This is a place of encouragement, a place to discuss body image, insecurities, self-esteem, and everything under the umbrella of fighting self-hate and finding self-love.

No matter what you look like, what color, what gender, sexual orientation, what size or however many "flaws", healthy, not healthy, working on it, abled, disabled, we are all human, we all deserve to be happy, we all deserve to love ourselves. With this blog you will see all kinds of REAL bodies, REAL people, REAL stories.

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redefiningbodyimage:

This is the start to a simple, personal poster series focused on getting my perspective across in a direct way about a number of things. I will be focusing on everything from aesthetic beauty and fat to self acceptance, physical/mental health, disorders, confessions and proclamations. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, as I continue to procrastinate on the work I should be doing by focusing on the work I’d RATHER be doing.

redefiningbodyimage:

This is the start to a simple, personal poster series focused on getting my perspective across in a direct way about a number of things. I will be focusing on everything from aesthetic beauty and fat to self acceptance, physical/mental health, disorders, confessions and proclamations. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, as I continue to procrastinate on the work I should be doing by focusing on the work I’d RATHER be doing.

redefiningbodyimage:

randomlancila:

maiamorgan:

stophatingyourbody:

randomlancila:

Rebloggable version!

This is important enough that I thought it belonged here!

Body positivity is also not shaming those of us who are trying to lose weight.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that I don’t love myself because I want to be healthier and lose weight.
Me wanting to lose weight has everything to do with my own person reasons (high cholesterol, medication issues) and nothing to do with anyone else. I am sick of people impling that I don’t love myself because I’m trying to slim down enough so that my bloodwork comes back good. My doctor and I were both unconcerned about my weight until some of my bloodwork started coming back with some concerning results.
So, I am losing weight, exercising, and training myself to eat better. Not because I think I’m ugly, but because I want to be healthy for myself and for my child.
The next time someone tells me that I am fat and beautiful, I will say thank you, but if they follow that up with “You don’t need to lose weight. You should love yourself as you are,” then that person will get told to go fuck themselves.

I can’t tell you what to do with your body. You want to lose weight? Great, you do it. But don’t you dare say it’s to ‘be healthy.’ 
Losing weight does NOT equal better health. Better eating habits? Sure. Better exercise habits? Sure. More sleep? Sure. Reducing stress in your life? Sure. In some bodies, modifying your habits makes you lose weight. But the weight loss is a SYMPTOM, not a cause of better or worse health.
People really need to get over this fallacy of ‘Oh god I feel so sluggish because I’ve gained weight.’ or ‘Oh, I feel so much more healthy since I lost weight.’ No. You’ve changed your habits, and maybe your body changed along with it. But you know what, that doesn’t happen to everyone. Beliefs like this DIRECTLY impact the misguided viewpoint that fat=unhealthy.
It’s pretty easy.
Eating better/exercising more = better health.
Better health ≠ changes in weight. It CAN, but it’s not required.
Anyone who tries to tell you what to do with your body SHOULD be told to go fuck themselves. But YOU should also take responsibility for your reasons. Because if you truly believe the only way to be healthier is to lose weight, you’ve got a long way to go in body positivity.

Reblogging this version for commentary and to add that no one is denying that you love your body. The relationship you have with your body is personal and wonderful. Just know that your feelings and definitions about health are not universally adapted by everyone else.

redefiningbodyimage:

randomlancila:

maiamorgan:

stophatingyourbody:

randomlancila:

Rebloggable version!

This is important enough that I thought it belonged here!

Body positivity is also not shaming those of us who are trying to lose weight.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that I don’t love myself because I want to be healthier and lose weight.

Me wanting to lose weight has everything to do with my own person reasons (high cholesterol, medication issues) and nothing to do with anyone else. I am sick of people impling that I don’t love myself because I’m trying to slim down enough so that my bloodwork comes back good. My doctor and I were both unconcerned about my weight until some of my bloodwork started coming back with some concerning results.

So, I am losing weight, exercising, and training myself to eat better. Not because I think I’m ugly, but because I want to be healthy for myself and for my child.

The next time someone tells me that I am fat and beautiful, I will say thank you, but if they follow that up with “You don’t need to lose weight. You should love yourself as you are,” then that person will get told to go fuck themselves.

I can’t tell you what to do with your body. You want to lose weight? Great, you do it. But don’t you dare say it’s to ‘be healthy.’ 

Losing weight does NOT equal better health. Better eating habits? Sure. Better exercise habits? Sure. More sleep? Sure. Reducing stress in your life? Sure. In some bodies, modifying your habits makes you lose weight. But the weight loss is a SYMPTOM, not a cause of better or worse health.

People really need to get over this fallacy of ‘Oh god I feel so sluggish because I’ve gained weight.’ or ‘Oh, I feel so much more healthy since I lost weight.’ No. You’ve changed your habits, and maybe your body changed along with it. But you know what, that doesn’t happen to everyone. Beliefs like this DIRECTLY impact the misguided viewpoint that fat=unhealthy.

It’s pretty easy.

Eating better/exercising more = better health.

Better health ≠ changes in weight. It CAN, but it’s not required.

Anyone who tries to tell you what to do with your body SHOULD be told to go fuck themselves. But YOU should also take responsibility for your reasons. Because if you truly believe the only way to be healthier is to lose weight, you’ve got a long way to go in body positivity.

Reblogging this version for commentary and to add that no one is denying that you love your body. The relationship you have with your body is personal and wonderful. Just know that your feelings and definitions about health are not universally adapted by everyone else.

Fat bodies are seen as “evidence”. People try to claim that our bodies are evidence of unhealthy behaviors, lack of willpower, lack of self-care. Then they claim that this evidence is compelling enough to make it ok to target us for shame, stigma and humiliation “for our own good”. Even more damaging, fat people start to internalize this message thinking “If I’m fat then no matter how healthy my habits are I must be doing something wrong. I deserve to be treated poorly and have my body and choices treated like public property.” This is just not true. Fat bodies are not public property, they are not evidence, and they are not a sign that we need someone to step in and tell us how to take care of ourselves. First because nobody can tell what our habits are based on our body size. Second because our health is our decision – we each get to choose how highly to prioritize our health and what path we want to take to get there, with the understanding that we may be limited by the resources that are available to us.

Let’s begin with the bottom line: It doesn’t matter how fat someone is, or why they are that fat, or what the outcomes of being that fat may or may not be. They deserve to be treated with respect and it is completely ok for them to be that size. Yes, even if they weigh 2000 pounds. Yes even if you think their weight is “their fault.” Yes, even if you would never ever want to be that fat. Yes, even if you can’t understand how they live. Yes, even if they have problems that can be correlated with being fat. Yes, even if they have problems that can be causally related to being fat. Yes, even if studies show that they cost society more. Yes, even if they actually cost society more. It is totally, completely 100% ok for someone to be fat. Nobody needs anyone’s encouragement, justification or permission to live in their body. Period. This is true whether or not people are able to achieve permanent weight loss – it is a matter of civil rights.

“Yes, it’s okay to be fat” by Ragen Chastain

The ultimate BOTTOM LINE. Preach.

(via redefiningbodyimage)

Weight loss does not make people happy. Or peaceful. Being thin does not address the emptiness that has no shape or weight or name. Even a wildly successful diet is a colossal failure because inside the new body is the same sinking heart.

Geneen Roth (via pornandgore)

(Source: the-healing-nest)

We live in a society that looks down on confidence and glorifies humility, shame, struggle, ect. I call bullshit. You be as “overly” confident as you damn well please. You deserve it. Rock that shit.