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Working On My Self-Esteem

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Something that I’ve always struggled with is self-esteem. I don’t come from a particularly “build you up” kind of family (when I got my first pair of glasses, aged 11, my family decided to tell me I looked like Dennis Waterman and called me that for many years, knowing how much I hated it). One of my worst character traits is my ability to be self-deprecating, and as much as I find it hilarious to make mean jokes about myself, my kids are starting to notice and it’s probably not the best thing for them to hear.

Just last week, Husband said to me “you look nice”, and I replied “don’t be ridiculous!”. I should have just said “thanks love”, but I didn’t and as much as he didn’t say anything I could tell he was disappointed with my reaction. I know I need to work on my self esteem, but the sad fact is, I don’t know where to start.

I’ve heard a lot of women say that a good place to start when trying to make yourself feel good is with your underwear, so I was thinking of investing in a whole new load of undies, like this. I’m not much of a ‘frilly knickers’ kinda girl, so something simple yet pretty would be perfect for me.

Another thing I know I need to do is get back to the gym; when I started weightlifting last year, I felt like I’d finally found an exercise that I loved…and I was good at it, too. But a few things happened to knock me off the rails and I managed to completely give up on what I was doing, watching all the gains I’d made slip away. It was a a double blow because my self-esteem was already struggling and having to admit I’d failed at something AND watch all my hard work go down the drain had a bad effect on my mental state.

We had some friends over last night for the football and they asked me if I was still exercising, and while I was telling them (or more accurately, reeling off the list of excuses that I’ve cultivated about why I quit), I realised that I missed exercising and taking control of myself. I missed being productive and showing my girls that we should look after ourselves. And most of all, I missed that daily sense of achievement I got when I got my butt to the gym, ate within my macros and lifted a little bit more weight than last time.

So, for the sake of my girls, I’m going to try to get back to it.

I’m re-taking control.

4 thoughts on “Working On My Self-Esteem

  1. Your article is an intriguing perused You truly are a solid lady and as I would see it (only an assessment) you should go to lifting weights on the off chance that you appreciate it. I mean you are great at it right and for you , the rec center would be your cheerful place . And furthermore it happens to be simply the best place to help up your confidence with each rep that you hit . I say that as I am an ex powerlifter myself and as of now experiencing back damage however would be available once more.

  2. Hi there,

    Your article is an interesting read 🙂 You really are a strong woman and in my opinion (just an opinion) you should head back to lifting weights if you enjoy it. I mean you are good at it right and for you , the gym would be your happy place . And also it happens to be the best place to boost up your self esteem with every rep that you hit . I say that as I am an ex powerlifter myself and currently suffering from a back injury but would be up for it again.
    Just be extra careful with the rails this time 🙂
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    Cheers !

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