Skinny Shaming | Are You Listening To Yourself?

Last night, I posted this on my IG account @charlene_ragsdale:  

 

Attn:  Shinny Shamers.  You know who you are – those who are self-proclaimed “body image” experts who are a size 10, 12, 22 or whatever and decide that anyone who is a size 0, 2, 4 or 6 are unhealthy and have body issues.  Ummm, no.
I am a size 7 / 8 and while I have aspects of my body I don’t like, I do not *hate* my body and I certainly don’t have body issues! How dare you think that skinny is not strong or more importantly how dare you tie strong with body size, any size. You claim you are against body shaming but you fail to see you are contributing to the problem. I don’t have body issues, I have hypocrite issues.
Let me tell you what strong is!  A man or woman who has a chronic disease that makes them wonder if they are going to be able to take a step or get out of bed.  A man or woman who battle a deadly disease who do not know if today is their last day on earth.  A man or woman who goes to work every day to provide for their family and has no idea how they are going to pay for this week’s grocery bill.  A man or woman who have overcome all the odds to be successful in their career.  Strength is not defined by our appearance or our body size.  Strength is running a race honestly, not demanding comps from any RD.  Strength is showing class act and being an Ambassador to our sport.  Are you even listening to yourself?  Probably not.  You are too busy deleting your social media comments and forging your social media following to look like the world worships the ground you walk on because you have decided that those who do not look like you, must have body image issues.
I am about being strong in life.  Everyone has a different journey and finds their own sense of strength.  Please step back and take a good hard look at what you are saying.  You are influencing others and don’t fool yourself to believe it is a positive influence.  How will you speak to your daughter or son when they are “skinny”? Would you speak to them how you are speaking to the masses on your social media pages?  I would hope not.  Truly.

#YouAreNot #KnowWhatStrengthIs

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You are a plus-size woman or man, you are not a size 2 (but, neither am I) and you are on a mission to help women and men improve their body image.  Good for you, I am all for helping others feel better about themselves!  

Within your public mission, you are shaming those who do not look like YOU.  Yes you are, don’t even try to deny it.  You are  size 10, 12 or even a 22 and you are insulted that the media or others are posting pictures of someone who is skinnier than you and proclaim that others do not need to look that way.  Are you listening to yourself?

You lash out at the media for their representation of healthy.  Have you EVER considered that the model(s) in those pictures are seeing your rants and hissy fits?  Don’t their feelings matter to you?  Are the images photoshopped?  Most likely they are, but they are representing people.  How would YOU feel if someone slammed your body size?  Ohhhh, I see – it is important to never shame a person who larger than yourself, but it is okay to insult those who are skinnier than you?

 

I have said it before and I will say it again – I am very comfortable of my size 7/8 body.  

 

Stop assuming because I am thin, I am unhappy or hating my body.

 

I know I have the beefiest thighs you can imagine – have you seen my running pictures? (Thank you to my German DNA – it’s not going to change.)  I have a flat chest that makes me look like a 12 year old boy.  Take a look at the pro-elites like Desi Linden and many of the Kenyan runners, they don’t run in sports bra’s either.  You wear what you want and I will wear what i want, okay? There are (stupid) stats that 70%+ of women dislike their bodies.  Read that again, dislike their bodies.  It does not mean we are in hiding or ashamed of our bodies!  I am not a fan of my beefy legs and flat chest but I am not beating myself over it.  Just because we don’t like something, doesn’t mean we are ashamed.  Don’t put words into my mouth or into my head because you are not me or representative of our gender.  You don’t speak for me as I don’t speak for you. The very thing you are preaching against, you are contributing to.  By telling others what they SHOULD wear or HOW they should look to be strong, you have become a body shammer.  Yes, you are a body shammer.

 

Please continue to empower others about accepting themselves but back off the shaming, would ya?  Who are you to say that a woman who is a size 2 or 4 isn’t happy? Would you like it if someone told you that your size 10 is disgusting and you are not believing in yourself?  I don’t think so.

Back of, mind your own business and empower others not shame.  Deal?  I will never tell someone what they should be wearing, it’s their choice.  I suggest you do the same and stop telling skinny gals or guys to eat a burger, that is not the problem nor solution.  There is NOTHING wrong with skinny.  Skinny is healthy, stop making it out like it is not.  

 

Empower, not shame.  If you wish to comment or defend your shaming ways, please feel free to do so – I would be interested to hear how will justify your shaming all in the name of influencing others to accept themselves.  

 

 

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV

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FABHack: Saving Up Money For Your Next Disney Race | A Few Pennies A Day

At the first of the year, I am like many of you who want to save more money.  I started the 52 week money challenge and then I saw one that you use pennies for every day of the year.

  • January 1st – 1 penny
  • January 2nd – 2 pennies
  • All the way to 365 pennies on December 31, 2017

At the end of the year you save $680+.   While promoted as a kids savings plan, I think it is good for everyone!  I started a second savings with the pennies so I could go along with my teeangers.

While I was thinking what I could use for $689 – I had a lightbulb moment!

Backstory:  RunDisney changed their registrations dates by 2 months and gave us two week warning for the Disneyland Double Dare (formerly Dumbo) AND 2 weeks before Christmas. That means, some runners had to fork over $300+ or $600+ or even $900+ to register before the traditional February registration date.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of spare change around at a moments notice! 

The Penny Savings Challenge to the rescue!

By following the penny savings plan, I will have enough to register me and my husband for 2018 (I am still working on 2017 registrations).  Pictured below is my jar. I purchased a $2 jar from the local thrift store, sheets to cross off the days, a pencil and envelopes. Each week, I put the change in the envelope and it goes back into the jar.  Why do I do this?  So my sneaking teenagers don’t steal the saved up change.  🙂  (You can start your savings plan at anytime and calculate how much money you need to save each week to reach your runDisney race registration goals).  

jars

A friend made a Classic D on her Cricut machine and poof!  In addition, I will throw spare change in the jar from time to time, I am excited to see how much over $680 I can make this grow for DDD 2018.  (you can see my 52 week savings jar and kids jar in the same picture)

What do you do to save up for the RunDisney races?

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Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
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My Nemesis: Water Retention

Hi FAB-O Friends!  How are you holding up in the Summer heat?  This year, our temps are not as brutal as last years.  Thank goodness, but still in the triple digits.  I am still getting up around 4am on some days to get a run in, before the heat kicks in.

I don’t know about you, but my body loves to retain water when I get warm.  It’s plagued me since childhood and Doctors have also found that my core temperate raises danerously high I am outside in the heat.  I can handle it, when it is dark, but once the sun appears, I am toast.  Literally.

A few weeks ago, I noticed my water retention was worse than normal.  Not alarming, but sure was annoying.  You know the type, the puffiness in your hands and feet.

On August 1st, I ran a 5k race in town and my Brother and I had our typical post race pictures.  I immediately noticed my face looked puffy.  That was on a Saturday, by the following Monday, my water retention was at it’s worse.  It hurt to type on my laptop and it hurt to wear shoes.  Not uncomfortable, but it physically hurt.  My stomach was bloated and I felt like I was 5 months pregnant.

I went into immediate action to reduce the water retention and puffiness.  I upped my water intake.  I already drink 8 bottles of water a day.  I drank 10 on Monday and included one dose of apple cider vinegar.  (Be sure to goggle to see why I chose acv.)

Within a few short hours, I was peeing, like I was a farm animal.  I knew I had gained a significant amount of water weight, but I didn’t want to hop on the scale, just yet.

By Wednesday (2 days later) I was feeling relief.  I finally could type on my laptop without pain in my fingers and I could wear shoes without discomfort.  I weighed myself to see how much water I would lose the rest of the week.  Ugh!

I kept up this routine through the remainder of the week.  By Friday, my son made the comment my face no longer looked puffy.  By Saturday, I no longer felt 5 months pregnant and I could wear my running shorts.  Another weigh in, and I had lost 6 lbs of water in 2 days.

Below is a picture of the Saturday, when I could see the puffiness in my face (jawline and cheeks) and a comparison of a week later.  One could say I lost weight, not water retention.  I don’t think so.  I didn’t change my nutrition, my running, my workouts – I did not lose fat weight, it was purely water.

For now, I am keeping the higher intake of water, though the Summer.  My mileage is higher and my body just need more fluids.  This is an experience I don’t want to repeat!

WaterRetention

Run Fab,

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
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#FABRunner Time! | Meet Sonia

As a blogger, I have been blessed with amazing opportunities to travel, meet vendors and more.  The best part of being a professional blogger is meeting your followers or “fans” as my family refers to them.

 

Today, I want to introduce you to Sonia Willens of Southern CA.  We met during my time as a Team Super Hero Ambassador.  She remains consistent in her training and achieving great goals for herself, I am so proud of her.

 

Follow her on Instgram and enjoy her fun posts about herself, newly married life, dogs and running (of course).

 

Say hello to my FAB-O friend, Sonia Willens!

 

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RACE RECAP: Inaugural Disneyland Avengers Half Marathon Weekend | Part 1

I love Disneyland, that’s not a secret, so when another race opened up for DL, I jumped at the chance.  In addition, it was pretty close to my birthday.  I decided I would go to the race and spend some time the park to celebrate my birthday.  That’s been on my Disneyland Bucket list for many years.

As the days drew closer, I needed to juggle my schedule and even considered not going to the weekend, at all.  No race, no park time.  Yet, my husband and brother figured out a way for me to go to the race weekend and get some park time.  Although, I went down kicking – I am glad they held to their guns and insisted I go.

Bro, Mama and I left on Friday as Mama had her 5k on Saturday morning.  After arriving in our hotel, we got ready for the next day. After her race, I planned to visit the park for about 6 hours.  While it was not what I planned nor a full day, I would take any moment I could be in my favorite place in the world.

We got up at 3am and was out the door by 4am.  It was about a mile walk and mama was excited.  She was not nervous like Dumbo Double 5k, she was at piece and we were confident she would do well.

We walked her to the Corrals and then, Bro and I set ourselves in the bleachers to watch the finishers.  Gun time was at 5:30am, she was in the last Corral.

By the time she started, the wheelchair winner was crossing the Finish Line.  We had a general idea when she started by not, exactly.  Based on our calculations and what the announcers said, she was 12 minutes behind the gun time.

At 56 minutes, the gun time clock stopped.  My heart sunk, my first thought was they have swept the course.

Within seconds, she was at the Finish (found out the clock broke).  Based on that clock time, and her crossing time, she finished in the 44-45 minutes range and that is a gigantic PR for her. Although it was not an official timed 5k, it was still a big deal to her (and to us)

 

Mama

#RunningMama

 

After her race cool down, we head over to get some coffee and warm up.  I was started to get antsy to get into the park.  So, they headed off to their day and I headed over to get my park ticket.  I chatted with a few cast members and did some pin trading, too.  I love trading with cast members.

I was meeting my friend, Jacqueline in the park.  Before I met up with her, I decided to purchase a Chip n Dale hat.  I saw this new edition the last time I was in the park and wanted to buy it for a birthday present, to myself.

Jacqueline

My sweet friend, Jacqueline and I

After the hat purchase, I made my way to Small World.  As you know, it is my sentimental favorite ride and I begin every Disney trip to Small World. One exception was in 2013 when we were there during Halloween. The ride is closed to prepare for Halloween.

Hat

(please excuse the squinty eyes)

It was so much fun to be in Small World again.  I feel like a kid and I can feel the joy, as I sing along with the ride.

After Small World, Jacqueline & I spent the rest of the day riding rides & pin trading

Button Carousel Goofy ChipnDale Grotto Oswald Pluto Tikki Room

I headed back to the hotel, early enough to get some rest, roll out and stretch. I had a Half Marathon in the morning & I hoped to do fairly well.  Most importantly, fuel up with my typical meals and ensure I am well hydrated.

Next up…Day 2 of Avengers Half Marathon and what it was like to run in tornado winds.