It’s time for an honest moment here that I’m not too proud of. The end of the first trimester/beginning of the second trimester of pregnancy is ROUGH on the confidence, especially when it comes to finding clothes that fit. This is what I refer to as the “burrito baby” phase of pregnancy. You’re not showing enough to tell your pregnant, but your belly has grown enough so that none of your clothes fit right and it looks like you swallowed a ginormous burrito whole and it’s just laying there horizontally in your belly.
I can’t even begin to explain to you the mental tug-o-war that has been happening for me during this time of our pregnancy. On one hand, I am SO INCREDIBLY THANKFUL that our baby boy is growing, that he’s healthy, and that he’s ALIVE! After losing our last baby, you would think this is where ALL my focus and mindset would be. But, I fall prey to self-conscious thoughts like anyone else. I lose my positive mindset and become my own worst critic. I get frustrated that even my yoga pants are tight, that my tops don’t fit right. I look bigger than I am in really loose clothes and I just look chubby in form fitting ones. The struggle is real…
My gracious husband is patient with my craziness everyday, he always tells me I’m beautiful, and is the one who proposed the idea to me of sharing this on my blog. He had a great point. This isn’t my first rodeo. I know I’ll gain healthy baby weight, I know it’s something to celebrate because that means baby is growing, I know what it’s like after delivery, and this time I know EXACTLY what to do in order to whip this postpartum bod into shape! Let me also clarify that a woman’s body is freaking bad ass! The fact that we can literally grow a human from the size of a microscopic egg to a 7 pound healthy human inside our bellies… that we grow our own disposable baby sustaining organ called the placenta, push them both out of our bodies, and then are able to sustain our new precious tiny human life with milk from our own body’s is INSANE! It’s important for ALL of us (I’m speaking to myself here) to be gracious and patient with our bodies through this entire process.
As you guys know, my MISSION and PASSION in this life is to help others learn how to live at 100%, to give this life all they’ve got, and to feel their absolute BEST. I also know that if I am not living at my best, I won’t be able to be there 100% for my growing family. More than external looks, THIS is where my motivation lies. I want to feel good in my clothes. I want to feel CONFIDENT in a bathing suit and not embarrassed. I want to be the strongest happiest version of myself because my husband deserves that in his wife and my boys deserve that in their mama. I know if I “let myself go”, if I don’t invest in getting me healthy, strong, balanced, fulfilled, they will get the empty, drained, sad, low self esteem, low functioning version of a wife/mama. I WILL NOT let that happen.
I see so many parents put everyone else first in their life in every area while they’re barely able to survive. They eat fast food from Taco Bell or McDonalds every day because they “don’t have time” to eat anything else. They don’t sleep, they are barely functioning only because of a never ending supply of energy drinks and mocha coffee drinks. They don’t take any time to breathe, to dream, to play, to be present. Physically they’re there, but mentally and emotionally eventually they check out. They feel unfulfilled, bitter, even resentful at times. They have super low self esteem that always negatively impacts their marriage and many times divides the family. We all see this all the time. Maybe you’re living this. Please know, I am NOT judging you in any way. I see you, I hear you, and I’m here to tell you that there’s a different way. It doesn’t have to continue like this. You can be that strong, confident, healthy, happy individual you’ve always wanted to be! But you can’t just wish for it. You have to be willing to put in the work.
I need to work on my positive mindset in regards to my own body image. I own that. It’s MY choice every day I look in the mirror with a frown and sigh instead of a smile with excitement. It’s MY choice every time I get mad at my body instead of appreciate that it’s growing my beautiful baby boy. MY choice. MY responsibility. If I continue to have this mindset that ruins the day, ruins my relationships, and sets a bad example for everyone around me, everyone watching me…that’s ALL on me. Just like your lifestyle choices are on you. Your responsibility. You choose the example you are to those around you. Heavy, huh? See why my motivation is so strong now to live my best and help others do the same? Think how drastic of a difference we could make in this world if we all took ownership of our own actions!
NO. MORE. EXCUSES.
July 17th, 7 days from today, our team is starting our own “Test Group” for Beachbody’s brand new program Shift Shop! Every day of this program, I’m going to be encouraging to myself and others about our individual journeys we’re on. While I’ll be modifying as needed, I’m going to be pressing play right along with everyone else in this new 21-day program! I want to know whose ready to take ownership for their life.
Whose ready to make positive changes?
Whose ready to STOP making excuses for every little thing?
Whose ready to get real results instead of wasting money and time on pills, patches, wraps, and programs that don’t work?
Hear this…TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO DO THIS PROGRAM WITH US! We are going to be having a BLAST, keeping each other accountable, getting healthy, feeling awesome, increasing our energy, shredding fat, and taking OWNERSHIP for our health and our lives together.
Are you in?
If you’re in this, in order to get started, you’ll need to purchase the Annual All Access Challenge Pack today. Lucky for YOU, it’s on SALE! Click the photo below to place your order. Once ordered, email me at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com to let me know you’re joining us and in your email I want you to tell me WHY you decided to do so. 🙂
Welcome to the team my friend! Get ready for a life changing experience!
Make today AWESOME!
- The Health Patriot