Fat Shamers Not Welcome Here

More Fat Shamers Show Their Colors If you didn’t hear all of the commotion yesterday, there was a little backlash to the Cosmopolitan UK cover with plus-sized supermodel Tess Holliday on the cover. Some fitness trainer/wannabe model suggested that people unfriend him if they find that attractive. The nasty responses from people who agreed with him were absolutely horrifying. Yes, Tess put herself out there knowing there would be backlash and not caring, in fact, that’s WHY she did it. Tess Holliday has been an outspoken advocate for body confidence since she created the #effyourbeautystandards campaign on Instagram. She said she created the popular hashtag “out of frustration” and to … [Read more...]

“Such a Pretty Face” – Guest Post by Author Amy Queau

"Such a Pretty Face" - Guest Post by Author Amy Queau “She has such a pretty face. She’d be gorgeous if she just lost some weight.” That was the first time a guy had ever given me a compliment. I heard it from his girlfriend, my friend, and I thought, “Wow. I guess that’s the only way a man is going to love me. I’d better get started.” I was 12. My name is Amy. And what I can tell you now, at 41 years old, is that it doesn’t matter. It has never mattered. I’ve spent more time trying to love myself than wishing someone else would love me. I’ve been to hell and back, and back again. I’ve spent years wishing I was someone else and then spent even more wishing I was my old self again. … [Read more...]

Rock Bottoms and Long Hair by Author Magan Vernon

A year ago I was going to an author event and showing of Fifty Shades Darker. I had nothing to wear besides Mom clothes so I went to Target. I told myself that I was plus size and was going to just dress myself cute because there was no reason a plus size girl shouldn't be able to be cute. Then sticker shock came in as I had to buy the biggest size pair of jeans and shirt I ever had and the price was over $50. I told myself small changes, I'd be all right. I looked in the mirror and told myself in my size twenty jeans and 2x shirt that I was curvy but cute. I ignored that the jeans were actually kind of tight. I ignored that I hated what I saw. I put on makeup and then played with … [Read more...]

This Big Girl Is Gonna Do It!

I keep starting and stopping this blog. I get really into it when I'm on a new diet, then after a few weeks, when I'm back to my normal eating, I abandon this page. Sure, I lose 10-20 lbs, but I put it back on, with some interest within weeks. I'm a sugar junkie. And I mean junkie in a very real sense. It's a drug to me. I can't remember the last day I went without a sweet treat. But it isn't just sugar, it's carbs as well. And cheese. I look like I'm 8 months pregnant. I have front butt. I'm a size 20. But my husband and older son struggle to GAIN weight (fuckers). My younger son and I just look at food and another jelly roll appears. THEY can eat whatever they want and do. And … [Read more...]

We Are Who We Are Guest Post by Melissa Collins

Guest post from Author Melissa Collins: I recently saw a Facebook post from one of my long-time friends who wrote that her six-year-old daughter came home from school one day complaining that she was “fat.” Now, I had only just had lunch with my friend and her daughter over the holiday break and I can one-thousand percent testify to the fact that her daughter is most definitely not fat.  She is intelligent and creative, shy but inquisitive – in short, she’s pretty much a dream come true. But even if she was “fat”, would her “fatness” negate all of those things. Does being “fat” make you less intelligent? Less important? Less worthy of love? No, it doesn’t, but somewhere along the way, … [Read more...]

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie Review

This review also appeared on Ana's Attic Book Blog. I do listen to audiobooks as an attempt to get myself up and walking, yet still reading. Well, I just ended up listening in the car. That's why Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie really hit home for me. Also, when I was putting together my list of Top Funny Happy Romance books, my research put this at the top of so many lists, so I had to check it out. The main character had some weight struggles, especially with a mother that doesn't stop reminding her! (I TOTALLY relate to this). Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie was a total hit for me. It combined a fun chick-lit romance and contemporary romance in one great book. Min (Minerva Dobbs) has a plain name … [Read more...]

Book Review: On The Plus Side by Tabatha Vargo

I had heard some really good things about On the Plus Side by Tabatha Vargo, and I thought it would be a great book to feature on both of my blogs, Ana's Attic Book Blog, and Starting on Monday. I really loved this book even more than I expected, because it was filled with romance, humor, sexy times and great characters. Let me give you a little background on myself. I am now plus sized, but spent most of my adult life straddling the line between regular and plus. I didn't grow up heavy, (though I was referred to as bubble butt a few times), I was never overweight as a kid, just...almost. So I wasn't quite able to relate to someone that spent their whole life overweight, who never … [Read more...]