April 22, 2012

Body Image Recheck

Two weeks ago I hit my WW goal.  It is a fantastic feeling.  I have worked very hard to get to this point and am very proud of myself for sticking to it for two years and learning how to eat all over again.
Things have been going well with maintenance.  It's taking some getting used to not to have the mindset that I need to be losing weight, but also realizing that I cannot eat the way I did prior to WW.  Duh, right?  But it is something so new for me that it is taking some getting used to.

Anyway, about the title of this post...
Friday my girlfriend Whitney and I went on a well deserved shopping spree to the Tanger Outlets in Howell.   It was so fun to have a day where we could just shop, try on as many things as we wanted to, and just be ourselves.  Not that we aren't ourselves everyday but when we have our kids (whom we wouldn't trade for anything) with us, we don't get to talk uninterrupted or just try on something because we want to see what it looks like on.  Needless to say, it was fantastic!  One store, we made such a mess out of the changing area, I was embarrassed to give the lady our pile of unwanteds!  But we got some great deals, so fun workout clothes to teach Zumba in, and some awesome clothes.
The best part of the day for me though was actually seeing myself in a full length mirror, in clothes that fit my body.  I realized a few things about myself.  In one of the first stores we were in, I said to Whitney, "Wow, I have a really athletic body."  Her answer was, "Yeah, duh. You work out everyday, what do you expect."  What did I expect?  I still see myself 60lbs heavier.  When I get dressed in the morning, I only see the parts of my body that I still don't like.  I don't ever look at my arms, except when they are too big for a shirt.  And I haven't really seen my legs in a while since we don't have a full length mirror.  So to see myself in shorts, or tank tops was a shock to me.  Now I'm not trying to say that I have a fantastic body, but I am okay with my body now.  For me, I have a fantastic body, one that I am not used to seeing but have worked super hard to get.  It was also motivating to me to keep up the workouts that I have been doing.

Here is a pic of me in my new dress from Friday, feeling strong and successful!
My next path seems to be leading me to being a WW leader and a workout instructor.  Friday allowed me to see that I have the body to match that career.  It was reassuring to me.  I hope this post doesn't sound too narcissistic.  I'm not trying to brag at all.  It makes me wonder how many of us, especially women, are plagued by a faulty body image.
Remember, your body is a temple of God, he created you to be beautiful and loves everything about you!