This mom's powerful before-and-after photo will make you rethink how you feel about your body

By Kirstin Buick
14 September 2016

Laura's body has totally changed, thanks to the birth of her babies. And her mindset has too.

It's a before-and-after post of a different kind ...

When Laura Mazza became a mom, it made her rethink her never-ending struggle to be "skinny".

"I ate no carbs, and barely any vegetables. Just meat. But I loved it because I was losing weight rapidly and the more bones that protruded the more I valued myself," the mother of two youngsters shared in a candid post on her blog, The Mum On The Run. She titled the post "Love makes you fat."

"But still I looked at this photo, this image of myself, like I was fat," she wrote, referring to the "before" picture on the left. "There was nothing wrong with the way I looked. My body was mine."

She goes on to describe how people praised her for her stringent commitment to her quest to be thin. "I remember people asking me what my exercise routine was . . . They admired me. I admired me! I bought a whole new wardrobe. I was so proud. I showed off my body. "

Now, the blogger's body has totally changed, thanks to the birth of her babies. And her mindset has too.

"Stretch marks. A droopy belly button. Thicker, not many bones protruding, but more dimples that represent cellulite," she describes her body as it is now.

"The scars and stretch marks and jiggly tummy is because I made humans. I ate a little more cake, I drank a little more wine. I made mug cakes at 9 pm and snuggled on the couch with my husband. But for some reason, I didn’t love this body. It’s sad."

"People don’t want to see this photo. All of a sudden it's not okay. It’s not pleasing to the eye any more. It’s not a body to be admired."

She admits that she didn't even admire her body for a while, and how she had been too ashamed of herself to even take pregnancy photos. "This body didn't deserve sexy underwear, or a new wardrobe."

"I was ashamed of how big I looked."

But then it dawned on her that she hadn't actually been happier when she was thin ? and something clicked into place in her mind.

"I have achieved more with this body, then I have with my old body. I’ve eaten more good foods. I’ve lived more, I’ve given more, I’ve enjoyed more. I’ve made life. This body, THIS body should be celebrated and admired.

"I get it now. Celebrating all body types. All body types and the stories that go with that body. Above all, the person should be celebrated. Healthy bodies should be celebrated. Healthy should be what we strive for. Healthy minds, healthy journeys and however that reflects on to our bodies, we should admire it.

"I still want to look like the first photo, no doubt. I miss that body, it makes me sad. But I want to get there in a healthy way, mentally and physically.  I want to be proud and at peace with this body. And I want to like what I’ve got now.

"No... I want to love what I’ve got now. "

She ends of her viral post with a message for other women: "No matter what size you are, a size 6 or size 60. You deserve to celebrate it. Sexy underwear AND a new wardrobe." The inspiring message has since gone viral, having been shared over 7 000 times on Facebook, and garnering over 1 000 comments ? most of them flooding her feed with messages of support. "I see a girl in one picture and a woman in the other!" one fan wrote.

"You. Are. Beautiful," another added. "Thank you for putting into words what so many of us out here feel!"

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