Hi Bloggie Friends =]
I want to thank you all once again for your amazing support! Even when I feel like i’m struggling, it motivates me so much to get encouraging comments from you all- you have no clue how far the little things go with me 🙂 Also, be sure to check out my friend’s new blog which I talk about at the end of this post.
Dinner with the cousins was actually a lot of fun Saturday night! We have so much fun together & my family may or may not have done family sake bombs…
The family ordered sushi animal-like amounts of sushi, but I was determined to stick to my meal plan Saturday to a T so I made a FABULOUS dinner of tofu/veggie stir fry with a hint of soy-vey teriayki sauce & a sweet potato complete w/ 1 TBSP butter & 1 TBSP peanut butter- this was honestly AMAZING. peanut butter + sweet potato= lOVE♥
Gardner came over & we were super lazy- we watched the movie “A Beautiful Mind” and it was soo amazing. I loved this movie!! We also played some ping pong & stuff- haha we are dorks. When lunch time rolled around I made myself a grilled turkey, cheese, & hummus wrap on a tomato basil wrap with some gensoy tortilla chips, an apple, & unpictured carrots.
After a late lunch, I didn’t do too much (i know, my day must be thrilling you all haha) & then I went for a late dinner with my parents at a place called Hoggy’s (bbq food=my nightmare) but I found a delicious salad with sauteed mushrooms, onions, & green peppers, feta cheese, & grilled chicken. It was served with corn bread that was SO good. I ate the whole piece 🙂 Haven’t had cornbread in wayy tooo long.
On the way home, we noticed there was a dog who had been outside for like 2 days straight!! It was snowing so my parents felt really bad, we guessed that maybe her owner’s went on vacation and accidentaly left her outside? We brought her food & she was STARVING so we ended up taking her to our house and decided we would call them and let them know we had him. She was sooo cute!
I wanted to bring up an issue that has been kinda bugging me. In my IOP, we talked about how the media can influence us because it presents an image of the female body that girls are supposed to live up to. At the time, I didn’t really think much of it. However, the more I thought and observed, the more I realized how absurd the whole thing is.
WHY does the media make girls feel as though being thin is so important?? Essentially, the want to be thin is at the core of all eating disorders.. but Why do so many of us girls let the need want to be thin get in the way of just living our life?
If there is one thing i’ve learned, it’s that being thin/losing weight WON’T (usually):
+let you live a long, healthy life
+make you friends
+make you feel great about yourself
+make others think you are more beautiful
+make all your problems go away
But yet so many problems seemed to be presented as being solved by losing weight- just look at the magazines we all LOVE to read. How many “quick fixes” can really be healthy ways to lose weight. Being healthy & happy is important, being extremely thin should not be.
I even noticed in the movie Avatar that the main female character who was supposed to be portrayed as the most beautiful of her kind was the thinnest.
Gardner agreed. It really bothered me that even a cartoon is sending subtle messages to girls about what the ideal body is supposed to be. Despite knowing this, I still have the urge to be thin. I still feel the pressure (from myself, from the media, from whatever) to be thin. I hope that by recognizing this unreasonable, unhealthy, & unnecessary desire, I can change my thoughts into more positive ones. When I can truly believe that being thin is not an important part of life, then I will know that I have recovered.
What do you think about this issue? I’m curious to think how you all think the media influences girl’s views on their bodies?
I also wanted to help my friend from IOP, Brandi, out in starting her new blog!! She just is getting started and would LOVE to have some readers- check it out & feel free to give her any advice for getting her blog going 🙂 just click here!!
Have amazing weeks- hope everyone’s Mondays are bearable!!