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June 17th, 2008

Hello CurveyBeautifulWomen,
I was asked by Coyotewoman for a little intro, so here it is.
I found your community while browsing on LJ and thought I'd join since I'm curvey and pretty cute!
I am a potter by trade and also teach belly dance classes in the evenings and those two jobs keep me pretty busy all year round.  My jobs are quite physical, artistic and creative which suits me well.  I could never have survived the office atmosphere long, which I did sample many times in my life.  I'm finally okay with being an artist!  (Artist or musician was a dirty word in our house that meant "no retirement plan, nothing to fall back on."  It was once predicted that I would become a "bag lady" by the time I was 50!)  I also love to create costumes for belly dance, but sadly there seems to be little time for that these days.
Tonight is my last belly dance class then there is a break for the summer.  I've hosted 3 parties for students and had some of my students dance in two big belly dance shows this past week.  They did an amazing job and had so much fun!  Thank goodness I now get a little break from dance.  I have a big show coming up at my home studio this weekend, so I'm busy firing the kiln and getting my shop looking nice.  
In early July I'll be a part of a huge pottery exhibition called 1001 Pots in Val-David, Québec (Canada), which is just a couple of hours drive from home. This month long pottery exhibition is my 2nd and I look foward to what this year brings!
If you're interested in seeing some of my work, you can visit my website here.

June 16th, 2008

Confusion...

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This morning, I took a good long look at myself when I stepped out of the shower...and it conflicted so much with what I learned at the doctor's office about healthy body size that I couldn't help but to wonder about what is healthy, really?

I'm tall and a little curvy, not anywhere near overweight...or so I believed. Even the clothing size I wear--a 10 or 12--agrees with this observation. When I look at myself, I see little problem spots, bit they aren't really a problem... The BMI index tells a different story...at 6'1 and 184 pounds, I am just barely within normal limits, and, quite frankly, think I would look quite unhealthy if I did loose the recommended 15-20 pounds,.

I am confused by this. Should I even try?

January 10th, 2008

Hello! I just joined this community! I adore my curves, but I've recently put on a few recent pounds. I'd like to change how I see them. I don't know if I'll loose the extra winter weight (I've never been able to before) or I'll just start walking outside when the Weather is nice again. And my curves will look better. They will feel better! I see the world better when I'm staying active IN the world. I spend way too much time online and in the classroom.

I'll call it winter weight, I'll call it break-up weight. AND IT'S ALL ME! That sounds wonderful to say type. :) I like knowing I'm proud of my body. I'd like to start working out walking again. I'll set my goals realistically. And I'll let you guys know once in a while how I'm doing! Comments and questions always nice~~

&Thanks <lj user="lacey"> for being my stepping stone to find this community!!

October 17th, 2007

reposting from my LJ

From the Love Your Body website

Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror?

Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries work hard to make each of us believe that our bodies are unacceptable and need constant improvement. Print ads and television commercials reduce us to body parts — lips, legs, breasts — airbrushed and touched up to meet impossible standards. TV shows tell women and teenage girls that cosmetic surgery is good for self-esteem. Is it any wonder that 80% of U.S. women are dissatisfied with their appearance?

Women and girls spend billions of dollars every year on cosmetics, fashion, magazines and diet aids. These industries can't use negative images to sell their products without our assistance.

Together, we can fight back.
 

I'll admit... some of the ads they display on their website are not offensive to me (for example, cigarettes are not bad but they're bad for all people & the ad itself is not offensive to women, IMO) but I do think that a day to celebrate the real bodies we have.

Also - I don't see this as just "a women's issue."  Men also are provided with unrealistic body images (just because more men don't give a fig about appearances doesn't mean it doesn't exist) and don't get me started on the lack of ethnic & cultural variety in the media... it's enough to make me wish we were all blind.

Beauty exists beyond the physical three dimensions and our eyes can only register the 3-D.  To rely on them alone is like relying only on your sense of taste to enjoy a good meal.  Sure, it's probably the most important sense in the act of eating but how much more does the scent & visual add to the experience.

Beauty is found whenever it is sought - the viewer simply needs to be receptive.

Let's celebrate that beauty all day tomorrow.

July 20th, 2007

Bikes

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Does anyone have recommendations for a bicycle for someone 250lbs plus? Riding would be mostly streets and improved paths with the goal being 20-30 mile day trips. I would also use it for around town errands (library, farmer's market, etc.) Thanks

July 3rd, 2007

I lost 10 lbs in about 10 days due to being too tired to eat. Unfortunately that also means too tired to take supplements, which are how I control the chemo side effects. And some of the weight loss was water but pro'ly some of it was stuff I can't afford to lose, like protein mass.

Then I regained it all in the next week, while they held me over at the hospital for a week, to check whether some symptoms were heart problems or just anemia (which I get a couple days every 3 weeks anyway due to the medication cycle). The doctor is very happy with my weight staying more or less constant (between 168 and 172 lbs) over any given 3 or 4 week span, because a sudden sustained drop in weight could mean the tumors are interfering with my liver function again.

The food at the hospital is all good and organic. The nutritionist told me to start each meal with one or more servings of protein, and get 6 servings of veggies and fruits per day, and somewhere in there at least one serving of whole grain starch, such as beans, legumes, oatmeal, long grain wild rice, etc. I can't eat that much volume per day! Calories, no problem. Volume, groan!

June 19th, 2007

Introduction

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Hello ladies,
I am a 36 year old woman named Joy and I was refered here by ED. I have been stuggleing with my weight as long as I can remember and sadly since before it bacame an actual problem. I am working on losing woeight in preparation for becoming pregnant in the next year, I am having some problems not focusing on the numbers but on the health aspect but it is a struggle not to fall into the old patterns sometimes.
I am not sure what my goals are right now but I look forward to the joourney with you ladies.
Cheers

May 25th, 2007

I don't think they call them girdles any longer, so what IS the official title of those undergarments you would pour yourself into and smooth all the bumps and bulges in the belly area with?

I've been searching for one for two months, haven't seen anything worth purchasing. I saw the California Slimnlift product but it has some horrible reviews and I don't like ordering particular clothing online. I only want to smooth and lift this lower belly portion that looks so horrible in blue jeans.

On a whim I dropped by Catherine's last night after a very emotional day at work. I spotted a couple of seriously CUTE clearance shirts and then I spotted a girdle-like object that goes from your waist to your knees. It looked exactly like the thing I needed for my problem area. I figured 'what the hell' and bought it. I tossed it in the wash with some other items and then it sat in a basket, looking all satin and pretty.

I fished it out of the basket this morning and poured myself into them and went to work feeling superb, it fits great, holds in all the stuff I want it to lift and support, makes my jeans look GREAT (no unsightly camel toe or bulging belly). I was feeling super spiffy in my new duds and my slimmed middle section. (my knees were pissed off at me though) I was having a great morning at work and then I went to the ladies room while on break.

Imagine my surprise to find they make these undergarments crotchless.

Imagine the toilet stall occupant next to me's surprise when I yelled OHMYGAWD while sitting on the toilet.

I'm so embarrassed.
But , dayum, I look good in my crotchless girdlethingy.

EDIT: SERENADA is the name. It's a Catherine's exclusive. The smallest size they carry is 3x and it fits 22/24.

May 11th, 2007

Another article that stresses exercise, but not for the usual reasons : CLICK HERE
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