Why I Love Getting Older: Four Gifts Aging Can Bring Us

I recently had a birthday. I am squarely in my forties, and I have decided that I love getting older. Of course, there are some days I do not like it. Some days I notice myself looking differently than I did when I was younger, and I miss aspects of my youthful appearance. This is … Continue reading Why I Love Getting Older: Four Gifts Aging Can Bring Us

How One Personal Trainer Empowers Women to Love Their Bodies and Conquer the World

One of the first times I hung out with Jack, he made me laugh so hard I started crying. They were definitely tears of joy. Jack is great like that. He brings joy and laughter everywhere he goes. One of the things I love the most about him is that he constantly empowers the women … Continue reading How One Personal Trainer Empowers Women to Love Their Bodies and Conquer the World

How One Woman Uses Painting to Help Her and Other Moms Cultivate Body Love Postpartum

Sometimes a friend tells you her story, and you want the whole world to hear it. This is how I felt when I asked my Facebook friends if anyone wanted to share any experiences they had with loving accepting their bodies unconditionally for a post I wrote last week.  My friend and former student Hailee wrote a … Continue reading How One Woman Uses Painting to Help Her and Other Moms Cultivate Body Love Postpartum

What to Do When You Hate Your Body

Over 85% of girls and women in America hate or strongly dislike their bodies.[1] This is a statistic I heard years ago, and it greatly trouble me. Why do so many women hate their bodies? I wondered Why can’t we love ourselves? Why does body loathing afflict women so disproportionately? (This post is geared primarily towards … Continue reading What to Do When You Hate Your Body

On President Trump, Negging, and Women’s Bodies and Blood: It is Time to Subvert Shame

When people want to dominate, control, and silence women, they shame their bodies. This is often effective. Body shame shuts down women. Why does this happen? Malignant Messages Women receive messages all the time that their worth as a person is directly tied to arbitrary standards of beauty that someone else decides for them. Women … Continue reading On President Trump, Negging, and Women’s Bodies and Blood: It is Time to Subvert Shame

Going on a LiveIt Instead of a DieIt: Beaches, Bikinis, and Pursuing Health

It is summertime, and people are talking about beaches, bikinis, and diets a lot. Diets are weird things. They often seem to focus on deprivation, and I once heard someone point out that the first part of the word diet spells out die. I am not a dietician, and I do not want to make … Continue reading Going on a LiveIt Instead of a DieIt: Beaches, Bikinis, and Pursuing Health

Weird Memorial Day Workouts and Exercise as Play: For All the Folks Who Hated Gym Class

  I think most of us know that exercising is an important part of being healthy. However, many times, exercise feels more like punishment, rather than like a joyful, helpful activity. I have had a mixed relationship with exercise all of my life. My early experience with it was a happy one. I attended a … Continue reading Weird Memorial Day Workouts and Exercise as Play: For All the Folks Who Hated Gym Class