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.
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|
|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.
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.