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An Exercise in Self-Esteem
Exercise Your Way to Feeling Better About Yourself
4/5/2008 10:49:14 AM
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.
Alright if there was an article that was meant for me, this is it. That was right on the money..it 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!!!
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!!
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).....
12/28/2007 9:01:09 AM
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.
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!!
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