December 14, 2012

Love YOU.

I write this post to tell you all how beautiful YOU are, regardless of what you may think or what other people may say.

 I'm also writing this for myself. And for my daughter. 
Because we are living in a cruel, vicious world where a size 8 is fat but a size zero is sickly.

The scale is our enemy.
Food is our weakness.
Society is the devil.

Your body is your own. No one else has one just like you.

MY body is my own. And it's the only one I will ever have.
So why do I hate it so much?

Why do we give ourselves so much grief over a number on a scale or the size of our jeans?

Guess what?
I'm fat.
I'm 5'6" and I weight 220 pounds.
I wear a size 16.
 I have stretch marks on my stomach and boobs.
I have love handles.
I have two chins sometimes.
My stomach looks like an 80 year old woman's stomach.
My boobs aren't perky anymore.
My thighs have cellulite.

But you know what else?
I'm happy with my life.
I consider myself to be pretty awesome.
I love food and wine and cooking and baking.
My husband still loves me the same as he did when I was a size 9.
My children think I'm beautiful.
My family loves me.
My friends don't judge me.

I know that I will never ever have the same body I did before I gave birth.
But from my "not-so-perky" boobs, came milk to feed my children.
From my larger hips, I was able to push out two babies.
From my stretch marks, I let my body grow and stretch in order to hold and carry healthy babies to full term.
My body was their home.
  And for this sacrifice, I gave life to two precious children. 
So from this day forward, I will be happy with myself.
And you will be, too.
You are beautiful in your skin.
I hope to raise my daughter to be so self confident, that she will never compare herself to others.
Because I know for a fact, my Kenzie is perfect just the way she is.
And I'm sure my Momma and Daddy wanted the same thing for me.
I just wish I would have realized that before now.

So here's to a new beginning.
 I'm not going to focus on losing weight anymore, or trying to be "tiny" like I thought I wanted.
I'm going to focus on living healthier.
But I will STILL eat that damn piece of chocolate cupcake if I want.

Will YOU choose happiness?


♥ Marcy ♥ said...

You definitely have your awesome pants on today because I just love this post! I seriously needed this after my outfit fiasco this morning! =)

2busy said...

This is a most awesome post. It is so important to be comfortable in our skin and to be happy with who we are. I am choosing happy...

Jessica Simmons said...

This may be the best post I have ever read. You're amazing!

Sara said...

Love this post. Love all of it. You're beautiful the way you are, Lauren! :) And your kiddos are going to grow up knowing that their momma was the best momma she could be!

Miss V's Busy Bees

Kimberly Bikowski said...

Such a beautiful post for both you and your daughter. I'm your newest follower from the hop and can't wait to see more from your blog.

Feel free to stop on by.

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Ashley said...

I LOVE this post. I feel exactly the same way! I'm overweight and yanno what? I don't care! I am happy. At some point when I'm ready I'll get to a better place body wise but at this point I'm fine!

We are all beautiful!

Kat said...

I just love you so much more for this, you are friggin' awesome!

WhatJeanLikes said...

I love this post because I'm pretty much everything you listed except I'm not married. The world has a totally warped idea of what is beautiful and even the "beautiful" people get criticized and cut down for any changes or little things. Beauty is relative and I'm sick of the standard of beauty. As moms, we earned every stripe and stretch mark and I'm just thankful I could have a baby so I wear the stretch marks as badges of pride :)

I'm your newest follower, if you have time, we'd love to have you come and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven't already!


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Mrs Hurley said...

Amen!! You are beautiful!! How blessed your children are! Thank you for this post!!

WhatJeanLikes said...

I hope you're having a great week my dear!
Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I'm following you.

If you have time, we'd love to have you come and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven't already! We are hosting a great giveaway too which is a wonderful opportunity to give some extra exposure to you lovely blog. Come and link up, enter the giveaway and celebrate the coming weekend with us!


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Nicole Hughes said...

Hi, visiting for the first time from the Clamhouse. I gotta say, I really like this post and I'm looking forward to reading more.

Bex said...

This is a beautiful post <3 xo

Noel Bressler said...

This post is so real, so raw, that I'm tearing up. Health is greater than skinny...and still I struggle with my own insecurities...but I hope to conquer them before I accidentally pass them on to my own beautiful daughter! My heart is so happy for you!

Mia @ The Chronicles of Chaos said...

I absolutely love this post! (sorry I'm late, I'm catching up on blogs!) But I absolutely agree - I'm fat, I have stretch marks, I'll never be a size 8 ever again, but honestly, I'm OK with it. I have 2 beautiful babies and a hubby who loves me and I feel like things are pretty great.

Thanks for such an inspiring and positive post!!! :) xo

Breanna said...

Thank you for posting this!

Vonnie Coffman said...'s September 2015 and this wonderful post is still touching people! It is just beautiful! Praying that you have the same positive outlook on life!