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An Exercise in Self-Esteem

Exercise Your Way to Feeling Better About Yourself

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  • Oh, yes, very important!
  • Another insightful article from Coach Dean. He has a way of reading my mind...
  • I've known for a very long time now that exercise is a major element in my efforts to lose weight to be able to get more done. My age and health problems make it harder than just going for walks, etc. It has become a priority goal for me, and this article is very helpful.
  • Just what I needed to hear and remind myself of this morning. I think your articles are insightful and very helpful.
  • Great article. I do have more self esteem now that I have reached goal and have pretty much stayed there for a few years now. I feel better, am breathing better, and I feel good about myself. I know I have clothes that fit me now and that makes a difference the moment I get dressed and check myself out before I start my day. This includes make up and shoes. No I am not vain, I just want to look the best I can.
  • Really good article except for the last part... we are not an animal with a body. No siree!!! But I am a human being that wants to enjoy life and for me that includes making choices for my best health. I do need fun and play and as we grow older I think we forget that.

    Animal? No way!
  • It took me a couple of years to get with the program, but now I think it will work for me. I had two surgeries last year and a bit of weight gain and loss, so now that the worst is over (at least for now!) I can concentrate of following everything I'm learning on Spark People.

    How I wish I had found SP 10 years ago before I spent money on programs that didn't help!
  • 2BNUMENOW
    WOW! I AM SO GLAD TO FIND THIS SITE. SPARKPEOPLE HAVE SO MUCH INFO AND BOY DO I NEED IT. I AM CARETAKER FOR MY 92 YR.OLD MOM, MY ADULT SON WHO IS PARTIALLY DISABLED, AND MY HUBBY WHO HAS CARDIAC ISSUES. I CANNOT GET OUT TO A GYM, OR OTHER PROGRAMS. I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SIGN ON EVERYDAY, BUT I WILL DO MY BEST TO FOLLOW THE PROGRAM. A MILLION THANKS TO THIS GROUP. MY DR. WILL BE PLEASED , I AM SURE.
  • My problem is different because in my eyes even though I'm 220lbs I think that I look good (for my size)! Lol! It wasn't until I started hanging with some friends who were wayyyyy smaller then me and my dr. started telling me about some concerns. I'm still happy w me inside and out but my reasoning for losing weight has changed. I need to take time out for me! I want to be healthy with whatever size I am! Great article! I needed that!
  • I think that self esteem (Thinking well of yourself) begins in childhood. Parents can program a child into thinking that they are clumsy, stupid, ugly etc. Peer grouops can do the same. Therefore it's important to try and recall how you felt as a young child growing up into adulthood. The cliches about telling yourslef that certain physicial features should be loved usually doesn't work. Most of us want to fit in with other's. Your sense of self esteem depends largly on how much you are willing to adopt the physical characteristics of the people that you see every day.
    There is nothing wrong with changing the way yiour features look if that will make you happy. On the other hand you can accept your face and body and not buy into crowd concepts of beauty. The choice is yours and either one is okay; at least that is what I think.
    Hillary cCinton's new hair style has caused a media uprsing because she doesn't have the sophisticated look that she exhibited awhile ago. Hillary said that her long hair was easier to manage and that she didn't care what people thought. She had more important things to do than worry about her hair. Bravo to Hillary cCinton. However, not all of us are like Hillary. We care what people think about how we look and feel badly when rejected. Therefore thinking about how we got to be self critical is important. How can we change our thinking if we don't know what caused it?

    Elizabeth
  • SINCE I BEGAN MY WEIGHT LOSS IN AUG 2011.....I LISTENED TO EVERYONE...ABOUT HOW I LOOK........THEN I SAID WAIT.....I WILL SHOW THEM AND I HAVE .......FROM A SIZE 16 TO A SIZE 14......THIS ARICLE JUST REINFORCED ALL THAT.......
  • This article clarified a lot for me. In order to make a permanent changes, I need to lighten up!
  • I really love this article!! It helps to understand what the proper motive for doing something positive should be. This was really very helpful for me. Thank you.
  • This so resonates with me! Before I started losing the weight my husband asked why I couldn't bless my body for the strength and health it posesses. I didn't know but I started to think of all the ways I appreciated how my body gets me through a day. Like being able to carry and deliver my three amazing children... Being able to now bike and play and run with the kids and even just for myself. So I started to bless my body. Each part. Even the parts I was less than satisfied with how they looked. I'm not sure if that's just hokey but everything is responding and now the scale is too. I feel stronger & healthier. Like I can take on the world!

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