Self & Body

Taking Back Your Own Power

November 1, 2012

Wearing Lycra and jumping rope in front of a mirror are two sure-fire ways to notice every little jiggle on your body.  I discovered this the other morning at the gym, noticing the little pooch on my belly that is proof that I drank a few too many margaritas last year.  I joined a new […]

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3 Was My Magic Number

October 26, 2012

At the beginning of the year many of the writers here at Curvy Girl Guide pledged to Reinvent the Resolution and Take Back Our Numbers. As Brittany said, we were making a commitment: Forget the number on the scale, it’s time to live your life by your own terms, by your own numbers! Define your […]

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I Was Sexually Manipulated, And I Let It Happen.

October 22, 2012

At 36-year-old, I have been with to the same man for nearly 18 years. I wasn’t a virgin when I got married at age 22. He didn’t take my virginity when we started dating at the age of 18. By the time I met the boy I would eventually marry, I had already punished myself in ways […]

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The Words of Amanda Todd

October 14, 2012

As I go to type a disclaimer on this post, warning that it deals with sensitive material… it suddenly feels ironic. This video exists because we’re sensitive material. All of us. You never know our whole stories. You never see all our scars. Amanda Todd made a youtube video describing in painful, pause to catch […]

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There She Is: The Plus Size Documentary That Needs YOU!

October 4, 2012

Nobody knows their not perfect until somebody tells them that they’re not. -Allison Kopach The film, There She Is, follows best friends Allison Kopach and Jenny Flores, as they compete in a 2011 beauty pageant. The ladies are revisited in 2012 to discuss how the outcome of the pageant has changed their lives. But, this is no ordinary […]

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Plus Size News Anchor Speaks Out Against Bully

October 2, 2012

I have one word for this video. Boom. We need more women like Jennifer Livingston, a plus size news anchor, speaking out and inspiring young people and women, because she’s right, those words don’t define our worth. This stops now. image courtesy WKBT; Six Times an Hour

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Can Eating Disorders Begin in Toddlerhood?

September 26, 2012

The first time I realized that I was bigger than my peers was somewhere around 2nd grade. I look at pictures and I can’t tell if that’s because that’s when I first actually became bigger than my classmates or if that’s just when my awareness rose, but the awareness of my size grew when my […]

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Bully Backfire: Town Rallies Behind Victim of Cruel High School Prank

September 25, 2012

While high school wasn’t the best time of my life (we all have our baggage) I was fortunate to attend a school where most students treated each other with kindness. Every year homecoming and prom royalty were voted on by just about everyone, and it was never a surprise when the court was composed of […]

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Project Real: What Have You Learned About Yourself This Year?

September 24, 2012

At the beginning of the year, Curvy Girl Guide decided to reinvent the resolution. It was our spin on making tired old resolutions that, more often than not, left us crying in our eggnog at year-end, waistbands snug as ever, feeling defeated and broken. Instead, we wanted to focus on the positive things we planned […]

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I Let Myself Go

September 19, 2012

As a teacher at a year-round school, I have the luxury of six glorious, obligation-free weeks in the summer.  I spend that time visiting family.  I spend that time as a break from real life, from the stress that comes from being a teacher, from my writing gigs, from my coaching and tutoring gigs, from […]

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