Thursday, April 12, 2012

Body Type: Curvy

So last week I signed up for Finally after two years of sorting out life and a re-inspiring date a few weeks ago with someone I adore, but couldn't possibly date (severely geographically undesirable),  I am ready to get back out and meet some nice guys. Game on!

I had fun crafting my online profile - was as honest as I could be. Silly pictures, sweaty pictures, smiling pictures. Witty self descriptions. And then there was a hiccup.....

I couldn't decide what to pick as my body type. Am I About average??

There is NOTHING AVERAGE about me! 

Am I Athletic & Toned? I do work out more than most people. I'm no athlete, but I'm far more likely to be sweating on some fun fitness endeavor than sitting in a bar or on the couch. At the right angle, you could bounce a quarter off my behind! At the same time I'm curved like a body double for Jessica Rabbit and I'm proud of it! I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way!! But if I say "curvy" will all the dudes on the interweb think that's a euphemism for "fat and proud"?

I have switched my type back and forth three times and I've finally committed to Curvy. For goodness sakes, look at the name of my site!!! But here's the quandary. How can I, a woman who actually writes about her curves and shares her measurements on the internet, be afraid to admit in an online dating world that I have em?

If even Summers McKay is intimidated by these defining drop-down menus, 
then how isn't every other woman out there equally bullied?

Then came Ashley Judd... THANK GOD she said finally what so many of us are thinking. It hurts to be limited by other's judgement. It hurts when people say mean things about your appearance. Not sure how many of you are as obsessed with social media as I am, so here's a quick recap.

On Sunday, Ashley published an essay on The Daily Beast offering a witch slap to the media for their harsh criticism of women for every little thing and to women for allowing it to continue. Basically the media went crazy saying she'd had plastic surgery because her face was puffy one red-carpet. She hasn't. She'd probably just had too much salt or not slept enough - you know being a mega-star promoting a new series.

And that's what got me thinking. We need to treat each other and ourselves better! I too am guilty of it. I was all up on Angelina Jolie needing a sandwich at the Oscars. I took shots at those teensy models sans curves, and guess what - it was because I was insecure about my own shape. Taking down someone else, made me feel better. And that's just effed up!

A good friend of mine (another geographically undesirable but absolutely perfect kinda guy - hmmm theme here....) sent me an article from the BBC about a new law in Israel banning models with a BMI of less than 18.5.

Ouch! I am sure there are a lot of women out there who even if they ate burgers by the hour would still struggle to reach that. Now there's a law banning them?!?!?

Turns out ladies, we are our own worst enemies. There is no reason we can't all be sexy! If you take good care of yourself inside and out, exercise regularly, keep a tight lid on the mayo, less than more cookies and ice cream, and a weekly limit on booze - then you are probably going to be pretty darn sexy to quite a few people.

So here's my challenge for all you women this week! Embrace your body type. Make it the best version of you that you possibly can. Get your Yoga, Spin, Power Walk, Hike, Bike, Rock Climbing, Treadmill, Elliptical, Pilates on! Whatever works for you!

Use fitness as a way to inspire your soul and not to change the beauty God gave you. 

Rock Climbing Curves - 7 Feet Up! 

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

A Power Blonde Gets Camera Ready - 1 Min - 5 Minute Makeover Not much more too it than that! Here's how I go from just a wee bit mid workday drab, to super camera cute for appearances like the ones on Huff Post Live! It's a five minute job if you start with the right tools. I'm a Laura Mercier and Nars kinda girl!