Jennifer Hudson: Focusing on HEALTH, not weight … for Weight Watchers

This is a cross-post at today. You can read it here or after the jump.

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Appalling Post @ Jezebel Re: College Date Rape

This post is also at WeAretheRealDeal and isn’t something I’d typically blog about here but I’m appalled and well, it’s my blog 🙂 — beware, foul language (not mine) to follow in this post.

As an American University alumna, I’m absolutely appalled at this story making the rounds on Jezebel today, “Date Rape is an Incoherent Concept: Blaming the Victim, American U. Edition.”

Located in our nation’s capital, AU is known to be a pretty liberal school. I’m usually so proud to be an alumna of such an open-minded institution — known for its diverse student body and a reputation of producing politically and socially active alumni who do great things all over the globe.

As you can imagine, this is NOT the kind of news you want to share from your alma mater.

But it’s not something I want to see kicked under the rug, either. Continue reading “Appalling Post @ Jezebel Re: College Date Rape”

Fending Off Negative Feelings

This is a cross-post at WeAretheRealDeal re: Fitbloggin!

What a weekend! MizFit, Marsha, YumYucky and I spoke on a body image panel at Fitbloggin in Baltimore this past weekend.

(Were you there?! If so, let us know — and thank you for coming; it was a blast!!)

Fitbloggin was a fitness/wellness blogger conference organized by Roni, and it was an amazing time!!

Seriously, a wonderful experience and so nice to meet Marsha and YumYucky, and to see MizFit and Roni again (I met them at a blogger meet-up in Chicago in ’08).

Anyway, though we didn’t have a huge turnout at our break-out session (our time slot had us up against book authors) it was an intimate and engaged crowd and an overall awesome experience.

Our topic was body image and blogging: what are we teaching our kids.

But today I’m not here to talk at length about our panel discussion (more on that in another post later). I’m here to talk about the day from a personal perspective and how it relates to our topic. Continue reading “Fending Off Negative Feelings”

Girl on Girl Hate

I posted this over at WeAretheRealDeal Friday and I thought I’d posted it here too — but didn’t! Sorry! Anyway, the comments over there are certainly worth reading. You can read it here or after the jump. Continue reading “Girl on Girl Hate”

Lost Luggage Spurs Body Image Anxiety

This is a cross-post that will be featured on tomorrow — but here’s a sneak peek! 🙂

If you happen to follow me on Facebook or Twitter (or know me in real life), you probably have heard ad nauseum about my recent trip to Korea.


In my defense, I was super-excited and couldn’t WAIT for the moment to arrive!! And when it did, it was spectacular and everything I hoped it’d be and more.

Anyway … we got back Sunday and I did a thorough blog post (with links to photos) on my personal blog with respect to how I handled it from a disordered eating recovery perspective.

But one thing I saved was a story I wanted to share here at WeAretheRealDeal. Continue reading “Lost Luggage Spurs Body Image Anxiety”

Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones

This is a cross-post over at WeAretheRealDeal today. You can read it here or after the jump.

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Love Your Flawz

This 5-minute video is absolutely worth a peek at for its creativity and powerful message about loving yourself exactly as you are, flaws and all.

To be honest, I’d never heard about her until I came across this video online today, but musician Caitlin Crosby created “Embrace Your Flawz” to highlight men and women (including Crosby) showing off their natural beauty.
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Body Image Role Models of Olympic Proportions

With 31 World Cup victories under her belt, Vonn is already the greatest female skier in U.S. history. She's being marketed as the "Michael Phelps" of the Winter Games.

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