Deep Thoughts

Radical Visibility and the Myth of the Bikini Body

The idea of a “bikini body” is a grand metaphor for a body worthy of being seen. Slenderella International, a short-lived chain of weight loss salons, popularized the phrase in 1961. The company ran a series of ads in major newspapers like the New York Times and the...

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Running: Overcome The Tyranny of the First Mile

When I first started running, I followed the Couch to 5K plan like a lot of other folks. I hated it. I was miserable and decided running was boring. Then I joined a group training program for beginners at my local running club. I was miserable, and was now convinced...

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What Is Diet Culture?

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I am 100% anti-diet culture. But do you know what that means? Here are 3 main characteristics of diet culture, and what you can do about it. But first, a definition: Diet culture is a system of knowledge, values,...

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You Belong: A Mantra for Joining a Gym

There's a lot of advice out there about being new at the gym. Advice like, don't forget to re-rack your plates and adhere to the 30 min cardio machine limit. That's all well and good, but here's some advice that you probably haven't heard much about: You belong. Yes,...

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Fixing Stitch Fix

I received an email from Stitch Fix yesterday with the subject "Kate, We're Expanding!" And I was so excited because I've been waiting for them to start carrying a plus-size line and...oh. The email says they're adding a men's line. Seriously? I couldn't join Stitch...

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Everyday Perspective: Object Lesson

Ever since I started doing mindset work on perspective, I'm often stopped in my tracks when I stumble across lessons in everyday life. Here are two from this morning: Lesson One: Running in the Background I listen to Pandora during my workday. I keep it running on a...

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Think Outside the Big Box Gym

When you decide to "join a gym," what kind of place do you imagine? If I had to guess, you're probably thinking about what fitpros call a big box gym--a huge facility with a lot of machines and varying amenities. But there are so many more places to exercise! Here are...

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Lake Run Club Profile

I was recently profiled in my running club's newsletter! Check it out here: http://www.lakerunclub.org/profile-kate-browne/

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Work Worth Doing: Self-Care as Activism

It's a strange time to deposit a literature PhD dissertation. I finished the final draft in the last hours of 2016, nearly crushed by the weight of the knowledge that the project I poured every available ounce of my energy into for the past 5 years means very little...

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Mommy and Me: Childcare as an Access Issue

*****Originally published at Fit Is a Feminist Issue***** Sometime in the hazy overnight hours of my son’s first weeks of life, I decided to become a runner. I place the blame squarely on postpartum hormones that conjured up the words “role model” and sent me into a...

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What to Do When You’re Feeling Funky-in-a-bad-way

I have a secret to share with you. Even the proudest, boldest, no-fucks-givenest person you know has times when their body image does not serve them.* Those bummer feelings may last for just a moment or persist for a few years, but it's more common than Instagram...

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How to Navigate Body Image Issues During the Holidays

The uptick in New Year's diet & fitness marketing, weird holiday food deprivation memes, and jokes about elastic-waist pants at holiday dinners has me feeling some kind of way. Settle in, this is going to be a doozy. The weeks between Halloween and New Year's are...

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Rethinking Professional: A Cautionary Barfing Tale

I feel the wet, warm drip down my hand before I can articulate what I know has happened, but I have to make a quick decision--forge ahead and pretend not to notice, or pause the already delayed proceedings. "The idea that there is only one way to talk about being...

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On Being Fat and Pregnant

In 10 weeks or less, I’m going to be the mother of a son. I always assumed the likelihood of that phrase as a reality of my life was statistically the same as “I just bought an island.” But here we are. Though my pregnancy has been textbook perfect from a physical...

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