Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

Any woman (really, any person) can tell you that our relationships with our bodies are complicated. As we move through adulthood, we often find our bodies don’t bounce back easily, and we might feel betrayed by achy knees, sore backs and jeans that don’t fit the way they used to.

Training in martial arts has given me so much appreciation for what my body can do, the way my body moves and carries me, how high I can kick and how hard I can punch. My pants size doesn’t factor into how well I can spar, and I don’t measure my self-worth by my waistline anymore. I haven’t lost any weight while training, but I have lost my desire to shed pounds. It has been truly revolutionary for me.

Meet Worrier Girl: A superhero defined by impostor syndrome

Marvel at her ability to feel like a fraud at absolutely everything she does

A chronic illness upended my life. I’m still trying to find a new normal.

Should I talk about my diagnosis on a first date? Tell my friends if I’m feeling particularly awful?

There’s a constant voice in my head telling me I’m not good enough. Here’s how I’m trying to overcome it.

My therapist calls this ‘black-and-white thinking’ and says it isn’t productive