Body Image

Duckling Meets Swan: An Unlikely Tale of Transformation

by Carol Hess on March 5, 2012

Okay, I’m hooked.  I admit it.  I’m addicted to reality tv.  And not just any reality tv, Friends.  My drug of choice is makeover reality tv.  In one short half hour some poor ugly duckling becomes a beautiful swan right before my eyes in my very own living room.  It’s the stuff of fairytales, and […]

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Categories Body Image, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

Who’s That Fat Woman in the Photo?

by Carol Hess on January 16, 2012

I got ambushed by a camera yesterday.  It was not a pretty sight.  I’m still bleeding, bruised, and shaken to my core. I had arranged for my friend Wendy to take some new photos and shoot a couple of videos of me.  You’ve been looking at a 10 years/50 pounds ago image of me.  I […]

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Categories Body Image, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

A Love Letter to My Body

by Carol Hess on October 31, 2011

Dear Beloved Body, Please don’t drop dead from shock!  I know you aren’t used to me addressing you that way.  I’m finally realizing how beautifully you function and what a hard-working, wonderful vehicle you are for my soul. I haven’t made your job easier, have I?  I haven’t stretched and moved you enough.  I haven’t […]

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Categories Body Image, Community, Personal Empowerment, Self Care, The Art of Star Polishing

A Flame Rekindled

by Carol Hess on August 16, 2011

Today was a big day.  I rekindled the flame of an old love of mine.  A lover I have been avoiding for the past twenty years.  Why?  Because twenty years ago I decided I was too fat to enjoy the attentions of my lover.  Today I said the hell with self consciousness.  I put on […]

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Categories Body Image, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall — The Biggest Liar of Them All

by Carol Hess on June 30, 2011

“You’re too thin.  You need to gain weight.”  I started laughing.  “You’ve got to be kidding!” I exclaimed.  But the doctor at the college infirmary wasn’t smiling.  When I got back to the dorm, I told my roommates what he had said.  “Isn’t that incredible?  The guy’s a quack.”  I laughed and shook my head […]

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Categories Body Image, The Mind Game