Monday, January 31, 2011

Pompla who?

There was a Hyundai commercial that ran on TV this past December.  It featured quircky videography and a catchy version of a Christmas song.  I know many of you have DVRs and no longer have to watch commercials.  However, if you are still in the dark ages like we are, you probably saw it and couldn't help but be drawn in by it's quirky, unique sound and video.  My husband decided to find out more about it and discovered a group called "Pomplamoose".

It's a two person band, Jack & Natalie, and they have recorded many songs, most of which you can see on youtube.  There are several that I love . . . "Mr. Sandman", "Beat it", "September". . . but one song in particular has become a favorite and it's "Lady Gaga's Telephone".  As a musician, I am completely blown away by their creativity and ability to combine an old time organ sound, with a kids piano and xylophone along with an array of other instruments and somehow make it all work!  Plus the vocals are spot on . . . tight harmony. . . fabulous!  And, rest assured, it's not just all smoke and mirrors and trick photography.  According to Jack, he says that their videos mostly take the form of "VideoSongs", a medium he defines with two rules:
  1. What you see is what you hear. (No lip-syncing for instruments or voice)
  2. If you hear it, at some point you see it. (No hidden sounds)
So, whether you've had a "Monday" or just want to watch some amazing musicians perform, this youtube video is sure to make you smile.  Enjoy!
Pomplamoose - Lady Gaga Telephone

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What to do when the pants get tight...

Last November, as the weather turned cold and I started wearing my jeans and corduroy pants, I started noticing an alarming trend. . . they were tight!  As every woman does in these types of situations, I blamed the dryer on shrinking my pants and made sure to air dry them the next laundry day.  The results?  Yep, still tight.  Was I gaining weight?  The scale at the gym seemed to think so . . . but those always weigh "heavy" don't they?  After a few weeks of denial, I finally decided that it was time for me to face reality and get a handle on what was going on.

I decided to measure and calculate calories for everything I was eating and started keeping a journal.  If you've never done this before, it can be quite a shock.  I was able to see all of the areas that I was loading on the calories without realizing it and decided to take action to drop a few pounds. 

My plan consisted of something I had heard Jillian Michaels recommend. . . eat strictly 2 days, moderately 2-3 days and whatever you want the last 2 days.  Now I didn't eliminate all carbs or sugar, nor did I measure fat, fiber, etc.  I simply counted my calories, allowing myself just 1000 calories the first two days, 1200 calories the next 2-3 days and then didn't count at all on the weekends.  I continued my regular exercise regime but opted for 20 minutes on the eliptical instead of lunges and the rest of my leg workout.  The result?  No more tight pants, even when they accidentally get thrown in the dryer.

So if any of you made goals or resolutions this year regarding your weight and aren't sure how to go about attaining those goals, perhaps this plan will work for you!  There are some great applications out there to help you track your calories.   One that I downloaded to my smartphone is called "My Fitness Pal".  It's really simple to use and even charts a course for you to lose the weight you want in the timeframe you want. 

In the forth coming blogs, I will share some WONDERFUL low calorie snacks that are much more satisfying than nibbling on carrots and celery.  
Stay tuned!