True or False?  Fighting the Lies

True or False? Fighting the Lies

Lately, the mean voices are particularly loud. On repeat, the angry mantras march through my thoughts, echoing their erroneous chorus and stifling the realities I know to be true. When I hear it enough, I start to believe it. “You are ugly.” “You are fat.” “You are a failure.” “You’re dumb.” “You’re not [good/smart/fast/strong/beautiful] enough….

Reluctant Exercise

Reluctant Exercise

I remember moving a lot as a kid. My siblings and I climbed trees, built forts, played tag, and rode bikes.  As a teenager, farm work filled my days, and I stayed strong by feeding cattle, making hay, and gardening. As a young adult, I was careful to keep adding ways to be active: running,…

Strength: Body and Spirit

Strength: Body and Spirit

I feel my strongest when I’m at my weakest.  I was at the gym, proud of my just-finished strength-training routine.  My legs were so fatigued, I barely made it down the stairs to the parking lot as I fought through the trembling muscles.  Yet in the weakness, there was the underlying reality that I knew…

Stewardship of the Body

Stewardship of the Body

Stewardship of the feminine body, to some, might dictate an immediate discussion on modesty. But as someone who has focused on birth and fitness since childhood, I see three root words in that weighty term that will get you excited to see your body from a whole new angle: Ward, Ship and Steward. The office…

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Looking in the mirror, I could feel the disgust bubbling up again.  I had been able to look past the red spots dotting my face for a couple days because they seemed to be lessening. At least my neck had escaped the weekend without a pesky breakout. But, as I examined my freshly showered face,…

Beautiful and Ugly

Beautiful and Ugly

What is the difference between beautiful and ugly? For some people, that’s a life or death question. Images come to mind, along with compliments, insults, tears and smiles. But honestly, what is the difference between beautiful and ugly? Letters. Beautiful is made up of the letters: b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. And ugly is made up of the letters:…

Perfectly Unique

Perfectly Unique

Do you have insecurities about your body? If you answered “no,” you’re in the minority among American women. If you answered “yes,” you’ll probably want to read Annie Downs’ book, Perfectly Unique. Not content with talking about areas of insecurity and trying to make us feel better about our bodies, Annie goes straight for the…

Accepting Grace

Accepting Grace

“You have such beautiful hair.” I dip my head and laugh softly. “Oh, this is my rainy-day ‘do.” The memory of her wide smile and genuine compliment rang in my ears for the rest of the day. She meant it. I knew she did. But I struggled to believe it because, instead of cascading curls,…

Loving Every Age

Loving Every Age

As a child, I looked ahead to certain ages. Ten was special: double digits at last! Thirteen would make me a teenager. Sixteen would be sweet, seventeen even more delightful, and eighteen: downright grown-up. Remember Susan in the Narnia books? “She was always a jolly sight too keen on being grown-up.” “Grown-up indeed,” said the…

The End.

The End.