As a mother of two, I worked hard to get back to my pre-baby body after my pregnant one took over and—though I haven’t one regret about the experience of being pregnant—it was a challenge that was both frustrating and character building at the same time.
So when I hear women say that it’s “impossible” to look good post pregnancy, I find myself perplexed—call it arrogance, call it ignorance, call it an inability to empathize, but I feel it’s just an excuse to not do better.
There are many women out there who managed to get back to a healthy size minus a gym or a trainer and despite the responsibilities of being a mother.
I choose to take a little time for myself, everyday, to exercise. I do yoga, meditate, or play with the kids, but I make a decision to put my body into motion. I work hard at it not only to appease the vain side that exists to some degree in every one of us—let’s face it, we all like to look great in a pair of jeans—but also to teach my children to 1) never neglect the Temple God gave you, and 2) to always remember to make time for bettering yourself—even if it means putting something or someone on hold for a moment.
Now, before the mommies cite me for being a bad parent, let me make this very clear: my kids are my top priority. They don’t lack for anything as far as love, attention, and nourishment are concerned—nor does the hubby for that matter. But, in order to be that woman who can do it all, or at least appear to, I have to attend to me first, and that means feeling good about the skin I’m in.
Every woman deserves to look in the mirror and feel like a pretty girl—no matter what her age. Being fit—like it or not—contributes to that perspective, and you won’t get fit by sitting on the sofa making excuses.
Am I saying you have to be a size 4? No, absolutely not, but I am saying that there is always time for you, so, take it and use it wisely.