“Continually push yourself harder. Never accept yourself as you are. You are always a work in progress. No excuses.” I often feel the need to counter ubiquitous messages like these in my writing. We are enough, as we are today. We do not need to change ourselves for anyone else. I do not need to… Continue reading Self-Acceptance & Improvement
Last night, I was looking through an old sketchbook/notepad and I found a grocery list from around 2006. I was living in Philadelphia, I was a full time student, and I was obese. Here’s what was on the list: cilantro red pepper purple onion cheese sour cream lettuce black beans milk fat-free cream grapefruit juice… Continue reading Personal Responsibility
Sound familiar? This is one of those lines of thought that I think so many people have when trying to lose weight or change eating and exercise habits. No matter what I do, it’s never good enough. The first question to ask yourself is “Good enough for whom?” Who are you trying to please? Who… Continue reading No Matter What I Do It Will Never Be Good Enough So I May as Well Give Up.
Today I’m answering some questions people posted on my Facebook page. We’ve got everything here from emotional eating to melting belly fat to getting creative in the kitchen. “How do you get past emotional eating? I’m not talking about a one day binge.. I mean like eating bad foods constantly for over a week, because… Continue reading Q&A: emotional eating, motivation, creative cooking, belly fat, & more
I was just looking at my weight history and I realized that I have maintained my weight under 170 lb for exactly one year. That’s one whole year without a significant re-gain. I dipped down to 161 at one point and bounced back up to 174 at another, but for the most part, I have… Continue reading When is Enough Enough?
One of the biggest obstacles to making a positive life change is stubbornness. As a Capricorn, this is supposedly one of my defining personality characteristics. The Stubborn Goat. But thankfully, I think astrology is a bunch of bull-crap. The date of my birth does not define my personality. The strongest things I have ever done… Continue reading Changing Yourself Means Admitting You Were Wrong
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?