This year, we are all about the inspiration on Sarah by the Sea, so on Fridays I will be featuring inspiring women in Five on Friday Q&As. This is one of my very favorite features, and I hope you love it too.
Meet Annabel Adams, a PR Manager, blogger and freelance writer from Long Beach, California, who blogs at Feed Me, I’m Cranky. She dreams of authoring a book that empowers women (and men too!) to find their own road to living a healthful, vibrant life. “With the mainstream media and government’s obsession with the girth of Americans’ waists, it’s easy for our collective souls, self-esteem and health to be the collateral damage during this “war on obesity.” It’s time we look away from the scale and into our hearts to ask: what is health and how can we live a truly vibrant life with the bodies we have now?,” says Adams
Why is important to you to go after your dream?
Annabel Adams: I think we’re at a critical time. Due to the mainstream media and government’s obsession with the girth of our waists, it’s easy for our collective souls, self-esteem and health to be the collateral damage during this “war on obesity.” I want people to be encouraged to find their own paths to health and to living a vibrant life. I spent most of my young adult life feeling like an outcast due to my body size and falsely believed that if I lost weight, all of life’s problems would go away. I didn’t envision that after losing 150 pounds, the real problem would truly manifest: I would never be healthy, or happy, until I could truly love and accept myself at any size.
What are your must-reads for inspiration and motivation?
AA: My must-read books for inspiration and motivation are books on identity and obesity politics, such as What’s Wrong with Fat by Dr. Abigail Saguy, The Obesity Myth by Paul Campos and Health At Every Size by Dr. Linda Bacon. I also love reading blogs, such as those that I gave a “Cranky Award” to at the end of this year:
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
AA: The best piece of advice I ever received was from my dad who said, “sing louder!” It was in response to my early band recordings (I was timid behind the microphone then), but I think it translates well into all aspects of my life. Do what you love and do it loudly!
Who inspires you and why?
AA: I find inspiration in people who think critically and who are not afraid to question the status quo. From my boyfriend to Amanda Palmer to the authors whose books on obesity & identity politics I read while getting that exciting feeling that I’m unlearning….there’s enlivening inspiration to be found whenever you find the unconventional.
What’s the first thing you do every morning?
AA: Every morning, I eat a satisfying breakfast and then go for a walk with my mom and dogs. My mom is a treasure who, fortunately, lives nearby, and I feel content to start a busy work schedule after I’ve taken time to honor my body and soul.
Thank you to Annabel Adams! Tune in every Friday for interviews with women going after their dreams.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.