Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 10: I Am About to Conquer 100 hours of standing...I Am So So BATTSIE!!!

Zimmel, my 5-pound chihuahua, is probably suffering most from my standing challenge...

See, chihuahuas are lap dogs.(Standing all day has been really hard on him. Poor little fella...)

And, as you may well know, when you stand, you lose your lap.

Anyone remember Gallagher's pondering of this? Anyone remember Gallagher?

I do miss the sit-down cuddle time with the pups during the day. It has been challenging to keep him busy, or hold him like a newborn, or force him to sit by himself while I stand. Quite often he gets sick of the kids and attempts to hide between my legs. Then I have a chihuahua and two kids weaving around my ankles, which is a trip to the ER just waiting to happen...

So anyway, I realized I can't celebrate my 100 hours of standing until I complete today. But the prospect of being 1/3 of the way there is pretty exciting to me! I have kicked ASS (Accidentally Started to Sit) to the curb and I am basically BATTSIE (Bragging About Totally Tackling Standing Indefinitely to Everyone) all day long. Here's some things I am working on...

- I am holding my stomach in a flexed position. Now, something you need to know. I have been holding my stomach in forever, because as a kid/teen my mom would remind me to do so ,no less than 4,325 times a day. But, I don't suck in, and hold my breath, and then pass out; I have learned to "pull my bellybutton into my spine" and continue breathing normally, as some aerobics instructor, whose name I can't remember, showed me once. But now I am focusing on actually flexing my stomach muscles. I think, however, that my intestines are forever swollen and bloated (years of IBS -- TMI? IDK), because when I let my stomach out, I suddenly become a "before" photo for a diet pill infomercial...

Here I am, holding my stomach in like I normally do:


And here I am letting it all "hang out", which actually feels really uncomfortable, kind of like I have been disemboweled by that Predator creature:

This is probably why I looked 6 months pregnant almost immediately upon conception. So see? All those celebs who the paparazzi snap candid shots of, claiming they are preggers when they are not? It's because they let their stomachs out at the wrong moment. Oh.snazap.

So it's true, just by pulling your shoulders down a bit, pulling your neck up, tucking in your backside and pulling in your middle, you can look about 10 pounds lighter. It's also a better stance for punching paparazzi in the face.

And you're welcome.

- I am still wearing my support knee-high hose. I must admit they are HOT and stylish, that's why I wear them now. Psh. I had no idea support hose/socks made your legs feel so great!! I think I am gonna wear Spanx head-to-toe now, like a nylon-clad mummy. That might make it hard to go to the bathroom but, I think it will be worth it...

- I am not really changing my eating/exercise at this point. I still want to see if Aunt Flo was the reason for all my numbers rising, or if standing in fact does nothing for weight loss when you're still eating apple pie and whipped cream for breakfast. I mean, it's quite possible my cholesterol numbers are changing, and lipase is in fact starting to course through my veins to clean up all this fat on my body, but, those aren't things I can measure on my own. I can say though, I am becoming more conscious of my eating habits and, come next Monday, I have a great plan to implement to make this whole challenge even more gratifying.

- I am in hot pursuit of a new pair of Bare Traps shoes or sandals...I tell you folks, without these squishy sandals I could not have made it this far. I bought these, in a tad more exotic style, a few years ago because I liked how they looked, but the Bare Traps brand touts the comfort of their product. And I tell you, for me, the are FANTASTIC! As soon as I find a good deal I am snatching up another pair...


And other than that, I am trying my best to keep thing interesting in my posts and keep anyone who is still attempting this with me motivated. Please let me know if you're lurking on these posts in the comments, tell me what you're doing, or if you even care. You know, comments are like applause; Tinkerbell almost died because no one was applauding at the performance I went to as a kid. It was traumatizing. Don't let Tink die people, that's just plain mean.

And now, I leave you with a video for inspiration. Chester the Dog, who not only stands up, but stands up on his FRONT legs, walks, and pees, all at the same time. Makes my meager standing seem totally pointless. Enjoy.








3 comments:

robin said...

i am still here. laying down. in my chair. with an ice pack on. i shall return to stand tall. someday.

Kearsie said...

*applause applause wolf whistle at your HOT socks applause applause*

Also, I've been reading. And in my head, I am motivated. So you've helped me that far.

Cupcakes And Coffee said...

YOU! are the only other person i have ever met/heard of who does the whole holding stomach in (by actually flexing the muscles and not just sucking in.) I have always done that! more so now after baby than ever before. I stand by the fact that no gym time can give you as good a stomach as doing this is, and much like you it is almost painful for me to let my stomach out. p.s yay for almost reaching 100 hours!

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