Lifting the Weight: Episode on the “Keeping it BEAUTY Show” on iHeart Radio

During the show, we talked about lifting the weight of depression, disordered eating, obesity, body image issues, and struggling to find acceptance with who and where you are in this moment.

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Love Hides In Quiet Places – Part 1

I have a way of mistaking attraction for compatibility, and mutual desire for destiny. Possession can look like passion, and when you are wholly passionate in your self-expressions, the possessive grip of a man’s hands around the base of your neck as he pulls you in for a kiss ignites you in an indescribable way….

Love Hides in Quiet Places – Part 2

All this pleasure! Oh, how every sense is ignited and flushed with pleasure. Satin sheets slip against wet skin. Bodies rise and fall to the rhythm of tantalizing bass lines. Shadows dance against the wall as candle light flickers wildly in the darkness. The aroma of diffused oils and scented candles permeate the air—inhaled between…

Your February Makeup Bag Swag

Originally posted on Tenth & Int'l:
Hello Love, Happy February! Here’s a little pink and red February lip love from our top four favorite cosmetics brands. Don’t forget the key to flawless lipstick application is a freshly buffed, smooth lip, check out Beauty Bakerie for the perfect pout prep with their Sugar Lip Scrub. Up first: The Lip…

When the Personal Trainer Needs to Get in Shape…

The hardest part about it was feeling like I had no one to turn to, and no one who would understand. I was the person everyone looked to for motivation, and yet I could barely motivate myself to leave my bedroom. Curled up in a tight ball on my bed, I asked myself, “Who could possibly understand this? They won’t.

Fitness: One Sized Fits All

I have nothing but the utmost respect for people who model exemplary standards of fitness. But there’s a bit of a gap between the career-couch potato, and the former high school track star who runs 6 days a week, or the former college football player who needs to hit the weights several times a week. There’s also a pretty wide bridge between constant binge/emotional eating, and eating boiled egg whites with unsweetened oatmeal for breakfast every day. Granted, it is a bridge which can be crossed (I’ve crossed it), but only through a series of steps, not leaps and bounds.

Loving Your Body “As Is.”

Pssst… In case you didn’t know, Your body is already in perfect condition. Many of us are looking to make changes in our bodies, either through fat loss, muscle gain, or cosmetic surgery.   For the majority of us, these changes stem from a belief system built on not feeling good enough.  We attempt to…

Nah.

Dear Old “Friend:” I thought about our last interaction, and how intolerant I was, and had been with you for some time. Perhaps my harshness seemed out of hand, and lacking in understanding. You’re a good Christian man, who aims to take the high road and forgive. And perhaps you feel I should have been…

The Privilege of Dieting

The first 3 letters of the word “diet” spell DIE. I know you’ve heard or seen this phrase somewhere as a joke to describe how painful and dreadful dieting can be. Aside from the physical struggle of denying yourself the foods you love, and even denying yourself the ability to eat when you’re feeling hungry…

The Enemy in the Mind

The mind is an interesting and somewhat crowded place.  It houses all of our memories, our thoughts, and our emotions.  It is also our body’s biological operational manual and manager, carrying enormous amounts of information and sending out thousands (if not millions) of directives to cells responsible for stimulating the action of every gland, organ,…