The second after I shot my daughter out of my lady part, I hopped in the shower to wash off any and all fluids that had covered my body. I noticed my stomach immediately.
It was a flabby sack of skin, and there wasn't any sign of stomach muscle that once existed. The dark, happy trail line seemed darker, and I was already uncomfortable with my body.
Everyone will tell you, "you just did the hardest job on earth and your body went through 10 months of stretching and growing", but only you believe what you think about yourself.
I'm here to tell you, be realistic.
Yes, there are moms out there that come out of the hospital weighing the same weight that they did when they found out they were pregnant. There are moms who have abs the entire way through, and seem like they look better afterwards.
Unfortunately, if you're like me, you gained 40 pounds during pregnancy, and only lost 15 when it was over.
I consistently weighed in at 115 for about 5 years. I ate kinda healthy, and was active in the sense of actively going out with friends. During pregnancy, it went downhill real fast. For the first trimester, I lost weight because I either threw up at the smell of food or threw it up after I ate it. Then, when I started wanting food again, I ATE EVERYTHING. I had the chubby, swollen face that you pray you don't have, and the pounds added up as each week passed.
After I weighed in at 140 pounds post-pregnancy, I knew I was going to have to work and work hard. I tried a little too soon though, and decided it was a GREAT idea to run before the 6 week mark. My lady business was not happy, and I had to wait even longer to get back in the swing of things.
Once I was confident that all of my insides would stay inside if I did anything active, I started working out. Even if it was a short, one mile run, a quick work out at home, or yoga, I was making sure I did something at least once a week.
We started eating vegan in January, and that helped a TON. Without working out as much as I should, I was able to go down to 105 which is a weight that I haven't been since high school. I started running again, and doing a 20 minute work out at home during Lenni's naps.
If you keep scrolling down, you're going to see me in a sports bra and shorts, so....don't get too excited.
Moms, this took me over a year to even feel confident enough to take a picture. I am definitely not where I want to be yet, but I'm getting there because I am WORKING MY ASS OFF. I still want to be stronger, and not look like I don't eat. I'm still working, still trying, still wanting to look better. I will not stop, and will continue on my journey of eating healthy and being active. Keep going, and don't give up! You can have the body you want if you work for it.
Grab that stroller and get walkin'.