Thursday, October 1, 2009

Would You, Could You?

Would you, could you, with a mouse?
Would you, could you, in a house?
Would you, could you, here or there?
Would you, could you, anywhere?

(With apologies to Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham)

Yesterday I stumbled upon a giveaway on Shelley’s blog for Valerie Frankel’s book “Thin is the New Happy.” To enter you had to leave a comment on the blog about whether or not you would pose nude at your ideal weight. I said I would and not only that, I would do it now.

Self esteem in the area of looks and the body is not an easy thing to come by. I track my exercise and nutrition on Sparkpeople, which is a free weight loss and health website. Once you sign up for your free membership you can set up a personal page and have a blog. The saddest blog I’ve ever read in regard to weight was written by a sparker who had lost 200 pounds and was in despair because she still didn’t look like what she thought the ideal body would look like at her new weight. Of course with all that weight loss she had loose skin and she just could not connect her mind to health and well-being in order to move into her new life. It was so sad. The last I checked, she had gained back 100 pounds.

That blog made me realize I need to work very hard to disconnect my self-worth from the scale. In order to do that I am working on having body confidence. Because even after I lose a few more pounds, my body shape will basically be the same, maybe just a thinner version of what I have now. It’s about time for me to love who I am, where I am. Today I celebrate my body!

Old thought: My thighs are so big they rub together, plus I have cellulite.
New thought: My thighs are strong and rock solid. They propelled me through 15 miles of running this week, so far, and 3 Thai Boxing classes!

Old thought: My upper arms are too big.
New thought: My arms are strong and getting thinner too – I did 175 pushups at Thai Boxing on Tuesday!

Old thought: Ugh. Wide hips.
New thought: I’m curvy. My husband (as so most men) loves curvy. He told me “only a dog wants a bone – and then they bury them.” I love that I’m not a bone!

My body is strong and beautiful and serves me well, even at this weight. So, yes, I would pose nude now even though I’m 40 pounds overweight – tastefully draped probably, but I would still do it.


  1. I love this post! And...I think we have the same body. :)

    My husband says sort of the same thing. He hates skinny women. He's always making a comment when I see someone I think looks perfect, how I wish I looked like "her". He'll always say, oh, she's way too skinny. She'd feel like a bag of bones, he has a thing about skinny. He prefers muscles and I have muscles. :)

    That poor woman that lost 200 pounds and now gained back 100. How sad. I can understand that feeling, but like you, I've finally started accepting I'll never have my 20 year old body (I didn't appreciate it then anyway). But I appreciate mine now. I'd rather be strong versus skinny. Strong wins every time in my book.

  2. OMG I love this post. I can so relate to it and Yes I would too! (but it has taken some time to get to this mindset).

  3. Thanks for this post! It is exactly what I needed to hear today!

  4. Fantastic post, and I so agree - thoughts are things and really need to make just as much of an effort on our thoughts - as much as our actions!!

    And just had to throw in - all those pushups!!?? Incredible! You go!!

  5. OMG--- fantabulous post! I LOVE my fellow bloggers! Thank you for being here!

  6. Old Thought: A gain means you'll never achieve your goal. Give up now.

    New Thought: A gain is a gain ... not a failure. It's a blip.

    Great post!

  7. Great Post! Awesome. Really Doin' a 180 with your Mindset. Thats the key.