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How Long Will It Take To Accept Your Body?

How Long Will It Take To Accept Your Body?

A few months ago, I wrote about having a mini breakdown about my jean shorts not fitting. This was a big blow to me (well, to anyone who has struggled with body image issues), but especially for me because I had maintained my weight for a number of years. I had (finally) gotten to the place of stability, where I didn’t need 5 sizes in my closet, and all my clothes fit season after season. So when the jean shorts I had been wearing the last few summers didn’t fit, it hit me hard. What struck me the most was that
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If You’re Waiting Until You Lose Weight Before You Buy Clothes, Read This!

If You’re Waiting Until You Lose Weight Before You Buy Clothes, Read This!

I know, I know. You don’t want to buy the dress, shop for new jeans, or peruse the aisles of your favorite store until you’re at least 10, 15, 20+ pounds thinner than you are now. You imagine how you’ll look in that gorgeous dress you saw in the window the other day when you’re skinnier and rockin’ your new, sexier, more confident bod. You think that if you buy clothes now, at your current size, it’s somehow an admission to the world that you’re happy where you are and you won’t then lose the weight.  You also think that if you can
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The Before And After Photo Myth

The Before And After Photo Myth

I’ve had people tell me I needed to put up a before and after photo on my site. Because, well…the whole “look at me before and now see me after” transformation sells! People see my before/after pics and they’re supposed to think “wow, what a transformation, I’m gonna hire her to get me to that place“. But the whole thing somehow seems wrong to me. Because I don’t quite buy the whole before and after transformation… It’s one of those times where you only see a snapshot of the me that went through this journey. You get a glimpse in time
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How To Stop Comparing Yourself On Social Media

How To Stop Comparing Yourself On Social Media

Have you ever been in a fine, normal, go-about-your-day mood and after taking a quick procrastination break on Facebook (or Instagram or Twitter), you see a new post by a friend posing in her bikini on the beach and it sends you into a tailspin of negativity and “I hate my body” thoughts? Yep, that happened to me yesterday. It’s amazing how social media can instantly transform you from a “I’m-normal-and-happy-at-the-moment” person into a “I’m-now-turning-into-a-crazy-person” lunatic (and usually sparked by someone you barely know!) You see a friend of a friend of a friend post honeymoon pics from Costa Rica in her
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Part Two: What To Do When Loving Your Body Ain’t Working For You

Part Two: What To Do When Loving Your Body Ain’t Working For You

Last week, I blogged about what to do when eating what you want isn’t working for you. And I realized that the discussion isn’t complete without addressing the whole “loving your body” thing, as well. Food struggles and body image issues often go hand in hand. You’re dieting because you hate what you see in the mirror. You think you need to be smaller, thinner, and a size or three tinier. Let’s be real though…it’s a struggle to love your body in this day and age when images of stick-thin women are idolized as what we need to aspire to be. And
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7 Affirmations to Love Your Body & Own Your Awesomeness

7 Affirmations to Love Your Body & Own Your Awesomeness

Affirmations (or mantras) can be a good pick me up when you’re feelin’ crappy about yourself, your body, and those 20 pounds you think you need to lose. They can work wonders in shifting all the negative crap that keeps repeating in your mind. I used to think affirmations were lame and cheesy, but I’ve shifted my perspective in the past few years. I love that they work on a subconscious level to re-vamp all the critical things you tell yourself on a daily basis. So keep these 7 affirmations to love your body handy when you need a good
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