Goodbye WordPress, Hello vivafat.com

17 Jan

I’ve decided to stop blogging here. Why? Because I want a blog without weight-loss ads and similar stuff.

I mean, WordPress told me when I signed up that they might put ads on this free blog, but I was stupid enough not to figure out in advance what kind of ads would show. I don’t hate ads in general, I just don’t want Google ads with diet advertisements after my posts.

So, you can find me now here:  http://vivafat.com

Still the same blog, just with a new look, but this time, I guarantee you won’t see a single freaking weight-loss ad!

Btw, I now host my own domain–it took me almost an entire night to figure out how that works. I even installed the WordPress blogging software again, just this time, I’m the boss of my blog, lol. (And I love how many new plugins and widgets and other ‘toys’ I have suddenly at my disposal.)

What Do You Weigh?

16 Jan

What do you think this vintage chick is weighing?

It's In Those Shoes

Weigh What's Really Important

Weigh What’s Really Important….SELF RESPECT!!

This ad from the Body Shop isn’t a current one, but its message is timeless so I thought it deserves a blog post. And I was having a little fun with it :)

Weigh What’s Really Importan

Natalie Portman aka super-skinny Black Swan, jokes about being Fat.

15 Jan

Last night I watched the 2011 Critics Choice Award. And Natalie Portman won the the Best Actress award for her portrayal of a ballerina in Black Swan. I haven’t watched Black Swan yet, the trailer still creeps me out, but I’ll catch it on DVD once it’s out.

Btw, I love the white and black gown, very Roman goddess-like, and I thought she looked thoroughly glowing. Thank goodness that she gained weight back, she was x-tra super skinny in Black Swan. And she’s pregnant with her first child, not that you really notice in that dress, lol.

Natalie Portman

Image: VH1

I wasn’t a big fan of her acceptance speech. Why? She thanked the Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, saying that, “You made me very skinny and now you’re indirectly responsible for getting me fat.”

The Black Swan director introduced her to her boyfriend and baby-daddy. I’m pretty sure that she was joking about the ‘fat’ part, but if she truly thinks she’s heavy now, she’s in for a surprise a couple of months down the road. Just saying.

But Natalie Portman also shared a ‘helpful hint’ (not!) she received to help her transform herself into the skinny ballerina she portrayed in Black Swan. After working out, practicing and rehearsing for the ballet scenes, Natalie was told that if she feels hungry at the end of the day, to drink a glass of skim milk. One glass of freaking skim milk.

So she starved herself thin for this role. And you know what? I’m even kind of okay with that, because it was part of her twisted job description. She’s her own judge if she wants to do that to herself and risk her health. She got paid to be tough on her body–like a boxer who risks a knockout in every match.

But because she happily shared this anecdote in her acceptance speech, I wonder how many women will think that if Natalie Portman lost weight that way, it must be okay and omg, even healthy? That starving yourself is a great idea to get thin? How many women will think this?

Too many, I fear. And that is part of the reason we have such a warped body image these days. And that’s the reason why I wasn’t keen on her acceptance speech, her jokes about being fat, her ‘funny’ weight-loss tips. Not funny for many, many women watching the show.

Otherwise, congrats on your Critics Choice Award for Best Actress, Natalie. May you gain a couple of pounds more and have fun being fat pregnant!

“Embrace Me”, Body Confidence Project

14 Jan

This is sort of an update to my post about the Special K Challenge and the blogger who wrote a concise and enlightening post why the cereal Challenge should get lost.

The ‘I came to run’ blog has started a new project, called Embrace Me. And you are invited to participate:

It is in this spirit of acceptance that I’d like to start Embrace:Me, a project designed to encourage body confidence and treating yourself with a healthy, accepting attitude.  I feel strongly that by adopting a more positive attitude toward our own bodies, we can combat the effects of the pressure we feel from external sources, and from ourselves.  To show your support for Embrace:Me, I would love to hear your stories–stories of accomplishments, of body confidence, of anything that makes you feel good about yourself.  Maybe even a story about why you don’t have to justify your reasons for embracing the person you are to anyone else.

Please check out the complete post about the project Embrace Me on the blog ‘I came to run’.  And if you haven’t read her initial post about the Special K Challenge yet, it was sheer awesomeness and you should read it stat. She also has an update on her blog. She spoke with someone from Kellogg directly! You can get to her blog ‘I came to run” here.

Now, instead of the music I was listening to, there’s a radio ad running about a “Get Thin Today’ product, promising you a new life. But we already have a life, don’t we? What message is that sending to women, saying that your current life sucks because you aren’t thin?

Everything you plan to achieve in your future is just that, plans and goals, we all have something we want to achieve. We fail, we succeed or it’s something in-between, it’s called life. We all struggle with something.

But we are already worthy of love, happiness and acceptance right now.

I love that one blogger was able to rock Kellogg’s marketing boat. Love it. It’s an encouragement that you can really make a difference, however small, raise awareness and empower women. We only need to speak out, even if we think no one is listening.

Holly Madison vs Las Vegas Producer

13 Jan

Holly Madison is the star of a new burlesque Las Vegas show called ‘Peepshow’. And the producers apparently ordered Holly to lose weight, saying that she is too fat to get into the costumes for the show. (Source: Radar Online)

Image: Reuters

“I just feel like I market myself as a sex symbol, I don’t market myself as a fitness model or a professional dancer so I feel like the way I look is fine!” Holly said.

Yes, you look fine, Holly, a bit on the plastic side, but to each his own. Seriously, this smells like a marketing stunt to get free publicity for the show (I guess I just contributed).  If it isn’t a PR stunt, then this is another example of  what’s wrong with the world. No wonder we have so many eating disorders if the likes of Holly Madison are publicly told that they are too fat.

Common sense solution: Don’t diet, let out the costumes.

MTV Recap: “I Used To Be Fat”, Dominick

12 Jan

This week’s “I Used To Be Fat” is about Dominick, 18. MTV shows him on the day of his high school graduation. His family is Italian. I feel myself reminded of the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” you know, where the Greek family is all about food and lots of it. And MTV portrays Dominick’s food-loving family as his major obstacle in his quest for weight loss. Clearly, pasta is the devil incarnate. Ah, well, since I recapped all other episodes, why stop with Dominick’s.

Image: MTV

For Dominick, his weight gain started when the kids from his basketball team called him fat.  He lost his confidence, stopped doing sports, and withdrew inwardly.

Now, at graduation, he wants to say goodbye to his old self. He worries about his mom, who is overweight. He’s sick of being the big guy. Dominick wants to lose weight, he’s 306 lb,  and his Italian mother is the ‘bad guy’ here because she shows her love with food. It’s pasta four times a week, everyone, that can’t be good.

Saran arrives, his personal trainer, and they have a sit down at the table:

Saran: “Give me your summer then I’ll give you your life back.”

Where is Dominick’s life right now… Is he dead? Is there like a place where the ‘life’ of fat people hide until they’ve slimmed down? Just wondering…

So, he has 110 days to lose weight before he starts college. Which means a weight loss of 5 lb a week during the next 16 weeks. Is that healthy goal? I don’t know.

Saran, the trainer, checks out the fridge. And she throws away the packaged pasta. Why the heck do they throw away perfectly fine food? At least donate it to a food drive or something similar, this is seriously messed up.

Saran pulls out the guilt card—admonishing Dominick that he has never been in a gym and now has to suffer for it. Seriously, you can be active and healthy without ever setting food in a gym, just saying.

During the first workout, Dominick throws up into the trash bin. Saran blames the mother that Dominick isn’t in better shape, because, clearly, look at the overweight mom, she has let herself go—nice, Saran, go ahead and insult people because they are fat. Wouldn’t a good trainer be able to assist in a workout that doesn’t result in throwing up? Just wondering…

We see them on the tennis court. Playing tennis is something Dominick would love to do. But we actually don’t see them batting a ball over the net. Instead, he runs around with Saran piggyback style on his back. After he collapses on the ground, they have this conversation:

Saran: “Did you see what just happened today?”

Dominick: “I didn’t puke. I pulled through it.”

Saran: “Is this a new Dominick?”

Dominick: “Yes, it could be the new Dominick.”

Why are they talking about him in the third person? Is he still not alive yet? Is his ‘life’ still in this mysterious place? Will Saran give Dominick his life back soon? Questions, questions…

Saran has a chat with the mom, saying that Dominick doesn’t want to “lose her.” Basically implying that if the mom doesn’t start working out, she’ll die. Thus pressured, Dominick’s mother promises to work out. (Not a bad thing of course, I just dislike the delivery, also, God knows where the life of Dominick’s mom currently is…)

Three weeks later, Dominick weighs  281 lb. Did I mention he likes to wear a shirt with a muffin icon and the word ‘stud’ above it. I let you figure that one out.

Saran is back and makes a trip into the kitchen to check out the pantry…there’s whole wheat pasta now and even green beans, so she’s happy. Dominick is cooking—good for him—he seems to really enjoy it.

Dominick wants to go to culinary college and leave home. The mother cries for two days because she doesn’t want to let him go—empty nest syndrome and all that—I guess it’s understandable, but you can’t hold your teenager back.

Saran is on his side, encouraging him to stand up to his mom and follow his goal. Then she sits on his back while he’s doing his exercise. Well, at least someone is having fun here.

Finally, it’s his last day. Dominick’s hitting the gym again—reminiscing about his first day and how he threw up.  So Saran suggest doing a ‘crazy interval’ just to see if he throws up again. He burns off a thousand calories and doesn’t throw up—it’s a success, I guess. It’s also more than a bit cruel, this challenge. Needless to say, the trainer is proud.

If you care for numbers: Dominick went from 306 lb to 219 lb in 110 days.

We see him on his first day in culinary school (it’s in Chicago) and Dominick feels confident, more than he ever felt during high school. (Is there anyone out there who ever felt truly confident during high school? Anyone?) He lives with a couple of roommates and cooks for them, which I found awesome.

A month later, he visits his mom and his family and he shows off his skinny jeans. He’s proud of finishing something most of all. (And his mom has lost 64 lb.) MTV already has an update on Dominick, you can check out his video here.

I think Dominick did great on “I Used to be Fat.” Good for him for pursuing his career goals. Before the weight loss, Dominick seemed like a really nice guy with a love for funny, graphic t-shirts. He seemed the same after the weight loss. Whatcha think?

Plus size fashion stuff–Look, my new Hoodie Top!

11 Jan

I was shopping today, not in an actual mall, but online. I’m lazy that way but finding plus size stuff that I want to wear ain’t always easy. Amazon’s one click shopping makes it so easy, and I still had an unspent gift card.

So I figured I deserve something new, lol. And it beats taking the Special K challenge…sorry, that’s off topic. ~I just found out you can do an image slideshow, cool…Thank you, WordPress, for teaching me something new today :)

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Gorgeous plus size hoodie top features short sleeve and long tunic design. Deep cut v-neck with string accent in the front. Beautiful gray designer print on solid color fabric with rhinestone accents. Perfect blend of casual comfort and fabulous style. Available in Black and Gray color choices in our store.

I was looking for a new dress actually, but I usually end up buying something else, usually shoes–yes, I’m a living cliché–but I couldn’t say no to this top. Basically, if it’s gray and it’s a hoodie, I’ll buy it. Isn’t the top pretty?

Special K Challenge: Get lost (via I came to run)

10 Jan

Rant alert: It’s just my personal opinion, but The Special K Challenge is something the world doesn’t need. But hey, that’s why we have marketing and advertising, so women are gently reminded to think that we need cereals filled with sugar to help us lose weight and feel healthy.

I usually roll my eyes at the Special K cereal boxes whenever I walk by them in my supermarket aisle and feel superior that I don’t fall for this bullcrap. But I fell for them in the past. Fell into the trap of their marketing message: “What Will You Gain When You Lose?”

So, “What Will You Gain When You Lose?” Let me answer that: You’ll gain a eating disorder for the two weeks of the The Special K Challenge. Just my 2 cents. If you’re currently doing the challenge, fine. I’m not trying to attack you, or call you names, I just don’t like the company’s mindset behind the The Special K Challenge. /rant

And I just came across a post–and the blogger allowed to share her post and asks us to join her in a boycott of Special K products–that prompted my rant. Please follow the link. It’s an incredible worthwhile read for anyone who has ever done the challenge, is thinking about doing the challenge, or wants a concise write-up why the Special K Challenge should get lost.

Special K Challenge: Get lost What is the challenge, exactly? The Special K Challenge is a two-week program that takes the nutrient-poor, calorie-restrictive meal plan that the cereal brand has been guilting women into for years and dresses it up with pretty colors and interactive web-based tools designed to appeal to the female eye (because obviously every woman loves pretty colors and clean designs!). On the website, you can choose the start date of your challenge, and customize your plan by choosing from four different menu types: Classic, Mix it Up (for foodies!), On-the-Go, and Chocolate Lover’s (don’t deny it ladies, you can’t live without chocolate, especially during that time of the month, amirite?!). From there, you can mix and match Special K foods to create your own customized 14-day plan. Read More

Well, Special K Challenge, consider yourself boycotted.

Fat Art–Birth of Venus Hawai’i Style

9 Jan

I can’t draw to save my life, but I love art. And this is my second post featuring what I call “Fat Art”. Luckily, there are plenty of artists out there who can produce such beautiful artwork as the one below, called ‘Birth of Venus Hawai’i Style.’

Birth of Venus Hawai'i Style

Lovely painting, isn’t it?

Mr. Kenneth Tong’s Brain is a Size Zero

8 Jan

There’s a guy, a Mr. Kenneth Tong, using Twitter to promote “managed anorexia.” He wants to launch his own line of anorexia pills. He basically wants to “help” girls become a size zero. There is nothing wrong with naturally being a size 0. The issue starts when women are expected to be so through dangerous means.

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I’m assuming this isn’t just a publicity stunt; I’m assuming this sicko is serious and I’m assuming Kenneth Tong is an asshole. I’m sure that drawing attention to him isn’t the best idea, but ignoring him won’t make him go away. Anyone who encourages anorexia is completely ignorant. Beauty and health comes in all sizes. Yes, there’s freedom of speech and all that, but I’ve reported his Twitter account as spam. No idea if it helps, but it’s a start.

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