What did early advertisers mean
by “Skinny girls don’t have Oooomph!?
I would say, “Curves, baby. Curves are what makes a woman attractive or
see, back in the late 50’s, early 60’s people were very active (walking,
working, raising kids and labour-intensive living.) There were fewer cars and fast foods and most
people were not eating much, but also smoking and drinking like there was no
tomorrow. Processed food was prevalent.
People ate plenty of hotdogs, white bread and pies. So skinny was the norm and
not fashionable at all. More pounds
meant better chance of survival. Women with
big hips were considered very attractive.
So, yeah. A curvy gal was attractive. Look at Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield and
Sophia Loren. All hourglass shapes.
Twiggy model was the start of a great lie for attractiveness, health and
fertility. Somehow, our society was convinced that toothpick models were the
ideal. To be honest. It is not.
Too often, I have met fit, attractive women who insist that they must
lose an extra five, ten or twenty pounds. Someone or some fashion ad has brainwashed
them into thinking this. Too often, this is totally unnecessary.
1993 study, in the Researcher Dr. Devendra Singh proved that the first thing
that attracts many 18 to 20-year-old college males is a normal weight, and
curvy female drawing, not the fashion magazine stick figures. (Journal of
Personality and Social Psychology 1993, Vol. 65, No. 2, 293-307).
Dr. Singh tested a group of 106
college males, from different ethnic backgrounds. The test subjects were shown drawings of
three different weights (light, normal and heavy) with four different
figures. The figures ranged from an
hourglass shape (narrow waist, wider hips and bust) to tubular shape (almost
the same size bust, waist and hips). The drawings were graded on
attractiveness, healthy-looking and ability to have children.
normal weight, hourglass shape was found consistently more attractive than the
other body shapes.
Why does a few drinks put some people
into a party mood, some aggressive and others ready to sleep?
Family and medical conditions aside,
people often react to alcohol based on their unique biochemistries. Dr. Joan Mathews Larson, author of Seven
Weeks to Sobriety and founder of the Health Recovery Center, describes
different Alcohol Bio Types[i] Taking the following revised quiz can give you an idea of
what your own unique biochemistry with regards to the popular fermented drink.
To complete the quiz, match up the
capital letter with a number. Find the answers on page:
(Disclaimer: Always consult a
physician or medical professional before treating yourself for alcohol or drug
A few drinks make me feel sedated.
Drinking alcohol makes me uncoordinated and light headed.
Alcohol always makes me sick.
When I drink, I perform better and have lots of energy.
Alcohol first gives me a boost and I tend to drink until I am drunk.
Alcohol used to give me a lift. Now, it steadies my nerves.
7. (Women only) I need and use
alcohol during premenstrual periods.
I cannot remember my first drinking
I liked the feeling when I first
drank alcohol. I remember it well.
I reacted badly to my first drinking
experience. It was not good.
4. Alcohol has no appeal to me.
I do not get hangovers from regular light drinking.
I usually feel miserable in the morning after heavy drinking.
I often feel depressed after a night of heavy drinking.
I rarely got hangovers when I started drinking, but I do now.
5. I feel uncomfortable even
with a small amount of alcohol.
I rarely want more than two or three drinks at a time.
I can drink over six drinks of (1.5 oz) hard liquor, (8 oz.) beer or (4 oz.)
wine without getting hangovers.
It is difficult to control how much I drink at a time.
I avoid drinking because of the way alcohol affects me.
After a day of working around fumes (from gasoline, house paint, printer’s ink,
hydrocarbons or formaldehyde), I often crave a drink.
6. I can regularly drink lots,
have little sleep and still have a strong sex drive and a strong type A
None of my family has a history of heavy drinking.
I have a Scandinavian, Celtic, Welsh or Scottish ancestry and have drinking
relatives who suffer from depression.
3. My family is from the
4. My background is Asian. My
relatives and I become nauseated, flushed and dizzy from small amounts of
I get mellow and sleepy after a few drinks.
I feel a quick sense of well-being from my first two drinks, but often feel
spacey after further drinking.
My personality and behavior have changed drastically over the years since I
have started drinking. Though I did not start out this way.
I feel exhilarated and can party all night when I drink and show no signs of
I often get into fights when I am drinking.
6. I use alcohol to control my
I have a very low alcohol tolerance.
I have a very high alcohol tolerance.
I have increased my alcohol tolerance over time with minimum hangovers.
After several years of a high alcohol tolerance, my tolerance has decreased.
5. I have difficulty predicting
my ability to control my drinking.
Record your chosen
answers (letter-number combinations) and match them to one of the six different
alcohol biological types below. Most
people have some traits from each category, but you should find most of your answers
in one area. Write this category down as
this holds the key to your body’s reaction to alcohol.
Normal Drinker or
A1 A few drinks calm you and make
you feel drowsy.
B1 You probably have no vivid
memory of your first drinking experience.
C1 You keep your drinking light
and your hangovers rare.
D1 Your drinking limit is two to
four drinks at a time.
E1 Your family has no history of
heavy drinking and your biological.
family is from the southern
Mediterranean areas of Europe or Asia.
F1 You tend to get mellow and
sleepy after a few drinks.
G1 You have no ability to handle
lots of alcohol.
A2 Alcohol makes you ill.
B3, B4 Your first drinking
experience made you ill. You do not like
the taste of alcohol.
D5 You generally do not
drink due to the taste and effects.
F1, F10 Alcohol makes you
drowsy, but has no effect on your personality.
G1 You have no ability to handle lots of alcohol.
Chemistry (Often labeled as alcoholic)
A2 Even small amounts of alcohol make you feel spaced out and
B1 You probably cannot recall your first drinking experience.
E1 None of your family has a history of heavy drinking. Or…
F1 You may be the type of
hypoglycemic who becomes light headed and sleepy when they drink.
G1 You have a low alcohol tolerance.
A4 Alcohol gives you
tremendous energy and performance. Or
A6 Alcohol used to give you
a boost, but now it just steadies your nerves.
B2 You enjoyed your first
alcohol experience. It did not make you
C3, C5 You rarely got hangovers in your early days of drinking, but
liver damage has changed your tolerance.
E2 You have at least one
close relative with a high alcohol tolerance.
F4 You are starting to show
signs of brain and nerve damage from years of excessive handling of alcohol.
F5 You can party for long
periods without showing intoxication.
Alcohol boosts your energy.
G2 As a teenager, you had a
high tolerance for alcohol. Or…
G3 You have been able to
increase your tolerance for alcohol. Or…
G4 Your alcohol tolerance
has declined over the years.
A5 Alcohol will give you a
boost at first, but then you usually lose control or drink until you are drunk.
B3 You probably remember
getting sick from your first drink of alcohol.
Your body naturally rejects alcohol.
Repeated use has forced your body to accommodate and adapt the
alcohol. You now have an
C2 Heavy drinking gives you
bad hangovers due to the high allergic reaction to the toxicity of alcohol.
C4 You usually feel
depressed after a night of heavy drinking.
D3 Alcohol alters your
brain’s ability to make choices. You
cannot predict the amount that you drink.
D4 You can go long periods
without drinking before you go on a binge.
D6 Being around chemical
fumes like paint, gasoline, ink and formaldehyde can set off your cravings for
E2 A close relative of yours
drinks or drank heavily. Or…
F3 There is a marked change
in your behavior when you drink alcohol.
F6 You tend to get into
fights and arguments when you drink alcohol.
G5 You find it difficult to
control the amount that you drink.
A7 You can temporarily
relieve depression by drinking.
B2 Your first drinking
experience brought relief from your depression.
C4 Your depression returns
when you stop drinking.
E2 You have alcoholics in
your family. Some may have been
depressed and have committed suicide.
E3 Your ancestry is
predominantly Scottish, Welsh, Irish or Scandinavian.
F8 You have used alcohol to
relieve your depression since childhood.
G2 Your tolerance for
alcohol has either increased over the years…Or
G4 Your tolerance has
decreased over the years due to liver damage.
You should have consistent responses in one of the five or six categories.
There may be some confusion between allergic/addicted and ADH/THIQ
answers. Generally, if you are answering
both bio-chemical types, but are over 40 years of age and have had several
decades of heavy drinking, you are the ADH/THIQ bio-chemical type due to the
extensive immune system damage.
According to this
test, what Alcohol Bio-Chemical type are you?
Non-Alcoholic ___ Alcoholic
The late Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe was ahead of her
time when it came to diet and exercise. She
did not exercise to exhaustion or diet to starvation. (At least not in the
beginning of her career.)
According to an article “How I Stay in Shape,” in the September 1952 issue of Pageant Magazine, Ms. Monroe ate a high protein diet and lifted weights. Breakfast was usually a cup of hot milk with two raw eggs mixed in. She also took a multi vitamin (but did not mention what brand or what dosage.) Dinner was usually steak, liver or lamb chops, usually broiled in an electric oven. Marilyn also enjoyed carrots sticks and sometimes stopping off at “Will Wright’s ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae” on her way home from evening drama classes.
The famous actress’ exercise routine was a minimum 10 minutes of light weights every morning, consisting mostly of “lifting five-pound weights from a spread-eagle arm position to a point directly above my head (like chest flys) …15 times slowly.” She repeated the exercise overhead (eg. Lateral shoulder raises.) Then, interestingly, she held the hand weights at 45-degree angles from the floor and moved the weights in circles until she was tired. This last exercise was similar to one of the standing Pilates exercises with small weights. Ms. Monroe also mentioned that she slept from five to ten hours per night.
Some early photos also suggest that Marilyn practised some yoga poses. Which was nearly unheard of in the 1950’s.
So, there you have it. High protein diet and strength building exercises that helped develop a world-famous figure.
Learn more little-known old-timer methods for a strong, solid figure in Flat Gut After 50.
Find out how three 60 year old, former paratroopers, stay strong, overcome injuries, date and even have children. Listen to the attached audio clip and/or read the summary: AS = Andy Slusarenko DB= Doug Burgis DS= Doug Setter
GROWING UP AS- Ate peanut butter sandwiches, hiked, swam and played soccer in the rural areas on Vancouver Island. Age 12, jumped and beaten by six guys. AS trained in judo and other martial arts. Was only “white guy” in judo classes.
DB- Born in small town. Loved freedom of outdoors. Moved to Vancouver and experienced culture shock, such as never seeing a black or gay man before. Lied about his age to join army cadets and enjoyed camping and individual sports.
DS-Born on Airforce base. Enjoyed outdoors and individual sports.
AS- Joined army. Was fittest guy in battalion. Joined CAR. (Canadian Airborne Regiment.)
DB- Joined army, infantry and CAR (Canadian Airborne Regiment). At CAR, you were judged by your physical abilities. You never wanted to fall behind.
DS- After too many beatings, joined army reserves, then regular army and trained in martial arts.
AS- Gift to self was workout challenge at local gym.
DB- Gave self “Birthday Workout.” Bench press was better than my 20’s. Reverse pullups: 6 sets of 8.
DS- Run up Grouse Mountain, take girlfriend out dancing.
AS- Pain is different as a kid. Had to work around a shoulder injury since I was 13 years old. Still went onto become a paratrooper and aikido black belt.
DB- Always work around the injury. Older means better patience with injuries. Have the wisdom to know I can “work around” the injury and get back in shape. Always keep training. If I cannot run, I skip, etc.
DS- If I injure my knee, I work on flexibility and upper body. The same with other body parts. Always keep moving.
ADVICE TO OTHERS
AS- It is what YOU want out of training. It is NOT what other people think. Take on challenges. You need a reason to get up in the morning. If you get hurt, just suck it up and get it done. During my Airborne reunion, so many guys were unfit and overweight. Take fitness challenges.
DB- You need to do something that boosts adrenaline and testosterone. Life will give you what you need. Look for challenges. Leave some mystery in it. I am going motorcycling in the Baja, Mexico and don’t have my logistics together yet. I’d like to see more guys fitter. Usually, when I train, there are only about four of us over 50 during kettle bell seminars. It should not be that way. There should be more over 50 year olds exercising. During my PPCLI infantry reunion many ex-soldiers looked bad. They should still be fit enough to play soccer.
DS- You have to have some kind of excitement, some kind of risk to give you that boost.
AS- Get a boat and see friends all over the world. Wind is not taxed and water is free.
DB- Finish home renovations. I will do my adventure while retired, while my younger partner keeps working.
He seemed to have all of the advantages for the 1.5 mile fitness test.
I mean, the guy was running often on the army base and I had just been posted from an out station in the Queen Charlotte Islands (with a clear view of Alaska). So, I had been in a desk job for a year and maybe ran a grand total of two or three miles, at a time a few times a month. The runner, whom I will just call Andre had been in the field unit for over a year and was both fit and climatized to the humid climate of Kingston, Ontario in Canada (600 km north of New York). Some might say that he was better looking than me, but I won’t go into that.
Andre ran three miles (five kilometers) every day and would eventually get an award when he reached some distance like 1,000 miles. To beat him, I thought that I would have to run harder and more every day.
But, after a little research about how professional runners trained, I figured out a system of:
Mondays: Lift weights.
Squats: 1 set of 30
Pullovers: 2 sets of 15
Roman chair sit ups: 2 sets of 25-50
Hyper-extensions: 1 set of 30
Tuesdays: Light run, plus sprints.
Wednesday: Easy day
Thursday: Lift weights
Friday: 1 x longer run (3 to 9 miles)
So, when I did the math, I figured that Mr. 3 miler was training about 45 minutes a day. 3/4 of an hour x 7 days = 5.25 hours (5 hours and 15 minutes) per week.
Not to mention, warm ups (10 min.), cool downs (10 min.). Which 20 min. X 7 days makes another 140 min. Or 2 hours and 20 min. Totaling 7 hours and 35 minutes. Plus the extra showers and laundry.
My routine worked out to:
3 x 20 minute workouts,
Warm ups and cool downs of 20 minutes each workout. (3 x 20 min.)
Plus .5 to 2 hours for the long run each week
3 x 20 min. + 3 x 20 min. + 2 hours = 5 hours/week.
I could also carve that down to 4.0 to 4.5 hours if I really pushed for speed.
The final results? After less than two months of training, I totally destroyed the 3-mile-a-day guy during a 1.5 mile (approx. 2 km) fitness test. It was absolutely no competition. What’s more, I was physically stronger and more muscular than my competitor. (Maybe even better looking, though he did have the moustache and the French accent that some women liked.)
Meanwhile, the jogging had left Andre with a bit of a roll around his waist. He had not gained the overall body strength or the ability to “change gears” and run at different speeds that my training had given me.
Fatigue, nervousness, sleep problems, mood swings, muscle twitches, digestive disorders, lack of concentration and proneness to illness does not just happen over night.
Often, the above symptoms are the result of adrenal exhaustion. Many of use have been there and have not realized it until it was too late. Just like many other mental, physical and even financial ailments, there is usually a process leading up to the problem.
Let’s look at the body’s nervous systems. The sympathetic nervous system gives us adrenaline and cortisol and the parasympathetic nervous system calms us down with sedating hormones such as calcitonin. Both nervous systems work to keep our bodies in balance and harmony.
When we get into a stressful situation, like a threatening stranger on a dark street or what looks like a bear stumbing through the bush. The sympathetic nervous kicks into high gear and dumps adrenaline, cortisol and sugar into your blood stream. Your blood pressure gets cranked up and you become very alert, aware and ready to fight, flee or freeze like a statue.
In 1956, researcher Hans Selye, wrote The Stress of Life and identified three stages of stress. In 1990, Dr. David Watts, author of Trace Elements and Other Essential Elements added two more stages. These five stages of stress are:
During the alarm stage, you are totally focused on fighting or getting away. Your heart rate and blood pressure and sugar levels are “through the roof.” Your body’s resources are all focused on your immediate, short-term survival.
As you run or fight, you enter the resistance stage. Your adrenaline is still high, but you are more aware of your surroundings and starting to think more clearly. As a kick-boxer, I usually got to this high-adrenaline “thinking stage” by round two.
At the recovery stage, the danger has passed, you have found a safe place and are calming down.
The adaptation stage is where people do not reach the recovery stage. They spend too much time in the resistance stage and are constantly looking over their shoulder for more danger. When I was on a peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia (the Balkans), I was constantly wired for an emergency. I had trouble sleeping and was constantly urinating. Later, back in Canada, I lived in a low-end neighbourhood where I was overly cautious of being robbed or assaulted. I confess, at the time, I kind of thrived on the adrenaline high. It was like being overseas again.
This where you either learn to take the stress or start taking precautions so that the stress does not ruin your health.
The exhaustion stage comes after your body is drained of essential nutrients and breaks down from fatigue. This exhaustion can also lead to disorders such as: arthritis, eating disorders, back pain, teeth grinding, insomina, irritability, increased use of stimulants (alcohol and drugs) and proness to accidents.
Modern living makes it difficult to resist this exhaustion stage. Modern living cuts us with a two-edged sword. On one edge, the high stress of work, home and education can make huge stress demands. On the other edge of the exhaustion sword, people seldom allow themselves to recover. They eat poorly and run on coffee, cigarettes and processed foods to keep themselves going through the day.
If you want to build a resilient mind and body, learn more about re-programming yourself to being stronger, fitter and faster, in my book:
So, you return to high school into grade 9 or 10. You are almost into adulthood and close to being finished with this school prison. It is also where a majority of physical bullying takes place, especially to low-income teens from single parent families.
After your summer break, you, as a bully’s target, might find out that most of the bullies have undergone growth spurts. While, you, my friend have not.
If you had been following the previous advice in the other lessons, you will have, at least, improved your health, strength and stamina. This applies to the gals, as well as the guys. Your status with the general teen population will almost always increase with your physical abilities. The smart, strong, attractive girl or smart, strong guy is usually in a better position to deal with bullies than their weaker counterparts.
Regardless how much stronger you have gotten, everyone wants to re-establish the school “pecking order” for the rest of the school year. That is, certain people want to “put you in your place” and keep you there.
This is why the first couple of weeks is essential for not getting bullied. I know when I was training all summer and came back to school at with about four extra pounds of muscle, I made a point of not falling back into that being pushed around routine. It was hard to break old habits and I had to back down when outnumbered and out muscled.
This is where the confrontational skills come in.
If a punk makes an insult, you can do an eye roll their way or make a funny remark.
If a group makes an insult or tries to bully you just look at them blankly, then corner one of them later. And casually ask what was up? Watch the reaction. It will usually be a bit of a tough guy act or a fast “hey just joking” remark.
Look at people without staring them down. This can be done with by throwing your eyes out of focus or looking at their foreheads. This is like avoiding a dog. You watch it without starring at it.
If you think that you can handle a bully (male or female) and they are insulting you, invade their space. This takes the fight right out of some people. Especially if it is done suddenly. (Eg. “I’m sorry, I don’t think I quite heard you right.)
Lastly, of course, is the actual defending oneself. It is better to get sent to the office or take a bit of a beating than to be harassed and picked on for the rest of the year.
Acting a little more aggressive will probably draw more attention to yourself, at first. But, then, at least some of the bullies will back off or think twice before bothering you. They will probably step it up when they feel safer in greater numbers. In which case, stay alert.
One of the most direct ways of testing core strength, flexibility, balance and body control is simply landing up from the prone position…without using your hands.
Start with the Pilates Roll-Like-a-Ball exercise by lying on a mat on the ground and curling into a ball. Hold your shins (beginners grab the backs of your thighs), then roll forward and, using momentum, stand up.
Watch how, after four months of training 50-something, Steve, rolls up onto his feet. Way to go Steve!