I have always struggled with my body image and the way I looked in general. I always thought I was overweight and not ‘pretty’ enough. This feeling plagued me for years until I reached 50 – that is a long time to be unhappy with the way you look.
I hated looking at photographs of myself and just never felt comfortable in my own skin. I grew up in an age of ‘The Super Model’ – Elle and Claudia Schiffer graced the covers of the magazines and this added to the feeling of never being good enough as we were encouraged to look like them, which seemed an impossibility to me!
I followed every diet known to man, only to realise that dieting is not the way to go – healthy eating and exercise is. I wasn’t happy with my smile, I really didn’t like looking in the mirror or at photographs (is that perhaps a little egotistical?).
If I had to relive my life I would realise that really I wasn’t that bad. The expectations that I placed on myself were much higher than others placed on me. I was the only one thinking this way and I was surrounded by a loving husband and family who thought I looked great – I just couldn’t see it.
I struggled through life with these thoughts and then I reached 50 and my eyes were opened. I finally started to accept who I was and actually BELIEVE what others had always told me.
I started running, lost some weight and started to feel confident in my own skin. Perhaps it is a journey we all need to work through and then WHAM! we learn with experience and maturity what really matters in life – loving yourself for who you are plus the love and friendship of your partner, family and friends.
Now I firmly believe that body image does have a place in our lives but we need to keep it in perspective and think of a HEALTHY BODY rather than BODY IMAGE. Our aim should be for good health and I’m sorry but you can’t be healthy if you are overweight or underweight.
I believe that it is important to take care of yourself in mind,body and soul. That means being in a healthy weight range where you feel comfortable, make time for yourself to reflect, and ensure that you keep growing as a person.
I try to keep fit and active not necessarily because I want to look good (although I don’t mind that!) but because I want to be healthy to enjoy my life with my husband, keep up with my children and grandchildren and make the most of what life has to offer.
I also believe it is my responsibility to set an example to my children and grandchildren. That means ‘walking the talk’ and living a healthy lifestyle.Life is precious and too short not to be enjoying everyday that we are given.Click To Tweet
Living a healthy lifestyle brings an inner glow and to me that is true beauty.
How often do you hear people comment on someone who is not ‘technically beautiful’ but has a certain presence that makes them attractive to others? They are usually full of laughter and the joy of life and radiate an energy which is infectious.
I started my blog to encourage others to enjoy their midlife ‘Riding the Wave of Midlife with positivity, fun and laughter’ and that also includes being healthy and happy in a holistic approach. I’ve started my #couchpotatotofabfit community on Facebook and my Website to invite others to ‘get healthier together’.
Being healthy makes you feel alive and it really doesn’t take much. We don’t need to run marathons or climb mountains. We don’t need to diet. We just need to make being healthy a lifestyle – regular exercise and healthier food choices.
So the choice is really ours. We can focus on the negatives that we perceive we have or we can accept that we are beautiful, caring and wonderful women who are taking life with both hands and making the most of what we have.The choice is yours you can focus on the negative or you can grab life with both hands and LIVE!Click To Tweet
Let’s Keep Sizzling!