Skinny Girls Can Complain, Too

Skinny Girls Can Complain, Too

The frowned upon struggle of complaining about your body while skinny.

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It is approximated that 91% of women are unhappy with their current body. Whether that be displeased with their weight or the overall shape of their body, it seems most everyone has some issue with the way that they look, but it also seems only certain people are allowed to complain or mention anything about it.

We have all heard people in our lives say things like "oh I should really start going to the gym more often I've put on a few pounds recently" or "I should start dieting to try and lose some weight." These statements are considered fine and normal, no one really has an outrageous opinion against someone wanting to lose weight and most times nowadays it is even encouraged, but what about those of us who are also unhappy with our bodies, just not in the "normal" way.

For all of my life, I have been pretty much a walking stick figure. I am five foot four have never broken past 100 pounds, in fact I tend to hover around the 94-95 pound area. I have always been a size double zero in pants and an extra small in tops. Some of you may be reading this now wondering what on earth I have to complain about, everyone strives to to be smaller so why aren't I happy?

I am not happy because I am not healthy. I have a body mass index (BMI) of 16.1, anything under 18.5 is considered to be underweight which, again, is not healthy. In order to be considered healthy I need to be at the very least 110 pounds, that is 16 pounds away and I find it impossible to put on weight (commence eye-rolling, I know.)

The fact that I am so small has given me extremely poor body image. I am constantly wearing oversized clothing to cover up the fact I think my arms look and legs look disgustingly scrawny. I feel as though any small fall and all my bones will break because there is nothing to protect them. I have constant back pain because I have no developed muscle to help hold myself upright all the time. I gather that a lot of what I feel many others feel too, so why do I always feel as though no one really takes me seriously when I try to talk about it?

It seems as though no one really gets it. Any time I mention not feeling comfortable in my body I always receive the same responses. "Wow I wish I had your problem you're so lucky"..."really you're going to complain to me about not being able to gain weight if only I was that skinny." Yes, I understand there are many of you out there who want to lose weight because you want to look and feel better about yourselves, but why can't I wish for the same for me? Why is it suddenly so taboo for me to openly want to gain weight?

I guess the main point of this article is just to let people complain without judging them. You never know what someone is thinking or how someone feels about themselves, and negating their feelings only ever ends up hurting them more. Hopefully in time the percentage of people unhappy with their bodies will continually decrease but until then, please, just let me complain.

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An Honest Review Of ItWorks! From Someone Who Doesn't Sell The Products

No, I'm not looking for you to "join a team" or begin any challenges.
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I'm sure you've seen your friends on Facebook transition from friend to salesman. Whether it be for Scentsy, LipSense, or AdvoCare; multi-level marketing companies are on the rise thanks to social media. ItWorks! remains one of the most prominent.

ItWorks! is a health and wellness company using primarily plant-based ingredients without any artificial sweeteners or coloring. Their "number one seller" is the famous body wraps but the company is mostly weight loss supplements and vitamins. The company has a passion for the natural over the synthetic. Co-founder Mark Pentecost states on the site's Our History page that "you want to know that you're putting the very best things in your body."

Since most reviews of these products come from distributors, who are therefore biased, I have reviewed three of their greatest products and one I believe you should avoid.

1. Greens™ Blend Chocolate

As a vegan, I sometimes have to double check that I'm receiving the proper nutrients. ItWorks! Greens have been saving my life lately. It contains 52 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods as well as 34 fruits and veggies. It is meant to alkalize, balance, and detoxify.

This is my favorite product! It gives me energy and even fills in for breakfast sometimes. It honestly makes me feel great. Then again... they always said eating all your fruits and veggies would!

ItWorks! gives you those healthy servings in a delicious chocolate flavor (which is bomb with almond milk). Make sure you use a blender bottle or blender. Like many powdered supplements, it can have that grainy aftertaste.

2. Advanced Formula Fat Fighter™

The idea behind this supplement is that it’s "okay to indulge if you have your Fat Fighters." Basically, if you just must have that sweet treat or piece of bread then you can take this pill within an hour to prevent your body from absorbing the carbs and a portion of the fats. If you're anything like me, you eat what you want when you want, so you'll end up taking these pills on the daily.

The main reason I like the Fat Fighters is that they reduce cravings and I normally have such a sweet tooth!

3. ThermoFIGHT™

This product is meant to increase calorie burning, boost the rate of your metabolism, and boost your energy. Like with Greens, I definitely feel energized when I take this supplement. Not in a jittery or wired way, either.

They say "abs start in the kitchen" but I'll try and cheat the system when I can!

4. Ultimate Body Applicator™ and Defining Gel™

This is the ItWorks! claim to fame... and that ASTOUNDS me.

I used to be so skeptical of this company because of the wraps. I tried them three different times and was not impressed each time. The ultimate body applicator and defining gel are meant to tighten and tone the skin to redefine the appearance of your body’s contour. Sure, you'll receive those results... just at an outrageous price. It's an expensive product that requires a lot of re-purchasing in order to receive any drastic results. Not to mention the most drastic results are just reduction of water weight.

They're really just an overpriced skin firming lotion. I suggest finding a nice cream from Target and sitting in the sauna instead.

If your facebook-friend-turned-salesman pushes for you to buy the wraps, just remember that I warned you.

I would like to give an honorary mention to KetoCoffee (probably their second most popular item). Because it is not vegan, I have not given it a try. I have heard amazing things from multiple women, though. Most keto coffee recipes give people the shakes and amp them up too hard. I've heard that ItWorks! has perfected the recipe.

I have used the first three products for a little over three months now. Sometimes I am inconsistent and miss servings. However, I match these products with a vegan diet (mostly whole foods based) and 3-4 days of exercise. I do not have drastic results but I have lost a little over ten pounds and feel great each day. I plan to remain a customer with this company (I have Greens on Autoship!).

I feel so blessed to be a Loyal Customer with ItWorks! because I receive up to 40% off and free shipping after three months. Without this discount, I probably never would have given this company a second thought. I highly recommend going that route because, well...

Cover Image Credit: Savanah Garcia | Instagram

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Are Non-Compete Agreements Impervious?

Are your future employment options limited by a non-compete? Try fighting it!

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A non-compete agreement is an agreement between an employer and employee restricting the employee from working in competition with the employer during or after employment based off industry, time, and regional restrictions. They have become more common so employers can avoid competition and replication of proprietary services or information.

Much like a jealous partner in a relationship, they basically say you can't date anyone else at the same college for a certain amount of time. While this may seem ridiculous, companies do have some authentic reasons for using non-compete agreements. Knowledge is power and employees who have learned the inner workings of a company can take that knowledge into their own hands to work for competition or create competition. Having said that, non-compete agreements feel more restrictive for the sake of being petty about an employee leaving.

According to legal representation at Tallahassee Law Firm Friedman & Abrahamsen, there are several factors that render non-compete agreements null and void:

  • The employer breached the agreement by failing to provide certain compensation, benefits, or employment conditions.
  • The employer engaged in conduct that violates specific laws.
  • The restriction is not necessary to protect the employer's interest or that the scope of the agreement is unreasonable.

If you feel that one of these factors applies to you, find legal counsel. They can help you fairly overcome the non-compete agreement.

Breached Agreements


Basically, if an agreement is broken by the employer, the obligations are no longer accountable. There are complications in this process and evidence needs to be provided, which can be challenging, but if they didn't meet the agreed upon terms, then you are free from the non-compete agreement.

Illegal Conduct


If the employer engages in any illegal or illicit activity, as a company (theft) or on a personal basis (sexual misconduct), contracts are going to be in question. Sometimes, an employee may know and need to blow the whistle on an employer's illegal actions, especially if they are being held to a non-compete agreement. When they are in trouble, they don't get to call an employee's future shots.

Unnecessary


If a company is enforcing a non-compete when there is clear evidence that the restriction does not protect them and, instead, hinders the worker, competent legal counsel can help. Non-compete is becoming a standard part of the hiring process, but those that don't work with sensitive, proprietary information aren't a risk to the employer. So if they decide to work somewhere else in the same industry and region, are they really giving away company secrets to competition? Or did they find a better opportunity and have no interest in private industry espionage. Not everyone is within an employer's non-compete agreement scope and we should know if we are.

It's important to remember: despite paperwork signed and agreements made, large companies can and will protect themselves. You may not have signed a non-compete, but if they think you are leaving and taking secrets to another company with you, legal representation will contact you in their name. Non-compete agreements are a protective layer that might not be pursued – it simply gives the option and warning to pursue. So next time you sign an employment contract, find a lawyer and see what you may be facing in the future.

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