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I "Got My Body Back"

So, I “got my body back.” Six months postpartum, and I’m officially wearing my pre-pregnancy size and down to my pre-baby weight. Somehow, my body still looks and feels way different and all the things are shifted around, but those facts remain. I debated sharing this, but I realized that it IS something worth celebrating. It means that I’ve lost 35lbs {yes, I gained that much weight & our baby was barely 6lbs — proof that every woman and baby are so different & everyone just needs to chill the heck out and stop making comments about pregnant women’s weight 👏🏻}. But more than that, it means that for the FIRST time in my life, I’ve lost weight without purposefully starving myself. I’ve continued to fuel my body {okay, sometimes with too much Chick-fil-A but c’mon} & nurse my baby, and that’s a personal victory for me.

I’ve learned recently that you can’t win with social media. Some people will say I shouldn’t share a post like this because it will fuel the fire of comparison that so many of us struggle with, making it sound like I think I’m somehow superior because I’m back to my pre-baby size. Other people will say that if I didn’t share it, I’d be joining the growing crowd of skinny-shamers {which is just as bad, by the way}. You really can’t win when it comes to the fitness posts, but I’m just trying to be honest about my journey as a new mom, as I always have. This is my reality, and it’s totally okay if it’s not the same as anyone else’s experience.

Here’s the truth that we need to lean in to today, mama friend: + Your body carried, nourished, and brought a new life into the world with a soul that matters for eternity, and THAT IS WORTH CELEBRATING. + If you’ve lost the baby weight, you’re worthy of love. + If you haven’t lost the baby weight yet, you’re worthy of love. + If you never lose the baby weight, you’re worthy of love. + You’re worthy of love because you’re here. You’re alive. You’ve been created by the God who sacrificed HIS child’s life for yours, and you have a unique purpose. + No matter what your body looks like, your baby needs you to show up & love them like ONLY YOU can. + And ultimately, your body is temporary. It will not last. Physical fitness is of some value, but not at the expense of your relationship with Christ. Invest your best into soul training, and know that true, lasting beauty is what’s in your spirit. + Vanity is shallow and unfulfilling. Trust me, I’ve lived in that space. It does not satisfy.

Roots of self-worth don’t grow from numbers on a scale or inches on a tape measure. They grow from an assurance that you are recklessly loved by the God who made your form & called it GOOD.

Wherever your body is at, own it, beautiful! I’m right here with ya. XXO.

“...train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.” -1 Timothy‬ ‭4:7-9‬

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” -Proverbs‬ ‭31:30‬

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” -Jeremiah‬ ‭31:3‬

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