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Wednesday, February 27, 2013



Today is day 8 of my "on track" streak! (Previous streaks; 290 days, 13 days, and 53 days.)

I just read an article on People Online and I'm so furious! The article was written by a "celebrity trainer", judging the bodies of former Disney TV stars. Here is the link....and if People is smart, they will take the article down, because judging by the comments others have left, I'm not the only one who is angry about this article;

www.people.com/people/ar
ticle/0,,20677422,00.html


All of these beautiful young women being treated like cattle, being rated for their bodies and not their talent (or lack thereof.) Being judged by how they look and for how thin or not thin they are! Its so disgusting and so WRONG.



I'm not even a fan of Christina Aguilera, but what was said about her in this article just totally ticked me off....

"While I applaud her for embracing her body, I can't help but be a little skeptical. While she's definitely not grossly overweight, she doesn't look comfortable in her own skin like she did once upon a time. When Christina was in prime shape, she commanded attention and exuded confidence. What do you think? "

What do I think? I think its none of your business or mine to judge Christina Aguilera or anyone else for their body. Body shaming is NOT right! With articles like this being put out there, no wonder so many people are suffering from eating disorders and low self esteem!

We are more than just our bodies, you know. We are more than a dress size or a number on a scale. We are our hopes and our dreams. We are the love we give and receive. We are our talents and strengths. We are also our failures and weaknesses. But no one has the right to judge us for these things or for how we look! With articles like this, is it any surprise that Demi Lovato suffered from eating disorders?



My Spark friends all probably know that I really advocate loving yourself no matter what your weight is! Its okay to say "I want to lose weight" but its so important to love yourself NOW, not ten pounds from now. Lose the weight to be HEALTHY, but not so that you will love yourself more. Because if you don't love yourself now, you will never really love yourself, not even when you finally reach whatever size you are dreaming off.



Please, love yourself and your body no matter what size you are. Love yourself enough to treat your body with respect by feeding it healthy food and giving it exercise. You are worth it!










By the way, this is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Way to go with such a great article, People Magazine! (Sarcasm)

UPDATE: (Feb 28)
The writer of the People Online blog, Harley Pasternak, has added a message to People Online, here it is;

To those of you whom I offended in today's blog, I apologize. It was absolutely not my intention to do so.

In no way, shape or form do I think that a woman's value is determined by her weight. I was not commenting on these women's worth. Above all, I am an advocate for health. Health through diet, lifestyle, physical activity, and overall wellness. I am not an expert on self-worth or psychological well-being, i am an expert on nutrition and fitness, and in this blog, that is what I discuss weekly. Skinny does not equal healthy, and fat does not equal unhealthy, and neither can determine who you are as a person.
I understand the objection that many of you had that i commented on women that have never been clients of mine, and I can't help but agree with you. I should not have commented on people i don't know information about first hand.

As we all know, as a nation, we're out of shape, and my job is to help people be the healthiest versions o f themse lves through diet and exercise. But we're also a nation fighting eating disorders and body image issues, and I should be more sensitive to both issues.

Please accept my apologies.

In health,

HarleyPasternak
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JT_GMOTU 2/28/2013 5:32PM

    Thanks for calling the magazine on their projections.... And I think it's great you had the public Mea Culpa. We need to be vigilant...in getting healthy, not beating ourselves up for not having the "perfect" body...

You GO girl!!!!
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KARENFAUSKE 2/28/2013 5:01PM

  Thank-you for your comments.
No matter what I have weighed I have never been happy in my body. It helps to hear these words from other people.
I have always thought "shame on someone" for putting such a skewed version of what is normal out there. When in fact "normal" is different for everyone.

Comment edited on: 2/28/2013 5:02:11 PM

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JOYFULSONG45 2/28/2013 4:21PM

    Well written with excellent observations.

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SUSIEMT 2/28/2013 4:19PM

    Thank you Pixie! And thank you for including other comment as well.

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DIANNEMT 2/28/2013 3:45PM

    Thanks for making this visible to many of us!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/28/2013 3:30PM

  What a wonderful blog, Pixie......... Once again, you have said it like it is and are absolutely right on. emoticon

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SMILEY3826 2/28/2013 3:29PM

    this is such a great blog! so motivating and inspiring,Pixie!

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BARBARASDIET 2/28/2013 3:26PM

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KALEWINE 2/28/2013 3:16PM

    This is such a great blog. Being a dancer and having grown up in the dance world, where your body is constantly judged, I have struggled immensely with self-love. But now I see that others struggle just as much as I have, no matter their shape. It's been a long journey, one that is far from over, but I think I've come a long way toward loving my body. Thanks for your blog.

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EVRLNGFOO 2/28/2013 2:54PM

    very well written blog. people judging one anothers bodies and shaming each other will never end. sadly. i think my biggest issue with this article is how it starts out as an advertisement for his studio. all these beautiful celebs are awesome because of me, but these has-beens drink and eat too much because they don't train with me. i certainly can't argue with what he said about lindsey lohan. the poor thing is a trainwreck and it is due to drugs and alcohol. but who knows, maybe people like this guy criticising her every move pushed her over the edge.

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TERMITEMOM 2/28/2013 2:33PM

    PIxie, again, you hit the nail right on the head! emoticon

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KARENCRANER 2/28/2013 2:21PM

    Great blog! Thank you!

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SHILLEE 2/28/2013 1:59PM

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MOMOSG 2/28/2013 1:33PM

    If we truly loved our neighbours, why would we ever judge anyone! The effects of kindness go a long way. Judging people isn't kind. Don't do it to others and don't do it to yourself either. I know, easier said than done, but we should all try.

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ZIEKEPPLER 2/28/2013 1:29PM

  Thanks for standing up for real people! (Sometimes the world forgets that celebrities are people first and stars later.) There can never be too many reminders that body shape does not equal value. To everyone who wrote to Harley Pasternak, thank you thank you thank you!

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AME4IT 2/28/2013 1:17PM

    good gracious! thanks for bringing the horrendous story to my attention. cant believe the media feels a need to demoralize beautiful women.

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JANESLOSS 2/28/2013 12:47PM

    You are so right Pixie. What a sad article from PEOPLE.

Your art clippings are great! I love the ballerinas!

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ROBB1N 2/28/2013 12:35PM

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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SKIRNIR 2/28/2013 12:26PM

    Wow. Had to look at the article you referenced. That is pure trash, certainly not news. Glad the appology was posted, but the article should never have been posted. What is the point of the article other than to comment on female bodies? Makes no sense to me.

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WATERDIAMONDS 2/28/2013 12:21PM

    You are the advocate I'd like to have on my side in any courtroom!!!

Thank you

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CFMOSS 2/28/2013 12:13PM

    Good job. Thanks.

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EAGLES_WINGS 2/28/2013 12:01PM

    Thank you. You are right. I find myself sometimes being guilty of judging. More than I want to admit. I don't really follow the fashion world that much. I am guilty of "fat" talk towards myself. There are a lot of distortions around fat, body weight, and looks. It is really hard to fight it.

Your loving thoughts and beautiful blogs help me to gain greater insights into my own life and be more supportive of myself and others.

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MANDYLOVE_76 2/28/2013 11:57AM

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ELAINEANNE1 2/28/2013 11:54AM

    I do not like negative talk, it helps no one.

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LADYJAY714 2/28/2013 11:41AM

    Disappointing article.. shame on "People" it's mad frustrating to read about how the media views society. I try to not ever allow myself to fall victim to such outrageous opinions of how a female body is suppose to be! Wonderful blog about appreciating our bodies and loving ourselves! Thank you.

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WALLPER26 2/28/2013 11:36AM

    Thank you. You are absolutely correct! emoticon

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FATBUSTINMOM 2/28/2013 11:35AM

    Totally agree. I was just saying the same thing recently, that we need to love ourselves right now, where we are at, and that we should want to lose weight for ourselves first.
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AMANDEES76 2/28/2013 11:20AM

    I completely agree with our outrage over this article. We are sending the wrong messages and our future generations are going to be so lost if we don't change how we think and see ourselves today. Body image is only a small part of who we are and there should be no judging anyone on any level ever!

Great Blog Pixie!!!!!

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HIGHNOON 2/28/2013 11:20AM

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JMARIES51 2/28/2013 11:15AM

    Hi Pixie, Great blog. It has taken me a lot of years to get to the love myself in all my glory. I agree with you on all your blogs and want you to know how much I appreciate your wisdom, honesty, and true beauty - the beauty of the spirit that keeps on shining and fighting. I have a few weeks to catch up on since I have been in a bit of a winters blues - but I feel the light shining and happiness floating back into my life. And you are always part of that happiness. Keep up your fantastic journey. You are lightness and beauty and truth.

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KNYAGENYA 2/28/2013 11:09AM

    Thank you. I needed to be reminded of this.

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SIMONEKP 2/28/2013 11:08AM

    great blog pixie

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ROCKYCPA 2/28/2013 11:07AM

    Values need to change - since they probably won't, we each need to value ourselves as well as others.

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AMARILYNH 2/28/2013 11:04AM

    YES - YES, YES, YES!! When we love ourselves NOW all the rest of life becomes more joyful! When we love ourselves we WANT to eat healthy, move this body we love, BECOME all we can be!! emoticon

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ELAINE725 2/28/2013 11:03AM

    Great Blog...thank youn for posting it! emoticon

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 2/28/2013 10:43AM

    the society we live in, what else can i say about that

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WANTTOPLAYAGAIN 2/28/2013 10:35AM

    Your blog and many of the comments touched me to the core. I hope I can be part of the movement to redefine beauty in our culture, to change our priorities and to seek the heart of God.

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COTTONTAIL62 2/28/2013 10:22AM

    Great Blog Pixie .

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BRENDA_G50 2/28/2013 10:20AM

    Thanks for being OUR advocate!!! Size does NOT equal WORTH!!! Great blog. emoticon

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LYNCHD05 2/28/2013 10:18AM

    As usual, we need to keep things in perspective. We are not all built the same so we won't look the same and we don't want to, being healthy is the primary concern for all of us.

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SUGAR0814 2/28/2013 10:13AM

    So true Pixie! Great blog! emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 2/28/2013 10:07AM

    I don't allow anyone else to put me down, but the truth is - I say far worse things to myself than anyone else does.

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KEATYNMBERGSTEN 2/28/2013 10:04AM

    Great post! Thank you so much for bringing this up! It is such an important topic!

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CHRISBEM 2/28/2013 10:04AM

    It really is sad that our society is so obsessed with appearances. I find it interesting, too, that you posted this after a conversation that I had with a friend earlier this week. I love him dearly, but he also gets me mad with what he looks for in the women he dates. Like his last girlfriend is a complete loser, so I asked him what was it that had attracted him to her so much - and he said because she was his ideal of physical beauty, even though she's not the brightest bulb in the bunch.

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FIT4MEIN2013 2/28/2013 10:03AM

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YULLABELLE 2/28/2013 10:02AM

    emoticon A round of applause of you and those who see the magazines and commercials for the discriminators they are. I have never been a size 0 and hope to never be one, but I can be healthy at every size and that's my goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYM1962 2/28/2013 9:54AM

  so true - I don't give a rat's a... what other people think of me (or how I look) - it is what you think about yourself that counts. My body is a work in progress and as long as I am satisfied with it, then it does not matter what the rest of the world thinks

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TIGGERJEAN 2/28/2013 9:51AM

    I absolutely agree with you. It is not your business or my business to judge someone else's body. Their weight - their size - their health is THEIR business.

THIS is what is the matter with the entertainment industry. Talk about projecting your own ideal onto someone else. It is shaming to have your worth come down to the size of your abs or how hard you work out.

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