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P.A.D.S Saturday will make you “Happy”

If you are wondering what PADS stands for, it is:
Public
Acts of
Dancing
Spontaneously

And for our very first PADS Saturday, we have this totally epic dance to Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy”. This kid decided to bust a move at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s basketball tournament last Friday. Since then his crowd-pleasing spontaneous boogie has gone viral, and why not. This kid has got some epic moves.

You’ve got the boogie down the steps. You’ve got the point. You’ve got hand claps up, down, behind and under the leg. And you’ve got the layback dance down. This kid is totally and completely committed to this groove, and for that, I salute him. You danced that like a boss! You totally earned the ovation you got at the end.

The dance has garnered so much attention, that word got to Pharrell Williams who reportedly said, “He experienced no limits. Every kid needs to know they all possess the potential to access that feeling.”

That, my friends, is what PADS is all about. It’s about seizing the moment.  It’s about letting joy overwhelm you.  It’s about parking shame at the door and not worrying about what anybody has to say.  It’s about fully committing, I mean really GOING FOR IT–damn the torpedoes.

So what can basketball Happy dancing kid inspire you to do today?  If you get a crazy idea, and ACT on it, I want to hear about it right here in the comments.  Extra bonus points for photos and videos.

Love,

Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick)

Size Diversity Soundtrack–300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy

bigtwist

This week, as part of a special project I’m working on, I’ve been exploring some fat positive music.  And my goodness, I had no idea there was so much of it out there!  Makes you want to get out your MP3 player and build an epic playlist of awesomeness.  Or at least start workin’ that YouTube jam.

One of my very favorite fat positive songs and in fact one of my favorite songs of all times is THIS gem from Big Twist and The Mellow Fellows. About 25 years ago, I had the rare privilege of seeing and hearing these guys perform “300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy” live during an outdoor summer event in Milwaukee called Lakefront Festival of the Arts.  I had no idea what size acceptance was in those days.  I just knew I LOVED this song.  I mean, I loved the lyrics:

Hoy, hoy,
Baby I’m your boy
300 pounds of heavenly joy.
I’m so glad that you understand
You’ve got 300 pounds of muscle and man.

This is it,
This is it,
Look what you get!

Now all you girls think your days are done
Don’t worry baby,
You could still have fun.
Take me, baby, for your little boy
Of 300 pounds of heavenly joy.

This is it,
This is it,
Look what you get!

If you’re sneakin’ and hidin’
Then the hidin’s bad.
Then you’ve got a man that you don’t like (Aaah!)
Get that cat, baby, and please me mad
Follow me woman we’ll have a real good time.

This is it,
This is it,
Look what you get!

Hoy, hoy,
Baby I’m your boy
300 pounds of heavenly joy. (Aaah!)
I’m so glad that you understand
You’ve got 300 pounds of muscle and man.

This is it,
This is it,
Look what you get!

 

I also loved that big fat horn section wailing away–building the anticipation for Larry “Big Twist” Nolan’s arrival on stage.  And when I say building, I’m not talking about 4 bars of intro.  I’m talking about 50-60 or more bars sheer blues awesomeness.  Long enough to get the loot, go through the trap door in the stage floor, and head to the car for one of the best car chases EVAR.

And let me tell you what, Mr. Big Twist could really move.  Sporting a 3-piece, white ice cream suit, and a white fedora, the guy was just mesmerizing as he strutted, sweat and basically owned the stage.  As I boogied down in the Milwaukee/Lake Michigan sunshine, I could scarcely have imagined that I would still be rocking to this tune in my aerobics dance classes more than 20 years later.  Lord, Lord, LORDY 20 years. That’s a looonng time ago!  Yikes! I think I just might be gettin’ those old lady blues!

Love,

The Fat Chick

Okay, let’s get back to WORK!

parties overI confess, the second day of the year is often a bit of a letdown for me.  We’ve been preparing and preparing for the holidays.  We’ve made (and distributed) over 120 dozen cookies.  We’ve drunk our New Year’s Drinks and made our New Year’s pledges.  The tree will stay up to the weekend but is as dry as a poor doggie’s bone.  And I am faced with the harsh reality of having to get the heck back to work.  I don’t get that warm, righteous, it’s a holiday but I’m working anyway satisfaction.  Nope.  I have that, I really don’t have an excuse so I gotta get back to it for heaven’s sake kinda deal.  Meh.

On the other hand I do find this time of year very invigorating.  I’m working with a whole bunch of absolutely amazing people on some ridiculously cool plans.  This is the time of year to believe anything is possible.  This is the time of year to make outrageous commitments and sign up for stuff just because it seems like it might be cool.  So I’m sucking down my coffee and sucking it up just in time to tell you about some amazing things going on right now, and coming down the pike.  Let’s DO this people!

New Fat Chick Clique Personalized Training Programs

On January 14, we’ll be launching our all-new training program built on The Fat Chick Works Out! book and DVD.  The program (available at several different levels) will feature a live teleconference every week on Monday nights.  You’ll receive personal encouragement emails, lots of opportunities to interact with your fellow exercisers and will have access to a variety of personal training options.  Special discounts are offered (through January 14 only) for members of Fit Fatties and The Fat Chick Clique.  Even deeper discounts are available for folks also participating in the new Fit Fatties Training Groups (see below).

Fit Fatties Across America

On the Fit Fatties Forum, we’re doing the Fit Fatties Across America project.  All  you have to do is join the forum (it’s free).  Then if you wish to participate, simply fill in the form each time you exercise with the date and your time or distance.  We’re going to compile everybody’s time and distance and figure out how long it will take the fit fatties to move across the country.  We’re starting in New York City and making our (virtual) way to Los Angeles.  Once there, a real, in the flesh, super cool party will be had!

New Training Groups

Also on the Fit Fatties Forum, we are creating 4 new premium training groups.  For a modest fee, you’ll be able to join a special group of folks either involved in training for distance events, getting in 150 minutes of exercise per week, dedicated to moving just for the fun of it and yes, even a group participating with the Zombies, Run!  application.  The group will have private facebook message boards, participate in dedicated email groups and get special and personalized advice from forum founders Ragen Chastain and yours truly.  Discounts are available to those who register before January 15, so sign up now!

Set a World Record!

After Ragen Chastain heard about the new program from Angela Meadows to destroy diet books as part of our New Year’s Revolution, she contacted a few of us at the Size Diversity Task Force with an idea.  Let’s do this as a group and collect over 20,000 pages of diet books to destroy.  Which gave me an idea, a big idea, a rascally, super large, crazy idea.  Let’s use all those magazines to create a sculpture like Brenda Oelbaum does, but let’s make it the world’s LARGEST!  Let’s go for a World Record here.  This is all part of my tired of being timid, go big or go home plan for 2013.  Wanna join us?  You can participate from anyplace in the world.  You can either send diet books, contribute money for us to “liberate” diet books ( from resale shops and garage sales where the book creators won’t be financially compensated for what is essentially paper mâché plaster) or even fly or drive in to join us on the big day!  You can click here to stay updated on the details.

Super Secret New Project

I can’t reveal this super secret new project I’m working on quite yet, but I am a tease!  So I’ll tell you to keep checking back here for a super cool totally new thing that I’ll be offering.  Stay tuned!

So while one party has ended, another one is just beginning.  Let’s get it started in here!


Whew, well there is a lot of cool and fun and exciting things for us to do together in the coming year!  So grab a cup of coffee and let’s get clickin!  Post-party ennui aside, I just can’t wait.

Love,

The Fat Chick