Posts in My Body is Enough
#MyBodyIsEnough-Laura's Story

What is true beauty for every woman? Is it the woman who physically stands before the mirror, or is it her soul that reflects her struggles, triumphs, dreams, and experiences that have shaped her into the valuable woman she is today? It is quite easy to forget all those personal triumphs and inner self love when we live in a world that has conditioned us to believe that beauty has a particular standard or number. It is very hard to scroll through social media without seeing the newest diets and what you can look like if you tried. You may start to feel less of a person because you don’t look a certain way or have that magic number on the scale or jean size.

What happens next? We diet and exercise to try and achieve the acceptable body image to a point where we can become obsessed with the scale, trying to reaching that goal weight. We develop a very damaging and unhealthy obsession with that number on the scale. We allow that NUMBER to dictate our mood for the rest of the day and most of all, we allow it to define our self-worth and who we are as a person. When we feel lost in whom we are, we can also look to the scale for acceptance.

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#MyBodyisEnough-Malorie's Story

August 2014: 2 pink lines! we were pregnant- we were ecstatic... and scared... and every other emotion that comes with finding out in 9 short months you will be responsible for another human being.

We had so much going on in our lives…we were getting ready to separate from the military, not sure where we were going to go, and just found out we were pregnant. The day after we found out I was pregnant, my husband got a job offer- hallelujah! So, fast forward a month and we trekked across the country (for the 3rd time in 4 years) from New Mexico to Virginia. We knew almost no one, I was almost 12 weeks pregnant, and we were officially civilians for the first time in our married life. Everything changed after that move.   My marriage began to fall apart, and everything was turning upside down. I had no job, nothing to call my own, I depended solely on my husband for support (which I swore UP AND DOWN would never happen).

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#MyBodyIsEnough-Katie's Story

I can remember the day I fainted inside the kitchen after only allowing myself one small piece of pizza after an early morning of finals at school and a few hours of laying out in the sun… It was senior year and thankfully our family’s dear cleaning lady was at our house when it happened. 

For many years, I’d felt heavy, curvy and just not as slender as the other girls at school. I remember being ashamed in about 5th grade or so when we were changing in the locker room and I had boobs and the other girls didn’t… And then all through middle school and high school as I participated in sports, I remember being embarrassed about my body. 

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#MyBodyIsEnough-Self-Love with Lauren Frontiera

There’s no shame in wild self-love. There’s no shame in looking in the mirror and loving every curvy, smooth, bumpy, scarred, blemish-free, or cellulite-covered inch of your beautiful body. It’s OK to love who you are. It’s also OK to love other things about yourself - your mind, your humor, your compassion, your wit, your fierceness, your drive, your work ethic - after all, you are far more than just a pretty face. 

But don’t love yourself too much … they say … you don’t want to offend others.

But might I stand on my radical soap box for just a moment, my loves, and say, to hell with offending others by loving your body just as it is. There is no shame in being proud of and loving your body, free of self-deprecation. This is your body and your mind and you can love it as wildly as your heart will allow.

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