Would you rather be a Mermaid or a Whale?

TracyYou may have already seen this.   It was sent to me by a beautiful friend of mine, Laurie, and I wanted to share it with you!

Recently, in a large french city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym.   It said:


A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

mermaid or whale?To Whom It May Concern:

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans).  They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales.  They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp.  They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Barren Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia . Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs.  They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don’t exist.  If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis.  Fish or human?  They don’t have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them not to mention how could they have sex?  Therefore they do not have kids either. Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store? The choice is perfectly clear to me; I want to be a whale.

P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a coffee with my friends.  With time we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room it distributes out to the rest of our bodies.  So we aren’t heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.  Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think,  Good gosh, look how smart I am.

I found humor in that, I hope you did too.  So Ladies on Thanksgiving weekend you and I are going to indulge with our families and friends and enjoy ourselves with absolutely no guilt what-so-ever!!  Gym Shmim!  Now go cut yourself a piece of that Pumpkin pie!

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  • jacquie

    I have a feeling that ad didn’t gain much respect for the gym in question. It probably turned off a lot of perspective members instead of attracting new ones. Women aren’t allowing themselves to be bullied as much anymore by advertising, I think. At least not blatantly disrespectful ads like this one.

  • Rick

    Ha,ha….. Tracy. We all know your a person who loves to run… for a ton of different reasons. I like this article. From a guys point of view… at least this guys point of view… there isn’t a whole lot of attraction to the perfect body that comes with nothing else ! I think as I get older and a whole lot wiser… a woman with intelligence, humor, inner beauty, sex appeal…. a real woman is what is really attractive… someone who loves and cares about you and others. There’s something about a woman’s inner beauty that takes precedence over the outer beauty.
    Nevertheless, if they take care of the physical appearance it’s a bonus I suppose.
    Who we are and what makes us attractive… does have a whole lot to do with what we look like.

    Keep Up The Good Work ! Thanks Tracy !

    • Kathy

      Greetings~I’d like a third choice too.
      But I think as women we can live like a whale without looking like one! I do love the story of the whale and hopefully we can all embrace being a bit like the whale this holiday weekend without looking like one 🙂
      Have a great Thanksgiving and thank you for your work on taracronica.

    • Tracy Westerholm

      Your right Rick it goes both ways here, I feel the same, if you haven’t got anything interesting to say then it doesn’t really matter what shape your in. But it is usually and I stress usually physical appearance that initially attracts us to someone. But it is what is inside that keeps us interested. At least for me. Actually it’s just they eyes, plain and simple. Thanks for your honest and appreciated comments !!

  • Frank

    Indeed, mermaids – much like a respectful woman – is merely a myth. But people don’t go to the gym because of their firm belief in reality, they go to the gym because of their delusions that somehow they can change who they are.

    Eat another cookie, self-professed whale. Visiting the gym wouldn’t do you any good anyway… You are a whale because of your genes and your lack of willpower, not because of lack of exercise.

    • Tracy Westerholm

      Frank, Frank, Frank I have not walked a mile in your shoes so I will not judge. Your voice has been heard. I think you were meant to find our page. Respectful women are not a myth my friend! I think people go to the gym for many different reasons, physical health, weight loss goals, social reasons, I can only tell you why I work out, to have a healthier stronger body which leads to a healthier longer life. I work out for my heart, mind and because I have been an athlete my entire life. There needs to be balance between mind and body. Whether or not I have been lean and fit or slightly over weight, and I have been both, I am still the same person. Your comment is only a reflection of who you are.

  • JOHN

    If I could be frank, Frank your comment about women really stank.That is provided it wasn’t a prank in which case it still does not deserve rank.
    Frank you are a crank and you can take that to the bank.
    In my eyes the Tara girls are all mermaids!

  • Rick

    Hmmmmm…. being a competitive boxer from age 7 to 20 yrs of age I’ve been up and down in weight classes ( controlled weight ) all my life. From 25 to 35 yrs old I didn’t workout as much as I should have I suppose, as I enjoyed having some success in my own Construction Company…. went out to dinner too often and drank far too many beers…. and gained some weight. Soon after that my sister was murdered and my mom passed away very young all in the same year. I decided that it was time to put the drink down and begin a journey back to good health both mentally and physically. It was time to find my higher power ( God ) and get back to a healthy and fit lifestyle. And so it has been for the last 14 yrs. I’m a couple of months off of turning 49 yrs. old and I’m probably in the best shape of my life ( Physically ) BUT ! More importantly….. probably in the best shape of my life ( Mentally ) This is all done with commitment , dedication, and self – control…. which I have to admit I lose site of from time to time and have to get myself back on track !
    This is my male perspective on how the Gym and exercise can improve your looks…. but , more importantly your mind !
    This is the same type of woman I would be looking for…. self motivated, educated, out spoken ( when spoken to ), independent,loving , kind , sexy , and fun with a good sense of humor. Looks would be on the list …. but definitely not on the top of the list !
    As I said before….. Our looks are not really what makes us ( All ) men and women….. attractive.
    This was my way of leading up to what Frank had to say….. Frank , your either young…. old and bitter….. or just plain ignorant to how far most women have come in our society today.
    If your talking about women in general…. your still ( out to lunch ) !
    If your talking about the Tara Gal’s …. your so far out there , you will never return…. as in ( Bitter Little Man ) and I don’t reflect your height when I refer to you as a ( Little man ! )
    So many women are stepping up to the plate to make a difference in this tough world we are living in it is incredible ! They are true Champions and Warriors, Difference Makers….. Confident in how they feel about their lives !

    These Ladies are making a difference ( Little Franky….. ) what may I ask are you doing ? I’d love to spar with you…. I have extra gear….


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