Whenever I pass the magazine racks in the grocery store or bookstore, there's at least one women's magazine with some scantily-dressed young woman (usually white and blonde) on the cover. The pose is...hmm, how shall I describe it? "Sexy"? "Slutty"? Well, definitely "Skinny"! I could easily launch into a long tirade about how sexism, body shaming, photoshopping, and other … [Read more...] about Choosing Strength Over Skinny: My Favorite Magazine Covers
How do you react when you see yourself in a mirror...naked? Sadly, if you're like me, your brain buzzes with self-directed insults. "Oh my god, I'm so fat," "What an ugly flabby belly," "That's no muffin top, it's a friggin' Mac truck spare tire," "My butt is huge," and so much more. Well, guess what, Divas? Your body - no matter its shape, size or weight - is much stronger … [Read more...] about Stop with the Insults: Start Celebrating Our Strong Bodies
Back when I was going to a yoga class at my local gym, I was often one of the, um, "full-bodied" women in class. Because I lacked flexibility and the necessary strength to hold a pose for longer than 10 seconds, I felt pretty awkward. I couldn't help but compare myself to everyone else, especially those young skinny gals who seemed as flexible as cooked noodles … [Read more...] about Yoga: It’s for Every Body
As we Divas "mature," our bodies change...most often in ways we don't like or want! We see extra weight gather around our bellies, butts, thighs, upper arms, and seemingly weird places such as backs and calves. We hear our inner critic rant on with ridicule, sarcasm, and even hate. If we listen long enough, then we believe its untruths. We think people will laugh or berate … [Read more...] about Say Yes to Yoga No Matter Your Weight or Size
This magazine cover caught my eye the other day. No, it wasn't the screaming headlines of "Sexy Abs & Butt" or "Quickie Sex." It wasn't the bright orange of the magazine's name. And it wasn't even The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting's hair or trademark smile. It was her bare midriff. More precisely, it was her waist. Something just didn't look right to my … [Read more...] about What’s Odd About This Picture?