i’ve struggled with body image issues my whole life. i woke up this morning feeling like a fat cow, disgusted with what was looking back at me in the mirror (days like this, i avoid the mirror as much as possible!). granted it was super early and still dark outside, and i hadn’t had coffee yet, but it put me in a bit of a sour mood to start the day. obviously, my “year” (yeah, yeah, 2 and a half days) of clean eating won’t show results immediately, and i have a week’s worth of bad food and drinks i’m working off, but something simple like that is what can easily trigger me (and i’m sure others) into giving up or not sticking to “the plan.” luckily i was on my way to the gym for two hours of sweating, so that changed my mood and outlook quickly, but as much as i’m changing my lifestyle and eating, i need to change my view of myself.
i’ve always struggled liking ME! and any day i feel “fat” is not usually a good day. once that word is in my head, there isn’t much i can do to combat the thought. so i found this and thought i’d share it with everyone to help improve body image!
Ten Steps to Positive Body Image
1. Appreciate all that your body can do.
– i’m coming off an injury (torn calf) at the moment, so i do appreciate the fact that my body has healed a bit and has allowed me to get back in the gym! (i’d REALLY appreciate it if it continues to heal and i can start running again by next week!!)
2. Keep a top 10 list of things you like about yourself — things that aren’t related to how much you weigh or what you look like
– ten is A LOT! but i’m sure we all have ten things…i think i may struggle filling out that list…so NON-physical things i like about myself: I’m passionate (to say the least); friendly & genuinely care about people; big heart; super competetive (yes, i actually LIKE this about myself); independent; no fear; unique taste of things in life; love to travel; embrace new things…phew i did it!!
3. Remind yourself that “true beauty” is not simply skin deep. Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of your body.
– just think of that really skinny bitch you know 😛
4. Look at yourself as a whole person…choose not to focus on specific body parts.
– so, i guess that means that i can’t complain about my football player shoulders or my rectangular body…ok.
5. Surround yourself with positive people!
– this is HUGE! i can’t re-iterate this one enough. people that love you don’t care what you look like and they are there to pick you up when you fall down or tell you how beautiful you are on your ugly days! get rid of the fake people who don’t add to your life, they are just weighing you down!!
6. Shut down those voices in your head that tell you that your body is not “right.”
– i have a HARD time with this one. i’m hoping that on my journey, i find the body i am happy with…not sure i can admit today that my body is “ok” — maybe i will never be ok with it, but that’s one thing i really hope i can accomplish, to work hard and create the body i will be happy in! and i think after all the discipline and hard work, no matter what i look like, i will be proud…at least i hope so!
7. Wear clothes that are comfortable and make you feel good about your body.
– Lululemon 😉 i feel like i rock my Wunder Under crops and they make me feel awesome…especially since i seem to reward myself with wearing my lulu after a good sweat at the gym (or during, depending!). at this point, i know more or less what i feel comfortable in…if i’m dressing up and i don’t feel comfortable, i won’t wear it because i’ll be miserable and second guessing myself all night.
8. Become a critical viewer of social and media messages.
– yes, when they said on E! the other night that Jennifer Lawerence was a “bigger girl” because she was a solid size 2 i almost lost it! seriously…let’s be real!! i’m pretty good at this stuff, i know that my 5’11 frame will NEVER be a size 2 even if i was a starving kid in africa…and i’m ok with that!
9. Do something nice for youself — something that lets your body know you appreciate it.
– for me, this would be anything from shopping to working out. i’m one of those that loves to work out in the gym, so it is a bit of a reward to me that i can be in there grinding away. shopping is always a fun reward. i will treat myself to coffee after a hard workout as well. i think these all qualify under that. i’m not huge on messages, otherwise, that would be a good reward. i do, however, get in to see my chiropractor three times a week, so that’s a bit of a reward as well and it keeps me healthy!
and 10. Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to do something to help others.
– this is a tough one. i have an obsessive personality and enjoy obsessing! if i don’t obsess, i worry i’m not fully committed. i joked to everyone that if i’m going to do this, it will bring out my obssessive side…and it has. the second i half ass it or let go, i let myself slip. i’m hoping in a month or two down the road, my eating habits of eating clean will be second nature, however i have a feeling that triggers will always be there waiting for me, so it is something i need to keep the reel on. however, i definitely think it’s great to help out others and get out and give back. that is definitely doable!!!
So, there you go. Some are a little cheesey, but if you take something from it to help you love who you are a little more, then great!
There’s a picture I saw today and tweeted, and it was a picture of a super skinny, lean model, but the caption said, “She is beautiful but she is NOT my goal. I will never be her. MY goal is to be the healthiest, leanest, strongest ME. To be the best version of MYSELF.”
That’s all I want — and I’m excited to keep taking steps forward to get there 🙂