During the first week of February, I attended a bootcamp-style fitness class with Hayley, a friend and fellow graduate student in exercise psychology. As advocates for exercise and health promotion, Hayley and I try to exercise regularly and share similar goals: 1) to engage in physical activity that we enjoy, 2) to reap the benefits that exercise can have on our physical health and mental well-being and 3) to learn new skills and challenge ourselves to grow.
The experience of childbirth taught me how miraculous women’s bodies truly are. Yet, as I settle comfortably into my new role as a mother, I wonder why there is such social pressure to strip the body of the physical evidence that a baby once inhabited it?
I have a dream that our society will stop judging, shaming and bullying people because of their size, shape and weight.
I have a dream that we’ll focus on cultivating healthy habits instead of remaining chained to the numbers on our scales (or calipers or clothes).
Dedicated to my wee bee Zoe and to wee beauties of all ages—we are all beautiful, inside and out
As of February 15th 2015, I am officially seven years, post ED. Seven Years. I started out this post by trying to think of all the auspiciousness that is associated with the number seven.
I just saw what feels like the seven millionth television commercial I've seen in my 44 years on this planet, asking me if I want to know the secret to perfectly clear skin, shiny hair and a flawless body. I can’t turn on the TV, listen to the radio or flip through a magazine without having some beauty or diet company tell me they can fix my flaws and transform me into a new and approved version of myself and frankly, it's getting a little silly.
During Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW), many teachers across the country will be preparing lessons and activities that promote a healthy body image among students. Parents will attend community events, and may even make an extra effort to promote a body positive environment within their homes. While all of these efforts and activities are both commended and encouraged during EDAW, the efforts can’t stop here
I don't know about you but I have had enough of the negativity that exists in society when it comes to the issue of 'Body Image'.
You have probably heard of the stages of change, a model that identifies the different stages individuals cycle through as they attempt to modify a negative behaviour...The interesting thing about these stages is that they are not linear - a person may start at the second or third stage, or they may reach the final stage and find themselves starting back at one all over again. Eating disorders (ED) are a great example of this
Imagine someone blindfolded you to hear my conversations with my therapist over the last four years. You would know I have anorexia nervosa. You would know that I am stable in recovery even though comments about my weight easily trigger me. To be fair, I am twice the size I was at my sickest.
Eventually, you would learn that I have Cerebral Palsy and use a wheelchair.
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What a friend told me over dinner a month ago encapsulated what recovery meant to me. “You are interesting and you are beautiful”. We hear it all the time from others when we’re stuck in the cycle of disordered eating, but it doesn’t register, does it?