With thoughts of lounging on a Costa Rican beach looming in my immediate future, my present has me fretting about my post-baby body (and who are we kidding - it wasn't tight and toned pre-baby either!). On one hand, I want to set a positive body image example for my daughter by embracing who I am and what I look like, flaunting my baby pouch in a little black bikini and not worrying about the cellulite on my thighs. On the other hand, I'm a normal woman who shudders at the thought of lolling about on the beach with my less-than-supermodel form.
Maybe I'm not being PC about the topic. With all the Facebook posts filtering through my news feed about mothers not caring about their size, or wanting their sons to see them nude so they know what a real woman looks like, I know I shouldn't be concerned about losing weight for my trip. But I can't help it.
|How many times have I stressed myself out about losing weight before a trip? Countless!|
At least two to three months before every trip I go on, I worry about this. Do I need to go shopping to buy clothes that flatter my current size, or do I hold off and wait to see if I actually manage to tone up before I go? (Usually it is the latter, and no, I don't usually tone up before I go to answer your question. I usually don't even go shopping at all.)
Throw in having a baby: major changes to my body (some that I doubt are reversible), no time to exercise, eating like garbage because I'm just happy to be eating let alone cooking a plethora of healthy meals, and you have someone who is dreading wearing a swimsuit to the beach. I know a lot of my 'excuses' can be solved - I can cook healthy meals in the evening after Peanut goes to bed, I could get up earlier and exercise before the baby wakes up... but I kind of don't want to. I really like sleeping in the mornings and getting some time to put my feet up in the evenings. A girl has got to have some down time, you know?
|I want my baby to grow up without a weight complex - and I know that starts with me... but it is hard.|
Do they make full-body swimsuit Spanx? I need a wetsuit with a built-in corset. That might be my solution. *le sigh*
Ultimately, I will do what I always do: my best. I'll fit in a workout once or twice a week if I'm motivated, maybe do some sit-ups while Avy Bear is playing in her exersaucer, and I'll have a salad or two during the week. I'll walk to the store with the baby instead of driving. I will swear off pizza - well, until that night when I'm too tired to cook and Joey suggests we order in. I may or may not lose about 5 to 6 pounds, but I'll be ridiculously proud of that and tell everyone.
And I will allow myself to have a fantastic trip, introducing my child to travel. I will enjoy the beach because my husband will tell me I look great and I'll believe him, even as I scoff at his compliments. I will feel strong, because this slightly rounded body grew a human being and brought her into the world. I will eat arroz con pollo and greasy fried plantains, because those are my favorite Costa Rican foods. Yes, I'll eat some fresh fruit, too. I promise!
What about you? Do you try to lose weight before going on a trip?