Archive for September 12, 2013

I Will Not Diet is on hiatus

I’ve started a new book and need to devote some serious time to it, so I Will Not Diet will be on hiatus for a few weeks.

See you all soon!

Why I will keep thanking Lake Bell over and over

Recently I had the pleasure of seeing In a World, a feature film written and directed by actress Lake Bell.

There were many reasons why I appreciated this film, and I’ve listed all of them in my review of In a World on Bitch Flicks.

But there are a few reasons worth repeating here…

I’m thankful this movie stars an actress who doesn’t look like ever other Hollywood actress. Yes, Bell is beautiful, but she also doesn’t have the button nose, full lips, perfect posture, and blond hair that that has become so annoyingly ubiquitous among our female movie stars.

And neither do her co-stars…

On a related note, I’m thankful Bell’s protagonist, Carol Solomon, doesn’t always act like a leading lady—she shuffles, lurches, and acts general spazzy. She doesn’t always look glamorous either—she doesn’t always wear makeup or look perfectly primped and often wears regular-people clothes (sweatpants, thermal underwear, t-shirts, football jerseys, overalls, ill-fitting dresses, etc.)—just like the rest of us.

At the same time, I’m glad Carol looks attractive when she wants to without looking trashy or showing off all the goods.

I’m also thankful that several men are attracted to Carol even though she doesn’t know how to dress or stand up straight (and that the men who are drawn to her are attractive but not perfect either).

(Read the rest of my review on Bitch Flicks.)

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The main reason why I’m glad Carol doesn’t always look hot or put together is because it’s incredibly important to see people who look like us on our screens and in our magazines since it’s one of the only ways we can begin to accept ourselves the way we are.

I can’t thank you enough for this gift, Lake Bell, but I will keep trying—thank you.

Taking it all off in the name of body acceptance… a.k.a. possibly the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen

The above video is too good not to share.

In the words of Upworthy, “Amanda Palmer, rock star and all-around awesome person, decided to have a little fun at The Daily Mail‘s expense—in song—after they wrote an unflattering article about a wardrobe malfunction instead of reviewing the concert she performed.”

Palmer gets her revenge hyperbolically—by pointing out that it’s kind of silly for The Daily Mail to worry about a little nip slip when she could have appeared naked, a point she makes literal when she strips down to nothing on stage during a concert in London to SHOW that the human body is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of.

As Palmer said when the crowd went wild, “It’s just a naked woman.”

Palmer explicitly explains the problem with the Daily Mail‘s piece on her nip slip in song:

It’s so sad what you tabloids are doing,
Your focus on debasing womens’ appearances
Devolves our species of humans

And then she also points out the hypocrisy of the media’s coverage of female wardrobe malfunctions:

I’m tired of these baby bumps, vag flashes, muffin tops.
Where are the newsworthy cocks?

I mean, really, does it get any better than this?

I had never heard of Amanda Palmer before I saw this, and now she is one of my favorite people ever.

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FYI, Palmer rambles a while before beginning this uproarious musical rejoinder—called “Dear Daily Mail”—so the song doesn’t actually start until 2:30 in the video above; the real “show” begins at 4:30.

 

Why can’t it ever be easy?


Classes started here at Western Kentucky University (shown above) just over a week ago.

The first week was cake—it’s always cake—but now the second week is real, and I find myself considering doing nutty things. Things like…

… cutting my workouts

…eating in front of the computer or TV

…staying up late and sleeping in

…sleeping less

…snacking all day long

…giving up on my routine

…drinking soda

…eating late at night

…and on and on an on.

This is clearly happening because stress is setting in. I already have scores of assignments to grade, dozens of lessons to plan, hundreds of email messages to answer, etc.

And my solution seems to be to want to eat as much food as I can put in my mouth and throw my healthy habits out the window.

According to the Mayo Clinic, when you’re stressed, “you may rapidly eat whatever’s convenient, without even enjoying it.”

NO kidding.

I’m at the point where I don’t even remember anything I’ve eaten for the past forty-eight hours, much less if I enjoyed it.

I know the one thing I can’t do to help me get through this is not give into self-flagellation. As the Mayo Clinic advises: “This can also lead to an unhealthy cycle—your emotions trigger you to overeat, you beat yourself up for getting off your weight-loss track, you feel bad, and you overeat again.”

Repeat after me: don’t beat yourself up.

What they do advise is managing your stress with relaxation exercises like yoga and meditation, letting the hunger pass, making a list of what you’ve eaten, asking family or friends for support, doing something else fun, avoiding grocery shopping, having occasional treats, snacking healthy, learning from mistakes, and focusing on what’s working.

Honestly, that doesn’t sound too different from my steps for healthy living, but maybe all I really need is a reminder to slow down and focus on how to do all the things I know are good for me.

Stop. Breathe. Repeat.

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