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  • But in happier news, I made a new PR on my strict overhead press and lifted 75 pounds above my head. That's half my bodyweight!
    “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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    • Originally posted by Owly View Post
      Sorry for ranting. I just know too many people who are so deeply hurt by this stuff, and my sense of injustice is pretty strong.
      There's never a need to apologize for standing up for the little guy (or big guy or whatever the case may be). Bullying sucks no matter who is the target. I agree with you about the mooing and trash throwing. Sadly, there are jerks everywhere, even in Canada apparently, which I thought was supposed to be a nice, polite, apologetic kind of place. I guess I am no longer surprised that MDA is no different than a random street in America or wherever.

      Congratulations on your overhead press PR. Impressive stuff

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      • Well, Amanda Todd was Canadian. I think that tells you that we're not immune to bullying here. The character of it may vary based on culture, but it's definitely still an issue here.

        Also, Canadian politeness is often passive-aggressive in nature and is not really us being nice. We're just different in how we express displeasure and tend to avoid direct confrontation more than Americans do. I think in some ways we have a more compassionate society, but we have our own ways of being crappy to each other. A lot of framing of anti-fat rhetoric here has to do with people being "a burden on the public health system", for example.

        But hey! Feminist Figure Girl (one of my fave bloggers) published a great rant today about the construction of fatness as a personal failing which one can control through choice:

        The “Fat” Female Body (in Pursuit of Happiness) | Feminist Figure Girl's Blog
        “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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        • No new PR on the deadlift today, but I made my old one, so that's good. Considering that I'm about 10 pounds lighter than the last time I lifted that much and the number of months I took off, I'm pleased to be back to my previous level.

          250 pounds, by the way. So nothing to be ashamed of at all.
          “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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          • I went to my first yoga class in far too long today. I was going regularly last year but got out of the habit over the last few months. Fortunately I didn't forget too much. It felt really good, especially because I was a bit sore and stiff from the overhead presses and deadlifts on the weekend--I feel much better now. I think I need to make more time for it. Yoga is a nice balance for the lifting.
            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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            • Dear Planet Fitness: Fuck you.

              Planet Fitness’ ‘judgment-free zone’ doesn’t extend to muscular women « Fit and Feminist



              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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              • I can't watch the videos here at work, but I read the article. People really think Jessica Beil looks manly? If so, I guess manly is the new hot as hell. As for the rest, I can't comment as I have yet to see the videos, but if they really are slamming on trans-persons or women who look 'manly', well, frankly they can go f*ck themselves. I've always been a fan of muscular people at the gym. It gives me a goal.

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                • Wow, that's some of the trashiest commercials I've ever seen.
                  If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                  • I know, right? I don't have aspirations to become a bodybuilder, not because I think they're ugly or wrong but because I don't have the space in my life to dedicate to it and I'm more focused on getting strong than in getting big. But damn, the women who do that inspire me, both for the dedication it takes to build that kind of muscle and the courage it takes to be a muscular woman.

                    One of the reasons I love getting stronger is that it pushes on the boundaries of the gender box. While I definitely identify as a woman, I dislike the way that "woman" confines and restricts my identity. Lifting is deeply satisfying for me, but it is also a form of resistance, my way of standing up and saying that I will not be made smaller and lesser. It's also an affirmation of a healthier self in the face of my history of disordered eating. I choose to lift and to eat and to be fit and healthy instead of starving and overexercising myself into submission.

                    The idealized female body has become so frail and fragile looking. There are some signs that the tide might be turning, but then there's yet another model with xylophone ribs on a magazine cover and another ad with a woman photoshopped into impossible thinness. I just want to get huge manly Jessica Biel/Linda Hamilton arms and smash the whole beauty industrial complex.

                    Shout Out to Haters! | Feminist Figure Girl's Blog
                    “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                    • Originally posted by Owly View Post
                      I just want to get huge manly Jessica Biel/Linda Hamilton arms and smash the whole beauty industrial complex.
                      I wish you much luck, though to be fair, her arms are not the first part of Jessica Biel I notice. Damn, just damn. BTW I have never read so many links with the word 'feminist' in them in my life. I am sure this is ruining my imaginary street cred.

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                      • Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
                        Wow, that's some of the trashiest commercials I've ever seen.
                        Yeah. Thankfully, we don't have them here. I think I'd have to go get myself kicked out if there was one in town.
                        “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                        • Originally posted by canio6 View Post
                          I wish you much luck, though to be fair, her arms are not the first part of Jessica Biel I notice. Damn, just damn. BTW I have never read so many links with the word 'feminist' in them in my life. I am sure this is ruining my imaginary street cred.
                          I'm a bad influence.
                          “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                          • So I was curious, for the fruit-phobes among us, just how much fruit can one eat while still staying within the 150g guidelines? I eat a lot of fruit and so far today have eaten a banana, a pomegranate, a mandarin orange, and a tomato. I decided to go plug that into Fitday and see what it came up with. With all that fruit, plus the other foods I've eaten today, including a little bit of marzipan even, I'm at 90g of carbs. That's not net carbs, that's all of them.

                            I'm also at 1472 calories, 99g of protein, 83g of fat, 90g of carbs. In terms of percentage of caloric intake, that's 50% fat, 28% protein, 23% carbs.

                            And that's just after lunch time. I expect that by tonight the carb and protein percentages will be closer to 30%. There will be potatoes and meat for dinner

                            So for those who think that severe caloric restriction is necessary, that one must fear all fruit because it will make one pack on the pounds, that eating both carbs and fat will be a death sentence, or that protein is now the danger macronutrient for weight gain, well, that does not reflect my experience. The intake above isn't particularly unusual for me, and I still have yet to eat dinner. I am not some beast that works out three hours a day, either. I lift heavy three times a week, and in between that I might do some tabatas or go for a walk or whatever. But it would average out to an hour a day at most, frequently less.

                            The truth for me is that if I mostly eat real food, get regular but not extreme amounts of exercise, and sleep enough, maintaining body fat levels has become fairly effortless. I am healthier and fitter than ever.

                            Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to eat another orange.
                            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                            • Oh man, I ate So. Much. Food. last night at my work Christmas dinner. A smoked goat cheese, walnut, and apple dip thing with gluten-free bread; pork cooked in milk served over seasonal dark greens with a pickled carrot and red onion salad; and creme brulee with cambozola and sour cherries for dessert. All gluten-free, almost entirely local and organic, but not really primal compliant (my entree was, but the GF bread and the creme brulee definitely were outside the bounds). It was delicious.
                              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                              • Originally posted by Owly View Post
                                Oh man, I ate So. Much. Food. last night at my work Christmas dinner. A smoked goat cheese, walnut, and apple dip thing with gluten-free bread; pork cooked in milk served over seasonal dark greens with a pickled carrot and red onion salad; and creme brulee with cambozola and sour cherries for dessert. All gluten-free, almost entirely local and organic, but not really primal compliant (my entree was, but the GF bread and the creme brulee definitely were outside the bounds). It was delicious.
                                Sounds like a nice way to use your 20%...

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