I don’t know about you, but it’s REALLY hard for me to carve out/find some time for myself. I honestly wish I had more time to read/lounge/spa-ah it. But lately, my body has been talking to me, and showing its age. In other words: I need to exercise (to be honest: I’ve always avoided exercising).
My back went out a few months ago and so I’ve tried yoga and the treadmill and various other exercises. Nothing “sold” me until I found The Bar Method with its promise of a “leaner, slimmer, more youthful body” (though “firm thighs, lifted seats and flat abs” was was convinced me to sign up).
What I love about it is not only is it a challenging (and FUN!) full-body workout, but the classes are composed of REAL women like me (i.e. women with curves! and yes, even love handles!). And the owner, a local Westchester resident, is GREAT and so encouraging — even though she’s firm and flexible and nowhere near middle age.
For those of us time-pressed moms, it’s the best hour I’ve ever spent. So much so, I’m cramming it in three times a week. Check it out — and hopefully, I’ll see you in the next class!
Want to know where to take the family for pizza? Check out this RNN segment featuring little ‘old MOI!
Where I live in Westchester there are tons of stick-thin women with stick-thin daughters. Which leads me to wonder: how can parents ensure they’re raising a daughter that is happy with her body image and one that does not ask for the gift of liposuction before she turns 16?
Sarah Maria Dreisbach, body image expert and founder of Break-free Beauty, explains that many women are at war with their bodies. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In a culture that worships thin, young, fit, and perfect, few of us can measure up. We’ve passed that dissatisfaction about ourselves on to our children. And they are paying the price.”
As you probably know, eating disorders are now the third most common chronic illness in adolescent girls and have the highest death rate associated with any mental illness.Ã‚Â Research suggests that approximately 1% of female adolescents have anorexia, and approximately 4% of college-age women have bulimia.Ã‚Â According to statistics posted by the National Institute on Media and the Family, 53% of American girls are unhappy with their bodies by age 13. That figure increases to a staggering 78% by the time girls reach 17.
Sarah Maria advises to honestly address our childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s concerns that we need to face our own demons first. Are we really unworthy if we aren’t fit and toned? Are we only loveable if we are shapely and un-wrinkled, un-blemished? Must we (and our daughters) be perfect to deserve space in the world?
“We have to deal with our own body loathing, at whatever level, before we can help the next generations,” notes Sarah Maria.Ã‚Â “Only then can we make a stand for true beauty that is not dependent on dress-size.”
Am I the only one that thinks it’s crazy that we’re raising a generation of kids that can’t be without a TV even for a short ride to the grocery store? Stay at home moms should have a more creative way to ride to/from playdates without plugging in the minivan screen. And shame on you working moms who should use the time in the car to spark conversation with your youngsters! Some of the best discussions take place in the car — turn it off!