I’m excited to announce I have recently been accepted as a Body Image Movement Global Ambassador (#bimga). My aim as a BIMGA will be to help spread the word about positive body image and how we perceive ourselves.
You might wonder why an almost 60-something would want to do this. Recently I read that 62% of women 50 & over still had body image issues and I wrote a post ‘Why are we still so obsessed with body image?’
Now some of you are confident within your own skin and commented so on my post. However, for those who still refuse to see and accept the beautiful person you are, I’m hoping to change your mind.
Not long after I wrote that post on Body Image, I discovered the Body Image Movement and sent my application off to become a Global Ambassador or BIMAG.
If you read my blog you will know that I’m an advocate for positive ageing and making the most of life – physcially, mentally and spiritually.
What is the Body Image Movement?
The website About Us section of BIM explains:
The Body Image Movement teaches the value and power of loving your body from the inside out, supporting health and happiness at any size.
Encouraging people to be more accepting of who they are, to use positive language regarding their bodies and others and to embrace health at every size.
Why did I want to become a BIMAG?
I have struggled with body image and my looks all my life. I thought I was too big, with a bumpy nose and certainly not beautiful, however, when I look back on old photos now, I was probably a normal healthy young woman.
When I was at the cusp of turning 50, life seemed to change for me and through some young women who I worked with I returned to exercising. I’d exercised on and off for years but in my 40s was probably not as dedicated.
Starting running (which I never thought I could do) with these young women who refused to think of me as ‘a certain age’ I realised that I could anything if I really wanted to. They booked me into bootcamps and fun runs and my confidence grew. I was feeling healthy and that showed in my appearance.
I lost some weight, (too much though when training for a marathon) and I suddenly felt different. What was the difference?
I FINALLY ACCEPTED WHO I WAS and I looked forward to turning 50 rather than being dragged kicking and screaming.
So back to Body Image Movement and why I wanted to be a part of it.
I want to reach out to women of all ages and help them realise their own beauty and to save them years of emotional ‘torture’. Sure some of us are blessed with good genes but we all have beautiful qualities which outlast the physical beauty.
I also want to be a positive and inspirational role model to my children and grandchildren and encourage them to lead a fit, healthy and active lives and also to teach them that we are all beautiful in our own right. In other words, teaching them to love themselves which many women of my generation did not feel comfortable with because we were too busy pointing out our faults.
Stay tuned for more tips, ideas and help to learn to accept your BODY & YOU. Life is too short not to be happy and healthy.
Let’s Keep Sizzling!
#ihaveembraced Can’t wait to get started!