So I thought I’d jump in with a rather difficult subject for a lot of people, whether you have children or not, whether you are a man or a woman, 13, 30 or 93, chances are you have at some point in your life felt uncomfortable with your body. Whether this is the odd fleeting thought at passing a shop window at an unflattering angle or that awful moment when you open your phones front camera by accident (how many chins??) or something that lurks at the back of your mind all the time. Its a horrible feeling to feel uncomfortable in your own skin.
Personally I have dealt with issues with body image for a very long time, I spent a long time waging war on my own body, hating it, despising it rather than loving it despite, in fact for all its flaws.
Now my body has done one of the most amazing things a body can do, my body has created another life, supported it for nine months while that little life grew into a beautiful baby, and brought that life into the world. This is incredible but brings with it its own set of challenges. My body is changed, I have stretch marks, I put on weight, my tummy is far from wash board flat, I don’t have a six pack and I wouldn’t win any swimsuit contests right now.
But you know what? I have made a choice, I choose to honour and respect my body for all it has done! It may not be pretty but my body is pretty damn awesome! So I will take my son swimming, I will wear shorts when its hot, I will play with my son and not worry that my thighs touch (shock horror!) and wobble. If you don’t like it, don’t look!
Eat healthy because your body deserves to be nourished, eat a bit of chocolate because you deserve it. Go for a run to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, curl up on the sofa and watch Netflix because you deserve a rest.
Love your body because you won’t get another one! Life is precious, don’t waste it worrying about things that don’t matter. Thank your body for everything it has done then go out and enjoy life.
Lots of Love