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March 28th, 2013, 11:32 AM
pattyandthemoos's Avatar Administrator
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Does that ever slow you down or affect your workout?

I think I have a much healthier body image than I used to, but I am almost 40 and I have had 5 kids so my body does have stretch marks, loose skin, cellulite, etc. I have found that my body issues affect my workout sometimes and I really have to tune myself out.

Last week when I was doing pushups in a tank where I could see my stomach hanging down, I looked down at my tummy midway through my pushups and nearly cried. It just upset me because it's still really saggy from that angle. I could barely get through my pushups after that and did less that day than I normally do because I think it mentally just messed me up.

Well this week the same thing happened. I told dh about this. He's pretty supportive about stuff like this. I saw my little belly hanging down looking like an old lady and it rattled me for a second. But then I turned my eyes forward so I couldn't see it, regrouped and focused on the push ups. I did really good and got them all done but it could have messed me up if I let it.

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March 28th, 2013, 12:57 PM
nurselochia's Avatar Marathon running mom of 4
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I do. I just hate my stomach and I'm frustrated that no matter what I do, I can't seem to get the extra fluff off...and I'm bigger than I was a year ago SOmetimes I don't worry so much about it, but if I'm running and catch a glimpse of myself in a window reflection, it bugs me because I look like I'm early pregnant. When I get like that, I just try to remind myself that I've had 4 kids and run 2 marathons.

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March 28th, 2013, 01:06 PM
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I hated my body when I was younger but I would read the magazine and expect my body to look like the ladies on the pages of the magazine. Now after having 2 babies I am very happy with my body. Our bodies are amazing and we are so blessed that we are able to carry our children for 9 months and give birth to these amazing little babies.

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March 28th, 2013, 05:06 PM
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I go back and forth. I really, really try not to be vain or unrealistic about my body. I have to avoid looking too critically in the mirror, especially right now.
~Jennifer, wife of one, mother of many

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March 29th, 2013, 06:25 AM
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I'm over the whole idea of perfection. I always tell myself that those people on tv are fake and that they have the ability to spend all of their time working out. I used to get upset but surprisingly I don't anymore....and I am by no means perfect, lol.
Trisha--proud stay at home mommy and wife.

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