Thursday, September 18, 2008

Yo Momma

My mother is in town. We're off to go split one of those fantastic fresh baked cinnamon rolls.

While I'm out did anyone happen to see Gwyneth on Oprah yesterday?
Dude, she works out for 2 hours a freaking day, 6 days a week.

Believe you me I have some stuff to say about this (and it might not be what you think). Stay tuned.


Heather said...


Crazy, right? With no more than 3 lb weights?

But look at her dude, she looks *fantastic*. I'm so jealous.

I just posted about this and there's a shout out to you on there too.

:) Have fun with momma.

Robin said...

I missed it. Damn. But I agree with Heather. She looks great. If I had that much money and looks were part of my job, I would probably work out two hours a day, too. :)

Mary Poppins said...

2 hours? i'm struggling (yet miraculously managing--watch my progress on my blog) to get in 30 minutes a day. maybe if i had someone to watch my kids, clean my house, cook my food, and be my personal assistant i could find 2 hours in my schedule to do that too. but who am i kidding? even then i'd still be too lazy to devote 2 hours to exercising.

Smoochiefrog said...

Nope, don't watch Oprah anymore. I have issues with her.

I'm sure if I had nothing else to do and someone else to care for my kiddlets I could exercise 2 hrs. a day too. Shoot, right now I'm doing good to get 25 minutes 3 times a week.

angie said...

Glad your mom is there. Go on a date with Mr F while she's there.

Yeah, well, Gwenyth gets PAID for looking in shape.

Feener said...

i refuse to watch oprah, i can not stand her, and i can not stand gwen....really who cares about two RICH folks talking about how great they have it ???

michelline said...

I think Gwyneth is nuts. But then my job doesn't depend on my looks/figure. (Thank goodness!)

Susan said...

I'm single, no kids, and sometimes I ride the stationary bike for an hour and take a Pilates class. But not 6 days a week!

If it were my job to be slender, maybe I'd make the effort, but that sounds like an awful lot of boring work. Then again, I think acting/modeling sounds like an awful lot of boring work, so maybe I am not a good judge.

Haley said...

I didn't catch the episode and haven't seen gwyneth lately -- wasn't she always a stick insect? Did she pack on some pounds or something and needed to drop weight, or has she built on some muscle and curviness?

I have to go track down some pics...

Jennifer said...

Feener: Word! lol. That is exactly how I feel!

She has people to cook and clean for her, she has people to watch her fruit, I mean children. She can go to bed whenever she wants and sleep all night long. Her job is to look good. My job is 8 hours a day and it drains the hell out me. If I didn't have anything to do all day, shit, I would exercise too. Whatever.

And Oprah, oooh don't get me started on her. lol

Shirls said...

Feener = 100% right in my opinion, frankly I can't make myself care about two self centered rich bitches chatting about their "struggles"

some of us have to work for a living..

Amy said...

Yikes! I don't really have any ill feelings towards these two ladies, so I can't really summon up any bile for the response.

If Gwyneth Paltrow's workout schedule works for her, that's awesome. If it isn't the workout I do, it doesn't mean that its not completely worthwhile and valid. I have the NYC Ballet DVDs and I've done some workouts based on Tracy Anderson (thanks Charlotte - Great Fitness Experiment). My takeaway is that whether we like big weights or not, small weights work too. Is it more boring? Sure, but it WORKS.

I think that we all have our own ways of making it work. Over the summer with the abundance of daylight, I was able to fit two hours of working out into my schedule (albeit accompanied by three munchkins). Now that things have tightened up a bit on the time front, I'm trying something a bit different.

I'm running less (and missing my excessive cardio even though it was probably too much), and using more weights than I usually do; also, I don't have to wear workout clothes all day in hope that I can bust out another workout if the planets spontaneously align.

I remember taking a two-hour Saturday yoga class for a while a couple of years ago. I could not get over the unparalleled bliss that would follow it. It was like the feeling of being in love for days afterward. Sometimes I feel like that after a run, but never with such regularity as I did with that class - maybe Gwynnie is on to something.

Nutmeg said...

I didn't see it. I think she's a little pretentious and while I used to have a school girl crush on her, since I've grown up I've decided I'm not the hugest fan.

Though I recall right after she had apple I heard her interviewed where she made it clear, her JOB is to look good, just as others have said. She definitely wouldn't be doing it if it wasn't a job requirement and other people shouldn't hold themselves to that standard... so I think she is aware of that, or at least she used to be.

That said, I only have time for so much TV and oprah isn't it (I MISSED house this week as it is.)

eurydice said...

i could work out for 2 hours a day as well if i didn't work... oh wait... i don't! she has people to cook for her and clean for her and watch her kids... it's easy for her!

Mrs Furious said...

LOL some of you ladies sure have some STRONG feelings about O and G! ;)

While Oprah can annoy me at times... Lord knows I still watch her show all the freaking time. Gwyneth was never one of my favorite stars but since having kids I've always liked what she's had to say about motherhood and marriage... so... I'm down.

Onto the workout... I love it. I've always wanted to have 2 hours a day. My take on the whole thing (because she wasn't complaining about it... and did acknowledge having a nanny and that obviously working out is part of her job) is more one of appreciation that there is the open acknowledgment that one must workout more than any of us do/can to look like a *movie star*. I kind of thought it was honest and realistic and... i don't know... helpful to hear that she does have to work as hard as I would to get in shape and stay that way.
Plus I was down with the workout and felt it really validated what I have found to work for myself.
It also just made me have to evaluate what I want from my body/workouts and how much time & effort I want to put into it. I kind of found it inspiring and feel more committed to trying to fit in my 60 minute sessions.

Anonymous said...

I don't watch many of Oprah's shows, but every great once in a while I catch one...Two hours is too long for my day, but I agree with what others have said about it being part of her job.

I think Rene Zellweger was on Oprah when she talked about gaining and losing weight for Bridget Jones--I remember that what stuck out to me at that time was that *the* first thing her trainer always had her do, in order to start gaining weight, was to stop exercising! LOL--at the time, I wasn't exercising AT ALL! Made me go, "Hmmm..." ;)

Heather said...

Crazy = 2 hours a day = unrealistic for most of us. But for her, it's a HUGE part of how she makes a living, so hey, go for it. I like Oprah and I thought Gwyneth was really REAL on the show too. She looks fantastic.

Deb said...

I haven't watched it, but it's DVRed and now you KNOW I'm going to check it out. I was at the hair salon the other day, eyeing a photo of GP in an uber-short dress and thinking, "Does she has TWO kids? NO WAY!" She looks amazing. Like you, I'm delighted to hear her say she works her ass off, literally. It's the celebs who say they never exercise and eat whatever they want that irritate me, because you know they're lying.

Heather said...

Ok dude, now I've been researching this stuff (and after finishing the fat loss book, which basically concludes when it comes to fitness, you have to train for the type of body you want).

So in case you haven't seen it, Tracy Anderson has a post-pregnancy DVD. Interesante.

There's also more info on her workouts here:

and Charlotte over at the Great Fitness Experiment test drove some of her techniques:

What do you think?

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