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An Exercise in Self-Esteem

Exercise Your Way to Feeling Better About Yourself

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  • JUDYRYAN1
    Lack of self esteem is a critical component in weight control. How do we really see our body or do we? This article is one of the best that I have read on Self Esteem. If we are in control of ourselves we will emulate this confidence to others around us. Particularly children and grand children. We need to concentrate on being role models in order to keep us guided on the right 'thinking' tracks that in turn will help up make the right decisions in food choices and proper exercises. Great article..Should be posted as a reminder in every kitchen. Judy Ryan - 4/6/2011 8:31:06 PM
  • HELLENC1
    since my back injury i havewn t been much to exercise, but i have alot of motivation going i wake up early in the morning and i push myself out of bed,im on my feet ,like they say 24-7. i keep myself busy, with my housework, well after my accident i became housebound ,but thanks to god i have enough mobility to keep myself happy.and make other people happy like doing for my family what im good at,for instance my grandchildren.my friends always tell me .how do you manage to have so much energy? i really dont know what keeps me going, but i notice when everythig is going right mentally ,i function ,or my body does. when theres no activity going on in my way of thinking, to depress me or gettng in my way of doing my everyday things, chores , whatever i want to do with my time. thers so much to do, in my home. and that b-cause i live alone,with my hubby.but he works all day and when he gets home he rest ,and unable to do much once hes down. i like to b- around people who motivate me so u can more less see what my life is like after dawn. i love to do so many things, but when i met my husband, thers alot of things he dont know about me that i like to do. we have different interests, and well im already used to, living hes way of life.not exactly exciting, but,its kept me out of alot of social life i was used to...which is somewhat good.i love my love life with him. i love my children, my grand children,i spend alot of leisure time with them, and times we have alot of fun. even at times were not all there ,,at some events, we still manage to have an awesome time.i consider myself pretty dedicated to them my husband and all the shaqska-bang, my grandkids. i have 13 grandchildren . one on the way. 14" wow. and thats because only 5 children, out of six i had have kids, still waiting, hes been engaged going on 5 years, whichn i think thats pretty awesome too. whenever their ready,i am.you could say ive been married all my young life. my first marriage lasted 14 yrs. my second 29 yrs.,,will complete them on march 17. i had aolt of leisure time to take care of my self,,,, when ,,at the begining .. well its been years of dedicating myself to my family,, now that we are alone thats why i enjoy my leisure time with my husbnd ,with myself, quite ,peaceful, for a great intimate moment, , anyway still think aa li ttle action after dawn would not hurt me ,or my spouse, like getting out to take a walk, after dionner. go sit out there at the bay ,go out ther and get some clean oxygen into our lungs. may be romantic at the same moment,,,, but if there b- any kind of stress at his work,, or empiness, in my part ,since i dedicate myself in being a workaholic cleaning .im so obsessed to it ,i dont quit. my house is always clean,,and thers always something i have planned to do,,,,spring cleaning is one of my most busy time of year,,,planting for the spring, i had been diagnoised with diabetic 2 , and well ,i monitor my sugar ,try to keep a healthy diet .think im doing ok,,,,,but walking out thats what i have to put in my list for a longer ,heathier life... work out that sugar,,,,and drink .drink,,,, plenty of water to keep that sugar level down,,,, so if everything works out ,,,im hoping to start doing this with my husband.does the body good awnyway. better to be tired,, and make an effort to save a little energy after dawn to do things for ourseles,,,tired or not ,,,for our wellbeing... where theres a will,theres a way,right? .anway wish me luck .hope together we can motivate ourselves ...to better health. i am overweight,,or we both are, he works so it b- a breeze for him ,and harder on me ,,but if i dont start now, ,,,it could b- worst, i take alot of vitaminb-12, and take acaiberry to boost myself, when i do feel run down. i love to drink lemon water ,water with apple cider, 2 tsp.per each 8 oz. since then ive lost 15 pounds ,still overweight,, but trying to balance my weight in the scale hasnt been easy for me . but it helps to keep a scale in the house, best time i found out to weigh is in the morning ,straight out of bed ... weigh less, of course during the day you will weigh more cause ur consuming food during the day, so dont panic,,, even if at times when i check my weight in between meals i do,...,which is a normal reaction in my part, still, if i lost 120 poundes more,,, then i know i could live to b- a hundred,,,,,,my husband maybe 50 lbs..... we owe it to ourseles to try harder,,,, for the love of ourselves,,,for the love of our children, grandchilren ,,,, but we have to first love ourselves before we can love anyone else,, right" we need to start taking care of number 1, so now i need to see when,,,,, well,,and if i can keep up in logging in with sparkpeople.,so i know im consuming what my body needs to burn fat, lose weight ,inches ,,whatever comes first,,,i loved ur articles ,read every ones ,and now writing mine .hoping it will inspire someone to thrush an arrow to your self on valentines day...or whenenever ,,,,love urself....you cant hurt noone by doing that,,,only urselves. love ,,,, a concerned,and worried parent, wife,and grandma,,,,,c-ya god bless" hellenc1 - 2/19/2011 1:15:14 PM
  • MYTIME001
    Great article. Wonderful insight about working with your body, letting it teach you what works, rather than imposing standards on it.
    - 2/14/2011 11:32:14 AM
  • I love this article, it seems like its talking about me. My self esteem is rather low and its partly because of my weight, but more so because of my spouse that makes me feel like a nobody and that brings my self esteem to a crashing low. I know I deserve better and until I do something about it Ill always feel the same about myself. - 12/4/2010 7:36:04 PM
  • QUELEENDAH
    This one is a huge struggle for me. I just noticed that my teenage daughter is starting to avoid getting her picture taken....just like me.
    She is absolutely stunning and I watch her pick apart herself in all of her pictures. It kills me.
    So this is a much needed message for me. Thank you! - 10/8/2010 11:25:44 AM
  • How about that, this text just made me realize that I do like to exercice. I do choose fun physical activities, I do belly dancing, I do set little goal to reach in a competition against myself... And as a matter of fact, I do feel great afterward. OMG, I'm still trap in the Perfectionnist Attitude ! Thats it, it over as in right now. I'm pround of myself and my level of physical activity! - 9/18/2010 7:30:29 AM
  • This article was so profound, that Iit made me feel the need to read it over and over again. It helped me in so many ways. The article lead me to a lightbulb moment, that identified one of the reason exercise have been difficult for me; I never really learned how to enjoy playtime as a child. This information reminded me that I am not too old to have a more playful attitude, since the article suggested that exercising can relate, to playtime. Thank You - 8/26/2010 6:01:52 AM
  • KEMCNAIR
    Just read this for the second time. Such great advice! - 8/24/2010 9:22:58 PM
  • KRAZYK8S55
    Gosh - this assumes that because a person is beyond what's considered normal for height/weight, that they automatically have a negative body image. If it weren't for seeing a specific change in values in my blood tests, I probably wouldn't exercise other than "lifestyle" exercise. I do as much as I need to for a positive result, but I don't do more exercise than I need to to obtain that result. My perception of self and my body image doesn't improve as I have no issues with my body image. I'm college educated, work full time with no sick leave taken in several years other than for routine checks. I am more than halfway to retirement. I'm respected in my place of employment, community and where I do volunteer work. I believe my self esteem is fine. Other than you telling me I should have a negative body image and low self esteem, why, exactly, should I? - 8/24/2010 4:24:27 PM
  • Excerise always makes me feel better. Some days I feel lazy and think it won't hurt me if I skip it. But the truth is I am in a better mood and totally motivated after I finish a workout. I find that I get more accomplished through out the day if I have burned some serious calories to start the day. - 8/24/2010 12:16:18 PM
  • What a fantastic article on attitude and healthy fitness goals. Before I found spark people, I used to just "mark time" with exercise. Now that I have discovered such varied workouts and have learned to compete with myself, I actually enjoy working out. - 8/24/2010 11:15:55 AM
  • He said something that really hit home with me, "When you do that, you affirm that you and your body are friends—not enemies." I realize that I have always thought of my body as THE ENEMY and I have been battling it all of my adult years! That's pretty horrible, honestly. I see that I need to change my thinking and take care of ME..not just try to get to this "ideal number on the scale".

    I like the idea of competing against yourself with exercise to make it more challenging. Marking progress in your bodies ability to perform. I have seen the lunges that I do become a little easier and I can walk a mile faster than I could 2 weeks ago. I would like to be "friends" with my body now, not later, so I'll be working on that! :-D

    - 8/24/2010 10:49:07 AM
  • I'm one of the lucky ones. I LOVE to workout!! Not only has this helped me lose 83 lbs., I suffer from low-level depression and exercise helps my brain make the "feel good" hormones that combat my depression. I don't look at exercise as a chore, I see it as medicine. - 8/24/2010 8:31:59 AM
  • Great article! I was seriously lacking in motivation to exercise until I found something I really liked. Even now, I'm still looking for things I like, in addition to being "good for me". - 8/24/2010 8:23:00 AM
  • Thank you for this positive and motivational article about exercise! - 8/19/2010 6:27:23 PM

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