This spring I took this picture with Julie Bogart of BraveWriter, and I did not recognize myself:
Seriously… Who’s that? Do I really look like THAT?
It doesn’t help that Julie is teeny tiny little gal. But after seeing myself next to her, I realized for the first time that the dryer didn’t shrink my jeans, I didn’t look good for a mother of 4, and I wasn’t a few pounds overweight, but hiding it well.
I mean, seriously… Who knew?
At first, I wasn’t going to post the picture. But I know that I’m not the only mom who has had to deal with the ups and downs of weight that come with pregnancy, nursing, age and the stress of life, in general.
I know I’m not the only one who has lost myself in the nonstop busyness (and often sheer exhaustion) of caring for an infant and a preschooler, while homeschooling older children and managing a home.
I know I’m not the only one who has looked at a picture of herself, and saw a woman she hardly recognized and felt… well… shame.
I was tempted to hide my struggle and post pics after I’d come out on the other side. However, because I know I’m not the only one, I wanted to share my struggle with you.
I’ve lost 6 pounds already, and I still need to lose 20 pounds in order to feel healthy, 30 pounds in order to look good, and 40 pounds to get back to the weight I was at when I married. I know I may never reach the last goal, and I’m okay with that. My approach to goal-setting has always held to the principle, “Shoot for the stars, and you just might reach the moon.”
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share what I’m doing to change my diet and get moving so that my outside will look as great as I feel inside. You won’t hear me talking about 800 calorie low fat, low carb, low food diets or four-hour workouts – I’m going to share real tips for real moms.
You’ll also find out what I’ve done to get my groove back mentally (IOW, to be kind to myself even though I’m fat). And you’ll hear from friends who are also on this journey – one of whom has already lost a whopping 75 pounds!
Summer is a time when we can put the school books away for a bit, take a break from outside activities, and pay a little attention to ourselves. I want you to pay a little attention to yourself, and use this summer to get your groove back.
We’ll get started tomorrow.
However, for today, just step outside and let the sun smile on you. Know that all is well, and you’re well on your way…