Ever look at an old picture of yourself where you THOUGHT you were “fat” and wish you could be fat again like you were in that picture? That’s how I feel about the picture above. I was 27-years-old, single, and struggled BIG TIME with my body image.
When I first found out I was pregnant I told my friend Resheida that I was going do everything to ensure I didn’t gain too much weight. She immediately lashed at me saying “I will NOT let you body shame yourself!”. BODY SHAME MYSELF. In that moment I realized I’d body shamed myself for YEARS, as if the pressure to be perfect from society wasn’t enough. Want to know a secret? It wasn’t long ago that I literally asked God to give me confidence to love my body at whatever size it is. I haven’t mastered it completely, but I’m almost there.
Here are 3 ways I can love on my body this summer:
- Feast on more of what my body needs, instead of what it wants. This is especially crucial with me being preggers. If I don’t eat foods full of nutrients the baby won’t get what he or she needs. Less chips, more spinach and cherries.
- All natural products please. I recently switched up my skincare and body regimen to include all natural products. My next step is to find the perfect vegan foundation. Why? What we put on our body goes directly into our bloodstream. Need I say more?
- The eyes of God. I’m committed to consistently asking God to help me love my body at whatever stage it’s in and see me the way he sees me. I’m fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and God delights over me with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
How are you loving on your body this summer?
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