Have you heard of Body Positivity?
If you haven't, then allow me to introduce you to a movement that may very well lead you to being the happiest you have ever been! Body Positivity is all about loving your body for all that it is...not what you wish it was or what it was like before you had kids or what you hope it will be after this next diet. It is about embracing your beauty, because YES you are god damn magic. There is nobody, not a single other soul like you in the whole world.
That's just bloody awesome isn't it!
Sounds pretty swell huh! Well it is something I've been working in myself for a few months now and although it is challenging at times, and old habits of 'god I look fat in that' creep in to my mindset every now and then, I have to say that I've never been more content and seen the beauty in my so called 'flaws' or felt more at ease to advertise to the world that yes, I have big, strong, gorgeous legs and hell yeah I have a butt that won't quit! I'm fucking owing it (excuse the French) and I'm not apologising because that is what makes me...ME.
Oh my god, just typing that is so liberating. Especially coming from where I was 6 months ago. Hating on my post baby body, not enjoying the fleeting sweet moments with my family because I was feeling fat, not training because I felt like a failure and being a bitch to my husband...well just because I didn't like who I was. And I will never forget my struggle with the concept of returning to fitness and training my beloved Pretty Fit Girls again. It was hard initially to stand up in front of them, wondering if they were thinking 'what happened to her?' or the idea of telling strangers that I was a trainer...god forbid!
Well, that girl is gone...sayonara you pain in the ass!!
The new girl you see today has navigated her way into a calm little cove of peacefulness and self belief. Boy it's a nice place.
A place where I love working out not because I'm chasing some "ideal trainer body", no I'm working out now to sweat, and push myself and celebrate at the end by feeling strong and capable and elated that I get to do this every day!
A place where I know I have the motivation, knowledge and talent to train other girls, even though I don't "look like a trainer'...they love me anyway!
A place where I know my butt is loud and proud, so much so that my husband can't resist giving it a smack at every opportunity.
A place where I see my 8 year old daughter watching and learning from me on how to love herself and her body.
A place where I might have bigger arms than before but they are holding the most darling, happy and loving baby.
A place where I fall into bed at night with only thoughts on how I made the day count, not the calories.
Girls, you gotta try this. Just for an hour, a day, a week...whatever you can do to be kinder to yourself is going to improve your life. Trust me, you deserve it.
Now don't get me wrong, I have my tough times. This loving yourself thing is hard work. It goes against everything we've been programmed to feel, every perfectly presented Instagram image, every photoshopped magazine cover, every product 'they' want you to buy. But the hard slog is so worth it, I only wish I had a handle on it in my twenties!!
If you've read this far, I'm hoping that I've got you thinking. In fact, how about you try something for me. I want you to think of three things you absolutely love about yourself...just as they are. You don't have to tell anyone, just acknowledge them. Voila! You've already started on your journey to Body Positivity...see you on the other side babe!
Thanks for reading xo