Fit & Fat: Alternative Workouts to The Gym

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I hate working out at the gym. Sure, physical activity is totes not my jam but more than that I just hate the process of going to the gym. First of all, I have to find the closest location which a whole ordeal of an extensive Google search on its own then I have to pack a gym bag and find the appropriate sports bra. Which again- huge ordeal because here’s something you don’t realize until it’s too late: sports bras are expensive. Then I have to find a clean shirt cause mama sweats and seems to go through gym clothes like nobody’s business. Once I have finally located all the needed items (running shoes, lock, water bottle etc.) I make the trek down only to find that of course all the ellipticals are taken and of course only that goddamn StairMaster is available and of course it’s next to some perky go-getter with a shiny ponytail that I’d totally befriend IRL but at this moment as she runs on the treadmill with the ease of a gazelle, I kind of hate. So yah, no, gyms aren’t my favourite place to be.

 

In January, (in a fit of new years resolution optimism, high off the fumes of eggnog) I promised I would take better care of myself mentally and physically. I didn’t want to lose 10 pounds or get “muscle definition” or be “toned” (because I don’t actually know what any of those terms mean), I really just wanted to feel a sense of balance. I wanted to feel good about my life and my health. Logically, I bought a gym membership. My poor, gym membership pass now sits on my keychain, looking sharp, clean and crisp in comparison to my Menchie’s froyo rewards card beside it with a faded magnetic strip from overuse.

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Sure, I get that post-gym rush of endorphins but just the idea of actually dragging myself to a gym and hating every single minute of it then showering only to find out, soaking wet that I forgot my towel has led me to believe that there must be a better option out there.

 

A friend of mine convinced me to buy a 10 class Groupon to one of the stripper pole exercise places a while back. I will admit to not fully being on board at first. I had always thought that these classes were kind of silly. I could see the value in the exercise but I’ve found the cliched notion of ‘releasing your inner sex kitten’ kind of eye roll inducing a la Liz Lemon. Reluctantly, I agreed to meet my friend at a class and reluctantly…I kind of liked it?

 

I’ve always found the gym to be really boring. If I am going alone, there’s no one to talk to and the for some unknown reason the televisions are ALWAYS set to Duck Dynasty and after a while, even my music is boring. But trying to master a move, learning a dance routine, trying to incorporate attitude into my workout is always a challenge that keeps me thinking and it’s actually fun. Guys: pole dancing is fun. And fun = I want to do it.

 

Here is the solution to my workout issues: fun. I realized that I was never going to set up a habit for myself if I felt like there was nothing in it for me. Enjoying my workout was key in making me actually get up and do it. I once worked with someone who was always onto the next workout fad. Last I spoke to her, she was trying out the “caveman workout” (I suspect lots of clubbing movements?). If it promised to build a great butt or arms, she was on top of that. And it worked for her but the idea of cross fitting until I want to vomit is so not up my alley. To develop a routine that gets me in the right place, the place I want to be in, I need tolike it. I don’t think I am alone here.

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Since testing out some pole dancing, I’ve tried a ballet-cardio mix, aerial yoga, burlesque and even twerking (which I may or may not obsessively practice in the bathroom mirror). I’ll even count an hour or two of solid Just Dance Wii time at home as a good workout. Indoor lap swimming in Toronto is an amazing way to keep your body moving on the cheap. Once spring hits, I might even attempt a light jog/walk with my iPod. Though the accountability of a gym pass might be the key to work outs for some, cooped up inside a stale gym just doesn’t work for my personality.

 

The idea of just getting up, going and moving my limbs on a regular basis has been enough for me. I won’t be competing in any triathlons soon but that was never my goal. Being a writer means hours spent hunched over a computer screen. I wanted to feel better, healthier, more active and balanced and incorporating an alternative to the monotony of the gym let me do this but also helped me to keep going on this path.

 

 

Bonus: pole dancing can be done barefoot and I’ve even done it in a regular bra (!!!!!!). Which means a. saving money b. I don’t get flattened sports bra boob syndrome.

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Real Talk: I Hate That I Hate That My Boyfriend is Skinnier Than Me

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By Alexandra Cioppa

In 2013, Adam Levine was named sexiest man alive. And from a strictly objective point of view, sure, he’s a good looking guy. Personally, I’ve never found him all that attractive. Whenever he comes up in conversation (and surprisingly, this is quite often), I always say, ‘yeaaahhh I guess he’s cute but he’s just so skinny, I feel like I might crush him’.

This has always been a weird fear of mine. I could trace it back to this episode of CSI I once saw as a pre-teen where the woman accidentally rolled over and smothered her sex partner to death. I could also get into the fact that hitting puberty made me as a curvier and in a pivotal point, my self-consciousness stuck with me for life but let’s not get Freudian here. I’ve just always felt like I needed any guy I was seeing to be bigger or at least, as big as me.

 

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Fit N’ Fat: I Broke Up With the Gym

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Editors note: This is the first in our new bi-weekly series Fit and Fat, a space to explore alternative fitness methods, spaces, experiences and approaches. 

by Siobhan Özege

I’ve had a gym membership in some form of another for most of my adult life. From community to campus to corporate gyms, I’ve tried them all. The pattern has always gone something like this: I tell myself I should exercise more, sign up for a gym, go 5 days a week for 2-3 months and then fall off the bandwagon. Lather, rinse, and repeat. I’ve switched gyms thinking that they just weren’t the right fit for me, that I’d go to more classes if I went to a different gym, that if it was closer to my work or home I would go. And yet, the cycle continued.

In my last stint of gym-membership-having, I had hit a plateau in more ways than one. Going to the gym had become an incredibly isolating experience. It felt like a chore, and I had made it into this thing in my mind where it was the only thing I could do to get into shape. After months of regularly hitting the gym and seeing some improvements in my strength and cardio, I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere. Suddenly, the idea of lugging my gear in the cold and snow just to slog it out on a treadmill became the most demotivating thing. And from there, it spiraled: I began to make up excuses in my mind for why I shouldn’t go, I felt embarrassed about my fitness levels when I was there, and the entire experience became incredibly negative. Before I knew it, I was back where I started, and I didn’t know what to do.

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This January, I did the opposite thing to most hopeful New Year’s Resolutioners: I actually cancelled my gym membership. After talking about how I had been feeling with some friends, we decided that we wanted to break up with our gym memberships and try something more structured. We all knew that the only way we could get our fitness goals on track was to do something together that would help keep us motivated, and that had a set schedule where we knew we (literally) couldn’t afford to not show up.

So, after some research, we found an all-ladies bootcamp that runs twice a week in the evenings. I’d done bootcamp before and had mixed feelings on the experience, but my two pals seemed really motivated to give it a go. After the first week of squats, sprints and other variations on high-intensity interval training (HIIT), I was hooked. In addition to our twice a week classes, we were given a workout map that helped us plan our workouts for the other days in the week. As I mentioned in this previous post, the experience has done a lot for me on a personal and physical level, and it’s made me want to leave the gym behind forever.

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I realized that there are so many things that you can do beyond the confines of having a gym membership, and they don’t have to be very expensive (bootcamp’s biggest con for me is its price, admittedly). There are tons of places that offer intro yoga specials, discounted class packages, or even some really amazing online resources that can help kickstart you towards your fitness goals in more creative ways. You can do something as simple as run the track near your house, or go skating for free on a city rink. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t have to require tons of spandex ~*moisture slicking*~ gear. Here are a few quick ideas to get you started if you’re thinking about breaking up with your gym too:

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In select North American cities, for only $30 you can sample yoga studios all over town. It’s a great way to find a place to call your own.

Couch to 5K

Got a smart phone? Got headphones? Boom. Put on some running shoes and you can train yourself to run a 5K outside in 8 weeks.

Nike+ Training App

If you’re like me and you’re digging HIIT (high intensity interval training) this app can help you plan a 4-week workout plan to suit your needs. It includes yoga and running, so it gives you a lot of balance and a lot of guidance. If you’re based in Toronto, they’ve been running free classes out of the Academy of Lions, if you want some in-person training to get started.

Sport and Social Clubs

Did you play a sport in high school or university and you have been thinking of getting back into it? There are tons of adult leagues that are always looking to expand. Maybe your new fitness calling is weekly dodgeball games.

Whatever you do to get fit, you should feel really positively about it, and it should be a good experience. If being in a gym is great for you, keep at it. If you’re like me and you aren’t into it, then it’s time to bail and play ball somewhere else.

Real Talk: Health vs. Diet – what is the difference?

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“…people think I eat too many chocolate bars…”

You may recall this accented line spoken by a young man in an easily ridiculed 90s commercial about acne. I remember making fun of the commercial myself and even after a continuous battle with cystic acne from the age of 14 to now at 26 that has included three and a half stints on the heavy-duty Isotretinoin (at the time marketed as Accutane now going by the gentler-but will still make you have deformed babies if you get pregnant while taking it-Claravis) I still find the commercial humorous.

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It’s too lugubrious for the words “chock-o-late bars” to be spoken and for me to not laugh. But its legacy as cheesy 90s Canadian nostalgia aside, the commercial’s content has merit. It takes acne; a disorder often dismissed as being trivial due to its teenage onset (despite its known damaging psychological effects) seriously and refutes the unsupported notion that acne is caused by junk food. While I could go on about the effects of acne on ones self-esteem ad-nausea, the latter is the focus of this post.

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There is a pernicious cult-like obsession among certain groups and individuals that believe diet to be the cause of nearly every disease, disorder and ailment. All one has to do is pull up the Dr. Oz Show’s episode guide to find that nearly every other episode is about miracle foods that will solve your health problems or dangerous foods that are causing your health problems. A quick glance at the top 10 most popular books about diet on Amazon shows that if they’re not about ones vanity they’re about how food can solve your health problems. Some of them obviously ridiculous like Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution, that posits that you cater your diet to your blood type in order to be healthy, while others like Foods That Fight Cancer: Preventing Cancer through Diet are a bit more specious.

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It is true that there are foods that help prevent cancer, but should we base our diet around them? The American Cancer Society states that if do so we do so warily: “…it is rarely, if ever, advisable to change diet or activity levels based on a single study or news report“. Food is intrinsic to our health and I am not disputing that.  But do we require a book to tell us that vegetables will help us remain healthy?

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But to blame shows and books like these would be misdirection. What they are is a reflection of a cold and calculated attitude towards food that has become too utilitarian for our most basic pleasure. Kilojoules and calories, cell-binding and flavonoids, they’re useful to know, but I pity anyone who makes them the focal of their diet. I’m reminded of Gertrude Baines, who died at the age of 115 in 2009 and ate a steady diet of bacon, fried chicken and ice cream. Ambrosia, the ancient Greek food for the Gods, was supposed to grant immortality for those who consumed it, and to me Baines diet was closer to Ambrosia than any contrived health-centric one. Food needs to become more pleasure-oriented and less health-oriented. A beer isn’t going to give you cancer anymore than a piece of broccoli is going to save you from it and chocolate bars did not give me acne. It’s always wise to apply the Aristotelian golden mean to what you consume, but less dietary masochism will make you happier and I read somewhere that happy people live longer.

Playwright Young Jean Lee strips down to naked truth with Untitled Feminist Show

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Harbourfront Centre just recently announced that they would be housing the Canadian premier of Brooklyn-based playwright Young Jean Lee critically acclaimed work, “UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW”. Running from February 12-15, the show is without dialogue, clothing or traditional gender signifiers on stage.

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The cast consists of five women and one gender non-conforming person; whom come from all different backgrounds artistically. For the entire 60 minutes of the show, all the cast members are nude. This nude performance engages the audience to embrace the bold celebration of the body in all its free forms and all its flesh and glory. It asks us to live in a feminist fantasy where bodies can exist free of shame.

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I recently had the chance to chat with Young Jean Lee about her premiere run of the show here in Toronto. Check out the interview below:

(1) With “Untitled Feminist Show”, you use the nude body as a form of expression. Is this to show how vulnerable we are as people?

For me, the starting point of the show was the desire to see performers with a range of realistic female-coded body types who were 100% confident, fierce, and fabulous. Women are trained to have so much shame about their bodies and looks, and I thought it would be amazing to see people with female-coded bodies who didn’t seem to experience any of that, even without clothes or makeup. I wanted the nudity to be the opposite of titillating and objectifying, with the performers seeming completely powerful and
comfortable in their skins. Not all of them ARE comfortable in their skins, though. We have one performer (Becca Blackwell) who doesn’t identify as female and finds it quite difficult to perform nude, but within the imaginary universe of the show in which people aren’t stereotyped according to their body parts, Becca is able to play a character who feels free of those stereotypes even when nude.

(2) Your mantra is to, “write plays based on the worst idea imaginable,“ – how does this come to you? Does it ever make you uncomfortable?

Yes, I’m uncomfortable through the whole process, and always trying to make myself even more uncomfortable. I started working this way when I was writing my first play, and I was really struggling with it. My professor Mac Wellman told me to write the worst thing I could, and the trick worked.

(3) Has the Untitled Feminist Show evolved at all from when it first was put into production?

We always have new and different cast members who bring their own personalities into the mix, but the choreography of the show has remained basically the same.

(4) What is your thought process behind developing your stage shows / plays?

When starting a play, I ask myself, “What’s the last show in the world I would ever want to make?” Then I force myself to make it. I do this because going out of my comfort zone compels me to challenge my assumptions and find value in unexpected places. I try to work with different genres and subject matters for each new show. The bigger the challenge, the more inspired I feel. I don’t want to keep cranking out the same type of show because I’m so familiar with a specific way of working. I write my shows as I’m directing them, working collaboratively with my performers and artistic team and getting feedback from workshop audiences. Our goal is to find ways to get past our audiences’ defenses against uncomfortable subjects and open people up to confronting difficult questions by keeping them disoriented and laughing.

(5) What is New York City like to live and create in?

Awesome, because of the other people and artists. Expensive.

(6) What does the future hold and what would you like to see?

I just went to Locarno and Sundance with my first short film, and am editing my second. I’m doing a three-year video residency with the Wooster Group. Would love to make a feature soon!

Friday Foodie Five

Normally here on Friday Foodie Five I try to bring you some of the best stuff I’ve seen and heard online during the week. But I have to tell you, we here on the Toronto Squad have been working hard for a long time on something and we need to share.

For what feels like months, but has really only been a few weeks, Ama, Megan and I have been busy planning and co-curating an open call group art show called Fat In Public and the show’s opening was last night!

I would love nothing more than to share a few images with those of you who could not make it out to the opening and will not be in Toronto for the show’s week-long run at 2186 Dundas Gallery.

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From Hamilton Squad Leader Carly’s Instagram, the hand-drawn window detail done by me.

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Amarina Norris of Ursa Major+ made this one-of-a-kind piece that we featured in the front window, entitled ‘Sorry, Not Sorry.’ Look how PACKED 2186dundas was! Photo cred: Andrew Williamson.

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Here’s me being forced to melt my robot heart by Ama. Photo cred: Andrew Williamson

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This was the beautiful wooden chalkboard signage that Megan drew to drawn people in. Thanks to Food 416 for the rad photo that we found on Instagram!

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Ren Bostelaar told me Drake was really into Melody Krauze’s Soft Core pillows featuring some ladies having a good time.

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Set up was an absolute blast and all of us loved Sookie Bardwell’s plush piece, “Lady Bear”. Photo cred: Andrew Williamson

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The crowd was bumping all night long with people showing up at 6:45PM! We couldn’t have done this without the love and support of all of YOU, our readers! So thank you for all your support. ❤

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For those wondering about our gallery hours (who live in Toronto), please refer to our Facebook event page! Come and visit Fat in Public while it is happening Thursday Jan 30 – Wednesday Feb 5, 2014.

Real Talk: New Year’s Revolution

By Siobhan Ozege

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I haven’t always been a bigger girl, but I have always struggled with accepting and loving my body the way it is at any given moment in time. In fact, for as long as I can remember, my New Year’s resolution has been that I wanted to “lose 20 pounds.” This seemingly tangible goal has been a negative staple for me across a spectrum of sizes, and it was only this year that I realized that losing that 20 pounds didn’t matter, because I would still vow to lose another the following year, and probably the year after that.

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When we start talking about what it means to write a New Year’s resolution, it’s that old story of companies who fat shame you for how you ate over the holidays, who sell you gym memberships that you won’t use past February, or the countless piles of foam rollers, stretch bands, exercise shorts and at-home weight sets that you’ve convinced yourself you need to buy so you can be happy. We’re stuck in a cycle where losing weight has become positioned as literally the only thing standing between you and happiness. Now, I love the idea of New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s really important to check in with ourselves to see if there’s a thing we want to improve or work on so that we can live our most fulfilling and best life. I just don’t think it has to come from such a deep, dark, shitty place.

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To be honest, the greatest weight I’ve ever lost was what I’m calling my ~*~New Year’s Revelation~*~. Since joining Fat Girl Food Squad in the fall, I’ve wrestled with my own understanding of how I can learn to love my body for how it looks, while still wanting to achieve my health and fitness goals through exercise and healthier habits. Does losing weight and eating clean necessarily have to come from a place of self-hatred and external body shaming? According to many, that’s apparently the case, although we all know that BMI has long been debunked as an accurate measure of health and fitness, and that fat shaming motivation actually does the opposite. We also know that fat stigma is very real and people deal with it literally every day of their lives in a variety of situations.

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So, is the secret that you have to learn to love yourself before you can motivate yourself to reach your New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps. The most encouraging thing I ever did for myself was to break up with my scale, and make manageable health and fitness goals that I felt like I could tackle, and had actual ties to things that would make me feel better emotionally, mentally and physically. Whether it’s learning to run to improve your endurance, wanting to be able to lift heavy things, or learning a new sport, there are tons of reasons to make health and fitness a New Year’s resolution that encourages you to love your body and to love yourself.

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This year, for the first time, my list of New Year’s resolutions/intentions/resolves or whatever you want to call them doesn’t include weight loss, though they are almost all distinctly health-focused. They include a push to be active at least four days a week, to drink more water, to cut down on my coffee intake, and to sleep more. And honestly, this is the first time I’ve ever really actively taken manageable steps to achieve these goals. Rather than eating salads for a week and then being bummed out when the scale doesn’t budge and giving up, I signed up for a two-month long all-ladies boot camp class that I do twice a week with two of my friends. This, combined with two days of cardio means I’m being active a minimum of four days a week. Check.

Exercising more is helping me sleep better, and it’s making me thirsty as hell, so I’m drinking water all the time. It’s also motivating me to try new things – I’ve decided to ride this motivation and take up yoga to help me de-stress from work and to improve my balance. Check. Check. Check. Now, instead of feeling crummy that the scale isn’t budging, I feel stronger, happier, and healthier. My arms and legs are stronger and leaner and my endurance is slowly increasing. Have I lost any weight? Who gives a shit! We all know that weight does not equate to health, and if I’ve learned anything from all of this, it’s to remember that fact every single day.

It Gets Fatter Project is Reorienting Desire Tonight in Ottawa

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Tonight Ottawa is lucky enough to have the It Gets Fatter Project in town, hosting an event on Reorienting Desire. The It Gets Fatter Project is a body positivity project, started by queer fat people of colour FOR queer fat people of colour, and this workshop will serve as a space to examine how fatphobia structures our visions of desirable bodies.

We reached out to It Gets Fatter Project and they were awesome enough to answer some of our questions. We can’t wait to go hang out with them tonight.

Is this your first event in Ottawa? We’re excited to have you!

It’s Asam’s first time, but Sara presented the keynote at last year’s Project Acorn gathering. We are excited to be back!

Obviously being fat is a gendered conversation, but can you give us a quick rundown of why it was important for IGF to be a poc led project, for poc?

I think for fat folks who are racialized the answer to this question is as obvious as fat being a gendered conversation. The ways in which we experience body shame and body policing are so intimately tied to processes of racialization that I actually don’t even know how I could think about fatness without thinking about race, (or really, how I could think about the body without also thinking about the ways in which it is gendered and raced and classed etc).

Just to start off with, fatness & race are rarely discussed together within white fat activism. And yet, discourses around obesity often visibilize and centre on fat poc – even as these campaigns have little to no input from the people who are being used as props to signify the dangers of obesity. The idea that Black people have “bad” eating habits and only have themselves to blame for being fat is so pervasive in US pop culture it goes almost unquestioned or even unnoticed. And how fat racialized bodies are policed and shamed is intimately tied to histories of colonialism and imperialist and orientalist stereotypes of “the Other.” (For instance, it might be “liberating” for a white woman to walk around without shaving her armpits, but the same choice from a dark-skinned woc will mean she will often get read as a “savage” who doesn’t know how to conform to Western standards of hygiene and needs rescuing.)

When we started IGF it was because we didn’t feel there was any space in fat activism to talk about these things. There is a long history of fat activism being centred and being dominated by the voices and narratives of white fat people. Unfortunately, for a lot of poc these voices just don’t resonate because we don’t see ourselves in these narratives. It is impossible for poc to divorce their race from any aspect of their lives, and any discourse or activism that doesn’t even notice or mention race is obviously not gonna be very useful for most poc.

Finally, 500 years of colonialism has meant that so many Black, Indigenous and poc communities have internalized white, European standards of beauty and aesthetic norms. One of the most painful experiences I have had as a fat brown guy has been the constant fat shaming in my own community. But this is painful especially because I know skinny white bodies were not always idealized in my culture. There is so much anecdotal evidence (art, poetry, music, etc.) that shows us that all kinds of bodies were revered in South Asian culture. And yet because of colonialism that history is often lost or remains unspoken. These are conversations white fat activists wouldn’t even begin to know how to have. So I think all of these things illustrate the importance of poc only spaces for fat poc’s.

Are conversations about fatness, and specifically about fatness and race easier to have in queer spaces? How much does intersectionality play into the IGF project?

I think it really depends on what kind of queers are present in the room. Sometimes folks will internalize dominant ideas about race & fatness, and so obviously those conversations are even harder to have than with say, straight white folks who just don’t like fat or queer people. But IGF is born through the intersections we carry as queer, racialized, fat folks and so we try our best to make sure the spaces we create and facilitate are always keenly attuned to the ways in which intersectionality impacts our experiences of marginalization.

What’s the best response you’ve witnessed to fatshaming?

“Fuck you, no one cares about your diet!”

What do you think of the recent articles about how fat positivity isn’t just for bigger women? I noticed you used ‘self identify as fat’ on your tumblr. At what point does thin privilege take over self identifying as fat? Does it?

There’s definitely this hierarchy of who gets to be celebrated for speaking out on fat issues and who gets completely ignored. Even within fat activism supersize folks have often felt excluded (even at NOLOSE!). There’s also the danger of who becomes the “face” of “fat positivity”. The idea that Lena Dunham’s body is radical or revolutionary in any way to be so nude all the time on Girls just shows how much work there still needs to be done when it comes to body positivity. These are things we are still thinking about, but so far we haven’t had any issues with workshops or video submissions. At the end of the day, as long as folks are aware of the privileges they carry and how much space they take up, we’re not interested in policing definitions of fatness. Just don’t be a jerk about it.

Reserve tickets for tonight’s 6:30pm event at venusenvy.ca, by phone 613-789-4646, or in person at the Bank St. Ottawa location. 

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[ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT] – Fat In Public an Art Show Presented by Fat Girl Food Squad

After spending the last several weeks accepting applications from artists (far and wide) for Fat Girl Food Squad’s first gallery show, Fat in Public, we are pleased to make the official announcement of the artists whom will be displaying art.

*Sam Abel
*Sookie Bardwell
*Ronald Caddigan
*Derrick Chow
*Elana Delaney
*Amanda Drodge
*Kristina Groeger
*Melody Krauze
*Jessica Levy
*Amarina Norris of Ursa Major +
*Megan Stulberg
*Yuli Scheidt

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With Fat Girl Food Squad‘s first gallery showing and through our artists selected pieces, we intend to de-stigmatize the (fat) body and give an outlet for art featuring imperfect and sybaritically characters in equal measure.

FAT IN PUBLIC’s opening reception will take place on January 30th at 2186 Dundas (located at, well, 2186 Dundas in Roncesvalles, Toronto) from 7-11pm. Please come celebrate with us and help celebrate our artists.

We have been beyond excited about this show for quite some time now. You can click on “attending” here on Facebook, should you feel obliged.

One final thing to note! All of our artists pieces will be for sale that evening with 100% of the sales going back to the artists. So please, support your fellow artists!

Body Positive Sex: What’s Self Love Got to do with It?

We here at Fat Girl Food Squad are huge supporters of sex positivity and body positivity, which I think is pretty evident in all the work that we do.
So when we were approached by the University of Toronto to put together a workshop on body positive sex for Sexual Awareness Week, we were beyond thrilled.

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Come join us on Saturday January 25, 2013 at Innis Town Hall for our two-hour workshop titled Body Positive Sex: What’s Self-Love Got to do with It? In this two hour workshop, we invite one and all as we discuss body positive sex and self-love. We will journey through all types of topics including (but not limited to):

* importance of self acceptance leading to the path of good & healthy sex
* our personal experience coming to live in and love our bodies
* ways to come to accept your body
* dating horror stories
* how to not fall prey to fetishization as validation
*how movement and a body in motion is a great way to love thyself

During our “Juice & Cookie & Dance” break, we invite attendees to take part in our set-up activities:

*Yuli Scheidt, co-founder and lead photographer of Fat Girl Food Squad will be setting up Photo Booth where you can express yourself (all photos taken are free). You can find some of Yuli’s work here: http://yulischeidt.com/

*HaFA will be organizing a “Body in Motion” session, where you can be instructed how to move your body with a hula-hoop. If you would like to make a hula-hoop with HaFA, you can attend their session the day before our, Friday Jan 24!

For more details our on workshop (which is free to attend), peep the Facebook event page here. We really hope you’lll come out and support us.