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, and get answers to your questions from experts at Ask a Fit Fatty. 

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 differently abled 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.

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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.

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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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Ice Skating

Started by Kelley S in Uncategorized. Last reply by Kelley S Dec 14. 2 Replies

Hi All,I am new here, and thinking of trying ice skating again.  My last go round did not go well- there wasn't a pair of skates that fit me properly and I was not able to stand up, let alone skate. …Continue

Facing Fear

Started by Jolie in Uncategorized. Last reply by Kelly Ann Dec 10. 7 Replies

Hello all!A few weeks ago, I bought a Groupon to do a series of Crossfit classes. If you're not familiar with Crossfit, it's sort of a fitness and lifestyle based on intense workouts that involve a…Continue

Tags: olympic, weightlifting, crossfit, fear

ISO HAES-friendly aerobic/cardio dance type videos

Started by isabel in Uncategorized. Last reply by Rini Dec 3. 10 Replies

Hi all! I really used to enjoy doing DVD workouts featuring "fitness gurus" Kathy Smith, Minna Lessig, and Donna Taylor. (I can share more about the specific videos I liked the most if that would be…Continue

Thinking about running...

Started by S. K. Jaquez in Uncategorized. Last reply by maggie blume Dec 1. 3 Replies

I am strongly considering taking up running, because I want to run!My question is this: for those of y'all who, like me, have sizeable bellies and breasts, do you find you are more comfortable…Continue

Tags: running



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"Hi Jill, Basically I have a foot that is bigger than the other foot (everyone does, but mine is way bigger - I had some nerve damage that brought about permanent swelling and an inability to wear heels).  The laces were not long enough to lace…"
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"Without knowing the type of fit problems you ran into, here's my winging-it suggestions:  You might need to take along some extra socks. I used to have to do that for rented skates, because I have wide feet and usually ended up…"
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Ice Skating

Hi All,I am new here, and thinking of trying ice skating again.  My last go round did not go well- there wasn't a pair of skates that fit me properly and I was not able to stand up, let alone skate.  My friend who went with me was able to skate, but felt she didn't learn well in a group lesson so she wants us to take private lessons.  Thoughts or advice?  Thanks so much!See More
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