I love it when I find a nice little story floating around in cyberspace that inspires and can take us into the weekend. This article by Cary Castagna of the Edmonton Sun is worth a look.
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Heather McDonald knows she’s unlikely to ever be mistaken for a waif-thin supermodel – and that’s fine with her. She would rather have some muscle on her bones, especially as a member of the women’s Canadian rugby team, which opens the 2006 World Cup in Edmonton against defending world champions New Zealand.
“Personally, I don’t think models are very beautiful. As a female, it’s more sensuous to have some curves and a little more fat,” the 26-year-old Edmontonian says. “In rugby, we tend to be very muscular. I hit the weights pretty hard. I’m not skinny. They (the coaches) don’t want you to be skinny.”
McDonald weighs 215 pounds at five-foot-nine, proof positive that a 200-plus-pound gal can still be physically fit. Among her teammates, it’s known as being “fat fit,” explains McDonald, who describes herself as big-boned and muscular with a healthy layer of fat.
“I don’t care how much I weigh. I care more about how my clothes fit and how I feel,” she says. “As long as you’re healthy and happy and you think you look good, that’s all that matters.”
That attitude is a big part of the reason why the member of the Edmonton Rockers Rugby Football Club had no hang-ups about posing nude – for the second time – in a tastefully sexy fundraising calendar for Rugby Canada.
“I’m pretty liberal and pretty comfortable with my body. It didn’t freak me out. It wasn’t that awkward actually,” she says of her two-hour photo shoot.
Featured in May of the 19-month calendar, McDonald works hard to stay in shape. To help keep her strong, McDonald eats a balanced diet. Some of her favorite foods are steak, mangoes, oatmeal, veggies (steamed or sautéed in olive oil), whole wheat bread, yogurt and cheese.
“Everything in balance. Even a little bit of chocolate is good for you,” she says.
Read the entire article by Cary Castagna.