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Your Body Belongs

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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“Our bodies know they belong; it is our minds that make our lives so homeless.”

~ John O’Donohue

The above quote is part of Anna’s #CurvyLoveNotes, which she shares on Instagram. It inspired the below words:


Dear Body: A Letter of Apology

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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Dear Body,

This isn’t the first time this happened. Years ago, weeks ago, you issued the same pleas in the form of an aching back. First it started with a pinch, a whisper. This week it was an all-out roar.

The act of bending down was dicey. Walking fully upright didn’t feel very good. Rolling over in bed took effort (and produced pain). Walking too quickly triggered spasms (and a shout of “ouch!” inside my brain).

You know that I love a challenging workout. I love how empowered I feel after doing many push-ups. It is a reminder that I am strong. Every push-up shatters the stories my brain has spun for years of not being an athlete, of being awkward, of being weak.


When Your Body Feels Like A Burden

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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Think of your body as a plant

that needs water

and sunlight on a daily basis.


Body Image Booster: Walking Meditation

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!

One of the ways we can start to feel more comfortable and more at home in our own bodies is to actually experience life in our bodies.

This may sound silly, but often we’re so busy and hyper-focused on rushing around and accomplishing tasks that we might not be aware of our bodies.


Stuck Inside? 9 Ways to Move Your Body

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

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I have the luxury of living in a relatively warm climate. Our coldest temps have been in the 20s at night and 40s during the day. (Yet I still sit at my desk with a blanket over me, wearing my favorite furry boots.)

But I know others are freezing in snow-soaked, below-zero areas (or maybe you’re in Australia, where it’s also unbearable but in a different way).

Wherever you are, you might be spending more time indoors. So here are nine ideas for moving your body when you’re stuck inside.


On Working Out In The New Year

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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“I really dislike working out.”

That’s what Jillian Michaels — the trainer on The Biggest Loser — recently told a magazine while promoting one of her workouts.

So why does she do it? Because, she says, she loves her skinny jeans and playing with her kids. Then she shares her thoughts on how often everyone needs to work out per week.

This is just one of countless articles making the rounds in January — the month that’s all about the new us (“New Year, New You”). Articles filled with shoulds and have-tos and you-betters.


What I’ve Learned In Four Years Of Writing Weightless

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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I mentioned several lessons I’ve learned throughout the four years I’ve been writing Weightless in this giveaway post (you can enter to win a book of your choice). But I wanted to expand on the lessons and share a more thorough list.

So here’s what I’ve learned in four years of being a body image blogger.


Body Image Booster: Moving Your Body In The Great Outdoors

Monday, April 15th, 2013

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Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts your week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!

Moving our bodies is a wonderful way to practice self-care, boost our mood, alleviate anxiety, feel empowered and just have fun. (For me, exercise is non-negotiable.)


Self-Love Series: Anna Guest-Jelley

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

A few months ago Mara Glatzel and I debuted our interview series on self-love. Mara is a self-love coach and blogger who helps women close the gap between the lives they deserve and the lives they’re currently living. (She also regularly inspires me with her stunning and powerful writing.)

Our goal with this interview series is to make the concept and practice of self-love as accessible and feasible as possible. That’s why we’re sharing stories and insights from women who embody self-love.

Today, I’m thrilled to present my interview with Anna Guest-Jelley, who I’m honored to call my colleague and close friend. Anna is the founder of Curvy Yoga, a beautiful, safe and empowering space for practicing yoga at all shapes and sizes and accepting and celebrating ourselves.


Athletes & Disordered Eating: What Parents Need To Know

Friday, August 31st, 2012

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Sports offer many physical benefits. They also teach leadership skills, teamwork, discipline and life lessons. Kids who participate in sports even tend to do better in school. And sports are fun.

But participating in a sport can also become a slippery slope to unhealthy and dangerous behaviors. And they can trigger eating disorders in individuals who are already genetically vulnerable to EDs.

I had the pleasure of talking with Doug Bunnell, Ph.D, vice president and co-director at the The Renfrew Center Foundation, about why the athletic environment can become harmful and what parents and caregivers can do.

So what is it about sports that can serve as a slippery slope?


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