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 things I love about the Internet is the opportunity to read an array of beautiful work. I’m not only inspired by other bloggers, but I’m reminded that I’m not alone. I’m reminded that others have struggled like I have, and understand where I’ve been.

I’m reminded of what’s most important. I’m reminded of my own beauty and the beauty of others.

And I gain so much wisdom about the process of healing my own body-bashing and self-image issues.

When I first started writing Weightless, I was in a pretty good place with my body image. But I was still self-critical, and I still had a lot to learn about myself, about my writing. (But then again, don’t we always?)

I credit many amazing bloggers for opening my eyes to what body image truly means and the many ways we can go about healing the negativity.

That’s why, today, I’d like to share some of my favorite recent posts around the blogosphere in hopes that they’ll also inspire and teach you — and help you open your eyes to something you might’ve missed.

  • An Ode to Real Women: Whenever people say, “I wish they’d put real women in magazines,” I understand what they’re saying. I used to think exactly the same way. But we’re very much mistaken. Real women aren’t just curvy. They’re also thin and tall and muscular and petite. In this beautiful post, Karen reminds us that real women come in all shapes, sizes, professions, personality types, etc.
  • The “I Did It, So You Can, Too,” Phenomenon: Weight-loss gurus looovvveee to say that if they can lose weight, well, gee, so can you! To me this isn’t inspiring or relatable. Instead it just perpetuates the same shame we hear everywhere else in our society: That if you’re not thin, clearly you aren’t working hard enough. Not only is this incredibly irritating but it’s also inaccurate. Golda explains exactly why and how in this brilliant post.
  • The Arrival of “Curvy Voices”: Last week Anna at Curvy Yoga, one of my favorite blogs, released a beautiful e-book that features 36 stories about the impact yoga has had on these writers’ lives. I highly recommend downloading copy.
  • The HAES Files: A Less Travelled Road: I hate that our society promotes and perpetuates the fear of food and fat and focuses on eradicating the “obesity epidemic” rather than promoting health and body acceptance for everyone. Deb Lemire, President of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, encourages us to consider hope, instead of fear. Check out the entire blog, too — it’s thought-provoking and all-around awesome.
  • Give Yourself the Present of Being Present: Julie shares what she does when overwhelm sets in. It’s a gorgeous post and an important reminder.  I recommend printing out the piece, and posting it somewhere visible (or just everywhere 🙂 ).
  • Fall in Love With Yourself: I recently discovered Samantha’s amazing blog. She’s pledged to write a poem per day in order to be more present in her life. This short poem offers another vital reminder.
  • 34 Ways to Begin Your Self-Care Practice: To many of us, self-care is intimidating and foreign. Where do we start? What does self-care mean in the first place? Here, Jenn demystifies self-care and shares 34 ideas to start taking better care of yourself right now.
  • Finding Our Creative JoySome Creative Joy for the Weekend: Joy comes from being creative. And I think that being creative is one of the antidotes to a negative body image. Rather than wasting our time bashing our bodies (or the bodies of others) or pursuing thinness at all costs, we can immerse ourselves in joyful activities, in activities that amuse our brains, and our hearts. In activities that remind us that life is amazing and that we’re much more than abs and thighs. In these posts, Susannah and other incredible voices share what creative joy means to them. Very uplifting!

What great posts have you read recently? What are your favorite blogs?