In recent times i've noticed Naija women have become more conscious of their postpartum body. The desire to loose all the baby fat, flat tommy and a banging body is what every woman looks forward to immediately she puts to birth.
I'm not left out on this desire as well, some loose theirs effortlessly while others have to go push extra miles to achieve their desired hour glass figure. I think i've found myself in both situations in my lifetime so far.
After my first baby, I was still so young and had no issues loosing all the baby fat, a woman's age has a considerable large role to play in it. With just mild dieting and no serious form of exercise I lost all the fats that accumulated at my arms, face and my waist line was back to an average 29inches. Unbelievable right?
But trouble started when I had dropped more babies and I was gradually accumulating excess fat around my entire body, I was too lazy to watch my weight, I ate lots of junk food and drank a lot of soda too. Before I knew it, I took in for another baby again, I was gradually getting larger and larger like I was I preparing for a beauty contest with hippopotamus or rather a whale...Lmao.
I had little I could do at the time since I was expecting a baby soon. Few months after delivery I doubled in size due to the fact I was religiously breast feeding. I became so lazy and gradually getting comfortable with my new found whale weight.
Subtly, my husband would suggest I accompany him to the gym let's work out together and i'll decline saying the baby still breast feeds. Little did I know my weight was beginning to bother him but he knew it's a very touchy topic and wanted to handle it carefully.
One day, my husband and I took the last of our kids for some immunization shots and we met his old
School mates at the hospital and they both Were excited to reunite after several years, we talking about 20yrs or so....the friend realizing someone was with him(my husband) now asked my husband I was his elder sister, fine! We look alike which most couples do after staying together for a long time but this his elder sister is 6years older than my husband. So, indirectly I look older than my husband? My husband quickly corrected him saying i'm his wife, we exchanged pleasantries and I excused myself to go give the shots to my little one.
At that point, I had a good rethink about my whale weight and challenged myself to shed everything within 30days. Yes! 30days weight loss challenge it is. I first bought a pair of 10kg dumb bells and a skipping rope to start with. Since I had no one to look after the kids so there was no need registering in a gym, my home was going to be the gym and my kids Were going to be my instructors.
Lydia was going to count while I skipped, I started with a poor 20skips a day and gradually went to 50 skips and so on. The 10kg dumb bells Were lifted approximately 20 to 30times a day as well, I cut of all forms of junk foods and sodas and ate healthy meals. Within 7days I noticed an impressive change, I added sit-ups and jugging around my compound with my kids, they enjoyed those playful moments and they urged me to stretch beyound my limits. They do theirs effortlessly since they are kids but old age was telling on their momma...lol.
The fourth week of my weight loss challenge I lost about 18kg, my tommy fat was gone. That's impressive I said to myself but I was faced with another challenge most people face after loosing weight which is the flabby skin from the tommy. I bought my self a waist trainer and used it for another couple of months with a healthy eating habit and my husband had to confess one day I really look good. This is what gets him confused and wants to make me mother Abraham, mother of many nations....lol.
Women out there I urge you to always love your body first and don't get comfortable with unwanted fat under your skin, shed it, look good, the world is just starting and not ending, apply good make-up always. In fact, I think I should make a post on personal and outward appearance in naija mothers.
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