Earlier this week I decided to dig my summer office attire out from the back of the closet (since it’s finally warm enough here for me to wear less layers) and don a black knee-length skirt to work with a black t-shirt, grey cardigan and some cute gold flats. The last time I wore the skirt was at Christmas time, when I paired it with black polka dot print tights, a teal sweater and brown leather boots.
Imagine my horror when the skirt wouldn’t zip up.
But why would I be horrified? I’m a personal trainer who promotes body acceptance and positive self-image. I know I’ve been strength training and squatting a whole lot since December. I tell my clients it’s not about aesthetics, it’s about how you feel. Why would I even let it bother me?(more…)
I’m not really one of those people who’s into spiritual self-help books. When I’m perusing Amazon for new books to buy, I generally add inquisitive fiction, exposé-type nonfiction, continuing education texts and cookbooks to my cart. But as a freelance book editor, I’ve had the chance to read my fair share of self-help manuscripts — some good, some not so good. None have stuck with me or lead to make any of the major behavioural changes as promised on the cover of said books.
Until I actually did find a sense of freedom (and a whole lot more) with BODYPeace by Heather Waxman, a meditation expert and life coach, and Kasey Arena, a certified strength and conditioning coach.
BODYPeace is a 30-day self-help guide for women who experience body shame — particular those with disordered eating behaviors such as obsessive calorie counting and binge eating — let go of those behaviours and find inner peace.
The first part of the book focuses on how to recognize those behaviours (called “BODYshame” in the book), explains what might really be going on (most disordered eating behaviours are triggered by a past experience or deep-rooted psychiatric issue, such as anxiety, depression or OCD) and provides readers with a set of tools for how to manage them. (more…)