Sunday, January 16, 2011

I think we are going about this all wrong.

Natalie Portman stars in "Waif in Tights"
In my latest issue of "InStyle" magazine, there is an interview with the great Natalie Portman.  They were discussing her role in the the critically acclaimed movie "Black Swan".    She explained how she prepared for the role with 8 hours of training everyday for a year PLUS she had a nutritionist and cook preparing healthy meals.  She cut out alcohol and ate small portions (of rice cakes and water) frequently. 

The thing that kills me is that she was paid to get rail thin.  She had a full year of doing nothing else but exercising and not eating.  PAID MILLIONS.  I think I could tell my appetite to get lost for that. 

I have often wondered what it would be like to have a private chef and personal trainer at my disposal everyday.  Would I still cheat?  Would I still go thru the drive thru at Taco Johns and eat my Nachos Navidad in the parking lot? 

Look at Valerie Bertinelli and Jennifer Hudson etc....  A.) They are PAID spokeswomen for diet programs.  They get a paycheck for using these systems.  What do we get??  We get two extra points because we ran 18 miles on the treadmill today.   B.) They also have nannies, personal assistants, personal trainers, chefs, etc.  We ARE the caretakers, we are everyone else's personal assistants, we have to kick our own asses to get in shape, and we are the short order cooks.  (I'm not bitter.)

So I say, lets leave our normal lives behind and move to Hollywood, get discovered, make millions and then we'll be the ones on the commercials saying "If I can do it, you can too!!" 


  1. This post was writen by Anne - sorry forgot to sign off!

  2. ...And you know what the craziest thing is?! Real ballerinas do NOT subsist on celery and cigarettes. My daughter's godmother has danced with the Minnesota Ballet for something like 15 or 20 years, she's almost my age, and a couple weeks ago we met her for our usual India Palace buffet and she heaped her plate, just like I did, and she cleaned it! The only thing she didn't do was go back for seconds, which I did... But she weighs about 92 pounds, so I have no doubt there was no room for more food anywhere in her body. She has always eaten normal amounts and normal things. She just trains every day of her life, and trains HARD; harder than most football players, I can tell you that! Calories must just evaporate when she eats them. She probably has the metabolism of a 2-year-old.

    I agree that if someone (Anyone! They don't have to be a large company, either!) was paying me to lose pounds, I could/would lose pounds a lot faster. And if I was being paid MILLIONS... I could eat nothing. I wouldn't care how miserable I was, or how anorexic I looked.