Inspirational quotes that I absolutely LOVE!
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Happy Birthday Sarah Jessica Parker! A woman whose style I adore and a closet I’d love to raid. From gowns, to jewels, handbags to shoes, I’d have a heyday in her closet! So it’s only fitting that I blog about shoes today, a favorite of her character Carrie Bradshaw. I used one of my favorite quotes as the title “A great pair of shoes can change everything…just ask Cinderella” because for me that has been the case several times over. For instance, last week I was in Portland having a girl’s vacation with my best friend. She moved out there several months ago and the timing was right to have our girl’s trip. Together we would explore the city (which she has done little of), drink lots of wine (because isn’t that what you do with your girlfriends?) and enjoy the company of someone special in your life (each other!) Mission accomplished!
Eager for my trip and trying to decipher what to pack, I had checked the weather online to get a feel of what outfits to pack. Since the forecast was rain every day, I packed a pair of wellies. In fact, I threw in my recently purchased bright orange Hunter boots. To be honest, I’ve got 3 pairs of rain boots because I just love wearing them on dewy days, rainy days (duh) and even in the snow. A girl like me can’t have just one pair right? While I was in Portland, it didn’t end up pouring like weather.com had wrongfully predicted. Instead it sort of drizzled here and there. But I wore the wellies anyways- twice in fact. Both times the shoes got heads turning, people whispering and several people commenting about how they liked the boots. Of course, I smiled, said my thank you’s and thought how cool it was that others recognized an amazing pair of shoes. To top it, the shoes were a guy magnet! Included in those head turns and whispers was guys who ended up flashing me a smile. However, one random guy who I barely said ten words to (most of which was a compliment to my shoes) ended up writing his number down on a napkin and gave it to me! Just so you know, this was a first for me. I wasn’t overly flirty, mildly buzzed from the alcohol but not at all suggestive that I was interested in any guy (remember peeps, I’m a happily married gal and this was a girl’s trip). It was just nice to be recognized as someone cute and well dressed.
It goes to shoe (excuse me, show you) that guys do end up checking out ladies shoes. It also reiterates my belief that a great pair of shoes are a MUST. For Carrie, it was her Manolo Blahnik’s that put a smile on her face and got her Mr. Big. My Hunter wellies put a smile on my face that read, you still got it girl!
Until about a week ago I’d never heard of the term “thinspiration.” It makes sense, something/someone who gives you inspiration to be thin(ner). My sister casually mentioned the term to me during one of our daily phone calls. We have always used each other to motivate the other to work out, eat healthy and overall, to make good choices. Whatever excuses (it’s winter, I’ve got to cook, my workload, no one to work out with, etc) that we told ourselves, we have always been there to whip the other back in shape. So it didn’t come as a surprise when my sister repeatedly used thinspiration in her vernacular.
The term got me curious so I ended up googling it. Cue my mouth drop and an uttered wow! Thinspiration is a whole movement! It’s not one to take lightly since the bulk of my reading lead to blogs about eating disorders, learning new terms such as “pro-ana” and “pro-mia” and seeing images of skeletal women. I was shocked! However, I’m going to stop here because it’s a controversial topic I don’t wish to address nor do I believe it is fully relevant for what I’m trying to accomplish with this post. On a lighter note, I read how to make a killer cabbage and bok choy soup if your interested ;).
I define thinspiration exactly as how I mentioned it earlier- someone who gives you inspiration to be thinner. True, I’ve recently become less motivated to workout, I just got back from a five-day vacation where each day was spent binge drinking, and I’m indulging in eating with a husband who orders two dinner plates and wolves it down food like a starving Ethiopian boy! So I’m the first to admit that although I am a small woman, I’ve gained a little extra in the midsection (not sexy I know) and I’ve picked a part where I should be tighter and thinner. For those who know me, they would laugh at my face for alluding to being fat. But I am my own worst critic. What I mean by that, is I look at the old Kymberly (Kymberly last year when she was prepping for a wedding, Kymberly when she was training for a 1/2 marathon or Kymberly when she was a 24 waist- I am now a 27). You get the point.
So I’ve got thinspiration on my mind. In fact, it started today. I made myself run 3 miles this morning and I signed up to run my second 1/2 marathon in May. For the 1/2 marathon, my goal isn’t about finishing before a certain time. Instead, I just want to be able to finish the run and lose that extra pounds I’ve put on. Kate Moss once said in a Women’s Wear Daily article,”nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” A popularized quote I may just have to adapt in this crazy thinspiration fad.