Loving Your Postpartum Body
I wore a crop top the other day. As a 32 year old mother to 6, I wore a freakin' crop top. With high-waisted jeans, no doubt, but I felt so empowered. Fact is, I still have a good 20 pounds of extra baby/pregnancy weight on me. I know HOW to lose baby weight but in all honesty, I just have not dedicated myself to it to be self-disciplined enough at this point. I'll get there, I know I will.
I know I need to begin to make better decisions, more often. I could eat WAY better and choose to be active and exercise more. And I want to take care of my body, so that I can be my best for my people.
And right now, I'm totally engulfed in nursing my 1-year-old, preparing meals for the rest of the family, homeschooling, investing in my marriage, running my businesses, and growing in my faith (and like, a million other things.) Alongside all of that, I don't want to be stressed about losing weight. And that's not even the goal. The goal is to be healthy and strong and capable. And so, I'm choosing to love my postpartum body right now, right where I am. My body has had no "progress" of weight loss in the past year, but it still wakes up every day feeling fantastic.
I want my mind to follow that feeling. Or maybe, LEAD that feeling. That I would speak life into what my body has created and continues to sustain. It has carried and birthed 6 beautiful and healthy babies. That's a miracle! This body is a miracle. I am going to embrace it for every beautiful stretch mark and extra inch it shows off right now.
And I think, I might just be adding a few more crop tops to my wardrobe. (Current MOM crop is from Vetu)