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11/24/2011
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stophatingyourbody:

annieelainey:

Trigger warning for implied vomiting:

I thought this video was gone forever, but I found it in my mom’s old computer! This is the video Elle and I made for SHYB :)

It presents two of the most popular sources that manipulate our self-esteem, family/peer pressure/bullying and media/advertising, “if you can make someone insecure about themselves, you can sell them anything”

Song used is Pretty/Unpretty sung by Dianna Agron and Lea Michele

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11/11/2011
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stophatingyourbody:

THE OVER-WEIGHT/UNDER-WEIGHT/OBESITY MYTH
thecuntmentality:

annieelainey:

Posts like these bring me down, I capped this from this morning, I’m sure the notes keep climbing. I understand needing to lose weight for health purposes, I love you all so much, health is very important. But so many want to lose weight thinking it will make them more “beautiful”… some are already skinny and just can’t see reality in their reflection.
I wish you all could see the truth. I wish you all could see just how beautiful you really are.

True, but healthy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re skinny. 
Thinness is nothing more than a modern fetish, not proof that you’re healthy. I have thin friends who live off of doritoes, debbie cakes, mountain dew and beer. That’s hardly healthy. 
Fat MIGHT be a symptom of ill health but there is no proof of it by a long shot. Weight, likewise CAN be a symptom but there is no proof. You can be fat, ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’ and still be healthy. Health is about what you’re consuming and what you do with it. So contrary to popular opinion, no one can tell a person’s health by judging how their body appears. Our perception of what an ‘unhealthy’ person looks like is the myth caused by BMI. The entire foundation of BMI is faulty because there are no true studies and has arbitrarily, been altered repeatedly over the course of time. 
In fact, there was a study that showed that BMI is ready to be scrapped:

Body Mass Index (BMI), the standard measure of obesity, is badly flawed and a more accurate gauge should be developed, according to doctors. Writing in Friday’s Lancet medical journal, the researchers from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, found that patients with a low BMI had a higher risk of death from heart disease than those with normal BMI.

The CDC has even admitted that the formula is misleading, because the BMI doesn’t take into account all aspects that make up a human being (muscle, height, etc. etc. Bruce Willis would be considered overweight!) 
From here:

‘This overweight category of body mass index of 25 to 29.9 is a phony category. It doesn’t have medical justification,’ says Paul Campos, JD, a law professor and author of The Diet Myth: Why America’s Obsession with Weight Is Hazardous to Your Health.
Campos says the BMI was developed as a statistical sorting tool for researchers and was never meant as a gauge for weight loss.‘It just doesn’t make sense,’ he says, pointing to muscular celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt, who he says would be considered too heavy based on their BMI numbers.”

So, again more weight doesn’t equal, less healthy. Just like less weight, equals more healthy. These are illusionary correlations, and backed by many doctors and scientists. 
Dr. Kausman:

“Dr Rick Kausman, Australian Medical Association spokesman, believes in looking beyond body size — instead focusing on fitness as a measure of true health. ‘We’ve been brainwashed to believe that healthy weight is a size 8 … We’re clearly not all meant to have a BMI of 22, or be a size eight or 10,’ he says. ‘Human beings are meant to come in all shapes and sizes. We have to allow our weight to be the healthiest it can be to us, not to anyone else.’”

Paul Campos:

“Paul Campos, law professor at the University of Colorado and author of The Obesity Myth, agrees. ‘What a healthy weight is for you as an individual has little or nothing to do with what a healthy weight is for anybody else,’ he explains. ‘Within a very broad range, a healthy weight is the weight that a particular individual maintains while living a healthy life.’” 

Joanne Ikeda:

“‘I don’t believe height and weight is a good indication of health,’ said Joanne Ikeda, co-director of the Center for Weight and Health at the University of California at Berkeley. ‘If a fat person or obese person has normal blood pressure, if their total cholesterol and glucose levels are normal and they are healthy, there is no reason they should necessarily have to lose weight.’”

Of course, I have no problem with people wanting to lose weight. That’s your choice. However, it’s important to realize that you don’t medically need to lose weight anymore than you do to be more attractive or beautiful. You are beautiful the way you are right now. You are uniquely you, and you don’t need to alter who you are for anyone. If this is intrinsically motivated, then fine, I wish you luck! If you want to keep eating Cheetos and drink Mountain Dew, then you should share your Mountain Dew with me. Just sayin’. =P
Love,
Taylor

Well said, Taylor. This is all very important information.

I have had several long conversations about this lately.  If you took my labs and pictures of me and a size 0 model and took them to a doctor and asked them to pick who they would assume the labs belonged to they would pick the model.
Internally I am in perfect health now (since I got my thyroid in check).  Just because I’m overweight doesn’t mean I’m not taking care of myself.
That’s my goal, to be healthy and happy.  If I am happy and health and a size 24 then so be it.

stophatingyourbody:

THE OVER-WEIGHT/UNDER-WEIGHT/OBESITY MYTH

thecuntmentality:

annieelainey:

Posts like these bring me down, I capped this from this morning, I’m sure the notes keep climbing. I understand needing to lose weight for health purposes, I love you all so much, health is very important. But so many want to lose weight thinking it will make them more “beautiful”… some are already skinny and just can’t see reality in their reflection.

I wish you all could see the truth. I wish you all could see just how beautiful you really are.

True, but healthy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re skinny. 

Thinness is nothing more than a modern fetish, not proof that you’re healthy. I have thin friends who live off of doritoes, debbie cakes, mountain dew and beer. That’s hardly healthy. 

Fat MIGHT be a symptom of ill health but there is no proof of it by a long shot. Weight, likewise CAN be a symptom but there is no proof. You can be fat, ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’ and still be healthy. Health is about what you’re consuming and what you do with it. So contrary to popular opinion, no one can tell a person’s health by judging how their body appears. Our perception of what an ‘unhealthy’ person looks like is the myth caused by BMI. The entire foundation of BMI is faulty because there are no true studies and has arbitrarily, been altered repeatedly over the course of time. 

In fact, there was a study that showed that BMI is ready to be scrapped:

Body Mass Index (BMI), the standard measure of obesity, is badly flawed and a more accurate gauge should be developed, according to doctors. 

Writing in Friday’s Lancet medical journal, the researchers from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, found that patients with a low BMI had a higher risk of death from heart disease than those with normal BMI.

The CDC has even admitted that the formula is misleading, because the BMI doesn’t take into account all aspects that make up a human being (muscle, height, etc. etc. Bruce Willis would be considered overweight!) 

From here:

‘This overweight category of body mass index of 25 to 29.9 is a phony category. It doesn’t have medical justification,’ says Paul Campos, JD, a law professor and author of The Diet Myth: Why America’s Obsession with Weight Is Hazardous to Your Health.

Campos says the BMI was developed as a statistical sorting tool for researchers and was never meant as a gauge for weight loss.
It just doesn’t make sense,’ he says, pointing to muscular celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt, who he says would be considered too heavy based on their BMI numbers.”

So, again more weight doesn’t equal, less healthy. Just like less weight, equals more healthy. These are illusionary correlations, and backed by many doctors and scientists. 

Dr. Kausman:


“Dr Rick Kausman, Australian Medical Association spokesman, believes in looking beyond body size — instead focusing on fitness as a measure of true health. ‘We’ve been brainwashed to believe that healthy weight is a size 8 … We’re clearly not all meant to have a BMI of 22, or be a size eight or 10,’ he says. ‘Human beings are meant to come in all shapes and sizes. We have to allow our weight to be the healthiest it can be to us, not to anyone else.’”

Paul Campos:

“Paul Campos, law professor at the University of Colorado and author of The Obesity Myth, agrees. ‘What a healthy weight is for you as an individual has little or nothing to do with what a healthy weight is for anybody else,’ he explains. ‘Within a very broad range, a healthy weight is the weight that a particular individual maintains while living a healthy life.’” 

Joanne Ikeda:

“‘I don’t believe height and weight is a good indication of health,’ said Joanne Ikeda, co-director of the Center for Weight and Health at the University of California at Berkeley. ‘If a fat person or obese person has normal blood pressure, if their total cholesterol and glucose levels are normal and they are healthy, there is no reason they should necessarily have to lose weight.’”

Of course, I have no problem with people wanting to lose weight. That’s your choice. However, it’s important to realize that you don’t medically need to lose weight anymore than you do to be more attractive or beautiful. You are beautiful the way you are right now. You are uniquely you, and you don’t need to alter who you are for anyone. If this is intrinsically motivated, then fine, I wish you luck! If you want to keep eating Cheetos and drink Mountain Dew, then you should share your Mountain Dew with me. Just sayin’. =P

Love,

Taylor

Well said, Taylor. This is all very important information.

I have had several long conversations about this lately.  If you took my labs and pictures of me and a size 0 model and took them to a doctor and asked them to pick who they would assume the labs belonged to they would pick the model.

Internally I am in perfect health now (since I got my thyroid in check).  Just because I’m overweight doesn’t mean I’m not taking care of myself.

That’s my goal, to be healthy and happy.  If I am happy and health and a size 24 then so be it.

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11/8/2011
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Tonight I taught a 60 minute Zumba class and then co-taught another 60 minute class.  I was so sweaty and disgusting I had to peel my clothes off afterwards.

That’s both gross and awesome at the same time.

I’m going to sleep like the dead.

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11/3/2011
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10/21/2011
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I PASSED!

That’s right… I am not a certified Hip Hop Hustle instructor.  I received an email today confirming it.  SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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10/15/2011
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A total panic attack at HHH

Yeah.  I survived Hip Hop Hustle training.  It was actually relatively calm compared to a Zumba certification class.  I know I did fine on the written test but the practical?

I had a total, complete and nearly disastrous panic attack.  I kept moving.  I kept fighting through it with a forced smile and practiced swagger.  Afterwards I fought back the tears and the vomiting. 

I know I’m a good dancer.  I know people enjoy my personality in Zumba class and I know I can translate that to HHH…

but standing up there next to one of the best dancers I’ve ever danced in the same room with I felt like an insignificant blobby thing who should just go home and eat a quart of ice cream.

I need to get over these insecurities.  Every goal I set for myself in fitness I’ve reached and surpassed.  Tomorrow I’m tackling Zumba toning head on. 

Positive thinking … I need to work on that.  So, per my Chalene Johnson 30 day challenge …

I’m a horrible dancer.

I’m a good dancer.

I don’t deserve to be called a fitness instructor.

I’ve worked hard to reach where I am and am proud that others can turn to me to help reach their fitness needs.

Now to begin the weeks of waiting to find out if I actually passed the practical.  I highly doubt I did anywhere near enough to be Gold… but I hope I don’t rate an “in training!”

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10/13/2011
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Doctor follow up.

Aside from the ovarian cyst I also have a hiatal hernia.  Not uncommon but now I’m sitting here going AHHHHHHH MY STOMACH IS TRYING TO ESCAPE!

Yayay for being a worst case scenario type person.

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10/10/2011
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A triumphant return!

Being back at Zumba tonight was just about the best thing ever.  Class was hopping.  Great energy. S and I played instructor ping pong because she was exhausted and I was scared of doing too much too soon.  We each got to do the songs that play to our strengths and we had a great time with it.

We also did a new routine “Gimmie Gimmie” and rocked out to the newest Beyonce routine I introduced.

It felt great. GREAT! My side is a little sore but it’s not terrible.  I may regret all the body pumps in the morning though!

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10/10/2011
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journey-me:

So many people don’t understand that saying “I need to lose weight” isn’t being negative and putting myself down. It’s being honest and wanting the best for myself! :)

journey-me:

So many people don’t understand that saying “I need to lose weight” isn’t being negative and putting myself down. It’s being honest and wanting the best for myself! :)

(via chronicledfatigue1)

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10/10/2011
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Woohoo!

A quick call to my doctor this morning to check on the CT results left me feeling very happy.

I am the owner of an ovarian cyst that’s in a slightly weird location and angle and it causing the pain and discomfort I have been feeling.  He said it’s small enough that he doesn’t think it will require surgery but I need to follow up with my gyn about it.

I have the all clear to go back to normal activity as long as I’m safe and listen to my body about it. 

All things considered this is probably the best case scenario. 

I’m going back to Zumba tonight… I’ll take it easy and ease back in to everything.

But I need to move.  I need to dance.  I need to feel! :D