This mum has realised there are so many more important numbers in her life, than the ones she sees on the scale.
I have a confession to make.
It’s been 19 months since I gave birth and I am still a whopping 4 kilograms over my “pre-pregnancy weight.” How I’ve come to hate that phrase. It’s a term that’s thrown around by new mums as if we are discussing some sacred magical number – one that we are all desperately striving to attain. It’s a term the media seems to love when they are discussing who’s hot and who’s not. It’s a number often referred to in the countless weight loss articles that bombard my inbox. It’s a number my body seems to hate.
And, why shouldn’t it?
When I find myself looking in the mirror, hoping to see a reflection that is reminiscent of the woman I used to be, I’m completely disregarding the changes that my body has undergone in the last two years. I am putting down and shamelessly insulting the very same body that has given me the most beautiful, most valuable gift I have ever laid eyes on.
And that’s why I’ve decided that I’m done. I’m done talking about my pre-pregnancy weight. I will respect my body by taking care of myself, by eating right and living a healthy life. But I will not beat myself up about a silly number on the bathroom scale. It is not a magical number. As a matter of fact, it is an utterly insignificant number that deserves no attention, especially when compared to some other astonishing numbers.
I refuse to put down my body because the real unsung heroes in the last two years are these numbers:
The number of times I ran out of my classroom experiencing morning sickness.
The number of times my ankles ballooned to the size of a grapefruit during my last trimester.
The number of back muscles strained carrying 16 kilograms while on my feet all day long.
The number of kicks and jabs to the ribs I experienced while I lay awake on countless nights.
The number of hours I endured labour pains, and the tears that ensued.