I really needed to read this one! I've been struggling a lot with this exact problem lately and this really helped!
10/5/2013 12:46:41 PM
I really agree with this article. While I never felt affected by fashion magazines in high school (I just wanted to look at the clothes!) I DEFINITELY noticed the way it would affect a lot of the other girls around me and I think that fitness magazines are even worse. Just a whole lot of negativity masquerading as positive "healthy" adivce etc.
I will say though that I also think SparkPeople could do better in this aspect. None of the models look heavier than 120lb at most and none of them are really athletic looking. I'd like to see more images of women who look like Coach Nicole; athletic and healthy not skinny. Or how about some "plus size" models? Particularly since "plus size" in the industry is size 10-12 or even size 8 nowadays. How much more inspirational and healthy would it be to see happy smiling women with everyday healthy bodies!
I've spent so much time reading fitness magazines and coming away from them with a certain self-loathing. This article was an eye opener and I truly appreciated reading about being your own best friend. I think this is something that our society in general needs to accept and cherish. Being okay with myself and remembering to give myself credit for all the effort (even the small accomplishments) will now be my new "norm". Thanks!
This finally 'clicked' for me earlier this year. I have spent the better part of my life (since childhood) always putting myself down and focusing on the things I didn't like about myself. For some reason that all changed. I now have motivational quotes and reminders all over my house and talk to myself constantly...in a good way.
I'm so glad the author mentioned that oh-so-annoying phenomenon of craving what you have told yourself you cannot have. How many rationalizations have I invented over the years in order to do what I don't even want to do? I love the idea of substituting the thought with a positive thought. Take charge!
Great Article! I've been practicing the positive self-talk for a little while now, and I honestly have seen better results. I have been trying to reduce my intake of desserts and empty calories so when I turn things down, or decide not to eat something, instead of saying "I can't have X", I say "I don't WANT X" it's a HUGE difference, and I don't obsess over it because I'm too busy congratulating myself for turning it down.
6/30/2012 11:05:57 AM
I loved this article. The part that really spoke to me is the part about acting like you're talking to you're best friend. This is something I always struggle with. I'm such and optimist about others lives but a pessimist when it comes to my own. I also really liked when it said that our brains can only hold one thought at a time. Interesting....
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