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An Exercise in Self-Esteem

Exercise Your Way to Feeling Better About Yourself


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  • This is exactly what I needed this week! I've been focused for so long on the goal being pounds lost, that I've been cruel to my body in the form of negative self-esteem and bad body image. I've been working really hard to see the positives in the mirror when I pass by, and not having that inner voice go "Ew!" It's definitely a work in progress, so the article is a good reminder :) - 8/24/2008 3:05:49 PM
  • Awesome Article!!!!

    Kim - 8/24/2008 1:42:30 PM
  • Thanks for another great article. It really hits home with me.
    I'm trying to keep up with my healthy lifestyle and it's not always easy.
    But I do remind myself while I'm exercising that this is good for me and to have fun....having fun at 55 exercising is not always easy... But some days it is...
    I'm wondering how to keep making it fun year after year.

    Kitt - 8/24/2008 9:39:06 AM
  • After reading all the comments from all you LOVELY women, I realized that I am working out and exercising for ALL the wrong reasons. Why? Because I've been doing it for the GUY in my I would look trim, sexy, appealing and so on. I can NOT do this for that reason. I have to do this for ME and ME only! In fact, I just broke this relationship off after THREE years....and believe me, this is VERY hard. Now I seem to not care at ALL if I exercise or workout.....well, that is, until NOW. I need this for ME. For MY self-esteem, for MY health, for ME and ME only. The only hard part for me now will be that I go to a local gym three times a week and workout with HIM....the one I just broke off with. Now I don't want want to go.

    I STILL need to go for ME. I have to find some way of dealing with seeing him and NOT caring if he is there or not. I now want and NEED to do this for ME. I know I will find that help here and I am SO glad I found this site. THANK YOU to ALL of you for such WONDERFUL encouragement and a place to come to for learn how to workout and exercise because we WANT to for US. What a blessing!!! - 4/12/2008 2:15:27 PM
  • I think as women many of us think of exercise as being about looking sexy, like the girls in "THE FIRM" videos. I couldn't relate to any girls like them, so never saw myself doing exercise. We need to change women's minds so exercise is about healthy bodies and not just looks. Denise Austin promotes that with Strong Bodies/Strong Minds. - 4/10/2008 8:36:28 PM
  • This guy came straight out of my own head! This has been a burning issue with me for a long time. Thank you! - 4/5/2008 11:58:29 PM
    This article made me realize that I need to love my body from inside out especially the outside. I'm petite and I have a very hard time loving myself. This article taught me how to love my body like I love my kids and thats with everything I have and more. - 4/5/2008 10:49:14 AM
  • This article was just what I needed!! It talks about everything that I need to address in my healthy lifestyle journey! Thanks for such informational and inspirational articles!! I love this place!! - 2/28/2008 6:43:07 AM
  • Alright if there was an article that was meant for me, this is it. That was right on the totally summed me up.
    I have been on sparkpeople since January 4 and have lost 13 lbs so far. I do believe that I am getting some feeling of self worth and respect for myself. This article has helped me soo much and I will use all the advice in it for myself!!! - 2/10/2008 8:36:39 PM
  • Great article, you left me a lot to reflect on. TY
    nancylee4 - 2/8/2008 5:48:39 AM
  • This article was so inspirational and fundemental for me! I had a hard time motivating myself to exercise a while back and began writting about it and now find myself finding the fun in exercising, and will find even more enjoyment out of it all now after reading this article. It also really hit me how I'm not doing all this to look like a model - I'm doing all this to LOVE MYSELF, because I and my body deserves it!! - 1/25/2008 9:38:57 PM
  • I would like to share my own personal insights on this. I am finding that because I don't like to exercise and I don't really WANT to exercise, that I sabotage myself by pushing too hard and making myself sore or injuring myself. Then, (GOSH, how fortunate for me!) I have to delay exercising for a time. I had to look way down deep for this. I finally recognized it (after 20+ years) and now I have to fight it - each and every day. Just remember 21 days (the time for something to become natural)..... - 1/14/2008 2:13:30 PM
    I have the same problem. It seems every time I start making progress, suddenly I'm knocked down and ground into the dirt by an illness that everyone else is able to take with a couple of sniffles. I can go through the workouts fine, but then I snap all the tendons in my legs just standing up out of bed. I finally start getting debt reduced and savings put away and some feral cat attacks and gives me rabies which bottoms out my finances even with "good insurance". I am exaggerating a bit, of course (not about the cat), but it is so frustrating having to start over and over again. It sets up feelings of hopelessness that some outside thing is always going to block my goals. - 12/28/2007 9:01:09 AM
  • Jo Ann,

    I can't speak for you, but I know many people push too hard when they start a new exercise routine. If you start very slow and easy it feels like you aren't doing "enough" but I guarantee you that is what builds the base so you can gradually increase intensity and maintain consistency. Good luck!! - 12/16/2007 11:50:34 AM
  • I do believe that exercise is important for self esteem. However, every time I start working out and really being consistent I end up with an injury or illness that stops me in my tracks.

    jo ann - 11/21/2007 2:26:56 PM

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