Friday, December 13, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence...I just have to write a post about her because she is quickly becoming an important icon in discussions of women and body image.  Ever since Jennifer Lawrence stepped into the spotlight in recent years, she has been someone that I look to as an example and honestly, she's done a great job so far, particularly when it comes to being a role model for young women.

LA Times reporter, Alexandra Le Tellier, puts it into words very well in this article: http://articles.latimes.com/2013/nov/13/news/la-ol-jennifer-lawrence-hunger-games-strong-body-image-20131113, saying, "So, in that context, Jennifer Lawrence isn't just a body-positive role model for young women.  In speaking out about body image, and in maintaining a realistic figure herself, she's helping broaden out definition of beauty so that it is more inclusive.  That makes her a heroine to all women, even if that wasn't her intended goal."  I absolutely love that line -

"She's helping broaden out definition of beauty so that it is more inclusive."  And it's true.

So today, while browsing, I discovered this: http://www.upworthy.com/i-am-livid-that-a-magazine-did-this-to-jennifer-lawrence-and-my-guess-is-she-is-too?c=ufb1
I am just shocked that a magazine would airbrush and distort, and yes, I mean the word distort, her image.  She has spoken out about this before, as you can see in her quote also on that page.  The pictures show that there was absolutely nothing that needed to be changed about her picture - she looks great in the un-airbrushed image - but they did it anyway because it was not up to the standard of beauty that the magazine holds women to.  This is wrong on many different levels and it also demonstrates the level of control magazines, and other media outlets who participate in airbrushing, have over our society's standards of beauty.

Either way, Jennifer Lawrence has been my hero for speaking out about these topics for women in such a frank way.  I wish more women who are in the spotlight and ordinary, every-day women would do so because it is important to teach our children and the next generations of girls that life is not - and should not be - just about how pretty or skinny you are.

J.Law Inspiration Photos

Jennifer Lawrence Rolling Stone Magazine Cover - P 2012

Jennifer Lawrence - Hot Photos for Flare magazine-19 - Hot Celebs Blog - FabZZ



Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Thigh Gap

The thigh gap...I recently read an article online that said that one of the markers of a "skinny girl" is a thigh gap and that girls are going to unhealthy lengths to achieve this goal.  Thinking back on conversations I've had with girlfriends, and other health&fitness blogs I've perused, I have no doubt that this is true.

To be honest, the thigh gap looks a little weird to me.  There is a point where young women start to develop, meaning their curves start to fill out more, which is a natural process that shouldn't be tampered with.  I had a small thigh gap when I started college, and a flat stomach and I was an A cup.  By the time I had graduated college, I had hips and a butt, the curve to the belly and I was a B cup.  And no more thigh gap.  (My apologies to those of you who consider this to be TMI, I'm just trying to paint an accurate picture here.)  I won't say I consistently worked out, because I didn't, but the change my body had gone through was not unusual for my age and it wasn't because I didn't exercise.  It was only after college that I gained the weight that I started this blog to help me lose.

So back to the thigh gap...why is this something girls strive for?  The thigh gap is completely dependent on genetics, bone structure primarily, how wide your hips are, the length of your legs, and one person who commented on the article that sparked my post today actually mentioned that people used to call girls like this, "bow-legged" which, I don't think I would totally disagree with.  The thigh gap is natural to some, and for others, it will never happen, so it should not be a weight loss goal.  Ever.  If you had one, and it vanished as you got older, it was a natural part of your body's development.  No one should ever starve themselves to get such a silly thing back.

In the end, my advice is this...make your goals obtainable for your body.  Recognize and embrace your body type, and your body shape.  It's a part of who you are, and everybody is different.  

Take a look at this image....I'm going to speculate and say, if we presented this picture to men and women, the men would choose the image on the right, and the women would choose the picture on the left.  Anyone have thoughts or opinions on this?

http://media-cache-ak1.pinimg.com/originals/fa/6b/7f/fa6b7f5044d34749a857bd376f197652.jpg


Check out this opinion article: http://www.chicagonow.com/get-fit-chicago/2013/03/thigh-gap-body-ideal/


http://runliveloveyourself.tumblr.com/page/3

Disclaimer: None of the above photos are of me, and I do not take credit for them, they are merely on my blog to serve as fitness inspiration and are taken from various different internet sources.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The First Husband by Laura Dave

If you're looking for a light summer read, try this one out:

 

The First Husband by Laura Dave

I have to say, I found myself pleasantly surprised by this book.  I expected fluff and the obvious romantic, epic true love story that you can easily find in many books.  Instead, I read a story that was surprisingly sweet that had depth to it.  The main character is Annie Adams and the book follows her and the choices she makes after a shocking breakup with her boyfriend of 5 years and the loss of her job.  Dave has her characters making realistic choices, which are not always the obvious ones, or the ones the readers want the character to make.
Overall, Dave's writing style is easy to read and The First Husband held my full attention and lead me to look up the her other titles, The Divorce Party and  London is the Best City in America.    

                                             

Enjoy, and let me know what you thought!

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Balancing Act

For those of you who might have kept an eye on my blog, there was a noticeable slow down and then complete lack of posting in recent months.  I admit, it has followed the trend of my exercising habits, which have fallen to the wayside for multiple reasons.  BUT I am in the process of attempting to pick up the pieces and work out a regular routine once more.

What I learned from this relapse back into bad habits is that sometimes life catches up and becomes overwhelming and that delicate balancing act becomes too much.  This is OK, as long as you recognize what is going on and eventually take steps to get back on track.  That happens for me today.  The first day back is always the hardest, and the days after that as well and it is the main reason why I have dusted off my blog and decided to post.  It is mainly a motivational tool for myself, but hopefully also for those of you out there who are in the same place that I am right now.

My main issue with maintaining a good workout schedule has always been work.  I graduated college in 2011 and immediately started working full time as a nanny and part-time nights at Target while I job hunted.  Not ideal.  Now I am working two part time jobs as a librarian-in-training, going to school part time and babysitting in the mornings.  I took a turn in the right direction, found more purpose and meaning in my choice of jobs (which is AWESOME), but again, not an ideal schedule.

So, this was supposed to be motivational right!?  Well, check out both of my polls, to the right.  The first step is to be honest with yourself, and then the second step is to make a promise, or a goal, or some type of commitment to yourself.  If you'd like to join in with me, just click on that ME! button :)

Also, feel free to share your story below so that we can all support one another.

Here are some inspirational photos:


http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_luib3kFw0c1r1ps1yo1_500.gif


http://www.a-health-blog.com/top-15-reasons-to-run-infographic.html


http://backonpointe.tumblr.com/post/32122058159

nutrijuice:

onlylulu:

Run: Speed Short

christ, if only i had the balls to pull these off
http://healthy-fit-happy.tumblr.com/post/47426287095/nutrijuice-onlylulu-run-speed-short


http://healthy-fit-happy.tumblr.com/post/46902456307

Disclaimer: None of the above photos are of me, and I do not take credit for them, they are merely on my blog to serve as fitness inspiration and are taken from various different internet sources.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Food Rules by Michael Pollan

Having trouble sticking with your healthy eating plan?  Try taking a peak through this book:

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan


I found it to be simple and to the point, as well as short and completely worth the read.  Essentially it is just a book of simple rules for eating wisely with an explanation for each rule.  Check it out!

P.S. Support your local library by taking a book out from there.  I have found the health and fitness section in my library to be an invaluable resource.

Photo Inspiration:


http://health-heaven.tumblr.com/


Cant Shed Belly Fat?
http://adsinsicasantra.tumblr.com/page/4

Disclaimer: None of the above photos are of me, and I do not take credit for them, they are merely on my blog to serve as fitness inspiration and are taken from various different internet sources.