Friday, February 19, 2016

Skinny Myths

After the enormous response to the Places You Don't See Fat People post, the only natural response is a post about Places You Don't See Skinny People, which I realized is mostly non-existent. So instead, here are Top 5 Skinny Person Myths, based on a survey taken amongst tens of people.

1.  Skinny People Never Eat.
I am here to tell you that I know several skinny people that eat like it is their last meal everyday.  And not healthy food either -- but like movie popcorn with M&M's thrown in, three-meat pizza, and bags of chips.  But I also know skinny people (which will be abbreviated SP from here on out) that eat a whole three-inch piece of celery with fat free cream cheese and "are totally full."  Uh huh.  Note to SP:  you are not fooling anyone.  We know you stay hungry 18  hours a day to be a size zero.
2.  Skinny People Can Wear Anything.
Although an interesting thought, I do have a problem with this.  Sure, it's easier to find clothes in the warehouse-size collection of size 0-10 or 12 in most department stores just because of the sheer volume of choices.  But there are definitely some clothing choices that need some curves to fill them out, and to have curves there has to be either muscle or fat.  So being stick-thin is not always a plus.
3.  Skinny People Never Have Problems Finding a Relationship.
This is a myth that needs to be shattered wide open!  Why do you think there is such a proliferation of dating websites?  I'll tell you why -- because people of all weights want some love, or at least a relationship.  A quick Google search revealed several skinny-only sites, like,, and  (Note:  not an endorsement of these sites or any dating website.) So this myth is truly a myth, not only because it's true but because the relationship-finding business is a big one.  I seriously don't think a person's weight has anything to do with their ability to be in a rewarding relationship.  Sure, a person can be really, really Derek Zoolander good looking, but there has to be some substance in the personality for it to last.
4.  Skinny People Are Better At Sports/Exercise/Anything Gym Related
Again, I'm not really sure where this came from, because it's been my experience that any skill sports-related usually is a result of practice, practice, practice. I do have two caveats to this, however:  it is phenomenally easier to do some exercises without a fifteen-plus pounds of fat in the way.  That's a given.  And activewear looks better on skinny people, just because they have some kind of cosmic connection with Spandex and, honestly,  rolls of fat are not going to be back in style until people start appreciating Botticelli and the Baroque Era a little more. But as far as actually being more skilled, no.
5.  Skinny People are Not Nice.
This is thankfully a myth!  I know lots of skinny people that are super nice and fun to be around.  Of course, they never want to eat, but that's beside the point. :)  I think that there are a few SP that are critical of non-SP because the non-SPs have too much body fat for the SP's personal preference.  I think that these few give the whole group of SP a bad reputation. 

So there you go!  Myths = busted.  What did I leave out that you think is a total myth?  (Or total truth?)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Not Your Typical Valentine's Day Post

Okay, so I'm single.  It's really not a big to me at all, because I finally have become content with it and actually enjoy doing all the things I do and how I live my life.  With Valentine's Day coming up, I have already sent my Valentine's care packages to my children in other states.  And I actually have a non-date with a very good friend who appreciates my enjoyment of singleness.

But I didn't always feel this way and in fact, I broke off a relationship this time last year.  Ouch.  So here's what I am doing and what you need to do.

Think back.  Didn't you know a guy who broke everyone's heart and still kept dating?  I did.  In college, as a tender, na├»ve freshman, I accepted a date with a hunky jock on the football team at college.  It didn't take too long to realize that he was not interested in vivid conversation about books, theater, and current events.  If you know what I mean.

So with my love of conversation and his lack thereof, we parted ways.

Did that keep him from dating someone, like, the next day?  No it did not.  So that's why I'm so excited about a song by an up and coming new artist named Leah Sykes.  She has a song she wrote named "Cupid" that is coming out this Friday, February 12.  This song is the antidote for every guy who has run around breaking hearts.

So, basically, you can exact your revenge on your Restless Romeo for $1.29 or less.  On Friday, go to ITunes, Amazon music, Google music, wherever you buy or listen to music (it's also on Spotify) and get it!  It's a small price to pay for something so very, very sweet. 
This is Leah Sykes!  Buy the first song "Cupid" from her EP beginning Friday!