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My Baby Bro's Wedding! (Valentine's Appropriate, eh?)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

WHAT A WEEK! Whew! Glad its over. I still feel like I'm recovering. Anyhow, the week was completely hectic and full starting the minute I stepped foot off the Greyhound onto El Centro soil. I slept only 1 hour and dozed [sorta] on the bus for 2 hours. I shopped until I dropped! Most days we went to no less than 3 stores picking up supplies. I got my hair cut on Wednesday, the longest shopping day ever! 7+ hours: Starting with Wal-Mart, Target, Food4Less, Costco, Smart & Final, and Vons. I know most of you don't know anything about El Centro, but it plain ol' sucks. Obviously, it took 6 stores to get everything we needed. We also spent 3 solid hours cleaning my grandmother's patio and doing some yard work, as that's where we had the reception. We didn't take any breaks in that 3 hours, either. We left there a sweaty, sticky, dusty, leafy, wood/paint chippy mess. Worse case of allergies ever- for all 3 of us.

Thursday morning I woke up bright and early. And spent the ENTIRE DAY cooking for the dinner. I made bruschetta (just tomatoes, feta, and basil) and sliced up 3 baguettes, two kinds of hummus (roasted red pepper and spicy), baked macaroni and cheese (using gruyere and havarti cheeses, artichoke hearts, and spinach), chocolate and colorful candied mustache and lip lollipops, cupcakes in a jar, and wedding cake. I also handmade a topper for it. In addition to what I made, my aunt made her famous whole wheat dinner rolls, my grandma made a green salad (salad bar style!), my other aunt made the cocktails, and my mom made two huge briskets and two racks of baby back ribs. We also had rice crispies treats, petit fours, and snickerdoodles; and savories we had my mom's famous potato salad and roasted veggies. It was a veritable feast, washed down with iced tea, lemonade, and Dr. Pepper.

I was a flurry of teal the entire night, as I was the one putting this shindig on.

The morning of the ceremony I got up extra early and baked the sponge cake. I painted my nails, ironed my dress and my brother's suit, and generally got everyone going. As I was a witness, I had to be at the courthouse early with the bride and groom. My parents came later. And we all realized my other brother was missing from the action. Well, we couldn't stall the ceremony, so we went through with it. Turns out my poor brother was there the whole time! He just didn't know where to go. So, he missed the ceremony. I felt so terrible, I wanted to cry. He was pretty upset also. :-( It was important for us all to be there, as the bride's flaky parents didn't even bother to show up. They didn't object to the wedding, they love my brother and my family. They're just flakes, plain and simple.

The "wedding party". I was Best Man. Then there's the groom, my baby brother Ethan. Then, Lauren, my beautiful sister-in-law, and Viviana, the Matron of Honor.

The dining area in the yard.

Beautiful lantern on the table.

Bottles with daisies and carnations (and the cupcake in a jar)
Anyway, it was crazy getting everything decorated and food warmed and plated and set out, but I got through it. By the time I got everything done, I didn't even want to eat dinner. I munched a small plate of food while I assembled the wedding cake. It was made with whipped cream and fresh berries, so it needed to be assembled and eaten pretty quickly. It was a delicious cake! It was a wonderful night, surrounded with loved ones and delicious eats. I got home at about 11pm and don't even remember my head hitting the pillow.

The wedding cake with handmade topper!

Decorations and food area, side 1.

Decorations and food area, side 2.
The next morning I woke up and headed to the Holtville Carrot Festival parade with my dad. He owns a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino (his very first car) and is part of a car club. They named themselves "The Drifter's Car Club" which I think is totally lame. I suggested they call themselves "Old Guys with Old Cars". Much better, in my humble opinion! ;-) Anyway, we drove through the parade, I drank a sh*tty cup of gas station coffee, and I got a giant 3 or 4 gallon bag of fresh produce- it was "fill your bag with as much as you can" for only $5!! The sad thing is, this is the only farmer's market type thing in the Imperial Valley (the Farmer's Market they have once a year doesn't even have any fresh produce to buy). Its pathetic considering its a HUGE agricultural area. The entire Imperial Valley is completely and totally surrounded by fields and agriculture.

My dad's truck

The car parade line-up. My dad's is the 3rd car. The 2nd one is my dream car!

One side of the festival in the town square.

The other side, with the carnival and cars from another club.
Anyway, that was a fun day. I saw some old friends, had some fresh fish tacos, saw some more of my family. It was nice to revisit it, as I grew up attending that festival. Super awesome!

Me & the other witness, Vivi.

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CANNIE50 2/15/2012 11:45PM

    WOW - that sounds exhausting but what a labor of love and such a warm way for your family to welcome your new s.i.l. as an official member of the family (sounds like she needs a back-up family for sure). You look so great in your dress and your hair is adorable.

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/15/2012 1:03PM

    Wow! Sounds like you did an amazing job - and you looked fabulous too! emoticon

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MILLER*TIME 2/15/2012 11:14AM

    WOW you really pulled all that off!! That's amazing! What an awesome sister :) That cake looks so fresh and delicious too, yum!

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SCHWINNER! 2/15/2012 6:54AM

    HOLY COW you did a great job on everything!!!! Amazing. I love the cake, the decorations, the setting, the feel of it - lovely and simple! Gave me some ideas for my own type of thing ;)

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JSALERNO 2/15/2012 4:53AM

    Looks great. I can't imagine cooking all that food. I'm not exactly a good cook. emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/14/2012 11:38PM

    Sounds like a whirlwind wedding weekend! You looked beautiful, I love your hair and dress!

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ABB698 2/14/2012 8:52PM

    Love the shorter do and your dress is gorgeous! Wow, you were a whirlwind of wedding madness, but it all turned out beautiful! Your Dad's car is awesome, and yes, I cannot believe Imperial has no fresh produce when that's what the area is! Maybe they're so tired of harvesting it, they don't want to eat it too? Your cake looks so yummy! Your brother is lucky to have a sister like you!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/14/2012 7:43PM

    Wow Jilly! You were a COOKIN, shoppin, plannin, MOVIN, GROOVIN, lady! Amazing!
Lets get this said...you looked great! Love the short cut "do"! I have a question...how did you have a wedding without the groom? I was confused! And was the gal in White the bride? Who was the gal at the end with long hair?
You really did good! Great job!
Hope you had a great Val- Day!

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LODESTONE 2/14/2012 7:40PM

    Sounds like you had a marvelous time, even if you had to work your a$$ off to help bring it all together. You look lovely in your teal dress, and I really love the new hairdo! Best wishes for your brother and his beautiful new bride.

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Couldn't Resist (photo)

Friday, February 03, 2012

This was my dinner last night... Homemade chicken and waffles. Oh yeah!

And it appears this is my mind/body this week:

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 2/5/2012 10:10PM

    YYYYYUUUMMMMM!!!!!!! I was just saying earlier this week that I need to buy a belgian waffle maker. The kind you flip and it beeps at you. The only time I ever have waffles is when I stay at a hotel!

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ERIKO1908 2/4/2012 4:33PM

    love the pic of the chicken and waffles!! and the cartoon...so true, so often...thanks for sharing both of these...

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ABB698 2/4/2012 12:33PM

    Never had chicken & waffles. Do they really go well together? Love the cartoon!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 2/4/2012 7:33AM

    Make enough of that chicken and waffles to share? LOL

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KKINNEA 2/3/2012 4:05PM

    Love the cartoon - can totally dig that.

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RAINYFRIDAY 2/3/2012 3:11PM

    Looove chicken and waffles! And I can totally relate to the cartoon. Hope your mind gives you the freedom to get some sleep!

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/3/2012 2:31PM

    Looks so yummy!

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JSALERNO 2/3/2012 2:07PM

    emoticon looks good

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MISSB8604 2/3/2012 1:38PM

    That is my life in cartoon form.

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BARBARASDIET 2/3/2012 1:03PM


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    LOL...you are funny!
Looks fab, that chic & waffles...yum!
And, my goodness, that cartoon is me at times, too!
Try to TAKE IT EASY...as the old song says...don't let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy emoticon

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CHUCKIECHIEF 2/3/2012 12:56PM

    This is great and funny. Thanks for sharing.

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So... I guess... Uh...

Thursday, February 02, 2012

I'm noticing a lot of my lovely SparkFriends are in the habit of posting monthly goals, either due to a team challenge they're participating in or for themselves. I realize this is NOT news and that this occurs rather frequently. Why its never occurred to me to give that a shot, I'll never know! But, maybe that's a nice thing to do. I'm fairly goal-oriented and having it listed or written down somewhere is something I'm inclined to do and enjoy and follow. So, I've decided to give it a go:

emoticon Track food at least 3 days (all food eaten) per week. One has to be a weekend day.

emoticon Drink 64oz of water (plain) a day for at least 3 days of the week. I can count unsweetened tea or Crystal Lite To-Go as "other" water.

emoticon No more f***ing soda! I'm angry to even have to have this as a goal, as I normally don't drink soda... went months without it, in fact... but, the last few weeks... grrr...

emoticon Eat breakfast MWF before class (or take one to eat during class).

emoticon Meet or exceed 500 minute fitness goal for February. I was 104 minutes short of this goal for January. I can do better.

emoticon Plant something edible. Tomatoes, herbs, peppers... doesn't matter. Plant it!

emoticon Get through my baby brother's wedding without killing anyone. Why am I the only sane member of my family?!

emoticon Keep up/catch up with homework in all 4 classes, including the week I'll be at my parent's for the wedding.

Alright, that should do it. School and wedding have me pretty busy, so I'm not going to stress too much about it.

I had a great time at the latest San Diego Spark Rally. WOLFKITTY (Jocelyn) came to pick me up in the morning and we headed to Tecolote Shores at Mission Bay. It was a gorgeous, sunny day out. We walked along the marked path for a bit over 4 miles (almost 4.5, natch). It was a great walk. Lots of people out enjoying their fitness, playing in the water, men with no shirts playing volleyball, kids on the playground... It was great to get to chat with such wonderful Sparks in person! HAWAIIANMAMA and KSANDIEGO were awesome walking company the first leg of the journey; WOLFKITTY and SASSYJAY were my amazing companions on the journey back. SMILEY1K brought her husband along to walk with us, and FITNFUNJEN joined us a bit later with her husband. ABB698 stayed at the picnic table with her adorable daughter and held down the fort.

We had a delicious and healthy potluck lunch! I made Chicken Machaca burritos (recipe here: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=1968926). Other Sparks brought egg salad (made with veganaise) on wheat sandwich thins, cactus salsa, black bean and cauliflower wraps, fruit salad with yogurt, juicy orange slices, and baked seaweed snacks. It was a super feast of delicious epicness! We sat and ate and talked and talked and enjoyed each other's company. I can't wait for the next rally (I hope I get to go).

As far as school is going, I'm a busy bee with 4 classes. Two are nutrition classes, so I'm majorly stoked- advanced nutrition and diet therapy. Both should be interesting. I'm also enrolled in a leadership class, which is so far not as interesting, but hopefully it'll pick up. Its a theory class, so its a little tougher than the run-of-the-mill college class. And I'm in a culinary class for commercial cooking/kitchens. That should be a lot of fun because I'll actually be spending time in a commercial kitchen! I gotta dig out my chef's coat, pants, skull cap, apron, and non-slip shoes. All are required! So cool!!! These are the 4 classes I need to get my Dietary Services Supervisor certificate. I still have to do my practicum, which involves me working in an actual nursing home kitchen. That's up in the air for when that'll happen. If the budget doesn't completely tank, I can do it as early as this summer. If it does, then the earliest would be throughout fall semester... Seems like that'll be really far away, but if that's the case, then I'll have my surgery early in the summer. If I can do practicum over summer, then I'll do my surgery later in the summer. So, I'll find out in May what the dealio is.

I guess that's it for me...

Once again, machaca link:

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CANNIE50 2/4/2012 12:06AM

    THe rally sounds really fun. Hopefully, before the wedding and all that lovely family time, you can do a good workout - it helps in retaining sanity. I am glad you are enjoying school, and your goals sound very sensible. emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/3/2012 10:09AM

    Good job! And now you have me working on mine for a blog, too! Hey, I don't want to be left behind! Your Rally sounded great! How cool to be with other SPARKIES and what a fab potluck! You really are taking on the classes! Good for you! ESP. With the wedding stuff going on. When is the wedding? And I think I missed what surgery you have coming up? Please inform...I have to keep track of my SPARKFRIENDS!
Take care!

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LUCYLU22 2/3/2012 9:57AM

    Great goals!! Oooh the rally sounds like such fun, glad you had a great time! I would love to go to one, maybe sometime they will have one near me! Best wishes in all your school stuff, sounds like you are having some fun as well!!

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ERIKO1908 2/2/2012 11:58PM

    sounds like some excellent goals!!! hope to hear about all of this months successes soon!! :)

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/2/2012 11:45PM

    Awesome goals!! I know you can succeed at them all!

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ABB698 2/2/2012 11:00PM

    The rally was a blast, and I wish you much luck with your bro's wedding. I know it will be hard for you, but you will make it! That's cool about the culinary class. How fun! It's cool how you are learning so much about food and can incorporate it into Sparking! Awesome!
Good luck with your goals!!

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KELLIEM 2/2/2012 9:54PM

    Good for you, it sounds like you're very organized and committed to your goals.

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Body Image and The Struggle Toward Acceptance

Friday, January 20, 2012

I read a great article on MSN today about a woman who loves her body, but hates her legs. That caught my eye because I hate my legs, too! (I can't say I love my body, yet, but I suspect I'd be in a similar boat as the woman in the article.) Here's the link to it:


This woman may as well have been me writing this story. The way she describes the physical appearance of her legs are the same way I describe mine: blotchy, stuffed sausage. I consider myself to be a person with moderate or average self-esteem, but when it comes to my legs, my confidence crumbles. I don't own a pair of shorts that aren't meant to be worn outside a pool. I don't wear swimsuits without a long pair of boardshorts. I have knee-length dresses, but it takes a feat of strength on my part to ignore the fact that you can still see my huge calves and ankles. So, I normally wear long dresses, pants (even in summer), long skirts, and "flood" length pants (which still make me uncomfortable sometimes).

Long board shorts on my Mexican Riviera vacay.

Rolled up floods in Puerto Vallarta, MX. It was 90+ degrees outside and I still wore heavy denim. I felt awkward with these and my "ugly" shoes.

I hate my legs more than any other part of my body. I have that awful "double wave" on my arms... ya know, that extra flab under the bicep. I do hate that, but I hate it less than my legs. I wish that pooch on my tummy, the part right under my belly button that cushions my internal lady organs, was significantly smaller... or at least stuck out only as much as my upper tummy. I wish my butt was a little more perky, and a lot less saggy. I don't even necessarily want it smaller at this point. Just up more than down. I would love for my teeth to be whiter, but those white strip things burn my gums and make my teeth SUPER sensitive. And, I hate all these things, but I hate them less than my legs.

Maybe its because I'm afraid I won't ever be able to do anything about them. My body shape is a lot like my grandmother's and my aunt's. I'm pear shaped, with a larger lower half. My grandmother isn't the biggest woman (she's lost a lot of weight recently), but her calves look very "athletic", and they always have. Same with my aunt. And same with me. I want my body to look proportional when I get to my goal. And somehow, I don't think my legs will cooperate.

My calves look ginormous to me in this pic. Like the stuffed sausage I think of when it comes to my legs.

Besides that, my legs are total jerks. My knees are the crap. They hurt going up and down stairs. My ankles are weak little wussies. And my feet... man, don't get my started on that plantar fasciitis. And my calves can't handle a little bit of workout. Several years ago I sustained a pretty wicked injury when I was coaching gymnastics. Part of our employment agreement there was to at least be working on good exercise habits and gymnastic moves if possible. I was a fairly decent tumbler, especially considering I wasn't the smallest girl. So, after work, when all the kids had gone home, and most of the coaches, too, a few of us would stay after and get our fitness on. One of the coaches was working on becoming a certified personal trainer, so we offered to be her guinea pigs. She did a great job on me. My butt was lifted, I dropped two pants sizes, I felt good and I looked good.

Well, one night we were doing calve raises on the floor beam, which provides a greater range of motion. Unfortunately, I must have overdone it even though I didn't feel a thing that night. I woke up the next day unable to walk. My calves had spasmed sooooo bad! I was unable to walk for a week, and I was unable to walk normally for another after that. And I've always had problems ever since. My muscles up the back of both calves are always tight and bother me when I exercise. Grrr... I probably should have had some sort of physical therapy, but I didn't have health insurance at the time.

A few things about myself and my journey differed from her article. When life starts to suck (and lets face it, these days it does quite a bit) I don't notice a heightened sense of self-criticism when it comes to my physical appearance. My grandmother may/may not have been raised in a time when women were reliant on their looks to "land a man" or a job or whatever else. But, I never got that impression from her. She never projected an importance on looks, just health.

"Coping with imperfections is the best way of dealing with them," says Martin. "You can't heal relationships with your body once and for all. It's a constant negotiation. The women who are successful at this are those who take the time to really tune into their lives, to reject their own internal critics, and really turn up their focus on joy and wellness. Once you step away and look at the bigger picture, the size of your thighs seems pretty insignificant."

This blog really wasn't meant to be a huge put-down on myself. It was just supposed to be working on myself about accepting who I am, how I am. Sometime I'd like to think I'll get there. So, I apparently need to step away and look at the bigger picture, focus on my joy and wellness, and really tune into my life. However you do that.

It would be nice to not have to buy wide-calf boots someday.

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/30/2012 12:37PM

    I have yet to meet a woman who couldn't find something to complain about on her body. If it's not her legs, it's her hips or stomach or boobs. We love nitpicking our bodies. We love comparing them to everyone else to see if they measure up or not. Some times we look to see if we look better than someone else for a pick me up. LOL !!!

Yeah, I think we all can be pretty insecure about our bodies, but it's important to appreciate what our bodies can do and not worry about what it looks like.

Personally, I've stopped worrying about what people think about what I'm wearing. If it's hot out, I'm wearing SHORTS ! I don't care if someone doesn't like my legs. They can feel free to look elsewhere ! The fact is, no matter how bad we think our legs, hips, stomach or boobs look, they aren't that bad. We tend to make mountains out of mole hills.

AND... since you brought up my favorite pet peeve i.e. buying boots. I'm considered reasonably slim by societal standards. I have problems wearing knee high boots. I have decent muscle definition in my legs. I don't remotely consider them bulky. I have a hard time getting boots up over my thigh. I swear, knee high boots were designed for STORKS, not women !!! So, don't get down on yourself because tall boots don't fit. they don't fit me either !

I'd love to find a nice looking pair of tall boots, but like you I can't find a pair that fits properly. shoe shopping, much like bra shopping can be a real drag.

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SMILINGTREE 1/30/2012 12:26PM

    When I was a baby, my grandfather started calling me "Piano Legs" because he thought my ankles were unnaturally large - that there was no real shape to my legs and they went straight down like the legs of a piano. I was self conscious about it for years - I still won't wear capris (they just call attention to the size of my ankles!)

But, one day, I noticed that one of my (younger, prettier) cousins has ankles as big as mine. And then I realized I had never looked at them and thought "Dang, she has huge ankles!" and just like that, my perspective changed - except of course for the the thing about capris.

You are right - everyone has things about their bodies they don't like. I've moved from ankles to skin. I'm as red as a tomato, all the time, no matter what I do. I'm just going to avoid mirrors :)

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WOLFKITTY 1/29/2012 9:39PM


""Coping with imperfections is the best way of dealing with them," says Martin. "You can't heal relationships with your body once and for all. It's a constant negotiation. ""

I'm calling BS on this one. It makes it sound like women should just accept that they will always hate themselves.

NO! You CAN heal relationships with your body. I believe it. And I will make it happen for me. Luckily, there's the rest of the paragraph:

"The women who are successful at this are those who take the time to really tune into their lives, to reject their own internal critics, and really turn up their focus on joy and wellness. Once you step away and look at the bigger picture, the size of your thighs seems pretty insignificant."

I think the first sentence is a blueprint for how to start loving your body. I've done this. I've lived it. I work on it. The 2nd sentence is what may happen, yes, but for me it means putting into perspective how OUT OF WHACK my thought process was before, and realizing there are all kinds of beautiful.

I can't take proper care of my body unless I truly believe that it, and I, am worthy. By "take care" I mean eat healthfully, move healthfully, sleep, breathe, live healthfully. Truly nurturing myself means that there's not much room for hating myself. (I don't want to take care of things that I hate.) If a flower made me sick, would I water it and encourage it to grow?! No. Would I continue to feed a cat that scratched and bit me every second it came near me? No. I'm not on board for that kind of punishment.

Not sure if I'm making any sense, so I'll retire here. Just know I love ya, Jill, and I think you're gorgeous!

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WOLFKITTY 1/29/2012 9:28PM

    Everybody has their places.. Sometimes it's hard to see the beautiful picture because we're so determined to find the flaws. I think you have great legs. I don't know them very intimately, obviously, but from the outside view they're pretty great! Plus, they seem really long. Maybe that's where you get most of your extra height.

I work on this all the time. In the past few years, I try to find aesthetic value in my different body parts, and am mostly successful. As I worked through it, that drowned out the rest, and I'm finally starting to come to appreciate my (previously most disliked part) lower belly. In the group picture from Lesa's daughter's (shorter) POV my belly hang peeks out under my shirt. At first I was mortified, but that happens all the time, no matter how much I try to cover it up. I can either learn to just recognize that it is there, and it is okay, or have errant anxiety pulse through me every time it's exposed.

There's a softness to my belly that invites hands. Even if I didn't like it, men have. And while I think that we are more than how attractive we appear to our mates, if the negativity gets to be too much, I hold onto that one. It is not how the fashion industry or diet industry would like us to believe - that only flat stomachs are the thing. Real bodies have thicker parts and thinner parts, and everyone is made differently.

Anyway, I want to go read that article now!

Hugs and loves!

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HDHAWK 1/28/2012 2:33AM

    I don't love my legs either and no matter how thin I get, they don't get as thin as I'd like. I don't want those super skinny legs either though. They get us where we need to go so we're lucky to have them. Keep working out and they can only improve.

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CANNIE50 1/27/2012 11:56PM

    When I was your age, I had perfect looking legs - the kind that people frequently commented on and the kind that looked even more perfect in high heels. Fast forward to my 40's and now my 50's and I don't have those kinds of legs anymore. In my 20's, on my pretty, slender calves, I could not run a mile. With my heavier looking, muscular calves, I can run. In my late 40's, I ran a marathon and a number of half marathons. I am a grandmother and I can run a mile in just under 10 minutes and I can do that for several miles. I am not bragging, just letting you know that things change in unexpected ways. If I may be so bold as to offer you some advice? Use your legs more, look at them less. Dance, skip, hike, climb stairs....you are young and strong and you have the muscular calves to prove it! emoticon emoticon

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 1/26/2012 10:01PM

    I had to chuckle when I saw "cushions my internal lady organs". Haha! Jill, you are BEAUTIFUL!!! Legs and all. We all have parts of our bodies that we're not particularly fond of, but that's not us - that's society telling us what we should find attractive. Don't buy in. Your legs are strong and gorgeous, and the rest of you is beautiful too. Believe it. emoticon

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ABB698 1/24/2012 9:53PM

    We can all relate in some way but we are all special in out own ways and there are some things where gravity is more powerful than anything.....LOL :)

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/21/2012 9:16AM

    I honestly pay little attention to what anyone calls anything. Age is irrelevant. Sizes of clothing is of no matter. Etc. Society has a way of putting all of this info on us and what we do with it is own it. Live by your own standards. Easier said than done. You are a lovely-looking lady. I hope you see the changes you seek. Meanwhile, I hope you learn to give yourself a hug - and mean it. (smiling)

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JSALERNO 1/21/2012 8:52AM

    you are definately not the only one that feels that way. I hate my legs too. I also hate my but. It is so flat. I am learning to love these parts but it is difficult. We can do it together

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/21/2012 7:37AM

    LOL...my IPad corrected that to "calfskin" and I decided not to edit...it was to funny!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/21/2012 7:35AM

    Wish I couldn't relate, but I SOOOO can! I would not begin to try...too many things and parts! LOL! I kind of put on the soft lens and move on as there are things we can change and things we can't! You are lovable anyway!!! Would you hold your love, care or concern from someone because of big calfskin or saggy boobs? Don't think so!
Go ahead...embrace your calf's and be proud!
Love & Peace,

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DIVASPARK 1/20/2012 8:06PM

    wow learning to love my legs too !

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Plus Size Bodies

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Some statistics to make you think. Just because we're plus sized, doesn't always mean we're unhealthy.

I love the tips at the bottom, especially by supporting the companies that better cater to your size and supporting indie designers.


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ABB698 1/15/2012 2:20PM

    Perception is so obviously not the same for every body. That's just crazy!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/13/2012 4:33AM

    I would be happy to be "plus sized" if it was a size 8! Holy moly!
Thanks for the article!
Have a great week end Jilly!
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LUCYLU22 1/13/2012 12:23AM

    Thanks so much for sharing that!!!

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DGFOWLER 1/12/2012 6:01PM

    Amazing article. Who'd have thought? Thank you ~ Donna

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    Absolutely crazy that 6/8 is considered plus size. Thanks for sharing this article.

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RAINYFRIDAY 1/12/2012 4:32PM

    Wow! I had heard that size 8 was considered plus in the modeling world, but I had no idea a 6 fit the bill. No wonder we all struggle to love bodies!

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NEWSGIRL2177 1/12/2012 3:37PM

    How on earth is size 6 a plus-size? Maybe if you're 3 feet tall?

Good article though. Thanks for linking!

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RLLRKAT 1/12/2012 2:51PM

    OMG! Body mass index of Anorexic? That's horrible! 23% Less than the average woman, up from 8%? What the heck is this world coming to?

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