Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Never You Mind, Honey. Never You Mind

I'll be honest, I had never actually heard of The Last Picture Show before I looked up the AFI Top 100 list, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't actually think I was going to like it much until the scene where Jacy (Cybill Shepherd) and her mom (Ellen Burstyn) are talking about Jacy's relationship - that's where it really caught my attention.

Plus they're both total babes in this

Jacy Farrow: Well you married Daddy when he was poor and he got rich, didn't he? 
Lois Farrow: Scared your daddy into getting rich, beautiful. 
Jacy Farrow: Well if Daddy could do it, Duane could too. 
Lois Farrow: Not married to you. You're not scary enough. 

I had no idea that the movie was filmed in the 70s and when it first started I assumed it was actually from the 50s, so when one of the girls gets topless I was kind of surprised that they'd put that in a film at that time. A quick IMDB search cleared it all up, though.

I loved Ellen Burstyn in this (even though no matter how many films I see her in, I still think of her as Sara Goldfarb from Requiem for a Dream) and Cloris Leachman (who I also always picture as the grandma from Now & Then). I was pretty underwhelmed by Timothy Bottoms' performance, though, especially in the final scene. However, it was one of his first films, so I guess I shouldn't have expected him to measure up with Cloris Leachman on that one.

I thought it was a great film, overall. The look & feel of the film seemed genuine (as genuine as I can tell from my lack of first-hand experience of the '50s) and I really liked how it gave a different view of the era, rather than the usual wholesome image that usually gets portrayed. I think that might really be what sold me on this. It had great visual appeal, the use of jukeboxes, radios & record players for the background music added to the natural feel of it, and the characters and dialogue was strong.

Definitely recommend you check it out if you've ever thought about watching it - and even more so if, like me, you've never heard of it until now because I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Friday, 22 February 2013

30ish Day Shred

A few of the goals on my bucket list are fitness oriented, specifically the ones about wanting to do the split again & getting back to (at least) a size 7. I'm not overly concerned about what weight I am so much as how I feel & look in clothes.

I used to be a size 5 for a long time - I still felt a little insecure about my body, but I think that had more to do with being young and unconfident overall rather than how I actually looked. But the thing is that I also used to be really active - soccer, volleyball, dance, golf, swimming, gymnastics, softball, etc. In high school we had to do a fitness test in gym class and I was the 2nd or 3rd most flexible person in my entire grade - now I can hardly touch my toes!

I used to model some clothes for my friend's eBay store
This is what I looked like in 2007ish

Nowadays, I feel really insecure about myself - I can hardly fit into most of my clothes, it takes me forever to get ready because everything makes me feel horrible about myself and I spend more time trying to pick clothes that hide parts of my body I hate rather than clothes I actually like. 

This is me now.

So I decided to finally do something about it. After following a few fitness Tumblrs and seeing them all rave about Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred, I've decided to try it out. I started a little under 2 weeks ago, but instead of doing the 30 days non stop (which Jillian herself even says you aren't supposed to do!) I'm doing 2 days of 30DS, 1 day of ab/cardio/other exercise, repeat, and then one rest day. I've already seen a huge improvement in my endurance and flexibility - time will tell if it'll change the way I look, too, but online before/after pics are really promising! I've also tried to eat better (which I've found to be a bigger challenge than working out), so I'm hoping that'll help & also give me more energy.

I totally almost cried during the first day,
but I'm following the "advanced" girl now on the videos!

My goal is to be back to a size 7 (I'm about a 9 or 11 now depending on the clothes/brand) & to be happy with how I look by my 25th birthday (December 17th, 2013) so I have almost a year to do it. 

Fingers crossed!