Celebrity Body Image Role Models

In a recent article, I wrote about a few of my personal “body image role models,” women who embody healthy body attitudes and have helped me to cultivate similar perspectives.  Now it’s time to consider the celebrities… We often hear about the negative effects of the media and the damage created by trying to live up to celebrities in terms of beauty and thinness.  While it’s true that many stars are not good role models for young (and older) women, there are some women in the limelight who … [Read more...]

Hope, Inspiration, and “The Biggest Loser”

NOTE: This article was originally posted to my previous blog, “The Healing Project,” in May 2010. I am a long-time fan of the reality show, “The Biggest Loser.”  I’ve watched all but one of its nine seasons and I frequently find myself in tears as I watch this truly inspiring show.  Last night, as I watched the penultimate episode of the ninth season, I was moved to write about my appreciation for this show I’ve come to love. The four remaining contestants all went home for a month, … [Read more...]

Body Love, Self-Love

NOTE: This article was originally posted to my previous blog, “The Healing Project,” in May 2010. If someone were to ask you if you love yourself, how many of you would reply with an enthusiastic “Yes”?  How about if you were asked if you love your body?  I know that for most of my life, I would have found both questions absurd.  I definitely and unequivocally did not love myself or my body. For years, I was my own worst critic.  I would unleash a torrent of criticism upon myself on a … [Read more...]

Handling Discouragement

NOTE: This article was originally posted to my previous blog, “The Healing Project,” in April 2010. While I would love for all of my blog posts to highlight my tremendous progress and exciting wins, life doesn’t work like that.  Invariably, we all experience ups and downs, and progress occurs more like “two steps forward, one step back” than in an upward slope.  Although I posted two weeks ago about the wins I’ve experienced since starting this blog, this past week has been more of a period … [Read more...]