Three Years After Shape

I love the app Timehop. It helps me remember some pretty incredible and often times silly things that have happened in the past. Something that pops up around this time in the whole Shape bikini story.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about….

Read this and come back. 

…..I’ll wait.

I cannot believe it all went down 3 years ago. I can remember sitting in the airport on my way to Mr. B’s cousin’s wedding and writing down my thoughts. I had NO clue what would happen when I hit ‘publish.’

I had no idea that it would go viral on the internet and I would have people from all over the world contacting me for interviews, praising me, relating to my story, and even the critics sharing their opinions. I was oblivious to the fact that life would be a crazy whirlwind for the next few days.

I’m so happy it turned out the way it did of course because it did start a conversation about body image in the media. It also opened the doors to some incredible women sharing their stories in a magazine that may have never gotten to be told. And when I see untouched bodies in magazines, I can’t help but think that I got to play a part in that. 

It’s a pretty cool feeling to know that I got to be a voice in something that means a lot to a lot of people.

And 3 years later, I’m still doing my best to remember that. 

Things have changed since it all happened. Obviously I became a mom, but this blog has also changed. I feel like I haven’t been my authentic self as much because I worry that someone might point out a “flaw” or that I’m not always the woman shouting from the rooftops that I love my body. (Yes, there are days we’re not BFFs)

I’m also not the woman who is chasing the ideal weight by living life “not on a diet.” I’m ready to break-free from that and make the shift on here that has been happening in my real life.

I want to share with you my messy mom life, my new normal, and things that make me feel whole. I want to share overall wellness with you guys, start my health coaching practice, and create a space for women who seek these things.

I don’t have it all figured out just yet, but I’m getting closer.

Tell me, how have you changed in 3 years?

What types of things would you like to see happen with the blog? 

  • Laura Cushman

    I am trying to make peace with my body. I have loved your blog posts and followed you for several years. I tried Weight Watchers for 4-5 years. I lost a grand total of 10 pounds and yo yo’d off and on. I’m in my late 50s so I get it that I am post-menopausal. I am in my late 50s. I work a stressful, sit in my chair for hours life. I push to get my walking miles in. I push to keep a healthy whole foods diet. I’m not perfect and fail many days. I get it. I’ll never be thin again. I just want to read how to be at peace with that.