Giveaway–My Big Bottom Blessing

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So, um… how do I say this…

I am not petite. Even at my smallest weight I wore a size 10 because of size of my hips and butt.

Shockingly, no one cares.

Well, except me.

No one else cares what my jeans size is. My family doesn’t care. My dog doesn’t care. Old Navy with their vanity sizing doesn’t care. My friends don’t care. Red hair don’t care.

But, that part of me had a big impact on me for a long time… on where I’d glance first when I looked in the mirror in the morning, on how I felt about myself, on what kind of clothes I bought and more.

Luckily, I’ve come to appreciate my build. I also appreciate that similarly shaped women are more celebrated in the media. When I got an email to do a giveaway for a book called “My Big Bottom Blessing” I probably nodded at my desk. Yep, this is just right.

Today I am giving away a copy of My Big Bottom Blessing – How Hating My Body Led to Loving My Life.IMG 6009 800x600 thumb Giveaway–My Big Bottom Blessing

Here is a video clip with the author, Teasi Cannon. I love that she references how the media impacts how we feel about how we look.

It’s a book about Teasi Cannon’s journey with her body and God.

The first line is, “Does this book make my butt look big?” So you gotta love that.

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Open to residents of the US and Canada. Closes tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5pm PST.

Comments

  1. Amanda G. says

    I would LOVE to have this book! I too am bigger in the butt and hips area. A lot of my pants are big in the waist because I need to buy bigger sizes to fit them over my hips and butt! haha.

  2. Laurel C says

    During one of the last races I ran I saw a woman wearing a shirt that said “Does this make my butt look fast?” and I loved it!! As long as we feel strong and feel good about ourselves, it doesn’t matter what we weigh! My butt and legs help me run fast and far and I appreciate that about them :)

  3. says

    Sad that we can be so influenced by outside influences rather than seeing ourselves as perfectly, wonderfully made. I had bangs until after having my second child because my mom told me what a big head I had and I still look in the mirror and see imperfection, but am learning to be content – or maybe just not care about other people’s opinions.
    I don’t have a butt though, and for that, my husband says I am jealous :)

  4. Marija says

    Girl, I am SO with you..my big booty leads me to having to go bigger in all things from the waist down. I like that some gorg celebs with big bootys (kim k, j lo, etc.) are getting some good press for their bods, makes me feel even better about mine :)

  5. Michelle says

    I deal with this issue EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. After having two children, my body has changed so much and I would just love to look the way I looked before I had them. My husband tells me it’s a figment of my imagination but I insist it’s true. Especially since I’m asked repeatedly if I’m pregnant and my youngest is three.

    I would really enjoy reading this book if I’m chosen. Thanks!

  6. Kaelin says

    Oh yes I can soo relate. I have always struggled to accept my hips and rounder thighs. I am just now starting to accept my body at 27 and that I will never have skinny bird legs, and that’s okay!

  7. says

    I was reading an article the other day on how depending on the time/decade/fashion craze, different body types are “in”. Like apparently members of the IBTC have the ideal breast size now…sorry Pam Anderson! Plus…guys and girls see an idea woman’s body differently. Some guy like the big butts (and they cannot lie)

  8. says

    I think the size of pants is arbitrary. It’s not consistent in any stores I’ve been to so I’ve long stopped caring! At Kohl’s I wear a size 4, at Target I wear a size 2, other places I’m a 6….the number doesn’t matter, it’s how we feel!

  9. says

    I love that there is a book like this!

    One of my favourite t-shirts ever, I got for supporting Colorectal Cancer that has a picture of a woman with a big butt and it says “Does the fat on my ass make my ass look fat?” I wear it proudly to the gym.

  10. Stephanie says

    That book sounds like something I need to read. After an indulgent weekend i spent the day hating my butt/hips.

  11. Erin @ erinberries says

    I’ve always been curvy. Got that big butt. Always have to wear a belt so my underwear doesn’t pop out.

  12. Christine says

    The book sounds hilarious! I would love to read it while lounging by the pool rockin’ my bikini!

  13. Holly says

    I’d love this book. I have a scrawny upper body, and then BAM huge butt and huge thighs. So hard to accept at deal with.

  14. Cassie says

    I def have a lil junk in the trunk as well ;) As I’m nearing the end of my summer break (I’m a kindergarten teacher) I’m looking for an easy/good pool read! ;)

  15. Michelle says

    Butt-schmutt! Who cares about butt??! I <3 my butt! I <3 this book (I hope I win but will buy if not). Rock whatever butt you have, it's the only one you got! Oh, and if you fall flat on your butt, you will thank your lucky cookies that you ate them and didn't break your coccyx!

  16. Rachel says

    My butt/hips is one of the main struggles I have when it comes to body image. Luckily, running gives everyone a view of my “junk in the trunk.” I’m starting to appreciate that my hips and butt have let me run a half-marathon. Big butts are beautiful!

  17. Caity says

    I once had a very nice African-American woman tell me I “had a booty like a black girl.” I was 12 and this started a lifetime of hating my general backside.

    I need this book!

  18. says

    I feel like the grass is always greener on the other side. I have no butt to speak of and am always jealous of girls who have something going on back there. Own that butt, Monica!

  19. Amy says

    Sounds like a book all woman should read, looking forward to it! If I don’t win it I will buy it and pass it on to my friends.

  20. Jane says

    This book sounds great! PLEASE pick me….I have been down on myself lately….this sounds like the picker upper that I need! :)

  21. Laura says

    i too have a big booty and hips….it wasnt until recently, very recently (and im 25!), that i have learned to embrace and love my big booty! =] p.s. what brand of jeans do you usually buy? i have a hard time finding ones that fit well!

  22. Jessica says

    I had an unfortunate situation happen to me this weekend. I was out for my friend’s birthday and we were waiting for our ride to pull up next to the restaurant downtown. I started stretching my calves on the curb because I had run a lot that morning and they were sore. Then I caught a creepy man and his friends trying to take a picture of me from the side. I was wearing a fitted skirt (definitely not a mini!) and a loose tucked in top with flip flops. Now I know I’m not fat or that any undergarment or inappropriate body parts were showing so I can only guess that they were laughing at my bubble butt. Definitely a low point in my night, hopefully this book could help me handle situations like this in the future.

  23. Samantha says

    When I met you at the MGM in Vegas last year I was so excited to see that you were “normal” and by that mean… You look a lot more like me than the “normal” cover of Runners World. I can relate. Thanks for showing that runners are real.

  24. says

    This looks so good! I am also big in the hips area and am growing to love it more. I am definitely going to have to read this! :)

  25. Jen B says

    I love the sound of this book! Ironically, I wish my butt was bigger. It’s pretty flat. My opening line would have been “does this book make my GUT look big?” For as long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with my midsection. One day I hope to get over myself.
    Love reading your blog! I look forward to it every day.

  26. jessica g says

    oh why the hell not… i’ve got junk in the trunk. sometimes i love it. sometimes i hate it. if the book is funny, why not?

  27. says

    Love this!! I struggled with body image issues for years and now love what my body can do for me! And I like a little junk in my trunk!

  28. Samantha B. says

    Reading about other’s struggles with their body image and how they overcame those struggles has been the single most inspiring thing to me since choosing to live my life in a healthy way. Thanks for all the inspiration you give to others through your blog!

  29. jayp says

    My butt is probably one of my favorite parts of my body. Why? because it is one of the only things that makes me look feminine.

    Even my boyfriend admits that from the font, I look a willowly and often waif-ish, but from the side and back, video girl ;)

    just now what to do about the flat chest….hmmm.

  30. Katie says

    I cannot remember a time in my life, since I was about 10 when changing my body wasn’t a priority. Well, actually there have been some times. But few from the otherwise onslaught of that “in 10 pounds” thinking. Now that I’m a little older, have had my 2 boys and started moving my body I am probably in as good a place as I have ever been with body image. But I have to work on it. For me it means deciding. Deciding to live in my skin as is and working to keep it healthy.

  31. Karoline says

    Hey Monica,

    I would really really reaaaaally love to receive this giveway. When I watched the video of Teasi describing her struggles and her story and transformation, I really connected with her and can identify myself in all that she said (being the bigger kid, bigger clothes, being the chubbier sibling!) – which is really the point right? Particularly the part where she said that changing the way we see ourselves changes the way we see God and relate to Him. In the past year I’ve been able to really identify my weight struggle, my bad eating habits, emotional damage, and admit that I need help and need to change. The funny thing is, for the longest time, I didn’t realize that I needed God’s help in this area! I LOVE Him, and live my life as a follower of Jesus, and I’ve allowed God to infiltrate and transform and lead every part of my life….except my issue with weight/appearance/self-esteem. It’s funny because watching this clip of the author talk really struck a cord with me- just in the last month or so I’ve realized that just as I trust Jesus with everything else in my life- how is this crap any different?! Point it- it’s not. I’m trying to get through and overcome my issues with God’s help and it is an amazing feeling being able to surrender that and let Him carry the burden while helping me through this. I’m sorry if this seems like a crazy God loving Christian rant – it’s really not – just that I totally identify with everything about this book, and would love a chance to win it and go through it to further my journey along and gain a fresh perspective from a God loving woman who clearly has a lot to teach.

    (ps. I won that running journal giveaway a couple months ago- but never received it. It’s ok! I’m totally not mad hehe.. this giveaway would be 1000000 times better! :)

    Thanks Monica! (and Teasi!)

  32. Luvena says

    I would love to read this book!!! I struggle with body image coming from a formerly obese life. This sounds great!!!

    Luvena Cervantes

  33. maggie says

    I also have a bigger butt than most and will not shrink no matter how much I exercise. I have come to grown to love my butt. Reading this book would be another great motivator to love my body more and more and stop picking at its flaws.

  34. Denise says

    I would love to have the book. My daughter is 12 and just starting with the weight focus……… And she is thin………..its crazy how we see ourselves…………I think the book could help me to help her to see herself more positively. I want to encourage and teach her to see the inner beauty she possesses as more important than outer beauty.

  35. Melody says

    I’m the same way! I’ve been a size 10 since middle school & even though since then I’ve become a serious runner and gotten in way better shape, I’m still a size 10. It hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve learned to appreciate it.

  36. Rebekah Patin says

    “Instead of worrying about the size of our legs let’s worry about the size of our legacy.” Wow very powerful statement! If I don’t win the book I will have to buy the book, so I surely hope I win.

  37. Tracy says

    I am heavier in the booty and love that it should be celebrated. I admit that I struggle with loving it myself but the older I get the better I am at appreciating my body for the strengths instead of the weaknesses.

  38. Mary says

    I am sure that I am not the only person that struggles with self-esteem and self-outlook. Social media has really skewed the idea of what is truly beautiful. I really hope that this book helps whoever wins gain a new perspective about their body and true beauty!

  39. Maggie says

    i find that my happiness and acceptance of my body (and booty) coincides with a healthy relationship with the Lord. this book looks awesome!

  40. Sara says

    Um, yes. I think I need this book. I’m also not a petite gal, even after losing some weight, working out almost daily and running a half. I’m bitter about it and I’m the queen of negative self talk. I know I shouldn’t devote so much head space to self body loathing, but easier said than done!

  41. Raak says

    i would love to read this! i recently lost 25 lbs and still have a ways to go to get to a “happy” size. but one thing’s for sure…I always have and will continue to have too much booty in the pants!

  42. Leah says

    I would love to win this book! My thighs and butt have always given me a pear shape that I still have trouble appreciating. It is the hardest area for me to see any difference workout wise.
    But atleast I have nice shoulders and arms! Lol

  43. Monica says

    finally a giveaway open to canadians :D
    i’d love a new book for some good reading material, and this one sounds great.

  44. Kayla says

    I didn’t think I’d be interested in this book at first, but after watching the video I’d love to check it out!

  45. says

    I feel this girl… My theme song in life is “I like big butts and I cannot lie…” Actually, that’s the theme song I made for my husband for me.

  46. Kellie says

    I have always had a butt. I used to hate it, but now I am liking it. I look like a woman and my husband seems to like it so that is what matters.

  47. Ali says

    This sounds like a great book. I read “Women, Food and God” recently and while I enjoyed it, I don’t feel like I came away with any real/tangible tools to change my perception on things. However this book seems like it would be much more in line with the direction I hope to head in regards to my own body image.

  48. says

    If it makes you feel better, I have rather slender hips, so I wear a size 8 pants. However, with the size of my ribcage and breasticles, I have not worn anything below a 14 for dresses and blouses for over a decade. :( Just how all of our bodies are shaped.

  49. says

    Can I have a copy please? Even though I haven’t and don’t struggle with my body image (ok, maybe except the pimply face when I was in my teens!).

  50. says

    Haha, I totally get that. I always see those commercial and they’re all like, “I lost 40 lbs and dropped 5 pants sizes!” I lost 40 lbs, and how many pants sizes did I lose? One. Just one. It’s definitely one of those things that’s hard to come to terms with.

  51. says

    I’ve got a big butt and I cannot lie, so this giveaway to me you cannot deny!
    But seriously, I love my behind, and would love to read about others booty’s and their struggles (because as a former big girl, I have had my fair share of big butt struggles!)

  52. Kristina says

    I have always had a butt (size 8 bottom, size 2 top), and one of the greatest difficulties is shopping! I would love to win this book.

  53. S Carter says

    This book sounds good. Loving our bodies can be a very hard but necessary task. Learned to love my “junk in the trunk”.

  54. Kendra says

    my favorite quote from your blog comes from the time you were feeling down on your backside and asking ben why you were born this way. he responded “because god answered my prayers”your blog has helped me appreciate my own generously sexy booty!

  55. Lindsay says

    I can always use a good uplifting book to show me that body woes are normal, but not living your life to the fullest because of them is NOT. I’d love to read it!!

  56. says

    I just started working out with a personal trainer 2 weeks ago. I was super pumped in the beginning, but now I seem to have hit a “brick wall”…I need all the motivation I can get! :)

  57. Danielle says

    i like big butts and i cannot lie, all you other sisters can’t deny!
    liking my big butt may not have always been true, but just have to embrace what ya got!
    ps. so glad this one is open to Canadians!!!
    and is it bad that the big butt song is going to be playing in my head all day! ha

  58. Jennifer says

    I certainly have a ‘big bottom blessing.’ Unfortunately, my booty is not very proportionate to the rest of my body, so I have a very difficult time finding jeans and dresses that fit!

  59. stephanie*ss says

    I am a “quartorican” according to my hubby. And definitely inherited the “big bottom” so Id like to read about this being a “blessing” :)

  60. Ally Davisson says

    I still struggle to accept my wide hips and thick backside. This book sounds like it was written just for me!

  61. Ashleigh says

    I have struggled with and overcome an eating disorder and am getting ready to begin my master’s degree in counseling in August. I would love to be able to read this book and use it as a reference for my future career!

  62. Diane says

    Getting to love my body is a constant struggle. I am getting better but there is still progress to be made on that front.

  63. Sierra says

    I’ve had child bearing hips since I was in second grade!

    Most of the time I love them…except when I have to buy jeans. It turns into a marathon session of trying on every pair in the entire store, and then either a) buying every color of the one brand/style that almost fits perfectly, or b) walking out empty handed. What jeans do you buy?

  64. Shannon says

    Yes, please! Hate my butt and thighs; totally disproportionate with my waist and boobs (regular and 12-yr-old-boy small). But after growing, birthing and nursing two humans, I decided to like my body a lot more!! I mean hubs loves it, so I should too. We’re SO.MUCH.MORE than the flesh God created us in. He thinks we’re perfect so we should, too!!

    Running and achieving those goals also helped me accept the large-normous legs I happen to have been blessed: if they can run and carry me on my busy days, I should at least not talk SMACK about them. And whenever I start b*tching about my legs, I get thankful that they’re healthy and they can walk/run/move. I have people in my life (young and old) who cannot walk without assistance (wheelchairs or crutches or walkers), so it seems pretty stupid and petty of ME to diss the legs God gave me.

    Run on, mama…you look great!! :)

    PS: I’d love to read this book!

  65. heather c says

    It’s amazing to me how different woman are physically, and we hate how the media tells us what we should be…then we turn right around and dissect those women around us, like the media!
    I know some women who aren’t skinny or fit who go to the beach and take pictures of big woman and make horrible comments. Why? I suppose the group-bullying psychology makes them feel safe and insulated from the same…but I don’t know — maybe someone else on that beach took a picture of them and are doing the same thing.

  66. TiffanyS says

    I watched a documentary recently titled ‘Miss Representation’ about women are presented by the media. Very interesting! We, women, are our own worst enemies though. I too hate my butt and thighls, but I love what I can push my body to do. So, I guess I need to embrace those parts of me that enable those awesome things to happen. This book looks like it would help a lot of people see the positives.

  67. sophie says

    I lost almost 50lbs on WW and I still have body issues. At my smallest I’m a size 8 but still see that size 16 girl in the mirror. I’m really interested to read this.

  68. Lou-Anne says

    I’ve always had more curves then I’ve been comfortable with and I love to read. Thank you for writing such an honest blog! I’ve gone back to read it from the beginning but I’m still in 2009 after your move to Maryland.

  69. Gabriella says

    At least us big bottomed girls have Sir Mix-A-Lot to tell us where it’s at ;)
    Sounds like a fun book!
    P.S. Just wanted to let you know that I don’t comment a lot but I actually read your blog every single day and love it!

  70. says

    I’d say that this theme of negative self perception trancends any body type. I’m tall and have wide hips for my frame, while a good friend of mine complains about being too skinny and feeling self conscious that she eats alot and can’t gain weight evenly (no she does not have an eating problem, I lived with her for 3 years and I can vouch for her).
    I think we all strive for an unobtainable ‘ideal’ that doesn’t exist. This book sounds like works to debunk that myth we all carry with us.

  71. Patty says

    You should try this medication I am on, Noassatall, (no-ass-at-all)it might help. :) I gain all my weight in my stomach. Yeah, worst place EVER!

  72. Lindsey says

    Never had a small bottom and I don’t think I’ll ever have one– despite ongoing weight loss efforts over the years.

    I think my big squat weight in BodyPump is making it…bigger??! Oh, well, it’s growing on me ;)

    • Michelle Gutierrez says

      I, too struggle with body image and many times I wish I could see myself as God sees me (other people, too). I sometimes wish I could be hurt, because I dislike myself and my body so much.

  73. Jen says

    I remember my mom telling me when I was 9 that my cheerleading skirt didn’t fit properly because my “little butt stuck out so much.” I don’t think I even noticed how large my bottom half is until I met my fiance 7 years ago, but thankfully he pointed it out so much (in a good way) that I really can’t imagine not rocking a badonkadonk. And I love it.

  74. says

    I dont have a BIG BUTT, but I do have ALOT OF GUTT!
    You would think big girls have butts, not this one. I always wanted a big butt! I would trade my gut anyday.
    I would love to read this book. Sounds very inspirational.

  75. Meghann says

    I would love, love, love a copy of this book!. I have a booty with a side of hips ;) Maybe some people love it, but I’m only slowly growing to love them but I know they make the rockin’ world go ’round!

  76. Heather says

    I love the first line you posted from the book, “Does this book make my butt look too big?” LOL

  77. Michelle Gutierrez says

    I read this book and I related to many of the chapters. I love that the core of this book goes back to it is a Spiritual warfare we are fighting, and she reminds us that God loves us in spite of our body hatred and that Jesus died on the cross for every sin. Love this book. More Christians need to talk honestly about this issue.

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