"Pursue your goals, but never lose sight of the reality of things." -Amy Suto
Thank you! :) And Forever 21 is a good store in that respect, although I wish their ads and models portrayed more than one body type.
The Abercrombie CEO’s words make me sad and frustrated.
I have friends who are absolutely gorgeous with lovely fashion senses, but don’t fit into Abercrombie clothes. Who is anyone to tell them that because they don’t fit into a very narrow definition of beauty characterized by measurements and “thinness” that they can’t be beautiful?
Not only this, but Abercrombie burns its new, unsold clothes instead of giving it to charity, despite requests from nonprofit organizations.
If you like Abercrombie’s clothes, that’s fine. If you want to continue to shop there, go ahead. I’m not here to dictate your shopping habits, or to shame you into a boycott.
But I encourage everyone to at the very least make an effort to realize that defining beauty through clothing sizes is damaging for the self-esteem of women and girls all over the world.
Being body positive means accepting all body types as beautiful, instead of discriminating with inches and waist sizes.
If you decide to participate in the boycott, here are some other cool clothing companies that also have plus sizes that you can go to that are similar to/better than Abercrombie and Fitch:
Modcloth not only has plus sizes, but they also feature plus size models in a lot of their promotional materials! The bathing suit advertisement I received today had two women side-by-side: a woman of average weight, and a plus-sized woman. Both are equally gorgeous, and quite a refreshing change from other brands that only highlight waifish models and neglect other body types.
Modcloth’s Advertisement in Question:
Muscle building exercises (resistance training) focus on creating muscle through progressive overload that stimulates tearing of muscle fibers. The body then rebuilds those fibers so that they’re stronger. To build muscle: lift weights.
Fat burning exercises (cardio) focus on increasing endurance and using calories through cardio. Examples: running, swimming.
First of all, what are you comparing kickboxing to? Lifting weights? Doing pilates? And what does your kickboxing routine look like? Are there weights involved?
Generally, kickboxing is an aerobic workout that combines a series of kicks and punches that are aimed at increasing your heart rate and improving endurance. Because kickboxing uses your own body weight as resistance, it doesn’t really built too much muscle. So it generally falls into a fat burning workout.
However, if you’re doing something like P90x kickboxing, you’re also integrating lunges and hand weights and squats and all sorts of moves that come from a traditional strength routine.
Answer: it depends on your routine. But if you want to build lean muscle, you need to lift heavy!
I’m getting rid of some negative energy in my life tomorrow.
My dance partner and I have been preparing for a showcase, and he completely threw out the choreography we had prepared in exchange for his new choreography.
Today, I realized he took the joy out of dance for me, so I am no longer dancing with him, and tomorrow I’m going to end the partnership.
Does this mean that I won’t get to perform at this showcase I really wanted to perform at? Yeah. It does.
But you know what? Performing at the showcase with a last minute routine with a partner who doesn’t care that I don’t feel comfortable with this new routine isn’t something I want to do.
I’m tired of feeling awful and being treated badly. I won’t stand for it. And I definitely don’t deserve it.
Tomorrow, I’m going to just stand up for myself and expel this negative energy from my life, and go to yoga class instead of dance class.
I’m spring cleaning my life, and so should you!
My dance partner was actually really nice about the whole thing, even sincerely apologizing. I learned that being honest and confronting people about certain things actually yields good results.
Problem-solving begins with identifying the problem at hand.
Not only did I patch things up with my old partner, but I also got a new partner in time for the showcase! It’s amazing how these things work out so well.
Follow the 80/20 rule the best you can: that is, 80% of the food you eat is healthy, with a 20% space for food that is less than stellar.
If possible, eat a full, healthy meal before the wedding and bring healthy snacks like almonds so you won’t be too tempted to overeat. Indulging a little is okay — it’s not like one slice of cake will throw you off the wagon — and just do your best to see if there are healthy options available.
It’s great that you’re so concerned about eating healthy, but where a healthy diet really reflects is in your day-to-day eating. Do your best on special occasions, but really focus on the days that you have control over what you eat.
photo by lululemon athletica
There are days where I’m up at 6am to type a paper, then off to eat at 7am, and then class from 8-4pm, followed by yoga class and grocery store errands and then homework until I collapse into bed at ten or eleven.
Yet somehow I’m still keeping up with my studies and making the Dean’s List, carving out time to ironically attend the Birdemic 2 world premiere with my awesome boyfriend, and do yoga three times a week, ballroom dancing three times a week, strength training twice a week, and running twice a week. Oh, and then I somehow also update four blogs and do graphic design work on the side, while also writing scripts and novels year round and still managing to get eight or nine hours of sleep most nights.
I know a thing a two about time management. And getting tickets to dorky premieres. (Did you know Birdemic 2 not only has killer birds, but — gasp — zombies??)
Anyways, I’m here to help you navigate your crazy schedule and still find ways to be fit and healthy year-round! Here they are:
Losing weight won’t make you happy.
But you know what will? Discovering that one of your true passions in life is dancing. Realizing that all that stress you carried around with you day after day dissolved that one afternoon you stepped into a yoga class and decided to start practicing. Running a five mile mountain trail as the sun dips behind the horizon, dusting you in gold as the endorphins surge through your body. Eating fresh watermelons and drinking ice cold water. Learning how to cook good, nutritious foods that you love and that give you energy and replenish you day after day.
Losing weight won’t make you happy.
Being healthy will.
Please talk to your doctor about this — if your world revolves around calorie counting and the number on the scale to the point where everything seems out of control it’s not a good sign.
Take a deep breath, drink a warm cup of tea, and talk to a healthcare professional for some advice.
One of my favorite health bloggers has a great resource page about Disordered Eating, you may want to read through it.
I love you guys and I want you to be safe. Please be careful and talk to your doctor.
Hey there! I can’t really tell you why, since I don’t know what exercises you’re doing/what you’re eating/etc. etc.
Could your perception be all in your head? Sometimes, what we see in the mirror is warped by what we think we see, not what’s actually there.
But if you’re working out and eating right and still think you’re gaining weight, you may want to do some troubleshooting.
Here are some resources!
Keep in mind that everything always returns to eating healthy and workout out. Focus on those elements, and the rest will follow.
Hopefully this is helpful!