I really haven’t posted anything on the blog for a long time, but, what can I say? Life is busy!
I’ve also been trying to sketch out (in my mind, anyway) what I want for this blog in general: what it should look like, what direction it should take, and/or what’s the ultimate message of this blog?
Finally, I think I have a concrete idea of what I’ve been trying to say.
This blog is for women – especially postpartum mothers.
It is a place of encouragement and support, no matter where you are in your health journey or how you choose to keep your body happy and healthy.
I started this blog because when I was at my lowest points in my last two postpartum journeys, I wish I could have connected with someone who understood what I was going through.
Social media is very often criticized for mostly being vapid and shallow, but more and more it is a place for real people to connect and inspire each other. I had never seen or met a female powerlifter in “real” life; if it hadn’t been for social media, I never would have thought to start training with “heavy” weights, ever. Period.
So this is where I want to be. I want to be there for the moms who are struggling to love and accept themselves after the baby (or babies!).W I want to be there to say, “Hey Girl, it’s ok – you’re awesome and beautiful RIGHT NOW.” (Ryan Gosling, BE GONE! Shoo! Go away!) “YOU are strong NOW and you can only get STRONGER from here.”
The more I hang out on social media, the more I see that my personal history of struggling with body image and self-confidence isn’t just common, it’s rampant among girls and women all across the board. But there’s also this beautiful movement towards real appreciation and love for what women (and their bodies) can do, and I don’t just want to be a part of this movement, I NEED to be a part in this. For myself, for my daughter, for my sisters, for my family; my friends, and any woman who comes my way!
Ok! With all that said and done, here’s my 12-month postpartum update and why I love my postpartum body:
I started at 185lbs post-delivery last year. I am now sitting at 160lbs.
I am benching 95lbs (I honestly don’t train bench very much currently, but I’m working on it!)
I currently squat and deadline 200lbs.
I also just started some lap-swimming a couple days ago, and I can’t believe I forgot how much I love the water! (Full disclosure: I was out of breath and half-dead after one lap, but let’s focus on the positive, shall we? Moving on…)
I love that with this third pregnancy, I was in a much better place physically and mentally post-delivery because powerlifting taught me to not worry about how much you can do at the beginning, but to accept where you are and work with what you have.
I love that I know that when I set my mind to do something, the little, do-able, everyday actions are what count toward my goals.
In a world where everything is air-brushed and perfectly edited, I love that this is what a woman’s body can look like. It can be stretchy. It can be wrinkly. And that’s ok! I say can because I know everyone’s body is different, and no two will ever be the same. HURRAY! LET’S CELEBRATE THAT!
I love that I can hold my babies and not get too tired. After my first was born, I couldn’t even hold her for five minutes without feeling sore and like my arm was falling off. Not anymore! And I know this sounds silly, but I love that I can reassure my hyper-active postpartum brain that if something bad happens, I can pick up all three of them and run. I know, I know – a little crazy, but whatever, that’s my brain for you!
Most of all (and most cliché ), I love that this body harbored, nourished and effectively evicted three crazy little munchkins I am beyond blessed to call my children. Ok, yes – I know, SO MUCH CHEESINESS. You want cheese??? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE CHEESE!
Just a PSA, but this blog will get a little mushy and sappy at times. You have been warned.
Besides talking cheese, let’s get down to business: Why and how do you love YOUR postpartum body and what helped you to love and appreciate it?
Thank you so much for reading and see you next time!