“Don’t be so hard on yourself. You’ll never get your pre-pregnancy body back.” That’s common advice, right?
I both love and hate that advice.
Yes, pregnancy changed my body. In fact, I don’t even really want my exact pre-pregnancy body back. Bringing two babies into the world was an accomplishment of which I’m happy to be reminded. That doesn’t release me from the desire to regain my strength or to want to fit into the same size I once wore. Just because my waist will never be quite as small as it once was, doesn’t mean I can’t get close.
I’ve already said I’m not interested in unrealistic expectations. We’re not talking about supermodel measurements here or even teenage ones. Though, honestly, I’m a smaller adult than I ever was as a teenager, but that’s actually kind of the point. I don’t want to be limited in my personal fitness goals.
Why am I sharing this?
I just want to encourage you not to sell yourself short. You can do whatever you believe you can.
I still don’t think the emphasis should be on having a perfect body or on losing weight. I think the focus needs to be on having a healthy and strong body. I just know from experience, that a healthier, stronger body often comes with a smaller waistline and clothing size and, therefore, is my meter for success.
I lost 1.5 lbs this week! I’m sorry to disappoint, but I’m not posting an update picture because I’m sick. I do have my limits 😉
Though my weight loss is not as high as it has been other weeks, I’m probably the happiest with this week’s progress because I got several great workouts in and I’m feeling so much stronger.
Happy National Nutrition Month! How are you doing with your goals?