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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A few people took a remark I made about Gywneth Paltrow the wrong way yesterday - they thought I was being rather catty & that actually wasn't my intention. Normally I wouldn't write a blog to refute comments, but I think they missed what is - to me - a rather important point.

She said on a tv show that she has to work hard for her body; it isn't good genes.

I wasn't disputing whether or not she works out - I don't really know & frankly don't really care but am willing to accept what she says as truth.

The part that bothered me was her claiming to not have good genes. Quite obviously she does. For those who don't know, the actress Blythe Danner is her mother. Another tall, thin, blonde, attractive woman.

A bit of trivia: in the movie 1776, Blythe was 5 months pregnant with Gwyneth. You'd never know. Maybe corsets are a wonderful thing.

So why is any of that important? Because by not acknowledging her good fortune to have good genes, she is perpetuating the myth that anyone can obtain a body like that, just by working out hard.

I'm 5'1" and my legs are short. According to the info she shared, I work out just as much, if not more. I will never look like her because that simply isn't my body type. It isn't sour grapes, it's the cold, hard truth.

Statements like that perpetuate the myth that anyone can have a hollywood body if they work out hard enough just as much as saying they eat whatever they want & never work out. Or maybe I am just too sensitive, but I do like my curvy body after all.

I admire Lisa Kudrow much more for stating that the money she earned on Friends has made her life much easier. She still works hard & she worked hard for that money, but at least she acknowledged that the money helps.

Do you think it's potentially damaging to women, especially, when celebrities downplay good genetics or pretend they don't have work out & eat right?

I've got my flame retardant suit on.


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XFITSTRONG 8/10/2011 5:32PM

    Very interesting topic! What comes to mind is these beautiful blond local TV newscasters that look amazing on TV... but yet when I have seen them out in public sometimes I have to do a double take. They look SO different on TV than they do in real life. Maybe GP is like that? I love it when celebrities show themselves make-up less to show they are real people. Great topic and very thought provocing!

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TEMPEST272002 8/10/2011 4:57PM

    Oprah comes to mind. Here is a woman who, in public, has struggled with her weight. She has a chef & a personal trainer & every other support that money can buy. She has the will, the determination & all the resources... and yet, she doesn't look like a model. Of course genes are important. And really, when it comes down to it, I'd rather be Oprah than Gwenneth any day! lol

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MELISSAISAFOX 8/10/2011 9:27AM

    I think it's a little bit of both, but I'm going to take your side on the argument. People carry their weight in different ways which is genetics. Some people carry it all in their belly, some people carry it all over.

Some people have skinny little chicken legs which I am envious of, and I have long legs but they are very muscular (I'll never be a model for razor blades!) Every leg workout I could throw at my body won't change how they are designed.

I'm sure she has trainers and dieticians helping her as well. If I had that, of course I'd look like a model!

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RATFINKROB 8/10/2011 9:24AM

    It is definitely all in the genes. My wife and her whole side of the family is tall thin and they all look younger than they are. My wife still gets carded for cigarettes and eats ice cream and candy bars every day and never gains a pound. My side of the family is short and fat. I have to swear off sugar and work out like a maniac to get the weight off.

If everyone was the same this would sure be a boring planet ;)

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REDEMILY 8/10/2011 9:20AM

    Eh... I am sure it was a bit of both. I mean, she does have great genes, but maybe Blythe also works super hard for her body? I am blessed to be naturally thin, but I am working CRAZY hard to develop the muscle I am working for, so I guess it all depends on your goals?

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NATPLUMMER 8/10/2011 9:04AM

    Genes have a lot to do with it. I don't care what the celebrities say. I'm not discounting diet and exercise but that will only get you so far. I will always have my mother's hips and thighs..no matter what I do (short of liposuction and then the fat would show up somewhere else later).

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/10/2011 8:31AM

    I personally believe that it is definitely in the genes. Some people are never going to have the hollywood body, not even with personal training, a personal chef and best stuff money can buy. Let's face it, we are all different for a reason and our traits are hereditary and unique. I will never have lean, long legs, I'm built like my dad - I have beefy muscle thighs, well defined calfs, but definitely wasn't blessed with Rockette legs. All the workouts in the world will not redefine your genes.

You always have great insight and glad you pointed out the hollywood myth to others.

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Honesty is a full length bathroom mirror

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

We installed a new medicine cabinet over the weekend to go with the new vanity. We took the mirror that was there & hung it on the bathroom door. My husband complained that he doesn't lime seeing himself naked getting into & out of the shower but I like it!

Nothing will keep you honest like seeing your full body naked.

Until now, I had to make the effort to see myself in my birthday suit. The good news is that even tho my weight isn't where I want it to be right now - and I can see that "reflected" in certain areas - I'm also still pretty pleased with my body.

Oh, I'll never be as toned as some of my spark buddies or look like Jillian (who's actually about my height - did you know she's short?) - but I still like what I see & look forward to seeing my progress down to my GW.

Caught Gywneth Paltrow on Rachael Ray yesterday. She was talking about how she doesn't have good genes & how hard she has to work to get her body. Oh please. I could work out 24/7 & I will never in a million yrs look like her. And just look at her mom!

I do appreciate the fact that she's not skinny-fat, but s little sensitivity for those of us who are not blessed with movie star bodies no matter how hard we work out would be nice.

To end on a positive note, I've been reading Dara Torres "Age is not a Number" & I would definitely recommend it. Very inspiring!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/10/2011 6:54PM

    Ummmm ELEANORRIGBY13 I'm getting the sense that she's talking about Gwyneth's movie star parents - her mom also looks great. Now maybe Gwyneth does work hard with exercise and all, and maybe her mom and grandparents did as well? A family that eats clean and has always been vigorous and active tends to pass those attitudes and habits about lifestyles along to their children and grandchildren etc, so THAT part of it could be controlled by any of us (especially as we attempt to "break the chain" of previous dietary abuses that some of us may have grown up in.). Even if my parents and grandparents had always eaten properly and exercised and kept to a really low body weight, we'd still be dark eyed and dark hair - and that aspect of "genes" we can't really change (aside from bleaching or coloring hair, wearing colored contact lens, but not trying to get ridiculous here.). So in that sense of not having "good genes", maybe Gwyneth's comments could be misinterpreted by some - just depends on how one defines "beauty" so far as the hair color or eye color. However, even if I was at perfect body weight and strong muscles for my height, I'd still NEVER be mistaken for Gwyneth or her beauty!! I'm just too short legged!!



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DISPATCHER04 8/9/2011 9:21PM

    I'm with Eleanorrigby13. Walk a mile in someone's shoes and all . . . emoticon

It's nice to appreciate what you see in the mirror, isn't it? :)

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KANSASROSE67 8/9/2011 5:50PM

    We didn't have a good full-length mirror but recently bought one for my daughter's closet door. I was in her room last night and said that I liked her mirror because it made me look thinner. She was like, "Mom, quit checking yourself out in my mirror." Oh well...someday she will understand!

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TEMPEST272002 8/9/2011 4:19PM

    Laughing at PCOH051610's comment! And then I had an evil chuckle thinking about how this might motivate your hubby to make some of the changes you'd like him to make. hee hee Yup, nothing like looking naked in a full length mirror. Glad you're liking what you see. I like what I see too - even though I'm not anywhere done yet.

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    I have been thinking about getting a full length mirror. Maybe now is the time!

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ELEANORRIGBY13 8/9/2011 12:52PM

  Love your attitude about the mirror! I have a big full length mirror in my bathroom, and it keeps me accountable.

Think twice before you doubt Gwyneth's words about her weight. She probably does work very hard for the body she has. I in general find Gwyneth to be stuck-up and unlikable, but I appreciate her honesty here; many Hollywood stars act like they don't work hard for their figures. Possibly, even probably, she doesn't have a propensity to be overweight. That doesn't mean that, without hard work, she wouldn't be average-to-slightly overweight. She's a movie star, but she's also a woman in her late 30s. Most people don't look like she does at her age without work, so it's hardly fair to assume she's the exception. I think, in living a healthy lifestyle, we're all fighting the same fight despite appearances, and it's best not to judge people based on how they look, from the person who is obese(but has lost a substantial amount of weight) to someone like Gwyneth who is thin (but consistently must eat well and exercise to maintain that figure).

I also noted a little backhanded negativity in your comments, about people who could never look like Gwyneth does. I think many women technically could have her figure, but most people have different goals and priorities than she does. Celebrities both have more resources (trainers, catering, and time) and more of a "need" to have "perfect" bodies than the rest of us. I know I don't need to look like her, even if I could. I think that's the more positive point of view to have on that.

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NATPLUMMER 8/9/2011 11:15AM

    I wish we had a full length mirror. I'll have to pick one up sometime soon.
I'll never be as toned as some of my sparkbuddies either but it's something to shoot for.
Gwyneth...not good genes...is she kidding? She does exercise, though.
I think I'll check out Dara. Is it on kindle?

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PCOH051610 8/9/2011 10:43AM

    My favourite line out of your blog was "My husband complained that he doesn't lime seeing himself naked getting into & out of the shower but I like it!" because at first I thought you were referring to seeing his naked body in the mirror....and I burst out laughing!

Glad you are more comfortable with seeing your body! I have to admit that I've been looking for any "changes" to mine but have yet to see any. Maybe I should be taking some pictures instead of relying on my memory.

Will have to look for that book!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/9/2011 10:08AM

    Whew, mirrors are a double-edged sword. Some days a diamond, some days a stone. (smiling) I have always felt that age is irrelevant and that the number doesn't matter. I'll try to check out that book. Funny that I have over 1600 books on Kindle now, and adding more each day. Yet, I often have a hard time making a choice. Sometimes there's too much variety.

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DDOORN 8/9/2011 9:59AM

    Mirrors...tough stuff, they are! Have a full length one in my workout room at home.


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RATFINKROB 8/9/2011 9:17AM

    We have a lot of big mirrors in our house. My daughter has graduated from elementary school to middle school and tomorrow she has a full day at the school to learn how to use the lockers and which group she will be in. So last night she was trying on cloths to find the perfect outfit and my wife put her hair in curlers and painted her nails. It was fun watching her put on a fashion show in front of the mirrors.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/9/2011 7:36AM

    emoticonSo happy to hear you are liking what you see in the mirror - mirrors DON'T LIE. Keep up the good work.

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Chatarungas & planks, oh my!

Monday, August 08, 2011

I could really feel my triceps aching last week & finally figured out that it's due to those extra 10 minute morning yoga sessions. Yes, small things really do add up!

They can add up in a bad way, too. All calories are NOT created equal, it isn't as simple ad calories in & calories out. Too much sodium (aka processed foods) can bloat you. Sugar isn't evil in & of itself, but it's empty calories that could be replaced by whole foods. Diet soda is just a bunch of chemicals that frankly nobody needs & the real stuff is chemicals + sugar.

Paying closer attention to & switching up my snacks have me hopeful that maybe thus is the final piece of the puzzle. Course i've been hopeful at least 10 times over the last 2 yrs. Hope springs eternal . . .

I've revamped my rewards, too. I realized that there are a few things I really want, so:

Lose weight this week: necklace from fashionjunkee.com

Get back under 140: WW serving spoons

Maintain my weight while visiting inlaws: use massage certificate

Get below 138: necklace from robertachiarella.com

Both necklaces are on sale, so there's always a danger they'll sell out before I meet my goal. More motivation! The first is quite cheap, the last isn't expensive but is still significantly more.

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TEMPEST272002 8/8/2011 2:02PM

    So right about all calories not being equal. Hopefully the switch up on the snacks is what you're looking for. Thanks for your comment in my blog about the training you do with the dogs.

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NATPLUMMER 8/8/2011 10:13AM

    Chatarungas will definitely do a number on your triceps.
I hope the snack switchup works!!
Some great stuff...great motivation!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/8/2011 9:35AM

    I like both necklaces - if I had to choose, I would pick the green one - love it. And I know you will earn your reward. YOU GO GIRL !!!!!

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KARBIE18 8/8/2011 9:19AM

    I had sore triceps a few days ago for the very same reason. It had been a while since I'd done yoga, and apparently I chose the right DVD, because my triceps are one of the areas I need to tone most.

Looks like a fun reward list. Look forward to seeing you earn them!

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SHEILA1505 8/8/2011 9:11AM

    Since they are on Sale - why not buy them but do NOT wear them when they arrive - keep them as your rewards for when you do deserve them :)
You haven't used your massage voucher - so you'll hold onto the other prizes - just as Beejay is keeping her sunglasses until she has earned them!

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Yesterday's report card

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Started out the day with my tuna waldorf salad. Gotta love a plan cause I sure wouldn't choose that if I hadn't planned it & I'm glad that I did. Actually, I started out the day with a 10 minute yoga session followed by 10 minutes of flexibility stretches from Core performance.

Walked the dogs. And there ended my exercise - yes, it was my rest day, I knew I wouldn't have much time for working out. Had a snack of a banana, apple & PB2. Changed, then we headed out. Dropped the dogs off at daycare & drove the 1 1/2 hour to my sister's. Sat around chatting while waiting for my parents, who were late as usual (like almost an hour late - my dad is very narcisstic, which drives me nuts, but he's unlikely to change at 85. Still drives me nuts).

My sister had decided on a different restaurant - so no quesadilla. A veggie panini instead, which was actually worse according to WW points, but sure tasted good. Left a little on my plate. It was a very nice restaurant - right on the Hudson river & we sat outside.

Went back to my sister's house, where I tried to help my dad understand his new kindle, which naturally hadn't been charged & was in danger of turning itself off at any moment. Just now realized I could've continued to tutor him on mine, but I didn't think of it at the time. I did get him registered & showed him the basics. I think I should've shown my mom . . . well, maybe on their next visit up. Obligatory photos (but I didn't tske any so none to share).

Drove the 1 1/2 hrs back up in the pouring rain, unfortunately. Snacked on some dry roasted edamame in the car. Decided to go out for dinner, too, since we were tired, the plan was to grill & it was raining. Had 2 large slices of white pizza with broccoli - left some on my plate again. Thin crust, not too much cheese & actually a good amount of broccoli.

Picked up the dogs who acted as tho we'd been gone 8 yrs rather than 8 hrs, came home, fed the cats, watched a little tv, went to bed.

I apologize for a boring post! But I figure sometimes you want to see how others handle certain situations.

Grade? B+? or maybe just a B. Weren't the best choices at the restaurants, but not the worst, either. Yes, I could've chosen salad, but it's not always the healthier choice & frankly i already eat a ton of salad. Not to mention I hate when you find out afterwards that for that salad you might as well have had pizza!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/8/2011 9:06AM

    I give you an "A" for the day - you spent time with your family, you walked the dogs and enjoyed a slice of the finer things in life, pizza !!!! And yes, we do eat a lot of salad.

emoticonEvery now and then you have to feed the body pizza, sounded yummy.

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    I think you did great!

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NATPLUMMER 8/7/2011 10:06AM

    I think you did great...B+ at least!! No, salads aren't always a healthy option at restaurants and you don't always want one. Yes, you do eat a ton of them already.

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TEMPEST272002 8/7/2011 10:00AM

    I'd give you a B+ because I know that family time can be really stressful & you made pretty decent decisions all day. Isn't is outrageous that a restaurant salad can have 500-1500 calories? What - are they injecting sugar & fat into the lettuce? lol

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KARBIE18 8/7/2011 9:21AM

    Sounds good to me - especially since you were eating out! I LOVE broccoli on pizza. Yum. Funny about the dogs. They do tend to do that. That's one of the things I miss most - coming home and finding Sunnie there, acting like I'm the most important person in the world.

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XFITSTRONG 8/7/2011 8:26AM

    Sounds like a nice day with the family. We need those! Hve a great week!!!!

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Teaching an old dog new tricks

Saturday, August 06, 2011

I had my tuna waldorf salad for breakfast, oh yes I did!

Going out for lunch with the family today & since I've decided on quesadillas for lunch, the rest of the day really needs to be spot-on nutritionally. The cats, btw, thought it was a fabulous idea.

I will have a morning snack of banana & apple with PB2 & am bringing some roasted edamame for an afternoon snack.

So much of what we do is habit. Breakfast? Oatmeal. Maybe eggs. Scrambled tofu.

I have to admit even after I'd planned my salad for breakfast, I still resisted mightily. In my mind, I think, breakfast is carbs, plain & simple. But I've come to the epiphany that I truly am consuming too much sugar, even tho I rarely have cany or cookies, & I really want to get to my GW. And therefore something's got to change.

I'm sure this will be a battle. Old habits ARE hard to change.

For instance, I allow myself a honeystinger bar before runs sometimes, which I think is fine occasionally, but why not just some toast, some nut butter & a banana? Because I've convinced myself the sugar (even if it's from honey) is ok before a run because your body needs it. I'm telling myself what I want to hear.

So I'm really on a mission to overhaul my snacks. This has been brewing a while & the time is right. Of course I'll stil have the occasional honeystinger bar or chocolate nut butter (probably before a run) or sweet snack - but I'm definitely on a mission to cut back & learn some new tricks.

What have you been telling yourself that you wanted to hear?

What new tricks are you ready for?

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    Great plan. I eat a lot of fruits for my snacks. I keep thinking about adding some peanut butter, then I forget about.

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NATPLUMMER 8/6/2011 9:55AM

    Tuna waldorf salad sounds great for breakfast :-) I'm not surprised the cats agree ;-)
Sounds like a solid nutritional plan. Enjoy that quesadilla!!
I'm one of those people that doesn't say breakfast food has to be oatmeal, etc. Whatever you want in the morning is fine.
Life would be no fun without the occasional honeystinger bar or chocolate nut butter (I've got some in the fridge now and I've got the chocolate PB2). I've been doing well at cutting back.

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TEMPEST272002 8/6/2011 9:17AM

    I think you're on the right track with the sugars. It's a little change, but may just have the impact you're looking for. Good job with having the salad despite your own resistance. Why do we resist change so hard? You'd think we'd be good at it by now! lol

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XFITSTRONG 8/6/2011 9:15AM

    I keep telling myself that I hate vegetables... when in reality I think I don't like the extra prep time veggies take. ALso, I tell myself I have to have chocolate every night before bed, even when I am not craving it. I am trying to make my bed time snack be more of an occasional thing rather than a nightly habit.

I am right there with you fighting to get to goal weight! We can do this!!!

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KARBIE18 8/6/2011 8:14AM

    That's a good point about the sugar - just because you run, or because it fits just fine on your tracker, doesn't mean you wouldn't benefit from cutting out some carbs. I KNOW I do better when I drop down to 45% carbs instead of the recommended 50%. Hope this little tweak works for you. If anybody deserves to be at GW, it's you!!

LOL about the cats and the tuna!

Enjoy your weekend,

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EDWINA172 8/6/2011 6:56AM

    Sugar just makes you want more sugar. I avoid it like the plague. I was eating Sport beans during my 1/2 marathon training. I was becoming nauseous from the sugar. Boy, have I changed!
If your runs aren't that long, you don't really need the sugar. Try switching to another snack. I know its hard to change our ways, but you're worth the extra effort-especially if you want to see your body change.

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LADYRH 8/6/2011 6:35AM

    emoticon great plan, I often ave left overs for breakfast as I get tired of the same old thin. emoticon

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