Author: Julie Wojno

I’M GETTING MARRIED IN 3 MONTHS… AND I’M STILL NOT GOING ON A DIET

Hey there! Remember me? You may have read my other piece about not dieting for my upcoming wedding a few months ago. If ya haven’t, click here to catch up!  I want to be real with ya’ll.  “Meeting” my dress (aka when your dress comes in and you get to try on the actual dress you’ll wear on your wedding day, not a sample) was a blast.   One of my best friends came with me, we sipped champagne, put ...

DEAR ‘FITNESS TRACKER’ WATCH, WE’RE BREAKING UP

Dear Watch, We need to talk. This thing we’ve been doing for a while now? It’s just not working out any more. At first it was exciting, and I thought you were so good for me… but lately, I’ve been seeing things differently… I’ve become obsessed with you, and it’s NOT good for me. I know you wanted the best for me, I know your intentions were positive and that all you wanted to do was to help me be...

THIS QUESTION CHANGED MY LIFE

I used to live in fear. Fear of failure. Fear of falling. Fear of not being pretty enough. Fear of not being lovable. Fear of judgment. Fear was my teacher. Of course, I didn’t know Fear was my teacher at the time. But it was. Fear taught me I better go out of my way to do things to make others like me, for others to think I’m successful, for others to think I’m “perfect,” otherwise… who am I? Wha...

YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW TO LOVE YOUR BODY

There’s been a lot of talk lately about “loving your body.” For some it’s empowering. For others it seems impossible and daunting and like a complete, “YEAH, RIGHT.” I firmly believe that not only can you love your body (as it is, right now), I believe you already know how to love your body. Yes, right now. And, I believe that loving your body is vitally important. In fact, it’s at the very core o...

I’M GETTING MARRIED IN SEVEN MONTHS, AND NO, I’M NOT GOING ON A DIET

It’s 65 degrees as the sun sets in Glen Arbor, Michigan. My boyfriend and I are on the beach, finishing our picnic with our instafamous Bernese Mountain Dog, Maple, when he asks if I want to go for a walk along the shoreline. He grabs my hand. We walk a few yards down from our blanket. I see a heart drawn in the sand. He gets down on one knee, sticks his hand into his pocket, and I don’t even hear...

WHY WEIGHT DOES NOT DEFINE MY HEALTH (OR MY WORTH)

I was scrolling through Facebook when I stumbled upon a friend’s post. It was about a strict diet she was starting. She apologized in advance for the “horrible person” she was about to be for the next five days. Then I saw the comments. One said, “Just focus on the end result! I had to lock myself up in my bedroom when my husband and children ate dinner, but I made it through!” Another said, “Proo...

REFRAMING RESOLUTIONS

A new year is upon us. And even though, yes, we get the opportunity to start every single day anew, there is something special and energizing about launching into a brand new calendar year.  Ahh: New Year’s Resolutions. Some people mock them. Some people flock to them. Some people roll their eyes at them. Some people revel in them. Some people fall off the bandwagon. Some people succeed beyo...

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