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LMILTON67 SparkPoints: (7,668)
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11/14/12 12:00 P

I started working out at Curves this morning because I can't seem to get over that 21 lb loss hump. It hasn't changed in 3 weeks. I need a kick start. But I looked in the mirror as I was getting ready to go work out this morning (yoga pants and a tank top), I realized that my muffin top is smaller. And I know that I've lost inches because I've been able to buy tops at least, in non-plus sizes for the first time in about 15 years. My perception about myself is changing as I notice my clothes fitting better or buying smaller sizes (now if my butt would go away! LOL), for the first time in almost 20 years I am feeling like I can face almost anything and be strong about it, simply because I feel better about how I look. I still have my days of feeling frumpy, especially when I think I look really good in an outfit, then look in the mirror and realize that maybe I don't look so hot! But I will work at it until I look as good as I think I do!

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NANCYPAT1 Posts: 47,334
11/13/12 4:44 P

I rarely imagine what it would be like to live in a perfect world - several reasons why.

1 - I think it would be BORING

2 - There would be not REAL happiness or joy because there would be no sadness or sorrow - if all you have is white bread - you will never know the taste of luscious brown whole grain breads, raisin bread, rye or pumpernickel bread, or any of the other flavors.

3 - There would be no anticipation or surprises or excitement.

I love myself a lot better NOW at my current weight than I did when I was 150 pounds lighter. I have no money, nothing terribly exciting in my life, I work hard and basically I am content with the way things are. I worry, smile, cry, and laugh a lot more and depression doesn't have me suffocating in its grasp. I like the world I live in imperfections and all.

ARXODITA SparkPoints: (3,629)
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11/13/12 1:17 P

Since i can remember myself, i am an feel fat. Recently that i've lost some weight i keep feeling huge, sometimes are worse than others, even though people are telling me i've lost a lot of weight, wich is not entirely true just 25 lbs not even half way there. All in all i feel bad about the way i look. the end

STRANGER70127 Posts: 377
11/13/12 12:55 P

Does anyone ever imagine what life would be like in a perfect world? What would your body image be like in a perfect world? No hurt or harm in you, to you, or through you?

TINKTHEBELL Posts: 48
11/12/12 2:40 A

I have terrible body image. After losing just over 50 lbs, I hardly notice a change in myself. Admittedly it is rather nice to go pants shopping and re-realize what sizes I fit into, but the other day my personal trainer and I were setting some short term goals and he mentioned that I "might not have 10 lbs left to lose" and it was a bit disheartening as I feel like I don't look anywhere near where I want to.

SHARONSOWN Posts: 1,019
11/11/12 11:29 P

Frankly, I think I look like Phyllis Diller. emoticon Chicken legs and no butt. But I'm strong and healthy and occasionally comb my hair so I'm not too unhappy.

Now, if I only had some of her talent!!!!

CYDNEYLEECH SparkPoints: (12,757)
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11/11/12 8:28 P

I for one, need to focus on improving my body image, I have a horrible one. Having been anorexic and bulemic I have that stupid body dysmorphic something or other. Just fancy words for saying that I think I look huge when other people don't see the same thing. I think I am pretty realistic; but others tell me that I exaggerate. But when I see pictures, I think they look awful. However, this is a journey to make my body and my health (including mental health) more sound, and become more happy. Working on that, along with my food choices and exercise. Life is a journey. Let's all begin

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
11/11/12 5:51 P

I tend to think I look much better than I really do. Photographs are my undoing. Somehow I look great in the mirror but totally different in a photo. My body image is pretty confused, I suppose. Ideally I would see what is really there. This ability I have to see things as better than they really are has allowed me to gain weight very easily - I just don't see it at all.

STRANGER70127 Posts: 377
11/11/12 3:13 P

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I sometimes see myself as the statue in the Aerosmith song "Chip Away at the Stone" .
I have a rounded belly and rounded thighs like a Romanesque statue of a woman.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
11/11/12 7:51 A

Good for you.
I struggle, at times, to overcome my perception
Perhaps why I don't want to go clothes shopping - it's just that my perception doesn't agree with the numbers on the clothing.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 47,334
10/23/12 12:49 P

I guess I am really weird. I don't think I have much of a body image. I am MUCH more obsessed with how I feel and my health and maybe because I was a skinny kid, I just don't think much about my body as far as LOOKS unless I am buying clothes and then I even have trouble knowing what looks good on me.

OZIETWIN Posts: 680
10/23/12 12:47 P

I saw that blog and think that woman is beautiful and strong, inside and out!

I have always had a pear shape (my backside became rather large in the 6th grade - of course I was teased for it) and in high school I was told to lose weight because 15 year old girls shouldn't have "saddlebags"

Great,

What I have learned in the years since then is my body is beautiful and wonderful and strong. I have created two beautiful children in my body. I have traveled the world in my body. I have lived in it for more than 45 years and it has been reliable, strong, and capable.

Just because my body doesn't fit what some consider "beautiful" doesn't mean it isn't beautiful to me.

We all need to recognize that we are only as beautiful as we feel - and I feel gorgeous!!!

LMILTON67 SparkPoints: (7,668)
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10/23/12 11:08 A

What's your body image? Too many times when we do not fit into the "norm" we have a poor perception of our bodies based on what others think. Take inspiration from the NYU student who posted a picture of herself on the internet and says..."This is my body. MINE. Not yours." and is basically telling everyone, like it or leave it, but don't judge her by how she looks.

I've struggled with this for so many years, starting all the way back in grade school. The victim of a bully, I was teased for nothing more than my red hair. Later on in high school, boys made non-flattering comments about my chest size (I'm well endowed!), and then through a mentally and emotionally abusive marriage being told I was stupid and couldn't do anything right. I let myself go and don't fit in with the norm. I've hated my image in the mirror for years.

Guess what, no more! I am me, this is my body, MINE.....if you don't like it, leave it but don't judge me by it. I am working on the self esteem that goes with a more positive body image, no matter if I am a size 20 or a size 12. Love me for who I am!

Just sayin'!

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