Why I’m Not Embracing My Mom-Bod, and That’s Okay
Let me make this perfectly clear, all bodies are beautiful and capable of amazing things. I’m all for positive body image and loving yourself no matter what – if that’s truly how you feel. If you’re anything like me, you might not be as ready to accept and embrace the body that pregnancy has gifted you, and that’s okay.
I want to love my Mom-bod. I really do. Unfortunately, I just don’t and that needs to be okay. I know that my body is amazing. I have so much respect and admiration for the incredible things it has done. My body has withstood seven IUI’s in three years, three pregnancies, one miscarriage resulting in one D&C, one vaginal birth, one C-section and the capacity to care for two awesome children. All that and I’m still not feeling the love! To be honest, I most likely won’t feel it until my body changes, and that’s okay.
There is a fantastic body positivity movement happening right now and I love it! As great as the message is, there seems to be this pressure that comes along with that message. It’s almost as if they are saying, “you must love everything about your body no matter what!” That’s it. If you don’t love your body, you’re doing it wrong. While I encourage all women to love their bodies, to embrace the magnificent vessels that brought life into this world, I just want them all to know, it’s NOT a requirement.
In order to get to that place, the place of acceptance and love, I’m going to have to make some changes. These physical changes will hopefully bring on the mental changes that the aforementioned movement promotes. Here’s my plan.
1. Get up before the kids
Let’s get real here, mornings are not my strong suit. I wake when my kids wake and they are not exactly early birds either. If I can drag myself out of bed even 20 minutes before the kiddos, we might be able to get out of the house in time to make a Stroller Strides class.
No more excuses, I’m going to Stroller Strides and I’m doing the workouts. I’ll hit it hard and not slack off. Maybe I’ll even run a 5k at some point. Anything is possible!
3. Eat Healthy
Put down the doughnut and eat a vegetable for crying out loud! Kid snacks are not a meal. Not everything needs cheese, or does it? Things I must tell myself daily. Also, I guess I can plan meals and prep healthy snacks for the week.
4. Recruit teammates
My family will be a part of this journey whether they like it or not. My Stroller Strides tribe will be my fitness lifeline. I will become we and we will succeed!
5. Get more sleep
Haha! This one is probably the most difficult task on the list. Someday I’ll sleep like a college kid on summer vaca again. Someday…(sigh).
One day I will look back on this time in my life, a time when I had no love for my Mom-Bod, and I will say that while I’m happy to have moved on from that way of thinking, the fact that I felt that way was totally okay. Bring on the body Love!