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16 Resolutions I’m Not Setting in 2016

Pausing and thinking through what we want our lives and our days to look like is powerful. After all, it's important to get intentional and deliberate about our time on this earth. And I think knowing what we don't want is just as important as knowing what we do. And it's especially helpful if we have no clue what we want. That's why this year I've created a list of resolutions I won't be setting in 2016.

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65 Last-Minute Body Positive Gifts For Your Loved Ones & Yourself

Since I’ve been writing Weightless, every year around this time, I’ve shared a list of last-minute gifts we can give to our loved ones and ourselves — whether we’re celebrating Christmas or not. I’ve combined those lists, updated them and added new ideas.

Below, you’ll find a combination of presents you can purchase and gifts that don’t cost a thing. When I say body positive in the title, I mean anything that supports a positive body image. Anything that supports taking kind, sweet care of ourselves or others. Anything that inspires or uplifts. Anything that provides meaning and nourishment. I hope these give you some good ideas!

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Rediscovering and Remembering What We’re Grateful For

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who's celebrating! So I was away a bit longer than I thought (apparently revising almost 70,000 words takes some time). But we'll be back to regular programming next week. :)

Every year for Thanksgiving I write a post about what I'm grateful for (like last year). This year, however, I'm sharing some questions to help us rediscover and remember what is meaningful to us -- from the super small stuff to the really big things. (You guys know by now I'm all about asking questions.)
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Supporting Ourselves and Others with Love Letters

My good friend and Curvy Yoga founder Anna Guest-Jelley recently told me that she reads a love letter before she starts writing. Every morning. It's a love letter that she penned herself. Because, as anyone who writes knows, writing is a beautiful process, but it's also vulnerable and intimidating. Very intimidating.
So it's very easy to stop. It's very easy not to show up in the first place. (Oh, there are dishes in the sink. Better wash those! The tub is filthy. Gotta clean that! My to-do list is overflowing. I'll just work on all that stuff instead. )
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3 Life-Changing Lessons on Body Image and Self-Care — and a Giveaway

This month Weightless turns six years old! Wow. Holy moly. To honor the blog's birthday, I'm sharing six lessons I've learned thus far about building a positive body image and taking compassionate care of ourselves. Life-changing lessons. I don't say this lightly, and I don't say it to create a catchy title. These lessons really have changed my life for the better. They've changed how I perceive myself, how I cope with pain, how I make decisions and how I live my life.

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Setting Boundaries When Loved Ones Comment on Your Weight


What do you do when someone close to you comments on your weight? Makes a snarky remark about your looks? Makes a joke about your recent weight gain?

When this happens, you might be shocked, startled and really sad. It can be downright painful.

Maybe you've been working on embracing your body for a while, but these kinds of comments still bruise you. Or maybe you're in a shaky relationship with your body. And these comments certainly don't help.


Recently, a reader asked me for advice on navigating these kinds of situations. She's going home for the holidays and her family tends to focus a lot on weight and appearance. So I reached out to some of my favorite clinicians for help. I shared one excellent response last week.

Today, I'm sharing Judith Matz's valuable suggestions (along with two more therapists). Judith, LCSW, is a clinical social worker who helps people make peace with food, their bodies, and themselves. She's the author and co-author of the fantastic books Amanda's Big Dream; The Diet Survivor's Handbook; and Beyond a Shadow of a Diet. You can learn more about Judith at her website judithmatz.com.
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