If you are like me you hate to see photographs of yourself. You criticize every detail of the photo until you delete it or burn it. Yet one of my goals this year was to take more photos of myself.
It hit me after having Zarek that there are not many photos of me with Zane. There is just one photo I kept. Otherwise I hid behind the camera.
I used the fact that I was the one taking all the photos as an excuse. A way to pretend that I wasn’t hiding from seeing myself. I’m working on my self confidence and some of the things I don’t like about myself. But I have made a point to take pictures even if I don’t look perfect.
I started out by telling myself that I am not doing this for myself but for my children. They will love seeing photos of me with them as children. To remember what I looked liked. To remember me being there with them on those special moments. To see how I loved them. To remember their mommy.
They won’t see that I have a slight double chin in that photo. See that my skin wasn’t perfect, that I deal with acne even as an adult. They will not see those things I hate, they will see their mom that they love.
I want to challenge you to look beyond the picture and take photos of yourself. Ask someone else to take a few shots. Get creative with angles or mirrors and take pictures of yourself. These will be something special for your children to hold onto for ages.
Healthy Mom = Healthy Family - That is my life motto and I hope to encourage it to be yours too. January 2011 I made the decision to lose weight and lost 80+ pounds. I saw my boys start getting active with me and I realized I wasn't only changing my life but also my boys.