Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Letting Yourself Go?

Have you let yourself go? Your health, your mindset, your appearance, and/or your relationships?

You won’t see me on the next cover of Fitness but I work at it. My relationships are a continuous work in progress. I try to look decent most of the time and like my relationships my mind is also a work in progress. Bottom-line, I keep trying because I deserve what I work for and I’m not giving up on myself.

I see so many people who look like they’ve given up on themselves and it makes me sad. I wonder why they don’t think they deserve more.

What about you - have you let yourself go? Are you working to get ‘you’ back?

And if you haven’t (applause) what drives you to keep yourself together, regardless of age?

16 comments:

  1. I think it is so important for mothers especially to take care of themselves. We we feel better about ourselves we have more to give. Great post!

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  2. I let myself go perse for a couple months after my daughter was born. BEing my first child and having nearly 10 years with my hubs with no kiddos it was quite a challenging adjustment for us individually and maritally speaking. I didn't bother getting dressed often or wearing make up because I was too tired and overwhelmed but, I'm beginning to get back into the swing of things and it feels good. I respect and appreciate myself more when I take care of me:).

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  3. I stay focused in knowing taking care of me will better take care of my family and friends :) However, there are points where you slack off at things-I definitely need more "make up" days and less "natural" days with NO make up...LOL! being a mother takes determination to not let ourselves "GO" because we take care of everyone in our home...we must stay healthy and strong!

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  4. I will always be a work in progress!

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  5. Love that you say your relationships and mind are a work in progress. I couldn't put it any better! I've done similar to Casey when my firstborn was young - I'd stayed in my pj's all day. Now I work on keeping myself up, and it's a work in progress too!

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  6. I've gotten into my own phases where I let myself go for a while, especially this past year. I feel so much better, and take much better care of my family, when I take care of myself first. There are days when I have to force it but it's worth it. As for my mind, that's a definite work in progress too!

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  7. Lordy, Lordy ... I've SO let myself go, and constantly working on it (or at least thinking about working on it). It's such a small world - yesterday I wrote a very similar post that I'll be sharing in a few days. While I'm always working on myself - I embrace the imperfections ... because no matter what/who I am, I am me. (So nice to meet you through the nest. Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog!)

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  8. This is a struggle, a constant struggle. When I get caught up on one area of my life, I realize that I've let other areas slide. I've also found that some relationships/friendships, I've had to let go. I've had to re-prioritize and realize that I don't have the time and energy to maintain them, especially if they were really one-sided to begin with. That's been tough, but this momma is looking out for #1 now, and my family too :)

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  9. My husband and I drive each other to stay fit and looking good. We want to be the hottest old farts around!

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  10. Hey TV, I have let myself go! Ugh! It is so hard to get back to the same energetic healthy me that I have always been! I am working on it though! Have a great night my friend!

    Mama Hen

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  11. I don't think I've let myself go. I do need to get a pedicure & get my eyebrows waxed, now that you've brought it up... I did go to the gym today. But, yes, I wish I took better care of myself. I'm going to remember this post all day today and make sure I get to that pedicure soon. :)

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  12. Great comment on motivation TV! Have a good night my friend!

    Mama Hen

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  13. I know Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is not in my near future. I do try to take care of myself. I'm definitely not the same person I was prior to motherhood. I try to stay healthy for my kids. I want to be around as long as possible for them. I want to be able to run around and be part of their activities, not just sit around and watch them.

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  14. I know if I take good care of myself and my appearance, I am happier with myself and that makes me.... happy. We all want to be happy, right?

    Thanks for stopping by! I am going to be trying a butternut squash soup recipe next with cream cheese. The acron squash was yummy, less thick than I had anticipated but still so delicious.

    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. I have definitely let myself go completely to seed! I never worried much about my age because I always felt younger than I am. Now, though, I look in the mirror and see new gray hairs sprouting by the dozens. I wonder when did I become the "old" parent at PTA meetings. My "letting myself go" stems from financial constraints for now. I never have worn much make up. The last time I bought make-up was for my BFF's wedding 4 years ago, and that's only because I was in the wedding party. I dress in the same shorts/jeans and t-shirts day in and day out. In my closet are tennis shoes or dress shoes...nothing casual and in between. I need a haircut in a most serious way (hides the gray a little better when it's shorter) but why spend that $20 when bills are due. I still walk and try to stay in shape because I love me, and I want to set a good example for my kids. My plan is to get my house in order while I'm off work for the next few months then work on ME when I get established in my job and have a little more income at my disposal. Nice food for thought!

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  16. Wow, I feel like you could be talking just to me. Some days I give up on myself and others I am my biggest advocate. Today I am fighting for myself. It is a struggle to eat healthy, workout, or just squeeze "me" time in but I try. I love reading about other people like myself. I feel less alone and more connected to the world. Thank you for your posts. I find myself wondering what you are going to ask next! Keep it up! :)

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