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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What Would You Change About Your Body?

If someone asked you the question “What would you change about your body?” what would be your answer? As much as I love my body (most days) even I have a few things on the list. Pesky chin hair that’s a pain to pluck, my oh-so-sexy lady ‘stash, and I’d probably ask for a little less junk in my trunk. Those are just the first ones that come to mind. It’s okay to want to change things about yourself. To even dislike things about yourself sometimes. It only becomes a problem when instead of looking at those things as a slight annoyance you begin to see them with hatred. You look in the mirror and those things are all that you see because somewhere along the way they have begun to define you. That’s when it becomes work you need to do to soften those feelings and incorporate some lovin’…

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Befriend Your Body

There is no greater gift that you can give yourself than loving yourself fully. Your mind. Your soul. Your lovely body. I don’t know about you but once spring and summer roll around I get a little critical about my body. A bit of grumbling about the weight I’ve gained over the winter time, a little chastising about my tendency to make excuses instead of doing a quick yoga routine or going on a jog. A little discontent with where I’m at right now. But it’s still full of love. I’ve been asked a ton of times “How can you love your body if you’re overweight? Or you want to lose weight?” The answer is – easily. Once you get out of the mindset that it has to be an either/or situation. You don’t have to wait until your body is perfect to love it. Let me put it in different…

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