Week Four: being pretty (and cricut cartridge giveaway)!

Sometimes, it’s really a struggle, but not in the sense that I can’t accomplish my goal. It’s a struggle with the way I feel about body image. Since I can remember, being thin was always associated with being pretty. Maybe it was because of societal thoughts, or maybe it was peer pressure?

Regardless, being pretty is NOT synonymous with being thin. This is something I have to remind myself every now and again. Rather, being pretty should be about how one loves him/herself inside and out.

Does anyone else struggle with the issue of body image? If so, I want to hear your thoughts.

I’m still well on my way to hitting my goals. The eating healthier and being more active has definitely contributed to my success.

Winner from last week is:

Congrats to Jaime! Please shoot me an email via the Contact page  to claim your prize. …and like always, I want to share my success with all of you. This week, I’m giving away a Cricut cartridge. This one to be exact:

It’s never been opened, so it’s totally brand new. If you want to win this cartridge:

1. Leave a comment to this post telling me what you think being pretty means by next Tuesday, October 5th, by 11:59 pm.

2. For an additional entry to win, subscribe to my blog via email located on the left side of the page.

3. For another chance to win, share this giveaway elsewhere online. Please let me know where you shared it, so I know to add your additional entry.

Good luck to all who enter!

Today marks the first day of Week Five. *woot woot!* Let’s hope I can keep up with my challenge!



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51 responses to “Week Four: being pretty (and cricut cartridge giveaway)!

  1. i don’t necessarily associate size with pretty. i know quite a few beautiful people who are not thin. but with myself?…body image…oh yeah. definitely issues there.

  2. That is a good question and I think that people often struggle with that. I know I did and still do. Being in my situation growing up that is no secret about the abuse and molestation I also had to deal with that you are not pretty crap within my own race. BELIEVE IT OR NOT it exists. The whole “light skin/dark skin” crap. Yes chile it is a mess. I always got you are “okay looking, for a DARK girl” .. I mean WTF really. I think that people should wake up in the morning .. look at themselves in the mirror and just utter damn I look good. Or wake up and put on a pretty dress and go natural for a day and just get out of your frump.

    I know I wish I could wearing a uniform and combat boots 5 days a week sure did not make me feel pretty .. but I got over it and learned how to still look and feel like a woman ..

    I think you are beautiful inside and out and that to me MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL ..

    xoxo ..

  3. Not everyone can be pretty, but everyone can be beautiful 🙂 That’s my take 🙂 Beauty will fade, there is NO defying age, but inner strength will endure.

  4. To me, pretty is kind, loving, and sharing. Not necessarily appearance from the outside.

  5. Eileen Velez

    Being a good person, kind & understanding makes a beautiful person!!!

  6. Vel

    Well hello my dear, I’m just stopping by to say hi (don’t enter me in the contest, ok? I’m here just for you). It’s been forever and I haven’t been keeping up on your posts but I did want to say howdy and see how you’re doing. And btw, you’re beautiful! 🙂

  7. Interesting you should ask, I was just talking about this with a friend this morning. Her daughter is struggling with body image. incidently my hubby and I were just talking about her Sunday saying what a BEAUTIFUL girl she is. She REALLY is–she outshines her sisters, she is larger than they are. BUT She radiates joy, she has a wonderful smile, beautiful skin and hair–But can’t get over the fact that she isn’t the “norm” size(what a load of POOP! REALLY hate that society makes girls/women feel like this!). I guess what I’m saying is that it isn’t what your looking at that counts, it’s what’s inside. I know most of us have struggled with this same issue in one form or another. It’s learning to love yourself for you. Appreciating the gifts that God has given you–YOU are unique and WONDERFUL in God’s eyes. Once you understand THAT you can love yourself no matter what you look like. It’s getting there that’s hard. But that is what will come across to others and THAT is what makes you BEAUTIFUL–the stuff inside that you can’t see.

  8. hmmmm. well, I’ve seen overweight people that I think are very pretty and I’ve seen thin people that I think are not very pretty, so it definitely does not have to do with size! Our society puts way too much pressure on all of us, especially our young women, to be pretty and thin. What the emphasis really needs to be on is being Healthy and Loving, let’s all try to instill that in those around us. We are WOMEN – we rule – and we can change the world one healthy, loving person at a time!

  9. I think being pretty is what you make yourself to be, how you treat others & what kind of positive out look you bring to the table. Negativity is very ugly to me but a person who makes other feel good about themselves, that is a truely beautiful person.

  10. Sarah i know everyone struggles with this but I don’t think you ever need to question how beautiful you are….inside and out you’ve got it Girl!!

  11. Sarah I know everyone struggles with this but I don’t think you ever need to question how beautiful you are…inside and out you’ve GOT IT GIRL!!

  12. Ok, I just left a comment & then poof, it’s gone. Why does this happen sometimes when I leave a comment on your blog?

    I’ll summarize, since I can’t remember everything I just said.

    It’s not about being thin. It’s about being healthy. And you are ALWAYS pretty… 🙂

  13. Mustangkayla

    What I find interesting about myself, is that when I look at others, I look at their personality and inside and that adds more to being ‘pretty’ than anything else. I hear others say ‘isn’t she/he gorgeous’? But I don’t think so cause that person is mean selfish inconsiderate lying person. Does that make sense? But if I come across someone with a great heart and great personality I am attracted to them a lot more even if they aren’t necessarily as good looking on the outside. Even though I feel that way about others I still am pretty hard about my physical looks. I think its something that a lot of people struggle about.

  14. Tought question… I think being pretty is definitely in the eye of the beholder… it’s all how you look at yourself and the world. Body image is a tough thing. I haven’t ever met anyone who doesn’t pick on themselves… we are our own worst critics!!

    And btw, today’s post didn’t come through the e-mail subscription for me? I saw this on facebook! Wonder what happened? Hope it doesn’t happen again… I’d hate to miss a post!! 🙂

  15. Machelle

    I was always taught by my grandmother that being pretty was your attitude, not the way you look. I find this to be true. If someone treats you with respect or has a sunny personality it makes you like them no matter how they look on the outside. Good luck with your goals!

  16. I’ve spent alot of time hating parts of myself, I don’t care who you are, every woman thinks negatively about themselves from time to time. I try to stay positive though and focus on the things that I do like!! Every time I think something negative, I try to counter it with something positive and I just try to be happy with who I am!! 🙂

    And I didn’t get an email either, I saw it on my google reader.

  17. Lisa

    What I think pretty is is believing in yourself and believing that you are pretty inside and out. Everyone is pretty in their own way, you just have to see it that way. If one of us women believe that we are pretty and beautiful and gorgeous, we can tell other women that they are pretty and beautiful and gorgeous and slowly everyone will start to believe it 😀

  18. Debby Westbrook

    I feel that what makes a person pretty is their attitude, sense of humor, their outlook on life and their love and caring about others. I’m not pretty on the outside and that doesn’t bother me because I know I’m beautiful on the inside. I think most people are pretty/ beautiful on the inside.

  19. Sarah, being pretty to me means that you are kind to others (no matter who they are)… It’s hard to be pretty all of the time–but that’s what it means to me!

  20. To me, being pretty means being happy with yourself. And you don’t need to be 100% happy (because really, no one is), but I think you should be comfortable in your own skin. And then strut your stuff, sista!

  21. Nicole

    Being pretty is all about being honest and true to yourself. Be who you are, and your beauty will shine through!

  22. Stephanie

    I have always struggled with my body image .. I believe true beauty is not what is on the outside but what is within.. laughter is beautiful, love is beautiful, kindness is beautiful!

  23. Julie Tucker-Wolek

    You are one of the most beautiful people I know. period. And to me… everyone is beautiful!! The inside is what counts to me… the end :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  24. Sarah — you are gorgeous inside and out! Funny, though, how I can so easily recognize that in other people, but have a difficult time believing it about myself. This week, I saw new stretch marks and the largest number I’ve ever seen when stepping on the scale. And I know this is all for a very noble purpose, and Mike tells me I’m beautiful…but it’s so hard to embrace that sometimes. But chances are tomorrow I could wake up feeling super sexy. I’m so fickle…LOL.

  25. YAY for another week down! I must say I hear you on this post as I’m having some body image issues of my own. I’ve gained weight in the last year and now weigh more than I ever have and am trying to make adjustments and lifestyle changes to get a better grasp on it. It’s hard and I applaud you for sticking to your goals and doing it in such a public forum. You’re quite brave!

    I guess I would say pretty is feeling good on the inside and out.

    Good luck with week five girly! 🙂

  26. Jackie

    I believe being beautiful is in accepting yourself the way I am. I believe in celebrating myself and associating with people who celebrate me who don’t always make me feel bad about myself.

  27. Jackie

    i have subscribed to your blog via email

  28. Jackie

    I shared your giveaway on my blog’s sidebar at http://cutekipepeo.blogspot.com/.
    thanks a lot for the chance to win this

  29. Hanneke

    Sarah you are doing such an amazing job!!! And I believe that everybody has a pretty face, some have beautiful eyes, some a nice smile, some prefect skin, another gorgeous hair!!

  30. {vicki}

    pretty means: pleasing with grace so i interpret that as being kind and friendly

  31. I have been an overly skinny person for the past 35 years (no, i didn’t diet or have any illnesses and none of my family members is skinny either) and when I looked at the mirror, I saw ugliness. I saw myself difference from others and I hate my body. I wanted to be in the majority, not the minority group. So, yes, pretty is inside and outside. If we can make the outside prettier, why not.

  32. I’ve struggled with weight issues all my life. I remember hearing more than once, “oh you would be so pretty if you just lost some weight” … it did a ton of damage to my self image when I was young. But as I got older I came to realize that being “pretty” meant so many things … and is definitely more than just what you “see”.

  33. Confidence and Class can really make someone seem pretty. On this inside- empathy, being true to oneself, and having a kind and gentle soul. Feeling pretty can be difficult. Just do the best you can in life!

  34. As a sociologist I can say that beauty is very relative. Time and place are the parameters that gives us the perception of what is beatiful and what is not. I think beauty has to do something with symetry because is amazing how many peole can declare if someone is beautiful or not about one certain person. Not weight, must be something else…. I see you beautiful!

  35. Anna

    Being pretty is having a great laugh and sharing it with the world often. (Hope I win, love your creative energy you share with the world!)

  36. Heather L.

    Pretty is all in a person’s attitude and behaviors in my opinion. You could be the a supermodel and skinny and totally gorgeous, but if you have an ugly attitude or treat people rudely then IMO that’s not pretty at all!

    Thank you for the comment on my blog Sarah. I admire YOU too.


  37. monica

    pretty means having the courage to admit you are pretty. thanks for a chance to win a cartridge. you are doing a wonderful job, sarah!

  38. Chris Aiton

    Weight is just a number – I am so proud of you and your quest – keep it up!!!!! Don’t include me in the drawing as I don’t have a cricut

  39. I am a grandmother and have been through many stages of pretty. Pretty is definitely an image issue with me and always has been. But beautiful on the other hand, is another story. Big, small, short, tall, none of this matters when one knows a beautiful person. So you are already beautiful to those who know and love you, the ones that count. Pretty is only in the mirror.

  40. Being comfortable with who you are inside and out!

  41. Lindsie

    Being pretty means having a beautiful smile that erupts from inside you!

    elkmeese at gmail dot com

  42. Lindsie

    subscribed via email

    elkmeese at gmail dot com

  43. I think being happy with yourself

  44. Deb Long

    I struggle with this too, but I think being pretty is about having that energy that attracts people to you.

  45. shel

    Growing up I was always the “smart” one and my younger sister the “pretty” one. It took a long time but I decided that inner beauty is really much more important that your outer shell. Face it, once we hit middle age, pretty is much harder to maintain but once you have the foundation for inner beauty is only grows better with age. How you treat the other people in your life, how you approach adversity, your sense of humor; all these things attract quality people who want to share your inner beauty. Those are the people that look beyond your outer flaws and fall in love with the “you” that won’t change with age.

    I’m 44 years old and almost 50 pounds overweight and there’s not a day in my life that I’m ashamed of who I am. I’ve had 4 kids so you can imagine the “battle scars” I’m sporting. But to my husband, I’m gorgeous and it’s not my outer shell. I can make him laugh like no one else can. My friends love me because if they have a problem, I’m the one they come to . My family knows I’m responsible and trustworthy and would move heaven and earth for them. My children tell me how proud they are of me and how glad they are that I’m their mom. You can’t get much prettier than that. And my younger sister…the “pretty” one..still pretty and lonely. She tells me all the time how lucky I am. My heart breaks for her because she can’t seem to find someone to love her..inside and out.

  46. shel


  47. Michelle S

    I think being pretty means being yourself…not being fake!

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