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Stop the “Fat” Talk  


When you get together with a group of friends that you haven’t seen for awhile, what are some of the first conversations that you hear? Do you size each other up, comment on how great Suzie looks because she's lost weight, and how “well” Jane looks? (by that you mean -  hasn't she gained a few pounds?). Do you all look at the menu and discuss your latest diet or exercise program? Do you justify having the bread because you have been “so good” this last week? Do you choose your meal based on the number of carbs' or talk about how naughty you all are for having cake or wine or...... 


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The reality is that in our society, especially women, we engage in 'fat talk'. It holds us back from truly experiencing ourselves as valuable beautiful individuals regardless of our shape or size. Every time we feel self-conscious, or say I shouldn't eat that, or wear that, we contribute to our feeling of disconnection from ourselves and our body, not to mention each other. Each time when you look in the mirror and say YUK! Or when you comment 'Oh I should lose 10lb', or 'I'm so fat'.... we model this poor behaviour to other women and more alarmingly to our gorgeous young women, our daughters! It says “I am not acceptable as I am”. 


Is fat talk keeping you from experiencing the outrageously healthy life you deserve to live? 


If it remains someone else's fault that we are over weight, then we can't do a darn thing about it because the blame always rests with them. The quality of our relationships in life are an outward reflection of how we feel about ourselves. If we feel good about ourselves, and have a healthy self-love, then we will encourage and reflect the same outwardly. When you love and accept yourself, then you want to nourish and care for yourself.  


And, of course, the opposite also applies: unhealthy feelings about yourself equals unhealthy relationships. Learning to love and accept yourself and your unique vehicle for this journey sets you free to stop worrying about what others think. When you don’t like yourself, you don’t care if you abuse yourself. You use food to “comfort” you. This abuse is a kind of “punishment” for not being acceptable.  And the vicious cycle continues. You don’t like yourself because you are “fat” and you are “fat” because you don’t like yourself. 


All of the relationships we have in life begin with the relationship we have with ourselves! One of the best ways to get on track with our own self is to stop blaming, and start owning our own stuff. If we can own it, we can change it. In accepting responsibility for who I am; understanding that I make the choices, then I can be anything I choose to be if I am willing to “be” whom I need to be.  Sounds funny doesn’t it?  Ask yourself, who am I “being” right now? You may get an amazing answer! 




Adversity can strike in anyone’s life and if it does then you have two choices. Either you lay down and wallow in your sadness or you battle through it and head for a better life.  In her book `Why Me` Yvonne Chamberlain gives a person not only the key to handle any adversity that comes their way but also the knowledge and training to live life to the best of their ability.  There is no greater teacher than one who "has been there and done that".  An amazing woman, a brilliant teacher who gives simple easy to follow guidelines to help you achieve your very best.  A simple to read, easy to understand, difficult to put down, must have book. - Bob Daly  


“Congratulations” on your book. Thank you for sharing your very own personal walk, wow, what a ‘life-line’ and ‘help’ this book can be to others and will be to me at this very difficult point in my life.  I have known you for a long time, as a friend, a person who I have looked at and thought, boy I wish I could be as confident as Yvonne, she seems to have it all together. I knew of your cancer and your determination to fight it which you did and won. But I saw that you had a nice husband, family, home etc, it never entered my mind that you could have family issues and that you had already been through many of the struggles that I had. Y our book is showing me so much because I can relate to so many of the things that you have shared about your life.  

Fantastic and thank you. - Gail 


Some feedback I had about the talk last night at BG, Kicking Cancer, etc. with Yvonne Chamberlain. I was doing the banking for BG and chatting with the teller about my family member recovering from cancer. The teller said that a customer before me is still grieving very much over her husband recently being taken by cancer. Last night the customer attended the talk here at BG. She got so much help from the talk that she feels that she will begin to deal better with her grief. If a customer can relate this to strangers then I think that Yvonne must do a great job as a speaker. Just thought I would pass this on. - Kym BG