Weekly Wrap and Dealing with A Poor Body Image

I feel that this is becoming my opening line for every blog post I write now.  Which is that I am back to blogging after taking  an extend rest.  What I have realized is that right now is not the ideal time for me to become a full time blogger.  So no more excuse for the length of time between my post.  And  when I feel passionate about a topic I will right about it.    Right now that topic is body image.

WeeklyWrap and body image

Weekly Recap

But before I get to that topic I wanted to first summarize this week work outs.  Once again, I am hooking with HoHo from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin, for their weekly link up. YEAH. I love their link up because it a form of accountability for me.

Monday:  8 miles, elliptical 30 mins
Tuesday:   office hours 9-5
Wednesday: office hours 9-1
Thursday: 8 miles, elliptical, legs
Friday: 6. 5miles, elliptical, arms
Saturday: 7 miles, elliptical, legs
Sunday:  FAMILY TIME
Total:  29. 5 miles

 

Struggling with Body Image

Let’s face it, it’s hard to find a woman in this culture who feels comfortable in her own skin. We’re bombarded with so many images of thinness and perfection.  That us women, regardless of our weight, are often unhappy with our bodies. How many times have you stood in front of their mirrors, not liking the reflection looking back at you? Have you ever felt that your legs were too big?  Or your  breasts weren’t perking enough?   Those inconspicuous love handles jutting out?   For me it seem everyday I have some sort of negative feeling about my body.

We are a Product of Our Past

I was a chubby and extremely awkward kid.  My classmate used to tease me senselessly.  Children who are teased about their bodies are apt to grow up with poor body images.  Just as  pretty girls whose sense of self-worth is strongly tied to their looks. Whenever body shape is given undue importance, positively or negatively, it becomes a focus for future problems.

I can remember being self-conscious about my weight as early as five years old. At around that age, my parents put me on my first diet.  I was discouraged from wearing clothes  that “they said made me look plump”. Every girl fantasizes about getting married but not me, I thought I was to fat to ever get married.

Yet today, when I looks back at photos of myself, I am surprised. There were times when I wasn’t overweight at all, but that’s how I always felt.

We live in a society where the ideal body is several sizes smaller than what nature intended for most women.   It’s normal for women to feel that they should be thinner, prettier, firmer, and younger.  So it’s normal for us to have body-image problems.

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What your body really needs

 

Being thin doesn’t always guarantee satisfaction, though. Nor does being fat always result in a poor self-image.   Maybe a key approach is to recognize these irrational thoughts, analyze them and restructure these thoughts.   Also it has been shown, that dance and movement therapy can help to develop a greater trust and appreciation of our bodies.  These therapies helps us to realize what our bodies can do, rather than what we look like.  Maybe that is why I enjoy working out because it help me focus on what my body can do.

 

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12 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap and Dealing with A Poor Body Image

  1. Oh, it’s an eternal struggle! I was chubby kid too, but like you, not as overweight as I thought I was. I still have issues, but to a much lesser extent. 99% of the time I feel pretty good about myself, and when the negative voices start up I am pretty good at quelling them.

  2. I fell in love with running because I was amazed at what my body could do, regardless of how it looked. I’ve reached the age where the skin sags and I know it’s only going to get worse. There’s not a whole lot you can do about it but accept it. I try to think of it of evidence of a life full of adventure. (I can’t say it’s working so well.) I’m shocked women are expected to be so very rail thin but yet have these huge extraordinarily large breasts and/or back ends. Why can’t the bodies we were born with be good enough? Thanks for linking, Nicole!

    1. HoHo, they say that getting old is not for the faint of heart and that is so true. Getting old is hard. It is so true about how society is extremely hard on us women.

  3. You are so right, all women deal with this issue at some point in their lives. It really is a constant struggle. It took me years to get my body to a place that I was really happy with after having three children …then, like Wendy said, menopause comes along and messes everything up! It seems no matter how well I eat and how much I exercise, I can’t fight the tummy pooch that menopause brings. I have to remind myself daily the amazing things my body has done and still does at the age of 50 ….and that it’s not about how my body looks, but rather how my body performs these days!
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    1. Teresa, know what you mean. I had my ovaries out so I went through menopause early and that has definitely changed my body. And now I need to get used to this new body. Thanks so much for reading

  4. I feel like at any age, life point whatever-body image is a struggle. We all just need to deal with it as best as we can. It helps to have amazing people in our lives that really see our true beauty until we can see it for ourselves. Something I am currently working on.

  5. I recently wrote about body image and I can so relate to this. I wasn’t on a diet at age five, but… as soon as I hit puberty. BOOM! The eternal diet began. It’s taken a lot of soul searching to feel like I am good enough. Is my body good enough? And by whose standards?
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