Fat Yoga

Fat Yoga NZ

Some of the babes from our Fat Yoga sessions

I’ve been practising yoga on and off for about 15 years to help with strength, flexibility and mental well being. I’ve used yoga to help heal my body, to give myself much needed “me time” and because I really enjoy it. But in all that time, I have never been to a yoga class with another fat person – that is until Fat Yoga started up here in Auckland. I don’t know where y’all have been before now but I’m really excited to have connected with so many awesome people. View Post

Keep it kind

keep it kind online - making the internet a nicer and safer place to be

I’ll never forget the first time a story about me was published by a mainstream media source. Despite receiving the occasional nasty comment about my body or criticism on something I’d written, absolutely nothing could have prepared me for the vitriol that I found in the comments section of that article. Comments that had, according to the publishing website, been moderated. Well holy heck, if what I was reading had been moderated and considered appropriate to be approved then I’d hate to see what they decided not to publish. View Post

Being Bullied: My Story

New Zealand blogger Meagan Kerr talks about being bullied as an adult

It’s not very often that I find myself lost for words, but I have tried to write this post so many times and found myself struggling. I’ve written it and rewritten it more than a hundred times over the last few months. I’ve procrastinated and stopped and started, and that’s how I know that this post needs to be written. Because if it’s hard for me to talk about it then chances are it’s going to be hard for other people to talk about as well, and I firmly believe that we need to shine light into dark corners. We need to talk about things that are horrible and uncomfortable and challenging – like being bullied. View Post

Bikinis, Body Shaming and Survivor

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Hannah Gough from Survivor New Zealand wears Lady Voluptuous Lyra Art Deco Flamingo Dress / Photo: Doug Peters, Ambient Light

Hannah wears Lady Voluptuous Lyra Dress / Photo: Doug Peters, Ambient Light

Survivor New Zealand kicked off a couple of weeks ago and my girl Hannah Gough (aka Glam) has been on there repping for the plus size Kiwi babes. She’s a power lifter, a plus size model and a kindergarten teacher, and this pinup is no princess when it comes to roughing it. I caught up with her to ask her a few questions about body shaming, bikinis and being on Survivor New Zealand. View Post

Dealing with stress

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Feeling stressed? Check out these tips for dealing with stress

Everyone has some kind of stress in their lives – it might be studying for exams, a new baby, having a looming deadline, a big event coming up … it looks different for all of us. At the moment, my main form of stress centres around being unwell and my recent surgery – pretty unsurprising, really.

For me, stress shows up in a few ways. I feel exhausted but find it hard to sleep; I find it really difficult to focus; I start burning the candle at both ends; I snap at people around me; my skin breaks out and it also affects my appetite. Obviously not ideal! Dermalogica launched their new Stress Positive Eye Lift recently and it got me thinking about how I react to stress. I wanted to share how I make sure I’m looking after myself when I am going through a stressful time, and give you a chance to try out some of that Stress Positive Eye Lift for yourself. View Post