The Incredible Shrinking Woman

I took a tape measure to myself this morning, despite last Saturday’s binge with friends which took us from Banapple to Dairy Queen to Mexicali and finally to Starbucks. To my surprise I measured vital stats of 33-26-33. The last time I took my measurements, I was at 34-27-35. For someone who’s been in the Battle of the Bulge for the past six years — in active combat, so to speak, for the last two years — it’s big news. Well, never mind that it spells trouble for the “twin peaks” (I still have enough, and at least my hips are the same measurement).

Thing is, I haven’t even been trying particularly hard. I have, however, started to internalize my job as a group exercise instructor more. Les Mills‘s push this year is all about fighting “globesity”; its instructors are “warriors” in the battle against sedentary lifestyle. This quarter’s launches have really challenged my fitness, and in the build-up to the launches I had to be wiser about food choices and lifestyle so that I could look the part.

transition to Warrior 1
Work 'Em Hips!

Side Planks
Dancing, Rocker-style

I told a friend today, “Do what you need to do to perform well. If you get smaller, but you’re still healthy, that’s OK.”

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6 thoughts on “The Incredible Shrinking Woman

  • July 23, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    hi just bloghopping! oh wow! your so thin! what’s your exercise/diet regimen?:)

  • July 23, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    It’s not really thin; I’m five-foot-two and have an athletic build too. Haha.

    I’m not sure if what I do might be excessive for most people. I teach at least two cardio classes four times a week (and a yoga-pilates fusion class twice a week), and usually instructors have to move bigger and go further than their participants just as a big visual motivational aid. So I work a bit harder than most participants.

    As for diet… Hmm I try not to eat beyond being satisfied, so one and a half helpings per meal is average. I treat myself to junk food once a week so I don’t go crazy, and having some fruit a day helps curb the sugar cravings.

    It’s all about finding your own balance and what suits you and your goals. 🙂

  • July 26, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    do you take diet pills like xenical or something to get to that weight? i bet you do!

  • July 27, 2008 at 4:42 am

    Dear Anonymous,

    If you’re thinking about using Xenical or other diet pills to help with your weight loss, I would suggest you think twice. Xenical makes you poop the fat out, and that is quite nasty (some of my mom’s friends used to be on it). Diet pills that claim to boost metabolism, I don’t believe in either because the boost is artificial.

    In both cases, if you continue to eat the way you always have, once you go off the pills the weight comes back because you haven’t changed the unhealthy eating habits that are a contributor to weight gain.

  • September 1, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Are those Nike dance boots that I see? Hehe…

    And, fighting globesity sounds like a good cause.

    And, to Anonymous, I’ve seen Noelle slowly (as in months) becoming leaner, so, it’s a testament on how exercise and a good diet are still the best ways to lose weight. Peace!

  • September 1, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Lorna! Sadly I can’t afford the Nike boots, but for launch purposes I used my YRYS black boots (which I also used for last year’s Main Event presentation for Jam).

    Funny how weight loss creeps up on you if you just make a few adjustments on what kind of food you eat…


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