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.
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!
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!!!
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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