Happy Friday! ::throws confetti:: I’ve been on a crazy emotional rollercoaster since returning home from Paris. My sleep, eating, and moods have been totally off while I try to balance getting back to work, getting my house back in order, and taking care of the boys. I’m hoping this weekend will be a much-needed reset button!
While I was vacationing in Paris, I didn’t completely unplug and I saw AMAZING body image movements that were happening. It gave me hope and strength that body image issues are being heard across the globe and it will help other women (and men) on their journeys!
1. Earlier this week Fitness blogger and guru Cassey Ho of Blogilates fame responded to body shaming critics with a powerful video entitled “The Perfect Body”.
Cassey is a positive and happy inspiration for those on their healthier living path. When I see her photos and videos, all I see is a beautiful. healthy, and most important confident woman. But when you are happy and doing incredible things, people will try to tear you down. Some of the comments on her posts are downright mean-spirited and uncalled for. This video is definitely worth a view (or two) because as a healthy living/fitness blogger, the haterade is real. There is much cyber-bullying BUT there is also a lot of support. I am so glad Cassey brought all of these things to light.
2. The Huffington Post shared celebs who love their bodies no matter what the public says. These celeb quotes really resonated with me:
“I’m not an enormous person. I don’t think of myself as overweight. I definitely get hurt when people say mean things about my body. But it’s not the most important thing in my life.” – Mindy Kaling
“I’ve just never cared what people think. It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good. That’s always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family, I don’t seek out any other acceptance.”- Kelly Clarkson
3. Over the past twenty-five years, our quest for thinness has morphed into a relentless obsession with weight and body image. In our culture, “fat” has become a four-letter word. This week I read an excerpt from Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight—and What We Can Do About It By Harriet Brown. Brown shows how research has been manipulated; how the medical profession is complicit in keeping us in the dark; how big pharma and big, empty promises equal big, big dollars; how much of what we know (or think we know) about health and weight is wrong. And how all of those affect all of us every day, whether we know it or not. Through interviews, research, and her own experience, Brown not only gives us the real story on weight, health, and beauty, but also offers concrete suggestions for how each of us can sort through the lies and misconceptions and make peace with and for ourselves. You can read it here. I added this to my Amazon wish list and look forward to sharing my review.
4. Proving there’s no such thing as a “yoga body,” new yoga classes modify poses and make positive changes to improve the practice for people with curves and this is the case with studios like Nashville-based Curvy Yoga, MegaYoga in NYC and Portland’s Fat Yoga.
I am NOT the media stereotype of having that perfect yoga body but I have never had a negative experience at a yoga studio or at my gym. I’ve had instructors that have helped incredibly with my practice and a few that have gone out of my way to make sure I am comfortable (physically and emotionally). I know that is not often the case. I am often the largest one in my yoga classes and I am (semi) ok with that but I would love to see more curvy and plus size women in my classes for sure! What do you think of a curvy yoga studio?
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5. While I was in Paris (best.trip.ever), I was astounded by the art that depicted women that looked like me. Beautiful large breasts, rounder bellies, and toned legs. When you are bombarded my images and verbiage about toning your thighs, how to get bikini-ready, and waif-like supermodels, it was nice to see beautiful pieces of art that celebrated women’s bodies all of all types. It is not easy to have to go out of your way to find ad campaigns and current that makes your body type look beautiful. This was one of my favorites that I shared on Instagram:
What body image movements have you seen recently?
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