Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wednesday Thoughts

I've been thinking a lot about body image lately. Whenever I diet, I find there's a very thin line between healthy changes and insanity. It's very easy for me to become extremely overly self critical when I diet. It's something I'm working on.

I recently watched an interesting movie called "America The Beautiful" about our culture's obsession with physical beauty. The movie was painful to watch because of how truthful it was, and because of how critical I can be of myself based on these societal (and self inflicted) pressures. There's so much I could say here, but I don't think I'm ready to yet. Every time I finish this paragraph, I back-space over almost everything I've written.

My thoughts on the subject of body image aren't new or original. I just think it's important to remember that everyone really is beautiful in their own way. And when you think about the people you really love, you don't love them because of their looks. You love them because of who they are and how they make you feel. But we (especially women, though I know men aren't exempt) are overly critical of our own looks as if that's all anyone likes about us.

I have so much more to say on this subject, but I'll get back to it another day. For now, I am working on keeping a healthy approach to diet and exercise. I just have to watch myself closely to make sure I don't cross over the line to obsessive crazy person. ("How many calories are in this water?" or "If I don't lose five more pounds no one will ever love me and I'll die alone!")

With healthy changes in mind, I found this great idea on Pinterest called "Fab Abs February" (try saying that three times fast). I'm going to do it starting today! Anyone else want to join me?

You guys, by March we are going to have some seriously fab abs. And that's the only time you'll ever hear me use the word "fab," for the record. And because fitness experts are always saying you need to work on your overall fitness and not just one area of your body, I thought of this clip from the Office last week and had to share it with you.

"I've been working out. BUT the problem is I've been building muscle underneath; and the top layer hasn't burned off yet. Awkward stage." -Darryl, The Office

In conclusion: healthy changes? Good! Insanity/distorted self image? Bad. Let's just stick with the healthy changes (though you really don't need to change at all because you seriously look amazing), and try to keep a healthy attitude in the process too, k?

Happy Wednesday.


Katherine said...

Ooooh, I am ALL ABOUT Fab Ab February!! I'll try not to quit on the 2nd. I really like what you said about the fact that we don't love people because of their looks. Takes a lot of the pressure off of myself! It's hard to accept all of our own flaws, but it's important, too. Thanks for this great post!

lizzie mc.- said...

Of course melting the fat sounds great, but then I'll be one sexy mama running around naked because I can't afford another wardrobe. Anyone find that a viable excuse to not exercise...I need clothes? (chirp, chirp) I thought not, so I'll try to at least fit into the wardrobe I have a little better. Thanks for doing it with me!

violet50 said...

Great post! I think it hits the nail on the head. Increased emphasis on body image can lead to obsession which can then lead to a disastrous end to our healthy goals. It should only be a part of our self-improvement goals.

Julie- The Great Lakes Girl said...

Good thoughts. I'll join in the Fab Ab challenge. It'll be good to have someone to suffer with, ahem, motivate me.

Ashley said...

Thanks for that calendar--I'm gonna try it!

Savd said...

I'm partaking of Fab-ab-ruary, too! :)

Sara said...

Timely post...just cracked open a Coke thereby breaking my month long no sugar at work policy. Didn't lose any weight anyway! I'm in for the ab workout. Be kind to yourself! I'll try to do the same! :)