I’m generally happy with my body, and I’m so grateful that I can truthfully say that now. I’ve struggled to accept my appearance over the years, and there were definitely seasons in my recovery where I was merely tolerating my appearance rather than actually liking it. Given the culture in which we live, I don’t … More Moving Beyond Body Image Roadblocks
A few weeks ago I wrote about buying new pants, which is something I did for the first time in years. Part of the reason I buy pants so infrequently is because I generally stay the same size, so I don’t have much of a need for new items once I find something I like. … More Dealing With Days of Negative Body Image
The messages we hear in our culture very much attribute health problems to weight gain. Conversations about chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease are very weight-focused, with weight loss often being the only “lifestyle recommendation” given by healthcare providers to those looking to avoid medications. But weight loss recommendations don’t always translate to improved … More The Truth About Weight and Health
I received a question the other day along the lines of, “Do you believe it’s possible that prayer will help prevent weight gain? If I ask God to keep my body the same, will he?” My answer, in short, was no. But I’ve had that thought before, too. In my teenage years, I was terrified … More Praying Away Weight Gain
I spend a lot of time talking with my friends and family about the futility in pursuing a thinner body. Most of them recognize this fact, but the biggest struggle is not admitting truth but in living it out. Even though many of us agree wholeheartedly that there’s more to life than achieving the “perfect … More If Thin Isn’t the Most Important Thing, What Is?