My post yesterday seemed to touch a nerve with a lot of readers. I got a lot of really great comments and private emails:
Lori at Finding Radiance said: “I really struggle with body image. Sometimes I see myself as size 8, other times I think I look closer to the old me at 250 pounds. It does seem to be getting better with time, but not sure if that will ever go away. You have to shift your focus to the positive. If you dwell on the negative, then it breeds upon itself.”
And one of my favorites from Lisa at Bike, Bake Blog: “What a refreshing post……it can be so easy to focus on the negative sometimes – but I consciously try to turn it around and focus on the positives instead. Such as – instead of “argh I have put on weight” – I remind myself that “I have done 10 races in 6 months and have never been fitter”. A little extra weight is not the end of the world?!“
I took Kelly’s advice from My Healthy Passion: “I allow myself to wallow for a few days. I almost think it is healthy to allow myself to be in a bad mood. Then after some good wallowing (and usually a few tears…crying ALWAYS makes me feel better) I make myself focus on the positive things.”
I wallowed a bit and feel MUCH better today. I think having a great run yesterday helped that. It reminded me that my body does great things.
I plan on changing that. As I stated in my post about June Goals, I’m going to think positive thoughts.
Some other things we can all do:
1. Be realistic. My body type/genetics is never going to be a size Zero.
2. Appreciate what my body can do at it’s current weight and size.
3. Don’t punish myself for overeating by overexercising.
4. I only weigh myself once a month for a reason: it’s to NOT obsess about the number on the scale.
5. Test yourself. Try something new. Be impressed with your abilities.
QUESTION: Did I miss anything? How do you think positive thoughts?
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