Moms of little girls::: think about how much your little ladies imitate and strive to be your mini me. And then think about the way you talk about yourself. Are you knocking yourself down, are you criticizing and shaming yourself? They pick up on it! And lord knows they will only experience more pressure from the outside world than we can ever hope to shield them from--it's so important to build a strong foundation of self respect and body appreciation from the start::: my belly is soft and squishy, my daughter sees and knows it, she asks me why it's not "flat" and I have to swallow my hurt ego and explain that it's because I grew her brothers, her sister and her in there! My skin is marked, head to toe with stretch marks, dimpled cellulite, rolls and jiggles in places I wish it didn't when I move. I could make myself crazy wishing it all away, or I could embrace it as a canvas of my life's story, and choose to love it enough to work hard at making it the best it can be-flaws and all. My kids see me choosing healthy foods, they are starting to do the same. They see me working hard at getting stronger, and want to be a part of it. My husband loves me and thinks I'm beautiful despite my #BellyJelly and imperfect-by-the-worlds-standards body. Choose today to be a BETTER you, not a DIFFERENT you
I love the feeling I get when I push my body past the barriers my mind has set for me.
So many times I have told myself I can't lose weight, I can't do that workout, I can't stick to a healthy lifestyle, etc... but I am here to say yes I can! It's not that my body couldn't, it was that my mind wouldn't allow it.
I am not striving for perfection anymore, just progress! Overcoming your mind is the hardest, but more crucial step towards a healthier life. Once you do that you are unstoppable!
looking back at photos from around the competition time thinking, I want to beat that girl.
Focusing on competing against myself because I want to see changes, I want to see growth & all you can do is work your ass off and stay determined until next show day.