Disgust, Body Shame, and Fitspiration: Why We Care About Maria Kang

you-are-beautiful

TL;DR: Fitspiration sucks. Stop fat-shaming/fit-shaming yourself and others, kthx.  Strong is the New…? I just want to take a brief interlude and ask a question, because it’s something that’s been weighing on me pretty heavily. How many of you out … Continue reading

Fitness Friday: Oxygen Magazine is Coming Back…and I’m Not Happy About It

oxygen-magazine-oh-yeah-nutrition-ad

Before I even start this post, I just want to say something to all of you who are going to get offended/upset by what I’m about to write: this post isn’t about you, the end user, and your choices. I’m … Continue reading

A Little Tuesday “Thought-spiration”

superwoman-dies

You don’t need to look like this: [source] To prove that you’re strong enough to do this: [source] * [source] You don’t need to be able to do this:  [source] To prove that you’re worthy of this: [source] You don’t … Continue reading

Fitness Friday: How NOT to Exercise When You’re Injured

pain is a sign that something needs to be changed

Last month, Abel James, aka the Fat-Burning Man, wrote a really great blog post about using an injury to your fitness advantage. After hurting his shoulder doing Krav Maga, he was faced with the difficult decision: do I give into … Continue reading

Why I’m Angry, or Everybody Has an Eating Disorder

eating-disorder-body-dysmorphic-disorder

In case you were wondering, today is International No Diet Day.  Warning: triggers ahead.  I am so angry. I am so angry, and sick to my stomach. I’m sick and tired of ED. I’m sick and tired of disordered eating … Continue reading

Word Games

May 2012 with my sister

As a writer, I’m fascinated by how different words can drastically change the meaning of the same sentence. For example: “I don’t get my period” sounds like a blessing. (Seriously: no cramps or hormonal swings? Check please!) “I stopped getting … Continue reading

Sex vs. Sexy

Dying to be a bikini competitor. Literally.

So let’s bring this sexuality thing home: If I’m not mistaken (and I’m pretty sure I’m not), part of the reason that fitspo has gained so much traction is the concept that we’re all looking for motivation to help us … Continue reading

Becoming ED: The Female Athlete Triad and Amenorrhea

Starving for a fitness model body

There’s a point in your disordered eating when you become your disorder. When, without realizing it, you stop separating your own body from the image of ED in your head. And suddenly: your body starts to comply. You want to … Continue reading

The Disappearing Woman

The disappearing woman, Too thin, anorexic

I know that, at least for me, the idea of sexuality is a huge trigger. My first kiss was preceded by a panic attack in my high school’s “zen garden” and directly followed by a drive home during which I … Continue reading