You can separate a mom’s body into two distinct time periods. Before children (BC) and After Delivery (AD). My AD body is a lot different than the BC version.
My youngest is now 3 1/2 and while my areolas are no longer the size of area rugs, I still have some kind of built-in human fanny pack hanging around my waist. It’s just as uncool looking as its material counterpart, but lacks any storage benefits. And my feet? At least a size bigger than before. I didn’t expect to fit right back into my pants, but my shoes?
Thanks Eve. You’re the only woman in history who was ruined over being tempted by a healthy snack. And now thanks to you and Adam, the rest of us are hurtling toward death one sagging boob and jaw line at a time.
It wasn’t meant to be this way, but thanks to sin and the curse, our bodies wear out and no amount of Botox can stop the inevitable.
I know there’s hope for a new body someday, but in the meantime, I wrestle. My nervous heart wants so badly to be beautiful and loved now. And so I swing back and forth, landing on extremes.
I’m either overwhelmed and doing nothing out of sheer exhaustion or fighting a serious urge to sell our second car and put my body in the shop for an overhaul. These extremes are dangerous. They lead to either pride or despair (and neither is beautiful). What’s a girl to do?
1) Fight the Urge to Obsess – Know It’s Not Over & Put Your Hope in the Right Place
Jesus promises the curse of death has been lifted through His sacrifice on the cross and those who believe in Him will be resurrected again one day. Only this time, we’ll have new bodies untainted by sin, suffering, sickness and death (and cellulite).
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
2) Don’t Give Up – Find A Realistic Way to Integrate Care for Yourself
Obsessing and constantly patching yourself is bad, but letting all the wheels come off the bus early isn’t exactly being a good steward, either. So I’ve come up with this easy way to remember healthy attempts at my appearance each day.
- MON: Unmentionables Monday -Ahem…. pretty much anything do with downstairs
- TUES: Tweezing Tuesday - Where does all this rouge hair come from? Whack it back at least once a week.
- WED: Hump Day’s Hair Day - Need to schedule my next haircut/color? Give myself a quick bang trim (not recommended)?
- THURS: Teeth on Thursday - Does anyone besides my husband really floss every day? It’s a start. And maybe some white strips.
- FRI: Fingers & Toes Friday - Clip any toenails that look like talons, apply fresh coat of polish over last week’s, schedule mani/pedi?
- SAT: Scan It/Scrub it Saturday - Slough off dead skin and exfoliate, time for a skin or breast check?
- SUN: Sabbatical Sunday – A girl needs a break, you know.
Brushing teeth happens everyday (hopefully). Shaving depends on which body parts will be sticking out of my outfit and how bad I might chafe my husband if he makes contact. Really, you can make this whatever you want. The point is for it to be memorable and manageable.
And listen… If you’re a new mom or just had a baby, ignore all this and pull it back out a long time from now. For you, every day is Wipe Up Poop Wednesday and No Sleep Saturday. You’re goal right now is to survive and adjust. If you really want to be ambitious, give your teeth a scrub now and then and aim to shower once a week. The rest is a bonus and you shouldn’t be beating yourself up about it.
What about you? What tips do you have for a mom to get her mojo back?