So, this week ladies I am featuring a post from my lovely friend Zoey. We have been friends for a decade now!!! Zoey did you know this!!? Lol, anyway, she’s a badass lady who struggled with some self-esteem issues after baby. But she found her magic and she’s here to share with you.
Ok ladies time to talk about our post-baby bodies. I see so many women covering their tiger stripes or going to extreme lengths just to hide the fact that they had a child.
That needs to end, wear your tiger stripes with pride they are proof that you had the strength to do something men aren’t even capable of doing.And let’s face it men love to boast about how they are stronger and better than us, but they don’t have the strength to do what we do.
Having a child is nothing to be ashamed about it’s a beautiful experience that only women can go through.
These thoughts flooded my mind Monday morning as I was debating on wearing my normal layers to the gym. You should know my son is 4 and every venture to the gym is a self conscious one.
And it shouldn’t be I have worked damn hard to gain the strength and muscle that I have in the past year and instead of walking with my head high I hide behind layered shirts cause when I sit my stomach rolls over.
I will admit I was ashamed because society makes women believe that no one would want to look at a post baby body. They drill it into our heads as young women that if you aren’t thin no one will notice you.
I feel as if society tells women that men, and other women, only want to look at skin that’s tight and firm. No one wants to be forced to see a squishy middle that has extra skin from being stretched to its max.
But today felt different for me I felt confident enough for the first time to wear just a fitted tank and my yoga pants to go lift. I speak about women breaking boundaries everyday and I flaunt my hard work just about everywhere I go except the gym.
What kind of person would I be if I didn’t live up to my own words I preach to other women about daily. Love yourself, find beauty in your strength and who gives a shit who’s watching if you love you body flaunt it and be proud.
So my Monday was a new day. I had been busting my ass for over a year and my stomach, while still covered with stretch marks and squishy spots, was flatter and I could actually see ab definition. May hard work had been paying off.
So I thought to myself if I truly love my body then I won’t wear baggy tanks, I won’t later up to do my workouts out of fear that someone is going to judge my body. Let them judge I love my body and all that it’s been through.
I was proud of my mom body and even more proud of all it could do now. I was stronger and I was leading a life my son could look up too. I was showing him that no matter how tough things were mommy never gave up, she never quit.
So ladies whether you’re a size 4 or size 14 be proud of the skin your in and if you’re a mom wear your stretch marks and scars with pride. Your body did something incredible it created a life.
It was stretched and molded just for your perfect little bundle. So celebrate your curves, or lack there of and flaunt your tiger stripes they are your badges of honor and you have earned them.