Where’s The Beef?! Rantings of an Imperfect Woman

Last night I took a time out from blogging to catch up on some ME time. I watched some tv, read some magazines, and spent some QT with Nolan 🙂 My hives seem to be going away (YEY!!!) so I was in a great mood and just wanted to relax.

After work I headed to the gym as I do every Tuesday and did this workout:

You can check out my other typical workouts here:

Workout #1

Workout # 2

Workout# 3

As I was leaving the gym I came across this:

I typically don’t read magazines but this issue of Glamour was up for grabs so I …grabbed it. lol As I was flipping through I came across this article:

This is something that I myself am guilty of. Any of you ever use Picnik? It was a photo editing site that is now part of Google, but it allowed you to upload pics and make small changes such as color tint, teeth whitening, blemish fix, and all sorts of color themes like black and white and even night vision. I typically added a bit of color to my pics so I didn’t look like a vampire and occasionally I would reduce some of the red in my face. This time I tried something new just for laughs.

The Original photo

The Barbie Picture:

The scary part is that the more I looked between these two pictures of “myself” the more I liked the second picture better and started to feel really fat. It’s sooo sad how today’s models and ads have perfectly proportioned women thinking they are too big. Remember Barbie Girl? Ugh. Not to go on a total “girl power” rant but I also noticed several other unpleasant woman-directed messages in this magazine.

First off, the cover promises to educate it’s readers on the following topics:

  • Sex
  • Beauty
  • Shopping
  • Guys
  • Gossip

What about something of substance? I personally would like to read about sports, music, cooking, saving $$ and good food. However according to the pages of Glamour women should be concerning themselves with the following issues:

LOOKS:

We need to be: Tall and skinny with great hair, white teeth, with an unwrinkled face.

We also only eat lettuce and Lean Cuisines

The ideal job is working for a fashion magazine.

And our biggest concern is….

Now I’m not going to lie, I did thoroughly enjoy looking at pictures of half naked Zac Efron….

…but come on ladies, where’s the beef?! Where are the smart, sexy women who work in the real world, eat real food, and are naturally beautiful. I understand that men want women who look a certain way, but this magazine is written by women. Why are we being so fake?! We need to be honest and stop with the negativity!

I am going out on a limb here and I hope some of you choose to re-post this and do the same for your readers.

I:

  • Am 5’2 and 110 lbs
  • Have crooked teeth
  • Have red freckled skin
  • Am pale in the winter
  • Eat MEAT
  • Get my hair cut at Supercuts
  • Exercise to stay healthy
  • Smell bad sometimes

Question:

What is your favorite body feature and why?

I love my eyes and my hair 🙂

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Bake Sales: Friend or Foe?

Good evening all! Everyone having a good start to the work week? Today in Massachusetts started the second round of MCAS testing. My grade takes the math exam today and tomorrow. It’s so stressful for the kids and teachers, and I’m not going to get into the negative ramifications these “assessments” have on our academic system. No, on this day there was another hot topic buzzing around the teacher’s lounge. I am referring to this “headline” news story here.

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While I agree with most of Massachusetts’ efforts to make our school’s healthy environments that promote nutrition and living an active lifestyle, this is something I just cannot get behind.  I think this takes it too far, and the cons outweigh the pros.

Bake sales have been a productive way for schools to raise money, necessary for its students to participate in events. In the past our school system has used proceeds to buy uniforms, fund field trips, hold school dances, and put on school productions.

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The school I currently work in has a healthy snack policy. This means that there are no unhealthy vending machine items, no ice cream, no candy in the classroom, and birthday boys and girls must bring in a healthy snack to celebrate with.

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The funny thing is that the teachers seem to be more upset by this rule than the children. The kids are just as content to pass out fresh fruit and Gogurt to their friends, as long as they hear the song “Happy Birthday” sang in their honor. Meanwhile teachers are conducting back-door chocolate deals.

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A major argument in our school system against this junk-food-policy is the fact that many of our students come from low income families who can only afford the Little Debbie cakes and other prepackaged junk which raises the question:

Is junk food better than no food?(This on topic with the walk for hunger that took place this past weekend in Boston)

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I’m very curious to hear some on your thoughts on this issue. I have certainly heard both sides of this issue and both parties have valid points.

 

Should we be teaching our children that some things are good in moderation or to stay away from all treats?

Is this really the best way to approach the health issues in our country and childhood obesity?

Is junk food better than no food?