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love yourself | I gained 5 [er..10] lbs, so what?

I am sorry I have been an absent blogger the last few days…I’ve been enjoying my life! 🙂

I took this photo while I was outside the other day taking photos.  I was admiring my curves and my booty!  I was noticing how my weight gain since the competition had been different than before and was admiring my lower half! 🙂

I am so grateful for this time of my life. I’ve been saying that for years and hopefully I will say that every day for the rest of my life.  I feel like I have the best part of my life still ahead.

I was not feeling so grateful during my competition prep because I just wanted to be propelled to after the comp and be done. I hated the body obsession that came with that time.

Now, it’s a different time and I’ve gained some weight. My ankle is hurt and I’m not as active as I would like to be.  I “rebounded” a bit after my competition and gained 5 pounds pretty steadily.

This is a time in my life where I am viewing my body for what it was intended rather than simply for what it looks like. Our body image (as women) is so complex.  This time is forcing me to love my body, even with an extra 10 pounds that I’d like gone!  I feel best lighter. My clothes [the TONS of clothes I’ve already purchased that I LOVE] don’t fit as well now.  But, I’m not lighter now. And, that’s ok!

I am aware that to be that lean is not the best idea for my body in this time of my life.  I am accepting that there is nothing wrong with me. This is me now. I will not look in the mirror and wish I was smaller. I will not wish I looked like someone else. I will not wish to be in a different time in my life, like back at contest prep time. Sure, I looked great, but I got there the wrong way and I didn’t feel my best. I feel pretty darn good right now.

I will lose the weight…hopefully after our first child.  Until then, I am a healthy 10 pounds heavier and hopefully fertile.  This time is good for me, mentally and I am thankful that God has a plan for my life.

Bottom line. Don’t wish to be somewhere or someone else. If you’re ready to make a change, make it. But do not wish to be someone else.  BE WHO YOU ADMIRE.  Act every day like a person that you would admire.  You will feel good about yourself every night when you lay your head on the pillow knowing you made good choices that day.  You will build self-confidence.

Tell me about a time when you felt good about yourself despite being in the “perfect” body

OR

Tell me about a time you struggled to obtain that “perfect” body and realized it’s not all it’s cracked up to be!

Ms Mel - I’ve looked back to when I married my husband, almost 8 years ago, and see that the weight I thought I hated then wasn’t as bad as I thought. I’m busting my tail now to lose 25 lbs to get back down to that weight. I should have stopped my self-judgment and loved being in love with the man of my dreams instead of trying to make myself the perfect bride. Being a bride isn’t something I was for a day. It is who I am for our entire marriage. I’m finally learning to relax about where I’m at now and celebrate each victory in life, whether it is fitness related or not.

Meghan - Had to be when I was pregnant. I was not in the perfect body when I started, but my body did perfectly what it was designed to do. Truly incredible. I will never understand women who dislike their body’s appearance while it’s doing something so completely amazing. I do however understand disliking things that happen to your body during pregnancy.

tori - @Ms Mel – I think MANY women can relate to that. I know I can. But, I was so young then and so concerned w/ being skinny that I look at some of my wedding pics and think….yuck, I was skinny. NOW, I am more concerned w/ being lean but STRONG and muscular! What a different look!

@Meghan – I was reading recently about that and the book said that some women LOVE their bodies during pg and feel a freedom to not obsess while others hate their bodies and obsess every day. It said that EVERY woman will have a moment that they struggle w/ their self image while pg. I’m not so sure. I definitely think I’ll be the “freedom” type since I already feel that freedom!

Courtney F - I had to put on some weight to become pregnant. It is not fun, but I wouldn’t trade our new daughter for the world.

Anne - You look great now and you look great being preggo too!! 🙂 Love, love, loved my body during pregnancy. The only part of being pregnant that I didn’t particularly care for was after delivery, before being allowed to workout again. That in between time where your body is reeling from exhaustion is icky.

Anne - *supposed to say “you’ll look great being preggo too” Sorry!

tori - @ Anne – Nice Freudian slip!!!!
@ Courtney F – How hard was it to lose afterward? Did you have good self esteem during pregnancy?

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