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Golden Horse 01-18-2013 12:55 PM

When considering a riders weight
I was going to put this in Plus Size, but I figure it will be a good 'point to ponder' for everyone.

Look at this picture


ALL these ladies weigh around 154 pounds, the Aussie Average.

Look at all the different shapes, types of body, all weighing the same amount.

Everyone may want to take a moment to reflect in this image next time they make assumptions on a riders, or anyone else's weight.

Dustbunny 01-19-2013 11:37 AM

I would not consider some of the ladies "plus" by any means, and some others only chubby.
Thanks for posting this.
I'm sick of the "ideal" being 105 and a size 2!

Wallaby 01-19-2013 12:07 PM

That's a really interesting image!!! Very cool to see so many women, of different body types, weighing the exact same weight.

Maybe this is terrible of me and maybe I'm different than the average person, but I could care less WHAT anyone else weighs as long as they're healthy and take care of themselves.
For instance, my best friend is very overweight and is constantly picking at herself due the weight. However, at this point, her lifestyle of low activity and high caloric intake is so ingrained that for her, a small meal is 1500 calories. Just the other day I watched her eat a massive slice of pizza (it was probably 6-7 inches crust-tip and had perhaps a foot of crust) and a few baby carrots, then tell me she was excited about eating "healthy" because since the pizza+carrots were "organic and gluten-free", like that somehow made them inherently healthy.

Maybe this is mean but I have a problem with that sort of lifestyle. The one that doesn't know what they're eating, eats crap, then complains about their weight or about how no one accepts them for the weight they are.
I love "round" women. At 5'9" and 145lbs, I'm the skinniest and tallest of all my friends. My friends are all built like most of the models in that picture, I love it and I'm even a bit jealous of them. I wish I had hips and boobs...but I don't.
I just want them to be a healthy curvy. None of this complaining about how people judge them. Really, why does it matter if people judge you?
People judge me when I eat a salad for lunch but a salad is one of my most favorite foods. Who cares that it's stereotypical "skinny people" food? If I love myself and love the way I look, judge away. But if I hate the way I look, well, I should probably do something about it instead of trying to force others to accept me how I can't accept myself.

Basically, I just cannot stand complaining for the sake of complaining. If you want to complain about your weight while exercising and making healthy eating choices, bummer, but I'll support it and encourage you. If you want to complain while sitting on the couch all day, drinking 5 cans of soda, and downing 5000 calories a day, I'm not going to stick around.

Just be a healthy you: plump, stick skinny, round, curvy, whatever. Weight is just a number.

MHFoundation Quarters 01-19-2013 12:46 PM

Very interesting!

I'm 5'6" and definitely not thin and have put on a few extra lbs as of late (but the extra lbs I've put on are okay with me right now because they replaced cigarettes. Today is 3 weeks smoke free!) When I am super fit, I'm still not a lightweight. When I was at my most fit I was riding 6-8 hours a day and working out for another 2, had less than 15% body fat and was still a size 6 & 140 lbs.

Wallaby, I got plenty of T&A to share, come visit - there's a plastic surgeon in Chicago that takes donor fat and does boob jobs with it. I'll donate for ya!

Golden Horse 01-19-2013 01:36 PM


Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters (Post 1851505)
Today is 3 weeks smoke free!)

YEAH CONGRATULATIONS, now keep on going, you are officially smoke free, so all you have to do is not start. Very proud of you.:thumbsup:


Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters (Post 1851505)
There's a plastic surgeon in Chicago that takes donor fat and does boob jobs with it. I'll donate for ya!

OMG, I have enough donor fat to make a person or two, not just boobs..I will gladly donate.

MHFoundation Quarters 01-19-2013 06:14 PM

Thanks GH! I haven't killed anyone yet either! DH has probably wanted to run away a few times though lol!

Golden Horse 01-20-2013 09:11 AM


Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters (Post 1851815)
Thanks GH! I haven't killed anyone yet either! DH has probably wanted to run away a few times though lol!

LOL, sounds just like me in the early days, that was biggest accomplishment, non smoking and not a dead body in sight.

I am a couple of weeks away from my 4th year as a non smoker, after 35 years of a pack of day habit.

I never did kill anyone, and am no longer killing myself.

Oh and as a benefit, had the flu last week, plenty of coughing, never peed myself once:oops: Only older women, with a couple of kids and a smokers cough will get that one!

MHFoundation Quarters 01-20-2013 09:16 AM

That's awesome! Congrats!

NorthernMama 01-20-2013 10:41 AM

I'm not sure I understand the point of this, GH. What are you trying to say?

I've read this over and over again. I just don't understand. Maybe just that weight alone as a number means nothing? That I will generally agree with. Of course, there are exceptions, but mostly just because someone is "x"lbs means nothing without knowing their height, lifestyle, bodyshape and health issues, if any. Is that it? If so, then I am very naive because I never figured anyone would judge someone's health or abilities just because they weigh 90lbs or 200lbs.

However, I definitely judge someone's health and abilities based on their appearance. Wrongly so in some cases, I found out a few years ago, but I still do it. :oops: I have learned and I believe I am much more open to be shown that I am wrong, but still and all... ya, I still look at overweight people and mostly think either "poor soul, it must be hard" or "jeez, doesn't (s)he care what (s)he looks like and feels like?" Still, the lesson I learned a few years ago really taught me that I am just an outsider looking at the wrapping paper.

Golden Horse 01-20-2013 03:06 PM


Originally Posted by NorthernMama (Post 1852469)
I'm not sure I understand the point of this, GH. What are you trying to say?

It comes from people getting upset about weight when it comes to riding. I can quite see that people with the body shape of the first beautiful lady could be told that she is to 'fat' to ride, but lady number 5 may not be questioned, because her proportions are more regular.

Obviously at 154 pounds none of these ladies are to heavy, but put 50 or 100 pounds on all of them, then some would be told their too heavy, but others wouldn't.

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