A Baby Bump That's NOT a Baby Bump
I have a baby bump, and it's not a baby bump. OK, it's only noticeable in a bathing suit, but nonetheless... it's there. In a lot of ways, it's a rite of passage bump, I've had 4 kids back to back to back to back and my body was bound to show it. But on the other hand, it's also a "Come on, how many sit-ups do I need to do?"
If you're a mother or you're a mother to more than 3 children, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Our bodies change after having babies, plain and simple.
Ever since I had Henry, my youngest son... I've had this baby bump. OK, it's not really a baby bump, it's more of a pouch (and sorry, photos will not be allowed here). But it's there, and it's noticeable and I wish I could make it disappear for good (sans surgery).
Before I had my sons, I was a workout machine. I was living in New York City, waking up at 5:30AM every morning and heading to the gym (fortunately it was only 4 floors down in my apartment building, so it was ultra-convenient!). I would run 3-4 miles about 5 times a week. After my run I would do rounds of sit-ups, push-ups and some light weights. I will say, I was in the best shape of my life and it felt GOOD. I wasn't self-conscious about anything I would put on... not bathing suits, not form-fitting sweaters and dresses, not jeans, not anything! It was wonderful because I felt good all around - my body, my health and my soul.
When I became pregnant with my first son, I even worked out pretty consistently throughout his whole pregnancy, so much so that after I had him, 8 weeks later I was back in my pre-pregnancy clothes. But... that was VERY short-lived because I became pregnant with Alexander when William was 12 weeks old. I can officially say, that's when my working out pretty much stopped. And that was in 2005!
It's 2011. We're talking 6 years. That's a long time.
But this summer I have committed to do something, and not just for the physical sense of working out, for the mental and the emotional. I'm the mom to 4 little boys... with each pregnancy, my body got a little bit more (dare I say it) loose. My problem area is my stomach. I'm not kidding, i could pass for 3 months pregnant... and when you're not, you don't want to be mistaken for being so, which (I can't believe I'm admitting this) happened last summer when I was in Old Navy. Granted I was in a baby doll dress (which could potentially make Cindy Crawford look pregnant), but still... it's something you don't want to be asked when you're not.
So what am I doing this summer to get rid of the bump?
I'm committing to 4 things this summer:
1. Waking up at 6AM every morning to walk for 30 minutes.
I literally live in the perfect area to walk. Two spins around my block equals 1 mile, it's super easy to guage and to tell how far I've gone. This is my goal throughout the summer, wake up and WALK!
2. Signing up for a 5K in August.
When I committ to something, i stick with it. It's almost as if I need to have myself be accountable to something! I am signing up for a 5K in Providence this August!
3. I'm cutting out cream and sugar in my coffee.
I know this seems silly, but literally... everything helps. I know if I make the switch to black coffee, all those calories I was consuming in the cream and the sugar will be gone! I'm not one of those small coffee type girls, I like my LARGE and about 2-3 a day, so by cutting this out, I know it will help me for the summer.
4. A Family Thing
I'm getting the boys (husband included) and I'm hitting the beach, the park, the backyard and the school this summer. I don't want this summer to be about sitting around at night watching TV... we're going to be active. We're going to be up and out and about, running and walking and hiking and biking and swimming!
It's all about setting goals for myself, I know it's what I need to do to get to where I want to be. I just need to stick with it and GO FOR IT!
There's a beautiful Michael Kors bathing suit with my name on it that I paid way too much money for, but that I just needed to have... that's my GOAL! :)