This is me paying it forward. I want to show you it’s possible. It’s possible to get your body back and it’s possible to get it back before your kid graduates from high school. I’m not saying it’s easy. Or even that you should. I’m just saying that I watched a mom last year not give up on herself and every time I thought about quitting I remembered her. If I can inspire one new mom not to toss in the towel after another night of no sleep, my struggle will be worth it.
It’s become the norm to believe that after you have a baby it will take you YEARS (if ever to fit into your pre-baby jeans). There is no shame in that, but it’s also not the only choice. Being a mom is hard! It takes a lot of adjusting. And a lot of coffee! Finding time to feed yourself good food is not an easy task after having a baby. It’s way easier to order pizza or inhale the cookies your husband keeps leaving out on the counter. I mean you’d have to actually leave the house to buy fruits and veggies. And trying to workout? Are you crazy?!?!
Let’s not forget how scary our postpartum bodies are. The first week after childbirth I didn’t even recognize myself. I’d lost that beautiful baby bump and had gained a very scary mushy black hole that had devoured the long ago abs I vaguely remembered from a picture last summer. It was depressing and I really just wanted to hide behind closed doors for the next year until one day I’d magically wake up and my body would be “normal” again.
It’s easy to toss in the towel here. I wanted to. Many times. But I didn’t. And there is really only one reason why I didn’t- I watched someone else work to make it happen. She showed me it was possible and I said if she can do it, why not me?
So that’s why I’m sharing these pics. To show you there is another way and be that example for you. I’m proud of the progress I’ve made. There were tears, there were breakdowns, and there were days I felt defeated. But each morning I tried again, no matter how yesterday ended. I’m not saying you should do what I did, or that you should even want to. I just want to show you it’s possible. If she can do it, why not me?