Monthly Archives: November 2014

Living Fit Mommy: The Waist Training Nonsense Must Stop

Both Snooki (left) and Kim Kardashian (right) are cashing in on a weight loss fad that really needs to go away.

If I see one more “celebrity” touting the wonders of “waist training”, I swear…

A few weeks ago it was Kim Kardashian, and this week it’s “Snooki” from the once alarmingly popular “Jersey Shore” Reality Series.

Said “Snooki”…

“Every MOM needs a little extra help sometimes. Thanks @1800Clinchers for helping me out.”

Forgive me, but every time I hear the words “waist training”, in conjunction with working out, I want to throw shit—seriously, just toss stuff against the wall and watch it shatter into a gajillion-effin-pieces.

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Look, I don’t care that Kim Kardashian wears one—and I really don’t care that Snooki wears one—but it bothers me when people miss the forest for the damn trees. Neither one of those “celebrities” uses a waist trainer as their only method—yet that’s the headline you’ll see when you find stories about their weight loss success; as if all they had to do was strap on a corset-like undergarment and voila!

I mean…

Just no.

Listen to me: You cannot purchase a waist trainer, slip it on for 12-weeks, and lose weight. Well, you caaaaaan, but the weight you’ll lose will likely be due to two things: 1) your vital organs are suffering, in which case you won’t want to eat anything, and 2) even if you could grin through the discomfort, it’s mighty tough to worry about food when you find yourself breathless and uncomfortable for the better portion of the day.

Bottom line: it’s stupid and no woman should be using it as a method for weight loss or shape shifting. And yes, I know women have found success on it, but that argument doesn’t discount the fact that it’s dangerous—period.

If nothing else, stop giving these fake ass celebs so much attention that some entity is willing to cut them a check for hawking bullshit weight loss tools—neither one of those women needs another dime of your money—trust.

You want to lose weight? Eat right and exercise. Sorry, it ain’t sexy, but sometimes the truth is what it is and nothing else.

Living Fit Mommy: Fit For A Cause?

I’ll be the first one to tell you that being fit is its own reward—the way you feel, both mentally and physically, is worth every bead of sweat—but at least one developer is taking the obsession to remain healthy to the next level.

Gene Gurkoff took his desire to raise Parkinson’s Awareness to the next level by creating an app—Charity Miles.

The free, GPS-enabled app tracks the user’s progress, and advertisers pay 25 cents per mile for walking and running and 10 cents per mile for biking. The earnings go to the user’s charity of choice.

The idea was to harness the power of active people who raise money for charities in big events like the AIDS Walk, Susan G. Komen Walk for the cure for cancer, or the ING New York City Marathon, with much more frequency, says Gurkoff.

“The app lets anyone do it, and do it on a daily basis.”

The app is easy to use and fun, too.

If you’re not much into running—like me—the app can still be of great value as it’s not only geared towards marathoners and cycling enthusiast, but to walkers as well—if you’re a hostess, a nurse, or just walking the mall doing a little window shopping, the miles you rack up could benefit someone in need.

 

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Living Fit Mommy: Woman Says She’s ‘Fat’, But So What?

Kathleen Brooks says people look at and treat her differently now that she’s “fat” and it’s something that she’s having a tough time dealing with as someone who was once considered thin. Photo: Huffington Post

I read an article on the The Huffington Post last week and it definitely struck a chord with me. Take a look at this excerpt—and I encourage you to read the whole article, if you have a minute:

I am amazed at how inferior I feel now. I feel invisible. People avoid eye contact with me. I am often treated rudely or dismissed. I live in daily fear that my weight will be the thing that results in my long list of fears, which now rule my every thought. I fear things like being let go from my job because “I don’t represent the company well,” or of never finding a man to love me again because I am no longer attractive. I wonder if people are embarrassed to be seen with me. I fear that someone might say something horrible to me like, “stay away from the donuts, fat a**,” or complain loudly that they have to sit next to me on the airplane… again. And yes, the big one, will I die young because of the fat on my body?

…people dismiss me or are rude when they see me in this body. They don’t want to know me because they assume that I am something different than I am. The key difference is there are laws and social pressure against racial discrimination (which is still far too prevalent!). Discriminating against fat people is still socially acceptable, and in fact, it is done all the time.

Brooks says that her excess weight isn’t due to a lack of effort on her part—although she knows most will assume that to be the case—and she worries that she’ll never be able to accept living in her new body on a full-time basis because, despite her numerous attempts (diet, personal trainer, etc.), she simply has not been able to win the battle against her scale.

I empathize with Kathleen. I cannot imagine what it would be like to know that the body you now inhabit is not only the one you don’t want, but could be your new normal—no matter what you do, your stuck looking at an image that will likely never be what it once was.

That said, as someone who is admittedly committed to maintaining a consistent level of fitness, her story made me stop and think about my own moral compass: am I too judgmental? Do I make others feel uncomfortable? Am I truly connecting with my clientele or just accepting my own success as the gold standard for what should work for everyone?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t look down on those who are not what society deems an “ideal” size, but I certainly recognize the confidence and comfort level that comes with a body that you feel good living in.

It’s of the utmost importance that we all understand that while every journey is different, they don’t all end at the same destination, and the old adage of “walking a mile in another’s shoes” isn’t just meant to be read on a bumper sticker. Empathy above all else should be the goal in most every case because you just never know the story behind the face.