The other day I was reading through my Facebook feed and came across a blog posting by a gal who recently had a baby. She is a WBFF competitor. She had written about her experience having her first baby. It was such a sweet account of the event. It brought me back to the days when my two kids were little; who are now 17 and 12. It reminded me of how fast the time really does go. As I continued to read the entry, she shared some of the changes that her body had gone through during pregnancy and now at 2 weeks postpartum. At just two weeks after having her beautiful baby, her body composition had changed, but she was already back to her pre-baby weight. Two weeks! As I read the posting, so many emotions ran through my mind and heart. As a woman who has struggled with her weight and self-image her entire life, I felt saddened. Saddened because even at my best, I have never been even close to her worst. I started looking at myself with that critical eye again; the one that I fight a daily battle with. We can be our own worst enemy sometimes. Nobody is perfect, I certainly am not. But I do believe I have many gifts and abilities, we all do. We are all uniquely gifted and beautiful.
This morning I woke up and made the decision that for today, I will make the effort to see myself the way others see me, and stop looking at myself with that critical eye. Today I am going to focus on my strengths rather than my weaknesses. I will own my gifts and talents. So here is a list of 10 things I really like about myself:
- My legs have carried me across 11 marathon finish lines and countless half marathons and 10ks.
- I am a pretty darn good mom.
- I have kick-a** calves from all of the running I do.
- I had my annual physical recently and all of my blood work numbers are excellent!
- I have two unique body traits that run in my family – I have one tooth that is turned just like my mama, and one eye that is a tad droopier (if that’s a word) than the other, which I passed down to my daughter.
- I will forever be a student, always trying to learn more.
- I lost 100 pounds and have kept it off for over 6 years.
- I have straight teeth and a big smile. In fact, I once won the “Miss Smiles” award in a pageant. Here I am 5 years old with my brother behind me:
- I own my mistakes and try to learn from them.
- I’m a pretty good cook.
Now it’s your turn! I would love for you to join in with me! In the comments, let me know some things you love about yourself!
P.S. Special thanks to my mom for digging out these old pictures of me!
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