Weekly Image of Life: Celebration

The holiday season is upon us, and the next 2 months will be jam-packed with family, friends, and celebrations galore!  While I truly believe that the joy-filled moments we share with others are the best kind, the words of my dear blogging friend, Island Traveler, reminded me of another reason to rejoice.

“There are even celebrations of self for simply reaching a significant milestone in one’s life.”

I gave birth 7 and a half months ago, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have my moments days of insecurity.  God had allowed my body to do the most beautiful and miraculous thing, yet the aftermath left me feeling like a stranger when I looked in the mirror.  It’s been nearly a year since I’ve worn my wedding ring, and the day I finally put it on a necklace I knew it was time to make a change.   When my daughter turned 6 months old I started a new workout plan, and I’m happy to report that my confidence is building!  Although I’m near my pre-pregnancy weight, I’m not trying to focus on the numbers.  What matters most is being able to see myself as the beautiful woman God created me to be.  It’s amazing what determination, accountability and faith can do, and I hope you’re encouraged to meet your objective and celebrate yourself today!!

This was very near the end of my pregnancy. The thought behind my smile was probably “get this baby out of me!!” LOL!
Hubby and I had a GREAT date, but I wasn’t thrilled with my side profile. :/
6 months in, and the day I decided to make a change!
Using the baby as a clever belly disguise. Hoping all the focus is on her!
2 and a half weeks ago, and the first time I’d been able to fit ANY of my pre-pregnancy pants!!
This picture was taken this past Sunday. I wore orange and black to support the San Francisco Giants, and even though they won the World Series that day, I felt like the winner! 🙂

We all have goals, and whether big or small we should be grateful and excited when we’ve achieved what we’ve set out to do.  This should not be done in vanity or conceit, but for continued belief, personal growth , and trust in our ability to accomplish great things!

What are you celebrating today?!!

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey. If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!

10 thoughts on “Weekly Image of Life: Celebration

  1. Patricia (do you prefer to go by Pat?), You look amazing, but I thought you looked beautiful before. But I do know your struggles and insecurities. Just a reminder, it takes a woman’s body at least two years to go back to normal after birth. Everything has been severely rearranged.
    But, I’m glad that you are happier with yourself now. I never had trouble with baby weight; I never gained much (only time in my life) while I was pregnant, too sick. But the in-between times I would pack on due to depression, stress, ect. My only wish is that I hadn’t waited until I was in my 50s to finally lose my weight, maybe then, my skin would have gone back in place. 🙂
    Congrats and keep up the great work!

    1. Hi Darla!

      Patricia or Patty is fine. 😉 Thank you for your support and encouraging words! As always, your reminder that our body’s have been “rearranged” is appreciated, and I will continue to take things one day at a time.

      You’re such an inspiration to me, and I pray you have a phenomenal day!!

      God Bless!

  2. It makes me smile seeing your family’s wonderful journey. A journey filled with hope, love and happiness. Yes, being around our family makes us feel like winners all the time. God bless you and your family always.

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