The 9th season of What Not to Wear premieres tonight on TLC. I love this show. At first glance it seems like a pretty trite concept. A person is nominated by friends and family for her unfortunate, but often hilarious, fashion choices. She is given $5000 to spend on a whole new wardrobe with the… Continue reading What Not to Wear – More Than Just Fashion Advice
The September issue of Glamour magazine has a story about Jess Weiner, prominent body acceptance proponent and author of Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds From Now, and her realization that her weight was negatively impacting her health. I gave a speech I’d given before, telling the audience that it was important for every woman of… Continue reading Does Body Acceptance Lead to Obesity?
I try on a lot of clothes. After losing so much weight, I’m faced with having to completely rebuild my wardrobe. It took me years to accumulate all the clothes I used to wear, and I am starting from scratch. I often overhear other women talking in the dressing rooms and I hear a lot… Continue reading Cast a stone, create many ripples
For a long time I have wanted to move away from where I live now. My current location is a place I tried out for my job. I did not know whether I would like it or not when I chose to move here from the other side of the country, but I have always… Continue reading Many Doors Open
You have to understand, I’ve never had a body that looks like mine does now in my entire life. For most of that life, this body has been enveloped in a thick layer of fat. What I’m discovering underneath is thrilling. I will admit I can’t walk past a mirror or reflective glass without taking… Continue reading Body Appreciation
If you said “curves,” you’re on the same page as quite a few advertisers and body activists these days. But what exactly makes a woman “real?” As far as I know, we are not living in some Matrix-Inception-esque world of illusions and fake people. Therefore, it stands to reason that all women are “real women.”… Continue reading Real Women Have…
165 pounds is a particularly meaningful weight for me because I it is the lowest weight I recall ever being in my adult life. However, my experience of it is different than it was then. It truly does make a difference how the weight is lost. The body I arrived at back then, when I… Continue reading 165