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ESPN Hits It Outa the Park with New Cover Model

OMG I am so excited that ESPN chose studly baseball man Prince Fielder as the cover model for their 2014 Body Issue.  Far from the typical wasp waisted, v-shaped Adonis types, Fielder’s muscular and substantial physique is a breath of fresh air.  While the Texas Rangers star shares some concern about a need to fuel his work with healthy eating habits in this decidedly NSFW video here, he also shares some candid thoughts about how he loves the skin he’s in.

Fielder: You don’t have to look like an Under Armour mannequin to be an athlete. A lot of people probably think I’m not athletic or don’t even try to work out or whatever, but I do. Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you can’t be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn’t mean you’re going to have a 12-pack. I work out to make sure I can do my job to the best of my ability. Other than that, I’m not going up there trying to be a fitness model.

And it takes even more courage to say these things in light of the fact that he’s recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck.  He talks about the path of his physical therapy and says, “I can’t do much of anything right now.  I just have to let the process of healing take place.”

I think I might just be a teensy bit in love with Fielder.  He represents so much of what I think is important about fitness.  He’s way more focused on what his body can do than how it looks.  He understands the need to rest and heal from surgery and injury.  He’s lovingly caring for his body so he can get back to using it to do stuff that he really loves.  And he’s quite okay with the fact that he doesn’t look anything like a male underwear model.  *Swoons.* 

While every magazine can always do more to promote body diversity, I’m pretty impressed with the step ESPN took with this cover model.  And as long as you make a firm commitment with yourself not to read the comments (no feeding the trolls) I think you will derive a fair amount of encouragement from this as well.  Sure they’ve got Michael Phelps.  He’s a beautiful athlete.  But his body is trained to do something very different than Fielder.  So of COURSE Phelps and Fielder are going to look different.  That doesn’t mean that they can’t both be beautiful.  And as the French say, vive la difference!

Love,  Jeanette (AKA The Fat Chick)

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Stuff That Weighs More Than Me: Antique Bath

tubIf you are a major bath lover and I am a MAJOR bath lover, you know that antique, claw footed tubs totally rock for long happy soaks.  You also know that these cast iron beauties are heavy–especially when full of water.  You don’t want to put one of these into a bathroom without a reinforced floor!  But they are totally worth the hassle.  Because as far as I am concerned, taking a bath is one of life’s great joys.

My bathtub is a total immersion thinking device.  Seriously, there is something about the warm water and the bubbles that allows my brain to relax.  I have seriously considered adding a “tub time” line item to client invoices, because I get a lot of my very best thinking done in there.

But an antique claw foot tub is not something to be taken lightly.  Getting one of those bad boys up to a second story bathroom is a major, storming-the-Alamo-level undertaking.  Here’s the stats:

Length: 3-5 ft.

Width: 30″

Height: 24″

Capacity: 40-60 gallons

Water Weight: 300-500 lbs.

Tub Weight: 300-400 lbs.

Total Filled Tub Weight: 600-900 lbs.

Conclusion: A claw foot tub filled with warm water and bubbles (of course) weighs more than me.

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Giant Hovercraft

In keeping with this week’s James Bond theme, I recently watched “Diamonds are Forever”.  My husband had yet another opportunity to wonder about my sanity this week as I jumped up in the middle of the movie and pointed at the screen.  “Just LOOK at that giant hovercraft!” I cried.  “I’ll bet that thing weighs more than me!”  He rolled his eyes. “Yup, I’m sure it’s as blog worthy as it is sea worthy,”  he said.  “Now will you sit down so we can watch the rest of the movie?”

I did a little research and I discovered that the giant hovercraft does indeed weigh quite a lot.  The one featured in the film is an SR.N4 (Mark I) and is one of the largest commercial hovercraft ever built.  This one was the Princess Margaret (of British Rail’s Seaspeed)  and it initially operated between Dover and Boulogne.

Built by the British Hovercraft Corporation, the Princess Margaret was designed to ferry people and automobiles from Britain to Continental Europe.  She operated from 1968 until 2000 (when the abolition of Duty Free made the service unprofitable).  You still visit the Princess Margaret at the Hovercraft Museum.

At the time of the shooting, the hovercraft was a Mark I.  It was later converted to a Mark III.  Any way you slice it, the Princess Margaret was a big girl.  Here’s the specs:

Length: 39.68 meters (130 feet)

Beam: 23.77 meters (77 feet)

Height: 11.48 meters (on landing pad) 37 feet

Power Source: 4 x 3,400 shp Rolls-Royce Proteus Gas turbines

Load: 250 passengers and 30 cars

Weight: 165 tons

Conclusion: The Princess Margaret Mark I Hovercraft weighs more than me.