Confidence

I am repeating myself but Marcus Messiah Garvey (whom is a freedom fighter, the smartest person I have ever heard of and was fat) said: marcus_garvey_mdm

“If you haven’t confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started. ”

I can recall a time in my life around the age of 13 we were doing a debate about electrical power usage and its effect on the environment.  The teacher put me on the side of the environment and as I researched I experienced an epiphany.  I can’t remember the exact numbers I had worked out but I discovered that if every women in our town gave up using their curling iron we would see a dramatic change in electrical usage.  My teacher said the point was invalid because the goal was impossible.  I vowed that day never to use my curling iron again to prove that it could be done.  I realize now that that event started my journey into opposing vanity.  I gave up make-up and hair styling and magazine looking.

I had never been the pretty girl or the girl the boys looked at.  I can honestly say my husband was the first man to tell me I was beautiful (of course my dad also but he isn’t a boy he is my dad).  We met when I was in my late 20s.  Now I look back and realize it wasn’t that men didn’t find me attractive it was that I didn’t find myself attractive.  I blamed my weight.  I blamed all my problems on my weight it became a great excuse.

Also I never liked getting my photo taken and would often delete them from mine and other peoples cameras because I didn’t like the way I looked.  It is a joke I played on my mom that I would hide all the framed pictures she had of me.  I secretly went into my husbands photo albums and removed all of the pictures of myself.  I avoided looking at myself and would openly say I didn’t care and that no one else should either.

Years ago after 3 kids I was visiting my dad and I think that he was in a mood.  He asked why I was taking so long to fix my teeth (which I broke off at 10 falling off my bike) he said:

“You know just because you are married doesn’t mean you can be ugly

Don’t be upset with my dad because he was right.  I think about his advise everyday.  I rejected vanity by being lazy about my appearance.  I was lazy about my appearance because I didn’t have the confidence to be pretty.

Last year I hit bottom really hard.  I often found myself unable to leave the house because I couldn’t stop crying.  Now I realize that I had robbed myself of my identity, my relationships with people (including my husband), my sex drive (sorry to be graphic) and my desire for life.  There were times I would get in the car and just want to drive and never stop.  I found myself googling:

how to get more confidence”

One blog that I read said don’t be lazy about your appearance.  If you need to put on some make-up to make you feel better put some make-up on, if you need to lose weight do it lose the weight, dress nice, brush your hair everyday, and look in the mirror every time you can

I never looked in the mirror!

I hated what I saw and I would say that only vain people looked in the mirror.  I remember vowing to never look unless I had to.  Try brushing your teeth without looking in the mirror.  This lead to many incidents of wearing clothes with stains, baby spit-up, food drippings, etc and never knowing until my husband would say “Are you wearing that?  It isn’t clean.”  or on one trip to the big city a stranger asked what corner I squeegeed on.  I WAS apathetic and lazy about how I looked because I didn’t think I should care or want to care.

The advise in those blogs also mentioned look at what you love about yourself.  All I saw was fat.  I had to work so hard to pick myself up and feel better.   I forced myself to look in the mirror everyday.  I wanted to feel better.  Thanks to the patience, good advise and love of my friends I was able to focus on weight loss instead of hiding from it.  I started looking in the mirror with honest eyes and was surprised that I didn’t look as horrible as I thought.  The exercising and diet were working and my body was getting smaller.  I was accomplishing my goals and growing stronger for it.  I often question whether I am a happier person now because of a little make-up and weight loss or whether I get more oxygen to the brain or was it taking time and pride in myself?

It is an ongoing battle I still don’t feel “Trophy Wife” confident but at least I know that it is not my weight that is holding me back but instead a state of mind.  If I can overcome my weight than I can over come this too!

I can win this race before I begin.

With love,

The “Plateaued” Housewife

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30 thoughts on “Confidence

    • This is part of the weightloss quest I am sure of it. I would say 100% of people who want to lose weight have low confidence in themselves. That is why I choose to be a Trophy Wife it is the exact opposite of insecure.Much love

  1. wonderfully honest and totally relatable, I agree that this is the journey we must all make in helping ourselves to boost our own confidence. Truly great to read this post, thank you x

  2. Hey, you can feel confident and good about yourself for reasons other that appearance – like feeling proud of the things you do, like doing good, like making people smile. There’s lots of things.

    • I had to think of how to respond to this. On one hand I think that you are right but on the other hand I want to believe that doing good and making people smile should be selfless. Appearance seems to be the driving force behind successful weight loss. My improved confidence comes from setting goals and achieving them. My reward is being able to look in the mirror confidently. However I just really wish I had something funny to say. Much love

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  4. I guess it’s not about trying to be something you’re not but the making the best of what you have and having pride in yourself. Makeup is something I wear to stop people asking me if I’m sick (naturally blonde, naturally pale), but it’s the bare minimum and my hair has a mind of its own no matter what I do.

    • Thank you you are so right. I realize now that there is nothing wrong with taking pride in your appearance to make yourself feel good. I really learned this in Africa. African women walk by you and smell like spring flowers. Everyone including the men take a lot of care in their appearance but don’t seem vain. They seem to just want to be their best. What is wrong with being your best right?

  5. Simply that you have recognized this is the biggest win. It seems that so many either accept to be ugle or turn to depression. This is such a contrast to the life that the most high has blessed me with and it helps to see a glimpse of the inner turmoil that people I work with go through. None come to mind that have been so plain about it.

    Glad to seee the turnaround.

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    Clifford Mitchem
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    Regards,
    Clifford Mitchem
    Advocare Distributor
    Nutrition + Fitness = Health
    For information visit: http://www.AdvoCare.com/13087657

  6. Thanks for visiting my first post. Appreciate it a ton! Reading through this one inspired me. I just started a “get healthier” routine and sometimes it’s hard to relate to the girls at the gym or my friends. I do feel that confidence has so much to do with how well you will achieve your goals. Thanks for sharing this!

  7. This is such a powerful post!! WOW!! Thank you for sharing it. It goes along with my post today–the video I did using a quote, “war is upon you whether you would risk it or not.” Ignoring the war against my body, my libido, my confidence, etc. did not change things. It took risking failure in my goals to know I could succeed. There is definitely a war against us women from every direction, trying to pull down our confidence. And it from both sides, focus on appearance, not focusing on appearance . . . either to the extreme. But our Creator made each of us with unique beauty we need to embrace! (And Yay! Marie is friends with us both! I love her blog.)

    • I agree. The war on women I love that. I feel that so many aspects of our lives discriminate us. I once met with a friend who grew up in the US in the 70’s during the modern “Women’s Liberation” and Gloria Steinam (I probably spelt her name wrong) opened a sect in her California community. She said that once the others found out she had children that she was asked not to return. I ask you what do we feel is the most feminine thing we have? Our uterus comes to mind. At every turn we are faced with not being allowed to be who we want to be and who we were born to be. I have been blessed with having 4 children and I can tell you that although 4 is not many so many people I meet want to let me know that I shouldn’t have any more and I question why don’t we love the children anymore? Is this part of the war on women? We must wear pants and work out of the home and stop marrying and stop having children because we want to be men? Like you mentioned the Almighty Creator made us women unique. I blame history and religion for discriminating women. Why now are we considered the Holy Ghost?

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