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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

{via etsy by Michele Maule}

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?


Loving Your Body Even When You Don’t Like It: Part 3 With Anna Guest-Jelley

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

{You can download the Matifesto here; it’s so empowering!}

When I first read these words in Anna Guest-Jelley’s “Matifesto above, “It is possible to love your body, even on days when you don’t like it,” I was taken aback.

There’s no way, I thought. How is that possible? I have to like my body in order to love it…right?

But then I considered how we love others — our parents, siblings, friends, kids — unconditionally. No prerequisites. No musts or shoulds. We might disagree with their actions, and honestly not like them very much sometimes. But we still love them.

Why can’t we do the same for our bodies? For the very vehicles that carry us?

Below, in part three of our interview, Anna Guest-Jelley explores the idea of loving our bodies even on the days we don’t like them.


How To Be Kinder To Your Body & Yourself: Part 2 With Anna Guest-Jelley

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

{Anna Guest-Jelley helping a student in class}

For many of us, self-kindness is hard to come by. Somehow it’s so much easier to be nicer to everyone else and so much harder to be nicer to ourselves.

That’s one of the reasons I love Anna Guest Jelley’s work on Curvy Yoga and her new e-book Permission to Curve: Inspiring Poses for Curvy Yogis and Their Teachers: She helps us reconnect with our self-compassion. She empowers us to listen to our bodies and treat ourselves with respect and care.

Below, in part two of our interview, Anna explains what self-kindness means to her and how we can be more compassionate toward ourselves. She also shares why yoga is important along with her favorite yoga pose.

And don’t forget that we’re giving away TWO copies of Anna’s book Permission to Curve. All you have to do is comment on part one of our interview. (The details are there, too.)


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