Thursday, 15 October 2009

My body is a wonderland...

...if by wonderland you mean an amusement park that a small child has run around in causing havoc and irreparable damage.

They tell you that pregnancy and childbirth do a number on your body, I just figured that since my body already came with extra padding, I wouldn't notice the changes as much. Silly moi. You really don't know what you have until it's gone. For the first two months, my ankles felt like tooth picks, my hips felt like they could pop out of their sockets whenever I twisted my body out of bed and that ever sexy pelvic girdle? Non-existent. It's only been in the last few weeks that my hips finally feel like my own and not those belonging to a 93 year old.

I did push-ups for the first time the other day and I've never felt so weak. I used to be able to easily do 10 good push-ups - proper ones, not the stupid girl ones - this time I fell after 4. My core feels like a wet noodle.

A book said to wait 3 months after birth to start dieting or exercising, and I listened to that advice because 3 months sounded like ages and this way I got to gorge myself on ice cream and lemon cake without any guilt. If you're breastfeeding it is recommended that you eat 500 extra calories. I have made sure that those 500 extra calories come from the naughty part of the food pyramid. In three days though I will be at the 3 month mark. Out goes the bowls of Phish Food and in come the sit-ups and rice cakes. Turns out 3 months isn't that long. So I am looking for some ideas for a "last dessert" if you will. One calorific gooey mess of a dessert to end all desserts - something to keep me going until the next excuse/kid comes along.

Any suggestions?


  1. Personally, I think you look absolutely radiant. The picture above shows how beautiful you are, both inside and out. I know this seems sappy (and God knows, I struggle with my weight daily, so I totally get it), but I just want to show you what the world sees- an amazingly beautiful, intelligent, and strong woman, who has been made only more beautiful by becoming an amazing mom. Take it slow and exercise because it's healthy and will ensure that you are around for a long time for your daughter.

    PS: Sticky, ooey-gooey brownie a-la-mode with top-notch chocolate.

  2. In the same vein as Kristina, you may feel like you're struggling with your body, but look at that smile on your face. It's that same kind of "I have a secret, and it's awesome" smile you've always had, except now it's even more joyous. (And now we know that part of your secret is what it feels like to be Eloise's mom.)

    As for dessert, I don't suppose you guys have Cinnabons in Nottingham? If you go brownie-style, I recommend Ghirardelli. Amazing.

  3. Any Krispy Kremes over there? I'm thinking a KK sundae might do you good. No? Then I agree with Kristina, a (WARM) brownie with different flavors of ice cream (hmm, vanilla, chocolate and coffee, maybe?) with different sauces. Mmmm...