Ripped … and not in a good way

Posted on | October 24, 2010 | 4 Comments

I ripped a pair of jeans this weekend.

My favorite jeans, to be exact.

Ripped. In two very inappropriate places.

It happened as I pulled them on, fastened them beneath my ever expanding “FUPA” (as my friend “Blair” calls it), and did the flex and stretch to make them more comfy. (You know the flex and stretch, right? When you fasten your jeans then totally try to do several half-assed ballet moves in them to make them a little less snug in the thigh region?)

I’m totally and completely embarrassed by myself. Seriously? When I was nursing, I was down to my goal weight. I only JUST stopped nursing and I’ve packed on some serious poundage. I’m a step away from becoming not so Sexy Fluisa! How did this happen.

I mean… I know how it happened… the better question is why did I let it happen? Why is it so hard for me to just take care of myself? I know what to eat and what not to eat. I know I’m a happier and healthier person when I’m exercising. So why have I just sat around and filled my saddlebags with load after load of cheese and beer and wine and … well… whatever else I decided to eat?

Being a mom is tough on every aspect of your life. Your diet (SO much easier to just order a pizza than to actually… you know … PEEL a carrot). Your exercise routine (seriously, when do I go to the gym? My choices are 5 in the morning or 8 at night. Neither of these is optimal, people!). Your sex life. Yes. I said that. Mom, Mother-in-Law, SORRY. But it’s true. Being a mom changes everything. And it’s easy to forget all that other stuff in the so-called “glory” of being someone’s mom. But I’ve got to get back into being me. Because I can not teach my son good eating and exercising habits if I don’t practice them myself.

What happened to my promises to my unborn child that I would teach him to make healthy food choices? What happened to not keeping crappy snack food in the house? What happened to “No sweets before age 4?” I am failing my son by failing myself… but luckily he doesn’t know it yet. So now is the perfect time to turn things around… before he is old enough to remember that last night he primarily ate Hush Puppies for dinner. With some french fries thrown in there. (In my defense, he wouldn’t eat anything else! But that’s no excuse for the fact that I, too, had hush puppies and french fries for dinner.)

I’m going to throw this out into the internet… now is the time for me to make a change. I am going to eat healthier. I am going to drink my 8+ glasses of water every day. I am going to run a 5K before the end of the year and gosh darn it I am going to check “Run a half marathon” off my 40 Before 40 list in 2011. It’s time to get healthy. It’s time to make changes. It’s time.

Technically, it’s past time.

I really loved those jeans.


4 Responses to “Ripped … and not in a good way”

  1. Heather
    October 24th, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    Have I mentioned before how much I relate to you? LOL.

    Unfortunately, I was not able to nurse, so I lost that freebie, but I was overweight when I GOT pregnant, and then gained like 60 pounds. With the stress and the exhaustion and the PPD, I was just eating anything and everything, and what a shocker, no weight came off. I was a good 25 pounds over my pre-preggo weight which is a good 40 pounds over the weight I'd like to be.

    I joined weight-watchers a week and a half ago. I had done it before, but what it really gives you is accountability. You eat it? You gotta Write. It. Down. And sometimes being accountable is enough to help you say "REally? Is that worth it?"

    It's only my second week, but I'm gonna give it my all. Every few pounds helps, especially as I have to squeeze into a bridesmaid dress in a month…

    But with my luck, I'll get things under control and then get pregnant with #2 😉

  2. Jess
    October 24th, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

    Aw, man! Hopefully you can find another pair of jeans to replace the ones that ripped?
    I hear you already. I haven't even BIRTHED my child yet, but already… my eating has been pretty terrible lately. I blame it on the pregnancy cravings and hormones. But, either way, I'm probably going to freak out once the babe is here and I'm still stuck with all these extra pounds. Hopefully the breastfeeding will help!
    Good for you for wanting to make a change, mama. It's good for you AND your little one. And your husband, too… if he could be convinced to eat better along with you. A healthy family is a happy family 🙂

  3. Kim
    October 25th, 2010 @ 12:39 am

    Stopping nursing was always the hardest!! I was able to keep the weight off while nursing, too. It really is hard. If it helps, the kids honestly do notice what you eat. Now that mine are older I totally see them making choices based on what I've taught them and what they see me do. That doesn't mean I've always made good choices. It just means that my bad choices I'm managed to make after they are in bed! But it encourages me to see them eating healthy, so it creates a nice pattern, you know? Good luck and keep at it!

  4. ~*Jess*~
    October 25th, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

    You can totally do it!!!

    I've got a beginner half marathon schedule I'd be more than happy to email you. Just say the word.

    As for the no sweets thing? i totally crapped out in that department. But you know what? Not a drop of coke. At least there's that.

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