As women, we tend to build our lives around our commitments to others and the very high standards we set for ourselves.
Get moving because it is the single greatest thing that you can do for your well-being, physically as well as mentally. Be active because you want to thank the Universe for imbuing you with a strong, healthy body that is capable of amazing things.
So go ahead. Have the side of fries you're secretly jonesing for, wear the crop top, sport your prosthetic leg in a pair of cargo shorts, or skip the mineral make-up today. Just worry about doing amazing things instead of caring if other people are going to judge your choices.
It is a gift to now be able to look in the mirror with gratitude, in love with the color and curves of my ancestral mothers being reflected back to me.
In order to succeed, you've got to put it all out there, and share all the parts of you with the world, not just the ones that are left when you cleanly tuck all the messy stuff behind the veil.
Whether or not you believe it, you deserve love, just as you are. No, not you minus twenty pounds or plus two cup sizes. Not you with more money or less body hair. Not you with more accolades or fewer past failures. The very raw, unedited version of you.
I don't like the idea of women above a size 2 being made to feel ostracized because of their size, but I think that the label of "Plus Size" is a great one, and I'm proud to call myself a Plus Size Model.
"Don't wait to lose weight or until your life is just perfect to make changes. Pursue your dreams right now."
I just really want to share the truth of the sadness that I carry with me, and how it shows up in my life. I hope that little girls will get to grow up in a kinder world, and have more body positivity present in their lives as a result of body advocates like Ashley Graham stepping into the spotlight recently.
As with her spiritual life, Lisa wants to design a collection for women where the pieces flow together seamlessly. The pieces are designed as a capsule collection that can be worn together in a variety of combinations to create numerous, different outfits.
Don't settle for less, when losing weight can be a journey worth sharing and prove to be less of a hassle and more of a fond memory. This is not a seasonal thing. My body is not just summer ready, I am committed to staying in shape and healthy year-round!
Maybe someone can create the Perfectly Imperfect Barbie? The one who doesn't always look pretty and say all the right things all the time. Who occasionally eats too much pizza, gains weight, gets pimples and says the wrong things (for which she can also be programmed to apologize).
As a plus size woman, I can say that when a slender woman stands in front of you and utters your battle cry, your first reaction is usually a knee-jerk, "What? There is NO way you can understand me."
That voice - that rich, sultry, gorgeous voice was the soundtrack of my childhood. I used to gaze at The Mamas and the Papas album covers with fascination, flipping them front to back, reading every word.
"Beauty is an air of confidence. It's the way a woman carries herself and takes pride in who she is, who she surrounds herself with, and the life she lives. Beauty is the courage to stand out and stand up for what you believe in, even if it doesn't suit the norm."
The thing is that fat-shaming doesn't help people get thinner, and the stigma that it creates does more damage than good to people of size.