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The Hero Within & Thigh Gaps

October 8, 2013

Tuesday Snoozeday….I could already use a nap. 6am workouts are for the birds!

It’s competition time again. The last one I did, the “18 on 18,” was already 5 months ago! I can’t believe that.

This Saturday is GO HQ’s next competition, “The Hero Within.”

I’m always sort-of training in that I’m always rowing, rope climbing, doing pull-ups, wall-balls, burpees, double-unders etc. but I haven’t actually done much “official” training for the competition. So, this week is it! Here are the workouts for the competition and the workouts I will be focusing on this week:

this picture has nothing to do with my thigh gap


So, you’re probably well aware of this, but most of my posts here on The Funky Fork are a way of self-expression. They’re a way of connecting my feelings and learning experiences to you because I feel that they may resonate with something that you have thought, felt, or can relate to. Today’s post resonates deeply within me because I have gone through lots of body issue stuff lately- all good things. Mostly that I’m finally happy just working out and eating to feel good and be healthy, not to fit some superficial mold of how I think I’m supposed to look.

So there’s this thing that apparently women are into right now- having a noticeably large thigh gap?? I don’t know when this became “a thing” but apparently it is now. I hear about it ALL over the place. Here’s a disturbing article written just last week by the New York Post about it.  Even a health magazine I subscribe to had a front cover story about exercises to do “increase your thigh gap” in 7 days. Huh???! This is not even remotely possible.

I took a picture of myself and my thigh gap and have this to say– I really don’t care how big my thigh gap is! Seriously! I am not defined as an athlete, fitness coach, Young Life employee, daughter, sister, wife, friend, or anything that truly matters, by the size of my thigh gap. I am strong, healthy, happy, and doing things in life that make me feel all of those things.

my thigh gap

I refuse to let the media brainwash me into thinking that I will cannot be strong, healthy, or happy without fitting into a skinnier pair of jeans or because they can’t see enough space between the thighs that I’ve worked so hard to put muscle on. If you have naturally thin legs, lucky you! If not, eat well, train hard, and just accept it– it’s not the end of the world!

I probably eat too much dessert, I occasionally skip a workout so that I can take a nap, and I’ve probably done 10,000 squats in my lifetime–and my thigh gap is not something I ever think about. I eat dessert because it makes me happy, I take naps because they keep me healthy and I squat because it makes me strong. Remind me again why I should stop doing those things????!

And another thing…since when is being rail-thin in again? Ask Beyonce how many guys are turned off by her strong, thick legs…I’m just sayin’ 🙂

The point of all of this is that, if attaining a large thigh gap defines your happiness and self-worth as a human being, get a freaking life. Do something nice for someone else or eat a cookie or talk to a therapist. Just don’t spread your shallowness to other people, especially other women.

:::steps off of my soapbox:::

Self-acceptance is a wonderful thing.

So is getting stuff off your chest…which I just did and now I’m done.

Peace and love, my friends.


P.S. I have pretty much lost my affinity for most fried foods (except for fried shrimp). Most of the time, the batter is just too much for me. Last night, though, I made the most amazing faux fried chicken. It is baked and crispy and amazingly juicy and delicious. It is, hands down, the best alternative to fried chicken that I’ve ever had (I got the amazing recipe from Real Sustenance):

these don't help my thigh gap!

Gluten-Free “Fried” Chicken Tenders

  • 1 lb Chicken Thighs, cut into strips

Wet mixture:

  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (I use Franks Original Hot Sauce)
  • 5 Tbs butter (dairy or nondairy)
  • 1 Tbs  arrowroot powder << you can buy this at most grocery stores on the organic and/or baking aisles!
  • 5 Tbs unsweetened almond milk


  • 1/2 cup  arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. In a microwave safe bowl combine wet mixture ingredients and heat until thickened in the microwave (1-2 minutes) or on the stove top in a sauce pan. If using the microwave whisk liberally as soon as you remove the bowl. If using the sauce pan- whisk continually while it thickens.

  3. In another bowl combine breading ingredients.

  4. Drop chicken strips into wet mixture and then heavily dredge in breading mixture; place on foil lined baking sheet. Repeat until all chicken strips have been coated. Drizzle chicken with a little oil.

  5. Place chicken in oven for 35-40 minutes; chicken will be golden brown and cooked through!



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