It’s the littlest of things that make me giggle…
It’s not that I hate facebook, I just don’t really have any use for it anymore. I may or may not feel the same way about most people but we don’t need to get into that right now.
However, I did scroll through my facebook newsfeed yesterday afternoon and I came across this open letter to Gwyenth Paltrow which seems to be circulating the internet like wildfire.
Have you seen it? It is an awesome letter written in response to Gwyneth’s latest remarks regarding how easy working mothers have it compared to herself.
I can’t wait to hear her thoughts on becoming a single mother. I may even stay on top of my facebook newsfeed just so I am kept in the loop because you can bet that I will have my own letter to write in response to her comments.
I vaguely recalled having an issue with Gwyneth last year so I went through my old blog posts and sure enough, I found it.
Where were you last year, April 26, 2013?
I was smack in between half marathons and clearly annoyed at Gwyneth Paltrow for her feelings regarding her exercise routine.
It’s amazing how many blog posts just get lost in time. I decided that a section from this post was worth reposting today:
….I hear Gwyneth Paltrow has been named People Magazine’s 2013 Most Beautiful Woman. I don’t normally have what to say on things like this; the only celebrity news I chat about is Kardashian related.
I am extremely bothered by a comment she made that I read about in the newspaper yesterday.
She was giving credit to her five-day-a week Tracy Anderson Method routine for her “hard-won youthful look” and said the following:
“I mean, we all have our self-esteem issues. I have to work out Monday through Friday for almost two hours every day, and it’s a nightmare. Sometimes I cry, like, ‘I can’t do this anymore! I am so sick of it!'”
Dear Gwyneth, I do not know who taught you that your exercise routine should be making you cry. Your workouts should challenge you but not to the point of tears. Not to the point where you feel you can’t keep it up and that you are sick of it.
Can we say, overtraining much?
Listen, I am no expert, nor am I a celebrity.
Wait, yes I am. I was on Dr. Oz. I had a dressing room.
While we are all different and all have different thresholds, if your workout routine is leaving you in tears or making you feel like you are so sick of your regimen to the point where you don’t want to do it, then it is time for a change.
Time for a break. A breather. A day off. Or two.
Your trainer won’t get mad at you. Your trainer is not in charge of you. Speak up for yourself. And for your body.
You won’t gain weight or drop a level of fitness if you work out an hour less or skip a day.
I don’t often take rest days, and I know I should. However, I do not push myself to spend 120 minutes a day several days a week running or spinning or weight training.
Every day that you lace up the sneaks cannot be a hard workout. It isn’t fair to your body. Your muscles need to time to recover in order to repair and rebuild. And so does your mood.
In all of my years of exercising, I have never, not one time, been close to tears regarding my routine. The reason I ensure to get at least my “30 minutes a day” is because it makes me FEEL GOOD.
Exercise should make you feel better about yourself, increase those endorphins.
Heck, exercise is supposed to have the same effect as those “happy pills” people take so often.
I am sure that Gwyneth has pressures that I cannot relate to. I was not even nominated for People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman (maybe the voters don’t watch Dr. Oz?).
However, one has to wonder how worth it is to be voted so beautiful yet speak of being miserable when it comes to the routine that it takes to maintain the desired beauty.
I love my routine. I look forward to it.
Lucky? Maybe. But I wasn’t always this thin, trim, and lean. I work for it sure, but would never do anything that made me cry….
I also posted a follow-up to this a few days later because I felt bad for attacking her. I may or may not claim to hate people on occasion but I guess I have my soft spots.
If you are a blogger, do you ever scroll through old posts and find ones you forgot about?
Do you still use facebook as often as you did in the past?
Did you already see the letter written in response to Gwyneth’s comments?
Would you continue to work out if your routine was making you cry?