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Body Image - Loving your Body no matter what size.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This is something I've really struggled with. The idea of loving your body no matter your size. I have never tried to compare myself to the magazines or tv. But I do see the extra weight and the effect it has on my life. I think it stems from struggling with my weight at such a young age.

In a recent discussion with someone, I pointed out that I remembered going to a nutritionist with my Mom to help me learn how to eat and lose weight. My mom had the best intentions, but that small act planted the seed of realizing that something needed to be fixed. Between that and getting picked on by the school bullies, I learned that my body wasn't right, and that I didn't fit in because of it.

From that point on, I was always self-conscience about my size. Sadly, when I look at my picture from school, I really wasn't that overweight! I was pretty active too. I kept up with all the boys in the neighborhood - racing bikes and skateboards through the neighborhood, or picking up a game of kickball or softball.

Here I am...39 years old, and still harboring the same feelings about my body. I am trying to learn to love my body. It's a daily's really a minute by minute struggle.

So, here are some things I really like about my body and me!

1.) I have amazingly long legs! Seriously, I'm 5'9", and all of my height is in my legs.
2.) My legs are strong! I can carry my 2 year old son, his bag, my work bag, my purse, and even my laptop up the stairs into the house. (And I'm not winded at the end either!)
3.) I have great eyes. They are big and blue.
4.) I have full lips that women pay thousands to have!
5.) My arms are strong - again - the 2 year old and the stuff. OH the stuff!
6.) I stand tall. Not just my height, but I was taught at a young age to stand up straight. I watch other women walk around the office slouched over and looking miserable. I always walk with my shoulders back and my head held high.
7.) I have a really strong immune system. It's rare that I get sick, and when I do, it tends to be short lived.
8.) I can walk and even run for short spurts. I can walk up from the pool to our house and not get winded until the last part. I can race with my kids.

Not too bad! I came up with 8 positive things about my body. My goal today is to think of one of these things when I begin to think negatively.

Wish me luck!
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  • 52BINCE
    Sounds like you have a positive image about yourself n its a good thing!!
    1729 days ago
    You're celebrating wonderful qualities in your list of 'likes'... Fantastic!!!! I'm sure you are gorgeous to so many people... my experience is that most of the things we criticize about ourselves, others don't even notice. I was getting quite a large roll in my upper tummy area, and I was so incredibly self concious about it... I asked my husband recently about it... didnt' he notice it was bigger... He hadn't. He did notice that my 'girls' had gotten bigger, and he thought that was pretty wonderful. Point being... he saw the 'good' things, and didn't notice 'the bad'. You are awesome!!!! Strong, beautiful, and a wonderful Mommy too! Keep smiling girl!
    1729 days ago
    I think you sound pretty blessed and beautiful and I like the way you just described yourself! .................. Once I said to someone who was down on themselves, "Start with one thing .............. if it is great streamline legs like yours .............. then that is a starting point ........... wow--full lips and large blue eyes ................... Add up those pluses and you play down what you thought was a minus. Mathematics is numbers ............ adding ........ subtracting, and so forth ............. and we are very capable of changing those numbers as we go forward! .................. emoticon on a very worthy blog so deserving of being Popular Blog!! ............ Just keep looking at yourself and say "I am beautiful." ............. You are!
    1729 days ago
    God Bless You....that is the Positive attitude we all need to focus on...look at what we have rather that what we don't...
    1730 days ago
    emoticon You are beautiful! emoticon
    1731 days ago

    Your blog is an inspiration to me.

    I am going to try and find things that I like about myself and write them down daily like you did. My hope it will help my self esteem. I love the way you describe yourself and I know it's all true!

    Thanks for helping me!!
    1731 days ago
    Congratulations on taking the next step to continuing your journey to goal, having a positive attitude and accepting the body that you have (for now). I would love to have long legs, I am only small at 5"3' , so the excess weight really shows.
    1732 days ago
  • MINEA999
    Body image and self love are a big theme for me this year. I was even in a 6-month group therapy course for it. Have I perfected it? Heck no but I'm much more aware of it and my feelings and thoughts around it.

    Like you, I was introduced to 'dieting' at a young age and bullied by kids at school - making it abundantly clear that something was wrong with me.

    Looks like you've 'come a long way baby' and that's one hell of a good list!
    1732 days ago
    well said statement emoticon I am so happy that I came across your blog, because right now I am struggle with my body image, I am slowly losing my first fat roll under my rib cage and now I see the big stomach.
    I will remember to say something nice about my body everyday.
    Thank you

    1733 days ago
  • RENATA144
    You are beautiful emoticon emoticon
    1733 days ago
  • JENS1974
    Thank you everyone for your kind comments and support! I'm still working on my body image. But it's getting better!

    1734 days ago
    Isn't it funny how you can look back at an old photo, taken when you thought you were sooo fat, and from now you can see that you weren't nearly as fat as you thought/felt you were? I did the same thing. But think of this - maybe how we feel we look today, we'll look back at a photo some day and say hey, I looked pretty darn good! Some of us are just our own worst critics and our imaginations are too good too.
    1735 days ago
  • GRACED777
    I forget it at times, but our bodies really are an amazing gift. I'm working on enjoying mine more!
    1735 days ago
  • no profile photo GRAMPIAN
    Very well said. emoticon
    1735 days ago
    ALL good thoughts...I'm 55 and I'm still working on the same stuff you you are ahead of me! Stay positive...about your body...about your weight...about your journey! emoticon
    1739 days ago
  • MISSM66
    Awesome blog with a positive attitude,keep up the good work, emoticon emoticon
    1739 days ago
    Love this blog - thanks for sharing
    1739 days ago
    Not only do I wish you luck, but here is my experience!!

    We can love our bodies, at any size, especially things like all the things you listed. That doesn't mean we have to love our size. That is where I am. I'm actually quite happy, not with my size, but with most of the things that my body can do, and I am exercising to be even happier there (i want to run a half marathon next summer)

    I love the strength I have (I have a three year old, so insert the same situation here!) and the long legs I have (I'm 5'10"!) and so much more, but I'm not happy with my size, which I'm okay with, because I'm trying to lose it.
    1739 days ago
    And a 9th thing - your mind is developing a positive attitude!

    Keep it up!!!!!!
    1739 days ago
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