Body dismorhphia & how pregnancy is helping me

I have 2 boys who are so excited and a husband who thought he wouldn’t have his own after losing his first….and all I can think about is my weight gain ?

Real talk.

I don’t normally discuss this on social media but the more open I’ve been over the years about my alcoholism the more women I’ve been able to help, so maybe this will help too.

Age 5 is when I remember my first thoughts about feeling fat. (And I wasn’t) I’ve spent nearly 35 yrs (my bday is soon) obsessing over my size. After high school I got real skinny. Then I got pregnant with the twins and although my stomach wasn’t as big as one with twins would get, I had a ton of added weight from eating like shit, and water weight. I felt disgusting after they were born. Hated my body. I had no tools to cope except for the wine opener.

I’ve been different weights through the years and no, I’ve never been technically overweight. However I can tell you honestly that the feelings are the same. I know beautiful big women and the way they feel is the same. Size doesn’t matter. And guess what…..women who are too skinny get hate too. We can’t win.

Yes I think i was a bit too thin last summer. But I didn’t see it. My eyes don’t see what you see.

My first thought getting pregnant this time? JOY. My second thought….. WEIGHT GAIN. I spent my entire first trimester sleeping pretty much and hormones going crazy, i got depressed and felt gross. I began to feel selfish. Here I am creating and growing a life inside me. I have 2 boys who are so excited and a husband who thought he wouldn’t have his own after losing his first….and all I can think about is my weight gain ?

Realizing this is a sickness just like my alcoholism, and now knowing the tools I’ve learned over 4.5 yrs of sobriety, I turned to prayer and slowly started talking about it so it’s not a secret anymore. Secrets keep us sick.

It’s working! I now see myself as a cute and beautiful pregnant woman who has a nice little belly and a healthy baby boy growing that I am already nurturing!!!! I’ve been eating well this time too.

Women are amazing and we really need to be kinder to ourselves. I’m healthy, I’m happy (most days lol) and so I’ve gained weight….im supposed to for Jacob. It’s in God’s plan that Jacob is coming.

Prayer and talking about it is helping. I wish I had these tools 12 yrs ago. I’m already excited about staying healthy after he’s born.

God is always working in your life. But it’s up to you to be open to what he is saying to you!

What he’s telling me now? AMANDA you have the tools to beat this. You know how to overcome negative thoughts in your head with healthy tools. You’ve come so far to go back. You wanted another gift of life and Jacob needed you. So here he is. A second chance to stay healthy for not only yourself but your children.

Talk about it, pray, positive self talk over and over, and remember, secrets will keep you sick.

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No more apologies

For years people told me:
You’re too sensitive
Get over it
Why are you crying
Why are you letting it affect you
You’re crazy
Why do you care
You have issues
You need help
You have alterier motives

You know what? I’ll be 35 soon and this is what I’ve come to realize:
It’s okay to be sensitive.
It’s okay to spend time alone because the weight of others energies are weighing heavy in your heart.
It’s okay to put up boundaries to protect yourself.
It’s ok if some people think you trying to help others has a selfish reason behind it because you know in your heart it’s not true.
It’s ok to work on yourself first.
It’s ok to weed negative people out of your life, and not feel bad for it.
It’s ok to be who you are and make no apologies for it.
What some may think are your weaknesses, does not mean they really are.
It’s ok. It’s ok. It’s ok.

For all the years of people who scolded me and put me down for being sensitive…..ITS BECOME MY POWER. MY STRENGTH. I help others by emotionally being there for them. I’m a friend, I’m a sister, I’m a mother, I’m a wife, I’m a sponser to women, and I’m proud to be sensitive and an empath.

It all makes sense now!

DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR WHO YOU ARE