Shawn, 28, explained in a new YouTube video, Body Image Issues: 110 Lbs. to Pregnant, that the conclusion of the 2008 Olympics left her feeling lost and without purpose — and that the rigorous training and strict diet that she had been following up until that point gave her an unrealistic idea of what her body should look like.
This is a guest post by author Amber Trueblood, MFT, MFA. She is the author of Stretch Marks and a mother-of-four. What is self-care? You’ve probably heard the term thrown about a lot over the last few years, as many people, including celebrities and influencers, have spoken about the importance of building a good self-care regiment. And while self-care has become a bit of a lifestyle “trend,” that doesn’t change the fact that true self-care is a vital part of living a happier, healthier, and less stressful life. And who doesn’t want that? So to that end, Amber Trueblood provides some tips on differentiating between surface self-care (the stuff that might feel or look like self-care on social media) and true self-care (things you do for yourself that actually improve your mental, physical, and emotional well-being.) What Is True Self-Care? True self-care provides lasting effects, which refuel you emotionally and physically longer than the time you’re actually doing the activity. Take exercise for example. If exercising for an hour a day only improved that one hour of your day, you probably wouldn’t do it at all. But the effects are ultimately cumulative. The more you exercise regularly, the better you feel throughout your …
hello, I’m a little on the heavy side on the scale. At maybe 220. I wasn’t like this before i got pregnant. I was always heavy throughout school, but the smallest I’d ever been was about 160. when I met my husband I was about 175. now I’m 220.. he doesn’t seem to bothered with it but I’m trying to lose weight. sometimes I don’t like looking at myself because I don’t feel attractive. but other times I’m confident and tell myself I’m perfect the way I am. the thing that bugs me most is I wanna do something special for my husband. u know, like “special” special. I wanna wear lingerie and all these other sexy things for him, make him feel special like the way he makes me feel. but I constantly put myself down about it. like he won’t like what he sees, or I wouldn’t look as good as i think I will, or I’ll never look like the girls in magazines or on tv, or I’m jus not pretty.. his taken me to “special” stores and we looked and he found what he wud like and kept telling me I shud get it. but I …
I’m at the very end of my 6th month of pregnancy. I’m feeling fat gross ugly unattractive and its taking a huge hit on my self esteem. my fiance and I used to have sex all the time, its been more than a month. I keep trying and he does nothing but turn me down. which only makes me feel worse. when i bring it up to him he is just mean. name calling, telling me he thinks i will cheat, but does nothing to make the situation better. when i try to talk to him about an issue in our relationship he somehow makes it about him. we dont go out ever. im at home alone all week, we dont do anything together and he wont touch me. i know in a few weeks i wont want it anymore anyway… but it makes me sad. trying so hard when im feeling so bad already just to be made to feel worse is just making me want to give up. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.
Hi Everyone! I’m currently 31 weeks pregnant with our first baby. I have the most amazing husband who supports me throughout all the hard times I’ve experienced during the pregnancy. (I won’t go into detail.) However, our sex life has sure slowed down tremendously! I’m sure this happens to quite a few women during pregnancy. However, I really want some lovin’.. but I’m not feeling sexy since I have a big belly. What are some things you have done to help your self esteem so you can feel confident in the bedroom? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.
Any moms that workout? I want to start going to the gym again. No this isn’t a ‚Äúnew year new me‚Äù thing. I actually was going to the gym before work until i got laid off & started staying at home with my 2 year old & i was also pregnant. Money became tight for a while but now my baby is 2 months & money is good. How do i find time to go!? Childcare is too much & my husband works 14+ hour days 6 days a week so it’ll be rare for him to watch the kids. I don’t have any family close or that doesn’t work to help watch. I love lifting weights so at home programs are kinda ehh to me. I thought about purchasing this home gym but people kept saying it’s not for everyday use like they expected so that disappoints me. I just need some advice on how to either find time to go to the gym or some good home workout equipment. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.
Has anyone gone completely raw to lose weight and just to feel healthy? How long did it take to start losing weight? What were things you did to stay on track? I have a hard time sticking to diets. I’m 20 I weigh 160 and would like to get back down to 130 before I have another baby and be more healthy too. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.