End the Fat Talk!

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Morning!  I’m pretty bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe it was my glorious breakfast?


I had Almond Pancakes (Hodsgon’s Mills InstaBake Mix with crushed almonds mixed in).  Seriously, one of the primary reasons I take the time to make pancakes during the week is that it tricks me into thinking its the weekend!


And grapes and blueberries:


10 Minute Strength Routine


I’m hoping to get out of work early today and hit the gym, but I know I cannot count on it so I did my weekday 10 Minute Strength Routine:


  • 30 push-ups
  • 5 decline push-ups
  • 100 bicycle crunches
  • 20 regular crunches
  • 2 30-second planks


End the Fat Talk!


A reader named Molly sent me a video of Jillian Michaels discussing "Fat Talk" on MSNBC.  If you’re a long-time reader, you know the issue of Fat Talk is something I take very seriously.  As Jillian Michaels said, "Fat talk is transcending….  It affects your reality and damages you professionally, personally, and physically."


I’ve posted this video about Fat Talk a few times before, but not recently.  If you haven’t watched this before, please do!  It’s so powerful and I cry every time:



Here’s Jillian’s tips for ending Fat Talk:


  • Don’t compare your body to others.
  • Appreciate your body for what it can do.
  • Turn a negative into a positive.  Instead of "I’m stocky," try "I’m strong!"
  • Never Fat Talk in front of your kids or friends.


That Jillian Michaels is so wise.  I love her!


I’d love it we could all comment with some ANTI-Fat Talk on our bodies.  Plus, give yourself a compliment that has NOTHING to do with your physical appearance.  Because after all, you’re more than just your body!


I’ll start:


  • I love my curves and belly.  I have lovely soft angles, and it make me feel womanly and feminine.
  • I’m a hard worker, and I can do anything I set my mind to.


OK — Your turn!  Remember, one body compliment and one personality compliment!



  • feastonthis May 20, 2009, 3:52 am

    I love my upper body and sculpted arms.

    I have a strong work ethic and am a great pastry chef.

  • The Novice Berker May 20, 2009, 4:02 am

    I love that video; one of my best friends is a Tri Delt and she showed me it. So uplifting!

    I love my calves; they’re deceptively strong. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I’m a good listener!

  • Thinspired May 20, 2009, 4:02 am

    I love the Jillian Michaels interview, Caitlin. “The last fronteir in feminism…” That is powerful stuff! Thank you for both of these clips!

  • Adi (oatonomy.com) May 20, 2009, 4:08 am

    I love my strong back! It’s my favourite area to work out.

    I’ve got a head full of good brains ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I can be proud of that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lauren May 20, 2009, 4:20 am

    What a great concept. I love that Jillian too! She is so hard core and really pushes you to your limit but it’s amazing!

    You are such a strong inspiration. I love your postive outlook and how honest you are. Thanks for always sharing your insights.

    Have a great day!

  • Erin May 20, 2009, 4:27 am

    Thank you for posting that video. It really struck home.

  • rediscoveringlauren May 20, 2009, 4:27 am

    wow, that video is so powerful and thought provoking..thanks for posting it ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love your blog and the healthy attitude you have, its so inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Neely May 20, 2009, 4:40 am

    Awesome activity!

    I have great legs and they are super long.

    I can have meaningful conversation with anyone and fit into any situation/setting.

  • Kailey (SnackFace) May 20, 2009, 4:41 am

    Wow, I’ve never seen that video! It’s scary, sad, true, empowering. I have a roommate who does a ton of fat-talking, about herself and others. It’s exhausting and disheartening to listen to, and it’s also tiring to try to change the negatives into positives because she just doesn’t get it. But anyway… I love my long legs and height. I love that I’m incredibly friendly and talk to everyone and anyone.

  • glidingcalm May 20, 2009, 4:53 am

    thanks for sharing this! i had never seen it!

  • teacherwoman May 20, 2009, 4:53 am

    I know I have bigger than average thighs…but damn, are they strong!

    Great post, Caitlin! Thanks for sharing!

  • Stacey May 20, 2009, 4:58 am

    I love my curvy/defined body and I love that my boyfriend loves it too!

    I love the fact that I can make anyone laugh in any situation!

    Great post!

  • ali May 20, 2009, 5:12 am

    Great video! Today is our yearly “go to the beach” day at my college and I couldn’t fall asleep last night because I was so anxious about getting into a swimsuit. Well, I’m just going to do it and not criticize myself!

  • Michelle May 20, 2009, 5:13 am

    Thank you. Thank you so much for the videos. I feel like you’re speaking to me right now. THANK YOU.

    1. I love my shoulders
    2. I surprise myself with my own strength.

    Thank you for making me feel empowered.

  • Colleen May 20, 2009, 5:21 am

    This is a great way to start the day!

    I love my calves because they push me through many miles.

    I am creative and always coming up with fun projects and crafts.

  • Olga May 20, 2009, 5:24 am

    I love my legs because they’re long and strong ๐Ÿ™‚

    And doing really well in college reminds me that I got some brains in that head of mine.

    I really take to Jillian’s point about not “fat talking” in front of children. My mom did it when I was young and it totally affected me.

  • Susan May 20, 2009, 5:31 am

    Great idea Caitlin! I love my long lean legs. I’m on the taller side and all my height comes from my abnormally long legs.

    I pick up on things really quickly. Most of the time, I only have to be shown how to do something once and I get it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jane May 20, 2009, 5:41 am

    great video!

    i love my calves because they are strong

    i love how friendly am i and how easy i find it to have conversations with just about anyone!

  • elliebelle May 20, 2009, 5:51 am

    I love my booty cause I can shake it like it’s hot in my Zumba class! ๐Ÿ™‚
    And, I am proud of my creativity.

    Thanks for adding that video Caitlin, it was really a great eye opening and positive experience.

  • Priyanka loves food May 20, 2009, 5:52 am

    Thanks for sharing this!

    I love my shoulders they are pretty strong!

    I think am a very loyal person!

  • Karin May 20, 2009, 5:57 am

    this post is great and I completely agree with you. Too many friends always complain about their bodies without appreciating that we're healthy!

    I love my legs and the fact that I can get from A to B without help. (it's the basic things that matter!)

    & I don't take myself too seriously, which makes me a down to earth person without being ashamed of my inner 13yo that appears occasionally.

  • Brandi May 20, 2009, 5:58 am

    My thighs are strong from running and LOTS of squats and lunges – they feel like steel!

    I care about others and want everyone to be included

  • MoFish May 20, 2009, 5:58 am

    Thanks for sharing that wonderful video!

  • NoMeatAthlete May 20, 2009, 6:12 am

    Great post! Self talk is so important. I’m slightly embarrassed to say I’m a big fan of Tony Robbins (the huge self-help guy) and so much of his message has to do with the things you tell yourself. And if you tell yourself you’re fat, there’s very little you can do to make it not so.

  • Peanuts & Crackerjacks May 20, 2009, 6:14 am

    I definitely appreciated this today! Definitely having a bad boady image day! If you knew me you’d want to smack me though…and I’m aware of this.

    I have incredicbly defined legs from ballet and running and they are SO strong.

    I have an insane work ethic (like you Caitlin!) and I can get stuff done!!

  • mgaltier May 20, 2009, 6:17 am

    I am a supportive friend and my muscular legs can power me through even the toughest of spin classes!!

  • carolinebee May 20, 2009, 6:17 am

    Great post ๐Ÿ˜€

    I really like my lips!

    I can empathize with people going through pain and give good hugs.

  • chandra h May 20, 2009, 6:23 am

    thanks for this, caitlin!!

    I like my my delicate wrists and long fingers + I can get along well and relate to people a lot more older than me.

    have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚ those pancakes should pull ya through! hehe

    รขโ„ขยฅ http://www.prettytimepiece.wordpress.com

  • Annabel May 20, 2009, 6:28 am

    wow that video made me cry, Caitlin!

  • Ashley and Bo May 20, 2009, 6:29 am

    I have a strong body that is only getting stronger as I continue to fuel and train it properly.

    I have a strong work ethic and also try my best to bring Southern charm and hospitality to NYC!

  • Recipes for Creativity May 20, 2009, 6:30 am

    Great post Caitlin! You Rock.

    1.I have beautiful eyes and I love my um, womanly rack.

    2. I strive to help people find joy in their lives every day, and I love that about myself!

  • MacDuff May 20, 2009, 6:35 am

    I’m tall and thin, so I’ve never had much shape to me. But I do get what people generally (or used to) call “Thunder Thighs.” But as I get older, and I realize I’m never going to have boobs or hips, I have come to absolutely love my sculpted thighs. I call them Thunder Thighs proudly, because hells yes they make the world shake.

  • healthy ashley May 20, 2009, 6:40 am

    I love that video! Thanks for the healthy reminder this morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh She Glows May 20, 2009, 6:51 am

    I love this!

    My body: I love my chest/shoulders/neck area

    Personality: I’m extremely loyal, caring, and empathetic (ok that was 3 woot!!)

  • Michele May 20, 2009, 6:52 am

    I love Jillian Michaels, thanks for the video and positive vibes this morning!

    1. I turned 30 last month, and my butt is still round and high, and…

    2. I do a good job at helping the elementary school kids I work with become better learners. Librarians rule!

  • Tami May 20, 2009, 6:55 am

    i birthed two babies with little drugs so i know my body is capable of just about anything!

  • Kim May 20, 2009, 6:55 am

    Excellent post!

    I love my long legs.

    I am very loyal & dedicated.


  • Amanda May 20, 2009, 6:56 am

    LOVE THIS!!! There is no reason that we should not be able to compliment ourselves!!

    -I love my newly defined arm muscles (from Jillian herself + Vinyasa yoga)

    -I can do ANYTHING that I care enough about to put my full effort into

  • Amy May 20, 2009, 7:00 am

    I love my long, strong legs–I’m running a marathon this fall!

    I am super organized and determined…if I set my mind to something, I will do it!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 20, 2009, 7:06 am

    Oh Fat Talk is so bad! I despise negativity! Great video!
    I love Jillian too!

    I love my soft curves and strong legs. I love the fact that I will never be thin and will always have meat on my bones.

    Amazing looking pancakes!! I really need to make some!

  • The Decayed Gentlewoman May 20, 2009, 7:08 am

    Have you read “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters”? It addresses the ubiquity of disordered eating and “fat talk” in women today. It’s a good read.

    I love my strong, shapely legs!
    I am creative!

  • * May 20, 2009, 7:11 am

    Thanks for posting the video…it was eye opening.

    It actually took me a few minutes to figure out what to write next. That tells me I really need to work on the anti-fat talk.

    My body is soft, womanly and curvy and also strong and fit. If I had to I could run a half marathon tomorrow.

    I am positive, caring, and always willing to help others.

  • SLH May 20, 2009, 7:16 am

    I loved the clip, I’d never seen it before. I just had a baby 6 months ago and have never felt stronger, sexier, more capable, healthier in my life….and I’m sure not the same size I was before pregnancy… and I LOVE IT!!

  • Julia (Jogging My Memory) May 20, 2009, 7:20 am

    Caitlin, That video also brought tears to my eyes, because it definitely hit home. Fat talk is so destructive!

    I love my muscular legs because they allow me to run and be active.

    I love that I am someone people come to for advice.

    Thanks for such an uplifting post this morning!

  • Jenny May 20, 2009, 7:37 am

    Caitlin –

    THANK YOU for taking the time to share such wonderful, inspirational posts. I am doing a major cleaning of my google reader today bc reading some blogs is no longer making me feel good about myself, or actually making me feel bad. But yours is staying on top bc I get such a wonderful thrice-daily dose of inspiration and health.

    Anyway –
    I like that yoga is helping me develop core strength… can’t always “see” it but i feel much stronger and more centered!

    I like that I am always trying to live a better, more meaningful, happier life. I am satisfied with where I am but I think there’s something to be said for aiming to get the most out of life.

  • runnerskitchen May 20, 2009, 7:38 am

    Great post – Fat talk makes me so sad and uncomfortable…

    I love my quads and calves – they’ve run 2 marathons!

    And I’m a sweet and caring person ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ms May 20, 2009, 7:39 am

    That video gets me every time, also. Those statistics at the beginning are quite an eye-opener ~ particularly the anorexia and bulimia statistic.

    Jillian Michaels is awesome. She speaks straight and doesn’t sugar coat things ~ qualities that I think women want to have for themselves but are afraid of ‘rocking the boat’ if they do. Sometimes the boat definitely needs to be rocked!!

    My body grew, birthed and nourished two amazing children.

    I don’t compare myself to others ~ physically, monetarily, materially, etc.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 20, 2009, 7:43 am

    jenny – thank you! i too need to clean out my google reader. i subscribe to 116 blogs but i would say 1/2 of them do not make me feel good about myself. ๐Ÿ™ i like staying up to date with my blog “friends” lives, but i also need to make sure i am only putting positive thinking in my brain! there’s only so much room in there, after all!

  • Footprints and Fingertips May 20, 2009, 7:48 am

    This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you for the inspiration and for posting that video.

    I love my strong thighs and rocking abs.

    I am very creative and always finding joy and beauty in even the simplest of things.

  • Christina May 20, 2009, 7:57 am

    Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love my legs, because they allow me to run long distances!

    I’m a nice person and will always go out of my way to help other people out.

  • Sheri May 20, 2009, 8:12 am

    Great post!

    I like my upper body and my sculpted arms.

    I am a very caring and thoughtful person.

  • Help Meghan Run May 20, 2009, 8:23 am

    I love my shoulders and back. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I am smart and a wonderful friend.


  • Joy May 20, 2009, 8:33 am

    i love my arms and upper back, my tricepts aren’t exactly where i want them but i am on the right path! i love having strong arms that make me look fit.

    and i try to be the best friend i can be and i am very non judgmental- do what makes you happy!

  • Anna May 20, 2009, 8:33 am

    Nice idea! I love my strong shoulders and womanly curves.

    I am thoughtful and caring towards others!

  • Julie May 20, 2009, 8:38 am

    I love my muscular calves. I’ll admit, I do get a little ebmarrassed by their “meatiness”, especially when people notice, but having strong legs is a good thing!

    I am super funny and tell a good story ๐Ÿ™‚

  • RissyKay May 20, 2009, 8:45 am

    Great video! Hit the spot this morning.

    It has taken me awhile, but I love and appreciate my womanly curves.

    I am a good friend and listener.

  • RunToFinish May 20, 2009, 8:55 am

    YEAH! I love this!!

    I love that my legs carry me through 26.2 miles. I love that my core is strong enough to with stand that, I love that my body takes a beating from these workouts and keeps on going.

  • Christy May 20, 2009, 9:03 am

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful post that I so desperately needed this morning!

    Physical: I love my shoulders that are defined and the rounded-ness that my boo-tay has developed recently.

    Mental/Emotional: I love that I’m smart and well-educated with a lot of good info in the noggin’. I used to hate that I wear my heart on my sleeve but now I love it because it makes me more caring and aware of others.

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina May 20, 2009, 9:08 am


    very powerful caitlin.

    I love that I carry myself like my mom and have her mouth/chin/long legs.

    I am a strong leader, and everyone I know thinks of ME when they need help with anything urgently or quietly/are stuck in a bad situation.

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina May 20, 2009, 9:08 am

    p.s. i am sending this video to my dance studio to have the girls watch. thanks for sharing caitlin.

  • Menden (Skinny Menny) May 20, 2009, 9:46 am

    Great video!

    I love my eyes because they are a little bit of every color and very expressive.

    And I love that I am a smart woman who makes other people feel welcome.

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kiersten May 20, 2009, 10:38 am

    Thanks so much for sharing that video! This is a great post, I think ending “fat talk” is so important for women!

    I love my legs because they are strong and enable me to go places.

    I love my creativity

  • sara May 20, 2009, 11:49 am

    I love my legs and my boobies :)!!

    I;m disciplined and determined. I can reach any goal I set my mind into.

    Thanks for this post Caitlin! That video was inspiring!

  • Jo May 20, 2009, 1:45 pm

    Love this SO much!

    I love that my stomach is naturally defined.

    I love that I have a totally unique/wacky personality all my own.

    Thanks for this post!

  • Nabeela May 20, 2009, 5:57 pm

    I love my sculpted arms and I am pretty proud of the A’s in my math courses ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Andrea May 20, 2009, 6:29 pm

    * I love that it get’s me through my crazy schedule everyday
    * I love my curves
    * I think I have great shoulders

  • Kaley May 20, 2009, 6:59 pm

    I need to be better at this. I do feel fat MOST of the time, though. I hate how I look and am always afraid I am gaining weight. I try to eat healthy, but I am not that great at it. I snack too much…sorry to unload. ANYWAY, I do like my calves; they are strong and muscular.

  • healthyontherun May 20, 2009, 7:12 pm

    Thanks soo much for this.. I could definitely relate to it and it made my day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • healthyontherun May 20, 2009, 7:12 pm

    Oh, and I love my abs and my brain ๐Ÿ™‚ never lets me down!

  • Tyler May 20, 2009, 8:28 pm

    ok, i’m a little late, but i just watched that fat talk video 5 times! amazing! thanks so much for sharing!

  • angiesappetite May 21, 2009, 6:02 am

    Awesome post! I agree that ending fat talk is so important!

    I love both my curves and my toned muscles!

  • Betherann May 21, 2009, 1:27 pm

    This is great! Thanks for initiating this. I love . . .

    1. . . . my whole body because it is strong enough to run, climb mountains, give my husband hugs and kisses, safely restrain my troubled students, romp with my dogs, bike off road, dance, and more!!

    2. . . . how patient I can be with my troubled students, and with myself as I heal from anorexia.

  • Erin November 30, 2012, 1:23 am

    I love my strong back and flat stomach

    I am lighthearted and can make any situation fun

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