My Tummy has a flap but I'm still happy
I have a fold in tummy when I bend over that may well be forever. But I have a wonderful son to run after too. Whenever I think a negative thought about my body I stop, breath in and think something loving and kind about my body. I am through sending horrible, useless thoughts to myself all day, everyday.
Loving my new heavier self does not mean I want to be unhealthy. So I try to exercise a bit with my son. Some days are impossible to fit it in and some days I feel great because I prioritized staying healthy.
Parenting is hard work, single parenting is really hard work but loving ourselves should not be such difficult work. Stay focused on the good, wear a baggy shirt on the puffy days and have an extra nibble if you need it.
Squats are great for firming that butt and keeping your core tight without too much work and no equipment. While holding baby do 8 full, deep squats then give the gummybear a kiss and repeat.
Airplane with baby on my knees is super good for my whole body and he loves to pretend to fly.
Core work outs while he plays around me. I let him play on the mat with me and we try to get 5 minutes in of stretches and leg lifts.
Walking up hill and pushing that stroller is hard but a good workout for when baby is fussy.
How do you measure your worth? I had to ask myself that question after having my son. Was I a valuable person because of a flat belly or a smart noggin?