Body Image & Sewing
My latest article, Hey New Mom: You're Fat!, is live at xoJane. It's a bit more serious than my other xoJane pieces and it deals with my postpartum body image issues. Sewing plays a big part in making me feel better.
I had never been that concerned with my body (I was always slightly overweight but not so large that I was unhappy) and felt that if I had to choose, I'd easily pick personality over a good body. And guess what? It turns out I didn't even have to make that decision myself! It was like my butt and my stomach had my best interests in mind and decided it was time to really let my personality shine.
People ask how I lost the weight. I'd love to say that I just started eating better and excercising. But, in fact, I joined Jenny Craig. My weight gain (other than the pregnancy weight) was really due to the fact that I could (and would) out-eat my husband and really anyone at the table. I needed to control my portions (Jenny Craig meals are very small portions of prepackaged food) without thinking. And, I really just needed a jumpstart. The big fear is that once you go off the program and start eating "real" food, you'll gain the weight back. But, I started eating normally in February and have continued to lose weight.