I have a question or actually 2 questions for you. Who do You feel beautiful for? Who inspires you to embrace your unique beauty? Dove with help of Dollar General asked me to share my answers for those two questions. At first, I was thinking “I have no idea, I don’t feel beautiful, how am I going to answer this and actually share this with the world”. After I thought about it for awhile I came up with a simple answer. My answer is me. I feel beautiful for me and my life has inspired that, and here is why.....
Ok, I know that sounds so superficial and cocky, but let me explain. I have been through a lot in my life so let me take you back in time. I’m only 30 years old and have had almost 2 dozen surgeries (various issues including a hip replacement this past June 2014), most since I was a teenager. In addition to having a ton of surgeries I was also very obese. I became obese as a child and it only got worse and worse as I got older. In 2010 I decided to make a change in my life. I decided to look into WLS (weight loss surgery). I was heading down a slippery slope and my health would get worse if I kept gaining more and more weight. I would have developed diabetes, high blood pressure, you name it and it could have happened.
I had surgery on 9/1/2010 and in May of 2011 I made it to my goal and lost 130 pounds. In the process of losing all of the weight I was also gaining more and more confidence in myself. A month after making it to my goal my husband and myself took a vacation to Bend, Oregon for a friend's wedding. During that trip I did something that I was one very afraid of doing (heights), and 2 couldn’t have done with the extra 130 pounds on my body and my bad joints. I climbed Smith Rock which is over 3000 feet in elevation. You will see from the pictures why I was so afraid. When we were driving up to it my first response was “oh hell no, no way i’m climbing that thing”. Just so you know they have a path so you can hike up it or if you really want you can really climb it, but yea, umm that would never happen. I started at the bottom of this monster Rock and never thought I would make it to the top. I made it, and as I stood at the top I felt strong, and I felt beautiful. I did this, I hiked up something I never dreamed of being able to do. In that moment nothing made me feel more beautiful than what I had just achieved.
I could have climbed that rock so that my husband would be happy that I did it with him, but I wouldn't have felt the same. I had to do it for myself. It’s the same with my weight loss surgery, I could have done it to look better, be skinny but I wouldn’t be able to maintain the weight then. I had to do that surgery for myself in order to be successful.
So in essence like I said above, I feel that I inspire myself and I am beautiful just for me.
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