The Expert has been on a business trip for the past four days, and returned from Germany late last night. I was asleep, all broken-necked on the couch when he came in, and he woke me up to move me. I was immediately crabby, and we proceeded to have a good solid “you’ve been out of town and I’m mad” fight. Honestly, this is my M.O. when he travels. I do not realize that I am falling apart until I see him walk in the door from the trip. And then I just get mad. Which is disgraceful, but it’s the truth. Hi, I’m Meredith, I’m a lunatic wife.
Today, I was supposed to do forty miles on the bike. Instead, the Expert and I are sitting at the gym (in the cafe… not in the gym proper). The kids are in the play area, and I am whipping up this little triathlon blog, with nothing but fighting with my spouse to discuss. Sorry ya’ll. Must. Get. Moving.
In other ranting news….
The Expert brought home an a fabulous array of pictures from his trip. Below, however, is hands down my favorite. I thought, what a nice name for a store. But then I looked at the size of the clothes on the mannequins. Ah, super women.
I am so tickled by the names of plus-size women’s clothing stores. This one takes the cake. But seriously, I have done my fair share of dabbling in the plus-size genre, and the names kill me.
August Max Woman.
Hips and Curves.
I am most blown away by the “Woman Within” name. Seriously. As if larger women aren’t stigmatized enough in society, someone creates a business (attempting to sell clothes to them?) which by its very name states: “Oh, there’s a woman within you…but we recognize that sizes 12-24 aren’t going to make you much of a woman on the outside.”
Then there’s Junonia. Which means a genus of nyphalid butterflies, commonly known as Pansies. Another meaning of Junonia is a large sea snail which lives in deep water. The shell is usually only found washed up on beaches after a strong thunderstorm; the junonia itself remains incredibly difficult to find. Finally, Junonia was an ancient Roman colony located at the site of Carthage, which is why Junonia was considered a superstitious site of bad omens.
August MAX Woman? Seriously?
I’m not even sure why I’m on this tangent today. Perhaps because of all the garbage I have been eating – I am going to be renewing my catalog orders from Woman Within very shortly, and I am sympathetic.
I think larger women are hesitant to get out there and workout because of the so-called embarrassment associated with size. The gym is such a horrific place to put your size out there – the jiggling, the moving – starting the moving process is the 7th circle of hell. And, if you are receiving a catalog in your mailbox that by its very name touts a mindset that you are somehow less than other women… it’s even tougher.
As such, I think that a plus woman’s very first step towards fitness is monumental. If you can keep going forward, despite the ugly looks from other women (hello??) or judgmental a-holes, you will find that the “woman within” is also an awesome woman on the outside too.
I battle issues with my size every day. No matter what size I am, I look in the mirror and I see a fat girl. I think I probably always will. I guess my “woman within” is a bit of a bitch. I need to make her nicer and more complimentary to my “woman without.” Who in turn will be nicer to her dear Expert husband who was just trying to walk in the door from a business trip.