2009-10-06

For The First Time In My Life

It has happened, I stood in front of the mirror the other day, getting ready, going to bed, I don't know exactly in what direction I was headed....but finally for the first time in my life I stood in front of my mirror - full length - and actually liked what I saw.

I will admit, I am no super model (far from it really), Sport Illustrated will not be contacting me to do their next swimsuit edition...but I'm ok with that.

I stood in front of the mirror and smiled. I saw a strong woman, a wife, a mother. I saw someone who has worked hard, played hard, laughed hard. A successful woman who is where she is (or isn't) today because of the work she has done.

But not only am I happy with the woman I have become inside, but I am also happy with the woman I am outside.

My body has its flaws, pockets of fat, a little excess (or in some spots a lot :)

I am not at my thinnest (although surprisingly not far from it) I am definitely not at my most fit...but I am happy.



I see room for improvement, and gladly accept the fact that my diet could use some...lets just say upgrades (no more ice cream lunches...ahem).  I will continue to try to improve my condition, but I will not obsess, and I will not compare.

For the first time in my (adult) life I am content with my body.  I am not obsessively dieting, not counting calories, restricting myself horribly, trying to fast or feast. 


I've had my weight issues, gained A LOT during college, lost a lot after college, gained A TON when I got pregnant, lost it again, gained it again, lost it agian...its exhausting to type it all out!!  Funny thing is I don't care about it anymore, as long as I am healthy, as long as I can play with my boys and not get exhausted, as long as I don't once again need to buy a new wardrobe.


So tonight I am smiling (my hair is a mess, my makeup is gone, my clothes a little frumpy) but for the first time in my life...

19 comments:

  1. Yay! That's what we need more of...healthy attitudes about who we are and what we have become and just altogether feeling happy in life. Love this!

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  2. Yay, congrats! You've embraced your inner goddess :)

    I too feel the same and it's very liberating, isn't it?

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  3. What a wonderful attitude and an encouraging post!

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  4. *hugs*

    I loved this post. Good for you, Liz! This makes me happy.

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  5. I'm so happy for you! What an amazing, encouraging post. Hoping to find your strength and confidence for myself.

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  6. Yay...Good for you...it's a great thing to feel good about yourself!

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  7. i liked this! GOOD FOR YOU! I love to hear it :)

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  8. it's so nice when we "arrive" to that place!!

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  9. I'm with mama kat. What a healthy, lovely attitude, one that women would be smart to adopt. Perfection isn't possible......it's the trying one's hardest in all areas of life and feeling good about the results. Inside one's own skin.

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  10. Your attitude is perfect. It's how you feel inside which sounds the healthiest of all! I'm following you.!

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  11. I'm glad you put it out there! One of my biggest pet peeves is listening to skinny chicks complain about their weight! It's nice to read a post where someone is happy with themselves! Yeah you!

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  12. Your prompt you gave MamaKat was awe inspiring... thank you so much.

    I had lots of fun writing the Writer's Workshop this week... it'll post later on tonight... I just wanted to say "thanks"!

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  13. I envy you for being in such a healthy place. With luck (and work) I'll get there someday soon...

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  14. I found your blog through Mama Kat's prompts this week. I absolutely LOVE this post. The whole body image thing is such a huge struggle for so many of this, and it is VERY refreshing to read a post about being real and about being happy - you sound so at peace and so confident!

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  15. gorgeous lady - gorgeous post - love it :)

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  16. Awww Liz! I'm so happy for you. I would LOVE to feel this way.. it takes time and a lot of dedication and you did it! You go hot mama!

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