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Self Image Visualization

Saturday, November 24, 2012

"Today, visualize yourself walking along a beach, wearing a bathing suit and feeling zero discomfort or shyness about showing off your body that you've worked so hard for. Your confidence is high, and you're not even thinking about your body; you're simply enjoying the moment."

This was next to impossible for me today. I really have no idea what it is like to not be conscious of myself when I am in public. I cannot think of a time when I wasn't. I tried. I remember as far back as grade school being self-conscious of my body not measuring up to whatever standard had been programmed into me.

I would like to change that but so far today's assignment will remain in the "someday" category. If anyone has been successful at this visualization, I would like to hear about it. What does that feel like to not be distracted from the good time you could be having by body-conscious thoughts about wether or not your rolls are showing? Just thinking about wearing a suit in public makes me pull in my stomach!

I even suck in my stomach when I am home by myself because it has become such a habit. It takes me awhile to fully relax when I lie down to go to sleep because I catch myself sucking in my stomach. When the yoga teacher tells me to pull in my stomach, I am already there! My body consciousness is worse around women than men, too. What's that about?

I have found something else to tell that girl in the mirror. "Life is moving too fast for everyone else to be concerned with thoughts about what you look like! Relax. Let yourself relax in front of others. Be yourself, and love yourself."
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    I hear ya. I had a hard time with today's visualization as well. I was able to do it but that's because I have a great imagination. Ever since I started school (at the age of 5) I've been conscious about how I look. Looking back, I shouldn't have been because I was one hot mama in high school but at the time I thought I was fat and a loser. So, there you go. I found it helped to imagine a future self as opposed to who I used to be. Kind of like imagining you've reached your goal weight and you're perfectly happy with who you are. Then it was easier to imagine myself in the swimsuit. Keep up the awesome work!
    2002 days ago
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    I'm in the same boat as you. Lost a bunch of weight and still don't want to take my shirt off. Last summer at the beach with wife and kids, a picture was taken of me. I asked her to get ride of it. If I ever figure it out, I'll let you know.
    Around women and men. Men love women's bodies. Short tall big small, we'll find something to like and stay with it. Women are a little more honest with their opinions.
    Glad you can look in the mirror, I shave and run away.
    Off to work. Have a good day.
    2002 days ago
    I am shy to wear a bathing suit in public. When one is getting over 60 it is really not a pretty picture.
    2003 days ago
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