Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Dear Spark People,
I've noticed, when I log on in the morning, that you have all these bright shining faces smiling at me in the Top Stories section of the start page. Every morning I am forced to see all this "happiness." Why does it irritate me? It's not because they are smiling - it's because they are so freaking skinny.
Models have a job of looking pretty for the camera. They have time to work out and think about what they eat. Maybe they waitress on the side - I don't know. What I do know is that a model is most likely not doing the following... all at the same time:
1. trying to fit 60 hours of work into a 40 hour week
2. trying to find enough time left over for relationships and family
3. fixing meals for multiple people (more often containing someone with an allergy)
4. go to school part-time to show the importance of education to their kids in addition to improving her life
5. avoiding temptations at work like the birthday party ... or just because it's Friday
6. in the little time and energy that remains - carve out space for herself
If one of your models is doing this, please let us know. It's super annoying to see her smiling at me when I'm pretty sure she can eliminate half of the list mentioned above.
Better yet... why don't you start using some of your real-life inspiration stories as models. You have a built in fan base right here of women who are beautiful in so many ways. Sure, they may not fit in a single digit dress, but they have so much depth. They have found out how gluten affects their diet. They have discovered how past hurts have affected their weight... and then done something about it. They have modeled exercise for their children so they won't have to go through the exact same struggles. They have put themselves through school without surviving on gummy bears, ramen noodles, and Mt. Dew.
These are the real models I want to see smiling at me. The ones who take life by the horns and say, "You are mine now buddy." So what if she wears a size 12 or 20? So what if her hair is grey? That woman is far more real to me than then women I see now. (For that matter, where are the men? I know there are plenty of men on this site.)
If you need somewhere to start... I'll be waiting my my phone and computer.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Like much of the country today, Boston is experiencing above seasonal temperatures. Today it's supposed to be around 94, but the heat index is supposed to get to about 104. Um... no. I don't mess with heat.
I take medications daily, and one of the side effects is a sensitivity to heat. Since in live in Boston, I've never really cared about that. Today I'll have to be careful. This means not taking my normal lunch walk. Bummer. No, seriously, it's a bummer. I love going out and just working off the first part of the day. It's just that heat exhaustion could be a real problem, and that's way worse than dealing with work. :)
I'm going to stay in and do some homework for class. Maybe I'll walk out to pick up some nibbles for later, but that's probably the extent of my walking unless it happens to cool down to something reasonable this evening.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
I'm sorry I've been MIA. I've had something going on in my personal life. It's not yet resolved, so I don't want to talk about it just yet, but I wanted you all to know that I've been reading the feed and blog posts. I'm always thinking of you.
I've slipped back into a few bad habits, and I've put on a few pounds because of it. I'm eating comfort food, but it's providing me little comfort. I realize that I'm just trying to increase the barrier and that which troubles me, but my weight going up won't actually help that part of the problem.
This morning the stress was so bad that I was up just before 5am. Yes, before 5am. I couldn't go back to sleep, so at 5:40 I put on my shoes and went for a walk. Getting my heart rate up for real helped me relax. I was also able to think through what I need to do today. It's a long road I ace today, but I'm feeling better about it... if only a little better.
I pray that you all are safe and well.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
We all have that one food cue that seems impossible to refuse. For years that item, for me, was gummy bears. I have been known to commit genocide of entire bags of gummy bears.
For the past three weeks though, I have to have a slice of pizza. Seriously, every day I've had at least a slice of pizza. Once and a while would be fine, but every day? The salt content alone is just killing me. I haven't been able to lose a pound since this binge started, and I can't seem to stop.
I seriously hope this is a passing craving, and my body finally gets what it wants out of this inexplicable desire for cheesy yumminess known as pizza. If not, I may turn into a pizzeria soon.
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