Tonight I was dancing with my five-year old son, before we all went out for dinner.
I had my seven month old baby on my hip and was swinging my son around with my free arm. As I swung him in a circle, I noticed my flabby tummy, as I was dressed still in my bikini.
Now I know that I don’t have an excessively flabby tummy.
I know that after four children and several intensive hours of yoga, I am blessed to have the stomach that I do. However, I still hate it. After eleven days of lying in the sun, I actually have a line across my tummy where the skin folds, and the sun does not reach. In fact, I have several folds, where the sun don’t shine.
Yet, as I danced with two of my sons, numbers two and four, I glanced at my tummy and felt glad for it. In that instance, I no longer hated it. I felt thankful for the folds and lines that are there. For if I didn’t have them, I wouldn’t have had the four beautiful children the I do.
Sometimes you just have to accept that you cannot have it all.
I cannot have four kids and have a taut stomach. Something has gotta give and in this instance, I am glad to have a stomach that folds like an envelope.
Love your body and love yourself. It is the first step to eternal and lasting happiness.