The photo above is one of my favorite images ever. Carrying my son in the safest place he will have ever been, my husband's hands on my belly and his lips pressed to my forehead. I was 8 months pregnant in this photo. My weddings rings didn't fit, flip flops were the only shoes that fit, and I've never seen those numbers on a scale before.
Fast forward to today. I have a beautiful, happy, healthy baby boy and well, a post baby body. I'm going to get real with y'all- I DON'T CARE! I truly, honest to goodness do not care what my body looks like right now. I created, grew, and birthed a HUMAN. Of course my body is going to have extra pounds, stretch marks, and loose skin! (Sorry for the visual LOL). But honestly, my body took 9 months to get like that and it certainly won't just go away quickly.
The truth is, my goal is to simply be happy & healthy. For myself and for my family. I refuse to focus on the numbers on a scale, or compare myself to other moms. I am meal planning, adding vitamins to my diet, and have just joined the YMCA to encourage myself to be active. I have to believe that while doing all of those things will come a body that's HEALTHY. Would I LOVE to look the way I did when I was 21? Hell yes. I was smoking back then! HA. But that was almost 10 years ago and that's just not realistic.
What I'm saying friends, is be realistic with yourself. Be kind, be forgiving, and be understanding. Be PATIENT. Make the proper food changes, get moving, and take your vitamins! I promise you, in time, your body will start to look different and more beautiful than it ever has before. When I look at my body and I see the few stretch marks I earned through pregnancy, I honestly feel empowered! I earned those tiger stripes. The badge of motherhood. Not at all trying to be corny, it's how I truly feel. My belly was my baby's HOME for 9 months and to me, there's noting more amazing than that.
My wish is for you all to be confident in who you are. I'm a mom now. The shape and tightness of my body is the last thing I'm worried about. My health and happiness? Well that's a whole other ballgame! But I promise if you work on those last two, the body will line up.
Sending so much love. xoxo.