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Archives for December, 2011

Body Image

Top 11 Weightless Posts From 2011

Today, I'm sharing the top 11 Weightless posts that received the most views in 2011. Below, you'll find posts on everything from self-acceptance and self-care to body image boosters and Health At Every Size.

Also, I want to thank you for reading Weightless. It means a lot to me that you come here, comment and read my words. I hate to sound cliche, but it's true: Thank you from the bottom of my...
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Body Image

Creating Body Image Traditions

With the holidays in full swing, I've been thinking a lot about family traditions. For instance, in Russia, New Year's Eve is a huge holiday.

Everyone has a New Year's tree with beautiful ornaments, and we exchange gifts at midnight on December 31st. We've been celebrating this way for decades --- maybe even a century --- and have carried these traditions over to the

Traditions are important. Tradition connects us to our...
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Body Image Boosters

Why Resolutions To Diet Or Lose Weight Don’t Work

Every year, many of us, very many of us, resolve to shed pounds by dieting or exercising most days per week. We resolve to be rigid and strict with ourselves. We resolve to rein ourselves in.

Maybe we say we're not eating any chocolate ever again. Or we'll just have one dessert a week. And we'll only skip a workout if we're super sick.

Maybe we pick exercise that we don't like very  much...
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Body Image

The Power Of Trusting Yourself

Yesterday my friend and talented blogger Shannon Cutts published a post on her blog, Mentoring & Recovery, that really resonated with me. And I think it will with you, too.

She talked about having the confidence and knowing yourself enough to do what's right for you.

This is especially relevant to body image and disordered eating. When we rely on diets and other people's rules for eating,...
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Body Image

Body Image Booster: What Do You Believe In?

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!
I believed in Santa until I was about nine. Yes, that's right. (And, in...
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Wanting To Be Thin Doesn’t Cause Anorexia But It’s Still Damaging

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In our society, there's a common belief that thin models and unrealistic images in ads and magazines cause eating disorders, specifically anorexia nervosa.

But the thin ideal (the desire for thinness) doesn't cause anorexia. Instead, it plays a different but still damaging role, writes eating disorder specialist Sarah Ravin, , in a recent post on her website.

This distinction is important because saying that eating disorders are...
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