Finally! After three long months, we, the public, get to hear just exactly how Jessica Simpson plans to lose the weight she gained while pregnant with her second baby, Ace. In an exclusive with ABC News, Jessica says she’s working with Weight Watchers again to lose all of that pesky weight that helped her grow a human inside her body.
When Jessica was pregnant the first time (and even before, remember the Dukes of Hazzard and everyone oohing and ahhing over Jessica in her Daisy Dukes?) the media was positively obsessed with her body, with how much weight she’s gained, with how she planned to lose it. Her partnership with Weight Watchers made national news, for chrissake! And then when she unexpectedly got pregnant with her second child, pretty soon after her daughter was born, everyone was kinda like “Oh. Meh. Pregnant again. Let’s flip out about Kate Middleton‘s body instead.” While I’m happy that the public obsession with Jessica’s weight has died down quite a bit, I still think it’s sad and shameful and incredibly disheartening that, at this point, this woman is essentially famous for having a body.
I mean, can you remember the last time she sang something or appeared in a movie or TV show? Me either. I guess she does have a successful clothing line, but I’m reasonably sure she doesn’t actually design anything for it. Jessica’s fame now centers completely around her body and her weight, to the point that she gave an entire interview to a major US news channel that focuses almost exclusively on weight loss. Such a great message to be sending to the women of America, especially those who are postpartum!
The one bright spot here is that it sounds like Jessica has a healthy, laid-back attitude about weight loss. She said:
“Going into my second pregnancy, I was just like, ‘Oh, I can’t eat the whole cake. I can just eat a piece of cake.” I didn’t limit myself, and I definitely was not on a diet during my pregnancy but I did stay active and I had Maxwell to chase around because she turned 1 and started walking, so I was a running pregnant woman.”
“An indulgence for me is like, ice cream, so I can have a Skinny Cow for four points, and I know that that’ll be the sugar that I want that day.” Today we just had an eight-point lunch, and it was a faux spicy chicken sandwich from Wendy’s but it wasn’t from Wendy’s – we made it in a healthy way.”
It sounds like she has pretty reasonable exercise goals, too:
“I’m taking it week by week so I don’t get frustrated with myself. I had a long-term goal, and that’s all I thought about it, I think it would set me back more. So I really, every week, try to make sure I stick with my points and get four workouts in. That’s my goal this week, and I hope that I can lose from that. If not, I’m going to keep on going and try it the next week. So far, so good.”
Not the worst way to lose weight, especially for the woman whose body has been criticized, analyzed and scrutinized from all angles by news sources for years. Jessica sounds remarkably grounded and body-positive and I think that’s really awesome. But what would be even more awesome would be if she received media attention for anything other than talking about what she eats and how she works out.
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