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Apr. 1st, 2006 @ 04:55 pm To Anonymous Commentors:
Current Location: the usual
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: The Simpson's Theme
A note to all who have commented anonymously/plan to do so in this journal. I really don't like it. If you a reading this and don't have a livejournal, please let me know who you are, as to your actual identity, or just create fake online name for the purpose of this journal. I always respond to comments, so please let me have someone to refer to.

I especially am not a fan of people anonymously posting rude comments to me. If you are going to be rude, fine, but don't chicken out and hide behind the mask of the internet. Otherwise, I feel little reason to take anything you say into account.

I've recently received a lot of anonymous comments, on the journal and one in the bigfatlosers community. I don't know if they are all from the same person, and that way I have no idea of properly responding to you. Some are rude, some are really great. I just like to have an idea of what people are saying to me, and who is saying what!

Just a small request. Thanks. :)
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Mar. 31st, 2006 @ 11:30 am So I lied....
Current Location: at work
Current Mood: rushedrushed
Current Music: people in the foyer
Alright, so the summary wasn't the final entry. But a friend of mine just passed this link to me and I thought it was mildy amusing/mildy offensive/worth looking at. I'm too lazy to write more about it...and plus I'm at work and should be working.

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Mar. 30th, 2006 @ 11:47 pm The Final Entry
Current Location: next to my bed, about to use it.
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: the quiet of my house when everyone's asleep but me
Okay, so I am aware that I am supposed to have a write-up to summarize and discuss my creative assignment, but I really feel that this journal is a very text-based record of the project as a whole, and why write an entirely new thing to say the same stuff over again? Instead I have decided to finish this up with a final entry that talks about what I feel I've learned and any final thoughts.

After a bit less than two months of saturating myself with celebrity images and dieting culture I have realized that this entire issue makes me feel really sad...as amusing as it is to poke fun at people. By realizing the amount of attention dieting and celebrity body images recieve in the media and in peoples' own minds, I have become really disenchated with the idea of dieting as a whole. When I started this project I thought it would be neat to relate how my own associations with celebrities can sometimes be a strange motivation to make a lifestyle change, but I have really found that the main motivation should be to make yourself feel better. I think that is why I really liked the Weight Watchers program. It wasn't about me eating or acting like a celebrity. I was able to pretty much be myself, but a better version of that self. If we are living in a simulacrum, I'd rather be an improved simulation of my former self than a washed out simulation of a famous person.

I also believe that celebrity diets use the facade of "healthy living" in order to sell and image that is completely unhealthy. Seeing the pro-eating disorder sites, and their fascination with disgustingly thin celebrities made me very sad. These people have bought so far into the impossible standards that the media has set up for people (women especially) that they cannot even see the truth about their own bodies. Its really very disturbing.

I do appreciate when celebrities who really DO have weight problems address the situation, but I do not agree with the quick fixes (Anna Nicole) and high prices (Oprah) that they promote as solutions. Again, Weight Watchers and perhaps Jenny Craig seem like much beter choices, included with regular exercise.

I would also like to instate the idea of promoting healthy body images for women. If society is going to use iconic figures to promote ideals, at least use realistic ones.

To conclude, here is are some photos of women that I am now personally going to look to as my healthy body inspiration. Enjoy!

The women in the Dove ads.

many more behind the cut!Collapse )
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Mar. 30th, 2006 @ 11:03 pm Reality TV Diets
Current Location: so close to being done university
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: dog barking
I was thinking about this on the way home from school today, so it wasn't mentioned in my presentation, but there is a NEW sort of celebrity...ones that have become famous BECAUSE they go on diets.

I have a mild fascination with the NBC show The Biggest Loser. If you are not familiar, this is a show in which overweight people put themselves through weight loss hell to see who can lose the most weight and win the cash prize. Anyway, two of the most famous people from this show are Matt and Suzy. They were on the same season, and they have apparently become an item, and recently became engaged on the Today Show. Great huh? I know all this because I subscribed to The Bigger Loser email for this project, but this is the first time I have actually found it helpful. Right, so to top it all off there is some speculation as to whether their relationship is some sort of publicity stunt.

I found this post on one of the LJ communities that I am monitoring. Very Interesting Stuff.


So now not only do celebrities promote weight loss...weight loss promotes celebrities! I'm tired, does that make any sense?

Matt and Suzy after losing a combined 252 lbs.

Suzy before.

Matt before.
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Mar. 28th, 2006 @ 02:45 pm Oprah!
Current Location: my house, in the middle of my street
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
Tags: , ,
What would a celebrity diet journal be without Oprah! The biggest celebrity (yo-yo) dieter of them all!

I love Oprah. I think she is hilarious. Not that she personally is hilarious, but just everything that surrounds her and that she creates. It's amazing how she gets whatever she wants, or at least thinks she should. I remember a few years back I caught her show and she was having an "Oprah's Favourite Things" episode. One of her favourite things were Baked Lays Potato Chips, but she wanted them in BBQ flavour, because that's her favourite chip flavour. So on the show she calls Lay's and says, "You should make these Baked Lay's with BBQ flavour"...and the guy goes, "Okay." And now there are Baked Lay's BBQ! God, I hope it was staged.

Anyway, my point is that what Oprah wants, Oprah gets. And it's not like she wants bad things. She wants people to be healthy and happy and tolerant of others, she wants to hang out with Tina Turner and have a hot bod. So Oprah gets these things. Oprah wants others to have these things too. She wants others to have a hot new bod like hers...so she created an OPRAH BOOT CAMP!: http://www2.oprah.com/presents/2005/bootcamp/bootcamp_main.jhtml

I LOVE IT! HOORAY! Now I can be just like Oprah. The truth of the matter is though, that I don't have the time to be just like Oprah. I have 5 assingments due in the next week and I'm running low on time. I also do not have 8 personal assistants as well as a personal chef and trainer to get me through this.

Right, so according to her website, this is a typical menu for an Oprah day: http://www2.oprah.com/omagazine/200408/omag_200408_day2.jhtml

I obviously did not have time to spend an entire day cooking all of this stuff for myself, so instead I just went to the grocery store and priced how much this one day would cost me in groceries. The results?

Just over $65....for one day.

Obviously you have to be Oprah just to eat like Oprah.

What does this make me feel like? Stressed, poor and annoyed. None of these are very "celebrity" feelings.

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Mar. 25th, 2006 @ 01:27 pm A Nice Change of Pace
Current Location: home...as usual
Current Mood: refreshedrefreshed
Current Music: The Decemberists- Oceanside
While skimming through my "Friendly Nibbles" (aka my friend's page) I came across this entry. At first I was scared that some ana-site (read: pro-anarexia LJ user) had creeped in, as it was called "Thinspiration", but then I clicked on it and I was pleasantly surprised.

I was so relieved to find this after having been so absorbed for the past 2 months in pictures of skinny little bitches. I was so so happy that there are women out there who are striving to become healthier, but not doing it because they want to be a size 6. And plus, I really felt that it fit in because of Ms. Paxton's status as a different sort of celebrity...ahem. Anyways, it just made me feel really happy.

I also followed the link that a commenter made to more pictures of Via, and I found an entire page devoted to women who aren't skinny, maintained by a man who loves them. Again, sort of nice...though I would prefer if there were also some sort of element about being HEALTHY included in it.

I also found the following photo. The guy who maintains the site has a thing for Ms. Smith. I don't know if its refreshing that he likes her fat...or depressing that he likes her at all. Anyways, its still amusing.

Via Paxton- porn star thinspiration.
Click here for more hot women who aren't on diets.
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Mar. 21st, 2006 @ 11:20 pm The end of a good thing
Current Location: almost in bed
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: computer buzzing
I managed to go for a week with weight watchers, only cheating a little bit and I was pretty happy with myself. Today, however, was my final performance for my Jazz Choir course, and between rehearsals, sounds checks and the performance I was pretty much stuck at school all day and completely fell off the wagon. It should be no surprise that I am now exhausted, and due to the nachos, pad thai and second cup lattes I now feel bloated and gross as well. Things are just getting too busy now, and dieting is becoming a bit of a stress, although it does make me feel better when I eat better. I have a feeling that the next couple of weeks are going to take their toll on my body.

Anyway, to sum up my Weight Watcher's experience: I really think that this is a great way to help people maintain a good body image and healthy weight. I like that it isn't restrictive but it still promotes healthy choices. I don't know if it made me identify anymore with a celebrity, as I was just eating what I usually eat except being more choosey about it, and smaller portions. I guess in the long run, with continued weight loss I might feel more celebrity-like, but I think the real reason I would feel good is because my body would just generally feel better.

Alright, that's all. Oh, and this week I lost 4.5 pounds. They say you always lose the most in the first few weeks because your body is just dying to get rid of some extra weight and retained water, and that it gets harder with time. Regardless, not bad...and definitely not anywhere as painful as the 24 hour emergency diet. Thank goodness.

Eating well can make you look and feel this good too! You lucky people!
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Mar. 17th, 2006 @ 02:18 pm Weight Watchers cont.
Current Location: at work
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: office sounds
Okay, right...so I'm still doing moderately well with the weight watchers stuff, although I've slipped up a few times. As its only been a few days I don't feel like an entirely new person or everything, but I think just paying attention to how much I eat, what exactly I am eating, and drinking a lot more water than I had been is just making me feel a lot cheerier. I still don't think I'm ready to walk a runway though.

Right, so a bit more clarificaiton on how the diet works. The average points allotment for a day is about 24, I ususally eat a few more than that a day. And just for an example, I'm including a day's worth of food here, with the points that go with it.

English Muffin w/light margerine 3 points
Water & Multivitamin 0 points

Mid-Morning & Lunch
Homemade Turkey Breast and Vegetable Wrap 4 points
Caramel Cookie Bar (Hershey's) 3 points
1 cup of blueberries and strawberries 1 point
XL Half Coffee/Half Hot Chocolate 5 points
Tonnes of Water 0 points

Dinner & Evening
Crystal light single & bottle of water 0 points
Chicken Noodle Soup-to-Go (Campbell's) 2 points
Small Apple 1 point
Tuna Salad (light) & on 6 Crackers 3 points
1 (very) small slice of chocolate fudge cake 4 points
more water 0 points

Total for the day: 26 Points

So right, that's a bit more that 24, but I do have flex points for the week that I can use as well. So as you can see, I should have probably had more vegetables and maybe some more non-chocolate based milk, but you can eat pretty much anything. Its about portion control and making healthier choices. The healthier the things you are eating are, the more you can eat! yay!

So to sum up...I feel good, but still no movie contracts.

The Weight Watchers Canada Website: http://www.weightwatchers.ca
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Mar. 15th, 2006 @ 07:50 pm Celebrity Diet #2
Current Location: bedroom
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: none
Alright, I am now getting into my 2nd celebrity inspired diet. I wanted to do Jenny Craig along with my afternoon re-run best bud...Kristie Alley, but I couldn't find a location near enough to me...so I'm doing Weight Watchers, inspired by not only the Duchess, but also by Joy Behar of The View! Who knew?

Okay, so I must admit I've done Weight Watchers before...successfully too, so I know that it does indeed work. However, I've never done it to analyze how it makes me feel in regard to celebrity culture, so I'm giving it a go with a different mindset.

How Weight Watchers works is that every food is given a points value according to the amount of calories, fat and fibre. Individuals are alloted an amount of daily points to consume depending on your body weight. The more you weigh the more points you eat, because your body needs more for regular daily functioning. You are also given 35 bonus (or Flex) points every week that you can choose to use or not, at your own discretion. The gimmick is that you can eat anything you want as long as you stick to your alloted points.

There is a new addition to Weight Wathchers called the Core Plan, where you dont' have to count points, but you are only allowed to eat off a certain list of foods...meaning no pasta or bread (unless you count them on your 35 flex points that you still get). I know I'll fail at this, so I'm not doing it.

So far this day is going really well, as I'm already familiar with the program its pretty easy to find stuff to eat. And at the end of the day I'm feeling less tired. All good things.

I'll try and post a day's worth of food in the next few days.

Who wouldn't want the luxuries of royalty? Maybe eatting like a duchess will make me feel like one...as long as it isn't the Duchess of Malfi (bad joke...zing!)
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Mar. 14th, 2006 @ 10:03 am Happy Birthday Joe!
Current Mood: gigglygiggly
Current Music: Happy Birthday to You
A big happy birthday to our favourite personal trainer of the stars, Joe DiAngelo!

Here's the birthday boy with two of his celebrity clients:

and check out this cake:

I hope it is low-fat!
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