Sunday, January 1, 2012
Happy New Year!
It is January 1, 2012 and I couldn’t be more excited! I LOVE the new year! I always feel like it’s another new beginning and another chance to get it right. This morning was wonderful. I slept in late, had an egg white and tomato bagel for breakfast and made a new vision board.
It was super convenient that today is my rest day, so instead of running off to the gym, I pulled out a few old workout magazines and started looking for motivational pictures and phrases to update my vision board. I was looking specifically for pictures of fit mothers! While my previous board had everyone who inspired me, mom or not, this year I wanted to feature ONLY mom’s with fit bodies.
As a culture, we are surrounded with reminders that we cannot get back to pre-pregnancy shape after having kids. I personally have had many people tell me that it “can’t be the same” or “you will never look that good again.” While I know these people don’t intentionally mean harm, they are feeding into the belief and sad reality that most moms just don’t look as great as they did before they had kids. But, that DOES NOT have to be YOUR reality or MY reality!!! I am fortunate to know and know of moms who have birthed 1, 2 and up to 7 children and still, after all that, they have worked back to even better than pre-pregnancy shape. I choose to focus on those women and ignore everyone else.
Back to my vision board, I found a few pictures this morning of amazing mothers to add to the pile that my husband found for me! I was filled with hope and excitement as I cut out all the pictures and phrases. I started thinking about my goals as a person and a competitor as I thought about the stories of the mothers on my new board.
I will have a baby. I will look better than ever after I have my baby. I will compete again in 2012. I thought 2011 was awesome…hahaha Can’t wait to see all the amazingness that will come in 2012.