I would exercise most days and often more than once, fitting in as much walking, gym workouts and PT sessions as I could in between working.
I even trained right up until the twins were born with slow, heavy walks filling my last few days, despite my enormous belly.
Susie Burrell prior to having her twins. Image: Supplied
If you had asked me what my exercise plans were after the birth, I would have answered you with an air of arrogance that only naivety can permit – I would return to this amount of exercise and be back to my pre-pregnancy shape within weeks.
How silly I was.
Susie Burrell four months after her pregnancy. Image: provided.
As you can see, there is still plenty of baby belly left almost four months after I had the twins.
Despite even my own dad pointing that out just this morning — which is really no surprise giving the quantity of cakes and high-fat breastfeeding cookies I have been demolishing for the past three months — I really have little interest in doing much about it right now.
And I definitely have no interest in getting back into full-blown training for several hours each week, like I used to.
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Suddenly, the whole idea of spending time in a gym when I could be with my little bundles is a no-brainer. The only thing I am even remotely interested in doing is walking with them, however slowly I need to go to show them the ocean, the dogs and the world around.
Even thinking about the obsession I used to have with what I looked like, whether my bum was bigger, how much weight I wanted to lose seems pointless, superficial, boring and self-absorbed.
I have much more important things to think about and spend my time doing, and this could continue for the rest of the year or the next 18. Time will tell.
I have also lost interest in the many social media posts highlighting people's bodies; instead, my feeds are filled with ideas for dinner, lots of babies and ideas for twins.
Don’t get me wrong — I love the gym and I love working out, along with the huge rush of endorphins that comes from it. And, of course, I know only too well the benefits of keeping fit and healthy and being a good role model for kids.
I just don’t think this translates into countless hours spent training and taking selfies instead of being out there, living. (Post continues after gallery.)
So instead of the original three-month 'get back to before' training plan I had set for myself, I have removed all timeframes for getting rid of my belly.
It will come off when it’s ready. And I promise you I won’t post a selfie of it... even if, and when, I ever get it even close to looking flat again.
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