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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Whale or Mermaid



 * this is going around facebook... so I put here with my thoughts....

A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "

(The girl on the picture is French model Tara Lynn)


 I am struggling once again with my weight.. in high-school I could eat what ever I wanted and not gain a bit... sound familiar... then in my late 20's... I had some depression... and I noticed I used food as comfort.. I looked forward to it... I was never a big drinker, nor did I do drugs or smoke... food made me feel good. I wasn't a big shopper and I never gamble.... SO food did it for me. When I got married I was still thin in the stomach but the but and the thighs... were getting bit... I think big can be beautiful.. but I learned MEN don't like it... and yes, who cares what they think... but in reality I care... a bit.

Then came Weight watchers... I love vegetables.. and fruit.. is good.. but I have a problem.. a terrible love affair with sugar... Pumpkin bread, Carmel....sweets rule me... I don't drink soda.. but after most meals..I need a little snack... NOW... I am 200 lbs... and I am not exercising regularly... I have done boot camps and kick boxing.. love them all... but I need the push... and once I don't go due to money.. the push isn't there and I fall.... I eat healthy.. Little red meat.. lots of vegetables. especially in the fall.. butternut squash, and acorn squash.. and Kale and my favorite sweet potatoes... but it's my servings... I have seconds.....I love the saying that we gain weight when our wisdom.. has no room... in our heads so it spreads... but in reality.... I think BIG weight gain and no or little exercise can be unhealthy and I want to live to see my son's children.. So I really love this picture and these words above.... but we need to be realistic... and check are cholesterol numbers and or blood pressure and really be sure we are a HEALTHY weight... regardless of whales and mermaids.

4 comments:

Joanne said...

Amen! This is a great post! I love it! I was a skinny mini when I was younger. it was only after I got married and then have my kids that I started to gain wieght. I am now trying to lose and it is hard . Especially when things go wrong.. all I can think of is diving into cookies or cakes. some days I lose that battle but Then I wake up the next day and decide that I won't quit. Good luck and thank you for the boost!
Blessings, Joanne

Pearson Report said...

What a fantastic post. Thank you for sharing this picture of such a beautiful woman.

Why is it society dictates that external beauty is a valued commodity, when in fact, it does not hold its value very long; as we age, the value of this external beauty diminishes,

Look deep within, behind the skin, and if inner beauty was there as a child and nourished well then that beauty will be with us until our last breath.

Ask any old man (or woman) who has been with their mate over fifty years and he (she) will tell you that what he (she) sees is what lies behind the eyes...the essence, the spirit, the heart of the one he (she) loves...not the wrapping paper on the outside.

Now...the question begs, why do so many of us women still buy magazines that promote this value system; maybe it's time to stop and take stock.

Great post, really great!

Cheers, Jenny
PEARSON REPORT

Al Penwasser said...

This is a beautiful picture of a beautiful woman.
I'll take healthy over skinny anyday.

Vale ♥ said...

Great post ! Why food has to be so good and yet so bad for our weight ? I try to eat healthy but it's true most of good food I feel attracted to has tons of calories ;)...it's not easy being a mermaid in this world ! Kisses

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