SFH: Congrats on your new book! What are you most proud of with this accomplishment?
MAGGIE: Thank you so much! I'm really proud that I brought a long-term project into completion. As someone with ADHD, completing projects can be difficult but I felt so strongly that the fat community needed this book, so that kept me going. I'm so excited to hear how my book helps other folks on their journeys towards intuitive movement and body trust.
Pick up your digital copy of Weightless at magsmcgill.com/weightless.
SFH: Tell us about a recent adventure. What insights did that experience bring you?
MAGGIE: I recently had my first ever professional massage and I can't believe it took me so long! The past few years I've struggled with feeling deserving of things I consider "luxurious" so it was a big deal for me to book this appointment. But I know that my body deserves good things and massage is definitely one of them! It was also an incredible experience as a fat person to receive body work and be cared for in a safe environment.
SFH: What passions help you feel invigorated and living your best life?
MAGGIE: I know that so many people aren't living their biggest, most joyous life because they feel they don't deserve it, whether they are fat, queer, trans, neurodivergent, and/or something else. My biggest passion is to reach out to these people and let them know that they DO deserve to have the life of their dreams, with the body and brain they have right now. So I guess helping people live their best lives helps me live my best life!
SFH: What's your favorite Superfit piece and how does it make you feel?
MAGGIE: Definitely love my bike shorts most of all! They make me feel comfortable, confident, and I know that they won't slip up or fall down.
SFH: Any tips for folks new to joyful movement?
MAGGIE: I share more about this in my book, but I think it's important to note that joyful movement isn't accessible to everyone for a variety of reasons! I had trouble moving joyfully because of the trauma I had experienced around movement in the past. So I tried to engage in neutral movement as much as possible as I made my way towards joyful movement.
SFH: What is something you wish you could tell your younger self?
MAGGIE: I wish I could tell my younger self that I wasn't broken or a failure because my body couldn't easily do the same physical activities as my peers'. Each body has strengths and challenges, but our bodies are capable of change too! Like getting stronger, having longer stamina, etc. Only recently did I prove to myself that I could have a strong core. I had no idea that was possible because I thought my fat body had inherent limitations. So I guess I'd tell my younger self that my body is perfect and capable of so many awesome things.
SFH: Anything else you'd like to plug?
MAGGIE: I'm hosting a GIVEAWAY over on my Instagram @maggiemcgill. One lucky winner will get a Superfit Hero Bodysuit and a copy of Weightless!