There are 2 extremes in the postpartum fitness industry.
On the one side you have the “Lose the baby weight fast”; “Look like you never had a baby”; “Fit back into your jeans” stuff.
On the other end you have the “Love your body – stretch marks, loose skin, scars, and all!”; “Only think positive thoughts about your body”; “Never think about losing weight. That’s just society trying to force you to change” stuff.
The truth is that both extremes aren’t helpful.
They’re not taking an entire woman’s health – mental, emotional and physical – into consideration.
They’re both dogmatic approaches that try to control a woman and the choices she makes instead of giving her the option to make an informed choice about what’s right for her.
So we need to take a step back from the extremes and meet in the middle.
A place where you aren’t shamed for looking a certain way, and you aren’t shamed for wanting to look a certain way.
Where weight loss isn’t the only priority, but it can be a priority if you want it to be.
Where you’re taught to accept (and hopefully even love) where you’re at. But you’re also allowed to change how your body looks – even if that means getting a tummy tuck or other cosmetic procedure.
Proponents of the one extreme will say, “But a woman has a right to look however she wants to look and she can workout and eat and do things to make that happen.” That’s 100% true.
Advocates of the other extreme will say, “But a woman shouldn’t feel pressure to fit an unrealistic ideal.” That’s 100% true.
This is why we need to take a step back, set our judgements aside and remember what postpartum fitness is truly about – empowering moms to feel good in their bodies.
So how do we do that?
How can you get to a place where you aren’t driven by a hatred for your body, but you’re also allowed to make some physical changes?
This isn’t an overnight process. And there are some key things we want to remember along the way. But it’s possible. Here’s how to get started…[Read more…] about Agree? “I Want to Love My Post-Baby Body. But Sometimes I Wish It Looked Different.”