It’s been 15 weeks since I gave birth and truth be told I’m hating my body. Yes, I know I should be embracing motherhood and not caring what my body looks like (as long as my baby is healthy, blah de blah) but my body was always something I was extremely proud of and to have it be such a vast contrast to what I looked like before, it’s been extremely difficult. If you haven’t seen already, I’ve been following the Results with Bump fitness program from Results with Lucy for the last 11 weeks and although I’ve loved getting back into exercise, not being able to go as hard as I used to has also been really frustrating. I honestly think that before I had Madison I was a bit delusional as to how long it would take me to ‘bounce’ back and get my body back, but the harsh reality of it has now most definitely kicked in and I’ve been struggling; Especially with what to wear! Originally I didn’t want to go out and buy much as I didn’t think I’d be this size for long, but 3 months on and I’m still around a size 12/14 and nowhere near fitting in all of my old size 8 clothes. I’ve started picking up a few bits and although I’m not where I want my body to be, I’m feeling a little more body confident now and really enjoying trying to look good in clothes again! Recently I was kindly gifted a few bits from MissPap and although one item induced tears through it not fitting me quite right, I was really surprise with how good I felt and how much it motivated me!
Motivation to get my body back in shape has been in full force; there’s no doubt in my mind of where I want to be but actually having the time to get up and go has been the hard part. Even when I do get time to exercise and give it my all I still feel crappy because of what I’ve been eating. My diet has been extremely poor since having Maddy and even though I want to try my best, having the time to prepare proper, healthy meals for myself in the day has been a bit difficult and then I’m usually knackered by the time the evening comes along and I just want to sit with a big bowl of pasta. My diet is something I really want to tackle in the New Year as I’ve always said it’s 80% of the effort with losing weight, but for now, it’s been something that’s been bothering me for so so long. I’ll definitely be following the Eat Well with Lucy programmes in the new year!
When it comes to my clothes I’ve been longing to get back into my size 8-pre-baby wardrobe but alas it’s far from happening any time soon. Although a lot of it was hope, I have been a bit deluded to say that I’d be back there before Christmas. As someone who wants anything but to be a frumpy Mum, my fashion and the clothes I’ve been wearing since having Madison have been such a daily dilemma for me. I always want to be wearing nice clothes and clothes that make me feel good but leggings one size too big for me and baggy jumpers have been my go-to lately and it’s been getting me down if I’m honest. Thanks to MissPap getting in touch recently though I’ve been a little more inspired with my wardrobe now I’ve come to terms with my size. Of course, I want to stress that a size 12/14 is not a bad size to be at all, but for me, it’s bigger than I’m used to and with the Mum Tum in full swing, it’s not at all where I’d want to be.
The MissPap White cut out Jumper above has been the turning point for me and my wardrobe. Gone are the days of me choosing frumpy jumpers and instead I actually picked out something that I could feel was more ‘my style’. I love the quality of this jumper and how it falls really nicely over all of my wobbly areas, it’s the perfect size to feel comfy and stylish without looking like a big bowl of jelly! I’m also in love with the Guilty t-shirt above as it’s the same kind of feel, with a pair of high waisted leggings (that fit) or a pair of jeans and boots, it’s a great tee to throw on when time in the mornings is a little tighter (because having a baby means less time for mama to preen than she’d ultimately like) and I’ll still be looking and feeling myself!
Of course, even now I’m a little more inspired with my wardrobe and how to dress for my size and style, I do have some blips and knocks in confidence and the sequin dress of dreams below was not an exception. Feeling a little more confident in the weight I’d lost in the past few months I bravely ordered a size 12 in the Sequin dress from MissPap and sadly it didn’t quite fit me. I was super proud that I got into it but with me not quite being a size 12 it was extremely tight and well, if i’d moved much more than an inch it would have split in so many ways. It’s given me so much more motivation to get my ass in gear and an actual realistic goal to aim for in the short term.
I think that’s been my problem; I haven’t set myself short term realistic goals but just one final goal that I’m expecting to get to far too soon! The MissPap order has definitely put some things into perspective and I’m really glad that I’ve had this knock back to reality; I want to look good and feel myself when wearing clothes but I have to be realistic with what I can wear and look good in at the moment… I’m so glad I’m getting my style back now and not just that of a mum and I really hope that in the coming months I can keep losing weight, toning up and feeling fab in what I’m wearing.
You can follow Results with Lucy plans here (there’s 25% off today only with code 6THDAYOFXMAS – but keep an eye out every day for new discounts on the countdown to Christmas!) and you can get my gorgeous MissPap buys here!
I’d love to know what your motivation is for losing weight or getting into the perfect party dress…
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