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  1. Cynthia

    RIP SoVerySoft

    She was a wonderfully welcoming and kind woman. I'm sorry to hear that.
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    Video - 100 Years of Plus-Size Fashion

    This offers an interesting, albeit cursory, look at the evolution in plus-size fashion, including sizing standards, retailers, and advocacy. Of course, many milestones are missing from the video's brief overview. (For example, I'd say that Mode Magazine was as much of a game changer as BBW...
  3. Cynthia

    Explain your screen name

    I first showed up at Dimensions in the mid-90s (the Dark Ages!) and have had at least a few handles since then, probably none of which I can accurately remember ... something to do with hippies, sunflowers, etc. Eons ago, an old member (Vince B from, I think, Australia?) challenged all of us to...
  4. Cynthia

    What’s on the dinner table (part 2)?

    Vidalias are back! 😍 I rarely follow recipes exactly, so this is mostly improvisation. Vidalia onions will be smaller than usual this year, hence it's fairly dainty. I micro-steamed two of these in an inch of water for 5 minutes and then stuffed them with cored onion bits, sauteed artichoke...
  5. Cynthia

    Name a Song From the Last Letter - Part 5!

    Heartbreaker - Pat Benetar R
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    Article: About the Fat Caste System

    This meme, which also touches on beauty issues, seems appropriate here. I admire women like Ashley Graham as size-positive spokespeople, but I dislike the notion that a fat woman needs to regard herself as beautiful in order to have high self-esteem. I'm relatively plain and that's okay...
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    Article: About the Fat Caste System

    Many other "deviant" lifestyle choices can lead to serious health consequences, such as anorexia, excessive drinking, smoking, drug abuse, speeding, etc., but we glorify "fast living" as much as we may demonize it. Heck, it can't be so bad if models, ballerinas, and rock stars do it. (And I do...
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    (Serious Replies Only) compulsive over eating.

    I adore all kinds of food, and enjoying it is a natural, pleasurable part of life. But, yes, I do lose perspective when I feel bored, angry, rebellious, or helpless. Compulsive eating sends me on autopilot, mindlessly pushing past the point of comfort, without regard to how it will affect my...
  9. Cynthia

    BHM Musicians with Swagger

    The Hansons' little brother is an mmmbop smokin' BHM. (I feel like such a cougar, saying that....) "Hey, Hey" by Joshua and the Holy Rollers
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    I have a problem, and could use some advice. (Or a kick in the butt.)

    I'm not a fan of people in the SA community dismissing someone's hard-won body changes (even if they may be temporary) and then confidently predicting that their weight will rebound. While regain is a likely outcome, stating that can seem unsupportive at best and passive aggressive at worst...
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    Article: About the Fat Caste System

    The size acceptance community spends an inordinate amount of energy convincing others that 1) our fatness isn't our "fault" and 2) we're healthier than people give us credit to be. In some cases, both one and two are true. But that's not the reality for many of us. Regardless of whether we're...
  12. Cynthia

    I have a problem, and could use some advice. (Or a kick in the butt.)

    Your partner is probably making adjustments, too, as she tests the boundaries of her new body. I'll be quite honest... One of the things that I dislike about being fat is the way in which it limits my choices and thwarts my sense of adventure. When it comes to new activities, I have to think...
  13. Cynthia

    What's on the dinner table tonight?

    Very Southern: cheese grits with turnip greens, chopped jalapenos, and a dash of picante sauce
  14. Cynthia

    Increasing Flexibility (Planet Fitness, Yoga, etc.) -title edited

    Agouderia, it's wonderful that you live near pool programs specifically for women of size. Sadly, I'm not quite brave enough for the mixed-use pools at the local YMCA branches, all of which have floor-to-ceiling windows for observers. :eek: I appreciate the encouragement and good idea. Thanks!
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    Increasing Flexibility (Planet Fitness, Yoga, etc.) -title edited

    Thanks Colonial Warrior and Dr. Feelgood. You know, yoga is a great idea that I hadn't thought much about recently. A body-positive fat yoga instructor teaches in my area, plus, there are lots of resources on YouTube. Good suggestion. I'll look more into it...
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    Increasing Flexibility (Planet Fitness, Yoga, etc.) -title edited

    Weight and kidney disease have left me feeling less mobile and more tired than usual these days, so I'm looking for a gentle way to add more flexibility. Years ago, I loved dance workouts and never cared much for machines, but I don't have the stamina for that anymore. An old poster here...
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    Transforming Basic Clothes with Extras

    Tommi: In addition to DragonFly's great suggestions, you might try Their search feature is one of the most detailed that I've seen, so you can zoom in on shoes by size, width, color, material, heel height, design elements, price, etc. I've gotten four or five pairs through them...
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    Transforming Basic Clothes with Extras

    I LOVE Gudrun Sjoden's playful, comfy approach to clothes. Now, the challenge is to put together slightly understated versions of these looks in plus sizes on a tight budget. Thrift stores are a big favorite for me, as are out-of-the-way import shops, but it can be hard to find cool plus sized...
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    A Resort for the Super Sized

    Back in the '90s (I think), there was a plus-size resort in Mexico, but it may have only lasted for a few years. This is a fantastic concept, and the owner apparently wants to create a mountain retreat in the States that would be available to singles and couples as well as organized clubs. (The...
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    Some people get relief by using a tens unit. I've never tried one, but the prices are now way more affordable than what they were a decade ago.