How Many Bodies Have You Had?

By Kendra Holliday | November 22, 2017

We all get one body as the vessel that carries us through life.

We can take care of our bodies, or we can abuse our bodies.

I take care of my body by walking daily. On the days my schedule allows, I take a dawn walk, a day walk, and a dusk walk. Sometimes, I take a dark walk, which always feels risky.

I abuse my body by putting poison in it – sugar, processed food… don’t you wish we could hook ourselves up to a machine every night and remove all the bad stuff we put into our bodies that day? ha!

Our one body goes through so many phases!

This is my baby body (are the photos small for you? Click on them to enlarge)

My birthday suit, aka my first nude photoshoot

This is my pregnant body

Me at 27, 39 weeks pregnant

This is my body in 2010

Me in 2010, photo by Stan Strembicki

This is me in 2017

Me in 2017. Photo by Stan Strembicki

I didn’t mean to take the photos for comparison, otherwise I would have used the same lighting. I just noticed the similar pose, and the striking contrast.

One of the exercises I do in my surrogate sessions is Body Show And Tell. From head to toe, we take turns giving a body tour. We talk about our hair, our freckles, scars, tattoos, what parts of our bodies we like and don’t like.

It’s odd and liberating! It’s fun taking inventory our what we have. Take a moment to be thankful for your body, and do something nice for it this week!

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