01/02/2013 06:57 pm ET Updated Jan 02, 2013

Loving Your Body, Even When You Don't

Several days before attending a daylong Loving the Body You're In class, my body — or rather, my mind — started rebelling. I found myself staring longingly at the scale at the gym, contemplating hopping on for a quick weigh-in, even though I stopped weighing myself precisely because no matter what the number I found, I'd invariably feel awful. The morning of the class, I was more careful about selecting which pair of panties to wear than I was about my outfit (we were instructed to wear comfortable clothes), in case I were asked to strip down. I was already creating worst-case scenarios, and considered chickening out. Maybe these actions were my subconscious's way of reminding me why I'd signed up for the class, taught by burlesque performers World Famous *BOB* (yes, that's now her legal name), famous for mixing martinis with her boobs, and Legs Malone, in the first place. My curiosity won out.

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