Body Confidence: Lessons Learned from Today & from Old Hollywood.


I had a craving to watch something European tonight and decided to go with Roman Holiday. So far I’m about 20 minutes in, and Audrey Hepburn is being a spoiled little princess. Literally. But what had me thinking while watching was A. Thank you powers that be for Gregory Peck, and B. How SMALL is her waist? It’s so small! Like, my leg is bigger than her waist! So I looked it up. This chart shows ALL of the sizes of old Hollywood actresses. Audrey Hepburn’s waist is 20″. That’s all! But she also only weighs 103 lbs and was 5’7″. A tiny girl!

Now, I weight about 160 and am 5’5 1/2″. I do NOT consider myself large, or overweight. But I hate knowing that I’m considered to be “overweight” according to the Wii balance board (that I just cursed and then sold). I’m also not considered “lean” or “small”. Today, women are generally larger than women were 60+ years ago. Call it genetics, dieting, the “american” way of eating, and lack of general control, but when it comes to me, I eat really well, lead a somewhat active lifestyle, and am still “overweight”.

Which is why I wanted to do this IdealFit 15 Challenge. To see if it’s possible for me to become the best version of myself I can be. The new Macro based diet that comes along with the 15 day plan consists of mostly protein has me realizing how good I thought I was eating, and how well I actually was eating. I work at an organic grocery store, and have started getting my groceries from there lately. I have been an organic eater for about 6 years now as well. But I was eating WAY too many sugars, indulging in treats rather often, and eating too many wheat glutens, and way too much dairy (thanks Wisconsin!), and not nearly enough veggies or lean proteins. These are things that I will be changing in the future. I also had to take my measurements recently for the food / workout challenge and here’s what I measured up after a week in:

  • Waist: 27.5″
  • Stomach: 36″
  • Arms: 11″ (I lost .5″ in a week)
  • Butt / widest part: 43.5″ (I lost 1.5″ in a week)
  • Chest: 35″
  • Thigh: 26″
  • Calf: 14″ (I gained .5″ in a week)

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I’m not ashamed of my measurements. I haven’t worked out regularly in a long time, but working out 6 days a week has me feeling stronger than I have in a while. (I did a FULL push up!) I try not to compare myself to any one else, because I know I’m the only ME. But comparing myself to old Hollywood to see who I have the most in common with is just fun!

The winner is: Marilyn Monroe!

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We are basically twins.

  • Closest in height: Marilyn Monroe! We are the same height exactly!
  • Closest in weight: Marilyn again! She was 115 – 150 throughout her career.

And THIS is the woman that is considered a sexy women, in her day. Heck, now-adays too. The one that weighs the most out of all of these women. Weight aside, you know what made her a sexy woman? It wasn’t her waify, breathy voice, her blond ringlets, or her tiny waist. Sure these things may make a man physically attracted to a woman, but it was her CONFIDENCE in real life. The sexiest thing a woman can wear! She exuded it, and it so was obvious. She loved herself, she knew herself, and she was proud of herself. Sure she struggled a lot in her life with an identity, love, and outside influence, media, and everything that came along with her fame, but she OWNED all of it. She did her best and kept her sense of humor till the end of her life. Now there’s a lesson to be learned here…

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Now, I know I’m me, and not a Hollywood celebrity. I don’t want to be a celebrity. I am too much of a hermit for that! BUT I am starting to love my body for who I am, and know that it’s my body that keeps me alive in the world, I should treat it right, to keep it running well. Confidence and loving myself isn’t based on how I look, and if I can take a lesson from Marilyn, you can have your photo taken on the beach with your flaws exposed, no photoshop, and look stunning, because you’re confident about who you are.

A friend posted something on Facebook this morning that will stick with me. It was an article about how a girl’s mother hated her own body, and passed that insecurity down to her own daughter, and how to break the cycle. “Let us honor and respect our bodies for what they do instead of despising them for how they appear. Focus on living healthy and active lives, let our weight fall where it may, and consign our body hatred in the past where it belongs.”

A great lesson for everyone out there!

 

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