Have you ever looked at someone and thought, "Man, I wish I was like that."
It's natural to look at others and think they've got it all together or they have a perfect home or they're family is beautiful or all the other things we think or compare while scrolling through social media. Have you noticed most of us don't share the not-so-great stuff on there?! There's a reason for it.
So recently I had someone say to me, "I hate girls like you that just drop the baby weight and look better after baby than you did before."
Hold up. Whaaaaattt?!
Do you even know me?!
Obviously the answer is no.
I have kept no secret that losing the baby weight was really hard for me. I wasn't in the best shape ever before getting pregnant and despite all my efforts to exercise and eat right during those 9 months, getting back into my routine was no easy task after Carson was born. In fact, it was downright painful.
All those excuses people use to avoid exercise - I lived them. So when someone comments on how I had it easy or the weight just came off or I'm skinnier than I was before I want to throw up.
Seriously. I want to scream and yell and claim the efforts I've made to get where I am today. Because if anyone had it easy in all this, it wasn't me. This has been a challenge and it is one that I have set my heart and mind to do each and every day regardless of if/when there is another baby and another pregnancy. I'm going to maintain this lifestyle. I am.
It's not fair to discredit all the hard work I've put in to get where I am today. Truth is, I didn't walk out of the hospital looking like a million bucks and I definitely wasn't wearing my regular jeans a few weeks after giving birth.
So people like me work hard to take care of the body they've been given. They treat it like a temple. They do whatever it takes to make sure it can do everything it needs to do. They are dedicated and when they fall off the wagon, they pick themselves up, they brush themselves off, and they jump back on it. That's what people like me do. That's how we get results.
I guess the moral of the story is: this could be you. You could be people like me if you really wanted to. It takes about 25-30 minutes a day and eating healthy. I'm not saying I never eat cake or chocolate; I do! But, I rarely miss a workout (I have my days) and I try not to eat cake or chocolate every day. (Easier said than done)
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**See my guest post on healthy tips for new moms here**