Still Working to Accept My Body (Anonymous)

I had my daughter when I was 19 years old. She just turned three last week and I am still struggling to lose the weight I gained from my pregnancy. I had gestational diabetes and I gained nearly 75lbs during my pregnancy. I have no real motivation to lose the weight mostly because I’m scared of how my body will look when I do and partially because my husband says he loves me just the way I am. This site has helped me to realize that if I want to lose the baby fat I need to learn to see the beauty in myself first. The before picture of my stomach was taken my freshman year of college(about 6 months before I got pregnant). At the time I weighed 130lbs. Currently, I’m 22 and I weigh 205lbs. After taking these pictures I think that I’ve realized I don’t look as bad as I thought I did. I really love this site. It’s a good feeling to realize that there’s other people out there like you.

6 thoughts on “Still Working to Accept My Body (Anonymous)

  • Monday, March 30, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I know EXACTLY how you feel hunn! I had my frist baby at 16. I was 130 at the time and gained 75 pounds aswell. The weight went away over time but because of quitting smoking to make better breastmilk I gained it all back. I had another baby at 17 and here I am now 19 months later and 200 pounds. You make me feel better knowing I am not alone… you look good. And if your man likes you for you then thats all that matters :) Take care!!

  • Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 3:24 am

    omg! my stomach looks exactly like yours! with less strech marks though. I am also 22 and my son will be three on the 25th of april. still haven’t lost the weight because I haven’t really tried to. I was 58kgs before pregnancy and now I am 78 kgs :( that’s 175lbs i think?

  • Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 1:21 am

    You look great! And you’re right, this is a great site because it lets you know you’re not alone. Not many women walk around carrying ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos, let alone walk around being naked. It’s humbling. Every woman has a before and after. It’s what you do with that after photo that makes the difference. Be confidant. Know that you are beautiful. Radiate that. ;) Congratulations on your new family!

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 2:23 am

    my story is almost exactly like yours, i also gained around 75 lbs during my pregnancy. my stomach looks alot like yours, in fact almost exactly the same, though your stretchmarks look just about invisible to me.i also have had a hard time finding motivation to lose the weight for the same reasons.. plus i dont want to expect my old body to come back when i know it most likely wont. i also weightd 130 a few years back, and now am at 180 hoping i will lose the weight. just know you are not alone, and that you are beautiful the way you are. we just need to learn to love ourselves :)

  • Monday, May 11, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    This is completely true. You need to see the beauty in yourself and love yourself no matter what. Also, I think your skin will be fine if you do lose weight. I think you look beautiful.

  • Friday, June 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    OMG!!!! you are my body double. I have had 2 children. one vaginal and one c-section and I am 10 months PP and I look just like you. I weight around about 170 pounds and I feel terrible about my weight and body. you have inspired me to love myself and accept I am not the fattest person in the world and there are ppl out there who are fighting the same battle I am….thank you so much. By the way, you do look great!!!! you have sexy curves

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