Altering the Equation for Happiness

Remember when you were in school and thought: “Why am I learning all this stuff? I’m never going to use it in the real world!” Well, you were right. Most of it you didn’t ever use. But the learning process developed critical analytical thinking that you most certainly need in life! I bring this up […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: I Am More Than What I Eat 

I forgot how to swim. Tidal waves of never-ending, all-consuming thoughts knocked me down. There was no calm in my ocean – just an overflow of terror, shame, and guilt. I couldn’t carry the weight of my fear or the weight of my body. No matter how hard I tried to float… I kept on sinking. […]

6 Ways Yoga Can Help You Achieve a Healthy Weight

When I began my yoga journey seven years ago, I must admit that I had these fantasies of looking “like a yoga instructor.”  You know – the ones with the slim bodies and long arms and legs that seem to stretch on for miles? Well, it didn’t take long for reality to set in for […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Enough Already!

Changing My Relationship With Food — And Myself — Takes A Lot Of Energy When I think about my ever-evolving relationship with food, my body, my weight, and my binging – I instantly feel like I need a nap. I’ve been scrutinizing my eating habits and my reflection since before puberty. I’m exhausted. Who knew that one […]

From Shame to Binge Eating to Body Acceptance: One Woman’s Journey

The following post originally appeared on the Health at Every Size® (HAES) blog, which is owned and operated by the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). ASDAH is an international organization that works tirelessly to promote a new “peace movement” — one that measures health by many factors, including the right to be peaceful in your […]

Body Image and Beauty Redefined

Taking Back Beauty for Females Everywhere Today’s Q&A is with Lexie Kite, PhD, and Lindsay Kite, PhD, who founded the website Beauty Redefined, dedicated to taking back beauty for females everywhere by teaching them to rethink the ideas of “beautiful” and “healthy” they’ve learned from for-profit media that thrive off female insecurity. As a non-diet […]

Weight Stigma Awareness Week: How I Recommitted to My Body

How I Recommitted to My Body This has been a long road inward, to reconnect to the joy of moving my body, and has taken every minute up until now. In my late teens, I started working in the health and fitness industry, teaching aerobics. Like most young women, I was unhappy with my body. […]

Fat Talk Free Week

Wake Up to Fat Talk Fat Talk is a conversational trap of habituated and mindless speaking. We not only use  it on others, but it is also how we talk to ourselves.  Frequently it’s used as a starter or how we greet old friends… “Wow, it looks like you have lost weight” or “Gosh, I […]

Stop Hating Your Body, Swimsuits and Self Compassion

Focusing on our bodies with self compassion is often one of the most difficult paths to negotiate when moving towards self acceptance or when wearing a swimsuit. Our body self talk can range from self-hate to saying “maybe my body is not so bad”. The focus on weight loss grows as the negative self talk […]

Weighing Our Lives

Reflections On Weight Watchers In The Family My stepfather died a few weeks ago and I flew to California to help my mom begin to gather together her belongings, in preparation for moving back to Texas to be closer to family.  She’s 82 years young, and while still very capable of being independent, she needs […]

How Body Image Concerns Lead to Eating & Weight Worry

The title of this post might seem a bit elementary. I mean, isn’t it obvious?  On the surface, maybe yes, but Kathy Kater, LICSW, who I had the privilege of hearing speak at the recent Binge Eating Disorder Association conference, talks about it in a way that illuminates the problem so clearly, I thought it […]

It Happened This Week: Loving Our Bodies, Halloween Candy, and First Lady PLAYouts

A new study, published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of Health Psychology, shows that workout frequency can help improve body image.  The study claimed that the act of exercise – not necessarily to get in shape – boosts the exerciser’s body image.  The study also claimed that the more people exercised per week, […]

Stop The Fat Talk

My favorite classes in this healthy weight loss program revolve around the issue of body image.  It’s a huge topic that holds great importance when one is trying to change and develop a healthy lifestyle.  You need to feel good enough about yourself to do the hard things that will make you healthier.  You need […]

Who's Fat?

A friend wrote me an email that I’d like to share with you today… Okay, so I’m caught watching MTV – but I saw this show called “True Life” subtitled, “I’m Obese” They followed 3 kids struggling with their weight. I couldn’t get over this 17-year-old kid who kept repeating, “When I lose weight I’ll […]