Not Physical

The Body Positivity Challenge Day 3: Write three nice things about you that are not physical I have an amazing laugh. I am a badass. I am creative. #1 – My laugh is loud, powerful, and I have been told it’s “infectious.” Twice I was threatened with housing penalties for laughing too loudly. My students…

Three Things

The Body Positivity Challenge Day 2: Write three nice things about your body I have incredible boobs. I’m soft and cuddly. I have a perfect hourglass shape. #1 – I have incredible boobs. I have written about them a great deal, but they are worth mentioning again. I am very proud of them. They are…

The Body Positivity Challenge

An amazing teacher I used to sub for started a Facebook group called the Body Positivity Challenge.  Today I am starting the 30 Day Body Positivity Challenge. Here’s what it looks like: So, here we go… DAY ONE: Write about why you want to do this challenge. When I started Embraceable nearly three years ago, I…

Day One

There’s something truly beautiful in the idea that the human race is the only species who gets to constantly reinvent itself. Sure, finches adapt, but only humans improve. We become whole new people within our own lifetime. This week was my first week of summer after the worst school year of my life–possibly the worst…

This is Me

You know those paintings where you see it one way, and then suddenly it’s different and you can’t see it the first way again? First you see the duck and then you can’t unsee the rabbit? Well, recently I had an I-can’t-unsee-this moment. I see it everywhere and it’s haunting me:  TV shows make jokes…

Out of My League

My best friend Mikael hates the phrase “deserve her/him.” For example I will say, “He simply doesn’t deserve her.” Mikael will look at me, with the same look he has given me for eleven years (3% pity, 80% grace, and 17% silent lecture) and  remind me that people are not awards to be earned. He…

There & Back Again

For the photo shoot “There & Back Again” click here. Blog post: I got my heart broken and my confidence shattered. I gained pounds. I stopped writing. I went to Italy… regained some of my confidence with handsome Italian men and Renaissance Art (and gaining a few pounds because… Hello, Carbonara!)  I started a new teaching…

Search Your Feelings, Luke

I watch too much television. This started in 2011 when I got pink-eye and strep throat in the same two weeks and couldn’t get out of bed. I watched all of the then five seasons of The Big Bang Theory and nine seasons of what is now the original Will and Grace. This habit worsened however (yes…

Catching Up

In January, I went back to school to get a teaching credential in English. I won’t bore you with the details, but it was hard. I took on too much, I got my heart a little broken, and I gained a lot of weight. In the TV show Girls there’s a sobbing exchange that goes… Hannah: We…

Action!

This week has been a low one. As I mentioned yesterday, I have chosen to eat my feelings (and a little bit more). So, I’m taking action. I am switching directions. I’m switching plans. Weight Watchers has several different versions of its plans. I am presently on “Smart Points,” which puts me on a daily…

Food Coma

I have a few confessions to make, confessions of which I am not proud. Sometimes with this blog I feel like a fraud. Although I have been as vulnerable as possible, there have been things that I have hidden, or times I’ve only posted the positives, but it’s time to come clean. I still binge….

Feeling Foolish

“People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.” – Alice Walker It has been quite a year. There have been many times that I have felt foolish writing this blog. I have felt too vulnerable. I have felt too vain.  But I have…