make me movie star gorgeous in six weeks." And the guy ran her ass off for six weeks and at the end of it the woman, who hadn't been in bad shape to begin with, looked pretty damned good. And JLC apparently ran up to her at the gym and said, "Wow! Look what you've done! You're *amazing*!" and everything was good.*

However, the thing that sticks in my mind was that a day or two before the end of the regime, the woman was still a couple-three pounds away from the weight goal she wanted to reach, and her trainer, thoughtfully, said, "How do you feel about laxatives?"

I got on the scale this morning, because what the hell, you know, after violent purging followed by not eating for a day, you can at least pretend it's real weight you've lost. It said I was down 6 pounds from the last time I got on it.

And I thought, "How do you feel about laxatives?", and put on a pair of skinny jeans today, because God knows I won't fit in 'em tomorrow. :)

*Although that always kind of made me think of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and how none of the other reindeer would have anything to do with him until Santa made him the favorite, you know?
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hegemony hedgehogagrimony on February 27th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
I bet JLC not acknowledging her was way more about everyone in the world feeling that they are entitled to JLC acknowledging them when they wouldn't feel that way if she wasn't famous than her actually being a snobby cheerleader. ;)
kitmizkit on February 27th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah. :) I mean, realistically, if you're out concentrating on running track, what are the odds you're going to be meeting and greeing there anyway, whether you're famous or not? It's kind of not why you're there. :)
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on February 27th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
As gross as it is, I do the same thing on the morning after a migraine. Because I'll inevitably lose five or six pounds through vomiting and dehydration.
kitmizkit on February 28th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
*laugh* Yeah. Sure, it won't *last*, but hey, for a halcyon moment you can enjoy those numbers on the scale. There's got to be some good that comes out of all that sickness. :)
Harold Zablehzatz on February 27th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
I managed to lose about four pounds over the last week, being sick. I'm trying *really* hard to keep them off, and to keep losing weight.

Back a few years ago, I was so sick that I lost 10 pounds in a bit over a week. It was truly bizarre to look in the mirror, feeling awful, and to think, "Wow. I look *good*."
kitmizkit on February 27th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
*wry look* Yeah. I noticed this morning that I looked significantly better than I have been. Wretched weight. :) I'm going to try to keep it off, too. Man.
anthony_lionanthony_lion on February 27th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)

I need to lose som weight, but that way?

I think I'll stay with the 'eat a bit less, move a bit more' type of diet...

another method to 'get into those clothes' is a sauna.
You can sweat out a couple of pounds in an hour or so.
(If you want to risk your health)

Slightly less risky is drinking lots of strong tea as it's a slight diuretic(read: makes you pee... ).
A bit more risky is coffee, which is a slightly stronger diuretic, and also a stimulant. (Too much and you risk heart-problems)
kitmizkit on February 27th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
well, this wasn't intended as a weight loss plan. i just got sick. :)
(Anonymous) on February 27th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
laxatives and weight loss
Of course I know that you in no way intended to use this as a method of losing weight so don't get offended by what I am about to say. Here in the states they are actually advertising a diuretic (laxative) as the "skinny jeans pill" as a way of promoting it. I think it is absolutely horrible with all the young girls so worried about how they look that they go anorexic. Yea for your weight loss though and I sure hope you feel better. I dont wish the flu on my enemies!!

kitmizkit on February 28th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
Re: laxatives and weight loss
*looks appalled* Good God. That's... appalling. I got nothin' else.

*laugh* I don't expect this weight loss to last. I'm sure it's mostly water weight. That's ok. :) Good to hear from you! And I am feeling better, thanks. :)
Tayefethtayefeth on February 28th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
I almost feel sorry for the trainer-type. Probably felt that the scale was going to judge whether this woman thought she'd gotten her money's worth.

I wonder if the woman in the story realizes that, in order for JLC to notice that she'd done something amazing, JLC had to have noticed her before she started with the trainer. All-in-all a story that makes me think more of JLC. Not that I didn't like her already...
kitmizkit on February 28th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
I believe the trainer began the entire thing by saying, "You are not looking for realistic results. I understand what you're doing and I'll go along with it for six weeks, and I'll treat you like I'd treat a star ramping up for a shoot, and we'll do drastic things, but I can't promise you're going to hit a certain weight or anything. We can try." He was fairly reasonable about it, and the woman seemed to grasp his point.

Donno if she'd clued in about JLC having had to have noticed her in order to notice the results. But it does make her seem that much cooler of a person, doesn't it, and she's pretty cool to begin with. :)
Sunfeet: legsdreamstrifer on March 1st, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Hmm, kind of reminds me of how I lost 10 pounds on Christmas break when I was 15. I didn't eat. But then again, I was violently sick with the flu, bronchitis, and infection in both my ears (that combination will run your fever up to 105... very not good). I did gain it back.

Although, I seem to be losing weight easier in college than I did in high school, and I don't even work out... Mostly I'll get sick and lose five pounds and not gain it back. Which is just weird, considdering how much I eat.

But I dunno if I would run into an exercising frenzy if a celebrity didn't notice me at a gym. Seems kinda... pointless to me. But whatever.

Ahem. Anywho, I'm a lurker who finally got around to commenting. I just bought Thunderbird Falls and am anxiously hoping it's as amazing as Urban Shaman was...
kitmizkit on March 1st, 2007 10:40 am (UTC)
But I dunno if I would run into an exercising frenzy if a celebrity didn't notice me at a gym. Seems kinda... pointless to me.

Yeah, one sort of thinks she must've been having a bad day to begin with, doesn't one? :)

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