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Embrace a Positive Body Image and be FREE

November 30, 2016
Embrace a positive body image

Recently I became a Body Image Movement Global Ambassador which I am very excited about.  If you missed my post you  can read about it by clicking on this link ‘I’m a Body Image Movement Global Ambassador’.

Being an Ambassador is more than name only, I need to be passionate about the cause and to do this I needed to actually see the story and learn more about the woman behind this positive body image movement.

Embrace a positive body image

 

I attended a screening of Embrace, hosted by another BIMGA, Louise Bambury.  Embrace is the movie which started it all and I would encourage not only women but men to attend a screening if there is one in your area.

Taryn Brumfitt, the founder of BIM is mother of three who decided after her third child to do something about her post baby body which she was unhappy with.

The pressure from society and the media paints an almost impossible image of how women should look and new mothers are often faced with the challenge of trying to cope with a new baby AND look like a model at the same time.

However, this pressure is not just for new mums, children, teenagers, young women and young men, older women – we all feel the pressure of looking good.

Taryn trained hard, ate healthy and pushed herself to the limit to gain the body that she thought would maker her feel great about herself.  With the help of a personal trainer, Taryn achieved that goal, competing in a body sculpting competition and ultimately realising HER FABULOUS NEW BODY DID NOT MAKE HER HAPPY!

Embrace, the movie, is a thought provoking and inspirational insight into how women view themselves and their bodies. Body image appears to be the most important thing that concerns women – even the so called ‘perfect bodied’ models.

How can it not be when the media continually feeds us with images of women who are supposed to be ‘normal’ but are impossibly perfect?

However, it is also a story of hope and courage as women are taking control of their lives and learning to love who they are first and foremost.  It takes courage to look in the mirror and accept yourself – flaws and all. If you don’t love the person you are inside then it doesn’t really matter what you look like does it?

I came away from the movie with mixed emotions.  I felt sad that many women feel so depressed about their appearance but also hopeful that the Body Image Movement is helping to change perceptions not only in women but men and the media.

We need to be free of the pressures of trying to be something that is just not us.

As a woman who has been dissatisfied with her body for most of her 50 odd years and now also coping with an ageing body I was inspired and reminded why I wanted to be a Body Image Movement Global Ambassador.

It has taken me years to accept myself for who I am but also to realise that I want to exercise and make healthier food choices because it makes my body feel great inside.  I want to be fit and active to play with my grandchildren and also hopefully live to see them grow to adulthood.

Embrace a Positive Body Image

What is one thing you love about YOU, the person?  Look in the mirror and really see the beautiful person that you are.

We can all be ambassadors for a more positive body image by being a role model for our children and grandchildren.

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama November 30, 2016 at 20:33

    I loved the Embrace documentary! Miss 20 and I saw it a couple of months ago and we think it should be essential viewing for every woman. I blogged about it here: http://www.middleagedmama.com.au/i-dont-hate-my-body/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 1, 2016 at 11:31

      Yes I was impressed and really everyone should see it – partners, husbands, sons or grandsons as well so they can be educated in how not to treat the beautiful female form. Going over to read your post. Have a great week.

  • Reply Kathy Marris December 1, 2016 at 11:28

    Ha ha, we have posted about the same issue this week Sue. But I’m glad that we have because it really reinforces the body image problem that young girls have these days. There is so much forced down their throats with music videos, magazines and TV depicting young girls as having perfect skinny bodies. I haven’t seen the documentary yet but I certainly will be going along.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 1, 2016 at 11:32

      Oh I totally agree Kathy, the more of us writing about this issue the better. If you can get to see the documentary I would recommend it although you have the message spot on anyway in your post. Have a great day!

  • Reply Leanne December 1, 2016 at 12:51

    I love that positive body image is finally being promoted to offset all the high expectations put on us by the media. I think movies like this and the Positive Body Image movement are a huge step forward for women today.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 2, 2016 at 06:11

      Yes it is about time Leanne. I wasted so many years worrying about my body and now as long as I’m healthy and fit enough to run around after Ethan I’m happy.

  • Reply Deborah December 1, 2016 at 13:03

    It’s great you’ve become an Ambassador.

    We had a local showing of the movie but I was away at the time so missed it. Hopefully it’ll be on TV or something down the track as my friends really enjoyed it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 2, 2016 at 06:10

      I think you can buy it on DVD Deborah. I hope that I can do something to spread the message and by being an Ambassador it doesn’t take much time but it does give me a voice. Have a great day!

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle December 2, 2016 at 21:51

    I know about Taryn and her positive body image movement. She’s so inspirational! I’d love to see ‘Embrace’. Unfortunately, I am one of those ladies who is dissatisfied with her body and now as a 50+ women … an aging body. How I would love to be able to just accept it and get over it. Good on you for being a global ambassador Sue – such a very worthy cause! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 3, 2016 at 06:28

      Oh Min, I know how you feel I still get those feelings although I am so much better than I used to be. Perhaps it is so ingrained that we will never completely accept ourselves but we have to keep trying. You are beautiful – remember that!

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit December 3, 2016 at 06:19

    I haven’t seen Embrace yet. Can’t wait to see it though.
    Such a great initiative.
    Go you!!!!
    #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 3, 2016 at 06:25

      I believe it is available now on DVD through the BIM website Leanne. It is a great initiative and so many have come on board. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply kristin mccarthy December 6, 2016 at 23:13

    This is just sucha ahrd thing for me to do.. I have always had a distorted body image- not turning 35 and working hard to stay tone and small I am struggling with the changes that aging, breastfeeding and birthing four humans has inflicted upon my body.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2016 at 10:53

      Oh Kristin I wish I could give you a big hug! Don’t be so hard on yourself and look at how marvelous you are to have given birth to four beautiful children. It takes time but regular walking and healthier food choices really do help. You just need to give yourself some slack and when you feel in the right mindset it will all happen. I would love to stay in touch so please reply that you received my comment. Have a beautiful day. x

  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville December 10, 2016 at 19:36

    one of my fav posts this week, it is sad how we put ourselves down and try an olive up to ideals that can sometimes lead to treating our bodies so badly. OK so you asked us to name something we love about ourselves, I love that I feel free to be me and not try to fit in with what I think others would want. #mg

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2016 at 10:39

      Thanks Mackenzie! It is such an important subject and even though I am much better than i used to be I still have days when my self-confidence is not that great. It is a continual work in progress. I love that you are able to feel free and not worry about fitting into a particular mould. Have a great day!

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