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Eating Disorders Awareness: “I Had No Idea…”

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week kicked off on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

This year’s NEDA theme, “I Had No Idea…”:

[…] aims to promote public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and improve education about the biological underpinnings, environmental triggers, warning signs and how to help those struggling.

In honor of that, I thought I’d join the movement and share with you some facts about eating disorders you might not have known, and I encourage you to click on the source links to learn even more about eating disorders.


POLL: Before-and-After Pictures: More Harm Than Good?

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

beforeandafter240I have to admit: I love before-and-after pictures off all kinds. Home renovations, furniture restorations, even makeup transformations — you name it, chances are I love looking at it.

Except when it comes to before-and-after pictures of our bodies. I’m a bit on the fence about those.

On the one hand, it’s inspiring to see someone get in great shape; it can make you feel like you, too, have the power to be your fittest self (not to mention, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside for the person who’s succeeding his or her goals).

On the other hand, it could make you feel as if you’re not measuring up.

If this person can look this way after this period of time, why can’t I?


Feeling a Little Unfit? 13 Reasons NOT to Get in Shape

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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Lately, I’ve been super focused on getting fit.

After my father’s death (and all the subsequent life-altering experiences that came with that while trying to juggle “regular” everyday life such as work), I put on a few pounds, made excuses not to run or attend yoga classes, and — well — just basically put my physical health on the backburner.

Now that I’ve had some time to adjust, it’s time to get back on track. I joined a gym in January (and am proud to say I’ve made it out of the “January Club”!), started cleaning up my diet again, and have been browsing various yoga classes to find something that’ll get me out of my living room and back into the studio.

(Now, if only this pesky bitter cold winter would pass, I could get off the treadmill and back to the park!)

Anyway, during this journey back to getting fit, I’ve done some thinking about why I want to get fit. Simply put, it’s for me. I want to feel better physically (which always makes me feel better mentally) as well as feel comfortable in my own skin again (another mental perk!).

During these musings, I started wondering about the reasons not to get fit. That’s right; while I firmly believe in physical wellness and how it impacts our mental health and wellness, I also believe there are reasons you should avoid when getting in shape…and I think many of you will be able to relate.


Top 12 Your Body, Your Mind Posts of 2014

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

2014

Yes, I know they’re all too common, but I have to admit I love year-end round-up posts. They give me a chance to look back and see what made my readers tick, and they give you a chance to catch up on some of the most popular posts of the year!

Based on Google Analytics, social media reports, and good ol’ fashioned comments, below are the Top 12 Your Body, Your Mind Posts of 2014.

Enjoy!


Invest in Your Appearance and Boost Your Self-Confidence

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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Last Saturday was cold, rainy, and—in my opinion—the perfect day to go to the mall.

I had no plans and I needed things.

Now, you might be thinking, “Did you really need things or did you just want things?”

Yes, I needed them.

I needed jeans. I needed skin care. I needed makeup…

…and yes, as superficial as that all sounds, I still stand by the idea that I, personally, needed them.


“I Want to Look Better Naked!”

Friday, October 10th, 2014

You might not believe it (or, maybe you might) but one of the most common answers I get when I ask people why they exercise is…

…”I want to look better naked!”

Setting aside the fact that what “looks better naked” is subjective, as someone who firmly believes that diet and exercise can help improve so much more than just our physical appearance (such as our mental and physical lives), I always want to educate them on the other benefits of regularly working out.

So, while looking better naked is great, below are an additional five benefits of exercising.


Tattoos and Personality: What Does Your Body Art Say About You?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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I finally got a new tattoo last week.

I say “finally” because I’ve been planning this thing (or, at least, planning to get this thing) for a couple of years.

However, I shouldn’t say “got a new tattoo” because it’s actually a cover up.

What’s it covering?

The same thing: a set of sunflowers.


Get Over Yourself and Go Motivate Someone!

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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As you probably guessed in my Running and Life post, I used to worry a lot about what other people thought of me when I was exercising.

Once I decided I was more worried about my health than I was about what others thought of me, I hit my city’s gorgeous track.

I hadn’t run in years, and for the first few weeks, I was hyper aware of everyone around me and what I just knew what they were thinking.

The person driving by is laughing. The person passing me is aggravated I’m so slow. The person coming my way can’t believe how red my face is. My ankles are too skinny and my ass is too fat and my belly is too jelly.

Right? Right.


Product Review: ‘Hungry for Change’ Documentary

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Have you watched Hungry for Change yet?

A few Saturday nights ago, I had nothing better to do than sit in front of Netflix (sad, I know, but let’s stay on topic here). As I flipped through the new releases, a documentary called Hungry for Change caught my eye.

I suppose it was the documentary’s cover image, a happy chick holding a grocery bag full of whole foods wrapped with a measuring tape, that caught my eye.

Because my grocery bags have been looking more and more like that lately (see Can Clean Eating Help Restore Hormonal Balance?), it seemed potentially up my alley.

So, what’s Hungry for Change all about?


Lady Gaga Responds To Weight Gain Criticism, Launches A Body Revolution 2013

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

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WHOA!

So, this week’s earlier Christina Aguilera-inspired post about loving rather than complaining about our bodies was super timely: Lady Gaga has launched a new campaign to do just that!

Following a week of open criticism about the weight she’s gained (by her count, more than 20 pounds), Lady Gaga did what she does best: Bared her soul

On Tuesday, the 26-year-old “Bad Romance” singer posted four pictures of herself to her fan website, littlemonsters.com, wearing only underwear (see left) under the blog title “A Body Revolution 2013″ and with the following captions:


 

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