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Wow. I Just Figured Out Another Personal Barrier to Exercise...

Friday, November 05, 2010

I was thinking about the fact that I have a distorted body image. The kind most people hear about is the reverse, probably, where someone who is normal or even underweight sees themselves as fat. For me it's the other way around. I don't see myself as fat. In my mind's eye I'm that slim, somewhat athletic, somewhat sexy, sassy, savvy girl (and therein lies another problem . . . I see 30-something actresses as "women" and myself as a "girl" -- I'm 46).

But I'm not that person, and when I exercise, or even move around a bunch, it becomes abundantly clear that I'm not that person; that I am huge and clumsy and I can't move as fast as I'm moving in my head. When I am active, it is impossible to retain my inner view of myself.

Hopefully this insight will help me when it comes to making that decision to flip channels or get up off my lazy butt.

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  • SHIFTINGLIGHT
    Thank all of you so much for the supportive words. It's amazing to have such a great community who understands. I'm slowly but surely getting the feel for this place. I hope to participate more.
    3870 days ago
  • AUTUMNAGATE
    Insightful observation! You are not alone. I have a distorted body image, as well. All within one day, I can look in the mirror and see a hot mama at one point, and later, I look again and see a fat pig. I've learned to realize my perception of my body image is pretty much a lie. I focus on sticking it out with my program just for today. What am doing today to stay in my food plan and my exercise plan? What am I doing today to keep spiritually fit? What am doing today to reach out to others and keep away from isolation. Just posting your blog is one giant step forward. Keep up the good work! emoticon
    3870 days ago
  • LIFEGENESIS
    Same boat. Same ol' boat. lol
    3872 days ago
  • MSSTACYJ
    This is true for me too. I see myself at my age, 27, but I do think I am slimmer than I am. I actually think it is a good thing. I t gives me more self-confidence. I don't know if I would have ever did things like Zumba if I felt the way I look. My body is just needing to play catch up with my mind :)
    3872 days ago
  • YAFENELRA
    Keep 'picturing your self like that~~~~~~eventually it will come true. Not the age part as that is something we can never change but the rest is doable. Good luck!!
    3872 days ago
  • SALENALEE1
    I can totally relate! I too have always been this way but have only recently realized it. My perception of myself is always skinny and fit which keeps me from doing anything. When I see myself in the reflection or photos it shocks me cause I do not see myself that way. I too view myself as a "girl" and not a woman. I just turned 41, have 6 kids (25,22,21,5,3,1) and 3 grandkids (3,1,1). I think my 3 oldest keep me young, I got pregnant at 15 and had all 3 of them before I turned 20.

    Thanks for sharing this! By reading this, it makes it more real to me and knowing I'm not alone, maybe something will change.
    3872 days ago
  • SHIFTINGLIGHT
    @JUSTBEINGME101

    That's a very, very good point. I've heard that if one has had significant trauma in their lives, they're much more likely to see themselves at the age at which the trauma occurred. That's about right. I see myself about sixteen.

    But it's a great point that seeing ourselves "at our age" might slow us down artificially. Thank you for the thoughts.
    3872 days ago
  • FIGHT2SURVIVE
    Wonderful observation! I have heard it said that women always set themselves at a certain age in their minds. I see myself as 18 and I am now 63. So you are not alone in that distorted imaging. And I don't even know that it's a good idea to picture ourselves at our actual age because it may make us slow down without even realizing it. Something to think about.
    Erin
    3872 days ago
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