Sunday, May 30, 2010

Is Rihanna Right About Size-0??

Quiet day today... Miss my girls. Got my grocery shopping done, then Joey and his roommate came by for dinner. We grilled Bison/Beef burgers (1 lb lean beef, 1 lb bison, mixed with some chili powder, Mrs Dash Garlic & Herb, and 2 tsp low sodium worcestershire sauce), then topped with pepper-jack cheese and mango salsa on a clean wheat bun, along with sweet potato fries. Tasty! :-)  Tomorrow I have a bit of work to do in the office, then I'm off for a workout with Tab (yay!!!!) and cardio, then home for laundry and food prep (I'm doing it tomorrow instead of today).  On another note...

IS RIHANNA RIGHT?  I recently saw a quote from celebrity music artist, Rihanna where she talked about body image. Maybe you've seen it. Here's what she said:  "You have to remember that it's not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like that. Being size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn't try and be like them. It's not realistic and it's not healthy." 

Now, I'M a size zero! That made me MAD! I got up on my soapbox and poor Bill listened to me rant for several minutes before I suddenly shut up a moment then said, "Damn, she's right! Sort of." Here's why I was mad... I'm an everyday woman. I have a 9-5 job, I have a family, a life... and I wear a zero (most of the time, lol). So it angered me that she said it isn't practical or possible for an everyday woman... then I thought about what she said next... 

"Being a size zero is a career in itself..." Well, it's certainly no accident! I didn't roll out of bed one day and say, "Gosh, look at me! I'm a zero!"  I've busted my arse for several years to get and then maintain that size. I workout, a lot and very hard. I eat clean, every day. I guess you could say it's a second career for me. I know several women who are size zero's, even double zero's, and not one of them got that way without hard work and diligence (I'm not counting teeny tiny teenagers, lol).  But, I still take umbrage at the "not realistic and it's not healthy". That might be her opinion, which she is certainly entitled to, but it is realistic and it is healthy... for some women. This is the healthiest I've ever been - which has more to do with my food & fitness lifestyle than my dress size, but the dress size is a result of that lifestyle.

I am certainly not saying that every woman should aspire to the size zero. Each of us has an ideal body weight/size... it is to that which we should all strive. I've seen some very enviable bodies that couldn't possibly squeeze into a zero, and why should they? They're perfect at their current size. I've also seen some zero's that need to be a 6 (painfully thin!). It's important to note that your weight doesn't always dictate your size! I weigh more than most zeros! Significantly more! Let's talk frankly here... I'm short. I'm 5'2". I currently weigh in at 130, with 89 pounds of lean muscle mass (according to the dreaded Tanita) and I have a too-high-for-me body fat percentage. Yes, I wear a zero, sometimes a 2.  Does that mean my body is perfect? No way! The thought makes me laugh! If it was, I wouldn't be saving my pennies for a tummy tuck and boobs, lol! There are women who look amazing in a size 12, I think they look better than I do in my zero! It's all perspective, isn't it?

So I guess what my soapbox rambling is getting at is that no matter what your ideal weight/size... achieving it will require focus, dedication... action. It won't happen by accident. Is a size zero the end all, be all? Absolutely not. Should we allow the fashion industry, or society in general, to dictate what our bodies (or our daughter's bodies!) should look like? Abosfreakinlutely not! I'm pleased that beautiful women like Rihanna are speaking out regarding body image, but as with all things, I believe that balance is the key. Beauty is not a size. But... let's not toss out the size zero's with the bathwater, please :-)     

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