You went to the beach, and you immediately noticed that one mom who, despite having multiple kids, still had a swimsuit-mode body. As you watch her, you start to think that you don’t deserve to be in a swimsuit. Your legs are hairy, you haven’t lost the baby weight, your breasts are saggy and you have stretch marks. You think that you don’t look good and you don’t belong there.
You let those remarks absorb until you start to feel bad for yourself, and you eventually reach for your towel, and you forget why you were at the beach. So, you cover up and watch from the sidelines.
And while you focused on your own imperfections, the woman in the bikini was focused on her kids, having fun and witnessing moments that will never happen again in the same exact way.
Well, it’s time for you to realize that you are wasting your precious time and energy putting yourself down and worrying about your baby weight. It’s time for a change!
And no, you don’t have to wait on your diet and strict work out routine to kick in! Just put on your damn swimsuit, and enjoy!
Enjoy wearing your swimsuit all summer long, and at every opportunity!
The change you really need to make is to learn to love your body and accept it. That doesn’t mean that you should stop taking care about it, of course, but recognize the power and strength your body has provided for you. Even if you haven’t lost your baby weight, it’s OK, and you shouldn’t care that your body isn’t “good enough” for a swimsuit.
It’s not worth it to miss out on fun experiences and memories just because of that.
Starting the journey to loving your body, however, is not an easy task, and it doesn’t happen overnight. You need to teach yourself how to love and appreciate your new, mommy body, and you need to give yourself recognition.
You need to reevaluate what you valued about your body before you had kids, and you need to find value in clothes that make you feel good, not the size tags attached.