Friday Randomness

I have an actual post brewing in my head that I’ll try to get up later today, but for now I’ve got some links of interest to dump on you:

–  Here’s some research that confirms what a lot of us already know:  it costs a lot of money to eat healthfully.  Researchers with Health Affairs found that eating food that meets the U.S. nutritional guidelines can cost a person hundreds of dollars a year more in their grocery bill.

And if you are kinda broke and you still want to eat healthy food, well, the lead researcher came up with this sample diet:

Monsivais has an idea, though, of what an affordable “MyPlate” would look like: It would be filled with lentils, cabbage, eggs, and carrots. And for dessert? Oranges, apples or bananas — all nutritious and cheap.

The mention of “lentils” gave me a fit of ugly laughter, considering that “lentils” and “dried beans” are nearly always trotted out in discussions of food accessibility.  Is there a food accessibility bingo?  There ought to be, and “eat lentils!” should be somewhere on that list.

– The knobs over at Fox News have reacted to the new birth control mandate in ways that indicate they believe every woman in the country are actually characters in a really huge production of “Sex and the City.”

From Ms. Magazine:

Most notably, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said, “Many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex, they’re not going to use birth control anyways.”

And then we’ve got former White House spokesbot Dana Perino:

Fox News political commentator Dana Perino added, “If you can afford a $5 Frappucino at Starbucks, you can pay your $5 co-pay.”

And then over at Blog for Choice, from Sandy Rios, the vice president of Family PAC Federal, who was speaking as an guest on Fox News:

“Is the White House out of their mind? Does the West Wing not know what the left wing is doing? We’re $14 trillion in debt and now we’re going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well?”

Yes, that’s right – Fox News thinks we women are frivolous, dumb creatures who would rather sip overpriced coffee drinks than take responsibility for our health care.  And yet!  We are not quite so dumb that we cannot be entrusted to the care and feeding of whole, entire other human beings.  (I suppose they only think we can only manage that when we are within the protective bounds of a heterosexual marriage sanctioned by God, Jesus and Ronald Reagan.)

– On a less rage-inducing note, this post over at MizFit Online, about “retro” fitness, took me right down memory lane.  I have fond memories of putting Jane Fonda’s aerobics album on my parents’ record player, then trying to imitate the little faceless figures on the back of the album sleeve. Later, when I was a bit older, I used to sometimes do Richard Simmons’ “Dancing to the Oldies” tapes.  Because they were fun.

I also remember getting a “Get In Shape Girl!” fitness kit when I was younger, complete with leg warmers, a headband and wrist bands and a pair of tiny little pink dumbbells.  (OMG the PINK DUMBBELLS!)  I’m sure much could be written about the completely problematic nature of marketing pink fitness gear to grade-schoolers, but I have to say, I loved the shit out of my Get in Shape Girl! stuff.

7 responses to “Friday Randomness

  1. Looooooooooooved my Get in Shape Girl kit! I had the same one! To be quite honest, I always longed for the one with the ribbon on a sitck. This weekend I will have to find pictures I have of myself in my gear and scan them. I also may or may not have a photo of my infant brother with the headband on.

    I saw this news story the other day and wanted to pass it along to you:

    Let’s compare this list to the men:

    • Okay, you definitely need to let me know when you find them and get them online. I’d love to see them. I don’t think I have any photos like that of me kicking around – just the obligatory spaghetti-face ones and the naked-in-the-bathtub ones.

      Re: those lists – how bad is it that the first thing I thought was, well, at least it’s Maria Sharapova, who actually wins stuff, and not Anna Kournikova, who doesn’t? But yeah, the comparison is interesting. Part of me is like, no one should be making that kind of money for playing sports! But then the rest of me is like, well, I’d rather have the actual athlete making all that money than some corporation or ownership group or whatever.

  2. Richard Simmons still teaches aerobics! He has a studio in Beverly Hills called SLIMMONS and I went to one of his classes. Aside from him being totally insane (he dresses up in costumes each week–music themed appropriately, of course–and switches from yelling encouragement to straight-up YELLING and being really bizarre), the workout kicked my ass! After all the cardio he ends each session with 30 minutes of weight training, which is awesome, and puts a LOT of emphasis on proper form. (You do NOT want Richard Simmons yelling at you about improper form!)

    He also pulls all the cute boys in front of the class and makes them take off their shirts and exercise in front of everyone. And incorporates slapping your own ass into a cooldown routine. And reads people’s auras. And stays afterwards to take pictures with every single person who wants one (provided you pose how he tells you to). It was both the most amazing and terrifying thing I’ve ever done!

    • That IS amazing! You took an aerobics class from Richard Simmons! Is it odd that I’m kind of envious? Because I am! I always liked how enthusiastic and positive he is about things. Sure, he seems a bit…odd, but then I tend to like people who are odd. *shrug*

      However I’m not sure how well I would take to being yelled at by him. That might be too scary for me.

      • HE IS (kind of) TERRIFYING IN REAL LIFE! He’s alternately really sweet (he kissed my hand and told me I was fabulous) and encouraging, and then he will be like, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING? DON’T YOU HAVE ANY RHYTHM?” And he is definitely saucy and makes all these sexual references! It totally blew my mind. He teaches a class every Saturday, so that’s an extra incentive to come out to LA and visit! 🙂

        But I was certainly wide-eyed in shock for most of the class, and I kept mouthing to my friend, “What did you get me into?!?” It was An Experience to Remember. She took me for my birthday, and Richard gave me a tiny little doll coming out of a present that was made by his Personal Doll Artist to look like him. Amazing.

  3. OMG I am loling at Michael’s comment. He really does look a bit confused! And I love that outfit – was it Howdy Doody Day at the class? What kind of music were you guys dancing to?

    I think that might be the best photo I’ve seen in a long time. This class is definitely going on my (lengthy) list of reasons why I need to get back to LA soon. 🙂

    • It was “Wild West” theme! So it was all songs like “Wild Wild West”…and I don’t even remember the others because I was too busy frantically trying to keep up! 🙂

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