It's not the waters fault that the broken glass can not be filled.
Do not back up. Severe tire damage.
I don't want to generalize so will use his situation as an example, to say that OW is apparently a massive person and I am rather tiny, I've been called my whole life, yet we have other common denominators that he was happy to tell me (and I didn't want to hear).
Also, FWIW, I have a friend who is Barbie-like and a BS as well in a very similar situation as I am because of what the Exh there did. ETA that the OW in that situation is a head shaker, regarding appearance, but a rather loosey-goosy gal with a rep for helping herself to married men and that's what drew the Exh...like here.
As for self esteem, I am a sufferer of that anyway, and the A and other cheating didn't help. But it has helped me learn lessons about esteem and I'll share some because you asked for tips.
One of the differences with Nearly Exh and I is that his esteem comes from other people and their compliments and what he can get them to do-hence, OW-my self esteem comes from inside and my accomplishments, though is harder to accomplish lately.
I take it simply and not from the mirror, because I know exactly what you mean about feeling like competing-my esteem comes from something I did today or doing something and seeing our daughter happy or do well at her homework. When I was taking classes, I got huge esteem from grades and it was a way to actually measure my abilities.
You are a parent also, from your post, so maybe one way would be to see if you can put more thought into your parenting and child and less into what WH is doing or said. That's my new goal, trying to understand why my brain latches onto negativity so and messes me up. I want to turn it around.
I wish you well and know exactly what you mean.
[This message edited by Ashland13 at 11:32 AM, September 8th (Sunday)]
The only thing that stays the same, is change. -M. Etheridge
This being said I know what it is like to feel as if you are not enough, for me it is the fact that I am overweight and WH has no problem mentioning that fact.
DO NOT make changes in yourself for him, make them for you so that you feel good about yourself. For myself I have hired a personal trainer and nutritionist and am seeing IC for me. If it benefits my marriage in the end great if not I will look great when I file for D.
We all know WS love to spend money on themselves and the AP, take equal money for you and spend it on yourself. Get a sitter or make him stay with the kids and go to the hair salon, or for a pedicure or massage. Do nice things for yourself....it will make you feel good and make you smile when you look in the mirror.
I am smiling allot more at myself these days and WH is getting antsy and asking what is up. I just say nothing. Our self esteem needs to come from within, not from their approval of us. Good luck (((hugs)))
[This message edited by emotionalgirl at 7:25 PM, September 8th (Sunday)]
I can tell you from my experience the people that my husband cheated with look nothing like me. Like he took a big step down. It was to the point where I actually said to him "but they're ugly! they're out of shape & old!" (i'm 26 yrs old 5'1" and 110 lbs...the last person he cheated with was 40, had 3 kids, was about 5'5" and 250 lbs) her appearance can be beautiful I'm sure bcuz I know lots of beautiful curvy girls but from what I thought I knew about my husband who is in the fitness industry was that this wasn't his type.
I'm having to learn that it isn't about looks...bcuz I'm sure you're gorgeous and he was just stupid
Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.
Nevertheless, I, like you, felt like as I put it, the old tired fat wife. Because, of course, if MY husband cheated on me, then it MUST mean that I wasn't woman enough to keep my man!
Everyone is right. It's not about you. It's about them and the gaping hole that they are trying to fill (and yes, I meant each and every innuendo that that sentence causes ). Of course, you take it personally it's a personal decision on their part that wounds you personally. But while their infidelity impacts you in the same way that a car running a red light would, slamming into you, you didn't cause them to cheat any more than you caused them to run that red light in your marriage. (((hugs)))
D-Day, June 10, 2012
Near the end of the M I really started doing a lot of work on myself and coming to many aha moments. One of them being the idea that there was a good possibility that the marriage was not going to work out. It was tough to swallow but I had to imagine that it was a possibility. I then came to the conclusion that if it did not work then I tried my best and either way I would be ok.
Making that step changed several things in me.
Then the final DDay came.
For the first time I did actually notice other women existed. I would actually notice them. Not stalker notice, but I was more aware of the many beautiful women you can come across at any moment.
The other thing I noticed is that once you start noticing these women you also notice other things. They notice you too. I was surprised that they did. I didn't recognize it before. I was committed to the M up to that point and was blind. Just the simple Hi and a smile seemed to be kind of in a different language all of a sudden.
When I started looking around I started to get the idea that maybe there really isn't anything wrong with me after all. I could walk with my head a little higher knowing that maybe I do have a shot at a new beginning.
It is a shame that I had to go through the lows of having my self esteem stomped on. No one should have to deal with that. But really in the end I learned that self esteem is exactly just that. The self. I created the image I was not good enough. No one else can do that. I also learned that your self esteem can get better too. Of course I used attention of others to help with that. And that's not always healthy. But in the end I understood that through it all I did not get taller, darker, or more handsome, but yet I did because I actually believed that I did have some of those qualities. (At least enough for me)
I will always be just me.
So my advice to you is do not let an affair stained mirror change the way you should feel about yourself. I'm sure you are certainly more than "enough" for any man that actually deserves you.
[This message edited by dontknowwhyme at 12:24 PM, September 9th (Monday)]
Be kind to yourself, and make sure that you do something each and every day for you, and you alone. Hell some days that is something as simple as using the whitening strips on your teeth, and other days, going for a full massage. But sister you deserve it you are a stronge, beautiful woman, and an awesome mom. Keep telling yourself that every time you look in the mirror. You will soon realize how right you are, and no matter his choice it doesn't change who you are.
Seriously. I mean this, and speak it from my own experience. My esteem was in the toilet, by the time Dday rolled around. He did a lot transference of anger at himself through the whole A. I couldn't do anything right. So I get it.
I hope you consider IC. Start with the 180 (see healing library) to start rebuilding you and your self esteem. It is completely normal for your self esteem to take a nose dive. How couldn't it?
But please repeat after me...
THIS IS NOT MY FAULT, THIS IS NOT MY FAULT, THIS IS NOT MY FAULT...
Regardless of how you were, what you looked like, how much sex you were or weren't having - NOTHING justifies cheating. EVER. Nothing. Hold you head up and say "I did nothing wrong" because you didn't cause your H to cheat. He chose to.
Most therapists will tell you not to make any BIG decisions for at least 6 months after DDay.
Your brain can't process such massive upheaval right away. IC can help you work through your feelings. Get away from the raw emotion and focus on what YOU need to heal.
Use this board like a shield, like a safety harness, like a warm blanket. The people here will always have your back. We've been exactly where you are and we've come out the other side stronger.
You're not alone and you are more than enough. You are a kind, decent person that has been hurt in a way no person should ever be.
You get through it one day at a time. And it takes a lot of time.
Hopefully your WH is showing remorse? If not, then the healing process is even harder.
Hang in there. Sending hugs and prayers MJane.
My self esteem was lower than low after my exww walked out of our door and into her boss' house(and I believed all the justification bull that she threw at me). What worked for me to get my self esteem back was the following: 1) hit the gym, 2) new hair style, 3) some cosmetic dental work done, 4) some new clothes and 5) talks with some good friends and 6) more time spent in prayer. Trust me when I say that you can not only survive this but you can come out the other side in much better shape than you were at dday-1. Keep your chin up.