What’s your excuse?
Why excuses are valid and why choices are more important.
I’m not sure how many of you Mamas have followed the controversy that happened around a fit Mom in the States who posted pics of her incredibly fit post-baby body with the headline “What’s your excuse?”.
If you have no idea what I am talking about, here is the pic.
Rightfully so, this made a tonne of Mamas really angry and hurt and sad and a myriad of other things. It felt like body shaming from someone we assume is on our team just from being a fellow Mama.
I get the point she is trying to make. If she can do it, so can you. But even that is a dangerous considering how varied everyone’s personal experiences are. Everyone has a different metabolism, husband (or not), job, starting point, etc.
Here’s how I chose to spin this. What’s my excuse? I am new to Mamahood. I am learning new things every day. Every day my little dude has new demands, new developments, and new magic explosions of awesomeness. I am also more tired than I have ever been. My body feels different and works differently. I like chicken wings and rum and cokes. I run my own business. My big dude works 50 hours a week. I have a million excuses. And they are all valid. Every. Single. One.
BUT! How can I stop those excuses from keeping me away from my goal of being a fit Mama? I can make different choices. Yes I love rum and cokes but I can choose water instead. Yes I love to sleep in when I can but I can also choose to get up 30 minutes before the little dude to squeeze in a workout.
It is not about the excuses we make; It is about the choices we make.
Let’s commit to making better choices for ourselves. In every moment when your gut gives you a little twinge, ask yourself “What choice am I going to make?”.
Baby Mama and Body Boss,