We’ve all heard it, for sure… “I love those jeans! You look great for just having a baby.” What? Stop right there, lady (I’ve NEVER had a man say that to me)… I look damn good in general. I shower many times a month (LOL), I own a hair brush, and my toddler’s teeth are brushed. I look darn good. Period.
But really. I am kind of over the for just having a baby that keeps tagging along at the end of every compliment I receive, so I’ve made a list of 5 ways I’m going to stop those comments!
1. Don’t bring it in the house. For me, if it’s not here, I can’t eat it. I am not a fast-food eater, so I don’t worry when I am out, but I am an “if it’s in front of me, I will eat it” person. There are so many opportunities outside the home to indulge, that I don’t need to give myself the same bad habits at home. I meal plan, stick to the list and shop on the outsides of the aisles as much as possible! By prepping what we will want each week- this includes meals and planned snacks- I’ve been able to keep my energy up, continue a successful breastfeeding relationship with my 6 month old, and maintain a slight weight loss each week. …and yes, I said snacks! Letting yourself go hungry will only lead you to eating poorly later. Find your balance!
2. Look the part. Not just having the baby part, the get it done part. Whatever hangs you up about getting a little workout in, see if there are steps you can take to get to your goal. For me, that means wearing my workout clothes during the day. Sure, some days I’ve just meandered around Rhode Island in spandex running gear, but more often than not, having my shoes on and ready to go means I’ve gotten the kids into the stroller for a quick walk, or even hopped on the elliptical I just inherited for a quick 10 minutes. I am also always sure to be wearing a Poise® Thin-Shape pad. While I don’t want to look like I just had a baby forever, I did just have a baby. Millie is under a year, which means my body, specifically my pelvic muscles, are still working their way back into shape with me. Knowing that if I pull over in the park to get a jog in with the girls will not result in any embarrassing bladder leakage is
kind of super important to me! My new pads are extra important for LBL protection, and my old period pads? They’ve actually come in handy!
#RecycleYourPeriodPad by putting them in your running shoes to help your sweaty feet! I love doing this in my flats, too- saves them season after season, and keeps me from having to wear pedi-socks! Change out the pad in each shoe every few days, or after any high-mile runs, and notice how much longer the inside sole of your shoes last! Perfect for keeping those expensive trainers on the road!
3. Take a class. There are so many times I wish I could do something and then say to myself “but the kids…” In this case- BRING the kids. Mommy and me yoga is a great choice, but there are also lots of things you can do with the kids that won’t cost money- like the program Moms in Training with Team in Training. Getting a workout in, for a good cause, where kids are encouraged to join in is the perfect thing! Check local Facebook groups for family meetups, too! More importantly, though, is getting out of the house. Lots of classes and groups meet up for hiking and physical activity, but also mom groups that help you connect with other parents, expand your horizons and get the mind moving- which is just as important to looking your best!
4. Dance. This one sounds insane, but do it. Little bursts of energy for celebrating a successful potty day for your toddler, or when your spouse gets home early with the running man or even a leap in the air is fun, makes you laugh, and elevates the heart. Anything you can do helps, I promise. For me, I literally dance. Addie and I love to dance to The Postal Service record while Millie laughs from her exersaucer- we usually enjoy all of side A before taking a water break! Find music that you and your kids enjoy and get to having a dance party! It’s a great stress reliever, can be done in between stirring dinner, works out all of your muscles AND gives your kids a glimpse into your totally silly side!
5. Embrace it. Finally, just love it. I currently weigh less than I did when I got pregnant with Millie… but my body is not the same. There are rolling hills where there used to be flat plains. While the landscape is different, so is its purpose. This body is for mothering. It’s for late nights rocking feverish bodies, breastfeeding, playing alligator (Addie’s version of pretending I’m a horsey), getting poked in the eyes, grabbed by the scalp, kissed an inordinate amount of times. Sure, there are some things I could do without, but the wider hips, soft belly, tiger stripes, and LBL… those are just mementos of this awesome thing I did- twice! This body is different from what it once was and better than that, too. …don’t forget to grab your FREE SAMPLE of Poise® for LBL and #RecycleYourPeriodPad this Spring!