Swimsuit Cover and #ROW80

The annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue recently came out, with Kate Upton as the scantily clad bikini model on the cover. My husband and I started talking about recent swimsuit photographs, and I observed that these gals are wearing swimsuits too small for them. The bikini tops look child-sized compared to what they should be to cover women’s bodies properly.

I did a little research and found that the size of the swimsuits has certainly shrunk over time. Here’s the cover for the swimsuit issue from the year I was born — 1967:

I think model Lynn Tindall looks pretty good here and would turn plenty of heads on my beach. And her swimsuit fits. If you want to see covers through the years, click here.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out if my ROW80 goals fit me this time around. I don’t want them to be too small. After adjusting my goals post-mononucleosis diagnosis, I found it too easy to meet my goals this past week. I think I need to increase my word count goal in particular. This is, after all, supposed to be a word count challenge.

Here are my Revised goals for ROW80 Round 1 of 2012:

  • Finish editing Grace & Fire mystery novel and send to reader. Check. Finished this goal on January 19.
  • Write 2,500 1,500 words per week on young adult novel, Sharing Hunter. 3,375 words Thursday through Saturday. I’m pretty sure about 500 of these words are going to be flushed down the story sewer, but even so, I cleared my goal by far more than expected. Now I’m wondering if the 1,500 mark is too low. Hmmm. Bump this one up to 2,000 words per week?
  • Blog twice a week on Amaze-ing Words Wednesday and Deep-Fried Friday, and check-in with ROW80 updates twice a week. Check. Posted A Lesson from Miss Spelling and Making the Book Sing: ROW80 on Wednesday and Swooning Just a Bit on Friday.
  • Comment on at least 10 15 blogs per week (not counting ROW80 update comments). Check. Commented on 17 blogs earlier this week and 9 since my last update, for a total of 26. That’s a lot.
  • Read one writing craft book. Check. Finished On Writing by Stephen King.
  • Read five eight fiction books. 5 down, only a couple of chapters left in The Cat, the Lady and the Liar (a cozy mystery) by Leann Sweeney.
  • Exercise three times per week.

My mother gifted me a subscription to The Writer’s Digest this past Christmas, and I received my first issue about a week ago. I’m planning to add the goal of reading in this publication, as I think it will help me to stay up-to-date on writing and publishing.

  • Read through five articles in The Writer’s Digest?

How are your goals fitting you? Are they too big? Too small? Or just right?

Give hi-fives and hearty encouragement to my fellow ROWers HERE.

17 thoughts on “Swimsuit Cover and #ROW80

  1. GREAT week Julie. Wow. You are such an inspiration. Seriously kicking some butt.
    My goals. Hmmm. I think they are right on par. The exercise is a tough one to fit in every week as is the word count but it gives me something to push for.
    LOVE the Sports Illustrated intro. Amazing, isn’t it to look at the covers over the years to see how we as a society has changed. I couldn’t agree more on how skimpy suits have gotten and how skinny girls are. It’s not even realistic!!!

  2. Rocking the ROW! Great job!
    How about you wait a couple more weeks and see if you keep crossing the 2000 words mark. Then, if yes, I say up your goal to 2000 words per week 😉
    Have a great week!

    1. Fit matters, I say. I don’t particular want the hubbies of the world seeing those chicks spilling out of tops five sizes too small, you know. 😉 And I figure my goals should fit too. It’s a matter of realistic expectations with both.

      Thanks, Claudia!

  3. Great week, lady! And you know what, it’s okay if some of those words get flushed – that’s still progress. God knows how many I’ve cut.

    And so true on the swimsuit models. IMO, figures like Marilyn Monroe’s are far more attractive.

  4. LOL on the swimsuit models (and very true!). What a great way to work something “extra” into your ROW80 update! I think it’s OK – smart, even – to set the bar low when you don’t think you’ll be able to do your normal output. You’ve been under the weather, so that was a sensible plan. Now you have a better idea of what you can accomplish while continuing to fight mono, so you can raise the bar. Looks like you’ve raised it a little – again, sensible! – but not too much. Good luck hitting those goals, and here’s hoping they’re challenging, but doable!

    1. Thanks, Jennette. I know some people think it sounds like a pair of comfy shoes, but I like the idea of being “sensible.” Don’t we all want some good sense?! I appreciate the well wishes.

  5. That’s the beauty of this challenge…adjust as needed 🙂 Great work on your goals! With the wordage I find setting the lower numbers get my butt in the chair, and isn’t that the goal? Best of luck for the upcoming week.

  6. Love your SI swimsuit analogy! My ROW80 goals? Elusive like bikini straps that I have to tie blind on my back. I should go for wider bands and a big, practical buckle. Set more definite goals.

  7. I’m actually teaching a class right now that deals with women’s issues – such as the one you mention in this post, Julie! We have to stop viewing ourselves as slabs of meat to be paraded in front of oogling ‘judges’. Worst of all, we women are most viscious toward one another! It shouldn’t be. Women need to come together in community, not buy into the lies of advertising, air brushing, basing worth on the outward appearance….
    Okay, okay…sorry for the rant. (smiles sheepishly) It just makes me sad.
    Anyway, best of luck this week.

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