Feature Friday: Jenn Lacy

Each week we highlight one participant from our bodyheart campaign.

Jenn is a Bar Method Instructor and our newest featured gal. See what she has to say about loving her body.

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Jenn Lacy, 27, Bar Method Instructor, CA

I love my midsection. 

I have a love hate relationship with my tummy area. I have IBS and struggle daily with stomach issues. Irritable bowel syndrome is not a pretty thing to talk about, no woman wants to admit they have gas, cramping and “movement” problems every time they eat. I had tried just about everything; prescriptions, holistic herbs, probiotics, enzymes, etc. and nothing worked. Finally after a lot of trial and error, my parents (both doctors) went to an alternative medicine continuing education seminar and found out about a specific probiotic complex and digestive enzyme concoction that I take with every meal.

While it might be annoying to have to take 3 pills 3-4 times a day it’s a lot better than curling up into a fetal position from unbearable pain every time I eat. So where’s the love portion of this relationship? Well I have a long torso and have always had a small waist. I work really hard to get flat abs and have always loved that section of my body. But you can imagine that when I’m bloated and feel like I look like I’m in my second tri-mester how that relationship turns to hate. I wanted to choose this area to remind myself that no matter the pain or frustration my tummy brings me, that I still love it.

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 As a Bar Method instructor we try to remind our students that every body is different and that we each have areas we’d like to change. However, you are you and you’re body has decided how it’s going to proportion itself. You don’t get to decide if your body distributes weight to your thighs, your tummy, or butt. But what you can do instead is to embrace what that means for you. It was so nice to see a whole campaign about changing your perspective of your body. As a teacher I only get a couple of minutes to talk about this matter. But to see a whole movement being dedicated to helping people learn to look at their bodies in a loving way was incredibly inspiring.

 

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Feature Friday: Atiyeh Baradaran

Each week we highlight one participant from our bodyheart campaign.

Atiyeh is this weeks featured gal, she is a student who keeps an open mind and loves her whole self.

Atiyeh Baradaran, 26, Student, Vancouver

Atiyeh Baradaran, 26, Student, Vancouver

I love my third eye chakra, my heart and my collar bone. 

I manifest an open mind and an open heart to let myself experience the gift of life in this world to its maximum potential. I wish it for myself and for everyone else! I also really like my collarbone.

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On the message she has for her body: I fully realize now that you have been my one and only partner in my whole life that has never let me down and I have neglected you or even tried so hard to change you at times, I am very sorry about that! Thank you for being the great gift you are! I promise to try now to be there for you as much as you have been there for me and more.

My favorite part of the bodyheart photo shoot was Amber’s talk, it was so inspirational and really left a mark on me.

 

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Feature Friday: Deanna Frederick

Each week we highlight one participant from our bodyheart campaign.

Our newest featured gal is Deanna, read what she has to say about loving her body.

Deanna Frederick, 18, Student

Deanna Frederick, 18, Student

I love my belly. 

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My belly is really important to me, it’s the core part of the body. I’m really proud of how it looks and all it does for me. I play volleyball and that’s how I got my strong core in the first place, but it’s strength has made me a better player.

Your core is a support for the rest of your body and if it’s not strong it’s hard for the rest of your body to be strong. I’m so happy with my belly and I feel super confident with it! (Click to tweet.) 

After the bodyheart photo shoot I loved getting to show off the heart tattoo on my face, it made me feel confident and happy with my body. It also made me acknowledge all the amazing things about my body instead of the negative that I usually focus on.

 

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Feature Friday: Monica Long

Each week we highlight one participant from our bodyheart campaign.

Meet Monica, read what she loves about her body.

 

Monica Long,26, Store Manager- lululemon athletica

Monica Long,26, Store Manager- lululemon athletica

I love my chest. 

I love everything about it, from my collar bones to my cleavage. I love my shoulders and their strength. I love that my heart shines when I hold my chest high. My chest makes me feel strong, powerful, loving and loved. (Click to tweet.) 

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Thank you to Amber for opening the space to share about our shared experiences. I woke up this morning and tried on my “Body is a Gift” glasses and felt a shift. I know it will take time to wear these all the time, but I am excited to start the journey.

I loved the experience of being with other women who are committed to loving themselves and their “enoughness.” This campaign attracts women in all different situations and walks of life, it brings us together to stop the war body perfection and self-punishment. Our photoshoot was all about laughter and celebration. I just wish it would have been longer!

 

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Feature Friday: Deirdre Daniels

Each week we highlight one participant from our bodyheart campaign.

Meet Deirdre, she is our newest featured gal and she has some serious muscle.

Deirdre Daniels , 52, Fitness Instructor

Deirdre Daniels , 52, Fitness Instructor

I love my right arm, biceps muscle.

I love that muscle because it shows my strength, my hard work and my commitment to staying fit and healthy, even in my 50’s. (Click to tweet.) 

Deirdre Daniels 2Whenever I begin to have negative thoughts about how my body looks, I remind myself how good my body feels and how well it performs and I feel better right away.  I also keep in mind that some people are disabled and/or diseased and do not have the luxury of using their bodies to their fullest potential anymore, which makes me happy to have the body that I have!

My favorite part about the bodyheart photo shoot was being able to be supported and even celebrated for looking exactly like I do, right now. 

You can learn more about Deirdre by visiting: http://dededaniels.com/

 
 

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Feature Friday: Corey Podell

Each week we highlight one participant from our bodyheart campaign.

Our featured gal this week is a writer who loves her body. Read on to find out more!

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Corey Podell, 31, Writer

I love my cheeks and cleavage.

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Ever since I was young I’ve always hated my “gubby” cheeks. People would always pinch them and make comments such as: “aww so cute.” I used to walk around sucking my cheeks in like a supermodel and even researched ‘facial liposuction’!

Nowadays I’m trying to embrace and love my cheeks, because they frame my smile which I’ve always liked. (Click to tweet.) 

My favorite part about the bodyheart photo shoot was seeing a mother there with her young daughter and they were taking pictures together. It was so empowering, I got very emotional. What a gift to give your daughter! I wish I had gone to bodyheart at that age.

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Feature Friday: Emelie Rota

Each week we highlight one participant from our bodyheart campaign.

Meet Emelie and read what she has to say about her body.

Emelie Rota, 31, Brand Igniter & Intuitive Designer

Emelie Rota, 31, Brand Igniter & Intuitive Designer

I love my stomach.

Emelie Rota 2My stomach is where I grew a new life, it’s where I nourish my inner power and how I stay strong in the face of doubt, fear, regret and new yoga postures. My core strength enables me to live a life on fire.  (Click to tweet.) 

Our core is the center of our being. It is our “ness.” It’s the home of our flame and the place where life begins; it’s to be celebrated, honored, enriched + delighted.

My favorite part of the bodyheart photo shoot was feeling the energy, heart, passion + vulnerability of everyone else participating. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about it.

 

You can learn more about Emelie by visiting: http://forbiddenlife.org. 

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Feature Friday: Sarah Beck

Each Friday we highlight one participant from our bodyheart campaign.

Meet Sarah, she’s a triple threat: Life Coach, Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor.

Sarah Beck

Sarah Beck, Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Life Coach, CA

I chose to highlight my back and my right cheek (on my face). 

I love my face because I love to smile and make others smile. I also feel that’s one of my best traits. It welcomes an honest conversation and a trusting relationship. (Click to tweet.) 

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I chose my back because I feel it represents my hard work. My back is the hardest part of my body, for me, to see but I know it’s strong. I know it’s strong because of the work that I put in, on a regular basis, to be a health/fitness advocate. I don’t need to see the results in the mirror to know I’m making good decisions. I trust in my training, I live by example, and my back represents my approach to that; which is why I love it!

I loved that there were a few gals in our group who were pregnant. It was so precious to see them at the photo shoot, putting hearts on their bellies for their little ones.

You can learn more about Sarah by visiting: BeStrongerEveryday.com

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Feature Friday: Madeleine Shaw

Each Friday we highlight one participant from our bodyheart campaign.

Meet Madeleine, Co-founder of Lunapads & Pads4Girls and find out what she loves about her body.

Madeleine Shaw, Co-founder, Lunapads & Pads4Girls

Madeleine Shaw, Co-founder, Lunapads & Pads4Girls

I chose to highlight my uterus. 

Even though I can’t see my uterus, it’s incredibly special to me because I love my fertility cycle. I am fascinated by how our cycles connect us to Nature’s larger cycles like tides, seasons and of course the Lunar cycle.

I even appreciate my period for this very reason – it’s a physical reminder of this amazing connection. And finally because my uterus was my daughter’s home for 40 weeks inside me until she was born, and for that I will be forever grateful.

My life’s work is to create a new culture around our periods and fertility cycles that supports women and the Earth, encourages curiosity and connection, and promotes Sisterhood. I invite anyone who feels challenged by her period to connect with us to find different and better ways of dealing with it.

It’s an important step for every woman to make on the road to self-acceptance and healing and can lead to a new and empowered consciousness. 

If you’d like to learn more about Madeleine and what she does you can visit: http://lunapads.com/.

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Feature Friday: Lynn Chen

Each Friday we highlight one participant from our bodyheart campaign.

Meet Lynn, an actress who loves her belly.

Lynn Chen, Actor, CA

Lynn Chen, Actor, CA

I chose to highlight my belly. 

No matter how much I’ve weighed, or how many pilates sessions/sit ups I’ve done, I’ve always had a little pot belly – even in my teenage years. When I eat, I immediately look pregnant and have often been mistaken by strangers (and even friends) as an expectant mother.

I dreamed of the day I would have a baby and stop being embarrassed by my bloated belly. I thought then I would be able to finally accept/flaunt it – but discovered I have fertility problems. After years of endocrinologists and the roller coaster of accepting that I’m unable to have kids, I was finally able to accept my body as it is. Not what I want it to be.

My stomach holds so much, literally. It is the source of everything, and yet, it really doesn’t need to have that much power over me.

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I realize now it is very flat in comparison to others, my former self included, and it’s interesting that it only appears that way once I stopped focusing so much on what it was doing “wrong.” (Click to tweet.) 

I feel strongly that body acceptance does not always mean loving your body unconditionally. Sometimes, acknowledging your unhappiness needs to happen, for a long while, until you’re able to finally start telling yourself/hearing a new story.

My favorite part of the photo shoot was being able to wake up and decide exactly how I wanted to show up. That morning I didn’t feel like putting on any makeup, shaving my legs/tweezing my brows, or getting a mani/pedi like I do for any other time in front of the camera. So I came exactly as I was.

My least favorite part was that it was over so quickly! I could’ve stayed and chatted with Amber and Courtney for another couple hours.

You can learn more about Lynn by visiting: www.lynnchen.com.

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By: Amber Krzys

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