Often when I’m watching old movies, I marvel at how slim everyone looks. I’m not just talking about women, but men, too.
In fact, even if you watch the Three Stooges, you’ll notice that Curly isn’t really fat. They just made him look heavier than he was by dressing him in clothes that were too small for him.
Out of curiosity, I looked up average sizes of women from the 1950s and it turns out they were about two inches shorter than the average woman of today and they weighed around 101.
Their bust and hips were a little more than an inch smaller than today’s woman on average, but their waistlines were 6 inches smaller. Wow! Can you say belly fat!
By the 1960s the average woman had gained some weight with the average around 140. Men weighed around 166 pounds. How does that compare to today? The average weight of women today is 166 pounds and men are around 195.
I know obesity and overweight are problems in this country as well as elsewhere and it does make me wonder where we’ll be by the time our kids reach adulthood.
But an even more important question is, how did we get here? If we can find the answer to that question, it might offer the answer to how to slim down and stay that way.
If we take a look at how people at in the 1960s lived, we’ll see they ate more carbs than we do with about 55 percent of their diet coming from carbs found in vegetables, cereal and bread.
For those carb counters out there I know that may seem high, but today carbs usually make up about 45 percent of our diet and most of them don’t come from vegetables. Today’s dietary intake is 40 percent from fat and back then it was like 32 percent fat.
But here’s the real eye opener. We eat twice as much sugar today. I think therein is our main problem.
Other differences? We were more active then, we didn’t watch much TV (in the early 60s it amounted to about an hour a day), didn’t snack very often, and we made more meals at home.
Plus we didn’t have computers, tablets and other tech gadgets which encourage us to be sedentary. Imagine if we rolled that online activity into our one hour of TV time!
Gradually we’ve changed and the result isn’t really good for our waistlines.
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Comedienne Lisa Lampanelli is known for her stand-up and insult comedy, and now she’s known for something else. She’s lost over 100 pounds since undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in 2012, and she says it has given her a new lease on life.
She told Yahoo! Beauty, “I turned back the clock. I’m reliving my life.” And she even said she felt like she was 19 again and could do things over. That’s what I call I fresh start.
Losing all that weight is just one of the changes she’s made. She’s also shifting the focus of her stand-up routines. The reasons?
First, things have changed over the 25 years she’s been in the business, and secondly, she has grown as a person and a performer. In that regard, she says she’s including more true stories in her routine, with “more of a message of, ‘I’m still working on myself and you guys can, too.'”
Another big change in her life is that she’s gone through a divorce, and she’s taking summer classes at Yale’s drama school. In the future she says she would like to be a “humorous motivational speaker.”
But for now, she has a brand new TV special ready to air called Back to the Drawing Board. In it she’ll be talking about everything from her new look to being single again and over 50.
Lampanelli says that she started gaining weight in college and it didn’t stop. Like many of us, she was an emotional eater and used food as “medication” like many do with alcohol, drugs, or shopping and it led to a 32-year battle with weight and body image problems.
Now, she says the biggest key to maintaining her weight loss is to avoid emotional eating. Before she eats anything, she asks herself if she is physically hungry. If she is, she’ll eat something that’s “hopefully good for me.”
Learning to break emotional eating is for her a lifestyle which requires ongoing mindful eating.
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When living in Florida, I learned the importance of applying sunscreen daily, but what most of us don’t learn soon enough is the importance of using sunscreen year round if we’re spending time outdoors.
The trick is finding a sunscreen product that doesn’t feel heavy or clog pores and that works.
I’ve recently come upon a sunscreen that’s light and works for sensitive skin. In fact, Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 40 works for all skin types and can be used as a daily moisturizer which makes the practical side of me happy.
This sunscreen is thick like a facial cream, rubs in well and supplies broad spectrum sun protection that can be worn under my makeup.
While it’s a little late for me to totally prevent the aging effects of the sun, this is my go-to sun protection to help keep my skin hydrated and protect from further damage.
One of the things that drew me to this product is that it is free from chemical sun blockers. Instead, it uses zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to block UVA and UVB rays.
And this sunscreen’s signature ingredient is Colloidal Oatmeal combined with butters and oils, plus it incorporates a botanical-rich FAB Antioxidant Booster to help fight environmental factors that lead to pre-mature aging.
With all this said, the bottom line is that I like it because it works to nourish my skin without a greasy feeling and keeps it protected.
To really do what it is designed to do, Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer needs to be applied 15 minutes before I go out for my walk…or whatever I’m doing outside in the sun.
Then it should be reapplied at least every two hours if I’m staying outdoors. If swimming or sweating it needs to be reapplied after 40 minutes.
Finding the right sun screen is only half the battle. Actually using it as directed is the other half. I’ve been happy with this one because it soaks in well, doesn’t feel oily or heavy, and it leaves my skin feeling conditioned without the chemicals so many other sunscreens use.
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Tess Holliday grew up in a small town. People told her she couldn’t model because she was too short and too big. But she decided to try and prove them wrong, moved across the country and looked for modeling gigs from the time she was 15 until she was about 19.
Then she became a mom and hung up her dreams temporarily to spend time with her son. Five years later, she realized her modeling goal and became a professional model at age 24.
Now after another five years, she is a 29-year-old social media sensation with a skyrocketing modeling career. Since January of this year, she has signed with top U.K. agency Milk, landed a cover on People magazine, and has a shoot scheduled with David LaChapelle.
As the first size 22 plus size model, Tess, whose real name is Ryann Hoven, credits her mother for her inspiration to never give up. Her mom is paralyzed and by her example has never given up.
She encouraged Tess to do the same and believe in her dreams. “She always pushed me, and I just wanted to make her proud,” Tess said, and she has accomplished that.
Tess admits that the hardest part of making the decision to go into modelling full time was the decision to be away from her son, but on the positive side she says, “I’m able to do things that most 9-to-5 parents cant.”
In the long run, she knew that she could make more to support him and would actually have more time to spend with him over all and she was right.
Her success took time and a lot of hard work. When her son was born she was working at Walmart and making $8.50 an hour. A year and a half ago she was working as a receptionist for a dentist and only modeling on the side, and now at 5′ 5″ and 280 pounds she is the first size 22 plus-size model with a promising modeling career ahead of her.
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Have you ever heard the phrase “get your beauty sleep?” Well it turns out that whoever started that saying actually was on to something.
We all know we don’t function at the top of our game when we don’t get enough sleep. And it’s no secret we can get cranky without enough sleep.
In the past, I’ve talked about how a lack of sleep can actually cause us to gain weight, and increases our risk for depression and has even been shown to shrink your brain!
Now a new study conducted by the Sleep School in London and Bensons for Beds adds one more negative effect to the list. They have found that just missing two hours of sleep for less than a week can severely impact how we look.
This was a small study of 30 women in the U.K. All of them slept eight hours for one night. The next five nights they restricted their sleep to six hours a night.
Researchers tested the participants’ skin for things including enlarged pores or brown spots and documented their findings with before and after photographs. They also measured the women’s self-esteem and feelings of well-being.
After just one work week’s worth of lost sleep, the women participating in the study saw an increase in fine lines and wrinkles (45 percent), spots (13 percent), and researchers measured an increase of bacteria on the skin, too, with red and brown areas appearing.
This isn’t the first study to find a link in how we look and a lack of sleep. A study published in the journal Sleep discovered that after 31 hours of no sleep, people’s eyes looked redder and more swollen; their skin appeared droopier and displayed more noticeable wrinkles.
When you step back and consider how sleep is the time our bodies make repairs, it’s not surprising that a lack of sleep can have a strong impact on the health of our skin.
In fact, when we don’t sleep enough our bodies create more of the stress hormone that breaks down the very collagen needed to keep our skin looking smooth and elastic.
So be sure to get your beauty rest to look your best. Sleep does make a difference in how we look.
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I am not a regular fan of the reality show Dance Moms, but I have watched it from time to time. So when I saw that Dance Moms star, Abby Lee Miller dropped from a size 24 to a size 16 it caught my attention.
She is the main star of the show and runs the dance company at the center of the program, and she wasn’t trying to lose weight. At first I thought, uh-oh, because when you drop weight for no reason it is usually a sign of something serious medically.
However, there was a reason for her weight loss. It turns out that she was taking a prescription medication for her diabetes, and while she was shooting her show in Australia last summer she had to have the prescription refilled.
It turns out that the prescription in Australia differed from the one here in the United States, and it made her sick.
“I had to get a prescription refilled — lo and behold, there’s something different about that prescription in Australia. I would take this medicine and within an hour, I was vomiting like I was in fourth grade and had the flu or like I had food poisoning. It was awful. After I would throw up, I couldn’t even look at food for the rest of the day.”
So yes, she lost weight without dieting or exercising, but it certainly isn’t a weight loss plan anyone else would want to follow. And while she didn’t intend to drop the weight, she welcomes her smaller size and all the positive feedback coming her way from her Dance Moms co-stars who are happy to see she has slimmed down for health reasons.
While she is happy about her new size, miller says, “I’m not slim by any means. I have a long way to go.” If you haven’t seen her new slimmed-down look, Dance Moms returned to Lifetime on June 9.
Photo credits: wochit Healthy Living
Today’s link round-up has colorblocked coasters, watermelon pops, a leather phone case craft, and more.
The Gracious Wife taught us how to make watermelon pops.
DIY Inspired made a Mod Podge leather phone case, and it looks like a great gift idea!
Spaceships and Laser Beams shared ideas for putting together a hockey-themed birthday party.
Tulips & Orchids showed us how to make an oversized bow tie.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make colorblocked clay coasters.
Temptalia shared her thoughts (and some swatches!) on some of the new Maybelline lipsticks—Craving Coral, Siren in Scarlet, and Divine Wine.
Tone It Up just started up another eight-week bikini challenge that will keep you motivated and energized.
Photo credit: The Gracious Wife and A Beautiful Mess
Today’s link round-up has balloon hacks, recipes for sweet potato burgers, product reviews, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for sweet potato burgers.
Create Craft Love showed us several balloon hacks to enjoy this summer.
Makeup and Beauty Blog reviewed the Napoleon Perdis Rebirth of Venus Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil.
Kenarry gave us five clever ways to use frames in your home décor.
I Love to Create showed us how to create faux tribal beading with puffy paint.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared 20 free patriotic fonts.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry
In the south we get our share of hot humid weather, and on those days my hair takes on a mind of its own. It’s like I wear a halo of frizzes that I just can’t tame. So I’ve learned the best approach is to change my hairstyle.
I’ve let my hair grow out enough that I can pull it back into a high knot if I want. This is a quick style and I can easily smooth the frizzes with a blast of hairspray and a comb. To change it up, I backcomb the top before pulling it back but still smooth it lightly and apply hairspray.
Braids are another good way to limit frizzies on a humid day. French braids are one of my favorites because they weave in all those shorter hairs. I braid my hair while wet and it helps to hold it tight even when the humidity rises.
Another braid that works on humid days is a side braid. To change it up, a fishtail braid is a lovely choice. A rope braid is another good quick option. These all work to tame those frizzies because they pull your hair back or to the side.
On the days when frizzies outwit my hairspray, I turn to a decorative scarf and tie it to cover the top and sides of my head. I especially like this look with a side braid for a bit of a boho chic look.
And speaking of boho chic, you can actually use a humid day to add to some styles. For instance, braid the sides of your hair, pull them back along with the rest of your hair into a low ponytail. You can also fashion it into a bun, with a few wispy tendrils pulled out in front of the ears. The “messy look” of this style lends itself to humid days and actually incorporates those frizzies.
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