Kim’s “Big Butt” Problem

A friend shared this Examiner article with me about Kim Kardashian (whose valley girl voice and omnipresence both annoy me to no end), where the reality starlet moans about her “big butt” and talks about dieting her 5’2 frame down to 109 lbs.

“Kim says being called “the Tush” by bloggers and a “fat donkey” by former Miss USA Shanna Moakler really got under her skin.“I wasn’t heavy, but I was being criticized left and right,” she told People. “It really brought me down.”

That really sucks; no one should be called names, period! I can’t blame her for being upset.

But then in response, she dropped a bunch of weight and now is hating on her butt — her biggest asset (pardon the pun), saying “I was so unhappy with my big butt.”Um, OK … really? Because you never looked unhappy posing in bikinis and stuff flaunting your body, Kim (and I personally think she’s built beautifully, but that’s neither here nor there)

What bothers me most of all is not that she wanted to lose weight or tone up … but rather that she’s a hypocrite. Continue reading “Kim’s “Big Butt” Problem”

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Awesome Post Getting Lots of Comments at WATRD.com

Check it out — MamaV posted this blog post at WeAreTheRealDeal.com about a recent photo from Glamour’s September issue.

It’s the complete opposite side of the spectrum of my Kelly Clarkson post from last week.

Jessica Simpson Dishes on Body Image

Photo: Glamour.com
Photo: Glamour.com

I loved Jessica Simpson when she first stepped onto the scene; she was different than the other bubble-gum pop singers and the pipes she had just blew me away.

I loved her show Newlyweds, and some of her songs define my college experience with my girlfriends (“I Think I’m in Love,” for example, was our song, played at all our weddings in honor of the great guys we all ended up finding senior year of college).

And despite coming off at times like a ditzy chic, she has a strong business sense and has really done well with her shoes/clothing lines, even if her acting abilities haven’t been the best.

Over the years, she’s one of those celebrities we’ve seen torn to shreds for her weight “ups and downs.” Criticized left and right. Brandished one week; fawned over the next.

The pressures of celebrity are great; there’s no denying that. One could argue she did it to herself, by being so accessible … but she’s always struck me as someone very real. Continue reading “Jessica Simpson Dishes on Body Image”

On-Message/Off-Message

After a few months of blogging, I had a frank phone chat with Steph at Back in Skinny Jeans (one of the first blogs I’d ever read religiously) about paid advertising and blogging.

She’s fantastic and I might be speaking with her on a panel at the BlogHer 2009 Conference … still waiting to hear!

Anyway, we talked about being true and authentic to yourself, and how blogging gives you the opportunity to make 100 percent of your own decisions. You’re your own boss, your own editor … the content is yours to decide upon, the images, the timing … it’s all up to you.

This means you can choose to accept advertising … or not. You can choose to accept guest posts … or not. Continue reading “On-Message/Off-Message”

Lose Weight While … Sleeping?

200140664-001This month’s Glamour features a cover story called “Lose Weight While You Sleep.”

The results are pretty surprising and, when looked at holistically, seem to make sense — in that if someone is getting 8 hours of sleep, they are likely not noshing late at night and likely have more energy to exercise and therefore are likely eat better … and so it goes.

I have to say, I’ve been focusing on more sleep lately and I even posted about sleep and exercise a couple weeks ago … but I’ve not seen any results on the scale. But I also haven’t been giving it a conscious thoguht, either.

And though I usually think “diets” like this are a crock, I think the article makes some good points that any of us could benefit from. Continue reading “Lose Weight While … Sleeping?”

Soar With Your Strengths

Soar with your strengths in 2009
When my husband began working at his current employer (a large global company), he was given this book for required “newbie” reading called Soar With Your Strengths.

… Which I’ll be honest, I thought sounded totally cheesy and ridiculous at first glance.

But after a brief perusal of the little pocket-sized book, I realized just how on to something the author was.

The book spoke reality: all too often in school or at work, we’re encouraged to fix the things that are “wrong” with us. To get better at this or improve that. Well, this book’s premise is the exact opposite.

If a student isn’t good at math, the book argues, don’t try to make her love it. Rather, let her flourish in her passion for British lit or pyschology.

If an employee is really good at Excel and administrative tasks, don’t put him on the phone making cold calls to new business prospects.

Sure, every corporate executive can benefit from media training. But that doesn’t mean that shy executive X should necessarily be the face of your company in a live interview on CNN to the world … especially not if he’s better at the written word or telephone interrogations.

If we strengthen the things we’re good at, the book proposes, instead of spending energy and money trying to fix what’s “wrong” with us, won’t we be better students and more productive employees? Better friends, better lovers, better partners? YES! Continue reading “Soar With Your Strengths”