Thursday, July 03, 2014
13th - Body Image
Personally, I don't have issues with my body. From a medical standpoint, I could stand to lose some weight. I have certain goals for myself that I'm working toward, both in terms of weight and, more importantly, exercise. I once had a goal of running a 10k. I met that goal. For some reason I lost my motivation to keep moving forward and sort of backslid in both of those categories. Now I have a new goal for myself, to run a half marathon. But, at this point, I should probably make the goal to once again do a proper 10k.
I look in the mirror and I'm okay with who I am. I don't necessarily like getting winded when I run up a flight of stairs, but that goes back to the whole being in shape thing. Look, I know I'm not a 10. I doubt that there are many women who see me walking down the street and think, "Wow, that is one fine specimen!" But I don't think I'm a bad looking guy. I think the recent additions of glasses and the full beard have helped. I'm not sure if they make me look younger or more mature.
Though I was told by an Old Navy coworker that she thought I was 25. I thanked her, because I'm nearly a decade beyond 25. Most people who aren't aware of my 34-ness will guess that I'm around 27 or 28. I really don't mind that people assume I'm younger than I am. Because really, I still feel like I'm in my early 20s, fresh out of college. But that's more of a maturity thing and not a body image thing.
So yeah, I'm okay with who I am overall. That doesn't mean I won't still make regular trips to the gym. But, please note, I'm not going to the gym because I'm trying to impress anyone. I'm going to the gym because I want to continue feeling good about myself. Also, I want to be able to run up a flight of stairs without getting winded.