The Belly Battles

Well, it was one of those exhausting days with the little guy. I started back to the gym on Monday, but didn’t make it this morning as I had brunch plans with some other expat women (all of our husbands work for the same company here). Although most males would love the company of six ladies, Bubs was having none of it. My brunch was spent rocking and shhh’ing him while walking in and out of the restaurant, changing him on the floor under a water fountain, and my finally consuming my food only after one of the girls cut it up into bite-sized pieces for me and my one free hand. Not the greatest dining out experience, but we made due.
I got my registration email today for my Baby Bootcamp that begins next week! I can’t wait, and neither can my love handles.

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I was sorting through some of my workout clothes yesterday when I actually became a little unenthused. 2/3 of my tops are pretty form fitting; this is definitely not a great look for me at the moment. They were fine when I was pregnant, but now I’m feeling very self conscious about my postpartum midsection. I know that I just started back into exercising, that I had a baby, blahblahblah…but I can’t help it.
Two weeks before Thomas was born.
I picked up two looser fitting workout 105 F Singlet tanks from Lululemon this afternoon. I love the fit. Just a little more room to breathe and not feel the need to hike my pants up a little bit higher to suck it all in…and don’t pretend you don’t know which pants-over-lovehandle-maneuver I’m talking about!!! 😉

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I don’t want to be too hard on myself, but at the same time, I’d be lying if I sat here writing about how I couldn’t care less about my extra padding these days. I obviously wouldn’t change any of it; I’d gain 200 pounds if it meant having Thomas in my life. However, I just haven’t been so out of shape since 2nd year university when I had a mild popcorn and pizza addiction, and it doesn’t feel too great. It’s going to be a lot of hard work to get back to the way things were this time last year, but it’s time.
Then I saw this:
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Fair enough. I should really just try to focus on my fitness goals with positivity and self acceptance, rather than being so hard on myself . Easier said than done of course, but that’s really the only way around it.
Speaking of self image and such, have you seen the Dove commercials that have been trending on Facebook and Twitter lately? I’m consistently impressed by their Campaign for Real Beauty. A marketing strategy? Sure. However, they are always so thought provoking. 
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Click here to see this video-gone-viral. It’s interesting to think about how we view ourselves in comparison to how others see us. Dove’s video description:

Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. At Dove, we are committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. So, we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see. (www.dove.com)

4%! That’s definitely a statistic worth thinking about…

4 Thoughts on “The Belly Battles

  1. love those lulu tanks :)
    P.S. Remember we are always the hardest on ourselves. You are a beautiful momma, don't forget that!

  2. Oh I love those Lulu tanks! I need some of those for our Bali trip.

    Merry is right, we're always the hardest on ourselves and you are a beautiful Mama! You should be so proud of yourself and your body for nourishing, protecting and providing for that sweet baby boy of yours!

  3. Aww, thanks ladies!! xo

    Wore one of my tanks today. So lightweight and great. Wish I had more $$$ to buy one in every colour!

  4. Anonymous on April 22, 2013 at 6:30 am said:

    Kel, I have 2 of those tanks as well, but you seem to have way better colors! I love the material and the fit is great! Xo

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