Posts filed under ‘Body Confidence’

Sadness

Today I’ve had the day off because the teachers have gone on strike for one day. My day started out wonderfully, I took Lucy for an hour long walk early this morning and it was great to see her getting pats from all the small school children that she passed.

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It was great because Lucy’s getting old and doesn’t get out much. She’s deaf and blind and it was good to see her so excited the way she was as a pup to go walking 🙂 The walk did wonders because last night I was started to feel the beginnings of a cold coming on, but I woke up this morning and felt fine! Kristine’s coming over later so we can do some baking and I’m liking the idea of giving these biscuits from Oh She Glows a try. I’ve taken a real interest in vegan cooking lately, not because I plan to become one, just to broaden my food horizons. (I’m LOVING VeganYumYum at the moment, also why I changed my blog theme, I wanted a more bright and open layout. This vegan food site is so fun and bright and welcoming and the food looks absolutely mouth-watering. The photo below is from the site)

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Anyway, the crux of this post is about a blog post I read this morning on Oh She Glows followed by the Tyra episode I’m currently watching. It makes me so sad to see the body image issues that are still relevant in society even though there has been such a battle against it through things like Operation Beautiful. After reading the blog on Oh She Glows about 9-10 year old girls who were shopping for jeans that will make them look “skinny”, I just felt so broken-hearted that the ridiculous expectations of women in society have reached the impressionable minds of young, pre-pubescent girls. That is setting them up for disaster! Body image is a battle that women should absolutely not have to battle and deal with, just as you think we’re making progress in the world of body image you hear about things like those young girls and it feels as though all the hard work has been in vain.

I was further disturbed by today’s episode of Tyra. It’s about Women who are extremely judgemental of other people, saying things like a woman who is obese must “smell bad” and a woman with a big nose looks like “pinnochiHOE”. I just cannot believe my ears when listening to those words come out of other women’s mouths. Women insulting women based on their physical appearance that they have no control over such as their weight, their nose, their height etc. As women we should be sticking together to try and fight back and destroy these stupid expectations.  I cannot understand how they can so casually throw insults at complete and total strangers based on utter crap about their looks. I know that it’s because they have personal issues… blah, blah, blah, but I still don’t think that is any sort of acceptable justification.

I really hope that there will eventually come a day when all the stupid crap about body image and being judged is just a distant memory. I know some people just cannot be helped with how judgemental they are, but I guess we just have to remember that they’ll pay for it in the end, mentally that is.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some positivity 🙂 I hope you all have a great day.

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September 14, 2010 at 11:57 pm Leave a comment

Today was a good day.

Today worked. Today I accomplished what I woke up and set out to accomplish at 6.30am this morning.

I was healthy.

I know that sounds ridiculous because that is something that should come so naturally and easily to me, but it actually requires a lot of effort and will power to make it through just one day without slipping up. It’s like a vicious cycle.. I crave food, I eat, I feel terrible and want to cry but then I figure what’s the point? too late to go back now… and I eat some more.

Today I broke that cycle and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. How did I avoid temptation? By walking away.
“Just walk away… Just walk away… Just walk away…”
It works, instead of cutting myself a massive slice of Lemon Meringue Pie that my mother baked this afternoon, I walked away and made myself a cup of Green Tea instead. I just told myself that by not having any, I wasn’t torturing myself by restricting my intake and already knowing how great it tastes.

I’m happy to say that I have gone this full day eating nothing but healthy, nutritious food and it feels absolutely amazing to have achieved that 🙂 Now I know I can get through just one day, I feel like I can really get back on track and keep this up like I already did for so, SO long.

Not only that, but I sat down today and really really thought hard about how I overcame the Winter hump last year with my exercise and then I remembered how I’d done it.

My grandfather has a large property in his back yard which up until very recently has been a tennis court. He decided that because it was rarely used, he’d take the tennis net out and leave it as a very large and tidy property. Last year during winter when I didn’t want to stray too far from my house or go all the way to the gym I’d set up a circuit on the tennis court and put together a 35-45 minute playlist on my Ipod and do something different for each song.

I did that today, I exercised for 45 minutes and then rollerbladed for a further 10 before it was dinner time. I felt great 😀 I think I’ve found the antedote for my winter blues and the future is looking bright. Already within 24 hours I’ve made a change that makes me feel happy and relieved.

Thank you, internet, for simply providing a place for me to vent my emotions and make important realizations about myself.

Expect more from me in the way of progress. Now I plan to hit the sack and get some seriously good sleep.

Goodnight!

June 22, 2010 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

I don’t know why I’m messing around… I know I’m responsible for my own happiness.

I have been so depressed lately and I keep whinging and moaning about wanting to find happiness and I’m really starting to annoy myself.

I KNOW how to find happiness for myself, I know EXACTLY where to find it. I need to start taking CARE of my body. When I eat right, exercise regularly and get enough sleep I am the happiest girl in the world. I don’t know why I’m mucking around and complaining here on my blog, offloading my issues to people who I’ve never met. Time to get my act together and get it right.

I’m going to visit my father in 2 weeks and I’m so embarrassed about the habits I’ve adopted and my self-esteem is just in the dirt… I’m going to set myself a very public challenge. Since I’ve already shared half my personal life with the people of the interwebs, why not?

I’m going to set a challenge to regain happiness and find that space where I’m content and happy with who I am. I’m not quite comfortable enough to blog about personal AS stuff like weight and waist measurements… But I’ll be keeping that to myself as an incentive.

I need to makeover my life and start making my way back to the person I used to be. I was so so happy and so confident, those days were the happiest I can remember. I know I’m capable of change, I’ve already proven to myself before that I can make a positive change, so now it’s time to do it again. It’s winter and I hate the cold so that makes it more challenging than ever, but I need to prove it to myself that I can do it.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO MAKE A CHANGE.

June 21, 2010 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

A Letter To Myself

You need to stop being so hard on yourself, you know you have the ability to change and make a difference in your lifestyle for the better.
You CAN resist those temptations, you’ve proven it to yourself already! You CAN make a change, you’ve done it before.

You need to remember that true change and results takes time. It’s a slow process, all compiling of little baby steps. You’ve taken the first step by admitting there’s a problem. You’ve taken the second step by experimenting with different foods and plans to help improve your lifestyle.

The key is to know your limits. Know when you’re full and don’t push it from there, don’t eat just coz you are bored or want the taste of food in your mouth. Just stop, relax, breath and ask yourself if you really need that food.

Start looking to your family in particular for support and strength to help you make this change. Even though you’re not fat and your family tells you that, make sure they understand that it’s the psychological aspect that is most important. Maybe let them see that blog post you wrote the other day? Just get them to understand.

You CAN do this, You ARE strong enough and you ARE beautiful.

You’re taking steps to caring properly for your body which shows you’re already halfway there.

June 19, 2010 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment

Article: The Pressures of Media and Society on Body Image

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It has become hugely evident over the years the change and shift in the way women view themselves and their bodies. We’ve become a totally media dominated world and whether we’d like to admit it or not, we’re all influenced by the things we see and hear.
Body Image is something that is constantly causing a stir and creating controversy. No matter how we try to avoid it, we are surrounded by magazines bearing covers with beautiful, stick-thin models wearing the latest “trends”, with stand out headlines on how we can “Burn Fat Faster Now!” or “Lose 5kg’s by Friday!”. Television shows such as “The Hills” and “Vanity Lair” show us the only way to be beautiful, memorable and successful is to look a certain way. It seems that we’re never ever good enough.

The pressure has just been constantly increasing, whether it’s a conscious act or subconscious. There have been magazines that have tried to create more publicity for themselves by advertising that they’re starting a “body love” movement to give us the idea they’re changing and advertising “real” women. There was one magazine that advertised on their front cover that the cover-girl was untouched and realistic. Well, how realistic was it really? The cover girl happened to be the former Miss Universe, so of course she would look absolutely beautiful just as she is! What kind of message is this sending out to all of their readers? That even untouched we should look absolutely perfect?

Looks like that magazine took two steps back as opposed to one step forward.

It seems ironic to me that through all this publicity of employing a healthy body image, the media are presenting us with photos of perfectly healthy looking celebrities, and making a huge issue out of calling them “fat” or saying they’ve “let themselves go” just because they gained a few extra kilograms. How is that supposed to make us feel? Take for example, Mischa Barton. This A-lister has a love-hate relationship with the media for the different lights in which they show her. One minute they say she’s looking “frail and gaunt” and the next they claim she’s “bloated and barely recognizable”, what about those women out there who are naturally that size? How would they react to reading such things? It sounds like like the media need to make a decision about which angle they’re going to come from- healthy body image? Or over-analysing weight fluctuation and size?

My own experience with the pressures of media and society on body image has not been a pleasant one. I’ve battled with disordered eating due to hating my body shape because i’m of the curvier end of the spectrum, not one to be highly praised and sought after. I would starve myself for days on end and then become miserable and so depressed because I was hungry, tired and obviously seeing no results that I’d give up and binge on unhealthy foods that would give me instant satisfaction, but make me feel worse in the long run. It took a very long time before I was able to separate myself from the media and societal pressures to learn to love myself in the skin I’m in, and I was only able to achieve that after adopting a healthy eating and regular exercise routine. Because of the way our views of body image have been manipulated and warped, what should come so easy to us- a healthy frame of mind- now requires extensive work to achieve.

It’s hugely disheartening to see the changes that have been made to the way women view themselves over the years, it’s tragic that beautiful women are unable to recognize their amazing qualities because they’re too caught up in stressing over what they ate for lunch or whether they’ll fit into a size 8 pair of jeans.
We shouldn’t be focusing on the “ideal” body shape or weight, which is simply unattainable for the vast majority of females. How long can we sit around and allow this brain-washing to happen? When is someone truly going to take a stand and start transforming the way we view ourselves? Let’s hope it’s soon because sooner or later the damage will be irreversible.

May 31, 2010 at 9:44 am 2 comments

Blog idea + Guest post from Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point!

Hey everyone! I know that just this morning I said that I wouldn’t be posting any blogs until I get back on track, but I was just reading Gena’s blog, Choosing Raw, and somehow I was hit with this idea to get my blog going whilst I’m, technically, “absent” as it were.

From now on until I resume full-time, regular blogging, I’ll post some random health/fitness related videos to my blog or articles regarding to starting and/or maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That way my readers can still gain useful information 🙂

To get the ball rolling, I’ve got a “Guest Post” from Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point! 🙂

…Well, it’s technically not a “guest post”, but I did email her and she sent me the link to a post she’d written that I could reblog. It’s about Body Image and Body Confidence and it’ll help inform you guys of Operation Beautiful, because as some of you may know, Caitlin is actually the founder/creator of Operation Beautiful 🙂

So, without further adieu, enjoy!

One of my biggest personal crusades is ending Fat Talk.  I began the Operation Beautiful website to help women and girls realize how truly toxic fat talk is  — it hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Operation Beautiful is simple: all you need is a pen and a piece of paper.

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Women all over the world leave Operation Beautiful notes in public places — at work, at the gym, at the grocery store.  We scribble down whatever comes to mind — “You are beautiful!” or “You are amazing just the way you are!”  Maybe some people read them and just smile, but I bet some people are truly touched by the effort of a random stranger.  To learn more, visit Operation Beautiful.

If you want to join the mission, send me an e-mail at seebriderun@gmail.com with a photograph of your Operation Beautiful note or a description of your experience, and I’ll post it on Operation Beautiful!

Thanks Caitlin! 🙂

I hope you guys check out Operation Beautiful because it really is an amazing thing. When I first found the OB website, it truly changed my outlook on life and my body. It really really helped me gain more confidence and appreciation for my body and the things it can do.

I’m off to watch Ellen now and then I’m going to squeeze in a great workout at the gym. Stay tuned for more videos, articles and guest posts! Have a great Monday night 🙂

xoxo

April 26, 2010 at 4:59 am 2 comments

Body Image and Self-Esteem.

I am embarrassed to admit that recently I have been battling with issues surrounding my body image my my self-esteem. I spend a lot of time browsing the internet and passing by photos of beautiful models, and I guess it begun to get to me that I didn’t look like that.

Last night though, after going hard at the gym for an hour in an attempt to make myself feel better, I had a sort of realization… Here’s a short paragraph that I wrote on Tumblr:

“Today I was having a “bad body image” day…

I felt so stink, I see all these insanely beautiful models on here and I struggle to understand why I’m not one of them… I’m never been the girl that people constantly discuss about how beautiful they are, people never do a double-take when they look at me…

But, after my workout at the gym today I realised something.

I’m not tall and thin, but I’m well-toned, curvaceous and healthy.
There’s no need to feel jealous of those women because just because I don’t look that way, doesn’t mean I’m less of a person.
It doesn’t matter that I don’t have legs that go on forever, because I’m smart, intelligent and hard-working. One day, I’m going to seriously make something of myself.
I’m interesting, and people usually enjoy being around me.
I’m extremely determined, and rise to any challenge presented to me.
I’m a loyal friend and a loving member of society.
I’m non-judgemental and open to multiple different ideas, themes and such.
I have the confidence to do something drastic because I want to, and not stress about the consequences.

So you see, I realized that it doesn’t matter that I don’t look like them, because I’m just as good of a person with who I am, myself.”

Even just after writing that I felt better 🙂 But I know that for some people, it’s not that easy to feel better about themselves.
It actually took me many years before I started to develop and healthy body image. In fact, it was really only towards the end of last year and the beginning of this year that it happened.

I’m not sure why recently I’ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps, but I found a link on the Operation Beautiful website which I found really inspiring and I wanted to share with you guys.

Click here to view the page.

It’s called “20 ways to love your body” and it is FULL of fantastic ideas to get the positivity flowing! There are a few other useful links on the previous page that some of you may find helpful, such as the post about learning to stop “fat-talking”.

I liked the idea of Number Four because I’ve realized that something that tends to get me down is bad hair days with my short hair. I feel more masculine some days and really unattractive. So I’ve decided to create a list of powerful and inspirational woman with short hair, to make myself feel better 🙂

1. Ellen Degeneres. Obviously, she is amazing! She’s a huge inspiration of mine and I love her attitude.

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2. Ruby Rose. My second greatest inspiration. She is beautiful, talented, has incredible style and seems like someone I would get along famously with. Also, where she is now, is where I want to be in 6 years time.

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3. Winona Ryder. She is insanely talented, an incredible actress and she’s beautiful.

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4. K.D. Lang. She’s a brilliant musician with one hell of a voice. I love her individuality and style.

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5. Pink. Does this even require an explanation?! SHE’S BADASS!!

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I love those 5 woman, and seeing how strong and powerful they are gives me a feel confidence kick 🙂

I hope this post can help at least one person struggling with body image issues!

Feel free to email me for more details, or leave me an anonymous comment on Formspring for me to answer if you wish 🙂

I’m off to Body Combat tonight!!!! Super excited 😀 I haven’t been in 2 weeks and I love that class.

Have a good night!

April 22, 2010 at 4:22 am Leave a comment

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