2008 Good Health-a-thon: Week #5 - (Re)Defining "Hot"

10 years ago
This article was written by a member of the SheKnows Community. It has not been edited, vetted or reviewed by our editorial staff, and any opinions expressed herein are the writer’s own.

This is the second monthly update in a series, following the launch of BlogHer's 2008 Good Health-a-thon. Sign up (and get your blog badge) here.

What makes a woman "hot"?

Sure, it's a loaded question. But I'm willing to bet that you have an answer or two. Or three. Or fifty-seven hundred.

To me (and I guess Paris Hilton, whatever, forehead smack) "hot" is a powerful designation. It's something I have always wanted to be considered, a la Wow, she's HOT. It's also something I thought I was sometimes, occasionally, in the rare instances I've felt thin enough because I could fit into the right clothes.

Can you relate? Yes, well, it's time to change that.

One of the main points of BlogHer's Good Health-a-thon is to broaden our definition of "good health" beyond the bathroom scale, and to recognize all the wonderful things we can do for our overall wellness. I think we can all agree that skinny jeans are not a good measure of "health." But you know what? Skinny jeans are not a good measure of "hot," either.

Seriously -- there are all kinds of hotness. Hot can mean sexy, beautiful, edgy, attractive, interesting, powerful, creative, smart, funny... The defnition of "hot" is vague at best, and that means we have the freedom to make it our own. So let's.

For the March Good Health-a-thon check-in, let's do it. Let's nip the springtime onslaught of threatening IT'S ALMOST SWIMSUIT TIME commercials in the bud by rejecting the notion that hot weather must equal hot body must equal skinny body. Let's plan to be TOTALLY HOT this summer. Along with all our established goals and ongoing awareness, I think it could be totally fun to throw a Summertime Hotness Goal into the mix.

Which means (and forgive me, I love numbered processes!)...

1. Defining "Hot." What makes a woman hot? When you think about some of the "hottest" women you know, how would you describe her attributes?

2. Picking one or two of those attributes you feel you want to enhance in yourself.

3. Figuring out a way to measure your progress, and selecting dates (or events) for performing check-ins.

Okay, so maybe this sounds very familiar. Perhaps you're wondering if I'm just trying to trick you into revisiting your New Year's goals. I assure you, I'm not. (Uh, but since you asked, how are those going?) This is about looking ahead to a glorious spring and summer where we're inspired to feel our best. Whatever that may mean.

Take Christina's story for example. Her stated goal is -- ready? -- to be "hot" in time for the BlogHer Conference this July.

So it's time for a change, and that change can begin by asking myself: what do I really want? I want to be healthy, in body, mind and spirit. I want to eat better, get more exercise, and lose weight. I want to feel good about my body instead of ashamed of it.

She calls it being Hot by BlogHer, and even went so far as to have a button made for it! (Thanks, motherbumper!)

Though Christina's personal goals do happen to involve losing weight and getting in shape, her approach is holistic and comprehensive. Consider some of the language she uses:

I want to be at a healthier weight. I have no set number I must reach...

I want to eat more natural foods...

I want to enjoy exercise again...

And my personal favorite:

I want to be happier with my life, giving off waves of self-confidence and satisfaction.

Self-confidence and satisfaction? Sounds hot to me!

So what are your thoughts? What do your numbers 1, 2, and 3 look like? What is your Summertime Hotness Goal? Come July, I guarantee that Christina's going to be in great company.

More from health

Health & Wellness
by Monica Beyer | 9 hours ago
Health & Wellness
by Lisa Kohn | a day ago
Health & Wellness
by Elizabeth Yuko | a day ago
Health & Wellness
by Pauline Campos | a day ago
Health & Wellness
by Laura Bogart | a day ago
Health & Wellness
by HelloFlo N/A | 2 days ago
Health & Wellness
by Maggie Giuffrida | 2 days ago
Health & Wellness
by Catherine Conelly | 2 days ago
Health & Wellness
by Caitlin Flynn | 2 days ago
Health & Wellness
by Michele Borboa MS | 3 days ago
Health & Wellness
by Elizabeth Yuko | 3 days ago
Health & Wellness
by Megan Fu | 3 days ago
Health & Wellness
by Elizabeth Yuko | 3 days ago
Health & Wellness
by Elizabeth Yuko | 4 days ago
Health & Wellness
by Elizabeth Yuko | 4 days ago
Health & Wellness
by Catherine Conelly | 5 days ago
Health & Wellness
by HelloFlo N/A | 5 days ago