Raise your hand if you are ready for the weekend? Hopefully you are wearing deodorant because I have a feeling there is a lot of hand raising going on!!
Yesterday was one of those days where I didn’t document my life through pictures. I love taking pictures, for personal reasons and for the blog but sometimes it is nice to just be, making sure the events of the day are recorded in your mind and not on film. Liam and I met up with some friends for a museum play date and it was nice to just sit back and watch him have fun. I also enjoyed being able to chit chat with my friend and not say, “Hey, wait a sec, I need to snap a picture”.
- Zumba class
A couple months ago, when I had my trial membership to Anytime Fitness I tried out a Zumba class and wasn’t thrilled with it. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t really all that good either. Come to find out, the regular instructor was out having shoulder surgery and that was just a sub.
I love to dance. I mean, it is one of my all time favorite fun things to do. I am not the greatest(though I am not bad either) but there is just something about it that allows me to be carefree and takes my insecurities away. All that to say that I was really craving a fun dance class. Since the regular Zumba instructor is back at the gym, I decided to give it another whirl.
The verdict: Again, it was okay but it didn’t really thrill me either. I think the problem is that my first two Zumba instructors were SO good that they ruined it for the rest. I have been happy with my decision to switch gyms up to this point but I felt my first pang of regret tonight.
There are loads of Zumba routines on YouTube so I have thought about just having my own little dance class at home!!
I like the way this girl teaches her classes because she uses modern music and moves that are fun yet not complicated!!
While on Facebook last night, I came across a post that really struck a nerve with me. Basically, it was talking about how a 6’2″ model quit the business at one point because of the stresses of staying thin enough for the business. Now of course, she is back in the modeling game but this time as a plus size model. Let me just tell you, this girl is NOT plus sized!!! She is 6’2″, which is taller than many men and wears a size 12. Someone at that height is going to have a much different bone structure than someone who is 5’6. I mean, if you look at her, there is not much difference is how big she is versus how big I am. I would never be called a plus size model because I wear a size 4 at 5’4″. I don’t think you should be labeled as something just because the tag in your outfit reads a certain size.
Just to be clear, I think that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes so why can’t fashion brands and other companies use images of women that truly represent the products they are trying to sell?! It seems like every time a magazine uses a “real sized” woman, there is a write up about it, giving them props for going out on a limb. If magazines portray woman who look like this as “plus size” what is that going to do to girls everywhere who are struggling with losing a few pounds. I don’t know, maybe I am in a sensitive mood right now but I can’t help but think this is just as dangerous as using models with their bones popping out.
My final thought: Wouldn’t it be great if we could just stop giving people labels. If you are too thin, you are anorexic and if you are a size 12 you are a plus model. What I wish we could see more of is a variety of beautiful woman in all shapes and sizes gracing the pages of magazines. Maybe then, the rest of us could start accepting ourselves a little bit better and stop the whole comparison trap!!
Do you consider a size 12 to be a plus size model?
Is it irresponsible to call a 6″2″ model a plus size because she wears a size 12?
Do you now or have you ever compared yourself to the images in magazines? How did/does that affect your self image?