The 'OMG I'm Going to the Oscars' Workout

academy awards work outI am not a fan of exercise. There, I said it. When I used to live in New York City, I was very into taking stairs, walking instead of riding, and just being generally active. Now I live in Los Angeles and my car is my subway, and my ass has paid for that privilege. Even though I'm always thinking, "Hey, I could stand to be in better shape," thus far nothing has inspired me.

When I found out two weeks ago I was going to be covering The Oscars for The Stir, well, that did it. It's not every day you get to hang out with all of the beautiful people of Hollywood, so you need to be prepared. It's true that no one will be looking at me when Jen, Angelina, Viola, and Michelle walk by, but I don't want to feel like I'm the ugly step-cousin at the party either.

That is why I was determined to put these last two weeks to work, and at the very least, build some muscle. I know! Only two weeks! But this is how it all went down.


Needless to say, I don't belong to a gym and I hate signing up for classes that I'll never take. So I was offered a DVD of Kimberly Fowler's Yoga + Weights that promises me I will "get ripped." I like yoga, and I love the idea of being ripped, so I began my training.

Here's the thing: You can't drop 10 pounds, and gain muscle in two weeks. Especially not in two weeks where you also have to be a mother to two small children, work, volunteer, and do five gazillion other things. But you know what you can do with Kimberly Fowler's DVD?

  • Feel your body get stronger, and watch your yoga get much more fluid
  • Prove to your husband that you're better at yoga than he is AND that it's a super hard workout
  • Get into a workout groove that you desperately need, that is also enjoyable

I also threw in some Pilates and snow tubing in there, just to kind of mix up my muscle usage (and for entertainment, when you're talking snow tubing). While I haven't yet reached the "ripped" stage, I am pretty happy to have a routine again after almost four years of not doing anything. I am feeling stronger, and I can tell I'm helping my body nudge towards a healthy state with every upward facing dog.

If I keep it up, I'm guessing it's only a matter of time before I am, indeed, ripped. Luckily, the dress I'm wearing for the Academy Awards is quite forgiving.

How do you get in shape, fast?



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