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POUND BY POUND: Day 5 – Looking Forward to the Next Level?

This is what happens when I have to wake up at 5am for work and I still try to workout before leaving the apartment.

This is what happens when I have to wake up at 5am for work and I still try to workout before leaving the apartment.

I really did NOT want to work out this morning. Not because of the workout itself, but because I had to wake up at 5AM this morning for an early shift at my day job. I was SO SLEEPY.

But I did it – DailyBurn True Beginner Day 5 – another Core 1 day. And do you know what? As I did it, I found myself looking forward to Core 2, because I know that workout will actually challenge me.

You read right. I actually WANT more of a workout. Because Core 1 is now TOO EASY.

It’s good to know that, despite my intermittent laziness, my overall strength and stamina is growing.

Day 5 Finish Screen

Day 5 Finish Screen

Which is a good thing, considering my trouble with Black Beauty this morning. When I was leaving for work, I did what I usually do before I take her out. I felt both her tires to make sure they were inflated. They both felt fine. It wasn’t until I was several blocks from my apartment that I realized that her front tire was going flat. As I pedaled harder and harder (trying to get a bike up a hill with a tire that’s going flat is a bitch!), I sought out a gas station to see if I could get the tire filled. Their air machine was broken. I stopped at another gas station. Their air machine was also broken.


So, it was a bit more of a slog than usual to bike to work (which I had to continue doing, despite the weak front tire, or I would’ve been super-late), but I did it, and got more of a workout in the process. (So, yay?) But I’ll likely be getting a ride from my boss back home, because she is a nice person and does not want me to walk my bike home.

So, yeah. that there’s my fitness report for the day. Woot. 🙂

POUND BY POUND: Day 4 – A Day To Myself

I've got this. :)

I’ve got this. 🙂

Just completed Day 4 of the DailyBurn True Beginner program. It was another Stability and Mobility 1 day. Worked up a sweat, and it felt good.

Today is actually the first day in a while that I didn’t have the pressure of Somewhere to Be, and I’m realizing that that makes a huge difference. Since I work from home, I’m “free” during the day, and so stuff gets planned (like trying to get to Orangetheory, or dentist/doctor appointments, or phone interviews for various outlets, or meetings, or even just hanging out with friends who are doing other things on the weekends) in the afternoons. Obviously, a lot of this can’t be helped, and a lot of it is work-related, but if there’s one thing that I’ve learned about myself over the past couple of years, it’s that I need routine and structure. This is not to say that this is my natural way of being – far from it – but that’s exactly why I need it. I do better – health-wise, financially, etc – when I stick to a routine, when I have a schedule. The problem is that I don’t always honor that or make it a priority. I’ll make appointments and plans that cut into the middle of my day, when I should really save certain things for the weekend, or suck it up and do them early (like dentist appointments, which lately I’ve scheduled for noon) so that I can get them out of the way and have the rest of my day uninterrupted.

Living with someone can make things difficult, too. The living room that I share with The Boy also doubles as my Office. My desk is out there, and it’s where I feel most comfortable working. I could work in the bedroom, but that would just mean sprawling on the bed, which would lead to the inevitable falling asleep. Usually, the living room being my office isn’t a problem. When The Boy isn’t working on a film, he tends to stay in the bedroom at his desk for most of the day, reading articles online, or playing some game or other. Obviously, the apartment belongs to both of us, but during the day, it’s nice to be able to have my “work area” to myself.

Lately, The Boy’s been working on a film, and when he gets home tired from 8-12 hours on a set, he likes to unwind on the couch watching TV. I would never begrudge him that, as my work is nowhere near as physically taxing as his is. But rather than trying to sit at my desk to work only to end up playing Tetris, because The Boy’s being in the room distracts me from doing much else, I need to get better at alternative plans, routines, schedules, and strategies. What happens instead is that I get frazzled when things aren’t exactly the way I need them to be, and end up doing nothing. 

So I’m going to spend at least some part of today figuring out alternatives, like:

1) Clearing out the mess in the kitchen so that I can actually sit at the kitchen table to work sometimes.
2) Setting aside work time outside my apartment in a local library.
3) Setting “work hours” during the day in the livingroom

Etc, etc, etc.

Also, I need to stop treating the fact that I work from home like I have “free time.” Just because I’m not going to an office doesn’t mean I don’t have a job that needs doing. There are Beacon articles to finish, HotPixel posts to post, pilot scripts to write, webseries to produce. It all goes back to treating my freelancing like the job it is. Regular hours, and making it a priority that can’t be moved around when someone wants to do something. This isn’t to say that I need to organize my days the way other people organize theirs. After all, I think that my flexible schedule allows me to take better care of myself by allowing me the time I need to exercise, meditate, and make myself meals that are healthier than what I’d get eating out. But I do need to prioritize myself and my work a little better. I need to create the structure that works for me and stick to it.

I’ll figure it out. That’s what life’s all about, right? 🙂

Anyway, here’s my Finish Screen for today:

TB Day 4 Screen

Wow, this whole post had very little to do with actually working out. 🙂 But that’s the thing. Stuff like working out, and your health and well-being are connected to the rest of your life. For so long I treated them like separate things, but how you run one part of your life is how you run all of them – so now, I’m trying to approach all aspects of my life with focus, discipline, love, and care. IT’S HARD. But I know it’ll be worth it once it becomes second nature.

POUND BY POUND: Day 3 – Strength, Cardio, and Stripping Down (Sort Of)

I NEEDED water after all that cardio!

I NEEDED water after all that cardio!

Today was a bit of a disappointment. I woke up later than I would’ve liked (The Boy is working on a film at the moment, which means when he wakes up at 4:30am, I wake up at 4:30am, and my sleep is never quite the same after, which causes me to sleep in, stay up later than usual because I’m not tired, and the whole cycle starts again. Gonna try to get to bed at my usual midnight tonight come hell or high water! I need my normal sleep pattern back!), did my DailyBurn workout (more on that later), then did a bunch of stuff that I needed to do on a time crunch for HotPixel (you may have seen this HotPixel blog post earlier).

I was hoping to go to Orangetheory Fitness with Jen today, but that turned out to be a bust. Brentwood, where the L.A. location is, is just too far for me to get to via train/bus. I’d have to leave at 2:15PM to get there by 4. Meanwhile, I put feelers out to see if any of my other workout comadres would be interested in taking part in the free class (and giving me a lift), but everyone who’d be interested was busy today. And I just had too much work to do this morning to take 2 hours of travel time to go to Brentwood.

One day, I won’t be carless, and I’ll be able to laugh at all of this. At any rate, you should totally keep up with Jen’s Orangetheory Fitness 8-week Challenge over at her blog. She’s really inspiring! 🙂

Anyway, I stayed home working for most of the day. And I didn’t eat much, but I did eat ice cream and cookies at the end of the night. So while I didn’t have a lot of food, there was some unhealthiness at the end there. Argh.

Still, I did get my DailyBurn True Beginner workout in today – Strength and Cardio 1. Once again, I felt like, even though the weight isn’t coming off the way I’d like, I’m stronger and I don’t get winded the way I used to when I first started working out regularly.

Small victories.

My True Beginner Day 3 Finish Screen!

My True Beginner Day 3 Finish Screen!

Here’s another small victory. I realized a couple of days ago that, since I work out at home, I don’t have to bother with wearing a t-shirt (which always makes me too hot and sticks to me sometimes and hangs in my face other times and is uncomfortable when I’m trying to move) the way I would have to if I went to a gym. So, I started working out in my workout pants and my bra, which is SO much better. Not to mention, cooler. Ventilation is awesome.

But then I got to thinking, why do I “have” to wear a t-shirt at the gym? I mean, I see women working out in just sports bras (or really small tank tops) all the time. And then I realized that I’m kinda forced to work out with as many clothes on as possible because I’m fat. Obviously, no one forces me. But I know the looks I’d get if I strolled into the gym in just a sports bra. That kinda made me mad. So, I’m not allowed air flow because people will look at me funny? Argh. So, I decided to post a photo of me in my home workout attire for all of the internet to see. Because fuck that noise.

I need a bikini body, if only to make my stomach match the shade of my upper body. Jeez.

I need a bikini body, if only to introduce my stomach to the sun and let it match the coloring of my upper body. Jeez.

I know. I look fat. That’s ’cause I am fat. Covering up won’t make me look less fat. I’m trying to do something about it, but in the meantime – ventilation, yo. I won’t be strolling into any gyms like this any time soon – posting a photo is a lot different than walking into a room filled with staring eyes  – but consider this my small, but mighty protest. Just because I’m a Big Girl doesn’t mean I have to be so deeply ashamed of what I look like. Especially when I’m working up a sweat doing something awesome for myself.

So there.

POUND BY POUND: Day 2 – DailyBurn and Black Beauty (and Katya)

Huffing and Puffing after Day 2 of True Beginner - Core 1.

Huffing and Puffing after Day 2 of True Beginner – Core 1.

I’m writing this post late, because I spent today going to the dentist (four more cavities filled! Any more fillings, and I’ll look like Flava Flav!), running errands, and spending time with my friends Heather and Alex trying to be comforting after they had to put Heather’s beloved dog, Katya, to sleep yesterday.

Katya, I was there when your Mommy brought you home as a little puppy, and through the years, you’ve never ceased to put a smile on my face every time you jumped up to say hello or impressed me with your ballerina tricks. I was lucky enough to be able to live with you and take care of you for a few months when I first moved to L.A, and you were very gracious in sharing your home with me (as long as I was on time with your feedings!). RIP, Katya. You were a good girl. Tell my Scarlett I say hello. 

Katya all spruced up for Christmas, 2011.

Katya all spruced up for Christmas, 2011.

However, BEFORE the dentist, the errand-running, and the friends, I got my exercise in for the day in TWO ways. First, I did Day 2 of the True Beginner series at DailyBurn, Core 1. Once again, it was much easier than when I did the program the first go-round, but it still worked me out.

Happy to be back in the exercise groove!

Happy to be back in the exercise groove!

After that. I rode my bike – which I refer to as Black Beauty in my head, because she’s my trusty steed that gets me around – to my dentist appointment (1.4 miles) then to the nearest Citibank to me to get a new debit card (2.3 miles) and meet Heather at the salon across the street where she was getting her hurr did. So, I rode Black Beauty a total of 3.7 miles today before putting her in the back of Heather’s SUV to go get lunch. There was a point today at which the lower half of my mouth was completely numb, and my legs felt like jelly. It was a bad scene. 🙂

Black Beauty in front of my apartment.

Black Beauty in front of my apartment.

Lastly, today is the 12th, and as I’ve taken to doing on the 12th of every month, I did my monthly weigh-in and measurements. I started taking my measurements monthly on May 12th of this year, but since I’ve only been posting them in my Facebook groups, I figured I’d post them all here for my blog readers’ reference (for all twelve of you keeping track):

Teresa May Stats (5/12/14):
Weight: 277.2 lbs
Upper arm: 20 1/2 in.
Bust: 50 1/4 in.
Waist: 46 in.
Hips: 54 1/4 in.
Upper thigh: 33 5/8

Teresa June Stats (6/12/14):
Weight: 269.2 (- 8lbs!)
Upper arm: 19 1/2″ (- 1″)
Bust: 50″ (-1/4″)
Waist: 45″ (- 1″)
Hips: 55″ (+ 3/4″) – I suspect that I measured wrong the first time. Either that, or added muscle in my hip????
Upper thigh: 33 2/8″ (- 3/8″)

Teresa July Stats (7/12/14):
Weight: 272.2 (+3lbs from last month / -5lbs since start)
Upper arm: 19 1/2″ (same / -1″ since start)
Bust: 51 (+ 3/4 from last month / +1 1/4″ since start)
Waist: 45″ (same / -1″ since beginning)
Hips: 53 1/2″ (- 1 1/2″ from last month / – 3/4″ since start)
Upper thigh: 29″ (-4 2/8″ from last month / -4 5/8″ since start)

And here’s how I did today:

Teresa August Stats (8/12/14):
Weight: 273.2lbs (+1lb from last month / -4lbs since start)
Upper arm: 19″ (- 1/2″ from last month / -1 1/2″ since start)
Bust: 50″ (-1″ from last month / – 1/4″ since start)
Waist: 45 1/4″ (+ 1/4″ from last month / + 3/4″ since start)
Hips: 54 5/8″ (+ 1 1/8″ from last month / + 3/8″ since start)
Thighs: 33 3/4″ (+4 3/4″ from last month / +1/8″ since start)

My DailyBurn Finish Screen for today.

My DailyBurn Finish Screen for today.

As I said yesterday, I took a chunk of July off and it shows in that I didn’t seem to lose weight, and the weight that I gained all went to my bottom half. While I’m glad that I only gained a pound, the fact is that I’d much prefer a downward trajectory in this case, rather than an upward one. Hence the exercise every day. I just have to do something every day. There’s no two ways about it. Skipping one day = skipping many days, and I can’t afford to do that. Not until I’m in the shape I want to be in.

Well, that’s it for tonight! Tomorrow, more DailyBurn, and I’m trying out Orangetheory Fitness with Jen Levin. Fun! 🙂


Pound By Pound: True Beginner Day 1 (Again!)

Back in the workout game. August 11, 2014.

Back in the workout game. August 11, 2014.

After taking a large part of July off after my birthday and through Comic-Con (and beyond!), Workout Teresa is BACK! And she’s going to be sharing her daily progress with you here at The Experience!

I’ve been doing daily updates at two awesome Facebook Groups I’m a part of. Both are closed/secret groups, so I’m not sharing the links, but I can’t even begin to tell you how helpful they’ve both been in keeping me accountable and giving me a reason to “report in” every day. Now, I’m extending that here.

So, I’ve already completed the 28-day True Beginner program at DailyBurn once, but since I’ve taken so much time off from doing much in the way of being active, I’ve decided to start it again to get myself back in the workout groove. And unlike the first time I did the first True Beginner video, Stability and Mobility 1, this time, I got all the way through it! I did every single move. Some of it was still a challenge, and I worked up a quality sweat as you can see in the photo above, but it’s amazing to see how much stronger I’ve gotten in the past few months, despite having been lazy for a couple of weeks.

Here’s my Finish Screen today:

True Beginner: Stability and Mobility - Day 1

True Beginner: Stability and Mobility – Day 1

This week, I’ll be continuing this, as well as riding my bike to work today, and joining the fabulous Jen Levin during one of her workouts at Orangetheory Fitness on Wednesday! It feels good to be back in the saddle again!

Checking In

Since I last blogged, I got a haircut. See?

Since I last blogged, I got a haircut. See?

Hey there, Loyal Readers of The Experience! 🙂

I haven’t been the best blogger ever lately, but that will hopefully change next month. I’m currently tying up loose ends at my current “main” day job, because I’m leaving at the end of the month. This means that my work-at-home hours (now a majority of my hours) will be exclusively devoted to the craft (and business) of writing. However, getting through the next two weeks will be a challenge, because I’m working more hours than usual at this day job, because I have to leave things coherent for my boss before I go, and I also have several writing gig-related deadlines that I’m also working toward. It’s a lot, but it’s only until the 31st, and then I’ll be able to breathe a bit better. 🙂

I’m also slowly working my way back to being more active and eating more healthily after having slacked off on my Pound By Pound Pledge Drive. I’m currently on Day 10 of a four week “True Beginner” exercise program over at, and I’ve been really loving it! It’s fun, it’s encouraging, and I don’t have to spend a ton of money on a gym membership. Also, you can mix and match trainers and workouts, so you’ll never get bored! You can do a free 30-day trial, which I’m in the middle of now, but even when you pay for access to it, it’s only $10-15 a month, depending on whether you only do the exercise videos, or whether you also follow their nutrition plan (which I’m considering). I’d recommend checking it out!

Anyway, I just wanted to post a blog to let you all know that I’m still here, and that I’m doing okay. 🙂 Expect to hear about the following in the next couple of days:

  • I’ve been enjoying a lot of work by female creators lately, and I’ll be reviewing them here for you! Expect a review of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Suzanna Clarke (a book I’ve finally finished after 3 years!), and the film Raze, starring Zoe Bell. I’m currently reading Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson…there’s so much great stuff out there created by women, and I’ll be setting up that page with a list of stuff by female creators as a resource for you, soon.
  • Pound By Pound – falling off the wagon, getting back on, and being honest with myself and the world. Also, figuring out food’s place in my life, and how I want what I eat to be more of a reflection of who I am.
  • My new blogging gig that will allow me to write about independent film and filmmakers!
  • My progress on Incredible Girl, Rocket, and a secret original pilot script I’m working on. 🙂

All this and more is coming your way! Stay tuned, and I hope 2014 is treating you all well so far!

POUND BY POUND: Back In the Saddle

Me - Thanksgiving 2013

Me – Thanksgiving 2013

I’ve gained 21.6 lbs since July, when I last weighed myself.
I know.
I took my Birthday Weekend in July “off,” and thought I would be OK after that, if I stopped being so structured, if I stopped getting support from the groups where I was getting support. I was wrong.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about why I’ve fallen back on bad habits, and I’ve realized that the way I eat has a lot to do with other problems in my life; the way I take care of my body being a reflection of the way I handle other stuff, blah-blah…
I won’t bore you with that right now. 🙂
The point is, I can’t do this alone. I need the people I was going to before. I need OA. I need Weight Watchers. And I need to communicate with all of you. Whenever I pull away from people, that’s when I get into trouble, and I know that I pull away, because after a while, I inevitably feel like I “should” have things under control and I stop feeling like I can share my struggle with people. But what I’ve learned from this setback is that isolation is the enemy. So, you’ll be hearing a lot more from me. 🙂
So, where does this leave the Pound By Pound Pledge Drive?
Well, we’re starting from scratch as far as people’s pledges. I’ve weighed and measured myself on December 5th, and you can see the results on my Progress Report. Starting in January (through April), you’ll once again start seeing the monthly progress reports on the 5th of the month that used to happen regularly.
As for me, I have started doing the following:
1) Last week, I restarted the Couch to 5K program. Last time, I stopped at Week 5 of the 9-week program. This time, I’m going to go all the way! So, three days a week, I run. And I also do a brief workout on those mornings, too.
2) I’m going back to my weekly hikes, starting this Saturday with a friend!
3) I’m going to seek out new and different ways to exercise in L.A. and write about them on my blog the way I was doing at Ms. In the Biz.
Better Eating Habits
4) I’ve started going back to weekly OA meetings for support. I’m in the process of finding a sponsor that I’ll be able to call for personal support, and to help me work through the program. This is more for emotional/spiritual support.
5) Next week, I’ll be starting Weight Watchers again. The weekly weigh-ins and the different vibe of the meetings help. This is more for an actual meal plan.
6) I’m in the process of starting to see a therapist recommended by a friend – because I know that my eating isn’t really about the food. It’s about other stuff I need to deal with and haven’t.
I’m doing all this to make the most of the time between now and April and hopefully raise some money for the American Diabetes Association like I said I would. 🙂 Thank you all so much for being there, and for continuing to accompany me on this journey.
Here’s to getting back on the horse!

The "Good Life" Holiday Challenge

A glimpse into my Thanksgiving 2013.

A glimpse into my Thanksgiving 2013.

I’m doing several things to get my shit together lately. 🙂 Among them is an awesome and fun challenge (as well as an awesome and fun community of people – I’m not doing the people, I’m doing the challenge…oh, never mind) the fabulous Cathy Carpenter at Exploring Your Depths recommended to me.

It’s the “Good Life” Holiday Challenge hosted by blogger and health coach, Jamie Mendell. It’s already in Week 2, but you can jump in and start whenever, as the challenges aren’t cumulative (though they can be if you want). Each week, Jamie focuses on a theme (last week was “Food.” This week is “Body.”), and then every weekday, you get an email in the morning with a new challenge related to that theme. For example, one of the “Food” challenges was “Choose one meal today to do this with – eat that meal when you are physically hungry, regardless of the time of day.” That was interesting in that, once I wasn’t paying attention to it “being lunchtime”, I wasn’t thinking about food so much. I was getting other stuff done, and giving my body what it needed when it needed it.

Your diet doesn’t need to be much more complicated than that! What I am coming to love about Jamie is that she focuses on intuitive eating. Every body is different, and requires different sustenance, and it will tell you what it needs. All you need to do is listen. Doing this challenge is helping me to differentiate, too, between what my body actually needs and what my brain (and emotions and insecurities) tells me it needs. 🙂

But it’s not all about dieting and food. Today’s challenge, the first for “Body” week, was to choose two songs and DANCE. Either alone, or in a group. Whether at work, or at home (or in the street! Or in your car!). You should’ve seen me shaking my shit to Jennifer Lopez’s “Play” and Icona Pop’s “I Love It” earlier…

Anyway, the challenges are about health and well-being – not just physical health, but mental health and emotional health. They’re designed to get you more comfortable with the idea of taking time out to do things for you even in the midst of your crazed work schedule, or family responsibilities, or whatever else it is that you need to do. I’d definitely recommend getting in on the challenge (and let me know in the comments below if you are!). It’s fun to check in with myself and fellow participants during the day. And even better…it’s free! 🙂

You can sign up at Jamie Mendell’s website, then join the FB community HERE. You can also follow the fun on Twitter by checking out #goodlifechallenge or following @jamieamendell. And when you sign up, tell ’em Teresa Jusino sent you.

Oh, and I started Couch25K and my mini-workout again today. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are now reserved for exercise, with hiking coming back on the weekends. I’ve strayed away from the Pound By Pound Pledge Drive for too long, so I’m coming back with a vengeance. Because I want all of you to write me big fat checks in April. 🙂



This week’s Pound By Pound post went up yesterday at Ms. In the Biz! It’s about me *gasp* RUNNING!


For much of my life, I’ve had one motto:  I don’t run unless I’m being chased.

Running on purpose just to do it was a strange concept to me. I didn’t see how people could run and enjoy it, mostly because it was always so difficult for me and was, therefore, intimidating.

To be honest, I still don’t know why people run for fun. It’s about as interesting to me as watching paint dry.

BUT, I have found a method that makes running less intimidating, and for my purposes, that is more than good enough!

To read the full article, and to leave comments, CLICK HERE.


rhino to unicorn

Know what sucks? Having your weigh-in day at Weight Watchers fall on the same day as Day 2 of your period, that’s what.

Go water weight!


So, yeah. Needless to say, I gained a little more weight this week, adding a bit more to what I already gained last week. But at least I know what’s caused it, and I shouldn’t have the same problem next week. It makes me especially pissy, though, because I completed Week 3 of the Couch to 5K program this week (I can run for 3 mins at a stretch now!) AND went on a hike yesterday!


It could also just be me being pissy from my period. 🙂 That happens.

Still, I need to tighten up my program this week. I’ve been admittedly lax about planning what I eat, and while I haven’t gone completely crazy, I haven’t been particularly mindful. For example:

  • I played in my first Pathfinder campaign (it’s pretty much Dungeons and Dragons) on Friday night, and the hosts generously provided dinner and snacks. Even though I measured out a decent amount of Chinese food, I proceeded to pick at the chips/macaroons/etc that were out without keeping track.
  • I would eat stuff and track my food at the end of the day. Who knows what I forgot to track this week?

I was also lax on my exercise. Don’t get me wrong, I’m VERY PROUD OF MYSELF for completing all three days of Couch to 5K this week and even prouder that I not only also hiked this week, but got The Boy involved (he’s not used to hiking very often, but he did great! And he was such a good sport!). BUT, I’d wanted to exercise during the commercials while catching up on TV, and instead I got snacks. I’d wanted to do at least my mini-workout on my days off from Couch to 5K, but instead did nothing those days.

I realize that I fell into the trap of being successful at first, letting that give me a false sense of security, and not being as vigilant because “I’ve got it under control.” Clearly I don’t. Not yet. How could I? It took me years to get this fat. It’s gonna take me a long time to develop the habits I need to develop to be able to not think quite so hard about what I eat (and I’ll always have to think about it on some level for the rest of my life).

So, my goals for this week:

  • Mini workout on Wednesday and Friday.
  • If I watch any TV, mini workout during the commercial breaks.
  • Be vigilant about tracking.
  • Re-do Week 3 of Couch to 5K.

And I’ve got a goal for the month:

  • I will only go out to eat four times in June. And that means if I meet someone for a meeting over coffee, that counts.

I ate out a lot this month, so I’m cutting that shit out in June. Just to give myself a bassline and a routine without a lot of outside influence.

Wish me luck! And please keep me encouraged by pledging to the Pound By Pound Pledge Drive if you haven’t already! Thank you!

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