So I saw the latest Dove Beauty Experiment several weeks ago, and I’ve been thinking to myself about it ever since.  Being that it’s Thursday, and I’m allowed to #TOL, let’s link-up with Amanda at Running with Spoons, and discuss my latest rant, shall we?

 

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Please don’t jump on me yet!  CONTROVERSY ahead, but please hear me out!  Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of Dove Beauty experiments that have resonated with me — and made me want high five each and every member of their team — but this latest one, I don’t really care for.

In case you haven’t seen it, or didn’t click on the video above, the experiment took place in cities around the globe.  Two sets of entrance doors to buildings were transformed into a set of “beautiful” doors and “average” doors, and each woman passing through had to make a choice about themselves; do I choose to see myself as beautiful or average? Some headed straight through either door, some hesitated and changed their minds, and I think even a few walked away.  I probably would have walked away myself, but not because I couldn’t decide, but because the whole experiment rubs me the wrong way.

NO, I don’t think there is any harm in asking women to think about how they see themselves, or to be honest about what their self-perception is.

I just wonder why the only two options are “Beautiful” and “Average”.  Why isn’t there a “Clever” or “Original” or “Amazing” or “Strong” door to choose?

I know it’s a beauty campaign and the word “beautiful” could be assumed in its use to encompass clever, original, amazing, and strong, but why why WHY must those qualities have to be assumed under the (more superficial) blanketed label,  “beautiful“?

This is where (I think) the latest Dove Beauty Experiment failed.

“Choose whether you find yourself to be beautiful or average.”

Beautiful or average?

What if you don’t choose to see yourself as just either of those two?  Seriously, we’re ALL so much more than beautiful or …I’m already sick of saying it, average.

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I think this experiment is taking steps away from an empowerment message about what makes women beautiful.  That message, in my opinion, is to see themselves as capable and multidimensional people who don’t need to define their self-worth as being one of two superficial choices.

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Dove, I love what you do for my skin and hair and I’m ALL about you showcasing photoshopped images to us that prove how badly the advertising industry wants us to all hate ourselves “just enough”.

However, limiting a woman’s choice to be between “beautiful” or “average” missed an even bigger opportunity.

The bigger opportunity to allow women to choose more, because choosing to see yourself as beautiful should be about more than just liking what’s in the mirror.

As a woman, I don’t always find my biggest struggles to be whether or not I see myself as beautiful or average.  Truly, my biggest struggles are whether or not I see myself as capable, strong, and respected.

That being said, if I choose to think that labeling myself as capable or strong also makes me beautiful, that’s my choice, but it’s not my first choice.

While it’s important that we all  #ChooseBeautiful for ourselves, it’s also important that we all #ChooseMore for ourselves first.

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What do you think of the Dove #ChooseBeautiful experiment?  Do you think we should #ChooseBeautiful or #ChooseMore?

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I grabbed your attention, I hope!  The other day I was watching a video by the fantastic Miss Cassey Ho of Blogilates, called The Perfect Body.  

Wow.  It spoke to me, and I’m sure it spoke to you.  I feel for Cassey and the message she is sharing, because, let’s face it, we’ve all had people judge us by our looks. It happens all the time in life, but when you get judged based on the way you look as a basis for your professional ability, that is a whole other issue!

The thing is, I’ve heard that sort of stuff being said about me too.

“You’re a trainer?  You don’t look like one.”

“She isn’t even fit.”

“But you’re not skinny.”

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I don’t know when it happened, but people have their soapboxes piled to the sky these days, and it’s getting old.

By the way, I throw the word imperfect in *quotes* because it’s such a bullshit term.  Seriously, how many times do you hear in a day/week/month/year, “there’s no such thing as perfect, ” but yet it’s so easy to judge people for being less than this so-called status?

I’ve heard all sorts of (albeit rhetorical) questions about professionals and appearance, and, after giving it some thought, I also came up with the following responses.

Would you go to an overweight doctor?  Yes, most of my doctors have been slightly overweight, and when I was sick, they helped me get better.

Would you go to a hairdresser with bad hair?  Plenty of hairdressers I have been to do things to their hair that I would NEVER do, but they still make me look great, so yes, I do and I would.

Would you go to a dermatologist with bad skin?  Yes, I have also done this, in fact, my dermatologist told me the reason he got into the field was that of his personal suffering with painful cystic acne his entire adolescence.  He uses his genuine connection to help others every day, scars and all.

What’s my point here?

My point is that just because these professionals don’t look like what (supposing you pigeonhole people based on their physical appearance) a doctor, hairdresser, or dermatologist  “should”  look like, doesn’t diminish the quality of services they are trained to provide.  In fact, the very reason they most likely became interested in their field, probably came from their personal experiences or struggles, which motivated them to want to help others.  It also means, they are only human and still struggle.

All of these observations applies to the fitness world as well, if not more so.  Many people think that because a person is a trainer or fitness instructor, they should have 0% body fat and look like a fitness model.  While some trainers do look this way, a lot of us, well, don’t.  I am not a heavy person, but I am petite and curvy, and even though I have muscular legs and arms, I don’t have a washboard stomach and probably never will.

My “imperfect” body makes ME a better trainer.

I know, in this society, I am a walking advertisement.  And just because maybe I don’t look the way another person believes that I should, doesn’t mean I’m any less talented or worthy of what I do.

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When I was at my ZUMBA licensing, our ZES (Zumba Education Specialist) was incredible; she exuded confidence by being bubbly, energetic, and shaking it like it’s nobody’s business.  She’s also not a size 4 or 6, and doesn’t apologize for it – she is awesome at what she does, and that’s all that matters!  At about 5 hours into the training, she sat down to talk to our group about the importance of not judging people or allowing people to judge us by our size.

You don’t know why a person is out of shape or overweight, and believe me, I used to be one of those quick to judge types. Years ago, I probably NEVER would have listened to a person my size trying to teach me about how to make other people fit, but I have struggles and ZUMBA is what gave me my life back.  Don’t deny that from others and don’t allow anyone to judge your ability to lead based on how they view your body.”

However, people do this all the time, and it’s got to stop.

I’m not a good trainer because of what I look like.  I’m a good trainer because I’ve BEEN THERE.  I’ve been overweight.  I’ve struggled with bulimia and emotional eating. I’ve overexercised and injured myself.  I went through periods of despising physical activity.  I have struggled, and I have overcome, and I can help others do the same.

I used to be a person who didn’t have the tools to make myself healthy, and NOW I HAVE THEM.

I know how much work and commitment it takes.  I know that changing your life and working out isn’t easy.

I’m not always going to be the best fit for some people, but for others, I might create a sense of challenging comfort or a relatable struggle.

My body fat percentage and abs are not what make me a better trainer.

What makes me a better trainer is:  I’m the struggle and the progress, and whether the package I come in changes from pregnancy, aging, illness, or just a series of life events, the service, and passion I provide will be the same.  The only lasting change will be the wisdom I gain along the way – and that, in my opinion, can only make me more valuable.

I’m linking up with Jessica and Jill for #DishTheFit today and you should too! 

Do you feel fitness professionals have a duty to “look” the part?  Have you ever not taken a class because the instructor “isn’t fit”?  Do you believe in fitness at any size?

 

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I pretty much only know what day of the week it is right now by which blog is on my linkup schedule.  Which means today is Thursday and it’s time to linkup with Amanda at Running with Spoons for

 

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As you can tell, from the title of my post, I’m gonna talk about blogger rejection; a topic of which I am becoming an expert.  Actually, no, if I were an expert on the subject, I’d probably have a better blog, and thus, be less rejected.

ANYhoo, there’s probably few things in the world that feel as horrible as rejection, am I right?  Let’s face it, we all have dealt with rejection in one form or another in our lives. If you haven’t, you scare me, but I also want to drink the water running from your taps.

Some of us deal with rejection constantly.

I became very upset the other day when my writing was “passive aggressively” rejected from a popular blogging website.  Seriously, I’ve been blogging for almost two years, and yet, I feel time and time again that I must be doing something wrong.  

I read blog posts about improving readership, content, photography, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

I make changes.  I do what I think is supposed to help things improve.  Sometimes I see improvement.   Sometimes I don’t.

I know by my blog analytics that my mine isn’t the WORST blog on the planet.  Okay, I don’t know this, but, I guess that it is not. However, multiple times I have tried to go after being part of something that fellow bloggers are part of, but I get shot down.

 

 

It hurts.

I put a lot of time and energy into blogging.  We all do.  Yes, I do it because I enjoy it, but also because it’s something that I would love to possibly become a source of livelihood for me at some stage.  I never assumed it would happen overnight, but it’s super frustrating all the same. That’s the dream though, isn’t it?  Doing what you want and making a few beans too?

I constantly tell myself that as long as I’m happy and I feel content, nothing else matters.  However, you know, if you’re a blogger as well, that it, well, fucking sucks, when you hear that your content is not “a good match.”  Or that the business you wanted to work with says you don’t “meet the standards they must pride themselves on” otherwise known as “we can’t mutually earn money off using your space because it sucks.”  Seriously, wtf?  It’s pretty harsh.

Literally how I feel about my blog right now.

But, despite the tears (and I did cry about it),  I love to write and love to blog, so the people who love me are going to love me, and that’s all I care about.  Anything else will make me lose sight of what my passion is, and that’s something that only I get a say over.  

 

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Happy Tuesday, #FitFam!  First, I want to say Happy Blog Anniversary, again, to Jessica at The Fit Switch!  It’s SO hard to believe your blog is so young, Jess.  You’re killing it, girl!  How do you like that virtual “high five”?

(Isn’t that what we used to do on Myspace? Omg, Myspace, remember that?  I think Justin Timberlake owns it now.  I know, I’m random!) Today I’m linking up with Jessica and Jill for #DishTheFit and today’s optional topic is “your favorite QUICK workout.”  I’m going to tell you mine, and you can do it in less time than it takes to make sense of my blog posts!

 

My favorite quick workout is one that I built on IDEA FitnessConnect through their “Workout Builder” which has been a lifesaver when planning workout profiles.  If you’re a fitness professional, the IDEA FitnessConnect Workout Builder is AH-MAY-ZING and you need to be using it! Post idea, much?

5 Moves For A Rockin’ Bod

Okay, for this workout you will need a set of dumbbells (or several sets ranging from 5-10 lbs).  This workout is moderate to high intensity, but remember to push yourself within your fitness range.  The objective of this workout is to push yourself to get the most out the 15 minutes, but not to injure yourself.  Please be sure to perform these moves with perfect form, and as with any workout on BPM, please check with your physician to see if this workout is right for you before attempting it.  You can access the workout details (and modifications) here.

5 Moves For A Rockin' Bod Workout

 

You can burn up to 400 calories with this workout in under 20 minutes.  It’s perfect for when you’re crunched for time but want to work your whole body quickly!  I did this yesterday and burned 369 calories (not to mention HUNDREDS post-workout) doing this circuit! (I apologize for the blurry image, but I took it right after, and my arms were like JELLY!)

You don’t need a lot of time to work your body and jump start your metabolism; you just need perfect form and the right moves!

 

What’s your favorite quick workout?  Are you a fan of quick workouts or do you always make the time for longer?  Join the conversation and #DishTheFit with Jessica and Jill!

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Can you boost your metabolism in 10 minutes?

TGIF, my lovelies!  Another work week come and gone!  I’m linking up with Jill Conyers today for Fitness Friday!  I don’t know about you, but I think Friday is a great day to do something different (and maybe slightly more time friendly) when it comes to sweating.  Plus, Friday night is for happy hours and takeaways, so why not give your body a fat burning boost first thing?  You can increase your metabolic burn up to 250 calories in just 10 minutes.  That’s not even the best part, no, the best part is, any continued aerobic activity you do for the rest of the day (flights of stairs, running to catch the bus, etc.) will speed up your metabolism and keep you in the aerobic zone burning fat calories!

Tabata is a great way to get your heart rate, and calorie burn up, and it’s a SUPER time saver.  I give a more in-depth explanation of the scientific studies on Tabata training on my Tabata Jump Rope Workout post (another fun, fast, and effective workout)!

All you need for this circuit is 10 minutes and your wonderful, fabulous self.  While you don’t need any equipment or much time for this workout, you do need to bring intention and intensity to get the most out of it!  Body weight exercises can be just as effective as lifting weights when it comes to building and maintaining muscle mass, an essential component of maintaining a higher metabolism.

This workout circuit can be found on Fitwirr a fantastic website dedicated to keeping health and fitness simple!

This circuit is a total of 10 minutes and includes:

3 Minute Warm-up

4 Minutes Work

3 Minute Cool Down

Grab your timer and get moving!

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Tabata workouts are fast paced and intense.  Always remember to maintain perfect form while performing these steps, work within a threshold for your particular fitness level, and modify any moves if they are above your level (such as a squat jump).

It is also important that your physician clears you before performing this or any other kind of workout on Beets Per Minute.  

Do you like Tabata style workouts?  What’s your favorite quick and effective workout?

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