Our beautiful bodies.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

About a week ago I had the yuckiest cold I've had in quite a while and boy let me tell ya, it was not fun! Kennedy Lou had it as well and eventually Cole and numerous other family members had it. However, as I was starting to get better I realized just how grateful I am for a healthy, capable and  fully functioning body. 

I grew up being very active and therefore had a really strong, toned and lean body, for the most part. I was also a life guard and loved to be outside, therefore I usually had a good tan too. Now knowing how damaging some of the tanning methods I used are, I'm a lot more cautious about that. 

Getting pregnant and having Kennedy was such a miraculous thing for my body to do, but it definitely presented its challenges. I had a hard time breathing well since I do have asthma and since I had a little tiny human shoving all of my organs close together. But I also started to feel really self-conscious about my body since I had never dealt with weight issues in my life. Obviously I knew gaining weight was a good thing because that meant baby girl was growing and my body was also doing some growing to better sustain her life, but that wasn't really what was at the forefront of my mind. And the fact that no one really ever tells you what your body is like or all the things you go through after having a baby either, so that was a bit of a shock to me. 

Over the past year and a half or so I have been really hard on myself and the way my body looks compared to the way it did before. But having been sick recently and realizing just how blessed I am to have the body I do, really changed the way I have been thinking about how my body looks. 

I may not be in the best shape of my life, but I have changed and become stronger is so many ways because of what that sweet little girl of mine has taught me. I have also been really focusing on eating better because when I eat better I feel so much better and I've been working out more than I was before, which is so invigorating. (In case you were wondering, my new found love is an aerobics class known as barre. I have loved pilates for quite sometime and barre is closely related to pilates with a dance/ballet influence to it). 

A few years ago I would have been doing these things so I could look better and be more "hot," but now I do them because I know it's good for me physically, mentally and emotionally as a woman, wife and mom. And I feel that it's so important to take care of this body I have been gifted with; I want it to be a healthy, safe and fully functioning vessel to bring more lives into this world as well as continue to sustain and nourish them as individuals and my family as a whole. I only have one life in this 5'2" body of mine and I want it to last as long as it can!

Do me a favor, will ya? Stop thinking badly about your body. That's not good for you. If you're not happy about your appearance, change what you're doing! I'd love to help you out if you want to contact me about where you can start. But don't make the changes because you want to be "hot" but rather, make the change because you want to feel better as an entire person. We need to learn to see the beauty in each of our bodies and how much they're capable of doing.

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