Our society puts emphasis on what the perfect body image should be, especially for women…skinny, flawless, tan, big breasts…brains don’t matter as long as her body is perfect. Models with the “perfect bodies” are on the television, in magazines, in movies, in newspaper advertisements, on the internet and on social media…they are everywhere. Little girls, young women and grown adult women subconsciously see these images almost every day and as a result, most have gained an unrealistic vision of how they should look. This can cause unhealthy habits…eating disorders, mental instability, obsessive behaviors (excessive exercising, counting calories like their life depends on it) etc.
There is a series currently on the Today Show on NBC titled, “Love Your Selfie” that takes a unique twist on body image. Instead of focusing on what we don’t like about our bodies, we need to focus on those things that we love about ourselves. I think this is brilliant!! We (as a society) need to change this negative body image into a more positive one. We need to stop focusing on what we don’t like about ourselves and instead find those things that we love about ourselves.
I want to add an additional twist to “Love Your Selfie“…I challenge you to think of those things about your body that you don’t like and twist it into something positive. I challenge you to convert those negative thoughts into something more positive and I will start us off…
My thighs are thick like tree trunks and have “cottage cheese.”
But…This is no long how I feel about my thighs. I have really learned to LOVE my thighs!! They are STRONG POWERHOUSES!! 🙂
- My thighs have allowed me to lift our black labs and carry them across the house and put them in the bath tub.
- My thighs have allowed me to do house and yard work requiring physical strength.
- My thighs have allowed me to ride 120 miles all at one time while on RAGBRAI in 2011.
- My thighs have allowed me to run 26.2 miles (many times) and qualify for the Boston Marathon.
- My thighs have allowed me to “run” 26.2 miles after swimming and cycling 114.4 miles during IRONMAN Wisconsin 2011.
- My thighs have allowed me to push my limits.
- My thighs will allow me to continue to do house and yard work that requires physical strength.
- My thighs will allow me to finish another IRONMAN.
- My thighs will allow me to finish many more races.
- My thighs will continue to allow me to push my limits every day.
What is an aspect of your body that you have a negative image of? How can you turn this negative into a positive?
Week #8 (Recovery Week) Totals:
Swim: 4100 yards
Bike: 42.0 miles
Run: 18.7 miles
Strength Training: 2 hours & 30 minutes
Hot Yoga: 1 hour & 30 minutes
Week #8 in the green 😉