I Have {Body} Issues… Or Do I?

Body Image

I have it, you have it… we all have it. Post baby body, now turned “MOM bod.” I’ve read so many articles online about the “Post baby body,” “Mom bod,” and so on. Some I shake my head in agreement and can identify with, and others, well, I just want to punch my computer.

My first thought, I LOVE my body. Why shouldn’t I? I mean, its housed, delivered and fed my babies, two different times! That’s amazing, right? So let’s celebrate it, not hide it.

Those stretch marks, who cares, show them with pride. Your body is an awesome vessel.

Those thighs, we need them stronger to chase after the kids that feel it’s necessary to dive into the waves at a moments notice.

My legs, they constantly have bruises all over them from playing with one of my kids. I wear those bruises with pride.

Our arms, whether big or small, we need them tough and strong to grab our kids when they decide it may be okay to cross the street without looking both ways.

Our minds… are on point! Because we are MOMS and they have to be!

As you all have read before, I’m a plus sized girl. I have no problem talking about it, owning it and showing my body, maybe to others discern (too bad). I’m active and fit, but just happen to be a little bigger than the “norm.”

Do I have lumps… yes. Do I have bumps… yes. Do I have junk in the trunk… HELL YES! But I live my life and I won’t let these things stop me from making memories with my family.

Plus sized ladies aren’t the only women that need a confidence boost. I have friends of all shapes and sizes who have voiced their insecurity about their appearance for one reason or another. It’s unfortunate that, as a society, we, as women, have been held to certain beauty standards, which lead to a lot of this insecurity. I do love being one of the women that breaks the beauty standard, though. I’m not into body shaming, no matter what size someone is. I am into helping women feel empowered enough to hold your head high and exude confidence at any size.

It’s not just about us though, our attitudes about ourselves reflects in our children. They see how we treat ourselves and our bodies. Do we really want to show our children that we won’t do certain things because we don’t like the way our body looks?I want them to have a healthy outlook on eating and body image. For this reason, and others, we don’t talk about dieting or being fat/skinny. We talk about being healthy and strong because that’s what I want them to perceive and understand.

Our bodies are remarkable for the incredible journey it takes us in life, we should be proud of them!

Don’t miss out on your life because of being scared of what others may think. Enjoy YOUR life and LOVE YOURSELF! You’ve got one body… OWN it, LOVE it, and ADORN it however makes you feel your best.

Confidence is SEXY, confidence is BOLD, confidence is FEARLESS

THIS is how I want my mom bod to be known.

Patricia Kozack
Patricia Kozack is a professional makeup artist, wife and mom to two kids. Her days are spent wrangling the kids, being a mom taxi, and getting a workout in on the tennis courts. Her weekends are spent beautifying clients for their weddings and events.  She is obsessed with all things beauty related and cannot wait to share her niche of the world with Jacksonville Mom.


  1. Everyone has body image issues. I have a friend who has a great body & I used to wish my body looked like hers. She told me once that she was jealous of my body. I could not understand why someone with a perfect body would be jealous of my body. It’s because of perception. In an alternate universe I probably have her body but wish for mine. That’s when I decided to love my body & be happy. Now, if only I knew how to fix my eyebrows…


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