In episode 009 of The Right Now Show Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick) shares some tips for finding support in your journey towards loving the skin you’re in and assures you that you’ll get by with a little help from your friends!
If, like me, you were privileged enough to go to A Fatty Affair last weekend, I imagine you are still basking in the afterglow of what can only be called a massively cool rad fatty event. If you didn’t get to go, I’m sorry. But you can still view the clip above to get an idea of just how much awesome and win was experienced by all.
There was singing and dancing. There was talk about sex. There was home-baked yummy desserts. There were hula hoops. There were butt bounces. There was laughing and playing and more fabulous clothes for swapping than you can even imagine.
Kudos go out to Sarah Redman and her entire planning committee for creating such an uplifting, warm and positive event. I can’t wait for next year! Thankfully, Sarah has informed us that they plan on doing even more events in the coming year. If you want to stay on top of all the stuff this great group is cooking up, check out their web site.
This weekend reminded me once again, just how powerful community can be. I think at one time or another all of us feel like we are all alone in our journey towards self acceptance. But there’s no reason to go it alone. In addition to the Fatty Affair folks, there’s the Size Diversity Task Force (who has already collected over 15,000 pages towards the Paper Mache in a Big, Big Way project), ASDAH, The Fat Chick Clique and The Fit Fatties Forum (who have reached the Rockies in their jaunt across the USA). Don’t worry if one particular group is too far away or doesn’t fit your style. There are amazing size acceptance groups everywhere! So don’t try to do it all by yourself. Share or be square!
I confess, the second day of the year is often a bit of a letdown for me. We’ve been preparing and preparing for the holidays. We’ve made (and distributed) over 120 dozen cookies. We’ve drunk our New Year’s Drinks and made our New Year’s pledges. The tree will stay up to the weekend but is as dry as a poor doggie’s bone. And I am faced with the harsh reality of having to get the heck back to work. I don’t get that warm, righteous, it’s a holiday but I’m working anyway satisfaction. Nope. I have that, I really don’t have an excuse so I gotta get back to it for heaven’s sake kinda deal. Meh.
On the other hand I do find this time of year very invigorating. I’m working with a whole bunch of absolutely amazing people on some ridiculously cool plans. This is the time of year to believe anything is possible. This is the time of year to make outrageous commitments and sign up for stuff just because it seems like it might be cool. So I’m sucking down my coffee and sucking it up just in time to tell you about some amazing things going on right now, and coming down the pike. Let’s DO this people!
New Fat Chick Clique Personalized Training Programs
On January 14, we’ll be launching our all-new training program built on The Fat Chick Works Out! book and DVD. The program (available at several different levels) will feature a live teleconference every week on Monday nights. You’ll receive personal encouragement emails, lots of opportunities to interact with your fellow exercisers and will have access to a variety of personal training options. Special discounts are offered (through January 14 only) for members of Fit Fatties and The Fat Chick Clique. Even deeper discounts are available for folks also participating in the new Fit Fatties Training Groups (see below).
Fit Fatties Across America
On the Fit Fatties Forum, we’re doing the Fit Fatties Across America project. All you have to do is join the forum (it’s free). Then if you wish to participate, simply fill in the form each time you exercise with the date and your time or distance. We’re going to compile everybody’s time and distance and figure out how long it will take the fit fatties to move across the country. We’re starting in New York City and making our (virtual) way to Los Angeles. Once there, a real, in the flesh, super cool party will be had!
New Training Groups
Also on the Fit Fatties Forum, we are creating 4 new premium training groups. For a modest fee, you’ll be able to join a special group of folks either involved in training for distance events, getting in 150 minutes of exercise per week, dedicated to moving just for the fun of it and yes, even a group participating with the Zombies, Run! application. The group will have private facebook message boards, participate in dedicated email groups and get special and personalized advice from forum founders Ragen Chastain and yours truly. Discounts are available to those who register before January 15, so sign up now!
Set a World Record!
After Ragen Chastain heard about the new program from Angela Meadows to destroy diet books as part of our New Year’s Revolution, she contacted a few of us at the Size Diversity Task Force with an idea. Let’s do this as a group and collect over 20,000 pages of diet books to destroy. Which gave me an idea, a big idea, a rascally, super large, crazy idea. Let’s use all those magazines to create a sculpture like Brenda Oelbaum does, but let’s make it the world’s LARGEST! Let’s go for a World Record here. This is all part of my tired of being timid, go big or go home plan for 2013. Wanna join us? You can participate from anyplace in the world. You can either send diet books, contribute money for us to “liberate” diet books ( from resale shops and garage sales where the book creators won’t be financially compensated for what is essentially paper mâché plaster) or even fly or drive in to join us on the big day! You can click here to stay updated on the details.
Super Secret New Project
I can’t reveal this super secret new project I’m working on quite yet, but I am a tease! So I’ll tell you to keep checking back here for a super cool totally new thing that I’ll be offering. Stay tuned!
So while one party has ended, another one is just beginning. Let’s get it started in here!
Whew, well there is a lot of cool and fun and exciting things for us to do together in the coming year! So grab a cup of coffee and let’s get clickin! Post-party ennui aside, I just can’t wait.