Archive for August, 2011

Just a Thought

Just a quick post, as I’ve been unable to spend time blogging this past week.  I’ve been paying close attention to women in advertisements and media in general lately, trying to see why women constantly think they’re fat.  When you’re in line at the grocery store, or watching a movie or tv show, you undoubtedly see very thin(they’re actually underweight) women.  Think about this…it is not natural or healthy to keep yourself underweight.  Most people are not naturally that thin; they have to do extreme things to their bodies to accomplish this task.  Women in the media have a powerful motivation to keep their weight down; their careers depend on it.  But the majority of us are not a part of this group, so there’s no reason we should be held to this standard.  When I compare myself to these women, of course I’m going to start seeing myself as fat, even though I’m not.  Also, I begin to view other women this way.  In the past I was critical of women I saw in public who were overweight.  I judged their character based on their appearance.  But the truth is that it’s very difficult to control weight, and it’s actually healthy to be a little bit overweight(true story;-).  I would love to see women take a stand; stop being obsessed about weight and appearance and focus on the inner person, the gifts and talents that are meant to be used for good in this world.


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I mentioned in an earlier post that I threw my bathroom scale away.  I want to clarify that statement…my HUSBAND threw my bathroom scale away.  I asked him to because I just couldn’t bring myself to part with it, but I knew I needed to, much like a bad boyfriend;-)  Since I haven’t been able to weigh myself for a couple of weeks, I’ve experienced two conflicting emotions.  One is the insecurity of not knowing exactly how much I weigh.  I have a rough idea, based on the fact that my clothes still fit me, but I don’t have that precise number to keep in my mind.  You know, the number that tells you whether or not to feel good that day?  That number didn’t just tell me to feel good about my weight, it crept its way into other aspects of life.  “Am I a good mother?  Hmm, I don’t know, I feel a bit chunky today…”  Well, now I have no way of knowing that number, and it’s a little strange after years of daily weigh-ins.  On the other hand, I feel free, and for the same reason.  I don’t know the number, so I have to rely on other reasons to feel good.  Now, I’m not suggesting that I’ve been moping around for ten years depressed about my weight and not enjoying life at all.  But it was always in the back of my mind, tainting my enjoyment of simple things.  Now I’m seeing that since I just don’t know what that number is, there’s no use thinking about it that much.  So other things become more important and enjoyable, like the beautiful walk I went on with my children yesterday morning.  Butterflies, flowers, and caterpillars were on my mind, not weight.  Instead of thinking about what to eat or not to eat to make the number on the scale go down, I paid attention to real life.  I appreciated things.  Like the delight in my son’s eyes when he spotted a red mushroom under some logs.  And my daughter’s compassionate nature as she helped a fuzzy, white caterpillar get across the pathway unharmed.  Real life was lived, and so far, it’s been worth it to toss that scale in the trash.  Good riddance:-)

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What is BMI?  BMI stands for Body Mass Index.  It was invented by Adolphe Quetelet in 1835.  It estimates body fat based on weight and height measurements.

Here’s how it works:

BMI = multiply your weight in pounds by 703, then divide that number by your height in inches, squared

Here’s the scale:

underweight = <18.5

normal = 18.5 – 25.9

overweight = 25 – 29.9

obese = BMI of 30 or greater

Let’s look at why BMI measurements can’t be trusted…

From Linda Bacon’s book, Health at Every Size(page 154):

“The World Health Organization report that helped establish a BMI of 25 as the cutoff for overweight was predominately drafted by the International Obesity Task Force(IOTF).  On the surface, IOTF appears to be a scientific organization.  However, probe a little and you find that IOTF receives much of its funding from Hoffman-La Roche(makers of the weight-loss drug Xenical) and Abbot Laboratories(makers of the weight-loss drug Meridia).”

Hmm…sounds like someone has an agenda here.  And as a result of that agenda, millions of women are punishing themselves for being overweight, and it’s not even true.

Check out the “Odds and Ends” section at Integrity in Science: http://www.cspinet.org/integrity/watch/200606191.html

Also, have a look at this: 


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a new name

I changed the title of this blog, but it’s still the same blog!  I’m new here, so give me grace:)

The title “notphotoshopped” conveys how I really feel…like we’re being deceived by images of women in magazines and on television, and as a result we’re tempted to feel unattractive and worthless.  But it’s a lie!  We’re beautiful and real, and we’re not photoshopped:-)


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According to BMI calculations, I’m overweight.  Hmmm….

How reliable are these calculations?  Who came up with them?  I need to know the answer to these questions.  I’ll get back to you:)

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Here’s another wise thought from Linda Bacon in her book, Healthy at Every Size(page 179):

“Creating your own values around appearance means deciding for yourself what’s important to you and what beauty looks like to you.  It also means being able to separate your own needs from social expectations.  Compare this to how most people behave these days:  determining their self-worth based on how well they meet society’s expectations.”

I just love the way this woman thinks:)  This quote sums up what I feel challenged to do at this point in my life.  Actually, in other areas I’ve been pretty successful at separating my needs from social expectations, seeing as I’m a stay-at-home mom and homeschooling Christian.  But that shows me how powerful and paralyzing the expectation is for women(and men, but it seems to affect women more) to be a certain size, and to hate their bodies.  I would love to see us break out of this way of thinking and concentrate on our giftings, and in turn use those giftings to make a difference in the world.


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notphotoshopped is for the average woman struggling in this world where thin equals beautiful.  Perhaps you aren’t thin, or maybe you’re overweight, underweight, or normal.  Regardless, I know many women don’t feel beautiful.  Instead, they feel ashamed of their appearance, and at the same time, they wish they didn’t care so much about the way they look.   I created this blog in hopes of encouraging women in self-acceptance, no matter what their size.  The first thing I want to do is challenge the cultural assumption that being thin means being attractive, and that being fat, or “not skinny” means being unattractive.  The truth is, our society’s never ending struggle to be thin isn’t because being thin is better for you(many studies prove that a little extra weight can actually be good for you, but more about that later).  We’re  feeding money to the diet industry in order to achieve a fantasy of physical perfection(which is a lie), and there seems to be no end in sight.  Really, if diets actually worked, why are people constantly going on them?  Take a look at the fashion industry, the diet industry, and the cosmetic industry, and you’ll see that you finding yourself unacceptable the way you are is making a lot of people very rich. 

 I love this thought from Linda Bacon in her book, Health at Every Size(page 149):

“There is nothing objectively attractive about thinness.  Our cultural beauty standards are a reflection of political and economic interests.  When you buy into them, you support commercial interests and the status quo and undermine the health and well-being of all of us as individuals.”

I threw my scale away.  I used weigh myself daily.  If I lost weight, I felt great.  If I gained, it was a bad day.  So I’m breaking my addiction to the scale in hopes of finding my worth where it truly belongs…that I’m made in the image of God, and my actions are more important than what I look like.

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