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Archive for October, 2008

Have Bike Will Ride

Just wanted to say, I got the bike. I’ll be at training on Saturday, so pray for me. Oh, you know that BS about you never forgot how to ride a bike? Apparently its true. You really don’t forget.

Now I just need to commission two swimsuits from Debbie (custom made swimsuits my dear).

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Phat Girl.

I have been putting on weight at an alarming rate for the past few years. And for some reason I can’t seem to stop the cycle. I would join the gym, or start running around De Savannah or something and then stop. I’d lose a little weight and then stop. And to be quite frank it’s very depressing.

I’ve started this horrible habit of emotional eating. When I get pissed off or stressed at the office, or am just a bit unhappy, I turn to snacks. Not good, especially since this is a particularly stressful time in my life. Like all bad habits it’s much easier to start it than stop.

I don’t hate exercising, I just can’t seem to keep it up. It’s always the easiest thing to drop from my schedule. And I get so self-conscious when I decide to re-join the gym. Really self-conscious.

Now I know why. Apparently I have some serious mental barriers which are keeping me from exercise. The women in the study I linked to reported feeling:

  • Feeling self-conscious.
  • Not wanting to fail.
  • Fearing injury.
  • Perceived poor health.
  • Having minor aches and pains.
  • Feeling too overweight to exercise.

I have to say I can honestly relate. It’s kind of a relief to know my issues aren’t mine alone. What I’m hoping is that as hard as it may be to overcome, that I’ll be able too. I start triathlon training on Sautrday, I don’t have a bike yet, but I’m trying. And I’m putting that out there because already I want to quit, beause I’m so scared.

Merry Christmas!!!

It’s my favourite time of the year. No snowmen or sleigh rides for me. To me Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Christ child, family, charity, parang, carols, sorrel, ham, pastelles and presents! I know this may be early for some, but if there are 100 days of Christmas, I’m actually a little late. So Merry Christmas people, God bless and good night.

Vicky’s Vogue

My favourite fashionista is on the cover of Vogue India in a sari. I’m a little conflicted with my relationship with fashion  magazines, including Vogue. I’ve touched on my feelings about that magazine before, but this cover would make me buy the mag.

Vogue India got into some trouble a few months ago for putting  expensive clothes on poor people. Many criticised the magazine for being exploitative. I have to say I agree with those arguments, I think the photo-spread was and still is in poor taste. But Sameer Reddy,  a former features editor at Vogue India, argues that is not the case. He says the photo spread is no different to what western magazines have been doing for years.

But back to the cover, I have a bias towards Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham. I love that she’s a fan and connoisseur of fashion. She’s one of the few who really acts like fashion is a form of artistic expression. So even when she makes mistakes, I like what she was trying to do. Which isn’t to say we have similar tastes, but I like how she thinks.

What A Week!

Well, it’s been quite a week. Madonna drop-kicked Guy; poor Guy. The cutie from Desperate Housewives, who I liked since he was on Queer As Folk, got into a terrible accident. But good news, his prognosis is good! T&T’s national football team gave the United States a solid cutass 🙂 And I, in a fit of madness, signed my unfit ass up for triathlon training. Sigh. It’s a for a worthy cause, really! So I’ll need support and prayers.

So you see it’s been quite a week.

I’m A Soooca Warrior!!!

I’m not going to front, I support my team in football, cricket, whatever, but I can’t always just watch the match. It really stresses me out, I get emotional and it’s absolute torture, so I avoid it. So I had no intention of going to the game, but I did send the boys my good luck vibes.

Instead I went to MovieTowne to see the french film Les Temoins, translation: The Witnesses (quite good). The car-park was full, because people clearly opted to park there rather than risk them on the side of the road. In fact I don’t think I have ever seen so many cars in Trinidad! In fact when my evening ended and I left for home, around 9:30pm I was alone on the road for most of the drive.

Anyway those who couldn’t get into the game (it was sold out) were gathered in sport bars to watch the match. After a while the screams were just too much for me to bear, so I texted a friend for the score…happiness we ended up winning the match, 2-1. I was always a Soca Warrior, but this week I’m a really happy one.

Up Town Top Rankin

This is one of my favourite Reggae songs ever! Actually, it’s quite the guilty pleasure, especially since this is my favourite version of the song.

This is the first time I’ve seen the video. It’s horrible!!! The fashions are soo 90s…but I can’t stop listening and looking at it! Translation: it’s made my day.

Jamaican patois spoken with a strong English accent, brilliant.

But this isn’t the original. There was this update by Ali & Frazier.

And this is the orginal, it’s sung by two Jamaican English teenagers Althea and Donna. According to Wikipedia, the song’s sucess was a surprise. I can’t see how, I love it in all versions. I even found one with R&B darling Estelle, that I really like. Just a note Estelle, I’d pick a halter-back over a Gucci cap anyday.

Yes, I know those glasses are awful. Isn’t in funny that a song I associate with fashion, has such dreadful sartorial crimes in its videos? But at least they’re in khaki suits, and yuh know sey dey top rankin.