If you would’ve asked the 15 year old me, what’s beautiful, I probably would have spouted out an answer that was the complete opposite of all my physical features. To say that I’ve never been happy with my body, would be an understatement.
Since getting pregnant and having my son, my body has gone through some amazing changes. The same belly that stretched to hold a whopping 10 lbs 1 ounce little guy was left soft and squishy with stretch marks to boot. With becoming a mom, something in me changed. I no longer cared for the parties I once lived for, I now wanted to be healthy and happy for my little guy. I started to run, I started to work out, I started to be healthy. With every mile I ran and every heavy weight I lifted, I realized that my body might not be “perfect” by society’s standards, but it is mine and it is beautiful. Every woman is beautiful.
I followed Under Armour’s What’s Beautiful Contest last year, but I didn’t participate. When I heard that it was happening again this year, I knew I had to be a part of it. I knew that this community of amazing women would help me achieve one of my biggest goals – to run a half marathon.
After running my 10k last year, I knew I wanted to go farther. Don’t get me wrong, the 10k wasn’t easy. I wouldn’t say that I’m a particularly good or strong runner, but it is something I am passionate about and something I want to be able to look back on one day. Something to tell my grandkids someday.
I WILL…complete my first half marathon.
Join me! Follow my profile on the What’s Beautiful website and if your goal is to run a half marathon join my team – The Half Crazy Ladies. Get on the What’s Beautiful page, get inspired and inspire others. We are all beautiful.
What’s your goal for #whatsbeautiful? How do you define beauty?