Note from Molly:

I first met Lou in person 2012 at a Fitness Business Conference where he was a presenter, but it was not my first introduction to him as a fitness professional. The New Rules of Lifting series (and specifically, The New Rules of Lifting For Women) contained important principles that helped lay the foundation and framework for my personal training philosophy.


While my methods have evolved over time, the principles have stayed the same, and are rooted in the same concepts Lou and Alwyn discuss in their new book, Strong.

I am grateful to these guys and Dr. Cassandra Forsythe, for their wisdom and commitment to sharing good information with the world.


Guest post by Lou Schuler


A couple of weeks ago an editor asked me to write an article about why skinny guys hate being called skinny.

To a woman, this probably sounds like the world’s worst humblebrag: “I hate it when people tell me I’m totally not at all fat!” But to a genuinely scrawny guy, which I was in my childhood and adolescence, “skinny” is as much an insult as “fat” is to someone who’s extremely overweight.

The first thing I did when I got the assignment was to scan through my work to see what I’ve already written. (That’s the downside of specializing in one topic for almost a quarter-century. The upside, obviously, is that editors still ask me to write about it.)

To my surprise—to my shock, actually—I saw I’d mentioned it in almost every book.

In NROL for Women, on page 5, I described myself as “a ridiculously weak and scrawny 13-year-old boy who dreaded the humiliation of removing my shirt at the pool.”

And in my new book, Strong, I wrote this on page xii: “I started working out when I was 13, when I was usually the skinniest, weakest, and slowest kid who was actually interested in playing sports and chasing girls (most of whom could outrun me).”

Every word is true. And believe me, I remember the pain of being that adolescent weakling like it was yesterday.

But why do I bring it up so often now? What follows is my best guess.


“Skinny, weak, and smart is no way to go through life, son”


My father was a very big and very fat guy. Back in the 1960s, when nobody’s dad worked out, and most of them were soft and pot-bellied, he was usually the fattest in the neighborhood. He was also a former Marine drill sergeant with a violent temper, which he turned on me from time to time.

As an adult I can look back at those incidents and realize how much they affected me. But as a kid, I was much more concerned with what happened outside my home. Adolescent boys have a pecking order based on physical presence and sports skill, and I was at the bottom of it.

Most of the kids like me – the skinny, four-eyed nerds – didn’t play anything at all. I remember one boy in my eighth grade class who wore a sweater to school every day, no matter how hot it was. (This was before schools were air-conditioned.) He was the closest to me in size and shape, and he couldn’t bring himself to be seen in a short-sleeve shirt.

But I loved sports too much to let my obvious inability to play them well hold me back. So I showed up for any sport I had access to, on organized teams or in pick-up games. I put up with comments about my skinny arms and legs and open mocking of my skills.

I also started working out, with the goal of building bigger muscles, which would make me stronger and faster, which would make me better at sports.

I’m sure I had fantasies of a dramatic transformation, like the guy in the Charles Atlas ads. I’m sure I looked in the mirror and imagined that the new bumps and ripples were much more impressive than they actually were.

But it didn’t matter, because the real transformation took place between my ears. Skinny and weak no longer described what I was, and what I was destined to remain. They were merely my starting point. I was now getting bigger and stronger. Granted, my body was taking its sweet f-cking time, but the fact it wasn’t easy made each small improvement that much more satisfying.


The road to somewhere


As I write this I’m 58 years old. I never got especially big or strong, but I never lost interest in the process. Which makes sense, considering I now write about fitness for a living.

I can cite a long list of reasons why physical strength is important to your health and well being. The stronger you are, the lower your risk of dying from any cause. But I can’t say that’s why I still work out, 45 years after I started.

It’s the process itself that keeps me going.

I had no control over what my parents’ genes gave me to start with. I had no control over my father’s temper, or the adolescent hierarchy that assigned so much importance to qualities I didn’t have.

But I could hit the weights. I could do push-ups and pull-ups and run sprints. I could do all those things with no guarantee they’d work because doing something to get better (and now, at my age, to keep from getting worse) changed the way I thought about myself.

And that, I hope, explains why I still talk about that skinny 13-year-old I used to be. Even if few female readers can relate to the trauma of being too damn thin, I think all of us know what it’s like to feel we’re less than we could be.

In that sense, all of us who work out are on the same path. It doesn’t matter if we’re thick or thin, or whether we’re trying to get smaller or bigger. We’re all better than we were at the beginning, but not yet where we want to go.



Note from Molly: “I was lucky enough to receive a review copy, and this book is awesome!”


Lou Schuler is an award-winning journalist and the author, with Alwyn Cosgrove, of Strong: Nine Workout Programs for Women to Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism, and Build Strength for Life




Two of the most common goals when someone starts a fitness regimen are “burn fat” and “build strength.” And the most common reason for not reaching those goals: “I just don’t have time.”


Jen and me making time for fitness! (And reppin' Girls Gone Strong, of course!)

Jen and me making time for fitness! (And reppin’ Girls Gone Strong, of course!)


I get it. Life is full of hurdles, and tacking time at the gym onto what feels like an already endless list of personal and professional to-do’s can feel challenging, if not downright impossible.


But it’s not only possible to get fit when you’re short on time, but you can actually achieve many people’s version of the holy grail of fitness — fat loss and strength gain — without spending hours in the gym.


The secret training formula is…well, it really isn’t a secret at all. Circuit training — also referred to as metabolic-resistance training, cardio-strength training, and my, personal fave, lifting weights faster — has been around for decades and has a slew of scientific research to back it up. High-intensity interval training (HIIT), or sprint-interval training (SIT), is part of the equation, as well.


(Jen coaching me through Sandbag Cleans. These are a great exercise to Lift Weights Faster!)


This approach to total-body conditioning involves cycling back and forth between max (or near-max) efforts and either moderate-effort activity or complete rest.

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Over the last 11 years, I’ve done every type of diet you can imagine.  I’ve done low carb, I’ve done high carb, I’ve eaten low fat, I’ve eaten low carb AND low-fat, I’ve tried carb cycling, I’ve tried “if it fits your macros” (IIFYM), I’ve used cheat days, I’ve done elimination diets (for my health, not for fat loss), I’ve tried Paleo, I’ve done intermittent fasting (IF), I’ve back-loaded my carbs, I’ve front-loaded my carbs, I’ve eaten 900 calories a day, I’ve eaten 3200 calories a day – you literally CANNOT present me with a diet that I haven’t tried a variation of.



So. Much. Information. AAGGHHHH!

I’ve tried these types of diets with different purposes or goals in mind, whether it was for my physique (low carb, low fat, low calorie, carb cycling, 900 calories), my health (elimination diet, paleo), my performance (high carb, carb cycling, 3200 calories a day), or my lifestyle (carb cycling, intermittent fasting, carb backloading, IIFYM).  In my experience, some of them have worked well, and some of them haven’t.

But the one thing I NEVER tried until the last 2 years, was moderation.  I had never tried just eating, and letting it be.

Moderation: protein, fruit and veggies, fat, and diet sunkist!

Moderation: protein, fruit and veggies, fat, and diet sunkist!

Over the last two years, I’ve taken the information that I’ve gathered about how certain diets make me feel and how they affect my physique, my health, my performance, and my lifestyle, and I’ve melded them into my own personal way of eating that is a glorious intersection of those 4 very important things, and it’s been life-changing.  I’m currently at the best balance of the 4 things than I’ve ever been.

No, I’m not quite as lean as I was when I was super strict.
No, I’m not quite as strong as I was when I was eating more and killing it in the gym day in and day out.
No, I’m not quite enjoying my lifestyle as much as I was when I was in Italy eating gelato 3 times a day.
And yes – I could probably eat less of the few foods that don’t necessarily improve my health like ice cream and queso (although just a few months ago I did just have the best checkup with my Integrative Doc that I’ve had in 5 ½ years – whoo-hoo!)
But I’m at the best BALANCE of all of these places I’ve ever  been.

My intersection of health, aesthetics,

My personal intersection of health, aesthetics, lifestyle, and performance.

So what “diet” am I doing?

I’m doing a carb-cycling-intermittent-fasting-moderation-primal-elimination-carb-back-loading-if-it-fits-my-macros-protocol.

Heard of it? :)

You see, based on my experience with all these nutrition protocols, I know what it takes for my body to feel good, and what keeps me sane (and what makes me feel insane!)

So How Do I Eat?

I eat more carbs on days I train, and less on days I don’t which falls under carb cycling, and moderate overall carbs approach.

I generally don’t eat my first solid food meal until 4-6 hours after I wake up because I don’t enjoy eating when I first wake up, and I find that if I do eat early, it stokes my appetite for the entire day and I’m insatiable.  I must prefer to just have coffee and water.  Waiting this long to eat could be considered intermittent fasting.

I eat almost anything I want in moderation until I feel satisfied, and not stuffed, which is, well, moderation.

I don’t eat a lot of grains, legumes, or soy because I don’t love them or feel good on them.  These are some of the most commonly eliminated foods on the primal protocol.

I NEVER eat gluten ever because I have Hashimoto’s (autoimmune hypothyroidism), and occasionally I pull out other foods to see if they make me feel good/bad/awesome/tired.  I’ve also done 2 full-blown elimination diets recommended by my Doctor to help heal my gut and reduce inflammation in my body.

I generally eat most of my carbs at night, which is recommended by the carb backloading protocol.  I choose to do this because: I train at night and I like to eat most of my carbs after my training, carbs can make me sleepy, and they often make me crave more carbs.  I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and some insulin resistance issues which is likely why I react this way to carbs at times.

Oh, and sometimes my carbs come from ice cream, candy, corn chips, chocolate, gluten free pizza, or gluten free cupcakes, which would fall under the “if it fits your macros” approach to eating, where no food is “off-limits” as long as it fits your macros.

My groceries.  Approximately 5-7 days worth of food, and 2-3 weeks worth of indulgences for 2 peoples.

My groceries. Approximately 5-7 days worth of food, and 2-3 weeks worth of indulgences for 2 people.

Finally, I eat when I’m hungry, and stop when I’m mostly full, which is from the common-freaking-sense school of thought.  So there’s that.

And for the record, these are just guidelines.  These aren’t hard-and-fast rules.

What’s the difference, you ask?  The difference is that with guidelines, it’s just what you generally follow, and if you don’t follow them sometimes, it’s no big deal, whereas with “rules” you tend to feel like you’re following them or breaking them, or being “bad” and it creates a lot of “have-to’s” and guilt and shame.

No thanks.  I’ll stick with guidelines.

So What Does This Diet Look Like?

What I eat changes a bit from day to day, but here’s a typical non-training day (I don’t track macros, but I happen to know what’s in most of what I eat, so I am including it for your information).

Typical Non-Training Day Menu

9:00 – 11 am: 2 very large cups of mostly decaf coffee with some cream and a Splenda/Truvia mix (about 200 calories total from cream) and lots of water

2 pm: 3 turkey jerky sticks (24 grams protein, 13 grams fat, 6 carbs), 12 oz. Diet Sunkist, lots of water

5 pm: 1 Quest bar, 1 packet almond butter (28 grams protein, 24 grams fat, 29 carbs, 17 fiber), lots of water

7 pm: 12 oz. Diet Sunkist, lots of water

9 pm: Large Classic Cobb salad from Smashburger with grilled chicken (sometimes double chicken), dressing and blue cheese crumbles on side, no bacon, add avocado (4-6 cups spring mix, ¼ cup red onion, ¼ cup diced tomato, ¼ avocado, 2 TBSP shredded cheddar, 1 fried egg, 5 oz. grilled chicken) and I use a small amount of ranch dressing for dipping, and a teeny bit of blue cheese crumbles occasionally, 1 order sweet potato fries with 1 oz. mayonnaise (no clue on macros here)

11 pm: 1 cup plain Greek yogurt with Truvia and 1.5 cups fresh mixed berries (25 protein, 6 grams fat, 15-20 carbs), lots of water, green tea

11:30 pm (optional): ½ cup Haagen Dazs dulce de leche ice cream


Here’s a typical training day (I don’t track macros, but I happen to know what’s in most of what I eat, so I am including it for your information)

Typical Training Day Menu 

9:00 – 11 am: 2 very large cups of mostly decaf coffee with some cream and a Splenda/Truvia mix (about 200 calories total from cream) and lots of water

2 pm: 3 whole eggs, ½ TBSP butter, 1 medium apple (20 grams protein, 20 grams fat, 20 carbs), 12 oz. Diet Sunkist, lots of water

5 pm: 1 Quest bar, 1 packet almond butter (28 grams protein, 24 grams fat, 29 carbs, 17 fiber), 12 oz. diet Sunkist, lots of water


9 pm: 10-12 oz. grass-fed beef with taco seasoning, 1 cup white rice, ½ cup homemade guacamole, handful of corn chips, 1.5 cups roasted Brussel sprouts with butter, ¾ cup baked sweet potato with butter and sea salt, lots of water

11:30 pm (optional): 1 small gluten free carrot cake cupcake, lots of water, green tea

As you can see, it’s nowhere near “perfect.”

No tilapia.
No dry asparagus.
No 99% lean ground turkey.
And no insanity.

Just filling, delicious, and mostly-nutrient dense food that leaves me satisfied and happy, and never feeling deprived.

My bod, from all the angles, raw, un-cut, and mostly un-posed.

My bod, from all the angles, raw, un-cut, and mostly un-posed.

The funniest part about looking through this “diet” that I’ve created, is that it literally just pulled the “common sense” parts of every single diet I’ve ever tried and meshed them together, which is how I ended up eating:

- mostly whole nutrient-dense foods

- paying attention to my hunger and fullness cues

- not eating foods that make me feel like crap

- but otherwise not depriving myself of anything

- eating enough protein to build/maintain lean mass without overdoing it

- eating enough carbs to help me feel satisfied and fueled without overdoing it

- eating enough fat to make my food delicious and satisfying and to keep my body healthy without overdoing it

- eating enough variety to keep me healthy and feeling good

^^^Which is exactly where I would recommend anyone start when trying to look better, feel better, and get healthier.


And the biggest and best part of all of it, is that there’s NO STRESS.  There are days that I eat a lot more than this, and days I eat less.  There are days I eat less junk, and days I eat more.  There are days I eat my first meal earlier, and days I eat it later.  My diet revolves around my LIFE and not the other way around.  And it feels good.

What about you?  Have you crafted your own “diet” based on what you’ve found works well for your body? Or do you feel totally lost at how to even get started figuring it out?


So see what had happened was…

That’s how every good, juicy story starts out, right?
And this… this is a good, juicy story I guess, but with an extremely critical lesson.
This lesson is something that I hope all people, but especially parents, take a moment to really think deeply about.
It all started just yesterday when I was scrolling through the comments section of a thread on my Facebook page.
On Tuesday I posted a raw, real, and vulnerable guest blog post from my good friend, Neghar Fonooni.  The blog post was accompanied by a split-screen image of her from 2009 looking incredibly lean and ripped, and then 2014 still looking very fit, but noticeably less lean and ripped.

As you can see, while there is quite a contrast between the two pictures, Neghar is still incredibly fit and quite lean in the picture on the right.  So what was the purpose of Neghar’s post?

She was writing a guest blog post for my site about self-love; a message she and I feel incredibly passionate about (as you’ll see!).
In this blog post, Neghar opens up about how she has battled body image issues for years, and how even when she was her leanest, that “motivation” to be lean was coming from a very dark place.  A place of self-hatred and self-abuse.  A place of deprivation and “I’m-not-enough.”  A place of hardcore restriction followed by hardcore binges.  A place of, “maybe if I’m leaner my boyfriend won’t cheat on me.”
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(Note from Molly:  I am so excited to have another amazing guest blog on my website this week, this time from my girl Neghar Fonooni, Co-Founder of Girls Gone Strong.  Neghar and I met in 2011 and became fast friends.  I mean, let’s be honest.  We both love lifting, food, and empowering women to love their bodies.  Not necessarily in that order of course, but you get my point. 

I even got to hang out with Neghar and her awesome hubby John this past weekend in Vegas for my 30th birthday!


Vegas for my birthday.  'Nuff said.

Vegas for my birthday. ‘Nuff said.

Point being… I absolutely adore this girl, and I am SO excited that she is sharing her story of self-love and body embracement on my website today.  Check it out!)


This is a story about a journey of strength and love, one with a happy ending, although I truly believe it’s not over. Every day I grow and am always expanding with grace and self-acceptance. My journey is not identical to yours, as that is yours alone. But we are all on a journey, aren’t we? A journey to learn to love and accept our bodies, all while enduring the pursuit of improvement.


Whether that improvement is physical, spiritual, emotional, or professional, it’s ultimately a desire to get better. Today I can comfortably say that I am enough. What I do every day is what I’m capable of doing, and my body is beautiful at every stage of its flow. I know now that I can get better, I can grow and cultivate a higher expression of myself, without hating the state I’m currently in. Today I know this, but that wasn’t always the case. My initial desire to improve came from a very dark and lonely place.


A critical realization we all need to have.

A critical realization we all need to have.

It 2009, and it was a powerful turning point.


I was a single mom running my own business, feeling overworked and under recovered. Allowing myself to stay in a verbally and physically abusive relationship, I had yet to truly dig deep and face my demons. Through the words of others and the nasty voice in my head, I allowed myself to believe I wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t skinny enough. I wasn’t successful enough. I wasn’t strong or accomplished enough. I just wasn’t enough.


Because I believed I wasn’t enough, my intentions for my body came from a place of abject fear and self-loathing. My entire sense of self-worth as a woman and as a trainer revolved around my physique!

At the time, I weighed in at roughly 120 pounds and 12% body fat. I was ripped out of my mind, and also ACTUALLY out of my mind. I counted every last calorie and worked out for about 2 hours a day. Because I lacked confidence I only felt good about myself when I was lean. I weighed myself every single day and allowed that number to dictate how I felt about myself.

Yes, I'm ripped in this photo, but the motivation comes from a dark place.

Yes, I’m ripped in this photo, but the motivation comes from a dark place.

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[Note from Molly:  If you follow my blog or my Facebook page regularly, you know that I’m a huge fan of having a positive body image, mindset, and perspective, and changing your body from a place of love, not hate.  In fact, a favorite motto of mine is: “Train because you love your body, not because you hate your body.”

Today, my good friend Jill Coleman, who’s basically the Queen of mindset, is sharing with you 6 Reasons Your Body Doesn’t Look Any Different Despite “Doing Everything Right.”

I am absolutely thrilled that she’s sharing these with you all today.  I’m confident you’ll love it (and her!) as much as I do!  Enjoy!]

Jill knows a thing or two about maintaining a lean and healthy physique.

Jill knows a thing or two about maintaining a lean and healthy physique.

Thank you, Molly, for letting me take up space on your blog today!

Molly asked me to provide some insight on how mindset and perspective affect the fat loss process, and why it’s not just about “the perfect meal plan” or “the best” workout program.

Let’s get this out of the way first: body change isn’t about gathering more information.

Information is everywhere. You can find a million “weight loss meal plans” for free on Google right now. And it’s not about getting the perfect meal plan from the best coach. Or finding the right expert to provide your miracle plan.


But, as people seeking body change, this is often what we do: jump from program to program, expert to expert, diet book to diet book, all with the hope of stumbling across THE ONE that will work this time! We think if we juuuuuust find that one additional piece of the puzzle, then we can finally get the results we want.


[Quick side note: if any coach or expert claims to have some special magical meal plan that is better than all others, run away, you’re dealing with an egomaniac!  Truthfully, fat loss meal plans are not rocket science, they are only so many ways to eat vegetables and lean protein.]


But no, fat loss is not about having the most perfect meal plan on earth. Fat loss and body change is about you. Specifically, they are about you and your ability to actually IMPLEMENT consistent behaviors over time, all the while finding some peace, relaxing into the process and managing your mental environment.


In other words, results aren’t about information, they’re about implementation.


We know this intuitively, don’t we? If I asked you to write out what a healthy diet looks like right now, 90% of you could do it. So it’s not that we don’t know WHAT to do, but specifically, we don’t know HOW to do it consistently.


The how-to comes down to your process and your perspective. How you choose to SEE the process? Because the people who get and stay lean have made the transition out of the quick-fix mentality and have settled in for the long haul, weathering the ups and downs of the process and choosing to show themselves kindness and simply do their best. This is a mindset shift.


The most successful people are also the most consistent. And not consistently perfect!


If you feel like your nutrition is on point and your workouts are good-to-go, and you are still not seeing results, you might have some mental hang-ups. Your mindset needs to be the foundation of your process because though diet and workouts alone might earn you a short-term rapid weight loss, how you navigate the process over time begins with your thoughts.


A physical transformation without a mental one leaves something to be desired.


Here are 6 mindset obstacles that may be hindering success:

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salad and cupcakes


Food epiphanies.

Ever had one?

I had one in third grade when I decided that I was so in love with broccoli that I wanted to marry it, but that’s neither here nor there (Update: I’ve since ditched broccoli for brussel sprouts for the most part, and am much more satisfied!)

But seriously, I have had some major food epiphanies lately, and I want to share them with you.  But first, a little background information:

You see, I’ve always had an obsession with food, for as long as I can remember.



I guess you could say that I can pack away some food.

I guess you could say that I can pack away some food.


I always thought about food, dreamed about food, and got excited about what I was going to eat next.  And I had a huge appetite!  In fact, when I was a small child, my Mom found me hiding behind the couch halfway through my 4th stick of butter!  I also used to get in trouble when she would realize that all of our teaspoons were missing and she would find them in the box of Bisquick powder that I had been eating.

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It’s been a looooong 10 years.

It was just over 10 years ago that I found myself at 19 years old, overweight and unhappy with how I looked and felt.  It was at that moment in February of 2004 that I decided I wanted to make a change.

I hired a trainer, starting eat “better” (OK so I started eating more yogurt and drinking Gatorade instead of soda, but it was a start!)

185 lbs. and not feeling so hot about myself.

185 lbs. and not feeling so hot about myself.

Fast forward 10 years and I’ve competed in Figure, dabbled in Powerlifting, co-founded a gym, trained hundreds of clients online and in-person, started a blog, started multiple online fitness businesses, written for some of the biggest fitness websites on the planet, spoken, presented, and coached alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry at seminars and huge conferences, put together a fitness information resource for group training with two brilliant minds that has sold hundreds of copies worldwide…

And I feel like I’m just getting started.

I’m not saying these things to brag.  I’m saying these things to let you know that I’ve been exposed to many different training environments, coaches, philosophies, styles, and programs.

I’ve followed dozens of programs from bright coaches.  I’ve trained for fat loss, pure strength, hypertrophy/muscle gain, overall performance, and physique enhancements, and I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t.

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(Psssst! If you’re “late” to the challenge and just getting started, that’s OK too! Just go at your own pace!  Start with this blog post and scroll to the bottom, and make sure you have what you need to complete the challenge and fill out the 10 questions you need to fill out before you get started.  Then you can take it day by day at your own pace!)


My goodness.  I almost can’t believe that Day 28 of the Love Your Body Challenge is here.  This month has absolutely flown by for me, and it feels like just yesterday we were kicking off Day 1.

Thank you to everyone who has followed along on this journey.  I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed hearing your from all of you — crying with you, laughing with you, having epiphanies with you… it’s been incredible.  You all have changed my life, and I hope I have impacted yours as well.

Before we move on to recapping yesterday, I have a small favor to ask you.  If this challenge has at all impacted your life, touched your heart, or made you think… would you please let me know?  I’d like to add a “testimonials” page that other women who are considering doing the challenge can read to convince them that it’s worth their time.

It would be so helpful to me, and you’d be helping to convince other women to do the challenge and change their lives as well.

You can put it in the comments section below.  If you’re not comfortable with that, you can send it to me at:

Finally, do NOT forget to fill out the questionnaire again at the bottom and compare your scores from before Day 1!  That would be an amazing thing to put in your testimonial (how much your score went up).

Let’s get started!


Yesterday was Day 27 and the reason to love your body was:

“Because it allows you to love and be loved.”

I discussed all of the different ways that we give and receive love to others, whether it’s our spouse, our children, our friends, our parents, or even a stranger.

We give and receive love through all kinds of physical touch, a warm smile, kind words, and much more.

When you think about it, there is love all around you, and your body allows you to participate in it in so many ways.  That’s something to be grateful for!

So here we are.  Day 28.

No pressure, right?

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I am so thankful for him and the time we had together.


(Psssst! If you’re “late” to the challenge and just getting started, that’s OK too! Just go at your own pace!  Start with this blog post and scroll to the bottom, and make sure you have what you need to complete the challenge and fill out the 10 questions you need to fill out before you get started.  Then you can take it day by day at your own pace!)


Hi everyone!  Holy moly, it’s Day 27 of the Love Your Body Challenge, and we only have one day left after today!  That makes me sad! (OK, and only slightly elated because I’ll get to hear about all of your all’s progress, annnnnd I’ll get my life back a little bit! Writing every day is hard!)

The best part about today and tomorrow is that they are two of my absolute favorite reasons, which is why I wanted to save them for last.  So exciting!

OK, so yesterday was Day 26 and the reason to love your body was:

“Because it’s healthy.”

This one was actually a little hard for me because off-and-on for the last several years I’ve thought of myself as a “sick” person or a “delicate” person.  In 2009 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (autoimmune hypothyroidism), PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), and Adrenal Dysfunction.  Basically a trifecta of issues that make you feel like garbage.

Luckily, I’ve been able to change my mindset and start giving my body more love and feeling more thankful for the wonderful parts of my body and things in my life, and whaddya know?  My most recent tests and bloodwork have come back better than ever.  I can’t think that this is a coincidence.

I love what Giselle had to share about yesterday’s reason:

“I can really identify with this reason. Sometimes I’m under the weather & suddenly it hits me: I AM HEALTHY!

My body allows me so much, no matter what I’m going through, I’ve got a reason to feel like I can go on & do it indeed.

Haven’t gotten sick in more than a year! & I can’t stop saying it to every person that may ask, because I feel so proud of my body, because I feel great knowing that this has taken me a lot of hard work, letdowns & struggles, yet has taken me a lot of learning & experiences that have been worthwhile.

I’m not just healthy & my body is strong on the inside, but it is also on the outside. I’ve become stronger & my endurance is way better than many years ago.

I’m more tolerant, strong, recover faster, learn things faster, more independent, more brave & more bold, take much more risks that keep me in the path I want; I’m better at talking with people & socializing (which is very hard for me); I’ve even gotten better at letting go & being resilient.

It does not mean that I’m a super person, but I know I’m way more closer to the things I want & the people I want, it is not easy, but it is worth it.”

So many fantastic interpretations of being healthy!

Now here’s to Day 27!

Reason #27 To Love Your Body

27. Because it allows you to love and be loved.

This is seriously one of my absolute favorite reasons.  My boyfriend and I were discussing it last night and we kept thinking of all of the ways our bodies allow us to express and received love.

A kiss on the forehead from our Grandpa.

Rocking a child to sleep in our arms.

Holding our Dad’s big, strong hand.

Sitting in our Mom’s lap crying while she strokes our hair.

A hug from a long-lost friend.

A passionate kiss from our significant other.

Nursing a newborn baby.

High fiving our cousin who just scored their dream job.

Smiling at a stranger who’s having a bad day.

Sometimes you just get wrapped up in the moment and need to express your love.

Sometimes you just get wrapped up in the moment and need to express your love.


There are so many ways that our bodies allow us to give and receive love, these are just a few examples.

 ”I love my body because it allows me to express and receive love freely.”

Repeat this (to yourself or out loud) 10 times right now,  10 times during your action step, and 10 times before bed.

Action step:  Take 4 minutes to right down all of the ways that your body allows you to give love, and all of the ways that your body allows you to receive love, and spend the last minute allowing yourself to be filled with immense gratitude about it.

That’s it for now y’all!  See you tomorrow!