New Year’s Resolutions PSA: don’t let the diet talk get you down

‘Tis the season for diet talk, for agonizing over ‘naughty’ holiday fat-and-sugar consumption and pledging to lose weight during 2013 … perhaps in time for ‘swimsuit season.’ And for advertisers to prey upon our fears and doubts about our own bodies.

But I just want to tell you, in the face of all that: You are beautiful. Your body is good. It can feel good; it can do neat stuff. It doesn’t need to be compared to the airbrushed bodies in ads and on magazine covers. It’s not shameful. You’re enough.

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  1. Posted 28 December 2012 at 2:55 PM | Permalink

    And you, my friend, kick unbelievable amounts of ass. (Numbers of asses? No, I think I mean amounts of ass–not as in plural asses, but as in the aggregate of ass that is kicked by your awesomeness.)

  2. Lara
    Posted 29 December 2012 at 1:36 PM | Permalink

    Yay :). Good to hear that. I’ve just watched a long exchange on one of my local moms’ lists about fruit juice cleanses (sort of perhaps for “getting healthy,” but more about weight loss). Even if I didn’t think it might be bad to shock my body by semi-starving it, I wouldn’t want to put myself through that. I am currently celebrating that I got brave enough to try a chiropractor, she got me un-twisted in various ways, and my knees may soon be happy enough to let me really dance and play capoeira again. Not to mention getting out of chronic pain. That would be some wonderful body happiness! And hey, not making weight-related resolutions opens up room for all kinds of better resolutions. My 8-year old spontaneously announced that his resolution is to always remember to wash his hands with soap after using the bathroom. Now if I can only get my 5-year old on board — maybe he’d be willing to resolve to have more careful aim. I resolve to give myself writing deadlines, but very meet-able ones, so that I can move forward without beating myself up.

    • Molly
      Posted 29 December 2012 at 8:20 PM | Permalink

      Ooh, Lara, so glad to hear you’re doing good things for your body! Here’s to a dancing 2013.

  3. Posted 30 December 2012 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

    AMEN! love it.

  4. Erin
    Posted 1 January 2013 at 7:13 PM | Permalink

    I have to say I’ve always loved watching tv, and since I’ve had a job, I’ve insisted that we have cable. (Husband has no use for tv at all.) But this year in an effort to economize, we got rid of our cable, and reading your post made me realize for the first time what a *relief* it is not to hear dreadful ads blaring at me all the time about how much weight I have to lose and BIKINI SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, etc etc. I was very lucky to have a mother who never complained about her appearance, weight or otherwise, who never talked about it at all, and I’m as a result less self-conscious than most of the women I know. I credit my mom for that. But the diet talk on tv gets me down. (It doesn’t make me feel pressured, it makes me feel anxious, and sad.)

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