I was so elated yesterday before Lydia’s bath time. She lifted up my shirt and said, “Skinny!” I’m sure I beamed, even though she could just have easily said, “Needs to stop eating chips and dip!” Luckily, she said skinny, even if it isn’t … entirely … true. And while my goal physically is not to be “skinny,” I do wish to be healthy and fit. I don’t associate “healthy” with skinny, but I’d like my jeans to fit too.
As many moms find out, it’s more than difficult to get back to your pre-baby weight. I ate way too much when I was pregnant, I don’t really regret it, even if it is part of the post-baby weight state that I find myself fighting. I read a blog recently from a mom who’s daughter had asked her if she wanted to be skinny. It brought an important topic to light for me. I don’t want my daughter to grow up thinking that being skinny is important, but I do want her to make healthy choices. It’s difficult for me to guide her in these choices right now, she’s two and only wants milk, cheese, and since Christmas: CANDY. I do know it’s my job to provide healthy choices, however, and I need to take that seriously. I want her to know that eating healthy and feeling good are more important that the size of her clothes. Hopefully I’ll be able to instill this idea in her from a young age.
Getting up early, working out at night, and walking with friends during lunch at work have all been helpful ways of losing my baby weight. I try to be consistent, but it isn’t always easy. That blog post made me think about losing weight differently. I want to set a good example for my little girl and I want to be my healthiest self for her.
Eating healthfully and getting proper amounts of exercise are just a few ways that mommies can take care of themselves. It will make you feel better and in turn, make you into a better mommy. With the recent time change, I’ve made a decision to start taking my toddler out (weather permitting) for walks at night after dinner. I know the fresh air will help her sleep and the outdoor time together will be special.
How do you stay healthy? Is there a workout you enjoy? I love HIIT and PIYO! Blogilatis is my go-to Pilates workout!