Last night, I stripped down to my underwear, picked up my phone and took a picture of my reflection.
I then decided to publish it on our Instagram page for our followers and the world to see.But wait, before you think I’ve lost my mind, I haven’t.
I uploaded the picture for two very important reasons.
- To teach my son and daughter that all bodies are different, that what they see on social media, on tv isn’t always a true representation of what bodies look like.
- To teach myself to be proud of my body just the way it is and be happy in my own skin for once in my adult life.
You see Sophie (my daughter) is 12, already focused on how she looks in clothes and unfortunately has listened to me talk about diets, bad foods and complaining about my appearance with the last couple of years, and it’s only now I realize that I need to stop talking like this if I want her to grow up with the understanding that all bodies are different, and that you don’t need to look a certain way to be happy.
And then we have Noah.
Noahs body is literally unlike most bodies due to his syndrome, and I have often thought over the years since he has been born how will people perceive his body as he grows older, what will people say when they see the body that makes up my beautiful little boy?
And then I thought, if we don’t start seeing all these different bodies, all these different shapes and sizes in our everyday life’s, on social media, on tv, in magazines then what hope has Noah of making getting his body out in public not that big of a deal.
Now, I’m not going to say that being body positive is easy, it’s bloody not!
Right now I’m the heaviest weight I’ve been in my adult life, but, wait for it, I’m still fit, healthy and more importantly finally starting to feel ok with my body the way it is.
I won’t lie, I still have days where I hate how clothes look on me, wonder would everything be easier if I was 2 stone lighter and get jealous of people who I perceive to look amazing i.e the Victoria secret models!
But thankfully those days are now few and in between and I hope that it’ll stay that way.
So, on a final note before I share that picture, please know that you are beautiful just the way you are, if you want to lose weight that’s ok too but do it for you not for everyone else.
And finally, don’t be afraid to show your body off I.e wear a bikini, wear the clothes you want to wear, stop putting yourself down and stop telling yourself that the only way you will be happy is if you look a certain way because life is far too short.
All our love
Our Wheely Big Journey x