One of the biggest epiphanies I’ve had since switching to clean eating is coming to understand that you CAN change your body!
Like many of my friends and maybe many of you, I thought having a “muffin top” was like having stretch marks after pregnancy…it was part of the trade off for choosing to be a parent and you pretty much had to deal with it.
I never thought about the fact that I ate off my kids plates or enjoyed the occasional SLEEVE of Oreos. I didn’t concern myself with calories in drinks or focus on the snacks I ate. In fact, I pretty much had myself believing that the only meals that mattered were breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I learned about eating balanced meals in elementary school, high school, and college. Each of my meals contained a protein, a carbohydrate, and plenty of guilt-free BUTTER! If the meal was HEALTHY and WELL BALANCED I reasoned, who cared if I slathered butter all over my corn on the cob or spread it all over a piece of bread if I wanted a quick snack while I was folding laundry?!
I figured that if I went to the gym 3 days a week to do my step class, how my body looked was how it was going to look forever. If I ever got upset about the way my body looked or felt, I’d blame it on my JEANS (not genes…my JEANS.. I mean, who invented low-rise jeans anyway??? I can most assuredly tell you, it wasn’t a woman with kids!
The fact that I believed this…I mean REALLY BELIEVED this…speaks to the lack of women role models–women who’d had babies and looked like they hadn’t. I can think of TWO women I’d ever come across that ever fit that description, and when I think of all the Mommy and Me classes or all the playgroups (TIMES 5 KIDS), there wasn’t a SINGLE mom that didn’t complain about their dimply butt or muffin top. It was popular culture. We were Moms. We could admire the bodies of our children’s babysitters all the while complaining that youth was wasted on the youth!!!
It wasn’t until our family moved to Southern California that my eyes were finally opened!
Through a series of events I enrolled in a “Booty Camp” where I was introduced to Clean Eating and the idea that you can TRANSFORM YOUR BODY AT ANY AGE!!!
I think one of the reasons that transformation stories and pictures are so powerful is that they are tangible, visible, PROOF that change is possible! Where I think people still get hung up is the misguided belief that it’s only possible for other people.
I have a very good friend who’s had three children and she’s saving her money up for liposuction. I don’t pass judgment on what anyone chooses to do with their own body, but as I sat and watched her eat while she described to me how long it was going to take to save up enough money, all I could think of was how she, herself, had the power to change her own body. She even said to me, “I could never do what you do, eat healthy and all that stuff, but this muffin top is out of control!”
I’ll be honest, getting started was probably my greatest obstacle, believing that it was actually possible ran a close second. I was mad that I had to take charge and change (I have no idea why, but I was), but I’m here to tell you, that it’s absolutely, unequivocally, possible. Will it happen over night? No. Will you fall down or fall short? Undoubtedly! Will you feel like a rock star when you accomplish your goals? Absolutely!!!