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Don't Kid Your-SELF

Posted by Lela D.

This morning I cracked open the January 2008 issue of Self Magazine, hoping for – oh I don’t know – inspiration? There on page 104 was a lovely 14-year-old girl doing a series of exercises that is supposed to burn more calories in less time. Whatever.

a) This girl burns more calories texting her friends about what pizza to order than I will in a month of crunches.

b) Faith Hill is on the cover. She looks great, but is easily late-thirties-early-forties-ish. Like me. She obviously works out. Are our eyes too sensitive to she what she looks like doing it?

c) Nobody needs matching top, shorts, shoes, AND watch. Just saying.

Sorry, Self, I am not inspired. More like pining for the days when I too wore shorty-shorts in public. And those days are not coming back no matter how many of your wonderful moves I make.
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LOL. I haven't seen the magazine but I have seen enough similar articles to be able to safely say I agree. What would the harm be in using realistic models, or even personal trainers, for fitness articles? Faith Hill probably didn't have the time to stop and show us her moves, but someone more mature probably could've been hired. By portraying the "ideal" body shape, they're setting those of us who are perhaps not-so-ideal up for disappointment. Why not let us know that we are normal and beautiful too? That all health-conscious people are beautiful, not just the naturally skinny models who happen to get jobs as fitness models?

Let's remember, then, since the media seems unable, that we don't have to wear shorty-shorts to be the best we can be. Every day, we should try to point out something to ourselves that is wonderful about our own bodies or minds or faces or personalities. Confidence comes not from pining for our youths but from finding beauty in who we are now...we just really need to convince ourselves of that!

Teresa, that is great advice! Remember when Jamie Lee Curtis bravely showed us all her flaws when she refused to be airbrushed for a photo layout a few years ago? If we can't be proud of imperfect we'll have nothing to be proud of!

That's funny. I don't read Self Magazine or any magazine like that because I found when I was an avid reader of Seventeen and a few other magazines during high school, I realized how critical I got of myself. I started to pinpoint every "flaw" and just thought how nice it must be to have a "perfect" body. After a summer internship at a publications office and I saw how each photo is airbrushed until their is no resemblance of the real person, I decided to never listen to one of those magazines again.

To this day, I don't pick up the magazines while waiting in line at the grocery store and I don't walk down the magazine isle. Guess what? I feel much better about myself and don't feel I have to wear the latest trend, always have my makeup done, and have the latest matching gym outfit in order to do lunges.

If Self Magazine inspires you, that's great. Just don't fall into a trap that you have to be as the women in the magazine are.

Larisa, I'm SO glad you said that. It reminded me about the Dove Real Beauty Campaign - Evolution of Beauty video. It should be required viewing for all our girls.

Yep, I'm like Larisa, I avoid all the fitness magazines. They try too hard to make it look so easy. Losing weight and staying healthy requires lots of work!
That's a great video! Dove has a lot of wonderful commercials that send positive messages to women. They really need to be rewarded as a company...
I know, we need more videos from Dove. Our girls need to know the truth!
I agree, wish they were more realistic. Like the 25 year old in the wrinkle cream ad. They are all airbrushed anyway!
What? You mean I'm not going to look 25 again if I buy that cream? Dang!
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