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That was a good run...wait a minute what am I saying?

Thursday, August 05, 2010

I believe that endorphins induce temporary insanity and I need new shoes.

Today was another early run, so up I get, get dressed, I put on a shirt I haven't worn for awhile that I thought I really liked and off I go. I get to my sister's and we are off and warming up. After our 5 min. warm-up walk we stretch and we spend a lot more time stretching today than at least I have been.

I think one of my problems is not stretching enough after warming up. I have gotten kind of lax and just go through the basics and then start running. So, we spent quite a bit of time on the stretches. Still after less than a 1/4 mile I start feeling tight in my shins again-Uggh!! So I stop at a cable box (at least I'm pretty sure that is what it is)-this big green box in the grassy section between sidewalk and street and stretch my legs even more, do a nice long hamstring stretch and really try to get loose. I start running again and feel good for a little bit, then I start feeling tight again. So the first thing I am thinking is...time for new shoes....the second thing I am thinking is this run sucks.

The HRM is yelling at me so I stop and walk until it stops and then start running again, that's a little better. I am now about 1.25 miles into a slightly longer than 2 mile run. I stop to walk again for a bit when the HRM starts yelling again then start running again, a little better still. I'm getting there...my sis catches up to me (I take a short cut and she always catches up somewhere in there-a little sooner today than usual due to all the walking and stretching I guess). She paces me for a minute and then pulls ahead and finally I start finding my stride.

I am still thinking that I need new shoes, in fact I am going over in my mind, doing a systems check if you will...hmmm, arch is feeling kind of high, like the heel and toes are breaking down. There is no cushy feeling in the shoe, the ground feels hard as I run and my shins hurt. Yep, time for new shoes, darn how am I going to fit that into the budget. emoticon

Anyways, I am finally feeling my stride so I decide to keep going until I catch back up to my sister-she gets to the end and comes back for me emoticon.

Oops got distracted and hit the button too soon-LOL More blog coming-lol!

So, back to the story. I finally meet back up with my sister and we finish the walk back to her house. The shirt I thought I remembered liking I now remembered why I haven't worn it for so long....it is a shirt in the "style" of a running shirt, but it is cotton, I purchased this shirt last year sometime, like when I first started back to exercise and was still uneducated in things like dri-tech and wicking. At the end of today's run there is a big ol' sweaty spot on the front of the shirt, the kind of thing you see on guys and they wear it like a badge of honor- "Hey, yo! Yeah, I worked out today, see my sweat!!" emoticon

On me however, not so cute. I sweat, I just do, it is just one of those facts, I don't glisten, I sheen and drip. So the neck line of this shirt is literaly catching all my sweat and holding on to it for dear life. As my sister said, this shirt is a perfect towel-LOL!! But I don't want to run in a towel, I want a shirt. The puddle is hot and heavy and unattractive, so I need a new shirt too. I've been looking for and at technical shirts, but haven't purchased one yet. I actually have a technical, long-sleeved shirt for cooler weather, but I need something for this summer heat, short or no sleeves. I think that is why I haven't purchased one. Most of what I am finding in my size is sleevless. I have bat wings, I don't really want sleeveless, but as I said to another sparker recently I'm to the point of "hey, I'm out here working hard and getting sweaty, if I want to wear a sleeveless shirt while I'm doing it then y'all are just gonna hafta live with the sight of my bat wings" . That shirt is a gonner I'm afraid, I'm so over the shirt as a towel thing. I need a shirt made out of shamwow or something-LOL!! LOL!! Okay that one just cracked me up. hehehe.

Anyhow...get back to my sis' and do a quite thorough cool down stretch and as I am leaving we both say "that was a good run". Okay, so I just spent 1.67 miles or so thinking "this sucks" and at the end of it all I say "that was a good run"? Am I insane? No, it is just those endorphins speaking. Temporary insanity. But, in truth it was a good run. I did what I set out to do. I went the distance I said I would go. I needed a couple walking breaks, but really, this wasn't supposed to be a max effort run. It was speed training and even though I accidentaly locked the screen on my ipod (yeah, don't ask me how I did that I can't tell you) and couldn't follow the time like I intended, I followed the HRM, when the heart rate got too high I slowed down until it came down a bit and then I ran again, so it all worked, eventualy I won't need to walk, just slow down, in order to get it back in line, but for now I'm training my most important muscle to work more efficiently so the walking will probably be more of a fact for a bit. At the end I felt good and that is the most important part anyways. So, yeah, I think endorphins induce temporary insanity and I need new shoes. Oh, and I stopped at the 24 hour Wal-Mart and on a chance checked the racks, found a cute, short sleeved, technical style top, that is 0% cotton so we will give it a try and see how it goes-at $8 it won't be a huge loss if it isn't perfect and it will, in any case, be an improvement over the towel.

Hope everyone has a great day!!

  
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GONNABEFIT27 8/6/2010 9:27AM

    Thats the great thin about running even when it doesnt feel great when you are doing it...it always feels awesome when you finish it!

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LISAW/3 8/5/2010 7:39PM

    I think the same thing about running! During the run, I wonder what the heck do I think I'm doing out here, this is torture, etc... Then I get home and log my mileage and time into Spark. Then when I see my pace and calories burned, suddenly it doesn't seem like such a bad run after all!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/5/2010 6:06PM

    Hey sis - that was a GREAT run this morning!!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/5/2010 2:51PM

    The amount of running you do I'm not surprised you need new shoes.
And don't you just love those endorphins emoticon emoticon

have a good day Heather emoticon

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EDWINA172 8/5/2010 2:27PM

    Endorphins are my drug of choice. I do believe that you're right about them creating temporary insanity, but you are probably changing your thinking also. You are an athlete. Believe it or not. You like exercise. Your perception of who you are has changed. I find myself saying, "who am I?" quite often after I remark about a good run or exercise session. Welcome to the new you!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 8/5/2010 1:14PM

    I keep hoping that one day those first couple miles of a run won't suck but have not gotten there yet if ever. Run Batgirl run, You crack me up. emoticon

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ESBELL 8/5/2010 10:58AM

    After I found my dream running shoes at the local running center I started buying them online at discount places. Same brand/model, much better price.

Glad you found your stride at the end.

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SLEEPYDEAN 8/5/2010 10:58AM

    Yea, you better get some new shoes for the half training! I keep meaning to go to the local running store to have them check my gait (and then I fully intend to go online and find the right shoe for me, for cheap!).

If you are out this way sometime, you might want to check out the New Balance outlet in Ontario right off of the 15 freeway. I always get my shoes there, and never spend more than $50. (I now see that they say good running shoes shouldn't be any cheaper than $80 - but I just struggle to drop that kind of dough when I've never had a problem with my trusty New Balances.)

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KARVY09 8/5/2010 10:30AM

    Yeah, I bet you do need new shoes. You should change them every 6-9 months really. Sometimes you can get them online cheap or on eBay too.

Glad you had a good run though!

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Not sure what is coming next, can't wait for school to start

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

It was an interesting week last week. I didn't exercise even though I intended to. I didn't eat well. But, I did have some fun with the kids...husband and I had a great anniversary, unfortunately it involved 24 hours of eating out. More on that later...

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were pretty uneventful and lazy. Thursday started out well enough, we were planning on going to the pool and going swimming and doing a couple of other things that didn't happen. In the morning I was in my room checking e-mail and a couple other things when my daughter, the 6 year old, comes walking in with a new hairstyle...check it out...before is on my main page if you want to check it out. Here is the after...

Seriously I was trying so hard not to laugh. I asked her
emoticon"What happened to your hair?"
emoticonAnswer: "Me not know".
emoticon "How come you don't know?"
emoticon "Me not know".
emoticon "Did you cut your hair?"
emoticonShakes head no
emoticon"Did Matthew cut your hair?"
emoticonShakes head no
emoticon"Kaylie, what happened to your hair"
emoticon"Meeeeee nootttttt knoooooowwww (sob)"
emoticon"Kaylie, you are not in trouble, but I need to know what happened to your hair. Did Matthew cut it?"
emoticon"I swear it wasn't me!!!!!!"
emoticon"Kaylie did you cut your hair, you'll be in more trouble if you lie to me, just tell me, did you cut your hair?"
emoticon"Okay, me cut my hair"
emoticon"Kaylie, why did you cut your hair?"
emoticon"Me didn't want it to get in my eyes when I go swimming."

Oh dear- emoticon

Of course, this is the child who was BALD until she was nearly two, who's hair grew maybe an inch last year, if we were lucky. She is going to have a pixie cut for a very long time. I took her to the "hair salon" as she likes to call it to see what they could do. Made a few people laugh each time I had to tell the story. First an old lady waiting for her haircut and then a 20 something young man who was probably remembering a time when he did something similar. There wasn't a whole bunch the stylist could do, just even out the chunky parts. She coulnd't grow back the chunk right up front where Kaylie went practically down to the scalp. Luckily, I have my friend who makes bows and such as her business, she brought me an adorable grey headband with a bow on Sunday that helped distract from the shortness of the style. She is in the process of making a couple custom headbands and hopefully it will grow enough to give her a bit more in front before school pictures are taken in a couple of months. She couldn't do this at the beginning of summer-she had to wait until 3 weeks before school starts again!! Jeez...this one is my challenge. She has very creative ideas and that is cool, definately a talent, but she needs to learn to think through the plan before starting!! LOL!! Here are a couple pics after going to the "salon".




Friday we all went miniture golfing. The night my husband proposed we had gone to this same place for miniture golf. My husband's original plan was to propose at the course, but he got cold feet, the important part is that his feet warmed back up again when we were alone. He is not one of those public display people anyways so it was more his style to do it in private anyways. So, we have never taken the kids miniture golfing so it seemed like a good thing to do on the day before our anniversary. We had a blast. We cheated our way through the entire course. The course was kind of crowded so we were doing things like kicking the kids' golf balls farther down the course, we let the kids "sweep" their balls into the cup and youngest didn't even hit a couple holes, she carried her ball down to the cup, put it on the ground and kicked it into the cup-LOL!! I hit my ball into a water feature and just helped youngest with the rest of the holes!! We let them play at the arcade for awhile and then we took them to my mom's house and ditched them. Then we started our 24 hour fast food fest. Started at Rubio's for dinner. Yum!! Didn't do too badly there actually, a shrimp taco and a steak taco, but I ate all my chips, that was the bad decision.The tacos are corn tortillas that have NOT been fried so the tacos at Rubio's are a decent choice when eating out.

The next morning I got up and went running with my sister. I cut the route short because I was feeling REALLY tight and actually having problems with my stride, the kinds of problems that tell me I'm going to experience shin problems if I keep it up so I walk some, stretched even more and then felt looser so I took a short cut, picked a hill and just ran up and down that one hill until Kristen "caught up". I had a coyote encounter while running. I am running up and down my hill and during a down run I see this "dog" running down the trail right at me. It is still a bit away and looked friendly so I went ahead and turned away from it to run back up the hill. I expected to see it again when I turned back, but it had disappeared. A bit later a gentleman out walking reached me and asked if I'd seen the coyote!! Oh!! I thought it was a dog! He explained that it saw me and ran across the street to an empty field and ran through the field and into a housing tract. He said he sees them quite often. I ususally don't see them in town like that, but where we were running is in town, but a lot closer to the foothills so I guess these guys show up pretty often on that side of town. They must be getting really hungry because he was quite a ways into town and in broad daylight.

Went home and started looking for breakfast, husband suggests spliting a breakfast burrito from Steve's (a local fast food restaurant that is really popular). I immediately say YES!! It's been ages since I've had a Steve's burrito. They are so yummy and so HUGE!!! Even splitting one it was more than I should have had. Tortilla, egg, potato and bacon.

We have a kind of lazy morning and afternoon, lunch time rolls around...Hey, how about a chicken teriyaki sandwich from Carl's Jr?. "Sounds great". Oh my, what am I thinking?

Kids come home, I've been doing house work for a couple hours now. Everyone is tired, but hungry. Husband heads to KFC for Chicken Strips, cole slaw, and mashed potatoes and gravy.

That was baaaaaaaaaad. I could see the puffiness in my face and feet the next day from all the sodium.

The good news is I think I've got it out of my system!! I don't think I'll need to eat out again for awhile.

I've done some planning for the month, set a schedule for workouts and such. School starts again this month and youngest has her birthday so we will be busy, but I am ready to get back on a schedule and keeping those workouts going.

Got up this morning planning on an easy two-miler, but only went 1.5. Took our beagle out with me this morning and as soon as we got to the start of the run I looked down the street and there was a stray dog running towards us. Baxter hadn't noticed it yet so I turned and went a different way. I hadn't made it even half a mile before my shins were getting tight again. I stopped and did some more stretching and ran a bit more, but just wasn't feeling it too much today. I couldn't find my stride, I was tight and I was tired and it was, once again, a little too warm considering the sun wasn't even up yet. I had pretty much decided I was done when I hit a street I could take to pretty much redo the beginning of my route only in reverse-take it or skip it, take it or skip it?

I took it!! That is what put me over the 1.5 mark, if I had skipped it I would have barely gotten in one mile. I came home and was ambushed by needy girls-got them settled with some cereal and started stretching. That felt good! I think, that even though I do a stretch after warming up and I stretch again at the end of every workout, I need to be doing more. Today's after workout stretch was much more thorough than normal and it felt GOOD! In fact almost as soon as I was done stretching I felt like going out again, but hubby had to leave for work so it will have to wait till tomorrow. I'm testing out shorter, more frequent workouts this week and see if that helps. I've been feeling fatigued so I'm thinking shorter, but more frequent will give me the same amount but without as much fatigue. I've got a schedule planned for two weeks, we'll see how it goes. I want to start building my milage again and need to find a way to make that work. I've started the basics of a training plan to take me through the half marathon in November, just need to do a little tweaking here and there to finalize it. This week I am tracking calories for the FITS challenge and my personal goal is getting enough water. It's been hot and I think the basic amount is not cutting it and helping to make me more tired so I am increasing the water intake and hoping it makes a difference.

Well, now that I've typed a novel...hope everyone is having a great day, great week, great summer...

  
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ESBELL 8/5/2010 10:49AM

    I love little girls with short hair. Very rare in my neck of the woods. Glad to see you back !

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KARVY09 8/5/2010 10:34AM

    Hehe, the haircut's not so bad... it'll grow back soon!

Glad you had a good "off" week and enjoyed a lot of stuff.

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MUSTANGMISSY 8/3/2010 6:24PM

    Poor thing! Definitely something to put in her scrapbook! She still looks cute though!

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BECKNWA 8/3/2010 3:17PM

    Mine just did something similar and she's 18! Tried to trim the back and left a big gaping hole. They never learn!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/3/2010 2:52PM

    I think we all have our hair stories. But the after pictures look cute.

It sounds like you are doing great getting back to a schedule.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/3/2010 1:28PM

    That is the really funny thing about Kaylie's cut, it really fits her sassy attitude!!

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/3/2010 1:18PM

    Awwww ... poor kid! Although she actually does look really cute with short hair! I tried to cut my own bangs when I was about 10 (yea, old enough to know better) and they ended up about that length (or shorter!).

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/3/2010 1:16PM

    So good to see a blog!!! I think your little challenge's hair is so super cute! :-) Yes, more bangs would be good...but I can see how a cute little headband will do the trick until some of it grows back! LOL

Can't help thinking back to Chellie's haircut...LOL KIDS and the crazy things they do!!!! :-D

Way to go on the run and the start of a plan! Time to rock n' roll! You can do it!!

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EDWINA172 8/3/2010 12:56PM

    This made me giggle. Love this pics. Such a sweet girl! You are a very understanding momma. Good luck with the rest of your summer. Your runs sound interesting. I have some coyotes around where I lve too....and bears.

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CHEVL66 8/3/2010 12:48PM

    The school pix will be a great event (like when she's graduating!) to remember!

Planning your workouts for a month? Is that right? How do you do it? I need to do more planning...meals, workouts, etc...



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NEW-CAZ 8/3/2010 12:20PM

    aww bless her cotton socks! She looks so cute!
I'm glad you and your family had such a great time on the golf- cheating whatever next LOL.
I find sodium bloats me Heather so understand your discomfort, glad you're okay..........and still running. BRILLIANT.

Hey I love your blogs they're always interesting, nice to hear you're enjoying life emoticon emoticon

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AML05030 8/3/2010 11:45AM

    POOR SWEETHEART! LOL. Everyone has done something goofy like that. I hope the bows work :)

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 8/3/2010 11:42AM

    OMG, I couldn't help but giggle at the pics. I think we've all done that at some point as a kid. Mine was kindergarten and I cut a block out of my bangs. Had to style my hair quite sassy for the school pics! LOL Kids, gotta love 'em! Glad to sodium is out of your system and you can move on and get back to kickin' butt!

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Going on hiatus...

Monday, July 26, 2010

I need a short break. I am frustrated and tired and tired and frustrated and I don't know how to proceed.

I am STUCK. The same five pounds have been coming and going for awhile now, they won't leave and I don't know why.

My kids are so cute and sweet, but driving me crazy, my daughter just asked me "what can me do?" I told her she has a ton of toys and things to do and she is bored? She said nothing is fun.

Well, if that doesn't just sum up the whole shebang in one cute little sentance. Nothing is fun. My runs, haven't been fun. Eating, hasn't been fun. Having the kids home 24/7 hasn't been fun. And the thing is-all of it should be fun.

I am taking a vacation. I'm not going anywhere. I'm not doing anything special. But, I'm turning off the computer, I'm still going running tomorrow, but I'm not coming on Spark first to plot the route, it's just going to happen. I'll eat this week the way I think I should. I have some goodies for smoothies. I bought good food. We'll get the craft goodies out and have some fun. The t.v. will go off more this week and I'll try enjoying my summer instead perseverating over Spark. Sorry, I'm not bad mouthing. Really, it's not you-it's me-I need to work on myself before I deserve someone like you ;p!

It's gotten to the point where I have two races to sign up for, but can only afford one this week. So, which one do I sign up for? The 5K in a couple of weeks or the half in a couple of months? Should be an easy decision but I can't make it....5K so easy now, been there done that, want to set a PR at this race, but just not feeling the excitement for some reason. The half-marathon, never been there, or done that, and I just can't bring myself to plop down the bucks to register and it is CHEAP too!! What if it is a waste of money?

Took the final for my class, now the test just needs to make it back to school on time and get graded. It is driving me crazy that this part is totally out of my hands. If the testing center doesn't send it back immediately and it doesn't get back on time-then what do I do? UGGH!! I won't know until next week if it worked out.

I need a vacation in the worst way. The good part is that Saturday is my wedding anniversary-11 years!!

Going on vacation now...wish me luck...

  
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GREENSHADE 7/27/2010 10:46PM

    Best of luck with the test and have fun on vacation! Run around a lot with the kids!

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MCS2008 7/27/2010 7:21PM

    Totally can relate. Been there done that!! Take all the time you need for YOU and remeber that we will always be her for you when YOU are ready to come back!!

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CFLOTT 7/27/2010 8:08AM

    Boy, do I GET this blog. I'm in the middle of rethinking things and making some changes. The good thing with Spark is that you can take that step back...but the support doesn't leave. It's still here when you need it.

Go for it! And by "it" I mean the break, the fun, the summer kaboodle!

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CATHIMOMMY 7/27/2010 6:18AM

    I can relate to this post--and there is a week plus of summer left in my household(we homeschool)...I've already explained to the kids if I hear "bored" out of either of them, we'll be starting school that hour--thus far it has worked!

I hope to get the next 5 pounds off but they haven't budged either--I am training for a half marathon and perhaps that will kickstart something....I'm sending you a Sparkgoodie and hoping you have a fabulous anniversary--and rejoin us when you are ready --who knows those 5 pounds could sneak away!

Hugs,
Cathi

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NEW-CAZ 7/27/2010 3:02AM

    Hey Heather you've worked your butt off; running, school looking after hubby and the kids is it any wonder!

You have your break hun and enjoy your time away from sitting here and focus on FUN.

I'll look forward to your return and an invigorated lady blogging all her exploits.

Happy Anniversary
Luv and bear hugs emoticon

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CK2SUMMERS 7/26/2010 10:22PM

    Sometimes you gotta take a break from all this! You know yourself the best.

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ESBELL 7/26/2010 8:59PM

    Heck - it's summertime! Everyone deserves a vacation (or stay-cation!) so enjoy the week with the kiddos, have them help you make some yummy snacks (ants on a long anyone?) and make some super cute crafts. Just take pics for your blog when you get back.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/26/2010 8:43PM

    Bwaahahahahaha - still laughing at Karvy's comment!!! Yeah - her and me both! You don't want the clown!!! :-)

We all have times like this...where nothing seems to be the motivation you need. Summer time is tough...I remember feeling burnt out - heck I feel a little burnt out now. The 10-hour days are wearing on me! Well...that and having a house full of people for the last 1.5 weeks, and driving to the beach for nothing, and well, you get the idea. :-)

Good job on deciding you need a reset. Focus on some fun!!!! See you again soon!

And Happy Anniversary! 11 years - doesn't seem like it's possible that much time has passed...but wait a second, how the heck did I become the mother of adults and teenagers??? LOL

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 7/26/2010 7:34PM

    Your first Half is NEVER a waste of money, especially if a challenging goal like this gets you going again. DO IT!


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ADVENTURE-GIRL 7/26/2010 5:46PM

    We all need a break sometimes. I hope you are able to refocus.
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KARVY09 7/26/2010 4:44PM

    We'll miss ya. Please enjoy yourself and hit that reset button. But remember, if I see a "fall off the wagon" blog when you come back, I'll be sending you the scary clown goodie. No lie!

Happy anniversary!

And enjoy your summer!

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PINKCOCONUT 7/26/2010 4:34PM

    Good luck hon! I've been there and you'll come back well rested and rarin' to go and that pesky 5lbs will finally leave and then some! Sometimes it really is just stress!

*hugs*

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WTH!!!!???? Having a fashion related hissy fit!!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

So, who saw the article about Plus-sized model Crystal Renn being "shocked" when photos done for a charity were retouched? Here is the basic story. Model Crystal Renn got into fashion modeling as a teen-ager and developed bulemia. When her hair started falling out and her energy dropped to nothing she woke up and started living a healthy lifestyle. She is now an indemand model and at a healthy weight. No more trying to be a size zero for this gal. Admirable, right? I think so too, this is the kind of example the world needs when it comes to fashion and health. She has every right to be shocked and I would say even angry about the retouching. She has felt the damage that size 0 models inflict on girls who want to be like their fashion idols. So, why the hissy fit?

As I am reading the article (link to follow) Ms. Renn is discussing this issue of trying to be super skinny and where she is now she mentions her current size. Now, before I mention it I want to point out that at the top of the article in 112 point letters (I don't actually know the font size I am making up a number here) are these words..."Plus-size model ‘shocked’ at being made to look thinner". Plus-sized model is the leader here. This particular "PLUS-SIZED MODEL" states she is a size 10. TEN!! A size TEN is PLUS-SIZED?????????!!!!!!! SINCE FREAKIN' WHEN IS A TEN A PLUS SIZE?????!!!!! Only in the world of fashion. I am so FREAKIN' angry over this. A size 10 is a PERFECTLY healthy size for A LOT of women. But, in the world of size zero models a 10 equals plus-sized.

I'm sorry but the last time I checked the Plus-sized racks (which happened to be the last time I shopped for an outfit) the Plus-sizes started at 16. The smallest size I've EVER worn, as an adult, is a 12 pant and medium shirt. So, according to the fashion industry even then I was a Plus-Sized person.

THIS IS WHY GIRLS AND WOMEN DEVELOP ANOREXIA AND BULEMIA!!!!!!!!! Crystal Renn is a perfectly healthy, beautiful woman. Her weight is right for her. She appears toned and healthy in the untouched photo and has (gasp) CURVES. Considering size deflation Marylin Monroe and Lucille Ball were both around a size 6 (our sizes-a 12 for the time period). Princess Di was an 8. And yet a beautiful girl who is a size 10 is considered plus-sized. For cryin' out loud what is wrong with us?

Fashion designers claim their clothes look best on 0-2 sized women. I never saw Di, Marylin or Lucille looking frumpy!! They all wore stylish and beautiful clothes and looked like "real" people. Ms. Renn looks like a REAL person.

It was never my style, but my sister "papered" the walls in the room we shared with photos from magazines. Not just the normal teen idols, but models wearing clothes she liked and styles she liked. If my daughters do the same when they are teenagers I hope they post pictures of people like Crystal Renn. Real people with a realistic body image. People who KNOW that trying to shrink to skin and bones is not healthy. People who know that toned muscle is more beautiful than bones poking through parchment paper skin.

The shelf life of models doesn't last long enough for Ms. Renn to still be a viable commodity in 10 years (when my older girl to be 16 and the younger one 14), but I sincerely hope that there will be people like Crystal Renn, Venus and Serena Williams, Gabrielle Reece, et. al. to inspire my daughters to be the healthiest version of themselves they can be instead of a clothes hanger.

Maybe we will get lucky and the fashion industry will be struck by a plague and the new designers will appreciate the look of a real woman and we will no longer have Plus-Sized models who are a size 10. 10 will be what it is supposed to be-normal. So will 8 and 6 and 12. If you look good you look good and fashion will wake up and realize that!!

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KAATII 7/27/2010 6:34AM

    Totally agree with you on the ***Shock*** factor. If a size 10 is a plus we are going backwards yet again. I have a grandaughter who startged to develop anorexia at the tender age of 9 so that she would not get fat.......
The media promotes this behavior and we women...as role models also fall short.....how often do we discuss "diets" in front of our kids....or obsess about what we eat in front of the kids......

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 7/26/2010 7:44PM

    Nothing lovely about a boney model, no matter what they try to tell us.

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LISAW/3 7/26/2010 4:27PM

    I couldn't agree with you more! My daughters are still very young, but I can only hope there can be positive role models for them. In fact, that is one of my main motivators for my own weight loss/health journey is so that I can be a role model for them!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/26/2010 2:43PM

    Bravo!!! Glad you jumped on that soapbox!

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PAPPHEM 7/24/2010 12:50PM

    I completely agree, this makes me crazy too! Especially since the swing in fashion is to add more "plus size" models but they keep referring to plus size models who are size 8-12! Geez!! I'm still at a size 14, what does that make me then?!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/23/2010 4:51PM

    I so agree Heather.
Youngsters are easily swayed by stick thin models that advertisers say they "prefer" as the clothes hang "better" and other such excuses.
It's about time designers recogised their part in eating disorders and start seeing women as women! With curves!

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KTKATRINK 7/23/2010 4:21PM

    Here's my take on the subject. Most certainly a size 10 is not a plus-size in the real world. That is why department stores don't put size 10's with the 22's. However, a model that is a size 10 IS plus-sized in their community.

Designers and fashion are scary in that a size 0-2 has become the norm. If that's their go-to size, then of course a 10 is considered plus. The problem is that they have to be able to differentiate between who can fit in their sample sizes and who can't. That doesn't mean we should condone 0-2 being their sample size. Really, it should be a 6-8 if they want the majority of models to be able to work after age 15 and be healthy. (I say 6-8 since they tend to like the models to merely be hangers ... and that's an entirely different subject/discussion.) However, they will always have to have a sample size because they need a standard if they are only going to make one garment per look for a show. And some beautiful model is always going to be plus a sample size. Unfortunately, that's fashion.

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MUSTANGMISSY 7/23/2010 1:30PM

    I wholeheartedly agree! Young girls are so influenced by what they see in magazines and tv. I think the media has to shoulder some of the blame for the pressure that girls are under to look "perfect".

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BER7506 7/23/2010 12:08PM

    Well said!!! What breaks my heart more is now that they have "Plus Girl" sizes and "Husky" sizes for boys!!! I thought that it was part of life to grow up and move into bigger sizes as you grow, but apparently the fashion indrustry think you should stay in a childs size 8 and if you pass that you are considered fat...

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CREATINGAMANDA 7/23/2010 11:24AM

    ** applause **

Well said! It annoys me to NO END when they call size 10/12 women "plus sized". It sends a false image. As does telling us that being a size 2 is normal. And you're right - I've never seen a plus size section of a store that had size 10 clothes in it.

If designers make their clothes to look best on size 0-2 women, then I'm sorry, but they are not making them to look best on women. They are making them to look best on hangers. My ideal bodytype (what I'm aspiring to) is more along the lines of JLo or Kim Kardashian. Most women are not size 0-2 and I think we should embrace the fact that everyone has different body types. Not everyone fits the model mold.

Well said!

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CYNDIDAVISUSA 7/23/2010 11:20AM

    This pisses me off to no end too. Princess Di was a size 8 and sometimes she looked too thin. These fashion people are completely whacked in the head.

I get pissed too at the choices WE have in "plus sized" clothing. If you are bigger than they want people to be, you get to look dowdy. It's better than it used to be in that respect, but I still look at some stuff and think, "Really? I weigh over 200 pounds and YOU think I should have a giant flower on my chest?" Idiots.

Related Today interview: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38358
777/ns/today-today_fashion_and_
beauty/?gt1=43001 Glamour mag leaning more towards "real women". Nice.

Size 8-14 used to be NORMAL. 6 was even considered very small. Crazy. Great post!

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SLEEPYDEAN 7/23/2010 11:02AM

    I saw her on the cover of another magazine a few months back with two other models. It said Plus-sized model and I was like "who is the plus-sized one", because they all looked healthy and great to me. Too bad the fashion industry still thrives even with many outraged people speaking out against them.

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SKYWATCHERRS 7/23/2010 10:57AM

    Great post. I share your outrage!! The fashion world is just unforgivable in this regard.

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In the Spotlight...another funny thing happened on a run...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Today is the day I get up freakishly early to go running with my sister. First thing I get there and there is no porch light on-"that's okay, I'm a few minutes early, I'll just sit here in the car a few minutes and wait". Four a.m. rolls around and still no light, I walk to the door and tap very, very softly and wait. Before long I hear Daisy (the dog) yelp. Well, sounds like someone is on the way to the door. I wait and finally tap again and then the door opens. So, the first weird thing actually happened to my sister. Daisy some how got caught up in the little drawstring on my sister's pants and they had to get untangled and then my sister had to fix the little barrel stopper on the drawstring that Daisy some how pulled off.

A short time later we are off an running. I am running a timed plan so I have my old ipod "brick", as my sister called it. I couldn't find ANYTHING this morning. I forgot to pull a shirt, somebody threw a wet washcloth on the running pants I had left folded on the bathroom counter so I could get dressed without waking anybody up, the HRM was missing from its regular spot, my stopwatch died, so I took the "brick" since it has a stopwatch function , also I misplaced the charger to my shuffle so if I wanted music it had to be the big guy today. My plan I was following was to run 4 minutes fast, recover 4 minutes, run 3 minutes fast, 3 recovery, 2/2, 1/1 and then 4 rounds of 30 second sprints with 1 minute recovery. After the first round I discovered that I kept a better pace if I ran and then walked very briskly for the recovery instead of trying to run slow. Something today just felt awkward and off during the "slow" runs and I wanted to increase my pace to have a better stride or something so the walking helped me use the time as a real recovery and felt better to boot. Got through the entire run without anything odd happening. Except since I was constantly looking at the stop watch I was afraid I would crash into a parked car, but I didn't -whew!!-lol!!

I'm so slow that awhile ago I started taking a "short cut" instead of following the same route as my sister. She always catches up during the run at some point so this way she isn't left standing around waiting for me forever until I finally show up. So at the end of today's run I was still in front and had gotten only a minute or so into my cool down walk when I looked ahead and saw this car stopped in the street, it was stopped at an angle, blocking the side walk just a bit, so that a person walking that direction (like me) would have to pass directly in front of the bumper and past the driver's door to pass. I kept looking at the car trying to figure out what it was doing and realized it was a police car (this escaped my attention at first because a) it was still dark outside-no sun yet, and b) my glasses were a bit fogged-it was a dampish morning and my glasses had collected a bit of moisture. I decided that cop or no cop I was not getting any closer to that car without someone with me-not because I am afraid of the police, but because as a woman you always hear stories about rouge or fake police officers who do things that are not so police officer-ish. So I turned around to head back to find my sister, just as I had made half the turn she says "coming behind", but at the same moment I got a glimpse of her in my peripheral vision and I jumped probably a mile!! Dang police car had me all freaked out. I started explaining about the car and right about then...boom we are in a spotlight. Those car mounted lights the police have are very, very bright when pointed directly at you in the pre-dawn-lol! It stayed on for just a moment and blinked back out. We crossed the street so that we wouldn't pass directly next to the car and as we pass the officer called over and apology for the light and explained they were looking for someone. We both called back that it was no problem. Then we started joking about that light. I was cracking up at how I, at least, must have looking in that spotlight!! I'd just finished the hardest part of the workout-30 second sprints, I was sweaty as all get out. The humid weather has my hair in extreme frizz mode and I didn't even bother to put it in little piggy tails this morning to keep it back (a couple of weeks ago I had that long pony tail chopped off, now my hair is in a bob that hits right below my ear, but a very curly bob). I must have been quite the sight!! "Honestly, Officer, I haven't been attacked, I'm just out for a morning run. I know it is still the middle of the night, but this is when we run. No, I usually look like this when I have to get up before the sun. Yes, I'll try to do something to improve my appearance next time so I don't give an officer of the law a heart attack while on duty. Thank you" LOL!!!! He was talking to a lady who appeared to be the age to be the mom of a teenager. I'm guessing some one went for a midnight stroll without informing mom, as I was leaving I saw the car headed towards Wal-Mart, a good place to go look for a teen-ager missing in the early a.m. First time I've ever been spotlighted by the police while I was outside of a car. emoticon

The really good news is that it was actually cool for our run this morning!! Yay!!!! This is how it is supposed to be here!! We get scorching hot days, but it cools off at night. So glad the "heat wave" is over-we are still getting very warm days-mid to high 90's, but our nights are finally cooling off again. Promises good things for our hill repeats on Saturday.

Hope everyone else is having a good week.Have fun, keep cool and be safe :P.

  
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LINDENSGIRL 7/22/2010 9:55PM

    Now that's a run to remember! Thanks for sharing and giving me a good chuckle! emoticon

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ESBELL 7/22/2010 9:54PM

    You always have the best adventures!

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NEWNAC304 7/22/2010 7:58PM

    You're braver than I am! I'm glad everything was okay.

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 7/22/2010 4:57PM

    How funny, but I would have managed a serious sprint home after hearing that the police were looking for someone in the neighborhood. Yikes.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/22/2010 4:30PM

    It was a fun one this morning! Lots of excitement! :-)

Looking forward to hill repeats on Saturday...???...I think. LOL I was thinking 5:00 AM?? If we want to beat the heat?

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SEEAMANDARUN 7/22/2010 2:17PM

    Love It! Sounds like you had quite an entertaining run.

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EDWINA172 7/22/2010 1:47PM

    Yay! I loved reading about your little adventure! I was holding my breath while I was reading about the car parked ahead of you. Scarey stuff. Thank God it was a police officer (a real one). Be careful out there. I carry pepper spray when I run alone. Might be an idea for you too.

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NEW-CAZ 7/22/2010 1:12PM

    I can imagine the scene Heather! ROFLMAO
Glad you got a good run in though!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/22/2010 1:00PM

    Your life sounds interesting. One of my ideas for a fiction book would be to coronicle conversations of a couple of walkers. Your running story would be great for a book like that.

Good job for getting the run in even if it has to be at dark o'clock in the morning.

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KARVY09 7/22/2010 12:48PM

    Ruh roh. You crazy fugitives you.

Hehe...

Sounds like a trip, but glad that overall you had a good run!

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