Friday, November 5, 2010

Skinny Jeans

Apartment 17 is finishing up Week 2 of the Biggest Loser competition, and Jeralyn and I are neck-and-neck, having lost about 5 pounds apiece. Kayla hasn't even started yet, claiming that she'll be able to cram it all in and beat us all at the last second. We shall see.

My favorite part about this whole competition is chuckling at the exercise videos I bought (while I do them faithfully, every other day). Mondays I kick off the week with a little Billy Blank's Cardio Inferno. Now, there's nothing like seeing Billy grunting in a tight black leotard to get me all motivated to kick the crap out of the empty air in front of me. But what I really love are all of Billy's little comments (Billy and I are on a first-name basis, just in case anyone's curious). What follows is just a little sprinkling of some of my favorite Billy-quotes (if you want more, you'll have to buy the video yourself):

"I don't wanna see no gobbledy-gobble. We gonna get RID of that gobbledy-gobble" (apparently "gobbledy-gobble" is underarm jiggle)

"Now I'm here to help you out [pointing at me], but we gotta work together as a TEAM" (brings on the guilt trip every time)

"Hey you there, on the couch--yes you! Get your butt off that seat and stop watching ME work out!" (cracks me up every time, because for half of the video, Billy's not even working out either. He's going around criticizing everyone else in the video and heckling this little Asian girl to "get tougher")

"You can't let me be your leader. YOU'VE got to be your leader. Let YOUR voice lead you--not mine." (Valuable advice from a man in tight spandex)

My other video is the Dancing with the Stars' Latin Cardio Blast, which makes Kayla crack up like a clown every time I do it, although I have no idea why. Okay, maybe I do---it's pretty bad. And I know it's bad, because even I can tell that the instructors feel awkward as they do it, which makes me feel awkward doing it. My favorite moment is when the main lady (don't remember her name) says after the first two minutes (literally): "I'm tired. Take it from here, Max." My other favorite moment is when Max (cute Russian guy, also in black spandex) says, "Now I want you to turn out your hips. Whatever that means to you." What if 'turning out my hips' meant that I just turned them right of there and ate me a couple of handfuls of peanut butter M&M's and watched an episode of The Office?

Moral of the story: Exercise videos = Way too much fun for me.

K, jokes (mostly) aside, the videos actually do seem to be working. I mean, I have lost those 5 pounds, and I actually seem to have gone down a pant size. I found this out accidentally when I went to Old Navy last night to check out their Skinny Jeans sale. I never thought I could pull off skinny jeans and I had especially not been too willing to try lately. But I picked up a pair of Size 4s and thought, "What the heck? They might fit." Much to my surprise, they did. And looked pretty good. So I'm sitting here now in the TSC computer lab in my first pair of skinny jeans...and feeling pretty hot.

Pictures of the jeans to follow.

If I remember.


  1. Skinny jeans=good! great work Torrie, keep it up!

  2. P.S. I think a lot of people are afraid to try skinny jeans because they don't want to look fat in them, but I think they are often a very slimming look ;).


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