Change the Way You See: Join the Operation Beautiful Movement!

Operation Beautiful hits store shelves this week!

I am so excited to get my copy in the mail, as Operation Beautiful is a cause I stand 110% behind.

In honor of “Change the Way You See Not the Way You Look” Week this week (Aug 2-7), I thought I’d join the movement and add a post to the mix (all bloggers are encouraged to do so! For details click here.)

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”– Marcel Proust.

It’s one of my favorite quotes that in many ways addresses the art of “reframing,” something that truly helped me recover from my disordered eating past, as I learned to look at my situation through a different lens. Continue reading “Change the Way You See: Join the Operation Beautiful Movement!”


Operation Beautiful — in Print!

About a year ago, I mentioned a cause I really believe in that was taking over the blogosphere by storm called Operation Beautiful, which was launched by Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point.

Since then, the Operation Beautiful blog has taken off, Caitlin has done tons of press about it and now has a book coming out! I am so, so, so excited for her!

A lot of bloggers have book deals, sure, but Caitlin’s mission is the only one that really resonates with me — mostly because it’s not just about her. It’s about all the women out there who are struggling with body image issues.

In a nutshell, her goal is to end fat-talk, period … one positive, self-affirming anonymous Post-it or note at a time — shared in public places like gyms, offices, shared bathrooms, dressing rooms, etc.

The book is coming out in August, but you can pre-order a copy now by clicking Barnes&,, or I am so excited to get a copy!

How about you? Have you participated in Operation Beautiful? Will you buy the book?

PS–A lengthy post will be coming in the next week or two explaining my absence from blogging … just know I love you all and still am reading other blogs; just hadn’t been able to write myself but, in the words of the Celine Dion song, “it’s all coming back to me now …”

Banning “Fat Talk”

deltaIf you happen to see the 90+ comments on my post last week at WeAretheRealDeal about my not “getting” the whole fat acceptance movement, you will notice that several readers asked me if my sensitivity to the word “fat” had anything to do with my background (Weight Watchers/disordered eating history/recovery) … and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t.

Of course our backgrounds influence how we feel about certain words, situations, etc.

Having felt “fat” a lot of my life — even if it wasn’t technically true — the word stings. The irony is I’ve never been called fat (as a kid or an adult) — ok, well, at least not to my face.

So the word isn’t some painful reminder of my past; it’s just a word that I find offensive on many levels, in addition to reminding me of how I “felt” about myself for so long.

But as I learned through that post, for those in the Fat Acceptance movement, they argue that “fat” is only a bad word if we make it such.

They contend it’s a “descriptor” — like “tall” or “short” or “curly-haired” or “blue-eyed”  so they aren’t offended by it …

But none of those descriptors make me cringe. The word “fat” does. Even “obese” (a technical term) doesn’t bother me as much as the word “fat.”

In fact, I’ve tried to eliminate it from my personal vocabulary. When I’m feeling a little chubby, now I tend to say, “I feel fluffy” or “I feel bloated” — those are tangible adjectives in my head.

What I don’t say: “I look so fat” or “I feel so fat,”  like I used to. Continue reading “Banning “Fat Talk””