Bridget’s birthday is right around the corner and I’m no where near where I thought I would be fitness wise.
Before getting pregnant I was in the best shape of my life.
I remember going to a bikini shop at the Ala Moana mall in Hawaii and trying on different bikinis. I strongly remember telling the sales girl who was helping me, that for the first time in my life I felt COMFORTABLE in a swim suit.
I wasn’t standing there grabbing at non existent bulge or thinking how I could stand to lose more weight on my stomach. I felt damn good.
|before baby body, I went crazy trying on clothes everywhere I went #soproud
Poor girl probably thought I was a giddy crazy lady going on and on at how amazing I felt and looked (hey, we all get to be vain every once in a while right?)
That’s why sometimes looking at my body now I get a little sad. I was lucky and didn’t get stretch marks (except for a tiny one on my navel because of my piercing)
I’m not bragging, I lathered on oils and lotions and used a lot of Vitamin E oil as well. A big part of it is genetics as well. But my skin is just loose from carrying an 8lb baby.
I struggle daily with this “mom bod”, but I also take comfort in the fact that other moms are going through this and most importantly it wasn’t all for naught. I gave birth to my amazing baby girl, who is perfect in every way. I wouldn’t exchange her for anything. So let’s stop the body shaming, whether self inflicted or picking on others. I wake up every day and give myself 3 compliments. Some are vain, “you look hot today” and other’s are kind and meaningful “you woke up 2 times to feed your daughter and didn’t complain once. You are a great mom”
Being able to appreciate yourself and give yourself complements is so important, it may sound silly but when you learn to love yourself this whole world of kindness and awesomeness just opens up. And I realize I sound like some self help person but it’s so true! And I didn’t come to this realization alone, my friends have really helped me along.
I posted this on my Instagram a few years ago because I was so tired of feeling the way I did and was sick of the body shaming. It has stuck with me since then. And again I am telling my body, I hear you and I love you.
In an effort to begin to feel more like myself and embrace this new body, I am making some changes. Starting tomorrow a few girls and I have decided we are giving up sugar for 31 days!
I just did this for Lent, and it was really a little tough. I cheated a bit and continued to use my coffee creamer, but this time I’m going to be more diligent about making sure I’m not using any added sugars in ANYTHING. At the end I will update everyone on my progress (and yes, there will be before and after photos. Yikes!)
I also wanted to share my running playlist, I find it fast paced enough to run to
(in fact it’s basically the same playlist I’ve used for the last few years – what can I say I’m a creature of habit)
- Drunk Last Night – Eli Young Band
- Country Girl (Shake it for me) – Luke Bryan
- Bailando Por Ahi (Remix) – Juan Magan, Crossfire
- El Perdon – Nicky Jam, Enrique Iglesias
- Bailando (Spanish Version) – Enrique Iglesias
- Caroline – Anime explicit
- Break Ya Neck – Busta Rhymes explicit
- La Despedida – Daddy Yankee
- Work Bitch – Britney Spears explicit
- Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child
- Move Ya Body – Nina Sky
- Pon da Replay – Rihanna
- Move Along – American Rejects
- Play – Jennifer Lopez explicit
- Thong Song – Sisqo
Am I showing my age with my song choices? The other day at the dentist BB Mak came on and I just about shouted with excitement the 13 year old inside me stirred.Can’t wait to update everyone on my sugar fast, I’ll do an update each Sunday and let everyone know how I’m doing. I preemptively went to the market and bought a big slice of German chocolate cake for desert tonight. So excited to dig in!