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Advertisements- What's the Real Message?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

The power of advertisment and the research and planning behind it is made up of layer upon layer of studies, testing, creativity and design. The subtleties and techniques used by ad firms impact our perceptions about our culture, wants, and needs.

Of course, not all advertisements directed at children and young adults- particularly young women- receive the most scrutiny about their message. Emaciated women, overly sexed ads, unattainable perceptions of beauty receive staunch criticsm- unfortunately, these critics are often drown out by a storm of 'buy, buy, buy' promotions.

I stumbled upon the following website: http//www.about-face.com . This site offers a critical eye on advertisement elements in a step-by-step format. It asks, "what is the real message of this ad?", "What does this message send about our bodies". I found this site eye-opening.

As each of us strives to reach our goals, we cannot forget that mental health is just as important physical health. You cannot expect to have a long-standing physical health without also tending to your mental/emotional/spiritual as well.


Day 51: Reflection on your Support

Monday, September 28, 2009

In looking back at the last 51 days (to when I first re-started), I can see that I have come full circle in the cycle of motivation.

I was most concerned about the 'down time' when I inevitably knew I would let other priorities interfere with my health goals. I'm glad to report that the time spent 'off the wagon' was short, and the factors limiting that time frame are attributable to the tools provided on SP.

Thanks to the community of fellow Sparkers that offer support, articles, their own personal stories, and all of the other aspects, I was able to stay mentally connected and felt a sense of responsibility to YOU!

I'm even happier to report that the down time I experienced was not a no-holds-barred trip to the dessert tray. And I'm MOST happy to report that I sustained my weight during that time. Woo Hoo!

So now that I am back on, and ready for the next cycle, please know that you have my thanks- who ever reads this, Thank You.

I can't wait for my Thursday weigh-in!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PAULA_COACH 9/29/2009 10:30AM

    Life is a cycle....just keep yourself centered! You can do it!

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CAROLJ94941 9/28/2009 9:42PM

    congratulations on maintaining while 'off the wagon' and welcome back!

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Is that MY Arm???

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I've been at a plateau for two weeks, stuck at 6 lb loss in about as many weeks. It's not so surprising, considering I haven't worked out much, nor had a sufficient water intake over that time frame. I'm just glad my weight held.

Any rate, I decided to subject myself to taking photos. I took a couple in early August, but didn't have the nerve to post them. Not full body... I'm not ready to see the 'real' me on film... just the arms and stomach.

If I hadn't taken the original pictures, I wouldn't have seen the difference- not in a million years. I can actually see the difference right there!

So, if you're like me and you've plateaued, remember to measure your success three dimensionally, spiritually, physically and emotionally.

Six pounds is all I've lost in weight, but these two photos were a HUGE pick-me-up, and they were just what I needed to re-energize.

Six pounds only? Hell, I'll take it gladly!!!

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LILLYTAME 9/27/2009 4:58AM

    Great job! emoticon

It always feels good to SEE those results in some form or another lol.

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DUSTYROSE1968 9/26/2009 2:21AM

    That's the spirit, be positive. Six pounds is a really nice loss. You're 6 pounds less. Yippee, Good for you. Take 1 pound at a time that is how you gained it. They all add up. Keep up the good work you're worth it.

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Lower heels ='s happy feet.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I couldn't bare to part with a pair of shoes that should have made the 'purge' file (see previous blog). Using the power of the almighty internet I found a how-to on how to shorten your heels by as much as one inch.

Voila!... My now uncomfortable 3.5 inch heels are now 2.75 and WOW what a difference today!!!! So now my feet are happy, and so is my wallet.

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ABSMITH24 9/17/2009 5:14PM

    I had no idea you could do that?! Did you shorten them yourself? Way to go!

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Paring down the Wardrobe

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I'm cleaning out the closet following these rules from designer Michael Kors approach on style:
- 70% of your wardrobe should be neutral staple basics'
- 30% 'iciing'- the flashy/trendy stuff.

Anothe professional stylist and organizer added the following:
- Get rid of the 'skinny' stuff
- Get rid of the ratty stuff- You only need ONE outfit for house cleaning.
- Slim down your shoe choices (okay, so that's a hard one to take).

With these rules, here's what went.
1. Stilletto Gold Heals
2. Satin and lace brown stillettos
3. One red mesh shirt
4. One hideously ugly bright green dress (what was I thinking)
5. Ratty/stained/torn sweatshirts
6. One grandma red sweater that was a gift
7. One new crisp white shirt that shrunk just too much on the first wash
8. Old black pants that are just too tight
9. Two scarves
10. One pair of waaaayyyy tooo short shorts

There were other rules for purchasing, but I'm taking this slow. Even so, the recommendation was to analyze your wardrobe and fill in the gaps on your next purchases. For example, are you lacking 'casually nice/dinner with friends clothes'?

Also, it was the organizer's opinion that you onely wear 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time. Not sure how true that is, but in any case the articles definitely changed my perspective.

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ABSMITH24 9/16/2009 1:34PM

    I'm sorry, but I can't stand by a designer/stylist type who says to slim down shoes. I will admit I just tossed a bag full of old shoes, but they were old and I'm obviously going to replace them! ;-)

I love purging my closet with notes from Kors, Tim Gunn, Stacey London, Clinton Kelly, etc. I would kill to get them all in a room and just point their fingers at me saying, "keep, toss, keep, oh god no..." Yay for replacing your old stuff with great new finds!

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FANTABULOUS777 9/16/2009 1:03PM

    Sounds like a good idea!

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TARACHELLE 9/16/2009 12:58PM

    Way to go! I love getting rid of clothes that are too big. Not sure how I would do with ones that are just unnecessary. emoticon

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RONIH2O 9/16/2009 12:56PM

    I wish I had nicer clothes, but I work for the Water District and can be called to a treatment plant at any time. I don't buy the nice clothes because I can't afford to go anywhere nice. I am getting rid of my clothes that don't fit, so I am trying to do better in that regard.

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