“Love Your Selfie”

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.”

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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?

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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 😉

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14 thoughts on ““Love Your Selfie”

  1. I am definitely struggling with my body image right now and I have to remember how good I have to be to my body so it will keep doing the amazing things it does for me! We are so much more than what we look like (or think we look like)!

  2. LOVE this post, Kecia! Keep inspiring, keep teaching. You are so AMAZING. I struggle with my stomach, as I have always had one no matters what the diet/exercise program is, but I also try to thank my body every day for what it does for me, especially with suffering with chronic illness. Keep up the amazing work!

    1. Thanks Deb!! It is important for us to be thankful for what we DO have. If we view it as something negative, we should try to switch our thinking to make it a positive. Most people struggle with this, but I personally think taking time to appreciate what our bodies provide us and do for us on a daily basis is really important 😉

  3. It depends on the day for me. I got my pics back from the 1/2 last weekend and I just gasped because I think I look terrible in all of them (what IS it about race picture angles??). It’s a battle a lot of us have, seeing ourselves differently than other people. Personally, I’ve come around more every year to quiet the critic in my head and know that I can run marathons, learn how to swim, do a long run and in the same day stand for an hour to prepare and cook dinner, go play with my kids, walk the dog, etc, and for that, I’ll always be thankful! Thanks for this post :):)

    1. Congrats on changing your mindset about what your body is allowing you to do on a daily basis!! We all have an inner critic from time to time…learning to silence it is key 😉

  4. Wow!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!! You are so right, we focus on the negative of the body parts we don’t like, when actually those parts are so much more than a way to measure how good or bad we look.

    1. Absolutely!! That is why we (as a society) need to work on changing our image of what the human body “should look like” and focus on what it does for us 😉 Thanks!!

  5. Absolutely true – we got my younger son a camera for his birthday and I was standing looking at some papers this morning and he snapped a picture. I looked at it and my eyes were drawn to my stomach area immediately – just checking.

    At my heaviest a year out of college in 1989 I was over 375lbs. Most time since then I have been 275. Ugh. So I got solidly back into running – and then got *really* serious. I am down to 175 now and in the best shape of my life.

    But extreme weight loss means dealing with ‘extra skin’ (or cosmetic surgery) … and it is something I still struggle with.

    But it is also a reminder of what I have accomplished, what I have overcome, and where I started.

    1. Congratulations on losing so much weight!! That is a huge accomplishment!! Celebrate those accomplishments and let them drive you to have positive thoughts about your body 😉

  6. Love this, Kecia! I needed the reminder… despite knowing all the awesome my body can do, I’ve currently been struggling a bit. Anyway, so awesome what the Today Show is doing… it starts with mainstream media changing its messaging and showing us just how much is photoshopped. Did you see the team’s before and after photo?! So crazy how much was changed!

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