Thursday, May 31, 2007

Nicole - Ana gets your joke and LUVS it!!!!!!!

Nicole Richie: 'Weight-Limit' E-Mail Was a Joke

Nicole Richie sent friends what she thought was a humorous e-mail invitation to her Memorial Day barbecue – and she can't understand why people don't get the joke.

"Let's glorify this day in your sluttiest tops and your tightest pair of Tsubi jeans, even though we have no clue what Memorial Day really means!!" she wrote. "There will be a scale at the front door. No girls over 100 pounds allowed in. Start starving yourself now. See you all then!!!"

The e-mail was quickly leaked to bloggers, who read it to mean that Richie was making fun of both Memorial Day and her own ongoing weight issues (she said last year she was seeking treatment for what her rep called an inability to put on weight).

But Richie, 25, told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show Wednesday that she can't understand the fallout: "I mean, it rhymes. Are you really going to take an e-mail that rhymes that seriously? And it's a private e-mail to my friends. I was joking and I don't think there's anything wrong with it."

The e-mail was hardly the biggest newsmaker of the holiday weekend, however: Mischa Barton became sick at Richie's barbecue and was briefly hospitalized for what her rep described as a bad reaction to medication she was taking for bronchitis.

When Seacrest said he'd heard a news report that Barton was rushed to the hospital after mixing alcohol and antibiotics, Richie answered, "I went to Ralph's [grocery store] because I wanted Sunny Delight. So I actually missed the whole thing."

Lindsay Lohan also attended the barbecue, but Richie said she didn't see her there: "I think she was there for five minutes. I was at Ralph's. No, I really was! I was at Ralph's for 40 minutes. I saw Mischa, but I missed Lindsay."

Richie also addressed recent rumors that she had entered rehab, saying the stories got started merely because she hadn't been photographed by paparazzi for a few weeks.

"The truth was is that I was on tour with Joel [Madden] and we were in random city after random city," she said.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Ready to return...

I have no idea how much I weigh, but I'm sure I'm a fucking cow. The people at work who weigh me - I know they require that I stay at 140. But lately they don't have that exasperated look on their faces when I step on the scale, which means I'm probably OVER that. Ugh.

Getting ready to prepare to fast again in a few weeks when I get home, I've started restricting again (hurray! it feels SOOOOO GOOD!). I've cut out all carbs (rice, bread, pasta) and started making excuses for eating less. Luckily, not too many people have noticed, so it's not a big deal. Besides, I'm leaving in two weeks, what are they gonna do if I slip up - fire me?

Without the carbs, last night's show was a little bit tougher to get through, energy-wise. But everytime I would think, "2 weeks til I fast again!" it would give me a little boost of adrenaline, just enough to get me through the next dance number.

Today, no show. So I'll head up to the gym and push myself just a little farther than usual. Maybe I can even get in two separate workouts, if no one notices.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

2 weeks left!

In about 2 weeks I'll be through with this job, and back home where I can get my own apartment, with my own refrigerator, my own kitchen, and no fucking roommates gawking at me watching every damn thing I put in my mouth! I can't believe I've actually put weight on here, and I can't wait to get it all off again... I'll have 37 lbs to lose to my ultimate goal.... but more of those stats later. For now, just one day at a time...

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Top 10 Foods That Burn Fat

Top 10 Foods That Burn Fat

Lady Thrills put together this list, stressing that "you can't just eat this and lounge. Getting in shape means eating well over all and exercising."


There's a reason you sweat when you eat spicy foods. Cayenne pepper, one of the best fat-burning spices, burns calories by triggering a thermodynamic burn that lasts hours after eating. Gisele and Beyonce have claimed to use it to keep their bodies in shape.

As little as 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon added to food helps your body to metabolize sugar 20 times faster and lower your body’s blood-sugar levels.

Ginger is a vasodilator, meaning it expands the blood vessels and increases body heat and metabolism by 20%. Ground, pickled, candied or fresh, it works in all formats to burn fat. Ginger's vasodilation properties also means that it detoxifies your body as it stimulates circulation.

In citrus fruits, it's the vitamin C that is the fat-burning component because it reduces fat’s effectiveness and can liquefy or dilute it so that it exits the body. Add some lemon to your water, drink orange juice, and eat grapefruit in the morning.

Apples (along with berries) are a fantastic source of pectin, which limits the amount of fat your cells absorb because of its water-binding properties.

Soybeans contain lecithin, which helps your body to keep your cells from accumulating fat. If you don't have the time to steam them frozen, just snack on dried or roasted ones.

Bananas have approximately 450 mg of potassium, a naturally occurring chemical that boosts metabolism and regulates the body’s water balance.

Salmon, along with tuna, herring, and mackerel, are all excellent sources of essential fatty acids, or EFAs. Consuming fish regularly lowers levels of a protein hormone called leptin, which has been linked to a slower metabolism and obesity. Eat EFAs in the form of fish three to five times a week.

Garlic is a natural antibiotic, a blood sugar regulator, and also works like a thermogenic in the body. It boosts metabolism and keeps insulin levels low to maximize fat burning. Fresh garlic can be found at a farmers' market, but pickled garlic from a supermarket will work as well.

Calcium and protein in low-fat dairy products promote weight loss and help to maintain muscle mass.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

"TOFI" - Thin outside, fat inside

Thin People May Be Fat Inside

LONDON (May 11) - If it really is what's on the inside that counts, then a lot of thin people might be in trouble. Some doctors now think that the internal fat surrounding vital organs like the heart, liver or pancreas - invisible to the naked eye - could be as dangerous as the more obvious external fat that bulges underneath the skin.

"Being thin doesn't automatically mean you're not fat," said Dr. Jimmy Bell, a professor of molecular imaging at Imperial College, London. Since 1994, Bell and his team have scanned nearly 800 people with MRI machines to create "fat maps" showing where people store fat.

According to the data, people who maintain their weight through diet rather than exercise are likely to have major deposits of internal fat, even if they are otherwise slim. "The whole concept of being fat needs to be redefined," said Bell, whose research is funded by Britain's Medical Research Council.

Without a clear warning signal - like a rounder middle - doctors worry that thin people may be lulled into falsely assuming that because they're not overweight, they're healthy.

"Just because someone is lean doesn't make them immune to diabetes or other risk factors for heart disease," said Dr. Louis Teichholz, chief of cardiology at Hackensack Hospital in New Jersey, who was not involved in Bell's research.

Even people with normal Body Mass Index scores - a standard obesity measure that divides your weight by the square of your height - can have surprising levels of fat deposits inside.

Of the women scanned by Bell and his colleagues, as many as 45 percent of those with normal BMI scores (20 to 25) actually had excessive levels of internal fat. Among men, the percentage was nearly 60 percent.

Relating the news to what Bell calls "TOFIs" - people who are "thin outside, fat inside" - is rarely uneventful. "The thinner people are, the bigger the surprise," he said, adding the researchers even found TOFIs among people who are professional models.

According to Bell, people who are fat on the inside are essentially on the threshold of being obese. They eat too many fatty, sugary foods - and exercise too little to work it off - but they are not eating enough to actually be fat. Scientists believe we naturally accumulate fat around the belly first, but at some point, the body may start storing it elsewhere.

Still, most experts believe that being of normal weight is an indicator of good health, and that BMI is a reliable measurement.

"BMI won't give you the exact indication of where fat is, but it's a useful clinical tool," said Dr. Toni Steer, a nutritionist at Britain's Medical Research Council.

Doctors are unsure about the exact dangers of internal fat, but some suspect it contributes to the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They theorize that internal fat disrupts the body's communication systems. The fat enveloping internal organs might be sending the body mistaken chemical signals to store fat inside organs like the liver or pancreas. This could ultimately lead to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, or heart disease.

Experts have long known that fat, active people can be healthier than their skinny, inactive counterparts. "Normal-weight persons who are sedentary and unfit are at much higher risk for mortality than obese persons who are active and fit," said Dr. Steven Blair, an obesity expert at the University of South Carolina.

For example, despite their ripples of fat, super-sized Sumo wrestlers probably have a better metabolic profile than some of their slim, sedentary spectators, Bell said. That's because the wrestlers' fat is primarily stored under the skin, not streaking throughout their vital organs and muscles.

The good news is that internal fat can be easily burned off through exercise or even by improving your diet. "Even if you don't see it on your bathroom scale, caloric restriction and physical exercise have an aggressive effect on visceral fat," said Dr. Bob Ross, an obesity expert at Queen's University in Canada.

Because many factors contribute to heart disease, Teichholz says it's difficult to determine the precise danger of internal fat - though it certainly doesn't help.

"Obesity is a risk factor, but it's lower down on the totem pole of risk factors," he said, explaining that whether or not people smoke, their family histories and blood pressure and cholesterol rates are more important determinants than both external and internal fat.

When it comes to being fit, experts say there is no short-cut. "If you just want to look thin, then maybe dieting is enough," Bell said. "But if you want to actually be healthy, then exercise has to be an important component of your lifestyle."

Monday, May 14, 2007

Cate Blanchett joins the club

Cate Blanchett recently showed up at an event with her collarbone sticking out. While she was always sort of thin, she obviously has come to learn what the rest of us already know... thinner is the real winner.

Before and after... you be the judge. Did she do it with an ED?

Bits and reminders

Today's rambling thoughts have no real through line, connection, or whatever. They're just random and dumb.

Whenever I see these exercise magazines filled with pictures of the world's fittest women showing off their figures in little tiny bikinis that just barely cover their no-no's, I immediately scan all the stats. Anyone who's 5'4" like me, I see how much they weigh, so I know how far off I am.

Today I found a woman who's 5'4" and 111 lbs. This is (according to "standards") supposed to be "too thin."

111 lbs is TOO thin??? Give me a break. Then why are you featuring her displaying 90% of her skin in a magazine about women who are supposed to be FIT?

Just a thought: when I'm feeling down and I need a bit of an energy boost, I run outside on the grass and do a few handstands. If I can't balance my feet in the air, then I lean up against a wall. It's a quick blast to your blood pressure, and makes your heart go faster, when you're upside-down.