Tagged with body image

A (Love) Note From Your Personal Trainer

A (Love) Note From Your Personal Trainer

She walks tentatively into my tiny office, and takes a seat on the swivel chair. Clad in black tights, an oversized black t-shirt, and just-bought-yesterday neon running shoes, she looks nervous. I sit across from her, pen hovering over my official clipboard. I fiddle with the name tag on my nylon Personal Trainer vest. I’m … Continue reading

Beautiful Like Penny Candies and Mermaid Hair

Beautiful Like Penny Candies and Mermaid Hair

The six-year-old me put the quirk in quirkster. She laid out perfectly matched outfits each night before school. She measured her pigtails to make sure they were even. She devoured books the way kids nowadays devour Spongebob. And she *may* have been a bit of a bossypants (Though thanks to Tina Fey, this is now … Continue reading

When Your Body Talks Back

When Your Body Talks Back

You step out of the shower. Take a deep breath as the steam slowly creeps up to the ceiling. Inwardly tell yourself to have grace. To speak words of love. Of affirmation. Anything positive will suffice really. You turn to the mirror. You want so badly to love me. But that brick wall of insecurity … Continue reading

Letter to My Magazines: What Women Want

Letter to My Magazines: What Women Want

“We want to feel beautiful in our own skin. Not 20 pounds from now. Right now.” Look, I’ll admit it: we’ve had some good times together. I’ve spent more time with you–unhealthy though it may be–than I care to disclose. I might even have a subscription. I love sinking into a steaming hot tub and … Continue reading

Love Your Body

Love Your Body

*A huge thank you to my ridiculously talented sister Shannon Delmonico, who turned my Word document into this gorgeous-ness.

Letting it All Out

Letting it All Out

“I don’t spend my life in front of a camera. But I still feel pressure to appear a certain way.” I don’t remember when I first felt the need to do it. There was no shaming moment during my tender puberty years. No helpful tip in Seventeen magazine. I didn’t gain twenty pounds overnight. It … Continue reading

Warming the Bench

Warming the Bench

Shannon Delmonico Photographs As my little family crested the grassy hill, I felt my courage leave me. In front of us was a massive spray park, metal tubes jutting out of the ground from every angle, gushing buckets of water out onto dozens of little ones, their shrieks piercing every eardrum within a one mile … Continue reading

Let’s Hear it for the Girls

Let’s Hear it for the Girls

It’s been emotional these past two weeks.  I’ve cried a lot. Apparently, I’ve also made a lot of you cry. But not today. Today we’re going to laugh. At my expense. Now I feel that men get off scot-free in a lot of departments: they don’t get a period, their bodies don’t go through the … Continue reading

Belly Love

Belly Love

I was giving my little butterball a bath the other night. He was splashing and squeaking as I attempted to scrub around his thrashing limbs. We both ended up quite drenched but I suppose that’s memory making at it’s best, isn’t it? Wearing a pair of orange sherbet colored sweats and a ratty sheer white … Continue reading

These Hips Lie: A Lesson in Perception

These Hips Lie: A Lesson in Perception

i have no idea what i look like. really. it all started when i was looking into some studies on body perception.  according to some research compiled by the  u.s. center for national health statistics, about 50% of women who are not overweight think they are. that’s A LOT.  that’s half!  half the population of … Continue reading