Confidence

Why You Need Radical Vanity in Your Life
“Genuine self-esteem—please understand this—genuine self-esteem is not competitive or comparative. Genuine self-esteem isn’t expressed by self-glorification at the expense of others, or by trying to make yourself superior to everyone else, or diminishing others in order to elevate yourself. Arrogance,...
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Help! My Daughter Thinks She's Fat!
Note from GGS: Often women ask Erin for advice on how to handle this conversation with their daughters. But it goes without saying that this advice applies to daughters and sons. At some point most (if not all) kids will...
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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...
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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...
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Why? 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...
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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...
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Love Yourself, But Not Too Much
By society’s 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...
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30% of Women in the GGS Community Have Likely Experienced Domestic Abuse
  Some women wish they had bruises, if, for nothing else than to let others know they are hurting. Others have mastered the art of disguising their bruises. Either way, everyone wishes the abuse would stop. Domestic violence, also known...
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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....
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