At work, I sit down to reply to an email.
They are asking for my creative input.
“What do you think?” they say.
“Could you write something for this?” they say.
I squeeze out a few words.
Still doesn’t sound right.
I go back to…
And all food is just about calories.
And all bodies are just about size.
Anything that does not (in your mind) directly contribute to your goal of getting smaller, leaner, thinner — is hardly useful.
For years, I missed out on morning walks, evening walks, walks with friends, walks with…
How obvious is this yet how often overlooked?
It is as true as it is forgotten,
as simple as it is made difficult:
We cannot be any more ourselves than we allow ourselves to be.
Our selves can only thrive if we feed them,
care for them.
It was Saturday morning. We were at the local outlet mall. And I was about to try and make friends with my body, again.
I am a 5 foot 2, curvy, 25 year old white female. It’s summer. And I need a pair of jean shorts.
I remember when a friend of mine got glasses for the first time in elementary school.
She came back to school and said, “I didn’t know everyone was actually seeing the individual leaves on the trees!”
This morning, I was running without a shirt on on my usual trail.
As a female, alone, I am always vigilant & aware of my surroundings.
I saw a gathering of construction men (all white, if it matters) leaning against their work truck in the middle of the trail in…
She’s a middle-aged woman.
She works 9–5.
Her kids are out of the house.
After a long day (or any day) she likes a good glass (or 2) of wine to unwind.
Harmless enough, right?
“Shut up, you are not fat!” I said.
But it’s not what I wanted to say.
It’s just what I felt socially obligated to say.
I’ve been in this situation dozens of dozens of times.
A woman standing before me as a client or sitting across from me as a…
“See?” she said, squeezing the backside of her arm and looking at herself in the mirror, “I just want it to look like that all the time.”
The personal trainer side of me was frustrated with this comment. …
You can’t even check out at the grocery store without seeing at least 5 magazine covers about the latest “diets,” “superfoods,” workout trends or anti-aging juices and gels.
Health advice — good & not-so-good — is everywhere, and while the bombardment comes from a place of (mostly) good intentions, much…