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How to Love & Accept Your Body Unconditionally

From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I was worried about how I would look.  Don’t get me wrong, I was so excited about becoming a mom, but I was two months into a weight loss journey that was finally bringing me happiness.

In March of 2012, my office was starting a biggest loser contest.  It would last for two months, ending the day of the Miami Corporate Run.  I was determined to not only participate and lose weight, but to win.  I started working out five days a week and cutting back what I was eating.  In two months I lost 20 pounds, felt great about myself and came in third place (which gave me some shopping money!).  Two weeks after the contest ended, I found out we were pregnant.

I’ve always struggled with my weight.  Well, let me not say weight but instead I’ve always struggled with my body image.  I could be at the lightest weight I’ve ever been and my stomach would still look like I was pregnant.  When I gain any weight, it goes straight there.  To my pouch as I like to call it.

I gained sixty pounds when I was pregnant.  I was still healthy; I was running for the first seven months of my pregnancy.  But I was so nauseous all the time and the only thing that made me feel better was food.  So even though I was always eating healthy – oatmeal, fruit, vegetables – when you eat 24 hours a day, you are going to gain weight.

So now that my baby (toddler?!) is 2 years old, I started a new journey.  A journey to find love.  I can’t use the excuse that I just had a baby anymore.  I needed to find love for my body.

When I look in the mirror, I still don’t like what I see.  I even refuse to be in pictures with my daughter because I know that I’ll just hate the picture anyways.  And now when I look through the first two years of pictures from her life, there are maybe a handful with me in it.  That makes me sad.

So I am starting my journey to accept my body.  I am working out as often as I can and watching what I eat.  But let’s face it, I do not have the time I did back before I was pregnant to work out 10+ hours a week.  There are some other ways though that are starting to help me accept my new body.

Accept Compliments

My husband always tells me how great I look when we are getting ready to go out to dinner.  I brush him off and tell him that he is just biased.  When he told me I looked great, I only saw the extra fat around my hips and waist.  But I need take it for what it is and genuinely try to feel good about it.  He is trying to tell me that I look great.  Accept it and embrace it.

Set Realistic Expectations

I look at my sisters or my friends and want to look like them.  But I have to realize that I never looked liked them.  I never had that flat stomach I am trying to achieve.  I need to set a bunch of little goals that are manageable.  This way, I’ll be able to achieve them.

Clothing that Fits My Body

I need to stop saving clothes in my closet saying “one day, I’ll wear this again”.  It only makes me feel worse.  So I took some time and purged.  I got rid of three bags of clothes that no longer look good on me.  I need to wear clothes that accentuate the good parts of my body and not the parts I hate.  I need to take some time for myself, which I never do anymore, and buy some clothes that will make me feel happy because I will look good.

Ignore the Numbers

I weigh 150 pounds.  That seems like a lot to me and I constantly stress over that number.  But I wear a size six.  I definitely do not consider a six to be bad.  My body is just built differently and I need to stop stressing over the number on the scale.

And just remember why your body looks the way it does.  You created a precious, little miracle.  And she melts my heart every time I think of her.

About Meghan:

I am a work at home mom to a beautiful toddler, Savanna, wife to her husband, Ariel, and founder of Life with Peanut.  I am addicted to Diet Coke, Swedish fish and chocolate and love to have everything scheduled down to the minute each day.  I also enjoy being crafty by making toys, accessories and headbands for Savanna.

I started Life with PeanutDSC_0221.1 in 2014 while decorating my daughter’s room.  Being incredibly indecisive on decor (there are still empty frames!), I couldn’t help but start creating my own art work to fill Savanna’s room.  With not enough wall space for all my prints, I decided to open an Etsy shop to sell instant downloads to other families, and thus, Life with Peanut was born.

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