Skinny Kids

February 18, 2011

This video makes me a little sad. It’s sad because children, at a younger age, are starting to judge their bodies and truly believe that they are fat, when they aren’t at all. It also makes me sad, because I remember feeling the same way all through 7th and 8th grade and the majority of high school. But when I was younger, I never really gave it much thought. There are girls in this video that are 7 years old and already worrying about getting fat. Even though being overweight isn’t great for you or your health, constantly worrying about every little thing you eat, in my opinion, is equally as unhealthy. Some of the mothers express concern because their daughters are no longer eating full meals. They’re growing children, and they need to eat! One mother in particular believes that it’s her fault her daughter is acting this way. The mother is concerned about her own weight and body shape, and sees that it is rubbing off on her daughter. The father says “I believe it’s television,” but the mother truly believes it’s her fault. But I believe it’s the combination of the two. Actresses, singers, models, etc are all perceived as beautiful because they’re so thin, and it puts unnecessary pressure on normal women and girls. They think “oh, I’m not beautiful because I’m not stick thin like such-and-such model/actress/singer,” when in actuality they are beautiful. The mothers in this video worry about their self image, and since young children tend to mimic the habits of their parents, the mother’s worry about self image turns into the daughter’s worry about self image.

I’m not saying that I’m always comfortable or happy about my weight or body image, but it’s just sad to see girls at the age of 7 starting to worry like that. I’m glad I’ve seen this video before having children, because it shows me how what I do will affect my future children. It’ll allow me to figure out how to go about adjusting my body image/weight without affecting my children. One girl says “my mom checks her weight every Wednesday on the weighing machine.” If her daughter didn’t see her mother weigh herself every Wednesday, then perhaps her daughter wouldn’t pick up on the fact that her mother has her own problems with self-image. The parents should teach their children healthy eating habits and try to teach them to be happy with their bodies (even if the parents aren’t happy with their own).

In today’s society, there are increasing numbers of anorexic, bulimic, and obese people, so it will be difficult to break free of that. But, again, I feel it is the parents responsibility to teach their children how to eat right, be healthy, and be happy with themselves. It might be a tough challenge, but I think the children will benefit from it.

Two Year Anniversary

February 15, 2011

Today was mine and my fiance Landon’s two year anniversary. 2 years ago was our first date, and 1 year ago was the day he proposed. I was just thinking back on our first date a few days ago. He had originally asked me out for Valentine’s Day, but I already had plans with some girlfriends to go bowling. Instead, we decided to go out for ice cream the day after. He came and picked me up from my apartment (I was ready a good hour before he was due to arrive – I was quite nervous). We went to Ben & Jerry’s in downtown Clemson. Unbeknown to us, Ben & Jerry’s had shut down. I was so unaware of it that I even tried to open the door, only to return my hand to my side and feel like an idiot. Luckily, I knew that Spill the Beans was just around the corner. So Landon, not having been there before (which I thought was CRAZY because it was my favorite place to get ice cream!), and I decided to go there instead. I don’t remember what we talked about, but I do remember talking up a storm and remembering to tell myself not to completely wolf down my ice cream. (I wanted to be dainty!) I remember really enjoying spending time with him, hoping he felt the same, and praying that there would be more dates in the future. Boy did I get lucky! The next day, he asked me to go grab a drink with him for happy hour. We went to Griffin’s downtown, and I tasted my first little beer (quite delish). After that, we started to get more comfortable with each other. I wasn’t AS nervous around him, scared I’d make a fool of myself…and now we’re to the point where I don’t care if I act crazy, and he still loves the accident-prone me just the same.

For our engagement, we were living in Huntsville, AL. We got Chinese for lunch, and I remember Landon barely eating. He didn’t feel well most of the day, and I was scared he was getting sick. I hoped he would feel well enough to go out to dinner (we had made plans to go to this nice restaurant called Grille 29). It snowed before we left to make our reservation at Grille 29, and though the drive was less than 5 minutes, we still managed to slip and slide on the ice. Thank goodness we made reservations because when we got in there, there must have been at least 2 or 3 other people there. (note the sarcasm). We had a delicious dinner – I got scallops, he got steak, and we both got Peroni (I couldn’t even finish my Peron; I thought it was so gross, but the food was amazing). He still looked a little ill (turns out it was just nerves), but afterward suggested we go get cheesecake from Target for dessert. As I carried the dessert up to the cashier, he gave me the keys to the truck, and said he had to go get something. I waited for him in the truck, and when he came back out he didn’t have a bag or anything on him, so I figured he didn’t find what he was looking for. When we got back to our apartment, he offered to take the dogs out. Once he came back in, he went right to our room and shut the door, while I sat on the couch watching tv. I just figured he was changing, but then he told me to close my eyes because he had something for me, and when he told me to open them again, he had this cute little stuffed dog held out in front of him. It was really cute, and while I was looking at it, he said “I have something else for you,” and when I looked up again, he was kneeling in front of me with the engagement ring in his hand and asked me to marry him. I remember calling mom, and she didn’t quite believe me at first, but then got super excited once she realized I wasn’t lying. Then she put me on the phone with dad (who had known for a week or so), but all he wanted to talk about was the weather – typical dad. After about an hour or so of talking to friends/family, it was back to life as normal, except this time as a fiancee and not a girlfriend. It was a wonderful feeling.

Tonight’s anniversary was special too. We went to Queen Anne’s Revenge, a pirate themed restaurant on Daniel Island. We got free chocolate cake after the waiter accidentally spilled honey mustard all on Landon’s jeans. That cake was divine! It was great getting to spend a special evening with my special man. It’s nice knowing that this relationship is actually going somewhere – the ultimate somewhere. I’m really lucky to have found a man I can call the love of my life, my other half, whatever gushy thing you would like to insert here…that is what I have and will have till death parts us.

Hope this post didn’t make you throw up! But if you did, I understand.

Finally Frizz-Free Hair!

February 15, 2011

I’ve never been one for hair products. My hair is so thin that usually anything more than volume shampoo and conditioner, and my hair gets super greasy. For example, I accidentally bought a 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner and my hair was overly oily for a week. I had to wear a hat to cover it up and use clarifying shampoo religiously. But lately as the winter months dwindle to a close, I’ve started to notice that my hair has started to get really dry and frizzy when I blow dry it. I read in Cosmo about a product by Nexxus that you spray on before using blow dryers and straighteners, etc. Since I’m not really into hair products, this was like magic to me! I went to Wal-Mart, but couldn’t find it anywhere. I went to Target, and couldn’t find it either. So I decided on a leave in moisturizer. I sprayed it just on the lower half of my hair, and it worked pretty well. I found that my hair wasn’t as frizzy after a blow dry, but the hair near my roots were still looking rather shabby. I decided to go back to Wal-Mart to see if I could find that product, but what I found instead was Frizz-Ease: Heat Defeat. This was just like the Nexxus product I had been searching for, and I was stoked to buy it (especially since it was on sale). Ever since I’ve bought it, my hair has been looking MUCH better. No more frizzy hair all day long. Now when I’m done blow drying, my hair looks soft, silky, and frizz-free. For anyone, thin-haired or thick, I would definitely recommend this product! Not only will your hair LOOK better, it will be healthier and FEEL better.