Being a mom is full of joys and challenges. Here you’ll get mom-tested tips for staying sane and organized, from using technology to your advantage to getting out the door quickly (and looking good)! You’ll find advice for handling mommy guilt, meeting other parents, avoiding arguments with your partner, and making your kid feel special. Don’t forget to take care of you, too – here are 6 ways to improve your body image
In a country where the average model is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 117 pounds, it’s easy to understand why the average American woman (at 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 140 pounds) may feel she doesn’t measure up. If you launch into a self-deprecating tirade every time you catch a glimpse of yourself in a full-length mirror – “my butt is too big, my chest is too flat” – it’s time to shift your energy.
“Women are their own worst enemies,” says Christine Gerbstadt, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. We’re constantly judging ourselves and trying to measure up to some impossible, media-driven ideal. How do we change the negative self-talk from “my too-big bum” to “my voluptuous hips”?
1) Ditch the scale
If the number on the scale affects the quality of your day, it’s time to toss your scale. Anything that has the power to deflate you at just a glance should not be in your bathroom. “The scale does more harm than good for most people,” says Gerbstadt.
Still can’t rid yourself of your daily weigh-in? Focus on staying within five or ten pounds of your target weight instead of hitting an exact number.
2) Nix the negativity
Pay attention to the way you talk to yourself: “I’m fat, I look terrible, I hate my body.” “You wouldn’t say those things to a friend or a loved one,” says Leslie Goldman, author of Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth About Women, Body Image, and Re-Imagining the “Perfect” Body. Start treating yourself the way you would treat someone you love and you’ll begin feeling better about your body.
3) Be realistic
If you’re secretly pining for Jennifer Aniston’s svelte physique: Stop. Striving to achieve a starlet’s body is fruitless, not to mention depressing. Instead, try to become the best version of yourself.
“Refocus on being healthy, fit, and as good as you can be, rather than trying to measure yourself against someone else,” says Gerbstadt. “Take a picture of yourself when you looked fabulous and measure yourself against that ideal – the way you looked when you were at your best.”
4) Censor the media
We’re constantly bombarded with images of physical perfection from billboards, television, music videos, and magazines. “It’s crucial for women to remember that these images aren’t real. They’re digitally edited and airbrushed,” says Goldman. “If you see an ad featuring a woman with a smooth, dimple-free tush that you haven’t had since you were 3 years old, turn the page.”
5) Focus on the positive
“The next time you look in the mirror, try to remember it’s just your body,” says Goldman. Then focus on your talents, the people who love you, and all the things you achieve every day. Make a list of all the things you like about yourself, including things you do that make your life satisfying, like making great chocolate chip cookies or making your kids laugh.
6) Grow into your own
As we grow older, we tend to become more accepting of the skin we’re in. “You start appreciating the sagging boobs, stretch marks, and protruding pooch and recognize that your body is a roadmap of where you’ve been and a reminder of how much you lived,” but I will not stop there. I recently was married in May. I started working out to lose weight 6 months prior and I lost about 20 pounds. Let me tell you, I felt Fabulous! Since then I slowly slacked off and all the weight started coming back. Why? “Why is it so hard when your over 40 to keep that darn weight off”? I asked myself. Well here I go again to start the new year off right, I will watch what I eat and try to eat more healthy. I’m gonna start working out and running again. My biggest dilemma is time. Where do I find time? I don’t know but I’m gonna give it my best shot. They say all you need is 30 minutes a day. So for anyone who wants to start the workout thing again and go on this journey with me please do. I would love to here from you and who knows maybe someone will post some comments or pictures. Let’s go ladies working out alone is no fun and I would love the company. I’m gonna report my progress and any new challenges that arise so wish me luck and good luck to you also…..
Cheers to the New Year!
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