I had one of those super productive mornings where I woke up, tied up my running shoes and went for a 5K run. Well, it’s more like a jog at my pace but the point is that I got my heart rate up and broke into a good sweat despite the cold. Why did I decide to torture myself so early on a cold Winter’s morning? Well, I’d like to say for good health but really, it’s because I’m vain and I’m wanting to lose some of this post pregnancy flab plus more.
I went to a class Today for new parents. The class ended up being cancelled as the facilitator mixed up the venue. But what I found interesting was sitting there with about 15 other moms who were all about my age with babies with the same age as Elroy. Almost everyone there looked like they were still carrying a bit of their post pregnancy flab. Some girls were dressed up a bit more than others but they still looked a bit pudgy here and there. I’m not being critical here, I too am one of those girls just a tad bit pudgy for my liking.
I thought that seeing these girls would make me feel better about my own body image. But it actually didn’t. It made me realize that I don’t want to be carrying this extra body weight. Yes I am being a little bit vain, but I really want to fit into some of my old clothes. The media often says positive body image means being proud of the way you look no matter what size you are. Yes there is some truth to this, but what is wrong with wanting to be slim and toned so that your flabby bits don’t poke out over your jeans?
I don’t cringe at the sight of my body in the mirror, but I do want to look better. Will my body image improve as a result of losing a bit of weight? Absolutely.
So with this in mind, I’m making a declaration that I want to lose about 5 kilos. Other moms out there might be happy carrying around their post pregnancy flab, but I want more.