Me, my bump, and my "thunder thighs"
I am passionate about women reclaiming confidence over their bodies and focussing on how healthy and happy they feel rather than what the scales say. It is the focus of my site and at the core of my yoga training. But one thing is for certain, it still doesn't always come easy for me, last week proved that.
There was a day last week where I took a look in the mirror and all I could see was my "huge", "wobbly", "lumpy, "tree-trunk" thighs. My jeans wouldn't go past my knees and a feeling of gloom and negativity washed over me and I felt deeply inadequate and unhappy with myself. All because of the size of my thighs.
Despite my beautiful growing baby belly and the fact that my body is doing the most AMAZING thing and growing a tiny person, the feelings stayed with me and I found it incredibly hard to shift out of the negativity that look at my thighs started and just like I told myself, I'm telling you... It's okay.
My affirmation card the next day could not have been more appropriate... "you are allowed".
You are allowed to feel however you are feeling, the best way we can move on is to acknowledge the feeling, to take away its power.
That's what I have done - yes my thighs are bigger now. Does that make my family love me any less? Does it make me less valuable as a person? Does it mean I support my friends less or love my children less? No, no, no, no no.
So I can't fit into the same maternity jeans I was wearing a few weeks ago but does it have any real impact on my life? I look at it logically and the answer is so obviously no that it's hard not to smile at the ridiculousness of it all.
So I'm telling myself, and I'm telling you - Your body is amazing, please don't forget that xx