Hey all. I said I’d post 30 days of Tummy Love, but I didn’t say they’d be consecutive 😉 My daughter got the croup for a couple of days, so I had to take time out to help her mend. But I’m pleased to report I didn’t stop the belly strengthening part of my TLP (Tummy Love…yup, you get it).
So, I am also happy to report the following progress:
- I know where my stomach muscles are! (This may seem silly, but years of slouching and hiding your stomach can actually render one’s abs MIA.
- I am proud of my stomach, about 50% of the time. Not because it looks different, but because I’ve been taking care of it. It’s amazing what a little self-care will do for a self or a body part!
That’s pretty amazing for a lady who resented and hid her tummy a little over a week ago.
The downfalls I have to watch out for?
- I walk a fine line between self-care and old ED behaviors when I utilize strengthening exercises. So far, I’ve only done 10 or so min a day. My head though, is another story. (“Maybe you should do it two times a day!”) Which leads to 3, and 4…oy.
- I also walk a fine line between feeling good because my stomach is changing its appearance and feeling good because its confidence is building. Whenever I start to get a “high” off the possible visual changes I utilize some self-talk to remind myself the high from good self-esteem is infinitely greater than the high you get from appearances. It’s worked so far.
I look forward to filling my belly with delicious foods over the next coming days – my mother’s bell cookies, a 7 fish Italian Christmas Eve, and peanut butter fudge. I also look forward to listening to my appetite and continuing my self care.
Merry Christmas Eve ‘Eve, everyone!
(Image provided by Google Images.)