Body Image Village

You know the phrase “you can’t raise a child without a village” or something like that? Well, you also can’t radically change your mindset and rock your body image without a village of kick ass women surrounding you.  Ok, you can, but it’s a hell of a lot better with support. Maya Angelou quote

I’m asked quite frequently how one can start working on their body image. And the environment you choose is a good place to start.  I’ve listed some ladies below that I follow on social media and why I suggest you follow too.  Because we can always use another friend in our corner, amiright?  : )


  • Ashley Johns of Fierce Forward –

I first “met” Ashley when she came out with her first Armor bracelets. I love all things phrases so having bracelets on my wrists that remind me to be fierce? Take my money!! Once you get past the retail therapy, read through her story on her site. She has a beautiful perspective on what health and fitness really mean and how to love yourself no matter what shape your body comes in. She now has retreats and get-togethers around the country, so if you like her vibe, join her tribe!

  • Erin Brown –

Erin started out, like so many, by losing weight and becoming a personal trainer/blogger. Then she realized where women needed the most help: self-love. Her message evolved and exploded from there. She has written and published a book called As Is. She now does coaching, workshops and speaking engagements all on the topics of personal development and empowerment. I consider myself to be well-versed on these topics, yet Erin is always able to capture a moment or a feeling and put into words what I could never quite put my finger on. If you have a daughter, then look Erin up immediately! Seriously, you have to follow her and read her writing. It’s beautiful and it’s life changing.

  • Jill Coleman of JillFit –

Jill’s current focus is on training female entrepreneurs and mindset training. She explores topics intellectually and yet writes in a way that makes everything so understandable. She’s open with events from her own life and her own weaknesses, using them as stories that draw you into her self-development topic. You can find her on her blog and various social media, purchase mindset training courses or tickets to see her speak in-person. Find out about #moderation365 and other social media campaigns Jill has started. You won’t regret following Jill…she consistently puts out quality info that you can implement in your own life right away.

  • Ashley Palmer from Youtrition –

Any woman that authors a book called “Never Diet Again” is a-okay in my book! Along with writing, Ashley coaches one-on-one and in virtual groups. She also has a Facebook page of women all looking to become their healthiest selves without becoming obsessed. Her writing is right to the point and so sane. In a world of “waist trainers”, fad diets, and body shamers, Ashley is so damn refreshing! Check her out for sure.

Stay tuned for Part Two with 4 more badass ladies to follow!

About Kristy Stabler

Kristy Stabler is a wife, mom of 3 daughters, a national level figure competitor, a nutritionist, personal trainer, and health blogger for the Huffington Post. But underneath all those titles, she’s a woman who has dealt with her own body image issues, self-doubt and diet obsession. Seeing a lack of true substance to most of the fitness programs out there, Kristy changed her coaching to address the mental & emotional aspects of good health that every woman deals with on a daily basis, but tends to ignore in the pursuit of a size zero. Kristy has a Business Degree from California State University Sacramento and is ISSA certified in nutrition and personal training.