I am Amanda Grace. I am a full time working mama of 2 beautiful sassy girlies and 1 handsome husband. I started blogging a few years ago and have recently published a blog the Blue Bird Journals. My goal for blogging is to inspire and support other parents. I want others to know that they are not alone in tough times and that they have someone to celebrate the good times with too! I truly believe the corny saying ‘sharing is caring’. ❤️
I invite you to browse my site at www.bluebirdjournals.com or catch me on instagram (@bluebirdjournals) or facebook (@bluebirdjournalsblog).
Let’s chat about body image. Not the most fun topic, but such an important one if you ask me.
Post baby/babies body image is a tough one. There is so much pressure to “bounce back” after having a baby. And our bodies have been through so much that it’s not an easy thing to do.
Since I was 6 weeks post partum it was my focus to get my pre baby body back but was a huge struggle. I was trying all sorts of diets and yo-yoing with my weight. I ended up just feeling pretty crappy about myself and about the way I looked. Then the kicker… my oldest daughter asked if I was working out because I was fat and told me she had to work out because her belly was too big. SHE’S FIVE! So enough was enough. Changes had to be made.
At home, we decided we weren’t just focusing on our weight and body. We were going to start focusing on how we look at ourselves and to use positive talk. It is the toughest thing to stay positive about something that you want to change. But I think it’s crucial in making positive change and more then anything I want to set a good example for my daughters.
One huge change this summer was to wear the bathing suit and rock it! Be comfortable, confident and happy in my own skin. Wearing the bathing suit was and still is hella scary EVERYTIME but it is also so freeing and after each time I feel like a champ. I know one day it will be less scary and I won’t even think about it.
SO, how do you work on your self image you ask? Well, the one thing I have done that has made this goal more attainable is positive self talk. Instead of focusing on the scale or focusing on what I want to change, I have been celebrating the things I’m happy with and the little things I have been doing. It has made a huge difference in my overall confidence and self image.
Now this all is much easier said then done! There are still days I look in the mirror and think “you aren’t good enough” but working towards talking about the positive helps to turn that around.
I think about how amazing my body is and all the incredible things it has done for me.
Think about it mamas…. your body carried a baby for 9 whole months and gave birth to that baby. That is some serious strength!!!!
Now think about all the amazing things your body does now. I think about how I carried around a 26lbs baby on my hip for just about 6 months straight. There was some definite muscle building there. (Back story: My youngest wanted to be carried all the time for the first year of her life and by 6 months she weighed 26 lbs, oh dear is right!). I think about how I’m able to run and play with my girls, how I’m able to bench press 50lbs, or how I can go up and down stairs holding two baskets of laundry with usually very little spilling.
I challenge you to wear the bathing suit and rock it! To be positive and admire your body. Think about all those amazing and wonderful things that your body does for you.
Remember, YOU are strength, YOU are incredible, YOU are beautiful!