crappy webcam quality :

To all my followers

This is a message to all the followers who started following me or want to follow me simply because my body looks good. I have news for you.

Today, 4 months ago, I gave birth to a baby boy. This is us on his first trip to the beach.

This boy is my world. Being a single mom isn’t easy but he is the light of my life and I can honestly say I’m proud to be his mother. 

Going back to my thirsty followers. As you may or may not realize, pregnancy changes a woman’s body. In my case, I gained over 100 lbs and after recovering fully, lost about 70 lbs. All that in the span of a year. You know what that does to the human body? If you don’t know, you’re in luck. I’m going to show you. 

I’m not apologizing for the crappy webcam quality of the photos either. 

I have stretch marks. God do I have stretch marks.
My boobs are uneven and a little saggy from breastfeeding.
My hips are significantly wider.  
I have a bit of flappy skin on my stomach.
I have rolls when I bend at my waist. 

Ladies and gentlemen, 

I  am  beautiful

I stand before the internet in my bikini bottoms and a sports bra and expose what I was ashamed of for too long: my real body. 

If you can’t stand to see skin that has stretched to accommodate a rapidly growing human being for 40 weeks, unfollow me.
If you can’t handle my love for my uneven breasts that readily supply vital nutrients to my baby, unfollow me.
If you can’t accept my body the way I have learned to accept it, unfollow me.  

You only have one body in this world. You’re the one who lives with it all. the. time. Your body works so hard to keep you alive. It may not live up to your expectation of perfect but damnit, it’s trying. It’s trying every day and every night to keep you here and to keep you healthy to the best of it’s abilities. 

I am tired, so tired of seeing people being torn apart for loving their body. I hope that these photos help others see the importance of loving yourself. 

So, this is me in september 2013 and january 2014. In 4 months I lost 20 lbs and 5 inches of my waist. It feels absolutely amazing. I have gained so much from this experience, I have gained confidence, a zest for life, an entire new lifestyle. I started my journey with Insanity, which helped me an incredible amount. Because of it I have the stamina to run 15k quite easily, because of it I never get winded anymore when I walk up the stairs. After Insanity I started running twice or thrice a week. I alsof dance once a week, I horseback ride and I try to do one Insanity video every week. My diet isn’t perfect, but that’s what I like about it. I live by the 80/20 rule. I’ve had my ups and I’ve had my downs, but in the end I’m here, I’m alive and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.

all-states-are-abstractions  asked:

why don't you put a paypal button on your tumblr? that way all of your fans and people who are grateful for your posts would be able to help you get to london. I know i would :)

omg, guys, are you fucking serious?! GOD BLESS YOU! gosh, I have the most wonderful followers in the whole world! I don’t make paypal button because I never thought that anyone would really want to donate. You have no idea how much this means to me! I’m literally crying right now! 

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After at-home workouts for quite a while (I haven’t been consistent for a long time, sadly), I’m gonna start going to the gym and will probably post progress shots once a week or so. 2 months at the local gym until college starts, and then I can use the gym there :)

*Correction: 2 months at the gym is literally the same price as 5 months at the gym with a contract. ugh .____. maybe, I’ll just wait then.