I've been dealing with the conundrum of body positivity and the desire to lose weight for a while now. It's one thing to aim for body positivity when you're a woman trying to lose weight, but when you're a mom? Well, when you're a mom it can be more of a challenge, especially when tiny ears are always listening and inquisitive eyes are always watching. There are ways a body positive mom goes about losing weight, though, that can be both empowering and effective.
The hardest part about wanting to lose weight, as a mom who is trying to teach her kids about body positivity, is making sure I convey that I still love myself and my body in a way that sets a positive example to and for my children. I want my kids to be healthy and active, but I don't want them to equate taking care of their bodies with needing to be a certain weight or fit into a particular size. I want them to know that they can seek to improve themselves or feel the absolute best they can feel, without feeling like they're only worthwhile if they look a certain way or fit a certain predetermined, social standard of "beauty." And so, I think the most important parts of my journey involve becoming more active (something I was unable to do for almost a year, due to health problems) and reducing my sugar and processed food intake. It's not about hitting a particular number, but about feeling better and refusing to call slip ups "mistakes."
The follows ways are choices I'm making as I embark upon my particular weight loss journey, but I think these eight ways a body positive mom goes about losing weight can apply to any mom out there, because we should all love ourselves and our bodies, first, foremost and always.