Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Comeback

Anyone who says that the first year after having a baby is easy is lying or so deep in denial that you probably should just abandon them to their own devices.  Having a baby is draining and time consuming and frought with sleepless nights and worry, which doesn't leave a ton of time left over for yourself.

Arya will be 9 months old on Friday and I've definitely noticed that I've fallen into the "mom rut" with my appearance.  I rely on ponytails daily.  I almost always jet out the door with nary a scrap of makeup on my face, and it's not because I have a naturally youthful glow or am so well rested that I don't need it, it's often because I'm dead tired in the morning and in the battle of looking like ass or snoozing for 9 minutes, the makeup often loses the fight.  On the weekends I fall back on yoga pants and sweatshirts and I have a draw full of funky, fun accessories that I never wear.  Granted I never really go anyplace cool enough to wear them.

Also...I never go anywhere.

But now that she's getting older I really wanted to make more of an effort to focus on myself, so I can feel good about myself.  I've always enjoyed experimenting and having fun with accessories, hair, and makeup and I'd really like to get back to that, even if it's just a little at a time.

So what am I doing?  Well, for the past month and a half I've been sticking to Weight Watchers, like really sticking even on the weekends and I am glad to say that I've lost close to 7 lbs bringing me down to about 125 which is my pre baby weight.  Yay!  But I'm no where near my pre-baby body, mostly because I was a gym rat when I got pregnant with Arya.  So now I'd like to still lose a few pounds, but I've started working out.

I won't join a gym right now because I'm still nursing so I like to get right home to feed the baby and it's too cold for me to run because I'm a major candy ass about the cold, but I've been doing some interval training at home, some kickboxing videos, enough to make me feel active and wake my muscles up enough until I join the gym in the Spring.  It makes me feel good.  I like it.

I also spruced my hair up a bit.  My sister, Meaghan, is a hair dresser and she gave me some ombre locks.  I love it!  It actually makes me want to do it.

I won't say that I wear makeup everyday because most days the snooze still wins the war, but I am making more of an effort to slap on some blush and a bit of mascara when I can.

Oh, and now that my clothes fit, I'm finding myself dressing cuter and feeling more confident in myself.   It feels good to spend a little time and TLC on myself for a change.


Madonna said...
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Madonna said...

I completely hear where you are coming from! I had started writing a very similar post - more that I wanted to START focusing on me once in awhile - starting with the little things! Congrats on the pre-baby weight - that's a great accomplishment in itself. Keep it up!

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

Good for you! That's awesome! I wanna see your pretty hair!

Our story said...

My youngest is 3 and I'm still in the "mommy rut."

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