Wow. I can’t believe Weightless turns four this month. It’s certainly been quite a journey. It’s like time has both flown by and stood still.
I started writing Weightless in 2009, a few months after my dad passed away. A few months after life cracked and changed forever.
I needed this blog. I needed to pour my energy and channel my broken emotions into something positive and consistent.
I needed to write about a topic that’s been close to my heart for very long.
I wanted to show readers that you didn’t have to change your body or let the scale rule your life.
I wanted to show that many health magazines lie, that our society’s obsession with slender is ridiculous (laughable, even), and that we can accept ourselves as we are. Beautiful. Flawed. Messy. Mistake makers.
I wanted to show that well-being has nothing to do with weight. That we can absolutely feel proud of ourselves and our bodies at any weight, shape and size. That we deserve to take good care of ourselves at any weight, shape and size.
And I wanted to scream that it’s OK to eat dessert (and you don’t have to diet). Yes. Even the real ice cream. And yes. Even every day. That you’re not bad, a glutton or bereft of willpower. That you don’t need to feel guilty for eating certain foods.
That thinness and dieting don’t bring happiness or peace or make all your dreams come true. But acceptance can and does.
Writing Weightless has been an incredible opportunity. I’ve been able to learn important insights about everything from practicing real self-care to listening to my body to building boundaries to feeling my feelings.
I’ve been able to learn about powerful movements like Health At Every Size, which I wholeheartedly believe in.
I’ve had the opportunity to get to know myself better, grow my voice and become more comfortable in my own skin.
I’ve had the opportunity to interview amazing authors, bloggers, coaches and therapists. And I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading and have learned something helpful along the way.
Thank you sooo much for coming here, for reading, commenting, liking and linking. It’s seriously a gift. And, as a thank-you, I’m hosting a small giveaway below.
Also, here are some of my favorite posts throughout the years.
- The post that started it all
- 5 body image beliefs and practices to pitch
- 5 more beliefs and practices to pitch
- Beyond body image: owning who you are today
- Amazing facts about our bodies
- A body image confession
- What I’ve learned about self-care
- Creating a body positive emergency kit
- 15 ways to enjoy a body positive weekend
- Explore being in your own skin
Like I’ve been doing every year, I’m buying one reader a book of their choice on anything related to body image, mental health, well-being or self-care. I’ll pick the winner at random using random.org.
All you need to do is comment below, and let me know what book you’d like!
You’ll have until next Friday, the 15th, at 11:59 p.m. EST to comment. (One comment per person please.)
If you’d like a few ideas, check out 7 of my fave books. I also love Sunny Sea Gold’s Food: The Good Girl’s Drug, Anna Guest-Jelley’s Permission to Curve, Mara Glatzel’s Body Loving Homework, Jennifer Louden’s The Woman’s Comfort Book and Susannah Conway’s This I Know.
What book do you need to read?
Update: thanks so much to everyone who left a comment (and such positive feedback!). The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to VA, who won a copy of Broken Open.