This is what the #healthyatanysize movement is all about!

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This is what the #healthyatanysize movement is all about!

For years we've all been told the same things:

Melinda Parrish, creator of the #healthyatanysize movement.

Melinda Parrish, creator of the #healthyatanysize movement.

  • Eat less
  • Eat less sugar
  • Eat more vegetables
  • Lose weight
  • Gain muscle
  • Hit the treadmill

These things are the key to having a body you love. Because loving your body is all about changing your body, right? But what if I told you that you've been lied to?

What if I told you that behind these messages is a billion dollar diet industry that wants to keep you locked in a perpetual pursuit of a "perfect" body? A definition of perfection that doesn't exist without expensive surgery, supplements, and access to an arsenal of nutrition and fitness professionals.

The key to transforming your relationship with your body is actually something much, much simpler. It doesn't come in a pill form or require you to subscribe to a weekly workout regimen. The secret to loving your body isn't changing your body--it's changing how you feel about your body!

Once you do this, you can learn how to really take care of your body, not just grind it out in pursuit of an unattainable standard of perfection.

I'm Melinda Parrish, a plus size model and body positivity advocate. I'm also a lifelong athlete and former Naval Officer. I went on my first diet at the age of 7.

I’ve had food issues since I can remember, and I've struggled with binge eating disorder and bulimia. For years, I beat my body up trying to become the kind of woman I thought I needed to be in order to love my body, and have a life I loved.

I treated my body this way for decades. After multiple back surgeries, my disordered behavior around eating, and trying every diet under the sun, I've learned that the old way--the way we were brought up believing--is a lie.

We need a revolution!

This isn't just about liking what we see in the mirror. Feeling bad about your body as a woman can hold you back in every single area of your life.

Studies have found that 85% of women are opting out of life experiences because of how they feel about their bodies. This is a Body Love crisis!

You were not put on this earth to stand on the sidelines of your own life, waiting to be good enough to get in the game and start living it.

Stop fixating on changing your body. Transform how you feel about your body instead! So that you can step into the life of the woman you have always dreamed of becoming, and have a relationship with your body based on love, respect, and appreciation. Not self-loathing, fear, and deprivation.

Holding back on life can stop right now, today. Ditch your hang-ups with your body, and start living at full amplitude!

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3 Tips to Stay Fit During Summer Travel

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3 Tips to Stay Fit During Summer Travel

Do you feel like your summer travel is getting in the way of you showing your body love through movement?

Summer travel and showing your body love through movement don't have to be mutually exclusive!

In fact, incorporating movement into your vacation can be a great way to enjoy your destination, relieve stress, AND feel great in your own skin!

Read on for three tips on how to incorporate body-lovin' movement into your summer travel.

This is a snap of me showing my body love through movement on a recent trip!

This is a snap of me showing my body love through movement on a recent trip!

1) Eat the frog!

As the Mark Twain quote suggests, get your workout done in the morning.

If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.
— Mark Twain

When traveling for work, delays, late meetings, and unexpected Happy Hour / dinner invitations can all easily derail your best intentions when it comes to your fitness regimen. Set your alarm, get it done first thing, and then you're less likely to have the variables of travel interfere.

This is equally true when you're traveling with friends or family and don't want your workout time to take you away from the fun, or the day's activities. Early birds get the worm!

2) Don't expect perfection.

Perfectionism can cripple travelers when it comes to getting your workout in. The gym at the hotel may not look the way you thought it would. I often find equipment is ill-maintained or broken, when it's available at all.

So let go of the idea that you have to do your perfect workout in the perfect way, like you would at your home gym. If the treadmill is out-of-commission or non-existent, find a stairwell and do a few rounds up-and-down the stairs for your cardio. Or hit the streets and do some running exploration of your destination!

Have some bodyweight-only workouts stashed on your phone in case free weights aren't available, or are being monopolized by another fitness center patron. This can also be a great way to fit your workout in somewhere where you don't have access to a gym, or would just rather be outdoors or hanging out somewhere other than a designated fitness space while you get your body-lovin' in.

And bear in mind something is better than nothing. If you run into issues, and wind up with 20 minutes instead of 30 or 45, that's good enough. Any movement is better than no movement!

3) Build enjoyment into your workouts.

If your workout routine is all drudgery and hard work, it's going to be way too difficult to stick to when you're traveling, and dealing with a lot of other uncomfortable things, like being stuck in a metal tube with a bunch of mouth-breathers all day. Make taking a jog an act of play and exploration in a new city. Plan your workout to end at a cute little cafe, or through a beautiful local park, or bustling city area you want to explore.

You can also take the opportunity to explore a fitness class you would never try at home (ClassPass is great for this--your membership applies in any city, so you can use it while you travel!). Pack your lap suit and use the hotel pool that you normally would never take advantage of.

You can also keep it social, by inviting family members or friends that you're traveling with to join you during your body-lovin' session! This way, you won't miss workouts due to a FOMO (fear of missing out) flare-up! 

Make your workout fun and you're much more likely to make it happen! Show us your moves by sharing a snap of yourself in action using #healthyatanysize. And sign up for the #healthyatanysize community for more inspirational body-lovin' tips like these!

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