I am a newbie in the vast community of expert bloggers. All my posts are heartfelt and from my everyday life. Through them I hope to inspire a few who can relate to my circumstances. One of the main reasons I decided to start my blog was to encourage women, moms like myself to embrace the beauty within us. Whether we work out or not, whether we are fit or not, we are beautiful. Each one of us has different goals when it comes to fitness, health and maintaining weight and I’m in no way trying to make anyone feel inadequate because they cannot or do not want to work out.
I realize it is definitely easier said than done, as I hated the way I looked after my 2nd pregnancy. After having gained considerable amounts of weight 26 kilos to be precise I found it really hard to feel or look good. I hated the fact that I had to buy clothes, which were 2 sizes up. My face was round and my arms were fat. The picture below speaks for itself and the only thing I was grateful for at that point was that cute bundle sitting on me. (I would put on weight again in a heart beat if it meant I could give birth to someone as cute as him)
One thing that kept me going was Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” One of my favorite translations, The Passion Translation reads as follows; “I thank You God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking! It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord! You even shaped every bone in my body, when you created me in the secret place, carefully, skillfully shaping me from nothing to something! You saw who You created me to be, before I became me!” How beautiful is that narration? I love that each one of us have been hand crafted individually and that we are unique and beautiful in our own way.
Those long tiring days when I looked in the mirror and saw a fat version of Rachel, all I could think of and remind myself was that, I am beautifully and wonderfully made. It definitely helped to have a great hubby who kept telling me I looked beautiful inspite of the weight I had gained. It was when I started working out and getting back into shape that I genuinely felt good about myself. But that's just me as I have always loved being fit. Inspite of being a mom of 2, inspite of being tired I managed to find the time to work out. It was then that I decided to write my blog, to motivate and encourage women to find the time to work out or do whatever it took to feel good about themselves.
I have been there feeling sluggish, lazy and tired. I still am tired most days as Liam still wakes a few times during the night, but I keep myself motivated. I remind myself how it makes me feel after a workout. I remind myself how I have come so far in 2 months. Hardwork pays off and its worth every drop of sweat and every muscle that aches in your body. If I can do it, so can you ladies.
I will keep posting photos of my progress. I have 3 more kilos to reach my ideal weight and be successful in my weightloss journey and then I will start concentrating on strength training. In the coming weeks I will also post some of the exercises I did in order to loose the weight. So keep reading.