Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Body Image

I've been avoiding this for a while.  But I think I need to talk about it.

What's your body image like?  I ask because I think, wait, I know that I have skewed body image.  I think that most people do.  Most people believe that they are bigger than they really are.  I remember watching a TV show and seeing someone draw a life sized outline of what they guessed their body would be.  When they stood against the wall, the outline was so much more smaller than it was before.

I'm different though. My body image is that "it's not that bad".  I look at myself in a mirror and I think that I am smaller than I really am.  You know how I know this?  I sometimes catch myself in a mirror when my brain isn't focused on the how good I look thing and it shocks me.  My brain has to ask if it's really me and I have to tell it that yes, it is me.  And I have to wonder if this weird body image thing doesn't actually perpetuate my weight gains.  As in, it's not that bad that I gained 10 pounds, I still look good!  When really, I don't.

So unlike the majority of the rest of teh world I really have to think about what my body really looks like.  I think I need to find some paper, tape it to a wall and do the body outline thing I mentioned above.  I think Pete needs to do it to.  Then we roll up the paper, put it away and see what changes are made in 30 days, 60 days, 90 days and so on.

1 comment:

  1. I'm in the same boat as you. I always saw myself as smaller. A "It's not so bad" mentality. Then I'd get caught by a camera and come crashing back to earth.

    Now I try and get in the pictures. Hell, its what everybody else sees everyday. They still kinda dig me . . .

    Its that unconditional love for yourself thing. Embrace who you are now, and the person you'll be later will be that much stronger.