What happens when you post a picture of your post-baby belly on the internet? Well if you’ve ever done it and used the hashtags #postbaby, #postpartum, or #babybump you probably know.
I have a secret to share with you about “post-baby bodies.”
Something amazing happened when I shared a photo of my belly on Friday. In the comments other women started sharing photos of their bodies, telling their stories too. It was so incredible.
Then the disturbing part.
There were women (and one man) who swooped in spamming my page trying to sell their products. It Works wraps, “miracle” stretch mark creams, “weight loss solutions.” They were replying to women who had posted photos of their bodies and saying things like “yes you are beautiful just the way you are, but…..”
How dare they.
Because when you say “you’re beautiful, but…” what you’re actually saying is “no, you aren’t. But you could be.”
Now remember my name is Mama Lion Strong. I protect my pride. I have never had to tell off, delete, and ban so many people in my two years of running this page.
Just let us love our bodies and leave us alone.
You know what these companies want from us? They want us feeling awful about ourselves so that we buy their products, with high hopes we will be hooked for life. Even these “wrap” women – they want you loving that temporary/dehydrated/squished body result so badly you keep coming back for more till pretty soon you can’t live your life or love yourself without a piece of their expensive plastic wrapped tightly around you.
When you’ve exhausted your efforts trying to “fix” your post-baby body, they’ll start in on your wrinkles.
I’m so fed up with people, products, companies, models and celebrities telling women how they should look, what they need, the next diet they should go on. I’m so tired of being told I need fixing. The only thing I’ve ever needed “fixing” from is their manipulation of how I felt about myself.
So here is my secret for you: there is no perfect post-baby body. There’s only YOUR body, plain and simple. And it’s beautiful because it tells your story.
Over the years I’ve seen that women are HURTING. They’re pining for acceptance. But acceptance doesn’t come from a bottle. It comes from within. I understand wanting to change your body. But you DON’T have to hate it while you’re working to change it, and you SHOULD NOT be doing it for anyone else but yourself. Exercise and eating well should come from a place of love and nourishment, not disgust and punishment.
Do you want to know what I want to give you? Freedom. I want to give you the tools, knowledge and confidence you need to live stronger, healthier, and more whole… For YOU.
Ladies, it’s time for us to take back our power. And it would be my absolute honor for you to join me in getting healthy the RIGHT way. We’re kicking things off March 2nd, just in time for spring. Yes I’m asking you to invest in yourself. Yes, I know that’s scary, because we live in such a “quick fix” culture. But I believe in you, even if you don’t. Four months is all I ask to change your life forever. You can sign up here.
Our boldness is a threat to them you know. Just remember that. :)
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