This was on my mind this morning and I just thought I'd share some words of encouragement.
If there's one thing we all know, having a baby changes your body. Even if you get back to the weight you were before, things just don't, um, "sit" the same. I have a scar from my c-section. I have very large, ugly stretch marks on my inner thighs. My breasts (what little I have left) sag, and my nipples will never be the same from that dang breast pump.
But you know what? I am trying to love those imperfections because they are a reminder to me that my body did something wonderful. It contributed to bringing life into the world. What a miracle, blessing, and an honor!
For those of you working your butts off trying to get back to something resembling your old body, don't forget to pause each time you grimace at yourself in the mirror and appreciate what it did. Love it for that.
Let's also appreciate if we are able to run (or perform any exercise for that matter). Not everyone can. So many people have health barriers or physical barriers. What a blessing if you don't!
And finally, let us not forget that the beauty we have on the inside is so much more important than any exterior appearance.
God bless you and may you stay healthy and strong!
Beautifully said Erin.
I am a running mom and I would love my flat firm stomach back but sadly after 2 C -section I have some hard scar tissue which has caused my stomach to bulge. I don' like it but it isn't the end of the world. I really love my scar though. It's a constant reminder of what a blessing and achievement it is to have produced two children out of there.
Apparently the lump in my stomach will go down in time so I am just rolling with it. Yes you are right, it is the inside that matters more.
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Oh, it's so great finding out when we are not alone in this world. I have stretch marks that come up above my belly button - they appeared with my 3rd pregnancy. I was kind of disappointed at first when I couldn't wear a 2-piece bathing suit anymore (saggy chest doesn't help either), but now that I'm pushing 40 it's probably not something my teen-age kids want to see their mom in anyway :)
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