We need to change the bullshit we say to ourselves about our bodies.
My name is Lacy. I am writer, podcaster, and lifting coach. I own a gym called Liberation Barbell and I wrote a book called Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir (Or, How I Kicked Anorexia’s Ass and Embraced Body Positivity). I currently co-host two podcasts- Flex Your Heart Radio, which is a podcast about fitness, feminism, eating disorder recovery, taking risk and crushing it at life- and Adult Crash, which is about being an aging (and increasingly out of step) punk rocker.
In my 20’s I developed a myriad of eating disorders, coupled with compulsive cardio addiction and body dysmorphia. I had a truly obsessive urge to shrink myself, and even when I knew my habits were so, so wrong, I didn’t manage to actually change them until the day I finally found myself behind a barbell.
Today everything I do springs from that moment and comes down to one defining thought: We do not owe anyone a certain body. We do not need to apologize for what we look like or what we’ve eaten. Exercise is not a punishment to atone for sins of consumption.
The only way we can actively respect our bodies is to seek total body liberation. Liberation from rules we make up for ourselves or that companies make up to sell us products. Liberation from self hating practices that hurt our physical, mental and social health. Liberation from secrets and shame around food and body.