Today, in the U.S., we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., who had an incredible dream and helped make it a reality. Inspired by his powerful speech and Therese Borchard’s achingly beautiful piece, I’m republishing an updated version of last year’s post on my personal dream. It’s a dream that focuses on everything from how we treat each other to how we treat ourselves.
I have a dream that our society will stop judging, shaming and bullying people because of their size, shape and weight.
I have a dream that we’ll focus on cultivating healthy habits instead of remaining chained to the numbers on our scales (or calipers).
“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.
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!
Rather than creating resolutions, many bloggers choose one word to guide their new year. It’s like an intention, a reminder, an invitation, an exploration.
You can’t turn the TV on, visit a bookstore or read a magazine without seeing something with the slogan “New Year, New You.” (Or simply open your inbox. Just today I got an email from Amazon with this subject line.)
And like many things in our culture — ads for diet foods and weight loss companies — after a while, you might feel like you need to board the same train. You might feel like you need to adopt the same line of thinking and change yourself.
I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful New Year’s Eve last night! Today, I’m looking back at the posts you guys visited the most.
They cover everything from what self-love really looks like to how to improve your body image throughout the day to how to enhance your well-being without ever focusing on weight.
These are the top 13 posts from the past year.
Yesterday I shared questions for exploring our body image and self-care routines during the year. Today, I’m sharing a list of questions for thinking about our intentions for 2014.
Respond to every question, or pick one or two that really resonate with you. Grab a cup of tea or coffee, take several deep, slow breaths and dig in.
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. I hope these give you some good ideas!
And, if you’re celebrating Christmas, I hope you have a beautiful holiday. And, if you’re not, I hope you have a beautiful day.
This spring, on Weightless, I talked about creating a “to-notice” list. This is simply a list of several things that you’d like to notice today or the next day. The intention is to help us move about our days more mindfully, and to remind ourselves to focus on what’s truly meaningful to us.
I think this becomes especially relevant during the holidays. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress and busyness of this time.
A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written on the Web. Hope you find these links inspiring!
Critical questions to consider when caring for yourself: “So, what do you need right now more than anything else? How will you give it to yourself?”
Here’s a list of beautiful body positive gifts to give this holiday season. At the bottom, you’ll also find some freebies, which make powerful gifts, too. By the way, you’ll probably want most of these for yourself. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.