So Ke$ha entered rehab for an eating disorder after apparently being fat-shamed by her producer, Dr. Luke, for years. Multiple news outlets report him calling her a "fucking fat refrigerator"--I apologize for the language, but the F word really exposes the hostility of his statements and the intensity of the fat-shaming that is apparently acceptable today.
It really gets to me how much women's weight matters, and how engrained it is in us. I was so ashamed this weekend when I went to see one of my favorite bands play in DC and found myself hyper-focused on how big the (female) lead singer's thighs looked in her tiny shorts. A part of me was jealous- I wish I had that kind of confidence- but a bigger part of me was pissed at myself. Why were her thighs getting more of my attention than her incredible voice? Why wasn't I focused at all on what the guys in the band were wearing? It makes me wonder if One Direction or Robin Thicke or other male pop stars are subject to the kind of demands and shaming that Ke$ha and plenty of other female stars (and regular people like us) are.
I love Ke$ha's statement about entering rehab: "I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I've found it hard to practice. I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder ... to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am." Can we all go to rehab (especially the media and Dr. Luke) to learn how to love ourselves exactly as we are? If I have daughters I hope when they are my age looking at how media portrays women's bodies in 2013, they laugh at how old-fashioned it is to fat-shame and make women think they have to be a certain (practically unattainable) size.
So here's to 2014 and loving ourselves exactly as we are, eating for health and NOT a fantasy dress size or a number on the scale, and exercising to get stronger and to push ourselves. This year Strong and Healthy are my new Beautiful.
And on that note (and now that I have that off my chest), here's the killer workout I did today. I definitely thought the Blogilates video was just an ab workout and was (un)pleasantly surprised to learn there is in fact also MORE cardio. But hey, it's 2014 and we're getting strong! Motivational workout mix is at the bottom of the page, you can play from this page or click the icon to get to the website and play it on your phone and hook it up to a speaker so it's nice and loud. This mix is made by my good friend DJ Dimmy, who also happens to be a fitness instructor at WSC - ladies, he's single!
Also I did some research on D180 (the HIIT video trainer), and found out that the instructor is actually a high school teacher! Gyahhhhh can you imagine having this man as your high school math teacher?!
And can we just talk about how happy these people look in front of his gym? They clearly did not just complete a D180 HIIT routine because they would not be able to lift their arms that high in the air. Just saying. Sorry that my hair will not get shampooed for a few days.
Click here to stream from the website or download (like on your phone)