Why oh why are body image and self-esteem directly related? If you read my last post you know that I am on a quest to feel healthier, which definitely includes getting my weight back into my comfort zone. I am working on getting more sleep, more exercise and eating healthy foods. If I do those things, the rest should fall into place. It is time for me to feel confident in my skin again.
Many of us have difficult relationships with our bodies regardless of our dress size or they way others see us. We want to like ourselves at any weight. We really do. Then comes the body image versus self-esteem debate again.
In truth, as we get older we get better at accepting ourselves at our weight. We understand that society pushes thinness on us. We really do.
Yet we continue to torture ourselves each time we gain a few pounds and we truly envy those who love themselves regardless of their size. We really, really do.
Will those of us who are critical of our bodies ever get to a place where we are truly happy regardless of the reading on the scale? Who knows, but we sure can try, right? If we are eating healthy foods and exercising now and again, our self esteem should improve regardless of our body image. Shouldn’t it?
Here is a fabulous perspective on body image from two amazing bloggers; Liz from @SixYearItch and Christine from @TheAumsMama. On Saturday, July 16th at 10 pm EST, Christine and Liz are having a Twitter chat about women, body image and self-esteem. To join the discussion simply follow the hashtag #geekher.