Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Issue #3 My Body Image

So if you haven't noticed by now, I have a poor body image. I have always had it but thought it would magically go away once I lost my weight. But here it is staring me in the face and mirror everyday. I was reading my Shape magazine tonight and found a little blurb that fits me to a T. The author suggested that when you wake up and look in the mirror, instead of focusing on your flaws (ahem moi), tell yourself, "Hi beautiful," instead. The author said that when you constantly put yourself down it's a self fulfilling prophecy. You have to break the pattern of bashing into appreciating. This comes from the book Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds From Now by Jess Weiner. This sounds like a book I may need to read. Also, I've heard to stare at your body and find things about it you LIKE. OK so here goes...I like my calves. They are muscular and have no cellulite.

More positivity...I made it through my first day of school with my 2nd graders. A chatty but sweet bunch. My oldest son is also in 2nd grade at my school, but he's not in my classroom. Here we are before leaving the house:

Also, reflecting on August Goals here's how I did:

#1 Back to running at least 4 times a week- Accomplished

#2 Go to the Y for Stair Master and Weights at least 4 times a week- Work in progress

#3 Exercise for a total of 100 miles- Accomplished with 118.5 total miles!!!

September Goals-
#1 Continue my 1/2 marathon training

#2 Continue the 100 push-up challenge

#3 Cross train on rest days

Exercise over the weekend:

Saturday- 4 mile run + 8 mile hike with hubby up 1100 feet in elevation! We started at the base of the lake and climbed up to see this view:

Sunday- Long run of 7 miles
Monday- Week 2, day 1 of push up challenge: 12, 12, 9, 7, 25
Tuesday- Ran 2 miles, 1:00, 1:30, & 2:00 sprints, end with 2 miles for 5.65 total miles
Oh and something new has happened to me. I have heard of athletes chaffing after working out. I recently have done that under my tribal boobs. It's like I caused a blister. When I took off my shirt after my long run, you could see blood on my bra. When I lifted it up (you know about the tribal boobs right), it was rubbed raw. It hurt like a motha in the shower. So you exercise folks, this happen to any of you? What do you do to avoid/heal chaffing? I've heard it can happen on the back too.


carla said...

Im no help with the chafing (bodyglide?) but I do wholly and UTTERLY believe in the selffulfilled prophesy (did you see my video on negative selftalk?).

for ME the silly works best.

Im not a "helloooo LOVELY!" kind of woman but more a look in the mirror and laugh and say YOU. LOOK. FIIIIINE.


D10 said...

Bodyglide...this stuff is the best and will take care of any chaffing issues.

You and your son look so cute! I think we all at times struggle with our image, no matter how good we may actually look. The thing is, you can't let these thoughts bring you down. You need to focus on all the good stuff about you both inside and out.

N.D. said...

Yep - the chafage happens to me all the time, and I use body glide and it really helps. It looks like deoderant but is more like vaseline.

Good job on the positiveness. Body image is a difficult issue!

Shanna said...

Just so you know... you DO look amazing girlie! Seriously! Not even the fact that you have "come a long way". Even if I didn't know your story or what you weighed before or the fact that you had twins, I would look at you and think, wow...she's a hottie. I wish I had her body! =)

BTW- your little man is too cute!

Kate said...

We are seriously two peas in a pod, lol.

I also have body image issues, and I'm working on them, think I might need to get that book and read it!

Wow, I'm jealous of your Long run of 7 miles. I have a 7-miler on Sunday, and it will be a PR-Distance for me!

new*me said...

What a beautiful view! Love the pic of you and your son (we have the Dora chair too :)........I used to put vasoline on my thighs to prevent chaffing .....thank god as they have gotten smaller it's happening less ;)

Marcy said...

I'm with d10. BODYGLIDE!! Either that or some Vaseline. It will do you a world of wonders ;-)

BeachRunner said...

Great job with August and excellent goals for Sept. Keep up the great work, stay positive and use bodyglide.

nmburleson said...

The more blogs I read the more I realize how we all suffer from poor body image.

I agree that the way we talk to ourselves is VERY important. I do this thing where I say something funny, yet negative about myself. That way when people laugh I can say they are laughing at what I said, not at me! But at the same time I'm undermining my progress.

Congrats on your weight loss. You look great!

KK said...

Get body glide....comes in a container like deodorant. A little bit goes a long way and it works wonders!!!!

I too have body image issues. And that book sounds like something I may have to read as well. Great job on starting to see the good and disregard the negative!

...to Lose 80 Pounds said...

Tribal boobs....this term is new to me...but describes my girls pretty weel! I will share this with my husband...he'll get a kick out of it.

You look great and your son is adorable!

Also...seriously check out "How to Look Good Naked." He'll make you feel better about yourself...with clothes or without. =)

Crystal said...

I agree with you on the negative self talk. I also read that article by Shape and it has good points. I think we are our own worst critics and it's good to give ourselves some much-deserved credit now and then.

Rachel said...

Chaffing is normal for me no matter what I do. Bodyglide does help. Vaseline too. A really excellent sports bra would help too. but it's almost a show off wound for your efforts. I get them everyweekend and they hurt like H***. Anytime where skin rubs on skin- apply product.

Good luck on your training!