Every New Year’s Day, my partner Bo and I have a ritual of going to the ocean or the woods to make an offering and to share our intentions for the year. This year, we went for a hike in the woods along a creek. We enjoyed spending precious time together, moving together and the sounds of nature cocooning us. We heard footsteps up ahead as a woman with a dog approached us. We stopped to greet the woman and her adorable poodle. She remarked on the beautiful day and congratulated us on starting the new year with a work out. As she passed us, she said “New year, new you.” Swivel-head. Huh?! The assumptions are unnerving.
At this time of year, it’s hard to escape the incessant booming command of the weight-loss industrial complex. Body shaming is all the rage. Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and gym after gym after gym are all in line hungry to collect fat dollars. Star diet evangelists like Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Simpson are in the pulpit testifying of their weight-loss success, overcoming the evil power of the fat devil. It really doesn’t matter what size you are. You can be a size 2 or 22, they want your money all the same. The barking noise of weight-loss related resolutions is ringing in this new year. “You’re too much!” “You’re not good enough!” “You’re out of control!” Put that mess on mute. What would happen if your own voice was the loudest voice? Your Body Raks wants you to hear yourself and embrace radical self-love.
Resolve to Love. You are enough as you are right now. Join us in making a resolution. No, not the typical and expected “lose x lbs. by the end of the year.” Instead, join Your Body Raks to make a body-loving and affirming resolution to love your body, no matter what. Come on over to our Facebook page to join in on our Resolve to Love Campaign. Take a photo of yourself holding up your own typed personal body-positive resolution, “I Resolve to Love…” and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post your photos to our Facebook page as we receive them.