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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Thanks, People

Just when it seemed like society was becoming a little more realistic in their expectations of women and their bodies...especially post-pregnancy women...People Magazine comes out with their "Body After Baby" issue featuring Denise Richards and Britney Spears who had their babies like 10 minutes ago and are already sleek and slim.

I can just picture a new mom who is coping with little or no sleep, finally getting a moment to sit down, relax and read an entertaining magazine. She cracks open this issue and bursts into tears. Hell, this issue makes me want to cry and I had my last baby 13 years ago! Way to go, People. Way to make a grown girl cry.

The only way they can make up for this, is if they promise, yes promise, to give us pictures of a very fat, post-partum depressed Katie Holmes. Yessssssss!

31 Comments:

At 3:30 PM , Blogger aka_monty said...

I completely agree. I had my kids 10 years ago and STILL haven't managed to get back into any sort of shape. Other than round-ish, that is. :)

Hello, Michele sent me!

 
At 4:18 PM , Blogger Erin said...

My baby is 10 months old. I saw the mag. on the stand and refused to buy it the week (usually I can't wait to get it). Normal people don't have what they have (chefs, nannies, house keepers, buttlers, whatever else).

Never lost all the weight after #1. Probably won't lose all the weight after #2 before #3. But at least I take care of my children and myself and don't have to rely on someone else to do so.

It's a sad world we live in.

Whew. Maybe I should go post about this!

 
At 4:56 PM , Blogger Geekwif said...

I don't have kids yet, but I don't think it's ever a good idea to use celebrities as an example when discussing women's bodies. By and large they do not represent a realistic picture of womanhood. And besides, they have thousands of dollars to spend on personal trainers to get them looking the way they do.

Personally, I think all mothers should be proud of their post-partum bodies. No matter what they look like, they have just taken part in the beginning of a new life.

 
At 4:57 PM , Blogger Geekwif said...

Oh yeah, and thanks for stopping by from Michele's the other day!

 
At 6:40 PM , Anonymous Leanne said...

AMEN to that! Can they please, just for once, NOT airbrush the cottage cheese away? And the stretch marks? And vericose veins?

Sigh. I guess that's why we're not celebrities, eh?

Michele sent me today!

 
At 6:46 PM , Blogger ma said...

I heard that some celebs are electing for c-sections and having a tummy tuck done at the same time. You can have a baby one day and wear your bikini the next!

This article made me feel bad too. Nice post.

 
At 8:02 PM , Blogger Juliabohemian said...

you could feel that way too if you were rich enough to afford a personal trainer, nutritionist and nanny.

 
At 9:36 PM , Blogger Mike said...

It just goes to show what a rich celebrity with a personal trainer and a personal chef can do.

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At 9:39 PM , Blogger Busy Mom said...

I just read that while I was in line at the grocery a few minutes ago. I ate another candybar.

 
At 9:41 PM , Blogger kenju said...

Too funny! I agree; I didn't begin to lose pregnancy weight until 6-8 weeks afterward.

Michele sent me.

 
At 10:00 PM , Blogger Curator said...

LOL, I wholeheartedly agree. :)

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At 3:59 AM , Blogger kenju said...

Karen, thanks for the comment and please tell your son I said happy birthday to him. I have only met one other person born on our date, though I know there must be many more.

 
At 4:28 AM , Anonymous mar said...

Yes, I agree with you. From all women I have met through the years , only one claims to have left the hospital with her favorite jeans on... It took me about 4 months after my baby... By the way, my "baby" is celebrating one of his friend's 18th bday, happy bday to your son!

 
At 6:59 AM , Blogger panthergirl said...

Well, it does help when you're extremely young (like Brittney) and have a ton of money to spend on personal trainers AND nannies.

Frankly, these women's looks are their jobs. They really can't afford to take 3 years to get back into shape. I kind of feel sorry for them, because it's much easier to get mentally ready to go back to work than physically.

What amazes me, though, is that you don't just gain weight when pregnant. Your rib cage expands and that can sometimes take 18 months or more to return to normal.

I had my first child at 30, and at 34 I was in the best shape of my entire life. I worked out like a maniac, though. At 40, it wasn't so easy. My son is 10 now and I'm not thrilled with my body. (I gained 55 lbs. with my first and 59 with my second!)

Ah well... I hope women can keep these things in perspective.

Here via michele! Sorry to be so verbose!

 
At 7:16 AM , Blogger utenzi said...

Michele sent me your way, Karen.

There's little way that a normal person can compete with celebrities on the basis of looks. Hell, that's a big reason all those folk are famous.

Sorry you were almost crying over this, Karen. I hope those potential tears dry up fast. :-)

 
At 7:17 AM , Anonymous Pearl said...

Hi Michele sent me
Just take comfort in remembering how they work -- if it wouldn't be odd, it wouldn't be news worth reporting.

 
At 8:24 AM , Blogger kenju said...

Hey, I'm back via Michele. Have a great day.

 
At 2:14 PM , Blogger Marisa said...

That's hilarious! Saw a lot of Katie Holmes costumes last night and it just creeps me out.

IPOD was a big hit, btw.

 
At 8:41 PM , Blogger scrappintwinmom said...

Ow man, I am PRAYING Katie had PPD and blows up to astronomical proportions.

Denise Richards worked like an animal to get her body back.

In retrospect, I wouldn't have minded a tummy tuck along with my C-section. Here via Michele today!

 
At 8:48 PM , Anonymous terrilynn said...

I didn't have a body like Denise Richards before I had my kid, so the likelihood of having one now is pretty nonexistent!

Michele sent me this evening.

 
At 8:59 PM , Blogger Sandy said...

Thanks for stopping by my little home on the web (via Michele's).

I'm weighing in here (ha, bad pun!) - Thanks for the heads up on the issue. Knowing you're about to see something so depressing can help you ward off the flood of tears in line at the supermarket. Ok, so it'd not be THAT bad, but still. My youngest is 13-months. Lost all that pregnancy weight to get back to where I was shortly after having my 1st which was BEFORE getting pregnant with him. Juggling life in general added on a few post-partum lost pounds back on.

I think if I see that People Mag I might have to spit on it.

 
At 9:55 PM , Blogger supermom said...

I was always tiny and petite. Even after my fourth child, I still was wearing a size 1/2 or 3/4. I always left the hospital wearinng my jeans. Baby number five was born and again, I lost it all. My metabolism must have been out of this world. Then about a year after he was born, I started having problems fitting into those same jeans. I guess all the "I hate how you can fit in those jeans!!" comments created Karma equivalent to Katrina. I blew up to a size 10. "Ok so what!?!", you may scoff, but I am only 5 ft 1in. That is alot of weight on a small frame. I never dieted, never had to exercise, now I was big and lost. Luckily, after being this big for 2 years, my metabolism is kicking in again. I have been losing the weight slowly without much effort. I had tried Atkins and walking 4 miles everyday, but with 7 kids (and one of them is autistic)a job and a home to run, it is hard to stick to an exercise plan. Sooo many things that go soo wrong. "Me Time" almost starts bordering on selfishness, since there is so little time in the day to dedicate to each child. So, now I can empathize with those that have to struggle. I hate to think about how those women would go under the knife, starve themselves or exercise to death to lose the weight. Being consumed with your weight gain must be insane.
So, far I am about a 5/6 and that may be good enough for me...

 
At 11:26 PM , Blogger David said...

me shell zent me

 
At 6:09 AM , Blogger Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

True, Katie's downfall is our only hope of perspective. At least she's young, she'll get over it.
Michele sent me today

 
At 6:47 AM , Blogger Marie said...

I saw that at the grocery checkout & just shook my head. Oddly, that crap must sell... or People wouldn't publish it! Yes, we'll see how Katie fares after giving birth -- hopefully she won't struggle with PPD with that hubby of hers.

 
At 6:22 AM , Anonymous Alessandra said...

Good Morning!! Here via Michelle.

 
At 1:11 PM , Blogger MP said...

I feel eveil saying this but I garee with you on the Katie Holmes thing.

(Hi from a new visitor)

 
At 5:46 AM , Blogger Star said...

As all the previous commntors mantioned, they have personal trainers and nutritionists and nannies. And their looks are their job. It is as unrealistic fo the rest of us as "reality" tv.

 
At 8:57 AM , Blogger Dawn said...

That sounds like a winning issue to me!

 
At 6:13 AM , Blogger Janet said...

I love how People says they'll share the moms' secrets to weight loss when we all know what the secret REALLY is. Piffle. Oh, and hi, Michele sent me.

 
At 7:54 AM , Anonymous Megan said...

I agree with you 100%. What's the next 'amazing' diet? "Actresses who bounce back after losing a loved one"?

Anyway, I saw your post in Amalah.com, and I had to check it out - thanks for the link!

 

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