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Apr
26
2016

You Are More Than Your Body (Fat)

  I was wearing booty shorts and a T-shirt, cooking dinner for my then-boyfriend, and I could feel him staring at me from behind. Part of me—the part that was desperate for his approval—lit up with the thought, “He must be admiring me.”   The corners of my mouth bashfully rose; for more than three […]

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Apr
19
2016

Body Shaming ANY Body Is Bad For Everybody

  When I was obese, I encountered my share of body shaming. I was oinked at. My food choices were scoffed at. I was presumed to be lazy… among many other things. Some people even defended their hurtful words by saying they were performing some kind of “health activism.” But, to me, it felt like […]

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Mar
22
2016

This Simple Question Will Transform Your Workout and Self-Image

  It’s been about seven years since I was super lean. Shredded. Twelve percent body fat and completely obsessed with counting calories and tracking macros.     During my “lean phase” I ate 1,500 calories every single day, trained for two or more hours, and waited for the weekend so that I could go “off […]

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Mar
15
2016

Social Sabotage: How to Respond to Criticism About Your Food and Exercise

Disclaimer: The following is written assuming that you’re participating in healthy behavior. If you are over-exercising, or being far too restrictive with your diet, there is a good chance that people are worried about you and have valid concerns about your health, and that is a completely different topic.   Several years ago I was […]

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Mar
10
2016

Love Yourself, But Not Too Much

  By others’ standards, it seems there’s very little a woman can ever get “right.”   As women, we’re supposed to be a perfect combination of features… many of which require possessing a certain set of genetic attributes. Though this arbitrary list of characteristics varies greatly depending on whom you ask, one thing is certain: […]

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Feb
9
2016

Why I Love Being Big

  I’ve spent most of my life obsessed with my size. For a long time, I wanted to get rid of all of it. It felt disgusting and wrong to be big. It felt like I was failing at being beautiful. I wanted to be tiny and adorable. I had this image in my head […]

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Jan
26
2016

Had a Crappy Workout? Here’s What You Can Do About It

  Some days, your workout just winds up being really, really crappy.   It doesn’t matter how prepared you think you are or how much you were actually looking forward to your workout. Every lift feels like you’re trying to move a whole planet. Every sprint feels like you’re running through the thickest mud. Every […]

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Jan
19
2016

Cellulite, Stretch Marks, And A “Love Your Body” Challenge

  Nearly two years ago, I published the first version of the Love Your Body Challenge on my personal website, and the responses I received from women all over the world reinforced my desire for, and commitment to, helping even more women find the kind of peace, freedom, and power that can only come from […]

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Jan
15
2016

The Facebook Post Heard ‘Round The World

  The past couple of weeks have been unreal, as my heartfelt New Year’s Day Facebook post continues to be shared and talked about. Major news websites in the U.S. and overseas have shared it, as have people like Zooey Deschanel, Ashton Kutcher, and George Takei. I’ve also had the opportunity to talk about my message with numerous […]

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Jan
1
2016

This Is My Body

    This is my body. This not a before picture. This is not an after picture. This just happens to be what my body looks like on a random Tuesday in December of 2015 — it’s a LIFE picture.   This is a body that loves protein and vegetables and queso and ice cream. […]

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