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Let’s do this together video – beauty and body image

How do you see yourself? Does it match what you see in the mirror or in photos?

Mine doesn’t.

Growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s on the heels of the Twiggy movement, thin defined beauty. Growing into my body as a teenager and coming of age, I was super thin. And that image has stayed with me, even when the person staring back at me in the mirror has changed.

The other day I was at the store trying on clothes for our upcoming trip, and I wasn’t happy how things fit or looked. It actually bummed me out to the point of throwing in the towel and going home.

Later that night, I joined Weight Watchers and told my daughter in law about my decision. I also told her that I was disappointed in myself for not losing more weight before our trip.

She reminded me that I did in fact lose some weight, and to appreciate that. She also shared some great advice about being my own “whistler on the street” when it comes to looking in the mirror and appreciating what I see.

She's been through more hell than you'll ever know...

The next day she sent me this amazing video that so perfectly sums it up:

 

 

What does beauty mean to you? How do you see your body?

9 Comments

  1. I’m so like you – my image doesn’t match what I see in pictures a lot of the time. I’m on a journey to lose weight too – and I keep getting derailed! It’s so easy to get off track. I’m regaining my focus now too – hopefully we can do this together! I’ve been on weight watchers and it does work! I may be back on it again soon officially. But for now, I’m applying the principles from WW, to see how that works.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-04-18 at 09:43

      Isn’t just so frustrating!!? So far, WW is working. I’ve lost 4.2 pounds this week, which helps me feel better about how my clothes fit. Of course this is the 4 pounds I already lost before! Argh.

      We can do this Cindy!!

  2. Wow, nothing like asking an uncomfortable question! I have come to resemble my image in the mirror. Growing up I knew I was fat and ugly. I heard it from specific family members, I saw it in my lack of fitting in at school, bullying, etc. I perfected not looking in mirrors or reflections and avoiding photos. But last year I came across one from high school. I was shocked. I wasn’t fat in that photo. How could that be, when I KNEW I was back then? It was expected, accepted, known, that that was what I was. Because I knew all those years I was that way, I was defeated. Now I have become what I thought I saw back then.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-04-18 at 18:25

      Wow, Lisa thank you for sharing this. What a shame it is when we tell children they are fat 🙁 That is what gets stuck in their heads and they believe and become it. I’m sorry for that.

  3. Gosh, that’s a hard question. There are things about my body that I don’t like, so I camouflage or just live with it. I was slightly heavy for a brief time, but I didn’t even notice it. My mother had to kindly point it out. I was very happy at the time, so it didn’t matter. lol Nowadays, I watch the scale. Fortunately, I don’t have a major issue with weight gain, so I can’t relate to the unhappiness that it causes a lot of people to have. But, aging happens, and it’s happening to me. To deal with it, I think of the positives and try to be thankful for my health. I know so many people who are in our age range and have serious illnesses. I feel like I’m rambling, so I’ll stop here. I enjoyed the videos!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-04-18 at 18:27

      Thank you Anita, for the comment! I have to agree with you about the age/illness thing. For me that is the most important as well. So losing these excess pounds will help with that!

      Thanks again!!

  4. Doing Weight Watchers over here, come hold my hand, but eating chocolate now and then and drinking on Saturdays.

    How I love this post. Sharing, pinning everywhere. You my friend are beautiful. In your photo with your undergarments, embracing your new ‘do and color. You are beautiful. Big love to you.

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