Flabby Bellies And Body Love
Body image is a funny thing, don’t you think?
Yesterday, I was snapping some pictures for some upcoming content. Yes, the shirt had to come off. This is way out of my comfort zone. Clothes are my safety net.
I’m not one to post booty of myself in a sports bra in social media. Not interested in that kind of attention, and it isn’t an honest representation of who I am.
As I set my camera up, and unflattering image of a flabby, wrinkly belly in all its gloriousness was on the screen. I saw a beer gut and wanted to reach for nachos. I love me some nachos.
I took the picture. Not sure why. It just felt right.
There were feelings of disappointment and sadness, to be honest. I allowed myself to feel this.
There was no trying to push these feelings down, or tell myself this is where my body is at right now because I’m a mom. I didn’t even try to convince myself of my badassary. These feelings came to the surface because they were needed.
I’m strong, I know this. But I’m also vulnerable and don’t always love my body. It’s different since birthing 3 children, it’s survived the worst of the worst, and it’s loved so much. This isn’t my “mom body” or “post-baby” body. This is my body.
It’s ok to not love your body. Loving it can’t be forced. And you certainly can’t be preached into it either. Your feelings about your body (good or bad) are valid, yet we (or well-intended loved ones) tend to dismiss them.
So acknowledge your feelings and when you’re ready, shift your mindset to look at yourself without judgment by saying something like, “this is my body today”
It’s been a year since I’ve had my 3rd baby. My body still isn’t at my pre-baby weight, but weight loss hasn’t been a priority. It’s a shit tonne of work to lose 60 lbs and forcing it along doesn’t work within my life today. There isn’t enough time to stress about it either.
I posted that picture on Instagram(@terrellbaldock). Unfiltered. With a side of fear.
You are so much more than your body. You’re a beautiful human.
I’m going to ask you a question. It’ll make you think for a minute, and hopefully, give you a new way to look at your body.
What success have you had with your body in the last year?
I bet there is so much more success than you think.
Feel free to leave your answer in the comments.
Ciao for now,
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