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Living Fit: Pink Proves You Can’t Please Everybody All the Time

Pink is back in the news again… for all the wrong reasons.

When most people think of Pink—the fairly well-known pop singer—an image of a woman with spiked hair, a fab body, and an “IDGAF” attitude comes immediately to mind. I immediately think of her looking something like this:

She looks great, right? Okay, well, here’s the problem with that shot…she has looked like that for, basically, her entire career. Google “Pink” and there are literally pages of her looking stunningly fit and ridiculously well put together. Buuuuuttttttt, when your image is synonymous with such things, ass hats, haters, idiots, etc., are ready to pounce the moment you no longer look that way. See recent photo below:

That photo was taken at a recent event Pink attended with her fella. To me, she still looks amazing, but for those who regard her only as a celeb worthy of being on the cover of “Shape” magazine, she looked a bit too, well, shapely—for lack of a better word—so they went in on her body, in the comment section (in true cowardly form) where the photo first appeared; and, true to Pink’s nature, she gave them a nice little “FU” in response.

“I can see that some of you are concerned about me from your comments about my weight. You’re referring to the pictures of me from last night’s cancer benefit that I attended to support my [dear] friend Dr. Maggie DiNome. She was given the Duke Award for her tireless efforts and stellar contributions to the eradication of cancer. But unfortunately, my weight seems much more important to some of you. While I admit that the dress didn’t photograph as well as it did in my kitchen, I will also admit that I felt very pretty. In fact, I feel beautiful. So, my good and concerned peoples, please don’t worry about [me]. I’m not worried about me. And I’m not worried about you either 🙂 … I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off. Thanks for your concern. Love, cheesecake.”

Good for her!

My point in writing this little post, though, is not to stick up for Pink—clearly, she can do that all by her damn self—but rather to bring attention, yet again, to the ignorance of those who will criticize you no matter what you do. A “hater” is always looking for a way to bring you down because they know they will never get up to your level.

It is what it is.

Fitness is about focusing on your own, personal, health. You cannot focus on an image alone because the image can change. So, the best thing to do is to constantly keep your eye towards improvement and don’t listen to anyone who might have an ulterior motive—those people may actually be sabotaging you—because not everyone will applaud you once you achieve success.

It’s always about you. Remember that.

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Living Fit Mommy: Monday is a Girl’s Best Friend, Right?

I saw this motivational winner on my Facebook feed this morning and I simply had to share it with you all:


I have never tried the “Insanity” workout, nor am I a P90x Devotee, but I can relate to the message: “Never Miss A Monday”.

Weekends are a beautiful thing for me. Most of the time I use them to do nothing but fun stuff with my husband and kids. Sometimes, I use them to have a girl’s day out all by lonesome—perusing the mall or settling in with a good book—but either way I use them to re-energize my body and mind for the week ahead. I take great advantage of those two days of genuine recovery because when Monday comes calling, I want my body ready for the challenge.

That said, “Never Miss A Monday” means you never miss an opportunity to start the week off right. If you get your body in fit mode from Day One, the other days you choose to have that same focus will be a lot easier to handle. Personally, I never feel stronger than I do on a Monday—two days of rest does wonders for my body.

Are Monday’s a pain in the rear sometimes? Yes, most of us still live for the weekend, but change your perspective and you change your life. Make Mondays your best friend—where a good workout is concerned–and start your week off in a positive way.

Now go move something!

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“Ronald McDonald Never Sells to Children”…Are You Serious, Or Just Dumb?

So, I saw the trailer for the new Katie Couric produced documentary, “Fed Up”, yesterday and was struck by one particular statement—appearing at about the 1:54 mark of the following video—made by then Senior Director of McDonald’s Eat Smart, Be Active Program, Shelley Rosen. She says, “Ronald McDonald never sells to children. He informs and inspires through magic and fun”.

The hell?

Take a look at the trailer, if you haven’t already seen it, and then look for more commentary.

Firstly, I’m a devourer of these kinds of docs. “Food Inc.” remains a favorite, but I’ve seen other great ones as well; like “Food Matters”, “Forks Over Knives”, and “Vegucated” all offer something of value for the health minded; it’s my assumption that “Fed Up” will tackle many of the same issues of its counterparts, while sparking new discussion as well.

That said, let’s return to one of the biggest offenders in the obesity epidemic—McDonald’s. Here’s a company that’s been on a steady campaign of redemption since being demonized in the popular food doc, “SuperSize Me”, and one that sits at the head of the table when people start pointing fingers at the fast food industry.

Now, I understand Rosen (who is no longer with McDonald’s) had a job to do, but surely the public isn’t this stupid; of course McDonald’s markets to children. Why else is a toy offered with every Happy Meal? If they were just trying to bring in adults, they wouldn’t bother having a clown shilling its product. The draw is in the toys, the fun, and the atmosphere of McDonald’s; Ronald McDonald is the primary reason the Golden Arches are one of the most recognizable symbols in the world.

However, it’s lobbyist’s like Rosen who are part of the problem. The lies they’re willing to spew in the name of capitalism disgust me, but not nearly as much as the misinformed consumer who continues to perpetuate the cycle by giving in to the temptation to fund such corporations.

It’s always up to you, as the consumer, to educate yourself and your children about good nutrition. If you don’t, they are doomed to a life of pills on the counter and masks on their face. That’s the ugly, dirty, nasty truth of it all.

Know better so you can do better.

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