Body Image Angst

The minute the weather got warmer my body image issues kicked in. During the winter I mostly ignore them because I can cover up with clothes – and since some genius invented tunics I’ve been able to ignore how my thighs are just a teensy bit out of proportion to the rest of me. But once spring is undeniably here I am shocked all over again by how soft and mushy my body really is. Oh yeah, and pasty pale too.

Yesterday I was gardening and all I could think about was how jiggly my butt was, which pretty much took all the fun out of being outside in the sun. Usually at this point in the season I begin the Extreme Exercise Program. The problem is that EEP sets you up so that you can’t start enjoying spring until you finish it. And turning my butt to muscle is at least a year-long project.

Instead of beginning extreme exercise or waiting until I have a wardrobe that makes me look toned, sophisticated, fun, smart, and utterly perfect, I just want to get up in the morning, put on some clothes, and go out. I don’t want to obsess about my appearance anymore. It’s not healthy, or productive. Also, I guarantee you that men are not sitting around thinking about their butts.

The problem is, I don’t know how to achieve the obsession-free state. I know I’m supposed to be the one giving the advice, but does anyone have any for me?

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