Fitness + Body Positivity Suggestions Needed!

Today’s blog post for NaBloPoMo was supposed to be about something completely different, you’ll see what tomorrow! Instead, we’re going to talk about fatness, fitness, and body positivity. If you’ve been around a while then you might know that 10 years ago I lost a ton of weight. It was 70-80lb and to be truthful, 10 years later I’ve gained it all back and maybe more? I don’t know because I don’t weigh myself. It might be the Leo in me, it might be the fact that when I put my mind to something I go alllll in, and I also tend to be a tad bit obsessive about things so knowing my weight is not good for my mental health. I’ll fixate on that number, go overboard trying to be in control, and in the process make myself miserable. While I’ve never firmly planted my feet in eating disorder…

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What Goes Down: The End of an Eating Disorder

Let’s have a talk about food, bodies, eating and the amazing book What Goes Down. In this blog, I’ve talked a lot about weight. I’ve talked about how losing 70lb made me feel about my body (not good), I’ve talked about how I’m an emotional eater (also not good) and I’ve also said how important it is that we find a way to love (or at least coexist with) our bodies. When I lost weight, I did it the healthy way. I went low-fat and healthy foods, I tracked calories, I started jogging. I joined SparkPeople, and some lovely supportive groups. It was the first time in my life I’d really felt healthy. I was determined to be healthy. And in all that healthy stuff I was doing I was also becoming obsessed. I was obsessed with getting down to a healthy weight that would make my BMI not obese,…

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Confession: I Struggle With Emotional Eating

“Emotional eating is the practice of consuming food — usually “comfort” or junk foods — in response to feelings instead of hunger.” My name is Dominee and I like to eat when I feel things I don’t want to feel. I eat more when I am stressed. I eat more when I am depressed. And when I am anxious. When I am angry. I eat more when I am lacking inspiration. I eat more when I feel down and want to “reward” myself. (If you need a fitness plan that focuses on self-love and body positivity, check out my Self-Love Fitness worksheets!) I am an emotional eater and I am not ashamed of it. (We all have our not-so-great coping mechanisms, here’s mine!) I freaking love food. I’ve been fat pretty much my whole life and for a large part of that time, I hated my body. Seven years ago, I…

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Stop Verbally Abusing Your Body

Let’s talk about how to stop verbally abusing your body. As you know from my fitness/body-love worksheets, it’s so important to love your body and to meet your needs without focusing on your weight. How many times have you looked in the mirror and said or thought something terrible about yourself? Called yourself fat, ugly, unattractive or something along those lines? Disparaged and insulted your lumps and jiggles or the places that just aren’t filled in the way you’d like? Closed your eyes and wished that some magical genie would appear in the bathroom and move all of your fat to the right places, or make it disappear altogether? We’ve all been there. We have days when we look in the mirror and we don’t like what we see. When the dressing room mirror becomes the enemy. When our bodies become the enemy. Ten years ago, that was my life. Every…

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