Archive for December, 2009

Crystal Renn. Truly an inspiration to us here at EAC. What inspires me about her is that I would like to believe that one day we will live in a world where women have choices other than hating the natural design of their bodies. As many of you know, Renn was once the painfully thin model who struggled tirelessly to keep the weight down, but didn’t find success in the field until she accepted her true shape. But what do you see when you look at this photo? Does it make you uncomfortable that her legs are not thinner or that she doesn’t have an ultra-small waste? Or that she looks a lot more like you than what you are used to seeing in the magazines?

The reality is that there are many people who would love to ban these types of photos from the fashion world. We see it every time celebrities gain weight– they are immediately attacked for it. And, so, we take this view onto ourselves. We see weight gain as an ultimate evil that must be conquered at all costs. One of our readers asked a good question: “what would happen to the world if we stopped dieting”? To be honest, I would really like to know.

Do you think it’s possible to get to a place where women are allowed to love themselves? Sometimes I look at the conglomerate that is the fashion world and begin to feel overwhelmed. Can we take back control of our own bodies and our own minds? Well, we hope if you are reading this that the answer is yes! What would happen if we let ourselves look the way we naturally do without all the excess exercise and frugal eating habits? It’s not an easy or a short road but it’s one that must be traveled if we ever hope to free ourselves from the burden of “perfection”.

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So as the new year approaches I decided to do some research on the top 10 new year’s resolutions made, and to no surprise, fitness and weight loss were at the top. I am just really confused as to why “fitting in fitness” and “taming the bulge” were a whopping number 2 and 3, whereas “helping others” was nearly dead last. It was nice to see the “enjoy life more” pledge, but my guess is that chasing after numbers 2 and 3 will get rid of any joy you have left. Now don’t get me wrong,  I’m not advocating an inactive lifestyle and I’m not saying that you shouldn’t think about your health, but if you were to look at the real reason most women want to “tame the bulge,” it rarely has to do with weight.

I would like to bet that you could complete a lot of those resolution by just taking out all the ones that have to do with losing weight. How about for once this year you decide to love your own self no matter what, instead of living in a perpetual state of self-loathing. Aren’t you tired of being OK with not liking what you see?  How can you expect anyone else to see you for what you really are when you don’t even see it for yourself?! This year I think it’s time to re-order and delete some of these pledges to a new year. Just a cheeseburger for thought.

Here’s the list compiled from About.com,

1. Spend more time with family and friends.

2. Fit in Fitness

3. Tame the Bulge

4. Quit Smoking

5. Enjoy Life More

6. Quit Drinking

7. Get Out of Dept

8. Learn Something New

9. Help Others

10. Get Organized.

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Been Waiting?

Don’t worry everyone, we will be back very soon! But here’s a funny cartoon to make you laugh in the meantime. =)

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