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The Bad, The Good, and The TMI

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Bad and The Good : Some days it seems like no matter how long I'm awake there is always something else to do. Yesterday I got up at 5 a.m and went to bed at 12:30 a.m. and I still managed to miss some things. I'm feeling pretty good though about my food. Even though I've had some really long days I haven't gone overboard snacking just because I'm tired and stressed. Lots of things going on in my life right now. Trying to sell our house (I really hate showing the house. I dislike having strangers wandering around looking at my stuff), staff changes at work, the joys of 2 teenage girls who are fighting tooth and nail to get some sugar into our house. I'm just trying to stay strong and mentally thanking my doctor every day for the anti-anxiety meds. emoticon
I've lost 10 pounds so far and (here comes the TMI) my undies no longer fit. It's strange to put on your underwear and realize that they are too big after spending too long putting them on and realizing they're too small. Now all I have to do is break it to my loving husband that he has to shell out for some new underthings. Wish me luck!

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PJMOGG 10/24/2012 11:04PM

    emoticon Hah!! Don't ya love it when ya grow outta your panties!! (pardon the slang! hee hee)

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JUDYHELP 10/15/2012 11:33PM

  emoticon on the weight loss. You did great. Sorry for the teenage girls and no sugar. Thank the above meds. Haha I've enjoyed mine. As for the undies walk around and say dear I think I need some new ones. emoticon continued success on your journey, and new undies. Judy

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Since When is Size 12 Plus Size?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Just wandering around online and saw an article about a first for plus size models. Interesting and exciting...until I read it. It was about Ralph Lauren hiring it's first plus size model. She's a size 12. A 12!!!! How insane is that?

I know being overweight/obese isn't healthy, but we can't as a society continue making larger people out to be freaks of nature. It's not like the majority of us said to ourselves, "I think I'll make myself unhealthy and tired, and depressed (or whatever you're feeling right now)". I have a 13 year old daughter that is overweight and she knows it. She sees the ads and things that glorify being scary skinny. Now she's refusing to eat lunch because she wants to lose weight. That frightens me.

It's not that I think we should glorify being unhealthy, but let's at least be honest. A 12 is not plus size. It's average-ish. I don't think we should be made to feel ashamed or like bad people because we don't fit the fashion world's idea of perfection. But that's how I feel sometimes (pretty sure my daughter feels that way too), as if because I am not smaller I am less deserving.

Frankly, I don't think I've been a 12 since I was 12. I'd like to be and I am going to do my best to get there, but until I do I'd like to be able to see the clothes that are my size on a model that is my size.

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DARLING-NIKKI 9/26/2012 8:35AM

    Women need to embrace their femininity...we are supposed to be soft and have curves. And each individual person has their own "perfect size". I am not that tall (5'4) but I have a large frame and IF I was grotesquely thin I could wear a size 10. Size 12 is my perfect size, and I will get back there again. I hear so many women complain about their "weight" when they are not fat at all..they just need to tone up. Anyone...I don't care how thin you are if you don't exercise and tone your muscles you will be flabby. Most of the "high fashion" models look curves and like a skeleton covered with skin. I personally, do not want that for myself. So I don't bother comparing myself to them. Or anyone else. It's time we start looking inward. The comparisons we need to make are are we unhealthy? Do we have any toning up to do that would take us from flab to fab? What makes you feel good about yourself? We are our own most important critics. If you feel great about yourself then it will make a HUGE difference about how the world looks at you. If you feel terrible about yourself the world is going to look at you in that light also. Confidence IS beauty. I wish you and your daughter the best in reaching your goals! emoticon

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-CHERYL 9/21/2012 6:47AM

    Wow that's ridiculous! There is a lot of people who thing skipping meals will make them lose weight. Will your daughter join SP or at least read the articles about healthy weight loss?

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KKKAREN 9/21/2012 5:56AM

    How true, 12 is an average size.

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NMINDSEYE 9/21/2012 3:42AM

    It's sad but I'm not surprised. The fashion industry's image is so skewered. A size 12 does not have the same look on everybody. One thing about size 12 that I love is that is readily available on the store rack. I rather be a healthy size 12 than a size 2 fashion model who looks like they're ready to pass out from being malnourished.

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PJMOGG 9/21/2012 1:05AM

    You got that RIGHT!! That's ridiculous!

I totally agree with Ms Fish..who cares about the number if you're fit enought to do what you'de like to do :)

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ADDI_B 9/21/2012 12:15AM

    I wanted to post a picture as a commen but best I can do is a link to another spark member's page with the pic... Kind of a good perspective image to look at since women and girls focus on being skinnier and skinnier.

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PMFISH 9/20/2012 11:48PM

    It is a number! When I was a kid a size 9 fit if you weighed 110 to 120, now I think with that they put you in a size 2 or 0. I do not look at the number, but how the clothes fit. I have found if you can physically do what you want - as a child you want to be able to ride a bike, be agile, no better exercise than dancing. If you are enjoying life and are physically able to do the things you enjoy, why look at a number.

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JO88BAKO 9/20/2012 11:42PM

    I'm with you. Shame on them. I'd do cartwheels if I could wear a size 12.

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Food Porn

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I've often wondered why there is so much excitement about blogging. I never really felt the urge to share my thoughts with the world. However, now that I'm here on SP I decided I should try it, but what should I talk about? While waiting for inspiration to strike, I happened upon an article on the fitbe website written by Theresa O'Rourke of Women's Health called The Food Porn Problem (I'll add a link if I can figure out how).

The article made some points that resonated within me. It talked about how pictures of delicious looking food can actually cause your body to stimulate the hormone that signals hunger. It also pointed out that the overweight tend to be more sensitive to the allure of a picture of a luscious hunk of chocolate cake barely dressed in a frosting negligee or a steamy shot of a dish of homemade mac-n-cheese.

It made me think about how we are bombarded with images of food. There is actually a website called (which I will be avoiding at all costs). Unfortunately, have you noticed that, in general the pictures almost always look better than the actual item. For example, I love the McRib and the pictures always make it look mouthwatering, but if I get one it's usually squished flat and unbelievably messy. The same holds true of most fast food items.

I guess I need to try and keep this article in mind when I find my myself drooling over a picture of a perfect dessert or a calorie filled casserole covered in cheese. It may look gorgeous in the picture, but it's probably not worth losing any progress I've made in becoming a healthier, happier person.

Here's the link to the article if anyone is interested. Just try to ignore the picture of the brownies dripping chocolate sauce.

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PJMOGG 9/20/2012 12:37AM

    OK! You got me!! LOL!!

Food Porn ... hee hee..had to check it out emoticon

Definitely food for thought - something we all need to remember - that they are trying to make us want it! That it doesn't really look as good in real life (no different than the air brushed women in Ads!), or taste as good as it looks!!

I always say - Food doesn't TASTE as good as skinny FEELS ...

emoticon paula
p.s. I added you as a friend - I hope you will too..

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KAHLAD1 9/19/2012 7:49AM

    It is so true how many images of food there are around us. And you are correct that the picture is always better than the product when you get it!

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