Concern trolls and weight shaming

I have a few favorite blogs. One of my most favorite blogs is Dances with Fat. While reading one of Ragen’s most recent posts I found a paragraph that I absolutely love. Love. Love. Love. The post addresses the problem of weight shaming from “well meaning” family members (aka concern trolls) during the holidays. You can read the full “Combating Holiday Weight Shame” post here.

My favorite part of the post is this:

My body is not a representation of my failures, sins, or mistakes. My body is not a sign that I am in poor health, or that I am not physically fit neither of which is your business regardless. My body is not up for public discussion, debate or judgment. My body is not a signal that I need your help or input to make decisions about my health or life. My body is the constant companion that helps me do every single thing that I do every second of every day and it deserves respect and admiration. If you are incapable of appreciating my body that is your deficiency, not mine, and I do not care. Nor am I interested in hearing your thoughts on the matter so, if you want to be around me, you are 100% responsible for doing whatever it takes to keep those thoughts to yourself. If you are incapable of doing that I will leave and spend my time with people who can treat me appropriately.
-Ragen Chastain, Dances with Fat-


6 Minute (Death ) Rep Workouts

Pick an excercise sequence. Set your timer for 6 min. Complete as many rounds of the exercises as you can in the 6 min. That means no stopping for 6 minutes.

1) 10x pushup, 10x jump lunges, 10x weighted back ext., 10x side lateral hops

2) 10x alternating reverse fly & row, 10x kettle bell swings, 10x tricep pushups (or press ups), 10x side lunges

3) 10x arnold press, 10x sumo squat w/ serving biceps, 10x Y-lift, 10x jump tucks

4) 10x deadlift w/ upright row, 10x dynamic squat, 10x dancing crab, 10x lying leg raise

5) 10x dive bombers, 10x box jumps, 10x straight leg bridges, 10x jumping jacks

6) 10x weighted burpees, 10x jumping jacks, 10x plank renegade rows, 10x high knees