Posts Tagged ‘Positive Self Image’
So my mom read the blog from yesterday where I reluctantly declared that I have been majorly slacking on my running/training.
Big mistake. Huge. I’m going shopping now. Name that movie READY GO. If you didn’t get it I’m not sure we should be friends anymore.
So last night’s CrossFit classes consisted of a short list of “to-do’s” which immediately gives you the very unrealistic view that the workout will be easy or at the very least won’t make you too sore.
While the workout looks easy, trust me it is not…
- Row 1000 meters
- 15 Band Clap Push-Ups (you use a band attached to the workstation and put it on your chest- yea it’s like a free boob lift- and then you do a push-up and clap as you come up)
- 20 dumbbell swings w/ 30lb dumbbell
- 10 front squats with 45 pound bar
Repeat 4 times
So if you are counting that is 4000 meters, 60 band clap push-ups, 80 dumbbell swings, and 40 front squats. Oddly enough the dumbbell swings were the toughest for me. If I am being perfectly honest with myself I think it is because I haven’t been challenging myself lately to increase my weight and have been hovering around 20 pounds for far too long. That 30 pounds felt like a freaking more like 80 if you ask me. The 1000 meters was perfect so we were able to get in that cardio I have been lacking… always feels good to get the heart rate up and the sweat dripping down your face! And then the next day when you get to work and walk up 4 flights of stairs you will be unhappily happy that you worked your butt off!
I find the band clap push-ups to be pretty fun actually. I bet they wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without a band to ensure I don’t fall on my face. This is not one of those times where I recommend trying it at home.
You should. But I wouldn’t.
I also received this text message picture from my fellow half marathon trainee and friend Ashley! We have been trying to motivate each other but have failed terribly because both of our have been slacking. She stepped it up yesterday though when she sent this and assured me she would pass along the magazine for my reading pleasure.
Then she even shared this quote with me which I absolutely loved.
“talking about a half-marathon is such a beautiful thing; why would anyone want to ruin it by actually doing on.”
Well said Ashley. Well typed actually since it was a text. Just the perfect amount of motivation and humor to make me giggle and want to stop the wiggle.
Yep just came up with this right in this moment. Solid effort.
So it is 1 month until the WEDDING DAY. Can you believe it? OMG wow. So I need to STEP UP MY GAME so I started thinking about what I wanted to improve and what I am really proud of because I think it is important to remember the things you are good at and the things you love about yourself MORE than the things you wish you could change.
“Love yourself first. Do your best always. Set realistic goals.”
Yep just made that up now too. I see a bumper sticker in my future.
So here is my things of things I am proud of and love about myself to get me going (fitness related for the purpose of this discussion but I also love that I am ridiculously good at writing blogs haha *insert sarcasm here*)…
My legs have really taken shape. Yep, my thighs don’t touch anymore. A+
My butt is small but I’m over it. Sometimes I tell Tim that I wish I had a “juicy” butt. That’s a healthy butt that has a wiggle you can be proud of. My butt isn’t “juicy” but I love juice and I have a butt so I’m calling this a win
My stamina is improving… I notice this the most when I play soccer on Sundays. I used to be OUT OF BREATH LITERALLY DYING on the soccer field 99% of the time. Now I come off to sub to grab a drink of water but I’m not dying. Major improvement.
My arms look better in pictures I think. I don’t know if this is because I FINALLY found the arm trick where you pop your arm out to the side so you don’t get a huge fat arm in pictures OR if they honestly just look more tone and fabulous. Who cares- they look better.
And here are the things that I will focus on improving..
My commitment to running- not much else to say here… step up Jaci and put your “big girl panties on”
My back- I just realized that in 30 days 100 some people will be staring at my back for an hour in a beautiful church. Might as well give them something to look at.
Abs- bathing suit season is just around the corner… well for those of going on a honeymoon it is! This is 90% diet I know that. I’ll miss you fruit snacks.
But let’s be clear here- I realize that target exercising is not the best way to achieve results. All over workouts are where it is at so I most certainly will continue on with my cross-training the way I have been. I think I’ll just start a push-up challenge for 30 days. One less push-up a day.
Who’s with me?!
So Wednesdays are all about talking about the tough stuff for me. Like I mentioned before one of my favorite post had to do with body image and what girls don’t love about themselves but should! I got a lot of great feedback and I realized how much people love knowing that they aren’t alone. So on Wednesday, I will bare my soul to you! I will talk about things that bother me and things I deal with personally. If there is a topic you want to discuss let me know! Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
So, I am finding out that the older I get (I know I know, I am not really that old) the more I struggle with having a positive self-esteem. I know that everyone struggles with it and I know this because there are people in my life (best friends and family) that I would say are so close to perfect it’s scary. I mean perfect in the sense that I think they look amazing AND they have wonderful personalities that they should be proud of. But if we are all honest with ourselves we know that we are our own worst critic. What I see on myself to be an imperfection may not exist to other people or heck it may even be one of their favorite things about me. So today I am not trying to solve anyone’s self-esteem issues because I am not so unrealistic to think that can be done in a blog post but I am here to say that YES I struggle too and YES it sucks some days but YES I am doing everything I can to teach myself to love myself for everything I am, not just the stuff I like best.
So because I am making a real effort to improve my own self-esteem I have been reading some articles on words to use when thinking about yourself, different things you can do to help you along the way, and just some general guidelines to living a lifestyle where you learn to accept everything about yourself. So today I thought I would share some of my favorite findings with you!
First thing I loved was using “I AM” statements- this is especially good for someone that responds well to verbal techniques. These statements are an affirmation that you should be proud of you who are and it helps you to remind yourself of the things you have succeeded at. Here are
“I AM” Statements
- I am good person.
- I am strong enough to understand and make allowances for other people’s weaknesses, and their behavior towards me. Other people’s behavior is about them, not me.
- I am what I eat and drink, so I eat and drink good things.
- I am what I watch and play and listen, so I watch and play and listen to good positive things.
- I am a compassionate and loving, caring person.
Things I love about me alphabet
Another tactic I really enjoyed was to right down the alphabet and then using that letter come up with one thing you like about yourself- this is especially good for someone that is more of a learning by writing type person. For example maybe for A you put ass… maybe you just really love your ass (swearing is OK in this exercise). For B maybe you put bubbly personality… maybe you a person who prides yourself on being considered bubbly (this is a real example for me- I have been called bubbly by multiple people and I take it as an extreme compliment). C could be caring- maybe you considering yourself to be really carrying for other people, or animals, or maybe you really take good care of yourself. Remember that caring isn’t all about external… it is an internal thing too! So you get the picture… I recommend it and if you are willing to share, let me know what you come up with!
Things I love about me craft board
For those of you that are more visual I just loved the idea of creating a sort of craft board that illustrates things you love about yourself. These could be pictures of body parts from magazines, printed out phrases or words that describe who you are, or even pictures of your friends and family because after all they are part of who you are. I have done this in a past as an inspirational type board where I would hang things I want to do, placed I want to go but I think using this as a visual representation of not who I think I should be or who I think I want to be but rather use it as a tool to be proud of who I am is a pretty great thing!
Thanks for reading and remember…
Below are some of the sources I used when I was doing the research on ways to boost self-esteem. A few items were copied pretty directly while others were considered and interpreted differently for my use!