Yes it’s been years since we were in the waiting stage to become parents on our journey to parenthood, and yes our girls are now 8 and 6 years old. But I am still struggling with the Baby Wait/Weight. The weight I gained while on hormones and then being home while waiting and having food at the ready.
Excuse 1,000,000,000 now that our lives are in the fast lane with school for each girl, after school activities and more our dinners at times are whatever the quickest to throw together can be. Not the best way to eat nutritious I agree.
All of this comes on the heels of a comment our older daughter made to me over the summer. She told me I was not able to sit on a porch swing because I was too big. It hurt my heart like no other thing someone could say to me. At her age she wasn’t calling me out as fat, she was saying it as she saw it, I am a big girl and that’s what she knows. After my tears and conversations with my husband I realized there was no malice in her words just the plain facts. This told me I was not happy with who I was in the skin I’m in. I will not wallow in self pity I will do something about it and now is that time.
I will be 51 years old later this year and if I plan to be around for the many years I intend to see our girls grow and flourish I need to take a stand now on my wait/weight!
By writing about this and sharing publicly I feel I will need to follow through. This is not a quick fix. This needs to be a lifestyle change for me. With the start of the school year my girls and I have been walking to school each and every morning. Now I need to layer on more exercise and so it’s time for me to take out the leash for our 1 year old Weimaraner and hit the trails.
Both of our girls are naturally thin in this stage of their lives. I don’t want them to feel the focus I have on my body image. I recently viewed the Dove #feelbeautiful video about the legacy we pass onto our children regarding body image Dove Legacy . We’ve always prided ourselves that our children would know when they were properly full and stop eating. From toddlers to now they do not overeat and we keep healthier snacks available to them and the other types of food are not forbidden but not our first choice.
It’s safe to say I have fallen off the good eating wagon and need to get all of us back on to provide a healthier environment in our own home. I need to practice what I preach to our girls about fruit first when looking for a snack.
I have signed up for a 5K in June of 2015 to give me incentive to bring back the old me that walked 4 miles 3x a week. The old me that didn’t eat carbs all the time and was healthier. The baby wait/weight is just an excuse now I realize that.
So now I’ve put it out there in the universe, I will do something about the baby weight/wait!