This week’s Monday Motivation is in celebration of the Mum-Bod…
Are you happy with your body? According to a survey carried out for Dove, only 20% of us are happy with the way we look. That’s a hell of a lot of us who are unhappy, isn’t it? The rise of social media and the availability of images of ‘perfect’ women on TV, the internet and in magazines is leading us to feel unhappy with our own appearance and judgemental of others if they don’t match up.
Well, ladies, here’s the thing… We will never match up to those images, because we’re real.
Those images you see? They’re airbrushed, photoshopped and filtered to within an inch of their life. Now, I love a filter and it’s rare you’ll see an unedited photo of me online these (praise be to the Gods of Snapseed!), but I still look like me.
And, do you know what? That’s ok.
I’m not pretty. I’m overweight (at the moment) and I’m covered in stretch marks, cellulite, and varicose veins. I’m about as far-removed from those magazine models and reality TV stars as can be.
And, for a while, that feeling of inferiority held me back. It stopped me from doing things with my kids and has caused my social anxiety to rocket. Then, I lost a bit of weight and, suddenly, my view changed.
I was still fat, the stretch marks and cellulite still there, but what I came to realise was that my body tells my story, and I should feel proud.[bctt tweet=”My body tells my story, and I should feel proud.” username=”schoolrunshop”]
Yes, I’m overweight, but before my last baby, I was a healthy weight and size and very happy. The five and a half years since Small arrived have had their ups and downs and my body weight seems to correlate directly with these! The main thing is that I’m taking steps to address it.
My stretch marks also show I’m a warrior; I’ve battled with my weight for years thanks to an unhappy period in my younger days. But, as well as that, I’ve grown two entire human beings inside me! And pushed them out. I am awesome! And my varicose veins show not only my
age experience, but that I have worked hard in jobs where I’ve spent hours on my feet helping others.
My hair isn’t how I want it (and is decidedly grey underneath the dye), I have pale, white skin. I’m lucky if I get time to slap on some basic makeup in the mornings and I’ve given up on trying to disguise the bags and shadows under my eyes.
But I am real and I am proud.
I’ve had this body for forty years and I’m hoping to have it for at least forty more. That’s a long time to be unhappy with it, so I’ve chosen instead to embrace it. Now, when the kids ask to go swimming, instead of making excuses, I grab my cozzie with gusto!
Us real women need to stick together. To not feel embarrassed about our imperfections, but to celebrate them. To not judge each other on superficial appearances, but to look more closely at each other’s stories.
To celebrate our mum-bods and appreciate them for what they are: awesome.
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