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Since I’m getting into yoga for the next 40 days, I decided to treat myself to a few items that will help me look better (and may just help my practice).  Plus, I plan to make yoga a part of my weekly workouts even after these 40 days are up, so I thought it was time to buy a bit of yoga “gear.”

Last week when I went to Bikram, I sweated a lot. I mean, my legs, arms, back, and everywhere else was sweating, which is unusual for me.  It was a great way to release toxins, but it wasn’t so great on my yoga mat. Stinky!!

I used some Clorox wipes to clean it up a bit, I knew there had to be a better way.

And then I went on Amazon (where I purchased all of these yoga essentials, actually), and found Manduka yoga mat spray.

I got it in the lavender scent, because I thought that sounded tranquil.

Next up was something that I’d been wanting to purchase for a really long time, but wasn’t sure it was a good use of money.  But after the stinky yoga mat incident, I knew it was necessary.

Today when I went to Yoga Basics, I asked the girl next to me who had the Yogitoes skidless towel whether she thought it was worth it, and she said absolutely.  She said that even though they’re ridiculously expensive, the grip and the way that they hold up in the wash made them worth the money.

I liked this one because I have an orange Gaiam mat that my sister bought me years ago, and I thought it would coordinate well.

And then I decided that I should probably get a second mat, too.  That way, I can make sure the mats are always “fresh.”  This one was only $16.99 and is supposed to be extra thick.  I got the dark purple color, because I thought it would coordinate with the towel.

I always keep a yoga mat in my car, but I like the idea of having a second one that I can use at home for some of the floor work that the workout DVDs I’ve been doing have.  Plus, if a friend is ever interested in trying yoga with me and doesn’t have a mat, I  can let her borrow one of mine.

Next up is something that I wrote about quite a while ago, the AdoraOm plus-sized yoga/workout clothing line.  I was so disappointed when I couldn’t go to their luncheon in L.A. because I’d been wanting to check out their clothes first-hand.  Their prices are fairly expensive, but the clothing is getting rave reviews from everyone who tries it, and I think their items are the type of high-quality clothes that will hold up well.  People spend crazy money on Lululemon, so why not spend a bit on the plus-sized version?  So I decided to treat myself to two of their tops because I don’t have any sort of performance activewear, and I have a feeling that it really does make a difference.

This is the My Game Face top ($67).  I got it in gray and charcoal because I thought it was the most versatile.  (And the turquoise color I’d wanted was out of stock in my size).  These tops are popular!  I bought it in a size smaller than I wear in my shirts because I wanted it to be a bit tighter. Plus, as I lose weight, I want it to fit me.  I don’t mind it being a bit snug now if it means that I can get more wear out of it later.

This one is called My Funky Tank ($79) and I love it!  Again, I wanted it in turquoise, but they were out of stock, and this color is fine.  A neutral that will go with everything. This top has a bit of a built-in bra, so I’m thinking it will be great for me to wear along with a sports bra for higher impact activities, like Zumba or kickboxing.

I know I spent a lot of money – thank goodness for that Amazon card I got!  But these are investments in something that I love to do, and since they last a long time, I think it’s worth it.  Plus, I’m a lot less likely to skip out on a workout/yoga class when I know that I’ve spent this much on all of the gear.  And since I’m someone who wants to look as good as I possibly can, even when I’m working out, knowing that this stuff will help me perform better as I look better really boosts my confidence.  And that’s priceless.

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Thank you all for helping me to celebrate my 900th post.  I received 33 comments, twitter follows,  and blog subscriptions.  Each time someone commented, tweeted, or followed, I entered their name in the list, which is why you’ll see some people’s names there multiple times.  I put everyone’s name into the Randomizer and here’s what came up…

Which means that Carina is the winner!!!!!

Congratulations, Carina!!!  Carina has been a long time reader who writes insightful comments that really make me think.  From time to time she calls me out when I’m being lame (using excuses), which I appreciate, too.  Carina has run in lots of marathons and half marathons,  including the Boston Marathon earlier this year.  You should definitely go check out her blog.

Carina, please email me and let me know which prize you’d like – a gift certificate for iTunes or for Amazon.com.  I’ll email it to you at whichever address you use.

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Beach custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more - ImageChef.comThat’s right! This is my 900th post.

I can’t believe I’ve written that many posts in a little under 3 years.  Then again, I am verbose, so it shouldn’t be too surprising.

Over the course of that time, I’ve written about my triumphs, my tribulations, my victories, and my letdowns.  Through it all, you guys have been there: offering support, calling me on my excuses, cheering me on, and giving me tons of inspiration.  If you’re new to the blog, or you just want to reminisce, you might want to check out a few of the most popular blog posts over these last few years:

Home page 67,140 views
Skechers Shape-Ups Review 33,814 views
Gotta share: Jillian Michaels’ Podcast 29,320 views
QVC & Biggest Loser – 2 obessions coming together 28,404 views
Stop the roller coaster 10,421 views
I’m becoming “one of them” 9,722 views
Pasta, and Sushi, and Appetizers – OH MY! 9,032 views
Bella Begins 4,843 views
Bella’s Stats 4,611 views
Zumba! 4,381 views
The wind in my hair, the sun on my face… 2,598 views
My 1-Year Smoke-Freedom!! 2,555 views
Bella Cooks! 2532 views

That’s a lot of views!!  Thank you!!!

To celebrate my 900th post and to reward my lovely readers, I thought I’d do a giveaway.  There are lots of ways to enter to win.  You can use each method once, and each one will count as a separate entry into the giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post.
  2. Leave a comment on any post this week (Posts dated August 21 – August 26th only).
  3. Write a post mentioning this giveaway on your blog.
  4. Follow me on Twitter, and then say tweet me a little hello.
  5. Subscribe to this blog.

I want to make this a fairly quick giveaway, so the deadline to enter is Friday, August 26th at 11pm, Pacific Time.  I’ll use a randomizer to choose the winning entry and write a quick post on Saturday morning.

The prize?  A $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com or Apple iTunes.  Winner’s choice.

Good luck!!!

BTW – I’m making this post “sticky,” so be sure to check out my other blog posts, below.

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I was so excited to see that the padded spinning skorts I had ordered arrived this afternoon! I immediately tried them on, only to find they were way too tight in my stomach and butt. Way. Too. Tight. Like, can’t hide it with a long top, too tight. Ugh. See for yourself: (it’s so bad that I purposely didn’t show my face in the photos because I’m ashamed :()



You can’t see it clearly because of the light in my room, but in back the skirt b-a-r-e-l-y covers my ass and then it sort of does this weird jutting out thing.  So even if I had a long shirt on, it would look strange.  Sigh.

So these are going on the shelf until I can lose about 10-15 pounds.  It’s sad because they were super expensive, and I was really looking forward to wearing (and more importantly, using!) them.  I even got the largest size, “just in case.”  On the positive side, I will say is that they were really comfortable because the legs are made from the same sort of material that football players’ jerseys are – you know the kind with the holes in the material?  Not quite mesh, but very breathable.  And while the padding felt sort of weird, it was thick and I’m sure that would be great on the spin bike.  I can’t wait ’till these fit.

I was so dejected at first, thinking, “now I can’t do spin class before summer ends because it’s going to hurt too much.”  I really wanted to try out spinning, because I have such strong legs, and I know I would love the class, although I also know at first it’s going to be a huge challenge for me.  In the past I would’ve used the skorts not fitting as an excuse to say, “oh well, it’s a sign, no spinning for me until I lose weight.”  But that’s not who I am anymore.  I’m the girl that doesn’t let things like this get in the way of her trying a new exercise. 

And then it hit me – why not buy a padded seat cover in the mean time?  Amazon.com to the rescue!!!

I really like how it has the “relief” because that is the main point of pain on the spin bike.  The reviews for this one were good, and many people mentioned that they use if for spinning, so I think it will serve my purposes.  Plus, it’s only $19.99, so it’s not a huge investment. I just hope I can get it on the seat and it stays put during the class.

My plan is to try it out at a 9am class, which I’m hoping will be less crowded than an evening class.  Once I get the hang of it, I’m sure I’m going to love spinning so much that I’ll become a regular and then those damn padded skorts will fit me in no time!

The padded seat cover will be here on Monday (I hope!), or Tuesday at the latest, so by next Thursday, I’ll be able to take a spin class!!

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Every year for the last 20 years or so, losing weight has been my new year’s resolution.  Each year I do my best to reach my goals, and in the last several years, I’ve had some success with changing my lifestyle in order to be able to become the thinner person I’m striving to be.  This year, I’ve decided to put my resolution into action and make a commitment to myself and someone else, in order to make sure I follow through with it.

A couple of months ago Scale Warfare and I were talking about how much we’d both love to run a 5K.  We mentioned that we’d like to do the Couch to 5K program.  And then our idea took shape – we’d do the Couch to 5K program together!  And Rubenesque Ladies Running was born!

What is Rubenesque Ladies Running?  It’s a bi-coastal (she’s in VA and I’m in CA) training plan that Scale Warfare and I have come up with so that we will be ready to run a 5K in 2010.  The normal C25K plan is supposed to take 9 weeks, with each week increasing the intervals between walking and jogging until you’re jogging the whole 30 minutes.  Because Scale Warfare and I are “rubenesque” aka BBW plus-sized ABOVE AVERAGE :), we decided that to be realistic, we would repeat each week twice.  18 weeks.  In 18 weeks, we’ll be ready to run a 5K!

I’ve made a whole page dedicated to the RLR, which will include all of the posts about it, as well as the training schedule.  I’ll also post the actual dates I did my training each week.

I’m really glad that we’re taking this training slowly, because I really want both of us to succeed.  Now that we’ve each mastered walking 5Ks, we’re both ready to challenge ourselves and each other to push it to the next level.  We’re going to be there for each other every step of the way for encouragement, advice, and support.  And you’ll be able to come along with us on our journey.

We’re both going to begin on January 1st.  What better day to start a new resolution to a healthier life than on the first of the year?  We’ll each post about our progress on Fridays, so that you can follow along with our challenges and successes.  My plan is to run on Friday, Sunday, and Wednesday right now, but any one of those days may be modified, depending on after work meetings, personal training sessions, social calendar, etc.  No matter what, I’ll be completing the C25K three days a week, but which days those are will depend on the other things going on during the week.  The other thing that will never change is the Friday posting.

So, by May 7th, Scale Warfare and I will be ready to run a 5K, which is perfect timing.  The weather will be nice and we’ll have a plethora of 5Ks to choose from.  Originally, I was hoping that we could “meet in the middle” and actually participate in the 5K together, but because of wedding and other social commitments, Scale Warfare won’t be able to travel in May.  I am hoping that someday she and I will be able to meet face to face, and maybe participate in a 5K at that point (how cool would that be?!).

At first I think I’ll walk/jog on the treadmill at the gym, because I feel as though I have a bit too much jiggle to my jog right now to subject the unassuming public to it.  😉  I’m sure as the weather (and my figure!) improves in the spring, I’ll hit the outdoors so that I can feel the sun on my face as I make my way through the program.

My running shoes are still good, but I will have to purchase new ones before these 18 weeks are through – I may even have to purchase two pairs, but it will be well worth the money to make sure my feet are well-supported.  The one thing I desperately needed were some pants with spandex in them to “hold everything in” while I jog.  My usual workout pants are much looser cotton, and they show every shimmy and shake, which will simply not do for this new activity.  I headed to Amazon.com to take advantage of my AmazonPrime 2-day shipping, and I found some great pants from Danskin:

They were expensive: $35 for the capris and $44 for the ankle length, but if they hold everything in as they say they do, then they’ll be well worth it! Update: I received the first set, and I don’t know why I didn’t catch that they were a smaller size than I normally wear.  I *could* wear them (they fit because of the stretch), but my thighs look like sausage casings.  So, I went back and ordered 2 capris (the ankle length were too long, damn short legs) in the larger size.  I kept the first 2 pair because I’m going to be wearing them in no time!

You know I’m all about finding tools to help with my plans, and this one is no different.  About a year ago I downloaded the podcasts for the C25K program, and while I do like the music, I know that if I’m going to jog, I’m going to need encouraging music, which means I’ll need words.  (The music on the podcasts is instrumental techo/house).  So, I purchased an App for my iPhone that will give me the cues of when to begin and end jogging intervals, all while letting me listen to my own iPod music.

The C25K app, right on the first page of the iPhone

Week 1, Day 1 view of C25K app

There you have it.  A commitment to myself, Scale Warfare, and you guys.  I’m looking forward to the first day of the program on Friday, but I have to admit, it’s scary and exciting all at the same time.

PS/Disclaimer:While we hope that RLR motivates you to start your own training program, or heck, even join in on the same thing that we are doing, this isn’t going to be a formal group or challenge.  Eighteen weeks is a long time to keep up with a challenge of this magnitude!

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Remember the other day, when I posted about ordering the wrong thing from Amazon.com?  I was fairly frustrated that I had to go through the hassle of returning an item that I think was incorrectly advertised (or, um, you know, one that I should have read the product description for more carefully, either way). 

In any case, I knew that I was going to return the Fitness Bundle, but inwardly cringed at the thought of how much it was going to cost me to send it back.  I went on Amazon.com just now to discover that as long as I bring it to the post office (as opposed to a UPS store or FedEx), it will be absolutely free to send back!  Needless to say, I’m thrilled!

I’m not sure if this is a normal policy for Amazon or if I get to return things free because I’m an Amazon Prime member (if you order a lot of merchandise from Amazon, the Prime thing is so worth it!), but either way, I’m happy.

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