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What Do You Weigh?

16 Jan

What do you think this vintage chick is weighing?

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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 🙂

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“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.

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.

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.

The Bachelor, ABC. Will you watch?

3 Jan

I’ve watched past seasons of the Bachelor. Why? Because it’s plain ol’ entertainment. It’s cheesy and awkward. It’s rarely romantic but oh the drama. I probably agree with everything negative you can come up with regarding the show. I’ll still watch it–it’s like a traffic accident, you can’t look away. I’ve also watched the season where Brad Womack famously dissed the two girls in the finale, not proposing marriage to either of them. Now Brad is back, still looking hot.

The Bachelor

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It should be noted that The Bachelor has nothing to do with the general theme of my blog. Unless, maybe, Brad Womack will be able to pick from a batch of plus-sized girls? I don’t think so. But I’ll watch it just in case I’m mistaken. Maybe women of every age, hair color and dress size are represented. Maybe Brad falls for a curvy, red-haired, plus-sized girl, who knows. So I have to watch, there. (I might write a Bachelor recap of the first episode, but not sure yet.) Edited to add: Yes, I did a Bachelor Recap here.

And about the age–I just had a sneak peek at the single girls at the ABC site. Most of them are in their early, mid-twenties. Brad Womack is 38 years old. Ahaha, the old double standard. Good luck to all the single ladies, I wish you strong nerves, you’ll need them.

Look at the time, show’s about to start and popcorn isn’t ready yet… Will you watch how the Bachelor breaks hearts again or do you hate the show?

Plus-sized Movies? 3 Movies I Wish that were made with Fat Chicks

3 Jan

Trying to find a Hollywood movie where a fat girl goes on adventures, saves the world and kisses a couple of guys along the way, is like trying to find the necklace you lost at the beach three days ago. I tried both with the same results.

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Well, there’s the famous Bridget Jones. But, come on, Renee Zellweger? Why take a tiny American actress, publicize her weight gain, and let her fake an accent? Why not take a British plus-sized actress in the first place? And if a movie features a girl bigger than a size 10, she’s never comfortable with it, like Bridget. Why does weight always need to play a such a big role?

I asked a friend of mine if she had any movie suggestions that would fit my idealistic criteria, and after some brainstorming, we came up with—nothing.

What I came up with was how cool it could have been if some of my favorite movies would have featured a plus-size chick. Let me share my list with you. It’s widely speculative, but these are my top three movies I wish that they would have been cast with a fat chick:

My first pick: The Fifth Element
Leeloo is sent to save Earth and she represents the fifth element—love. She’s naïve, feminine and a warrior. And she gets the guy in the end. I’d love to see a sci-fi flick with action, romance, spaceships and a larger-than-life plus-sized actress.

My second pick: The Pirates of the Caribbean
The scene where Elizabeth falls into the ocean and is rescued by Captain Sparrow would have made more sense if Elizabeth Swann had been a fat chick. Elizabeth wore a corset to achieve a smaller waist. She then fainted and fell into the ocean. (Sorry, but Keira Knightley’s waist is already so small, I had a hard time believing that she had problems wearing that corset.) What follows is pirates and adventure and swordfights. I’m pretty sure you could find an athletic actress that isn’t necessarily rail-thin but a bigger girl who could do an equally fantastic job.

My third pick: Pretty Woman
Just imagine the movie tag line: A rich businessman needs an escort and hires a beautiful, plus-sized hooker and they fall in love. Come on, doesn’t that sound like a blockbuster movie? No? Well, I’d go and watch that movie on a Saturday night.

Hollywood, are you listening? I think that there’s an audience for funny, upbeat and even action movies featuring women who are bigger than a size 10. The press would talk about it! People would want to see such a novelty! I understand if you don’t care for my idealism or fat acceptance, but there’s money to be made! Gosh, I’m really going for the hard sell.

Anyho, just to be clear, I like the above movies just fine as they are, and I’m not hating on Hollywood’s sample-size actresses. I’m just having a bit of fun playing what if.

So, what if you could recast a movie? Which one? Would you place a plus-sized actress in the leading role? Or do you know any movies that feature plus-sized women in a positive, upbeat way?

Jezebel Wraps up the Biggest Weight Stories of 2010

2 Jan

Jezebel recaps last year’s fattest stories, including how Whole Food discriminates against their plus-sized employees, how Kevin Smith got kicked off Southwest for being “Too Fat To Fly”, a piece about Gabourey Sidibe, how Maura Kelly was offended and disgusted by fat people ‘getting it on’ on TV, and a so called fat ballerina, among other stories. Great recap, funny as hell and definitely lots of food for thought.

You can read the entire thing here. For me, Maura Kelly’s cruel opinion piece in Marie Claire took the cake when it comes down to robbing plus-sized women of self-esteem. And Gabourey Sidibe is still a source of inspiration. Maybe, just maybe, 2011 is going to be the year where the media embraces that whatever weight you are, you can be happy and healthy and that you have the right to feel loved and accepted.

This blogger can dream, right?

Why, you ask, do Female Chinese students eat Roundworm Eggs?

1 Jan

So glad you asked. Or not.

Female Chinese students resort to eating roundworm eggs to ensure they look thin for job interviews. They hatch in the stomach, allowing those who take them to shed pounds without exercising or dieting in the Xiamen, China. Via Mail Online.

Far be it from me to pass judgment, *cough, retch* But really? I mean, really? I’m so not posting an image for this article.

It’s a crazy, crazy world out there, that’s all I’m saying.

Edited to add: My blog is free of diet tips: this is NOT a diet tip. Also, isn’t it interesting/sad that not only gals in western countries struggle with achieving an ‘ideal’ (read skinny) body, but gals in Asia as well? Why are we doing that to ourselves? *sigh*

Happy New Year 2011–Hey, it’s a Rabbit Year!

1 Jan

Happy 2011! Another new year, another chance for me not to have any New Year’s resolutions 🙂

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I’m not superstitious (not much anyway) and I’m unlikely to believe in anything the stars, trees, cards or the palm of my hand is trying to tell me. (Feel free to convince me otherwise!) But, I still love to look up the Chinese zodiac cause it’s fun. And 2011 is the year of the Metal Rabbit! Hey, I like rabbits! (If you have to know, I’m a Rat.)

So, according to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves in a world that’s full of destructive forces. Sounds good, right? The Metal Rabbit is a time for the people–there’s great strength in numbers. It is a time for planning, negotiation and regrouping. Your goal should be to create a safe and peaceful lifestyle for yourself and those you love. The Metal Rabbit is a year in which the family will come first. And the Rabbit is a sign of luck!

But I think harmony is a key word–and trying to be in harmony with yourself isn’t bad advice.

May 2011 be everything you wish for!

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