In a rare, emotional, and honest Instagram post earlier this week Carrie Underwood reminded us all of a valuable lesson: appreciating our bodies for what they can do, regardless of how they fall short, is the best gift we can give ourselves.
The country queen, who is just as famous for her killer legs as she is for her incredible pipes, is finding it hard to bounce back after baby number two. Since giving birth to son Jacob earlier this year, the singer shared that her body is not recovering the way it did after having first-born, Isaiah, now 4. “I just want to feel like myself again…for my body to feel the way that I know it can”.
Carrie’s problem is not unique. In fact, there’s not a woman among us, mother or not, who hasn’t held their bodies to impeccable standards. But being in the public spotlight is another thing entirely, and instead of hiding from her fans, Underwood has chosen to redirect her energy to being there for her sons and to celebrate her body that was, “a perfect home for Jacob” for the past 11 months.
This isn’t the first time Carrie has been forced to open up in the last year. The singer gained media attention in November of 2017 when a fall outside her home landed her with a broken wrist and more than 50 stitches to the face, and again last September, when following the release of her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty, she shared that she had suffered not one, but three miscarriages with husband, Mike Fisher.
Underwood’s health-focused lifestyle has been front and center throughout her career. From sharing her personal choice not to eat meat (she’s actually a vegan), to launching and promoting successful health and fitness brand, Calia, the songstress is a perfect example of practice what you preach. With the pressure that comes with being an icon and the recent trauma she’s experienced, it’s no wonder she’s having a hard time getting back in stride.
Her post ends with a personal mantra we can all learn from. “I promise to stop analyzing every angle and every curve and every pound and every meal…I’m going to take it day by day, smile at the girl in the mirror, and work out because I love this body”.
Underwood will no doubt get back in shape later this year when she is rocking stages on the Cry Pretty Tour 360. New Yorkers can catch the tour featuring Maddie and Tae as well as Swag Session alums Runaway June when it hits Madison Square Garden on October 2nd. Until then, she and the rest of us will keep working towards our goals, appreciating our bodies, and trying to cut ourselves some slack.
Thanks for the reminder, Carrie, and just for the record, you still look amazing!
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