Growing up, I never had to live with weight issues (thankfully!) and have always been on the skinny side from my teenage years and into my 20’s, even to now. Of course, like everyone else, I hit that point, somewhere around 25, where things slowly started to change and that good old metabolism began to slow down. Then, at 30, I got pregnant and had a baby, and with that bundle of joy came the almost 60 pounds of weight gained by consuming everything that qualified as a food substance within a 20 mile radius for 9 months. Needless to say, after that 6.5 lb baby left my belly, it was a bit of a shock to realize that this did not make much of a dent whatsoever in jump starting my weight loss & my post-baby body still required maternity pants (and would continue to do so for another 4 months!). It took an entire year (much to my dismay) to get back to my pre-pregnancy size, but still my body has never been the same. All the various parts that shifted around to make room for the HUMAN growing in my tummy (the whole thing always seemed very ‘Alien’-like to me) just somehow forgot where the hell they were originally located. I mean, come on! Never mind that my expanded hip bones decided to stay put, but why the frick does my torso now seem to be longer?? Seriously, almost all of the shirts I wore in my previous life are now too short…weirdness!
Anywhosie, my point is that I am now at a place in life where, after entering a new decade & becoming a mama, so much of my/our time & energy is dedicated to discussing our weight and doing (or not doing) what it takes to maintain it….and really, that’s just irritating. It seems every day, between the hubster and I, we fret over what (or what NOT) we’re eating, and is it healthy, and dear God someone stop me from inhaling this super-size bag of french fries that is destined to go straight to my ass! 10 years ago I never gave thought to quantity or quality when it came to food – it was a downright free-for-all! I miss those days….*sigh*. I guess this is just the natural course of life, the way we progress from one stage of adulthood to the next. The way our priorities and needs change when it comes to our bodies.
The good news is that about a year ago I finally figured out at least a piece of the puzzle – we joined a FABULOUS gym and I started exercising for the first time EVER! And lo and behold, after about a month I actually started to notice a difference….I seriously looked in the mirror and was all ‘holy shit, are those muscles I see when I flex my arms?’. And then as time went by, it all became a natural part of my weekly routine and then I did something I hadn’t done in a long time – I wore a bikini (all summer long)! Woohoo, thanks Body Pump class (which totally rocks & brings results fast)! I can now honestly say I feel & look better at 34 than I did at 24…......and I think that’s pretty darn cool, if I say so myself :) Of course, sometimes it’s just too easy to be lazy and fall out of sorts with my routine. Especially right now, when I totally need to get my tushie in gear again to work off those gazillion carb-loaded sweets I ate over the holidays (I swear, every Christmas it’s like I’ve never eaten a sugar cookie before, that’s how fast I inhale them & every other chocolate confection that comes my way!). BUT, I know that if I get back on track it won’t be long until I’m right back to where I want to be. I know I can do it!
Now, if I could just figure out how to do something about that lack of sleep that comes with the whole parenthood thing…..yeah, yeah - not gonna’ happen!
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