As women, we often make so many excuses for why we can’t (or won’t) do things outside of our comfort zones. I don’t know about you, but I have lived most of my life in fear. The fear of failure, fear of being laughed at or made fun of, or making a fool of myself. Oh my gosh, the list goes on and on. As I get older and more importantly as I watch my children grow up, I am starting to let go of these fears. I am also starting to notice how if I’m not careful I will pass these fears on to my children.
Look, I get it. We are faced with SO much pressure. The pressure to be the perfect wife and mom. The pressure to stay skinny and look a certain way. The pressure to look young forever. There is nothing absolutely NOTHING wrong with taking care of ourselves, but who are we kidding? We are popping kids out left and right, and if we are brutally honest we are getting older every second and there is nothing we can do about it.
We can eat healthily and work out. I encourage that, I really do. As a matter of fact, if you aren’t doing those things right now, you should start. Also, a great skincare routine can go a long way.
BUT, and this is a BIG OLE but.
YOU NEED TO GET OUT!
You need to stop making excuses.
Stop telling your husband that you can’t buy a swimsuit until you lose weight. Stop telling people you don’t wear shorts because you really love jeans or because your legs are “too white.” Stop bashing yourself all the time. Your daughters hear you; you realize that… right? When your seven-year-old daughter tells you she needs to lose weight, she probably learned that from you!
While you may have some areas in your life that could use improvement and your doctor may agree that your health could benefit from a new eating plan and a workout routine that doesn’t mean that you can’t start loving yourself today, right where you are. Chances are good the reason you aren’t getting any healthier is that you sabotage yourself every chance you get. Why can’t you see what I see? Why can’t you see how beautiful you are?
Without the size 2 jeans? Without the make-up? Without the $1K wardrobe and all the matching accessories? You are so much more than that.
But wait. Is there more? Do you have something more serious holding you back? Oh, maybe you, like me, had a few kids, and your bladder decided to jump ship. Maybe every time you jump rope or your kid pops out from behind their bedroom door to scare you, or you laugh, or sneeze, or move the wrong way, you pee your pants. That’s okay too! You no longer have that as an excuse either!
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Now you just need to find something that helps you keeps your attitude in check when you step into that bikini because Woman, it’s time you rock it! You know, like you did when you were a teen, and you didn’t care what anyone thought (or maybe you were never lucky enough to go through that stage).
I challenge you today to take a look in the mirror and ask yourself why you care what other people think about your body and why you hate it so much. Why are you so ungrateful for a body that gets so much accomplished each day? If you are healthy (have a working brain and limbs that can move and get you from point A to point B) ask yourself how selfish you would feel if you woke up tomorrow and they didn’t work the way they do today.
Sometimes all we need is a little perspective.
I don’t know about you, but I am so sick of limiting myself because in reality that is the only person limiting any of us. The last time I checked the paparazzi isn’t standing outside my bathroom snapping photos of me and plastering them all over US Weekly for the world to gawk at. No one in my family is judging me for what I look like in my clothes. They are, however, remembering all the amazing times we share out on the water, on our bikes, and everywhere else we go. I’m not going to let fear hold me back anymore. My family and I are going out this summer to try new things. I’m not going to say I won’t fall flat on my face while learning to ice skate, or fall off of the tube in the middle of the lake (which I totally did), but we will have a blast while doing it!
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