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Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.
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Self-acceptance means unconditional appreciation and support for who you are now, including all the elements that you want to change.

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Lessons Learned from March Madness

I was raised in a mid-sized town in southern Indiana, about twenty miles away from the "Small Town" in which rock star John Mellencamp was born and raised. Now, if you are unfamiliar with the Hoosier state, I will clue you in on a few things. Number one, we grow a LOT of corn. Number two, we're known for a certain 500-mile race that runs every Memorial Day weekend. Number three, and most importantly, we love our basketball more than anything.

Therefore, the month of March, for me, has always meant March Madness. Of course I love watching my beloved Indiana University Hoosiers do their thing on the court, especially when they are beating cross-state rivals Purdue. But on a smaller scale, March Madness takes place everywhere in the Hoosier state, on elementary school gym floors.

My youngest daughter is a cheerleader for her team, the Rockets; so of course, we have attended every game this season. The boys' team has won a place in the semi-finals, played on what is called Super Saturday, usually the first Saturday in March. Of course, the boys are all very excited by the prospect of winning the city-wide tournament - our town has sixteen elementary schools and only the top four teams go to Super Saturday - but I believe they are even more proud because of the obstacles they have overcome this year to reach this point.

When the basketball season began for the Rockets back in October, they lost their first game. They were playing the former year city champions, the Mustangs, and they lost the game by a miserable 27 point deficit. The team had lost quite a few of its' marquee players to middle school teams, and there were more fifth graders on the team than sixth graders. But they didn't lose heart.

They ended the regular season with a 10-2 record, second place in the city. The night before the first elimination game of the tourney, our highest scorer and center fell on his foot during practice and tore all his ligaments. Needless to say, he is out for the remainder of the tourney. Now, the loss of this particular player could have made the boys lose heart AND lose the game. But instead, something amazing happened. Boys who had never sunk a basket all year were making shots left and right. The better players were playing like superstars. The team seemed to be playing better as a whole, with an almost telepathic sense for one another's position on the court, because they were playing with all their heart for their fallen comrade. I asked Coach Scott after the winning game that landed them in the tourney what he thought had made the difference in the boys playing with their star gone. He said "They accepted that they were without him, and they were willing and ready to up their game to make up for the missing piece of the puzzle."

I don't know what is going to happen with the Rockets on Super Saturday, but I learned a lesson from the boys this year. By not only accepting what is, but embracing it, you can overcome a lot of obstacles that you inadvertently put in your own way. So take a cue from this "little team that could" and be the superstar of your own life. You are worth it.

Written by: Angie Yoder

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My vision with this magazine is to let you know that you are not alone. There are other SSBBWs around the world with the same issues, thoughts, worries and joys as you have. Whether you have accepted your weight and love your body, whether you are actively working to lose weight or whether you want to get healthier and have more mobility but don't know where to start, you are not alone.

Whether you are single or in a relationship, have children or not, work or are unemployed, housebound or relatively mobile, healthy or have medical issues, you are not alone.

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How in the hell can he drink when he's dead?"
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