08 | Emily Nolan on her pretty full, full circle experience and the #prettyfull movement

Welcoming Emily Nolan to the MNBP!  Emily is a master in radical self-acceptance.  After years of dealing with disordered eating and body dysmorphia as a model and as a women, Emily had had enough. She decided to embrace her earth suit and love the body that she is in. 

Credit: @katemoorephoto

Credit: @katemoorephoto

Emily is an inspiration for every woman on this planet to love the "earth suit" that you are in and to

"move for fun, eat for fuel, and own their Earth suits." 

You can tell immediately Emily is full of moxie and is passionate about sharing her story and inspiring each woman on the planet to be #prettyfull.  She recently trained for a full marathon, running the Paris Marathon earlier this year, and will soon run the Marine Corps Marathon. She is carving out her own career as the International Spokeswoman of radical self-acceptance. 

This episode is good for anyone interested in joining the #prettyfull movement, anyone who gets excited about moving or wants to be motivated to move, feeding it well, and who wants to hear about Emily's remarkable experience.  Most importantly, if you are struggling with body acceptance and self-acceptance, know that you are not alone and that you can join others/feel supported in making positive habits for yourself. Believe it - you can!  Now on to the show...


Who:  Emily Nolan

Where: Northern Virginia, USA

When:  26 June 2017

What we explore together:

  • Her pretty full, full circle experience - from being a model at size 0 to size 16, undertaking full body liposuction as a plus size model to her explant and to her current work as a motivational speaker/thought leader in radical self-acceptance
  • How she has become a master in radical self-acceptance throughout the entire process
  • How she helps women with the process of self-acceptance and discovering who they are. PS - Emily has to date inspired 40 women to get their own explants. 
  • On moving for fun and her path to "mindfully run" by "closet running" and the "TopLess: Bra on, Belly out" events she started
  • The tool she created - her recently written and soon to be published ebook, which you can find the link to below, and her book that is forthcoming 
  • The Pretty Full movement and how she teaches women to "move for fun, eat for fuel, and own their earth suits."

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How Emily explores 

The world:

By travel and by investing in experiences instead of material things.

Her mind        

This new positive practice that she is doing each morning is to
walk for ten minutes and notice, just notice. She notices all different types of things.      

"Take time for myself to explore my mind and just let it go for its own morning movement."

She likes to read. And she recently has begun to use colored pencils to add some creativity to her life.             

Her body:  

"I move for fun!" 

She will not do any movement that is not fun. 

She tries to be as intuitive as possible. 

Eating for fuel. - most important!

The only rule she has with herself is:

 "Eat things that don't make me feel bad."

"Keeping it real simple."

Emily's advice on how to move intuitively and get to the bottom of what makes you feel good:

Understand that there is a difference between being uncomfortable and discomfort
and distinguishing the difference
between the two because one is out of love and one is out of guilt

Keep it real simple - know what it is you are consuming!

Stop and think: Did that make me feel good? Yes? Keep going! If not, find a different alternative.

Her spirit

Yoga, journaling, writing, meditation.

Exploring spirit is important to her because she connects everything she does to a higher power. 

The one activity, habit, behavior that makes feel in her Natural Beet is


riding my bike, going for a jog, dancing, doing a HITT class or yoga class

Final words that EMILY NOLAN left with us: 

"It all begins with radical self-acceptance.
You have to be brave enough to believe you are a miracle just the way you are."

Make one positive decision a day for YOURSELF - you will get there!

Links mentioned or referred to:
Emily's Website
Emily's Instagram
Pretty Full Marathon Facebook Group - join and support other women in their movement
Pretty Full Marathon Ebook - coming soon! 
Chad Weller - Emily's running coach
Topless - bras on, bellies out - tool for radical self-acceptance


  • "When I came out alive, my whole life changed. If I lived through this thing, then god is not done with me." - on her experience after her full body liposuction
  • "It wasn't overnight." - on accepting her body  
  • "I had that moment where I had to decide was this going to be the rest of my life? Am I going to try to kill myself to try to be pretty and beautiful in society's eyes?" - on self acceptance 
  • "I just felt, it was such a sick feeling. Is this what women do? Is this the role of women in our society?" - after her surgery
  • "I saw beauty inside and out of all of my other friends but I was my biggest critic."
  • "At this point in my life I would rather life just a simple, joyful, full full life. And I mean full of joyful experiences and full of satiating foods and nourishment and exercise and movement that brings me joy not out of guilt and shame, depletion, and depriving myself."  
  • "If I forgive myself I should have zero shame about my past and I should talk about it with radical honesty because I am definitely not the only woman who goes through this process." 
  • "And I don't even know if I am gluten free or not." - "I'm not sure." - "Undecided." - on her real simple food choices
  • "Running and dancing are the most primal celebrations of our earth suit"
  • "I still hated all happy runners at this point in my life." - on how she used to not like to run
  • "I do it because I love my body and it feels great." - on moving for fun 
  • #prettyfullmarathon instead of empty and depleted 
  • "Redefining what pretty means." 
  • "Being full is a great thing - it is a positive experience - like a full garden blossoming." - on being prettyfull  
  • "Functioning is different than flourishing."
  • "I teach women to move for fun, eat for fuel, and own their Earth suits - on the pretty full movement 

A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

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