body image

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 […]

by Carol Hess


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 […]

by Carol Hess


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 […]

by Carol Hess


Categories Body Image, The Mind Game