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They’re Not Afraid to Say It: ‘Fat Yoga’

Ms. Ipox does not answer yes. Instead, she said, “I make them say it: Say, ‘Is this Fat Yoga?’ ”

That’s the proper name of the studio, and one that many people struggle to spit out. One caller, typical of others, refused to respond directly, instead replying, “Well, how do I know you’re fat?”

“People think ‘fat’ means slovenly, uncontrolled, dirty or lazy,” Ms. Ipox said. “It doesn’t.”

In addition to the fact that the word fat feels fraught, it’s not usually paired with yoga. Yoga conjures stringy, bendy, barely clothed bodies — not soft, round ones. But that’s the stereotype that specialized classes and studios, like Fat Yoga, around the country are trying to combat in an effort to reclaim the practice for people of all body types.

In New York, there’s MegaYoga, Buddha Body Yoga and Yoga for Abundant Bodies. There’s Curvy Yoga in Nashville, HeavyWeight Yoga in Austin, Tex., and Big Yoga in Buckingham, Va., among others.

“I’m more interested in working with the large bodies,” Mr. Hayes said.CreditBrian Harkin for The New York Times

“Many fat people have had terrible experiences at a regular studio, where the teacher assumes they’re a beginner, is unwilling to touch them or is condescending and sees them through their own prejudice,” said Ragen Chastain, a writer in Los Angeles who blogs at danceswithfat.org.

She said she applauds the honest labeling of these specialized studios.

“If you sell bubble gum, you want a sign that says you sell bubble gum,” Ms. Chastain said. “These names say, ‘fat yoga here.’ If you’re fat and want to do yoga, go here.”

The language is not incidental; it is no mere marketing gimmick meant to set people whispering.

“I wanted something that was unapologetically and enthusiastically voluptuous, and not as p.c. as ‘Yoga for people who have pleasing curves,’ ” said Megan Stancill, who teaches a class called MegaYoga at studios in New York. “People pussyfoot around saying it, and I wanted to make it really clear who this was for. It’s for people who are large.”

Not everyone buys into yoga’s new linguistics.

“Words are tricky,” said Tracy Weber, who holds a class called Yoga for Round Bodies at her Seattle studio. “ ‘Fat’ may be an empowering word to someone, but for me it’s a word that made me feel less than. If someone puts that word to me, I feel bad.”

But most of these instructors have a similar intent: to associate yoga with images that transcend the Instagramification of perfectly fit people in the King Pigeon pose, so that it feels accessible to all.

“It’s been said that yoga in America is miles wide but only an inch deep,” said Abby Lentz, who owns HeavyWeight Yoga. “But it’s spreading to places that it’s never been before, and that includes people who thought, ‘The only way I’m going to be able to do this is if I lose weight first.’ ”

Mr. Hayes leading a yoga class. CreditBrian Harkin for The New York Times

Instructors of yoga aimed for large people customize the practice for their clientele. In yoga, unlike other workouts like running or Zumba, it is necessary to adapt your practice to your body size — something some teachers don’t know how to do, said Amber Karnes, who teaches Body Positive Yoga in Charlottesville, Va.

Jayvin Jordan-Green, 28, a student at Fat Yoga, found the studio by Googling “fat yoga,” he said. He wanted a place to practice where the teacher wouldn’t assume he was going through the flow to lose weight.

“I’ve had teachers who said, ‘This is going to help you stay thin,’ or ‘This is going to get rid of this unwanted roll here if we keep practicing,’ he said. “It’s like, ‘Maybe I like that roll, maybe the people I date like that roll.’ I had a lot of teachers treat me like I’m their special project. They’ll say, ‘I’m going to make you the buffest person.’ They see me as the ‘after’ picture, when I don’t want to be the ‘after’ picture.”

Some purveyors are adamant about exclusivity. Michael Hayes, who owns Buddha Body Yoga in New York, refuses to let smaller people take his classes; if you’re too skinny, you are shut out.

“Am I excluding small people for larger people?” he said. “The answer would be yes. There are lots of studios for people who are smaller.”

At his studio, he once refused three tiny women who wanted to take a class.

“People who are slender aren’t happy about it,” he said of his policy. “The shock, annoyance and pissed-off-ness is really profound. But I’m more interested in working with the large bodies.”

But other yogis are more flexible. Ms. Ipox of Fat Yoga said the point is to welcome people of all sizes. She said potential students often ask, “Am I fat enough?”

“I had to find a way to say to someone, ‘You’re plenty fat’ or ‘It’s O.K., you’re fat,’ ” she said. “The script is completely flipped. A lot of people wouldn’t call themselves fat anywhere but Fat Yoga, where being called fat is a good thing.”

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40 Travel Tips that will change your life!

There are so many great suggestions on this list. Take note and use them on your next trip!
Let me know what tips you have that are not on the list!

#1. Use a private or incognito window when booking flights and hotels online.

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Travel sites often track your visits and will raise the price simply because you’ve visited before.

#2. Keep loose chargers and cables organized with a glasses case.

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#3. Use straws to carry travel-size amounts of skin care products.

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#4. Put a dryer sheet at the bottom of a suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh.

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#5. Use a spring from an old pen to protect chargers from bending and breaking.

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#6. Skip the long lines for airport bathrooms.

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quora.comIt may seem like common logic, but the first bathroom in the terminal is the most crowded one. Use the next one to skip the long waits and save precious time.

#7. Use a binder clip to protect the head of shaving razors.

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#8. If you forget your wall plug, charge devices through the USB slot on a TV.

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#9. Roll clothes, instead of folding, to save tons of baggage space.

Roll clothes, instead of folding, to save tons of baggage space.

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#10. If you have clothes that need to be folded, use tissue paper to keep them from wrinkling.

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#11. Use a pill container to keep jewelry organized and untangled.

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#12. Scan important documents before leaving for your trip.

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lifehack.orgIn the event of theft or misplacement, it comes in really handy to have extra copies of your passport, identification cards and flight itineraries that you can easily access on your smartphone or tablet.

#13. Speed Up Going Through Security

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When going through security, stuff your small belongings like wallets, keys and phones into your bag before placing it on the conveyor belt. It eliminates the need for separate bins and saves you time.

#14. Tuck your soap and wash cloth together with this easy-to-fold pouch.

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#15. A shower cap is an easy way to cover the bottoms of shoes.

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#16. Put smartphones in airplane mode to save battery and charge faster.

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#17. Keep your headphones from tangling by winding them around a binder clip.

Keep your headphones from tangling by winding them around a binder clip.

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#18. Keep hair clips tidy with an empty Tic Tac container.

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#19. When packing, line collars with a belt to keep them crispy.

When packing, line collars with a belt to keep them crispy.

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#20. Sit in the seats near the wing of the plane for the least turbulence.

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complex.comThe seats along the wings of a plane usually have the least amount of bounce when flying because it has more structural support.

#21. Keep your travel-size containers and refill them, instead of buying new each time.

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#22. To use Google Maps offline, type “OK Maps,” and the visible area will save for future access.

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#23. Cram the most into your carry on.

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mywomenstuff.comVacuum sealed bags can save you a ridiculous amount of space in your carry on. Makes the need for checking a bag obsolete.

#24. Instead of buying water at the airport, bring an empty bottle along and fill it up after passing security.

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#25. When reserving airline seats for 2 people, get the aisle and window.

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If no one takes the middle seat you get a full row, and if someone does, just ask to switch so you can sit next to your travel partner.

#26. Pack your suit coats inside out to keep them clean and avoid creasing.

Pack your suit coats inside out to keep them clean and avoid creasing.

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#27. Wait to buy airline tickets until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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Typically this is when the big Airlines reduce their fares in order to compete with the discount airlines like Southwest and JetBlue. If you’re looking to save some money, this is the time to buy.

#28. Prevent messy spills in your luggage.

Prevent messy spills in your luggage.

Just unscrew the lids and place a simple patch of saran wrap on the top and screw them back on. This will prevent any liquids from ruining your trip.

#29. Certain times are better for using the airplane bathroom.

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quora.comSince most airlines don’t let you stand in line for the restrooms, the best times to use it are right after the plane has leveled off and 15-20 minutes before landing.

#30. Get the WiFi password for many establishments by checking the comments section of FourSquare.

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#31. Use your GPS when traveling abroad.

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If you’re traveling abroad without an international plan, turn on airplane mode and turn off data to use the GPS without connecting to the internet. Simply load the Google map of the area before heading out the hotel, and you’ve got a fully functional map to navigate the area.

#32. Get a free cell phone charger if you forgot yours at home.

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quora.comForget your charger? Often times hotel front desk’s will have a box full of chargers left by previous guests.

#33. Skip the wait at the baggage claim.

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lifehack.orgEven if it’s not, marking your bag with a fragile label leads to gentler handling by airport staff. Also, they’re often loaded on the top of the other luggage meaning it’s one of the first to come out at the baggage claim.

#34. Save time packing on the go.

Save time packing on the go.

davehaxHanging organizers can be packed ahead of time making it really simple to slide into your suitcase and leave in a hurry.

#35. Remove other tourist from your vacation photos.

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#36. Use ATMs instead of airport currency exchanges to save money.

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Many ATMs will offer much lower rates than what you can get from the airport currency exchanges.

#37. Get free WiFi at airports

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security.stackexchange.comWhen you’re at the airport, add “?.jpg” to the end of any URL to get around the ludicrously expensive WiFi. Alternatively, you can sit right outside an airport club lounge: Wi-Fi signals often glide through the walls.

#38. For bonus points, travel with a power strip and be the airport hero.

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#39. As a treat to yourself, send yourself a postcard from each day of your travels

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It’ll be a nice treat to come home to and make the transition back to reality easier.

#40. On your last day in a foreign country, collect all your loose money and give it to the homeless.

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5 tough love truths about weight loss

I have been writing about health, fitness and weightloss for years, many, MANY years. My message hasnt changed. Don’t believe me, go look through all of my posts, I promise it’s a good read!

I don’t know how many ways I can say eat real food and work out.  I’ve said it in a nice way. I have been sharp in my tone, I have written with love and I have out and out pleaded and STILL people are fighting this battle or emailing me “what can I do”, “I need to lose weight, can you help”

Here is the short list of what you need to hear:

Stop eating crap…end of discussion.

You eat crap you look like crap, it doesnt get any simpler than that.

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Close your mouth

Most people who are looking to lose weight, really dont experience real hunger. It’s ok to let your stomach growl. You eat out of boredom or you eat because your blood sugar is sky high and you blood sugar is high because you eat junk #visciouscycle #stopit

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You think you deserve a treat

No you don’t. Treats and excuses have gotten you to this point. You deserve to sweat it out on the treadmill and do push ups thats what you deserve. “Just a little bit” or “I just had a couple of bites” tells me loud and clear that you aren’t serious about losing weight.

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You think you should be down 20lbs in a week

You get frustrated because you “only” lost 2lbs in a week. Instead of being proud and fired up, you get upset and pouty. Let’s be clear…YOU HAVE HURT your body and it takes time to fix it. You gained this weight over the course of months or years and it will take sweat and sacrifice to get the pounds off. If you are going to be a suck about it, then you better get use to the weight you are at.

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You think some kind of fad diet, special pill will do the trick

It won’t now and never will. You know that, so stop. Do the work.

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I have kept over 100lbs off for almost 20 years and it was done by eating real food and exercising…that’s the magic…taa daaaa!

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Getting my sea legs

Ahoy mateys…I’m finally getting my sea legs.

I am hitting the open waters with @RoyalCaribbean ‘s Freedom of the Seas.

 

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To say I am excited is an understatement.

I want to do it all while I am aboard the newly enhanced ship.

Surf simulator (what?!), rock climbing wall, ice skating rink (there’s skating in the Caribbean?), mini golf, boxing ring, fitness center, 3D movie theater, spa..I plan on doing it all!

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This will be me, I hope!!

I can’t wait to see how I balance the decadent food and all of my fitness goals. #shipshape

Is the cruise /  food struggle real?? I finally get to find out!

Cruising has been on my vacation to do list for a looong time.

I am looking for any tips, tricks, insights as a first time cruiser so tweet me, leave me a message below or comments on my Instagram pics.

Follow along with me over the next couple of days, while I take on this new adventure.

I will be using the hashtag #FreedomoftheSeas

 

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Diet Hacks

I really don’t love salad. I like it if someone else makes it for me. I like having a big fancy salad when I go out to eat. I like it, I just don’t looovvee it.

I think people who meet me or follow me think I just eat salad and drink water.

I eat. I love food. I didnt get to over 225lbs by loving salad. I lost 100lbs by learning to unlove those things that got me into trouble.

I have flexibility now. I can afford to eat a “bad meal” every now and again. It doesnt happen often but I do indulge. I know if the scale goes up or my pants get tight, I know what to do to fix it. Knowing what to do and actually putting it into action are two different beasts.

When I was fat (yes I was fat-that word doesn’t upset me) not only did I get stretch marks #notwinning but I also messed up my insides. As a result of letting myself go and abusing myself with food, I did damage to my gallbladder. I had it taken out a few years ago but I suffered for years with agonizing pain…years! Another prize I got from eating too much is now my stomach is really sensitive. The slightest thing will make me sick at my stomach, its not fun.

I would love to say that I eat all organic. I would love to be able to say that we only eat grass fed meat. We don’t. We eat healthy and we eat real food. BUT, I’m not perfect…more real than perfect.  There are a few diet hacks or my go to’s to help keep me sane or help keep me from getting in the car and driving to get a donut.

Before you leave a comment about some of the items. I will try to save you some time. YES, I use products with aspartame or artificial sweeteners. They don’t bother me. I’ve read the lop sided “research” and I am fine with it. I also wear make up and colour my hair, both in my opinion are worse then the sweeteners.

 

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So this is what I currently have in the fridge/pantry.

I drink Diet Pepsi..not a lot but I do. If I am craving something sweet or something I shouldn’t, diet Pepsi helps me get over the hump. The carbonation fills you and it’s sweet. It makes me not want a cookie or donut.

Diet Swiss Miss – it has to be the diet one – it has 25 calories and no sugar. Again, it helps take the edge off if I feel like I want to snack or a hot sweet drink.

Soup – I eat a lot of soup. It’s easy, filling and can be healthy. Yes I know, perservatives & sodium. I would love to have the time to make a big batch of healthy soup. This is my go to. Please notice, the red pepper tomato soup is organic boom . If you are in the US  the Progresso light variety is great! If you are a rock star and can make your own–then do it! You can jam pack it full of good stuff, oh and send me some!!

Think Thin / Kind Bars – Great options for grab and go. Low cal, low sugar. I love Kind bars but you have to watch the sugar. This on is the caramel sea salt and has 5 grams of sugar

ZippFizz – I love this stuff!! Its a better version of Red Bull – jacked with B12, no sugar. It’s like fizzy Crystal Light on steroids.

Crystal Light – hate me all you want – this helps me get my 3L of water in. I don’t drink it all the time but yes I drink it and really enjoy it!

Chocolate Almonds – low sugar, dusted with cocoa, healthy fat with protein – this one is a winner!

Snapea Crisps – if Im looking for chips or similar a handful of these bad boys does the trick. Gluten free – not carb free.

Ostrim – I love these. Found them at GNC then ordered a box from Amazon. Ostrich meat -super low calorie, barely any fat, no gluten, low carbs. It is a perfect snack. Yes, it is higher in sodium so I just drink more water…still winning!

Justin’s Maple Almond Butter – you dont need much of this stuff. Its healthy but tastes decadent! I really dont use much because the flavour is right there.

Chex – My kids eat Chex. Gluten free, low in sugar. I have a small bowl with some sugar free cashew milk or almond milk and its great. I am favouring the cinnamon chex right now because it kinda reminds me of a churro. Use your mind people…use your mind.

So there you have it.  A few diet hacks that help me stay the course.

I’m an eater…I will always fight the battle of making good choices so these few things help when Im headed down the wrong path. But I will also always win that fight.

These are all of my own items, bought with my own money. None of them were sent to me, but if any of the above mentioned brands would like to send me some of their stuff, I will obviously put it to good use : )

If nothing else, please take care of yourself. If you are carrying around extra weight, do something about it! TRUST ME your life will be so much better. I have lived both sides and I know I NEVER EVER want to go back to being overweight.

 

 

 

 

 

The story of your life…an adventure or tragedy?! You’re writing it.

“Too soon we get old and too late we get smart.” #truth

My mother use to say that to me every time I messed up and like most teenagers, I never paid much attention to it, but obviously those words stayed with me and sunk in and now I repeat those same words.

January is a tough month. The holiday aftermath of excessive eating and the realization that you spent too much. Year after year, people keep repeating the same kind of behaviour…you know you have.

I always try to write things to inspire, motivate and encourage you to be the best you. I will be your biggest cheerleader but, in the end, as always the action comes down to you.

What are you willing to do to make change happen?

Your goals need to be clear. The end results and how you get there are up to you. You can’t blame anyone, or your circumstances.

If you want change you have to make change happen. Yes, you might have some set backs but again, its on you to regroup and charge forward. That’s the difference between being a biggest loser and a biggest winner!

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I’ll  give you some examples because a few of you will think this pep talk doesn’t apply to you.

One bad meal is not the reason you are carrying extra weight. It’s a lot of bad meals. One bad meal means you have to reset. You smarten up, drink your water and make better choices the next meal.

Skipping your favourite exercise class has not got you where you.  Ignoring exercise or half-assing your work outs and treating them like a social get together has quadrupled the time to change.  Winners don’t complain about being too tired….they workout that day even though they are exhausted. (You ate it now negate it!)

Your credit cards aren’t at the max because you spent a bit too much at Christmas. It’s consistent shopping that got you there. You didn’t pay down your debt before adding more debt.

 

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Beating yourself up, feeling guilty, sad, mad won’t fix any of your problems.

I posted this question/statement on Facebook  “It’s our choices that make us fat, not McDonalds. Do you agree or disagree?”

Most people replied that they agreed. Why is it easy to acknowledge that question but you cave when it’s time to make the decision of good vs bad? You know right from wrong.

Worry drains the mind of much of its power and sooner or later it injuries the soul.”

You owe it to yourself to be the best you. Why settle? Why go through life always wishing things were different.

  • It’s 2015. Be a “doer”!  Do the things that will make you and your life incredible.
  • Excess weight, literally weighs you done–be done with fighting that battle.
  • Worry, anger, negativity is not who you are.
  • Go into today, this week, this month and year ahead with a different mindset.

2015 is another chapter in the book of your life. You control the story, the character, the adventures and you write the ending.

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I would love to hear from you, what topics, subjects can I write about to help you in your journey. Leave me a comment.