I bet if you asked any of your friends if they are 100% happy with how their bodies look, I would venture to say they would find at least one thing they don't like.
I think as women, we put too much pressure on ourselves to have the "perfect" body. That is why I like the singer Adele so much! She totally embraces her "curvy" figure.
I was reading an article in a recent issue of People magazine and she said, "I've never wanted to look like models on the covers of magazines. I represent the majority of women, and I'm very proud of that. Even when I was signing (for a musical career), most of the industry knew if anyone dared say (lose weight) to me, they wouldn't be working with me."
Some women are blessed with the ideal body, but by and large most of us fit somewhere throughout the spectrum. Before I got pregnant with my son, I had lost about 40-50 pounds. I was super obsessed with food and exercise (to the point of getting stress fractures in my feet) and it wasn't very healthy (either physically or mentally).
Every woman is different and we come in all different shapes and sizes. I have had my "curvy" body since I was 12. I have come to embrace it and realize I will never have the "perfect" body. I try to eat healthy and get some form of exercise every day. I think when you are comfortable with yourself it radiates confidence from the inside out. If I ever got the chance to meet Adele, I would tell her, "you go girl!!"
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Cathy is a homemaker/wife and also mom to a second grade son with special needs, a teenage daughter and a stepmom to an adult son. Originally from the East Coast, Cathy has lived in the Midwest for close to a decade. She hopes to use her life experiences to help and inspire others and to put a smile on their face if only just for a moment!