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An Exercise in Self-Esteem

Exercise Your Way to Feeling Better About Yourself

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  • Bullseye! Great article. I can't believe the changes in myself once I was determined to make a "lifestyle" change which of course meant I had to exercise for my health and to lose weight. I haven't lost a lot of weight, but I've lost 7 inches and I can't believe what a difference that makes. I feel good about my body and I want to treat it right, even though we have about 20-25 lbs left to go, which would make a total of 70-75 lbs of weight lost. I feel great with all of the changes so far and now I'm more determined to exercise more to keep this going, but also to add different exercises too to tone up. My attitude has completely changed toward my body image and I feel great when I exercise. I started with baby steps, but I can go longer and longer now, and I actually WANT to continue to exercise, even after I've accomplished the goal I set for that workout.

    Thank you! - 5/4/2010 3:44:33 PM
  • This article is on target. It was only when I decided to create a lifestyle that supported a healthy weight and fitness that I started to see real results. Incorporating active fun with group exercise, fitness clubs and active friends made it easy to get fit. When I am active, I have to eat better or else I don't perform as well during workouts. This synergy just works and it is all positive instead of seeming like a chore. I look forward to hiking with friends, biking or just going for a good walk instead of always driving to the store. Fitness can be fun and the results beyond your expectations. - 4/10/2010 2:57:59 AM
  • RLMCCUE
    I love Dean's articles and blogs, they always seem to make sense to me and really speak to the inner me that needs to hear the advice. I have pretty low self-esteem and sometimes still consider exercise to be punishment. I know that I have a long way to go on my journey towards a healthier me, and I know that learning to accept my body for what it is now and what it's capable of now is very important. Thank you for giving me tips on how to do just that! - 2/18/2010 5:18:53 PM
  • Fantastic article! - 1/11/2010 6:33:19 PM
  • Wow,

    I really needed to hear/read this right now. I've been working out on average 3 days per week for 1 hour since September and have only dropped a few pounds. I'm feeling healthier, but not losing the inches I'd like to be losing. So maybe I need a new approach. - 12/14/2009 9:16:51 AM
  • You couldn't be more 'right'! - 10/9/2009 9:51:49 AM
  • Great aricle, I need to reveiw frequently! - 9/10/2009 4:48:45 PM
  • There are no words to express to you how much I enjoy reading your articles. Although most of the writers are helpful, whenever I see an article from you it is a must read. Your writings are so practical and so easy to apply to one’s life. Your words seem to coincide with the seasons of my experiences. You have helped me over so many hurdles and I am so grateful. Thank you seems too small of a word; just know that I sincerely appreciate your writing talent and your practical advice. - 8/25/2009 6:03:32 PM
  • Honestly, I think God puts things right in front of my nose. I was just praying yesterday, asking God to give me the energy to exercise. This article was just the info I needed - 8/24/2009 8:01:28 PM
  • I found this article to be really informative. It jives with a "truth" that I discovered about myself. Negative self talk doesn't work. That "kick in the pants" used to work...when I was 20 and still believed that being "skinny" was the cure for...well everything. Ironically, the more I began to accept myself, the more weight I gained. What I realized...am realizing...is that I left a vacuum...that I filled with comfort foods. I am NOW filling that vacuum with positive self talk and my purpose for fitness is completely different. What I got from this article is that you have find a way to incorporate positivity, play and purpose into things we do to ensure sustainability. I want to lose the weight AND keep it off. This time I think I have a shot at making that happen. This was definitely a good read. - 8/24/2009 3:40:34 PM
  • Thank you for this article!!! I really needed it at this stage. - 8/24/2009 3:15:15 PM
  • DEB_WILBORN
    What great ideas! I am learning to enjoy the journey, because if I wait until I get to my goal to enjoy my life, who knows how long I'll be waiting? I also loved the part about making my body my friend, not my enemy. - 8/24/2009 12:02:00 PM
  • This is EXACTLY why I took up belly dance. My self-esteem and self confidence SOARED as I gained proficiency in belly dance movements. That was something that was missing from the treadmill workouts I was doing. Plus, I'm dropping inches like crazy! And, I've started to teach. - 8/24/2009 11:53:59 AM
  • Excellent article, as always. It's so true that how you approach a new lifestyle and new way of thinking has a direct effect on the outcome. I've stopped hating my body, and have begun to appreciate all the things that it can do. It's never been about fitting in to a certain size pair of jeans, but it was always about finding fault. Now I can see things that my body does for me and that change in attitude has taken the pressure off to be perfect. I have no interest in perfection anymore; now I just aim for consistency and doing my best every day. And sometimes my best is having a lazy day to myself...so I allow it. - 8/24/2009 11:42:28 AM
  • JOELIVEWIRE
    im 39 and agree whole hearted with this article.Plus make the journey with family or friends because your ups and downs can be enjoyed or motivated more when you share. - 8/24/2009 10:16:09 AM

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