February 19, 2012

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: Snowed In

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Hello, Darlings! How is your weekend? Mine is pretty low key, since we had a nasty snow storm yesterday. It snowed all day long. It's good snowman making snow so maybe I'll make one.

You would think being snowbound would mean lots of reading. I did read but mostly I spent the day beating my husband at Words With Friends. It's seriously crazy how competitive we get about games. There is no letting the other person win. It's to the death!

I am the last person in the world to start watching Downton Abbey. I made the mistake of downloading the free first episode from iTunes. Now I must see every episode ever made! It's addictive. My Mom has been watching it right from the beginning but I did not listen to her. I should have. Luckily, Vision TV here in Canada is playing it from the beginning starting this week. I will catch up shortly.

Project Gutenberg Project blog debuted this week. I'll have a review up on Monday. I'm reading some short stories for it now. I'm still trucking on with what has become for me The Longest Book In the Universe, or so it seems. It's taking me forever to read Roughing It In the Bush. When will it end?!!! I did finish two audiobooks this week, one I liked and one I didn't: Entwined by Heather Dixon and I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. I won't say which is which yet.

I'm still participating in the Get Moving Fitness Challenge though I'm finding it challenging to get on a treadmill when I want one. I'm glad my local Y is doing so well, I really am, but lately it's hard to find an available machine and my yoga class has gotten really full. I should be happy for all the people getting fit but for my own selfish reasons I wish they'd stay home! I also fell off the Eating Healthy wagon this week because of Valentine's Day. I must get back on it. It was totally worth it though. And... since artichoke dip is my weakness, I want to try this Hearty-Choke Dip from Eat, Shrink and Be Merry. I watched them make it on the show last week.

This brings me to something I'm finding disturbing about Pinterest. I've noticed it before but I read some comments on a Pin yesterday that gave me shivers (and not in a good way). There is a lot of unhealthy thinking and advice on Pinterest. It's admirable to strive for health and fitness. I want to be healthier and live the best life I can. I would be lying if I said it's not about looks for me too, of course it is, I'm like everyone else and have things I'm not happy about my body. However, one should never sacrifice health for looks. 

I saw a Pin with some questionable advice but it was the comments that got me: "You can only lose weight if you starve yourself," "Don't exercise because muscle looks like fat." It upset me to think that impressionable people would read those comments and think they're true. There are so many Pins that focus on appearances in a negative way: thin shaming or fat shaming. The "Ew, gross!" comments on photos of many body types. Pinterest is a visual place and we all have our own idea of beauty. We pin beautiful things, but there is not just one ideal body. 

Anyway I Repinned something that sums up my thoughts on the subject. I wish I knew the source, I pinned it anyway. If you know the source, I would be happy to correct it.


19 comments :

  1. I'm not on Pinterest (I just haven't seen the appeal yet, I guess) but that does sound scary. I see people eating next to nothing and going below a healthy weight into too thin proportions and that's just scary. I see it enough on places that are supposed to be about healthy weight loss and bodies! And fat-shaming is just awful. :(

    Love the snow picture. I miss snow so much.

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    1. You can have some of ours. I don't mind sharing. :)

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  2. Wow, that is rather disturbing to read. Sure, it's great to look good, but it's better to feel good and to be kind.

    You can keep the snow up your way!

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  3. Weird how that is. It was a sunny, mild day here. We were supposed to get snow but I don't think it ever happened.

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    1. It pretty much just came right over us and avoided the rest of the province.

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  4. Interesting thoughts on Pinterest. I think that it is because Pinterest is very much about aesthetic appeal, and we all know that in today's society there vast majority only see slim as being attractive.

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  5. I've noticed that too about Pinterest. I don't repin much...I mostly like to skim through the pictures. But after awhile I get disgusted because Pinterest seems to perpetuate that whole idea of keeping up with the Joneses. And the fitness pins are scary because people are pinning skinny skinny people or super duper toned people, but not the reality that is most of us.

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    1. I'm probably a perpetuator! I pin a lot of things I could never have unless I won the lotto.

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  6. Happy snow day! I know exactly the type of pins you are talking about on pinterest and it is frustrating to say the least. I usually just stop following the people who post those things and stick to the craft/diy/food boards. I like to use pinterest as an idea board. Just a place to remind myself of things I want to make or emulate or cook. I love what you pinned in response.

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    1. Thanks! I could pin recipes all day long. So many delicious looking things.

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  7. I am the Downton Abbey "late for the party" gal. I saw the first episode of season 1 a few months ago, VOWED to watch them all and then see the 2nd season, but of course, I never had the time. The entire first season is on Netflix instant view, so I will work my way through them. By the time I am done, the next season will be out.

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    1. I'm on the waiting list for the DVDs from the library but now that I know Season 1 is on TV I'm more relaxed. :)

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  8. *Love* the snow photo! Did you take that?

    I arrived late at the Downton Abbey party, too. It is so totally addictive! I watched the first season via Amazon's Prime streaming and then ordered both seasons on DVD so I can watch them over and over and over.

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    1. Thanks, yes, I did take that photo. It was taken through my fence. I liked the look of it. I think the series is going to be a must buy.

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    2. Oh! Cool idea using the fence as a frame! I think it's marvelous.

      Downton Abbey is well worth owning, in my humble opinion. There are some interesting extras with each series and it's nice to have the subtitles if you're as bad with accents as I am.

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  9. Some of the things I've seen on Pintrest really bother me too. Seriously, nothing tastes as good as skinny feels? That's not a healthy mindset to have.

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  10. Just repinned. Isn't it terrible? I find myself unfollowing those fitness boards and sometimes I want to scream IF YOU GOT OFF PINTEREST AND OFF YOUR BUTT YOU COULD PROBABLY BE ALL TONED AND STUFF!!! ;) Anyway.

    Saw something on twitter about Tumblr putting restrictions on extreme dieting/disorder types of posts? Not sure but it does make me sad that people are promoting these types of disorders.

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