Seeing as it’s Independence Day here in the States, how about if we all declare our independence from the jerky voices in our head who keep on telling us our thighs are too lumpy? And then we’re all going to go and eat some pie.
Of course, it sounds good!
Because PIE, alright?
In order to help you out a bit, I’ve come up with this round-up of links to blog posts that were inspired by my post from two weeks ago: The No Body-Snark Diet and Full-Length Photo Challenge.
Yes, my blog post inspired other blog posts!
This floors me.
I mean, usually, the most I can hope for is that my blog post will inspire people to eat more cheese.
I never expected THIS in a million years.
And these aren’t just any old blog posts – these are some pretty freaking fabulous blog posts by some pretty freaking fabulous bloggers.So grab yourself some pie and give them a read, why dontcha?
In this post, Priya tells everyone to kiss her fat, hot yogi ass. And then she basically compared me to Tyra Banks. Or something. Maybe I’m the only one comparing myself to Tyra Banks. I’m okay with that.
My girl, Christy, not only accepted the Full-Length Photo Challenge, she did it in the cutest retro bathing suit EVER. No lies, guys, I NEED that exact same suit.
My college bud, Sandy, also sported a swimsuit in her full-length photo. A swimsuit AND a baby bump. You go, girl!
You may be surprised to know this, but I’m a huge theatre nerd. Yep, I’m such nerd about it, I spell it “theatre” and not “theater.” Deal with it, okay? So I was totally hooked the very first time Kerry threw out a Shakespeare reference in her post about the No Body-Snark Diet. I was also completely hooked by her adorable green dress in the second to last photo. I mean, come on, how cute is that dress?
I met Janice in Chiang Mai, where we once ate bread covered in ice cream together. Yes, that’s totally a THING, okay. I love her post about how she’s going to stop being a jerk to herself almost as much as I love ice cream. And I didn’t even think that was possible.
Excuse me, Jasmijn Decuyper, can we please be best friends? Not only do you have the most fabulous name on the face of the Earth, but I’m totally in love with every single photo of you in this blog post. Is that creepy to admit? I hope not.
Jenni is such a bad ass she bares all in biking shorts. And while rattle-snaking. I don’t even know what rattle-snaking means, but I’m sure it’s a total bad-ass thing to do. I mean, with a name like that, how can it NOT be bad ass?
Umm, how adorable is this full-length photo of Rachel? Seriously, girl has style. In fact, I feel the need to go hang out on a boat dock in a floaty dress and a baseball cap and pigtail braids right now. Who wants to join me?
Lyda Ann has run ten 5K races since October. Yep, TEN. Because the woman’s a superhero, okay?
All the single ladies (and the not-so-single-ladies and the not-so-ladies) need to get themselves over to this post by Lisa. My favorite line (besides ALL OF THEM): “…don’t wait for a guy to come around to sweep you off your feet to make you feel good about yourself. You have to feel good before you can open up yourself to anyone.” WORD. AMIRITE?
I met Teresa at TBEX last month. Seriously, you guys, I have never met someone so vivacious and full of life and outgoing — all while remaining completely sober. I don’t know how she does it. I need at least three drinks to just start talking to people. Needless to say, she’s awesome, and her post is just as awesome.
Jessi is telling her inner-fat-girl to shut up. I’m doing the same. Care to join us?
Love, love, LOVE this eloquent piece by the courageous lady behind Lola Bits who bares all while IN A BIKINI no less.
I was really surprised while reading this completely honest post by Selly about her struggles with her weight and body image. I had met Selly in Shanghai last year, and I was simply blown away by her total and complete confidence. I never would have thought she had even the teensiest hang-up about her body until I read this. I guess we’re all kind of good at hiding the icky stuff that we don’t like about ourselves, huh? Plus, how freaking adorable is Selly’s new dress? I know this post is quickly becoming a list of ALL THE CLOTHES I WANT RIGHT NOW. But I totally want that dress RIGHT NOW.
You guys, I loved every single one of these blog posts to bits and pieces, but I have to say that this recent one by Linda may, in fact, be my favorite. It was these two lines that went straight to my heart: “The way life goes, you never can be sure which is going to be the last picture anyone will ever have of someone. It matters not at all if you ‘look good’ in that picture.” Ain’t that the truth, you guys?And, while not a blog post at all, I feel the need to share this video which Brenda sent me. The video is of her during the Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which involves you walking with a team of people around a track for twenty-four hours.
But instead of just walking around the track, Brenda decided to dance around the track. And she didn’t just dance, she ROCKED IT.
Brenda ended her email to me by saying this: “If this fat girl can dance on the Internet, anyone can. It’s amazing how little your size matters when you focus on something bigger than yourself.”
Amazing, indeed.Thank you to all of you who participated in the No Body-Snark Diet and Full-Length Photo Challenge. If you’ve written a post inspired by the No Body-Snark Diet, and I didn’t mention it here, please leave the link below in the comments so I can add it to the list. Also, be sure to check out the Full-Length Photo Challenge Photo Album on Facebook. If you’d like to participate in the challenge, send a full-length photo of yourself to me at email@example.com