‘I was SO proud of my body before kids. Even when I would drop a dress size, I never felt it.’: Mom finds self-worth after struggling with body image, eating disorders, ‘every stretch mark tells a story’

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“I was so proud of my body before kids, but for all the wrong reasons.

I used to feel so validated by being skinny.

I was more ‘attractive’ to men.

Found it easier to shop for clothes.

I was never questioned about my health.

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Being thin actually made me more acceptable in society, it made me seem like I had my life together. Crazy, right?

The reality, though? I had a terrible strict diet. So strict I’d have zero energy and headaches because I barely ate.

Which resulted in me binge eating some days, and then I developed disordered eating. I would dream I accidentally slipped up and ate too many calories, and wake in a panic—that’s how obsessed I was.

I didn’t feel fulfilled—even when I dropped a dress size, I never felt fulfilled. I always felt like I was too fat and wanted to lose even more weight.

Now? I am happy. I am free of that thinking. I am not validated by what others think of me.

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I created life. Three little lives. Three beautiful humans. With personalities. And I cannot think of a more wonderful reason to be so proud of my body.

My body, in all its glory now, is so valid. I have three little boofheads bringing me so much joy. A joy I’ve never known. And I am so fulfilled.

I have made something worth every stretch mark, every ripple, every dimple. My body represents the love I grew inside, and that is something to feel so proud and fulfilled about.

Mama, your body is worth all the love right now, and more.”

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