In my 42 years, I have been all shapes and sizes. During my childhood years, I was your average-sized kid.
In the 80s, I was a chunky teen with hair as big and fluffy as my rear. In high school, I wore sizes between 12-16. Whenever I stood next to my very thin sister, I looked even larger as I was frequently reminded by my mother.
In college, when most students find the dreaded Freshmen Fifteen weight gain, I became more active and lost a ton of weight. My dress size dropped to an unhealthy size zero.
I met my husband in the fall of the year I graduated college. I was so slim, I wore my old Girl Scout Brownie jumper as a top that Halloween.
When I became pregnant with my first baby, I gained nearly 90 pounds when my weight jumped from 105 pounds to 194 pounds. Those dormant fat cells were just waiting to me to start binge eating again.
After the birth of my first baby, I wore a size 16 again and the scale read 175 pounds. Even while breastfeeding, I struggled for two years to reach a reasonable and healthy size 6.
Then a few years later, I became pregnant with baby number two and I tried to be more sensible about my weight gain. I only gained 40 pounds. After delivering baby number 2, I wore a size 12 and took me two years to lose the weight.
When baby number two was about a year old, I discovered running and how it could help me maintain a reasonable weight while eating sensible portions. The cardio boosted my metabolism and my energy levels. Running gave the courage and strength to run multiple marathons.
Four years later, I became pregnant with baby number three. Again, I only gained 40 pounds but this time, I was a mother runner. I ran into my seventh month until it was too painful and difficult to breath.
About three months after baby number three, I started running again and tried to shed the baby weight. The running helped with the weight loss and I was about a size 6 once again before his first birthday and my 40th birthday.
Throughout all my ups and downs with my weight loss, I have always loved my body. Whereas other may find my mommy muffin top hideous, I love my love handles. Even though my tummy isn’t as tight as it was before baby number three, it’s nothing a pair of Spanx can’t fix. But then, why should I need to fix it, mask it or hide it?
My body is the one I’ve been given. The one I earned with multiple pregnancies and as a mother runner. In another person’s eyes, my body may not be perfect, but it fits me perfectly. As a mom to two daughters, it’s important for me to model positive affirmations of my self-worth in order for my girls to believe and see the beauty in themselves.
Over the years, I have learned to truly Love ThighSelf and during the month of February, I encourage you take steps toward acceptance and embracing the body you face in the mirror.
Ignore the flaws, the wrinkles, the cellulite, the lose skin and the jiggly parts. Uncover how those imperfections make you a perfectly strong woman. See your reflection in the mirror as your loved ones see you.
For the next 28 days (like any good rehab program), cleanse your mind of all the bad thoughts about your body and join the beautiful Erin of The Mom Buzz and me (Run DMT) for our “Love ThighSelf” love fest, #LoveThighself.
Here’s how the how it works:
The Love Thighself Love Fest Part 1
Every day try to share something POSITIVE about yourself. Try to come up with something different every day – 28 compliments! Then, share these positive thoughts however you are comfortable.
On Instagram, tag @speak2erin and @run_dmt with the #LoveThighself)
On Facebook, either on your page or on The Mom Buzz Fan Page or the Run DMT Fan Page, tag @theMomBuzz and @RunDMT with #LoveThighself. Erin even created a fun Facebook group for you to share LoveThighself comments and photos.
On Tumblr, tag @theMomBuzz with #LoveThighself.
Why not make a Pinterest Board about loving yourself?! Pin an accomplishment, a picture, words of motivation or affirmation or whatever! Be sure to use #LoveThighself.
Even more simple, you can leave a comment below telling how you love yourself for the day.
The LoveThighself Lovefest Part 2
Support each other. We are inviting everyone to leave their linkies below of whatever/however you shared your #LOVETHIGHSELF. Feel free to visit each other and leave likes, hearts, and positive comments!
So BOOKMARK or PIN THIS PAGE!
CONTEST: Because we are celebrating for the month of February and we are inviting everyone to be their own Valentine. Erin has organized a fun little #LoveThighself giveaway.
For every daily #LoveThighself task you complete, you will earn an entry to win a $50 Hallmark gift card. The winner will be chosen randomly from either the comments or the linkies. If you visit someone to give them kind words or likes, please leave a little comment below so everyone knows.