the fat girls guide

30 Things to Love About Exercise (None of Which Have Anything to Do with Your Weight, Your Size, or What You Look Like)

I got this from the book called  “ The Unapologetic Fat Girl’s Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts” by Hanne Blank. I found it both enlightning and motivational, so I decidd to share :)

1. Working out is an immune-system booster, which is great since no one actually enjoys being a mobile snot fountain.

2. Exercise builds ferociously sturdy little old ladies (and men): it’s fantastic for your bones, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s, and improves balance and coordination.

3. Exercise reduces symptoms of both depression and anxiety. Organic, legal DIY mellowness is a pretty sweet side effect.

4. Working out helps regulate your blood pressure, reducing the effects of things like traffic jams and not being allowed to strangle that one coworker who really, really needs it.

5. Exercising makes you smarter: research shows that exercise incorporating complex movement, especially, makes people learn better and faster.

6. Working out hath charms to soothe the savage metabolic system, encouraging insulin sensitivity and making diabetes management a little easier.

7. Regular exercise tends to generate major mojo. And by mojo, I mean increased sex drive and sexual responsivity. Yeah, baby.

8. If you suffer from insomnia, exercise helps, and not just because it tires you out; it also helps your body regulate its own rhythms.

9. Workouts boost levels of neurochemicals like dopamine and serotonin, which is like getting a biochemical massage in terms of counteracting stress.

10. You’ll be able to sing louder and dive deeper with your improved lung capacity.

11. Your joints get stronger and less prone to injuries and diseases, including tricky ones like repetitive stress injuries and arthritis.

12. It enables you to satisfy those urges to reenact dance numbers from Broadway musicals. So what if you’re in the grocery store?

13. Will you be able to snatch a speeding bullet out of the air? Maybe not, but working out does improve people’s reaction time.

14. Endorphins—mmmmm, sweet, sweet endorphins: the “runner’s high” isn’t just for runners, ya know.

15. Outrunning the zombies.

16. It makes you strong. You never know when you’ll need to be that person who can carry the suitcase full of gold bars through the airport without anyone being able to tell that it’s so heavy.

17. Your body and your brain get superbly and thoroughly oxygenated, which tends to make you feel peppy and full of mischief.

18. Most of us like to think we’re flexible people who can roll with the punches. Exercising makes it more likely that it’ll literally be true, not just figuratively.

19. If, God forbid, you should get sick, being a regular exerciser can help reduce the length and severity of your illness. It has even been shown to reduce cancer mortality for some kinds of cancer.

20. Exercise can help pregnancy and labor go a lot more smoothly. Afterward, it helps you keep up with the kid.

21. Probiotics and antacids have their place, but if you want to give your digestive system the best possible advantage, there’s nothing like fiber, water, and exercise.

22. Physical competence—just knowing you can count on your body to do stuff effectively and without trouble—is pretty damn nice.

23. It makes your heart happy and efficient to the point that your resting heart rate may get lower.

24. Four words: Exercise-induced mitochondrial biogenesis— exercising can increase the number of mitochondria in your muscle cells, which is just completely geeky cool.

25. Stamina: “Another ten rounds? Sure,” you say. “Bring it … if you can.”

26. You’re much less likely to fall and much more likely to be able to get right back up and brush yourself off if you do.

27. It’s kind of nice not to think twice about getting down on the floor to look for that thing that just rolled under the entertainment center or about how you’ll get up again.

28. It’s eco-friendly. No matter how much you sweat or howhard you breathe, you will not produce toxic waste or greenhouse gases.

29. It gives you a bulletproof excuse. “Sorry, Aunt Linda, of course I’d love to hear all about your colonoscopy, but I have to go or I’ll be late to Pilates.”

30. Juicy ideas and spicy epiphanies seem to be attracted to sweat and gym socks. Moving your body is a fantastic way to jump-start your brain.

A fat girl's guide to "being fat": when you want to use a word that has nothing to do with you just because you want to be self-deprecating

Fucking don’t call yourself fat when you know you aren’t

When you’re just feeling bad about yourself, you’re not actually fat for that 45 minutes

Recognize your privilege instead

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Outfit of the Day: Rock N’ Roll Glam

So I wore this out to a show the other night. The show was FANTASTIC and I felt really cute in this look! This look is really simple, which I like. There isn’t much to wear with such a glitzy sweater; it’s kind of the star! I did feel a little out of my typical silhouette, but I think its important to explore things like that. Especially when its something that isn’t said to be “flattering.” (We all know how I feel about flattering.)

 I do have a general personal style, but sometimes I really enjoy adding elements from other styles into my wardrobe. I don’t really pay too much attention to the genre of something, as much as I just wear stuff that I love. This outfit is really me in the color, the sequins, and rocking it with leggings and boots. But I really liked wearing that elements of the “boho” style with the oversized, off the shoulder shirt and the headband. ! Granted, the headband totally didn’t stay on while I was enjoying the night, but the rest of the outfit was perfect for dancing all night! 

Sweater: Macy’s $35

Headband: Target $10

Leggings: Torrid $28

Boots: Avenue $35

Bangles: Avenue $1

-julia-grace  asked:

I just dont understand why you are promoting people to be an unhealthy size. I dont understand it. Just like I dont understand why there are pro-anorexia websites. Cave people were not 'fat'. You are so wrong to be teaching people these things! You are against add campaigns that are promoting healthy eating and healthy weight. Why are you so against these things? What is so bad about them that you have to 'lash out' ?

Well, since you asked in a semi-nice way, I’m going to answer you. Although, I do think if you had taken the same amount of time that you did messaging me, to actually read my blog instead of looking at just the pictures, it would of probably answered your question.

Anyways. I am not promoting being unhealthy. I really wish people wouldn’t think that. There a stigma that fat= unhealthy. Which has been proven in research to not be the case at all. I’m simply promoting loving your body, and yourself just as you are. All bodies are good bodies, and that means fat, deathfat, skinny, tall, short, abled, disabled, gender, binary and non-binary, and every color of the rainbow. To police someone and tell them they are unhealthy based on their size is socialized, I know. It’s really hard for people to challenge what they have been taught their entire lives. Unfortunately, people have been taught to buy into a billion dollar diet industry that does not work. These companies make money off of shaming you, and teach you to blame your weight on yourself, instead of a process that fails more than it succeeds. Some people are just fat. Yanno? And diets actually hurt more than help. The majority of dieters gain the weight, plus some back within five years. Scientifically proven, my friend. It’s called yo-yo and it can be much harder on one’s heart and body than just accepting their body as it naturally is. And it doesn’t just happen to a few people for “not trying enough” or whatever. It happens to over 90% of people. NINETY!!  Get what I’m saying? If you go to my FAQ page there are lots of links with more information as well. 

So, as you can see. What I’m “teaching” is not wrong. I’m simply informing those who like to know, that the way society views bodies is hurting more than helping, and killing (mostly) young women in the form of EDs. So, if anything, I feel I AM the one with the more “healthy” ideas. 

The ad campaign with the kids is shaming and shock value, and none of the children in the ads actually have any health issues, just as I dont. Studies as of recent have shown that fat people are just as healthy, and live just as long as thinner people. If you can show me studies that are pro-ana that say the same thing, well, I’d say you made it up because that doesn’t exist. Two completely different things, and its ignorant to even compare the two. (Although, as we've established, you don’t read about these subjects much just yet. I encourage you to!) So, an ad campaign that is promoting children to feel bad about their bodies and the way they eat is basically just GIVING them more opportunities for eating disorders in my eyes, and is NOT promoting health whatsoever. It’s promoting hate and unhealthy eating habits, if anything. Like I said, be healthy all you want. Eat what you want, exercise if you want. But either way it’s none of my business and MY body is no one else’s business. You CANNOT tell what I do to my body and vice versa just by looking at me. It's judgmental, not based of facts, and you’re assuming things you do not know.  And you know what they say about assuming, right? :) I also don’t feel as though I’m lashing out but merely informing, as I said.

So, thanks for the question. I really do hope I answered it enough so that you understand a little better what exactly it is I do and stand for.  Please check my FAQ page and read about HAES and other great articles about FA. Also, please read the entry about the Georgia campaign, and click the links there as well. Really informative! 

Oh & there have been fat people throughout history! Just a little FYI. :)

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New Year, New house! 

So happy to show you guys my dream room! We just rented a little three bedroom house, and the minute I walked into this room, I knew I would make it my closet. It’s no secret that I have a bit of a shopping addiction. I LOVE clothes. I’m so passionate about fashion, and I have real attachment to a lot of my pieces. I really wanted to showcase them in a fashion that looked great, and was super organized! Does organization make anyone else just feel better? Haha. 

We bought the closet hangings on the wall and all the cute clothes boxes at Ikea for around $200!  It was really easy to customize and was perfect for my budget! Really love the way it came out! The huge mirror was a steal from Home Goods for $45! So awesome. I guarded that bad boy in the store until my fiance could bring that car around haha.  And my desk is Storehouse scratch and dent for $400! Most everything else is from Ikea. I hung a few fashion drawings I drew in school just for a cute factor, and hung all my belts on an old bath towel holder. Love repurposing things! Definitely want to add on to the room as I can afford to. But right now I really am in love with it. I picked out the pallet of light pinks, grays, golds, and black and white accents. 

What do you think? 

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Hey guys! Just to let you know I have a TON of new clothes up on my selling blog! Including my first wedding dress I bought. (I ended up getting a tea length for my actual wedding.)  AND the top that was the first outfit post I ever did. Almost everything is less than $20. Go check it out and get some great finds for super cheap. 

Shop here. :)

dofus-anney  asked:

Hi, I'm big too and i do like to wear dresses. But i don't wear them as much as i want because my legs rub together and they get sore. Do you have any tips on what i can do to stop this (other than wearing tights)?? Love your blog D x

Tights are definitely an option. I also bought some yoga capris and yoga shorts to go under my dresses. The fabric is really light and soft, and kind of swishy. I loveeee them! Plus if you go out to party, you don’t have to worry about showing your panties or your spanx to all your friends on accident! Haha. 

There’s also the option of applying stuff to your skin. I’ve heard of deodorant working to help with chub rub. There’s also things like Gold Bond that are fantastic. If you search the internet, there’s also stuff people make JUST for chaffing and chub rub! Believe me, you aren’t alone! I hope that helps and you go and wear all your pretty dresses without worry. :)

thestarslightmyway-deactivated2  asked:

First & foremost, congrats on being engaged! It's such an amazing journey! But I just wanted to tell you that I am very excited about the FatBridesGuide! I got engaged in November last year & it's really sad how much focus is put on the bride's weight! I've been asked at least a dozen times by random people "how much weight do you plan to lose for the wedding?" So thank you for being fat bride positive! Big girls fall happily-ever-after in love too!! <3

TOO TRUE! It’s kind of funny. I’m still working on the bridal section of the blog. When I ask readers what they would like to see for planning an alternative wedding… I get two responses. I get fabulous responses such as yours, and then I get that people want me to talk about losing weight. It’s so weird to me that people fall in love with one another, and then decide to put all this pressure on themselves for this one day. They try to change themselves so much when its supposed to be a celebration of two people accepting and loving one another. THAT’S IT. That’s all it is. So yeah, I will not be talking about weight loss, just like I NEVER do. I’ll be talking about how to keep yourself sane and keep yourself in what you’re doing when put into the rigid molds of weddings. 

& if someone asks you how much weight you’re losing for your wedding, DON’T WORK WITH THEM! I know that’s what I’m doing. I’m also not letting my bridesmaids have negative body talk. I mean, they can pick thier own dresses, and be themselves, be healthy. Of course. I encourage it! But I don’t ever encourage talking down about oneself, or others. And like I said, things like that should not change just because you’re planning a wedding. 

Congrats on your engagement as well! I’m glad we can show the world you can be loved and deeply IN love at any size. :)

misslauralucy-blog  asked:

Hi Brittany :) My bf and I have been together for almost 16 months. He has told me from day one that I am beautiful just the way I am, which is a huge part of why I love him. I have started working out more, and lately, he has been pressuring me to keep going to the gym, and work out harder, and it's more then I am comfortable with. He himself is trying to lose weight. I'm worried that if I don't lose the weight, and he does, that I won't be good enough anymore. Any advice/guidance? Thank you!

**Trigger warning for some diet talk, and love/emotional issues.**

This is so tough and no one ever talks about it! I completely understand where you’re coming from. This is actually a huge insecurity for me. My first love lost weight without me to be a local band’s front man, and ended up cheating on me.  I know that isn’t comforting AT ALL, but here’s why I’m telling you this. He didn’t cheat on me because I was chunky or fat. He cheated on me because he was an asshole. It wasn’t my body that was the problem, he was the problem. 

This really came through for me with my fiance. He doesn’t pressure me to lose weight, and tells me how beautiful I am. He loves me and my body as is. But I still get that feeling of utter dread and fear when we are working out and eating healthy. There’s that saying “fat and happy.” Which we are, so when one part of it starts to change a little, it’s only normal to be scared the other part will change, too. If you’re a bigger girl, or really anyone with access to media, I’m sure there are a lot of insecurities tied into your body that this is really playing off of. 

What I want you to do is to try and step out of the situation a little bit, so you don’t act as emotional when looking at your relationship and body. Sit and think about all the reasons you want to work out and lose weight. Then I want you to sit and think about why he wants to lose weight. Then think about why he wants you to lose weight, and vice versa. If you end up realizing it’s more for vanity reasons instead of health… This may be why you’re feeling pressure from him. He probably thinks he’s helping by pushing you and that he is being a good work out buddy. He really is trying to be helpful, I’m sure.  But when this same issue is tied into just your looks… It can feel like a low blow. Also, if you’re anything like me and don’t lose weight quickly or at all… It can be scary to think that you may disappoint him or yourself. 

I would honestly talk to him. I’m sure you both love one another, and I bet you can tell when he’s lying or blowing smoke up your butt. You need to share your insecurities with him and tell him why the situation is making you uncomfortable. Honest conversation in a calm setting can get so much more accomplished than you’d think. Set up boundaries on the diet or work out talk. VERY IMPORTANT. And if he can’t stay within them, or he pressures you more or makes you feel bad about your body, you might need to move on as much as you don’t want to. Don’t ever compromise your body or health, specially for someone else. 

Hopefully you won’t have to take drastic measures. I’m sure as someone who has decided to share this part of himself with you, he probably will share his experiences with you and you will most likely find some common ground so that you are both happy. 

I hope that helps and that it gets easier!

Life Recently in Instagrams

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Nail art!
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Kiel graduating, more nails, and me going to school.
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ATL from the highest building in the city, Write Rice.
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The band Graveyard & the pups.
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Trip to Athens
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Puppies, flowers, and a trip to the courthouse.
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Backyard shenanigans.
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New hair color, cookie covered oreos, my favorite boys.
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St. Patrick’s Day!

New Orleans in Instagram photos.

I’ve always loved photography. It’s been a huge passion of mine since I was a kid. There are so many disposable camera print outs from my childhood. I’ve always been that friend who documented everything. My house is full of photos, not to mention my facebook is album upon album. The main reason I wanted an iphone was because it had the best camera on it when it came out. I thought, “I can take pictures of anything anywhere I am!” And, I have. I’m totally “that” person. I know. But my art teacher in high school, on a trip through Europe, would go right up, smile, and shoot pictures. I was always so scared to do that! She told me to never be afraid to capture moments. So, now I don’t.

Hipstamatic is probably my favorite app ever. It shows the beauty in the simplest moments. I really like that I can go through my phone photos, and basically see stills of the progression of my life events. I mean, that’s pretty amazing, right? So I’ve decided to share them with you guys. I feel they tell their own stories and say so much about me. These in particular are of my favorite place in the world, New Orleans. 

I hope you like them. 

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