Friday, June 7, 2013

TLP Measurements and the weekend!

Measurements Update!

Bust: 35 in
Underbust: 30 in
Upper Arm: 11 in
Forearm: 9 in
Waist: 26 in
Hips: 36 in
Thigh: 22 in
Calf: 15 in

Okay, so I'm actually a little glad that there isn't any visable progress from last month yet. That sounds odd but it honestly will help me make my point about what I wanted to talk about today.

I'm in the final 10lbs of my goal. (I think it's actually 13lbs but I'm not going to push for that if it's not physically possible. Additionally, as I've said previously, weight is hard to measure by since it fluctuates throughout the day and the week). That last 10 is always the hardest, or so they tell me anyway. Stress, a week of 'vacation eating', it can all be what sets you back and discourages you.

I want to be honest and upfront about that so when you encounter it, you know it's normal and that you don't have to give up.

This is a long slog we've decided to endure.

So yesterday a friend showed me an article that I'm actually choosing not to share with you because I feel the tone used is unhelpful and condescending. However, the basic idea was good.

We need to stop using the term 'real women'--this same idea goes for men but different terms tend to be used when talking about it (if people talk about it at all, which is even more concerning considering there should be discussion on it).

What I mean is, unless you are referring to an actual Photoshopped picture, we need to stop implying that a person's weight makes them any less of a person--regardless if we think they have too much or too little. WE ARE ALL REAL PEOPLE.

Yet this article definitely gave the 'skinny victim' vibe if I can be bold enough to use that term. Yes, our society weight shames those who may be in shape (or who may appear thinner than what we feel is healthy) but that is no excuse to get high and mighty and condescending towards people who may be larger than you.

MIDDLE GROUND. We do not need to be on one extreme side of the spectrum or the other. Yes, it does take drive and willpower to get healthy and in shape--that's half of the reason I write these every Friday, but to think that all it takes is to put down the cupcake and move is completely ignorant.

What worries me more than anything is the woman who wrote the article in question was a personal trainer and nutritionist. She should know better. She especially should know that this struggle to be in shape and be healthy is a different one for every individual.

There is no "one way" to get there. Your body chemistry is completely different than mine more than likely. I can't give you a schedule that will guarantee anything. But I can tell you what's worked for me so you can try it for yourself. Remember, mental health is a huge contributor to physical health.

In other news...

The first ever Vlogger Fair is this weekend, so if you're in Seattle and have even a minor interest in Vlogging, this looks to be something you should definitely look into.

I am going to beat the crap out of my edits and see if maybe I can sneak away for an hour or two to see what's up but regrettably, edits must come first.  At the very least maybe I'll catch up with some of you lovelies for lunch. Send me a tweet if you're going: @KiriCallaghan

I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend. Stay happy, stay healthy!

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