In one week my daughter will be one. We will get to celebrate her in one week, so today let’s celebrate my body. One year ago I loved my life, but I hated my body. I was so proud of what my body did (because holy hell giving birth is no joke), but I wanted my old body back. No one told me how much my body was going to change. Literally from my hair to my fat cankles I felt like a completely different human. Looking back to pictures of me a year ago when I felt like I was exploding with this baby inside me, and looking at myself today blows my mind.
I decided it was time to get down to business and figure out this healthy lifestyle not only for myself, but for our whole family. I wanted to exercise more than I had, and I definitely wanted to eat healthier than I had. I couldn’t raise my daughter on pizza, tacos, and cheeseburgers every week. I mean I could, and she would love me for it, but I wanted to do better for myself and for her. Now that I am treating my body so much better I am in the best shape of my life. It has been an incredible amount of hard work, exercise, and eating healthy, but I knew my body could handle it. I’m still heavier than I was, but I’m healthier and I’m so much happier, so let’s celebrate.
Here’s to my arms. I pass that baby off and people can only hold her for a few minutes before saying, “Wow, she is heavy! My arms are already tired”. But I’ve got those mama arms and can carry that baby all day long.
Here’s to my hair. My hair that used to be so straight, and now is wavy on the right side. Not on the left, only on the right, because both sides would be too easy. Now I have some new hair techniques I’ve picked up along the way this year so I don’t always look like a crazy person.
Here’s to my belly. The belly that cared for my baby before I even new she existed. My belly that is not so tight anymore, and jiggles here and there. It’s back to it’s original size, but it’s not like it used to be, and that’s okay.
Here’s to my body temperature. I used to be cold all the time. Now, not so much. I guess it’s because the warmer I am the easier it is to keep my baby warm, so I’m fine with that.
Here’s to my legs. We’ve done a lot of squats lately, legs. Not by choice, but because that’s the level my child is at. Up, down, up, down if your entire day. Not only that, but we are constantly rocking that baby, dancing with the baby, and chasing her around the house. Proud of you, legs!
I forget how incredible our bodies are to go through such extreme changes. LADIES, our bodies are by far the coolest things that walk this earth. The fact that we can grow a human, pop it out, and raise it to be as awesome as we are is the most amazing thing. Love your body, treat it right, but most of all be proud of all that it can do.