Inspiration Thursday – Relax

ChadShannel Royale says "Relax!"

ChadShannel Royale says “Relax!”

It’s crunch time for me on a number of fronts.  My IM 70.3 is next week, I’m co-coordinating the fat activism conference this weekend, I’m working on a bunch of projects, and I’ve been super stressed out for the past few weeks.

I was doing a swim recently and it wasn’t going very well, I was going slowly and I was struggling.  The harder I tried to swim faster, the slower and I went and the worse I felt. Then I remembered one of the very first things I learned from my Total Immersion swimming coach – relax your head, let the water support it.

So that’s what I did.  I relaxed my head, that relaxed the muscles in my neck, the muscles in my back followed. I was almost instantly more comfortable, my breathing was easier, my stroke evened out, my speed picked up and everything was right in the world again.

Sometimes pushing harder is what’s needed, and sometimes what’s needed is to relax.

Song of the Week – Deb Talan Big Strong Girl

Video of the Week – with thanks to Amy!  (Strong language, obviously)

The Fat Activism Conference is this weekend!

This is a virtual conference so you can listen to the talks by phone and/or computer wherever you are. Whether you are looking for support in your personal life with family, friends, healthcare providers etc. or you’re interested in being more public with your activism with blogging, petitions, protest, projects, online activism, or something else, this conference will give you tools and perspectives to support you  and your work, and to help you make that work intentionally intersectional and inclusive, so that nobody gets left behind.

Like this blog?  Here’s more cool stuff!

IRONMAN Sale:  I’m having a sale on my books and DVDs and downloads to help pay for my IM – you get books and dance classes, I get spandex clothes and bike parts. Everybody wins! To check it out, you can go to No money?  No problem!  If you feel like it, you can leave a comment or send me an e-mail ( saying something encouraging, that’s incredibly helpful as well!

If you have questions about my IRONMAN journey  the FAQ might help!

If you’re looking for a place to talk about fitness from a weight neutral perspective, check out the Fit Fatties Forum. and the Fit Fatties Facebook page.

Book Me!  I’m a professional speaker and I’d love to speak to your organization. You can get more information on topics, previous engagements and reviews here or just e-mail me at ragen at danceswithfat dot org!

Buy my book:  Fat:  The Owner’s Manual  The E-Book is Name Your Own Price! Click here for details

About danceswithfat

Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be IRONMAN, Activist, Fat Person.
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2 Responses to Inspiration Thursday – Relax

  1. Good luck good luck good luck!!!


  2. Karen Williams says:

    The training is in the bank. Just relax and taper and know that you’ve got this!


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