Friday, February 18, 2011

Friend Friday: Body Image

And welcome to Friend Friday, brainchild of Katy and ModlyChic.. come join us, its a great way to get to know your fellow (ess) bloggers!!

You will also notice I am including my Daily Outfit (30 for 30) in this post (2 birds, 1 stone, right :)

Body Image
1. Since you started blogging has your image of yourself changed? 
YES, YES, YEEEEESSSSS! I actually see myself more objectively now and am liking what I see more and more, meaning, owning my body for what it is, and what it isn't and just being appreciative of how strong and fit I am and how I can pull off certain clothes and styles. AND I love my clothes more now because I have more sense of what suits me or not so I feel better  all around!
2. Are you self-conscious about any aspect of yourself? If so, do you go out of your way to avoid it or do you post it/talk about it anyway? 
I have broad hips. My grammy always told me I was lucky, that I had child-bearing hips. Well thats all fine and good if you are popping out a bunch of kids, but so far thats not in the books for me.  SO instead I have found what kind of skirt lines help to narrow my hips, what kinds of pants to wear or avoid, what length of tops to wear, etc. AND HOW TO POSE. so its actually fun. We all have some body part that we think is abit wonky. Whatever. We are all human, and thats the fun of clothes, you get to play and disguise these areas and accentuate the other ones!!!  I say, "Bring it On!"
3. Based on how you are feeling now, what do you think the future holds in the evolution of your body image? 
No where but UP.  And especially with this just being the  beginning of my triathlon training season, in about 3 months from now I will be solid muscle.. thats how it goes with this kind of training and I have to keep reminding myself of this.  And at the end of the day, its the INSIDE of you that really influences how you look and feel, meaning we need to start loving ourselves from the inside out first!!
4. Do you photograph yourself for your blog? If so, how do you feel about the experience when you're having your picture taken?
YES, I take all my own photos and to be honest I am having just as much fun with that aspect of blogging as I am coming up with outfit ideas.. I am learning alot about photography and how to pose. Now when someone else pulls out a camera I know what side of me is more photogenic, which way to stand, how to smile.. and am pretty sure I am wearing something fabulous!! Boy, I almost sound like a supermodel.. hah hah NOT!
5.  What would you want every person who struggles with body image to take to heart?
Be grateful for the body you have and keep it real. Those babes in the magazines are not human so there's no comparison there.  At the end of the day its all about who you are in life, how you are, who you love, who loves you, the difference you make.  Have fun and cut yourself some slack. Life's WAY too short.
Love ya!! xoxo


  1. Love the background in your shots! And the colour of the scarf is gorgeous :)

    Totally agree with your Friend Friday answers!

  2. I'd like to hear more about your triathlon training. My husband does triathlons, so I know it's tons of work!

  3. That heart picture of the scarf is too cute.
    And yes, I agree that not even the fashion models look the way they do on covers or in magazines. They're photoshopped to barely even exist. I really wish I had known all of that when I was a teenager.

  4. Nice answers. You're on the path to real wisdom and happiness.

  5. These are not only fantastic shots, but fantastic answers. Really, any introspective act like journaling or blogging will be therapeutic and help you understand, accept, and challenge yourself. Congratulations, and thank you for sharing.

  6. look really great!! It is important for all of us not to place unrealistic expectations on ourselves. There is so much joy in the freedom to be just simply who we are!

  7. Jodi, I love how positive you are. It's just wonderful to read.

    And that scarf is the perfect color for you - you look gorgeous in it.

  8. Oh my word. Those are amazingly beautiful photos! These are the best ones you've had in awhile. I LOVE them!!!

  9. Well said,darlin'! You're not the only one enjoying the process, we're enjoying seeing the results:)

  10. Your last answer is the VERY reason I love you and your blog DO "keep it real"...:)

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  11. All your pix are great, but that first one on todays post is especially beautiful. You look like you're daydreaming....

    You continue to inspire me to keep taking pictures and keep working at my blog, it only gets better from here. Have a GREAT weekend!



  12. Our bodies are powerhouses. They do so much for us, and I think we should appreciate them. That last photo is gorgeous.
    My Heart Blogged

  13. Oh, Jodi...posts like this make my heart sing!!!

    Not enough women have a positive body image (why we started our blog), and I always love reading stories about other women who do...and who don't apologize for it or try too hard to sound modest just for the sake of it.

    Everything you said is beautiful. And btw, I don't know where you (or your grandma) gets that you have broad hips. You have a gorgeous figure.

    the narcissists' diary / the closet narcissist"

  14. Take a walk in the Spanish neighborhood I used to live in and trust me, guys would go crazy for your hips! Like Shakira says "hips don't lie"! That background is amazing and so is your style.

  15. I love your answer to the first question! I'm starting to feel the same way. I aspire to have your confidence and your attitude. And I love these photos — they are so gorgeous.


  16. When I first started really getting into training and increasing physical exercise, I started feeling better way before other people noticed I'd changed shape. I'm interested in you saying you'll be pure muscle after tri training. What distances are you training for and does your training alter your body shape and consequently what you wear?