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3 Ways To Feel Good Naked (Even When You’re Feeling Fat)

3 Ways To Feel Good Naked (Even When You’re Feeling Fat)

Whether you’re single or in a relationship, the thought of stripping down to your birthday suit can be terrifying.  When we hate our bodies, we panic at the thought of showing off our physique, hide under baggy clothes, and dread the moments where we have to be intimate. I know it’s hard when you despise your body to believe that people wouldn’t run away in horror if they saw you naked. A few weeks ago, I had a lovely woman write in to me: I met a wonderful man when I was living abroad. It’s been a year and a half now that
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Your Guide to Surviving the Fitting Room Mirrors

Your Guide to Surviving the Fitting Room Mirrors

Think of the last time you went shopping for some kind of clothes, grabbed a few styles/sizes, and headed to the fitting room to try them on. Did it leave you feeling awful about yourself and hating your body? Trust me, we’ve all battled those fitting room mirrors. Going into the fitting room and seeing yourself almost butt ass naked, standing in front of the 3 angled mirrors, fluorescent lights magnifying every flaw you’ve ever tried to hide can dampen even the most self-confident person’s mood. I’m not sure why dressing rooms aren’t spa-like…you know, with subtle lighting, serene music, nourishing
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Why I Stopped Looking at my Body in the Mirror Everyday (And Why You Should Too!)

Why I Stopped Looking at my Body in the Mirror Everyday (And Why You Should Too!)

What’s your reaction when you look at yourself in the mirror? I’m guessing it’s not a big smile radiating love for your amazing body, acceptance of all your “flaws” and admiration of all that your body does for you? Instead you’re plagued with the “Ugh, I hate looking at my body in the mirror” thoughts.  Amiright?? (Yes, I’m part mind-reader 🙂 ) I used to simultaneously be obsessed with looking at my body in the mirror while also hating what I saw. For oh-so-many years, I had this crazy morning ritual. I woke up, headed to the bathroom, lifted up my shirt,
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Sick of the “Love Your Body at Any Size” Campaigns?

Sick of the “Love Your Body at Any Size” Campaigns?

In the past few years, it seems as if more and more companies/songs/advertising are hopping on the “love your body” campaign. You know the ones. Dove’s advertising showcasing women of all sizes.  Victoria’s Secret’s “I love my body” commercial.  Meghan Trainor’s number one hit.  But sometimes, even I (who write about this positive body kinda stuff) get sick of the “love your body at any size” campaigns. Because, really, if we are honest with ourselves, they aren’t quite working. How many women are there that still don’t love their bodies? (Yes, you can raise your hand too 🙂 ) There
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Love Yourself Now (Not 10 Pounds From Now)

Love Yourself Now (Not 10 Pounds From Now)

I know when you’re battling your weight, it’s hard to believe that anyone can love you at the weight you are. And I know the whole “just love and accept your body” culture is MUCH easier said than done. I want to tell you some things about this I wish someone had told me (but first a little story…) I remember when I got back from living in Ecuador for a year. I left thin. I came back fat. Well, in my mind, I was huge, but really I was only about 15-20 pounds heavier.  I was embarrassed of my
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Are The Words “You Look Thin” Music To Your Ears?

Are The Words “You Look Thin” Music To Your Ears?

If I asked you what would be the biggest compliment anyone could give to you, what would you say? For me, I’d say the most flattering comment someone could say to me would be that I inspire people and change lives. But it wasn’t too long ago that if I was asked this same question, I’d have a very different answer. A few years ago, the best thing anyone could say to me? You look skinny. You look thin. You look like you lost weight. It’s actually crazy to me when I think about it.  Any time someone told me I looked
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