what do you do to keep in shape, in terms of diet & exercise?
I figured I’d answer this one in addition to addressing the very sweet, much-appreciated positive feedback I’ve received on my post-twins appearance. Even typing that feels so silly & awkward! But I’ve gotten several questions on the subject, so I figured I’d share. I’ve had a few people comment on how small I look, and how they can’t believe there were two babies in there. However, I gained the same amount of weight during both pregnancies. Most twin mamas I know don’t put on astronomical amounts of weight. Usually, we’re doing all we can to gain! I treaded water just to keep from losing weight, especially towards the end. The sisters tried their best to suck the life right out of me.
Truthfully, though, there are a few other factors to take into consideration. I’ve got the genes thing going for me. My petite mother has been known to wear my hand-me-downs. Also, I’ve discovered a bizarre track record of being smaller after babies. Lastly, I played sports practically year-round until college. I’m hoping to enjoy a few years of rest before my metabolism slows down.
Regardless, I’ve got a considerable amount of toning to do. Mama skin is different skin, that’s for sure! Things are much more soft & jiggly, and I occasionally have to pull a breast out of my armpit when I’m lying in bed. I’ll also let you in on a little secret… totally considering plastic surgery. My belly button is most likely never returning home, and this thing has GOT to be tucked if that’s the case. I can’t wear certain shirts because you can see it poking through! And if I don’t suck in, I look like I have a constant food baby going on. My abdominal muscles come to a weird point under my belly button when I try to sit up. I think I’m dealing with this phenomenon. My linea nigra has been there since I was fifteen weeks pregnant with Ames. I doubt it’s ever going to fade completely. The stretch marks are a new addition, as of the week the sisters came. I’m doing my best to get them to go away, all the while learning to accept them. For the sake of full disclosure, here’s what I look like today, at this very moment.
for the world to see.
It’s sort of hard for me to post this. I love blogging and sharing with people, but I don’t love tooting my own horn. I’m not a super-healthy, super-sexy super-mama with a success story to share. It’s also hard for me to not be self-conscious about the way I look these days. In public, I feel most comfortable about my body when I’m with my kids. And I just counted – I’ve spent only two months out of my two-and-a-half-year marriage NOT being pregnant or breastfeeding.
But that’s okay. Chris has taught me to love what the Lord has done with our family, and I’m doing my best to celebrate each season my body experiences.