The Knoxville chapter is currently on hiatus. (December 2018)
I was born, raised, live and work in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. I grew up in a family that enjoyed being outdoors so I’ve had the opportunity to explore a lot and grow a connection to the land.
As a child, I loved playing outside but I was picked on a lot for being fat. I started my first diet at age 8. As a teenager and young adult I was still involved with diet culture. I enjoyed being outside but was always feeling shame about my body. Often times I would not go hiking or swimming with friends because I was afraid of being embarrassed. I suffered from depression and began harming myself. I would do anything and have done everything to lose weight. I realized diet & weight loss culture were really unhealthy for me & sought out ways to heal from the toxicity. Acupuncture helped me to end self harming. I read Jess Baker’s book Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls & it changed my life. Then I found out about Fat Girls Hiking. I decided then and there that I no longer wanted to wait for “a perfect body” to get out and enjoy life. In January 2017, I visited Oregon to attend the FGH Snowy Weekend Adventure near Mt. Hood & it solidified my passion to connect with others who feel the way I do.
When hiking or visiting new places I always learn something new about myself and my abilities. When I’m not working or hiking I enjoy kayaking, music, reading, spending time with my loved ones & having fun with my dogs. I’m constantly inspired by the featured ladies on FGH & other body acceptance/body neutral/ body positive outlets on social media. On the way to a trailhead I’ve been listening to the Every Body podcast; it is such an inspiration.
If you have a desire to hike or explore the outdoors, I want to inspire you to go for it! Enjoy the outdoors in the body you have now. Don’t wait. Life is short.
Contact Tamera at email@example.com & check the Events page for hikes / adventures with the Fat Girls Hiking, Knoxville Chapter!