Do you like yourself?
Seriously, do you like yourself? Loving your mom bod after having a baby is hard for anyone. I have friends of all shapes and sizes. Until recently, not one of us talks positively about the way we look now. I’m on this journey of FEARLESS this year. Fearless in my work, fearless in how I communicate with others and fearlessly liking myself. Self-love is nothing without first liking yourself.
So how do you change your mindset from negative thinking? Do you chastise yourself for slipping up or failing another diet trend? NOPE. Why would you do that? It’s not healthy to not like yourself or not know who you are inside. That’s my mission as a person on this Earth. First, I like myself. Second I love and care for my family. Third, I want to inspire parents to start appreciating themselves for who they are and live their life with no apologies. (Nothing illegal though, I’m not responsible for that.)
The Mirror, the Scale, and the Mom Bod.
This week we are talking about “Self-Love” in The Hydeaway. How to cope, how to grow, and just general appreciation for your new parent-bod. I was honored to participate in a USA Today Network video highlighting Mom Bod tips and tricks. They asked if I wanted to give tips on nutrition, exercise, or mental health. I immediately said mental health because I don’t believe you can be successful in the other areas until you are focused on your own mental health. That is why I chose to love the beauty that is within your new mom bod.
See, to me, it doesn’t matter how hard you work. It doesn’t matter what the scale says or what you perceive in the mirror. What matters is how you feel about yourself, if you like yourself, and making changes to support that mindset shift. For me, I didn’t start losing weight until I stopped caring so much about it. I stopped weighing myself, started focusing on liking myself and being happy. I bought new clothes that fit me and made me happy. All of those things and suddenly I started to believe the things I was telling myself. I started eating things that I knew were better for me. (Ok, and cookies too) I just focused on my happiness and it radiated throughout my life.
Learning to Love Yourself
Every now and again I slip up and speak negatively about myself. I’m not perfect and I’m not claiming you have to be. All I will ever say is try to live your life out loud. Just try to be happy and let that joy radiate throughout your life. The journey isn’t about perfection, it’s about learning who you are and who you are meant to be. You never know what might happen or who you might inspire along the way.
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