About a week ago I wrote and described how I was going to really start working on my self-esteem and body image . I’m happy to say that I’m making some progress.
Even though I was sick yesterday, both then and today when I looked in the mirror I was more happy than sad. I actually was able to spot things about my body that I liked before I saw things that I didn’t. I’m still having some issues looking at my belly from certain angles, but for the most part I’m starting to feel more realistic about my body.
I’ve also been taking better care of myself, and that helps. I’ve been using lotion and vitamin E on my face to deal with the dark eye circles, tiny wrinkles and dry skin. I actually looked in the mirror this morning before I washed my face and I swear I looked better. It was like I was looking at a slightly younger me. that was a pleasant surprise.
I’m also trying to do a full-body sugar scrub treatment twice a week to keep my skin looking and feeling good. I forgot to do it Saturday, but I’m planning on doing it again tomorrow. Luckily, sugar scrub is cheap and easy to make at home. I’m also using shea butter all over on the in-between days and I’m going to be making more use of that cellulite glove I have.
Another thing that seems to be helping is the yoga. I’m starting to think less about how my body looks and more about what it can do. I’m not thinking about weight loss or looks so much as I’m thinking about getting healthy and flexible and toned. I’ve already begun to see changes. It just so happens that the slimming waist and firmer thighs make me like the way I look just a little bit better.
I’m also becoming more aware of how I move, and it’s making a difference. I sit and stand straighter, and I’ve been walking like i feel good about myself instead of slumping or clomping along. People have noticed the switch in my hips, and apparently I have a pretty nice butt. That’s good to know. [smiles]