People craft– getting along with yourself

Do you think we (women of today) hold ourselves to Wonder Woman levels?  Wonder Woman by Noa Liberator While it’s true that our mothers and grandmothers were often seen by men as sexual objects,  standards for optimum health and thinness was lower.  Most of our grandmothers were twenty pounds overweight but didn’t know they had type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure because of too much fat putting pressure on internal organs.  With our multi-tasking roles, we’re wage earners, mothers, wives, expert lovers, and often gourmet chefs.  We’re supposed to do all these (tiring!) things while not eating too much.   We are not super human.  The standard for what is expected of us (and what we expect of ourselves) is too high.

Most importantly, we need to take care of ourselves.  Maybe that does include losing weight, but only if it is our idea.  If extra weight feels like an emotional anvil and we wake up feeling the heaviness before we get out of bed, it does affect our life.  I’ve been there and so has our daughter Janice who gained fifteen pounds right off the bat her freshman year.  She gained five more pounds before we started researching for our book, GOLD STANDARD OF THIN, a guide for steady weight loss and rich health.  Our bodies became our science experiments for feeling our best.  Being overweight didn’t feel good.  We came up with a fail safe method that included “seven secrets in a little gold suitcase.”  Thin now, we exercise more because we feel like it.  We choose healthier food automatically from the stash of recipes we’ve created, Chapter Four– Recipes from High Energy Nutrients.  If we’re going to hold ourselves to Wonder Woman levels, we need to take care of ourselves first.

GOLD STANDARD OF THIN by Janice Rowland and Kathleen Rowland will be released in January 2010 from Sugar and Spice Press.


5 thoughts on “People craft– getting along with yourself

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    When I was around twelve, I had a chubby friend whose mother put her on a Slim-fast shake diet. Yuk– so gritty even when mixed up. This friend is still yo-yoing but most of the time is overweight.

  2. Reba Studebaker

    Seems that all of us have known people struggling with near fasting and then stuffing. They start fearing food almost like it’s a drug.

  3. Janessa Breckinridge

    Kathleen, I like that you and Janice are trying to dispel the body-image demons. Women don’t have to look perfect.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    Every woman has a right to love herself and feel the best she can. When we take care of ourselves emotionally, get enough rest, take time for ourselves to eat healthfully and exercise, the weight comes off steadily.

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