01/03/2014 11:27 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

I Gained 10 Pounds So My Daughter Won't Hate Herself

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Yesterday, my 12-year-old daughter walked into the bathroom while I was putting on my makeup. I was only wearing a bra and a pair of jeans, and my first instinct was to suck in my less-than defined abs, to clench and firm up my mid-section as if I were posing in a bikini for a swimsuit calendar. I know that’s not a normal reaction for a mother to have, but I hate acknowledging how legitimately twisted it was.

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