My body is a temple. A Jelly Baby temple. A temple made of jiggly ramparts and wibbly wobbly towers. It is something I am beginning to come to terms with.
I am currently the biggest I have ever been. Before falling pregnant, I had managed to lose quite a bit of weight. I almost achieved my goal, and was beginning to feel really positive about myself and my self-image. Over the course of my pregnancy and the first year of my son’s life, I put on just over 3 stone. It was a culmination of using the excuse eating for two, general pregnancy weight-gain, reduced movement after my c-section, reduced movement due to sheer exhaustion, and then comfort eating and appetite gain due to my Postnatal OCD.
I have managed to almost lose 1 stone of that weight gain, and I am proud of myself for doing so. I wouldn’t say I’m satisfied with what I have achieved so far, because I know I could do a lot better (damn you Domino’s!), but I know that it is something I can work on. Whilst I don’t feel positive about my self-image, I no longer hate my appearance or cringe every time I see a photo of myself. Instead, I am simply viewing it as part of my journey.
I am trying to include more accountability in my life, and my body is a large part of that. As I’m sure many others do, I spend more time worrying about my health than I spend doing anything about it. My weight, fitness, appearance. As a parent, it is so easy to just ignore these things, and instead spend the time and money on something which we believe to be more important.
Self-care is important!
I’m not just talking about making healthier food choices and going for a jog, I’m also talking about the aesthetics. Taking the time to make a skin-care routine that not only keeps your skin healthy but also helps to reduce blemishes. Spending money on new clothes that make you feel good. I’m guilty of being the simple, cheap clothing that will save me a bit of money because I don’t want to buy anything nice and new while I’m still actively trying to lose weight. How does that help though? It doesn’t make me feel good, because these clothes are plain and often not entirely flattering.
So, in the essence of accountability, here are some goals that I have set myself:
- Weight loss: Get myself down to the next round stone.
- Diet: Make healthier choices at meal times. Increase my fruit and veg intake, and limit the sugar and salt
- Exercise: Start doing short exercises daily, even if it’s just 15 minutes.
- Clothes: Buy myself a new item of clothing that not only fits me, but also makes me feel fantastic.
- Hair: Find a new way of styling my hair/tying it back.
What are you doing to improve your health or your self-image? I’d love to hear your stories and suggestions!