Talking Fitness Thursday: Looking Good Feels Good

I know that these Talking Fitness Thursday posts are usually about something I experienced or learned during the week, but I’m going to try something a little different today. On this particular Thursday, I’d like to discuss something I’m planning to do for myself that will (hopefully) make me both look and feel good.

I’m planning to get a haircut…and I’m going to go super short.

But let’s backtrack for a minute, shall we? As you probably already know, I attended Book Expo America (BEA) last month. (You can read about my experience here, here, and here.) The day before BEA Bloggers, I decided to get a haircut; I figured that if I was throwing myself into a professional setting, I might as well look somewhat polished. I’d been thinking about getting a pixie cut at that point but I had three issues: first, that I wouldn’t have the guts to go through with it; second, that it would look terrible on me; and third, that I’d look drastically different from the photo on the back of my business cards and therefore, no one would remember me. I couldn’t bring myself to do it and Jamie, my lovely stylist, advised against such a big change if I wasn’t 100% certain about it…so I ended up with this.

 

I liked the cut — Jamie always does good work on my hair — and I went through BEA and then most of this month with it. A few days ago, though, I found myself thinking about the pixie again, and after simultaneous conversations with Becca and Hubs last night, I’m dead set on chopping off my hair. I did some searching around Pinterest and Google, and I decided that of all the pixie cuts I saw online, I liked Michelle Williams’ the best.

And here’s what it looks like from the side and from the back.

(Images via Superior Pics)

But what does this have to do with fitness, you ask? Well, it’s simple…for me, at least: How we perceive our appearances affects our emotional well-being, and our well-being is a core component of health and fitness. If I don’t like the way I look, it alters my mood. Getting down on myself for being perceived as “plain” or “sloppy”, whether by others or only within my own mind, causes me to beat up on myself. From there, I can either give up on myself and let myself go or I can do something about it and change my perception which, in this case, would be achieved by changing my hairstyle.

Get the picture?

I like feeling good about myself, and who doesn’t?! I purchased a new Fitbit over the weekend, which has brought back the ability to remind myself on a daily basis of how far I’ve already come with my changes in diet and exercise. I love being able to check the app on my phone at will and see how much further I need to go to reach my 10K step goal for any given day, and it doesn’t hurt checking out how many calories I’ve burned, either.

Adopting a healthier lifestyle has allowed me to drop several pounds since getting my PCOS diagnosis, and I’m so proud of myself not only for making several necessary changes but then sticking to them as well. Why shouldn’t the changes inside be reflected on the outside?

Am I completely insane for even considering this? I don’t think I am. I think this is long overdue. I want to look as good outside as I’ve been feeling inside, and I’m hoping that a follicular change of pace, so to speak, will help me to achieve that. Fingers crossed, because I’m really going through with this!

So now it’s your turn! What other changes can you make to look as good as you feel?

You can read Becca’s post for this week here!

  • Go for it girl! i buzzed (yes buzzed) my hair off once and got a similar cut to the pic you posted. (after it all grew back and I wanted to chop it off again) It’s very liberating to drop all that hair. But be warned, styling products are a MUST because you will need to learn how to tame it. Can’t wait to see pics of your new cut!

  • readathomemama

    Thanks!! I’m calling the salon tomorrow and making the appointment, and then I’ll go to Target afterward and pick up any products I might need. I’m nervous but super excited!