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double standard

4 Aug

I spent last weekend on the Jersey Shore for a bachelorette party…yes THE Jersey Shore- Seaside Heights.  Home to Snooki, the Situation and the rest of the gang.  We actually saw them filming a few times during our stay there.  The Shore was quite a place; an experience like none other I’ve had.  While I had lots of fun fist pumping and dancing to the DJ’s great music, a few things did not sit well with me and I have not been able to put them out of my head.

Walking down the boardwalk is like being in an overgrown carnival.  Booth after booth, vendor after vendor, big lit-up sign after big lit-up sign all advertising food.  Each featured artery clogging, cholesterol raising, life span shortening, yet seemingly irresistible fare.  Pizza, hot dogs, cheesy fries, sausages, fried chicken, fried Snickers, fried Twinkies, milkshakes, cotton candy, corn dogs, burgers, ice cream; you name it, they had it.  I practically had to get out a fine tooth comb to search for suitable lunch food.  When I finally spotted a place that sold VitaCoco  Coconut Water and a sub-par fruit cup, I gladly forked over $8 in exchange for something that didn’t have “Partially Hydrogenated” or “High Fructose Corn Syrup” in the ingredient list. 

After grabbing my lunch and continuing my stroll down the boardwalk, the girls and I decided we wanted to splurge for new outfits to wear that night at Karma.  I felt like I was in a fashion photo shoot while in there.  All of the sales associates were petite, tan, blonde and well endowed in the chest.  I tried on the few items in the store that wouldn’t be found in a call girl’s wardrobe and settled on a ribbed corset top which was pretty snug, to say the least.  I made a joke that I’d have to get a size bigger so that I’d have room for dinner and not have to “suck it in” all night.  Every single item in that store (and all other stores) was made to be form-fitting, revealing, sexy.  but SO tight and uncomfortable.  Every item modeled was on a size 0 or 2, and of course fit like a glove.  Well what happens when REAL women with curves try on the same stuff?  They don’t feel so good.  I found myself immediately feeling less than thrilled about the way I looked.  Even me- a fit person who eats very well, works out regularly- I still felt self conscious about the way I looked.  I bought the shirt and walked back out of the store.

Back out into fried food land.  And that’s when it hit me.  HOW on Earth can we have so much junk and crap flashed in our faces as the cheapest, most appetizing, and sometimes only food around and then be expected to fit into and feel comfortable in such restrictive clothing?!  The more I thought about it, the more furious I became.  I started looking at the types of people walking down the boardwalk.  The majority were overweight, and some were obese.  Yes there were also those who seemed to be in the “normal” weight range, and some who even looked a bit underweight.  But no matter what, they were all eating that junk.  They were putting food into their mouths that will directly raise their chances of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even premature death.  I wondered how many people were eating this fare just because it was nearly the ONLY option, and how many didn’t think twice about eating this way.  How many women would walk into that shop and try to find a “hot outfit” for the club?  How many would feel just as uncomfortable as I had?

The greater picture boils down to this: junk food has become the most affordable, most accessible, and most flashy food out there.  Calories, trans and saturated fats, sodium, and chemicals are being pumped into people’s bodies at an alarming rate.  Simultaneously, the fashion industry and the media at large make it painfully obvious that skinny is in and tight, revealing clothing is what’s “hot”.  Just open up any magazine, you’ll see what I mean.  There will be an anorexic looking model on one page and an ad for a 99 cent Big Mac on the next.

This double standard makes me sick and needs to change.  Where to start?  The truth is- I don’t know.  There’s so many things that can be done- make healthy foods more affordable and accessible, shift the trends so that fashion isn’t impossible to wear unless you’re a size 0 or 2.  Something, anything, needs to be done.  As the famous quote says “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”

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Does that really work??

24 May

Lets talk fitness, people.  Lets talk about the tried and true way to keep your body healthy and fit: exercise.  That’s right, I said exercise.  Not to be confused (or substituted) with: Toning shoes or clothing, pills/powders/bars, Shakeweight, or other gimmicks that promise your Best Body EVER.  Nope,  none of those will do the trick. If all those claims were true, everyone would look perfect and I would be out of a job.   But still, every day people fall victim to countless gimmicks that claim to be easier than all the rest, with quicker results too!  It is the nature of our society to desire immediate gratification for the least amount of money and effort.  The quicker we can get something, the better.  Unfortunately, this quick-fix mindset is doing us no favors.  Gimmicks and fads may produce some miniscule change (as a result of simply doing something different), but it is never long-lasting or quality.  Anything worth having takes time and effort.

But don’t take my word for it.  Go ahead, look around… find the person in the gym who has the body you want….the person who is fit and strong, has plenty of energy, and appears confident in the way they carry themselves.  Ask that person what they do to keep themselves looking that way.  I guarantee you that their response will include both healthy eating and a serious workout regimen on a CONSISTENT basis.  They do the REAL stuff that works- running, squats, lunges, planks, dead lifts, presses, flys, etc.  They eat real, whole foods and steer clear of processed, preservative-laden junk.  They do the stuff thats been around forever, because it WORKS.  The stuff that takes more effort than just strapping on a pair of shoes to tone your booty, popping a pill or mixing a powder to suppress your appetite and prevent fat from entering your bloodstream, or using a “magic” piece of fitness equipment for 10 minutes per day.

Real effort produces real results.  So that means, if you want to achieve your goals and make your body a healthy, fit, strong, confident entity, you’re gonna have to do the work too.   Think about how much effort you put into other aspects of your life:  your job, your relationships, your home.  If you only showed up to work 2 days per week, what would happen?  You’d probably get fired, and you sure wouldn’t get that raise you hoped for.  What would happen if you only spoke with your significant other once a week for a few minutes?  Well, I bet that relationship would go nowhere fast.   The same applies to your fitness.  You can not expect to put in minimal effort and get maximal results, it just won’t happen.

So, figure out exactly what it is you WANT…write it down…and then DO the real work required to get it.  Get on the treadmill, hit the pavement, pick up a weight, get SWEATY!!!!  Achieving it this way will taste so much sweeter!