As I laid in my bed one night watching the movie Eat, Pray, Love, I got all inspired about muffin tops. Not the high fat, high calorie, really high sugar and yummy muffin tops, but the one on my belly that will not go away. I try my hardest to get the darn thing to leave my belly, but I believe it wants to be there for a couple reasons.
- The main reason i even got the thing, my amazing children. I love being reminded of them constantly!! Even if I don’t fit into my skinniest pair of jeans.
- So I don’t feel too guilty when I do eat that one or maybe two 7 layer bars (of course only once in a awhile!)
- So I won’t wear a bikini and embarrass everyone around me. Or maybe it is so I avoid a horrible sunburn on my tummy!!
- To remind me that it really is ok to love myself the way I was made.
So I started thinking about this muffin top I have and what I want to do about it. I really want to acknowlede it and then get rid of it for good. I decided that I am wasting so much of my energy stressing about it. Stressing about it is doing no good because stress = more fat. So if you are going through what I am right now…embrace the muffin top! Start using your energy to excercise. Excercise = loss of muffin top.
Then I started thinking…I need to take care of myself. I take care of kids, cooking, cleaning, laundry, you know everyday mom stuff. I need to do something every day for myself. This is where Quiet Time comes in. I made it a goal to spend at least 30 min a day to read, write, sew, make something cute or do something I want to do. This makes me so happy. Also, I want to love my muffin top. Right now I am telling everyone…love that thing! It will only make you happier! I recently was talking to a dear friend and she is so lost in hating her body and hating herself there is no room in her mind to remember what it feels like to love herself and her body for what it is. She says she doesn’t want to even try losing wieght…”What’s the point?!” she says. The point is…many have muffin tops. Many people don’t like themselves. Many people stress about their bodies and have no energy left to take care of it. But we can do something about it…Love yourself for who you are RIGHT NOW, in this moment! You have to be brave. Be brave and know it won’t be easy, but it will definitely be worth it. Be willing to accept help from family, friends, or even strangers (nice strangers! ) Face realities about yourself that you don’t like and change them. It may take a while, but the outcome of love for yourself and for your body will be greater than anything.