I think nearly all women, no matter what their size, tend to feel they don’t measure up to some ridiculous standard. I work in Las Vegas, even though I am pretty happy with the way I look most of the time, when I’ve been working a lot in nightclubs or at pools in the summer, I can’t help but look at myself sometimes and wish I could afford a little nip’n’tuck.
I think WW is a great start for changing eating habits, but everyone needs to find a physical activity that they really enjoy doing. I hate the gym with an unholy passion, and I’m not really a huge fan of running, or really any exercise. I think this may be a problem for a lot of people. Exercise is rarely fun.
This is going to sound ridiculous, but I now hula hoop to stay in shape. I bought an adult-sized, weighted hoop from a website and I love it! It’s fun, it makes me feel sexy, and it really can tone almost any part of your body. The learning curve isn’t too bad, either – it took me about a month of hooping maybe weekly for an hour to get the basic waist-hoop motion down. After that, it’s easy to get your arms, hips and back involved.
I bought my hoop and instructional DVD from here:
If you like the look of it, check out Hoopmama’s blog. She deals with a lot the same body image issues, and her blog is really empowering and inspiring.
But there is a girl in Edmonton that teaches classes online, for free, so if you can get a hoop, you don’t have to buy any dvds:
Just make sure you get a hoop from someone who makes them weighted and adult-sized (a good diameter for beginners is 40-44", or 100-110 cm). The toy store hoops are too light and too small for adults. Too much work.
I don’t know if this helps or not. Exercise is such a strange thing. I never liked it until I started hooping, and now there are at least two or three times a week I can’t wait to get home, plug in my iPod and just zone out and hoop for a little while. I don’t really even notice that I’m getting a workout.
I wish you all the best! Just remember, we all think you’re beautiful, and your FH obviously does, but what’s important is that YOU do. Try to find one little thing you did today that you did well, and start there. Be proud of yourself for that.