But I am not a size 12 anymore.
I don't have a personal chef or personal trainer, nor do I have 8 hours a day to work out.
I wouldn't trade the body I have now if it meant never having had my beautiful babies.
I'm doing my best now to eat healthy and get in exercise, but I know that at the rate I'm going, I'm not going to have that 25 year old body back - and so I have to learn to be okay with that. I hear women at the stores when I'm trying on clothes and they're talking about how they're fat or ugly and I wonder, why do we let ourselves feel this way? No one's opinion but our own should matter. I know that's a lot easier said than done in today's world, but it should be a daily truth. Just like life is what we make of it, we are who we make of ourselves, and I think all women are pretty darn beautiful!
Take my friend Donna, who is awesomely adventurous when it comes to hair and always has such cute cuts or color - she's about to dye her hair a funky shade of red, and I love her sassy attitude about it!
Or Cathy, whose smile lights up her face every time I see her (and I mean every single time), and you can't help but smile when you're around her. She doesn't know it, but sometimes when I call her it's simply for the reason that you can feel her smile through the phone, and sometimes I just need that.
Or Carrie, who has the world's best laugh. It's hilarious! And I get to hear it every time I see her and I just love it. She is one of the happiest people I've ever met, and it rubs off on you.
Or Kelli, who has this bigger-than-life personality. She tells you how it is and has no regrets - what a strong trait we should all possess. She isn't rude - just honest. And I LOVE that about her.
And they are all moms who will all attest that your bodies change just like over time our thoughts and likes and dislikes and expectations change. That's just life. But I think all of these ladies can say they are pretty good people who have done really well for themselves, and their busloads of friends will confirm it.
So to every woman out there, remember that no one has the right to make you feel like less than who you are. Don't think about what you looked like 10 years ago because guess what? It just doesn't matter. Unless someone finds the fountain of youth, we're never getting back there! Focus on who you are now, and what's great about you, and you are going to find that other people like you for all the things you think you're not.
And remember that for every person out there who puts you down, there is another who adores you for all the reasons someone else doesn't. It's up to you who you choose to listen to ;) How can we expect others to love us if we don't love ourselves first?