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Margaret's Wedding Diet
Its way past time for a light, fluffy, upbeat post.

So, my sister Margaret is getting married on September 29th. Like most brides, Margaret is going to go on a diet so that she can look better on her special day. Of course, there's a twist. Margaret's wedding diet will feature ice cream, and lots of it.

I know I've mentioned in the past here that Margaret is a serious athlete. She came in 7th in the women's 20k race walk at the national championship this past summer. She's aiming for the top 5 next year, and has a serious reason to hope for making the US Olympic team for the 2008 games. The net result of all the physical conditioning that goes into this is that Margaret is quite thin. At 5'8" she wears at most a size 4, and often a smaller size depending on how things run. She's tall, thin and has far less body fat than most women.

Now, thin is beautiful in our society, but there are exceptions. In fact there are two exceptions and they're located on the ribcage. It seems that to be beautiful you should be thin, but you should still have huge... tracts of land. The absolutely riduculous expectation is that women should have as little body fat as Margaret does, yet still fill out a bra more like I do. This is impossible considering the darn things are nearly all body fat. Margaret isn't stupid enough to really want to go for this look, but the fact remains that she currently is not filling out the front of her wedding dress. She plans to do some serious padding to help with that, but she also wants to gain a few pounds before the wedding so that its not all padding. I just wish I could help her out by giving her some of my excess.

Note to self: Spend extra time at the gym from now until the wedding so as not to look like a total cow next to your little sister.

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undauntra From: undauntra Date: August 17th, 2005 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Like most brides, Margaret is going to go on a diet so that she can look better on her special day.
I do not understand this practice. Why assume a look for the wedding that one won't be maintaining through the marriage? It seems a trifle inappropriate to enter into a lifetime committment with misleading packaging. Then again, I am severely undersocialized as female.
coraline From: coraline Date: August 17th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Why assume a look for the wedding that one won't be maintaining through the marriage?

because most people never have an experience in their life where they are paying quite so much to have that many professional pictures taken of them, which they will then look at for the rest of their life.
hopefully, and presumably, the other partner has seen the "before" and doesn't necessarily expect the "at the wedding" to be the "forever after" package.

(i'm not saying i really understand it either, but i'm hypothesizing on reasoning that at least makes a little sense...)
twe From: twe Date: August 17th, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
It really is about the pictures. If you're going to have high quality professional pictures taken that will still be around when your grandkids and great-grandkids are, well, you want to look nice in them.

Though there's also probably some wanting to look as nice as possible when all your friends and family are looking at you, even more so than your HS reunion, which anecdotally also causes diets (as sometimes does one's daughter's wedding)...
coraline From: coraline Date: August 17th, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
...and i will say, while i didn't diet (weight not being something i dislike about my appearance) i did wear totally atypical amounts of makeup (which is to say, anything other than goth eyeliner) for my wedding (though i still managed to say no to the blush). but i still think i managed to look like "me, only better" which is i think what most people are aiming for for their wedding.
certainly, i said on the day of the wedding that i had NEVER seen so many recording devices pointed at me on one day, nor received qite so many hugs...
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 17th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Why assume a look for the wedding that one won't be maintaining through the marriage?

I'd get really funny looks if I wore my wedding dress to work.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: August 17th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, the truth is that most of us have a range in which our weight fluctuates, and on the day we get married to the person we want to spend the rest of our lives with, we sure as heck want our weight to be at the more attractive end of our normal range. It similar to my making sure that my hair was freshly dyed for my wedding because I wanted my hair to be on my favorite end of its color range.

Sure, some people think they can dramatically alter their appearance and lose 50 pounds for their wedding. That's not what I'm talking about here. Those people rarely succeed anyway.

And like firstfrost said, I'd certainly get strange looks if I went to work in my wedding dress. I don't know, maybe if we worked at the same place we could convince people that Victorian inspired gowns were the next big fashion thing.
coraline From: coraline Date: August 17th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
maybe if we worked at the same place we could convince people that Victorian inspired gowns were the next big fashion thing.

i would totally get behind that, were it not that victorian gowns really aren't practical for labwork...
merastra From: merastra Date: August 17th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Victorian inspired gowns

Cool. I know some people making Victorian gowns. They're pretty cool. jenthompson even webbed a bunch of scans for people to drool over. :) Me, I wouldn't mind having just the jacket-top thingy.
coraline From: coraline Date: August 17th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Victorian inspired gowns

wow... yeah, drool is right.
i just don't have the patience for victorian costumery, but god is it gorgeous.
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