Not long ago I wrote a blog post about being proud of my c-section scar (read it here), and this got me thinking a little bit more about my body. Yes, I’m proud to own my scar, but am I proud of my post baby body? Most days I’m ok with it, but some days not so much. How sad is that? The most positive thing that came to mind was most days I’m ok with it, well that needed to change.
So naturally I started doing a bit more exercise, I say a bit because the truth is I have a very energetic 10 month old who never sits still so chasing after him is exhausting enough on its own. So as I’ve been doing these exercises I’m glad to say that I have begun to notice a difference. If I’m being completely honest the difference I’m seeing is so far not noticeable to anyone else, but I have no problem with that. You see the thing is, me not feeling great about my post baby body has nothing to do with what other people may or may not think about how I look. I’ve never been called overweight, I’ve never received an unwelcome comment about me looking different since having a baby, and my wonderful husband still tells me I look beautiful all of the time. But I felt different, I felt like I hadn’t put in enough effort into recuperating my pre baby body. The simple act of taking control is enough for me to boost my self-confidence and feel good about how I look in my jeans. Yes I still want to lose a few pounds, and I know that I will, but focusing on how I feel is much more beneficial. When you do something that will boost your energy, or boost your mood, you no longer focus as much on what you see in the mirror. And let’s be honest, giving birth and being a mom means you grew a human being inside your body, you fed that human, you give everything over to that little creature to make sure they’re happy and healthy, that in itself is a pretty amazing thing.
So stop fretting over the image in the mirror and focus on creating a positive energy. Start eating more healthy meals, or take up a class at the gym, or just start taking your little one for walks around the neighbourhood. It doesn’t matter how you go about it, as long as your focus is on feeling good. My body has been through a lot, it’s time I thank it by being kind to it.