Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident: 101 Stories about Loving Yourself and Your Body

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident: 101 Stories about Loving Yourself and Your Body

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident: 101 Stories about Loving Yourself and Your Body

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident: 101 Stories about Loving Yourself and Your Body



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Join the Curvy & Confident movement! Embrace the body you were issued at birth. Nourish it, use it, and love it. Learn how in this collection of 101 inspirational stories about loving yourself and your body.

Striving to attain someone else’s idea of perfection is unhealthy and unrealistic. In these pages, you’ll meet dozens of new friends who share their insecurities along with their best tips and advice to make you confident and proud.

Meet curvy women who became fitness instructors, who started swimming in public, who revamped their wardrobes with colorful, form-fitting clothes, and who learned how to view themselves as the beauties they are.

Read TV star Sherri Shepherd’s story about how she was insulted for her size. Share Emme’s distress at her first photo shoot before she became a supermodel. Feel Natasha Stoynoff’s fear of being shamed as she went public with her Donald Trump story. Cheer along with Jenni Schaeffer as she overcomes her eating disorder and helps other women stay healthy. And be inspired by 97 additional stories that will transform how you see yourself!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611599657
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publication date: 12/27/2016
Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 456,149

About the Author

Amy Newmark is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Table of Contents

Introduction Emme 1

1 Look at Me Now

1 Me, All of Me Sherri Shepherd 9

2 My Journey Back to Me Melanie Flint 11

3 A Confident Triumph Donna L. Roberts 14

4 Role Model Tamara Paylor 17

5 Big Feet in a Small Town Wendy Keppley 19

6 Journey Out of Hiding Rebecca Eicksteadt 23

7 This, But Also More Than This Kris Dinnison 26

8 Dancing Away My Insecurities Jennifer Sommerfelt 29

9 Shape Shifting Emme 32

2 Real Life, Real Beauty

10 I Believe in Goddesses Sunil Ramchandani 39

11 Marilyn's Magic Natasha Stoynoff 42

12 A Work of Art John M. Scanlan 46

13 Back to Curvy Jenni Schaefer 49

14 To Swim in the Ocean Michelle Bruce 52

15 Through New Eyes Joanna Dylan 54

16 Baby Bump Jessica Ghigliotti 57

17 Picture of Health Shawnelle Eliasen 59

18 Cankles Ray Budd 62

19 An Art Perspective James A. Gemmell 65

3 Sharing the Wisdom

20 Bad Mama Jama Regina Sunshine Robinson 71

21 I Am Woman Joyelle Brandt 74

22 Comfortable in My Shorts Lydia Young-Samson 77

23 A Flowering Maxine Young 79

24 Just the Way You Are Drema Sizemore Drudge 82

25 Missing Body Parts Jill Bums 84

26 The Curvy Sister Debra Mayhew 86

27 The Lesson Mudita Raj 90

28 The Truth Melissa Wootan 92

29 A Beautiful Reflection L. Joy Douglas 94

30 Letter to My Twelve-Year-Old Self Natasha Stoynoff 96

4 Nourishing My Body

31 Zen and the Art of Body Maintenance Emme 103

32 An Iron Mother Priscilla Dann-Courtney 106

33 Little Girl, Lost and Found Carole Johnston 109

34 In This Moment Shannon Kaiser 113

35 A Blessing, Not a Curse Courtney Lynn Mroch 116

36 The Tutu Ashley M. Slayton 120

37 Running for My Life Jenna Schifferle 123

38 The Mirror Girl Mallory Lavoie 127

39 No Shame in My Game Melissa Wootan 131

40 My Lovely Lady Lumps Melissa Berry 135

5 Living Life with Gusto

41 Pork and Beans B.J. Dilley 141

42 A Waist of Tears Marya Morin 145

43 The Shell Jennifer Roberts 149

44 A New Message Diane Stark 151

45 Judge Me by My Size, Do You? Denise Reich 154

46 Storm Jillian Rossi 157

47 Tunnel of Love Marianne Fosnow 160

48 Living Big and Beautiful Danielle Sibila 163

49 Kick, One, Two, Three… Candace Carteen 165

50 Two Bathing Suits Tamara Albanna 169

6 Warning, Dangerous Curves

51 The Green Dress Karla Brown 175

52 Perfectly Imperfect Alexandra Boos 177

53 Baby Got Back to Basics A. Kay Wyatt 180

54 Cracked Rear View Cindi Carver-Futch 182

55 For the Love of Curves Kristina Bigby 185

56 Three B Elizabeth Atwater 187

57 Beauty at Every Size Andrea Amador 191

58 Perfect Fit Georgia A. Hubley 194

59 The Curves Within Mary Anglin-Coulter 197

7 The Joy of Exercise

60 A Woman My Size Darbie Andrews 203

61 Slogging Kelly A. Smith 206

62 Bounce and Sway B. R. Dunkelman 209

63 Swimming Toward Confidence Emily Canning-Dean 211

64 The Walk and Talk Diet Lori Zenker 214

65 Strength to Be Strong Nicole Christine Caratas 218

66 My Aha Moment Devon Kab 221

67 When Life Throws You Curves Annie Kontor 223

8 My Miraculous Body

68 The Skin km In Beck Gambill 231

69 To Have and To Hold Victoria Fedden 233

70 A Fish Out of Water Kathryn Lehan 236

71 Shifted Phyllis McKinley 240

72 Skinny Doesn't Matter Angela Williams Glenn 243

73 Exposed Kathrine Conroy 246

74 Look at Me Maura Edwards 248

75 Take Center Stage Violetta Armour 251

76 Becoming a Curvy Confident Mom Elizabeth Rose Reardon Farella 254

9 Larger Size, Larger Life

77 Thunder Thighs and All Courtney Lynn Mroch 261

78 Sizing Up My Life Brenda Lazzaro Yoder 265

79 The Weight of Laughter Shelby Kisgen 267

80 SweetestRedHead Patrick Michael McIntyre 269

81 Hairpin and Dangerous Stephanie Tolliver Hyman 273

82 Holy Calves Carmella de los Angeles Guiol 276

83 Skinny Dipping Debra Mayhew 280

84 My Mom Called Me Sexy and I Agree Martine L. Foreman 283

10 Breaking Out of My Comfort Zone

85 The Perfect Dress Beth Pugh 289

86 Yoga. Brunch Jamie Leigh Miller 291

87 Picture Perfect Robin R 295

88 Twenty-Dollar Muse Lauren B. H. Rossato 298

89 My Reflection in the Mirror Dorann Weber 302

90 A Unique Vessel Maighread MacKay 304

91 Mother of the Groom Anne Merrigan 308

11 Proud, Pretty, and Powerful

92 Big As Mountain Alexes Lilly 315

93 Big, Beautiful Heroines Pat Ballard 319

94 Tall Boots Jimmie Ware 322

95 The Milkshake Diet L.A. Strucke 324

96 The Look J. Renee 327

97 Big Girl, Big World Shantell Antoinette 330

98 I Am Delicious! Lainie Belcastro 332

99 It Took Time to Love My Hourglass Figure Nicole F. Anderson 335

100 The Beauty Within Jenny Wildflower 338

101 Go Ahead, Look at Me Natasha Stoynoff 341

Afterword Amy Newmark 347

Meet Our Contributors 349

Meet Amy Newmark 365

Meet Supermodel Emme 367

Meet Natasha Stoynoff 369

Thank You 371

About Chicken Soup for the Soul 372

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