HOT or NOT… Toe-to-toe stretching?

I’m all for having a workout buddy (well actually I’m not except my spin buddy, otherwise I prefer to go it alone, but regardless I get that it works for some people) but I think some of the “buddies” may need to establish a few boundaries.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen two dudes sitting across from one another in the stretching area with their feet (or toes) touching while they stretch. Apparently they believe that their workout would not be complete without a little “partner stretching” requiring a toe-to-toe connection.

It’s not just two guys that I’ve seen in the toe-to-toe connection. I’ve seen two girls and I’ve seen a guy and a girl. Can you tell that I’d prefer not to see it at all?  The stretching possibilities requiring NO physical contact (or at least no toe-to-toe connection) are endless. Please! Save the toe-to-toe stretching for the privacy of your own home.

Once in a while I’ve even seen three people sit in a circle and attempt a toe-to-toe-to-toe connection. They usually crash and burn since apparently it’s not as easy to do with three people.

Oh and this reminds me… I don’t want to leave out the folks that help each other stretch. Often I’ll see a Personal Trainer assisting their client with stretching. I don’t get this… why do clients want some of their precious training time spent on stretching. You don’t need a trainer for stretching or cardio machines. Use them for building strength and conditioning. Okay…yes…this is my personal opinion.

There are two guys that I regularly see (not doing toe-to-toe stretching) in the stretching area. One is about 6’ 2” and a pretty big burley guy. The other is no taller than me (maybe even shorter…5’ 5” or so). The big guy is a trainer and the little guy helps him stretch. And let me tell you… it’s a sight to see.

I’ll paint you a picture… the little guy has to literally straddle the bigger guy as he assists him with the stretches. The big guy will sit with his legs stretched out in front of him and he’ll lean his upper body forward. The little guy will lean into him from behind with all (which mind you is not much) of his body weight against him pushing the bigger guy’s upper body down towards his legs. They have a couple of stretches where the big guy lays down (either face down or his back to the floor) and the little guy climbs on top of him and things get even more interesting.

I get that it’s very possible that this is perfectly acceptable gym behavior and that I’m the one with a problem. Maybe I have intimacy issues and all the touching, straddling, etc. brings them to the surface…who knows? But I gotta tell you when I see the big and little guy coming I brace myself for a giggle or two. Oh and let’s not forget… I’m putting this in the too “HOT” for the gym category. But really “NOT” so hot.

What do you think?

Here’s my nutrition stats for Saturday and Sunday:

DAY NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
SATURDAY calories 1683 1425 + 268
protein 153 grams 150 grams + 3 grams
carbs 171 grams 150 grams + 21 grams
total fat 33 grams 25 grams + 8 grams
SUNDAY calories 1576 1425 + 151
protein 170 grams 150 grams + 20 grams
carbs 160 grams 150 grams + 10 grams
total fat 35 grams 25 grams + 10 grams

Here are my other stats:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout SAT…day off
SUN…stretching, most of the physical therapy exercises, abs, 10 min on the treadmill at approx. 3.7, and 30 min on the incumbent bike at level 6
MON…Morning stretching, 13 min on the treadmill @ 3.7 and 30 min on the stairmaster at level 6.
Successes Got my protein in both days and fat wasn’t out of control.
Opportunities Ended up over in calories both days due to not paying close enough attention throughout the day. Way too many carbs on Saturday and a little over on Sunday.

Until tomorrow! Kathi

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I’ve been in battle for 1161 days. Here are my daily nutrition stats for Tuesday and Wednesday:

DAY NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
THURSDAY calories 1732 1425 + 307
protein 145 grams 150 grams <5> grams
carbs 187 grams 150 grams + 37 grams
total fat 34 grams 25 grams + 9 grams
FRIDAY calories 1699 1425 + 274
protein 143 grams 150 grams <7> grams
carbs 153 grams 150 grams + 3 grams
total fat 24 grams 25 grams <1> grams

Here are my other stats for Thursday and Friday:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout FRIDAY: Morning…stretching and spin. Evening…stretching and upper body with Chris.
SATURDAY: Day off and man I needed it!
Successes Okay, I’m a glass half full girl so…I did good with protein both days, good on fat and carbs on Friday
Opportunities Way over in calories Thursday and Friday. Thursday I was very bad and I had wine and pizza for dinner (so a carb fest). Friday was over in calories due to cocktails! 😉

“NOT” hot and not a joking matter…ILS (invisible lat syndrome)

Sadly there are a handful of (mostly) men who have a devastating syndrome…ILS. Early on when I started working out with Chris he explained this debilitating syndrome to me. So I need to give him credit for this one.

ILS is an acronym for Invisible Lat Syndrome. Upon doing a little Googling I also found ILS referred to as: Inflated Lat Syndrome & Imaginary Lat Syndrome.

Thankfully not many people suffer from this syndrome but you can usually spot at least one or two victims a day at the gym. And yes… this condition is not limited to the gym environment. Breakouts can often be seen at bars, nightclubs, and the beach (to name a few).

How do you spot someone with ILS? Sadly, it’s easy. As I mentioned above this syndrome typically only attacks men. The male will seem to have rather large items (like weighted exercise balls) under each arm. Upon getting a closer look you’ll realize that there is nothing there…no balls and not large enough muscles to explain the void.

I’m not really sure I understand why men with this syndrome don’t just get some help. I suppose they may not even realize that they have ILS. Do they not have a friend that cares enough to say something? When they look in the mirror what do they see? Is it possible that they actually see two balls or big giant muscles?

It might be interesting to study this syndrome further to determine if the men struck with ILS are the same little boys that had imaginary friends when they were growing up…hmm.

We can only hope that a cure for ILS is discovered in our lifetimes. From what I found on the internet is if fairly well documented, so hopefully it’s just a matter of time.

Apparently Max (self-appointed #1 personal trainer in Cal) provides counseling for Imaginary Lat Syndrome sufferers. Check out his video (you’ll be glad you did)…

Oh…did I mention that ILS is so “NOT” hot?

Okay…I’ve gotta run. I’m going to check myself out in the mirror and make sure my arms are able to touch my sides. We’ve been working my arms out pretty hard lately…I want to make sure I haven’t been struck with ILS.

Until Monday! Kathi


I’ve been in battle for 1159 days. Here are my daily nutrition stats for Tuesday and Wednesday:

DAY NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
TUESDAY calories 1537 1425 + 112
protein 147 grams 150 grams <3> grams
carbs 163 grams 150 grams + 13 grams
total fat 35 grams 25 grams + 10 grams
WEDNESDAY calories 1277 1425 <148>
protein 126 grams 150 grams <24> grams
carbs 123 grams 150 grams <27> grams
total fat 31 grams 25 grams + 6 grams

Here are my other stats for Wednesday and Thursday:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout WEDNESDAY: Morning…stretching, treadmill for a 10 min, the elliptical at level 6 for 30 minutes, and some physical therapy and abs. Evening…stretching and spin
THURSDAY: Afternoon only…stretching and lower body (legs) with Chris
Successes Huge leg day today…I did 500 pound leg presses!!! And way under in calories yesterday – nice!
Opportunities Carbs and fat high on Tuesday. Low on protein Wednesday.

Grunters at the gym…the first featured “NOT” hot behavior:

Grunters…oh my! Yesterday morning I was at the gym doing one of my physical therapy exercises, which requires using the cable cross machine. I was minding my own business with music from my iPod Shuffle playing and I heard him.

“Uhh”… “uhh”… “uhh”… I did my best to ignore the sound and turned my back to him as I switched legs. (Note he was two machines away from me.) Next thing I knew he appeared in front of me. He finished his set and took a little stroll past me and then back to his machine. “UGH!!!!” (Oh my…I thought! Did I say that out loud? No, it was only in my head – whew!)

I finished the right leg and switched to work the left, so I ended up facing the grunter again – lovely! I couldn’t help myself. I had to see what the heck he was doing that required an “UHH” grunt so loud I could hear it over the music in my headphones. So I turned off the music and studied him for a moment. I knew I had “grunters” on my “HOT” or “NOT” list so I figured it’s research.

Here’s what all the grunting was about. He had the two arms of the cable cross machine angled up at approximately ten and two o’clock…he was facing the machine leaning slightly back…doing something that was a combination of a row, bicep curl, and back bend. He did (maybe) six real slow with this look on his face. Okay the look it was precious… it was as if I was watching a silent movie of someone screaming and then I heard it… a very loud “UHH”! I’m sure anyone within 30 feet of this guy could hear him.

Next thing you know, he’s on the move again. He took a stroll around and then back to the machine for a repeat. At this point I was laughing out loud and hoping that anyone that was looking at me thought I must have been listening to Dane Cook and not laughing at the Neanderthal.

Watching him gave me a thought… I wondered if this is the type of behavior animals who want to mate display to attract a partner? I shook it off and watched and listened to another set as I finished my last set. The grunter finished first so now I was curious… How much weight caused such a display of sheer force and effort?

Yep…it was my time to take a stroll. I made my way over to the cable cross machine he was using to sneak a peek at the weight. I half expected to see the pin somewhere down near the bottom of the stack. Are you even curious? Thirty pounds on each side. For the love! I can’t say I understand this but apparently thirty pounds (on the cable cross) doesn’t equal thirty pounds, it’s more. Regardless I don’t think that it warranted the show he gave.

I can do bicep curls with two 20-pound dumbbells and I’m sure I could do six rows with at least 70-pounds. Maybe he was tweaking his back due to the back bend and that’s what caused the outburst. Yeah, no! He was doing it to get attention and it worked! Now he’s featured in a blog and doesn’t event know it.

So please tell me that you get that this behavior is soooooo “NOT” hot!

Yes, I’ve caught myself grunting and as soon as I hear myself I regroup and hold in the next grunt the best I can. I’m not talking about grunting to yourself…I’m talking about the people who grunt so loud they are sure to draw attention to themselves and there’s no doubt that’s exactly why they do it. Yes…girls do it too. But honestly more guys than girls are guilty of this “NOT” hot behavior.

Believe me regulars at the gym have a good eye for what amount of weight and effort is commendable and they don’t need to hear grunting (or loud breathing or whatever) to notice someone who’s bad ass. As a matter of fact I would argue that anyone who’s trying to draw attention to themselves is at the gym for the wrong reason.

Until tomorrow! Kathi


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I’ve been in battle for 1157 days. Here are my other stats for Saturday through today:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout SATURDAY…took the day off
SUNDAY – afternoon…stretching, physical therapy exercises (10 of them), some abs, and the treadmill for 20 min from 3.3. – 4.0
MORNING…another day off
TUESDAY – Morning…stretching, 10 min on the treadmill at 4.0 and 40 min on the stairmaster at level 6.0. Evening…stretching and upper body with Chris
Successes Okay…if you bother to look at my nutrition (at the bottom of the page) I did well with protein on friday and monday and I kept the carbs under control all weekend.
Opportunities Gotta love holiday weekends! Saturday was a bust. I had way too many margaritas on saturday. I did my best to document the calories, etc. but who really knows? My friends assured me that the margaritas were low calories and no carbs (ha ha – they were lying!)

The fashion “HOT” or “NOT” wrap up…

My last several trips to the gym I’ve spent too much time evaluating the fashion “HOT” or “NOT” choices.

I’ve had to face some facts about myself in the process. I think that’s one of the benefits of working out…getting to know myself. Not all the self-lessons are about my physical capabilities. Some insights are the benefit of having conversations with myself (not out loud or I’d probably be writing this from a padded room).

One of my not so great traits (I’m afraid) is that I make quick judgments about people. A better trait is that after doing so I argue with myself and decide to not make assumptions about people based solely on (for example) their fashions choices.

Well, what do you expect? I have to live with myself and to do so I’ve got to like myself. In order to like myself I’ve got to take the higher road and not judge every book by it’s cover. Yes…what I’m saying is that I judge and then I work very hard to reverse the judgment.

With all that said there’s nothing wrong with putting your best foot forward so hopefully my “HOT” or “NOT” fashion jabbering can help the fitness soldiers do so.

How about a “HOT” or “NOT” fashion wrap up? Let’s recap my opinions on the subject:

  • Knee socks on women are definitely “HOT”
  • Too-tight shirts are “NOT” hot
  • Bare belly on muffin tops, so “NOT” hot
  • Too-tight shorts (on guys) “NOT” hot
  • Butt crack sweat is a draw between “NOT” and “It depends on the butt”
  • Sauna suits may make you sweat but they are “NOT” hot
  • Weightlifting and Ab belts as girdles are “NOT” not
  • Razor back tanks are “HOT” on the gals, but “NOT” on the guys
  • Bandanas are only “HOT” on Bret Michaels
  • Sweat bands and headbands are “NOT” hot
  • Body suits from the disco era are “NOT” not
  • Short shorts on men are “NOT” hot (knee-length or longer please!)
  • Wife beaters on gals and guys with the bod to pull it off…”HOT”

There’s a quite a bit of opportunity to grab some admiration for being “HOT” in the fashion category when working out. Let’s be honest there’s a lot of people wearing the “NOT” hot choices. So if we simply avoid the “NOT” hot fashions, and make every effort to not create new “NOT” hot fashions for the list, we can definitely be “HOT” at the gym.

My sage advice is…don’t prematurely reveal your new body. Save the reveal for when you reach your final goal. Leave something (anything) to the imagination. You are not at the beach or the club…you are at the gym so dress the part. Your gym clothes should serve to function first.

Avoid being too matchy-matchy. For girls this means when you get to four items matching it’s possible you’ve put too much time into your outfit…gym vs. club. Guys, sorry to say, for you once you are on your third article of clothing matching it’s very likely you’ve taking the color coordination too far. What am I saying? Orange hat, orange shorts, and orange shoes are too much!

What’s “HOT”? Dress in clean well-fitting clothes that suit your age and body. Clothes that enable you to kick some butt while you are at the gym…not that’s “HOT”.

Until tomorrow…my HOT gym friends! Kathi

Here are my daily nutrition stats for Friday through Monday:

DAY NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
FRIDAY calories 1440 1425 + 15
protein 168 grams 150 grams + 18 grams
carbs 127 grams 150 grams <23> grams
total fat 30 grams 25 grams + 6 grams
SATURDAY calories 1911 1425 + 486
protein 124 grams 150 grams <26> grams
carbs 138 grams 150 grams <12> grams
total fat 41 grams 25 grams + 16 grams
SUNDAY calories 1436 1425 + 11
protein 123 grams 150 grams <27> grams
carbs 143 grams 150 grams <7> grams
total fat 39 grams 25 grams + 14 grams
MONDAY calories 1585 1425 + 160
protein 174 grams 150 grams + 24 grams
carbs 150 grams 150 grams 0 grams
total fat 34 grams 25 grams + 9 grams

Until tomorrow! Kathi


I’ve been in battle for 1153 days. Here are my daily nutrition stats for Thursday:

NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
calories 1399 1425 <26>
protein 136 grams 150 grams <14> grams
carbs 130 grams 150 grams <20> grams
total fat 40 grams 25 grams + 15 grams

Here are my other stats for today:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout MORNING…stretching and spin.
EVENING…stretching and upper body with Chris. Shoulders, triceps and biceps.
Successes Low calories yesterday. I slept in a little late so that helped.
Opportunities Fat high and protein low.

Wife Beaters OR Guinea Tees…HOT or NOT?

What’s a Guinea Tee? It’s a Wife Beater. How do I know this? I spent six years in Jersey.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the definition of Guinea Tee straight from the Urban Dictionary:

A white, ribbed, sleevless tee-shirt. Known also as a wife-beater singlet or a muscle shirt. Worn primarily as an undershirt, as its name implies, generally worn as a normal shirt on any given day by Itallian-Americans (Guineas, or the New Jersey sub-species of ‘guidos’) from Brooklyn, hence the name; “Guinea Tee”. Usually found in its natural habitat along coexistant species such as the baseball bat, Mets hats, and copius amounts of hair gel.

Oh, you don’t believe I spent six years in Jersey? Neither do I!

Since the temps in Vegas recently hit north of 100 the Wife Beaters are out in full force. I must admit I own a few too.

Wife Beaters are definitely “HOT” on the right guy. It’s another one of those double standards where more women than men can pull off this look. So let’s focus on the guys then.

They are especially “HOT” when the wearer is muscular. If you’ve got it…flaunt it (within reason). A great example of the perfect bod for a Wife Beater is Hugh Jackman…check out this photo. Ooh la la…

Now those are guns. It’s as if whomever invented the Wife Beater did it with Hugh Jackman in mind. Honestly…now that I’ve seen this pic it’ll be tough to find a guy at the gym who’ll measure up.

I also found a clip on YouTube demonstrating “How to Wear a Wife Beater” staring Rock Hudson…good stuff. If you’ve got a couple of minutes…click here to watch it.

Yes, a Wife Beater can also land in the “NOT” hot category if worn by someone who’s still a work in progress. Patience! Your time will come to sport a Wife Beater. And for those of you who’s Wife Beater wearing days have slipped by…PLEASE resist the temptation. You can still look hot…just not in a Wife Beater.

Oh I tried to resist but I can’t (or really won’t) help myself… Chris (my personal trainer) likes to sport a Wife Beater now and then too. Thankfully I’ve gotten over his muscles. Last summer when he’d wear a Wife Beater his muscles were a huge distraction during my workouts. This summer…not so much. Don’t get me wrong he’s still got great muscles and I’d put him on the “HOT” Wife Beater list. I think I’m just past the “ah” stage when I see his muscles. This is a good thing…it makes it easier to focus. Sorry Chris! 😉

Well there you go…I’ve ended the week on a positively “HOT” note. Next week I’ll finish up the HOT or NOT fashion and we’ll move on to HOT or NOT behaviors which will be a whole new can of worms.

Have a safe Holiday Weekend!!!  Until Tuesday! Kathi


I’ve been in battle for 1152 days. Here are my daily nutrition stats for Tuesday and Wednesday:

DAY NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
TUESDAY calories 1537 1425 + 112
protein 151 grams 150 grams + 1 grams
carbs 173 grams 150 grams + 23 grams
total fat 32 grams 25 grams + 7 grams
WEDNESDAY calories 1485 1425 + 60
protein 160 grams 150 grams + 10 grams
carbs 126 grams 150 grams <24> grams
total fat 37 grams 25 grams + 12 grams

Here are my other stats for Wednesday and Thursday:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout WEDNESDAY…Morning…stretching, abs, incumbent bike at level 8 for 27 min and the stairmaster at level 6 for 15 min. Evening…stretching and spin class.
THURSDAY…Evening only with Chris for leg day. I jumped rope at least 800 jumps (maybe more). Plus a bunch of other leg stuff. You know lunges, squats, etc.
Successes Nailed the protein both days. Good on carbs Wednesday. Got my twofer in on Wednesday and worked especially hard in spin last night.
Opportunities Fat is still an issue. I did break down and buy some peanut butter (the low fat one which still has a lot of fat). I couldn’t help myself. I’m not sure what’s up with my addiction to peanut butter. I did throw the jar away today.

Hot or Not? Focus on fashion continued…

Hmm… I’ve found that (it may just be my programming) but it’s much easier to articulate what’s “NOT” hot vs. what’s “HOT”. I think “HOT” may be the absence of the “NOT” hots.

Give me a few more days and I promise I’ll come up with some crystal clear “HOT” choices.

For now…more “NOT” hot fashions and a couple that I’d love to get you input on.

I’m hoping that most of these are obvious to everyone. If not…sorry to burst your bubble… leave these items at home. Or not…I’m just one girl so who knows…maybe other women (and guys) think some of these are “HOT”, but I bet not!

Sauna suit:

I dedicated a blog to the sauna suit…need I say more?

Weight and Ab belts worn as a girdle:

Yes using a weightlifting belt is perfectly acceptable if you are wearing it for it’s function, to support the lower back. If your motivation is to wear it (or one of those gimmicky ab belts) as a girdle please, at the very least, wear it under your shirt. This is not a sexy look and you are not kidding anyone.

Razor back tanks on men:

This is my opinion, but regardless of your body shape, the razor back style is best worn by women only.

Bandanas (as a headband), sweat bands, and headbands (sweat style headband):

I realize that retro fashion is in but there is a miniscule number of people who don’t look ridiculous in a bandana or sweat style headband. How about a baseball cap or carry a towel and dab the sweat off of your forehead.

Oh this may be a stretch…I’m assuming that people who wear these are doing it for function only but come to think of it I’ve seen a few people who make sure that their headband matches their outfit (yes guys too).

With all this said, I’ve seen a couple of guys and gals that wear bandanas (covering their heads, not wound up and tied on as a headband) that pull this look off and quite well I may add.

And about this pic…bandana yes! Mascara no!

Body suits (multi-colored):

The nice old lady that wears this outfit at my gym has several different versions of the same bodysuit. I’ve not seen her wear anything else. Who knows maybe she does have some other outfits? The reason I even notice her is due to the crazy multi-colored neon-esque body suits that she wears.

I cannot adequately describe the look to you. I cannot do it justice. But I’ll try. Imagine a Danskin yes full ankle to neck bodysuit (but sleeveless) made out of Lycra or bathing suit material. Now imagine that it is multi-colored, bright almost neon, with a 70/80’s pattern. Now picture your grandmother wearing it and voila…now you’ve seen it too!

Men in SHORT shorts:

I’ve found “the” guy (meaning the only one) with the perfect thighs that can pull off wearing short shorts. His thighs are so perfect that you almost don’t even notice the rest of his outfit. This is a good thing since he’s no metro-sexual. No! It’s not the guy in this picture.

Generally my personal rule for men’s shorts is knee-length or longer for the gym (no capris). Seeing extra leg is “NOT” so hot for me. Who knows…maybe other women feel differently? Gals please let us know what you think about men in short shorts at the gym.

That’s all I got tonight. I’m going to search the gym high and low tomorrow for “HOT” looks.

Until tomorrow! Kathi


I’ve been in battle for 1150 days. Here are my daily nutrition stats for Monday:

NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
calories 1564 1425 + 139
protein 180 grams 150 grams + 30 grams
carbs 164 grams 150 grams + 14 grams
total fat 24 grams 25 grams <1> grams

Here are my other stats for today:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout MORNING…stretching, some abs and arm physical therapy and 30 min on the stairmaster
EVENING…plan is stretching, a quick warm up and Push of the Push/Pull Split with Chris
Successes Excellent fat day yesterday and plenty of protein.
Opportunities Over on calories and carbs. Plus although it was great to get on the treadmill yesterday my hip was hurting last night…so it looks like it’s gonna be no treadmill for a while longer. ;(

Hot or Not? Focus on fashion continued…

A gray area…butt crack sweat… Gray is an interesting color choice for the gym. Compared to black, white, and most other solid colors it exposes your sweat equity. I suppose the only thing worse than a lot of sweat is no sweat at all. If you aren’t sweating what the heck are you doing at the gym?

The conundrum? Forget gray shirts, I’m talking about gray sweat pants. Butt crack sweat “HOT” or “NOT”? Are there other factors to consider? Like… Who the butt crack belongs to? The size and shape of the butt? How much butt crack sweat we are talking about? All other things being equal is it “HOT” or “NOT” on both men and women?

Chris (yes, my personal trainer) thinks butt crack sweat can definitely be “HOT”. I’m not so sure. This raises an interesting question…is this a guy/girl thing? Or are there girls out there that agree that butt crack sweat given the right circumstances is attractive?

Let me be clear Chris did stipulate that in order for butt crack sweat to be “HOT” it has to be on the right girl and be the right amount of sweat. He’s right about a lot of things…so maybe he’s right about this too. Let’s be honest he’s a guy and us girls don’t really understand men even if we think we do.

Since Chris and I talked about gray and butt crack sweat, last Friday, I’ve spent way too much time looking at butts. You’d be surprised how many people wear gray sweats to the gym. The color tan is also pretty revealing but not as common. I have a pair of dark gray sweats and now I’m afraid to wear them to the gym.

I figured the best way to get to the bottom of this conundrum is to take it to the people…

What do you think?

As soon as I have the results I will either wear my gray pants or toss them in the Goodwill pile.

Until tomorrow! Kathi


I’ve been in battle for 1149 days. Here’s my nutrition for Saturday and Sunday:

DAY NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
SATURDAY calories 1771 1425 + 346
protein 131 grams 150 grams <19> grams
carbs 155 grams 150 grams + 5 grams
total fat 46 grams 25 grams + 11 grams
SUNDAY calories 1356 1425 <69)
protein 128 grams 150 grams <22> grams
carbs 168 grams 150 grams + 18 grams
total fat 23 grams 25 grams <2> grams

Here are my other stats for Sunday and today:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout SUN…stretching and evening spin class
MON…Morning stretching, 15 min on the treadmill doing intervals @ 4.0 and 6.0, and incumbent bike for 30 minutes.
Evening…stretching and spin class
Successes Good job with calories and fat on Sunday. Plus I made it to the gym on Sunday although I really wanted to skip it. And good news!!! I can use the treadmill again and run – hip, hip, hooray!
Opportunities Way, way, way over in calories on Saturday due to rallying and making it out to bars two times in one day – yay! Carbs high on Sunday.

Hot or Not? Continued with a focus on fashion…

It’s very exciting when you start to lose weight. All the sudden you feel better about yourself. Your clothes fit better and you look better in them. Compared to where you started you look good.

I would like to warn everyone…don’t succumb to the temptation and prematurely reveal of your new body. Have patience! There is a time and place to let the world see what you’ve accomplished.

Trust me! I get it you feel better, probably even great. You look better. The question is “are you ‘HOT’ yet?” Probably not quite hot enough to pull off some of these looks. Give it more time.

The too tight shirt… I’ve seen men and women wear this shirt. It’s like a second skin. No girls I’m not talking about the cute running and yoga tops…so relax. I’m talking about the, sometimes long-sleeved (which makes the offense even worse), shirts that fit like a second skin. You know the ones that leave absolutely nothing to the imagination and how the heck do you get out of that thing? Scissors?

Only a small percentage of the gym population can pull this look off. In most cases this look is “NOT” hot. If you are ripped and I’m talking with a six or eight pack and 15% body fat…go for it.

Bare Belly… If your belly looks like a muffin top (although a much smaller muffin top) don’t flaunt it! You’d look much more attractive with it put away. Yes men…you too! That t-shirt with the armholes cut out that function as windows and reveal way too much mid-section is “NOT” hot if you have a muffin top or beer belly.

Gals give it a little more time before you mimic those 20-something girls on the treadmill that wear a sports bra (only) and shorts or sweats. You’ve accomplished a lot…be patient the time will come to bare your middle. With that said…go for it at the pool or beach…you deserve it.

Too tight shorts… Sorry guys this is one of those double standards. It’s okay for gals to wear form-fitting shorts (most of the time) but it’s “NOT” so hot of a look on guys. Let me paint a picture for you…I saw a rather short thin guy at the gym wearing tight purple biking shorts (well everyone saw him) and yep we (anyone in the general vicinity) couldn’t take our eyes from him no matter how hard we tried to look away.

Sadly if we did manage to look away for a moment all you saw was a bunch of people staring at the guy with big grins on their faces and nodding back and forth as if they were all answering “no” to the same question. None of us could believe our eyes. Did I mention that his shirt was short enough that all you could see were skinny purple legs and his manhood? He looked redonkulous and definitely “NOT” hot.

Yes he was the extreme but I’ve gotta say I haven’t seen a guy yet in tight shorts that has looked hot. I get it…these shorts serve a purpose and I believe they also have a time and place.  That time and place is outside biking or running not at the gym. I’m willing to bet that they even look “Hot” outside.

I just realized that today was a little one-sided…all “NOT” hot looks…well at least in my opinion. Don’t worry I’ve got some fashion choices listed in the “HOT” category. You’ll just have to check my blog tomorrow to see what I come up with.

Until tomorrow! Kathi


I’ve been in battle for 1147 days. Here are my daily nutrition stats for Thursday and Friday:

DAY NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
THURSDAY calories 1451 1425 + 26
protein 142 grams 150 grams <8> grams
carbs 136 grams 150 grams <14> grams
total fat 37 grams 25 grams + 12 grams
FRIDAY calories 1602 1425 + 177
protein 139 grams 150 grams <11> grams
carbs 168 grams 150 grams + 18 grams
total fat 44 grams 25 grams + 19 grams

Here are my other stats for Friday and Saturday:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout FRIDAY…Morning I stretched, then warmed up on the treadmill from 3.5-3.8 for 10 min and finished off on the stairmaster for 30 min @ level 6. Evening stretching and upper body with Chris
SATURDAY…took the day off
Successes Got my two workouts in on Friday and did well overall on nutrition Thursday (except for fat)
Opportunities Friday nutrition was a miss. Primarily due to lunch at IHOP. I picked one of the least worst things from their healthy menu options. It did increase my overall calories and my carbs and fat.

Hot or Not?

When I originally set out to write “Hot” or “Not” I thought I could bang out a funny blog in a couple of hours. Once I started writing I realized that there is way too much material at the gym. Most of the examples I came up with are “Not” hot but none the less it’s going to take more than one blog to cover the subject.

There are so many things that can determine “Hot” or “Not”. I decided to break them into categories…”behaviors” and “fashion”. Who knows??? By Monday I may have more.

To be clear this blog is not about physical beauty it’s about the choices people make…what they wear to or how they act at the gym. I realize I’m not the world’s expert on “Hot” or “Not” but I’m still going to give you my opinion. And let’s be honest I spend more time than the average Joe (or Jane) at the gym so I’ve got a little insight.

Today, I thought I’d simply tease you with what’s to come over the next several days on the subject of “Hot” or “Not”.

My first example falls in the category of fashion. It’s a tricky one because it’s “Hot” on women and “Not” hot on men. That’s what makes this so fun…all of the intricacies of the little (and sometimes) not so little choices we make as part of our gym regime.

Knee socks… on girls very ”HOT” on guys “NOT” so hot. You are wondering… “do guys really wear knee socks at the gym? Yep, I’ve seen guys with my own two eyes sporting them. Honestly not too many people, men or women, wear knee socks to the gym. I assure you they are “HOT” on girls and on guys…I just don’t get it. I’m considering giving knee socks a go. If I do I’ll let you know how it works out.

Guys…did you forget your athletic socks? I mean really black knee socks? I kid you not! And if you did forget your athletic socks must your wear those darn black socks pulled up to your knees? At the very least role or fold them down near your ankles.

I realize that the life is not fair sometimes. Sorry! Women get to wear knee socks and you guys…NO! Put them back in the draw where they belong.

That’s my “Hot” or “Not” teaser… I’ll have (a lot) more to share on this subject next week…

Until Monday… Kathi

P.S. If this subject got your wheels turning and you want to give me your input on what you think is “Hot” or “Not” at the gym “leave a comment”.