Originally Posted by Kylahroo
Sunmamma, why did you quit gymnastics at age 14? Do you remember? When did you start feeling self-conscious about your body?
Kylahroo, I quit for two reasons....one, I felt it was getting too competivive and not fun anymore. My coach was really putting the pressure on me. Two, (remember, I was only 14!!!) was that I found out my coach was a lesbian, and it freaked me out. The saddest thing is that I never had anyone to talk to about it, otherwise maybe I would have continued. We were still a bit in the dark ages about respecting partner choices at that time(the 80's) and i grew up in a very conservative area. Lesbian equaled leper.
As far as when I started being conscious of my body, I would say it started around 13 or 14. As far as it relating to gymnastics, I think I was influenced by those(gymnasts) around me being small and thin. But really that was just a part of it. My mom was always very thin, and made comments about my body(ugh!
: ) and my physical appearance in general(ie encouraging me to model). And somewhere in my noggin I felt like if I was thin I would be accepted more(huh???) She still makes comments about my body(only when I put on a few), and has even "warned" me against gaining so much weight in this pregnancy!!!
In regards to your daughter, I think you are in the clear! You sound like a very conscious mama who has a good healthy relationship with your daughter. I did not have that, and so mine is a whole different story.
Thanks mamas for letting me steal the thread a bit more. I am done! Promise!!! Off to my first prenatal!