This past week went well, a lot of rain so three 30 minute walks was a challenge but we had a beautiful weekend and so I made the most of it. The scale is the same and so are my goals. I truly hope to push past this last plateau and lost the last 2 of the 20 pound goal I had set for myself, but if I don't I do see the accomplishment of the 18 lost and appreciate that to a great extent my body does what I ask of it.
This weekend as my daughter walked around in a onesie still sporting that wonderful healthy toddler 'beer-belly' I began to think about how I wanted to raise her with a healthy body image. Like most women I've not always thought kindly about mine. I am on the shortish side and as a former gymnastic have an athletic, stocky build; so size 2 and willowy I will never be and have finally after many years made my peace with that.
Is there a way to save E. some of that anxiety if given her genetics she too is not tall and willowy ( or whatever the sought after body type is when she is a teen and young woman)? I want her to value health and strength, to understand about taking care of her body so that it can take care of her. Most importantly I want her to know that she is fearfully and wonderfully made. Like her mother before her, that may be something she needs to figure out for herself but perhaps I can ease and shorten the journey.
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