Okay, now that we got that out of the way… let’s get to some girl talk!
I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t head-over-heels in love with my body right after I gave birth. I mean really? Who is?!
Being pregnant stretches your belly (not to mention your insides) to dimensions that you wouldn’t even imagine possible! It’s actually kind of gross, and unbelievable, if you think about it.
Now, I’m not the healthiest girl in the world — That’s Serena’s job! — so, I was in no rush to get to the gym, or to stop eating my beloved bacon-avocado-ranch-cheeseburgers after I popped my twincesses out.
But, unfortunately, I knew I had to get back to real life eventually.
Surprisingly though, it wasn’t as hard as I had imagined… It’s actually all in the way you think about it…
1. Have patience.
It took 9 months to get to where you are. It’s not going to shed itself over night. Give your body a chance to heal before you criticize it.
2. Be a realist. (This is about as much ‘holistic’-ness you’re gonna get from this girl!)
Know that you can’t continue to eat anything and everything you want, whenever and however you want it. You now have limitations, sistah! Read the ingredient lists, and stick to the foods that don’t have ‘hydrogenated’ stuff in there. Or anything that you don’t recognize at first glance.
SIDENOTE: If you know it’s your addiction, just don’t even try to sneak it in. It’ll mess you up! But with that said, you have to learn to…
3. Treat yourself.
treat cheat days are Fridays. That’s my day where I can go crazy be moderately less health conscious and eat my favorite foods. Everybody likes the reward system, including me.
4. Pay attention.
Really get to know your body. Know what affects you and in what way. For instance, if I drink a tall glass of milk or a smoothie with a lot of yogurt, I get really bloated for like the next 12 hours. So, when I’m trying on my skinny jeans, I know they’re a little tight in the derriere because of that smoothie. NOT because I’m fat. (Even though, I never call myself fat. That’s step number 0, or -1. Self esteem! If you struggle with that, you can read more about my self-esteem battle HERE and HERE.)
5. Get active.
Now, trust me, I’m not telling you to go out and run a marathon. Or even go to the gym for that matter. Just move a little more than you usually do. Park a little further from the grocery store entrance. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go for a walk around the block after work. Get those juices flowin’ baby!
There’s plenty more things that you could do, and way more extreme measures you could take, but this is just how I became comfortable in my post-pregnancy skin.
After gaining 65 pounds with my twin pregnancy (I still can’t believe that!!!) I’m proud to say that I am just 18 pounds more that my pre-pregnancy weight. That may sound like a lot to some, but for me, I’m happy to call this a victory! It’s been a long time comin’.
Do you struggle with post-pregnancy body image issues? What are your tips for having a healthy pregnancy and post-pregnancy experience?
Thanks again Serena, for letting me come and share with your readers! I loved meeting all of you, over the blogosphere!
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