Friday, 18 February 2011

Friend Friday- 18/2- Body Image

1. Since you started blogging has your image of yourself changed?
If it has changed at all, I would say it is for the better. Photographing yourself so regularly makes you aware of the way you look, which smiles work for your face and it also encourages you to make an effort to look your best. I also really appreciate the comments that my readers leave me. I know it shouldn't affect me, but I love hearing lovely thing from my readers. Blogging has helped me find myself and I think that has helped me with the image of who I am.



2. Are you self-conscious about any aspect of yourself? If so, do you
go out of your way to avoid it or do you post it/talk about it anyway?

People who know me in real life are aware of my insecurities, and I do bring them up occasionally on my blog, but I don't want people to think I'm doing it for attention or for compliments. I am very self-conscious about who I am and how I look. A lot of people I know in real life read my blog so I worry about being too open in front of people who know me.

3. Based on how you are feeling now, what do you think the future holds in the evolution of your body image?

As much as I hate myself for saying it, being in a relationship really helps with my body image. I'm still an absolute nightmare and I drive my boyfriend crazy constantly asking him if I look okay, but knowing that he thinks I'm beautiful really does help in how I feel about myself. I am also going to say the complete wrong thing here and everyone will probably hate me, but I made a goal to lose 10 pounds by my birthday (well, 12 actually), and I've lost 8.5 so far. Just doing that has made me feel so much better about myself. I put on weight last semester so I'm not just doing this because I feel I have to, it's just a case of getting back to a point where I'm happy with the way I look. I really hope that as I get older my relationship with my body improves, and so far I think it's heading in that direction.


4. Do you photograph yourself for your blog? If so, how do you feel about the experience when you're having your picture taken? If you choose not to post pictures of yourself, what prompted that decision?
Like many bloggers, I take about 100 pictures and then choose about 10 to post up. As I said earlier, taking photographs of myself has helped me get used to the way I look and how my body looks. But I do delete a lot of awful ones!! I'm pretty comfortable having my photograph taken as long as I am expecting it!


5. What would you want every person who struggles with body image to
take to heart? 

I'm not really sure how to answer this one. I think it is something you have to do yourself. You have to believe in yourself and do whatever you can to make that a reality. Wear clothes that make you feel good. Do things that make you happy. Eat well and exercise. Surround yourself with people who constantly tell you how beautiful you are.


Want to read more? Visit ModlyChic for other answers on this week's questions :]]


If off to Minneapolis for the weekend so I'll be back on Sunday. Hope you enjoy these answers and have a fabulous weekend!!


Charlotte xxx

6 comments:

  1. I think we all have our insecurities - it just depends on how open we are about them! My friends from high school always tell me how confident and sure of myself I seemed, but in reality, I felt really insecure and hated how I looked, I just never said anything about it. I'm still like that and sometimes my faux-confidence comes off as cockiness or arrogance, but it's really not!

    Great answers, Charlotte! Have a great weekend!

    XO Michelle
    http://lockedoutfashion.blogspot.com

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  2. This is a great post theme...I just got through reading another one. I love it!

    Some people in my personal life also read my blog, and I was a little hesitant to completely bare my soul online, but I steeled myself up and did it...the reason being that I think women spend too much time feeling self-conscious (and feeling like they're the only ones who feel that way) and not enough time being vulnerable and realizing that we all struggle with it and also that we CAN overcome it. I'm not saying you necessarily need to do that on yours if you don't wanna...but you shouldn't feel like you have to run from it. :)

    I really think women fear appearing conceited to the point that they go the opposite way and allow themselves to feel bad about how they look...and I think that's such a shame! There's nothing wrong with enjoying people's comments. It doesn't make you bad. :) But how can you look in the mirror and not see all that adorableness?! ;)

    Jenarcissist Bares All: a History of Insecurity

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  3. Great post, absolutely love your honesty
    There is going to be a time where you feel great with who you are for me it happend 2 years ago
    Have a beautiful weekend
    Freesia

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  4. I' seriously feeling the polka dots. I also love your red header. Thanks for sharing and drop by me too, soon.

    Cheers.

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  5. PS - Charlotte, I noticed your blogroll still links to my old blog! Would it be a huge pain to ask you to change it?

    XO Michelle
    http://lockedoutfashion.blogspot.com

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  6. This is a really interesting post. I think every girl struggles with body image, and it's a lifelong battle to truly feel good in your own skin... but for myself I've found that my body image has improved with age as I've become more comfortable with myself as a whole. Another thing that really improved my body confidence was when I started running; it was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but it came with a huge sense of accomplishment, too, and a very deep appreciate for what my body can do, no matter what it looks like :)
    xox,
    Cee

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