Exposed

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

I've conquered healthy living.

I am proud of what I have accomplished.

My scars are reminders.

They show how far I've come.



They remind of where I don't want to go back.

My body will never be perfect.

It has curves. And rolls.

And more curves.

And it is lovely.




I can run a 5K if I want

Or climb a mountain with these legs.

My legs take me on bikes rides.

That is magic to me.



I am athletic.

I am brave.

I am my own best friend.

I have learned to love myself.



I am exposed.

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30 comments:

Brooke said...

((((april arms))))

i've been hugged with those arms. i can vouch for them :)

Beki said...

You are amazing and beautiful! Great exposed post!

Roo said...

Love this! Beautiful. YOU are beautiful. :)

Heather Anne said...

You know, I still think Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" is the best poem for you:

"Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself; I contain multitudes.

But this post also takes me here:

"The art of art, the glory of expression, and the sunshine of the light of letters..."

That's Whitman too. Which is fitting. He's the intersection of transcendentalism and realism, the creator of free verse. You two have a lot in common. Except he probably looked way less awesome in his skivvies.

Bari said...

You are beautiful and strong and all kinds of awesome! I loved your post.

Midwest Mommy said...

Great post. I think you are a pretty fantastic person!

Bacardi Mama said...

You made me teary April. You are beautiful and inspiring. You are a rock star!

imadramamama said...

You are beautiful and amazing and wonderful and I am PROUD to call you friend.

Mommy Mo said...

Damn girl, your rock hard calves put mine to shame - go on with your bad ass self. I, too, have curves and rolls and that is OK. I love that you have April arms and not Jillian arms!

Kirsten said...

I love that said on twitter that you are your own best friend. Every part of you makes you, YOU. And I'm honored to know you. Hopefully I will be lucky enough one day to get one of those hugs. You are beautiful, my dear!

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Not only do I love this post, and you, and love your freakin' awesome calves (OMG!) but "Resistance is Futile"? GENIUS. LOVE. Mega-love, even. <3

Melissa said...

Such a great post!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful self with us. :)

Karena said...

Beautiful post, April! I love that you love yourself, and I love that you have *April arms*. Beautiful, inside and out!

*Lissa* said...

Beautiful! Love it, love you!

MitaKay said...

SO awesome! You have come so very far both physically AND mentally - I am so proud of you! Way to go, girly!

Megan said...

Absolutely wonderful post. You are beautiful! Be proud of yourself.

The Doll said...

Love your post, you are beautiful. Your carpet comment made me chuckle :D

Elaine A. said...

I love your words here. And how you show your confidence and wonderful self esteem. Thanks for sharing this with us. xoxo

Christy M. said...

Damn girl! Don't you own a vacuum? :P

Seriously, I love your perspective on being Exposed. Literally and figuratively. You are beautiful, smart, and a damn good friend. And those legs? They are fierce.

Heather Anne said...

It really does boggle my mind that you didn't play soccer. If I saw a photo of your calves, I would bet actual money that you were, like, in the WPS or something.

Pubsgal said...

Hurrah!!! Great exposed post today - you look awesome! You go, girl! (And those calves? Daaaaang!)

erin said...

WOW! you are awesome. and beautiful :) and those calves are ridiculous!

Trish said...

I love your attitude, how you see yourself. I am learning to do the same and girlfriend I want those calves! WOOT!!

Heather D said...

I love your April arms and I love you! You're amazing!

Erin said...

I am so proud of you. This makes me wish I could participate and embrace myself, too.
(And seriously, when you work full time, vacuuming falls by the wayside. AMIRITE?)

Tiffany said...

YOU are amazing and I love how committed you are to being WHO YOU ARE without the negative self-talk. Everytime you remind us of that over at the Hood, I am inspired and I learn.

Love,love, love your calves! You may never have Jillian arms, but your calves give hers a run for their money!

Mishe@EatingJourney said...

That you so much for joining the Exposed Movement!!!!

I love the April arms comment..that is brilliant!

foodfoodbodybody said...

Love your exposure. Brava!!!!!!!!!! I just did it too and said the same exact thing "no six pack here!"

AnnG said...

You are APRIL!! and a fine specimen of one too! You are beautiful and I love your perspective! Thanks for pushing me/us to look at the positive!

Danielle said...

Thank you for being so honest with us. Helps me with my own self image. You are a have a gorgeous figure and it is real. Beautiful!

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