I’ve been on this journey of self discovery and self acceptance, rallying toward the ultimate goal of self-love for nearly 10 years. I’ve come pretty close to hitting the mark in a lot of areas, but I still struggle daily with my body. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to the point where I love my body completely, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna spend one more day hating it. ❤️ I am on a mission to get comfortable in my strong, wide, thick, juicy body! 💥 This is what I’m working with so instead of fighting it, I made up my mind to embrace it. ❤️ Since the birth of my son in 1996 I’ve battled against my body. I didn’t know it until recently, but I have a rare fat disorder called Lipedema, which was hormonally triggered after the birth of my children. It is a genetic disorder which causes swelling in my legs, with chronic pain and bruising. For years I’ve gone undiagnosed and just beat myself up for consuming “too much salt” or for not doing enough cardio. 🙄 I’ve always hated my legs and tried to change them. I worked out hard and trained like an athlete, with perseverance and commitment, but still the words “not good enough” resonated.
In 2014 I started working with a new trainer, @shira_pop and I began treating powerlifting as a sport, not just a hobby and committed to improving my skills. Shira is an excellent trainer and I got stronger and stronger...but still felt defeated when I looked in the mirror.
It wasn’t until I immersed myself in the powerlifting community and met incredibly confident women of ALL shapes, sizes and abilities that what Shira taught me about body image began to resonate. She taught me to STOP focusing on what my body looked like...and START celebrating what it can do! 🙌
2019 is my 50th year on this planet and it is the year that my body and I become friends. My hormones and my Lipedema can remain at odds, but me and this body have a mission to complete! I will fuel it with healing and nourishing food and work it like the powerful machine it was created to be. I will love it and treat it with respect until we become bffs. 💕
I am a powerful woman of God who happens to also be strong, wide, thick and juicy!