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How comfortable are you with your body image?
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19 / F / Washington
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I like how my face looks but I hate my body. ._.
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Not very. I gained a lot of weight and have been trying to lose it for like a year.
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23 / M / Hawaii "OAHU"
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FFAN12 wrote:

Any tips for those not feeling so great about themselves?


Hmmm Tips...
Enjoy life, live it the way you wanna.
Take your shirt off!! lol get used to walkin around w/o it.
"i have alot of stretch marks" Chest, biceps, legs, calfs, back of my arms, butt, litte ones on hip.
My weak skin "Sigh" lol, I also had eczema in the past I used to hide too :P
I find that no one really cares you just hide yourself. Get confident, be happy.
I got over my flaws, its easier when you find someone that accepts you for who you are.
I have to thank my bestfriend/ex gf for that.
Workin out helped me alot. Goin out helped even more "Even by myself" movies/pool/mall. Bein social helped the most.
Once you can accept you for who you really are, it just becomes that much easier to be yourself.

I grew up bein the nerd/fat Kid lol. so confidence I had none.
Dance class, Friends, and sports/workin out changed that.
Things i've done too is walk around in public in my boxers LOL that helps you be free!
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Thanks for the advice it was definitely helpful not only for myself but also whoever else has read it. Thanks
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nightbreeds wrote:


FFAN12 wrote:

Any tips for those not feeling so great about themselves?


I got over my flaws, its easier when you find someone that accepts you for who you are.
I have to thank my bestfriend/ex gf for that.
Workin out helped me alot. Goin out helped even more "Even by myself" movies/pool/mall. Bein social helped the most.
Once you can accept you for who you really are, it just becomes that much easier to be yourself.


Glad you're happier now =) Seem like a good person so it's good to see that things appear to have changed for you.
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MikiSayaka wrote:


nightbreeds wrote:


FFAN12 wrote:

Any tips for those not feeling so great about themselves?


I got over my flaws, its easier when you find someone that accepts you for who you are.
I have to thank my bestfriend/ex gf for that.
Workin out helped me alot. Goin out helped even more "Even by myself" movies/pool/mall. Bein social helped the most.
Once you can accept you for who you really are, it just becomes that much easier to be yourself.



Glad you're happier now =) Seem like a good person so it's good to see that things appear to have changed for you.

haha I do feel alot better. I got into personal trainin to help people, I work in a gym too.
But sadly its not enough for me to get by in life... so i'm off to the military...
But hopefully I can become a medical officer and be a Physical Theraphist! : )
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nightbreeds wrote:

But hopefully I can become a medical officer and be a Physical Theraphist! : )


Very nice!
I joined the fire department and I use the free gym available to us, it helps me feel more energized every day, and I know I'm healthier and in shape. but not much beyond that.
As for being a personal trainer, that's really good! I know enough to make my own schedule and all and what I can handle, but I wouldn't be able to set them up for others or anything.
But that's a really honorable calling you have, joining the military and all. Kudos to you, much much respect in that.
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Very nice!
I joined the fire department and I use the free gym available to us, it helps me feel more energized every day, and I know I'm healthier and in shape. but not much beyond that.
As for being a personal trainer, that's really good! I know enough to make my own schedule and all and what I can handle, but I wouldn't be able to set them up for others or anything.
But that's a really honorable calling you have, joining the military and all. Kudos to you, much much respect in that.


Haha thanks man!
Fire Fighter!! haha I almost became a Fed Fire Fighter.
But then I thought to myself the military is good too plus I get to travel away from Hawaii and see the world.
Never been off this rock XD... I love it here tho!
But thats great man! always nice to see/hear people workin out to better themselfs!
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nightbreeds wrote:


But then I thought to myself the military is good too plus I get to travel away from Hawaii and see the world.
Never been off this rock XD... I love it here tho!


Also, all the other benefits you'll receive.
Pretty sure you get some form of health benefits.
You get living quarters, travel (as you said), college if you choose (Take it while you can and they're willing to pay for it).
it's a very very wise move for you ;D
And as for your working out...
Military gyms (at least at the one base I went to to visit my uncle once) are legit, and have every machine you could possibly imagine.
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I'm pretty well proportioned width wise, but my legs are totally too fat and I'm a total lazy ass. lol I'm actually technically obese, but the proportions of my body is really nice.
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Might, maybe, yes, no, sorta.

I have some body image issues that stem from when my brother and cousin would tease me that I would become fat, bald, and hairy like grandpa when I grew older. So far, only the hairy part has happened.

I've had more problems from depression, low confidence, self-esteem, self-opinion, and some gender-dysphoric feelings.
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FFAN12 wrote:

Any tips for those not feeling so great about themselves?


Something you should read.

1. Do not compare yourself to others - One of the worst things we can do from a confidence standpoint is compare ourselves to others, especially when looking at what they have that we do not have. Think of yourself as someone who is unique with talents and gifts that you can share with your friends and family. Some of the biggest confidence killers are jealousy and envy. Instead of comparing yourself, look deep inside and see what you need to improve. Don’t improve upon these things to please others, but to grow as a person.

2. Wear clothes that make you feel good - When you look good, you have confidence. Wear clothes that makes you feel good. Find the time to study your body type and wear clothes that will complement it. Don’t force yourself to wear tight fitting clothes if you know it will only make you feel uncomfortable. There are so many books, magazines and online articles about finding the best fit for your body type.

3. Sit down and make a list of your assets - Get a pen and paper, sit down, and list your assets. List not only your physical assets, but everything you know about yourself that makes you special and unique. This might include your talents, your achievements and even your goals and dreams. Then analyze which ones you want to improve on or develop and make an effort to do that.

4. Create your own style – In addition to number 2 on this list, it is also important to create your own style. What is so wonderful about the 21st century is that we do not need to conform to trends. We can now wear anything that makes us happy and comfortable, yet still remain stylish. We just need to take the time to figure out what suits us best. I am so lucky that I have a brother who is a stylist. He is always willing to lend me his styling tips, and he loves me enough to tell me when something does not look good on me.

5. Take care of your body and mind – This is a must! Remember to eat your veggies, take your vitamins and exercise (even if for just 15 minutes a day). Also, read a book, visit a museum or do anything that will help stimulate your mind and your senses. Believe me, you will love yourself even more for it.

6. Take care of skin – Our skin covers our entire body, so it’s important to take care of that too. Pamper yourself every once in awhile. Get a massage. Make sure that you wash your face. Use a toner and moisturize. Most importantly, drink plenty of water and get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. This simple regimen will help you to keep looking good.

7. Learn how to accept compliments – When someone says you look good, say thank you and just accept the compliment. If you aren’t used to doing this, it can feel awkward at first. However, learning to accept compliments instead of brushing them off will definitely help you feel good about yourself.

8. Respect your body – Even if you don’t feel 100% good about yourself, there are simple things you can do that will really perk you up. For example, get a fun haircut that you can maintain. Brush your teeth and clip your nails. Take a bath. If you are clean and well groomed, even if you are just wearing a plain shirt and jeans, you will still look great.

9. Cheer yourself up – Laughter is still the best medicine. Laugh whenever you can. Cheer yourself up when you feel low. Watch a good movie, or curl up on the couch and read a good book. Take a long walk and enjoy nature and your surroundings.

10. Accept yourself for who you are - The best way to feel great about who we are is to accept ourselves and try to grow and harness the strengths we posses within. Don’t let what other people think or say about you affect or make you feel otherwise. There are a lot of people out there who might insult you or try to bring you down. Just remember, people who sometimes say awful things to discourage you are many times insecure themselves. They may just be on a power trip. Just ignore what they say and move on.

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starry wrote:


FFAN12 wrote:

Any tips for those not feeling so great about themselves?


Something you should read.

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I do all of that, except - Accepting compliments, comparing myself to others. xD
I CONSTANTLY compare myself to others. and while I say thank you to compliments, I generally feel the other person is just being friendly.
I've never done well accepting compliments however, or gifts, or much of anything. I'm more of a giver with everything, standing and holding doors open for people, etc. However if someone holds a door for me I feel awkward about it.
Just generally awkward about all of that I suppose x.X But very nice tips in general ^.^
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I really had issues about my body, I am pear shaped. I have small breasts, small waist but big hips/bum/thighs. Plus being short (5'2'), I felt being pear shaped looked even more horrible. Even though I am a smaller pear shape ( I have seen pear shaped people way bigger) I still hated my body. Tried everything to get smaller, chowing down on diet pills like crazy, barely ate and over exercised. I would envy girls who had smaller hips and bums and stick thin legs.

I think my dad was the biggest cause for my body issues, he would call me fat (looking back when I was younger, I wasn't fat) My dad was obsessed with being thin, he would go a long time with only eating salads and over exercised a lot.

Then I got into Lolita fashion which I found to be perfect for me. Thanks to having small bust and waist, I have no problem fitting into the dresses. The bell/cupcake shape of the dress hides my hips/bum and thighs, so now I don't hate my body so much.

Now just have to work on my face since I have major issues with that thanks to all the bullying growing up.
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I'm really comfortable and happy with my body image.

I've been swimming in Lake Washington since I was a small kid, so I'm used to being shirtless. I'm not very fazed by seeing skin or showing skin.

I was lucky to be born reasonably handsome. I know that sounds vain, but I'm not going to be a person who apologizes for their looks, or do fake modesty and go "nahhh I'm so ugly" to garner sympathetic compliments. It's just a draw from the genetic lottery.

Whereas I didn't have to do anything for my looks, I was just born with it, I definitely had to work hard on my body. I eat pretty healthy, I run at least 20 miles every week, swim about a mile per day, and lift weights. I'm proud of my body because I put a lot of work into it.

Not to say I have no areas I wish to improve, for instance I don't have the thickest frame so it's tougher for me to add bulk, plus I'm out in the sun a lot so my skin isn't anything like when I was 18 (getting some random moles here and there) but for the most part, I'm comfortable and happy.

Your body is a car, it starts accumulating mileage once you're delivered in the hospital room until the day you die. No use worrying about those little scratches, dinks, and dents but as long as you take good care of it, you should function well and look good for at least a while.
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