13 Women Share the Powerful Moment They Made Peace With Their Bodies

13 Women Share the Powerful Moment They Made Peace With Their Bodies

These ladies will inspire you to end that battle with your beautiful body.

By Lauren Brown

How do you finally stop obsessing over flaws and start loving yourself? It’s easier said than done, but it’s a magic day when you can turn off those negative voices in your head and just accept – and love -- your body instead. After all, why must we beat ourselves up over those extra 10 pounds or that pooch that won’t go flat even after a million sit-ups? How about we all make a pact right here and right now to stop body shaming – we need to start body embracing!

Need some inspiration? These 13 women have already made peace with their bodies and are sharing their beautiful stories of how they got there!

1. “Body acceptance happened once I started working out. I saw the amazing improvements in myself and was blown away. That and breastfeeding my son when he is sick and seeing how much it helps him.” -- Nicole C., Norwalk, Connecticut

2. “I loved my body when I was pregnant -- loved the way I looked and that bump! Made me feel amazing! I always struggled with my body before and after pregnancy. In January of this year, I finally realized I needed to love me. I started a mommy boot camp and have lost more than 30 pounds. I now embrace my curves and love what I have. When you do something for you and focus on you, it's amazing how that makes you feel.” -- Alexis S., Fort Lee, New Jersey

3. “My ‘ah-ha’ moment came a few months ago. My father had just passed away, and I had gained 12 pounds and was not too happy about it. I then realized that my curves were a blessing. I was no longer abusing substances that made me scary thin, I was no longer dating a man that made me feel insecure about my body, and [I realized] my dad would be proud of my new healthy curves! While I do want to lose a couple pounds, I know how far I've come to get where I am, and I know that I am beautiful!” -- Kylee C., Cleveland, Ohio

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4. “I definitely made peace with my body since having my daughter. I've always exercised and ate very healthy. Even while pregnant, I watched what I ate, for the most part, and got to the gym four or five days a week. Somehow I gained close to 50 pounds and for probably the first time in my life, I didn't even care. I felt good and knew I was healthy. I realized that it wasn't about just me anymore. And then, nursing -- I found myself eating things I wouldn't normally eat (to increase milk supply) or grabbing whatever I could eat while holding/wearing/consoling her, and doing much less intense workouts. But I never thought about the baby weight. You accept that your body isn't the same. For me, life became just about my overall health and my baby's -- and it's been fine! The new normal is a quick jog with my daughter in the jogging stroller, walks to the park, chasing her around the house and the backyard, and Zumba with some mommy friends. I've made peace with [my] body, because I'm still nursing my almost-13-month-old, and I've still got a few pounds to lose. But it's not about just me. We share healthy smoothies, but also bagels. And cookies too!” -- Samantha P., Fairfield, Connecticut

5. “When I was 18 ... I was wearing my wedding dress, and I looked in the mirror when it was all finished up, and I finally saw what my husband saw. It was amazing. I started crying, of course. People kept telling me it wasn't too late to back out -- they thought that's why I was crying. I very quickly forgot about that moment though. In the first seven years of our marriage, I had three miscarriages and one stillborn. I hated my body. And then, my next four pregnancies produced six beautiful children (two sets of twins). After the first two, we adopted. So now we have seven kids. It took my eldest son (then 10) holding my youngest two girls, looking up at me and [saying], ‘They're beautiful -- just like you, mum!’ to have my most recent ‘a-ha’ moment!” -- Alfie K., Hamilton, Michigan

6. “I was always really small and pretty thin. Even pregnant, I stayed really small. However, I was never fully comfortable in my own skin. After I had my daughter, I stayed home for some time and ended up gaining weight and just doing not much of anything. Here I was, about 32 years old and probably in the worst shape of my life with an infant in tow. A friend asked me to do a challenge with her, and I lost weight, and it kick started everything. From then on, I started eating well and exercising. It took me into my mid-30s to finally feel comfortable to wear a bikini at the beach with no cover-up! I had given birth and had stretch marks but worked to get fit for me and for my daughter, and I totally owned my body. At 36, almost 37 now, I'm totally comfortable in my own skin -- flaws and all. It's not perfect, but it's been through a lot, and it's strong and healthy and I totally rock it.” -- Rose Ann M., New York City

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7. “I had struggled since my early 20s to maintain a size 12, 135-pound frame. For the longest time, I mindlessly did it, because I thought I had to, that's life for women. I was terrified of being ‘fat.’ Some medical issues caused me to gain quite a bit around my late 20s, but I only struggled more. My most stringent point was 1,200-calories-a-day limit, weighing and measuring every bite I ate, and one hour jogging in the morning and another hour in the afternoon, but it was all for naught. I got up one morning and weighed myself, and began my regular morning plan of what I was limiting myself to that day, and the goals I must meet. I thought to myself, ‘I don't want to do that,’ then I had the epiphany, and it was almost as if someone outside of me said, ‘You don't have to.’ I decided that I wasn't going to be so hard on myself, keep a healthy but moderate lifestyle, and let my body be what it was meant to be. It was like the weight of the world had been lifted off my shoulders! I kept a healthy diet, but didn't weigh or measure a thing. I didn't stuff myself, but I ate until my hunger was satisfied. I scaled back on physical activity to the point that it felt refreshing and invigorating, but not like a punishment. I started gaining weight, and at first it was scary and hard to let go, but it was like it was OK. I still dress as nice as I can and keep up my appearance. I couldn't care less if someone thinks I'm ‘fat.’ I am happy now.” -- Angela S., Kingsport, Tennessee

8. “It wasn't until recently that I've made peace with my body. I think the thing that triggered it was realizing that every time I looked at photos of myself from years earlier, I thought I looked great and wished I still looked like that. So, at 29, [I learned] to enjoy myself at whatever point I'm at. I find a major difference between letting yourself go and letting yourself live.” -- Tabatha A., Los Angeles, California


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9. “I have been heavy since puberty. There have been a million fad diets and tears. I have called myself countless names. Then one day, one of my beautiful children started the, ‘I can't eat that, it will make me fat’ talk. It broke my heart. Here was this gorgeous, healthy child starting to have body issues. I started telling her and her siblings that they were just the right size for a person their size. Over time, I was able to say the same thing to myself. It has been amazingly liberating to just love me as I am.” -- Christi I., Maud, Oklahoma

10. “I finally made peace with my body this month after losing over 35 pounds. I have fought with my weight for years. I was in the dining room for breakfast on the last sea day of a cruise we were on in January. Cottage cheese and fresh fruit were on the menu. I decided right then to do a life change after vacation. I tried cottage cheese for the first time that day. When we returned home, I started working out five days a week. I dropped several dress sizes and am at a healthy weight. My husband tells me I have an hourglass figure. Friends stop me in stores to say how good I look. And to tell you the truth, I feel great!” -- CeeCee W., Fairmount, West Virginia

11. “I made peace with my body after I lost 40 pounds when I had my fifth child. It wasn't that I was vain about my looks, but I am 5 feet tall and have always had a small frame, and my back was killing me because I got all the way up to 196 pounds.” -- Judy E., Lake Charles, Louisiana

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12. “I have always been self-conscious about my weight, and my ex-husband didn't help. When my twins were born, I had a flabby, full-of-stretch-marks stomach. I finally came to realize that my body had carried 6- to 8-pound babies. It is normal to look like that. To this day, I still look at it and am proud.” -- Theresa G., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

13. “I just recently made peace with my body. I am in a size 12 for the first time since I was 14, and I am now 29. It took me four years and went through a pregnancy (which for some reason I didn't gain weight, I lost weight). I would not have been able to do it without my husband, who is a chef. I don't know what he saw in me, but I'm glad he saw something. He helped me clean up the food I had in the kitchen so it was more nutritious and taught me to cook in order to get rid of the boxed foods. He stimulated my mind, which helped me realize how clouded I was. I walk and take the bus everywhere, which allows me to work on my stomach. I tighten my stomach while I walk, and shake my hips. I can't do regular crunches so that is one way I am trying to get around conventional exercise. It helps me feel sexy. What woman doesn't want that?” -- Katlin L., Tucson, Arizona

How have you made peace with your body?

Lauren Brown is a freelance writer and pop culture junkie/expert who just took on her most exciting and exhilarating assignment yet – new mom to an adorable baby girl!

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