A friendly place for people of all sizes to share, support, and succeed at fitness from a HAES (SM) perspective.

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Welcome to the Fit Fatty Forum, we’re glad you’re here! This forum was started by two fit fatties - Jeanette DePatie and Ragen Chastain - to be a space where people who are interested in fitness from a Health at Every Size® perspective can connect, get support, and make friends.  People of all sizes, ages, abilities, and activities have a place here.  You can participate in discussions, check out our photo gallery and video channel and add your own. 

The Fit Fatties Forum is an intentionally inclusive space.  We are committed to providing a safe and comfortable space for all people wishing to discuss fitness from a Health At Every Size (HAES) perspective, including People of Color, people who are disabled/disabled people, and LGBTQ+ people.  We are committed to building a space where all people feel safe addressing issues unique to their communities and cultures within the world of fitness.  We realize that from time to time, we may not get things right and/or could do things better.  We invite you to share your thoughts and suggestions with us at any time.

Before you get started, please take a moment to read our Community Commitments.  These are the commitments we make to each other to keep the community a safe, helpful, friendly space for everyone involved.  This is a moderated community and we are very serious about making sure that you have a great experience here so if you have any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

Community Commitments

·        Moving your body is great and wonderful at whatever level you do it. Fitness is a continuum, not a podium.

·        This community is open to people of all ages, sizes, fitness levels, and activities who are interested in discussing their fitness journey from a Health at Every Size® Perspective

·        Pro-Weight Loss Surgery, Pro-Diet Talk, Weight Loss Solicitation is strictly prohibited!  Fit Fatties promotes the HAES approach of “Health At Every Size”(R).   Promoting diet, weight loss, or weight loss surgery is prohibited.   While we respect the rights of all individuals to foster their own views, Fit Fatties regards dieting and diet-talk as both unhealthy and as a disparagement against fat folks. (Please note: Forum members are welcome to discuss these topics, as long they refrain from promoting them in any way.)

.      We are committed to maintaining a safe place to talk about fitness without negative body talk.  We understand that learning to love your body is a process, but we ask that you refrain from shaming your body or anyone else's while you are on this site.  All negative body talk will be moderated out.  If you're not sure what constitutes negative body talk, follow this link.

·        This community is fiercely anti-shame so if you don’t feel that you can be supportive and positive in a discussion then it’s best to walk away from it.

·        Do not give advice unless it is explicitly asked for.  If you want advice, ask for it explicitly.

·        Humans are imperfect. Sometimes we express our thoughts imperfectly, so we give each other the benefit of assuming good intentions in every post.

·        Have good intentions in every post that you make.

·        Respect that your experience not everyone’s experience.  Your mileage may vary. 

·        If you have any issues please let the mods know right away

·        This forum is awesome and the members are friendly and helpful so jump right in!

·        Do not spam the forum. Members are asked to join in the conversation. Simply posting links to products will get you suspended for spam.

Only Post What's Yours

Please make sure you hold all the rights to anything that you post.  You may only post pictures and videos for which you have express permission of both the subject and the photographer/ videographer.  Furthermore, Fit Fatties respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its users to do the same. It is Fit Fatties policy, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, to disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who repeatedly infringe or are repeatedly charged with infringing the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of others.

A Word to Spammers

This forum is meant to be a communication by members for members.  This is not a place for you to post arbitrary links to your products.  If you find yourself writing posts like:

"try this: abitraryproductlink.com"

we will find you and suspend you.  Thanks!

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I go to the gym. What do I do?

Started by Theresa Meire in Sample Title. Last reply by Joan N. May 6. 2 Replies

I trained with a phat phobic trainer twice a month for a year. That ended in Feb. I joined a new gym and for cardio I've been transitioning from the treadmill to the eliptical because that shit is no…Continue


Started by sweeny todd in Sample Title Apr 23. 0 Replies

I've been having pretty serious ankle and foot swelling, and I am pretty sure that sluggish lymph is contributing. So I've decided to get a mini trampoline and try some rebounding.The issue? I am…Continue

UK folks out there?

Started by Caz in Sample Title. Last reply by Kelly Apr 4. 2 Replies

Hello,Who's in the UK? And can we get a group set up for UK people? Just to make it easier to find like minded people this side of the pond :)Continue

Any RunKeepers out there?

Started by Aby S. in Uncategorized. Last reply by Bollie Feb 19. 2 Replies

Hi!I'm new to the forum, and also new to the idea of running.  I've run in the past, but always with the intent of losing weight and I absolutely hated it.  Over the last year I've been working to…Continue

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Welcome to the Fit Fatties Forum!

Welcome to the Fit Fatties Forum - a place for anyone who wants to discuss fitness from a weight neutral perspective. You can join the conversation here, and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fitfatties

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~Jeanette and Ragen

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Sandy Davern replied to Jen nifer's discussion sun-protective clothing? in the group Newbies
"Have you tried Lands End? I'm about your size & their 3x sunshirts fit me"
Jen nifer added a discussion to the group Newbies

sun-protective clothing?

Last year I discovered UVSkinz, UPF clothing that's more than just long-sleeved bathing suit tops. I've bought a couple items, but I think the prices are high, the quality is low, and the sizing is ridiculous. I'm 5'3" and 275, and their largest size top (a 4X) barely fits. Even if the sizing was adequate, the quality is lousy and the selection is disappointing.Eclipse sun sleeves in their largest size fit my large biceps pretty well, but they roll down easily when I'm active (or just pushing…See More
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Judy S replied to Sandy Davern's discussion Not Sure Where to Start in the group Newbies
"I really like Gentle Yoga. It makes me feel better rather than sore. It's something that can build with your progress, or not. I was really lucky to find a good teacher. Look around your area for a teacher who is trained for big bodies. There…"
May 18
Sandy Davern replied to Sandy Davern's discussion Not Sure Where to Start in the group Newbies
"You are all awesome. Thanks so much for the care and advice. You've responded with great suggestions and enthusiasm. So happy I've found you all."
May 18
Mary Wendt replied to Sandy Davern's discussion Not Sure Where to Start in the group Newbies
"Everything you just said--that's exactly how I felt a couple years ago. Start really small. Don't expect yourself to get feeling stronger quickly because it just won't happen. I started with strength training (body electric…"
May 17
Telle replied to Sandy Davern's discussion Not Sure Where to Start in the group Newbies
"I was pretty sedentary too, and decided I wanted to walk a 5k. Someone pointed me to walkjogrun.net and I've been following a training program on there; I'm now in the fifth week and it's going great. Honestly, I was so sedentary…"
May 17
Laura Coddington liked Sandy Davern's discussion Not Sure Where to Start
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Gina Pond replied to Sandy Davern's discussion Swimming Holes in the group Swimmers
"Thanks for the website! That's a fantastic list! I do a lot of open water swimming, so I'll need to poke through and see what I can find. "
May 17
Oxford Coma replied to Sandy Davern's discussion Not Sure Where to Start in the group Newbies
"Oh my gosh, yes. Now you get to figure out what you love! Try looking through the listing of activities at your local community center. If you like being outside and nature- there are so many great things to do! Hiking, creek stomping, running,…"
May 17
Sandy Davern and Laura Coddington are now friends
May 17
Sandy Davern added a discussion to the group Swimmers

Swimming Holes

Summertime is fast approaching, and I wanted to share my favorite site for finding swimming holes.  It's not competitive or lap swimming, but hiking in and out of these often-remote places can be great exercise -- not to mention the swimming, diving, jumping once you arrive.  Does anyone else in this forum love swimming holes?http://www.swimmingholes.org/ See More
May 17
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A group for water loving fit fatties.See More
May 17
Sandy Davern added a discussion to the group Newbies

Not Sure Where to Start

I've been sedentary for so long.  I want to feel better -- more mobile, less winded, more flexible.  But, I'm not sure where to start.  I'm not even sure what "exercise" I might like.  Every other time I've undertaken an exercise program, it's been solely to lose weight - not for enjoyment.  I'm afraid that I've turned myself off of any exercise, just because I associate it with deprivation, work and misery.Any advice?See More
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