I am NOT posting this to gloat about my progress. Just hear me for a second.
Why do I almost NEVER post "after" pictures? Because I don't believe in them. I believe in progress pictures. But there is totally different reason I am posting this.
When I took my progress picture at 5 months postpartum, I smiled. Not because my little abs are coming back or because I'm "tighter." It was because my stretch marks are still there. I know you can't see them well in this picture, but they live! Those marks remind me of how my body did all it could to "house" my little man. At 37 weeks (he came at 39 weeks) there was no room for him and it was getting ROUGH. Then I woke up with stretch marks for the first time, and I SMILED. I was cheering my body on to do what it needed to do so #gingyptian wasn't stuck. And to this day, those stretch marks are a reminder of God's goodness. They are a reminder of my body persevering. They remind me of how God can take the part of my body I picked apart the MOST and helped me to LOVE it.
Working out and nourishing my body aren't so I can get a 6 pack. There was a time (6 years ago) where that was all I cared about--external gain-- and it burned me out, left me with disorders, self-hatred, and isolation. NOW:
--My why is so my body is NEVER a barrier to what God calls me to do.
--My why is so I can CARRY my son. I still remember nearly falling apart and weeping when I left the hospital and couldnt carry him in his carseat (why are those things so stinking heavy) and was determined to get my strength back JUST so I can carry him (also...he is already half my height. My 4'10 nature isn't helping)
--My why is so I can carry out all responsibilities of my household without my body stopping me.
--My why is because I know the value of taking care of ME so I can take care of THEM
--My why is because I KNOW God cares about how I honor my temple just as much as how I nourish my spirit and soul.
Sister, you CAN experience inside out transformation. But it all begins with one thing: surrender. I love how the Message puts Psalm 18:20 "God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before Him. When I got my act together, He gave me a fresh start...."
Are you in need of a fresh start? I want to SUPPORT you and give you the tools to get there. It IS possible but it comes with surrender and then effort. It's kind of awesome that the theme for the March Faith&Fitness challenge is "Love Your Body." It's because of GOD that I can say I loved my body 1 week PP and at 5 months PP. Complete the application below if you'd like to consider the Love Your Body challenge that kicks off 3/13!
Though I am a certified personal trainer through AFAA, I am not a nutritionist. Any food posts on this blog are simply related to my journey!