I once heard that women are half the world and are raising the other half. We have so much influence on those around us! I believe that women have the most special, God-given gift to bear children. So what would affect us the most? Feelings of not being pretty, not have the "ideal" body, and making women forget how amazing their body is and what they are capable of doing. I see this happening by all the degrading images of women in the media. Did you know that H&M uses computerized bodies with real human heads to model their clothing because they claim it models the clothing better. Then how, may I ask, is the clothing supposed to look good on regular people? And what's up with Kate Moss' quote, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." Really!? I talked to my law-school husband about this, and it reminded him of something Justice Antonin Scalia said during a case (not about body image). He said, "It is more like judging whether a particular line is longer than a particular rock is heavy." Besides not being able to compare tasting and feeling, I know I love the taste of my favorite food better than feeling hungry.
I know that for me in high school when I was dealing with my own form of an eating disorder, it didn't feel good to not eat. It was at a time when I was really, really busy. I had gotten to the point where my life was a little out of control. I was in lots of hard, stressful classes and very time-consuming extra-curricular activities. I was worried about college and life after high school, and I tried to have a social life and keep up with my family. Controlling my food intake made me feel like I had control, but my thoughts were so twisted and my view of myself so distorted. I have since gotten so much better, but every once in awhile if I'm grumpy, then my husband has to ask, "have you eaten something recently?"
Anyway, it's not good if I put myself down about not having everything the world demands to be the ideal, but I really need to more active. I haven't been great at being active since having Henry. Before Henry I would run or walk a lot, but now I just don't think it's going to happen. I did walk a lot after having Henry because I had a friend helping me get out of the house. Our schedules are different now, and it's a lot harder to get myself out and walking. I want to be be active, so I'm going to try a dance exercise game on the Wii. I love to dance so I'm hoping it'll be something I do a lot. Now that I've told you readers, I'm accountable to get moving! Let's all work on being happier with who we are, being happy with where we are in life, and finding a way we love to be active.