There I was, standing in front of my closet on a cold summer morning trying to find any pair of my pre-pregnancy pants that would fit comfortably. I tried on four different outfits, making myself feel bloated, soft and like my hard work over the last eight weeks got me nowhere. Then I had the brilliant idea of wearing one of my new favorite shorts that I recently bought and topping it with a t-shirt and throwing on a spring jacket until afternoon. Final result? Confidence – and it looked good!
The pre-pregnancy pants zipped but were so tight on my thighs, if I sat down you’d think I had giant marshmallows in them and my love handles stuck over the edge so I could rule out most of my tank tops. Then I tried leggings that were so far stretched they were transparent. I felt disgusted with myself, and when I looked in the mirror, I could see the disappointment all over my face. So there I stood, wondering how on earth I gained 10 lbs over the weekend. I thought to myself, “I didn’t eat that bad. I would expect a little weekend bloat, but this?!”
Then I had that brilliant idea that I mentioned above. So I put on those favorite shorts and comfy blue shirt, looked in the mirror – with hesitation I won’t lie, but felt relieved. I was comfortable in my clothes again. It didn’t feel like my clothes were going to go ripping at the seams if I sat down. I didn’t have the “muffin top.” What I had was confidence. I felt good, and in return, I looked good.
So you see, it didn’t matter that my shorts were a bigger size than my jeans, what mattered was the fact that in one outfit I was restricted, and in the other, I could breathe.
So forget the number on the scale and the numbers and letters on your tags. Focus on how you feel and remember that confidence looks good on everyone.
– Amanda 💜
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