Finally Loving Yourself. That’s what FLY stands for. today I have taken Marla’s advice and just jumped in where I am as far as my Simple Abundance reading. I must admit, the last time I read this little book, I was less than happy with myself… somehow I had allowed this little book to twist me around so much, I was questioning my mothering abilities and getting quite depressed. I took a bit of a break from reading, and got my head on straight, mostly thanks to my DH, who assured me every day that I’m a good wife and mother… *Thanks Babe! I love you so much. I’d be lost without you!*

So here I am, skipping all the “exacvating the authentic you” and the “Search for the authentic you” type stuff… Because quite frankly, I like who I am today. I had allowed this book to make me lose sight of who am I in the search for the “athentic me”. Maybe, at some point in my future, I’ll go back to those pages… but for now, it’s better, for my own sanity, to just skip it all…. So, I look at the March 13 reading, and what is the title? “Accepting yourself as you are today” BINGO! I have found my new starting point!

The whole passage is geared to getting you to accept who you are today, and learn to love all the wrinkles and stretch marks and sags that make up our bodies and faces. This is something I’ve been working on for years! Yup! I’ve already been doing this assignment for the last several years thanks to Marla Cilley, aka the FLYlady. Since March 2002, I have been learning to FLY.

I think the day I learned to truly FLY, was in late 2003, when I decluttered all my “thin” clothes, and finally learned to love the “Big Girl” I had become. Of course, shortly after that, I loved myself so much, I got myself fixed and began losing all the extra weight I had packed on during those first pregnancies. But that’s another story and can be found under the “Improving Me” category.

FLYing has been a journey ever since. When it comes to my body, I’ve reached a weight I’m comfortable with. I would like to someday tone my tummy, but I’m quite happy with who I am and how I look now. (although I do need to schedule another hair cut ASAP! *S*) I’m actually happy with my strechmarks, as each one tells a story that has resulted in my all 7 of my angels, the 4 flying ones, and the 3 running ones. I mean, how many people can honestly say that they have a foot print on their belly, made out of stretch marks, left there by their first born son. *S*

What it all boils down to, is that I can accept myself for who I am now, and be happy with that. Especially, cuz as Martina Mc Bride sings, “My baby loves me just the way that I am!”

He never tells me I'm not good enough
Just gives me unconditional love
He loves me tender and he loves me mad
He loves me silly and he loves me sad

He thinks I'm pretty, he thinks I'm smart
He likes my nerve and he loves my heart
He's always sayin' he's my biggest fan
My baby loves me just the way that I am
**For full song lyrics, click here

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