Before you read the rest of this post, I want you to know that it’s taken me a great deal of courage to talk about this, as I know it completely contradicts what I say about being active and eating clean for overall health and longevity. For me NOT to share with you these thoughts would be for me to be completely lying to you.
My confession: I think about the aesthetic reasons for being active, just as much as the overall health reasons, and sometimes I use my Ã…”I feel fat today Ã‚Â thoughts to motivate me to workout.
There ” I said it. I ‘m human too. I do look at my body in the mirror. I do occasionally notice Ã…”problem Ã‚Â areas. Areas that I ‘m sure my hubby would say look perfectly fine. I do notice that I have areas that do not look like the beautiful girls in the magazines:
I know I work hard to be the best me I can be. I know that I work hard for my overall health. I know that being active also makes me happy. Yet there is still a small human part of me that looks at the pocket of loose skin on my otherwise tight stomach that half marathon training and bodypump classes has helped me to earn, that wonders: how do I get rid of that? How many miles do I have to run to tighten that? How many crunches, planks and burpees will it take?
Yesterday, as I was driving home from work, I heard an ad on the radio from a local plastic surgery doctor about a Ã…”Mommy Makeover Ã‚Â. Yanno, liposuction for those localized fat deposits caused by the hormonal changes of pregnancy, a tummy tuck to tighten abdominal skin after it’s stretched out all to hell from pregnancy, breast augmentation surgery to restore breasts that now sag after stretching from spending the last 52 months breastfeeding (yes ” between my three daughters, I’ve really spent 52 months of my life breastfeeding, and I ‘m still going strong!).
It was an intriguing ad. Actually it was a great ad because it made it apparent that there really could be such a thing as smart liposuction. Perhaps there is a time when it makes sense to accept that no amount of beating myself up in the gym will make the cellulite on my thighs and the fat deposits on my Ã…”love handles Ã‚Â disappear without surgery. Women just like me and you who are active, and eat well, but still have a few aesthetic Ã…”faults Ã‚Â get plastic surgery.
Could I afford it? What is the emotional cost? Would I be happier afterwards? Would I still be motivated to workout and exercise if I could make my fat Ã…”disappear Ã‚Â?
Truthfully I can’t afford plastic surgery at this time, and I ‘m pretty sure that by the time I could, I’d be a lot more accepting of my body and it’s Ã…”faults Ã‚Â. But since I’ve been so honest with you, would you be honest with me?
QUESTION: Have you ever considered liposuction, a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or any other aesthetic procedure?
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