23
Jul 2015

The crazy reason this magazine rejected me

A few months ago I went to NYC to meet with some major women’s magazines. Something I am really passionate about is changing the body conversation in mainstream media so women all over the world stop waiting on the weight.

One of the magazines I met with was interested in doing a “before and after” piece on one of my clients. We talked about the piece being about her LIFE before and after. Yes, she did lose a lot of weight during Live More Weigh Less, but it didn’t matter to her and I didn’t want weight to be the focus of the story because that’s not what Live More Weigh Less is about.

We enjoyed sharing all the details about her life before and after and collecting pictures that showed how happy and connected she now feels.

The magazine came back and asked how much weight she lost.

Hmmmm.

We went back to them and said that this piece isn’t about the weight. The most we would report was “I lost weight, a lot of weight, but my life was so amazing, it didn’t even matter.”

Plus, I instruct all of my clients to throw out their scales and this woman hadn’t weighed herself in close to three years!

Unfortunately, the magazine had to draw a hard line with this column and wouldn’t run the story without an actual report on the number of pounds she lost.

Sure, my client and I could have gotten together and guessed how much weight she lost and given them that number. The opportunity for both of us to be in this magazine would have been HUGE. But I was clear that doing that would be promoting a message I am vehemently against.

(Cue rant.)

I am thrilled that magazines are starting to promote a more balanced message when it comes to women and our bodies, but my work is not over until people really get that weight loss cannot be placed above actual transformation, ever.

I believe so strongly that losing a specific number of pounds is in no way more notable or worthy than celebrating than saving her marriage, starting her dream business or changing her daughter’s course with her own body confidence.

My wish is that the media start celebrating what really matters when it comes to a woman’s happiness. It is the only way we are going break free from a paradigm that promotes body hatred and holding back in our lives.

Look, I get why focusing on weight loss is so enticing, not only does it help sell all the products that are being advertised in the magazine, but as a society we equate weight loss with so many positive life attributes.

When someone loses a lot of weight we assume that they are also much happier, healthier and having lots of sex. This is the whole weigh less > live more mentality. But that’s just not true. I know so many women (many of whom join my program for this very reason) who have lost weight by dieting and feel more out of control, low energy and miserable than they were 40 pounds heavier.

They have experienced first hand that losing weight doesn’t change your life, changing your life changes your life – and usually leads to weight loss if you are holding onto some extra weight but at that point, who cares.

Losing weight doesn’t change your life,
changing your life changes your life.

Perpetuating this assumption that weight loss causes all of these amazing things to happen is keeping us all stuck in body jail and in the constant cycle of dieting and emotional eating because we aren’t tending to what actually needs attention.

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My dream is that women’s magazines everywhere will start celebrating and talking about what really matters: happiness, gaining freedom from emotional eating, adventure, joy, love and connection. As long as the media continues to promote a new number on the scale as a major accomplishment, we’re screwed. We deserve better.

I’m not sharing my clients story here because I’m excited to work with a magazine who is willing to change the conversation and celebrate what really matters. If you know anyone, send them my way:).

In the comments below I’d love to know what YOU want to see in magazines. What is going to make you feel inspired?

Can’t wait to hear from you.

Sarah

 

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  • Zuzana

    I am glad you both stuck to your truth’s. I am loving the fact you are going to be at Curvy Boston Fashion Week, that would be worth Magazine covers and talks since women in the US are mostly 12’s.

    • Sarah Jenks

      Thank you, Zuzana. Will you be at BCF week?

  • I would have read the article either way and totally admire that you stuck to your original ideas. I, too, am not a fan of counting anything – calories, pounds, grams of fat, etc. It’s exhausting! It’s about getting real with yourself about how you feel about yourself. When you are truly in love with your SELF, everything in your life will start falling into place. And even when difficult things happen (which they will), we will be better equipped to handle them with grace. Love everything you stand for, Sarah – keep standing for it! 🙂

    • Sarah Jenks

      I agree completely. Thanks for the encouragement, Tanuja!

  • Alexandra

    Sarah totally on board with you that it is not about the pounds, the outward measure of success but the inward shift in changing the deeper messages that have inculcated themselves into every cell of the feminine consciousness. The publishing world will take longer to shift — you and your workshop attendees have been empowered to bring this message forward and you will find the forum whether it be hay house or one of their I can do it conferences. Go forth warrior women.

  • Melissa

    Sarah I support your work, but let’s be real here…no magazine will promote “Live more, WEight Less” I fyou can’t even tell them if the person really weighed less (and that’s in numbers.). Perhaps a better name to promote would be “Live more regardless of how much you weigh.”

    If you say “weigh Less” then that will be a focal point of the story, Why would that be surprising at all?

    If you promote something like “Live more, make more money.” You wouldn’t be surprised if participants and promoters want to know if they actually will make more money.

    My take here, is change your promotion, because it isn’t being honest. People WILL go to you to lose weight as a focus if that is what you say, so they WILL want to see before and after pics.

    • Hi Melissa, I believe there are publications who would promote Live More Weigh Less without needing to include the specific number of pounds lost, and there are some great suggestions in this comment thread! As I said, the client did lose weight, as do many women in my program, and we weren’t trying to hide that. The point is that weight loss often ceases to be their top priority. 🙂

  • Sarah, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for standing up for women everywhere. You c

  • Girl, this is so insane/sad to me. As a writer, I run into stuff like this a lot and it’s super frustrating. I’m proud of you for sticking to your guns and not compromising your beliefs. I know, as I’m sure you do too, that some other AMAZING opportunity will arise, and you’ll be able to share your client’s story in a way that will revolutionize lives. And you’ll be able to do so with a magazine that resonates with you and is feelin’ what you’re trying to do. #dontsettle 😉

    • Sarah Jenks

      I think so too, Akirah. I’m sure it’s extremely frustrating to encounter these types of scenarios on the reg. I appreciate your encouragement to not settle! 🙂

  • Thank you so much for sharing this story. It is SUCH an important message 🙂 I want to see women who are brave & living life to the fullest right now at all shapes & sizes… Doing the things right now that make them feel happy & alive! I want to see stories that shift the conversation from weight on the scale to living greatly.

    • Sarah Jenks

      Me too, Simi. It all starts with us – keep the conversation alive!

  • Jill

    Proud of you! Stick to your guns. Your message is important and women deserve to hear it the way your intend.

  • I don’t read a lot of magazines, but this just reinforces the whole thing for me. I LOVE that you stood your ground on this, and that you’re taking a stand for women’s lives (love, happiness, drive) instead of a number on a scale.

    Seriously loving watching you make waves in the industry, on your terms.

    Love ya!

    • Sarah Jenks

      Good for you, Nathalie. And that means a lot to me. xox

  • I have learned that the media is very instrumental in telling us how we should live our lives, how we should feel, or how we should look. This has caused many people to feel unworthy. I am learning to take back my life and have stopped listening to the popular media because I want to live my life on my terms, follow my intuition and love myself. I am so glad that you stuck to your ideals and didn’t bow down to their slant on the story and congratulations to your client whose is living an amazing life. This is why I follow you and don’t listen to the media anymore.

    • To be the outlier in this discussion, I completely agree with and respect your message that there are many other important elements of women’s lives that ought to be celebrated (particularly in the media) such as professional achievements, family joys, etc. But I also think that empirically speaking, many significant health outcomes are influenced by being overweight or obese. Part of me also thinks that the current shift in “celebrating curvy/plus size as the new normal” is due to the increased prevalence of obesity, and that this new demographic of women represents a larger share of the market place who wants to be perceived as mainstream. Yes, there’s tons of photoshopping and hyper-focus on celebrities who lose weight; however, part of being healthy is being at a reasonable weight, getting exercise, and eating healthfully. I like your holistic approach to wellness and incorporated some of the tips you discussed into my life, but weight loss is integral to overall health. If the very name of your program is called Live More Weigh Less, as a potential reader of this magazine article, I would be interested to know the lifestyle changes your client made and how those changes manifested in all aspects of her life, including her weight–because that it also an important health outcome and it would lend more authority to the approach you teach if at least approximate weight loss was discussed in the article,

      • I am the client in question, the truth of the matter is that I really don’t have an exact number. The number on the scale was not my motivator. The number that I was is simply arbitrary, it was a symptom of something much greater. I was unhappy, disconnected from my body, and bored. All of which contributed to me gaining the weight because I was using food to make me feel better. I did change my life – all aspects of it. And those were the things that were discussed within the article. What I ate, how I ate it, my relationships, how I moved my body, how I viewed myself and my body. In my humble opinion you cannot have a discussion about obesity without having a discussion about emotional eating.

        My story is isn’t just about how much weight I lost (which all of those things contributed to), it is about what I GAINED and learned about myself in the process. The magazine was not interested in that, it was focused on a tangible number. I’m thankful that Sarah stuck to her beliefs and didn’t come back and ask me to give a number. My story is powerful and will motivate women to look at weight loss differently. This magazine just wasn’t the right outlet for it.

      • Sarah Jenks

        Vera, I’m glad you spoke up. The connection between health and obesity/overweight is a controversial issue (questioning the notion that weight loss is integral to overall health; start with Dr. Linda Bacon, if you’re interested). That being said, I am absolutely an advocate of moving our bodies and eating whole foods that support our health. 🙂 There are many women who are fit and eat extremely healthily but don’t have another person’s definition of an ideal body. And to judge someone based on her size, without knowing her story, is unfair.

        Like I said, my client did lose weight, and we acknowledged that as a piece of her success, but not as the most important outcome… as she so eloquently stated, above. 🙂 Thank you so much for being willing to share your beautiful story, Bree!

    • Sarah Jenks

      This is so important. Excellent work, Sarah. How do you feel after shifting the focus of your attention?

  • Julie

    Good for you, Sarah, for standing by your message even when tempted by “opportunity”. Better to find the opportunity that fits you than to fit THEIR idea of an opportunity. On point 🙂

  • Thank you! As someone who used to LOVE magazines but had to stop reading them about 5-10 years ago because of how they made me feel after reading them. I only wish more stories and ads had your mentality.

    • Sarah Jenks

      Keep seeking them out, Janet! And good for you for limiting that which had a negative impact.

    • Danielle

      Check out Darling magazine. It’s such a great read- plus no retouching of models- and they use many shapes and sizes of women being featured.

  • Ashley

    You should check out Verily Magazine, if you haven’t already, since they’re about empowering and inspiring women based on who they are and not who society says they should be.

    • Sarah Jenks

      Sounds great, Ashley – I will. Thanks for the reco!

  • Thank you Sarah. I am totally with you on this mission. It is absolutely ridiculous and sad that the magazine you spoke with only cared about the number and the weight loss. This is why we have so many issues with eating disorders and several forms of disordered eating in our country and around the world right now. It’s all about the number and the thinness..but in reality it isn’t. Change is change. Weight loss alone doesn’t make everything better. Thank you for standing up for this Sarah. If I were that editor, I’d love to change the conversation.

    • Sarah Jenks

      You’re right, Samantha. Well, thanks for being a part of THIS conversation! Keep it going… xo

  • Kelly King

    It’s such a shame they would not budge – it would have given them a great platform to step away from the normal path most magazines take when reporting on weight. I have never owned a scale, have always gone with how I am feeling about myself. Which is ultimately most important. Thank you for sharing Sarah!

    • Sarah Jenks

      Good for you, Kelly! That’s exactly what’s most important. 🙂

  • Thank you Sarah! These magazines and their obsessive focus on weight just feeds more and more toward leading women to unhealthy emotional and physical ways of being. This isn’t living! I am so overjoyed that there are pioneers out there in our world that are leading the way to show others how to break free of what we think mattters… and simply try to lead our best lives. Thank goodness! I would have loved to have seen the article, but I am so happy you are sticking to what you believe has and will make a difference in lives. Live more! Rock on girl…

    • Sarah Jenks

      Same to you, Stephanie! Keep doing what you’re doing. Hopefully you’ll have the chance to read the article, soon. 🙂

  • Sarah, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for standing up for women everywhere. You could have easily gave in to be in the magazine but you chose women instead. You chose the Divine Feminine. I honor you. Thank you.

    • Sarah Jenks

      You are so welcome, Danielle. I honor the divine feminine in you, also.

  • I have been waiting so long for someone to write a post on this topic. It’s completely outrageous that this is what society has come to…You nailed this topic. Thank you so much for your transparency and honesty, and for doing the right thing! Say congratulations to your client for living more and weighing less. 🙂

    Much Love –
    Taylor Layne

    • Sarah Jenks

      I will tell her, Taylor. 🙂 I really appreciate your encouragement.

  • Heather

    Sarah, I am very happy for you and your client for standing up for your beliefs. I, for one, agree with you and think the media has, for way too long, pushed an unattainable perception on women in all of society. It depresses us and makes us feel as though if we don’t weigh 90 lbs. and have a certain “look”, that we aren’t as worthy to look at, or to talk to. I was one of these people who believed it, an anorexic in high school, to the degree that my doctor threatened to stick an IV in me if I didn’t start eating. Because of health issues (and age, I am now 41), I have gained weight over the years. I do want to lose some for health reasons, but I have come to realize that the appearance is not important. I love your blog, and love to receive your inspiring (and REAL) emails. Please don’t let anyone ever change who you are, you are beautiful and wonderfully smart and creative, and doing great things for women!! I am raising a beautiful daughter and want her to believe the same things about herself! Thanks!

    • Sarah Jenks

      Heather, I’m so happy that the blog has been helpful for you and that you’ve been able to make some shifts in your mindset. You are doing great, wonderful things by raising your daughter to love her beautiful self. Thank you!

  • Thank you for sharing this story. It’s awesome that you put your foot down. Fight the power! I want to see stories in magazines about how women are valuable in ways beyond their appearance and how to be brave enough to stand up to this kind of bologna.

    • Sarah Jenks

      So do I, Noel. Thanks so much for speaking out!

  • Leann

    I LOVE that you stuck with your truth and your message in this situation and did not opt to move forward with the article, in spite of a lot of likely exposure. I loved Live More Weigh Less this year and am slowly implementing more of the ideas into my life and seeing my body and life get more beautiful every day. Sending you good energy that you receive just the right magazine offer to share your inspiration and the inspiration of your client with an even bigger audience.

    • Sarah Jenks

      I’m so proud of you Leann! YOU are inspiring those around you. 🙂 Thank you thank you for the good energy!

  • Gwen Delmore

    I know OPRAH is the “holy grail” of publicity, but I would think that that magazine would be one that would really resonate with your message.This article is SO GOOD!

    • Sarah Jenks

      Thank you, Gwen! Wouldn’t that be great? 😉

  • Suzan

    I want to see the story the way you wanted to tell it! NOT the way they did. I’m not surprised at all that this has happened, the media wants to dictate every day how we should feel in our lives and what matters. I love your message and and so proud of you for standing up to them and hopefully making them at least think about why you did! When I was younger it was always about how many pounds I could lose and was never afraid to tell anyone how many I’d lost. Now that I’m trying to change my thinking(because of what I have learned from you so far),I will never ever look at the number of pounds again to define my success!

    • Sarah Jenks

      I really appreciate this, Suzan. Your last sentence sounds like a breakthrough! I hope you continue to find inspiration from the blog, I’d love to hear your takeaways. xox

  • Michele Barnett

    i can’t believe they did this. How short-sighted! The story you describe is the exact story I would rather read. I would not have been less interested in the story without the actual number. The pictures would likely have explained that anyway. Such utter nonsense.

    • Sarah Jenks

      Good to know, Michele! Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  • Caroline

    So proud of you for sticking to your integrity + beliefs !!! You show us what real raw true integrity is : A huge thank you <3

    • Sarah Jenks

      Happy to, Caroline. I’d be honored if in some way it inspired you to do the same.

  • Breena

    You go, woman! You did the right thing, even though it must have been HARD. But thank you for not contributing to the old body-jail mentality. You rock.

    • Sarah Jenks

      I appreciate the way you worded that, Breena. Thanks for being a part of this community!

  • Charlotte

    Good for you for sticking to your values, Sarah. That sends a powerful message back to the magazine. I always believe that the Universe has ways of rewarding those who don’t sell their soul. Big love x

    • Sarah Jenks

      I think so, too. Thanks so much, Charlotte

  • Nenia

    Hey Sarah! Thank you for standing up for what truly matters in life! In a world so focused on the weight, it’s important to focus on happiness instead I’m thinking that Verily Magazine would be open to having an article like this. It’s a beautiful magazine that celebrates women. Theit motto is about being more of who you are and less of what the world tells you that you should be

    • Sarah Jenks

      Yes it is! I’ll definitely have to check out this Verily Magazine. 🙂 Thanks!

  • Stacey

    Loved this. My first thought was start your own magazine! One that focuses on life changes. Or go to talk with Louise Hay to see if she is ready to start a magazine that is inspired. Create your own path. 😉

  • Lisa Byrd

    GIRL! I just love you for this <3 I live in Nashville and know many in the music industry. SO MANY people sell out who they are in order to make it big(ger) YOU ARE INCREDIBLE! Thank you for remaining truthful to yourself, your brand, and your clients. xoxo ~ DefinitelyLisa

    • Sarah Jenks

      Thank you for the encouragement, Lisa. It seriously means a lot. xo

  • berlin

    Thank you for your insightful comments in this blog post, Sarah.

    Sadly, everything you’ve said here about relying on the superficial (often numbers) to mean more than, and obscure, underlying problems could be applied in other areas of American culture too – – from our education system to our medical system to our political system.

    Good for you for sticking with your principles and teaching everyone who hears this story a much needed lesson. New thinking and new beliefs about a woman’s worth are long overdue in this country. I know you’ll be a part of making that change a reality. Thank you for standing up for us all.

    • Sarah Jenks

      Such a good point, Berlin.Thank you so much.

  • Couldn’t agree more Sarah! F**K those *ssholes! Good for you sticking to what you believe in. That congruency will benefit you tremendously. Rock on sista! Xxx

  • Kiki

    Good Lord! Shame on that magazine!….and thank goodness for people like you…who are gonna help push the needle until these types of articles become old-fashioned and socially unacceptable! As they should be! Keep going!!!! Thank you so much for your voice and your strength!

    • Sarah Jenks

      I hope to! Thanks for being a part of the conversation, Kiki.

  • Marilee burgedon

    I am so tired of this tortured and self abusive way of thinking! I have to work hard to silence my own judgements which are ingrained largely from magazines that define living by your weight rather than by health and well being! Thank you for taking up the battle against this psychology of discontent!

    • Sarah Jenks

      Right? Thank YOU for doing the same, Marilee. Keep it up!

  • Sarah, I am so thrilled you stood up for what you believe in! I am totally on board.
    I would love to see women’s magazines celebrate LIFE changes, unique beauty not superficial, stereotypical ideals of beauty that majority of the world do NOT fit in and a celebration of inward beauty instead.

    We need more people to stand up to the magazine giants just as you did in order to them to finally get on board with the world of women deserve.
    We are much stronger together than we are apart.

    • Sarah Jenks

      Yes we are! Excellent point, Kisha. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lori

    Okay, I’ve been a lurker for a while, and came over here in response to the email, so please don’t take this as bashing, but…

    I hear you that you are passionate that it should be more about “live more” and less about “weigh less”; and I completely agree that mass media aimed at women does a LOUSY job at sending the message that “losing weight doesn’t change your life, changing your life changes your life”, But *you* went to *them* – a mass media publication – to get the word out about a program that includes the words “weigh less” as half the name – so why wasn’t it a fair assumption that there is some weight loss involved,and why isn’t that important too? (That’s why *I* tuned in…)

    I agree that it’s an uphill battle to convey that the focus should be on experiencing that in the correct order (the “live more” part comes first), but now that message isn’t being conveyed at all – you let the baby get thrown out with the bathwater. I can completely understand how the magazine may have felt that you gave them a bait and switch when they planned an article about “live more, weigh less” that turned out to be a “live more, and don’t worry about weighing less” article instead. It was, of course, entirely your prerogative to decide that you didn’t want to focus on the “weigh less” part, but it’s at best naive to claim that as a “crazy reason” for a mainstream media publication to have to regroup on the article.

    Maybe your title was clickbait that I took too seriously. But you asked, so….

    • Sarah Jenks

      Hi Lori, thank you for sharing. Again, this client did lose a significant amount of weight, and though we were not trying to hide that fact, we were trying to shift the focus. Many women show an interest in my program because weight loss is their top priority. Further, she may want to change her relationship with her body, stop emotional eating, or put an end to obsessive thoughts about food. These are all crucial contributions to body jail, and each are addressed in Live More Weigh Less. Over time, clients begin to experience a paradigm shift; she realizes that her body is directing her to what really needs attention in her life.

      I encourage you to take a second look at the post, read Bree’s comment above, and find the wisdom in some of the additional comments on this thread. I really appreciate you sharing your perspective; I invite you to consider an alternative outlook on this all-important topic. And, I’m confident that another publication will be better aligned with my truth, and the article will be shared. 🙂

  • aarin

    This may be one of my favorite things you’ve every written and there have been many! I’m so impressed that you stuck to your values for yourself and those who follow you. I so appreciate your commitment and clarity of mission.

  • I’m glad you took a stand for what you’re all about. I think the article would have been amazing and inspiring and if you can’t sell it as a lifestyle article rather than weight loss, I think you should post it on your own website after doing all that work and let us know where to find it. As long as putting the # of pounds lost in # of days on the cover of magazines sells, I suppose this is just the world we live in right now. I think enough of us are tired of that old lie though…

    • Sarah Jenks

      It sounds like it, Cocoa! I will let you know if the article is published in another magazine or if I post it to my blog. I’d love for you to have the chance to read it. 🙂

  • Loved this share Sarah!

    • Sarah Jenks

      Awesome, thanks for letting me know, Selena!

  • C.Hill

    Amen sista!!!

    “Losing weight doesn’t change your life,
    changing your life changes your life.”

    Beautifully put, you hit the nail on the head with that statement, if we as women (and men!) want to start living the kind of life we aspire to we need to stop waiting until we lose weight, make more money, get a different job, meet the “perfect” person, become the “perfect” person and so forth… we need to start NOW and change what we can NOW and often times all those ideals we wait on end up being by-products of making incremental changes day-by-day that are sustained over time.

    It’s NOT about the weight, it’s not about the mate, it’s not about the $, it’s not about the job, etc… it’s about who we choose to be and how we choose to live right here, right now!

    Thanks to you and your client for not buckling under the magazine’s pressure to conform to what the masses deem “important” and “life changing” and instead staying true to the message that needs to be shared- that anyone can live a beautiful, engaged, fulfilled life despite circumstances once the choice is made to do so (or perhaps once we truly believe we’re worth the effort!) and once we follow that choice up with purposeful action… ultimately once we determine and commit to change.

    • Sarah Jenks

      So well said. It’s not just the weight that we wait on. I appreciate the encouragement (and that you included ACTION in this wisdom)!

  • This is so sad Sarah, I’m sorry but am glad you stuck with your truth and didn’t go for the exposure. I look up to you for that. LMWL has changed my life! I will keep my fingers crossed that there will be a magazine that will see the true value in this story and share it because the LMWL principals is what the world needs to see. xoxo

    • Sarah Jenks

      Thank you, Alyson. Aw, music to my ears! I’m so happy for you, babe.

  • Massive respect for holding true to what you believe in. Keep on being the change, it will happen!!!!

  • Rachel Lucille

    Hi Sarah! Maybe this is your cue to start your own publication and provide exactly the forum you are looking for in these unsympathetic publications!

  • Amanda

    Sarah!
    I’m so inspired by what you stand for! I’m glad you stuck to your belief, not just in your story and hers, but your belief that all women, regardless of size should be happy. And that doesn’t come from any number. Sure we all like to see the scale move or get praises about how we look like we’re losing weight etc, but personally I would rather hear someone say “you look happy or life seems to be going well for you or you’re accomplishing so much”.

    Since finding you a few months ago, even without enrolling completely in the live more weigh less program you have impacted my life.

    I’ve been in a swim suit a d skirts more times this summer than I have in the previous 10 years!! I’m taking my kids on adventures (by myself!) and soaking up their contagious laughter and spirit. I’m inspired to make healthy changes and lead them to a healthier and happier life. I don’t worry about people “staring” if I wear red lipstick and heels. I don’t worry about how others think I look because I’m wearing things that make ME feel pretty and in charge of my life.

    THANK YOU!!!! Thank you for showing me (and countless others) that it’s OK to just be me!! Much love and continued blessings on your journey!

    • Sarah Jenks

      “Personally I would rather hear someone say ‘you look happy or life seems to be going well for you or you’re accomplishing so much'” – this makes me so happy, as does this entire comment! It IS okay – it’s great – to be you, Amanda! This is so inspiring; I’m so glad you shared. xox

  • Fantastic Sarah! Well done you for standing your ground and not being bullied to change your angle. A very clear example that we can’t believe what we read/hear in the media…! Everything is so manipulated, wow! You are an inspiration. Lon x

    • Sarah Jenks

      Thanks for taking the time to share these kind words, Lon.

  • I used to love magazines and had subscriptions to 5 or 6, but as my relationship with my body and being a woman started to become more healthy my love for magazines drastically diminished. It seems like most women’s magazines sell by making us feel inadequate and/or by trying to make us feel better by showing us how inadequate celebrities are.

    I would jump for joy for a pretty glossy magazine that didn’t just throw in an average woman occasionally, but instead celebrated us. I want to see magazines where ALL the models have a variety of body types (so yes, maybe a few look like super models because that is a body type, but most look like regular women).

    Thank you for sticking to your values!

  • Jane

    Thank you for staying true to yourself, your message, and your audience! You should look into working with Experience Life Magazine. It is a health and fitness oriented magazine But, they are anti “diet”, “great abs in 30 days”, and all of that BS. In fact, their tagline is “The No-Gimmicks, No-Hype Health & Fitness Magazine”. Your message would be a great fit for their magazine. I’m confident they would love you and your message. Reach out to their editor–Pilar Gerasimo. It really is a great magazine and I’d love to see you in it! 🙂

    • Sarah Jenks

      Jane, it sounds like a fantastic publication. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Sarah! I am so proud of you and your client for standing up in a crowded media space and allowing your actions to speak louder than your words. You my dear are a pioneer for women’s freedom and I have so much gratitude that you are fighting the good fight. Continue re-defining the weight-happiness conversation, because we all know… deep down inside that it really isn’t just about the weight.

    • Sarah Jenks

      Thank you so much, Eleanor. I will because you are right!

  • All I can say is AMEN SISTA!!!

  • Oh Sarah! You have done it again. And I think I have recently become connected to Bree as well. I would definitely agree that the world needs more of what she has! Your sentiment here is one of the many reasons we are launching The Perpetual You magazine and society on August 1st! It is our belief that everything we need to be amazing is actually right inside of us – and that contrary to what the media and society tell us, we don’t need to change, we just need to slow down and live more! Watch for our first issue on Saturday, August 1st, and let me know if you ever want to write for us – we’ll be thrilled to have you!

    LaKay

    • Sarah Jenks

      Sounds great, LaKay. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for reaching out!

  • Danielle

    Sarah, you should look into Darling magazine, I don’t know if you are familiar, but I think they would make an excellent fit. They are all about celebrating all aspects of women- it’s truly a magazine with powerful content! Your philosophies would fit in well.

    • Sarah Jenks

      I love Darling 🙂 Thanks for the idea, Danielle!

  • LOVE that you stuck to your guns. We need more of that in this world! I feel like if you are chasing a number, you are doing it for the wrong reasons. Just like money, when you chase the money, your motivation won’t last as long.

    You’ve gotta learn to love it! I just came back from an amazing workout, not because I want to get huge or whatever, but because I remembered how much I loved the feeling of pushing past my limitations. When I came back I felt amazing and on top of the world.

    Personally, I have been focusing less on getting myself to a certain level. I’m now more focused on just being happy. I love to be active. I love to push myself during tennis or if I am going on a random 8km run. Either way I’m going to try and push past my limit and know that I kicked some ass that day!

    Focusing on that changes the game. In the end, my fitness is going to be great. I’m going to feel great.

    • Sarah Jenks

      Nathan – awesome! Thanks so much for reading and for sharing what motivates you.

  • This is the perfect way to break down this inmofration.

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