Firstly, I’d like to say thank you to Katie Green. Her heart is in the right place and she wants to make the world a better place for women and media by saving girls from going down the eating disorder road. But I don’t totally agree with her campaign ‘Say No To Size Zero’. In fact, I’m quite offended by it.
When I did have an eating disorder, my lowest weight was ‘way under 90 pounds’ (don’t wanna say what it was in case I trigger people) at 5 foot 3. I was definitely in the BMI range of 15-16. I was a size zero. Not surprising.
Now that I’ve put on weight in a healthy way and gained a huge amount of muscle, my weight is sitting around 115-118 pounds these days give or take. My BMI is around 20. But guess what? I’m still a size ZERO! Maybe smaller! GASP! Surprised now?
I swear I am no longer anorexic. If you look at my naked body, it screams MUSCLE! People suffering from anorexia would not have the muscle mass that I have. I have very little body fat but my regular periods prove I don’t have too little body fat. If you don’t believe me, check out my pole dancing videos. That should be enough proof that I am not anorexic anymore. People with anorexia cannot do what I do and there’s no way I could do what I do if I was still anorexic.
So why am I still a size zero? Because I HAVE A SMALL FRAME! My hips are narrow, like really narrow! My rib cage is small. I’m just small boned all around. This isn’t my fault! I was born this way. I would have to eat unhealthy to put on body fat the wrong way to take me out of size zero.
My small frame does not cause eating disorders. Size zero models are not the problem. And by banning naturally smaller framed girls is discrimination. Period.
Sorry Katie but your size zero problem is not really the problem. The problem is sexism, society, media and the modeling industry.
Stop saying no to size zero models and say YES TO ALL BODY SHAPES AND SIZES!
The real problem is The modeling industry has a DIVERSITY PROBLEM! They only allow a certain look into this industry. If the modeling industry was diverse and if the modeling industry celebrated all shapes and sizes, then women who are trying to get into this industry would not be doing drastic unhealthy things to make their bodies unnaturally thin when their bodies weren’t meant to be thin. Instead, we should be seeing all kinds of women in runway shows and women feeling comfortable in their own skin. If the modeling industry celebrated diversity, then young teens looking at vogue or other magazines would not feel pressured to be thin because thin models would be a small percent. Teens would see more average diverse bodies in magazines and would think whatever their own body looks like must be okay!
I wanna see curvier women in Victoria’s Secret. I want to see flat chested women. I want to see muscular women. I want to see runway model’s thighs rub together. I want to see a booty! I want to see women with stretch marks and some cellulite. I want to see strong empowered women!
If we saw all kinds or women in the modeling industry, then every woman in the modeling industry would not be starving themselves to be a size zero because size zero models will be a small small percent. While naturally super thin girls do exist, they are still a small percentage.
By the way, the BMI scale is out dated and not a proper health indicator tool. But that’s another rant for another day…
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A couple months ago I applied for the semi pro division (out of amateur and professional) for the the Ontario Pole Fitness Championships in Ottawa, September 29th. Well I didn’t make semi pro. They bumped me up to PRO! WTF! Yeah I’m just as shocked as you are. Hehe.
I never would of considered myself PRO yet. I still think I have a long way to go… But I’ll take it! I just have some serious competition!!! I am up against some seriously awesome Canadian pole dancers! I am so excited to be competing against them!
I’ll probably get creamed. :p But I don’t really have a competitive bone in my body. I want the experience! THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE! I just want to be able to perform my routine to my song and do it my way and show my style and hope I don’t forget my routine and just do my best and be part of the whole experience!
I’m competing against Shanyn, Miss Pole Dance Canada 2011, my boss/trainer! Ah! She’s so creative, smart and totally kicks ass on a pole.
I’m competing against Madeline and she’s REALLY GOOD too! I’ve met her face to face twice at the Toronto Showcase. She’s been on my pole idol list for a number of years. I watched her on Youtube before I got into pole myself. I don’t stand a chance against her either. :p
Kiran is another really good pole artist I’m up against. I saw her perform in the Toronto Showcase too and she really knows how to put on a performance.
Jenny.. wicked contortionist! She’s super flexible! I don’t think I met her in person but I’ve seen her online and she’s competed before.. OMG she’s really good too!!!
And Polina.. don’t think I met her or saw her but I heard she was really good too. I can’t wait to meet Polina!
So there you have it, I’m up against some beautiful, amazing Pole Athletes! I cannot wait to see everyone again. I can’t wait to see all the other performers in the other divisions.
My routine is written in my head and my song choice goes nicely to it. I am completely being myself in this performance. I like being prepared way ahead of time because it’s so easy to get stage fright and forget your routine. I have some serious training to do so I at least look like I belong in this professional category!
I like training. It keeps my mind preoccupied in a healthy kind of way. I’m going to be 30 in 6 months so I wanna look my best before I mourn my 20′s away! :p
So the plan for that weekend is I’m probably road tripping it with my bodyguard/agent/trainer/husband Friday immediately after work on Friday the 28th. It’s going to be about a 6 hour drive, maybe less. We will be staying in a hotel. Saturday is the competition and the Sunday morning we will drive home. I even thought about driving there early Saturday morning but that might not be the best idea. I dunno. We’ll see.
The cost of this trip is coming out of my own pocket. I think it is too late to find sponsors this year. Last year I had over 700$ in donations/sponsors to compete but I couldn’t compete last year so all donations were refunded. Unfortunately I don’t have the proper lifestyle to be a competitive pole athlete. I actually have to work for a living and I just barely get by now that I don’t work 2 full time jobs any more. Just 1 job that pays like crap and most likely I’m going to be laid off or on strike this fall due to work disputes.
So if anyone would like to donate to my competition fund or sponsor me to this event, I’d greatly appreciate it!
Check out my Chipin Page http://misspoledancecanada.chipin.com/ontario-pole-fitness-championship
After trying a tiny bag of Kale chips for $5.99 from a health food store, I instantly fell in love, but not with the price! I could easily slam 5 bags in a row if I wanted too because they are just too damn good. But for the price? Nah. So today I picked up a large bundle of organic kale for $1.99 and made my own. I found that 1 bundle of kale made 5 $5.99 bags worth. So no more buying bags anymore!
You will need… Kale, Olive oil, Spices, Crushed garlic, Honey, Salt, and Pepper
Wash and dry then kale and rip them up into large chip sized pieces in a bowl. Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil, a tablespoon of raw honey and crushed garlic. Now you have to get your hands dirty and mix up the wet ingredients with the kale. When the oil, honey and garlic are mixed well, sprinkle on some spices of choice. I used a lemon and herb spice (salt free) and added a little bit of salt and pepper. Spread out the kale evenly on a flat cookie sheet and put in the oven for about 30-40 minutes on 150-200 degrees. Check every so often. The kale will be light and crispy when they are done. Careful not to over heat and burn them. Your goal is to heat them as long as it takes to dehydrate without over cooking them. You don’t want to loose any nutrients. It’s up to you how much of the ingredients to use. I never measure anything any more. It’s a dash there or a sprinkle here. Take a risk and go for it.
Nutritional information for Kale:
1 cup chopped is only 30 calories.
1327.6% of you intake for vitamin K!
High in vitamin A, C, fiber, manganese, iron, calcium.
Awesome antioxidant and source of greens.