Previous post here.
Wow. Just wow.
I was scrolling through my bookmarks and stumbled across a post I made on this site that I haven’t thought about for years – titled ‘I can’t stand to look in the mirror.’ (July 2010)
The title alone was like a slap in the face.
I actually cannot believe that the sad, lonely person who wrote that 8 years ago was ME.
How much has changed in those few short years!?
My 18 month old and newborn are now 8 and 6, I have kicked my lousy husband to the curb and am no longer suffering from depression. I got a great new job, moved cities – and am seizing LIFE at every opportunity.
Am I now 100% happy with my body? Of course not. I still dislike my hips, I still have wobbly bits – but the difference is now my focus is on fitness, and trying to better myself rather than on ‘getting my pre baby body back.’ I train about 5 times a week and eat clean (well most of the time!)
I am writing this post today, to tell every one of you GORGEOUS mumma’s out there that you CAN do it. Whatever your goal is!
Want to wear a bikini this summer? Buy one, get a spray tan and ROCK it! Want to be able to run 5k? Start with daily walks and then increase over time.
Happiness is a choice, and our children DESERVE to see their mums happy and confident!
If you are feeling like I was feeling 7 years ago, remember – things can only go UP from this point.
First photo is from my previous post – 3 months pp. unhappy, hating my body. Other 2 pics are today, much more comfortable with myself both physically and mentally.
3 thoughts on “What a difference a few years can make (Anonymous)”
It’s so wonderfull to read this post! I’m scrolling through a story on this site a couple of times a week as I’m 8 months post partum and it’s really helping me realise that there’s a A LOT of moms out there who looks and feels just like me.
But your post, that is fantastic – Helping me remember that chaning your body TAKES TIME, only very few women look the same as they did before getting pregnant and for most of us, it is a process. Thank you for your update!!
Hi Christina, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so glad my post could help you! I feel that as women we are so hard on ourselves, we compare ourselves to celebrities who ‘bounce back’ after babies (umm hello Heidi Klum, on the Vic Secret runway 5 weeks later!) or to women who haven’t even had children yet. What we should be doing, is taking pride in our own small successes! Maybe at a birthday party you only had one piece of cake rather than 2. Maybe you decided to walk to the shop instead of drive, or perhaps you even decided to wear a singlet rather than a long sleeve even if you aren’t 100% confident with your arms ect. Mothers are truely the most powerful creatures on earth, and I believe it’s time we start owning that power! Xx
I think you looked fantastic before but we are our own worse critic. And if we are not supported by the one person that should be that makes it even worse. But any time you can get healthy it just means you will be there longer for your children. No matter what never lose faith in yourself or what you can accomplish and remember my favorite quote, ” It is none of my business what people think of me, I am who I am, I expect nothing and appreciate everything, it makes life more enjoyable. “