Instead of focusing on how motherhood changed my body, I’m celebrating how it changed my soul - Having a baby does a number on your body image issue, even issues that you thought you’d worked thru. I had been much heavier in my past & worked really hard to get healthier and lose the weight before. I didnt have much support besides a few close friends. Then life happened, I got married... I moved... I got pregnant... i had an amazing pregnancy & felt the most beautiful i have ever felt bc i mean... I was building a human being inside of my body, thats pretty badass! — But after... Why did I think I would just 'snap back' ?! The postpartum phase was even harder. In my hormonal, sensitive state, the whole structure of my body feels like it had completely changed. Which it had, but why was that so bad?!- I changed my whole philosophy of who I was. I was a new person, & I had a new body. I was committed to learning to love myself so that I could teach my child the same. It didn’t happen overnight. Each new step brought me closer to body positivity:
I engaged in new activities that I was told my body could never do.
I stopped obsessing about losing the “baby weight.” & started obsessing over my HEALTH & HAPPINESS.
I wore my damn swimsuit.
I believed that my body was beach-ready as it was.
And I started talking to people about how my body is not open to their commentary.
-These are lessons I learned over time, not overnight.— I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism & sat in the Dr office & talked about my next steps for using exercise as a foundation for my physical AND mental health. This concept was something I had misconstrued my whole life. I was always so concerned about the number on the scale & the size of my jeans that I missed the importance of what FEELS good for my body & mind.--Feeling good in my body was for me to define. There is no one body type. My body is my own. My body is the only one of its kind, & I want to love and honor it. So I’ve started to do my best to do that, which includes being mindful about food & exercising regularly, for the health of my body & mind. I’m on a journey to understand, accept, & love my body & I welcome you to join me