Changing Status Quo

I’ve written posts before about super-skinny models being banned from advertisements in Israel, the ban on model’s under 15 from Vogue, and the Dove Beauty Campaign. But I think this one takes the cake. The big, fat, Costco-sized, cake.

Beauty doesn’t have a size restriction. Little-by-little I think we’re making progress in showing women that beauty starts on the inside.

When I first saw this picture, I thought, “wow, she’s really pretty. And that color looks great on her!” This model, Robyn Lawley, is also 6’2″ (which makes her a whole 14 inches taller than me. wow) and she’s a size 16. And now, Lawley is the first “plus-sized” model for Australia’s publication of Vogue. On the cover. Not only is Vogue branching out from skinny models, but they’ve put a larger-than-typical “plus-sized” model on the cover. (The average “plus size” model is about a women’s size 10. The size that Marilyn Monroe was.)

Vogue Model Robyn Lawley’s Plus-Size Lingerie Campaign. Total Game Changer | Fashion – Yahoo! Shine.

What are your thoughts? Would you like to see more “plus sized” models in fashion?

Surrounded by Greatness and Happiness

Am I the only one in love with Nike’s new ad campaign?! I’m finding that I just can’t get enough of ’em!!!

I mean, come on. That’s awesome! According to the blurb that describes that vid, this boy’s name is Nathan. He’s 12. How much determination and fire must he have to be doing that?! Running (yes, I believe that even jogging should be called running. i use the logic that a square is actually a specific type of rectangle. running and jogging are one in the same) is hard. It takes both mental and physical strength. And a lot of the times, it’s the mental part that’s the hardest. And here Nathan is, running. Yes, I believe that this is greatness.

And here’s some greatness for the women in the world, just trying to find themselves and make their mark on the world:

And while this one isn’t Nike, I’m still in love with this one. After watching the news and hearing nothing but horrible people doing horrible things, this gives a bit of hope that we’re not surrounded by evil:

You cannot be truly healthy without also being happy. So today I want you to focus on yourself, pushing your boundaries, and being happy. Get yourself the new pair of Mizunos you’ve been looking at, run another half mile more than planned, and surround yourself with friends and family.

 

Running and Baseball

I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it.

Carl Yastrzemski, Baseball Hall of Fame-er, Boston Red Sox for 23 years

Boston Red Sox hall of famer Carl Yastrzemski throws out the first pitch before game one of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Red Sox on October 23, 2004 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

I think this applies to more than just baseball. Personally, this relates to my running. Plan out your training, do your training, visualize the races, tweak the training, more visualization. But when the time comes to pin on that bib, don’t think about it anymore. You’ve already done more than enough thinking. Now it’s just time to RUN. Turn off your brain, and let your body do what you’ve trained it to do.

Any one running an event this weekend? I’ve got a LR on Saturday, but that’s it! I feel so lazy! 😉

Do you ever find your brain getting in the way of your performance? I can turn my brain off pretty easily, but I also have an easy time of getting distracted from what I’m doing. . . I need to find that happy medium that everyone swears exists. 😉

CrossFit Logic

“The notion that holding a heart rate of 180 bpm for twenty minutes on a bike is good cardio whereas holding 180 bpm for twenty minutes in a circuit of weightlifting is of lesser cardiovascular value is widespread yet ludicrous.”

Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit, on cardiovascular training

This is always good for us to remember! Even if you take the day off from running (or other traditional cardio exercise), you can still get a great cardio workout from weigh-training. Don’t ever let someone tell you that lunges, squats, and thrusters aren’t cardio! No matter what type of exercise you’re doing, if your heart rate goes up, you’re doing cardio. Simple as that!

I’ll be going for a run this afternoon, and if my schedule allows, Megan‘s yoga class tonight. (You wanna talk about elevated heart rate? Come take Megan’s Power Vinyasa class! Whew!!!) My glutes are a little sore from Saturday’s and Sunday’s runs, but I’d like to get in some speed work today. Also on the docket today: agility cones! I don’t use them enough, so they’re getting lonely. I’ll take ’em out this afternoon and show ’em some love. 😉

What’s your workout today?! 

Risks and Rewards

“Doing risk sport had taught me another important lesson: never exceed your limits. You push the envelope and you live for those moments when you’re right on the edge, but you don’t go over. You have to be true to yourself; you have to know your strengths and limitations and live within your means.”

Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

Push yourself, go after those big goals and lofty dreams! But when you’re injured or not up to the physical challenge, don’t kill yourself. Reevaluate what you’re doing and modify your goals.

Here’s to a week of great workouts!!!

If you’re stumped on how to mix up your routine this week, try throwing this in! Your legs will hate love you!!! Keep your abs in tight and push your knees outward when you squat. Have fun!!