Before the birth of my daughter (my first born) I ran 2-4 per week on average about 6 miles, I worked out 5 days a week, I took dance classes, I would go on bike rides… I was at my ideal weight, felt confident, body image was a non-issue. So after the birth of my daughter there was a big adjustment period: I was uncomfortable in my own skin, I felt overwhelmed I had lost the physique I worked so hard for.
Rather than focus on what I “lost” I redirected that energy on what I gained. I gained a new title “Mom”, I gained the unconditional love of a beautiful baby girl, I gained the respect and admiration of my husband (who loved me dearly already though through watching me labor and birth our child it allowed him another side of my inner prowess), I became a part of an elite club called motherhood and I wasn’t going to take it for granted. And ultimately with time I was able to start back my fitness routine.
Fast forward 3 years and 2 kids later I may not get to the gym as much but I love myself nonetheless. I recognize my strength. I feel invincible. I pushed 2 amazing little humans out naturally. I am woman hear me ROOAARRRRR! Talk about a woman who loves tough. My family is the most important thing to me, they are worth every sacrifice.
I chose to participate in this photo shoot because beauty isn’t one-size-fit-all and if I’m going to talk the talk I will walk the walk. The way to change the status quo is to participate and show different perspective. It starts from within; self-love and self-acceptance are the catalyst that allows other things to radiate: confidence, sex appeal, happiness, physical fitness etc. Lastly, growth doesn’t happen if we don’t push ourselves so by doing this and being out of my comfort zone I know will be stronger by the end of it.