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A Perfect Size Six

Saturday, June 15, 2013

As adults, we can become mystified about why girls have unrealistic body ideals. "Can't they ignore the ads and tell that Heroin Chic isn't cool?" we ask. But we're conveniently forgetting how WE felt at their age. Here's a peek at how 11-year-old me thought:

* When I was 5'4" and 105 pounds, I thought I was a huge beast. This is because the popular 5th graders giggled at lunchtimes about anyone over 100 pounds being "fat."
* I read that Cindy Crawford weighed 130, and thought she must be a giant among women, to weigh so much and still look so good.
* I thought that anyone whose belly wasn't concave like Julia Roberts' in "Pretty Woman" had some serious work to do.
* I internalized the line from the Sweet Valley books about the Wakefield twins being a "perfect size six."
* I did many figure drawings of women - and they all had delicate waists, gently curved hips, long legs, and generous busts. Most of my eraser marks were around the waistline.


If you're reading this, I challenge you to make your own list. Take time to recognize how affected you were by media and peer pressure. Then take a moment to realize how far you've come in your thinking. For me, the goal is now fit, not thin. How have your body ideals changed?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEEEBEE 6/17/2013 12:03AM

    I was tiny as a child and a teen, but I don't ever remember being a size 6!!! I think I went from children's sizes to a junior size, way back then!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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LILLIPUTIANNA 6/15/2013 10:06PM

    Your body role models were downright healthy compared to mine! I was a goth girl. So, anything over a size zero was unexceptable! My friends all had eating disorders...or took the idea of heroin chic very literally.

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BECCAZEN7 6/15/2013 9:45PM

    Wow, that made me think! It was way too many years ago to remember what the 11-year old me thought. I am sure I was influenced by media but I really don't remember.

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10 Weeks

Friday, June 14, 2013

It's been 10 weeks since I began my weight loss journey. A quick recap:

* I've dropped 25 pounds
* I've discovered new foods, like blackberries, tilapia, and lime juice (and fallen in love with fish tacos)
* I've learned that swapping from beef to turkey is not only healthier, but cheaper too
* I've banned crackers, chips, and dessert mixes from the house - the temptation to overindulge is too much to mess with
* I've been able to limit myself to proper portions of the above in public
* I've grown stronger calf muscles and a slimmer neck
* I've gained confidence, both in my body and my personal interactions

It can only get better from here - and I couldn't have done it without SparkPeople, and the wonderfully supportive people who make it happen. Here's to 10 more fabulous weeks!

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BECCAZEN7 6/15/2013 5:36AM

    Go little Sparker! Go!

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DEEEBEE 6/14/2013 11:52PM

    You can be sooo proud! Your recent photo was very attractive.

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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JANUT57 6/14/2013 8:16PM

  Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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Chicken Nuggetry

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Perhaps you heard the story last year: British Girl Eats Only Chicken Nuggets. The 17-year-old had spent the past 15 years eating almost nothing but nuggets. She was admitted to the hospital for complications stemming from her limited diet. Were you horrified? I was. I still am. But then I stop and think, "How different have I really been from Stacey Irvine?"

I've also been a picky eater. There it is, black-and-white. Due to a combination of factors - kitchen table traumas, grandma force-feeding me vegetables, etc. - I've grown up with a limited range of foods in my diet.

That's going to change.

Today I've tried blackberries, Greek yogurt, Stubb's BBQ sauce, and a tomato basil tortilla wrap. And you know what? I didn't die. In fact (with the exception of the blackberry bits still stuck in my teeth) I rather enjoyed it. I whipped up two tasty meals that both kept me within my goals, and helped me sample new fare.

Words alone can't express how proud I am of myself. This is Big Stuff.

Many people aiming to get healthy are just battling food addictions. I'm also overcoming lifelong food phobias. I won't be the woman who constantly avoids foods from the "Nuh-uh" List ... I will be the woman who at least gives them a try! And even if I come to love them, I will work to vary them in my diet - not focus on them to the point of chicken nuggetry.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BECCAZEN7 6/3/2013 3:21AM

    As you know, your taste changes over the years - the foods you hated as a kid, may become your favorites now. Keep trying new things - who knows what you may find out! I still think tomatoes are icky but only in certain things. But I do still eat them.
Missourians! Team

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DEEEBEE 6/3/2013 12:10AM

    I love blackberries, but I can't smile after eating them!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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JIACOLO 6/2/2013 4:50PM

    Good for you that you realize there are so many more wonderful foods than what you have been eating! Keep up the great work and stay away from the nuggets.

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The Office

Thursday, May 23, 2013

No, not the show. The office where I work. The eight of us share cube space in the coolest basement around. We recently found ourselves discussing our weight issues and decided to do something about it. Nothing official - sort of an organic happening.

Step One was starting an office edition of "The Biggest Loser." (Not grueling like the actual show; just weigh-ins with percentages.) I wasn't in on the 1st round, but I'm playing in the 2nd. Results should be in tomorrow. The competition and support is amazing.

Step Two has been sharing healthy foods & tips. A local company called FruitMyCube happens to make deliveries. $9.99 nets a small box stuffed full of healthy snacks, like fresh fruit and organic cookies. Besides snacking, we'll also share where to get great low-cal meals and (who's got them on sale). One office buddy hands out eggs and produce too.

But the biggest help has been the encouraging comments. We talk about our ups and downs, what the scale told us today, or how our clothes are fitting, and someone will say, "Great job!" or "Nice work!" There's a lot of high-fiving in our basement.

Friends and family are important in your weight loss/fitness journey, but co-workers can be a surprising source of support, too. Put out some feelers. You might discover someone else in your office who wants to Spark with you!

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SKYMORGAN 5/24/2013 8:28PM

    Update: I won the competition! Very happy. :)

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BECCAZEN7 5/24/2013 1:33AM

    That sounds amazingly upbeat! It's great that you have support at work! Since I am on night shift and it is minimal crew at that time....I don't really get to interact with the people that inspired me to start the p90x program, but we do message and FB each other and they do give me good advice. They are "done" with the program (one still does the dvd's, one does Zumba and kickboxing now), but it is good to hear their perspectives on this process and get their tips - I think it is good for them to hear my take on this first week.
Maybe we should call your coworkers your "basement buddies" - sorry, I could not resist (remember that show "Bosom Buddies" - look out, my age is showing).
The fruit/snack delivery sounds amazing! I take my own food/snacks to work because there is only the choice of the cafeteria which closes two hours into my shift, or you can go for fast food. Not helpful for dieters - therefore I bring my own healthy food.
Keep up the great work and let us know if you won week 2 of losing!
Missourians! Team

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What My Body Remembers

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

It's strange what recall my body has. It remembers how lovely it felt to be fit.

Just yesterday, I found myself jogging at work. Not walking swiftly. Not trotting slowly. Actually jogging along the pathways of the zoo to make a delivery. "Remember this?" my body whispered. "You LOVED doing this! You're so good at this! Do more of this!" I grinned and realized that I wasn't huffing or puffing, or breaking a sweat. I was briskly jogging and having a grand ol' time.

Well ... until I realized that, at 233 pounds, many bits of me still flop in the breeze. The snickering of schoolchildren reminded me that jogging wasn't my most dignified work activity. But damn, it felt good! I will definitely have to do more.

On a side note (gentlemen, look away), Mother Nature has started reminding me that I'm of the female persuasion. No one ever tells you that getting fat screws up your hormones; it's one of those sad secrets you're only privy to when it happens to you. But again - damn! - it's good to lose some weight and feel my body get back to healthy functions.

19 pounds down. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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BECCAZEN7 5/21/2013 9:00PM

    emoticon Funny how our bodies remember these things.
Missourians! Team

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