I haven’t been around in awhile and I hope you’ll forgive my sudden appearance after so much quiet time. After what was an already rough fall, I lost my Dad in early November and was absolutely leveled.
When the person who taught you all about love and life leaves this earth, suddenly everything feels meaningless besides family, love, and friendship.
I have been taking the end of this year to recover and to re-assess where my head is at.
The one beautiful thing that comes out of the death of someone so close to you is your perspective really sharpens. You learn quickly what is important in life and what is just wasting precious time and energy. For the past several years, I have realized on my own that worrying about fitting in to a societal standard of what my body should look like is one of those wastes of energy. I have tried to share that with all of you in my most recent articles.
In 2017, I will be doubling up on my efforts to help women let go of societal pressure to look like you never had a baby and rather just focus on self-care through healthy, intuitive eating and enjoyable activity. Let’s stop being so hard on ourselves and focus on taking care of ourselves, together.
In the new year, you might be tempted to make resolutions like this:
- Lose the baby weight
- Lose the last 15 pounds before I allow myself to get pregnant
- Be in a bikini by summer
- Workout through my entire pregnancy so I don’t gain too much weight
- Have an instagram-worthy body by 2 months postpartum
But today, I want to challenge you to join me in this new movement, and make resolutions like this instead:
- Learn to love myself at any size, exactly where I’m at today, so I can finally stop the vicious cycle of dieting.
- Stop making decisions based on how my body will look and start making decisions based on how my body will feel.
- Stop apologizing for my body. Period.
- Let go of the idea of perfection and instead focus on being consistent.
- Stop obsessively weighing, counting calories and macros and just learn to get in touch with my body.
- Wear whatever swimsuit I like this summer, no matter what
I’m here to help if you’re ready to make these radical resolutions, and stop participating in the war on your body.
Happy New Year to all of you!