Body Image After Baby

Body Image. Any woman has probably struggled with a distorted view on body image. For me, I have what I would consider an opposite body image issue…if that even kind of makes sense. Basically, when I look in the mirror before I walk out the door, I typically think I look gooood. Like I have all the confidence in the world. And then I walk by a reflection of myself or see a candid photo taken and I’m like W. T. F. What happened between my house and the bar?! How did I just gain 20 lbs? Why does it look like I’m wearing NO makeup when I was questioning if I had on too much when I left? Maybe this is more common than I think but I typically hear stories of people who look in the mirror and see an obese human when in actuality, they are perfect in many women’s eyes. Regardless, everyone has an image in their mind of who they should be and how they should look.

I gained about 40 lbs when I was pregnant with William. HOWEVER,  I was about 30 lbs overweight when I got pregnant so I have really struggled to get back to what I would consider, “pre baby healthy”. And that’s my goal these days. To get healthy. Feel like I have all the energy in the world so I can run after my babe and not feel exhausted when I have to be the one to take care of him for the day. To make sure I’m around for him for many years to come.

I swear it took me about 8 months to feel like I could run for longer than 20 minutes on the treadmill. I used to run cross country in high school (granted that was a million years ago) and 20 minutes on a treadmill feeling like I was dying made me feel horrible. So instead of getting discouraged I slowly started getting back on track, finding different workouts that I wanted to do vs. feeling like it was the hardest thing in the world to decide to run or lift weights or just MOVE. Whether it’s spending 50 minutes on a treadmill or walking outside for 50 minutes with William, I’ve started to compile my favorite workouts that anyone who can walk can do. Because I’ve been there and I’ve felt terrible and I can finally feel my body turning a corner. I will start to compile my workout schedule, how I stay on track and what “cheating” means to me. Stay tuned 🙂

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