Lately, I have been obsessing on numbers – my times on the my runs, pace on my run, the length of my runs, and, unfortunately and very new for me, my age. I have not put it straight in my mind why this sudden obsession with age. I really do not recall having these issues as I approached 20, 30, or 40. Why should have them as I approach – and it is still over a year away – 50?
To my rescue comes Operation Beautiful – the web site and the book. While the goal is to stop negative body talk, I read and read and applied the stop talk to my age issues. I have decided I am just going back to being me, not the obsessive almost 50 year old. Me – the mom of six who is running a marathon in about two months.
Caitlyn Boyle has edited a book about the Operation Beautiful mission. While Operation Beautiful is mostly based on stopping “fat” talk, I have taken the “love yourself” message to my aging this past week. As I read of the struggles these younger women were having with body issues, I could definitely relate to a time back when I was their ages. Now, I have pretty much come to terms with my body but aging is a different issue all together. Operation Beautiful helped me through this little bump in life.
Back when I first read Mary Pipher’s Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, I started recommending that book as reading for any parent – with girls or boys. Now on my recommendation list will go Operation Beautiful for all people, not just parents. I am also going to order two copies for my local school district’s middle school and high school libraries.
Disclaimer: I did receive a copy of Operation Beautiful from the publisher for no cost and for review purposes.