Body Positive Challenge: Week 1

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I want my daughter to have a positive self image. Specifically, I want her to feel beautiful (inside and out). What I do not want is for her to obsess over her appearance. So, I have challenged myself to not say anything negative about my appearance in front of my daughter.

Goals – Keep it positive.

Growing up, all the women in my life criticized themselves and others all the time. I believed this was normal. It is not. My goals for this challenge are:  (1) that my daughter have a positive self image; and (2) that I change my way of thinking and view my appearance in a positive way. This may be the most challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life, but setting these goals is a great reminder about what kind of parent I want to be.

How can you help?

You can participate with me (and hold me accountable)!

Also, you can challenge yourself. Pledge to not say anything negative about yourself, especially your appearance, in front of your kid(s). Find an accountability buddy. I’m happy to be that for you, if you need it. I know I do!

Each week I will post about my progress, and I will ask you to comment on yours. We can either commiserate or celebrate. Either way, we will have to take responsibility for our actions, take ownership of our behavior, and move things forward.

This Week

WIN: I got dolled up and took headshots, and I was happy with how I looked. Wearing a little bit of makeup and seeing photographs of myself that I actually liked went a long way for my self-esteem and self image. I’m not going to start wearing makeup as a regular thing now (too much work, not enough time), but it was a fun adventure!

LOSS: I called myself fat. The context doesn’t really matter, but here it is. I was going through my closet and trying to decide what to wear to take my first set of professional headshots. I just didn’t feel comfortable in anything, and I announced to my husband–in front of my daughter–that I was way too fat to get booked for anything anyway, so what I wear probably doesn’t even matter.

How did you do this week?

Comment below. Whether you want to share your story or encourage me to keep working toward my goals, I’d love to hear from you! Also, if you feel so inclined, post a picture of yourself that you are happy with to my facebook page.

11 thoughts on “Body Positive Challenge: Week 1

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  • March 21, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Hey mama, wow, the pressure of using headshots for bookings must just multiply what is already a hugely stressful experience – dressing for paid photos! That’s a pressure cooker moment – and a heck of a challenge for week 1 of this challenge 😉 Pretty understandable!

  • March 21, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Good for you to make this commitment! I really struggle with my body image too. I don’t ever talk about it but I think about it ALL THE TIME. It’s a real struggle.

  • March 22, 2017 at 5:16 am

    i made the mistake of being negative in front of my son. every time i over ate i would say “ugh, i’m being such a fatty” or “wow, mommy is a cow!”. We were out to dinner with some friends and my son called my friend fat. and I just wanted to die. he wouldn’t have said that if he didn’t hear me first. this is an awesome movement@

  • March 22, 2017 at 9:15 am

    This sounds interesting.Keeping a positive image on your appearance is really great!Hope you will continue with the positive image challenge!

  • March 22, 2017 at 10:33 am

    The way you respect your self will have a great impact on your daughter. So you have taken a very good initiative and I wish you to succeed in the coming weeks.

  • March 22, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    This is so important. I’ll join with you! Great start. Don’t be too hard on yourself for slip ups; it’s super hard to undo two or three decades worth of social conditioning!

  • March 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Getting dressed up is always fun! It’s not all about image though as you know, thanks for the helpful thoughts!

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