Imperfect Body, Unashamed, and Happy!

We ALL have an imperfect body (YES – ALL of us) and don’t you ever begin to believe otherwise! 

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On a daily basis, SO many women tell me that they wish that they were able to have abs like mine after having kids. I get asked all the time, “How have you managed to get through two pregnancies and still have a PERFECT stomach and a perfect body?”

Well first of all, let me BEE completely honest for a second and tell you that I have been shaking in my boots all day about sharing this.  

I took this picture because I wanted to show you my imperfect body that displays loud and clear that I am FAR FROM perfect!

As a fitness coach AND a Mom who has gone through 2 pregnancies and gained 40-60 pounds with each one, I felt a BIG responsibility to post this truth bomb for you tonight… even if its not the prettiest of pictures.

I want you to know loud and clear that there is NO such thing as PERFECT! And trying to chase perfection is like trying to chase the wind… you will NEVER get there!

Sure, my abs look GREAT in pictures when I FLEX and stand up straight… but if I crunch and scrunch, its obvious that this Mommy tummy has been stretched more than once and is PLENTY loose!

Its NOT about your SKIN!
Its not about your body fat percentage
or your pants size!

Its not even about completing 21 Days without cheating on your plan… <3

Its about how you FEEL from the inside out.
Its about LOVING yourself for who you are.
Its about feeling comfortable in your skin,
even if it is LOOSE or SAGGING.

Its about being PROUD to be a Mom, imperfect body and all or your flaws!

I never want any mother to feel that she is not beautiful just the way she is, with all the wrinkles, stretch marks, loose skin, and scars.

I never want any woman to feel that she needs to look like the airbrushed version of beauty that our media portrays as realistic.

I wanted you to see that EVERY body has its FLAWS!

EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

YOU are beautiful.
You are FEARFULLY and wonderfully made!

Much LOVE and respect goes out tonight to ALL the Mom’s who have sacrificed their bodies, their time, and their mental health for their children…

Now, don’t get me wrong… we are DEFINITELY WORTH taking the BEST care of our bodies.

But trying to BEE perfect?

Not happening.
Not realistic.
Not worth it!

If you know a Mom who would be comforted by a post like this, feel free to SHARE this post or even tag them in a comment!

LOVE you ladies! <3

xoxo – Laura

Butternut Squash Slow Cooker Soup

Butternut Squash at it’s BEST!

Fall is just around the corner and it just so happens that butternut squash have also reached their ideal ripeness (starting in early Autumn). What perfect timing for a delicious, comforting, and easy to make soup like this!

This creamy soup recipe showcases the rich, sweet flavor of this tasty squash.  Most of the people in my family are not fans of squash, but EVERYONE loved this soup!  I am in love with this soup’s smooth texture and it’s buttery sweet-savory flavor.  This soup is low in fat and rich in fiber so it not only hearty but also HEART healthy too!

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INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion
6 cups veggie broth
1/2 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed (about 2 1/2 cups)
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 can Cannellini beans
1/4 teaspoon salt

 

DIRECTIONS

Add all of your ingredients into the slow cooker – be sure to secure the lid.
Turn it on low, and leave for 6 hours (or on high for 3 hours).
Use an immersion blender to make a smoother texture and enjoy!

 

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One more thing! Don’t throw away the seeds! Butternut squash seeds are an amazing source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids which are heart healthy! They are packed with minerals, protein, minerals, and even tryptophan! Tryptophan is the same amino acid that is found in the turkey that makes you SOOOO sleepy each year after Thanksgiving dinner!  Click HERE for a great recipe for Toasted Butternut Squash Seeds.

Farmers Tan Thoughts of Encouragement

Like my Farmer’s Tan?

I had to chuckle at the silly farmers tan that I got today at our sons’farmers lacrosse game.

As I caught a glimpse of it in the mirror, after I laughed at myself, it got me to thinking…

As a Mom, I focus so much of my energy on caring for, looking after, and organizing everyone – that I forget to take care of ME too.

As Moms, we are caregivers, nurturers, chauffeurs, nurses, mediators, and hard workers.  We look out for the well-being of everyone around us, so much that sometimes we unknowingly forget to take care of #1.

While I DID put sunscreen all over the boys, of course I forgot to put it on myself.

So many times, we let our own needs slip to the wayside. Our work, family, and ministry keep us so busy that sometimes we lose track of self care.

Take. the. time. ladies.

You NEED some time to take care of YOU too. Even if it’s as simple as a little sunscreen.

Even the little things count

Don’t forget to take care of you ❤️
Self-care is not selfish.

If your nurturing does not include yourself, it is vastly incomplete.

Take care of you.
MAKE TIME for yourself.

And hold your head high
You have been gifted by God with such an esteemed position…

Press on Momma.
Give them the best of you.

And keep up the good work.