Here's a dilemma that most of us can relate to: Recently, Erin Kiernan, the mom of a baby, was rummaging through her old bathing suits trying to find one that fit her post-baby body. When none did, she had a meltdown that sent her husband running to Target to find new suits. Even those didn't fit the Iowa mom and TV news anchor. She felt frustrated, angry, and ashamed--then frustrated, angry, and ashamed about her lack of body confidence.
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That realization made her post a 2-year-old photo of herself in a swimsuit to Facebook--and write some strong words about the way women feel about their bodies.
"When I first saw this picture I was horrified. My inner dialogue went like this ... 'Cellulite! Huge thighs! Stretch marks! Blech!' Two years and several pounds and stretch marks later I'm wondering why I've felt this way about myself for so many years. Why do so many of us feel this way about ourselves?"
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In the dressing room at the TV station, Kiernan went on, the women who work there can't stop badmouthing themselves. "'Oh my GAWD--my thighs! Ugh...my hair! Ew--look at this gut! Geesh, these wrinkles!' These comments are coming out of the mouths of some of the smartest, strongest, most talented and beautiful women I know," Kiernan writes.
And she has more examples--her mother, girls in college, her mom friends, her friends back in high school all looked down on their bodies. And while we can blame Photoshop and Instagram and the Internet all we want for "this sickness, it's been going on for a lot longer than many of these things have existed," writes Kiernan.
So from now on, she's going to monitor her inner monologue and stop with the self-criticism. Not only for herself, but for her son. "I want him to be surrounded by people who value others for their hearts and minds, not their appearance. And that includes his parents and how they view and talk about themselves."
Read the post--it's inspiring and uplifting!
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