So I’ve been gaining perspective on my post-baby body. This isn’t a sob story, but it is an honest one. Suffice it to say that losing my baby weight has not gone as smoothly as I would have hoped… …
- The pounds didn’t “melt off with breastfeeding”.
- Finding energy and time to workout has been a struggle.
- I’ve felt frustrated that the things I’ve done in the past to lose weight haven’t worked the same.
- I have beastly breastfeeding hunger.
- I’ve felt embarrassed by my struggle while being a “healthy living” blogger.
But two things have happened this week.
First, I caught a glimpse of my post-baby body in a window and I didn’t think “gross” or “she’s fat” or “she still looks like she’s pregnant”.
I thought, “She looks normal.”
Not ripped or in great shape; not admiring a tight stomach or sculpted arms. Just normal. And it felt really good to feel like I look normal.
I’m not back in my skinny jeans or anything yet, but I feel like I’m getting closer to having my brain in the right spot. Accepting of where I am, yet pushing to be better.
#SweatieSelfie—How else do you know a blogger has exercised?
Second, I’ve also been falling in love with exercise again. Like actually wanting to get up early and workout. (It doesn’t always happen the way I envision it; I still have a four month old baby’s schedule to work around.) But it has been fun to push my body again.
I went for a run last night and it was the perfect West Michigan evening…the kind of day with the wind in the trees and sun sparkling on the lake that lured us to Michigan in the first place. I felt that running magic again.
And it felt good ya’ll.
Is there something you’ve done or someone said to you that helps you gain perspective or does it “just happen” for you?