Deep Thoughts

3 Reasons I Won’t Offer Sliding Scale Pricing

This month, I'm offering an online workshop called Build a Better Bio. I realized that May is a time that many new graduates are thinking about what comes next, and putting the best version of themselves on their portfolios and resumes and social media profiles and...

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Taking Up Space with a Better Bio

There’s a weird paradox in the autobiography world — we love to read stories about other people, but hate to write our own. Case in point: The Memoir Boom. A 1996 editorial in the Women’s Review of Books coined the term that describes a particularly American obsession...

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Weight Watchers and the Last Christmas Kolacky

In 2008, I joined Weight Watchers for the last time. Really this time, the last time. Whenever I re-joined Weight Watchers, I vowed that it would be the last time. In high school. In college. In graduate school. And now, 2008, was really, really the last time. Except...

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My Brother, My Running and Me

When people ask me why I'm training for the Dopey Challenge, an appropriately-named athle-tainment event consisting of a 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon on four consecutive days that takes place as part of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in early...

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Resilience Is Resistance: Running with Grief

One of the things I'm learning because of grief is that it's not only possible, but an inescapable reality that deep hurt and astonishing beauty co-exist. Demoralizing political news that pops up in my timeline is often followed by a picture of a new baby or a...

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An Open Letter to Cigna

Dear Cigna, My name is Kate Browne, and I am a Cigna policyholder through the third party payer Benefit Administrative Systems. I am also a runner, and I am training for the 2018 25th Anniversary #runDisney Dopey Challenge, which will be my biggest running milestone...

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Love and Other Monsters: Raising the Bar on Self-Worth

Think love doesn't matter when it comes to your body image? Imagine if the next wedding you went to sounded like this: Friends, family, co-workers, obligatory guests, and casual acquaintances— We are gathered here today to witness the contractual commitment of two...

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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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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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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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