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Hi, I'm Ana, also known as Bonggamom and I'll be your host here on BlogHer for the summer. I'll be joined by 21 other bloggers as we share our tips and stories this summer. 

This week I'm sharing my thoughts on body image and I want to hear yours.  Leave a comment and you could win $1,000! Don't forget to check back often as I'll be posting new articles and you'll have more chances to win.

The bloggers below are also on a journey to improve their health and wellness and giving away $100 each! See what they have to say for your chance to win!

A Girl and A Boy, The Joyful Chaos, Slynnro,  Long HollowShoot Me NowMulti-Minding Mom, and Cookin' Canuck

A couple of weeks ago the Pea came up to me, turned to her side, sucked her stomach, and asked me, "Mama, am I fat?".

That's one question I've been dreading even more than "Where do babies come from?". Because whatever the reason, for good or bad, so much of my daughter's self-perception, her self-confidence and sense of self worth, may depend on the answer to that one question.

I should know; I've struggled with body image issues all my life. When I was a child, I was more likely to daydream, draw or read indoors than run around or kick a ball. The only vegetables I remember eating were potatoes and carrots, and my mom let me have ice cream anytime I wanted because she thought the milk in it(even though it isn't milk, it's really cream) made it good for kids. I was chubby and I knew it. I often looked at my tummy in the mirror and wondered if I could be pregnant and not know it. I was tall, too, so I was always the one picked to be the boy in all the plays at my all-girls' school. I wondered if everyone thought I was a boy.

Fortunately I discovered vegetables, volleyball and dance in high school, and I slimmed down. But my negative self-image stayed with me. I slouched and I refused to wear heels. I hated getting my photo taken. I didn't think I'd ever get a boyfriend and I told myself I didn't care. It has taken me a long, long time to be comfortable with my body, and even now I struggle with binge eating and yo-yo dieting.

It took me a long time to accept and love the way I look. 

I don't want my daughter to go through all that. She's a smart, funny, kind girl who knows she's loved and admired by everyone around her, and she's got everything going for her. But she's not stick thin; she's like me, she's got a big appetite and would gain weight easily if she kept making poor food choices. Her friends are all thinner than her, and she's starting to look more closely at the images of girls and women she sees in the media.
I want her to define herself not by how she looks, but by how she thinks and acts. I want her to look at her body and not see it as the be-all and end-all of existence, but as the outward manifestation of good choices, a strong will and a healthy lifestyle. So I try to set a good example and live a healthy lifestyle for her sake. I make sure she gets lots of physical activity by incorporating walking and biking into our lives, and keeping her busy with dance and sports. I try to serve her healthy foods in appropriate portions. I stress the importance of staying hydrated all day. I try not to offer food as reward or comfort. In our daily conversations, I try to showcase strong and successful women of all shapes and colors as role models. I praise her high test scores more than I praise her outfit choices.


And I told her, "No, darling, you're not fat.".
 

So tell me, share your own thoughts on body image for a chance to win $1,000, in a comment below. Don't forget to check back for my next post for another chance to win!

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Check out my last post about healthy tips here!

Read last weeks post from our bloggers here:

A Girl and A BoyThe Joyful ChaosSlynnroBarbara Shallue from Long HollowShoot Me NowMulti-Minding Mom and Cookin' Canuck

More posts...

A Girl and A BoyThe Joyful ChaosSlynnro Long HollowShoot Me NowMulti-Minding Mom, and Cookin' Canuck

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