Monday, July 25, 2011

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS: A Film for the Nostalgic Romantic

Tonight was brilliant.  Having heard from multiple sources that Woody Allen's latest masterpiece, Midnight in Paris, was the perfect film for a girl of my taste and cultural education I ventured out to one of the few obscure theaters that were playing it in NJ.

If you know me at all, you understand that even without my profound love for Woody Allen's work, I could never resist a film about a modern-day writer and nostalgic romantic for 1920s Paris (in the rain).

This particular dreamer stumbles out of a bad day with his fiancee (who is preoccupied with an obnoxious know-it-all douchebag dripping with pretention) and finds himself traveling through time on a journey of self discovery and creative inspiration with the help of various musicians, artists, poets, and novelists whom he views as idols.

Although I absolutely loved the film for its culturally literate references, it is not something I can imagine those who are not well versed in literature, art, music, and the culture of that time period would find interesting or stimulating.  However, if you are a fan of Picasso, Rodin, Hemingway, Cole Porter, or F. Scott Fitzgerald... and of course, Woody Allen... you should take the hour and a half out of your day to sit down with a box of Junior Mints and see this film in the theaters.

Let me know your opinion of the film once you do!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

INTEGRATION!

Welcome to the new & improved blog!

We are in the process of integrating multiple blogs into one... so sit back, relax, and enjoy the renovation!

Friday, July 15, 2011

TEN DAY PASTA CHALLENGE!

July 15th is my absolute favorite day of the year... mainly because it sports my two favorite numbers in a combination that for once isn't 157.  It also, however, is a marker of the midpoint of summer and thereby serves as a nagging reminder that warmer weather has been poking me in the shoulder and saying to come out and play before it has to go away and nap for a while.  Now, if I am going to properly celebrate summer, I am going to need to feel comfortable and confident running around half naked in polkadot spandex.

How ever am I going to make that happen!?

Well, it all started with a promise I made to myself mid-March that I would reclaim the body I lost the last time summer went into hiding.  It is shameful to admit that I compensated for its company by baking like a fiend and gobbling up tons of sugary sweetness to the point where I cringed every time I stepped onto scale or looked in the mirror while dressing.  I began practicing yoga more often, went back to dance, and borrowed a copy of P90X from a friend.  I then combined this with eating lighter, better, and more raw.  It was a tough ride but brought back my confidence as the pounds began to melt away.

I am happy to admit that of my 20lb goal, I have lost 10 officially, but am disappointed to say that I have been fluctuating between losing and gaining the next 5lbs.  Frustrating as that has been, I still have the last 5 after that to lose and am still motivated to do so!

My solution:  The 10 day pasta challenge.

The 10 day pasta challenge is my attempt to lower my pasta intake (which is currently about 1/2lb or more per day... yikes!) in hopes that those last few remaining pounds will stop clinging to my tummy and thighs and will take a permanent vacation.

The limit: whatever skinny little noodles fit into the bottom of the bowl of soup I am eating... so basically two ounces or less per two cups of soup.

Okay, Okay.  I may be a lady, but for the sake of science and this dieting experiment, I have been fluctuating between 126 and 128lbs for the last two months.  My normal diet (which includes 2 visits/week to the diner to satisfy that post-night-shift craving for seasoned waffle fries and a few beers while out with friends) will remain the same aside from the limit on pasta intake and after 10 days (today is day #4) we will see the success of failure of this diet.

Today I am at 128.  Six days left!