I’m a little late to the party, but I finally got a chance to read Taryn Brumfitt’s Dear Maria Kang…this is my excuse! for being a mom with 3 kids who no longer has the ‘perfect’ body. Here’s her relatively recent before & after:
It’s a great read, so I hope you’ll head over to Taryn’s Body Image Movement site for the whole thing. But here’s a highlight:
To look like [Maria Kang] does is (for most people) completely doable, if you are willing to sacrifice most of the things that you love. And I wasn’t willing to do that. I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy hanging out with my kids, sleeping in on the weekends, eating what I want and when I want and having the occasional night out with the girls.
She also takes a very HAES-friendly tack:
I AM a health advocate. I run, I lift weights, I eat healthily but I also have a cookie with my soy latte and knock back the odd burger or yiros when I feel like it. It’s called balance. And whilst I am getting on my soap box (I’ll just be here for another minute) health is not dictated by your looks. Health is physical, emotional and spiritual and so much more that is not visible and not always obvious to others.
Weight stigma isn’t just wrong, it turns out it’s ironically downright counterproductive.