Mom’s Side-By-Side Pic Proves Size Doesn’t Always Determine Your Health

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    Loving your body as is proves to be a very difficult thing to do, especially when you go through a major life event, such as having a baby.

    New mom and blogger, Laura Mazza, from the UK posted the photo below along with heartfelt words about learning to love your body through the changes that come with pregnancy and childbirth.

    On theleft is a photo of Mazza before having a baby, and the right is after.

    No, this isn’t a before and after shoot of weightloss. But it is a victory story. I write this from my heart. It hurts.

    Posted by Mum on the Run onSaturday, August 27, 2016

    The photo has been shared over 4,000 periods since she posted it two weeks ago.

    I feel like we rarely see before-and-after photos like this.

    We are all left in awe of women like Kim Kardashian and Blake Lively who can bounce back from having a newborn in eight months, but what about the women whochoose not to bounce back?

    In the photo on the left, Mazza confesses she wasnt truly happy.

    She says,

    I ate no carbs, and scarcely any vegetables. Only meat. But I loved it because I was losing weight rapidly and the more bones that protruded, the more I valued myself.

    I ended up hating meat, and was always suffering from heartburn. But still I looked at this photo, this image of myself, like I was fat.

    She feels her post-baby body and post-baby habits have constructed her even more proud of herself.

    She said,

    I have achieved more with this body than I have with my old body. Ive ate more good foods. Ive lived more, Ive dedicated more, Ive enjoyed more. Ive stimulated life. This body, THIS body should be celebrated and admired.

    I should admire myself. I should love myself.

    But that self-love didnt come easy.

    It took her some time to get to a point where she didnt am worried about being skinny anymore.

    Because sometimes, its only not worth it to limit your diet to merely meat. How long can person feasibly sustain that lifestyle, anyway?

    Mazza has learned skinny bodies arent the only ones that should be celebrated. In theory, celebrating all bodies seems pretty obvious, but its much harder to do in practice.

    No matter what sizing you are, a sizing 6 or size 60. You deserve to celebrate it. Sexy underwear AND a new wardrobe.

    Her honest words and before-and-after photos prove self-love is something we learn over and over again throughout our lives.

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