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SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,271)
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8/17/13 10:24 A

I wonder if people will ever get that moderation is the key.
I would not want to be too skinny or spend hours every day getting that so-called perfect, but now apparently necessary in order to be attractive, look for women. The second very muscular woman does not seem at all sexy too me, but maybe that will catch on and eventually males will all want us to look like that, or they will move on to the next more muscular woman who spends more hours in the gym instead of living a well rounded life and having lots of interests.

I am not overweight and I try to get in some activity and excercise. And that is how it is going to stay. I am lucky enough to have a husband who thinks I'm gorgeous and just this morning he told me that I am model material (well to him, I guess! And he knows I'm not very muscular!) I am 54 and he was talking about the "models" they were showing on TV. He said I'm gorgeous and don't need all that "bondo" on my face to look gorgeous. Well, my husband is definitely good for something. I think I will keep him! :)

TINIERTINA Posts: 5,096
8/17/13 8:33 A

When I'd wasted away due to chronic illness .. and now (of course my family refuses to believe I exactly have one) an eating disorder, I crossed the threshold into the "old skinny" ... and the "old unhealthy" ... really, I knew for a fact I could not develop muscles any better than what I'd once had as a swimmer ...

What's the point of spending hours that I don't have in a gym that I can't afford? ... but I'm sick of getting into a class-rant on this ...

Ironically, I became better at the things that count. My job. my avocations. (I want to write a little--leave a legacy.) That's where that OTHER Spark book comes in ...

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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8/17/13 8:13 A

Healthy is the New Skinny. If you aren't healthy, it effects all areas of your life!

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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8/17/13 6:13 A

To be honest though, the first woman (imo) is still too skinny and the second link is too muscular for me (kudos to her but not where I would want to be at. For the first, her weight/height gives her a BMI of 19 (less than 18.5 being underweight) and barely puts her in her healthy BMI, she is carrying a decent amount of muscle. Since muscle weighs more (is denser) than fat, women who carry more muscle should actually weigh more than your average woman of the same height/weight with an avg. body fat %. The second woman on the first link looks the best to me.

I discovered this myself when trying to lean down to the lower end of my BMI (where I had been at before gaining weight and before weight lifting). When I tried to reach the 105-110 lbs range at 5'2 which gave me a BMI of 19, I was way too skinny. I was muscular, I was defined just like this woman but I also did not have fat in the *right* places (curves). I actually look much better in the middle of my BMI with muscle. I looked fine at 105-110 lbs when I wasn't so built, still had good curves but this time around, I did not!

But of course this all comes down to personal tastes/opinions. To me, the perfect body (what appeals to me in others and myself physically) is yes, strong! But not at an ultra low body fat percentage. A body fat percentage in the 18-22% range is perfect, I think it's the perfect balance of leaness, muscle and curves.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/17/2013 (06:30)
EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
8/17/13 1:27 A

I would LOVE to look like Mailyn Raymundo in the first article.

Nice flat abs and small arms! But I guess I eat too much junk for that!

Edited by: EOWYN2424 at: 8/17/2013 (01:28)
TINIERTINA Posts: 5,096
8/16/13 9:18 P

" STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY, declares the headline. Hooray! Finally, women can control and dominate the space they occupy rather than disappearing into bony oblivion! "

writes Erin Gloria Ryan of Jezebel ...

Well, wouldn't you know, this comes on the heels of my reading that OTHER Spark Book - "Cirque du Soleil The Spark" , never really felt the need to join a circus - and if you know what Cirque du Soleil is -- I'm no acrobat- I'm 59 and not even athletic !

But this other Spark book is about occupying your space -for sure - with your talents. There will be more on that in my blog, which I should get it together to write soon.

This celebration may (just MAY) include occupying your space for the aesthetic appreciation of potential mating partners, but it is not limited to that.

For that, I am glad for any Spark's that come my way ...

And for the record. My opinion is "Strong is the New Strong" ... and "Skinny Just Is"

Existentialism trumps a fad any day ...

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