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"when we were young, we were brave,
we were wild warriors,
and you liked to race so we'd run
to the distant shores." 🎶
#bravethings
#summerliving

Hers did it!!!!
I passed my Exam!!!
After an exhausting travel day of leaving at 5 a.m. for a 730 flight, only to be grounded for 1 1/2, miss my connect flight, redirect to Chicago, wait 4 hrs for nxt flight to Pittsburgh, get swept away watching
teens reuniting w/family (I'm crying, so sweet) & end up at wrong luggage retrieval, download app for Lyft & arrive in hotel lobby at 9 p.m., & my test was at 7 a.m. the next morning :)))
I missed the 1st day of Conference, but won a book at one of my sessions! ;) Linda Henley-Smith was hilarious & encouraging!

Yess that is me i did jump from the tree stump thingie and yes I did fall afterwards but God protected me and I didn't get hurt...whooo #bravethings #itwasawesome #iwannadoitagain #thanksadiforthecoolpics #dobravethings

Where ever we go, our #ChinUpBar goes with us!! SunRise Training in Paradise. #WorkHardPlayHard... Life is Great even on the Hardest of days #LuckyStars

#GayatriMantra #IncredibleIndia
#PadMan #BraveHearts Do #BraveThings

Couldn't be prouder of @amybautista than I am today. Maria and her Von Trapp kids were amazing on stage today. #bravethings #takeabow #thesoundofmusic @cantilonchamber @belle_canto

Annual Check Up Time

I am off today, and going to my annual check up and well woman exam...

Something I always put off till I absolutely have too. Not because I don't care about myself...but because as a woman who has experienced trauma, it takes lots of courage for this exam.

As well as... As a plus size woman, the exam never fails to bring up hurtful and disrespectful conversations surrounding my weight.

I am judged. I am treated as if somehow I am less than, and not taking proper care of my health...

As someone whom lives with mental illness, and lived through trauma—being alive is a huge feat. HUGE! And I cannot tell you how discouraging and damaging it is to have health care providers whom judge where you are, where you have been—and just look at your body and weight and assume you are unhealthy...and that your weight is the underlying issue.

To anyone who has been Body/weight shamed by others—especially doctors—I send my love to you. So much love.

You are worthy. You matter. You are doing your best. I had a wise psychologist tell me once—everything is in degrees...would you rather be skinny and possibly dead...or where you are now and happy and alive! HAPPY and ALIVE! What could be more healthy than that?!?!

About to be brave my dears. Waiting on the doctor now.

Love to you all.

Christin Katie💕




#plussize #wellwomanexam #annualexam #atthedoctor #anxiety #trauma #plussizelife #curvygirl #youmatter #selfcare #bodylove #bravethings #dayoff #allbodiesaregoodbodies

A part of the DREAM team meeting to discuss the conference! #dream2017 #bravegirl #unleashed #dreamconf17

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Your Weight Does Not Define You

Illustration and Photo by the Amazing @jenipherlyn

Last week I had my yearly doctor's visit...

In and of itself, I felt heard and it went well.

But as I suspected... I am at my highest weight ever... And, with this latest weight gain, pushed myself into pre-diabetes land.

Pause.

Breathe.

Remember where my worth comes from.

That is what I have been trying to do this past week...

And yet, the desire to crash diet, and fight back, and show my body and diabetes and doctor who is boss also has been fighting for my attention. Along with the fear and shame.

Yet, I have grown. I am not the same person I was when I gained my weight. I am different. I am learning to love myself. To live in this skin. To choose overall physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health over physical appearances.

There was a day when I honestly wanted to become diabetic in my darkest days... Because, I wanted a shorted life. I wanted a way to kill myself that wasn't so outright... I wanted a way out.

That is not the case now. And I knew this day might come. Where, my battle scars did indeed impact my physical health even more. But, instead of shame. Instead of fear. I am allowed to love myself and be proud of where I am. I am allowed to struggle in finding what is 'my healthy.' And, I am absolutely allowed to to focus on health movement forward verses weight loss.

And that journey, I plan on continuing to share.

Love to you all on your own health journeys.

Love you,
Christin Katie💕





#prediabetes #health #noshame #loveyourself #everybodyisagoodbody #inspiringquotes #inspiration #inspiringart #plussizelife #lovetheskinyourein #healthjourney #bravethings #hardnews

Annual Check Up Time

I am off today, and going to my annual check up and well woman exam...

Something I always put off till I absolutely have too. Not because I don't care about myself...but because as a woman who has experienced trauma, it takes lots of courage for this exam.

As well as... As a plus size woman, the exam never fails to bring up hurtful and disrespectful conversations surrounding my weight.

I am judged. I am treated as if somehow I am less than, and not taking proper care of my health...

As someone whom lives with mental illness, and lived through trauma—being alive is a huge feat. HUGE! And I cannot tell you how discouraging and damaging it is to have health care providers whom judge where you are, where you have been—and just look at your body and weight and assume you are unhealthy...and that your weight is the underlying issue.

To anyone who has been Body/weight shamed by others—especially doctors—I send my love to you. So much love.

You are worthy. You matter. You are doing your best. I had a wise psychologist tell me once—everything is in degrees...would you rather be skinny and possibly dead...or where you are now and happy and alive! HAPPY and ALIVE! What could be more healthy than that?!?!

About to be brave my dears. Waiting on the doctor now.

Love to you all.

Christin Katie💕




#plussize #wellwomanexam #annualexam #atthedoctor #anxiety #trauma #plussizelife #curvygirl #youmatter #selfcare #bodylove #bravethings #dayoff #allbodiesaregoodbodies

I'm thinking about my fearless little lady today, and channeling this quotation from Georgia O'Keefe--which has always made me feel hopeful. 😊 What terrifying but possible things are you up to today? #lularoequotes #inspired #lularoedejaruddick

Hers did it!!!!
I passed my Exam!!!
After an exhausting travel day of leaving at 5 a.m. for a 730 flight, only to be grounded for 1 1/2, miss my connect flight, redirect to Chicago, wait 4 hrs for nxt flight to Pittsburgh, get swept away watching
teens reuniting w/family (I'm crying, so sweet) & end up at wrong luggage retrieval, download app for Lyft & arrive in hotel lobby at 9 p.m., & my test was at 7 a.m. the next morning :)))
I missed the 1st day of Conference, but won a book at one of my sessions! ;) Linda Henley-Smith was hilarious & encouraging!

Where ever we go, our #ChinUpBar goes with us!! SunRise Training in Paradise. #WorkHardPlayHard... Life is Great even on the Hardest of days #LuckyStars

#GayatriMantra #IncredibleIndia
#PadMan #BraveHearts Do #BraveThings

Congratulations to Belle @amybautista for a wonderful performance as Maria this afternoon!

#Repost @kenbautista
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Couldn't be prouder of @amybautista than I am today. Maria and her Von Trapp kids were amazing on stage today. #bravethings #takeabow @belle_canto @cantilonchamber

Couldn't be prouder of @amybautista than I am today. Maria and her Von Trapp kids were amazing on stage today. #bravethings #takeabow #thesoundofmusic @cantilonchamber @belle_canto

More from "Brave Things" by @cherylstrayed. You are already worthy. You already have permission to make peace with doing the best you know how to do. When you decide you're ready, let go of your past. Hold onto the lessons it taught you and surrender the heaviness of your past. Take the rocks from out of your pockets and wing free.
#wisdom #radicalselflove #selfcare #beherenow #beginwithin #comehome #forgiveness #bravethings #cherylstrayed

Yess that is me i did jump from the tree stump thingie and yes I did fall afterwards but God protected me and I didn't get hurt...whooo #bravethings #itwasawesome #iwannadoitagain #thanksadiforthecoolpics #dobravethings

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