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Resources for Body Positivity

You want to give up dieting and beating yourself up when you don’t meet your exercise goals and figure out how to truly live a more healthy and balanced life.

So what now?

Here’s a list of resources I’ve compiled that have helped me on my body image journey:

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How to feel better in your body right now!

Disclaimer: This post has nothing to do with drinking more water, eating “better,” exercising more, or losing weight quickly (or at all). If you’re imparting on a journey to make your body look different so that you can finally like it, I hate to tell you this, but even once your body looks the way…
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Now Offering: Body-Image-Focused Health Coaching

After getting certified as an ACE Health Coach in February & not really having the breathing room to figure out what I wanted to do with it until now, I’m happy to announce that I will now be offering body-image-focused Health Coaching!

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"Intuitive Eating Mistakes" from Caroline Dooner

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Hello all! This semester of graduate school (I’m working towards my Masters in Nutrition & Physical Activity from JMU) has been absolutely kicking me in the butt! But, it has also been one of the most exciting and interesting semesters of my time thus far in my graduate program (which will soon come to an…
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Aging Gracefully?

I went for a run as the sun rose this morning because I’ve really messed up my sleep cycle this summer by staying up late, and the reset to an earlier bedtime is not going great. On my run, I was thinking a lot about this cultural idea that women lose value as they age,…
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Try Hard Things

Disclaimer: before you say “I could never do that”: I am NOT flexible by nature. I could neverrrr touch my toes as a child. It’s only been within the last year or so that I can touch my toes consistently, and some days it’s still nearly impossible.  Pigeon pose used to be one of those…
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How do we value our bodies?

Neither of these pictures is more valuable or valid than the other. They were taken probably 30 seconds apart, and in both pictures, my legs were equally capable of lifting the same weight on deadlifts & squats, equally capable of walking, hiking, & running the same number of miles, equally capable of doing the things…
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Small Permanent Changes vs. Large Temporary Changes

As I’ve been starting to really dive in with this ACE Health Coach studying, I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea that small permanent changes mean so much more than big temporary changes. Don’t inundate yourself with a million things you want to change RIGHT NOW. Focus on a few small things that will…
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If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook, and you’re feeling like “Ellen, this is great, but I would like to be able to see content on body image, fitness, and health without seeing so many pictures of goats or mirror pictures of your outfits,” here’s the place! I will be linking and reposting…
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Every body is a good body, and my goal is to help you feel your best!