As women, it’s typical for us to pick ourselves apart…dissect our flaws…obsess over every wrinkle, stretchmark, or blemish…compare ourselves to women we consider prettier, skinnier, BETTER. We diet and pluck and wax and dye and extend and polish and cut and tan...working to cover up the things about ourselves that we don’t like. We try the Shake Weight, the BumpIt, Booty Pads, Wonder Bras, Spanx, and Botox. We look for our reflection in mirrors that show us our faces but not our souls and gauge our level of beauty by the attention we get from MEN rather than the light we carry within. We are, without a doubt, our harshest critics.
As I sit here writing, a Victoria’s Secret commercial flashes onto my TV screen. “What Is Sexy?” it asks in bright, bold letters – before cutting to size 2 models in various poses of feigned ecstasy, their bottoms rivaling that of a green pea for which one is tinier; their stomachs perfectly ripped washboards; their hair long and flowing and blond and without a trace of split ends – thereby defining “sexy” as something that most of us will never attain and causing me to take a second look at my own flannel PJ pants and New Kids on the Block t-shirt. I have to ask – What IS Sexy? Is it being a size 2…or just being YOU? What IS sexy? Isn’t it you and me in all our imperfect glory…with every flaw telling a different story? What IS Sexy? Is it being Victoria’s Secret thin…or having the courage to fail, but try again? What IS Sexy? Is it the sum of all of our parts…or the sum of our big, beautiful hearts?
In my own quest to redefine “sexy,” I have found a best friend to join me on the journey. One who has taught me about eating healthy, about portion control, about putting the RIGHT things into my body…one that has put me back in the driver’s seat of health instead of in the drive-thru at McDonald’s. It’s called Nutrisystem. Now on the program for about a month and a half, I’ve lost about 12 pounds and am feeling more energetic, stronger, and healthier than ever before. With simple preparation, desserts I can eat without guilt, and a diet plan that never leaves me feeling cheated, Nutrisystem fits perfectly with my busy schedule and more importantly, IT WORKS. What’s just as (if not more) important as finding a good man? Finding a good diet plan! Like some of the toads I’ve dated before, previous programs I’ve tried in the past (the Atkins Diet, SlimFast, the Special K Diet, etc.) have left me feeling frustrated, unfulfilled, and ready to hit the door. But Nutrisystem leaves me wanting MORE! It’s the best relationship I’ve ever been in – always dependable, always on time, and always leaves me feeling beautiful and sexy in the skin I’m in! Remember: It’s not about losing your curves. It’s about losing ANYTHING weighing down your self worth. To learn more about Nutrisystem, visit them online at www.nutrisystem.com.
And now – after shedding the dead weight of unhealthy eating and tapping into my OWN inner sexiness – I could not be more proud to walk the runway of the 7th Annual Fashion for EveryBODY® on November 4th at the Commodore Ballroom. Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT) started Fashion for EveryBODY® in 2004 to celebrate body types of all shapes and sizes. Today, it is EDCT's most successful mission-driven fundraiser. One hundred percent of the proceeds fund EDCT's mission and statewide programs.
So…What IS Sexy? I’ll let Fashion for EveryBODY take it from here:
Fashion for EveryBODY® delivers powerful messages that are often missing in today's society: Real beauty shines from within. It's not what you wear, it's how you wear it -- with confidence. And finally, take the classic, first rule of fashion to heart: There are no rules, including the "rule" that only thin is beautiful.
Come join me on the red carpet on November 4th as we celebrate the places we’ve been and LOVE the skin we’re in! Because after all – there’s nothing that brings Sexy back like GIVING back.
7th Annual Fashion for EveryBODY
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 @ 7 p.m.
Commodore Ballroom | Nashville, TN
Emcee'd by Emmy Award-winning TV host Shane Tallant
GA ticket pre-sale $35 / $40 at the door
VIP ticket pre-sale $75 / $80 at the door
*Nutrisystem is providing their program free of charge for Mandy Hale‘s participation in their blogging program.