The Promises We Make Our Bodies

We have been through so much together, you and me. In my much younger days, you were perkier and less lumpy. A fitting end to my giraffe-like legs that were also free of lumps and bumps, veins and baggy parts. In college, you were made for 501's and not much else. I could eat and eat, once cramming in 11 pizza burgers in the college cafeteria, and you wouldn't change a bit. ...more
I've struggled with body image my whole life. If there's an American woman out there who is ...more

I'm Collecting Fat Myths--Will You Help?

I've been writing a series on my blog about fat myths, based on Dr. Pattie Thomas' list of ten myths in her book Taking Up Space.As part of that series, I'd like to make a list of other fat myths so I can continue to write about them. Is there a myth about fat that you'd like to see me write about? Please let me know in a comment!I've gotten some great responses on my Facebook page, including:Fat people have a thin person inside them, waiting to come outFat people all have eating disordersFat people don't know how much they eat or exercise...more

"Fat" Really Should Be a Four-Letter Word

“Fat” is hurtful – incredibly hurtful. ...more

Learning from my toddler: there's just one

This morning I sat down at my computer to write a blog. I really didn't have anything specific in mind just yet. A few ideas here and there. I sat down to see if I could make something happen on the screen when my little one had a complete and total meltdown....more

Why Wedding Dresses are like Cocaine

I was never a girlie-girl. When other girls were playing Hop-Scotch or Barbies, I was at the local pond catching frogs. My mother would occasionally sew me a dress and I would reluctantly wear it a couple times, although it was usually made for a particular event to which it was a necessity to wear it.I was very good at ruining pretty things. I can even recall at my mother's wedding, I had ripped the lace hem clear off my flower girl's dress and my Aunt was frantically sewing it back on in the limo while I was completely hysterical. Shit!...more

Bikini Confidence

Bikini Confidence is a big part of getting ready for bikini season. Probably the most important. You can eat right and exercise all you want, but if you don't love your body and have confidence in who you are then bikini season will always be dreadful. I'm tired of hiding behind a towel at the pool....more

Yes, I'm a Liar

Jennifer: Ok, I admit it. I don't tell the truth a 100% of the time. I don't mean to lie or stretch the truth, but it pops out and even as it leaves my mouth I know that it is not exactly the truth. Turns out I'm not alone, I recently read an article about the 'Top 30 things Women Lie About.' Survey in this article revealed that 97% of women tell "harmless" lies, every now and again....more

Aches and pains: They do serve a purpose

"Bringing awareness to your body, to its unique reactions and processes, and to its symptoms and strengths, sets you up for growthful insights....more

For People Who Know Me Who Read My Blog

Shhhhh. *Glances about furtively* I have to be careful with what I say here. It has recently come to my attention that you are not the only person reading my words. There has been, it seems, a very large leak in security. ...more

If my family read my blog (other than the cooking blogs) they would be aghast.
Blogging is ...more

Forgiving Myself for How I Got Here

I will not claim or embrace this body. It is not the way that I want it to be. But it is time to forgive myself for how I got here. A round stomach that stretched with three babies from the inside out. Thick arms that surrounded those babies with all of the warmth and protection that I could physically muster. And then some. And full legs that swayed many-a-sleepless-night to soothe their sweet souls to sleep. These thoughts are fluid, easy to accept as the battle wounds of motherhood. ...more
Oh, a most excellent post! I came over to read a friend's post and saw the title of yours and am ...more