I can’t tell you how many days I spent looking in the mirror and hating the body I saw in there.
I gained 90 pounds during my pregnancy; whatever I craved, I ate. My belly was already huge to begin with (my daughter was born weighing 10 lbs 4 oz) so it was just something I came to terms with. I ate healthy for the most part, but I definitely indulged and because of that my body grew at an alarming rate.
I figured “this is my first pregnancy, I’m tired, swollen and miserable…I’m going to eat that piece of cake and be happy about it”
Fast forward to 2 months postpartum when I cursed myself in the mirror every. single. day.
Not only was I dealing with postpartum depression, but I was so engulfed in my own misery that I failed to see the power my body possessed.
I’m no longer blind to the beauty of the female body, in any state. Out of nothing but a single sperm cell my body created another human life. For 9 months I surrendered myself to the creation of another being…why was I so concerned with the extra weight I was carrying when I did something that magical?
So I started looking in the mirror and saying aloud “I am strong. I am powerful. I created life and every single pound I gained was a part of that magic. I am beautiful.”
It didn’t take long before I started believing the words I was telling myself. I started to love myself more, I started wearing bikinis again and I exuded confidence, despite being overweight. With that new mindset came happiness, self love and appreciation.
It’s not easy to change your mindset, to ignore what society tells you is “beautiful” and flip it on it’s ass. It takes work to break down the walls created by years of oppression but you can do it. Every morning, look into the mirror and tell yourself one thing you love about yourself. Say it aloud and say it proudly.
Start now, in the comments if you’d like.
Share with us one thing you LOVE about yourself. 💜
I’ll start: I love my stretch marks. They’re a testament to the lengths my body went though to bring my daughter Earthside. And my hair. I’ve got really good hair 💁🏻♀️