I posted this photo last month on my social media outlets and it got so much positive feedback, so I decided to write a blog post about it. I am hoping this reaches even more women and offers inspiration. Please share this with a friend who could use a little positive self-talk.
These photos were taken 20 seconds apart. I certainly can't take credit for the idea to take this photo, but the empowerment of it really spoke to me. Pregnancy does some crazy and amazing things to our bodies. Don't let some loose skin or stretch marks hold you back from achieving your goals. Just because something doesn't come easy, doesn't mean we can't have it. No one is perfect. And who really cares?
It's so easy to look at pictures on social media and see the beautiful posed images and use them as inspiration or heck, even envy them. Just know that NO ONE is walking around perfectly spray tanned with hair & makeup- and abs flexed at all times.
What you are seeing is a finished product or a simple snapshot of them at one point in their day. Or maybe they are in front of professional lighting for a shoot.
Definitely don't compare yourself to fitness professionals who train for competitions. They eat like it's their job and can see their abs just by manipulating water and sodium intake. And I've done that before when I was a competitor or training for a fitness photo shoot.
Personally, I can see my abdominal muscles first thing in the morning, but as the day goes on, they get buried under sodium and 6-7 meals I eat throughout the day. But who cares?
Having abs doesn't mean you are more inspiring. Some people have great genetics and some people have to eat super clean every day to even see definition.
Don't compare your photos to other people on social media. Use those photos as inspiration, but don't feel less of yourself if you don't look like you are walking down a runway every day. I certainly don't. Especially working at home.
Picture this: hair piled on top of my head, working in my pj's, sweaty after a workout, no makeup...you get the idea.
I hope this photo speaks to you and shows you that you can stand tall and confident in your own skin, no matter what it looks like. Just work daily to be the best version of YOU possible. And that, my dear, will inspire truly someone.
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