Sunday, March 28, 2010

Victoria Beckham Is Honestly, well Skinny

In the wake of the Tiger Woods scandal it is pleasing to see celebrities becoming more transparent--because we all know how secrecy in the spotlight can backfire. However, it was still surprising to me when I came across some blatantly truthful answers in a mini-interview with Victoria Beckham in the December issue of Allure.
Along with questions about her personal life, Allure prompted Beckham with the question of burgers or salads. Beckham opted for the salad, “I’m not going to lie -- I'm not one of those people that says, 'Oh, I eat hamburgers.'" I wasn’t surprised when I read this but I did find it refreshing that she was honest, most celebrities claim that they eat whatever they want. Megan Fox is even quoted saying that she only leaves her house for KFC.

This isn’t the first time Beckham has graced the pages of Allure. In the August 2008 issue of Allure Beckham was unsurprisingly under fire about her incredibly thin figure, her interviewer not only asked her what she weighed but if she thought that “fat people” had an “ick factor.”

Beckham, doing her publicist proud, responded maturely and respectfully, “That’s an awful question. People have to be healthy. Some people can’t help being thin; some people can’t help being fat. People can’t help the way they look. I don’t like it when people are mean about me, so I’m not going to be mean about anybody else.”
More celebrities need to practice honesty. Openness is what the public wants; it eliminates the ability to make assumptions and increases credibility for the celebrity. I applaud Beckham for doing PR proud!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Advertising is Creepy! Yes?

Apparently there is a new public service campaign directed towards online advertising- you know how you google something and the next day you see ads about exactly the thing you googled? That type of thing.

Does it creep you out?

It doesn't creep me out, maybe because I study Marketing and Public Relations- so I think it is one of the coolest things ever- or because I don't like having advertisements popping up all over, but if I did I would want them to be relevant to the things that I like!

According to an article published on Online Media Daily,

"The campaign comes as policymakers are questioning whether data collection by marketers violates consumers' privacy. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) has said he plans to introduce a bill that could require Web companies to notify users about online ad targeting, and in some circumstances, obtain their explicit consent.

In addition, the Federal Trade Commission has criticized the industry for using dense privacy policies to inform people about behavioral targeting, or tracking people online and sending them ads based on sites visited."

I don't really see the problem with advertisers practicing this! I think that it is a great solution to all of the advertising issues we deal with these days, and it is a great way to directly send advertisements to people who show interest in those things. Advertisements are a large part of what make our economy work, it is what keeps television on air and large Web sites running, and all of the other things we as Americans are addicted to!

The thing I don't agree with is putting cookies on my computer (that I paid a lot of money for thank you!) But if it doesn't mess with my operating system, and I can go into My Computer and delete tracking cookies from time to time, I really don't see a problem. It isn't like Google is going to judge you for looking for at certain things and all of the Googlers sit around laughing about what John Smith was looking at online last week- they just want a good way to sell products to people. It is all a large circle:

We like to look at cool FREE internet sites.
The internet site needs money to operate (boo).
The advertisers want to sell us things.
We want to buy things (sometimes).
The advertisers come up with ways to sell things to the people who want them.
The cool FREE internet sites give them an easy way to do this.
We can choose to click on these advertisements and complete the circle- or just watch them looming by on the screen.

What is the big deal?

My PR/Marketing/Capitalistic mindset doesn't understand.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Things That I Like Today

I think that Josh Hillis is a genious. While I have never tried Kettlebell exercises, I think that his opinion on fitness and health are RIGHT ON. He focuses on lifting HEAVY things. Squats and lunges. Eating for life, not eating for a diet.
Check him out:

Does anyone else love looking at really good trash-talking about the really funny things that celebrities wear? Seriously, Rhianna wears things that look like they belong in a tool shed, or better yet a construction site- rather than things that anyone should venture into public wearing. If you are this person, you need to check out Go Fug Yourself: It is absolutely hilarious and the writing is very witty.

So has anyone seen the new "Tough Love" on VH1? Well, I love this show. I love it because there is nothing better than having guys call a train wreck a train wreck- and then showing said train wreck a video of the guy calling her a train wreck. Nothing better. BUT- there is one particular train wreck on the show that I recognized immediately.
Where have I seen her before? I know I have.... Videos

Well, train-wreck was an understatement...

Jillian Michaels is my *hero*

Telling It Like It Is

Listen, getting in shape is all about setting goals. Losing weight, building muscle, and getting rid of the unhealthy eating habits take guts and perseverance. You're dealing with something big here. When you decide what you want, make it specific and concrete. For example, don't just say that you want to lose weight. Ask yourself some questions: How much weight? And is weight really the most important thing? Or is it more important that you climb your front steps with ease or lower your body-fat ratio? Think hard about what you want, and use your journal to keep track. Once you've figured out where you want to go, here's how you're going to get there:

Learn how to make decisions you can stick with. Remember, you're not just going on a diet, you're establishing a pattern of health that will enhance the quality of your life. Think big, but choose small, attainable goals — lose five pounds to start or fit into pants one size smaller — and build on those goals as you reach each one.

Allow yourself room for setbacks. One setback is only one setback — it's not the end of the world, nor is it the end of your journey toward a better you. You don't have to give up. Just get back on the bandwagon and keep going.

Walk the line between self-denial and self-indulgence. It's the middle ground between the two that will offer you the best foundation for building your new life. Maintain your discipline by allowing yourself little pleasures every now and again.

Understand that there are no mistakes. The things you used to think of as mistakes are now just learning experiences, so don't waste time beating yourself up. You'll encounter small failures — everyone does. But you'll achieve success too. Just remember, every pound you gain can be lost.

Keep in mind that faith in yourself and your work is what will keep you striving for the best. Now, get in the zone and push as hard as you can.

-Miss Michaels herself.

The problems that everyone has with weight loss is that either they don't see immediate results- so they give up- or they do it in a way to receive those immediate results-resulting in gaining it all back and more.

What I've noticed is that everything in life should be in moderation!
Americans hate the word NO!
As soon as you say NO to something, it becomes the enemy- that we all crave.
You eat too little- you can lose your health, your body can go into starvation, all these terrible things!
You eat too much- you get fat! Diabetes, heart disease, etc...

So the cure? There is no cure. There is only moderation.

Who wouldn't want to look like this?