Body Image Blues

Sometimes I am completely and utterly irrational.

There are freaking random things that can make me feel completely confident or completely depressed about how I look.

My clothes might fit well and I may look no different than I did the day before, but sometimes even just KNOWING that I ate badly the day before can make me “believe” I look bad.

There are a bazillion different things that can do it to you.

It could be a change in weight on the scale. It could be a pair of pants you haven’t worn in a while fitting differently. It could be some random little comment about one of your body parts that does it!

It could even just be your MOOD that day that determines how “fat” or “thin” you look that day.

Actually I would say mood is a huge determining factor.

Let’s face it, if you have a negative outlook or are down on yourself for something…anything…you are probably going judge yourself with that negative attitude.

If you are in a good mood, a bad meal the night before probably won’t bother you. If you are in a good mood, a little fluctuation on the scale probably will just make you think “water weight.” Tight pants….hey you haven’t worn them since you washed them!

Anyway, the point is that your attitude toward life is going to affect how you interpret things.

Try to remember that!

Try to remember all of the hard work you’ve put in to look and feel good. Don’t let one day of feeling down on how you look spiral into a “I don’t look good anyway so I’m going to binge eat and not workout” cycle.

Remember that things really aren’t going to change day-to-day – it is all about consistency over time.

And on those days when you do feel down on yourself, re-dedicate yourself to your goals.

Remind yourself of all your hard work. Remind yourself of all your progress.

Focus on the positive instead of honing in on that one body part you always seem to feel insecure about!

Anyone else ever have those days where you just have a negative body image even though you’ve been working out hard and eating well?

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Posted on October 22, 2012, in Body Image and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Oh yes… I know exactly what you’re talking about. My boyfriend and I have this little exchange every so often…
    Me: I feel fat
    BF: You don’t look fat
    Me: I know I don’t LOOK fat. I said, I FEEL fat.
    As fit women, we logically know that it is insane to think we are fat, but that doesn’t stop us from feeling gross and bloated every so often. If you feel gross you feel gross and you’re allowed to feel that way even if you’re not actually overweight. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Not to get into “womanly” territory here, but I think these moments are often hormonal, even when you don’t know it. You can’t fight it so just be patient while it passes.

    In some ways I think these irrational down moments are good because they gives us that extra little motivation to eat well or push extra hard in our workouts. Otherwise we’d get complacent.

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