Way to fake a weight loss photo, bitch

Hi! If you don’t know me already, I’m Lily. I have some Pages here that may or may not explain who I am better but as a quick intro for this post: I used to be a graphic artist who literally drew on the “drawing board” and then graduated up (times, the were a’changing) to working on computers and after 20 years of various shite there, changed careers.

I have a few things to say about this photo, which I find detrimental to people who are trying to make better health choices.

Firstly: I believe this is the same person.

Now, let’s bitch:

  • lighting is different, as it often is in the HONEST versions of this type of ‘share’  — let me say that this is going to HORRIFICALLY change the way things appear so, if you’re taking your own photos for comparison, really do try to a) take them in the same place/ same time/ same pose and b) attempt to use the same lighting
  • posture is MEANT to deceive and this is why said bitch chose to alter her orientation to help disguise reality — in her fat pic, she’s leaning towards the camera, which creates fat rolls; in her skinny pic, she’s leaning away and flexing her abs. Look very closely at her baby basket (lower abdomen). It’s virtually the same ‘pooch’ because it’s the same pooch.
  • upper arms are virtually the same — Yes, the fat pic looks larger because she’s closer to the camera. Look at the shape and definition. For that matter, the skinny pic is totally in shadow, which has a diminishing effect. Bitch knows what she’s doing but 20 years of making sure my clients got RECREATED images that were spot-on means don’t fuck with me.
  • tits are virtually the same — you don’t know this but she claimed to have lost 40lb. Oh, no you di-in’t. Maybe she lost 40lb by the time of the 1st pic and hadn’t taken true before pics so, she’s trying to manipulate to get some internet love. I dunno. Tits CHANGE. I now have small C cups on my 5’2″ frame because I’m fat. I would normally have A cups. I’m not saying what happens to me will be the same for all but YOUR TITS GONNA CHANGE. Everybody in the world knows this and it’s why body competitors have fake tits or no tits.

In fairness, let’s point out that all bodies do NOT evolve evenly. Tits and arms and hips and bellies don’t shrink universally but more of ones body will show something if you lost 40 pounds (or at least something in addition to your fucking belly will).

I posted this because this was shared in a group where people ran over and wanted to be just like her.

What, fake?

I think that we all know comparison is the key to unhappiness but when the comparison is against a lie? Oh, that’s not fair, meh bitches.

I also want to add that I feel oddly about the lines on her skinny pic’s belly. Even though she’s twisting, it’s odd. It looks like she has used a ‘blending’ or ‘bandage’ tool on an app. I say this not only from experience with graphics but also because I’ve spent the majority of my life thinner than this woman. I am a pear shape, that means my belly was often exposed because I never needed to hide it. Again, all people are different but I never had those vertical lines when I twisted. I had and still do have the center vertical line but that’s one.

I call bullshit and harmful bullshit at that.



warning: I revoke previous support of FitStar app

My app no longer saves sessions and since it won’t save a session, several things DON’T happen:

  • the next session never starts, you’re in first-session-infinity-hell
  • the point of a programme is the sessions build and progress, $30 for one session is dear for an APP
  • you don’t get credit for doing the session
  • linked accounts read nil  MyFitnessPal, Fitbit or many others will not show any workouts  because FitStar says you’re on session #1 and by the way, never finish it
  • Feedback? We don’t need no stinking feedback.

I emailed FitStar support to report a bug because this was not a previous issue. Their response: ‘Contact Apple.’

When you contact customer service or a dev about trouble (I thought was just a bug and wasn’t overly excited, new ios, new issues, blahblahblah) and they have zero interest in owning the issue, let alone helping you? In fact, they blamed me for not being on wifi.

Bullshit, you lying sacks of sons of bitches.

I have never had wifi at home and I have only used the app at home yet MAGICALLY it has other sessions recorded? How could that be??? It used to work just dandy and now doesn’t, no matter what they say. I guess whoever I reported a bug to was the guy responsible for screwing up the compatibility? Is he trying to cover his arse by telling people to just go away?

I replied but they said that their app worked fine and they had no way to doing technical support, if it didn’t work for me, contact iTunes. I got pissy in my reply and requested a refund. They replied that’s done through Apple, too. I wouldn’t know from having hundreds of apps since 2007 and never needing to request a refund, least of all because a developer refuses to acknowledge an issue.

If these assholes wanted to change the app so that it wouldn’t support LTE or 4G, then fine. If so, how about saying, ‘Yeah, you got us. We’re no longer supporting cellular data .’ Don’t say it was always that way! Matter of fact, why is there a setting within the app to turn on ‘use cellular data’ if that’s impossible and always has been? HRM!

Don’t express ZERO interest in improving your app. They didn’t ask what build I was on. Apple did. It’s the latest. The one FitStar screwed up: 2.5.2, build number 556.

I have contacted devs before and they’re always KEENLY interested in what caused the issue. They want to know what your version is, build number, etc. FitStar? ‘Call Big Daddy at Apple, we don’t handle tech issues.’

Big Daddy Apple said they do not handle 3rd-party tech issues. There are literally thousands of apps and they could not possible do that. That’s the devs’ jobs to deal with their own apps. Big Daddy Apple is going to refund my money, though. Thanks, Big Daddy Apple.




SP Spring Bootcamp Challenge, W1D3


Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge, Week One.

I’ll continue the assigned videos (5-10mins/day) and 10 minutes of cardio 5 days a week but I’m going for 30 minutes everyday cos I do that anyway. I’m aiming to not SKIP any days, which is my personal tweak on the challenge.

Join me! It’s free, it’s fun, it’s easy. Really. 5-10 minutes of video a day and 10 minutes cardio, 5 days a week. You’ve got this.

Dr: ‘Have you lost weight?’ Me: HAHAHAHAHA

Had my Well Woman (pelvic & pap) exam yesterday. -need to get a mammogram soon

The doctor was doing her interview — which has NEVER included ‘Have you lost weight?’ It wasn’t being read, it was whilst she was palpitating my glands and girlie bits.

Laugh? I thought I’d die! She looked at me like I was mental, which I am, so you know. I thought it was funny because I’m the biggest she has ever seen me but she also only ever sees me once a year and…

I’m telling you, p90x3 is making me look better. I still have padding that I’m not fond of, which isn’t normally there (I cycle sizes or as I put it: I’ma repeat offender) but I just look healthier. That’s cool.

And in case anybody was wondering because I keep referring to that programme, no. I don’t work for them, I  never received gifts and I’m not suggesting anybody buys it, even though I own the original and 3 (I own a LOT of fitness DVDs). Regular readers will recall that I often recommend FREE workouts or LifeFitRevolution.org, which is all the workouts you’d ever need and online coaching and nutrition for FREE. I’m just saying this p90x3 is my current amour.

Snow fun! And week 3 p90x3

We got more snow, which had been predicted but they called for flurries (non-accumulating) but it accumulated some. Big fun for Bobby and me!

Luckily, they dragged themselves out and bladed and cindered the county road, too. YEEHAW! I only saw one vehicle stuck in a median and they were probably driving on bald tires or like an ahole. If you drove sanely, it was grand.

Without realising it, I began week 3 of p90x3 yesterday. I thought about that this morning. I’ve recently posted about my progress, so I’ve got more of that to look forward to and when I get better on eating like a normal human, not a family of 4, it’ll show, too. I’m telling you, I adore the 30 minute format of this programme!!!

Speaking of prgrammes, I watched the first 4 epis of this season’s Shameless. Some people make a big deal out of it and it’s well-made but it’s very like our childhood (FS, Brother and me) in many ways. Not as bad most of the time, which makes it odd when people go on about how…shameless the characters are. Kinda like, ‘Glad you grew up on Disneyland. Don’t think you’d have survived the real world’ from us.

p90x3 progressing! And now my bad knee hurts

Isn’t that something? When your bad knee hurting feels like a good thing. My good knee, which has recently giving me actual worry, is still tweaked but far improved, thank you. After last night’s CVX (p90x3), my bad knee is talking.

It could be the weather, too. It was -9F this morning (-23C) and waves of winter storms keep coming. Laugh. If you live long enough, your joints will talk to you about the weather, too.

Where was I? I took measurements a week early and unsurprisingly, I’ve not gotten physically smaller, what-with the eating being what it is. The upside is that my previous ‘progress’ was getting incrementally fatter. I like being tight/ dense not fluffy and puffy. I also really like fritos and chocolate and almonds and pecans…

My body might not be getting smaller but at least it’s getting stronger and more flexible. I’m feeling good about that. It’s hard to have multiple goals and show results. I think being more FUNCTIONAL is best right now and thinning out will come as I feel better and better cos I’m happier about myself when I’m a size 4. At this point a size 6 would make me giddy.

I’m noticeably (to me) more flexible, which is fantastic. I’ve practised yoga since I was a toddler (my first teacher was of some notoriety and I didn’t realise that was a thing til I got a guru who studied with her in India and was super-impressed that she had been my early teacher). This doesn’t mean that ‘I’m good.’ It means that yoga is normal. It also means that I’ve been more advanced and understand that I’m not so good at other things. You keep practising because that’s all it is. Practise.

When I do no yoga for months on end, I lose flexibility and strength. When I’m in my element, daily practise for years at a clip, I’m a fairly bendy broadlette. When I started p90x3, I couldn’t touch my toes with a straight back and ‘straight’ knees (never lock your joints).

With virtually no effort (only doing p90x3, which is THIRTY MINUTES per workout — this is not that hard, people), I’m looking less like a wooden mannequin and more like a human who needs to work on her flexibility! This is huge.

I’m stronger. I keep increasing resistance. It’s not like I can say I’m swinging a 50lb kettlebell but I did swing a 50lb bag of salt the other day and I could NOT have picked it up in December. I was too out of shape–couldn’t pick up a 40lb feed sack for Bobby. Almost but not quite. Now, I can.

For CVX, I had previously done a ‘pretend’ basketball and that was enough, for realz. Last night, I used a 3lb weight for that cardio-vascular workout. The burliest men use 12lb. Three is light but it’s heavier than AIR. Hello?!?!

I’m really proud of myself. Also, shovelling snow is easier and doesn’t put out my back. ::touch wood::

Getting REGULAR strength conditioning (and working on that flexibility) is so important. I mean, I work at a desk job, with 2-3 miles of walking around the office a day. I need something extra and I’m so happy that I can do it in 30 minutes a day. Heck, I even take off 1-2 days now and then. Come back refreshed and see better results. I’m pleased as punch!

I’ve got a Bad Knee and a Good Knee (which sometimes gives me the gyp)

The Good Knee* is killing me. DAMN! Remember when I oh, so very shortly ago mentioned the I modified some moves and didn’t others? -shut up!

I was talking to a gym rat and she asked if I didn’t feel it when it happened. Ask somebody with chronic pain if they hurt.


I realised that I was feeling ‘it’ in my joints but I do if I BREATHE. –whatevs

I don’t know which move but I have a sneaking suspicion it was the dribble left, jump shot, dribble right, jump shot (not what it’s called, I don’t think — TH has cutesy names for things and that’s cool but I just follow along and don’t care very much about what it’s called). That’s because I recall thinking, ‘Wot?’ whilst doing. Of course, I thought, ‘Wot?’ during a few things, including the back twist stretch. My back has been so spasmed that almost anything is near wrenching it. Scary, eh?

I’m also breaking down and emailing my nutrition tracking (oh, the embarrassment) to a couple of homies, Laurie and Sheila. We’ll see if that calms me down a bit. While I eat a lot, yesterday was far less than I normally would’ve snacked because I knew that I was going to send that!

Today is Dynamix, which is a combination of dynamic stretching and calisthenics. I previewed it and there’s a lot of knee-usage. Joint pain, children, is never okay. Never. I don’t want to just take off a day, I’d rather modify because there’s other good stuff in there.


* So-called because my Bad Knee was the first one injured, when I was 13 doing sporty BS. My good knee came along a couple years later when I fell down HARD on it on the ice. I’ve tweaked them several times, sometimes needing physio. I haven’t done operations because I’ll hold off forever, if I can. Having auto-immune disease means we not only recover slower but we get infections easier. It’s almost always better to not slice and dice an AIer. We won’t heal right anyway and it’ll take longer and we’ll die of MSRA blahblahblah.