“Fifteen to eighteen percent of girls under twelve now wear mascara, eyeliner and lipstick regularly; eating disorders are up and self-esteem is down; and twenty-five percent of young American women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize. Even bright, successful college women say they’d rather be hot than smart. A Miami mom just died from cosmetic surgery, leaving behind two teenagers. This keeps happening, and it breaks my heart.
Teaching girls that their appearance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more important than anything. It sets them up for dieting at age 5 and foundation at age 11 and boob jobs at 17 and Botox at 23. As our cultural imperative for girls to be hot 24/7 has become the new normal, American women have become increasingly unhappy. What’s missing? A life of meaning, a life of ideas and reading books and being valued for our thoughts and accomplishments.”—
Rita and I just got back late last night from an incredible trip to Italy. We shot a wedding for some dear friends and spent 8 beautiful days exploring towns across the Tuscan countryside. Here are a few for now.
Lovely photos as always. So beautiful there I want to cry. Hopefully one day I can see it for myself.
I have struggled with my weight since I was 10. When I moved to Gainesville in 2009 I started losing weight and then had a gallery show, when I was too busy to go grocery shopping and started eating out for every meal for about a month. My weight BALLOONED and I went from a size 10 to a 14 by the time Christmas rolled around. I have been hanging around the low 200s since and it’s sucked, to be honest. I started the year between 213-215 and finally decided that enough was enough. I knew what my issues were and I knew the only way to fix it was to accept it and finally make a life change and not do some stupid fad diet. I lost five pounds on my own but my weight didn’t budge for two months.
Then my darling friend Meg introduced me to Myfitnesspal.com and it has seriously changed my life and the way I view food. I log in all my food & water intake and any exercise I may do throughout the day. The site decides how many calories/fat/sugars/carbs/protein I should be getting a day depending on how much weight I plan on losing (or not losing) a week. Honestly, I am addicted to the site and I have fun entering this stuff in. I no longer feel guilty if I go over in anything during the day, there is no need to stress about it. There is always a new day, as cheesy as it sounds. And I am finally getting a handle on portion sizes!
This site is not some miracle worker, but man is it helpful. My weight has fluctuated as long as I have had a weight problem but for the first time I feel like I am actually making lifelong changes. And it feels wonderful.
I debated on whether or not I wanted to share this but I am just so excited that I had to!