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I’ve never been one of those lucky gals who can eat endless amounts of carbs and dessert without consequences. The dress that I bought in the hopes of losing a few pounds still doesn’t fit. After I stopped breast feeding and noticed that my stomach did not contract the way I had read and heard that it would, I made a conscious decision to stop feeling ashamed of the extra pounds. I realized that I am more secure now than I have ever been in my life. It’s kinda crazy, especially in retrospect, but I always thought I was fat even when I was wearing a size 0, 2, 4, 6, 8. Now that I am teetering between a 12 and 14, I still have moments when I think I am fat, but that is only when I have week moments mostly related to hormonal changes related to my period. Most days, if I do my hair and makeup, I feel confident and fabulous.
The ways that I embrace my body shape is by doing research about it. I measure myself and determined what my new body shape is. It is still the same as it always was, but just with a 1 added in front of my former size. Even with the same body shape, I had to make some changes in my clothes. I prefer tunics now because of my stomach. Even if something that goes around my waist is more flattering on me, I think that tunics make me feel comfortable and confident. This jean dress looks fantastic with a tiny belt, but I prefer it without the belt because it does not cut into my stomach.
I play with angles in a full length mirror so that I can figure out how I look best on camera. Since I have such a big belly, side photos are not my angle. If there is a group of people being photographed, I never want to be on the end. This is funny because I always preferred being on the end when I was thinner.
The only reason why I want to loose weight now is for health reasons. I want to set a healthy example for my daughter and also live as long as I can for her. The way I look comes in last on my list of reasons for losing weight.
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