Last week the girls and I took Eliza to get her one year pictures taken. We always do kid pics when they are a year old. Never mind that she is now 17 months old.
As we were waiting to be called I noticed that she had a tuft of hair sticking up. It was noticeably shorter than the rest of her hair. Upon further inspection I was forced to conclude that someone (Charlotte) gave her a trim.
I used some of the water to smooth it down but it quickly dried and popped right back up. The photographer said I should definitely leave it because it was adorable and it will make a great story later on. So I left it and I’m glad I did.
On our way home I overheard this…
Ana: Charlotte, feel my muscles. Are they super strong?
Ana: Yeah, I have strong muscles. Charlotte, make your arm like this.
Charlotte: Yeah, I got strong muscles too.
They are 3 and 4 years old. And they believe they are strong. They want to be strong.
Shall I dare to dream that if I continue to make fitness a priority in my life and believe that I’m really awesome, they will grow up to be teenagers who do the same?
I can’t think of a greater motivation for me to ignore the excuses and push past the laziness.
I have been thinking a lot about my own body image. Like every women, there are things about my body that I don’t like.
But the farther I can run, the more pushups I can do and the stronger I become, I think more about what my body is capable of rather than what it looks like. And I would love for my girls to grow up and think the same.
My stretched-out belly casts an unpleasant profile sometimes, but when I think about how my body and mind are capable of running 5 miles (on the treadmill to boot!), my flabby belly is of no consequence.
I got this post card from Lauran Fleshmen the other day. Joanna and I signed up to her fan club because we’re adorable. You should too, you’ll get this cool postcard with some coupon codes for Picky bars and Oiselle. I love this quote.
“Honor your body. Don’t talk shit about it.” – Lauren Fleshmen
It is so important as mothers for us to teach our children to have a healthy body image and the best way to do that is by example.