The difference between these two?
Our bodies change DRASTICALLY when we have babies (DUH) but I have found that the shift within our MINDS can be even more significant.
Just in case you're anywhere near where I was 3 months ago, don't YOU DARE settle for "I guess this is just how I am now." (As in cranky, tired, apathetic, giving up on myself, did I mention irritable?) HIDING behind cozy flannels, behind my exhaustion, behind my excuses was quickly becoming my new MO.
GOODNESS, the shift did NOT happen all at once, but it DID take ONE simple but CLEAR "I need something to CHANGE" moment. That made THE difference for me.
Start with nourishing food.
Or start with empowering workouts.
Or begin with a gratitude journal.
WHEREVER you start, just make sure you begin.
Because, life is too short, a year passes in a flash and the truth is: you DESERVE to feel your best. No matter what.
YOUR BEST might not mean feeling comfy in...
If I could tell you about the GAP between these moments - the tears, frustration, sleep deprivation, teething... oh the teething - then it would make a little more sense when I share this:
F*ck diets, hot trends, and OTHER PEOPLE's side-by-sides (including mine).
YOU need to find what works for YOU.
And (WARNING: tough love comin' at ya) you need to STICK•to•that•plan.
I struggled for the first 5 months of my little man's life because I KNEW what worked well for MY body. I knew what I needed, but I told myself that I didn't have the energy, time, motivation, etc to IMPLEMENT.
Maybe that was true. It sure FELT true.
But the MOMENT I started OWNING my excuses + GIVING a little more to ME, my body AND MY MIND started to shift.
I felt a little less anxious.
I felt energy slowly return.
I felt my moods even out.
I felt stronger.
I felt capable. Finally.
I felt content in my skin. Confident even.
I felt like I get beyond...
My sister and I were talking about how frustrating it can be to only see "the end," particularly "the end" of the postpartum journey.
It's definitely easier to share the "I MADE IT" moments.
While that can bring others, who are in the thick of the journey, hope, ONLY sharing the finish line can also leave the rest of us feeling alone.... like we're moving forward at a snails pace... questioning if we're even moving forward....
Some days I barely know the day of the week, I HOPE I'll get through my embarrassingly small checklist, and I feel blessed beyond measure to get 30 minutes to myself to MOVE.
Other days are better, BRIGHTER, easier...
*and I have to be careful that I don't ONLY share the light.
So, this is me today.
Still ON the journey.
Often feeling like I've barely begun.
Working my HARDEST to let go of that "not good enough" feeling.
Doing my best to become STRONG over thin, HONEST over surface-y, and KIND with my inner...
Alright, Team NO Judgment if you continue to read. Deal?
I hated being pregnant. Yes, OF COURSE it was worth it - OF COURSE.
But we have the option to own or truth despite the highlight reel on social media and my truth is: growing this sweet peanut drained me mentally, emotionally and physically more than any other phase of life.
So, this isn't about a "before and after." It's about the freaking journey.
40 weeks pregnant vs. 6 weeks post-Max
TODAY I feel squishier and much weaker than I've been in a long time (just being real) BUT then I remind myself:
You birthed a (pretty sizable) human being.
You (somehow) feel energized again, despite that little sleep situation.
You ARE strong, just in different ways than before.
You are evolving simply by recommitting to yourself WHILE nurturing your baby.
You get practice compassion with yourself by being consistent with your self-care.
You survived the first six weeks.
I'm one of those crazies who's excited to start moving again mostly because it...
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