Mama Laundry: Motivation and where I got it

"Those last 5 post-baby pounds are impossible to lose!
Especially when you haven't lost the first 20."
                                                                       - Tina Neidlein

     How hysterically sad the truth is sometimes and I can't read this quote without feeling a wave of emotions.  My initial reaction is to laugh out loud at the unexpected reality of the last line.  There is a lot of truth to realizing that the last 5 post-baby pounds are far from attainable when the first 20... or 30... or 40 pounds have not yet been conquered.  And even though there is a lot of humor in the tone to enjoy,
there is a lot of scary reality to it as well.

My second reaction is compassion at the discouragement of the first line as I relate to what the author is saying.  Since having my babies, the baby weight is constantly lingering at the back of my mind.  But I continually excuse the pressing notion to do something about it.  Oh, I think to myself, my baby is only eight months one really expects me to have lost the weight by hasn't really been that long since I was pregnant...oh, maybe next month I will start working out and eating healthy, after the holidays...I am still eating for two after all...I am really busy with kids right now and I don't have time ...and the list of excuses can go on and on and on as to why my clothes are a little uncomfortably tight right now.

But the strongest emotion I feel after reading this quote is total and utter motivation.  I cringe at the thought of using my list of excuses when my baby is older and it doesn't make sense - try as I might! - when I am saying oh, my baby is only thirty-six one really expects me to have lost the weight by now... Oh, boy.  Even I would have to raise an eyebrow at that.  No, this is not a road I want to go down because I know where it will end.  I will look in the mirror twenty years from now and tell myself that it is because I had kids that my reflection does not represent the healthy image I wanted for myself.

So even now as it is 10:55 pm and my kids are slumbering away, I read this quote with a sigh, and I am motivated to get my tennis shoes on and you guessed it ... workout!

- Sabrina


  1. My daughter is almost 11 months. That quote certainly is the motivation I need to get back into shape! I'd love it if you'd share this at my link party going on now!

  2. Oh, thank you for the invite. I would love to...heading over there right now!


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