I have not always had a very good body image. In fact, for many years from pre-teen to young adult I, like many, had a warped view that I saw in the mirror. Often criticisms would run through my mind as I gazed at my reflection.
It took a lot of work to change those thoughts. And it took a lot of practicing saying nice things to myself in the mirror before I truly started seeing the image that others say they saw all along.
When I got pregnant I had briefly wondered if some of these negative body thoughts would come back or if I would once again become glued to my scale obsessing over each pound. Instead, I have never felt more beautiful. The image I see in the mirror is still surrounded in love; if anything more love knowing that a little miracle is growing inside me.
I remember about a month ago getting on the scale and wondering where that weight was even going because I couldn't see it other than my small bump. Later, doing yoga, I glanced back and saw that my thighs have gotten much bigger as well. What was the first thoughts that ran through my head? Not criticism or panic but rather I had the recognition that my body was building my legs for support. I appreciated the change!
Today I am so grateful for all the self-image work I did that got me to this place. I'm grateful to look in the mirror every day and give myself love for he image I see. I'm grateful to know that the numbers on the scale are just numbers until I give it a meaning and that meaning is my choice. I'm grateful for the little one inside me that is changing my body and reminding me how far I have come to be a part of this miracle. I'm grateful for my husband who is also supportive of my changing body. And I'm even grateful for these thicker legs that help keep me balanced during yoga and support the extra weight of a baby.
How is your body image? What are you telling yourself in the mirror each day?
May today bless you with seeing the beauty of your own reflection. May you find truth and love in the mirror and in this day. Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.